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Rovnag Abdullayev: Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors
28.06.2013 16:48
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By selecting TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Azerbaijan has taken its important steps to become European energy supplier, said the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

Abdullayev noted that the idea on delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will not be limited only with Shahdeniz project: "Azerbaijan has gas reserves approved in the 2 trillion cm. TAP project will change European energy map."

He stressed that Azerbaijan will participate in other energy projects of Europe: "Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors."

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    /By AzerNews/

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    The loans will help create more than 80 new jobs in grain farming, viticulture, livestock management, beekeeping, and furniture production.

    The financing of agricultural businesses took the largest chunk of the concessional loans in Azerbaijan, helping create 5,618 new jobs.

    The NFES spent 65.5 percent of the total volume of concessional financing for production and the processing of agricultural products for the reported period.

    A total of 63.73 million manats (over $60.72 million) was allocated to finance 2,910 agriculture projects, including 63.67 million manats (over $60.66 million) to agricultural production and 56,000 manats (over $53,358) to implementing two projects in agricultural processing, the NFES on July 30.

    The NFES allocated 19.99 million manats (20.6 percent of the total volume of concessional loans) to invest in five projects in the field of service sphere development, which will provide for the opening of 232 new jobs.

    For the reported period, 57 projects in the field of the production and processing of various industrial products were financed in the amount of 13.3 million manats (13.7 percent of the total volume of concessional loans). The implementation of these projects will create 716 new jobs.

    More than 111 million manats (over $105 million) were lent to over 3,100 entrepreneurs since 2015.

    Most of the loans allocated by the NFES were small loans totaling 32.83 million manats (99 percent of the NFES funding) for January-June 2015. The Fund gave 10 medium-sized loans in the amount of 2.07 million manats (0.3 percent), and 21 larger loans in the amount of 65.11 million manats (0.7 percent).

    The state budget will provide 100 million manats (over $95 million) to the NFES in 2015. The additional funds are from 130 million manats (over $123 million) worth of loans repaid earlier. Thus, the volume of funds accumulated in the NFES will reach 1.747 billion manats (over $1,664 billion), including state budget allocations totaling 931 million manats (over $887 million) and repaid loans totaling 816.3 million manats (over $777.7 million).

    The NFES allocates loans to entrepreneurs via authorized banks and non-bank credit organizations.

    There are 42 banks operating in the country.

    The official exchange rate is 1.0495 AZN/USD on July 31.
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  • Iran calls for resuming ordinary ties with Saudi Arabia
    03.08.2015 13:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran calls for resuming ordinary ties with Saudi Arabia, said Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

    "Although Iran does not approve of Saudi Arabia's approach to use pressure to resolve regional problems, especially in Yemen, but we believe that Tehran-Riyadh relations should be turned into ordinary and acceptable levels," Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Amir-Abdollahian as saying August 3.

    The Islamic Republic puts the highest priority on collaboration with its neighboring countries, he said, adding that the two countries have potential to cooperate for resolving problems, not only between them but also in the region.

    "We emphasize that Iran and Saudi Arabia should start explicit, effective, and constructive negotiations in order to remove misunderstandings and fight against terrorism and extremism and help establish security in the region," he said.

    Iran and Saudi Arabia have opposite points of view and positions on conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain. They compete to boost their influence in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

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  • Azerbaijan represented in Microsoft Imagine Cup intв'l competition
    03.08.2015 13:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3

    Trend:

    Welcoming the changes and innovations at all times, Nar supported a project, which successfully completed its final round. NoObs team won the national final of Microsoft Imagine Cup, initiated jointly by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the High Tech Park and the Microsoft Azerbaijan Company, and passed successfully the international semifinals.

    The team has successfully represented Azerbaijan in the last round - the final organized in US city of Seattle.

    Azerbaijan was represented for the first time at this competition that took place with the participation of 33 teams from various countries of the world.

    The students of the Baku State University and the Khazar University - Nizami Ismaylov, Arif Movsumzade, Fidan Rustamova and Ulviyya Rustamova that formed the NoObs team came in 2nd with their highly appreciated Spinal project presented in the Innovation nomination at this competition.

    Thanks to special Bluetooth sensors and phones based on Windows Phone 8, the project is designed to help people to control their posture and prevent the consequences of wrong spinal position while they are sitting, walking, working etc.

    Azerbaijani representatives have been solemnly awarded the prize in the Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

    In order to participate in the contest, the applicants were required to develop some original game to be applied on Microsoft Windows game platforms, present the innovative program draft or elaborate additional prototype that can address difficult problems of contemporary period for Microsoft Technologies basis.

    The main purpose in holding the competition was to develop an innovative thinking ability among students and reveal local talents. It is a priority for Nar to extend its support to such intellectual competitions that highlight intellectual and thinking skills and attach always a high importance to science, education, progress and innovations.

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  • Arif Yunusov deliberately refused to testify in court
    03.08.2015 13:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The trial on the criminal case initiated with regard to the director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy, Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov continued on August 3.

    Arif Yunusov's health condition worsened when the human rights activist Sahib Mammadov was giving testimony, and an emergency team was summoned to the court.

    Arif Yunusov was diagnosed with third degree hypertension.

    The doctors, after providing Yunusov with first aid, noted that he is able to testify. But Yunusov deliberately refused to do so.

    A break was announced at the trial.

    The trial will continue today.

    Leyla Yunusova is being charged under the articles 274 (high treason), 178.3.2 (fraud (by inflicting major damage)), 192.2.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.2.2 (evasion from a large amount of taxes), 320.1 (forging a certificate or another official document providing rights or exempting from duties, in order to use or sell that document, as well as making for the same purposes or selling forged state awards of Azerbaijan Republic, stamps, seals, forms) and 320.2 (use of deliberately forged documents indicated in the article 320.1 of this Code) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.

    Arif Yunusov is being charged under the articles 274 (high treason) and 178.3.2 (fraud) of Azerbaijan's Criminal Code.

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  • Program of German TV channel biased, one-sided - Azerbaijani foreign ministry
    03.08.2015 13:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    Trend:

    The program "Tensions rise in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict", which was featured July 31, 2015 by the public broadcaster "Deutsche Welle" (Germany), is of a biased, one-sided character, which has little to do with objective journalistic principles, head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend Aug.3.

    He made the remarks commenting on a program prepared by the German TV channel "Deutsche Welle" (DW).

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  • Korean Film Festival comes to Agdash
    03.08.2015 13:18
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    After having been to Azerbaijanв's Ganja, Lankaran and Sumgayit regions, the Korean Film Festival made a stop in Agdash on July 31.Ruhangiz Heydarova, the chairperson of SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Association addressed the latest leg of the tour, describing the importance of the Festival.

    Korean Ambassador to Azerbaijan Choi Suk-Ying, for his part, stressed the national values of both countries and highlighted steadily developing relations between Azerbaijan and Korea.

    The festival has been underway in the country since July 6 and will last until August 15.

    The First Korean Film Festival was held in Baku in 2005.

    This year, the festival featured some 10 Korean films produced between 2008 and 2013. These films were dubbed into the Azerbaijani language with the support of SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association Public Union

    The last destination of the festival will be the countryв's picturesque city of Gabala on August 7-15.

    Korean Film Festival is jointly organized by SEBA, the Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association, and the Korea Fund, with support from the Korean Embassy in Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan and Korea have had very close relations in many fields, including culture.

