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Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons by 2015
23.06.2012 09:56
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 20 / Trend E. Kosolapova/

Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons in 2-3 years, Novosti-Kazakhstan quoted deputy head of the Kazakh National Atomic Company Kazatomprom Nurlan Ryspanov as saying.

"Our resources and existing capacities allow achieving production of 30,000 tons of uranium or more per year," Ryspanov said on Wednesday while speaking at the 5th annual Central Asia Mining and Metallurgical Congress in Almaty.

Kazakhstan produced 19,450 tons of uranium or 35 percent of world production in 2011. Kazatomprom is also the world''s leading uranium producer.

Ryspanov said that the increase in uranium production can be achieved by expanding the current capacity or intensifying the leaching process depending on the market conditions.

Kazatomprom has a stable demand for its production even after the accident at Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima.

"Nuclear power-engineering has no real alternatives, so there is no risk of significant reduction in the world demand for natural uranium," he said.

Ryspanov added that Kazakhstan''s uranium production will hit 20,000 tons in 2012.

Kazatomprom is Kazakh national operator for import and export of uranium, rare metals, nuclear fuel for power plants, special equipment and dual-purpose materials. A total of 100 percent of the company''s stock is held by Kazakh Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna.

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    Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain to Russia, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They concluded with a high probability that pockets of Neanderthal culture survived until between 41,030 and 39,260 years ago.

    Although this puts the disappearance of Neanderthals earlier than some scientists previously thought, the findings support the idea that they lived alongside humans, who arrived in Europe about 45,000-43,000 years ago.

    "We believe we now have the first robust timeline that sheds new light on some of the key questions around the possible interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans," said Thomas Higham, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford who led the study.

    While it's known that Neanderthal genes have survived in the DNA of many modern humans to this day, suggesting that at least some interbreeding took place, scientists are still unclear about the extent of their contact and the reasons why Neanderthals vanished.

    "These new results confirm a long-suspected chronological overlap between the last Neanderthals and the first modern humans in Europe," said Jean-Jacques Hublin, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who wasn't involved in the study.

    Apart from narrowing the length of time that the two species existed alongside each other to between 2,600 and 5,400 years, Higham and his colleagues also believe they have shown that Neanderthals and humans largely kept to themselves.

    "What we don't see is that there is spatial overlap (in where they settled)," said Higham.

    This is puzzling, because there is evidence that late-stage Neanderthals were culturally influenced by modern humans. Samples taken from some Neanderthal sites include artifacts that look like those introduced to Europe by humans migrating from Africa.

    This would point to the possibility that Neanderthals acirc;ВЂВ" whose name derives from a valley in western Germany adopted certain human habits and technologies even as they were being gradually pushed out of their territory.
  • Azerbaijan to provide transit support in connection with operation in Afghanistan
    21.08.2014 19:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Togrul Veliyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received a delegation led by Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command Gen. Paul Selva, the press service of the ministry told Trend Aug. 21.

    At the meeting Azerbaijan's contribution to the operation of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) was highly appreciated.

    Azerbaijan, being one of the main safe and secure transit routes for ISAF, provided support in the field of transport and traffic to the members and partners of NATO, including the United States. The sides expressed satisfaction on that occasion.

    Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan will provide the necessary support for transit in connection with the operation in Afghanistan as a partner. He said that transit opportunities will increase with the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and the new sea port in Alat.

    Selva expressed gratitude for the cooperation and support, he noted that the favorable geographical location of Azerbaijan and developing transport infrastructure leave a good impression. He stressed that all these have good prospects, especially from the business and trade point of view.

    Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.

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  • Road through Dariali Gorge to be restored in two weeks
    21.08.2014 19:12
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug.21

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The road through the Dariali gorge that leads in the direction of Russia will be restored in about two weeks, the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili said live on "Imedi" TV.

    The fast recovery of infrastructure is also the case, he noted.

    Due to heavy rain late in the evening a landslide occurred again in the gorge. Two people who were working in the tunnel are missing. George Margvelashvili went to Daryal gorge Aug.21.

    "The flooding was more extensive and the weight of the landslide was heavier when I was here in May", he said. "We were able to restore the road for three weeks that time. Today, it will take about two weeks," said Margvelashvili.

    Georgian President is pleased with the alarm system installed in Devdoraki after the landslide in Daryal gorge in May.

    "The useful part that we have learned from the last case is the fact that the tools of preliminary notification installed in Devdoraki inform the border and the Interior Ministry," Margelashvili said. "This system worked then and resulted in the closure of roads above and below. Therefore there are no such large-scale casualties as before. Now two people are being sought," Margvelashvili added.

    About a thousand vehicles, mainly trucks traveling from Armenia to Russia are on the border between Georgia and Russia.

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  • Interpolв's South Africa office raided 5 times
    21.08.2014 19:08
    The high-security building housing Interpol's South Africa office has been burgled for the fifth time in three weeks, it's reported.

    The thieves made off with laptops, cameras and other electronics, and in one incident they may have entered the building using internal access cards, the Times Live website reports. A spokesman for Hawks, the anti-corruption unit that suffered the break-in, confirmed the incident but added: "At this stage it does not appear to be serious."

    Police think the burglars want the expensive equipment. "The people involved in the first burglary may be involved in the latest incident," says police spokesman Solomon Makgale. "It is highly unlikely that those behind the burglaries are interested in the information contained on the laptops but are rather more interested in making quick cash."

    But a crime intelligence source says the repeated break-ins could be a sign the thieves are looking for specific information - and simply haven't found it yet. Police say that some laptops stolen in the first burglary have surfaced in a local pawn shop.

    Criminologist Rudolph Zinn says he's concerned that serial break-ins were possible in the first place, and that Interpol could respond by limiting what information employees in South Africa can access. "If it's this easy to break into this building multiple times one needs to ask what other unauthorised access has occurred," he says.
  • Azerbaijan and UAE discuss prospects of cooperation in migration field
    21.08.2014 19:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Sabina Akhmedova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's Consul General in Dubai Parviz Ismailzade at a meeting with the deputy chief of the Main Department of residence and Aliens in Dubai, Major General Obaid Bin Moheyr Sorour discussed prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE, especially with Dubai in the field of migration, says the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on Aug. 21.

