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Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons by 2015
23.06.2012 09:56
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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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    Copyright: Project Syndicate

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    The Israeli military has declared a four-hour cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip, saying it's for humanitarian reasons, AP reported.

    The military says the cease-fire will go into effect at 3:00 p.m. (1200GMT) on Wednesday. It says the cease-fire will be limited to only certain areas in the densely populated coastal strip but did not elaborate.

    Hamas militants in Gaza had no immediate reaction to the military's announcement.

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  • Interior Ministry: Azerbaijani police most cultured and polite
    30.07.2014 17:42
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    "The experience of the Azerbaijani police is studied in other countries."

    The police seem to be very polite and friendly in Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, colonel Ehsan Zahidov has thus characterized the Azerbaijani law enforcers while commenting on the complaints about their rude behavior to haqqin.az

    According to him, the police are merciless only to violators of law and dangerous criminals, and in relation to all their citizens and foreign tourists they are more than friendly.

    "As you know, Azerbaijan hosts a lot of international events, and no foreigner still complained about the rudeness of our police. On the contrary, our police always help foreigners to orient. This issue is always in the focus of our Minister Ramil Usubov who at each meeting urges the police to be polite and cultural to both residents and foreigners. The experience of Azerbaijani police to maintain public order and improve the crime situation is even being studied in other countries ", he said.
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  • Mother left her two young children unattended in car
    30.07.2014 17:37
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    A woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving her two young children alone in her car while she performed oral sex on her boyfriend.

    Police claim they swooped on Princess Marks, 25, as she pleasured the man in his vehicle in a store parking lot in Lake Charles, Louisiana, following a report of children left unattended in an SUV.

    Officers say Marks admitted she had been unable to see the children, aged seven and five, or her SUV from her boyfriend's vehicle.

    The windows of the SUV where the children were found had been left down and the engine was not running. The incident happenedshortly after midnight on Friday last week.

    Marks was charged with child desertion and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. She was later released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

    The children were placed in the care of family members.

    It follows an incident in Brea Mall in Brea, California, when the parents of a three-year-old girl were arrested after allegedly leaving their daughter locked inside their car for 20 minutes in a shopping mall car park as the temperature soared to 104 degrees.

    Ho Kim, 33, and Tae Kim, 35, are accused of leaving their daughter locked inside the vehicle at the while they shopped. The girl was saved after a concerned member of the public called the police after spotting her inside the black Nissan Quest mini van.

    When the parents arrived they were arrested at the scene. They are currently being held at the Brea City Jail on $100,000 bonds. Statistics reveal that 18 children have died so far this year after suffering heatstroke after being left inside hot cars.

    On Friday last week a 10-month-old baby girl died after her foster father left her inside a hot car for two hours.

    Seth Michael Jackson, 29, was arrested after he found the unresponsive child inside his silver Dodge Charger outsider his home in Wichita, Kansas.

    Earlier this month a man was arrested after his toddler son died having allegedly been left inside a hot car for seven hours.

    Justin Ross Harris, 33, was supposed to drop his toddler Cooper, to daycare around but instead went straight to work, apparently forgetting the boy was strapped in his carseat in the back of the vehicle.
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  • Azerbaijan determines broker on placement of Southern Gas Corridor second issue of bonds
    30.07.2014 17:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Emil Ismayilov -Trend:

    The new issue of Canub Qaz Dehlizi's bonds ("Southern Gas Corridor") to the amount of $1.2 billion was put for mass sale at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE). "InvestAZ" company was chosen the broker of the acquirer, InvestAZ said on July 30.

    The total volume of the issue is $1,246,355. Its prospectus has been recently registered by the Azerbaijani State Securities Committee. Some 12,463,550 bonds with a nominal value of $ 100 each were issued within the issue, according to the statement.

    The maturity is 720 days (two years) with a yield - a six-month Libor plus one percent. The interest will be paid in every six months.

    Earlier, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan purchased a total volume of primary issue bonds of the "Southern Gas Corridor" ("Canub Qaz Dehlizi") CJSC to the amount of $917,320,800, according to the broker of the acquirer - INVESTAZ Company. The turnover period is 10 years, with a yield of six-month Libor 1 percent. Interest payments will be carried out every six months.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree in February establishing a closed joint-stock company (CJSC) for effective management of projects within the second phase of Shah Deniz gas and condensate field's development, expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The closed joint stock company will be 51 percent state-owned and 49 percent owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.

    The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has been instructed to provide equity financing for the CJSC, which is under direct state ownership. The funds remitted to the CJSC for financing the equity will provide a long-term return on investment.

    Gas will be supplied as part of the Southern Gas Corridor. This project will allow Europe to diversify its hydrocarbon source supply and increase its energy security, while Azerbaijan opens a new market in Europe.

    The final investment decision was made on the second phase of the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field's development on December 17, 2013. Some 10 billion cubic meters of gas from the field will be supplied to the European market.

    The contract for development of the Shah Deniz offshore field, which has proven reserves of 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas, was signed on June 4, 1996.

    The share distribution among the participants of the agreement is as follows (after SOCAR and BP bought some Statoil share in the project): BP (operator) - 28.8 percent, Statoil - 15.5 percent, NICO - 10 percent, Total - 10 percent, Lukoil - 10 percent, TPAO - 9 percent, SOCAR - 16.7 percent. Earlier, "Total" sold its stake in the project of the Turkish TPAO. After the transaction is over, the share of Turkish TPAO in the project will be 19 percent.

