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  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  U S mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos
    U.S. mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos
     U S mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos
    U.S. mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos
    General news2 weeks ago

    U.S. mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos

    The U.

    S. mission has welcomed Mr Will Stevens as the new Consul General at the Consulate General in Lagos.

    The mission, in a statement, said Stevens arrived in Lagos on Friday, July 29, following consultations in Washington, D.

    C..

    The mission said Stevens had served over 19 years in the U.

    S. Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer with overseas experience in South Africa, Russia, Turkmenistan, Israel, and Belarus.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Stevens succeeds Claire Pierangelo, who led the consulate from August 2019 to April 2022. The mission quoted the new consul general to have said that he and his family looked forward to “getting to know Nigeria first-hand – exploring the region, experiencing the culture, and most importantly, meeting the people”.

    NAN also reports that Stevens is the senior U.

    S. government representative to the Nigerian people throughout the 17 states in the southern part of the country.

    He will be responsible for leading and overseeing U.

    S. government activities that enhance trade and investment relations and bilateral people-to-people ties across the region.

    Before arriving in Nigeria, Stevens served as the Acting Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa, where he directed the U.

    S. government’s engagement in South Africa’s three cape provinces.

    Under his leadership, US-South Africa’s trade and investment expanded by 50 percent over two years, and he coordinated the U.

    S. government’s response to COVID-19 in the Cape.  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Putin to visit Tajikistan this week spokesman
    Putin to visit Tajikistan this week: spokesman
     Putin to visit Tajikistan this week spokesman
    Putin to visit Tajikistan this week: spokesman
    Foreign2 months ago

    Putin to visit Tajikistan this week: spokesman

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Tajikistan on Tuesday, his spokesman said, on his first trip abroad since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine.

    "A working visit of President Putin is scheduled for tomorrow in Tajikistan," Dmitry Peskov said Monday of the visit to the former Soviet republic and Moscow ally.

    Putin is also expected to be in Turkmenistan on Wednesday for a summit of countries bordering the Caspian Sea.

    His last foreign visit dates back to February 4-5, when he traveled to China to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping and attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

    Just over two weeks later, Putin launched his "special military operation" in Ukraine.

    Since then, the Kremlin leader has not ventured abroad, not even to meet close ally Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has visited Russia several times.

    Takijistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics, is an ally of Russia and heavily dependent on its neighbor economically.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Putin made only three trips abroad between February 2020 and February 2022.

    He met with US President Joe Biden in Geneva in June 2021, with Indian leader Narendra Modi in New Delhi in December of that year, and with Xi in Beijing in February 2022.

  •  Turkmenistan strongman s son wins presidential vote
    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote
     Turkmenistan strongman s son wins presidential vote
    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote
    Foreign5 months ago

    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote

    The son of Turkmenistan's autocratic leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, won a decisive victory in presidential elections, officials said on Tuesday, paving the way for hereditary succession in one of the world's most controlled countries.

    Serdar Berdymukhamedov, 40, won Saturday's vote with 73 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said in a statement on its website.

    Nine candidates contested the poll in the isolated country of six million people, but few doubted that Berdymukhamedov's only son, Serdar, who vowed to follow his father's lead, would assume the country's highest office.

    Berdymukhamedov senior, who is now Turkmenistan's outgoing president, cabinet chairman and head of the Senate, has been the regime's top decision-maker for the past 15 years.

    The strongman known as the "protector" of the gas-rich country has dominated public life since the country's founding president, Saparmurat Niyazov, died in 2006 and does not tolerate dissent.

    Last month, Berdymukhamedov said he would step aside and allow "young leaders" to govern, prompting an early vote.

    CEC officials took their time announcing the results of one of the world's most predictable elections, in which Berdymukhamedov faced relatively unknown civil servants and provincial officials.

    On Sunday, CEC Chairman Gulmyrat Myradov told reporters who had attended a news conference waiting to hear the results that the results were being delayed due to "the need for a comprehensive count."

