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Azerbaijan to render financial assistance to Afghanistan
17.01.2013 13:06
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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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  • Apple's focus pays off while Samsung feels squeeze
    24.07.2014 17:59
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    The mobile industry has long held that Samsung's broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets.

    But manufacturers' recent earnings reports challenge those assumptions, at least in China, the world's biggest mobile market - where the roll-out of the next-generation 4G wireless network has been touted as a booster for smartphone makers seeking growth as demand in advanced countries falters.

    Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) latest quarterly results showed sales of its high-end phones in China grew at nearly twice the pace analysts had expected. Meanwhile, budget offerings from Chinese firms won at the cheaper end, effectively squeezing industry leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS).

    Even as Apple posted strong China sales, the South Korean tech giant warned this month that quarterly earnings could drop 25 percent due to an inventory build-up of cheaper phones and weaker demand for 3G products in China.

    That could suggest that Samsung's strategy of offering everything to counter every price point may actually have left it stranded between being a price competitive brand and a premium gadget seller. By contrast, Apple has studiously cultivated its high-end aura, and its iPhones and iPads continue to command a higher price tag on average than its rivals.

    Samsung has strong brand loyalty in China, but charges 60-100 percent more than Chinese-made phones with similar features, said Tom Kang, an analyst at Counterpoint Research in Seoul. "Even though they have a brand premium, that's a bit too much."

    Samsung declined to comment for this article.
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  • One more hot July day expected
    24.07.2014 17:54
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    Changeable cloudy and rainless weather is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on July 25. Soft southern wind to blow. The temperature will be 20-25C at night, while and 32-37C in the noon. Sea water temperature in Absheron beaches will be 25-28C.

    No precipitation and eastern wind are what forecasted in Azerbaijani regions. The temperature will be 20-25C at night and 33-38 and in the noon, while 11-16C in mountains at night and 24-29C in the noon.

    /Eco.Gov.Az/
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  • ICRC shows photos of Azerbaijani killed in Kalbajar region to his family
    24.07.2014 17:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A photo of an Azerbaijani citizen killed by Armenian armed forces in Kalbajar region was shown to his family, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Baku office Ilaha Huseynova said on July 24.

    ICRC was informed that two citizens of Azerbaijan are kept in Nagorno-Karabakh. A corpse was shown to an ICRC representative in Nagorno-Karabakh. The information about this murder was disseminated in the media.

    "ICRC showed a photo of the corpse to the family of the person killed," Huseynova said. "The family recognized him. The discussions about visiting those Azerbaijanis and returning the corpse to the Azerbaijani side are underway."

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

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

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

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

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  • Shock in "Baku Cup 2014": main favourite is defeated
    24.07.2014 17:50
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    The fifth day of the tournament started with a surprise.

    No 1 seed of "Baku Cup 2014", No 29 seed of the world Sorana Cirstea faced Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland.

    Cirstea who did not justify all expectations towards her was the main reason of her defeat as she made regular mistakes.

    Voegele who did not make any serious attacks, more benefitted from the errors of her rival. She won both sets 6-1 and defeated her strong opponent 2-0 only within 50 minutes.

    Stefanie Voegele who moved on to frac14; final thanks to this victory will next face Shahar Peer of Israel.
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  • I am focused on my job, not the prime ministry: Turkish FM DavutoДџlu
    24.07.2014 17:49
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    Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has parried speculation about his possible assumption of the prime ministerв's post.

    The statement of Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has parried speculation about his possible assumption of the prime minister's post, saying he was focusing on his current job, particularly Palestine and Libya.

    "Nowadays, day and night, I try to do my job," the minister said July 24 in a televised interview.

    "Attaching importance to issues, primarily my personal ones, during these extraordinary days would be disloyalty," DavutoДџlu said.

    The minister noted he was involved in the Gaza issue around the clock, noting his diplomatic activities between iftar and sahur on the subject. "Then I see it in my dreams."

    Turkey, the United States, Qatar and Egypt have been conducting intense work since last week to secure a truce in Gaza, DavutoДџlu said, noting that they had launched "a new serious process after agreeing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."

    Efforts are underway for a reconciled "draft deal" on a truce, he said.

    DavutoДџlu said he spoke late July 23 with his U.S. and Qatari counterparts, as well as Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

    "We are trying to resolve the disagreements," DavutoДџlu said, citing Israel's demand for an urgent cease-fire and a subsequent negotiations of terms and Hamas and Islamic Jihad's demands for guarantees that the blockade be lifted against Gaza with any truce.
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  • Hasan Hasanov's body killed in Kalbajar shown to ICRC representative
    24.07.2014 17:46
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    Discussions on visiting detainees and returning body are underway, ICRC says.

    The International Committee of Red Cross has been informed about the two Azerbaijanis who are being held in Nagorno Karabakh, media contact person for the ICRC Delegation to Azerbaijan Ilaha Huseynova told APA. She noted that the body of the person who was reportedly killed has been shown to the ICRC representative in Nagorno Karabkah.

    "That photo has already been shown to his family too, and they recognized him", she said.

    Huseynova noted that the ICRC, as a neutral mediator offered to return the body to his family. Discussions on visiting detained persons and returning the body are underway.

    Azerbaijani citizens Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev were detained by Armenians in Kalbajar. Another Azerbaijani Hasan Hasanov was killed.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran to sign new agreement in ICT sphere
    24.07.2014 17:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Iran will sign a new agreement on cooperation in the spheres of communications and information and communications technologies (ICT) in the near future, the Iranian embassy told Trend.

    The remarks were made during the meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayeen and Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Ali Abbasov.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed the prospects for cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan in these spheres, the Iranian embassy said.

    Moreover, Pak Ayeen drew the minister's attention to the importance of developing the cooperation between the two countries' companies operating in the private sector.

    The ambassador went on to add that an Iranian delegation, consisting of the representatives of companies operating in the ICT sphere, will visit Baku in the near future, to hold negotiations with the Azerbaijani companies.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Iran opens bank account to supply Palestinians with weapons
    24.07.2014 17:29
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    A semi-official entity in Iran has opened a bank account to collect money for buying weapons for Palestinians.

    Iran's Bazaaris' Basij organization has announced a bank account for collecting money from citizens to supply weapons for Palestinian fighters, Iran's Fars news agency reported on July 24.

    Bazaari is the name given to the merchants and workers of bazaars, the traditional marketplaces of Iran. Basij is a conservative volunteer militia that is a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

    The organization has invited people to participate in its initiated move for supplying Palestinians, in particular the West Bank fighters with weapons, referring to remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    On July 23, Khamenei stated that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

    "We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine's destiny should act in this regard," Khamenei said while addressing a group of university students in Tehran.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    Israel's military operation has left at least 660 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians.

    According to official Israeli figures, 31 Israelis - including 29 soldiers - have been killed since hostilities began.

    Earlier, the UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, condemned Israel's military actions in Gaza. She also condemned Islamic militant group, Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel.

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkish governor denies jointing anti-Coca Cola protests against Israel
    24.07.2014 17:29
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    A Turkish governor has denied joining anti-Coca Cola protests against Israel by drinking Fanta.

    The governor of Turkey's western province of TekirdaДџ has denied joining the boycott of what is arguably the most popular soda drink in the world, Coca-Cola, over Israel's latest military campaign in Gaza, after he was photographed posing with bottles of Fanta. However, Governor Ali Yerlikaya has expressed support for the boycott campaign and said he knows that Fanta is also a product of the Coca-Cola Company.

    Local daily TekirdaДџ Taraf had claimed that Yerlikaya refused to drink Coca-Cola during an official fast-breaking iftar dinner, asking for Fanta to be served to guests instead.

    But the governor has denied the claims via Twitter, saying he was just a guest at the iftar dinner,

    "I didn't even notice which brand of drink was on the table. I am careful when it comes to food and drinks. I more or less know which are the most common brands and their owners. But I don't drink soda anyway," he tweeted, while also expressing his full support to the boycott.

