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Tbilisi hosts international energy conference

Tbilisi (Georgia) is hosting a conference on regional electricity trade today, organized within the framework of the project for promotion of investments in hydro electricity and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).The project will attract investments in hydro energy and implement EU rules and regulations in energy trade.

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World Press On Gaza Strike (November 17-18, 2012)

On November 17th Hurriyet publiched an article by Murat Yetkin headlined 'UN bound to fail again in Israel.' "Before going to Egypt to carry out talks with President Mohamed Morsi, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan answered the questions of journalists on Friday in quite an upset tone. “There is no point talking to Israel,” he said, referring to the ongoing military operation against Gaza.“It is the duty of the United Nations Security Council to stop it,” the article begins

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution condemning the US sanctions against Cuba. “We believe that the era of unilateral cruel and illegal measures against nations has come to an end,” Mehmanparast said on Thursday. The UN Assembly on Tuesday voted, for the 21st year in a row, to denounce the commercial, economic and financial embargoes imposed by the US against Cuba.

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US Congress to discuss Jackson-Vanik amendment today

 The US Congress plans to discuss the Jackson-Vanik amendment today and may replace it with the Magnitsky list with new sanctions for violation of the human rights. Russia promised a counter-measures for the Magnitsky list, Vesti reports.The Jackson-Vanik amendment was passed in 1974 due to migration restrictions in the USSR and frozen in 1989. The Budget Committee of the US House of Representatives approved lifting of the amendment and recommended it to be connected with the Magnitsky list in August.

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UN will not recognize Syrian National Coalition as legitimate

 The UN will not recognize the Syrian National Coalition as legitimate, but independent states may do that, spokesman of the UN secretary general Martin Nesirke said.The LAS has recognized Syrian opposition and called it the only legitimate part of the negotiation process. US President Barack Obama has not recognized it as an exile government. 

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US Assistant State Secretary arrives in Tbilisi

This evening US Assistant State Secretary Philip Gordon arrived inTbilisi. He will have a number of meetings with the new government.Gordon said he was very happy to be back in Georgia and to startnegotiating with the new government.At first Gordon will visit the Parliament, then he will hold talkswith Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili. A meeting withGeorgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze is scheduled for Saturday.The theme of the meeting will be preparations for the visit ofIvanishvili to the US, scheduled for late November.

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US will not allow Russia to interfere in Trans-Caspian

Lynn Tracey, Deputy Assistant for Southern and Central Asia of the US State Department, said at the Turkmenistan Oil and Gas Conference in Ashkhabad that the US government will not allow Russia to interfere in the realization of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline project.No country can forbid Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to build the pipeline under the Caspian Sea, she believes.Patricia Flor, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, said that the EU have wanted to purchase Turkmen gas for over 30 years.

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There will be no more resets in relations between Russia and the US, and we should base policy on the principle of opportunity. This opinion was expressed on 13 November at a press conference at ITAR-TASS given by the rector of MGIMO, Anatoli Torkunov

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SOFAR to invest in VTB

The State Oil Fund of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOFAR) has already deposited 3 billion rubles (about $100 million) in Gazprombank and plans to allocated more in VTB, SOFAR President Shakhmar Movsumov said, Trend reports.SOFAR plans to expand its portfolio to 9 billion rubles and expand the list of banks for allocation.SOFAR was founded in 1999 to accumulate finances and allocated them abroad for future generations. It has $33.1924 billion of assets (compared with $271 million in 1999).

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China syndrome

Anatoly Torkunov: “In Beijing there is a fundamentally significant generational change among the leaders”

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Seven US states want separatism

Mitt Romney’s defeat at the US presidential polls has provoked Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida to demand separation from the United States.

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Georgian PM to visit US before end of November

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will visit the US in late November, Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze said, Trend reports.NATO ministers will meet in Brussels in early December.Ivanishvili will meet US Deputy Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Philipp Gordon on November 17.

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US to focus on Iranian nuclear problem

US President Barack Obama said that the country will focus on the Iranian nuclear problem in the upcoming months and will activate the direct negotiation process, RIA Novosti reports.Obama noted that there was still time to resolve the problem, but Iran should not obtain nuclear weapons.The president emphasized that resolving the issue would require Iran to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear developments, cooperate with international organizations and fulfill all obligations.

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