    SEBA, which seeks to realize large-scale cultural exchange programs between Azerbaijan and Korea, was established in 2004. So far, the organization has implemented several projects in the fields of science, health, and culture.
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  • Belgian man shuns civilization to live as a hunter-gatherer in Slovenia
    03.08.2015 13:04
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    Angelo Valkenborg had it allВ '" a good job, a marriage, and a nice home, but at one point in his life,В he realised that none of that made him truly happy. So the 31-year-old Belgian left his old life behind and moved to a forest in Slovenia to live like a hunter-gatherer.

    Angelo had always been fascinated by the great outdoors and started getting into survival techniques in the wild. But his work and family life didnв't exactly go hand in hand with his favorite pastime. It was after returning from a three week expedition in the wilderness of Northern Sweden that he learned his marriage had failed. His ''intense passion for the outdoors'' was apparently too much for his wife to handle. ''Who can blame her?'' he wrote on his blog. ''IВ went frв'om a salesperson who cared a lot about going out and having a good time to a always dressed in outdoor gear geek.

    For a while after that, Angelo found it difficult to go back into the wildernessВ '" it reminded him of all the reasons for his failed marriage. He went through a period of depression, which intensified when things started going poorly at work, as well. After about a year, he finally went back into the woods and started bushcraft, just to experience being at peace with himself. And thatв's when he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

    ''I was stuck in a system that I did not belong to,'' Angelo explains. At some point, the bubble burst and he realised that there was more'¦ Out there, somewhere.В ''I realised that this is an essential part of who I am and what I truly enjoy doing,'' he says. ''That led me to a point that I would stop my job, sell my house and all my belongings and give away a lot of my clothing.'' The hardest thing for him was to let go of his old dog, who now lives with his ex.

    Today, Angelo lives bushcraft instead of just occasionally practicing it. His life is all about going into the wild and becoming fully self-reliant. He moved to a forest in Slovenia where he managed to build his own hut and tools. He gathers berries, nettles and frogs for meals, but he gets his supply of meat from a local village because hunting without a license is considered poaching.В Despite having studied survival skills for over four years, Angelo says that he still makes mistakes. ''It is anything but simple,'' he said. ''But I am so happy.''

    He plans to spend his thirties traveling around Canada, Siberia, and Alaska, where hunting is permitted and he can truly live the life of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

    Angelo isnв't completely cut off from society '" he hasВ a smartphone that he recharges using solar energy and also keeps a car at the edge of the forest, strictly for emergencies, but plans to get rid of it soon. UsingВ his phone, he writes about his life in the wild on hisВ blog, and also posts photos on his Instagram account,В becomingwildman.

    /By Oddity Central/
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  • Special purpose defense products occupy bulk of Azerbaijani defense industry output
    03.08.2015 12:51
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense Industry summarized production for the first half of the year at a board meeting on July 30, devoted to the results and progress of the Ministry.

    Defense Industry Minister Yavar Jamalov said that 85 percent of manufactured defense goods consist of special purpose defense products, while 15 percent are in civilian products.

    The civilian goods of the Azerbaijani defense industry exceeded forecasts by 6 percent, amounting to 106 percent of production, added Jamalov.

    Issues concerning manufacturing, financial, and economic activity, as well as challenges ahead were also discussed during the meeting.

    A range of scientific research and development activities was successfully implemented in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Aviation Academy of Azerbaijan devoted to the creation of defense products.

    The Ministry noted that it carried out a total of 143 tests for the reported period.

    Moreover, the Ministry participated in the IDEF-2015 International defense industry exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2015, demonstrating 184 of its defense products.

    Following the meeting, Jamalov praised the work of the associations and enterprises during the reported period.

    President Ilham Aliyev's tasks on providing Azerbaijani Armed Forces with the latest types of weapons, assigned to the Ministry, will also successfully be implemented thanks to the beneficial work of the enterprises and associations, Jamalov said.

    The Azerbaijani military products that were demonstrated at international military exhibitions are highly rated, the president noted at the Day of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on June 26.

    Growing from year to year, Azerbaijani military expenditures jumped from $2.15 billion in 2010 to $3.3 in 2011.Azerbaijanв's military budget was $160 million in 2003.

    Azerbaijan ranks 54th in the world in its Defense Spending Budget through 2015, amounting of more than $3 billion, which includes maintenance and strengthening of its standing military, according to Global FirePower.
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  • Mamin: It's the first sign of a large project
    03.08.2015 12:26
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    "Both Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have great transportation assets."

    Firstly, I would like to note the high potential of the Trans-Caspian transport route. A significant event, the launch of the first container train from China through Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan took place today.

    According to Oxu.Az, the President of "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" Askar Mamin told this to journalists in Baku.

    "We believe that this is the first sign of a large project. We estimate the potential of more than 300 000 containers in 2020, it is a very high dynamics. This will allow our countries to fully implement our transit capabilities," he said.

    According to him, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have great transport assets, transport infrastructure, which is dynamically developing.

    "And we are confident that all this will serve to develop and enhance the competitiveness of our economies and for the development of transit potential. According to our preliminary estimates, by 2020, "Azerbaijani Railways" can receive transit revenues in the order of $ 600-700 mln just from transit traffic. It is a high dynamics and we are confident that we can achieve these figures," Mamin said.
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  • EHTTA experts visit Azerbaijani resorts
    03.08.2015 12:26
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    The European Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) has sent its experts to Azerbaijan to assess the country's potential, AzerTag reports.

    On July 22-29 the EHTTA experts Michel Thomas Pinet and Ahmet Hikmet Shahin have come to Azerbaijan to study the possibility of country's participation in EHTTA's project "Thermal Routes", the Ministry of Culture andTourism of Azerbaijan said .

    "We estimated thermal sanatoriums Istisu in Masalli, YengicЙ™ in Gabala and QalaaltД± in Shabran, which generally conform to the European standards, although they have their own specifics. The Culture ad Tourism Ministry wants to expand sanatoriums' capabilities due to their joining the Association, and for that purpose we'll prepare and present a certificate and submit it to the EHTTA Technical Committee. Only after that the registration of membership will begin," Pinet said following the visit.

    In turn, Mr. Shahin underlined the great potential of thermal tourism in Azerbaijan.

    "The only challenge today is to attract qualified doctors to Azerbaijani sanatoriums," Shahin added.
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  • Turkey forms coalition govв't
    03.08.2015 12:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The final round of negotiations between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP) on the formation of a coalition government will take place in Turkey Aug.3, the Turkish news TV channel TRT Haber said Aug.3.

    Earlier, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said that Turkey's Justice and Development Party would make the last attempt to form a coalition government with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

    If the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Republican People's Party (CHP) fail to agree on forming a coalition government, AKP will turn to the Nationalist Movement Party for the last time, he said.

    Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that with each passing day, there remains less and less chance to form a coalition government in Turkey. Erdogan also said holding a snap parliamentary election in Turkey is not ruled out.

    Meanwhile, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said that of all the parties having a right to be represented in the country's parliament, the People's Republican Party (CHP) is closer to creation of a coalition government.

    Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was earlier reported to say that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) refused to form a coalition government in Turkey.

    Previously, in June, the People's Republican Party (CHP) put forward terms for formation of a coalition government with the country's ruling Justice and Development Party.

