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Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons by 2015
23.06.2012 08:56
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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  • Turkey, France say ISIL war is not limited to Kobane
    01.11.2014 11:11
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took aim at Western leaders in Paris on Oct. 31 for focusing ''too much'' on the battle over the Syrian border town of Kobane, drawing nods from his host, President François Hollande, who highlighted Aleppo.

    "Why are coalition forces continually bombing this town of Kobane?" ErdoДџan asked while speaking to reporters after a meeting with his French counterpart, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "I have to highlight one particular issue, Kobane. Why [do we focus on] Kobane but not Idlib, Hama, Homs or Iraq, 40 percent of which is under occupation? Why is no action being taken or no operations being conducted for these places but Kobane?" he asked, adding that Turkey had already welcomed 200,000 people from the border city.

    "Since there are no civilians in Kobane, where there are only 2,000 fighters, why is that place constantly being bombed? It is impossible to understand," he said.

    The battle over the border town, which is strategic for both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and Kurdish militia, has been continuing for more than a month.

    Hollande agreed that Kobane was not the be-all-and-end-all of the mission, telling reporters that the "key town" in the struggle is Aleppo, Syria's second largest city.

    Nevertheless, "even if Kobane has been emptied of its population, it is necessary to provide it with the reinforcements necessary and in this regard, we have faith in Turkey," said Hollande.

    Commenting on violence in Syria, ErdoДџan said the world should carefully differentiate between conventional and chemical weapon use, defining Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's acts as "state terror."

    The president reiterated that the anti-ISIL fight should also target the Syrian government.

    He also criticized the fact that ISIL fighters have captured former U.S. guns and were now using them to hold around 40 percent of Iraq.

    Turkey has allowed heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle ISIL fighters in Kobane, sparking condemnation from Syria, which called it a "flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty."

    A U.S.-led coalition carrying out air raids against ISIL has recently intensified attacks near Kobane, and the Pentagon said its warplanes made 10 strikes in the area on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

    ErdoДџan also asked for Hollande's support for Turkey's ailing bid to become an EU member.
  • Italian PM appoints new FM
    01.11.2014 11:05
    Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed Paolo Gentiloni, a close ally and former communications minister, to be Italy's new foreign minister on Friday, in a surprise decision.

    Gentiloni, who was sworn in on Friday night by President Giorgio Napolitano, replaces Federica Mogherini, who left the foreign ministry this week to become the EU's new top diplomat.

    As foreign minister, Gentiloni, a senior member in the prime minister's Democratic Party (PD), will now play a key role in the remaining two months of Italy's presidency of the European Union, which ends on Dec. 31.

    He faces the delicate task of dealing with Russia over gas supplies for energy-needy Italy and will also have to liaise with other countries on immigration issues.

    Italy has long called for the EU to share more of the financial costs and social burden it has to confront because of the migrants and refugees who arrive on its southern shores from Africa and the Middle East.

    An emergency Italian sea rescue mission called "Mare Nostrum" (Our Sea), which saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, is being closed to make way for a more limited operation called Triton, overseen by EU border control agency Frontex. Human rights groups have warned the smaller-sized operation could lead to many more migrants drowning.

    Gentiloni, 59, had not been mentioned in political circles as a candidate in recent weeks. Renzi had wanted to replace Mogherini with another woman, to preserve gender parity in his 16-member Cabinet, sources had said.
  • Severe accident in Baku: Cement mixer collapsed
    01.11.2014 10:56
    The concrete poured over the asphalt.

    The accident occurred in the Bayil settlement of the Sabayil district of Baku tonight .

    Oxu.Az reports citing APA that moving down the S.Qadimova street the concrete mixer lost control at the intersection with the N.Gurban street, crashed into "Hyundai" standing on the roadside and turned over.

    As a result, the concrete solution poured over the asphalt and a threat of ignition of the vehicle occured.

    Arriving on the scene, Fire Service of Sabail district conducted related activities at the site of accidents.

    The traffic jam on the highway occured in connection with the accident. The investigation on the fact is under way in Sabail district.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    01.11.2014 10:50
    Armenians have violated the ceasefire regime a total of 47 times in various directions along the front line throughout the day.

    Armenian armed units fired on Azerbaijani positions located in Munjuqlu and Aghdam villages of Tovuz from their outposts in Ayqedzor and Mosesqekh villages of Armenia's Berd District, APA reports citing the Defense Ministry's official website.

    Positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were also fired on from the enemy's positions situated near Marzili and Novruzlu villages of Aghdam, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Ashaghi Abdurrahmanli, Garakhanbayli, and Horadiz villages of Fuzuli, Kuropatkino village of Fuzuli and in the unnamed highlands in the districts of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli, and Jabrayil.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
  • Ex-navy SEAL probed over Bin Laden secrets
    01.11.2014 10:39
    A former member of the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under criminal investigation for possibly revealing classified material, reports said.

    Matt Bissonnette wrote a first-hand account called No Easy Day under the pseudonym Mark Owen.

    He landed in hot water with the Pentagon, who said he disclosed classified information in violation of the nondisclosure agreements he had signed as a SEAL.

    No Easy Day aims to recount the raid from the SEALs' point of view

    He disputes the charge, though he apologised for not having the book vetted by the Pentagon.

    Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

    According to The New York Times, the investigation will look into whether classified information was disclosed in the book as well as in a series of speeches that Mr Bissonnette gave to corporate events.

    The newspaper cited federal officials and Mr Bissonnetteв's lawyer.

    NBC, which also reported the probe, said negotiations are under way with the Defence Department over profits of the book.

    Mr Bissonnette said at the time that he decided to produce the book because details of the raid that were being leaked by others in government were wrong.

    US Navy SEALs, both active duty and retired, possess highly sensitive information about tactics and techniques that are central to the success of their secret and often dangerous missions overseas.

    That is why they are obliged to sign non-disclosure agreements when they enter service and when they leave.

    Separately, Fox News has announced that it will reveal the identity of the man who pulled the trigger on the terror mastermind in an interview to air next month.

