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Bets on for who will be next pope
14.02.2013 09:55
As soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning at the end of February, British bookmakers were giving betting odds on his possible successor.

There are 118 eligible members of the College of Cardinals who can attend the Papal Conclave in March to choose the next Bishop of Rome from among their numbers.

And while some predictions have been accurate вЂ" Joseph Ratzinger was widely tipped by bookmakers in 2005 вЂ" no-one anticipated his predecessor Karol Wojtyla’s surprise election in 1978.

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    31.07.2014 20:23
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    01.08.2014 12:31
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  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    01.08.2014 11:48
    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil fell $2.10 to stand at $98.17.Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $0.49 to trade...
  • Turkey exerts efforts to achieve long-term truce in Gaza, FM says
    01.08.2014 11:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:Turkey exerts efforts to achieve a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on August 1, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported."The Turkish leadership is currently in talks on resolving the crisis in Gaza wit...
  • Azerbaijan represented in Interregional Meeting of UNESCO National Commissions
    01.08.2014 11:06
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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Ceasefire was violated 71 times within a day
    01.08.2014 10:56
    The ceasefire was violated 71 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.Ministry's press service told APA that Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in the nameless uplands, Gizilhajili village of Gazakh region and Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa region from ...
  • Statement issued on Azerbaijani human rights activist's arrest
    01.08.2014 10:50
    General Prosecutorв's Office and the Ministry of National Security (MNS) have issued a statement on the arrest of Leyla Yunus.Azerbaijani citizen Mirgadirov Rauf Habibulla oglu, who is now under preliminary investigation, was arrested as a suspect for a crime on 19 April 2014 as there were susp...
  • Taiwan gas blast kills 15, injures 243
    01.08.2014 09:50
    An explosion caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured another 243, Taiwanese media reported on Friday.Smoke with a ''gas-like smell'' was seen coming out of drains in the streets before the explosion, Formosa TV and the China Time...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour-truce as Gaza death toll keeps rising
    01.08.2014 05:25
    Israel and Hamas agreed in the early hours of Friday to a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in their bloody conflict in the Gaza Strip, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon announced separately on Thursday.The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on F...
  • Azay Guliyev: Leyla Yunusв's arrest is not connected with policy
    01.08.2014 14:46
    "Leyla Yunusв's ''activity'' should be evaluated by legal way.'' SIA reports that the Chairman of Commission, president of National Non-Governmental Organizations Forum, MP Azay Guliyev told this commenting on Leyla Yunusв's arresting.

    According to Azay Guliyev, he believes that the investigation about Leyla Yunus will be provided impartially and will be decided in right and legal way. Arresting of Leyla Yunus is not connected with policy and her political views. She can support any political party as well as critisize. But there are serious prosecutions and they have to be investigated. It is not acceptable to claim this arrest as political arrest.

    Azay Guliyev also called everybody to be patient and wait the end of these processes.

    "I am sure that court of law will clarify this issue." told MP.
  • OSCE Monitoring on contact line ends without incident
    01.08.2014 14:36
    The OSCE Monitoring on the contact line has recorded no incidents.

    Under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, a monitoring was conducted near the Kuropatkino village of Khojavend.

    The monitoring conducted on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops came to an end without incident, the Defense Ministry's press service told APA.

    The monitoring was conducted by personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Anjey Kaspshik and field assistant Jiri Aberle on Azerbaijani side and field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Evgeny Sharov, Peter Swedberg and Hristo Hristov on the opposite side.
  • Blackberry pushes BBM into Windows phones
    01.08.2014 14:30
    BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients.

    BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service.

    The company, last year, opened the service to phones powered by Google Inc's wildly popular Android operating system and Apple's iOS platform. The rollout to the Windows phone platform means the service is now available on all major smartphone platforms, making it a more viable option for those clients that are considering using it as a communication tool.

    BBM was a pioneering mobile-messaging service, but its user base has failed to keep pace with those of WhatsApp and other rivals, in part because BlackBerry had long refused to open the program to users on other platforms.

    While the messaging service still has over 85 million active users, BlackBerry in a bid to boost its relevance and cater to the needs of its core enterprise audience is now marketing it as a secure communications tool for government agencies and regulated sectors, such as financial services.

    Last month, BlackBerry began to roll out BBM Protected, a secure messaging service tailored specifically to the needs of companies in regulated sectors.

    The move is part of a broader push that has also seen BlackBerry widen its device management capabilities to include devices that are powered by the Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.

    A move to bring BBM to desktops is still a ways off.

    "I can't tell you whether we are going to do BBM on desktop. That is a collaboration we have to have between us and Microsoft and I wouldn't be able to comment on that, because we certainly have the desire, but between that and getting it done there is still a gap," said BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen, in an interview with Reuters earlier this week.

    Earlier this year, Chen had said that BlackBerry was looking into the possibility of bringing BBM to desktop computers, thus allowing employees of companies and government agencies to go mobile on group chats started on their computers without missing a beat.

  • Libya hospitals face collapse if Asian staff flee
    01.08.2014 14:21
    Libya has warned of a "total collapse" of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the Filipino and Indian staff on whom its hospitals depend, AFP reported.

    Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli over the past three weeks and bloody clashes between Islamists and army special forces in the eastern city of Benghazi have prompted several countries to evacuate their nationals and diplomatic staff.

    Now, 3,000 health workers from the Philippines, making up 60 percent of Libya's hospital staff, could leave - along with workers from India, who account for another 20 percent.

    Libyan hospitals, meanwhile, are flooded with a wave of admissions, victims of the fighting which has shaken the capital and Benghazi.

    In Tripoli, at least 102 people have been killed and 452 wounded in the clashes that began on July 13, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.

    It said 77 people have been killed and 289 wounded in Benghazi's violence.

    Manila already urged its citizens in Libya to leave on July 20 after a kidnapped Filipino worker was found beheaded.

    Of the estimated 13,000 Filipinos in Libya, only around 700 heeded the warning and left. The rest refused to abandon their jobs despite the dangers.

    But Manila said Thursday that it would charter ferries to evacuate its nationals, a day after a Filipina nurse was kidnapped and gang raped in Tripoli.

    Hundreds of Filipino doctors and nurses in Tripoli's Medical Center walked out in protest at the savage attack on their colleague, unleashing anarchy in the hospital.

    Families were forced to transfer sick relatives to private clinics, a hospital official said.

    "Hospitals could be paralyzed" in the event of the mass departure of Philippine nationals, Health Ministry spokesman Ammar Mohamed said, while authorities warned of a possible "total collapse" of the health care system.

    A medical official said the ministry was trying to persuade the Filipinos to stay.

    Complicating the situation further are the difficulties faced by Libyan staff as they struggle to keep work hours.

    Mohamed said Libyan doctors and carers have been struggling to reach their workplace from home because of fighting around the capital and fuel shortages.

    Faced with the deteriorating situation at home, Health Minister Nureddin Doghman has instructed Tripoli's missions in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Germany to organize the transport and care for Libyans needing treatment, to be paid for by Tripoli.

    But the closure of Libya's airports in Tripoli and Benghazi because of the unrest has made medical transfers even more difficult.

    "My brother spent several days in hospital after suffering a stroke. His health deteriorated day after day and the doctors told us he should be treated in Tunisia, but we could find no way to transfer him there," said Ahmad Drughi, a Tripoli resident.

    "In the end we had to use contacts to find him a place on a medical plane flying out of Misrata," 200 kilometers east of the capital.

    Even in peacetime, Libya's health services were understaffed and underequipped, and tens of thousands of Libyans traveled abroad for treatment, mostly to neighboring Tunisia and Egypt.

    In Benghazi, two out of three of the city's main hospitals have shut.

    Al-Jala hospital closed several weeks ago, as the army and an Islamist militia tussle to control it. Al-Houari hospital has been closed for months, after being flooded by sewage because of construction errors.

    Only Benghazi Medical Center remains operational, but its capacity has been limited to 300 beds, compared with 1,200 in normal times.

    "The centre is hit by a lack of doctors and carers, particularly after the departure of the foreigners," said spokesman Moataz al-Majbari.

    Many patients have had to be transferred elsewhere and have wound up in poorly-equipped clinics in neighbouring towns.

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  • Algerian capital hit by 5.5 quake
    01.08.2014 14:19
    A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital on Friday, shaking buildings and sending panicked families rushing into the streets of Algiers and nearby towns, witnesses and officials said.

    The United States Geological Survey said the quake had struck nine miles (14 km) southeast of Algiers and its epicentre was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles, Reuters reported.

    There were no immediate reports of damage, according to Algerian state television. An emergency services spokesman said five people had been injured during a panicked rush to get out of buildings.

    In 2003, Algeria's strongest earthquake in years - measuring 6.7 - struck the capital and surrounding areas, killing at least 2,000 people and crumbling buildings in the nearby towns of Bourmerdes and Rouiba.

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  • Turkmenistan establishes commission on privatization of state property
    01.08.2014 14:16
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, August 1

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on the establishment of relevant interdepartmental central committee at the Ministry of Economy and Development of Turkmenistan for the execution of the law "On denationalization and privatization of state property".

    The state on denationalization and privatization of state assets and the procedure of cost assessment of the denationalization or privatization facility were approved by another decree of the Turkmen head of the state.

    In accordance with the decree, the Turkmen Ministry of Economy and Development was ordered to carry out the functions to ensure control over the execution of denationalization and privatization contracts, purchase and sale of state property, as well as to issue certificates of ownership to the owners of privatized enterprises and facilities in established order.

    Earlier it was reported that the process of de-nationalization and privatization of state property will begin in Turkmenistan from July 1, 2014 in accordance with the law adopted in December 2013, according to the report of Turkmen Parliament.

