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Winners of the 9th National Internet Award NETTY 2013 is chosen in Azerbaijan, the website of theMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology said.

According to the terms of the contest, participants can submit their applications for registration ofwebsites and projects from April 3 to May 31, 2013. For participation applicants should register on theNETTYwebsite: www.netty.az

Votingof the Expert Council and Virtual Jury to determine the nominees for the prizewill be held simultaneously from June 1 to June 11.

On June 12,the NETTY Academy will start its voting which will will be based on afinalchoice of the Expert Council that selects three nominees for each category and Virtual jury that selects one nominee for each category.

The Academy chooses a single award winner in each of 12 nominations. At the same time it votes on non-competitive honorary and 'special mention' prize nominations.

A new 'special mention' prize nomination for "Best mobile device applications" was open in 2013. The most popular and in-demand applications built in Azerbaijan on the basis of mobile systems Android, iOS, Windows Phone will be determined within the nomination.

This year the Academy will also traditionally award a honorary prize "For contribution to development of the domestic information technologies" and "IT developments of the year".

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran has traded 1,912 megawatts hours (MWh) of electricity with neighboring countries on April 17.

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  • Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days
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  • Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper
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  • Freed French journalists leave Turkey for France
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  • Erdogan inaugurates boring of Eurasia Tunnel
    20.04.2014 01:29
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    The Eurasia Tunnel will be a brother to the existing Marmaray Tube Passage, and will connect the Asian and European sides of the Istanbul Strait via a road tunnel going under the Marmara Sea.

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    Erdogan said that once the Eurasia Tunnel was completed, Istanbul would have four road crossings between the two continents including The Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Marmaray Tube Passage.

    "Hopefully, the suffering known as 'bridge traffic' will become a thing of the past," he added.

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    Not only will the travel time for Istanbul's highly intensive traffic decline, but it will also become more safe and comfortable, officials say, and it will also contribute to the reduction of environmental and noise pollution.

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  • Over 404 kg narcotics seized in Iran
    20.04.2014 00:29
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    Some 404.691 kilograms of opium and hashish were confiscated from the smugglers across the province in the past 48 hours, the provincial police commander said on Saturday, IRNA reported.

    Brigadier-General Abdolreza Aqakhani said that Samirom Anti-Narcotics Squad got suspicious of a pick-up van and stopped it. Examining the vehicle, they discovered 110 kilograms of opium hidden in its floor. Two smugglers were arrested.

    Aqakhani announced discovery of other 145 kilograms of opium by the police forces in Naeen, adding that eight persons were also arrested and six vehicles were seized in the process.

    In another operation in Lanjan, he said, the troops confiscated some 10.307 Kilograms of opium from a trailer with its driver arrested.

    Some 48.34 kilograms of opium were confiscated and 18 retailers arrested in an operation at Falavarjan and 91.35 kilograms of hashish were also seized from a Benz sedan in Lanjan, Aqakhani said.

    Noting that the drugs were destined to Tehran and Isfahan, he said that on the aggregate, some 404.691 kilograms of opium and hashish as well as nine light and heavy vehicles seized and 30 people were apprehended.

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  • Several people killed in Turkey as bus overturns
    19.04.2014 23:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    Trend:

    A bus overturned, killing six people and injuring 35, in the vicinity of Turkish city Izmir, Sabah newspaper reported on April 19.

    It was found out that the bus driver was intoxicated.

    The Injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

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  • Turkey mulls leaving World Wide Web, minister says
    19.04.2014 22:48
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    Lutfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, has said Turkey may leave the World Wide Web (www) to establish its own "ttt" protocol amid the Turkish government's efforts to rein in global websites including Twitter and YouTube, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    During an informal meeting with journalists in the Parliament on April 19, Elvan argued that not only Turkey, but also several European Union countries mull to establish "their own national Internet protocols."

    "Instead of www, a ttt system can be formed. Turkey and other countries can establish their own domains. Such a move would detach the Internet systems from each other. This is a controversial issue," Elvan said.

    The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks, while the web is one of the services that runs on the Internet. The hostname of a web server is often www, but the use of www is not required by any technical or policy standard and many web sites do not use it.

    Elvan also called for an "international convention" to cope with the "the lack of control over social media."

    The minister said: "The only source address of social media is U.S.-based companies. That's why, EU countries led by Germany and France have also problems with it. These countries are in talks with the U.S. Social media should have a joint international text of rules like the United Nations Charter. Otherwise, countries may form their own Internet domains to have more security."

    Elvan's statement needs clarification, experts say, as it has not been previously known that any country, even China with its powerful censorship tool "Great Firewall", has left or plans to leave the main backbone of the Internet, which may lead to the establishment of "national intranets."

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit organization that coordinates the Internet's global domain name system, did not reply to Hurriyet Daily News' query seeking comment on April 19.

    "We have reached a consensus to 'neutralize' malicious content that is the object of court decisions by pixelating," Elvan had said in a written statement on April 17.

    YouTube remains blocked in Turkey since March 27 despite a court order.

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  • Azerbaijani citizen fought in Syria arrested - EXCLUSIVE
    19.04.2014 22:31
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    Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh '" APA. An Azerbaijani citizen, who fought in Syria, has been arrested.

    Resident of Gabala region, 25-year-old Hasanov Ahmad Elkhan was arrested as a result of the operation conducted by law-enforcement forces.

    It was found out that he illegally went to Syria and has been fighting under armed groups for 7 months.

    Hasanov was arrested at Heydar Aliyev International Airport when he returned to Baku.

    He faced charges under the Criminal Code's Article #279 (creation of an armed formations or groups, which are not provided by the legislation).
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  • Michael Bolton gives his first concert in Baku
    19.04.2014 22:21
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    Renowned American singer-songwriter Michael Bolton has today performed at the Heydar Aliyev Center, his first solo concert in Baku.

    Highly recognized for his rock ballads all over the world, the artist performed his best hits to the Azerbaijani audience.

    Born as Michael Bolotin to the family of immigrants from Russia, Michael Bolton, 60, grew up in the United States. Alongside being a successful performer, he is also recognized as one of the most prolific American composers. His songs were performed by Bob Dilan, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, David Foster, Phil Ramon, Barbara Streisand, Kenny West, John Legend, Jay Z and the Kiss Group, just to mention a few.

    A Grammy Prize winner, Michael Bolton has 53 million discs sold throughout the world. With his name inscribed on the Hollywood Hall of Fame, Bolton is particularly recognized for a set of love ballads dominating his repertoire, such as How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, Love is a Wonderful Thing, Missing You Now, etc.
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  • Healthy lifestyle, involving youth and future generations in sports important for Azerbaijan
    19.04.2014 22:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    A healthy lifestyle, attracting youth and future generations to sports is very important for Azerbaijan, according to Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Minister, Azad Rahimov.

    Rahimov made the remarks on Saturday, April 19 following the awarding ceremony of the 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship, held at the newly built National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

    Rahimov then welcomed the participants of the tournament on behalf of the National Olympic Committee and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

    The minister said that thanks to very talented girls, who achieved great success, and also to the championship of Azerbaijan which was held for the first time in such a grand sports arena, truly wonderful moments were lived through.

    Rahimov stressed that the sports policy, which was founded by Azerbaijan's great leader Heydar Aliyev, successfully continues today by President of Azerbaijan, National Olympic Committee's President Ilham Aliyev.