    The hunt for bin Laden was fictionalised in the 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty.
  • Princess Leonor of Spain
    01.11.2014 10:39
    To honour the Spanish royal's birthday, HELLO! Online has gathered a list of ten facts about the young princess.

    1. Leonor was on 31 October 2005 at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, becoming the first child of the then Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia.

    2. Three months later in January 2006, Leonor's baptism took place at Zarzuela Palace conducted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Rouco Varela. Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

    3. In 2007, Leonor became a big sister when her parents Felipe and Letizia welcomed their second child, Infanta Sofia.

    4. In September 2008, the young princess started her first year at the Santa Maria de los Rosales elementary school in Aravaca, outside Madrid.

    5. On 14 June 2014, her grandfather King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son Felipe, meaning at eight years old Leonor became the youngest heir presumptive in Europe and the future queen of Spain.

    6. From her birth, the young royal held the title "Her Royal Highness Infanta Leonor of Spain," however after her father's accession to the throne, she became "Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias".

    Princess Leonor (right) with her younger sister Infanta Sofia and mum Queen Letizia

    7. She also holds the titles Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer.

    8. Despite only being nine years old, the princess has supported her parents on a few engagements, most recently at Spain's National Day, which took place on 12 October.

    9. When Leonor ascends the throne, as expected, she will be Spain's first queen regent since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868.

    10. The royal shares her birthday with child star Willow Smith and former The O.C. actress Samaire Armstrong.
  • Azerbaijani President congratulates Algerian counterpart
    01.11.2014 09:06
    President of Azrbaijan Ilham Aliyev has congratulated his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the countryв's national holiday, APA reports.

    The congratulatory letter reads:

    "Dear Mr President, on my own behalf and behalf of the Azerbaijani people, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to You and your people on the occasion of your country's national holiday - Revolution Day. I hope friendly and cooperative relations between Azerbaijan and Algeria will further develop in accordance with our nations' interests. I wish you robust health, success in your presidency and the people of Algeria peace and prosperity".
  • China sends research expedition to study Antarctica
    01.11.2014 00:00
    Chinese research icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) with the 31st research expedition left Chinese city of Shanghai for the Antarctica on Thursday, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

    The expedition is mainly tasked to build a basic station for Chinese navigation satellite system Beidou, head of the Chinese State Oceanic Administration Liu Cigui said, noting that the mission will produce data and ensure technical support for the navigation system, for exploration and making of maps for some Antarctic regions.

    The expedition will be also tasked to choose a site for a runway near Chinese Antarctic research station Zhongshan. Chiefs of Chinese Antarctic research programme take construction of an airfield as an important measure to build up the staff of researchers, improve their material supplies and to give a more effective response in case of emergencies.

    The expedition comprises 281 researchers from mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Scientists will explore an ecological system of the continent, study the local terrain and will make maps, study changes in the condition of ice and snow cover and will conduct geomagnetic research at research stations Changcheng, Zhongshan and Kunlun. Specialists will carry out hydrological, meteorological, biological and geological research in the sea.

    China has been undertaking research activity in the Antarctica since 1984. During their latest expedition that ended in April Chinese Antarctic explorers have opened fourth Chinese research station Taishan situated between stations Zhongshan and Kunlun at an altitude of 2.6 kilometres above the sea level. Researchers have also determined a site to build a fifth Chinese Antarctic station.
  • Asia shares rally after US growth figures
    31.10.2014 23:20
    Asian markets rallied Friday and the dollar pushed towards 111 yen after Japan's central bank said it would expand its vast monetary easing scheme and the United States released forecast-busting economic growth data.

    Japanese clocked up massive gains of almost five percent to sit at a seven-year high after the Bank of Japan announced its surprise decision as it tries to drag the economy back to growth and avoid recession.

    The Nikkei jumped 4.83 percent, adding 755.56 points to 16,413.76 -- its highest since November 2007 -- with buying further boosted by a report that country's vast national pension fund would double its domestic equities holdings. The index is now in positive territory for the year to date.

    Sydney closed up 0.92 percent, or 50.4 points, at 5,526.6 and Seoul tacked on 0.28 percent, or 5.50 points, to end at 1,964.43.

    In the afternoon Hong Kong was up 1.23 percent and Shanghai added 0.89 percent.

    The BoJ said Friday it would add up to 20 trillion yen ($182 billion) to its current asset-buying scheme, bringing it to 80 trillion yen annually.

    The decision sent the yen sinking to 110.90 against the dollar, levels not seen since January 2008. The euro rose to 139.13 yen from 137.79 yen in morning trade and 137.75 yen in New York Thursday.

    The Japanese unit was already heading south after data showed the US economy grew a better-than-expected 3.5 percent in the three months to the end of September.

    Friday's move is the first since the BoJ launched its huge bond-buying scheme in April last year as part of Tokyo's wider plan to conquer years of deflation and jumpstart the economy.

    It comes as the world's number three economy struggles to pick up following an April sales tax hike that torpedoed a nascent recovery.

    The economy contracted 7.1 percent on an annualised basis in the second of the year and there are fears of another downturn in July-September, which would technically put the country in recession.

    Official figures showed Friday that September inflation slowed further, household spending plunged and unemployment rose, raising further questions about the government's recovery plan, which saw a painful sales tax hike in April.

    Also in Japan a report in the Nikkei business daily said the country's public pension fund -- the world's biggest -- will double the amount of stocks it holds in its investment portfolio as it seeks out higher returns to cope with an ageing population.

    Wall Street ended on a high after the US growth data, with the Dow surging 1.30 percent, while the Samp;P 500 added 0.62 percent and the Nasdaq gained 0.37 percent.

    On oil markets US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for December delivery fell 37 cents to $80.75 while Brent crude for December was down 36 cents at $85.88 in afternoon trade.

    The price of gold, considered a safe bet in times of uncertainty, fell to $1,187.80 an ounce from $1,205.80 late Thursday.
  • NATO reports large scale Russian air activity in European airspace
    31.10.2014 22:50
    NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days.

    "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said.

    The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were detected over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said.

