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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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    The voting in the Turkish presidential election for the country's citizens living abroad started on July 31. Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan, will be able to vote in the presidential election on July 31.

    A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in some 53 countries have the right to take part in the voting for the presidential election.

    The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

    As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007.The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.

    Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.

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  • Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra gives third concert as part of Gabala festival
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    The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra has given third concert as part of the 6th Gabala International Music Festival.

    Conducted by Austrian Julian Rachlin, the concert featured performance of works by classical European composers.

    Formed by a group of committed, resilient musicians, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra was established in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra.
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  • Admission of investment projects for development of Baku`s district announced
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support (NFES) under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan has started to receive investment projects from the entrepreneurs

    on priority areas of Baku`s Sabunchu district, the ministry reported.

    A business forum dedicated to granting preferential loans to entrepreneurs was held in Sabunchu district.

    The discussions were held with the entrepreneurs for the purpose of efficient use of the existing economic potential of the district within the framework of the event. It was considered expedient to receive proposals from business entities for financing of investment projects on the creation of logistics center, a specialized "green store" and meat processing plant.

    In accordance with the rules of using the funds of the National Fund, from this day on the business entities may apply to the fund through authorized credit organizations. Upon the request of entrepreneurs, small projects can be fully financed by preferential loans.

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  • And the world's best city is ...
    31.07.2014 13:12
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    Thailand's recent political troubles may have worked in Japan's favor when it came to this year's Travel Leisure awards, with Kyoto knocking Bangkok off its spot at the top of the magazine's world's best cities list.

    The Thai capital, which was placed under curfew earlier this year during a military coup, is nowhere to be seen in this year's top 10, voted for by the magazine's readers, despite repeat appearances in the number one spot.

    Kyoto, a city on Japan's Honshu island famed for its ancient temples and spring cherry blossoms, was praised by T L special correspondent Sarah Spagnolo for "an emerging style scene that's cutting edge."

    Second on the list is Charleston, South Carolina, which, according to Spagnolo, improved on its 2013 seventh-place ranking thanks to accessibility, standout hotels (including the Planters Inn) and "a mouthwatering culinary scene where shrimp grits are just the beginning."

    Several tourism heavyweights, including Rome and Florence, maintain their places in the top 10, while others make the grade after failing to place in 2013.

    Siem Reap, the developing resort town near the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, New Orleans, Mexico City and Seville, Spain are all new entries.

    Surveys of T L readers were also used to compile award lists in other categories.

    The Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, was named best hotel; Santorini, Greece, was named best island; Disney Cruise Line was named best of the "mega cruisers"; Singapore Airlines the best international carrier; and Singapore Changi Airport the best international terminal.

    Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, was named best spa.

    T L's World's Best Cities 2014

    10. New Orleans

    9. Mexico City

    8. Barcelona

    7. Seville, Spain

    6. Istanbul

    5. Rome

    4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

    3. Florence, Italy

    2 Charleston, South Carolina

    1. Kyoto, Japan

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  • Oil prices fall in world markets
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    Oil prices have fallen in the world markets, with the US Light crude sinking to $100.27 a barrel and British Brent crude hitting $106.51.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0.38 to stand at $108.47.
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  • Iranian Investors Eye NITEL, Bridge Banks
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    Iranian investors under the Iran-Nigeria Investment Corporation and led by Kouros Capital Group (KCG) have expressed interest in Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) company and the bridge banks whose privatisation has lingered.

    The investors are expected to bring into the country multi-billion dollar investments in diverse areas as telecommunications, agriculture, banking, oil and gas, and aviation, the Nigerian Thisday online newspaper reported on July 31.

    This was disclosed by the chairman of Kouros Capital Group, a member of the Iran-Nigeria Investment Corporation, Kouros Jahangiripoor and its Executive Director Arch. Amir H. Amiri.

    The KCG management team has expressed strong support for closer Iran-Nigeria industry cooperation and development of more trade between the two countries.

    The plan to invest in Nigeria is not unconnected with the recent rebased GDP, which opened up sectors hitherto not accounted for.

    The recent foreign investment campaign by the federal government through the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), the telecommunications industry regulator and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the agency charged with the responsibility of ICT implementation for Nigeria, is also part of the attraction.

    Of late, the federal government took the nation's broadband campaign outside the shores of the country, wooing foreign investors to come to Nigeria to invest in its nationwide broadband rollout, as well as in other areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the country.

    "We have been encouraged by the economic growth and fiscal management in Nigeria. KCG already has bases in Middle East and Europe, and we clearly see Nigeria as our entry point to the African continent," Jahangiripoor said.

    He went on to add that "we are very impressed by the Federal Government's privatisation programs. In this respect we are very interested in the sale process for NITEL and the bridge banks. KCG is joining the NigerPars telecom consortium to bid for NITEL, and in August we shall have a specialist technical team visiting Nigeria in relation to the AMCON sale of the bridge banks."

    KCG, through its primary locations in the Middle East and Gibraltar, has in several billions of Euros deployed in major investments, including hotels and resorts, aviation services, construction and civil engineering, as well as banking and finance. Nigeria will represent another major telecoms sector investment for the Group, Amiri said.

    he also explained that KCG was already working with Dextel Nigeria Limited, to actualise the initial project portfolio for the West African projects under consideration.

    A senior director of Dextel, after several discussions and planning meetings with the KCG team in Lagos this past week, stated that "the trend for close Iran-Nigeria private sector cooperation is now witnessing practical implementation of serious investment projects in Nigeria that will benefit our local economy, and potentially bring benefits throughout the West African region."

    "We welcome the active presence and participation of Kouros Capital Group Limited to our shores and pledge our unalloyed support for their strategies and capital programs. The specialists that KCG is introducing will be able to undertake these potential projects in a systematic way, to world's best standards," he said.

    Following the meetings of the Partners with some top tier Nigerian banks for commercial banking arrangements, KCG said it is poised to realise their investment objectives in Nigeria.

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  • Azerbaijan improves position in UEFA ranking
    31.07.2014 13:02
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    Victory of FC "Qarabag" over Austian "Redd Bull" (2:1) has bettered Azerbaijan's position in UEFA rankings, Day.Az informs citing to Azerisport.Com.

    Currently Azerbaijan has 1,750 points for this year and 10,625 for the last five years. Note that 10,625 is the best ever result of Azerbaijani football in UEFA rankings.

    Azerbaijan keeps its 30th position going behind Hungary.
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  • US Embassy in Azerbaijan comments on visa-issuance problem
    31.07.2014 13:01
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    The US Embassy has issued a statement on a visa-issuance problem.

