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2 die as truck overturns from bridge in Baku

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A traffic accident resulting in casualties has occurred in Baku, APA reports.

The accident was recorded near the Khojasan settlement of the Binagadi district of the capital city. The truck of the Shacman brand has fallen from the bridge and has rolled over. As a result of the accident, two persons being in the truck died.

Driver, Khazar Ingilab Yusifli and his passenger died at the event scene. The report says that as a result of the accident the contact network and sidelines were completely destroyed in both directions of the railway track and were closed for trains’ traffic. The work is being conducted for the rehabilitation of trains’ traffic. And the occurred accident is being investigated by relevant authorities.

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Croatian military helicopter crashes into Adriatic Sea

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A Croatian military helicopter crashed into the Adriatic Sea during a training flight on Monday, the ministry of defense said, Reuters reported.

The ministry gave no details about the number of people on board when the Kiowa OH-58D came down in an area close to the islands of Zlarin and Zlace.

A rescue operation was under way, the ministry said.

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EUs Barnier says still risk of Brexit cliff edge at end of 2020

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Businesses still face the risk of a cliff edge Brexit at the end of the year given the short time available to negotiate a future trading relationship between Britain and the European Union, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Monday, Reuters reported.

“This negotiation is not usual because at the end of this year, the UK is leaving the single market, it is it’s choice, it is leaving the customs union,” Michel Barnier told a joint news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

“If we have no agreement, it will not be business as usual and the status quo, we have to face the risk of a cliff edge, in particular for trade.”

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Over 3 million tourists visited Azerbaijan in 2019

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As many as 3.17 million foreigners and stateless persons from 193 countries arrived in Azerbaijan in 2019, which is 11.3% more compared to a year earlier, AzVision.az reports.

Among the visitors, 29.4 percent were citizens of Russia, 22.9 percent – Georgia, 10 percent – Turkey, 8.1 percent – Iran, 3.4 percent – Saudi Arabia, 2.2 percent – the UAE, 2.1% – India, 1.9 percent – Ukraine, 1.6 percent – Turkmenistan and Iraq each, 1.5 percent – Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Israel each, 1.2 percent – the UK, 11 percent – other countries and 0.1 – stateless persons.

Some 66.6 percent of visitors were men and 33.4 percent women.

The biggest increase in visitors was observed among citizens of Turkmenistan (84.2 percent), India (66.8 percent), China (62.4 percent), Egypt (55.6 percent), Malaysia (54.9 percent), Saudi Arabia (46.3 percent), Hungary (33.6 percent), Poland (31.1 percent), Uzbekistan (28.4 percent), Kazakhstan (25.7 percent), the UK (25.5 percent), the Philippines (24.6 percent), Spain (24.2 percent), South Korea (19.9 percent), Germany (19.2 percent) and Georgia (18.8 percent).

Over the above mentioned period, the number of people who came from EU member states increased by 21.3 percent, amounting to 136,500 people, and the number of people who came from the CIS countries grew by 9.3 percent, amounting to slightly over 1 million people.

Some 58.7 percent of foreigners and stateless persons who visited Azerbaijan used rail and road transport, 40.5 percent – air transport and 0.8 percent – maritime transport.

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