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Azerbaijan to render financial assistance to Afghanistan
17.01.2013 13:06
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Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided $150 000 financial aid to Afghanistan within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Baku office told.

The funds allocated by the Azerbaijani government will be used for application of e-governance methods as a pilot. It is directly related with Azerbaijan`s successful e-governance experience.

"The future of Afghanistan has a special importance for both global security and stability; Azerbaijan actively supports the fraternal-Afghan people in solution of the country's problems," said UN Baku office.

President Ilham Aliyev`s speech made in May in the NATO Summit in Chicago also underlines this.
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    Yashar Aliyev, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations delivered a speech at the open debate of the UN Security Council dedicated to the subject of "Conflict prevention." The diplomat highlighted the close relationship between the concept of conflict preventi...
  • Armenians once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions located near the villages of Shikhlar of the Aghdam region and Tapgaragoyunlu of the Goranboy region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 22.The...
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    Armenians have violated ceasefire again.Oxu.Az reports with reference to sources in the Defense Ministry, yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani armed forces from positions near Shikhlar village of Agdam and Tapqaraqoyunlu village of Goranboy.The enemy was silenced by re...
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  • Western sanctions on Russia opens wide window to Azerbaijani export
    22.08.2014 12:44
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    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijani products have gained a chance to enter a larger market following the recent western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis.

    The sanctions came after Russia's decision to ban import of fruits and vegetable from many European countries. This has given Azerbaijan a chance to take a major role in the market of Russia.

    Imposition of bans on imports of European and U.S. products by Russia creates new opportunities for increasing the export capacity of Azerbaijan's agricultural products to this neighboring country.

    Azerbaijan's delicious, high-quality and organic agricultural products have always enjoyed significant demand in the Russian market. Furthermore, centuries of relations have connected the two countries for successful merchantizing.

    Russia has banned the import of almost all fruits and vegetables from Poland, including apple, pear, cherry, peach, plum and cabbage since August 1.

    Russia decided to put an embargo on import of agricultural products and food not only from Poland, but also from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway after the U.S. and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis.

    Now the country plans to replace these products both with local products, and those to be imported from other countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Serbia, Israel, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Iran, China and Tajikistan.

    The governments of Azerbaijan and Russia are pursuing relevant policies in this regard. On August 20, Azerbaijani and Russian high-level delegations met in Russian capital to hail Baku-Moscow relations.

    The main topic of the negotiations was Azerbaijan's role in ensuring food security in Russia.

    Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a bilateral meeting with the Azerbaijani delegation headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov that "Russia and Azerbaijan enjoy excellent relations."

    For his turn, Azerbaijani Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev expressed Azerbaijan's intention to maintain long-term cooperation with Russia. He said that export of agricultural products from Azerbaijan to Russia doubled in the six months of this year.

    Experts believe a unique chance for Azerbaijani farmers is obvious: firstly, increasing of export of agricultural products to Russia has become possible; second, Russia has opened its state borders for Azerbaijani farmers and created an opportunity to ease their access to its markets; and third, the purchasing power of the Russian population is high and it paves the way for earning huge money for farmers.

    Currently, the main issue for Azerbaijan is to solve a number of important problems in increasing the export of agricultural products to Russia.

    Vahid Maharramov, an expert in agriculture, thinks increasing the export of agricultural products to Russia will drastically impact the price in the local market.

    "The agricultural goods produced in Azerbaijan are not at a sufficient level to meet the domestic demand. We are able to meet only 95 percent of domestic demand for vegetables. Our consumer basket is not fully met with other products. The average annual norm for fruit is 110 kilograms in Azerbaijan, but we are able to meet only 80 kilograms of this demand. Thus, export of agricultural products to the Russian market may lead to the deficit of these goods," he noted.

    Many Azerbaijani farmers have their own lands, and they are located in different parts of the country. As a result, some problems occur in harvesting and transporting the agricultural products.

    "In this regard, it is necessary to think over establishing special organizations that will carry out the harvesting and transportation of agricultural products. It could be private organizations as well," Nizami Garayev, an expert in agriculture told local media.

    "Given the fact that fruits and vegetables are perishable in summer, a quick pass and a 'green corridor' through the Russian-Azerbaijani border should be established for certain agricultural products at certain times of the year," he noted.

    "Also, our state policy should be directed to strengthening a solid position in the Russian market. It is likely that the relationship between Russia and Europe will be adjusted in the foreseeable future, and the European products would return to the Russian market. Thus, we should do everything to ensure that the Azerbaijani products will not be pushed out after the return of the European products," Garayev stressed.

    He didn't exclude the possibility of preventing the price increase for agricultural products in the domestic market.

    "The government can take incentive measures to stimulate the production and to prevent the excessive growth of prices of the products, which are exported to the Russian market. In this case, the production of agricultural goods may increase in Azerbaijan. Also, the government can apply export subsidies and it could be an incentive to increase the domestic production," Garayev concluded.
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  • Di Maria asks to leave Real Madrid
    22.08.2014 12:34
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    Carlo Ancelotti talked about the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup in the press room at Real Madrid's training ground.

    Condition of Cristiano Ronaldo: "He's trained well. He's put in a normal session and is available for tomorrow. He can start".

    Regarding Di MarГ­a: "The Argentinean is a Real Madrid player until the market closes. I'm surprised to read that there are differences between me and the club. There are no differences and we both think the same thing. Di MarГ­a has asked to leave and has rejected an offer by the club. It's up to the player to resolve this situation himself".

    Changes for the second leg: "I'm going to change a few positions on the pitch. We have to play with a little more intensity against AtlГ©tico de Madrid. They have a certain advantage and will play the same way they did at the BernabГ©u".

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  • РЎonstruction of new bridge over Kur completed
    22.08.2014 12:24
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    The length of the new bridge is 317.7 meters.

    "Azeryolservis" JSC of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Transport has completed construction of a new road bridge across the Kur, which is located on the ninth kilometer of Hajigabul-Bakhramtepe M-3 highway.

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    According to the report, the decision to build a new bridge was made due to the fact that the old one came unusable due to heavy vehicular transport and the traffic on it was discontinued.

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  • Neanderthals, humans lived together for 5000 years
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    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

    Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to Russia, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They concluded with a high probability that pockets of Neanderthal culture survived until between 41,030 and 39,260 years ago.

    Although this puts the disappearance of Neanderthals earlier than some scientists previously thought, the findings support the idea that they lived alongside humans, who arrived in Europe about 45,000-43,000 years ago.

    ''We believe we now have the first robust timeline that sheds new light on some of the key questions around the possible interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans,'' said Thomas Higham, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford who led the study.

    While itв's known that Neanderthal genes have survived in the DNA of many modern humans to this day, suggesting that at least some interbreeding took place, scientists are still unclear about the extent of their contact and the reasons why Neanderthals vanished.

    ''These new results confirm a long-suspected chronological overlap between the last Neanderthals and the first modern humans in Europe,'' said Jean-Jacques Hublin, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who wasnв't involved in the study.

    Apart from narrowing the length of time that the two species existed alongside each other to between 2,600 and 5,400 years, Higham and his colleagues also believe they have shown that Neanderthals and humans largely kept to themselves.

    ''What we donв't see is that there is spatial overlap (in where they settled),'' said Higham.

    This is puzzling, because there is evidence that late-stage Neanderthals were culturally influenced by modern humans. Samples taken from some Neanderthal sites include artifacts that look like those introduced to Europe by humans migrating from Africa.

    This would point to the possibility that Neanderthals Гў?? whose name derives from a valley in western Germany adopted certain human habits and technologies even as they were being gradually pushed out of their territory.

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  • ''You are always with me'' play to be premiered in London
    22.08.2014 12:04
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    The European premiГЁre of ''You are always with me'' play by Azerbaijani writer Ilyas Efendiyev will be held in London.

    The show, marking the writer`s 100th jubilee, will be organized by the London-based Aloff Theater in partnership with Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the LOST theater on September 9-27, AzerTag reports.

    Starring in the show will be British actors. Filiz Ozjan is the production director of the play. Senan Aliyev, who is the producer of the Aloff Theater, will be a translator of the play.
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  • NASA wants to put rodents on space station
    22.08.2014 12:03
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    Call them the "rat-stronauts." NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.

    While rodents have flown on space shuttle flights in the past, those missions have only lasted a week or two. This new rats in space mission, however, could range between 30 and 90 days, depending on the availability of spacecraft like SpaceX's Dragon capsule to ferry them on the roundtrip.

    This means there will need to be changes to animal husbandry to keep the rats happy and healthy, said Julie Robinson, NASA's chief scientist for the space station, in a recent press conference.

