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Azerbaijan to render financial assistance to Afghanistan
17.01.2013 13:06
Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided $150 000 financial aid to Afghanistan within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Baku office told.

The funds allocated by the Azerbaijani government will be used for application of e-governance methods as a pilot. It is directly related with Azerbaijan`s successful e-governance experience.

"The future of Afghanistan has a special importance for both global security and stability; Azerbaijan actively supports the fraternal-Afghan people in solution of the country's problems," said UN Baku office.

President Ilham Aliyev`s speech made in May in the NATO Summit in Chicago also underlines this.
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    He made the remarks during an online Qamp;A with the Georgian non-governmental organization, the Atlantic Council of Georgia, on March 30, News Georgia reported.

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  • It is time for Iran to make decision to settle Nuke case
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Nuclear negotiations have reached a sensitive stage and the sides are working hard to achieve a comprehensive deal, the US State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend March 30.

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    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

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    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

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  • CIS observer mission kicks off work in Kazakhstan
    30.03.2015 19:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    The observer mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) started its work in Kazakhstan to monitor the presidential election to be held April 26, the Kazakh Central Election Commission said March 30.

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  • Problem for security service
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  • Georgia increases imports of oil products from Azerbaijan by 20%
    30.03.2015 18:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Georgia increased import of oil products from Azerbaijan by 20 percent, the Georgian National Statistics Service's foreign trade report said.

    Georgia imported 35,320 metric tons of oil and petroleum products worth $17.05 million from Azerbaijan in January-February 2015, said the report.

    Oil and oil products from Azerbaijan in January-February amounted to 22.2 percent of a total import volume of Georgia in this category of products, the report said.

    Georgia has imported oil and oil products in the amount of $76.84 million since early 2015.

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  • SOCAR, Fluor sign contract on petrochemical complex construction project
    30.03.2015 18:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29


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    30.03.2015 18:10
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    Security teams are set to search the plane where a note regarding a bomb attack was found.

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  • Opposition-government standoff gaining momentum in Armenia
    30.03.2015 18:09
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    An opposition rally during the weekend in Armeniaв's second largest city of Gyumri staged various provocative actions triggered by the government forces, claimed the organizers of the gathering.

    The most intriguing event at the protest march was a deliberate stabbing attack on Hrach Mirzoyan, an activist of the Founding Parliament group, the hardline opposition movement in Armenia.

    The Founding Parliament, organizer of the rally, is known as an initiator of the "Centenary Without the Regime" campaign and controversially plans to launch an anti-government push on April 24 when Armenians will commemorate the centennial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".

    The rally in Gyumri on March 28 once more showed the brutal and dirty repressive side of the regime when it unleashed its forces against its people.

    Member of the movement, Varujan Avetisyan said a group of people threw stones at their cars while they were on their way from Gyumri back to Yerevan. He believes that the authorities have a hand in the attacks against protesters.

    The movement led by Lebanese-born Armenian, Jirair Sefilyan stated that the anti-government actions are not intended to overshadow the commemoration events but pursue the deposition of the incumbent regime.

    Sefilyan promised to launch nonstop rallies in Yerevan in view of achieving the goals - to eliminate the rulers and to break ground for a new life in Armenia.

    Representatives of the parliamentary opposition parties said, however, they would not join the nonstop protests planned by the Founding Parliament.The Armenian Revolutionary Federation criticized the hardline opposition movement for the scheduled date of its campaign as it coincides with the commemoration of the so-called "genocide".Addressing supporters at the Gyumri rally, Sefilyan, in turn, once again criticized the mainstream opposition forces, calling them the followers of the current regime.

    Although many Armenians believe that now is not the time to stage a regime change, the Founding Parliament leaders overtly announce that it is their deliberate choice to play hard ball against the rulers, namely on April 24.The opposition group's consecutive rallies held in Yerevan and other parts of the Armenia target to attract large crowds to consolidate its struggle against the authorities.

    Sefilyan has recently revealed his plan to create a civil army in Armenia in an effort to provide the needed ground ahead of a regime's possible overthrow.

    Earlier, the Founding Parliament cancelled the march of vehicles to Gyumri on March 7 due to a last-minute decision to return to Yerevan after the government appeared set to engage in provocation and violence.

    The commemoration of the centennial of the "Armenian genocide" myth will apparently take a backsit next month if the nationwide rally succeeds to dethrone President Serzh Sargsyan along with his disciples. Otherwise, Armenia will experience its hardest ever political persecution to date.
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    30.03.2015 18:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said the overall atmosphere of the ongoing nuclear negotiations indicate a deal is not far to reach.

    Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are engaged in intense talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

    "We hope that the outcome of the talks will be a positive one and we will gain the agreement we desire," he said, ISNA news agency reported March 30.

    Pointing out that the Rouhani administration strenuously follows its foreign policy in establishing robust cooperation with the world, he deemed it a good sign that the foreign ministers of the six powers admit Iran's right to the nuclear energy.

    "We hope to be able to lift the unjust sanctions from people's shoulder and pave the way for development," he stated.

    "Even if the talks fail, we have made plans whereby people's lives and the country's development will grow better."

    The negotiators are meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, hoping to reach a political understanding of the case by March 31.

    They have set a deadline of July 1 to strike a comprehensive deal.

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  • Russian State Duma Chairman arrives in Yerevan
    30.03.2015 18:07
    The delegation, headed by the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin, arrived in Yerevan on March 30.

    Sergey Naryshkin was met by the Armenian deputies, led by the Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, APA reported citing armenpress.

    Sharmazanov presented the State Duma Chairman with a forget-me-not, symbolizing the centenary of the "Armenian genocide".
  • European stocks rise
    30.03.2015 17:47
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    Frankfurt's DAX 30 index rallied 1.45 percent to stand at 12,039.89 points in early afternoon deals, while the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 1.14 percent to 5,091.52 points.

    London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.46 percent to stand at 6,886.40 points compared with Friday's close.

    The euro fell to $1.0850 from $1.0890 late in New York on Friday.
  • Turkey to send 153 athletes to Baku 2015
    30.03.2015 17:47
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijanв's historic event Baku 2015 European Games continues to attract sportsmen from all around Europe.

    An exciting and innovative new multi-sport event of the continent will include 20 sports, 16 of which are Olympic, during the 17 days of competition in June 12-28. 6,000 athletes will prove themselves in Baku.

    Neighboring Turkey will be presented by 153 athletes, 63 females and 90 males, in 20 sports, the countryв's National Olympic Committee reported.

    During the first European Games, one athlete will represent Turkey in the competitions on track and field athletics, four athletes '" shooting, 8 '" basketball, 4 '" rhythmic gymnastics, 13 '" boxing, 3 '" fencing, two - table tennis, one '" sambo, 12 '" swimming, 6 '" cycling, 24- wrestling, 11- karate, 2- archery, 4 - beach volleyball, 3 '" triathlon, 2 '" judo, 10 - synchronized swimming, 13 - water polo, 24 '" volleyball, 6 '" canoeing.

    Earlier, the Danish Olympic Committee has named its first five athletes for the inaugural event. Nearly 300 athletes will represent Russia in the event, Serbia will send 79 sportsmen.

    The host country Azerbaijan will be presented by about 320 athletes at the Games.
  • Kyrgyzstan grappling with electricity shortage
    30.03.2015 17:36
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Last year was very difficult for Kyrgyzstan as for the first time in its history as the country, positioning itself as an electricity exporter, was forced to import electricity.

    Electricity shortage remains one of the most important issues for Kyrgyzstan with its 5.5 million-population.

    Kyrgyzstan purchased more than 200 million kWh from neighboring Tajikistan in spring and summer 2014. The lack of electricity reached its critical stage in fall. The problem became more severe in winter when the average temperature often falls below zero.

    The governmentв's first step to deal with the problem was to raise tariffs, something experts have long called on the government to do. Furthermore, the government implemented a series of change in terms of how energy is being used. For example, in schools, hospitals and kindergartens, coal heating was reintroduced.

    However, these measures did not help bridge the 2.4 billion kWh energy deficits.

    The country then sought to import electricity from neighboring Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to solve its energy crisis.

    The reasons that led to a lack of electricity in the country are the reduction of water in countryв's major reservoirs, as well as the lack of efficient investment and innovation in the electricity industry.

    Water levels at Kyrgyzstan's major reservoir are down by around 25 percent last year, which led to an electricity deficit in winter in the country.

    In addition, investments and restructuring have remained at low levels and the electricity industry that is traditionally an important part of industryв's contribution to the GDP has stagnated in recent years.

    Out-of-date infrastructures and poor management make Kyrgyzstan more dependent on foreign energy in winter when water levels are low. Even though Kyrgyzstan has abundant hydro resources, only less than ten percent of its potential has been developed so far.

