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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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  • Baku 2015 European Games signs broadcasting agreements with five countries
    21.11.2014 23:14
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Baku 2015 European Games has today announced that broadcasting agreements have now been signed with a further five European countries.

    Deals are now in place that will see the inaugural European Games screened in Albania, Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova and Slovakia.

    These deals are the latest to be signed in a succession of recent announcements that have seen Baku 2015 secure deals across Europe including in Turkey, France and Germany, as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Japan.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are delighted to now be able to confirm that the inaugural European Games will be broadcast in these five additional countries.

    "It will be important for supporters around Europe to be able to follow their athletes' achievements in Baku 2015, and this range of multi-media broadcasting deals will ensure they are able to do just that.

    "I expect further announcements both within Europe and wider globally over the coming weeks to build on the 34 countries already announced."

    Mr Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director, said: "These deals will ensure that the best of the action at Baku 2015 will be brought to passionate sports fans across the continent.

    "We are confident that many more agreements will be announced very soon, which will ensure maximum coverage of the European Games all around the world."

    In Albania, the rights have been awarded to Tring Media; in Belarus, to Belarus 5; in Luxembourg, to Radio Television Luxembourg; in Moldova, to Moldova Sport TV; and in Slovakia to DIGI Sport.

    Meanwhile, today Baku will host the European Olympic Committees General Assembly, where senior Baku 2015 executives will provide detailed updates on preparations for the inaugural European Games to delegates.
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  • Ganja hosts round table on Azerbaijan-NATO relations
    21.11.2014 22:34
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    Ganja, November 21, AzerTAc

    A round table titled "Azerbaijan-NATO relations in Euro-Atlantic security system" has been held in the city of Ganja.

    NATO Officer-Coordinator for the South Caucasus William Lahu delivered a report at the event.

    Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Nadir Sarachli spoke of the country`s contributions to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. He also stressed the importance of Azerbaijan-NATO partnership, and highlighted Azerbaijan`s contributions to NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Interior Minister meets Georgian State Minister for Diaspora Issues
    21.11.2014 22:20
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    Mr. Usubov recalled national leader Heydar Aliyev`s undeniable services in establishing and developing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Minister said the two countries` nations enjoyed historical friendship ties. He noted that representatives of different religions and nationalities have always lived in an atmosphere of tolerance and friendship in Azerbaijan.

    The Interior Minister also briefed Gela Dumbadze on progress achieved and reforms carried out in Azerbaijan. He stressed the importance of further boosting cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Gela Dumbadze said he was an advisor in the Embassy of Georgia in Azerbaijan in 2001-2005, and shared his memories about national leader Heydar Aliyev.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
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  • 23 years have passed since Armenians shot down military helicopter with Azerbaijani political elite on board - COMPLETE LIST OF VICTIMS
    21.11.2014 21:26
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    Baku - APA. Today is the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in Azerbaijan's history of independence.

    23 years have passed since the Armenian terrorists shot down helicopter MI-8 near the Garakend village of Khodjavand District on November 20, 1991, APAreports.

    22 people - State Secretary Tofig Ismayilov, Deputy Prime Minister Zulfu Hajiyev, State Advisor, former Interior Minister Mahammad Asadov, Prosecutor General Ismat Gayibov, parliamentarians Vagif Jafarov and Vali Mammadov, Department Chief of the President's Office Osman Mirzayev, First Deputy Minister of International Affairs of Kazakhstan S. Serikov, employee of Azerbaijan State TV and Radio Ali Mustafayev and others were killed as a result of the tragedy.

    We remind victims of "Mi-8" helicopter crash took place on November 20, 1991:

    - Tofig Ismailov Kazim oglu Secretary of State, Azerbaijan

    - Ismat Gayibov Ismayil oglu Public Prosecutor General, Azerbaijan

    - Mahammad Asadov Nabi oglu State Advisor, Azerbaijan

    - Zulfi Hajiyev Saleh oglu Deputy Prime Minister, Azerbaijan

    - Vagif Jafarov Jafar oglu Member of Parliament, Azerbaijan

    - Vali Mammadov Huseyn oglu Member of Parliament, Azerbaijan

    - Osman Mirzayev Mirza Huseyn oglu Head of Presidential Administration, Azerbaijan

    - Gurban Namazaliyev Huseyn oglu Deputy Prime Minister of --Amelioration and Water Management, Azerbaijan

    - Igor Aleksandrovich Plavski Public Prosecutor of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO), Azerbaijan

    - Vladimir Vladimirovich Kovalyov Head of Ministry of Internal Affairs of NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Sergey Semyonovich Ivanov Head of department of National Security Ministry, NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Nikolay Vladimirovich Jinkin Commandant for Emergency Situations of NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Sanlal Dasumovich Serikov Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Kazakhstan

    - Mikhail Dmitriyevich Lukashov MVD, Major General, Russia

    - Oleg Nikolayevich Kocherev MVD, Lieutenant Colonel, Russia

    - Rafig Mammadov Mammad oglu Aide to Secretary of State, Azerbaijan

    - Ali Mustafayev Mustafa oglu Journalist, Azerbaijani State TV[9]

    - Arif Huseynzadeh Ismail oglu Lights technician, Azerbaijani State TV

    - Fakhraddin Shahbazov Ibrahim oglu Cameraman, Azerbaijani State TV

    - Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Kotov Commander of helicopter crew

    - Gennadiy Vladimirovich Domov Member of the helicopter crew

    - Dmitry Borisovich Yarovenko Member of the helicopter crew
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  • Explosion, gunfire rock Kabul, killing 4 attackers
    21.11.2014 21:26
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    Baku-APA. At least four attackers were killed as an explosion and ensuing gunshots rocked a fortified residential compound used by foreign staffs of UN and other international organizations in eastern part of Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday night, sources said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    "A suicide car bomb targeted around the entrance gate of the compound named Green Village which locates in Pul-i-Charkhi area at about 8:50 p.m. (GMT1420), and following the attack armed militants tried to enter the complex," a police officer near the site told Xinhua.

    All residents in the complex were shifted to bunkers and they were safe, the source said, adding that the security forces rushed to the site after the blast and launched a counter-attack to secure the area.

    General Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the deputy minister of interior affairs, said in his twitter account that four attackers were killed in the blast and firing and no security guard or occupant of the building were injured in the incident.

    "We still cannot provide details on causalities. There is fear of possible causalities," the police officer who declined to be named said.

    "Details will be revealed to public later as the sporadic gunshots still could be heard," the source added.

    The government troops immediately cordoned off the area shortly after the blast.

    No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack, but the Taliban routinely claim responsibility for such attacks.

    It is the third attack on Green Village over the past couple of years.

    On Tuesday, two security guards and three Taliban militants were killed and three civilians were wounded after the Taliban launched similar attack on a private security company at the same locality.
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  • Azerbaijani diaspora seeks debates on Khojaly Genocide in Swedish Parliament
    21.11.2014 20:59
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani diaspora in Sweden is seeking the inclusion of discussions on the Khojaly Genocide in the agenda of the Riksdag, the parliament of Sweden.

    Chairman of the Society In the Name of Azerbaijan in Sweden Nadir Hollenbrand discussed the issue with Swedish MP of the Moderate Party Margareta Cederfelt.

    Mr. Hollenbrand provided an insight into the Khojaly Genocide committed by the Armenian armed forces in 1992.

    They exchanged views on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the current situation on the line of contact, particularly the downing of an Armenian helicopter by the Azerbaijani forces.
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  • Armenia's armament and agriculture in danger, say experts
    21.11.2014 19:58
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Experts warned about the next unpleasant consequences in Armenia following the official start of its activity within the Eurasian Economic Union.

    EEU integration will cause pains in the armament and agricultural fields in Armenia given the specific terms and conditions of the Russia-lead alliance, said Daniel Ionnisyan, a local expert.

    Ionnisyan noted that Armenian Defense Ministry now pays no extra money to import military equipment.

    "But the process will change after entering the EEU, as Armenia will be forced to pay 18-20 percent tax to the budget of the alliance. If the defense ministry decides to purchase military equipment from non-EEU country, it will have to pay 20 percent tax to the union's common budget," he said.

    Armenia's journey to the EEU started when President Serzh Sargsyan in September, 2013, surprised his European partners with an unexpected decision to join the EEU. Besides confusing the European political players, a sudden change in Armenia's foreign policy direction sparked mixed reactions among residents, hindering them to hold the same position on the issue. Even the analysts and experts supported the people to slap the government's disinclination towards Europe.

    Ovsep Gazaryan, an economic expert, said joining the EEU will deteriorate Armenia's agriculture, particularly the rural credits.

    "Agriculture needs machinery, which is mainly imported from China and Japan. Only 20 percent of the total equipment are brought from the EEU member-states. Integrating into the union will eventually increase the prices of trucks and tractors. Moreover, price hike is also expected for several agricultural products," he noted.

