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Georgian government to change law on occupied territories
07.02.2013 17:06
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Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 7 /Trend, N. Kirtskhalia/

The Georgian government is going to change its law on occupied territories, State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili told journalists after a governmental meeting on Thursday.

He said according to the current law, foreign nationals who enter Georgia through Abkhazia and South Ossetia are immediately detained.

"Criminal cases are initiated against them and they serve sentences in Georgian prisons. We consider this is unfair, as many citizens of Azerbaijan and Armenia returning home through Georgia were imprisoned," Zakareishvili said.

He stressed that the new law requires punishment for the first time violators of the law, which does not allow visits to Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a manner not agreed upon with the government.

"If the violation is repeated, criminal case will be initiated," he said.

Today, the Georgian Government approved this proposal.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has declared the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

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    Hitting below the belt

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  • Prominent Azerbaijani footballer Alakbar Mammadov dies at 84
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    One of the prominent footballers of Azerbaijan, Honoured Master of Sport, Honoured Coach, former manager of the Azerbaijan national football team, member of the Executive Committee of AFFA, the holder of Shohrat Order Alakbar Mammadov has died at the age of 84.

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  • Switzerland, Azerbaijan may abolish visa regime
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The visa regime may be abolished between Switzerland and Azerbaijan, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mahmud Mammadguliyev said on August 1.

    He underscored that the two countries have completed the negotiations on the visa regime and readmission.

    "We hope that these documents will be signed and ratified in the near future," the deputy minister said.

    Once this process is completed, the holders of diplomatic and service passports will be able to travel without visa, while the number of the required documents and the fee will be reduced for the ordinary citizens.

    "We may also agree on the complete abolition of the visa regime in the future," Mammadguliyev added.

    He stressed that 240 Azerbaijanis study in the Swiss universities and 70 of them study under the state program.

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  • Boy who lacks ability to smile
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    The smile is one of humanity's defining features. It lifts people from bad moods. It shows your joy or contentment. It's a unifying symbol across the world, a facial display that breaks any language or cultural barrier.

    We certainly enjoy smiling, but there's one five-year-old child who hasn't been able to show his big grin yet. Maddox Perales of Marietta, GA has a neurological disorder called Moebius Syndrome. The condition effects the facial muscles, making it difficult in the past for Maddox to talk, feed himself and even has impacted his eyesight. While his mother Danielle Templer has taken Maddox to several speech and physical therapists, he's still been left with the inability to smile.

    Maddox can manually lift his cheeks with his hands to simulate a smile, but Danielle is striving to see that her son doesn't have to go through life never being able to show his cheery grin. The mother started online fundraising campaign to raise money for a surgery to treat his facial paralysis. The campaign is still far from its $100,000 goal, but every donation makes Maddox's smile that much more of a reality.
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  • Georgia plans to benefit from abolition of free trade regime by Russia
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia will impose customs duties on the products imported from Russia, as a result of which Georgia's budget will receive additional 15-20 million lari ($1=1.76 lari), the country's Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri told reporters on August 1.

    "Georgia's trade regime with Russia will be similar to our trade regime with the EU, China and many other countries. At the same time, it is not expected that as a result of the taxation of our products in Russia, the prices for these products will increase," Khaduri said.

    "The agricultural products, wine and soft drinks account for 80 percent of the export volume, while 11 percent fell to ores and electricity as of 2014. We believe that there will be no losses; customs duties will be imposed on the products imported from Russia, as a result of which Georgia will receive additional 15-20 million lari," the minister added.

    Russian Ministry of Economic Development earlier worked out a draft government resolution to suspend the free trade agreement signed between Russia and Georgia on February 3, 1994.

    The suspension of the agreement has been agreed with Russia's Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Justice, according to the draft resolution.

    Edited by CN

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  • Silent film tops documentary poll
    01.08.2014 19:17
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    A 1929 silent film has been voted the greatest ever documentary in a poll of some 300 film-makers and critics.

    Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, was picked by more than 100 cineastes who took part in the inaugural Sight amp; Sound poll.

    The magazine launched the survey after Vertov's film, shot in the cities of Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv, came eighth in their 2012 best film poll.

    The magazine called it a "teasingly surrealist" homage to city life.

    The British Film Institute magazine conducts a poll every decade to find the best film. When the most recent poll was conducted in 2012, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo took the top spot.

    But Man With a Movie Camera "turned up out of the blue" in eighth place, prompting the decision to run a separate best documentary poll.

    "It's part of a genre that was very popular in the 1920s," Sight and Sound's web editor Nick Bradshaw told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    "Filming cities, showing you the workings of them, showing you all the layers and intricacies that make up, typically, a day in the life of a city."

    More than 1,000 films were nominated by more than 200 critics and 100 film-makers from around the world.

    Mr Bradshaw described the list as "widespread", including two films about the holocaust in the top 10, and the presence of the recent documentary hit The Act of Killing.

    Film-makers including Paul Greengrass, Kevin Macdonald, Senna's Asif Kapadia and Man on Wire's James Marsh were invited to take part in the poll.

    Greengrass included Man with a Movie Camera and Marsh's Oscar-winning Man on Wire in his top 10, alongside Primary, by Robert Drew, whose death was announced earlier this week.

    Macdonald cited Michael Moore's Roger and Me, saying the US film-maker "brought entertainment back into documentary films - and made it the strange bedfellow of anger".

    Kapadia described The Act of Killing as "Astonishing. Shocking. Brave filmmaking."

    The poll shows you "just how far the medium can be pushed, and how by getting outside of the formulas of television you can say things a different way", according to Sophie Fiennes.

    "Ten is far too little if you are a film-maker," the film-maker told BBC Radio 4. "But it's wonderful to have this rich resource now to go and explore films one hasn't seen."
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  • Full restoration of U.S. visa system to take weeks
    01.08.2014 19:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    It will take weeks to restore full visa processing capacity of the U.S., Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department, Marie Harf told reporters.

    "We are continuing to work to restore our visa system to full functionality," she said, adding that this is a global problem.

    "From the start of the operational issues on July 20 through July 28, we issued more than 180,000 non-immigrant visas globally. Based on our average production figures, we would have anticipated issuing closer to 370,000 in that same time period," Harf stressed.

    The technical problems in the U.S. passport and visa issuance system caused the suspension of visa issuance.

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  • Scottish referees to control Salzburg vs Qarabag match
    01.08.2014 18:58
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    A team of Scottish referees will take charge of a return game of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League between Austrian Salzburg and Azerbaijani FC Qarabag.

    Main referee Robert Madden will be assisted by Graham Chambers, Alastair Mazer and Brian Colvin.

    The game will be held at the Red Bull Arena stadium in Austria on August 6 at 23:30 local time.

    In the first game, Qarabag defeated Salzburg 2-1.
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  • ICRC informed about message of Dilgam Asgarovв's family
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    The Azerbaijani embassy in Russia has informed the International Committee of the Red Cross about the message of Dilgam Asgarovв's family that he was a Russian citizen.

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  • Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan: We will take revenge
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    "The fighting continued for 3 days."

    The Armenian armed forces have intensified their attacks in recent days.

    Oxu.az reports quoting the urgent statement of Defence Ministry that the Enemy forces have made repeated attempts to cross the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

    According to the report, the intelligence-diversive unit of the Armenian army attempted to break through the defence line of Azerbaijan:

    "However, the Azerbaijani armed forces repulsed an attempt of the enemy forces, resulting in a long battle the enemy suffered heavy losses and was forced to retreat. Throughout the fighting, which lasted 3 days, 8 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed. "

    The Defense Ministry claims that the frontal area is completely controlled by the armed forces of Azerbaijan. The blood of our soldiers will not remain unavenged.
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  • Iran inaugurates first state-run alcohol addiction treatment center
    01.08.2014 18:28
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's first state-run alcohol addiction treatment center was inaugurated in Tehran's University of Medical Sciences.

