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In Iceland, Court Says a Girl Can Finally Use Her Name
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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  • Diaspora organizations urge release of Azerbaijani hostages
    25.07.2014 17:40
    By AzerNewsAzerbaijan's diaspora organizations has addressed to the European organizations in connection with taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens by the Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region.The European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC) and the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Ge...
  • Family members of Azerbaijani hostages taken by Armenians addressed to Russian President
    25.07.2014 16:58
    The Azerbaijanis (Shahbaz Guliyev, Dilgam Asgarov) who were taken hostage in Kalbajar occupied region of Azerbaijan by Armenians separatists. The copies of the passports of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova confirm that they are citizens of Russia, SIA reports.Dilgam As...
  • Vugar Hashimov memorial kicks off in Baku
    25.07.2014 16:12
    An international Under-12 chess tournament commemorating Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov has started in Baku.Participants in the opening ceremony included Vice-Presidents of Azerbaijan Chess Federation Mahir Mammadov and Faig Hasanov, and vice president of Georgian Chess Federation Zurab Azma...
  • Azerbaijanв's film ''Nabat'' to be shown in Venice festival
    25.07.2014 15:56
    The Azerbaijani film "Nabat" shot by director Elchin Musaoglu at the Jafar Jabbarli Studio will be shown at the 71st International Venice Festival to run August 27 through September 6.The film will be demonstrated within the "Orrizonti" (Horizons) out-of-competition program.Starring are Fatemeh Mota...
  • TAP issues contract notice for supply of large diameter ball valves
    25.07.2014 15:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25By Aygun Badalova -Trend:Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has issued its next contract notice for the supply of large diameter ball valves, TAP reported on July 25.The scope of this Supply Contract will include manufacturing, testing and delivery of large diameter ball valves: ...
  • WHO calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded
    25.07.2014 15:01
    The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines, Reuters reported.In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the c...
  • Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
    25.07.2014 15:00
    Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, while ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and center of the territory, Palestinian officials said.The Israeli military confirmed ...
  • Website of Austrian FC Red Bull Salzburg highlights progress of Azerbaijani FC Garabagh
    25.07.2014 14:36
    "FC Red Bull Salzburg's opponents in the third qualifying round of the Champions League are FC Garabagh. The team from Azerbaijan won their second leg 4-0 against Valletta from Malta and are in the next round with a 5-0 aggregate win," Austrian FC Red Bull Salzburg has said on its website."Adi H...
  • New flight launched from Gabala to Moscow
    25.07.2014 14:26
    Russian Metrojet Air Company has started regular flights on Moscow-Gabala-Moscow route.APA reports that the first plane from Moscow arrived in Gabala International Airport on July 24. The plane departed from Domodedovo at 18:00 (Baku time) and landed in Gabala at 20:30. the flight from Gabala was im...
  • Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters claim 3 medals at 1st WTF World Cadet Championships
    25.07.2014 12:31
    Junior Azerbaijani fighters have grabbed three medals on the opening day of the 1st WTF World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Baku.Mahammad Alizade (33 kg) and Minaya Akbarova (29kg) gained silver medals, while Nargiz Mirzayeva won bronze medal in the 37kg weight class.The four-day championship bri...
  • Media: U.S. to load Azerbaijani Railways line and BTK with military supplies
    25.07.2014 18:29
    U.S. will load CJSC "Azerbaijan Railways" and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars which is currently under construction with military supplies.

    According to Russian sources, the "Caucasian corridor", which developed by the U.S. military to evacuate their property (military equipment, weapons, equipment and supplies) from Afghanistan, will contribute to this.

    "The Caucasian corridor runs from Afghanistan via Heart to Kushka in Mary (Turkmenistan), and then by rail to the port of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea to Baku ferry transportation and subsequent delivery to Batumi (Georgia) or Turkey", Russian sources indicate.

    According to them, storage stations will be created all along the route.

    " At least 2200 pieces of equipment and containers will follow through tje "Caucasian corridor " montly from autumn of 2014 until the end of 2016," Russian experts say.

    The ferry terminal in the new Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat settlement 65 kilometers south of Baku will be put in operation by autumn 2014. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway begins operation in 2015, and recently CJSC "Azerbaijan Railways" and Georgian colleagues revived the lettered container train Baku-Poti-Baku.
  • Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated
    25.07.2014 18:22
    Investigators are examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.

    Stormy weather and low visibility are suspected as factors in Wednesday's crash of the twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways.

    Local media reported Friday that the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder had been sent to the main island of Taiwan for analysis.
  • Ziya Mammadov receives citizens in Ujar
    25.07.2014 18:22
    Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov held the next reception at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ujar on 25 July.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the appeals of more than 30 residents of Ujar, Goychay, Aghdash and Zardab were heard at the reception attended by heads of the relevant structures of the Ministry.

    The appeals of the residents who met the minister individually were most related to the transport problems in the regions, repair and construction of highways of the republican and local concern, rural roads, repair and construction of bridges, employment, etc.

    Most problems were solved on the spot, relevant instructions were given for solution of others.

    And the issues not related to the Ministry of Transport were registered for submission to relevant bodies.

    The residents expressed satisfaction with the created conditions, attention and care for them and thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the initiative of holding such receptions in the regions.
  • Azerbaijan to refuse using BRDM scout cars
    25.07.2014 18:21
    Soviet-made armored vehicles will be replaced with Turkish Cobra.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces will launch a new program to replace Soviet-made BRDM-1 and BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance/patrol vehicles by up-to-date armored vehicles, governmental sources told APA.

    Armored vehicles of several countries were tested within the program. In the end, Cobra 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle produced by the Turkish Otokar was chosen. Being in the armament of the Azerbaijani Border Guards and Interior Troops, Cobra vehicles have successfully passed tests, showing a high level of maneuverability.

    By available information, the Azerbaijani Government instructed the Ministry of Defense Industry to establish a production unit of the abovementioned vehicles in the country to meet the army's demand. The ministry is carrying out works for producing new armored vehicles.

    If the negotiations succeed, an agreement on the production of Cobra vehicles in Azerbaijan is expected to be signed in ADEX-2014 to be held in Baku in September.

    A protocol of intent signed between Azerbaijan's Ministry of Industry and Turkey's Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry in May, 2013 reflects the production of Cobra vehicles in Azerbaijan.
  • Armenia can't afford birth rate increase
    25.07.2014 18:05
    By AzerNews

    Armenia's previous government had adopted a program to encourage large families across the country as the fertility rate (births per woman) in the country stood at 1.6, far from the normal 2-2.1.

    Now it seems that the current government headed by Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan has ignored the previous government's decision.

    Abramyan has put on hold the program for an indefinite time due to financial hardship. Now, large families in the country are expressing outrage over the decision.

    Mother of 9 children, Lilit Khachatryan complained of the government's unexpected decision to local media. She said the decision will deteriorate the situation of her large family.

    Khachatryan said Abramyan is jeering at large families. "The previous government's program stipulated provision of large families with suitable apartments," she noted.

    "We were looking for an apartment for 10 days. Finally we found a 5-room apartment in Moscow where my husband works. The relevant state body was expected to transfer 12 million 930 thousand drams ($31,807)," she added.

    She went on to say that the body stopped the process after being informed that Armenian prime minister had delayed the program.

    Khachatryan underlined that she was suspicious about the continuation of the program since Abramyan took office. "But the officials assured that the changes in the government will not affect the governmental program on large families," she noted.

    While adopting a governmental program for 2014-2017 Abramyan said the government could not accept proposals that required large financial resources. It seems the program on encouraging large families was among these proposals.

    The number of Armenia's population was 3 million 011.9 thousand as of July1 decreasing by 15,000 in the first three months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

    Furthermore, some 45.000-50.000 people annually leave Armenia.

    Putting on hold the program on the background of the mass migration outflows and unpleasant demographic situation will undoubtedly lead to the reduction of the population's number in Armenia.
  • 296 people declared wanted over Armenian terrorist attacks against Azerbaijanis
    25.07.2014 18:05
    296 people have already been declared wanted over the terrorist attacks and other grave crimes committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis.

    Azerbaijan's Military Prosecutor, Lt Gen of justice Khanlar Valiyev spoke at the meeting of the Republican Military Prosecutor's Office dedicated to the outcomes of the first half of 2014 and objectives for the future, APA reports.

    He stated that Khojaly, Garadaghli, Meshali, Baghanis-Ayrim tragedies, terror attacks and other grave crimes committed by the Armenian armed forces have already been investigated under the article #103 (genocide) and other articles of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan Republic. Consequently, 296 people have been declared wanted. Investigation is underway.
  • China signs oil deal with Venezuela
    25.07.2014 18:00
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela. They include a $4bn (ВЈ2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products. The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.

    Mr Xi has already signed key deals in Argentina and Brazil. He has now departed from Venezuela and will visit Cuba next.

    In Argentina the Chinese leader agreed to an $11bn currency swap providing much needed money for the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Argentina has been locked out of the international capital markets since a default in 2001.

    Mr Xi also helped launch a new development bank alongside the other emerging powers of the Brics group - Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa - at a summit in Brazil.

    The new bank is intended to create an alternative to the Western-dominated World Bank.

    Chinese trade with Latin America has grown rapidly. It is now the second-largest trading partner in Argentina and Cuba, and has been Brazil's largest since 2009.

