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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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    31.07.2014 09:52
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 31

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek President Islam Karimov has received the commander of the U.S. Army Forces Central Command, General Lloyd Austin who is on a visit to Tashkent, Uzbekistan National News Agency (UzA) reported.

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  • Israel hallucinating Palestiniansв' disarming, IRGC commander says
    31.07.2014 09:46
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  • Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration dismissed from post
    31.07.2014 09:41
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    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration, George Sigua has been dismissed from his post.

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    The statement said that Sigua has been repeatedly warned for his inappropriate behavior.

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  • Magnitude 4.6 earthquake jolts Kazakhstan
    31.07.2014 09:40
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was recorded in Kazakh Almaty region on July 31, Kazakhstan's Seismological Expedition of the Science Committee under Education and Science Ministry reported.

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  • Iranв's month-on-month inflation rate drops 2%: Official
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    Iranв's inflation rate has dropped by two percent in the previous Persian calendar month of Tir (ended July 22) compared to the month before.

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  • Barack Obama congratulated President Ilham Aliyev
    31.07.2014 09:31
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    President of the United States of America Barack Obama has congratulated his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on occasion of Ramadan holiday.

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    Dear Mr. President:

    On behalf of the American people, I extend to you and the people of your country best wishes as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

    Over the past month, Muslims around the world have shared the tradition of Ramadan with their neighbors while seeking solace in their faith and helping those less fortunate. I hope this special time brings you and your loved ones an opportunity for renewal and sharing.

    May you enjoy peace, health, and prosperity in the coming year.

    Sincerely,

    Barack Obama

    President of the United States of America

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  • Terrible road accident kills passenger, injures driver in Baku
    31.07.2014 09:30
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    A terrible accident occurred in the morning on Mashtaga-Buzovna road in the territory, called ''Albalilig'', Khazar district.

    One was killed and another one injured after "Mercedes" driver Yagub Hasanov, 45 lost control over the vehicle and collided with a lighting pole.

    As a result of the accident passenger Etibar Guliyev died on the spot, driver of the car injured. Both of them are residents of Mashtaga settlement, Khazar District Police Departent told APA.

    Police have launched an investigation to find out the cause of the accident.

    According to initial investigation, intoxicated condition of the driver and high speed were reasons of the accident.
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  • ''Music mix hits the right note at Azerbaijanв's Gabala festival''
    31.07.2014 09:16
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    Euronews has aired a video report about the annual international music festival in Gabala.

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

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

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

    ''Jeyran Mahmudova, a professor at the Baku Music Academy said: ''I believe that this festival plays an important role in the musical education of young people and adults alike. I really think classical music makes people happy.''

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  • State Migration Service to be provided with new building
    31.07.2014 09:12
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has issued an order on construction of a new building of the State Migration Service.

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  • Russia could suspend Georgia free trade agreement
    31.07.2014 09:12
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    Russiaв's Ministry of Economic Development has drafted a government regulation suspending the agreement between Russia and Georgia on free trade.

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  • Azerbaijan accounts for seven percent of Georgian import
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    By Zulfiyya Gurbanova - Trend:

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  • ISIL major threat for Iraq: Security Council
    31.07.2014 07:56
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    The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday, expressing the 15-member world body's concerns regarding the situation.

    The resolution also extended the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for another year.

    The Security Council "recognizes that security of United Nations personnel is essential for UNAMI to carry out its work for the benefit of the people of Iraq and calls upon the government of Iraq to continue to provide security and logistical support to the United Nations presence in Iraq," said the resolution.

    The ISIL terrorists currently control a swathe of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

    The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL Takfiri militants took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad.

    More than a million people have been displaced in Iraq so far this year, according to the United Nations.

    The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country's security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a "conspiracy".

    Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.

    Maliki has said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.

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  • Leyla Yunus sentenced to three-month imprisonment - UPDATED
    31.07.2014 07:39
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    Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh '" APA. Nasimi District Court sentenced the director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, human right activist Leyla Yunus to three-month imprisonment, lawyer Javad Javadov told APA.

    Leyla Yunus is faced charges on the Criminal Code's articles #274 (state betray), 178 (swindle), 213 (Evasion from payment of taxes), 192 (Illegal business), and Arif Yunus on articles #274 (state betray) and 178 (swindle).

    A restriction order was imposed on Arif Yunus on not going anywhere else.

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    Baku. Gulnar Bashirova, Shahriyar Alizadeh - APA. Human right activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus have faced charges, lawyer Javad Javadov told APA in this regard.

    According to him, Leyla Yunus is faced charges on the Criminal Code's articles #274 (state betray), 178 (swindle), 213 (Evasion from payment of taxes), 192 (Illegal business), and Arif Yunus on articles #274 (state betray) and 178 (swindle).

    The lawyer noted that during the interrogation, a restriction order was imposed on Arif Yunus on not going anywhere else, and Leyla Yunus was taken to the Nasimi District Court for pre-trial detention.

    A. Yunus told journalists that he was examined by a doctor: "As I have problem with my health, I'm not sentenced to imprisonment. However, I'll be under the police control and a restriction order has been imposed on me".
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  • Abbas declares Gaza 'humanitarian disaster zone'
    31.07.2014 07:16
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    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has declared the embattled Gaza Strip a "humanitarian disaster zone" and called for a swift intervention from the United Nations and international community to provide international protection for Palestinians against the Israeli "aggressions", Anadolu agency reported.

    In a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, Abbas called on the international relief bodies to provide urgent assistance to Gaza, which has been reeling under a crippling Israeli military offensive since July 7.

    "The Israeli aggression undermines the right of the Palestinian people to life," Abbas said in his letter.

    He also called for establishing safe refugees for displaced Gazans and providing food, water and medicine for those affected by the Israeli onslaught.

