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In Iceland, Court Says a Girl Can Finally Use Her Name
01.02.2013 09:29
A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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  • Commentary: New format in ensuring regional security
    20.08.2014 10:08
    by Elchin Mehdiyev -Trend:A meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR) and a number of important decisions taken at the meeting can be regarded as an important action to ensure the security of the region.Holding the meeting, especia...
  • Chief of Azerbaijan State Border Service receives Commander of the Afghan Border
    20.08.2014 17:48
    Elchin Guliyev and the delegation led by Lieutnant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli held a meeting.The delegation led by Lieutenant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli, Commander of the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Interior Ministry of Afghanistan visited Baku to attend an event on the 95th anniversary of the...
  • Islamic State takes region back to the Middle Ages
    20.08.2014 15:23
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20By Claude Salhani - Trend:The group known as the Islamic State that is fighting to install an Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq - as a first step to expanding that caliphate - has made time travel a possibility.Indeed, through their worse-than medieval manners of beheading...
  • Lithuania supports Georgiaв's integration to NATO
    20.08.2014 15:18
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite had a phone conversation on Aug. 19 as part of preparation for the upcoming NATO summit.Georgian presidential administration told Trend that during the conversati...
  • Israel calls up 2000 reservists
    20.08.2014 15:13
    The Israeli army on Wednesday called up 2000 reservists, only hours after the collapse of indirect truce talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo and the resumption of airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.Israel's army radio said a decision on calling up larger numbers of reservists had not been ta...
  • Survey reveals 71 per cent of young Azerbaijanis are inspired by Baku 2015 European Games
    20.08.2014 14:55
    Thousands of young Azerbaijanis are excited at the opportunity to volunteer at the Baku 2015 European Games, new research has revealed.A survey of 150,403 Azerbaijani students - the largest ever undertaken in the country - has shown that 71 per cent believe hosting the European Games will benefit Az...
  • Protection of Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan strengthened
    20.08.2014 14:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:The protection of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has been strengthened due to a large protest in Islamabad, and opposition's threats to enter the capital's "red zone", which accommodates government buildings and foreign diplomatic missio...
  • Azerbaijan commemorates maestro Niyazi
    20.08.2014 14:18
    By AzernAugust 20 marks the 30th death anniversary of Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov, who was a prominent Soviet and Azerbaijani composer.Several events will be held on this occasion in Baku, including Open Doors day at his home-museum.Visitors will be informed about the life and works of the prominent c...
  • Biologists discover new form of plant communication
    20.08.2014 14:12
    U.S. biologists led by Prof James Westwood of the Virginia Tech's Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science have found that parasitic plants can communicate with their hosts on a molecular level, according to Prof Westwood and his colleagues examined the relationsh...
  • President Ilham Aliyev orders allocation of funding for construction of highway in Lerik
    20.08.2014 13:48
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order on allocation of the funding for the construction of the Noda-Shingadulan-Khanagah highway in Lerik District.Under the Presidential Order, 7 million manats will be allocated to the Lerik District Executive Authorities from the state budget of th...
  • Unexploded WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport
    20.08.2014 22:48
    Authorities have found an unexploded World War II bomb by a highway close to Frankfurt airport and an operation to defuse it may cause flight disruptions.

    The 500-kilogram British bomb was found during construction work and police were working to defuse it Tuesday evening. One runway at the airport -- Germany's busiest -- was closed for landings because planes weren't allowed to fly directly over the site, news agency dpa reported.

    Landings were expected to be suspended altogether for at least a short time, it said, citing air traffic control.

    A stretch of the A3 highway near Offenbach, outside Frankfurt, was also closed.

    Allied airplanes dropped millions of tons of ordnance on Germany during World War II. Unexploded bombs are still found frequently.
  • IRI president vows to slash inflation to single-digit rate
    20.08.2014 22:13
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that government will continue to reduce inflation until single-digit rate is achieved, IRNA reported.

    Rouhani, who is on a visit to northwestern province of Ardebil, made the remarks in a meeting with economic activists of the province.

    Referring to the problems, such as high inflation and recession facing the government since he took office a year ago, Rouhani described how his government had managed to create a much needed transparency in the national economy for investors and economic activist.

    He put IranЛ€s annual point-to-point inflation rate at 14 percent.

    The president said the government has more than fulfilled its promises about bringing down the inflation rate.

    Л€Last year, we promised to reduce inflation rate to 35 percent from more than 40 percent and it was done,Л€ Rouhani said.

    Rouhani said that after consultations with experts, the government said it would reduce inflation rate to 35 percent. However, he added that the government did more and brought inflation rate lower to 34 percent.

    Л€And this year we promised to slash the inflation rate to 25 percent by the year-end and I announced this morning that inflation rate will be reduced to less than 20 percent this year,Л€ Rouhani said.

    Л€I want to underline that the government is committed to its promises to bring inflation under controlЛ€

    He vowed to do his best to bring about single-digit inflation rate by March 2017.

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  • New Zealand bans shark finning
    20.08.2014 21:58
    New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

    New Zealand's Conservation Minister Nick Smith said Wednesday that the move will reinforce the country's reputation for sustainability and environmental protection.

    The new rules, effective October, will make it illegal to remove fins from dead sharks and dump the carcasses at sea. It was already illegal in New Zealand to remove fins from live sharks.

    Shark fin soup is considered a delicacy by some in China. But the practice of shark finning has been condemned by many environmentalists as inhumane and wasteful.

    Pew estimates at least 100 million sharks are caught commercially each year, threatening the survival of some species.
  • Iranian administration faces over $1.5 billion budget deficit
    20.08.2014 21:22
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.19

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The Iranian administration is facing over $1.5 billion budget deficit.

    The central bank of Iran released a report on incomes and expenses of the administration in spring 2014. Based on the report, the administration's incomes amounted to $5.1 billion, of which the share of tax incomes was $3.8 billion, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on Aug.19.

    Meanwhile, the current expenditures of the administration hit $10.5 billion, it added.

    The USD exchange rate is currently about 31,000 rials in Iran.

    Spokesman of the Iranian parliament Energy Committee Hossein Amiri-Khamkani said in August 2013 that the Iranian administration will face a $32.2 billion deficit.

    First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said that one third of government incomes recognized in the budget would not be realized.

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  • Georgian PM to attend Turkish presidentв's inauguration
    20.08.2014 20:52
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili will attend the inauguration of Turkish president on Aug. 28.

    Georgian government's press service told Trend Aug.20 that PM Garibashvili will depart for Ankara at a personal invitation from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was elected president on Aug. 10.

    Heads of other states are also invited to the inauguration.

    During the visit Garibashvili will also meet with Erdogan.

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  • Mark Wahlberg in a movie about BP oil Spill
    20.08.2014 20:17
    Mark Wahlberg may be offered a role in a forthcoming movie based off of the 2010 BP oil spill. Deepwater Horizon will be directed by J.C. Chandor for Liongateв's Summit Entertainment, industry news site Deadline Hollywood reports.

    The Hollywood Reporter also says that Wahlberg is in talks with Lionsgate, and says the parties have not begun negotiating a deal.

    The movie, which will be a dramatization of a New York Times article entitled Deepwater Horizonв's Final Hour, details the 48-hours leading up to and shortly after the disaster, Deadline Hollywood reports.

    The BP oil rig exploded off Louisianaв's coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and injuring 16 others, in what is considered the worst marine oil spill in history.

    Wahlberg, who recently played in Lorenzo di Bonaventuraв's Transformers: Age of Extinction, would star as a manager who tries to rescue his crew after the rig explosion. The film will be produced by di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian and is set to begin production by the summer of 2015.
  • Leadership of Azerbaijan Olympic team meets athletes in Nanjing
    20.08.2014 20:14
    Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan Chingiz Huseynzade, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Ismayil Ismayilov and head of the national team Mirkamil Rahimov have met members of the country`s Olympic team at the Olympic village in Nanjing, China. They congratulated Azerbaijani athletes as their medal haul includes one gold and four silvers.
  • Azerbaijani taekwondo contestant wins gold medal at Youth Olympic Games
    20.08.2014 20:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20


    Azerbaijani taekwondo contestant Said Guliyev has won a taekwondo competition as part of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, held in Nanjing, China.

    Guliyev, who took part in the competitions in the weight category of 73 kilograms, defeated in the final round the representative of Germany Hamza Adnan Karimi with a score of 10:4, and won the gold medal for Azerbaijan.

    Thus, Azerbaijani team currently has one gold and four silver medals.

    Edited by CN

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  • HTC reveals cut-price One M8 Windows Phone device
    20.08.2014 19:37
    The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system. The modified One M8 is being sold at roughly half the price of the same handset running Google's Android.

    This is the first time the struggling manufacturer has released a Windows smartphone in more than two years. One analyst said the new device was "almost certainly financially supported" by Microsoft, in an attempt to gain a foothold in the US market.

    The new phone, which comes with Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed, is available exclusively through US network provider Verizon.

    When bought with a 24 month contract, it is priced at $99 (ВЈ60), approximately 50% cheaper than the Android One M8

    Microsoft needs to kickstart the whole Windows Phone ecosystem. Its apps do not get updated at the same frequency as Android or iOS equivalents.''

