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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
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Re "The Boys at the Back," by Christina Hoff Sommers ("The Great Divide" series, Sunday Review, Feb. 3):

The way to deal with boys' underachievement in school is not through "boy friendly" policies like more recess, single-sex classrooms and male teachers but through strong academic climates and clear, consistent information about occupations and the educational pathways that lead to them.

After years of research for our forthcoming book, "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," Thomas A. DiPrete and I found that in schools where academic effort is expected and valued, boys compete for high grades and more often achieve them. Such schools reduce gender gaps and promote healthy, multifaceted gender identities for both boys and girls.

Boys also perform better when teachers and parents help them understand how their future success is linked to their efforts in middle and high school.

Rather than remaking schools in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes, we need schools that set high expectations for student achievement and treat students as individuals.

CLAUDIA BUCHMANN

Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at Ohio State University.

To the Editor:

Even in the late 1950s, educators sensed that girls had advantages over boys. They're verbal, orderly, quiet, submissive and cooperative.

Boys? Polar opposites: outgoing, active, loud and unable to sit still. More boys in detention, in special education and suspended. And of course, all the teachers were women!

As a fifth-grade teacher, I found that one solution was a brisk, vigorous outdoor activity session right before lunch. If someone got restless or acted out, all I said was "save that for outside."

The results were amazing. Three boys who had suffered stomach cramps and needed medical attention refused to go to school. Their mothers fought with them every day. But in my class they raced to school. Couldn't wait to get there.

Girls benefited, too. Two who had no friends suddenly bonded with each other, then with classmates. For the first time, girls invited them to birthdays and sleepovers. One had been receiving psychiatric help and medication. Her mother later told me that she no longer needed either.

There are certainly solutions to "boys at the back." Letting boys be boys is one of them.

WALT LIDMAN

Hazlet, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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    Ulyanovsk regional sector of All-Russia Azerbaijan Congress has hosted an Iftar party. The event brought together nearly 100 Muslims.

    Prior to the event, the Congress presented Azerbaijani children with bags and school equipments.

    Speaking to the event, vice-governor of Ulyanovsk Mikhail Sichev hailed the participation of the regional sector of All-Russia Azerbaijan Congress in charitable events.

    Addressing the event, chairman of the Ulyanovsk regional sector of All-Russia Azerbaijan Congress Islam Huseynov expressed gratitude to governor of Ulyanovsk Sergey Morozov for his international and interreligious policy.
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  • Man shoots burglar who said she was pregnant
    25.07.2014 20:39
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    A Long Beach man allegedly fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar Tuesday night despite her telling him she was pregnant. An investigation is now underway by Long Beach police into whether the shooting was justified or a criminal act.

    "All of a sudden, I heard these high-pitched gun shots and I hear some screaming after that," neighbor Kevin Franklin said.

    The screams came from 28-year-old Andrea Miller, a reported intruder who would die before the night was over, shot by one fed-up homeowner.

    Thomas Greer is the 80-year-old resident who tells police he shot her. He said he came home around 8:55 p.m. to find Miller and an accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams, burglarizing his house near Terrylynn Place and Country Club Drive.

    There was a violent face-off, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell.

    "They jump on him, as he describes, and they beat him with fists, and then throw him, body slam him, basically, on to the floor," McDonnell said. The female continued to strike him, while the male suspect walked over to Greer's safe, attempting to break into it.

    Greer tells police he shot at them inside and outside the house but only struck Miller as she fled through the garage and into an alley. She died at the scene; the male suspect fled, but was later arrested.

    Investigators are looking into a statement that Greer told the media, that the woman pleaded not to shoot her because she was pregnant. Miller was not visibly pregnant, the L.A. County Coroner's Office will determine whether or not she was pregnant.

    The Long Beach Police Department says they have reports of two previous break-ins at Greer's home on Country Club Drive. And Greer says there was a third incident that he did not report. Neighbors say the saw Greer's growing frustration.
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  • Shift workers 'face type 2 diabetes risk'
    25.07.2014 20:30
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    Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests.

    The findings, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, indicated men and those doing rotating shifts were at highest risk.

    It is thought that disruption to the body clock affects waistlines, hormones and sleep - which could increase the risk.

    Diabetes UK said shift workers should eat a healthy balanced diet.

    The disease can lead to blindness, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as damaging nerves and blood vessels - dramatically increasing the risk of a foot needing to be amputated.

    Studies in sleep laboratories have shown that making people snooze at the wrong time of day led to the early stages of type 2 diabetes developing within weeks.

    Now an analysis of data from 226,652 people strengthens the link with type 2 diabetes.

    In the UK, 45 out of every 1,000 adults have some form of diabetes, with the vast majority being type 2.

    The study, by researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, showed shift workers were 9% more likely to have type 2 diabetes.

    But in men, the figure was 35%. And for people chopping and changing between day and night shifts, the risk increased by 42%.

    The researchers said: "The result suggests that male shift workers should pay more attention to the prevention of of diabetes.

    "Given the increasing prevalence of shift work worldwide and the heavy economic burden of diabetes, the results of our study provide practical and valuable clues for the prevention of diabetes."

    Possible explanations include shift work disrupting sleeping and eating patterns. One idea is that eating late at night makes the body more prone to store the energy as fat, increasing the risk of obesity and in turn type 2 diabetes.

    James Gallagher explores whether eating against the body clock can make you fat

    The increased risk in men could be down to changes in levels of male hormones, it has been suggested.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the newly-built office building of the Ministry of Finance
    25.07.2014 20:16
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    President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevhas reviewed the newly-built officebuilding of the Ministry of Finance.

    Azerbaijanis strengthening its position among developed countries. Reforms are being deepened in all spheres in the country year after year. The growth of the country`s economic power is accompanied by the expansion of social and infrastructure projects.

    Finance, tax and banking sectors have played a special role in the ensuring of Azerbaijan`s socio-economic achievements in the past years.