    The Gaza Strip has been ravaged by relentless Israeli attacks since July 7, leaving 1359 Palestinians - mostly civilians - dead and at least 7677 others injured.

    Israel claims that the offensive, now in its fourth week, aims at halting rocket fire from the blockaded Palestinian territory.

    Gaza-based Palestinian factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to the ongoing Israeli attacks.

    At least 56 Israelis - 53 soldiers and three civilians - have been killed since the hostilities began.

    Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip - which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.

    In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."

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  • House Republicans vote to sue President Obama
    31.07.2014 05:56
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    The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers, BBC reported.

    The 225-201 vote along party lines means House lawyers will now draft legal documents to launch a lawsuit.

    Its supporters say Mr Obama exceeded his powers when he delayed an insurance deadline in his healthcare law.

    The president himself has dismissed it as a waste of time. "Everyone sees this as a political stunt," he said.

    "If they're not going to do anything, we'll do what we can on our own," the president added.

    "And we've taken more than 40 actions aimed at helping hardworking families like yours. That's when we act - when your Congress won't."

    Republicans in Congress have complained that Mr Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority on numerous occasions, in order to bypass Congress by issuing executive orders.

    They object, for instance, to his order unilaterally easing deportations of some young illegal immigrants, and the prison exchange that won the release of a US soldier held captive for five years by the Taliban.

    Specifically at issue in the resolution, which was sponsored by Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas with the full backing of House Speaker John Boehner, was Mr Obama's decision to twice delay requirements in his 2010 healthcare overhaul that businesses over a certain size provide their workers with health insurance.

    Mr Obama has been forthright about his intentions to circumvent the gridlocked Congress when possible, noting frequently that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has declined even to hold votes on Senate-passed bills on topics from immigration reform to gay rights.

    As far back as January, White House aides began referring to the president's "pen and phone" strategy - using his telephone to convene meetings at the White House and his pen to sign executive orders and changes to federal regulations.

    Every US president since George Washington has issued executive orders, and Mr Obama has not stood out in the modern era for the number he has signed.

    In his six years in office Mr Obama has issued 183 executive orders, compared to 291 across George W Bush's eight years and 381 for Ronald Reagan, according to a study by the American Presidency Project at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

    But Republicans insist Mr Obama has selectively enforced laws duly passed by Congress, upsetting the balance of powers written into the constitution.

    "Such a shift in power should alarm members of both political parties because it threatens the very institution of the Congress," the Republicans wrote in report accompanying the House legislation.

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  • Georgiaв's Saakashvili says to continue political activity in spite of charges
    31.07.2014 04:34
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    Georgia's former President Mikhail Saakashvili believes that the ruling of the country's Office of the Main Prosecutor to being him to trial and the issuance of charges to him pursues the goal of restricting his political activity and freedom of movement around the world, ITAR-TASS reported.

    Saakashvili, who is currently in Budapest, said this in an interview with Rustavi-2 television channel Wednesday night.

    "Someone is obviously dismayed by my current activity in connection with events in Ukraine," he said, adding that did not plan to wrap up his political operations.

    "I visited Albania recently and now I'm in Hungary at Prime Minister Victor Orban's invitation and I plan visiting a range of other nations soon," Saakashvili said. "I'm not going to ask political asylum wherever as I don't need this."

    He made this comment soon after a meeting with Prime Minister Orban who told Rustavi-2 on his part he was not going to meddle with Georgia's internal affairs.

    "As a prime minister of Hungary, I have a duty to care for the development of friendly relations with Georgia and I'd also like to say Saakashvili is a friend of mine," Orban said. "He is a man who did much for reforms in Georgia."

    Main Prosecutor's Office of Georgia issued a decree July 28 to bring Saakashvili to justice on charges of abuse of office. If his guilt under these charges is proven, he may face a jail term of five to eight years.

    Along with Saakashvili, the prosecutors also issued a resolution to bring to accountability the former Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, the former Main Prosecutor Zurab Adeishvili, and the former Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava.

    The charges against all of them concern the dispersal of a peaceful rally November 7, 2007, an illegal intrusion into the editorial office of Imedi television channel on the same day and criminal offenses committed to misappropriate the property of businessman Arkady Patarkatsishvili.

    Investigation of this and other cases, in connection with which Saakashvili was summoned to the Main Prosecutor's Office, is nearing completion, the report said.

    March 22, the prosecutors said Saakashvili was featured as a witness in several criminal cased linked to the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania. Also, investigators were suspicious of Saakashvili's decision to pardon four individuals convicted of murder in 2006.

    Saakashvili said he had no plans to come to Tbilisi.

    July 26, a summons was handed to his mother, who lives in Tbilisi. It said he was supposed to turn up at the Prosecutor's Office for an interview July 28 as an eyewitness.

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  • Azerbaijan to buy Russian Yak-130 combat trainers
    31.07.2014 03:33
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    Azerbaijani military pilots has already conducted flights on the aircrafts, got thoroughly acquainted with technical and tactical instructions

    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov - APA. Russia is planning to export Yak-130 (NATO code: Mitten) combat aircrafts to Azerbaijan.

    Irkut company, the manufacturer of the aircrafts, told APA in this regard.

    The Russian side has made a presentation of the aircraft for the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    Last year, Azerbaijani military pilots conducted flights on the aircrafts, got thoroughly acquainted with technical and tactical instructions.

    "Some procedures are being carried out. We think Azerbaijan will, in near future, be among the countries that are using Yak-130 aircrafts", said the company's spokesperson. However, he didn't reveal how many aircrafts Azerbaijan would buy.

    Yak-130, a two-seat combat aircraft, is meant to prepare pilots for "4 " and "5"th generation combat aircrafts.

    The aircraft is equipped with controllable and uncontrollable missiles. Currently, Russia, Belorus and Algeria use this aircraft.
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  • Russia calls for holding Mideast Quartet meeting in September
    31.07.2014 03:24
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    Russia calls for holding the Middle East Quartet ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session scheduled for September, Russian permanent representative to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin said on Wednesday, July 30, ITAR-TASS reported.