    Experts predicted the kind of products which will predictably hit by price hike from January 1, 2015. Prices for butter, poultry products, egg, pork, fruits and vegetables are expected to rise, challenging Armenians amid weak purchasing power.

    The EEU integration has turned into a real conundrum for the Armenian government. The authorities and people are aware that joining the union will end in a tighter political and economic dependence on Russia. In the other words, it is an insidious threat to the post-Soviet country's sovereignty.
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  • Tel Aviv dubbed '˜worldв's smartest cityв'
    21.11.2014 19:24
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    The city of Tel Aviv won the World Smart Cities Award on Wednesday, trumping over 250 other cities bidding for the title, according to The Times of Israel online newspaper.

    The award, given as part of the annual Smart City Expo World Congress held this week in Barcelona, recognized the White City's initiative in undergoing what Mayor Ron Huldai hailed as a "digital revolution."

    The flagship project of the city's efforts is the pioneering Digi-Tel platform, a residents' membership club and app that provides individually tailored, location-specific information and services.

    The platform creates a direct connection between the city and its residents, providing services ranging from neighborhood road works alerts to discounts, offers and information based upon individual interests.

    Over 90,000 residents have signed up for the membership club to date, Israeli Ynet news site reported.

    The city's efforts to position itself as the Start-up City also included opening up municipal databases to the public in an attempt to increase transparency, as well as offering free WiFi throughout the city - even at the beach.

    "I am pleased the municipality was recognized for its use of technology and creativity found so abundantly in the city," Huldai said.

    Tel Aviv's booth at the expo showcased the city's technologies, in cooperation with high-tech companies such as Motorola Solutions Israel and Microsoft.

    The Smart City Expo, established three years ago, is a leading international convention aimed at fostering municipal innovation. Last year, Rio de Janeiro was the recipient of the Smart Cities Award.
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  • Ryan Gosling ''turned down sexiest man alive title"
    21.11.2014 18:57
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    Chris Hemsworth may been named the Sexiest Man Alive of 2014, but it is being reported that Ryan Gosling who was approached first. The 34-year-old actor is said to have been offered the title by People magazine numerous times, but declined to be featured.

    "They tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011," a source told The Wrap. "The consensus was he's too serious for it, too artsy."

    Despite speculation that Chris was not their first choice, People have insisted that they did not approach Ryan because 'this was not his year'.

    "While I look forward to the day when Ryan Gosling is named Sexiest Man Alive, this was not his year," said the magazine's editorial director Jess Cagle. "Our 2014 honoree Chris Hemsworth was our first and only choice."

    Chris, who takes over the title from Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, revealed his excitement at receiving the title, joking that he was "most excited about the alive portion of that statement, and the sexy part is a bonus."

    The father-of-three, who recently welcomed twins with partner Elsa Pataky, also pointed to his body and quipped that he would like to thank "my parents, I guess, for putting this together".

    Other contenders for the title included Neil Patrick Harris, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Chris Pratt.

    Ryan has garnered a large following since his starring role in The Notebook opposite Rachel McAdams, with fans repeatedly praising his handsome looks, as well as Internet memes of the actor going viral.

    The Canadian actor and actress Eva Mendes welcomed their first child in September, a young girl called Esmeralda. The couple met on the set of 2011 film The Place Beyond the Pines in which they both starred.

    It's been a hectic few weeks for the actor, who was granted a restraining order against a 'stalker' who reportedly sent him various emails and packages.
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  • Jose Mourinho labels Petr Cech transfer rumours as ''Mickey Mouse'' stories
    21.11.2014 18:33
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    ose Mourinho has firmly denied reports suggesting Petr Cech has asked to leave Chelsea '" labelling such suggestionsas 'Mickey Mouseв'stories.

    Cech has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the coming months after losing his starting place toThibaut Courtois following the Belgianв'sreturn from hisloan spellat Atletico Madrid in the summer.

    With his future thought to be uncertain, Chelseaв's London neighbours Arsenal wereclaimed to be close to securing Cechв's signature this winter while AC Milan have alsoemerged as contenders for the 32-year-old in recent days.

    However, Blues boss Mourinho has now rejected the notion that the goalkeeper could be on his way out of the west-London outfit in January after sayingsuch reports lack truth.

    When asked about stories claiming Cech is keento leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football, Mourinho said: 'In which Mickey Mouse website? In which Mickey Mouse blog?

    ''I promise what Iв'm telling you is the truth. On my desk '" and normally all information arrives at my desk '" I have zero proposals.

    ''At this moment ''news'' is coming every day, every minute, every second '" some news on some website, I donв't know where they get the news.

    ''In this moment Cech is our goalkeeper. He has a contract for two more years and is a fantastic professional.

    ''Not once has Petr Cech knocked on my door to inform me about his desire to accept some proposal. That is the truth and there is nothing more I can say''.
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  • Lukashenko plans to work as teacher after political career
    21.11.2014 18:13
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    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko plans to work as a teacher after concluding his political career, SIA reports with refrence to TASS.

    ''When I conclude my career, if I am healthy, I will go to work as a teacher, andI will teach with pleasure,'' he told a seminar at Belarusian State Pedagogical University on Friday.

    The president said the best for him would be the position of a university rector, but he would also agree to teach students.

    Lukashenko said it was necessary to enhance the prestige of the teacher professionin the Belarusian society.

    ''It cannot be solved only by a salary. Many factors influence it. The status of a mentor is inadmissibly low at present. Modern culture also plays its role,'' he said.

    In Soviet times, there were many wonderful books and films about school teachers, but at present, writers, playwrights and film directors present other characters. But it forms a public opinion not in favor of a teacher, Lukashenko said.
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  • EBRD: Azerbaijan improves quality of ICT in Caucasus
    21.11.2014 17:59
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    ICT projects implemented by Azerbaijan are helping to improve the quality of telecommunications in the whole Caucasus, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in its Transition Report 2014.

    Until 2010, the focus was mainly on improving the infrastructure, resulting in communications networks being completely digitalized and the capacity of external internet channels being increased, the report said. The liberalization of the telecommunications market has opened up opportunities for the private sector and tariffs for unlimited broadband internet have plummeted.

    The report also notes that a number of other initiatives have been carried out in recent years in the field of ICT. The country's e-government portal was launched in 2011, which [as of 2013] presented the services of 40 government bodies. It was also noted that both state and private investment in ICT sector more than doubled during 2009 - 2011.

    Moreover, the bank also noted in its report that in 2014 the State Fund for the Development of IT awarded grants to 31 start-up projects in high technology, e-payment software applications, air navigation systems and e-government. In 2013, the University of Information Technology was established and Azerbaijan's first telecommunications satellite, AzerSpace-1 was launched. "These developments will improve the quality of telecommunications throughout the Caucasus and foster the development of Azerbaijan's space industry," the bank believes. Azerbaijan's ICT sector has grown by an average of 25 to 30 percent per year over the last decade, becoming the second largest recipient of foreign investment after the oil industry, the report says.
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  • David and Victoria Beckham are ultimate fashion power couple on rare night out
    21.11.2014 17:52
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    David and Victoria Beckham showcased their status as one of the world's most stylish couples as they enjoyed a night out together in London on Thursday. The couple mingled with fashion's elite including Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince at the glitzy evening hosted by David himself.

    Victoria and David Beckham made the ultimate stylish couple

    Victoria chose a casual yet chic look as she was reunited with her husband at trendy Mark's Club for the launch of Another Man Magazine. The 40-year-old fashionista chose a pair of ripped skinny jeans for the occasion, which she teamed with a glamorous cropped cream swing top, adding an oversized black coat for a touch of high fashion.

    Accessorising her outfit with a gold box clutch, Victoria ditched her trademark black stilettos for the evening in favour of some knee high black boots to keep out the winter chill.

    David, 39, complemented his wife's outfit in an all-black ensemble, breaking up the block colour with white polka dots on his shirt, as he hosted the star-studded party which saw a guestlist including Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell, joined by Stella McCartney's sister Mary.

    No doubt Victoria enjoyed a night off following what has been a hectic week for the designer. Her week kicked off with the glamorous Global Gift Gala on Monday night, where she was joined by close friend Eva Longoria. The evening was particularly special for Victoria, who was honoured for her charity work.

    Following the glitzy event, Victoria headed to Manchester for the launch of her new collection at Selfridges, where she posed in a striking statement pleated skirt from her range. The mother-of-four surprised fans earlier in the day as she chose to take the train from London for the exciting launch.
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  • Fresh political impetus needed for Iran nuclear deal: Russia
    21.11.2014 17:52
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    Russia says fresh political impetus is needed for Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers to reach an agreement over Tehranв's nuclear energy program.

    "Without a new impetus, it would be extremely hard to achieve a result," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists on Thursday, Press TV reports.

    Russia's chief negotiator said it was difficult to reach an agreement but stressed that it would be a "serious mistake" to miss the chance of a deal.

