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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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  • Iran starts testing Iraq gas pipeline
    23.08.2014 10:43
    Iran has began pre-startup tests on a pipeline built to transport natural gas to Iraq to feed the countryв's power plants, says an Iranian official.

    "After the end of cleaning and calibration pigging, 97 kilometers (Iran's section) of the pipeline will become operational," Alireza Gharibi, managing director of Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company, said on Friday, Press TV reports.

    He added that the 97-kilometer pipeline, 48 inches in diameter, will be linked to Iran's gas trunklines (IGATs) to deliver natural gas from Iran to Iraq.

    Last month, Iran's Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs and Trading Ali Majedi said Iran is expected to start pumping gas to Iraq early next Persian calendar year, which starts on March 21, 2015.

    Iran has agreed to export 25 million cubic meters (mcm) a day of gas to Iraq, but the gas delivery will start at seven mcm per day.

    The 270-kilometer pipeline stretches from the village of Charmaleh, located in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, into the town of Naft Shahr on the border with Iraq.

    The pipeline, which is estimated to earn Iran USD 3.7 billion a year in revenues, will be fed by the massive offshore South Pars gas field in southern Iran.

    The South Pars gas field, which Iran shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf, is estimated to contain 14 trillion cubic meters of gas and 18 billion barrels of condensate.
  • 21 years passed since occupation Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions by Armenia
    23.08.2014 10:33
    SIA reports that today 21 years passed since occupation of Azerbaijanв's Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions by Armenian armed forces

    On August 23, 1993 , Armenian Military Units occupied Azerbaijani region of Fuzuli. 13 settlements and 20 villages of the region were liberated from the Armenian occupation.12 settlements were built newly and internally displaced persons settled there. 51 thousand displaced persons settled in 12 newly-built IDP settlements. Thousands of residents of Fuzuli region fought for the liberation of their homeland. 1100 people became martyrs in the battles against the Armenian aggressors and 1450 became invalids.

    The region of Fuzuli has rich natural resources. 11 Eastern plane-trees of 200-1400 age were protected as the natural monuments before the occupation.

    Large water complexes of fourth chalk and Jurassic periods, as well as 193 000 cubic meters of infrabed water resources were discovered during the hydro-geological research in 1960-80 in the regionв's mountainous areas.

    The operational center of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources for determination of the destructive effect on the environment and natural resources of the occupied Azerbaijani territories found the following facts of the destruction of the regionв's natural resources by the Armenians: trees were completely cut in the large forest areas and Dovlatyarli village, roadside trees throughout the village of Gochahmadli were also cut, roadside greenery areas disappeared in Yaghlivand village and more than 35 000 ha of territory were burnt by the Armenians.

    Today is also the day of occupation of Azerbaijanв's Jabrayil region by Armenians. 18 years have passed since its occupation.180 people were killed in the battles against the Armenian aggressors, 6 '" during the ceasefire. 14 police officers, 60 civilians were killed, 91 were taken hostage or became missing and 177 people became invalids. Six people became National Heroes of Azerbaijan.

    The region has 1050 square km of total area. 72 schools, eight hospitals, five mosques, two museums, 120 historic monuments, 149 cultural centers remained in the area occupied by the Armenians. 61 100 displaced persons from Jabrayil settled in 58 regions of Azerbaijan, mostly Beylagan, Imishli, Sabirabad and Bilasuvar.

    Jabrayil is a region with rich natural resources and beautiful nature. There are valuable forests, rich mineral and natural resources and exceptional flora and fauna in the region. It has 2937 thousand cubic meters of tuff resources in Tulus area, 5434 thousand cubic meters of building sand in Chaxmagchay and Soltanli fields, 296 thousand cubic meters of brick clay resources in Garacalli, 6644 thousand tons of volcanic ash used in cement production, as well as large limestone, chalcedony and sand fields. 14 Eastern plane-trees of 200-1600 age, as well as other valuable trees and ''Divlar sarayi'' cave in Daghtumash village were protected as the natural monuments before the occupation.

    Armenians destroyed about 120 historic and architectural monuments, valuable forests, rich mineral and natural resources and exceptional flora and fauna in the region. They also committed arsons in more than 16 000 ha of territory in the region.
  • WHO warns of "shadow zones" and unreported Ebola cases
    23.08.2014 10:13
    Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

    Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 known cases of the deadly virus in West Africa since the outbreak was first identified in March, according to new figures released by the WHO on Friday.

    However the U.N. agency, which has faced criticism that it moved too slowly to contain the outbreak, said that many cases had probably gone unreported.

    Independent experts raised similar concerns a month ago that the contagion could be worse than reported because some residents of affected areas are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.

    Despite initial assertions by regional health officials that the virus had been contained in its early stages, Ebola case numbers and deaths have ballooned in recent months as the outbreak has spread from its initial epicentre in Guinea.

    "We think six to nine months is a reasonable estimate," Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security, said during a visit to Liberia, speaking of the time the agency now believes will be required to halt the epidemic.

    An Ebola outbreak will be declared over in a country if two incubation periods, or 42 days in total, have passed without any confirmed case, a WHO spokesperson said.
  • Azerbaijani oil prices for Aug.18-22
    23.08.2014 10:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 23

    By Zulfiyya Kurbanova - Trend:

    The average price on AZERI LT, exported from Azerbaijan via the Ceyhan, Batumi and Supsa ports to Italian Augusta port, was $102.04 per barrel Aug.18-22, which is $2.17 less compared to the previous week.

    The maximum price for AZERI LT was $102.67 per barrel. The minimum price was $101.21 per barrel.