    "We hope that substantial contacts to this effect will be held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September. We're initiating a brainstorming informal session within the Security Council by inviting a U.S. high-ranking official in charge of the Middle East settlement for thorough discussions on the problems that hamper the peace process," Churkin said.

    The practice proves that the conflicts between Palestine and Israel like as in Gaza start when "the U.S. unilateral efforts to reconcile the conflicting parties fail", he said.

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  • Women in Turkey have a laugh in public at the deputy Prime Minister's expense
    31.07.2014 02:34
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    A speech made by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister urging women not to laugh in public in order to "preserve morality" has sparked a backlash on social media from women posting defiant selfies of themselves laughing at his remarks, The Independent reported.

    On Wednesday, Bülent Arınç was unrepentant over his speech and instead turned his attention to women who holiday without their husbands and "can't wait to climb poles when they see one".

    The backlash began on Monday after Mr Arınç condemned the perceived moral corruption enveloping Turkey and called for women to be chaste by not laughing in public.

    "[The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chastity" he said during his speech on morality.

    Thousands of women across Turkey wasted no time in ridiculing the Deputy PM's remarks by posting pictures of themselves laughing. Their photos were accompanied by the hashtags #kahkaha (laugh) and #direnkahkaha (resist, laugh).

    BBC Trending estimates over 300,000 comments and pictures were posted with the hashtags, yet Mr Arınç insists his comments formed part of "useful speech", according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

    "Some people criticise me by picking up only a part of an one and a half hour speech. What a baseless and disgusting claim. People who have listened to all of my comments have realised this," he was quoted as saying.

    "If I had only said women should not laugh then I have done something irrational. But my speech was about manners and moral rules.

    "There are some artists who now laugh artificially and send me their photos. Real laughs relieve a person, but these are artificial ones. Those who go for a vacation without their husbands and can't wait to climb poles when they see one."

    Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP, said on Twitter that Arinc's comments portrayed laughing as a dishonourable act and left women exposed to violence.

    Femen have also taken part in a social media protest by posting pictures of a topless member with "real women don't laugh" painted across her torso.

    Mr Arınç's speech, in which he also criticised television soap operas for promoting decadence, drew criticism from opposition presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as well. He tweeted: "Our country needs our women to laugh and to hear everyone's joyful laughter more than ever."

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  • Ban condemns Israeli attack on UN school in Gaza
    31.07.2014 01:54
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    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israel's attack on an UN-administered school that killed 15 people, Anadolu agency reported.

    In a statement on Wednesday, Ban said the attack on the UN school, which was acting as a shelter for displaced civilians, was "cruel" and "senseless." He reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire.

    "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,'' Ban said. "I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice."

    Ban said he wanted to make it clear that the precise location of Jabalia Elementary Girls School had been communicated to the Israeli military authorities 17 times - as recently lrm;as a few hours before the attack.

    More than 1,300 people have been killed in the offensive, now in its fourth week. The United Nations is hosting 140,000 displaced persons in UN facilities, including schools.

    UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson also said he was "shocked" and "appalled" by the attacks.

    UN Humanitarian Operations Director John Ging said the school had been targeted five times since the conflict began.

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  • 116 killed by Syrian government forces during Eid
    31.07.2014 01:24
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    At least 116 people were killed by government forces in fighting across Syria during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, opposition activists have said, Anadolu agency reported.

    The deaths included 21 children and 16 women, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

    According to a statement from the group, the three-day festivities to mark the end of Ramadan saw attacks in Aleppo, Deraa and Idlib.

    Syria has been gripped by violence since the regime launched a crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March 2011. The network said 126,534 have been killed since.

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  • Qarabag outclass Salzburg in UEFA Champions League qualifier
    31.07.2014 00:49
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    Azerbaijani FC Qarabag have defeated Austrian Salzburg 2-1 in the first game of the two-legged encounter in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

    Qarabag`s goals came from Danilo Dias and Reynaldo, who was dismissed by the referee seconds after scoring his team`s winning goal at the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku.

    The return match will take place in a week in Austria.
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  • Israeli cabinet decides to continue Gaza operation
    30.07.2014 23:48
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    The Israeli security cabinet decided on Wednesday to continue the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, Israeli Channel 10 reported, Anadolu agency reported.

    "The Israeli army will continue to attack Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza and complete neutralization of the tunnels," an Israeli source was quoted as saying by the Israeli television.

    The channel added that a senior Israeli commander said in a meeting with the heads of local authorities in southern Israel that they should prepare for additional days of fighting.

    "The Israeli people must prepare for additional seven days of fighting," Sami Turjman, the head of the Israeli army's southern command, was quoted as saying, noting that the period is needed to destroy all tunnels linking Gaza to Israel.

    Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip - from air, land and sea - with devastating bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from the strip.

    Over 1300 Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed and more than 7100 others injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks in the blockaded territory.

    Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.

    At least 59 Israelis - 56 soldiers and three civilians - have been killed since the hostilities began.

    Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip - which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.

    In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."

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  • Anar Mammadov: I hope golf will be one of the successful games in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2014 23:31
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    Azerbaijanв's first-ever Challenge Tour has opened.

    The opening ceremony of the first Azerbaijan Open Challenge Tour in golf has been held in Guba with the organizational support of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation and European Challenge Tour.

    According to Oxu.Az, the event held at the Guba National Golf Club was attended by famous sociopolitical figures, culture and show business representatives and over 150 golfers from different countries who will take part in the tournament.

    President of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation Anar Mammadov delivered a welcoming speech at the ceremony:

    "I hope that golf is going to be one of the successful games in Azerbaijan. We are planning, basically, in 2016 Summer Olympic Games to send a few Azerbaijan guys to play on behalf of Azerbaijan in Rio de Janeiro.

