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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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  • Azerbaijanв's customs agencies tighten security measures to prevent Ebola
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    In connection with spread of Ebola virus in some countries, sanitary-quarantine control by Azerbaijanв's customs agencies were tightened.

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    Hanoi, October 21, AzerTAc

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    The event was broadcast on the Vietnamese media.
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  • Good news for residents of Sumgayit
    21.10.2014 16:43
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    The rail public transport will be opened in direction Baku-Sumgayit.

    Rail public transport routes will be opened from Baku to Alat, Sumgait city and airport named after Heydar Aliyev. In 2015, the laying of underground lines, railways and highways will be started.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzNews.az that the statement came from the Head of the Department of International Relations and the State Committee of Architecture and Urban Jahangir Gojayev.

    He said that due to the construction of the second airport in Alat settlement, the Greater Baku Regional Development Plan envisages the development of transport in this area. According to a representative of the Committee in 2014-2015 it is planned to open new routes for public transport:

    "Sumgait will be developed as an industrial pole, Alat - like development pole. The second airport will be built in Alat. In addition, the Plan provides for the establishment of national parks, cleaning of reservoirs and their transformation into regional parks."
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  • Baku hosts 61st meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states
    21.10.2014 16:41
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    The 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states has today started in Baku.

    The agenda of the meeting includes implementation of decisions adopted during the 60th meeting of the Council, results of railway network operations during the 9 months of the current year, traffic schedule of trains in 2015-2016 and etc.

    Speaking to the event, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov informed the attendees on the current state of railway, ongoing reforms and prospects. The Minister also spoke of the project achieved in realization of the East-West, North-South and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars international and regional transport corridors.

    The attendees then heard report by President of the Russian Railways company Vladimir Yakunin.

    The 2-day meeting brings together representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Finland and Estonia.
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  • La 5e ConfГ©rence internationale intitulГ©e В«Le rГґle des femmes dans le dГ©veloppement des Etats membres de lв'OCIВ» a terminГ© ses travaux
    21.10.2014 16:25
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    Bakou, 21 octobre, AzerTAc

    La 5e Confeacute;rence internationale intituleacute;e Le rocirc;le des femmes dans le deacute;veloppement des Etats membres de l'Organisation de la coopeacute;ration islamique a termineacute; ses travaux agrave; Bakou mardi 21 octobre.

    Au deuxiegrave;me jour de la confeacute;rence se sont tenues des preacute;sentations du PNUD-Turquie sur le projet d'accroissement des compeacute;tences des femmes dans les Etats membres de l'Organisation de la coopeacute;ration islamique. En mecirc;me temps, le Centre d'eacute;tudes statistiques, eacute;conomiques, sociales et de formation pour les pays islamiques a fait une preacute;sentation sur la vision des Etats membres de l'OCI vis-agrave;-vis des femmes.

    Lors de la confeacute;rence il a eacute;teacute; noteacute; que dans certains Etats membres de l'OCI les femmes avaient toujours des problegrave;mes dans les domaines de la santeacute;, de l'eacute;ducation et que cela neacute;cessitait de seacute;rieuses reacute;formes. Un grand progregrave;s a eacute;teacute; obtenu bien sucirc;r dans les pays membres de l'OCI en matiegrave;re d'ameacute;lioration des conditions des femmes, d'assurance de leur participation dans diffeacute;rents domaines. Mais ça ne suffit pas. Leur engagement dans l'enseignement constitue l'une des principales questions pour assurer le deacute;veloppement des femmes. Cela aidera les femmes en matiegrave;re d'autodidaxie, agrave; trouver un emploi et agrave; intensifier leurs activiteacute;s dans diffeacute;rents domaines de la vie.

    Il a eacute;teacute; noteacute; que l'un des problegrave;mes majeurs empecirc;chant le deacute;veloppement des femmes eacute;tait le mariage preacute;coce. Il est regrettable que les Etats membres de l'OCI n'aient pas enregistreacute; un succegrave;s satisfaisant en la matiegrave;re. Le manque de liberteacute;s eacute;conomiques et le chocirc;mage des femmes leur creacute;ent des problegrave;mes psychologiques. Une femme saine et forte signifie une famille saine. Il existe plus d'opportuniteacute;s pour les femmes dans le domaine du tourisme. Il y a eacute;galement besoin de reacute;formes en matiegrave;re d'eacute;galiteacute; des sexes.

    L'accroissement du rocirc;le des femmes dans la gouvernance manifeste le deacute;veloppement de la deacute;mocratie.

    Une ideacute;e relative agrave; la neacute;cessiteacute; d'eacute;laborer un plan d'actions suppleacute;mentaire, pour mettre en oelig;uvre les propositions faites en vue de l'ameacute;lioration de la situation des femmes a eacute;teacute; prononceacute;e lors de la confeacute;rence. Il faut eacute;galement eacute;laborer des meacute;canismes politiques afin d'ameacute;liorer leurs conditions.

    Les intervenants se sont dits convaincus que cette confeacute;rence apporterait sa contribution agrave; la reacute;solution des problegrave;mes des femmes. Tous les Etats membres de l'OCI doivent intensifier leurs efforts pour reacute;pondre agrave; ces deacute;fis.

    Les intervenants ont preacute;senteacute; leurs remerciements au gouvernement azerbaiuml;djanais, surtout agrave; Mme Mehriban Aliyeva, premiegrave;re dame d'Azerbaiuml;djan, preacute;sidente de la Fondation Heydar Aliyev, pour l'excellente organisation de la confeacute;rence.

    Une seacute;rie de propositions ont eacute;teacute; prononceacute;es, un certain nombre de questions ont trouveacute; leurs reacute;ponses lors de la confeacute;rence.

    La confeacute;rence ayant reacute;uni plus de 220 repreacute;sentants d'environ 60 pays s'est soldeacute;e par l'adoption de la Deacute;claration de Bakou.
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  • Azerbaijani Deputy PM meets OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku
    21.10.2014 16:25
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov has met OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku Alexis Chahtahtinsky.

    The Deputy Premier thanked OSCE for holding projects jointly with various state bodies of Azerbaijan. He described this as an example of good relationship between Azerbaijan and the Organization.

    Hasanov provided an insight into the causes and consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    He also highlighted problems of IDPS in the country, comprehensive state care shown according to the relevant orders of President Ilham Aliyev.