    NATO allies sent up aircraft to intercept and identify the Russian planes which were continually tracked on the ground as well, it said in a report from its SHAPE military headquarters in Mons, western Belgium.

    The report made no mention of the Ukraine crisis nor linked the increased activity to it.

    However, Russia's intervention in Ukraine, which NATO has said constitutes the most serious threat to US-Europe security since the Cold War, has sent tensions soaring.

    NATO's eastern members, many of them such as Poland and the Baltic states once ruled from Moscow, have been particularly nervous and the US-led alliance has put in place additional aircraft and personnel on a rotating basis to reassure them.

    At a summit last month, the 28 NATO leaders agreed the alliance would have to step up its readiness levels in response.

    Russia's intervention and the speed with which it was able to bring military pressure to bear on Kiev in support of pro-Moscow rebels in the east surprised many and badly rattled countries on NATO's eastern flank.
  • Pinterest's seventh employee on being black in Silicon Valley
    31.10.2014 22:35
    In the tense days after an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Justin Edmund wondered why no one else in Silicon Valley was talking about it.

    "At most major technology companies, an average 2% of their workforce is African Americans '" we're talking tens of people at companies employing thousands of people. At my own company, it's even worse at only 1%. I can count us all on one hand."

    The seventh employee at Pinterest, Edmund, 24, is a designer responsible for the look and feel of key features on the site, which acts as a digital clipboard for users to share photos of hobbies and interests, say wedding cakes or vintage hats.

    Yet, as a young African-American man, he feels isolated, one of the few people who looks like him in the company where he works and in the Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco where he lives.

    Gripped by the violent unrest and confrontations with police in Ferguson, Mo. in August, Edmund says he was shaken, afraid to even venture to the corner store for a can of soda.
  • Azerbaijani judo fighters win 3 medals on first day of Grand Slam tournament
    31.10.2014 22:22
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani judo fighters have claimed three medals on the first day of the Grand Slam tournament in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

    Orkhan Safarov at 60kg won gold, Tarlan Karimov at 66kg grabbed silver, while Ilgar Mushkiyev scooped bronze medal in the 60kg class.

    The Grand Slam tournament brings together 401 fighters from 65 countries.
  • '˜Croatian businessmen interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in energy sectorв'
    31.10.2014 22:06
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    "Croatian businessmen are interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the energy sector," said visiting First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Vesna Pusic as she met Azerbaijan`s Energy Minister Natig Aliyev.

    Mrs. Pusic hailed Azerbaijan`s economic development, and stressed the importance of high-level reciprocal visits and meetings in terms of the expansion of economic ties between the two countries.

    Minister Aliyev said there was great potential for the development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Croatia. He also highlighted the latest achievements of Azerbaijan's economy.
  • Burkina Faso President resigns; military now in charge
    31.10.2014 21:52
    Paris, October 31, AzerTAc

    Burkina Faso's military chief is now the head of state of the West African nation, after unrest that led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.

    Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, the head of Burkina Faso's military, said Friday that he has taken over presidential duties and that he will lead the country through a political transition and elections.

    Faced with violent protests demanding an end to his 27-year rule, Compaore initially dissolved the government but said he would stay in power until elections could be carried out.

    He changed his mind, and on Friday announced his resignation. Compaore said he stepped down to preserve peace in the country.

    The new man in charge, Traore, appealed for calm and called for a return to a normal constitutional process. Security forces, including the military, will continue to maintain order and safety in the country, Traore added.

    Upon his resignation, Compaore appealed via Twitter for "free elections to be held in Burkina Faso within 90 days at the most."

    France, the former colonial ruler of what is today Burkina Faso, welcomed the President's resignation and called for elections to happen quickly.

    Unrest has gripped Burkina Faso -- a key partner for Western countries in the campaign against Islamist militants -- since protests against Compaore's government turned violent Thursday.

    Demonstrators stormed parliament, setting fire to the building.

    Compaore had been in office since he took power after a bloody coup in 1987.

    The opposition had called for Compaore's immediate resignation. In Bobo-Dioulasso, the country's second-largest city, protesters reportedly tore down a statue of Compaore.

    The incident followed reports of protesters storming the parliament building, where lawmakers were set to vote on a motion to allow Compaore to extend his time in power.

    The West, particularly France, considers Burkina Faso a key ally in the fight against al Qaeda. The country was formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta when it was established in 1958 as a self-governing colony under France.
  • Woman gets 3 years for putting gun in son's backpack
    31.10.2014 21:36
    A Houston-area woman must serve three years in prison for putting her boyfriend's gun in his son's backpack to get the child in trouble at school, SIA reports.

    Montgomery County jail records show 28-year-old Heather Hodges of Anderson was being held Friday pending transfer to a Texas prison.

    A judge in Conroe on Thursday sentenced Hodges, who pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises in the 2012 case.

    Investigators say Hodges believed the 13-year-old boy had mistreated her two younger children.

    An anonymous phone call, later linked to Hodges, led to the gun being found in the boy's backpack at Magnolia Junior High School in Magnolia.

    Nobody was hurt.
  • '˜Turkish trucks to travel to Central Asian countries via Azerbaijanв'
    31.10.2014 21:16
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Turkish trucks, by the first quarter of 2015, will be able to travel to the Central Asian countries via Azerbaijan, said head of International Transporters' Association Fatih Sener.

    He noted that as a result of an agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, all the vehicular traffic currently made by the Turkish trucks over Iran, will be transferred to the Azerbaijan-Caspian and Turkmenistan route by 2015.
  • Genetics, not upbringing, main influencer in a childв's IQ STUDY
    31.10.2014 21:11
    A new research published in the journal Intelligence suggests they canв't influence intelligence'" at least beyond their genetic contribution.

    To answer the oft-asked question, professors at Florida State University, the University of Nebraska, West Illinois University, King Abdulaziz in Saudi Arabia, and Erasmus University in the Netherlands used an adoption-based research design.

