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China bans new government buildings in corruption curb
24.07.2013 14:18
China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years, according to state media, BBC reported.

The move comes as part of a campaign by President Xi Jinping to show that the ruling Communist Party (CPC) is cracking down on corruption and waste.

Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage.

The directive forbids luxury makeovers and expansions done under the guise of repair work, Xinhua newspaper said.


The notice says some departments and local authorities have built huge government office compounds against regulations, tainting the image of the CPC.

Among the buildings that have attracted widespread disapproval in recent years is the western-style government office building in the city of Fuyang in Anhui province, in eastern China.

It reportedly cost 30 million yuan ($4.89m, pound;3.19m) to build and is referred to as the 'White House' by residents.

A state-owned drug company also caused outrage after photographs emerged apparently showing a building decorated to mimic France's Versailles palace, complete with gold-tinted walls and chandeliers.

Some government agencies have reportedly built luxury offices in seaside resorts where officials can stay for free or at deeply discounted prices.

The ban - described as an "across-the-board halt" - includes training centres, hotels or government motels, Xinhua said.

It also says government organisations should not receive sponsorship or donations towards construction projects, or collaborate with private companies.

"Banning the building of new government buildings is important for building a clean government and also a requirement for boosting CPC-people ties and maintaining the image of the CPC and the government," Xinhua quoted the directive as saying.

Tackling corruption has been President Xi Jinping's most high-profile policy since he became China's leader earlier this year.

He has warned that "corruption and bribe-taking by some party members and cadres" pose "severe challenges" to the Communist Party's rule.

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    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

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    By Zulfiyya Gurbanova - Trend:

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    24.07.2014 16:09
    Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he stopped communicating personally with Barack Obama over phone.

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    In the first set the either party could establish superiority over each other. This was the reason why the winner of the match was identified in the tie-break. Panova and Watson made fewer mistakes in the tie-break and won the set 7:6.

    In the second set Panova and Watson slightly prevailed. The duo preserved this superiority till the end of the set and won it 6:4.

    Thus, Akleksandra Panova (RUS) and Heather Watson (GBR) finished the match 2-0 and moved on to the semi-finals.
  • France announces 11 million euros in aid for Gaza
    24.07.2014 15:54
    President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday an 11-million-euro ($14.8 million) aid package to the besieged Gaza Strip, where an Israeli military offensive has left more than 700 people dead, AFP reported.

    An advisor to Holland said the humanitarian aid, eight million of which will be given to the Palestinian Authority and the remainder to U.N. bodies and NGOs working in Gaza, was approved after a meeting with non-governmental organizations working in the strife-torn region.

    The NGOs "highlighted the gravity of the situation, the scale of the humanitarian needs of the civilian population and the difficulty of humanitarian workers in getting to the victims," Hollande's office said.

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  • Azerbaijan APPG Chair Christopher Pincher backs the MHR campaign
    24.07.2014 15:54
    Christopher Pincher, UK MP for Tamworth, has given his backing to the 'Many Happy Returnsв' (MHR) campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the 1 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are the ongoing victims of the Armenian'"Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Mr Pincher '" who sits on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in the Westminster Parliament '" has been Chair of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) since 2012.

    Mr Pincher has first-hand experience of camps housing IDPs and refugees, including those in Sheki and Gabala. During the most recent APPG trip in May 2014, he spoke to the Azerbaijani media. He said: ''We have visited the new settlements constructed in Sheki for some of the IDPs. These play an essential role in improving the living conditions for these people. We are aware of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its ongoing impact on Azerbaijan. We will raise a question in the UK Parliament, as this conflict should be settled and the IDPs should be able to return home.''

    Mr Pincher has now made the following statement on the 'Many Happy Returnsв' (MHR) campaign, aimed at highlighting the plight of the refugees and IDPs. He commented: ''Seeing this makes us realise how lucky we are in the UK. Our hopes are with the IDPs for a speedy return to their homeland.''

    The title of the MHR campaign is based on the English birthday greeting 'Many Happy Returnsв' which, in this case, also refers to the wish of the IDPs and refugees to return to their rightful homeland. The website features photos of IDPs in just three of the camps spread across the 76 regions of Azerbaijan, taken by the renowned German photographer Philipp Rathmer.

    Despite a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia being called 20 years ago, and four UN Security Council resolutions being passed against the illegal Armenian occupation, those whose land was seized remain unable to go home.

    The MHR website also gives members of the public the opportunity to pledge their support for a poll '" taking just 30 seconds '" to redesignate 'UN World Refugee Dayв' as 'World Refugee and IDP Dayв'.
  • US Republican calls for bombing of Iran nuclear sites
    24.07.2014 15:54
    Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Republican Louie Gohmert said that Israelв's invasion of Gaza means that it is time to bomb Iran.

    A US Republican congressman has called for the bombing of Iran's nuclear sites, saying in case of US hesitancy, Israel should be allowed to do that, Press TV reports.

    "It is time to bomb Iran's nuclear capabilities. It is time for the United States, if we are not going to stop Iran's nukes, then let Israel do it. A friend will not put another friend in this kind of jeopardy."

    Israel and the US accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the pretext to threaten military strikes against the Islamic Republic. Iran has repeatedly denied the allegation, warning of a crushing response to any act of aggression against it.

    Gohmert added that the US must cut its aid to any country that has relationship with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

    "It is time to cut off every dime of American money going to anyone who has any kind of relationship with Hamas or those killing in the Middle East, and especially in Israel," he said.

    Latest reports suggest Israeli air assaults and ground invasion of Gaza have killed more than 730 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 4,600 others since July 8.

    The rambling comments by the Texan lawmaker came just days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has has complied with the interim nuclear accord clinched between Tehran and the P5 1 over Iran's nuclear energy program.

    According to a Sunday report by Reuters, the UN atomic watchdog said in his latest report that the Islamic republic has eliminated its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under the nuclear accord.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany agreed on the extension of talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a permanent deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program.

    The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.

    Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
  • Twitter staff under reign of men
    24.07.2014 15:46
    Twitter's staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male and white.

    Overall, only 3 in 10 employees there are women and 59% of its workforce is white.

    "We have a lot of work to do," the company said in a blog post.

    The lack of diversity is even more apparent on the management team, where 79% is male and 72% is white. When it comes to Twitter's employees doing technology-specific work only 1 in 10 are women.

    The company posted the statistics Wednesday after Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) released extremely similar reports over the past two months. Between 60% and 70% of the workforce at those companies are also male and more than half are white.

    Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) employs about 2,700 employees, fewer than the other three companies.

    Tech companies have closely guarded their employment data in the past. This flurry of diversity reports is a first from companies in Silicon Valley.

    Findings show their workforces do not reflect of the nation's overall population, which is about 63% white, 17% Hispanic, 13% African American and 5% Asian, according the Census Bureau. And the Labor Department reports that women make up 49% of those with jobs.

  • Georgian embassy in Washington moves to new building
    24.07.2014 15:45
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Georgian embassy in Washington has moved to a new building.

    The government bought a new building in Washington in 2014, which was transferred to the ownership of the country, the Georgian foreign ministry told Trend on July 24. The Georgian embassy moved to this building.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Georgia's ambassador to the U.S. Archil Gegeshidze attended the official opening ceremony of the new building.

    Georgia's consulate is also in this building.

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  • Kazakh Foreign Ministry tightly controls return of countryв's citizens from Israel
    24.07.2014 15:38
    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 24

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh tourists in Israel have been taken to a safe place after the cancellation of the flights from Israel to Turkey, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on July 24.

    "Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry tightly controls the return of the country's citizens that cannot return from Israel to Turkey as the flights of the Turkish airlines have been cancelled. Tonight, all 13 Kazakh citizens that were taken to Palestine by the TezTour company, after the cancellation of the scheduled flight to Turkey, were returned to Jerusalem with the efforts of Kazakh consul and embassy in Israel due to the tense situation in Palestine," the Foreign Ministry said.

    "At the same time, two Ukrainian and two Russian citizens were taken out of the city of Bethlehem with the efforts of Kazakh diplomats. Currently, negotiations are underway to return the Kazakh citizens to Turkey," the ministry stressed.

    More than 800 civilians, including women and children were killed during the Enduring rock operation which was started on July 7 by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

    It was also reported that Israeli army lost 45 soldiers during the military operations.

    Some airlines have cancelled the flights to Israel due to the military operations.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijani defense minister receives ICRC office head
    24.07.2014 15:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24


    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov has received the head of the Azerbaijan's office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Denise Duran, the defense ministry reported on July 24.

    The sides exchanged views on joint activity of Azerbaijan and the ICRC, the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and humanitarian cooperation, according to the report.

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  • Algeria plane disappear from radar
    24.07.2014 15:26
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers in northern Africa has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency confirmed.

    APS said air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after take-off in the early hours of this morning. "In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

    The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

    Ouagadougou is almost directly south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.
  • Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso (UPDATE)
    24.07.2014 15:21
    (Details added - first version posted at 14:34)

    Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

    APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.

    Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. An Algieran official had earlier said it was an Airbus A320.

    The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 local time but never reached its destination.

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  • Azercell provides fastest data speed among mobile operators, Ookla Net Д°ndex says
    24.07.2014 15:19
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24


    The most precise system for measuring the data speed - Ookla Net Index once again ranked Azercell as the provider of the fastest speed of mobile Internet in Azerbaijan, a message from Azercell said on July 24.

    Thus, based on the Ookla research, currently Azercell provides 6.12MB/s of mobile Internet speed. This is the highest index among all mobile operators in the country.

    Ookla is one of the most reliable systems for rating Internet connectivity speed, running up to five million tests on a daily basis.

    Azercell was also recognized as the country's fastest mobile Internet provider with the speed of 5.5 MB/s in 2013, according to Ookla Net Index. The testing was done over 300,000 unique IP addresses from Azerbaijan. It is worth noting, that Azercell's data speed is very close to the level of fixed broadband speed. Internet users enjoy this quality over radio signal instead of cable connectivity.

    "Indisputably, Azercell Telecom is the provider of the fastest, reliable and the most affordable mobile data in Azerbaijan. Currently, Azercell subscribers can choose from a range of data packs of different value: daily, weekly, monthly 3G packs, as well as 4G data packages. The subscribers can even pick the data pack per the traffic they prefer to consume. In addition, Azercell Telecom constantly offers discounted campaigns and services for mobile data users of its network as Free Internet on Weekends, 10GB=10AZN, 50 MB= 0.25 AZN," the company said.

    Currently, every second subscriber of Azercell is an active user of mobile internet, consuming two time more mobile data, than back in 2013.

    Today Azercell provides the fastest Internet access not only from phones, but also from different handheld devices. The company was the first to commercially launch 4G technology not only in Azerbaijan, but in the region. Some 300 out of nearly 6,000 Radio Base Stations of Azercell constituted LTE (4G) network for Baku and Absheron peninsula as of late 2013.

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service ASAN imza (ASAN signature) and others. With 51 percent share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99.8 percent of the country's population. The number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4.5 million people by late 2013. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan. The company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector.

  • Demand for alcohol drinks grows in Azerbaijan
    24.07.2014 15:19
    "Young people uses more expensive and higher quality alcohol".

    "Azerbaijan has increased the volume of alcohol drinks production. But the fact is that illegal production has grown, which is beyond the control of appropriate structures.

    Also it should be noted that import of alcohol drinks is growing. However, most of the alcohol production, which is on the shelves, is made '‹'‹in our country."

    Oxu.Az referring to the "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from the Chairman of the Centre of Research on Sustainable Development Nariman Agayev.

    "The growth in production and imports is connected with increased demand", says Nariman Agayev. "Azerbaijan generally occupies a leading position among the Muslim countries for the consumption of alcoholic beverages per capita.

    We can not say that the production of alcoholic beverages declines. Just as I have already noted, most of the production is illegal. Analysis of excise stamps, sales, consumer survey of alcoholic beverages, the number of shops that sell alcoholic beverages shows the growth of consumption. The number of restaurants grows and it also affects the increase in alcohol consumption.

    The import is also not properly regulated. But we can clearly say that compared to the years of 2011-2012, the imports have increased. So the annual import is increasing as well.

    Moreover, the imported alcoholic products are of higher quality than local. And this is also one of the reasons for the increase in imports. Incomes are growing, and the number of people who can not afford the more expensive and high-quality alcoholic beverages is increasing.

    It is most common among young people. Youth clubs use more expensive and higher quality alcoholic beverages. This all suggests that the demand is growing, leading to an increase in imports ", the expert concluded.
  • Hamas has no intentions to disarm
    24.07.2014 15:15
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Hamas does not intend to disarm until Israel liberates occupied Palestinian lands, the head of Hamas political bureau Khaled Meshal said, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on July 24.