    Despite ongoing economic and financial crisis in the world continuous socio-economic development is being ensured inAzerbaijanas a result of a comprehensive and well thought-out policy. Azerbaijan`s strategic currency reserves grow, the rate of our national currency is stable, the world`s leading rating agencies increase our country`s credit ratings. The law "On budget system" which was adopted several years ago, is being improved on a constant basis. The treasury system meeting international standards has been built in the republic. Thanks to a successful socio-economic and appropriate budget and tax policy,budget revenues have grown 16-fold in the last 12 years. Asin all structures, successive measures have been taken to strengthen material and technical infrastructure of the Ministry of Finance, modernize all administrative offices under the Ministry and ensure their effective activities in recent years. New officebuildings have been constructed for 35 district and city financial departments of the Ministry of Finance and the State Treasury Agency`s five treasury departments for Baku, buildings of 17 local financial agencies have been revamped and supplied with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. Under instructions of the head of state,attention is paid to wide application of electronic services for ensuring modern and flexible management, increasing transparency and eliminating elements encouraging corruption in the activity of the Ministry of Finance. In general, the staff of the Ministry of Finance, who carries out its activity based on President Ilham Aliyev`s saying "a civil servantis the people`s servant",spares no effortto fulfill the task of bringing its work to international standards and present day requirements.

    Finance Minister Samir Sharifov briefed President Ilham Aliyev about conditions provided in the new officebuilding.

    It was noted that the previous building of the finance ministry built in the 1950s was in poor conditionand was not up to modern requirements. In accordance with the head of state`s instructions to reorganize work places to modern standards, the newbuilding for the Finance Ministry was built in one of the most beautiful and historical places of the capital. The building was constructed in line with the city`s modern appearance as well as national and original architectural style. Every condition was created here for the ministry`s central administration, its two state agencies and three state services. Major landscapingand development work was done in the area around the new building.

    A bust ofnational leader Heydar Aliyev was placed at the mainentrance. The conference hall of the building is unique for its modernity. Information and communication technologies based on the latest scientific and technical novelties were widely applied here. The ministry`s museum, whose expositions are notable for their richness, shows the roadAzerbaijan's financial system has coveredin stages. The museum showcases the country's ancient banknotes, first actions to shape the modern financial sector, the development path passed by the country's financial system during national leader Heydar Aliyev`s leadership,reforms implemented in recent years under President Ilham Aliyev, novelties applied in the budget, treasury, insurance and other fields, the finance ministry`s international relations.

    The Head of State toured the conference, meeting and working rooms.

    The fact that the finance ministry`sdepartments and subordinate organizations will be located in the newbuilding together with the central administration will allowcentralized andeffective management and increasing employeeaccountability and efficiency.

    The ministry`s library is distinct in the rich collection and state-of-the-art technologies and equipment.

    The head of state watched a short video on the path of development passed by the finance ministry in recent years, complex reforms, and the new officebuilding.

    Then, President Ilham Aliyev was shown information systems of financial accounting management for the state-funded organizations and treasury. It was noted that the single automated financial accounting system for the state-funded organizations, treasury management information system ensuring centralized, electronic and operations management of state budget funds, all state expenditures, treasury accounts, as well as actual expenditures control were created at the ministry.

    The head of state was informed about the hallmark control machine in which sophisticated technologies were used.

    After getting acquainted with the building of the finance ministry, President Ilham Aliyev wished its staff every success.

    In conclusion, a photograph was taken.
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  • FINCA Azerbaijan holds events in its Gabala and Ismailli branches
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    FINCA Azerbaijan non-bank credit organization held the opening ceremony of new branch office in Gabala region on July 23, 2014. New modern office that meets all the requirements of FINCA standards along with providing comfortableness for clients will also ensure high quality service provision.

    Gabala branch with 11 staff members is currently providing 1,500 active clients - small and medium business operators with different loan products.

    On the same day, Ismailli branch of FINCA Azerbaijan that has been operating since 2007 in the region celebrated one of its achievements - reaching 10 million loan portfolio goal. Both of the events were attended by senior officials of the organization and various bank representatives, clients and Ivanovka dance group of Ismailli region.

    Ismailli branch - the leader in Central region for the amount of its loan portfolio awarded the client who had a role in the achievement of this goal and three more clients with the longest period of cooperation.

    Along with this, within the framework of the '1/150.000th client in each branch' campaign being implemented in 65 branches of the organization clients from Gabala, Ismayilli and Aghsu branches were also awarded with special gifts.

    At present, Ismailli branch with its 35 staff members is providing more than 6,000 active clients with financial services.
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  • Georgia launches third phase of NATO professional development program
    25.07.2014 19:49
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 25

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme (PDP) has moved to the third phase.

    Solemn event was held on the occasion with the participation of Georgian Deputy Minister of Defence Tamar Karosanidze, according to the report of the ministry.

    She stressed importance of the program in her speech at the event.

    Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia William Lahue, representatives of non-governmental organizations and Diplomatic Corps accredited to Georgia attended the presentation of a new phase of the program.

    This part of the program aims at the implementation of system reforms in the public sector and supporting realization of priorities of Georgia with regard to NATO. Special attention will be attributed to security sector as well. The following stage of the PDP Program envisages the recommendations based on assessment of the second phase.

    Special programs and practical consultations on the improvement of professional skills of public servants are planned to be held.

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  • Jordanians demonstrate in support of Gaza, Hamas
    25.07.2014 19:40
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    Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman and other cities Friday to support Hamas and condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza, where more than 800 Palestinians have been killed, AFP reported.

    Around 2,000 people demonstrated in central Amman after Friday midday prayers, chanting: "We sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Gaza," in support of Hamas' armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

    "Bomb and destroy Tel Aviv!" chanted protesters waving flags of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and holding banners that read "Stop the barbaric aggression on Gaza" and "The resistance represent us."

    Similar demonstrations were held in the northern cities of Zarqa and Irbid as well as in the south, in Karak.

    More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel.

    Jordan has repeatedly demanded that Israel stop its "brutal aggression" and "targeting civilians" in Gaza.

    The kingdom, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, is home to more than two million Palestinian refugees, as well as large numbers of Jordanians of Palestinian origin.

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  • Air Canada flight delayed by rockets over Tel Aviv
    25.07.2014 19:39
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    An Air Canada flight from Toronto was forced to circle the Tel Aviv airport before landing Friday after rockets were fired over the Israeli capital, an airline spokeswoman said, AFP reported.