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  • Azerbaijani Central Bank decreases discount rate
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Ilaha Mammadli - Trend:

    The discount rate has been decreased by 0.75 percentage points and stood at 3.5 percent on July 30, in accordance with the decision of the board of Azerbaijani Central Bank (CBA).

    At the same time, the parameters of the interest rate corridor have also changed: the corridor ceiling has been reduced from 6 percent to 5 percent, while the corridor floor was decreased from 0.5 percent to 0.1 percent, CBA said on July 30.

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  • Amount of compensation from Kashagan`s contractors to Kazakhstan announced
    30.07.2014 17:32
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The amount of compensation to Kazakhstan from the contractors of the project`s contractors for the delay in oil production in the "Kashagan" field will make $30 million for each quarter, Kazakh Minister of Oil and Gas Uzakbai Karabalin said at a briefing in Astana.

    "In accordance with the agreement signed in 2012 between the Kazakh government and the project contractors, the payments from contractors for delay of "Kashagan" project will make up $30 million on a quarterly basis," he said.

    All work related with the purchase and laying of new pipelines to achieve commercial oil production on "Kashagan" are non-refundable and are carried out by the contractor, according to Karabalin.

    Production at Kashagan was stopped in September last year, two weeks after the start due to a gas leak. Another leak was discovered almost immediately after the resumption of production in October 2013. The analysis that was conducted during several months revealed numerous cracks in the pipeline, appeared as a result of the impact of highly sulfurus accompanying gas on the metal.

    According to the information from the Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan Erbolat Dossayev, the delayed start of production at Kashagan would result in a loss of 0.5 percent of GDP in the current year.

    In April, the operator of the project - a consortium of North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) confirmed the need for complete replacement of oil and gas pipeline at the field, a total length of which is about 200 kilometers.

    "KazMunaiGas" (KMG), Eni, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Inpex and CNPC participates in the project. The geological reserves of "Kashagan" are estimated at 4.8 billion tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels, some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. Total investment in the project is about $50 billion so far.

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  • Messi fraud trial to go ahead
    30.07.2014 17:25
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    A Barcelona judge has rejected a request from the public prosecutor's office to dismiss the fraud case against Leo Messi and ordered that the trial go ahead. The Argentinean international looks set to be tried alongside his father, Jorge Messi, for three counts of fraud against the Tax Agency.

    The judge issued a writ upholding the charges against the Barcelona star and gave public prosecutors ten days to request the opening of oral proceedings or the dismissal of the trial.

    The judge rejected calls by prosecutors to dismiss the case against Leo Messi and to only try his father because he believes that there is "sufficient reason" to suggest that the player "could have known about and consented to the creation and maintenance of a fictitious company structure, whose sole aim was to evade the fulfilment of tax obligations resulting from the income generated from the exploitation of his image rights."

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  • Azerbaijani woman bequeathes her property to Putin
    30.07.2014 17:21
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    The act of 40-year resident of Baku attracted great interest, both in Azerbaijan and Russia.

    Baku resident Heydarova Sayara Rovshan gyzy bequeathed all her property to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to Oxu.Az, AzVision.az reports about it quoting Russian media.

    Employees of the local intelligence services have explained it by saying that the woman is the daughter of Colonel of the Committee for State Security (KGB) which at one time was close to Vladimir Putin.

    Sayara Heydarova said in a statement in response to a question that she was not crazy and not mentally ill.

    The 40-year-old resident of Baku has no family and relatives.
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  • $7 million cash stolen in Albania's central bank
    30.07.2014 17:11
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    Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.

    Authorities arrested two bank employees last week.

    The Bank of Albania, which is in charge of the country's price stability and manages 16 private banks, said Wednesday that the cash was stolen over time. It did not provide further details, but insisted that the bank's operations had not been affected and it was supplying the country's banking system with the necessary liquidity.

    Local media reported that one of the suspects acknowledged the theft over the last four years, saying he had spent much of the money on gambling. The bank, police and judicial authorities declined to comment on the report.
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  • Musa Gasimli: Armenia prefers invasion policy in its foreign policy.
    30.07.2014 17:02
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    ''Armeniaв's breaking ceasefire has showed Armenians' aggressiveness and unreadiness living peacefully with it's neighbours. '' MP Musa Gasimli told this SIA commenting on violating ceasefire by Armenia recent times.

    According to Musa Gasimli, the invader state has demonstrated once more that Armenia prefers invasion policy in its foreign policy.

    Musa Gasimli also touched upon taking hostage of Azerbeijani citizens by Armenia. He told that Azerbaijanis' visiting graves of their parents is normal and acceptable.

    Note that Armenia has been breaking cesefire 111 times in various directions of front line.
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  • Four killed as car falls into canal in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2014 16:51
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    A fatal traffic accident happened in Yevlakh region.

    On July 28, VAZ-2106 driven by resident of Bunyadabad village of the region, Tofig Aliyev fell into canal, killing Aliyev and passengers Fazil Hasanov, Bakhshali Hasanov and Nariman Huseynov, APA reports quoting the official website of the Interior Ministry.

    Investigation is underway.
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  • Dushanbe to host first investment forum
    30.07.2014 16:47
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    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Tajik government will jointly organize the first investment forum in Dushanbe in October.

    According to the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation, the two-day forum will provide an insight into the investment opportunities and establishment of partnership between business circles.

