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

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

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

President Ilham Aliyev`s speech made in May in the NATO Summit in Chicago also underlines this.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    01.09.2014 09:59
    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Defense Ministry that yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions from the posts on nameless heights of Khojavand and Jabrayil.The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire....
  • BSWW Vice-President hails development of beach soccer in Azerbaijan
    31.08.2014 13:11
    Vice-President of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) Joan Cusco has praised the development of beach soccer in Azerbaijan as he met the country`s sports minister Azad Rahimov in Baku.He said the country had carried out good job to develop the sport in a short period of time.Mr. Cusco also praised the org...
  • Russiaв's n-M Satellite Landing Scheduled for September 1 '" Space Agency
    01.09.2014 11:39
    The landing of Russiaв's Foton-M biosatellite is appointed for the Knowledge Day, September 1, in the Orenburg region.

    The landing of Russia's Foton-M biosatellite with geckos, fruit flies, silkworm eggs, mushrooms and seeds of higher plants on board is appointed for the Knowledge Day, September 1, in the Orenburg region, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The program of scientific experiments has been completed. The State Commission decided to land Foton-M at 13.18 (9:18 GMT) on September 1 in the Orenburg region," according to the statement.

    The biological mission of the Foton-M satellite included eight experiments. The experiments involving five geckos were to monitor their reproductive activity in space. The mission was also to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.
  • Welcome, September, cool and golden days!
    01.09.2014 11:21
    By AzerNews

    Finally we can breathe easily, as Summer is leaving, taking abnormal hot days away.

    Azerbaijan's National Hydrometeorology Department reported that the average monthly temperature will be close to normal in most regions in September, while exceeding the normal figure in some other regions.

    The monthly precipitation will be also close to normal or above the norm.

    The average temperature in Baku and Absheron Peninsula is expected to be 25-30 degrees above zero during the day, and 19-24 degrees C at nights. In the first part of the month the temperature may reach 33-35 degrees C, a little bit above the norm. The average monthly precipitation will also be close to normal 7-23 mm.

    In the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic the weather is predicted to be 21-23 degrees C. At night it will be 16-21 degrees C and during the day 25-30 degrees above zero. The average monthly precipitation will also be close to normal 7-13 mm.

    The temperature in Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Lachin, and Zangilan of the Upper Karabakh region will be slightly lower than in other regions. The average monthly temperature is expected to be 19-24 degrees C during the day, reaching 11-16 degrees C at night.

    In other Azerbaijani regions of Sheki, Oguz, Shamakha, Guba, Gusar, Khachmaz, Zagatala, Gakh, Siyazan, Gabala, Balakan and Ismailli the temperature will be a little bit cooler in comparison with other regions, being 20-25 degrees C during the day and 13-18 degrees C at night. However, the temperature of 28-32 degrees C will sometimes stay in the first part of September.

    Coming to Ganja, Gazakh, Terter, Agdam, Fuzuli and Jabrail; so here the average monthly temperature will stand at 20-22 degrees above zero, with some exceed up to 32-34 degrees C on the first days of the month. The monthly precipitation will be 17-44 mm.

    In September, the country's Mingachevir, Agdash, Kurdamir, Imishli, Agjabadi, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Shirvan, Hajigabul, Salyan, and Neftchala are predicted to be 25-30 degrees above zero during the day and 18-23 degrees above zero at night. The situation with precipitations are also normal for the regions 14-38 mm.

    The forecast for Masalli, Yardimli, Lerik, and Astara regions is close and a little above the norm. The monthly average temperature will also be 20-23 degrees above zero. At night the weather will be cool, maybe around 15-20 degrees, and during the day it is expected to be 25-30 degrees C.
  • Israel to deliver military boats to Azerbaijan
    01.09.2014 11:20
    The boats will be assembled at a new shipyard in Turkan settlement of Baku.

    Israel helps Azerbaijan to strengthen its fleet. "Israeli Shipyard" company will provide our country with six patrol boats Shaldag Mk V and six missile boats Saar 62.

    Oxu.Az reports citing that specialized magazine IHS Jane's 360 posted a message that Israel is helping Azerbaijan to strengthen its naval fleet.

    "Israeli shipyard" will deliver six patrol boats Shaldag Mk V and six missile boats Saar 62 to Azerbaijan. The boats will go to the Coast Guard of Azerbaijan (Sahil Mühafizsin).

    The assembling of boats will be carried out by around 100 specialists in a new shipyard in Turkan settlement in Baku. It is already known that the border patrol vessels of the 2nd class are under construction at the plant.

    Jane's recalls that the press service of the Head of our state has published pictures of boats class Shaldag Mk V with tail number S301 and S302 in July.
  • PACE to hear report of Monitoring Group on Azerbaijan
    01.09.2014 11:12
    The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) starts its meeting in Paris.

    According to the Parliament of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani deputies Samad Seyidov, Elkhan Suleymanov and Sabit Hajiyev are leaving for the capital of France to participate in the meeting on August 31 - September 7.

    "The Bureau will discuss the results of the visit taken to Baku in May by co-reporters of the PACE Monitoring Group on Azerbaijan", the Parliament informs.

    However, this issue will not be in the center of the PACE agenda. Results of Presidential elections in Turkey and Macedonia, the recent events in Ukraine etc are rather important.
  • What new Turkish government promises?
    01.09.2014 11:06
    Turkey's 62nd government, led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, is set to outline its program on Sept. 1, placing strong emphasis on the "new Turkey" theme as well as boosting the Kurdish peace process, European Union accession talks, and bringing about fresh economic reforms, the HГјrriyet Daily News reported.

    As a continuation of previous Justice and Development Party (AKP) administrations, Davuto?lu's government will also pursue its struggle against the "parallel structure," a reference to the individuals working in the state apparatus who are affiliated with Fethullah GГјlen, a self-exiled cleric in the United States.

    The General Assembly is set to convene in an extraordinary session at 2.00 p.m. on Sept. 1 so that Prime Minister Davuto?lu can read out his government's program. According to Parliament's internal regulations, a debate on the program will take place on Sept. 4 and the confidence vote will take place on Sept. 6.

    Before reading his program, Davuto?lu will convene his Cabinet for the first time at 10.00 a.m. At the meeting, ministers will review the government's program and will make last minute updates in any areas that they regard as necessary. After this, Davuto?lu will also convene the AKP's parliamentary group before speaking at the General Assembly.

    A team of advisors has long been working on the writing of the program after Davuto?lu was announced as the next chairman of the AKP and the prime minister. Although this program will be valid only for 10 months due to the upcoming parliamentary elections, many in Ankara believe that it will be substantial and assertive and in line with the reformist spirit of all AKP governments.

    In a long address to the AKP's extraordinary convention last week, Davuto?lu chose to focus on his views about the future of Turkey under the same title of "restoration of the country," placing the stress on the idea of the "new Turkey."

    Program to focus on 'new Turkey'

    The concept of the "new Turkey" is a continuation of previous AKP governments' well-known "2023 vision," a set of targets outlined to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic.

    The election of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an to the presidency as the first ever Turkish head of state to be directly elected by the votes of citizens is regarded as the first step in the formation of what AKP officials call the "new Turkey." In his program read at Parliament, Davuto?lu is sure to underline this achievement, but will also recall that the completion of the targeted process to change Turkey to a presidential system can only be possible with a new Constitution. Therefore, the program is expected to underline the need for a new charter, although there will not be enough time to push a constitutional amendment before next year's general election in June.