    "Thanks to the person who wrote the story. He reminded us that those who are boycotting Coca-Cola should also do so for its byproducts," Yerlikaya added.

    Protests against Coca-Cola have been gaining momentum in Turkey recently, due to the company's allegedly pro-Israel stance. However, upon international boycott calls, the Coca-Cola Company released a statement on July 21, denying that it supports any particular country or political stance and saying it is the third largest employer and fifth largest investor in Palestine.

    Governor Yerlikaya's had earlier retweeted daily Sabah columnist Engin ArdД±ç's tweet criticizing those who were consuming Coke despite the Gaza operation. "Waiting for the Ababil birds holding Coca-Cola glasses in their hands is a buffoon's attitude for the 1.5 billion Muslims [around the world]," ArdД±ç had tweeted.

    The Ababil, a bird belonging to the swift family and referenced in the Quran, has symbolic value for Muslims. According to the legend, the Ababil protected Mecca against the Yemenite King Abraha's army of elephants.

    Last year, Turkey passed through a period of major soul-searching about its "national drink," after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan criticized those who considered the anis-flavored local alcohol rakД± to be Turkey's national beverage. ErdoДџan instead declared that the salty ayran, made with yogurt and water, was Turkey's most genuine national drink, in comments that came as Parliament was preparing new legislation restricting the sale and promotion of alcoholic beverages.
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  • Kurdish politician elected as President
    24.07.2014 17:24
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    Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president of the country on Thursday, the second step in the process of forming a government.

    Iraq's politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult.

    Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ruled since the election in a caretaker capacity, defying demands from the Sunnis and Kurds that he step aside for a less divisive figure.
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  • Biological tests onboard Russiaв's n-M satellite held as planned
    24.07.2014 17:24
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    Biological experiments onboard of Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, are being held according to schedule.

    This came despite a communication breakdown with the spacecraft, Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) press secretary Oleg Voloshin told RIA Novosti on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The biological experiments started as soon as the satellite was launched. The scientific equipment used for the experiments operates properly. We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyze it. hellip; The current tasks have so far been fulfilled," he said.

    The biological mission of Foton-M satellite includes eight experiments. The experiments with five geckos suppose their reproduction in space.

    Foton-M was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a mission to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.
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  • Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso (UPDATE 2)
    24.07.2014 17:19
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    (Details added - first version posted at 14:34)

    Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

    APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, although other officials gave other timings, adding to confusion about the fate of the flight and where it might be, Reuters reported.

    Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

    The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 GMT (2117 ET) and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 GMT but never reached its destination.

    An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with a missing Air Algerie aircraft carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algiers was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.

    Aviation authorities in Burkina say they handed the flight to the control tower in Niamey, Niger, at 1:38 am (0138 GMT). They said last contact with the flight was just after 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT).

    Burkinabe authorities have set up a crisis unit in Ouagadougou airport to provide information to families of people on the flight.

    A diplomat in the Malian capital Bamako said that the north of the country - which lies on the plane's likely flight path - was struck by a powerful sandstorm overnight.

    Issa Saly Maiga, head of Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency, said that a search was under way for the missing flight.

    "We do not know if the plane is Malian territory," he told Reuters. "Aviation authorities are mobilized in all the countries concerned - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain."

    Whatever is the fate of the flight, the loss of contact is likely to add the to jitters in the airline industry after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines canceled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza.

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  • Georgian president introduces new government to parliament
    24.07.2014 17:19
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has already introduced the new government to the parliament, the presidential press-service told Trend on July 24.

    The new Cabinet of Ministers is as follows: Minister of Economy - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Energy Minister - Kakha Kaladze, Interior Minister - Alexander Chikaidze, Minister of Justice - Tea Tsulukiani, Minister for European Integration - Alexi Petriashvili, Defense Minister - Irakli Alasania, State Minister for Reconciliation and Equality - Paata Zakareishvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure - David Shavliashvili, Finance Minister - Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Education - Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs - Levan Kipiani, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources - Elgudja Hokrishvili, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement - Sozar Subari, Minister of Foreign Affairs - Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Agriculture - Otar Daneliya, State Minister for Diaspora Issues - Gela Dumbadze, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Protection - David Sergeenko, Minister of Corrections and Probation - Giorgi Mgebrishvili, Minister of Culture and National Heritage - Mikheil Giorgadze.

    It should be stressed that the parliament must decide whether to declare a vote of confidence in the Cabinet of Ministers within one week.

    On Friday the Bureau and the Committees will consider the issue about the government. On Saturday the issue of the vote of confidence will be put to an extraordinary session of the parliament, according to the preliminary data.

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  • List of bank debtors made public
    24.07.2014 17:18
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    The number of loans in Azerbaijan is growing faster than the number of loan borrowers.

    That is, clients borrow loans from several banks, which could lead to "a debt hole."

    Oxu.Az reports citing Virtualaz.org that according to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, as of July 1, the credit register contains information on 2 138 886 borrowers ( 9.5% since the beginning of the year), and the total number of entries in the registry has reached 7 738 882 (18.6%).

    The Central Credit Register has received 1 421 031 requests since the beginning of the year. This is a 1.43-fold growth compared to the same period last year.

    At the same time banks and non-bank credit institutions (FINCA) received 1 398 083 requests. Other requests (23,227) came from individuals. 41 banks and 31 NBCO benefited from the registry information in the first half of the year.

    The registry database has information about 989 278 guarantors (18.2% YTD), as of the beginning of July.

    The Centralized Credit Registry Service was established in 2005. It contains information about loans of individuals and legal entities. The registry has been working in the new format since 2009.
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  • Steady Armenian fire gives no rest to ceasefire
    24.07.2014 17:14
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    The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 31 times in numerous positions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 24.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Doveh, Barekamavan, Shavarshavan of Armenia's Noyemberyan region and Berkaber of Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Gaymagli, Ferehli, Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.

    At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the village of Kokhanebi of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located in Armenia's Berd region.

    Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz of Fizuli region, Sarijali, Merzili, Bash Gervend, Shuraabad of Aghdam, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy and at the nameless heights in the Khojavend region.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

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

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

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  • Kazakh "Samruk-Kazyna" fund approves sale of 15 companies to private sector
    24.07.2014 17:14
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 23

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The commission on the sale of assets of the Kazakh National Welfare Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" approved the sale of 15 companies to the private sector.

    Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Samruk-Kazyna"JSC Elena Bakhmutova made the remarks after the meeting of the fund`s commission on the sale of assets and facilities within complex plan of privatization for 2014-2016.

    "We submit high-priority issues for the consideration of the commission. We also give recommendations to the Board of the fund over the list of facilities that will be reviewed for sale within the current year. I remind you that the ordinary method of sale within the regulations is auction or electronic competition, envisaging a number of conditions, which will be implemented at the site of the Finance Ministry. The work has started, and we hope that it will allow to proceed the sale of 15 facilities,"she said.

    All 15 items will be sold through subsidiaries, but, guided by the general principles and rules approved by the fund's regulations and in accordance with the methodological recommendations, she said.

    "The companies for repair and maintenance of rolling stock, namely: "Birzhan-Atyrau" LLP, "Bass Balkhash 2004" LLP, "Ak Beren" LLP, the companies engaged in cleaning and preparation of tank wagons for petroleum - "Yertys service" LLP, "Kazykurt-South" LLP and others are among them," the fund`s report said.

    Furthermore, Bakhmutova said that the evaluation of the remaining assets is being completed, and the decision is expected from second participants on some of them in connection with the exercise of the pre-emptive right. Informative passport of all assets offered for sale in August, are available on the website of the fund and the specialized subsidiary - "Samruk-Kazyna Contract" LLP.

    "It is planned to launch a" hot line" in the near future, through which all interested potential buyers can get information on privatization, the rules of participation in the auction, as well as separate assets," Bakhmutova said.

    Edited by CN

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  • Europe writes about history of 'Garabaghв'
    24.07.2014 17:14
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    Official website of FC Salzburg has written about the history of FK Garabagh.