    Consul General briefed his counterpart about the reforms, additions and changes made to the legislation in the field of migration, and about the activities carried out by the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan.

    Ismaildaze also explained the new airport terminal complex at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, and stressed the importance of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE in the area of '‹'‹migration.

    Obaid bin Moheyr Sorour said that the UAE is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of migration.

    Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.

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  • Baku Stock Exchange to host first bonds placement of non-financial organization
    21.08.2014 19:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Zulfiyya Kurbanova - Trend:

    The Baku Stock Exchange for the first time will host bonds of non-financial organization Embawood LLC in the total amount of 10 million AZN.

    The agreement was signed Aug. 21 at a press conference between the Director of BSE Business Development Abdullah Isayev and Deputy General Director of Embawood LLC on financial matters Tamerlan Kurkiev.

    Within the frameworks of emission 10,000 bonds with a par value of 1000 AZN each were produced. Bond yields will make 11 percent per year with the circulation period of one year from the date of placement of the first bonds of this issue. Payment of interest on the bonds will be made every three months.

    Underwriter of the transaction is PASHA Kapital LLC.

    Kurkiev noted during a press conference that the aim of accommodation of the Embawood bonds is the assessment of cost of risk that can be taken by investors at the local market.

    "The cash flows of the company now allow supporting the activities at the required level," he said. "Placement of corporate securities is an indicator of the company's attractiveness to investors, and we are interested to look at the real cost of risk of securities," concluded Kurkiyev.

    Public placement of bonds will begin Aug. 22.

    The official exchange rate for August 21 is 0. 7842 AZN / USD.

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  • Azerbaijan Defense Ministry clarifies reports on redeployment of military equipment
    21.08.2014 18:23
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21


    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has clarified the media reports about the redeployment of military equipment.

    "Relocation of military equipment of the armed forces and its replacement are carried out in line with a schedule, and its purpose is to keep the combat readiness, which is needed for execution of combat missions by the units," according to a message from the ministry.

    "There is no need for additional comments and remarks, and any discussions on this topic are contrary to the state's interests," the ministry stressed.

    Today, Azerbaijani media, citing witnesses, reported about the redeployment of military equipment near the Aghstafa District of Azerbaijan.

    Edited by CN

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  • Heads of nine committees under Investment and Development Ministry appointed in Kazakhstan
    21.08.2014 18:22
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 21

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh Investment and Development Minister Asset Issekeshev appointed heads to nine committees under the ministry, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

    He introduced the new-appointed heads to the ministry's staff on Aug. 21, the press service of the department reported.

    Former head of Kazakh Space Agency Talgat Musabaev was appointed to the post of chairman of Aerospace Committee. Mereke Pshembaev became the Chairman of Highways Committee, Saken Sarsenov - Chairman of Communication, Information and Data Committee, Amaniyaz Erzhanov - Chairman of Industrial Development and Industrial Safety Committee, Bazarbay Nurabaev -Chairman of Geology and Subsoil Committee, Birzhan Kaneshev -Chairman of Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee, Asset Asavbaev - Chairman of Transport Committee, Beken Seidakhmetov -Chairman of Civil Aviation Committee, Erlan Hairov - Chairman of Investments Committee.

    Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry was created within the reorganization of the government on Aug. 6.

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  • Botox may have cancer fighting role
    21.08.2014 18:18
    Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free face - may help fight cancer, animal tests suggest.

    The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed nerves help stomach cancers grow.

    Research on mice found that using the toxin to kill nerves could halt the growth of stomach tumours and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

    Cancer Research UK said it was early days and it was unclear whether the injections could help save lives.

    Botox is usually used in the fight against the signs of ageing, not cancer.

    The toxin disrupts nerve function to relax muscles and even out wrinkles, but a growing body of work suggests nerves can also help fuel cancer growth.
  • Georgiaв's Prime Minister arrives in Armenia
    21.08.2014 18:12
    Georgiaв's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has arrived in Armenia for a two-day visit, APA reports quoting Armenian media.

    He is scheduled to meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.

    Economic and political issues will be discussed during the meetings.

    Armenia also intends to raise a question regarding the intent of Georgia to, introduce a visa regime with Armenia on September 1.

    Garibashvili has visited the memorial to so-called "armenian genocide" victims.
  • Belgian PMв's laptop stolen from car
    21.08.2014 18:08
    A thief has broken into the car of outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo in Brussels, stealing his laptop.

    The theft took place on Monday while Mr di Rupo was at the gym, but details have only just emerged.

    His spokesman has denied reports that the laptop contained state secrets and sensitive details about the royal family.

    The theft primarily involved "personal notes and some work documents", the spokesman said.

    The thief saw his chance when Mr di Rupo's driver popped into a bookshop while the prime minister was in the gym in the centre of Brussels, Dutch-language daily Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Thursday.

    He smashed a side window in the Audi A6, folded the back seat and found the laptop in the boot of the car.

    The prime minister made a statement to police soon afterwards in which the newspaper reported he had referred to important details about internal politics and the royal family.

    A briefcase, suit, white shirt and mobile phone charger were among other items stolen, the report said.

    But Mr di Rupo's spokesman said the theft did not involve classified information or state secrets and the laptop itself was thoroughly protected. Such documents were always transported according to rules and adapted procedures, a statement said. Brussels police are investigating the theft.

    Mr di Rupo's computers have received unwanted attention in the past, too. In September 2013, federal prosecutors opened an inquiry into two possible hacking incidents in the prime minister's office.

