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Legal Status of Caspian Sea Legal Issues

 Legal Status of Caspian Sea Introduction The Caspian Sea is the biggest enclosed body of water on Earth, having an even larger area than that of the American Great Lakes or that of Lake Victoria in East Africa. The length of the

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Iran prepared for oil swap in Caspian Sea Energy

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) – An official of Iranian Oil Terminals Company (IOTC) has said operation of new oil storage facilities will improve Iran’s oil swap capacity. Hamid Reza Shahdoust who was talking to reporters on Wednesday

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SOCAR AQS drilling new well in Caspian Sea Energy

By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend: Azerbaijan’s SOCAR-AQS drilling has started drilling a new well at the Western Absheron field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, the company told Trend Feb. 15. “The drilling of the horizontal

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German scholar says Iran is rich in archeology History

Tehran, March 6, IRNA – Senior Researcher from German University of Munich, Dr. Christian Konrad Piller, said on Sunday that he had done much archeological work in Iran, notably detecting hints of public social standings in the country in

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Khazaria: A Forgotten Empire History

With the break-up of the Soviet Union and the troubles prevalent in the Balkans there has been much renewed interest in the early history of Eastern Europe. Troubles have fuelled nationalist tendencies in the region and there has been much

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Walking the line Energy

Plans for a new Euro-Caspian pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. This new documentary shows why we should stop and think. “Of course we need a different energy model,” Alberto Santoro states emphatically. “It is

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Once more on the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Energy

Diplomatic attention has intensified on the project of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCGP) while both obstacles to and incentives for its realization increase. Turkmenistan's commitment to the project may be inferred from the finally completed construction of its East-West Pipeline

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Azerbaijan’s SOCAR reviving Iran deals Energy

Azerbaijan’s state oil firm SOCAR says it is looking to revive trade with Iran as the two neighbors are strengthening relations after the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.  Azeri President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to

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THE HISTORY OF THE CASPIAN SEA History

The Caspian Sea is situated on the border of Europe and Asia. It is bordered with the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran. The Caspian is the largest inland body of water in the world. Since the ancient

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Baku to host Caspian – Black Sea Agrarian Congress Agriculture

Baku, AZERTAC One of the most significant events of the agricultural sector, Caspian and Black Sea Agrarian Congress will take place in Baku, on April 12-13. The all-Ukrainian public organization Ukrainian Grain Association and the information-analytical agency APK-Inform are the Congress organizers. Organizational

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Iran, Russia eye oil & gas swap Energy

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend: Iran and Russia are capable of swapping oil and gas, says Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. At a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Tehran, Zanganeh said that expansion of cooperation with Russia is

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The Beginner's Guide to Caviar Fishing

The Beginner's Guide to Caviar How to serve, pair, and savor the finest sturgeon roe. There's no quicker way to announce that a meal special. More than lobster or champagne (or even a giant bucket of fried chicken), a dollop of

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The 28 Best Trips of 2016 Tourism

Each year, we send our editors and writers on a mission to find the destinations on the vanguard of the travel. The major takeaway from our 28 favorites of 2016? The entire world is getting more adventurous.

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Persian Panic Political and military events

Construction of a navigable channel linking the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf is underway. It is expected the project will be completed in the 2020s. The project is particularly interesting for Russia due to the cold spell with Turkey, but European and post-Soviet states

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WB to discuss Absheron lakes clean up Environment

Trend: The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Directors will discuss the “Absheron Lakes Cleanup and Rehabilitation” project on July 18, 2017, said the WB. The estimated cost of the project is $100 million, $85 million of which are

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Kashagan to expand and extend first production stage Investment

ASTANA – The Kashagan development project operator – North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) – is planning to substantially expand and extend the first production stage – the Experimental Programme (EP). The operator company has developed an AEP project – Additional

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Oil in the Caspian Region Energy

The Caspian Sea region has become a central focal point for untapped oil and natural gas resources from the southern portion of the former Soviet Union. Beginning in May 2005, oil from the southern sections of the Caspian Sea began

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CASPIANS History

CASPIANS or CASPIANS tribes name of an ancient people dwelling along the southwestern shore of the Caspian Sea, whether north or south of the river Kura is not clear. CASPIANS (Gk. Káspioi), name of an ancient people dwelling along the southwestern shore

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China Gets Winning Formula For Silk Road Railway Investment

