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Iranian president blames western states for instability

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that presence of western states in the Gulf was the reason for instability, Trend reports.Concerning negotiations with six mediators, Ahmadinejad said that he had made propositions and expects a response. He noted that the country was ready for an attack from Israel.The president emphasized that not a single state has ever won a war against Iran.

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British newspaper the Guardian published today an article entitled"Binyamin Netanyahu demands 'red line' to stop Iran nuclearprogramme." "Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has calledon the international community to set a "clear, red line" to stop Iranmaking a nuclear weapon, a line he claimed would be reached as earlyas next spring," the article reads.

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Iranian president predicts arrival of savior

 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a speech at the UN General Assembly for the 8th time and his last time as the president, concluding his second 4-year terms, RIA Novosti reports.Ahmadinejad said that hegemon states threaten others with armament drive and nuclear weapons. He mentioned Israel as an example.The Iranian president predicted arrival of a holy savior for the rebirth to the world. 

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Ehud Barak initiates evacuation of Jewish settlements from the West Bank

The Defense Minister of Israel Ehud Barak proposed the evacuation of dozens of Jewish settlements from the West Bank of the Jordan River, even if talks with Palestine remain deadlocked. He is sure that such a step will promote relations between Israel and its neighbors in the region, Europe, and the US.The critics of the minister who heads a small and unpopular left party Atsmaut see the election background in his statement, RIA Novosti reports.

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Yerevan hosts international music festival

Yerevan has opened the 6th International Music Festival “Return” (September 24 – October 31), as stated by Mariam Shaginyan, founder and head of the Gallery of Arts Foundation, RIA Novosti reports.Musicians and orchestras arrived from Israel, Germany, France, Denmark, Portugal and Armenia.The Israeli orchestra of Avner Biron with celloist Levon Muradyan will perform the works of Joseph Haydn, Antonin Dvorak and Noam Sherif, a 20th century Israeli composer.

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Gas reserve found in Lebanon

Spectrum (UK) has found 25 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves in the southern areas of Lebanon during geological exploration in the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone of the country in the Mediterranean Sea, Lenta.ru reports.The gas volumes may cost about $40 billion. Lebanon has more gas reserves that annual extraction in Russia. Spectrum says that the reserves exceed those of Cyprus (5-6 trillion cubic feet).Gazprom (Russia) wants to become a member of the concession.

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Iranian president to limit uranium reserves

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Saturday for the UN General Assembly. He said that Iran wanted to make concessions and limit uranium reserves. The president expressed doubts that uranium enriched to over 3% was the reason for pressure.

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The U.S. has denied entry visas to Iranian officials, including two ministers, expecting to attend next week’s United Nations General Assembly, the RIAN reports. The U.S. State Department has refrained from issuing visas for 20 officials of the 160 people for whom the Iranian government had requested entry visas two months ago. Many Iranian officials are subject to travel bans under sanctions over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

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 An Israeli soldier has been captured in a clash inside Israel near its southern border with Egypt, the Israeli military has said, RIA Novosti reports.A second soldier was moderately wounded in the incident, near Mount Arif, said army spokeswoman Avital Leibovich.Lt Col Leibovich said the militants had opened fire on the soldiers after crossing the border from Sinai.The troops were guarding a site where work is continuing on a new security barrier along the border with Egypt.

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Azerbaijan’s SOCAR enters US market

The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) has opened an office in Washington and plans to open one in Houston, SOCAR Vice President Vitaly Beglyarbekov said at the Oil, Gas and Media Conference in Baku yesterday, Turan reports.

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The Israeli army on Wednesday staged a surprise drill on the country’s northern border, the military said, amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear drive and the fate of Syria's chemical weapons, Al-Arabiya cites Agence France Presse as saying.

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Iranian nuclear facilities attacked

 Fereydun Abbasi-Davani, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, said at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that unidentified terrorists had attacked uranium enrichment facilities in Natanza and Fordu a month ago. The blast at Fordu happened a day before UN inspectors requested access.

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