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Hurricane Sandy hits East Coast of the US

 The damage it has caused to the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland states may total $50 billion. About 3 million people have experienced a power cut. Hundreds of houses were destroyed, several districts flooded, coastal cities and villages were evacuated. At least 13 people have died.

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Armenia to develop military cooperation US

 Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Oganyan said at a meeting with US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in Yerevan today that Armenia was planning to develop military cooperation with the US, News Armenia reports.The Armenian minister noted that cooperation was at a high level. 2011-2012 was one of the most fruitful period for cooperation.Oganyan reminded that Armenia cooperated with the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, Kosovo an development of reforms.

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North Caucasus population to become first visitors of new resorts

 Locals will become the majority of visitors of new resorts in Russia’s South at the first stage of development of the North Caucasian Federal District, as stated by Maksim Bystrov, Deputy Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the NCFD, at a forum for discussions of resorts in Kislovodsk.

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Iran prevents US from becoming economic dictator in region

 Iranian Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani said that the country’s efforts were preventing the US from becoming an economic dominator in the region.Larijani visited the Ardebil Province and said that the age of false empires was coming to an end and US attempts to become the world economic, political and military dictator failed. 

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Georgian prime minister starts work

 Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has started work in Tbilisi today. His government was approved on Thursday, Vzglyad reports.The official told journalists that he will meet ministers, then US Ambassador Richard Norland to receive a congratulation note from President Barack Obama.Ministries will need a week to start work and two more weeks to start foreign visits. Ivanishvili was reportedly planning the first visit to Brussels. 

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Iranian plane inspected in Iraq

 Sassir Bandar, Iraqi Civil Aviation Chief, reported about inspection of an Iranian plane flying to Syria. No weapons were found onboard, only food and medicaments.This has been the second inspection of Iranian planes flying to Syria in Iraq. Inspections were provoked by US officials who expressed concerns with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s obtaining weapons from Iran.Iraq did not allow a plane from North Korea to pass its aerospace to Syria the previous month. 

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Iranian oppositionists receive Sakharov Award

 The European Parliament has given Iranian oppositionists Nasrin Sotoudekh and Jafar Panakhi the Sakharov Award for Freedom of Thought, President of the assembly Martin Schultz said at a plenary session in Strasburg.Russia’s Pussy Riot and human rights activist Ales Belyatsky from Belarus were the two other candidates for the award. The award will be given in Strasburg on December 12.

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US expresses support for Georgia’s territorial unity and integration in NATO

 US Deputy Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Eric Rubin has expressed support for Georgia’s territorial unity and integration in NATO at the US Center for National Interests today, Trend reports.Georgian parliamentary polls were the main topic of Rubin’s speech. He talked about the reforms of Georgia and emphasized the need for cooperation of the old and new governments. He called the process of power transfer good and constructive. 

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Roland Akhalaia to demand impartial investigation for his sons

 Georgian MP Roland Akhalaia will demand an impartial investigation for his sons, former Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia and former Deputy Defense Minister Dat Akhalaia, Vzglyad reports.The official said that his sons were no longer engaged in state service. Georgian media said that they were in Turkey.Georgian former Defense Minister Dmitry Shashkin is on a visit to the US. He has not returned and has controversies with the new government.

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Bill on knowledge of Russian language by foreigners to undergo third reading

 The Russian parliament will have the final reading of the bill obliging foreign workers of housing, utilities and trade to know the Russian language at a basic level, Vesti reports.Foreigners may receive certificates after passing tests or a document of education issued in their homeland or a document issued on the USSR territory before September 1, 1991. 

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US and Israel say military drills were not warning for Iran

 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey say that the joint military drills with Israel were not a warning for Iran, ITAR-TASS reports.The drills were annual and were organized within the framework of development of joint defenses. Panetta noted that the US was planning negotiations to persuade Iran to quit the nuclear program.The US and Israel had military drills Austere Challenge 12 on October 21. About 1000 Israeli and 3500 US soldiers were mobilized for exercising. 

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Moody’s puts Russian and Turkish banks on Top-3 list

 Moody’s says that Russian, Turkish and Polish banks have the highest profitability at the moment. The ratio of net profit to assets totaled 2.4% last year.Profitability of US and Japanese banks totaled 1.3%, German and British banks 0.7%, French 0.6%. Profitability is expected to start dropping this year. 

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The Syrian military started attacks in the southern outskirts of Damascus on Thursday-Friday night, despite the cease-fire regime for Eid al-Adha.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the cease-fire initiative. Spokeswoman of the US State Department Victoria Nuland said that the US will monitor fulfillment of the peace agreement.

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US president to improve partnership with Turkmenistan

 US President Barack Obama is confident that cooperation with Turkmenistan should develop at all levels, as stated in his congratulation letter to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov marking the 21st anniversary of independence of October 27, Trend reports.Obama sees productive cooperation at the regional level, integration and trade.

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