    APA reports quoting Embassy's facebook page that the U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations: "This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

    Applicants who interviewed with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate after July 21 and would like their passports returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact consularbaku@state.gov with their name and passport number.

    Applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact consularbaku@state.gov with their name, passport number, and nature of the emergency. Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature can be considered for exceptional handling.

    We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience".
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  • Russia orders passenger boats from Baku
    31.07.2014 12:58
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    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has ordered 3 38M passenger boats from Baku Shipyard.

    AzVision.az reports quoting Portnews that the sides have already signed contract and the boats will be assembled from August. Orders should be completed till May, 2016.

    The boats with the length of 38.22 m, width of 8.2 m and 8-person crew are designed for carrying 80-person team and cargos to mobile sea drilling plants, other offshore oil and gas objects.

    The boats can go 100 miles away from the coast.

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  • Gabala festival features another chamber music evening
    31.07.2014 12:49
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    Another chamber music evening has been held as part of the 6th Gabala International Music Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

    The concert featured performance of works of Russian and European composers by vocalists Farida Mammadova, Sabina Asadova, Maharram Huseynov, pianists Tofig Shikhiyev, Ilaha Sadikhzade and violinist Osman Eyyublu.

    The festival will last till August 1.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire over 90 times during last 24 hours
    31.07.2014 12:42
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    The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 96 times in numerous positions during the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 31.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Berkaber and Paravakar of Armenia's Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Gizilhajili of Gazakh and Kohnegishlag of Aghstafa region.

    At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the villages of Kokhanebi and Alibeyli of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and in the village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd region.

    Moreover, the armed forces of Azerbaijan underwent fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Merzili, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Bash Gervend, Shikhlar of Aghdam, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Horadiz, Gorgan of Fizuli, Chilaburt, Chayli, Gizil Oba of Terter and Kuropatkino of Khojavend region.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Clips don`t lie: video of Oxford students` a cappella cover draws Shakira`s praise
    31.07.2014 12:40
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    Out of the Blue find internet fame after Colombian singer takes to Twitter and Facebook to laud their version of her hit song

    An all-male Oxford choir have been parachuted to internet fame after their cover of Shakira`s Hips Don`t Lie caught the attention of the Colombian singer.

    Out of the Blue, an a cappella group made up of University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University undergraduates, recorded a version of the hit song, along with a video of the 15 students in matching suits and ties gyrating and twirling in the style of Shakira across the lawns and cobbled streets of Oxford.

    They were taken by surprise when the video caught the attention of the world-famous singer, who tweeted it to her 26.2 million followers on Twitter and posted it on her Facebook page in both English and Spanish.

    She tweeted: "Hey @ooboxford, we LOVE your a capella Shak medley! ВЎNos encanta este medley que han hecho!".

    The song, which also incorporates choruses from Shakira`s other hits Whenever, Wherever and Waka Waka, has already been retweeted 1,200 times and made a favourite 1,800 times. On Facebook, it drew 87,928 likes and almost 10,000 shares.

    The video has now had almost 700,000 views.

    Out of the Blue, who appeared on Britain`s Got Talent in 2011 and reached the semi-finals with a cappella versions of songs such as Lady Gaga`s Poker Face and Justin Timberlake`s SexyBack, said they were thrilled and "shellshocked" that their latest musical venture had caught Shakira`s eye.

    Most of the students who appeared in the ITV talent contest have since graduated. Joshua Barr, an English student and baritone who has been president of the group since 2012, said they had selected the song on the basis of Shakira`s global appeal.

    "We love her songs and we thought they would appeal to everyone," he said. "As is probably evident from the video, we are not afraid to make ourselves look silly. A group of guys shaking their hips and wiggling their bums to Shakira is not what most people expect to see, which I think is why it`s so popular."

    They recorded the video in a morning and an afternoon.

    "We couldn`t believe we were tweeted by Shakira. On the Facebook post she signed it off personally so we knew she had actually watched the video, which is amazing," Barr said. "We`ve recorded the song for charity and all the proceeds go to the hospice Helen and Douglas House, so the most exposure it gets, the better."

    Barr also admitted their Shakira hip-wriggling routine had made its way on to the dance floor of Oxford clubs, with a mixed response from fellow students.

    "When we go out to clubs there is the odd moment when we realise we are all doing the choreographed dance moves," he said.

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  • Member-churches of WCC going to recognize so-called Armenian ''genocide'' in 2015
    31.07.2014 12:34
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    Members of council also include churches in Azerbaijan and Turkey

    Member-churches of World Council of Churches going to recognize so-called Armenian ''genocide'' in 2015, said the chairman of the the International Association to Fight Unfounded Armenian Allegations (ASД°M-DER) Goksel Gulbey, Turkish press reports.

    Gulbey said that for recognition of so-called Armenian ''genocide'', the world churches united against Turkey and are going to exert pressure on Turkey using religious: ''For recognition of Armenian ''genocide'' and compensation claims at the anniversary of Armenian genocide, the WCC member-churches decided to hold international conference in Geneva with the participation of international organizations, lawyers and human right defenders, organize prayer ceremony to commemorate ''victims'' of the Armenian ''genocide'' in the Geneva Cathedral and invite WCC member-churches to prayer''.

    ASIMDER chairman also said that the churches in Azerbaijan and Turkey are members of the WCC and will join this conference and called on relevant state bodies of both countries to warn churches and religious leaders.

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  • Smart Start internship program of Bakcell creates opportunities for students and graduates
    31.07.2014 12:31
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    Bakcell - the first mobile operator and the leading mobile internet provider in Azerbaijan has selected 22 young persons to participate in its "Smart Start" internship program.

    Within 10 days after the announcement of the program, more than 1,500 students and graduates have applied for the internship in Bakcell.

    Some 450 out of 920 applicants invited for the initial interview have demonstrated their knowledge during the testing phase. Around 55 candidates who managed to demonstrate good results were invited to participate in the final selection round.

    About 22 students who demonstrated exceptional results have started their internship in Bakcell.

    After participating in the training sessions on various topics, the participants will get acquainted with the work environment in the relevant departments, gain practical experience, as well as develop work-readiness skills.

    The selected interns will undertake an internship in HR, Marketing, Business Technologies, Accounting, Service and Product Development, Enterprise Resource Planning, Retail Sales and Distribution and Customer Service departments.

    The duration of the internship is two months, with five complete business days a week. Bakcell will provide the program participants with a stipend during these two months.

    Bakcell - the first mobile operator and the leading mobile internet provider in Azerbaijan offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

    As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

    Bakcell's network covers more than 99 percent of the population and 93 percent of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. Bakcell was announced The Mobile Internet Provider of the Year by the famous international The Business Year publication.

