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Azerbaijan takes over ADB Board of Governors chairmanship for 2015
06.05.2014 00:26
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Azerbaijan has assumed the chairmanship of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the next year.

The country took over ADB chairmanship from Kazakhstan as the Board of Governors convened in Astana for its 47th annual meeting.

Entitled "Rethinking Asia's Challenges at the Crossroads of the Silk Road", the annual meeting saw much discussion on connectivity, innovation, and the need to keep up with the demands of a changing Asia and Pacific.

Participants came from ADB's 67 member countries and beyond, from government ministries and central banks, from business and finance, media, civil society, academia, and youth, cutting across professional, national, regional, and generational boundaries.

ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev officially opened ADB's 47th Annual Meeting in Astana.

At the opening session, President Nakao spoke of the need for ADB to sharpen its focus to better serve the needs of a developing Asia in rapid transition. He also looked forward to the end of extreme poverty in the region by 2020.

Mr. Nakao reiterated that the biggest challenge in the region remains poverty reduction. With 700 million people below the poverty line, Asia is still home to more than 60% of the world's poor. Using this measure of $1.25 a day, the region is likely to see an end to poverty in the region within the next decade.

"But more than 1.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day remain highly vulnerable to job loss, health problems, prolonged recession, inflation, crop failure, and environmental dangers."

"The challenge for ADB is to help developing member countries eradicate remaining poverty, and support greater inclusiveness to address inequalities," he said. "And there are other challenges: a huge infrastructure gap, environmental degradation and climate change. There is also the question of how to tap the full potential of regional cooperation and integration."

Addressing the event, chairman of ADB annual meeting of the Board of Governors, Kazakh Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Yerbolat Dassayev noted that the next meeting would beheld in Baku as the chairmanship of the Board of Governors passed to Azerbaijan for the next year.

Azerbaijani Minister of Finance, member of the Board of Governors Samir Sharifov said Azerbaijan would try its best to use the Baku meeting to prove that it is "a trusted partner" of the Asian Development Bank.

The meeting featured the Day of Azerbaijan, which was attended by delegations of the Board of Governors member states, ADB leadership, and prominent public and political figures of Kazakhstan and other countries.

It featured demonstration of a promotional video about Azerbaijan.

Addressing the event, Minister Sharifov noted that the Azerbaijani President had already ordered the creation of the organizing committee for the 48th meeting of ADB Board of Governors to be held in Baku in May, 2015.

He highlighted the country's socio-economic development under President Ilham Aliyev.

ADB President Nakao hailed Azerbaijan's economic growth. He expressed confidence the Baku meeting would be a success.

He said that for the first time the annual meeting of ADB Board of Governors would take place in the Caucasus, adding they had been looking forward to seeing Azerbaijan's rapid development.

The website of the 2015 Baku meeting was presented at the event.

On the sidelines of the annual meeting of ADB Board of Governors, Minister Sharifov also held several meetings including with ADB President Takehiko Nakao, Secretary General Maria-Anne Birken, Vice-President of the WB Lora Tak, Director General of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Kiyoshi Kadero, and Director of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation Hirosh Vatanabe to discuss issues of expanding bilateral cooperation.
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  • Turkeyв's parliament not to be able to consider Turkish Streamв's construction
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    In case of signing of an intergovernmental agreement between Turkey and Russia on the construction of the Turkish Stream, the country's parliament won't be able for a while to consider that document, said Turkey's energy and natural resources minister, Taner Yildiz, the Anadolu Agency reported August 4.

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    He said the main reason for delays in the construction of the Turkish Stream is precisely the Russian side.

    Yildiz also said Turkey hopes for Russia's agreement to create a joint gas distribution network.

    He said that Turkey for Russia is an important gas consumer.

    "In case of realization of the Turkish Stream, Turkey's companies will be able to take part in this pipeline's construction in the country's land section, as our companies have extensive experience in laying pipelines," said Yildiz.

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    Previously it was also reported that there are no commitments between Ankara and Moscow for the construction of the Turkish Stream, which was also confirmed in May by Turkey's Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim.

    Russia's Gazprom hasn't so far appealed to Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK).

    Without the EPDK's license it isn't possible to sell oil and gas in Turkey, nor is it possible to transport hydrocarbons through its territory.

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    The Turkish Stream project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea.

    The gas pipeline is to consist of four stretches bringing up to 47 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey's border with Greece.

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  • Azerbaijan bolstering positions as energy transit country
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    The energy-rich Azerbaijan is already on the path to exporting not only its own natural gas to Europe, but Iranв's as well. Although international sanctions are still in place, Tehran seems willing to consider the idea.

    The Trans Anatolian Pipeline, which will later be linked to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, can become a reliable route for supplying Iranian gas to Europe.

    ''Iran is examining various routes for supplying its gas to other countries, and TAP is one of those routes,'' Mehdi Mohtashami, the head of the secretariat of the Azerbaijan-Iran Intergovernmental Commission for cooperation in trade, economic, and humanitarian spheres, earlier toldВ TrendВ 3. ''We have already had preliminary talks with Azerbaijan and have done certain work in this regard.''

    In particular, as Mohtashami said, Iran conducted research on the supply of its gas to Europe via Azerbaijan.

    ''Iran has one of the worldв's largest gas reserves, therefore has interest in its exports,'' he said, adding that his country is currently supplying gas to Turkey.

    Baku also voiced readiness to transport Iranian oil and gas to world.

    "Iran can use the infrastructure of Azerbaijan, especially Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline to export its oil," Azerbaijanв's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev said addressing a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Tehran on August 4.

    The minister recalled that Iran in the future could also join the TANAP, a part of the Southern Gas Corridor designed to bring Azerbaijanв's Shah-Deniz gas to Europe.

    Iran boasts about 18 percent of the worldв's natural gas supplies, according to Fitch Ratings.

    But when exactly Iran will be able to export its energy to Europe is a subject of speculation, as the Islamic Republic first needs to fulfill its obligations in the joint comprehensive plan of action and wait for the lifting of the sanctions.

    Also, Iran possibly joining the Western route opens some potentially interesting scenarios in the regionв's high-stakes energy game, which also piques the interests of energy-rich nations Turkmenistan and Russia '" the worldв's second biggest gas producer on which Europe depends '" and Turkey, an ambitious player able to alter the energy landscape of the region.

    Baku, which has offered an energy partnership to Tehran even before the nuclear deal, is also eager to help Turkmenistan to bring its gas to the world market, and the country cooperates with its strategic ally Turkey in this regard.

    Turkey is the key country for bringing Azerbaijani, Iranian, and Turkmen gas to Europe. Azerbaijan and Turkey are working to construct the TANAP. Once finished, the pipeline would carry some 16 bcm of gas, of which 6 bcm would go to Turkey and 10 bcm to TAP.

    Turkmenistan has already launched a large-scale preparation for the diversification of its gas supplies, to Europe in particular. To do so, it will be necessary to create the missing Trans-Caspian segment, join the TANAP and use the opportunities of the Southern Gas Corridor initiated by Azerbaijan.

    The West has long been waiting for this step, lobbying for the idea of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline as a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, and working to bring Ankara, Baku, and Ashgabat together to work out the project.

    One of the objectives of the EUв's policy in the Southern Gas Corridor is to enable other gas sources in the corridor to deliver significant gas volumes to the EU and to end dependence on Russian gas.

    The 3,500-kilometer Southern Gas Corridor which would finally end Europeв's dependence on a single pipeline was initially launched as part of the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion, which will connect the Sangachal terminal with eastern Turkey through Georgia. It will link up with the SOCAR-led TANAP to be connected with a third pipeline TAP on the Turkish-Greek border.