    They exchanged views on the implementation of future projects between the Azerbaijani Government and OSCE Project Coordinator.

    They discussed holding the meetings to intensify combat against drug trafficking.
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  • Menswear Model for Famous Clothing Brands
    21.10.2014 16:13
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    Bodhi the dog has no time for silly pastimes like chasing squirrels or playing fetch '" heв's quite serious about his high flying career as a top New York menswear model. The four-year-old Shiba Inu is well known in fashion circles as 'Menswear Dogв' '" he has landed paid modelling contracts with top brands such as Coach, Todd Snyder and Salvatore Ferragamo. Heв's also a social media sensation with over 140,000 followers on Instagram.

    Bodhiв's owners '" Yena Kim, 27, and Dave Fung, 29 '" came up with the idea as a joke; they dressed up their adorable Shiba Inu in a few fancy suits and hats. When they posted photographs on their Facebook page, the response they received was overwhelmingly positive. So they started their own Tumblr page featuring Bodhi dressed according to popular fashion trends.

    ''We didnв't have any epic plans when we started our blog,'' said Yena, who has worked as a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren. ''We were bored one Saturday afternoon so we decided to pass the time by dressing up our handsome Shiba in serious menswear.''

    ''Everyone who has a dog has put clothes on their dog at some point, just to goof around,'' added Dave, who has a decade of experience as a professional graphic designer. ''We just found out that when we put clothes on him, he lit up, he started posing for us.''

    They posted the pictures online, and according to Yena: ''The response was unreal, so the next day was spent putting together a Tumblr. The following day, our Tumblr was featured on GQ Magazineв's website and it just snowballed from there.''

    Soon, the fashion-savvy canine amassed an army of followers and there was no looking back after that. Bodhi started receiving countless requests for collaborations with fashion label''Initially we got some criticism from people who thought he might be uncomfortable in human clothes,'' said Dave. ''But it turned into people criticising his outfits and telling us what shirt would look better with what tie '" and thatв's when we knew we were successful.'' And it appears that Bodhi quite enjoys being photographed in an array of stylish outfits. Heв's such a natural model, and he really does seem to know how to work with the camera.s.

    He likes to wear clothes that will get him the most attention and peanut butter, he knows he can pull off anything so heв's not all that concerned,'' said Yena. ''The first time we dressed him up, we saw a spark in his eye and he sat still and gazed at the camera, no directions needed.''

    ''We receive most of the clothes from the brands that we are working with, but weв're constantly shopping around for the most exciting items in menswear to show on Menswear Dog, since weв're both designers, we design and create the clothes that he wears to appearances,'' she added.

    Yena and Dave are currently working on a clothing line for dogs, and hope to collaborate on projects that benefit animal charities. ''We both decided to quit our jobs for this mainly as an excuse to take a break from the 9 to 5 and do something a little less ordinary for a bit,'' Dave explained.

    ''Weв've been so blessed with Bodhi and we know that every animal has something special and unique about them, so weв've never been more motivated,'' he added. ''At the end of the day, heв's the boss!''

    /Odditycentral.Com/
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  • Baku hosts 61st meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states
    21.10.2014 15:56
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    The 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states has today started in Baku.

    The agenda of the meeting includes implementation of decisions adopted during the 60th meeting of the Council, results of railway network operations during the 9 months of the current year, traffic schedule of trains in 2015-2016 and etc.

    Speaking to the event, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov informed the attendees on the current state of railway, ongoing reforms and prospects. The Minister also spoke of the project achieved in realization of the East-West, North-South and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars international and regional transport corridors.

    The attendees then heard report by President of the Russian Railways company Vladimir Yakunin.

    The 2-day meeting brings together representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Finland and Estonia.
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  • Russia seeks to support Kyrgyz economy
    21.10.2014 15:54
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    Russia plans to support the development of Kyrgyzstan's financial system by providing $30 million.

    Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko made the remark at the meeting with Kyrgyz Prime Minister Dzhoomart Otorbayev on October 21.

    "Some $60 million was allocated for the fiscal balance in Kyrgyzstan this year. Currently a government decree on allocation of $30 million is being prepared," Matviyenko said.

    She further noted that one of the priority spheres of cooperation between Russia and Kyrgyzstan is energy.

    Gazprom's entry into Kyrgyz energy market is extremely important for the country's oil and gas sector, which will provide the stability and investments in the amount of 20 billion roubles within five years, according to Matviyenko.

    Matviyenko also said that Western sanctions against Russia will not prevent the country from the implementation of the projects in Kyrgyzstan.

    "Russia always fulfils its obligations and will further continue to do so," she said, noting that Russia's domestic resources enable to continue the implementation of the projects started in Kyrgyzstan.

    "Moreover, retaliatory measures, in particular, the ban on the supplies of agricultural products open new opportunities for Russia's CIS partners," Matviyenko said.

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  • Women role in OIC development discussed in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:45
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    /AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Baku is hosting the fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    The conference kicked off on October 21 with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. It is attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries, AzerTag news agency reported.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the fourth conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto hailed the organization of the conference.

    Underlining the importance of developing women`s role in the society, Prayono Atiyanto said the previous conference was held in Jakarta and very important decisions were adopted. He expressed confidence that the Baku conference would contribute to the protection of women`s rights and expansion of their role in society.

    Prayono Atiyanto expressed regret over the existence of different obstacles to strengthening women`s role in society, especially increasing their activities in political field.

    "A lot of works must be done to remove the obstacles. Women`s economic freedom and gender issue are still a main problem in some countries. The aim of the conference is to combine our efforts to resolve the problems facing women, and we believe that we can accomplish the mission," he said.

    Hijran Huseynova, Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs highlighted the agenda of the conference, noting that the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States.

    Huseynova further said the gender problem could be settled only by well-educated and experienced women. She provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s policy towards strengthening a family institute, protecting the rights of women and children, and ensuring gender equality.

    Touching upon Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, the Committee chair noted that more than a million of Azerbaijanis, including 400,000 women and 300,000 children are living as refugees and IDPs. She also underlined women`s role at parliamentary and municipal levels.

    Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in turn, expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the organization of the conference.

    He said such conferences open up wide opportunities for women in the process of development.

    "We have to combine our efforts to eliminate problems that women face," Naeem Khan said.

