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01.02.2013 09:29
A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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    07.07.2015 11:54
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    07.07.2015 18:23
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    07.07.2015 16:39
    "We wrote a history! We became history!"A special event dedicated to the volunteers of the first European Games "Baku-2015" and the Azerbaijani national team athletes will take place in Baku.According to citing Report, initiators of the event, which will take place on July 12, are the Ministr...
  • Greece crisis: What are consequences for Azerbaijan?
    07.07.2015 16:03
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    07.07.2015 11:55
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 7By Demir Azizov- Trend:Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has signed a decree to appoint Tursunpulat Tashpulatov the country's first deputy interior minister and head of the ministry's General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and the fight against terro...
  • Azerbaijani judo fighters win 3 European medals
    07.07.2015 11:02
    According to AzerTag, Azerbaijani judo fighters have claimed 3 medals at the European championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.Female fighter Shehane Hajiyeva (40kg) won the gold medal after beating Romanian Lidia Mari.Zelim Ktsoyev (90kg) also gained the gold medal as he defeated Georgian Zaura Kenchatdze i...
  • Turkish PM: Ankara supports Baghdad in fight against Daesh
    07.07.2015 21:59
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has promised Tuesday to continue supporting Iraq in its fight against Daesh, according to prime ministry sources, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday in Ankara.

    During the meeting the two leaders discussed the developments in Iraq and in the region, Turkish prime ministry sources said.

    The prime minister also stressed the importance of the ensuring unity in Iraq in order to be successful in the fight against terrorism.

    Jabouri praised Turkey's security and counterterrorism support in Iraq.

    Iraq has suffered a security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh overran the northern province of Mosul and declared it part of its "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.

    A number of massacres perpetrated by Daesh last year - along with the forced deportation of minority populations from areas under its control - led to the establishment of a U.S.-led international coalition last September to combat the extremist group.

    In the nine months since, the coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against Daesh targets in both Iraq and Syria.

    Earlier in the day, Jabouri also met with Turkish Parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz in Ankara.

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  • All work on Southern Gas Corridor on schedule - SOCAR
    07.07.2015 21:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    SOCAR spokesman Nizamaddin Guliyev gave an interview to Trend news agency concerning the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

    At what stage is the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor projects?

    We are constantly monitoring the processes within the projects and getting the reports on the conducted work. We would like to stress that we are pleased with the course of the projects. The work is carried out in accordance with the schedules. In some cases, the work is conducted ahead of the schedule. Once again, we can say with confidence that as planned, the first gas produced as part of the full-scale development of the Shah Deniz field will be supplied to Turkey in July 2018. The European consumers will receive gas in 2020. In other words, both the extension of the South Caucasus gas pipeline and the Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) will be commissioned in July 2018. Accordingly, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be ready by early 2020, respectively.

    Proceeding from SOCAR's information, some media report that TANAP will be ready only in 2021. What can you say about this?

    I think that this is just a misinterpretation of the information. Indeed, the company's financial report-2014 was published. It says that according to the treaty on the transportation of gas, signed between the Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company - a company selling gas on behalf of the Shah Deniz consortium and TANAP, the gas supply will be launched from July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2021. It is wrong to conclude that TANAP will be ready by 2019, because the volumes intended for European buyers of gas are the case here. This gas will be transported by the seller, i.e. AGSC, to the points specified in the relevant sales contracts.

    In addition, the contract of gas sale with our Turkish partner, the BOTAScompany has been signed as well. This contract is also mentioned in that very financial report. Under the contract, the deliveries of gas to Turkey will begin in July 2018, and the acquirer company itself will transport gas from the Georgian-Turkish border to the exit point, located near the Turkish city of Eskisehir, precisely via TANAP, which is fixed in the respective contracts. This will be possible only given the ready pipeline. In other words, TANAP should be commissioned by July 2018, as it was planned.

    We see no need to accelerate the construction of TANAP, even if Russia's Gazprom will build the Turkish Stream till late 2016. The fact is that all of the 16 billion cubic meters, which will be produced within the framework of the second phase of the Shah Deniz project, has already been agreed upon. As it was stated earlier, some 6 billion cubic meters of gas of 16 billion cubic meters will go to Turkey, while some 10 billion cubic meters of gas will go to Europe. Moreover, the validity of all contracts is 25 years. In other words, the gas supplied through the chain of the Southern Gas Corridor pipelines is not affected by deliveries of Russian gas through the Turkish Stream.

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  • Kazkommertsbank to have difficulty in problem asset recovery without government support - SP
    07.07.2015 20:42
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Standard amp; Poor's Ratings Services kept on CreditWatch with negative implications its 'B' long-term issuer credit rating on Kazakhstan-based Kazkommertsbank JSC (KKB).

    "We also kept on CreditWatch negative our 'kzBB' national scale rating on KKB and our 'CCC' rating on its subordinated debt," Samp;P said July 7.

    "We placed our ratings on KKB and its debt on CreditWatch negative on Oct. 13, 2014 because, in our view, KKB's consolidated capitalization had weakened following its acquisition of Kazakhstan-based BTA Bank," the statement said. "We expect KKB's capital to remain under pressure given its weak earnings generation and the burden of overwhelming levels of nonperforming assets at both KKB and BTA (over 60% for KKB and BTA combined) as of March 31, 2015."

    In our view, it will be extremely difficult for KKB's management to achieve meaningful problem asset recovery at KKB without material government support. We understand that because KKB has a significant market share in the banking sector, the government is willing to facilitate the cleanup exercise by providing support through Distressed Assets Fund JSC (DAF) that was set up and provided with funding by the government with the aim of supporting the clean-up exercise in the banking sector.

    "We previously expected government support to KKB to take the form of transferring problem loans from the bank to DAF, but we understand that the support measures that were being discussed at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 were subsequently changed," the statement said.

    Instead of an asset transfer, an initial tranche of KZT250 billion (about US$1.3 billion) provided by the government to DAF will be used to provide KKB with long-term funding to help the bank facilitate its problem loans recovery and clean-up. KKB has signed an agreement with DAF to receive funding of KZT250 billion for 10 years and received the money in June. This should support KKB's capitalization.

    We also understand that problem assets previously held by KKB and BTA are to be concentrated at BTA, which has ceased to exist as a banking institution. BTA will be deconsolidated from KKB. This should improve KKB ratio of nonperforming loans.

    We expect to receive further information on the asset transfer and deconsolidation of BTA within the next three months. This will enable us to assess the potential impact of the transfer on KKB's capital position and resolve the CreditWatch placement, the statement said.

    We will resolve the CreditWatch once we have further information regarding the terms and details of the transfer of assets between KKB and BTA and subsequent deconsolidation of BTA. Our analysis will also take into account any other developments that might affect our assessment of KKB's capital. We expect to be able to clarify the ratings impact of these changes over the next three months.

    We could lower the ratings if KKB does not receive sufficient capital relief to cause our forecasted Standard amp; Poor's risk-adjusted capital (RAC) ratio to rise sustainably above 5%. A downgrade would become more likely if we observe a further deterioration in the quality of the loan portfolio, a weakening the capital position, or if the restructuring process becomes elongated.

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  • Azerbaijan Airlines holds special promotion on Baku-Krasnoyarsk flights
    07.07.2015 20:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    Azerbaijan Airlines informs about a special promotion on Baku-Krasnoyarsk flights of Azerbaijan Airlines:

    Baku-Krasnoyarsk total 170 Euro

    - Sales and travel period till 07.08.2015.

    - Seats are limited.

    - Rebooking and refund are not permitted.

    - Miles points for this journey is not remunarated

    - maximum stay 1 month

    - tax and charges included.

    To purchase tickets and for more information, please contact:

    (99412) 598-88-80



    or at sales office "Azerbaijan Hava Yollari" in your city.

    "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries. Total route network of the airline is 40 destinations in 19 countries. "Azerbaijan Airlines" transported more than 1.8 million people in 2014.

    Azerbaijani civil aviation fully meets the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and AZAL is a member of the most prestigious civil aviation association - the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

    In June 2015 AZAL received a prestigious "4 Stars" from the leader in air transport research, world-famous British consulting company Skytrax. At the same time, Azerbaijani national carrier was nominated for the award established by Skytrax agency - the "World Airline Awards" in the global category "World Airline that achieved most progress", taking its second place of honor.

    AZAL has one of the newest airplane fleet that consists of 25 airplanes. AZAL headquarters is in Baku, at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Due to its favorable geographical location, Heydar Aliyev International Airport has become the number one in the region for transit flights between East and West, North and South.

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  • Space weather center to appear in Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 20:09
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    A center for space weather has been established in Azerbaijan and the solar telescopes at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory have been upgraded.

    Azerbaijanв's National Academy of Sciences announced the news at an International Conference for Solar and Spatial Weather Researches underway in Baku from July 6 to 8.

    The international conference entitled Variability of the and Sun-like Stars: From Asteroseismology to Space Weather is sponsored by a grant from the Science Development Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan with organizational support from ANAS.

    The executive director of Science Development Foundation, Elchin Babayev, addressing the event discussed the Foundationв's events and activities.

    He said that the rapid development of space technology has resulted in significant changes and new perspectives in the field of solar physics.

    It was noted that Azerbaijani scientists, who conduct intensive research into the influence of solar activity and space weather in recent years, have established a close cooperation with colleagues from a number of countries around the world. Local scientists are being increasingly published in international journals.

    The conference will present a number of important reports on helioseismology and asteroseismology using special theoretical and experimental methods to investigate inside layers of the sun.

    Some reports will be devoted to the influence of solar activity on the Earthв's climate and some on the effect of technological systems on the health of human beings.

    Speaking about significant achievements in several areas, including the development of science, Babayev noted that the main aim is to turn Azerbaijan into the largest research center in the region.

    The head of the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory and a member of ANAS, Namig Jalilov, spoke about the research conducted in the field of solar physics in recent years in Azerbaijan and around the world, and noted their importance.

    The conference gathered scientists from Denmark, France, Germany, the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Bulgaria, England, Uzbekistan and Georgia, who will deliver reports reflecting the latest innovations in the sphere of solar physics and connections between the Earth and the Sun.

    Scientists from various organizations in Azerbaijan will deliver reports on their research as well.

    One of the sessions of the two-day conference will be held in Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory. Here, besides scientific reports, the issues on further cooperation will be discussed.

    Space weather studies

    The new Space Weather Center was constructed at the site of the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, and it will be commissioned before the end of this year. It will be equipped with antennas, receiving devices, magnetometers, and other state-of-the-art scientific equipment.

    The center will play an important role in scientific research in the field of space weather, tracking processes occurring on the Sun, and keep track of the effects of geomagnetic storms in real-time and so on.

    Azerbaijan began to monitor the Sun in the last 10-15 years. A school has been established in this field.

