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The Minister for Energy of Iran said that in the near future Iran willbuild 70 reservoirs, which will hold up to 12 billion cubic meters ofwater from atmospheric condensation, reports web-site Iran, citingnews agency IRNA.The Minister pointed out that fresh water shortage is one of the mostserious problems nowadays. This is closely connected with climatechange, the greenhouse effect and a general rise in averagetemperatures on the Earth.

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The deputy director general of Iran's 'Tavanir' electric companyGolyam Reza Khoshkhalk declared that the construction of 20 powerplants has been handed to the private sector. He noted that Iran needsa surplus of 5 thousand megawatts annually, Iran News reports, citingIRIB News.Khoshkhalk noted that Iran has 24 million consumers of electricityusing 170 billion kilowatt per hour. The number of consumers rises by1.2 million annually.

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The Red Crescent Society will build a 120-capacity clinic inAzerbaijan after the Ministry of Healthcare approved the initiative,Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Muhammed Bagir Bukhrami said, APAreports.The initiative is part of efforts to strengthen ties between the twocountries. Iran has lifted the visa regime for Azerbaijan and hopesthat Azerbaijan will do the same, the ambassador noted.

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Iran observes a day of mourning on Friday dedicated to the death ofthe founder of the Islamic Republic Ruhollah Mousavi Khomeni in 1989,ITAR-TASS reports. A memorial ceremony will take place at Khomeni'smausoleum, 40 km away from Tehran. The traditional Friday prayer willbe read in the State University of Tehran by Iranian Ayatollah AliKhamenei. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will also make a speech.

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The US hopes that the UN Security Council will consider and approvenew sanctions against Iran nest week, the official spokesman of theWhite House Robert Gibbs said, RIA Novosti reports.The situation around Iran complicated after Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad declared on February 11th that Tehran had produced itsfirst batch of 20% enriched uranium and had the potential to producemore higher enriched uranium. He also denied accusations of nucleararms development.

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The representative of Iran at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Ashgar Soltanie, has stated that the IAEA's information on the disappearance of equipment which could be used to create nuclear weapons from Iranian labaratories is not true. IAEA staff refused to make any official comment, but, according to unofficial data, the organization is not going to disclaim the statements, RBC reports.

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A meat processing plant will be built in Georgia using Iranian investments, the Georgian Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli said on a working visit to Iran, Business Georgia reports.He said that the sides are planning aiming at extending cooperation in agriculture and intensifying trade relations. In exchange for investments Iran expects lamb meat import.Iranian Minister of Agriculture Sadek Khaliliyan said that Iranian 75 million consumer market is open for Georgian products.

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The deputy minister for mines and geology of Iran, Mohammed MasudSaminejad, said Tehran plans to import 4 mln tons of bauxite fromGuinea annually to provide a full supply for aluminum production,Iran.ru reports.Guinea-Conakry ranks first in the world with around 40 billion tons ofproven reserves of bauxite, which comprises two-third of the world'sbauxite reserves. According to Samiinejad, Iran and Guinea haveestablished joint a consortium to produce bauxite and then transportit by sea to Iran.

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Tehran has hosted a presentation regarding the launch of direct andregular flights to the Kazakh capital - Astana, a VK correspondentreports, citing the Kazakh Foreign Ministry's press office.Representatives of foreign ministries and the top management of theairline company "Mahan Air" attended the presentation. According tothe agreement reached between Kazakh aviation authorities and "MahanAir", the flights will start on June 16th 2010. There will be flightsto Astana three days a week - Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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10 out of 19 projects aimed at independent production of medicine against cancer have been approved, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare on scientific research Mustafa Ganei said, Trend reports.He noted that production will start as soon as the projects receive financing. The medicines, based on biotechnology, will help treat cancer of the breathing system and central nervous system.

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Azerbaijan does not agree to US military bases

According to The New York Times, a document involving a plan to createsecret military bases in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan has beensigned in the USA. The newspaper also says that the White Housestarted an untraditional war last summer, involving secret militaryactions and gathering of information throughout the world.US officials refuse to comment on the issue. Experts believe that Bakuand Tbilisi have allowed the USA to use their territory for a strikeon Iran.

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The deputy minister of oil and Director-General of the IranianNational Gas Company, Javad Ouji, said that the Board of Directors ofthe Iranian National Oil Company have ratified the contract onconstruction of the 'Mir' pipeline to export Iranian gas to Pakistan,priced at $7 billion, Iran News reports.A high-ranking delegation from the Pakistani Ministry of Oil andNatural Resources will arrive in Tehran for the signing.

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A fuel depot belonging to the 'Bana Gostar Karaneh' (BGK) company inthe Iranian sector of the Persian Gulf has exploded, Trend reports,citing MEHR.The cause of the blast is unknown. BGK is the mainsupplier of fuel for ships and a provider of ship bunkering servicesin the northern part of the Persian Gulf.

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Russian energy giant Gazprom will join the construction of anIran-Armenia pipeline, a company spokesman has said, Armenia Todayreports.The company will take part in the project through its subsidiarycompany ArmRosgazprom."The project will be carried out by means of Gazprom's investmentprograms," Valery Golubev said.

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The Iranian bank Bank Melli Iran is planning to establish a new bankin Azerbaijan with its own investments, the executive director of thebank, Mahmoud Rza Haver, said, Trend reports."These plans are related to projections of increasing trade turnoverbetween Azerbaijan and Iran to $10 billion," Haver said. "We decidedto establish a new bank to achieve these goals." Currently, the annualvolume of trade between the countries does not exceed $700 million.A branch of Bank Melli Iran was opened in Baku in 1993.

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Today an opening ceremony of a grain storage terminal will take placein the Iranian port of Amirabad, reports a VK correspondent.A Kazakh delegation will participate in the ceremony. This terminalwill become an important point on the southern transit route forKazakh grain. According to official information, more than 53.000 tonsof grain can be transported through the terminal in Amirabad. Mainlythis will be exports to Iran and Middle East states .

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Iran has chosen China for an order for the construction of a tankerfor the transportation of liquefied natural gas, which will be putinto operation in four years, reports Trend.The cost of each ship is estimated at $200 - $220mln, and to form aflotilla of LNG tankers more than $1.2 billion will be invested.Iran plans to produce 11mln tons of liquefied natural gas annually,and 1 tanker can transport a million ton of liquefied gas a year. Butas transportation is partially carried out by private companies, Iran

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Six servicemen have been killed in Turkey as a result of missileattack at a naval base located in Iskenderun on the Mediterranean Sea.There are no more details on the incident yet, reports ITAR TASS.

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Iran and Georgia carried out negotiations on beef imports and the building of slaughterhouses on the territory of Georgia, reports Trend, with reference to the Iranian agency MEHR.

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Tehran is counting on an effective and positive reaction from Moscow on the realization of the Tehran trilateral agreement on the exchange of low-enriched uranium (up to 3,5%) for highly-enriched (up to 20%) on the territory of Turkey, the Iranian news agency Fars reports, with reference to the Foreign Ministry.

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