    "This will allow animals to be studied for longer period of time on space station missions," she said, adding that of the 35 or so studies where rats have gone into space, few of them have gone for more than two weeks.

    The actual schedule for launching the rats to the space station and returning them back to Earth is not fully figured out yet. ASpaceX Dragon spacecrafttypically launches supplies to the space station, then returns cargo to Earth with a water splashdown, spending some time in the ocean before being towed to port. That could potentially be uncomfortable for the rats.

    Robinson said that launching rats on for the experiment are preferable to mice, which are smaller and require less food, because rats' neurocognitive functioning is similar to that of humans. Bringing the rodents on board is just one of several ways in which thespace station is changing for science.
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  • SOCAR conducts Caspian Sea platform overhaul
    22.08.2014 11:54
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    The SOCAR Company (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) is to conclude its overhaul of the production platform in the shallow part of "Guneshli" in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea in December 2014, says a statement released by the State Oil Company Aug. 21.

    Overhaul works of the platform are conducted without restrictions in operating of the platform and with the use of existing technological equipment on the platform.

    Platform "Gunashli-11" has operated since 1986.

    "Guneshli" field plays an important role in the oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan. The shallow part of the deposit is developed by SOCAR independently and deep one as a part of the "Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli" block (together with foreign partners).

    Within the frameworks of the increase in oil and gas production in the shallow part of "Guneshli" SOCAR plans to drill 20 new wells. Along with the drilling of new wells, repair work of old wells is underway on the field.

    In 2013, SOCAR produced in offshore and onshore fields of the country more than 8.31 million tonnes versus 8.24 million tonnes in 2012.

    In total, some 43.48 million tonnes were produced in Azerbaijan in 2013 versus 43 million tonnes in 2012.

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  • Education Ministry dismisses media reports on transfer of universities to Gabala
    22.08.2014 11:48
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    The Ministry of Education has no plans to transfer the universities of the capital city to Gabala.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the news service of the ministry which commented on reports in a number of local media about the transfer of some universities from Baku to Gabala.

    "This issue is not discussed at the ministry and sources of such reports are unclear", the ministry said.

    The ministry noted that none of the media reports indicated the source of information.

    The source in the ministry also said that in line with the State Strategy for Development of Education in Azerbaijan, it is planned to create university campuses. Today an action plan is being developed in this area, after which a definite activity will be carried in this direction.
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  • Mexico increases number of missing to 22,322
    22.08.2014 11:43
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    The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.

    Assistant Attorney General Mariana Benitez said 12,532 people went missing during the 2006-12 administration of President Felipe Calderon, who declared war on drug traffickers. An additional 9,790 have disappeared since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office on Dec. 1, 2012.

    Benitez said that the list of people reported missing during Calderon's government had gone up to 29,707, but that authorities arrived at the figure of 12,532 still missing after finding the rest alive or confirming their deaths.

    She said a second list started with the Pena Nieto government showed 23,234 people reported missing between Dec. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2014. She said 13,444 of those had been located, leaving 9,790 still missing.

    Authorities have given conflicting figures on missing people since announcing in February 2013 there was an official list showing 26,000 people unaccounted for.

    In May, Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the number of missing was at 8,000. He didn't mention there were two separate lists and didn't take follow-up questions from reporters during his announcement.
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  • Bakcell increases number of its sales and service centers
    22.08.2014 11:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    Trend:

    Bakcell - the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan is constantly expanding its customer service and sales centers network in order to provide the best possible service for its customers. The Company announces the opening of its new "BakcellIM" store at the address of Baku, Shikhali Qurbanov str., 7A.

    The new Sales and Service Center of Bakcell, located nearby the Fizuli circle ("Beshmertebe") offers the latest models of phones, tablets and accessories to subscribers along with full range of products and services for Cin, Klass and Gold subscribers.

    "Our goal is to provide highest quality service to "Bakcell" subscribers, and to make the centers providing these services even closer and more accessible to our customers. To this end, we are constantly expanding our network of sales and service centers across the country", says Mr. Richard Shearer, CEO of Bakcell.

    With more than 300 retail outlets as well as 26 Customer Service Centers operating in the capital and regions, Bakcell provides the best customer services to its subscribers.

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

    As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

    Bakcell's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. Bakcell was announced "The Mobile Internet Provider of the Year" by the famous international The Business Year publication.

    With more than 1000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 80% of population and 55% of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories).

    For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please see www.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55.

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  • San Fransisco bay accepted Robin Williams ashes
    22.08.2014 11:38
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    Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to his death certificate.

    Williams was found dead in his Northern California home August 11 from what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging. The certificate, obtained by CNN on Thursday, says his ashes were scattered off the coast one day later.

    It also says the cause of death is "pending investigation."

    According to Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd, investigators believe Williams used a belt to hang himself from a bedroom door.

    Boyd would not confirm or deny whether Williams left behind a letter, saying that investigators would discuss "the note or a note" later.

    The coroner's investigation "revealed he had been seeking treatment for depression," Boyd said.

    He spent time in a treatment facility in July, a time when his wife and representative have said he was battling depression.

    Media reports at the time speculated that Williams had resumed drinking alcohol, but a statement from his wife appears to dispute those reports.

    Williams was sober but struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died, his widow said last week.

    "Robin spent so much of his life helping others," she said. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting a sick child -- Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid."

    /CNN/
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  • Ban Ki-moon called for ceasefire in eastern Ukarine
    22.08.2014 11:24
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    UNSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine for the duration of the humanitarian mission in the region.

    A UNspokesperson said this message would be delivered to the Ukrainian authorities by UNUnder-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman who is currently on a visit to Kiev.

    Moscow asked the UNSecurity Council to adopt a statement calling for ceasefire in south-eastern Ukraine for the duration of the humanitarian mission there.

    ''We are urging the sides involved in the conflict to announce a ceasefire for the duration of this mission and asking the UNSecurity Council to adopt a relevant statement,'' the Russian Foreign ministry said.
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  • Torrential rain triggered landslide in Dariali Gorge, Georgia
    22.08.2014 11:18
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    Torrential rain triggered landslide in Georgia`s remote region of Kazbegi - the disaster affected the 134-th section of the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Larsi motorway late last night.

    The landslide was foreseen and the special devices gave an alarm, which enabled the travelers to leave the disaster area in time.

    The Ministers of Internal Affairs, Regional Development and Infrastructure, Finances and the Environmental Protection arrived at the disaster zone last night. The geologists are also in the region observing the processes. The Minister of Interior held an emergency meeting of the special headquarters, which was formed after the previous landslide that hit the region on May 17th killing five people. The specialists have discussed the action plan for eradicating the disaster consequences.

    Currently, the special personnel have been sent to the area clean up the road of the mud and collapsed rocks, where, arguably, two workers are missing. One of the missing workers is a Turkish national. The shore-reinforcement works are also in progress to prevent the River Terek flow our of its bed.
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  • Turkmenistan to collect 1.6 million tonnes of wheat in 2015
    22.08.2014 11:13
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug.21

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A massive sowing of winter wheat began in Turkmenistan - some 1.6 million tonnes are to be collected from 860 000 hectares of land in 2015, the state news agency Turkmen Dovlet khabarlary (TDH) reported.

    According to the report, in particular, some 450 000 tonnes are to be collected in the Akhal velayat (region), 380 000 tonnes in Mary, 350 000 tonnes in Lebap, 300 000 tonnes in Dashoguz and 120 000 tonnes in Balkan.

    The current sowing campaign will involve about two thousand plow tractors and five thousand arable tractors, more than 1660 seeders and other plants and equipment.

    In July, it was reported that since the beginning of the year some 1,196 million tonnes had been collected, which accounts for three quarters of the targeted sum. Last year Turkmenistan managed to collect 1.6 million tonnes of grain, which is a 400 000 tonnes increase compared to 2012.

    In 2010 Turkmenistan became the first exporter of surplus food grains.

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  • Firts watch, then eat at Mc'Donalds restaurants!?
    22.08.2014 11:05
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    By AzerNews

    McDonalds is one of the widespread fast food restaurants in the world, providing over 247 billion people with inexpensive food.

    The most evident advantage of fast food is that it saves time. In today's fast-paced life, it is a convenient way to get a meal.

    Beside the time an individual has to spend in the kitchen, cooking a meal requires one to make a trip to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for the dish. Then there is the added effort and time which need to be put into washing and peeling the vegetables. All this makes eating fast food more convenient over cooking a meal for a busy individual.