    "The non-state sector has been formed in the economy of the country, market institutions and such a new sector as the market of securities, joint stock companies, banks, a system of institutional investors and insurance companies are being developed. Moreover, the shortage of goods was overcome and an internal conversion of the national currency, the manat was ensured," the report said.

    Edited by CN

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  • English Premier League approves to use WC spray
    01.08.2014 14:16
    The vanishing spray used by referees at the recent FIFA World Cup has found a new home in the English Premier League.

    The biodegradable foam, which provides a visual 10-yard marker at free kicks to stop defenders encroaching, will make its debut in the 2014/15 season.

    "At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that Vanishing Spray benefited referees, players, and all of those who watched the matches," Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said in a statement.

    The move follows consultations with both Premier League clubs and referees.

    The spray will be used for the first time in the match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16.

    Mike Riley, general manager of the Premier League refereeing body -- the Professional Game Match Officials Limited -- welcomed the idea.

    "As an assessor at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil I saw firsthand the benefits of Vanishing Spray for referees, and for the game as a whole," Riley said in a statement.

    "The Select Group referees are looking forward to using it during Barclays Premier League matches next season."

    The spray, which proved a hit with players, fans and officials at Brazil 2014, has been used in Major League Soccer (MLS) for several years.

  • Azerbaijan applies new rules for customs declaration of goods
    01.08.2014 14:15
    The new rules for declaring goods and vehicles crossing the customs border are going to take effect in Azerbaijan since 1 November.

    The document was approved by Cabinet's Decision #263 from 22 July 2014. The Rules cover goods and vehicles both imported and exported from the country, Fineko/ reports.

    When importing into the territory of the country the customs declaration may be carried out for not more than within 15 days, and for supply of three or more batches of a range of goods - up to 30 days.
  • US envoy seeks extension of Gaza truce
    01.08.2014 14:11
    The No. 2 U.S. diplomat will head to Cairo and seek to extend a truce agreed by Israel and Hamas beyond its 72 hour limit, a senior U.S. official said Friday, AFP reported.

    Deputy Secretary of State William Burns - a veteran career diplomat frequently tasked with delicate missions - will travel to Egypt this weekend to take part in talks as part of the three-day truce that took effect Friday, the official said.

    The official said Burns would look to see if the two sides can extend the truce in the deadly conflict, especially as negotiators need time to travel to Cairo. Israeli officials rarely meet during the Jewish Sabbath that starts at sundown Friday.

    "There is a hope for an extension because people have to travel and don't want to lose a whole day," a senior U.S. official said on condition of anonymity in New Delhi, where Secretary of State John Kerry was on a visit.

    But the official said an extension also depended on compromises during the talks, which aim to find a more lasting solution to the Gaza crisis after the bloodshed.

    "We obviously hope there will be (an extension of the cease-fire) and would encourage that, but obviously to do so there's got to be some sense of serious purpose on the table," the official said.

    Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the 72-hour truce after intense diplomacy involving Israel, the Palestinians and key regional players, including Egypt.

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  • Report says ISIS axes gender mixing in Mosul universities
    01.08.2014 14:11
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group has ordered the segregation of male and female university students in the northern Iraqi province of Mosul, local media outlet Al-Sumaria News reported an informed source as saying Thursday.

    The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Al-Sumaria News that ISIS called university professors and deans into meeting and stipulated that male and female students should not be mixed in one classroom, Al Arabiya reported.

    According to the source, the radical group also decided that Sept. 1 will be the first day for universities to open with "female students starting their day from 9 am to 2 pm while males [will study from] from 2 pm to 6 pm."

    ISIS has also told the professors and deans that curriculum involving political science and law courses should be changed, the source said without detailing the expected modifications.

    The group also ordered that the name of the visual arts department should be changed to "decorative sketching," the source said.

    ISIS, which made international headlines when it declared itself an Islamic Caliphate in July, seized Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, on June 10 in a lightning offensive.

    Segregating the sexes seems to be a continuation of ISIS' attempts in furthering its conservative application of Islamic teaching.

    In mid-July, ISIS reportedly gave shopkeepers in Mosul strict instructions to cover the faces of mannequins.

    Christians in Mosul had to flee the city after ISIS warned them to either convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Other minority groups such as Yazidis and Shiite Turkumen left Mosul after the radical Sunni group claimed power, according to reports.

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  • Greece evacuates embassy staff, foreign nationals from Libya
    01.08.2014 14:10
    Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said.

    Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli on Thursday, Reuters reported.

    The past two weeks of fighting between rival militias in Libya have been the worst since the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, prompting Western governments to follow the United States and the United Nations in pulling their diplomats out of the North African country.

    Frigate Salamis with 77 Greeks, including embassy staff, 78 Chinese, 12 Cypriot, 10 British and seven Belgian nationals on board, was expected to reach Piraeus port early on Saturday, the defence ministry said.

    Greek passenger ships evacuated more than 10,000 foreigners, mainly Chinese workers, from Libya when fighting flared in 2011.

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  • Ronaldo goes to court over his moniker CR7
    01.08.2014 14:07
    Christopher Renzi, the current owner of the "CR7" trademark in the U.S., has opened legal proceedings against Cristiano Ronaldo and the company who controls his marketing affairs, JBS Textile Group.

    Renzi is seeking official confirmation the moniker is his after receiving threatening letters from JBS, who possesses "imminent plans" to launch an underwear range featuring Ronaldo's name and symbolic stamp in America, reported by Andrew Chung of Reuters and via ESPN FC:

    "BS has also asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancelRenzi's trademark. But Renzi, who registed (sic) the "CR7" trademark in 2009, has filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo in order to prove that he owns the licence to the term in the U.S."

    Renzi is said to have utilised the initials across a range of branded clothes. The three-character design relates to his name and Oct. 7 date of birth, but Ronaldo's representatives believe this was deliberately used in order to capitalise on the player's global marketability.

    JBS indicates the CR7 tag is "so closely tied to the fame and reputation of Cristiano Ronaldo, that a connection with the soccer player would immediately be presumed by the general public," a factor that would likely increase the chances of making sales, per ESPN FC.

    Ronaldo currently enjoys a number of prosperous sponsorship deals and is a marketing juggernaut in himself. He earns around pound;14.1 million per year advertising Nike products and joined Tag Heuer prior to the World Cup. The former Manchester United star is also the face of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer video game series, underlining his appeal across a range of different products.

    Michael Feldhuhn, Renzi's lawyer, indicated his client isn't worried about the likely battle to secure the rights. "We just want them to leave us alone," said Feldhuhn, per ESPN FC. He suggests it isn't a matter of fame, but who used the styling first. "We can show we were the first use of the CR7 name in commerce in America," said the lawyer.
  • Wounded Azerbaijani serviceman dies, death toll among soldiers rises to 9
    01.08.2014 14:05
    Another 4 Azerbaijani servicemen have been wounded in a shootout with the enemy.

    An Azerbaijani serviceman who was wounded in yesterday's shootout is dead.

    Despite their efforts, doctors didn't manage to save Abdinov Huseyn Etibar oglu's life, APA's Karabakh bureau reports.

    Serviceman Abdinov, drafted from the city of Sumgayit, died in hospital.
  • XXL in fall-winter 2015 collection
    01.08.2014 13:51
    By AzerNews

    While we are desperately seeking new ways to escape the hot summer and taking every opportunity to go to the sea for sun tanning, designers are diligently working to create a perfect image for us during cloudy fall and cold winter days.

    Representatives of many fashion houses have presented their collections for fall-winter 2015. These collections differ with last years' collections in terms of colors and unusual style. New collections show that this winter will not be boring.

    Well-chosen colors not only refresh the style, but also transform a "gray mouse" to a particularly confident woman.

    There are some colors for fashion-mongers, which will be irreplaceable this fall-winter. Shades of autumn forest, the whole range of blue shades, muted yellow, purple haze, red Spanish wine and certainly pastel shades would remain among the dominant colors this year. But red will have the highest position in the new seasons.

    Designers are expected to offer dresses from translucent fabrics with elements of sport style using lace and ruffles and ladylike style clothes in which pantsuits will have the upper hand. But special attention is paid to the oversize style.

    Oversize is thought-out casual stile, when you usually wear clothes bigger than your real size. Many famous fashion designers included oversized clothes to their fall-winter 2015 collection. Knitted and warm oversized sweaters with colorful print will make you feel comfortable in the cold rainy day.

    This is a good news for those who are concerned about their weight and do not know what to wear. Fashion houses offer many variations of dimensionless clothing. These oversized dresses, shirts, T-shirts, jeans, trousers and other clothes are very comfortable in everyday life. In addition, they give you an opportunity to hide your figure flaws.

    What you must have for 2014-2015 are coats of massive sizes. You can wear them both with oversized and little black dress. However, famous fashion designers as well as Karl Lagerfeld suggest wearing them with sport style, especially with trainers.

    The oversized style - which is very similar to boyfriend style - is very likely to be the main style this year. Walking in the city you can see people in torn jeans and wide t-shirt, which is very comfortable in hot summer days in comparison with tight clothing.

    Oversized style looks incomplete without accessories. Designers recommend completing it with massive bag, sunglasses, jewelry or watches. They also notify to avoid combining this style with rhinestones and spacious skirts, as it may be overloaded. Oversize style doesn't mean that your clothes should hang out. Conversely they must sit ideally and encircle the waist.

    This style appeared in 1980th and came into vogue again since 2010. This outfit stays as a symbol of femininity, regardless of size and style.