    In the end, Berdymukhamedov Junior's margin of victory turned out to be much lower than the 98 and 97 percent defeats recorded by his 64-year-old father in the last two hermit state elections.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  Near East and North Africa endorse FAO s strategic priorities on transforming agrifood systems
    Near East and North Africa endorse FAO’s strategic priorities on transforming agrifood systems
     Near East and North Africa endorse FAO s strategic priorities on transforming agrifood systems
    Near East and North Africa endorse FAO’s strategic priorities on transforming agrifood systems
    Africa6 months ago

    Near East and North Africa endorse FAO’s strategic priorities on transforming agrifood systems

    The Near East and North Africa (NENA) is home to 419 million people, 40% of whom live in rural areas and one in five work in agriculture.

    ROME, Italy, February 8, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Agriculture ministers and delegates from the Near East and North Africa region today signaled their commitment to work towards transforming agri-food systems, fostering inclusive rural development and supporting a shift towards sustainable and climate-sensitive agriculture.

    The commitments form the core of the ministerial declaration agreed at the close of the 36th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Near East Regional Conference (NERC36).

    Government officials, academics, and representatives from the private sector and civil society participated in the meeting, hosted by Iraq in a hybrid format, which included a series of presentations by senior FAO officials.

    The ministers expressed their support for the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 and formally approved the four Regional Priorities of the FAO work program for the region, which focus on the creation of inclusive value chains and employment opportunities for youth. rural development, promoting food security and healthy diets for all through trade, food security and efforts to reduce food loss and waste, greening agricultural practices to ensure environmental sustainability and building resilience in the face of multiple shocks and stresses.

    The Near East and North Africa (NENA) is home to 419 million people, 40 percent of whom live in rural areas and one in five work in agriculture. While enormously varied, the region shares the challenges of severe land and water scarcity. NENA is also home to rising levels of food insecurity and a rising incidence of extreme poverty and alarming problems of overweight and obesity, especially among children and women.

    Conflicts, social unrest, heavy reliance on imported food, financial and economic crises and multiple colliding and overlapping shocks reflect the region's vulnerability, the ministers said. The Regional Conference, an increasingly powerful governance mechanism for FAO held every two years, provided opportunities for members to review the Organization's work in the region and, in the words of Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, Minister of Agriculture of Iraq and President of NERC36, take full ownership of the results offered by their joint actions.

    “Agrifood systems should lead the successful rejuvenation of their region,” FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said in closing remarks to participants. He congratulated delegates for reaching a consensus on the ministerial declaration and stressed that the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Affairs must play a central role in terms of political commitments and action plans to enable other key partners to help them move forward. "We have to help farmers, with favorable policies, investment, innovation and information technology," he added.

    high level sessions

    The regional conference included a series of ministerial round tables on food security and healthy diets, on building resilient rural communities for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all leaving no one behind, and green recovery and climate action.

    FAO also organized a side event on water, energy and food to boost preparations for the COP27 and 28 summits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will take place in the region.

    Participants also assessed the effectiveness of FAO's recent and ongoing work in the region. That includes involving three NENA countries (Sudan, Syria and Yemen) in the Hand-in-Hand Initiative, which aims to match investments and skills with the poorest populations. Another Member, the United Arab Emirates, has taken steps to mobilize support for participating countries outside the region. FAO's 1000 Digital Villages initiative, which seeks to harness e-commerce and other Internet opportunities to benefit small rural farmers, has been implemented in seven NENA countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.

    FAO's global initiative, One Country, One Priority Commodity, launched in September 2021, has enormous potential for a region with some of the world's oldest agricultural traditions, as the FAO Director-General underlined in his opening speech. opening Monday at NERC36.

    Soon, FAO will also launch a regional edition of The State of Land and Water, a flagship product designed to provide decision-makers with up-to-date information on the status and trends of natural resource management in the region, as well as response options.

    FAO is also helping members of the NENA region to combat a large number of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases, such as desert locust, fall armyworm, Xylella fastidiosa, red palm weevil, plague of small ruminants and Rift Valley fever, among others, which have required resource-intensive actions throughout the region.

    NERC Members: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan , Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Yemen.