    China is the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States.
  • U.S. Department of State calls Turkish FM '˜key figureв'
    25.07.2014 17:49
    Spokesperson for U.S. State Department Marie Harf called Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu a "key figure" in achieving a truce between Israel and Hamas. reports citing the HurrД±yet newspaper that M.Harf explained the reasons for which Washington has active contacts with Ankara on the subject of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    "Turkey has some contacts with Hamas and can achieve what we cannot. We are confident that Davutoglu can put pressure on the situation and contribute to the truce", Harf said.
  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power
    25.07.2014 17:45
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability, AP reported.

    "The gravity of the phase Iraq is undergoing requires the concerned parties to bear their national responsibilities, which require sacrifice and not to cling to posts," al-Sistani said in a statement read by his spokesman Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie at Friday prayers.

    The speech did not name specific leaders.

    Last month, al-Sistani called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki through an intermediary to step aside in the face of a crisis sparked by the lightning advance by Sunni militants, according to a senior member of a prominent Shiite family that has for decades maintained regular contact with al-Sistani. Al-Maliki is currently seeking a third four-year term.

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  • Ilham Aliyev expresses his condolences
    25.07.2014 17:45
    "I am deeply saddened by the news of numerous casualties in the crash".

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has expressed his condolences to the Algerian and French counterparts.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that President Ilham Aliyev says the following in his letter to his Algerian counterpart Abdulaziz Bouteflika:

    "I am deeply saddened with the news of numerous casualties in the crash of a plane belonging to Air Algerie. In connection with this terrible tragedy on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to you, the families and friends of the victims".

    The President also sent a letter of condolences to the President of France Francois Hollande.

    "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a large number of citizens in the crash of the airplane belonging to Air Algerie. In connection with this terrible tragedy on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to you, the families and friends of the victims", the letter says.
  • Abutalibov reports to the sheikh
    25.07.2014 17:42
    Abutalibov has reported to the sheikh.

    Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Department, Sheikh ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Ali Asadov, head of Baku city executive power Gadzhibala Abutalibov and head of executive power of Binagadi district Khaleddin Isgenderov familiarized with the construction of a mosque in Binagadi district.

    Oxu.Az reports citing SalamNews that the statement of Caucasus Muslim Department says the head of the Baku city executive power G.Abutalibov informed about the Mosque Complex. It was noted that all conditions for believers will be created there. The minarets of 95 m. height in the mosque are under construction. Ali Asadov consulted with experts, religious leaders, gave certain assignments to complete at a high level.

    Pashazadeh, praising the construction work, thanked all those who contributed to the construction.
  • Diaspora organizations urge release of Azerbaijani hostages
    25.07.2014 17:40
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan's diaspora organizations has addressed to the European organizations in connection with taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens by the Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region.

    The European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC) and the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany (CCAG) sent an appeal to public, political and humanitarian organizations in Europe regarding taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev by the Armenian armed forces, the State Committee for Work with Diaspora said reported July 24.

    The appeal said Asgarov and Guliyev taken hostage in their native lands by Armenian invaders are in grave condition.

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

    EAC and CCAG urged international organizations not to remain indifferent to the fate of compatriots and demand to stop their torture by Armenian aggressors.

    Along with the events in Kalbajar region, the appeal touched the issue of Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, and the bitter fate of more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons.

    The appeal noted the inadmissibility of violating the most basic human rights, namely, the right to live in the Motherland and requires the restoration of this right.

    Meanwhile, the families of Azerbaijani hostages have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.

    Armenia violated the international legal norms by taking hostage the Azerbaijani civilians as they didn't violate any border law between Armenia and Azerbaijan. They were on their own native Kalbajar region.

    Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

    Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

    Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
  • Kerry meets with UN, Egypt as Gaza truce push builds
    25.07.2014 17:34
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry huddled Friday with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and Egypt's foreign minister as pressure built for a cease-fire in Gaza, AFP reported.

    Kerry, who spent another night in Cairo reaching out by telephone to regional officials, met Ban and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri for around half an hour.

    The top U.S. diplomat has said he would speak to reporters later Friday, on what could be the end of his week-long mission to the region.

    The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict ahead of talks on key issues.

    U.S. officials said that Kerry has spoken repeatedly by telephone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, which are seen as influential over Hamas.

    The Islamist militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip initially refused a cease-fire, instead showering Israel with rockets.

    The 18-day conflict has killed 825 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

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  • Turkey begins protests against Israel's military operation in Gaza Strip
    25.07.2014 17:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The protests against Israel's hostilities in the Gaza Strip began in various cities of Turkey, TRT Haber TV channel reported on July 25.

    The protests against Israel's military operation began after Friday prayer, according to the TV channel.

    It is reported that the protests will be held in front of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

    "Turkey will not remain silent while Israel carries out military aggression against the Palestinian people, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier.

    "Some Western countries turn a blind eye to Israel's actions," he added. "This testifies to the fact that they are also supporters of military aggression against the Palestinians."

    Moreover, Erdogan likened Israeli actions against the Palestinians with the Nazis' actions against the Jewish people.

    Erdogan said that Israel spreads terrorism in the region.

    Some 10,000 Palestinians held an action of protest in Ramallah against Israel's hostilities in Gaza on the morning of July 25.

    Three people were killed and 30 were injured during the clashes between Israeli soldiers and the Palestinians.

    It is reported that the Israeli military used tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators.

    The protests against Israel's hostilities involving MPs from the ruling and opposition parties have been recently held in Turkey.

    More than 800 Palestinians, including women and 200 children were killed during the 'Enduring Rock' operation which started on July 7.

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

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  • Turkey to impose new bans on consumption of tobacco products
    25.07.2014 17:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey will impose new bans on consumption of tobacco products from January 2015, Turkish Haber7 TV channel reported on July 25.

    The country's parliament will review the new draft law on tobacco products in October 2014, according to the TV channel.

    The new bans on the consumption of tobacco products will be imposed in accordance with the state program on fighting against smoking.

    Starting from January 2015, all tobacco products will be packed up into black packages to make them less attractive for consumers and the brands of tobacco products will be encoded, the TV channel said.

    At the same time, smoking in parks and restaurant courtyards will be banned from January 2015.

    Turkey has imposed bans on smoking in public places since 2008 and the fine for smoking in public and enclosed places is 88 Turkish liras.

    Around 45.205 million Turkish liras are spent on purchasing tobacco products in Turkey per year, according to the statistical data.

    The official exchange rate on July 25 is 2.903 TRY/USD.

    Edited by CN

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  • Norway says group from Syria en route to commit terror
    25.07.2014 17:32
    The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target, AP reported.

    Jon Fitje Hoffmann spoke in a live interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Friday but didn't elaborate further. He was not immediately available for further comment.

    However, Hans-Joergen Bonnichsen, former operational head of Denmark's intelligence agency, told the AP such information always could be disinformation because those who discuss such plans likely want others to hear.

    PST said Thursday it had information about an imminent "concrete threat" based on "reliable information." The threat was unspecific about what the target might be, or when or where an attack could take place.

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  • Turkey commissions Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway line
    25.07.2014 17:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A new high-speed railway line, which connects Ankara and Istanbul, was put into operation in Turkey on July 25, Turkish TRT Haber channel reported on July 25.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials attended the opening of an Ankara-Istanbul new high-speed railway line, extending for 533 kilometers.

    The construction project was implemented in two phases. The first stage is the construction of the Ankara-Eskisehir railway line, the second - the Eskisehir-Istanbul line construction.

    The first phase of the project was completed in 2009.

    When using the new high-speed railway, students, servicemen and people older 60 will have up to a 20 percent discount, while children under 12 years old - up to 50 percent.

    It is expected that after commissioning the new high-speed rail line, the travel time from Ankara to Istanbul will drop to 3.5 hours. Currently, the trip time from Ankara to Istanbul is seven-eight hours by bus and 40 minutes by plane.

    Under the 2023 Vision program [celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey], the country has increased the investments in the development of transport sector.

    Turkish State Railways said in January that it will invest almost half of its 2014 budget (1.8 billion liras) in the projects for development of high-speed trains in the country.

    The official exchange rate on July 25 is 2.903 TRY/USD.

    Edited by CN

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  • Lower Chamber of Uzbek parliament adopts law "On exchanges and exchange activities"
    25.07.2014 17:26
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan adopted the draft law "On exchanges and exchange activities" in the new edition, according to the report of lower house of the Uzbek parliament.

    Updating of the law is due to the intention to harmonize the legislation of Uzbekistan with the legislation which regulates the world's leading stock exchanges, and aims at creating conditions for the integration of the domestic market to the world exchange market.

    The revised law includes the notion of quotation, quoted price, quotes, market manipulation on the exchange, insider information and insider transactions, bilateral quotes and other concepts that were not previously used in the Uzbek legislation.

    It is expected that the adoption of this document will create the conditions for a common legal practice in matters of exchange activities and exchanges, to gain balance of interests among exchange market participants, shareholders and the state.

    In accordance with established procedures, the law "On exchanges and exchange activities" in the new edition is sent for further consideration in the upper house of parliament - the Senate.

    Edited by CN

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  • Humanitarian aid reaches Syria after UN resolution
    25.07.2014 17:26
    Nine aid trucks crossed the Turkish border into Syria,its first humanitarian aid convoywithout needing government approval since UN Security Council has adopted a resolution on July 14, SIA reports with reference to AA.