    "First, Israel must disarm," he added.

    "Israel says that civilians live in the Jewish settlements in Palestine," he added. "In reality, they are not civilians as they live in occupied Palestinian lands."

    Meshal also stressed that the population of Gaza, which has been subjected to Israeli aggression, has the right to self-defense.

    More than 800 civilians, including women and children were killed during the 'Enduring Rock' operation which started on July 7.

    It is reported that the Israeli army lost 45 servicemen during the hostilities.

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  • SP: Trend for Kazakhstan's economic risk is stable
    24.07.2014 15:15
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:

    The trend for Kazakhstan's economic risk is stable, despite the negative outlook on the long-term sovereign rating, Standard amp; Poor's Ratings Services said in its new report "Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: Kazakhstan" published on July 24.

    Samp;P classifies the banking sector of Kazakhstan in group '8' under the Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) methodology. Other banking systems in group '8' are those of Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Argentina, Hungary, and Nigeria. In addition, the agency includes Russia, which is in group '7', as a peer for the Kazakh banking system.

    The bank criteria use the BICRA economic risk and industry risk scores to determine a bank's anchor, the starting point in assigning an issuer credit rating. The anchor for banks operating only in Kazakhstan is 'bb-'.

    Major strengths factor for Kazakhstan's banking sector are good economic growth prospects compared with developed countries, strong Kazakhstan's fiscal and external balance positions and diversified funding base with a sizable share of retail deposits and limited reliance on external funding.

    Weaknesses factors are aggressive lending, weak underwriting standards, and rising credit losses over the past three years; inability of regulators and banks to clean up very high levels of problem loans after the crisis; low risk-adjusted returns of the banking system; weak governance and transparency, and a high incidence of corruption and fraud in the banking sector.

    "Economic risks in Kazakhstan remain very high in a global context. Kazakhstan's economy depends heavily on the hydrocarbons sector," the agency said.

    Although Samp;P expects GDP growth to slow to 4.5-5 percent in 2014-2016, it expects banking assets to grow much faster at about 15 percent in 2014-2015, similar to the rate in 2011-2013.

    In the agency's opinion, the Kazakh economy has been in a "correction" phase since 2011, during which banks' nonperforming and restructured loans have remained the highest among peers and have not declined, while credit losses have increased. The view of extremely high credit risk in Kazakhstan takes into account the country's banks' history of aggressive underwriting standards and the country's weak payment culture and rule of law.

    Industry risks are also very high in Kazakhstan, according to Samp;P. The agency believes the Kazakh banking regulators lack independence and can be subject to political interference. Their corrective actions to prevent the system from overheating before the recent crisis and to clean up the banking system's very high level of problem loans afterward proved ineffective. In Samp;P's view, Kazakh banks' risk appetites remain aggressive, reflecting opportunistic growth by some small and midsize Kazakh banks as well as banks' continued financing of volatile real estate and construction projects. The banking system's risk-adjusted profitability is low because income generation significantly lags balance sheet expansion at rapidly growing banks, due to margin pressure, or due to poor asset quality at a few large and midsize banks. Compared with before the crisis, Kazakh banks now predominantly finance themselves with customer deposits, a large part of which is from the government and government-related companies.

    The expectation of a slowdown in GDP growth is largely due to lower oil production and increased regional tensions. However, the banking sector has only modest risk exposure to the oil sector. Samp;P still expects growing demand for credit from small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) and consumers, which tend to be the banks' core lending customer base. Nevertheless, the agency expects credit risk in the economy to remain extremely high.

    Samp;P expects that the very high volume of nonperforming loans (NPLs) will decline only gradually in 2014 and 2015, partly through write-offs stimulated by newly enacted tax incentives. In addition, the agency expects that the unwinding of large imbalances, caused by the credit and real estate boom, will likely continue to constrain the banking sector's development. Nevertheless, Samp;P believes most problem loans related to the 2008 crisis have already surfaced, and that credit losses, while remaining elevated in a global context, are unlikely to increase further.

    "We view the trend for Kazakhstan's industry risk as stable. Margin pressure and undiversified revenues typically do not allow banks to generate sufficient earnings to buffer a rise in credit costs, which could happen in a down cycle," Samp;P said.

    The agency notes that some consolidation in the banking sector is underway, with three mergers pending, and the regulator's imposition of increased minimum capital requirements will make it harder for small banks to operate in future. If consolidation negatively affects the view of industry stability, Samp;P will likely revise downward the assessment of industry risk.

    "As opposed to precrisis financing by Kazakh banks, we expect continued growth in corporate and retail deposits to fund lending growth, with very limited recourse to wholesale funding in international capital markets," Samp;P said.

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  • Georgia does not intend to waive constructive dialogue with Russia
    24.07.2014 15:08
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The current situation in Ukraine is very difficult. Regarding Georgia's internal issues, we should focus on our own interests, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said in the interview with Imedi TV channel.

    "Georgia has opportunities for the relations with Russia to become more constructive," he said.

    "I understand that the situation in Ukraine is very hard," he added. "We are unanimous on this issue. But regarding our issues, we must focus on our own interests."

    "A successful and positive meeting has been recently held between Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative Zurab Abashidze and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin," Garibashvili added.

    "Moreover, Russian and Georgian experts on the association agreement with the EU also met," he said.

    He added that Georgia should continue the constructive dialogue in this direction.

    Following mass demonstrations in support of the federalization of Ukraine in mid-April, the government started a special operation in the south-east of the country. Some 200 Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement representatives were killed during this operation, according to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. More than 600 were injured.

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  • The reasons that youв're always hungry
    24.07.2014 14:50
    Itв's quite natural to be hungry when you donв't eat for a long time and do lots of physical exercises. This feeling is really bothering. When you are hungry, you canв't work, study and do plenty of other things because you are obsessed with the desire to eat something. But sometimes you may be hungry no matter how much and how often you eat. Constant hunger will force you to consume more and more food that may lead to negative consequences like overweight. To avoid this you should find out the root of your problem and not repeat your mistakes in future. Have a look at the following list of reasons and probably youв'll understand why you always want to eat.

    1. You Skip Breakfast

    If you tend to skip breakfast, break this habit. Breakfast is the most substantial meal of the day that is necessary for you. Try to eat your breakfast regularly and your blood sugar will be stabilized so that you will not crave foods during the day. You need to include protein into your morning dishes in order to cope with hunger more effectively. Make it a rule to eat every morning and you will manage to reduce your daily consumption of food.