Summary China agreed to help Iran building a railway which will form part of China's High Speed Silk Road Railway. China has a winning SRR formula: dual-Usage bullet train technology and irresistible co-operation terms. When SRR completed, freight train from China can reach

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3000 foreign tourists visited Niasar Tourism

Kashan, April 3, IRNA – Some 3,000 foreign tourists visited natural sightseeings of Niasar, knwon as rose-land for growing rose flowers on the suburbs of Kashan, Isfahan province, in the course of Norouz holidays, caretaker of the city's Municipality

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Gilaks People Caspian geography and anthropology

Gilaks People The Gilani people or Gilaks  are an Iranian people native to the northern Iran province of Gilan. Gilaks, along with the closely related Mazandarani people, comprise part of the Caspian people, who inhabit the southern

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Chalus Tourism

Chalus is a city in and the capital of Chalus County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 44,618, in 12,791 families. Chalus’s neighbour counties are Noshahr in the east, Tonekabon in the west in Mazandaran province and

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Ramsar Tourism

Ramsar Ramsar is a city in and the capital of Ramsar County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. At the 2012 census, its population was 33,018, in 9,421 families. Ramsar lies on the coast of the Caspian Sea. It was also

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Masuleh Tourism

Masuleh Masuleh is a city in and the capital of Sardar-e Jangal District, in Fuman County, Gilan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 554 individuals from 180 families. Historical names for the city include Māsalar

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Fishing for vital company knowledge Fishing

Fishing for vital company knowledge   Large building projects are delayed by all sorts of issues — money, employees who lack the right skills, public sentiment. But sometimes it is fish spawn, or great-crested newts. The deliverer of such bad news might

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Turkmenistan advancing on South Asian gas market Energy

Turkmenistan advancing on South Asian gas market Trend: Despite skepticism of some experts regarding the progress of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which dates back to 2010, the deal started rolling. The State Concern 'Turkmengaz',

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Tehran and its 2,000 tourist spots Tourism

Tehran and its 2,000 tourist spots Deputy of Tehran Municipality says the Iranian capital has over 2,000 tourist attractions that will take 35 days time to visit all of them. Tehran was first chosen as the capital

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Why do we need to save the tiger? Ecosystem

Why do we need to save the tiger? The natural population of these beautiful felines that we are used to seeing under captivity is disintegrating slowly. Tigers are among the most endangered animals on earth. The natural population of

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Caspian tiger Ecosystem

  The Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), also known as the Hyrcanian tiger, the Mazandaran tiger, the Persian tiger and the Turan tiger, is an extinct tiger subspecies that had been recorded in the wild until the early 1970s, and formerly

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Master of its domains Investment

Master of its domains Much is made about the importance of oil to the Russian economy, but Russia is a global energy powerhouse that’s much more than a petro-state By Scott L Montgomery Russia is not what you think. Most

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Songs of devotion Caspian geography and anthropology

<header class="node-header"> Songs of devotion </header> REVIEW / CONCERT A TAPESTRY OF SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL: VOICES FROM THE LAND OF FIRE: MUGHAMS AND ASHIQS FROM AZERBAIJAN National treasures rarely come as gentle, unshowy and workman-like as Alim Qasimov, the titan among the

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Craze for LNG Energy

Craze for LNG Pricing policy of only one man, John D. Rockefeller, led to a decrease in the cost of kerosene in the US oil products' market of the late 19th century from 26 cents to eight cents per gallon

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To Walk This Wilderness, Carry a Shovel Tourism

To Walk This Wilderness, Carry a Shovel Caching water on the steppes of Kazakhstan is like an act of worship or a duty of penance. Paul Salopek is walking the global trail of the first humans who migrated out of

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Russia Renewable Energy Report Energy

Russia Renewable Energy Report Other than large hydroelectric plants in Russia, all other forms of renewable energy accounts for less than 1% of power generation capacity. These metrics come from Russia Direct, which reports when it comes to wind, solar and

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How to Judge the New Generation of Caviar Fishing

How to Judge the New Generation of Caviar Have a hankering for caviar? A decade ago, buying the black pearls was straightforward. Whether Russian or Iranian, almost all sturgeon eggs came from the Caspian Sea, and even novices knew that beluga

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Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away Ecosystem

Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away By Kris B. Mamula / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Only in dreams do zebra mussels have anything to do with implants for the brain — unless you’re Noah Snyder. He’s now marketing a chemical compound that can both