    If you carefully pick up oversized clothing, you can easily create an unusual and stylish appearance this winter.
  • Russiaв's suspending free trade not to damage Georgian economy
    01.08.2014 13:51
    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Georgian president's advisor for economic affairs Giorgi Abashishvili has recently met with representatives of the country's small business. The issue of signing a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU was discussed at the meeting, Abashishvili told media on Friday.

    "The agreement and the opportunities were discussed at the meeting," he said. "The promotion of Georgian products, as well as the decision taken by Russia was also discussed."

    "Russia's suspension of free trade with Georgia will not greatly damage the Georgian economy," he said.

    "It is very difficult to find economic motives in Russia's decision, as the Free Trade Agreement with the EU poses no threat to the Russian market," he said. "It is necessary to stress that this means the transition to a tariff regime, rather than a ban on trade. We, like other countries, will continue trading with Russia, but not in the free trade regime. As opposed to past years, today the export structure of Georgia is significantly diversified. Thus, the reduction of trade turnover with Russia will not greatly damage our economy."

    "Introducing the tariffs can lead to a rise in price of Georgian products on the Russian market," Abashishvili added.

    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Economy and Development worked out the government's draft decree on suspending the free trade agreement between Russia and Georgia. The relevant document is available on a single legal information portal, RIA Novosti reported.

    The suspension of the free trade agreement with Georgia was coordinated with Russian relevant ministries - the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Justice, according to the draft decree. The agreement was signed on February 3, 1994.

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  • Georgia to take measures for objective investigation of human rights violations
    01.08.2014 13:46
    Tbilisi, Georgia, August 1

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian government will take all measures for the rapid and objective investigation of human rights violations in the country.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili made the remarks commenting on the conclusion of the UN Committee on Human Rights, which expressed concern over the delays in the detection, investigation and punishment of perpetrators of human right violations in Georgia.

    "This is a very serious conclusion, expressing concern about the past human rights violations and lack of operational processes of their investigation. UN urges and recommends maximum operatively to investigate committed serious crimes in the past. It should be noted that the investigation of these facts is also of great value for our government," the PM said.

    Garibashvili urged representatives of the UN partner countries to familiarize with the resonant criminal cases in Georgia and the progress of their investigation.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijani Amrahbank congratulates winners of Generous credit campaign
    01.08.2014 13:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1


    As reported, "Generous credit" campaign under the slogan "May both your hands and pockets be full of money" was held at Amrahbank on June 5 - July 18, 2014. According to terms of the campaign, every customer receiving both consumption and micro business loan during this period got lottery coupons.

    After the campaign, names of 450 winners of AZN 28,000-lottery fund have been determined through withdrawal of coupons from a lottery drum with the participation of especially-selected drawing commission. 10 of them won Samsung TVs, 15 - Samsung tablets, 15 - Sony-Xperia mobile phones, 10 - Canon cameras, 400 - car sunshades and USBs.

    We congratulate all winners again!

    The official exchange rate is 0,7843 AZN/USD on August 1.

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  • 5-year-old has most adorable meltdown ever
    01.08.2014 13:28
    Growing up is so sad!

    An adorable 5-year-old broke down in tears when her mom told her that her baby brother wasnв't going to stay little forever.

    The video of Sadie Miller, dressed in a purple princess dress and whimpering about her ''cute'' brother, has gone viral with more than 2 million views since her mother posted it Monday.

    ''I donв't want him to grow up!'' Sadie sobs to her mother.

    The little girl can be seen weeping heavily and tightly hugging her brother as Mom asks if she wants him to remain a baby.

    ''Yeah, heв's so cute!'' she whimpers.

    This leads the youngster to reflect on her own mortality. ''And I donв't wanna die when Iв'm a hundred,'' she said.

    Obviously having no idea whatв's going on, Sadieв's little brother smiles while his sister cries.

    ''Oh, you are so cute, I love your cute little smiles,'' Sadie sobs as she hugs her brother.

    ''Oh my gosh! I want him to stay little.''

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  • Turnout of voters abroad within Turkish presidential elections to be lower than expected
    01.08.2014 13:26
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turnout of the voters living abroad will be lower than expected and may be less than 50 percent in the Turkish presidential elections, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Ishler said, according to the Turkish Haber7 TV channel.

    This may be due to the fact that the voting within the presidential election is conducted abroad for the first time, he said.

    Despite the fact that all the conditions have been created for Turkish citizens living abroad to register online at the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC), the number of registered voters on the website was less than 10 percent, according to the deputy PM.

    The voting in the Turkish presidential election for the country's citizens living abroad was held on July 31.

    Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan voted in the presidential election on July 31.

    The voting in such countries as Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand will be held on August 3, 2014. In the case of holding the second round of the presidential election, the voting in these countries will take place on August 17.

    The voting will last from 08:00 to 17:00 local time (GMT 5) on August 3, Turkish embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend.

    Only Turkish citizens who have been registered online on the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC) until July 9 will be able to vote in Turkey's presidential election, the embassy said.

    Some 6,305 out of 15,536 Turkish citizens living in Azerbaijan will be able to take part in the presidential election, according to the Turkish embassy.

    Around 5,611 of them will vote in Baku, 291 - in Nakhchivan and 403 - in Ganja.

    In the case of holding the second round of the presidential election, the voting in Azerbaijan will take place on August 17

    The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

    As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007. The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.

    Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan's southern lands stun German visitors
    01.08.2014 13:21
    The winners of quiz about Azerbaijan held in Germany are visiting the south regions of country, AzerTag state news agency reported.

    The quiz held by Azerbaijani businessman Emil Hasanov aimed to popularize Azerbaijan in Germany, inform the Germans on socio-political development of the country, its tourism potential and national-spiritual values.

    Hasanov said he has been holding a quiz about Azerbaijan in Germany in the last six years. At his words, the participants who answer correctly the questions on Azerbaijan are announced winners and they are invited to a 10-day travel to Azerbaijan.

    Susanna Vegeres, one of the winners, said she was "happy to be in Azerbaijan, to enjoy hospitability of Azerbaijanis." She especially "likes tandir bread that is very tasty", she said.

    Another German guest Stephan Filos expressed admiration for the nature of Azerbaijan, in particular, the weather and forests in the south regions of country and its delicious cuisine.

    Hasanov said he has decided to take Azerbaijanis to visit Germany, too. And related quiz involving about 100 people has already been organized in Masalli region.

    Shafa Agayeva, a student, has won the quiz and will visit Germany together with two of her friends.

  • Giant waves found in Arctic Ocean could be accelerating sea ice loss
    01.08.2014 13:07
    Huge areas of ice-free water are leading to massive waves in the Arctic Ocean, according to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. As the Morning Mix reported earlier today, swells of 16 feet were recorded in the Arctic in 2012 during peak wave times, and the largest waves approached 29 feet. Waves like this are now not only possible because of Arctic sea ice melting, but they also have the power to cause sea ice melt, themselves.
  • Iran, Lebanon stress aid delivery to war-hit Gaza
    01.08.2014 13:01
    The Iranian ambassador to Beirut and the Lebanese health minister have underlined the need for immediate aid delivery to the war-hit people in the Gaza Strip, Iran's press TV reported on August 1.

    Iran's Envoy Mohammad Fathali and Lebanese Minister Wael Abu Faour called for aid delivery to Gaza during a meeting on July 31 to discuss Israel's attack to the Palestinian territory.

    During the meeting, the Iranian envoy voiced the Islamic Republic's readiness to dispatch humanitarian aid to Gaza via Egypt.

    Fathali also said that Tehran is ready to treat in Iran the Palestinians that have been injured in Israel's attacks.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    More than 1500 Palestinians including women and children were killed so far during the operation dubbed 'Enduring Rock.' It is reported that the Israeli army lost over 60 servicemen during the hostilities.

    Elsewhere in the meeting, the Lebanese minister welcomed cooperation with Iran on the issues of health and treatment and underlined the need for the further development of ties in this regard. He also expressed hope for a visit to Iran as soon as possible.

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  • Volume of online shopping escalating in Azerbaijan
    01.08.2014 12:56
    More than 36 million users have used the services of e-commerce portal since 2008, Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Ministry reported.

    Electronic commerce is developing in Azerbaijan in line with ICT sector enlargement.

    The portal was established in Azerbaijan to support entrepreneurs' free exit to the market. It was set up by the Ministry with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

    The report said more than 10,000 people used the portal's services in the first half of 2014.

    Not only citizens of Azerbaijan, but also foreigners use the portal. In the first half of year the portal was used by more than 1,800 users from Russia, the U.S., Ukraine, Turkey, China, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Georgia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, France, UAE and other countries.

    "The volume of e-commerce market in Azerbaijan totaled 1.3 million manats in the first half of the year," the State Statistical Committee said.

    The total volume of the retail e-commerce has increased by 15.8 percent in the country compared to the same period in 2013.

    The participants of the e-commerce market are legal entities and individuals who are implementing electronic commerce and who are the buyers of goods and services.

    Some 78.7 percent out of the purchased electronic goods by the Azerbaijani population accounted for legal entities during the reported period and 21.3 percent - for individuals. Some 90.6 percent of the market turnover of e-commerce accounted for non-food products.

    Total retail sales in Azerbaijan amounted to 10.1 billion manats for the first half of 2014. The sales of consumer goods in the country grew by 8.9 percent, compared with the same period last year.

    Herewith, some 5.1 billion manats accounted for consumer goods (food, beverages and tobacco), and 5 billion manats for non-food products. The specific weight of non-food products increased by 3.5 percent during the period.
  • Neymar reveals return date
    01.08.2014 12:41
    Neymar has revealed that he will return to action in Barcelona's Joan Gamper Trophy pre-season clash against Leon on August 18.

