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The recent heatwave may lead to rising numbers of infectious diseases, both in summer and autumn, Professor Aydyn Mamedov of Azerbaijani medical university announced, Trend reports.The heat has had a negative effect on people's immune systems. There may be more cases of intestinal diseases and food poisoning. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources reports that citizens are visiting the beaches more often, including polluted beaches on the Absheron peninsula.

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In the chamber of cooperation of Iran a virtual building site is being built, Iran News reports.Users there can access various catalogues, prices, and building tenders.Manufacturers and anyone interested can visit their website : http://www.iranconfair.ir10.08.10

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Azerbaijan is going to donate 1 million dollars to Pakistan to help recover after the flooding there. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan? says that this money will go to a charity to help victims of the flooding, reports Trend.The strongest flooding in 80 years has already affected 12 million people. Thousands of houses have been destroyed and in some regions whole towns have been swept away by the currents. Several million people need food and clothes.10.08.10

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The administration of Tskhinvali is planning to open a memorial complex, Yuga.ru reports, citing the city's mayor.There are also plans to open musical fountains in the city. This year playgrounds and sports grounds will open as well, Mayor Gerasim Khugayev said. He said that disposal of construction waste is a serious problem. Moreover, work on the city's central underground communications system were to start this year. The administration plans to repair roads and create lawns.

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More than 200 soldiers are involved in?extinguishing fire in Ahaltsihskiy region, reports Georgia Online. Hundreds of fire brigades, volunteers and 3 helicopters are struggling to put the fire out, after stopping its spread.The fires have been caused by abnormally high temperatures. Georgia hasn't seen rain for well over a month.

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5 million euros will be made available to renovate the Yerevan underground train system, due to a credit agreement between Yerevan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports News.am. In total the project will cost 15 million euros.Apart from the EBRD, 5 million will be given by the European Commission as a grant and from the European Investment Bank as a credit. The rate of interest is 1 % over the base rate.

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Report from the pan-Caucasus youth education camp "Mashuk-2010"During the first pan-Caucasus youth education camp "Mashuk-2010", a big press-conference has taken place, dedicated to youth politics and the work of the conference itself. The head of the federal youth agency Vasiliy Yakimenko, deputy representative of the Russian president in the North Caucasus District Yuri Olenikov, governor of Stavropol territory Valery Gaevskiy, archbishop of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz Feofan and chairman of the Coordination center of Muslims of the North Caucasus, Ismail-Hadzhy Berdiev, answered questions put by journalists and participants.

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Tbilisi will launch a free industrial zone in two years, Business Georgia reports.Minister of Economy Vera Kobaliya confirmed the information. She said that the project will be discussed at a parliamentary session today. Kobaliya noted that it concerns 4 enterprises within the free economic zone of Tbilisi, the primary spheres of which are production of electronic engineering and construction materials and their export.This project will create over 1500 jobs, the minister said.

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Turkish Interior Ministry forces have prevented a terrorist attack on the citizens of the country, reports News.am. An explosive device, set to detonate on the 10th of August, was placed in the settlement of Zeitun Burnu, but timely police intervention prevented this. An investigation is now underway.10.08.10

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Teheran is not ready to have bilateral negotiations with Washington, but can discuss their style of solving international problems, the Iranian news agency FARS reports citing a representative of the ministry of foreign affairs, Rahmin Mehmanparast."Iran has no need for bilateral negotiations with the USA.

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Due to the heat and the difficult ecological situation the?Moscow authorities are sending more than 1,500 elderly people and?10,000 children to resorts in the Krasnodarskiy region, Ukraine and Bulgaria said Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, reports RIA Novosti.During his meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin he outlined the situation and named the resorts to which various groups will be sent.10.08.10

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Teheran claims that it is ready to provide the Lebanese army with the necessary equipment and to follow the military treaty signed between the two countries' defence ministers, said the ambassador of Iran to Beirut during a meeting with Lebanese general Jan Kahvadja, reports Trend referring to the agency IRNA.10.08.10

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Teheran claims that it is ready to provide the Lebanese army with the necessary equipment and to follow the military treaty signed between the two countries' defence ministers, said the ambassador of Iran to Beirut during a meeting with Lebanese general Jan Kahvadja, reports Trend referring to the agency IRNA.

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Armenia claims it will have finished developing a new military-industrial establishment program by 2011.Speaking at an interdepartmental defence commission on the 10th of August, the Secretary of the Council of National Security, Artur Bagdasarian, noted that the challenges their country faces show the need for a powerful military-industrial establishment.

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Iran's vice-president, Reza Rahimi, has announced that in response to the new UN sanctions Iran will stop trading in euros or dollars. He explained that Iran can trade with other countries in their own currencies or in the Iranian Rial, reports IranNews.Iran is one of the most economically powerful Muslim countries?in the world today, with trading partners including Japan, China, Germany, Italy, France, Southern Korea, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Russia.10.08.10

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According to the mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, the possibility of organizing The UEFA Europa League final in Tbilisi in 2012 or 2013 was discussed with UEFA president Michel Platini, reports Trend.At present the city satisfies more than the minimum requirements to host the final and more improvements will be made.It has been decided to organize a large football event of some kind in Tbilisi. Details will be known later.10.08.10

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The deputy minister of agriculture of Armenia, Salmen Galstyan, claims that the republic will have enough grain, despite the crisis, but the price will be affected. According Galstyan, the decision of Russia to stop exporting grain will create barriers for countries importing from the Russian federation, RIA Novosti-Armenia reports.Armenia consumes 650-720 thousand tons of grain annually; 380-420 thousand tons are imported, mainly from Russia. The ministry concludes that the country has enough supplies to last it until the next harvest.10.08.10

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The Israeli authorities have said they will leave the international commission investigating the"Freedom Flotilla" incident if it interrogates Israeli soldiers, reports Reuters .Israel's discontent is caused by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's denial that the commission would not speak to "commandos", but rely upon the investigation of the army itself.On the 31st of May Israeli forces stopped six ships of the fleet. During the operation, 9 men from the Turkish vessel 'Mavi Marmara' were killed.

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Due to the fires in Russia, the authorities have decided to cease grain exports until the end of 2010. According to a statement by the board of directors of the World Bank, this alone will not create a crisis on the markets, but destabilises the situation for poor countries, the BBC reports. Fortunately, the situation can be saved by exporting grain from another countries, such as the USA, the World Bank believes.10.08.10

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