    Under those terms, the CHP leader should head Turkey's government for two years. Moreover, under the terms, the Turkish parliament was to be led by one of the CHP members.

    The opposition was also demanding to appoint the parliament members representing the CHP as the ministers of justice, interior and education.

    Turkey held parliamentary election June 7, which involved 20 political parties.

    Over 53 million people cast their votes in the election.

    During the parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party garnered 40.9 percent of the vote, while the People's Republican Party (CHP) gained 25 percent; aside from that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 16.3 percent, and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) garnered 13.1 percent of the vote.

    A coalition government should be formed in Turkey within 45 days after the announcement of the election results.

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  • Turkey determined to continue operations: Erdogan
    03.08.2015 12:25
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    ''Putin may give up on Assad''

    "We had run out of patience. The Turkish government had to take decisive actions," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was flying from Indonesia to Pakistan, told reporters onboard, APA reporters.

    The president said any terrorist concentrations in northern Syria can not be tolerated.

    "Our stance is known to the U.S. As our NATO ally and strategic partner, I don't believe the U.S. will tolerate such a threat to Turkey either. As you know, I talked to President Barack Obama on July 22 on ISIS. Soon after, a soldier of ours was martyred and we launched the operation against ISIS. Meanwhile, the PKK concentration in the Qandil Mountains was another threat. We were forced to take steps to counter both threats. The operations are going to continue. As the Republic of Turkey, we are determined: One nation, one state, one flag!" he said.

    Erdogan noted that in his discussions with the United States he talked about the involvement of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the anti-ISIS coalition forces. "France and Britain from Europe also being part of the anti-ISIS coalition," he added.

    Erdogan also said that he had also talked over this matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the1st European Games held in the Azerbaijani capital.

    "In a phone conversation with Putin after our meeting in Baku left me with the impression that he is changing his attitude. He is no longer of the opinion that Russia will support Assad to the end. I believe he can give up Assad," said the Turkish president.

    The Turkish President also talked about discussions over the Uighur Turks in China. "The only issue that concerns China on the issue is terrorism. They are naturally concerned about some Uighurs joining terrorist groups, including ISIS, and posing a threat to China's national integrity. I need to say that we are also aware that some Uighurs have joined ISIS. I held discussions with members of the China Islam Association. They said there are 35,000 mosques and 40,000 religious officials in China", he said.

    To the question on the closure of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) ErdoДџan responded: "As you know, I have always been against the closure of political parties. So, everyone knows who wants to close parties or not. My thesis is that we need to separate the individual from the institution. If someone is committing a crime, he or she needs to be punished. The prosecutor has launched an investigation into Selahattin DemirtaЕџ, the HDP co-chair, and now it is a matter for the judiciary. It would not be right for me to comment on such an issue. It is a judicial matter."
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  • Turkish intelligence warns of prepared terrorist attacks
    03.08.2015 12:12
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The "Islamic State" terrorist organization is preparing to commit terrorist attacks in Turkey in response to the military operation against its militants in Syria, Milliyet newspaper reported citing the Turkish National Intelligence Organization.

    It is not ruled out that the terrorist attacks will target the military facilities and shopping centers, according to the report.

    Turkey has faced a series of terrorist attacks in recent days.

    The deadliest explosion hit the country's city of Suruc on the border with Syria, leaving 32 dead and 100 more injured in late July.

    Turkish air force started large-scale operations July 25 in Iraq 's north against the IS militants.

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  • Developments in Turkey wonв't affect economy, says Erdogan
    03.08.2015 12:05
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The latest developments in Turkey won't affect the country's economy, in particular, tourism, Hurriyet newspaper reported Aug. 3 citing the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The flow of tourists from Russia has dropped due to the developments in Turkey but was replaced by tourists from Germany, according to the president.

    Earlier, Turkish Statistical Institute said that the country's revenues from tourism have decreased in Q2 of 2015, compared to the same period of 2014.

    Turkey's revenues from tourism dropped by 13.8 percent in Q2 and stood at $7.733 billion.

    The institute said that of the total volume of Turkey 's revenues from tourism in Q2, $5.95 billion accounted for foreign tourists, while $1.77 billion for Turkish citizens residing abroad.

    The country's revenues from this sphere stood at $34.305 billion in 2014, or 6.2 percent more than in 2013.

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  • Ice bucket challenge: What's happened since?
    03.08.2015 12:05
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    Last summer, social media was dominated by videos of people having a bucket of cold water poured over their head. So what was it all for again and how much did the charities benefit?

    Everyone knows someone who did the ice bucket challenge at some point last year (if you didn't actually do it yourself).

    Videos were shared, friends were nominated and countless celebrities were doused - all for a good cause.

    In what has been described as the world's largest global social media phenomenon, more than 17 million people uploaded videos to Facebook which were then watched by 440 million people worldwide.

    And the charities connected to the challenge saw the money roll in.

    In the UK, the Motor Neurone Disease Association raised ВЈ7m from the challenge, thanks mainly to the ingenuity of a couple from Yorkshire.

    Paula and Robert Maguire spotted the challenge starting to go viral in the US and set up aВ fundraising pageВ for those taking up the challenge in the UK.

    A few years previously, Paula's uncle had died from MND in the space of nine short weeks and they were determined to help raise money and awareness for the debilitating disease.

    "We were watching the news and the Kennedys had challenged Barack Obama to do the ice bucket challenge in the US. We immediately thought we wanted people to connect ALS in the US with motor neurone disease (MND) in the UK."

    They set up the text number ICED55, completed the ice bucket challenge themselves in early August and set a target of raising ВЈ500 for the MND Association.

    To date, their efforts through that online page have raised more than ВЈ4m for the charity.

    In the US, the ALS Association - which represents people withВ amyotrophic lateral sclerosisВ (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and all motor neurone disorders - received $115m in donations during August and September 2014, when the challenge was at its peak.

    The American charity says the money helped triple the amount itВ spends on researchВ every year.

    Chris James, director of external affairs at the MND Association, admits it has been an extraordinary 12 months, which started withВ Benedict Cumberbatch doing the ice bucket challengeВ in aid of the charity and ended with MND being the focus of a major storyline in the BBC drama Casualty.

    In between, Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of Prof Stephen Hawking, who has MND, in The Theory of Everything.

    "There has been nothing this big before in fundraising and voluntary donations. It has enhanced our view of social media.

    "Previously it was looked at as a communications tool - but now it's seen as a core communications tool for particular campaigns."

    But the charity has decided not to ask people to pour water over their heads again this summer.

    "We felt we raised a significant amount of money and awareness last summer. While people might be keen to do it again, we wouldn't say please do it again," says Mr James.

    Instead, they created an ad campaign to say thank you to their many donors, which also reminded the public what the ice bucket challenge was really all about and who it was for.

    There are approximately 5,000 people living with MND in the UK. Mr James says the challenge made some of them feel less alone because there was greater awareness of the disease and the suffering it causes.

    The challenge has had aВ positive effect on researchВ into the causes of the disease too.

    An international project to analyse the genomes of 15,000 people with MND, including every person in the UK with the disease, has been accelerated by funding from the ice bucket challenge.

    Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi, professor of neurology and complex disease genetics at King's College London, says it's "a massive project which will produce enough data to fill 10,000 hard drives".

    Project MinE will enable scientists to compare the genomes of people affected by MND to those unaffected, getting them closer to isolating the genes that increase someone's risk of getting the disease.

