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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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    A source close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team told reporters on Sunday that although the IAEA has so far failed to present reliable documents to prove its claims on Iran's nuclear work, Tehran is ready to help the agency settle the PMD issue within the framework of its considerations.

    "To us, it is not a difficult issue because it has no ambiguity and we have no concern in this regard," the source said, adding, however, that such baseless claims should not remain unresolved.

    The IAEA officials' trip comes a few days after Amano paid a visit to Iran and held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

    In a statement issued on Friday after the visit, Amano said Iran and the IAEA have a "better understanding" in some areas but added that more work is required for the resolution of outstanding issues including the PMD.

    The IAEA director general also told reporters on Saturday that investigation into the PMD could be completed by the end of the year.

    None of the reports released by the IAEA have said that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward non-civilian purposes. Nevertheless, the United States and some of its allies falsely accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in the nuclear program.

    Iran, one of the first states to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA in 1973. The accord came into force in 1974.

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  • Iran, P5 1 'very close' to final nuclear deal: EU's Mogherini
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    The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says a final deal between Iran and the P5 1 group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program is "very close" as a July 7 deadline approaches, Press TV reported.

    "We are very close," Mogherini told reporters on Sunday as she returned to the Austrian capital, Vienna, the venue of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers over the past nine days.

    "The atmosphere is constructive, positive," she added.

    The EU official said the negotiating parties are showing the political will to strike a comprehensive deal, adding, "Now it is a matter of seeing all together if this political will manages to translate into political decisions."

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany have been holding intense talks at the Palais Coburg in Vienna over the past nine days to hammer out a final deal.

    After intense talks between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, foreign ministers of other members of the P5 1 are returning to Vienna in the hopes of finalizing a deal.

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  • Almost 60% of Greeks reject creditors' proposals
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    Some 59.7 percent of voters said "no" to the bailout proposals tabled by Greece's international lenders, while 40.3 percent voted for the deal, first official results of the Sunday referendum showed, sputnik reported.

    The data was compiled following 7.56 percent of votes counted.

    On Sunday, Greek voters have been taking part in a referendum to determine whether Greece should accept the lenders-proposed bailout plan that envisages serious spending cuts and tax increases.

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  • '‹Iran vows to double oil exports after sanctions lifted
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    Iran said on Sunday that it has serious plans to increase its oil exports to almost double the current levels after sanctions against the country are lifted, Press TV reported.

    Mansour Moazami, Iran's deputy petroleum minister for planning and supervision affairs, has been quoted by the media as saying that Iran's oil exports would reach 2.3 million barrels, compared with around 1.2 million barrels a day today.

    "We are like a pilot on the runway ready to take off. This is how the whole country is right now," Moazami has told the Wall Street Journal.

    He added that Iran is presently is pushing to convince fellow members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to renew its quota system.

    Iran is already in contact with former oil buyers in the European Unionmdash;traders such as Vitol Group and big oil producers such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Total SA and Eni SpAmdash;and existing importers in Asia to help absorb the potential new shipments, the Journal report has added quoting Iran's Ministry of Petroleum and the companies.

    At its last meeting on June 5, Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh informed other OPEC ministers his country's production would increase if sanctions are lifted and offered to reinstate the quotas.

    Iran is currently negotiating with P5 1 group of countries - the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany - over a final nuclear agreement that envisages the lifting of certain economic sanctions against Iran in return for certain moves by the country to restrict some of its nuclear energy activities.

    Some key sanctions that are expected to be removed are those that ban investments in Iran's oil and gas projects as well as Iran's sales of crude oil to the international market.

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  • 49.5-54% of Greeks Say No to Creditors' Bailout Proposals - Polls
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    From 49.5 to 54.5 percent of voters in Greece said "No" to the bailout proposals tabled by the country's international creditors, while from 45.5 to 50.5 percent voted in favor of the deal, the results of four opinion polls showed Sunday, Sputnik reported.

    "The overall estimate is that "No" vote is leading," sociologists told ERT TV channel.

    On Sunday, Greek voters have been taking part in a referendum to determine whether Greece should accept the lenders-proposed bailout plan that envisages serious spending cuts and tax increases.

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  • Saudi Arabia registeres 6 MERS cases in a week
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    Saudi Health Ministry announced on Sunday the registration of six new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus cases in a week from June 28 to July 4, Xinhua reported.

    The new cases brought the total cases to 1,045, including 460 deaths. Saudi Arabia has adopted tough prevention and treatment measures with 55.3 percent recovery rate.

    The six new cases were reported in Riyadh and Damam, as 644 samples were tested at the ministry's labs in last week.

    Since the first outbreak of MERS in 2012, Riyadh has twice replaced its health ministers, while the country's health authorities have urged its nationals to stay away from consuming camel meat or milk, which is the main suspect of the spreading of the virus.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a typical case of MERS infection involves symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

    The virus is contracted through exposure to infected individuals, either from health facilities like hospitals, or by direct contact with camels.

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  • China warns citizens as Turks again take to streets
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    China warned its citizens in Turkey to stay away from anti-Beijing protests Sunday, as protesters again took to the streets to voice their anger at China's perceived discrimination against Muslims, Anadolu repoted.

    A notice on the website for China's Embassy to Turkey called on its citizens to not approach or film or photograph the protests, and "reduce individual outings."

    On Tuesday, Turkey's Foreign Ministry expressed "deep concern" about reports Beijing has instilled restrictions on segments of its Muslim population during the holy month of Ramadan.

    China has since replied, expressing concerns of its own about the Turkish statement.

    The marches have mostly started around and after iftar -- when Muslims break their daily fast -- with people taking to the streets, holding placards and shouting slogans, but on Saturday a large protest in Istanbul at midday saw hundreds march to the city's famed Blue Mosque "to show support to Muslims in East Turkestan."

    Many carried flags in the Turkish red and Uighur sky blue and called for a boycott of Chinese goods.

    Turkish newspaper Sabah reported that a group of Korean tourists had to be rescued by police after they were attacked by marchers connected to Turkey's "Gray Wolves" movement on being mistaken for Chinese nationals. The Gray Wolves are a pan-Turkic movement, represented in Parliament by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - which received 16.3 percent of the vote in the June 7 election.

    Marches were again planned all over Turkey for Sunday.

    In mid-June, it was widely reported that China had banned fasting in parts of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for Party members, civil servants, students and teachers.

    On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry said that her government had noted Turkey's concerns and wanted clarification.

    "All ethnic groups in China are entitled to the freedom of religious belief under Chinese constitution," Hua Chunying said through a translator.

    That claim followed allegations last year that Beijing had issued warnings to employees and students not to fast during the holy month.