    The event will also feature an exhibition.
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  • Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
    30.07.2014 16:46
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    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants across northern and western Iraq, AP reported.

    In his weekly address Wednesday, al-Maliki also called on those living in Sunni-majority areas overrun by the Islamic State group and allied militants to take up arms against the insurgents.

    Last month's rapid advance by the extremist group, which captured Iraq's second largest city Mosul, plunged the country into its worst crisis since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011, with more than a million Iraqis now classified as internally displaced or refugees.

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  • US Embassy: Visa-related problems to be solved soon
    30.07.2014 16:46
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    The suspension of visa-issuance process is a global technical problem and it will be solved soon.

    The statement came from the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    Technical problems in the US have caused a global backlog of visa application.

    The US State Department's global database for issuing visas is still experiencing technical problems with the visa issuance system.
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  • SP: Kazakh KazMunaiGas rating unaffected by potential full acquisition of KMG EP
    30.07.2014 16:41
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend: Standard amp; Poor's ratings on Kazakh National Oil and Gas Company KazMunaiGas (KMG; corporate credit rating BBB-/Negative/--; Kazakh national scale rating kzAA/--/--) and KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMGEP; BBB-/Negative/--) are unchanged following the preliminary approach by KMG to the independent directors of its 63 percent owned subsidiary KMG EP about a possible offer to acquire the remaining outstanding shares in KMG EP, the rating agency said on July 30.

    "We understand that this is only a preliminary approach; KMG has not made a final offer. If the deal proceeds and the acquisition is adequately refinanced, we expect that the transaction would not affect our current ratings on KMG and KMG EP," the company said.

    KMG's interest in fully acquiring KMG EP supports the view of KMG EP as a core subsidiary of KMG, a government-controlled vertically integrated oil company. As per Samp;P's methodology, the rating on KMG EP is equalized with the rating on the parent. Samp;P's rating on KMG continues to reflect the expectation of an "extremely high" likelihood of timely and sufficient extraordinary government support from Kazakhstan.

    Should the transaction proceed, Samp;P currently anticipates that it would not affect KMG's stand-alone credit profile, which the agency currently assess at 'b '. Although the offer may increase short-term liquidity needs at the parent level, Samp;P projects that liquidity and leverage would remain manageable. At this stage, KMG has indicated an offer price of about $2.8 billion for all the outstanding shares. This may increase KMG's gross debt at least temporarily, but the impact is offset by access to large cash balances at KMG EP of $4.15 billion and essentially no debt as of March 31, 2014. Currently, Samp;P doesn't net this cash from KMG's debt, because it is at the subsidiary level and not directly accessible for the parent.

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  • Israeli army says militants fired from vicinity of Gaza school
    30.07.2014 16:41
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    The Israeli military, in an initial response to the killing of 19 Palestinians in a United Nations-run school in Gaza Wednesday, said militants near the facility had fired mortar bombs and Israeli forces had shot back., Reuters reported.

    "Earlier this morning, militants fired mortar shells at [Israeli] soldiers from the vicinity of the UNRWA school in Jebaliya [refugee camp]. In response, soldiers fired towards the origins of fire, and we're still reviewing the incident," a military spokeswoman said.

    A U.N. official said 19 people in the school were killed when five Israeli tank shells hit it.

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  • Baku to host Azerbaijani-Iranian Business Forum
    30.07.2014 16:41
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    Baku will host the Azerbaijani-Iranian Business Forum on August 7.

    "The event will be attended by representatives of about 50 companies from Iran," said in a statement posted on the official website of the Azerbaijani Fund Export and Investment Promotion (Azpromo).

    The forum was organized by Azpromo with the assistance of the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan.

    The forum will be presented with Iranian companies operating in such areas trade, food industry, agriculture, engineering, construction and construction materials, transport and logistics, chemical production, health, ICT, consulting, etc.
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  • U.S. sanctions not to affect VTB Bank`s operation in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2014 16:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Ilaha Mammadli - Trend:

    "Bank VTB Azerbaijan" JSC works in normal mode, providing a full range of services for deposit and loan contracts as well as transactions including money transfer and payments with bank cards, despite the declared U.S. sanctions against a number of Russian banks on July 29, the bank told Trend.

    "We emphasize that the imposed sanctions will have no impact on our customers - the bank will continue to provide the full range of services and obligations in full volume in all currencies, with which it has worked. The representatives of Visa and Mastercard international payment systems have already confirmed that the bank plastic cards can also be used without limitation both on the territory of our country and abroad," the bank said.

    In turn, the VTB Group in a statement issued on July 30 accepted the decision of the U.S. authorities restricting the bank in raising capital with regret.

    "In our opinion, it is absolutely inadequate, as VTB strictly fulfills all legislative norms, including the requirements of the U.S. regulatory bodies, which they are well aware. Thus, we consider this decision as purely politically motivated, unfair, contrary to the legal basis and inflicting mutual economic damage," the report said.

    VTB is a strong backbone Russian credit institution with broad international presence and strong financial position.

    "Despite the U.S discriminatory decision, the VTB will fulfill all its obligations before its shareholders, customers and investors," the Group said.

    U.S. decision on the restriction of the VTB`s access to the capital market will not affect the activities and the bank's creditworthiness. VTB enjoys a good reputation among global investors, it has excellent expertise in borrowing not only in Western markets. Russian bank is confident that it can attract resources in the case of necessity.