    With more than 1000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 80 percent of population and 55 percent of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories). For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please see www.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

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  • Preferential financing of the investment projects continues by ''AtaBank''
    31.07.2014 12:27
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    On July, 25 "AtaBank" OJSC participated in the event held by the National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support of the Ministry of Economy and Industry on "Priveleged financing of entrepreneurship", in Mashtaga district of Sabunchu region. Around 80 entepreneurs from Baku and surrounding settlements attented the event. Loans in amount of 17.125 mln. were given to entities through ''AtaBank'' in 2014.

    It should be noted that, ''AtaBank'' is member of National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support since 2003 and bank issued over 93 mln AZN privileged loans since that time.

    ''AtaBank'' OJSC, successfully functioning since 1993, is one of the largest commercial banks of Azerbaijan. ''AtaBank'' OJSC is as a hi-tech universal bank rending full complex of services to corporate and private clients. To get detailed information about ''AtaBank'' services and products you can visit the bankв's page www.atabank.com or a Bankв's official page at social network www.facebook.com/atabank
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  • Prison conditions to be improved in Azerbaijan - Prison Service
    31.07.2014 12:27
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    An operational meeting on the results of the first half of 2014 was held in the Prison Service of Justice Ministry of Azerbaijan.

    According to 1news.az, the press service of the Prison Service reports that the head of the Prison Service, Deputy Justice Minister, Leutenant General Madat Guliyev speaking at the event said the conditions of prisoners' detection in wards of serving the sentence are constantly improving.

    He also stressed that the construction of new wards of serving the sentence will meet modern international standards, the strengthening of the rule of law in the Prison Service, great highs achieved on improving the discipline and order.

    "As a result of cooperation of the Prison Service with other law enforcement agencies 211 crimes were solved for 6 months in 2014.

    As a result of operational activities 181 mobile phones, 517.9 grams of drugs were found and seized in prisons

    Disciplinary action was taken against 180 employees of the Prison Service, 19 - fired " Guliyev said.

    The reports of a number of heads of wards of serving the sentence and remands were heard at the meeting.

    Summing up the work of the Prison Service in the first half of 2014, Madat Guliyev gave appropriate instructions to correct deficiencies.
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  • Gil Shohat: I am impressed by the beauty of Gabala
    31.07.2014 12:19
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    "I am impressed by the beauty of Gabala. To perform at the same ceremony with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) is a great honor for any musician", said the participant of VI Gabala International Music Festival, an Israeli classical music composer, conductor and pianist Gil Shohat.

    He thanked festival organizers for the grandiose ceremony and said that, this was his second visit to Azerbaijan.

    The prominent pianist spoke of the political, economic and cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Israeli.

    "There is great interest to the Gabala International Music Festival in the world. I took great pleasure from the concert held within the framework of the festival. I think the audience was also impressed by my interpretation. Gabala is located in a mountainous area and this inspires me to perform more enthusiastically. The place is truly amazing and magic. The people of Gabala are friendly and hospitable. I loved the Azerbaijani cuisine. The world famous orchestras have gathered here. This festival is one of the prestigious festivals in the world," he added.
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  • Turkey to continue operations against supporters of Gulen movement
    31.07.2014 12:12
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey will continue its operations against the supporters of the movement of Fethullah Gulen [Islamic political figure currently residing in the U.S.], Turkish Haber7 TV channel quoted the country's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying on July 31.

    He stressed that despite the transparency of the operations against the supporters of Gulen movement, some media outlets of the country deliberately distort the information about the course of these operations.

    Over 70 policemen were detained on July 22 as a result of the operations carried out by Turkey against the supporters of the Gulen movement. The former Istanbul Police Department Intelligence Bureau chief Ali Fuat YД±lmazer and former head of Istanbul police, Ertan Ercikti were among the detained.

    Gulen, the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation, are accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.

    Following the case, Prime Minister Erdogan accused Gulen and representatives of his movement of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.

    Erdogan also stressed that the Gulen movement, which he earlier called a "parallel structure", proved with its anti-state activities that it is not a religious movement but a politicized and illegal structure.

    Turkish PM called on Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the U.S. of supporting him.

    A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Fethullah Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against Turkey.

    Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Gulen will be extradited from the U.S., adding that Turkey has launched the legal procedure for extradition of Gulen.

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  • Azerbaijani dancer to perform at London Royal Opera House
    31.07.2014 12:07
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    By AzerNews

    Timur Askerov, the only soloist of the Mariinsky Theater from Azerbaijan will perform at the Royal Opera House in London with the Mariinsky Theater's ballet troupe.

    The tour of the Mariinsky Theatre's Ballet and Orchestra in London started from July 28 and will last until August 16.

    The Mariinsky Theater is expected to present its best performances including "Swan Lake", "Romeo and Juliet", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Marguerite and Armand ", "The Firebird", "Apollo", "Cinderella", and "Concerto DSCH".

    The event involves both leading soloists well-known around the world and young artists.

    Timur Askerov is a graduate of the Baku School of Choreography. He performed at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after T.G. Shevchenko in 2008-2011.

    Since 2011, Askerov has been working in the Mariinsky Theatre. He is the winner of the "Spirit of Dance" in the category "Rising Star" by Ballet magazine in 2012, prizewinner at the XII International Ballet Dancers' and Choreographers' Competition in Moscow in 2013, and recipient of the Azerbaijan Presidential Youth Prize for Culture in 2013.

    Askerov was recognized as the best male dancer in duet nomination of the International Ballet Competition and contest of choreographers that took place at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2013.

    His repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, La BayadГЁre, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Carmen-Suite, The Legend of Love, Le Corsaire and Chopiniana.

    With the Mariinsky Ballet, Askerov have toured around Europe, Asia and America.
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  • Russian gas sector totally excluded from new EU sanctions
    31.07.2014 12:01
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    The new round of sanctions against Russia announced by the European Union do not target the country's natural gas sector.

    The new round of sanctions against Russia announced by the European Union do not target the country's natural gas sector, a source at the European Commission told reporters Wednesday.

    "The gas sector is completely and totally excluded from the scope of sanctions we are going to publish tomorrow," the source said.

    The European Union agreed Tuesday on a new set of sectoral economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, which limit Russian state-owned financial institutions' access to EU capital markets, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end users and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector. The sanctions are to be published on July 31 and go into effect on August 1.

    Russia's envoy to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said last week that the sanctions were "a road to nowhere" and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said such actions toward Russia were a way to conceal protectionist measures in the interests of certain companies.
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  • Head of Turkmen-Pakistani intergovernmental commission from Turkmenistan appointed
    31.07.2014 12:00
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 31

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmenistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Rashid Meredov will head Turkmenistan-Pakistan intergovernmental commission from this country, according to the order of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    During a government meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmen president stressed that the two countries are bound by long-standing friendship and mutually beneficial partnership.

