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Three Turkish citizens were injured when Iranian forces opened fire onthe Turkish-Iranian border near the village of Bashkale in VanDistrict, TRT reports.One citizen died, Mehmet Keskin. Another citizen was arrested by theIranian security services.

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Baku will host a meeting of the working group of the Caspian states,Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Halaf Halafov said, Trend reports.The working group will hold talks on the mechanism of fishing sturgeonand settlement of the national and sovereign zones within 24-25nautical miles.The deputy minister said that the next summit of the Caspian stateswill be held in Russia.As Vestnik Kavkaza reported earlier, a summit of the Caspian stateswas held in Baku on November 18.

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Iranian Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi says Tehran favors an increase in global oil prices, saying crude oil at $100 a barrel is an appropriate price, Iranian news agency Press TV reports.Mirkazemi made the remarks on the sidelines of the 158th meeting of OPEC oil ministers in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, on Saturday."One hundred dollars as a nominal price is good, but real prices are weak. The market is better than before, but it's not good enough, because the growth rate of global GDP is low," the Iranian minister said.

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 The gathering  of the 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Quito marked the passing of the cartel's rotating presidency from Ecuador to Iran -- the first time in 36 years the Islamic republic has held the largely symbolic leadership, Channel NewsAsia

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An Iranian company has signed a contract to build a wind powerinstallation with a capacity of 1.0 megawatts in the Pakistaniprovince of Sindh. The contract is worth $100 million, Iran Newsreports, with reference to the Iranian news agency FARS.Iran is the only country in the Middle East that produces wind turbinegenerators and has experience in building wind power plants.

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Iran is preparing to launch extraction of extra-heavy oil reserves,which supposedly amont to 30 billion barrels, Iran News reports,referring to Internet sources.A relevant contract worth 800 million dollars was signed between theinternational oil company "Kish" and the Iranian state oil company forengineering and development. It should be noted that the internationaloil company "Kish" also partly belongs to the Iranian government.It is assumed that for 2013-2014, Iran will extract about 5 thousand

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The assembly production of trucks of the Minsk Automobile Plant MAZhas launched in Iran, the Belorussian Minister of Industry, AlexanderRadevich, announced during a visit to the National Exhibition of theIslamic Republic of Iran, which opened in Minsk today, the website ofthe Embassy of Belarus in Russia reports.More than 60 Iranian companies presented their production at theexhibition. The exhibition is hosting producers of agriculturalproducts, the food and chemical industries, auto parts, motor oil,

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Tehran could be included in international energy projects, includingNabucco, if Iran's nuclear programme is regulated, US specialrepresentative on Eurasian affairs Richard Morningstar said in aninterview with the Russian newspaper 'Kommersant', Interfax reports,and that if the questions surrounding Tehran's nuclear programme arefinally resolved and its relations with the USA and other countriesare fully normalised, it would be very beneficial for Iran to be apossible gas supplier for the Nabucco gas pipeline.However, he added that until this was done the USA

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The USA does not exclude the contribution of other countries tonegotiations between the six international mediators and Iran, theofficial spokesman of the US State Department Philip Crowly said,commenting on the possible Turkish involvement in the negotiationprocess, Trend reports.

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The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the government officialshave visited the Central Province in Delijan where they took part inopening the largest polyether plant in the country, which will meetthe country's demands for the product, Iran News reports, citingnational media.The plant takes up 40,000 square meters and was built in theindustrial zone of Delijan.The polyether plant is worth approximately $17 million and was builtby the private sector.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (December 8, 2010)

The Washington Post has published an article headlined "Iran talks end with little sign of progress". The talks between Iran and major powers ended on Tuesday in Geneva with few signs of progress, except an agreement to meet again next month in Istanbul, the author says. He stressed the point that there was no public agreement on what was discussed in the past - or even what will be covered in the future.

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Forest fires which started on the 18th of November on the southeastern coast of the Caspian Sea in Gulistan province are continuing,

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A group of trained terrorists have been arrested in Iran, theProsecutor General of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dovlatabadi, said, Trendreports, citing the new agency Fars.Dovlatabadi said that the group was planning terrorist attacks againstofficials in Iran. Questioning of the terrorists revealed their linkswith the attack on nuclear scientists.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (December 7, 2010)

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested on Swedish warrant", The Washington Post reports. Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks Web site whose release of sensitive U.S. documents on the Internet has generated outrage and embarrassment in officials circles, was arrested by British police Tuesday morning on a Swedish warrant and was set to appear before a magistrate for a bail hearing later in the day.

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The head of Iran's Trade Development Organization, Hamid Safdel,during a meeting with the members of the Confederation of IranianChambers of Commerce and countries of Oceania, said that the volume ofIranian exports amounts to $82 billion and imports - to $55 billion,according to the Iranian news broadcasting vompany. Oil and gasexports amount to $58 billion.Safdel noted that the Trade Development Organization focuses on tradedevelopment, dissemination of commercial information, creation oftrade infrastructures and improvement of the commercial legal

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Greece believes that the world community needs to continue talks withIran on its nuclear program, Greek President Karolos Papoulias said ata meeting with the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs ManuchehrMottaki, RIA Novosti reports.Papoulias says that the talks "lack trust".Geneva will host negotiations between Iran and the six mediators,including Russia. Iranian officials had said earlier that Tehranstarted its own uranium extraction.

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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu and the EuropeanCommissioner for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton have discussed thesituation around the Iranian nuclear program. Davutoglu had earliermet his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki in Bahrain.Vestnik Kavkaza reported earlier that the six mediators will renewtalks on the issue in Geneva. The six mediators are permanent membersof the UN Security Council -- Russia, USA, UK, France, China, Germany.They will view the ways to cope with the crisis caused by the nuclearprogram.

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Iran renews talks on nuclear program

Just as in November 2009, before IAEA expressed criticism of Iran for constructing the second uranium-enrichment plant, the six international mediators and an envoy of Tehran will discuss the nuclear program in Geneva. Russian experts do not expect too much progress from the talks.

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Iran claimed another advance in its disputed nuclear activities on Sunday, a day before opening a new round of talks on that work with world powers, The Washington Post reports. The country's nuclear chief said that for the first time the country had mined its own uranium - which can be processed into material used to make nuclear energy or nuclear weapons - giving it a way to bypass UN sanctions prohibiting the material's import.

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