    It is also reported to have restricted men from having long beards, clamped down on religious education activities, and acted to control the entrances and exits to mosques.

    On Thursday, Hua said that Beijing attached great importance to its developing relationship with Turkey.

    "We hope we can develop the bilateral relationship, based on a mutual respect of each other's major concerns and common interests," she said.

    "We hope that the Turkish side will work together with us to maintain the smooth development of the bilateral relationship."

    The "concern" expressed by marchers is reflective of the sentiment that many Turks have with regard to the Uighur issue.

    Many refer to China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region -- home to many ethnic minority groups, including Turkic Uighur people -- as East Turkestan.

    They believe that Uighur are among a number of Turkic tribes that inhabit the region, and consider it to be part of Central Asia, not China.

    Uighur, a Turkic group that makes up around 45 percent of the population of Xinjiang, has accused China of carrying out repressive policies that restrain their religious, commercial and cultural activities.

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  • Turkey sends medical aid for Yemen refugees in Djibouti
    05.07.2015 18:18
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    Six tons of Turkey-donated medical equipment and supplies, along with six fully-equipped ambulances, have arrived in Djibouti, the Turkish ambassador to the small Horn of Africa country said Sunday, Anadolu reported.

    According to Ambassador Hasan Yavuz, the six ambulances were sent to Djiboutian Health Ministry officials by the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), while the medical equipment was sent by Turkey's Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).

    Both agencies are run by the Turkish government.

    In February, Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu and his Djiboutian counterpart, Kassim Issak Osman, signed a donation agreement in Ankara paving the way for the delivery of the ambulances.

    Turkey's relations with Djibouti, a country of less than a million people, have developed steadily in recent years, with Turkey opening an embassy in Djibouti in 2012. Djibouti followed suit the following year, when it opened its own diplomatic mission in Ankara.

    According to Yavuz, the six tons of donated medical equipment is intended for refugees in Djibouti who have recently fled war-torn Yemen.

    Despite the fact that Djibouti is considered one of the world's 20 least developed countries, it is the only country in the Horn of Africa region to welcome refugees from Yemen, which lies just across the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

    Yemen has remained in chaos since last September, when the Shia Houthi militant group overran capital Sanaa.

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  • New addiction treatment camp to come on stream in Iran
    05.07.2015 17:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 5

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: A new addiction treatment camp will come on stream in Iran on July 6, said Mohammad Reza Azarnia, the secretary of the coordination council to fight against drugs in Tehran Province.

    Drug addictions has been turned into a major concern for people in Iran, he added, ISNA news agency reported on July 5.

    More than 3,700 persons in Tehran have been killed in fight against drugs, he noted.

    Unfortunately, more than two percent of university students and one percent of high school students are consume narcotics, he said.

    More than 60 percent of imprisoned persons have been jailed in connection with narcotics, he said, adding, 16,307 persons were arrested in this regard in the first quarter of the year, 570 of them were Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on the people to strengthen fight against narcotics.

    In a message on the occasion of June 26, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Rouhani said due to being the neighbor of a country, which is the main source of cultivation and production of narcotics, Iran has always been exposed to the highest rates of damages and losses to its people.

    Head of Iran's Drugs Police Ali Moayedi said June 24 that the Iranian police seized some 135 metric tons of illegal drugs in the past three months.

    In the meantime 92,000 people have been arrested across the country on drugs-related charges, he added.

    He further said addiction among Iranian women is on the rise.

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  • Greek president Pavlopoulos calls on citizens to stay united after voting
    05.07.2015 16:46
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    On Sunday, Greeks went to the polls to vote whether Athens should accept the creditors' bailout plan that envisages serious spending cuts and tax increases in exchange for additional financial aid, Sputnik reported.

    "Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, we must embark in an indissoluble unity on a difficult journey tomorrow. That is what our ancestors did in the crucial moments. That is our duty today," Pavlopoulos said after voting.

    Greece owes some $270 billion of its aggregate $350-billion debt to its major international lenders - the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and some Eurozone nations.

    Greece failed to transfer its $1.7-billion loan repayment to the IMF before the expiry of the previous aid package on June 30.

    The decision to hold a nation-wide referendum was preceded by several rounds of talks between Athens and its international creditors on Greece's debt settlement, which resulted in no agreement.

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  • Two killed, six injured in N. Philippine helicopter crash
    05.07.2015 15:29
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    A private helicopter crashed in a mountainous area in northern Philippine province of Batangas before noon Sunday, killing two persons and injuring six others, Xinhua reported.

    The helicopter operated by Malate Tourist Development Corp. crashed in Mt. Macolot in Pinagkaisahan village, Cuenca town at around 11:00 a.m. local time, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

    The fatalities were the pilot and the businessman who reportedly owned the ill-fated helicopter, police said.

    Those injured were immediately brought to nearby hospital for treatment.

    CAAP said that authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident, which took place while some areas in northern part of the Philippines are being battered by tropical storm Egay.

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  • Commander says social networks aimed at changing Iraniansв' lifestyle
    05.07.2015 15:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 5

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Mobile social networks applications such as Instagram and Viber are part of a "soft war" against the Islamic Republic to change lifestyle of the Iranians, the country's Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said.

    Iranian enemies grant free access to social networks for Iranian youth, meanwhile these networks has huge costs, he said, adding they do that because they want to change Iranians' lifestyle and life path.

    "Our enemies have employed soft war to attain their goals," Pourdastan said, Iran's Fars news agency reported July 5.

    It should be noted that several of world's most popular networks, such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran while users are still able to access them via proxies. A proxy allows bypassing 'gates' meant to block certain sites.

    A survey by Iranian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports indicates that 69.3 percent of the country's young generation use proxy servers to by-pass the filters and access banned Internet websites.

    Pourdastan also touched upon the ongoing Iran-West nuclear negotiations, saying the Islamic Republic should not be optimistic towards the US.

    "Even if nuclear agreement with the P5 1 is achieved, we should not be optimistic," the commander said.

    "Because the US enmity against us is rooted," he added.

    Iran and the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are holding negotiations to hammer out a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

    The sides have only until July 7 to reach a deal.

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  • Iran says nuclear talksв' prospect bright
    05.07.2015 15:02
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    Tehran, Iran, July 5

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The future of the nuclear negotiations is bright, said Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament.

    However, the negotiations are very complicated, he added during a meeting with ambassadors of Islamic countries in Tehran, Fars news agency reported July 5.

    "We try to have successful talks in the end. All the country's branches and authorities are unanimous that the talks should be progressive and developing," he stated.