    A French-speaking Socialist, he took on the role of prime minister in 2011 after more than 500 days of political deadlock in which Belgium was left without a government. He submitted his resignation after elections in May this year, but has continued in the role in a caretaker capacity.
  • Azercell leader in Twitter social network
    21.08.2014 17:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21


    Azercell Telecom - the leader of country's mobile market is the first among local brands to reach 89% response rate to the inquiries of its subscribers via the Twitter social network. Based on the information released by Socialbakers company Azercell attained another success, according to a message from the company.

    "We would like to remind that back in 2012 Azercell was the first among local companies to receive verified status for its Twitter account. Currently Azercell has over 46,000 followers and this number itself makes the Company number one among the mobile operators of Azerbaijan," Azercell said.

    Note, that Azercell set another record by reaching 100 percent for responding to the inquiries of subscribers through its official Facebook page.

    We would like to inform, that in 2012 Azercell became the first mobile operator in the country awarded with the certificate by the "Socially Devoted" for prompt responses to the customer inquiries. To get a certificate a company should demonstrate high level of response index to the daily growing inquiries of the page fans. Along with big number of users, Azercell is also leading for several years for the active use of the page by the fans.

    We would like to remind that Azercell was the first mobile operator launching its official pages in the leading social networks, as well as offering online customer service. This was aimed at maintaining a closer link with the customers, prompt releasing the information on innovations. Thanks to this approach Azercell subscribers got an opportunity to enjoy 24/7 high-quality service by using features of six different social networks: Facebook, Twitter,, Google , YouTube and Instagram. Questions raised by the subscribers through these social networks are replied to within a few seconds.

    Along with its leadership in the filed of telecommunications, Azercell also aspires to be the first in other innovative areas, as well as offer its subscribers an access to the latest technologies.

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service "ASAN imza" (ASAN signature) and others. With 51% share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99,8% of the country's population. By the end of 2013 the number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4,5 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan. The Company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is the part of the TeliaSonera Group of Companies, which has subsidiaries in 17 countries with total number of 186 million subscribers and 27 thousand employees.

  • World's musical masterpieces coming to Baku
    21.08.2014 17:53
    By AzerNews

    The concert of Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra named after U. Hajibeyli will take place in the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall on December 19.

    Musical compositions by famous Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg and Russian-American composer Arthur Lourie will be performed under the arrangement of honored artist Faraj Garayev.

    State Symphonic Orchestra will perform Arnold Schoenberg's "Expectation", Arthur Lourie's "Synthesis" and Faraj Garayev's "Vingt ans aprГЁs - nostalgie".

    Arthur Lourie was completely self-taught as a musician. His earliest known works, dating from 1908, are late Romantic in style.

    Moreover, he played an important role in the earliest stages of the organization of Soviet music after the 1917 Revolution but later went into exile. His music reflects his close connections with contemporary writers and artists, and also his close relationship with Igor Stravinsky.

    In addition, Arnold Schoenberg was one of the founders of musical Modernism and an incredibly influential figure from the early twentieth century to at least twenty-five years after his death - with Stravinsky, one of the two most influential composers of his time.

    Schoenberg was considered a leading light of the younger generation, attracting the attention of people no less than Gustav Mahler. He kept up a steady stream of composition, extending the language of the day as well as striking out in new directions.

    Concerning our national composer, Faraj Garayev is one of the leading composers of the post Soviet era. The chronology of his creative works resembles more the typical avant-guard cardiogram than a classical gradual growth.

    It is more important for Garayev to mark music and absurdity than to demonstrate any compositional practice, technology or style. He easily operates within any musical sign, style, technology or image.

    In the period of total rule of social realism in Soviet art, one party dictatorship and censorship, Garayev wrote differently from conventional music, and totally opposed to the accepted composing tradition and practice.

    To picture him as an ardent opponent to the Soviet system, a radical oppositionist would be a bit of an exaggeration. But he could always keep his integrity intact, saving his inner freedom and right to artistic choice in any situation.
  • Mobile phone number to be available online
    21.08.2014 17:53
    The ''electronic government'' service will be opened in Azerbaijan.

    The purchase and placement of the cell phone numbers online will be able in Azerbaijan.

    Oxu.Az reports citing that the information is provided in the "Electronic Government" monthly bulletin of Information Technology Centre (ITC), the Ministry of Communications and High Tech (INTERFET) in Azerbaijan.

    "The service will be provided through the 'e-government' portal ", the bulletin states.

    ITC indicates that currently sale of new mobile phones is implemented in the relevant points of the mobile operators, and data on the new cellular subscribers, in particular, information of identity, entered into the system manually.

    "This often leads to the appearance of false information about new subscribers in the database of mobile operators, which creates problems for the design of various documents, conducting search operations, etc.. Online-sales of numbers allow to exclude the possibility of distorted information about subscribers," -the message notes.

    The meeting with the representatives of all three mobile operators in Azerbaijan (of Azercell Telecom, Bakcell and Azerfon (brand Nar Mobile). - Ed.), on which the details of implementation of this system discussed, was held in ITC on August 4. During the meeting it was decided that the draft agreement and specifications will be prepared on the first stage.

    "After the launch of the project, the ID number and PIN-code of the subscriber which is entered in the system on the portal of "electronic government", automatically will be tested in the Information System of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Azerbaijan. Once the number is working, online user authentication and passport data will be carried out in the Information Ministry of Interior, " the statement says.

    ITC noted that the new system will generate the most accurate database of cellular subscribers.

    "This database will be available and automatically replenished, including servers of relevant government agencies, as well it will serve as a troubleshooting of problems that arise in the process of registration of a number of documents - in the banking, trade and so forth" the statement says.
  • SOCAR conducts Caspian Sea platform overhaul
    21.08.2014 17:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The SOCAR Company (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) is to conclude its overhaul of the production platform in the shallow part of "Guneshli" in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea in December 2014, says a statement released by the State Oil Company Aug. 21.

    Overhaul works of the platform are conducted without restrictions in operating of the platform and with the use of existing technological equipment on the platform.

    Platform "Gunashli-11" has operated since 1986.

    "Guneshli" field plays an important role in the oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan. The shallow part of the deposit is developed by SOCAR independently and deep one as a part of the "Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli" block (together with foreign partners).