    The study authors drew participants from a representative sample of between 5,500-7,000 non-adopted youth and a sample of between 250-300 adopted children from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

    Researchers first administered a Picture Vocabulary Test (PVT) to middle and high school students and then repeated the test when the participants were between the ages of 18 and 26. The PVT served as an IQ test in which participants had to identify photos of people, places and things. Researchers also analyzed their parentsв' behaviors.

    Researchers found that parental socialization had no detectable influence on childrenв's intelligence later in life.

    ''Previous research that has detected parenting-related behaviors affect intelligence is perhaps incorrect because it hasnв't taken into account genetic transmission,'' study author Kevin Beaver, a criminology professor at FSU, said in a press release.

    Some studies suggest that parents who interact with their kids over family dinners or by reading them bedtimes stories can boost their childrenв's IQ, while other research suggests that childrenв's IQs are only a product of their genetics.

    Analyzing children who shared no DNA with their adoptive parents eliminated the possibility that parental socialization influenced a childв's intelligence.

    ''In previous research, it looks as though parenting is having an effect on child intelligence, but in reality the parents who are more intelligent are doing these things and it is masking the genetic transformation of intelligence to their children,'' Beaver said.

    Beaver noted that the findings donв't suggest that parents shouldnв't engage with their children, but rather that parents donв't have to go to extremes to influence their offspring.

    ''The way you parent a child is not going to have a detectable effect on their IQ as long as that parenting is within normal bounds,'' Beaver said.

    The study is published in the November-December 2014 issue of the journal Intelligence.

  • Anglo-Azerbaijani Society co-chairs convene in London
    31.10.2014 20:47
    London, October 31, AzerTAc.

    A regular meeting of the co-chairs of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society has been held in London involving Professor Nargiz Pashayeva on behalf of Azerbaijan and Lord German, House of Lords member, on behalf of the UK.

    Held at the London Royal Garden hotel, the meeting was also attended by Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK Tahir Taghizade, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia Gordon Birrell, members of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society's Executive Committee, UK state and government officials, parliamentarians, and representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora.

    In his opening remarks, Lord German highlighted the activities of the Society. He said the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society will enhance its efforts towards expanding cultural and business ties between the two countries. He also said he was happy to cooperate with Nargiz Pashayeva on this front.

    Professor Nargiz Pashayeva paid tribute to the late co-chair of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society Lord Fraser. She said she believes the efforts of the new co-chair Lord German will help the Society make further success, especially in the fields of charity, culture and education.

    Ms. Pashayeva noted that credibility was the major source of pride for the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society.

    Describing both Azerbaijan and Britain as "beautiful" countries, Nargiz Pashayeva said: "One of the most important factors that adorn these countries is people. People are guarantors of our future. I am confident that ties between our nations will reach a new stage through our experience."

    Nargiz Pashayeva stressed the importance of promoting the Azerbaijani language in the world. She has noted that about 5,000 students from Azerbaijan have received education in the UK over the last twenty years. "It is of great importance for the convergence of civil societies in Azerbaijan and the UK."

    Nargiz Pashayeva said that the greatest achievement of Azerbaijan is the restoration of its independence. Nargiz Pashayeva said: "We are proud that the relations between Azerbaijan and the UK have broadened, and we have such an important organization as the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society".

    Nargiz Pashayeva also presented Lord German with "Mysterious monuments of Azerbaijan" book.

    Gordon Birrell highlighted the activities and future plans of BP. He said the company supports development of Azerbaijan in all spheres.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador Tahir Taghizade hailed Azerbaijani-UK relations.

    The Ambassador lauded the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society`s contribution to the development of cultural ties between the two countries. He said the Embassy will further support the activities of the Society.

    The meeting also featured performance by young Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova and pianist Murad Adigozalzade.
  • HP adds 3D scanner to all-in-one PCs
    31.10.2014 20:40
    Hewlett-Packard has taken a modest step towards reimagining the venerable personal computer, merging a 3D scanner and projector with an all-in-one PC to create a US$1,899 (S$2,430) ensemble it hopes can rekindle industry interest.

    The new desktop computer, called Sprout, went on sale online on Wednesday.

    In a departure for the company, HP also announced it will share the 3D printing technology it has been developing for years.

    The technique, which the company claims can print 10 times faster and much cheaper than current products, will be shared with select manufacturing and technology partners to garner feedback before a tentative 2016 launch.

    Like many of its rivals, HP is struggling with a stagnant PC business that still makes up half its revenue. HP hopes a new take on the old PC can reignite customer interest, though it is careful to play down expectations. Several industry-wide attempts to revive the market, such as ultra-thin laptops and all-in-ones, initially failed to catch on.

    Sprout runs on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and can be operated via a sensor-laden mat akin to a giant mousepad. HP is betting that users prefer touch controls at desk level rather than onscreen.

    Its biggest departure from the traditional computer is a display-mounted 3D scanner and projector that creates a digital image of objects placed on the mat. It also projects images onto the mat, which a user can edit by touch.

    HP executives demonstrated how various items, from pens and cups to figurines and pictures, can be scanned, tacked onto existing images or video, edited - such as by drawing or typing on the touch mat - then e-mailed or shared through social media.

    Sprout comes with a 23-inch touchscreen display, 1TB of storage space and is powered by an Intel i7 processor, said tech website The Verge.

    Eric Monsef, who heads the project for HP, said the initial production run will be modest, but can be scaled up if needed. The key is to attract developers for a new Sprout marketplace or app store, for specifically designed software that can take advantage of 3D capabilities.

    It will come with apps from DreamWorks Animation, Skype and Evernote, among others.

    "It's about getting people excited again," Mr Monsef said in an interview. The hope is that Sprout will entice more developers as time goes by, who will in turn devise novel ways to make use of the technology, he said. "Day of launch, we're not even at the halfway point of our work."

    HP's anticipated entry into 3D printing, however, will not come until 2016, after a process of feedback and refinement is completed.

    The company calls its technique "multi jet fusion" because it employs a series of printing jets spraying multiple chemical agents simultaneously. It also claims it is cheaper than other commercially available technologies.