    In Western countries, some people prefer to eat in fast food restaurants likewise teenagers. This is especially true about young people for whom a fast food center is a good place to hangout with friends.

    Citing a few points about the advantages of the fast food does not mean that we should deny its drawbacks.

    Like any other restaurants, cafes, fast food centers have their own problems.

    A lot of incidents happen to consumers around the world due to the lack of hygienic requirements.

    For example, a consumer in Baku was sold a beef roll that contained mold on the bread. Anar Osmanov, a worker in McDonalds, said that the staff checked all goods and no mold was found, adding that McDonalds checks all goods from abroad as well as locally produced.

    In March, another resident of the capital, Roland Mammadov, found a snail in a Caesar salad. On this occasion, he sued to get 50,000 manats as compensation.

    Recently, four McDonalds' restaurants were closed in Moscow, accused of violating sanitary regulations.

    Subsequently, such kinds of incidents may affect the purchasing power among population in many countries, including Azerbaijan.

    That being said, people underestimate just how bad a fast food meal can be for their health.

    As a reminder, some McDonald's produces food which contains higher amounts of unwanted nutrients like salt, fat and various types of artificial chemicals. Frying destroys most of the essential nutrients from the food.

    A number of studies have linked regular consumption of fast food to health problems such as obesity and liver problems.

    Of course, outlet eating is economical, but only for a single person. Going out to a fast food, eating with family once in a while won't matter much. However, frequent visits to such restaurants can become quite an expensive affair, besides being unhealthy.

    Fast food joints are also being seen as a factor that is making a number of families spend less and less time together. Family meal time is something that is considered as an opportunity for all the members to come together.

    Today, people forget what it means to spend time at home and enjoying breakfast or dinner together.

    Surely, we can talk about the advantages and disadvantages of fast food for hours, but it's a waste of time. Nevertheless, many of us try these kinds of food and most of us even like it.
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  • France demands Petrosyan's body from Azerbaijan
    22.08.2014 11:04
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    Nadal expressed his condolences to the family of Karen Petrosyan.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Novostink.ru, that, according to the website of the French Foreign Ministry, the statement came from spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of this country Romain Nadal speaking to journalists.

    He expressed his condolences to the family of Karen Petrosyan and urged the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately transfer the body to Armenian side, and fully clarify the circumstances of his death.

    It should be noted that the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said a subversive group of 4 people was rendered harmless including Karen Petrosyan held captive. However, the saboteur died of acute heart failure the next day.
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  • ''Persian Gulf Star'' refinery to solve Iranв's fuel problem, minister says
    22.08.2014 10:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that "Persian Gulf Star" refinery will solve the problems with country's gasoline and diesel oil in quantity and quality once comes in stream.

    The minister remarked that "Persian Gulf Star" located in the south of Iran will be the country's most important refinery project and second oil industry project after South Pars Gas field project, Iranian official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 22.

    Zanganeh said that 75 percent of the construction work of the refinery has been completed, adding, the gasoline and diesel oil produced in it will be of Euro 5 standard.

    He noted that the first phase of the refinery, with a production capacity of 120,000 barrel of condensate, will come to stream in the first half of the next Iranian fiscal year( to be started on March 20, 2016).

    "The total capacity of the refinery will be 360,000 barrel per day," Zanganeh added.

    The oil minister said that the main part of refinery's gasoline production will be exported.

    The refinery project consists of three phases, each with the capacity of producing 120,000 barrels of condensates.

    The refinery is projected to produce 36 million liters of gasoline and 14 million liters of diesel on daily basis.

    Some $1.5 billion is required to complete the project.

    Earlier Shahrokh Khosravani, deputy director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), said that once the Persian Gulf Star refinery's gasoline production unit comes on stream, the country's total production capacity will reach 96 million liters per day.

    "Then Iran will be able to export the surplus gasoline, which is around 20 million liters per day," he noted.

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  • Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey interested in defense capability strengthening
    22.08.2014 10:48
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey are interested in working out a plan to strengthen the defense capability, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said in an interview with Imedi TV company Aug. 22.

    "The representatives of the governments of these three countries start to think about working out a plan to strengthen the defense capability," he said.

    "This is in the interests of Europe and NATO, as this transit route [Baku-Tbilisi-Kars] is used to transport the alliance's cargo to Afghanistan."

    "Moreover, it is necessary to emphasize that these actions are not directed against anyone," Alasania said.

    "Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey implement joint projects of strategic importance," he said.

    The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Irakli Alasania also agreed at a recent meeting that these countries will hold joint military exercises, Azerbaijani defense minister Zakir Hasanov told media earlier.

    He added that the purpose of the exercises is to increase the combat capability of the armed forces.

    "An agreement was reached during the meeting to hold meetings in this format twice a year, to organize joint workshops and conferences, to create a trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military-technical sphere," he added. "It is also planned to organize meetings of experts to examine the promising areas of cooperation."

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  • Russia outraged by brutal murder of American journalist
    22.08.2014 10:47
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    Moscow is outraged by the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley by militants from the Islamic State (IS).

    The statement came from Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, speaking Thursday, according to RIA Novosti.

    "The barbaric killing by Islamic State (IS) terrorists of US journalist James Foley, who went missing in conflict zone in Syria two years ago, causes outrage. Such inhumane actions cannot be justified," Dolgov said in a statement.

    Earlier in the day, the US Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of the US journalist, who was seized in Syria in 2012.

    On Tuesday, the IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), uploaded a video showing the beheading of Foley in revenge for US airstrikes against its militants in Iraq. A masked jihadist, who introduced himself as an IS member, spoke English with a southern British accent.

    After releasing the footage of Foley's execution, the Sunni extremists also published a video showing another US journalist, Stephen Sotloff, and warned Washington that his life depends on America's next steps.

    The IS began in Syria, where it has been fighting government forces since 2012. In June, the group launched offensive on northern Iraq, seizing vast territories. In August, after Iraq asked the international community for help, the United States started launching air strikes against IS positions in the north of the country.
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  • IFC helps Azerbaijan`s Turan Bank support international traders
    22.08.2014 10:44
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    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Azerbaijan's Turan Bank train its staff to reduce risks related to trade finance, provide better solutions for small international traders, and support their efforts to expand and tap foreign markets.

    IFC's Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) advisory services are organizing a series of training programs to help the bank process trade transactions. The courses are designed to help participants understand international trade operations while reducing associated risks and costs, thereby promoting international trade and networking among banks.

    "We aim to become one of the key players in introducing new products and profitable trade solutions to our clients. IFC's training programs will help us achieve this strategic objective," said Nazim Sadigov, Chairman of the Management Board of Turan Bank.

    Through GTFP's advisory services, IFC has delivered close to 220 training programs, reaching more than 5,400 bankers in over 60 countries.

    "By sharing our global knowledge with the local market, we aim to help our partner bank in Azerbaijan strengthen its capacity in trade finance," said Aliya Azimova, IFC Country Representative in Azerbaijan. "This initiative is expected to benefit small and midsize exporters and importers creating more opportunities for trade in and out of Azerbaijan."

    Azerbaijan became a member of IFC in 1995. Since then, IFC has invested more than $414 million in the country and mobilized $73 million from other lenders. IFC has also implemented advisory projects focused on private sector development.
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  • Balotelli joins Liverpool
    22.08.2014 10:34
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    Mario Balotelli has bid farewell to his AC Milan team-mates ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool, the Serie A giants have revealed.

    Rumours that Liverpool are keen to bring the controversial former Manchester City striker back to the Premier League gathered pace on Thursday, with reports suggesting a €20 million deal has been agreed with Milan.

    Italy star Balotelli trained with Italian side on Thursday, with Sky Sports Italia quoting him as telling the club's official TV station that it would be his final session with the San Siro outfit.

    And Milan appeared to confirm the 24-year-old is heading for the exit door by posting a short message on their website announcing he has said his goodbyes.

    "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13:30 (local time) after saying goodbye to his team-mates," read the statement.

    "Before leaving the premises, the striker has said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."

    Ex-Inter man Balotelli returned to Serie A in January 2013, and has scored 26 goals in 43 league appearances for Milan.

    However, speculation has grown that Milan were open to selling him mounted when they failed to qualify for the Champions League by finishing a disappointing eighth last season.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, are on the look out for a new striker following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last month.

    Should Balotelli complete a switch to Anfield this week, his Liverpool debut could come in their trip to his former club City on Monday.

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  • PASHA Bank Georgia becomes Golden Sponsor of Caspian Energy Forum '" 2014
    22.08.2014 10:28
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    PASHA Bank Georgia, one of the major banks of Georgia, has officially supported the II International Caspian Energy Forum '" 2014 (www.caspianenergyforum.com) to be hosted on November 14, 2014 in Tbilisi with participation of His Excellency Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia.

