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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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  • Power of traffic police expands
    19.04.2014 09:01
    Translated by Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Draft law on changes to "On the road traffic" law which expands the legal base for police to chase the drivers has been adopted at the plenary meeting of Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan.








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    Day.Az referring to Trend informs on the matter.


    According to the bill, the traffic police could pursue the driver in case if the transport facility is illegally taken (stolen) or the driver is suspected in a crime, furthermore, if there is no other way to stop the car, then the police has the right to use the means for forced stopping.


    In accordance with the changes, chase can be realized in cases if the transport facility is illegaly taken (stolen), or the driver is suspected in a crime, or he/she creates danger to life and health of the people, as well as, if the vehicle doesn't go in line with safety standards. In the mentioned cases, the pursuit could be arranged through providing the information by means of radio connection to the high-ranking officials of the executive power. If it doesn't help, means for mandatory stop are allowed to be used.


    Note that according to the acting law, chase could be arranged in cases if the driver creates danger to the life and health of the people, under the terms of safety and providing information by the radio connection to the high-ranking officials of the executive power. Usage of the means for forced stop of the car is allowed if the aforementioned steps emerge useless to stop the transport facility.В 
  • U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Julia Nesheiwat visits Azerbaijan
    19.04.2014 08:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of State for Implementation in the Bureau of Energy Resources Julia Nesheiwat visited Azerbaijan this weekend to discuss Azerbaijan's progress in developing its renewable energy sector and identify potential areas for cooperation.

    U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar and DAS Nesheiwat met with the Azerbaijani State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources.

    DAS Nesheiwat then toured the waste management plants in Balakhani, including its Waste-to-Energy plant.

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  • Azerbaijan to attract consultant to assess prospects for ICT development
    19.04.2014 08:28
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:

    The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies intends to attract a consultant to prepare a package of proposals, Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov said at the board meeting on April 17 dedicated to the results of the first quarter.

    This consultant will ensure the achievement of the objectives as part of the new state program for the development of the information society.

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    "A tender will be announced to choose the consultant," the minister said. "The leading international and local experts will be able to participate in it."

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    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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    19.04.2014 08:25
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    "If a progress in Syria had been made early, the world would have prevented the coup in Egypt," Davutoglu said.

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  • Russiaв's Lavrov, US Kerry agree to continue contacts on Ukrainian settlement
    19.04.2014 03:50
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    "Sergei Lavrov drew attention of the U.S. side to the necessity of the immediate and complete fulfillment by the Ukrainian authorities of the Geneva statement provision that provide in particular non-use of force and the beginning of a nationwide dialogue on a new constitution involving all key political forces and Ukrainian regions," the ministry said.

    "The sides agreed to continue close contacts in the interests of the soonest normalization of the situation in Ukraine," the ministry noted.

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  • Obama signs act barring visas for certain UN representatives
    19.04.2014 03:48
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an act that bars entry of certain representatives to the United Nations, Xinhua reported.

    The act, passed by the U.S. Congress last week, is aimed at blocking Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's newly appointed ambassador to the UN, from entering the United States.

    The law bans any UN envoy from entering the United States if the individual has been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States and may pose a threat to its national security interests.

    Lawmakers sponsoring the act said Aboutalebi should be banned from entry to the United States because he was a member of a militant group that held 52 Americans hostage when it seized the U. S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.

    "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House on Friday.

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    Aboutalebi said he was only an interpreter for the militant group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

    Iran said it has no replacement for Aboutalebi, who has served as Iran's ambassador to Australia, the European Union, Belgium, and Italy.

    The UN on Monday called the confrontation "a very serious issue. "

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  • Policeman killed in Egypt's Cairo bomb blast
    19.04.2014 03:38
    An Egyptian police officer was killed late Friday when an explosion rocked a busy district in central Cairo, state news agency MENA reported.

    A bomb targeting a traffic checkpoint was detonated in the Lebanon Square in western Mohandessin district of Giza, killing a police officer from the Giza traffic department and injuring another, the security forces said, Xinhua reported.

    Witnesses said several attackers riding a motorbike threw the bomb from a nearby bridge above the checkpoint.

    An investigation has been launched to search for the attackers and more possible devices.

    No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But a Sinai-based Jihadist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, closely related to al-Qaida, had claimed responsibility for most of similar attacks.

    Violence and militant attacks targeting security forces and their installations have escalated across Egypt after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July. Hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed, especially in the lawless northern Sinai Peninsula.

    In recent months militant assaults have been creeping into the capital Cairo and other Nile Delta cities.

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  • Iran reacts to news on landing of American plane in Tehran
    19.04.2014 01:30
    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman reacting to broadcasted news on landing of an American plane in TehranЛ€s Mehrabad Airport said on Friday that the US plane was chartered by Ghana Presidential Office and was carrying a high ranking Ghanaian delegation, IRNA reported.

    Л€The planeЛ€s passengers included a high ranking Ghanaian delegation, comprised of that countryЛ€s officials and led by a brother of GhanaЛ€s president,Л€ said Marziyeh Afkham, adding that even the crew members of the American plane were all non-American.

    She said that Iran and Ghana were both interested in further expansion of their bilateral ties and cooperation.

    Л€The Ghanaian delegationЛ€s last week visit was made to pursue the implementation of the agreements reached during a visit of Iran by that countryЛ€s president two years ago,Л€ she added.

    The African countryЛ€s delegation left Iran yesterday (on Thursday) following a number of meetings with Iranian officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, according to Afkham.

    President John Dramani Mahama pledged on February 11, 2013 Ghana's commitment to deepen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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  • PM Erdogan appeals to Turkey's highest court
    19.04.2014 00:34
    Turkey's PM Erdogan has appealed to Turkey's highest court on individual basis for 'breaches of right to privacy and freedom of communication due to illegal wiretapping', Anadolu Agency reported.

    Erdogan has appealed demanding the implementation of court rulings that order the removal of social media content which violates 'his and family's human rights'.

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  • Heydar Aliyev Center to host concert of famous violinist Itzhak Perlman
    18.04.2014 23:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    Heydar Aliyev Center will host a concert of the world-famous violinist, winner of 15 Grammy and four Emmy awards Itzhak Perlman, on April 28.

    "The American musician of Jewish origin will perform for Baku audience accompanied by Rohan De Silva, a Sri Lankan pianist," the center told Trend.

    The immortal works by great composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy will also be performed during the classical music night.

    Perlman was born in 1945 in Israel. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and then at the Juilliard School, one of the largest art schools in the U.S.

    In 1964 he won the Leventritt Competition, a prestigious contest of academic musicians in the U.S., and this greatly influenced his future career.

    Since that time, the virtuoso violinist has toured throughout the world with famous orchestras and with solo concerts.

