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The Washington Post reported that days of feverish media reports about possible Israeli plans to strike Iran, coupled with a long-range missile test, publicized air force drills abroad and a civil defense exercise Thursday, have heightened speculation here about the likelihood of military action against the Iranian nuclear program. Taken separately, none of the recent military actions is novel or unprecedented.

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The Washington Post published an article headlined “The Mideast’s new game.” It says that diplomatic versions of the three-cushion shot in billiards are perilous, but let’s suppose you could accomplish the following: Lift the stature of Egypt’s fragile transitional government, support Israel’s desire for Arab recognition, reanimate the Palestinian peace process and deal a blow to Iran. The formula for Hamas to shed its pariah status has been spelled out clearly by the United States.

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Russian-Georgian WTO deals – Georgian view

Sergey Kapanadze, head of the Georgian delegation for Russian WTO membership talks, said that a document proposed by Switzerland to resolve Russia’s joining the WTO will be signed on November 10.

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Georgia and Russia have chances of success in signing the final WTO agreement on November 10. A Georgian delegation is on its way to Switzerland to pass the final document on Russia joining the organization. Vestnik Kavkaza reported earlier that Russian officials had approved the Swiss proposals on freighting control by Georgia and Russia on the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Russia and Georgia find common grounds on WTO membership

Russia has reached an agreement with Georgia on monitoring of freighting on the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as the final disputed point of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), Maksim Medvedkov, head of the Russian delegation and Director of the department for trade negotiations of the Russian Ministry for Economic Development, said.

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The Washington Post reported that Israeli defense officials say the military has successfully test-fired an advanced missile from a base outside of Tel Aviv. One official says the launch tested a “rocket propulsion system” and that the exercise had been planned long ago. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of security restrictions, and declined to give further information. Foreign news reports, however, said the test involved firing a long-range Jericho missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran.

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Vage Avetyan on forming of ideology of the ruling party of Armenia

Difficult dialogue between the authorities and the opposition in Armenia is not effective. Criticism of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia becomes heavier. One of its first members, the Armenian writer Vage Avetyan, who migrated to Sweden, told VK about circumstances of foundation of the party in 1990 and transformation of its ideology.-    What ideas were basic for RPA when it was founded? Were there other ideas along with national liberation ones?

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The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and Turkish gas monopolist BOTAS are forming a consortium for gas exports from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to the European Union.

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