    Kurdish bid a priority

    One of the new government's priority areas will also be the continuation of the Kurdish resolution process, in line with expectations that the talks are set to enter a new stage as the government outlines a new road map on the issue.

    Davuto?lu has repeatedly expressed his determination to complete the process, and as a sign of the significance he attaches to the dossier, Yalç?n Akdo?an, one of his closest colleagues in the party, has been appointed as deputy prime minister responsible for the negotiations.

    EU 'strategic objective'

    The government program will also place the EU accession process among its priorities, in line with earlier promises to make 2014 Turkey's "EU year." The appointment of Volkan Bozk?r as the new EU minister is seen an important development to this end, with the government expected to once again express its determination to accelerate the negotiation process and open more chapters. In his first statement after being appointed, Bozk?r described EU accession as "Turkey's strategic objective."

    Key foreign policy issues will also be reviewed in the government program, as a series of burning issues build up in Turkey's immediate neighborhood.

    Economic boom

    The economy will also be highlighted in the government program, which is expected to detail measures aimed at fostering a boom to help Turkey become one of top 10 global economies by 2023, one of the government's central targets.

    Fight against 'parallel state'

    One of the indispensable areas that Davuto?lu will cover in the government program will be the efforts to clear state institutions of the members of the "parallel state." He has repeatedly made clear that he will show zero tolerance to those loyal to the GГјlen community rather than the state, referring to it as a threat to national interests.

  • SOCAR attaches more strength to Georgia gasification
    01.09.2014 10:15
    The number of potential new customers as part of the Georgian Regions' Gasification Program, implemented by SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) will reach 210,000-215,000 by late 2014, SOCAR told Trend Aug. 28.

    SOCAR Georgia Gas (a subsidiary of "SOCAR Energy Georgia") must gasify at least 150,000 potential new customers and to invest at least $ 40 million in the gasification process in the country in accordance with the agreement with the Georgian government. However, the validity of the gasification program was extended because the investments exceeded the previous volumes.

    SOCAR and the Georgian government will sign an agreement in the next month and a half, according to the statement. The number of customers covered by the program will be increased to 250,000.

    "This figure will be fixed in the agreement, but the actual number of customers covered by the program will reach 265,000-270,000," according to the statement.

    The number of new customers will be increased to 235,000 within the gasification program as of 2015.

    SOCAR and the Georgian government signed an agreement to transfer control of 30 gas distribution facilities and gas distribution networks covering such regions of Georgia as Kakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Samegrelo on December 26, 2008.

    The list of gas distribution facilities was then expanded. Earlier, all these facilities were eliminated and seven regional gas facilities were created under SOCAR.

  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    01.09.2014 09:59
    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Defense Ministry that yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions from the posts on nameless heights of Khojavand and Jabrayil.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • ErdoДџan ready for first international appearance as president
    01.09.2014 09:23
    President ErdoДџan is set for his first international appearance after taking office, including participation at the key NATO Summit in Wales and bilateral visits to Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan is set for his first international appearances after taking office on Aug. 28, including participation at the key NATO Summit and bilateral visits to Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    ErdoДџan's itinerary this week begins with a one-day trip to Northern Cyprus, in line with the tradition followed by Turkish statesmen who come to office. He will meet Turkish Cypriot President DerviЕџ EroДџlu and other high ranking officials today, where he will reiterate Turkey's support to the ongoing reunification talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriots and will urge Greek Cypriots not to further delay the process.

    ErdoДџan's second trip abroad will be to Azerbaijan. He is expected to depart to Baku tomorrow and will meet with Azerbaijani President Д°lham Aliyev the following day. Turkey and Azerbaijan have recently intensified economy and energy relations after Azerbaijan's state company SOCAR put billions of dollars of investments into Turkey. The two countries are currently working on the realization of a major pipeline project, the TANAP, to transport Azerbaijani natural gas to Europe via Turkey.

    The new president's visit to Baku will also touch on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which also affects Ankara-Yerevan relations. Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian was in Turkey last week to attend ErdoДџan's inauguration as president and used the venue as an opportunity to submit a letter of invitation to ErdoДџan for the next year's centennial anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey has not yet responded to the invitation.

    ErdoДџan will then directly go to Wales from Baku to attend the NATO Summit on Sept. 4 and 5. ErdoДџan's team and the Foreign Ministry are still working on his program in Wales, especially on his possible bilateral meetings, including with U.S. President Barack Obama.

    In a recent televised interview, ErdoДџan said he would bring Israel's blockade on Gaza to the attention of the NATO Summit, while the ongoing NATO deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkish territories and the growing threat of the extremist jihadists will also be on the agenda of the Turkish delegation. The summit, however, is expected to prioritize the ongoing crisis between the alliance and Russia over Ukraine.
  • SOCAR to raise number of gas stations in Georgia
    01.09.2014 09:14
    SOCAR is planning to commission 15-20 more gas stations in Georgia.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Vesti.Az that the total number of SOCAR-brand filling stations in Georgia makes 114 (part of which are combined that is both gasoline and diesel fuel and gas are filled there) of which gas filling stations make about 20.

    "There are currently plans on raising the number of gas stations. In general, the matter is about 15-20 gas stations", he said.
  • Turkish Ambassador: ''We will never accept any political manipulation of history''
    01.09.2014 09:13
    ''Two million Turkish and Azerbaijan people were expelled from their lands and killed".

    "These realities should be spoken about".

    Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Alper Coskun has commented on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan being invited to Yerevan to the 100th anniversary of the so-called Armenian genocide by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian after the inauguration ceremony, APA reports.

    Coskun said that Turkey's approach to the one-sided claims is evident. "Turkey fully trusts in itself. We are ready to examine any period of glorious Turkish history. However, it shouldn't be within the framework of any small parliaments or through some circles which manipulate facts. We advise historians to look back the history objectively. Azerbaijan also recommends it. All should read the history of this geography exactly. Today's realities are not the same with the ones of the past 100 years. We mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War started in 1914. 16 million people died in that war. However, not all realities related to that period are spoken. From the Balkans to the Arabian Peninsula and Caucasus, two million Turkish and Azerbaijan people were expelled from their lands and killed. These realities should be spoken about. Many nations faced with hardships in that period. We are ready to conduct discussion about it objectively and boldly. However, we will never accept any political manipulations of history. There can be no doubt about it", the Ambassador said.
  • President allocates AZN 2 mln for socio-economic development of Fuzuli
    01.09.2014 08:58
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has issued an order on additional measures for acceleration of socio-economic development of Fuzuli.

    According to APA, under the order, an amount of AZN 2 mln has been allocated to the Fuzuli District Executive Power from the Azerbaijani president's reserve fund envisaged in the state budget 2014 for acceleration of further socio-economic development of Fuzuli region.

    The Finance Ministry was instructed to ensure the allocation of funds envisaged.
  • President: Azerbaijan is known in the world as a sporting nation today
    31.08.2014 16:54
    "Azerbaijan is known in the world as a sporting nation today," President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with young people and public figures in Beylagan District.

    "At the latest Olympic Games we achieved a great victory - we won 10 medals and finished in 30th place in team standings. Of course, the Olympic centers operating in the regions have made a special contribution to the training of our young athletes."

    The head of state said: "I should also note that Youth Olympic Games ended in China yesterday and our young athletes achieved great victories. I congratulate them, their coaches and our entire sports community on this occasion."