    He performed at prestigious halls, including in the U.S. Kennedy Center. Perlman has also performed at the White House several times.

    Perlman fascinates the audience with his craftsmanship as a conductor. The New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston and other bands performed concert programs under his direction.

    On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Juilliard School in 2005, Perlman was awarded an honorary doctorate and the medal of this educational institution. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1986 and the National Medal of Arts in 2000 in the United States.

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  • Georgian president pardons 95 prisoners on occasion of Easter
    18.04.2014 23:08
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18

    By Nana Kirtskhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a decree pardoning prisoners on occasion of the Orthodox Easter.

    Margvelashvili pardoned 95 convicts, Georgian presidential administration told Trend.

    The presidential decree was handed over to Georgian Corrections and Legal Assistance Ministry. All pardoned persons will be released on Saturday.

    It should be noted that Georgian Presidential Pardon Commission recommended Margvelashvili to pardon 100 prisoners.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • Baku hosts Founding Meeting of Azerbaijan National Committee of ICOMOS
    18.04.2014 22:58
    Baku has hosted the Founding Meeting of the Azerbaijan National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

    The meeting was attended by president of ICOMOS Gustavo Araoz.

    Speaking to the event, minister of culture and tourism Abulfaz Garayev provided an insight into Azerbaijan`s historical and cultural heritage.

    He praised the government`s attention to preserving and promoting the country`s legacy.

    The minister said president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva was playing a crucial role in promoting Azerbaijan`s cultural values and historical heritage on the international scale.

    ICOMOS president Araoz said the organization was ready to assist Azerbaijan in preserving its historical monuments. He expressed confidence Azerbaijan would be an important partner of ICOMOS after becoming its member.

    ICOMOS is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world.

    It was founded in 1965 in Warsaw as a result of the Venice Charter of 1964, and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites.

    ICOMOS currently has over 7,500 members.

    In response to a proposal by ICOMOS, UNESCO designated 18 April as the lsquo;International Day for Monuments and Sites'.
  • Azerbaijan, Bulgaria discuss ways of developing relations
    18.04.2014 22:34
    Azerbaijan`s Ambassador to Bulgaria Emil Karimov has visited Plovdiv, the second-largest city of the country, to discuss ways of developing relations between the two countries.

    During the trip, he met Mayor of the city Ivan Totev. Karimov highlighted the Azerbaijan-Bulgaria ties, and stressed the importance of reciprocal visits.

    The ambassador said Azerbaijan attached great importance to developing relationship with Bulgaria on all fronts, including among local executive authorities of the two countries.

    The diplomat stressed the necessity of establishing relations between Plovdiv and a city in Azerbaijan.

    Totev hailed development of bonds between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

    He said Plovdiv was interested in establishing ties with a city in Azerbaijan, conducting experience exchange, organizing reciprocal visits and various events.

    Karimov also met rector of the Agricultural University of Plovdiv.

    The diplomat spoke of the Azerbaijani government`s attention to education, as well as educational relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

    Karimov underlined the importance of developing ties between the Agricultural University of Plovdiv and Azerbaijan`s relevant university.

    The rector briefed the ambassador on the activities of the University, expressing interest in establishing relationship with relevant Azerbaijani university.
  • Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva instructs Heydar Aliyev Foundation to cover costs of treating a two-and-a-half years old boy
    18.04.2014 22:30
    Instructed by Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will cover the costs of treating Omar, a two-and-a-half years old boy in urgent need of heart surgery.

    In her Facebook status, MP Ganira Pashayeva thanked the first lady: "We express our deepest gratitude to Azerbaijan`s first lady, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, distinguished Mehriban Aliyeva."

    "The mother of two-and-a-half years old Omar Gasimov, who urgently needs heart surgery, has phoned us and said that she was invited to Baku on behalf of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation," Pashayeva said.

    "Instructed by Mehriban Aliyeva the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will cover all surgery and treatment costs."

    "InshAllah, thanks to attention and care of Mehriban Aliyeva Omar will be cured and become a worthy son of his family and nation," said Pashayeva.
  • Azerbaijani insurance company announces capitalization to restore its license
    18.04.2014 22:22
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Ilaha Khalilova - Trend:

    Azerbaijani State Committee for Securities (SCS) registered the issue prospectus of ordinary nominal undocumented shares of Gunay SД±gorta OJSC.

    The issue volume is 1.2 million Azerbaijani manats, Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) said on April 18.

    Some 1,200 shares at par value of 1,000 manats were issued as part of the emission.

    The placement underwriter is Texnika Capital Management LLC.

    Azerbaijani Finance Ministry suspended Gunay SД±gorta's license on February 24, 2014.

    Under the legislation, Gunay Sigorta needs to align its aggregate capital with the Finance Ministry's minimum requirement within six months in order to reinstate its license.

    The minimum amount of total capital of insurers, operating in the non-life insurance sector, is set at the level of five million manats.

    Currently, the placement of the company's shares worth 2.2 million manats is underway at the BSE. The company earlier said that upon completion of this process, which started on March 10, the company's authorized capital will grow up to 6.4 million manats, while its total capital will stand at 5.5 million manats.

    Correspondingly, after the new issue placement the company's authorized capital will increase up to 7.6 million manats, while the total capital will be 6.7 million manats.

    Azerbaijani joint-stock bank Gunay Bank is the sole shareholder of Gunay SД±gorta, which has been operating since 1992.

    The official exchange rate on April 18 is 0.7843 AZN/USD.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • Participants of Shamkir Chess-2014 tournament pay respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev
    18.04.2014 22:09
    Participants of the Shamkir Chess-2014 tournament commemorating prominent Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov have today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also paid respect to prominent grandmaster Vugar Hashimov, and put a wreath and flowers at his grave.
  • Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan discuss oil and gas cooperation
    18.04.2014 22:05
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 18

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Rovnag Abdullayev, who is on a visit to Turkmenistan, discussed the development of cooperation of the two countries in the oil and gas sphere on April 18, a message from Turkmen government said.

    The Azerbaijani delegation was received at Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry.

    "During the negotiations held in a constructive environment, the parties exchanged views on the issues related to strengthening of friendship and cooperation between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, as well as the further development of bilateral relations, including the cooperation in the oil and gas sphere," the government message said.

    Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are interested in using alternative routes for delivering the energy resources of the Caspian Sea region to Europe. Turkmenistan's hydrocarbon resources can be delivered to the European market through the Caspian Sea by constructing a 300 kilometer pipeline along the sea bottom to the coast of Azerbaijan.

    Then the fuel can be sent to Turkey which has a common border with European countries.