    With ВЈ5m pumped into research, ВЈ1.5m has been allocated to care and support services for those with MND and the rest to funding new care centres and setting up grants for young carers.

    So have there been any negative aspects to the ice bucket challenge?

    Prof Al-Chalabi says there is a danger the public might think these diseases don't need any more money - and yet the opposite is true.

    "We need a continuous ice bucket."

    /By BBC/
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  • Fire occurs in one of Turkeyв's prisons
    03.08.2015 11:55
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Fire occurred in one of the prisons located in Bilecik province in northwest Turkey, the Turkish news agency Anadolu said Aug. 3.

    There were 470 prisoners in prison at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire has not been established.

    The prisoners were evacuated, the fire is extinguished.

    The prison was severely damaged by fire.

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  • Azerbaijan to purchase new locomotives from Kazakhstan
    03.08.2015 11:47
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    The first train has already been delivered to Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan will sign an agreement on the purchase of new locomotives.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from chairman of Azerbaijani railway company Javid Gurbanov, speaking at the Baku International Trade Sea port during the welcoming of the container carriage Shijenzi-Dostik-Aktau-Keshli passing via China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan.

    Gurbanov said this is the first similar agreement in the history of independent Azerbaijan.

    "The locomotives produced jointly in Kazakhstan and the United States will be delivered to Azerbaijan for the first time in history. The first such carriage has already arrived in Baku. 10 locomotives have been bought in general", he said.

    Gurbanov said that Azerbaijani railway company achieved great success both in cargo and passenger transportation:

    "In the near future we are planning to purchase nearly 50 locomotives from French Alstom. As you know, we have purchased five new passenger trains from Swiss Stadler.

    In addition, five passenger carriages which will operate at Baku-Sumgayit-Baku route were delivered to Azerbaijan after repair at the Riga train construction plant.
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  • Iran resumes gas export to Turkey
    03.08.2015 11:43
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    Tehran, Iran, August 3

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    Iran's gas export to Turkey was resumed on August 2, Manouchehr Taheri, director of the dispatching center of the National Iranian Gas Company told Shana news agency.

    An explosion hit the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in the eastern Turkish province of Agri on July 28.

    Iran exports 27 million cubic meters of gas to Turkey per day based on the 25-year agreement signed in 1996.

    Taheri said that currently, Iran exports 20 million cubic meters of gas to Turkey per day.

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  • Too early to focus on trade-related activities between Iran and EU (exclusive)
    03.08.2015 11:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Once implemented, the nuclear agreement with Iran can open the door to greater opportunities for increased and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU, its member states and Iran, EU press service told Trend in an exclusive interview Aug.3.

    "The EU has welcomed the adoption of the agreement reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015 on a joint comprehensive plan of action, aimed at restoring international confidence in the exclusively civilian nature of Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions, is therefore a critical step in the development of better relations," said EU press-service.

    "It could create the baseline for recalibrating our broader relationship with Iran, and could provide the impetus for resolving other areas of concern," said EU, adding that however, it is still premature to focus on concrete trade-related activities before the implementation of the joint comprehensive plan of action and lifting of the sanctions.

    Iran and P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) reached a historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program July 14.

    The negotiations ended with adoption of a joint comprehensive action plan. If Iran carries out this plan, the economic and financial sanctions earlier imposed on it by the UN Security Council, the US and EU will be lifted.

    ---

    Follow the author on Twitter: @Anahanum

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

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  • Azerbaijan to receive diesel locomotives from Kazakhstan
    03.08.2015 11:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Kazakhstan will supply 10 diesel locomotives to Azerbaijan, head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC said Aug.3.

    Javid Gurbanov, head of Azerbaijan Railways made the remarks during the event dedicated to the arrival of the first container to Baku via the Trans-Caspian international transport route.

    He said the agreement on purchasing the locomotives will be signed in Baku Aug.3.

    "The first diesel locomotive has arrived today and we are awaiting nine more," said Gurbanov.

    He added that these trains are manufactured in Kazakhstan jointly with the US.

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  • New interior minister appointed in Georgia
    03.08.2015 11:07
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    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili introduced Giorgi Mgebrishvili to the post of Interior Minister August 1.

    Until now Mgebrishvili has been Minister of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Assistance, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    Mgebrishvili will replace Vakhtang Gomelauri who resigned earlier.
    5
  • Azerbaijani judo fighters return home from Tbilisi
    03.08.2015 11:05
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    Azerbaijani judo fighters, who competed in the 13th European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, have returned home.

    At the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the athletes were welcomed by officials of the Azerbaijan Judo Federation, journalists and fans.

    The Azerbaijani fighters won 5 medals, including two golds in Georgia. The gold medals came from Shafag Hamidova and Hasil Jafarov.

    Karamat Huseynov grabbed silver medal, while Ibrahim Bayramli and Ismayil Ibrahimov scooped bronze medals of the festival.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Oil giants in anticipation of sanctions lifting for Iran return
    03.08.2015 10:51
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Foreign energy giants, which have been waiting for return to the Iranian market, now have a real chance to restore their activity in the Islamic Republic.

    After the Vienna nuclear deal, the largest oil producers are now anticipating a removal of international sanctions on Tehran.

    BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Italyв's largest oil producer Eni are awaiting a lifting of the sanctions against Iran in order to assess the feasibility of participation in oil and gas projects in the country.

    "For us, Iran is a huge gas province so it would be good to be there '" in conventional gas '" at the right terms," Shellв's financial chief Simon Henry said in London according to Press TV.

    Though Shell is interested in returning to Iran, Henry said that the company did not expect any quick, easy deals.

    "Anybody who thinks that we are going to suddenly swan in and end up with great contracts that make a difference within 12 months, I think is a little naive. It's not going to be easy, it will take time," the energy news provider Platts quoted Henry as saying.

    Despite Shellв's long-term activities in Iranв's upstream projects, including in South Pars, the firm pulled out of the worldв's largest gas fieldв's Phase 13 development in 2008.

    Shell also operated Iranв's Soroush and Nowruz oilfields in the Persian Gulf at a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day. An outstanding debt to the tune of $2.3 billion remains unpaid by the company to Iran since 2012.

    Noureddine Vefati, Shell's spokesperson on the Middle East and North Africa, said the company is still unable to repay the debt of the National Iranian Oil Company because of the situation with sanctions.

    Meanwhile, Eniв's Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi said his company was interested in returning to Iran once the sanctions ended.

    ''Iran in terms of oil and gas is a huge and big country, very interesting, but we need to wait,'' he said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

    Executives from Eni and Shell traveled to Tehran in June and May to discuss new opportunities in the resource-rich country and outstanding debts.

    Recently, BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley has said his company was looking for opportunities in Iranв's upstream oil industry.

    BP spokesman Robert Wynn toldВ TrendВ that the company is assessing the situation with Iran.

    "We are monitoring the situation, and at the same time continue to comply with the sanctions. We will consider opportunities as a chance," Wynn said.

    Iran and the six world powers have reached a comprehensive agreement on the country's nuclear program, which will lead to the lifting of sanctions on Iran's energy sector.

    However, the lifting of sanctions depends on the verification of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the country's readiness to cooperate with the structures of the United States.

    The Iranian government hopes for the lifting of sanctions in November of the current year.