    Following the increase of alcohol use among Iranians, the country's health ministry issued licenses for private alcohol addiction treatment centers. It is the first time that a state-run alcohol abuse treatment clinic starts activity in the country, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on August 1.

    In September 2013, a permit was issued for the establishment of Iran's first alcohol rehabilitation center in Tehran.

    Alcohol use is prohibited according to the Iran's Islamic-based rules, so there is not detailed information about the number of the alcohol addicted people in the country.

    In April 2013, Iran's Health Ministry issued a warning about the increase of alcohol use among young people in the country. The director-general of the Health Ministry's Mental Health Department, Abbas Ali Nasehi said that this year the problem of alcohol abuse would be the priority for the ministry.

    In 2012, Nasehi said that Iran has about 2 million drug addicts in the country, and some of them are also addicted to alcohol. In the same year, the BBC, citing Iran's health officials, reported that Iran's police withdrew the driving licenses of 829 drivers, including 43 women, who had failed to pass alcohol and drug tests.

    In February 2013, ISNA quoted Iran's National Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam as saying that there are about 200,000 people in Iran who are addicted to alcohol.

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  • Ministry of Transport to intensify its efforts to prepare for "Baku-2015"
    01.08.2014 18:11
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    The works on implementation of the principle of "green wave'' are also underway.

    Most part of the work stipulated in the "Action Plan for road transport sector" wil be carried out in September and October.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzerTag that the statement came from spokesman of the Ministry of Transport Namiq Hasanov.

    The plan identifies specific responsibilities and tasks of the organizations, functioning within the structures, that they have done in different directions of the transport complex. This includes the construction of roads and the negotiation on the purchase of new trains, buses and taxis, as well as changes in the scheme of movement of certain routes.

    Hasanov said that the implementation of the electronic payment system in the passenger transport will be accelerated in the capital, and that all the work provided under the plan will be fully completed by the first half of 2015 - before the first European Games.

    There are projects where performance needs to be accelerated. One example is the agreement signed to acquire 500 taxis. Hasanov noted in this connection that the first half of 2015 is specified as a deadline in the project, but, despite this, the first batch of taxis in Baku is planned to be brought in October-November this year. These taxis will primarily provide services to official delegations, athletes and tourists.

    Hasanov said that the work in connection with intelligent traffic management system is also accelerated. The connection between information terminals installed at bus stops with capital Transport Intellectual Management Center is fully secured. The center also conducts work in the direction of applying the principle of "green waves", which, in particular, creates the conditions for an increase of an average speed at traffic lights.
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  • Rouhani out of ideas, out of time to save Lake Urmia
    01.08.2014 18:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    One of the main promises of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his presidential campaign was to save Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, which has shrunk more than 90 percent to 1,000 square kilometers in the past decade.

    "I promise you if I am elected as the head of the executive branch, I will start working to save Lake Urmia on the first day," Rouhani said last year addressing Iranian Azerbaijanis in Tabriz.

    Officials have warned if serious steps are not taken, the lake will be turned into a swamp within few years, which will force millions of Iranians to migrate to greener pastures.

    Previous reports said Lake Urmia needs 3.1 billion cubic meters of water per year to maintain its current level.

    The president set up a working group for saving Lake Urmia in the first cabinet meeting, the "Committee for Urmia Lake Restoration."

    The committee prepared a 9-year plan to restore the lake, with 2023 being the year when the lake would have been completely restored.

    The proposal suggests some measures on reduction of water consumption in the agriculture sector as well as transferring water from other regions into the lake.

    However some Iranian experts believe that the measures which maybe efficient in reviving the lake such as prohibiting unauthorized use of surface and groundwater, limiting groundwater use by local farmers and transferring water from other catchments including Araz River are impractical and will lead to serious social tensions.

    Extending agricultural lands in the region, which swallow three billion cubic meters of water resources per annum is the main reason behind the drying of the lake, according the Iranian officials.

    Before the 1979 Islamic revolution agricultural lands in Urmia Lake catchments were about 150,000 hectares, which extended to 800,000 hectares based on aerial photos, Nasser Karami, an Iranian physical climatologist says.

    Karami who is an associate professor at the University of Bergen in Norway said in his interview to Trend on July 31 that "even if we accept the official figure which put the lands under cultivation at 450,000 hectares, the area of the agricultural lands around the lake has increased by more than three times in recent 30 years."

    The story doesn't end there. Changing the cultivation model in the region is another problem.

    "The local farmers gave up grape farming and started to grow apples, which require 12.5 times more water than local grape," Karami explained.

    So the water consumption increased dramatically in recent decades.

    Karami underlined that the agricultural activities should be halted in at least half of the agricultural lands in the lake's catchments as the first step to release three billion cubic meters of waters behind dams into the lake.

    However he said that the administration is not able to take the necessary steps.

    "More than 200,000 jobs should be cut in the region for the purpose, which is out of administration's ability," he explained.

    President Rouhani does not have any tools to revive the lake, Karami said adding that the Urmia Lake Restoration Committee is only wasting time.

    "The committee only makes positive, satisfactory statements to prevent social protests in the region," he noted.

    It seems that the hand-folded Rouhani has decided to follow the previous administration's policy about one of the country's most sensitive socio-ecological issues with a symbolic exhibitive committee: making positive statements, satisfying local people without taking efficient but painful steps.

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  • 51 Armenian soldiers killed in Karabakh
    01.08.2014 18:01
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    The Armenian government conceals the real information.

    Armenian armed forces have made an attempt of diversion on different sections of the front. 8 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed as a result of fierce fire exchange.

    All the same, the Armenian public was fluttered by the reports of Armenian journalist Eduard Abrahamyan known for his close ties with the political and military circles, who said that the separatist lsquo;Defense army of Nagorno Karabakh' lost 51 soldiers in fights.

    "A fierce fight occurred yesterday as a result of the attack by the Azerbaijani diversion group. The army of Karabakh lost 51 soldiers in dead and 35 were wounded. Fearing mass protests, the Armenian government is concealing this information", Eduard Abrahamyan tweeted.

    This unexpected statement of the famous Armenian journalist had a cold shower effect on the Armenian public and Armenian users of social networks already call on the government of Sargsyan to resign.
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  • Europe hits Russia's biggest banks
    01.08.2014 17:58
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    Europe cranked up the pressure on Russia on Thursday by including the country's top two banks on a list of sanctions.

    Publishing details of new measures aimed at disrupting activity in Russia's banking, oil and arms industries, the EU said Sberbank and VTB Bank were now banned from raising medium and long-term finance in Europe.

    Also on the list: Gazprombank, VEB and Russian Agricultural Bank -- state-controlled banks that can no longer tap European financial markets.

    Four of the banks were already subject to similar U.S. sanctions. But Sberbank had managed to escape punishment until now.

    Sberbank is a Russian heavyweight, accounting for nearly 30% of all Russian banking assets.

    More than half of Russia's population are Sberbank customers, and it provides nearly a third of all loans, providing vital funding for the struggling economy.

    It counts France's BNP Paribas as a strategic partner.

    Europe has been shaken into taking tougher action by the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine earlier this month, and by Moscow's continued support for the separatist rebels Western officials blame for the crash.

    Apart from restricting Russia's access to finance, Europe has imposed an arms embargo and will make it more difficult to export some oil-related equipment and technology to the energy-dependent economy.