    Berdimuhamedov also stressed that Turkmenistan intends to strengthen and develop the fruitful dialogue with Pakistan based on centuries-old historical and cultural ties and common spiritual values of the two nations.

    It was earlier reported that the Turkmenistan-Pakistan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation plans to hold a meting in early August in Islamabad.

    Turkmenistan and Pakistan are interested in the implementation of the project on constructing Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline.

    The construction of the TAPI pipeline should start in 2015, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov earlier said.

    The basic document is the Ashgabat interstate agreement of the member states signed in 2010 in Ashgabat on starting the practical implementation of the TAPI project.

    The design capacity of the TAPI is up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The TAPI pipe length will reach 1,735 kilometers. Some 200 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - through Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - through Pakistan to the settlement of Fazilka, located on the border with India.

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  • Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia
    31.07.2014 11:57
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    Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers said on Wednesday.

    The scientists, who analysed blood samples from 1,241 malaria patients in 10 countries across Asia and Africa, found resistance to the world's most effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread in Southeast Asia.

    However, the study found no signs yet of resistance in the three African sites it covered in Kenya, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    "It may still be possible to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites across Asia and then to Africa by eliminating them, but that window of opportunity is closing fast," said Nicholas White, a professor of tropical medicine at Oxford University who led the research and is and chair of the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network.

    More than half the world's people are at risk of malaria infection, and while there have been significant reductions in the numbers falling ill and dying from the mosquito-borne disease, it still kills more than 600,000 people each year.

    Most malaria victims are children under five living in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

    From the late 1950s to the 1970s, chloroquine-resistant malaria parasites spread across Asia to Africa, leading to a resurgence of malaria cases and millions of deaths.

    Chloroquine was replaced by sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), but resistance to SP subsequently emerged in western Cambodia and again spread to Africa.

    SP was replaced by artemisinin combination treatment, or ACT, and experts say we now face the prospect of history repeating itself for a third time.
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  • 18 year-old boy murdered in front of night club, Baku
    31.07.2014 11:47
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    A murder was committed in front of Koral night club in Baku last night, Nasimi District Prosecutorв's Office told APA.

    Baku citizen Vusal Ilham Abdullayev (1996) has been knifed to death by unknown person (s).

    An operation group was established.

    Operation measures are being taken for detention of person (s) who committed the murder.

    A criminal case was launched on the Criminal Code's article #120.1 (deliberate murder). Investigation is underway.
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  • Azerbaijan becoming self-sufficient as cuts food import
    31.07.2014 11:41
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    By AzerNews

    Ensuring food security remains a challenge for Azerbaijan, which could decrease its dependence on import food products.

    The post-Soviet country with excellent natural conditions and unique priorities has significantly decreased import of food products in recent years. This means that the country is no longer dependent on imported food products. The share of food products in the overall structure of imported goods of Azerbaijan is only 12-14 percent; the remaining shares are construction materials, vehicles and various equipments.

    "A figure of 12-14 percent is quite small," economic expert Ogtay Hagverdiyev told local press. "For example, in Armenia this figure amounts to 50-60 percent. The food products that we import are mostly exotic. However, there are some food products the import of which is really necessary for Azerbaijan. They include oil, sugar and grain that we produce domestically, but still are unable to meet fully the domestic demand."

    "Each year we import about one million tons of grain, sometimes even more, as well as a lot of butter. Earlier we used imported vegetable oil in large quantities, but now we don't import it, because we domestically produce vegetable oil. We used to import bananas in large quantities as well, but now its import has been reduced," the expert added.

    The agricultural sector is important not only for increasing Azerbaijan's export potential, but also for restoring and protecting the country's food security. Protecting the quality and price of food stuff produced in Azerbaijan and producing them in accordance with quality standards are among the top issues of the country's food security.

    In Soviet times, Azerbaijan mainly imported vegetables from other countries. Now the independent Azerbaijan with developed and diversified economy is able to provide its population with domestically produced vegetables.

    Also, Azerbaijan provides itself with fruits, but due to supply and demand mechanism, the country imports some fruits in particular from neighboring Iran and Turkey.

    Chairman of the Sustainable Development Research Center, Nariman Agayev believes there is a certain category of product that Azerbaijan will always import.

    "There are some agricultural produce, with which we have problems, for example, butter and other dairy products. The problem of butter will never be resolved in our country, and we will have to constantly import it. Our government has taken serious measures on food security, and there is a positive trend. However there are several products that we will always import, including grain," the expert noted.

    Azerbaijan is conducting serious measures, because ensuring food security is one of the country's strategic goals. Within the "Azerbaijan-2020: Vision into the Future" concept, Azerbaijan is taking steps to ensure food security in the country, and one of the key elements of this concept is to eliminate dependence on food products imports. The country has been able to achieve this goal in the past five years, and Azerbaijan is expected to fully meet its demands through local production in the coming years.

    The government's huge investment in the agricultural sector has left bright results. Currently, the import of certain agricultural products has decreased in Azerbaijan compared with the previous years. Thus, Azerbaijan's ability to endure the population's food demands and provide them with domestically produced foods has increased.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree in mid-January 2014 on taking additional measures for improving food markets and agricultural products.

    The decree noted that Azerbaijan will establish a network of specialized farmer stores and 'green' shops which will operate in Baku's districts and Azerbaijan's large cities on a permanent basis.

    The establishment of such specialized farmer stores and 'green' shops in Azerbaijan is one of the main factors of food security and will allow the country to provide its population with organic and ecologically clean products.

    Today, Azerbaijan is meeting the population's demand for meat products by 90 percent, poultry meat by 81 percent, eggs by 80 percent, dairy products by 75 percent, vegetable oil by 65 percent, and butter by 50 percent through local production.

    However, the country is still dependent on the import of strategic products. Azerbaijan produced 2.8 million tons of grain in 2013 and was able to meet the population's demand by 75 percent. It means Azerbaijan had to import the remaining 25 percent from abroad. This figure shows the dependence on imports.

    Today, Azerbaijan mainly imports vehicles and their spare parts, electronic equipment, land, air and water transport, food products, base metals, chemical products, furniture and its parts, as well as pharmaceutical products.
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  • Panic in Baku Metro
    31.07.2014 11:33
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    The train was stuck in the tunnel.

    The panic occurred among passengers in Baku Metro.

