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01.02.2013 09:29
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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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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the President and the Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Unions
    22.10.2014 13:18
    Baku, October 22, AzerTAcPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the General Confederation of Trade Unions and vice-president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov and Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Uni...
  • German FM to visit Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 13:03
    will visit Azerbaijan on October 23, APA reports quoting Agence France-Press.As part of the visit, Steinmeier is expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.The German FM will then pay a visit to Yerevan to meet Armenian officials.It is reported th...
  • California Governor thanks Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 11:25
    Washington, October 22, AzerTAc.The Governor of California Edmund "Jerry" Brown has issued a congratulatory message as the famous Azerbaijani ballet "Seven Beauties" was performed on October 11, 2014 in San Diego, California. Sponsored by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and presente...
  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    22.10.2014 10:13
    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.In general, they fired at our positions 13 times within a day.Oxu.Az reports with reference to the news service for the Defense Ministry that yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at the positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan fr...
  • Azerbaijan, Qatar sign cooperation agreement
    22.10.2014 09:53
    Azerbaijan's ministers of emergency situations and interior affairs are on a visit to Qatar.An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Emergency Situations Kemaleddin Heydarov and Interior Minister Ramil Usubov is on a visit to Qatar to attend the Qatari Interior Ministry's 10th Internatio...
  • Baku hosts conference on green economy, energy efficiency and environment kicks off in Baku
    21.10.2014 21:50
    Baku, October 21, AzerTAcA conference on green economy, energy efficiency and environment has been held in Baku.In her opening remarks, rector of Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction Gulchohra Mammadova said the conference aimed to promote the use of traditional and non-traditional...
  • Baku hosts 61st meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states
    21.10.2014 16:41
    Baku, October 21, AzerTAcThe 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states has today started in Baku.The agenda of the meeting includes implementation of decisions adopted during the 60th meeting of the Council, results of railway network operations during the 9 mon...
  • Azerbaijani Deputy PM meets OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku
    21.10.2014 16:25
    Baku, October 21, AzerTAcAzerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov has met OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku Alexis Chahtahtinsky.The Deputy Premier thanked OSCE for holding projects jointly with various state bodies of Azerbaijan. He...
  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
    21.10.2014 15:15
    Baku, October 21, AzerTAcPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius.During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the current state of Azerbaijan-Lithuania relation...
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  • Turkey in intense talks with Qatar over regional turmoil
    22.10.2014 14:24
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    Qatar and Turkey are engaging in intense talks amid critical developments in the region regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), with both countries part of the U.S.-led coalition against the group.

    Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani in Doha OCt. 22, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "Issues of security cooperation between the two countries and enhancing coordination between ministries" were discussed at the meeting, Anadolu Agency quoted diplomatic sources as saying, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The visit comes after President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan met Qatari Defense Minister Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah in Turkey on Oct. 20. Al-Attiyah also met with Gen. Necdet Özel, the head of Turkey's armed forces.

    As al-Attiyah was having talks in Ankara, Turkish Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Abdullah Atay met with the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Oct. 20.

    The two countries are on the same page on a number of international issues, such as the Syrian crises and recent political developments in Egypt, Libya and Jordan

    Turkey and Qatar have been vocal supporters of the Syrian opposition and have been heavily engaged in efforts to coordinate the fragmented Sunni-majority Syrian rebels. The two states contributed jointly to the formation of the Syrian opposition's civilian wing, the Syrian National Council, and its military wing, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

    Both countries have also been criticized for supporting the al-Nusra Front, the majority of whose militants later joined the ranks of ISIL.

    The Qatar-Turkey line has occasionally deviated from the U.S.-Saudi approach in restructuring the opposition like the Syrian National Coalition and FSA into the Higher Military Council.

    Meanwhile, Turkey has been reluctant to take a decisive military role in the anti-ISIL collation led by the U.S., while Qatar is similarly hesitant to conduct airstrikes against ISIL militants, merely providing air surveillance. As part of the coalition's efforts, Turkey has agreed to train Syrian rebels within its territory.

    Known as strong supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region, Qatar and Turkey have each given sanctuary to Egyptian members of the Brotherhood after they were ousted from power in 2013.

    The two countries' support for the Muslim Brotherhood has strained their ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Governor of Astrakhan Region of Russia
    22.10.2014 14:15
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Governor of Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Zhilkin.

    During the meeting, the sides noted that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation have been developing successfully on all fronts, and expressed their satisfaction with the expansion of Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the federal subjects of Russia, including Astrakhan Region. It was noted that the 4th summit of the heads of state of Caspian littoral states recently held in Astrakhan contributed to the development of ties among these countries.

    Governor Aleksandr Zhilkin hailed projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Astrakhan, saying these projects were welcomed by people of the region with great sympathy.

    The parties also exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation.
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  • Taner Yildiz: ''Turkey will abandon ''take or pay'' principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year
    22.10.2014 13:51
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    Baku. Agshin RafiqoДџlu - APA-Economics. Turkey will abandon "take or pay" principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year, said the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz in his interview to NTV channel.

    According to him, Turkey put an end to "take or pay" principle from Russia last year: "Turkey will abandon this principle with Iran at the end of this year, with Azerbaijan from next year. We pay for gas that we don't buy. Advances of these payments are our citizens' money. I think we will solve this".

    Turkey buys gas from Iran for $490 per 1,000 cubic meters, from Azerbaijan for $335 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    Russia sells gas to Turkey for $425 per 1,000 cm.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the President and the Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Unions
    22.10.2014 13:18
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the General Confederation of Trade Unions and vice-president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov and Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Unions Vladimir Shcherbakov.

    During the meeting, the sides stressed the importance of the Baku meeting of the Executive Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions in terms of international cooperation. It was noted that Azerbaijan maintained successful cooperation with the General Confederation of Trade Unions and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

    The parties discussed cooperation prospects.
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  • German FM to visit Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 13:03
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    will visit Azerbaijan on October 23, APA reports quoting Agence France-Press.

    As part of the visit, Steinmeier is expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

    The German FM will then pay a visit to Yerevan to meet Armenian officials.

    It is reported that Steinmeier plans to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its possible solutions with Azerbaijani and Armenian officials.

    Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry told APA that German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be on an official visit to Azerbaijan on October 22-23. He is scheduled to meet with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.

    Following the meeting, the FMs will hold a joint press conference.
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  • Azerbaijanв's Shamkir, Lithuaniaв's Siauliai become sister cities
    22.10.2014 12:54
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    Azerbaijanв's Shamkir, Lithuaniaв's Siauliai have become sister cities.

    On October 22, a protocol of intention on sister partnership was signed by Head of the Shamkir District Executive Authority Alimpasha Mammadov and Justinas Sartauskas, Mayor of Siauliai, APA's western bureau reports.

