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Bars Aero launches direct flights between Astrakhan and Istanbul

 Today the first passenger aircraft will fly between Astrakhan andIstanbul, the press service of Astrakhan airport said."The flight will be operated by Bars Aero. The flights will operate twice aweek (Mondays and Wednesday). The duration of the flight is 2 hours40 minutes," RIA Novosti cites the press service.The airline expects that the flights will be popular because of three factors: tourism to Istanbul and Turkey, shopping tours andtransit flights to Europe via Istanbul.

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Mudslides seriously damage infrastructure in Northern Iran

 This morning, as a result of heavy rains, in the North Iranian province of Mazanderan the mudslides caused serious damage to the infrastructure, particularly in the towns of  Chalus and Nowshahr.Iranian TV channel IRIBNEWS transfers that the mudslides have damaged roads, argicultural fields and destroyed several ohuses. In addition, some districts were cut off electricity and gas. The mudslides have also caused several deaths.The rescue works continue in the affected districts. 

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Two earthquakes hit Azerbaijan

 An earthquake happened 20 km south-east of Ismailly at 10.07 am and 27 km away from Mingechavir at 11.41 am with a magnitude of 3 points on Richter scale, Trend reports.An earthquake happened in the Balakent District 29 km west of the Zagatal District with a magnitude of 3.1 and an earthquake with a magnitude of 3 in the Ismailly District earlier. 

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Members of illegal Islamic party detained in Russia

 Six members of the Islamic Renaissance Party were detained recruiting new members at Moscow mosques.They were spreading extremist literature. The police inspected their meeting places and found 9 grenades, weapons, ammo, extremist literature, manuals for recruitment and propaganda of radical Islam. 

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Azerbaijani citizen killed in Dagestan

 An Azerbaijani driver was killed by a man in his car in the Sovetsky District of Makhachkala (Dagestan) on Sunday night, Interfax reports.The driver was shot four times in the head from a 9mm gun. 

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On November 10th Hurriyet Daily News published an article by Mustafa Akyol headlined 'Dismantling Kemalism: One more step.' The article follows the announcement by Bekir Bozdağ, the deputy prime minister of Turkey, who said that four of the eight 'revolutionary laws' that Atatürk, Turkey’s founder, imposed in the early 1920s will be abandoned. These laws concern traditional Turkish religious symbols, such as fez, tekkes, türbes, zaviyes and use of traditional titles such as efendi, bey, paşa and others that were banned after the Kemalist Revoilution. 

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As a result of a bus accident that occurred in Armenia’s Shirak Region, 22 people (including a ten-year-old child) have been transferred to the region’s several medical facilities. Shirak Regional Health Department Chief Hovhannes Hovhannisyan told News.am that the injured are in average critical condition at present. “Now, they are being examined,” he said, adding that, according to preliminary data, a child had also been hospitalized. According to preliminary data, the bus driver is a citizen of Georgia.

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Leyla Aliyeva attends conference in UK parliament

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has hosted a conference on 'European Multiculturalism Prospects and Azerbaijani Model of Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance' initiated by Vice President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva

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Dagestani police repel attack on convoy

A Russian police convoy was attacked in Dagestan. The attack started with a blast on its path, followed by fire from the forest.Two OMON officers of the Main Police Directorate of Russia in the Krasnodar Territory suffered from concussion. They were hospitalized and in satisfactory condition.A soldier of the Internal Troops of the Interior Ministry was wounded in the Akhkhoy-Martanovsky District in Chechnya. He was wounded by a blast during at a forest. One soldier was hospitalized.

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