    "We've been working for a number of years already. We have patents going back more than 10 years," said project chief Ramon Pastor. "We didn't want to introduce a product that wasn't a breakthrough."
  • Synergy Baku Cycling Project to Tour of Taihu Lake
    31.10.2014 20:22
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    The Synergy Baku Cycling Project will send an all-Azeri riders team to the Tour of Taihu Lake on November 1-9. The Azerbaijan team continues its racing schedule in China and will look to build on its impressive performance in the just-ended Tour of Hainan.

    Team captain Max Averin will be joined by national champion Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Ismayil Ilyasov and Samir Jabrayilov at the race in eastern China. Alex Surutkovych will also ride.

    The nine-stage race is mostly flat, offering bunch sprint finishes. The weather for the first few days should be about 20deg;C with light rain.

    The squad recently very successfully competed together in the Tour of Hainan. Team manager David McQuaid praised the Azeri riders for their unity and strong performance.
  • Mother sentenced to jail after she allowed her son to play truant from school
    31.10.2014 20:21
    A pregnant mother was sentenced to 60 days in jail after she repeatedly allowed her son to play truant from school.

    The 37-year-old woman, who cannot be named because it would identify her child, fainted at Plymouth Magistrates Court as the sentence was read out.

    The court heard it was the fifth time the woman has appeared in court over her children's truancy.

    Truant: A pregnant woman has been jailed for allowing her son to skip school (picture posed by models)

    Her son had a 67 per cent attendance record at school between July and October this year.

    The woman, from Plymouth, said that she had 'tried her best' and did not dispute the number of days that her child missed school.

    Her lawyer told the court that there may have been occasions when he had not gone to school even though she had taken him there or put him on the school bus.

    The court heard that she had failed to attend an earlier hearing and a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

    The woman turned herself into a Plymouth police station on Wednesday before appearing in court, where she was in breach of a previous suspended jail sentence.
  • Exhibition of Azerbaijani artist Maryam Alakbarli opens in Riga
    31.10.2014 20:07
    Riga, October 31, AzerTAc

    An exhibition "Music of the night" by young Azerbaijani artist Maryam Alakbarli opened October 30 at the Rizhskaya Birzha art museum in Riga.

    The opening ceremony was attended by former president of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, Minister of Culture of Latvia Dace Melbarde, renowned figures of culture and art.

    Speaking at the ceremony, famous fine arts expert Helene Demakova said that Maryam Alakbarli creates her works in Traditional European styles. At the same time, oriental culture is also felt in her works.

    Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Arts, outstanding Azerbaijani and Russian artist Tahir Salahov said that Alakbarli has been inspired by God`s deeds from her birth. According to him, Maryam`s pictures are harmonious and she portraits a female body with flute and violin.

    "Today, her creative activity is in flight and I am thankful to Maryam for her wonderful talent," Salahov said.

    Professor of the Berlin Academy of Arts, German fine arts expert Inge Smidte told of how she met Alakbarli. In 2010, I was asked to help with creation of the catalogue for young Azerbaijani painter Maryam Alakbarli. Pictures in the catalogue attracted me and I agreed, Smidte said. "Then, I saw her paintings in Istanbul. I asked myself what influenced her creative activity. When I learnt that the artist studies in France, I believe that outstanding artists Matisse, Cezanne and Gauguin influenced Maryam`s pictures. We can see how deeply Maryam`s technique has changed. She stepped into the new level," Smidte said. She thanked Alakbarli for her unique pictures and said: "We do not know which direction Alakbarli will be developing in. She becomes different after every exhibition."

    The speeches were followed by a concert of famous pianist Murad Huseynov.

    Alakbarli`s mother, chief of the Presidential Administration's department for humanitarian policy Fatma Abdullazade thanked those who contributed to this event.

    The exposition presented "Portrait of Madame Juliette, Four colors of time (blue, green, red, purple)," "Maryam and dove," "Self-portrait with beads," "Penguins and moon" and other pictures.

    A catalogue "Music of the night" published in Russian, English, French and Latvian languages was presented to the event participants.

    The exhibition will last until November 9.
  • Professor Nargiz Pashayeva: Our main goal is to strengthen independence '" the greatest achievement and asset of Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 20:02
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    "Our main goal is to strengthen independence - the greatest achievement and asset of Azerbaijan," Azerbaijani co-chair of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, professor Nargiz Pashayeva has said.

    In an interview with AzerTAc on the sidelines of a meeting of the co-chairs of the Society, Ms. Pashayeva highlighted the history of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society. "The society has won trust and authority in both countries."

    She said charity, cross-cultural exchange and development of education are key priorities for the Society.

    Ms. Pashayeva said: "The achievements of Europe are well-known in the world. So we need to take advantage of this. Our main goal is to promote the essence of Azerbaijan among ordinary people in the United Kingdom, promote Azerbaijan as a bearer of not only Eastern, but also Western values."

    She also shared her views on new co-chair of the Society Lord German, saying she was happy to cooperate with him and expressing her confidence that he will contribute to the work of the Society.
  • Women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS
    31.10.2014 19:53
    Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.

    She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of their jewelry, money and cellphones. They separated the men from the women.

    A United Nations report explained what happened next. ISIS "gathered all the males older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pick-up trucks, and shot them."

    Among those believed dead were Jana's father and eldest brother.

    A different fate lay in store for the women.

    Jana described how girls like herself were separated from older women, then bussed to the city of Mosul.

    There they were put in a big three-story house with hundreds of other young women. The men of ISIS came periodically, and chose up to three and four girls at a time to take home with them.

    "These women have been treated like cattle," explained Nazand Begikhani, an adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government on gender issues.

    "They have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery. They've been exposed in markets in Mosul and in Raqqa, Syria, carrying price tags."

    Perhaps more importantly, Begikhani is also a researcher at the UK-based University of Bristol's Gender and Violence Research Center. According to the field research and testimonials of Begikhani's team, ISIS kidnapped more than 2,500 Yazidi women.

    Meanwhile Narin Shiekh Shamo, a Yazidi activist based in Iraqi Kurdistan has compiled the names of at least 4,601 Yazidi women currently missing.