    ''While Azerbaijan is widely perceived as the enabler of the Southern Gas Corridor to the EU, another objective of the EUв's policy in the Southern Gas Corridor is to enable other sources of gas in the corridor to deliver significant volumes of gas to the EU and provide significant benefits in terms of diversification of supply, competition, and security of supply,'' a source in the European Commission told Trend on July 31.

    Thus, Turkmenistan and Iran joining TANAP and TAP would surely strengthen Azerbaijanв's regional position as a transit country. This will not only bring economic benefits, but also political dividends that will be much more significant.
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  • Construction of 362-meter bridge completed
    04.08.2015 17:54
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    The bridge is built over the Kura.

    Construction of a new bridge over the Kura river as part of the reconstruction work of Alat-Astara highway in the area of '‹'‹the Alat-Masalli is completed.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the press service of "Azeryolservis" of the Ministry of Transport that the construction works were carried out on 54.4-55.8 km of Alat-Astara highway in the territory of 1400 meters.

    The bridge, consisting of five spans of 362.9 meters, have 29.8 meters width. The bridge will be four-lane, the width of each lane will be 3.75 meters. To ensure the safety of pedestrians while using the bridge, the pavement were laid. The new bridge is built at an altitude of 15 meters above the water level. Also the lighting installed on the bridge and other work have been carried out.

    To date, about 96% of the work is completed. Currently the last layer of asphalt concrete pavement is being laid, works on painting and installation of handrails are underway.

    Works are carried out on schedule and the necessary amount of equipment and manpower were brought to the territory to complete the work in a short time.
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  • Russia files new bid with UN for expansion of Arctic continental shelf
    04.08.2015 17:54
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    Russia has filed a new bid for expansion of the limits of its Arctic continental shelf through the inclusion into it of the Lomonosov submerged ridge and some other sections of the Arctic Ocean floor.

    A summary of the bid was published on Monday at the official website of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), ITAR TASS reports.

    The document says that the "[hellip;] Partial revised Submission of the Russian Federation on the establishment of the OLCS in the Arctic Ocean proceeds from the scientific understanding that the constituent parts of the Complex of the Central Arctic Submarine Elevations, namely the Lomonosov Ridge, Mendeleev-Alpha Rise, and Chukchi Plateau, and separating them the Podvodnikov and Chukchi Basins have the continental origin and belong to submarine elevations that are natural components of the continental margin under paragraph 6 of Article 76 of the Convention, which are not subject to distance limit of 350 nautical miles from the baselines." middot;

    Under the Convention, such natural components do not fall under the distance limit of 350 nautical miles from the lines of departure.

    The Convention on the Law of the Sea enables a country to broaden its economic zone on the condition that the seafloor outside its border is a natural continuation of the continent's fringe.

    Beside Russia, making claims to the areas under the masses of the Arctic Ocean water are Canada, Denmark, Norway, and the US. The interest of the Arctic littoral countries to the submerged Arctic spaces stems from the geologists' predictions that locked beneath them are 30% of unexplored global reserves of natural gas and 15% of unexplored oilfields.

    Second attempt

    Russia made the previous attempt to prove its right to the submerged Arctic enclave and to encompass the Lomonosov Ridge into it in 2001. Three years after that, the commission on the limits of the continental shelf turned Russia's bid that also concerned a section of the Okhotsk seafloor.

    Subsequently, the Russian government decided to press for the recognition of the country's rights to these territories separately.

    Russia's claim to a section of the Sea of Okhotsk with an area of 52,000 sq km was answered in 2014.

    From 2005 through 2014, Russian researchers did a broad spectrum of geophysical surveys in the Arctic Ocean in order to substantiate the bid with new evidence compiled with account of the recommendations the CLCS issued in 2002. Their list included deep seismic sounding in the central section of the Arctic basin, seismic and bathymetric profiling, and geological sampling.

    "After 2002, in the central Arctic Basin Russia accomplished: deep seismic sounding of over 4,000 km; over 23,000 km of MCS lines; over 35,000 km of bathymetry survey; 120 stations of geological sampling," the document says.

    Commission's conclusions not confirm

    The results obtained by way of researedch efforts "do not confirm the viewpoint supported in the first recommendations of the Commission of 2002 that the complex of the Mendeleev-Alpha Rise formed as a large volcanic oceanic plateau built on the oceanic crust of the Canada Basin after its opening as a result of a passage of a magmatic "hot spot".

    "These hypotheses were based on geological data and information on the adjacent land due to the absence or scarcity of the necessary geological and geophysical data on the deep-water part of the Arctic Basin at the time," says the document that is appended with a geological model of evolution of the Arctic basin with due account of the new data enabling a conclusion that these sections of the seafloor make up a natural continuation of the continental shelf.

    Russia stressed that "large complex of geological and geophysical studies was carried out in recent years by the Danish, Canadian and American researchers." "However, most of the results of these studies are restricted and not available in public domain," the document says adding that Russia held consultations with Denmark, Canada and Norway. The application submitted by Denmark claims for continental shelf to the north of Greenland "substantially overlaps the areas included in this partial Submission."

    The document noted that "final delimitation of the continental shelf of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Ocean with the Kingdom of Denmark, Canada, the Kingdom of Norway, and the United States shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of Article 83 of the Convention (after the adoption of Commission recommendations on the Submission of the Russian Federation for establishment of the OLCS in the Arctic Ocean)."

    "The consideration of the partial revised submission made by the Russian Federation will be included in the provisional agenda of the next ordinary session of the Commission" that will take place from October 12 until November 27 at UN headquarters, the document says adding that "upon completion of the consideration of the submission, the Commission shall make recommendations pursuant to article 76 of the Convention."
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  • Iranian banks, insurance companies to fully resume work in Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 17:31
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov, Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Iranian banks and insurance companies will fully resume their activity in Azerbaijan in the near future, Iran's Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev in Tehran, Trend's special correspondent said.

    Tayebnia stressed the importance of developing the relations between banks and insurance companies of the two countries, stressing the need to establish the brokerage activity between the banks of Iran and Azerbaijan.

    "The trade and economic relations between Azerbaijan and Iran have always been positive and friendly," the minister said.

    At present, one Iranian bank - Bank Melli Iran operates on the banking market of Azerbaijan.

    Bank Melli Iran is the first national bank of Iran. It was established in 1927 upon the decree of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament). It has consistently been one of the most influential Iranian banks.

    Today Bank Melli Iran is the largest commercial bank in Iran and the Middle East with more than 3,300 branches and 43,000 employees. It has 18 international branches and service centers in 11 countries. Baku's branch of Bank Melli Iran was established in 1993.

    The Azerbaijani-Iranian Insurance Company Azer-Asia operated in the country earlier. However, it was closed in 2008 due to the refusal of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance to extend its license.

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  • Azerbaijan, US discuss transport cooperation
    04.08.2015 17:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    US Chargeacute; d'Affaires Dereck Hogan met Deputy Minister of Transport of Azerbaijan Musa Panahov to discuss US support for regional trade, said the US Embassy in Baku in Twitter.

    The US supports Azerbaijan's efforts to develop as a regional transportation hub, according to the message. Increased trade is good for the entire region, said the message. Increasing regional trade is an important part of US support for partnering with Azerbaijan to diversify its economy, the US Embassy in Baku said.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and the US neared $796 million in H1 of 2015, according to Azerbaijan's State Customs Committee. This is while $202.9 million accounted for export of Azerbaijani products to the US.