    The average price on Urals (Ex-Novo) exported from Azerbaijan via the Novorossiysk port was $98.35 per barrel, which is $3.43 per barrel more compared to the previous week.

    The maximum price for Urals was $98.98 per barrel and the minimum - $98.08 per barrel.

    Urals' density is 32 degrees API with a sulfur content up to 1.3 percent. The oil grade's specifications vary when sold depending on its high/low-quality content.

    The average price on Brent Dated was nearly $99.78 per barrel, which is $1.89 per barrel less compared to the previous week.

    The maximum price on Brent was $100.63 per barrel and the minimum - $98.62.

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  • ''The Oil and Gas Year-2014'' to be dedicated to Azerbaijan`s achievements
    23.08.2014 09:58
    ''The Oil amp; Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014'' will be dedicated to Azerbaijan`s achievements in the oil and gas industry.

    The Oil amp; Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 has started the production of its second edition in the country after securing partnerships with key local institutions. The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has renewed its partnership with The Oil amp; Gas Year following a successful collaboration in 2013. The Oil amp; Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Contract of the Century and developments in the oil and gas market such as Shah Deniz Stage 2 and the Southern Gas Corridor, the development of large indigenous petrochemical projects like the Oil and Gas Processing Complex, and SOCARв's international expansion. The Oil amp; Gas Year has selected the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment from the ADA University as a Content Partner. Thanks to its unique knowledge on the dynamics of the local and regional energy market, the CCEE will assist in the production of editorial content for the book. Finally, AzerTac and The Oil amp; Gas Year have become Media Partners by which both parties will cooperate in the production of news and editorial content.

    The Oil amp; Gas Year is one of the leading publications in the oil and gas industry, a reason why SOCAR itself will utilize The Oil amp; Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 as one of its main promotional tools at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos in 2015.

    The project has already begun research for this edition. The Oil amp; Gas Yearв's team consisting of Country Director Ms. AslД± UГ§er and Country Editor TomГЎs Gerbasio have already met with key members of the local oil and gas industry such as Mr. Will Grace, General Manager of Schlumberger, Mr. Steve Thorley, Rig Manager for Maersk Drilling, Mr. Eric Walker, Country Manager for Chevron Khazar, and Mr. Alistair Macleod, Country Manager for ExxonMobil, among many others.

    The Oil amp; Gas Year is a series of annual, country-specific books, covering 35 of the worldв's established and emerging petroleum and gas markets, producing business intelligence resources from primary research on the field. Audited by BPA Worldwide, its readership consists of 69,000 chief executives, ministers, ministry officials and financial officers in Azerbaijan and internationally.
  • Kyrgyzstan studies Azerbaijan experience in PFM automation process
    23.08.2014 09:57
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    Ministry of Finance and the State Personnel Service of Kyrgyzstan study Azerbaijan's experience in the field of the process of automation of public financial resources management, states the report of "Sinam" IT-company.

    The statement notes that at present a preliminary agreement on cooperation between the Ministries of Finance of Azerbaijan and of Kyrgyzstan in this field is reached.

    Demonstration of automated solutions of "Sinam" IT-company held in mid-August in the Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyzstan with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan, where solutions of the company are currently applied.

    FARABI information system, which is currently used in the financial system of Azerbaijan, the project of modernization of the tax service of Kyrgyzstan, information about existing information systems in the Azerbaijani treasury were introduced to the Office of Kyrgyzstan.

    In addition, information on the structure of the budget of Azerbaijan, applicable international standards and innovations in terms of the introduction of a unified system of accounting in budgetary institutions, integration of treasury and balance accounts was introduced.

    The Office expressed its willingness to cooperate with Azerbaijan, which is especially important in light of the upcoming financial system reforms in Kyrgyzstan, the statement says.

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  • Iran starts converting Sabalan gas power plant to combined cycle plant
    23.08.2014 09:53
    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 22

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran has started the operation to convert the Sabalan gas power plant to a combined cycle plant.

    Once the project is complete some 462 megawatt would be added to the country's total electricity generation capacity.

    Once the country converts all its gas power plants to combined cycle plants, annually some $22 billion would be saved, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on Aug. 22 citing official sources.

    The Managing Director of Iran Power Generation Transmission amp; Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) Homayoun Haeri said that some 65 billion liters of liquid fuel have been consumed in the country's power plants so far this year.

    "Some 62 billion liters of liquid gas worth $62 billion have been consumed in Iran last calendar year," he added.

    Iran plans to convert all the gas power plants to combined cycle plants.

    Iran's Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said on May 10 that by doing so, the productivity of the plants will increase to 48 percent from the current figure of 32 percent, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported.

    The country's total electricity generation capacity has surpassed 71,000 megawatts.

    The country's electricity consumption peak is expected to reach 50,000 megawatt in summer.

    The power generation capacity in Iran has grown by 7 percent annually during the past 10 years.

    Tehran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has lrm;attracted lrm;more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of lrm;three new power lrm;plants.

    Based on the Fifth Five-Year Economic lrm;Development Plan, Iran should annually add 5,000 MW to its power generation capacity.

    Iran plans to boost lrm;its electricity generation capacity to lrm;lrm;reach 73GW, by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic lrm;Development Plan (March lrm;lrm;2016).

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  • Petrol tanker crashes in Baku
    23.08.2014 09:52
    The tanker truck overturned on the Baku circle road.

    Driver of the Tanker truck lost control over the vehicle and collided with the metal partition on the road.

    As a result of crash, there was leakage of fuel out of the tanker, which led to the strong explosion.

    Fire fighting brigades from Yasamal, Sabail and Binagadi regions arrived at the scene to extinguish the fire.