    The local and international experts believe the construction of hydro power plants could be a wayout of this problem. From this point of view, a new hydroelectric plant on the Naryn River at Kambar'"Ata has been regarded as a viable solution to improve Kyrgyzstanв's export situation and domestic energy supply.

    However, the project, which would include one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world, remained incomplete because of a lack of investments.

    Despite measures taken by government, Kyrgyzstan was unable to prevent its energy crisis. Recently, the government has threatened to take serious measures against consumers exceeding their approved limit consumption.

    Officials considered that one of the reasons for the energy crisis in the country is careless and wasteful attitude toward electricity.

    Nurlan Sadykov, deputy Kyrgyz energy and industry minister has recently said, "unjustified containment of electricity tariffs led to a sharp increase in the growth of consumption, as electricity has become the most common source of heating."

    However, the experts on energy sphere have rejected such a justification, saying the officials are to blame for the energy crisis in the country. They consider that Kyrgyzstan had the opportunity to fully provide electricity to consumers and avoid dependence on energy supplies from neighboring countries. They pinned responsibility on the authorities.

    One of the main causes of the energy crisis in the country has to do with commercial losses, mainly due to corruption, embezzlement and theft, according to experts.

    Meanwhile, Djoomart Otorbaev, the prime minister of Kyrgyzstan said in a cabinet meeting on March 27 that the government will take into account all previous mistakes and not allow the energy crisis in the next heating season.

    He said the government was able to save about 1 billion kWh of electricity through the use of alternative methods of heating.

    However, as said Otorbaev despite such comforting forecasts, the government will have to reduce the amount of electricity generated at hydroelectric power plants by 2.2 kWh.
  • Iran expects $30B foreign tourism revenue by end of 20-year plan
    30.03.2015 17:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicraft, and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar has said based on the 20-year national development plan, by 2025 Iran is expected to receive 20 million foreign tourists, making $30 billion.

    He said that currently, the foreign tourist revenue is only 0.5 percent of the country's total revenue, adding that with capacities the country enjoys, the number should reach 3 percent, IRNA news agency reported March 30.

    The revenue made from each foreign tourist visiting Iran should be calculated at $1,750, but since tourists differ from Arab countries and Afghanistan, the rate is granted at $1,300.

    The official further said that currently Iran's foreign tourism revenue stands at 6 to 6.5 billion dollars.

    The landscape of Iran is diverse, providing a range of activities from hiking and skiing in the Alborz Mountains to beach holidays by the Gulf and the Caspian Sea.

    After rising to power, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani promised to support the country's largely untapped tourism sector.

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  • Azerbaijan, Ukraine expand parliamentary ties
    30.03.2015 17:20
    Members of the Ukraine-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary relations Working Group at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have met with their colleagues at the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan Republic.Eldar Ibrahimov, head of the Azerbaijan-Ukraine inter-parliamentary relations Working Group in Milli Majlis spoke of historical roots of the friendly and fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine. According to him, the economic, political, cultural ties between the two countries develop intensively. In strengthening of these relations, Ibrahimov stressed, the inter-parliamentary contacts play notable role. Ukraine and Azerbaijan are strategic partners, he underlined. Both countries support each other within the international organizations.Roman Nasirov, head of the inter-parliamentary relations Working Group at the Verkhovna Rada, expressed satisfaction with the current level of inter-parliamentary relations and close cooperation between the legislative bodies of both countries. According to him, the current visit of parliamentarians will promote wider development of bilateral relations. Nasirov also expressed his pleasure with the economic successes Azerbaijan reached last years.The parliamentarians focused on a number of other issues of mutual interest.

    /By AzerTac/
  • Woman dressed as a man
    30.03.2015 17:20
    An Egyptian woman who spent more than four decades disguising herself as a man to provide for her family was recently awarded the country's highest award for motherhood.

    Sisa Abu Daooh, 64, has been dressing like a man for 43 years. Her husband died in the early 1970s and she and her daughter quickly became destitute, so she took to disguising herself in clothing of the opposite sex for better employment opportunities.

    Ms. Daooh spent seven years working in construction and other manual labor, earning less than a dollar a day, The New York Times reported. She eventually found less physically demanding work.

    Today, she works as a shoe shiner - and still dresses as a man.

    She told The Guardian that many people realized she was a woman. Some even verbally or physically abused her for it, but others either ignored it or didn't notice at all.

    "I was happy. I was able to work men's work, and all the people around me were happy with it. When men looked at me they looked at me as a man," she said. "I have decided to die in these clothes. I've got used to it. It's my whole life and I can't leave it now. When a woman lets go of her femininity, it's hard. But I would do anything for my daughter."

    Last week, she was awarded the "woman breadwinner" award by authorities in her hometown of Luxor and was congratulated in person by the Egyptian president.
  • State Committee: Azerbaijani adoptees under strict supervision
    30.03.2015 17:19
    Azerbaijani children adopted by foreign nationals are under strict supervision.

    Every six months for three years, the organizations which have been accredited in Azerbaijan and oversee adoptees, as well as adoptive parents present us the video recordings, photos, certificates on health and psychological status and photos taken at children's schools, head of Information and Analytical Research Department of the State Committee of Family, Women and Children Affairs Elgun Safarov told APA.

    E. Safarov said that children given to foreign families are deprived of citizenship by court.

    "Since 2007, the State Committee of Family, Women and Children Affairs has been dealing with the adoption issues which were previously under the authority of the Cabinet of Ministers. Earlier, there were some negative cases on this issue, but now such cases are not observed. To protect the children's interests we strengthen supervision over them. A child obtains the citizenship of the country in which he lives with his/her new family. However, the child may not be deprived of the Azerbaijani citizenship. This depends mainly on the family adopted him/her," the State Committee official noted.

    Safarov also added that 43 Azerbaijani children were adopted by foreigners in 2007-2014.

    "Most of these families are Russian citizens of Azerbaijani origin, as well as US citizens. In addition, the Azerbaijani children were adopted by families from France, Switzerland, as well as Turkish citizens who got married with Azerbaijanis. Up now, no call for adoption from Africa, Asia and Australia has been received," he completed.
  • South Korea backs int'l efforts to settle Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    30.03.2015 17:06
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be settled based on international norms and principles, a South Korean official said.

    During a visit to the Azerbaijani parliament on March 29, member of the Korean National Assembly, Kang Chang-hee said the only way to solve the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region was clearly provided in the documents adopted by the United Nations and other international organizations.

    "South Korea supports the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's resolution pursuant to the UN and similar international resolutions," Chang-hee said.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan remain locked in a bitter territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which Armenia-backed separatists seized from Azerbaijan in a bloody war in the early 1990s.

    Azerbaijan's internationally recognized Nagorno-Karabakh territory was turned into a battlefield and zone of aggravated tensions after Armenia sent its troops to occupy Azerbaijan's lands. As a result, 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory stands under military occupation. For the past two decades, and despite calls from the international community, Armenia has refused to withdraw its troops and retreat within its national borders.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    South Korea's support to Azerbaijan's fair position in view of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution has been repeatedly stated in high-level meetings between the officials of two countries.

    Armenia's coercive encroachment on the internationally recognized and historical Azerbaijani lands resulted in the forced displacement of nearly one million Azerbaijanis from the Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

    Besides that, the rights of those refugees and IDPs living in refugee camps in Azerbaijan are still being violated grossly by Armenia since it refuses to withdraw from the occupied lands.

    Intolerance towards humanistic principles, the aggressive content of its state policy and also baseless territorial claims of Armenia against Azerbaijan are vivid factors driving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement to a deadlock.
  • Gulf triple islands inseparable parts of Iranian territory '" Tehran
    30.03.2015 17:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has asserted that the triple islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa are and will remain parts of Iran's territory.

    She made the remarks in reaction to statements made during the 26th Gulf Cooperation Council meeting by the Arab members about the sovereignty of the three islands, IRNA news agency reported March 30.

    Repeating the meddlesome remarks about Iran's sovereignty over the islands will not alter the existing historical realities, Afkham asserted.

    She stated that all developments made on the islands have been carried out in accordance with the Islamic Republic's sovereignty framework.

    In September, Iran said it will establish a power plant on Abu Musa Island which is the subject of dispute between Iran and the UAE.

    Iran has always adopted a policy of friendship and healthy relations with all neighbor countries and avoids interfering with the affairs of other countries, Afkham stated.

    Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs are controlled by Iran, and claimed by both the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Republic.

    The islands were part of the Trucial States and under British rule, but when the UAE became independent of Britain in 1971, Iran took control of the islands.

    Iran has repeatedly declared that its ownership of the three islands is unquestionable.