    Shell and other European energy giants such as Franceв's Total, Italy's Eni, and BP had built strong relationships with Iran through work in the country's oil and gas fields as well as crude oil purchases before halting them under sanctions.

    Iranв's Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said he looked to ''a new chapter'' in cooperation with Total as French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Tehran.

    Iran wants also to unveil its new energy contracts at a conference planned for December in London.

    Earlier, Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia has recently said Iran has identified nearly 50 oil and gas projects worth $185 billion up for grabs.
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  • First train arrives in Baku via Trans-Caspian intв'l transport route
    03.08.2015 10:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3

    Trend:

    The first container train arrived at Baku International Sea Trade Port from China via the Trans-Caspian international transport route Aug.3.

    During the event, it was noted that it became possible as a result of the efforts by the Coordination Committee of Trans-Caspian international transport route created in October 2013.

    The train consisting of 82 containers and 41 platforms departed from China's Shihezi city July 28. It traveled more than 4,000 kilometers, visiting Kazakh port of Aktau as well.

    Story still developing

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  • Azerbaijan can pay off external debt in one day, expert says
    03.08.2015 10:45
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Azerbaijan is able to pay off its external debt in one day, economist Ogtay Hagverdiyev believes.

    Azerbaijan's public debt is less than $10 billion, he told local media. "Every year Azerbaijan repays its debt and this year it will repay about $250 million."

    Public debt is the internal and external debts of the country.

    The Azerbaijani Finance Ministry reported that the volume of the external public debt of Azerbaijan made up 5.082 billion manats as of January 1, 2015, which is 8.6 percent of GDP. Around 7.3 percent of external debt was calculated for up to 10 years, 60.2 percent from 10 to 20 years, and 32.5 percent for more than 20 years.

    As of January 1, the currency structure of loans is as follows: 9.9 percent of the funds were drawn in the SDR (IMF Special Drawing Rights), 64.8 percent in U.S. dollars, 21.4 percent in euros, 2.1 percent in Japanese yen, 0.7 percent in Islamic dinars (a currency that aims to revive the historicalВ gold dinarВ which was a leading coin of early Islam. Currently, the members of the Islamic dinar system are Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman), 0.4 percent in Saudi Riyals, 0.5 percent in UAE dirhams, 0.2 percent in Kuwaiti dinars.

    The funds '" mainly drawn from the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other international financial institutions '" were directed at supporting economic reform programs and the renovation of infrastructure, including the construction of roads, improvement of water supply systems in the districts, the development of railway services, as well as industry and other areas.

    Hagverdiyev said that in some European countries, public debt is enormous.

    "But the paradox is that the living standard of population in these countries is high while the government is on the verge of social bankruptcy. These countries' governments increase the wages and pension year on year and improve the living standards, but in this case, their economies suffer," he noted.

    Hagverdiyev also added that when the government delays the payment of wages of employees of the budgetary organizations, the state becomes a debtor.

    "For example, Japan with the largest public debt occupies the first place in the ranking of countries. Some 90 percent of its debt falls on internal debt. In Azerbaijan, on the contrary, the external debt is more than internal," he added.

    The expert also said that all debts arise from budget deficits.

    "For example, Greece is currently in such a situation because for many years it completed the year with a deficit. The country issued securities which were redeemed by the European Central Bank. Some $172 billion out of Greece's $312 billion public debt is its debt to the European Central Bank, and $50 billion to the International Monetary Fund. It issued securities in order to bridge the budget deficit, but the result is still deplorable," he noted.

    According to the European Union rules, the member states of this organization should not allow the budget deficit to exceed 3 percent of GDP.

    Azerbaijanв's economy, which recorded a threefold increase, has achieved a rapid development over the past ten years. The Central Bank of Azerbaijan said earlier that the country's strategic currency reserves which amounted to $51.4 billion in 2014, are enough to cover a three-year import of goods and services, as well as exceeds the external public debt eightfold.
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  • Uzbekistan spends over $7B investment
    03.08.2015 10:35
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 3

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbekistan in January-June 2015 spent investment in the amount equivalent to $7.3 billion, which is a 9.8 percent increase over the same period in 2014, the message of the Ministry of Economy and the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said.

    The message said that over $1.5 billion, or 21.3 percent, accounted for foreign investments and loans in the total volume of investments, including $1.2 billion accounted for foreign direct investment. Compared with the same period of 2014, the total volume of foreign investment increased by 11 percent, foreign direct investments - by 10.9 percent.

    The amount of assets of the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan, aimed at the implementation of major investment projects in strategic sectors of the economy, increased in the total investment by 5.6 percent - up to $225 million.

    "The greatest volume of investments spent during the first half of 2015 amounted to own funds of economic entities (32.3 percent of the total volume), which increased by 31.8 percent compared to the same period of 2014," said the message.

    Since the beginning of 2015, the implementation of 63 projects with a total value of $160.9 million was completed within the framework of the investment program for 2015. The implementation of five projects worth $16.1 million has been completed in special industrial zones since early 2015.

    In total, some 1,866 production capacities were commissioned in the country during the first half of 2015, which created more than 24,800 new jobs. The largest number of projects on creation of the new production capacities and expand the existing ones was implemented in the production of building materials (666 projects), food industry (461), textiles and clothing (337), furniture (169), chemical and petrochemical industries (149).

    During this period, replacement of 819 units of obsolete and worn out equipment in the amount equivalent to $43.3 million has been carried out at large enterprises, a reduction in the cost of production in large industrial plants by an average of 9.6 percent has been achieved, which provided a 6.4 percent growth of labor productivity in industry and a 10.4 percent reduction of energy intensity of GDP.

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  • Military hospital attacked in Turkey
    03.08.2015 10:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An armed attack has been committed on a military hospital in Turkey's Bitlis province, Hurriyet newspaper reported Aug.3.

    No casualties have been reported. Currently, the attackers are being identified.

    A criminal case has been initiated upon the fact.

    ---

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan up to 80 times in one day
    03.08.2015 10:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military 79 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry Aug. 3.

    Armenians stationed in the Berkaber village of Ijevan district and the Shavarshavan village of Noyemberyan district of Armenia, opened fire on the Azerbaijani armed forces' positions in the Gizilhajili and Farahli villages of Azerbaijan's Gazakh district.

    The military of Armenia also opened fire from the Chinari village of Armenia's Berd district at the Azerbaijani positions in the Kokhanabi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district.

    Aside from that, Armenians fired from positions on nameless heights in the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia at the Azerbaijani armed forces' positions on nameless heights in Azerbaijan's Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani military also came under fire from Armenians stationed near the Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy district, the Goyarkh, Chayli, Chilaburt, Gizil Oba villages of Terter district, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Bash Garvand, Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Kangarli, Novruzlu, Garagashli villages of Aghdam district, the Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, the Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli villages of Fizuli district and the Mehdili village of Jabrail district.

    Armenian armed forces were also firing from positions on nameless heights in the Goy-Gol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrail districts.

    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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Baku to host International Olympiad in Informatics
    03.08.2015 10:26
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    The International Olympiad in Informatics will be held in Azerbaijan and Syngapore in 2019 and 2020.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Trend that the statement came from IOI president, professor of the department of informatics of the New Bulgarian University Krassimir Manev.

    "The countries hosting the International Olympiad in Informatics were declared at the council of leaders today".