    The fire damaged plenty of electric cable at the accident area and caused electric cut in most areas of the Yasamal district, Baku.
  • Japan condemns Russiaв's travel blacklist
    23.08.2014 09:15
    Japan has condemned Russiaв's travel blacklist.

    An official at the Japanese embassy in Russia told RIA Novosti Friday Tokyo was disappointed with Moscow's decision to ban a number of Japanese citizens from entering the country in retaliation for Tokyo's similar blacklist, RIA Novosti reports.

    "These response measures will have a negative impact on the Russian-Japanese relations. Japan deplores this move," Kotaro Otsuki, a press secretary at the mission, said to RIA Novosti. He did not reveal the identities of the sanctioned individuals.

    The criticism came after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov handed over a list of Japanese nationals barred from Russia to Japan's ambassador in Moscow, Chikahito Harada.

    "Harada was given the list of Japanese citizens subject to Russian travel restrictions in response to Tokyo's visa sanctions against a number of citizens of our country," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    Japan's NHK channel said the government was studying the Russian blacklist.

    "We have been informed about Russia's retaliatory measures. We are now looking into the details. We would like to investigate all aspects of these sanctions thoroughly," the TV channel quoted a source in the Japanese foreign ministry as saying Friday.

    On August 5, Japan unveiled a list of 40 sanctioned individuals and two Crimean companies while also banning any imports of Crimea-made goods. The move followed the European Union's decision to tighten sanctions on Russia and its newest federal subject Crimea, which left Ukraine for Russia back in March.
  • Well-known Turkish Jewish couple murdered at Istanbul home
    23.08.2014 09:11
    A well-known Turkish Jewish couple who created one of the most iconic brands of Turkey have been murdered at their home in Istanbul.

    Police found the bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, at their apartment in Istanbul's Ortaköy neighborhood on Aug. 22. Their caretaker, who fled, is suspected to have stabbed the couple, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The police, who search for the caretaker as part of the ongoing investigation, surrounded the building and interrogated locals.

    Jak Karako was one of the founders of Ören Bayan, the most famous yarn brand in Turkey. Famous actresses, like Türkan Ећoray, have played in the brand's TV ads. Moiz Dana, the other co-founder, died while travelling to the United States in 2009. The sons of Karako and Dana had taken over the company from their father in the 1990s. The families later sold the company due to financial troubles.
  • Expert: Azerbaijan's economy is very sensitive to stagger in oil prices
    23.08.2014 09:11
    "Oil exports still remain the main source of budget revenues".

    "The stagger in world oil prices instantly affect our economy."

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the head of the Oil Research Center of Azerbaijan Ilham Shaban.

    According to the expert, our economy is very sensitive to oil price stagger.

    "Crude oil constitutes almost 86% of the country's exports. Despite the Government's efforts to diversify the economy, the trend in the export of the country remains virtually unchanged for over 10 years. The sale of crude oil remains the main source as before. Azerbaijan for the last four years was very lucky with the fact that the price of oil on world markets was extremely stable - always varied between 110 and 111 dollars per barrel. So we hardly felt the 2011 decline in oil production in the main mining sites in the country - the offshore block of "Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli" (ACG)."

    Now the price of Azerbaijani oil dropped to $ 102 per barrel. And decline of production at both the ACG and in Azerbaijan is continuing.

    If this trend continues until the end of the year and beyond, we can guess that the size of the shortfall of oil revenues in the country will increase. And it will negatively affect the planned expenditures of the government, " the expert said.
  • Erdogan to visit Azerbaijan in September
    23.08.2014 08:56
    The date of Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Baku has been made public.

    APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency that Erdogan will visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on September 1 and Azerbaijan on September 3.

    Erdogan will attend NATO's summit meeting in Wales on September 4-5.
  • Azerbaijan Golf Federation gives presents to people with disabilities
    23.08.2014 08:54
    An international golf tournament on the 90th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev was held.

    On 7 June 2014 the Golf Federation of Azerbaijan held the international golf tournament at the National Golf Club in Guba dated to the 90th anniversary of the national leader, Heydar Aliyev.

    According to Oxu.Az, the registration fees of the players who took part in the tournament were used for charity purposes. Thus, the received revenues were used to purchased wheelchairs for children with disabilities.

    All the same, the tournament attracted 35 volunteers that are members of the DAN Public Union of International Youth. Owing to the cooperation of the Public Union of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation and DAN International Youth Public Union, a charity action was held and wheelchairs were purchased for people with limited health abilities.

    On 21 August 2014, eight wheelchairs with participation of the employees of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation were handed to representatives of youth with limited health abilities at the office of DAN located at 32, Zarifa Aliyeva str.

    Opening the event with a welcoming speech, head of DAN Gulara Teymurova deeply appreciated the leadership of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation and provided the detailed information about the project.

    It was noted that the aim of participation of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation in this event is to provide support in addressing social and psychological problems of people with disabilities, support for their development and formation as the worthy citizens of Azerbaijan, attracting them to active public life.

    Then the wheelchairs were presented. The representatives of all people with disabilities thanked the Azerbaijan Golf Federation and personally its president Anar Mammadov.

    It has to be noted that the rest part of wheelchairs will be handed to children and young people with disabilities residing in regions (Guba, Khizi, Siyazan, Shabran).
  • Kyrgyzstan learns from Azerbaijan's experience in automation of public finance management
    23.08.2014 08:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

    By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:

    The Kyrgyz Finance Ministry and the State Personnel Service are examining Azerbaijan's experience in the field of automation of public finance management, IT-company Sinam said Aug. 21.

    A preliminary agreement on cooperation in this area between the Azerbaijani and Kyrgyz Ministries of Finance was reached, according to a Sinam report.

