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Baku’s Shanghai – a disappearing legend

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In this small village near the railway, there is only one street.

Baku residents call this place Shanghai.

Locals say that a former resident of the area, a man named Haji Salman, was once in the Chinese city of Shanghai. When he returned, the neighbors began to ask him what the city was like, and Haji Salman answered: “It looks like our village – the houses are close together, and the trains run right in front of the doorstep”.

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Shanghai, what with its dangerous ‘exotic’ element – children who are not afraid of the trains running through, garbage thrown out under the rails, one-story homemade homes – is almost as legendary as the former Sovetskaya quarter. The media has payed much attention to this hotbed of social problems, and even made a film by the same name about the quarter.

This is what Shanghai looked like in 2016

And now, the village has begun to be demolished.

Residents are not very happy, of course – first, for the small compensation they are given for their small homes, they can’t buy an apartment so close to the center. Secondly, the neighbors and people in the area regret having to separate – the fact of the matter is that over the past 20-25 years there have not been many new tenants in the area.

“And who will buy a house here,” says Sakina, laughing. She herself moved here after getting married and lived in Shanghai for over 60 years:

“At that time there were very few houses here. Then, people who worked in factories nearby began building houses for themselves. And after a while it became a real residential quarter.”

Shanghai in the beginning of 2019

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Seven people including 5 children killed in Russian residential fire

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Seven people were killed in a fire in a residential building in western Russia, APA reports citing TASS news agency.

The fire reportedly occurred at 4:48 a.m. local time (0148 GMT) in a two-story apartment building in Rostov of the Yaroslavl region, 250 km northeast of Moscow.

Earlier reports said five children and an adult were killed.

According to Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations, 600 square meters of the building roof were completely burnt out.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over the incident.

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Turkey will crush PKKYPG terrorists if they dont withdraw within 120 hours Erdogan says

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Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan said that Turkey will crush the PKK terror group and its Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists if they don't withdraw within the agreed 120-hour timeframe from the safe zone area in northern Syria, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

"We will crush the heads of the terrorists if they don't withdraw within the 120-hour period," Erdogan said.

The president also noted that he will discuss with Russia's President Vladimir Putin areas in northern Syria where Assad regime forces are deployed during his visit to Sochi next week.

"Regime forces are present in some part of Turkey's anti-terror operation zone in northern Syria, I'll discuss this matter with Putin," he said.

However, he warned that Turkey would "implement its own plans" if they cannot reach a solution.

Speaking before Erdogan, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their operation if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while YPG terrorists withdraw is not fully implemented.

"We paused the operation for five days. In this time, the terrorists will withdraw from the safe zone, their weapons will be collected and positions destroyed. If this doesn't happen, we will continue the operation," Akar said.

"Our preparations are ready. With the necessary order, our soldiers are ready to go anywhere," he told the crowd an event in Kayseri.

Turkey and Washington agreed on Thursday for Ankara to halt its operation for 120 hours while YPG terrorists withdraw from a safe zone in northeastern Syria.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with Daesh and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), on October 9.

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Georgian Interior Minister The border problem with Azerbaijan is almost resolved

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"The border problem with Azerbaijan is almost solved," Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri told journalists, according to Report.

According to him, at a meeting of the trust group in the parliament, the border issues of Georgia in several areas were discussed: "The border issue with Azerbaijan has also been reviewed, and the problem is almost solved."

The minister also said that the issue of demarcation and delimitation of the border with Armenia was also discussed at the meeting: "As you know, the solution of this problem will take a long time. We do not expect this issue to be resolved within a month or a year. We are working on this issue”.

Gomelauri said that along with the border issues, the Interior Ministry's budget and secret procurement were discussed at the meeting.

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