    It was noted during the signing ceremony that the establishment and development of bilateral economic and cultural relations between the regions will also expand relations between the two countries. The protocol signed between Shamkir and Siauliai will contribute to this process.

    The protocol of intention envisages the establishment of mutual relations between Shamkir and Siauliai and the implementation of a number of projects in economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
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  • Ebola not threatening Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 12:44
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The Ebola scare is still threatening the world. The world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed over 4,500 people so far with more than 9,000 people infected.

    To cope with the virus, Azerbaijan has strengthened quarantine controls on border crossing points (BCP), the State Customs Committee said.

    The State Committee noted that preventive measures have already been taken on the national border checkpoints.

    To this end, some special seminars have already been held for staff of the border checkpoints. Moreover, the borders' staff use special device - thermovisor- to determine the temperature of the human body.

    The centers have adopted special medical examinations for persons passing through the borders. Special brochures about Ebola virus compiled by sanitary quarantine inspection of the Azerbaijan's Health Ministry are distributed among people passing through borders.

    Also, the fact that such products as banana and coffee are imported from African countries creates deep doubt among Azerbaijani population.

    However, officials assure that penetration of this dangerous disease into the country via imported goods is impossible.

    The Head of the Toxicology Control Laboratory of the State Phytosanitary Supervision Service under the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry, Yagub Ibrahimov, stressed that Ebola virus could not penetrate into Azerbaijan via imported bananas or coffee.

    He said that the laboratory of poisoning control carefully checks imported bananas. If the bananas do not meet certain standards, they won't be allowed to enter the country.

    The dangerous disease spreads only via direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people.

    The incubation period of Ebola is maximum 21 days. People are infectious until their blood and secretions contain viruses, which lasts up to 60 days.

    To protect yourself against the disease, it is necessary to observe personal hygiene.

    Recently, WHO established the list of countries, which urgently should approve the national response plan in case of Ebola's penetration into their territory.

    Some 14 countries have been included in the list, which have a common state border with the countries that are experiencing an epidemic and a high level of migration flows.
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  • ICRC comments on Armeniaв's intention to hold trial of Azerbaijani hostages
    22.10.2014 12:43
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    The International Committee of the Red Cross responded to the question on the Azerbaijanis, taken hostages by the Armenians in Kalbajar.

    The ICRC is aware of the upcoming trial of the Azerbaijanis, who are being kept in Nagorno Karabakh, spokesperson for the ICRC Baku Office Ilaha Huseynova told APA.

    "The International Committee of the Red Cross regularly visits these people and help them communicating with their families. According to the Geneva Convention, a part of international humanitarian law, the detainees should be treated humanely. International humanitarian law doesn't prevent defendants from standing trial. International humanitarian law always requires the observance of legal safeguards regarding the trial," she said.

    Huseynova also said the ICRC isn't a source of information about judicial proceedings.

    Note that, in July of this year, Russian citizen Dilgam Asgarov and Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev were taken hostage and another Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was shot to death by the Armenian servicemen while trying to visit their homeland in Kalbajar.

    Hasan Hasanov's body was taken from the enemy and buried in Baku.

    According to Armenian media reports, Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev will appear before the court in Khankendi on October 27.
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  • Date and agenda of Azerbaijani Parliamentв's next meeting made public
    22.10.2014 12:29
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    On October 28, the Azerbaijani Parliament will hold its next meeting to discuss 21 issues, parliamentary spokesman Akif Tavakkuloghlu told APA.

    The agenda of the meeting includes draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code, the Code of Administrative Offences, the Customs Code, including the laws "On police", "On food products", "On grant", "On state duty", "On banks", "On drug treatment service and control" and others.
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  • Baku State University, Polytechnic University of Tirana sign memorandum of cooperation
    22.10.2014 12:25
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    The Baku State University (BSU) and the Polytechnic University of Tirana have signed a memorandum of cooperation as an Albanian delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament Ilir Meta visited BSU.

    The memorandum was inked by BSU Rector Abel Maharramov and rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana Jorgaq Kacani.

    Speaking prior to the signing of the document, Mr. Maharramov said the government of Azerbaijan attached particular importance to developing education and science. "A large number of Azerbaijanis have been sent to leading foreign universities under the 2007-2015 state program for the education of Azerbaijani youth abroad."

    The rector highlighted the activities and foreign relations of the Baku State University.

    Albanian Speaker Meta stressed the importance of his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. He said Albania was interested in expanding its relationship with Azerbaijan. Mr. Meta praised TAP project, saying it was of great importance to Albania. He hailed the signing of the memorandum between BSU and the Polytechnic University of Tirana, expressing hope it will be beneficial for both sides.

    Rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana Kacani highlighted the activities of the higher educational institution.

    The ceremony also saw Mr. Metan presented with a diploma of the Honorary Doctor of the Baku State University.
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  • Malena Mard: We expect that steps taken will contribute to change in status quo
    22.10.2014 11:54
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    ''The upcoming meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Paris is a positive step''.

    "I consider that the meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents that will take place in Paris this month is a positive step," said Head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Malena Mard, APA reports.

    She said that holding such high-level meetings is very important: "We expect that the steps taken will contribute to a change in the status quo."
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  • Russian Express-AM6 Telecoms Satellite put into calculated orbit: Space Agency
    22.10.2014 11:33
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    Russian Express-AM6 telecommunication satellite was put into calculated orbit after its launch on board the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a representative of Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

    "The satellite detached from the Briz-M booster," the agency representative said, specifying that the satellite is now put into calculated orbit, RIA Novosti reports.

    Based on the heavy-class Express-2000 platform, the spacecraft will have an active lifespan of 15 years and carry 11 antennas as well as 72 C-, Ku-, Ka- Рё L-band transponders, according to Russia's Reshetnev Company, which designs and builds Express-series satellites.

    The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to provide a comprehensive range of communications and broadcasting services in the Russian territory.

    This is the second launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket since the major accident that took place in May 2014. Launched from Baikonur, the Proton-M rocket burned up in the atmosphere above China, leaving Russia without its most powerful telecommunications satellite. The investigation has concluded that the crash was caused by a failure of a turbo-pump bearing in the control engine of the rocket's third stage.

    The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. Since its first launch in 2001, Proton has put dozens of Russian and foreign satellites into orbit.
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 13 times within 24 hours
    22.10.2014 11:29
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    Armenian armed forces have broken ceasefire with Azerbaijan 13 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said on Oct.22.

    Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located near the villages of Kuropatkino of the Khojavend district, Tapqaraqoyunlu of the Goranboy district, Qekarkh of the Terter district, as well as the nameless heights of the Fizuli, Goranboy and Khojavend districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • California Governor thanks Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 11:25
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    Washington, October 22, AzerTAc.

    The Governor of California Edmund "Jerry" Brown has issued a congratulatory message as the famous Azerbaijani ballet "Seven Beauties" was performed on October 11, 2014 in San Diego, California. Sponsored by Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and presented by Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Los Angeles, the performance was the premiere of the ballet in the United States.