    The EU had trailed the U.S. in taking action over the Ukraine crisis, largely because of fears of damaging a relationship worth $500 billion in trade and investment each year.

    Russia's economy is already suffering from the impact of sanctions, and that is beginning to hurt Western firms with significant business ties.

    /CNN/
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  • Georgia`s Prosecutor Office demands arrest of former president
    01.08.2014 17:57
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    Chief Prosecutor Office of Georgia appealed to the Tbilisi court to take two-month prison sentence as a preventive measure against ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili. The Prosecutor's Office has already made a request and the case will be reviewed at 19.00, the Tbilisi court reported.

    Besides the former president, the Prosecutor Office demands arrest of the former Minister of Justice Zurab Adeishvili, former Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili, former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and ex-Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava.

    All of them are accused of misappropriating "Imedi" TV company and the part of the tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili`s property.

    Now Saakashvili, Adeishvili and Kezerashvili are outside of the country, and Merabishvili and Ugulava are in Georgia`s prison.

    If the court will grant the prosecutor's office`s request, Saakashvili and former ministers of his government will be declared wanted.

    Edited by CN

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  • Armenia tries to divert attention by violating ceasefire
    01.08.2014 17:45
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    While using the power and through external trustees, Armenia wants to further strengthen its position in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as exerts efforts to recognize the illegal separatist regime. Thus, it violates ceasefire to divert attention from these issues, deputy speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told Trend on August 1.

    He was commenting on frequent violations of the ceasefire by the Armenian side.

    "Armenia is trying to accuse Azerbaijan of its own provocations," she added.

    "Armenia's actions are illogical, as from the point of view of normal logic, occupation of a neighboring country's lands is beyond any limits," Muradova added. "An attempt to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions has no basis in international law."

    "Armenia is trying to create the second Armenian state on Azerbaijani lands," Muradova said.

    "The world processes, conflicts observed in many regions of the world further stimulate Armenia," she said.

    "Seeing that such actions remain unpunished in the world and the world's attention is directed in the opposite direction, Armenia is expanding its activity to strengthen its positions in the region and to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions," she added. "However, Azerbaijan continues revealing Armenia's actions, which are contrary to the principles of international law."

    Muradova added that Azerbaijan has chosen the right direction in the implementation of global projects. It deprives Armenia of opportunities for economic cooperation and does not allow using the opportunities of the regional countries and Azerbaijan.

    "Justice is on the Azerbaijani side," she said. "It is clear that Azerbaijan's activity has logical and legal basis."

    Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

    According to the Azerbaijani defense ministry, the effort was revealed and prevented in time, by Azerbaijani armed forces.

    An intense firefight resulted in losses from both sides, as Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage groups were forced to retreat.

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

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

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

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

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  • Azerbaijan introduces new procedure for declaring goods and vehicles
    01.08.2014 17:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Ilaha Mammadli - Trend:

    The goods and vehicles transported through the customs border of Azerbaijan will be declared under the new rules from November 1, 2014.

    The rules approved by the Cabinet of Ministers' decision dated July 22, 2014 were published in the official press on August 1.

    The rules apply to the goods and vehicles imported and exported from the country.

    For individuals passing through the customs border, a system of "green" and "red" channels will be created to simplify the procedure of declaring goods. Individuals can use the "green" channel when declaring the goods orally, except unescorted baggage and goods sent by international mail. In this case, a preferential order of transporting goods is envisaged. Thus, while declaring the goods, they are exempt from customs procedures, customs payments and trade policy measures.

    "Green" channel can be chosen by physical entities transporting goods which are not subject to mandatory written declaration. In other cases, physical entities must follow the "red" channel. At the same time, they must deliver a simplified declaration in a written or an electronic form.

    The goods imported by business entities into the country's customs territory can be declared not later than within 15 days. The individuals systematically transporting goods and vehicles through the customs border can declare the goods up to 30 days. It is allowed to conduct this as part of one periodic declaration. These conditions apply when three or more batches were delivered.

    When a vehicle approaches the customs territory, the customs bodies must be informed one hour prior to arrival. The vehicles without cargo and passengers, applied to air, rail, sea and road transport, used in international transportation, are declared in accordance with the requirements of the Customs Code.

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  • Executive power of Gazakh region comments on situation in border villages
    01.08.2014 17:38
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    The situation in the area of Gazakh is calm.

    The information that residents are evacuated from the border with Armenia villages is untrue.

    The information came from executive power of Gazakh region in conversation with 1news.az commenting on a number of media that women and children evacuated from the two villages of Gazakh region.

    "Armenian armed forces were firing on Azerbaijani villages throughout the night and morning, but now the situation is stable," the executive power states.

    It was also noted that one should not believe the wrong messages.

    The confrontation on the frontline is tightened in recent days.

    The sabotage and reconnaissance groups of Armenians tried to move over the contact line of troops on the territory of Agdam and Tartar districts at the night of July 31 to August 1.

    According to the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan the Armenian Armed Forces 71 times violated the ceasefire in different direction over the past day.
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  • Website of International Medical Research Center after academician Zarifa Aliyeva presented in Kiev
    01.08.2014 17:30
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    The Kiev-based International Medical Research Center after academician Zarifa Aliyeva has presented its website.

    Participants in the launch ceremony included members of the Board of Directors of the center, its Coordination and Scientific councils, as well as acclaimed Ukrainian scholars in the fields of medicine and education, media representatives from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Czechia and Poland.

    In an interview with AzerTAc, director of the International Medical Research Center after academician Zarifa Aliyeva, Aydin Salmanov, said the center would play the role of a bridge between Azerbaijani and Ukrainian scholars as well as between the two countries in the fields of medical sciences, healthcare and education.

    The center has recently presented the Science and Medical Library after academician Zarifa Aliyeva. The library will hold materials that support study and research in the field of medicine. The collection of the library will include works by prominent Azerbaijani scholars in Azerbaijani, Ukrainian, English, Russian and other languages.

    The library is the first ever Azerbaijani library of medical literature abroad set up by Azerbaijani scholars. The library currently features more than 1,000 documents, including electronic material.
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  • EU to assess effect of Russian sanctions until October 31
    01.08.2014 17:28
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    The EUwill hold the first assessment the effect of sanctions, slapped on Russia on Thursday, by October 31, an EUCouncil spokesman said Friday.

    The report will also include measures imposed by third countries and their effect, he said. Under the sanctions act, the measures may be abolished in three months after being imposed if the geopolitical situation changes.

    On Thursday, the EU prohibited arms supplies to Russia, limited the shipments of oil development equipment and technologies and limited the access of the countryв's largest banks to the EUlong-term financing.

    Five Russian banks fell under restrictions: Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Vneshekonombank (VEB) and Rosselkhozbank.

    The EU may revise it list of economic penalties after 3 months.

    The European Union has also imposed restrictions on the access of Russian state-owned banks to the loan market; defense exports and deliveries of dual purpose hardware as well as oil extraction equipment.

    However, the European Union has decided to exclude the ''sisters'' of Russian state-owned banks registered in the EU territory from sanctions. Restrictions on attraction of loans for more than 90 days will apply to the Russian parent companies and their ''sisters'' outside the EU, the Official Journal of the European Union said on Friday.
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  • Provocateurs intend to aggravate Azerbaijani-Georgian relations, FM says
    01.08.2014 17:19
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The incident that occurred in Baku following the football match between the teams of Neftchi (Azerbaijan) and Chihura (Georgia) was organized by provocateurs, according to Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze.

    "This happened during the visit of the Azerbaijani journalists to Georgia at the invitation of the country's Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. I'm confident that this ministry will waste no effort to convince the Azerbaijani side that neither the state nor the Georgian football team fans stand behind these provocations," she stressed.

