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Weaponry produced in Azerbaijan will be exhibited in Turkey in the framework of the IDEF - 2011 international exhibition, Trend cites the press service of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. The official delegation of Azerbaijan will visit Turkey on May 10 - 13. Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Yaver Jamavov will be the head of the delegation.

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A potential boycott of the June 12 elections was on the agenda of a major pro-Kurdish umbrella organization when it met on Thursday in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Turkish news agency Hurriyet reports. “Kurds have issued their verdict; the solution will come about independently of the ruling Justice and Development Party. The Kurds’ patience and tolerance have run out,” Aysel Tuğluk, the deputy chairperson of the Democratic Society Congress said at the meeting.

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The Libyan embassy in Ankara has requested the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return a debt of $2 million. The sum is needed to maintain the Libyan diplomatic mission in the republic, ITAR-TASS cites local media.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was attacked while campaigning for the June 12 parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reports.A police officer guarding his cortege died, another one was injured, Erdogan said. The attack happened in Kastamonu Province at 17.15 (local time). Grenades were thrown and fire opened on the cortege from a forest. A police car was set on fire. The assailants escaped.

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 The Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) described the police raids on municipalities in İzmir and Aydın as political pressure against the CHP-run municipalities ahead of the approaching election, Turkish news agency Hurriyet reports.

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 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus of voices calling on Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi to leave office and spare further bloodshed, Euronews reports.“The future, liberty, stability, peace and justice can’t be built on blood, so we wish the Libyan leader to pull out immediately and step down for himself and the future of his country,“ Erdogan said.

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During a meeting with local residents of Igdir, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said that normalization of relations with Armenia was impossible without a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Trend cites CNN-Turk."The sorrow of Azerbaijan is our sorrow, the joy of Azerbaijan is our joy. Here, I once more declare that normalization of relations with Armenia is impossible without a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Erdogan said.

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Turkey and Azerbaijan Friday finally reached the final agreement over the purchase and transit of natural gas to be produced from the second phase of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas field. Turkish Natural Reserves Minister, Taner Yildyz, told the journalists that formal signing ceremony will be held later. Experts form Energy Ministry and BOTAS still work on the final version of the agreement’s text.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (April 29, 2011)

Today The Washington Post published an article devoted to the situation in Egypt. According to the author, the country is becoming more and more democratic and independent from the West. Evidence of this is the enhancement of the country’s ties with Iran. During Mubarak’s regime, Egypt was US-oriented, but now the country is going to establish successful cooperation with a major US adversary in the region, the author points out.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a telephone call to Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu last night. They talked on the consensus reached between Hamas and Fatah, TRT reports.

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One of the reasons for rising prices for flight tickets to Turkey is the redirection of tourists due to events in the Arab states, the head of the press service of Azerbaijani Airlines, Magerram Safarli, said on Friday, Trend reports.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (April 28, 2011)

On April 28 The New York Times published an article by Susanne Gusten, headlined «Weary Public Pleads for End to Clan Violence in Turkey». The author touches upon the problem of feuds between local clans in the Turkish city of Siverek.  She admits that all governmental efforts to calm the matter down have failed and tries to draw public attention to the problem.

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The Turkish army has eliminated seven militants of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Tunceli province in the south-east of the country, RIA Novosti reports, with reference to local media reports and sources in the security forces.A counter-terrorism operation in the region is continuing.

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Turkey is the leading investor in the non-oil sector of Azerbaijan, head of the office of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economic Development Samir Beliyev said at a Turkish-Azerbaijani conference on socio-economic development within globalization in Baku on Thursday, Trend rep

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