    The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline could become a part of the large-scaled projects of the Southern gas corridor. Ashgabat believes that for laying pipes under the Caspian Sea, the legal status of which has not yet been determined, the consent of both Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and those territories covered by the project, is sufficient.

    Azerbaijan, for its part, expressed readiness to offer its territory, transit opportunities and infrastructure for implementing this project.

    Turkmenistan's leadership has repeatedly expressed readiness to conduct environmental examination by involving international experts.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Three young Azerbaijani boxers into 1/8 final of World Championship
    18.04.2014 22:00
    Three young Azerbaijani boxers have qualified for the 1/8 final of the World Championship in Bulgaria.

    Mesud Yusifzade weighing in at 52kg, Shukran Mehdiyev at 91kg and Mahammadali Tahirov at super heavyweight progressed to the 1/8 final after defeating Canadian Adrian Halford, Norwegian Jonas Soenstebin and Lithuanian Dovydas Sernas respectively.

    Yusifzade will next face Uzbek Abdulkay Sharakhmatov, Mehdiyev will clash with Turkish Mahammad Aydi, while Tahirov will lock horns with Turkish Eren Uzun.
  • Vegetables on Mars within ten years?
    18.04.2014 21:52
    The soil on Mars could be appropriate for cultivating meals crops - this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR. This would prove very practical if we ever decide to send men and women on a one particular-way trip to the red planet. Soon after all, if we are going to live anywhere in outer space in the future Mars stands a good possibility of being the spot.

    In a exclusive pilot experiment Wieger tested the development of 14 plant varieties on artificial Mars soil over 50 days. NASA composed the soil based on the volcanic soil of Hawaii. To his surprise, the plants grew effectively some even blossomed. "I had anticipated the germination procedure to function, but I thought the plants would die due to a lack of nutrients," Wieger explains. The soil evaluation showed, nonetheless, that Mars soil contains more nutrients than expected. In addition to phosphorus and iron oxides, the scientist located nitrogen, an necessary plant nutrient.

    Professor Leo Marcelis of Wageningen University is advisor in the 'Mars One' project and a single of Wieger Wamelink's colleagues. He is seeking into cultivation systems that should really make increasing vegetables on Mars feasible. "As it is not possible to take every little thing from earth, we will need to create meals if we want to go into space. This needs understanding on cultivation systems that function nicely in Mars conditions," says Leo.

    According to the scientist, it is a huge challenge to install such a life assistance technique on Mars. One aspect of plant cultivation is the soil, but there are plenty additional challenges on the red planet. The low gravity, for instance, creates challenges with the water provide as it makes it hard for water to run downwards. The low gravity also signifies there are concerns with the exchange of gases by the plant such as carbon dioxide and oxygen. This causes them to grow slower and evaporate less water. Moreover, Mars hardly has any atmosphere, the temperatures are low and there is much significantly less light than on earth.
  • FINCA Azerbaijan opens new office in Beylagan district
    18.04.2014 21:47
    FINCA Azerbaijan, as an NBCO devoted to the provision of best customer services held an official opening ceremony of its new office that meets all the requirements of modern standards in Beylagan district. The opening ceremony was attended by the deputy of Beylagan ExCom, Timothy Tarrant - country director of FINCA Azerbaijan and other responsible officers, as well by the representatives of various banks and financial institutions operating in the region and clients.

    Valuable gifts were presented to 4 clients who have been cooperating with the branch for many years. As well, within the framework of the "1/150.000th client in each branch" campaign being implemented in 65 branches of the organization 2 clients from Beylagan and Fizuli regions were also awarded with special gifts.

    Currently, Beylagan branch that has been operating for more than 11 years in the region provides financial services to more than 4000 clients mainly involved in agriculture, cattle-breeding and small business.

    FINCA Azerbaijan provides more than 152,000 active clients - small and medium entrepreneurs with various loan products through its 65 branches operating within the whole country.
  • Azerbaijan, Turkey to set up Eurasian Agricultural Council
    18.04.2014 21:46
    Azerbaijan and Turkey will create Eurasian Agricultural Council.

    A relevant agreement was signed by head of Azerbaijani National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Mammad Musayev and head of Turkish Agriculture and Food Industry Confederation Hakan Yuksel.

    The Council will be dedicated to extending cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey it the fields of agriculture, food industry, environmental protection and different sectors of economy.

    The sides also agreed to conduct mutual information exchange, and organize exhibitions and business forums.

    Musayev was invited to attend the Second International Agricultural Exhibition to be held in Antalya in November.
  • Baku oil refinery unit suspends work
    18.04.2014 21:41
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    The work of a main unit at Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev has been suspended due to capital repairs, according to a message from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).

    The replacement of the entire system of the unit's vacuum column has started.

    Technical staff from several structures has been involved in order to ensure a timely completion of the repair work.

    The repairs in the vacuum sector of the primary processing unit are planned to be conducted for 30 days, while the repair works in the atmospheric compartment will last 21 days.

    The capital repairs on the catalytic cracking unit of Baku Oil Refinery named after H. Aliyev are also continuing. The catalytic cracking unit produces high-octane gasoline.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Any form of discrimination inadmissible in Kazakhstan
    18.04.2014 21:38
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 18

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Any form of discrimination is inadmissible in Kazakhstan, the country's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said during the 21st People's Assembly of Kazakhstan on April 18.

    "No one has ethnic privileges in our society. All Kazakhs are equal before the law. We all are different and equal children of the united Kazakhstani people. Unity and cohesion are the core values of society," Nazarbayev said.

    The head of state pointed out that the 2050 Strategy reflects the main principles.

    "The main principles include the equality of all Kazakhs regardless of ethnicity, language, religion, social peculiarities. Any forms of discrimination, any infringement of peace and harmony is inadmissible in our country," Nazarbayev said.

    All the issues regarding the status of the state language and the official status of Russian language have been solved in Kazakhstan, the president added.

    "There will come a time when equality will be at a higher level. Leaders will be chosen regardless of ethnicity. For example, an ethnic Spaniard has been appointed French prime minister recently," Nazarbayev said.

    That's what should be in a multi-ethnic state, according to the president.

    The head of state recalled that Kazakhstan is among bilingual countries and demanded that the provisions of the law "On Languages" are accurately executed throughout Kazakhstan.

    "Our capital, Astana should be a worthy example of tolerant international relations," the president said.

    Nazarbayev added that the road infrastructure, public transport facilities, streets, avenues, and other urban facilities should have pointers, should fully comply with the law, and should be in Kazakh and Russian languages. This concerns all province and regions of the country.

    The head of state urged the authorized bodies to pay attention to the non-execution of these laws.

    "Currently, bus stops are announced only in one language for some reason, route guides are also in one language - all this is the violation of the Constitution," Nazarbayev said.

