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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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    An eight-year-old boy has been shunned from his school after his hands ballooned to gigantic proportions larger thanhis head.

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    His giant hands now weigh eight kilograms each (1.2 stone) and he has been bullied so much he fears being beaten up if he returns.

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    His mother Haleema, 27, said: 'When Kaleem was born his hand was twice the size of a normal babyв's.

    'His hands were big and his fingers were long. Initially his fists were small but they began to grow large as well and his fingers also kept growing.в'

    He said: 'We want to take him to the hospital but there have been times when money has been so low that my wife has been forced to go begging.в'
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  • Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
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    James Rodriguez put the Champions League winner in front, but an equalizer from Mario Suarez just minutes later set up what should be a tense second leg.

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  • Islamic State takes region back to the Middle Ages
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    The group known as the Islamic State that is fighting to install an Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq - as a first step to expanding that caliphate - has made time travel a possibility.

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    Edited by CN

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  • Yerevan's mismanagement putting Lake Sevan in danger
    20.08.2014 15:13
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    By AzerNews

    Armenian government's indifferent attitude towards environmental problems is jeopardizing the ecological system not only of the country but also the whole region.

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  • Israel calls up 2000 reservists
    20.08.2014 15:13
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    The Israeli army on Wednesday called up 2000 reservists, only hours after the collapse of indirect truce talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo and the resumption of airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

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    Indirect Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks in Cairo collapsed on Tuesday, opening the door for renewed Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

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    The latest fatalities bring to 2028 the number of Palestinians, mostly civilians, killed by Israel since July 7.

    Hamas has denied any knowledge of the Tuesday rocket attacks and accused Israel of seeking to undermine the indirect talks.

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  • Defense ministers' trilateral meeting in Turkish spotlight
    20.08.2014 15:07
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    The Turkish press has issued a range of articles on yesterday`s trilateral meeting of the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian defense ministers in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

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    "The trilateral cooperation between the countries is a basis for the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars projects."

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  • Iraqi Embassy: We urge our citizens and Yezidi Kurds not to visit NK
    20.08.2014 14:57
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    The Republic of Iraq is against its citizensв' visiting the occupied territories unless the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is resolved, the Iraqi Embassy in Azerbaijan told APA.

    Commenting on the fact that the separatist regime set up by Armenian occupying forces invite Yezidi Kurds, the Iraqi citizens to Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ambassador stated that official Baghdad recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. "Our state has recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the UN resolutions are also available regarding it. According to the international law, one must respect the territorial integrity of another state. Any visits to Azerbaijani territories or relationships without the permission of official Baku are illegal. We advise our citizens and also Yezidi Kurds to be outside the conflict and the zone of conflict", the ambassador said.

    "The situation in north Iraq is improving and with the support of the US the groups of the Islamic State are being displaced from the civilian populated areas. Several countries promise to grant asylums, but the situation is improving and the safety of Iraqi citizens will be restored as soon as possible", The Embassy added.
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  • Survey reveals 71 per cent of young Azerbaijanis are inspired by Baku 2015 European Games
    20.08.2014 14:55
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    Thousands of young Azerbaijanis are excited at the opportunity to volunteer at the Baku 2015 European Games, new research has revealed.

    A survey of 150,403 Azerbaijani students - the largest ever undertaken in the country - has shown that 71 per cent believe hosting the European Games will benefit Azerbaijan.

    And more than 26,000 are keen to apply for the 12,000 volunteer roles that Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) will fill for the inaugural Games.

    BEGOC can also reveal that lsquo;Be Amongst The Winners' is the slogan that will serve as the inspirational call for the volunteer recruitment programme.

    Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer at Baku 2015, said: "This detailed survey of Azerbaijan's student population proves how much passion there is for the European Games amongst the young generation.

    "It is very encouraging to know that so many young people are keen to help make the Games come alive, as we want the world to be made to feel welcome and experience the famous Azerbaijani hospitality.

    "We will work hard to ensure that we capture the enthusiasm felt by the students as we continue to approach the inaugural European Games and host an event that the entire continent will enjoy."

    The survey was carried out by BEGOC with the support of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and the Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations' Union earlier this year.

    Today, BEGOC can also announce it has received more than 8,000 applications for its volunteer programme in the first two months of its recruitment campaign.

    The programme, which was officially launched on 12 June, is aimed at recruiting young Azerbaijani and international volunteers for a number of roles during the first European Games.
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  • Azerbaijan, Turkey join efforts to cope with seismic issues
    20.08.2014 14:47
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    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan and Turkey have decided to set up an international network for seismic studies, Director of the Regional Information Technologies Academy Tofig Babayev said.

    The network will link the stations of monitoring system for the diagnosis and management "Robust Noise Monitoring" (RNM).

    Turkey is interested in using the monitoring system for diagnosing and managing, he said. The international network of stations for data exchange will consist of two monitoring centers located in Baku and Istanbul.

    "In July, Turkish scientists visited Baku and got acquainted with the work of the stations' equipment. They ascertained that the methodology proposed by the Institute of Management Systems of the National Academy of Sciences, can be used as a tool for creation of an international network and help seismologists more exactly define the sources and the strength of earthquakes," Babayev said.

    Currently, seven stations are capable to detect the abnormal seismic processes and monitor them in Azerbaijan. These stations are located on the island of Qum in Neftchala, Naftalan, Shirvan, Siyazan, and Gazakh, one station is located in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. In addition, two stations will be installed in Khachmaz and Zagatala regions of Azerbaijan.

    The two sides are expected to cover most of their lands with these stations, which will help determine the epicenters of earthquakes more accurately.

    The stations that are functioning now are able to register the abnormal seismic processes for 15-20 hours prior to their surface manifestations.

    The system provides transmission of the seismic acoustic signals directly to the server of the Cybernetics Institute. High-frequency satellite channels are used for signal transmission, which allows the institution to carry out experiments at a higher level and quality.

    RNM technology also allows increasing the profitability of oil wells. The system facilitates identifying dynamometer cards, allowing saving power by more than 50 percent.

    A pilot version of the Robust Noise Monitoring system was used in the 35 oil-producing facilities of Bibiheybat Oil and Gas Producing Enterprise.
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  • Kazakh FM to embark on tour to South-East Asia
    20.08.2014 14:47
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 20

    By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov is preparing for a tour of South-East Asia, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said Aug. 20.

    The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan hosted a meeting between Erlan Idrissov and ambassadors of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accredited in Kazakhstan.

    "The event was dedicated to Kazakhstan's interaction within the ASEAN, and preparations for the Kazakh FM's upcoming tour of South-East Asia, with visits to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, as well as his participation in the 6th Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (Bali, Indonesia) and the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (Apia, Samoa)," the ministry said.

    The ministry also said that the meeting was attended by the ambassadors of Vietnam Nguyen Van Hoa, Indonesia Foster Gultom, and Malaysia Hidayat Abdul Hamid.

    During the meeting, Idrissov shared his views on how to strengthen cooperation with the countries of ASEAN and the association itself in multilateral venues, such as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

    "Kazakhstan, as an initiator of the CICA's creation, supports the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CICA and ASEAN, and hopes that a number of the ASEAN countries will in the near future join the CICA as members or observers," the ministry said.

    The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan also noted that during the visits to the mentioned countries, special attention will be paid to implementation of agreements signed previously during high level meetings.