    "Nine trucks crossed at Bab Al-Salam into Syria this morning," said Amanda Pitt from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    She said that thetrucks were carrying food, water,medical equipmentand shelter materials.

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution more than a week agoto allow humanitarian supplies across the border without Syrian government permission.
  • The Minister Kamaladdn Heydarov met Richard Morningstar
    25.07.2014 17:23
    Azerbaijani minister for emergency situations Kamaladdn Heydarov has received outgoing ambassador of US Richard Morningstar, SIA reports.

    The Azerbaijani minister stressed Morningstar`s role in strengthening the US-Azerbaijan relations and wished him success in his future activity.

    Kamaladdin Heydarov spoke about the cooperation prospects between the ministry and corresponding authorities of US and expressed his confidence on further expansion of the ties. The minister informed the ambassador on the activity of the ministry.

    In his turn, Richard Morningstar hailed the ties between the two countries, underlining the prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijani ministry of emergency situations and US corresponding organizations.

    The sides exchanged views on a number of matters of common interest.
  • Saudi king orders $26 million more in medical aid to Gaza
    25.07.2014 17:21
    Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered on Friday 100 million riyals ($26.6 million) in medical aid to Gaza, the Saudi health ministry said.

    Acting Health Minister Adel Faqih said the aid seeks to fill emergency needs to growing number of injured civilians in the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, Al Arabiya reported.

    The move came a week after the king ordered 200 million ($53.3 million) in humanitarian aid for the victims of the Israeli offensive that has killed more than 800 people so far.

    Those funds were also directed to paying for medicine and medical equipment to treat "victims of the brutal Israeli aggression and bombing of the Gaza Strip," Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf said at the time.

    Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani had appealed to member states and all humanitarian organizations both within and outside the Islamic World as well as to international organizations to extend all forms of support and relief to the Palestinian people, particularly urgent medical relief to the Gaza Strip.

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  • Lebanese FM says ISIS, Israel have committed 'war crimes'
    25.07.2014 17:21
    Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Friday condemned Israel's actions in Gaza, and ISIS' against Iraq's Christians, as "war crimes," saying that the government has approved the ministry's request to the ICC to launch probes into the recent events, The Daily Star reported.

    For the first time in its diplomatic history, Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to investigate crimes committed by Israel in its offensive on the Palestinian enclave and those committed by ISIS in Mosul, Bassil said, noting that the violations fall within the court's jurisdiction.

    Speaking at a news conference, Bassil said the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has forced the exodus of some 15,000 Christians in Mosul with "only a hundred elderly residents stay[ing] behind and convert[ing] to Islam under pressure."

    He said some 32 churches and monasteries were either destroyed, torched or turned into a Muslim place of worship, warning such behavior not only threatened the old inhabitants of Mosul but also Lebanon's existence.

    "Such behavior contradicts Lebanon's model and places Lebanon's existence at risk," Bassil told reporters.

    "It has a direct impact on Lebanon - a psychological and material impact - as these groups have made their intention of expansion clear."

    Earlier this month, ISIS gave Christians in Iraq's northern area an ultimatum to submit to Islamic rule by either converting or paying an annual tax to the state, or leave on threat of death -- forcing hundreds of families to flee the ancient city.

    "Christians are being rooted out of their homeland for the first time and they have never taken part in the regional conflict," he said.

    Bassil equated ISIS with Israel, saying both sides refrain from recognizing international law and that the Jewish state sought to "replace the Palestinian, Arab, Levant identity in the east -- where diverse groups have lived together and recognized each other's freedoms -- with the Jewish identity of elimination."

    At least 828 Palestinians have been killed in 18 days since Israel launched its offensive on the Gaza Strip, creating a humanitarian crisis in which residents suffer from severe water and electricity rationing as they remain under heavy siege.

    Hamas on its part has fired dozens of rockets and reached the heart of the Jewish state, which Thursday targeted a UNRWA school, killing 15 people who were sheltering there.

    Bassil said that in 2012 the Palestinian Authority filed a request to the ICC to investigate Israel's war crimes, and that his ministry asked the prosecution in that case to begin its investigation.

    The ICC has jurisdiction with respect to war crimes, in particular those committed as part of a plan or policy, or as part of a large-scale commission. War crimes include willful killing, extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and unlawful deportation.

    "Although Lebanon has not signed on the ICC's jurisdiction, the country still has the right to submit requests, seeking international action," the minister said.

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  • The ways to wear matte lipstick
    25.07.2014 17:07
    Matte lipstick has a higher content of wax and pigment and less oil than standard lipstick. This makes the final product more opaque and more deeply colored. It is possible to get outstanding color contrast with matte lipstick, but only if the product is applied appropriately, because matte lipstick doesnв't wear like gloss lipstick. Read on to see who should be wearing this new trend and to learn some techniques for making it look great.

    Fine and Smooth

    Matte lipstick has a tendency to adhere to dry areas and rough patches of skin. To ensure that you have the right surface on which to apply a matte product, start by exfoliating your lips. A simple rub with honey and sugar will work wonders on lips, but you can purchase a commercial product as well. Exfoliate your lips once per week if you wear matte lipstick often. Light colors tend to show irregularities more than dark matte colors do, so exfoliating is more important with light shades.


    If a perfectly smooth finish isnв't for you, then you can choose to go with a finely textured look. Note that you still want to start with a smooth canvas because you are going to add texture, not let texture show through. Start with a lip liner that matches your skin color closely and use it to create an outline. Apply a textured matte lipstick to fill in between the liner. Textured lipsticks emphasize the natural shape of your lips.

    Concealer First

    If you want the color of your lips to be as bright and vibrant as possible, then you need to start with an even, neutral canvas. Putting concealer on your lips will help your lipstick to pop, much like putting down primer helps a new coat of paint to look fresh and bright. Concealer is also a must for lighter colors as it helps the lipstick remain true to its original color once applied.

    Neat Lines

    The standard process is to apply lipstick to your lips and then to follow up with a liner. When it comes to matte lipsticks, however, you want to do the opposite. Apply a lip liner that is the same shade as your lipstick to get a clean, neat line. Fill in your lips with the matte lipstick and then blend it with the liner to create a smoother, perfect look.

    Blot and Reapply

    If you want your matte lipstick to look its best, then you should apply two coats. Apply the first coat and then blot your lips with a tissue. After that, apply a second coat. Not only will this improve the color, it will prevent the lipstick from caking. As an added bonus, this technique can also help you go longer between applications.

    Faded Look

    Gloss lipsticks help to create a full, plump look; so much so that women with thin lips are often advised to use only gloss lipsticks. It turns out that, with a little finesse, you can achieve the full look with matte as well. Start with a lip liner that is identical to your skin tone and then fill in your lips with a matte color that is just slightly pinker than your skin tone. Finish by blotting the edges of your lips a bit more than the centers and theyв'll look fuller.

    Bright Lips

    If faded matte isnв't your style, place concealer on your lips and then go for a bright matte lipstick. This look is best for women who already have fuller lips and works well with equally bright accents in other areas like cheekbones and eyes. It is easy to go overboard with this technique, so be careful.

    Messy Matte

    Believe it or not, having messy lipstick can be alluring. This technique, like the faded technique, works best with tones that are slightly pinker than your own skin tone. Just put the lipstick on, without liner and without blotting. Itв's okay, even desirable, to miss a few spots to produce a sexy, confident look.


    The semi-sheer look is considered to be sophisticated and elegant. Itв's easy to do too. Just put on a dark, semi-sheer lip shade, like a berry matte, and then blot it well. It will provide very striking drama without being overtly bright. The semi-sheer look is great for evenings out and for formal occasions.

    Dark Matte

    You can get an edgy, aggressive look by choosing a dark, muted shade like gray or lilac. This look is great for contrasting your lips with other features of your face, including highlighted cheekbones or bright eyes. Dark matte is probably the hardest look to pull off, so use it with caution.

    For now, the matte look is quite popular. Whether matte lipstick remains a beauty staple moving forward will come down to use. You can almost never go wrong with glossy lipstick, particularly if you have thin lips at baseline. The same cannot be said for matte lipstick. Use this product with caution and understand that making it look good will take a little bit more time and attention to detail. If you have the patience and prepare your lips as above, then you can pull off some very stunning looks with matte lipstick.

    As a final note, remember that matte lipstick contains less oil than standard lipstick, which means it wonв't moisturize your lips well on its own. Moisturizing is a great way to ensure that you have smooth, pliable, healthy lips. Most experts suggest that you moisturize your lips twice per day, before putting lipstick on and after taking it off.
  • Former Kyrgyz president sentenced to life imprisonment
    25.07.2014 17:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Elena Kosolapova- Trend:

    Kyrgyz military court sentenced Former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother Zhanysh Bakiyev to life imprisonment in their absence, K-News reported on July 25.

    Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Zhanysh Bakiyev were found guilty in the case concerning mass disorders in April 2010 when up to 86 people were killed and more than 300 were injured.

    The court found the Bakiyev brothers guilty on a number of articles and decided to sentence ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother, the former head of the State Security Service Zhanish Bakiyev to life imprisonment in a colony with confiscation of property and deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for three years.

    The court also decided to confiscate the house of the Bakiyevs in the village of Masadan (now the village of Teyit).