    In 2019 Azerbaijan will host the Olympiad. But this time Syngapore showed a strong desire to host the Olympiad therefore we decided to choose two states.

    Thus, in 2020 the Olympiad will be held in Syngapore", Manev said.

    In 2016 the Olympiad will be held for the first time in Tatarstan's Kazan on the basis of the Kazan Federal University. In 2017 the Olympiad will be held in Iran and in 2018 in Japan.
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  • Margarita Gasparyan claims $ 43 000 in Baku
    03.08.2015 10:17
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    She won the WTA Baku Cup.

    20-year-old Russian tennis player of Armenian descent Margarita Gasparyan won the final tournament WTA Baku Cup defeating Romanian athlete Tig Patricia.

    According to Oxu.Az, Gasparyan, 112th in the world rankings, won with a score of 6:3, 5:7, 6:0.

    Russian athlete grabbed $ 43 000 prize money and 280 ranking points.
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  • Achievement of Iranian administration beyond expectation: Rouhani
    03.08.2015 09:54
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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the achievement of his administration in resolving the nuclear issue has been beyond initial expectations.

    Speaking in a live televised show on Sunday, President Rouhani said he did not mean to exaggerate, but believed that what was achieved at the end of the negotiations between Iran and the P5 1 group of countries was beyond what was initially expected.

    Representatives from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany succeeded in finalizing an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14 after 18 days of intense negotiations and all-nighters that capped around 23 months of talks between Iran and the six other countries.

    A win for all amp; the matter of trust

    President Rouhani said that the end results of the negotiations were a win-win. He said the opposite side had said it was pursuing an objective of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran never intended to build atomic bombs, the president said; so, lsquo;if the other side in the negotiations thinks it has achieved that goal (of preventing an Iranian bomb), let this be a victory for it.'

    The Islamic Republic, however, had three goals in the talks, all of which were achieved, President Rouhani said.

    The Iranian president said the fact that an interim agreement between Iran and the P5 1 has stood over the past nearly two years could be a sign that the comprehensive agreement reached between the two sides on July 14 could also be assumed as capable of standing.

    e cannot say we have 100% trust in the partners to the agreement, but we can devise a mechanism under which no side would face a loss if the other breached the agreement, the president said.

    Iranian nobility

    He said Iran has never sought weapons of mass destruction.

    It did not opt for the manufacturing of such weapons even when it faced an Iraqi war back in the 1980s, the president said.

    "Iranian people are noble; even when fighting, they fight nobly, they don't seek weapons of mass destruction," he said.

    lsquo;Nothing to worry about'

    Referring to certain concerns about inspections under the JCPOA, the president said there is no reason to worry at all as what Iran has agreed to under the JCPOA is nothing extraordinary.

    "No one in the world would trade its national securityhellip; [and] its secrets," he said, reassuring that Iran's military capabilities will by no means be depleted.

    Responding to a question about those economic impacts of the anti-Iran sanctions that his administration sought to have removed as a result of the agreement, President Rouhani said his cabinet has been successful in containing or countering such economic woes as a high inflation rate and stagflation.

    "Sanctions cannot be successful, ever; but they can have impacts," he said, adding that as a result of the success of the negotiations, the doors of international business opened to Iran.

    No country can be found that is not happy about the conclusion of the agreement between Iran and the P5 1, but a handful of warmongers and Zionists, President Rouhani said.

    lsquo;Foreign investment welcome, increased imports not'

    Answering another question about concerns that potential increased trade activity as a result of the removal of the sanctions against Iran would result in imports of foreign goods to the country, President Rouhani said such concerns are valid.

    He said Iran would welcome foreign investment, but not increased imports. The Iranian president said he has directed his economic men about the issue.

    Iran should work hard toward employment for the youth, the Iranian president said.

    He said, by the end of his administration's term in office, the inflation rate in the country will be down to a single-digit figure.

    lsquo;Averting potential IAEA mischief'

    Another question put to the president was about potential acts of mischief by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN agency that has been tasked with carrying out the technical specifications of the JCPOA. President Rouhani said the country should be very vigilant that such mischief does not occur, both in terms of security issues as well as technicalities.

    lsquo;No economic boom overnight'

    The Iranian president also said that the impacts of the removal of sanctions under the JCPOA will not be felt overnight.

    He said the "sapling" that has been planted will take some time to bear fruits, emphasizing, however, that his administration will try to have such impacts come sooner.
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  • Half of Russians favor online censorship - poll
    03.08.2015 09:54
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    Almost half of Russians believe that online information should be censored.

    Almost half of Russians believe that online information should be censored, 58% support complete Internet shutdown in the country in case of a national threat of a possibility of mass protests, and 73% believe that negative information about civil servants should not be posted online, says a report prepared by the Russian Center for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM) and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, ITAR TASS reports.

    The survey shows that 42% of Russian citizens use the Internet on a regular basis. Another 20% said that went online from time to time, up to several times a week, and 38% of Russians said they hadn't used the Internet for six months and more.

    Slightly over half of Russians say the Internet has a positive impact on their lives, and one-third of the respondents believe the Internet's influence is negative.

    The report notes that "a considerable number of Russians (42%) believe that Western countries use the Internet against Russia and its interests." Sociologists have found out that four out of five citizens (81%) spoke of their negative attitude towards the websites, which are used for organizing anti-government rallies and demonstrations, 73% believed it was inappropriate to post online negative information about civil servants.

    According to the survey, only 11% of Russians think the Internet should be completely free from government censorship. On the other hand, 49% of those polled said censorship had to be present online.

    Nearly 60% of the respondents said the government should censor or block porn websites with homosexual content, 46% called for controlling the groups in social networks, which contained information about anti-government protests.

    "While 5 or 7 years ago the Internet was a lsquo;territory of freedom' for a limited number of young people, today it is used by more than two-thirds of Russians," VTsIOM's Director-General Valery Fyodorov has told TASS. "It turned into a leading information environment, a rival in significance to TV that has surpassed radio and press," he said, adding that the Internet "had also become an important communication channel, including for senior citizens."

    Thanks to this, "not only the possibilities, but also the hazards of the uncontrolled circulation of information online have become more appreciable and essential for an increasingly larger number of people across the globe," Fyodorov said.
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  • 50 people rescued from stuck ropeway in Uzbekistanв's ski resort
    03.08.2015 09:46
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug.3

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The employees of Uzbekistan's Ministry of Emergency Situations have rescued 50 people including children, women and elderly from the stuck ropeway in mountain ski resort of Beldersay, the country's Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend.

    By good fortune, all-around rescue competitions involving 17 teams were going on among the rescue units of Uzbekistan's Ministry of Emergency Situations not far from the scene.

    The teams which included one of the best rescuers in the country immediately arrived at the scene and managed to rescue the people from the ropeway, according to the ministry.

    None of the people on the ropeway were injured.

    First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Komiljon Aripov personally led the rescue operations.

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  • EBRD allocates $110M to Tajikistan for implementation of large energy project
    03.08.2015 09:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 3

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allocated $110 million to Tajikistan for implementation of the CASA-1000 project, the Tajik Finance Ministry said.

    The respective agreement was signed by Minister of Finance of Tajikistan Abdusal Kurboniyon, chairman of energy holding Barki Tojik Rustam Rakhmatzoda and head of the EBRD in Tajikistan Richard Jones.