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  • Azerbaijan, Iran to create working group on investments
    04.08.2015 17:09
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov, Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Iran will create a working group on investments at the level of deputy ministers.

    The corresponding agreement was reached during the meeting between Azerbaijan 's Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev and Iran 's Minister of Finance and Economy Ali Tayebnia in Tehran.

    During the meeting, the sides discussed the cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy, finance, investment, industry, banking and insurance. The sides expressed interest in intensifying the cooperation in these areas.

    Mustafayev congratulated the Iranian minister on successful completion of the talks on the Iranian nuclear program and signing of the agreement. He added that this agreement would open new opportunities for expanding cooperation between the two countries.

    They also discussed the issue of holding the meeting of the intergovernmental commission.

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  • Explosion on Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum not posing threat to Georgia
    04.08.2015 17:04
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    Explosion on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline has no impact on Georgia's gas supply.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Georgia-online that the statement came from Georgian Deputy Minister of Energy Mariam Valishvili.

    "This happened in Turkey, in Kar and has no impact on the pipeline operation in our case. In addition, the pipeline has been empty for all those days because of planned maintenance works and, respectively, by that time the pipeline did not supply gas. This is why, it is not posing threat to us", Valishvili said.

    She noted that the rehabilitation works will continue until 22 August.

    "We will use August for these works. Shah Deniz will be loaded beginning from 23 August. I am confident that the spot will have been restored by that moment and by the end of the year all pipelines will work in line with the schedule", Valishvili said.
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  • Azerbaijan ready for joint production of oil equipment with Iran
    04.08.2015 16:58
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Iran are ready for joint investments in the production of petroleum equipment, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev said at a meeting of the governmental delegations of Azerbaijan and Iran in Tehran August 4, Trend's special correspondent said.

    "After analyzing the needs of both Azerbaijani and Iranian oil companies, we are ready for joint production of oil equipment," Mustafayev said.

    The minister said that Azerbaijan strives for the transportation of oil in different directions and mutually beneficial cooperation.

    "We have a pipeline to Russia," he said. "We supply to Georgia and Turkey via another pipeline. It is strategically important not to be dependent on one direction and establish mutually beneficial cooperation. We are ready to cooperate with Iran."

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  • Iran, Azerbaijan to interact in postal service field
    04.08.2015 16:51
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Iran and Azerbaijan intend to expand cooperation in the field of postal services, said Mehdi Mohtashami, the head of the secretariat of the Azerbaijan-Iran intergovernmental commission.

    He said that Iran established a postal service center in Tabriz, through which it is possible to send to and receive post from Azerbaijan.

    The document on cooperation in the field of postal services was inked between the two countries, as part of the visit of Iranian president to Azerbaijan.

    ''Currently, cooperation covers areas such as post sending, as well as freight and cargo transportation. We hope that the cooperation will also provide the opportunity for cooperation with third countries,'' Mohtashami said.

    One of the cooperation areas could be the provision of postal services to businesses in border areas, according to the Communications and High Technologies Ministry.

    The sides also consider issuing of joint stamps.

    Iranв's postal operator learned from the experience of Azerbaijanв's postal operator in rendering the financial services to the population.

    The two sides have been cooperating in the field of postal services as part of a memorandum between the two countriesв' Communications and High Technologies Ministries signed in 2009.

    The memorandum envisages regular bilateral meetings. The sides agreed on the postal services from Azerbaijan through Iran to Iraq and the Persian Gulf countries.

    Azerbaijan and Iran have had diplomatic relations since 1918. Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1992.
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  • Iran ranks 1st in intl. Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics
    04.08.2015 16:51
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian students ranked first in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, which was held from 26 July to 4 August in Semarang, Indonesia.

    The Iranian team won 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 3 bronze medals, IRNA news agency reported on August 4.

    The 9th International Olympiad of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) was held with the participation of 41 countries.

    In the previous edition of the event, Iran ranked second with 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals.

    IOAA is an annual event for high achieving high school students from all around the world.

    Established in Thailand 2006, it was initiated by five countries including Iran, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Poland with the aim to proliferate Astronomy among high school students. Iran hosted IOAA in 2009.

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  • Azerbaijan, Iran mulling joint investments to other countries
    04.08.2015 16:45
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Iran are discussing the possibility of jointly investing in other countries' gas sectors, the Head of the Secretariat of the Azerbaijan-Iran Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Humanitarian Cooperation Mehdi Mohtashami said in an exclusive interview with Trend.

    "At the moment, Iran is actively discussing gas exports with the countries in the Persian Gulf, including Oman and Iraq," said Mohtashami, adding that very good results have already been achieved in those discussions.

    "If Azerbaijan, or any other country, is willing to invest in this area, Iran only welcomes this," he said.

    Mohtashami noted that both countries have rich experience in oil and gas sector, in particular in gas exports.

    "The leaderships of both countries support such projects," he said. "I believe there is a political will for this, and if the issues get solved from a technical point of view, Azerbaijan and Iran can cooperate and jointly invest in other countries."

    He said Iran also has interest in cooperating with Azerbaijan in the energy sector.

    "Currently, the synchronization of energy systems of Iran and Azerbaijan is an actual issue," Mohtashami said, adding that in this regard a work is underway and positive results have been achieved.

    "Aside from that, talks are being held on construction of water power plants at the border or inside the countries," he further said. "We have had successful negotiations, and both countries are ready to cooperate in this area."

    Mohtashami also said the electricity to be produced at new power plants, is meant for being used both inside Azerbaijan and Iran, and for being sold to other countries.

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  • Azerbaijani Deputy Energy Minister interviewed by Japanese MBS TV channel
    04.08.2015 16:38
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    Azerbaijan's Deputy Energy Minister Natiq Abbasov has been interviewed by Japanese MBS television channel, AzerTag reports.

    Abbasov emphasized the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor in terms of ensuring energy security of Europe as he responded to questions from a correspondent of Real Sekai-kun TV programme. "Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is now diversifying its economy and reducing dependence on oil, our country will for many years to come retain its status of an energy producer thanks to large-scaled projects like Southern Gas Corridor," he said.

    Real Sekai-kun is preparing a series of TV shows on Azerbaijan's economic development, culture, traditions, and historical places.
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  • Yildiz: Explosion at Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline committed by PKK
    04.08.2015 16:38
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    A blast hit the section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars-Erzurum gas pipeline in Sarikamish area of the Kars province of Turkey.

    The accident was qualified as a terrorist attack, according to Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, Oxu.Az reports citing Turkish media.

    According to the Minister, gas supply was ceased as a result of the attack of separatist PKK grouping to the gas pipeline section.

    According to Yildiz, PKK attacked the power grid in Silopy, Iran-Turkey gas pipeline, Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline, power subunit in Mardin and power grid in Chukurd.

    "Thus, the grouping is trying to hamper satisfaction of citizens' main demands in the region", he said.
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  • Gabala to host ISSF World Cup
    04.08.2015 16:35
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijanв's northern city of Gabala will host the ISSF World Cup to be held in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting disciplines.The event, which is scheduled for August 6-16, will be co-organized by Azerbaijan Shooting Federation and Gabala Shooting Club.

    The tournament promises to be exhilarating, as it will bring together 2,000 best shooters from 100 countries.The hallmark of the event is that 34 of the winning athletes will qualify to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

    The opening ceremony of the tournament will be held on August 7.

    Last year Gabala also opened its doors to the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup final, which gathered about 154 athletes from 39 countries.

    Athletes from Russia finished on top with five gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the tournament, followed by China and Germany.

