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Unrest in Egypt turns into civil war, experts say

The national conflict of the month, the escalating unrest in Egypt, which began after the dispersal of the supporters of the "Muslim Brotherhood" and ousted President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian army and police, is now in the focus of attention of the expert community around the world. In Moscow, the prospects of riots and a full scale war were discussed by the Advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Andrey Baklanov, Doctor of Philosophy, scholar of Islam, Alexander Ignatenko and doctor of historical sciences, professor Marina Sapronova.

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Ambassadors of 28 EU states met in Brussels today to discuss new sanctions against the Egyptian military, RIA Novosti cites the press service of EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton.The officials discussed halts to financial and other forms of aid for Egypt, bans for weapons, equipment and other means of repression.

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Turkish minister blames Gezi Park protesters for losing bid to host 2020 Olympic Games

Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis has blamed protesters of the Gezi Park for losing the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Istanbul.He clarified that the protesters had filed several notes to the International Olympic Committee, urging it not to choose Turkey as the Olympic host.Turkey guaranteed to spend $19 billion to organize the Olympic Games in 2020, should it be chosen to host them. The IOC will announce the winner of the Olympic bid on September 7.

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German MP wants France to pass co-chairmanship of OSCE MG to EU

German MP Tankred Schipanski said that France could pass its co-chairmanship in the OSCE Minsk Group to the European Union so that the EU would have a common approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.He reminded that Germany was supporting the four resolutions the UNSC passed to have Armenian forces withdraw from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

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Iran detains Indian oil tanker

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps detained Indian oil tanker MT Desh Shanti with Iraqi oil in the Gulf and taken to Bandar Abbas, ITAR-TASS reports.Iran said that the tanker was polluting Iranian territorial waters.Iraq became the second largest oil supplier of India after Saudi Arabia. India refuses to reduce imports of oil from Iran, despite sanctions of the US and EU against the Islamic Republic. 

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Force is useless against Third Energy Package

One cannot struggle against the Third Energy Package with the help of force. Such a struggle demands committment to agreements, diplomacy and lobbying, the head of the Analysis Centre of the Institute of International Research of the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, Andrey Kazantsev, says.

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Azerbaijan to have next WTO talks in October at best

Azerbaijan will have the next talks on joining the World Trade Organization no sooner than in October, Trend cites Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Mamedguliyev today.The previous round of talks was held in Geneva in early June 2013. Azerbaijan is having bilateral negotiations with the US, Japan, Brazil, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, EU, Norway, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Switzerland, Honduras.The process started in 2004. Protocols have been signed with Turkey, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan. A protocol will soon be signed with Moldova.

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Azerbaijan and Italy discuss bilateral relations

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on Sunday and discussed bilateral cooperation, role of their cooperation for the EU and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) as the guarantee of Europe’s energy security.

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Azerbaijan and EU to lift visa regime

Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Mamedguliyev said today that an agreement simplifying the visa regime with the EU may be signed at the 3rd summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius on November 28-29, Trend reports.It needs to sign bilateral agreements with Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Lichtenstein (states of the Schengen Zone).The list of people affected by the simplified visa regime has been approved by the EU. This primarily concerns students and businessmen.

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The Avaz tourism zone of Turkmenistan will host an inter-department conference today to discuss ecology of the Caspian Sea, control over pollution and monitoring of water, preservation of biological resources according to the national action plan.The conference will be attended by officials of the State Enterprise for Issues of the Caspian Sea, State Presidential Agency for Management and Utilization of Hydrocarbon Resources, State Service for Maritime and River Transportation, State Committee for Fishin Economy, UN DP, European Union, WHO, diplomats.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül has recently given a message of unity, presenting the long-neglected European Union full membership goal as one of the main targets requiring nationwide solidarity,

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