    The U.S. imposed sanctions on July 29 against the Bank of Moscow, VTB and Russian Agricultural Bank, prohibiting U.S. citizens and companies to acquire new issues of their shares and provide them with new loans over 90 days. All other operations with these banks are not subjected to the sanctions.

    Following the sanctions announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on July 29, the European Union has restricted access to its capital markets for "Russian financial institutions owned by the state", stating that EU citizens and companies will no longer be able to buy or sell new shares, bonds, or "similar financial instruments "with a maturity of more than 90 days, issued by Russian state-owned banks, the development banks (Vnesheconombank), their "daughters" and those acting on their behalf.

    Earlier on July 29, the Central Bank of Russia announced that the banks that came under the sanctions are operating in normal mode, and the payments by using bank cards remain stable. At the same time, the regulator announced its readiness to provide the necessary support to these banks.

    The Russian offices of the Visa and MasterCard international payment systems also said that new sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Russian banks have no effect on their activities in Russia.

    U.S. and the EU do not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia and accused Moscow of intervening in Ukraine`s internal affairs.

    Russia denies it and calls similar allegations unacceptable. Since March, the Western countries have repeatedly imposed sanctions against a number of Russian politicians, businessmen and companies and threatened to extend the restrictive measures.

    VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) is a subsidiary of OJSC VTB Bank. VTB Bank and Ata Holding are shareholders of VTB Bank (Azerbaijan). VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) provides services to clients of corporate business, small business and private clients. Currently the bank is represented by four branches and the Office of customer service at the head office.

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  • Iran responds religious freedom report, calling U.S. ''major religious rights violator''
    30.07.2014 16:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The spokesperson of Iran's foreign ministry, Marzieh Afkham has marked the U.S. administration as one of the major religious rights' violators in the world.

    The official made the statement while responding to the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report for 2013, released on July 28.

    "Growing Islamophobia in the United States, systematic discrimination against Muslims and imposing limitations on religious minorities' freedom in the U.S. community has turned the country into one of the major violators of religious rights," Afkham said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on July 30.

    The U.S. State Department report, says Iran alongside with countries such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan in 2013 "put severe restrictions on members of religious groups that did not conform to the state-approved religions."

    Iran's government severely restricted religious freedom, and there were reports of imprisonment, harassment, intimidation and discrimination based on religious beliefs, according to the report.

    The report also stressed that the Islamic Republic charges religious and ethnic minorities with moharebeh (enmity against God), "anti-Islamic propaganda," or vague national security crimes for their religious activities.

    Ruling out the claims of the report, Afkham called it invalid, saying that such reports are instrumental, prepared and broadcast with the mere goal of piling up pressure on other countries.

    She went on to add that the constitution of Iran explicitly calls for respecting all the divine religions and freedom to observe their rituals and ceremonies.

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  • France says evacuating nationals in Libya
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    France temporarily closed its embassy in Libya on Wednesday and is evacuating its nationals there due to the worsening security situation, the French Foreign Ministry said.

    "We have taken all necessary measures to allow those French nationals who so wish to leave the country temporarily," the ministry said in a statement, not detailing the number of nationals involved, Reuters reported.

    The French embassy in Tripoli has temporarily closed, it said, adding that diplomatic activities would continue to be conducted from Paris for now.

    France had on Sunday already called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

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  • Kidnapped refugees ransomed to Syrian army
    30.07.2014 16:17
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    The family of three Lebanese smugglers has distanced itself from the kidnapping and ransoming of Syrian refugees carried out by its kin, calling on the Lebanese authorities to arrest and punish them, The Daily Star reported.

    The Ghazi family, from the village of Rama in Wadi Khaled, north Lebanon, issued a statement Wednesday rejecting the criminal acts of three members of the family - who have been kidnapping Syrian refugees and ransoming them to the Syrian army as a means to compensate "poor business" across the border with Syria, whose three-year conflict has dented their smuggling activities.

    The family's statement identified the three by their initials only but was unequivocal in its rejection of their acts.

    "The family stresses that the kidnapping of Syrian refugees for handover to the Syrian authorities in exchange for a ransom does not reflect its values, but is an act of barbarism which it strongly denounces," the statement said.

    It also called on the Lebanese authorities to act immediately to arrest the perpetrators and carry out the "most severe punishment," stressing that the family would not give them any cover.

    Security sources said four Syrian refugees were kidnapped over the weekend by a three-man gang and turned over to the Syrian army across the border.

    They said one member of the gang was arrested by security forces, while the remaining two, including the gang's leader, managed to escape.

    According to the sources, the latest kidnapping brought the number of refugees who were lured by the culprits and handed over to the Syrian authorities to 12.

    "They promise the refugees that they will smuggle them in and out of Syria, and once they are on the Syrian side of the border they hand them over," the sources said.

    They said the smugglers received $1,000 for each person handed over, in addition to the $100 that the refugees paid for the "service provided."

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  • Iran responds religious freedom report, calling U.S. ''major religious rights violator''
    30.07.2014 16:17
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The spokesperson of Iran's foreign ministry, Marzieh Afkham has marked the U.S. administration as one of the major religious rights' violators in the world.

    The official made the statement while responding to the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report for 2013, released on July 28.

    "Growing Islamophobia in the United States, systematic discrimination against Muslims and imposing limitations on religious minorities' freedom in the U.S. community has turned the country into one of the major violators of religious rights," Afkham said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on July 30.