    "Eight kilometers away from landing at the Tel Aviv airport this morning, the pilots of Flight AC84 were ordered into a standard holding pattern by Israeli air traffic control," Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said.

    The aircraft was asked to continue circling overhead "until the airspace was deemed secure," before landing safely, she said.

    As a result the flight was delayed 10 minutes, she added.

    Earlier Hamas said it had targeted the airport, while the Israeli army confirmed that it intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

    On Tuesday, missiles fired at the airport had forced the cancellation of several American and European flights.

    Flight AC84 was Air Canada's first flight to Tel Aviv since the airline joined others in suspending trips to the city. It later departed for Toronto at 2 pm local time.

    "The security of our passengers and of our crew is our top priority," said Arthur. "And we will continue to monitor the situation."

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  • New edition of draft constitution to be submitted to Georgian parliament in 2015
    25.07.2014 19:39
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 25

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The new edition of the draft constitution will be submitted to the Georgian parliament on March 1, 2015.

    Georgian State Constitutional Commission was to submit the draft constitution to the parliament on September 1, 2014, however, some amendments were made to the parliament resolution and the submission of the draft constitution was postponed to March 1, 2015, a source in Georgian parliament told Trend.

    A number of questions arose while working out the new edition of the draft constitution and certain provisions by the working group of the commission, which requires additional time for discussing them, therefore the time of the submission was postponed, Georgian parliament said.

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  • Eating chocolate can help you live longer
    25.07.2014 19:32
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    Who loves chocolate, who swears by the sweet, salt and savory taste, ladies who reserve it for special occasions, bad days, bad breakups and dessert, and ladies who just want to eat more chocolate: listen up because your day is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

    Dark chocolate prevents diabetes;

    A report that appeared in ACSв'Journal of Agricultural amp; Food Chemistryfound that because eating dark chocolate actually means youв're eatingless, youв're naturally preventing your risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

    Led by Andrew P. Neilson, researchers identified that cocoa (the most basic ingredient in chocolate) is one of the richest in flavanol.

    In order to prove it, they fed groups of mice according to different diets. They found that the mice who were fed dark chocolate were able to keep their weight down because compounds likeoligomeric procyanidins (PCs),which works as an antioxidant,appear in dark chocolate.

    Dark chocolate will make you thinner;

    In a 2008 study performed at the University of Copenhagen, researchers part of the Faculty of Life Sciences found that chowing down on dark chocolate fills you up much faster than snacking on milk chocolate, which means youв'll feel satisfied much faster and eat way less of it. This, by default, keeps you looking and feeling thin and trim no matter what time of year or month it is.

    To confirm their hypothesis, researchers asked guys to fast for 12 hours before the chocolate-eating experiment began. One group was given milk chocolate and the other, dark.

    When the two groups were offered 100g of chocolate, everybody went to town. Fast forward to two hours later, the 16 men involved in the study were offered pizza (andwhoturns down pizza? No one, thatв's who).

    Turns out that the men in the dark chocolate group ate 15 percent less pizza than their milk chocolate counterparts.

    Dark chocolate keeps your emotional stress down;

    Which basically means you can bank on never having to worry about crying at the office, so long as youв've got a stick of dark within armв's reach.

    A 2009 clinical trial published in ACSв'Journal of Proteome Researchput the ''chocolate cure'' to task to determine whether or not there was any benefit to snacking on dark chocolate when youв're sad.

    Dark chocolate can prevent sunburns;

    Want to spend more time in the sun without turning a rosy shade of lobster red? Though it seems counterproductive (who wants to eat chocolate before stripping down and getting into a bathing suit?), eating chocolate in preparation for a day at the beach is basically the best thing for your skin.

    Performed in 2009, the study, published in theJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology, found that dark chocolate offers ''significant protection against harmful UV effects of the sun,'' which basically means that dark chocolate prevents sunburn, premature aging and even proactively prevents skin cancer.

    The London-based researchers noted that people who ate 20 grams of dark chocolate up to 12 weeks in advance were able to stay in the sun for twice as long as their counterparts without getting burned.

    Darkchocolate keeps your blood pumping ;

    Just so weв're clear, you need blood to live. In order to live, blood needs to flow freely. In order for blood to flow freely, it canв't be held back by buildup in your arteries. So if you want to live and look good, you need to eat dark chocolate.

    A study released just ahead of Valentineв's Day at Loyola Medicine earlier this year found that dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent prevents plaque buildup in your arteries because itв's super rich in flavoniods. And when your blood is pumpinв' freely, we can all agree thatв's an attractive thing..
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  • Azerbaijani FC Neftchi into 3rd qualifying round of UEFA Europe League
    25.07.2014 19:11
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    Azerbaijani football club Neftchi Baku have progressed to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europe League after defeating Slovenian Koper 3-2 on aggregate.

    Despite losing to Koper 2-1 in Baku, Neftchi beat the Slovenian club 2-0 in the second game of the second qualifying round.

    Neftchi`s goals came from Mirhuseyin Seyidov and Carlos Cardoso.
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  • Uzbekistan, South Korea discuss development of bilateral cooperation
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The implementation of the Uzbek-South Korean agreements, reached following the high-level negotiations, was discussed between the representatives of the two countries' foreign ministries, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

    During the negotiations, the two sides focused on the implementation of the agreements signed during the state visit of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Uzbekistan from June 16 to June 18.

    During the state visit of South Korean president to Uzbekistan, the two counties agreed to continue the political dialogue, intensify the cooperation in the spheres of information technologies, solar energy, agriculture and education.

    Following the negotiations, the presidents signed a joint declaration to further develop and intensify the strategic partnership between the two countries.

    Meanwhile, they signed a framework intergovernmental agreement on loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) for 2014-2017, a memorandum of understanding in the bilateral investment cooperation and other documents.

    During the business forum and a cooperative exchange that were held during the visit of South Korean president, the business representatives of the two countries signed a number of documents on cooperation worth of over $2.4 billion.

    The trade turnover between Uzbekistan and South Korea stood at $2.12 billion as of 2013.

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  • Eguchi had to stop her great performance
    25.07.2014 18:52
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    The first match of frac14; finals in singles has been played on the sixth day of "Baku Cup 2014.