    "In the team standings Azerbaijan is in 10th place. These Olympic Games brought together more than 200 countries. And Azerbaijan finished in 10th place. Among European countries we finished in sixth place and among Muslim nations in first. We won 12 medals, including five gold ones. This shows once again how talented, strong and attached to the motherland our youth is."

    "The World Chess Olympiad has also been held recently. And Azerbaijani chess players also finished in the top. I can say that both in the World Chess Olympiad and in the Youth Olympic Games Azerbaijan was far ahead of Armenia. This suggests that we are stronger, we are ahead of them both physically and mentally, and this superiority manifests itself everywhere. The Armenian and Azerbaijani economies are beyond comparison. Our economy is about 20 times bigger than that of Armenia. In sports, in Olympic Games, in Youth Olympic Games and in intellectual games - we have got the upper hand everywhere," the President added.
  • There is a free society in Azerbaijan - President
    31.08.2014 15:35
    "We are deepening reforms. A free society has emerged in Azerbaijan. All democratic institutions are available and they operate successfully," President Ilham Aliyev told young people and public figures in Beylagan District.

    "All freedoms, including the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of the press and free Internet, are available. There is no censorship. You as young people are well aware of that. Facebook, Twitter, the Internet. Around a million Azerbaijanis share their views or obtain information through Facebook now. This is not the case in every country because there is censorship and restrictions. Some other measures are also taken."

    The President said: "But here it is all free because the Azerbaijani society is a free society, and it is our great achievement."

    "As a result of the deepening of political and economic reforms, more than a million jobs have been created in Azerbaijan over the past 10 years. This process continues and must be continued because our population is growing," he added.
  • Northern Iraq oil shipments reach 8.8 million barrels - Turkish minister
    31.08.2014 15:14
    Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped 8.8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, according to Reuters.

    The sales from Ceyhan via the autonomous regions new pipeline were more than 8 million barrels in 11 tankers.

    Yildiz added that the flow from Northern Iraq to Turkey had increased to 180,000-190,000 barrels per day, from a previous 120,000 barrels.
  • President Ilham Aliyev hails Azerbaijan`s demographic situation
    31.08.2014 14:26
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has hailed the country`s demographic situation as "very positive" as he met with young people and public figures in Beylagan District.

    "Around 170,000-180,000 infants are born each year on average. So the creation of jobs should be an ongoing process. Population growth, of course, is a source of great strength for us. The population is growing and should grow."

    The head of state said: "At the same time, this, of course, concerns the government because the creation of jobs and new businesses must go at a pace capable of keeping unemployment low. Currently, unemployment is at 5 per cent, but in some regions it is higher on average."

    "We know that and are working on these issues. So reforms are conducted and will continue to be conducted in all areas. The successful development of our country will be ensured. But all of this work is underpinned by our national values," the President added.
  • Baku to host Council of Europe exchange on religious dimension of intercultural dialogue
    31.08.2014 14:21
    Azerbaijan`s capital will host 2014 Council of Europe annual exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue on 1-2 September.

    The event will be themed "Intercultural dialogue: interaction between culture and religion".

    It will hear reports on three sub-themes: "Tolerance of religion and non-religious convictions in culturally diverse societies: a social capital", "Contribution of religions and non-religious convictions to combating all forms of discrimination, intolerance and violence", and "The contribution of cultural heritage of a religious nature to intercultural dialogue and to the respect of the universal values defended by the Council of Europe".
  • Twenty one years pass since Azerbaijani Gubadli region's occupation by Armenia
    31.08.2014 13:28
    Today is the 21st anniversary of occupation of Azerbaijan's Gubadli region by the Armenian armed forces.

    The region with an area of 802 square kilometers and with population of about 30,000 people living in 94 settlements were occupied by Armenian military forces on Aug.31, 1993.

    Gubadli region is distinguished by its favorable geographic location, unique picturesque landscape, rocky and steep mountains, turbulent rivers - Barkushad and Akara, attaching special coloring.

    Some 283 volunteers heroically died when defending the region and 7 of them were awarded high title of "Azerbaijani National Hero".

    In fact, each family suffered from Armenian armed forces' outrage. People who survived now are accommodated in 47 regions of the republic.

  • President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan is a guarantor of peace and security
    31.08.2014 13:19
    "The events that took place on the frontline earlier this month demonstrated the strength and power of the Azerbaijan army, as well as the powerlessness and helplessness of the opposite side. Azerbaijan is a guarantor of peace and security. Therefore, we are still trying to resolve this issue peacefully," Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told public figures of the country`s Fuzuli District during his visit.

    "But we are also conducting a consistent policy to isolate Armenia from all projects. Armenia is experiencing a profound crisis - economic, political and military. At the same time, Armenia's population is gradually shrinking. Our population is growing and theirs is reducing, and the course of history will lead to the fact that in a few years this difference, this gap between us will reach such proportions that this in itself will play a positive role in the negotiations."

    The head of state said: "Meanwhile, we are strengthening our army, enhancing our economic strength, developing the regions and stepping up our standing on the international arena. We are going from strength to strength every day, while Armenia is weakening by the day. Armenia has itself acknowledged that it will not be able to survive, achieve economic development and even protect its own security without external assistance. Senior Armenian government officials already admit this. In essence, this means a collapse of the Armenian state because the greatest asset of each nation is independence."

    "By effectively using the years of independence, we live as a fully independent country and a free nation today, while Armenia's aggressive policy did not allow the Armenian people the opportunity to gain true independence. Now they live in a dependent and helpless state. They cannot exist without foreign assistance and donations. They are still holding our lands under occupation but they also know that this is a temporary situation," President Ilham Aliyev added.
  • BSWW Vice-President hails development of beach soccer in Azerbaijan
    31.08.2014 13:11
    Vice-President of Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) Joan Cusco has praised the development of beach soccer in Azerbaijan as he met the country`s sports minister Azad Rahimov in Baku.

    He said the country had carried out good job to develop the sport in a short period of time.

    Mr. Cusco also praised the organization of Euro Beach Soccer Cup Baku 2014.

    Soccer is included in the sports program of the inaugural European Games due to take place in the Azerbaijani capital next year.
  • Azerbaijan`s national cargo carrier purchases two Boeing 747-8 Freighters
    31.08.2014 12:17
    Azerbaijan`s national cargo carrier, Silk Way West airlines, has purchased two Boeing 747-8 Freighters.

    The first airplane has already been delivered to Baku. It will carry out flights to Seoul, the Republic of Korea, beginning from next month.

    The airlines will also increase the number of flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong to five times per week, and also launch new flights to European cities.

    The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class while providing enhanced environmental performance. The airplane is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door.

    Silk Way Airlines is considered one of the leading cargo carriers in the region, providing full-fledged services toEurope, theUnited Kingdom, the Middle East and the Far East .

    The carrier also serves international destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters.
  • President orders construction of inter-village road in Fuzuli
    31.08.2014 12:13
    President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order on the construction of a road that will link Birinci and On Birinci Qayidis villages in Fuzuli District.