    Sinam's automated solutions were demonstrated at the Kyrgyz Ministry of Finance in mid-August with the participation of representatives of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance. The company's solutions are currently applied.

    FARABI information system, which is currently used in the financial system of Azerbaijan, the tax service modernization project of Kyrgyzstan, information about existing information systems in the Azerbaijani treasury were presented to the Kyrgyz ministry.

    Moreover, the information about the structure of the budget of Azerbaijan, applicable international standards and innovations in terms of the introduction of a uniform system of accounting in budgetary institutions was provided.

    The ministry has expressed its willingness to cooperate with Azerbaijan, which is especially important amid the upcoming reforms of the Kyrgyz financial system, the report said.

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  • Nearly 200,000 people killed since start of Syrian crisis: UN
    23.08.2014 06:54
    The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, on Friday said that more than 191, 000 people have been killed in Syria between March 2011, when the Syrian crisis began, and the end of April this year, saying that the ongoing fighting there "has dropped off the international radar."

    "Ms. Pillay said that the number released by her office is more than double the number documented a year ago," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here. "But, she said, tragically, the new figure is probably underestimates the real total number of people killed."

    "Ms. Pillay said she deeply regrets that, due to the onset of so many other armed conflicts, the fighting in Syria and its impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar," Dujarric said.

    She said it was "scandalous" that the predicament of so many people is no longer attracting attention, and allowed to continue with no end in sight, affecting neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon.

    "The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis," she said.

    The figure was obtained by cross-checking a combined list of 318,910 reported killings, fully identified by the name of the victim, as well as the date and location of the death. According to Pillay's office, any reported killing that did not include at least these three elements was excluded.

    The list was compiled using datasets from five different sources, three of which have reported killings throughout the whole three-year period, and two of which -- including the government of Syria -- cover only part of the period.

    Records of reported killings were compared in order to identify duplicates, resulting in the final figure of 191,369 unique records of conflict-related deaths as of 30 April 2014.

    Nearly 52,000 other reporter killings did not contain sufficient information to be counted, according to the study. The authors added that there is a "strong likelihood" that a significant number of killings may not have been reported at all.

    The majority of the victims documented were men, with around 9. 3 percent women. In addition, the list includes 8,803 minors, including 2,165 children under the age of 10.

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  • Gaza fire kills boy in Israel, PM vows to revenge
    23.08.2014 06:53
    A four-year-old boy was killed on Friday evening by a mortar attack on southern Israel, Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross, told to Xinhua.

    The child was killed when a mortar barrage launched from the Gaza Strip hit a car near a kindergarten in Sdot Negev Regional Council near the Israel-Gaza border, said a spokesperson with the Israeli military.

    It is the first Israeli casualty since a fresh round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group who dominates Gaza, had started on Tuesday.

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a tough response to the killing, saying "Hamas will pay a heavy price for this terror attack."

    The boy was the first juvenile causality to die on the Israeli side since Israel embarked on the operation "Defense Edge" in Gaza. Sixty eight Israelis have died, 64 of them were soldiers.

    Israel and Hamas resumed the fighting after the indirect negotiations in Cairo, aiming at achieving ceasefire in the hostility which began onJuly 8, had collapsed on Tuesday.

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  • Putin, Erdogan discuss joint energy projects
    23.08.2014 01:58
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the implementation of joint energy projects with Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    In a telephone conversation Putin and Erdogan agreed to further expand Russian-Turkish cooperation in different fields, the Kremlin press service said.

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  • Twenty one years pass since occupation of Azerbaijani Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions by Armenia
    23.08.2014 00:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 23


    Today is the 21st anniversary of the occupation of Azerbaijan's Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions by the armed forces of Armenia.

    On August 23, 1993, some 51 villages and centre of the Fuzuli region were seized by the Armenians, resulting in more than 55,000 inhabitants leaving their native land.

    The Fuzuli region covers the territory from the south eastern slopes of the Karabakh Mountain range to the Araz River. It borders on the Azerbaijani regions of Khojavand, Jabrayil, Agjabadi, Beylagan and Iran along the Araz River.

    The Fuzuli region is 1386 with a population of approximately 105,000. Some 13 settlements and 20 villages are located in this region, freed from the occupation. Twelve of the settlements were constructed after release and internally displaced families have been given temporarily accommodation.

    From 1988, the Fuzuli region has been a subjected to constant attack from Armenians. As a result of the occupation, more than 1100 inhabitants of Fuzuli became martyrs, 113 - were taken prisoner and 1450 people left disabled.

    The operations section supervising the devastating effects to the environment and natural resources in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan has identified a number of facts of destruction of natural resources by Armenians in the Fuzuli region in the occupation period. Armenians cut down all the trees in the village of Dovlatyarli located in a forest zone and destroyed green spaces along the roads in the Gochahmadli and Yaglivand villages.

    As a result of the seizure of the Jabrayil region whose territory spans 1050, 72 secondary school buildings, eight hospitals, five mosques, two museums, 129 historical monuments and 149 cultural centres were left under occupation.

    Some 61,100 IDPs from the Jabrayil region settled in more than 2000 settlements in 58 regions of the country.

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  • More 3 ton of narcotic drugs seized in southeast Iran
    22.08.2014 23:33
    Saravan border guard brigades destroyed two large bands of narcotic drugs traffickers, seizing 3,236 kilograms of narcotics in Siahani Heights of Sistan-o BalouchestanЛ€s Saravan region on Friday, IRNA reported.

