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Baku will host the Azerbaijani-Turkish business forum on July 29 within the framework of the Turkish state minister Zefer Chaglayan's visit, reports 1news.az, citing the Turkish embassy in Azerbaijan. The Turkish diplomat will be accompanies by a group of businessmen.

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The deputy energy minister of Iran, Mohammed Behzadi, has announced joint Turkish-Iranian construction of power plants with total capacity of 6.000 MWT on the territory of Iran, IranNews reports.According to Behdazi the agreement provides for construction of the power plants with capacity 2.000 MWT on the Turkish territory and power plants with capacity 4.000 MWT in Iran. The electricity produced in Iran will be shared between the states

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UK’s premier David Cameron will pay an official visit to Turkey, during which he and UK’s foreign minister William Hague hold a meeting with the Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan, Armenia Today reports.

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A plaque commemorating the White Army and civilians who had to leave Russia during the Civil War of 1918-1920, was unveiled today on the territory of the Russian ambassador’s residence in Turkey,

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 Israel will release three Turkish ships that were seized while attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, TRT said on Friday. The Israelis will hand over the vessels, including the flotilla flagman MV Mavi Marmara, to Turkish authorities, and Israel hopes the move will contribute to the normalization of bilateral relations. Turkey was told of the decision on Thursday and will send tugboats to collect the ships. 

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A Turkish court ordered on Friday the detention of 102 former and current military servicemen, inclduing 52 generals, on charges of plotting a coup, CNN Turk reports. During the investigation of the coup d'etat “Balyoz” (“Sledgehammer”), 102 of 196 military servicemen (retired or on duty), including 52 generals, were arrested, reports CNN Turk.

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A licence for building an oil refinery in Turkey was handed over to SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullaev by Turkish Minister of Energetics Taner Yildiz in Ankara today, reports Trend. The plant will be built on the territory of the Petrochemical complex Petkim in Aliaga. The plant will produce 214,000 barrels in 24 hours. Diesel oil, jet fuel and other energy products will be realized on European and Turkish markets.

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The Russian tourists injured in a road accident involving their minibus in Antalia on Thursday morning have been discharged from hospital and taken back to their holiday destination, the director of tourist insurance department of ROSNO, Svetlana Shvab, told RIA Novosti.

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Iranian Minister of Oil Masud Mirkazemi arrived in Ankara on July 21st, heading a delegation, Iran News reports.In an interview to IRNA he said that he was invited by the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz, and they will exchange opinions on further development of cooperation between the two countries in such spheres as oil and gas, oil chemistry, oil refining and gas supply.

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Aminibus with Russian tourists overturned in Antalia, resulting in 6 people being injured, the Russian consul-general of the Turkish resort, Mirdjalol Khusanov, said, RIA Novosti reports. The accident took place at 6.00 am local time. The minibus with Russian tourists from Barnaul overturned 12 km away from the resort city of Manavgat. They were taken to the nearest hospital in Sevgi. The consul-general said that none of their injuries are life-threatening.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has decided to present the daughter of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a vase. This generosity can be explained by the wedding of Chelsea Clinton in the near future, Armenia Today reports. Davutoglu told Hillary Clinton, during her visit to Kabul, that he decided not to bring the vase due to security concerns. The minister will send it via diplomatic means.

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Heavy rain in the Khurasan district of Erzurum region has resulted in victims. According to preliminary information, floods and mud flows killed 5 people, 1 person is missing. The River Sachlyk burst its banks, killing a couple, Juneyt and Makhide Kodjabash, and 3 other people, TRT reports. The head of the administration in Khurasan, Makhmut Agbal, said that crop fields and houses were submerged in Oglu county. The Erzurum-Mush highway was closed.

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On July 22nd 2010, Turkish company Botas asked Gazprom to increase gas supplies via the ‘Blue Stream’ pipeline from 14 to 22 million cubic metres daily. It could be to receive 32 million cubic metres to replace Iranian gas supplies, which were halted due to an explosion on the pipeline, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Russian gas holding. Gazprom agreed to provide more gas.

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At least 27 people were injured, ten of them children, in an accident involving dynamite at a quarry in the Turkish province of Van, Trend reported.The wounded were taken to the city hospital in a serious condition.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu met with US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Kabul, TRT reports.The Davutoglu-Rasmussen meeting saw a discussion of NATO-EU relations. Rasmussen will reportedly pay a working visit to Turkey in September.Davutoglu also held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

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Turkish President Abdulla Gul has arrived in Egypt on an official visit, TRT reports. It is expected that the Turkish president will hold a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to discuss regional and international issues. Both presidents will also participate in a graduation ceremony at the Military Academy of Egypt

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An explosion occurred on the main pipeline for gas supplies from Iran to Turkey in the Turkish province of Agry on Wednesday morning, Trend reports, citing Turkish media.The cause of the blast is still under investigation.

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The Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries has demonstrated the first spy drone "Anka," designed in Turkey, Lenta.ru reports. It is expected that the drone will be tested in the next two months.TAI is developing two modifications of the drone - Anka-A and Anka-B. The first is designed for intelligence purposes and the second for military use.

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