    Azerbaijan entered the space club with the launch of its first satellite Azerspace-1 in February 2013. As of now, the country has three satellites, one used for telecommunications and two low orbit satellites, and it plans to launch a second telecommunication satellite in 2017.
  • Iranian police seize one ton of narcotics
    07.07.2015 19:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's police seized over one ton of various drugs from smugglers in the country's southeastern province of Yazd'«'«.

    Police forces seized 647 kilograms of opium, 210 kilograms of heroin and 160 kilograms of hashish from a truck last night, the province's police commander, Iraj Kakavand said, the official IRIB news agency reported July 7.

    He further said that three smugglers were arrested in the operation.

    Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of common border with Afghanistan, over which 74 percent of opium is smuggled.

    It was reported that some 490 metric tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last fiscal year (ended on March 20).

    The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates. The statistics also say there are about two million drug users in Iran.

    Last February, Rouzbeh Kardouni, the head of Social Vulnerabilities Office at the Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare said that annually about 450 metric tons of opium is used in Iran, which is equal to 42 percent of total opium consumption in the world.

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  • Parade dedicated to European Gamesв' heroes due in Baku
    07.07.2015 19:54
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The European Games, a multi-sport event held in Baku in June for athletes from all over the Europe, was of great historical significance for Azerbaijan.

    Successfully organizing the first ever European Games in a short time and broadcasting the Games Azerbaijan fascinated the viewers not only in Europe but also outside the old Continent with spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and Games within 17 days.

    Despite this great sports event having come to an end, its spirit still remains in the cityв's air.

    A lot of events dedicated to the European Games were held in the country and one of the brightest of them will occur in Baku on July 12.

    Baku will witness a special a parade dedicated to the European Gamesв' volunteers, athletes, and to the Azerbaijani national team in particular. The parade will begin near the Palace of Hand-Played Game at 20:00 and will end at the Baku Boulevard, near the Clock Tower.

    The event will be sponsored by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sport along with the 2015 Baku European Games Operational Committee.

    The event, themed "We wrote a history! We fit ourselves into the history!" will consist of two parts.

    The first part of the event will be a parade titled "Baku 2015." Athletes from the national team and volunteers for the Games are set to participate.

    The concert portion of the program will begin at 21:00 close to the Clock Tower and feature performances by stars of the national stage.

    The European Games kicked off in Baku on June 12 and lasted for 17 days. The innovative competitions gathered over 6,000 athletes to show their strength and skills in 20 sports, 16 of which was Olympic and 12 were licensed for the Summer Olympics in Rio.

    Russia, presented by the team of 351 athletes, won the overall ranking with unbeaten 164 medals, 79 of which was gold medals.

    The country was followed by Azerbaijan with 56 medals and the Great Britain with 47 medals.
  • EFSD to finance Toktogul HPP in Kyrgyzstan
    07.07.2015 19:49
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The Council of the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development has approved an investment loan worth $100 million to Kyrgyzstan.

    The loan will finance the second stage of the rehabilitation project for the Toktogul Hydropower Plant, EFSD said on July 7.

    EFSD, formerly the EURASEC Anti-crisis Fund, is an international financial institution established by Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan with the goals of assisting its member states in overcoming the consequences of global financial crisis, ensuring their long-run economic stability, and fostering the economic integration of EFSD member countries.

    The fund is in charge of assisting member states with the following instruments: financial credits, available to governments only; investment loans, provided either to EFSD member states or to companies implementing interstate and national investment projects; and grants to finance government programs in social sector.

    The EFSD Resource Manager coordinates its activities with other international financial institutions and donor clubs.

    The Toktogul HPP, a power plant located on the Naryn River of Jalal-Abad Province in Kyrgyzstan, has an estimated capacity of 1,200 megawatts with four 300-MWt hydraulic turbogenerator units. It is Kyrgyzstan's largest power plant and supplies about 40 percent of the Central Asian state's electricity.

    The Toktogul Hydropower Plant Rehabilitation project involves the replacement of the second and fourth turbine-generator units with replacement/rehabilitation of auxiliary systems and powerhouse equipment at Toktogul HPP.

    The project for the reconstruction of Toktogul HPP consists of three phases. The first phase is being implemented by the Asian Development Bank, which is funding the replacement of electromechanical equipment and the replacement of generator circuit breakers, excitation systems and control cable lines of 500 kV.

    The second phase of reconstruction envisages the replacement of the second and fourth units of the station with the replacement or repair of auxiliary systems and equipment. The third stage envisages the replacement of the first and third units of the station.
  • British politicians object to Bako Sahakyan's possible visit to London
    07.07.2015 19:46
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    The invitation of Bako Sahakyan to London has caused protests by British politicians.

    Invitation of the "president" of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan to speak at the event, which will be held at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is incompatible with logic, Lord Kilclooney said at the request of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).

    Members of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, about one million of which have become refugees as a result of the aggressive policy of Armenia, should have been invited to this the event, he said.

    "The position of these people is more important than those who drove them away from their homes," the lord said. "Sahakyan is unrecognized by the international community, by inviting him like this Chatham House damages its own standing and gives him a level of legitimacy he does not deserve. There are already four UN Security Council Resolutions with regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and it is time they are implemented."

    Stephen Hepburn, MP of the UK, also supported Kilclooney's statement, noting that there is no way that Bako Sahakyan, so-called lsquo;president' of Nagorno-Karabakh, should have been invited by Chatham House to speak.

    "His regime is not recognized by any country in the world and continues to defy four UN Security Council Resolutions asking that Armenia end its occupation of Azerbaijani territories," he said. "He is not welcome in the UK and I would ask that Chatham House reconsider his invitation to speak there."

    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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Korean Ambassador visits Ganja
    07.07.2015 19:45
    Korean Ambassador to Azerbaijan Choi Suk-in has visited Ganja to attend the opening of the Korean film festival, AzerTag reports.

    He held a meeting with first deputy head of the Executive Authority of Ganja Nagif Hamzayev, who gave detailed information about Azerbaijan's second largest city.

    Hamzayev highlighted the significance of the Korean film festival. "The festival`s kicking off in Ganja is of great importance for local people".

    Ambassador Suk-in praised innovations he eyewitnesses in Ganja each time he visits the city.

    The diplomat said the fact that Korean film festival begins in Ganja "testifies to our interest in this city".

    The Ambassador expressed his confidence that the one-week festival would contribute to the promotion of local people`s awareness of Korean culture, traditions and people.

    He also highlighted the first European Games, hailing the organization of the event as excellent.
  • Iran says nuclear deal to contribute to regional stability
    07.07.2015 19:44
    Tehran, Iran, July 7

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The to-be nuclear deal will contribute to sustainable security in the Middle East region, Iran 's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said.

    Speaking to reporters, he said a comprehensive agreement with Iran would benefit all the wise political figures across the region, ISNA news agency reported July 7.

    Iran is in talks with the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia , China , and Germany) over its nuclear program. However, the talks are widely seen as a chance to change the global approach to Iran and Tehran 's stance in regional and global equations.

    There are even speculations that the Islamic Republic may prove to be a good fellow to help establish peace in the troubled Middle East after the US failed to draw genuine cooperation from its traditional Arab allies.

    A nuclear deal can prepare ground for more Tehran-Washington cooperation in the future, Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan Asafari had told Trend recently.

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also named the deal a test that would give the US the chance to prove trustworthy for further cooperation.

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  • Naftalan: curative natural wonder of Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 19:32
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Travelling in Azerbaijan is easy with the help of SilkWay Travel, providing high-level services to some 15,000 tourists annually, and counting.

    Azerbaijan is a very diverse and rich country that can attract even the well-fed and world-weary traveler. The snow-capped mountains, the unique Caspian Sea, the reserves and ancient monuments, and a variety of natural landscapes and climate zones offer a range of recreational activities for all walks of life.

    The SilkWay Travel company provides all the necessary services to ease oneв's stay, including flight ticket reservations, hotels and VIP room booking, car rentals and airport transfers, visa support, and tour packages for various activities, including hiking, wellness tourism, hunting, fishing, and much more. Customers need only enjoy the tour and not think about any of the little things.

    The never-ending thirst for discovering different cultures, experiencing new adventures, colors, tastes, textures, sounds, smells, and emotions inspire people to travel, and SilkWay is ready to provide all of this to its customers.

    The unique recreation area of Naftalan is one such place that can amaze even the most seasoned traveller, because bathing in oil is sure to impress anyone. You heard right, oil bathing is not a luxury reserved for the oil tycoon, but a treatment for all to enjoy.

    Tourists can book a tour with Silkway Travel and relish in this one of a kind experience.

    Located some 360 km west of Baku, Naftalan city is famous around the world for its Naftalan crude oil, renowned for its curative properties. This center of medical tourism in Azerbaijan has unique natural treatments that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

    Naftalan became popular around the world during ancient times. Naftalan oil was first mentioned in the works of Herodotus and Plutarch.

    Naftalan oil was also praised in the poetry of the outstanding Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi. The traveller Marco Polo, who visited Azerbaijan in the 13th century, also refers to Naftalan oil in his writings about Great Tatarstan, saying that this oil is "a marvelous ointment treating skin diseases".

    The medicinal oil was so popular that it was even exported to Kievan Rus, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India, and Persian Gulf countries.

    Thus, Naftalan oil popularized Azerbaijan long before the oil boom that made Baku world famous in the 19 century. Along with the oil exploitation that started in Baku, industrial exploitation and processing of Naftalan oil began, making it famous in the West.

    Its medicinal uses are very wide and it is used to treat over 70 illnesses.

    Naftalan oil is not only an alternative medicine, but its properties are also confirmed by numerous scientific studies along with more than 100 years of first-hand experience.

    Being one of the most ancient resorts in the world, today Naftalan attracts people from all over the planet to experience these oil baths, resembling a chocolate fountain.

    At the first glance, the oil may not seem too appealing, but medical specialists in Naftalan say that this oil kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

    Naftalan oil is also used in the production of various medicines. As it penetrates the skin, the oil accelerates the metabolic process, boosting cell regeneration. It has a calming, cooling and antiseptic effect, relieves joint pain, cures psoriasis, calms the nerves and beautifies the skin.

    A ten-day treatment in Naftalan can last for an entire year. One just needs to visit this natural wonder in Azerbaijan to try this unique experience.
  • How to be a great boss '" and leave on time
    07.07.2015 19:32
    Katie Perhach, a partner in the law firm Quarles amp; Brady, was among the first to leave her office the other day, and sheв's pretty proud to say it.

    Thereв's an expectation in a lot of workplaces that you canв't be a manager and also have a life.В В '" James AdonisIt was before 17:00, and the 475 people she manages at the firm's Milwaukee, Wisconsin office were still hard at work. But Perhach had a baseball game to catch '" her 11-year-old sonв's.