    Under the presidential Order, 2 million manats will initially be allocated from the President`s 2014 Contingency Fund to Fuzuli District Executive Authority for the construction of the road, which will link 11 residential areas with the total population of 12,000 people.
  • Azerbaijani President: "Azerbaijan's position sounded even stronger in Sochi"
    30.08.2014 23:55
    "Thanks to the courage of the heroic Azerbaijani soldiers and officers the enemy was dealt a devastating blow and they still can not get over it"

    Baku-APA. "The Azerbaijani public is aware that at the beginning of this month, Armenia tried to stage a provocation on the frontline. But Azerbaijani army gave a fitting rebuff to the enemy. Were destroyed dozens of occupants, and their provocation did not take place", - the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with residents of Beylagan region.

    The President noted that the causes of this provocation are clear: "Because, as you know, on the eve of Sochi meeting the Armenian leadership was trying to get to a more favorable position and force Azerbaijan to accept the fact that Baku does not satisfied. But it did not work, on the contrary, the position of Azerbaijan in Sochi sounded even stronger, thanks to the courage of the heroic Azerbaijani soldiers and officers and the enemy was dealt a devastating blow that they still can not get over it. "

    President Ilham Aliyev said that Armenia reign panic and fear at the highest level recognize that a mass exodus of the population of the country: "Rather, this process takes a long time. Just the latest developments on the frontline of its accelerated. Tens of thousands of Armenian citizens permanently leave their country, and recent events have given new impetus to this process. However, the Armenian government has resorted to various ways to explain it. Recently, it has even admitted that the main reason for this - strong diaspora, as well as the Karabakh conflict. That is, the Armenian government has already recognized that the main reason for the demographic crisis - it's fear. Armenian society is in fear. Of course, worse Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani army is strong, heroic Azerbaijani soldiers are for them a constant source of fear. To eliminate this fear, Armenia should just abide by international law and unconditionally withdraw from the occupied lands. This is required and 4 UN Security Council resolutions. I am confident that we will restore our territorial integrity. International law supports our position. Azerbaijan has authority on a global scale, with us are considered to be advised. Today, our international credibility is at a high level. "

    The Head of State noted that Azerbaijan surpasses Armenia economically: "From the point of view of military capabilities Azerbaijani army not only in comparison with the Armenian, but also on a global scale is one of the strongest armies. Our strength is growing every day. As you know, stand out and will be allocated a lot of money. Military expenditures are the main cost of our state budget, so it will be in the coming years. We will increase spending. The professionalism of our army, patriotic spirit is high, the Azerbaijani society rallied around a single idea. This is - the development of Azerbaijan, the process of building a modern state and the return of our occupied territories. In this case, of course, a special role belongs to the youth. "

    The President in his speech expressed satisfaction with the level of patriotism of youth, education in their national spirit.
  • First Human Trials of Ebola Vaccine Start Next Week
    30.08.2014 19:45
    The first human trials of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus will start next week in the U.S., officials announced Thursday, just as the World Health Organization predicted as many as 20,000 people could be infected in West Africa before the epidemic is brought under control.

    The National Institutes of Health will sponsor the first trial of the vaccine, one of several being developed against Ebola. It's fast-tracked the testing because of the outbreak of Ebola that is ravaging three West African countries.

    "We have the green light to begin," said Dr. Tony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    The vaccine is being developed by NIAID and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. "Testing will take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland," NIH said in a statement.

    Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people out of more than 3,000 infected in Liberia, West Africa and Guinea in the ongoing outbreak, by far the worst outbreak of Ebola ever seen. And the WHO says those numbers almost certainly understate the true numbers of those infected and killed.

    WHO predicted on Thursday that as many as 20,000 could become infected.

    The trial will enroll 20 healthy adults who will get a shot in the arm to see first if the vaccine is safe, and second if it generate an immune response that should, in theorym protect against Ebola infection.

    It's the first in a series of vaccine trials that will roll out this fall. NIH with British medical foundations will separately test the vaccine in Britain, Gambia and Mali, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing a trial in Nigeria.

    NIAID has been working on an Ebola vaccine for years. The idea was to develop it to defend people in case Ebola or a related virus, Marburg, was ever used in a biological attack. Previous outbreaks of the virus were always too small and too easily controlled to justify developing a vaccine quickly.

    NIAID was working with a small Swiss-Italian biotech company called Okairos to develop the vaccine. It's been shown to protect monkeys against Ebola. Glaxo bought the company last year.
  • Blind set to join Manchester United
    30.08.2014 16:56
    Manchester United are set to sign Dutch international Daley Blind after agreeing a fee with his current side Ajax, the Press Association reported on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old Blind was in Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad in Brazil and can play at left-back and as a defensive midfielder.

    Personal terms are still to be agreed with him and he needs to pass a medical, but if the deal is sealed before the transfer window shuts on Monday night he will be United's fifth summer signing as Van Gaal seeks to restore the side's fortunes.

    They have already spent over ВЈ130 million ($215 million, 165 million euros) this summer, including a British-record transfer fee of ВЈ59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) on Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
  • Georgian Speaker hails interparliamentary cooperation with Azerbaijan
    30.08.2014 16:19
    Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili has praised cooperation between legislative bodies of Georgia and Azerbaijan as he met chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade.

    "The parliaments of Georgia and Azerbaijan enjoy fruitful collaboration," he said. Mr. Usupashvili noted the necessity of developing the bilateral cooperation.

    He also said he was pleased to see the chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office in Georgia, and congratulated him on his 65th anniversary.

    Mr. Pashazade hailed Azerbaijan-Georgia relations as brotherly. He lauded the Georgian parliament speaker`s support for Azerbaijan regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Heads of Azerbaijani and Georgian parliamentary committees noted the importance of jointly raising the issue of preservation of territorial integrity in international organizations.
  • First Ebola case in Senegal confirmed
    30.08.2014 15:30
    A man infected with Ebola travelled to Senegal, bringing to the country the first confirmed case of the disease that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the health ministry has said.

    The infected patient, a university student from Guinea, sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, on Tuesday but gave no indication he might have Ebola, health minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

    The next day, an epidemiological surveillance team in Guinea told Senegalese authorities that they had lost track of a person who had had contact with sick people. The team said that the person disappeared three weeks ago and may have come to Senegal.

    The student was tracked to the hospital in Dakar that same day and was immediately quarantined, Seck said. A test has confirmed that he has Ebola, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been alerted.

    It is not clear how or when the young man came to Senegal, which closed its border with Guinea last week. Seck said his condition is "satisfactory".

    The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa began last year in Guinea. Since then, the disease has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. More than 3,000 people have contracted the disease, which is spread by bodily fluids and for which there is no licensed treatment or vaccine. A separate Ebola outbreak was reported this week in Congo, where 13 people have died from the disease.

    The arrival of the dreaded disease in Senegal, which is a tourist destination and whose capital is a major transportation hub for the region, underscores that the outbreak remains out of control, despite efforts by the WHO, Doctors Without Borders and other organisations.

    WHO on Friday said the past week has seen the highest increase of cases, of more than 500, since the outbreak began.
  • Georgian President awards chairman of Caucasian Muslims Office with Order of Honor
    30.08.2014 15:26
    Georgian President Giorgi Margevlashvili has awarded chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade with the Order of Honor.

    Mr. Pashazade received the Order as he visited Georgia for the celebration of his 65th anniversary invited by Georgian Patriarch Ilia II.

    Mr. Giorgi Margevlashvili handed the Order to the chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office. He said Mr. Pashazade and Patriarch Ilia II had made tremendous contributions to deepening friendship and cooperation between the Georgian and Azerbaijani people. "The existence of such religious leaders is what makes both Azerbaijan, Georgia and the entire region more powerful."