    Edited by CN

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  • Earthquake hits Shamakhi
    30.03.2015 16:58
    The depth of the quake was 7 km.

    An earthquake with 4 points magnitude has hit Shamakhi today.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Republican center of Seismological Service that according to preliminary data, the earthquake was registered at 14:59:01 local time, 13 km to the north of Pirgulu, Shamakhi region.

    Quake's magnitude was 4.1, depth - 7 km.

    The quake magnitude was 4 points in the epicenter, 3 points - in settlements.
  • No need to be concerned over flight safety, Azerbaijan Airlines says
    30.03.2015 16:50
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Following news of the crash of the Germanwings airliner in the French Alps many people have said to be nervous about air travel.

    For all those who already feel nervous about flying, this catastrophe has only made things worse, shaking their faith in airlines' ability to ensure passengers safety.

    ''The issues related to ensuring civil aircraft safety and the pilotsв' health are always the focus of particular attention in Azerbaijan,'' said Maharram Safarli, the head of the press service of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL).He toldВ TrendВ on March 29 that the overall control in this area is carried out by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).Safarli noted the company is following international standards and all requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the selection of pilots.''In Azerbaijan, the selection of all future pilots is carried out taking into account individuals' abilities, health status and other factors during their enrolment to the National Aviation Academy,'' he said. "Therefore the recent accident that took place in Europe, in the Alps can't be a criterion for us."Azerbaijani citizens up to 23 years old, having passed a special medical examination at the medical-flight expert commission of the Heydar Aliyev International Airportв's aviation clinics can be recruited for the positions of pilot-engineer and dispatcher at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Aviation, according to Safarli."In the future, the psycho-physiological and physical condition of students will remain under constant supervision,'' he said. ''The new rules are worked out in this area in accordance with international standards to be applied at the Academy from the next academic year."

    He added that in order to control the changes that can take place in the psychological state and health of pilots in general, they undergo regular medical check-up.

    The medical-flight expert commission tightly controls these issues and pilots undergo a medical check-up on a mandatory basis before each flight, he said.Safarli added that there were cases when the commission prohibited experienced pilots from carrying out flights if even minor problems were revealed in their heath.''Audit commissions of ICAO and European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) have always been very pleased and positively assessed our work related to pilots,'' Safarli said, adding that there havenв't been any negative assessments to date.''

    Azerbaijan Airlines is the country's biggest airline and national flag carrier. As a regional and CIS leader in terms of its number of new aircrafts, AZAL offers its passenger flights to European countries, the CIS, Middle East, Asia and the United States.

    Currently, AZAL's fleet consists of Boeing B-787-8, Boeing 757-200, Boeing 767-300, Airbus 319, Airbus A320, Airbus A340-500, Embraer ERJ 170-100LR and Embraer ERJ 190-100. The company cooperates with about 60 airlines to provide its passengers with an opportunity to travel leisurely around the world.
  • Mine explosion kills 5 Iranian border guards
    30.03.2015 16:49
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Five Iranian border guards were killed in a landmine explosion near the Iran-Iraq border, Brigadier General Jalal Setareh, deputy Commander of Iran's Border Guards said, Fars News Agency reported March 30.

    The incident took place early in the morning of March 30 when a landmine remaining from Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) exploded in a road near the country's western borders, Setareh said.

    The landmine was exposed to the road as a result of last night's precipitations, he said.

    Iran is one of the countries in the world with the most unexploded landmines, which kill and injure dozens of people every year.

    According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, there were 46 deaths and 76 injuries from landmines in Iran in 2012. Seven of the casualties were children.

    Land areas in Iranian provinces of Ilam (1,700 hectares), Khuzestan (1.3 million hectares), Kermanshah (691,000 hectares ), Western Azerbaijan ( 59,000 hectares ) and Kurdistan ( 1,480 hectares ) were mined during the war.

    It was assumed that after the war around 16 million mines could still remain in these areas.

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  • Uzbekistanв's presidential election held at sufficiently high level '" OSCE
    30.03.2015 16:49
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 30

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The presidential election in Uzbekistan was held at a sufficiently high level, the voters were active, Tana de Zulueta, head of the observation mission from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said at the briefing on March 30.

    Uzbekistan held the presidential election on March 29. The candidates from four political parties were running for the presidency.

    Over 91 percent of voters cast ballots, according to the country's Central Election Commission.

    Uzbekistan's current president possessed an advantage during the election campaign, according to the mission head.

    Some violations were recorded in the voting process during the observation of the preparations and holding of the election, said the mission head.

    OSCE/ODIHR mission will release a detailed report about the election campaign in Uzbekistan two months later.

    Tana de Zulueta said the final assessment of the election will also depend on results of the remaining stages of the election process, including summarizing and announcing the results, as well as reviewing the possible complaints and remarks received following the election.

    The limited observation mission of OSCE/ODIHR has been operating in Uzbekistan since Feb.23 upon the invitation of the country's government.

    OSCE/ODIHR mission includes 11 international experts based in Tashkent and 10 long-term observers who were sent to the country's regions.

    Over 300 representatives from 43 countries, missions of OSCE/ODIHR, CIS Executive Committee, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation observed the presidential election.

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  • "ASAN xidmЙ™t'' launched in Barda
    30.03.2015 16:44
    Barda Regional Center "ASAN xidmЙ™t" has launched. Regional Center is subordinate to the State Agency for the provision of services to citizens and social innovation, commenced its activity, SIA informs.

    Barda Regional Center "ASAN xidmЙ™t" will serve about 800,000 residents of Barda, Aghdam, Agjabadi, Lachin, Yevlakh and Tartar regions.

    Note that there are currently eight "ASAN xidmЙ™t" centers. 4 of them are located in Baku, the other four in the regional centers - in Sumgait, Ganja, Sabirabad and Barda.

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  • Iran waits sanctionsв' lifting for boosting oil exports
    30.03.2015 16:19
    /By AzerTac/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iran voiced readiness to provide global markets with an extra one million barrels of its crude oil per day, as soon as sanctions against the countryв's oil exports are lifted.

    Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, Iranв's Petroleum Minister said the extra volume will be provided from the collective production capacity of fields that have been put offline, stressing that the oil ministry is ready to do this ''in a short matter of time'', Press TV reported.

    The U.S. and EU imposed sanctions on Iran's oil and financial sectors at the beginning of 2012 due to claims of potential deviation toward non-civilian purposes in Iran's nuclear energy program. Iran has repeatedly denied Western allegations against its nuclear energy program.

    The sanctions are aimed to prevent other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The current sanctions also ban foreign investments the country needs to pump oil out of the ground.

    International sanctions have undermined Iranв's oil production capacity and its oil exports thus harming the economy. Iran's oil exports have decreased by half after the imposition of sanctions.

    An interim nuclear deal with world powers in November 2013 has helped the country to slightly increase its oil exports under the sanctions relief program.

    Moreover, analysts believe that the successful performance by Zangeneh '" and President Hassan Rouhani on the whole '" have helped Iran produce and sell enough oil to keep the economy afloat.

    Iranв's current oil production is estimated to be around 2.7 million barrels per day of which about 1 million barrels are exported '" as required by the current regime of sanctions.

    Zanganeh said in mid-March that the Islamic Republic would be able to raise production by a million barrels a day, bringing it to 3.8 million, ''within a few months''.

    Iran is seeking to forge a final agreement with international powers by June that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions that was a hurdle for Iranian economy in boosting oil exports, attracting investments etc.

    Tehran is currently negotiating with P5 1 group of countries over the removal of sanctions that have been imposed over disputes on the Iranian nuclear energy program. The sides have a deadline approaching within the next several months to reach a comprehensive deal that envisages the removal of sanctions.
  • 8 dead in Florida
    30.03.2015 16:09
    8 people were killed and 10 injured early Monday after a van drove through a stop sign and careered off a Florida highway into a canal, officials said.

    The accident happened in the southern state near Moore Haven city on a major US highway.

    Officials said the van "passed through a posted stop sign and traveled across all lanes of US 27.

    There were 18 people in the vehicle at the time of the accident and no other cars were involved, Bueno said.

    The driver was among those killed.
  • New Azerbaijan-EU agreement to help expand trade
    30.03.2015 16:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    There is a need to sign a new agreement to expand the trade relations between the EU and Azerbaijan, the EU told Trend March 30.

    The EU was commenting on the issue related to the development of the trade-economic relations between the sides.

    The EU is Azerbaijan's first trading partner representing 42.4 % of Azerbaijan's total trade," the EU said. "Bilateral EU-Azerbaijan trade was growing in the past years and the EU and Azerbaijan should further expand their commercial relations in the coming years. The EU is Azerbaijan's biggest export and import market with respectively a 48.3% and 27.7% share in total Azerbaijan's exports and imports. EU exports to Azerbaijan consist mainly of machinery and transport equipment. EU imports from Azerbaijan cover mainly mineral fuels."