    Discussing Idrissov's forthcoming visit, the parties said that during the meetings with the heads and FMs of the countries to be visited, it is scheduled to mull bilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, and interaction within international organizations.

    The signing of memorandums on cooperation between the foreign ministries of the countries is being worked out.

    Edited by CN

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  • Iran pursuing death case of arrested citizen in Philippines
    20.08.2014 14:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham says that Tehran is pursuing the case of an Iranian citizen who died while under arrest in the Philippines.

    Afkham said that Parviz Khaki was arrested in May 2012 and kept in a Manila prison upon the request of U.S. officials, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

    "The foreign ministry is in contact with Philippine officials, investigating the case," she stressed.

    She added that the U.S. was seeking extradition of Khaki to America and severely pressed the Philippines officials over the issue.

    "The U.S. administration, which presses other countries to provide for its illegitimate interests under the guise of human rights, once again prepared the ground for the arrest of the Iranian citizen in the Philippines in total disregard of all human rights principles," Afkham underlined.

    Khaki died on Aug. 18 for unknown reasons but apparently due to improper conditions.

    He was arrested by the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation(NBI) on the request of the U.S. Department of Justice after he was indicted in a U.S. court for being part of a conspiracy to smuggle to Iran about 20 tonnes of specialized steel "with nuclear applications" which were considered suitable for gas centrifuges used in uranium enrichment.

    Khaki was indicted on six counts of fraud over his attempt to deliver the highly technical materials and nickel alloy to Iran.Records showed Khaki was also charged by the U.S. justice department with money laundering and violating U.S. laws with respect to the American embargo against Iran.

    Khaki's extradition to the U.S. did not go through, however, after the Iranian Embassy filed a petition in Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 21 opposing his extradition.The Iranian remained in NBI custody while his extradition case was pending in the Manila court.

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  • Azerbaijan declares Turkish citizen internationally wanted on tax evasion
    20.08.2014 14:40
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    Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies declared a Turkish citizen internationally wanted, APA reports quoting Interpol's website.

    According to the information, 58-year-old Turkish citizen Mehmet Yaylak is accused of tax evasion. Azerbaijan has now declared an interstate search for his detention.

    According to APA, Mehmet Yaylak had formerly engaged in a business activity in Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies have recently declared several Turkish businessmen who engaged in entrepreneurship in the country internationally wanted.

    All of them are accused of tax evasion.
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  • Heinz recalls four batches of infant food in China
    20.08.2014 14:36
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    US food manufacturer Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead.

    Heinz said it had recalled four batches of a cereal product for infants after regulators in eastern China said they had found lead that exceeded regulation levels in its AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal.

    "I would think that Heinz is in a lot of trouble right now because parents are unforgiving of any quality control problems in baby and infant food products," China Market Research Group managing director Shaun Rein said.

    An official at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Zhejiang province declined to give details on the levels of lead in the Heinz product, but said that it would release further information about the case in the coming days.

    Standard levels for infant products should be below 0.2 milligrams per kilogram, according to a 2010 government report.

    Heinz, known globally for its ketchup and baked beans, said the recall of the product was a precautionary measure.

    The company, which was bought out by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and private equity firm 3G Capital last year, added that the issue was linked to a skimmed soybean powder ingredient used in the product.
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  • Iran defense prowess thwarts enemy bids for aggression: Zarif
    20.08.2014 14:36
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic will not allow enemies to launch an act of aggression against the country.

    Visiting different sectors of the Iranian defense industries on Wednesday, Zarif praised various achievements made by the Islamic Republic in the defense sector over the past few years.

    "[Our] defense achievements will not allow any country to be tempted to penetrate into Iran's borders," Zarif said.

    "Every Iranian takes pride in the country's progress hellip; and scientific and technical capabilities. Our defense industry has made vast and considerable achievements for not only the defense of the country but also the development of various other industries as well," he added.

    In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

    Iran has also conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

    The Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
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  • Sabine Freizer: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict flared this summer into the worst violence since a 1994 truce
    20.08.2014 14:31
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    "Nagorno-Karabakh conflict flared this summer into the worst violence since a 1994 truce." SIA reports quoting the official website of the Atlantic Council that Senior fellow of the Atlantic Councilв's Program on Transatlantic Relations, international political analyst Sabine Freizer said in her article.

    "The often-forgotten conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh has flared this summer into the worst violence since a 1994 truce, killing at least eighteen soldiers in recent weeks. The surge in fighting not only shows that renewed, all-out warfare is a danger; it also lets Russia step in as mediator to secure its own role in the Caucasus. The government of President Vladimir Putin, driven by its nationalist, imperialist foreign policy, is unlikely to want truly to resolve the fight, which keeps the region from serving as a secure transit route for oil, gas or other Western interest."

    "The spate of shootouts, mortar and sabotage attacks has given autocrats in the region an opportunity to divert public attention from their coercive policies. Putin used the fighting to portray himself as a peacekeeper, calling the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to meet in Sochi on August 9. Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev used the violence to distract attention from his severe crackdown on non-government organizations, lawyers and media. Authorities detained leading human rights activists, including the longstanding leaders of Armenia-Azerbaijan dialogue efforts, Leyla and Arif Yunus, and charged them with spying, treason, fraud and tax evasion. Other prominent activists have been detained or had their bank accounts frozen."

    "Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakhв's Armenian forces reported eighteen soldiers killed from July 30 to August 4. Official counts often understate the actual casualties, including civilians. This is a significant spike compared with the recent average of thirty people killed a year, mainly by episodic sniper fire or landmine explosions."

    This fighting comes twenty years after a 2004 ceasefire that was to be a first step in ending the conflict. But the next steps '" a pullback of forces, deployment of peacekeepers and return of displaced persons '" never occurred. Ethnic Armenian troops continue to hold Nagorno-Karabakh, which declares independence from Azerbaijan, as well as seven adjacent districts of Azerbaijani territory. Azerbaijan has used its oil revenues to boost its military budget to $3.7 billion last year, twenty times the spending level of a decade ago. In Twitter messages on August 7, President Aliyev stressed Azerbaijanв's intent to recover lands it has lost, saying, ''the weaponry and ammunition we have acquired in recent years suggest that we can accomplish any task.''

    Much of the tension is due to the disappearance of any prospect for a negotiated settlement. Peace talks mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since the early 1990s have made no progress since 2011. Azerbaijan and Armenia blame each other for the failure; Baku also lays some responsibility on Russia, which it says demanded deployment of Russian peacekeepers to secure the deal. Burdened with 600,000 displaced persons and with 14 percent of its territory occupied, Azerbaijan has said since 2012 that the talks are basically frozen.
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  • Protection of Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan strengthened
    20.08.2014 14:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    The protection of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has been strengthened due to a large protest in Islamabad, and opposition's threats to enter the capital's "red zone", which accommodates government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions.

    "Pakistani government strengthened security measures in the "red zone", the entrance to which was blocked by container barriers. The streets are patrolled by hundreds of police officers. Currently, the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan is continuing to operate as normal," the embassy told Trend Aug. 20.

    Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the Pakistani parliament, demanding the government's resignation, Associated Press reported.

    On Aug. 19, two rallies were held in Islamabad. One of them brought together thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan, who is the chairman of the Pakistan Movement for Justice (Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf).

    Another rally included the supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri - the leader of a religious movement known as Minhaj-ul-Quran (The Way of the Koran).

    Both parties are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is accused of election fraud and corruption.

    The dissatisfaction with the government is deepened by high unemployment and daily interruptions in electricity supply.