    Heimo Laakkonen, Director of UNFPA`s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia also hailed Mehriban Aliyeva's efforts for supporting the conference.

    Laakkonen stressed that women must play a role in adoption of international norms.

    Speaking on the UNFPA-OIC cooperation, Laakkonen said great success has been achieved in reducing the number of maternal deaths during child-bearing, protecting honor and dignity of women and enlightening them.

    Later, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the conference.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The MoU will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experiences.

    The fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States will end on October 21 with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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  • Anita Kravos opens Italian Film Festival in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:34
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    /AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku enjoys hosting the Italian cinematography, one of the most popular in the world, as part of the Italian Films Festival which kicked off in Baku on October 20.

    The festival is co-organized by Italian Association of N.I.C.E. and the Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan. It is part of the Week of the Italian Language being held annually from October 20 to 25.

    Rector of Azerbaijan University of Languages? Samad Seyidov stressed that the festival indicates a high level of relations between the two countries in political, economic, educational and cultural spheres.

    Italian ambassador Giampaolo Cutillo expressed hope that the festival will be part of the cultural life of the city.

    The first film of the festival, "La Grande Bellezza", winner of the Oscar 2014, was played by Italian actress Anita Kravos, a guest of honor of the festival. Kravos played the leading part in the film, which was screened for the first time in Azerbaijan.

    "I'm glad I came to Baku and presented here the Italian cinema. Baku fascinated me at first sight. Italian directors are interested in shooting films in Baku, one of them is Renato De Maria," Kravos stressed.

    In "The Great Beauty" by Paolo Sorrentino, Kravos played the role of the modern artist Thalia Concept.

    "In "The Great Beauty" I am a crazy artist. This is a small but very important role, talking about the essence of the film, art," she noted.

    The main character of the film is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome.

    After his 65th birthday anniversary, he walks through the ruins of the city, encountering various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment

    "This is a film about a man who is dealing with talent and art. This film is a high conversation about aesthetics, the dialogue about the beauty, art, inspiration and why all this is needed," Kravos underlined.

    The festival will also screen "Nuovo cinema Paradiso" (Cinema "Paradiso"), "La Vita e bella" (Life is beautiful), "Il Capitale Umano" (Human capital) in Italian with English subtitles.
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  • Azerbaijan-Russia culture-business forum held in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:23
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    By Amina Nazarli

    A St. Petersburg delegation headed by the city's vice-governor Vladimir Lavlencev visited Baku from October 16 to 18.The delegation included representatives of executive missions, higher education institutions and business leaders of St. Petersburg.

    As part of the cultural and business mission, the Azerbaijani-Russian business forum was held. Several meetings on business community, thematic round tables on the prospects for cooperation in the field of higher education, vocational education, science and culture were also held during the two-day event.

    As many as 150 people took part in the Azerbaijan-Russia Forum. The issues on current status of the investment climate and business opportunities in Azerbaijan, as well as the investment potential of St. Petersburg were discussed during the forum.

    The participants of the forum were briefed about the current status and development stages of trade and economic relations between the member countries of the forum.

    They also discussed "Prospects for cooperation in the field of higher education, vocational education and science", where representatives of the St. Petersburg universities talked about new directions in Petersburg educational institutions and discussed possible joint educational and research projects with colleagues from Azerbaijan. The discussions were welcomed by both parties.

    Businessmen from St. Petersburg visited industrial enterprises of Azerbaijan in Sumgayit Technology Park on October 17.

    The guests got familiar with the Technopark companies. They were impressed by the scale of the undertaken work, the novelty of high technology equipment and processes of the participants, which left a good impression in them.

    Meanwhile, "Russia-Azerbaijan. Interaction of culture" round table took place in Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts.

    In the round table where 37 people took part, the participants touched upon some projects between Baku representatives and State Museum-Monument "Isaac's Cathedral" as well as Azerbaijan National Museum of Art and the St. Petersburg's Film Center "Homeland".

    An interesting part of the meeting was the report of Azerbaijani sculptor Omar Eldarov "Interaction of cultures".

    Then, the grand opening of St. Petersburg's Fie art exhibitions were held during the event. The participants had a chance to attend the two exhibitions, brought from St. Petersburg; Art Exhibition "Slavian Earth " and the photo exhibition "Petersburg through the angels eyes: a view from Isaac".

    The exhibitions will last till October 29 in the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Azerbaijan Academy of Fine Arts.

    Baku citizens also enjoyed a concert of the Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Sergey Stadler in Philharmonic named after Muslim Magomayev.

    The audience warmly welcomed the guests and accompanied them with applause.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the current state of Azerbaijan-Lithuania relations. The parties also discussed the expansion of cooperation opportunities between the two countries on various fronts, including political, economic, energy, trade, educational and other fields.
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  • Rainless weather predicted in Azerbaijan for tomorrow
    21.10.2014 15:14
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    The weather is expected to be changeable cloudy and mainly rainless in Baku and Absheron peninsula on October 22.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that it will be foggy in some areas in the morning and evening. The south wind will occasionally intensify. The temperature will be 8hellip;13 C at night and 16hellip;21 C in the daytime.

    The weather will be mainly rainless in Azerbaijan's regions. It will be foggy in some areas in the morning and evening. It is expected to rain in Lankaran-Astara region. Mild west wind will blow. The temperature will be 6hellip;11 C at night, 15hellip;20 in the daytime and in mountains 1hellip;6 C at night, 8hellip;13 C in the daytime.
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  • Women role in OIC development discussed in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:04
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    /AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Baku is hosting the fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    The conference kicked off on October 21 with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. It is attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries, AzerTag news agency reported.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the fourth conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto hailed the organization of the conference.

    Underlining the importance of developing women`s role in the society, Prayono Atiyanto said the previous conference was held in Jakarta and very important decisions were adopted. He expressed confidence that the Baku conference would contribute to the protection of women`s rights and expansion of their role in society.

    Prayono Atiyanto expressed regret over the existence of different obstacles to strengthening women`s role in society, especially increasing their activities in political field.

    "A lot of works must be done to remove the obstacles. Women`s economic freedom and gender issue are still a main problem in some countries. The aim of the conference is to combine our efforts to resolve the problems facing women, and we believe that we can accomplish the mission," he said.

    Hijran Huseynova, Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs highlighted the agenda of the conference, noting that the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States.