    The relevant authorities which oversee the accuracy of execution of the laws should pay attention to this, according to the president.

    "It is important for everyone, there are no trifles in this issue," Nazarbayev said.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijan, Pakistan discuss military cooperation
    18.04.2014 21:36
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Resizade has met with a delegation of Pakistani Armed Forces led by the Commander of this country's Air Force, Tahir Rafique Butt, Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers said on April 18.

    During the meeting, the parties stressed that Azerbaijan and Pakistan have historical friendly relations and emphasized the necessity of intensifying these relations. They pointed out that the cooperation in the military sphere can also give positive results. Both sides expressed their confidence that this visit will bring the two countries' relations to a new level.

    During the talks, it was stressed that Pakistan has always supported Azerbaijan's position in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and at all international events this country condemned Armenia's aggressive policy. The parties emphasized the importance of the speedy settlement of the conflict in compliance with the international law and within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.

    The parties also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijani Armed Forces launch large-scale military exercises in Nakhchivan - UPDATED
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    Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov is leading the exercises

    Baku. Hafiz Heydarov - APA. Azerbaijani Armed Forces started large-scale military exercises in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

    The Defense Ministry told APA that the exercises are being held under the leadership of Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov in accordance with the combat readiness plan for 2014.

    The exercises are being held with the participation of Defense Ministry leadership, personnel units of Army Special Forces, aviation systems, air defense forces, missile force and artillery troops, including modern armored vehicles.

    The exercises will check the level of combat training of units in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The possibility of using military equipment, as well as modern weapons will be studied. A special attention will be paid to faster and efficient fulfillment of tasks, preparation of headquarters operations, interoperable and secure organizing and implementation of tasks set at the various stages of military operations.
  • Milan eyes goalee from Ligue 1
    18.04.2014 20:25
    Guillermo Ochoa's representative Jorge Berlenga has claimed that AC Milan are interested in signing the Ajaccio goalkeeper this summer.

    The Serie A outfit have long been linked with a new goalkeeper to battle it out with Christian Abbiati for the No.1 position at San Siro and are believd to have identified the Mexico international as a suitable option.

    Berlenga claims the 28-year-old would rather continue to play in Ligue 1 but admits the Rossoneri are interested as he weighs up his long-term future.

    "I believe that he would prefer to continue his career in France, but he has also received an offer form Milan," Ochoa's agent told Fox.

    "I hope that he makes the step up to a big club. He really deserves it. I don't know where he will play next season, though.

    "He does not necessarily have to go to the World Cup to show off his talents."

    Ochoa's contract with Ajaccio is due to expire at the end of the season, making him a free agent come June.

    The Mexican started his professional career at America before joining Ajaccio in the summer of 2011.

  • Turkmenistan to ensure supply of contracted gas to China
    18.04.2014 20:08
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 18

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A gas purification facility will be commissioned in Turkmenistan's Lebap province in early May that will allow transportation of the planned volume of fuel to China, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at the Cabinet of Minister's meeting, a message from the Turkmen government said on April 18.

    "The head of state said a gas purification facility will be commissioned in Lebap province in early May under the National Socio-Economic Development Program for 2011-2030. This will allow natural gas to be transited to China in the volume envisaged by the program," the government message said.

    Previously, the Turkmen president issued a number of instructions to carry out accelerated work on a stepwise increase of gas export via Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline. There was a report made on construction of the second gas processing plant in the Bagtyyarlyk contract territory, which serves as a resource base for this interstate gas pipeline.

    China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) carries out the development of Bagtyyarlyk in accordance with the Production Sharing Agreement signed with the State Agency for Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources under the President of Turkmenistan.

    The Central Asian gas pipeline is the first cross-border gas pipeline in China.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • SOCAR commissions new well in Caspian Sea
    18.04.2014 20:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has commissioned a new well at Guneshli field, a message posted on the company's website said on April 18.

    The well has been drilled in the Interval suite by the SOCAR-AQЕћ LLC, according to the company's website.

    The well has been accepted to the operating fund with the daily production of 75 tonnes of oil and 11,000 cubic meters of gas from the depth of 3,065-3,027 meters.

    The well has been drilled by request of the 'May 28' Oil and Gas Production Unit (OGPU) of SOCAR.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijani President: Moving to "Euro-4" standard will significantly improve the composition of air
    18.04.2014 20:05
    "Starting from this month, we switched to the "Euro-4" standard. I am sure that the move will significantly improve the composition of air. According to the available data, the main source of air pollution is vehicles, not industrial plants. I believe that the application of "Euro-4" will prevent this," said President Ilham Aliyev in a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socio-economic development in the first quarter of 2014 and objectives for the future.

    The Head of State noted: "At the same time, we certainly have to say that the quality of fuel produced in Azerbaijan should be improved. A new refinery is to be built in Baku. It will be built, but it will take time, perhaps three to four years. We need to try, and the government should also make suggestions on how we can improve the quality of fuel produced in Azerbaijan while the plant is built. I believe that we can allocate financial resources for that too."
  • Baku to host Azerbaija-Spain business forum
    18.04.2014 19:39
    Baku will host Azerbaijan-Spain business forum.

    Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) told APA-Economics that the event will be held within the visit of delegation led by Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Joseacute; Manuel Garciacute;a-Margallo to Azerbaijan on April 24.

    The forum will be held under the support of ministry of Economy and Industry and organization of AZPROMO.

    The event will be attended by Spanish companies from different spheres of economy.

  • Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamistsв' release
    18.04.2014 19:22
    Militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist militants detained in Tunisia, its foreign minister said.

    Mongi Hamdi also said Tunisia was considering reducing its diplomatic mission in Libya, where kidnappings have become commonplace, with foreign officials often the targets, Reuters reported.

    The adviser at the Tunisian embassy was taken on Thursday, becoming the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in the Libyan capital within a month.

    "We have been able to learn the identity of the kidnappers," Hamdi told reporters on Friday. "They belong to the family of a group of terrorists detained in Tunisia because of their involvement in attacks [three years ago] against security forces in [Tunisia's] Rouhia city."

    Libya's weak interim government has been unable to disarm former rebels and Islamist militants who fought to depose ex-leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and who have formed increasingly powerful and violent militias.

    On Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya and demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat's freedom.

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  • Ukraine should singly solve its problems
    18.04.2014 19:21
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 18

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The Ukrainian people should singly solve their internal problems, according to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

    "We are confident that the Ukrainian people should solve their internal problems without outside interference, though peaceful negotiations with all the interested parties," Nazarbayev said at the 21st session of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan on April 18.

    Nazarbayev said the developments in Ukraine should make everyone take thought

    "Economy and normal life, growth, improvement - all this can be achieved only in peace and in harmony. You see it," the president said.