    In his message, the Governor congratulates Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as the country's Consulate General in Los Angeles on the successful performance of the ballet.

    The Governor writes: "Composed in 1952 by famous Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev, the ballet is based on motifs of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi's Seven Beauties poem, written in 1197. Seven Beauties celebrates ethnic diversity, extols the beauty of other cultures, and praises the wisdom of women."

    Governor Brown concludes his message by thanking the organizers "for bringing the Seven Beauties ballet to the people of California in San Diego."

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
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  • Ebola in America
    22.10.2014 11:03
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    By Abdul El-SayedProfessor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.Until Thomas Eric Duncan brought Ebola into the United States, the disease was largely dismissed as an exotic pestilence of concern mainly to impoverished West Africa, and those who dared to volunteer there. And its transmission to two nurses responsible for Duncan's care - likely resulting from several breaches of medical protocol - has focused intense scrutiny on US preparedness for a possible outbreak. President Barack Obama even announced last week the appointment of an "Ebola Czar" to manage the detection, isolation, and control of the virus in the US.Medical and public health experts had been assuring the public that there was little cause for fear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies were working behind the scenes, painstakingly tracing anyone who may have come into contact with Duncan and quarantining those who might transmit the disease. Transmission in the US was nearly impossible, owing to the strength of the US health system, it was thought.But, as recent events have illustrated, robust health agencies should not be taken for granted. In fact, over the past decade, the government has slashed budgets at several top health agencies, including the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and state and local health departments. Between 2005 and 2012, for example, the CDC lost 17% of its funding, and officials recently reported that funding allocated for Ebola-type health emergencies is $1 billion less than it was in 2003.The challenges faced at the state and local levels may be even greater. Some 23% of local health departments reported that public health preparedness programs were reduced or even eliminated in 2011, while a further 15% reported similar cuts in 2012. In 2014 alone, the Hospital Preparedness Program, which links regional hospitals with local health departments to prepare for potential public health emergencies, suffered $100 million in budget cuts.These reductions have already left their mark. The Hospital Preparedness Program was designed specifically to train health personnel on disease containment in the setting of unforeseen epidemics, such as Ebola. Had it been adequately funded, perhaps the two nurses now infected would still be healthy.The NIH, which funds important advances in our understanding and treatment of diseases like Ebola, has also suffered cutbacks. Its budget has stagnated for most of the past decade, except for years when it was dramatically reduced, such as in 2013. This has forced productive research laboratories to close, putting potentially life-saving research - like that on an Ebola vaccine - on the back burner.One explanation for the drastic budget cuts of recent years is that public health institutions usually operate with little fanfare and out of the public eye. At their best, they prevent disease without a trace, leaving little visible evidence of their crucial function. Hence, funding for public health has been a tough sell in good economic times, and is one of the first targets for retrenchment.But global health emergencies like the current Ebola epidemic highlight the folly of these fiscal priorities. Though we may not lean too heavily on our health infrastructure typically, its importance becomes all too apparent when disease and death come knocking at our door.Indeed, though the threat of a serious Ebola outbreak in the US remains minimal, that is no reason for complacency. As the number of cases in West Africa rises, so does the potential for outbreaks outside of that context. And when members of the international community cannot contain the epidemic, the richest and most powerful actor, namely the US, has an obligation to step in and try to do so.But budget cuts have damaged America's ability to fulfill this obligation, and thus may cost more than policymakers bargained for. In late September, Obama committed $88 million and 3,000 troops to support the fight against Ebola in Liberia. But his decision came only after the epidemic had been smoldering for many months, with 6,000 Ebola cases confirmed and many more believed to be undetected. Had CDC funding been at an appropriate level, US support - in the form of highly trained public health professionals, rather than ground troops - might have been deployed much earlier and been more effective.Ironically, the CDC and its leadership have come under intense scrutiny over the mishandling of Duncan's care and the Ebola transmissions that resulted from it. However, had the same lawmakers who are now deriding the CDC listened to pleas for more support and warnings of the consequences of poor funding over the past several years, perhaps the US would not be in the situation in which it finds itself today.The guiding principle of public health is to prevent disease before it strikes, and this requires long-term investment in institutions that can protect us. Our collective health and wellbeing are evidence of such institutions' effectiveness.Fortunately, the Ebola outbreak is unlikely to expose Americans fully to the poor fiscal choices of the past decade. But the disease's sudden appearance on the global scene serves as a stark reminder of what can happen if we do not remain vigilant. The next epidemic could be just around the corner. We must ensure that we are fully prepared.Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2014.
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  • Cut financial aid to terrorists, Iran president tells West
    22.10.2014 10:53
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani says those governments that have formed a coalition to fight terrorism should first cut off the financial lifeline of terrorist groups.

    "Those who claim to be fighting terrorism and those who have formed a coalition [against terrorism] should in the first step make efforts to have financial aid to terrorist groups cut," President Rouhani said in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Tuesday, Press TV reports.

    Noting that terrorism has grown into a major problem for all countries in the Middle East, the president warned that the US-led anti-ISIL coalition's airstrikes against the terrorists' positions will only benefit the Takfiri group in the long run.

    The US-led coalition has conducted several airstrikes on ISIL positions across Iraq, but the air raids have so far failed to dislodge the terrorists.

    The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has been fighting the terrorist group for nearly six months now.

    "Iran believes that the main responsibility in the fight against terrorist groups should be shouldered by Iraqi government and popular forces. The more united the Iraqi nationhellip;the more successful they will be," the Iranian president pointed out.

    He emphasized that Iran has been supporting the Iraqi nation and army in their fight against terrorist groups from the very first day and would proceed with this policy until the end.

    Rouhani vowed that Iran would spare no effort in helping the Iraqi government and called on regional governments to counter terrorism in a "coordinated and integrated" way to uproot this phenomenon.

    The Iraqi premier, for his part, said terrorism poses a threat to all regional countries, adding that Iraq is assured of Iran's assistance for the Arab country until the eradication of terrorism.
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  • Azerbaijani Mugham conquers Czechsв' hearts
    22.10.2014 10:49
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    By Amina Nazarli

    A solo concert of Azerbaijani performer on Tar (a national instrument) Mahbub Shukuroglu was held in Olomouc, the Czech Republic on October 15.The concert called "Mugham, Azerbaijani National Music" was jointly organized by Palacky University's cinema club "Pastiche Filmz" and Azerbaijani Diaspora in Czech.

    In 2012, an agreement on twinning was signed between Olomouc and Azerbaijani city Ganja. The concert was a great event which promoted Azerbaijani culture in Olomouc as part of the agreement.

    Performing Rast Mugham and other compositions in Catholic Chapel of the Baroque, Shukuroglu made an unforgettable evening for the guests.

    An art music clip about Bayati Shiraz Mugham, which closely acquainted Czech people with Azerbaijani culture, was screened after the concert.