    Within the frameworks of the increase in oil and gas production in the shallow part of "Guneshli" SOCAR plans to drill 20 new wells. Along with the drilling of new wells, repair work of old wells is underway on the field.

    In 2013, SOCAR produced in offshore and onshore fields of the country more than 8.31 million tonnes versus 8.24 million tonnes in 2012.

    In total, some 43.48 million tonnes were produced in Azerbaijan in 2013 versus 43 million tonnes in 2012.

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  • Uzbekistan, China discuss cooperation in different areas
    21.08.2014 17:33
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 21

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The comprehensive development and strengthening of cooperation in trade-economic, investment, cultural-humanitarian spheres were discussed during the meeting between Uzbek President Islam Karimov and Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang as part of the Uzbek president's state visit to Beijing, the Uzbek National News Agency (UzA) said Aug. 21.

    The Uzbek president paid a state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping August on 19 - 20.

    During the meeting, the sides stressed that the Uzbek president's visit to China will further promote and develop cooperation between the two countries, give a new impetus to the consistent expansion of strategic partnership.

    Following the talks between the Uzbek and Chinese presidents, the joint declaration and the strategic partnership development program for 2014-2018, as well as more than twenty documents envisaging the implementation of joint projects worth $ 5.2 billion, as well as trade contracts worth $ 800 million were signed.

    Li Keqiang said that China is ready to continue developing cooperation with Uzbekistan on the basis of mutual trust, respect and commitment, strategic partnership.

    At the meeting, the high sides also exchanged views on the implementation of the top level agreements.

    In the afternoon, President Karimov visited the ancient city of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. He visited the Terracotta Army Museum, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as toured the ancient city wall of Xi'an.

    In a book of honored guests of the museum, Islam Karimov stressed that Xi'an is considered as one of the most attractive cities in China not only because of its unique historical monuments, but also the growing economic power.

    During the meeting with the Secretary of Party Committee of Shaanxi Province, chairman of the Assembly of People's Representatives Zhao Zhengyong and governor of the province Lou Qinjian, the views on the development of direct contacts between Samarkand and Xian were exchanged.

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  • Azerbaijan's foreign trade turnover makes $15.3 bln
    21.08.2014 17:24
    In January-July 2014, Azerbaijan`s foreign trade turnover totaled $15.3 bln.

    Azerbaijan's foreign trade partners for this period numbered 134 countries. Some 9.2 % of the trade operations were carried out with the CIS countries, while 90.8 % with other countries.

    Imports exceeded $4124.6 million in January-July 2014, some USD 987 mln. with CIS countries. Some 46.5 % of the foreign trade turnover was realized with the EU countries, 9.2 % with CIS and 44.3 % with other countries.
  • Iranian plane makes urgent landing in Tehran
    21.08.2014 17:23
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An Iranian airplane traveling to the country's western city of Kermanshah from Tehran flew back to Tehran after experiencing technical problems.

    The airplane made an urgent landing in Tehran's Mehrabad airport last night, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on Aug. 21.

    The plane was tasked to bring passengers from Kermanshah to Tehran and was not carrying passengers when the incident occurred.

    Reportedly a failure in one of the plane's engines forced the pilot to return to Tehran after flying half of the flight path.

    The airplane belongs to Iran's Mahan airlines.

    It should be noted that an Iranian passenger plane crashed on Aug. 10 moments after takeoff from the International Mehrabad Airport in Iran. Thirty-seven people, including six children, lost their lives on the spot while two others died in a Tehran hospital. Nine others suffered serious burns leaving several in critical condition.

    Iran has suffered a series of aeroplane crashes, blamed on its ageing aircraft and poor maintenance.

    Western sanctions prevent Iran from updating its US aircraft and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes. The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes.

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  • 3 Ukranian refugees killed as they flee
    21.08.2014 17:19
    Three refugees including a five-year-old child were killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Thursday.

    Around 500 people a day have been fleeing Luhansk, a pro-Russian separatist stronghold that has been battered by months of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian forces, but some have been caught in the crossfire while attempting to leave.

    "The car was travelling with a large white flag, but that did not stop the fighters," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing.

    The deaths follow those of around 17 refugees, who were killed when rocket fire hit a convoy of buses leaving Luhansk on Monday. Both sides blamed each other for the attack.

    Five Ukrainian servicemen were also killed overnight, Lysenko said.

    Living conditions in many parts of eastern Ukraine have worsened dramatically - Luhansk has been largely cut off for weeks and is in its 19th day without water and regular supplies of electricity, which have hit mobile and landline phone connections.

    The United Nations has put the death toll in the conflict at over 2,000, including civilians and combatants. That figure has nearly doubled since late July, when Ukrainian forces stepped up their offensive and the conflict spread to major urban areas.

    A planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week over Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a "Trojan horse" to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists.

    Ukraine is ready to start the process to allow the convoy to enter Ukrainian territory once it receives confirmation from the Red Cross that it is prepared to deliver the cargo to its destination, Lysenko said.

    "The Red Cross must receive all guarantees for the safety of its personnel and the cargo," he said.

    Lysenko also said a SU-24M military plane had been shot down by rebels on Wednesday, correcting an earlier statement which said a SU-25 ground attack plane had been hit. Both pilots ejected safely, he said.
  • Azerbaijan posts growth in tobacco production
    21.08.2014 17:19
    The country produced 1,453.1 tonnes of fermented tobacco and 1,153.5 tonnes of cigarettes.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Gun.Az that by the information from the State Statistical Committee, tobacco production in the country has grown 31.1% and cigarette production has seen a rise of 94.1%.

    In line with statistical data, production of foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco wares made AZN 1,572,500,000 in January-July.

    Compared to the same period of the last year, foodstuffs production rose by 3.1%, tobacco by 71.9% and beverages 0.4%.
  • 3Ukranian refugees killed as they flee
    21.08.2014 17:13
    Three refugees including a five-year-old child were killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Thursday.