    ''He made a great catch in left field,'' Perhach recalled. ''He had a big smile on his face. I wouldnв't have missed that moment for the world.''

    Perhach has found the right work-life balance and can prioritise whatв's really important to her '" those cherished life moments. But not all managers are so lucky. Many in supervisory positions believe they must be the first one in and the last one out of the office, that their empty chair is a sign for employees to slack off, that the job comes first at all costs.

    ''Thereв's an expectation in a lot of workplaces that you canв't be a manager and also have a life,'' said James Adonis, an employee engagement and team leadership consultant in Sydney, Australia.

    It doesnв't have to be that way. Plenty of research supports the idea that working long hours makes people less happy and less productive.

    If youв're a manager whoв's always in the office, consider the message it sends to your staff. Managers who stay at the office just to keep up appearances give the impression that theyв're not good at time management, Adonis said. More importantly, your staff will think you donв't put a value on life outside the office.

    ''The message you need to send is that we donв't have to live at work, that you can work for me and also have a life,'' Adonis said.

    The end game

    Managers need to focus on results rather than face time in the office, said Stewart Friedman, professor and head of the Work/Life Integration Project at University of Pennsylvaniaв's Wharton School. Back in 2001, when Friedman was a senior executive with Ford Motor Co, he created a leadership programme that stressed outcomes rather than face time. This resulted in more productive employees who were happier about their jobs.

    Not sure your boss will go for it? Friedman suggests devising a two-part plan before you pitch the idea.

    First, prioritise whatв's most important and decide how much time that realistically requires. Ask your family and friends what theyв'd have you do if you were around more. This isnв't about slacking off '" itв's about actually scheduling time for the things that are important to you. It could be visiting mum in the retirement home on Tuesdays or catching a daughterв's gymnastics practice on Thursdays.

    ''What people expect of you is often much less than you think. The answer often times is just a little more quality time, a couple hours a week where youв're psychologically there, not thinking about work or checking email,'' Friedman said.

    Next, come up with a plan to present to the higher-ups on how you can break away more. Make it reasonable, Friedman said, and any reasonable boss should say yes. Perhaps itв's just a proposal that youв'll duck out of the office at 15:00 on Tuesdays and tune out your email and phone calls. Before your supervisor says no, explain there wonв't be a hit to your productivity. Try it for a month, and if youв've missed your benchmarks, promise youв'll be back in the office on Tuesday afternoons.

    ''People always say that they canв't leave the office because their boss wonв't let them,'' Friedman said. ''But the onus is on you to see what you can get under your control.''

    Restructure your day

    Itв's also about restructuring your day, Perhach added, getting away from the traditional mindset of eight-hour days, or in many investment banks and law firms, 16-hour days. Perhach said sheв's able to pull off leaving early occasionally because she established herself at the firm and gets the job done, logging back in the evenings if necessary.

    ''Once I developed a reputation as a hard worker, people [donв't] notice as much that [Iв'm] not at [my] desk every minute of the day.''

    That night, after catching her sonв's game, they ate $3 burgers at the ballpark. Then it was home to put her three boys in PJs and tuck them in. Once asleep, she fired up her laptop in the desk off her kitchen to check back in with work.

    By then, she was still glowing thinking about that catch her son made. Sure, she was working again, but she was happier, having created a balance with whatв's important in life and at work.

    ''This wouldnв't work if I hadnв't established myself as someone who can get things done,'' Perhach said. ''You have to have a history of success, and then people are going to trust that you can accomplish things without constantly being at your desk.''

    Sure, she could have stayed at work and looked busier to her staff, but Perhach doesnв't like the sound of that: ''I donв't even want to think about missing that catch.''

    /By BBC/
  • Putin's adviser: Azerbaijan shows interest in SOC
    07.07.2015 19:26
    Cambodia, Syria and Azerbaijan are showing interest to SOC, but there are clear accession criteria which must be observed.

    Oxu.Az reports citing TASS that the statement came from adviser of the Russian President, responsible secretary of the steering committee for preparation and provision of Russia's chairmanaship in BRICS and SOC Anton Kobiakov.

    "Cambodia, Syria, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Sri-Lanka", Kobiakov listed the countries showing interest to SOC.

    "But there is the order, which does not imply 'I join because I want'. There are 28 documents, which fix the clear rules of accession. They must be observed before joining SOC", he said.
  • Iranв's IRGC knocks down armed group in southeastern province
    07.07.2015 19:14
    Tehran, Iran, July 7

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The Islamic Republic Guards Corps (IRGC) demolished an infamous armed group in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

    During a series of operations carried out in the early hours of the day, the group, which had carried out numerous killings and other illegal actions, was fully dystroyed, Fars news agency reported July 7.

    The group's leader Hamed Zardkoohi, and other four members were killed during the IRGC raid.

    The group had committed armed robbery at a bank in the city of Iranshahr, robbed gold shops in the town of Mehrestan, and was vastly involved in drug trafficking. It had also killed sixteen civilians and a police officer.

    Sistan and Baluchestan has witnessed many security issues in the past years. Iran blames the situation on Pakistan saying the country's government does not provide ample security inside its borders and gives terrorist groups the opportunity to flourish and extend their activities into the Iranian soil.

    An Iranian border guard was killed during an armed confrontation with drug smugglers in Sistan and Baluchestan in late June.

    Last year a terrorist group shot dead two soldiers and a teacher in southeastern Iran. Later, Iran said it had disbanded the group.

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  • Azerbaijan monetary base goes into red again
    07.07.2015 19:14
    Azerbaijanв's monetary base that increased in May for the first time since 1 September 2014 and reached the level of 1 February 2012 has decreased again in June.

    The Central Bank of Azerbaijan reports that as of 1 July 2015 the monetary base amounted to AZN 7.487 bn versus AZN 7.597 bn by 1 June, AZN 7.418 bn by 1 May, AZN 8.339 by 1 April, bn AZN 9.109 bn by 1 March, AZN 10.55 bn by 1 February and AZN 11.541 bn by 1 January. As a result, in June its decline made up AZN 110.3 million (-1.5% against May). In 2015 the monetary base has already reduced by AZN 4.054 bn (-35.1%) and it conforms to the level of 1 November 2011 (AZN 7.417 bn), reports.

    The monetary base reached AZN 11.743 bn (absolute record) by 1 September and AZN 11.64 bn by 1 January 2014.

    The monetary base amounted to AZN 10.515 by 1 January 2013, AZN 8.275 bn by 1 January 2012 and AZN 6.397 bn by 1 January 2011.

    In 2011 the monetary base grew by 29.4% and in 2012 its growth made 27.06%. In 2013 it increased by 10.72% and in 2014 its fall reached 0.01%.
  • Azerbaijani President allocates AZN 3 mln to road construction in Neftchala
    07.07.2015 19:12
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has issued an order on extra measures regarding construction of Shorkend-Beshtali-Banka-Shirvanli motor road in Neftchala region, APA reports.

    According to order, AZN 3 mln has been allocated to the Neftchala Executive Power from the Azerbaijani president's reserve fund for construction of Shorkend-Beshtali-Banka-Shirvanli motor road, which connect 21 settlements.

    The Finance Ministry is to provide funding.
  • Azerbaijan, France eye cooperation in nuclear research, aerospace
    07.07.2015 19:08
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan and France mulled range of cooperation issues, as Matthias Fekl, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, accompanied by a delegation of French businesses visited the country on July 5-6.

    During the visit the two sides discussed bilateral economic relations, particularly in the transportation, space, nuclear research, and energy sectors.

    At the meeting with the French delegation, Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov noted the successful development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and France in various areas, including in the fields of space industry and nuclear research.

    Touching upon the active role of French companies in Azerbaijanв's economy, the minister highlighted the involvement of French companies in the launch of the countryв's first telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1 into orbit.

    The satellite, which will operate in orbit for at least 15 years, was launched in February 2013. The satellite is operated by Azercosmos and provides its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with highly reliable broadband and broadcast solutions.

    The French minister, for his turn, shared his impressions of the Baku 2015 first European Games. The minister congratulated the Azerbaijani people on this occasion and hailed the excellent organization of the Games. He also went on underlining the success of Azerbaijani athletes who placed second in the overall ranking with 56 medals, leaving France behind.

    The French minister also met with Samir Sharifov, Azerbaijani Finance Minister on June 6.

    Sharifov informed the delegation on Azerbaijan's recent socio-economic successes achieved under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, and praised bilateral ties between the two countries.

    The Azerbaijani minister said French companies were successfully operating in Azerbaijan, noting how reciprocal visits contribute to expanding relations between the two sides.

    Fekl, for his part, said that the next meeting of the Azerbaijan-France intergovernmental economic commission would be held in Paris.

    He highlighted the great opportunities for further expanding bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and France.

    The French minister also met with Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfas Garayev while in Baku.

    The sides discussed the current state and prospects of cooperation between the two sides in the spheres of tourism and culture.

    Garayev also emphasized that he highly appreciated French support in adoption of the ''Preventing the use of conflict zones as a tourist regions and the use of tourism for illegal purposes'' resolution at the 100th session of Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization held in Croatia this May.

    However, the Azerbaijani minister stressed that the state and private organizations of this country should make more efforts to implement this resolution at tourist exhibitions held in France.

    The meeting also discussed questions on the simplification of visa procedures, tourist routes, the organization of a joint infotours, cooperation in training in tourist management, and culinary exchange projects.

    As part of his visit to Baku, Fekl viewed the buses of BakuBus LLC, opened in June 2015 and created to provide Baku passengers with the services meeting international standards and supply this sector with the up-to-date transport means.

    The companyв's bus fleet includes 151 Iveco Crealis and 151 Iveco Urbanway buses. With 26 seats, buses are capable of carrying a total of 100 passengers each. They also have seats for the elderly and disabled.

    The buses were also used during the first European Games, held in Baku on June 12-28, which hosted more than 6,000 athletes, competing in 20 sporting events.
  • US committed to working with Russia, France on Karabakh peaceful settlement
    07.07.2015 19:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    In meetings in Washington, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs heard from the US that we are committed to working with Russia and France on Nagorno-Karabakh peace and a settlement, US co-chairman James Warlick tweeted July 7.

    The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs from the US (James Warlick), France (Pierre Andrieu) and Russia (Igor Popov) were in Washington July 6.

    The Co-Chairs held meetings at the US Defense Ministry and the National Security Council to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh peaceful settlement.

    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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Iranian MP tells why Iran started nuclear talks with P5 1
    07.07.2015 19:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran accepted to start nuclear talks with the West after the US side accepted the country's right for uranium enrichment, Hossein Sheikholeslam, the adviser of Iran 's parliament speaker on International Affairs said.

    The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry sent a letter to Iran via Oman 's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, saying the US has accepted Tehran 's right for uranium enrichment, Sheikholeslam said, Iran 's Tasnim news agency reported July 7.

