Daily Archives: January 14, 2018

Unified Korean ice hockey team proposed for Winter Olympics

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC

South Korea has put forward a proposal to field a joint women’s ice hockey team with North Korea at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

According to South Korea’s national news agency Yonhap, vice sports minister Roh Tae-kang said the prospect of a unified team was raised at an inter-Korean meeting on Tuesday, which saw North Korea agree to send athletes to the Games.

Further working-level talks are expected next week before a meeting on January 20 at IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

“Even if we have one Korean team in women’s hockey, we’ll make sure it will not come at the expense of South Korean players,” Roh said.

The two Koreas have never fielded a joint team at a multi-sport competition, though they did so at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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At least 8 killed in building fire in northern Portugal

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC

A fire at a two-story building in northern Portugal killed at least eight people Saturday night and injured more than 50 others, local media reported, according to Xinhua.

The fire occurred at around 9 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) after a heating-boiler in the building exploded.

At the time of the blast, a dinner party was ongoing in the building, located in Vila Nova da Rainha, a town 250 km north to the capital city of Lisbon.

The National Civil Protection Authority sent 148 firefighters and 67 vehicles to the scene and the blaze was extinguished within an hour.

Some of the injured, suffering from serious burns, were taken to nearby hospitals by rescue helicopters.

The incident is the latest in a series of fire-related tragedies in Portugal. In 2017, more than 100 people died in forest fires.

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Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 126 times

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. “The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 126 times throughout the day,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Azerbaijani army’s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Paravakar in Ijevan district, Nerkin Karmiraghbur and Chinari in Berd district,” the ministry said.

“The army’s positions also came under fire from the Armenian-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Goyarkh and Chilaburt villages in Tartar, Shuraabad, Taghibayli, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Abdinli, Garagashli, Sarijali, Yusifjanli and Marzili villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashaghi Veysalli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan, Kurdlar and Horadiz villages in Fuzuli, Nuzgar and Mehdili villages in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand and Fuzuli,” the ministry added.

AZERTAG.AZ :Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 126 times

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Pentagon confirms false Hawaii missile alert

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Saturday that a missile alert to Hawaiians was sent by mistake, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the Pentagon said: “The U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.”

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted earlier that no missile threat existed.

Earlier on Saturday, locals in Hawaii received a text message read in all capital letters “Ballistic Missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

The alert, which came in the wake of nuclear threats between the U.S. and North Korea, caused widespread panic among the locals.

Richard Repoza, the spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said that it was a false alert and the agency was trying to determine what happened.

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