    The aim of the CASA-1000 project is export of summer surplus of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The project contributes to development of mechanisms in electricity trade and creation of regional electric power market of Central and South Asia.

    The total cost of the project is more than $1 billion. The costs of the project are distributed as follows: Tajikistan - $314 million, Kyrgyzstan - $209 million, Afghanistan - $354 million, and Pakistan - $209 million.

    Tajikistan currently has signed a grant agreement with the World Bank (WB) worth $45 million and a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank worth 70 million euros. The government of Tajikistan will allocate $15 million for the realization of this project.

    In general, the commitment of $250 million has been confirmed, and negotiations to raise the remaining funds continue.

    It is scheduled to complete the project in 2019.

    ---

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  • Azerbaijani citizens not injured during bus incident in Turkey - Baku
    03.08.2015 09:14
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    Azerbaijani Embassy in Turkey at the request of the ministry of foreign affairs of Azerbaijan is investigating information about the detention of a passenger bus in this country by unidentified gunmen.

    The bus allegedly had Azerbaijani citizens on board, the embassy told Trend Aug.1.

    Embassy together with the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Kars is checking the information in law enforcement bodies of Turkey.

    Earlier it was reported that on July 31, unknown armed men detained a passenger bus with 70 passengers on Kars-Igdir-Erzurum main highway. Azerbaijanis allegedly were among the captured passengers. People were held for several hours before they were released, and their valuables and documents were taken away.

    The incident with a bus occurred in the Kagizman district between Igdir and Kars, according to the information received by the Embassy and the Consulate General of the country in Kars from the Turkish law enforcement agencies, the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend Aug.1.

    During the incident none of the bus passengers, including the citizens of Azerbaijan, has been injured, said Hajiyev. The number of Azerbaijanis who were among the passengers of the bus is currently being specified. The diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan establish contacts with law enforcement agencies of Turkey on this issue.
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  • Azerbaijani, Russian defense ministers hold one-on-one meeting
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    Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Azerbaijan's Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov had a one-on-one meeting in Moscow oblast.

    APA's Moscow correspondent reports that they exchanged views on issues of regional security.

    The current state and prospects of military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia were also discussed.

    Media representatives attended only protocolary part of the meeting, discussions were continued without participation of journalists.
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  • Compromises were inevitable for reaching Iran nuclear deal
    03.08.2015 08:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 3

    By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    A senior nuclear expert says the compromises were inevitable for reaching Iran nuclear deal, but the deal is far from perfect.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on August 2, during a live TV speech that both Iran and the West gained from nuclear talks and reached a win-win deal.

    Mark Hibbs, a senior associate in Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program, based in Berlin told Trend on August 3 that this was a complex negotiation, compromises were inevitable for it to come about. "The deal is far from perfect. There are ambiguities about how the process will unfold. For the experts, there are lots and lots of questions about how it will be implemented and what happens if there are difficulties along the way. But if the agreement is implemented in good faith, we can gain considerable confidence that Iran's nuclear program will be stabilized and restrained for ten to fifteen years. It will be up to Iran, the United States, and the European Union to use those 15 years wisely to achieve more lasting confidence and security. If so, we get win-win".

    Less than three weeks after achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been snagged for approval by lawmakers of both American Republicans as well as Iran's hardliners.

    Rouhani said that what has been gained through the nuclear deal is far greater than what was expected two years ago when he set out for the nuclear talks.

    Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also reached an agreement to cooperate together around the UN body's questions.

    While ignoring the objections of both Iran and U.S. lawmakers, the implementation of nuclear agreement depends on verification of Iran's nuclear program by the IAEA.

    The restrictions over Iran's nuclear program will continue from 8 to 15 years.

    "Aside from reasoned skepticism about the fine print of the agreement, both Rouhani and Barak Obama face programmatic opposition from ideologues and political adversaries who want to reap benefits from polarizing the debate about this deal. Both Rouhani and Obama are wrestling with this in real time", Hibbs said.

    According to him, right from the beginning of implementation there will be challenges and risks.

    Hibbs added that within five months Iran and the IAEA have to resolve allegations about so-called "possible military dimensions" (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program.

    " Iran and the IAEA must satisfy the P5 1, the IAEA's Board of Governors, the U.N. Security Council, and, indeed, world opinion. If they don't resolve this issue by the end of the year, the deal doesn't make clear how they will go forward, and political will on both sides may be damaged", he said.

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  • Iran unlikely to try Russia airliners anymore
    03.08.2015 08:04
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Temkin Jafarov, Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    Iran's experience with Russian-made passenger aircraft has not been a good one, therefore it is unlikely that Iranian aviation companies would try to use Russian airplanes anymore, an Iranian official said.

    Economic calculations and Iran's bad experience with Russian Tupolev airplanes make it more likely that Iranian aviation companies would seek Airbus and Boeing products more, Maqsoud Samani Assadi, secretary of Iran's Airlines Association said in an exclusive interview with Trend August 2.

    He pointed out that when buying airplanes, airline companies take into account a diverse set of criteria such as flight record, safety, after-sale service, spare parts availability, repair, education, passenger convenience, etc.

    Having in mind the good record that Airbus and Boeing have in maintenance, repair, and staff education, and since Iranians are happy with products and services offered by these companies, it is more likely that Iranian civil aviation companies will be willing to buy aircraft from these two companies, he noted.

    Iran has estimated that it needs about 580 civil aircraft in various sizes by 2025.

    Assadi said naturally companies that have a brighter record of cooperation with Iran will be top on agenda for Iranian companies to buy aircraft from.

    Nonetheless, the aircraft that are going to be brought into the country would need to be checked and approved by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization.

    Elsewhere in his remarks, the official said despite economic sanctions, Iran has managed to improve its civil aviation fleet.

    "We had a growth of over 10 percent in terms of the fleet size. In the emerging situations, also, the companies will provide for their needs according to the contacts and relations they have," he said.

    The aviation industry is one of the areas hit worse by long-lasting sanctions against Iran. Iran's four largest carriers - Iran Air, Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours - all have average fleet age above 22 years, according to the Iranian media outlets.

    Under sanctions, Iran started domestically assembling a model of passenger aircraft called Iran-140, which was a disaster in terms of safety.

    The first fatal crash of Iran-140 occurred during a test flight in 2009, killing the five crews.

    The deadliest crash occurred in August 2014, shortly after the plane's takeoff from Tehran Mehrabad International Airport. 40 people killed in the disaster.

    Through a recent deal with world powers, Iran is expecting to be freed from the sanctions and renovate its aviation fleet.

    Under the new deal, all restrictions related to the purchase, hire, transfer, as well as services and goods related to the engine and other airplane parts will be lifted.

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  • IAEA chief aiming to disclose confidential info in U.S. visit, Iran speculates
    03.08.2015 08:02
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    The fact that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano is going to visit U.S. lawmakers shows how dependent the international organization is on the United States, an Iranian MP said.

    The trip shows that the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has wanted Amano to brief the U.S. legislative body with confidential information about the recent nuclear deal with Iran, Esmail Kosari, Iranian MP and member of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Trend August 2.

    "This is against diplomatic conduct," Kosari asserted.

    He further said the IAEA has not been fair to Iran in its reports so far.

    Other Iranian officials, including Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Reza Najafi, Iranian ambassador to IAEA, have in similar remarks called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to maintain its independence and impartiality on Iran's nuclear case and respect Tehran's security concerns.

