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Manas Airport to be transformed into civil hub

 The Manas Airport in Kyrgyzstan will be transformed from a military facility to a civil hub as soon as US troops leave it in 2014, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said, ITAR-TASS reports.Russia, US and Germany were offered to take part in the transformation process. Some Russian enterprises have already expressed interest.The airport is located 20km away from Bishkek. It has been used for US cargo transit to Afghanistan. 

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Greece has ratified the intergovernmental agreement on construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), signed by Albania, Italy and Greece in Athens in February 2013.TAP will be used to transport oil from the Caspian Region through Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea to Italy's South and then to Western Europe. Gas will be provided within the framework of the second stage of Shah Deniz development.TAP will have a capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually. Capacity may be further increased to 20 billion cubic meters a year.

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Head of NATO European Command checks Patriot missiles in Turkey

James Stavridis, Commander of the NATO European Command, has visited the Patriot missile deployments on the Turkish-Syrian border, CNN-Turk reports.Stavridis arrived in Ankara on Tuesday and met Chief of Turkish General Staff Necdet Ozel, National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz.Stavridis will inspect Patriot missiles in Kahramanmaras, Gaziantep and Ingirlick. He wants a military operation in Syria, similar to the one in Libya.

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Baku will host the 1st Caspian International Forum called "Water Technologies", organized by Azersu of Gorkhmaz Guseynov on April 12.It will be attended by over 200 officials of BASF (Germany), Herrenknecht (Germany), Nippon Koei (Japan), Ecoline (Russia), LIT (Russia), Suez Environment (France), DYNASAND (Switzerland) and from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Venezuela, Italy, Turkey and other states.They will discuss exploitation of water resources.

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"Putin stands firm on Russian NGOs as Germany’s Merkel says they should be able to work freely" is an article reprinted today by the Washington Post from the Associated Press. "German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted Russia’s president with her concerns about a crackdown on non-governmental organizations, but Vladimir Putin brushed the issue aside by repeating that his government needs to know who is funding the groups," the article reads.

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The second round of the Iranian nuclear talks started today in the Kazakhstani city of Almaty. Representatives of the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, China, Russia, France and Germany) are trying to persuade Iran to suspend the country's nuclear project, which is widely believed to have a military component.

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The Moscow Times published an article by Ian Buruma devoted to the ongoing North Korean nuclear crisis. "Nobody would care much about North Korea — a small and isolated country of 24 million people, ruled by a grotesque dynasty that calls itself Communist — if it were not for its nuclear weapons. Its current ruler, Kim Jong-un, the 30-year-old grandson of North Korea's founder, is now threatening to turn Seoul, the rich and bustling capital of South Korea, into "a sea of fire." U.S. military bases in Asia and the Pacific are also on his list of targets," the article begins. 

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Iranian presidential polls will not affect nuclear talks

 Spokesman of EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton, Michael Mann, said that Iranian presidential polls in mid-2013 will not affect the talks with six mediators, RIA Novosti reports.Kazakhstan is hosting a new round of talks of Iran and six mediators (Russia, US, China, France, UK and Germany). The talks started at 10.30 am.

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Alma Ata to host new round of Iranian nuclear talks

Alma Ata is hosting another round of talks about the Iranian nuclear program. Spokesman of EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton, Michael Mann, said that Iran had presented its proposals to six mediators in February and expects a clear response to the initiatives.

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 Iran hopes that the negotiations on the nuclear program of Iran to be held in Almaty on April 5 will start with recognition by the "Group of six" its right to uranium enrichment, Agence France-Presse reported with reference to the statement of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, says Trend."We think that they can start the negotiations tomorrow with the phrase that they recognize Iran's right to enrichment (of uranium)," Jalili said in Almaty.

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Hürriyet Daily News published an article by Yaşar Aydın headlined 'Four myths about German-Turkish migration.' "The migration of Turks from Germany back to Turkey has been getting a lot of attention in the Turkish media. However, on close inspection many of the most popular explanations about it turn out to be myths," the article begins. 

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 $1.59 billion were invested in Armenia in 2012, a drop by 8.6%, compared with 2011. 49.82% were direct investments (and 37.6% foreign investments) were spent on TV communications, the National Statistical Service reports.France increased investments 2.3-fold to $230 million, with 90% of them in Orange Armenia.Russia reduced investments 3.2-fold to $123 million, a third of which was spent on communications. Russia invested $25 million in Armenian energy, $7.2 million in non-ferrous metals, $25 million in retail sales and $14.5 million in transportation.

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