    Huseynova further said the gender problem could be settled only by well-educated and experienced women. She provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s policy towards strengthening a family institute, protecting the rights of women and children, and ensuring gender equality.

    Touching upon Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, the Committee chair noted that more than a million of Azerbaijanis, including 400,000 women and 300,000 children are living as refugees and IDPs. She also underlined women`s role at parliamentary and municipal levels.

    Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in turn, expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the organization of the conference.

    He said such conferences open up wide opportunities for women in the process of development.

    "We have to combine our efforts to eliminate problems that women face," Naeem Khan said.

    Heimo Laakkonen, Director of UNFPA`s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia also hailed Mehriban Aliyeva's efforts for supporting the conference.

    Laakkonen stressed that women must play a role in adoption of international norms.

    Speaking on the UNFPA-OIC cooperation, Laakkonen said great success has been achieved in reducing the number of maternal deaths during child-bearing, protecting honor and dignity of women and enlightening them.

    Later, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the conference.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The MoU will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experiences.

    The fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States will end on October 21 with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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  • Turkey OKs documents on TANAP
    21.10.2014 14:48
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved two additional documents on the implementation of the Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) gas pipeline project, local media said on October 21.

    The approved documents are the memorandums which were signed by the Turkish government and the TANAP consortium on May 26, 2014.

    TANAP, developed by SOCAR in collaboration with Turkish Botas and the energy company TPAO, will deliver Shah Deniz's gas to the Turkish-Greek border from eastern Turkey.

    The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year. TANAP will link up with Trans-Adriatic (TAP) pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border. About six billion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to Turkey and the rest to Europe. The costs of the TANAP project are estimated at $10 billion to $11 billion.
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  • Turkey not to buy Azerbaijani gas by take or pay principle
    21.10.2014 14:30
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    Taner Yildiz: ''Turkey will abandon ''take or pay'' principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year".

    Turkey will abandon "take or pay" principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year, said the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz in his interview to NTV channel, APA reports.

    According to him, Turkey puts an end to "take or pay" principle from Russia last year: "Turkey will abandon this principle with Iran at the end of this year, with Azerbaijan from next year. We pay for gas that we don't buy. Advances of these payments are our citizens' money. I think we will solve this".

    Turkey buys gas from Iran for $490 per 1,000 cubic meters, from Azerbaijan for $335 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    Russia sells gas to Turkey for $425 per 1,000 cm.
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  • EU welcomes Azerbaijani President's pardon order
    21.10.2014 14:29
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    EU has welcomed the pardon decree signed by the President of Azerbaijan.

    The European Union on Monday welcomed the recent release of 84 prisoners, including four pro-democracy activists, by the government of Azerbaijan under a pardon order signed by President Ilham Aliyev, APA reports quoting RTT News.

    "We greet this amnesty as a positive first step in reversing the trend of recent months," read a joint statement issued by EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy.

    Stressing on the importance the EU attaches to its ties with Azerbaijan, both Ashton and Fule noted that EU-Azerbaijan bilateral relations have considerable potential to benefit both sides.

    "We share Azerbaijan's desire for a stable, secure, and prosperous future for the country and remain convinced that an open and inclusive national dialogue, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments as a member and current Chair of the Council of Europe, is the best path to achieving this goal," the statement added.
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  • Participants of Ministerial Conference pay respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
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    Baku, October 21 AzerTAc

    Participants of the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States have today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The conference participants then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity, and laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • IAEA says Iran complies with nuclear deal
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Ahead of new round of the nuclear talks, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed Iran's commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with six world powers in 2013.

    The monthly update report by the IAEA published on October 20, reads that Tehran is continuing to meet its commitments under the interim accord that came into effect in January, Press TV reported.

    The report said Iran has taken an additional step under the deal and diluted over 4,100 kg of uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of up to 2 percent down to the level of natural uranium.

    Last November, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States - plus Germany clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, in July they agreed to extend their talks until November 24, as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

    Over the four months of the deal's extension, Iran is to receive $2.8 billion previously frozen oil revenue kept in banks abroad, in addition to the $4.2 billion it got earlier.

    As part of the Geneva deal, Iran suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment. Iran then started to dilute and oxidize its 196-kg stockpile of 20-percent-enriched uranium.

    The UN body has been publishing monthly reports on Iran's commitments under the comprehensive deal. The IAEA report could be a positive factor ahead of a November deadline for clinching a long-term deal on West-Iran nuclear dispute.
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  • Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash
    21.10.2014 13:06
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow.

    His corporate jet collided with a snow plough and then was engulfed in flames. All four people on board were killed.

    Mr de Margerie, 63, had been chief executive of Europe's third largest oil company since 2007. He was highly regarded within the oil industry.
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  • Longest poem of classical-era unearthed in western Turkey
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    The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers a treasure trove of data to historians and philologists.

    Excavations around the Hecatomnus Mausoleum in the western province of MuДџla's Milas district have unearthed a written stela that dates back over two millennia, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers very important data to historians and philologists, according to academics.

    The stela, which is estimated to have been written for the ruler of its era, is in the poetry format and the longest among other similar classical-era findings.

    According to information provided by the Milas Uzunyuva Project Epigraph Professor Christian Marek, the writing on the stela has a poetical language in a style called "catalectic trochaic tetrameter."

    There are 121 lines in the stela, although its upper surface has been eroded. It is estimated that the stela was erected at the end of fourth century B.C. or at the beginning of the third century B.C.
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  • CIS countries discuss North-South railway project in Baku
    21.10.2014 12:24
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    Baku hosts the 61st meeting of the CIS Road Transport Counsel.

    Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Counsel, the Head of Russian Railways, stated at opening of the meeting that one of the main topics to be discussed will be the North-South railway project, which is important for Azerbaijan, as well as for other participants, abc.az reports.

    The parties will also discuss a report on the Counsel's activity over 9 months, implementation of the agreement on application of uniform administration system in freight cars fleet, tariff policy for international shipments in 2015 freight year etc.
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    21.10.2014 12:08
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    Armenian armed forces have broken ceasefire with Azerbaijan 14 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said on Oct.21.

    Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located near the villages of Kuropatkino of the Khojavend district, Mehdili of the Jabrayil district, as well as the nameless heights of the Fizuli and Khojavend districts.