    Oxu.Az reports citing MediaPost.az that the train moving towards "Icheri Sheher" stopped in the tunnel at the metro station "Ulduz" at 23:00 yesterday.

    The information came from the employee of the site who was on the spot.

    According to the employee, the train stood in the tunnel for about 10 minutes, which caused panic among the passengers.
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  • Morocco's National Day marked in Baku
    31.07.2014 11:27
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    Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Azerbaijan has arranged an official reception on the country's Throne Day.

    After the national anthems of both countries were performed, Ambassador of Morocco to Azerbaijan Hassan Hami spoke of his country's path of development, noting the country has gained political and economic progress in the last fifteen years under the leadership of the King Mohammad VI.

    Expressing pleasure with the current level of the traditional friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Morocco, the diplomat said both countries have confidently developed their bilateral ties in the political, economic, cultural and other fields. Both countries support each other within the international organizations to make joint efforts for expansion of cooperation.

    Vice-premier of Azerbaijan Ismat Abbasov congratulated the people of Morocco on behalf of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, wished the best.

    Mr. Abbasov reminded national leader Heydar Aliyev's visit to the Kingdom of Morocco, underlining the history of establishment of bilateral relations. "The high level relations between the Heads of States have given strong impulse to the development of cooperation ties", he stressed.

    Abbasov expressed wish that the relations basing on the traditional friendship, mutual trust, support and cooperation would promote strengthening of bilateral relations and the interests of both nations.
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  • Twitter shares soar 35 percent
    31.07.2014 11:26
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    Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked.

    Shares of the company soared 35 percent on Tuesday after it reported monthly active users had risen a better-than-expected 24 percent, chalking up what would be its largest gain in a single day and adding almost $7 billion to its market value.

    Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of growth, surpassed targets for virtually every metric Wall Street scrutinizes. Expectations had subsided ever since the company stunned investors in February with disappointingly low user growth.

    Before Tuesday's after-hours surge, Twitter had lost about 40 percent of its market value since the start of 2014. The company now needs to demonstrate several quarters of respectable growth before investors can again back the 10-year-old company's growth story, analysts said.

    "The expectations going in had become quite low," said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia. "Even in the U.S. their performance was good. For now, that will put to rest some of the concerns about U.S. growth."

    "One would still have to say that the jury is still out," Bhatia said. "You have to look maybe at what happens in the next quarter and see if they can continue to have upside on the user growth."

    Twitter saw users increase to 271 million, still dwarfed by rival Facebook Inc's (FB.O) 1.3 billion. Wall Street analysts had been expecting a pace of growth closer to 21 percent.

    Timeline views, a measure of the engagement of its users, also exceeded expectations with a 15 percent increase, far outpacing the roughly 8 percent expected.

    Twitter, whose rapid-fire format has proven popular as a companion to major global events, may have enjoyed a boost from the World Cup. The world's most popular sporting event peaked with the finals in July.

    Chief Executive Dick Costolo said in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday that the football tournament led existing users to spend more time on Twitter but did not contribute to the rise in new users during the quarter.

    For the current quarter, Twitter is forecasting revenue of $330 million to $340 million, outpacing forecasts for around $323.7 million, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    Its shares jumped to $51.20 in extended trading, from a close of $38.59 on the New York Stock Exchange.

    /Reuters/
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  • Atlantic Council of Georgia recommends government create secretary of state institute
    31.07.2014 11:16
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 31

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Atlantic Council of Georgia non-governmental organization (NGO) recommends the country's government create a secretary of state institute.

    The NGO says that the excessively centralized management in the defense sphere undermines the effectiveness and hinders the fulfillment of goals.

    Regarding this, the Atlantic Council of Georgia has appealed to the country's Defense Ministry with a number of recommendations that are reflected in the new report on the country's security sphere.

    "In order to change the excessively centralized management in the defense sphere, the Defense Ministry should speed up the process of decentralization of decision making through the institutionalization of the defense planning and management processes," the report said.

    The government also recommended creation of a secretary of state institute in the state departments, including the Defense Ministry.

    "The secretary of state should be the top official in the state department engaged in management," the NGO said.

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  • Saakashvili: ''Why do I need a political asylum?''
    31.07.2014 11:09
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    In Hungary Saakashvili Comments on Charges Against Him

    ''Why do I need a political asylum? As you see I am welcomed everywhere with great pleasure'', Saakashvili told Rustavi 2 TV in Budapest, AzVision.az quoting Eurasia Review.

    ''I am welcomed very well in the United States '" you have seen the U.S. reaction'', he told journalist.

    Zurab Adeishvili, who was justice minister in Georgia has an asylum in Hungary.

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  • Turkish citizens abroad start voting in countryв's presidential election
    31.07.2014 11:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The voting in the Turkish presidential election for the country's citizens living abroad started on July 31, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on July 31.

    Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan, will be able to vote in the presidential election on July 31.

    The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

    As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007.The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.

    Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.

    Haber7 TV channel earlier reported that disagreements are growing in Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) over the presidential candidacy of Ihsanoglu.

    Reportedly, the Turkish Alawites, who are supporting the party, have refused to vote for Ihsanoglu in the upcoming presidential election.

    Five political parties of Turkey, namely, the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP) and Democratic Party (DP) have agreed on supporting Ihsanoglu's candidacy for president.

    In the countries where Turkey has diplomatic missions, the voting for the presidential election will start earlier. A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in some 53 countries have the right to take part in the voting for the presidential election.

    The voting in such countries as Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand will be held on August 3, 2014. In the case of holding the second round of the presidential election, the voting in these countries will take place on August 17.

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  • Azerbaijan Mortgage Fundв's assets increase by almost 23 percent
    31.07.2014 11:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The assets of the Azerbaijan Mortgage Fund (AMF) under the Central Bank (CBA) increased by 22.82 percent in 2013, according to AMF's financial report as of 2013, published in the official press on July 26.

    The fund's assets reached 492.64 million AZN by late 2013 compared to 401.11 million AZN in 2012, according to the report.

    In particular, some 403.52 million AZN of the total assets falls to the issued mortgage loans, 42.15 million AZN - investments held till maturity, 32.81 million AZN - deposits in banks. The remainder of the assets is in cash and cash equivalents, real estate, equipment and so on.

    The fund's liabilities also increased in 2013 amounting to about 301.5 million AZN. The liabilities increased by 18.7 percent compared to the previous year. Some 97.6 percent of the liabilities are in securities issued by the fund.

    AMF's aggregate capital including the deductions from the state budget amounted to 191.16 million AZN for the period compared to 147.14 million AZN in 2012. The fund completed 2013 with a profit worth a little over 4 million AZN compared to 3.42 million AZN in 2012.