    Daniel Gleeson Analyst, IHS Technology

    "Consumers love the HTC One M8 and today's introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience," said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas.

    He added: "Microsoft shares our vision, and that's why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the HTC One M8."
  • SOCAR to build new compressing station in Azerbaijan
    20.08.2014 19:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.20

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) intends to build a new gas compressor station at Garadagh underground gas storage, a source in SOCAR told Trend on Aug. 20.

    Currently gas storage has two gas compressor stations of capacity of 2 and 10 million cubic meters of gas per day, respectively.

    "Construction of the third gas compressor station is a necessity", the source said. "This will primarily provide a timely stop and inspection of units in the days of peak demand. Also the construction of the new station will positively affect the injection and extraction of gas."

    The agency says that a place for the plant has already been defined, and its capacity will be at least three million cubic meters of gas per day, according to preliminary data.

    "However, everything will depend on the equipment that has not been already selected", the company said.

    SOCAR said that depending on the equipment the power of the station can make five or more million cubic meters per day.

    "The power of the station will be at least three million cubic meters of gas per day", the source stressed.

    There are two underground gas storage facilities in Azerbaijan - Kalmaz and Garadagh. Both of them are on the balance of SOCAR.

    On the results of the last season of gas injection the volume of gas in underground gas storage facilities of Azerbaijan exceeded 3.43 billion cubic meters versus about 3.3 billion cubic meters (according to the results of the previous season injection).

    Capacities of underground gas storage facilities of the country allow to store more than 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas.

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  • Israeli expert: Serzh Sargsyan continues to think as terrorist
    20.08.2014 19:24
    "Statement of President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on the results of the meeting of the heads of state in Sochi testifies that the incumbent leader of Armenia, first of all, thinks of keeping and consolidating its own power and in the interests of his own clan rather than his country, which is in a difficult geopolitical deadlock. It is clear that Sargsyan`s hypocrisy has no limits. Sargsyan wants to look constructive and tolerant but he virtually fails to do this," Israel international relations expert Arye Gut told AzerTAc, commenting on the Sargsyan`s statement voiced after the Sochi meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev with mediation of President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

    Serzh Sargsyan distorted some aspects of the talks upon return to Armenia. According to Arye Gut, Armenia suffered a geopolitical fiasco. According to him, Armenia was left out of major geopolitical and geoeconomic projects related to the oil and gas resources of the Caspian. People flee the country because of the difficult social and economic situation. Occupation of the Azerbaijani lands and historical claims of Armenia against Turkey led to the financial collapse and isolation of the country.

    The status quo in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is beneficial for the Karabakh clan. The political elite of Armenia use the conflict in its own interests. Destructive and aggressive position of Armenia on the conflict resolution makes Azerbaijan resort to other means. The fact that the Azerbaijani diplomacy is still engaged in peace talks testifies that hopes are still alive although they are slim, the Israeli analyst said.

    Arye Gut noted that the Armenian President`s aggressive rhetoric does not impress Azerbaijan at all as the country has changed a lot since early 90s of the last century. Today Azerbaijan is a completely different nation with strong geopolitical and military potential in the region. There is the huge difference in economic and military development between the two countries. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as a true diplomat and statesman said that negotiated solution to the conflict based on international law and justice would be found.

    However, Serzh Sargsyan continues to think as a terrorist. Upon return from the trilateral meeting in Sochi, the President of Armenia stated he is ready to "turn any Azerbaijani city into Agdam." The expert said that the Armenian president is proud of killing 613 Azerbaijani civilians in the town of Khojaly.

    Arye Gut noted that official Yerevan seeks to conceal true figures on casualties on the frontline as it can stir up protests in Armenia. Gut touches upon inhumanity of Armenian troops.

    According to the Israeli expert, the ruling clan of Sargsyan is unable to solve the humanitarian issues including those related to hostages and dead bodies of soldiers.
  • Benfica sign Julio Cesar
    20.08.2014 18:54
    Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar completed his move to Benfica from Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, signing a two-year deal with the Portuguese club.

    QPR released Cesar by mutual consent ahead of his move, making the 34-year-old a free agent.

    Benfica welcomed Cesar with a posting on Twitter on Tuesday.

    Cesar joined QPR before the 2012-13 season and made 27 starts in all competitions while the club still played in the second-tier Championship.

    Earlier this year, QPR loaned him to Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, where he made seven appearances before playing for Brazil at the World Cup.

    With Cesar's high wages and Robert Green preferred as first-choice keeper under Harry Redknapp at QPR, a move was always likely for the former Inter keeper.
  • FDA approves Plegridy for multiple sclerosis treatment
    20.08.2014 18:54
    On Friday August 15, the US FDA approved use of a drug called Plegridy for treatment of multiple sclerosis. The drug is produced by Biogen Idec, the company that also produces an MS drug called Avonex. The company hopes that Plegridy sales will outpace Avonex sales.

    European health officials approved the drug on July 23 for use in MS patients.

    Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that attacks the body's nervous system, causing disabling symptoms that can affect patients' ability to talk, make fine motor movements, or even walk in extreme cases. MS is a lifelong disease that still has no cure. The disease currently affects about 400,000 people in the United States. Over 2.3 million people around the world suffer from MS. The drugs Plegridy and Avonex can help patients manage the illness by lowering the risk of relapse, and slowing progression.

    Plegridy needs to be used every two weeks, as opposed to Avonex, which must be taken weekly. Avonex needs to be injected into the skin intramuscularly, with a larger needle. Plegridy can be injected subcutaneously, or anywhere beneath the skin. It can be used with a smaller needle than Avonex.

    For the time being, Biogen will continue to make Avonex for patients who are happy with using it and don't want to make the switch to Plegridy. Avonex has sold more than $1.5 billion worldwide so far this year, Biogen said. The company thinks that Plegridy sales will surpass that, taking a share of sales currently going to Avonex as well as other interferon drugs on the market right now that are sold by other companies. Other interferon drugs used to treat MS need to be taken more frequently than once every two weeks.

    "We believe Plegridy has the potential to be the leading interferon on the market," Tony Kingsley, Biogen's head of global commercial operations, said. "As the class shrinks, we will be in a position gain share within that class. The most convenient product wins over time."

    Plegridy will be ready for market soon, Kingsley said. This drug marks Biogen's fourth MS drug approved by the FDA.

    Pharmaceutical companies have been making advancements in treatment of MS recently. Earlier this month, a study was done suggesting that drugs used to prevent HIV could also prevent multiple sclerosis effectively.

    Biogen also recently got FDA approval for use of two new drugs, Alprolix and Eloctate, used for long-term treatment of hemophilia.
  • Georgian ex-presidentв's property can be seized
    20.08.2014 18:47
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Tbilisi Mayor, David Narmania is not ruling out the possible seizure of Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili's property.

    "The mechanisms envisaged by the procedural legislation must be adhered to," Narmania said Aug. 20 commenting on a possible seizure on Saakashvili's property.

    Mikheil Saakashvili is being accused of embezzling large amounts of budget funds.

    "The law enforcement officers are required to consistently comply with the procedural legislation. Based on this, all the steps taken by them proceed from the law," Narmania said.

    David Darchiashvili, an MP from Saakashvili's National Movement Party, also said today that the prosecutor's office is planning to seize the former president's property.

    Edited by CN

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  • Work of councilmen nominated by Azerbaijan ruling party to be accessed
    20.08.2014 18:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.20

    By Elchin Mehtiyev - Trend:

    Councilmen nominated by the "Yeni Azerbaijan" Party (NAP) will have five years of activities as well as the attitude of people and the voters towards them assessed, and it will be determined whose nominations will be put forward again, deputy executive secretary of the ruling party "Yeni Azerbaijan", MP Siyavush Novruzov told Trend Aug. 20.

    He said that in July the party board decided on the municipal elections and then conducted a general meeting of the heads of city and regional organizations, including apparatus and set specific tasks before them.

    "The party has a general program. The municipal elections, as well as the program of activities of individual district and municipal organizations are built in accordance with these programs", Novruzov said.

    "In accordance with the new socio-political situation of the past five years, another issue is the nominating of women and younger people to be actively involved in the campaign for the presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections," Novruzov said. "A list of party activists to operate in central and local campaign headquarters will be compiled, and it will be submitted to the central headquarters."

    Novruzov went on to say that trainings for candidates as well as for observers and members with an advisory vote are also provided and work in these areas continues.

    He said that the campaign for elections to the municipalities will begin in October and the candidates, campaign staffs, activists will be fully prepared.

    Talking about the preparation of the opposition parties in the elections, he said that there is a certain weakness in the opposition camp and this will make them unable to participate in the municipal elections and they are seeking justification for this.

    "About 20,000 candidates are needed to be put forward in the municipal elections, and the opposition has no social base or electorate to nominate candidates. Therefore they often say that the status of municipal elections is allegedly low and they are not willing to take part in them. The main reason is that they do not have candidates to nominate in the field. So they are trying to direct their activities in other areas in order to stay on the agenda," said Novruzov.

    Azerbaijani municipal elections are scheduled for December 2014.

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  • Kazakh President to attend inauguration of Turkeyв's President
    20.08.2014 18:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.20

    by Elena Kosolapova - Trend: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev plans to attend the inauguration of the elected President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kazinform reported.