    The minister believes that this is a provocation organized by those who intend to worsen the friendly relations between the two countries.

    During the football match between the Neftchi and Chihura teams in Baku on July 31, some Georgian fans attempted to stage a provocation, Azerbaijani Interior Ministry said.

    Georgian fans hung a map from the tribune of Bakcell Arena stadium showing Azerbaijan's Zagatala and Gakh regions as Georgian territories. The sharp protest of the local fans to this, led to a scuffle. However, the police and the servicemen of Azerbaijan's internal troops prevented the mass clash.

    Edited by CN

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  • Ebola fear grows as Commonweatlh Games athlete infected
    01.08.2014 17:11
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    An athlete taking part in the Commonwealth Games has told of his terror at being quarantined after it was feared he had brought Ebola to Britain.

    Road cyclist Moses Sesay, 32, from Sierra Leone was admitted to a Glasgow hospital last week after feeling unwell and doctors tested him for various conditions, including the deadly Ebola virus.

    But Sesay has declared a public health emergency, was given the all-clear and released from hospital in time to compete in the menв's individual time trial at the Games yesterday.

    He told the Daily Mirror: 'I was admitted for four days and they tested me for Ebola.

    'It came back negative but they did it again and this time sent it to London, where it was also negative.в'

    Glasgow 2014 released a statement confirming that there has been no outbreak of Ebola in the Athletes Village or anywhere else in the UK.

    They said: ''We can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola. The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on Thursday.

    A spokeswoman for Health Protection Scotland added it was an isolated incident and no other athletes were tested.

    The ongoing epidemic of Ebloa in west Africa has caused 729 deaths so far.

    /Metro.Co.Uk/
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  • DNA project can make UK world genetic research leader
    01.08.2014 17:03
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    A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years".

    The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs - the building blocks of DNA.

    This four-year project which will look at 100,000 genomes is being run by Genomics England.

    Pilots have been set up at centres across England - including sites in Newcastle, Cambridge and London - and the first genome was sequenced on 30 May.

    The project has now passed the 100 genome mark, with the aim of reaching 1,000 by the end of the year and 10,000 by the end of 2015.

    The genome of a patient's tumour will be scoured for differences with the genetic code of their healthy tissue.

    People with rare diseases, usually children, will have their DNA compared with that of close relatives.

    University scientists and a drug companies will be allowed to access the data for their research.

    They argue that understanding DNA will soon play a role in every aspect of medicine from cancer to cardiology. Cancer is one of the main areas the project will focus on.

    Tumours are caused by mutations in DNA which lead to abnormal cells growing unchecked.

    Previous genetics research has shown how different cancers can be - for example that breast cancer is not one disease but at least 10 each with a different cause, life expectancy and needing a different treatment.

    And the development of targeted drugs such as Herceptin, only given if a patient's breast tumour has a certain mutation - has been possible because of genetics research.
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  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians
    01.08.2014 17:03
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    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister, AP reported.

    Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in comments delivered by his spokesman on Friday that the next government must "command broad acceptance" from the entire political spectrum.

    The spokesman, Ahmed al-Safi, quotes the reclusive cleric as saying that "no one should make himself an obstacle in achieving national consensus."

    The remarks are seen as another appeal by al-Sistani to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down.

    Iraq's newly-elected president, Fouad Massoum, is required to select a candidate for the post of premier from the largest political bloc by next Friday.

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  • Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city
    01.08.2014 16:58
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    A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in Benghazi early Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the eastern Libyan city, AP reported.

    The police headquarters has been empty for several days after militias pounded it with shelling. The blast, which was heard across Benghazi and shook houses in surrounding area, appeared to be from explosives planted in the building, the witnesses at the site said. Police officials in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, could not be reached.

    A coalition of Islamic militias over the past week captured a number of army bases in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, driving out troops and police and seizing large weapons stores. The fighting takes place at a time that rival militias in the capital, Tripoli, have been battling for weeks over control of its airport.

    The spiral of violence in the country's two main cities could be sparking a popular backlash, with calls for large rallies on Friday to protest against militias and demand the return of the police and military.

    "It's time for a popular uprising to rescue Libya," said Abdel-Moneim al-Yassir, a lawmaker in the outgoing parliament and head of its National Security Committee. He called for protests on his Facebook page, saying they were "the only solution ... to put an end to the situation by disarming and demobilizing militias under a national accord."

    The Tripoli violence was sparked in early July when militias originally from the western city of Misrata, which are allied to Islamist politicians, carried out a surprise attack on militias from the western town of Zintan who control the airport. The move was in retaliation for a months-long campaign aiming to crush Islamic militias being waged by army troops led by a renegade general, Khalifa Hifter.

    The battles have destroyed parts of the airport, and shelling earlier this week hit three oil depots, sparking a raging fire that firefighters have struggled to put out amid the continued fighting. The National Safety Agency, which oversees emergency services, said Friday that one depot is still on fire. The violence led to a mass evacuation of foreign nationals and Libyans alike and left the capital and Benghazi suffering from fuel shortages and power outages.

    The fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi is seen as a push by Islamists and their allied militias to shift a longtime balance of power among Libya's many militias. The militias emerged after the 2011 civil war that led to the ouster and death of Moammar Gahdafi. Since then, the central government, police and military have largely had no authority.

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  • Cristiano great, but Luis Nazario the greatest
    01.08.2014 16:58
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    Former Manchester United and Inter defender Mikael Silvestre has heaped praise on Goal 50 winner Cristiano Ronaldo, but says that his Brazilian namesake Ronaldo was the best player he ever played with.The retired Frenchman had the honour of playing with both footballing icons during his career, lining up with the 2002 World Cup hero at Inter and the Portuguese superstar at Manchester United.

    "Both of them were great. Both of them very good team-mates and more importantly great human beings," Silvestre told Goal. "But the Brazilian Ronaldo was out of this world. He was phenomenal.

    "You can't really compare them as one was more a No.9 and the other was a winger. They play in different styles and positions.

    "But Ronaldo was [the best I ever played with] because he was a natural talent. Even when he was injured and overweight, he was still very good."

    Cristiano Ronaldo clinched his third Goal 50 this week, claiming the prize ahead of Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

    /Goal.Com/
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  • Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province
    01.08.2014 16:57
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    Islamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday.

    The militant group imposed the rules after a meeting on Tuesday with activists involved in media work, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    International media organizations have little presence in Syria and rely on activists and other sources to provide information on what is happening in the country, Reuters reported.

    Islamic State also told the activists they must recognize the caliphate, based on their strict interpretation of Islam, that it has declared in the parts of Iraq and Syria it controls.

    It also said they must stop using the term "Daash" to describe the group. "Daash" is the Arabic acronym for the group's previous name, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and is mainly used by people who oppose it.

    The Observatory, a Britain-based group which reports on Syria using a network of sources on the ground, said Islamic State also banned activists from working with television channels immediately.

    They were told that any videos, pictures or written reports needed to be reviewed by the Islamic State's "Information Office," before distribution.

    Islamic State, which has been fighting rival rebel groups and government forces in Syria, has its own media operation distributed on social media and militant internet forums.

    It used its media arm to effect in June when it announced the creation of the caliphate in statements in a series of languages. It has also produced videos showing the group's leader and celebrating its military advances.

    Elsewhere in the country, the group has carried out beheadings and mutilations after finding people guilty of crimes and has set strict limits on women's rights as part of its campaign to forcibly impose its radical brand of Islam.

    In the eastern city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's stronghold, the group even executed people who had supported the revolt and carried out other actions which have intimidated activists.

    In Iraq, the group has been systematically stamping out any religious or cultural influences they deem non-Islamic since their sweep through the north in June.