    Moreover the court sentenced Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov to life imprisonment in a colony in his absence with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a period of three years. The court also decreed to confiscate Usenov's Cadillac car, an apartment on the Boulevard of Erkindik and cash.

    Meanwhile, the court acquitted Kurmanbek Bakiyev's son Marat for lack of evidence of involvement in crimes, which resulted in the death of protesters. However, Marat Bakiyev was found guilty on a number of other cases and sentenced to ten years in the colony with confiscation of vehicles worth about $ 1.5 million.

    Kurmanbek Bakiyev served as the second President of Kyrgyzstan from 2005 to 2010. Large opposition protests in April 2010 led to the takeover of government offices, forcing Bakiyev to flee the country. In February 2012, it has been reported that Bakiyev was granted Belarusian citizenship in 2010.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Family members of Azerbaijani hostages taken by Armenians addressed to Russian President
    25.07.2014 16:58
    The Azerbaijanis (Shahbaz Guliyev, Dilgam Asgarov) who were taken hostage in Kalbajar occupied region of Azerbaijan by Armenians separatists. The copies of the passports of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova confirm that they are citizens of Russia, SIA reports.

    Dilgam Asgarovв's wife Firuza Asgarova and his son Kurdoglu Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova addressed to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin.

    According to information received by the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs, the family members asked to release Asgarov and Guliyev, the State Committee told .

    The copies of the passports of Dilgam Asgarov and Albina Veselova, the citizens of the Russian Federation, were also attached to the appeals.

    The text of the appeals and copies of the passports are added to information.

    The copy of Dilgam Asgarovв's passport confirms that he is a citizen of the Russian Federation. But the Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan refused this fact.

    The copy of the passport of Shahbaz Guliyevв's wife Albina Veselova also confirms that she is also a citizen of the Russian Federation.
  • Azerbaijan, Iran to sign ICT deal
    25.07.2014 16:50
    Azerbaijan and Iran will sign a new agreement on cooperation in the spheres of communications and information and communications technologies (ICT) in the near future, the Iranian embassy told Trend.

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

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

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

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

  • U.S ambassador to Azerbaijan expresses regret of any kind of hostilities on contact line
    25.07.2014 16:40
    U.S ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar expressed regret of any kind of hostilities on the Armenia-Azerbaijan contact line, casualties and tragedies.

    Morningstar made this statement for the media while answering the question about Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region.

    "I know that co-chairs are very concerned about the conflict along the line of contact and that just again goes to show how this terrible conflict must be resolved," ambassador said.

    While responding to a question about the date of arrival of new U.S ambassador to Azerbaijan, Morningstar expressed the hope about the rapid appointment of a new ambassador.

    "You know Congress has been very slow on all kind of conformations," he added. "But it has nothing whatsoever to do with Mr Cekuta or with Azerbaijan."

    "I will suggest new ambassador that he stick to the principles that we have for the last few years, that he recognize how important our relationship is, which he does, and there are many parts of that relationship all of which we have to pay attention to," ambassador said.

  • Baldwin would rather pay fine than apologize
    25.07.2014 16:40
    Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts.

    Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

    Their shared court date was just a coincidence, but it paired stars who have become known for acting up, not just for acting.

    "Looks like you have a short fuse," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin while looking over the allegations against him; they're violations, not crimes. After Baldwin repeatedly said he'd pay a fine for the May 13 encounter '" though the judge said he was just asking for an apology '" DeLury put the case on track to be dismissed if the actor avoids re-arrest for six months. It's a common outcome for low-level cases in Manhattan.

    Meanwhile, LaBeouf's lawyer and prosecutors said they were trying to resolve his case. He's accused in court papers of playing a boorish role in the audience at "Cabaret" last month, smoking cigarettes, yelling at the actors onstage, and swearing at security guards and hollering as he was escorted out: "Do you know who I am?"

    The actor, whose publicist has said the episode stemmed from an alcohol problem and that LaBeouf has since gotten treatment, stood solemnly before a judge during the brief appearance. He and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones. LaBeouf is due back in court in September.
  • Uzbekistan Airlines changes route of flights over Ukraineв's territory
    25.07.2014 16:39
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbekistan Airlines has made a decision to perform all flights from Uzbekistan to European cities and back, bypassing Ukraine's airspace.

    The routes of flights to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Milan have been changed, according to Uzbekistan Airlines.

    The specialists of the company have also developed a safe route for the Tashkent-Kiev-Tashkent flight.

    As a result of the changes, the duration of flights on this route will increase on average by 10-15 minutes.

    Airlines of many countries have changed the routes of their flights over Ukraine's territory after the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine's Donetsk city.

    On July 17, it was reported that the Boeing 777 (MH17) of Malaysia Airlines crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. MH17 was carrying out flights between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. At the time of the air disaster there were 295 people on board the plane. All of them died.

    Uzbekistan Airways is a monopoly air carrier in Uzbekistan, carrying out flights to 22 cities in Europe, Americas, Middle East, Asia, 24 cities in the CIS, as well as 11 domestic flights.

    Uzbekistan Airways carried out over 11,400 flights transporting more than 1.2 million passengers and 20,000 tons of cargo in Jan.-June 2014.

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  • Burning issues forces Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on back burner for U.S.
    25.07.2014 16:29
    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    There is a need to renew efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict once and for all, said US ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, at a farewell event on July, 24, in Baku.

    Words well spoken, indeed. But are they backed up?

    All parties concerned are in favor of finding a resolution to this thorn in the side of the Caucasus - a situation of no war and no peace - that is placing the region in eternal limbo.

    "Peace would bring substantial benefits to people across the region and ensure Azerbaijan's prosperity into the future," said the American diplomat.

    Indeed, peace, naturally, would be beneficial for Azerbaijan, of that there is no doubt. The country is doing quite well on the economic front, and revenues from oil and natural gas are being well invested, a detail that did not escape the attention of French President Francois Hollande during his trip to Baku about a month ago.

    During a meeting with the French community in a downtown hotel, Mr. Hollande praised Azerbaijan and its president, Ilham Aliyev, for investing wisely in the country by developing its infrastructure.

    If anyone one side might be opposed to a settlement of the problem it must be the Armenians. Why? Because a settlement, in so far as the Azerbaijanis are concerned, can only mean the return of their land, a solution that Armenia will certainly oppose, as they will come out of this agreement minus the land they began to capture in 1992.

    But this is why the talks are complicated because this is not an all-sum game. These are negotiations in which each side will have to make concessions. For Armenia it may mean having to give up land in exchange for peace with its neighbor, and improve relations with other Turkic-speaking countries who support Azerbaijan.

    Such as Turkey, a major player in the region.

    As mentioned above, this is a negotiation in which every side will need to cede something. In Azerbaijan's case they can offer Armenia two things: peace and financial incentives. The first will create trade and tourism--and all the jobs associated with the industry--between the two South Caucasus countries and the second will help Armenia, which is currently in dire economic straits.

    The two member countries of the Minsk Group, the United States and France, two countries with large Armenian communities, can offer Yerevan financial support and security guarantees. This will render Armenia less dependent on Russian support, which it is wholly and unhealthily relying upon at the moment for just about everything.

    But before we even venture into that domain, there would be the need to bring the two parties together at the presidential level in order to get the ball rolling, at least in the first set of meetings.

    However, Ambassador Morningstar's bosses in Washington, the folks on Pennsylvania Avenue as well as those at Foggy Bottom are currently preoccupied with far more burning issues -- quite literally burning -- in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

    In Iraq the Maleki government is fighting for its life as Islamists from the group calling itself the Islamic Caliphate are edging closer to the capital Baghdad every day.

    The leitmotif for much of the violence in the Middle East, the conflict opposing Palestinians and Israelis is turning tragic with Gaza now under severe bombardment for 17 days. The death toll keeps mounting, according the respected daily newspaper Haaretz more than 770 Palestinians have been killed and 32 Israeli soldiers have lost their lives in the fighting.

    Not to mention the civil war raging in Syria, the precariousness of the political situation on Libya, the nuclear talks with Iran and the civil war in Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and pro-government troops, with the severe consequences that have resulted such as the downing of the Malaysian Airways jet.

    It goes without saying that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh comes pretty low on the US diplomatic totem pole.

    U.S. diplomats in Baku told Trend that there was "nothing really new" in the ambassador's speech. No new policy, no new initiative. But the ambassador was reiterating the U.S. position on the issue. In other words it was really more of the same. A diplomat's going away speech, as it should be; Polite, concise and without much meat on the bones.

    It is understandable that with the clock running out on the ambassador's tenure in Baku (he leaves next week), there is little that he can accomplish other that to leave the Azerbaijani people with a little hope for a just resolution of the conflict.

    Claude Salhani is a political analyst and senior editor with Trend Agency.

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  • Scouts enjoy Wonderland 2014 in Azerbaijan
    25.07.2014 16:21
    By AzerNews

    Scouts from around the world attended "Wonderland 2014 Azerbaijan" in southern Lerik region.

    The International Scout Camp "Wonderland 2014 Azerbaijan" co-organized by the Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Youth and Sport was held on July 10-17.

    The camp gathered together skilful youth from Turkey, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, Kenya, Chad, Tanzania, Southern Africa, Guatemala, Poland, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Australia as well as from different regions of Azerbaijan.