    The Brazilian fractured his back during the World Cup quarter-final victory over Colombia and sat out the losses to Germany and Netherlands in the semi-final and third-place play-off.

    However, he is hoping to return to Barcelona for pre-season on August 5 before featuring in the annual Gamper game at Camp Nou.

    "Im slowly recovering from the injury. I'll get to Barcelona 100 per cent," he told reporters at a promotional event in Brazil.

    "I want to have a good season and I'm looking forward to helping my team-mates get good results. I also want to contribute to the Brazil team.

    "I'm confident of playing in the Gamper game on August 18."

    Neymar has since arrived in Japan to continue his recovery and work on personal commerical requirements.

    The Brazil international signed autographs for dozens of fans after his arrival in Tokyo prior to the press conference where his latest commercial venture was confirmed.

    The former Santos forward is hoping to be fit in time for Barcelona's opening Liga game of the season against Elche on August 24.

  • Death toll rises to 41, over 100 still missing in India
    01.08.2014 12:41
    At least 41 people were killed and over 100 remained missing in Wednesday's landslide which crashed on a village near Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra, local media reported Friday.

    The officials have pegged the figure of dead at 41 with over 100 others being trapped under the debris. The landslide hit some 40 homes in the village, leaving only mud, slush and debris, when people were sleeping on Wednesday. Some media reports said that part of a mountain had come down the village

    Heavy rain and strong winds slowed down the efforts to reach the engulfed thatch huts and brick houses in Malin village, about 80 km north of Pune, even though rescue teams worked through the night with floodlights and earth-moving machines. "We are trying our best, but with every passing moment the situation is taking a turn for the worse," said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) commandant Alok Awasthi. "The hills are soft due to rains and deforestation."

    Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Wednesday termed as "saddening" the loss of lives in a landslide in Pune, and said Home Minister Rajnath Singh would be visiting the spot to take stock of the situation. Landslides are common in many parts of India during the monsoon from June to September.
  • USACC Organizes Briefing on Azerbaijanв's Technology Industry
    01.08.2014 12:31
    Te United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) held a breakfast briefing titled ''Azerbaijan`s Technology Industry-Building a Knowledge Society'' at the Microsoft Innovation amp; Policy Center. The event, sponsored and hosted by Microsoft, started with the opening remarks of Dorothy Dwoskin, Senior Director for Global Trade Policy and Strategy at Microsoft, who welcomed the participants and passed the stage to Susan Sadigova, Executive Director of USACC.

    Greeting the participants, Sadigova briefed the audience about the recent developments and vast potential in Azerbaijan`s ICT field by focusing on ''Azerbaijan 2020 '" Vision of the Future'' development concept, government incentives, investment opportunities, funding, satellite industry, High-Tech Park, TASIM, and other projects. Then she introduced and engaged the distinguished panel of speakers on a live video feed from Baku.

    The keynote speaker of the video conference briefing, Elmir Valizadeh, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan briefed the audience about the new goals and objectives the ministry aims to achieve, among which are the development of micro-, nano-, bio-, space and nuclear technologies, the introduction of high technology and transition to a fully operational information society.

    He then introduced Seymur Aghayev, CEO of High-Tech Park Azerbaijan who talked about the steps to be taken to ensure the transition into a knowledge-based economy. According to Mr. Aghayev, High-Tech Park is one of the three pillars of so-called ''Golden Triangle'' which will be built in Pirallahi island on 50 ha area and will house high-tech companies, Ramp;D centers, clean production facilities and provide further incentives.

    Aghayev was followed by Azer Bayramov, Deputy Executive Director of Azerbaijan State Fund for Development of ICT, who touched upon the main objectives of the Fund, such as the development and financial support of entrepreneurship, and attraction of local and foreign investments to the field. He elaborated on the financial instruments of the Fund for financing projects and the types of loans and grants available for entrepreneurs operating in ICT sector.

    Sevda Abdullayeva, Director of the Center for High Technology Research and Development, spoke about the High Tech Center which was established by the Azerbaijani government in 2009 for research and development in ICT sector. She stated that development of bio- and nano-technology are of highest priorities for the ministry and the government of the country as a whole.

    The next panelist, Ruslan Aliyev, Deputy Head of Sales and Marketing, Azercosmos, stressed the importance of launching the first Azerbaijani satellite, Azerspace-1 that covers Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa, and provides broadcasting, internet access, data transmission, creation of VSAT multiservice networks and communications. He especially highlighted the close cooperation with American institutions in the duration of the entire project.

    The panel was ended with the presentation by Zaur Hasanov, Director of Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) who spoke about the concept and foundation of TASIM project and its mission to improve regional and global connectivity, route diversification and improved disaster resiliency, bridging digital divide and contribution to MDGs. He reiterated the significance of this strategically important project for the immediate region as well as the participating countries, stating that American companies are welcome to explore the potential and take part in the project in various capacities.
  • Turkish opera singer comes to perform in Baku
    01.08.2014 12:30
    The Turkish well known opera singer Oya Ergun will perform at the Kapellhaus building of the German-Azerbaijan Cultural Association in Baku on August 2.

    Supported by the Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan, the concert, ''Evening of Baroque Arias'', will be accompanied by renowned organist, Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg who lives in America.

  • Jane Goodall: Man's closest animal relatives face extinction
    01.08.2014 12:12
    The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out.

    "If we don't take action the great apes will disappear, because of both habitat destruction as well as trafficking," Goodall told AFP in an interview in Nairobi.

    In the past half century, chimpanzee numbers have slumped from two million to just 300,000, spread over 21 countries, said Goodall, a British scientist who spent more than five decades studying chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe National Park.

    "If we don't change something, they certainly will disappear, or be left in tiny pockets where they will struggle from in-breeding," said 80-year-old Goodall, the first scientist to observe that apes as well as humans use tools.

    Experts predict that at the current rate, human development will have impacted 90 percent of the apes' habitat in Africa and 99 percent in Asia by 2030, according to a UN-backed report last month.

    Infrastructure development and extraction of natural resources -- including timber, minerals, oil and gas -- have devastated the prime habitat of apes and pushed chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons closer to extinction.

    'We're Schizophrenic'

    For Goodall, the destruction is part of mankind's wider attack on nature.

    "If we don't do anything to protect the environment, which we've already partially destroyed, I wouldn't want to be a child being born in 50 years time," Goodall added.

    "We're schizophrenic: we've got this amazing intelligence, but we seem to have lost the power of working in harmony with nature."

    As well as a tragic loss, Goodall said the death of man's closet relatives would act as a stark warning sign of climate change and global warming.

    "If we lose them (apes), it is probably because we have also lost the forests, and that would have a totally devastating impact on climate change," she said.

    "Climate change is so evident everywhere. There are leaders who say they don't believe in climate change, but I can't believe they really believe that, maybe they are just stupid."

    All species of apes are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), some critically so.

    "People are losing the connection to the natural world," said Goodall.

    "You'd think that the most intellectual creature on the planet would know better than to destroy its only home, but we are destroying the planet very, very quickly."

    But Goodall, who has set up volunteer conservation groups across the continent, urges people not to despair but to take action.

    "Climate change threatens every little part of the planet, and we can't stop that, but if we get together we can help to slow the effects," she said.
  • Russia may stop funding Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
    01.08.2014 12:10
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Russian Finance Ministry plans to stop funding Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan as of 2016, Russian Izvestia newspaper reported on August 1.

    The financing of space industry in the draft federal budget for 2016-2018 sharply decreased in the last two weeks, a source in the Russian Federal Space Agency told Izvestia.

    Russian Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure which operates the cosmodrome confirmed the information about the problems in budget plans concerning Baikonur.

    In the previous versions of the draft budget the subsidies for Baikonur maintenance in 2016 were planned at 2.5 billion rubles, Sergey Lazarev, CEO of the Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure said. The last draft budget envisages zero subsidies.

    "In fact, this means the termination of funding entire groups of specialists at our main spaceport," he said.

    The Finance Ministry said that all the investments planned for Baikonur will be directed to Vostochny Cosmodrome which is under construction on Russian territory, Lazarev said.

    The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan. It is leased by the Kazakh government to Russia (currently until 2050). Under the current Russian space program, Baikonur remains a busy space port, with numerous commercial, military and scientific missions being launched annually.

    Vostochny Cosmodrome is planned to be launched in 2015 in the Russian Far East.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • 9 of the world's best city beaches
    01.08.2014 12:06
    Stressed colleagues, traffic jams, pollution.

    We're all familiar with the undesirable qualities of city life.

    So thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge.

    There are some cities where worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a day with their toes in the sand without having to leave the urban perimeter.

    By talking with our well-traveled friends and colleagues, collating data from tourism authorities and using our own experiences, we've put together a list of what we think make up 9 of the best city beaches in the world.

    No doubt you've got your own.

    We'd love to hear about them in the comments.

    1. Ipanema Beach (Rio De Janeiro)

    2. Bondi Beach (Sydney)

    3. Waikiki Beach (Honolulu)

    4. Brighton Beach (UK)

    5. Barceloneta Beach (Barcelona, Spain)

    6. Jumeirah Beach (Dubai, UAE)

    7. Miami Beach (Miami)

    8. Kitsilano Beach (Vancouver, British Columbia)

    9. Clifton Beaches (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • 8 Azerbaijani servicemen killed
    01.08.2014 11:50
    Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage groups` attempt to cross contact line in two directions has been prevented, enemy units gave casualties in the fights and retreated

    The situation on the line of contact of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has escalated again.

    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire in several directions last night and attempted to invade the territories which are under the control of Azerbaijani Army.

    8 Azerbaijani servicemen have been killed in the fights.

    Details of the incident are being specified.