    Misa Eguchi, the Japanese player who started playing in the tournament from the qualifying round has demonstrated a spectacular performance.

    Eguchi defeated such strong opponents as Nicole Melichar (USA) and Amandine Hesse in qualifying matches, No 3 seed of the tournament Magdalena Ribarikova (SVK) in 1/16 finals, and Urszula Radvanska (POL) in 1/8 finals.

    This time the rival of Misa Eguchi who is No 183 in the world, was a stronger player than her previous opponents - No 2 seed of the tournament, the winner of "Baku Cup 2012" Bojana Jovanovski.

    Despite Eguchi lacked behind her opponent due to all indicators, she could demonstrate a worthy struggle against her rival in the first set of the match that lasted 2 hours 11 minutes. The Japanese player broke 4 services of her opponent, won the set 6:4 and made the score 1-0.

    Eguchi started the second set also with a superiority and broke 2 services of Jovanovski thus leading in points 5:2. Nevertheless, since then Jovanovski revived and made a comeback in the match. She started winning points one after another and could hardly win the second set which lasted till the tie-break 7:5.

    Thus, the winner of the match was identified in the third set. In the third set taking place with the equality of parties each player struggled for each point till the end. The resolute performance of Eguchi facing a strong opponent resulted in frequent applauses of spectators.

    Notwithstanding with all these, Jovanovski restored her dominance thanks to her experience and started "forcing" her opponent to make mistakes after the points were 3:3. Thus, Bojana Jovanovski finished the set 6:3 and the match 2-1. She will play in semi-finals.

    Her opponent in the match for passing to the final will be the winner of the match between Stefanie Voegele (SUI) and Shahar Peer (ISR).
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  • Final stage of Golden Grand Prix wrestling tournament kicks off in Baku
    25.07.2014 18:42
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    The final stage of the Golden Grand Prix international wrestling tournament commemorating Azerbaijan`s national leader Heydar Aliyev has today started in Baku.

    In the freestyle event, Azerbaijan`s hopes will be pinned on 21 wrestlers, while in the Greco-Roman event, the national team will be represented by 20 wrestlers.

    In the women`s event, Azerbaijan`s squad includes Maria Stadnik, Kamala Aliyeva, Anjela Dorogan, Patimat Bagomedova, Irina Netreba, Yuliya Ratkevich, Nadya Sementsova and Gozel Zutova.

    The tournament will bring together nearly 400 wrestlers from 40 countries.

    The tournament will be held at "Sarhadchi" Sports Olympic Center and will last 3 days. The matches will be aired live on Idman Azerbaijan TV channel.
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  • Duo of Panova and Watson is in final at Baku Cup 2014
    25.07.2014 18:41
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    The first finalist has been identified in doubles of Baku Cup 2014.

    Aleksandra Panova of Russia and Heather Watson of UK faced the No 1 duo of the tournament Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) and Olga Savchuk (UKR).

    Panova and Watson who eliminated two strong duos from the tournament, demonstrated a magnificent performance in the semi-finals.

    In the first set that lasted till the tie-break, the duo of Panova and Watson could make the points 7-5 despite it was very hard for them to reach this result. Nevertheless, they won the second set with ease.

    They broke the attacks of their opponents in the second set and won it by 6-2 and finished the match 2-0. They will play in the final.

    Their opponents will be known after the match that will be held between Raluka Olaru (ROU)/ Shahar Peer (ISR) and Franceska Schiavone (ITA)/Stefanie Voegele (SUI).
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  • Media: U.S. to load Azerbaijani Railways line and BTK with military supplies
    25.07.2014 18:29
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    U.S. will load CJSC "Azerbaijan Railways" and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars which is currently under construction with military supplies.

    According to Russian sources, the "Caucasian corridor", which developed by the U.S. military to evacuate their property (military equipment, weapons, equipment and supplies) from Afghanistan, will contribute to this.

    "The Caucasian corridor runs from Afghanistan via Heart to Kushka in Mary (Turkmenistan), and then by rail to the port of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea to Baku ferry transportation and subsequent delivery to Batumi (Georgia) or Turkey", Russian sources indicate.

    According to them, storage stations will be created all along the route.

    " At least 2200 pieces of equipment and containers will follow through tje "Caucasian corridor " montly from autumn of 2014 until the end of 2016," Russian experts say.

    The ferry terminal in the new Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat settlement 65 kilometers south of Baku will be put in operation by autumn 2014. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway begins operation in 2015, and recently CJSC "Azerbaijan Railways" and Georgian colleagues revived the lettered container train Baku-Poti-Baku.
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  • Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated
    25.07.2014 18:22
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    Investigators are examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.

    Stormy weather and low visibility are suspected as factors in Wednesday's crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways.

    Local media reported Friday that the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder had been sent to the main island of Taiwan for analysis.
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  • Ziya Mammadov receives citizens in Ujar
    25.07.2014 18:22
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    Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov held the next reception at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ujar on 25 July.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the appeals of more than 30 residents of Ujar, Goychay, Aghdash and Zardab were heard at the reception attended by heads of the relevant structures of the Ministry.

    The appeals of the residents who met the minister individually were most related to the transport problems in the regions, repair and construction of highways of the republican and local concern, rural roads, repair and construction of bridges, employment, etc.

    Most problems were solved on the spot, relevant instructions were given for solution of others.

    And the issues not related to the Ministry of Transport were registered for submission to relevant bodies.

    The residents expressed satisfaction with the created conditions, attention and care for them and thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the initiative of holding such receptions in the regions.
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  • Azerbaijan to refuse using BRDM scout cars
    25.07.2014 18:21
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    Soviet-made armored vehicles will be replaced with Turkish Cobra.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces will launch a new program to replace Soviet-made BRDM-1 and BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance/patrol vehicles by up-to-date armored vehicles, governmental sources told APA.

    Armored vehicles of several countries were tested within the program. In the end, Cobra 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle produced by the Turkish Otokar was chosen. Being in the armament of the Azerbaijani Border Guards and Interior Troops, Cobra vehicles have successfully passed tests, showing a high level of maneuverability.

    By available information, the Azerbaijani Government instructed the Ministry of Defense Industry to establish a production unit of the abovementioned vehicles in the country to meet the army's demand. The ministry is carrying out works for producing new armored vehicles.