    Along with the history of this football club, FC Salzburg's website also touched upon the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh by Armenians.

    The article reads: "FK Qarabagh Agdam have an eventful history. The club is originally from Agdam, as the name suggests, in the Karabakh region bordering Armenia. During the Nagorno-Karabakh war the city was occupied and completely destroyed by Armenian separatists in 1993. The club fled to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. These days Agdam is a ghost town.

    The new home of FK Qarabag Agdam, Baku, is one of the most advanced and modern cities on the Caspian See with over two million residents.

    The reigning Azerbaijani champions have been able to reach the 3rd round of Champions League qualifying several times. In 2010/2011 Qarabagh made the play-off round and were knocked out by Borussia Dortmund with defeats in both legs. In 2013/14 the club made the Europa League qualifying play-offs, where they faced Eintracht Frankfurt and lost both legs there too.

    A striking side detail is the similarity of the club badges. Just as we have our Red Bulls on our crest, the opponents have two blue horses.

    The match dates are Wednesday 30 July and Wednesday 6 August. The kick-off time of the second leg in Salzburg will be confirmed this week".
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  • Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijan has proved to be a reliable strategic partner of EU in the field of energy
    24.07.2014 17:11
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    Baku-APA. ''While culture and cultural diversity are the best exports that Azerbaijan has, we are keen to work in other tangible and strategic dimensions. In that regard, the ongoing development towards the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, including the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, construction of TANAP and Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, has been Azerbaijanв's major contribution to fulfilling the objectives of the Vilnius Declaration. Azerbaijan has proved to be a reliable strategic partner of EU in the field of energy. These projects with estimated total investment of more than EUR 45 billion will help ensure European energy security by committing sizable, reliable, and alternative gas volumes at competitive prices to meet the demand of a European consumer. In this regard, a stepped-up support of our European partners would play a critical role in a timely completion of the construction of the afore-mentioned pipelines. Azerbaijan also continues its efforts on developing potential gas transport infrastructure directly linking the Caspian region with the EU''.

    APA reports quoting press service of Minister of Foreign Affairs that Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan said at the Foreign Minister's meeting of EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries.

    Azerbaijan is interested to widen the scope of strategic partnership with EU to other fields of common interest. Trade could be a major field we could focus on, given the fact that Azerbaijan is EU's biggest trade partner in the South Caucasus. Although the composition of our exports to EU is mostly made up of oil and oil products, we strive for the diversification of tradable goods. Bringing the standards of non-oil products into compliance with EU requirements is important with a view to facilitating their access to EU market.
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  • 7 Beauties by Gara Garayev to be staged in California
    24.07.2014 17:09
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    Premiere of the ballet ''Seven Beauties'' by the prominent Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev is expected in California, SIA reports.

    The ballet will be performed by the San Diego Ensemble on October 11 current year, Azerbaijanв's General Consulate in Los Angeles said.

    Supported by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the General Consulate in Los Angeles the premiere will be conducted by Grossmont Symphony Orchestra.

    ''Seven Beauties'' is Azerbaijani ballet, composed by Gara Garayev in 1947/48 to mark the 800th anniversary of classical poet Nizami Ganjavi. Libretto of the ballet belongs to I.Hidayetzade, Yuri Slonimsky and Sabit Rahman. Libretto of the ballet is based on motifs of Nizami Ganjaviв's ''Seven beauties'' poem, written in 1197.

    The first staging of the ballet was held on November 7, 1952, in the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Baku.
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  • Female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
    24.07.2014 17:04
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    Two European aid workers were this morning shot dead in the western Afghan city of Herat in a targeted attack against foreign civilians.

    The pair, both women working for a Christian aid organisation, were killed when a gunman on the back of a motorbike pulled up beside the local taxi they were travelling in while it was stationary and shot them at point-blank range, officials said.
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  • Azerbaijan to make changes in rules of wearing military uniforms
    24.07.2014 17:04
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    Certain changes are expected to be made in wearing rules of military uniforms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, military sources told APA.

    The Defense Ministry has already developed a relevant draft and submitted to the government for approval.

    The draft includes a number of changes in wearing rules of military uniforms. The changes have not been made public yet.

    Under the order of Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, certain amendments were made to the rules for wearing military uniforms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    The Defense Ministry's press service told APA that except for combat duty, field exercises and guard duty it is allowed not to wear a belt on camouflaged summer (winter) and warm jackets. It is intended for keeping aesthetic view of military uniforms and ensuring comfortableness for soldiers.
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  • Third day of iftar action from Garant Holding
    24.07.2014 16:59
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    The action called Garant Holding invites for iftar continues.

    Water and water plums were distributed yesterday on traffic lights and bus stops on 23 July. Also the citizens opening iftar in a mobile tent set opposite the Nasimi monument with the support of the Nasimi district with the support of the Nasimi district executive power were offered snacks.

    According to Oxu.Az, the event which hosted nearly 400 people within half an hour was held with participation of the holding employees.

    The guests of iftar organized by Garant holding were offered snacks, made of MЙ™rcan chicken production, and Yarsu still and sparkling drinks.

    The second day of the action also covered nearly 2500 people.

    Special participation of MЙ™rcan in this action brought a great joy and happiness to children.

    The Ramadan action initiated by chairman of Garant Holding Directors' Board Anar Mammadov has become a tradition.

    The action held under the slogan lsquo;Garant Holding, MЙ™rcan and Yarsu invite for iftar' is to continue today in the same manner. Join iftar from Garant Holding!
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  • Uzbekistan, Germany discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation
    24.07.2014 16:58
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 24

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Foreign Office, Cord Meier-Klodt, who has arrived in Tashkent, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed the current status and prospects for cooperation between Uzbekistan and Germany and the priorities of cooperation in political, trade, economic, investment and other spheres.

    They also emphasized their mutual interest in strengthening the bilateral ties in interstate format and as part of the exchanges between the commercial structures, cultural and educational institutions and representatives of civil society in both countries.

    The meeting participants stressed that the positions of the two countries coincide in many issues, including the fight against terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking, which contributes to the constructive collaboration between them in the international arena.

    Moreover, during the meeting, the parties discussed a number of international and regional issues.

    Edited by CN

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  • Fuad Masum elected new Iraqi president
    24.07.2014 16:54
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    Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as federal president, a move that paves the way for the much-delayed formation of a new government, AP reported.

    Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi announced that Masum, who was born in 1938 and became the first prime minister of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan more than two decades ago, had won the most votes.

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  • Lana Del Rey confesses
    24.07.2014 16:49
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    Lana Del Rey clearly had no filter in a new interview with Complex magazine for their August/September issue, in which the controversial singer admits to sleeping with "a lot of guys" in the music industry.

    When talking about her new song "F*cked My Way Up To The Top," Lana, 29, pretty much admits the song title is literal -- only she didn't even get any of the perceived benefits.

    "It's commentary, like, 'I know what you think of me,' and Iв'm alluding to that," she says. "You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.''

    Lana was previously engaged to musician Barrie-James O'Neil and was rumored to have dated Marilyn Manson, rapper A$AP Rocky and Guns 'N Roses' Axl Rose.

    In the candid new interview, Lana also talks about what she's looking for in a relationship, and how that influenced the title of her new album Ultraviolence.

    "I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love. How can I say this without getting into too much trouble?" she asks. "I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isnв't physical, Iв'm not interested. ... I feel connected to two emotions -- aggression and softness. I like that luxe sound of the word 'ultra' and the mean sound of the word 'violence' together. I like that two worlds can live in one."

    Pics: Lana Del Rey Drinks From a Straw Like Someone Having a Deep, Heartbreaking Realization

    Lana appears to be currently dating Vogue photographer Francesco Carrozzini, who she was spotted with on a romantic getaway in Italy earlier this month.

    /Etonline.Com/
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  • Azerbaijan improves position in UN human development ranking
    24.07.2014 16:49
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:

    Azerbaijan ranked 76th among 187 countries on the human development index in the UN report Human Development 2014, according to a statement posted on the website of the UN Development Program (UNDP).

