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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will hold 157th session at its headquarters in Vienna. Oil ministers from 12 countries will discuss oil extraction and prices after the global economic recession. A source told RIA Novosti that the prices will most likely remain stable at $80 per barrel.

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The Azerbaijani pilgrims injured in a car accident in Iraq received visas at the Iraqi embassy in Baku, Trend reports, citing Iraqi embassy. The pilgrim bus crashed while heading from Iran to Iraq, Iranian media reported earlier that 6 Azerbaijanis were injured. They said that the incident happened in the Iraqi province of Diyal. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq Elman Arasly told Trend that the embassy is investigating the incident.

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The Russian Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeyev, mentioning the long history of cultural relations between Russia and Iran, said that the Russian Federation is interested in strengthening cooperation and relations with Iran. He was speaking at a meeting with  the head of the Organization for Culture and Islamic Relations, Mehdi Mostafavi, and the Iranian ambassador to Russia, Seyed Reza Sadzhadi.

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The Russian Railways company will keep on developing its ferry train services after it bought a controlling interest in the Black Sea Ferry &Investments company (BSI).RZD is ready to start ferry service between Makhachkala (Russia) and Amir-Abad (Iran), the vice-president of the company Valey Reshetnikoм stated today, Fineko/abc.az reports.   

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Six Azerbaijani nationals have been injured as a result of an explosion on a bus carrying pilgrims in Iran, Trend reports, citing the Iranian agency Isna.

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Tehran and Beirut have signed 17 cooperation agreements in energy, construction, science, hi-tech, agriculture, healthcare, Trend reports, citing IRNA. The documents were signed by the Iranian and Lebanese presidents, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Michel Suleiman. The Iranian president is currently on a three-day visit to Lebanon. Ahmadinejad will visit the south Lebanese villages of Kann and Bint Zhbeyl, which are on the border with Israel. Both the USA and Israel have expressed discontent.

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An opposition member of the central council of the Allied Front, Ali Shukuriad, has been arrested, prosecutor of Tehran Abbas Jafari Dovlatabadi said, Trend reports, citing Iranian information agency FARS. Dovlatabadi did not clarify the accusations.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Wednesday morning, Trend reports, citing the Iranian TV channel PressTV. Ahmadinejad was invited by his Lebanese counterpart Saad Al-Hariri and Parliamentary Speaker Nabikh Berri. Ahmadinejad will visit the south Lebanese villages of Kann and Bint Zhbeyl, which are on the border with Israel. Both the USA and Israel have expressed discontent.

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A number of people have been killed in an explosion at a military base in west Iran, Associated Press reports. According to Fars the explosion happened at the Horamabad base, 500 km south-west of Tehran. The explosion was probably caused by a fire at a munitions warehouse. According to Mashreghnews.ir, 12 people died and 20 were injured.

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Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmed Vahidi said at a conference in Baku this Tuesday that Iran and Azerbaijan have great potential for cooperation in the defense industry, Trend reports. The general noted that Iran and Azerbaijan may hold joint military training in the Caspian Sea. The training would involve measures against drug trafficking and terrorism. Iran is ready for joint training with all Caspian countries, Vahidi said.

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Ministers of foreign affairs and experts of Caspian countries have made progress in working on a project for cooperation in providing security in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalaf Khalafov said, Trend reports. He said that their work is based on mutual respect and trust. The project will be prepared in the near future. The agreement will contribute to determining the legal status of the Caspian.

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Iran has increased energy production in the first half of 2010 by approximately 9%, or 143,790 gigawatts/h, Trend reports, citing Ilna. 137 200 gigawatts were produced by thermal power plants, 6 769 gigawatts/h were produced by hydro electric plants.In the same period last year they produced 133 593 gigawatts/h. Today Iranian hydro electric plants are producing approximately 7 700 megawatts. The country has 44 hydro electric plants, including 109 energy blocks.

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Iranian specialists have discovered a new gas field in the Persian Gulf's Hormozgan province, with estimated reserves of 70 billion cubic m of gas, RIA Novosti reports, citing an ILNA interview with Iranian Oil Minister Masud Mirkazemi. The minister said that the gas field is located to the east of the port Bender-Lenge and 140 km away from the Bander-Abbas port. 72% of the gas reserves are extractable. The minister said that the total gas reserves in Iran reached 33.1 trillion cubic m, oil reserves – 150.3 billion barrels.

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Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has arrived in Azerbaijan, APA reports. At the international airport of Heydar Aliyev, Vahidi said that he plans discussions of peace and stability in the region. This includes the Caspian region as well. The minister noted that Iran will provide any help to Azerbaijan and other countries of the region. Vahidi said that they plan to improve cooperation and sign documents.

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Militants of the Sunni terrorist organization Jundallah claim that they have taken hostage a specialist from the Iranian nuclear energy organization, Amir Hossein Shirani, and are threatening to reveal all the secrets of the national nuclear program unless the government releases 200 political prisoners, Reuters reports. The Iranian authorities insist that Shirani is not a nuclear energy expert and has no secret knowledge because he is a manual worker. He is currently being held in the south-east province of Sistan and Belujistan.

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Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program "in late October or early November," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday, Reuters reports.He gave no details about the venue of the talks. Western officials say they could take place in Vienna or Geneva.Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N.

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