    The EU-Azerbaijan bilateral trade cooperation is currently provided for by the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in force since July 1999.

    "In the area of trade, the PCA is a non-preferential agreement, the Parties grant each other MFN treatment with respect to tariffs and quantitative restrictions are prohibited in the bilateral trade," the EU said. "The PCA also envisages progressive regulatory approximation of Azerbaijan's legislation and procedures to the most important EU and international trade related laws and standards, which should lead to a better access of Azerbaijan's products to the EU markets."

    Further diversification of Azerbaijan's economy, currently mainly based on the hydrocarbon sector, is necessary.

    "In this respect, regulatory approximation of Azerbaijan's trade-related legislation and procedures with the international and EU laws and standards as well as further enhancement of the business environment to attract investment, foremost for the benefit of smaller companies, is essential," the EU said.

    "Negotiations on and conclusion of an enhanced bilateral framework agreement replacing the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement of 1999 with the EU, including on upgraded trade-related provisions would offer the possibility to pursue these objectives," the statement said. "It would provide for a support of regulatory approximation and enhance a more rule based business environment. Azerbaijan's WTO accession would also contribute to achieve these goals."

    "Instead of an association agreement, Azerbaijan put forward an initiative to conclude an agreement on the strategic modernization partnership with the EU," Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev said earlier. "This document is not a legal document. It is rather a program, a plan of action to ensure that expand our cooperation with the EU beyond energy cooperation. The agreement will determine new areas of partnership, such as education and other areas. Many aspects have been agreed. But some issues must be coordinated."

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  • Citizens advised to close Facebook accounts
    30.03.2015 16:02
    The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizenв's data.

    A similar statement was made at the trial in a hearing of the case brought by the Austrian human rights activist Maximilian Schrems against the social networking site Facebook. Schrems is a member of a group of activists Europe-v-Facebook, which believes the US social network violates civil rights of EU users. In the process, complaints were also filed against companies, such as Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo.

    Schrems says that companies operating inside the EU should not transfer private data to the United States under Safe Harbour protections. The European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizensв' data when sent to the US by American internet firms. The European Parliament once again urged to suspend the agreement. The trial is expected to proceed on June 24, 2015
  • Uzbek presidential election was open, democratic - SCO mission
    30.03.2015 15:52
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mar. 30

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek presidential election conformed to international standards, was open and democratic, the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), head of the SCO Observer Mission Dmitry Mezentsev said at a press conference March 30.

    "The presidential election in Uzbekistan was held openly and democratically, in accordance with the law and international standards," said Mezentsev.

    He went on to add that no violations that cast doubt on the election results were revealed.

    Mezentsev said that the mission also noted the high level of organization of the election campaign. Representatives of the mission visited polling stations and were present during the vote count.

    "All the activities within the framework of the election campaign were conducted openly and publicly, in strict accordance with the legislation of Uzbekistan," he said.

    SCO Observer Mission also observed the parliamentary election in the republic in 2014.

    Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are SCO member-states.

    More than 91 percent of voters took part in the election of March 29, according to the CEC of Uzbekistan.

    About 300 international observers from 43 countries monitored the election. One thousand representatives of local and foreign media are involved in covering the electoral process.

    The candidates from four Uzbek political parties were running for the presidency.

    The Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan nominated the current president, Islam Karimov as a presidential candidate.

    The People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan proposed the chairman of the Central Council, Hatamzhon Ketmonov to the president's post, and the Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish nominated a member of the party's faction in the parliament, Akmal Saidov.

    Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party Adolat nominated the chairman of the party's executive committee, Narimon Umarov.

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  • Not only Azerbaijanis, but also Turks fell victim to genocide by Armenians
    30.03.2015 15:51
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30


    Armenians in the early 20th century, committed genocide of not only Azerbaijanis, but Turks as well, said Sheikhulislam Hajji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO).

    He made the remarks March 30 at an event dedicated to the March 31 - the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    "At the same time, Armenians continue to claim all over the world that they were allegedly lsquo;destroyed'," said Pashazadeh. "They plan to mark the centenary of the lsquo;Armenian genocide', once again trying to show themselves as lsquo;sufferers'."

    He regretted that there are still heads of states and religious leaders, who support the Armenian extremists in their aspirations.

    "The Soviet leadership at the time, too, was under their influence that caused problems in the study of issues related to the criminal acts of Armenians," Pashazadeh added.

    As a result of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis, pursued in the last two centuries by Armenian nationalists and their supporters, Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges.

    This policy even more intensified in 1918-20. The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.

    More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.

    During the event an appeal was made to the heads of states and religious denominations and the world community to give a political and legal assessment of the genocide of Azerbaijanis committed by Armenians in the early 20th century.

    The event was attended by the representatives of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, religious denominations, science figures and members of the public.

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  • Uzbekistan to spend $ 40 billion for modernization of production
    30.03.2015 15:46
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Uzbekistan will allocate $40 billion to investment projects for the modernization and diversification of production.

    Uzbekistan adopted a program of measures to organize structural reforms, modernization and diversification of production for 2015-2019, UzDaily reported.

    The country will implement 846 investment projects on modernization, technical and technological renovation of the production capacities for $40.809 billion under the program.

    Investors and sources of financing were determined on 711 new investment projects for $19.64 billion. The program includes 135 perspective projects for $21.169 billion, which will be realized through foreign investments and loans in 2015-2019.

    The programв's implementation is expected to ensure an average annual growth of the gross domestic product in 2015-2019 at the level of at least 9 percent and 9 percent industrial output. This will help Uzbekistan grow its share of industry in GDP from its current 24 percent to 27 percent in 2020.

    In the reporting period, Uzbekistan will launch the production of about 100 new groups of goods (1,000 types of goods) and annual production and export potential of industry will grow by 18 trillion soums and $2 billion respectively.

    Under the program, Uzbekistan plans to implement 124 investment projects on modernization and renovation of production capacities and 48 perspective investment projects with foreign investments in geology, energy, chemical, petrochemical and metallurgy industries.

    Almalyk Mining Metallurgy Combine and Navoi Mining Metallurgy Combine are planning to implement 41 projects on modernization and renovation of production capacities in 2015-2019.

    The complex of machinery, automobile and electro-technical industries and product standardization will realize 77 projects, which will be directed at launching new products and expand existing capacities on production of agriculture equipment, trucks and spare parts.

    Uzeltekhsanoat is planning 39 investment projects for $268.5 million within the program andUzstroymateriali, 11 projects.

    Uzbekyengilsanoat will realize 58 projects toward the creation of new facilities and the modernization of existing capacities as well as work on 21 perspective projects.

    The association Uzbekcharmpoyabzali is planning to implement 61 investment projects on the production of leather and modern footwear, demanded abroad.

    The association of food industry enterprises are planning to realize 304 projects for $410 million in 2015-2019, which envisage the creation of storage capacities and processing of agriculture products, deep freezing, vacuum packaging, etc.
  • Timberlake speaks on becaming a father
    30.03.2015 15:39
    Justin Timberlake had one very special lady on his mind as he accepted an award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. The singer gave a sweet shout-out to his pregnant wife Jessica Biel as he took to the stage in LA and spoke of his excitement at becoming a father for the first time.

    "You can't have innovation without creation, so finally, I want to thank my best friend, my favourite collaborator '" my wife Jessica, at home, who's watching," Justin said as he accepted the prestigious Innovator Award.
  • National Security Ministry guards national interests, stability in Azerbaijan
    30.03.2015 15:35
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry celebrated its 96th anniversary on March 28 in a solemn ceremony attended by the entire staff of the ministry.

    Top officials of the ministry underscored particularly the ministry's role in ensuring and protecting Azerbaijan's national interests.

    Addressing the event held at the ministry's academy named after Heydar Aliyev, National Security Minister, Eldar Mahmudov said the structures of the ministry will further contribute to the state policy for augmenting Azerbaijan's strength under President Ilham Aliyev's wise leadership.Colonel General Mahmudov said that last year had been of great success for Azerbaijan in terms of national security and other fields.

    "Despite the ongoing economic crisis in the world, Azerbaijan managed to save its image of dynamically developing country where national security is ensured universally," he noted.

    As for the results achieved by the National Security Ministry last year, Mahmudov said the national security in Azerbaijan was reliably ensured the security along with constant stability throughout the previous year.

    "The ministry has actively and regularly taken appropriate measures to fight terrorism, separatism, religious extremism and other types of crime aimed at distorting the socio-political environment in Azerbaijan," he added.

    Mahmudov said international cooperation was very important for the National Security Ministry and it expanded its collaboration with international colleagues year by year.