    It was announced by Kazakh Foreign Ministry Aug.20 following a regular meeting chaired by Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov

    "Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev plans to participate at the meeting of heads of member states of the Customs Union and Ukraine in Minsk on Aug. 26, as well as in the inauguration of the newly elected President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in late August," the Ministry said.

    Turkey is a key partner of Kazakhstan's foreign policy.

    The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Turkey amounted to $3.495.6 billion in 2013.

    Turkey held the presidential election on Aug. 10. The current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the election gaining 51.8 percent of the vote.

    The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu came in second with 38.56 percent of the vote, while the third place went to the People's Democracy Party's (HDP) Head Salahaddin Demirtas, who gained 9.79 percent of the vote.

    The authority of the current President of Turkey Abdullah Gul will expire on Aug. 28.

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  • Azeri Light oil price increases in world markets
    20.08.2014 18:30
    The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil has increased $0.82 to stand at $102.03 in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil fallen $1.93 to trade at $94.48. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $0.04 to stand at $101.56.
  • Scientists say Russia safe from Ebola
    20.08.2014 18:24
    Ebola is not a threat to Russia, as the disease is not highly contagious and the current outbreak in West Africa is controlled.

    The statement came from virologist at Institute Pasteur in St. Petersburg Aleksander Semyonov speaking Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.

    "There is no threat to Russian citizens. This is not a highly contagious disease, like, for instance, influenza," Semyonov, the head of immunology and virology at the Pasteur St. Petersburg Scientific Research Institute, said.

    The use of an experimental vaccine has been quite successful, but it was too early to talk about the existence of a cure, Semyonov noted.

    "The Russians have nothing to worry about," the expert added, explaining that the Ebola outbreak has not reached an uncontrollable stage yet, which suggests there is no need to introduce any special quarantine measures in Russia.

    On Tuesday, a student from Nigeria displaying symptoms of Ebola was hospitalized in the Russian city of Ufa. Local health authorities declared they would introduce a quarantine for all travelers from Ebola-affected areas.

    According to World Health Organization data, over 2,240 people have been infected by Ebola, while at least 1,229 have died. The epidemic broke out in the Western African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
  • Karabakh conflict has no military solution - US ambassador
    20.08.2014 18:18
    "The best way to honor the memory of the deads is to end the fighting."

    Threats and harsh rhetoric do not help the cause. US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, stated it in his video message touching upon the recent increase in tensions on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces, which led to casualties on both sides, reports citing

    "We express our condolences to the families of those who were killed during the recent incidents, as well as the wounded. According to Ambassador Warlick, it is not a frozen conflict. And here, in Baku, we urge to take steps to ease the tension and the ceasefire", said the Ambassador.

    According to him, the threats and harsh rhetoric do not help the cause.

    "This conflict has no military solution. We urge both parties to engage in serious negotiations: settling of accounts and further violence will complicate the settlement by peaceful means. The best way to honor the memory of the deads is to end the fighting right now," John Heffern said.
  • Turkmenistan systematically moving to '˜greenв' economy, president says
    20.08.2014 17:58
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 20

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    Turkmenistan is systematically moving to 'green' economy, the use of modern environmentally friendly and resource-saving technologies in industry, and in the oil and gas, power generation and transportation sectors, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov said.

    He made the remarks at a meeting with the heads of General Electric (USA), Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan) and Г‡alyk Holding (Turkey) companies, according to message from Turkmen government.

    During the meeting, Berdymuhamedov said Turkmenistan, consistently realizing major projects of regional and inter-regional significance in energy sector, is taking a highly responsible approach to international cooperation in the protection of environment, which is an extremely important area.

    Turkmen government also said the 'National Strategy of Turkmenistan on Climate Change' and the country's international initiatives voiced at the sessions of the UN General Assembly and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 20), held in Brazil in 2012, are aimed at settling the urgent tasks in this area.

    "Among them is the proposal to establish a regional center in Ashgabat on technologies related to climate change in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin," according to the message of the Turkmen government.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • City children more likely to suffer food allergies
    20.08.2014 17:54
    Children living in towns and cities are more likely to be allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts than their country cousins, according to a new study.

    Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US said one in ten urban kids had major food allergy - and the true figure could be even higher.

    The research builds on a British study which found children born in densely populated areas more than twice as likely to have a peanut or shellfish intolerance than those born in sparser regions.

    The authors suspect exposure to pollutants might be to blame - especially for children who have not built up immunities from common bacteria which are prevalent in nature but rare in the concrete jungle.

    Dr Robert Wood said: "Our findings are a wake-up call, signalling an urgent need to unravel the causes, contributors and mechanisms that drive the high prevalence of food allergies among an already vulnerable group known for its high risk of asthma and environmental allergies.

    The researchers tracked the first five years of 516 children living in Baltimore, Boston, New York City and St. Louis, measuring their exposure to allergens each year while tracking their diets and general health.

    While nearly 10 per cent of them had full-blown allergies to milk, eggs or peanuts, more than half - 55 per cent - were classified as lsquo;sensitive' to the foods.

    Breastfed children were at even higher risk, but children living with higher levels of endotoxin - a chemical released by many bacteria - were partially shielded.

    That detail will galvanise proponents of the lsquo;hygiene hypothesis' which says exposure to microbes at an early age can help build up the child's defences against asthma and allergies.

    City children are already far more likely to suffer environmental allergies such as pollen and mildew, as well as asthma, which has been linked to early use of antibiotics, delivery by Cesarean section, and affluence.
  • Chief of Azerbaijan State Border Service receives Commander of the Afghan Border
    20.08.2014 17:48
    Elchin Guliyev and the delegation led by Lieutnant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli held a meeting.

    The delegation led by Lieutenant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli, Commander of the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Interior Ministry of Afghanistan visited Baku to attend an event on the 95th anniversary of the Border Guard of Azerbaijan at the invitation of Chief of State Border Service, Commander of Border Troops, Lieutenant-General Elchin Guliyev, the press service of the State Border Service told APA.

    Elchin Guliyev and the delegation led by Lieutnant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli held a meeting.

    Border security issues, measures to improve the protection of the state borders and service achievements were discussed at the meeting. They exchanged views on prospects of cooperation between the bodies and other issues of mutual interest.

    The sides also emphasized the importance of expanding bilateral relations, participation of Afghan border police officers in long-term academic trainings, as well as refresher courses in various specialty areas at the Academy of the State Border Service.
  • Saving the House
    20.08.2014 17:43
    By Javier Solana

    EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain. He is currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    A crack in a house's foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world's population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not.

    Climate change, as we have known for years, is one such crack in the foundation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been studying the phenomenon since 1988. Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was unveiled; today, 195 countries have agreed to prevent dangerous global warming by limiting the increase in global temperature to 2?C.

    Yet we continue along our perilous path. The IPCC has calculated that we are hurtling toward temperature rises of 3.7?C to 4.8?C by the end of the century. The crack is widening, and some of the world's inhabitants - particularly the most vulnerable - are already seeing the water seep in. Who is responsible, and who should pay to stop the warming?

    These questions have dominated international discussion and debate about climate change from the start. Distinguishing between causal and remedial responsibility is crucial, and the UNFCCC's chief document recognizes common but differentiated responsibilities, as well as respective capabilities. As the sociologist Claus Offe recently pointed out, it is one thing to say who is to blame for the damage, and quite another to determine who can or should take responsibility for solving the problem.

    This endless search for the true locus of responsibility (both causal and remedial) is not restricted to the realm of climate change. In a globalized world, for example, citizens of nation-states might wonder (as many have) why a financial crisis a hemisphere away causes their countries' banks to collapse abruptly.

    In Europe, where countries have banded together since the end of World War II, yielding some precious individual sovereignty in order to construct a more stable whole, the struggles of the common currency have instilled fear in citizens' hearts - and in their votes. In the shift from government to governance, we have built a matrix of actors - private and public, at local, national, and supra-national levels - to address social and economic problems. But in this intricate and ever-changing institutional universe, we often no longer know who is in control.

    This issue comes to the fore most frequently in the case of shared global problems, such as climate change. Simply put, the international order must be reformed and adapted to the economic rise of countries like India and China. The recent agreement among the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) to establish a New Development Bank and a contingent reserve arrangement is a clear signal of this thirst for change.

    But a wholesale structural overhaul of the global economy's institutional architecture is improbable, regardless of the context. In the interim, creativity is key. The best solutions are those that build on the current structure's strongest points.

    Top-down governance approaches have been useful, showing the willingness of some of the historical greenhouse-gas emitters to accept remedial responsibility. The European Union, for example, has affirmed its commitment to the UNFCCC's Kyoto Protocol, the only international climate-change treaty to date to include binding emissions-reduction targets. But the most recent UNFCCC summits have revealed the limits of this approach.

    So, as the world prepares for the UNFCCC summit in Paris in 2015, preceded by the high-level summit that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene in New York this September, it will be worthwhile to examine and export creative initiatives emerging from the bottom-up. China, for one, has launched seven pilot emissions-trading schemes, covering a quarter-billion people - the second-largest such effort in the world (after the EU). In Uganda, the city of Kampala is working to light its streets using solar power. Many small island states, such as Tuvalu, are setting an important example by rapidly pursuing the goal of carbon-neutrality.