    He also said none of the parties to the ongoing nuclear talks wanted to prolong the negotiations.

    On Tuesday, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany sat down in Vienna for the last round of nuclear talks before the November 24 deadline comes to an end.

    The talks continued for the third consecutive day in the Austrian city on Thursday to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.
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  • New remains found at Boeing crash site in Ukraine
    21.11.2014 17:45
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    New remains have been discovered at the site of a recent Boeing crash in Ukraine, the Dutch government reported Thursday.

    The remains will be sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov, where a preliminary forensic examination is held and then transported to the Netherlands, where bodies are identified.A few more days will be needed to complete work to collect wreckage, Dutch security officials said.

    The atmosphere on the site remains unstable, so the decision whether to continue work is made daily depending on the security situation.

    On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers - over 190 people - were Dutch nationals.

    The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the probe and coordinating the international team of investigators, said in its preliminary report published September 9 that "Flight MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside."
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  • Arrests in Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision
    21.11.2014 17:44
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    At least three people were arrested Thursday night in a St. Louis suburbahead of an anticipated grand jury decision on a white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black teen, SIA reports citing the AA.

    Dozens of young protesters gathered in front ofthe Ferguson Police Departmentduring a second consecutive night of protests, yelling at a riot gear-clad police line.Demonstrators gradually dispersed following the arrest of the three protesters.

    Area police have largely limited their interactions with protesters to targeted actionfollowing 5,000 hours of training after vivid scenes of clashes between police and protesters in August.

    Five people were arrested overnight Wednesday after blocking a street in Ferguson.

    Tensions have risen in recent weeks amid rumors that a grand jury is set to decide if charges would be brought against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday, and activated the National Guard ahead of the looming decision.

    The guard was previously activated amidst civil unrest in August, but was largely relegated to securing a media and police zone several blocks away from the site of themass protests in Ferguson.

    The St. Louis County prosecutor has said he expectsthe grand jury's decision will be reached by month's end.
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  • Cyber blackmail cases on the rise
    21.11.2014 17:33
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    Unsuspecting Malaysians continue to be victims of cyber blackmail, with some being threatened to have their nude photos or compromising videos released online if they do not pay up, sometimes by as high as US$5,000 (S$6500).

    Besides the usual scams over Skype, Trojan horse viruses are now used to gain remote control of computers or webcams, hoping to catch victims naked.

    According to the police's cyber and multimedia investigation division, cases now number in the hundreds.

    "There is definitely an increase in such cases," said Insp Mohd Riduan bin Abd Majid (pic).

    He said while police had no statistics due to many victims not coming forward due to shame, the increase was because syndicates behind such crimes were getting savvier.

    "Now, they check out your profile before targeting you.

    "If you have a lot of information on your social media page, such as where you work, your list of friends or real name, it becomes easier to intimidate you.

    "We believe that these syndicates are from outside Malaysia, particularly the Philippines."

    His advice to victims is to never give in to demands for money.
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  • Novruz Mammadov: It could not be effectiveness of international law if there is a justice crisis in the world
    21.11.2014 17:23
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    OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairsв' fruitless activity connected with lack of fairness in the world.'' Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Director of Foreign Relations Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov told SIA.

    According to Mammadov, it could not be effectiveness of international law if there is a justice crisis in the world : '' I have told this many times that justice is the first significant and universal value in the world. If there is lack of justice there is need to talk about universal values.
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  • В President Ilham Aliyev received the Vice President of Bulgaria
    21.11.2014 17:14
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Margarita Popova, who is in Baku to attend the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria in political, economic and other fields, and noted that there was good potential for the expansion of cooperation even further.

    Vice President of the Republic of BulgariaMargarita Popova thanked for the high-level organization of the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy. She emphasized the importance of the Azerbaijani President's message to the conference.

    During the conversation, the parties stressed the importance of holding the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Baku, and expressed confidence that the issues, which were discussed at the session, would contribute to the mutual exchange of experience in this sphere and the expansion of international cooperation.
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  • Money inflow into Armenia falling drastically
    21.11.2014 17:07
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The inflow of private remittances from Russia to Armenia has decreased drastically. The latest amount of the total money transfers into the country was $959.2 million, declining by 3.9 percent.

    Private remittances sent from Russia to Armenia via banking system dropped by 2.2 percent in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year, said the Central Bank.

    The money transfers from Russia by Armenian migrant workers take a considerable share in the South Caucasus country's income. Nearly 84 percent of the private remittances is sent by the workers in Russia. It makes up roughly 15.4 percent or $1.6 billion of Armenia's Gross Domestic Product.

    The sharp decrease in the amount of remittances from Russia is linked to the potent devaluation of the ruble. The value of Russia's national currency dropped by 30 percent since September, promising inevitable hassles in many industrial and economic fields. Western sanctions have almost hit the longer tally of Russian businesses. It eventually lead to a slowdown in its economy, lowering the income of the employees in numerous spheres.

    The drop in the private money transfers was observed for four consecutive months with the threatening trend firstly noticed in June when the remittances from Russia fell by 4.6 percent. It surged to 6.6 percent in July, and reached 7.7 percent later in August. The figure decreased to 7 percent in September due to the opening of a comparatively active working season. But the Central Bank assessed it as a negative progress in money transfers.

    The World Bank recorded a free fall of the Russian ruble in November after a large depreciation in October, saying it is a growing risk for the stability of the country's economy.

    Instable economy in Russia means shaky economy in Armenia given the strong dependence of the country on Russian markets. Any collapse in certain economic fields will decrease the inflow of remittances and create challenges for exporters. It will also weaken purchasing power of the Armenians.

    Armenian people are worried about the upcoming disastrous days. Remittances from the overseas are the only source of income for many families in the post-Soviet country. Decrease in money transfers will definitely fuel poverty in Armenia.

    The National Statistical Service's recent report revealed a 32 percent poverty rate in the country, while the Central Bank's latest data showed a 3.9 percent decrease in remittances. The fall in remittances is inversely proportional to rise in poverty in Armenia. This simple and short study can prove the vital importance of money transfers for Armenians, who has lost their hope for a better future and gaze at the pocket of their relatives abroad.
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  • Secret Service arrests armed woman outside White House
    21.11.2014 16:57
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    Secret Service agents arrested a woman with a gun outside the White House Thursday night shortly after President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, officials saidç SİA reports citing USA Today.

    April Lenhart, of Mount Morris., Mich., was participating in a demonstration along the White House's north fence when agents noticed a gun in a holster on her front hip at about 8:28 p.m., Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email.

    The 23-year-old woman was immediately taken into custody, Hoback said. She faces charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, and for carrying a pistol without a license.

    The president was in the White House at the time.

    Lenhart had no statements, Hoback said.

    The arrest was first reported by CBS News.
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  • Baku 2015 to celebrate 200 Days To Go
    21.11.2014 16:52
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games will next week host a spectacular light show in the city to mark 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural sports event.

    The Old City will host an eye-catching display that will light up the city to mark the significant date until the first European Games begins on November 24.

    A stunning Baku 2015 display will be projected onto the iconic Maiden Tower at 8 p.m. to mark the occasion and a special announcement will also be made on the evening.

    Azerbaijanв's Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015 Azad Rahimov said: ''As we approach just 200 days until the inaugural European Games begin, Baku and Azerbaijan is preparing to host an event that will become an important part of our countryв's sporting history.''

    ''We will also be making a very special announcement that will capture the imagination of the entire country, and I would like to be able to share this historic moment with as many people as possible,'' he said.

    Residents of Baku are invited to attend the celebrations that will begin at 8 p.m. and conclude with a spectacular light show finale.

    Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 Simon Clegg said: ''As we continue to count down the days until the Opening Ceremony, there is a tangible sense of excitement building weekly throughout the city.

    ''I would like to invite the people of Baku to come along and join in with our celebrations as we prepare to host Europeв's elite athletes at Baku 2015 next year,'' he stressed.

    Baku will host the first European Games next summer from 12 '" 28 June, involving more than 6,000 athletes from the National Olympic Committees of Europe across 17 days of competition, in what will be the largest sporting event in Azerbaijanв's history.
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  • Magazine publishes rebuttal to article on so-called ''Nagorno-Karabakh Republic''
    21.11.2014 16:52
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    The 85th edition of the magazine "Monety i kupyury mira" (coins banknotes of the world), which is issued weekly by the publishing house ''Hachette Collections'' and sold mainly in CIS countries for collectors, has published a series of articles about the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

    The articles contained untrue biased information about the separatist regime, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia told APA's Moscow correspondent.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polat Bulbuloglu said in a letter to the editor-in-chief of the magazine that the articles published in the 85th edition are biased and grossly distort historical facts. The letter also asked for rebuttal to the article in accordance with article 43 of Russia's law on mass media outlets.