    The first qualified shooting range in the country was established in 1920, on Azerbaijanв's Nargin Island. At the time, the national athletes participated in a host of competitions, becoming champions of the European and world champions several times over.

    Irada Ashumova won a bronze medal at XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. In addition, she came in 2nd place in the small caliber pistol event at the 1998 World Championships in Barcelona and again in 2002 in Lahti, Finland.
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  • Azerbaijani tankists to compete Armenians
    04.08.2015 16:19
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    Azerbaijani military men has prepared their highway for the Tank biathlon.

    They are planning to take part in this competiting at the army international games due to be held next year.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Interfax that the statement came from head officer of the Department for Military Training of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, colonel Sakit Verdiyev.

    "This year we are working at tank biathlon as observers, but next year we will prepare and take part. We are studying all elements, have already created the highway, similar to the polygon in Alabino", he said.

    According to Verdiyev, this year the Azerbaijani team had no time for due preparations. Therefore, they will take part in the events next year.
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  • Great dismissals in Ministry of Taxes
    04.08.2015 16:12
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    Ministry has disseminated an information.

    Significant changes have been carried out in the structures of the Ministry of Taxes, Baku Tax Department under the Ministry of Taxes, the territorial tax departments and offices.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the rotation of heads of some local tax departments was conducted, as well as some officials were dismissed from their posts.

    It should be noted that a decree on making changes in the structure of the Ministry of Taxes was signed by Minister of Taxes of Azerbaijan Fazil Mammadov.
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  • Monitoring of Kur and Araz rivers held
    04.08.2015 15:54
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    The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has spread information.

    The national department of environmental monitoring under the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources held the next monitoring of the level of Kur and Araz pollution, along with their transborder confluents.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from sources in the ministry,

    Thus, in the third decade of July the river flow rate in Kur dropped 33.7 cubic meters a second, as compared to the second decade and made 50.1 cubic meters a second.

    It has to be noted that as a result of the flow of polluted household wastes from Georgia and Armenia, as well as waste waters of the industrial facilities, the quantity of biogenic substances.
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  • Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan intend to increase trade turnover
    04.08.2015 15:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are holding talks on increasing the trade turnover, Jahangir Aminov, counselor of Uzbekistan's embassy in Baku on economy and politics said at the briefing August 4.

    He said the current volume of trade turnover between the two countries is too small and doesn't meet their potential.

    Moreover, Aminov said that Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan want to increase their export potential and offer new products for export.

    The counselor expressed hope that the talks will bring results soon.

    "Possibly, we will even open a Trading House in Azerbaijan," said Aminov.

    Uzbekistan mainly exports cars, buses, spare parts, equipment and agricultural products to Azerbaijan, he said.

    Azerbaijan, for its part, exports chemical and oil industry products and equipment to Uzbekistan, according to Aminov.

    He said that currently, the sides are discussing the possibility of adding new products to the bilateral trade turnover. Uzbekistan intends to export grain and various types of textile industry products, in particular, carpets to Azerbaijan, Aminov added.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan stood at $61.512 million ($23.612 million - import, $37.9 million - export) in 2014, according to Azerbaijan 's State Customs Committee.

    The trade turnover between the two countries was $21.448 million in 2013.

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  • Iran breaks taboo of negotiating with the U.S.
    04.08.2015 15:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran broke the taboo of negotiating with the US during the nuclear talks, said Chairman of the Expediency Council of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

    "The nuclear talks led to a number of developments. One of the developments was the fact that Iran broke the taboo of negotiating with the US, but opponents are still struggling to prevent it," Iran's Fars news agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying August 4.

    The administration of president Rouhani, unlike the administration of former president, was interested in reaching agreement, he said.

    No one could imagine that six world powers bow toward the Iranian nation, he added.

    Previously, Rafsanjani said that the agreement on lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program would be a "giant step" forward after decades of hostility by the United States.

    Rafsanjani also said US hostility to Iran had long been the main problem.

    "Before the [1979] revolution the US was the main supporter of the Shah's regime and after the revolution, in the imposed war [with Iraq] it was against us too. Now in the nuclear talks, if we see a different US, it will have a positive impact on the Iranian public." It was "not impossible" that an American embassy could reopen in Tehran.

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  • New discoveries found in Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 15:38
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Archeology and Ethnography Institute under the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences is currently overseeing an expedition to Azerbaijanв's Dashkasan region.

    According to expedition head Bakhtiyar Jalilov, the archeologists are conducting excavations at five gravesites and a burial mound in Zeylik village.

    They have so far discovered a large number of samples of earthenware, metal jewelry, spearheads, fragments of a dagger, bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry dating from to the end of the Bronze to early Iron Age.

    The findings can be traced back to the X-IX centuries BC.

    Earlier, Azerbaijani and French archeologists had discovered a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus in Monidigah, Lerik.

    At the site, they also found samples of artifacts, including pottery, jewelry, weapons, and household equipment. All of the findings were placed in special containers for preservation and taken to France for closer examination at a laboratory.

    This is not the first joint Azerbaijani-French archaeological expedition. Recently, a team completed a mission to study Neolithic monuments in Azerbaijanв's Tovuz region, where a total of 12 French experts participated.

    The joint expedition explored the VI millennium BC settlement of Mentesh, during which they discovered a mound measuring 160 square meters, 30 human remains, ruins, objects made from bones, pottery, stone, and iron tools.
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  • Iran breaks taboo of negotiating with the U.S.
    04.08.2015 15:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran broke the taboo of negotiating with the US during the nuclear talks, said Chairman of the Expediency Council of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

    "The nuclear talks led to a number of developments. One of the developments was the fact that Iran broke the taboo of negotiating with the US, but opponents are still struggling to prevent it," Iran's Fars news agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying August 4.

    The administration of president Rouhani, unlike the administration of former president, was interested in reaching agreement, he said.

    No one could imagine that six world powers bow toward the Iranian nation, he added.

    Previously, Rafsanjani said that the agreement on lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program would be a "giant step" forward after decades of hostility by the United States.

    Rafsanjani also said US hostility to Iran had long been the main problem.

    "Before the [1979] revolution the US was the main supporter of the Shah's regime and after the revolution, in the imposed war [with Iraq] it was against us too. Now in the nuclear talks, if we see a different US, it will have a positive impact on the Iranian public." It was "not impossible" that an American embassy could reopen in Tehran.

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  • Azerbaijani community urges US government to put pressure on Armenia
    04.08.2015 15:31
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    US-based Journal Star newspaper has published an letter of member of the Azerbaijani community in America Nijat Worley headlined "Pressure Armenia".

    The letter reads: "July 23 marks the 22-year anniversary of the occupation of Aghdam district of Azerbaijan, forceful expulsion of 128,000 residents and complete destruction of the town. Armenia instituted a policy of an outright territorial annexation against Azerbaijan's Nagorno Karabakh region in late 1987, AzerTag reports. Then a part of the USSR, Armenian SSR was denied the territory both by the parliament of Azerbaijan SSR and Presidium of Supreme Soviet of USSR in June and July 1988, respectively, due to violation of constitutions of USSR, Azerbaijan SSR and international law. Despite this, Armenian nationalists launched an undeclared war on Azerbaijan and by mid-1992 expelled all of Nagorno Karabakh's Azeri population.

    Aghdam is one of the ancient regions of Azerbaijan with a territory of 1,094 square kilometers and a population of 153,000 people. Armenians occupied the provincial capital Aghdam along with 80 villages constituting 882 square kilometers, with 128,000 out of 153,000 residents of Aghdam fled, becoming internal refugees. Occupation of Aghdam by Armenian forces caused material destruction equaling $6.179 billion, and 5,897 ethnic Azerbaijanis died in Aghdam during the attack.