    One of the UNFCCC's top priorities is to secure financing to scale up developing countries' mitigation and adaptation efforts, thereby mobilizing the capacity and goodwill of historical emitters to catalyze further innovation. Scientists worldwide are working on solutions; indeed, only science will help us to proceed effectively, just as it has enabled living standards in most of the world to rise above subsistence levels. At this critical point, when the fossil fuels that have brought us so much prosperity could lead to our demise, it is again technological innovation that can steer us onto a better path.

    In the case of climate change, only creativity, innovation, responsibility, and political will can enable us to save our common house. We need to open our eyes, recognize the crack in the foundation, and face our responsibility to fix it. In the first quarter of 2015, governments should declare their countries' intended contributions to that effort, thereby boosting confidence and accelerating progress en route to Paris. Meanwhile, we should be on the lookout for potential innovations and invest in research and development wherever that potential lies.

    Copyright: Project Syndicate

  • 7 tips for stronger passwords
    20.08.2014 17:42
    The news that a Russian crime ring has stolen some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes it more important than ever to take steps to protect yourself online.

    Hold Security, which uncovered the data breach, called it "the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials" ever amassed. The firm did not publicly identify the websites that had been compromised. But with that many usernames and passwords in the hands of hackers, no one can assume their online accounts are safe.

    Experts say there are a number of things consumers can do. Top of the list: "Change all passwords immediately," advised Adam Levin, chairman of identity theft protection and remediation firm IDT911.

    And don't just swap one weak password for another. Changing "123456" (the most common password of 2013, according to SplashData) to "password" (the second most common) simply won't do the job.

    There are more tips for better passwords below. But even if you follow all the recommended security practices, passwords can still be vulnerable.

    "Creating a password, no matter how tricky and complex you think it is, is not something you can rely on to stop a very devoted hacker from getting to your data," warns Connie Guglielmo, editor-in-chief of CNET News.

    Fortunately, there are some alternatives. A password manager such as LastPass or the 1Password app can help eliminate the chore of keeping track of a long list of complex (and easily forgettable) passwords.

    "You log into the password manager, and then it auto-generates and creates and manages all the passwords for you," Guglielmo explains.

    CNET's Sumi Das reports some tech companies are hard at work developing systems that could replace passwords completely using biometric technology.

    Fingerprint scanners are already in use to unlock phones like the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5. A phone's camera could someday be used as a retinal scanner. And a Toronto-based firm called Bionym is developing a device that would use your heartbeat to unlock everything from your car to your computer.
  • Iranian president appoints acting science minister
    20.08.2014 17:37
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani has appointed a reformist politician as the caretaker for the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.

    Mohammad Ali Najafi, a former Education Minister was appointed by Rouhani as acting Science Minister, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 20.

    Najafi, who failed to win the parliament's vote of confidence for the education ministry in Rouhani's administration, was appointed as vice-president and head of the Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in August 2013. In January this year, he resigned from the post and was appointed as the president's adviser and secretary of the Economic Coordination Committee.

    Najafi served as education minister under former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and former Prime Minister Mirhossein Mousavi from 1988 to 1997.

    Iranian Parliament on Aug. 20 dismissed reformist Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji Dana.

    Rouhani appointed Reza Faraji Dana as his advisor for scientific and educational affairs.

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  • Common antibiotic linked to sudden heart deaths
    20.08.2014 17:33
    An antibiotic taken by millions of patients has been linked to heart deaths prompting researchers to call for an 'urgent' evaluation.

    A Dutch study found that people taking clarithromycin were 76 per cent more likely to die than those taking penicillin and the risk was greater in women who were more than twice as likely to die.

    Clarithromycin is used for respiratory infections and 2.2m doses were prescribed in 2013 in England.

    Experts said the findings do not prove that the drug is dangerous or should be withdrawn and instead further research is needed to establish if there was a difference in the types of people prescribed clarithromycin compared with those receiving other antibiotics.

    The study, published online in the British Medical Journal, found there were an extra 37 cardiac deaths per one million courses of clarithromycin compared with penicillin in the Dutch population studied.

    The drug is known to extend the electrical activity in the lower sections of the heart which can increase the risk of potentially fatal rhythm disturbances.

    British experts said for this reason is it not recommended in people with a known heart rhythm problem.

    Lead author of the study Henrik Svanström, a statistician in the Department of Epidemiology Research, at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, wrote in the journal: "This large cohort study found a significantly increased risk of cardiac death associated with clarithromycin. No increased risk was seen with roxithromycin. Given the widespread use of clarithromycin, these findings call for confirmation in independent populations.
  • Iranв's deputy FM slams Egypt for "not allowing in Iranian aid for Gaza"
    20.08.2014 17:33
    A senior official at the Iran's Foreign Ministry said Egypt's long delay in allowing planeloads of Iranian humanitarian aid to reach Gaza Strip "is not justified."

    Although Iran had requested Egypt's permission a long time ago, no permission has been given by the country yet, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian complained, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 20.

    The official criticized Cairo for blocking Tehran's humanitarian aid for Gazans.

    "Injured Palestinian children are waiting to be transferred to Iran and receive medical treatment. A number of them have even lost their lives while waiting," said the diplomat.

    Amir Abdollahian stressed, "Tehran expects Cairo to immediately act based on its duty."

    He reiterated Tehran's support for political efforts made by Cairo to vindicate the rights of the Palestinians.

    About 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives in the Israeli attacks on Gaza so far and nearly 10,000 others have suffered injuries.

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  • New Lithuanian Ambassador arrive in Azerbaijan
    20.08.2014 17:25
    Newly appointed Lithuanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan has already arrived in the country.

    According to the Lithuanian Embassy in Baku, new Lithuanian Ambassador in Azerbaijan Valdas Lastauskas arrived to the country last week.

    "Lastauskas hasn't presented his credentials as yet and the exact date of this event is still unknown", the Embassy says.
  • Water operator AzЙ™rsu builds a new training center
    20.08.2014 17:25
    National water operator AzЙ™rsu has opened officially a complex training program in the western region of Azerbaijan.

    AzЙ™rsu's deputy chairman for operation amp; maintenance Kocharli Hasanov stressed Company's priorities on the introduction of advanced technologies, innovations and the best global practices, Fineko/ reports.

    "To improve the professional level of its staff our Company is constructing a new training centre to launch its work until the end of the year," Hasanov said.

    The statement was made at the opening of a training program in the city of Ganja.
  • Georgia to chair in European Energy Charter in 2015
    20.08.2014 17:19
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze met with Secretary General of the European Energy Charter Urban Rusnak.

    The two sides discussed the issues of electricity transit in the region, strengthening relations between the member-states of the charter, the direction of investments and future prospects, the Georgian Energy Ministry said Aug. 20.

    Georgia expressed a desire to become the country chairing in the European Energy Charter in 2015. Georgia will host an annual conference of the charter in November 2015 as part of the chairmanship.

    Georgia has been a charter member since 1995. Currently, the charter brings together more than 50 countries in Europe and Asia.

    Urban Rusnak has today met with Deputy Ministers of Energy, Deputy Foreign Ministers, representatives of energy companies and chairman of the National Energy Regulatory Commission.

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  • Hyundai eyes new crossover to rival Lexus RX
    20.08.2014 17:14
    Earlier this year, Hyundaiв's U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski revealed that the Korean automaker was considering a third premium model to join the existing Genesis and Equus sedans. Zuchowski didnв't say what segment the third model would compete in, but there have been rumors of a small, BMW 3-Series-like sport sedan being developed at Hyundai.

    Now, Zuchowski has revealed to Edmunds that Hyundai is considering a premium crossover to take on the likes of the Lexus RX. But unlike the Genesis and Equus, which sit on their own rear-wheel-drive platforms, the new crossover would likely be based on an existing Hyundai model, most likely the Santa Fe.

    "We definitely studied a premium people mover, if you will," Zuchowski said. "It is not in the plan and it is not eliminated'"it is something under consideration."

    The challenge, Zuchowski explained, is making the premium crossover stand out from Hyundaiв's regular offerings, a task made all the more difficult because of Hyundaiв's decision to sell both its regular cars and premium ones under the same roof and under the same brand.

    Note, there are other possibilities for more premium models from Hyundai. Though not mentioned in the Edmunds article, Hyundai recently repositioned its Genesis Coupe more upmarket by eliminating the base four-cylinder model (the 2015 Genesis Coupe is now priced from $27,645 with shipping). The move is thought to pave the way for a new, more upmarket successor to the Genesis Coupe which is expected to come with V-6 and V-8 powertrain options.

  • About 1,000 civilians killed in Donetsk
    20.08.2014 17:14
    Thirty-four civilians have been killed and another 29 wounded in the Ukrainian armyв's military operation in the Donetsk region overthe past twenty-four hours, bringing the death toll to almost 1,000 people, the regional health department said on Wednesday.

    A total of 951 civilians have been killed and another 1,748 wounded since the start of the armed standoff in east Ukraine in mid-March 2014, the health department said.

    The Ukrainian army shelled the center of Donetsk on Wednesday, with several powerful explosions heard in the city, eyewitnesses said.
  • Iranian president appoints dismissed minister as his advisor
    20.08.2014 17:14
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani has appointed Reza Faraji Dana as his advisor for scientific and educational affairs, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

    Faraji Dana, who served as Minister of Science, Research and Technology for nine months, is the first Rouhani appointment to be dismissed by Iranian parliament.