    Л€Saravan border guard brigadesЛ€ forces, relying on close cooperation of border region dwelling citizens and after launching a week-long intensive intelligence work found out that two major narcotic drug bands intended to enter a huge amount of narcotics to Iran. Therefore, they began fully monitoring the region from the air and land,Л€ said the commander of Sistan-o Balouchestan in a press conference.

    Brigadier General Rohambakhsh Habibi added that the traffickers intended to enter their heavy consignment of narcotic drugs at an appropriate time through the difficult passages of Siahani Heights of Saravan into Iran, Л€but thanks to the alertness and rapid reaction of the Iranian border guards their malicious plot was dismantled.Л€

    He said that the border guards after launching air and land ambushes, jointly launched a massive operation at the zero point of the border, got engaged in a heavy armed clash with the heavily armed smugglers, inflicted heavy losses against them, and managed to seize the huge consignment of narcotics.

    Brigadier General Habibi said that a number of the smugglers got killed in the operation and some of them were wounded, who were transferred by their other colleagues to the depth of PakistanЛ€s soil.

    He said that in addition to over three tons of narcotics, comprised on opium, heroin, and morphine, two vehicles and two motorcycles of the traffickers were confiscated in the operation.

    The top provincial commander said the full blockage of Saravan border region in the middle and northern parts of the provinceЛ€s borders with Pakistan that was completed relying on cooperation of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) forces, close cooperation of the brave border guard residents, and support of the government and the disciplinary forces, will soon be further intensified after the completion of the electronic border network which is currently being installed.

    Brigadier General Habibi referred to the braveries of the border guards who launched the massive operation in very tough geographical conditions and in blazing hot weather, ensuring the terrorists and the traffickers that IranЛ€s southeast borders are now quite impassable for them.

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  • Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon heading for a divorce
    22.08.2014 22:38
    Nick Cannon appears to have confirmed that his marriage to singer Mariah Carey is going through a rough patch.

    The couple have not been pictured together since Father's Day on June 21 and the television host has reportedly told The Insider that they have been living apart for a "few months". Cannon, 33, said: "There is trouble in paradise.We have been living in separate houses for a few months."

    He added that his "focus" is on their three-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan. Carey has not publicly responded to her husband's comments.

    The singer, 44, and America's Got Talent presenter took everyone by surprise by marrying in April 2008 after a whirlwind romance.

    Last year they renewed their wedding vows at Disneyland in California.

    Carey, who is thought to be worth over $500m (ВЈ301m), was previously married for five years to music mogul Tommy Mottola. They divorced in 1998.
  • Iran-Iraq pipeline ready for gas exports
    22.08.2014 22:18
    97 Km, 48 inch, Iran-Iraq gas pipelineЛ€s construction is complete, its final testing is underway, and in initial phase it will transfer 5mln cbms of gas to Baghdad generators, managing director of Iranian Gas Development and Engineering Co. said Thursday, IRNA reported.

    Elaborating on various phases of the gas pipelineЛ€s testing, Engineer Ali-Reza Gharibi referred to clearing it, measuring its various sections, and finally testing its leakproof quality by pressurized water injection.

    He said that the clearing of the 97 kilometer pipeline is already completed and after the completion of the other two phases it will be put to use.

    The managing director of Iranian Gas Development and Engineering Company said that after the completion of this 97 kilometer pipeline its will be looped with the other existing pipelines in a short while and then the exports of the Iranian gas to Iraq will begin.

    The Iran-Iraq gas pipeline begins in Charmaleh district of IranЛ€s Ilam province and continues all the way to Naftshahr on Iran-Iraq border.

    After completion the pipeline will be initially capable of exporting five million cubic meter of natural gas to Iraq per day in the initial phase.

    During the first three years this pipeline will export from 4 to 7 million cubic meter of gas per day to Iraq, in the next two years the gas exports to Iraq will increase to 15 million cbms per day and within the following three years the amount of IranЛ€s daily gas exports to Iraq will increase to 25 million cubic meters per day.

    According to the Oil MinistryЛ€s SHANA news agency the completion of Bisotoun-Dehcalan and Bisotoun-Naftshahr pipelines play important roles in increasing the Iran-Iraq gas exports and they are both under construction now.

    The same report indicates that upon completion of the countryЛ€s 6th six hundred kilometer pipeline in the year 2015 that will connect Ahwaz in IranЛ€s southwest Khuzestan province and Dehcalan in northwest Iran the countryЛ€s gas exports to Iraq will be drastically increased.

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  • At least 30 killed in Shi'ite militia attack on Sunni mosque
    22.08.2014 21:53
    At least 30 people were killed when a Shi'ite Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province on Friday, an Iraqi security source said.

    The security source said at least 30 bodies had arrived at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province. Witnesses said the death toll from the attack was higher, but it was not immediately possible to verify the reports.

    Such sectarian violence could hurt efforts by Iraq's new prime minister, moderate Shi'ite Haider al-Abadi, to form a government that can unite Iraqis against Islamic State, the Sunni militants who have seized large parts of the country.

    Ambulances transported the bodies to the town of Baquba, the main town in Diyala province, where Iranian-trained Shi'ite militias are powerful and act with impunity.

    Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

    Iraqi Shi'ite militia forces executed 15 Sunni Muslims and then hung them from electricity poles in a public square in Baquba in July, police said.

    Diyala police officials told Reuters they had provided Shi'ite militias with names for hit lists so that suspected members of Islamic State could be tracked and executed.
  • Georgia taking additional measures to prevent infiltration of Ebola virus
    22.08.2014 21:27
    Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Fourteen people have arrived in Georgia from the African states, where the deadly Ebola virus is spread.

    Most of those persons have arrived from Nigeria, according to Khatuna Zakhashvili, Head of the Communicable Diseases Service of Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

    Zakhashvili said Aug. 22 that those people are under constant observation.