    "The Islamic republic has always tried to gain a positive outcome from the talks. The outlook is bright and good steps have been taken to resolve differences."

    He criticized the US government for saying that all options are on the table in regard to Iran.

    "We do not consider such talk as constructive. The US officials have caused much damage on themselves and the region through such talks," he stressed.

    Larijani hoped that if the nuclear talks succeed, the emerging situation would improve the security of the Middle East region.

    Iran and the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are holding negotiations to hammer out a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

    The sides have only until July 7 to reach a deal.

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  • 3 soldiers killed, 6 injured in NW Pakistan blast
    05.07.2015 14:21
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    At least three soldiers were killed and six others injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

    Aaj TV said that some unknown militants blew up a roadside planted bomb with a remote controlled device as soon as the security forces' vehicle passed by it in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan Agency, a restive tribal area along Pakistan- Afghanistan border.

    The injured troops have been shifted to military hospital of the neighboring Banu area.

    Security forces cordoned off the area for investigations.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

    The attack happened at the time when the Pakistani army is carrying out an armed offensive against the Taliban in the area.

    Named as "Operation Zarb-e-Azb", the offensive was launched on June 15 last year with an aim to remove the sanctuaries of local and foreign militants from the North Waziristan Agency.

    The security forces made many achievements in the one-year long operation by taking hold of many important areas and killing over 2,700 militants.

    The operation has basically broken the backbone of the militants as the terrorist attacks are decreasing in the country by every coming day.

    The militants, however, keep on carrying out sporadic attacks on the security forces whenever chance arises to them.

    So far the militants have killed over 250 soldiers including officials in retaliatory attacks on the troops who are carrying out the operation.

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  • Storm travelling 140 km/h impending in Iranв's Sistan-Baluchestan
    05.07.2015 13:03
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    Tehran, Iran, July 5

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The Meteorology Organization of the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan has predicted that a storm travelling at the speed of 100 to 140 km/h will sweep the area.

    Following the announcement, rescue teams and the Red Crescent Society of Sistan-Baluchestan are put on stand-by, Fars news agency reported July 5.

    The storm is predicted to hit the northern parts of the province worst.

    Hossein Darvishi, an official of the provincial Red Crescent Society said the previous evening a crisis management meeting was held and it was decided to distribute nano-masks in the areas that are predicted to be hit the worst.

    The locals are required to prevent making trips as much as possible because the sight range is going to be limited drastically.

    Dust storms are frequent in Sistan-Baluchestan and they create many problems for people's daily lives.

    Sistan-Baluchestan is one of the driest areas in Iran and the common feature in the area is deserts. That makes it easy for dust to rise into the sky with local winds and turn into a dust storm.

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  • Iran says thwarted Dino malware attack on countryв's sensitive centers
    05.07.2015 13:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 5

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran confirms that a spy malware called Dino was targeting sensitive centers inside the country since one and a half years ago.

    After the malware was discovered, the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center(CERTCC) which is subset of the Information and Communication Technology(ICT) sent a secret report to the country's officials on the issue, Masoud Biglarian, head of the CERTCC said.

    "We took appropriate measures to prevent damage to the strategic centers of the country by Dino," Biglarian said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported July 5.

    He further said that Dino is a type of Spyware such as Stuxnet which is designed for specific purposes and launches targeted attacks.

    He rejected claims that the malware infected some sensitive centers inside the country.

    Last week some western media outlets reported that Dino malware which searches for specific data and steals it has infected some organizations inside Iran.

    Bratislava, Slovakia based security firm ESET's researchers have identified the sophisticated Dino Trojan that attacked Iranian and Syrian subjects in 2013 while rumor is that the group is a secret wing of the French Intelligence service.

    Dino was supposedly created by the so-called Animal Farm Group, which also created other Trojans like Bunny, Casper and Babar. Casper malware's claim to fame is that it was involved in a large-scale attack on computer systems in Syria last fall.

    ESET claims that "Dino's main goal seems to be the exfiltration of files from its targets".

    Wide-scale cyber attacks on Iranian facilities started in 2010 after the US and Israel reportedly tried to disrupt the operation of Iran 's nuclear facilities through a worm that later came to be known as Stuxnet.

    US intelligence officials revealed in June 2013 that the Stuxnet malware was not only designed to disrupt Iran 's nuclear program, but was part of a wider campaign directed from Israel that included the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists.

    Stuxnet is the first discovered worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. It is specifically written to attack SCADA systems that are used to control and monitor industrial processes.

    In September 2013, the Islamic Republic said that the computer worm of Stuxnet infected 30,000 IP addresses in Iran, but it denied the reports that the cyber worm had damaged computer systems at the country's nuclear power plants.

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  • Turkish president to visit China
    05.07.2015 11:41
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 5

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    The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to China to discuss the situation formed due to the pressure and restrictions imposed in relation to Turkic Uyghurs in China, Haber 7 reported.

    The visit is scheduled for July 28.

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  • Iran says UN Security Council approval to make nuclear deal official
    05.07.2015 11:01
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    Tehran, Iran, July 5

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The nuclear agreement will take an official form through a UN Security Council approval, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.

    Nonetheless, the entire EU, US, and Security Council sanctions will be lifted on an agreed date when Iran's commitments will also start, he added, IRNA news agency reported July 5.

    Expressing over the progress made in the nuclear talks over the past week, he said the negotiations were never more progressive.

    Araqchi said there is a chance to reach an agreement.

    Commenting on Iran's nuclear research and development based on the prospective agreement, the nuclear negotiator said that Iran will have the opportunity to work on advanced machines such as IR8.

    "We are doing all we can and it is possible that in the next two days the texts be ready at the deputies level and be referred to ministers," he stated.

    Iran and the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in talks to strike a deal over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. They are in a seven-day extension to a July 10 deadline.

    While the six powers try to impose limitations on Iran's nuclear activities, Tehran is pushing for the removal of sanctions on its economy.

    The major part of the sanctions, including those on oil, gas, petrochemicals, insurance, and shipping are related to the nuclear program. However, a small part of the sanctions were imposed on human rights and terrorism allegations.

    According to Araqchi, US Congress regulations have made it difficult to handle the sanctions part of the nuclear deal.

    A recent US Senate regulation requires a say by the Congress on any nuclear deal that the government would intend to make with Iran.

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  • Greeks begin voting in referendum as the euro faces its biggest challenge
    05.07.2015 10:07
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    Greeks began voting in a referendum on Sunday that presents the biggest challenge to the running of the euro since its adoption and risks sending shock waves through the world's financial markets, The Guardian reported.