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  • Armenia tries to divert attention by violating ceasefire
    01.08.2014 16:54
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    While using the power and through external trustees, Armenia wants to further strengthen its position in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as exerts efforts to recognize the illegal separatist regime. Thus, it violates ceasefire to divert attention from these issues, deputy speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told Trend on August 1.

    He was commenting on frequent violations of the ceasefire by the Armenian side.

    "Armenia is trying to accuse Azerbaijan of its own provocations," she added.

    "Armenia`s actions are illogical, as from the point of view of normal logic, occupation of a neighboring country`s lands is beyond any limits," Muradova added. "An attempt to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions has no basis in international law."

    "Armenia is trying to create the second Armenian state on Azerbaijani lands," Muradova said.

    "The world processes, conflicts observed in many regions of the world further stimulate Armenia," she said.

    "Seeing that such actions remain unpunished in the world and the world`s attention is directed in the opposite direction, Armenia is expanding its activity to strengthen its positions in the region and to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions," she added. "However, Azerbaijan continues revealing Armenia`s actions, which are contrary to the principles of international law."

    Muradova added that Azerbaijan has chosen the right direction in the implementation of global projects. It deprives Armenia of opportunities for economic cooperation and does not allow using the opportunities of the regional countries and Azerbaijan.

    "Justice is on the Azerbaijani side," she said. "It is clear that Azerbaijan`s activity has logical and legal basis."

    Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

    According to the Azerbaijani defense ministry, the effort was revealed and prevented in time, by Azerbaijani armed forces.

    An intense firefight resulted in losses from both sides, as Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage groups were forced to retreat.

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

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

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

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

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  • Azerbaijani public association urges punishing human right activist and other traitors
    01.08.2014 16:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Leyla Yunusova, who tried to conceal her true activity under the guise of human rights activity, has always sought to strike the statehood of Azerbaijan. She cooperated with the special services of the enemy country, Chairman of 'Education for Youth by Demobilized Military' public association Emin Hasanli told Trend on July 31.

    He was commenting on the arrest of the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, human rights activist Leyla Yunusova.

    "Leyla Yunusova was engaged in such "important" work as discrediting the image of Azerbaijan in the international arena instead of dealing with the development of civil society," he said. "Even the opposition human right activists were surprised at a list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, which she prepared for the European organizations. It was proved that for a long time Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov collaborated with Laura Baghdasaryan, being a secret agent of Armenian intelligence."

    He also stressed that Leyla Yunusova and her supporters have always been indifferent to the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, occupation of lands, more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons.

    "They turned a blind eye to the frequent violations of the ceasefire by Armenians, three compatriots taken hostage in Kalbajar region by Armenian servicemen," he added. "All this shows that Leyla Yunusova is not a human rights activist. She defends her personal interests."

    Hasanli also added that the achievements of Azerbaijan as a democratic legal country disturbed Leyla Yunusova.

    "Apparently, Leyla Yunusova more expanded her relations with the Armenian intelligence under the pretext of 'people's diplomacy'," he said. While covering espionage by her activity in the NGO, she discredited the international image of Azerbaijan. As the public association, we urge to punish Yunusova, other traitors, her supporters and those who are trying to get grants this way. We urge to put national statehood above personal and political interests."

    Leyla Yunusova was accused under articles 274, 178.3.2, 192.2.2, 213.2.2, 320.1 and 320.2, Arif Yunusov - under Articles 274 and 178.3.2 of the Criminal Code, according to the report.

    Taking into account the fact that Leyla Yunusova tried to leave the country, not to testify without a valid reason and illegally pressured Matanat Azizova and others questioned as witnesses in the case, a preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen for Leyla Yunusova upon a decision of the Nasimi district court. Taking into account Arif Yunusov's health, a preventive measure in the form of law enforcement surveillance was chosen for him.

    Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov's rights for legal aid, lawyer's services, envisaged by the criminal procedural legislation were ensured. Their rights will be protected by their own lawyers.

    A criminal procedure law was not violated during the investigation.

    Human rights activist Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov were arrested by law enforcement bodies of Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

    Human rights activist Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov were repeatedly summoned as witnesses to testify in a criminal case, considered in the Heinous Crime Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan. But they deliberately did not appear to testify, the Prosecutor General's Office reported earlier.

    Leyla Yunusova with her husband Arif Yunusov intended to leave the country on April 28, trying to evade investigation. This attempt was prevented.

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  • Georgian parliament votes down candidacies proposed by president for judges
    01.08.2014 16:47
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian parliament didn't support the candidacies proposed by the country's President Giorgi Margvelashvili for the Supreme Court judges.

    Georgian president submitted to the parliament the candidacies of Nino Bakakuri and Zurab Dzlierishvili for the post of Supreme Court judges.

    At least 76 votes were needed for the approval of their candidacies, however, some 29 MPs supported Bakakuri's candidacy, while only 27 MPs voted for Dzlierishvili's candidacy.

    Previously, the candidacies of Bakakuri and Dzlierishvili were approved by the parliamentary committees.

    Edited by CN

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  • Minister expresses condolence to martyrs' families
    01.08.2014 16:47
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    Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov expressed his condolence to families of those who were killed by Armenians.

    Oxu.az reports with reference to Azvision.az that the Minister wrote the following on his Facebook page:

    "I express my deep condolence to families and relatives of our martyrs."
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  • Turkish ambassador extends condolences to Azerbaijan
    01.08.2014 16:36
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    Д°smail Alper CoЕџkun, Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan, has extended his condolences for the Azerbaijani soldiers who died on the front line.

    The diplomat shared a post about this on his Twitter account, APA reports.

    "We are hearing reports that our Azerbaijani brothers were martyred on the front line. May God rest them all in peace! I extend my deep condolences to their families", he said.

    Shattering the ceasefire yesterday in various directions on the front line, Armenian armed units made an attempt to enter areas that are under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. As a result of the shootout, 8 Azerbaijani servicemen were killed, 4 fatally injured.
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  • U.S. senators disappointed by Georgiaв's decision to press charges against ex-president
    01.08.2014 16:31
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

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    U.S. senators Ron Johnson and Chris Murphy are disappointed with the decision of Georgian authorities to start investigation against the country's former President Mikheil Saakashvili, a statement posted on Murphy's official website said.

    The document highlights that Georgia's ruling coalition systematically pursues charges against its political opponents.

    "We are deeply disappointed by the decision of Georgia's Chief Prosecutor to press charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who cooperated in Georgia's first peaceful transition of power in post-Soviet history. While we appreciate the goal of preventing a culture of impunity for government officials, the prosecution of Georgia's former President - in addition to the former Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Defense Minister, and Chief Prosecutor - contributes to the perception that the ruling coalition is systematically pursuing charges against their political opponents," the statement of the U.S. senators said.

    On July 29, Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili was charged in absentia with abuse of power for his handling of political protests that turned violent in November 2007 and seizing the Imedi TV from its owner Badri Patarkatsishvili.

    Edited by CN

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  • Volcano erupts in Azerbaijan
    01.08.2014 16:30
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    Volcano eruption has occured in Azerbaijan. The mentioned natural event has been seen in Gobu settlement terrritory, Day.Az informs citing to Aspress.

    According to the settlement residents, the volcano has became active at night: "It started to erupt near the houses in settlement".

    Residents added that the last volcano eructation in Gobu happened 40 years ago. "Flame began to spark at night. Residents are very worried. Flame is keeping to incrase", - they said.
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  • Ecology Ministry employees take part in donor action
    01.08.2014 16:30
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    The employees of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources took part in the action on blood donation for thalassemia patients.