    In its new edition issued this month, the magazine has published rebuttal, which stressed that the magazine is only for numismatists and that its editorial staff had not intended to demonstrate a political view or a biased position in any way.
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  • Two Azerbaijani sportswomen secure medal at World Boxing Championship
    21.11.2014 16:37
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    The female world boxing championship continues in Korean city of Jeju.

    According to Sportbox.az, the quarterfinal was held today. Two representatives of Azerbaijan won the victory and advanced to the semifinals, securing the awards.

    European champion Yelena Vystropova (69 kg) beat American Danielle Wolfe - 2: 1. In the semifinals, Elena will box against Athena Bilon from Panama.

    In the weight category up to 60 kg Jana Alekseeva defeated Australian Shelley Watts - 3: 0. Her rival in the battle for the finals will be French Estel Mosseli.

    Anna Alimardanova (54 kg) lost to Turkish Ayshe Tash (0: 3) and concluded her performance.

    The semi-finals will be held on November 23.
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  • Azerbaijani ambassador delivers lecture at Czech university
    21.11.2014 16:27
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    On 20 November, the Azerbaijani ambassador to Czech Republic Farid Shafiyev made a lecture at the Czech University.

    The lecture was organized as part of the courses of Azerbaijani studies, held as part of cooperation of the Network of Azerbaijani students in Czech Republic and the Institute of European Studies of the Prague Royal University.

    According to the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan, during the lecture on 'Azerbaijan in the 20th century', the diplomat informed the students of the faculty of philosophy about the history, ways of development of the republic, threats facing the country, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno Karabakh and its hard implications.
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  • Armenia sells Azercay: Azersun Holding clarifies the issue
    21.11.2014 16:12
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    Azersun Holding has commented on sale of its product Azercay on Armenian markets.

    Head of the Department of Public Relations and Support to Business Development of "Azersun Holding" Afig Safarov told APA-Economics that no products of the Holding have been sold to neither Armenia nor Armenian businessmen.

    Noting that Armenian economy is in the bas situation, Safarov added that Armenia buys Azersun's products from Georgia and sell them in the domestic markets: "Aggressive policy conducted by Armenia has caused economic destruction. Armenia's economy and industry have fully isolated. Armenians are forced to meet their consumption need from Georgian markets. If we take into account that Azerbaijan is represented in Georgia only by Azersun, the situation is clear. Azercay sold in Armenian markets are bought from Georgians engaging in retail sale. We face this situation already about 5 years".

    Armenian press reports that Azercay product is sold in the markets.

    Armine Sukiasyan, spokeswoman for Armenian Agriculture Ministry's State Food Safety Service, told Tert.am that Azerbaijan exports no products to Armenia.

    "However, we don't exclude that those products are brought from other countries", she said.
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  • Baku remonstrates to French government over illegal city deal
    21.11.2014 16:08
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijani Embassy in France expressed its dissatisfaction to the French government in regard to the signing of a friendship agreement between the French city of Bouc-Bel-Air and Azerbaijani city Khankenhdi, which is under occupation of Armenia.

    Acting Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev said France was the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and recognized Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

    "Unfortunately, several circles in this country attempt to harm relations, being under the influence of numerous Armenian disapora organizations," Hajiyev noted.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a lengthy war that ended with the signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. Armenia continues the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

    Peace talks brokered by mediators from Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
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  • Winners of Baku Sport Films Festival named
    21.11.2014 15:57
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    By Nigar Orujova

    The second Baku International FICTS Sport Films Festival wrapped up with a grand awarding ceremony on November 20.

    The festival was held at the largest theatre in the South Caucasus "Nizami Cinema Center" in Baku by Culture and Tourism Ministry, Youth and Sport Ministry and the National Olympic Committee. Federation International Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS) also played a role in organizing the event.

    Some 115 films from 33 countries are attending the festival. The selection board picked up 48 films representing 23 countries to participation in the competition section.

    Award winners were named in five categories including "Feature Film", "Sport and Personality", "World and Sport", "TV Films" and "National Film".

    The winner of the "Sport and Personality" became Hungarian director Gabor Peter Nemeth with "The London Scene". Russian Alexander Zamyslov and Vladislav Kolesovв's "Strong spirit. Ice Hockey" film won TV Films category.

    Christophe Offenstein from France won Feature Film category with ''Turning Tide''.

    World and Sport category chose Pedro Toroв's film ''Dance'' from Spain as the best one.

    Vugar Islamzade took the first place in the National Film nomination with commercial films on gymnastics and golf.

    Special Jury Prize went to Tibor Kosis from Hungary for ''Hungarian fans of Barca''.

    Azerbaijani Rauf Mammadov became the winner of the Grand Prix for the film "Winner".

    Rauf Mamedov, who has been living for years in Moscow as a contemporary artist, said that he is honored and proud to get the top prize of the festival at homeland.

    After the awarding ceremony, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov, President of the International Federation of Film and Television sports Franco Ascani (Italy), Chairman of the jury, famous producer Andrew Florian (Hungary) addressed the audience.

    They noted that the festival is a significant event in the cultural and sporting life of the country and one of the brightest events in the world of sports movies. They also stressed the importance of the event in promoting the idea of "culture through sport", and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

    The main aim of the festival being held on the eve of the first European Games in Baku is to show viewers some interesting films on various sports, and promote the authors of the best films.

    Following, the guest enjoyed a concert program.
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  • NATO, Georgia to finally decide on training center in February
    21.11.2014 15:53
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Final decision on deployment of a NATO training center in Georgia can be adopted in February, 2015, said Mikhail Ukleba, Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine.

    "I think, the final decision will be made in February," he noted.

    The diplomat added that both the member-states of NATO and aspirant countries will be trained at the center.

    Ukleba said Georgia should be a competent NATO member to have a full base in its territory. "We are doing our best, but it is not enough for NATO to accept us as a member."

    The opening of a training center in Georgia's territory is based on the new NATO-Georgia cooperation package, adopted in Wales this September .

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has earlier said the alliance decided to create a training center and it would be created. He also mentioned that Georgia will be a NATO member as soon as it fulfills all criteria of the alliance.
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  • Heritage party to hold separate rallies
    21.11.2014 15:32
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    Leader of Heritage party Raffi Hovannisian will hold a meeting of his supporters in Liberty Square on December 5 in Yerevan.

    "I am inviting the citizens of Armenia to the meeting to have free, independent and constitutional Armenia with the demand of immediate and full change of power," Hovannisian told reporters on Friday.

    Heritage party will also hold meetings in Vanadzor and in Gyumri on December 6.

    This will be the first independent mass actions of one of the parties of "parliamentary trio" after a series of joint events.
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  • Azerbaijani soldier killed by Armenians laid to rest
    21.11.2014 15:32
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    Soldier of the Azerbaijani Army Rustam Izzet oglu Azizov, born in 1995, who was killed as a result of fire opened by Armenian armed forces has today been laid to rest in the Tukash village of Astara District, his birthplace.

    According to APA's south bureau, Azizov's funeral was attended by soldiers and officers of the military unit where he had served and representatives of the Astara District Executive Authority, law enforcement bodies as well as the district's community.

    Extending their deepest condolences to the soldier's family, participants at the funeral mentioned that he has sacrificed his life for the homeland and joined eternity.

    Out of respect, soldier Azizov was buried under volley fire.

    Rustam Azizov, 19, a soldier of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces serving at a military unit located on Aghdam front, was shot to death as Armenians shattered the ceasefire at around 12:45 Nov. 20. Azizov had been drafted from Astara District. He would be demobilized in January 2015.
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  • Sixteen ISIL militants in Turkish prisons
    21.11.2014 15:22
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    Sixteen members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are currently imprisoned in Turkey and three of them are being tried in connection to a deadly March 20 attack in the Central Anatolian province of NiДџde, Justice Minister Bekir BozdaДџ has stated.

    "The ISIL terror organization members who launched the attack in UlukД±Еџla in NiДџde are presently imprisoned in Turkey. They are being held in the Ankara No. 2 F-Type High Security Penal Institution. Their trial is ongoing," BozdaДџ said on Nov. 20, during a lengthy debate on his ministry's budget as part of the ongoing deliberations on the 2015 Central Governance Budget Law at Parliament's Planning and Budget Commission, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "As of Nov. 19, 2014, there are 16 ISIL terrorist organization members or individuals who were involved in activities on behalf of [ISIL] in prison," he added, in response to questions from lawmakers.

    BozdaДџ stated that he had only recently been given a note on the situation and so did not have any further information on whether there are any Turkish citizens among those imprisoned, or which countries they are from.

    Meanwhile, he also reiterated earlier statements by Turkish officials on the controversy created by the release in Turkey of a suspect in the shooting of a right-wing writer and critic of Islam in Denmark.

    "As the ministry, it is not possible for us to intervene in this issue," BozdaДџ said.