    From April through November 1993, the U.N. Security Council adopted four resolutions calling for the immediate withdrawal of Armenian forces and for allowing the return of Azerbaijani refugees back to their homes. On March 14, 2008, the UN General Assembly reiterated its position on territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces "from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan." Armenia has yet to comply.

    As an Azerbaijani-American, I urge our citizens and the U.S. government to be proactive in exerting pressure on Armenia to take a constructive stance, force it to comply with U.N., S.C. and G.A. resolutions, withdraw from internationally recognized Azerbaijani territories and allow the return of Azerbaijani refugees to their homes."
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  • Azerbaijan offers Iran infrastructure for oil, gas exports
    04.08.2015 15:25
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan offered Iran to use its infrastructure for exports of oil and gas to world markets, said Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev.

    He made the remarks Aug. 4 in Tehran at a meeting with Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

    "Iran can use Azerbaijan's infrastructure, especially the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline to export its oil," said the minister.

    He added that Iran could in the future join the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project.

    Azerbaijan also invited Iran to use its gas storage to keep gas and use it during the period when consumption grows.

    Iran was also offered to cooperate in oil and gas engineering, and joint production of oil and gas equipment.

    The BTC, which has a capacity of 1.2 million barrels per day, is used to pump oil from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

    TANAP, a part of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', is designed to ensure the supply of Caspian gas to Europe.

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  • Iran reveals time of constructing Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway
    04.08.2015 15:18
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 3

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iran will complete the construction of Qazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran) railway in three years, Mehdi Mohtashami, head of the secretariat of Azerbaijani-Iranian intergovernmental commission on cooperation in trade, economic and humanitarian spheres said in an exclusive interview with Trend.

    "As is known, the construction of the railway section from Qazvin to Rasht has already been completed," he said. "The evaluation plan of the section from Rasht to Astara has been worked out, the route has been determined, the infrastructure is ready and huge investments have been made."

    Given that the heads of both countries have emphasized the importance of improving this railway, the construction work will be completed in a short time, according to Mohtashami.

    Rails should be laid and construction work should be completed on the 160-kilometers long section, he added.

    "Reconstruction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway is one of the priority projects of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development of Iran," said Mohtashami.

    Iran was considering several options of investment for modernization of the railway, the head of the secretariat of the intergovernmental commission said.

    "An agreement between the railway administrations of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia was signed for the joint investment in the project," he said. "Iran also independently holds talks with some countries and companies for investments and technical equipment. In particular, discussions were held with the Islamic Development Bank and ECO Bank. We hope that with the lifting of sanctions we will be able to attract investment in this project, and I'm sure in its provision with the necessary means, taking into account the priority of this railway project."

    Mohtashami said that Iran plans to complete the reconstruction of this project during a period of three years, and connect Iran and Azerbaijan by the railway, which is the missing link in the transport corridor North-South [a part of the Silk Road].

    "In order to join the Silk Road, infrastructure should be fully prepared," he said, adding that this project is of strategic importance for Iran. "Now, the project of the new Silk Road is also being implemented, which is being revived by China, and $100 billion has been allocated for that reason. If Azerbaijan and Iran are connected by railways, it is safe to say that both countries will take a worthy place on the Silk Road. The railway will connect the countries for international trade and transit of goods to other countries: through Iran to Azerbaijan, and from European destinations to Azerbaijan, Iran and the Gulf countries."

    The Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway with a length of 375 kilometers is currently a missing link in the transport corridor North-South, which will connect Northern Europe to South-East Asia. It will serve as a bridge to connect the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.

    According to preliminary estimates, its capacity will be 1.4 million passengers and 5-7 million metric tones of cargo a year. Around 22 tunnels and 15 bridges will be built throughout the railway. Around 15 tunnels have already been constructed.

    The Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway is part of the North-South Transport Corridor. Its aim is to integrate the main transportation lines of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia. Investment worth $400 million is designated for the construction operations.

    The volume of cargo transportation through the corridor will amount to 6 million metric tons in the initial stage and will reach 15-20 million metric tons in the future.

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  • High-ranking Swedish diplomat declared persona non grata in Russia
    04.08.2015 15:14
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    A high-ranking diplomat at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow has been declared persona non grata.

    A high-ranking diplomat at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow has been declared persona non grata and is forced to leave Russia, the Swedish foreign ministry said Monday, APA reports quoting Sputnik news.

    According to the Swedish ministry, Moscow's decision is "unfounded," and will affect the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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  • Rouhani: Azerbaijan may become a gateway between Iran and the Caucasus region
    04.08.2015 15:04
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    Shahin Mustafayev is on visit to Tehran.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received the Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev, who is visiting the country, Oxu.Az reports quoting the official website of the President of Iran.

    During the meeting, the Iranian president said that the two countries have great potential for the development of relations and cooperation in various fields.

    Iranian President said that different countries are interested in investing in Iran after the nuclear deal and stressed that the neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan have an advantage in this respect.

    President Rouhani noted the importance of the north-south corridor in the development of the two countries and said that Azerbaijan may become a gateway for communicating between Iran and the Caucasus region and that Azerbaijan, in turn, can get access to the world through the Persian and Oman Gulfs:

    "Therefore, you must take advantage of this potential to strengthen our cooperation."

    Rouhani called cooperation in the field of petroleum and energy of one of the important factors contributing to the development of relations.

    In turn, stressing the achievements in the implementation of Iran's nuclear program, Shahin Mustafayev said that Azerbaijan is confident in the beneficial effects of the agreement on achieving peace and stability in the region and around the world.

    The Minister also expressed the desire of Azerbaijan to expand cooperation with Iran in the energy, trade, transport, industrial, agricultural, oil and banking sectors.
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  • Putin congratulates Obama
    04.08.2015 14:50
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    President of Russia Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of congratulations to US President Barack Obama on his birthday.

    Oxu.Az reports citing RIA Novosti that the telegram was sent to the US president. Considering the time gap, it is in process", the spokesman for the President Dmitriy Peskov said.

    The 44th president of the United States Barack Hossein Obama Jr. was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961.
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  • Abulfaz Garayev holds meetings on sidelines of EXPO Milan 2015
    04.08.2015 14:44
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    An International conference as part of Expo Milan 2015 with participation of Ministers of Culture has kicked off in Milan, Italy.

    Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev on the sidelines of the conference has met Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, AzerTag reports.

    The sides discussed the key areas and prospects for further relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCO, stressing the important role of the President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva's contribution to the development of cooperation and support for further deepening of mutual relations.

    The Azerbaijani minister also met the Ministers of Culture of a number of countries including Bulgaria, Russia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Turkmenistan, Albania and Belarus which featured discussions on various fields of culture and new cooperation issues.

    During the meetings Mr. Garayev also briefed his colleagues on the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations to be held on April 25-27 in 2016 in Baku, inviting them to the event.
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  • Witnesses give testimony on Leyla, Arif Yunusovsв' case
    04.08.2015 14:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    Trend:

    A regular court hearing on the criminal case against Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov took place Aug.4, chaired by judge Afgan Hajiyev.

    Initially, the court heard the testimony of reporter Anna Dagidashvili.

    The witness said that during a conference in Tbilisi, a reporter from Armenia called Laura approached her and offered to work with Leyla Yunusova as a journalist.