    "The material and technical base of our country's sports sphere is developing with each day. Today Azerbaijan holds the grandest events. We are very proud to stress that in the coming years the most famous athletes of the world and Europe will perform at sports palaces, which are currently being constructed, repaired and opened in Baku. For us, a healthy lifestyle, youth and future generations' involvement in sports is extremely important," he said.

    Rahimov said this is one of the priorities of the state policy, which is supported by all the representatives of the youth, and all of the country's athletes.

    In conclusion, the minister wished the athletes, who achieved success in the Azerbaijan championship, high results in Europe and worldwide.

    Baku hosted the 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship on Saturday, April 19. Some 22 senior athletes and athletes aged between 13 and 15 took part in the competitions.

    The gymnasts competed for the medals in both all-around disciplines and separate apparatus.

    Marina Durunda became the two-time champion of Azerbaijan in rhythmic gymnastics among seniors in the absolute all-around exercises. Lala Yusifova took the second place, followed by Gulsum Shafizadeh.

    Zuleykha Ismayilova was the strongest among juniors in the absolute all-around. Silver and bronze medals were taken by Jala Piriyeva and Rugiya Sattarova respectively.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • New militant group claims responsibility for Friday blast in Cairo
    19.04.2014 21:47
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    The Egyptian militant group Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility on Saturday for a blast that killed one police officer in Cairo, Reuters reported.

    The bomb exploded in Cairo's Lebanon Square on Friday night, killing the officer and wounding another.

    Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, said in a statement on an Islamist website that its militants had monitored a police checkpoint in the square before detonating the bomb.

    The group formally announced itself in January saying it would target "criminal elements" in the military-backed government.

    It has claimed at least six attacks since then, including explosions outside Cairo University which killed a police brigadier-general and one other person earlier this month.

    Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on members of the security forces, killing hundreds, since the army toppled Egypt's first freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July.

    The insurgency threatens national security ahead of a presidential election in May, as well as the vital tourist industry.

    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri gave his blessing, in a recording released on an Islamist website on Friday night, to Jihadists in carrying out attacks against the army and security forces in Egypt. Al Qaeda is not believed to be linked to Ajnad Misr.

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  • Azerbaijanв's gymnastics joined world gymnastics elite over past 10 years
    19.04.2014 21:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    During his speech at the 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship, the Vice President of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Altay Hasanov greeted the audience of Azerbaijan's National Gymnastics Arena.

    "Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear distinguished gymnastics lovers! I greet you on behalf of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation and say: Welcome to this beautiful, grand National Gymnastic Arena".

    "First of all, on behalf of the entire gymnastics community, I thank the head of state, the esteemed President Ilham Aliyev, for this modern and unique sports facility, which meets the world standards," Altay Hasanov said.

    He said the federation, athletes and coaches, and all those related to gymnastics, have been waiting for this day.

    "A gymnastics ground that meets the most modern international standards has been established in Azerbaijan," Hasanov stressed. "We have seen a lot of sports complexes in the world, but I assure you that our arena is unique."

    Hasanov said all conditions have been created at the new complex, and every little detail has been considered.

    "Therefore, athletes and coaches of Azerbaijan should just achieve good results," Hasanov added.

    He went on to add that Azerbaijan's gymnastics has made an incredible leap over the past ten years and entered the world elite of gymnastics.

    "Today Azerbaijani athletes are among the most decorated athletes and compete for medals along with them," he said.

    The gymnastics federation's vice president expressed confidence that Azerbaijani gymnasts will achieve even greater results in the future.

    "I wish that success in other types of gymnastics would also be achieved," he said, adding that the 21st championship held at the new arena was a holiday.

    Hasanov also congratulated all the participants, winners, coaches, choreographers, judges and other people related to gymnastics, and all those who contributed to this event.

    "I particularly express my gratitude to Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation's President Mehriban Aliyeva for constant care," Hasanov stressed.

    He also thanked the fans: "Be aware that we always need your support. I wish all health and happiness."

    Baku hosted the 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship on Saturday, April 19. Some 22 senior athletes and athletes aged between 13 and 15 took part in the competitions.

    The gymnasts competed for the medals in both all-around disciplines and separate apparatus.

    Marina Durunda became the two-fold champion of Azerbaijan in rhythmic gymnastics among seniors in the absolute all-around exercises. Lala Yusifova took the second place, followed by Gulsum Shafizadeh.

    Zuleykha Ismayilova was the strongest among juniors in the absolute all-around. Silver and bronze medals were gained by Jala Piriyeva and Rugiya Sattarova respectively.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • Azerbaijani FM meets Chairman of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
    19.04.2014 21:36
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    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has today met Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce and a delegation of congressmen accompanying him.

    Mammadyarov noted the parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation between the two countries' legislative bodies were of great importance in terms of development of the Azerbaijan-U.S. relations.

    The Minister said the visits of US delegations to Azerbaijan on various levels serve to strength mutual understanding, stressing the importance of increasing the number of such visits.

    Speaking on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mammadyarov noted the settlement of the problem would contribute to all-round development of the region.

    He said except for Armenia, Azerbaijan enjoyed excellent ties with all neighboring countries.

    The FM said official Yerevan must stop its aggressive policy against Azerbaijan and withdraw its armed forces from the country's occupied territories.

    They also exchanged views over international and regional issues.
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  • Azerbaijani Defence Minister meets U.S. congressmen
    19.04.2014 21:34
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    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has today met Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce and a delegation of congressmen accompanying him.

    The Minister underlined the successful continuation of the Azerbaijan-US military cooperation under various programs.

    Hasanov noted the contribution of Azerbaijani peacekeeping forces to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan, and the country's role in global anti-terror war.

    The Defense Minister highlighted the military and political situation in the region, the continuation of occupation of Azerbaijan's territories by Armenia, and the current problems of refugees and internally displaced people.

    He also expressed regret that the efforts of the international organizations towards the settlement of the conflict had yielded no results.

    The congressmen hailed cooperation between the two countries in a variety of fields, including energy security, fight against terrorism, as well as Afghanistan-related issues.

    They also discussed regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest.

    U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar was also present at the meeting.
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  • Members of Azerbaijani communities of Washington meet U.S. Co-Chair of OSCE Minsk group
    19.04.2014 20:27
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    A delegation of members of Azerbaijani communities of Washington and adjacent regions has met U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick.

    The meeting organized by the U.S. Azerbaijanis Network featured discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    They expressed hope that the dispute would soon be settled peacefully.

    They also discussed progress made in negotiations to settle the dispute after James Warlick's appointment, as well as results of the activity of the U.S. Co-Chair.

    James Warlick was appointed as U.S. Co-Chair of OSCE Minsk Group on August 5, 2013 by State Secretary John Kerry.
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  • EU ready for talks on gas security
    19.04.2014 20:24
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    The European Union (EU) and their member states are ready for talks with Russian Federation and Ukraine on security of gas supply and transit, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Thursday said in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "The European Union agrees on your proposal for consultations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine with regard to security of gas supply and transit," wrote Barroso in his reply to a letter by Putin dated April 10.

    As supplies to the European Union and supplies to Ukraine are closely related, Barroso said, "it is our common interest to quickly engage in talks which will include Ukraine."