    According to press service of the Defense Ministry, Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage groupsв' attempt to cross contact line in two directions has been prevented. The enemy units gave casualties in the fights and retreated.

    Unfortunately, Azerbaijani army also gave casualties.

    Ministryв's press service says that Azerbaijani warrant officer Almazov Isa Ziyad, 1977, drafted from Gazakh Region, was shot to death by enemy in the fights in Gazakh.

    Ministry of Defense presents condolences to family and relatives of martyr and wishes them patient.

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  • Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds
    01.08.2014 11:49
    Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

    A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment.

    The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places.

    "We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from," he said.

    Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores -- and, therefore, regions of the world.

    Mining and other pollution-causing activities release that lead into the environment, and it accumulates in children's bodies as they grow because kids inhale dust and ingest soil when they put their hands in their mouths.

    Tooth enamel, which develops during childhood, locks in the lead signals and preserves them.

    "When you grow up, you record the signal of the local environment," Kamenov said. "If you move somewhere else, your isotope will be distinct from the local population."

    Even different teeth can reveal certain facts.

    First molar enamel is finished forming by age 3, so it provides information about birth and toddler years. Incisor and canine enamel starts later and finishes around age 5, so it gives insight into early childhood. The third molar enamel does not start forming until age 8, so it indicates late childhood residences.

    Lead analysis can also tell what time period a body is from.

    Modern and historical teeth have different signals, according to the study. The natural composition of lead changed over the past century because of mining and the use of leaded gasoline, so there's a clear distinction between modern and historical human exposure.

    Using that information, archaeologists can identify early European bodies in New World areas.

    "You can go back in time, look at archaeological sites and try to reconstruct human migration," Kamenov said.

    But modern American teeth are like no others in the world, according to the study. Whereas available data for areas such as South America overlap with Europe, American teeth can be identified anywhere due to usage of ores with distinct isotope signals in the United States.

    "What's in the environment goes into your body," Kamenov said.

  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    01.08.2014 11:48
    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil fell $2.10 to stand at $98.17.

    Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $0.49 to trade at $ 106.02.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan said a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $1.465 to stand at $107.005.
  • 24 year old woman wins $66 mln lottery
    01.08.2014 11:47
    Kelsey Zachow is a 24-year-old single mother from Mt. Clemens, Michigan who worked two jobs to help support her family. Her boyfriend Billy Bartlett, also a single parent, has been out of work for a year now from his construction company. Clearly times haven't been good on Zachow and Bartlett. But when Zachow purchased a lottery ticket on Friday, June 13th, her luck changed forever.

    Zachow was informed 11 days after purchasing the ticket that she had won the $66 million dollar jackpot. Stunned, Zachow went straight home to tell her boyfriend, who became ecstatic as well. Zachow hired a lawyer and financial planner before collecting the money to ensure that she handles it wisely.

    Zachow opted for the lump sum of $27 million, and has some pretty fun plans for it. Cars, vacations and a new house are all on the mom's agenda. But Zachow also plans to use the money for college funds, both for her son and her boyfriend's child.
  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire over 70 times within 24 hours
    01.08.2014 11:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 71 times in numerous positions during the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on August 1.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Vozashen, Berkaber and Paravakar of Armenia's Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the nameless heights and the villages of Gizilhajili of the Gazakh region and Kohnegishlag of the Aghstafa region.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Alibayli of the Tovuz region.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Dovekh and Voskevan of Armenia's Noemberyan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Kemerli, Qushchuyarim of the Gazakh region.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselsk region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the nameless heights of the Gadabay region.

    Moreover, the armed forces of Azerbaijan underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Merzili, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Bash Gervend, Sarichali, Qaraqashli, Javakhirli, Kengerli of the Aghdam region, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Horadiz of the Fizuli region, Chilaburt, Qeyarkh, Gizil Oba of the Terter region, Gulustan of the Goranboy region, Mehdili of the Jabrayil region and the nameless heights of Khojavend and Goygol regions.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • Azerbaijani citizens charged with cooperation with Iranian intelligence agencies sentenced to life imprisonment
    01.08.2014 11:45 zali qandalli.jpg zali qandalli.jpg
    Baku Court on Grave Crimes has continued hearing on criminal case of Valiyev Hafiz Ramiz and Agamirov Agamir Novruz charged with betrayal of Motherland (Article #274 of the Criminal Code).

    APA reports both persons have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

    Both persons are charged with cooperation with Iranian intelligence agencies.

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  • No objective reasons for another devaluation of Kazakhstan`s national currency
    01.08.2014 11:44
    Astana, Kazakhstan, August 1

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    There is no objective reasons for another devaluation of the national currency in Kazakhstan, but it is necessary to prepare for it, well-known Kazakh financier Aidan Karibjanov wrote on his personal Facebook page.

    "There is no objective economic reasons for devaluation now. The main external factor is the state of the Russian economy and the sanctions against it. This affects us - but indirectly and with a time lag. It is necessary to be prepared for it. But at the moment the impact is rather emotional," he believes.

    The sanctions taken by the U.S. and the EU against Russia may still affect Kazakhstan, according to Karibjanov.

    "Serious factor is Russia, the entire Crimean- Donetsk thriller with increasingly repressive regime of Western sanctions. Not only economic experts, but everybody feels that it is very serious and crappy. All of this is subject to the discussion on the economic and political union and the integration of economics, etc. There is a sense of irreversible catastrophe," the expert said.

    The Russian economy has slowed down, and it is likely to be reduced in size by the end of the year, according to Karibjanov. And Ukrainian events served as a background for this.

    "This is bad, but it's not a disaster, it is not a stroke, but something like a permanent high-pressure: you will not die tomorrow, but if you are not treated, then sooner or later you will die. Western sanctions are severe, but the actual effect will be gradual, though imminent," he said.

    He replied affirmative to the question whether all of this will affect Kazakhstan.

    "Of course, it will. When the neighboring economy starts to "cool" in this way. But it will take time - months, even years. Despite the brilliance of what is happening in world politics, rapid changes are hardly possible," the expert wrote.

    Although Karibjanov notes that there are no fundamental prerequisites for the devaluation. "Rather, they exist, but not now. The prices for main export commodities - oil and metals - have not changed in recent months. The receipt of hard currency remained unchanged. The previous devaluation was oversized. However, predictions is thankless,"he said.

    Certain speculation was observed regarding the purchase of dollar by Astana`s exchangers on July 31. Lines appeared in front of exchangers on the evenings of July 30. In the morning, the rate of dollar (sale) amounted to 184.8 tenge. In the evening, the dollar began to be sold at 187 tenge in two exchange offices on Republic Avenue.

    At the same time, dollar`s rate was 183.05 tenge at the KASE exchange on July 31 and totaled 183.5 tenge on trading results in the evening.

    Recall that in February following the adjustment of the exchange rate of the national currency by the country`s National Bank, the rate of dollar reached 185 tenge. A month earlier, the head of the Kazakh National Bank Kairat Kelimbetov denied the rumors on the second wave of devaluation.

    Aidan Karibjanov ranked among the 50 most influential businessmen of Kazakhstan in 2012. He is the chairman of "Visor Holding" LLP, a major owner of "VISOR Capital" JSC and "TenizService" LLP through Waterford International Holdings Ltd. The company actively operates in Southeast Asia.

    Edited by CN

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  • AtaInsurance OJSC announced its financial results for the first 6 months of 2014
    01.08.2014 11:43
    AtaInsurance OJSC announced its financial results for the first 6 months of 2014. According to the information, premiums collected within 6 months of the current year totaled to 4,72 million manat. During the corresponding period of the year insurance payments equaled to 1.59 million manat. The authorized capital is 10.0 million manat in the current year, while the total amount of the assets is about 25,0 million manat. During the 6 month of 2014 the balance profit of AtaInsurance was 1.04 million manat.

    Ata Insurance company being Ata Holding Group of companies subsidiary has been operating in the insurance business since 2004. The company offers 22 voluntary and 4 mandatory types of insurance. Company is the founder and participant of the Compulsory Insurance Bureau. AtaInsurance OJSC has 6 branches and 6 representative offices.
  • Expert: Local developers resort to cunning to attract buyers
    01.08.2014 11:43
    Local developers resort to cunning to attract buyers.

    "The real estate market of Azerbaijan doesn't use common practice to use bonuses and gifts to attract customers. No incentive and promotional measures are recorded. However, our developers use certain tricks to attract customers. "

    Oxu.Az reports referring to "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from the independent expert in the field of real estate Rashad Aliyev.

    "The most common method is the creation of demand visibility. When a potential buyer is interested in real estate, the real estate agent says that some of the apartments have already been sold. Developers are trying to convince the buyer that if he would not buy an apartment now, then it will be too late.

    Or it is also happens that a potential buyer is shown the layout of the building, focusing on views from the windows of the apartment. People often trust this, but after a while it turns out that a new building constructed nearby covers the view. You can come across such moments in our market. The illusion of high demand is a certain psychological pressure, but this method can be called harmless, it's just a bluff. But the moments when the developer does not warn in advance that it will be built next to another building, are unpleasant and can cause inconvenience to customers. Often there are cases where developers draw attention of buyers to the playgrounds and various conditions created for the convenience of residents. In fact, they do not fulfill these conditions after commissioning the building", said the expert.
  • Turkey exerts efforts to achieve long-term truce in Gaza, FM says
    01.08.2014 11:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey exerts efforts to achieve a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on August 1, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

    "The Turkish leadership is currently in talks on resolving the crisis in Gaza with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister of Qatar Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah," he said.

    On August 1, Israel agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, previously announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    During his visit to India, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the parties agreed to a ceasefire from 8:00 on August 1.