    Interethnic relations are not a field for political games, according to the head of state.

    "Interethnic relations, civil equality, language policy - all this is not a field for political games but human destiny," Kazakh president said.

    Nazarbayev added that these issues shouldn't be left until later and one shouldn't ignore their cynical use by any political group as an argument in the struggle for power.

    "It is a threat for a state, people and for everyone. Everyone should understand that chauvinism or nationalism is separated from outright neo-fascism by a fine line that is easy to cross," Nazarbayev said.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijani ministry obliges mobile operators to solve traffic exchange problem
    18.04.2014 19:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:

    The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies will put pressure on mobile operators in the country to solve the problem with traffic exchange between their own networks, Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov told media on April 17.

    "The tariffs for the traffic exchange among mobile operators have declined in early 2014," he said. "This must affect the reduction of tariffs for mobile services rendered to the end user."

    "Unfortunately, this has not happened yet," he said. "We believe that this is inadmissible as the tariff is regulated at the level of the Tariff Council and the Cabinet of Ministers. We will take coercive measures, by using the legislative base for the cost of traffic exchange among operators to comply with the established rules. This will inevitably affect the reduction of tariffs for mobile communication services in Azerbaijan."

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • About 30 parties to participate in Georgian municipal elections
    18.04.2014 19:03
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Some 28 political parties appealed to Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC) submitting their requests to participate in the municipal elections, CEC told Trend on April 18.

    Six parties have already been registered.

    The deadline for submitting applications is April 19. The registration of candidates for mayors and local administrations heads will end on May 22.

    International observers should appeal to the CEC with regard to registration before June 8 and local NGOs prior to June 5.

    For media representatives the registration term expires on June 12.

    The local elections are scheduled to be held in Georgia on June 15.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Armenian security council secretary meets OSCE chairman special representative
    18.04.2014 19:02
    Armenian National Security Council's Secretary Artur Baghdasaryan met with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Special Representative for South Caucasus Angelo Gnaedinger and Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser.

    During the meeting the parties discussed issues regarding Armenia's accession to the OSCE, the Armenia-EU relations, regional security as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's peaceful settlement, Armenia Today said on April 18 citing the National Security Council's press service.

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

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

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

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Azerbaijan, Italy discuss expansion of bilateral relations
    18.04.2014 18:57
    Azerbaijan and Italy have discussed ways of developing bilateral relations as Azerbaijani ambassador Vagif Sadigov met Mayor of Bari Michele Emiliano as part of his visit to Puglia region.

    Sadigov hailed relations between the two countries, particularly in the fields of politics and economics. He described Italy as an important trade partner of Azerbaijan. "There are good opportunities for deepening cooperation between our regions and cities."

    "A lot of Italian businessmen, including from Puglia region are paying visits to Azerbaijan on a constant basis, and these visits are very fruitful in terms of realization of joint projects."

    Sadigov also highlighted Azerbaijan`s history, current political and economic situation in the country.

    Mayor Michele Emiliano praised relations between Azerbaijan and Italy, and noted the importance of strengthening cooperation between institutional organizations.
  • Ilham Aliyev offers condolences to president of Republic of Korea
    18.04.2014 18:56
    President Ilham Aliyev has sent a letter to President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye.

    The letter reads:

    "Dear Mrs. President,

    I was very saddened by the news of casualties as a result of a crash of the ferry Sevol. I express my deep condolences to You, families and relatives of the deceased and your people on my own and on behalf of the entire Azerbaijani people and wish speedy recovery to the injured."

  • Hezbollah planned attack on Israeli tourists in Bangkok, says report
    18.04.2014 18:48
    One of the men suspected of belonging to Shiite Lebanese movement Hezbollah has admitted to planning an attack on Israeli tourists in Bangkok, a Thai newspaper reported on Friday.

    Bangkok Post, citing a source involved in the investigation, reported that the men have been identified as French-Lebanese Daoud Farhat and Lebanese-Filipino Youssef Ayad, Al Arabiya reported.

    The newspaper said Farhat and Ayad arrived days before the start of a festival called Songkran on April 13, but were arrested on suspicion of links to Hezbollah.

    Both were born in Lebanon but authorities have to confirm if their travel documents are genuine.

    Assistant national police chief Winai Thongsong told the newspaper that the two were arrested at different locations in Bangkok after Thai police received intelligence from Israel about a planned plot targeting Israeli tourists.

    The source said Ayad has admitted that Hezbollah entered Thailand to carry out a bomb attack against Israeli tourists and other Israeli groups on Khao San Road during Songkran.

    "Now we can seize materials, such as nails and bolts, used in making bombs from their homes in Bangkok," the source said, adding "we are taking the holder of the Philippines passport to Rayong province to search for more bomb-making material kept there."

    The source also said that authorities are trying to track down Hezbollah operatives in Thailand.

    "If we had been unable to arrest the men during Songkran, a bomb attack would certainly have taken place somewhere on Khao San Road," said the source, according to the newspaper.

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  • 2015 announced Year of Peopleв's Assembly of Kazakhstan
    18.04.2014 18:47
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 18

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced 2015 the Year of People's Assembly of Kazakhstan.

    The Kazakh president also instructed the Government, together with the Assembly to prepare a National Action Plan for the Year of People's Assembly of Kazakhstan and the 20th anniversary of the Constitution, at the XXI session of People's Assembly of Kazakhstan themed "Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy: culture of peace, spirituality and accord.

    The Assembly is attended by members of the People`s Assembly of Kazakhstan, MPs, government officials, leaders of political parties, religious leaders, and diplomatic missions.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency
    18.04.2014 18:32
    The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come.

    The German energy giant RWE has begun to 'reverse flow' supplies of gas from Europe back to Ukraine via Poland, a process first arranged in 2012, with an agreement to deliver up to 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year.

    The question for the Ukrainian interim government and state-owned energy firm Naftogaz is how this gas will be delivered, how soon, and whether it will be enough.

    Hungary has the capacity to deliver 5.5 bcm, Poland could deliver 1.5 bcm, and Romania could potentially provide 1.8 bcm capacity, but not before 2016-17 at the earliest.

    Talks between Ukraine and Slovakia have renewed in an effort to tap into its capacity to deliver 9 bcm of gas, but the Slovak government and pipeline operator Eustream are anxious to ensure that feeding gas back to Ukraine does not breach its contracts with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

    Given that Ukraine imports around half of its annual 55 bcm of gas consumption, even with these new suppliers it will remain dependent on Russian gas.

    The current situation comes as Kiev faces price hikes from US$285 to US$485 per thousand cubic metres of Russian gas, after Gazprom cancelled discounts offered in April 2010 and December 2013. The new price is significantly higher than, for example, the price of US$399 paid for Russian gas at the German border.

