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The Baku-Tbilisi-Jeihan pipeline will have a capacity of 1.6 millionbarrels, Turkish Minister for Trade Zafer Caglayan said, Trendreports.Caglayan met Georgian Georgian Minister of Regional Development andInfrastructure Ramaz Nikolaishvili.Caglayan said that the trade turnover between Turkey and Georgia in2006-2009 increased by 40% and exceeded $1 billion.Turkey is Georgia's largest partner both in exports and imports.

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The Turkish management for exploration and studies has revealedreserves of petrolo oil equal to 8 billion tons in Anatolia, Trendreports, citing the management.It can be processed into oil and gas. Reserves at Konya-Eregli andNigde-Bor may hold from 2.6 to 8.3 billion barrels of oil, someestimate the sum as $218-687 billion.

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The construction of the railway between Baku, Tbilisi and Kars has been discussed in the Turkish city of Kars by representatives of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, Trend reports.Financing was also discussed at the meeting.The representatives visited the building facilities and the tunnel at the Georgian-Turkish border.

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Azerbaijani-Turkish business forum is being held in Nakhchyvan today, ANS TV reports.The Azerbaijani Economic Development Minister, Shahin Mustafayev, and the Turkish State Minister for foreign trade, Zafer Caglayan, are participating in the forum. A local production exhibition was organized as part of the forum . Economic relations between the Nakhchyvan Autonomous Republic and various regions of Turkey will be discussed at the forum. A cooperation agreement is planned to be signed.

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With China rising as a world power, Turkey has intensified its efforts to increase dialogue, sending its foreign minister to the Asian nation for a weeklong trip just three weeks after receiving the Chinese prime minister, Hurriyet reports.

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Turkey will not open its border and develop commercial relations with Armenia unless a solution to the Karabakh problem is found, Turkey's foreign trade minister said on Tuesday, World Bulletin reports.Zafer Caglayan, who is in Nakhichevan for talks, said that Nakhichevan was really important for both Azerbaijan and Turkey.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and Caucasus (October 27, 2010)

An article entitled "Iran Begins Loading Fuel at Nuclear Reactor" was published recently in the New York Times. The author reports that Iran on Tuesday celebrated the start of the process of loading 163 fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear power plant reactor, putting it within months of operation. The Busher reactor, cast by Tehran as a showcase of its peaceful nuclear intentions, is separate from other more contentious operations elsewhere in the country where Iran is seeking to enrich uranium.

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Nine people, including the Chairman of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) Murat Yalcintas, were held in custody by a local court in Ankara on Tuesday in connection with a bribery probe carried out by the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office, World Bulletin reports.The bribery probe concerns an eviction lawsuit between the World Trade Center Istanbul (WTCI) and an expo company who rented out exhibition halls from the WTCI. ITO which owns 41.47% shares of WTCI, is the biggest shareholder.

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The EU is not against Turkey joining  the European Defense Agency.“The EU joining NATO is much more important than joining the UN,"Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida told the Lisbon Institute forInternational Relations, 1news.az reports, with reference to theTurkish news agency SolHaber.According to him, for this plan to be realised it is necessary toachieve a resolution on the Cyprus issue between Turkey and the EU."Turkey has the second largest army in NATO, so her voice in this

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and Caucasus (October 26, 2010)

An article entitled "Afghan president confirms large cash payments by Iranian officials" was published today in the Los Angeles Times. According to the author of the article, Laura King, Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that his office regularly received large cash sums from Iranian officials, but said there was nothing untoward about the payments. However, several hours before Karzai's statement, the Iranian authorities in Kabul had dismissed the allegations vehemently.

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The Secretary General Turkic Parliamentary Assembly (Turk PA) RamilHasanov will take part in a joint international conference of the OSCEand CIS PA on the topic "OSCE and CIS: new opportunities andprospects" on October 27-29 in Saint Petersburg, Trend reports, citingthe press-service of TurkPA.Chairman of the Russian Federal Council of the Federal Assembly SergeyMironov, Chairman of Kazakh Parliament Ural Muhamedzhanov and heads ofparliaments of other countries will take part in the meeting.

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On Saturday Turkey and Britain signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the environment sphere, as a chapter in Turkey's European Union accession talks, Anadolu reports. The agreement was signed by Turkey's Chief EU Negotiator, Egemen Bagis, and Britain's Europe Minister, David Lidington after a joint press conference in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 7th Bogazici Conference.

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Police have prevented a series of terrorist attacks in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, Trend reports, citing the Turkish news agency CIHAN. A member of the Kurdistan Workers“ Party was planning series of terrorist attacks in various parts of the city. Police found weapons and explosives in his apartment.

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Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was welcomed by the President of Finland Tarja Halonen at her official residence in Helsinki, TRT Russian reports. Halonen said that Finland supports Turkish membership of the EU. Erdogan met Finnish Parliamentary Speaker Sauli Niinisto. He also met Premier Mari Kiviniemi.

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Turkey plans to start construction of the oil pipeline Samsun-Ceyhan in the second half of 2011, the prime-minister of Turkey Taner Recep said, RIA Novosti reports.The capacity of the pipeline will be of 50 million tons of oil. At least half of it will be from Russia.

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