    When Sultan Qaboos delivered the US side's letter to Iran 's Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian leader expressed mistrust on the counter side, the senior MP said, adding, Omani Sultan said, "trust, once again". Accordingly, negotiations on the nuclear issue started, Sheikholeslam underlined.

    Meanwhile the US side claims that Iran accepted to come to negotiation table due to sanctions' pressure, he added.

    He further said that the Islamic Republic would not accept excessive demands such as inspection of its security and military centers.

    "If they are not willing to compromise, we have no problem," the MP argued.

    The Iranian administration has the ability to run the country under any circumstances, but the US doesn't have the ability to maintain the structure of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic, he added.

    Representatives from Iran and the P5 1 - the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany - are engaged in intense negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

    The two sides extended their self-imposed end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive deal to July 7, however a source close to Iranian nuclear negotiating team said that the final deadline for the Iran-P5 1 nuclear talks is extended again till July 9.

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  • Azerbaijani servicemen leave for Turkey
    07.07.2015 18:33
    The Ministry of Defense has spread information.

    A conference on planning the command and staff exercise with the ETERNITY-2015 computer support in Ankara, Turkey from 8 until 10 July.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the Defense Ministry that representatives of the armed forces of Azerbaijan will take part in the event.
  • Baku includes Russian singer to 'black list'
    07.07.2015 18:24
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan has included Russian opera singer Ljubov Kazarnovskaya in the list of undesirable people of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry.

    Hikmat Hajiyev, the spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said Kazarnovskaya violated the law on "State border of Azerbaijan".

    ''Kazarnovskaya illegally paid a visit to the territory of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia. Her name will be included in a list of undesirable people of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry,'' he said on July 6.

    Hajiyev also criticized Russian opera singer for her statements in Azerbaijanв's occupied territories.

    ''Whereas the artists must serve to peace and reconciliation, Kazarnovskayaв's statement in the occupied territories of the country encourage the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, as well as ethnic cleansing committed against the Azerbaijani people in the occupied territories, as well as on the territory of Armenia,'' he said.

    The Armenian media reported that in addition to master classes for the separatists, the singer intends to open "Center of the Opera" in the occupied territories.

    ''While talking about the establishment of a music school in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Kazarnovskaya must know that the material and cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani people, including the Karabakh School of Music, which left the great artists , was destroyed as a result of Armenian occupation,'' Hajiyev said.

    Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

    Azerbaijanв's foreign ministry and diplomatic missions pay special attention to illegal activities in the occupied areas of Azerbaijan. The work is constantly carried out to prevent illegal actions and visits.

    Unauthorized visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia are considered illegal, and individuals who pay such visits are included in Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's "black list".

    Azerbaijan has repeatedly warned foreign officials and diplomats against such unauthorized visits to those territories under Armenian occupation; calling them contradictory to international laws.
  • Turkish plane lands at Delhi airport after bomb threat message
    07.07.2015 18:23
    A Turkish Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport following a bomb threat in the national capital on Tuesday. Flight TK-65 with 134 passengers was on its way from Bangkok to Istanbul.

    Sources said the emergency landing was made after crew saw message on a toilet mirror which read 'bomb in cargo hold', IBN live reports. The threat message was written using a lipstick, said the sources.

    The sources said the emergency landing was made after crew saw message on a toilet mirror which read 'bomb in cargo hold'.

    The pilot then contacted Nagpur Air Traffic Controller who guided them to Delhi ATC.

    No explosive has been found so far, said the sources.

    According to the sources, all passengers and crew members will be interrogated by joint teams of intelligence and security agencies. All baggage especially handbags to be searched to match lipstick tone and colour with the threat message.

    Joint interrogation teams of Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing will interrogate all passengers as well as crew members. The Home Minister and Home Secretary are conducting a high level meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs which is also being attended by the Director of IB.

    The sources said the hijack angle is also being probed, said intelligence sources.

    The sources added that security agencies are not ruling out that someone from plane has written it and was an attempt to hijack after creating panic in the plane.

    The Turkish Airlines said, "Turkish Airlines Bangkok - Istanbul flight (TK065, A 330 Aircraft, carrying 134 passengers) has diverted to Delhi after a possible bomb threat. The plane has already landed in Delhi and all of our passengers and cabin crew have been safely evacuated and taken to the terminal building. Necessary safety checks are currently taking place. Furthermore, precautions have been taken for towing the aircraft out of its current place, and this is currently in progress."

    All the passengers and crew members were evacuated and the plane is being thoroughly checked, said CISF sources.

    Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said, "We are prepared and all the necessary arrangements have been made. All the passengers have been offloaded."

    Emergency has been declared at the airport and all security agencies including National Security Guards are on high alert.

    Fire tenders have been rushed to the runway. Bomb disposal squad of the NSG and dog squad are at the runway.

    Senior officials of Central Industrial Security Force and NSG officials are holding a meeting.

    The flight has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGI Airport. The NSG and CISF have cordoned off the plane.
  • Criminal case initiated on fact of plant explosion in Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 18:13
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A criminal case has been initiated on the fact of explosion at Telemekhanika plant owned by Azerbaijani Defense Industry Ministry in Shirvan city, the prosecutor's office of Shirvan city said July 7.

    A short circuit caused explosion at Telemekhanika plant July 6.

    The explosion left one dead and 19 injured.

    The injured were rushed to the Central Hospital of Shirvan city and 12 of them were released home after receiving treatment.

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  • Russiaв's military base in Armenia alerted in snap combat readiness check
    07.07.2015 18:04
    The Russian military base in Armenia was alerted on Tuesday in a sudden combat readiness check, the press office of Russiaв's Southern Military District said on Tuesday.

    "The commission of the Southern Military District headed by the District's Deputy Commander, Lieutenant-General Igor Turchenyuk has started a sudden combat readiness check of the military base located in the Republic of Armenia," the press office said in a statement, according to TASS.

    "During the sudden check, the commission will study the readiness of on-duty forces in the aviation unit in Erenbuni and the military base in the Gyumri garrison for the accomplishment of the tasks for switching to full combat readiness," the press release said.

    Special attention will be paid to practical actions from an alarm call to the deployment of the base's units in the designated areas for accomplishing combat training tasks in the Kamkhud and Alagyaz training ranges.

    The military drills will be monitored with the help of the Navodchik-2 drones.
  • 22 years pass since Agdere occupation
    07.07.2015 17:21
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    July 7 marks the occupation of Azerbaijanв's Agdere region, located to the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, by Armenian armed forces in 1993.

    Like the other provinces in Azerbaijanв's Nagorno-Karabakh region, Agdere region was captured by the Armenian armed forces during the beginning of the Karabakh war.

    Agdere city was liberated from the Armenian invaders on July 4, 1992 in an attack by the Azerbaijani army. For a year, intensive fighting ensued in nearby villages surrounding Agdere.

    In addition, the political situation in Azerbaijan was very unstable in those times. Given this opportunity, the Armenian army re-occupied Agdere on July 7, 1993.

    Currently, several villages of the region are under Azerbaijanв's control, but much of the province, including Agdere city, has been under Armenian occupation for over 20 years.

    The Agdere region was formed during Soviet rule in 1930. It was referred to as Jerabert until 1939 when its name was changed to Mardakert, lasting until 1991. In 1991, the name of the region was restored. In October 1992 the Azerbaijani government divided the region of Agdere among three regions outside of Karabakh'"Tartar, Aghdam, and Kalbajar.

    Agdere region had the highest concentration of ethnic Azerbaijanis in Nagorno-Karabakh, after Shusha. Before the occupation, more than 14,000 Azerbaijanis had been living in the 14 villages of the region.

    The region was an important agricultural region in Karabakh. The economy was dominated by the viticulture, grain cropping, tobacco, and cattle-breeding.

    Agdere is rich with natural recourses and minerals. The Mehmana polymetallic deposit in the region contains limestone and plaster. Coal deposits were discovered in the late 1980s within the territorial boundary of Agdere.

    Like the other parts of the Nagorno-Karabakh, Agdere was also rich with historical monuments.

    Among the well-known architectural monuments of the region are the Ganjasar Albanian temple in the village of Vangli, Holy Iako temple in the village of Kolatag (of 635), Urek temple (XII century) near the village of Talysh, the temple at upper flow of the river Tartar (XIII century), Hatem Malik Tower, along with many other ancient temples and bridges.

    Unfortunately, all of these were destroyed by the Armenian occupants after the invasion of the region.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a lengthy war that ended after signing of a precarious ceasefire in 1994. Since then, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh, defying international calls and UN resolutions.

    Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE Minsk Group, are underway on the basis of a peace outline proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs and dubbed the Madrid Principles. The negotiations have been largely fruitless so far.
  • Baku to host parade of volunteers of European Games
    07.07.2015 16:39
    "We wrote a history! We became history!"

    A special event dedicated to the volunteers of the first European Games "Baku-2015" and the Azerbaijani national team athletes will take place in Baku.

    According to citing Report, initiators of the event, which will take place on July 12, are the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the operating committee of the European Games "Baku-2015"(BEGOC).

    The event will be held under the slogan "We wrote a history! We became history!" and will consist of two parts.

    The first part of the event will be introduced with a parade of "Baku-2015" with participation of the Azerbaijani national team athletes and volunteers of the Games.

    The parade will begin at 20:00 at the Palace of Hand Games and will end near the "Clock Tower" in the Seaside National Park.

    The parade will continue with the special concert program, which will start at 21:00 near the "Clock Tower" with participation of pop stars.
  • Central Bank's monetary reserves grow
    07.07.2015 16:37
    The monetary reserves of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan as of late June made $8,520,200,000.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

    In line with the information from the Central Bank, the growth in monetary reserves made $89.4m or 1% over the past month.

    As of late May the monetary reserves of the bank made $8,430,000,000. Thus, the growth in monetary reserves (0.5% or $42.9m) was fixed in May for the first time over the past nine months.
  • Greece crisis: What are consequences for Azerbaijan?
    07.07.2015 16:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Ilaha Mammadli - Trend:

    The Greek crisis remains a headache not only for Greece itself, but also for the countries affected by it. Azerbaijan is not among these countries.

    As distinct from Greece, Azerbaijan directed its energy towards maintaining both its political and economic independence despite the outside pressure and refused to join various economic unions.

    Azerbaijan, which actively diversifies its assets abroad into various financial instruments, has no investments in Greece for the present. It is a great advantage for the country in terms of avoiding losses.

    Greece's financial market didn't attract Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund, since this country's rating didn't meet its investment rules.

    The first deal worth $400 million on purchasing 66-percent share in Greek DESFA gas transmission operator by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) was delayed due to the current government of Alexis Tsipras. Taking into account the current debts of Greece, these funds would be helpful for this country.

    At present, the Greek crisis affected only Azerbaijani tourists who lost their chance to enjoy comfortable direct flights to Rhodes Island, since Baku-Rhodes charter flight was closed before it started functioning.