    After Faraji Dana responded to lawmakers' questions during the impeachment session,

    145 MPs voted in favor of Faraji Dana's dismissal, 110 against, and 15 abstained, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency,

    In his appointment letter to Faraji Dana, Rouhani praised the dismissed minister for his "generous efforts and valuable works" during the time he served as minister.

    On October 27, 2013, parliament granted a vote of confidence to Faraji-Dana after the lawmakers refused to approve the qualifications of Rouhani's initial nominee for the position.

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  • Expert: Sargsyan will either change his policy, or he will be toppled
    20.08.2014 17:09
    Political analyst from Strategic Outlook Institution (Turkey) Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu answers questions:

    Should we expect any change in Turkey's policy with the election of President Erdogan?

    Election of President Erdogan was a natural event. Domestic and foreign policy of Turkey will be the same as we've seen it since 2002. But changes in the parliamentary system of the country are expected. We will see the results in the coming months.

    Should Sargsyan's greetings of Turkish President on his election be regarded as a sign of new attempts to rapprochement between Yerevan and Ankara?

    In Sochi, Sargsyan thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the fact that he had not started the war. In this example, we see that he has become much more likely to use a diplomatic language. Congratulations to Erdogan are normal. At the same time it shows a desire of Sargsyan to improve relations with Turkey. However controversial the domestic policies of Turkey are, Turkey's foreign policy knows that it needs to move to the West.

    Armenian media reported with reference to some confidential sources that President Erdogan is going to visit Armenia in memory of the victims of the events of 1915 in April next year. Is this a reliable information?

    We all know about the tendency of the Armenian media to speculate. They have a decent amount of books that teach fiction as a fait accompli. No one knows what Erdogan will undertake on April 24, 2015. I do not think that even now he has taken any final decision on this matter. Everything can change depending on the time and circumstances. Of course, if Sargsyan takes positive steps on the Karabakh issue, the visit could take place in Yerevan, as Turkey is too sensitive about the Karabakh conflict. The events of 1915 are less important for Turkey than the Karabakh issue. This is because the conflict escalated, and hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in poor conditions in connection with this situation.

    You actually answered my next question, which is about the possibility of establishing relations of Ankara with Yerevan to achieve tangible progress in resolving the Karabakh conflict ...

    As I said, the process of normalization of these relations can only accelerate the development of positive dynamics in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    By the way, Turkey closely followed the recent escalation in the area of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. How would you comment on the view that Turkey is one of the few foreign players who can actually contribute to the solution of the conflict?

    As you know, some of the wounded Azerbaijani soldiers are being treated in Turkey. Foreign Minister Davutoglu personally visited them, which caused outrage in the Armenian media. Turkey is ready to take the place of a mediator in the Karabakh issue. Ankara can take important steps to bring together the parties' positions and constantly expresses the corresponding intention. Of course, Yerevan and Baku need to speak in favor of this.

    Can Armenia eventually heed the arguments that the withdrawal of its troops from the territory of Azerbaijan will be advantageous only to itself and connect the country to beneficial regional projects, participation in which is unreal fot it yet?

    In my opinion, the biggest problem are the leaders of Armenia, who have links with Russia and consider it important. The fact that these are the leaders who participated in the occupation of Karabakh, creates a particular problem. The military past and unconditional dependence on Russia holds Armenia aloof from regional integration.

    There were dozens of protest actions past year. However, due to lack of support for the Armenian opposition from the West, it did not bring any effect in the fight against Sargsyan's regime. They have two options. Either Sargsyan begins to pursue a different policy and turns Armenia into a completely different country or there will be a West-supported revolution, and Sargsyan and oligarchs that are close to him will be toppled. Both of these options will change destiny of Armenia and the region to the best.
  • Azerbaijan's IBA plans stand-alone Islamic banking unit
    20.08.2014 17:02
    International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA), the country's largest lender, is preparing to launch a separate sharia-compliant banking unit.

    The former Soviet state prepares an Islamic banking law slated for next spring, Reuters reports.

    A stand-alone unit would allow IBA, 50.2 percent owned by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Finance, to more than quadruple its Islamic financing business in the country, said Behnam Gurbanzada, IBA's director of Islamic banking.

    "IBA is working on developing new products as well as establishing a platform for a separate, fully sharia-compliant unit," Gurbanzada said.

    IBA, which holds 40 percent of banking assets in Azerbaijan, has thus far extended $180 million of Islamic financing in the country; after legislation is passed, this could increase to as much as $750 million within a year, he added.

    The bank currently offers sharia-compliant products through an Islamic window, a practice which allows conventional lenders to provide Islamic financial services as long as client money is segregated from the rest of the bank.

    A separate unit could help increase the appeal of Islamic banking among retail clients, in a country where an estimated 93 percent of the population of 9 million are Muslim.

    IBA also wants to create a strong domestic Islamic banking platform for use with its subsidiaries in Russia, Georgia and Qatar.

    "Azerbaijan shows considerable promise to become a hub for Islamic banking in the region and has great potential to cooperate with Russia and all other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries which are interested in Islamic banking," said Gurbanzada.

    This month, the Association of Russian Banks asked Moscow to consider ways to promote Islamic finance in the country, including through an industry-specific law.

    IBA has hired Bahrain-based consultancy Shariyah Review Bureau to help in the design of several projects including a real estate development in Azerbaijan's capital Baku and a cash financing product, said Gurbanzada. The bank is also developing a sharia-compliant student financing product.
  • Want to taste murabba? - Go to Gabala
    20.08.2014 16:57
    By AzerNews

    Murabba in Azerbaijani refers to sweets made by boiling of berries, fruits, nuts, some vegetables and flowers. There are different kinds of murabba in Azerbaijan which provide us with enough material to put together a book on it.

    In France, the delicious sweet is called confiture. In UK, fruits and berries are processed into jams, in the Middle East it is available with the taste of figs and in Ukraine, people always cook powidla.

    Murabba is the main dessert at Azerbaijan's table, which is served at every tea party.

    Each of them has its own irresistible taste. Trying it once, you would like to come back to this taste again.

    Just imagine this scene: It is cold outside the window, a fluffy snow has covered the ground but your kitchen is warm and cozy. The happily whistling kettle is inviting you for tea, and the sweets appear on the table: sweet cake, rosy bun, appetizing biscuits, and of course, flavored murabba. Nothing can take the place of this wonderful jam for Azerbaijanis.

    Murabba goes very well with bread and Azerbaijanis enjoy it with tea at breakfast time. It is also used as a filling for pies, added to cakes and pastries.

    Besides all these, murabba is used for treating colds. Such kinds of murabba as dogwood, blackberries, currants, rich with vitamin C in the Azerbaijani houses usually serve as the first aid during the flu.

    Now, for the second time, Murabba Festival will be held in Gabala on August 24.

    The co-organizers of the event are the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan, Gabala Region Executive Power, the National Cuisine Center and the National Cuisine Association of Azerbaijan.

    As many as 20 regions of Azerbaijan will take part at this delicious festival, held in two nominations, where each region will have a chance to put on display eight kinds of murabba.

    The winners of the flavorful murabba will be awarded with several diplomas, medals and money prizes.

    In addition, as part of the festival an exhibition of murabba, specific for each region will be organized.
  • Several persons in Azerbaijan call ''hotline'' on suspicion of Ebola virus
    20.08.2014 16:47
    A ''hotline'' call center for the Ebola virus has been created at the Republican Anti-Plague Station of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health.

    Shair Gurbanov, Deputy Director of the Republican Anti-Plague Station, said the call center has usually worked during the working hours, but the service can extend beyond the working hours when there's an extra demand. According to him, the call center at 530 32 13 has started to serve the residents for 24 hours a day since yesterday.

    Shair Gurbanov noted that anyone at any time can call the "hotline" over any concern: "Some people just lack information about this disease. There are enough questions in this regard. All questions will be answered in detail via the call center. One or two persons with fever called the "hotline" yesterday on suspicion of the Ebola Virus. And they were told that if they hadn't been abroad or had received somebody form abroad in the last 20-25 days, then there's no need to worry".

    Shair Gurbanov said that reports of the detection of the virus from an African person in Russia caused some concerns amongst people, adding that Russia has extensive trade relations with the countries where the virus has spread. Tourists come and go: "Russia told its citizens yesterday not to go to those countries. But nevertheless, tourists continue to disregard the warning. Azerbaijan, however, almost do not have any relations with those countries. But just in case, it's necessary to register the people coming from those countries at border checkpoints. They must be kept under control for the maximum period of incubation (nearly three weeks) so that necessary actions would be taken if the disease is detected".

    The Deputy Director also emphasized that it's almost impossible for the virus to spread in Azerbaijan: "Because this virus spreads when people don't follow the rules of hygiene. Even if the disease is detected in Azerbaijan, it's unlikely that the virus could spread. Because the people understand that they should not be in contact with patients. Even if an ill person comes here from abroad, this disease is implausible to spread in Azerbaijan. In any case, after the deputy health minister's order, preventive measures have been boosted up in order to prevent the arrival of the disease to Azerbaijan.
  • Uzbekistan, Turkey discuss intergovernmental agreement on road transport shipping
    20.08.2014 16:42
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug.19

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbekistan and Turkey agreed on the final version of the draft of intergovernmental agreement on international road passenger and freight transportation, a source in government circles of Uzbekistan told Trend.