    "Their condition is not suspicious, they are healthy," she said. The risk of the virus being brought to the country from Nigeria is very low, because there have only been 13 infection cases in a country of 174 million. Georgia is not regarded as a country where the Ebola virus can spread."

    However, Zakhashvili stressed that all persons coming from the countries at risk will be registered.

    "They will be under the supervision of physicians for 21 days. This is the maximum incubation period. Those who arrived in the country are given information leaflets about the disease's symptoms and where they can contact in case of suspicion in order to receive medical aid," Zakhashvili said.

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  • US Ebola patient Kent Brantly 'thrilled to be alive'
    22.08.2014 21:20
    One of the US aid workers who recovered from an Ebola infection is "thrilled to be alive" as he and another patient are discharged from hospital.

    Dr Kent Brantly, 33, thanked supporters for their prayers at a news conference in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol, 59, was discharged on Tuesday.

    The two were brought to the US for treatment three weeks ago.

    The outbreak has killed more than 1,300 people in West Africa, with many of the deaths occurring in Liberia.

    "Today is a miraculous day," said Dr Brantly, who appeared healthy if pallid as he addressed reporters on Thursday at Emory University hospital.

    "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary, I never imagined myself in this position."

    He said Ebola "was not on the radar" when he and his family moved to Liberia in October.

    After his family returned to the US as the Ebola outbreak tore through West Africa, he continued to treat Ebola patients and woke up on 23 July feeling "under the weather".

    Dr Brantly said he lay in bed for nine days, getting progressively sicker and weaker. On 1 August, he was flown to Atlanta for treatment at Emory.

    Emory infectious disease specialist Dr Bruce Ribner said after rigorous treatment and testing officials were confident Dr Brantly had recovered "and he can return to his family, his community and his life without public health concerns".

    The group for which he was working in Liberia, Samaritan's Purse, said they were celebrating his recovery.

    "Today I join all of our Samaritan's Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr Kent Brantly's recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital," Franklin Graham said in a statement.
  • Quantity of biogenic substances in Kur and Araz rivers exceeds norm
    22.08.2014 21:10
    The National Monitoring Department on Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan has conducted monitoring on the rivers Kur and Araz in the second decade of August to study the level of pollution of the rivers and their branches.

    The monitoring results revealed that the water flow due to the impact of untreated waste water and sewage industry dropped on the territory of Georgia and Armenia to the water, the amount of biogenic substances in the Kur River and its tributaries is much higher than normal, the Ministry said. The level of phenol and copper in the water has exceeded the norm in Agstafachay River either.

    A similar situation was observed in the Agstafachay reservoir, as well as Araz River - Horadiz, Shahsevan, Bahramtapa points.

    The oxygen regime of water at all points ranges within health standards.
  • Azerbaijani, Iranian oil companies ink memorandum of understanding
    22.08.2014 21:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22


    A delegation led by the First Vice-President of Azerbaijani State Oil Company (SOCAR) Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh visited Iran at an invitation from Iran's Khazar Exploration and Production Company (KEPCO).

    SOCAR said Aug. 21 that the Azerbaijani delegation had meetings at Iran's Petroleum Ministry, as well as, at the oil and gas companies.

    Meetings were held with Iran's First Deputy Petroleum Minister, National Iranian Oil Company Managing Director Rokneddin Javadi, Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs and Trade Ali Majedi, and Deputy Director General for International Affairs at the National Iranian Gas Company, Chairman of Management Board for Gas Export, Azizollah Ramazani.

    The meetings discussed the state and prospects of Azerbaijan-Iran cooperation in the oil and gas industry, oil and gas production in the two countries, transport and export possibilities, gas transportation between the two countries, etc.

    During a meeting, KEPCO CEO Ali Osuli briefed Azerbaijani delegation on the history and international ties of his company. Osuli highlighted the company's interest in cooperation with SOCAR in the Caspian Sea.

    The parties stressed the importance of Azerbaijan-Iran cooperation in this direction.

    Azerbaijani delegation also visited the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry in Tehran.

    There they got acquainted with the research of Iranian scientists in the oil and gas industries and nanotechnology.

    A memorandum of understanding was signed following the meeting and negotiations.

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  • Several intв'l organizationsв' statements manifest bias towards Azerbaijan
    22.08.2014 20:43
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22


    Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum's statement on the "Arrest of internationally respected civil society leaders in Azerbaijan" manifests some international organizations' bias towards Azerbaijan, Dushunje Youth Development Support Public Association Head Emil Huseynli told Trend.

    Huseynli said Aug. 22 his organization has received the statement very negatively, and sees it as another manifestation of the subjective attitude of some international organizations on Azerbaijan.

    Huseynli said these structures are envious of Azerbaijan's development and growing influence in the international arena, and are being influenced by the Armenian diaspora. They make such statements on the basis of information that is provided by some anti-national elements, and they do all this without coming to Azerbaijan and getting familiar with the situation on the spot.

    "Unfortunately, some international organizations that do not want to see Azerbaijan's success in all areas, including in civil society building, are concerned that Azerbaijan is becoming a leader in the region, and express their envy in such a way," Huseynli said.

    "These international organizations have not yet said anything about over one million Azerbaijanis, whose rights are grossly violated by Armenia, but rather immediately advocate for the anti-national elements accused of various crimes, who act under the guise of human rights defenders and perform orders of foreign intelligence agencies," he added.

    "This fact once again shows that these organizations are far from sincere, and proves that they are working under the influence of forces that have a negative attitude towards the development of Azerbaijan," the public association's head said.