    If the negotiations succeed, an agreement on the production of Cobra vehicles in Azerbaijan is expected to be signed in ADEX-2014 to be held in Baku in September.

    A protocol of intent signed between Azerbaijan's Ministry of Industry and Turkey's Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry in May, 2013 reflects the production of Cobra vehicles in Azerbaijan.
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  • Armenia can't afford birth rate increase
    25.07.2014 18:05
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    By AzerNews

    Armenia's previous government had adopted a program to encourage large families across the country as the fertility rate (births per woman) in the country stood at 1.6, far from the normal 2-2.1.

    Now it seems that the current government headed by Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan has ignored the previous government's decision.

    Abramyan has put on hold the program for an indefinite time due to financial hardship. Now, large families in the country are expressing outrage over the decision.

    Mother of 9 children, Lilit Khachatryan complained of the government's unexpected decision to local media. She said the decision will deteriorate the situation of her large family.

    Khachatryan said Abramyan is jeering at large families. "The previous government's program stipulated provision of large families with suitable apartments," she noted.

    "We were looking for an apartment for 10 days. Finally we found a 5-room apartment in Moscow where my husband works. The relevant state body was expected to transfer 12 million 930 thousand drams ($31,807)," she added.

    She went on to say that the body stopped the process after being informed that Armenian prime minister had delayed the program.

    Khachatryan underlined that she was suspicious about the continuation of the program since Abramyan took office. "But the officials assured that the changes in the government will not affect the governmental program on large families," she noted.

    While adopting a governmental program for 2014-2017 Abramyan said the government could not accept proposals that required large financial resources. It seems the program on encouraging large families was among these proposals.

    The number of Armenia's population was 3 million 011.9 thousand as of July1 decreasing by 15,000 in the first three months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

    Furthermore, some 45.000-50.000 people annually leave Armenia.

    Putting on hold the program on the background of the mass migration outflows and unpleasant demographic situation will undoubtedly lead to the reduction of the population's number in Armenia.
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  • 296 people declared wanted over Armenian terrorist attacks against Azerbaijanis
    25.07.2014 18:05
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    296 people have already been declared wanted over the terrorist attacks and other grave crimes committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis.

    Azerbaijan's Military Prosecutor, Lt Gen of justice Khanlar Valiyev spoke at the meeting of the Republican Military Prosecutor's Office dedicated to the outcomes of the first half of 2014 and objectives for the future, APA reports.

    He stated that Khojaly, Garadaghli, Meshali, Baghanis-Ayrim tragedies, terror attacks and other grave crimes committed by the Armenian armed forces have already been investigated under the article #103 (genocide) and other articles of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan Republic. Consequently, 296 people have been declared wanted. Investigation is underway.
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  • China signs oil deal with Venezuela
    25.07.2014 18:00
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela. They include a $4bn (ВЈ2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products. The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.

    Mr Xi has already signed key deals in Argentina and Brazil. He has now departed from Venezuela and will visit Cuba next.

    In Argentina the Chinese leader agreed to an $11bn currency swap providing much needed money for the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Argentina has been locked out of the international capital markets since a default in 2001.

    Mr Xi also helped launch a new development bank alongside the other emerging powers of the Brics group - Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa - at a summit in Brazil.

    The new bank is intended to create an alternative to the Western-dominated World Bank.

    Chinese trade with Latin America has grown rapidly. It is now the second-largest trading partner in Argentina and Cuba, and has been Brazil's largest since 2009.

    China is the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States.
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  • U.S. Department of State calls Turkish FM '˜key figureв'
    25.07.2014 17:49
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    Spokesperson for U.S. State Department Marie Harf called Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu a "key figure" in achieving a truce between Israel and Hamas.

    1news.az reports citing the HurrД±yet newspaper that M.Harf explained the reasons for which Washington has active contacts with Ankara on the subject of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    "Turkey has some contacts with Hamas and can achieve what we cannot. We are confident that Davutoglu can put pressure on the situation and contribute to the truce", Harf said.
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  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power
    25.07.2014 17:45
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    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability, AP reported.

    "The gravity of the phase Iraq is undergoing requires the concerned parties to bear their national responsibilities, which require sacrifice and not to cling to posts," al-Sistani said in a statement read by his spokesman Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie at Friday prayers.

    The speech did not name specific leaders.

    Last month, al-Sistani called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki through an intermediary to step aside in the face of a crisis sparked by the lightning advance by Sunni militants, according to a senior member of a prominent Shiite family that has for decades maintained regular contact with al-Sistani. Al-Maliki is currently seeking a third four-year term.

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  • Ilham Aliyev expresses his condolences
    25.07.2014 17:45
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    "I am deeply saddened by the news of numerous casualties in the crash".

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has expressed his condolences to the Algerian and French counterparts.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that President Ilham Aliyev says the following in his letter to his Algerian counterpart Abdulaziz Bouteflika:

    "I am deeply saddened with the news of numerous casualties in the crash of a plane belonging to Air Algerie. In connection with this terrible tragedy on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to you, the families and friends of the victims".

    The President also sent a letter of condolences to the President of France Francois Hollande.

    "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a large number of citizens in the crash of the airplane belonging to Air Algerie. In connection with this terrible tragedy on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to you, the families and friends of the victims", the letter says.
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  • Abutalibov reports to the sheikh
    25.07.2014 17:42
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    Abutalibov has reported to the sheikh.

    Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Department, Sheikh ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ali Asadov, head of Baku city executive power Gadzhibala Abutalibov and head of executive power of Binagadi district Khaleddin Isgenderov familiarized with the construction of a mosque in Binagadi district.

    Oxu.Az reports citing SalamNews that the statement of Caucasus Muslim Department says the head of the Baku city executive power G.Abutalibov informed about the Mosque Complex. It was noted that all conditions for believers will be created there. The minarets of 95 m. height in the mosque are under construction. Ali Asadov consulted with experts, religious leaders, gave certain assignments to complete at a high level.

    Pashazadeh, praising the construction work, thanked all those who contributed to the construction.
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  • Diaspora organizations urge release of Azerbaijani hostages
    25.07.2014 17:40
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    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan's diaspora organizations has addressed to the European organizations in connection with taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens by the Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region.