    Khan previously said that contrary to the government's prohibition, he will lead the protesters to the "red zone" of Islamabad.

    Edited by CN

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  • Highest temperature recorded in some regions of Azerbaijan over past 100 years
    20.08.2014 14:26
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    Umayra commented on the fact that the devices installed in various bus stops indicate high temperature.

    Over the past day, the highest temperature was recorded in some parts of the country, especially in western regions.

    Director of the weather forecast bureau of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Umayra Taghiyeva told APA that the temperature rose to 42deg; C in Ganja and about 40hellip;42deg; C in Balaken-Sheki regions. These are record temperature indicators for the regions.

    The highest temperature was recorded in Ganja, Balaken and Sheki regions over the past 100 years of weather observations.

    Taghiyeva said that on these hot days, the highest temperature was not observed in Absheron peninsula and lowland regions.

    Umayra also commented on the fact that the devices installed in the various bus stops indicate high temperature. "With full responsibility I can say that the forecasts we presented reflect the reality. Just people should know that the temperature is measured in meteorological stations installed in specific places in Azerbaijan as all over the world. And in those places the surface should be ground not asphalt. So asphalt surfaces in some parts of Baku, the density of the streets and other factors may affect the temperature indicators. However, the differences do not exceed 3-4 degrees. Therefore, the people who saw the 48deg; C or higher temperature indicators in some places should know that these data do not reflect the reality. Baku is not an African city. According to all weather observations, the temperature in the capital has not exceeded 41deg; C. The devices which indicate 48hellip;51deg; C temperature have been installed under sun rays and as these devices are iron-based they heat quickly. And this affects the temperature indicators. Therefore, we ask the people to believe the forecasts we present. We are not interested in hiding any information", she said.
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  • Azerbaijan commemorates maestro Niyazi
    20.08.2014 14:18
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    By Azern

    August 20 marks the 30th death anniversary of Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov, who was a prominent Soviet and Azerbaijani composer.

    Several events will be held on this occasion in Baku, including Open Doors day at his home-museum.

    Visitors will be informed about the life and works of the prominent composer in Niyazi's house-museum. Meanwhile, some films would be displayed about the maestro and record of ballet to the music of the famous Niyazi symphonic Mugham "Rast".

    Also the maestro will be commemorated in the Alley of Honor.

    Niyazi was the first musician who promoted the opera, ballet and symphonic works of many Azerbaijani composers - Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Muslim Magomayev, Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov, Arif Malikov and others. He was also the first Azerbaijani conductor to gain international recognition.

    Niyazi was born in Tbilisi in an extraordinarily musical family in 1912. He was surrounded by some of Azerbaijan's greatest musicians. His father, Zulfugar Hajibeyov was one of the founders of the Musical Theater in Azerbaijan.

    Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the founder of Azerbaijan's classical movement, was Niyazi's uncle. Hajibeyov made him familiar with Azerbaijani folk music, Western opera and symphonic works.

    Niyazi wrote the opera "Khosrow and Shirin" (1942). His ballet "Chitra" (1971), based on an Indian motif, won the international Nehru Prize in 1974.

    Among his symphonic works, his favorite was the Mugham "Rast" (1956). "Rast" achieved worldwide popularity. It was included in the repertoire of many symphony orchestras around the world.

    His repertoire was not confined to Azerbaijani composers. He also used to perform many of the world's classics as well as conduct world-famous orchestras.

    Niyazi's incredible ability as a conductor was innate.

    He conducted with distinguished musicians such as Sviatoslav Richter, Heinrich Neuhaus, David and Mstislav Rostropovich. Niyazi's friends included many great musicians like Evgeny Svetlanov, Dmitri Shostakovich and Dmitri Kabalevski.

    Niyazi died on August 2, 1984 in Baku and was buried in the Alley of Honor.

    Azerbaijan has lost many musical giants such as Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov, Rashid Behbudov.

    These gifted people can never be replaced. Niyazi was certainly one of the greatest men of Azerbaijan.
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  • Biologists discover new form of plant communication
    20.08.2014 14:12
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    U.S. biologists led by Prof James Westwood of the Virginia Tech's Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science have found that parasitic plants can communicate with their hosts on a molecular level, according to sci-news.com. Prof Westwood and his colleagues examined the relationship between the parasitic plant Cuscuta pentagona, commonly known as dodder, and two host plants - Arabidopsis and tomatoes.

    In order to suck the moisture and nutrients out of the host plants, dodder uses an appendage called a haustorium to penetrate the plant.

    The scientists have previously found that during this parasitic interaction, there is a transport of RNA between dodder and its host.

    The new study, published online in the journal Science, expands the scope of this exchange and examines the messenger RNA (mRNA), which sends messages within cells telling them which actions to take, such as which proteins to code.

    It was thought that mRNA was very fragile and short-lived, so transferring it between species was unimaginable.

    But Prof Westwood's team found that during this parasitic relationship, thousands upon thousands of mRNA molecules were being exchanged between both plants, creating this open dialogue between the species that allows them to freely communicate.

    Prof Westwood said: "the discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized. Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is: what exactly are they telling each other?"

    He added: "through this exchange, the parasitic plants may be dictating what the host plant should do, such as lowering its defenses so that the parasitic plant can more easily attack it."
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  • Poroshenko to visit Brussels
    20.08.2014 14:07
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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit to Brussels on August 30 at the invitation of top European Union officials, the presidential website said on Tuesday.

    A tug of war between the EU and Russia over Ukraine has embroiled the former Soviet republic in a crisis that worsened when Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March.

    Poroshenko confirmed he would accept the invitation in a telephone conversation with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, the presidential website said.

    A senior EU official, who asked not to be named, confirmed that Poroshenko had been invited to Brussels, but said the date had not been confirmed.

    The official said Poroshenko was not invited to a summit of EU leaders taking place on Aug. 30 but would instead hold bilateral talks with Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.
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  • Czech company to implement agricultural project in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh
    20.08.2014 14:03
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    An Armenian company will implement an agricultural project in Azerbaijanв's territories in Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia.

    Representatives from Czech company Genoservice met with head of Nagorno-Karabakh's Rural and Agricultural Support Fund Ashot Bakhshiyan to discuss o project that envisions a large livestock breeding facility in the village of Talish, APA reports quoting Armenpress.

    The first phase of the project will establish a complex that will house some 400 cattle. The second phase will expand the complex and will add a milk processing plant.

    Prime Minister of the illegal Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Ara Harutyunyan also met with the European Businessman and discussed further opportunities for cooperation.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev orders allocation of funding for construction of highway in Lerik
    20.08.2014 13:48
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order on allocation of the funding for the construction of the Noda-Shingadulan-Khanagah highway in Lerik District.

    Under the Presidential Order, 7 million manats will be allocated to the Lerik District Executive Authorities from the state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2014 for the construction of the highway, which links 50 residential areas with the population of 30,000 people.

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  • Weather to change in Azerbaijan from tomorrow
    20.08.2014 13:47
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    The weather in Azerbaijan will change from August 21.

    The temperature in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be close to the climate norm decreasing 4hellip;5deg; C.

    Director of the weather forecast bureau of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Umayra Taghiyeva told APA that windy weather will be observed in the country till the noon, August 23. So the temperature in the country will within the climate norms till August 24.