    When calculating the index, the average life expectancy in the country, education level, health status, an opportunity of getting education, the gross national income and GDP per capita and other data are taken into account, according to the report.

    Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, United States are the top five countries on the Human Development Index, according to the report.

    Azerbaijan ranked 76th in the report.

    The average life expectancy in the country is 70.8 years, while gross national income per capita - $15,725, according to the report.

    Azerbaijan ranked 82nd in the UN report for 2013.

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  • Harvard Robobees Closer to Pollinating Crops
    24.07.2014 16:45
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    Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping strategy to protect bees and other pollinators. The crisis is generally attributed to a mixture of disease, parasites, and pesticides.
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  • Chelsea begin work to sign Madrid outcast Varane
    24.07.2014 16:44
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    Chelsea have started work on a deal to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane as they look to continue their summer spending.

    Blues boss Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of Varane having worked with him at Madrid, but the Frenchman has slipped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu since the Special Oneв's departure.

    And amid growing talk that he could be made available for transfer, the Evening Standard says Chelsea have started work on a potential deal.

    Mourinho has allegedly begun exploring the possibility of whether Madrid would be willing to sell to Chelsea and how much he would cost.

    Chelsea were keen to make it clear last week that their transfer business is done, but it increasingly seems like that could change if Varane was for sale.

    He is expected to meet with Madrid in the coming days to discuss his future, before weighing up what happens nex
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  • Azerbaijani girls visit Armenia
    24.07.2014 16:40
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    "They treat us well".

    Three members of our team continue their struggle within the framework the European Championship in archery held in Armenia. Unfortunately, our boys have left the championship.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Samaya Mammadova.

    According to her, three archers Svetlana Simonova, Leila Fazilova and Olga Senyuk, who continue to compete in the European Championships, are ranked 9th among 21 teams:

    "There are our athletes among them. Today, they will fight each other. The winners will participate in the final tomorrow. Svetlana Simonova and Olga Senyuk will continue the fight for Azerbaijan "

    Mammadova also raised the issue of our athletes' safety:

    "In general, the situation is very good. The Armenian side is good to our team. Our security is also provided".

    It has to be noted that the European Championship in archery started in the Armenian city of Echmiadzin on July 21. The Azerbaijani delegation includes six athletes, one coach and one representative.
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  • Turkey may close embassy in Tripoli: DavutoДџlu
    24.07.2014 16:39
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    Turkey has considered closing its embassy in Tripoli because of growing security concerns in the country.

    Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has said, adding that efforts to evacuate Turkish citizens in Libya were underway, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "We may take such a decision," the foreign minister said July 24 during an interview with the private channel A Haber, upon a question on whether Turkey would close its embassy in Tripoli.

    "Unfortunately, the clashes in Tripoli have intensified, spreading to the downtown [area of the city] and close to our embassy," DavutoДџlu said, recalling that Turkey had already suspended work at its consulate in Benghazi due to the poor security conditions.

    With tensions high in Libya, the ministry issued its third travel warning in the last two weeks, urging Turkish citizens to leave the country.

    DavutoДџlu said he informed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan late July 23 on the recent developments in the country, adding that the government was working on contingency plans for the evacuation of Turkish citizens in Libya in the event that they want to leave the country.

    Turkey evacuated thousands of its citizens from Libya just before the international community's military operation in 2012, which toppled Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
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  • Hardliner cleric re-elected as head of Iranв's Guardian Council
    24.07.2014 16:35
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Hardliner Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was re-elected as chairman of Guardian Council.

    Jannati was re-elected at a meeting of the councillors on July 23, during which the 12-member body also voted for Mohammad Reza Alizadeh as the deputy chairman of the council, the country's Mehr news agency reported on July 24.

    The 87-years old politician has served as the secretary of the Guardian Council for 22 years.

    The Guardian Council of Constitution has 12 members, a half of them (clerics) are appointed directly by Supreme Leader and the remaining ones (law experts) are introduced by Judiciary System and are qualified by Parliament.

    According to the Iranian Constitution, the Guardian Council is tasked with approving candidates for presidential, parliamentary and City Council races and supervising elections.

    Any bill passed by the parliament must also be reviewed and approved by the Guardian Council to become a law. The Council can also nullify a law based on two cases: in case it is against Islamic laws or if it is against the constitution.

    Constitutionally, the six law experts are elected by the parliament and the six religious jurists are appointed by the Supreme Leader.

    Edited by CN

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  • U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700
    24.07.2014 16:35
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    В Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, while continued fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.

    A truce remained elusive despise intensive mediation efforts. Israel says it needs more time to eradicate rocket stocks and cross-border tunnels in the Gaza Strip and Hamas Islamists demand the blockade on the enclave be lifted.

    An Egyptian official said on Wednesday that a more limited humanitarian ceasefire may go into effect by the weekend, in time for the Eid al-Fitr festival, Islam's biggest annual celebration that follows the fasting month of Ramadan.

    But the United States, whose Secretary of State John Kerry is spearheading the indirect negotiations, was more circumspect.

    "It would not be accurate to say that we expect a ceasefire by the weekend," said a senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We are continuing to work on it, but it is not set at this point."

    The death toll in Gaza rose above 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said.

    Israel has lost 32 soldiers to clashes inside Gaza and with Hamas raiders who have slipped across the fortified frontier in tunnels. Rocket and mortar shelling by Hamas and other Palestinian guerrillas has killed three civilians in Israel.

    Such shelling surged last month as Israel cracked down on Hamas in the occupied West Bank, triggering the July 8 air and sea barrage in Gaza that escalated into an invasion a week ago.

    Though Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor has shot down most of the rockets fired from Gaza, one that came close to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bar American flights there.

    The ensuing wave of cancellations by foreign airlines emptied Israel's usually bustling international gateway and hurt its hi-tech economy at the height of summer tourist season. It was hailed as a "victory" by Hamas, and prompted an appeal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Kerry to intervene.

    /Reuters/
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  • New road to Olympic stadium under construction
    24.07.2014 16:34
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    ''Rod bending works are currently underway''.

    Construction of the second underway crossing continues at the road junction with Ziya Buniyadov avenue. This will ensure free access of transport means to the Olympic stadium which under construction around the Beyukshor lake.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS PRESS that, according to spokesman for Azeryolservis LLC of the Transport Ministry Punhan Mursaliyev, the new tunnel type pathway together with the drive ways is to extend to 510 meters, the length of the close section is 53.4 meters and its width is 34.2 meters".

    "The underway crossing will be six-lane. 40% of ground works within the framework of construction of supporting walls have been completed, while works on construction of the drive-way infrastructure are finished by 65%. Works are now underway on rod bending and casing will start here soon", Mursaliyev said.

    It has to be noted that the tunnel will ensure free access of transport means to the Olympic stadium.
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  • NATO PA delegation to visit Tbilisi
    24.07.2014 16:25
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    A delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly led by its president Hugh Bayley will arrive in Tbilisi on July 24.

    The delegation includes vice-presidents of the NATO PA Daniel Bacquelaine and Karl Lamers, former vice-president Julio Miranda Calha and Secretary General of the Assembly David Hobbs, the Georgian parliament said.

    A NATO PA delegation will begin meetings tomorrow. At first, the meeting will take place in a NATO liaison office in Georgia. The delegation representatives will meet with the head of the office William Lahue. A meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations will be also held.

    Hugh Bayley will meet with Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Usupashvili. After the meeting, they will hold a joint briefing.

    NATO PA senior representatives will meet with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Defense Minister Irakli Alasania on July 25.

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  • Baby can't open mouth PHOTO
    24.07.2014 16:22
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    Wyatt Scott turned a year old earlier this summer, but he ate his birthday dinner through a tube in his tummy.

    Itв's been more than four months since the Scott family launched WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com to find out why their baby boy canв't open his mouth, and though theyв've been flooded with emails, their little boyв's condition remains a mystery.

    Wyatt Scott turned a year old earlier this summer, but he ate his birthday dinner through a tube in his tummy.