    The guests also enjoyed tasting Azerbaijani sweets and tea.

    Associate Professor of Palacky University Vladimir Suchanek expressed his impressions about the concert, saying "Despite the fact that I'm a real rational European, your music impressed me a lot. I felt like I was floating in the sky."

    Azerbaijani Mugham, a unique musical and poetic phenomenon, was created on the basis of historical and cultural traditions that have existed for centuries. It is one of the most valuable monuments of the material and spiritual culture of Azerbaijan and the greatest achievement of the musical and poetic art of the Azerbaijani people.

    The artistic value of Azerbaijani Mugham and its high importance both for the national culture and to the world community have been universally recognized at the international level: in 2003 UNESCO recognized the Azerbaijani Mugham as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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  • President allocates AZN 10m to Ganja
    22.10.2014 10:28
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    The relevant decree is signed.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on additional measures to accelerate socio-economic development of the city of Ganja, Oxu.az reports.

    In accordance with an order to accelerate the socio-economic development of Ganja AZN 5 m will be allocated from the Presidential Reserve Fund City Executive Power provided by state budget for 2014.

    According to another decree, for the construction of roads with a total length of 21 km to connect Mehseti, Sadylly, Natavan Shyhzamanly, Jawad Khan villages with population of 31,000 people, to Ganja, AZN 5 m will be allocated to Ganja City Executive Power from the funds provided in the state budget for 2014 for the construction and reconstruction of inter-village roads.

    The Ministry of Finance will undertake in the established order the funding provided by the decree.
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  • Should women in South Caucasus have more social freedom?
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    Are you a South Caucasusian woman who finds it hard to go on a night out?

    We would like to find out more about the social lives of women in the region.

    Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia were once part of the Soviet Union but after its break up, these areas gained independence. They are now geographically the closest countries to Europe from the former Union.

    These countries also enjoy greater social freedom with a vibrant night-life including music venues, bars and nightclubs. But not all women enjoy these freedoms. Locals report that not many women go out after 2100.

    We would like to hear from you about your own story.

    Do you live in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia? What are your views on women going out to parties? Are you a woman who goes on a lot of nights out? What do you do on a night out? Or do you think it is a bad idea for women to go out a lot?

    Whatever your view we would like to hear from you. We would also like to see pictures and videos of your night out.

    Please send us your material before 4 November. The article will be published on the BBC News website.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire
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    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    In general, they fired at our positions 13 times within a day.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the news service for the Defense Ministry that yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at the positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan from their posts near Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Tapqaraqoyunlu village of Goranboy, Goyarkh village of Terter and from positions on nameless heights of Fizuli, Goranboy and Khojavand.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Azerbaijan, Qatar sign cooperation agreement
    22.10.2014 09:53
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    Azerbaijan's ministers of emergency situations and interior affairs are on a visit to Qatar.

    An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Emergency Situations Kemaleddin Heydarov and Interior Minister Ramil Usubov is on a visit to Qatar to attend the Qatari Interior Ministry's 10th International Exhibition of Internal State Security "Milipol Qatar 2014" in Doha under the auspices of Emir of Qatar, His Majesty Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations told APA.

    The visit took place at the invitation of Qatari Prime Minister, Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

    The main purpose of the visit is to review new machinery and equipment made by a variety of companies in order to provide the ministries' material and technical base with up-to-date equipment, hold meetings aimed at building and strengthening relations with relevant authorities of the states attending the exhibition and discuss issues of mutual interest.

    During the visit, Emir of Qatar, His Majesty Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received Kemaleddin Heydarov and Ramil Usubov at Al Bahr Palace. At the reception, the sides noted the importance of the "Milipol Qatar 2014" exhibition, providing extensive information on the work of the relevant ministries.

    Moreover, K. Heydarov met with Qatari Prime Minister, Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, discussing the prospects of cooperation between the two countries' ministries in the prevention of emergency situations and elimination of their consequences. As part of the visit, the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of Qatar on Cooperation in Management of Emergency Situations was signed by Minister of Emergency Situations Kemaleddin Heydarov and Head of the Office of the Internal Security Forces of Qatar, Brigadier Fahd Rashid al-Ali.
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  • Stricter police measures donв't contradict EU: Turkish PM
    22.10.2014 09:53
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    Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has outlined 11 pillars of a bill for ''domestic security package'' that the government will submit to Parliament in the coming days.

    "We are making a revolutionary reform," DavutoДџlu said, addressing his parliamentary group on Oct. 21, adding that the reforms - criticized by many as draconian - aim to protect private life, individual rights and freedoms, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The prime minister dismissed criticisms that the draft bill would give too much power to the police and said the legislation aimed at ending the ambiguity over the use in demonstrations of "weapons of violence."

    All measures will be "in line with EU standards and based on universal standards," he said.

    However, all of the proposed reforms, Davutoglu said, must first be approved by the European Union Harmonization Committee in the Turkish Parliament.

    The bill would pave the way for harsher penalties for those who resort to violence during demonstrations.

    "Every act that turns to violence will be considered a crime," he said, adding that police would henceforth "treat as potential criminals" all those who cover their face with the intent to commit violence.

    "The penalty for possession of weapons, which now ranges from six months to three years, will be increased to 2.5 to four years," he said.

    Police will be authorized to hold violators in custody for up to 24 hours, which prosecutors will be able to extend to 48 hours, according to the package, while suspects will appear in court within four days.

    Nobody will be searched "arbitrarily" with the law, but police will use their authorities if there is "strong evidence and intelligence," he said.

    As a measure against any abuse of power by law enforcement forces, the 17-member committee, whose members will be taken from all parties represented in Parliament, will review and evaluate police surveillance actions intended to prevent crime.

    In addition, "necessary measures" will be taken individually in the event of a call for violence through social media, the prime minister said.

    However, the government will be able to take further measures in social media if the "act of violence becomes widespread," DavutoДџlu said.

    Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry will take over the personnel assignment responsibility for the Gendarmerie and Coast Guard forces.

    The Interior Ministry will be authorized for all issues other than military means, he said, adding that gendarmerie forces would wear a special uniform designated by the Interior Ministry that is more like civilian clothing.

    "The Interior Ministry needs to be restructured," DavutoДџlu said.

    In line with the reshaping of the government's self-styled "new Turkey," there is a need to restructure ministries as well, DavutoДџlu stressed in his speech, adding that he had been briefed by all ministries to determine the necessary reforms.

    "Those dealing drugs, including bonzai, will be treated like terrorists, and the penalties will double if the crime is committed near schools," he also vowed.
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  • Azerbaijani President offers condolences over death of Total CEO
    22.10.2014 09:28
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev offered his condolences to his French counterpart Francois Hollande over the death of Christophe de Margerie, the head of energy giant Total, who died in a plane crash, APA reports.