    The temperature in Absheron peninsula will not be higher than 32hellip;35deg; C for the next 2-3 days. Decrease in temperature in the capital is due to the strengthening of the north wind. The speed of the north wind will increase in the morning and at night on August 21, 22 and 23 and be 15-20 m/s and 25 m/s in some areas.

    Tagiyeva added that as predicted, abnormally hot weather will prevail throughout the country till and including August 20.

    The temperature will be close to climate norm from August 21.

    Last day the temperature in the capital was about 5deg; C higher than climate norms last day.
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  • Agriculture efficiency project discussed with USAID representatives in Georgia
    20.08.2014 13:42
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia met with the head of USAID projects in the Caucasus region Stephen Haykin and project manager improving the efficiency of agriculture in Georgia Luis Faoro.

    Luis Faoro reported on the course of implementing the project on improving the efficiency of agriculture in Georgia, the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture told Trend Aug. 20. The aim of the project is to assist the rural population in increasing income and creating jobs, as well as attracting investments in agricultural business and technical assistance. Centers for mechanization and servicing farmers, warehousing, and small and medium processing enterprises are planned to be established as part of the project.

    A five-year program with a budget worth $19.5 million consists of two components: grants and technical assistance. Around 120 grants are planned to be issued as part of the program.

    "Many USAID projects are successfully implemented in Georgia," Danelia added. "Georgia is facing new challenges after the country signed an association agreement with the European Union, one of the components of which is the free trade agreement. Therefore, it is very important to use international experience."

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  • Iran not to get swamped by Iraqi crisis
    20.08.2014 13:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran will not become trapped in the Iraqi crisis by direct military intervention an expert on international relations says.

    Iran does not have an official military presence in Iraq, however the country provides military advice to the Iraqi government on fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Davoud Hermidas Bavand, a former head of the UNGA Legal Committee said in an interview with Trend on Aug. 20.

    The neighboring Arab countries will not accept Iran's military presence in Iraq, he said, adding that any direct military action would be frowned upon by the international community.

    Iran's military presence in Iraq is limited to indirect military advisors, the expert underlined.

    While commenting on possible rewards of the military intervene against ISIL in Iraq, Bavand said that direct military presence even if it has successful results in short the short term, would lead to disturbing political consequences.

    "It is a swamp that getting out of will cost too much," he remarked.

    The Iraqi people's Arab nationalism is more powerful than their Shiite religious tendencies, so Iran's possible military intervention would not be even welcomed by the country's Shiite community on a long term basis, the expert argued.

    He said that policy errors committed by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was backed by Iran, exacerbated Iraq's crisis.

    "You can not neglect the Iraqi minorities, and a balance should be established among the different groups in the country," Bavand stated.

    The Sunni community should also participate in the Iraqi power structure, he said, adding Iraqi Sunnis have historical politic experiences from the Ottoman caliphate period.

    Al-Maliki's Shiism was bad policy that led to extension of the crisis in the country and the global and regional powers concluded that the current situation should be changed.

    Commenting on possible cooperation between Iran and the U.S. against the ISIL, the expert said both countries would benefit from stability and peace in Iraq, and they can cooperate on the issue in the future.

    Earlier in June Iranian President Hasssan Rouhani said that Iran can cooperate with the U.S. on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting "terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere," however the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opposed any possible U.S. military intervention in Iraq.

    On the other hand, Iran so far has not objected to the U.S. air attacks on the ISIL artillery positions in Iraq.

    While responding to a question about the future of Iran-Iraq relations under the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the expert said that the new administration may not have as powerful ties as Maliki with Iran, however he has no choice but to maintain good relations with Iran in order to protect Shiites' status in Iraq.

    Bavand also said that the Sunni regional players in particular Saudi Arabia should re-examine their erroneous policies directed at the Shiites to establish stability in Iraq.

    "They were wrong about the Syria crisis, thinking the issue would be resolved in short time with low costs as in Tunisia," he said, adding "as you see the Syria crisis has not ended and continues imposing high costs to regional players in particular to Turkey."

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  • Barcelona unveils Suarez price
    20.08.2014 13:32
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    Barcelona's vice-president Jordi Mestre has made an official announcement regarding the figures involved in Luis Suárez's move from Liverpool. The deal with the English team was done at €81 million and the Uruguayan forward's release clause at Barcelona is €200 million.

    Mestre was keen to stress that the 'Azulgranas' had bargained to agree a price lower than the release clause that Suárez had with Liverpool (€95 million), which he was personally very pleased about.

    The Barcelona executive also confirmed that negotiations with Liverpool began before the World Cup and therefore before SuГЎrez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini.

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  • 111-year-old from Japan recognized as world's oldest man
    20.08.2014 13:18
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    A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.

    Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records at a ceremony Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

    The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

    Momoi was born Feb. 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture, where he became a teacher. He moved to the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, after World War II and served as a high school principal there until retirement.

    At the televised ceremony, Momoi wore a dark suit and silver tie, with his white hair neatly combed back. He stood up from his wheelchair and moved to a chair next to it with little assistance.

    Asked how he felt about the record, Momoi pushed his back upright and said he wants to live longer.

    "Say, another two years," he said.

    Momoi, who said he enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry, has five children and lives at a nursing home in Tokyo.
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  • Unusual cure offered for Ebola
    20.08.2014 13:18
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    Nigerian faith healer TB Joshua, who also happens to be a millionaire, is claiming that his patented holy water can cure people suffering from the deadly Ebola virus. He reportedly sent 4,000 bottles of the special water as a part of an aid package to Sierra Leone, via a private jet that cost $50,000. He is believed to have sent a cash donation of the same size, along with the water.

    The news of Joshuaв's holy water comes at a time when doctors and health workers are already trying to convince people in the rural areas that science could help them more than prayers or witchcraft. Nonetheless, the cash donation is certainly the need of the hour to stem the outbreak of Ebola in the West African nation.

    The donation was confirmed by the office of Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma '" the statement revealed that the cash was meant to 'feed those affected by the Ebola outbreakв'. The office, however, made no mention of the controversial holy water.

    For years, Joshua has been claiming to use his magic water to cure a host of health problems, including infertility, tumors and more. He also claims that he has been distributing the anointing water to several nations like the USA, UK, Greece, India, and Russia, through his church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations, based in Lagos. The water, he says, has helped the 'sick, afflicted and oppressedв'.

    Joshua was one of the five millionaire Nigerian pastors profiled by Forbes magazine in 2011. At the time, the article estimated his net worth at $10 million to $15 million. The massively influential preacher has hundreds of thousands of followers across the globe, with whom he holds meetings online and on the phone. Some followers have claimed that they were cured of diseases like HIV and cancer, and other say he has accurately predicted the future, like the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the Malaysia Airlines M370 disaster.

    A whopping 107,000 people follow the preacher on Twitter, while 1.2 million people from like his Facebook page. Joshua also stays connected with his massive follower network through his personal television network called Emmanuel TV.

    Of course, there are skeptics who trash Joshua and his claims. Many have questioned his moral caliber, and a pastor even went as far as accusing Joshua of stealing his wife. Several people have tweeted against his claim that his holy water can cure Ebola.

    ''Surely, T.B. Joshua must be breaking a law claiming his holy water cure Ebola,'' wrote one person. ''This is just too serious to ignore.''

    ''T.B. Joshua plays on fear, greed and the vulnerability of precarious circumstances. His 'miraclesв' need to be debunked,'' tweeted another.