    2. You Are Dehydrated

    There are some moments when your mind may mislead you. That means you shouldnв't eat every time you feel hungry; perhaps your body is dehydrated and you simply need some water. The symptoms of hunger and dehydration are almost the same, so you can easily mix them up. For example, you will lack energy and feel sleepy. Thatв's why I recommend you to drink a glass of water at first and later you will see whether you are hungry or thirsty. This tactic may be very helpful for you and youв'll save a great number of calories.

    3. You Eat Empty Calories

    To provide good nourishment to your body, you have to choose the right foods, otherwise youв'll soon get hungry even after eating a big portion. It would be nice if you remove empty calories from your diet as they may be harmful to your health. Why not switch to wholesome dishes that are full of nutrients and different vitamins? Consequently, your appetite will change and you will not be starving anymore.

    4. You Lack Regular Sleep

    Regular sleep is one of the main things that we need to stay healthy, beautiful and energetic. Plus, our appetite is highly dependent on how much we sleep. If you donв't get enough sleep, your body will be exhausted and it will require extra energy. All this will result in the constant feeling of hunger. Certainly, food is an enormous source of energy for your body. So, every time when you suffer from sleep deprivation you will try to eat more than you usually do. Undoubtedly, healthy sleep will help you keep fit and improve your well-being at the same time.

    5. You Donв't Eat Enough Healthy Fats and Proteins

    Being constantly hungry will bring you discomfort throughout the day and you will not miss an opportunity to have a snack whenever possible. The solution to this problem may be very simple '" just add more protein and healthy fats to your eating plan and youв'll feel full for several hours. After eating these nutrients you wonв't crave food because they are digested for a long period of time.

    6. Youв're Bored

    We should admit that we often rush into the kitchen and look for tasty foods in our fridge when we have nothing to do. For most people, this is the most efficient way to get rid of boredom, but, unfortunately, it leads to unwanted calories. If your hunger is caused by boredom, you should resist a temptation to eat something. Actually, there are so many other activities you can do to amuse yourself.

    7. You Watch Too Much TV

    According to a study from the USDA, people who watch TV for over 2 hours a day have a higher risk of obesity. About 60% of Americans fall into that category. The thing is, when you watch TV, you tend to eat bigger amounts of high-calorie snack foods and drink more sugary drinks, which make you crave even more sugary snacks and drinks.

    8. You Are Burned Out at Work

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consistently heavy workloads can impact your eating habits. 230 women took part in this study '" women who felt burned out at work were more likely to overeat compared to those who were more satisfied with their job.

    9. You Drink Too Much

    Alcohol is actually a bigger contributor to overeating than watching TV. Drinking too much alcohol can increase ghrelin levels, a hormone that makes us feel hungry. No wonder you want to eat more after drinking that glass of wine. This is probably the most overlooked reason why you are always hungry.

    10. Thereв's another Reason to Your Problem

    In case you canв't overcome your hunger, it would be reasonable to turn to your doctor and discover what is wrong with you. For instance, the feeling of hunger may be the signal of such disease as diabetes. Due to this you are to consult your doctor and check up your health. When you know the reason, you can solve the problem efficiently.

    At the very moment youв've realized that you canв't fight back your hunger, you have to think over your lifestyle and change it for better. Permanent hunger is a sign that you make definite mistakes or even you have some illness. To protect yourself from undesirable effects, donв't put your problem until tomorrow.
  • Afghan market bombing kills 6
    24.07.2014 14:50
    A bombing in a market in northern Afghanistan killed six people on Thursday, including a young girl, while a separate attack in the east killed a local police commander and his bodyguard, officials said.

    The attack in the market was aimed at a police car but the police escaped unharmed, said Sonatullah Timor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial government. The bomb, which was placed on a motorcycle, wounded 26 people, including children, he said.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but Taliban insurgents frequently target the country's security forces, AP reported.

    In a separate incident, a suicide bomber detonated his payload at a checkpoint in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing a local police commander and his bodyguard, according to police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal. He said the bomber shook hands with the commander before the explosion. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a media statement.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the progress of construction at the Baku Olympic Stadium, environmental project around Lake Boyukshor and adjacent areas and construction of Hasan Aliyev Street-Ziya Bunyadov Avenue-Olympic Stadium highway
    24.07.2014 14:45
    President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevhas reviewed the progress of at the Baku Olympic Stadium.

    The head of state was informed that the 70,000-seat stadium would be built in a modern architectural style and occupy a special place among similar facilities. The stadium, to be built to international standards, will have stands with different functions, running tracks and other infrastructure. The facility will consist of the main and auxiliary stadiums, an auxiliary building, as well as sections for VIP, CIP, media and disabled spectators.
  • Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie aircraft
    24.07.2014 14:41
    Algerian aviation authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, about 50 minutes after take-off, the APS state news agency reported on Thursday.

    APS gave no details on the number of passengers aboard flight AH 5017, Reuters reported.

    Story still developing

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  • Iran: Why the West can neither shake nor stir it
    24.07.2014 14:35
    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    Has Iran outmaneuvered the West in the nuclear talks? Has Iran outsmarted most other countries in the game of geopolitics? If nothing else, Iran has managed to convince the United States and other members of the P5 1 to undo some of the sanctions that were imposed on the Islamic Republic, all while maintaining its position on its nuclear program. In other words Iran has succeeded in getting something for nothing.

    "Look at it this way. No matter how the talks end, Iran will come out the real winner. Even if there is ultimately no agreement, Tehran will pocket the considerable concessions Washington has already made," says Michael Singh, the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    Indeed, Iran seems to have the upper hand as it succeeds in convincing the world community that it never intended to develop nuclear technology for anything else but peaceful purposes. And if you believe this to be true, there is a bridge in Brooklyn you should really take a look at.

    The European Union Foreign Policy Chief and Iran's Foreign Minister said at a joint press conference on Monday that "There are still significant gaps on some core issues which will require more time and effort."

    What core issues, asks Jonathan Kaye in the National Post. There should in fact not be an issue at all. Iran has by now some 19,000 centrifuges and is working on producing new models that are more difficult for UN weapons inspectors to detect.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, wants Iran to expand its centrifuge stock by a factor of 10. And as points out Kaye, Iran's (moderate) president Hasan Rouhani, says that Iran won't part with its the centrifuges "under any circumstances."