    The Georgian leader asked Mr. Pashazade to extend his greetings to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, saying "I consider him a close friend of mine".

    Allahshukur Pasahzade thanked the Georgian President for awarding him. He communicated the Azerbaijani President`s greetings to the Georgian leader.

    Patriarch Ilia II described the visit of the chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office to Georgia as "a good sign of friendship between our countries and people".

    Mr. Pashazade is accompanied by a large delegation including MPs, heads of Azerbaijan`s Christian and Jewish communities, and public figures.
  • Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison
    30.08.2014 14:38
    A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.

    Retired Navy Warrant Officer John Walker Jr was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing codes and other sensitive data to the USSR.

    He had recruited his son, his brother and friend to continue spying after he retired. All were convicted.

    The breach was considered among the largest leaks of military secrets in US history at the time.

    Walker pleaded guilty in 1985, in a deal to gain a lighter sentence for his son, who was released in 2000 after serving 15 years in prison.

    The spy ring began when Walker walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington DC in 1967, and offered to hand over secret coded material on a regular basis.

    The Soviets used the information he and others passed to them over the course of 17 years to decode millions of secret US navy messages. Prosecutors said at the time of his arrest that Walker was more motivated by greed than ideology.

    His cause of death was not immediately released.
  • U.S. Embassy: California State Senate Resolution doesnв't reflect the U.S.в's foreign policy
    30.08.2014 14:29
    "California State Senate Resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh does not reflect U.S. Policy," the U.S. Embassy in Baku has said.

    "U.S. Foreign Policy is determined by the federal government," the Embassy said in a statement. "States are free to express their opinions, but those opinions do not represent national foreign policy. The resolution passed by the California State Senate regarding Nagorno-Karabakh is an expression of opinion by a state legislative body and does not change U.S. foreign policy on the matter."
  • Millions of historic images posted to Flickr
    30.08.2014 14:28
    An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.

    Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

    The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

    The images have been difficult to access until now.

    Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures.

    "For all these years all the libraries have been digitising their books, but they have been putting them up as PDFs or text searchable works," he told the BBC.

    They have been focusing on the books as a collection of words. This inverts that. Stretching half a millennia, it's amazing to see the total range of images and how the portrayals of things have changed over time.
  • FBI probes Islamic State recruiting in Minneapolis
    30.08.2014 14:21
    The FBI's Minneapolis bureau is looking into reports that a second American citizen from the area was killed fighting with the Islamic State as it works to find out whether the group is actively recruiting Muslims in the Twin Cities region.

    "That's something we are looking into," Kyle Loven, division counsel for the FBI in Minneapolis, said when asked about Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, who Fox News reported was killed in the same battle as another American from the Twin Cities area. Earlier this week, the State Department confirmed that Douglas McAuthur McCain died fighting with the Islamic State.

    "We're aware of media reporting and social-media activity that a second American citizen has been killed in Syria. We don't have any details to confirm," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday about Muhumed.
  • Azerbaijani delegation partakes at 6th UNAOC Global Forum
    30.08.2014 14:15
    Azerbaijani delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev is visiting the Republic of Indonesia to participate at the Sixth UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum (UNAOC Global Forum).

    As a part of visit, Elchin Efendiyev addressed the Forum speaking of Azerbaijan's contribution to the modern multicultural relations, the development of multiculturalism and international propagation of tolerant culture. Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister highlighted the Baku Process initiated by President Ilham Aliyev, the World Forums on Inter-cultural Dialogue, the importance of newly founded Multiculturalism Center in Baku. Efendiyev offered to hold the 7th UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum in Baku in 2016.

    As a part of visit, Elchin Efendiyev met with Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain to discuss current state of and prospects for the economic, political and humanitarian relations between Azerbaijan and Spain.

    Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister has also met with the minister of commerce of New Zealand. The sides stressed necessity of developing bilateral relations.

    On August 30, Elchin Efendiyev met with Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, exchanged views on the relations between Azerbaijan and UNAOC. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser expressed pleasure to cooperate with Azerbaijan, stated that UNAOC would closely participate in the organization of the 3rd World Forum on Inter-Cultural Dialogue due in Baku in 2015.

    Within the meeting, UNAOC and Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry signed an agreement. The document was signed by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and Azerbaijan's ambassador to Indonesia Tamerlan Garayev.
  • Russia will try to lift sanctions imposed on Iran
    30.08.2014 14:11
    The foreign ministers of Iran and Russia stressed on the needs to boost the two countries' bilateral relations, especially trade ties.

    Nuclear talks were also another main topic of the officials' discussions in the Russian capital, Moscow, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on August 29.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran's peaceful nuclear program didn't stop in the face of sanctions, and will never be halted.

    "Tehran's negotiations with the P5 1 countries are aimed at resolving any ambiguity about the Iranian nuclear program," he said.

    "The illegal sanctions against the country are fruitless, he said, adding that the number of Iran's centrifuges has increased from 200 to 2,000 during the past eight years.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, for his part, said that Iran has the right to peacefully develop nuclear energy.

    "Russia will try to lift the international sanctions imposed on Iran," he added.

    Iran and P5 1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) are likely to hold a new round of nuclear talks on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly Session in September.

    Iran and the P5 1 group of countries sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.

    The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

    In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.

  • Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force - report
    30.08.2014 14:10
    Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday, Reuters reported.

    The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

    Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.

    Since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March, NATO members have taken a number of short-term steps to reinforce the security of allies in eastern Europe that are worried by Russia's new assertiveness.

    At the Wales summit next week, U.S. President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders are expected to agree on a longer-term plan for boosting NATO's eastern defences.

    One element of the plan will be shaking up NATO's existing rapid reaction force so that some units of it are capable of responding to a crisis in a few days, NATO diplomats say.

  • Agriculture ministry about products exported to Russia
    30.08.2014 13:47
    After Westв's sanctions against Russia, the growth of food imports from Azerbaijan has caused the rise in prices in local markets.

    According to Oxu.Az citing Yeni Müsavat, the statement came from spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture Murtuzali Hajiyev:

    "Azerbaijan provides itself with fruit and vegetables thoroughly. We monitored the markets, fairs, some wholesale points and recorded no significant increase in the prices of vegetables and fruits. Agricultural production is seasonal and the season of for example melons, watermelon, cantaloupe is now coming to an end. This year, people bought them for very low prices, but this week, we could observe the growth in prices on these fruits".

    The spokesperson welcomed the export of local products to the Russian market in terms of economic opportunities for farmers:

    "We import and export agricultural products No restrictions are possible in conditions of market economy. On the contrary, the process will lead to the enrichment of farmers, improve their capabilities".

    As for the forecasts of price increases for meat and dairy products, Murtuzali Hajiyev said that at present the prices are stable and the growth is not observed.

    According to him, representatives of the Ministry will conduct a monitoring on some markets of the capital city on 30 August.
  • Foreign ministry claims U.S. Department of Stateв's statements on Azerbaijan unfounded
    30.08.2014 13:37
    The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry considers the U.S Department of State's statements on human rights situation in the country unfounded.

    The statements made by a representative of the U.S Department of State on August 27-28 are unfounded and unacceptable, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev said Aug. 29.

    Such statements, which have a political implication and are aimed at interfering in Azerbaijan's internal affairs to exert political pressure on the country, do not reflect reality, according to a statement.