    Itв's been more than four months since the Scott family launched WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com to find out why their baby boy canв't open his mouth, and though theyв've been flooded with emails, their little boyв's condition remains a mystery.

    Wyattв's lockjaw has baffled doctors since he was born in June 2013 in Ottawa, Canada, and though the Scott family has taken him to every specialist imaginable, they canв't figure out the root of the problem, Andrew Scott said. Wyatt spent the first three months of his life in the hospital, and his parents have had to call 911 several times because he's been choking and unable to open his mouth.

    So Wyatt's mother, Amy, decided to create a website, WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com last spring in the hopes that someone would recognize the condition and offer a solution.

    "It's an unusual situation where he canв't open his mouth, and thereв's no kind of obvious reason for it,'' Vaccani, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Childrenв's Hospital of Eastern Ontario told ABC News. ''Otherwise, heв's a healthy boy."

    Andrew Scott said heв's sifted through 500 emails submitted to WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com over the last several months, and compiled a list of the most important ideas to give to Wyattв's doctors. One letter-writer from Virginia told the Scotts that Wyattв's story made her cry because her now-14-year-old had similar mysterious symptoms.

    ''She could have written it herself,'' Andrew Scott recalled her saying.

    Though the Virginia 14-year-old underwent surgery and therapy, Andrew Scott said Wyatt seems to have something different.
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  • Armenians organize provocations in Ukraine
    24.07.2014 16:20
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    "I have come to your land from Azerbaijan! To kill!"

    A video on Armenian provocation against Azerbaijan in the east of Ukraine was shared on YouTube.

    According to Oxu.Az, this video features an Armenian named Kaspar from the Crimean Battalion Samvel who pretends to be from Azerbaijan to try to drive a wedge between the Ukrainian and Azerbaijani peoples.

    "I came to your land from Azerbaijan! To kill!", he says happily. According to a subtitle under the video, he is one of the Azerbaijani mercenaries of Motorola (famous fighter of "DPL"and" LPR")" .

    Here's how Azerbaijanis comment on another Armenian provocation:

    "How can the Earth bear such people? Have this in mind and oppose this wherever you face this video! It has always been like this, they always screw up! They always smiled to the strong and thenhellip; they deal him a blow which can never be recovered! This is how it happened in Turkey and one day the same will happen to Russiahellip;"

    "Ukrainians, friends, do not be fooled by this provocation, this is not an Azerbaijani, this cannot be so. We do not pronounce the name of our country like that bastard. We were supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine from the beginning. And now we are completely on your side. Do not react to this. Let us sincerely hope that this moron will be killed on some cornerhellip;"

    "The man's name is Kaspar, he is from the Samvel Armenian battalion in Crimea, deliberately pretending to be from Azerbaijan to drive a wedge between Ukrainians and Azerbaijanis. A barefaced provocateur. "
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  • Poverty level hits 37 percent in Kyrgyzstan
    24.07.2014 16:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:

    The poverty level decreased to 37 percent in Kyrgyzstan, Kabar news agency reported on July 24 referring to Kyrgyz Ministry of Social Development.

    The most positive changes in the welfare of the population were Talas, Jalal-Abad, Osh and Bishkek regions of the country.

    The poverty line in Kyrgyzstan is 2,314 soms ($1 =51.81 som) per capita and extreme poverty line is 1,354 soms.

    Kyrgyz government systematically works on poverty reduction, including through the provision of temporary social support to poor families.

    In particular within the implementation of the Strategy for Social Protection Development

    in 2012-2014 the ministry initiated the increase of the guaranteed minimum income by 10 percent until the end of 2014.

    The income of about 115,000 families does not exceeding 640 soms per family member in Kyrgyzstan. More than 336,000 children live in these families.

    Over one billion soms were allocated to needy children since the beginning of 2014.

    Moreover, over one billion soms have been paid as monthly social benefits.

    Edited by C.N

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  • Azerbaijan-Georgia trade turnover reduces by almost 4%
    24.07.2014 16:14
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Zulfiyya Gurbanova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan remains the second largest trade partner of Georgia, according to the foreign trade report of the National Statistics Service of Georgia as of January-June 2014.

    The trade turnover between Georgia and Azerbaijan in the first six months amounted to $584.3 million (10.7 percent of the total foreign trade of Georgia), which is 3.7 percent less than in the same period of last year. For comparison, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $605.98 million in January-June 2013.

    During the reporting period, Azerbaijan was the largest export market for Georgia with 20.4 percent share in the country's total export. During this period Georgia exported goods and services worth 290.2 million to Azerbaijan, which is 12.8 percent less than in the first six months of 2013.

    At the same time, Azerbaijan imported goods and services worth $294.1 million (7.3 percent of Georgia's total import), which is 7.6 percent less than in the same period of last year.

    Trade surplus between Azerbaijan and Georgia amounted to $41.1 million.

    The largest trade partner of Georgia is Turkey with a turnover worth $939.5 million. China ranked third with a turnover worth $380.2 million.

    Georgia's foreign trade turnover amounted to $5.4 billion in January-June 2014 or by 14.9 percent more than in the same period of last year.

    The exports amounted to $1.42 billion (14.5 percent growth), imports - $4.03 billion (15.8 percent growth).

    The foreign trade deficit is $ 2.6 billion or 48 percent of the total turnover.

    Georgia had 131 trade partners in the reporting period. There was a negative balance in trade turnover with 95 countries, while positive with 36 countries.

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  • Jihadis attack besieged Syrian army base
    24.07.2014 16:09
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    Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria on Thursday, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides, activists said.

    The assault, which began shortly after midnight, came a week after Islamic State fighters captured a gas field in the central province of Homs, an attack that left more than 200 people dead, AP reported.

    Fighters from the Islamic State group have in the past few weeks seized a huge chunk of territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, where they declared a self-styled caliphate. They also have captured much of Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Deir el-Zour, which borders Iraq.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the assault began with two suicide car bomb attacks. It added that Syrian army helicopters attacked jihadi positions around the base, known as Division 17, in the province of Raqqa.

    The Observatory said the fighting left 35 Islamic State fighters dead and dozens of government forces dead or wounded, including six soldiers who were beheaded. It said both sides exchanged mortar and artillery fire.

    The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said the air force conducted 12 raids around Division 17 and the nearby provincial capital of Raqqa, which is controlled by the Islamic State group. It said army helicopters were dropping barrel bombs around the base.

    The base has been under siege by rebels since much of Raqqa province fell to opposition fighters last year. The Islamic State group, which captured much of Raqqa earlier this year, has tried to capture the base on several occasions.

    The Syrian conflict has killed at least 170,000 people, a third of them civilians, and displaced some 9 million, a third of the country's pre-war population.

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  • Erdogan refuses to speak to Obama
    24.07.2014 16:09
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    Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he stopped communicating personally with Barack Obama over phone.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Associated Press.

    "I used to call Obama directly. Now the foreign ministers communicate with each other since I do not see expected results on Syria", the Turkish PM said.

    "I expected justice and I could not imagine to get this from those who are considered the supporters of justice", Erdogan said.

    Tensions between Washington and Ankara appeared after the United States refused to carry a military offensive on Syria despite the Turkish leader's expectations.

    Erdogan has differences with Washington over Gaza where Israeli troops have killed more than 580 Palestinians in two weeks. The Turkish premier calls this a lsquo;state terror' and lsquo;genocide' and criticizes the United States for supporting Israel.
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  • AccessBank attracts $15m for energy efficiency projects in Azerbaijan
    24.07.2014 16:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    Trend:

    The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) is providing a USD 15m loan to AccessBank. The GGF loan will enable AccessBank to substantially increase its financing of energy efficiency projects and foster its role as a pioneer in energy efficiency financing in the country.

    "We see particular opportunities for equipment and machinery investment by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)", commented Kenan Agayev, Executive Director of AccessBank for SME Lending/Corporate Services on the transaction.