    The press service of the Ministry reports that the action was held by "World of charity" organization today.

    More than 300 employees of the Ministry took part in the action on blood donation.
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  • Russian pianist Yablonskaya successfully performs at Gabala festival
    01.08.2014 16:25
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    Well known Russian pianist, Professor at Juilliard Music Academy of the United States, Oksana Yablonskaya has successfully performed in the 6th Gabala International Music Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

    Yablonskaya performed works from world famous composers, including Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Mozart accompanied by orchestra.

    Her stellar performance gave unforgettable moments to Azerbaijani audience and tourists.

    Tourists from foreign countries come to watch this festival.

    Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra performed works of the Russian and European composers in the concert conducted by organizer of the international festival "Julian Rachlin and his friends" and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, renowned musician Julian Rachlin.
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  • Armenia tries to divert attention by violating ceasefire
    01.08.2014 16:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend

    While using the power and through external trustees, Armenia wants to further strengthen its position in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as exerts efforts to recognize the illegal separatist regime. Thus, it violates ceasefire to divert attention from these issues, deputy speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told Trend on August 1.

    He was commenting on frequent violations of the ceasefire by the Armenian side.

    "Armenia is trying to accuse Azerbaijan of its own provocations," she added.

    "Armenia's actions are illogical, as from the point of view of normal logic, occupation of a neighboring country's lands is beyond any limits," Muradova added. "An attempt to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions has no basis in international law."

    "Armenia is trying to create the second Armenian state on Azerbaijani lands," Muradova said.

    "The world processes, conflicts observed in many regions of the world further stimulate Armenia," she said.

    "Seeing that such actions remain unpunished in the world and the world's attention is directed in the opposite direction, Armenia is expanding its activity to strengthen its positions in the region and to present the occupation of lands as legitimate actions," she added. "However, Azerbaijan continues revealing Armenia's actions, which are contrary to the principles of international law."

    Muradova added that Azerbaijan has chosen the right direction in the implementation of global projects. It deprives Armenia of opportunities for economic cooperation and does not allow using the opportunities of the regional countries and Azerbaijan.

    "Justice is on the Azerbaijani side," she said. "It is clear that Azerbaijan's activity has logical and legal basis."

    Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

    According to the Azerbaijani defense ministry, the effort was revealed and prevented in time, by Azerbaijani armed forces.

    An intense firefight resulted in losses from both sides, as Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage groups were forced to retreat.

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

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

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

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

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  • Inflation in Kazakhstan hit 0.1 percent in July
    01.08.2014 16:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Inflation in Kazakhstan hit 0.1 percent in July 2014, Kazakh Statistics Agency reported on July 1.

    Prices for non-food goods and services rose by 0.3 percent, food products - fell by 0.2 percent in the reporting period.

    The average price for poultry meat increased by 4.3 percent, eggs - 4.2 percent, rice - 3.8 percent, sugar - 2.6 percent, flour - 2.2 percent, tea - 1.7 percent, oat groats - 1.6 percent, soft drinks - 1.2 percent, bakeries and pastry - 1.1 percent, conserved milk - 1 percent, semolina, sausage , meat products - 0.9 percent, confectionery products - 0.8 percent, bread, pasta, rennet cheese - 0.7 percent, butter, spread - 0.6 percent, fish and seafood - 0.4 percent, dairy products - 0.3 percent.

    Meanwhile price for potatoes fell by 19.9 percent, fresh vegetables - 7.8 percent, fresh fruits - 1.6 percent, raw milk - 0.6 percent, sunflower oil - by 0.4 percent.

    Pharmaceutical products rose in prices by 1.1 percent, household goods - by 0.4 percent, cloths and footwear, detergents and cleaning products, goods for private use and household appliances - by 0.3 percent.

    The prices for postal services increased by 2.4 percent, maintenance and repair of dwellings - 1.2 percent, restaurants' and hotels' services - 1.1 percent, hairdressing services - by 0.7 percent, long-distances passenger transportation by rail and coaches - by 0.4 percent.

    The tariffs for gas transported through the distribution network increased by 2.8 percent, hot water - 0.3 percent, garbage disposal - by 0.2 percent.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Turkey consiuders to buy new satellites
    01.08.2014 15:59
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    Turkey plans to buy new satellites, the country's Haber7 TV channel reported on July 31.

    It is also expected to launch the Turksat 4B satellite into orbit in 2014, following that Turkey will work on purchasing two new satellites such as Turksat 5? and Turksat 6?, according to the TV channel.

    The Turksat 4A satellite was launched into orbit from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on February 14, 2014.

    The launch of the satellite was attended by Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Lutfi Elvan.

    The Turksat 4A satellite, built by the Japanese Mitsubishi Electric, was handed over to Turkey on January 8, 2014.

    The first Turkish reconnaissance satellite 'RASAT' was launched in 2011.

    Turkey launched its second satellite - Gokturk-2 from the Chinese Zhiuguan base on December 18, 2012. The satellite is used for defense purposes.

    Turkey plans to launch Turksat 3A satellite in 2019.

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  • US Warns Against Traveling to Ebola-Hit Countries
    01.08.2014 15:59
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    U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

    The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.

    "The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning.

    He called Ebola "a tragic, dreadful and merciless virus."

    The purpose of the travel warning is to not only protect U.S. travelers, but limit their use of overburdened clinics and hospitals for injuries or other illnesses, he said.

    Also Thursday, the White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia. It would be the first time the disease was brought into the country.

    For more than a month, CDC has advised travelers to simply take precautions when in the outbreak region. Thursday's alert is the highest-level. The World Health Organization, however, has not issued a similar travel warning for the West Africa region. The last time the CDC issued a high-level warning was in 2003 because of a SARS outbreak in Asia.

    The current outbreak is the largest since the disease first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago. The virus is contagious and is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a sick person. Ebola can't be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

    Experts estimate that in this outbreak, about 60 percent of the people who have gotten sick with Ebola have died '" a frightening fatality rate that is among the highest of any disease. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment for it.

    The two American aid workers in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola are Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who work for North Carolina-based groups. Writebol was getting an experimental treatment, the mission groups said Thursday.

    "I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease," Brantly's wife, Amber, said in a statement released by the aid group he works with, Samaritan's Purse. She and the couple's two young children left Liberia for Texas before her husband was infected, and she said they are fine.

    Late Thursday afternoon, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws.

    The hospital, which is near the CDC's main campus, has a special isolation unit built in collaboration with the CDC. It is one of only four facilities of its kind in the United States.

    At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest said that while the U.S. government would facilitate any transfer to the U.S., private companies would be used to transport them.

    The CDC has about two dozen staffers in West Africa to help try to control the outbreak. Frieden on Thursday said the CDC will send 50 more in the next month. CDC workers in Africa also are helping at airports to help screen passengers, he said.
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  • Australian couple abandon surrogate twin with Down's syndrome
    01.08.2014 15:53
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    A Thai surrogate mother has received donations from across the world to provide medical treatment for her six-month-old boy, after an Australian couple refused to take the baby on learning he had Down syndrome.

    Pattharamon Janbua, 21, was left to care for her critically ill son after the Australian couple who could not have a baby paid her about ВЈ6,400 to be a surrogate mother.

    The son, named Gammy, was separated from his twin sister, who is healthy and was taken by the Australians.

    Mrs Pattharamon, who is married, said she became pregnant via IVF and four months later learnt that one of her children had Down's syndrome. Doctors told the Australian parents of the baby's condition, and they then said they wanted her to have an abortion.

    "They told me to have an abortion but I didn't agree because I am afraid of sin," Mrs Pattharamon told Fairfax Media. She said abortion was against her Buddhist beliefs.