    Meanwhile, over one million people remain affected by the deadly virus that has gripped West Africa. It appears that the special water isnв't working, after all.

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  • Armenia trying to take advantage of Russian embargo on European goods
    20.08.2014 13:03
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    By AzerNews

    Armenia is desperately looking for a new way out of the current economic crisis.

    To this end, it strives to take advantage of Moscow's decision to put an embargo on European goods' export to Russia.

    Armenian Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan recently said Russian embargo on European goods gives Armenia an opportunity to increase its export to Russia.

    "This is a very good opportunity. We can take this chance to pave the way for more production," he said.

    As an example, he said today Armenia can produce and export 4,000 tons of commodities. The statement comes as the country is currently producing only 1,500 tons of commodities. "We can produce and export further 2,500 tons of commodities," Abramyan believes.

    He intends to increase the production of commodity twice, which doesn't seem real for Armenia in the near future while the country tackles with economic problems.

    Some Armenian economists also see the Russian embargo on European goods as a good chance for Armenia. Now the question is whether or not Armenia is ready for a large-scale export to Russia?

    Armenia is fearful of taking part in competition with bigger economies in Russian, as well as the Eurasian Economic Union's markets.

    Armenian economist Vardan Bostanjyan said Armenia will have to compete with the largest countries producing agricultural commodities in the Eurasian Economic Union's market.

    Referring to Turkey and the Latin American states as the largest producers and exporters in the Russian market, Bostanjyan said Armenia will have to strengthen its farm enterprises to reduce the cost and increase the competitiveness of the local fruit and vegetable industry.

    He said retaliatory sanctions on Moscow is a good opportunity for Armenia, however, it needs to increase its production capacity to compete in the Russian market.

    He noted that the main problem is that most of Armenia's 340,000 farm families are forced to live in subsistence farming and sell only the surplus of their harvest.

    Bostanjyan added that the harvest of Armenians is still considered a commodity.
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  • Azerbaijani rower wins silver at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
    20.08.2014 12:59
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    Azerbaijani rower Boris Yotov has claimed the silver medal in the men`s single sculls event at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

    He secured the medal after timing 3:21.82 seconds in the 1000m race.

    Yotov`s silver means Azerbaijan increase their medal haul in Nanjing to four.
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  • PACE Monitoring Committee to hear Azerbaijani co-rapporteursв' reports
    20.08.2014 12:47
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    Paris is to host the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on September 3, APA reports quoting the official website of PACE.

    Pedro Agramunt (Spain, EPP/CD) and Joseph Debono Grech (Malta, SOC), PACE co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, will attend the meeting.

    During the meeting, the information presented by the co-rapporteurs on the results of their fact-finding visit to Baku on May 19-21 will be reviewed.
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  • Teenager struck by lightning
    20.08.2014 12:45
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    Authorities say a teenage boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning during football practice at a New Mexico middle school.

    Albuquerque TV station KOB reports the teen was hit about 5 p.m. Tuesday at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces.

    Las Cruces police say the boy was rushed to MountainView Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in critical condition.

    Las Cruces Public Schools officials say two additional players and a coach were sent to the hospital, but they were conscious and responsive.

    Authorities didn't immediately release the name of the teen or the other three people.
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  • Azerbaijani chess players to compete in International Festival
    20.08.2014 12:32
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    Azerbaijani players Nijat Abbasov, Vugar Rasulov and Ulvi Bajarani will vie for medals in the 21st Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival.

    Abu Dhabi chess and Culture Club organizes this event in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sport Council. Abu Dhabi chess and Culture Club monitors the tournament making sure itв's in line with the FIDE chess rules and regulations.

    Over 400 chess players from 42 countries are slated to take part in the championship headed by a stellar line-up of UAEв's best. With top players from Asia, Africa and the world in contention the tournament will have the Masters Series, Open championship, Junior and Blitz among other categories.
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  • Azerbaijan tightens anti-Ebola measures
    20.08.2014 12:22
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    Persons with any suspicious case of the Ebola virus will be placed at the newly created wards.

    Chief of the disease control sector of the Ministry of Health Victor Gasimov said in a statement to APA new related wards have been created at the at Scientific-Research Institute of Lung Diseases and persons with any suspicious case of the Ebola virus will be placed at those wards. He added that the Ministry of Health has completed all the preparatory work against the Ebola virus, if a sign of the disease is detected, there are wards for patients to be placed and a sufficient amount of drugs for modern treatment. Gasimov noted that there are no specific drugs to treat the disease, but there are plenty of drugs for symptomatic treatment.

    The ministry official also said Thermo visor, a new apparatus that measures the temperature to discover the symptoms of the virus, has been proposed to be installed: ''The Ministry of Health has made a relevant request to the State Customs Committee for installation of this apparatus. The ministry gave the necessary information about the situation, proposed to install the apparatus and they are currently working on it. I was informed that they are currently working to install the apparatus. This is a device that measures temperature. The top issue for us is to examine people coming from African countries. If any case is detected, the Ministry of Health will be informed''.

    Note that, Deputy Minister of Health, the country's senior sanitary doctor Abbas Valibeyov has signed an order on strengthening preventive and anti-epidemic measures against the Ebola virus as well as preventing the disease from spreading to the country.
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  • Steve Ballmer cuts ties with Microsoft
    20.08.2014 12:13
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    Steve Ballmer quit being Microsoft CEO last year, and now he's stepping down from the company's board of directors.

    In a public letter to Satya Nadella, who replaced him as CEO, Ballmer announced he's shifting his focus to run the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he just bought for $2 billion.

    "I bleed Microsoft '" have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote. But he cited the coming fall NBA season, civic contribution and teaching as keeping him from fully serving on the company's board.
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  • New head of Kazakh Almaty oblast appointed
    20.08.2014 12:12
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 20

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev introduced a new akim (governor) to the most active members of Almaty oblast, according to the Kazakh presidential press-service's statement posted on its Twitter page.

    Amandyk Batalov was appointed new governor of the Almaty oblast. He replaced Ansar Musakhanov at this position, according to the report.

    Batalov has been Acting First Deputy Governor of Almaty oblast of Kazakhstan since April 2008. In different years, he was akim of Zhetysu district of Almaty, the first deputy chief of administration of Kalinin district of Almaty, vice-president of the "Construction industry and technology" concern. Batalov is a hydraulic engineer. He was awarded with "Kurmet" medal (2008), according to the report.

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  • Ceasefire disturber Armenia going on its daily habit
    20.08.2014 12:07
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    Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Bash Gervend, Sarijali, Novruzlu of Aghdam region, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region, as well as from the nameless heights in the Jabrayil region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 20.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • Partnersв' expenses on energy projects reach almost $ 1 bln in Azerbaijan in 2014
    20.08.2014 12:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The expenses for the execution of contracts and orders as part of the projects operated by the British company BP in Azerbaijan amounted to $969 million in January-June 2014 compared to 1.02 billion in January-June 2013, according to BP report as of January-June 2014.

    The expenses for the contracts of small and medium enterprises (including physical entities, a total of 180) amounted to $378 million, state-owned companies (27 companies) - $ 65 million, joint ventures with local partners (13 joint ventures) - $240 million, according to the report.

    The expenses of foreign contractors amounted to $ 286 million in the country in the first half of the year.

    During the first half of the year, BP and co-venturers spent $1.24 million in Azerbaijan alone on such sustainable development projects.

