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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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Netanyahu warns of Iranian nuclear bomb capability

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran would be on the brink of nuclear weapons capability in six to seven months, adding new urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a clear "red line" for Tehran in what could deepen the worst US-Israeli rift in decades

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Muslims protest against US film

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “Innocence of Muslims” film that provoked murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya. A US embassy was attacked in Cairo, Libya and Tunisia. Protests continue in Yemen and Iran.

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Israeli vice premier opposes ultimatums in Iran talks

 Israeli Vice Premier Dan Meridor has spoken out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for a military strike on Iran without US approval, ITAR-TASS reports.The vice premier wants to find peaceful solutions to the conflict. Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Avigdor Lieberman and Ehud Barak warned the PM against causing tensions with the US over Iran. 

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The Jerusalem Post published an article headlined 'Syrian lessons' devoted to the Iranian nuclear programme and Israel's position on the matter. "In past cases, Israel pursued its best interests despite US opposition. And in retrospect, Israel was right to do so. That should be the lesson that Syria, September 2007 teaches us with regard to Iran, September 2012," the article begins. 

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Russia and China backed four Western powers on Wednesday to step up diplomatic pressure on Iran to allay concerns that it is developing atomic bombs capability, a day after Israel ramped up threats to attack the Islamic state, Reuters reports.

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Georgia launches tourism campaign in Israel

 The Georgian Tourism Ministry is starting mass tourism advertising in Israel with over $505,000 invested in the project, Business Georgia reports.Spot Tikshoret ve-Astrategia is promoting Georgian tourism on TV, social networks, newspapers and billboards.Georgia sees 20,000-25,000 tourists annually and wants to increase the figure to 35,000. Georgia plans to focus on night life and casinos of Tbilisi, nature and skiing resorts. 

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US and Israeli leaders discuss Iranian nuclear program

 US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and continue bilateral talks on the problem, Radio Svoboda reports.Obama said that he will not be able to meet Netanyahu during his visit to Washington. His earlier fail to meet Netanyahu was reportedly caused by disagreements about Iran.The White House said that the Israeli PM will meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other US officials. 

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