    The letter of condolences says:

    "Dear Mr. President, I am deeply saddened upon hearing the news about the air crash which claimed the life of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie. I express deep condolences to You, families and relatives of the deceased."

    Azerbaijani President also sent a letter of condolences to the family of Christophe de Margerie: "I am deeply saddened upon hearing the news on the death of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash. I express deep condolences to You and wish you patience."
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  • Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 09:23
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    Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils MuiЕѕnieks will be on a visit to Azerbaijan on October 22-24, APA reports quoting the CoE press service.

    Mr. MuiЕѕnieks will attend the international conference on the application of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Baku.

    Vice-President of the Venice Commission Herdis Thorgeirsdottir will also attend the conference.
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  • Azerbaijan declares British businessman internationally wanted
    22.10.2014 04:07
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    Baku. Hafiz Heydarov '" APA. Azerbaijan law-enforcement bodies have declared a British businessman internationally wanted, says a notice posted on Interpolв's website, APA reports.

    The notice says that British citizen James Alexander Ferguson, 50, is charged with tax evasion and was declared internationally wanted, because he fled the country.

    According to information obtained by APA, James Alexander Ferguson had business in Azerbaijan.
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  • Sergei Lavrov: ''Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines''
    22.10.2014 04:01
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    Baku. Aynur Aliyeva - APA-Economics. Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines, said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, APA reports quoting Interfax.

    "Main supporting forces in this issue are the European officials. Caspian countries should pass decision themselves in which conditions they construct the trans-Caspian pipelines through providing ecological security. They also should do that jointly", te minister said.
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  • Azerbaijan, Albania discuss cooperation prospects
    21.10.2014 22:00
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan and Albania have explored ways of developing the bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields as Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met Speaker of the Parliament of Albania Ilir Meta.

    They noted the role of the interparliamentary cooperation in overall development of the bilateral ties.

    Mr. Meta hailed Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, saying it was of great importance to Albania and the region in general.

    The Albanian Speaker said the projects opened ample opportunities for developing the cooperation.

    He said the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Baku State University and the University of Tirana was "a significant step towards strengthening the cooperation in educational and humanitarian areas".

    They also discussed opportunities for expanding Azerbaijani-Albanian relations in the fields of tourism, infrastructure, and investment making.
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  • Baku hosts conference on green economy, energy efficiency and environment kicks off in Baku
    21.10.2014 21:50
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    A conference on green economy, energy efficiency and environment has been held in Baku.

    In her opening remarks, rector of Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction Gulchohra Mammadova said the conference aimed to promote the use of traditional and non-traditional energy sources by applying the latest achievements in high energy savings, and learn the ways of elimination of negative environmental impact of fuel and energy sources.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets EU Special Representative for South Caucasus
    21.10.2014 21:44
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber.

    They discussed Azerbaijan-EU relations, cooperation under Eastern Partnership initiative, and the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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  • Lithuanian FM pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    21.10.2014 21:20
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    Baku, October 21 AzerTAc

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    He also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The Lithuanian FM then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    Mr. Linkevicius laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • FM Linkevicius: Azerbaijan is Lithuania`s main trade partner in South Caucasus
    21.10.2014 21:10
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevicius has described Azerbaijan as his country`s main trade partner in the South Caucasus as he met his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku.

    He praised relations between the two countries, and noted the importance of the fourth meeting of the Azerbaijan-Lithuania joint intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.

    Mr. Linkevicius also highlighted the cooperation with the European Union and Eastern Partnership initiative. He said official Vilnius is ready to contribute to the development of Azerbaijan`s relations with the European Union.

    FM Mammadyarov praised Azerbaijani-Lithuanian ties, saying the two countries share common views on major international issues. The Azerbaijani FM emphasized the necessity of expanding bilateral economic and trade relations.

    Mr. Mammadyarov highlighted the current state of the talks to find a solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He said Armenia must withdraw its armed forces from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, saying this is a critical condition for the settlement of the dispute.

    The two also discussed Azerbaijani-Lithuanian cooperation in the fields of science, education, culture, and sports.
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  • Several people are quarantined because of a possible Ebola virus in Georgia
    21.10.2014 20:51
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    Tbilisi. Nizami Mammadzade-APA. Several people are under control of doctor because of the possible Ebola virus in Georgia, APA reports.

    As"Georgia Online" reports, head of Scientific Board,National Center for Disease Control and Public Health Paata Imnadze said it.

    According to him, over the past three months 84 people came to Georgia from West Africa and possible virus likely was brought by some of them: "Most of them came from Nigeria, after the passage of the 21-day quarantine period observation for most of them removed. Under the supervision of physicians are only a few persons".

    As Paata Imnadze note, they are healthy, but the quarantine period has not yet passed. But after the completion of observation they will not be keep under control.

    In February 2014 an outbreak of the Ebola virus was identified in the south-eastern forests of Guinea, the first time the virus had been recorded in the West African state.

    By March, it had spread to the capital Conakry and by April it had reached neighbouring Liberia. Since then, the disease has advanced to Sierra Leone and Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. In the first week of August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency, and by the second week the Ebola death rate had surpassed 1,000 fatalities.

    By 10 October 2014, 4,024 "confirmed, suspected and probable" Ebola deaths had been recorded in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, while eight deaths have been reported in Nigeria. Close on 8,370 cases of Ebola have been recorded. (For situation reports on the Ebola outbreak visit the WHO's global alert and response website.)
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  • Hungarian Independence Day marked in Baku
    21.10.2014 20:46
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    The Embassy of Hungary in Azerbaijan has hosted an event marking the country`s Independence Day.

    Ambassador Zsolt Chutora spoke of the history of independence of Hungary, as well as his country`s relations with Azerbaijan. The diplomat said the two countries enjoyed strong partnership, expressing confidence that this partnership would continue to strengthen.

    He noted that the reciprocal visits contributed to developing ties between Azerbaijan and Hungary. Zsolt Chutora praised bilateral relations in the political, economic and humanitarian fields.

    Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mahmud Mammadguliyev congratulated the Hungarian government and people on the Day of Independence.

    He highlighted the diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Deputy FM lauded the two countries` cooperation within international organizations. He stressed the importance of performing Hungarian composers` works in stages of Azerbaijan.

    Official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Parvin Mirzazade and CEO of "HUNAZ" Organization Nazim Aghamaliyev received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for their contributions to developing Hungarian-Azerbaijani relations.
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  • Philip Nobel: Baku Forum gaining global importance
    21.10.2014 20:45
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    Stockholm, October 21, AzerTAc.

    Philip Nobel, head of the International Nobel Brothers Academy, great grandson of Alfred Nobel, has hailed the importance of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum as he shared with AzerTAc`s correspondent his impressions from his recent visit to the Azerbaijani capital.

    "My overall impressions of the Forum are overwhelmingly positive," said Mr. Nobel, adding "it's gaining a global importance".