    In particular, expenses as part of Azerbaijan's offshore "Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli" field development project totaled $0.19 million, Shah Deniz gas-condensate field - $0.19 million, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipelines - $ 0.4 million.

    BP, which is a participant in all these energy projects, spent $0.46 million as part of its social projects.

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  • Landslides kill 27 in Japan
    20.08.2014 12:03
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    Landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 27 people in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima, authorities said Wednesday.

    At least 10 others are missing.

    Residents combed through mud and debris to look for bodies and to retrieve belongings.

    Authorities fear the toll may rise.
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  • Real and Atleti to final battle through peace
    20.08.2014 11:58
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    Real Madrid and AtlГ©tico battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, meaning it is all to play for ahead of Friday's return match at the CalderГіn.

    Real forged ahead in the 81st minute through James RodrГ­guez's first goal for the club, a deflected effort from close range following a bit of pinball in the Atleti box.

    The 'Rojiblancos' drew level seven minutes later thanks to RaГєl GarcГ­a's clever far-post flick following an inswinging corner that evaded everyone at the near post.

    The second instalment of the competition between league champions AtlГ©tico and Copa del Rey winners Real is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. (8:30 GMT) at the CalderГіn this coming Friday, 22nd August.

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  • Another soldier shoots himself
    20.08.2014 11:53
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    An accident has occurred in Azerbaijani Army.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to APA that the incident was registered in the N border military unit of the Ministry of Defence.

    Soldier of military unit Tabriz Aladdin oglu Mammadov injured himself as a result of the careless handling of service weapon. The üounded soldier is placed in a hospital.

    This fact is confirmed in the Ministry of Defence.

    The soldier's state is assessed as satisfactory.
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  • Unseen heat expected in Azerbaijan today
    20.08.2014 11:39
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    "The thermometer can show 51, even 60 degrees".

    The photo, spread in the online media, was the cause of heated discussions in the social networks.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS TV that air temperature on the electronic board with 51 degrees caused panic.

    Bureau of the National Hydrometeorology Department of MENR issued a warning to the population due to the sharp rise in air temperature in recent days, but also stressed that it will not exceed 40 degrees.

    Chief Hydrologist of the Ministry Asif Verdiev said in a statement in connection with this photo that thermometers installed at bus stops, work properly, and that the thermometer is mounted in direct sunlight and can show not only 51, '‹'‹but 60 degrees.

    A daily weather forecast is based on the thermometers installed in the shade.

    According to the chief hydrologist, at the end of the week there will be a highest temperature, unseen since 2000.
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  • Isfar Sarabski: Our culture is our weapon!
    20.08.2014 11:34
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    By AzerNews

    The world is full of mysteries. There are some mysteries which one finds difficult to understand. There are others which enable one to realize the world and there are mysteries which inspires us to make great career.

    Music is supposed to be the most mysterious phenomenon of the world. It appeared even before the human appeared on the earth. Music remains the only common language among all nations across the globe.

    A young man playing splendid compositions in piano inspires many with this magic musical instrument. He is attractive with his smart talent. He thrills up the souls of many lovers with his enigmatic music. Endless love to music greatly helped him to shine despite being too young.

    "Music is part of my life without which I cannot imagine my life," Isfar Sarabski says.

    The talented composer expresses his feelings, emotions and moods through music.

    His energy and style have a magical effect on the audience, bringing people into a trance and taking them into the world of music.

    The success lies in musician's accuracy and detailed approach to his repertoire during each concert.

    "I usually look around the hall from behind the scenes before the concert. Taking into consideration the age of the audience in the hall, I may make some changes in the repertoire of the concert," says the winner of Jazz Festival Montreux 2009.

    The greatest pleasure for a musician is the applauses of his fans that sound in his ears till coming home. Undoubtedly, this is the happiest moment in the creativity of any musician, Isfar notes. "Sometimes I even cannot fall asleep. I remember every moment and applauses of the concert."

    Isfar, who shows his love to motherland through promoting national music abroad, maintains the idea of demonstrating patriotism by deeds, not by words.

    "Azerbaijan's music is something mysterious with its unusual and rich folklore for foreign audience," he says

    "Our culture is our weapon!" the winner of Jazz Festival Montreux 2009 competition says.

    "I performed with accompany of trio and Tar (Azerbaijan ancient national instrument), what is loved by European public," he said with proud.

    Azerbaijan's young and talented pianist draws inspiration from the beauty of Azerbaijan saying that our holidays and traditions are the source of inspiration for him.

    "In 2008, I wrote "Novruz" composition. This work was written under the impression of Novruz holiday (Azerbaijani national holiday).

    This composition occupies a special place in his repertoire, and is met with great success at each concert.

    Following the footsteps of Azerbaijan's great jazz man Vagif Mustafazade, who built a unique synthesis of Mugam melody with jazz, gambler and plastic Isfar doesn't like to put himself into the frames and applies tones of jazz and classic music while creating his compositions. Elements of Mugam embellishes his works giving them unusual charm.

    Music is mystery, the phenomenon which dismisses any explanation. Our hero is also far from revealing the mystery as that is mystery...
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  • More Azerbaijan State Property Committee services integrated into e-government
    20.08.2014 11:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.20

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    Two more e-services of the State Committee for Property Affairs of Azerbaijan are integrated into the "e-Government" portal (E-Gov), says the report of the Information Technology Centre (ITC) of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan on Aug. 19.

    The report notes that the following services are available:

    - Underwriting services of documents and requests in connection with the registration of a notifications of holding real property that is the subject of the mortgage;

    - Underwriting services of documents and requests in connection with the liquidation of the notifications of holding real property that is the subject of the mortgage

    Currently the number of electronic services of SPC has reached 30. An information service on real estate from the state register of immovable property will be available to the public in the near future.

    E-Gov is a key tool for supporting work with the citizens and the public and private sectors. It aims to reduce the number of documents requested from citizens due to the fact that different bodies will interact with each other online.

    Access to E-Gov is carried out using a digital signature, the identification data of the private entrepreneurs and citizens, verification data (login and password) as well as mobile authentication system which can be obtained in electronic form after the registration on E-Gov.

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  • AzerNews releases another print issue
    20.08.2014 11:28
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    A new print edition of the AZERNEWS online newspaper was released on August 20.

    The new edition includes articles about measures on punishing employers in Azerbaijan who violate workers rights, Azerbaijani populationв's increase up to 10 million people, introduction of new high-nominal banknotes in Azerbaijan, the celebration of 3000 anniversary of Gadabay region, exhibition of famous artist Rashad Mehdiyev in Gabala and etc.

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

    The online newspaper is available at www.azer
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  • ISIS number one enemy of Islam
    20.08.2014 11:23
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    Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda were blasted by Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday as "enemy number one" of Islam, Al Arabiya reported.

    "The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism ... have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam," the kingdom's top cleric said in a statement

    He cited militants from ISIS, which has declared a "caliphate" straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global al-Qaeda terror network.

    Last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) to help combat terrorism.

    "Terrorism is an evil that must be eradicated from the world through international efforts," Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir said during a ceremony at the United Nations in the presence of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    "The [UNCCT] is the only center in the world that has the legitimacy to combat terrorism," added al-Jubeir.

    Jubeir was joined by Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.N. Abdullah Al-Mouallimi who said that the UNCCT combats the kind of thinking "that stands behind terrorism."

    The United States, Germany and Britain have also donated to help run the U.N. center. ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the U.S.-led occupation in 2011.