    Instead of looking for problems in other countries, the U.S. must resolve many problems in the field of human rights in their own country, the statement says.

    "The events in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrated once again that having turned human rights into an instrument of its foreign policy, the U.S is far from complying with the obligations on fundamental human rights and freedoms, including freedom of assembly, preventing separation by ethnic and racial factors, disproportionate use of force by law enforcement agencies and excessive violence," the document says.
  • Caucasus Moto Festival dedicated to birthday of Chingiz Mustafayev starts in Sheki
    30.08.2014 13:36
    The Caucasus Moto Festival (CAUCASUS MOTO FEST- 2014) dedicated to the birthday of Azerbaijani National Hero journalist Chingiz Mustafayev has started in Sheki.

    Attended by the Azerbaijani and world bikers the festival is organized by "Baku HOG Azerbaijan", "CAUCASUS MOTO FESTД° Harley Davidson", the Sheki Executive Authority and Chingiz Mustafayev Foundation.

    The festival includes a motorbike parade, an exhibition and fair, a test drive and concert. It will be attended by bikers from the U.S., UK, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Croatia, Iran and other countries.
  • Armenia inflation to get more active '" newspaper
    30.08.2014 13:34
    Due to a weak economic growth in Armenia, the inflation is quite low this year in the country, Armenia's Hayots Ashkharh daily reported.

    According to official data, inflation [in Armenia] reached 0.4 percent last month and 0.8 percent in August, as compared to the same period last year.

    "Such a low 12-month inflation rate was not recorded in Armenia for a long time. This is certainly conducive socially, but it is not so beneficial to the economy; it restricts the economic processes.

    "Given this fact, the Central Bank [of Armenia] has recently begun to frequently reflect on the refinancing interest rate. The Central Bank [CB] plans to continue the relaxation of the monetary loan conditions.

    "As a result of this and other factors, some invigoration of inflation is expected [in Armenia]. The CB forecasts that the inflation rate will get closer to the target indicator solely at the end of the first quarter of next year.

    "The Central Bank links the bases for some future invigoration of inflation primarily to the domestic economic environment," Hayots Ashkharh wrote.
  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire in several directions
    30.08.2014 13:34
    Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions near the villages of Novruzlu in the Aghdam region, Qizil Oba in the Terter region and the nameless heights of the Fizuli region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 30.

    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.

  • Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned
    30.08.2014 13:34
    A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

    The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.

    With the box was a card stating, "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince amp; Princess of Wales." Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector. Although the cake came wrapped in its original wax paper, Heller says it wouldn't be a good idea to try to eat it.

    He adds, however, that there is a small but dedicated group of royal cake collectors.

    Some, Heller says, have purchased cakes dating to the days of Britain's Queen Victoria, who married in 1840.
  • Fourth mobile operator to operate in Azerbaijan
    30.08.2014 13:32
    By AzerNews

    Nakhtel, wireless CDMA operator of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, is preparing to get a license for GSM-frequencies use on 1800-2100 MHz.

    The news was announced by Farid Hajiyev, head of the press service of the Ministry of Communications and High Tech NAR.

    Nakhtel is expected to officially apply to the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan for a license for the deployment of mobile services throughout Azerbaijan in the near future.

    Claiming to be the fourth GSM operator in Azerbaijan, Nakhtel currently provides wireless communication services in CDMA standard by using the 800-900 MHz frequency band.

    "The company has prepared a draft network of 4G deployment, which will initially be available on the territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The next stage will be the fourth generation network coverage throughout the territory of Azerbaijan. Like other mobile operators in the country, Nakhtel will provide communication services in the GSM standard," he said.

    The commercial deployment of the network operator is planned to be held at the end of this year, but the date may be postponed till the beginning of 2015.

    Commenting on Nakhtel's plans for the construction of their own base stations, he said the first phase will involve the provision of telecommunications services and the Internet over the base stations of Bakcell, Azercell, and Azerfon mobile operators. This issue will be coordinated with the assistance of the Ministry of Communications and High Tech of Azerbaijan.

    The company plans to construct and expand its own base stations network, the spokesman said.
  • SOCAR commissions new oil well in Caspian Sea
    30.08.2014 13:32
    Azerbaijan's State Oil Company (SOCAR) has commissioned a new well at the "Oil Rocks" field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, according to a message from the company.

    The company said the well, which was drilled from the platform #2585 at a depth range of 2,457-2,449 meters, has a daily debit of 30 tons.

    SOCAR is currently implementing a program to stabilize and boost oil production. To this end, SOCAR is drilling both onshore and offshore fields in Azerbaijan.

    In January-July 2014, SOCAR produced 4.91 million tons of oil from onshore and offshore fields in Azerbaijan, versus 4.85 million tons in the same period of 2013.

    In 2013, SOCAR produced over 8.31 million tons of oil compared to 8.24 million tons in 2012. A total of 43.48 million tons of oil was produced in Azerbaijan in 2013, compared to 43 million tons in 2012.

  • 14-year-old French girl investigated for allegedly planning jihad
    30.08.2014 13:30
    A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home.

    The Paris prosecutor's office said the girl from Quimper, in Brittany, risks up to five years in a juvenile prison if the investigation leads to an indictment and conviction.

    The girl, not named, was in contact with two other teens, aged 15 and 17, all allegedly planning together to travel abroad to join a jihadi group '" even though they live in three different regions of France.

    The prosecutor's office said the girls corresponded via social networks, but wouldn't give details.

    French judicial officials are investigating 329 people who left France to carry out jihad, mainly in Syria, or wanted to.
  • Azerbaijani team joins international off-road racing in Turkey
    30.08.2014 13:30
    Azerbaijani drivers will on Aug. 30-31 participate in the 3rd international off-road racing in Ardesen, Rize Province, Turkey, the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation told Trend Aug. 29.

    During the racing the national team, with the support of the federation, will compete against rivals from various countries.

    Drivers from Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Armenia will also participate in the competition.

    In 2012, Azerbaijani crew won a silver medal in the 2nd international off-road racing in Ardesen.

  • Hurricane hits Russiaв's Republic of Bashkortostan
    30.08.2014 13:29
    Over 40 people have been injured as a hurricane raged in Russiaв's Republic of Bashkortostan late Friday - early Saturday, a representative of the investigative committee told RIA Novosti.

    "The number of injured is on the rise: there are 40 at the moment, 15 have been hospitalized. Among them there are children, their condition is being preacute;cised," the representative said.

    The hurricane described as a tornado by the locals hit three regions of Bashkortostan, tearing off the roofs of the buildings, felling trees and piers.

    According to local emergency ministry, over 200 houses have been damaged, 26 villages have been left without electricity. 15 temporary accommodation facilities were arranged for the hurricane victims. Some 800 rescuers are working in the region.
  • President Ilham Aliyev reviewed secondary school in Baku after major repair and reconstruction
    30.08.2014 13:23
    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed secondary school No. 46 in Nasimi District, Baku after major repair and reconstruction.

    Purposeful measures are being taken to speed up the socioeconomic development of Baku and its settlements. Under a plan of action featured in the Special State Program, material and technical infrastructure of secondary schools and various educational facilities is being strengthened, state-of-the-art infrastructure is being created in order to improve the quality of education. Secondary schools are revamped to highest standards and supplied with necessary equipment in the capital, its suburbs and indeed the rest of the country ahead of the new academic year. The landscaping work is carried out in the areas of the educational facilities.

    Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed the head of state about the work done. It was noted that the school was built in 1969. The 4-storey facility has 65 classrooms. All classrooms and various departments of the 1560-seat school were repaired and supplied with necessary equipment and teaching aids ahead of the new academic year. Special rooms were created for holding lessons on taxes. Modern ventilation and lighting systems were installed in the school, and landscaping and redevelopment work carried out around the facility.

    President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the classrooms and departments.

  • OSCE monitoring on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line passes without incidents
    30.08.2014 13:17
    In accordance with the mandate of special envoy of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the OSCE mission has held a monitoring on troops contact line in the southwest direction of Agdam village of Tovuz region.

    The monitoring ended without incidents, Defence Ministry`s press service said.

    The monitoring was held on the Azerbaijani side by Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, personal assistants Hristo Hristov and field assistant Peter Svedberg.

    From the opposite area the monitoring was conducted by field assistants of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Eugene Sharov and Jiri Aberle,
  • Expert: Highest salary recorded in extractive industry
    30.08.2014 13:17
    The highest salary is recorded in extractive industry.

    "A very contradictory situation formed during estimation of the income in Azerbaijan. For example, if we start from the private sector, wages (income) of the population are high. But, judging from the public sector, wages in Azerbaijan are low."

    Oxu.Az reports referring to "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development Vugar Bayramov.

    According to him, the highest salary in Azerbaijan is recorded in the extractive industry.

    "Wages in the sector vary. But, according to our observations, the average wage in the sector is up to AZN 5000. In this regard, those working in the extractive industry can be safely attributed to the richest in Azerbaijan. "

    The situation is controversial in the health sector, Bayramov says. In particular, if we speak about the data in the public sector, the salary is not so high, he said.

    "But if we start with the data in private clinics, then there are cases where qualified doctors in private clinics get up to AZN 100 000 monthly."

    The workers in the construction sector form the third category of incomes, Bayramov said.

    "In general, wages in the construction sector are high. But, it should be kept in mind that mid-level workers and ordinary workers in the construction sector get not too much. "

    And finally, the smallest monthly salary in Azerbaijan is in the sphere of education, Bayramov says.

    "But, as for other areas, there is no single opinion on the income of employees in education. Teachers are often engaged in tutoring, which significantly increases their income, " Bayramov said.
  • Georgian PM supports Ukraine's sovereignty
    30.08.2014 13:13
    Georgian Prime Minister reiterates support to Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders.

    Irakli Gharibashvili`s statement was published on the government`s website today.

    `We are extremely concerned about the reports on Russia`s direct military incursion into Ukraine`s Eastern regions. It is necessary that everybody respects Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity, also its right to impose order and provide the complete protection of the rights of each citizen and their dignified future on the whole territory of Ukraine.

    The international community should not accept the large-scale military confrontation and the change of borders forcefully in Europe. Everything should be done to provide peace and stability in Ukraine.

    Once again, Georgia firmly supports Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders.

    We believe that by considering these very principles, the current crisis should be overcome in Ukraine,` Prime Minister`s statement says.
  • President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Ahmet Davutoglu
    30.08.2014 13:10
    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a telephone call to Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.

    The head of state congratulated Ahmet Davutoglu on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and wished him success in his activities.

    Ahmet Davutoglu expressed gratitude to the Azerbaijani President for his attention and congratulations.

    During the phone conversation, President Ilham Aliyev and PM Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that friendly and fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey would continue to successfully develop on all fronts.

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donations topped $100 million
    30.08.2014 13:10
    Donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge broke the $100 million mark Friday as people around world continue to dump ice on their heads and donate to the ALS Association to help combat Lou Gehrigв's disease.

    ''The word gratitude doesnв't do enough to express what we are feeling right now,'' ALS President and CEO Barbara Newhouse said in a statement.

    The $100 million in donations came from more than 3 million donors who have contributed since the challenge went viral in late July. The ALS Association raised only $2.8 million in the same period last year.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a social media phenomenon, grabbing the attention of millions of Americans including many celebrities and political figures. Some have speculated that it might forever change the way charities approach fundraising.
  • MP: OSCE MG co-chairs take pro-Armenian position
    30.08.2014 13:09
    'The OSCE MG is a dead structureв'.

    The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have not managed to do any serious activity. Therefore, there is no hope for their just position. They all seem to occupy a pro-Armenian position.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to SalamNews that the statement came from MP Malahat Ibrahimgizi.

    She said that Russia, United States and France became the co-chairs thus leading to protraction in the conflict settlement.

    "These two countries have a good attitude to Armenia. There is a strong Armenian lobby in the United States and France. Therefore, the OSCE MG is a dead structure.

    If the Minsk Group turns a blind eye on the occupant policy of Armenia, it will remain in memory as a retrogressive organization. If it does not want this, it needs to act to prevent Armenia's aggression.
  • Poland does not let Russian defense ministerв's jet into its airspace
    30.08.2014 12:28
    Poland has denied entry to its airspace for a Russian jet, which was carrying Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as he was returning home after a trip to Slovakia, the press secretary of the Polish Armed Forces operational command said.

    He claimed reason for the denial was that the Russian authorities had requested the passage for a civilian jet, not the military one.

    The press secretary indicated that transits of military jets should be coordinated 72 hours before their effectuation. Shoigu attended a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an uprising against the Nazis in the Slovak city of Banska Bystrica.
  • Ilham Aliyev praises achievements of Azerbaijani sportsmen
    30.08.2014 12:20
    Preparations for the European Games 2015 have brought together the country's sporting community.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev praised the achievements of the Azerbaijan team that took the tenth place in the medal standings at the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 in the Chinese city of Nanjing. A team of 21 young elite athletes have represented their country in nine sports, winning a total of five gold, six silver and one bronze medal.

    According to Oxu.Az, the President noted that preparations for the biggest sporting event in the history of Azerbaijan - the first European Games in Baku in 2015 has brought together the sports community of the country around a common strategy with a clear objective, which is to transform the global sports and the Olympic movement into an integral part of the lives of young Azerbaijanis. The great enthusiasm of Azerbaijani youth is constantly directed t to the sport and the further increasing level of participation.

    He also noted that the upcoming games help the country to invest in the construction of top-class sporting venues that will serve for many years, and that the remarkable success of the young team is a testament to the fact that the sports developing structures, which became operational in preparation for the first European Games 2015, already give visible results.

    Minister of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan and CEO of the Baku Games 2015, Azad Rahimov noted the significant success of Azerbaijani sportsmen in Nanjing and said: "We are determined to ensure the full implementation of the potential of the first European Games by Azerbaijan next year: that is, we want to not just hold a two-week sporting event, but also get an incentive for long-term development of the sport in our country".

    Three of the awards at the Youth Olympic Games were won in the last, most difficult day of the competition: gold medals were awarded to wrestler Teymur Mammadov in the weight category up to 63 kg, Iqbal Hajizadeh, a wrestler in the weight category up to 100 kg, and boxer Rufat Huseynov in the category 46-49 kg.

    Chingiz Huseynzadeh, vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, said: "The upcoming European games inspire young athletes from Azerbaijan to higher achievement."

    "The opportunity to compete in front of their fans at the European Games in 2015 is a real stimulus for our young team. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to professional growth, of course, will provide an even greater number of medals in anticipation of the European Games.

