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1,378 candidates for the future parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan have applied to the regional commissions, Trend reports. 283 of them have been registered so far.The parliamentary elections are scheduled for November 7. The previous polls took place in 2005.

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The Georgian Foreign Minister declared today that Armenian-Georgian relations are now at their best, News Armenia reports.According to him, the bilateral trade indicator has reached $144 million, and that is not high enough. For his part, the Armenia Foreign Minister said that trade turnover has already increased 50% and added that there are no issues that cannot be resolved through dialogue.

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Iranian officials declared that the unofficial OPEC statistics indicating a fall in Iranian oil output were incorrect, Trend reports.Iran gives OPEC confidential reports on oil production indicators every month.According to previous OPEC statements, Iran’s oil production has decreased by around 15,400 barrels per day.

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The government of Georgia estimates a possible income of 150 mln lari ($120 mln) for state property privatization in 2011, Business Georgia reports.The Georgian Finance Minister said that only 70 mlin lari will be added to the state budget, the remaining funds will be allocated to regional governments.

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ran's High Aviation Council declared a 30% increase in the cost of tickets for domestic flights from October 7 2010, Trend reports.The organization based this decision on repeated requests by airlines, as well as bringing current costs into line with the real flight prices.According to Iranian High Aviation Council, air tickets prices for domestic flights is one of the lowest in the world.Airlines will have more opportunities to purchase spare parts, as well as to better equip its fleet to ensure safety and comfort of passengers.

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The Deputy Minister of Regional Development of Russia, Sergey Vereshchagin, was appointed the head of the North Caucasus Federal District Ministry, RIA Novosti reports.The Ministry was created as a special department of the Regional Development Ministry under the order of the Russian Premier, Vladimir Putin. The establishment of the new bureau was finished in September.

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Georgian foreign minister unaware of location of Javakhk

"There is no region called Javakhk on Georgia's geographical map", Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said in Yerevan."There is however the region of Samtskhe Javakheti, whose population has equal rights irrespective of nationality," he added, PanArmenian reports.Disproving the claims of ethnic discrimination in the region, the Minister said that "Georgia provides Armenian-language textbooks for 103 Armenian schools, graduates of which can enter Georgian higher education institutions after preparation courses."

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The combat potential of the newly formed South Military District will be doubled by joining all forces and materials located in the region, declared Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdykov at a Military Defense meeting in Rostov-on-Don.The new district was established within the borders of the North Caucasian Military District, RIA Novosti reports.

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Sochi will host a meeting of security council heads, national security advisors, prime ministers and ministers from some 40 countries on October 5-6, RIA Novosti reports.The delegation headed by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, has left for Sochi to participate in the two-day international meeting, the Public Radio of Armenia's website said.

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Azerbaijan will allocate 1,325,610,000 AZN (US $1,656,326,000 ) from the 2011 State Budget for defense expenditures, a member of Parliament's Economic Policy Committee, Nazim Mammadov, said APA reports.He said that defense expenditures will increase by 10% in 2011 as against the figures of 2010.900,000 AZN will be spent on defense forces, 83,303 000 AZN on national security, 2, 200 000 AZN on applied research in the defense and security sphere.

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Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze refuted rumors about the country's plans to create a confederation with Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's statement earlier this week about the possible establishment of a confederation with the neighboring state should not be taken out of context, the minister said. The president was simply stressing the strong ties between Georgia and Azerbaijan, he added.

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An anthrax outbreak in south Russia's Kuban region is under control, RIA Novosti reports.Five infected people were hospitalized two weeks ago and are now are recovering. 150 cows are under veterinary observation.The infection spread due to farm workers' failure to observe regulations.

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