    "We have built mutual ties with 76 special service organizations in 51 countries worldwide so far. Experience and information exchange, joint activities and practical assistance are the main directives of our cooperation," the minister noted.

    Referring to the upcoming European Games in Azerbaijan, Mahmudov said Europe's willingness to honor Azerbaijan as the host country of the great sportive event once more proves the country as a secure destination to arrange international contests.

    "Since the high-level organization of the European Games is of great importance for Azerbaijan's authority and image in the global arena, there are major tasks for the National Security Ministry ahead," Mahmudov said.

    "We deeply acknowledge the responsibility for the tasks we should complete. The ministry, with the full staff, will endeavor to further serve Azerbaijan's national interests," he added.

    Addressing the celebrative ceremony, Head of the National Security Ministry's Academy, Ziya Yusifzade highly appreciated President Ilham Aliyev's outstanding merits in the light of the academy's modern development.

    Deputy National Security Minister, Elchin Aliyev, in turn, said the leading global forces relied on Azerbaijan's support in solving many of the issues in the South Caucasus region, viewing the country as a reliable partner.

    "Today Azerbaijan is actively attending the process of establishing both a regional and international security system," he said.

    The event ended with adoption of an appeal to President Ilham Aliyev, Supreme Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

    The national security system of Azerbaijan was established in 1919 during the 23-month power of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. Following the declaration of independence from the collapsed Soviet Union in 1991, the current National Security Ministry was established based on the legal basis of the State Security Committee of Azerbaijan.

    Fundamental reforms in the ministry were launched after national leader Heydar Aliyev's rise to power in 1993, which triggered the major renovation and progress of the national security system bringing it to modern norms and standards.
  • World should be ready for global fight against terrorism '" Turkish deputy PM
    30.03.2015 15:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The international community should be ready for the global fight against terrorism, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said during his visit to Tunisia.

    He said Turkey has a clear position on this issue: all countries of the world should combine efforts in fighting terrorism, Anadolu agency reported on Mar.30.

    The forces that are interested in mass riots stand behind all the terrorist acts, said Kurtulmus.

    He added that terrorism threat has greatly increased in a number of Arab countries following the "Arab spring", adding that it also poses a threat to other countries, including Turkey.

    It should be noted that several attempts to commit a terrorist act were made in Turkey in early 2015. Two more acts of terrorism were prevented in Turkey on Jan.10.

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  • Russia sends first part of goods van ordered by Azerbaijan Railways
    30.03.2015 15:30
    These vans will be in Azerbaijan after 2 weeks, APA-Economics reports.

    According to contract signed between Azerbaijan Railways OJSC and Russia's Uralvagonzavod OJSC, the first part of goods van to be given to Azerbaijan has been sent.

    According to Russian media, specialists of Uralvagonzavod got 600 vans and 300 number plates for tanks.

    First part of 12-132 low-sided cars and 14-150-04 tanks have already produced. These cars will be in Azerbaijan after two weeks.

    Director General of Uralvagonzavod Oleg Siyenko stressed that the order will e fulfilled. He noted that Uralvagonzavod is ready to introduce a program for expansion of rolling stock for Azerbaijan Railways.
  • Direct flights to open between Baku and Nizhny Novgorod
    30.03.2015 15:21
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC will open a direct regular flight on Baku - Nizhny Novgorod-Baku route in the early summer of 2015, said the message posted on the website of the Strigino International Airport of Nizhny Novgorod.

    The direct flights on the mentioned route will start from June 6.

    "The flights will be carried out by Embraer-190 aircraft on Saturdays," said the message. "Starting from July 29, the flights on the mentioned route will be carried out on Wednesdays as well."

    Previously, in 2014, Maharram Safarli, AZAL spokesperson told Trend that the company intends to open new regular flights to the Russian cities of Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod and the Belarusian capital of Minsk during the spring-summer season.

    Currently AZAL fleet consists of modern planes that meet all safety requirements.

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  • Heads of Azerbaijanв's religious confessions appeal to international community
    30.03.2015 15:21
    "We call on you to give political-judicial assessment to all these crimes of genocide the Armenian invaders committed against the Azerbaijani people"

    Chairman of the Caucasian Muslim Office (CMO) Sheikh-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazade, Archbishop of Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy Alexander, head of Baku Mountain Jews religious community Milikh Yevdayev and head of European Jews Community Gennadi Zelmanovich have appealed to the world's religious leaders, parliaments and international organizations in connection with the anniversary of March 31 - the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis, APA reports.

    The statement says that Armenian nationalists have been conducting a policy of genocide and aggression against the people of Azerbaijan for more than 200 years:

    "The main purpose of this policy is to drive out the Azerbaijanis from their native lands and establish "Great Armenia" invented by the Armenian historians and ideologists. Historical facts prove that the Azerbaijani lands, covering 114 000 sq. km on the maps of the last century, was reduced to 86.600 sq. km as a result of the Armenian occupation and the forced expulsion of local people. 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories were occupied following the last invasion of Karabakh and surrounding districts. Azerbaijan have been divided into two parts. In 1905-1918, the Armenians committed massacre against the Azerbaijanis in Baku, Nakhchivan, Karabakh, Shamakhi, Guba and other places, killing tens of thousands of civilians and destructing historical-cultural monuments and mosques. The Zangazur district of Azerbaijan was given to an illegally created state, Armenia, without any reason. Nagorno-Karabakh was granted an autonomous status. From 1948 to 1953, the Azerbaijanis living in Armenia were forced to flee their native lands, which gave birth to the modern-day Armenian Republic. In the late 1980s, after Heydar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani people's prominent statesman, was alienated by the USSR leadership, over 250,000 Azerbaijanis were forced out of their homes in Armenia. 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands were again invaded by the Armenians. Acts of vandalism were widely carried out in the occupied lands. Following prominent leader Heydar Aliyev's second return to power in Azerbaijan, these tragedies were presented to the international community. Under the decree signed by Heydar Aliyev in 1998, March 31 began to be formally marked as a day of genocide. The UN Security Council adopted 4 resolutions on occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the resolutions that are still being ignored by Armenia. As representatives of religious confessions, we call on you to give political-judicial assessment to all these crimes of genocide the Armenian invaders committed against the Azerbaijani people. May Allah, the Most High, help us all be able to distinguish between the right and wrong and maintain justice!"
  • Soros to invest $1 billion
    30.03.2015 15:14
    US billionaire investor George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in the Ukrainian economy, SIA informs citing the Austrian Standard newspaper.

    Soros said he would invest the money if Western countries improved the country's investment climate. According to the billionair, the West needs to ensure the political risks.

    Soros named agriculture and infrastructure as potentially profitable areas of investment.
  • Armenia, Georgia continue to heavily pollute Kur River
    30.03.2015 15:05
    As a result of contamination in Armenia and Georgia, the content of the biogenic matters in the Kur River exceeded the norm by several times, said Azerbaijanв's Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry on Mar. 29.The ministry held monitoring in the second decade of March checking the level of pollution in trans-boundary rivers Kur and Araz and their trans-boundary tributaries.In the second decade of March, the water flow in Kur, compared to the first decade of the same month, increased by 35 cubic meters per second and was 197 cubic meters per second.At the Shikhli-2 site of the Agstafachay River the content of phenols exceeded the maximum permissible concentration by over four times.Meanwhile, in the Agstafachay Reservoir too the phenols exceeded the maximum permissible concentration by four times.At the same time, the phenol content exceeded the maximum permissible concentration by over 3.5 times at the Horadiz, Bahramtepe and Shahsevan-1 sites of the Araz river.

  • Voting in Uzbek presidential election held in transparent atmosphere '" observers
    30.03.2015 14:59
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 30

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Voting in the presidential election in Uzbekistan and the subsequent counting of votes were held in open and transparent atmosphere, Lee Chung-hee, head of the mission from the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) said on Mar.30.

    The mission head said that the A-WEB mission members visited a number of polling stations in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara.

    Chung-hee said the voters were very active at all polling stations and all international norms and requirements were met during the voting process.

    Maximum convenience was ensured for voting, moreover, mother and child rooms, medical aid stations were opened, according to A-WEB mission head.

    Chung-hee thanked the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan for the conditions created for the successful work of the mission in the country.

    Uzbekistan held presidential election on Mar.29. The candidates from four political parties were running for the presidency.