    Once more I want to thank my team especially for putting all these things together. They really did a great job.

    I hope that these three days which you are going to spend here will be the most memorable. I hope this will be a challenging game, I think that you will all like it. I wish good luck to all the participants".

    He further declared the Challenge Tour open.

    Head of the European Challenge Tour Alain de Soltre thanked the Azerbaijan Golf Federation for the organization of the event.

    "The first international golf tour open here in Guba at the national golf club. Azerbaijan is the 45th country which we have visited since we created the Challenge Tour in 1999 and we have discovered this country as a beautiful and strong country. We are thankful to the Azerbaijan Golf Federation president and his team for putting these things together and organize this event".
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  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
    30.07.2014 22:51
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    European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe, the Associated Press reported.

    A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France, say they have devised alternate flight plans for their planes. Air France specifically said it detected a "potential threat" on July 24 which triggered the airline's decision, said Eric Prevot, a spokesman for the Air France's Flight Operations Center.

    The decisions come after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say it was shot down by a missile from rebel territory, most likely by mistake.

    The Ukraine crash has many in the aviation industry reconsidering flight paths as hot spots from West Africa to Central Asia could potentially put passengers at risk. Though experts say the skies are largely safe, there is a danger of militants using sophisticated weapons.

    Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops amid the blitz offensive launched last month by al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State group, which captured large swaths of land in the country's west and north, including Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

    When the group overran the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in June, Iraqi security forces virtually collapsed. In most cases, police and soldiers simply ran, abandoning arsenals of heavy weapons. Some fear the militants may have captured some sophisticated weapons, such as ground-to-air missiles capable of shooting down airplanes.

    Many international commercial flights said they were continuing to fly normally over militant-held areas in western and northern Iraq until recent days, when Dubai-based Emirates publicly announced it would avoid the regions.

    Air France said it is currently avoiding numerous routes over Iraq, Syria and Libya, as well as eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Amsterdam-based KLM said it stopped flying over Iraq last week, adding that it has suspend some flights to Israel in recent days as a conflict between Israelis and Hamas in the Gaza Strip enters its fourth week.

    U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines has no-fly zones over Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Ukraine.

    Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said in a statement that it maintains "a set of contingencies relative to Iraq" but added that it sees "no evidence that either the capability or the intent exists to target aircraft overflying Iraq, by either side of the current conflict."

    The Iraqi government also dismissed the fears, saying that Iraqi skies and airports are safe.

    "The Baghdad airport is highly secured," said Nassir Bandar, head of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. "There is no threat to airplanes passing over the Iraqi skies."

    However, an airplane landing at Baghdad's airport has been targeted before. In November 2003, a missile struck a DHL cargo plane on its approach to Baghdad's airport, forcing it to make an emergency landing with its wing aflame. A U.S. military investigation later indicated the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

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  • Airline apologises for flush drugs warning
    30.07.2014 22:06
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    Australia's Jetstar has apologised after an attendant on a Sydney-bound flight warned passengers to flush their drugs down the toilet before landing.

    The attendant reportedly said sniffer dogs and inspectors were waiting, and told passengers to flush "anything you shouldn't have".

    Some people were returning from a music festival and the warning reportedly sparked a rush to the toilets.

    Jetstar said that the crew member had acted unprofessionally.

    The Jetstar flight was travelling from the Gold Coast. Many of the passengers were reportedly returning from the music festival Splendour in The Grass which is held near tourist spot Byron Bay.

    One passenger told Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph that several people suddenly got up to queue for the toilet.

    Jetstar said that it was required to play a pre-recorded announcement on domestic flights about Australia's strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states.

    But it also allowed cabin crew to deliver the message as well, and on this occasion "the crew member's words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we'd expect from our team," it said.

    It said it would reprimand the crew member.

    Some, however, have taken to Jetstar's Facebook page to urge the company to be lenient to the flight attendant, with one praising a "fair dinkum true blue Aussie flight attendant".

    Another said: "Promote that person."
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  • 15 dead, 150 wounded in Israeli strike on Gaza market - medics
    30.07.2014 21:46
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    At least 15 people were killed and 150 people wounded in an Israeli air strike on a market near Gaza City, medics said, RTÉ reported.

    Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the strike hit a busy market in the battered Shejaiya neighbourhood, which lies between Gaza City and the border with Israel.

    The strike came shortly after the Israeli army said it was observing a humanitarian lull that would be in force for four hours from 12pm GMT.

    But it said the lull would not apply in areas where troops were "currently operating", in a move denounced as a publicity stunt by Hamas.

    Thick black smoke billowed over the site as at least five ambulances raced to the scene where bodies lay strewn on the ground, an AFP correspondent said.

    Medics worked frantically to recover the wounded and dead, loading at least five bodies onto stretchers then driving them off in ambulances.

    Among those lying on the ground was a man wearing a flak jacket marked "Press", although it was not immediately clear whether he was dead or wounded.

    Earlier, the head of the main UN relief agency in Gaza denounced an Israeli strike on one of its schools, which killed 16 people.

    "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces," said UNRWA commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

    "This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck," he said.

    Dozens of Palestinians were killed across Gaza today as Israel said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites.

    Israeli tank shells and air strikes hit houses and the UN-run school in Jebalya in northern Gaza.

    The Israeli military, in an initial response, said militants near the UN facility had fired mortar bombs and Israeli forces had shot back.

    Mr Krahenbuhl said about 3,300 people had been sheltering in the school at the moment it was struck.

    After 23 days of violence, the Palestinian death toll has risen above 1,300, most of them were civilians.

    On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the start of the offensive on 8 July.

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  • Jose Mourinho reveals he tried to convince Luka Modric
    30.07.2014 21:41
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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he tried to convince Luka Modric to quit Real Madrid and join him at Stamford Bridge this summer.

