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Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan agreement advances Caspian gas cooperation

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have signed a landmark agreement to jointly develop a long-disputed Caspian gas field, a move that could pave the way for the transit of Turkmenistan’s massive gas reserves to Europe. On January 21, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov signed a memorandum of understanding, via videoconference, on joint exploration…

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Turkmenistan: Big on gas, short on options

It was supposed to be a banner year for Turkmenistan’s natural gas industry.  There was a time when it was predicted that the Central Asia-China pipeline would be transporting 65 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas annually by 2020. The project to build a trans-Afghan pipeline to India, TAPI, was also supposed to have come into…

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    Four men jailed for manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants in UK

    Four people-smugglers were given lengthy prison sentences on Friday for the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese nationals found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex in 2019, Trend reports citing Xinhua. The victims perished in the refrigerated container on a ferry journey across the English Channel. The longest sentences were handed to the two ringleaders. Ronan…

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      Google’s parent deflates internet-beaming balloon company

      SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google’s parent company is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere. The plan to shut down Loon was announced late Thursday, ending what started out nine years ago as one of Google’s secret projects in its so-called “moonshot factory,” a…

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        NFC Matchups: Where else to start but Brady and Rodgers?

        More than 100 players will suit up for Sunday’s NFC championship game, so try to ignore all those talking heads making mention of only two: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Yes, it’s as juicy a matchup of quarterbacks as the current NFL can offer. The Battle of the Bays might well be decided by what…

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          Georgia to restore operations of municipal transport, schools and stores

          BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22 By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend: Several coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted in Georgia in February and in March, following a plan approved at the Interagency Coordination Council meeting, Trend reports via Georgian media. Georgian Infrastructure Minister and the First Deputy Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili said that since there are signs of…

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            Kazakhstan deregulates tanker call-in services for oil crude, products export

            BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.22 Trend: Services provided in Kazakhstan for a vessel call at a seaport for transshipment of oil and oil products through pipelines to/from tanker/tankers with a further exit from the port for export outside of the country have been excluded from the list of regulated services, Trend reports citing the Union of Transport…

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                Kazatomprom completes COVID-19 testing at its JV with French Orano

                BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22 By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend: All employees and contractors at Moinkum and Tortkuduk operations of Joint Venture KATCO LLC were tested for COVID-19, as of Jan. 22, 2021; the final reports have now been received, showing 128 positive cases out of the 666 PCR tests performed, Trend reports citing Kazatomprom National…

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                  Japan vaccination uncertainty casts doubts over Olympics

                  TOKYO (AP) — Japan is publicly adamant that it will stage its postponed Olympics this summer. But to pull it off, many believe the vaccination of its 127 million citizens for the coronavirus is key. It’s an immense undertaking in the best of circumstances and complicated now by an overly cautious decision-making process, bureaucratic roadblocks…

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                    China’s trade data confirm 2020 was a bleak year in Eurasia

                    This week Beijing released its preliminary trade data for 2020. As expected, when the global economy slammed to a halt last winter, exports from the countries Eurasianet covers nosedived. And even as China’s economy started to pick up again in the second half of the year, the data offer little comfort for the Caucasus and…

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                      First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force

                      UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world’s nuclear-armed nations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law, culminating a decades-long campaign…

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                        Lawyers want Giuliani investigated, license suspended

                        NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyers’ group filed an ethics complaint against Rudy Giuliani with New York’s courts, calling for him to be investigated and his law license suspended over his work promoting former President Donald Trump’s false allegations over the 2020 election. Lawyers Defending American Democracy, which includes former judges and federal attorneys among…

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                        The Latest: Germany’s virus death toll hits over 50,000

                        BERLIN — More than 50,000 people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Germany, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally beginning to fall. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, taking…

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                        Foreign Ministry confirms one infection at office in Malaysia

