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Turkey conducting antiterrorist operations involving over 2500 police officers

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Antiterrorist operations are underway in Turkey with participation of 2,625 police officers, Trend reports with reference to Turkish media Nov. 8.

The operations are carried out in Turkey’s Diyarbakir, Bingol and Mus provinces.

As part of the operations, 25 people have been detained who are suspected of having links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party terrorist group (PKK).

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has been lasting around 40 years, claiming more than 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.

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Iran to raise wages after hike in petrol prices

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The Iranian government's bill on increasing the fuel prices was submitted to the parliament twice, and both times it was rejected with a very high vote, member of Iranian parliament's Energy Commission Qasem Saedi told Trend.

He said the parliament wasn't in favor of increasing the fuel prices.

The MP also said that the Supreme Economic Council was set to raise the fuel prices without the parliament's approval, but with the approval of the National Security Council and the country's leadership.

"Currently, the MPs are very upset with the timing and the manner of enforcing this policy, but since it is within the Iranian constitution, it should be agreed upon by the parliament," Saedi said.

He went on to add that the government will try to help low-income families in the country to get out of the situation with the least amount of damage.

Saedi said the regulation of the market by the government has become more stringent since the rise of the fuel prices.

Speaking of the wage increase, he said that the parliament plans to raise wages as well.

The peaceful protests have been recently held in connection with an increase in gasoline prices in Iran. In some cases, the protests resulted in riots.

Under the new fuel regulations, each driver is allowed to buy 60 liters of petrol a month at 15,000 rials (35 cents) a liter. Each additional liter costs 30,000 rials (71 cents). Previously, drivers were allowed up to 250 liters at 10,000 rials (25 cents) per liter.

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Number of particularly serious crime increased by 30 in Armenia

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The number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30% in Armenia, the National Statistics Service reports.

It is specified that from January to September 2019, 18,865 crimes were recorded in the country. In the same period last year, this figure was 17673 crimes.

According to statistics, this year the number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30%. In the first 9 months of this year, 36 murders and 24 attempted murders were committed.

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IMF forecasts GDP growth in oil countries of Caucasus and Central Asia

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the annual GDP growth of Azerbaijan and Central Asian countries to reach at least four percent, Trend reports on Nov. 8 referring to the IMF's regional report on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

In accordance with the report, the GDP growth of oil-exporting countries in the region, namely Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, along with Azerbaijan, will keep at 4.3 percent in 2019 and 4.4 percent in 2020.

The IMF calls relatively weak fiscal policy and growth in lending for the private sector as the internal causes of economic growth. The external obstacles are the slowdown in global growth, a decrease in commodity prices and an increase in geopolitical risks.

At the same time, the average current account balance of the countries included in the report will remain at around 0.5 percent of the deficit in 2019 and one percent in 2020.

The IMF expects the current account surplus to reach $1.7 billion in Azerbaijan. The surplus is planned to greatly increase during the next three years. Thus, a surplus worth $2.7 billion is expected to be observed in 2023.

The report said that the Caucasian and Central Asian countries shall make further efforts to stimulate higher and inclusive growth, create job places, improve living standards, sustainability and reduce exposure to the external shocks. News.Az

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