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Saudi Arabia and UAE ready for possible blockage of the Hormuz Strait

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched new pipelines for transporting oil, by-passing the Strait of Hormuz which Tehran threatens to block.The UAE loaded the first tanker with oil from the 370-meter pipeline, which connects the oil-producing region in Abu Dhabi with the port of Al Fujeir in the east of the UAE near the Strait of Hormuz.Construction of the oil pipeline, which was postponed for several years, cost $3.5 billion. The capacity of the pipeline is 1.5 million barrels per day, or 65% of the UAE's exports.

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Makhachkala welcomes “Russian Region in the Modern World” forum

Today on July 16 the regional forum “Russian Region in the Modern World” began its work in Makhachkala at Dagestan State University. Among the participants are the head of the Department of Information Policy and Press Service of the head of Dagestan, Zubairu Zubairuyev, the academic director of the Sociological and Political Scientific Education Center under the Russian Academy of Science, Alexander Sogomonov, the deputy director of the Institute of Global Economy and International Relations under the RAS, Yevgeni Gontmakher, and others.

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Bahruz Abdolvand: "The Turks made a mistake when they destroyed the relationship with the Assad regime"

Author: Interview by Orkhan Sattarov, head of European office of VK Professor Bahruz Abdolvand, Coordinator of the Center for Economic and Environmental Studies of the Free University of Berlin, expert on the Middle East region, has expressed his position on the situation in Syria, Uzbekistan's withdrawal from the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the last round of tension in relations between Baku and Ashgabat in the interview to VK. 

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NATO observing Russian vessels in Mediterranean Sea

 NATO is monitoring the Russian Navy in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Some media reported last week that Russian vessels heading to Syria were carrying military equipment. Rosoboronexport denied the stories, noting that such technology was on board the ship Alayed.

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Syrian opposition attacks Damascus

An opposition leader of the Free Syrian Army, Saleh Subaai, was killed at Trems in Syria, UN observers say. 27 locals say that Trems was attacked at 5 am on July 12. The attack started with an artillery strike, followed by a ground operation. Searches were organized at houses of local inhabitants.

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 OSCE Minsk Group Ambassadors Robert Bradtke (USA), Igor Popov(Russia) and Jacques Faure (France), together with the personalrepresentative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, visitedBaku and Yerevan on July 10-13, where they met with Presidents IlhamAliyev and Serzh Sargsyan to discuss the latest efforts to resolve theNagorno-Karabakh conflict, a statement issued by the pressservice of the OSCE reads.The meetings confirmed the commitment of the countries to a peaceful

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 The Moscow Times discusses the new NGO bill passed by the State Duma on Friday with overwhelming support. The bill   obliges nongovernmental groups that receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents" or risk heavy fines and jail time.

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Russian parliament rounds up spring session

The Russian parliament of the sixth calling has rounded up the spring session. The speaker of the lower chamber of parliament, Sergey Naryshkin, called the parliament productive.

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Britain’s MI6 Chief Sir John Sawers has given his first public opinion on the state of the Iranian nuclear program, noting that the UK was hindering Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Sawers emphasized that without British intelligence’s efforts, Iran would have acquired nuclear weapons in 2008, Rosbalt reports.MI6 predicts that Iran will have nuclear weapons before 2014.The intelligence chief presented a report about Iranian nuclear projects and Israel’s ability to attack facilities to the government.

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Russian and US military discuss missiles, Syria and Afghanistan

Army General Nikolai Makarov, Russian Chief of the General Staff, has met General Martin Dempsey, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the United States. The generals discussed the situation in Afghanistan, Syria, the Middle East and the Asian-Pacific Region and missile problems.

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