    Around 500 people a day have been fleeing Luhansk, a pro-Russian separatist stronghold that has been battered by months of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian forces, but some have been caught in the crossfire while attempting to leave.

    "The car was travelling with a large white flag, but that did not stop the fighters," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing.

    The deaths follow those of around 17 refugees, who were killed when rocket fire hit a convoy of buses leaving Luhansk on Monday. Both sides blamed each other for the attack.

    Five Ukrainian servicemen were also killed overnight, Lysenko said.

    Living conditions in many parts of eastern Ukraine have worsened dramatically - Luhansk has been largely cut off for weeks and is in its 19th day without water and regular supplies of electricity, which have hit mobile and landline phone connections.

    The United Nations has put the death toll in the conflict at over 2,000, including civilians and combatants. That figure has nearly doubled since late July, when Ukrainian forces stepped up their offensive and the conflict spread to major urban areas.

    A planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week over Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a "Trojan horse" to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists.

    Ukraine is ready to start the process to allow the convoy to enter Ukrainian territory once it receives confirmation from the Red Cross that it is prepared to deliver the cargo to its destination, Lysenko said.

    "The Red Cross must receive all guarantees for the safety of its personnel and the cargo," he said.

    Lysenko also said a SU-24M military plane had been shot down by rebels on Wednesday, correcting an earlier statement which said a SU-25 ground attack plane had been hit. Both pilots ejected safely, he said.
  • Russian aid convoy starts moving into Ukraine
    21.08.2014 17:08
    The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy on Thursday passed a Russian border check point and started moving towards the border crossing with Ukraine, Reuters reported.

    The trucks have moved into the no man's land between the Russian and Ukrainian border checkpoints and it was not immediately clear if the trucks had entered Ukrainian territory, or stopped at the Ukrainian checkpoint.

    The convoy has been stranded at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to separatists.

    Moscow has denied the allegations and said it was keen to help alleviate a humanitarian disaster in the region.

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  • Turkish TPAO signs loan agreement to buy stake in Shah Deniz project
    21.08.2014 17:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21


    Turkish Vakifbank and Is BankasД± will lend $1 billion to state oil company TPAO so it can buy Total's stake in Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas project, an energy official said on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported Aug. 21.

    Reuters said TPAO in May signed a $1.5 billion agreement to acquire Total's 10 percent stake in Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas project.

    The deal lifts TPAO's stake in the project to 19 percent, while the French energy company exits the project, according to the report.

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  • No Plans for 'Total Inspection' of McDonald's Throughout Russia '" Deputy PM
    21.08.2014 17:02
    Russiaв's consumer watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, is not planning a ''total inspection'' of McDonaldв's restaurants throughout the country, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said Thursday.

    Inspections of the burger chain's restaurants throughout central Russia are ongoing due to sanitary issues that have been discovered, the deputy prime minister added.

    On Wednesday, four McDonald's restaurants were shut down in Moscow over administrative violations. Rospotrebnadzor said that numerous breaches of sanitary regulations had been found at the popular fast food outlets. The watchdog also stated that McDonald's products contain more fat, protein and carbohydrates than allowed by the country's "technological norms."

    Inspections are currently underway in 16 other Russian regions besides Moscow and the Moscow Region.

    In the past, health and consumer groups have criticized McDonald's for its menu and business practices. Earlier this year, the food chain had to remove several products from its Chinese menu when the company found out that its supplier was using rotten meat.

    The McDonald's Corporation, founded in 1940, is the world's largest fast-food chain. It has more than 35,000 outlets in 119 countries. The annual revenue of McDonald's exceeded $28 billion in 2013.

    As of 2014, 424 of the chain's branches operate in Russia. A poll conducted by the SuperJob research center showed 62 percent of Russian respondents would support the closure of all McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
  • Laptop security cracked 'using touch of hand'
    21.08.2014 16:58
    A modern-day version of safecracking could let hackers compromise computer security with their bare hands.

    A computer expert from Tel Aviv University says that with enough technical know-how, simply touching a laptop can be enough to extract the cryptographic keys used to secure the data stored on it.

    It is possible because the electrical potential in computers fluctuates according to what is being performed by their processors.

    Security expert Eran Tromer says the potential leaked through any exposed metal on a laptop can be enough to determine the keys stored within.

    By attaching a wire to a hand then touching a metal area of a laptop during decryption of a folder or email, for instance, the encryption keys can be analysed elsewhere and determined.

    Mr Tromer '" who demonstrated the technique at a cryptography conference in California this week '" says his team has used the method to crack several widely used security standards. Previous research efforts have found that analysing the power consumption of a computer can reveal cryptographic keys.

    The solution could be writing separate code on top of existing code to mask the activity going on inside a computer.
  • Israel kills three top Hamas commanders
    21.08.2014 16:57
    Israeli military aircraft have killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief, Aljazeera reported on August 21.

    And a Hamas warning to foreign airlines to avoid flying into Israel's main airport, appeared to have fallen on deaf ears with air traffic operating as normal, aviation officials said.

    Thursday's attack came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip may be an extended operation.

    The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, confirmed that Mohamed Abo Shamaleh, Raed al-Attar and Mohamed Barhoum had been killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah, the Reuters news agency reported.

    "The assassination... is a big Israeli crime, which will not succeed in breaking our will or weakening our resistance," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement, warning: "Israel will pay the price."

    Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, reporting from West Jerusalem, said this looked like a return to Israel's "historical" tactics of targeting senior figures.

    "During this renewed round of hostilities we are seeing a different approach, and this could be seen as an acknowledgement that military tactics have not been delivering on several different levels," our correspondent said.

    "The previous tactics were not working diplomatically, in fact they have been disastrous, seriously affecting Israel's international prestige and even its relationships with firm allies."

    At a news conference on Wednesday in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said that the war launched on July 8 "will be a continued campaign" aimed at restoring "calm and safety to Israeli citizens".