    Aside from A-WEB, the following international organization observed the presidential election in the country: OSCE/ODIHR, CIS Executive Committee, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

    Edited by SI

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  • Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov to visit Baku
    30.03.2015 14:46
    On March 31 Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia and President of the Russian Culture Foundation, film director Nikita Mikhalkov, will arrive in Baku.During his short visit, one of the brightest representatives of Russian cinema Nikita Mikhalkov will meet with his Azerbaijani counterparts and discuss the issues of expansion and deepening of bilateral cooperation. He will also get familiar with the sights of Baku.Nikita Mikhalkov is the author of such films as Five Nights, Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano, A few Days in the Life of I.I Oblomov, Without Witnesses, Black Eyes, Urga: Territory of Love, Burnt by the Sun, The Barber of Siberia, 12 and others.In the framework of the visit, the winner of numerous international film festivals and Oscar winner Nikita Mikhalkov will hold master classes for young filmmakers.

    /By AzerTac/
  • Cigar business launched
    30.03.2015 14:46
    In Syria's northeastern province of Latakia, workers roll the country's first locally made cigars, a new product being launched despite the devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year.

    The workers are employed by Syria's state-run General Tobacco Company, which has decided to branch out into cigars in a bid to create desperately needed jobs and boost revenue.

    At the end of February, the company's director general said the initiative would create some 1,000 new jobs in the country, which has seen its economy ravaged by the conflict.

    "The company will start selling the products on the local market very soon and then begin trying to export to friendly countries," says deputy director-general Salman al-Abbas.
  • Almaty to become EEUв's financial center
    30.03.2015 14:36
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Eurasian Economic Union official considers that Almaty will truly become a financial center of the organization.

    ''Speaking about the freedom of movement of capital, initially, emphasis was given to the establishment of a single market for financial services with supranational financial regulator no later than 2025,'' said Vladimir Goshin, a member of the board (minister) on customs cooperation of the EEC, Kazakh media reported.

    He noted that the presidents of three EEU member countries discussed this issue during their meeting in Kazakhstan on March 20.

    Goshin said a supranational regulator will monitor the functioning of the financial market and the introduction of common rules, noting that this regulator will locate in Almaty.

    Thus, Almaty truly will become the financial center of the Eurasian Economic Union, as Eurasian Investment Bank is already there, according to Goshin.

    The Eurasian Customs Union, formed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in 2010 transited into an EEU in January 2015. On January 1, the treaty between the presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus authorizing the EEU went into effect. The EEU aims at promoting free movement of goods, capital, and people between all member states.

    Kazakh President NursultanNazarbayev offered last year to pose the city of Almaty as a financial center of the Eurasian Economic Community.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered both the Central Bank and government to look into the immediate implementation of a common currency policy within the framework of the EEU.

    The recent meeting of presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in Astana highlighted the transition to a more active phase of monetary union in order to allow these states to promptly respond to financial and economic threats, along with protecting the common market.

    However, there are calls to not rush into the establishment of a single monetary system within the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Igor Shuvalov, first deputy of Russian prime minister said there is no need to rush the establishment of single currency system and monetary union when the inflation targets, as well as the parameters for real stability of the national currency are not achieved.
  • Vatican refuses to comply with Armeniansв' condition regarding 1915 event prayer
    30.03.2015 14:25
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30


    The Vatican refused to comply with Armenians' condition regarding the 1915 event prayer to be served on April 12, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported March 30.

    "Although a public service will be served, it will not be called "Victims of the century" as the Armenians suggested," Turkish ambassador to the Vatican Mehmet Pacaci said.

    Pacaci said Turkish diplomacy succeeded in this regard.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Festive events dedicated to the Canakkale Victory will be held in Turkey on April 24. The presidents of over 50 countries will take part in these events.

    Edited by CN

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  • Armenian scout captured in Aghdam to stand trial on April 7
    30.03.2015 14:14
    The case of the Armenian scout will be considered by judge Elbey Allahverdiyev.

    The preliminary trial of the Armenian scout Bagdasaryan Arsen Edwardovich, who crossed the Aghdam part of the contact line of troops on 26 December 2014 and was captured by the Azerbaijani soldiers, will be held by the Ganja Court of Grave Crimes on April 7 at 10:00 am., APA reports.

    The Military Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that on 26 December 2014, professional serviceman Bagdasaryan Arsen Edwardovich, who is a member of an Armenian reconnaissance-sabotage group that had crossed the Aghdam part of the contact line of troops near, was captured by Azerbaijani servicemen. The Military Prosecutor's Office launched a criminal case under the Criminal Code's articles 29,120.2.7, 29,120.2.12 and 29,282.2.

    The investigation into the fact discovered that senior sergeant A.E. Bagdasaryan who underwent special training in Armenia has served under contract as the first platoon commander of the reconnaissance detachment at military unit 49971 under an armed criminal formation located in the Azerbaijani district of Aghdere occupied by Armenian armed forces. He was instructed by the commander of the military unit (he has been identified) to kill Azerbaijani citizens with the intention of national hostility and hatred, and to cross to the defense positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces to place mines in order to cause explosions in the trenches with the purpose of damaging Azerbaijan's defense capabilities. On this purpose, Bagdasaryan alongside other members of the criminal group (their names has been identified) crossed the contact line of troops in a secrete way at around 3:00 PM 26 Dec. 2014. They are convicted of placing 3 of the 7 Fugas antipersonnel mines he had in the trench paths frequently used by Azerbaijani soldiers. Thanks to the Azerbaijani soldiers' vigilance, Bagdasaryan was captured on his way back, and mines neutralized.

    Necessary investigative measures were then taken, the knife and other items seized from Bagdasaryan as well as one of the mine placed in the ground and the place were two of the mines were neutralized by exploding inspected, forensic medical, complex forensic psychiatric and psychological, etc. examination conducted, witnesses questioned.

    Bagdasaryan faced charges under the Criminal Code's articles #218.2 (participation in criminal community), 29,120.2.1 (attempt to a deliberate murder by group of persons, on preliminary arrangement by group of persons, by organized group or criminal community), 29,120.2.7 (attempt to a deliberate murder of two or more persons), 29,120.2.12 (attempt to a deliberate murder on motive of national, racial, religious hatred or enmity), 29,282.2 (attempt to commitment of explosion, arson or other actions directed on destruction or damage of enterprises, constructions, means of communication, means of message and communication, objects of life-support of a population with a view of undermining defensibility and economic safety of the Azerbaijan Republic) and was sentenced to pretrial detention.

    The Republican Military Prosecutor's Office continues preliminary investigation of the case, legal actions will be taken depending on the results.
  • Zakir Hasanov: Soldier's life has its own difficulties
    30.03.2015 14:14
    "You must free the land from enemy occupation."

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov appealed to the servicemen called up for military service and transferred to the reserve by order of the President dated March 2, 2015.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry that the Minister appealed to the military and the young men drafted for military service, and noted that they are going through one of the most honorable days of the their life.

    According to the Minister, military officers who have dedicated themselves to serving the motherland, will always have respect and reverence of the Azerbaijani people.

    "You demob at a time when the army of Azerbaijan adequately reflect the attacks of the enemy, showing valor, courage and professionalism.

    People believe and trust in their army.

    Young men called up for military service should be aware that a soldier's life has its own difficulties.

    The part of our lands is occupied by the enemy. You must free the land from enemy occupation. To successfully accomplish this task, you must be ready for orders of the Supreme Commander and efficiently use every moment of a soldier's life," Z.Hasanov said.
  • YARAT opens its art center with new exhibitions
    30.03.2015 14:02
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    YARAT Contemporary Art Center has opened in Baku with an exhibition of Shirin Neshat called The Home of My Eyes.

    This is a major new commission, produced following the artistв's time in Azerbaijan and also includes two of Neshatв's earlier works, the seminal video installations Soliloquy (1999) and Passage (2001) and is guest curate by Dina Nasser-Khadivi.

    Neshatв's work explores the complexities of cultural identity, gender and power to express a vision that embraces Persian traditions and contemporary concepts of individuality.

    In her recent photographic work, the artist who lives and works in New York, has focused on the portrait as a prism to reveal the cultural dynamics and personal histories of her subjects, exploring the narratives that can be 'readв' in an individual.

    This new commission, The Home of My Eyes (2015), builds on Neshatв's growing interest in portraiture. During her time spent in Azerbaijan in 2014, she photographed over fifty individuals who came from communities across the country, ranging from two to eighty years old.

    While taking the photographs, Neshat asked participants a series of questions regarding their cultural identity and their concept of home. The resulting responses are written in calligraphy overlaying the portraits. The assembled images make up a monumental installation, which fills two entire walls of one of the eleven meter-high exhibition galleries of YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, a converted Soviet-era naval building.''I consider the new series of images a portrait of a country that has for so long been a crossroads for many different ethnicities, religions, and languages. This series combines fifty-five portraits of men and women from different generations to create a tapestry of human faces which pays tribute to the rich cultural history of Azerbaijan and its diversity,'' Shirin Neshat explains.The opening ceremony was attended by rector of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts Omer Eldarov, chairman of the Writers' Union of Azerbaijan Anar, world-known artist Tahir Salahov, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov, Rector of Baku branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, head of UNS Theatre, corresponding member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, PhD Nargiz Pashayeva, Founder and Creative Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Space Aida Mahmudova.