    Once again, if you want to predict the future, study the past. So let us take a look back at why Iran is so hell bent on acquiring nuclear technology?

    Iran has some genuine fears that Western powers often tend to ignore. First, Iran is a Persian nation almost surround by Arab countries. And when you factor in the religion element, Iran is a Shiite nation almost surrounded by Sunni countries.

    Historically, Arabs and Persians never really got along, and neither did Sunnis and Shiites get along. Iran seems to be getting along fine with groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories and with the Syrian government in Damascus.

    The exception here is Hamas who are Sunni; all other groups are either Shiite or as in the case of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shiism.

    And second, Iran vowed during the devastating eight-year war it fought against Iraqi, that it would never allow itself to fall into that position of vulnerability ever again.

    Iran is further helped along by the inability of the United States to formulate its foreign policy over a lengthy period of time, projecting instability, lack of continuity and the absence of coherence. Instead, what filters through the doublespeak emanating from the U.S. State Department is a hesitant Washington policy that putters along, stalls and putters some more.

    Policy, seen from a Washington prism can only project in four-year increments -- from presidential election to presidential election. What eventually emerges is an image that portrays the U.S. as having no coherent blueprint even at crucial times. This is a problem which a number of U.S. diplomats acknowledge in private conversations, particularly when it comes to dealing in the complexities of the Middle East. One obvious answer is continuity. The life span of the average U.S. foreign policy is, at most, two U.S. presidential terms. That translates to eight years. But often, especially in a first term administration, by the time the candidate is selected and confirmed and gets his or her team into place, there are just over three years left before the monster machine that is the election campaign of a U.S. president gets underway, and for the remainder of the mandate, all eyes are turned toward domestic policy, mainly that of getting the president re-elected.

    Iran, on the other hand, has hardly deviated one iota from the day the Islamic Revolution kicked off until today.

    Says Michael Singh: "The challenge for U.S. negotiators, then, is not just to reach an agreement but also to change Iranians' minds about the consequences of not reaching an agreement."

    Iran, will counter the argument that it has shown it was reasonable and that the sanctions should no longer be respected. The bottom line, point out a number of specialists on the topic is that Iran will begin the next round of talks having established a new nuclear baseline.

    As Michael Singh points out, the U.S. must play hardball in nuclear talks with Iran." Granted, but how does one play when one of the players keeps moving the goal posts?

    Claude Salhani is a political analyst and senior editor with
  • Vista Georgia obtains "Boeing" for flights from Tbilisi
    24.07.2014 14:35
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 23

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Vista Georgia Airline received "Boeing 737-300" for flights from Tbilisi, according to Dubai based "Aerovista" provider company.

    The flights to neighboring countries Georgia will be implemented in the summer of 2014, the website of the company reported. The flights will be carried out to Kiev, Moscow and Almaty.

    Georgian Civil Aviation Administration website informed that the Vista Georgia asked the administration about the organization of regular Tbilisi-Minsk- Tbilisi and Tbilisi -Tel Aviv-Tbilisi flights.

    Georgian National Agency of Public Registry said that at present 49 per cent share of Vista Georgia belongs to Russian citizen Angelika Lakhyalova and 51 percent - to Anna Safarova. Until 2010, the company was wholly owned by Lali Bolkvadze.

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  • Vugar Hashimov would turn 28 today - PHOTO
    24.07.2014 14:34
    Famous Azerbaijani chess player, grandmaster Vugar Hashimov was born on July 24, 1986 in Baku.

    According to Oxu.Az, when he was 6 when his father taught him to play chess.

    He became the champion of Azerbaijan three times - in 1995, 1996 and 1998.

    Hashimov was four-fold silver winner in the European youth championship between 1996 and 2000. He won in the group under 16 years of age at Kasparov's cup in 1999.

    He played for the Azerbaijani team in chess Olympiads four times (in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008) and was also a member of the national team of Azerbaijan which played against the world national team in Baku on 7-9 May 2009 as part of the Cup of President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev.

    In 2007, he won bronze in the European chess team championship and in 2009 became the European champion with the national team of Azerbaijan (it was Vugar who brought the decisive point to his team in the final round). He is the vice champion of Europe of 2011 within the team and the winner of the tournament Reggio Emilia 2010-2011.

    Vugar Hashimov was already completing his treatment course in Germany and was expected to take part in competitions from 2014. But the chess player, who reportedly had brain cancer, died unexpectedly on 11 January 2015.

    A monument over his grave was opened today. The author of the monument, sculptor Azad Aliyev performed the whole work for free.
  • Iran ranks 75 among 187 countries in Human Development Index
    24.07.2014 14:26
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has put Iran in the 75th place among 187 countries in its latest Human Development Index Report (HDI).

    The country has lost two positions in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the UNDP's report released on July 24.

    Norway, Australia and Switzerland topped the ranking list of the countries, meanwhile Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic placed at the bottom of the list.

    The HDI is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education levels and income indices used to rank countries' national achievement in the mentioned fields. The report scores the countries with a value from 0 to 1 point.

    The UNDP publishes annual HDI reports since 1990 under a specific name.

    "Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerability and building resilience" has been chosen for the 2014 report.

    Iran's value in HDI for 2013 was unchanged at 0.749 from 2012, meanwhile the country's place has fallen from 73 to 75. However the country has improved its position by 10 places from 2008.

    According to the report, Iran's life expectancy at birth is 74 years, and gross national income per capita is $13,451 (based on purchasing power parity (PPP) rates for GDP from World Bank (2014) and on GDP deflators and GNI per capita in national currency from United Nations Statistics Division-2014).

    Iran's value in HDI for 1980 was 0.49. The value increased to 0.552 and 0.652 by 1990 and 2000 respectively and stood at 0.725 in 2010 and remains approximately in same level so far.

    Alongside with Iran the report also puts Turkey with rank of 69 and Azerbaijan with rank of 76 among the countries with high human development, meanwhile Iraq (120), Uzbekistan (116) and Turkmenistan (103) are in medium human development category.

    Pakistan and Afghanistan with rank of 146 and 169 respectively stood among the countries with low human development in the UNDP's HDI report.

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkey stays firm on Gaza truce
    24.07.2014 14:20
    Turkey is pushing hard for an immediate cease-fire amid Israel's continuous military onslaught in Gaza, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Anadolu Agency reported.