    Barroso said the proposed consultations should help to avoid an extreme scenario and safeguard security of supply and transit, "While at the same time creating the necessary conditions for a structured cooperation including notably the modernization of Ukraine`s gas transit system."

    As Putin warned of the possibility to completely or partially cease gas deliveries in his letter, Barroso "strongly" urged Putin to "refrain" from such measures, saying the "contractual reliability" of the Russia as a supplier of gas "is at stake".

    "We reiterate that changes to contractual arrangements due to political circumstances run counter to the spirit of support and cooperation enshrined in your letter," wrote Barroso`s letter, which was published online.

    Barroso said that the EU`s Commissioner for Energy stands ready to contact his counterparts to organize a first meeting.
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  • Abducted journalists in Syria freed, taken to Turkey
    19.04.2014 20:08
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    Four French journalists held in Syria since they were abducted in June were released and brought to Turkey on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.

    An Anadolu Agency correspondent in the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa saw Edouard Elias, 22, Didier Francois, 54, Pierre Torres, 29 and Nicolas Henin, 38, welcomed by Turkish soldiers.

    It is not clear whom or what groups kidnapped the journalists.

    French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that the men were in good health, "in spite of the very grueling conditions of their captivity."

    Didier Francois, a senior war correspondent working for Europe 1 radio, and Edouard Elias, a photographer, were kidnapped in early June on their way to the Syrian city of Aleppo. Nicolas Henin, who was working for Le Point magazine and Pierre Torres, reporting for French-German television channel Arte, were taken later that month.

    AA Correspondent for Thailand Arnaud Dubus, who worked with Francois at French news agency Agence Centrale de Presse, called Francois "a war reporter in the true sense."

    "I have known him for 25 years, and during this whole time he has covered conflicts, from the Iran-Iraq war to the wars in Afghanistan and Africa," Dubus said. "He is mentally solid and I think he was well equipped to cope with this situation."

    "He is a reporter who works on the ground, more comfortable on battlefields and with guerilla groups than in a press room behind a computer," added Dubus. "Maybe this experience will make him a bit more cautious, but I don't think fundamentally it will alter his way of working," Dubus said.

    French President Hollande said that the men will be taken home in the coming hours after a medical check-up.

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  • Turkey's deputy PM: Erdogan may announce presidential decision in mid-May
    19.04.2014 19:33
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    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may make his final decision on whether or not he will run for president in the upcoming elections in the middle of May, his deputy, Bulent Arinc, said on April 19, Hurriyet Dail news reported.

    "We hope that he will announce his decision in the middle of May after discussing the issue with President Abdullah Gul," Arinc told journalists in the northwestern city of Bursa.

    Turks will go to polls on August 10 to choose their new president. If no candidate receives the required 51 percent of the votes in the first round, a run-off will be held Aug. 24.

    "We believe that if Erdogan wants to run for president, Gul will feel honored and will support his candidacy," Arinc said.

    Gul's seven-year tenure will expire on Aug. 28.

    Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Д°sler previously said a lawmaker from the northeastern Bayburt province may resign to open way for Gul to become a member of parliament and eventually prime minister. That would clear the path for Erdogan to run for president.

    The formula is similar to that used by Erdogan to take over the prime minister's office from Gul in 2003, when Erdogan could not be a lawmaker due to a political ban. After the ban was lifted, Erdogan won a seat in parliament from Siirt province thanks to a re-election in the province. Gul then resigned as prime minister and was succeeded by Erdogan.

    "We will elect our new president by people's votes at the end of August. We hope we all will also celebrate another AK Party victory in 2015's general elections," Arinc said.

    Turkey will for the first time in its history be able to choose its president by direct vote.

    In a constitutional referendum in 2007, more than two-thirds of Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of electing the president by popular vote instead of by parliament, decreasing the presidential term from seven years to five, and allowing the president to run for a second term.

    With regards to Turkey's electoral system, Arinc said, "We will lower the current 10 percent election threshold by holding negotiations."

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  • Azerbaijani wrestlers qualify for semi-final at AWF Cup
    19.04.2014 19:06
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    Azerbaijani wrestlers have reached the semi-finals at the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation's Cup international tournament.

    In 50kg weight class, the tournament will see Azerbaijani semi-final thanks to Elgun Huseynzade-Sahil Nadirli duello. In the other semi final, Kenan Jafarov will try to beat Turkish Ugur Beytekin.

    In 58kg division, Israfil Yagubzade will fight against Iranian Mogaddam Eftehari, while his teammate Rustam Isayev will lock horns with Turkish Omer Murat Firat.

    Ulvi Ganizade and Arif Niftullayev will face Georgian Lado Shavadze and Turkish Alikasim Tashdemir respectively in 63kg weigh class, while Tunjay Vezirzade and Islambek Dadov will battle against Georgian Ramazi Kvetenadze and Turkish Murat Ozcan respectively in 69kg division.
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  • All construction work in Turkish city suspended due to authorization issues
    19.04.2014 18:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    All construction work has been suspended in Bodrum city of Turkish Mugla province, Turkish Milliyet newspaper said on April 19.

    The work has been suspended due to verification of documents authorizing the construction. The verification of authorizing documents will last till May 15.

    The decision to suspend all construction work was made by the new head of the Bodrum municipality.

    Mehmet Kocadon, the candidate of Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP) was elected the new head of the Bodrum municipality in the last elections.

    Turkey hosted municipal elections on March 30, resulting in the victory of the ruling Justice and Development Party with 45.6 percent of the votes.

    Some 26 political parties took part in the municipal elections.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Winners of 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship announced
    19.04.2014 18:33
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Baku hosted the 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship on Saturday, April 19.

    The championship was held at Azerbaijan's new National Gymnastics Arena.

    Some 22 senior athletes as well as other athletes (born in 1999-2001) took part in the competitions.

    Great interest for the championship was aroused by the fact that the championship is a test tournament on the eve of the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships to be held in Baku on June 13-15.

    The gymnasts competed for the medals in all-around disciplines as well as in separate apparatus.

    Along with gymnasts of the Republican Complex Sports School and "Baku Flames" club, the representatives of Baku Gymnastics School "Spartak", Shaghan Olympic Sports Complex and "Ojag" sports club also performed in the competition.

    The non-competitive performances of Kazakh and Hungarian gymnasts, who participated in the training assemblies in Baku, were also held during the tournament.

    A gala concert and the ceremony of awarding the winners were held upon completion of the performances.

    Zuleykha Ismayilova was the strongest among juniors in the absolute all-around. Silver and bronze medals were taken by Jala Piriyeva and Rugiya Sattarova.

    Marina Durunda became the two-time champion of Azerbaijan in rhythmic gymnastics among the seniors in the absolute all-around exercises. Lala Yusifova took the second place, followed by Gulsum Shafizadeh.

    The 21st Rhythmic Gymnastics Azerbaijan Championship is the first tournament held at the recently constructed National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

    The opening ceremony of the grand sports complex was held just a few days before the tournament and was attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Azerbaijan's First Lady, President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The construction of the National Gymnastics Arena, which is an important part of measures on further strengthening the sports infrastructure, opens up opportunities for organizing sports events of international importance at the high level.