    "The issues that were raised are clearly of big importance as they not only touch upon our present situation, but also address future problems and issues. This is not just another forum taking place in the worldhellip;This is something extremely serious that brings together experts, policy-makers, Nobel prize laureates and high-level scientists."

    He said: "It gives a practical platform for facilitating communication and social and cultural interaction between experts. It also paves the way for closer contacts and cooperation.

    Mr. Nobel hailed the Azerbaijani President`s initiative to launch the forum: "I'm very thankful to President Ilham Aliyev for having taken this initiative."

    He said he attended "Comparative Research into Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice" round table as part of the forum, saying multiculturalism was one of the key humanitarian issues. "I was very pleased and happy to hear about the launch of the Center for Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan that was announced during the Forum. This clearly illustrates the importance that Azerbaijan places on this matter. To have an organization working with these issues will, in my opinion, have a global impact on and promote awareness raising in this area."

    Mr. Nobel said: "What people forget is that Azerbaijan, especially Baku, has been a perfect example of tolerance and multiculturalism for centuries."

    He also praised Azerbaijan`s development: "I love this country. I'm not talking about oil and gas now but about the people, their culture and traditions! The infrastructure never ceases to amaze me. Every time that I come I see improvements of different kinds, whether it may be buildings, roads, political structure. It is really outstanding!"

    "I come frequently to Azerbaijan, maybe six-eight times a year. And considering my family's history in this country please allow me to consider it my second motherland," said Mr. Nobel.

    Special Correspondent

    Rauf Aliyev
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  • Governors of Azerbaijani districts visit Italy
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    Rome, October 21, AzerTAc

    Heads of several executive authorities of Azerbaijani districts have arrived in Italy for a working visit.

    The aim of the visit is to learn more about the local government system, existing experience and strengthen the bilateral region-to-region cooperation.

    The Azerbaijani delegation has met Director of regional affairs division of the department for regional affairs, autonomies and sport under the Italian Council of Ministers Giovanni Vetritto to discuss how to develop relations with the regions of Italy.

    Ambassador Vagif Sadigov highlighted deeply-rooted political, economic and cultural relations.

    The Ambassador provided an insight into socio-economic achievements of Azerbaijan over the last years, relations of both countries, results of President Ilham Aliyev`s visit to Italy.

    "Italy was Azerbaijan`s first trade partner," said the diplomat.

    Sadigov pointed out that political relations positively influenced dynamical development of economic cooperation.

    Giovanni Vetritto stressed the importance of the Azerbaijani delegation`s visit to Italy.

    He expressed confidence that the visit would contribute to boosting relations between the regions of both countries.

    Employee of the Presidential Administration's Department on work with regional administration and local self-governance bodies Niyaz Aliyev highlighted the cause and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    He said Armenia refuses to honour resolutions of UN and other international organizations on immediate, unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian Armed forces form Azerbaijan`s occupied lands.

    During the trip, the Azerbaijani delegation will visit several regions and meet the mayors of Italian cities.

    Magsud Dadashov

    Special correspondent
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  • ADA University starts training course for Afghan officials
    21.10.2014 20:09
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    ADA University has started a training course for Afghan officials.

    Rector of ADA University Hafiz Pashayev, Ambassador of Switzerland to Azerbaijan Pascal Aebischer, Latvian Ambassador Hardijs Baumanis and Afghanistan's charge d'affaires Miraslam Wazeri attended the opening ceremony of the event.

    The course will inform the Afghan officials about the issues on gender, peace and justice, media management, human rights in a transition period, fight against corruption within the government and justice systems, education, civil society, human security, fight against civil movements and extremism.

    The event participants will have the opportunity to visit ADA's campus and a number of places of historical significance in Baku.

    The participants will receive the certificates of the course.
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  • Azerbaijani Diplomatic Mission to Montenegro hosts event marking Independence Day
    21.10.2014 20:04
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    Podgorica, October 21, AzerTAc

    An event marking the Day of Independence of Azerbaijan has been held in Polgorica, Montenegro.

    The participants were informed about the state system and independence history of the country during the event organized by the Azerbaijani Diplomatic Mission to Montenegro.

    Speakers of the event praised the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro in all fields, especially in the educational sector.

    It was noted that an agreement on cooperation signed between the two countries as part of Montenegrin Premier Milo Dukanovic`s visit to Baku contributed to expanding relations in the field of education.

    Magsud Dadashov

    Special Correspondent
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  • Participants of meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states pay respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
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    Baku, October, 21, AzerTAc

    Participants of the 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states have today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan`s national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The meeting participants then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity, and laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Kurds are the last line of defense for the West
    21.10.2014 18:18
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    By Claude Salhani

    Senior editor of the English service ofВ TrendВ Agency

    The battle for control of Kobani has indeed witnessed some of the heaviest fighting to date as fighters loyal to the Islamic State, IS or ISIS, have launched renewed attacks on Kurdish Peshmerga defenders, hitting them with mortars and car bombs, according to wire agencies quoting sources in the besieged town.

    The Kurds, who are autochthonous to the region where the heavy fighting is unfolding, in a manner are representative of the West's last line of defense in the region. If the Kurds fail, they have nowhere to fall back. The next line of conflict between ISIS and the Western-led powers will be fought inside Turkey, a NATO country.

    Already Turkish border towns and villages have suffered much from the ongoing violence that is carving up Syria and Iraq. One report spoke of 44 mortars being fired at Kurdish positions over the weekend, however some of the shells fell inside Turkey.

    The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that four more mortars were fired on Sunday.

    The town has become strategic as both sides now look at it as a point of significant psychological importance and a symbol for their cause. Suddenly oil and business sense take a back seat to "saving face," a characteristic of the region that has claimed more lives than the faces it has saved.

    For the fighters of the Islamic State, Kobani represents remaining steadfast in the face of the far superior military onslaught, the aerial bombardment being waged by the United States and its European and Arab allies.

    For the Western-led alliance, allowing Kobani to fall would give the enemy a public relation edge in the war, allowing it to recruit more volunteers into their ranks and would be a terrible blow for the Kurds and other groups engaged in fighting the radical Islamists. Since U.S. President Barack Obama launched a campaign aimed at defeating the IS fighters, bombing raids against the terrorists have been carried out with renewed vigor. But will it be enough? Or will the United States be forced to eventually put reluctant boots on the ground?

    Indeed, the fate of the beleaguered town will reflect much on the level of the Obama administration's resolve of dealing with the threat posed by the Islamists. Amidst the confusion of war, there is further opaqueness over the role of Turkey, a NATO member country who seems to be playing both sides of the fence; Turkey, has its armed forces - the most powerful military force in the Middle East -- deployed along its border with Syria, yet Turkish authorities have been reluctant to intervene.

    Turkey is ruled by a moderate Islamist party -- the Justice and Development Party - known by its Turkish acronym, AKP. Yet, Turkey is also a member of NATO and as such needs to comply by certain directives issued from NATO HQ in Brussels.