    The nationwide ballot was taking place at the end of a week of unending drama that saw Greece close its banks, ration cash, fail to repay the IMF and lose billions of euros when its bailout programme expired. The vote is on the last terms offered to Greece before its prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, abandoned talks with his country's lenders last weekend, saying their conditions would only exacerbate the plight of a country whose economy has already shrunk by a quarter.

    At a rally in the centre of Athens on Friday night, Tsipras urged his compatriots to cast a no ballot, assuring them it would not be a vote for leaving the euro, but for remaining in Europe "with dignity". Greece's creditors and most of the opposition parties have claimed that, on the contrary, it could lead to exit from the single market ("Grexit") and even the European Union.

    Almost 9.9 million Greeks have the right to vote in the referendum, which the interior ministry said would cost less than half the amount spent on the general election in January that brought Tsipras's Syriza party into office in a coalition with the populist, nationalist Anel party.

    Among the many imponderables was the impact of votes cast by Greeks living abroad. Under the same rules that govern elections, expatriates must return to the country if they are to cast valid ballots. There was evidence that large numbers of Greeks living abroad were coming back for the referendum and that most leaned towards voting yes.

    The prime minister's decision to call the vote prompted outrage among opposition politicians who favour a yes vote. They have argued that the offer on which the referendum is based was withdrawn when the bailout programme ran out and that Syriza has rigged the ballot by putting both options on one ballot sheet with the no option first. But a claim that the vote was unconstitutional was thrown out by Greece's highest court on Friday.

    Polling stations will be open from 7am local time until 7pm (5pm British summer time). The first results are expected around 9pm.

    Opinion polls have given contradictory results and none has shown a clear majority for either option. But they have all shown an overwhelming majority of Greeks - around three-quarters - want their country to keep the euro.

    A no vote is supported by both the parties in government and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. The centre-right opposition New Democracy party has campaigned for a yes vote as have Pasok and To Potami, both of the centre-left.

    In a surprise development on the eve of polling, the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schauml;uble - until now even more of a hardliner than his chancellor, Angela Merkel - turned a more conciliatory face towards Greece. Having previously insisted that a no vote on the lenders' last terms would see their country forced out of the euro, Schauml;uble told the Bild newspaper that the choice before them on Sunday was between holding on to the euro and being "temporarily without it". It was far from clear what Schauml;uble had in mind, but economists have mooted the notion of a period in which Greece might go back to its national currency, the drachma, while its economy recovered.

    With pharmacists in Athens reporting that the government had rationed the distribution of drugs, and fears being raised of food shortages within weeks, the finance minister of Europe's biggest economy said: "It is clear that we will not leave the [Greek] people in the lurch." Schauml;uble's last-minute intervention appeared to favour the no camp's argument that the vote is not on membership of the euro.

    The German minister's tone was strikingly at odds with that of his charismatic but controversial Greek counterpart, Yanis Varoufakis, who turned up the heat before the ballot by accusing Greece's creditors of terrorism.

    "Why did they force us to close the banks?" he asked in an interview published by the Spanish daily El Mundo. "To instil fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism."

    Rallies in support of Greece were held in several European capitals on Saturday. Others were also held in Britain: in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

    Several economists warned that financial markets were underestimating the risks of a no vote - and even of a yes vote. In a reference to the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers - the spark that detonated global recession - Megan Greene, chief economist of the Canadian asset management firm Manulife, said: "Grexit would be a Lehman-type event, but with a much slower fuse."

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  • At least 2 killed in separate shootings in Miami '" reports
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    Two men were shot dead on Saturday in two separate shootings in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the United States, local media reported.

    The first episode of the deadly shooting took place early Saturday morning in Wynwood, a neighbourhood in Miami.

    According to Miami Herald, citing local police, a man and woman came out of a nearby nightclub and were going to their car, when a gunman appeared in front of them. There was reportedly a verbal skirmish between the man and the suspected criminal after that the man was shot.

    The male victim identified as 41-year-old Thomas Quass was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but died shortly afterwards due to sustained gunshot wounds.

    Police described the gunman as a man wearing a black and grey shirt, black pants and a black hat, according to the newspaper.

    The motives behind the crime are still unknown and the investigation for the crime is under way.

    Later Saturday, an unidentified man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was shot in Coral Gables, a city in Miami-Dade County and died later in the Ryder Trauma Center. According to the witnesses, two black male gunmen were observed fleeing the scene of the crime.

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  • Araqchi: Iran never so progressive in N. talks as now
    05.07.2015 02:07
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    Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined that Iran has not had so much progress in the nuclear talks like this time, IRNA reported.

    'We had not been so much forward during thepast nuclear talks as this stage is the stage for entering wrting the text (of the final agreement,' Araqchi said in an interview with IRIB on Saturday night.

    He noted that the two sides have views and there is the possibility for agreement on them, and said, 'Of course there are some problems that we are still doing them.'

    Araqchi said that Iran does restrict itself to the deadlines, adding, 'We do not let the time to decide for us and in case we achieve the desried principles and framework agreement is possible and otherwise we would not follow up bad deal.'

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  • Zarif, Kerry meet for second time in Vienna on Saturday
    05.07.2015 00:17
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    Negotiating teams of Iran and the US held their second round of talks in one day in a bid to reduce their differences, IRNA reported.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif presided over the talks while Iranian deputy foreign ministers Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as well as US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and EU foreign policy deputy chief Helga Schmidt were present during the meetings.

    The deputy foreign minister had met before to reduce the differences.

    Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz also attended lengthy meeting to resolve the technical differences.

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  • Powers cite progress on Iran nuclear deal, end in sight
    04.07.2015 23:37
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    Global powers and Iran hit the final straights of marathon talks Saturday, amid signs some of the toughest hurdles blocking a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear programme may have been resolved.

    After a 13-year standoff which has poisoned Iran's international relations, the UN atomic watchdog voiced hopes of a breakthrough to complete a stalled probe into whether Tehran sought to develop nuclear arms in the past.

    And on complicated moves to ease a web of sanctions, there were indications that at least at the level of experts some understanding may have been thrashed out, although discussions continued as a new Tuesday deadline looms.

    The so-called P5 1 -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- are trying to draw the curtain on almost two years of roller-coaster negotiations, which gathered fresh impetus after President Hassan Rouhani took power in late 2013.

    The aim is to finalise a deal which would put a nuclear bomb beyond Iran's reach, in return for lifting biting international sanctions slapped on the Islamic republic, some of which date back to 1995.

    IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told reporters after a whirlwind visit to Tehran that progress had been made as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seeks to ensure that any deal is "technically sound."

    "With the cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the ... clarification of the issues related to possible military dimensions," Amano told reporters after his talks in Tehran earlier this week.