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Renewable Energy Report For Russia Energy

Renewable Energy Report For Russia Other than large hydroelectric plants in Russia, all other forms of renewable energy account for less than 1% of power generation capacity. Moscow-shutterstock_400971697-1-600x381These metrics come from Russia Direct, which reports when it comes to wind, solar

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No Way Out Ecosystem

No Way Out The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago. The smallest earless seal on Earth, Pusa caspica, is the only mammal in the Caspian Sea. It is atop the aquatic food chain in this

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Ankara, Baku to become sister cities Tourism

Ankara, Baku to become sister cities Baku and Ankara can become sister cities soon, as the Ankara City Municipality decided to sign relevant protocols, Turkish Haberlerankara newspaper reports. The decision aims to further strengthen the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Ankara, Turkey's

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Iran to build 50MW wind farm in Kazakhstan Energy

Iran to build 50MW wind farm in Kazakhstan Iran has signed an agreement with Kazakhstan towards building a 50-megawatt wind power plant in the west of Kazakhstan on the Caspian Sea coast within 18 months, a report said. The agreement with

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Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Tourism

Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Global hotel companies are establishing new beachheads in Iran, betting that lifted sanctions against the Middle East nation will spark a jump in tourism and business travel after decades of economic isolation. Spanish operator Melia

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Baku to the future Political and military events

Baku to the future   NEXT month around two dozen Formula One racecars will speed through the gleaming centre of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. They will zoom along the shore of the oil-rich Caspian Sea, past five-star hotels and

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Int’l gas congress opens in Turkmenistan Energy

Int’l gas congress opens in Turkmenistan   Opening of the 7th international Turkmenistan Gas Congress 2016 (TGC 2016) has been held at the congress center of Turkmenistan's Avaza. The organizers of the event are Turkmengaz state concern and the British Summit Trade

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Incat Crowther Designs Fast Crewboat for CMS Investment

Incat Crowther Designs Fast Crewboat for CMS Construction is underway for the second 70m Catamaran crew boat sister ship to the Muslim Magomayev, designed by Incat Crowther. Muslim Magomayev is a first-of-type vessel which Incat Crowther developed in close conjunction

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Azerbaijan and China: Greater integration Investment

Azerbaijan and China: Greater integration Rapidly expanding trade and nascent investment promise stronger links between China, the world’s second largest economy, and Azerbaijan, an energy rich country on the Caspian basin. Economic ties between Azerbaijan and China play a large role

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EBRD Mulls SGC Loan Energy

EBRD Mulls SGC Loan EBRD Mulls SGC Loan The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to support the southern gas corridor (SGC) project, its president Suma Chakrabarti told reporters in Baku May 25. Chakrabarti said the EBRD has firmly committed

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Hotel investors look to Iran Investment

Hotel investors look to Iran Global hotel companies are betting that lifted sanctions against Iran will bring waves of tourists and business travel to the Middle East Nation. For example, the Spanish operator Melia Hotels International plans to open a 319-room hotel

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Traces of extinction Ecosystem

Traces of extinction Tigers used to occur across Asia as far west as Turkey. Isolated populations of tigers developed into eight different subspecies. Three generations ago, the tiger ranged from the Caucasus and Turkey through the southern Caspian region

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In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision Investment

In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision The quantum leap for Indian diplomacy that was the Chabahar agreement, was seeded by NDA1 and nurtured by NDA2, while the two UPA administrations in between failed to make much progress The recent agreement between

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Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan Energy

Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan   China has held negotiations with Azerbaijan’s state oil company (Socar) over a $17bn downstream project twice in the last two months, this time leading to a memorandum of understanding. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has

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Armenians in Dhaka History

Armenians in Dhaka   Turkey seems to have a burlesque history of genocide denial. On June 2, the German Parliament voted to recognise the 1,915 killings

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Azerbaijan realizes profitable railway projects Investment

Azerbaijan realizes profitable railway projects   Azerbaijan and Iran are considering three options for financing construction of the Rasht-Astara (Iran) railway section, Head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov said while talking to ANS TV channel. Being a part of the North-South

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In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision Investment

In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision   The recent agreement between Iran, Afghanistan and India to build the Chabahar port on the Iranian coast and link it with the existing rail and road network and related industrial corridor into