    On the results of the discussions held at the meeting of the Uzbek-Turkish commission for international road transport, the parties initialed a draft agreement and agreed to carry out the necessary procedures for its signature on the governmental level.

    The meeting of Commission was attended by Director General of the General Department of Road Transport Regulation of the Ministry of Transport, Shipping and Communications of Turkey Ali Riza Yuzheulu and Deputy Head of the Uzbek Agency for Automobile and River Transport Shaalim Shavahabov.

    During the negotiations it was stressed that the cooperation between Turkey and Uzbekistan in the field of international road transport was developing positively.

    The parties stressed the importance of regular meetings of the commission in promotion of cooperation between the two countries in the field of international road transport and in discussion of the use of permission forms for their implementation.

    Turkey is among the five largest foreign trade partners of Uzbekistan. In 2013 turnover between Turkey and Uzbekistan reached $1.347 billion, which is a 10.5 percent increase over the same period of 2012.

    At present, Uzbekistan has 485 companies with Turkish investments that operate in the textile, food and pharmaceutical industries in the areas of hotel business, services, production of building materials, construction and production of plastic products.

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  • World Scout Conference due in Azerbaijan
    20.08.2014 16:28
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan will host the 41st World Scout Conference and the 13th World Scout Youth Forum in 2017, the Azerbaijan Scouts Association (ASA) said.

    41th World Scout Conference and the 13th World Scout Youth Forum, to be organized by the ASA, will become two significant youth events in the country's history.

    The events are expected to involve more than 1,200 participants from 165 countries.

    The decision to held these events in Azerbaijan was made by a vote of the representatives of 129 countries participating in the world's largest youth organization - the World Organization of the Scout Movement - at the 40th World Scout Conference held in Slovenia.

    Azerbaijani scouts participated in the conference and forum representing the country at the highest level.

    An evening of Azerbaijan was organized during the event. The conference participants had an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the ancient history, culture and traditions of Azerbaijan via a special stand, prepared by representatives of the ASA.

    Scout movement, that was founded in 1907, plays a great and irreplaceable role in the history of 20th century. Over the last 100 years, the movement has gathered more than 28 million scouts, girls and boys.

    The great contribution of scouting is motivating the young people to create a harmonious world and respect traditions, customs and religions of other nations. It also develops love and tolerance in them for other people and their country and expands their social skills to turn them into responsible citizens and respected personalities.

    The Azerbaijan Scouts Association, the national Scouting organization of Azerbaijan, was founded in 1997, and became the 150th member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in August 2000. The first scout camp in Azerbaijan was organized in the Nabran region.

    The ASA plays a great role in educating the new generation. It has more than 1,400 members from all over Azerbaijan. It has implemented and held over 200 projects and events so far.

    The association annually organizes scouts camps in Azerbaijan. The last one called "Wonderland 2014 Azerbaijan" was held in southern Lerik region.

    The camp gathered together skilful youth from Turkey, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, Kenya, Chad, Tanzania, Southern Africa, Guatemala, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Australia as well as from different regions of Azerbaijan.

    The "Wonderland 2014 Azerbaijan" camp's program included orienteering, climbing, archery, tracking, several social events and competitions, as well as sightseeing in Lerik and Lankaran and studying the unique culture and traditions of the region.
  • Taylor Swift shakes off country music for pop
    20.08.2014 16:28
    Taylor Swift is shaking off her country music roots, for now, and embracing pop.

    The 24-year-old has announced she is releasing her first full-length pop album in October.

    Speaking in a livestream via Yahoo!, the singer said that 1989, named for her birth year, is her "first documented official pop album". She also debuted her first single from the album which is called Shake It Off.

    "We made the most sonically cohesive album I've ever made," she said.

    Swift's last effort was 2012's Red, which sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. She said she was mainly inspired by late 80s pop music when recording 1989 over the past two years.

    "I woke up every day ... not wanting, but needing to make a new style of music than I made before," she told viewers of the livestream.

    The new album is out on October 27.
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Protection about hot weather conditions
    20.08.2014 16:22
    Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has commented on the unbearably hot weather conditions.

    The State Labor Inspectorate Service under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has told relevant employers to terminate outdoor activities till 5:00 p.m. in order to protect the lives and health of employees of offices, enterprises, and organizations as the temperature rose to over 41 degree Celsius today in Azerbaijan, the public relations department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection reported to APA.

    In accordance with Article 233 of the Labor Code, all employers, notwithstanding their form of ownership, must terminate all kinds of activities in open air as well as indoor places where there are no cooling installations or allow employees to have breaks, the State Labor Inspectorate Service said. The number and duration of breaks is determined on the basis of a joint decision by employers and the Trade Union. All the breaks are included in the working hours and calculated on monthly tariff salary.

    In case of evasion of fulfilling the requirements of the Labor Code, employers will be brought to justice under the Code of Administrative Offences. According to article 54 of the Code of Administrative Offences, employers can be fined from AZN 1,000 up to AZN 2,000 for violation of the rules of protection of employees' labor.

    The State Labor Inspectorate Service has created working groups to ensure state supervision over the situation in this regard in the country's all regions, especially low-lying zones.
  • Twitter to remove gory photos of death'
    20.08.2014 16:17
    Twitter has said it will remove images and videos of dead people at the request of immediate family members.

    In a crackdown on gory and upsetting photographs on the service, Twitter said it would consider removing images of deceased individuals taken "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death".

    However, it said it would take into account the public interest of any content and warned that it may not comply with all requests.

    On Tuesday, following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the White House contacted social networks asking them to remove videos of his death.

    Twitter declined to say whether it had also had a request from Mr Foley's family.

    But Google's former public policy chief Andrew McLaughlin warned the photos could have an important news value.
  • Car import in Azerbaijan declining
    20.08.2014 16:14
    By AzerNews

    Car import continues to fall in Azerbaijan. The country has already cut the car import more than by one third.

    In January-July, 38,338 vehicles were imported in Azerbaijan. This comes as during similar period last year, 58,258 cars were imported, the State Customs Committee reported.

    The report said that 34,618 units of the total imported vehicles are ??designed for transportation of people. In January-July 2013, the figure was 52,673 units.

    The fall of import is interconnected with shifting to the Euro-4 standard and the market saturation. Azerbaijan has stopped import of cars that are not corresponding to Euro-4 standard from this April.

    Thus, only cars produced in the EU since 2005, in the U.S. since in 2004, in China and Japan since 2011, in Korea since 2006, and in Turkey since 2009 can be imported to the country. The new law has been implemented since April 1.

    In total, Azerbaijan has imported 104,385 cars in 2013. The figure is 3,000 units more than 2012. The total volume of imported cars designed for transportation of people totaled 94,879 in 2013.

    Experts project that the number of imported cars will be reduced by about 20 percent to 75,000 units in 2014.

    In addition, in the reported period, 3,263 cargo cars were imported in the country against 4,486 units in January-July of 2013. In 2013, the country imported 7,823 cargo trucks.

    Earlier, the Committee reported a 23 percent decrease in the car import in first five months of 2014.

    Experts believe that introduction of Euro-4 standard will increase prices by four percent, however the growth may continue. The prices for relatively old cars can increase by about seven percent by late 2014. The cost of low-cost cars that were already imported to the country is expected to increase as well.
  • ING provides Azerbaijani Unibank with $15 mln loan
    20.08.2014 16:14
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Zulfiyya Gurbanova - Trend:

    ING, with the assistance of Fireland Capital, has provided Unibank with a loan of USD 15 million. The funds will be directed at financing business development projects in Azerbaijan, the bank said Aug. 20.

    Due to its financial performance in recent years and to being one of the leaders of Azerbaijan's banking sector, Unibank received acknowledgement from international financial institutions and rating agencies"For instance, Fitch has increased the long-term rating of Unibank from B 'stable' to B 'positive'.

    The upwardly rating action has to do with the stable credit performance of the bank, according to Fitch specialists.

    Fitch also emphasized the big role of Unibank in accelerating the retail and micro-lending.

    Moody's Investors Service increased the outlook on the rating of Unibank to 'positive' and reaffirmed the rating of long-term liabilities of the bank at 'B2'. The financial stability rating of the bank was set at 'E '. This agency increased the rating of Unibank in view of the adequate capitalisation and the improved approaches. In the opinion of the specialists of Moody's,

    Unibank has increased the number of quality assets and attained the stable revenues over the past few years.

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  • Turkmenistan to increase electricity export to Afghanistan
    20.08.2014 16:14
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 20

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    All necessary conditions will be created in the near future to increase the supply of electricity from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, the Turkmen Ministry of Energy and Industry said Aug. 20.

    "The construction of appropriate infrastructure will allow creating jobs and contributing to stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan," according to a statement.

    Other promising routes of Turkmen electricity export, particularly, to Pakistan and Tajikistan become more specific.

    Five high-voltage transmission lines with a total length of over 900 kilometers "Serdar - Farap", "Farap - Watan", "Pelvert - Atamyrat "," Mary Power Station - Atamyrat" and "Atamyrat - Andhoi" will be commissioned in Lebap and Mary provinces of Turkmenistan soon, according to the report.