    ''Caspian Energy Forum '" 2014 will become a platform to discuss different areas of the Georgian economy, and contribute to attraction of new investments and integration of the financial sector across the Caspian-Black Sea region countries'', PASHA Bank Georgia Chairman of the Executive Board Shahin Mammadov said.

    The II International Caspian Energy Forum '" 2014 will be held in Tbilisi within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century signed under leadership of Nationwide Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. It is noteworthy that the Caspian Energy journal, which enlightens the oil strategy of the Caspian states, is also marking its 15th jubilee. The Forum will be held on a yearly basis as a general meeting of the Caspian European Club (CEIBC).

    The first section of the Caspian Energy Forum will be chaired by Kakha Kaladze, Minister of Energy/Vice Premier of Georgia. It will focus on energy integration of the countries of the Caspian-Black Sea and Mediterranean regions into global energy markets, the key role of Georgia in energy, transport and infrastructure projects.

    The second section of the Caspian European Forum will be chaired by George Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development /Vice Premier of Georgia and is going to cover development of the energy sector and prospects of relations with the EU.

    The events in Tbilisi will be attended by heads of government institutions, ministries, committees and agencies of Georgia and the countries of the Caspian, Black Sea and Mediterranean regions, representatives of diplomatic and international missions accredited in Georgia, and also heads of large international companies.

    The Forum organiser is the Caspian Energy International Media Group. The official support to the Forum is provided by the Ministry of Energy of Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the State Ministry of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, SOCAR Energy Georgia LLC, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Caspian European Club.

    PASHA Bank Georgia and Cross Caspian Oil amp; Gas Logistics LLC are the Golden Sponsors of the Forum. Silver Sponsors are GRBS and Caspian Well Services (Georgia). Bronze Sponsors are SNF Vostok LLC, Improtex Travel (Official Travel Agency), Azertexnolayn and ANT Group.
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  • The fact of occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia was underlined at debate on ''Conflict Prevention'' at UN Security Council
    22.08.2014 10:25
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    Yashar Aliyev, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations delivered a speech at the open debate of the UN Security Council dedicated to the subject of "Conflict prevention." The diplomat highlighted the close relationship between the concept of conflict prevention and principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes. He stated that in circumstances where one state neglects its obligations before the international law and has resorted to use of force to occupy the territory of another state, the victim state - as subject to this aggression - is entitled to the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense enshrined in Article 51 of the UN Charter.

    The Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan also reminded the council members that the international law requires not just an outcome in preventing or resolving conflicts, but that such an outcome is, most importantly, preceded by a process that is consistent with particular norms. In this context, the diplomat underlined the importance of the fact that conflict settlement mechanisms may not be used as a tool to consolidate a priori illegal and fait accompli-based solutions. "Attempts to impose or encourage such solutions will fail to provide the necessary foundations for enduring peace and long-term stability."

    Mr. Aliyev also highlighted the need for working out a comprehensive international approach to the problem of aggressive separatism. He said that special attention should be given to the implementation of resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, principle assessment of key issue of responsibility and fighting against impunity for crimes committed during the conflict.

    Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations, spoke next with an attempt to counter the arguments of the Azerbaijani side with the usual set of unsubstantiated accusations. Once again, it was easy to see the bewilderment of the members of the Security Council and other participants of the meeting during the speech of the Armenian diplomat.

    Yashar Aliyev, who took the floor next to respond to the rhetoric of the Armenian representative, drew attention of the council members to yet another unsuccessful attempt of an Armenian diplomat to mislead the international community and divert the attention from the annexationist policies of his country, fact of occupation of substantial part of Azerbaijan's territory and ethnic cleansing of big part of Azerbaijani population by Armenian armed forces.

    "Armenia's unconstructiveness in the negotiations, its interest in maintaining the status quo, its evasion of the Madrid peace plan, its refusal to comply with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, its policy of ruthless ethnic cleansing and its latest provocative actions aimed at undermining the peace process - all these provide the strongest grounds to impose substantial sanctions against Armenia by the international community. The continued presence of Armenia's armed forces on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan remains the biggest threat to the peace process. Therefore, first and foremost, the armed forces of Armenia must withdraw from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The earlier Armenia realizes this, the sooner peace, stability and predictability can be restored in the region," stated Yashar Aliyev in conclusion.
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  • Absheron: land of miscellaneous miracles
    22.08.2014 10:24
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    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijanis feel a sense of pride at their rich history. The history is not limited to the minds, legends, and books but widely spread around the country. This gives the tourists an opportunity to easily study Azerbaijani culture and traditions.

    One of such places is Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex located near by the capital Baku in Absheron peninsula.

    Absheron is an ancient settlement, which is proved by barrows, fire traces and tombs found there during archaeological excavations. Qala village is one of the oldest settlements in the northeast Absheron.

    Created a few years ago, the Museum Complex in Qala preserves the antique monuments in the open air. Materials belonging to periods from the early Bronze Age to the ancient, the medieval, and right up to the 19th century, are preserved in the complex.

    Here visitors get acquainted with archeological foundlings of in Absheron that were collected in the complex of 1.5 hectares, to illustrate a town built in medieval Absheron.

    Petroglyphs covering the period from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. to the Middle Ages, tambourine stone gavaldash, magnificent examples of ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, as well as conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex, all these "shoulders of history" are present here.

    The excavations held in Qala in 2010-2011 found rock and under-rock habitats, petroglyphs, ancient foundations, primitive wall remnants related to the Bronze Age, two underground tunnels leading to the Caspian Sea and Baku city related to the 10-14th and 10-15th centuries, and a national oven tendir related to the 18th century.

    Rock engravings here mainly present human and animal figures and various fragments of prehistoric life.

    As a representative of an old period, the fortress of Qala is another attraction of the complex. It consists of a tower and a stronghold related to the 10-14th centuries. The 13.8 meters tall fortress was used for surveillance and defense. Golden coins, remnants of a golden bracelet and ceramic samples related to the 10-16th centuries are displayed in a stronghold related to the 16-17th centuries.

    In total, the village of Gala hosts 216 monuments. There are five mosques, three baths, houses, agricultural buildings, graves, tombs, burial mounds and the remains of a fortress, etc.

    Visitors may receive detailed information about the museums located in the territory at the Qala Information Centre, and rent electro-busses or bikes for more convenient tour.

    Moreover, visitors can enjoy staying at a caravanserai-restaurant here, which is famous with its delicious cuisine and nice Oriental style.

    The complex is also hosting various international, historic and art festivals that gather many tourists. Meanwhile, necessary conditions have been created for physically challenged history enthusiasts.

    This is also an ideal place for children to learn something new about Azerbaijani history and its rich historic background to create colorful handicrafts.

    The complex is a perfect place to touch history and learn something new in familiar scenery.
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  • Armenians once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    22.08.2014 10:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions located near the villages of Shikhlar of the Aghdam region and Tapgaragoyunlu of the Goranboy region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 22.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • German millionaire dies
    22.08.2014 10:15
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    Klaus Zapf, a German millionaire and removals entrepreneur who shunned the trappings of wealth, has died from a heart attack at the age of 62.

    Mr Zapf was the founder and co-owner of Zapf Umzuge, one of the largest relocation companies in Europe.

    He earned himself a legendary reputation for living well below his means, and was known for acts such as collecting returnable bottles at night.

    Mr Zapf died on 20 August, his company announced on its website (in German).

    Despite his vast wealth, he lived in a small flat and was paid just enough to cover his basic living costs, Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper reports.

    He once said that he collected empty bottles on which there is a deposit to be reclaimed and only shopped at supermarkets with the lowest prices.

    According to reports, he lived on less than 300 euros ( ВЈ240) a month.

    "I don't need money. It just makes us unequal," he was quoted as saying.

    German press reports describe him as being "deeply immersed" in the left scene during his student years, and names Rudi Dutschke - a prominent leader of Germany's socialist student movement in the late 1960s - as among his peers.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    22.08.2014 10:03
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    Armenians have violated ceasefire again.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to sources in the Defense Ministry, yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani armed forces from positions near Shikhlar village of Agdam and Tapqaraqoyunlu village of Goranboy.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Azerbaijani defense minister informs about Armenian troopsв' diversion
    22.08.2014 09:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    Trend:

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov received a delegation led by commander, U.S. Transportation Command Paul Selva, the Azerbaijani defense ministry told Trend Aug. 22.