    Mrs Pattharamon had the baby via a surrogacy agency in Bangkok and never met the couple.

    "I asked the agency 'Did I have to sleep with the man?' I was an innocent young girl and I don't know about this business," she said.

    "The agent told me: 'We are going to make a glass tube baby,' but I didn't understand. My husband agreed because we didn't have money to pay our debt and I didn't need to have sex with another man."

    The case was revealed by a Thai newspaper which prompted a "Hope for Company" campaign to raise money for the baby , which needs a series of operations for a congenital heart condition.

    "Six-month-old baby Gammy was born in Bangkok with Down's syndrome and a congenital heart condition," the website says. "He was abandoned by his family and is being cared for by a young Thai woman who does not have the funds for his desperately needed medical treatment."

    Nicole McCafferty, a mother of two surrogate children, wrote on the website: "Greedy, selfish people".

    The campaign has raised about ВЈ32,000.
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  • 100,000 people abandoned Armenia this year
    01.08.2014 15:46
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    693 362 citizen left Armenia in the first half of the year and 580 548 got back.

    The "Zhoghovurd" newspaper reported about it with reference to data from the National Statistical Service of Armenia.

    "The situation with the emigration of Armenians from the country becomes clearer, when you analyze data on border checkpoints.

    The negative balance of emigrants and returnees through the International Airport of Yerevan was 63 002 people, through "Shirak" airport in Gumri - 20 935 people, CHP Bagratashen - 40 899, Bavra - 4 959 in the first half of the year. These are the main checkpoint through which the Armenian population emigrates.

    Russian Federation has tightened its immigration laws since the beginning of 2014, and a fairly large number of Armenian citizens were sent back with some motivation right from the border. But despite this fact, the number of emigrating does not go below 100 000 " " Zhoghovurd" writes.
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  • Czech parliamentary delegation to visit Tehran
    01.08.2014 15:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    A parliamentary delegation, headed by deputy Czech parliament speaker, is due to visit Tehran on August 3.

    The top Czech parliamentarians are scheduled to meet senior Iranian officials and exchange viewpoints on issues of mutual interest, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on August 1.

    Trade turnover between Iran and Czech was $25.88 million during the 12-month period from March 21, 2013, according to the Iran's Customs administration.

    Iran's exports to Czech accounted for $4.4 million of the mentioned figure.

    Tehran also imported $21.48 million worth of goods from Prague in the mentioned period.

    It should be noted that Iran's fiscal year starts on March 21.

    In 2012, in the group of countries of the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic was Iran's third biggest business partner after Sweden and Denmark.

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  • Be ready, hot weekend expected
    01.08.2014 15:42
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    Sunny weather to have soft wind from the south-east on August 2 in Baku and Absheron peninsula. The temperature will be 22-26C at night, while and 32-37C in the noon. Sea water temperature in Absheron beaches will be 25-28C.

    No precipitation is forecasted in Azerbaijani regions. South-eastern wind to blow. The temperature will be 20-25C at night and 33-38 and in the noon, while 12-17C in mountains at night and 24-29C in the noon.

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  • MP urges Azerbaijani TV channels to stop broadcasting entertaining shows
    01.08.2014 15:41
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    MP Ganira Pashayeva has called on Azerbaijani TV channels to exclude entertaining shows from broadcasting.

    The MP posted a status on her Facebook page extending condolences to the relatives and friends of the martyred soldiers focusing on citizens' outrage with the broadcast of amusement shows.

    "I also consider that though entertainment shows on radio and TV were planned in advance, the broadcasting network should be revised to include programs and films on patriotism", the MP said.

    All the same, Pashayeva voiced hope that Armenia, as well as forces and states backing the occupant will brought to responsibility: "Memory of martyrs lives as long as there is Azerbaijan!"
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  • Maternal mortality in Azerbaijan
    01.08.2014 15:32
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    By AzerNews

    The birth of a baby is an exciting event that brings much joy and delight to the parents, their relatives and friends. Babies inspire parents to hope for a brighter future. They also give new meaning to their parents' lives.

    So, young parents should brace themselves for the birth of their baby some months earlier. But regretfully this point is not taken seriously in most cases.

    First of all, they need to learn the basics of child psychology. To this end, they should read relevant books. Having prepared accordingly, the parents would know well what they should do when their babies are born. For example, they would know how to develop the intellectual abilities of their infant.

    Modern medicine has come a a long way to help women deliver healthy babies, however, in some cases the science remains silent because it has no way out to offer. In 1995 for every 100 000 births in Azerbaijan there were 83 deaths. That figure dropped to 26 in 2013. This is certainly a good start, but there is still a long way to go.

    So, what are the main reasons behind mothers' death during childbirth? What are the main preventive measures?

    Nature remains unpredictable during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period. Maternal mortality refers to the death of women during pregnancy and childbirth. "Some of them die during the 42 days that follow the birth," according to the Internet web-site Saving Mothers Giving Life.

    The facts that some mothers mistrust doctors and do not consult them about childbirth planning leads to undesirable outcomes. Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of mothers and their newborn babies.

    Maternal deaths can be prevented by some simple, effective and low-cost intervention, even in the countries with limited resources.

    Earlier, the spokesperson of Azerbaijan's Health Ministry, Anar Gadirli noted that maternal deaths have decreased in Azerbaijan over the past years.

    The main reason behind the deaths, according to the spokesperson is that most don't seek medical help.

    He also noted that only in rare instances, problems occurs because of carelessness of doctors.

    "This issue is investigated by Assistant Commission of Birth. If I am not wrong, nine doctors were retired last year. This year there have been dismissals, as well," Gadirli stressed.

    Certainly, this issue has been the cause of concerns among pregnant women.

    Azerbaijan is still grappling with a certain number of deaths during childbirth. So, the country's Health Ministry is working hard to bring the number down.

    Doctor Adil Geybulla noted that maternal and child deaths require a comprehensive investigation.

    "In the past years, this type of information was not publicized. But now the internet allows public access to such information," Doctor Geybulla said.

    Every day, approximately 800 women die of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth worldwide.

    Between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by almost 50 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Experts of WHO note that globally, there were 289 000 estimated maternal deaths in 2013. This index showed a decline of 45 percent from 1990.

    As much as 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
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  • Easy ways to grow your nails fast
    01.08.2014 15:32
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    People see your face first, but that doesnв't mean your nails arenв't an important to first impressions. Beautiful nails should be healthy and polished. One of the best ways to make your nails look cleaner and prettier is to grow them long. They shouldnв't be so long that they get in the way of your lifestyle, but growing them long enough for a pretty French tip will keep your fingernails and hands looking beautiful.

    Take Care of Them

    Take good care of your nails. Donв't bite them and be careful not to break them while they grow. Donв't push the cuticle back because this can promote infections in the nail bed. Keep your fingernails clean. Wash them with a soft brush underneath to remove all dirt. Do not trim them with clippers or scissors. Use a nail file and pull it always in one direction instead of back and forth. This will keep your nails neat and prevent splitting or jagged edges.

    Take Gelatin

    Gelatin is another supplement that can help strengthen your nails and improve growth. It is a necessary building block to growing strong nails. You can eat more Jello or make your own recipes made from powdered gelatin. Gelatin can also be taken in a capsule. Again, consult your doctor first.

    Treat Them Gently

    If you have a job where you are outside working with your hands, you may be damaging your fingernails. Instead of quitting your job or giving up gardening, always wear gloves whenever you can. If you donв't have a job that directly affects your hands on a regular basis, thatв's no reason to slack off. Always treat your nails gently. Donв't use them to open up cans or scrape dirt and debris from surfaces.