    The great contribution of scouting motivated the young people to create a harmonious world and respect to traditions, customs and religions of other nations, develop love and tolerance for other people.

    Young participants shared their experiences, learned something new and found new friends during the eight-day program in the camp in the woods of Lerik.

    The camp's program included orienteering, climbing, archery, tracking, several social events and competitions, as well as sightseeing in Lerik and Lankaran and studying the unique culture and traditions of the region.

    Lerik region gave scouts a real chance to shortly stay away from urban life, have a breath of fresh mountain air and enjoy the view of the majestic mountains, rapid rivers and noisy waterfalls.

    Moreover, at an Evening of nations the participants spoke about the culture and traditions of their country, presented the peculiarities of their national fashion, cuisine and exchanged souvenirs with others.

    Last year, Wonderland camp gathered 120 young people from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Poland and other countries in the northern Azerbaijani region of Shaki in August.

    The Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan (ASA), the national Scouting organization of Azerbaijan, was founded in 1997, and became the 150th member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in August 2000. The first scout camp in Azerbaijan was organized in the Nabran region.

    The ASA plays a great role in educating the new generation. It has more than 1,400 members from all over Azerbaijan. It has implemented and held over 200 projects and events so far.
  • WB governor from Turkmenistan appointed
    25.07.2014 16:16
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 25

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmen Finance Minister Muhammetguly Mukhammedov was appointed WB governor from the Turkmen side, according to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov's decree.

    WB group previously reported that it supports the reforms in Turkmenistan through an intermediate strategy for the period up to 2015, which does not envisage borrowing.

    WB representatives assist the Turkmen government in the implementation of a long-term national program of socio-economic development through consultations.

    The WB strategy consists of two components. The first component focuses on the activity in the areas proposed by the Turkmen government, such as macro-economic statistics, development of financial and private sectors.

    The second component is a set of strategic analytical research conducted by the World Bank in the areas of economic diversification, investment climate, privatization, as well as issues related to the country's accession to the WTO.

    Turkmenistan joined the World Bank in September 1992. The bank opened its representative office in Ashgabat in 1996.

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  • Vugar Hashimov memorial kicks off in Baku
    25.07.2014 16:12
    An international Under-12 chess tournament commemorating Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov has started in Baku.

    Participants in the opening ceremony included Vice-Presidents of Azerbaijan Chess Federation Mahir Mammadov and Faig Hasanov, and vice president of Georgian Chess Federation Zurab Azmayparashvili.

    The tournament brings together players from Azerbaijan, Russia, France, Georgia, Turkey, Iran and other countries.

    The memorial will feature nine rounds, with the winner qualifying for the European chess championship due to take place in Batumi, Georgia.

    The runner-up will earn the right to compete in the Baku Open, while the bronze medal winner will book a spot in the Nakhchivan Open tournament.
  • Facebookв's Q2 earnings send stock to all time high
    25.07.2014 16:07
    Facebook stock reached an all time high on Wednesday, topping $75 a share after the company's Q2 earnings report beat analyst expectations.

    The social media giant reported $2.9 billion in revenue, surpassing projections of $2.8 billion by analysts. The company also posted $791 million in net income - an increase of 61% compared to the same period last year. Facebook has now beaten analyst estimates on earnings for the past nine quarters. Earnings per share came in at 42 cents, $.10 over analyst projections.

    The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company impressed investors with its mobile revenue in particular. The $2.7 billion in earnings from mobile advertising represented 62% of the company's overall ad revenue, up from 59% the previous quarter and 41% this time last year.

    Facebook also reported encouraging numbers on mobile usage. The company now has 1.07 million active monthly mobile users, up from 1.01 million the quarter before. Together, these revelations should alleviate the concerns about a declining user base, especially among the sought after 13-17 year old and 18-25 year old demographics, which surfaced towards the end of last year.

    Overall user numbers also impressed, with the service adding 40 million new monthly active users, increasing the size of the social network to 1.32 billion - nearly one fifth of the world's population.

    Facebook's future success depends on its advertising, and the social media platform is looking to gain an edge over its main competitor Google. This has led the company to explore new ways of delivering corporate sponsored content. In a conference call, COO Sheryl Sandberg addressed this month's acquisition of LiveRail, the world's third-biggest video ad platform Facebook purchased for as much as $500 million. "We have a lot to do here," she said, "but with LiveRail we're investing in tools that can improve the relevance of video ads across the web."

    Meanwhile, the company believes that the more high-profile acquisitions like WhatsApp (which expects to be finalized by the end of the year), Oculus, and Instagram, alongside a number of internally developed tools, make the company well-positioned to continue its growth into the future.
  • Cloudy, gloomy weather to be hot
    25.07.2014 16:06
    Changeable cloudy and rainless weather is going to be infrequently gloomy in Baku and Absheron peninsula on July 26 wind to blow. North-western wind to intensify. The temperature will be 22-26C at night, while and 32-37C in the noon. Sea water temperature in Absheron beaches will be 25-28C.

    No precipitation and western wind are what forecasted in Azerbaijani regions. The temperature will be 20-25C at night and 33-38 and in the noon, while 12-17C in mountains at night and 23-28C in the noon.

  • 43 persons instituted criminal proceedings over corruption in Armed Forces
    25.07.2014 15:59
    The investigation of 30 criminal cases on 43 persons, charged with corruption in the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, have been completed.

    The results were sent to the military courts for consideration, Azerbaijan's Military Prosecutor, Lieutenant-General Khanlar Valiyev said at the meeting of the Republic Military Prosecutor's Office dedicated to the outcomes of the first half of 2014 and objectives for the future, APA reports.

    Valiyev said the military prosecutor's office, taking necessary anti-corruption measures, completed the investigation of 30 criminal cases on 43 persons and sent them to military courts for consideration, up 37% from previous year.

    Valiyev said the prosecutor's office bears more responsibility for fulfillment of tasks set by the Azerbaijani president to fight against corruption and strengthen public control.

    Valiyev also noted that military prosecuting agencies have provided reimbursement of 90.7% of financial loss of legal entities and individuals incurred from crimes.

    In the first half of 2014, a lot of grave, complicated crimes were revealed by prosecuting agencies and investigation of several crimes were completed, and control were strengthened over the improvement of initial investigation, exact compliance with requirements of valid crime-procedural legislation.

    During the reporting period, investigation on several crimes related to misappropriation of state-owned property has been completed and perpetrators were instituted criminal proceedings. 21 persons were detained and brought to investigation.
  • Azerbaijanв's film ''Nabat'' to be shown in Venice festival
    25.07.2014 15:56
    The Azerbaijani film "Nabat" shot by director Elchin Musaoglu at the Jafar Jabbarli Studio will be shown at the 71st International Venice Festival to run August 27 through September 6.

    The film will be demonstrated within the "Orrizonti" (Horizons) out-of-competition program.

    Starring are Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Vidadi Aliyev, Sabir Mammadov and Farhad Israfilov.

    The Festival involves 16 film directors, including Azerbaijani Elchin Musaoglu.

    The Festival programs are said to demonstrate new documentary and feature films with new tendencies.
  • Air Algerie wreckage found in Mali - Burkina Faso army
    25.07.2014 15:55
    The wreck of an Air Algerie plane that went missing with 110 passengers on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, according to a coordinator for the crisis unit in Ouagadougou.

    "We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located ... 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border" in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere from the Burkina Faso army.

    Mr Diendere said the team found the burned out carcass of the plane where the informers had said it might be. They had not found any survivors at the crash site but that, as darkness was falling, they were unable to investigate whether or not there were any who may have been rescued locally.

    "The mission found, on the site, pieces of the plane, this team found on the site, sadly, remains of dead bodies. We were not able to evaluate exactly what is the situation as night began to fall and this team has confirmed that it has seen the remains of the plane, totally burned out and scattered on the ground," he said.

    There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft.

    Burkino Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said it asked to change route at 2.38am Irish time because of a storm in the area.

    "I can confirm that it has crashed," the Algerian official told Reuters, declining to be identified or give any details about what had happened to the aircraft on its way north.

    Almost half of the passengers were French citizens, an airline official said.

    Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight.

    France's aviation watchdog said this afternoon that the jet was checked "two or three days ago" and was "in good condition", France's aviation watchdog said.

    Patrick Gandil, head of the French civil aviation authority, said the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 "passed through France in Marseille two or three days ago.

    "We examined it and we found almost nothing, it was really in good condition," Mr Gandil said.

    Algeria's state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane's fate.

    Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.
  • US scientists to map interior of mount St. Helens Volcano
    25.07.2014 15:55
    A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state's Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in U.S. history.

    Mount St. Helens, about 95 miles (150 km) south of Seattle and 50 miles (80 km) north of Portland, erupted in an explosion of hot ash in May 1980, spewing debris over a wide area, killing 57 people and causing more than a billion dollars in damage.

    Scientists from across the United States are trying to get a better handle on the magma stores and internal workings of the 8,300-foot (2,530-meter) volcano to improve warning systems prior to eruption.

    "Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range threaten urban centers from Vancouver to Portland," lead scientist Alan Levander of Rice University in Houston said in a statement.

    Residents living near Mount St. Helens were unlikely to feel the shots because of their depth, but their insertion approximates a magnitude 2 earthquake, scientists said.