    Naftogaz has struggled to pay for its Russian gas imports since late 2013, and now owes Gazprom more than US$2 billion. The combination of Naftogaz's debts and unwillingness to pay the higher price means that many in Europe fear a suspension of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine - which, as it travels through the same pipelines, would also interrupt Russia's gas exports destined for Western Europe.

    This is not the first time that Russia and Ukraine have clashed over gas prices. For more than a decade following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine benefited from Russian gas import prices far lower than those in Western Europe.

    Attempts by Gazprom to raise gas prices for Ukraine resulted in disputes and suspensions of gas supplies to Ukraine in January 2006 and January 2009.

    With Gazprom delivering 140 bcm to the EU in 2013 - more than a quarter of the EU's total gas consumption - this has left many countries scrambling to find alternative ways to meet their needs.

    Russian gas is delivered to the EU via several routes, of which the Ukraine pipelines are the most important, accounting for 55-60%. Around 25-30% travels through Belarus, and the remainder comes through the new Nord Stream gas pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea directly from Russia to Germany.
  • British teenager killed in Syria conflict
    18.04.2014 18:25
    A British teenager whose uncle was detained in the Guantanamo Bay camp has been killed in the Syrian conflict, his family said on Friday.

    Abdullah Deghayes, 18, died earlier this month although the circumstances of his death are unclear, Al Arabiya reported.

    The teenager from Brighton in southeast England is the nephew of Omar Deghayes who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

    The family of Abdullah Deghayes confirmed his death to local newspaper The Argus and said they had not been aware that he had travelled to Syria.

    A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking into it."

    His Facebook page states that he was studying at the University of Brighton.

    Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years, authorities believe, with an estimated 20 having died.

    British intelligence services have expressed concern about the risk of aspiring jihadists going to Syria to learn how to fire guns and make bombs before using their training to attack Britain.

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  • Turkish opposition challenges Internet law
    18.04.2014 18:20
    Turkey's main opposition party has applied to the Constitutional Court to repeal amendments to an Internet law which would allow the telecommunications authority to block access to websites without prior court approval Anadolu Agency reported.

    The Republican People's Party's deputy, Akif Hamzacebi, who handed in the application, said Turkey had "lost its altitude'' with the new law which seeks to regulate the banning of Internet services.

    The amendments stipulate that any decision to block a website must be sent to the relevant court within 24 hours and a ruling issued within 48 hours.

    If the court annuls the decision, any block must be lifted.

    Hamzacebi said: ''While carrying out the process of accession into the EU, this legal amendment has positioned Turkey among third world countries.

    ''Twitter and YouTube bans are unworthy of Turkey, which wants to raise the bar for more democracy.''

    However, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has said social platforms could not be banned, but criminal acts "must be".

    - Leaked recordings

    Gul said the country's new Internet law did not seek to bar social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, but aimed to ensure that online activities involving crimes or damage to private lives could be blocked by the courts.

    Access to Twitter was blocked in Turkey on March 21 on the grounds that it violated personal rights and privacy.

    Access to the site was restored on April 3 after Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled the ban violated the freedom of expression.

    Access to YouTube was barred on March 27 after legally questionable content was published on the site, including the leaked recordings of a security meeting of high-ranking officials.

    The events led to senior officials from Twitter's management meeting representatives from Turkey's information technologies authority in Ankara to discuss the possibility of opening an office in Turkey.

    Turkey has blamed a "parallel state" within the country for the recent flurry of online wiretap leaks.

    The "parallel state" controversy erupted in Turkey after the government accused a ring led by the powerful U.S.-based Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen, of forming a parallel structure within the state and of plotting to topple the government.

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  • Bakcell cuts roaming prices by more than a half
    18.04.2014 18:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    Bakcell, the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, has made significant changes to its roaming prices. These changes cover both incoming and outgoing roaming calls. According to these changes, all our subscribers have received a more than 50% discount for incoming roaming calls in many countries, which means the cost of one minute of incoming calls in the most frequent destinations (countries) was cut down from 65 qapik to 32 qapik, the company said on April 18.

    The roaming service is activated automatically for individual subscribers of CIN, KLASS and GOLD tariffs and there is no requirement of placing any deposit amount. The subscribers of GOLD corporate tariff may ask their curators to activate the roaming service.

    It should be emphasized that Bakcell has concluded roaming agreements with more than 370 mobile operators of more than 166 countries and this number is constantly increasing.

    For our compatriots who are beyond the borders of Azerbaijanis and want to easily top-up the balance of any Bakcell number, our international balance top-up service is available in Russia, Kazakhstan, and UAE. While traveling, the subscribers can use the top-up service at service points operating in these countries.

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

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

    Bakcell's network covers more than 99% of the population and 92% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. With 257 retail outlets and 7 Customer Service Centers operating 24x7 Bakcell provides the best customer experience to its customers.

    For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit or call 555.For press releases please see (or for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55.

  • Kazakhstan sees no legal reasons to put pressure on Kashagan developer
    18.04.2014 18:11
    Kazakhstan's oil and gas minister said on Thursday he was disappointed over the slow development of the giant Kashagan oilfield, but he saw no legal reasons to put pressure on the consortium which oversees the offshore project, Reuters reported on April 17.

    The Central Asian nation of 17 million relies heavily on oil exports, and the setback in development of the huge Kashagan field could be a drag on state coffers.

    Delayed output at Kashagan has unsettled Kazakh authorities, which have already sued the consortium operating the field for 134 billion tenge ($737 million) over ecological damage, but on Thursday they signalled the possibility of no further penalties.

    "We can't push (the consortium). This is a huge and dangerous field, and we can't pressure legally," Uzakbai Karabalin said after meeting members of the North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) consortium, which include Eni, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Kazakh state-run KazMunaiGas.

    "I said that we are hugely disappointed by the way the project is progressing," the minister said.

    NCOC also includes Japan's Inpex with 7.56 percent and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) with 8.33 percent, which it bought from ConocoPhillips last year.

    The consortium said last month it would challenge the fine, potentially raising tensions with the government, which in recent years has become more assertive in dealing with foreign investors and has used legal action as leverage to increase participation in some energy projects.

    Production at the offshore deposit, the world's biggest oil find in 35 years, started in September but was halted in early October after the detection of gas leaks in the $50 billion project's pipeline network.

    The government had great expectations for Kashagan to start producing oil last year and officials had said they hoped to see it produce 22 million barrels of crude by the end of the year.

    The minister didn't comment about the possible costs of the repair work, reiterating that the authorities expect the results of the pipeline examination by the end of May.