    Amano was invited by the members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to visit Washington next week, talking about the agency's role in verifying and monitoring nuclear-related measures in Iran.

    Iran and the IAEA recently signed a roadmap in the Austrian capital of Vienna for the clarification of past and present issues regarding Iran's nuclear program by mid-December.

    The confidential texts between Iran and the IAEA have not even been provided to the U.S. government and cannot be given to the Senate either, Najafi was quoted as saying.

    Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached an agreement on July 14 to settle Iran's sensitive nuclear program.

    Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), significant limits are exerted on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the removal nuclear-related international and western sanctions. The implementation of the deal heavily relies on IAEA's December report on Iran.

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  • Egyptian President signs laws, allowing to schedule parliamentary elections
    03.08.2015 06:32
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    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed the electoral laws that allow setting up the parliamentary election date, local media reported.

    "The High Election Committee (HEC) is to announce the parliament elections' schedule next week after the inauguration of the New Suez Canal [ceremony is scheduled for August 6]," Egyptian Justice Minister Ibrahim el-Heneidy said, as quoted by The Cairo Post website on Sunday.

    The laws, signed by Sisi, also increase the number of individual seats in parliament and give the president the right to appoint 5 percent of total number of parliamentarians.

    In March, Egyptian High Electoral Commission postponed the first round of the country's parliamentary elections, which were to take place March 21 after a part of election law was declared unconstitutional.

    Egypt has been mired in political turbulence since the ouster of its first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, following a series of mass anti-government protests. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has served as Egypt's de-facto president since the coup and came into power officially last May. The parliament was not elected since Morsi's deposition.

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  • Japanese heat wave kills six, leaves over 3,000 hospitalized
    03.08.2015 02:48
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    A heat wave in Japan claimed the lives of six people and left some 3,000 citizens hospitalized over the weekend, the NHK television channel reported Sunday.

    According to the broadcaster, Tokyo and Osaka had the largest number of people requesting medical assistance.

    People wait for a green light at a crossing as they use umbrellas and hats to shade themselves from the sunshine in Tokyo.

    Several dozen children sought medical attention due to extremely hot weather in several regions of the country, while 18 people were found unconscious.

    Earlier in the day, meteorologists registered the temperature in Japan rising up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

    To battle the long-standing heat wave, Japanese meteorologists urge citizens to use air conditioning, to avoid the streets and drink enough water.

    Since June, almost 40 Japanese nationals were killed by heatstroke while some 25,000 have been admitted to hospitals, according to Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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  • Rouhani says nuclear deal to reinforce economy
    02.08.2015 23:14
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian president said that the comprehensive nuclear deal achieved July 14 to reinforce the country's economy.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has just started a live address on the national TV (IRIB) on August 2 about the recent deal on the country's nuclear program as well as his administration's economic plans.

    He said through the two years into his administration, all his speculations about the inflation rate have come true.

    Iran's inflation rate decreased from above 35 percent in 2013 to below 15 percent currently.

    "I am hopeful that by the end of my term, inflation will turn into a one-digit number, and sustainable at that, which has been a dream of 40 years for Iranians," Rouhani asserted.

    Iran and P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany).achieved the nuclear deal on July 14 and it's expected that the sanctions would be removed by the end of 2016.

    It's expected that billion dollars of Iran's blocked assets abroad would be release after lifting sanctions.

    Rouhani said his administration is not going to repeat the previous administration's experience in opening the Iranian market to consumer goods from abroad.

    "It would be a disaster if after the deal we repeat that experience," he stressed.

    Iran's GDP decreased from $557.9 billion in 2012 to $415.3 billion in 2014, according to the World Bank's estimation.

    Rouhani said that his administration planned an annual 8-percent GDP growth in next years.

    "However hard to achieve, the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said we should try to achieve an economic growth of 8 percent. That is a must. If we achieve that, by 2021 Iran's revenues will grow by 59 percent and after 20 years, our income will increase 4.5 times," Rouhani stated.

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  • Rouhani says Iran reaches three goals in nuclear deal (UPDATE 3)
    02.08.2015 22:57
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian president said that the country reached its three goals in nuclear deal.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has just started a live address on the national TV (IRIB) on August 2 about the recent deal on the country's nuclear program as well as his administration's economic plans.

    "Iran's main goals in nuclear talks were protecting nuclear rights, excluding from the resolution of Chapter VII of the United Nations as well as elimination of sanctions".

    Rouhani said that while countries such as Iraq and Japan have suffered much loss in trying to come out of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, Iran's achievement in winning UN approval of its peacefulness through diplomacy and preventing any great loss is "unique", he said.

    He added what has been gained through the nuclear deal is far greater than what was expected two years ago when he set out for the nuclear talks.

    "Iraq even underwent a change of regime after it was brought under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and Japan had to toil for many years to neutralize its case. But Iran insured its rights through legal action," the president noted.

    "The mechanisms of nuclear deal have been devised to make sure Iran will not be the loser in the deal, he stated. He called the agreement a win-win deal".

    "Global concerns that Iran has been aiming to make a nuclear bomb and that the deal has postponed Iran's developing of a nuclear bomb for one year are fantasy", he said, adding Iran has not been seeking a nuclear bomb in the first place.

    In reaction to domestic concerns about how reliable the 5 1 group would be, he said Iran has tested the group's reliability during the past two years, adding he expected the group to remain faithful to the deal in the next 10 years envisioned for the implementation of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    Iran and P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany).achieved the nuclear deal on July 14.

    Through the deal, world powers have tried to intensify International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring over Iran's nuclear activities, while Iran has pursued the removal of sanctions on its economy.

    In relation to concerns that the nuclear deal will weaken Iran's military power, Rouhani said his administration has boosted Iran's military capabilities as much as 80 percent of the military power-up achieved during the 10 years preceding his administration.

    Iranian president said that the deal will not mitigate Iran's missile power either, because it specifically bans Iran from any missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, while Iran is not going to make such missiles, therefore the restriction will be of no practical effect, he said.

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  • Rouhani says Iran gained more than what he expected 2 years ago (UPDATE)
    02.08.2015 22:25
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Rouhani said what has been gained through the nuclear deal is far greater than what was expected two years ago when he set out for the nuclear talks.

    The speech comes 777 days after the incoming president Rouhani vowed in 2013 to settle the Iranian nuclear case.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has just started a live address on the national TV (IRIB) on August 2 about the recent deal on the country's nuclear program as well as his administration's economic plans.

    A couple of hours before delivering his speech on August 2, Rouhani announced on his Facebook page that his talks would focus on the nuclear deal_ called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA_ which was achieved on July 14 between Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

    Through the deal, world powers have tried to intensify International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring over Iran's nuclear activities, while Iran has pursued the removal of sanctions on its economy.

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  • Iranian president starts addressing nuclear deal live on TV
    02.08.2015 22:11
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    Tehran, Iran, August 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has just started a live address on the national TV (IRIB) about the recent deal on the country's nuclear program as well as his administration's economic plans.

    A couple of hours before delivering his speech on August 2, Rouhani announced on his Facebook page that his talks would focus on the nuclear deal_ called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA_ which was achieved on July 14 between Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

    Through the deal, world powers have tried to intensify International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring over Iran's nuclear activities, while Iran has pursued the removal of sanctions on its economy.

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