    "Turkey will continue to raise its voice against these massacres no matter what others say," Davutoglu said at the 30th meeting of the Reform Watch Group that observes the process of Turkey's accession to the EU in the eastern province of Erzurum on Wednesday.

    "We will leave no stone unturned and continue to carry out diplomatic efforts for an immediate ceasefire."

    He lashed out at the EU and the international community for remaining silent on Israel in the blockaded enclave.

    At least 693 people have been killed and 4300 injured in ongoing Israeli military operations, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

    He said that even in hospitals they were struggling to treat the injured as the buildings were seriously damaged.

    Since July 7, Israel has pummeled the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    Last week, Israel stepped up its offensive to include ground operations, sending thousands of troops into the embattled Gaza Strip.

    According to official Israeli figures, 31 Israelis - including 29 soldiers - have been killed since hostilities began.

    Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populated strip - home to some 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.

  • Statistics on Belarus-to-Azerbaijan arms delivery for 8 years
    24.07.2014 14:20
    Azerbaijan purchased 153 battle tanks from Belarus in 2004-2012, APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

    According to the UN Register, Belarus also sold various modifications of T-72 tanks to Azerbaijan.

    Moreover, during the reporting year, Azerbaijan acquired 120 D-30 guns, 12 2S7 Pion self-propelled howitzers, 60 BTR-70 armored personnel carriers and 11 Su-25 aircrafts.

    The report does not include Buk-MB missile systems, which were purchased from Belarus and showcased in the military parade in Baku, 2013.
  • Boeing in deal to provide plane parts to Iran
    24.07.2014 14:20
    Boeing has struck a deal with Iran Air to provide plane parts, the first time the US firm will be doing business with Iran since the US embargo of 1979.

    According to a regulatory filing published on July 23, Boeing will supply goods and services "related to the safety of flight" to Iran Air, the country's flag carrier, AFP reported on July 24.

    The filing says that the agreement, reached in the second quarter, includes the provision of airplane parts, manuals, navigation charts and data to the airline, in line with the US company's recommendations to customers for such things as an aircraft modification, a parts replacement or inspection.

    Boeing also reported it had discussions with the flag carrier's subsidiary, Iran Air Tours, on the potential sale of similar goods and services.

    The Chicago-based company said that it had generated no gross revenues or net profits during the second quarter in relation with those activities.

    In April, the US government issued a license allowing Boeing, for a "limited period of time," to provide "spare parts that are for safety purposes" to Iran. Boeing is still not allowed to sell new planes to Iran.

    The license was granted by the US Treasury Department in the context of an interim deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program signed in November.

    In late February, another US company, General Electric, indicated it had requested permission to sell spare airliner parts to Iran.

    Washington severed diplomatic relations with Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

    The United States and European nations have imposed severe economic sanctions on Iran in recent years aiming to pressure Tehran to dramatically reduce its nuclear program for a lengthy period of time to keep it from developing nuclear weapons.

    Iran has steadfastly insisted its nuclear program is for civilian purposes.

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  • Fouth Gabala International Music Festival begins in Gabala
    24.07.2014 14:09
    Another grand celebration of arts in Azerbaijan.

    Next grand celebration of arts - 4th Gabala International Music Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation is inaugurated in Gabala, on July 23.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzerTAg that a congratulatory message from the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO Mehriban Aliyeva was read at the ceremony to the participants of the festival:

    The letter reads:

    "Dear festival participants. Dear friends! I cordially greet you - the participants of 4th Gabala International Music Festival, wish the festival every success,best wishes to each of you. An entirely inimitable cultural space formed in Azerbaijan, which has had a multinational and multireligious society for centuries.

    Retaining the unique pearl of our culture, customs and traditions, historical heritage, we were able to take an example from the world culture. International cultural relations, mutual cultural integration are among the main priorities of the intergovernmental policy of Azerbaijan. The projects that improve the cultural and spiritual integration between nations are very valuable for us.

    The Gabala International Music Festival, whose prestige is growing every year and which annually brings together talented musicians from around the world, being a music festival, which has become a tradition in the history of our national culture, is also recognized as an important event, which makes a large contribution to intercultural dialogue. We regard this festival as a great contribution to the enrichment of the musical cultures of different nations, further strengthening of friendly relations between nations.

    I wish every participant of the festival a good health and inexhaustible success to all creative people".

    Then one of the artistic directors of the festival, rector of the Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibayli, people's artist Farhad Badalbayli and chairman of the elders' council of Azerbaijan, Milli Majlis deputy Fattah Heydarov on behalf of President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, MP Mehriban Aliyeva, welcomed all the guests, talented artists, musicians and guests of our country from around the world to participate in this grand musical festival, and wished success to the festival.

    It was noted that this year's festival, serving propaganda of Azerbaijani culture, is simultaneously a means of promoting the musical traditions of our country in the world.

    It was emphasized that the holding of the Gabala International Music Festival at the initiative and with the direct assistance of the patron of Azerbaijani culture Mehriban Aliyeva has become a wonderful tradition. It was noted that the works of great composers of Azerbaijan and the world are sounded during the festival on Gabala stage every year. World-famous musicians come out to the scene along with young mucisians. The classical and chamber music, Azerbaijan mugam are performed there.

    It was noted that Azerbaijan has always stood out for its musical culture. Heydar Aliyev Foundation is implementing a number of major projects to preserve and promote the musical heritage of our country.

    This was followed by a concert of the Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli at the stage installed in the open air.

    The concert included works of Khayyam Mirzazade, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gara Garayev, and other famous Azerbaijani and European composers.

    Violinist Kamran Omarli and the pianist, Honored Artist Gulshan Annagieva soloed. The first concert of the festival was presented by the People's artist, holder of the Order of "Glory", a presidential scholar Rauf Abdullayev.

    The music festival, which runs until August 1, is attended by famous musicians, art groups, soloists, conductors of Azerbaijan and foreign countries.
  • Israeli minister says Gaza truce unlikely 'in coming days'
    24.07.2014 14:06
    An Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday that a pullout of troops from Gaza was not imminent and that Israel's army would continue hunting Palestinian cross-border tunnels under any humanitarian truce, Reuters reported.

    Egyptians mediating between Israel and Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists have said hostilities could be suspended, perhaps by the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival early next week, to allow aid to reach the territory and to facilitate more permanent truce talks.

    "I do not see a ceasefire in the coming days where the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] leave," Science Minister Yaakov Peri, a former security chief, told the Walla news site, adding that troops needed more time to complete their mission of destroying cross-border tunnels used by Gaza guerrillas.