    On Monday, ISIS warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants.

    The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English "we will drown all of you in blood."

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  • Gold production in Azerbaijan's Gedabey pollutes mountain pastures
    20.08.2014 11:08
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    Mountain pastures have undergone anthropogenic pollution due to the use of gold deposits in the Gedabey region of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department of ecological geography of the Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (NASA), the candidate of agricultural sciences Enver Aliyev told Trend Aug. 19.

    Studies of contaminated areas in the north-eastern slope of the Lesser Caucasus began, he said.

    During the initial studies it was revealed that the mountain pastures of Gedabey area used as fodder for animals had undergone anthropogenic pollution.

    During the next two-three years research for the study of damage caused by gold deposits is planned to be conducted in the area, Aliyev said.

    During these studies the mass of lost vegetation will be calculated and as a result appropriate proposals will be prepared.

    The scientist said that it was necessary to fully define the areas of pollution and try to minimize their area.

    Aliyev went on to say that it is necessary to use modern technology to recycle the waste products and to transport them to unusable sites, adding that the territories previously undergone pollution must be returned into circulation in different ways.

    Aliyev went on to add that during the Soviet period the use of alunite ore deposits in the area affected summer pastures of Dashkesan region.

    He added that some areas of the summer pastures have completely undergone anthropogenic pollution, but there are areas that are contaminated to a lesser extent.

    Aliyev concluded that after implementation of certain works the areas of pastures contaminated to a lesser extent can be used as summer pastures.
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  • Azercell receives prestigious Business Award Stevie
    20.08.2014 10:57
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    Trend:

    Azercell Telecom - the leading mobile operator of Azerbaijan, continues to represent actively our country at the international arena, attained another success. The Company received a prestigious International Business Awards Stevie in the following 3 nominations for the innovations and cutting-edge projects implemented in the field of telecommunications:

    The Best Product of the Year ("Bolge" tariff);

    The Telecommunications Company of the Year (for achievements gained in the field of telecommunications);

    The Best Customer Service of the Year (Subscriber's Loyalty Index project).

    Based on the voting of over 200 world-known business experts, entrepreneurs and businessmen, Azercell's "Bolge" tariff plan, tailored for the subscribers in the regions of Azerbaijan, was chosen as the winner in the nomination "The Best Product of the Year".

    The Company was also awarded with the title "The Telecommunications Company of the Year" for 20% strengthening and expanding of its network, for launching of 4G network, for providing the fastest Mobile Internet in the country as well as for the range of the latest technological innovations in Azerbaijan. In addition, implementation of the NPS (Net Promoter Score) system to measure the loyalty of subscribers was recognized by the jury with a 3rd award - "The Best Customer Service of the Year".

    The winners will join a solemn ceremony of the International Business Award to be held in Paris in October of 2014.

    "Stevie" award is being represented to the companies that have tangible contributions and considerable success on the world scale. The mission is to increase the profile of successful companies as well as to recognize individuals that have distinct achievements among media, business circles and broader public.

    For a short time since its launch the award became one of the most prestigious in the business world. The first "American Business Awards" ceremony was held in 2002, and then in 2003, "International Business Awards" was established and presented. In the following year the "Stevie" award was bestowed to successful women businessmen and companies distinct for their customer services. We would like to remind that back in 2011 Azercell received Stevie award in the nomination of "The PR Campaign of the Year" for its social responsibility projects and then in 2012 in the nomination "The Creative Team" for the project entitled "Carbon Calculator".

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service "ASAN imza" (ASAN signature) and others. With 51% share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99,8% of the country's population.

    By the end of 2013 the number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4,5 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan. The Company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is the part of the TeliaSonera Group of Companies, which has subsidiaries in 17 countries with total number of 186 million subscribers and 27 thousand employees.

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  • Uzbekistan, China discuss development of bilateral relations
    20.08.2014 10:57
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 20

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek and Chinese Presidents Islam Karimov and Xi Jinping signed a joint declaration and strategic partnership development program for 2014-2018 following negotiations as part of the Uzbek president's state visit to Beijing which started on Aug.19, the Uzbek National Information Agency (UzA) reported Aug. 20.

    A number of documents aimed at further developing the technical and economic cooperation between Uzbekistan and China, strengthening the partnership in the banking and finance, energy, high-tech industry were signed following the talks, according to the report.

    During the negotiations in a narrow format the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of further development of Uzbek-Chinese relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, the report said.

    The two sides agreed to strengthen mutual political trust, continue mutual support and coordination of actions in the international arena, security cooperation. They also discussed the cooperation issues as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the development of the organization, according to the report.

    In particular, the Uzbek president stressed that the current negotiations are a logical continuation of the dialogue at the highest level.

    Xi Jinping said that China considers Uzbekistan as a reliable partner. The bilateral cooperation is being developed on the basis of long-term and mutual interest.

    Taking into account the importance of trade-economic and investment relations, the presidents discussed further strengthening of direct business contacts, growth indices in the areas of trade and investment, energy, high technologies and transport infrastructure.

    The basis of the Uzbek-Chinese relations is the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, a joint declaration on the further development and intensification of bilateral strategic partnership, regular meetings of the presidents, and a constructive nature of talks aimed at using new opportunities in bilateral cooperation.

    China is one of the largest trade and investment partners of Uzbekistan. The volume of trade turnover between the two countries has grown six-fold for the last six years and reached $5.2 billion as of 2013.

    There are 482 enterprises in Uzbekistan created with participation of Chinese partners, including more than 70 with Chinese capital. The representative offices of 74 Chinese companies were opened.

    During the press-conference held following the meeting, the Uzbek and Chinese presidents stressed that the talks were held in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and commitment. The parties' positions on the discussed issues are similar and close. It was stressed that the agreements will serve the development of the Uzbek-Chinese relations.

    The Uzbek president's state visit to China is underway.

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  • Azerbaijan sees over $760 mln. within 8 years invested in privatized enterprises
    20.08.2014 10:54
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    During the 2006-2014 years some 65 state-owned enterprises were privatized via investment tenders in Azerbaijan.

    About 600 million AZN were invested in these privatized enterprises and this ensured the creation of over 8,500 jobs, says the State Committee for Property Affairs of Azerbaijan on Aug. 19.

    About 400 state-owned enterprises and small objects, non-residential areas and unfinished buildings were privatized in 2014 in Azerbaijan. About 310 non-residential areas and more than 250 plots of land were leased. Plots of land of about 300 objects were also privatized, the report said.

    Within the frameworks of the strategic plan approved by the State Committee for 2013-2017, Azerbaijan has conducted detailed studies in connection with the privatization of joint-stock companies with state participation. Measures for attraction of investments to restore the activity of enterprises and their development are being taken as well as the work on privatization via investment tenders is being improved.

    The report says that about 150 applications in electronic form for participation in auctions for the privatization of state assets have so far been taken, and about 300 state objects have been privatized on the basis of electronic applications.

    At present, the State Committee of electronic services has five interactive services related to the auctions conducted with regard to the privatization of state property. Applications in the electronic form can be submitted for participation in the auction for the sale of shares, the privatization of small state-owned enterprises and objects of unfinished buildings, vehicles owned by the state organizations.

    During the first half of 2014 about 2,080 state-owned enterprises and organizations submitted their annual reports to the State Committee in electronic form, the report says.

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  • Iranian parliament to impeach science minister
    20.08.2014 10:53
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 20

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iranian Parliament started an open session to impeach Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji-Dana.