    "If it is confirmed that there are cracks in the sea part of the pipeline, then it will indicate the situation is getting worse as the sea section of the pipe should also be replaced. Then, there will be no output this year," Karabalin said.

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  • Temperature rises, no precipitation
    18.04.2014 17:58
    Temperature to rise up to 26C while weather to have no precipitation along with clouds in the sky in Baku and Absheron peninsula on April 18. Southern wind will give its turn to north-western wind in the evening. Night to have 9-12C heat and noon 20-25C.

    Generally rainless weather will be interrupted byВ  short-term rain and lightning in some mountainous and foothills regions. Separate zones to have fog in the morning. Eastern blow to waft. The temperature will be 8-13C at night and 23-28 and in the noon, while 5-10C in mountains at night and 15-20C in the noon.

  • Tajikistan, UN discuss cooperation issues
    18.04.2014 17:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Aygun Badalova -Trend:

    Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and the UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan Alexander Zuev discussed development of cooperation between the United Nations.

    The meeting, which also discussed current issues and prospects for cooperation, was held in Dushanbe, Avesta.Tj reported referring to the president's press service.

    Zuev informed Tajikistan's president about the results of the cooperation in 2013 and outlined plans for the interactions of the parties for 2014.

    "The construction of innovative laboratory of infectious diseases and three hospitals for the treatment of tuberculosis, implementation of projects in education, further cooperation in the land mine clearing are the main areas of cooperation," Zuev said.

    The sides expressed confidence in further development and strengthening of cooperation between Tajikistan and the UN.

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  • Turkish president has no political plans for future
    18.04.2014 17:40
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish President Abdullah Gul has no political plans for the future, Turkey's Anadolu agency reported.

    "Currently, I do not have concrete political plans for the future," Gul told journalists on April 18.

    Earlier, the deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Mehmet Ali Sahin said that if the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is elected the president, then the current President Abdullah Gul could take the prime minister's post.

    He said President Abdullah Gul has extensive political experience, and the ruling party would like to benefit from this experience.

    Previously, a founding board member of the Justice and Development Party, Salih Kapusuz said that Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan can be nominated as a candidate for the presidential elections.

    The results of the municipal elections showed that the country's prime minister is a worthy candidate for the presidential elections, according to Kapusuz.

    The country's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also earlier said that the great support of the Turkish people and the results of the municipal elections give ground to say that Turkish prime minister can be elected president if his candidacy is nominated.

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

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

    Turkish opposition is expected to nominate a single candidate for the presidential elections.

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  • Baku rejects reports about transfer of 'disputed land' to Iran
    18.04.2014 17:40
    Chairman of the State Committee for Land and Cartography Garib Mammadov has commented on reports claiming that Azerbaijan has handed over certain area of its land to Iran.

    Mammadov told the journalists that such claims are ungrounded, reports.

    "The construction of hydro power station between Ordubad (Azerbaijan) and Mazandaran (Iran) is being discussed at the moment. No land of Azerbaijan has been handed over to Iran," Mammadov said recalling that recently his assistant visited Iran for talks and no land issue was raised there.

    "Nothing of this kind is likely to happen," added Garibov.

    On 6 April, some Iranian media reports claimed that Azerbaijan has transferred disputed stretch of 44 meters of land in Julfa to Iran.

  • International Bank of Azerbaijan assets increase by 23% per year
    18.04.2014 17:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    The assets of the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) increased by 22.8% during the year and reached 7.648 bln manat as of April 1, 2014, the bank said on April 18.

    IBA's loan portfolio increased 28.2% compared to April 1, 2013 and amounted to 5.155 bln manat as of April 1, 2014. Loans given to physical entities reached 557.2 million manat.

    Retail deposits in the bank as of the end of the first quarter of 2014 amounted to 1.542 bln manat. Their growth compared to April 1, 2013 made up 8.7%.

    IBA`s total capital reached 950.6 million manat that is by 27.1% more than as of April 1, 2013. The authorized capital of the IBA reached 499.8 million manat. The bank's revenues made 143.97 million manat in the first quarter of 2014. IBA`s net profit as of April 1, 2014, amounted to 12.3 million manat.

    The number of active cards issued by the IBA as of April 1, 2014 amounted to 2,041,206. The bank runs 697 cash machines and 5,123 POS-terminals.

    The International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) was founded in January 1992. The IBA is the largest bank in the country. The bank's main shareholder is the Azerbaijani government, which owns a 50.2 percent stake, while 49.8 percent of the shares are owned by private shareholders.

    The official exchange rate is 0.7843 AZN/USD on April 18.

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  • Turkey says Ukraine talks positive
    18.04.2014 17:23
    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the agreement reached at the talks in Geneva, between Russia, Ukraine, U.S. and the EU, aimed at de-escalating tensions in Ukraine was "positive" and that Turkey continues to follow the developments closely Anadolu Agency reported.

    "It is an important step that both Russia and Ukraine have agreed on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission's role to de-escalate tension," Davutoglu told a joint press conference Friday with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati.

    He added that Turkey was ready to take every step needed to contribute to the solution of the Ukraine crisis and would support any initiatives.

    Moving on to domestic affairs, Davutoglu, when asked whether there were any concrete findings concerning the investigation into the leaked recordings of a high-level security meeting of Turkish officials on Syria said "the authorities are conducting a very serious and meticulous investigation."

    "We need to wait until the investigation has been concluded and an official statement is made," he added.

    Additionally, it was announced that a cooperation agreement on information technologies was signed between Turkey and Albania in the presence of Davutoglu and his Albanian counterpart Bushati before the conference.

    Davutoglu said Turkey will continue to boost its relations in every field with Albania, while Bushati said improved relations would contribute to regional peace and called for more Turkish investment in Albania.

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  • Iran dismiss U.S. private airplane landing at Tehran
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran rejects the reports that claim a U.S. plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, had landed in Tehran.

    Director General of Tehran's Mehrabad Airport Nasrollah Mansouri Shirazi said that he has no information on the issue, Iranian Fars news agency reported on April 18.

    "There is no report on landing of any American air plane at the airport," he underlined.

    On April 17, the New York Times claimed that on the morning of April 15, a plane bearing a small U.S. flag on its tail was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.

    The plane belongs to the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state, the report said.

    Earlier Iranian officials declined to comment on the purpose of the plane's visit or passengers' identities.

    A spokesman for Iran's United Nations mission in New York, Hamid Babaei, said: "We don't have any information in this regard. I refer you to the owner."

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  • Antigone to be staged in Baku
    18.04.2014 17:07
    By AzerNews

    The legendary tragedy of Sophocles will be staged by world-famous Greek director Theodoros Terzopoulos in Baku by the end of the year.

    Terzopoulos arrived in Baku at the invitation of the Head of the Azerbaijan Academic National Drama Theater Israfil Israfilov, the theater reported.