    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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  • Nature Museum to be launched in Azerbaijan
    21.10.2014 11:54
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    Ilham Aliyev approved the relevant concept.

    On October 20 the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev approved the "Concept of the Nature Museum on the geology, paleontology, mineralogy and fauna of the Republic of Azerbaijan."

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the decree the Nature Museum will be created at the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

    The main purpose of this museum is to ensure effective organization, demonstrate the geological past of the country, flora and fauna, and the history of the formation of human cultural development, environmental conditions in the ancient and modern stages.

    The visitors of the museum (the republic's citizens and foreigners) will be able to get acquainted with the modern unique flora and fauna of Azerbaijan.

    In addition, the museum plans to organize seminars and competitions, lectures for high schoolers and students, teachers and researchers.

    According to the concept, in addition to public funds, the foreign and local investors will be involved in the implementation of the project.
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  • Obama compares Russia's policy with Ebola threat, Islamic State
    21.10.2014 11:33
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    US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one of the three main reasons Americans should worry about.

    US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one of the three main reasons Americans should worry about, along with the Ebola virus and the Islamic State terrorist group, RIA Novosti reports.

    "But people are still anxious. And they're anxious for three reasons: one, internationally, we're seeing a tumultuous time in the Middle East... The Ebola crisis... The situation in Ukraine and Russia's aggression - that has concerned people. So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas," Obama stated Monday.

    Earlier, such statements by Obama were met with sharp criticism from Moscow.

    For the first time, Barack Obama used the comparison of Russia with terrorists and the Ebola virus in the September speech at the UN General Assembly.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry called Obama's speech "a set of cliches and propaganda slogans." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that such estimates were "beyond good and evil."
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  • Azerbaijan to launch 2nd combined cycle power plant
    21.10.2014 11:13
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's main electricity producer Azerenergy JSC will put into operation the second combined cycle power plant at the Shimal power plant in the first quarter of 2015, Head of Azerenergy JSC, Etibar Pirverdiyev, said on October 20.

    He added that the Shimal power plant plays an important role in Absheron peninsula's total power supply."The work on the construction of the new unit is underway and it will be commissioned by June 2015," Pirverdiyev noted.The new unit is being constructed pursuant to an agreement signed with Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation. The new plant's capacity will be 409 megawatts in total.Pirverdiyev said over 10,000 kilometers of power supply lines, more than 1,500 substations and about 8 small hydro power plants have been repaired and constructed in Azerbaijan in recent years. "The work on construction of small hydro power plants is underway and several facilities of this kind will be commissioned before long," he added.Today, the Shimal power plant meets around 25 percent of Baku and Absheron's power need. The figure will reach 35-40 percent as soon as the second unit is commissioned.The Shimal power plant is currently consisted of one combined cycle power plant with the capacity of 400 megawatts.The capacity of Azerbaijan's total power supply system has increased by 40 percent over the last ten years and hit 7,100 megawatts, which allows to export some 2,300 megawatts of the electricity.

    Azerbaijan's present electricity capacity is based on 14 thermal and 10 hydro power plants .The South Caucasus country carries out power exchange with its neighboring states such as Georgia, Iran and Russia.
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  • Ministry of Transport of Azerbaijan granted new powers
    21.10.2014 10:58
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    The President signed the corresponding decree.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on amendments to the "Regulations on the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan."

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that it was decided to add item 8.8-2 to the "Regulations on the Transport Ministry of Azerbaijan Republic" as follows:

    "8.8-2. The Unified State Register of highways."

    Thus, the Ministry of Transport are given the authority to introduce the Unified State Register of highways.
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  • Armenian activist sentenced to prison
    21.10.2014 10:49
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A political activist in Armenia was sentenced to 4 years in prison after a year of court hearings.

    The court found guilty the leader of the Tsegakron party, Shant Harutunyan and his political fellows of hooliganism during an anti-government rally on November 5, 2013.

    Harutunyan and his supporters were also accused of using life-threatening violence against the government.

    Human rights activists in Armenia claim that the authorities have deliberately altered the verdict to blame Shant Harutunyan for criminal action. Harutunyan was arrested on November 5, 2013, with his followers in Yerevan's Liberty Square during an anti-governmental rally. They are accused of attempting to start a "revolution" in the country. Police claimed that the protesters used homemade firecrackers and truncheons during the massive rally.

    A number of local and international human rights activists view Harutunyan and his followers as political prisoners since their arrest.

    Member of the Prosperous Armenia party, Naira Zohrabyan commented on Harutunyan's sentence saying the court system in Armenia proved itself as the most dependent in the world after it confirmed the case against Tsegakron party leader.

    "If one citizen decides to believe in court system and claim that it is independent, his or her name should immediately be registered at the Guinness Records Book," Zohrabyan noted.

    Judicial system in Armenia is losing its influence day by day to become an untrusted institution in the country. Courts in Armenia have turned to a source of injustice as judges act under the instructions of authorities rather than the constitution.

    "Armenia lacks a fair judicial system as all decisions are adopted at the presidential administration," Head of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly's Vanadzor office, Artur Sakunts has earlier said.

    The Deputy Head of the Heritage Party Armen Martirosyan said Armenia would roll back to the feudal system by increasing political detentions.

    "If the authorities continue to arrest the citizens like Shant Harutunyan and appoint criminals like Souren Khachatryan to mayoral post, the country will soon roll down to the ancient feudal system," Martirosyan added.

    He went on saying that the Armenian society should be consolidated in a way to get rid of the ruling regime.

    Harutunyan's verdict has once again showed the reality of the biased and puppet judicial system in Armenia. The authorities confirm the courts' illicit activities, instead of stopping them. Unsubstantiated sentence of Shant Harutunyan harbingers the decadence of courts and emergence of coward judges in the ex-Soviet country.

    The Human Rights Report 2013 indicated that Armenian judicial system is tainted with corruption and political pressure. Global Corruption Barometer 2013 backed this fact by stating that almost three out of four surveyed citizens in Armenia accepted the judiciary to be an extremely corrupt institution. Judges themselves in Armenia are suspected to be engaged in corrupt activities. Nations in Transit 2013 data reports that there are a number of ongoing investigations into the records of some judges suspected of accepting bribes.
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  • AAM plans to become leading precious metals, copper producer in Caucasus
    21.10.2014 10:43
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Anglo Asian Mining plc, a company involved in the extraction of precious metals in Azerbaijan, plans to become the most leading precious metals and copper producer in the Caucasus.