    AccessBank has a wide network of branches in Azerbaijan to service its MSME clients. The investments are expected to result in annual energy savings of over 43,500 MWh and improve the ecological environment in the country with CO2 emission reductions of over 21,000 tons.

    "We are thrilled to launch our work in Azerbaijan with the market leader in MSME financing," said Christopher Knowles, Chairman of the Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe. "As AccessBank is clearly focused on this sector, this investment will quickly have an impact on the energy consumption of this country."

    GGF is a European public-private partnership fund dedicated to enhancing energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy sources in Southeast Europe, as well as in the nearby European Eastern Neighbourhood region. In addition to its loans GGF provides special support with its Technical Assistance Facility for energy efficiency assessments.

    AccessBank was established in 2002 by Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, EBRD, IFC, KfW, a German consulting company LFS Financial Systems GmbH and AccessHolding. AccessBank provides loans to micro and small businesses and has a wide network of branches in Azerbaijan employing more than 2000 people. Fitch Ratings assessed AccessBank as BB , the highest credit rating among all banks in Azerbaijan.

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  • The first semi-finalist is known in doubles
    24.07.2014 16:00
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    The first match of 1/4 finals has been held in "Baku Cup 2014".

    The duo Aleksandra Panova (RUS) and Heather Watson who defeated their strong rivals Jovanovski/Kovinic in 1/8 final faced this time with the duo of Katerina Bondarenko(RUS) and Nicole Melichar (USA).

    In the first set the either party could establish superiority over each other. This was the reason why the winner of the match was identified in the tie-break. Panova and Watson made fewer mistakes in the tie-break and won the set 7:6.

    In the second set Panova and Watson slightly prevailed. The duo preserved this superiority till the end of the set and won it 6:4.

    Thus, Akleksandra Panova (RUS) and Heather Watson (GBR) finished the match 2-0 and moved on to the semi-finals.
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  • France announces 11 million euros in aid for Gaza
    24.07.2014 15:54
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    President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday an 11-million-euro ($14.8 million) aid package to the besieged Gaza Strip, where an Israeli military offensive has left more than 700 people dead, AFP reported.

    An advisor to Holland said the humanitarian aid, eight million of which will be given to the Palestinian Authority and the remainder to U.N. bodies and NGOs working in Gaza, was approved after a meeting with non-governmental organizations working in the strife-torn region.

    The NGOs "highlighted the gravity of the situation, the scale of the humanitarian needs of the civilian population and the difficulty of humanitarian workers in getting to the victims," Hollande's office said.

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  • Azerbaijan APPG Chair Christopher Pincher backs the MHR campaign
    24.07.2014 15:54
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    Christopher Pincher, UK MP for Tamworth, has given his backing to the 'Many Happy Returnsв' (MHR) campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the 1 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are the ongoing victims of the Armenian'"Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Mr Pincher '" who sits on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in the Westminster Parliament '" has been Chair of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) since 2012.

    Mr Pincher has first-hand experience of camps housing IDPs and refugees, including those in Sheki and Gabala. During the most recent APPG trip in May 2014, he spoke to the Azerbaijani media. He said: ''We have visited the new settlements constructed in Sheki for some of the IDPs. These play an essential role in improving the living conditions for these people. We are aware of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its ongoing impact on Azerbaijan. We will raise a question in the UK Parliament, as this conflict should be settled and the IDPs should be able to return home.''

    Mr Pincher has now made the following statement on the 'Many Happy Returnsв' (MHR) campaign, aimed at highlighting the plight of the refugees and IDPs. He commented: ''Seeing this makes us realise how lucky we are in the UK. Our hopes are with the IDPs for a speedy return to their homeland.''

    The title of the MHR campaign is based on the English birthday greeting 'Many Happy Returnsв' which, in this case, also refers to the wish of the IDPs and refugees to return to their rightful homeland. The website features photos of IDPs in just three of the camps spread across the 76 regions of Azerbaijan, taken by the renowned German photographer Philipp Rathmer.

    Despite a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia being called 20 years ago, and four UN Security Council resolutions being passed against the illegal Armenian occupation, those whose land was seized remain unable to go home.

    The MHR website also gives members of the public the opportunity to pledge their support for a poll '" taking just 30 seconds '" to redesignate 'UN World Refugee Dayв' as 'World Refugee and IDP Dayв'.
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  • US Republican calls for bombing of Iran nuclear sites
    24.07.2014 15:54
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    Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Republican Louie Gohmert said that Israelв's invasion of Gaza means that it is time to bomb Iran.

    A US Republican congressman has called for the bombing of Iran's nuclear sites, saying in case of US hesitancy, Israel should be allowed to do that, Press TV reports.

    "It is time to bomb Iran's nuclear capabilities. It is time for the United States, if we are not going to stop Iran's nukes, then let Israel do it. A friend will not put another friend in this kind of jeopardy."

    Israel and the US accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the pretext to threaten military strikes against the Islamic Republic. Iran has repeatedly denied the allegation, warning of a crushing response to any act of aggression against it.

    Gohmert added that the US must cut its aid to any country that has relationship with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

    "It is time to cut off every dime of American money going to anyone who has any kind of relationship with Hamas or those killing in the Middle East, and especially in Israel," he said.

    Latest reports suggest Israeli air assaults and ground invasion of Gaza have killed more than 730 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 4,600 others since July 8.

    The rambling comments by the Texan lawmaker came just days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has has complied with the interim nuclear accord clinched between Tehran and the P5 1 over Iran's nuclear energy program.

    According to a Sunday report by Reuters, the UN atomic watchdog said in his latest report that the Islamic republic has eliminated its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under the nuclear accord.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany agreed on the extension of talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a permanent deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program.

    The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.

    Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
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  • Twitter staff under reign of men
    24.07.2014 15:46
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    Twitter's staff looks just like that of other tech companies: overwhelmingly male and white.

    Overall, only 3 in 10 employees there are women and 59% of its workforce is white.

    "We have a lot of work to do," the company said in a blog post.

    The lack of diversity is even more apparent on the management team, where 79% is male and 72% is white. When it comes to Twitter's employees doing technology-specific work only 1 in 10 are women.

    The company posted the statistics Wednesday after Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) released extremely similar reports over the past two months. Between 60% and 70% of the workforce at those companies are also male and more than half are white.

    Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) employs about 2,700 employees, fewer than the other three companies.

    Tech companies have closely guarded their employment data in the past. This flurry of diversity reports is a first from companies in Silicon Valley.

    Findings show their workforces do not reflect of the nation's overall population, which is about 63% white, 17% Hispanic, 13% African American and 5% Asian, according the Census Bureau. And the Labor Department reports that women make up 49% of those with jobs.

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  • Georgian embassy in Washington moves to new building
    24.07.2014 15:45
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Georgian embassy in Washington has moved to a new building.

    The government bought a new building in Washington in 2014, which was transferred to the ownership of the country, the Georgian foreign ministry told Trend on July 24. The Georgian embassy moved to this building.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Georgia's ambassador to the U.S. Archil Gegeshidze attended the official opening ceremony of the new building.

    Georgia's consulate is also in this building.

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  • Kazakh Foreign Ministry tightly controls return of countryв's citizens from Israel
    24.07.2014 15:38
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 24

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakh tourists in Israel have been taken to a safe place after the cancellation of the flights from Israel to Turkey, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on July 24.

    "Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry tightly controls the return of the country's citizens that cannot return from Israel to Turkey as the flights of the Turkish airlines have been cancelled. Tonight, all 13 Kazakh citizens that were taken to Palestine by the TezTour company, after the cancellation of the scheduled flight to Turkey, were returned to Jerusalem with the efforts of Kazakh consul and embassy in Israel due to the tense situation in Palestine," the Foreign Ministry said.

    "At the same time, two Ukrainian and two Russian citizens were taken out of the city of Bethlehem with the efforts of Kazakh diplomats. Currently, negotiations are underway to return the Kazakh citizens to Turkey," the ministry stressed.

    More than 800 civilians, including women and children were killed during the Enduring rock operation which was started on July 7 by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

    It was also reported that Israeli army lost 45 soldiers during the military operations.