    Previously, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza confirmed consent of all factions of the Palestinian resistance for a 72-hour truce with Israel.

    More than 1,500 Palestinians were killed and 7,000 were injured as a result of Israeli hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

    Some 20 mosques and more than five hospitals were completely destroyed during the hostilities.

    The Israeli army lost 131 servicemen during the hostilities in Gaza, the Turkish agency Anadolu reported with reference to the military wing of Hamas movement. However, the Israeli authorities do not confirm this information.

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  • At least 27 people drown in Karachi
    01.08.2014 11:26
    At least 27 people have drowned in rough seas off Pakistan's southern Karachi cityover the last two days, officials saidThursday.

    Most of the deceasedwere youths who were picnicking on the beach along the Arabian Sea, Abdul Khalique Shaikh, a city police chief, told reporters.

    Thousands, mostly youths, flocked to the beach to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesdayand Thursday despite warning from the Meteorological Office which forecast rough tides in the sea on the eve of the monsoon season.

    "We even detailed police force to prevent people from thronging the beach as the sea is very rough in these days. But, the people, mostly youths, did not pay heed to warnings,"Shaikh said.

    "We even detained many youths for violating the ban on swimming in the sea,"he added.

    Shaikh said that 23 bodies had been fished out, while lifeguards were engaged in rescue efforts to retrieve the remaining bodies, Shaikh said.
  • Deputy Chairman of YAP`s Youth Union to attend meeting of DEMYC Board of Directors and international conference
    01.08.2014 11:21
    Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party`s Youth Union, member of the partyв's Political Council Ramin Mammadov will attend a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) and an international conference to be held in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina respectively.

    The event wills focus on topical political and economic issues, as well as the expansion of cooperation among DEMYC member countries, and implementation of joint projects.

    The Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) is the international umbrella organisation of the youth wings of Christian-Democratic, Conservative and like-minded parties of Europe. With currently now more than one million affiliates in its member organisations, DEMYC is one of the strongest political youth organisations in Europe.

    DEMYCв's aim is to further contacts and strengthen co-operation between its member organisations from different European countries and thereby to contribute to a united Europe.
  • July month of joy, stress, thrill for 60,000 in Azerbaijan
    01.08.2014 11:17
    By AzerNews

    The future of some 60,000 Azerbaijani students was decided in July as they sit for the entrance exam, graduating from secondary schools to universities.

    This year Azerbaijan's State Commission on Student Admission (SCSA) held the entrance exams for the first and fourth groups on July 12 and the second and third groups on July 20.

    Each year the SCSA holds entrance exams -- test examination -- for entrants who wish to study at Azerbaijan's prestigious universities and earn a bachelor's degree.

    The entrance exams are held in Azerbaijan's 11 cities, including Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Sumgayit, Mingachevir, Sheki, Aghjabadi, Goychay, Shirvan, Lenkaran and Khachmaz. The exams start at 11 a.m. and last three hours.

    The entrant sitting for the exam familiarizes himself/herself with exam rules thanks to the guidebook prepared by the SCSA. The entrant should print the examination entrance card and take it with his/her identity card to the place where the exams are to be held.

    The entrants should remember that taking mobile phones, summaries and other supportive tools into the examination room is prohibited. Otherwise, they will be removed from the examination room and failed.

    After the completion of exams, the experts gather together and discuss various tests online on the Space TV. The entrants call and ask the experts various questions related with the exam and questions. The exam results are published on the SCSA website. The entrants can send a short message of their application numbers to 7727 to learn how many points they have scored.

    On July 12 some 28,955 pupils took the exam on the first and fourth groups, 17,703 of which were boys, and 11,252 were girls. On July 20, the SCSA held the entrance exam on the second and third groups for 31,326 pupils, some 13,824 of which were boys, and 17,502 were girls.

    The maximum point is 700. This year nine entrants gained these bright results.

    Azerbaijan ensures transparency of its universities' entrance exams by using IT and advanced monitoring measures.

    Azerbaijan was one of the first among the post-Soviet countries to reform the education system, after its independence in 1991.

    Back in 1992, as part of an educational reform, Azerbaijan introduced a general exam - test examination as entrance exam for universities. Later, the test exams were introduced at the master's level.

    State care to education

    Azerbaijan is one of the few countries, which implements educational programs covering spending on education, as well as living abroad.

    To date 2,612 students were sent abroad within the state program on education of Azerbaijani youth abroad in 2007-2015. Graduates of this program successfully continue their activities in the private and public sectors.

    The number of Azerbaijani students studying abroad at state's expense will reach to three thousands in the 2014-2015 academic year. This year a group of students selected by the Education Commission will continue their education in the Great Britain, Turkey, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Poland, France, USA, Italy, the Russian Federation and other foreign countries on Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate, and PhD degree.

    One of the main conditions for participation in the state program is high academic performance.

    Since 2008 as of July 1, Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ allocated around 93 million manats since 2008 as part of this state program.

    Desirable specialties

    Each year the SCSA prepares the top list of desired specialties for each group. Last year 'Oil and gas engineering' of the Baku Higher Oil School, 'Finance' of Azerbaijan State Economy University, 'Azerbaijani language and literature' of Baku State University, and 'Therapy' of Azerbaijan Medical University were on the top of this list.

    On average, male entrants prefer technical specialties, including mathematics, engineering, economy and management, while female entrants choose humanitarian ones, in particular teaching and translating.

    Azerbaijan's top universities

    Also, each year the SCSA prepares the list of Azerbaijan's high-ranking universities.

    In 2013, the entrants who gained over 600 points entered Azerbaijan Medical University, Baku State University, Qafqaz University, The Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan, Baku Higher Oil School, Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Information Technologies University, Azerbaijan State Economy University, as well as Azerbaijan State Oil Academy.

    This year's results will be announced in August. Wish all the entrants success and hope each of them will enter the desirable university and become a high-educated specialist!
  • Drought to force Iran to shut down agriculture
    01.08.2014 11:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    A severe country wide water shortage across the Islamic Republic of Iran could result in the disappearance of the 3,000-year-old agriculture industry, an Iranian climate expert said.

    The drought will hit sooner or later, but it's the anticipation that Iranians are learning to cope with. Iran is currently undergoing through some tough economic times.

    "For the time being Iran's limited water reserves are strategic and agriculture is not an economic priority sector any more," Nasser Karami, Iranian physical climatologist who is an associate professor at the University of Bergen in Norway told Trend on July 31.

    Located in an arid zone, Iran is just one of the countries facing severe water problems, such severe droughts have plagued the country over the last 40 years. The drought of 1992-2002 caused a major blow to agriculture. There were quotas imposed for fresh water in several cities, including the capital Tehran.

    Karami explains that food security is an important issue for all countries having a stable agriculture sector for a country such as Iran is a serious priority, however under the current circumstances using limited vital water sources for the agriculture sector is not logical.

    Iran faces serious threat of loosing its water resources and changing into a desert because of the depletion of groundwater sources, the expert said.

    Producing any agricultural product in Iran costs several times more than its import, considering the real price of the water, he underlined.

    Iran's total annual water consumption is approximately 93 billion cubic meters, out of which about 92 percent is used in agriculture (86 billion cubic meters), 6.6 percent in municipality (6.18 billion cubic meters), and 1.2 percent in industry (1.12 billion cubic meters), according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO).

    Up to 70 percent of water used in the agriculture sector is being wasted, Iranian officials say.

    The country ranks first in the world for wasting water resources, Massoumeh Ebtekar, head of Environmental Protection Organization said on Jan 9. The out dated agriculture activities are the main culprit behind the current water crisis in Iran.

    Karami says that Iran has changed its previous traditional agricultural models which were tested over the last 3,000 years.

    New lands went under cultivation without considering its capacity, suitable crop types changed and the irrigation methods which were not suitable with the water reserves used, he explained.

    He went on to note that 650,000 deep wells were drilled in the country in recent decades which swallowed groundwater.

    In the last 30 years Iran consumed 70 percent of its groundwater reserves, which were collected in a million years, according to the expert. Up to 62 percent of water used in the country's agriculture comes from groundwater reserves, according to the FAO.

    While responding to a question about possible solutions, Karami said that it is too late to take efficient steps on the issue. However, he says that Iran has no choice other than to limit its agriculture sector to very strategic products as well as products with lowest water consumption level.

    "The main part of the Iran's agriculture sector should be shut down, because the country has entered a long-term period of drought," Karami said, adding that "in particular if we notice very low efficiency rate of water sources which are used in the sector."

    He also noted that the issue is beyond eliminating agriculture.

    "Drought is also destroying the country's wildlife and nature. Plains are changing to deserts. Habitats have disappeared in recent 30 years and the country has lost over 90 percent of its wildlife," Karami explained.

    He also expressed concerns about possible water-based wars between the country's different regions in the next decade.

    He said the officials should forget about the agriculture and pay attention to the water crisis, treating it as a national security issue, the expert added.

    Issa Kalantari, secretary general of Iran's House of Farmers and former agriculture minister, said last year that Iran's water crisis wass more of a threat to the country than "Israel, the U.S. or political infighting."

    Kalantari went on to say that if the water issue is not addressed, Iran could become a place where no one can live.

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  • Azerbaijan represented in Interregional Meeting of UNESCO National Commissions
    01.08.2014 11:06
    Representative of the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO Dmitriy Panin has attended the First Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    More than 110 National Commissions for UNESCO from all regions of the world came together in Astana to look at ways of strengthening their efforts to promote the Organization's work and optimize their contribution to UNESCO's program, AzerTag reports.