    The company has released its report for the third quarter of 2014. The report shows that gold production of the company increased by 2.8 percent to 16,178 ounces from 15,736 ounces produced in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, the company produced 11,318 ounces.

    Silver production for the third quarter totaled 5,504 ounces, decreasing from the second quarter, when 8,785 ounces of silver were produced. Copper production for the period totaled 210 tons.

    Overall, Anglo Asian's production in the nine months of the year reached 43,232 ounces of gold, 27,419 ounces of silver and 580 tons of copper.

    Anglo Asian CEO Reza Vaziri said: "As we achieved solid gold sales for the period, the Company's three year sales contract for copper concentrate also positively impacted our bottom line for the quarter."

    The company is actively pursuing options to increase gold recovery to achieve the target of circa 62,000 ounces for the year in light of the ore currently being mined at Gadabay, which has a high copper content.

    The company's target for copper production from its SART operation remains at 750 tons for 2014.

    Although gaining a considerable amount of ore mined with a high copper content is a tough mission, Anglo Asian believes that the stockpiles of ore totaling 379,000 tons will provide an attractive opportunity.

    "We are evaluating the construction of a small scale flotation plant suited to process this type of ore to produce a copper and precious metals concentrate. This will be a pilot plant for a future full-scale copper recovery plant. This would create a further production stream which will enhance our production profile as a leading precious metals and copper producer in Caucasus," he said.

    The company has sold 13,797 ounces of its gold in the third quarter, at an average of $1,281 per ounce.

    The copper concentrate shipments to the customers totaled 250 dry metric tons, containing 123 tons of copper and 6,639 ounces of silver at the period.

    The aggregate gold sales in the nine months reached 37,343 ounces of gold at an average of $1,291 per ounce and cumulative sales of copper concentrate at $2.9 million.

    Earlier, the company reported that it wrapped up the first half of 2014 with losses. The pretax loss of the company increased from $4.2 million at the same period of last year to $7.5 million as of June 30, 2014.

    A report by the company said, Anglo Asian Mining's revenue for the first half-year was estimated at $32.7 million. This comes as during the same period of 2013, the revenue reached $27.6 million.

    The company has also signed an exclusive sales contract with Industrial Minerals SA, a Geneva based integrated trading, mining and logistics group, for its copper concentrates. The contract is aimed at ensuring future sales revenues from this production stream.

    Under the terms of the sales agreement, Industrial Minerals will purchase both dry and wet copper concentrates.

    Anglo-Asian Mining has 75 tons of dry copper concentrate and 550 tons of wet copper concentrate stockpiles ready to sell.

    The company has the right to develop six deposits in the south-west of Azerbaijan - Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gyzyl Bulag, Vezhnali, and Soyutlu- under a production sharing agreement signed in August 1997 with Azerbaijan's government.

    The resource base of the company exceeds 36 tons of gold, 292 tons of silver and 94.000 tons of copper.
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  • Armenians fire on Azerbaijani positions 14 times
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    The ceasefire was violated 14 times in various directions of the frontline throughout the day.

    APA reports quoting the website of the Defense Ministry, Armenian armed units fired on the Azerbaijani positions from the posts near Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region as well as nameless uplands in Fuzuli and Khojavand regions on the night of October 20-21.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Bosnian coach refuses to train Azerbaijan's squad even for 3 m
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    Sušić does not consider our proposal seriously.

    The proposal made '‹'‹by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) to Safet Suscaron;iД‡ has been made public.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Azerifootball.com that according to the reliable information, AFFA representatives contacted the 59-year-old Bosnian specialist, offering to lead the national team of Azerbaijan. The annual amount of the contract is $ 3 m.

    In turn, Suscaron;ić did not take Azerbaijan's proposal for serious.

    Currently, Suscaron;ić leads the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he brought to the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

    Ethnic Turk Suscaron;ić has long worked in the Turkish clubs such as "Konyaspor", "Ankaraspor" and "Chaykur Rizespor." He has been heading the national team of his country since 2009.
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  • Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers win 3 medals at Intercontinental Cup
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    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers win 3 medals at Intercontinental Cup.

    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers have claimed three medals at the 6th Intercontinental Cup in Dagestan.

    Mahammad Muslumov and Aleksandr Gostiyev grabbed silver medals, while Jabrayil Hasanov scooped bronze medal of the tournament.
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  • Switzerland and Ukraine triumph in Mountain Bike Test Event
    21.10.2014 09:52
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    The Baku 2015 European Games Mountain Bike test event was hailed a resounding success as Switzerlandв's Martin Fanger and Ukraineв's Iana Belomoina claimed victory.

    Fanger, 26, won the men's race in a time of 1:37.52 with a dominating performance to finish first ahead of fellow countryman Marc Stutzmann, with Dimitrios Antoniadis of Greece in third.

    Belomoina, 21, claimed the women's title in a time of 1:24.46 with a powerful performance in windy conditions ahead of the Swiss duo of Kathrin Stirnemann and Linda Indergand.

    In the men's race, world number 35 Fanger started as favourite and said afterwards: "The course was nice. Some sections were technical, and there were some nice downhills, but with the wind it was hard at times. It wasn't easy with the sand and the gravel - some corners were very technical."

    Fanger praised the Baku Prepares event and added: "The organisation was very good. It is important to hold a test event like this and I am very happy with how it went."

    Belomoina, the world number 22, said after her victory: "The course and organisation was very high level but it was very windy which caused some problems for us, but I feel very good and think this test event will be a stimulus for me to get prepared for the Baku 2015 European Games."

    Pierce O'Callaghan, Baku 2015 Director of Sport, said: "The Baku Prepares Mountain Bike test event was an excellent event that was perfect preparation for next year's inaugural European Games.

    "This was the first international mountain bike event ever staged here, and only the second mountain bike event, so it has been a huge success. We will be reviewing and improving the course before next year's Games to make sure it pushes athletes to their limits.

    "Congratulations to the athletes who secured a top three finish and we look forward to hopefully welcoming them back here again next year."

    Mr Thierry Marechal, European Cycling Union Mountain Bike technical delegate, said: "The Baku Prepares test event was a superb competition in a new and challenging location for the athletes.