    Huseynli added that Dushunje Public Association declares that the actions of such organizations will not have any impact on Azerbaijan's growing influence and its rapid development in all spheres.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan and Egypt to discuss development of relations in tourism
    22.08.2014 20:18
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22

    By Togrul Veliyev - Trend:

    Bilateral meetings between the representatives of Azerbaijan and Egypt on the expansion of cooperation in the sphere of tourism will take place in Cairo, August 23-29, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan told Trend.

    On the invitation of the Minister of Tourism of Egypt the Azerbaijani delegation consisting of Head of the Department of Tourism Ministry Aydin Ismiyev, senior adviser of the planning and development sector Jafar Garaev and specialist on tourism of Baku Tourist Information Centre Elin Abbasov will familiarize themselves with the real situation in the cities, safety works and tourism facilities, and will also participate in bilateral meetings.

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  • Gmail smartphone app hacked by researchers
    22.08.2014 20:14
    US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone memory.

    The researchers were able to gain access to a number of apps, including Gmail, by disguising malicious software as another downloaded app.

    Gmail was among the easiest to access from the popular apps tested.

    The hack was tested on an Android phone, but the researchers believe it could work on all smartphones.

    A Google spokeswoman said the technology giant welcomed the research. "Third-party research is one of the ways Android is made stronger and more secure," she said.

    The research is being presented later at a cybersecurity conference in San Diego by academics from the universities of Michigan and California.

    Other apps hacked included Hamp;R Block, Newegg, WebMD, Chase Bank, and Amazon.
  • Two Azerbaijani athletes into final of Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
    22.08.2014 19:57
    Azerbaijani athlete Nazim Babayev has reached the final in the men`s triple jump at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

    He progressed to the final after jumping to 15.65 meters.

    Another Azerbaijani athlete Behafeta Abreha will compete in the women`s 3,000 metres final.
  • Oil prices rise in world markets
    22.08.2014 19:50
    The price of oil has increased in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX, cost of the US Light crude oil raised $0.51 to stand at $93.96.

    Price of the British Brent oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) increased $0.35 to trade at $102.63.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil raised $0.43 to stand at $102.66.
  • Controversial film Ghandi blocked
    22.08.2014 19:43
    India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorified her killers. Intelligence agencies had warned of potential violence if it is released.

    The film, Kaum De Heere, or Diamonds Of The Community, had been scheduled for release on Friday.

    It tells the story of Ms Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards who shot her dead apparently to avenge her decision to send troops in a deadly raid on the Golden Temple.

    Sikhs say thousands were murdered when the army entered Sikhism's holiest shrine in Amritsar to flush out militants.

    Mrs Gandhi's assassination triggered an outburst of communal violence targeted at Sikhs and more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in attacks across India.

    Late on Thursday India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to halt the release "because of the law and order situation that might result from the showing of the film", the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.
  • Kazakhstan to invest $200 million in mining industry development
    22.08.2014 19:23
    Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 22

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    More than $200 million will be spent on the development of mining industry in the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Aug. 22 at the commissioning ceremony opening two new railway branches- Zhezkazgan-Beineu and Arkalyk-Shubarkol.

    He said that Zheskazgan has always been in the focus of government's attention.

    "Over the past years due to the depletion of copper ore we were faced with difficulties, and Zhezkazgan copper smelter was forced to stop. I ordered the government to develop a special program under the Economic Development of Zhezkazgan industrial region. Some $240 million were allocated for resettlement in other places from the villages standing on the ore bodies," he said.

    He added that this was done in order to obtain a richer ore (in the amount of two million tonnes of copper) than before, and to run a copper smelter in Zhezkazgan.

    At the same time, Nazarbayev said he had instructed the "Kazakhmys" corporations to ensure the payment of wages to the workers of the plant, which currently does not operate.

    The Head of State noted that the copper smelter will be put into operation in November, and people will return to their workplaces.

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  • Azerbaijani judo fighters to vie for world medals
    22.08.2014 19:19
    Azerbaijani fighters will contest medals at the 2014 World Judo Championships to be held in Chelyabinsk, Russia, from August 25-31.

    Azerbaijan`s squad includes Orkhan Safarov, Ilgar Mushkiyev, Nijat Shikhalizade, Rustam Orujov, Tural Safguliyev, Shahin Gahramanov, Elkan Mammadov, Elmar Gasimov and Kifayat Gasimova.

    The championships will involve 751 judo fighters.

  • Erdogan to visit Azerbaijan Sept. 3
    22.08.2014 19:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 22


    The newly elected president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Azerbaijan Sept. 3, Anadolu news agency reported Aug. 22.

    Reportedly, on Sept. 1, Erdogan will pay a visit to Northern Cyprus, then on Sept. 3 will visit Azerbaijan, and then depart for the NATO Wales Summit.

    It was also reported that between Sept. 21 and Sept. 26, Erdogan will join the UN General Assembly, and meet with a heads of other states.

    Edited by CN

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  • Mehriban Aliyeva '" Azerbaijani plenipotentiary cultural envoy
    22.08.2014 18:59
    Russian "Nezavisimaya gazeta" newspaper has published an article by Honoured Journalist, Holder of the State Prize of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmira Akhundova about Azerbaijan`s first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

    Vestnik Kavkaza website previously posted this article in English. AzerTAc presents the full text of the article:
  • Kyrgyz Ambassador in Turkmenistan begins his duties
    22.08.2014 18:38
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 22

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The newly appointed Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Turkmenistan Janish Rustenbekov presented copies of his credentials to the Foreign Ministry, the Turkmen government reported Aug. 22.

    During the meeting held at the ministry, special attention was paid to the aspects of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the authoritative international organizations, as well as regular dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

    Issues of further intensification of cooperation in the political and economic fields were also discussed at the meeting.