    Initiating of a flight with a delay was the reason. As a result, the number of passengers was insufficient. The problems with a temporary limitation of the Greek banking system are another problem. But this does not mean that there will be no Azerbaijani tourists among those wishing to visit the Greek island.

    Meanwhile, an extraordinary summit of the eurozone countries is expected to be held July 7. The fate of Greece will be determined there. Greek people made their choice July 5, by abandoning the program of austerity measures proposed by the "troika" of creditors. The creditors' plan envisaged, in particular, a sharp reduction in public spending of Athens, especially social spending and tax increases in exchange for the refinancing of Greek debts, as well as their partial restructuring.

    The Greek referendum does not mean the country's immediately leaving the EU, because there is a lack of the EU basic documents. Moreover, neither the Greek government nor the members of the Eurogroup want this.

    Such developments may affect the success of the negotiations held among the government of Alexis Tsipras and European troika of creditors - the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the IMF and the rapid conclusion of an agreement on the debts with softer requirements. It is in the interests of the EU countries because if Greece introduces its currency into circulation, the depreciation of assets and the inflation of state debt in euro are inevitable.

    Without the support of the ECB, the Greek banking system will not be able to function properly, and investments of the regulator are estimated at 70 percent of GDP. One shouldn't forget that after 2000, when Greece entered the eurozone, machines for printing the national currency had been destroyed. The current financial condition does not allow Greece to bear such costs.

    No matter what decision of the summit of the eurozone countries is, the relations between Azerbaijan and Greece will not be affected, and it will not lead to the renewal of the existing agreements, since they regulate the bilateral relations and have nothing to do with the contacts within the EU.

    A possible withdrawal from the eurozone doesn't threaten implementation of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline project as well, even despite the fact that it is aimed at providing Europe with gas. The Greek territory will be used only for the pipeline laying, and in the absence of any costs for the country, Greece will be able to obtain multi-million dividends in the future. Of course, one should not refuse it.

    However, the Greek crisis will still affect Azerbaijan - it negatively affects the European currency rate and leads to the devaluation of national currencies against this background, and the Azerbaijani manat will be no exception.

    Withdrawal from the eurozone will not be a solution to problems for Greece, which isn't able to survive on its own, and as a result, the country will have to join the new association in order to get support from new sources. The country has already received an offer to join the BRICS (an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.)

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  • Restrictions on Baku roads may become permanent
    07.07.2015 15:59
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The rules restricting the entry of vehicles that are registered in the Azerbaijani regions to Baku, enacted in order to reduce car flow in the capital for the European Games on June 12-28, remain valid.

    Kamran Aliyev, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry's Central State Traffic Police Department spoke to local media about the decision.

    Since June 1, the State Administration Police have restricted the entry of vehicles and trucks, registered in the countryв's regions to Baku, to ensure the uninterrupted movement of the 6,000 athletes, 3,000 delegations, and the mass of tourists in Baku for the Games.

    Residents from the regions wishing to come into the city were asked to leave their cars parked at guarded lots in the north and west of the capital and use a special shuttle to get to the city.

    Aliyev said that the temporary restrictions will run until July 10.

    The government, however, is now considering the possibility of making the rules more permanent as the situation on Bakuв's roads have improved dramatically.

    ''Prior to the restriction, up to 100,000 cars from the regions daily arrived in Baku,'' transportation expert Azer Allahveranov said. ''This increased traffic load on the capitalв's roads by more than 40 percent. Currently, some 800,000 cars are registered in Baku. However, only 150,000 of them are constantly traveling on the road. Thus, 100,000 cars arriving in Baku from the regions make the situation on the roads of the capital very difficult.''

    Everything will depend on the decision of the Security Committee of the Cabinet of Ministers, according to Aliyev. ''Now, the committee is holding a meeting on this issue.''

    In order to create a safe, reliable, and accessible transport system for the increased numbers of passengers, exclusive ''Baku 2015 Lanes'' had been set during the Games for rapid movement of people, especially spectators and competitors. Drivers who violated these restrictions and unlawfully drove on the special lanes were fined 40 manats.

    Now, the restriction works only for trucks, the spokesman stressed. ''They can use the lanes only after 10:00pm until morning. Those who violate the rule are fined for 40 manats,'' Aliyev said.

    The first-ever European Games was surely a mega event, awarded to Baku by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

    Athletes competed in 20 sporting events, 16 of which were Olympic disciplines, while the other four were new sports to this format. Some 12 of them served as Olympic qualifiers for Rio 2016.
  • Armenians continue protesting on Liberty Square
    07.07.2015 15:53
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Despite the Yerevan police clearing out Baghramyan Avenue, protesters have refused to stop the strike and leave the streets. They have moved the demonstrations to Liberty Square.

    Dozens of people have come to the Square, located about a kilometer from the former site, to express various grievances while urging supporters again to try to block the avenue.

    Traffic has now resumed on Baghramyan Avenue, where a sit-in had blocked traffic for two weeks.

    Several dozen police vehicles, including police cars, armored cars, water cannons and machine installing barbed wire could be seen on the Avenue, which leads to the residence of the Armenian President, the Parliament building, and several embassies.

    Davit Sanasaryan, a member of the opposition, announced today at Liberty Square that he would go on hunger strike.

    Sanasaryan was reported to have received a concussion and hospitalized a day before he was detained '"on July 6 - by law enforcement officials. He would, however, join protesters that evening and spend the night at Liberty Square.

    ''My hunger strike is not even against the Armenian authorities, but the Armenian citizens. Iв'll continue my hunger strike unless the number of people gathered in Liberty Square is enough to confront the police barricade on Baghramyan Avenue,'' he said.

    In another hunger strike, an activist known as Ovi has sewn his lips together with thread as an act of protest. He cannot talk, but is able to drink water.
  • Pakistan, Iran working on electricity import projects
    07.07.2015 15:48
    Pakistan and Iran are developing two energy projects for electricity import, Pakistanв's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told RIA Novosti.

    ''Two large energy projects are being developed for importing 1,100 megawatt of electricity,'' said Sharif. ''Both sides are studying the technical and financial aspects of the project.''

    Executive director of National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) Alireza Kameli said that the first contract on electricity export was signed between NIGEC and Iranв's private company in January 2015.

    He added that the initial agreement on converting gas into electricity has been signed recently with four more Iranian companies.

    Moreover, Kameli said that currently, Iranian companies actively study the electricity market in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and UAE.

    Nawaz Sharif for his part added that currently, the two countries have a joint project under which Pakistan receives electricity from Iran.

    ''Additional supplies with start in 2016 following the modernization of the infrastructure.''

  • Bakcell awarded with honorary certificate by Ministry of Communications and High Technologies
    07.07.2015 15:46
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    Bakcell, the first mobile operator and leading mobile Internet provider of Azerbaijan has received an honorary certificate from the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies for its contribution to provision of telecommunications services during the First European Games.

    Bakcell has provided in-building solutions at such sporting and non-sporting venues and areas as Baku Aquatics Centre, Baku Sports Hall, Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Heydar Aliyev Arena, Athletes Village, Baku Crystal Hall, Fairmont Hotel and Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

    Within the frames of the preparatory work for the First European Games, and with the aim of providing the users with highest quality services, Bakcell has additionally installed 95 2G/3G stations and 20 stations compatible with 4G services. As a result of installation of additional innovative equipment, able to ensure high network throughput, Bakcell network was reinforced to provide a large number of subscribers with high quality voice and internet services at all the venues of the First European Games.

    During the execution of this project, Bakcell has worked together with other providers as a part of the European Games team and served implementation of this national project on the highest level.

    More than 1000 tourists visiting Azerbaijan during the European Games chose Bakcell network to use state-of-the-art LTE services with up to 150 Mbit/s internet speeds. It should also be noted that Bakcell is the first and only operator in Azerbaijan to provide the subscribers with 4G services in roaming.

    Bakcell offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the Sür@ brand name.

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

    Bakcell's network covers more than 99 percent of the population and 93 percent of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its Sür@ services.

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

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

  • Azerbaijan's combat helicopters fly over front line
    07.07.2015 15:45
    This morning the combat helicopters of Azerbaijan's Air Forces have carried flights on the front line in direction of Fizuli.

    According to Oxu.Az, local residents have informed AzeriDefence about this. They said our combat helicopters have carried the group flights close to the front line.

    In turn, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has confirmed this fact in responde to AzeriDefence's request.

    The press service for the ministry reported that in line with the plan of combat readiness, the aviation divisions of the marine forces of Azerbaijan is constantly operating flights along the front line.
  • Azerbaijan about to end work on bill on cemeteries
    07.07.2015 15:44
    Mubariz Gurbanli: The bill covers the issues on cemeteries, funerals, location of cemeteries, size of graves, preparation of graves according to relevant religions and others

    Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has considered the bill on cemeteries, final discussions are underway, and then it will be presented to the parliament," Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli told APA.

    Gurbanli said that the Committee developed the bill along with the Ministry of Economy and Industry and submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers.

    "The Cabinet of Ministers has considered the bill, relevant department made some proposals in this regard. The Committee and Ministry of Economy and Industry reconsidered these proposals, discussions are about to end. Following the discussions, the final document will be considered by the Presidential Administration's legislative department and then presented to the parliament," he added.

    The main point is that there is no problem regarding the document, the committee chairman said, adding the bill covers the issues on cemeteries, funerals, location of cemeteries, size of graves, preparation of graves according relevant religions and others.
  • Protesters intend to continue striking in Yerevan
    07.07.2015 14:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    There are still about two dozen people protesting against the increase in electricity tariffs on Freedom Square in the center of Yerevan, RIA Novosti reported.

    The protesters intend to hold a rally every night, the statement said.

    One of the rally leaders David Sanasaryan also continues striking. He has been recently detained by the law enforcement bodies. While detaining, he said that he received a slight concussion and was hospitalized. He joined the protesters on Freedom Square July 6 night.

    "We do not consider that our demands have been fulfilled," Sanasaryan said. "If we disperse now, then the government will deceive us and the tariffs will be raised again. Therefore, we must continue protesting until all decisions on tariff increases are canceled."

    "Every evening we will hold rallies on the square," Pavel, one of the activists, said.

    Edited by CN

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  • Fiery dances from different nationalities grace Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 14:14
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    A fiery and colorful evening of dance performances from folk groups representing Turkey, Japan, as well as various nationalities that live in Azerbaijan, took place at the VI International Music Festival "Silk Road'' in Sheki.

    11 different natioanlities'"Lezgins, Russian, Talysh, Tatars, Udis, Tats, Ingiloys, Kurds, Meskhetian Turks, Avars and Sahour'"pleased guests of festival with their unique cultures, rituals, traditions, songs, and dances over the two days of the festival.