    The facade of the complex contains screens displaying interesting illuminative elements. One of the most important features that increase the importance of the arena, which is mainly intended for gymnastics competitions, is the fact that it can be adapted for other sports events and competitions.

    The gymnastics arena consists of a main competition and auxiliary training parts. Depending on the scale of a competition, the number of seats in the arena can be increased from 5,000 to 10,000.

    The complex, built in accordance with international standards, has a press center, a first aid station, a dance hall and a gym, doping control rooms, offices, shops, cafes and ancillary facilities. The sports facility, which is expected to become one of the best gymnastic centers in Europe, also has a hotel.

    The athletes have all the conditions created for them at the newly built National Gymnastics Arena.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Azerbaijani wrestlers into semi final of AWF Cup
    19.04.2014 17:58
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    Four Azerbaijani wrestlers have progressed to the semi finals of the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation's Cup international tournament.

    In 76kg division, Nijat Abdullayev will compete against Turkish Dogukan Kuru, while Igbal Aliyev will face his teammate Rashad Mustafayev in the other semi final.

    In 100kg division, Javid Feyziyev will lock horns with Georgian Giorgi Marshania.
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  • P5 1 agrees to have Iran re-install Arak heavy-water reactor's core
    19.04.2014 17:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The issue of re-installing of Arak heavy-water reactor's core has almost been settled with P5 1, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization's Head Ali Akbar Salehi said.

    In an interview with Al-Alam TV channel, Salehi said that Iran proposed P5 1 to re-install the core of the reactor, and the proposal was accepted by the other side, IRIB news agency reported.

    The Arak heavy water reactor if operating optimally would produce about nine kilograms of plutonium annually or enough for two nuclear weapons each year.

    The U.S. and the EU are concerned that the heavy water reactor could be used to produce plutonium, which can be used to fuel a nuclear weapon as an alternative to highly enriched uranium.

    Iran says its atomic program is peaceful and the reactor is intended to produce isotopes for cancer patients.

    The Islamic Republic has agreed to suspend the installation activity at the reactor based on the Geneva nuclear deal. Since the deal, Iran has diluted 103 kilograms of its 20 percent-enriched uranium down to 5 percent.

    On Jan. 16, the White House released details of implementing the nuclear deal signed by Iran and the world's six major powers. According to the statement Iran is committed not to fuel the Arak reactor or to install the remaining components there.

    Additionally, Salehi has previously said that Iran can make modifications to the reactor, to produce less plutonium. He also added that the Arak-produced plutonium is not weapons-grade plutonium.

    Under the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5 1 group (five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) which took effect on January 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfils the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

    Iran and P5 1 intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

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  • Iran, Azerbaijan discuss abolition of visa regime
    19.04.2014 16:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iran and Azerbaijan have discussed the abolition of visa regime, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania and Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour said.

    "The work in this regard is underway," Rahimpour said, IRNA news agency reported on April 19.

    He went on to add that a special group at Iran's Foreign Ministry is currently reviewing the abolishment of the visa regime with other countries for Iranian citizens.

    "Simplification of Iranian citizens' entry and exit into neighbouring countries is one of the main directions of Tehran's foreign policy," he said.

    Iran unilaterally abolished visa requirements for Azerbaijan's citizens on January 1, 2010.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • IRGC not involved in military affairs in Syria
    19.04.2014 16:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not involved in military affairs in Syria, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.

    "The IRGC is just offering consultations. It has no military presence in Syria," Pakpour said, Iran's Fars news agency reported on April 19.

    Iran only has a number of military attachГ©s in Syria, he said, adding that these envoys have provided consultations to the Syrian army, which has resulted in the formation of popular mobilized troops.

    Iran is a close ally of the Syrian government and has always shown its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

    Syrian opposition claim that Iranian military forces are fighting against them, while Iran dismisses the claims, saying that Iran only has advisors in Syria, to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army.

    During the conflict in Syria which began in March 2011, more than 115,000 people have been killed in the country and over 4.2 million have become refugees in Syrian territory and two million have fled to neighboring countries.

    On January 20, Ban Ki-moon withdrew the invitation to Iran to participate in the conference on Syria, after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks.

    The Geneva 2 peace conference is a proposed UN backed international conference which started in Geneva on January 22 with the aim of ending the Syrian civil war.

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  • International judo tournament starts in Baku
    19.04.2014 15:50
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    The annual international judo tournament commemorating two-time Hero of the Soviet Union, Major-General Hazi Aslanov has today started in Baku.

    Co-organized by the National Olympic Committee, Youth and Sports Ministry, Baku City Youth and Sports Department and Azerbaijan Judo Federation, the two-day tournament brings together about 300 judo fighters from 11 countries.
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  • Azerbaijan - a country with strongest army in region
    19.04.2014 15:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

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    Today Azerbaijan is a country with the strongest army in the region, Deputy Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration and Defense Issues Assistant to Azerbaijani President, Lieutenant-General Vahid Aliyev said.

    "Our enemies are very concerned about this. We must always be ready at any time to liberate our occupied territories by the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. We will free our lands from the occupation," he said at the ceremony on the occasion of the "Day of Military Lyceum" named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski.

    The officers of the Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski will play an important role in the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories, according to Aliyev.

    In 1971 when Heydar Aliyev founded this school, no one besides him knew about the purpose of its creation. "Nobody knew that a time will come and Azerbaijan will become an independent state. But national leader Heydar Aliyev knew about it," the deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration said.

    Aliyev, who is also a graduate of the Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski, thanked the teaching staff of this educational institution. "We are grateful to all those who have brought up decent soldiers," he said.

    Earlier, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister Colonel - General Zakir Hasanov has issued an order to annually celebrate April 19 as Day of Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski.

    On this day, the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev at the meeting with the personnel of the Military Lyceum handed the banner to this educational institution.

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  • Azerbaijan, Pakistan discuss military ties
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    Azerbaijani Defence Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov has met chief of Pakistani Air Forces, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to discuss military ties between the two countries.

    They particularly discussed prospects for developing cooperation in military and military-technical fields. They emphasized the importance of bilateral meetings and high-level reciprocal visits in terms of strengthening bilateral ties.

    On the military and political situation in the region, Minister Hasanov said the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict posed a serious threat to regional stability. He noted the importance of solving the dispute in compliance with international law.

    Rafique Butt reaffirmed Pakistan`s support for Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani Deputy Defence Minister, Chief of the Air Forces Ramiz Tahirov and Pakistani ambassador in Baku Khalid Usman Gayser were present at the meeting.
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  • Iranв's supreme leader: Western clichГ©s about women should be entirely disregarded
    19.04.2014 14:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Western clichГ©s about women should be entirely disregarded, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

    "If we want to be free from faults in dealing with women, we should entirely clear our minds from western clichГ©s about women," Khamenei said in a meeting with educated women in Tehran, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on April 19.

    "We should not get involved in secondary issues regarding women. Employment of women is a secondary issue," he said. "We should see what issues disrupt women's tranquility in homes. This is the main issue."

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  • Ilham Aliyev expresses condolences to South Korean president
    19.04.2014 14:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed his condolences to the South Korean President Park Geun-hye over the numerous causalities in a ferry crash.

    "Dear Madam President, I have been deeply saddened by the news of numerous casualties in the crash of ferry "Sevol". On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan I express my heartfelt condolences in connection with this tragedy to you, the families and friends of the victims, all the people of your country, and wish a speedy recovery to those injured," Azerbaijani president's letter of condolence said.