    But Turkey, who has long had its own share of problems with the Kurds is reluctant to offer too much help to the Kurdish fighters in Kobani, lest it encourages its own Kurds to get any funny ideas about an independent Kurdish state. At the same time the country's leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a personal vendetta against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and as such has been trying to connect any cooperation by Turkey in the fight against ISIS to stepping up efforts to oust Bashar. Given the geography of the region, Turkey's participation on the fight against ISIS remains vital to the success of the campaign.

    Don't be fooled; oil remains very much at the center of the conflict, even though it comes camouflaged by religious and/or political overtones.

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  • Experts warn about consequences of Armenianв's joining to EEU
    21.10.2014 17:54
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's decision to join the EEU has sparked mixed reactions in the country since September 2013.

    Analysts, political experts and even ordinary citizens viewed the decision as a U-turn in Armenia's foreign policy. It came after three years of mutual works to prepare an association agreement with the EU.

    Now, the local and foreign economic experts warn that Armenia's economy will bear the brunt of the membership in the Eurasian Economic Union.

    "Entering into the EEU could trigger inflation," Head of the non-government organization Consumer Advice Center, Karen Chilingaryan said on October 20.

    He noted that customs duties on import from the non-EEU countries will increase to the common customs tariffs of the EEU and it will subsequently accelerate the inflation. "If we currently have customs taxes not higher than 10 percent, the tariffs can rise to the EEU rates after getting the membership," Chilingaryan added.

    Armenia's National Statistics Service reported the inflation rate in the country was 2.9 percent in January-September of 2013. Armenia's trade deficit in the same period amounted to over $ 2,082 million.

    Armenia's membership at the Eurasian Economic Union was officially confirmed by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk on October 10. Heads of the EEU member-states - Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed the agreement on Armenia's joining the alliance.

    Armenia's membership at the EEU will come into force from January 1, 2015 after the parliament ratifies the agreement signed in Minsk. Meanwhile, the alliance's member-states have postponed the use of high customs duties for Armenia for several years.

    External debt

    The ongoing economic crisis in the country is reportedly affecting the country's external debts. Armenia regularly receives foreign loans from several financial institutions. Now, the fashion is going to change amid the possible rise of inflation in the wake of the EEU joining. Armenia's increasing exports to Russian markets, as well as lack of internal sources of finance ignites its eagerness to receive more external money for healing the open wounds.

    The draft state budget reads that Armenia's total external debt will be calculated at $4,129 billion by the end of 2015. The economic forecasts claim that the external debt's amount will be almost $4 billion this year by exceeding the last year's figure about $59 million.

    The government is seemingly trying to ease the domestic problems by means of external loans. Diminishing remittances from the overseas and widespread unemployment are watering the mill of threatening problems in Armenia.

    No job means no money, while no money means a hard effort to survive in today's world. Jobless and poor people in the South Caucasus country jointly constitute almost 50 percent of the whole population. The figure is the reflection of a deafening SOS signal in Armenia.

    Failure to keep pace with modern world

    Local media in Armenia think that the membership at theEEU will keep the country back from developments in the modern world. Despite lack of economic perspectives, the EEU joining will not strengthen Armenia's security. It will take the same steps with the countries which fail to keep the pace with the modernizing world in many fields.

    "Armenia will reveal its evil inclinations within the EEU. Unfortunately, none of the political forces in the country dares to call the membership at the Russia-led alliance a mistake," Aravot newspaper wrote.

    The EEU conundrum continues to drag Armenia into complicated circumstances. The authorities and the population can not shake hands to jointly welcome the membership at the union. Members of the ruling cabinets think of their benefits and safety, while the ordinary people are concerned about their lives threatened by a number of challenges.
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  • Azerbaijan, IMF hold consultations
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    Today, Azerbaijani Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov received the delegation led by IMF Mission Chief to Azerbaijan, Mr. Raja Almarzoqi, APA reports.

    According to Ministry, current situation and perspectives of relations with IMF, common economic indicators for 2014 and next years, development plans, fulfillment of state budget for current year and parameters of state budget for 2015 were discussed at the meeting.

    They also discussed budget incomes from non-oil sector, risks and negative impacts of regional political tension on our country and its economic development.
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  • Azerbaijani Deputy Premier meets Ukrainian Ambassador
    21.10.2014 17:45
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov has met Ukrainian Ambassador to the country Alexander Mishchenko.

    They discussed problems of refugees and IDPs of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Hasanov said effective cooperation between Azerbaijan and Ukraine was established in all fields.

    The Deputy Premier expressed disappointment over the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group has made no progress in solving the conflict on the basis of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and in returning the refugees and IDPs to their lands.

    He stressed the importance of stepping up the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in settlement of the conflict.

    Alexander Mishchenko, in turn, praised rapid economic development of Azerbaijan, as well as the country`s increasing influence in the world, progress achieved in improvement of social conditions of refugees and IDPs in the country.

    Alexander Mishchenko said the official Kyiv is willing to learn the Azerbaijani government's experience in solving IDPs problems, which emerged in the wake of the Ukraine developments.
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  • Azerbaijanв's customs agencies tighten security measures to prevent Ebola
    21.10.2014 17:23
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    In connection with spread of Ebola virus in some countries, sanitary-quarantine control by Azerbaijanв's customs agencies were tightened.

    In connection with spread of Ebola virus in some countries, sanitary-quarantine control by Azerbaijan's customs agencies were tightened, special seminars jointly with relevant bodies were held for officers in the border checkpoints, State Custom Committee told APA-Economics.

    The customs agencies organized exchange of information with the relevant state bodies to define the persons coming from the countries where the virus was recorded and other issues on control of these persons by health care organizations.

    At the same time, relevant works on anti-epidemic and prophylactic, disinfection measures, as well as putting the persons crossing border under medical observation and investigating them have been carried out to tighten the measures against Ebola virus.

    Within the framework of taken measures, technical devices - thermovisor cameras are used to measure temperature remotely. Along with this, "Attention! Ebola temperature" memory booklets prepared by sanitary-quarantine inspection under the Ministry of Health have been provided in the checkpoints to increase awareness level about the Ebola virus of persons crossing the border.
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  • Discover Azerbaijan'' event held in Vietnam
    21.10.2014 16:50
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    Hanoi, October 21, AzerTAc

    The "Discover Azerbaijan" event marking the Day of Independence of Azerbaijan has been held in Vietnam.

    Organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy, the event brought together employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, representatives of leading youth organizations, students of various universities and journalists.

    Ambassador Anar Imanov provided an insight into the history of Azerbaijan, as well as its development, the role of national leader Heydar Aliyev in strengthening the country`s independence, the cause and consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Black January events and Khojaly massacre. He also highlighted the country`s culture, energy projects, policy carried out by President Ilham Aliyev, history and current state of Azerbaijani-Vietnamese relations.