    Iran has long denied it has sought to develop a nuclear bomb and has so far refused UN inspectors access to sensitive military sites to verify its claims.

    The standoff has stalled an IAEA probe into the allegations that before 2003, and possibly since, Iran conducted research work into developing nuclear weapons.

    US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, were back at the negotiating table early Saturday seeking to finalise the deal.

    Meanwhile, it also seemed there had been some agreement at expert level on how to ease a web of UN, EU, and US sanctions.

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  • Former Iranian president says has no plan for future elections
    04.07.2015 22:57
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    Tehran, Iran, July 4

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he does not intend to run for future elections.

    "Here we have no plan or interest whatsoever in launching electoral campaigns. If I have a decision or duty to do something, in that case I will personally tell that to the nation in person," he said.

    He made the remarks in a meeting with high-ranking officials of the ninth and tenth Iranian presidential administrations, Fars news agency reported July 4.

    "After some thorough investigation, my friends and I were convinced that for the time being, we have no other responsibility or duty but to reread and explain the mode of thought prevailing the revolution, which is the mode of thought of the late Imam (Khomeini), pure Islam, and the reality of monotheism and justice," he said.

    "Of course most of you know what we are busy with here and what plans we have. Some friends did not know and they wanted us to explain so that all may know. Some friends here coming from all over the country are busy planning to explain the ideals of the Islamic revolution and reread the line of the late Imam."

    The former Iranian president said he and people around him are under pressure to take part in political programs such as parliamentary and presidential elections.

    Elswhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad expressed pity over what he called lies and unfounded claims being published in the press.

    "It seems everyone is free to write and publish all sorts of lies, accusations, and slander against the ninth and tenth administrations, me, and my friends," he stated.

    "They publish fake news in bulletins, websites, and newspapers and they even make stories. A friend today narrated a full story from a newspaper which was made up from A to Z. First they publish false news and then, based on ill inductions, they make stories. This is a very bad situation."

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  • Iran launches second Qadir radar system
    04.07.2015 22:30
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    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched a long-range radar system in the southwest of the country to enhance its air defense capabilities, IRNA reported.

    The second Qadir radar system was put into service in Iran's southwestern city of Ahwaz on Saturday.

    The first Qadir system was unveiled in the city of Garmsar in the central province of Semnan in June 2014. The third system is also scheduled to be unveiled in the near future.

    The domestically-manufactured Qadir radar system, designed by IRGC's Aerospace Division, is capable of detecting targets with a very small cross section from a long distance.

    The system enjoys a direct range of 1,100 kilometers (more than 680 miles) and can be used to detect different types of aircraft as well as ballistic missiles.

    Qadir falls in the category of long-range three-dimensional radar systems.

    In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

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  • Iranian FM, IAEA chief hold talks
    04.07.2015 22:10
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif met and conferred with Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukio Amano following a meeting between Iranian and US negotiators.

    Details of the meeting have not yet been revealed but it seems it had focussed on outcome of Amano's visit to Tehran and drawing frameworks of Iran-IAEA cooperation on possible military dimensions (PMD) or alleged studies.

    Prior to the meeting, Amano had told reporters that the aim of his Tehran visit was to settle remaining issues and 'in this concern, we have had progress but lots of work still remain.'

    Amano maintained that with cooperation of Iran he could present a report on assessment of PMD related issues.

    Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry are to resume negotiations soon. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz resumed technical talks after the Iran-US meeting.

    Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbass Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi and Deputy EU Foreign Policy Adviser Helga Schmid held talks for hours in the morning. They are also in talks in the afternoon.

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  • Government in Turkey - coalition or interim one?
    04.07.2015 19:12
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu starting from the next week will begin negotiations with political parties on forming a coalition government in the country.

    But the beginning of talks does not mean that the search for a political ally will be successful. If a coalition government cannot be formed, an interim government is created, according to the laws of Turkey. The Cabinet of Ministers includes representatives of all political parties depending on the percentage of votes gained in the parliamentary election, according to the law.

    In this case, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will receive 11 ministerial portfolios in an interim cabinet, the Republican People's Party (CHP) - 6 portfolios, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) may claim to three ministerial portfolios each.

    Independent MPs can be appointed the heads of the ministries of justice, transport, shipping and communications or candidacies for these positions can be found outside the parliament.

    In case of formation of the interim government, president appoints an interim prime minister. Political parties have the right to refuse from participation in the interim government.

    It is not ruled out that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will do so and will explain its decision with the participation of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the interim government. Although the interim government will exist only till the early parliamentary election, HDP won't miss the opportunity to at al least temporarily participate in the Cabinet of Ministers.

    It is obvious that none of the political parties in Turkey will create a coalition with HDP. They used this party only for achieving their goal not to allow the Justice and Development Party to form the government by its own.

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated July 3 that he doesn't rule out the holding of early parliamentary election. Erdogan said that if Turkey's political parties fail to form the government, early parliamentary election will be held.

    The relations between the political parties represented in the country's parliament suggest that it will be so. In any case, the Justice and Development Party and the Nationalist Movement Party have a chance to form a coalition government. But time will tell whether they will use this chance or not.

    The date of holding early parliamentary election in Turkey is set by the country's parliament.

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  • Turkmenistan intends to introduce innovations in oil and gas processing
    04.07.2015 18:36
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 4

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmenistan's oil and gas complex which possesses unused resources is the priority sector of the country, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov said during his two-day state visit to Georgia.

    "Our purpose is to create innovative facilities in oil and gas processing," Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper quoted Berdimuhammadov as saying.

    Great work is currently underway in the country to fulfill this task: the foundations of a number of plants have been laid, according to the head of state.

    Moreover, Berdimuhammadov invited Georgia to participate in the projects in this sphere.

    Turkmenistan is one the key players in the gas market of the Caspian Sea region and Central Asia. The country ranks fourth for the natural gas reserve in the world, according to BP report.

    In recent years, by actively developing the oil and gas processing, Turkmenistan has started pursuing the policy of economic diversification.

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  • Azerbaijani oil prices for June 29 - July 3
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    The average price for AZERI LT, exported from Azerbaijan via the Ceyhan, Batumi and Supsa ports to Italian Augusta port, was $62.942 per barrel on June 29 - July 3, or $0.708 less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for AZERI LT was $63.73 per barrel and the minimum price was $61.29 per barrel during the reporting period.

    The average price for Urals (Ex-Novo) exported from Azerbaijan via the Novorossiysk port stood at $59.748 per barrel or $0.496 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for Urals totaled $61.62 per barrel and the minimum - $58.05 per barrel.