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  • Nuclear talks tough but progressive
    19.04.2014 14:05
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.19

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Nuclear talks between Iran and Group P5 1 are tough but progressive, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

    It seems that the next round of negotiations will pave the way for reaching a final agreement between the two sides, he said on the sidelines of MENA Nuclear Industry Congress (NIC), which was held on April 15-16 in Istanbul, the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.

    Iran has always met it obligations within the framework of bilateral agreements and expects the other side to do the same, the official said.

    Previous meeting of experts from Iran and Group 5 1 was held on April 3-5 in Vienna. The 4th round of Iran nuclear talks will take place in Vienna on May 13.

    The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

    Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5 1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

    The two sides intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

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  • Armenia regressing despite 'progressive' new PM
    19.04.2014 13:43
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    By AzerNews

    The appointment of the new prime minister in Armenia has sparked mixed reactions in the country which is seeking its economic survival.

    Although Armenia's ruling Republican Party believes that newly appointed Premier Ovik Abramyan will take long progressive steps, public opinion is doubtful. Local media say Abramyan's appointment as a prime minister will hinder the country's progress.

    Abramyan has already faced several protests before he has time to do something for the nation's progress.

    The homeless in Yerevan, who have been seeking for a roof over their heads in the past six years, attacked Abramyan as he came to the ruling party's office for a meeting on April 17.

    "You live as a Pharaoh, while we are perishing," tearful protesters chanted.

    Abramyan has promised to meet the protesters within next two days. Armenians used to hear empty promises from the officials. Now Abramyan's promises seem to be empty one too. Now the protesters are wondering if he will be able to receive them, as one of the dating matches a non-working day - Saturday.

    Fed up with the government's empty promises Armenia's citizens see emigration as the only way to escape their miserable situation. Hopeless citizens use any procedure to get Russian citizenship, leaving Armenia face to face with a new threat. The main target country for Armenian immigrants is Russia, which is a final destination for 95-96 percent of the immigrants.

    The Russian State Duma adopted an amended law on citizenship which simplifies the process of getting Russian citizenship by Russian-speaking compatriots.

    The government has recognized that a simplified procedure for getting Russian citizenship will be a threat for the country.

    "The procedure will certainly have negative impact on Armenia. This is a fact, which will promote emigration," Head of the State Migration Service Gagik Eganyan told journalists.

    Armenia is still not able to stop mass immigration, which has attained 30,000-35,000 people per year in the period from 2008 to 2013.

    Abramyan recently said that providing Armenians with a dignified life will be a priority of the new government, as most people today live in poverty. Armenians still hope for progress in the country as hope dies at last.
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  • Zerkalo newspaper's chief editor confirms Rauf Mirgadirov's arrest in Turkey
    19.04.2014 13:39
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    As previously reported, the founder of the Turkish representation of Azerbaijani newspaper "Ayna-Zerkalo"(Mirror), journalist Rauf Mirgadyrov has been detained in Turkey.

    Chief editor of "Ayna-Zerkalo" Elchin Shikhlinski confirmed to 1news.az that Rauf Mirgadirov was really detained by police last night, when he and his family tried to return to Azerbaijan.

    "Now you cannot establish contact with him," he said.

    According to him, two weeks ago, the Turkish side without explanation cancelled the accreditation of Mirgadirov and asked him to leave the country until 23 April.

    "Turkey claims that Rauf's visa has expired, while it expires only in autumn. On this issue, I wrote a letter to the Turkish Embassy, but I never received any response," said Shikhlinski.

    He pointed out that he does have some guesses as to why it happened, but he didn't clarify them.

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  • Azerbaijan Central Bank takes measures to ensure effective prudential policy by
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    Presentation of the Rules of the classification of assets and the creation of special reserve funds for coverage of potential losses has been conducted in the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).

    The CBA informs that the Rules were adopted with the purpose of the application of differential reserves and accounting of proactive criteria for the regulation of credit risks.

    "The presentation was attended, in addition to staff from CBA relevant departments, by representatives of local banks," the CBA reported.

    According to the CBA, the main goal of the presentation is to ensure effective prudential policy of credit risks.

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  • Rauf Mirgadirov being deported from Turkey
    19.04.2014 13:32
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    Turkish founder of Ayna-Zerkalo newspaper, political commentator Rauf Mirgadirov is being deported from Turkey.

    This was announced by journalist living in Turkey Sheyda Nasibli, Gun.Az reports citing Yeni Musavat newspaper.

    According to her, a while ago the press representation of the journalist in Turkey was cancelled. And last night, Rauf Mirgadirov together with his family wanted to leave Turkey by bus.

    But 15 minutes after the departure, the bus was stopped, and the journalist and his family were treated roughly. Mirgaridov was removed from the bus without any reason.

    It's said that the journalist has been taken to the foreign citizens department of the Security Office for deportation process. Currently documents for deportation are prepared and the journalist is going to be sent to Azerbaijan. A meeting with his family is not allowed.

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  • CIA cannot catch a fox in White House
    19.04.2014 13:30
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    The guards, including the US Secret Service agents, cannot catch fox that suddenly appeared on the territory of the White House in Washington. According to the local media, the animal appeared at the White House last fall, during the country's budget crisis, when many government employees, including supervisors and presidential keepers were sent on unpaid leave. Since then, this fox has repeatedly sent off the White House security alarm, and one night has even ruined Michelle Obama's garden.

    Not a lot of people saw the animal, though, according to Obama's assistants, one early morning even the President himself was amazed, when he saw a fox tail from the window of the Oval Office.

    Another time, deputy press secretary of the White House Josh Ernest was leaving from work late at night, when he saw some moving in the dark.

    At first he thought it was a cat, but then he realized that it was a fox.

    The area of '‹'‹the White House is about 7.3 hectares.

    As in many other parks in Washington, in addition to squirrels, some other animals appear there.

    For instance, during G.W. Bush Presidency raccoons were trying to get fishes from the pond.

    During Bill Clinton's Presidency a couple of deer has jumped over the fence of the White House.

    There are also quite a few birds there, including periodically appearing geese and ducks, that didn't let Richard Nixon sleep and were waking him in the early morning.

    First they used to sent a supervisor to scare them away, later they have installed special signals.
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  • President receives a group of US congressmen
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    President Ilham Aliyev on 19 April received Chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Ed Royce and other congressmen accompanying him.

    Congressman Royce said that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the US are at a high level. He appreciated the successful cooperation between the two countries in different areas, including energy, combating terrorism and regarding Afghanistan. The guests also praised Azerbaijan's relations with European structures.

    President Aliyev, in turn, expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the United States. He noted the importance of expanding cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

    Referring to the Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the head of state underlined that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should make certain steps to resolve the conflict within justice and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

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  • Leaked photos of Apple's new iOS8
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    Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in early June, but meanwhile plenty of reports have detailed some of the features it will have to offer, with various alleged image leaks showing what the new operating system would look like on a bigger iPhone 6 display. But iOS 8 will be compatible with older devices as well, and PhoneArena has obtained an image that shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s.

    While itв's not clear whether the image is genuine, or how the leaker obtained a copy of iOS 8, other sites have reported steady iOS 8 sightings in website analytics, suggesting that Apple is already testing iOS 8 ahead of WWDC.