    The event also attracted Dean at Central Saint Martins with responsibility for the Art, Culture and Drama Mark Dunhill, Art Director of Moscow State Contemporary Arts Leonid Bazhanov, heads of ''Cosmoscow'' Contemporary Arts International Fair Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaya, curator for the Middle East and Northern Africa of ''Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative'' Project Sara Raza, director general of ''Art finans'' company and vice president of ''Gazprombank'' Mariya Sitnina, director for exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia, Varenne Olivier, director of London-based ICONGallery Jonathan Watkins, as well as public, culture and art figures, and representatives of the diplomatic mission.Shirin Neshat, an Iranian-born artist, is widely acclaimed for her powerful video installations and photographs. Neshatв's work frequently refers to the social, cultural and religious codes of societies and the dynamics of certain oppositions, creating stark visual contrasts through motifs such as light and dark, black and white and male and female.

    She became internationally recognized in 1999 when her film Turbulent won the international prize at the Venice Biennale and, in the following year, she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

    The artist has received a number of prizes, including the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014, the Grand Prix of the Biennale in Korea 2000, and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival for her first feature-length film Women Without Men in 2008.Neshatв's work has been shown worldwide in group and solo exhibitions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2013; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2013; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2011; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 2006; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, 2002; National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, 2001; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, 2000; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, 1998. She has participated in major biennales including Venice, Sydney, Johannesburg, Istanbul and the Whitney Biennale. She has also participated in film festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.

    The opening of the center was also marked with an exhibition from YARATв's permanent collection, including work by artists from the Caucasus, Central Asia and neighboring countries, alongside work by international artists whose work resonates with Azerbaijan.

    The collection itself has been accumulated over the past three years and will continue to grow, in part through special commissions for exhibitions at YARAT Contemporary Art Space curated by Suad Garayeva.
  • Turkish president to not cancel visit to Iran
    30.03.2015 14:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn't intend to cancel his visit to Iran.

    Turkish news channel TRT Haber quoted Erdogan on March 30 as saying that despite some government officials in Iran opposing his visit, their stance doesn't reflect Tehran's official position on the matter.

    The president said that, therefore, he is not going to cancel his visit to Iran.

    Earlier, Erdogan said Iran's aspiration to dominate the region, including Yemen, is unacceptable.

    "Iran seeks to dominate the region. This is really unacceptable, and Iran must know this," Erdogan said at a press conference in Istanbul, commenting on the beginning of military operations in Yemen.

    The president said the conflict in Yemen has acquired a "sectarian" nature, and called on Iran to stop supporting the Shiite Houthi rebels.

    Following this statement, a number of government officials of Iran opposed Erdogan's planned visit to Tehran.

    Erdogan will visit Iran on April 7.

    Starting from March 26, several Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, have been carrying out an international military operation in Yemen.

    The coalition continues its strikes on military targets and positions of the Shiite Houthi rebels, who in January seized government offices in Sana'a and forced the president and the government to resign.

    On March 28, the coalition for the first time dealt a blow to the country's international airport in Sana'a.

    Edited by CN


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  • National gymnasts continue to gladden fans
    30.03.2015 13:50
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Lisbon International Tournament 2015 and the 2015 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup were held in the Portuguese capital Lisbon on March 26-29.

    A total of 50 individual gymnasts and fifteen groups representing a total of 30 countries were taking part at the Lisbon International Tournament.

    The gymnasts competed in the following categories: Rhythmic Individual- (Junior 13-15 years) and Rhythmic Group- (Junior 13-15 years).

    In the World Cup the gymnasts competed in Rhythmic Individual- (Senior 16-99 years)

    and Rhythmic Group- (Senior 16-99 years) categories.

    These events were remembered bright thanks to the brilliant performances of Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda, who brought home two bronze medals.

    Marina has proven early form at last weekend's Grand Prix in Thiais in France, where she was among the medalists, taking gold, silver and bronze medals.

    Azerbaijani national teamв's leader and athlete ambassador of the upcoming European Games, Marina ranked third in exercises with ball and ribbon.

    She also showed good results in the exercises with hoop and clubs, finishing fourth with these two apparatus. Following the results of four exercises, she ranked fifth.

    Junior gymnast Zhala Piriyeva brought home a bronze following a performance with a rope.An exercise with five balls, performed by our junior group team became another memorable moment of the tournament.

    Accompanied by the legendary pop king, Michael Jackson's song, this exercise, already popular in the gymnastics world, literally made the audience rise. Performance of Azerbaijani gymnasts who finished fourth was accompanied by a storm of applauses.
  • Can 35 sanctions on Iran be removed?
    30.03.2015 13:50
    By Dalga Khatinoglu

    Elimination of the international sanctions is one of Iran's demands aimed at paving the way towards a comprehensive nuclear deal, but in fact, a notable number of sanctions are not related to the Middle Eastern country's nuclear activities.

    Of the 35 sanctions imposed on Iran, the U.S. put in place 25 and the UN and EU five each.

    The motivation for the U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran during a period from 1979 to 2012, includes a vast range of topics; including abusing human rights inside the country and Syria, supporting and sponsoring the terrorism, money laundry and its nuclear program.

    For instance, before 2012 - when for first time Iran's uranium enrichment plant, Natanz, was revealed - the U.S. had imposed 10 sanctions, of which only one case was related to weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation. Concerning post 2012 sanctions, again the vast range of restrictions imposed by Washington relate to non-nuclear issues.

    Some of sanctions were designed directly by Congress. The U.S. President Barak Obama can eliminate those sanctions, which were ratified by White House, and suspend those imposed by Congress for six months and extend this period every 180 days. However, it's difficult to talk about the lifting of sanctions on Iran entirely, especially while the Republicans dominating Congress are against any deal that doesn't curb all of Iran's nuclear activities.

    Eliminating EU and United Nation Security Council sanctions would be relatively easy, because all of them are military and nuclear-related.

    Ignoring the sides' attempt to get the best compromise, it seems Iran's priority is the elimination of sanctions restricting its financial sectors which include; shipping, insurance purchasing oil and gas import, banning investment in the energy sector, black-listing of banks, etc.

    According to a report prepared by Iranian former Minister of Road and Urban Development Ahmad Khorram for the Expediency Discernment Council, Iran has lost about $460 billion from sanctions between the Q2 of 2012 to the same period in 2014.

    This amount of loss during a three-year period surpasses the country's annual GDP, which stood around $370 in 2014.

    The country's oil export halved to one million barrels per day, national currency dropped 3.5 times in value against USD, the inflation rate soared to above 36 percent and above $100 billion Iranian reserves were blocked abroad. Additionally, the country faced 1.9 percent and 6.8 percent economy contraction during the years correspond to 2012 and 2013.

    Iran's GDP growth reached 1.5 percent during last year, mostly because of easing some sanctions based on an interim nuclear deal achieved in November 2013 and extended so far. As it stands, the comprehensive nuclear deal is expected to last at least one decade and during this time the other sanctions could be removed gradually.

    Edited by CN

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  • Iran, powers start '˜decisiveв' session on nuclear case
    30.03.2015 13:50
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) entered a new round of talks just minutes ago in what one of the top Iranian negotiators called a lsquo;decisive' session.

    It is expected that the agreement, which is to come out of the meeting room, will be registered at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

    Besides Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who have been holding talks for six days in Lausanne, Switzerland, the British, German, French, Chinese and Russian foreign ministers Philip Hammond, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Laurent Fabius, Wang Yi, and Sergey Lavrov are also attending the talks, IRNA news agency reported March 30.

    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is also a side to the negotiations.

    On March 29, the six foreign ministers held a coordination session for today's decisive meeting after they had held two or multi-sided talks.

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi called the session a lsquo;decisive' one. The session, which was to be held on March 29 but was postponed one day due to the late arrival of one of the foreign ministers attending the talks.

    The last leading figure to enter Lausanne for the talks was Hammond.

    Iran and the six powers are trying to hammer out a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.

    They have decided to reach a political understanding by the end of March.

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  • Azerbaijani wrestlers grab 3 medals at Yasar Dogu tournament
    30.03.2015 13:44
    Azerbaijani wrestlers have claimed three medals, including gold at the 43rd International Yasar Dogu Free Style Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The gold medal came from Aleksandr Gostiyev in the 86kg weight category, AzerTag reports.

