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Fire at US day care center kills five children

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A fire at a day care center in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania killed at least five children on Sunday, according to local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The fire was reported early Sunday at a day care center in Erie, a lakeside town in northern Pennsylvania. According to Erie fire chief Guy Santone, multiple people were trapped inside the three-storey single family house, which abruptly caught fire, a witness said.

Santone said the victims ranged from eight months to seven years in age.

The owner of the day care center, an adult female, was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The day care center was certified by local authorities until March 2020, local media the Erie Times-News reported.

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Date of 2nd AzerbaijanEU security dialogue revealed

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The 2nd Azerbaijan-EU security dialogue will be held on Dec. 19 in Baku, the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan announced Monday.

The security dialogue will be co-chaired by Secretary of the Security Council under the President of Azerbaijan Ramil Usubov and Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard.

The first Azerbaijan-EU security dialogue took place in Oct. 2018 in Baku.

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USAID invested 55M in Azerbaijani agriculture

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Over the past five years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested about $5.5 million in Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector, said Mission Director for USAID in Azerbaijan Jay Singh during the From Village to City agro tour on the territory of the Citrus Valley farm in Istisu settlement of Azerbaijan’s Lankaran city, Trend reports.

Singh noted that as a result of US dollar investments by the agency, farmers received additional export opportunities worth $75 million, a part of which – $25 million – makes up the European market.

USAID mission director added that agritourism is one of the most interesting areas of agribusiness, and is a relatively new area of ​​cooperation between the Agency and Azerbaijan.

On Dec. 15, as part of the From Village to City project, the agro tour “Citrus Valley” was jointly organized by USAID and Agro Procurement and Supply OJSC.

Heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan, representatives of international organizations, the relevant state and private structures took part in the agro tour of the Citrus Valley farm located in Istisu settlement of Lankaran city.

The main purpose of the agro tour was to give foreign and local guests detailed information about the From Village to City project agro-tourism project being implemented in Azerbaijan for the first time, to familiarize them with one of the local farms, and also to support the development of agro tourism in Lankaran and other Azerbaijani regions.

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Azerbaijani folk dances featured at Stockholm childrens festivals

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The children’s international music and dance festivals held in the Swedish capital of Stockholm have featured performance of Azerbaijani folk dances, AZERTAC reported.

“Qarabag” dance group of SAF Swedish Azerbaijani Association, based in Sweden, performed the country’s national dances such as "Nalbaki", "Naz elama" and others at the New Year’s Eve international children's festival held by Alvik Municipality in Stockholm. The performance of the Azerbaijani dancers aroused deep interest among the audience.

Azerbaijan's culture was promoted at the festivals through joint efforts of SAF Swedish Azerbaijani Association Chairwoman Sevda Dadashova and the diaspora activists who informed the local community and festival participants about Azerbaijan by answering their questions.

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