    The minister informed the guests about the situation in the region, the continuing aggressive policy of Armenia, violations of the ceasefire on the frontline, diversion of Armenian troops.

    The minister expressed his satisfaction with the positive results of bilateral cooperation and the expansion of mutual ties.

    The guest thanked for Azerbaijan's contribution to the operation of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF). He described the effective military cooperation between the parties as exemplary.

    Then the views on other issues of bilateral cooperation were exchanged.

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  • Iran final nuclear deal to serve world economy: Rouhani
    22.08.2014 09:58
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    Iranв's president says achievement of a permanent nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will benefit the entire world economy.

    "Iran is seriously determined to reach agreement and entente and we hope that the opposite party will also have serious determination because an agreement will benefit the region, the P5 1 countries, Iran and the global economy," President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, Press TV reports.

    He said that a final accord between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany would persuade foreign investors to invest in Iran.

    Rouhani described the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Western governments as a "misplaced, illegal and cruel pressure on each and every Iranian."

    Iran and the six countries are to resume their negotiations to discuss ways of reaching a final agreement over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

    The two sides clinched a landmark interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The agreement, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20, has been extended until November 24.

    On Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a new report, confirming Iran's commitment to the interim nuclear deal.

    The monthly update report by the IAEA indicated that the Islamic Republic continues to meet its commitments under the interim accord.
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  • TPAO signs loan agreement in connection with "Shah Deniz"
    22.08.2014 09:42
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    Turkey will increase the volume of oil shipped abroad.

    Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) has signed a loan agreement in Ankara as part of increasing the equity in the project of development of Azerbaijani gas condensate field "Shah Deniz".

    Oxu.Az reports referring to Marja that the information was provided in "Anatolia" Turkish news agency.

    The loan agreement was signed with the participation of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, a Turkish banks VakД±fbank and Türkiye Д°Еџ BankasД± totaling $1 000 000 000 000.

    Yildiz said at the event that Turkey will increase the volume of oil shipped abroad.
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  • Chinese financiers open €2 billion LC for Iranв's petrochemical projects
    22.08.2014 09:37
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 20

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Chinese financiers have opened a two billion euro line of credit for Iran's petrochemical projects.

    Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Abbas She'ri-Moghadam said that the Central Bank of Iran needs to approve the financiers' certain guarantees, Iran's SHANA News Agency reported on August 20.

    "The mentioned two billion euros will be allocated to Sabalan, Lordegan, Bushehr, and Masjed Soleiman petrochemical projects," he said.

    He went on to note that Iran seeks to absorb 10 billion euros of finance from China.

    "Iran's petrochemical industry has the annual capacity to produce 60 million metric ton of products," She'ri-Moghadam said, adding that the country uses only 68 percent of the mentioned capacity. He referred to feed shortage as the main problem of Iranian petrochemical units.

    In April, Iranian officials announced that some European countries including Italy, Spain and Greece have resumed imports of petrochemical products from Iran.

    Iran's oil and petrochemical exports have increased following some sanctions relief on the Islamic Republic, including the EU and US bans on the country's petrochemical exports.

    The ban ease is part of an agreement inked in Geneva last November between Iran and the P5 1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China - plus Germany), under which the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.

    The Geneva deal took effect on Jan. 20 and expired on July 20. However, the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months until Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

    Above 40 million metric tons of petrochemical products were produced in Iran during the last fiscal year in the country, which bring $ 9 billion in income for Iran.

    The country's fiscal year starts on March 21.

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  • Turkey does not recognize so-called elections in Abkhazia
    22.08.2014 09:28
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Turkish ambassador to Georgia Levent Gumrukcu commented on the information disseminated by the Abkhaz media outlets that Turkey opened a polling station in connection with the "elections" in Sukhumi.

    Turkish diplomat sent a special letter to Trend news agency, in which he stated the position of his country's government.

    "Turkey has always supported the territorial integrity of Georgia," according to the letter. "The Turkish government intends to maintain the sovereignty of neighboring Georgia in the future. The Turkish government does not recognize the upcoming so-called presidential election in Abkhazia, as this is contrary to all norms of international law and the laws of Georgia. Taking this into account, the Turkish authorities must not give official permission for opening polling stations or installing the ballot boxes. Turkey hopes that the problem of Abkhazia will be solved in a peaceful way in the near future. Moreover, the Turkish government is ready to exert efforts to resolve this problem."

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  • Pakistan ready to invest in oil and gas sector of Kazakh economy
    22.08.2014 08:13
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 22

    By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Pakistan is working to improve trade turnover with Kazakhstan, and ready to invest in the metallurgy, oil and gas sectors of the Kazakh economy, Pakistani Ambassador in Kazakhstan, Shaukat Ali Mukadam told reporters Aug. 20.

    "We are ready to invest in the oil and gas sector, as well as in metallurgy. Specifically, there are two companies. One company is interested in a joint venture for oil production, and the other one in the purchase of this oil," he said.

    Mukadam went on to add that Pakistan is ready to invest primarily in the enterprises producing 15,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil per day.

    "However, the amount of investments depends on the actual capacity," he noted.

    Pakistani diplomat also said his country intends, in the next three years, to boost trade turnover with Kazakhstan to $100 million per year.

    "We plan in the next three years to increase trade turnover to $100 million per year," Mukadam noted. "This figure is not a limit, because the two countries have all the opportunities to expand the partnership."

    The ambassador went on to say that prior to his arrival in Kazakhstan, he served for several years as ambassador to South Korea, and the turnover between Pakistan and South Korea at that time was $1.6 billion.

    He said in general in 2012, the trade between Kazakhstan and Pakistan totalled $36 million, some $21 million of which accounted for Pakistani exports, and $15 million - to Kazakh exports.

    The trade between the two countries increased in 2013 by 22 percent reaching $44.3 million.

    Edited by CN

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  • Pentagon eyes budget shift for Iraq
    22.08.2014 07:33
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    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the Pentagon may have to review its fiscal 2015 budget plans as it intensifies action against the Islamic State, though analysts suggested the push can be funded from existing spending plans, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The U.S. is continuing airstrikes in northern Iraq, boosting surveillance in the region and accelerating arms sales to the Iraqi regime, while the Pentagon also warned it may have to take the effort into neighboring Syria.

    "We've had to move assets over the last couple of months," Mr. Hagel told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. "That costs money, that takes certain moneys out of certain funds." He called the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a long-term threat, and Pentagon leaders have said the airstrikes could continue for months.

    An extended air campaign could cost around $500 million a year at its current pace, estimates Byron Callan at Capital Alpha Partners LLC. Like other analysts, he expects most of the U.S. action to be paid from the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, or OCO, better known as the Pentagon's war fund.

    "The costs of ongoing operations [in Iraq] can likely be accommodated in OCO budgets and should not siphon funds off from the base budget," said Mr. Callan in a note to clients.

    Defense contractors also said the latest Iraqi conflict had given a small boost to intelligence-related work in the run-up to the end of the government's fiscal year, when Pentagon contract awards typically pick up.

    Ken Asbury, chief executive of CACI International Inc., told investors Thursday that it was adding staff to handle contracts that had been previously been winding down.

    The war fund has been cut as the U.S. drew down operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, though the Pentagon in June asked lawmakers to approve $58.6 billion for fiscal 2015, which starts Oct. 1, down from $85.3 billion in 2014. That's on top of the department's $496 billion base budget.

    The wider Pentagon and State Department 2015 budgets include $5 billion earmarked for counterterrorism operations.

    One wrinkle is that the Congress is unlikely to finalize the 2015 budget until after November's midterm elections. The House and Senate bills have still to be reconciled, and a growing number of industry executives expect a short-term continuing resolution, which would freeze funding at 2014 budget levels, possibly into January.

    "I think we're fine for fiscal year '14 and we'll have to continue to gather the data and see what it does to us in '15," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when asked about potential budget changes at the Pentagon briefing.

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  • French military companies to demonstrate their products in Azerbaijan
    22.08.2014 06:37
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    About 15 French companies operating in defense and security spheres will be represented in defense industry exhibition to be held in Baku

    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov - APA. About 15 French companies operating in defense and security spheres will be represented in ADEX-2014 international defense industry exhibition to be held in Baku on September 11-13.

    APA reports quoting official website of ADEX-2014 exhibition that 7 companies will demonstrate their products and services at the stand of CД°FAL France and others at their own stands.

    French companies that will attend ADEX-2014 exhibition are MBDA, THALES, DCNS Group, Losberger RDS, Bertin Technologies, NBC Defence, Proengin and others.

    France is more interested in the military and defense industry cooperation with Azerbaijan in the last few years. A number of French companies operating in the defense sector visited Baku and made presentations for the Azerbaijani military institutions.