    Urals' density is 32 degrees API with sulfur content up to 1.3 percent. The oil grade's specifications vary when sold depending on its high/low-quality content.

    The average price for Brent Dated was $60.634 per barrel or $0.368 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for Brent was $61.67 per barrel and the minimum - $59.11 during the reporting period.

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  • Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA
    04.07.2015 17:34
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    A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran's help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday.

    Following his talks in Tehran earlier this week, UN watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said "progress was made on the way forward, but more work is needed."

    "With the cooperation from Iran I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the ... clarification of the issues related to possible military dimensions," Amano told reporters before heading into talks with global powers in Vienna, AFP reported.

    His comments could mark a breakthrough in one of the thorniest issues still blocking an agreement with Iranian leaders after almost two years of intense negotiations.

    Both Iran and the United States have said that the talks are in the endgame, as they inch towards a deal.

    But Iran has long denied accusations that it has sought to develop a nuclear bomb and has so far refused to give UN inspectors access to sensitive military sites to verify its claims.

    The standoff has stalled a probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into the allegations that before 2003, and possibly since, Iran conducted research work into developing nuclear weapons.

    Iran says the accusations are based on bogus intelligence provided to a gullible and partial IAEA by the CIA and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

    The talks between Iran and the P5 1 -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- are aimed at ensuring that all of Iran's pathways to nuclear weapons are cut off.

    The IAEA in 2011 released a major report on the "possible military dimensions" (PMD) of Iran's programme, saying that the wealth of information made available to it was "credible".

    Amano said the IAEA has stepped up its engagement with the P5 1 in recent months in order to ensure that any deal is "technically sound."

    "Once an agreement on the joint comprehensive plan of action, the IAEA is ready to implement the nuclear-related elements when requested," he said.

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  • Armenia '" source of threat for Araz River, says Iranian MP
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    Tehran, Iran, July 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Dumping of wastes of Armenia's Metsamor nuclear power plant and aluminum plant into Araz River causes threat for this river and the people living in the surrounding areas, Iranian MP Kamaladdin Pirmoazen told Trend July 4.

    Each year, dumping of waste by Armenia into Araz River leads to cancer of thousands of people living in the Mugan region of Ardabil province, their death and other problems.

    The MP urged Iranian government to start talks with Armenia on resolving this issue in a shortest possible time.

    "Such actions by the neighboring country causes concern for our people, which is inadmissible," he said. "Iran and Armenia should find an acceptable way to save the Araz River and protect the environment."

    Pirmoazen added that this issue also causes problems for the population and environment of Azerbaijan. He proposed to create a joint commission with participation of the countries through which the Araz River flows (Azerbaijan, Iran and Armenia) and resolve this problem within this commission.

    Azerbaijan has faced the threat caused by the nuclear waste throughout many years.

    There are irrefutable facts about the disposal of nuclear waste on Azerbaijan's occupied territories and dumping of Metsamor plant's wastes into the Caspian Sea through the Araz River by Armenia.

    Metsamor nuclear power plant was constructed in 1970. The experts believe that the plant causes threat due to the seismic activity in the region.

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  • Japan interested to find possible ways for co-op with TRACECA
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Japan is interested to find possible ways for cooperation with TRACECA, Toshihiro Katagiri, attache of the embassy of Japan in Azerbaijan and First Secretary Takao Imanishi said.

    They made the remarks during the meeting with the Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission Mircea Ciopraga.

    The representatives of Japan's embassy expressed their interest in the latest developments within the framework of IGC TRACECA, member-countries involved in the activity of TRACECA as well as areas of cooperation, said the message from IGC TRACECA.

    Ciopraga informed that 13 countries are member states of the IGC TRACECA.

    As an international EU program, TRACECA is aimed at strengthening the economic relations, trade and transport communication in the regions of the Black Sea basin, South Caucasus and Central Asia, he added.

    The discussions also touched the issues of ongoing and completed technical assistance and infrastructure projects in road safety, maritime and aviation fields.

    Ciopraga exchanged views with the participants of the meeting on the issue of cooperation with Japan as well as with different stakeholders and international structures.

    Regarding the issue of TRACECA enlargement, Ciopraga added that Afghanistan and Pakistan express their interest in accession to TRACECA.

    The parties of the meeting agreed to continue discussion and find possible ways of cooperation.

    TRACECA is an international cooperation program in the field of transport between the EU and partner countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The organization has a permanent secretariat in Baku.

    TRACECA member states are Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Iran and Armenia.

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  • Turkmenistan, Georgia against politicization of energy partnership
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 4

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmenistan and Georgia are against any attempts to politicize their energy partnership, said the message from Turkmen government following the state visit of the country's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov to Georgia July 2-3.

    The message said that Ashgabat hosted a quadripartite meeting on the development of energy cooperation with participation of the representatives of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and the European Union.

    During that meeting, the sides expressed their agreed positions on Georgia's proposal on participation in the projects for creation of the pipeline infrastructure for delivering the energy resources from the Caspian Sea region to the West.

    Moreover, in the joint statement of Berdimuhammadov with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili, the two presidents expressed the importance of Turkmenistan's deliberate policy aimed at diversification of the routes of its gas supply to world markets.

    "The presidents stressed the importance of energy supply from the Caspian Sea region to Europe," said the message.

    Georgian officials earlier stressed that Georgia is an important part of the South Caucasus transport and energy corridor and is ready to ensure a reliable and safe transit of energy resources of the Caspian Sea and Central Asia through its territory.

    Turkmenistan is one of the promising partners for EU in the energy security sphere and in terms of diversification of the gas supply sources. One of the possible options for entering this market is the project for construction of a pipeline along the bottom of the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijani coast.

    Edited by SI

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  • Iran denies having military advisors in Yemen
    04.07.2015 15:02
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    Tehran, Iran, July 4

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian has denied that Iranian military advisors have been sent to Yemen, ISNA news agency reported July 4.

    Abdollahian said that the only Iranian entity that is officially active in Yemen is the Iranian Embassy in Sana'a.

    Abdollahian statement came as a response to the claims of Al-Arabia TV channel, which said Iran has sent its military men to the war-torn Yemen.

    Meanwhile, the Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel had claimed that a number of Iranian military experts had been recently killed in Yemen.

    A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has started military operation in Yemen last March to oust the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have taken most of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia accuses the Islamic Republic of providing military support to the Yemeni Shiite rebels, something that Tehran denies.

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  • Chinese finance would threaten Iran в's electrical industry
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Chinese finance would threaten Iran 's electrical industry, said Alireza Kolahi, the chairman of the Iranian Electrical Industry's Syndicate.