    "She said she could give me contact numbers of Leyla Yunusova," said the witness. "After returning to Azerbaijan, Yunusova called me and offered to cooperate. My job was to arrange interviews. For this, Yunusova was paying me 100-120 manats a month. Sometimes, due to the fact that she was abroad, the payments were late. I did not have TIN. I received a salary by signing a check, which Yunusova was giving me. One day she shouted at me and said that she was dissatisfied with my work. Then, our cooperation ended."

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  • Belarus to set up 2015 European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships organizing committee
    04.08.2015 14:29
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    The organizing committee for the European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, which is due to take place in Minsk in 2015, will be set up in Belarus. The relevant executive order No.262p of 3 August was signed by Belarus Premier Andrei Kobyakov,В AZERTACВ learnt from BelTA.

    In accordance with the decree, the organizing committee will be mandated to develop and adopt a plan of activities. If necessary, the organizing committee may involve the preparation of the championship leaders and specialists of the republican bodies of state administration and other state organizations subordinate to the Government of Belarus, the Minsk City Executive Committee, as well as local government areas of the capital and other organizations.

    The committee will be led by First Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Maxim Ryzhenkov.

    Under the document, the organizing committee will develop and approve the action plan for the forthcoming competitions. If needed, the organizing committee may also invite specialists of the national government bodies and other state organizations subordinate to the government of Belarus, the Minsk City Hall as well as Minsk local administrations and other organizations.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Lokomotiv sign two new players
    04.08.2015 14:28
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    Azerbaijan's Lokomotiv volleyball club have signed two new players.

    Slovak Yaroslava Pencova and Croatian Hana Cutura will play for Lokomotiv next season.

    Pencova previously played for German Dresden.

    Cutura previously played for Mladost (2002-2006), California University (2006-2010), German "USC Munster" (2013-2014) and Polish "Impel Vroslav" (2014-2015).

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be settled within territorial integrity of Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 14:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Uzbekistan stands for settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, counselor of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Baku on economy and politics Jahangir Aminov said at a briefing August 4.

    "The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue should become an important factor, which will contribute to the further development and progress of the country," Aminov said. "Uzbekistan's position on this issue is unambiguous and consistent. We have always been in favor of a peaceful political solution to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh. In this case, the Uzbek side believes that ensuring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan should become one of the main conditions of its settlement."

    He also emphasized that Uzbekistan attaches priority importance to boosting cooperation with Azerbaijan, considering it a key partner in the South Caucasus.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Refreshing day in Gusar
    04.08.2015 14:05
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The summer heat has hit Baku and made any movement an act of valor. No one can resist against the sizzling sun and burning air of the Absheron peninsula. For those, who have had their share of getting sunburned onВ the Caspian Sea shore, there is a good opportunity to rest in the northern region of Azerbaijan, namely Gusar.

    The name of the region '" Gusar '" has nothing in common with hussar, but originates from the ''khisar'' tribe.

    This land of green valleys and high mountains possesses the highest peak in Azerbaijan, called Bazarduzu mountain, which is 4,466 meters high.

    In Gusar, you can have a picnic under the shade of trees, which cover about 20 percent of the regionв's territory. The forests of Gusar consist of oak, beech, and hornbeam trees. Here you can find plants such as sumah, mushmula, hawthorn, dog rose, gooseberry bushes, and forests grapes.

    The distinguishing features of the region that attract many foreign and local tourists each year are the beautiful waterfalls of Shaknabaz and Laza, where falling water creates snow-white foam and a makeshift fireworks display from the splash of the water.

    The region is also rich with historical sites, among which are the ruins of a 13-century fortress in the village of Anig, the mausoleum of sheikh Juneid at the village of Khazra, antique mosques in the villages of Khil, Anig, Balagusar, Yasab, Kohna-Khudat, and Gunduz-gala.

    Another historically significant attraction is that the great Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov visited Gusar during his stay in the Caucasus. In Gusar city, you can visit the memorable house where Lermontov stayed.

    Gusar provides all the conditions necessary for ecological tourism using three routes. Traveling on the Gusar-Laza route, tourists might observe historical monuments and samples of folk art in the village of Anig. Alpinism amateurs may climb Shahdag Mountain at the end of the route.

    The Gusar-Sudug route is interesting with its mausoleum of sheikh Juneid in the village of Khazra. Besides, tourists may become familiar with samples of folk art and the traditions of the local population along the whole route. The route crosses the height of 1,800 meters above the sea level at the side of Shahdag Mountain, unveiling the impressive sight of the mountains.

    For those who do not wish to travel at great lengths, Gusar-Gazanbulag route offers beech forest of Alistan-baba where you can hide from the heat and sun.

    Moreover, around the region, you can also find carpet weaving, handicraft embroidery, wood engraving, and souvenir shopping during your visit to refreshing Gusar.
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  • Azerbaijan to host international conference on energy economics
    04.08.2015 13:24
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    Azerbaijan will be hosting the first International Eurasian Conference on energy economics on August 31'"September 3, 2016 in Baku.

    Preparations for the event and organizational issues we discussed during a meeting between Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nazim Samadov and executive director of the International Association for Energy Economics David William, and director of the Energy Policy Research Center Gurkan Kumbaroglu.

    The event that will be organized by the International Association for Energy Economics is of crucial importance both for energy and tourism spheres. Nearly 200 state, private and academic circles will attend the event.
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  • Iran offers Azerbaijan to supply oil to Gulf
    04.08.2015 13:18
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iran stands ready to carry out the swap deliveries of Azerbaijani oil to the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said.

    He made the remarks August 4 in Tehran addressing a meeting with Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev.

    Zanganeh said that oil can be transported from Iran's Caspian port of Neka via a pipeline (with a capacity of 500,000 barrels per day) to the Tehran Oil Refinery.

    "Instead, Azerbaijan will get oil on the southern borders of Iran," said Zanganeh.

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  • Iran closes border with Turkey
    04.08.2015 13:03
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    Iran has closed its northwestern border with Turkey.

    The news of border closure was announced by Iranian Police Chief Hossein Ashtari, according to Turkey's Milliyyet newspaper.

    He said Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNCS) has closed the country's northwestern border to counter spreading unrest from neighboring Turkey.

    Ashtari said that only SNSC officials should be asked about the reason of the closure.
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  • Iran-Turkey border not closed
    04.08.2015 12:28
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran-Turkey border is not closed, said Majid Aqababaee, an official with the Iranian Interior Ministry.

    He rejected news about the closing of the Iran-Turkey border, saying that all the border crossings, especially Iran-Turkey borders are opened, the Interior Ministry's website reported August 4.

    "There is no problem in land borders. However, a section of rail borders has been temporarily closed at the request of the Turkish government due to technical problems. But, it will be reopened soon."

    Over the past few days, a gas pipeline transferring Iranian gas to Turkey, and the Ankara-Tehran railroad were attacked with explosives on Turkish territory near the Iranian border. Some media reported that the Iran-Turkey border should have been closed after the attacks.

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  • Famous Georgian designer store opens in Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 12:04
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    We are developing."

    Famous Georgian designer Avtandil Tskvitinidze expanding his store chains abroad, Oxu.Az reports quoting "Business-Georgia".

    According to the designer, his store will open in Azerbaijan in October, however, he holds talks about the opening of stores with representatives of different cities of Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.