    Previously, the Foreign Ministry said the Turkish government had launched the extradition process of Danish citizen Basil Hassan, but the process continued after his lawyer lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court and Hassan was provisionally released. There is no official record showing he has left Turkey, the ministry said at the time.
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  • The Minsk Group co-chairs seem to be predisposed to set out some tension, Novruz Mammadov says
    21.11.2014 15:12
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    Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the head of the Foreign Relations Department Mr. Novruz Mammadov told Newstimes.az in his interview.

    SIA presents the interview:

    How would you evaluate the statement issued by the Minsk Group co-chairs in relation to the incident occurred during military exercises of Armenia conducted in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan?

    It is very interesting that this provocation made already one week ago as a conspicuous continuation of the occupational policy of Armenia has finally awaken the co-chairs to disclose their position. However, to our regrets, they still churn out the same vibes.

    In fact, I have made public already my position concerning the actions of the Minsk Group co-chairs at one important gathering we had yesterday. The Minsk Group co-chairs seem to be predisposed to set out some tension. Do they know that Armenia came to a decision to run military exercises in the territories of Azerbaijan, couldnв't they? Were they far enough to know about the statements of Armenia saying that 40K troupes coupled with military equipment and weaponry to be involved in these military games? Were they aware of the fact that the territories of Azerbaijan recognized by the international community and the countries they represent remain under occupation for last 25 years, and 750-760 thousand people ousted from these lands turned into IDPs scattering over various regions of Azerbaijan?

    Are these co-chairs apt to get notice why and for what reason this military muscle flexing is made? Does a separatist regime of Nagorno Karabakh really dispose a 40K army? What if, there are no even 40K Armenians living there!

    All these are perfectly known to the co-chairs. However, as I noted, they think of the international law as a relic and act in line with Armenianв's vision. And, this is not for the first time. How it comes to say that a helicopter is downed in ''the neutral territory''. Regrettably, the co-chairs do it deliberately! But, they should also know that the current tension that rules the international affairs today is stemming out from such irresponsible statements.

    Yet, there is another interesting point. Do the co-chairs know that Armenia has planted mines in each corner of the Azerbaijani territories kept under its occupation? Why they do not drop a single word of that? Now, they are fallen into the grave they have dug themselves.

    I would also touch the last point. The co-chairs frequently highlight the obligations and express their opinion in public. Then, what about their own obligations? Do they content that they are alright with their obligations when they say ''go and negotiate on your own''. This is absolutely clear to anyone: both the responsibility and the obligation in front of the entire international community and the history to obtain a fair solution of this conflict by peace and negotiations in line with international law norms fall on their shoulders. They are not tourists, after all.
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  • Azerbaijani MPs to attend audience with Pope Francis in Strasbourg
    21.11.2014 15:08
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani parliamentarians will attend an audience with Pope Francis in Strasbourg.

    Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov and MPs Sahiba Gafarova and Rafael Huseynov will be among the audience when the Pope will address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on November 25.

    The last visit by a Pontiffboth to the European Parliament and to the Council of Europe was in October 1988.
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  • The Minsk Group co-chairs seem to be predisposed to set out some tension, Novruz Mammadov says
    21.11.2014 15:07
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    Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the head of the Foreign Relations Department Mr. Novruz Mammadov told Newstimes.az in his interview.

    SIA presents the interview:

    How would you evaluate the statement issued by the Minsk Group co-chairs in relation to the incident occurred during military exercises of Armenia conducted in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan?

    It is very interesting that this provocation made already one week ago as a conspicuous continuation of the occupational policy of Armenia has finally awaken the co-chairs to disclose their position. However, to our regrets, they still churn out the same vibes.

    In fact, I have made public already my position concerning the actions of the Minsk Group co-chairs at one important gathering we had yesterday. The Minsk Group co-chairs seem to be predisposed to set out some tension. Do they know that Armenia came to a decision to run military exercises in the territories of Azerbaijan, couldnв't they? Were they far enough to know about the statements of Armenia saying that 40K troupes coupled with military equipment and weaponry to be involved in these military games? Were they aware of the fact that the territories of Azerbaijan recognized by the international community and the countries they represent remain under occupation for last 25 years, and 750-760 thousand people ousted from these lands turned into IDPs scattering over various regions of Azerbaijan?

    Are these co-chairs apt to get notice why and for what reason this military muscle flexing is made? Does a separatist regime of Nagorno Karabakh really dispose a 40K army? What if, there are no even 40K Armenians living there!

    All these are perfectly known to the co-chairs. However, as I noted, they think of the international law as a relic and act in line with Armenianв's vision. And, this is not for the first time. How it comes to say that a helicopter is downed in ''the neutral territory''. Regrettably, the co-chairs do it deliberately! But, they should also know that the current tension that rules the international affairs today is stemming out from such irresponsible statements.

    Yet, there is another interesting point. Do the co-chairs know that Armenia has planted mines in each corner of the Azerbaijani territories kept under its occupation? Why they do not drop a single word of that? Now, they are fallen into the grave they have dug themselves.

    I would also touch the last point. The co-chairs frequently highlight the obligations and express their opinion in public. Then, what about their own obligations? Do they content that they are alright with their obligations when they say ''go and negotiate on your own''. This is absolutely clear to anyone: both the responsibility and the obligation in front of the entire international community and the history to obtain a fair solution of this conflict by peace and negotiations in line with international law norms fall on their shoulders. They are not tourists, after all.
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  • Bulgarian Vice President hails justice reforms in Azerbaijan
    21.11.2014 14:59
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Vice President of Bulgaria Margarita Popova has hailed justice reforms in Azerbaijan as she met the country's Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov.

    She said her country is following with great interest the Azerbaijani government's measures to modernize justice and legal system.

    The Bulgarian Vice President praised the organization of the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Baku.

    Ms. Popova also highlighted justice reforms in her country.

    Minister Mammadov hailed the Bulgarian Vice President`s speech at the IACA Baku session.

    He praised Azerbaijani-Bulgarian ties, particularly cooperation between the two countries` justice authorities.

    The Minister provided an insight into reforms in Azerbaijan`s justice system, particularly measures to ensure transparent election of judges.
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  • SOCAR chief: Greece is a valuable partner for Azerbaijan
    21.11.2014 14:59
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    President of Azerbaijan`s state oil firm, SOCAR, Rovnag Abdullayev has praised the importance of Greece to Azerbaijan as he was interviewed by Greek Imerissia newspaper.

    "An important element of bilateral relations between the two countries is partnership in the field of energy security, natural gas supplies from Azerbaijan to Greece and mutually beneficial cooperation in energy projects. We consider Greece a valuable partner and an important market."

    Mr. Abdullayev said this partnership will allow Greece to cement its geopolitical position in Southern Europe and play an important role in the creation of an alternative energy corridor for pumping natural gas from East to West.

    "We believe that Greece has the ability to become a regional gas hub and a major player in the field of natural gas in the region," the SOCAR chief said.

    Mr. Abdullayev said "our main goal is to develop and strengthen relations with existing partners and seek future business opportunities in the region".
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  • Heritage not to raise recognition of breakaway Karabakh anymore
    21.11.2014 14:57
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    "Unfortunately, neither Armenia not Nagorno Karabakh are yet ready for Yerevan's recognition of the 'Nagorno Karabakh Republic".

    The statement came from the Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannisian, Armenian media report.

    He said Nagorno Karabakh must get ready to this recognition. "Unless there is no new legal order, legitimate power in Armenia, I personally and the Heritage party will never raise this issue anymore", Hovannisian said.

    Other parliamentary forces repeatedly stated that the initiatives of the Heritage party on the recognition of self-proclaimed 'NKR' were too early, because they believe it will frustrate the peace talks.
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  • Twitter boss launches global cash register service
    21.11.2014 14:52
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    Twitter's co-founder outlined plans to make cash registers a thing of the past on Thursday as he held a global launch for new software that he said would help small businesses grow.

    Jack Dorsey, who is chairman of Twitter and chief executive of the mobile payments company Square, said the software would allow shopkeepers to track sales and provide digital receipts.

    "We think it's a great replacement to any cash register," Dorsey said at a Financial Times conference in London.

    "It means we're now a global company," he said.

    The software, Square Register, was only available in Canada, Japan and the United States, where it tracked around four million sales a day.

    It can now be downloaded for free everywhere else and supports 130 currencies, although it will not allow actual payments for the moment.

    The company offered testimonials from businesses in Australia, Hungary, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam and Dorsey said many had already begun using the software by getting around national controls.

    Square teamed up with the smartphone app Snapchat earlier this week for a service that allows users in the United States to send money to friends by simply typing dollar amounts into new "Snapcash" messages.
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  • Hogan on US interest about Caspian gas supplies
    21.11.2014 14:46
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    "The United States is currently in process of energy revolution that will promote stable situation on the market".

    The statement came from acting ambassador of the United States to Azerbaijan Dereck Hogan speaking on the second day of the session held in Baku as part of the Azerbaijan and Caspian oil and gas week.

    "While five years ago the United States were building a terminal and importing gas, now we will become producers. I believe that by the end of the decade we will become the biggest energy producer", he said.