    "Only the guarantee of the safety of Israeli citizens and therefore I will continue to operate with firmness and insistence. Operation Protective Edge is not finished, not for a minute, we are talking about a continued campaign," Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu added that he saw a "new diplomatic horizon" ahead for Israel in the region, alluding to possible diplomacy with Palestinians ahead once the war was over, according Reuters news agency.

    "Amid the feeling of dramatic changes that are taking place in the region, I can also add, that there is a new diplomatic horizon for the state Israel," he said.

    Hamas spokesman Zuhri denounced Netanyahu's speech as "a pathetic attempt to heal Israel's psyche and the assassination threats of Hamas' leadership reflects the extent of the occupation's violence and their lack of seriousness in achieving a ceasefire".

    "These threats will not frighten Hamas leaders. On the contrary, we will continue to protect and defend our people in facing Israeli crimes or foolishness," he said.

    Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson, reporting from Gaza, said the slain commanders had been accused by Israel in the kidnapping of its soldier Gilad Shalit, who was freed in 2011 under a prisoner swap deal with Hamas.

    She said that the military wing of Hamas had come out with very defiant statements, including warning international airlines not to fly into Israel's Ben Gurion airport.

    "However", said correspondent our said, "the political wing of Hamas, as well as Islamic Jihad [another Palestinian faction] has said that they're willing to return to the talks in Cairo."

    She added that that their interest in talks is an "indicator of how both sides ... are aware that whilst they say they're prepared to fight, they also know that they need a political solution at some stage".

    Seven-year blockade

    Hamas is seeking an end to a seven-year Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has battered Gaza's economy, while Israel wants guarantees that Hamas will disarm.

    In nearly a week of indirect talks, Egypt appears to have made little headway in resolving the differences.

    Fighting resumed on Tuesday after a week-long truce in Gaza collapsed with both sides blaming each other after Palestinian fighters launched rockets into Israel and Israel attacked "terror sites" inside the besieged enclave.

    More than 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza since the ceasefire collapsed, raising the total death toll to over 2,035 since the beginning of Israel's "Operation Protective Edge".

    In a failed attempt to kill Hamas' military commander Mohammed Deif on Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes also killed Deif's wife and a seven-month-old son at the house of the family they were staying with.

    Israel's interior minister Gideon Saar and Netanyahu said that Deif and other commanders were legitimate targets.

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  • ''You are always with me'' play to be premiered in London
    21.08.2014 16:53
    The European premiГЁre of ''You are always with me'' play by Azerbaijani writer Ilyas Efendiyev will be held in London.

    The show, marking the writer`s 100th jubilee, will be organized by the London-based Aloff Theater in partnership with Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the LOST theater on September 9-27.

    Starring in the show will be British actors. Filiz Ozjan is the production director of the play. Senan Aliyev, who is the producer of the Aloff Theater, will be a translator of the play.

  • Robin Williams' ashes scattered by family
    21.08.2014 16:48
    Robin Williams was cremated the day after he died and his family scattered his ashes in San Francisco Bay, according to reports.

    RadarOnline.comobtained the Hollywood star's official death certificate, issued by the State of California, which confirmed his death at his Tiburon home on August 11.

    It says that the cause of death has not been confirmed and is still "pending investigation" while toxicology tests are carried out.

    The certificate is dated to August 20 but states that Williams' body was cremated on August 12, the day after his suicide.

    The Good Will Hunting star's death came after a long battle with depression and his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, according to his widow Susan Schneider.

    Williams lived near the water in San Francisco Bay

    Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

    Crystal will honour the actor as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement.

    Crystal has remained quiet about the death of his friend and Father's Day co-star. When news of Williams' death broke, the star simply tweeted: "No words."
  • Turkmenistan, Iran mull aspects of interstate cooperation
    21.08.2014 16:48
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 21

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari, and mulled topical issues of interstate cooperation, Turkmen government said Aug. 21.

    "The guest conveyed sincere greetings from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who expressed a strong interest of the Iranian side in the continuing development of the existing productive interstate dialogue," according to a message from the Turkmen government.

    The Turkmen president, expressing response wishes, noted that his country pays special attention to an active involvement of foreign business representatives in the Turkmen market, including the leading companies from Iran.

    Turkmenistan and Iran have borders on the Caspian Sea, and also have an extended land border. During the years of long-term cooperation the two countries realized a number of major projects.

    As the two parties say, the most important project is the Korpeje-Kurt-Kui gas pipeline, commissioned in 1996, and the Dovletabat-Sarahs-Hangeran pipeline commissioned recently as an addition to the Korpeje-Kurt-Kui.

    Iran imports Turkmen electricity.

    The two states have also built a border dam called Friendship (Dostluk). At this stage the North-South railway project is being implemented on the basis of a trilateral agreement signed in 2007 by Turkmenistan, Iran and Kazakhstan.

    According to the Iranian side, the annual volume of bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries stands at about $5 billion and can double in the years to come.

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  • Falling temperature follows extreme hot
    21.08.2014 16:39
    Mostly rainless and changeable cloudy weather with soft wind from north-west is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on August 22. The temperature will be 24-27C at night, while and 30-35C in the noon. Sea water temperature in Absheron beaches will be 26-29C.

    Despite the rainfall and lightning in several mountainous and foothills zones, weather is going to be chiefly dry in Azerbaijani regions. Western wind to waft and intensify. The temperature will be 20-25C at night and 33-38 in the noon, while 14-19C in mountains at night and 24-29C in the noon.

    Meteosensitive people can enjoy the Khazri wind and decreasing temperature until August 24 after extremely hot weather condition.








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  • Our tanks in Agstafa
    21.08.2014 16:38
    Nearly 30 our tanks have directed to the frontline within an hour.

    The population of Agstafa was in panic today.

    The village residents told Qafqazinfo that beginning from 11.00 am the tanks of the military units located in the region were moving towards the frontline.