    "We are developing. This time we hold a course for other countries. We opened a store in Armenia, in October we will add a branch in Azerbaijan. We consider other proposals to expand the store chain. We will meet with representatives of various cities of Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. We also hold negotiations about opening a store in Moscow," Avtandil Tskvitinidze said.
    9
  • BP-Azerbaijan: Baku-Tbilidi-Erzurum does not belong to Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 11:58
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    BP-Azerbaijan could not comment on the causes of the explosion, which occurred at the site of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline passing through the territory of the Turkish province of Kars.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from BP-Azerbaijan spokeswoman Tamam Bayatli.

    According to her, the operator of the pipeline is not BP-Azerbaijan, but Turkey's Botas.

    "Neither Azerbaijan, nor BP Azerbaijan are the owners of the pipeline", she added.

    In turn, the head of public relations and press service of SOCAR Nizamaddin Guliyev told APA that the explosion did not cause damage to Azerbaijan.

    "The site is guarded by the Turkish side, by BotaЕџ. We are in touch with BotaЕџ.

    Fortunately, due to maintenance work on schedule, since last night, that is 8-9 hours before the explosion on the gas pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurumm the gas supply to Turkey was suspended.

    Therefore, the explosion did not cause damage to Azerbaijan. The cause of the explosion is being investigated. The information will be made public", Guliyev said.
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  • Uzbekistan's agricultural sector ups by 6.8 percent
    04.08.2015 11:55
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    Uzbekistan's gross output of agriculture increased by 6.8 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. The figures were reported at a board meeting of the Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources held in Tashkent last week.

    Shukhrat Teshaev, Uzbekistan Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources noted the growth rate of industrial production amounted to 149.0 percent, while the growth rate of consumer goods grew by 6.5 percent.

    The country's export of goods was 121.5 percent of forecast figures, Teshaev mentioned at the meeting.

    Following the meeting, the participants discussed measures to implement tasks in the agricultural sector, assigned by the Cabinet of Ministers on July 16, 2015.

    They decided to improve efficiency in food security, growing cotton and other crops, water use, and placement and sowing of winter crops for next yearв's harvest.

    Countryв's GDP grew by 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015. Industrial and agricultural production increased by 8.1 percent.

    The volume of exports has increased by 7.4 percent for the reported period.

    Uzbekistan is one of the worldв's biggest flour importers. According to the International Grains Council (IGC), its imports will stand at an unchanged 1.3 million tons in 2015-2016.

    Uzbekistan is now the world's fifth largest cotton exporter and sixth largest producer, according to the CIA World Factbook.

    The export of natural gas, gold and cotton provides a significant share of foreign exchange earnings of Uzbekistan's economy.
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  • Iran seeks to expand cooperation with Azerbaijan
    04.08.2015 11:48
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given all necessary instructions to develop the relations and expressed his country's desire to establish the multilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev said at a meeting with Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi in Tehran August 4, Trend's special correspondent said.

    He said that the presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran support the development of political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

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  • Iran in talks with Boeing, Airbus for reconstruction of aviation fleet
    04.08.2015 11:44
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The long-awaited P5 1-Iran nuclear deal is expected to create an economic boom in Iranв's aviation sector.

    Major aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, which earlier voiced their intentions to start selling planes to Tehran, are now in talks with the Iranian government.

    Iranв's Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi discussed Airbusв's participation in the program during his visit to Paris in June and again during a trip by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to Tehran last week along with other issues, the details of which trickled into the press on August 3, Press TV reported.

    ''About 50 percent of Iranв's aviation fleet belongs to Airbus. In my visit to France, we held dialog with the companyв's chief executive and demanded a plan for reconstruction of our aviation fleet,'' he said.

    Representatives of Boeing are expected soon to visit Iran to discuss rebuilding the countryв's ageing aviation fleet.

    ''We are in contact with Boeing as well and representatives of the company will soon arrive in Iran,'' Akhoundi added.

    Iranв's need for passenger planes has increased as the country expects to see an improvement in its transactions with foreign countries following the nuclear deal between Tehran and six the world powers.

    The Islamic republic plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing and Airbus to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted.

    Mohammad Khodakarami, the caretaker director of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization said Iran will buy a total of 80-90 planes per year from the two aviation giants in the first phase of renovating its air fleet, IRNA reported.

    "We will purchase planes from Boeing and Airbus in equal numbers," Khodakarami was quoted as saying, adding that Iran would initially need to add at least 80 planes to its fleet each year. That would mean a total of 300 planes within five years, he added.

    Khodakarami added that Iran will finance the purchases through mechanisms including leasing, foreign loans and state funds.

    Iranian officials earlier said the county will need 400-500 civilian aircraft worth at least $20 billion in the next decade to renovate its aging fleet which has suffered under years of U.S. and European sanctions.

    Earlier this year, Iran added 9 new planes less than 10 years old to its air fleet.

    Iran has 251 commercial planes, many of which are not functional because of a lack of spare parts.

    The average fleet age for Iranв's major carriers is 19 years.

    Western-imposed sanctions have barred Iran from buying western aircraft since the 1970s.

    Moreover, the U.S. Treasury has barred Iranian airlines, including Iran Air, from landing or operating in U.S. territories. U.S. sanctions also prevent European airports from providing Iranian carriers with fuel or accepting their money.

    A preliminary agreement between Iran and the P5 1 group of countries in November 2013, however, led to an easing of sanctions in the aviation sector. Tehran was allowed limited purchases of aircraft parts and repairs, but not aircraft.

    The U.S.-led sanctions on aircraft and spare parts exports to Iran have left Iranian airlines saddled with not only some of the oldest fleets in the Middle East, but also in the world.

    Iran's four largest carriers '" Iran Air, Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours '" all have average fleet ages above 22 years, according to Iranian media outlets.
    4
  • Minister: World developments not affecting Azerbaijan-Iran relations
    04.08.2015 11:43
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    Tehran, Iran, Aug. 4

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijani delegation's visit to Iran is clear evidence that no development taking place in the world has any effect on the two countries' relations, said Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran's information and communications technology minister, August 4.

    Vaezi, who also co-chairs the Azerbaijan-Iran Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade and Humanitarian Cooperation, made the remarks at a meeting with Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev.

    Story still developing

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  • SOCAR posts decline in July oil export
    04.08.2015 11:37
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    The SOCAR Marketing Economic Operations Department announced that Azerbaijani oil export declined by 56.32% in July against June 2015.

    SOCAR reports that it exported 1.448 million tons of oil in July against 2.264 million tons in June (the best index for 2015), 1.69 million tons of oil in May and 2.121 million tons in January. In July the oil export via Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline was resumed at the level of 167,711 tons (the peak was observed in May - 169,559 tons), while in June it was not carried out at all, abc.az reports.

    At that, oil export via Baku-Supsa reached 84,736 tons and via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) n.a. Heydar Aliyev oil pipeline 1.196 million tons.

    "The oil export in 2015 makes up 12.855 million tons. This year it has been delivered 845,757 tons to Novorossiysk, 1.609 million tons to Supsa, and 10.4 million tons to Ceyhan," SOCAR reported

    In 2014, 24.372 million tons was exported, including 932,155 tons via Baku-Novorossiysk, 2.957 million tons via Baku-Supsa and 20.483 million tons via BTC. 2.448 million tons of oil was exported in December 2014 (the best index for the last year). In Q4 export made 5.691 million tons against 6.406 million tons in Q3, 6.518 million in Q2 and 4.768 million tons in Q1, 2014.

    In 2013 the export reached 24.225 million tons of oil, including 1.751 million tons via Baku-Novorossiysk, 2.725 million tons via Baku-Supsa and 19.748 million tons via BTC. The peak of export was recorded in February (2.31 million tons).