    Ruslan Gasimov and Agahuseyn Mustafayev took bronze medals in the 57kg and 65kg divisions respectively.
  • Management companies buy 93% of SOCAR Eurobonds issue
    30.03.2015 13:35
    Management companies bought 93 percent of SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) Eurobonds issue, placed in March 2015, the company has said.SOCAR placed 15-year Eurobonds with volume of $750 million with a yield of 6.95 percent.Proceeds of the placement of bonds are being used 50 percent for capital spending related to the Star refinery in Turkey, and the remainder refinancing of short term debt and for general corporate purposes.Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan have been chosen as managers of the issue.Management companies bought 93 percent of the issue, banks -- 5 percent, pension funds -- 2 percent, according to SOCAR.

    /By AzerTac/
  • Saudi Arabia in a panic
    30.03.2015 13:15
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The latest events in Yemen have shaken the Arab world, forcing the Arab leaders to look at the situation from a different angle. It seems like their patience came to an end.

    Speaking at an Arab League summit on March 28, Egyptв's president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has summoned up calls to create a unified Arab force to confront regional security menaces. Sisi also said Arab countries are facing an unprecedented threat to their stability and identity. Egypt takes part in a military operation against Huthis Shia movement in order to preserve the unity of Yemen and to establish peace on its territory, as Sisi claims.

    The U.N.'s top adviser on Yemen has warned that the country is moving toward "the edge of civil war."

    The dangerous situation in Yemen jeopardizes the safety of transportations from the Middle East, breaking stability in the key oil-producing region in whole.

    The roots of Yemenв's current conflict date back more than a decade, to a little-covered series of six brutal wars fought by the government of Yemenв's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the aim of defeating an insurgent groupВ --В widely referred to as the HouthisВ --В based in the countryв's far north.

    Yemen was divided into two mentally different countries before 1990. The South side, being pro-Soviet orientated, has waged a fierce struggle with the other. However, the southern resistance was suppressed and destroyed.

    If history is a guide, foreign intervention can only exacerbate the situation in the country. Ironically, centers on a potential Saudi Arabian and Egyptian military intervention in Yemen, a scenario that immediately reminds North Yemenв's 1960s Civil War which saw both sides intervene -- albeit on different sides -- in a matter which only appeared to prolong the conflict.

    The Egyptian president claimed that the Arab world faced different threats and accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs. He also blamed Shia rebels for creating chaos in the country, calling them ''stooges of Iran''. Still, neither Iran, nor Houthis recognizes the charges.

    Riyadh, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have already sent their military forces to fight against the rebels.

    However, what is the real reason of the Arab countriesв' striving to help Yemen to get rid of the rebels? The Arabian countries observe force conflicts almost every year and it still does not mean such an active role of the Arabian League as in Yemen.

    Undoubtedly, the motive is Yemenв's great strategic location in the south-western point of the Arabian Peninsula. At the extreme scenario, the risk of escalation of conflict and disruptions in oil production dramatically increases.

    Yemen, which now suffers from the military operations, is not a key player in the energy market. Despite the fact that Yemen is located in the oil-rich region, this country cannot be named as a major manufacturer and exporter of oil - it accounts only 0.2 percent of worldв's oil producing.

    However, the country has a significant strategic location in the Middle Eastern oil export.

    Yemeni land is located along the main sea route from Europe to Asia on one side, and next to the Red seaв's trade routes, on the other. There are daily transports of millions of barrels of oil in both directions: from the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and from Saudi oil refineries to the Asian markets. Also, Aden gulf transports huge amounts of the oil to the market. All the major seaports in Yemen have been closed and blocked already due to the worsening situation in the country.

    Now the question is whether the importers can stand the possible cessation of blockage of the Bab el-Mandeb, a strategically important seaport which involves oil tankers from the Persian Gulf. It is fully assumed that escalation of the conflict in Yemen may offer an undesirable scenario, ultimately moving up the world oil prices.

    The political crisis in Yemen has already led to an increase in oil prices by almost 4 percent. From the very moment of slowdown in oil quotations experts urge that any fluctuations in energy market may exacerbate the situation in the Middle East. Despite having big oil volumes Arabian producers will find it difficult to reach the consumer markets, which will ultimately decrease supplies of "black gold".

    Despite the fact that Iran publicly judges their actions and calls for the peaceful solution to the conflict, Saudi Arabia has reasons to feel anxious about the future strengthening of Shias in the region. Also, their main fear is that civil unrest, strikes and protests can spill over in region's other countries. In particular, in the eastern provinces, the largest oil fields in the peninsula, redominantly populated by Shia population.

    How far are the Arab countries ready to go in order to reduce the risk?
  • Azerbaijan cuts import from Georgia
    30.03.2015 13:05
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan continues last yearв's cut down of the import from Georgia with about 40 percent decrease in January-February 2015.

    The goods imports from Georgia fell by 38.4 percent, the National Statistics Office of Georgia reported on the foreign trade for the first two months of this year.

    The report said that in January-February, Georgia exported goods worth $45.9 million, which is 14.2 percent from the overall Georgian export. In comparison, during the same period of last year, Georgia exported goods worth $74.5 million to Azerbaijan.

    The goods mostly imported from Georgia to Azerbaijan are cars, cattle, cement, steel reinforcement and other products.

    The most part of the import from Georgia consisted of cars brought to this country from America and Europe. However, introduction of the Euro 4 ecological standard in Azerbaijan last April has cut this business.

    Trade turnover between the two countries in this two months amounted to $146.6 million, which makes 10.2 percent of total foreign trade of Georgia. This index is 21.9 percent less than it was the same period last year.

    For comparison, in January-February 2014 the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $187.7 million.

    Meanwhile, Georgia also cuts imports of Azerbaijani products. In January-February 2015, Georgia imported products amounting to $100.7 million from Azerbaijan, the Gruzstat said.

    The volume of imports from Azerbaijan to Georgia fell by 15 percent, according to the report. For comparison, during the same period in 2014, Georgia imported Azerbaijani goods worth $118.5 million.

    Azerbaijan takes the second place in the list of countries Georgian imports the products. The share of Azerbaijan's exported goods in total amount of goods imported in Georgia is 9.1 percent.

    The main items of Georgian import from Azerbaijan are gasoline, oil, building materials, electricity, glass, margarine and other products.

    The most part of the goods Georgia imports from Turkey. In January-February of this year, the volume of Georgian imports from Turkey amounted to $198.29 million, or 17.9 percent of total imports.

    China ranks the second with $97.7 million and a weight of 8.8 percent of the total Georgian imports.
  • A unique experiment by NASA
    30.03.2015 12:55
    American astranaut Scott Kelly will participate in a unique experiment that may help prepare the first space flight to Mars, SIA informs.

    According to NASA, Kelly has an identical twin brother. After spending 342 days in space, Kelly will return to Earth and the condition of his organism will be compared to his brother's to estimate the influence of long space journeys.
  • New Jerseyв's General Assembly recognizes genocide of Azerbaijanis
    30.03.2015 12:47
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The General Assembly of the U.S. State of New Jersey issued a resolution recognizing March 31 as Azerbaijani Remembrance Day.

    Azerbaijani Society of America said on March 29 New Jerseyв's General Assembly issued a document marking the 97th anniversary of the genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    The resolution, introduced by NJ Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver was signed by the Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto with the official copy presented to ASA leadership.

    New York became the first state outside of Azerbaijan to legislatively acknowledge Azerbaijanis Genocide as a historical fact, when NY State Senate adopted Resolution J3784 in 2012, also through ASA Pax Turcica powered awareness efforts.

    New Jersey issued a similar legislative recognition in 2013. Azerbaijani Genocide has also been recognized by individual official proclamations in the states of Texas and Nevada.

    The U.S. state of Nevada has twice issued a proclamation - in 2009 and 2011- on observing March 31 as a Day of Remembrance, honoring the victims resulting from the fighting that began in March 1918.

    In March 1918, armed groups of the Armenian Dashnak party in concert with Soviet Bolsheviks massacred about 20,000 innocent Azerbaijanis and people of other Muslim nations in Baku and other cities of Azerbaijan. The killings were part of the massacres committed by the Armenian nationalists who sought to create a great state in the Caucasus and Anatolia. During the massacres one million Azerbaijanis and over 2.5 million Turks, Kurds and other Muslims were subjected to genocide or expelled from their native lands.

    Special Investigation Commission set up by the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on July 15, 1918 collected a great number of documents and submitted them to the government. In 1919, the Azerbaijani parliament made a decision on marking March 31 as the day of Azerbaijanis' genocide.

    Though this date was essentially forgotten during the Soviet times, relevant investigations on the tragedy were carried out and books were published after Azerbaijan gained independence from the USSR in 1991.

    President Heydar Aliyev issued a decree on March 26, 1998 to commemorate March 31 as the Day of Azerbaijanis' Genocide. Since then, every year Azerbaijanis living in countries around the world mark March 31 as the Day of Genocide.
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