    Nearly 30 tanks have directed to the frontline within an hour.
  • Pregnant women should avoid all tuna
    21.08.2014 16:33
    the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposeda minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to become pregnant, it said, should eat up to 12 ounces of fish per week. After all, fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

    The problem: Fish also can be a good source of mercury '" and, in an article published Thursday, Consumer Reports is taking issue with the new guidelines.

    ''Weв're particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the United States,'' said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. ''We encourage pregnant women to avoid all tuna.''

    The FDAв's new recommendation comes after an FDA study revealed one in five women were avoiding fish during pregnancy. ''Emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health,'' said Stephen Ostroff, the FDAв's acting chief scientist, in a statement.

    The FDAlists on its Web sitethe average amount of mercury found in different types of fish. Most types of tuna have relatively high mercury levels. Unfortunately, according to Consumer Reports, the FDA may be underestimating the danger.
  • Armenian PM preparing to overcome problems through "private ties"
    21.08.2014 16:24
    By AzerNews

    Armenian prime minister has apparently stumbled upon an original way to solve the country's problems.

    "We should establish good private relations in order to solve state matters easier," Hovik Abrahamyan said on the eve of his meetings with prime ministers from Russia, Iran and Georgia.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to visit Armenia in early September. Meanwhile, Ead of the Georgian government Irakli Garibashvili is scheduled to arrive in Armenia on August 21-22 for an official visit.

    "These countries are very important for our economy as there are many projects connected with Russia, Iran and Georgia," he stressed.

    The desperate economic state is putting pressure on the former Soviet country, which is suffering from poverty and multiple crises. Aggressive policy towards its neighbors has resulted in economic blockade on Armenia.

    Dependence on its giant northern neighbor, Russia makes Armenia quite weak on the geopolitical scene.

    Having only a few partners, Armenia tries to preserve its ties with neighboring Russia and Georgia, the two countries which don't have diplomatic relations with each other since the war of August 2008.

    Armenia has also yet to decide its future relations with the EU and Russia, the latter which is suffering from a certain amount of tension as well.

    "Armenia should continue trade and economic ties with Russia and the EU at the current level," said Vahagn Khachatryan, a member of National Congress Party.

    Armenia should explain to the European Union that its economy is unable to join sanctions against Russia, an Armenian economist believes.

    "The government needs to determine the interests of Armenia and present them to the public, and afterwards take further steps to improve them," he said while commenting on Armenia's policy to prefer the CU over EU.

    Armenia was in the process of joining the EU Eastern Partnership as an associate member, but later abruptly changed the course in favor of the Russia-led Customs Union, which unites Kazakhstan and Belarus.

    "Taking into account economic ties with Russia and the presence of Russian capital in Armenia, we must refrain from any hasty step," Khachatryan noted.

    The political and social state that Armenia is currently living through, leaves little hope for the smallest South Caucasus country to adopt any political and economic independence.

    As a reminder, Armenia still occupies 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory. Returning those lands to the rightful owners would be a step in the right direction.
  • The Hill: Armenia threatens Azerbaijan with missiles
    21.08.2014 16:23
    The US political edition The Hill is writing about Sargsyan's threat to ruin any Azerbaijani city.

    The article reads:

    "The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, recently threatened to unleash short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) against vibrant Azerbaijani cities, such as its capital Baku, thus turning these civilian targets, with millions of residents, into ruins. Just like what Mr. Sargsyan and his Armenian army did in 1993 to the Azerbaijani city of Aghdam and others.

    In fact, these were his exact words, as reported and translated by ArmenPress, the Armenian state news agency: "the Azerbaijani leadership is well aware of the capacities and abilities of the Armenian Armed Forces. They are well aware that we have ballistic rockets, the radius of action of which exceeds 300 km and which, in a very short period of time, can turn any flourishing region into ruins, like the ruins of Agdam now."


    Thus, we have three criminal, even terrorist boasts in one sentence by the Armenian president:

    1) threatens its neighboring country, Azerbaijan, with even greater aggression against its sovereignty and territorial integrity - on top of the continuing illegal military occupation of 16% of Azerbaijan for the past 20 years and ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Azerbaijanis;

    2) takes pride in previously destroying the city of Agdam, with population of 153,000 whose residents were all ethnically Azerbaijani, in 1993, making it a ghost town, and

    3) circumventing the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC), by acquiring and using ballistic missiles with a range of over 300 kilometers.

    Why is the Congress silent? Why is the White House silent? Why are the State Department and the Pentagon silent? Is this not an outrage that a head of state, whose human rights record is non-existent and whose elections and legitimacy have always been questioned by all inside the country and abroad, is threatening to destroy large civilian targets in the same way he already did - all using a regulated technology that was never supposed to have fallen into his hands? Was the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 downing by Russian-backed separatists using sophisticated missile technology not too recent of a wake up call? Do we need more tragedies? Because Sargsyan, and his defense minister, have been on the record multiple times boasting about targeting Azerbaijani civilians.

    Armenia and Sargsyan have made a laughing stock out of the MTCR and the HCOC by illegally receiving SCUD-B and potentially Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) from Russia, an MTCR signatory. Armenia has also failed to abide by the HCOC, to which it is a signatory, which requires providing pre-launch notifications (PLNs) on its ballistic missiles, and to submit an annual declaration (AD) of their country's policies on ballistic missiles. Where is the Department of State's Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation looking? What about the DoD? Why is Congress providing millions in FMF and IMET military and security aid to Armenia despite such ongoing violations? This is on top of a multitude of previous violations of the U.S. and international laws by Armenia.

    It is crucial to exert pressure on Russia to stop such deliveries and servicing of ballistic missiles and their launchers to such a regime, and on Armenia to give up such weapons or face ban on all military and security assistance as well as sanctions from the U.S. and the rest of the world. This is serious, we should not ignore the clear threat of MTCR and HCOC circumvention by Armenia and its criminal government. They have done enough harm, are hurting regional peace and development, and breed more problems, such as what recently happened between Ukraine and Russia.

    Jaffe is the U.S. Azeris Network's military analyst."
  • Georgian president departs for landslide area in Dariali Gorge
    21.08.2014 16:18
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 21

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has departed for Dariali Gorge.