    Based on an agreement, which was signed between the director and the theater, Terzopoulos will stage "Antigone", originally written in or before 441 BC.

    In his two-day visit to Baku, Terzopoulos discussed the details of the upcoming performance, met with young theater directors, actors, and experts, and answered their questions.

    The Greek director will hold a casting for the play during his next visit to Azerbaijan's capital; workshops and master classes will also be held.

    Terzopoulos is one of the Europe's leading theater directors; he's been the President of the International Committee of the Theater Olympiad since 1993. He established the Attis Theater in Athens in 1985 and organized the Delphi Meeting of Ancient Drama. He founded and then headed the International Institute of Mediterranean Theaters in 1990.

    Terzopoulos has received many prestigious theater awards for his directions: "The Bacchae" was appreciated the best performance at the Madrid and Malaga Festival (1987), and "Persians" in Karakas, Montpelier and Barcelona (1992), and Lisbon (1993).
  • Sale of large consignment of drugs from Iran prevented in Azerbaijan
    18.04.2014 17:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The Bilasuvar Customs Administration representatives detained Kamil Talibov trying to sell a large consignment of drugs smuggled from Iran, the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee said on April 17.

    Talibov was detained while hiding 2,690 kilograms of hashish and 2,645 kilograms of opium.

    The investigation department under the committee filed a criminal case under articles 206.3.2, 234.4.1 and 234.4.3 of the Criminal Code.

    Talibov was arrested as a suspect. As a preventive measure, Baku's Yasamal District Court decided he will be detained for three months.

    The necessary operational and investigative actions are underway to identify and bring to justice other persons who may be involved in illicit trafficking of large consignment of drugs.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Magnus Carlsen praises organization of Vugar Hashimov memorial
    18.04.2014 16:53
    Reigning world chess champion and the No. 1 ranked player in the world, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has hailed the organization of Shamkir 2014 tournament that will commemorate late Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov.

    "The tournament is perfectly organized," Carlsen, 24, told journalists in Baku.

    The Norwegian grandmaster said he would try his best to win the Shamkir tournament that kicks off on Sunday.

    In the A tournament, Carlsen will face Italian Fabiano Caruana, Russian Sergei Karyakin, American Hikaru Nakamura, and Azerbaijanis Shahriyar Mammadyarov and Teymur Rajabov.

    Money prize of the A tournament, sponsored by "Synergy Group", one of the leading local investment companies, is euro;100,000.

    There will be a second tournament alongside the main event.

    In this B tournament ten players will play, including five from Azerbaijan (Eltaj Safarli, Nijat Abbasov, Gadir Huseynov, Rauf Mammadov, Vasif Durabeyli) and five foreign players Hao Wang (China), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Etienne Bacrot (France), Radoslav Wojtaszek (Poland), and the new European champion Alexander Motylev (Russia).

    The prize fund for this tournament will be euro;30,000.
  • No May Day march on Taksim Square
    18.04.2014 16:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    There will be no May Day march on Taksim Square, TRT Haber TV channel quoted Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala as saying on April 18.

    "Taksim Square is not suitable for any marches, so the procession should be held somewhere else," Minister Efkan Ala told journalists.

    He said that many things, including public safety should be taken into account during public events.

    Turkey's leading oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) today said the party's supporters will gather on May Day on Taksim Square in Istanbul, despite prohibitions.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Voice command mini-computer created in Azerbaijan-Ali Abbasov
    18.04.2014 16:37
    A voice command mini-computer has been created in Azerbaijan.

    The statement came from Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications and high technology, academician Ali Abbasov speaking at the general assembly of the Presidium of the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan.

    "Speaking about the actual results in the field of information technology, it is possible to call the automatic and voice translation from Azerbaijani into other languages. Creation and production of the voice-command mini computer, and development of the keyboard under the Azerbaijani alphabet are also the achievements", Abbasov said.

    The Minister also noted the importance of establishing ties between scientific and economic sectors.

    "It is important to build a bridge between science and the economy, ie to create an innovative economy. And in this direction we have already taken steps to create industrial and technological parks", he said.

    Abbasov also stressed the close collaboration between his Ministry and the academy of science in various fields of scientific activity.

  • Turkish municipal elections - most difficult elections in countryв's history
    18.04.2014 16:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The municipal elections held in Turkey on March 30 were the most difficult elections in the country's history, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, TRT Haber TV channel reported on April 18.

    Erdogan said that despite all attempts of the opposition to discredit the Justice and Development Party's activities during the election campaign, the majority of voters cast their votes for the ruling party's members.

    He explained this by the fact that the opposition, unlike the ruling party, "did nothing to improve the people's situation."

    Turkey held municipal elections on March 30, resulting in the ruling Justice and Development Party's victory with 45.6 percent of the votes.

    The number of voters registered in Turkey was 52,695,831 people, some 26,704,757 people out of them being women and 25,991,075 being men.

    Some 194,310 ballot boxes were installed across the country. Some 26 political parties took part in the municipal elections.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Kazakh border guards prevent smuggling from Kyrgyzstan
    18.04.2014 16:31
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 18

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Ten smugglers, including one injured, have been detained on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border, Border Guard Service of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee said on April 18.

    The Kordai border guard detachment detected a group of unknown citizens, who were smuggling consumer goods from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan across the Shu River. During the arrest, the smugglers put up active physical resistance to the border guards and attempted to escape.

    The smugglers ignored the demands of the border guards stipulated by the law "On the state border of Kazakhstan" and even attempted to run down the border guards with a Mitsubishi Delica car. In order to force the car to stop, the border guards fired warning shots in the air from Kalashnikov rifle. The second shot targeted the car and the bullet hit the right eye of one of the smugglers (Kazakhstan citizen, the resident of Kordai settlement) who was driving the car.

    As a result, ten citizens, including five Kyrgyzstan citizens and five Kazakhstan citizens, who were engaged in smuggling, as well as the Mitsubishi Delica car carrying smuggled consumer goods, were taken into custody.

    The injured smuggler has been rushed to the central hospital of Kordai village. His health condition is stable.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Baku hosts 16th International Conference InvestPro - Azerbaijan 2014
    18.04.2014 16:24
    The 16th international conference InvestPro-Azerbaijan 2014 has been held in Baku.

    The event focused on a wide range of issues, including international investment, financing, management, and the establishment of international institutions.

    The conference was attended by more than 300 delegates from 30 countries, including from the EU, CIS and the Middle East.

    Speaking to the conference, Head of AZPROMO Rufat Mammadov highlighted Azerbaijan`s economic achievements and large-scale regional projects initiated by the country.

    He also spoke of business and investment environment in Azerbaijan.
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