    The Blues were strongly linked with Modric earlier in the window with Mourinho known to be on the lookout for a midfield pass-master.

    He eventually swooped for Cesc Fabregas but the Special One has admitted that he called up Modric and tried to convince him to quit Real.

    'I called Modric privately,в' Mourinho told Sportske Novosti newspaper.

    'You know I really appreciate Luka Modric and his qualities '" but he stays in Real Madrid.в'

    Mourinho and Modric enjoyed a successful spell working together at Madrid and the midfielder has made no secret of his love for the Blues coach.
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  • Young Azerbaijani judo fighters win 4 medals at European Cup
    30.07.2014 21:36
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    Young Azerbaijani judo fighters have claimed four medals, including two golds at the European Cup in Prague, the Czech Republic.

    The gold medals came from Davud Mammadov and Huseyn Rahimli.

    Other Azerbaijani fighters Fagan Guluzade grabbed silver, while Firudin Dadashov won bronze medal.

    Azerbaijan ranked third in the overall medal table.
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  • Smart Start internship program of Bakcell creates opportunities for students and graduates
    30.07.2014 20:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    Trend:

    Bakcell - the first mobile operator and the leading mobile internet provider in Azerbaijan has selected 22 young persons to participate in its "Smart Start" internship program.

    Within 10 days after the announcement of the program, more than 1,500 students and graduates have applied for the internship in Bakcell.

    Some 450 out of 920 applicants invited for the initial interview have demonstrated their knowledge during the testing phase. Around 55 candidates who managed to demonstrate good results were invited to participate in the final selection round.

    About 22 students who demonstrated exceptional results have started their internship in Bakcell.

    After participating in the training sessions on various topics, the participants will get acquainted with the work environment in the relevant departments, gain practical experience, as well as develop work-readiness skills.

    The selected interns will undertake an internship in HR, Marketing, Business Technologies, Accounting, Service and Product Development, Enterprise Resource Planning, Retail Sales and Distribution and Customer Service departments.

    The duration of the internship is two months, with five complete business days a week. Bakcell will provide the program participants with a stipend during these two months.

    Bakcell - the first mobile operator and the leading mobile internet provider in Azerbaijan offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

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

    Bakcell's network covers more than 99 percent of the population and 93 percent of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. Bakcell was announced The Mobile Internet Provider of the Year by the famous international The Business Year publication.

    With more than 1000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 80 percent of population and 55 percent of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories). For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please see www.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

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  • Russia to ban vegetable, fruit imports from Poland
    30.07.2014 20:46
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    Russia will ban Polish vegetable and fruit imports from August 1 over the breach of food safety standards, the countryв's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Wednesday.

    ''The ban will apply to virtually all vegetables and fruits, such as apples, pears, quince, cherry, sweet cherry and cabbage, all fresh-refrigerated vegetables,'' assistant to the Rosselkhoznadzor head Alexei Alekseyenko said.

    The Russian agricultural watchdog said the ban would apply to all types of cabbage, as well as peaches, nectarines, plums and black thorns.

    Russia will impose the ban due to Polandв's breach of certification requirements and the presence of quarantine harmful organisms in Polish imports, Alekseyenko said.

    The Russian agricultural watchdog has registered 27 instances of finding two quarantine harmful organisms in Polish imports since the start of 2014.

    Rosselkhoznadzor has also revealed that Polish vegetables and fruits pose a threat to human health in many instances due to excessive concentrations of pesticide residue levels and the presence of nitrates.
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  • Gaza toll passes 1,300 on day 23 of Israeli assault
    30.07.2014 20:21
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    At least 76 people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza Wednesday, including 16 killed when shells hit a U.N. school, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting above 1,300, AFP reported.

    The deadliest strike was at a U.N.-run school in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, where 16 people were killed and scores were wounded when two shells slammed into the facility, drawing a furious denunciation from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

    In another strike on a house in Tuffah neighborhood in northeastern Gaza City, seven members of the same family were killed, among them four children and a woman, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

    In the southern city of Khan Younes, a single strike killed nine members of the same family, including a child, Qudra said, and in a later incident, seven members of another family also died as Israeli tank shelling struck the city.

    Later in the day, medics pulled the bodies of another seven people from the rubble of a house in Khan Younes, also from the same family.

    In another shelling attack in Gaza City, an 11-year-old disabled girl was killed, and a 16-year-old girl died in a strike on central Gaza.

    Another 28 people were killed in various attacks across the Gaza Strip as Israeli ground troops made a "significant advance" into the tiny coastal territory which is home to 1.7 million people.

    So far, 1,306 people have been killed and more than 7,200 wounded since the start of the Israeli offensive, which began with an intensive air campaign on July 8 and expanded when Israel sent ground troops into the Gaza periphery on July 17.

    Figures released at 1200 GMT Tuesday by the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA give a figure of 1,118 dead, including at least 827 civilians, among them 243 children.

    Of the 6,233 injured, 1,949 were children, it said.

    OCHA also said up to 240,000 Palestinians had been internally displaced by the fighting, with the U.N. agency for refugees saying more than 200,000 of them had taken refuge in 85 of its shelters. The rest were staying with relatives or friends.

    On the Israeli side, the conflict has also cost the lives of 53 soldiers, all of whom were killed since the ground operation began, as well as two civilians and a Thai agricultural worker who were killed by rocket fire.

    The army says that during its offensive it has attacked some 4,100 targets in Gaza, and militants have fired more than 2,670 rockets, of which 2,102 struck Israel and another 513 of which were shot down by its missile defense system, Iron Dome.

    Since midnight (2100 GMT Tuesday), 23 rockets have struck Israel and three more were shot down, a military spokeswoman said.

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  • Yemen nearly doubles fuel prices to narrow deficit
    30.07.2014 19:42
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    Yemen's government has nearly doubled fuel prices in an attempt to reform government subsidies and narrow budget deficit, AP reported.