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister visited large defense companies and discussed issues of cooperation during his visit to France.
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  • Yemenis to continue mass anti-government protests
    22.08.2014 06:13
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    Leader of Yemen's Shia Houthi movement says anti-government protests will continue in the capital Sana'a as people demonstrate for the fourth consecutive day to force the Yemeni government to resign, Press TV reported.

    "We will continue our pressure and legitimate movement as we have not yet reached a clear and sufficient response to our demands," Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a speech late on Thursday.

    He also called on Yemenis to gather for Friday prayers on the road to Sana'a International Airport.

    Houthi insisted that the movement will employ "peaceful, civilized and legitimate means," urging President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed to "not fall into the trap of attacking people and protesters."

    On Wednesday, Hadi called for dialogue with Houthis and invited representatives to join a "unity government."

    But the protests, fuelled by a steep increase in petrol prices, are gaining momentum with demonstrators showing no signs of backing down.

    On Sunday, Houthi said Yemeni authorities must meet the protesters' grievances by the end of the week or additional forms of "legitimate action" would be taken.

    More than 50 percent of around 25 million population of the impoverished country live below the poverty line, according to official figures.

    Over the recent months, Yemen has been experiencing a severe energy crisis, including frequent power cuts and fuel shortages.

    Yemen's Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

    The Shia fighters blame the government for the political, economic, and religious marginalization of the country's Shia community and violating their civil rights.

    The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down in February 2012.

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  • Iran's West Azerbaijan ready to develop economic ties with Iraq Kurdistan
    22.08.2014 04:51
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    Governor General of West Azerbaijan Province said the province is ready to promote cooperation and develop economic ties with Iraq Kurdistan region, IRNA reported.

    According to the report of West Azerbaijan Province Governor Office website, Qurbanali Saadat in a meeting with IranЛ€s new General Consul in Erbil Morteza Ebadi on Thursday made the remarks.

    In the meeting, the latest situation in relations between west Azerbaijan province with Iraq Kurdistan region and Erbil Province was discussed.

    Activating border terminal of Tamarchin, paving ground to promote exchange levels between west Azerbaijan province with Iraq Kurdistan region and exchanging economic and trade delegations between the two sides were among other topics in talks between the governor general and new general consul in Erbil.

    West Azerbaijan province is a neighbor of Iraq Kurdistan region in west of Iran.

    Tamarchin is a border crossing point between the province and Iraq Kurdistan region.

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  • Iran's West Azarbaijan welcomes cooperation with Azerbaijan Republic
    22.08.2014 03:27
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    Governor General of West Azarbaijan province Qurbanali Saadat in meeting with Azerbaijan Republic General Consul in Tabriz Ali Alizadeh on Thursday called for more cooperation between the two sides, IRNA reported.

    According to the report of west Azerbaijan Governor Office website, Saadat in a meeting with Alizadeh said that the province welcomes expansion of cooperation with Azerbaijan Republic and Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan.

    Saadat expressed hope that with creation of appropriate grounds, mutual cooperation expands more and more.

    Azerbaijan Republic General Consul in Tabriz, for his part, appreciated the Governor General support for promotion of cooperation.

    Considering commonalities, authorities in Iran and Azerbaijan Republic are trying to promote bilateral relations, Alizadeh added.

    West Azerbaijan has common border with Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in Aras River bank near city of Poldasht.

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  • Spokeswoman denies reports on Iran, US cooperation
    22.08.2014 03:17
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    Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzeiyeh Afkham said certain reports by some news agencies about Iran and US cooperation in Iraq are Л€baselessЛ€, IRNA reported.

    Certain news agencies have quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that Iran is ready to cooperate with US in Iraq in return for lifting UN sanctions against Iran.

    Afkham said on Thursday that these reports are a misinterpretation of Foreign MinisterЛ€s remarks and are Л€totally baselessЛ€.

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  • Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges
    22.08.2014 01:40
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    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago, The Associated Press reported.

    In recent months Saudi authorities have tightened laws to ban fighting in foreign conflicts, fearing a repeat of the 2003-2006 violence, when Saudis and others who had been radicalized in battlefields abroad turned their weapons on the kingdom in a series of deadly attacks.

    The 18 were found guilty of financing terrorism, collecting information about compounds where foreigners reside, providing hideouts for fugitives and possessing unlicensed weapons, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday.

    The men, whose nationalities were not disclosed, were given sentences ranging from 10 months to 25 years behind bars.

    Earlier this week, the same court in the capital Riyadh sentenced 31 other people for alleged involvement in the cell and their role in deadly attacks that took place over the course of several years starting in 2003.

    The first verdicts were handed down Monday against 14 men, reportedly linked to the 2004 kidnapping and beheading of Paul Marshall Johnson, a 49-year-old American from New Jersey who had worked in the kingdom for more than a decade. Johnson was working on Apache attack helicopter systems for Lockheed Martin when he was abducted and killed.

    The 14 were also charged with planning attacks on the U.S. and British embassies. One of the men was sentenced to death.

    The second verdict was issued Tuesday against 17 men, two of whom were sentenced to death, on various charges including murder, firing at security forces and plotting to assassinate top officials. They were also found guilty of assaults on residential compounds where foreigners live in Riyadh and the Eastern Province.

    Some defendants were also accused of plotting to assassinate senior government officials and smuggling heavy weapons into the kingdom from Iraq. Others were charged with fighting in conflicts abroad, firing at Saudi security officers and disobeying the king.

    It was not clear if all 50 suspected cell members are in custody, or whether some were being tried in absentia. A senior government official contacted by The Associated Press this week declined to give further details.

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  • Israel using banned weapons in Gaza: Palestinian Health Ministry
    22.08.2014 01:01
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    The Palestinian Health Ministry on Thursday called for an international probe into what it described as "evidence" it had collected that Israel was using internationally-banned materials in its ongoing onslaught on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu agency reported.

    The ministry said its personnel had reported the arrival at Gaza hospitals of persons with missing limbs and other serious injuries inflicted as a result of Israel's use by Israel of experimental Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) explosives, which are internationally-banned.

    In a statement, the ministry asserted that Israel was also using small "nail bombs," shrapnel from which causes serious injury to all parts of the body.

    The ministry further contended that weapons being used by Israel in the Gaza Strip may contain radioactive materials that could have serious long-term health effects and pollute the environment.

    It went on to call for an international probe into Israel's use of the aforementioned weapons, and into crimes committed by the Israeli army against residents of the Palestinian enclave.

    Experts say DIME munitions contain components that cannot be detected by X-rays - a violation of the 1980 Protocol to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, to which Israel is a signatory.

    The use of DIME munitions in civilian-populated areas also constitutes a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    Israel has pounded the beleaguered Gaza Strip since Tuesday following the collapse of a temporary truce with Palestinian factions.

    At least 58 Gazans have been killed by Israeli attacks since Tuesday, bringing to 2077 the number of Palestinians killed since it began its offensive on July 7.

    Israel accused Palestinian factions of violating the ceasefire (which expired on midnight Tuesday) by firing rockets - a claim denied by resistance faction Hamas.

    Palestinian negotiators, for their part, accused Israel of using the alleged rocket attacks to derail indirect truce talks in Cairo that had been underway at the time.

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  • Iran says wants progress in nuclear talks before action on Islamic State
    21.08.2014 23:37
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    Iran is ready to do something to help tackle Islamic State insurgents in Iraq but first wants progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Iranian media, Reuters reported.

    France, one of the six nations in nuclear talks with Tehran, said on Wednesday it wanted Arab states, Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State, whose militant forces control large parts of Syria and Iraq.

    "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side in the negotiations will need to do something in return," Zarif said in remarks late on Wednesday carried by state news agency IRNA.

    "All the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq."

    The Sunni Islamist insurgency threatening to tear apart Iraq has alarmed both Shi'ite Muslim Iran and the United States, which have had no diplomatic relations since soon after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran.

    Iran has offered to cooperate with the United States on stabilizing Iraq, which like Iran has a majority Shi'ite population, but Washington has responded cautiously.

    Western officials have repeatedly said they do not want to mix the nuclear dossier with events elsewhere in the region.

    "If we agree to help in Iraq, the other party (the West) should also do something in return," the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Zarif as saying. "It is still not clear what we should do in Iraq and what they (the other party) should do in return ... and this is the difficult part."

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged Iran on Wednesday to be part of any coordinated action against Islamic State but said that the Iraq and nuclear issues should be dealt with independently.