    In May, the U.S. Geological Survey said that magma levels were slowly rebuilding inside Mount St. Helens, but there was no sign of an impending eruption
  • Action of voluntary and free donors in Baku
    25.07.2014 15:46
    The action involved 105 people.

    The Central Blood Bank, the Association of blood donors and Thalassemia Federation of Azerbaijan held share of voluntary and unpaid donation in the shopping center "Park Avenue".

    Oxu.Az reports citing SalamNews that the action involved 105 people. The blood will be collected free of charge for the treatment of patients with hereditary blood disease starting from tomorrow.

    The hot weather and the onset of the holy month of Ramadan seriously affected the blood donors. Currently, the Central Bank of the blood and other hospitals have a shortage of blood.

    For this reason, in order to eliminate a temporary lack of blood, the blood donation campaign is held.
  • Ebola doctor contracts the virus
    25.07.2014 15:40
    A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country's Ministry of Health.

    Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres -- also known as Doctors Without Borders -- in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, Tim Shenk, an agency spokesman, told CNN.

    Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of the capital Freetown.

    Citing patient confidentiality, Shenk declined to provide additional details about Khan's condition. The Ministry of Health took to Facebook to deny reports the doctor had died.

    The ministry "wishes the general public and all partners working in the healthcare sector to know that . ... Khan is still alive and responding to treatment contrary to social media report of his demise," according to a Facebook post.
  • French President says no survivors of Air Algerie crash
    25.07.2014 15:31
    French President FranСЃois Hollande said there were no survivors found at the site of the Air Algerie crash in Northern Mali, adding that French troops dispatched to the scene had recovered one of the jetliner's black boxes, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    "There are, alas, no survivors," Mr. Hollande somberly told reporters on the steps of the Г‰lysГ©e Palace. The French leader added that it was too soon to determine what caused the crash, but added that poor weather was one of the factors being considered. France's transport secretary has ruled out a surface-to-air missile as a cause.

    The location of one of the black boxes is a sign the recovery effort is proceeding swiftly after peasants found the plane's wreckage overnight near the town of Gossi, not far from the northern Malian city of Gao. France dispatched a drone to verify the wreckage before deploying dozens of soldiers, army spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron said Friday morning.

    Mr. Hollande said the debris from the crash was "concentrated" in one area, adding that French troops had secured the site.

    The flight carrying at least 116 people crashed on Thursday in a region that has been beset by Islamist insurgents for more than a year.

    France maintains a large military presence in the country after having sent thousands of troops to Mali in early 2013 to scatter the insurgents.

    Concern over the protection of the crash site is particularly heightened after a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine, an area held by rebels fighting the Ukrainian military. The crash in Ukraine was dogged by reports of looting, and the bodies of victims were left to languish in the heat for days as rebels restricted access to the wreckage.

    On Friday, the French presidency said the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight had been "clearly identified despite its disintegrated state."

    French troops deployed to the Air Algerie wreckage were searching for the black boxes so that investigators can start to identify what caused the accident, French Transportation Secretary of State FrГ©dГ©ric Cuvillier said Friday on French TV.

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  • ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq
    25.07.2014 15:31
    Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.

    The tomb was inside a Sunni mosque called the Mosque of the Prophet Younis.

    ISIS is waging war against the Iraqi government and has taken over several cities. It is seeking to create an Islamic caliphate that encompasses parts of Iraq and Syria and has begun imposing Sharia law in the towns it controls.

    The group has threatened to destroy any shrine it deems un-Islamic.

    Christian families fled Mosul this month after the al Qaeda splinter group issued an ultimatum to Iraqi Christians living there: either convert to Islam, pay a fine or face "death by the sword". ISIS has blown up several Sunni holy sites in the last few weeks in Mosul.

    Last month, it destroyed seven Shiite places of worship in the predominantly Shiite Turkmen city of Tal Afar, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Mosul, Human Rights Watch has reported, citing local sources.

    The explosion at the tomb happened the same day eight people were killed and two others were wounded when Iraqi fighter jets bombed a store in the al-Dubat neighborhood, according to Dr. Mohammed Fadel, the director of Mosul's main hospital.

    In central Baghdad, two car bombs exploded on a busy commercial street in the Karrada district. At least four people were killed and 14 others were wounded, police officials in the capital said.
  • Iran to convert 1.5 tonnes of 2 percent enriched uranium to oxide power
    25.07.2014 15:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran has 1.5 tonnes of under 2 percent enriched uranium which it will convert to oxide powder according to the latest agreement with P5 1, head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi announced.

    Commenting on details of the Iran-P5 1's 18 July agreement, Salehi said that the country has agreed to convert its 0.8 to 1.8 percent enriched uranium- waste product from enrichment - to oxide powder, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on July 25.

    He went on to add that the mentioned storage is mainly less than 1 percent enriched uranium.

    The official also emphasized that he will not unveil more details on the issue.

    Iran and the P5 1(five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) agreed to extend their nuclear negotiations for another four months until November 24 after failing to meet the July 20 deadline to reach a deal on curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for ending sanctions.

    Under the extension agreement the U.S. will give Tehran access over the next four months to an additional $2.8 billion in oil export revenues frozen abroad by the U.S. sanctions in four stages of $500 million and two stages of $400 million.

    In return, Iran besides diluting the mentioned stock of 2 percent enriched uranium will convert a quarter of its stockpile of 20 percent-enriched uranium oxide, 25 kilograms, into fuel plates, which would make it almost impossible to convert it back into gas that could be further enriched to weapons grade.

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

    Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

    The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

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  • New deputy chairman of Turkmenistanв's oil concern appointed
    25.07.2014 15:26
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 25

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Dovletdurdy Hajiyev has been appointed the deputy chairman of Turkmenistan's Turkmennebit (Turkmenoil) state concern in accordance with the decree of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    The activity of Turkmennebit state concern covers over 600 oil, oil and gas and gas fields that are at different stages of development. The fields that have been recently developed, include Chekishler, Garadurun, South Kamyshlyja, Nebitlije located in the west of the country.

    During the years of independence, the concern has managed to increase oil production from five million tons to eight million tons per year, while the annual gas production has reached 11.600 billion cubic meters.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Van Gaal very similar to Ferguson, says Giggs
    25.07.2014 15:25
    Ryan Giggs says that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal shares a similar aura to Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The Dutchman took charge of the Red Devils for the first time on Thursday, overseeing a 7-0 pre-season friendly win over LA Galaxy.

    Van Gaal has famously won titles with Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona during his coaching career and Giggs is not surprised at his vast success.

    "Yes, I do see similarities [with Ferguson]," the Welshman told reporters. "They both have an aura about them but that comes from the success they have had.

    "They demand that the players respond and they demand respect. In the short space of time I have worked with Louis, you can see why he has been a success. He is infectious."

    Giggs also revealed Van Gaal's meticulous planning and believes that the players are looking forward to making up for last season's disappointing campaign.

    "He wants everything right from the first minute of training to the last," he added. "Everything we are working from is the blueprint he sent over from the World Cup, every minute of every session is laid down.

    "Just everything he does is clear and everyone gets it straight away. He has a unique way of putting it over and itв's brilliant to see.

    "It's quite simple but, if you make a mistake, he will tell you and, if you do something good, he will tell you. He makes no bones about who you are.

    "I'm sure [the players] can't wait to get onto Old Trafford and produce the form they are all capable of."

  • Road terror in Azerbaijan: 10 people dead per night
    25.07.2014 15:25
    10 people died in accidents which occurred in Azerbaijan last night.

    According to, reports with reference to the Main State Traffic Police Office that 20 accidents were registered during the day. As a result, 10 people died and 21 received various injuries.

    The most serious accidents occurred in Ujar and Tartar districts. Collision of two cars in Ujar led to the death of brother and sister. The overturned "Mercedes" caused the death to the driver and passenger of the car.

    In addition, pedestrians became the victims of cars moving at high speed in Khazar and Sabunchu districts of Baku.

    Also a fatal accident occurred in Tovuz, Lankaran, Absheron and Shamakhi areas.
  • FAO calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation
    25.07.2014 15:21
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.

    "Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production," Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, said in a news release issued today.

    "Without soils we cannot sustain life on earth and where soil is lost it cannot be renewed on a human timeline. The current escalating rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity of future generations to meet their needs."

    Government officials and experts are meeting today in Rome for a three-day meeting of the Global Soil Partnership - which brings together a broad range of stakeholders stressing the need for governments to preserve soil. Under its Global Plans of Action, leaders have endorsed a series of measures to safeguard soil resources through strong regulation and investment.

    "We need commitments from countries and civil society to put the plan into reality. This requires political will and investments to save the precious soil resources our food production systems depend on," Ms. Semedo said.

    Experts at the conference warn that some 33 per cent of world soil is already moderately to highly degraded due to erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, urbanization, and chemical pollution.

    And the growing global population - which is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, resulting in a 60 per cent increase in the demand for food, feed and fibre - will put an even greater strain on land resources.

    Soil represents at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and plays a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and drought. Plant and animal life depend on primary nutrient recycling through soil processes.

    Some parts of Africa and South America do offer a scope of agriculture expansion. In that regard, innovative technologies and inclusive policies must empower local communities to protect their land resources, FAO says. The sustainable management of soil will also have positive impact on climate change through carbon sequestration and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Progress is in the works, FAO noted. A global soil information system is planned to measure progress made and the status of soil resources. Considering that awareness-raising and education on soil is much needed, a special programme for capacity development is also being implemented.