    In the first month after the mass abductions, Shamo says she was receiving calls and messages from up to 70 different hostages a day. Now, she can't reach a single hostage.

    After more than a decade reporting on conflict in the Middle East, I was still ill-prepared to hear about the scale of this kidnapping and modern day enslavement.

    Suddenly, the words of a 19-year-old ISIS imprisoned fighter whom I interviewed last weekend in a Kurdish prison in northern Syria made sense.

    The young man, horribly disfigured from bullet wounds to his abdomen and arm received during his year of fighting on the frontlines, described how ISIS attracted fresh recruits with the offer of cash and "wives."

    ISIS actually justified its enslavement of Yazidis in its own online magazine.
  • First Global Forum on Youth Policies adopts Baku Declaration
    31.10.2014 19:35
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    The First Global Forum on Youth Policies has culminated with the adoption of Baku Declaration.

    The last day of the forum featured discussions on youth policy in Africa, Western Asia and countries in the Asia-Pacific, European and Central Asian, Latin American and Caribbean regions.

    The forum then heard reports from session moderators. Moderated by the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the session discussed topical issues, including youth involvement in political processes, activities of international youth organizations, youth unemployment, youth entrepreneurship and education.

    The participants then watched a video message by Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina Mohammed.

    The final session of the forum was titled Conclusions, commitments and actions. It was moderated by head of Division, Education and Training, Youth Department, Council of Europe, Rui Gomes.

    In his speech, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov stressed the importance of addressing the challenges faced by youth.
  • Azerbaijan and Kuwait to develop cooperation in ICT sphere
    31.10.2014 19:26
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov has met a delegation led by Minister of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah.

    Speaking on friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Kuwait, Minister Ali Abbasov stressed the great potential for further development of cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies. Noting Kuwait's noteworthy achievements in this field, the Minister informed the delegation about main activities of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT) and spoke about the prospects of future cooperation.

    In turn, Minister Al-Sabah said Kuwait attaches great importance to the establishment of intensive relations with Azerbaijan, and expressed his country's interest in developing the Azerbaijani-Kuwaiti relations based on friendship and cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two peoples.

    Highlighting Kuwait's ICT strategy and public policy in this area, Mr. Al-Sabah put forward the idea of creating a technical group between Azerbaijan and Kuwait in terms of developing the relations, and preparing of proposals to identify further areas of cooperation in the ICT sector. Furthermore, the Kuwaiti Minister said the relationship between the sides enters into a new stage of development and from this point of view reciprocal visits are of great importance. Noting his country's interest in participating in the exhibition Bakutel, the Kuwaiti Minister expressed willingness of his country's ICT companies to be represented at the 20th telecommunications exhibition.
  • Poroshenko supports Yatsenyuk as Ukraineв's new PM
    31.10.2014 19:25
    Ukraineв's president suggested on Friday that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc supports the idea of nominating Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the countryв's new prime minister ''on condition of detailed coordination of coalition agreement.''

    ''I have proposed that my faction in the Verkhovna Rada nominates Yatsenyuk as the head of the new cabinet,'' Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

    At the meeting with lawmakers of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the president said he has received many proposals to nominate Volodymyr Groysman, who is currently the countryв's deputy prime minister, instead of Yatsenyuk.

    ''But for the sake of the countryв's unity I ask to support Arseniy Yatsenyuk,'' Poroshenko said. He also stressed the need to ''work out in detail a coalition agreement with defining specific time framework and implementing all the proposals in it.''

    According to the latest data on the October 26 vote count, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc secured 22.16% of the votes, while the Peopleв's Front led by Yatsenyuk won 21.83% of the votes.

    The leader said the Petro Poroshenko Bloc has won the polls, as 132 lawmakers have been elected on party list and in single mandate constituencies, and are joined by 18 self-nominated candidates. The faction may consist of 150 lawmakers.

    At the first meeting expected later on Friday, the representatives of three parties elected to the parliament - the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the Peopleв's Front and the Samopomich (Self-Help) - are due to discuss setting up a coalition in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

    On Wednesday, the representatives of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and the Peopleв's Front applied for establishing the coalition.

    Yatsenyuk earlier proposed creating the European Ukraine coalition, and called the Petro Poroshenko Bloc a ''strategic partner.'' He also proposed involving Samopomich, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) and the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko in the coalition.
  • JK Rowling: Potter Witch based on real person
    31.10.2014 18:32
    Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that she based witch Dolores Umbridge on a woman she met and hated in real life.

    Writing on her Pottermore website, she delved into the background of one of the most evil characters in the hit films.

    Played by British actressImeldaStaunton, Dolores Umbridge combined brutality with fluffy pink cardigans and kitten-decorated plates.

    She tormented young wizard Harry at Hogwarts, even making him carve "I must not tell lies" into his own hand.

    British actress Imelda Staunton played hated witch Dolores Umbridge

    Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, said the witch was based on a person she had "disliked intensely on sight".

    She added: "The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say."

    Rowling said Umbridge was "one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike".

    She added: "Her desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort's unvarnished espousal of evil."

    The 5,500-word Pottermore entry also reveals the history of Azkaban prison.
  • Sea cargo transportation made 7.3 million tons in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 18:28
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    The sea cargo transportation made 7.3 million tons in Azerbaijan in January-September, 2014. Of cargo transported, 56.3% was oil, 43.7% was dry cargo.

    All transportations were carried out on foreign connections. 8.9 mln tons of shipping and unshipping works carried out via sea ports. International transit cargos made 86.1%".
  • Another great campaign from ''Bakcell'' - the Internet in roaming has never been so affordable
    31.10.2014 18:26
    For the first time in Azerbaijan, Bakcell '" the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of the country, has launched a large discount campaign for its subscribers travelling to the United Arab Emirates. Starting from the 1st of November, Bakcell subscribers travelling to this country will be able to use voice and internet services in roaming at a very affordable price.

    Using the best ever offer on the market, the subscribers who join this campaign will be able to stay ''online'' at any time by paying as low as 0.25 AZN for 1 megabyte of Internet.