    "KPMG Azerbaijan Limited" audited AMF's financial statement.

    At present, some 28 banks [there are 44 banks in the country] are the authorized banks of the Azerbaijan Mortgage Fund. The participants of the mortgage market are also 21 insurance companies [their total number 28] and 14 appraisal organizations.

    The official exchange rate is 0.7842 AZN/USD as of July 29.

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  • Itв's a sad, sad, sad world
    31.07.2014 11:02
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    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    They say that no news is good news. Regrettably there is plenty of news at the moment and its all rather negative.

    The global political situation is today at its most precarious level since the end of the old Cold War. It is a disastrous state of relations that exists today between Russia and the West and that is about to revive itself as Cold War version 2.0.

    The world today is chaotic in a manner not seen since the period leading up to WWI. The current conflicts in the Middle East are unlikely to subside without a major shift in alliances, power and leadership. And where is that likely to come from when the superpowers have lost their clout?

    Indeed, the world just doesn't seem chaotic, the world is chaotic. Why? Because as Doyle MacManus of the Los Angeles Times so eloquently points out, "Because rebels are more powerful than before - and superpowers are no longer super."

    Much of the blame for the lack of firmness is directed at President Barack Obama and his inability to act decisively on a number of urgent matters. While undoubtedly Obama carries much of this responsibility, equal blame, if not all the more so, should be directed at President George W. Bush for his naivetГ© in believing the United States could override centuries of history and traditions and impose democracy in the Middle East as though he was administering cough medicine.

    Still dealing with the mess he inherited in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention Libya, Egypt, the Maghreb and Central Africa, as well as the escalating drug wars in Latin America, Obama is understandably reluctant to become involved in a geopolitical game that clearly goes beyond his understanding of geopolitics and that of his Secretary of State, John Kerry. Both men seem totally overwhelmed by the rapidly unfolding events in the Middle East.

    In the meantime, Iraq is on the verge of falling entirely under the sandals of the Islamists of the new caliphate, along with a large chunk of Syria. That is very, very bad news.

    It might be worth reminding the American president and his secretary of State that Iraq is the second most important Arab oil producer after Saudi Arabia. You do not need a PhD in advance war planning to figure out what it would mean to have hard core Islamists controlling the oil and gas taps in a country as important as Iraq and to have access to the revenue it generates.

    Meanwhile in Syria the death toll continues to rise with more than 170,000 people killed. Roughly more than 680,000 have been wounded and close to nine million have become refugees; all that in a country with a population of 21 million people.

    Israel and the Palestinians of Hamas are engaged in a new killing spree and hardly anyone seems capable of stopping the madness. To date more than 1,211 Palestinians have been killed and Israel lost some 53 soldiers - a huge number for Israel - many were killed in house to house fighting in the tunnels which the Israelis are constantly searching and destroying and which Hamas is constantly rebuilding.

    Then there are the nuclear talks with Iran that require a firm stand which understandably many are asking if Obama is the person who could stand up to Iran. Given his track record it appears unlikely and is generating an interesting line of debate among the rightwing conservatives in the United States. Some of the accusations they lob at Obama border on the absurd.

    Yet some of the events taking place makes you wonder the efficiency of the intelligence community who should have seen the dangers of the Islamist movement coming.

    How is it possible, you may ask, that a ragtag army of mostly volunteers fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are able to defeat a supposedly organized army like Iraq's, armed and trained by the United States when just a few years ago it took the combined armies of the formidable coalition assembled by George Bush Sr. to push the Iraqis out of Kuwait.

    The answer is that terrorist groups are today very different from the terrorist groups of the past and conventional warfare needs to be reevaluated. They have better communication systems thanks to the Internet, which has become their best recruiting tool.

    The have more funds, more funding and better weapons.

    Another first is that unlike terror groups of the 1960, 70s', 80s', for the first time the terrorists are no longer fighting over any single geographic area but rather over an idea. Syria, Iraq and the rest of the countries are interchangeable.

    Claude Salhani is a political analyst and senior editor with Trend Agency.

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  • Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state
    31.07.2014 10:58
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    Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli citizens will now be required to obtain a visa before traveling to Bolivia. Previously, under a 1972 agreement, which Morales denounced for being "signed under a dictatorial regime," Israelis could travel freely into Bolivia without having to obtain a visa, according to La RazГіn.

    Israel is now considered a "group 3" country, meaning visa applications must be reviewed by the National Migration Administration.

    "In other words we are declaring a terrorist state," PГЎgina Siete reported Morales as saying.

    "Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Morales said, according to PГЎgina Siete.

    Morales, an admirer of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian socialism, broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, and has renounced Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide."

    South America is often a popular destination for young Israelis.

    Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.
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  • AzerNews releases another print issue
    31.07.2014 10:57
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    A new print edition of the AZERNEWS online newspaper was released on July 31.

    The new edition includes articles about Baku's entrance into the Formula 1 race calendar, Azerbaijan's plans to reduce food imports, foreign companies' refusal to invest in Armenia, as well as about the prestigious golf tournament in Guba and etc.

    AZERNEWS is an associate member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    The online newspaper is available at www.azer
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  • Azerbaijan received flag of International Chemistry Olympiad
    31.07.2014 10:51
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    By AzerNews

    The 46th International Chemistry Olympiad was held in the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Hanoi from July 20 to 29.

    The event brought together 291 pupils from 77 counties.

    Azerbaijan was represented by 4 students, including Murad Rahimov (Ganja), Javid Akhmedov (Agdash), Karim Karimli (Ganja) and Dilgam Akhmedli (Shirvan).

    The students took the preparation courses for the Olympiad in the Branch MSU named after Lomonosov in Baku. Instructors of Faculty of Chemistry Trushkov Igor Viktorovich (organic - theory), Chagarovski Alexey Olegovich (organic-practice) and Kargov Sergey Igorevich (physics chemistry- theory and practice), - invited by Rector of Moscow State University branch in Baku, Professor Nargiz Pashayeva - prepared the pupils for the Olympiad.

    Two pupils from Azerbaijan showed good results and got special prizes.

    Murad Rahimov (Ganja Private Turkish Lyceum) won the bronze medal and Javid Akhmedov was awarded with "Honorable mention" certificate.

    Closing ceremony of the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad was held on July 28.

    During the ceremony, organizers traditionally transferred the flag of the Olympiad to the representative from Azerbaijan, Vice President for International Relations Branch of MSU in Baku, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Ogtay Tagiyev.

    The main purpose of 47th International Chemistry Olympiad, which will be held on the basis of the Baku branch of Moscow State University in 2015, is to increase the interest of young generation in chemical sciences.

    Pupils from 80 countries are expected to take part at the event.