    The European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC) and the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany (CCAG) sent an appeal to public, political and humanitarian organizations in Europe regarding taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev by the Armenian armed forces, the State Committee for Work with Diaspora said reported July 24.

    The appeal said Asgarov and Guliyev taken hostage in their native lands by Armenian invaders are in grave condition.

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    EAC and CCAG urged international organizations not to remain indifferent to the fate of compatriots and demand to stop their torture by Armenian aggressors.

    Along with the events in Kalbajar region, the appeal touched the issue of Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, and the bitter fate of more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons.

    The appeal noted the inadmissibility of violating the most basic human rights, namely, the right to live in the Motherland and requires the restoration of this right.

    Meanwhile, the families of Azerbaijani hostages have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.

    Armenia violated the international legal norms by taking hostage the Azerbaijani civilians as they didn't violate any border law between Armenia and Azerbaijan. They were on their own native Kalbajar region.

    Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

    Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

    Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
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  • Kerry meets with UN, Egypt as Gaza truce push builds
    25.07.2014 17:34
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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry huddled Friday with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and Egypt's foreign minister as pressure built for a cease-fire in Gaza, AFP reported.

    Kerry, who spent another night in Cairo reaching out by telephone to regional officials, met Ban and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri for around half an hour.

    The top U.S. diplomat has said he would speak to reporters later Friday, on what could be the end of his week-long mission to the region.

    The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict ahead of talks on key issues.

    U.S. officials said that Kerry has spoken repeatedly by telephone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, which are seen as influential over Hamas.

    The Islamist militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip initially refused a cease-fire, instead showering Israel with rockets.

    The 18-day conflict has killed 825 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

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  • Turkey begins protests against Israel's military operation in Gaza Strip
    25.07.2014 17:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The protests against Israel's hostilities in the Gaza Strip began in various cities of Turkey, TRT Haber TV channel reported on July 25.

    The protests against Israel's military operation began after Friday prayer, according to the TV channel.

    It is reported that the protests will be held in front of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

    "Turkey will not remain silent while Israel carries out military aggression against the Palestinian people, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier.

    "Some Western countries turn a blind eye to Israel's actions," he added. "This testifies to the fact that they are also supporters of military aggression against the Palestinians."

    Moreover, Erdogan likened Israeli actions against the Palestinians with the Nazis' actions against the Jewish people.

    Erdogan said that Israel spreads terrorism in the region.

    Some 10,000 Palestinians held an action of protest in Ramallah against Israel's hostilities in Gaza on the morning of July 25.

    Three people were killed and 30 were injured during the clashes between Israeli soldiers and the Palestinians.

    It is reported that the Israeli military used tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators.

    The protests against Israel's hostilities involving MPs from the ruling and opposition parties have been recently held in Turkey.

    More than 800 Palestinians, including women and 200 children were killed during the 'Enduring Rock' operation which started on July 7.

    It is reported that the Israeli army lost 45 servicemen during the hostilities.

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  • Turkey to impose new bans on consumption of tobacco products
    25.07.2014 17:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey will impose new bans on consumption of tobacco products from January 2015, Turkish Haber7 TV channel reported on July 25.

    The country's parliament will review the new draft law on tobacco products in October 2014, according to the TV channel.

    The new bans on the consumption of tobacco products will be imposed in accordance with the state program on fighting against smoking.

    Starting from January 2015, all tobacco products will be packed up into black packages to make them less attractive for consumers and the brands of tobacco products will be encoded, the TV channel said.

    At the same time, smoking in parks and restaurant courtyards will be banned from January 2015.

    Turkey has imposed bans on smoking in public places since 2008 and the fine for smoking in public and enclosed places is 88 Turkish liras.

    Around 45.205 million Turkish liras are spent on purchasing tobacco products in Turkey per year, according to the statistical data.

    The official exchange rate on July 25 is 2.903 TRY/USD.

    Edited by CN

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  • Norway says group from Syria en route to commit terror
    25.07.2014 17:32
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    The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target, AP reported.

    Jon Fitje Hoffmann spoke in a live interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Friday but didn't elaborate further. He was not immediately available for further comment.

    However, Hans-Joergen Bonnichsen, former operational head of Denmark's intelligence agency, told the AP such information always could be disinformation because those who discuss such plans likely want others to hear.

    PST said Thursday it had information about an imminent "concrete threat" based on "reliable information." The threat was unspecific about what the target might be, or when or where an attack could take place.

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  • Turkey commissions Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway line
    25.07.2014 17:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A new high-speed railway line, which connects Ankara and Istanbul, was put into operation in Turkey on July 25, Turkish TRT Haber channel reported on July 25.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials attended the opening of an Ankara-Istanbul new high-speed railway line, extending for 533 kilometers.

    The construction project was implemented in two phases. The first stage is the construction of the Ankara-Eskisehir railway line, the second - the Eskisehir-Istanbul line construction.

    The first phase of the project was completed in 2009.

    When using the new high-speed railway, students, servicemen and people older 60 will have up to a 20 percent discount, while children under 12 years old - up to 50 percent.

    It is expected that after commissioning the new high-speed rail line, the travel time from Ankara to Istanbul will drop to 3.5 hours. Currently, the trip time from Ankara to Istanbul is seven-eight hours by bus and 40 minutes by plane.

    Under the 2023 Vision program [celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey], the country has increased the investments in the development of transport sector.

    Turkish State Railways said in January that it will invest almost half of its 2014 budget (1.8 billion liras) in the projects for development of high-speed trains in the country.

    The official exchange rate on July 25 is 2.903 TRY/USD.

    Edited by CN

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  • Lower Chamber of Uzbek parliament adopts law "On exchanges and exchange activities"
    25.07.2014 17:26
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan adopted the draft law "On exchanges and exchange activities" in the new edition, according to the report of lower house of the Uzbek parliament.

    Updating of the law is due to the intention to harmonize the legislation of Uzbekistan with the legislation which regulates the world's leading stock exchanges, and aims at creating conditions for the integration of the domestic market to the world exchange market.

    The revised law includes the notion of quotation, quoted price, quotes, market manipulation on the exchange, insider information and insider transactions, bilateral quotes and other concepts that were not previously used in the Uzbek legislation.

