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President of Azerbaijan appoints his wife as first Vice-President

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President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has appointed his wife as first Vice-President of the country. The announcement was reported by the official government website on Tuesday.

The terse statement read in part, ‘‘Mehriban Aliyeva has been appointed First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev’s order.’‘

President Aliyev introduced his wife in her new capacity at a meeting of the Azerbaijani Security Council today. She was the only woman in the meeting.

The move is widely seen as part of efforts by Aliyev to tighten his grip on power in the Asian country. He has ruled the country for the past four years after the death of his father.

The position of the Vice-President was created in September 2016 after a referendum vote which also extended the presidential term from five to seven years.

The new veep, a medical doctor by training is also a Member of Parliament (MP). She was trained in the Azerbaijan State Medical Institute and went on to study in Moscow State Medical Institute.

According to the government website, Mehriban has been member of the New Azerbaijan Party’s Political Board since 2004.

She currently leads the Heydar Aliyev Foundation which was founded to study the rich legacy of nationwide leader of Azerbaijan and transmit the national Statehood ideas forged by Heydar Aliyev to new generations.

Azerbaijan, a republic in southwestern Asia, is the largest and most populous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia – a land mass formed by the continents of Europe and Asia.

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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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