    Azerbaijan is the second country after Russia among CIS countries which got the right to hold this Olympiad.

    The decision of holding this event was accepted by Steering Committee of the International Chemistry Olympiad in Washington in 2012.

    The decision demonstrates the credibility and international recognition of the merits of the Baku branch of Moscow State University, established in 2008.

    According to the rules, Organizing Committee of the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad was established in Azerbaijan and chaired by the rector of Moscow State University branch in Baku and member of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Professor Nargiz Pashayeva.

    The committee has already set up a website for the competition and prepared the classrooms as well as laboratories which are necessary for the theoretical and practical experimental parts of the Olympiad.

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  • Criminal case against Saakashvili disturbs U.S.
    31.07.2014 10:42
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    The U.S. is concerned about the prosecution of Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.

    "The U.S. is concerned that Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili has been charged under the Criminal Code," U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki said, according to a statement posted on the Department's website.

    "The judicial system must not be used as a tool of political revenge," she said.

    "We are closely monitoring this case and related cases," she said. "We continue informing Georgian officials that it is important to rigidly adhere to the established norms and the rule of law."

    The Georgian Prosecutor's Office formally charged ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili on July 29.

    Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili's lawyer Otar Kahidze attended a court session when an indictment was announced.

    The indictment against Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili was made upon Part 3, Article 333 of the Georgian Criminal Code (exceeding authority).

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  • Fifa vice-president dies
    31.07.2014 10:37
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    Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82.

    The announcement was made Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CONMEBOL.

    Grondona, a powerful ally of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, had been hospitalized earlier on Wednesday. Local media reported that he died hours later of heart problems.

    Grondona had been the AFA's president since 1979. He was also a FIFA senior vice president and head of FIFA's finance committee, and had announced that he would step down from his posts in 2015.

    Blatter responded to the death almost immediately with a tweet: "Very sad for the loss of a great friend. Julio Grondona has left us at 82. Rest in peace."

    Grondona attended the World Cup final three weeks ago when Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. He mingled in the stands with other top football officials before the match, including UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini.
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  • Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert
    31.07.2014 10:31
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    Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst outbreak of the disease.

    The US Peace Corps announced it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from the three countries.

    And another US group, Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, was also temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, citing regional "instability and ongoing security issues".

    Hong Kong announced quarantine measures for suspected cases, although one woman arriving from Africa with possible symptoms tested negative, while the EU said it was ready to deal with the threat.

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has held talks with global health officials on potential measures to halt the spread of the disease.

    In Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired the government's COBRA crisis management committee to assess the situation. One person has tested negative for the disease.

    "The prime minister does regard it as a very serious threat," Hammond said. "We are very much focused on it as a new and emerging threat which we need to deal with."

    He said the emergency meeting had decided that the best approach was to provide "additional resources to deal with the disease at source" in west Africa.

    Ebola can kill victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

    Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from the three countries.

    In Hong Kong, a densely populated city previously scarred by disease outbreaks such as the 2003 SARS epidemic, health officials confirmed they would quarantine as a precautionary measure any visitors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who showed fever symptoms.

    One woman arriving in the southern Chinese city from Africa, who showed symptoms including fever and vomiting, has tested negative for Ebola.

    Bart Janssens, MSF's director of operations, warned that governments and global bodies had no "overarching view" vision of how to tackle the outbreak.

    "This epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control and the situation can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in some very important hotspots," he said.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire over 90 times during last 24 hours
    31.07.2014 10:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

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    The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 96 times in numerous positions during the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 31.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Berkaber and Paravakar of Armenia's Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Gizilhajili of Gazakh and Kohnegishlag of Aghstafa region.

    At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the villages of Kokhanebi and Alibeyli of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and in the village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd region.

    Moreover, the armed forces of Azerbaijan underwent fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Merzili, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Bash Gervend, Shikhlar of Aghdam, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Horadiz, Gorgan of Fizuli, Chilaburt, Chayli, Gizil Oba of Terter and Kuropatkino of Khojavend region.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Samsung profit falls
    31.07.2014 10:18
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    Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.

    Samsung warned earlier this month that the second quarter would be its worst in two years as rapid growth in smartphone sales had faded. The company particularly struggled to compete in cheap smartphones, currently the fastest growing part of the global smartphone business. Samsung shares dived 4 percent in Seoul.

    Its net income for the April-June quarter dropped 20 percent to 6.3 trillion won ($6.1 billion) from 7.8 trillion won a year earlier. That was the lowest since the second quarter of 2012. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast 6.5 trillion won income.

    Sales fell 9 percent to 52.4 trillion won while operating profit sank 25 percent to 7.2 trillion won, in line with Samsung's guidance earlier this month.

    Robert Yi, head of investor relations, told a conference call that Samsung had higher marketing expenses as competition increased in mid- to low-end smartphones and because it tried to clear old inventory before the release of updated smartphone models in the fall. Tablet computer sales also fell, he said, citing weak overall demand.

    Samsung sold 95 million mobile handsets in the quarter and smartphones were close to 80 percent of those sales, Yi said. It sold 8 million tablet PCs.

    Research firm IDC estimated that Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones during the second quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier, even as the overall smartphone market expanded 23 percent. Chinese vendors, Huawei and Lenovo, were the companies that drove growth in global smartphone sales.

    Samsung was still the world's largest supplier of smartphones but its global market share fell to 25 percent from 32 percent. The company's smartphones use Google's Android operating system.

    With lower handset sales, Samsung's profits also took a hit. Samsung's mobile business recorded 4.4 trillion won in operating profit during the second quarter, the lowest in two years. Previously, Samsung's mobile business contributed about 70 percent of its overall profit. That fell to about 60 percent in the second quarter.

    Analysts said Samsung struggled in developing nations as consumers using handsets powered by the popular Android operating system were more willing to try devices from other brands. Switching between different Android devices has become easier and cheaper than before for consumers, reducing loyalty to one brand.
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  • OSCE to hold next monitoring on Azerbaijani-Armenian contact line
    31.07.2014 10:17
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is expected to monitor the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on August 1, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said on July 31.

    The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, on the contact line located near the village of Kuropatkino of Azerbaijan's Khojavend region, the ministry said.

    On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be carried out by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Andrzej Kasprzyk and field assistant of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Jiri Aberle.

    On the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Evgeny Sharov, Hristo Hristov and Peter Svedberg.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Ukraine crisis: Malysian and Dutch PMs discuss MH17 access
    31.07.2014 10:17
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    The Malaysian and Dutch leaders will meet in the Hague later to discuss how to secure access to MH17's crash site, BBC reported. International monitors were turned back by separatists again on Wednesday amid clashes in the area in eastern Ukraine.