    Hogan also said that seven projects of US LNG have been approved recently and this figure will further reach 50.

    As for whether the United States will be interested in Caspian gas after LNG gas production, the diplomat said the Caspian gas is rather important for the US partners in Europe.

    "Azerbaijan just like other countries of the Caspian states is the energy partner of the United States", he said.
    8
  • President Ilham Aliyev attended the official opening of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Baku
    21.11.2014 14:42
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    The 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees has started in Baku.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official opening of the two-day event.

    The General Assembly is attended by delegates from European national Olympic committees and senior managers of international sports organizations.

    The General Assembly will hear reports on a number of topics, including ''Olympic Games'', ''Marketing and Communication'', ''Sport for All, ''Olympic Culture and Legacy'', ''Medicine and Antidoping'', and ''Gender Equality''. It will also provide an insight into the first European Games and hear a report of Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee.

    The agenda of the General Assembly also includes reports on the progress of preparations for 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

    President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey welcomed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The head of state and his wife met with the senior managers of the European Olympic Committees.

    President Ilham Aliyev addressed the official opening ceremony.

    President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey made speeches.

    Then Patrick Hickey presented President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva with souvenirs of the European Olympic Committees.

    Patrick Hickey also presented President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach with the Order of Merit, the award of the highest European Olympic Committees distinction, for his contribution to the development of sports globally and his commitment to Olympic ideals.
    14
  • Mugam Night mesmerizes Londoners
    21.11.2014 14:38
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan Mugham Night has been held in London as part of the second Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts.Organized by Buta Arts Center, the concert brought together representatives of Azerbaijani diaspora and local and foreign public figures.

    Addressing the event, Dean of Southwark Cathedral Andrew Nunn provided an insight into the history of the worldwide famous place.Director General of Buta Arts Center Nasib Piriyev noted that Azerbaijani art has developed in all periods.

    He said Azerbaijan`s culture, art and music has special place in the world.

    Saying that Mugham is one important part of Azerbaijan`s national heritage, Piriyev spoke of the progress achieved and projects carried out in the field of protection and promotion of this art.Later, Azerbaijani artists performed at the concert. The full house at Southwark Cathedral warmly applauded the performances.

    On November 27, Methodist Central Hall Westminster will host the concert of Azerbaijani virtuoso Arslan Novrasli.

    This concert will create a different musical environment where Tar expresses its distinctive voice in the hands of Arslan. The visitors will hear its' voice in traditional Mugham, alongside a symphony orchestra with jazz and flamenco bands, exploring how the role of the Tar has evolved and expanded since the late 19th and 20th century.

    Thatв's when the boundaries between different cultural traditions began to blur paving the way for Mugham-opera development.

    As Azerbaijanв's national instrument, Tar is a unique instrument. Its double head gives it an instantly recognizable 'figure-of-eightв' shape.

    London is welcoming the second Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts from November 4 to March 22.
    19
  • All political forces in Ukraine support relations with Azerbaijan
    21.11.2014 14:32
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    Unfortunately, Azerbaijan and Ukraine are the victims of aggression, which must be confronted.

    This was stated by the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Azerbaijan Alexander Mishchenko at the "round table" on "The Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine: Facts and Figures", 1news.az reports.

    The diplomat noted that the positions of the two countries on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the crisis in Ukraine coincide.

    "Today, all political forces in Ukraine, both pro-governmental and oppositional, support the development of strategic relations with Azerbaijan.

    Despite the fact that some forces are trying to harm relations between the two countries, they will not reach their targets, as the Azerbaijani-Ukrainian relations are based on friendship and mutual respect.

    Ukraine supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    We, in turn, are grateful to official Baku for its support to the territorial integrity of our country and nonrecognition of elections held by separatists in Ukraine ", he said.
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  • Baku to host intв'l conference on eGov 3.0
    21.11.2014 14:32
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    Baku is planning to host an international conference ''eGov 3.0: Development tendencies and new prospects on 3 December.

    The conference will be attended by Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Elmir Valizade, representatives of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, State Committee for Property Issues, State Customs Committee, State Agency for public services and social innovations at the President of Azerbaijan.

    The list of participants also includes representatives of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of Russia, Skolkovo technology park, Microsoft, heads of the WB profile affiliates, Federal Chancellery of Austria, board of the Turkish Prime Minister, specialists on e-government from Korea, Czech Republic, Moldova and other countries.

    The first plenary session of the conference will focus on lsquo;E-government as a sustainable development factor'.

    In particular, the participants will touch upon the approaches and strategic vision of the future e-government and e-administration, the work done for formation of the information society, particularly, e-government in the country, policy and strategy of electronic government.

    The topic of the second session is the lsquo;Services of e-government: progressive examples". The session will focus on innovative services, applied as part of e-government for improving the welfare of the citizens, as well as best solutions in this sphere.

    A meeting on the level of ministers will be held as part of the conference.

    More detailed information about the event will be provided later.
    12
  • SOFAZ Executive Director attends 6th meeting of International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds
    21.11.2014 14:14
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Executive Director of Azerbaijan`s State Oil Fund (SOFAZ), Shahmar Movsumov, has participated in the 6th annual meeting of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) in the Qatari capital of Doha.

    Hosted by the Qatar Investment Authority, the meeting convened senior officials of Sovereign Wealth Funds from more than 24 countries from across the world, and senior representatives from multilateral organizations, private sector, and academia.

    The International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds was established by the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Kuwait City in 2009, with its first official meeting hosted by Baku the same year.
    19
  • Efforts to educate German public on Azerbaijani realities must be stepped up
    21.11.2014 14:03
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    Baku, November 20 AzerTAc

    "Efforts to educate the German public on the Azerbaijani realities must be stepped up further." It was stressed at the meeting held November 20 between the head of the department of history of Azerbaijan at the Humboldt University of Berlin, professor Eva Maria Auch and Director General of AzerTAc Aslan Aslanov.

    Discussions at the meeting revolved around establishment of cooperation between AzerTAc and history of Azerbaijan department at the Humboldt University of Berlin, prospects for joint activities to raise awareness of the German public about Azerbaijani realities.

    Eva-Maria Auch was participant of the international conference entitled "Achievements and prospects for cooperation of NGO," held in Baku with assistance of the NGO State Support Council under President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She noted she was many times in Baku in 90s of the last century when Azerbaijan was in an information blockade and her cooperation with AzerTAc began then.

    The Professor from Germany suggested holding an event marking the 95th anniversary of AzerTAc at the University of Humboldt. She expressed assurance that it will arouse great interest of German students studying the history of Azerbaijan.

    Director General Aslan Aslanov thanked Auch for her efforts to bring the Azerbaijani realities to the notice of the German public. He underlined the importance of development of cooperation between AzerTAc and the University of Humboldt.

    He pointed out that AzerTAc actively cooperates with the German DPA agency within the European Alliance of News Agencies.

    Aslanov pointed out that creation of the department of history of Azerbaijan at the University of Humboldt is an important event. He noted that AzerTAc`s archives are always open to the students of the department.

    The sides also discussed the conduct of seminars, trainings, master classes to improve German language proficiency of the AzerTAc`s German service desk employees.
    6
  • Modern slavery spreading in Armenia
    21.11.2014 13:37
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    /AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia was ranked 81 among 167 countries in terms of prevalence of population in modern slavery, according to the Walk Free Foundation.

    Modern slavery hit 10,700 Armenians, according to the Global Slavery Index - 2014 developed by the Australian human rights organization Walk Free Foundation. It means that 0.36 percent of the country's overall 2,976,566 population are living in slavery.

    Different countries use different terminology to describe modern forms of slavery, including the term slavery itself along with other concepts such as human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

    The Index says the modern slavery involves one person possessing or controlling another one in such a way to significantly deprive that person of his/her individual liberty, with the intention of exploiting that person through his/her use, management, profit, transfer or disposal.

    While no country has yet issued a fully comprehensive response to modern slavery, most countries within the Index are taking some action to respond to the problem.

    Armenia was put at 77th place and rated at CCC level in terms of the government responses to fight the modern slavery. The Index explains that the government of the country at CCC level has a limited response to modern slavery, with largely basic victim support services and limited criminal justice framework. It also owns a restricted coordination or collaboration mechanism and a few protections for those vulnerable to modern slavery. It may be possible that even some government policies and practices paves the way for slavery.

    Armenia was ranked 6th among CIS countries for its efforts to prevent the modern slavery.

    Hard economic and social environment in Armenia boosts slavery on its territory. Widespread unemployment and malnourishment force the residents to leave their homelands for earning money. This, in turn, waters the mills of human trafficking, organ trade, forced labor, banking loans and etc.

    The Index puts the estimated number of people in modern slavery at 35.8 million worldwide in 2014 compared to 29.8 million in 2013. Approximately 61 percent of those living in slavery are in five countries: India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Russia.