    Medals, with which our young athletes have returned home, prove the appearance of new talents on the world stage. We are all very proud of their success and look forward to hearing about their even greater achievements in the near future - in the European Games 2015 in Baku and in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio".
  • Expert: copyright protection in Internet is very difficult
    30.08.2014 12:18
    Copyright protection in Internet is very difficult.

    "Im very pleased with the fact that Azerbaijan launches copyright protection on the Internet. However, this is a very complicated process. The fact that the protection of copyrights, both online and in real life is sometimes very difficult. Methods of protection of copyright in the Internet controversial itself, not only in Azerbaijan, but also throughout the world. In this regard, it is important to conduct propaganda among the population. IIt is technologically possible to punish, impose certain restrictions, but besides all this, it is important to foster a culture of respect for the author."

    Oxu.Az reports referring to "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from the head of Azerbaijan Franchise Association Elshan Musayev.

    According to him, all over the world in schools people say that any statements of certain people need to be stroped and signed by the author. Always put a link, etc. In short, do not plagiarize. Therefore, in Azerbaijan there is a need to educate all Internet users about which of their actions in the global network is a violation of copyright.

    Azerbaijan launches copyright protection on the Internet.

    "Work on the launch of copyright protection on the Internet in Azerbaijan is in the final stage. It is an application of digital monitoring and licensing. Copyright protection on the Internet is a complex process. Work on this project is carried out intensively and will be completed in the near future," the Copyright Agency of Azerbaijan stated.

    Copyright protection in a virtual environment will deal with the current agency Center for intellectual property rights, and regulation will be provided by law, and governance arrangements in this area.
  • Swiss SITA to provide IT infrastructure for Baku Airport
    30.08.2014 12:06
    Swiss SITA will provide the IT infrastructure for Heydar Aliev International Airport in Baku.

    According to the Company, it concluded an agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC (AZAL) on providing the IT infrastructure, passenger processing platform and airport operations systems for Heydar Aliev International Airport's new Terminal 1, Fineko/ reports.

    "The new technology will transform operations, both for the airport and for Azerbaijan Airlines, enhancing the passenger experience with new self-service options and enabling the airport to handle double its current capacity", - the Company says.

    Jahangir Askerov, Azerbaijan Airlines President, said that AZAL appreciates the convenience of dealing with a single supplier, SITA, for all its IT and communications needs.

    Dave Bakker, SITA President, Europe reminded in his turn that SITA had worked with Azerbaijan Airlines for more than a decade.

    "This project is unique in the region because we have provided both consultative services and end-to-end solutions", - he said.

    SITA's Airport Connect Open passenger processing platform will include more than 70 common-use workstations and 12 common-use self-service kiosks for check-in. With the new platform, Azerbaijan Airlines, and all other airlines using the airport, will be able to access their respective IT applications in real-time on shared equipment. They will also be able to use any airport desk, gate or self-service kiosk for passenger check-in and boarding for maximum flexibility and convenience.

    SITA will support all new solutions for five years.
  • US imposes more sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies
    30.08.2014 11:05
    The United States has imposed new sanctions on more than 25 Iranian individuals and companies.

    The Treasury Department said on Friday that the sanctions' targets include shipping firms, oil companies, airlines and six Iranian banks, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The Treasury Department also blatantly accused the Iranian businesses and individuals of lsquo;supporting terrorism' and trying to evade previous sanctions.

    Despite the additional measures, the White House National Security Council (NSC) on Friday reaffirmed Washington's commitment to working with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany in seeking a comprehensive deal with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.

    "Just as we announced these measures and continue to enforce pre-existing sanctions on Iran, the United States remains committed to working with our P5 1 partners toward a long-term, comprehensive solution that provides confidence that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful," said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

    The new sanctions come as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are in talks to reach a final agreement aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran's civilian nuclear work.

    The two sides signed a historic interim deal in Geneva last November. The agreement entered into force on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Tehran and the six states agreed to extend their discussions until November 24 in a bid to work out a final accord.

    Iran has previously slammed similar sanctions stating that the measures are contrary to the spirit of ongoing negotiations.

    Tehran calls anti-Iran sanctions illegal and wants them to be lifted as part of a final nuclear agreement.
  • MSN Messenger to end after 15 years
    30.08.2014 10:46
    Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service.

    Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype.

    Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October.

    Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009.

    But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to nearly 300 million by 2012.

    The service came to China in 2005, but later faced stiff competition from domestic rivals such as QQ messenger, built by Chinese firm Tencent.

    A number of Chinese Windows Live users received emails from Microsoft on Thursday, Chinese newspapers reported, informing them of the planned closure.

    The emails told users they would get free Skype credit when they migrated over to the new service, the newspaper said. MSN Messenger began as a simple text chat service in 1999, a rival to AOL's AIM service and ICQ. It later added features such as photo delivery, video calls and games as the technology developed.

    But Microsoft's purchase of Skype for $8.5bn (ВЈ5.1bn) in 2012 spelled the beginning of the end for the service.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire in three directions
    30.08.2014 10:44
    The ceasefire was violated on the frontline again.

    The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry's press service told APA that Armenian armed units fired on the Azerbaijani positions from the posts near Novruzlu village of Aghdam region, Gizil Oba village of Terter region and nameless uplands of Fuzuli region on the night of August 29-30.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • Two days after taking office, President ErdoДџan to host Victory Day reception
    30.08.2014 10:05
    Two days after taking office, President ErdoДџan is to host a Victory Day reception.

    Despite having made clear that he would take an executive role in the presidential palace rather than the largely ceremonial role so far cast for the head of the state, President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan will still have to fulfill certain ceremonial duties. One such duty is attending a reception to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Turkish victory over Greek forces in the War of Independence, hosting a reception on Aug. 30, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    ErdoДџan has already begun to fulfil such duties, which will also require co-work with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the General Staff, as he attended on Aug. 29 a graduation ceremony at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) along with new Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu, only a day after taking his oath as the president on Aug. 28. The graduation ceremony marked the first public appearance of the two together in their new capacities.

    Victory Day, marked on Aug. 30, was won under the leadership of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The victory over the Greek military on Aug. 30, 1922 was the last large engagement between the two armies. The war began with the Greek invasion of Д°zmir in May 1919 after the end of World War I with tacit support from the Allies, especially Great Britain.

    In the past, the highest official level reception to mark Victory Day was hosted at the General Staff Headquarters instead of the presidential Çankaya Palace.

    In an amendment to the regulation governing national and official feasts, ceremonies and celebrations passed in May 2012, responsibility for hosting the Victory Day reception was transferred from the Chief of General Staff to the president.

    With the A-level protocol being implemented, politicians, members of high judiciary and the top brass of the TSK have been invited to the reception.

    Accordingly, an invitation was also sent to the head of the Union of Turkey's Bar Associations (TBB), Metin FeyzioДџlu, but he has not yet confirmed attendance to the reception, reports said on Aug. 29.

    ErdoДџan and FeyzioДџlu have been at odds since May, when the latter delivered a one-hour-long speech criticizing the government at a ceremony marking the Council of State's 146th anniversary. Turkish politics then witnessed a first when ErdoДџan interrupted FeyzioДџlu's speech, standing up and heckling the TBB head before walking out of the ceremony.

    Earlier this week, the Council of Presidents of the Supreme Court of Appeals, decided to include FeyzioДџlu as a speaker at the ceremony marking the commencement of the new legislative year for 2014-2015 on Sept. 1, in defiance of ErdoДџan.
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