    Over 2012 25.006 million tons of oil was exported, including 2.06 million tons via Baku-Novorossiysk, 2.7 million tons via Baku-Supsa and 20.199 million tons via BTC. The peak of export was recorded in July (2.361 million tons).

    In 2011, export reached 27.609 million tons, including 2.57 million tons in June (the year's month peak). In 2011 oil transportation via pipeline Baku-Novorossiysk totaled 1.988 million tons, Baku-Novorossiysk 2.65 million tons, and BTC 22.969 million tons.

    In 2015 oil was not exported via Baku-Batumi railway by MEOD as well as in 2009-2014.

    SOCAR notes that the MEOD exports both its own oil and oil falling on the share of the government within PSA contracts.
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  • Azerbaijan to build hostels for budget travelers
    04.08.2015 11:31
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    With the development of the economy and infrastructure in Azerbaijan, the young country has more opportunities to gain dividends from tourism.

    The ancient land with its oriental roots brings in many tourists who wish to experience the excellent mixture of eastern and western cultures.

    The oil-rich country could develop in a fantastic pace over the next few years to become a favorite destination for many travelers.

    To adequately host the growing number of visitors, Azerbaijan has a chain of luxury brand hotels '" including Jumeirah, Excelsior, Hilton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott, Kempinski, and others '" and ones operating at low prices for backpackers travelling on a budget.

    Thatв's why for travelers and for the development of tourism in the country '" which has doubled since 2006, reaching up to 2.3 million foreign visitors in 2014 '" cheap accommodations like hostels are very important.

    Today, if one was to do an Internet search, he/she could see that the countryв's capital includes a few hostels and several so-called "guest-houses," whose prices start at 15 manats ($14.30).

    Earlier in July at a cabinet meeting, President Ilham Aliyev highlighted the need for cheaper hotels in the country.

    ''A number of world-famous hotel brands are operating in the country, particularly in Baku. Surely, they have their own price policy. We canв't interfere in this. But, the prices are also high in hotels that offer poor service. The prices are too high in the regional hotels,'' Aliyev said.

    ''The number of five-star hotels in Azerbaijan grows. I am glad about it, as it shows the strength of our country. Itв's a prestige. However, there also should be two-star, three-star hotels, as low-income people cannot come and rest in Baku,'' the president said, adding that Azerbaijan itself has beautiful landscapes and one does not need to travel abroad for rest and relaxation.

    Due to the fact that Azerbaijan will host many large-scale events such as the 2016 World Chess Olympiad, the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, Formula 1 racing, and the quarterfinals and three group games for Euro 2020 it can be assumed that the country will expect a large number of tourists.

    Muzaffar Agakerimov, the deputy chairman of the Azerbaijan Tourism Association noted that it is necessary to build multi-room hostels, which exist in many other countries, for low-budget tourists visiting Azerbaijan.

    He added that it is best to start construction in the near future.

    Agakerimov went on to say that foreign investors have already shown interest to this field, noticing that the construction market for hostels in Baku is not still underdeveloped.

    ''Foreign investors are going to invest in this area,'' he said. "But we would like to see domestic investors in this field."

    Agakerimov believes that hostels should be primarily built in Baku since foreign tourists often stay in the capital. ''Only then should we begin construction of hostels in the regions of Azerbaijan,'' he noted.
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  • Turkey restoring BTE gas pipelineв's section damaged by explosion
    04.08.2015 11:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's state pipeline company, Botas, started to restore the section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline's main line that was earlier damaged by an explosion, a source in the oil and gas market told Trend August 4.

    The source said there was virtually no gas in the pipeline, because of the cessation of gas pumping via it since August 2 due to suspension of work at a platform on Azerbaijan's lsquo;Shah Deniz' field for maintenance works.

    Gas from the lsquo;Shah Deniz' is delivered to Turkey.

    The preliminary reports say the explosion occurred due to unknown reasons at the pipeline's section in '‹'‹SarД±kamД±s region of Turkey's north-eastern province of Kars.

    As the source said, the gas pipeline damaged in the explosion is operated by Turkey (Botas), and its security is the responsibility of Ankara.

    From Baku up to Georgia's border with Turkey, BP is the pipeline's technical operator, and Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR is its commercial operator.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, also called the South Caucasus Pipeline, is required to export Azerbaijan's gas from lsquo;Shah Deniz'.

    The pipeline starts at a terminal near Baku, going through Georgia, and ends in the Turkish city of Erzurum, where there is a gas distribution hub.

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  • PKK terrorists carry out armed attacks in 5 different regions of Turkey
    04.08.2015 11:16
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    APA reports that terrorists blew off mines buried on the road during passage of a military convoy in Kighi settlement of Bingol province. No one was killed or injured in the incident. One of the armored vehicles was seriously damaged.

    Missile was launched at Silvan Reservoir that is under construction in Diyarbekir province. The missile hit the canteen. No casualties were recorded. Security forces opened retaliatory fire on attackers. After 15-minutes shooting, terrorists fled from the scene.

    Qulp police office of the province was also attacked. Retaliatory fire was opened against the PKK terrorists. There is no information about the casualties yet.

    Terrorists stopped a vehicle carrying fuel and a truck, forced the drivers to get off the vehicles in

    Nusaybin town of Mardin province. They set fire to vehicles and escaped from the scene.

    Gendarmerie Command was attacked in Cukurca town of Hakkari. Operations were started in all regions to detain the terrorists.
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  • Official: BTK will help ensure safe delivery of goods
    04.08.2015 11:08
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    Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line will deliver the loads in a shorter distance (550-600 km) compared with other corridors.

    "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line will deliver the loads in a shorter distance (550-600 km) compared with other corridors shipping from the East to the Europe. The importance of this route is that it will ensure sustainable, totally safe and timely delivery of goods from China or any other Eastern country to Europe," Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Abid Sharifov has told a ceremony marking the first test container Nomand Express`s reaching Baku International Sea Trade Port.

    The Deputy Prime Minister noted that today one of the main issues is ensuring safe transportation and delivery of goods in every country.
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  • Azerbaijan might face mud flows
    04.08.2015 10:57
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan may face problems with mud flows in August, according to Asif Verdiyev, the chief hydrologist of National Hydrometeorology Department of country's Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry.

    ''It is expected that in some regions of the country the amount of monthly precipitation will exceed the average norm. Due to rain on some days in August a short-term mudflows are possible,'' he said.

    Verdiev also noted that it is impossible to say in advance which rivers are expected to flood or produce mud flows. ''In case of threat, the population will be informed about this,'' the hydrologist said.

    Earlier lbrus Alizade, the deputy director of the Geography Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, mentioned that as compared to the 1960-70s, areas prone to mud flows in Azerbaijan have grown by 2-2.5 times.

    However, Alizade added that compared to last year, mud flows are expected to not be as powerful.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is immersed in sunshine. Forecasters predict that the temperature in the country will reach up to 43 degrees C on August 4.Baku and the Absheron Peninsula will see sunny weather and southeasterly winds. The temperature will stand at 24-27 degrees C at night and 33-38 degrees C during the day, sometimes exceeding 40 degrees C.

    Some mountain areas of Azerbaijan will experience short thunderstorms and eastern wind in the evening and at night.

    The temperature will be 22-27 degrees C at night and will range between 35 and 43 C during the day.In mountain areas, the temperature is predicted to be 17-22 degrees C at night, while during the day it will stand at 29-34 C.

    The Labour Ministry warned that while working outdoors in temperatures above 41 degrees C or in rooms without air-conditioning systems, all work should be stopped and employees should be provided with breaks. Otherwise the employers will be fined.
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