    As part of the campaign, along with the mobile Internet, a large discount is provided for the mobile calls. Thus, for CIN and Klass subscribers, the price of incoming calls will cost 0.25 AZN per minute and 0.75 AZN per minute '" for outgoing calls. The service fee is 0.35 AZN per day.

    To join the campaign, subscribers need to dial *130#YES.

    ''We want to ensure that our subscribers are able to use the services of В«BakcellВ» anywhere and as much as they wish, and for this purpose we are constantly improving our roaming services, reviewing our rates, and increasing the number of partner countries and operators. The UAE is one of the most visited countries by our subscribers. In order to provide them with an opportunity to take advantage of favorable tariffs, while travelling in this country, we have for the first time in Azerbaijan reduced the mobile Internet prices to unprecedentedly low levels, and made significant changes to voice services as well. We believe that this offer will be appreciated by our customers'', said Mr. Richard Shearer, CEO of ''Bakcell''.

    ''Bakcell'' has roaming agreements with more than 370 mobile operators from more than 166 countries, and this number is increasing.

    We should also mention the fact that ''Bakcell'' subscribers have the opportunity to top-up their balance even while being abroad. Currently, the international top-up service is available in Russia, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates.


    About Bakcell

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

    As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

    Bakcellв's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. With more than 2000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 85% of population and 70% of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories). Around 250 retail outlets and 26 Customer Service Centers operating in the capital and regions are providing the best customer experience to Bakcell customers.

    With a long term partnership contract Bakcell is Manchester Unitedв's first official telecommunications and broadcast partner in all CIS countries, bringing a range of unique and exclusive content to the countryв's football fans and in particular the fans of Manchester United. For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit or call 555.For press releases please see (or for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55
  • Azerbaijani delegation to observe House of Representatives elections
    31.10.2014 18:26
    A delegation of Azerbaijan is on a visit to the United States to observe the elections to the House of Representatives.

    A delegation comprised of members of Azerbaijan's leading media agencies, Central Electoral Commission and civil society is on a visit to the U.S. within the Open World program to observe the elections to be held to the House of Representatives on November 4, APA reports.

    Prior to the elections, the Azerbaijani delegation held several meetings in Washington and was thoroughly informed about the US election legislation, election process as well as new vote-counting technologies. Professor of the Catholic University of America, Doctor of Sciences James Kwerk said early voting and voting via mail are possible in the US states: "The voting process can change from state to state. Early voting is possible prior to the election day. And the commencement date for early voting is determined by the state's legislative authority. It can be a few days before the election day, depending on the state.

    Speaking about voting technologies, IFES Senior Program Manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia Anthony Bowyer said that ballot papers were replaced with computer voting in some states.

    Following the meetings held in Washington, the Azerbaijani delegation left for Omaha city in the state of Nebraska to observe the elections.

    APA's correspondent Anakhanum Hidayatgizi is also among the delegation members.
  • Turkmenoil extracts industrial oil from Altyguyy field
    31.10.2014 18:02
    By Aynur Jafarova

    The Turkmenoil State Concern of Turkmenistan has extracted a strong inflow of industrial oil from the Altyguyy field.

    The inflow was received from well No 14 with a depth of 3,800 meters as a result of successful exploration work carried out in the field, Turkmenistan's Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry said.

    The well No 14 produces over 100 tons of high quality oil.

    Altyguyy was previously recognized as only a gas field. The information about the discovery of oil in the field was released in 2010.

    Turkmenoil occupies a leading position in Turkmenistan's economy and is involved in the production of oil and gas, chemicals, stone, and bentonite.

    The Concern is cooperating with various foreign companies for drilling oil and gas fields, overhaul, renovation of equipment for oil and gas fields and oil pipelines, and construction of new pipelines.

    The Concern is not only involved in drilling work at old fields, but also conducts geological exploration at new areas. Tenders are held from time to time for purchasing the required equipment, special machinery, and chemical reagents.

    The state concern currently operates about three dozen fields, including more than 600 oil and gas deposits that are at various stages of development.

    In the years of independence, the Concern was able to increase the oil production from five to eight million tons, and the gas processing reached 11.6 billion cubic meters per year.
  • Bus accident in Turkey, 16 killed, 29 injured
    31.10.2014 17:55
    At least 16people died, and another 29were wounded, when abus turned overin the Yalvac district of the westernIspartaprovinceonFriday, SIA reportsquoting the AA.

    The chief public prosecutors office isinvestigating the incident,according to Yalvac provincial governor Ahmet Altintas.

    Initial reports said the accident happened when the brakes failed in abuscarrying agricultural workers, and it flippedover, Altintas said.
  • Azerbaijan promotes ITU ranking
    31.10.2014 17:46

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan has promoted its ranking in the International Telecommunications Union report in terms of internet penetration among individual users.

    A study of the Union called "State of Broadband Report 2014" shows that Azerbaijan has risen three points compared to last year and ranked 63rd with 58.7 percent among 191 countries.

    The study was conducted by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development at the order of ITU and UNESCO.

    Among the CIS countries, Azerbaijan ranked second after Russia that settled at the 56th place.

    The study put Azerbaijan ahead of Belarus (69th place), Kazakhstan (70th place), Moldova (81 seats), Armenia (82 place), Ukraine (94th), Uzbekistan (100 seats), Kyrgyzstan (121 place), Tajikistan (137 place) and Turkmenistan (154th). Neighboring Georgia was ranked 92nd.

    The world's average index on internet penetration among individual internet users is 37.9 percent.

    Azerbaijan also ranked first among the CIS countries in terms of broadband internet penetration among home users in developing countries. The country has improved its position by one point, taking 24th place with 58.7 percent, while the world average is 29.9 percent.

    In fixed broadband Internet per 100 inhabitants, Azerbaijan ranked 48th with 17 percent. The country improved its position by four points. The global average in this segment is 9.4 percent.

    In the last index on the degree of penetration of mobile broadband, Azerbaijan improved its position by four points, securing 46th place with 43.9 percent. For this indicator, Azerbaijan ranked fifth among the CIS countries, after Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus. Global average in this segment is 26.7 percent.

