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Kaniskina sheds tears of joy as Russians dominate 20km walk

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Nabucco needs Iran and Iraq

Political hotspots Iraq and Iran will have to supply gas to the European Union if the €7.9bn Nabucco pipeline is to go ahead, the Azerbaijan Energy Minister has warned.

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Azerbaijan, with its natural resources, is vital to easing Russia's grip on the EU's energy &ndash; if new supply lines can get up and running. Mark Leftly reports from the capital, Baku, on the power plays that make this small country one of the most important in the world

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Two days back home and then it was off to Central Asia again. This time my destination was Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. As guest of one of the new tycoons this area seems to be producing, this was no ordinary trip. I was put up at a swanky London hotel, wined and dined and then, the following morning, whisked over Europe in a private jet towards Azerbaijan. It was a little like a de luxe special rendition.

BP buys into offshore Brazil with $7bn Devon Energy deal

Acquisition includes assets in Brazil, Azerbaijan and the Gulf of Mexico

England hope to avoid six-team group

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Blair is paid thousands of pounds to 'endorse' a fossil-fuel power plant

Experts dismiss the former prime minister's claim that Azerbaijan methanol factory is 'the way forward' for green energy. Jane Merrick reports
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