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Port Of Call Investment

Port Of Call The Chabahar port in Iran will help India get direct access to Central Asian markets. For India Inc, it is a huge business opportunity. On September 1, 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on his maiden visit

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Turkmen geologists to focus on oil fields search Energy

Turkmen geologists to focus on oil fields search   The search for oil fields is currently one of the priority directions of geological exploration work of "Turkmengeology" - the government's organization in the field of geological exploration, said the message of

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Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub? Energy

Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub?    With the first Mumbai-to-Moscow train scheduled to chug through Azerbaijan this August, railways seem set to become the new oil for the Caspian Sea nation.   Better known for a wealth of energy and

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Caspian Overview: Azerbaijan Talks with Gazprom Energy

Caspian Overview: Azerbaijan Talks with Gazprom Azerbaijan’s energy monpoly Socar produced 5.4% less gas in the first five months of the year than in the same period of 2015. Output stood at 2.65bn m3, according to Socar’s latest figures, of

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Focus on Caucasian pit viper Ecosystem

Focus on Caucasian pit viper   Vipers are the most efficient poisonous snakes of all. Their long fangs can inject venom deep into a victim. The venom acts mainly on the blood and muscles of the prey. Vipers usually have

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India and SCO Political and military events

India and SCO India Has More Hoops to Jump for SCO Membership   “I convey our deep sense of gratitude to the members of the SCO for accepting India as a full member,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told leaders of the Shanghai

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Daimler vows to take China off Iran roads Investment

Daimler says its trucks division will start the deliveries of Mitsubishi Fuso brand in Iran later this year.  The German carmaker and Iran’s Mammut Group signed a distribution agreement for Fuso trucks, especially in the light-duty segment, back in January as

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China’s New Silk Road Has Beijing Looking West Investment

China’s New Silk Road Has Beijing Looking West Beijing is becoming increasingly aware that although China has become an economic giant, it risks being connected with the world only through trade. To expand its international influence, China needs new political concepts

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Caspian Overview: Major Upstream Investment Approved Energy

Caspian Overview: Major Upstream Investment Approved   Kazakhstan and the Chevron-led consortium Tengiz Chevroil (TCO) approved on July 5 a $36.8bn plan to expand the giant Tengiz field, which has 45% of the country’s total production now. The sides plan to increase

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railroad from Russia to Iran Investment

railroad from Russia to Iran   The ambitious North-South Transport Corridor can allow us easy access to a vast region, boosting trade and diplomacy   The commencement of operations on the International North-South Transport Corridor project — connecting Bandar Abbas

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Time travel in Mideast History

Time travel in Mideast   ‘Wars are won in peace’ In addition to grain, survival of the Romans also heavily depended upon the availability of spices. Fortunately or unfortunately, like the present day oil, the Middle East then had some ‘Arabian

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Caspian Energy Grid – London Launch Energy

Caspian Energy Grid – London Launch   The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water by area and the resources to be found around in and under the Caspian Sea have been disputed for millennia. The issues

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Dry Cargo Vessel Launched in Russia science

Dry Cargo Vessel Launched in Russia   The Zhibek Zholy, a dry cargo vessel with a capacity of 7,500 dead weight tonnage (DWT), was launched July 12 in Shlisselburg, Russia, reported the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

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Russia pushing North-South route to reality Investment

Russia pushing North-South route to reality   Russia says it has presented a plan to Iran which envisages establishing a unified transport company with India to operate along the emerging North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) – an ambitious intercontinental multi-modal route

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Russians to build 1.4 GW coal plant in Iran Energy

Russians to build 1.4 GW coal plant in Iran Tekhnopromexport, part of Russia's state industrial conglomerate Rostec, has become the first Russian company to win a large, firm contract with Iran after the end of Western sanctions

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Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal Investment

Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal   The International North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC), a multi-model route to link India and the Middle East to the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe, is being nurtured for significantly reducing costs and travel time

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CECO would benefit all Caspian littoral states Investment

CECO would benefit all Caspian littoral states   Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has taken key steps toward the establishment of Caspian Economic Cooperation Organization. Iran has been experiencing tense relations with some of her southern neighbors, especially with

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Russia holds tender for Iran power plant job Energy

Russia holds tender for Iran power plant job   Russia has announced a tender for the development of a key thermal power plant in Iran thus taking the project it was awarded last year one more step toward materialization.  Russia’s media