    According to new prices posted Wednesday at the petrol stations in the capital, Sanaa, the government raised price of regular gasoline to 200 Yemeni riyals (93 U.S. cents) from 125 riyals (58 U.S. cents). Diesel used for public transport and trucks rose to 195 riyals (91 U.S. cents) from 100 riyals (46 U.S. cents).

    Past price hikes have led to street riots, but only scattered demonstrations were seen in Sanaa on Wednesday. Security forces and armored vehicles also deployed in the streets.

    The measures are part of a previously announced government austerity plan.

    Yemen spent nearly $3 billion last year on fuel subsidies.

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  • Orlando Bloom takes a swing at Bieber
    30.07.2014 19:22
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    Orlando Bloom attempted to punch singer Justin Bieber at a club in Ibiza, Spain in the early hours of Wednesday morning, MailOnline can confirm.

    Shortly after the incident - that took place outside the restaurant Cipriani - Bieber posted a picture of Bloom's ex Miranda Kerr, fuelling rumours he went on a date with the model while they were still married in 2012.

    While representatives for Bloom and Bieber have refused to comment on the matter, a source on the scene has confirmed the incident to MailOnline.

    We're told: 'Justin was being cordial, and everything was fine. But then Orlando was annoyed when he saw it was Justin and instigated by taking a swing at Justin".

    On Tuesday it was reported by TMZ that Orlando Bloom (left, on that same day) took a 'swing' at Justin Bieber (right, pictured on Sunday in LA) outside a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain

    Troublemaker! Following the scuffle, Justin then posted a picture of Orlando's ex Miranda Kerr before quickly deleting it on his Instagram page

    "Justin ducked, and Orlando's punch missed'.

    Our source adds: 'People intervened, some minor pushing, then they were separated. Justin stayed for a while after'.

    The attempted punch took place fter the 20-year-old bad boy of music asked Bloom, 'What's up

    For years it has been reported that Kerr had been seen on a date with Bieber following a Victoria's Secret show in 2012.

    Clearly trying to irritate the situation further, Bieber then posted a picture of Miranda Kerr in a bathing suit with a symbol of a crown as a caption.

    And Bloom also has ties to Bieber's ex, Selena Gomez; in April they were spotted partying together at the Forum in LA after taking in Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me show.
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  • Leyla Yunusova, her husband charged with betrayal of motherland
    30.07.2014 19:11
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By - Trend:

    The director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, human rights activist Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov have been charged with betrayal of motherland, lawyer Javad Javadov said on July 30.

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  • Armenia sees year by year decrease in volume of foreign investments in its economy
    30.07.2014 18:57
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    The volume of foreign investments in Armenia's economy decreases year by year, Armenia Today quoted the director of the country's National Union of Industrialists and Employers, Gagik Makaryan as saying on July 30.

    The investments are mainly made in certain spheres such as telecommunications, real estate, alcohol, and the mining industry, according to the director.

    Makaryan underscored that the decrease in prices in the sphere of real estate increases its attractiveness, while there is a constant interest in the ore mining industry, as the most favorable conditions have been created for investors in this sphere to the detriment of the country's ecology.

    Unequal competitive conditions and corruption are the traditional obstacles to the investments, according to the director of the country's National Union of Industrialists and Employers.

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  • Azerbaijanis taken hostage in Kalbajar send letters to their families through ICRC
    30.07.2014 18:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Two Azerbaijanis taken hostage by the Armenian servicemen in Azerbaijan's occupied Kalbajar region, have sent letters to their families, head of the Public Relations Department of the Baku office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Ilaha Huseynova told Trend.

    On July 28, the ICRC representatives visited the Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians for the second time.

    "During the visit, the hostages were provided with information about their families and they also sent letters to their families," Huseynova said.

    Previously, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar District's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov. They also reported about the launching of criminal cases against the detained Azerbaijanis.

    The ICRC told Trend that the Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was buried in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    On July 15, the Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People said the fate of Azerbaijani citizens taken hostages in the Kalbajar District, is its priority.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.

    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry dismissed the Armenian media reports on affiliation of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

    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 the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Difficult to discredit Kashagan field, minister says
    30.07.2014 18:47
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Despite the next postponement of the start of oil production, it is difficult to discredit Kazakhstan's Kashagan field, the country's Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin said on July 30 at the Central Communications Service under the president of Kazakhstan.

    "It is difficult to discredit the Kashagan field. This is one of the largest oil fields in the world, professionals are well aware of its potential, which every country would like to have," he said.

    Karabalin said that only dilettantes can be pessimistic about the Kashagan field.

    "We could believe the pessimists if there were not the Tengiz field which has as high a pressure and sulfur content as Kashagan," he added.

    "Today Tengiz plays an important role in Kazakhstan's economy. The revenues from the oil production amounted to $12 million in 2013. Kashagan is similar to it in terms of its conditions, simply it is necessary to properly organize the work there," the minister said.

    Karabalin stressed that the project management system is being reorganized, as the contractors acknowledged that the previous system was expensive and inefficient.

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

    The delayed start of production at Kashagan will result in a loss of 0.5 percent of GDP in 2014, according to Kazakh Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Erbolat Dossayev.

    The project operator North Caspian Operating Co (NCOC) confirmed the need to completely replace the gas and oil pipelines at the field in April.

    The following companies participate in the project: KazMunaiGas (KMG), Eni, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Inpex and CNPC.

    The geological reserves of Kashagan are estimated at 4.8 billion tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels; some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. There are large natural gas reserves at the Kashagan field - over one trillion cubic meters. The total volume of investments in the project is currently equal to $50 billion.

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  • Over 36,000 people visit Azerbaijani www.b2b.az portal
    30.07.2014 18:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    Over 36,000 people have used e-commerce portal www.b2b.az since 2008, created in Azerbaijan to support entrepreneurs' smooth entry to the market, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry said on July 30.