    The U.S. State Department report, says Iran alongside with countries such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan in 2013 "put severe restrictions on members of religious groups that did not conform to the state-approved religions."

    Iran's government severely restricted religious freedom, and there were reports of imprisonment, harassment, intimidation and discrimination based on religious beliefs, according to the report.

    The report also stressed that the Islamic Republic charges religious and ethnic minorities with moharebeh (enmity against God), "anti-Islamic propaganda," or vague national security crimes for their religious activities.

    Ruling out the claims of the report, Afkham called it invalid, saying that such reports are instrumental, prepared and broadcast with the mere goal of piling up pressure on other countries.

    She went on to add that the constitution of Iran explicitly calls for respecting all the divine religions and freedom to observe their rituals and ceremonies.

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  • Fire at petroleum storage depot of U.S. company localized in Tbilisi (UPDATE)
    30.07.2014 16:17
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 30

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The fire at the petroleum storage depot of the U.S. Gulf company has been localized and extinguished in Tbilisi, Georgia.

    One person was injured as a result of the explosion at the petroleum storage depot, a representative of the Gulf company told reporters.

    In the process of filling the oil storage, a fire originated from the gasoline tanker and was followed by an explosion, according to the company.

    Currently, experts are working at the scene to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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  • Number of Azerbaijani students in Turkey made public
    30.07.2014 16:12
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    Azerbaijanis make up the majority of foreign students in Turkey.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to ANS PRESS that, in general, 48 000 foreign students receive education at Turkish universities. Higher Education Council (HEC) of Turkey unveiled the name of the three countries from which most students arrive. Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran are among them.

    33431 of 48 83 foreign students are boys and 14 752 are girls.

    6901 students from Azerbaijan continue to receive education in the neighboring country. The number of Iranian students in this country is 4343.

    Most foreigners prefer Istanbul University - 3051 people. The Marmara university took the second place with 2146 students and Anadolu is the third (2078 students).
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  • Danielle Lloyd deletes Jamie Oв'Hara wedding pictures
    30.07.2014 16:01
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    Danielle Lloyd has fuelled speculation her marriage to Jamie Oв'Hara is over after changing her profile pictures on her Twitter account, removing photos of her and alleged love rat Jamie on their wedding day.

    It comes as a second woman came forward claiming to have bedded the footballer whilst on holiday in Los Angeles.

    Danielleв's world came crashing down around her when a Sunday newspaper reported claims Jamie had taken two women back to his hotel room last Saturday.

    She has now changed her cover snap on Twitter from a picture of her and Jamie on their wedding day to a montage of images of her children, as well as switching her profile picture to one of just herself pouting whilst wearing sunglasses.

    MORE:Danielle Lloyd reportedly walks out on husband Jamie Oв'Hara after alleged affair

    Danielle has replaced her wedding photo with a selfie on her Twitter profile (Picture: Twitter)

    And rather tellingly, while she hasnв't removed all of her loved-up tweets posted in recent weeks about her hubby Jamie, she did delete a post about her weekend away at her and Jamieв's wedding venue. The tweet now deleted read: 'With the family, lunch at Marco Pierre white at syon park love this place.в'

    To make matters even worse, today debt collector Sarah Bailey, 33, claims she bedded the Wolves midfielder while holidaying in Los Angeles earlier this year '" he was on a training session with his football team.

    Insisting she had no idea who he was when she first met him, she warned Danielle in todayв's paper: 'Heв's a serial cheat. Mother to mother, I want to tell her she should leave him.в'

    Adding that sheв'd had a 'great timeв' with Oв'Hara, Bailey continued: 'Iв'd no idea who he was. He said he played football and was divorced.

    'He said heв'd married too young, and had tried to hold the marriage together for the kidsв' sake but it was no good because of all the arguing.в'

    Danielle, who is now believed to be in Dubai with her sons, was pictured for the first time since the 'cheatingв' revelations on Sunday as she drove away from her home in Sutton Coldfield.
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  • Astana discusses "green economy" concept
    30.07.2014 15:56
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    A transition to the "green economy" must be carried out from the perspective of national interests, Kazakh Minister of Environment and Water Resources Nurlan Kapparov said at the council first meeting on the transition to the "green economy", chaired by Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov on July 30.

    "Kazakhstan needs research, comprehensively considering this process from the perspective of national interests," Kapparov added.

    The climate change requires careful study and constant monitoring. In his report, he outlined the country's regions and sectors of the economy most exposed to climate change consequences.

    The council submitted a number of recommendations to the government. A complex of measures on Kazakhstan's adaptation to climate change will be worked out on their basis.

    The Prime Minister instructed the heads of the concerned state agencies to submit the proposals, taking into account the recommendations of the council, to the government.

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  • Finnish Lamor Corporation '˜plans to open Baku officeв'
    30.07.2014 15:45
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    Finnish Lamor Corporation has expressed plans to open its office in Baku as its head Fred Larsen met Director General of "Ekol Engineering Services of Azerbaijan`s State Oil Company (SOCAR) Ramil Aliyev in Baku.

    Larsen said Lamor Corporation, specializing in oil spill clean-up equipment, had strategically located its offices in UK, USA and China and has joint ventures in Colombia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Oman, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

    He said the company supplied 70 percent of equipment for the Mexico Gulf oil spill operations.