    The meeting aimed to build capacities, enhance networking and promote best practices of National Commissions.
  • Israel accepts proposal for 72-hour
    01.08.2014 11:02
    Israel has accepted a proposal for a three-day truce with militant groups in the Gaza Strip, an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

    "Israel has accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday," said the official, who made the statement on condition of anonymity.
  • AZERNEWS releases another print issue
    01.08.2014 11:01
    A new print edition of the AZERNEWS online newspaper was released on August 1.

    The new edition includes articles about significant reduction of the poverty level in Azerbaijan, country's Oil Fund's intention to buy Chinese Yuan, joint tournament in artistic, acrobatic gymnastics in Baku, the peculiarities of the wedding ceremony in Azerbaijan, as well as about the land of longevity-Lerik region and etc.

    AZERNEWS is an associate member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    The online newspaper is available at www.azer
  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Ceasefire was violated 71 times within a day
    01.08.2014 10:56
    The ceasefire was violated 71 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.

    Ministry's press service told APA that Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in the nameless uplands, Gizilhajili village of Gazakh region and Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa region from their posts in Berkaber and Paravakar villages of Armenia's Icevan region, in the Alibayli village of Tovuz region from Aygepar village of Berd region yesterday and tonight.

    They also fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in the nameless uplands of Kamarli, Gushchuayrim villages of Gazakh region from their posts in the nameless uplands Dovekh, Voskevan villages of Noyemberyan region, in the nameless uplands of Gadabay region from the nameless uplands in Krasnoselsk region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Marzili, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Bash Garvand, Sarijali, Garagashli, Javahirli, Kangarli villages of Aghdam region, Chilaburt, Goyarkh, Gizil Oba villages of Tartar region Ashagi Veysalli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Horadiz villages of Fuzuli region, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region, nameless uplands in Khojavend and Goygol regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • New vehicle: From fiction to real life
    01.08.2014 10:55
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1


    This is the footwear that Batman and Flash Gordon would wear if they could. These are the gadgets you probably dreamt about when you were a child. Shoes you could wear like roller skates but that were jet propelled and that you could put on and zoom ahead at the speed of light? Not quite the speed of light but at a respectable speed of 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers), on a full charge of the lithium-ion batteries takes 1.5 hours.

    These are the RocletSkates, the latest in personal travel - the invention of Peter Treadway, the founder and chief technical officer of a California-based company. The RocketSskates is no toy and should not be underestimated as it has the potential of introducing massive changes in today's society. It's target audience are those who live at the intersection of "too-close-to-drive and too-far-to-walk."

    What Treadway did was bring something that was out of science fiction comic books into reality.

    The idea of being able to wear your transportation is something that's been brewing in me for a long time," said Treadway t the BBC. He conceived the skates seven years ago while working on his thesis at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, one of the world's foremost producers of transportation-design talent.

    The rubber-wheeled super skates may look simple but are indeed quite ingenious. They consist of the following specifications.

    Each skate features two 50w brushless motors, one inside each front wheel.

    Rear-mounted lithium-ion battery packs, which fully charge in 1ВЅ hours, power the motors.

    The skates "talk" to each other via microprocessors, so they both maintain identical speed, otherwise you may end up having one foot skating faster then the other.

    Futuristic, yes, but there are some realities related to physics, nature and gravity that one needs to keep in mind. For example top speed is estimated at 12mph, however, one needs to consider various factors such as the user's weight and wind speed and the terrain.

    The maximum rider weight is 275lbs (124 kilos). There are curtly three models.

    The R6 can travel six miles and run for 45 minutes on a full charge; the R8 tops out at eight miles and 70 minutes; and the R10 maxes out at 10 miles and 90 minutes. The three models retail for $499, $599 and $699 respectively. One definite advantage of these electric skates is possibility to wear almost any shoe you want. They also have mapping function which can track the route you have taken, which could be shared with friends. Moreover it is possible to find other RocketSkates on the live map.

    This invention could resolve traffic problems in densely populated cities. RocketSkates are ecologically clean and energy efficient and their usage will reduce emissions in the environment.

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  • Over 1,500 Palestinians killed in Gaza hostilities
    01.08.2014 10:51
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    More than 1,500 Palestinians were killed and 7,000 were injured as a result of Israeli hostilities in the Gaza Strip, Turkish TRT Haber channel reported on August 1.

    Some 20 mosques and more than five hospitals were completely destroyed during the hostilities.

    The Israeli army lost 131 servicemen during the hostilities in Gaza, the Turkish agency Anadolu reported with reference to the military wing of Hamas movement. However, the Israeli authorities do not confirm this information.

    On August 1, Israel agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, previously announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    During his visit to India U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the parties agreed about ceasefire from 8:00 on August 1.

    Previously, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza confirmed consent of all factions of the Palestinian resistance for 72-hour truce with Israel.

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  • Statement issued on Azerbaijani human rights activist's arrest
    01.08.2014 10:50
    General Prosecutorв's Office and the Ministry of National Security (MNS) have issued a statement on the arrest of Leyla Yunus.

    Azerbaijani citizen Mirgadirov Rauf Habibulla oglu, who is now under preliminary investigation, was arrested as a suspect for a crime on 19 April 2014 as there were suspicions that he might have betrayed the Azerbaijani state by purposefully helping employees of the Armenian Republic's special service bodies with his espionage since April 2008, and was put in pre-trial detention with the decision of the Nasimi District Court under article #274 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the press service of General Prosecutor's Office told APA.

    It was discovered that Yunusova Leyla Islam, with the organization named "the Institute of Peace and Democracy", without legal registration, which she founded in and has been chairing since 2002, have several times organized visits of Mirgadirov Rauf Habibulla oglu to the Republic of Armenia from the Republic of Georgia together with Arif Yunus at the expenses of the funds she got alongside Shahnazaryan David Gurgenovich, Bagdasaryan Laura Seyranovna and others from international donor organiozations in the name of implementing joint projects on "people's diplomacy" between Armenia's Region Research Center and other NGOs and the funds that were transferred to the accounts of her husband Yunusov Arif Seyfulla oglu, who has been head of department of his organization, in the commercial banks operating in Azerbaijan by Karen Ohanjanyan from a bank in the UK in 2002 and by Armenian NGO "Journalistic Researches" from a bank in Yerevan for helping foreign intelligence to manipulating the persons after learning their personal qualities and making sure of their desire to make a good living. In some of those visits, Arif Yunusov was also present along with Rauf Mirgadirov to hold several meetings with representatives of the agencies controlled by former Armenian Minister of National Security David Shahnazaryan and special service bodies.

    At the same time, connecting different Azerbaijani citizens whose names are unknown at the moment to employees of Armenia's special service bodies to involve them in secret partnership to collect data on the areas of socio-political, industrial, energy, military and technical supply with the purpose of using them against the Republic of Azerbaijan, Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus have fulfilled their duty on giving concrete instructions to them on propagating the importance of recognizing the sovereignty of the illegal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for the return of our occupied lands. As a result, they have been able to transmit the scheme of military units, aerodromes strategically important state facilities with their photos to representatives of the enemy country's intelligence bodies.

    Moreover, Yunusova Leyla Islam, as a founder and director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy without legal registration, included false information that she is allegedly a director of the Society of Women of Azerbaijan for Peace and Democracy in the Caucasus, registered on March 27, 1996, in the official documents allowing to carry out transactions of accounts belonged to this Society, in Unibank OJSC on November 21, 2002, and obtained check books, submitting these documents to the bank. She provided the transfer of total AZN 167 1999, $620 878 and euro;263 745 to the bank accounts of this organization in accordance with the grant agreements signed with the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED), German Marshall Fund and other donor organizations in 2006-2014 and cashed these funds, breaching the requirements of the Law on Accounting of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She conducted illegal business activities, receiving AZN 526 943 on the unregistered grant agreements, and evaded taxes in amount of AZN 369 378 in accordance with tax legislation.

    At the same time, there are suspicious that Leyla Yunusova cashed $88 468 out of $88 910 transferred to the accounts of the Society of Women of Azerbaijan for Peace and Democracy in the Caucasus in Unibank OJSC by the National Endowment for Democracy, German Marshall Fund and OSI Assistance Foundation in 2009-2012, falsifying official documents. After depositing $71 000 of these funds to her saving accounts, she withdrew the collected $78 130 with total interests from her accounts on April 24, 2014 and transferred to the account of his husband Arif Yunus is that bank. Following this, Arif Yunus immediately transferred these funds to his personal account in Sberbank CZ bank based in the Republic of Czech.

    Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus were repeatedly summoned to the investigation body, but they both avoided testifying without any valid reason. As a result, it was decided to forcibly take them to the investigation agency in accordance with the article No178 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

    Because of all of these reasonable suspicions, Leyla Yunus has been sent to pretrial detention under the articles #274, 178.3.2, 192.2.2, 213.2.2, 320.1 and 320.2 of the Criminal Code. Arif Yunus faced charges under the articles# 274 and 178.3.2 of the Criminal Code. Taking into account his state, it was decided to transfer him under police surveillance.

    Investigation is underway. The public will be provided additional information.
  • Situation strained on front
    01.08.2014 10:15
    Eight Azerbaijani sons have become martyrs.

    Intensive fire exchanged was observed on the contact line of troops between Azerbaijan and Armenia throughout the night.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire in several directions of the front trying to invade the territories controlled by Azerbaijan.

    Eight Azerbaijani army soldiers died as a result of extensive fire.

    Details of the incident are currently being clarified.

    By the information from the news service for the Defense Ministry, on the night of August 1, Armenian intelligence groups attempted to cross the contact line in the territory of Agdam and Terter regions.

    The enemy's attempt was revealed earlier and the diversion was averted.

    After the strong fire exchanged Armenians were obliged to retreat with huge losses. Unfortunately, Azerbaijani armed forces also sustained losses.