    In addition to old default iOS application, these pictures show some of the new iOS applications tipped to arrive with iOS 8, including Watch Utility, Healthbook, TextEdit, Preview, Tips and a stand-alone iTunes Radio application.

    Some of these applications have been featured in great detail in previous reports, especially the Healthbook app, which may be one of the most important additions to iOS this year.

    The images allegedly showing iOS 8 running on iPhone 5s follow bellow.

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  • One of the most progressive libraries in the region ready for use in Azerbaijan
    19.04.2014 12:59
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    One of the most progressive libraries in the region is ready for use in Azerbaijan.

    Akif Alizadeh, AMEA President, announced today at the general meeting of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (AMEA) that the Center of Information Resources fully equipped with up-to-date ICT is fully ready for use in the country and is one of the most progressive libraries in the region.

    Alizadeh also expressed his hope that a new building of the Scientific Center of the National Encyclopedia will be opened within a month.

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  • International wrestling tournament kicks off in Baku
    19.04.2014 12:54
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    Azerbaijani Wrestling Federation's Cup annual international tournament among young and junior freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers has today started at the Baku Olympic Sports Complex.

    The first day of the tournament will see junior Greco-Roman wrestlers in action.

    Along with Azerbaijan, the tournament also brings together wrestlers from Belarus, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan.

    About 100 wrestlers in 10 weight classes will compete on the first day of the international tournament.
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  • Turkmen president to visit China
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 19

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Ashgabat and Beijing are preparing for the upcoming state visit of Turkmenistan`s President Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov to China.

    The Turkmen delegation paid a working visit to Beijing for the preparation of the visit and met with the Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng, the Turkmen government reported on April 19.

    The Turkmen delegation also held a meeting with the leadership of China Horse Industry Association on the issues of preparation of an extraordinary forum of the

    International Association of Akhal-Teke Horse Breeding in China.

    The report said that the impulse to expand cooperation between the two countries has been given during the September 2013 visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Turkmenistan.

    A steady growth is observed in the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and China, and its annual capacity is around $9 billion.

    China has recently become a key buyer of Turkmen gas and expects to increase annual purchases up to 65 billion cubic meters.

    Besides the gas industry, China is actively cooperating with Turkmenistan in the supply of equipment and services for transport and communications.

    Turkmenistan ranks fourth among the largest natural gas reserves in the world. It is one of the key players in the energy market in the Caspian region and Central Asia.

    The issues of improving the travel procedures of entrepreneurs involved in large-scale joint projects are being studied.

    Ashgabat and Beijing have recently agreed measures to promote and protect mutual investments to support commercial enterprises for their activity in the territory of the countries

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  • Yaya Toure: I don't get recognition because I'm African
    19.04.2014 12:45
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    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes he is not recognised as one of the world's best players because he is African.

    The Ivory Coast international, who has won league titles in England, Spain and Greece, as well as the Champions League with Barcelona, was among the six names shortlisted for the Professional Footballers' Associationв's Player of the Year award on Friday.

    Following the clubв's Capital One Cup victory at Wembley in March, Samir Nasri claimed Toure would be considered as the best midfielder in the world if he wasnв't African.

    ''I think what Samir was saying was definitely true,'' Toure told BBCв's Football Focus. "To be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans.

    ''I don't want to be hard and I don't want to be negative, but I want to be honest.

    "If you go to any part of Africa now, people will say 'yes, we know him [Lionel Messi]', but when you come to Europe and say 'Yaya Toure' people will say 'who is that?'

    "Some will say they know my name but not know my face. But they will know Messi's face.

    "I am very proud to be African, I want to defend African people and I want to show to the world that African players can be as good as the Europeans and South Americans."

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  • Cairo bomb explosion kills police officer
    19.04.2014 12:40
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    An explosion in a busy square in central Cairo late on Friday, killed one police officer, Egyptian officials said.

    The bomb detonated next to a traffic post in Lebanon Square in Cairo's Mohandessin district, killing Major Mohammed Gamal Eddin.

    A security official said the bomb was planted inside the traffic post and it exploded around 10pm Cairo time. A second official, however, said unidentified assailants hurled the bomb from a bridge over the post before fleeing. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the two accounts.

    Three other people were injured including a senior police officer, the two officials said.

    Security forces sealed off the area while searching for more bombs.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Egypt has been hit with violence since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.

    Since then, the country's military-backed interim government has stepped up its crackdown on Morsi's group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and followers who hold near-daily street demonstrations denouncing his ouster and the subsequent killings of hundreds of supporters. The protests frequently descend into violence, and ongoing street battles with security forces fuel unrest.

    An al-Qaida-inspired group, Champions of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for most of the deadly attacks, including car bombs and the assassination attempt of Egypt's interior minister last year.

    The government has blamed the violence on Morsi's group and branded it a terrorist organisation. The group denies it and says it is abiding by peaceful means, including protests.

    New groups have emerged over the past few months seeking revenge from security forces for killings of pro-Morsi protesters, including one called Ajnad Misr, Arabic for Egypt's Soldiers. The group claimed responsibility for several small bombings, including three blasts earlier this month outside a university campus in central Cairo that killed one senior police officer and injured five others.

    More than 430 police officers and army personnel have been killed in terrorist attacks since mass demonstrations against Morsi on 30 June, according to government figures.
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  • Azerbaijan revealed 514 HIV-infected people last year
    19.04.2014 12:37
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    A total of 4,298 people were registered as HIV-infected patients in Azerbaijan in 1987-2013.

    Statistics on HIV-infected people in Azerbaijan in 2013 was made public.

    APA reports quoting AIDS center of the Ministry of Health that number of HIV-infected people in 2013 made 514 in Azerbaijan.

    494 of them (96.1%) were Azerbaijani citizens, 20 (3.9%) - foreigners. 203 of 514 HIV-infected people (39.5%) are infected with HIV through injection and 163 of them have been registered in the clinic.

    A total of 4,298 people were registered as HIV-infected patients in Azerbaijan in 1987-2013. 4,149 (96.5%) of them are Azerbaijani citizens, 149 (3.5%) - foreigners. 3,353 (78%) of HIV-infected people are men, 945 (22%) - women. 2,044 of 4,298 HIV-infected people (56.9%) are infected with HIV through injection drug use and 1,777 (72.7%) of them have been registered in the clinic.

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  • Iran to begin second phase of subsidy reform plan
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iran will begin the implementation of the second phase of the subsidy reform plan this week.

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani made the announcement in a meeting with commanders of the law enforcement forces in Tehran, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on April 19.

    He did not provide any further details.

    Earlier on April 15, Iran's minister of economic affairs and finance, Ali Tayyebnia said that a large number of people have not applied for receiving cash subsidies in the second phase of the subsidy reform plan.

    Ten million high-income Iranians have been identified so far who can be excluded from receiving cash subsidies, he said.

    Registration for receiving cash subsidies in the second phase of the plan started on April 9 and will last till April 20.

    The Iranian parliament (Majlis) has allowed the government to start implementing the second phase of the subsidy reform plan at the beginning of the second quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (June 22).