    Folklore collectives came on stage all together to sing ''Azerbaijan'' song by the legendary Muslim Magomayev.

    The festival gave the chance to showcase Shekiв's rich culture and art, its hospitality, and originality. For many centuries, the city was an important centre of art. Today Sheki is a unique place that has preserved the urban culture inherent in medieval towns. Shekiв's historical and architectural monuments '" caravanserais, mosques, minarets, walls and bridges '" display the ancient architectural style of the city.

    The uniqueness and originality of the Silk Road Festival is that all of its activities are carried out against the backdrop of stunning landmarks - the Palace of Sheki Khans, historical complex Yukhari Karvansaray, the Albanian church in Kish village and others.

    A mugam concert of the instrumental ensemble under the direction of the honored artist Sahib Pashazade, in the Palace of Sheki Khans brought the festival to a close on July 5.

    Mugam, folk songs and tesnifs were performed by the young singer and soloist of the Opera Academic and Ballet, Arzu Aliyeva.

    The closing ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Azerbaijani Union of Composers, UNESCO Artist for Peace, Firangiz Alizadeh, and chief executive of Sheki Elkhan Usubov, who thanked all the participants and guests of the festival.

    After the official part of the closing ceremony, a concert by the symphonic orchestra "Sinfonietta Baku" Azerbaijan Composers Union concluded the evening.
  • Growing number of jet crashes in Russia may be caused by outdated infrastructure
    07.07.2015 14:10
    Outdated infrastructure may be the reason of growing number of accidents with military aircraft, test pilot, Hero of the Russian Federation Magomed Tolboev told TASS on Tuesday.

    On Monday, a Su-24M bomber crashed in the Far Eastern Khabarovsk during take-off for a training flight, killing both pilots. Last week, a MiG-29 fighter jet crashed in southern Russia but both pilots ejected, ITAR TASS reports.

    "If you compare the Soviet times and modern Russia, you would see that there were no less crashes in the USSR. However, there were more flights as well. Of course, now the statistics of accidents raises concerns. The main reason [of crashes] is outdated infrastructure, planes from the 1970s, they are 30 and sometimes even 40 years old," Tolboev said. However, international statistics shows that the number of accidents usually grows along with the number of conducted flights, he reminded.

    "Take-off is the hardest part of the flight. A jet uses its afterburners when taking off, and engines are the most dangerous. If fires breaks out there, it leads to an explosion in an instant," the test pilot noted. He also suggested that the plane could have crashed because Su-24 pilots forgot to release flaps. "Pilots could have taken off, forgetting about releasing flaps. In this case, the plane goes down right after taking off," he added.

    According to reports, Russian Armed Forces lost 4 planes and 3 people in accidents since the start of 2015, excluding last week's and yesterday's crashes.
  • Armenia electricity price hike protester sews lips
    07.07.2015 13:30
    A participator in the sit-in at Liberty Square in Armeniaв's capital city of Yerevan'"and with a demand to revoke the recent decision to raise the price of electricity in the country'"has sewn his lips.

    The demonstrators partaking in the sit-in have informed about this to Armenian

    The person, who has resorted to this extreme form of protest, is a middle-aged man named Hovhannes.

    The Yerevan police on Monday issued a statement informing that they were about to open Baghramyan Avenue, which the protesters had closed down for the past two weeks. The demonstrators were given until 12:30pm to open the avenue themselves. The protesters, however, continued their sit-on at the boulevard. At around 1pm, the number of police forces sharply increased at the avenue. Subsequently, the law enforcement detained the majority of the protesters by holding them from their feet and carrying them away. They also formed a human chain and moved the rest toward the sidewalk.

    A total of 46 people were detained during this police action.

    Baghramyan Avenue has reopened, and traffic on this boulevard has resumed.

    And the demonstrators returned to Liberty Square, where their protest had initially started.

  • Fighting emotional fatigue
    07.07.2015 13:25
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Have you ever found yourself feeling somewhat empty and hollow, unable to experience happiness and stability fully?

    At times, even the most outwardly fulfilled and successful people experience some levels of emotional tiredness and apathy, as if disconnected from their loved ones and friends - remote almost.

    In those moments, hands are moving down and there is no desire to do anything; the joy of life fades, and boredom sets in. When youв're burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and itв's difficult to muster up the energy to care'"let alone do something about your situation. The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health.

    The question is how to deal with it?

    The thing you need to remember if you faced this problem is that you need to take care of you for life to be truly rewarding.

    Before tackling such difficulties you need first and foremost to tackle the roots if this emotional fatigue.

    No need to torture yourself by trying to combat chronic tiredness. To get better you need to heal from the inside out.

    First of all, tell yourself to STOP! Be aware of what you are concerned about and try to identify why feelings of joy and fulfillment have left you.

    Men cannot always be in a voltage state and constantly be very active. If you listen to yourself, it will become clear that at some point you get tired of all those life "emergencies". Everyone at some point will want out of responsibilities and obligations.

    This is why it is important to not to burn the candles on both ends. You need time everyday to reset your batteries and regroup. Put away your laptop, turn off your phone, and stop checking your email! I am not saying that we should encourage pernicious idleness and irresponsibility! But the truth is that a person needs a rest from the buzz of modern life.

    Start the day with a relaxing ritual

    Rather than jump out of bed as soon as you wake up, spend at least fifteen minutes on you; whether it is meditation, light morning physical exercises, writing in your journal, doing gentle stretches, or reading something that inspires you, this time will help you start the day on a calm and positive note.

    Input new bright moments in your life

    Creativity and initiative are powerful antidotes. Try something new, start a fun project, or resume a favorite hobby, choose activities that have nothing in common with work. These trifles can indeed make your everyday life brighter and shinier.

    Being surrounded by the ugly and the drab take a huge toll on peopleв's emotional energy. Begin to add some color, some sizzle in your life. It will shift your emotional energy.

    Turn to your loved ones for support

    By simply sharing your feelings with another person can relieve some of the stockpiled stress. The other person doesnв't have to ''fix'' your problems; he or she just has to be a good listener. In fact, most friends will be flattered you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only strengthen your friendship.

    Emotional tiredness is an undeniable sign that something important in your life is not working. Take time to think about your hopes, goals, and dreams. Are you neglecting something that is truly important to you? Such emotional fatigue can be an opportunity to rediscover what really makes you happy and to change course accordingly.

    Remember that happiness needs to be found in every moment!
  • Iranв's president to visit Russia
    07.07.2015 13:23
    Tehran, Iran, July 7

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is going to leave Tehran for Russia on July 9.

    Rouhani is making the trip on official invitation from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Tasnim news agency reported July 7.

    Rouhani's trip includes attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit and that of BRICS.

    BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization or SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization, which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

    Rouhani's trip will take two days. He will attend the BRICS meeting on July 9 as special guest and deliver a speech there.

    Rouhani will also be one of the main speakers at the SCO summit on July 10.

    Edited by CN

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  • Mudflows threaten Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 12:44
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan is often confronted with the problem of river flooding and it is one of the countries most prone to mud flows in the world.

    The nearby Caucasus Mountain rage greatly increases the risk of heavy rains and mudflows in the country.

    The preceding statement was made by Elbrus Alizade, the deputy director of the Geography Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, while commenting on the flooding that took place in Tbilisi and Sochi this June.

    The devastating flood, lasting throughout the night of June 14, claimed the lives of 19 people in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The natural disaster left dozens of families without shelter, damaged major roadways, and destroyed a significant part of the cityв's zoo.

    Alizade says that since the spring was quite rainy this year, river depth increased dramatically and soil and rock fragments that appeared in the small mountain river basins were washed away by heavy flooding.

    The scientist noted that mud flows seen in the countryв's Gabala and Oguz regions a month ago, proves that the risk of mud flows still remains in Azerbaijan.

    If the volume of precipitation will be below normal in the next two or three months, where the current forecast now stands, then there will be an accumulation of solid material in riverbeds throughout the country. If then heavy rains similar to the kinds seen in the North Caucasus and Georgia were to fall in Azerbaijan, then the country should most certainly expect mudflows.

    However, Alizade added that compared to last year, mudflows are expected to not be as powerful.

    The rivers of southern slope of the Greater Caucasus, in particular in the basins of the Shinchay, Kishchay, Demiraparanchay and partially the basin of Girdimanchay, weak mud flows expected, according to the scientist.

    Itв's unlikely that Azerbaijanв's other regions will experience strong mud flows, the scientist stressed.

    Alizade also noted that floods would be unlikely in the summer.

    ''There is little snow in the mountains and the forecasts predict little rain this summer. Thatв's why we do not expect severe flooding by the first few months of autumn in Azerbaijan. At the same time, middle and the weak force mud flows are possible to be held in the basins of some rivers, however, floods are not expected,'' the deputy director said.

    Earlier, Alizade mentioned that as compared to the 1960-70s, areas prone to mudflows in Azerbaijan have grown by least by 2-2.5 times.

    If in the past strong mudflows in the Sheki-Zagatala region were seen every 5-7 years, then now this interval is 2-3 years, the scientist said.

    The southern slope of the Greater Caucasus (Skeki-Zagatala region) is considered one of the most dangerous areas for mudflows not only in the Caucasus, but also throughout the world.

    The development of livestock, the excessive use of summer pastures, as well as grazing in the alpine and subalpine meadows led to a decrease in vegetation. As a result, the number of areas in danger of mudflows increased.
  • Four workers die during building demolition works in Tbilisi
    07.07.2015 12:40
    Four workers died as a result of collapse of the fourth floor of a building during demolition works on July 6.

    Three workers died on the spot, and one was pulled alive from the rubble and rushed to hospital, but succumbed to multiple injuries a few hours later, reports.

    The building, formerly housing Institute of Physics and Mathematics on Apakidze street close to the Sports Palace, is being demolished to give way to the construction of a hotel.

    Head of the construction workers trade union, Marina Kurtanidze, told Imedi TV that this was the eighth incident at construction sites involving fatalities this year. She went on to say that actual figures might be higher as not all such incidents are reported.
  • Paris to host next meeting of Azerbaijan-France economic commission
    07.07.2015 12:39
    Azerbaijani Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov has today met a delegation led by Minister of State for Foreign Trade of France, state secretary on the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl.

    Minister Samir Sharifov informed the delegation on Azerbaijan's recent socio-economic successes achieved under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, and praised bilateral ties between the two countries, AzerTag reports.

    Mr. Sharifov said French companies were successfully operating in Azerbaijan, noting reciprocal visits make contribution to expanding relations between the two countries.

    Matthias Fekl hailed the excellent organization of the First European Games and noted that the next meeting of the Azerbaijan-France intergovernmental economic commission would be held in Paris.

    Mr. Fekl highlighted great opportunities for further expanding bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and France.