    By the information, Azerbaijani army ensign Isa Almazov born in 1997 died as a result of the fire exchange in the territory of Gazakh.

    The Defense Ministry expresses deep condolences to the martyrs' relatives and friends!
  • Kazakh Senate elections scheduled for Oct. 1
    01.08.2014 10:06
    Astana, Kazakhstan, August 1

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the decree on "Scheduling the elections of deputies of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan for October 1, 2014", according to a statement posted on the Akorda website.

    "The elections of deputies of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be scheduled for October 1, 2014 in accordance with subparagraph 2, Article 44 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Article 69 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated September 28, 1995 "On elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan"," according to the document. "This decree comes into force from the date of publication."

    It should be stressed that according to the law on "Elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan", the nomination of candidates for deputies of the upper chamber of the Parliament begins on the day following the day of calling an election and ends one month before the election day. Thus, the nomination process will begin from August 2.

    There are some 47 deputies in the upper house of the Parliament, 15 of them are appointed by the president, 32 - maslikhats (local representative bodies). Senate deputies are elected for six years. Every three years, some 16 senators are reelected. The elections were held in 2011 for the last time.

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  • Azerbaijan to play against Russia
    01.08.2014 10:06
    The match will take place in September.

    The Azerbaijani National Football Team will hold another friendly match.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to ANS PRESS that according to the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, the meeting will be held in preparation for the qualifying round of Euro-2016.

    The Azerbaijan National team will meet with one of the participants of the World Championship, which was held this year in Brazil.

    The match between Azerbaijan and Russia will be held on in Moscow on September 3.
  • Easier to prevent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict than to calm
    01.08.2014 10:01
    By Aynur Gasimova - Trend:

    Everyone in the world today faces news about the horrors in different parts of the globe. The world map has hot spots where people are killed every day.

    The literally burning Middle East, affected by the "Arab Spring" has recently experienced revolution and civil war and is a flash point of major news again in Gaza. This bloody confrontation has been observed for almost a month. It has resulted in more than 1,350 Palestinians and 56 Israelis killed so far. Nothing indicates the bloodshed will stop soon. Nor do hostilities stop in neighboring Syria and Libya and none of it inspires faith in the rapid stabilization of the situation in the region.

    A real civil war is being waged in the post-Soviet region too. The deep crisis in Ukraine, which has claimed hundreds of human lives, including Malaysian Airlines passenger plane shaken down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing 298 people, has continued more than six months.

    Even though the UN Security Council passed a resolution that called for bringing to justice those responsible for the plane crash and to cease hostilities in the crash area for the international experts to easily reach the crash site, the hostilities still continue.

    The world powers must pay attention not only to the current civil wars amid but simmering conflicts each of which can start again.

    Azerbaijan is such a country, where 20 percent of its territory is under Armenian occupation. If one views the chronicle from the contact line of the Armenian-Azerbaijani troops, the current status quo may soon be changed, and another heated conflict reignited in the region, which at this point can still be prevented. Murders of civilians on the frontline, Armenia's constant ceasefire violations, provocations, and attempts to discredit Azerbaijan continue. The Armenia side's attempt to present peaceful Azerbaijanis detained in Kalbajar region as "saboteurs" can be cited as an example.

    Armenian media reported that during the operation held on July 11 in the Shaplar village of the occupied Kalbajar region, one Azerbaijani citizen was killed and two other were taken hostage. They also reported the launching of criminal cases against the detained Azerbaijanis.

    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry dismissed the Armenian media reports on any affiliation of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces. The ministry stated that the occupied lands are the territories of sovereign Azerbaijan and a ban cannot be imposed on free movement of Azerbaijanis in these territories.

    These individuals did not violate the state border because the lands controlled by the illegal "fictitious" regime, are Azerbaijani territories recognized by the UN, the ministry said.

    Instead of trying to draw the attention of the international community to the processes on the contact line of the armies, Armenia would better be engaged in addressing its internal problems.

    The poor economic condition in Armenia, serious demographic problems, mass emigration from the country, continuous discord in the leadership are the problems that Armenia should address instead of attempting to divert the attention of the international community to the unacceptable status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    As distinct from Armenia, modern-day Azerbaijan is a country with a prosperous economy, a country which nobody wants to leave and where every citizens feel safe. Instead of pursuing a destructive policy, Armenia long ago should have returned Azerbaijan's occupied territories and made efforts to get out of its fragile economic crisis. Refusing to do so meets the interests of a handful of Armenian oligarchs, not those of the people.

    Unfortunately, Armenia continues to pursue its unconstructive policy and show its interest in maintaining the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and thus ignores the resolutions of the UN Security Council and international law.

    The international institutions need to realize that it would be as easy to prevent conflict than it is try to resolve the escalation of an already arisen confrontation. They should take into account that it is necessary to take measures to maintain peace in the region, while Azerbaijan's patience is not exhausted.

    The regions with 'frozen conflicts' and the international institutions should take into account that if a regional conflict is not resolved in a timely fashion, it can turn into a global-scale conflict that will claim many lives and undermine the stability in the region for a long time.

    Aynur Gasimova is Trend English News Service Head

    Claude Salhani -a political analyst and senior editor with
  • Aunt kidnapped nephew
    01.08.2014 10:01
    A Colorado woman has been convicted of abducting her newborn nephew in an attempt to pass him off as her own son.

    Kristen Smith, 31, was found guilty of kidnapping, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The trial heard she tookKayden Powell from the Wisconsin home of a relative in February this year.

    Once police were alerted, she placed the four-day-oldin a plastic bag and left him at an Iowa gas station. Officers found Kayden alive and well after the boy spent more than a day in sub-zero temperatures.

    Smith, of Aurora, Colorado, had denied abducting the child. She testified that she had been given permission to take Kaydenby the boy's father.

    The parents, Smith's half-sister Brianna Marshall and her boyfriend, Bruce Powell, were supposedly going to join the accused a few days later in Colorado.

    But a federal prosecutor said during the trial's closing statements on Thursday that the defendant was a manipulative liar.

    No new parent would send a newborn away without nappies or formula, he argued. He also said a birth certificate application had been found in Smith's home that showed she planned to rename the boy Kaysin.

    Smith's defence lawyer had argued that his client had no need to steal a baby as she has four children and a stepchild of her own.
  • Taiwan gas blast kills 15, injures 243
    01.08.2014 09:50
    An explosion caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured another 243, Taiwanese media reported on Friday.

    Smoke with a ''gas-like smell'' was seen coming out of drains in the streets before the explosion, Formosa TV and the China Times newspaper said.

    The blast ignited huge fires and overturned and destroyed cars. Reuters photographs showed a scene of devastation, including the body of a dead or injured child on the ground among the rubble.

    Rescuers formed a chain to pull the injured from a deep crater in the road.

    The media said some residents described it as having felt like the area was hit by a powerful earthquake.

    The Kaohsiung government has set up an emergency centre, with a plan to send soldiers in to coordinate the rescue operation, the media said. The death toll was likely to rise further, they added.
  • Kazakhstan not to increase fuel and lubricant prices
    01.08.2014 09:49
    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The prices for fuels and lubricants are not expected to be increased in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin said at a briefing in Astana on July 30.

    "I should stress that the price for petrol and diesel fuel will remain unchanged in Kazakhstan on August 1," he said. "Generally, I must say that the fuel and lubricant price adjustment is discussed monthly. The offers are announced as part of the meetings of the inter-ministerial committees, the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies, the Ministry of Economy and the government as a whole. However, this does not mean that petrol rises in price monthly."

    "Petrol in Kazakhstan is cheaper than in the bordering countries, namely Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan," he said. "The same can be said for European countries."

    "Our fuel is one of the cheapest," the minister said. "Unfortunately, it is necessary to take into account the realities of the economic situation."

    "It is necessary to understand that Kazakhstan's economy can not be considered in isolation from the global economy," he added. "The situation on the market of oil products is clear evidence. The artificial containment of fuel and lubricant prices adversely affects it."

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  • Iran denies deal on limiting enrichment
    01.08.2014 09:25
    A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has dismissed allegations of Iranв's consent to scale down its uranium enrichment program.

    "Any agreement about Arak or Fordow [nuclear facilities] is denied. No agreement has so far been reached about the issues under discussion [with six world powers], including these two sites, and the differences still remain," ISNA quoted Abbas Araqchi, who is also a deputy to the Iranian foreign minister, as saying, Press TV reports.

    He was reacting to July 29 remarks by the US lead nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about "tangible progress in key areas, including Fordow, Arak and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) access."

    "It [Iran] promised not to fuel or install remaining components at the research reactor in Arakhellip;. It allowed inspectors to have daily access at the Natanz enrichment facility and the underground plant at Fordow," said Sherman who is the deputy US secretary of state.

    Araqchi said, "The only criterion for the Islamic Republic of Iran has been the country's needs and throughout negotiations [with the world powers], decisions will be made only based on the country's needs."

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany are to resume their negotiations to discuss ways to reach a final agreement over Tehran's nuclear energy program in September.

    The right to enrich uranium, the Arak heavy water reactor and sanctions against Tehran are among the bones of contention between Iran and the six countries.
  • Azerbaijani submarines to be repaired in Croatia
    01.08.2014 09:12
    Azerbaijani submarines will undergo repairs in Croatia.

    Azerbaijani submarines have recently been sent to the shipyard of Croatian company Adria Mar, APA reports quoting Intelligence Online.

    Adria Mar provides repairs for ships constructed during the Soviet Union.

    The Azerbaijani Army is currently equipped with small size submarines Triton-2 (project 908), a former USSR production.
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