    More than 10,000 people used the portal in the first half of 2014, according to the report.

    Besides Azerbaijani citizens, citizens from other countries use this portal. Thus, more than 1,800 users from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Italy, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Georgia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, France, the UAE and other countries used the portal in the first six months.

    www.b2b.az portal was created by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

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  • New way to peel oranges that saves you time and energy
    30.07.2014 18:20
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    Peeling has always been the most tedious part of eating an orange. Digging your fingers into the fruit and removing chunks of peel is messy, time-consuming, and completely inefficient. Luckily, Lifegooroo has found a way to peel your oranges in half the amount of time you spend now. Here are the five easy steps to do this:

    1. Get a knife. This is a kind of requirement for this orange-peeling method. A fork isnв't going to work.

    2. Slice off a little bit from the bottom and the top of the orange. Donв't cut too close to the middle'"youв'll lose too much of the fruit that way.

    3. Align your knife so that you are cutting between the natural separation between two orange slices instead of cutting right through one of the slices, mangling it.

    4. Cut through the orange until you reach the opposite side of the peel. You donв't have to cut through it and slice the orange in half.

    5. Unroll the orange. Starting from where you cut the orange vertically, pull the two halves of the orange away from each other. You should now see a strip of orange slices waiting for you to eat them. Enjoy!

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  • Three killed in car bomb blast in Egypt
    30.07.2014 18:19
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    Three people were killed in a car bomb blast Wednesday in Giza province, southwest of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, media reported.

    The three people in a small van were on their way to carry out a terrorist operation, Xinhua reported citing official news agency MENA as quoting an official security source.

    The van, which was shattered, was likely carrying a small bomb, the source said, noting it exploded by mistake while passing near Shorafa village in Giza.

    A bomb disposal team moved immediately to the scene to comb the area to check any possible bomb attacks, he added.

    There has been a surge of attacks by extremist militant groups in the restive Sinai peninsula and some other provinces across the country, including capital Cairo and Nile delta cities, since the military ousted former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

    The Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.
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  • Hamas dismisses Israeli lull as propaganda
    30.07.2014 18:17
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    A Hamas spokesman dismissed the Israeli army's announcement of a 4-hour humanitarian lull in Gaza as "propaganda," AP reported.

    "The Israeli army's announcement is nothing but media propaganda and has no value because it excludes the hot spots on the border," the group's Al-Quds TV quoted an unidentified spokesman as saying.

    The Israeli army had said the lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip was to begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    "The IDF has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 3-7 p.m. (1200 - 1600 GMT)," the army said in a statement.

    But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were "currently operating," it said, without elaborating in a statement that came several hours after the army advanced deeper into the Gaza Strip.

    "Residents must not return to areas that have previously been asked to evacuate," it added.

    U.N. figures show that up to 240,000 people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting which began on July 8 and has so far killed more than 1,297 people in Gaza and 56 in Israel.

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  • Azerbaijan to buy another 140 tons of Stavropol grain
    30.07.2014 18:17
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    Annual demand for the country's grain is 3 million tons.

    New Stavropol grain is ready for shipment.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Novosti.az that the statement came from the Stavropol branch of the Center for Grain Quality Assessment, according to Russian media.

    Earlier 80 tons of Stavropol grain were sent to Azerbaijan.

    The average purchase price for grain, including delivery to the border with Azerbaijan, is 8 400 rubles ( AZN 184.8, or $236 at current exchange rate) per ton.

    Also, according to Russian press reports, the shipping of grain from last year crop to Azerbaijan has been launched. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the country's annual demand for grain is 3 000 000 tons, including the need for food wheat standing at 1 650 000 tons.
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  • Middle East holds 43.2 percent of worldв's natural gas
    30.07.2014 18:12
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    The Middle East, with 80.3 trillion cu/m, is home to 43.2 percent of the total natural gas deposit in the world, according to a new report, Al Arabiya reported.

    A BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2014 report said Qatar currently contains the highest deposit of natural gas with 24.7 trillion cu/m with Saudi Arabia next in line containing 8.2 trillion cu/m in the region.

    Bob Dudley, group chief executive of BP, said "the data in this review shows a flexible global energy system adapting to a changing world. It demonstrates how the world's quest for secure and fairly-priced energy can be met through competitive industries driving innovation and smart government policies that amplify the creative energy."

    The proven natural gas reserves by the end of 2013 stood at 185.7 trillion cu/m, 0.2 percent higher than the previous year, the BP data added.

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has, however, stated that the demand for natural gas will exceed its production from Middle East countries by the year 2019.

    The available figures indicate an increase in demand from 426bn cu/m in 2002 to around 535bn cu/m in 2019, thus recording a 109bn cu/m increase or 26 percent rise.

    Estimates also indicate that gas production will increase from 582bn cu/m in 2013 to only around 658bn cu/m through the end of this decade. Another report said that the main reasons behind the increase in the use of gas in the energy sector stem from economic factors such as the price of gas being lower than that of oil and environmental factors such as less pollution.

    The report also added that the regional power consumption is increasing rapidly - the rise is estimated at five percent to six percent yearly in some countries in the region compared with two percent to four percent in other countries.

    The global reserves of conventional natural gas are estimated at about 176 T.m3 (trillion m3) at the end of 2004.

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  • Ani Lorak to perform at Heydar Aliyev Palace
    30.07.2014 18:07
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    Ani Lorak is a Ukrainian pop singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and former UN Goodwill Ambassador. Having received Ukraine's most prestigious and honorary title, the People's Artist of Ukraine, Lorak has been cited as one of the most powerful and influential women in her country, as well as ranked one of the most beautiful women from Eastern Europe, SIA reports.