                        According to MOFA, other personnel of the representative office in Malaysia will resume work after the disinfection of the office is completed on Friday. (NOWnews) TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — A staff member of Taiwan’s representative office in Malaysia was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday night. He has no symptoms for the time being and…

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                        Late entry Brandon Hagy opens with 64 at American Express

                        LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Hagy didn’t find out he was in the field at The American Express until three days before it started. The Californian then left no doubt he belonged. Hagy took the first-round lead Thursday with an 8-under 64 on the Nicklaus course, staying one shot ahead of South Korea’s Byeong…

                        Indo-Japan digital partnership: Co-creation, co-production and co-innovation is the future

                        At a meet organized by India’s leading public policy body Ananta Aspen Centre, leaders suggested that co-creation, co-production and co-innovation is the way and the future for the emerging Indo-Japan digital partnership. The meet held on Monday was titled ‘India Japan Digital Partnership-Opportunity for Co-Creating and Co-Innovating’ Addressing the meet Indian Ambassador to Japan Sanjay…

                        EBRD, Turkmenistan to implement new joint projects in 2021

                        BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 21 By Jeila Aliyeva – Trend: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Turkmenistan will implement new join projects in 2021, the representative of EBRD Anton Usov told Trend. Usov noted that new projects are planned for mid-January of 2021. In terms of investment plans with Turkmenistan for next year,…

                        Biden signs order to end Muslim ban

                        ANI21 Jan 2021, 12:18 GMT+10 Washington [US], January 21 (ANI): In a blow to his predecessor Donald Trump’s actions to limit immigration, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday has ended the ‘Muslim travel ban’, which blocked travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African countries.Hours after taking the office, Biden on Wednesday…

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                        Joe Biden sworn in as America’s 46th president Asia Pacific News.Net Chinese billionaire Jack May emerges after 2 months absence Asia Pacific News.Net Radio a hit in Australian metro markets Asia Pacific News.Net Wallabies’ ‘lucky’ Latu values Toulon victory over more tries Asia Pacific News.Net How will COVID-19 vaccines be approved for use in Australia?…

                        Perspectives | The EU and Karabakh: Picking up the pieces, looking for a role

                        Among the winners and losers of the Second Karabakh War, Europe – and specifically the European Union – is unanimously regarded as falling into the latter category. Confronted with a major conflict in the body’s “Eastern Partnership” zone, the EU was able to do little other than issue statements of concern. Russia and Turkey, meanwhile,…

                        California winds bring wildfires, power outages to thousands

                        LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong winds were forecast through the day before tapering off. A low-pressure…

                        Report: Witness implicates Mexico’s army in abduction of 43

                        MEXICO CITY (AP) — New testimony by a cooperating witness directly implicates Mexico’s army in the disappearance of 43 college students in a 2014 incident that continues to haunt the country, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The newspaper Reforma said the witness, presumably a gang member identified only as “Juan,” alleges soldiers held and…

                        France’s daily COVID-19 cases hit two-month high

                        The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France hit a two-month high at 26,784, health authorities said on Wednesday, Trend reports citing Xinhua. A higher daily tally, at 28,393, was registered on Nov. 18, 2020, according to official data. Meanwhile, the country’s coronavirus death toll increased by 310 within a day. Currently, a total of…

                        Trump pardons in California extend to former congressman

                        LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in illegal gifts from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors, it was considered the largest bribery scandal in congressional history. The disgraced former San Diego congressman received one of the pardons issued Wednesday by President…

                        Mexico’s leader takes new shot at Twitter in continuing spat

                        MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continued his spat with Twitter on Wednesday, accusing one of the companies’ representatives in Mexico of having previously worked for politicians of the conservative opposition National Action Party. López Obrador suggested the social media company might be biased, and he displayed a resume that he said…

                        UK records highest daily coronavirus death toll

                        Another 1,820 people in Britain have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, the highest number of deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began in the country, according to official figures released Wednesday, Trend reports citing Xinhua. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 93,290, the…

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