    "Even if there is a humanitarian truce, we would continue tackling the tunnels," he said. "I can say authoritatively that two or three days will not be enough to finish tackling the tunnels."

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  • Baku prepares to host CoolDance
    24.07.2014 14:05
    By AzerNews

    Dreamexe Production is set to hold an annual summer festival of electronic music CoolDance 2014 at the Karvan Palace Mardakan on July 26.

    The festival will be attended by 20 DJs from different countries and a special guest from Holland Quintino!

    Quintino is one of the true DJ's with a lifelong passion for dance music. He is on the verge of becoming one of the leading forces in the global music scene today.

    His high-profile work with artists like Tiesto and Afrojack has made him a household name, while his excellent DJ sets worldwide have made his position a highly respected on the scene.

    The twelve-hour dance festival consists of two parts. The first pool party will be held at 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Starting from 8 p.m. and until 4 a.m. the main part of the festival will glorify the stage with an incredible sound and 3D laser show.

    People who still have tickets to the canceled concert of Tiesto can exchange them for the upcoming festival, and enjoy two tickets instead of one.

    Tickets are sold and exchanged at the Present Shop, located near the Javanshir Bridge.

    The tickets will not be exchanged on the day of the event. For all questions please call 994 51 416 39 06.
  • Clashes in Libya's Benghazi kill at least nine
    24.07.2014 14:05
    At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in Benghazi after heavy clashes between Islamist fighters and regular forces trying to oust the militants from the eastern Libyan city, medical sources said.

    The fighting late on Wednesday involving aircraft and troops followed a week of the fiercest clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Benghazi and the capital Tripoli since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi, Reuters reported.

    More than 50 people have died so far in the violence that has deepened fears post-war Libya is slipping into lawlessness, with its government unable to control heavily armed brigades of former rebel fighters battling for power.

    Two main rival militias have exchanged fire with Grad rockets, shells and anti-aircraft cannons for control of Tripoli's main airport, shutting down most international flights and prompting the United Nations to pull its staff out of Libya.

    The fighting has also taken a toll on Libya's fragile oil industry, with one main field, El-Feel, reducing production due to the clashes, and total output slipping around 20 percent to 450,000 barrels per day on Monday.

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  • Attack on bus in Iraq kills 51 prisoners, nine police
    24.07.2014 14:04
    A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 51 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said.

    The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to Baghdad when it was hit by roadside bombs, the sources said. Gunmen then opened fire, Reuters reported.

    The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

    Much of Iraq's bloodshed these days is linked to sectarian tensions which have been rising since Sunni militants seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month and declared an Islamic empire.

    In June, 69 prisoners from an outlying town being transported to a jail in Baghdad were killed before reaching their destination.

    The official account, given by the governor of Hilla, 92km (57 miles) south of Baghdad, hours after the killing, was that militants had attacked the convoy killing 10 prisoners and one policeman in the crossfire.

    But a police captain, a second police officer and a senior local official from where the prisoners died in Hilla told Reuters no attack took place, and that police had executed the 69 men.

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  • Azerbaijani Kapital Bank celebrates its 140th anniversary
    24.07.2014 13:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24


    Today Kapital Bank celebrates its 140th anniversary. As the legal successor of Azerbaijan Savings Bank, Kapital Bank's first office was established on July 24, 1874. The first office operated under the Baku Branch of Russian State Bank. The executive head of the department was Ivan Samsonovich Khandodzevski. Accounting Committee included Azerbaijanis - H.Z.Taghiyev, Haji Baba Hashimov, and Haji Shikhali Dadashov.

    After the declaration of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, on September 30, 1919 Azerbaijan State Bank was opened and branches of Savings Bank were restored on December 1, 1919.

    After the collapse of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on April 28, 1920, by the decision of Azerbaijan Revolutionary Committee dated June 9, 1920, the Baku Branch of the Russian State Bank was abolished and as all the bank-credit organizations this entity was also included in the newly established People's Bank.

    State labor savings offices operating under the State Bank of the USSR were established in Azerbaijan on January 1924. In 1988, all these offices were united in Bank of Azerbaijan Republic under Savings Bank of the USSR. Savings Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established on the basis of this bank on February 11, 1992. United Universal Joint Stock Bank ( BUSBank ) was created by merging Savings Bank, Azerbaijan Agricultural and Industrial Bank and Azerbaijan Industrial Investment Bank on February 21, 2000.

    The 140-year-old bank continues its activity under the name of Kapital Bank since December 29, 2004 and confidently moves to the future by bringing together past and present values.

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  • ''Let's protect leopards'' summer camp-2 starts in countryв's Masalli District
    24.07.2014 13:55
    An ecological summer camp under slogan "Lets' keep leopards" within framework of the project "Protection of Caucasus leopards" (Panthera pardus) has been held in Masalli District. The summer camp is organized by joint organization of Azerbaijan Representation of World Nature Protection Fund (WWF), IDEA Public Union, Heydar Aliyev Center and the Ministry of Education.

    Key goal of organization of the 3-day camp where 30 pupils that consist of VII-IX pupils of the secondary schools of mountain villages of Masalli, Jalilabad and Yardimli regions participate is to inform the pupils living near the locations where Caucasus leopards live about this rare species and agitate their protection.

    It should be noted that, the project on protection of Caucasus leopard was started by WWF since 2002. There is effective result of the actions performed by Leyla Aliyeva, founder of IDEA Public Union, vice-president of Heydar Aliyev Foundation within framework of program "Great Five" which surrounds protection of 5 fauna species (bear, wolf, gazelle, eagle and leopard) who faced with perish danger in the Caucasus

    Sevinc Sarukhanova, the collaborator of Azerbaijan Representation of World Nature Protection Fund (WWF) informed about the projects the organization realizes.

    Nazakat Isayeva, collaborator of IDEA (International Dialogue For Environmental Protection) Public Union spoke of the activities IDEA impellents to protect fauna and flora.

    Addressing the event the IDEA head stressed that it is difficult to hope for environmental protection without youth' support.

    It was noted that similar summer camps are the continuation of the Caucasus Biodiversity Summit dedicated to the species that belong to felids family held by organizational support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Heydar Aliyev Center, initiative of IDEA Public Union on May 7, 2014 in Heydar Aliyev Center.
  • Bulgaria's PM Plamen Oresharski Resigns
    24.07.2014 13:46
    Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has resigned.