    Some airlines have cancelled the flights to Israel due to the military operations.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijani defense minister receives ICRC office head
    24.07.2014 15:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    Trend:

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov has received the head of the Azerbaijan's office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Denise Duran, the defense ministry reported on July 24.

    The sides exchanged views on joint activity of Azerbaijan and the ICRC, the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and humanitarian cooperation, according to the report.

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  • Algeria plane disappear from radar
    24.07.2014 15:26
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    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers in northern Africa has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency confirmed.

    APS said air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after take-off in the early hours of this morning. "In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

    The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

    Ouagadougou is almost directly south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.
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  • Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso (UPDATE)
    24.07.2014 15:21
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    (Details added - first version posted at 14:34)

    Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

    APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.

    Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. An Algieran official had earlier said it was an Airbus A320.

    The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 local time but never reached its destination.

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  • Azercell provides fastest data speed among mobile operators, Ookla Net Д°ndex says
    24.07.2014 15:19
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

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    The most precise system for measuring the data speed - Ookla Net Index once again ranked Azercell as the provider of the fastest speed of mobile Internet in Azerbaijan, a message from Azercell said on July 24.

    Thus, based on the Ookla research, currently Azercell provides 6.12MB/s of mobile Internet speed. This is the highest index among all mobile operators in the country.

    Ookla is one of the most reliable systems for rating Internet connectivity speed, running up to five million tests on a daily basis.

    Azercell was also recognized as the country's fastest mobile Internet provider with the speed of 5.5 MB/s in 2013, according to Ookla Net Index. The testing was done over 300,000 unique IP addresses from Azerbaijan. It is worth noting, that Azercell's data speed is very close to the level of fixed broadband speed. Internet users enjoy this quality over radio signal instead of cable connectivity.

    "Indisputably, Azercell Telecom is the provider of the fastest, reliable and the most affordable mobile data in Azerbaijan. Currently, Azercell subscribers can choose from a range of data packs of different value: daily, weekly, monthly 3G packs, as well as 4G data packages. The subscribers can even pick the data pack per the traffic they prefer to consume. In addition, Azercell Telecom constantly offers discounted campaigns and services for mobile data users of its network as Free Internet on Weekends, 10GB=10AZN, 50 MB= 0.25 AZN," the company said.

    Currently, every second subscriber of Azercell is an active user of mobile internet, consuming two time more mobile data, than back in 2013.

    Today Azercell provides the fastest Internet access not only from phones, but also from different handheld devices. The company was the first to commercially launch 4G technology not only in Azerbaijan, but in the region. Some 300 out of nearly 6,000 Radio Base Stations of Azercell constituted LTE (4G) network for Baku and Absheron peninsula as of late 2013.

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service ASAN imza (ASAN signature) and others. With 51 percent share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99.8 percent of the country's population. The number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4.5 million people by late 2013. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan. The company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector.

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  • Demand for alcohol drinks grows in Azerbaijan
    24.07.2014 15:19
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    "Young people uses more expensive and higher quality alcohol".

    "Azerbaijan has increased the volume of alcohol drinks production. But the fact is that illegal production has grown, which is beyond the control of appropriate structures.

    Also it should be noted that import of alcohol drinks is growing. However, most of the alcohol production, which is on the shelves, is made '‹'‹in our country."

    Oxu.Az referring to the "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from the Chairman of the Centre of Research on Sustainable Development Nariman Agayev.

    "The growth in production and imports is connected with increased demand", says Nariman Agayev. "Azerbaijan generally occupies a leading position among the Muslim countries for the consumption of alcoholic beverages per capita.

    We can not say that the production of alcoholic beverages declines. Just as I have already noted, most of the production is illegal. Analysis of excise stamps, sales, consumer survey of alcoholic beverages, the number of shops that sell alcoholic beverages shows the growth of consumption. The number of restaurants grows and it also affects the increase in alcohol consumption.

    The import is also not properly regulated. But we can clearly say that compared to the years of 2011-2012, the imports have increased. So the annual import is increasing as well.

    Moreover, the imported alcoholic products are of higher quality than local. And this is also one of the reasons for the increase in imports. Incomes are growing, and the number of people who can not afford the more expensive and high-quality alcoholic beverages is increasing.

    It is most common among young people. Youth clubs use more expensive and higher quality alcoholic beverages. This all suggests that the demand is growing, leading to an increase in imports ", the expert concluded.
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  • Hamas has no intentions to disarm
    24.07.2014 15:15
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Hamas does not intend to disarm until Israel liberates occupied Palestinian lands, the head of Hamas political bureau Khaled Meshal said, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on July 24.

    "First, Israel must disarm," he added.

    "Israel says that civilians live in the Jewish settlements in Palestine," he added. "In reality, they are not civilians as they live in occupied Palestinian lands."

    Meshal also stressed that the population of Gaza, which has been subjected to Israeli aggression, has the right to self-defense.

    More than 800 civilians, including women and children were killed during the 'Enduring Rock' operation which started on July 7.

    It is reported that the Israeli army lost 45 servicemen during the hostilities.

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  • SP: Trend for Kazakhstan's economic risk is stable
    24.07.2014 15:15
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:

    The trend for Kazakhstan's economic risk is stable, despite the negative outlook on the long-term sovereign rating, Standard amp; Poor's Ratings Services said in its new report "Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment: Kazakhstan" published on July 24.

    Samp;P classifies the banking sector of Kazakhstan in group '8' under the Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) methodology. Other banking systems in group '8' are those of Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Argentina, Hungary, and Nigeria. In addition, the agency includes Russia, which is in group '7', as a peer for the Kazakh banking system.

    The bank criteria use the BICRA economic risk and industry risk scores to determine a bank's anchor, the starting point in assigning an issuer credit rating. The anchor for banks operating only in Kazakhstan is 'bb-'.

    Major strengths factor for Kazakhstan's banking sector are good economic growth prospects compared with developed countries, strong Kazakhstan's fiscal and external balance positions and diversified funding base with a sizable share of retail deposits and limited reliance on external funding.

    Weaknesses factors are aggressive lending, weak underwriting standards, and rising credit losses over the past three years; inability of regulators and banks to clean up very high levels of problem loans after the crisis; low risk-adjusted returns of the banking system; weak governance and transparency, and a high incidence of corruption and fraud in the banking sector.

    "Economic risks in Kazakhstan remain very high in a global context. Kazakhstan's economy depends heavily on the hydrocarbons sector," the agency said.

    Although Samp;P expects GDP growth to slow to 4.5-5 percent in 2014-2016, it expects banking assets to grow much faster at about 15 percent in 2014-2015, similar to the rate in 2011-2013.

    In the agency's opinion, the Kazakh economy has been in a "correction" phase since 2011, during which banks' nonperforming and restructured loans have remained the highest among peers and have not declined, while credit losses have increased. The view of extremely high credit risk in Kazakhstan takes into account the country's banks' history of aggressive underwriting standards and the country's weak payment culture and rule of law.

    Industry risks are also very high in Kazakhstan, according to Samp;P. The agency believes the Kazakh banking regulators lack independence and can be subject to political interference. Their corrective actions to prevent the system from overheating before the recent crisis and to clean up the banking system's very high level of problem loans afterward proved ineffective. In Samp;P's view, Kazakh banks' risk appetites remain aggressive, reflecting opportunistic growth by some small and midsize Kazakh banks as well as banks' continued financing of volatile real estate and construction projects. The banking system's risk-adjusted profitability is low because income generation significantly lags balance sheet expansion at rapidly growing banks, due to margin pressure, or due to poor asset quality at a few large and midsize banks. Compared with before the crisis, Kazakh banks now predominantly finance themselves with customer deposits, a large part of which is from the government and government-related companies.

    The expectation of a slowdown in GDP growth is largely due to lower oil production and increased regional tensions. However, the banking sector has only modest risk exposure to the oil sector. Samp;P still expects growing demand for credit from small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) and consumers, which tend to be the banks' core lending customer base. Nevertheless, the agency expects credit risk in the economy to remain extremely high.