  •  Near East and North Africa countries focus on nutrition climate resilience water and gender
    Near East and North Africa countries focus on nutrition, climate, resilience, water and gender
     Near East and North Africa countries focus on nutrition climate resilience water and gender
    Near East and North Africa countries focus on nutrition, climate, resilience, water and gender
    Africa6 months ago

    Near East and North Africa countries focus on nutrition, climate, resilience, water and gender

    In the region of the Near East and North Africa, the food security situation prior to the pandemic and was critical

    ROME, Italy, February 7, 2022 / Group APO / -

    The 36th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC36) began today with a focus on improving nutrition, rural communities build resilient, optimize water management, addressing the impacts of the climate crisis and promote ecological recovery initiatives as well as a gender sensitive development. strategies.

    Agrifood sectors are among those struggling to recover from the impacts created by the pandemic COVID-19 in the last two years, and highlight the importance of sustainable and resilient societies, the Director General of FAO, QU Dongyu said in opening remarks transmitted virtually organized meeting. by the Government of Iraq.

    "In the region of the Middle East and Africa of the North, the situation of previous food security to the pandemic and was critical" with increasing hunger and growing inequalities endangering the welfare of rural populations, women and youth and worsened water shortages, he said.

    The Director General outlined four priority areas for innovation and best practices to support recovery in the region: Reduce urban and rural socioeconomic gap by creating better opportunities for rural employment; ensure food safety and healthy diets for all; restore the environmental balance; and build resilience to multiple impacts.

    "The action at the country level is the core of Agenda 2030," Qu said, to emphasize the importance of the partnership and cooperation to achieve the Agenda 2030.

    "Dialogue, thinking together, cooperation, partnership and the development of new strategies to address the challenges, especially climate change, are among the priorities to achieve common goals," said Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa el-Khadimi in opening statements. "No society can grow at the expense of another."

    The opening session also featured the intervention of Muhammad Karim el-Khafaji, Iraqi Minister of Agriculture, President of NERC36, and Hans Hoogeveen, Chairman Independent of the FAO Council. The Director-General of FAO expressed its appreciation to the government and to the people of Iraq for hosting the NERC36 in difficult times, and delegations who joined the meeting in Baghdad.

    "With the world experiencing the worst food crisis in 100 years, the Regional FAO Conference for the Near East will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and review the capacities of countries in the region with a view to helping achieve food security" said the Iraqi. Agriculture Minister Mohammad Karim el-Khafaji, said during the opening speech of him.

    "It is expected that the outcome of the conference reflects positively the future of agriculture in Iraq and help achieve integration among the countries of the region," he added.

    NERC36

    The agenda of the conference includes several segments regional high-level ministerial roundtables on key issues to be held today. Tomorrow's agenda will include a side event on water, energy and food in the context of the forthcoming COP27, followed by the adoption of a ministerial declaration and report on NERC36.

    The Director General stressed that initiated institutional reforms in FAO regional offices give more power to ensure local strategic action, and the flagship initiatives to support the Strategic Framework of the Organization are already operating in the region.

    Three countries in the region are already involved in the Mano a Mano Initiative, which aims to increase agricultural production in areas with the highest rates of poverty and hunger. Seven countries are participating in the Initiative 1000 Digital Villages, which seeks to reduce the digital divide faced by small farmers and rural inhabitants, while the new initiative One Country One Priority Product, focusing on products with unique qualities, offers significant opportunities for deployment worldwide. region, Qu said.

    More actions are planned, he added, as the FAO to develop a regional strategy on digital innovation and complete the Platform Regional Technical on Water Scarcity, which will become a center of knowledge on the subject that will allow countries worldwide you benefit from the vast experience gained in the Near East and North Africa.

    FAO also a focal point to guide follow-up actions on the field after the UN Summit on food systems 2021.

    In preparation for the ministerial session in January a meeting of senior officials (SOM) was held in virtual format. 409 participants from 27 members attended as well as representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia. The SOM was coordinated by the Assistant Director General of FAO, Abdul Hakim Rajab Elwaer, Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, along with senior officials of Iraq.

    Documents submitted to the meeting are available here.

    Members of the NERC: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan , Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Yemen.

