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Russia won a 30-year deal on a military base in Tajikistan, but the price includes risk of placing Russian servicemen under fire if violence flares up in volatile Central Asia, RIA Novosti reports.Moscow and Dushanbe clinched an agreement on Friday on a Russian military base in Tajikistan, which will remain in the country until at least 2042, a Russian presidential aide said.The agreement, which followed months of haggling, is a success for Russian diplomacy, Russian and Western analysts said.

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US describes Iranian plan for settlement of nuclear program as fruitless

The US rules out the Iranian plan for settling the nuclear program. According to the plan, international sanctions would be lifted in exchange for concessions, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports.The 9-point plan was presented to the US at the UN General Assembly last week. Iran offered to scrap uranium enrichment in exchange for a gradual lifting of sanctions. A US spokesman said that Iran’s proposals prove the efficiency of economic sanctions.

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Pivovar sees big multiculturalism traditions of Azerbaijan and Russia

 Yefim Pivovar, head of the Russian State University for the Humanities, said at the International Humanitarian Forum in Baku that Azerbaijan had made the right choice by approving formation of the forum initiated by Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin. He noted that there were no other humanitarian forums on the post-Soviet space.

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Russian “spies” arrested in US deny accusations

 Four Russians arrested in the US for illegal exports of high-tech models for Russian military industry have not admitted guilt, ITAR-TASS reports.Houston held the first court session on October 4. Official accusations were read out for Alexander Fishchenko, Alexander Posobilov, Victoria Klebanova and Anastasia Dyatlova. There are 11 suspects involved in the case. Three of them have not been detained.

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US accuses Iran on broadcasting block

The US alleged on Thursday that Iran has been blocking radio and TV signals in the Middle East and the Gulf Region, ITAR-TASS reports.Iran blocked Eutelsat services for Voice of America, Free Europe and Radio Farda. BBC was blocked in some South-East European states and Trans-Caucasus.Experts believe that the blocking started after the civil disorders over the collapse at the currency markets.

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World Teachers’ Day 2012

Over 1.35 million Russian teachers are marking World Teachers’ Day today. The USSR started marking the day in 1965. It used to be celebrated on the first Sunday of October for about 30 years. The marking of the day on October 5 started in 1994, according to the UNESCO calendar. Russian Minister for Education and Science Dmitry Livanov congratulated all teachers. He said that the bill on education of Russia will be a new step to secure state guarantees for teachers.

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Yerevan to host Armenian-Turkish business forum

The Yerevan Hotel "Ani Plaza" will host a forum of Armenian and Turkish businessmen from October 5-6. The event is organized by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia in the framework of the program "Promotion of the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey", with the assistance of USAid, the "Eurasia" Foundation and the International Center for Human Development, Armenia Today reports.

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 Leader of the Georgian Dream coalition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili said that Georgian businessmen should return to the Russian market, because they are not ready for exports to the US and EU, RIA Novosti reports.Georgia held parliamentary polls on October 1. Georgian Dream got over 50% of votes.

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 Oil prices dropped on Wednesday on weak energy demand concerns as traders looked ahead to the release of US crude inventory data, Reuters cites analysts as saying.Brent North Sea crude for delivery in November fell 98 cents to stand at $110.59 a barrel in London midday deals. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for November, dropped 62 cents to $91.27 a barrel. 

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 Boston will host the US premiere of a documentary film on the Armenian Genocide on October 28. The world premiere of ‘Voyage to Amasia’ by Randy Bell and Eric Hachikian was held in Toronto last December and received the Best Documentary Prize. Earlier it was also screened at various international festivals, including the 2012 Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, News.am reports 

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 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the enhancement of Tehran-Baghdad defense ties is the main factor behind peace and stability in the region, Press TV reports.  In a meeting with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi in Baghdad on Wednesday, the Iraqi premier expressed satisfaction with the Iranian official’s trip and called for the development of defense relations between the two countries.  

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