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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 3, 2010)

The Washington Post published an article today headlined "Israel: Iran can build 1 bomb, soon can build 2". The author cites Israel's military intelligence chief, who has said that Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a second. Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin's statement coincides with previous assessments from both the CIA and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.

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An earthquake equal to 5.3 points on Richter scale occurred in theAegean Sea near the Turkish coast this morning, RIA Novosti reports,citing the seismic observatory of the Bosporus University.The center of the earthquake was in the gulf of Saros. There were novictims or damage, but it caused panic. Many people left their homes,NTV reports.Seismologists said that the earthquake could be felt in Istanbul.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met a Turkish delegation headed bythe Minister of National Defense Vecdi Gonul on Tuesday, AzerTagreports.The president noted that Azerbaijani-Turkish ties are improving in allspheres, including the defense sphere. He expressed hope that thesides will exchange views and improve cooperation even more.Gonul greeted the president on behalf of Turkish President AbdullahGul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He expressed hope that they willkeep improving their ties.

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Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov is on avisit to Turkey, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.He will take part at the 4th Regional Economic Cooperation Conferencefor Afghanistan (RECCA IV) where he will make a speech.The conference is held under the chairmanship of Turkish and Afghanministers of foreign affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu and Zalmaya Rasul, inIstanbul on November 2-4. Officials from Pakistan, India and otherinternational organizations with offices in Afghanistan will take partin the conference.

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Turkish Premier and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party(JDP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that parliamentary electionswill be held in June 2011, RIA Novosti reports.The decision was made on Monday at the session of the party'sExecutive Committee.Erdogan has been in power since November 2002. At the last electionsin 2007 his party received 47% votes and formed a single-partygovernment.

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Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul is on a visit to Baku where hewill be shown the Azerbaijani military industrial complex and theskills of the Azerbaijani armed forces, News Azerbaijan reports,citing the head of the press-service of Azerbaijani Defense MinistryEldar Sabiroglu.Gonul was welcomed by Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev at theinternational airport of Heydar Aliyev.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 2, 2010)

An article headlined "Iranian lawyer committed to winning U.S. hikers' freedom" was published today by the Los Angeles Times. The article tells about Mr. Masoud Shafii, the lawyer defending the two American hikers who have been detained in an Iranian prison for more than a year. Mr. Shafii has said he's oblivious to the global dimensions of the case, or the fact that his two clients come from the "Great Satan" itself. Or even that another Iranian human rights lawyer was recently jailed on unspecified national security crimes and another was just sentenced to nine years in prison.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 1, 2010)

On November 1st 2010 the Washington Post published an article entitled "Iran's Ahmadinejad slammed over subsidy plan". The article touches upon the problems of the economic situation in Iran, Governmental economic policy and opposition. The author quotes the opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has said the country's president would be unable to successfully implement a plan to slash energy and food subsidies, cutbacks that experts have argued will only compound Iran's economic troubles.

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Turkey is creating a new department to implement protection of thestate border, APA reports, referring to the Turkish media. Thegovernment has prepared a law "On the General Department on BorderProtection and Offices", which reflects these issues.The law provides for abolition of the Coastal Guard Command, transferof the Command’s personnel, equipment and technology to the GeneralDepartment of Border Protection under the Ministry of InteriorAffairs. If the document is approved, the Turkish Border Protection

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (October 30-31, 2010)

The Los Angeles Times published an article entitled 'Ahmadinejad says food, fuel subsidies will be slashed' on Sunday, October, 31. The author informs the public that as security forces swarmed Tehran on Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared his country in a live television interview for deep cuts in subsidies that have kept the price of everything from bread to gasoline artificially low.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and Caucasus (October 29, 2010)

 The Los Angeles Times reports the U.S. and the U.N. accused the militant group of Hezbollah, as well as Iran and Syria, of attempting to endanger Lebanon's stability and undermine its independence. The article says that Iran, whose ties to Hezbollah date back nearly 30 years, funds the militant group to the tune of millions of dollars a year and is believed to supply much of its arsenal. Meanwhile, the United States urges all neighbors of Lebanon to play a constructive role in supporting the Lebanese government.

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225 out of the 32 people injured in an explosion in Istanbul on Sundayhave been identified. 12 of them are police officers and 13 arecivilians.The injured police are Ilker Avat, Erkan Serbay Sygyrchy, MustafaAslan, Helil Keskinbychak Muzaffer, Idris Nergiz, Savash Atesh, MehmetKyzyltop, Saim Yamanly, Emre Yildyrym, Bilal Chalyshgan and Ahu Sunu.The conditions of Halil Keskinbychag and Muzaffer Aslan have improved,Trend reports, citing CNN Turk.

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  Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul have condemned the suicide bombing near Istanbul's Taksim Square on Sunday, in which 32 people were injured, Trend reports, referring to the Anadolu news agency. Erdogan vowed that Turkey's peace, stability and security would not be breached, and that unity and development would continue to be the country's aims. President Gul expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack.

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The Israeli Tourism Minister is urging Israelis to stop travelling to Turkey, the Washington Post reports.Stas Mesezhnikov called for the travel boycott after the Israeli press reported that Turkey has classified Israel as "a strategic threat." Mesezhnikov said on Sunday that ties with Turkey are important to Israel. But he added that it must be "boycotted totally as a tourism destination" for Israeli national honour.

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According to the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, construction of a Turkish missile-defense system is not caused by Iran's nuclear program. The Minister said this today while on a visit to China, RIA Novosti reports.

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International Black Sea Day celebrated on October 31

On 31 October 1996 the environment ministers from the six riparian countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine – signed the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea.

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A Boeing-757 200 aircraft, en route from Istanbul to Baku, which urgently returned to Ataturk International Airport last night, set out for Baku again this morning at 05:25 (Istanbul Time), Trend reports.According to an official announcement by Ataturk International Airport, the aircraft made an emergency landing due to technical reasons. The aircraft is owned by CJSC "Azerbaijani Airlines". Some 221 passengers were on board."The flight was successful," an airport representative said.

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