    The resignation of Oresharski and his Cabinet was submitted at 17:59:55 on Wednesday at the Parliament's Clerk's Office.

    The resignation of the socialist-led government headed by Oresharski came 421 days after the start of its term in office.

    The resignation is yet to be included in the Parliament's agenda and to be put to the vote in Parliament.

    The 89th Bulgarian government was elected by the 42nd National Assembly on May 29, 2013 on a mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) with the support of liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).

    The socialist-led Cabinet became the target of prolonged massive protests after the nomination of controversial DPS MP Delyan Peevski for Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) in June 2013.
  • Would you like to kniw date of iPhone 6 presentation?
    24.07.2014 13:39
    Apple is planning to hold an event in mid-September to introduce the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman.

    The event is likely to be held in the second or third week of September, sources familiar with the matter reportedly told Gurman.

    These plans, however, remain tentative and could change due to "manufacturing uncertainties."

    But don't get too excited about seeing an iPhablet in September.

    Gurman reports that it's unclear whether or not the much rumored 5.5-inch iPhone will make an appearance at the event.

    The 4.7-inch model, which is presumably Apple's new flagship, is said to be much further along in the testing and manufacturing process.

    This aligns with previous rumors we've heard about Apple running into production issues with the 5.5-inch iPhone, which could potentially delay its launch.

    If true, this would keep with the launch pattern we've seen over the past couple of years. In 2013, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Sept. 10. Before that, it released the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12 in 2012.

    Other than a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is expected to come with a super sturdy sapphire display, an improved camera, and an even thinner design that resembles that of the iPad Air.

  • Shaqiri emerges waem to possible Juve bid
    24.07.2014 13:30
    Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he would be open to a move to Juventus if the opportunity arises.

    The Bundesliga champions recently stressed that they have no intention of selling the Switzerland international, yet Juventus continue to closely monitor Shaqiri's situation at the Allianz Arena as they look to continue their summer recruitment plans.

    Shaqiri, who has also been linked with Roma and Liverpool, says he has yet to hear of any concrete interest from the Italian champions but insists it would not be a backward step to move to Turin from Pep Guardiola's side.

    "Juventus would definitely be a nice option," Shaqiri was quoted as saying by Tuttosport.

    "Juventus are a big club, who wouldn't want to play for them... I don't think Juventus would be a step back in my career.

    "But I am on holiday at the moment. My brother is occupying himself with my future.

    "I don't know whether Juventus have been in touch with Bayern. I have not heard anything about it from Juventus or Bayern."

    Shaqiri joined Bayern from Basel in the summer of 2012, but has been struggling to secure regular first-team action at the Allianz Arena due to the stiff competition for places.

    The 22-year-old has a contract with FCB until June 2016.

  • Oil prices rise in world markets
    24.07.2014 13:26
    The price of oil has increased in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $0.73 to stand at $103.12. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) grew $0.70 to trade at $108.03.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased $0.50 to stand at $109.77.
  • Iran, Lebanon to discuss Gaza issue
    24.07.2014 13:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is expected to visit Lebanon in the new future to discuss the recent developments in Gaza.

    Amir-Abdollahian will exchange viewpoints with senior Lebanese officials on the latest regional developments, in particular the Gaza crisis, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on July 24.

    Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Basil, in a phone conversation on July 23 handled the issue.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    Israel's military operation has left at least 663 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians.

    According to official Israeli figures, 31 Israelis - including 29 soldiers - have been killed since hostilities began.

    Earlier, the UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, condemned Israel's military actions in Gaza. She also condemned Islamic militant group, Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel.

    Edited by CN
  • Georgia to decrease maximum term of administrative arrest
    24.07.2014 13:19
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian parliament adopted a draft law envisaging reduction of maximum period of administrative detention in the country from 90 to 15 days.

    The draft law was adopted in the first reading by a majority of votes (69) at its extraordinary meeting on July 23.

    The term of administrative arrest in Georgia was increased by 90 days in July 2009 as part of the legislative changes that provide for stricter rules for holding rallies. Until July 2009 the maximum term of administrative arrest was 30 days.

    The initiators of changes in the Code of Administrative Offences of Georgia were the MPs from the ruling coalition "Georgian Dream", Vakhtang Khmaladze and Shalva Shavgulidze.

    Furthermore, the draft law regulates administrative arrest newly. In accordance with the amendments made to the draft law it is necessary to clarify what kind of administrative offense the person committed, information on the grounds of arrest and the right to lawyer while administrative detention.

    Thereafter, the corresponding protocol should be drawn up regarding detained person in the nearest police department.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Armenian disabled persons serving in front line
    24.07.2014 13:15
    By AzerNews

    Armenia keeps killing its youth by sending unfit and untrained soldiers to the front line.

    On July 18, an Armenian soldier - 20-year old Gevorg Avagyan- received a fatal gunshot wound in a frontline position and his co-serviceman Armen Sargsyan was detained on suspicion of murder.

    Local media reported that based on preliminary data, an incident occurred at the post on July 18 after night duty.

    "Avagyan woke up the asleep Sargsyan and reproved him for sleeping on duty. They began to argue. Then Sargsyan directed his weapon to Avagyan and opened fire," media report said.

    Sargsyan's father told local media that his son has fully admitted his guilt.

    "Armen is a disabled person. He was called for military service despite his heart failure, as well as obesity. Meanwhile, he was sent to the fighting positions," he said.

    Armen Sargsyan's family believes that he went crazy after being insulted.

    "He was in such a despair situation that shot a man 92 times. He was woke up and subjected to humiliation. It is already a tradition in the army. Insulting soldiers is common in the army," Armen's father said.

    He said the main culprit is the one who sends disabled person to front line. "According to medical examinations, my son is unfit for military service. Despite this, they sent my son to the military position," he added.

    Armenian army is plagued with lawlessness. The ombudsman's report underlined serious problems in the army.

    "Most of the people called up for military service have not gone through medical examinations. Some 728 complaints have been registered against the military medical commissions," the document reads.

    In 2013, 16 Armenian servicemen lost their lives due to top commanders' negligence. Eight of them died as a result of suicide, four due to illness, three as a result of murder, and one service man died due to violation of rules for handling weapons, the ombudsman's report show.

    The mothers of dead soldiers in non-combat conditions are still waiting for the punishment of the perpetrators. To this end, they have been demanding a meeting with Armenia's supreme commander since April 2014.
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