    It is expected that the adoption of this document will create the conditions for a common legal practice in matters of exchange activities and exchanges, to gain balance of interests among exchange market participants, shareholders and the state.

    In accordance with established procedures, the law "On exchanges and exchange activities" in the new edition is sent for further consideration in the upper house of parliament - the Senate.

    Edited by CN

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  • Humanitarian aid reaches Syria after UN resolution
    25.07.2014 17:26
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    Nine aid trucks crossed the Turkish border into Syria,its first humanitarian aid convoywithout needing government approval since UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on July 14, SIA reports with reference to AA.

    "Nine trucks crossed at Bab Al-Salam into Syria this morning," said Amanda Pitt from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    She said that thetrucks were carrying food, water,medical equipmentand shelter materials.

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution more than a week agoto allow humanitarian supplies across the border without Syrian government permission.
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  • The Minister Kamaladdn Heydarov met Richard Morningstar
    25.07.2014 17:23
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    Azerbaijani minister for emergency situations Kamaladdn Heydarov has received outgoing ambassador of US Richard Morningstar, SIA reports.

    The Azerbaijani minister stressed Morningstar`s role in strengthening the US-Azerbaijan relations and wished him success in his future activity.

    Kamaladdin Heydarov spoke about the cooperation prospects between the ministry and corresponding authorities of US and expressed his confidence on further expansion of the ties. The minister informed the ambassador on the activity of the ministry.

    In his turn, Richard Morningstar hailed the ties between the two countries, underlining the prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijani ministry of emergency situations and US corresponding organizations.

    The sides exchanged views on a number of matters of common interest.
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  • Saudi king orders $26 million more in medical aid to Gaza
    25.07.2014 17:21
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    Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered on Friday 100 million riyals ($26.6 million) in medical aid to Gaza, the Saudi health ministry said.

    Acting Health Minister Adel Faqih said the aid seeks to fill emergency needs to growing number of injured civilians in the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, Al Arabiya reported.

    The move came a week after the king ordered 200 million ($53.3 million) in humanitarian aid for the victims of the Israeli offensive that has killed more than 800 people so far.

    Those funds were also directed to paying for medicine and medical equipment to treat "victims of the brutal Israeli aggression and bombing of the Gaza Strip," Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf said at the time.

    Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani had appealed to member states and all humanitarian organizations both within and outside the Islamic World as well as to international organizations to extend all forms of support and relief to the Palestinian people, particularly urgent medical relief to the Gaza Strip.

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  • Lebanese FM says ISIS, Israel have committed 'war crimes'
    25.07.2014 17:21
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    Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Friday condemned Israel's actions in Gaza, and ISIS' against Iraq's Christians, as "war crimes," saying that the government has approved the ministry's request to the ICC to launch probes into the recent events, The Daily Star reported.

    For the first time in its diplomatic history, Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to investigate crimes committed by Israel in its offensive on the Palestinian enclave and those committed by ISIS in Mosul, Bassil said, noting that the violations fall within the court's jurisdiction.

    Speaking at a news conference, Bassil said the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has forced the exodus of some 15,000 Christians in Mosul with "only a hundred elderly residents stay[ing] behind and convert[ing] to Islam under pressure."

    He said some 32 churches and monasteries were either destroyed, torched or turned into a Muslim place of worship, warning such behavior not only threatened the old inhabitants of Mosul but also Lebanon's existence.

    "Such behavior contradicts Lebanon's model and places Lebanon's existence at risk," Bassil told reporters.

    "It has a direct impact on Lebanon - a psychological and material impact - as these groups have made their intention of expansion clear."

    Earlier this month, ISIS gave Christians in Iraq's northern area an ultimatum to submit to Islamic rule by either converting or paying an annual tax to the state, or leave on threat of death -- forcing hundreds of families to flee the ancient city.

    "Christians are being rooted out of their homeland for the first time and they have never taken part in the regional conflict," he said.

    Bassil equated ISIS with Israel, saying both sides refrain from recognizing international law and that the Jewish state sought to "replace the Palestinian, Arab, Levant identity in the east -- where diverse groups have lived together and recognized each other's freedoms -- with the Jewish identity of elimination."

    At least 828 Palestinians have been killed in 18 days since Israel launched its offensive on the Gaza Strip, creating a humanitarian crisis in which residents suffer from severe water and electricity rationing as they remain under heavy siege.

    Hamas on its part has fired dozens of rockets and reached the heart of the Jewish state, which Thursday targeted a UNRWA school, killing 15 people who were sheltering there.

    Bassil said that in 2012 the Palestinian Authority filed a request to the ICC to investigate Israel's war crimes, and that his ministry asked the prosecution in that case to begin its investigation.

    The ICC has jurisdiction with respect to war crimes, in particular those committed as part of a plan or policy, or as part of a large-scale commission. War crimes include willful killing, extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and unlawful deportation.

    "Although Lebanon has not signed on the ICC's jurisdiction, the country still has the right to submit requests, seeking international action," the minister said.

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  • The ways to wear matte lipstick
    25.07.2014 17:07
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    Matte lipstick has a higher content of wax and pigment and less oil than standard lipstick. This makes the final product more opaque and more deeply colored. It is possible to get outstanding color contrast with matte lipstick, but only if the product is applied appropriately, because matte lipstick doesnв't wear like gloss lipstick. Read on to see who should be wearing this new trend and to learn some techniques for making it look great.

    Fine and Smooth

    Matte lipstick has a tendency to adhere to dry areas and rough patches of skin. To ensure that you have the right surface on which to apply a matte product, start by exfoliating your lips. A simple rub with honey and sugar will work wonders on lips, but you can purchase a commercial product as well. Exfoliate your lips once per week if you wear matte lipstick often. Light colors tend to show irregularities more than dark matte colors do, so exfoliating is more important with light shades.

    Textured

    If a perfectly smooth finish isnв't for you, then you can choose to go with a finely textured look. Note that you still want to start with a smooth canvas because you are going to add texture, not let texture show through. Start with a lip liner that matches your skin color closely and use it to create an outline. Apply a textured matte lipstick to fill in between the liner. Textured lipsticks emphasize the natural shape of your lips.