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Iran ready to swap oil with Russia Energy

Iran ready to swap oil with Russia   Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has reported on negotiations between Iran and Russia for oil swap. Speaking at a live IRIB program, Zanganeh said several domestic and foreign companies have launched

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TAP: plus 700 line pipes reach Alexandroupoli port Energy

TAP: 700+ line pipes reach Alexandroupoli port   700+ line pipes to be used for the construction of TAP`s section in Greece have reached the port of Alexandroupoli, Azertac reported, The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will transport Caspian natural gas to Europe. Connecting

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Socar Joins New Adriatic Pipe Project Energy

Socar Joins New Adriatic Pipe Project   Four western Balkans nations signed a memorandum of understanding with Azerbaijan state Socar on co-operation on building the Ionian Adriatic pipeline (IAP) on the sidelines of a Dubrovnik forum 25-26 August. The

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Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Energy

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West   Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the

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Is Putin the new Stalin? Political and military events

Is Putin the new Stalin? ‘Tom’ thinks Vladimir Putin is the new Josef Stalin. As he’s never been to Russia, his views surely reflect the power of a Western media narrative which continuously demonizes the Russian President. Last week, an optician from

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Local rivers under mudflow threat Environment

Local rivers under mudflow threat   Heavy rains of the past few days increased a risk of mudflows and floods in some mountains rivers of Azerbaijan, said Elbrus Alizadeh, the deputy director of the Geography Institute under the Azerbaijani National Academy

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Turkmenistan discussing Caspian Sea agreements Legal Issues

Turkmenistan discussing Caspian Sea agreements   Another meeting of the Turkmen Interdepartmental Commission on the Caspian Sea was held in Ashgabat, the Turkmen government said Sept. 6. According to the message, the draft agreements on trade and economic cooperation among the Caspian-littoral

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6 reasons to visit culturally-rich Iran Tourism

6 reasons to visit culturally-rich Iran   While Iran often finds itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, intrepid globetrotters consistently sing the country’s praises, calling it a surprisingly welcoming destination with plenty of untouched treasures to discover. The

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Iran central part of Silk Road Investment

Iran central part of Silk Road   Austrian President of International Institute for Peace (IIP) has said Chinese effort to revive classical Silk Road is unlikely to incite animosity from European countries. Payman Yazdani of Mehr News International

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SOCAR to ink contract on prospective structure in Caspian Energy

SOCAR to ink contract on prospective structure in Caspian   Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Malaysia’s Petronas signed a memorandum of understanding on exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons at a block in the prospective offshore structure Goshadash, SOCAR said

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SOCAR and Petronas signed MOU on Goshadash Energy

SOCAR and Petronas signed MOU on Goshadash   The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and the Malaysian company Petronas signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the exploration, development and hydrocarbons production on the field that is part of potentially good

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A confluence of old and new Tourism

A confluence of old and new   Azerbaijan may not be popular on the tourist radar, but it’s a good option if you want something unconventional Azerbaijan, called the land of fire, is filled with

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Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Energy

Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia Ups Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting Russia could soon become the world’s biggest oil producer if it continues pumping oil at levels not seen since Soviet times. Russian Energy Ministry data shows that

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Chabahar: Gateway to North- South Corridor Investment

IIKSS- India has carved a new geopolitical beginning in the Persian Gulf region putting Chabahar in the grand canvas of India’s geo-economic calculus in the emerging Asian architecture. She has kept her American partnership vibrant while opening a

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New gas reserves found in Turkmenistan Energy

IIKSS - Turkmen Geology State Corporation has discovered new rich gas deposits in the exploitation well at the Chelekbay site located in the north-western part of the giant Galkynysh field, the Oil and Gas Complex of Turkmenistan said

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Azerbaijan Delegation Attends Joint Business Forum Investment

IIKSS- Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev entered Ardebil Province in northwest Iran on Wednesday to take part in a business forum. Heading a 50-member economic delegation, the minister discussed ways of expanding transactions with Iran, particularly in

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Iran means business Investment

IIKSS- A team at International Research Networks (IRN) organised an excellent Iran Business Symposium on Feb. 21+23, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam. It was attended by Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and many other EU countries and

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Iran means business Investment

IIKSS- A team at International Research Networks (IRN) organised an excellent Iran Business Symposium on Feb. 21+23, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam. It was attended by Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and many other EU countries and

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