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The 35th film festival will kick off with the premiere of the upcoming apocalyptic horror film, World War Z, to be attended by producer-star Pitt and film director Marc Forster.
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The missiles posed no danger to neighboring countries.
Source: The Wall Street
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From 1 January 2014, restaurants may only serve olive oil in tamper-proof packaging, labelled to EU standards.
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The Syrian president says that the opposition could not uphold any peace deal, and blames the west for supporting them.
Video: The Guardian
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Source: Daily Mail
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Source: The Daily Star
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Source: Sky Sports
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Source: 168 Hours
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Source: NKR MFA
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Source: presidential press service
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Source: ABC News
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Source: The New York Times
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Details: The Telegraph
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Source: ABC News
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Source: The Telegraph
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Hamish Cooper assured the President that he will do his best to develop cooperation between the two countries in all possible areas.
Source: presidential press service
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The Co-Chairs and the Foreign Ministers discussed possible ways to advance the peace process.
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Source: presidential press service
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Source: The Guardian
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13:46 12/06/2012 » Analysis
Clinton should share the blame for killings of Armenian soldiers
A tragic pattern of bloody engagements continues to recur along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border at great human cost. Whenever high level visits or international meetings are scheduled on the Artsakh (Karabagh) conflict, Azerbaijan unfailingly initiates attacks on Armenian border guards causing many casualties.
Azerbaijan’s leaders hope that such hostile action would impress upon the mediating countries the urgency of resolving the conflict by pressuring Armenia’s leadership to make territorial concessions on Artsakh.
Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Caucasus republics. On the day of her arrival in Yerevan, Azeri forces attacked two Armenian border posts, killing three soldiers and wounding many others. In the ensuing days, more Azeri attacks took place, drawing Armenian return fire, resulting in scores of casualties, mostly on the Azeri side.
Armenians expected Secretary Clinton to strongly condemn Azerbaijan after its initial attack. Clearly, the Azeri military action was timed to coincide with her visit to Armenia. Yet, regrettably, the Secretary merely urged both countries to refrain from "the use of force," stressing that the Artsakh conflict "can be resolved exclusively by peaceful means." Clinton’s totally unacceptable statement equated the aggressors with the victims. Moreover, by not condemning the Azeri attacks, she actually emboldened Azerbaijan to commit further acts of aggression against Armenia.
Since it is common knowledge that Azerbaijan orchestrates such attacks to coincide with visits of high-ranking officials to the region, Secretary Clinton should have warned Azerbaijan, before embarking on her trip, not to initiate any hostile action while she was in the area. The State Department should have advised the Azeri government that any breach of the ceasefire during the Clinton visit would be personally embarrassing for the Secretary of State, leaving her no choice but to cancel her trip to Baku. Even if such a warning was not issued in advance, Clinton should have refused to go to Baku after the Azeri attacks. Unfortunately, the Secretary placed a higher value on Azeri oil than on Armenian blood. By her actions, she also undermined the international prestige and moral standing of the United States!
As this could be Clinton’s farewell visit to the region -- she is retiring from public service later this year -- it is regrettable that she will leave behind a legacy of violence and conflict rather than peace and reconciliation. The US Secretary may have come to Yerevan and Baku to encourage a negotiated settlement to the Artsakh conflict, yet she left the region more destabilized than before.
Another factor that has encouraged Azerbaijan to continue its attacks is the inadequate Armenian response to the countless ceasefire violations since 1994. Armenians will be unable to stop Azeri aggression simply by firing back. The Aliyev regime should be made to understand that it would pay a heavy price for breaching the ceasefire. Rather than simply returning fire, the Armenian response should be to neutralize the Azeri military positions responsible for initiating the attacks.
Although some may fear that a more robust Armenian response would lead to all-out conflict, such concerns are misplaced because Azerbaijan is not ready to wage war, according to most military experts. By starting a premature war, the Azeris risk losing even more territories, not to mention the enormous economic losses!
To deter further Azeri aggression and reduce Armenian casualties, here are seven actions that Armenia may consider taking should Azerbaijan continue to violate the ceasefire:
-- Respond by targeting Azerbaijan’s petroleum industry, disrupting its oil and gas pipelines. The best defense is a good offense.
-- Take preemptive action to neutralize Azeri snipers who regularly target Armenian border guards and civilians in nearby villages.
-- After each attack suspend peace talks with Azerbaijan for an indefinite period. One cannot talk peace and fight at the same.
-- Demand that all countries refrain from the sale of weapons to Azerbaijan.
-- Urge CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), a defense-alliance that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to warn Azerbaijan that any further attacks on Armenia would trigger a collective military response from all CSTO members.
-- Declare that Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan in the Artsakh conflict constitutes a hostile act, and hence withdraw Armenia’s signature from the Armenia-Turkey Protocols.
-- Recognize the Republic of Artsakh as an independent state and invite other countries to do likewise.
Author: By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier
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16:15 18/05/2013 » Politics
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Moscow on July 1, Iran's Ambassador to Russia Mohammad Reza Sajjadi said, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency. Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second term ends this year.
15:55 18/05/2013 » Politics
Allahshukur Pashazadeh’s Iran visit will be unproductive, Azerbaijani political analyst Vafa Guluzade told Azadliq newspaper in an interview, according to haqyolu.com Persian language webpage. Speaking of the scheduled Iran visit of the head of the Caucasus Muslims Office (CMO), the Azerbaijani analyst said, “Iran wants Azerbaijan to take practical moves and justify its expectations. But Azerbaijan is unable to do it. I think Pashazadeh’s Iran visit will be ...
15:28 18/05/2013 » Society
Yesterday, in the social networks and media information was spread that by the order of the Chief Executive Ahmed Mukhtarov the portrait of the president was to be renewed in all the grades of schools and enterprises in Hajigabul region of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani news agency "Haqqin.az" reported. "The portraits of the president that are brought to the region are sold by 35 manats (about 35 euros - Ed.) at schools and by 50-100 (about 50-100 euro - Ed.) manats in the ...
15:19 18/05/2013 » Sport
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14:26 18/05/2013 » Sport
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