    In addition, the first ever Status of World Soil Resources Report is set to be launched on 5 December 2015 - recently designated UN World Soil Day. The UN has also declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils to shine the international spotlight on the challenges.
  • Anar Mammadov: We hope to popularise golf at all levels
    25.07.2014 15:19
    The Challenge Tour is the second tier men's professional golf tour in Europe.

    It is operated by the PGA European Tour and as with on the main European Tour and the European Seniors Tour, some of the events are played outside of Europe. World ranking points are awarded for high finishes in Challenge Tour events. Most Challenge Tour events give 12 OWGR points to the winner, with those co-sanctioned by the European Tour earning 18 points. The Challenge Tour Grand Final gives 16 points to the winner.

    The tour was introduced in 1986 and was initially called the Satellite Tour. The Order of Merit was introduced in 1989, with the top five players on it winning membership of the European Tour for the following season. The following year the tour was renamed the Challenge Tour. Up to 1993 the Challenge Tour Rankings were based on each players' best several results, but since 1994 it has been a straightforward money list, with all results counting. In 2008 the total prize fund was euro;6,017,393.

    Players who are successful on the Challenge Tour qualify for membership of the European Tour the following year. Fifteen players earn direct promotion to the European Tour. Players finishing 16-45 may also gain qualification for occasional low-prize money European Tour Events, but can improve their status through European Tour Qualifying School. Players who win three Challenge Tour events in a season are fast-tracked onto the main tour immediately, similar to the "battlefield promotion" of the US-based Tour.

    One competitive level down from the Challenge Tour are four third-level developmental toursmdash;the Alps Tour, the EPD Tour, the PGA EuroPro Tour and the Nordic League, each of which is based in a different region of Europe. These circuits are now collectively known as the Satellite Tour. Each season the top five players from the Order of Merit of each of these tours wins a place on the Challenge Tour for the following season. The Challenge Tour also has an annual qualifying school.

    The European Challenge Tour will once again be growing golf around the world when the inaugural Azerbaijan Open Challenge marks the first professional golf tournament held in the country, which lies south of Russia next to the Caspian sea.

    The addition of the euro;300,000 tournament, which will be held at National Azerbaijan Golf Club, in Quba, from July 31-August 3, means that the Challenge Tour schedule is now one of the strongest, most lucrative and far-reaching in its 26-year history.

    Built as the headquarters for the Azerbaijan Golf Federation, the 7,011 yard layout takes advantage of the rugged, natural terrain, and boasts breath-taking views of the nearby hills and mountains due to numerous natural changes in elevation.

    Designed by Jon Hunt of the International Design Group, National Azerbaijan Golf Club uses undulating fairways and deep bunkers to create a unique rugged look, with the final two holes played alongside a lake that should provide a spectacular finish.

    Anar Z. Mammadov, President of the Azerbaijan Golf Federation, said: "Golf is new to Azerbaijan, so we hope to popularise it at all levels. In this regard, the implementation of a major tournament as part of the European Challenge Tour is extremely important for the country.

    "With the support of the professional and qualified staff at National Azerbaijan Golf Club, we are sure that the players competing in this event will enjoy the golf course, as well as the tourism infrastructure available within our country.

    "As a result, we are sure that the tournament held in Azerbaijan - the "Land of Fire" - will be one of the brightest pages in Challenge Tour history."

    European golf's second tier has long been breaking new ground around the world as it brings the game to less recognised golfing nations, with this latest event fittingly taking place in the year that marks the tenth anniversary of the hugely successful Kazakhstan Open.

    Kazakhstan, Czech Republic and Norway, among others, have benefited from the pioneering spirit of the tour and developed the professional game in their respective countries to great effect.

    Azerbaijan has now signalled its intention to follow in the footsteps of those nations with the announcement of the tournament, which will benefit from one of the biggest prize funds of the season and is sure to prove crucial for the hopes of the players hoping to earn graduation to The European Tour.

    Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Challenge Tour to Azerbaijan for the first time. It always gives us great pleasure to bring golf to new nations such as this, and it is sure to be a memorable event.

    "The Azerbaijan Golf Federation has already shown great enthusiasm and commitment in making this tournament happen, and we look forward to building a long and fruitful relationship with them in the coming years.

    "As we have seen in Kazakhstan and so many other countries, the Challenge Tour can be extremely important in helping the development of professional golf in less well-known golfing nations, and we hope that the game can now flourish in Azerbaijan with the help of this tournament."
  • TAP issues contract notice for supply of large diameter ball valves
    25.07.2014 15:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Aygun Badalova -Trend:

    Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has issued its next contract notice for the supply of large diameter ball valves, TAP reported on July 25.

    The scope of this Supply Contract will include manufacturing, testing and delivery of large diameter ball valves: approximately 8 of 36 inch (class 900) valves and 46 of 48 inch (class 600) valves. "The potential suppliers need to demonstrate their ability to meet TAP's quality requirements and supply necessary volumes in accordance with the pipeline's development schedule," TAP's report said.

    The current pre-qualification is the fifth announced by TAP since May this year.

    Subsequent contract notices to be issued by TAP will include the pre-qualification of companies supplying steel line pipes for the onshore sections of TAP, followed by pre-qualification of companies, providing offshore pipeline construction services.

    The TAP project was selected by the consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development as the transportation route to the European markets.

    The long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

    Construction of the pipeline is planned to start in 2016. The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 10 billion cubic meters per year, but it can easily be expanded to 20 billion cubic meters per year.

    TAP's shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (16 percent), Total (10 percent), E.ON (9 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).

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  • WHO calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded
    25.07.2014 15:01
    The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines, Reuters reported.

    In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip.

    had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched air strikes, followed by a ground invasion.

    "WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines. The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care."

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  • Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
    25.07.2014 15:00
    Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, while ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and center of the territory, Palestinian officials said.

    The Israeli military confirmed dozens of sites were hit, including what it said were Hamas command posts, but did not elaborate, AP reported

    With the current round of fighting entering its 18th day, Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later Friday to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire.

    One plan calls for a five-day humanitarian truce during which Israel and Hamas would negotiate new border arrangements for blockaded Gaza, said Hana Amireh, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official in the West Bank, who is involved in cease-fire efforts.

    Hamas has said it will not halt fire without international guarantees that Egypt and Israel will open Gaza's border crossings and end their seven-year-old border blockade. Israel and Egypt are reluctant to ease the blockade, fearing this will enable Hamas to tighten its grip on Gaza.

    Israeli media reported that the military also wants more time to continue destroying rocket sites and tunnels from Gaza into Israel that Hamas has used to launch attacks. The military has found 31 tunnels but only destroyed about one-third of them so far.

    In Jerusalem, meanwhile, thousands of Israeli security forces were deployed for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

    The night before, thousands of Palestinians protesting the Gaza fighting clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. One Palestinian was killed and dozens were wounded, according to Palestinian medical officials.

    In Gaza, the death toll soared to 808, after 115 Palestinians were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest days of fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Palestinian health official. Thirty-four Israelis, among them 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker have been killed since July 8.

    Early Friday, Israeli warplanes struck 30 houses throughout the Gaza Strip, including the home of Salah Hassanein, a leader of the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza after Hamas.

    Hassanein and two of his sons were killed in the strike, said Gaza police spokesman Ayman Batniji and al-Kidra.

    Over the past two weeks, Israeli aircraft have repeatedly hit homes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders. Most had gone into hiding, but the strikes killed a leader of an Islamic Jihad rocket squad, a Hamas commander and a son of senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Haya, according to the Israeli military.

    Such strikes have also claimed the lives of a large number of civilians. A Gaza human rights group said earlier this week that close to 500 homes have been damaged or destroyed in direct hits from the air, and that more than 320 people have been killed in their homes as a result of military strikes.

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  • Measures taken to prevent fake labelled NK goods export
    25.07.2014 15:00
    ''Azerbaijani diplomats are instructed to act preventively''.

    The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry is taking necessary measures to prevent illegal economic activities of Armenia in the country's occupied territories and export of fake-labeled products made in those territories to CIS countries and EU market, head of department at the Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev told APA.

    He noted that Azerbaijani diplomats are instructed to raise a question before the countries that they were accredited and the international organizations, as well as act preventively if such cases are observed.

    "Unfortunately, we must emphasize that Armenia, disrespecting international legal principles, roughly violates its obligations and bilateral agreements within WTO and misguides importers and consumers by giving false information about the origin of products", he added.

    He also said that the questions of illegal economic activities in Azerbaijan's occupied territories, export of products made in those territories, allowance to cooperation with so-called regime are and will be regularly raised at meetings of Azerbaijan's joint commissions with other countries.
  • Armenia violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 52 times on July 24
    25.07.2014 14:56
    Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 52 times in different locations of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on July 25.

    Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani side at the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the villages of Farahli and Qizilhajili of Gazakh region from the positions, located in the Shavarshavan village of Armenia's Noyemberyan region and Berkaber village of Ijevan region and at the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Aghdam of Tovuz region, from the Mosesgeh village of Armenia's Berd region.