    The two countries are involved in a large project on gas delivery from Central Asia to China, primarily from Turkmenistan. Beijing has a long-term agreement with Ashgabat on increase of deliveries up to 65 billion cubic meters of gas until 2020.

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  • Jackie Chan takes bow of apology
    22.08.2014 18:29
    Kungfu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a "deep bow of apology" after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use.

    Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, promoting anti-drug education.

    Jaycee, 32, was arrested on Monday after police found 100 grams of marijuana in his apartment, they said. [ID:nL4N0QP2RK]

    "As a public figure, I'm ashamed and distressed," Chan wrote on his Chinese-language microblog on Wednesday. "His mother is especially heartbroken. "Along with Jaycee, I want to take a deep bow of apology to the public".

    The younger Chan is the latest celebrity caught up in a campaign against drugs in China, which has vowed to purge the country's elite of decadence and other social vices. Corruption and excess among the upper class are a prime source of social discontent as a yawning gap between the poor and the wealthy widens.

    The use of drugs in China, particularly synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, has grown along with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income.

    Last week, a group of 42 entertainment management firms said they had signed a deal with Beijing police that they would not work with celebrities who used drugs, the state-owned Beijing News reported.
  • Gaza gunmen execute 18 'collaborators' in Gaza
    22.08.2014 18:23
    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war, Reuters reported.

    Seven people were shot dead in front of worshippers outside a mosque in one of Gaza's main squares, witnesses said, the first public executions in the Palestinian enclave since the 1990s. A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said.

    In the public execution, militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down the suspects, whose faces were covered and hands bound, as worshippers emerged from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, one of Gaza's busiest districts.

    "The resistance has begun an operation called 'strangling the necks', targeting collaborators who aid the (Israeli) occupation, kill our people and destroy houses," a pro-Hamas website said.

    A so-called conviction letter signed by the "Palestinian Resistance" was posted on a wall near to where the bodies of alleged collaborators lay. The notice read:

    "They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas killing a number of fighters... Therefore, the ruling of revolutionary justice was handed upon him,"

    Earlier on Friday, 11 suspected collaborators were shot dead at an abandoned police station, a Hamas security official said. At the site, Reuters saw two bodies being loaded onto an ambulance before being told to leave the area.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza denounced the killings.

    "We demand the Palestinian National Authority and the resistance (Palestinian armed factions) to intervene to stop these extra-judicial executions, no matter what reasons and the motives are," Raji al-Surani, the chairman of the organization, said in a statement.

    Israel launched an offensive on July 8 with the stated aim of putting an end to cross-border rocket fire from Gaza.

    Health officials in the small, densely populated enclave said the Palestinian death toll rose to 2,070 on Friday, mostly civilians, after a father and his son were killed in an Israeli air strike near Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

    Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have also been killed in the conflict.

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  • Double vaccines 'could hasten the end of polio'
    22.08.2014 18:08
    Using both types of polio vaccine could speed up efforts to free the world of the disease, research suggests. The oral vaccine is leading the fight to eradicate polio, but trials in India show an additional injection of inactivated virus boosts immunity.

    The World Health Organization said the findings, published in the journal Science, were "truly historic".

    The disease, which is spread through contaminated faeces, can cause paralysis and even death. Fighting polio has been one of the biggest success stories in global health.

    In 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in more than 125 countries.

    The disease is now widespread in just three countries - Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan - and cases have fallen by more than 99%.

    Two drops of the oral vaccine, which contains a weakened polio virus, is the preferred tool in eradication efforts because it is cheap and gives resistance in the digestive tract to lower transmission of the virus.

    The injected vaccine works largely in the bloodstream.

    "But the oral vaccine is less effective in exactly those places we'd like it to work," one of the researchers, Prof Nicholas Grassly, of Imperial College London, told the BBC. It is thought other infections may interfere with the vaccine.

    The solution has been multiple vaccination. As part of India's successful eradication campaign, some children received 30 doses by the age of five.
  • Russia responds to Japan sanctions
    22.08.2014 18:05
    Russia has responded to the sanctions imposed by Japan, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    Japanese Ambassador to Moscow Chikahito Harada was presented with a list of Japanese citizens who will be banned from entering Russia.

    In early August, the Japanese government banned the entry of some citizens of Russia and Ukraine. Sanctions were applied to 40 people, including former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych.
  • Woman flying from Nigeria to Turkey taken to hospital
    22.08.2014 17:59
    A passenger travelling from Nigeria to Istanbul has been rushed to hospital after falling ill on the journey, SIA reports with quoting AA.

    The Italian woman, thought to be infected with malaria, had a fever and threw up on board a Turkish Airlines flight from Nigeria's northern city Kano. She had been given anti-malarialdrugs by Nigerian doctors prior to the plane's departure.

    Nigeria is one of the countries struggling with an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which in recent months has killed more than a thousand people in West Africa.Turkey has increased its measuresagainst any possible outbreak of Ebola sincelast month and urgently responded tosuspected Ebola cases.

    The virus first appeared in 1976 in simultaneous cases and causes a fever that is often fatal.
  • Calorific value of Azerbaijani oil exceeds 102%
    22.08.2014 17:48
    Calorific value of Azerbaijani oil makes up approximately 102.9% of oil equivalent.

    Azerbaijan's energy balance 2013 demonstrates that last year oil production in the country totaled 43.457 million tons or 44.717 million tons of oil equivalent (TOE).

    According to the balance, 37.772 million TOE was exported and 6.992 million TOE used for domestic consumption. 6.751 million TOE was processed at oil refineries, while 48,100 TOE was written off as oil losses.
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