    "Both races were quality entertainment, and we were extremely pleased with the thorough and professional organisation of the event."

    The Baku 2015 European Games will offer ranking points in all three Cycling disciplines for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
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  • Turkey lets Kurdish fighters cross into Kobane
    21.10.2014 09:43
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    Turkey has been providing assistance to forces from the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cross into the Syrian border town of Kobane in order to fight against jihadists.

    The statement came from Turkey's foreign minister, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "We are helping the Peshmerga cross into Kobane. Our discussions are still underway," Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu said during a joint press conference with Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi.

    Although ÇavuЕџoДџlu did not elaborate on the ongoing discussions, Foreign Ministry sources confirmed that crossings of Peshmerga forces through Turkey had already begun.

    Turkey had been in "full cooperation with the international coalition over Kobane," ÇavuЕџoДџlu said.

    "We have never wanted Kobane to fall [into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL] and never will. Turkey has made every effort to prevent that. Turkey sent humanitarian assistance and medical equipment. We have been in full cooperation with coalition forces for Kobane. We want the region to be cleaned of all threats," he said.

    Arms are for joint fighters defending Kobane

    The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered on Oct. 19 weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq "in the vicinity of Kobane, Syria, to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against ISIL."

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu said Turkey viewed that U.S. air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting in Kobane as part of these efforts.

    The forces fighting in Kobane are not only from the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), he said, noting that there seven or eight other groups of Syrian rebels that formed a joint operations room for the defense of the town called "Euphrates Volcano."

    Turkey agrees with the U.S. and other allies that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only group which should be supported as it is fighting both ISIL and the Bashar al-Assad regime, ÇavuЕџoДџlu said.

    He renewed calls for the PYD to cooperate with the wider FSA opposition and to abandon its efforts to carve out autonomous Kurdish regions in Syria. The PYD will not obtain Turkey's support so long as it continues to pursue its goal of controlling a specific part of Syria, he said.

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu's statement came after a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama to President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan on the weekend, during which he gave advance notice to his Turkish counterpart of its plans to deliver arms to the Syrian Kurds.

    "President Obama spoke to ErdoДџan yesterday and was able to notify him of our intent to do this and the importance that we put on it," Reuters quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.

    Turkish diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News that the U.S. military did not use Turkish air space in air-dropping arms from the KRG to the People's Protection Units (YPG), as the YPG continues to battle the Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane.

    Meanwhile, U.S. military air-drop of arms was a response to a crisis situation and did not represent a change in U.S. policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Oct. 20.

    "We talked with Turkish authorities - I did, the president did, to make it very, very clear that this is not a shift in policy by the United States. It is a crisis moment, an emergency," Kerry told reporters on a visit to Indonesia, adding that it was a "momentary effort."

    PYD, PKK the same for ErdoДџan

    The Turkish government views the PYD with deep suspicion because of its ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and has previously turned down requests for it to open a land corridor so that Kobane could be resupplied from other Kurdish areas of northern Syria.

    ErdoДџan recently equated the PYD with the PKK, describing both as terrorist organizations.

    "It will be very wrong for America with whom we are allied and who we are together with in NATO to expect us to say lsquo;yes' [to supporting the PYD] after openly announcing such support for a terrorist organization," he said Oct. 18.
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  • For Turkey the YPG and IS is in the same category of terrorist organizations
    21.10.2014 09:38
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    News.Az interviews Ekrem Eddy GГјzeldere, free-lance journalist and political analyst based in Istanbul.

    How dangerous is IS for the entire region?

    In theory, IS threatens all states of the region, including the Sunni majority countries. Even if the man power is currently limited, IS has also many sympathizers within the populations of non-conquered regions, which bears the danger of terrorist attacks in countries far away from the battle fields.

    How would you describe position of Turkey on this threat?

    Turkey currently is not threatened by IS, because in the course of the liberation of 49 hostages (46 being Turkish citizens) there were negotiations between Turkey and IS. These included the liberation of IS inmates from Turkish prisons, but probably also longer term arrangements of non-involvement. With its current size and weapons IS cannot attack Turkey, which has the second biggest NATO army and would immediately get help from other NATO members. However, if Turkey participates more actively in the fight against IS, then terrorist attacks of IS cells within Turkey could occur.

    What is the main problem in discussions between Turkey and the US on IS?

    For Turkey the YPG and IS is in the same category of terrorist organizations. For Turkey it is a fight between two terror groups, none of them should be supported. For the US, most Arab countries and other Western countries, there is a difference between the two organizations, one brutal attacker and a defender, which is, even being also violent, more civilized, democratic and modern and therefore legitimate to be supported against IS.

    Are you sure that Ankara will finally agree to give permission for the American military operation in Syria via Turkish territory?

    It seems as if this support has already started. There is a huge diplomatic pressure on Turkey to allow more support for the Kurds in Kobani and it seems that this pressure bears fruit.

    According to Kurdish side, Turkey doesn't want to involve to the military operation in Syria because is interested in killings "as many Kurds as possible". What do you think about that?

    For Turkey, the YPG, PYD or any other party and organizations linked to the PKK is a counter model to its own policies. The organization in Rojava, of which Kobani is one of three cantons, follows a model developed by imprisoned PKK leader Öcalan. The system is secular, there is a high woman quota, the administrations are multi-lingual as is the education system. Turkey is more than uncomfortable that if this system is successful, it could be a model for other countries where Kurds live, including Turkey. Therefore if Turkey could chose between the PYD and IS as its neighbour, it would prefer the latter.

    Azerbaijan has no border with Syria but IS has already voiced a threat to come to the Caucasus. Is it serious for our country?

    In theory also Azerbaijan is on the list of countries to be conquered, but as you rightly say the geographical distance is quite big and there are several countries with also big armies in between, so for the time being I wouldn't worry.
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  • President allocates AZN 2m for socio-economic development of Dashkasan
    21.10.2014 09:10
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on speeding up socio-economic development of Dashkasan District, APA reports.

    AZN 2 million has been allocated from the President's reserve fund to the Dashkasan District Executive Authority with the view of accelerating socio-economic development of Dashkasan District.

    The Ministry of Finance is to provide financing.
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  • Russian warships leave Baku
    21.10.2014 08:58
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    The ships of Russiaв's Caspian Flotilla '" the Dagestan guard ship and the Grad Sviyazhsk small missile ship '" have today left Baku and sailed to Astrakhan, APA reports.