    Samp;P expects that the very high volume of nonperforming loans (NPLs) will decline only gradually in 2014 and 2015, partly through write-offs stimulated by newly enacted tax incentives. In addition, the agency expects that the unwinding of large imbalances, caused by the credit and real estate boom, will likely continue to constrain the banking sector's development. Nevertheless, Samp;P believes most problem loans related to the 2008 crisis have already surfaced, and that credit losses, while remaining elevated in a global context, are unlikely to increase further.

    "We view the trend for Kazakhstan's industry risk as stable. Margin pressure and undiversified revenues typically do not allow banks to generate sufficient earnings to buffer a rise in credit costs, which could happen in a down cycle," Samp;P said.

    The agency notes that some consolidation in the banking sector is underway, with three mergers pending, and the regulator's imposition of increased minimum capital requirements will make it harder for small banks to operate in future. If consolidation negatively affects the view of industry stability, Samp;P will likely revise downward the assessment of industry risk.

    "As opposed to precrisis financing by Kazakh banks, we expect continued growth in corporate and retail deposits to fund lending growth, with very limited recourse to wholesale funding in international capital markets," Samp;P said.

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  • Georgia does not intend to waive constructive dialogue with Russia
    24.07.2014 15:08
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The current situation in Ukraine is very difficult. Regarding Georgia's internal issues, we should focus on our own interests, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said in the interview with Imedi TV channel.

    "Georgia has opportunities for the relations with Russia to become more constructive," he said.

    "I understand that the situation in Ukraine is very hard," he added. "We are unanimous on this issue. But regarding our issues, we must focus on our own interests."

    "A successful and positive meeting has been recently held between Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative Zurab Abashidze and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin," Garibashvili added.

    "Moreover, Russian and Georgian experts on the association agreement with the EU also met," he said.

    He added that Georgia should continue the constructive dialogue in this direction.

    Following mass demonstrations in support of the federalization of Ukraine in mid-April, the government started a special operation in the south-east of the country. Some 200 Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement representatives were killed during this operation, according to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. More than 600 were injured.

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  • The reasons that youв're always hungry
    24.07.2014 14:50
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    Itв's quite natural to be hungry when you donв't eat for a long time and do lots of physical exercises. This feeling is really bothering. When you are hungry, you canв't work, study and do plenty of other things because you are obsessed with the desire to eat something. But sometimes you may be hungry no matter how much and how often you eat. Constant hunger will force you to consume more and more food that may lead to negative consequences like overweight. To avoid this you should find out the root of your problem and not repeat your mistakes in future. Have a look at the following list of reasons and probably youв'll understand why you always want to eat.

    1. You Skip Breakfast

    If you tend to skip breakfast, break this habit. Breakfast is the most substantial meal of the day that is necessary for you. Try to eat your breakfast regularly and your blood sugar will be stabilized so that you will not crave foods during the day. You need to include protein into your morning dishes in order to cope with hunger more effectively. Make it a rule to eat every morning and you will manage to reduce your daily consumption of food.

    2. You Are Dehydrated

    There are some moments when your mind may mislead you. That means you shouldnв't eat every time you feel hungry; perhaps your body is dehydrated and you simply need some water. The symptoms of hunger and dehydration are almost the same, so you can easily mix them up. For example, you will lack energy and feel sleepy. Thatв's why I recommend you to drink a glass of water at first and later you will see whether you are hungry or thirsty. This tactic may be very helpful for you and youв'll save a great number of calories.

    3. You Eat Empty Calories

    To provide good nourishment to your body, you have to choose the right foods, otherwise youв'll soon get hungry even after eating a big portion. It would be nice if you remove empty calories from your diet as they may be harmful to your health. Why not switch to wholesome dishes that are full of nutrients and different vitamins? Consequently, your appetite will change and you will not be starving anymore.

    4. You Lack Regular Sleep

    Regular sleep is one of the main things that we need to stay healthy, beautiful and energetic. Plus, our appetite is highly dependent on how much we sleep. If you donв't get enough sleep, your body will be exhausted and it will require extra energy. All this will result in the constant feeling of hunger. Certainly, food is an enormous source of energy for your body. So, every time when you suffer from sleep deprivation you will try to eat more than you usually do. Undoubtedly, healthy sleep will help you keep fit and improve your well-being at the same time.

    5. You Donв't Eat Enough Healthy Fats and Proteins

    Being constantly hungry will bring you discomfort throughout the day and you will not miss an opportunity to have a snack whenever possible. The solution to this problem may be very simple '" just add more protein and healthy fats to your eating plan and youв'll feel full for several hours. After eating these nutrients you wonв't crave food because they are digested for a long period of time.

    6. Youв're Bored

    We should admit that we often rush into the kitchen and look for tasty foods in our fridge when we have nothing to do. For most people, this is the most efficient way to get rid of boredom, but, unfortunately, it leads to unwanted calories. If your hunger is caused by boredom, you should resist a temptation to eat something. Actually, there are so many other activities you can do to amuse yourself.

    7. You Watch Too Much TV

    According to a study from the USDA, people who watch TV for over 2 hours a day have a higher risk of obesity. About 60% of Americans fall into that category. The thing is, when you watch TV, you tend to eat bigger amounts of high-calorie snack foods and drink more sugary drinks, which make you crave even more sugary snacks and drinks.

    8. You Are Burned Out at Work

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consistently heavy workloads can impact your eating habits. 230 women took part in this study '" women who felt burned out at work were more likely to overeat compared to those who were more satisfied with their job.

    9. You Drink Too Much

    Alcohol is actually a bigger contributor to overeating than watching TV. Drinking too much alcohol can increase ghrelin levels, a hormone that makes us feel hungry. No wonder you want to eat more after drinking that glass of wine. This is probably the most overlooked reason why you are always hungry.

    10. Thereв's another Reason to Your Problem

    In case you canв't overcome your hunger, it would be reasonable to turn to your doctor and discover what is wrong with you. For instance, the feeling of hunger may be the signal of such disease as diabetes. Due to this you are to consult your doctor and check up your health. When you know the reason, you can solve the problem efficiently.

    At the very moment youв've realized that you canв't fight back your hunger, you have to think over your lifestyle and change it for better. Permanent hunger is a sign that you make definite mistakes or even you have some illness. To protect yourself from undesirable effects, donв't put your problem until tomorrow.
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  • Afghan market bombing kills 6
    24.07.2014 14:50
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    A bombing in a market in northern Afghanistan killed six people on Thursday, including a young girl, while a separate attack in the east killed a local police commander and his bodyguard, officials said.

    The attack in the market was aimed at a police car but the police escaped unharmed, said Sonatullah Timor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial government. The bomb, which was placed on a motorcycle, wounded 26 people, including children, he said.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but Taliban insurgents frequently target the country's security forces, AP reported.

    In a separate incident, a suicide bomber detonated his payload at a checkpoint in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing a local police commander and his bodyguard, according to police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal. He said the bomber shook hands with the commander before the explosion. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a media statement.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the progress of construction at the Baku Olympic Stadium, environmental project around Lake Boyukshor and adjacent areas and construction of Hasan Aliyev Street-Ziya Bunyadov Avenue-Olympic Stadium highway
    24.07.2014 14:45
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    President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevhas reviewed the progress of at the Baku Olympic Stadium.

    The head of state was informed that the 70,000-seat stadium would be built in a modern architectural style and occupy a special place among similar facilities. The stadium, to be built to international standards, will have stands with different functions, running tracks and other infrastructure. The facility will consist of the main and auxiliary stadiums, an auxiliary building, as well as sections for VIP, CIP, media and disabled spectators.
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  • Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie aircraft
    24.07.2014 14:41
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    Algerian aviation authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, about 50 minutes after take-off, the APS state news agency reported on Thursday.

    APS gave no details on the number of passengers aboard flight AH 5017, Reuters reported.

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