    They also discussed other issues of mutual concern.
  • OSCE monitoring expected on contact line of Azerbaijani, Armenian armies
    07.07.2015 11:58
    OSCE is expected to monitor the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies July 8, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said July 7.

    The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative, on the contact line located near the village of Ashagi Veyselli of Azerbaijan's Fizuli district, the ministry said.

    On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be carried out by the field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Yevgeny Sharov and Peter Svedberg.

    On the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by the field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Hristo Hristov and Jiri Aberle.

    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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

  • Azerbaijan takes measures against MERS
    07.07.2015 11:57
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijanв's Health Ministry has begun implementing measures to prevent the entry of the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus into the country, according to Rita Ismayilova, the department head at the National Anti-plague Station.

    Ismayilova noted that the situation concerning infectious disesases in Azerbaijan is stable.

    She said that the government takes measures in this regard. The border crossing points control and monitor the flow of people arriving in Azerbaijan from states with the highest number of virus cases.

    ''In connection with the virus, the government carries out educational work both among the population and health workers. We make all preventive measures, however, no country is immune from this. If an infected person will arrive in Azerbaijan, then the Scientific Research Institute of Lung Diseases has chambers with all the necessary conditions for the treatment of patients with respiratory failure and other symptoms. These chambers were also operating during the spread of the Ebola virus,'' Ismayilova said.

    Ismayilova urges people to be cautious. ''In order to protect yourselves from the disease, it is necessary to wash hands frequently, wipe them with wet towels, and not to touch the mouth, nose, and eyes with dirty hands,'' she explained.

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. Some of those who were infected had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, but most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe respiratory ailments, including fever, a cough, and shortness of breath. Others reported having gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea nausea/vomiting, and kidney failure.

    Noting that the virus belongs to the MERS coronavirus, the department head said that the maximum incubation period for the disease is 14 days.

    So far, the virus has been found in 25 countries.

    South Korea and Philippines have been recording an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of the disease outside the Arabian Peninsula, where the virus was first identified in 2012.

    In South Korea, 166 people have been infected, 24 have died, and thousands have been under quarantine or observation as of mid-June 20.

    Approximately 36 percent of reported patients with MERS have died, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Uzbekistanв's first deputy interior minister named
    07.07.2015 11:55
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 7

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has signed a decree to appoint Tursunpulat Tashpulatov the country's first deputy interior minister and head of the ministry's General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and the fight against terrorism, Uzbek Interior Ministry said.

    Prior to this appointment, Tashpulatov served as the first deputy head of Tashkent city Main Department of Internal Affairs.

    Tashpulatov replaced Davron Nazarmukhamedov on this post. The latter was appointed presidential advisor for organizational and personnel affairs in April 2015.

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  • Iran, P5 1 in final stage of nuclear talks in Vienna
    07.07.2015 11:54
    Marathon nuclear talks continue in the Austrian capital of Vienna as Iran and the P5 1 group of countries hold a second plenary session to settle the last hurdles blocking a final nuclear deal.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down with his counterparts from the P5 1 countries and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Vienna for the second time on Monday amid speculations that the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement might be extended, Press TV reports.

    Earlier on Monday, the foreign ministers of the United Nations Security Council's five permanent members and Germany took part in a coordination meeting on Iran's nuclear case in Vienna.

    The meeting was held behind closed doors without representatives from Tehran.

    The Iranian foreign minister and US Secretary of State John Kerry have reportedly held 15 rounds of meetings over the last 10 days in Vienna.

    Zarif held separate one-on-one meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Mogherini on Monday.

    Iran and the six world powers - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - have been engaged in sensitive nuclear talks over the past 10 days in the Austrian capital to nail down a landmark deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

    'Serious differences remain'

    A source close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said on Monday that "serious differences" still exist between Iran and the P5 1 countries.

    "Today's negotiations showed that differences are serious but the two sides are also firmly determined to settle the differences," IRNA quoted the source as saying.

    Iran insists on red lines

    A member of the Iranian negotiating team said on Monday that Iran would never cross its red lines in the nuclear talks with the P5 1.

    He told reporters that Iranian negotiators seek to strike a "good deal" with the six world powers and are ready to remain at the negotiating table until such an agreement is reached between the two sides.

    Possible extension of talks

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday that the extended July 7 deadline for a final deal between Iran and the global powers could further "slip".

    "I would say that it's certainly possible," he said after the two sides missed a June-end deadline pushing the Vienna negotiations into the first week of July.

    However, he did not "set any expectations at this point", saying, "This [July 7] is the deadline that we continue to operate against, and that reflects the rather aggressive pace of the negotiations that are underway right now."
  • Yerevan activists go extreme, refuse to end protests
    07.07.2015 11:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7


    Around 30 participants of the unauthorized protest against the increase of electricity tariffs in Armenia, stayed overnight in the center of Yerevan, on the Freedom Square, RIA Novosti reported.

    Reportedly, one of the protestors has sewed up his mouth. He can't eat and speaks with difficulty, but is able to drink water.

    Moreover, one of the leaders of the protest action David Sanasaryan continues his hunger strike.

    On June 23, the Armenian police broke up a rally in the center of the country's capital. The rally was held in protest against the increased electricity tariffs. The protests in the streets resulted in use of water cannons against people.

    Over 230 people got arrested as a result of violent crackdown, including journalists of Gala TV, the Radio Liberty's Armenian office, the Haykakan Zhamanak newspaper, the Hetq,, news agencies.

    On June 17, Armenia's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0.015).

    This caused discontent among the population that believes the rise in the cost of electricity will lead to higher prices for essential goods and many services.

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  • Russia ready to share agricultural insurance experience with Azerbaijan
    07.07.2015 11:09
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Russia has expressed readiness to share its experience in the field of agricultural insurance with Azerbaijan.

    This remark was made by Kornei Bizhdov, the president of the Russian National Union of Agricultural Insurers, at the 6th Azerbaijan International Insurance Forum (AIIF-2015) last week.

    "Azerbaijan and Russia have much in common: history and culture, energy and agrarian power of the economy. The profile of our economies is also similar. We are confident that the experience we have accumulated in the area of agricultural insurance may be of interest to Azerbaijan," he said.

    He noted the main problems for a country with an emerging economy hoping to apply agricultural insurance are the lack of information or the lack of quality of statistical data, a brief history of insurance and underdeveloped infrastructure.

    Bizhdov said that agricultural insurance is voluntary in Russia.

    "Insurance of all livestock or the total arable lands is mandatory. We insure 85 plant and 26 animal species," he added.

    Referring to the National Union of Agricultural Insurers, he noted the union includes 21 insurance companies, which cover 95 percent of the agricultural insurance market of the Russian Federation.

    "Few people know that agricultural production comprises one of the major items of export of Russia. Supply of these products exceeds arms exports by volume. We annually supply agricultural products of 20 billion rubles abroad, which almost comprises half of gas export revenues," Bizhdov noted.

    Azerbaijan is interested in developing agricultural insurance policies, which could provide support to farmers and spur further development of the agrarian industry. The government also seeks to attract international experts to help develop the laws on agricultural insurance.

    The Finance Ministry of the country has already begun to draft a bill on state support for agricultural insurance in conjunction with the Agriculture Ministry. Following its approval by the government, it will be submitted for discussion to the parliament.

    Currently, the government provides subsidies for agricultural insurance, but their coverage is very small.

    The share of public financing for agricultural insurance premiums was increased from 25 to 50 percent, according to the amendments on the law on the assistance and development of agriculture in Azerbaijan, approved in the summer of 2007.

    Wheat, barley, maize, sunflower, potato, sugar beet and vegetables were added to the list of agricultural crops insured by the funds of the state budget.

    The average tariff on agricultural insurance in Azerbaijan amounts to around 1,500 ($1,428) manats per year (five percent per hectare), while the average profit per hectare is about 25,000 manats ($23,801) per year.

    Each year Azerbaijan's officials in charge of the state budget determine the funds with respect to covering 50-percent of the cost of all insurance contracts with farmers. Unfortunately, it is almost never used to its full capacity.

    Experts believe one of the causes for the underdevelopment of agricultural insurance in Azerbaijan is the lack of awareness among farmers about the insurance and its capacity.According to the State Insurance Supervision Service under the Finance Ministry, in January-May 2015 insurance fees for agricultural products totaled 204.23 manat ($194,438), while livestock insurance was at 1.2 million manat ($1,142 million). The share of agricultural insurance of the total fees is 0.65 percent.

    The potential for the Azerbaijani agricultural insurance market is an estimated 100 million manats (about $127 million). The market could grow by at least 20-30 percent after the new law on the insurance of agriculture is passed.
  • WTTC report predict significant rise in Iran's tourism
    07.07.2015 11:08
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The World Travel and Tourism Council has forecasted an increase of 6.6 percent in Iranв's tourism industry in 2015.

    The WTTC in its recent report titled ''Travel amp; Tourism: ECONOMIC IMPACT 2015 IRAN'' assessed the value of Iranв's tourism industry for 2014 at about $7.8 billion, Press TV reported.

    The report further said in 2014, travel and tourism in Iran directly supported 413,000 jobs, which is equal to 1.8 percent of the countryв's overall employment.

    This is expected to rise by 4.4 percent in 2015 and by 4.3 percent to 656,000 jobs (2.2 percent of total employment) in 2025, according to the report.

    It also put the value of Iranв's investments in its tourism industry in 2014 at $2.8 billion, equal to around three percent of the total investment made in the country throughout the year. The figure, it said, will see an increase of 4.3 percent in 2015 and will reach $2.9 billion in 2015.

    Some 3.8 million foreign tourists visited Iran in 2012, bringing $1.11 billion worth of income to the country. The figure stood at 4.77 million in 2013, constituting a 24.4 percent jump in revenue.

    Earlier, Iranian officials said the country plans to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2025, which could generate $30 billion in revenues.

    The WTTC report further put the world ranking of Iranв's tourism industry (out of 184 countries) at the 41st place in terms of size and at the 137th place in terms of contribution to GDP in 2014. It also said Iran could stand in 21st place in the global ranking of tourism for 2015.

    Iranian media earlier reported that Iran is among the worldв's top 10 countries for archeological and cultural sites, but it ranks 132nd and 160th out of 180 world countries in terms of its tourism industry and tourism revenues.

    A report by the World Economic Forum in May said Iran is the best destination for foreign tourists in terms of low costs and proper tourism services.

    Furthermore, after the removal of international sanctions on the country, the Islamic Republic is expected to witness a boom in the tourism sector.

    Iran is seen as one of the worldв's top potential tourist destinations, as it contains a countless number of ancient sites. The country ranks fourth in Asia and first in the Middle East in terms of the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with an impressive 17 historic sites that have been added to UNESCOв's World Heritage List.

    Iran's tourism industry is booming, with more foreign travelers visiting the country than ever before. The Iranian government has recently focused on the development of the tourism sector. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is hoping to attract 10 million international tourists each year.