    Aliyev highlighted the activities of Ekol Engineering Services, saying the company was offering services for strengthening environmental protection.
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  • Former Chinese domestic security chief will be investigated
    30.07.2014 15:44
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    The ruling Communist Party on Tuesday announced an investigation of the countryв's former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkong, sending tremors through Chinaв's political world and signaling that an anti-corruption drive is now reaching previously untouchable levels of the leadership.

    If found guilty '" as most officials are in such cases '" Zhou would be the highest-ranking Chinese party leader to be taken down in more than two decades.

    The move reflects the tenacity of President Xi Jinpingв's anti-corruption drive, but also his willingness to assume political risks. By targeting Zhou, Xi is breaking an unwritten rule against investigating current or former members of the Standing Committee, the partyв's highest circle of leaders.

    Tuesdayв's announcement revealed how thoroughly Xi has consolidated his power since taking over the party in 2012.

    ''You can continue to speculate on so much else about the party, but no one will question the fact that Xi is now fully in charge,'' said Robert Kuhn, a businessman who has personal ties with many senior Chinese leaders.
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  • Twitter zooms 29% higher on strong sales
    30.07.2014 15:39
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    Twitter shares surged 29% in after-hours trading Tuesday after it posted strong second-quarter sales. Twitter's better-than-expected quarterly report helped allay fears among investors about the company's growth.

    Of particular note was Twitter's success with mobile users. The number of Twitter users on mobile grew 29% versus last year. Twitter also raised its projection for total 2014 sales to up to $1.3 billion.

    It has been a rough year for Twitter. Shares have fallen by more than 40% since the start of 2014 as investors have questioned how much more Twitter can grow -- and whether it can cash in on its user base. Chief operating officer Ali Rowghani resigned in June and the company named a new chief financial officer a few weeks ago.

    Twitter still lost money in the second quarter -- $145 million, to be exact -- but CEO Dick Costolo touted the company's performance as evidence of "continued momentum".

    "We are already the world's real-time information network," Costolo said on a conference call with analysts. "We will position ourselves to reach the largest audience in the world and every person on the planet."

    As for the pesky issue of making money, Costolo said the amount of advertising Twitter shows its users is still "very, very low" compared with its peers. He added that Twitter will also look to better target its ads going forward and experiment with different formats.

    "We think there's a big opportunity to not just reach where our industry peers are, but potentially to exceed it," Costolo said.
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  • Georgia raises import of Azerbaijani gas
    30.07.2014 15:38
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    Georgia imported 737,240 tons of natural gas in the oil equivalent of $151,060,000 in January-June 2014.

    Neftegaz.RU reports with reference to Gruzstat (National Statistics Service of Georgia) that this is a growth of 21% ($124,820,000) over the same period of 2013.

    The growth made 107,290 tons in oil equivalent or 17.03%.

    Azerbaijan is the main supplier of gas to Georgia constituting 83.3% of the overall volume of country's import in this category.

    In line with the report since the beginning of the year Georgia has imported natural gas in the amount of $181,300,000. Russia and other sources accounted for the rest part of gas supplies.

    In the first half of the year Georgia's import of production from Azerbaijan made $294,100,000.
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  • Man creates the first ever biological leaf that turns light and water into oxygen
    30.07.2014 15:34
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    If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological leaf that produces oxygen just like the ones on our home planet do. The problem with using natural foliage on our interstellar explorations is that plants may not flourish in zero gravity as much as we'd need them to. But since they're a better way to produce oxygen than simply trying to carry countless tanks full of O2, Melchiorri wanted to engineer a better alternative that would easy survive the rigors of space travel.

    What he ended up creating still functions exactly like the leaves on a plant do, but in improved packaging, in a manner of speaking. The artificial leaves feature chloroplasts extracted from actual plant cells that are suspended in a material made from silk protein.

    So when given access to light and water they still produce oxygen, but they're better suited to surviving off our planet. But that's not to say the leaves won't be just as useful here on Earth. They can be employed as natural air filters in the ventilation systems of large buildings, producing extra oxygen that can be pumped indoors. Or if you're camping, they could be the most advanced emergency toilet paper you'll ever use.
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  • Production at Kazakhstanв's Kashagan field likely to be resumed in 2016
    30.07.2014 15:21
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakhstan's Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin announced two possible timeframe of resumption of the oil production at the country's Kashagan field.

    "The optimistic scenario says that the production will be resumed in the first half of 2016.

    The second possible timeframe for the resumption falls on the second half of 2016," he said at a briefing at the Central Communications Service under the country's president.

    Karabalin underscored that before the launch of production at the field, it is necessary to buy some 200 kilometers long pipes and install them.

    Oil production at Kashagan field started on September 11, 2013. However, on Sept. 24, the usage of the field was suspended due to a gas leak on a pipeline running from the D Island to the Bolashak Integrated Oil and Gas Plant.

    The pipeline sections were supplied by two Japanese companies - Sumitomo and JFE, and the Italian company Saipem was engaged in laying the pipes.

    Experts found out that the sulfide stress cracking was the immediate cause of the pipeline leaks. The sulfide stress cracking was itself caused by unforeseen increase in hardness of the metal at very small sections of the pipeline.

    NCOC consortium is the operator of the project under the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement.

    The project participants are: KMG Kashagan B.V., AGIP Caspian Sea B.V., CNPC Kazakhstan B.V., Ex.xon Mobil Kazakhstan Inc., INPEX North Caspian Sea Ltd., Shell Kazakhstan Development B.V., Total Eamp;P Kazakhstan.