    Lorak represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Shady Lady" and came in 2nd place behind Dima Bilan from Russia.
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  • The Internetв's Next Act
    30.07.2014 17:51
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    By J. Bradford DeLong

    Ten years ago, the world emerged from the dot-com bust and started to look more soberly at the Internet's potential. While speculative greed and fear of missing out might have overplayed the short-term outlook, the Internet's immense longer-term prospects were never in doubt. I, and other optimistic economists, assumed that free information and communication would herald an era of rapid productivity growth and improved wellbeing - to a greater or lesser extent - for everyone, regardless of their skills, wealth, or social background. Were we right?

    In many respects, the revolution in information and communications technology (ICT) has delivered more than it promised - and often in unpredictable ways. For many, the true marvel of the digital age is its creation of a parallel universe. Anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection can gossip with (or about) virtual friends; witness extraordinary events that may or may not have happened; or play games in a mock world of incomparable complexity.

    The Internet has created a dreamscape that is accessible to all and that can inspire us to still greater heights of imagination. Indeed, those who scoff at the value of this should remember that ever since Homer sang around the hearth fire about the wrath of Achilles, dreams have been our greatest source of pleasure and inspiration.

    But the benefits of the Internet have come not just to those who work or play online. Everyone has gained to some degree. Go to a WalMart, Costco, Tesco, or Lidl superstore anywhere in the world, and compare the price, quality, and range of today's goods with those of a generation or two ago. This dramatic change for the better largely reflects the rapid development of global supply chains, with real-time monitoring of customer preferences enabling manufacturers located on the other side of the world to know instantly what, when, and how much to produce.

    There is much more to come. Companies are using the Internet to "crowdsource" new ideas, and even let customers co-design their own products. New Web-based platforms allow ordinary people - without money or special skills - to share their cars, spare bedrooms, or even do-it-yourself tools, thus challenging the dominance of global corporations. The "Internet of Things" is connecting simple household items - like a thermostat - to the Web, helping owners to save money and even reduce their carbon emissions.

    And yet we must still ask: Is everyone really benefiting in the new economy? Only a fortunate few, especially those who combine innovative thinking with financial acumen, have fully captured the monetary profits of the ICT revolution, becoming its poster children in the process.

    Lower down the economic scale, most people, though enjoying easy access to technology and low prices, have lost ground, with real wages falling for many years. This is not a temporary decline: labor in advanced Western economies can no longer command a large wage premium, and workers' situation may worsen further.

    Moreover, white-collar managers and employees - the brainpower that keeps the intricate global corporate machinery whirring, and once the backbone of the middle class - are no longer in such high demand. Many of their skills, which long underpinned their status, careers, and livelihoods, are becoming redundant.

    For today's ordinary middle-class family, a medical mishap can become a financial catastrophe. Owning a home involves a life of indebtedness. Providing a decent education to one's children requires struggle and sacrifice. The assumptions that defined middle-class households - and many working-class households - for at least two generations are disappearing before our eyes.

    Who is speaking out for them? Most households stand to gain from the continuation of the ICT revolution. But middle-class and working-class families would benefit more if the hyper-cheap products and services, free information, and virtual leisure experiences augmented, rather than eroded, their marketable skills. The politician who can figure out how to steer the revolution accordingly might never lose another election.

    Copyright: Project Syndicate

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  • 150 people buried in landslide in India
    30.07.2014 17:48
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    Heavy rain triggered a landslide in India on Wednesday burying up to 150 people and rescuers were struggling through mud to try to reach them, a disaster official said.

    The first batch of emergency workers had arrived at the scene, 60 km (37 miles) from the western city of Pune, but the rain, mud and poor communications were hampering rescue efforts, Sandeep Rai Rathore, inspector general of the national disaster force, told Reuters.

    "The area is quite a difficult terrain," said Rathore, adding that rescuers were trying to determine how many people were caught in the landslide.

    "The figure, it could be up to 150."

    Seven teams of 42 rescue workers each were being sent to help, said the disaster force's deputy inspector general of operations, S.S. Guleria. Rainy season downpours, though vital for India's agriculture, often bring disaster.

    Unprecedented rain in June last year wreaked havoc across India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, causing rivers and lakes to burst their banks, inundating towns and villages and killing thousands of people.

    Badly managed hydro-power projects were partly to blame for those floods, an environment ministry panel said in April.
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  • At least 34 killed in stampede at Guinea beach concert
    30.07.2014 17:48
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    At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources said on Wednesday.

    Hundreds of people gathered at the Donka hospital in the capital to visit the injured and identify the dead. A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of three children among the dead. Witnesses put the number at around ten, Reuters reported.

    "There are currently 34 bodies in the morgue. The list of injured keeps growing," a medical source told Reuters, requesting anonymity. "The oldest among them can't be more than 20. There are young girls among them," he said.

    The presidency declared a week of mourning. The head of a government agency for entertainment had been removed from his post following the incident overnight, the presidency added.

    Witnesses said the event was attended by up to 10,000 people, mostly children and youths, who came to see popular local rap groups 'Banlieuzart' and 'Instinct Killers'.

    In January, six youths were killed on another beach in Conakry when a bridge collapsed during New Year's celebrations. Conakry's beaches are small compared to other regional capitals like Dakar and Freetown and entrances and exits are often narrow.

    The stampede, which occurred during celebrations to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in mainly Muslim Guinea, comes at a time when health workers are stretched by an outbreak of Ebola.

    The deadly tropical virus was first detected in the poor, mineral-rich West African country in February and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing more than 670 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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  • Israel says it will hold Gaza fire for 4 hours
    30.07.2014 17:44
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    The Israeli military has declared a four-hour cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip, saying it's for humanitarian reasons, AP reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The children were placed in the care of family members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Emil Ismayilov -Trend:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Azerbaijani Central Bank decreases discount rate
    30.07.2014 17:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Ilaha Mammadli - Trend:

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

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

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