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Baku's transformation With its broad boulevards and grand apartment buildings, this could be Paris. Photographer Tim Franco visited Baku to document a city determined to renew itself. An oil rig being built near downtown Baku.
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Covering up the past Unwanted Soviet neighbourhoods have been demolished to make space for open parkland as well as marble-white shopping malls, glinting skyscrapers and luxury residential complexes. Buildings now considered ugly are given fake facades. Old oil rigs sit just offshore in the Caspian Sea. A wall separates a private property from the public beach.
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An effort in the administration of President George W. Trade in and out of Central Asia had been diverted not to Russia but to Iran, with Chinese backing, he said. And some Central Asian energy exports have not gone to Russia, but instead east to China because of difficulties exporting west over the Caspian Sea, he added. Turkmenistan, frustrated in its effort to build a trans-Caspian gas pipeline, has also started work on a pipeline east through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, known as the TAPI pipeline.
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The Afghan government has said it could help resolve the war through economic development. Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have divided the seabed in the north, but Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have disputed claims to petroleum deposits in the southern portion of the sea. The Caspian basin is seen as an important source of oil for world markets outside the Middle East.
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