    For the first time in 35 years, the number of tourists who traveled to Iran exceeds the number of Iranian tourists visiting other countries.
  • Azerbaijan fights against insurance fraud
    07.07.2015 11:07
    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    The State Insurance Supervision of Azerbaijan's Finance Ministry has decided to use electronic policies to combat insurance fraud.

    This remark was made by Namig Khalilov, the head of the State Insurance Supervision during the 6th Azerbaijan International Insurance Forum in Baku last week.

    He noted that the sale of ordinary paper-based OSAGO (compulsory insurance of liability of owners of vehicles) policies by insurance agents, which are often liable to fraud cases, can't be stopped.

    The cheaper costs of OSAGOв's electronic policies will however attract consumers, and the decline in the value of the online insurance policies might be virtually offset by the increase in online sales.

    Currently, the government is considering the amendments to the insurance law, as well as the implementation of the methods of online policies sales.

    The online insurance policies will be available for everyone through ATMs and POS terminals after the e-policies transition.

    The amendments were added to the law "On compulsory types of insurance" adopted in 2011, and since then, some 26 insurance and one reinsurance company have been created in Azerbaijan.

    According to the law on compulsory types of insurance, the basic cost of an insurance policy on OSAGO is 50 manats, which applies to vehicles with an engine capacity of 1,500 cubic centimeters. The price increases from a coefficient of 1.5 to 5 in engines that are 5,000 ccm or more.

    From the first half of 2015, insurance companies have signed 476,000 insurance contracts on OSAGO. Due to the signed contracts, the premium revenues gathered amount to 36.4 million manat.

    The number of insurance policies on OSAGO increased by 14 percent in this period compared to January-June 2014.

    Vehicles on the road without appropriate insurance will be fined 50 manats for individuals, 100 manats for officials, and 300 manats for legal entities.

    The official exchange rate was 1 USD/1.049 AZN on July 6.
  • Armenia could be new 'Greece'
    07.07.2015 11:06
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The economic situation in Armenia is considered to be worse than expected. The Armenian government in recent years has accumulated external and internal debt in large volumes, which could lead to a default.

    The countryв's media reports that the national debt of Armenia, whose economic crisis is reaching dangerous level, is actually much more the official data.

    ''Armenian governmentв's official data shows that its state debt at the end of 2015 will reach $4.9 billion. By this the state debt will amount to about 45 percent of countryв's gross domestic product,'' Armeniaв's "Haykakan Zhamanak" newspaper reported, adding that in reality, however, the picture is much different.

    Even if the debt figure stands at 45 percent, the impact is felt much more in Armenia than would normally considering its economy indicators are worsening by the day.

    The newspaper said as GDP growth was doubtful, it is expected that in practice Armeniaв's sovereign national debt will amount to 55-57 percent of GDP by the end of the year.

    Experts claim that it is risky to take on a debt burden exceeding 50 percent of GDP. If the forecasts confirmed, then Armeniaв's situation is worse than previously assumed, especially when no economic growth is predicted in the country in near future.

    Recently, the International Monetary Fund predicted zero economic growth in Armenia. It also does not foresee any significant improvement in the economy for 2016.

    If economic growth was to slow down, then the government will not be able to pay off the debt.

    Furthermore, the newspaper claimed that state debt amounting to 55-57 percent of GDP does not reflect reality, stressing the problem is that the state debt does not include funds that logically should have been included.

    In 2008, Armeniaв's state debt was 2.13 billion dollars, of which the share of foreign debt accounted for only 1.82 billion dollars. The economists say that Armeniaв's state debt has increased by in 2.5 times, while the external debt grew by 300 percent since 2008.

    The newspaper also stressed that in the meantime, the companiesв' loans under government guarantees are not taken into account in the index of state debt. It showed for example, Yerevan Thermal Power Stationв's loan of $ 50 million, which it redirected to pay off wage arrears to workers at the 'Nairitв' plant.

    This amount is not recorded anywhere, and there is no information from which sources the government intends to repay it. Hence, it turns out that the amount of debt is much higher than recorded in official statistics.

    The newspaper also didnв't rule out that the actual state debt might exceed 60 percent of GDP, which, according to the Armenian legislation, is maximum admissible level for state debt. It recommended that the government closely monitor what is happening these days in Greece, warning that a few years later the same thing could happen again in Armenia.

    The economists consider that it is also important to take into account other circumstances, such as the sources from which these debts will be repaid.

    Economist Bagrat Asatryan told Armenian media that one of the most serious, major problems of the country is a foreign trade deficit: imports are about three times greater than exports.

    He said it is very difficult to service external debt in such circumstances, regardless of the fact that the debt does not exceed 50 percent limit.

    Asatryan said the country relies on labor migrants abroad, meanwhile noting that they are an unreliable source for any economy.

    The recent deterioration of the Armenian economy as a result of the Russian recession is a good example. Money transfers from Russia to Armenia decreased by 40 percent. In addition, a decline in the volumes of the exports from Russia was also observed.

    These factors are pressing the Armenian government to take decisive measures to prevent bankruptcy in future. The corrupt regime in Yerevan, however, seeks to maintain its power rather than pull the country out of the economic crisis.
  • Azerbaijani judo fighters win 3 European medals
    07.07.2015 11:02
    According to AzerTag, Azerbaijani judo fighters have claimed 3 medals at the European championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Female fighter Shehane Hajiyeva (40kg) won the gold medal after beating Romanian Lidia Mari.

    Zelim Ktsoyev (90kg) also gained the gold medal as he defeated Georgian Zaura Kenchatdze in the final, while Ismayil Ibrahimov grabbed the bronze in the 60kg weight division.
  • TAP re-affirms its commitment to constructing pipeline through Greece
    07.07.2015 11:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has re-affirmed its commitment to constructing the pipeline through Greece's territory.

    "TAP re-affirms its full and strong commitment to constructing the TAP pipeline project through Greece and ensuring gas deliveries to Europe in early 2020," the source in the TAP told Trend.

    TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

    The length of the TAP pipeline in Greece is approximately 545 kilometres. TAP's longest section, it will start at Kipoi, near the country's border with Turkey, and finish at its border with Albania, south-west of Ieropigi.

    The Greek section will include one compressor station near Kipoi for 10 bcm and an additional one near Serres should TAP's capacity be upgraded to 20 bcm. There will be 23 block valve stations along the Greek route.

    Greece will receive 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year within the contracts signed with Azerbaijan.

    Despite the remarks regarding the commitment to the implementation of this project, the new government in Greece periodically hinted that it would like to get more benefits from the gas transit through the country's territory.

    Nevertheless, TAP consortium earlier said that Greek government fully supports the TAP project and TAP is progressing on schedule in the country.

    Currently Greece faces a serious debt crisis which reportedly could be resulted in withdrawal of the country from the euro zone.

    On July 5, Greek voters took part in a referendum to determine whether Greece should accept the lenders-proposed bailout plan that envisages serious spending cuts and tax increases. Over 61 percent of Greek citizens said "no" to creditors' bailout proposals.


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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan almost 70 times within 24 hours
    07.07.2015 10:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 69 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said July 7.

    Armenian armed forces located in the villages of Paravakar, Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan district, Shavarshavan, Doveh of Noyemberyan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Kohnegishlag of Aghstafa district, Gizilhajili, Ferehli, Kemerli villages and on the nameless heights of Gazakh district.

    Azerbaijani positions located on the nameless heights of Gadabay district underwent fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy district.

    Another ceasefire violation came from the positions located near the villages of Gulustan, Talish, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy district, Chileburt, Gizil Oba of Terter, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Bash Gervend, Kengerli, Yusifjanli, Javahirli, Merzili of Aghdam, Kuropatkino of Khojavend, Gorgan, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fizuli and Mehdili of Jabrayil district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavend, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Official: Leyla Aliyeva will not run for a deputy seat
    07.07.2015 10:21
    Heydar Aliyev Foundation has disseminated a statement.

    Department of Public Relations of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation issued a statement in which it denies that the Vice-President of the Foundation Leyla Aliyeva is nominated for the candidate in the upcoming elections to the Milli Majlis.

    According to citing Haqqin, the report says:

    "Leyla Aliyeva is actively involved in social and political life of the country, while at the same time, it is known as an author and initiator of many projects in the cultural, social and environmental spheres. But the dissemination of information on that Leyla Aliyeva will run for a deputy seat is untrue and the reports about this are unfounded."
  • German, Italian traders to come to Iran
    07.07.2015 09:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 6

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Germany and Italy are negotiating to dispatch trade delegations to the country, said Hossein Esfahbodi, the Iranian deputy industry, mine, and trade minister.

    Germany plans to send a high-ranking delegation to Iran, he said, adding that a 300-member delegation from Italy will travel to Iran soon, Iran 's Mehr news agency quoted Esfahbodi as saying July 6.

    "Foreign countries significantly participate in exhibitions which are being held in Iran. Still, there are internationally renowned companies which are waiting for a final nuclear agreement in order to return to the Iranian market," he said.

    However, we have so far received no official request from U.S. traders to travel to Iran, he noted.

    Several delegations from Europe and Asia have so far visited the country to study the potentials for investing in the country's market once sanctions on the country are lifted and more delegations are expected in the near future.

    Iran and the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in talks to strike a deal over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 9 deadline.

    While the six powers try to impose limitations on Iran's nuclear activities, Tehran is pushing for the removal of sanctions on its economy.

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  • Azerbaijan, France discuss cooperation in space industry and nuclear research
    07.07.2015 09:40
    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov has met a delegation led by Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade of France, AzerTag reports.

    Speaking about the cooperation between Azerbaijan and France, Minister Ali Abbasov noted the successful development of these relations in various areas, including in the fields of space industry and nuclear research.

    Touching upon the active role of French companies in Azerbaijan's economy, the Minister noted active participation of French companies in the launch of the country's first telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1 into orbit.

    In turn, Minister of State for Foreign Trade of France Matthias Fekl shared his impressions of the Baku 2015 First European Games. The French Minister congratulated the Azerbaijani people on this occasion, hailed the excellent organization of the games, as well as success of Azerbaijani sportsmen who showed good results leaving France behind by the number of medals.
  • MFA comments on Russiaв's provision of $200M weapons loan to Armenia
    07.07.2015 09:35
    ''Azerbaijanв's resolute position is that these arms should not be deployed in its territories occupied by Armenia''

    Azerbaijan's resolute position is that these arms should not be deployed in its territories occupied by Armenia, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told APA while commenting on the fact that Russia has granted Armenia a $200 million sift loan to buy weapons and help modernize its armed forces.

    Hajiyev said this matter is being investigated by the Azerbaijani side.

    "The deployment of these arms in the occupied Azerbaijani territories can have a negative impact on the settlement of the conflict by peaceful means," Hajiyev added.
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