    Although Chinese finance has not yet reached Iran 's electrical projects, but it should be noted that Chinese finance would threaten Iran's electrical industry, Iran's Fars news agency quoted Kolahi as saying.

    Chinese finance is actually assets of Iran that have been blocked as a result of sanctions, he said, adding that Chinese finance is against the law and contrary to guidelines of the Supreme Leader.

    Vast use of Chinese goods and equipment in the Iranian electrical industry will damage Iranian manufacturers, he noted.

    "Iranian companies can compete with their foreign rivals if they are supported, but unfortunately we lost the Iraqi market for exporting electrical equipment to our rivals from Turkey and Saudi Arabia," he said.

    Iran's $22 billion worth of assets has been frozen in China. The country is not able to transfer its exported oil money into the country due to international sanctions.

    Chinese companies have agreed to invest 2-3 times the sum in Iranian projects.

    Asadollah Asgaroladi, the chairman of Iran-China joint chamber of commerce, has said that 80 projects have been defined to use the Chinese finance, including the construction of oil refineries, roads, power plants, and airports.

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  • Share of retail deposits increases in Kazakh banks
    04.07.2015 13:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    The share of retail deposits in the total deposit portfolio of Kazakh banks grows, according to the analytical service Ranking.kz.

    Thus, the population provides 4.3 trillion tenge from 9.29 trillion tenge (186.2 tenge = $1) of the bank deposits on the results of April 2015.

    The share of retail in the deposits portfolio reached 46.3 percent. For comparison, in April 2014 it was 43.7 percent, five years earlier - only 36.2 percent.

    At the same time, the volume of retail deposits decreases. In April, the volume of deposits has decreased by 742 million tenge (0.02 percent decrease), the increase over the year (April 2014-April 2015) was only 1.6 percent. For comparison, the increase was 19.4 percent in the previous year (April 2013-April 2014).

    Retail deposits market's approaching the point of saturation increases the banking competition for customers. Some 32 banks of 35 second-tier banks of Kazakhstan offer retail deposits. Some 25 banks of them give the best possible base interest rate - 10 percent per annum (effective - 10.5 percent).

    As an added competitive advantage, five second-tier banks (12 products with a maximum base rate - 10 percent per annum) offer prize drawings among depositors.

    Home Credit Bank offered the most significant prize - an apartment in Astana (there is a possibility to take the prize in monetary terms), as well as drawing of 100 valuable prizes monthly.

    Two other second-tier banks raffle off cars among the depositors: Bank CenterCredit - BMW, Sberbank Kazakhstan - Kia Rio.

    The depositors Home Credit Bank have the lowest amount of admission (access to prize draw) - only 1,000 tenge (the chance to get one or another prize increases with every 1,000 tenge). VTB customers can participate in the drawing by making the contribution starting from 15,000 tenge. The lower limit starts from 100,000 tenge in the Bank CenterCredit and Sberbank Kazakhstan and from 500,000 tenge in the Capital Bank Kazakhstan.

    VTB does not limit the period of a deposit. Home Credit Bank allows depositing savings for 30-90 days. Other banks have indicated a period of 12 months.

    Each winner can get no more than one prize (certificates from Technodom company) in the drawings of Sberbank Kazakhstan. The winner, who received a certificate, does not participate in the drawing of the car. Even those, who previously won a monthly prize, can participate among the contributors of Home Credit Bank in the drawing of the main prize. VTB conducts drawings every month, each participant of the campaign can take part in the first, second and third drawing in case if he(she) doesn't win in one of them.

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  • Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry gives iftar
    04.07.2015 13:00
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    Ambassadors of Muslim countries expressed their gratitude.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov on behalf of the Ministry invited ambassadors of Muslim countries in Azerbaijan to iftar.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Khalafov said Azerbaijan is an integral part of the Islamic world, and attaches great importance to development of comprehensive relations with Muslim countries.

    He stressed that cooperation between the two countries in political, economic and cultural spheres are deepening on both a bilateral and a multilateral basis.

    Khalaf Khalafov said that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is on the rise.

    Touching upon the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the deputy minister praised the support of Muslim countries for the fair position of Azerbaijan and noted that the OIC has repeatedly expressed a clear position on the realities of the conflict by adopting resolutions that reflect the true picture of the conflict based on international law, and again expressed his gratitude to the member countries for their support.

    Khalaf Khalafov wished success to the ambassadors of Muslim countries in Azerbaijan and prosperity, happiness and development of their people and the governments in this holy month.

    Speaking on behalf of the ambassadors of Muslim countries in Azerbaijan, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Hassan Hami expressed his satisfaction with the organization of Iftar, and thanked on behalf of his colleagues.
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  • "Chorrord Ishkhanutyun": Azerbaijani goods imported to Armenia
    04.07.2015 12:20
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    "The fact itself is remarkable."

    Goods produced in Azerbaijan were imported to Armenia.

    According to Oxu.Az, the Armenian newspaper "Chorrord Ishkhanutyun" writes about it.

    "However, the volume of imports is very small, but the fact itself is remarkable. The fact that the import of Azerbaijani goods to Armenia is seen by the report of the customs service of the Ministry of Finance of Armenia for 2014 according to which the imported goods were worth $ 600.

    It is expected that the carpet was imported. By the way, in 2011, Azerbaijani carpets cost $ 8500 were imported to Armenia," the newspaper said.

    In turn, it has to be noted that imports of any goods of Armenian origin is not allowed in Azerbaijan.

    For example, earlier in June 2015, Azerbaijani border guards prevented the importation of 8 tons of agricultural products of Armenian origin to Azerbaijan.

    According to the State Customs Committee, 8130 kg of apricots detected at the customs post "Sinig korpu" of Tovuz Customs administration were arrested. During the preliminary investigation it was found that the goods were brought from Armenia.

    Due to the absence of documents establishing goods-producing countries, and the absence of sufficient evidence that the goods of Armenian origin, vehicles were detained by border guards, and the import of goods into the country was prevented.
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  • Georgian government raises compensation for families of fallen police officers
    04.07.2015 11:45
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    Parliament approved with its final reading on July 3 legislative amendments increasing one-time payment for families of police officers killed in the line of duty to GEL 100,000 (about USD 44,500).

    The government-proposed amendment also sets monthly payment to those families at GEL 1,000, Civil.ge reports.

    Similar scheme will apply to employees of the planned State Security Service, after it is separated from the Interior Ministry.

    The same scheme of compensation was introduced for families of fallen service members of the Georgian armed forces in 2013.
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  • Armenian armed forces use heavy machine guns on contact line
    04.07.2015 11:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian military, using heavy machine guns, opened a massive fire on the Azerbaijani armed forces' positions, violating ceasefire 78 times, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry July 4.