    "We shouldn't exchange one thing for another. While it seems indispensable that Iran participates (in an Iraq conference), it's not because it participates that we are going to say the Iran nuclear problem is resolved," said Fabius, whose country has traditionally maintained a tough stance in the Iran takls.

    "These are two problems of a different nature and it would be dangerous to enter into a system where each side exchanges something for another. So let's be careful about that."

    The United States and some of its allies suspect Iran is using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic bombs. Iran denies this, saying that it is enriching uranium solely for civilian energy purposes.

    Six global powers and Iran failed to meet a July 20 deadline to negotiate a comprehensive agreement under which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.

    The six, comprising Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, have agreed to extend the deadline to reach a long-term, overall agreement until November 24.

    They are set to hold a new round of talks with Iran ahead of next month's U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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  • US bombs Islamic State fighters in north Iraq
    21.08.2014 22:38
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    US jets and drones have attacked fighters loyal to the Islamic State group positioned around the Mosul dam in northern Iraq, after US President Barack Obama vowed to end the "cancer" of the group, Al Jazeera reported.

    The US said its aircraft carried out six raids on Thursday on positions around the dam, which is now under the control of Iraqi and Peshmerga forces, following fierce battles earlier this week to dislodge Islamic State fighters.

    The attacks destroyed or damaged four vehicles and "multiple" homemade bomb emplacements, a spokesman for the US central command said, taking to 90 the number of raids conducted by the US in Iraq since August 8.

    The strikes come days after the self-declared jihadist group posted a video on the Internet of the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist captured in Syria in 2012, which it said was revenge for US raids on its territory.

    The group, which controls large areas of northern Syria and northern and western Iraq, said it would attack US interests if it was further targeted by the US military, and threatened the life of another American citizen it held hostage.

    US officials disclosed on Wednesday that special forces troops had been sent in to Syria earlier this summer in an unsuccessful attempt to find and repatriate Foley.

    "This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the US said, referencing the former name of the Islamic State.

    "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location."

    Obama on Wednesday vowed that the US would not stop its air strikes against the Islamic State, stating the murder of Foley was proof that the fighters stand for no religion.

    He called the group a "cancer" with a bankrupt ideology.

    "The US will continue to do what we must do to protect our people," Obama said.

    "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done."

    Foley was apparently murdered by a fighter with a British accent. The UK government has promised to identify the killer.

    "We have not identified the individual responsible on the video but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British citizen. Now this is deeply shocking," David Cameron, the UK prime minister, said on Wednesday.

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  • Foreign Minister Davutoglu to be new Turkey PM
    21.08.2014 22:34
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    Turkey's ruling party on Thursday chose Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to be its new leader and prime minister, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he takes the presidency next week.

    Erdogan -- who has dominated Turkey's political scene for 11 years as prime minister -- announced the decision after an executive committee meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to decide on his successor.

    Davutoglu's nomination will be rubber-stamped by an extraordinary congress of the AKP on August 27 and he will take office a day later.
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  • Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp split
    21.08.2014 22:33
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    Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have ended their relationship as quietly as they began it. The actress, 52, and the rocker, 62, split recently after dating for more than three years.

    "It was the distance," a source tells PEOPLE. "She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause."

    The pair '" who were last spotted together in May '" became an item in late 2010, shortly after Mellencamp's split from wife Elaine after 18 years of marriage.
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  • Book on aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan published in Ukrainian
    21.08.2014 22:15
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    A book titled "Aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan and hard results of the occupation" has been published in Ukrainian language. The authors of the book are Azerbaijan`s MP, president of the Azerbaijan Civil Society Development Assistance Association (AVCIA) Elkhan Suleymanov and doctor of economic sciences Vurghun Suleymanov.

    The book was previously published in Azerbaijani, Arabic, Russian, English and French languages.

    The book was translated into Ukrainian by Irina Aliyeva.
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  • Ganja hosts 1st International Youth Forum of EYP Azerbaijan
    21.08.2014 22:09
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    The 1st International Youth Forum of EYP Azerbaijan "Create Innovative Future, Reshape the World" organized by the ASAN Volunteers Youth Organization and European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Azerbaijan has today started in Ganja.

    The aim of the forum, which brings together 70 youth from 15 countries, is to show initiative to integration between Azerbaijan and European countries, strengthening processes of knowledge and exchange, social activity of Azerbaijani youth and their participation in social projects.

    Addressing the forum, head of the Ganja City Executive Authorities Elmar Valiyev stressed the importance of the event, and called the youth to be active in discussions. He also informed the attendees on work done to increase the activities of the youth in Ganja, which was selected as the European Youth Capital 2016.

    The attendees discussed a number of issues, including "How European countries can provide equal educational opportunity, taking into consideration the cultural and socio-economic diversity of European societies?"

    The forum will end on August 24.
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  • Emma Stone to make broadway debut in Cabaret
    21.08.2014 21:53
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    Emma Stone is stepping into Michelle Williams' shoes to make her Broadway debut in Cabaret.

    The Roundabout Theatre Company said the Spider-Man star would take to the stage at the Studio 54 theatre for the first time on November 11.

    She will play Sally Bowles alongside Alan Cumming, who plays Emcee.

    Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret centres on the world of the indulgent Kit Kat Klub as it becomes intertwined with the world outside, which gets more precarious as the Nazis take over.

    The songs, by John Kander and Fred Ebb, include Willkommen and Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

    Brokeback Mountain star Williams first stepped into the role this spring when Stone had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts. Shia LaBeouf was arrested for being disorderly and disruptive during one of the performances in June.

    Liza Minnelli won a best actress Oscar for playing Sally Bowles in the 1972 film directed by Bob Fosse.

    In addition to Minnelli and Williams, the part of Bowles has been played by Jill Haworth, Gina Gershon, Melina Kanakaredes, Natasha Richardson and Judi Dench, among others.

    The current show is a revival of a revival. Also starring Cumming, it ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004 and won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev orders allocation of funding for construction of highways in Guba
    21.08.2014 21:49
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today signed an Order on allocation of the funding for the construction of the Rustov-Khanagah-Gurdah, Rustov-Noydun-Shudug, Rustov-Majkakhaja, Rustov-BaghchalД±-Yekdar highways in Guba District.

    Under the Presidential Order, 6 million manats will be allocated to the Guba District Executive Authorities from the state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2014 for the construction of the highways, which links 12 residential areas with the population of 6,000 people.
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  • Ahmet Davutoglu appointed new prime minister of Turkey
    21.08.2014 21:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu has been appointed the country's new prime minister, the president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, TRT Haber said Aug. 21.

    Reportedly, Davutoglu was also appointed interim head of Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    TRT Haber said his candidacy must be approved by Aug. 27 at the ruling party's extraordinary congress.

    Earlier it was reported that a decision will be made on the prime minister's appointment on Aug. 21.

    Presidential election was held in Turkey on Aug. 10. It was won by the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gained 51.8 percent of the vote.

    Current president Abdullah Gul will leave office Aug. 28.

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  • Neftchi vs Partizan match tickets go on sale
    21.08.2014 20:59
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    Tickets for a match between Azerbaijan`s Neftchi Baku and Serbian Partizan in the return game of the UEFA Europa League play-off round have gone on sale.

    The match will be played at the Tofig Bahramov stadium on August 28.

    The tickets cost between 1 manats and 50 manats, and can be bought at the stadium`s ticket offices.
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  • Blood transfusions could reduce strokes in kids with sickle-cell anemia
    21.08.2014 20:18
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    A new trial involving nearly 200 children with sickle-cell anemia found that monthly blood transfusions could reduce the chance of strokes by more than half in children who have the condition, according to U.S. News.

    Sickle-cell anemia '" a disorder in which red blood cells adopt a rigid, sickle shape that blocks flow, causing strokes and other complications '" is most common in children of African and Central or South American descent. According to the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 1 out of 500 African-American children in the U.S. is born with sickle-cell anemia. ''Silent strokes'' '" which lack discernible symptoms but have also been known to reduce a childв's IQ '" affect 30% of those with the condition.

    Researchers involved in the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, used an MRI scan to identify 196 children ages 5 to 15 with a history of silent strokes, and gave about half of them monthly blood transfusions over three years. Out of the group that had monthly blood transfusions, only six had another stroke during the study, in comparison with 14 children in the control group who had another stroke.

    Allison King, a co-author of the study, explained in a statement released by Washington University School of Medicine that the blood transfusions helped to increase the number of healthy red blood cells and ''lower the percentage of sickle-shaped cells in the patientв's bloodstream.''