    Donв't Bite Your Nails

    Do you have a habit of biting your nails? Not only are you biting away any progress you make, but your nails will look jagged and unhealthy. If youв're a regular nail-biter, it can be hard to break the habit. Try covering your fingertips with band aids. If it takes 21 days to form a habit, it should take about 21 days to break it.

    Wear Strengthening Nail Polish

    Protecting your nails as they grow is important, especially if your nails tend to be weak. Use a nail strengthening nail polish to keep them strong and prevent breakage. Reapply the nail polish as they grow to protect the new growth. Ordinary nail polish is okay to use as a substitute, but strengthening polish is better if you can get it.

    Take Biotin

    If you have brittle nails, it doesnв't matter how fast they grow. They will break anyway. Biotin is a B vitamin that is proven to help strengthen brittle nails. If you donв't already take a multivitamin, add one to your morning routine. Make sure it has a large amount of biotin. Another option is to add biotin separately as a supplement. Consider taking a B complex that includes all B vitamins. If you are lacking biotin, you might be lacking other important B vitamins, too. Make sure you consult your doctor before taking any supplement.

    Increase Blood Circulation

    Your fingernails will grow longer faster if there is enough blood flow to your hands. If you get cold hands often, you might have an issue with circulation. Exercise is a great way to increase blood circulation. Take a 30 minute walk 5 times a week. Make sure your blood pressure is in a healthy range. Reduce your intake of salt, and drink plenty of water.

    Moisturize Your Cuticles

    Dry, cracked cuticles will not promote long, healthy nails. Moisturize your skin and cuticles regularly to make sure they are soft and healthy. Avocado oil works great as a cuticle moisturizer. It is light and not overly greasy, but it will soften the cuticles in a short amount of time and keep them healthy.

    Eat Enough Protein

    Your nails are made from protein. If you donв't get enough protein and amino acids in your diet, you wonв't have strong, long nails. Get plenty of healthy protein from chicken, fish, nuts, and seeds. If possible, eat organic, free range chicken that will support healthy nail growth the most.

    Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

    You could take all the biotin and gelatin you want, but if you donв't have a healthy, well-balanced diet, your nails wonв't grow into the strongest, longest nails possible. Vegetables should make up the majority of your diet. Eat plenty of raw vegetables and salad to promote healthy digestion to ensure your body is absorbing plenty of the right nutrients. Eat fruits that are high in antioxidants, and eat lots of healthy fats with omega-3 s such as coconut oil, grass fed butter, and olive oil.

    Growing long nails fast requires a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and special care to your nails. Use these 10 tips everyday to grow beautiful nails
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  • 1,700 killed in Iraq in July, UN says
    01.08.2014 15:26
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    The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.

    The militant advance largely ground to a halt last month as the insurgents approached Shiite-majority areas. Both months' numbers exclude the western Anbar province, parts of which have been held by militants for months.

    The wave of violence continued Friday, when a car bomb tore through a busy commercial street in Baghdad's eastern Habibiya neighborhood, killing six people and wounding 16, police officials said. Health officials confirmed the figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media.
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  • Baghdad blasts kill 10
    01.08.2014 15:19
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    At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded Friday in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

    The deadliest was a car bomb in the northern Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, which has been frequently targeted and where security is usually heightened ahead of Friday prayers, AFP reported.

    At least seven people were killed and 21 wounded in the explosion that rocked one of the large neighborhood's main streets, a police colonel and hospital sources said.

    Three roadside bombs also went off almost simultaneously near a Shiite mosque close to the central Kholani square, killing three people and wounding eight, two police officers said.

    Jihadist group the Islamic State seized large parts of Iraq's west and north in June, before stopping its offensive a few dozen kilometres from Baghdad.

    But it has continued to wreak havoc in the capital, mainly with suicide attacks, car bombs and improvised explosive devices targeting security forces.

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  • Boy killed amid latest politically fueled violence in Istanbul
    01.08.2014 15:19
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    A boy was shot dead late July 31 in the flashpoint Istanbul neighborhood of Gazi.

    It happened in the latest act of violence to hit mostly Alevi and Kurdish neighborhoods around the city following tension between the supporters of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the Halk Cephesi (People's Front) members, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Д°brahim Öksüz was returning home from a textile workshop where he worked when he was struck by a bullet, according to daily Hürriyet. There were conflicting reports as to whether Öksüz was 14 or 16 years old.

    "I want [justice] for the blood of my son. I want the killer of my son to be found," Öksüz's father, Arif Öksüz, told DoДџan News Agency.

    A multi-sided fight reportedly continued after the shooting, with witnesses noting that police were attempting to quell the HDP-People's Front violence with force, prompting responses from the two groups as they battled each other.

    The People's Front, associated with the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), has been blamed for the shooting, but the group claimed it was not responsible, blaming drug gangs that are known to operate in such neighborhoods instead. At the same time, it also published a rebuke of "Kurdish nationalists" for their past attacks against leftists.

    The HDP declared the killing to be a "provocation," while residents of Gazi said HDP and People's Front leaders, cemevis, neighborhood headmen, political parties and other NGOs must immediately establish a peace committee to halt the clashes.

    Violence began earlier this week in the Nurtepe neighborhood of KaДџД±thane, Istanbul, when an argument between members of the People's Front and the HDP over the latter's campaign stand for presidential candidate Selahattin DemirtaЕџ escalated into fighting that soon spread to neighborhoods around the city.

    Incidents spread throughout the week in districts considered as bastions of the DHKP/C, including the OkmeydanД± and Gazi neighborhoods, where the group reportedly prevented HDP from campaigning for the presidential elections.

    The HDP released a statement after the killing, demanding that the People's Front "immediately halt provocations and escalations of violence."
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  • OSCE monitoring on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line passes without incidents
    01.08.2014 15:14
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The latest monitoring on the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies has passed without any incidents.

    The monitoring was held on August 1 under the mandate of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, on the contact line located near the village of Kuropatkino of Azerbaijan's Khojavend region, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

    On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring was carried out by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Andrzej Kasprzyk and field assistant of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Jiri Aberle.

    On the opposite side, the monitoring was conducted by field assistants of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Evgeny Sharov, Hristo Hristov and Peter Svedberg.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

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

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

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  • 80 bodies may still be at MH17 crash site
    01.08.2014 15:13
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    It's a staggering figure, two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky.

    As many as 80 bodies could still be lying in the fields of eastern Ukraine where the passenger jet crashed, Australia's foreign minister told CNN on Thursday.

    "But we won't know until our investigative teams are on the site and combing the crash site for remains," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. "And that's the grisly and sobering task that they must undertake from now on."

    And getting to the crash site isn't as simple as it sounds. Investigation at the site as been delayed for days by dangerous fighting in the area.

    Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe reached the crash site on Thursday, accompanied by two Dutch and two Australian experts. The monitors used a new route to access the site.

    Many coffins holding remains -- collected in the first week after the disaster -- already have been flown to the Netherlands, where the flight originated July 17. But monitors who've gained sporadic access to the site have said bodies and victims' belongings still lie scattered across huge debris fields.

    Experts marked locations where they spotted human remains on Thursday, OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. They hope to continue investigating Friday, he said, and may use cadaver dogs and aerial surveillance to search the scene.
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  • Azerbaijani serviceman shot by Armenian sniper buried in Aghdam
    01.08.2014 15:13
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    An Azerbaijani serviceman shot by an Armenian sniper was buried in Aghdam.

    Azerbaijani serviceman Ahmadov Garyagdi Eldar, shot by Armenian sniper in the direction of Chiragli village has been buried in Guzanli graveyard.

    Extended serviceman Ahmadov was born in 1992 in Saybali village of Aghdam region.
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