    According to the Walk Free Foundation, Ireland, Iceland and Luxembourg are the countries with the least level of slavery.

    Modern slavery is a hidden crime. It has many forms, and is known by many names such as slavery, forced labor, human trafficking, etc. It contributes to the production of at least 122 goods from 58 countries worldwide. The International Labor Organization estimates the illicit profits of forced labor to be $150 billion a year.

    Although the world civilization has abolished the slavery as a political formation long time ago, it faces this evil in a form changed by modern challenges. Now the world should unite to fight that evil, accepting that it as a foreground duty and responsibility and human freedom should top the list of any priorities.
    17
  • President Ilham Aliyev attended the official opening of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Baku
    21.11.2014 13:28
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    The 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees has started in Baku.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official opening of the two-day event.

    The General Assembly is attended by delegates from European national Olympic committees and senior managers of international sports organizations.

    The General Assembly will hear reports on a number of topics, including "Olympic Games", "Marketing and Communication", "Sport for All, "Olympic Culture and Legacy", "Medicine and Antidoping", and "Gender Equality". It will also provide an insight into the first European Games and hear a report of Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee.

    The agenda of the General Assembly also includes reports on the progress of preparations for 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

    President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey welcomed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The head of state and his wife met with the senior managers of the European Olympic Committees.

    President Ilham Aliyev addressed the official opening ceremony.

    President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey made speeches.

    Then Patrick Hickey presented President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva with souvenirs of the European Olympic Committees.

    Patrick Hickey also presented President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach with the Order of Merit, the award of the highest European Olympic Committees distinction, for his contribution to the development of sports globally and his commitment to Olympic ideals.
    10
  • Certain privileges should be given to farmers for agriculture development
    21.11.2014 13:17
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan should give certain privileges to the farmers for the development of agriculture in the country. To this end, it is expedient to allocate long-term loans to the farmers.

    This offer was voiced by member of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan party Siyavush Novruzov at a plenary session on November 19.

    He noted today Russiaв's example shows how the food security is important for a country. ''The conditions of giving an auto loan should differ from the terms of a loan allocated to a citizen for agricultural purposes,'' Novruzov added.

    Member of the Parliament Fazail Aghamali, in tun, offered to increase the customs duty on the import of fruits and vegetables from abroad.

    He said it is obvious that Azerbaijan is able to fully meet the populationв's needs in vegetables and fruits.

    ''The country should increase the customs duty on these products in order to preserve the stability of the domestic market,'' Aghamali added.

    The MP believes the government should pay significant attention to the development of agriculture in the country.

    ''It is necessary to give privileges to the industrial production goods and to pay particular attention to the establishment of processing enterprises,'' he stressed.

    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 main priorities of the country's food security.

    Azerbaijan is meeting the population's demands 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.

    The volume of fruits and vegetable supplies, which are the basis of Azerbaijan's agricultural export, has increased by 34.3 percent in the first nine month of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

    In general, Azerbaijan has experienced strong growth of all indicators of agricultural development in the last ten years. The total volume of production of agricultural goods increased by 3.4 times, and the volume of investment made in Azerbaijan's agriculture increased by 15 times, and the average monthly wage of workers of this sector boosted by 9 times in the mentioned period.
    6
  • Journal Tribune: Armenia needs to be held accountable
    21.11.2014 13:08
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    Journal Tribune has published an article titled 'Armenia needs to be held accountable' in the aftermath of the Armenian helicopter downing.

    According to the edition, Armenia continues to illegally, militarily occupy a part of Azerbaijani lands.

    "On Nov. 12, Armenia, while holding its illegal military drills in the occupied Azerbaijani district of Aghdam, started to provoke the Azerbaijani military by flying its Russia-supplied Mi-24 military helicopters along the Line of Contact - a ceasefire line established in 1994".

    The online magazine reads that part of the ceasefire agreement, which Armenia signed, mandated that all heavy military equipment would be removed from the area. But Armenia still ignores all the resolutions ever adopted on its withdrawal from the occupied lands.

    "Armenia ignores all calls to withdraw its military and cease its illegal military occupation of Azerbaijan", Journal Tribune says.

    According to the online magazine, Azerbaijani military, acting in full compliance with domestic and international laws and obligations, destroyed one of the Armenian military helicopters, which was illegally in the Azerbaijani air space.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries erupted in 1988 due to the territorial claims of Armenia to Azerbaijan. Nagorno Karabakh and seven surrounding regions-20% of Azerbaijani lands-are under occupation of the Armenian armed forces.

    Nearly a million of country's citizens became refugees and IDPs as a result of occupation.

    In May of 1994 the countries reached the ceasefire regime and unsuccessful peaceful talks are still held under the auspices and chairmanship of Russia, France and the United States.

    The four resolutions of the UN Security Council on the withdrawal from Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied lands are still ignored by Armenia.
    10
  • Halliburton's specialists to work at Baku Higher Oil School
    21.11.2014 12:57
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    A delegation of Halliburton visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS), 1news.az reports.

    A delegation of Halliburton, headed by the manager on the West Caspian region Randy Gilchrist, visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS), where he held meetings with the leadership, teaching staff and students.

    According to the press service of BHOS, Rector Elmar Qasimov, welcoming guests, stressed the importance of bringing to the educational process the leading scientists of Azerbaijan, working in foreign companies. He noted that these professionals should not only be involved in the production process, but also to engage in scientific activities to promote the training of young engineers in the country. In this regard, the rector, in cooperation with the company Halliburton, invited specialists to begin teaching at the university. In addition, the rector, expressing satisfaction with the progress in bilateral cooperation, launched in April, noted the productivity of summer practice, organized for distinguished students of BHOS in Halliburton company.

    The representatives of Halliburton were informed in detail about the largest campus in the Caucasus, built for BHOS. It was reported that the commissioning of the campus is scheduled to beginning of next school year.

    In turn, the regional manager of Halliburton Randy Gilchrist thanked BHOS leadership for successful cooperation, praised the involvement of experts of the learning process in BHOS.

    They discussed issues of summer practice in the company, the beginning of teaching of specialists in BHOS, the creation of multifunctional center of Halliburton in high school and organization of event called "The Day of Halliburton. Company representatives have answered numerous questions from the students.
    7
  • Zakir Hasanov met Georgian Ambassador
    21.11.2014 12:53
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    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has received has received Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teimuraz Sharashenidze, the Defense Ministry told SIA.

    The sides discussed the military-political situation in the region and other issues of mutual interest during the meeting. Defense AttachГ© of Georgia to Azerbaijan, Colonel Shalva Turashvili attended the meeting.
    13
  • Sony Pictures have decided not to make the Steve Jobs movie
    21.11.2014 12:48
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    The Steve Jobs movie will no longer be going ahead, according to reports.

    Sony Pictures have dropped the film about the Apple founderв's life, say The Hollywood Reporter.

    However itв's not all bad news as Universal Pictures are said to be keen on picking up where Sony left off.

    Michael Fassbender was the latest actor tipped to play the roel of Jobs after Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from the project.

    Sony apparently struggled to fit the film into its slate according to reports.

    Fassbenderв's schedule is said to have been another obstacle as the actor is set to start shooting on X-Men: Apocalypse in the spring.

    The Steve Jobs movie was going to be based on a biography written by Walter Isaacson.

    It would follow Jobs through his career as he prepared to make three presentations that defined his life.
    10
  • Experts from five continents gather in Baku to discuss congenital heart diseases
    21.11.2014 12:43
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    An international conference has kicked off at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku bringing together more than 300 experts from over 50 countries in Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia to exchange views on congenital heart diseases.

    Held under Children's Hearts Beat in Azerbaijan motto, the three-day conference marks the Universal Children's Day.

    It is organized by the Azerbaijan Heart and Health Association in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Heydar Aliyev Center.

    Opening the event, first deputy Director of the Heydar Aliyev Center Adil Karimli said the conference demonstrated the Azerbaijani government's commitment to the global initiative of the United Nations to advocate the right to health as one of the core rights of children.

    Mr. Karimli highlighted the government's measures to improve healthcare, and lauded the role of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on this front.

    Deputy Health Minister Elsavar Aghayev said: "The conference will also provide a good opportunity for the participants to familiarize themselves with the achievements of Azerbaijan."

    Chairman of the Azerbaijan Heart and Health Association Rashad Mahmudov hailed the importance of the conference, saying it will stimulate the application of world class system of diagnostics and treatment of congenital heart diseases.

    Participants watched a film on congenital heart diseases as part of the Heydar Aliyev Center's activities to support health-related projects.

    The conference will present the cutting-edge novelties in diagnostics and treatment of congenital heart diseases and provide a forum for discussing the most recent accomplishments in scientific and technological research.

    Along with expert reports, the conference will also feature clinic courses, live surgeries and video presentations.

