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Perspective areas for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran announced

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A delegation, which includes members of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran and representatives of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), has met with the Minister of Economy .

According to the Ministry, Shahin Mustafayev said that Azerbaijani and Iranian Presidents held 12 high-level meetings and made significant decisions during past six years.

Mustafayev gave information about favorable business and investment atmosphere of Azerbaijan and invited Iranian businessmen to benefit from the condition created in the country.

As for perspective of the cooperation, Mustafayev stressed that there are opportunities for extension of cooperation on energy, industry, agriculture, trade, small and medium business, finance, ICT, ecology, humanitarian and etc. fields.

Gholamreza Tajgardoon, Chairman of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, underlined development of economic and trade cooperation, noted the potential for extension of relations in different fields.

Secretary of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Alireza Ashraf informed about the Chamber and emphasized the significance of links between the entrepreneurs of the two countries.

The sides exchanged opinions on economic and trade links, discussed extension of cooperation. Today, the Iranian guests will visit the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park.

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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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