    On January 28, the Iranian Mehr News Agency quoted Mohsen Bahrami Arzi, an advisor to the vice president for executive affairs, as saying that the Iranian administration has once again asked rich families to voluntarily give up receiving cash subsidies.

    The government expects about 30 percent of Iranian families to give up receiving cash subsidies, he noted.

    "Currently the number of people who receive cash subsidies is even more than the country's population," he said.

    "Many have migrated to foreign countries but they still receive cash subsidies, some have two or more ID cards and some are foreign nationals," Bahrami Arzi explained.

    President Rouhani's chief of staff, Mohammad Nahavandian, said in November that the Iranian administration is not going to cut the cash subsidies of rich families since identifying such families is a kind of breach of their privacy.

    "There are two substitute methods. The first is that affluent families give up receiving the subsidies voluntarily. And the second is that the administration creates more jobs for people," Nahavandian said.

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  • Michael Bolton shows Icherisheher to whole world - PHOTO
    19.04.2014 12:19
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    Renowned American singer Michael Bolton posted a photo on his Fecbook page which has been taken in Icherisheher. Note that the singer is in Baku now and prepares to give concert at the Heydar Aliyev Center today.

    Day.Az informs that Bolton took the photo at the most visited place of the capital cityВ  - in the Old city with the new symbol of Baku magnificent Flame Towers in the background.

    Photo has got thousands of Facebook likes and positive comments.
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  • New York to host expert meeting on Iran nuclear issue
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Elena Kosolapova, Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    New York to host expert meeting of Iran and Group 5 1 on May 5-9, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said, Irib news reported on April 19.

    The parties plan to discuss and prepare the text of future complex agreement between Iran and P5 1, according to Abbas Araqchi.

    Previous meeting of experts from Iran and Group 5 1 was held on April 3-5 in Vienna under chairmanship of Hamid Baeideenejad, from Iran, and Stephan Clement, Assistant to EU Foreign Policy Chief.

    The 4th round of Iran nuclear talks will take place in Vienna on May 13. In the opening session of this round of talks, which is called Vienna III, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton were present for a while.

    The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

    Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5 1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

    The two sides intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

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  • Al-Qaeda chief calls for unity amid jihadist schism
    19.04.2014 12:18
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    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for unity in a new interview amid widening divisions with a rival jihadist organization rooted in the Syrian civil war Al Arabiya reported.

    The interview, which the SITE monitoring service dated to between February and April, was released after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) accused al-Qaeda of having "deviated from the correct path."

    "They have divided the ranks of the mujahideen (holy warriors) in every place," ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadist forums.

    Zawahiri rejected the allegations, suggesting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime may have penetrated jihadist groups in order to sow sedition, according to SITE, which translated his interview with a Qaeda-run media outlet.

    "If I command you to fight your mujahideen brothers, do not obey me. If I command you to blow yourself up among your mujahideen brothers, do not obey me," he said.

    The split dates back to last year, when Zawahiri ordered ISIS to confine its activities to Iraq after it was accused of widespread abuses against Syrian civilians and rival rebels.

    Zawahiri, who succeeded the late Osama bin Laden as leader of the global terror network in 2011, declared al-Nusra Front to be the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

    "Our method is to focus on the Hubal (pre-Islamic pagan god) of the era, America, and its Crusader allies and the Zionists and their traitor agents, and to incite the Ummah (Muslim community) and rally it for jihad against them and leaving the side skirmishes," Zawahiri said in the interview.

    "Our method is to preserve blood and avoid operations that could potentially shed the blood of others unjustly in marketplaces, residential areas, and even among the jihadi groups."

    Syrian rebels initially welcomed battle-hardened jihadists to their struggle, but Islamist and non-Islamist groups alike turned on ISIS after it began kidnapping, torturing and killing activists and rival rebels, and imposing its strict version of Islam by force.

    Syria's uprising began with peaceful protests in March 2011 but escalated into an insurgency and then a civil war after the regime launched a brutal crackdown on dissent. More than 150,000 people have been killed since the revolt began.

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  • 56 foreigners detained over illegal drug trafficking in Azerbaijan last year
    19.04.2014 12:01
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    51 women participating in illegal drug trafficking were brought to responsibility.

    In 2013, 2,197 persons were brought to responsibility over illegal drug trafficking.

    APA reports that 8 of persons brought to responsibility are under 18 years old, 2 - pupils, 516 - under 30 years old, 1,607 - over 30 years old, 38 - workers, 11 - servants, 1 - official, 1 - agricultural worker and 51 - women.

    More than 40 kg of different drugs were taken from 56 foreigners that were brought to justice last year. 25 of them were Iranian citizens, 19 - Russian citizens, 5 - Georgian, 4 - Turkish, 1 - Ukrainian, 1 - Indian, 1 - Slovakian. More than 26 kg of drugs have been taken from Turkish citizens.

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  • Armeniaв's future starving
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    By AzerNews

    The miserable situation in Armenia has forced some families to send their healthy children to special schools for food and lodging.

    The representatives of the Ombudsman Office found out that in some cases children without any problems are sent to special schools.

    "Earlier these children used to go to the secondary schools, but then without adequate grounds they were transferred to special schools," ombudsman's recent report said.

    The office examined these cases and found out defined regularity.

    "They were mostly children from low-income families. Moving the child to a special school, the parents tried to solve not only education problem, as well as the problem of care, food and accommodation of the child," the document further noted.

    A poverty and unemployment remain a challenge for the Armenian government. Every third resident of the country - 32.4 percent of the population (980,000 people) - lived in poverty in 2012, while high unemployment rate estimated at 16.8 percent in 2013, official statistics show.

    These challenges are valid reasons for migration outflow in the country. Armenia's citizens no longer believe that their children can have a bright future in their homeland.

    The Armenian State Migration Service recently alarmed with the rising percent of citizens leaving the homeland with families.

    If some years ago the share of citizens leaving the homeland with family was 40 percent of the total migration outflow, now this indicator has risen to 60 percent.

    The joint group of experts of the Armenian Labor Ministry and the UNICEF recently presented a report on reforms implemented in the field of children's right protection. The report indicated quite harmful problems in Armenia.

    "The number of children left the educational system steadily rises," the report noted. "This occurrence resulted from the complicated socio-economic situation in Armenia. The children are forced to leave school to help parents to earn daily bread."

    The report also specified official statistics which show that 22,300 of schoolchildren left state and private schools in 2007-2011.

    Another 25,000 children of school age left the schools due to moving to another state in 2007-2012, 10,000 of which left schools only in 2011-2012.

    Children are the future of any nation. Armenia seems is on the way to lose its hope for the future by not providing little citizens with normal living conditions.
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  • Our army is ready to liberate our lands at any time '" minister
    19.04.2014 11:46
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    The exercises in Nakhchivan prove that the personnel have great enthusiasm, Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov has said.

    Addressing an event at the J.Nakhchivansky Military Lyceum, Hasanov noted that Nakhchivan, having been dynamically developing for many years, should be and is protected in a reliable form, APA reports.

    According to the minister, as in other regions, attention should be given to the development of military structure in Nakhchivan. "The exercises show that the personnel have great enthusiasm. They are able to prevent any aggression and fulfill any task."

    Hasanov underlined that under the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the army is ready to liberate the occupied lands at any time under.

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  • Baku 2015 Games Academy launches
    19.04.2014 11:33
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    The Baku 2015 European Games has announced the launch of the innovative Baku 2015 Games Academy.

