Turkey, Russia to begin monitoring Nagorno-Karabakh truce

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense minister says a joint Turkish-Russian observation center to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh will become operational on Saturday. Hulusi Akar said in a statement on Friday that a Turkish general and 38 personnel, would be on duty at the center which aims to monitor possible violations of the truce. He did not provide further information. Turkey and Russia agreed to form an observation center shortly after the cease-fire agreement, reached in November, ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia, which brokered the cease-fire, has separately deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the agreement.last_img read more

Syracuse field hockey falls 3 spots to No. 6 in coaches poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 19, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.Syracuse (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 6 this week in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coaches Poll. The Orange ranked as high as third in the country during its seven-game shutout streak.That streak ended with a 2-1 home loss to Wake Forest last Saturday. SU still ranks first in the country in goals allowed (two). The next closest team is Cornell, with four.With losses last week from SU, Penn State and Duke, Connecticut remains the only undefeated team in the country and tops the coaches poll. All seven ACC teams rank inside the top 15 and five are in the Top 10.Syracuse did not receive a first-place vote, but No. 7 North Carolina did. Despite its 6-2 record, the Tar Heels received one vote. The teams play Saturday afternoon in Syracuse. In one matchup last year, North Carolina won, 3-2, in Chapel Hill.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe story has been updated for appropriate style. Comments Published on September 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more