  •  Appointment of Ambassador Jacobson as Charg d Affaires a i at Embassy Addis Ababa
    Appointment of Ambassador Jacobson as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at Embassy Addis Ababa
     Appointment of Ambassador Jacobson as Charg d Affaires a i at Embassy Addis Ababa
    Appointment of Ambassador Jacobson as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at Embassy Addis Ababa
    Africa7 months ago

    Appointment of Ambassador Jacobson as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at Embassy Addis Ababa

    Distinguished by her previous assignments, including as Ambassador to Kosovo, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Ambassador Jacobson will lead the US engagement in Ethiopia.

    WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, February 1, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Career Minister Class, will serve as Chargé d'Affaires, Acting, at the Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Geeta Pasi plans to retire to pursue other opportunities.

    Distinguished by her previous assignments, including as Ambassador to Kosovo, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Ambassador Jacobson will lead the US engagement in Ethiopia. The Secretary of State selected Ambassador Jacobson to continue the work done by Ambassador Pasi to push for an immediate cessation of hostilities, an end to ongoing human rights violations and abuses, unimpeded humanitarian access and a negotiated resolution. of the conflict in Ethiopia.

    The Department of State expresses its great appreciation to Ambassador Pasi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Career Minister Class, for her distinguished public service in promoting United States values ​​and interests throughout the world, a career marked by three ambassadorial assignments and senior leadership positions at the Department of State in Washington, DC We are especially grateful for your stewardship of the Addis Ababa Embassy during an exceptionally challenging period.

  •  Death toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 22 Official
    Death toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 22 — Official
     Death toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 22 Official
    Death toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 22 — Official
    Headlines7 months ago

    Death toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 22 — Official

    The death toll from a 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan's western Badghis province has risen to 22, a provincial official said on Tuesday.

    "The latest figures from our local sources showed that 22 people were killed and five others injured after Monday's earthquake in Qadis district, the worst affected area," said Baz Mohammad Sarwari, director of information and culture of Badghis province. .

    At least 1,000 houses were destroyed in Qadis, the neighboring district of Mugur, as well as in the provincial capital Qala-e-Naw, according to the official.

    “Local authorities are visiting and monitoring the situation in the affected areas in Badghis.

    "They will try to coordinate the work of delivering relief assistance to the affected people," the official said.

    Earlier reports said that 12 people lost their lives after the earthquake that hit the mountainous region on Monday afternoon.

    The US Geological Survey said the 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck 40 kilometers east of Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, which borders Turkmenistan.

    The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be 34.9479 degrees north latitude and 63.5686 degrees east longitude, it said.

    Several aftershocks were also felt in the region.

    Xinhua/NAN

  •  Turkmenistan plans to close its Gateway to Hell
    Turkmenistan plans to close its ‘Gateway to Hell’
     Turkmenistan plans to close its Gateway to Hell
    Turkmenistan plans to close its ‘Gateway to Hell’
    Foreign7 months ago

    Turkmenistan plans to close its ‘Gateway to Hell’

    Turkmenistan's strongman leader ordered experts to find a way to finally extinguish a five-decade-long massive fire in a giant natural gas crater in the Central Asian country, dubbed the "Gate to Hell."


    Citing environmental and economic concerns, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov appeared on state television on Saturday telling officials to put out the flames in the Darvaza gas crater in the middle of the vast Karakum desert.

    In 2010, Berdymukhamedov also ordered experts to find a way to put out the flames that have been burning since a Soviet drilling operation went awry in 1971.

    President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said the man-made crater "negatively affects both the environment and the health of people living nearby."

    "We are losing valuable natural resources from which we could make significant profits and use them to improve the well-being of our people," he said in televised remarks.

    Berdymukhamedov instructed officials to "find a solution to extinguish the fire."

    The crater was created in 1971 during a Soviet drilling accident that struck a gas cavern, causing the drilling rig to collapse and the ground beneath it to collapse.

    To prevent the dangerous gases from spreading, the Soviets decided to burn the gas by setting fire.

    The well has been on fire ever since and previous attempts to put it out have been unsuccessful.

    The resulting crater, 70 meters (229 feet) wide and 20 meters (65 feet) deep, is a popular tourist attraction in the former Soviet country.

    In 2018, the president officially renamed it "The Shining of Karakum."

    Source Credit: TheGuardian