    Georgian presidential administration told Trend Aug. 21 that the president will visit the area, which earlier suffered from a landslide.

    Yesterday late at night a heavy shower once again caused a landslide in the gorge.

    Two people are missing. They were carrying out cleaning works in a tunnel.

    Previously, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili made a statement on the natural disaster in the Dariali Gorge.

    The statement said that the prime minister can not visit the disaster area, because he is on an official visit to Armenia. However, he will be in constant contact with the crisis management headquarters.

    "The warning system installed during the previous disaster, went on making it possible to evacuate people in a timely manner. Under my instruction, the government members departed for the disaster area," according to the PM's statement.

    "There are four ministers on the site - Chikaidze, Hokrishvili,Shavliashvili, Khaduri. An emergency headquarters has been created; the disaster relief has already begun and the machinery is working. A dam, which is to prevent Terek River's waters from accumulating, is already ready. Work is being carried out in 24-hour mode, and the scope of the damage will be soon found out."

    On May 17, a part of the Devdorak glacier collapsed from the north-western slope of Mount Kazbek in the Dariali Gorge.

    A powerful mudslide blocked the Terek River and a part of the Georgian Military Highway. At that time the natural disaster killed seven people.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Heavy storm takes lives in Iran
    21.08.2014 16:08
    At least five people were killed and 35 others injured during a storm that hit the Iranian south eastern province of Khuzestan.

    Hashem Baldi, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Organization said that the storm occurred on Aug 19 night, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Aug. 21.

    The wind was reportedly up to 90 kilometres per hour, the official said.

    Baldi added that one person was killed in Andimeshk city, one in Baghmalek, and three other is Dezful.

    The mentioned people died by accidents, such as falling from height, wall collapse, and falling of trees.

    As a result of the storm, some electricity lines were damaged in some parts of the Khuzestan province. So far, the damages inflicted on houses and infrastructure have not been estimated, according to Hashem Baldi.

    Iran is often hit by storms, mostly dust storms, as five more people have been killed in another storm on June 2 in Tehran. In recent years, dust storms in Iran have raised concerns over the air pollution levels in some cities, raising the particulates concentration to 9 times greater than standard levels.

    Heavy storms in Iran force the authorities to close governmental offices, as well as educational and industrial centers in the country.

  • Action plan for first Baku Youth Policy Global Forum approved
    21.08.2014 16:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21

    By Ilkin Kazymov - Trend:

    The head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev approved an action plan for the first Global Forum on Youth Policy.

    The order for implementation of the first Global Summit Forum on a high level provides establishment of the Organizing Committee of the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the participation of relevant government agencies, attraction of volunteers for the work with the delegations participating in the forum, accreditation of foreign journalists as well as the coverage of the forum by local media and organization of the cultural program and intra-tours in the days of the forum, etc.

    The form will be held in Baku on October 28-30.

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  • Iran mass-produces advanced batteries for missiles
    21.08.2014 16:02
    Iran has launched production lines for energy density batteries used in the electronic systems of its sea-based, ground-based and air-based missiles.

    The production lines, which will enhance the range and accuracy of the country's missile systems, were inaugurated on Aug. 21 in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on the eve of National Defense Industry Day, the country's Press TV reported.

    With these production lines coming on stream, said the defense chief, the country has achieved the capability to design state-of-the-art defensive products and achieved self-sufficiency in raw materials required for various missile defense systems.

    Dehqan said the accomplishment will contribute to the nation's deterrence capability.

    "The breakthrough will help meet all the defensive needs of Iran's Armed Forces as far as energy storage on a large scale is concerned, and help run future development plans in the field of defense systems," the minister underlined.

    Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.

    Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes. Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.

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  • About 5,000 miners in strike in Iran
    21.08.2014 15:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    About 5,000 iron ore mine workers in Iran's central Yazd Province continue their strike which was started on Aug. 19.

    The workers of Bafq iron ore mine went on strike, protesting the arrest of two miners by police, Iran's ILNA news agency reported Aug. 21.

    The arrested miners, Amir Hossein Kargaran and Ali Sabri are reportedly accused of organizing a 40-day strike which started on May 18 in protest of the privatization of the mine.

    They were arrested after their employer filed a formal complaint with the police. No further details have been released on the issue.

    Police failed to arrest the other 16 miners that the employer filed a complaint against.

    Reportedly 71.5 percent of the stocks of the Bafq mine have been allocated to the Khuzestan Steel Company Retirement Fund and the company was expected to become owner of the remaining 28.5 percent.

    The striking workers demanded that the remaining stocks to be given to their cooperative.

    Finally the strike ended on June 25 after the administration promised that the miners' demand would be fulfilled.

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  • Kazakh farmers to receive $170 million in loans
    21.08.2014 15:42
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 21

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh Fund for Financial Support of Agriculture plans to issue loans in the amount of 31 billion tenge ($170.292 million) to Kazakh farmers in 2014, the fund reported on August 21.

    "Given all the new credit programs, the fund plans to direct 31 billion tenge (182 tenge =$1) to the development of farmers and rural business in 2014," Chairman of the Fund Narmuhan Sarybaev said at a briefing in the Central Communications Service under Kazakh President.

    The fund launches four new credit products in 2014. In particular loans for the creation of dairy farms and milk collection points networks will be provided in order to develop the dairy industry in the country. Moreover programs on financing the acquisition of the drip irrigation systems for vegetable production and development of family apple orchards will be launched.

    Kazakh Government also plans to compensate investment costs of farmers.

    "The agro-industrial complex never before received such government support," the Fund said.

    Kazakh Fund for Financial Support of Agriculture has issued 85,775 loans worth 78.6 billion tenge since 2005, including 5,724 loans worth 16.4 billion tenge issued this year.

    More than 85,000 people were employed thanks to the provided credits, including 8,500 people in 2014. The Fund's loan portfolio fund hits 49 billion tenge, and it has 22,200 customers.

    Edited by C.N.

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