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Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to developers of lithiumion batteries

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John Goodenough of the US, Britain’s Stanley Whittingham and Japan’s Akira Yoshino Wednesday won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for the development of lithium-ion batteries, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said, AFP reported.

“This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles…(and) can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society,” the Nobel Prize jury said.

"Lithium batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991," it said, adding they were "of the greatest benefit to humankind".

The three will receive the prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of the 1896 death of scientist Alfred Nobel who created the prizes in his last will and testament.

Last year, the honour went to US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter for developing enzymes used for greener and safer chemistry and antibody drugs with less side effects.

Arnold was just the fifth woman to clinch chemistry's most prestigious honour since Marie Curie was honoured in 1911.

This year's Nobel prize season kicked off on Monday with the Medicine Prize awarded to Americans William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza, and Britain's Peter Ratcliffe.

Peace Prize on Friday

They won for research into how human cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen levels, opening up new strategies to fight such diseases as cancer and anaemia.

On Tuesday, the Physics Prize honoured Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for research on how the Universe evolved after the Big Bang, and the first discovery of a planet outside our solar system, known as an exoplanet.

The Literature Prize will follow on Thursday, with two laureates to be crowned after a sexual harassment scandal forced the Swedish Academy to postpone the 2018 award, for the first time in 70 years.

Some names creating a buzz ahead of this year's literature prize are Canadian poet Anne Carson, Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Romanian poet and novelist Mircea Cartarescu and Polish writer and activist Olga Tokarczuk.

On Friday the action moves to Norway where the Peace Prize is awarded, with bookies predicting a win for Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on betting sites such as Ladbrokes.

The Economics Prize will wrap up the Nobel prize season on Monday, October 14.

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First case of coronavirus reported in Switzerland

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The new coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, was first registered in central China in late December and has since spread to some 30 countries, prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global health emergency, Sputnik International reports.

According to local media outlets, citing the Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland has confirmed its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

The health department promised to provide further details later in the day.

Earlier on Tuesday, Croatia and Austria confirmed the first cases of coronavirus.

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192000 new jobs opened in Azerbaijan

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The State Statistics Committee has published a statistical statement on closed and opened jobs in 2019.

ABC.AZ reports with reference to the SSC that the country registered closing of 9,400 jobs and the creation of 192,000 new jobs.

29.6% of the jobs were created at newly-established enterprises and organizations, 26.2% at the existing enterprises and organizations, 0.4% at restored enterprises and organizations, and 43.8% in other kinds of businesses. 45.8% of jobs created by legal entities account for provision of administrative and support services, 14.2% for construction, 8.9% for trade; vehicle repairs, 6.4% for manufacturing, 3.3% for public administration and defense; 3.1% for agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2.8% for tourist accommodation and public catering, 2.6% for professional, scientific and technical activities, 2.2% for education, 2.1% for transport and warehousing, and 8.6% for other economic activity.

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Military Prosecutors Office holds conference on Khojaly genocide

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The Azerbaijani state and citizens have sustained the damage estimated at more than $170,250,000 due to the occupation of Khojaly, military prosecutor Khanlar Valiyev said.

He spoke at a scientific-practical conference held at the Military Prosecutor's Office on the 28th anniversary of Khojaly genocide, Report informs.

According to the prosecutor, the criminal prosecution regarding the Khojaly genocide covers over 7,500 procedural acts, interrogation of more than 4,500 people, including over 1,800 witnesses and 2,700 victims, and about 800 different types of expertise and other investigative actions.

The military prosecutor stated that throughout history, aggressive Armenian nationalists have made baseless territorial claims against Azerbaijan and raised the issue of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh regime, perpetrating genocide against the Azerbaijani people.

"As a result, they committed the genocide and massacres against Azerbaijanis, plundered our cities and regions.

"On December 18, 2003, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan established a joint investigative operational group to raise petitions before the international organizations. The documents had to do with the investigation and legal assessment of the war, terrorism, and other crimes committed against humanity and peace in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, prosecution of perpetrators in line with the norms of the working law. On May 5, 2005, the Military Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan was entrusted with overseeing the investigation on the criminal case," Valiyev said.

Staff of the Military Prosecutor's Office, Khojaly District Executive Power, members of Azerbaijan National Non-governmental Organizations Forum, Public associations of Azerbaijan Patriotic War Veterans and Recognition of Khojaly Genocide, Khojaly residents, as well as the public and media representatives attended the event held at the Memorial Genocide Museum in the administrative building of the Military Prosecutor's Office.

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