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TTurkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the EU to determine theirjoint position on Turkey joining the organization. Turkish authoritieshave repeatedly said that joining the EU is a strategic goal ofAnkara, TRT reports.The negotiations on the issue started in October 2005. GermanChancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy spokeout against Turkey joining EU, offering it a status of privilegedpartner.

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Five people injured in a terrorist attack on the central market ofVladikavkaz are still in Moscow hospitals, North Ossetian office inMoscow told Vestnik Kavkaza.Rashid Ashinov"s condition remains the same. The condition of otherpatients is stable. Krivets and Khachirov will undergo surgeries. AllaGagloyeva was discharged from hospital and returned to Vladikavkaz.

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The head of the Main Department of the Ministry of Interior Affairsfor the North Caucasus Federal District (NCFD), Sergey Chenchik,believes that terrorists and extremists should face harsherpunishments and specialized detention centers.Chenchik said that such detention centers need special staff, skilledpsychologists, and psychiatrists, RIA Novosti reports.

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The Ministry of Interior Affairs will take all the necessary measuresto prevent fraud at the census in the North Caucasus Federal District(NCFD) in October, the head of the main department of the Ministry ofInterior Affairs for the NCFD, Sergey Chenchik, said today, RIANovosti reports.In late September, Russian presidential envoy to the NCFD, AlexanderKhloponin, said that he has information about all possible forgeriesof the census results.

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The acting mayor of Moscow, Vladimir Resin, has become a member ofRussia"s ruling party United Russia, RIA Novosti reports, citing thechief of the executive committee of the Moscow regional department ofUnited Russia party.Resin replaced Yury Luzhkov, who was fired byRussian President Dmitry Medvedev last week.

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The UK Minister of Foreign Affairs re-confirmed London's support forGeorgian territorial unity before visiting Moscow Georgia Onlinereports.William Hague said on air on the BBC that the Georgian issue remainsan untouchable factor of Russian-European relations.The minister said that they disapprove of the events in Abkhazia andSouth Ossetia and that improving ties with Russia should not becarried out at the expense of its neighbours.

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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu discussedstability and cooperation issues in Eurasia and the Caspian regionwith the ambassadors of Turkic language countries in Ankara onTuesday, TRT Russian reports.At the meeting with the ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Davutoglu said that Turkeywill continue its efforts to improve stability in the regions.

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The president of Kabardino-Balkaria, Arsen Kanokov, has offeredAlexander Merkulov, who was the republic's premier for the last year,the chance to take up the post again, RIA Novosti reports.On September 28th the government of Kabardino-Balkaria was resignedwhen a new president came to power.

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Dagestani President Magomedsalam Magomedov and the Governor of Iran'sGilyan Province, Gakhramani Chaboka Rukhollakh Zabikholly, signed atrade-economic, science-technical, cultural and humanitariancooperation agreement in Gilyan on October 5, RIA Novosti reports.The head of Dagestan noted at the meeting that they were many possiblejoint projects in developing the natural resources of the Caspian,ecology, sea transport, joint use of tourism potential of Dagestan andGilyan.

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The US Senate has decided to postpone discussions on appointing MattewBryza as the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, APA reports.A source in the Senate said that the discussions are now scheduled forOctober 8. They include the appointment of Bryza and Ricardone.It is unknown whether there will be voting on October 8.

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Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev has visited the Nakhichivanautonomy. He visited social facilities, a hydro electric plant and thestrategic road Nakhichivan-Sadarak, AzerTag reports.The Nakhichivan-Sadarak road is the only land connection betweenAzerbaijan and Turkey, its construction started in March 2008. Thefour line road will be 82 km long and 23 m wide, the pavement will be17.2 m wide. It is part of the Great Silkroad and connects theKengerlin, Sharur and Sadarak regions of the republic.

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The police and the Federal Security Service killed Yerlan Yusupov, whowas involved in murders of policemen, and arrested two women suspectedof supporting him in a special operation in Makhachkala, RIA Novostireports.The National Counter-Terrorist Committee reported on Tuesday thatYusupov organized the murder of the head of the inter-districtdepartment against extremism Ramazan Radzhabov and his deputy Omarovand two civilians in Izberbash on September 28.

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The co-chairs of the OSCE MG have met Azerbaijani Minister of ForeignAffairs Elmar Mammadyarov, APA reports.Experts of the International Migration Organization (IMO) and the UNHigh Commission for Refugees were also at the meeting.The meeting lasted for 3 hours. The sides discussed issues related tothe evaluation mission in Nagorno-Karabakh. The co-chairs did not makeany comments to the journalists after the meeting.

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Delegations from Azerbaijan and Armenia have met to discuss renewal ofthe work of the subcommittee for Nagorno-Karabakh, Trend reports.The meeting was initiated by the PACE Chairman Mevlut Cavusoglu. Thehead of the Azerbaijani delegation, Samid Seidov, and member of thedelegation, Sabir Gadzhiyev, were at the meeting. The Armenian sidewas represented by the head of Armenian delegation David Harutyunyanand his deputy Armen Rustamyan.PACE Secretary General Mateo Sorinas was at the meeting.

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