    Concealer First

    If you want the color of your lips to be as bright and vibrant as possible, then you need to start with an even, neutral canvas. Putting concealer on your lips will help your lipstick to pop, much like putting down primer helps a new coat of paint to look fresh and bright. Concealer is also a must for lighter colors as it helps the lipstick remain true to its original color once applied.

    Neat Lines

    The standard process is to apply lipstick to your lips and then to follow up with a liner. When it comes to matte lipsticks, however, you want to do the opposite. Apply a lip liner that is the same shade as your lipstick to get a clean, neat line. Fill in your lips with the matte lipstick and then blend it with the liner to create a smoother, perfect look.

    Blot and Reapply

    If you want your matte lipstick to look its best, then you should apply two coats. Apply the first coat and then blot your lips with a tissue. After that, apply a second coat. Not only will this improve the color, it will prevent the lipstick from caking. As an added bonus, this technique can also help you go longer between applications.

    Faded Look

    Gloss lipsticks help to create a full, plump look; so much so that women with thin lips are often advised to use only gloss lipsticks. It turns out that, with a little finesse, you can achieve the full look with matte as well. Start with a lip liner that is identical to your skin tone and then fill in your lips with a matte color that is just slightly pinker than your skin tone. Finish by blotting the edges of your lips a bit more than the centers and theyв'll look fuller.

    Bright Lips

    If faded matte isnв't your style, place concealer on your lips and then go for a bright matte lipstick. This look is best for women who already have fuller lips and works well with equally bright accents in other areas like cheekbones and eyes. It is easy to go overboard with this technique, so be careful.

    Messy Matte

    Believe it or not, having messy lipstick can be alluring. This technique, like the faded technique, works best with tones that are slightly pinker than your own skin tone. Just put the lipstick on, without liner and without blotting. Itв's okay, even desirable, to miss a few spots to produce a sexy, confident look.

    Semi-Sheer

    The semi-sheer look is considered to be sophisticated and elegant. Itв's easy to do too. Just put on a dark, semi-sheer lip shade, like a berry matte, and then blot it well. It will provide very striking drama without being overtly bright. The semi-sheer look is great for evenings out and for formal occasions.

    Dark Matte

    You can get an edgy, aggressive look by choosing a dark, muted shade like gray or lilac. This look is great for contrasting your lips with other features of your face, including highlighted cheekbones or bright eyes. Dark matte is probably the hardest look to pull off, so use it with caution.

    For now, the matte look is quite popular. Whether matte lipstick remains a beauty staple moving forward will come down to use. You can almost never go wrong with glossy lipstick, particularly if you have thin lips at baseline. The same cannot be said for matte lipstick. Use this product with caution and understand that making it look good will take a little bit more time and attention to detail. If you have the patience and prepare your lips as above, then you can pull off some very stunning looks with matte lipstick.

    As a final note, remember that matte lipstick contains less oil than standard lipstick, which means it wonв't moisturize your lips well on its own. Moisturizing is a great way to ensure that you have smooth, pliable, healthy lips. Most experts suggest that you moisturize your lips twice per day, before putting lipstick on and after taking it off.
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  • Former Kyrgyz president sentenced to life imprisonment
    25.07.2014 17:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:

    Kyrgyz military court sentenced Former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother Zhanysh Bakiyev to life imprisonment in their absence, K-News reported on July 25.

    Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Zhanysh Bakiyev were found guilty in the case concerning mass disorders in April 2010 when up to 86 people were killed and more than 300 were injured.

    The court found the Bakiyev brothers guilty on a number of articles and decided to sentence ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother, the former head of the State Security Service Zhanish Bakiyev to life imprisonment in a colony with confiscation of property and deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for three years.

    The court also decided to confiscate the house of the Bakiyevs in the village of Masadan (now the village of Teyit).

    Moreover the court sentenced Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov to life imprisonment in a colony in his absence with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a period of three years. The court also decreed to confiscate Usenov's Cadillac car, an apartment on the Boulevard of Erkindik and cash.

    Meanwhile, the court acquitted Kurmanbek Bakiyev's son Marat for lack of evidence of involvement in crimes, which resulted in the death of protesters. However, Marat Bakiyev was found guilty on a number of other cases and sentenced to ten years in the colony with confiscation of vehicles worth about $ 1.5 million.

    Kurmanbek Bakiyev served as the second President of Kyrgyzstan from 2005 to 2010. Large opposition protests in April 2010 led to the takeover of government offices, forcing Bakiyev to flee the country. In February 2012, it has been reported that Bakiyev was granted Belarusian citizenship in 2010.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Family members of Azerbaijani hostages taken by Armenians addressed to Russian President
    25.07.2014 16:58
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    The Azerbaijanis (Shahbaz Guliyev, Dilgam Asgarov) who were taken hostage in Kalbajar occupied region of Azerbaijan by Armenians separatists. The copies of the passports of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova confirm that they are citizens of Russia, SIA reports.

    Dilgam Asgarovв's wife Firuza Asgarova and his son Kurdoglu Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova addressed to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin.

    According to information received by the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs, the family members asked to release Asgarov and Guliyev, the State Committee told .

    The copies of the passports of Dilgam Asgarov and Albina Veselova, the citizens of the Russian Federation, were also attached to the appeals.

    The text of the appeals and copies of the passports are added to information.

    The copy of Dilgam Asgarovв's passport confirms that he is a citizen of the Russian Federation. But the Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan refused this fact.

    The copy of the passport of Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova also confirms that she is also a citizen of the Russian Federation.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran to sign ICT deal
    25.07.2014 16:50
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    Azerbaijan and Iran will sign a new agreement on cooperation in the spheres of communications and information and communications technologies (ICT) in the near future, the Iranian embassy told Trend.

    The remarks were made during the meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayeen and Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Ali Abbasov.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed the prospects for cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan in these spheres, the Iranian embassy said.

    Moreover, Pak Ayeen drew the minister's attention to the importance of developing the cooperation between the two countries' companies operating in the private sector.

    The ambassador went on to add that an Iranian delegation, consisting of the representatives of companies operating in the ICT sphere, will visit Baku in the near future, to hold negotiations with the Azerbaijani companies.

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