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Riot police detained several people in the Yasamal neighborhood of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, early on June 8. The crackdown came a day after residents threw objects at a police car as a local man was detained on suspicion of breaking coronavirus lockdown regulations. Video of the detentions was provided by Azerbaijani independent television channel Meydan.Read Original Article here by RFERL

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Albania turns to EU for help in extinguishing wildfires

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The head of Albanian General Directorate of Civil Emergencies, Haki Çako, stated today that the operations for extinguishing the flames which have spread rapidly in some areas of the country are continuing, Report informs, citing the Albanian Daily News.

Çako noted that they have also contacted the center for responding to civil emergencies in Brussels, but an aggravated situation is present in other Balkan countries. He stated that troops of the Albanian Armed Forces were sent by helicopter to Karaburun to make extinguishing the flames possible.

"There are many forces from the ground that operate in certain units. We contacted the civil emergency response center in Brussels. Due to the aggravated situation, all Balkan countries have been affected by high temperatures that have also experienced fires. We will continue until the situation normalizes.

The operation has not started today. It has been days since it started. Today it has become necessary to intensify the human resources of the Armed Forces and increase the air force," Haki Çako said.

"With the work done and the increase of resources, we hope to keep the situation under control. Due to the difficult terrain, the operation continued yesterday and today. We intend to stop the advance of the fire," he stressed.

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Summer training period starts for Azerbaijani troops

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Per the combat training plan for 2021, the types of troops, Army Corps, formations, and military units of the Azerbaijani Army have started a new training period, Report informs, citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

The primary goals and objectives, as well as their fulfillment during the training period, were brought to the attention at the events held in military units.

In order to increase the level of combat readiness of troops, the training process in the Army will be conducted following the requirements of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the orders of the Minister of Defense, taking into consideration the risks and real threats on land, at sea, and in the air, as well as combat experience gained in the Second Karabakh War.

Due to the beginning of the summer training period, drill reviews were held, the condition of the material and technical base in the military units was checked.

The combat readiness training started in all military units in the first days of the summer training period.

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Uzbekistan launches national strategy for dev’t of electronic commerce

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The Export Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade held the first meeting of the Working Group on the development of the National Strategy for the Development of Electronic Commerce in the Republic of Uzbekistan within the framework of the Ready4trade grant project. The event was organized in cooperation with the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade and relevant ministries and departments of the country, Trend reports citing Uzdaily.uz.

During the opening ceremony, the head of the Working Group – Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade B. Rakhimov and Advisor to the Department of Research and Export Strategies of the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade O. Khomula made speeches.

During the event, the members of the Working Group identified priority areas for joint work and drew up a plan of practical actions for the near future. In particular, an in-depth analysis of the country’s e-commerce ecosystem will be carried out at the initial stage.

Also, during their stay in Uzbekistan, the delegation of the Center held a number of meetings with the leadership of the relevant ministries and departments of the country, during which priorities for the development of e-commerce at the national level were identified and the importance of an inclusive dialogue between the state and the private sector in this direction was noted.

The Ready4Trade project is aimed at developing intraregional and international trade in five Central Asian countries by increasing the transparency of cross-border requirements, as well as improving cross-border e-commerce procedures. The project is being implemented by the UNCTAD / WTO Center for International Trade in close cooperation with national partners and funded by the European Union.

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