    Azerbaijan is now undertaking measures to develop its nonoil segment of economy and ICT is one of the prominent sectors. Over the past five years, the information technology sector of Azerbaijan has doubled.

    Last year, the country invested about 202.2 million manats (over $257 million) in the ICT sector and postal services. Investment in the development of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan is expected to reach $4 billion by 2020.

    Earlier, Azerbaijan was elected to the Council of ITU in a group of countries in the 'C' region of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.

    The election of the council is held in five regions. Azerbaijan joined the council, gaining 94 votes. Beside Azerbaijan, ITU Council includes Poland (133 votes), Bulgaria (124), Russia (124) and Romania (111).

    Azerbaijan's membership in the ITU Council will last until the end of 2018. The next ITU Plenipotentiary Conference will be held in Dubai in late 2018.
  • Google fined for cleavage pictures
    31.10.2014 17:46
    Google has been fined 2,250 Canadian dollars for an image on Street View that captured images of a Canadian womanв's cleavage.

    A Canadian court judge ruled that despite being in public, sitting on the steps of her private property, Maria Pia Grilloв's privacy had been disrespected and that her ''modesty and dignity'' had been violated.

    ''In addition to malicious comments and humiliation she suffered at work, the plaintiff, in particular, has experienced a significant loss of personal modesty and dignity, two values that she held and are eminently respectable,'' said judge Alain Breault, describing his approach to the case as ''European'' and ordering Google to pay a $2,250.

    Google declined to comment.
  • Asian Development Bank president to visit Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 17:46
    Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will visit Azerbaijan.

    According to the ADB Baku office, Takehiko Nakao will visit Azerbaijan on November 3-4, Fineko/ reports. Mr. Nakao will meet with the country's leadership, review the status of preparations and visit the proposed venues for the Annual Meeting of ADB Board of Governors to be held in Baku in May 2015, and meet with representatives of local and international media in Azerbaijan during a press conference.
  • Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers
    31.10.2014 17:21
    Israel reopened the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday before the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing by police of a Palestinian shooting suspect.

    The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before midday prayers, following an Israeli clampdown on the shrine on Thursday.

    Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Agence France-Presse that because of fears of unrest, entry for Muslim men would be restricted to those over 50. Additional police were deployed around the compound in the heart of the Old City. Local media reported the presence of 3,000 officers, three times more than usual.

    Thursdayв's full closure of the compound '" the first in 14 years '" was described by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as ''tantamount to a declaration of war''. It came after anti-terrorist police shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian on Thursday morning who was suspected of having tried to kill a far-right eabbi the night before.

    In the aftermath of the shootings, Israeli security forces brought reinforcements '" some called in from the West Bank '" into the Old City and Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem as helicopters flew overhead and observation balloons were deployed in several locations.

    The al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, has become a central point in the escalating violence in the city in recent months. The compound houses Islamв's third holiest site, but is also the sacred spot for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it once housed two Jewish temples.

    In an escalation of the rhetoric around the site, Abbasв's Fatah movement had called for a ''day of rage'' for Friday.

    Muataz Hijazi '" a former Palestinian prisoner and member of Islamic Jihad '" was shot dead on the roof of his familyв's home in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor by anti-terrorist police just before 6am on Thursday, as he hid behind solar panels.

    Israeli police sources said he had opened fire on them before being killed, a claim his family denied. Hijazi was suspected of shooting and wounding Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist who has led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the al-Aqsa compound.
  • Protocol on winter package gas deliveries not legally binding
    31.10.2014 17:21
    The protocol on the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine as part of the "winter package" is not legally binding, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The document is not legally bindinghellip;It is a declaration of intent and agreement, reached within the framework of trilateral talks. Understandably, it is more of a political document that reflects the main agreements," Novak said, according to RIA Novosti.

    According to the energy minister, the fulfillment of the agreements will be in line with the current contract between Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz company.

    No official documents proving that Ukraine has enough financial resources to prepay gas deliveries have been presented to Russia yet, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

    "Concerning the debt, the Ukrainian side has received money in the amount of $3.1 billion from the IMF. There are confirmations," Novak said.

    "As for prepayment for November-December supplies, we have no concrete documents proving Naftogaz has the money. However, officials we trust assured us that they will find the money to provide prepayment of gas in November and December amounting to 4 billion rubles," the minister added.

    "As we were told, this is the money from the international financial organizations, from the European Union which will additionally provide [finances], and Nagtogaz' own resources, which were redistributed in the current budget, and 2015 budget," he said adding that the source of money is far less important than the presence of the money," Novak said.

    The Ukrainian side is interested to implement the agreements reached during the Thursday gas talks in Brussels as soon as possible, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The date is not clear," Novak said commenting on the possible timing of the first tranche payment.

    "We understand that the Ukrainian side is interested to do that as soon as possible because it is getting colder and winter is coming. It is in the interests of the country [Ukraine] to transfer money and to fulfill yesterday agreements," the minister added.

    Russian Energy Minister on Friday praised the role of the European Commission in the Thursday gas talks that resulted in the signing of protocols between Moscow and Kiev.

    "The European Commission played a positive role in the efforts aimed at seeking a compromise that was reached yesterday and then signed into protocols. Also, in the search for financial resources together with the Ukrainian partners. We were told and assured yesterday that Ukraine has money not only to clear the $3.1 debt but also to purchase the gas on a prepayment basis in November and December, which would amount to about 4 billion cubic meters of gas," Novak said.

    On Thursday, following months of talks, Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission signed a deal securing gas deliveries to Ukraine during the winter months. The agreement stipulates that Russia resumes gas supplies to Ukraine and gives Kiev a $100 discount on the price it pays per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, according to the so-called winter package. In turn, Ukraine must pay $3.1 billion out of more than $5 billion that it owes Russia by the end of 2014.

    Earlier on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the Russian energy giant would be able to start gas deliveries to Ukraine within 48 hours once Kiev makes the first payment of $1.45 billion.
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