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‘Pause to Pray:’ Iran bans flights during call to Islamic prayer

By Reuters | 27 Dec 2012

Iran's parliament has banned on airplanes from flying in the country during the Azan call to Islamic prayer, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.

"According to the new directive, airplanes are banned from flying during Azan, especially during the call to morning prayers," Mehr quoted the spokesman for parliament's cultural committee Ali Taheri as saying.

Israel 'does Azerbaijan airbase deal' in plan to attack Iran

By Donald Macintyre | The Independent | Jerusalem | 30 Mar 2012

Israel's military may have negotiated access to strategically placed air bases in Azerbaijan that could be used in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, US officials have said.

The unconfirmed report in Foreign Policy magazine suggested deepening co-operation between Israel and the Caucasian republic, which shares a border with Iran. It said that Israel and Azerbaijan secured a $1.6bn arms deal in February, which included the pledged sale of drones and anti-aircraft missile systems to Baku.

Palestinian Authority to build airport, railway

Source : Mohammed Mar'i | Arab News
RAMALLAH | 18 Apr 2011

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Saturday revealed that it will build an international airport near Jerusalem and a railway between West Bank and Gaza Strip in the coming three years.

The Palestinian Transportation Ministry said it will build the airport to handle civil and cargo flights between the future Palestinian state and the outside world.

The ministry said that the airport, which would be built in an area between Jerusalem and Jericho, will cost $340 million.

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