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  • Euronews: Music mix hits the right note at Azerbaijanв's Gabala festival
    30.07.2014 15:18
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    Euronews has aired a video report about the annual international music festival in Gabala.

    Titled "Music mix hits the right note at Azerbaijan's Gabala festival", the report says: "The Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan has attracted 200 musicians to the country's oldest city, situated around 200 kms northwest of the capital Baku."

    "Farhad Badalbeyli, the artistic director, said: "Our festival features mainly classical music but also Azerbaijani folk music, jazz, and even ballet. The festival aims to attract a wide range of the public. Kids are welcome, even if they are not always quiet. We accept that because we really want them to appreciate good music from a young age."

    "All the concerts are free and this year the line-up includes the Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Brass Quintet, Kiev Soloist National Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Academic Orchestra," says the report.

    "Jeyran Mahmudova, a professor at the Baku Music Academy said: "I believe that this festival plays an important role in the musical education of young people and adults alike. I really think classical music makes people happy."
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  • Iran inflation hits 25 percent, trade minister says
    30.07.2014 15:17
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    Tehran, Iran, Jul. 30

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iranian industry, mine, and trade minister said that the country's inflation rate for the 12-month period to the fourth calendar month (ended on July 21) hit 25 percent.

    "The figure was around 40 percent in the same month previous year,"Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh said on July 30, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported.

    "High inflation and recession were the two main obstacles of the country's economy in the past 12 months," he explained.

    "We have managed to resolved some of the problems, but some others still exist ," Nematzadeh said.

    Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia said on July 19 that the country plans to decrease its inflation rate to a one-digit number.

    "The government will pursue its policies to snap the country's economy out of recession," he said.

    The Central Bank of Iran previously announced that the country's inflation rate for the 12-month period to the third Iranian calendar month (ended on June 21) hit 27.7 percent.

    The Statistical Center of Iran previously put the inflation rate for the mentioned month at 26.2 percent.

    Tayyebnia said in October 2013 that the government plans to reduce the inflation rate by 6 to 7 percent by the end of the current calendar year (March 20, 2014).

    Head of Tehran's Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Es'haq said on July 8 that the Iranian government seeks to decrease the country's inflation rate to a one-digit figure in two years.

    Iranian president has vowed to decrease the inflation rate to 5 percent in the [Iranian calendar] year of 1395 (to end on March 20, 2017).

    "Containing inflation is the main economic priority of the government," he said.

    The inflation rate in Iran in 2005, when Ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the government was about 10.4 percent, but in mid-2013, when Ahmadinejd handed over the office to Rouhani, the inflation rate and point-to-point inflation rate were 37.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on March 29 that the country's inflation rate is projected to drop to 25 percent by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015), Iran 's Arsh news website reported.

    "Improving relations with foreign countries may even cause the figure to fall below 25 percent," he said.

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  • '˜Throne of Solomonв' manifests Persian glorious civilization
    30.07.2014 15:16
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    Iranian ancient citadel Throne of Solomon (Takht-e Soleyman), known as Zoroastrian fire temple, manifests Persian glorious civilization.

    Located in north-western Iran, the site lies in a broad and remote mountain valley between cities of Zanjan and Tekab, consisting of an oval platform about 350 by 550 square meters.

    In earlier ancient period the area was known as lsquo;Shiz' or lsquo;Adur Gushnasp' which literally means the lsquo;Fire of the Warrior Kings'; but later after the Arab conquest the region was named the Throne of Solomon.

    Built during the Sassanid era, the ruins introduce the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary and a Sassanid temple dedicated to Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility in ancient Persian mythology.

    Fire and water have been among the fundamental elements for the Iranian peoples since ancient times. Fire was believed to conceive a divine messenger between the visible world and the invisible (gods) and water was considered as the source of life.

    There is a lake with floor springs at the region surrounded by massive stone walls and 38 towers.

    A volcanic conical core mount is also located near the area which is known as Solomon's Prison (Zendan-e Soleyman).

    The 107-meter tall mount has a giant hole on top, with 65meter span and nearly 80 meter depth.

    Centuries ago, the hole was full of water, fed by floor springs, but later it was dried due to an earth quake.

    The structures partly restored in the Mongol period (Ilkhanid) in 13th century. The designs of the fire temple, the palace and the general layout have strongly influenced the development of Islamic architecture.

    Archaeological excavations have unveiled traces of an occupation during the Achaemenid period, as well as later Parthian settlements in the citadel.

    Persia was a conquering empire but also regarded in some ways as one of the more glorious and benevolent civilizations of antiquity.

    As an outstanding ensemble of royal architecture, Throne of Solomon (Takht-e Soleyman) was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list on July 3, 2003.
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  • German ambassador to Azerbaijan visits Gabala
    30.07.2014 15:12
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    German ambassador to Azerbaijan Heidrun Tempel has visited Gabala. She held a meeting at the City Executive Authority where she was informed about the history, economy, culture and tourism potential of Gabala.

    The ambassador praised Azerbaijan`s socio-economic development, and hailed the country`s European integration as successful.

    The diplomat noted that bilateral cooperation played a significant role in strengthening the friendly ties between the two nations.

    The meeting also discussed issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in the tourism field.

    As part of her Gabala trip, Heidrun Tempel attended a concert as part of the 6th Gabala International Music Festival.
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  • Ali Hasanov seriously warns Head of ICRC Azerbaijan Delegation
    30.07.2014 14:51
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    Ali Hasanov has seriously warned the Head of the ICRC Azerbaijan Delegation.

    Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs, Ali Hasanov again met with Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to Azerbaijan Denise Duran on July 30.

    They held discussions regarding the release of Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev and Russian citizen Dilgam Asgarov, who were groundlessly taken hostage by the Armenian Armed Forces in Kalbajar region, and the return of the body of Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov, who was reportedly killed, the State Committee's press service told APA.

    Hasanov seriously warned the Head of the ICRC Delegation to Azerbaijan and said that the work on the return of Hasan Hasanov's body and the release of the other hostages should be conducted more actively.

    He also noted that all this causes the distrust of civil society, including IDPs to international organizations.

    "If Armenia is currently demonstrating such a position on releasing the hostages and returning the body, how we can talk about the desire to coexist in the future based on mutual confidence," Hasanov said.

    It was also stressed that all of these issues from the first day are under the control of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the Azerbaijani government is constantly dealing with these issues.

    On July 28, the Kremlin received a letter sent to President Vladimir Putin by family members of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, asking him to assist their release.

    The Committee again calls on relatives of Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Hasan Hasanov to be patient toward.

    Head of the Working Group of the State Commission on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons, Firudin Sadigov also attended the meeting.

    Following the meeting, Ali Hasanov met Hasanov's relatives.
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  • New vulnerability threatens personal data of Android users
    30.07.2014 14:33
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    Hackers can create fake IDs, experts from Bluebox Security warn

    Specialists have discovered a vulnerability that threatens personal data of Android devicesв' owners, Financial Times reports with reference to experts, who have revealed the flaw in the software.

    The hackers can create fake IDs, which allow them to pretend to be an existing application with good reputation, according to Bluebox Security experts. The stunt gives a lot of downloads and allows getting into the device and obtaining access to the stored data.

    ''It can be used to take over a specific app or an entire device, what is stored on that computer by the user,'' says Jeff Forristal, Blueboxв's chief technology officer and lead researcher. ''So online banking is at risk, work email is at risk, it just comes down to what the device is used for.''

    According to his estimates, 99% of Android devices were vulnerable, but the company has no evidence that the hackers had taken advantage of it.

    Bluebox informed Google about the vulnerability in April. After that, the US-based corporation issued an update for Android. Thus, people who havenв't downloaded the new version of software yet, remain at risk.

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  • Men dominate among unemployed in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2014 14:30
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    The average amount of unemployment benefits reached AZN 246.2.

    The number of the registered unemployed persons in Azerbaijan has been made public.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzVizion.az, that according to the State Statistics Committee, as of July 1 this year, the number of persons in the country, who officially received the status of unemployed, reached 36 900 people.

    40.8% or 15 000 of them are women, 59.2% or 21 900 are men.
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  • Weather forecast for August in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2014 14:27
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    The average monthly temperature will be close normal and above normal in some regions.

    Weather forecast for August has been made public in Azerbaijan.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that the average monthly temperature in August will be close normal and above normal in some regions. The amount of monthly precipitation will be close normal and above normal in some regions.

    The average monthly temperature in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be 26deg;hellip;28deg; C, close to normal and slightly above. The temperature will be 21deg;hellip;26deg; C at nights, 30deg;hellip;35deg; C in the daytimes and 37deg;hellip;39deg; C on some days. The amount of monthly precipitation will be close normal (6-8 mm).
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  • Barack Obama congratulates Ilham Aliyev on Ramadan holiday
    30.07.2014 14:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

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    The U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Ramadan holiday.

    "Dear Mr. President. On behalf of the American people, I extend to you and the people of your country best wishes as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims around the world have shared the tradition of Ramadan with their neighbors while seeking solace in their faith and helping those less fortunate. I hope this special time brings you and your loved ones an opportunity for renewal and sharing. May you enjoy peace, health, and prosperity in the coming year," Barack Obama said in his letter.

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  • Human rights activist Leyla Yunus detained
    30.07.2014 14:21
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    Chairperson of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, human rights defender Leyla Yunus has today been detained, her husband Arif Yunus told APA.

    He said that Leyla Yunus was detained by unknown persons while going to an event.

    "A car stopped near her at 11:45 while she was going to an event. She was made to sit in the back seat, two of them sat next to her and one next to the driver and the car moved. Currently, her cell phone is out of service," he said.

    Arif Yunus also said that law enforces are now knocking on the door of their apartment.
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  • Petroleum storage depot of U.S. company on fire in Tbilisi
    30.07.2014 14:17
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 30

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    A petroleum storage depot of the U.S. Gulf company is on fire in Tbilisi, Georgia, Emergency Situations Service of Tbilisi said on July 30.

    Around 10 fire trucks have arrived at the scene however, the fire hasn't been contained so far.

    Several people have been injured as a result of the fire and the explosion that followed it, according to the preliminary data.

    The Gulf company intends to make an official statement on the fire at its petroleum storage depot.

    Edited by CN

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  • Big trade center under construction in Ganja
    30.07.2014 14:16
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    Construction of one of the biggest trade and entertainment centers has begun in Ganja.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Axar.az that the trade center under construction at the junction of the Heydar Aliyev avenue and Aziz Aliyev street will have an area of 7,500 square meters. Two underground floors of the six-storied building is envisaged for car parks.

    Shops and catering services, as well as different entertainment centers for children will locate on the rest four floors. The area of each floor will be 7,000 square meters.

    The center will be commissioned at the end of the next year.
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