    Armenian armed forces stationed in Aygepar and Chinari villages of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire on Azerbaijani armed forces positions in Alibayli and Agbulag villages of Tovuz district.

    Armenians, stationed С‰n the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselsk district, opened fire on Azerbaijani positions in the nameless heights of Gadabay district of Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani army positions also came under fire from Armenians stationed near Gulustan, Talish villages of Goranboy district, Chayli, Goyarkh, Chilyaburt villages of Tartar district, Shuraabad, Shikhlar, Kangarli, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Sarijali, Javahirli, Marzili, Yusifjanli of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of Fizuli district, Mehdili village of Jabrail district.

    Azerbaijani army positions also came under fire from the nameless heights of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Dilgam Asgarov refuses to ask pardon from occupants
    04.07.2015 11:41
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    He did not apply to the separatists to pardon.

    Dilgam Asgarov, who was captured by the Armenians in July last year in the occupied Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan and was sentenced to life in prison by the "court" of the self-proclaimed "Nagorno Karabakh Republic", did not apply to the separatists to pardon.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Armenian media that this was announced by Eric Beglaryan, acting as a "lawyer" of Azerbaijani captive in the "court".

    According to Beglaryan, Asgarov refused to apply for pardon to the "president" of self-proclaimed "Republic" Bako Saakyan.

    Dilgam Asgarov, who crossed the border to visit the graves of his relatives was taken prisoner in the occupied Kelbajar district and sentenced to life imprisonment by decision the of the self-proclaimed "court". Hasan Guliyev, who accompanied him was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment.
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  • Chatham House has no connection to British Government - Sir Andrew Wood
    04.07.2015 11:40
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    News.Az interviews Sir Andrew Wood, British political scientist (Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs), former British Ambassador to Russia (1995 '" 2000).

    The Western community has been strengthening sanctions against of Russia. Are you sure that sanctions are the best way to force Russia to change its policy towards Ukraine? What other means can be used to impose such changes?

    Sanctions could never have been expected to deal swiftly with Russia's seizure of Crimea and its repeated violations of eastern Ukraine, carried out and continued not only despite international laws but also of specific agreements signed by Russia with regard to the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. It is arguable that Western countries should have acted more toughly when faced with earlier Russian adventures, against Georgia in 2008 for instance. For the EU and other Western countries to have done nothing, including after the way that Yanukovich tried to suppress Ukrainians protesting at his misrule in Maidan, and then fled the country, would have sent a message that they were content to live in a world where might was taken as right, not one where international agreements were to be respected. Sanctions are meant over time to encourage a process whereby Russia can return to a situation in which it acknowledges the rules which have governed our common European home since the breakup of the Soviet Union, and recognises that its true interests lie in living with a stable and prospering Ukraine rather than forcing its will on a country that overwhelmingly rejects its hegemony.

    There is an opinion that Ukraine is the single place at post-soviet space where the West attempts to openly resist the Russian policy towards its neighbor. What do you think about that? Don't you think that the EU's policy regarding other regions in the former USSR, suffering from the similar conflicts, is not quite active and decisive?

    We have as I said at the beginning to make the best of our past judgements, and no one would be so foolish as to claim that any of us has got everything right all the time. Earlier hopes that Russia would develop into a reliable strategic partner have been disappointed, though I would still hope and argue that Russia's destiny over time will be to recognise its interest in building on the advantages of integrating itself into the wider European cultural, economic and political world, not in pursuing the chimerical ambition of achieving some sort of Eurasian hegemony for itself. While therefore we must resist what Russia seems to want to achieve in Ukraine - which by the way it has never clearly set out, while pretending to deny its obvious intervention in that country - we cannot now try in present circumstances to go beyond the way that we are addressing other issues that we can all wish might have been better tackled in the past. The theoretical best can be the enemy of what is in practice available.

    A few questions about Russian policy towards its neighborhood in the South. The Russian officials say that there is no any political base and anti-Russian sentiments in mass protests in Armenia, and the protests are purely economic. Do you believe that? Can protests in Armenia weaken Russia's position in this country and in the region?

    It would be wrong of me to pretend to particular knowledge of that country, but it is surely the case that the protests there cannot be or remain exclusively economic. The Armenian government has as I understand it already taken political account of them. It would also be going beyond my expertise to comment on the way that Russia seeks to balance its policies and interests as between Armenia and Azerbaijan. That cannot be easy.

    British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq was summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on July 1. Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed the protest of the Azerbaijani government over the possible visit of Bako Sahakyan, introducing him as the head of the separatist regime created in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and the invitation sent to him to participate in an event to be held at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, on July 8, 2015. How would you comment on Azerbaijan's position that such contacts with the separatist leader may harm relations between Baku and London?

    Your question as to the possible visit of Bako Sahakyan to London is an illustration, in its way, of the dilemmas faced by outside powers because of the outstanding problems arising out of the Nagorno Karabakh problem. I would however point out, as I am sure the British Ambassador did when he met with the Deputy Foreign Minister, that Chatham House is an independent organisation with no connection to the British Government, and that what it may do or whom it may invite has no implications for the British Government's policies in this matter.
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  • Candidacy of Kazakh cosmonaut to fly on ISS approved
    04.07.2015 11:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh cosmonaut Aydin Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station, the press service of the Kazakh president said July 3 following the operational meeting with the participation of the permanent members of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    Aimbetov's candidacy was approved by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, according to the press service.

    The agreement on the participation of the Kazakh citizen in flight to the International Space Station was previously reached between the heads of Kazakhstan and Russia. The decision about the flight of the Kazakh cosmonaut to the ISS was made after British singer Sarah Brightman refused to fly as a space tourist.

    The issues of development of the space industry of Kazakhstan were also discussed at the meeting, as well as the progress of implementation of the project to create a rocket-space complex Baiterek at the Baikonur cosmodrome was considered.

    Following the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev gave instructions to the government.

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  • Armenians violate ceasefire 78 times
    04.07.2015 10:22
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    Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire 78 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.

    Oxu.az reports with reference to the Defense Ministry that Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Alibeyli and Agbulag villages of Tovuz district from the posts in Aygepar and Chinari villages of Armenia's Berd district, positions in nameless uplands of Gedebey district from the posts in nameless uplands of Krasnoselsk district.

    Armenians fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Gulustan, Talish villages of Goranboy, Chilaburt village of Terter, Shiklar, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Sarijali, Javahirli and Marzili villages of Aghdam, Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz, Gorgan, Ashaghi Seyidahmedli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil district and nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand, Jabrayil and Fuzuli districts.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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