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EaP countries plan to sign regional roaming agreement in 2020

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A joint meeting dedicated to the issues of reducing the roaming tariffs among the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries was held in the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies.

The representatives of the expert working group of the Electronic Communications Regulators Network of the Eastern Partnership (EaPeReg Network), the relevant state agencies of the European countries and diplomats from these countries accredited in Lithuania attended the meeting.

On the Azerbaijani side, besides the representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, Azerbaijani Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary ambassador to Lithuania Tamerlan Garayev also took part in the meeting.

The main purpose of the meeting was to exchange the views on the work carried out within the preparation for signing the Regional Roaming Agreement among the Eastern Partnership countries, scheduled for 2020.

The meeting was organized by the Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority together with the Ukrainian National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization, chairing the expert working group, with the support of the European Commission.

The best practice of the Eastern Partnership countries in the field of international roaming was analyzed and compared during the meeting.

Creation of a regulatory platform to improve the national rules on the roaming market, new calls and achievements on the regulated markets of the EU member-states and partners were also discussed.

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Magnitude 56 earthquake strikes Western Turkey

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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), APA reports.

The earthquake took place about 15 kilometers east of Kirkagac, a town in the Aegean region of Turkey.

The quake was at a depth of around 8.6 kilometers.

According to some reports, this earthquake was the fourth one felt in Western Turkey in the last five hours.

"I'm a native-born Texan living in Turkey. This was my first real earthquake experience that wasn't a minor tremor. The whole apartment building rumbled, all the light fixtures shook, and things rattled around, even my cats were freaked out and hid. There was a noticeable aftershock, but it was minor," one witness said. News.Az

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Five French tourists missing after deadly Quebec snowmobile accident

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A tour guide died and five French tourists were missing after a group of snowmobilers plunged through the ice into the water near Québec’s Lac-Saint-Jean Tuesday night, police said.

Eight French snowmobilers, along with their guide, were hiking near St-Henri-de-Taillon when the accident happened, police said on Twitter on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Three tourists were being treated for shock in a hospital in Alma, media reported. Their guide, a man in his forties, was recovered from the water by firefighters and taken to a hospital but died Wednesday morning. Five tourists were missing.

The Lac-Saint-Jean region is popular with tourists during the winter. According to the Montreal Gazette, 20 people were killed in snowmobile accidents between 2010 and 2019 while visiting Quebec, including six tourists from France.

Most of the victims died after losing control of their snowmobiles on marked trails, the paper said.

Police said a search was underway for the five tourists.

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Chinas Wuhan shuts down transport as global alarm mounts over virus spread

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Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, leading the city at the center of the outbreak to close transport networks and urge citizens not to leave as fears rose of the contagion spreading, Reuters reports.

The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in the central city of Wuhan, and is suspected by Chinese officials to originate from illegally traded wildlife. Cases have been detected as far away as the United States.

Contrasting with its secrecy over the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that killed nearly 800 people, China’s communist government has this time given regular updates to try to avoid panic as millions travel for the Lunar New Year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been meeting in a high-tech room at its Geneva headquarters to decide whether the outbreak is a global health emergency.

Wuhan’s local government will close all urban transport networks and suspend outgoing flights from the city as of 10 a.m. on Jan. 23 (0200 GMT), state media reported. The government said citizens should not leave the city unless there were special circumstances.

The measure was intended to “effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the health and safety of the people,” state media cited Wuhan’s virus taskforce as saying.

With more than 11 million people, Wuhan is central China’s main industrial and commercial center and a transport hub, home to the country’s largest inland port and gateway to its Three Gorges hydroelectric dam. News.Az

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