    Two Russia's warships arrived in Azerbaijan on October 16 after their visits to Aktau port of Kazakhstan and Anzali port of Iran. The purpose of the visit was to develop friendly ties between the naval forces of the two countries.

    This is the third visit of the ships of Russia's Caspian Flotilla to Baku in the last three years. Last year, three warships of Azerbaijani Naval Forces visited Astrakhan port.
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  • Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva meets Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs
    20.10.2014 22:49
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva has today met Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, who is in Baku to attend the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva expressed hope that the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States would be a success. The first lady thanked Shahindokht Molaverdi for attending the event.

    Saying cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran covered various fields, Mrs. Aliyeva noted that the two countries` presidents met three times this year. She stressed the reciprocal visits and meetings contributed to strengthening relations between the two countries even further. The first lady expressed confidence that the international conference in Baku would play an important role in addressing the challenges facing women.

    Iranian Vice-President Shahindokht Molaverdi thanked for the invitation to the conference. Saying it is her first visit to Baku, the Vice-President expressed hope that the conference would contribute to increasing women`s role in Islamic states.

    Then they posed for photographs.
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  • Azerbaijan, Jordan sign MoU on cooperation in family, women and children affairs
    20.10.2014 22:14
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    The State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States in Baku.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The Memorandum will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experience.
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  • Nargiz Pashayeva: Baku will host important event on science and education in summer next year
    20.10.2014 21:45
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    "I won't be wrong if I say that Baku will host the important event on science and education. This is the 47th international chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren. This tremendous event will be held for the first time in Baku at our university. This event is important since it will involve 250 schoolchildren from 80 countries. In addition, we will welcome about 250 scientists, chemists and teachers," said rector of the Baku branch of the Moscow State University, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Philological Sciences Nargiz Pashayeva at a meeting with a delegation of the chemistry department of the Moscow State University headed by its dean Valery Lunin.

    The aim of the Russian delegation's visit was to discuss preparation for the 47th international chemistry Olympiad to be held in 2015 at the Baku Branch of the Moscow State University.

    Nargiz Pashayeva noted that such international events involve teachers and students from various countries.

    "The main aim of the Olympiad is to raise interest in the chemical science both in the scientific community and as part of educational programs. The 46th Olympia took place in summer this year in Hanoi and its flag was handed over to us. Now it is safely kept at our universityhellip; An excellent and successful conduct of such an event is the support to the image of Azerbaijan," she added.

    For his part, Lunin underlined that the 47th international Olympiad to be held for the first time in Azerbaijan is the unique event in the history of the country, international Olympiads and branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

    "I am sure that the Olympiad with Nargiz Pashayeva as chairman of its organizing committee will be successful. It is going to be the glorious chapter in the history of the Baku branch of the Moscow State University. The event will help educate the participants, the whole world on the huge amount of positive information on Azerbaijan," he said.

    The dean also met with the first-year students of the chemistry department of the Baku branch.

    The decision to hold the Olympiad at the Baku branch was made in July 2012 in Washington. Azerbaijan is the second country after Russia in the post-soviet area to win the bid to host the international chemistry Olympiad.

    The organizing committee chaired by Nargiz Pashayeva has done much work including the first edition of the Catalyzer, the Olympiad newspaper, the website of the Olympiad, tentative program of requirements for the Olympiad participants etc.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets incoming Serbian Ambassador
    20.10.2014 21:45
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has today met newly appointed Ambassador of Serbia Nebojsa Rodic.

    The Ambassador handed over a copy of his credentials to Elmar Mammadyarov.

    During the meeting, Mammadyarov said relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia had been developing rapidly, and wished Rodic success in his diplomatic activities.

    The diplomat noted that he would spare no efforts to contribute to developing traditional friendly ties between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
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  • ETTU President pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    20.10.2014 21:30
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Ronald Kramer has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    He also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The ETTU President then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    Ronald Kramer laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Azerbaijan, Albania discuss interparliamentary cooperation prospects
    20.10.2014 21:22
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan and Albania have explored ways of developing cooperation between legislative bodies as the two countries` parliament speakers met in Baku.

    Speaker of the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijani Parliament, Ogtay Asadov hailed relations between the two countries, saying they were "bound together by deep historic ties". "We have friendship groups at the parliaments, and our parliamentarians share common views in international organizations. And this is a vivid evidence of the development of relations." Mr. Asadov stressed the importance of increasing the number of reciprocal visits by Azerbaijani and Albanian officials. He also noted the necessity of developing economic cooperation between the two countries. "I am confident that several projects, including TAP and TANAP energy projects will push the development of economic relations," Mr. Asadov said.

    He also highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and thanked the Albanian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s position.

    Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta said his country pays special attention to relations with Azerbaijan. He underlined the existing potential for expanding economic relations between the two countries. Mr. Meta noted the importance of developing humanitarian cooperation.
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  • Azerbaijan to join Womex music festival
    20.10.2014 21:20
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    An Azerbaijani delegation will attend the 20th international Womex music festival in Spain.

    An Azerbaijani jazz group led by Elchin Shirinov will also perform as part of the festival.

    WOMEX is an international world music support and development project, whose main event is an exposition held annually in different locations throughout Europe. It integrates a trade fair, showcases, conferences, film screenings, networking sessions, and awards. Musicians and their labels have the possibility to make contacts for international touring and album distribution.

    The 2014 edition of WOMEX will be held in Santiago de Compostela, and next year's edition will take the trade fair to Budapest.

    Although WOMEX is primarily intended for professionals and trade visitors within the world music scene, locals and tourists can buy tickets for most of the evening showcases.

    Each year, WOMEX presents an award to artists or professionals for special achievements in the international music industry.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the President of Rosneft
    20.10.2014 21:05
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of Rosneft state company of the Russian Federation Igor Sechin.

    During the meeting, the parties highlighted the projects jointly implemented by Rosneft and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic in both countries. The sides also discussed prospects for cooperation.
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  • Azerbaijan, Austria discuss prospects for cooperation
    20.10.2014 20:49
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has today met Second President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament Karlheinz Kopf to discuss prospects for cooperation.

    During the meeting, they stressed the importance of interparliamentary relations in terms of the development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

    The two also discussed cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, energy, culture and education.
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