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Armenia suspected in having bank ties with Iran in violation of unilateral US sanctions

The Islamic Republic of Iran pressure from international sanctions is seeking to expand banking activities in Armenia. On this occasion, Reuters printed an article according to which Iran is interested in neighboring Armenia.Armenian officials deny any information about banking relationships with Iran. Despite that, US officials regularly threaten their Armenian partners to engage in a more rigorous financial control, Tert.am reports.

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McCain arrives in Georgia to support Saakashvili's party

US Republican Senator John McCain might visit Georgia on the eve of parliamentary elections, Georgia Online reports with reference to "PirWeli." McCain's visit may take place in the second half of September.According to the agency, this information is confirmed by the members of the parliamentary majority, but the date of his visit is not known yet.

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Armenian democrat says Russia is sole investor

 Russia is the only real investor in Armenia, leader of the Democratic Party of Armenia Aram Sarkisyan said on August 21, NEWS.am reports.The official said that any international partnership with Moscow, including cooperation within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community, should be welcome. He added that the US did not bring real investments to Armenia.

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Jerusalem Day in Moscow

Experts draw attention of the society to humanitarian problems of the center of three world religions

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Bryza becomes board member of Jamestown Foundation

 Matthew Bryza, US former Ambassador to Azerbaijan and co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, has become a board member of the Jamestown Foundation, ANSPRESS reports.Glen Howard, head of the foundation, noted that Bryza will help studies and analyses of Eurasia.

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Turkey to grant IMF loan worth $5 billion

 Turkish Assistant Prime Minister Bulent Arync said that they plan to grant the IMF a loan worth $5 billion, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.He reminded that the Turkish Central Bank had only $15.2 billion of reserves in the early 2000s. The sum has accumulated to $57.298 billion. No new loans have been taken in the last 4 years.

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Russia accuses western states of providing weapons for Syrian opposition

 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov says the ministry has facts of mass shipments of western weapons to Syrian rebels, RBC reports.UN observers have been noting presence of advanced weapons in rebel forces. But their source is unknown.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the US of arming Syrian opposition. Washington denied all accusations.

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 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on October 22-23, Avesta.Tj reports.Spokeswoman of the US State Department Victoria Nuland said that Clinton will meet President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Khamrokh Zarifi in Dushanbe, public officials.Clinton will meet Uzbek President Islam Karimov and Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiyev.The US secretary of state made her last visit to Dushanbe in October 2011 and had negotiations with Rahmon and Zarifi. 

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New U.S. Ambassador to arrive in Azerbaijan

New U.S. Ambassador Richard Morningstar will arrive in Azerbaijan after August 25, it was announced at a private event held in honour of the new U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan in the office of the United States-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (USACC) in Georgetown. Morningstar raised the issues of energy security and cooperation in the Caspian region, adding that the South Energy Corridor is important for Azerbaijan in terms of energy diversification, according to a press release of the United States-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (USACC).

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Iranian president calls for destruction of Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that Israel’s existence is an offense to humanity and should be destroyed, he said at Tehran University on Friday, Interfax reports.The president added that a new Middle East would be formed without Zionists or Americans.The speech was made to mark the day of solidarity with Palestine in the fight against Israel. It has been the harshest criticism Iran's leader has made against Israel in the last few years.

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Anti-Israeli protests in Iran

Iran has marked solidarity with Palestine by organizing anti-Israeli protests, Svoboda reports.Protesters were carrying Palestinian flags and banners with “Death to Israel” inscriptions. Such protests have been held annually in Iran since the revolution in 1979.Israel and Iran have tensions over Iran's nuclear program. Western states suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons.

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US accuses Iran of training militants for Assad

  US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has accused Iran of training militants for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Voice of America reports.Panetta expressed confidence that the US will establish a no-fly zone in Syria, although it is not a primary goal at the moment.  

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