    Flight MH17 crashed two weeks ago, killing all 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch passengers.

    Later on Thursday, the EU is due reveal details of new sanctions on Russia, which is accused of arming the rebels who the West says shot the plane down.

    Russia has come under increased pressure to end its support for the rebels despite having continually denied claims that it is arming and training them.

    Ukraine's army has intensified its offensive against the rebels in recent days, and retook several towns in the Donetsk region on Wednesday.

    Heavy fighting around the site where the Malaysia Airlines flight went down has left international observers and investigators unable to examine the wreckage.

    New crisis talks

    Belarus will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Thursday on the crisis in Ukraine.

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is sending a representative to the talks, which are expected to include discussions on MH17. A senior separatist leader is also due to attend.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had suggested sending armed soldiers to secure the site, but later said the move would be seen as a "provocation" by rebels.

    He will discuss other options with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak when they meet at 1015 BST (0915 GMT) on Thursday.

    Prime Minister Razak is visiting the Netherlands to get an update on the process of identifying MH17's victims.

    Forensic experts are currently working to identify about 200 victims whose remains were flown to the Netherlands last week, but the remains of dozens of others are still at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

    Dutch aviation experts leading the inquiry into the crash have refused to comment on their investigation but Ukrainian officials involved in the process say shrapnel from a missile was to blame.

    However, it remains unclear who fired a missile, with pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine blaming each other.

    On Wednesday, Russia hit out at new sanctions from the US and EU, calling them "destructive and short-sighted".

    But G7 leaders said Russia would face further economic sanctions if it continued to undermine "Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence."

    The EU is due to release details of its expanded sanctions on Thursday, targeting Russia oil, defence and technology sectors.

    It has also added eight individuals, including several members of Mr Putin's inner circle, to a list of people hit with EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.

    That list now includes a total of 95 people and 23 entities and features the heads of Russia's intelligence agencies, the president of Chechnya, and two Crimean energy firms.

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  • Michelle Obama asks leaders to change gender attitudes
    31.07.2014 10:13
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    Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

    "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said.

    The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

    "Leadership is about creating new traditions that honor the dignity and humanity of every individual. Leadership is about empowering all of our people'" men, women, boys and girls," she said. "When we commit to that kind of leadership across the globe, that is when we truly start making progress on girls' education."

    Mrs. Obama said Africa has made great strides such as more girls attending school, women starting businesses and more women serving in parliaments. But she said serious work remains when female genital mutilation, forced child marriage and domestic violence against women continue in some countries.

    She said these "are not legitimate cultural practices," but "serious human rights violations."

    The first lady said women in the U. S. have also overcome obstacles, such as voting rights, but they still face challenges with employment discrimination and domestic violence, and are still fighting for equal pay and higher ranks in government and corporate workplaces.

    Mrs. Obama said her own life was influenced by the support and encouragement of her family'" including men like her father, brother, uncle and grandfather.

    "The men who raised me set a high bar for the type of men I'd allow into my life, which is why I went on to marry a man who had the good sense to fall in love with a woman who was his equal, and to treat me as such," she said, about President Barack Obama.

    The first lady called on men to do the same and to tell peers who disagree that "any man who uses his strength to oppress women is a coward, and he is holding back the progress of his family and his country."

    After Mrs. Obama's remarks and meeting with participants in the crowd, she held a round table discussion with more than 30 African leaders to discuss girls' education.
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  • Support for Erdogan hits 59% in Turkey: Gallup Poll
    31.07.2014 10:05
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    Majority of Turkish population has confidence in Turkish PM and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership, a survey by US based opinion poll firm, Gallup World Poll revealed Anadolu Agency reported

    The Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S.' independent federal agency that oversees the U.S. civilian international media, released a report on political tendencies and contemporary media use in Turkey basing on 10 Gallup surveys conducted in Turkey since 2005.

    Despite of being critical Turkish government's attitude toward the media freedom, the agency's report found that 59% of Turkish people are satisfied with performance of Erdogan as their leader.

    The report put that while 60% of ethnic Turks are satisfied with Erdogan's leadership, this rate hit 67% among ethnic Kurds.

    It also noted that 68% of rural population support Erdogan, while this rate remained at 56% among urban population.

    The confidence of Turkish people in the government is still as high as 68%, although this represents a drop of 18 percent over the last nine years.

    It also found that Turkish people's satisfaction with living standards increased ten percent in ten years, rising from 44% in 2005 to 57% in 2014.

    A vast majority of Turkish adults are more optimistic about the future in 2014, the report noted.

    Media Freedom

    Gallup poll revealed that while the rate of those who think that the media is free in Turkey has only moved down from 47% to 46% 2010 and 2014, 65% of government supporters think that the media is free while this rate falls to 20% when it comes to the opposition groups.

    The poll noted that the majority of eastern, northern and central Anatolia people mostly support Erdogan's governing Justice and Development (AK) Party and affirm that media is free, while the majority of western and southern coastal Anatolia, mostly populated by the opposition, think that media is not free in Turkey.

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  • Gaza death toll hits 1359: Health ministry
    31.07.2014 09:56
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    The death toll from the ongoing Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip has hit 1359, including 129 who were killed on Wednesday alone, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Anadolu Agency reported

    At least 460 were also injured in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip through Wednesday, raising to 7677 the number of Palestinians wounded in the Israeli onslaught against Gaza, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.

    Earlier in the day, at least 17 Palestinians were killed and over 200 others injured when Israeli warplanes pounded a popular market in Shujaya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City.

    The Israeli military aircraft also pounded a school run by the U.N. Palestinian refugees agency (UNRWA) in northern Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday, killing 15 people.

    Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip - from air, land and sea - with devastating bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from the strip.

    Gaza-based Palestinian factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to the ongoing Israeli attacks.

    At least 56 Israelis - 53 soldiers and three civilians - have been killed since the hostilities began.

    Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip - which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.

    In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."

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  • Tunisia army chief of staff resigns
    31.07.2014 09:55
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    Tunisia's army chief of staff Gen. Mohamed Salah Hamdi has resigned, the Defense Ministry said Anadolu Agency reported.

    "The Ministry of Defense clarifies that the chief of staff of the army submitted his resignation on July 23, 2014, for personal reasons, and we have accepted it," the ministry said in a statement.

    Hamdi's deputy Mohsen al-Farsi will lead the army until a new chief of staff is appointed, ministry spokesman Rachid Bouhoula told Anadolu Agency.

    The resignation comes amid criticism to the army's response to recent militant attacks in the mountainous areas on Tunisia's border with Algeria.

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