    The Games Academy will develop the skills and Games knowledge of local team members through the Flexible Learning Pathway, as well as developing participating university graduates from Azerbaijan and all over Europe in the Graduate Excellence Programme.

    Together, the two programmes will allow the Games Academy to support the creation of a lasting capability legacy in Azerbaijan.

    This unique initiative is being led by Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) and the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, and has been endorsed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC).

    Speaking about the Graduate Excellence Programme, Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive of Baku 2015, said: "This is an opportunity for young people from Azerbaijan and all over Europe to help contribute to the success of the first ever European Games.

    "We look forward to welcoming these ambitious young graduates and helping them to hone their skills as they begin their careers in the world of major sports event management."

    Talented and motivated people who graduated between 2012 and 2014 are being invited to apply to the Graduate Excellence Programme.

    The Graduate Excellence Programme will see 199 candidates (150 from universities in Azerbaijan and 49 from the countries of each participating National Olympic Committee) have the opportunity to develop their talents to make the most of the European Games experience.

    The programme will include three weeks of intensive training, with participants then given real responsibility for planning and delivering the Games for up to one year, with coaching and mentoring from international experts as well as gaining hands-on experience with roles at test events and during Games time.

    The entire local BEGOC team will also benefit through the Flexible Learning Pathway initiative, which will provide a structured roadmap of regular learning through core skills courses, training on event management and multi-sport events, mentoring and coaching from experienced team members and preparation for Games time roles.

    Pat Hickey, President of the EOC, said: "The Baku 2015 Games Academy is yet another innovative idea from Baku 2015 that will be hugely beneficial for young people in Azerbaijan and elsewhere across Europe.

    "This academy is an example of how the EOC and BEGOC share the same vision for the inaugural European Games to leave a footprint of sports management best practice. The delivery partners that BEGOC are using show how well supported this idea is by the Azerbaijani people.

    "I'm particularly pleased that each of Europe's National Olympic Committees will be invited to be a part of the Academy and I'm sure the 199 young people on the Graduate Excellence Programme will provide useful insights for Games organizers and the EOC."

    A spokesperson from the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation said: "The Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is proud to be supporting the development of the Baku 2015 Games Academy as we believe it is a ground-breaking initiative that will ensure a genuine and lasting legacy that will inspire and excite our country's youth."

    Gavin McAlpine, Director at BEGOC with responsibility for the Games Academy, said: "We believe that the Games Academy is unique in the major events industry.

    "For the first time on a large scale, people will be able to benefit from the type of career-defining learning experience which is normally only available in corporate organizations."

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  • Azerbaijani PM meets Chief of Pakistani Air Forces
    19.04.2014 11:28
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    Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has met Chief of Pakistani Air Forces, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to discuss ways of further expanding ties between the two countries.

    They hailed political, economic and cultural relations, stressing the importance of boosting cooperation in the field of defence industry, military and technical area, and military staff training.

    They expressed confidence that the visit would elevate the military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan to a new level.

    Regional issues were also discussed, and they noted Pakistan`s supporting Azerbaijan`s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The two emphasized the necessity of ensuring the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani lands and finding an international law-based solution to the dispute.
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  • Pope Francis washes, kisses feet of disabled and elderly in devotional as '˜slaveв'
    19.04.2014 11:27
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    Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people mdash; women and non-Catholics among them mdash; in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

    Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus' 12 apostles were men.

    But as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio frequently performed the ritual on women mdash; a practice that he seems intent on keeping up now that he is pope.

    The 2014 edition brought Francis to a center for the disabled and elderly in Rome. Francis kneeled down, washed, dried and kissed the feet of a dozen people, some in wheelchairs, some with grossly swollen and disfigured feet. The Vatican didn't release the exact breakdown of their religious backgrounds, but said they came from various religious confessions. Italian news reports said one was a Libyan Muslim and four were women.

    Francis told the faithful that he was performing the ritual to remind himself how to serve others, as Jesus did when he washed the feet of his apostles.

    "Jesus made a gesture, a job, the service of a slave, a servant," he said. "And he leaves this inheritance to us: We need to be servants to one another."

    Francis began Holy Thursday by presiding over Mass in St. Peter's Basilica celebrating the priesthood, the start of a busy four days of Holy Week commemorations and preparations for next week's canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

    During his morning homily Thursday, Francis urged his priests to exhibit joy, though he admitted that he too had suffered "moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life."
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  • Let's know Google's futuristic cell phone Project Ara
    19.04.2014 11:25
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    This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you ever needed to buy, because you'd be able to swap out everything from the camera to the display to the battery, in order to always have the exact phone you want.

    For ATAP and Google, the goal is to build a device that will make the smartphone accessible to the billions of people who can't afford iPhones and Galaxy S5s. There are huge obstacles everywhere you look, and ATAP is working on an incredibly fast timeline to turn Ara into a product people can buy '" there's barely a year left to make it real. But if Project Ara works, if modular smartphones are more than just a Lego-lover's pipe dream, it could change the industry forever. New types of manufacturing, neLet'sw ways of buying and selling phones, and new ways for consumers to interact with their most personal and most intimate devices.

    The project is still in its infancy, but ATAP is finally showing what Ara might be. This is what it looks like.

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  • Drone diving to record level in Malaysian plane search
    19.04.2014 11:11
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    A U.S. Navy deep-sea drone is diving to unprecedented depths to scour a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor for a missing Malaysian jetliner as the Malaysian government said it may use more remote control submarines to help with the search, Reuters reported.

    The Bluefin-21 and its "side scan" sonar has become the focal point of the search 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board.

    Now in its seventh week, the search has centered on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But after almost two weeks without a signal, and long past the black box battery's 30-day life expectancy, authorities have turned to the Bluefin-21.

    After the $4 million Bluefin-21's searches were frustrated by an automatic safety mechanism which returns it to the surface when it exceeds a depth of 4.5 km (14,763 feet), authorities have adjusted the mechanism and have sent it as deep as 4,695 meters (15,403 feet), a record.

    But hopes that the Bluefin might soon guide searchers to wreckage are dwindling with no sign of the plane after six deployments spanning 133 square kilometers (83 square miles). Footage from the Bluefin's sixth mission was still being analyzed, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said on Saturday.

    Malaysian acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said in a Twitter post that the government's Deployment of Assets Committee was considering using more autonomous underwater vehicles. He did not elaborate.

    On Monday, the search coordinator, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the air and surface search for debris would likely end by midweek as the operation shifted its focus to the ocean floor.

    But the air and surface searches have continued daily, and on Saturday the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships would help with the day's search covering about 50,200 square kilometers (31,000 square miles) across three areas.

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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire
    19.04.2014 11:03
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    Units of the Armenian armed forces have again violated the ceasefire.

    Yesterday and last night they fired from positions in village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd region to Azerbaijani positions stationed in village of Alibayli of Tovuz region and from positions in the nameless heights in Krasnoselski region of Armenia to the Azerbaijani positions in the nameless heights of Gadabay region, according to the Defence Ministry.

    The Armenians also fired from positions situated near villages Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Garagashli of Agdam region, Kuropatkino Khojavend, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region and nameless heights of Fizuli and Goygol regions.

    The enemy silenced by response fire.

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