    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in February 2014 that the country is ready to consider the proposals to increase the supply of electricity to Afghanistan. It has been recently supplied on concessional terms and on a regular basis.

    Turkmenistan plans to increase electricity generation in the country to 27.4 billion kilowatt hours by 2020 and up to 35.5 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.

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  • Ronaldo to undergo tests
    20.08.2014 15:58
    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo tests on an injury picked up in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the sides' Spanish Supercopa series on Tuesday night.

    The Portugal star was anonymous for large periods of the first half and was withdrawn at half-time after complaining of pain in his left hamstring.

    Ancelotti said: "Cristiano felt some pain in his left hamstring and was not comfortable. We will do the tests tomorrow. At first it does not seem so serious.''

    In the second period James Rodriguez looked to have given Madrid the win with a scrappy late goal, but Raul Garcia levelled with two minutes remaining of normal time to set up an intriguing second leg.

    Ancelotti was quick to praise the efforts of James after the game and felt his players had controlled the match throughout.

    "James Rodriguez did really well and the whole team was more direct in the second half. His goal will give him confidence," he added.

    ''I think the team played well, with an extraordinary rhythm, and controlled the play for the whole game. We pressed high up and the three midfielders did well.

    ''Atletico have a slight advantage but weв'll give it our best to win the title on Friday.''

    Angel Di Maria appeared as a late substitute and Ancelotti again faced questions over his future after Atletico boss Diego Simeone said the Argentine was Madrid's best player.

    ''Di Maria is one of many good players," he replied. "But I think he forgot Cristiano, who won the Ballon dв'Or and [Gareth] Bale, who scored in Lisbon.

    "Di Maria is a Real Madrid player and I'll use him as I want."

    The Italian also revealed he has made a decision over which of his goalkeepers will start the season as first choice, with Iker Casillas coming under the microscope again for Atletico's equalising goal.

    "Iker did not have a chance to do anything in that situation as he had a player in front of him. The mistake was at the near post.

    ''I have decided who will be my first-choice goalkeeper this season, but Iв'm not going to say who it is.''

  • Tajikistan, US discuss bilateral relations
    20.08.2014 15:48
    Tajikistan and USA discussed bilateral relations during the meeting of the Tajik Foreign Minister, Sirajiddin Aslov with the US Ambassador, Susan Elliott, Asia-Plus reported on August 20.

    Besides the cooperation between the two countries, the issues of mutual interest have been discussed during the meeting.

    The sides expressed their satisfaction with the developing relations between Tajikistan and the United States.

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  • Bride to be lost 6 stone by twerking
    20.08.2014 15:43
    Tipping the scales at 18st, bride-to-be Lindsey Jones decided it was time to change her tune.

    The 33-year-old put down the snacks and boogied away her belly at a Zumba class. Dancing to a mix of salsa, samba and reggae has helped her shed six stone and drop from a size 22.

    Now, three years on and happily married to partner Sid, she has given up her career as a beauty therapist and teaches Zumba classes five times a week.

    She said: 'It was getting to the point where a size 20 was too tight and I couldnв't bring myself to look at my real weight. I just cried standing on the scales.

    'Cream cakes were my favourite things and I was sat eating one at work when I realised I couldnв't carry on like this and I couldnв't get married at 18 stone.в'

    In three months she had lost 2st in time for her wedding, and through committed twerking and salsa she lost another 4st.

    The mother of two, from Bewdley, Worcestershire, was even invited to meet Zumba creator Beto Perez last month.

    'I didnв't like working out or going to the gym but when I turned up to my first Zumba class it was completely different,в' she said. 'It was like a party.

    'Nobody cared what you looked like or what you were wearing and I just danced away the weight.

    'The moves go with the music and the rhythms from all over the world. Itв's been a great way to lose weight.в'
  • Boy with giant hands PHOTO
    20.08.2014 15:33
    An eight-year-old boy has been shunned from his school after his hands ballooned to gigantic proportions larger thanhis head.

    Kaleem, a keen cricket fan, was left unable to do even basic tasks '" including tying his shoelaces and feeding himself '" after his hands grew to an incredible 13 inches from the end of his middle finger to the base of his palm.

    His giant hands now weigh eight kilograms each (1.2 stone) and he has been bullied so much he fears being beaten up if he returns.

    Kaleem, who lives in India with his parents, said: 'I do not go to school because the teacher says other kids are scared of my hands.

    'Many of them used to bully me for my deformity. They would say ''letв's beat up the kid with the large hands''.

    'Some of them have actually beaten me and would go after me often.в'

    He added: 'I find it difficult to put on my clothes, button my shirt and pull up my pants.в'

    His parents have been trying to find help for their son, who was born with slightly bigger hands than normal, but have struggled as they only earn ВЈ15 a month through 45-year-old father Shamimв's job as a labourer.

    His mother Haleema, 27, said: 'When Kaleem was born his hand was twice the size of a normal babyв's.

    'His hands were big and his fingers were long. Initially his fists were small but they began to grow large as well and his fingers also kept growing.в'

    He said: 'We want to take him to the hospital but there have been times when money has been so low that my wife has been forced to go begging.в'
  • Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
    20.08.2014 15:24
    James Rodriguez put the Champions League winner in front, but an equalizer from Mario Suarez just minutes later set up what should be a tense second leg.

    Real Madrid and James Rodriguez were thwarted by a late Raul Garcia strike as they drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.

    James put Madrid in front with a scrappy goal in the 81st minute and was on course to be the match winner until Garcia's close-range finish with just two minutes remaining.

    Carlo Ancelotti made two changes to the starting team that claimed the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Sevilla on Aug. 12. Xabi Alonso took Rodriguez's place in midfield and Marcelo came in at left back with Fabio Coentrao dropped to the bench.
  • Islamic State takes region back to the Middle Ages
    20.08.2014 15:23
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    The group known as the Islamic State that is fighting to install an Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq - as a first step to expanding that caliphate - has made time travel a possibility.

    Indeed, through their worse-than medieval manners of beheadings and crucifixions, torture and mass executions and the selling of captured women as slaves, they have managed to transport the areas under their dominance from a modern era of satellite imagery and stellar communications into a dark, bottomless abyss of savagery and orgies of evil probably not seen since the days when barbarians were at the gates of Rome.

    Today similar bloodthirsty barbarians are knocking at the gates of modern civilization, threatening the very concept of the fragile world we live in.

    Had the Internet and video recording existed in the days of the Goths, Vizigoths and the Ostrogoths they probably would have behaved similarly to the IS; video recording their monstrous acts and proudly displaying it on the Internet.

    The Islamic State's latest abominable act of brutality comes in the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, who has been held captive in Syria since 2012, a deed that was recorded on video.

    The IS claims that the killing of James Foley is in retaliation for the U.S. bombing of several of their positions in Iraq. It must also mean that these bombings have hurt them. In their utter ignorance the group fails to realize that individual Americans, like James Foley, have no say in U.S. foreign policy.

    These "knights" of a hijacked faith are poisoning a decent religion with their interpretation of Islam.

    Forcing a captive to "denounce" his country requires no bravery on the part of the captors. Rather it reveals the low level of their understanding of reality.

    The result of this hideous act will not prevent future bombings of IS positions by the U.S. military.

    Indeed, it may very well have the opposite effect as the Obama Administration understands that there can be no mid-way solution to the plague that this new stigma represents, not only for decent followers of Islam, but for the whole civilized world.

    Claude Salhani is a political analyst and senior editor with Trend Agency.

    Follow him at on Twitter @ClaudeSalhani

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  • Moscow to host 2nd World Forum of MGIMO Graduates
    20.08.2014 15:19
    The 2nd World Forum of Graduates of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a gala evening marking the 70th anniversary of the University will be held in the Russian capital on October 13-14.

    The forum will feature discussions on topical global issues, including development of society and economy.

    It will culminate with a concert and a ceremonial reception at the State Kremlin Palace.
  • Lithuania supports Georgiaв's integration to NATO
    20.08.2014 15:18
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite had a phone conversation on Aug. 19 as part of preparation for the upcoming NATO summit.

    Georgian presidential administration told Trend that during the conversation Margvelashvili thanked Grybauskaite for Lithuania's support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as the process of Georgia's integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

    During the talk the parties expressed hope that Georgia's progress in integration to the NATO will be noted during the Wales Summit of NATO.

    This will be reflected in the summit's main document.

    Georgian and Lithuanian presidents also discussed the events in Ukraine, expressing concern about the situation in this country.

    Edited by CN

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  • Yerevan's mismanagement putting Lake Sevan in danger
    20.08.2014 15:13
    By AzerNews

    Armenian government's indifferent attitude towards environmental problems is jeopardizing the ecological system not only of the country but also the whole region.

    Caucasus region's largest Lake Sevan is under danger because of Armenian leadership's mismanagement.

    Experts have warned about Armenian government's decision to release additional water from Lake Sevan.

    Earlier, the Armenian government decided to increase the maximum intake from Sevan in 2014 to 25 million cubic meters, justifying it by referring to the need to meet irrigation demand for farmers.

    Director of hydroecology and ichthyology Evelina Ghukasyan said on August 18 that the ruling circles' policy regarding Lake Sevan should be ruled out, Armenian media reported.