    Faraji-Dana will respond to the lawmakers' questions at the session, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on August 20.

    Firs Vice-President Is'haq Jahangiri, Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi, Sports and Youth Minister Mahmoud Goudarzi, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdaz Zanganeh, Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati, and Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari have also attended the session.

    The impeachment proceedings against Faraji-Dana were notified at an open session of parliament on Aug. 12 with 51 signatories.

    According to MP Ali Asghar Zare'yi, the number of signatories has reached 62.

    The critics of Faraji-Dana mainly accuse him of politicizing the academic environment and criticize the minister for appointing some political figures as his advisors and deputies.

    On October 27, 2013, parliament granted a vote of confidence to Faraji-Dana after the lawmakers refused to approve the qualifications of Rouhani's initial nominee for the position.

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  • Exercise makes kidsв' brains more efficient
    20.08.2014 10:44
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    Thereв's plenty of evidence that suggests that children who are more physically active do better in school. But whatв's contributing to the boost in brain power?

    In a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a research associate in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, report that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains than those who arenв't as fit. The areas of the brain where more white matter was observed are important for attention and memory, and are critical for linking different parts of the brain together.

    The study is the first to find a connection between exercise and white matter. Previous studies focused on specific structures of the brain, such as the hippocampus, which is involved in memory, and how exercise affected their size and volume. In the current study, however, Chaddock-Heyman and her colleagues show that the improved fitness that comes with exercise may lead to other beneficial changes in the brain as well, such as improving the way signals are sent around the brain via the white matter.

    But whether the bulkier white matter actually translates into higher IQ or better school grades isnв't clear yet. Chaddock-Heyman says the study did not track the studentsв' cognitive abilities, though previous, smaller studies have linked white matter to better math scores, for example. ''Itв's possible that white matter differences as a function of fitness are driving the cognitive differences we see in the brain,'' she says. ''But that thatв's speculation at this point.''

    What the results do show, however, is that physical activity may be an important part of keeping childrenв's brains active and open to learning. Physical education class and recess may be just as important to doing well in school as time spent in a classroom. ''We are hoping our work encourages more support of physically active lifestyles,'' says Chaddock-Heyman. She and her colleagues are continuing their work with a five year trial in which children are randomly assigned to an aerobic fitness program or not, so their white matter changes and their academic performance can be tracked.
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  • Liberia declares Ebola curfew
    20.08.2014 10:23
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    Liberiaв's president has declared a curfew and is imposing a quarantine of a major slum in the capital Monrovia as the death toll mounts from Ebola.

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced late Tuesday that movements now would be restricted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    The country is already under a state of emergency, and the latest action also will block all movement in and out of West Point, home to at least 50,000 people.

    Over the weekend, residents angered over the placement of an Ebola center in West Point looted the facility and 37 patients left who were supposed to be under surveillance. Health officials said that all of those later returned.

    At least 466 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, and panic already has led to social unrest.
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  • Armenians once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    20.08.2014 10:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Bash Gervend, Sarijali, Novruzlu of Aghdam region, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region, as well as from the nameless heights in the Jabrayil region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 20.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • Commentary: New format in ensuring regional security
    20.08.2014 10:08
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    by Elchin Mehdiyev -Trend:

    A meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR) and a number of important decisions taken at the meeting can be regarded as an important action to ensure the security of the region.

    Holding the meeting, especially after the recent escalation of tension on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, is important.

    Taking a decision on holding the trilateral exercises for the protection of oil and gas pipelines is an important issue not only for the three countries, but also for the region, as well as Europe.

    Azerbaijan plays an important role in ensuring the energy security of Europe. From this point of view, strengthening the protection of oil and gas pipelines is in the interests of not only Azerbaijan, but also Europe.

    A meeting of the defense ministers of the three countries in the new format and taking a decision on the continuation of such meetings will further enhance the reputation of Azerbaijan in the international arena and strengthen the country's position in regard to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    It is known that the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Irakli Alasania also agreed to hold such meetings in this format twice a year, to organize joint seminars and conferences, to establish a tripartite format for military education and cooperation in the military-technical sphere during a meeting in Nakhchivan.

    The experts' meetings are planned to be organized to examine the promising areas of cooperation.

    All this testifies to the fact that a new, more powerful format is being created to ensure security in the region. Of course, cooperation in the above-mentioned areas will further increase military strength, professionalism of armies, potential of military equipment in these countries. This will greatly limit the ability of external forces, trying to exert influence in the region.

    The meeting at the same time is a substantial message for Armenia, which continues to pose a threat to security in the region.

    While assessing the power of the Azerbaijani army during Armenia's own recent provocations on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Armenia must thoroughly think and realize that these processes will not promise a good future for it. Armenia must take a constructive stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Otherwise, the existence of Armenia due to external donations, and which is on the verge of collapse will be called into question.

    Elchin Mehdiyev is the senior correspondent for
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  • Ceasefire collapsed in Gaza
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    A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl.

    ''The ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible,'' said Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of a joint-Palestinian delegation in Cairo participating in the negotiations.

    Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its negotiators from talks in Cairo, leaving the fate of Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure a lasting peace hanging in the balance.

    Spokesman Mark Regev rejected al-Ahmed's charge that Israel had thwarted the talks, saying rocket fire from Gaza "made continuation of talks impossible".

    Regev called the rocket fire ''a grave and direct violation of the ceasefire''.

    Israel said three rockets were fired out of Gaza nearly eight hours before a ceasefire - extended by a day on Monday - was due to expire. Later barrages took aim at a number of cities and one missile hit open land in the greater Tel Aviv area, without causing damage or casualties.

    Gaza witnesses said Israeli aircraft launched 35 attacks, including one on a house in Gaza City, where hospital officials said a woman and a two-year-old girl were killed. A third unidentified person also died in the strike, officials said.
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  • Azerbaijani department opens on Estonian radio
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    The Azerbaijani department was opened on the Estonian radio.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that, according to the "Estonia - Azerbaijan" Cultural Center, the half-hour program in the local language, prepared by the Department of the Azerbaijani, will be aired on Estonian public radio once a week.

    The department, led by Senemkhanim Aliyeva, was created as a result of negotiations of the Azerbaijani diaspora with the Estonian Government and is preparing the programs about the history, development of Azerbaijan, the realities of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and other themes.

    According to the report, the radio department of Azerbaijan managed to gain widespread recognition of the audience in a short time.
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  • Georgian honorary consuls complain of FM
    20.08.2014 09:57
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 20

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Honorary Consuls accuse Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze of limiting their powers.

    Around 17 of 22 consuls sent letters to the chairman of the Parliament and Prime Minister August 14. They accuse the minister of violating a number of international conventions.

    A number of limitations for honorary consuls will come into force at the initiative of the minister from September 1, according to the letter.

    These changes, in particular, involve removing the vehicle registration plates, deprivation of the parking places at the airports.

    "Such restrictions and lowering the status of honorary consuls will definitely worsen the activity of the diplomatic corps and negatively impact on the activity," according to the letter.

    Panjikidze stressed that honorary consuls' claims are incomprehensible.

    "The foreign ministry approved a roadmap for diplomats in accordance with the Vienna Convention," she said. "According to it, all privileges and benefits will apply to honorary consuls while implementing their duties. I do not understand why they wrote such a letter."

    She expressed confidence that Georgian honorary consuls will have no questions after they thoroughly read the amendments.

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