    The team stressed that all children with sickle-cell anemia '" which was previously thought to be untreatable '" should be regularly screened for signs of silent stroke. ''Now that we have identified a viable treatment option, early detection of silent cerebral strokes should become a major focus for clinicians and families of children with sickle-cell disease,'' Michael Noetzel, a chairman of the studyв's neurology committee, said in a statement.

    Researchers added that additional long-term studies were needed to determine whether regular blood transfusions could also prevent reduced IQ, which was not a focus of the study.
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  • Neanderthals, humans coexisted for 5000 years, could have interbred
    21.08.2014 19:44
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    Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

    Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to Russia, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They concluded with a high probability that pockets of Neanderthal culture survived until between 41,030 and 39,260 years ago.

    Although this puts the disappearance of Neanderthals earlier than some scientists previously thought, the findings support the idea that they lived alongside humans, who arrived in Europe about 45,000-43,000 years ago.

    "We believe we now have the first robust timeline that sheds new light on some of the key questions around the possible interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans," said Thomas Higham, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford who led the study.

    While it's known that Neanderthal genes have survived in the DNA of many modern humans to this day, suggesting that at least some interbreeding took place, scientists are still unclear about the extent of their contact and the reasons why Neanderthals vanished.

    "These new results confirm a long-suspected chronological overlap between the last Neanderthals and the first modern humans in Europe," said Jean-Jacques Hublin, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who wasn't involved in the study.

    Apart from narrowing the length of time that the two species existed alongside each other to between 2,600 and 5,400 years, Higham and his colleagues also believe they have shown that Neanderthals and humans largely kept to themselves.

    "What we don't see is that there is spatial overlap (in where they settled)," said Higham.

    This is puzzling, because there is evidence that late-stage Neanderthals were culturally influenced by modern humans. Samples taken from some Neanderthal sites include artifacts that look like those introduced to Europe by humans migrating from Africa.

    This would point to the possibility that Neanderthals acirc;ВЂВ" whose name derives from a valley in western Germany adopted certain human habits and technologies even as they were being gradually pushed out of their territory.
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  • Azerbaijan to provide transit support in connection with operation in Afghanistan
    21.08.2014 19:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Togrul Veliyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received a delegation led by Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command Gen. Paul Selva, the press service of the ministry told Trend Aug. 21.

    At the meeting Azerbaijan's contribution to the operation of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) was highly appreciated.

    Azerbaijan, being one of the main safe and secure transit routes for ISAF, provided support in the field of transport and traffic to the members and partners of NATO, including the United States. The sides expressed satisfaction on that occasion.

    Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan will provide the necessary support for transit in connection with the operation in Afghanistan as a partner. He said that transit opportunities will increase with the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and the new sea port in Alat.

    Selva expressed gratitude for the cooperation and support, he noted that the favorable geographical location of Azerbaijan and developing transport infrastructure leave a good impression. He stressed that all these have good prospects, especially from the business and trade point of view.

    Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.

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  • Road through Dariali Gorge to be restored in two weeks
    21.08.2014 19:12
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug.21

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The road through the Dariali gorge that leads in the direction of Russia will be restored in about two weeks, the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili said live on "Imedi" TV.

    The fast recovery of infrastructure is also the case, he noted.

    Due to heavy rain late in the evening a landslide occurred again in the gorge. Two people who were working in the tunnel are missing. George Margvelashvili went to Daryal gorge Aug.21.

    "The flooding was more extensive and the weight of the landslide was heavier when I was here in May", he said. "We were able to restore the road for three weeks that time. Today, it will take about two weeks," said Margvelashvili.

    Georgian President is pleased with the alarm system installed in Devdoraki after the landslide in Daryal gorge in May.

    "The useful part that we have learned from the last case is the fact that the tools of preliminary notification installed in Devdoraki inform the border and the Interior Ministry," Margelashvili said. "This system worked then and resulted in the closure of roads above and below. Therefore there are no such large-scale casualties as before. Now two people are being sought," Margvelashvili added.

    About a thousand vehicles, mainly trucks traveling from Armenia to Russia are on the border between Georgia and Russia.

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  • Interpolв's South Africa office raided 5 times
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    The high-security building housing Interpol's South Africa office has been burgled for the fifth time in three weeks, it's reported.

    The thieves made off with laptops, cameras and other electronics, and in one incident they may have entered the building using internal access cards, the Times Live website reports. A spokesman for Hawks, the anti-corruption unit that suffered the break-in, confirmed the incident but added: "At this stage it does not appear to be serious."

    Police think the burglars want the expensive equipment. "The people involved in the first burglary may be involved in the latest incident," says police spokesman Solomon Makgale. "It is highly unlikely that those behind the burglaries are interested in the information contained on the laptops but are rather more interested in making quick cash."

    But a crime intelligence source says the repeated break-ins could be a sign the thieves are looking for specific information - and simply haven't found it yet. Police say that some laptops stolen in the first burglary have surfaced in a local pawn shop.

    Criminologist Rudolph Zinn says he's concerned that serial break-ins were possible in the first place, and that Interpol could respond by limiting what information employees in South Africa can access. "If it's this easy to break into this building multiple times one needs to ask what other unauthorised access has occurred," he says.
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  • Azerbaijan and UAE discuss prospects of cooperation in migration field
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Sabina Akhmedova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's Consul General in Dubai Parviz Ismailzade at a meeting with the deputy chief of the Main Department of residence and Aliens in Dubai, Major General Obaid Bin Moheyr Sorour discussed prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE, especially with Dubai in the field of migration, says the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on Aug. 21.

    Consul General briefed his counterpart about the reforms, additions and changes made to the legislation in the field of migration, and about the activities carried out by the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan.

    Ismaildaze also explained the new airport terminal complex at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, and stressed the importance of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE in the area of '‹'‹migration.

    Obaid bin Moheyr Sorour said that the UAE is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of migration.

    Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.

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  • Baku Stock Exchange to host first bonds placement of non-financial organization
    21.08.2014 19:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Zulfiyya Kurbanova - Trend:

    The Baku Stock Exchange for the first time will host bonds of non-financial organization Embawood LLC in the total amount of 10 million AZN.

    The agreement was signed Aug. 21 at a press conference between the Director of BSE Business Development Abdullah Isayev and Deputy General Director of Embawood LLC on financial matters Tamerlan Kurkiev.

    Within the frameworks of emission 10,000 bonds with a par value of 1000 AZN each were produced. Bond yields will make 11 percent per year with the circulation period of one year from the date of placement of the first bonds of this issue. Payment of interest on the bonds will be made every three months.

    Underwriter of the transaction is PASHA Kapital LLC.

    Kurkiev noted during a press conference that the aim of accommodation of the Embawood bonds is the assessment of cost of risk that can be taken by investors at the local market.

    "The cash flows of the company now allow supporting the activities at the required level," he said. "Placement of corporate securities is an indicator of the company's attractiveness to investors, and we are interested to look at the real cost of risk of securities," concluded Kurkiyev.

    Public placement of bonds will begin Aug. 22.

    The official exchange rate for August 21 is 0. 7842 AZN / USD.

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  • Azerbaijan Defense Ministry clarifies reports on redeployment of military equipment
    21.08.2014 18:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has clarified the media reports about the redeployment of military equipment.

    "Relocation of military equipment of the armed forces and its replacement are carried out in line with a schedule, and its purpose is to keep the combat readiness, which is needed for execution of combat missions by the units," according to a message from the ministry.

    "There is no need for additional comments and remarks, and any discussions on this topic are contrary to the state's interests," the ministry stressed.

    Today, Azerbaijani media, citing witnesses, reported about the redeployment of military equipment near the Aghstafa District of Azerbaijan.

    Edited by CN

    Story still developing

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  • Heads of nine committees under Investment and Development Ministry appointed in Kazakhstan
    21.08.2014 18:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 21

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh Investment and Development Minister Asset Issekeshev appointed heads to nine committees under the ministry, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

    He introduced the new-appointed heads to the ministry's staff on Aug. 21, the press service of the department reported.

    Former head of Kazakh Space Agency Talgat Musabaev was appointed to the post of chairman of Aerospace Committee. Mereke Pshembaev became the Chairman of Highways Committee, Saken Sarsenov - Chairman of Communication, Information and Data Committee, Amaniyaz Erzhanov - Chairman of Industrial Development and Industrial Safety Committee, Bazarbay Nurabaev -Chairman of Geology and Subsoil Committee, Birzhan Kaneshev -Chairman of Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee, Asset Asavbaev - Chairman of Transport Committee, Beken Seidakhmetov -Chairman of Civil Aviation Committee, Erlan Hairov - Chairman of Investments Committee.

    Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry was created within the reorganization of the government on Aug. 6.

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