    Teh conference aims to encourage measures to prevent congenital heart diseases in Azerbaijan, promote early diagnostics and world class treatment standards in the country, and provide enabling environment for the experts to address the issue through joint and concerted efforts.
    4
  • Creating better world for children
    21.11.2014 12:32
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Children are part of our future. To have a bright future, they need to be taken care of. It is not enough to feed and clothe them. Having a good education and medical care are among the main rights of children. Violence against children - both physically and psychologically '" is inadmissible.

    Twenty-five years ago, on November 20, 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was a landmark development: For the first time, world states recognized children as fully-fledged bearers of a range of human rights, just like adults.

    But have children had a better life after the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

    The representative of UN Children's Fund Nicolette Moodie notes that significant progress has been made in areas such as health and education.

    The fundв's statistics say that a child born in 2014 has more chances to live up to five years old than that of a child in 1989. Thanks to improved vaccines and medical support, child mortality has decreased by almost two times since 1990.

    Children also can enjoy the right to freedom of expression and the right to be heard during proceedings.

    It seems appropriate that in the year of Silver Jubilee '" 17-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right for equal education for girls, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala became the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize.

    In Azerbaijan, children's rights are taken very seriously. A special commission on minors and guardianship authorities has been established to protect childrenв's rights. Azerbaijan has joined a number of other groups in adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on July, 1992. Among the rights granted to children is free and compulsory education.

    In January, the government discussed drafting a law that would provide protection to orphans reaching 16 years. These children need more assistance than others, as after leaving the orphanage they have to fend for themselves. The draft law is aimed to save orphans from social problems and create the necessary conditions for them after leaving orphanages.

    In this regard, Azerbaijan plans to construct hostels in cities and regions including Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja and Nakhchivan.

    Azerbaijan is also planning to open a Childrenв's Ombudsman Institution.

    Similar centers are already working in 44 countries charged with protecting and promoting the rights of young people. They deal with individual complaints and generally promote the children's rights in public policy, law and practice.

    Protection of the childrenв's rights must be the main priority of all countries. They should ensure maximum opportunities for the full development and providing good education as well as a happy childhood of children so that they can be a worthy part of our society.
    17
  • Liberty Square to see next protest rally in Yerevan
    21.11.2014 12:27
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia's opposition union "troika" plans to hold its next rally on December 10, said Levon Zurabyan, Head of the parliamentary fraction Armenian National Congress.

    Zurabyan said the three anti-government political forces - the Heritage party, Prosperous Armenia party and the Armenian National Congress scheduled their upcoming rally for December 10 in the capital city Yerevan's Liberty Square.

    "The Armenian National Congress traditionally holds rally on December 10 each year devoted to the International Human Rights Day. This year we plan to stage protest action and rally at the same time," Zurabyan said.

    The union of the oppositional forces intend to address the the human rights situation in Armenia, as well as to announce the further plans of the "troika" following the rally.

    Amnesty International, a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights, says Armeniaв's top human rights concerns are freedom of expression and violence against women. The government is yet to adopt comprehensive legislation to combat violence against women, a pledge it made in 2008.

    Human rights violations have been prevalent at every national election in Armenia except 1991, according to the Amnesty International. Dozens of reported irregularities, including violence against observers by local officials were registered during the latest presidential elections in February 2013.

    Zurabyan also noted that the opposition forces intend to convene an extraordinary parliamentary meeting to discuss the amendments to the Electoral Code.

    Meanwhile, the ruling Republican Party discusses the possibility of making amendments to the Electoral Code, local media wrote. Talks are reportedly focused on the the majority election system. Amendments don't envisage a transition to proportional election system, but reducing the number of majority seats.

    Existing electoral system in Armenia allows 41 majority election districts to elect 41 legislators through majority system.

    Zurabyan has earlier announced the troika's decision refusing to hold talks over 12 demands, which the opposition forces presented to the authorities.

    "The parliamentary troika sees no sense of discussing 12 demands with the government. We think it would serve the authorities to play for time and deliver a blow on nationwide movement," Zurabyan said.

    The list of 12 demands includes the calls on the government to cut taxes for small businesses, considerably increase subsidies to farmers, avoid rise in public transport fares and eliminate economic monopolies.

    Armenian opposition troika of the Heritage, Armenian National Congress and Prosperous Armenia parties staged consecutive rallies on September 30, October 10 and October 24 involving tens of thousands of protesting residents. The protesters demanded change of power, voiced their disagreement with the domestic and foreign policy, as well as injustice and limited human rights in the country.
    9
  • Rovnag Abdullayev: ''EU and Azerbaijani interests in energy sphere coincide''
    21.11.2014 12:24
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    Baku. Agshin Rafigoglu - APA-Economics. ''EU and Azerbaijani interests in energy sphere coincide and both sides can benefit from integration of relevant energy markets and thus, strengthen energy security'', said the President of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev in his interview to Greek Imerissia newspaper.

    According to him, EU and Azerbaijan face same problems in energy sphere: "Both sides think about diversification and security of energy supply, deepening reforms in energy market, development and modernization of energy infrastructures, energy productivity and savings, usage of renewable energy sources. Strengthening of cooperation between Azerbaijan and EU in energy sphere will enable necessary reforms. At the same time, it will strengthen investment environment, create condition for future investments".

    SOCAR President said that Azerbaijan has always prepared and is preparing itself to become global energy supplier: "As you know, SOCAR is currently working on oil and gas projects jointly with 25 global companies. I'd like to note among these projects Southern Gas Corridor which will transport Shahdeniz-2 gas to Europe. Significant part of $45 mln in this project, which includes South Caucasus, TANAP and TAP, was invested by SOCAR. This once again proves that we support EU energy security".

    Abdullayev once more noted that SOCAR is a reliable partner of Europe: "We really believe that energy supply diversification is one of significant issues in EU energy policy and SOCAR supports its European partners".
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  • Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 67th wedding anniversary at RAF base
    21.11.2014 12:22
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    Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Thursday with a trip to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The royal couple arrived in Elgin by train and were met by Lieutenant Colonel Grenville Johnston, the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, and the general public, with one young child handing the Queen a posy of flowers.

    Wearing an elegant lilac coat by Karl Ludwig, and a hat with matching tartan trim by Angela Kelly, the Queen was all smiles as she made her way to the RAF base with her husband, who recently returned from Germany where he presented troops with medals.

    As the pair arrived at RAF Loosiemouth they were welcomed with a flypast of two Tycoons and a Tornado jet, before the Queen unveiled a plaque at the newly-built Quick Reaction Alert facility.

    It is the second visit to the base for the Queen, who also visited in 2003. The base provides a quick response in the event of unidentified aircrafts in northern airspace.

    There, they met pilots and their families, with eight-year-old Lennon Gallagher being given the opportunity to gift the Queen with flowers.

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    He said: "I got the day off school to give the Queen flowers.

    "She said 'thank you, theyв're so beautiful'."

    Three years away from reaching their platinum anniversary, the pair have seen the country go through many changes in their 67 years of marriage.

    In 1947, rationing was still in place when Elizabeth and Philip's nuptials took place two years after WWII had finished. Ahead of the wedding, excited brides-to-be from around the country sent the Princess extra coupons so she would be able to have her perfect gown.

    However, she returned all the coupons following protocol and was allowed an extra 200 by the Government.
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  • President Aliyev receives IOC's honorary medal
    21.11.2014 12:12
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev has been presented with a commemorative medal by the International Olympic Committee for the heads of state.

    President Aliyev got the medal during a meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey on November 20.

    During the meeting, Bach said the ongoing developments in Azerbaijan have made deep impression on him. He congratulated the head of state on achievements.Emphasizing the importance of holding the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Baku, the head of state said he was pleased that Azerbaijan is hosting such an event.

    President Aliyev noted that such events create a good opportunity for guests to get acquainted with the country. Stressing that Azerbaijan has good experience in organizing international events, he expressed confidence that the first European Games would be held successfully.The parties noted the importance of state's attention to the development of sports in Azerbaijan, highlighting the countryв's contribution to international cooperation in this area. They also expressed their satisfaction with the high-level preparations for the first European Games to be held in Baku.Following, Bach presented President Aliyev the commemorative medal. Azerbaijanв's president is one of the first heads of state to receive this commemorative medal.Later, President Aliyev hosted a dinner in honor of President of the IOC Bach and President of the EOC Hickey.

    Azerbaijanв's capital city Baku will host the 43rd General Assembly of the EOC on November 21-22.
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  • Head of CIS governments gather in Ashgabat
    21.11.2014 12:12
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    The next session of the council of the heads of governments of the CIS member-states is launched in Ashghabat on 21 November.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Turkmen media, the session is due to be held in a narrow and expanded format and will be followed by signing joint documents.

    The session participants will discuss the tasks on development of economic cooperation of the CIS states, including the agreement on free trade area of 18 October 2011, interaction in the sphere of nuclear and radiation security, as well as humanitarian and tourism spheres.
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