    Azerbaijani Armed Forces also took fire from the positions located near the Ashagi Seyidahmedli, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Abdurrahmali, Garakhanbeyli and Horadiz villages of Fizuli region, Yusifjanly, Bash Gervend of Aghdam region, Chilabort of Terter region, Mehdili of Jabrayil region and at the nameless heights in the territory of Khojavend region.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

  • Russia to get familiarized with national Azerbaijani costumes
    25.07.2014 14:49
    By AzerNews

    National costume of Azerbaijani women will be presented at a competition in Saransk, Mordovia.

    The event will be held at the National Theatre of Mordovia on August 25, the Russian media reported.

    The competition will also present national costume of Russian, Tatar, Mordovians, Ukrainians, Jews, and Cossacks women.

    "We want people to know their roots, culture, history, and get familiar with the culture of other nationalities living near us. This strengthens friendly relations among people of different nations," one of the organizers of the event Alsu Myakusheva said.

    The competition accepts both individual and collective works of designers of all age groups. The jury will include representative of each of the diasporas, which will make objective the process of evaluation.

    The first three winners will be awarded with golden jewelry, and one more participant will receive a prize for the preservation and usage of the traditions of the national costume. An audience choice award will also be presented.

    Azerbaijan national costume is the result of long processes involved in the development of the nation's material and intellectual culture, which reflects history and specific features of it.

    Some twelve stages can be identified in the formation of Azerbaijani national costume. Each stage saw further development and improvement, corresponding to changing tastes and living conditions.

    Back in centuries, women tend to choose the costume style appropriate to the family status and the age. The costume of a maiden differed noticeably from that of a married woman. Young women wore attractive garments.

    The national costume was basically the same in all historical ethnographic zones of Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan women's dress of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century consisted of lower and top dresses. The top wear consisted of top shoulder and belt wears. Women's top shoulder dress is top shirtdress, back dress and chapkan, a dress consisting of lining and false sleeves.

    In the cities, women wore a veil over skirt when going outside.

    National clothing set included a jewelry created by the local jewelers. Women wore the jewelry in neck, chest, waist, and wrist.
  • Our athletes lose in Armenia
    25.07.2014 14:49
    Our athletes have completed their participation in the European Championships in archery, held in Armenia.

    They failed to reach the final, which will take place today.

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

    According to her, our athletes won the 33rd place among 75 participants.

    Mammadova noted that the participants will return from the Championship today.

    European Championship in archery in the Armenian town of Echmiadzin started on 21 of July. The final will take place today.

    Azerbaijani delegation consists of six athletes, one coach and one representative.
  • WWII Veteran waited 70 years for his medals
    25.07.2014 14:45
    Tony Dв'Abrosca enlisted in the U.S. Army just months before graduating from high school at the height of World War II. He went on to serve almost three years in Japan and the Philippines in the Armyв's 38th Infantry Division.

    After returning to the states, the military told him he would be awarded seven military honors for his courage under fire in the Pacific Theater.

    Dв'Abrosca slowly settled back into life at home and waited for his medals to arrive.

    They never did. Seventy years later, at an event held earlier this week in Rhode Island, Dв'Abrosca was finally presented with the awards he earned for his service decades ago.

    Now 87, Dв'Abrosca said he had been trying off and on for years obtain them, but to no avail. In a twist of fate, the warehouse where the records of recognition were held was severely damaged in a fire about 25 years ago.

    In February, Rhode Island State Rep. Lisa Tomasso learned of Dв'Abroscaв's case and the medals that had never arrived.

    ''He said, 'Youв're my state representative, this is what you can do for me,'' Tomasso said in an interview with ABC News. She worked with the House Veterans Affairs Office and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to secure the medals and coordinate a ceremony.

    In an interview, Dв'Abrosca said was ''kind of shocked'' to learn that he would finally receive the symbol of recognition.

    ''It was out of my mind,'' he said. ''I thought it was a lost cause.''

    Dв'Abroscaв's siblings, children, grandchildren, and his partner Sonia attended the decades-belated ceremony. Tomasso noted that Dв'Abrosca was visibly choked up when presented with the medals. Dв'Abrosca, who volunteers weekly with Meals on Wheels, said he was ''humbled and surprised.''

    ''He thought we were making too much of a fuss about him,'' Tomasso said.

    Dв'Abrasca emphasized that those who died in the war were the ones who deserved more credit. He dedicated his awards to them.

    As it turns out, Dв'Abrascaв's 70-year wait is not unusual.

    ''I found out that there is another member of their family who never received their award and has passed,'' Tomasso said. She said as her next project she will work to get that medal delivered to the family.
  • Seven new ministers of Georgia await parliamentary approval
    25.07.2014 14:44
    Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili sacked five cabinet ministers from his cabinet and re-assigned two ministers into other duties.

    At the Press Conference on July 21, the PM explained that the now former ministers had problems in management, lacked vision and strategy. Gharibashvili added that it had been an historic period for the country with significant events such as signing the Association Agreement with the EU and the recently held local government elections, Georgia Today reports.

    "For the first time in our history we had the second round elections, and we passed this test successfully. It has been confirmed once again that society fully trusts our coalition and our obligation is to justify their trust," said Gharibashvili. "In order to fulfill all the promises and objectives, we need more energy, therefore I made changes in the composition of the government," he added.

    Former ministers claim that it was not clear for them why Gharibashvili was unsatisfied with their activities. Former Minister of Environment, Khatuna Gogaladze who was elected as Vice-President of the governing body of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in June, is among the list of fired ministers. Former Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Elguja Khokrishvili will replace Gogaladze on the position of the Minister of Environment.

    Chairman of Roads Department, Davit Shavliashvili will replace Khokrishvili as a Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure. "Road construction is our priority; we will continue all the projects that have been started," said Shavliashvili.

    The second minister who was moved into another position is the Minister of Correction of Georgia, Sozar Subari, who will replace Davit Darakhvelidze on the position of the Minister for Internally Displaced Persons. The PM announced that former governor of Kvemo Kartli, Giorgi Mghebrishvili will be Minister of Corrections. "My main motivation would be to justify the trust of the Prime Minister," said Mghebrishvili noting that he will continue the implementation of the reform carried out by Subari.

    The government was pleased with the reforms implemented in the agricultural sector, but now former Minister of Agriculture, Shalva Pipia did not meet the expectations of Gharibashvili. He was replaced by his First Deputy Minister Otar Danelia, who was moved from the Ministry of Interior in April and is a trusted ally of Gharibashvili.

    "We will continue the same course that the state took in terms of harmonization of European standards. As you know, there are many projects planned in the framework of the Association Agreement," said Danelia. He said that the Ministry has very qualified staff and they will do everything to maintain and strengthen their European commitments.

    Konstantine Surguladze, the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues was also replaced by his Deputy Minister Gela Dumbadze, who joined the office recently. Dumbadze claims that he knows the Georgian Diaspora well and is ready to tackle the main problems in this field.

    The release of Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, Guram Odisharia was not unexpected. In March former Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili said that he had divided ministers into "Good" and "Very Good" and Odisharia was on the former.

    According to Ivanishvili, Odisharia lacks experience and decision-making qualities, "he is a very good person, very sincere and I have great respect of him, but this is not enough to succeed as a professional," he added.

    Gharibashvili presented Mikheil Giorgadze as Minister of Culture and Monument Protection. Giorgadze is the General Manager at Eastern Promotion, Member of the Board of Directors of the Concert Hall, a General Producer at Public Broadcasting, Art Management Consultant at the London BPR Production and he is the adviser to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Department of Economics.

    The PM said that Giorgiadze has extensive contacts abroad, which will contribute to the popularization of Georgian culture outside its borders.

    Giorgadze said that this offer was unexpected, but he believes that he has enough experience with his team to make the Ministry more active. "I think that the Ministry has, so far, been rather passive," he said.

    President Giorgi Margvelashvili approved the new cabinet, all seven newly appointed ministers are now waiting for the parliament to consider the new cabinet and vote within seven days.гЂЂ

    MPs from the majority praised the changes, but the minority MPs were unhappy with the new cabinet and claimed that the reshuffle will not change the socio-economic situation in Georgia.
  • Website of Austrian FC Red Bull Salzburg highlights progress of Azerbaijani FC Garabagh
    25.07.2014 14:36
    "FC Red Bull Salzburg's opponents in the third qualifying round of the Champions League are FC Garabagh. The team from Azerbaijan won their second leg 4-0 against Valletta from Malta and are in the next round with a 5-0 aggregate win," Austrian FC Red Bull Salzburg has said on its website.

    "Adi Hütter, the Red Bulls' coach, was at the game and says: "Qarabag have a very good team with some particularly exceptional foreign players. Additionally we expect some very fanatical and highly passionate fans. We need to go into the two legs with full concentration."

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

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

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

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

    The match dates are Wednesday 30 July and Wednesday 6 August. The kick-off time of the second leg in Salzburg will be confirmed this week," the website says.
  • Azerbaijan abolishes regional education departments
    25.07.2014 14:35
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has earlier signed a decree on the establishment of the country's regional departments of education.

    The official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan reports that according to presidential decree, 15 regional offices of education based on existing regional education departments will be established.

    According to the order, the regional department of education will be created in Sumgait, Khachmaz, Oguz, Ismailli, Balakan, Agstafa, Shamkir, Ganja, Yevlakh, Tartar, Ujar, Sabirabad, Salyan, Masalli, Astara on the basis of 62 regional education departments.

    Meanwhile, it is reported that the Ministry of Education has established a working group to carry out this order.
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