    The expert said the research centers are dealing with the problems of Sevan but they have never seen any scientific evidence in government's decision.

    "We do not know how such a decision was made. Sometimes absurd ones are justified. The government is violating the law on Lake Sevan. The only way to save the lake and the only way to restore water resources is to increase the water level. Raising and lowering of the water level will have a negative impact on the formation of ecosystem of the lake," Ghukasyan said.

    The natural water basin is situated in Azerbaijan's historical Gokcha region. The original name of the Sevan Lake is Gokhca, which means "Blue River" in Turkish. There were a lot of Azerbaijanis living around the lake until 1988.

    Armenia deported more than 250,000 Azerbaijanis in January, 1988, as a result of its ethnic cleansing policy. Afterwards, the Armenian authorities falsified the etymology of the lake and changed its name to "Sevan".

    The Armenian government usually adopts decision on the Lake Sevan without taking into account the consequences.

    Meanwhile, "For Sustainable Human Development" NGO Director and environmentalist Karine Danielyan said the Armenian government decision on releasing additional water from the Lake will result in a ten-centimeter reduction in the water level, as compared to the previous year.

    Danielyan said this decision would inflict a serious blow to Lake Sevan, stressing that by raising the water level in the lake, the biological and chemical indicators have improved.

    She also went on to note that the seismologists likewise have expressed concern over the government's decision, since the water-level fluctuations may cause seismic activity.

    Armenia, jolted by some devastating earthquakes in the past, is located in very active seismic zone. Thus, any measures leading to a disbalance in the ecological system could yield hazardous consequences not only for Armenia, but also for its neighbors.
  • Israel calls up 2000 reservists
    20.08.2014 15:13
    The Israeli army on Wednesday called up 2000 reservists, only hours after the collapse of indirect truce talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo and the resumption of airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

    Israel's army radio said a decision on calling up larger numbers of reservists had not been taken yet.

    Israel said 82,000 troops had taken part in the offensive against the Gaza Strip prior to the start '" and later collapse '" of indirect truce talks with the Palestinians in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

    Around 27,000 reservists were asked to go home after Israel's pullout of the Gaza Strip in early August, whereas 55,000 reservists remained on duty.

    Indirect Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks in Cairo collapsed on Tuesday, opening the door for renewed Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli and later Palestinian negotiators had left Cairo after the collapse of the indirect talks on Tuesday.

    Israel claims that it had pulled its delegation after rocket attacks fromGazaon Tuesday.

    It has since launched several strikes on the besieged coastal enclave, home to more than 1.8 million people, killing at least 11 Palestinians, including four children.

    The latest fatalities bring to 2028 the number of Palestinians, mostly civilians, killed by Israel since July 7.

    Hamas has denied any knowledge of the Tuesday rocket attacks and accused Israel of seeking to undermine the indirect talks.

    Palestinians factions, including Hamas, have claimed firing rockets on Israel after the collapse of the talks and resumption of Israeli airstrikes.

    Cairo had been the scene of indirect Palestinian-Israeli talks on a permanent ceasefire in theGazaStrip since early August.

    Since 2007, theGazaStrip has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade that has badly affected the local economy and played havoc with residents' livelihoods.
  • Defense ministers' trilateral meeting in Turkish spotlight
    20.08.2014 15:07
    The Turkish press has issued a range of articles on yesterday`s trilateral meeting of the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian defense ministers in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

    The articles hail the meeting as "a sign of strategic partnership between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia", AzerTag reports.

    "The trilateral cooperation between the countries is a basis for the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars projects."

    "Ensuring the security of these economic project is in the best interests of both Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia," the articles say.
  • Iraqi Embassy: We urge our citizens and Yezidi Kurds not to visit NK
    20.08.2014 14:57
    The Republic of Iraq is against its citizensв' visiting the occupied territories unless the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is resolved, the Iraqi Embassy in Azerbaijan told APA.

    Commenting on the fact that the separatist regime set up by Armenian occupying forces invite Yezidi Kurds, the Iraqi citizens to Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ambassador stated that official Baghdad recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. "Our state has recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the UN resolutions are also available regarding it. According to the international law, one must respect the territorial integrity of another state. Any visits to Azerbaijani territories or relationships without the permission of official Baku are illegal. We advise our citizens and also Yezidi Kurds to be outside the conflict and the zone of conflict", the ambassador said.

    "The situation in north Iraq is improving and with the support of the US the groups of the Islamic State are being displaced from the civilian populated areas. Several countries promise to grant asylums, but the situation is improving and the safety of Iraqi citizens will be restored as soon as possible", The Embassy added.
  • Survey reveals 71 per cent of young Azerbaijanis are inspired by Baku 2015 European Games
    20.08.2014 14:55
    Thousands of young Azerbaijanis are excited at the opportunity to volunteer at the Baku 2015 European Games, new research has revealed.

    A survey of 150,403 Azerbaijani students - the largest ever undertaken in the country - has shown that 71 per cent believe hosting the European Games will benefit Azerbaijan.

    And more than 26,000 are keen to apply for the 12,000 volunteer roles that Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) will fill for the inaugural Games.

    BEGOC can also reveal that lsquo;Be Amongst The Winners' is the slogan that will serve as the inspirational call for the volunteer recruitment programme.

    Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer at Baku 2015, said: "This detailed survey of Azerbaijan's student population proves how much passion there is for the European Games amongst the young generation.

    "It is very encouraging to know that so many young people are keen to help make the Games come alive, as we want the world to be made to feel welcome and experience the famous Azerbaijani hospitality.

    "We will work hard to ensure that we capture the enthusiasm felt by the students as we continue to approach the inaugural European Games and host an event that the entire continent will enjoy."

    The survey was carried out by BEGOC with the support of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and the Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations' Union earlier this year.

    Today, BEGOC can also announce it has received more than 8,000 applications for its volunteer programme in the first two months of its recruitment campaign.

    The programme, which was officially launched on 12 June, is aimed at recruiting young Azerbaijani and international volunteers for a number of roles during the first European Games.
  • Azerbaijan, Turkey join efforts to cope with seismic issues
    20.08.2014 14:47
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan and Turkey have decided to set up an international network for seismic studies, Director of the Regional Information Technologies Academy Tofig Babayev said.

    The network will link the stations of monitoring system for the diagnosis and management "Robust Noise Monitoring" (RNM).

    Turkey is interested in using the monitoring system for diagnosing and managing, he said. The international network of stations for data exchange will consist of two monitoring centers located in Baku and Istanbul.

    "In July, Turkish scientists visited Baku and got acquainted with the work of the stations' equipment. They ascertained that the methodology proposed by the Institute of Management Systems of the National Academy of Sciences, can be used as a tool for creation of an international network and help seismologists more exactly define the sources and the strength of earthquakes," Babayev said.

    Currently, seven stations are capable to detect the abnormal seismic processes and monitor them in Azerbaijan. These stations are located on the island of Qum in Neftchala, Naftalan, Shirvan, Siyazan, and Gazakh, one station is located in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. In addition, two stations will be installed in Khachmaz and Zagatala regions of Azerbaijan.

    The two sides are expected to cover most of their lands with these stations, which will help determine the epicenters of earthquakes more accurately.

    The stations that are functioning now are able to register the abnormal seismic processes for 15-20 hours prior to their surface manifestations.

    The system provides transmission of the seismic acoustic signals directly to the server of the Cybernetics Institute. High-frequency satellite channels are used for signal transmission, which allows the institution to carry out experiments at a higher level and quality.

    RNM technology also allows increasing the profitability of oil wells. The system facilitates identifying dynamometer cards, allowing saving power by more than 50 percent.

    A pilot version of the Robust Noise Monitoring system was used in the 35 oil-producing facilities of Bibiheybat Oil and Gas Producing Enterprise.
  • Kazakh FM to embark on tour to South-East Asia
    20.08.2014 14:47
    Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 20

    By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov is preparing for a tour of South-East Asia, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said Aug. 20.

    The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan hosted a meeting between Erlan Idrissov and ambassadors of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accredited in Kazakhstan.

    "The event was dedicated to Kazakhstan's interaction within the ASEAN, and preparations for the Kazakh FM's upcoming tour of South-East Asia, with visits to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, as well as his participation in the 6th Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (Bali, Indonesia) and the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (Apia, Samoa)," the ministry said.

    The ministry also said that the meeting was attended by the ambassadors of Vietnam Nguyen Van Hoa, Indonesia Foster Gultom, and Malaysia Hidayat Abdul Hamid.

    During the meeting, Idrissov shared his views on how to strengthen cooperation with the countries of ASEAN and the association itself in multilateral venues, such as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

    "Kazakhstan, as an initiator of the CICA's creation, supports the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CICA and ASEAN, and hopes that a number of the ASEAN countries will in the near future join the CICA as members or observers," the ministry said.

    The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan also noted that during the visits to the mentioned countries, special attention will be paid to implementation of agreements signed previously during high level meetings.

    Discussing Idrissov's forthcoming visit, the parties said that during the meetings with the heads and FMs of the countries to be visited, it is scheduled to mull bilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, and interaction within international organizations.

    The signing of memorandums on cooperation between the foreign ministries of the countries is being worked out.

    Edited by CN

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