    The event saw presentation of a documentary on Azerbaijan and its historical territories.

    The event featured the contest on Azerbaijan involving 11 teams. The teams called Nakhchivan, Guba and Garabakh became the winners of the contest.

    The event was broadcast on the Vietnamese media.
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  • Good news for residents of Sumgayit
    21.10.2014 16:43
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    The rail public transport will be opened in direction Baku-Sumgayit.

    Rail public transport routes will be opened from Baku to Alat, Sumgait city and airport named after Heydar Aliyev. In 2015, the laying of underground lines, railways and highways will be started.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzNews.az that the statement came from the Head of the Department of International Relations and the State Committee of Architecture and Urban Jahangir Gojayev.

    He said that due to the construction of the second airport in Alat settlement, the Greater Baku Regional Development Plan envisages the development of transport in this area. According to a representative of the Committee in 2014-2015 it is planned to open new routes for public transport:

    "Sumgait will be developed as an industrial pole, Alat - like development pole. The second airport will be built in Alat. In addition, the Plan provides for the establishment of national parks, cleaning of reservoirs and their transformation into regional parks."
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  • Baku hosts 61st meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states
    21.10.2014 16:41
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    The 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states has today started in Baku.

    The agenda of the meeting includes implementation of decisions adopted during the 60th meeting of the Council, results of railway network operations during the 9 months of the current year, traffic schedule of trains in 2015-2016 and etc.

    Speaking to the event, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov informed the attendees on the current state of railway, ongoing reforms and prospects. The Minister also spoke of the project achieved in realization of the East-West, North-South and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars international and regional transport corridors.

    The attendees then heard report by President of the Russian Railways company Vladimir Yakunin.

    The 2-day meeting brings together representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Finland and Estonia.
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  • La 5e ConfГ©rence internationale intitulГ©e В«Le rГґle des femmes dans le dГ©veloppement des Etats membres de lв'OCIВ» a terminГ© ses travaux
    21.10.2014 16:25
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    Bakou, 21 octobre, AzerTAc

    La 5e Confeacute;rence internationale intituleacute;e Le rocirc;le des femmes dans le deacute;veloppement des Etats membres de l'Organisation de la coopeacute;ration islamique a termineacute; ses travaux agrave; Bakou mardi 21 octobre.

    Au deuxiegrave;me jour de la confeacute;rence se sont tenues des preacute;sentations du PNUD-Turquie sur le projet d'accroissement des compeacute;tences des femmes dans les Etats membres de l'Organisation de la coopeacute;ration islamique. En mecirc;me temps, le Centre d'eacute;tudes statistiques, eacute;conomiques, sociales et de formation pour les pays islamiques a fait une preacute;sentation sur la vision des Etats membres de l'OCI vis-agrave;-vis des femmes.

    Lors de la confeacute;rence il a eacute;teacute; noteacute; que dans certains Etats membres de l'OCI les femmes avaient toujours des problegrave;mes dans les domaines de la santeacute;, de l'eacute;ducation et que cela neacute;cessitait de seacute;rieuses reacute;formes. Un grand progregrave;s a eacute;teacute; obtenu bien sucirc;r dans les pays membres de l'OCI en matiegrave;re d'ameacute;lioration des conditions des femmes, d'assurance de leur participation dans diffeacute;rents domaines. Mais ça ne suffit pas. Leur engagement dans l'enseignement constitue l'une des principales questions pour assurer le deacute;veloppement des femmes. Cela aidera les femmes en matiegrave;re d'autodidaxie, agrave; trouver un emploi et agrave; intensifier leurs activiteacute;s dans diffeacute;rents domaines de la vie.

    Il a eacute;teacute; noteacute; que l'un des problegrave;mes majeurs empecirc;chant le deacute;veloppement des femmes eacute;tait le mariage preacute;coce. Il est regrettable que les Etats membres de l'OCI n'aient pas enregistreacute; un succegrave;s satisfaisant en la matiegrave;re. Le manque de liberteacute;s eacute;conomiques et le chocirc;mage des femmes leur creacute;ent des problegrave;mes psychologiques. Une femme saine et forte signifie une famille saine. Il existe plus d'opportuniteacute;s pour les femmes dans le domaine du tourisme. Il y a eacute;galement besoin de reacute;formes en matiegrave;re d'eacute;galiteacute; des sexes.

    L'accroissement du rocirc;le des femmes dans la gouvernance manifeste le deacute;veloppement de la deacute;mocratie.

    Une ideacute;e relative agrave; la neacute;cessiteacute; d'eacute;laborer un plan d'actions suppleacute;mentaire, pour mettre en oelig;uvre les propositions faites en vue de l'ameacute;lioration de la situation des femmes a eacute;teacute; prononceacute;e lors de la confeacute;rence. Il faut eacute;galement eacute;laborer des meacute;canismes politiques afin d'ameacute;liorer leurs conditions.

    Les intervenants se sont dits convaincus que cette confeacute;rence apporterait sa contribution agrave; la reacute;solution des problegrave;mes des femmes. Tous les Etats membres de l'OCI doivent intensifier leurs efforts pour reacute;pondre agrave; ces deacute;fis.

    Les intervenants ont preacute;senteacute; leurs remerciements au gouvernement azerbaiuml;djanais, surtout agrave; Mme Mehriban Aliyeva, premiegrave;re dame d'Azerbaiuml;djan, preacute;sidente de la Fondation Heydar Aliyev, pour l'excellente organisation de la confeacute;rence.

    Une seacute;rie de propositions ont eacute;teacute; prononceacute;es, un certain nombre de questions ont trouveacute; leurs reacute;ponses lors de la confeacute;rence.

    La confeacute;rence ayant reacute;uni plus de 220 repreacute;sentants d'environ 60 pays s'est soldeacute;e par l'adoption de la Deacute;claration de Bakou.
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  • Azerbaijani Deputy PM meets OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku
    21.10.2014 16:25
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov has met OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku Alexis Chahtahtinsky.

    The Deputy Premier thanked OSCE for holding projects jointly with various state bodies of Azerbaijan. He described this as an example of good relationship between Azerbaijan and the Organization.

    Hasanov provided an insight into the causes and consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    He also highlighted problems of IDPS in the country, comprehensive state care shown according to the relevant orders of President Ilham Aliyev.

    They exchanged views on the implementation of future projects between the Azerbaijani Government and OSCE Project Coordinator.

    They discussed holding the meetings to intensify combat against drug trafficking.
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  • Menswear Model for Famous Clothing Brands
    21.10.2014 16:13
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    Bodhi the dog has no time for silly pastimes like chasing squirrels or playing fetch '" heв's quite serious about his high flying career as a top New York menswear model. The four-year-old Shiba Inu is well known in fashion circles as 'Menswear Dogв' '" he has landed paid modelling contracts with top brands such as Coach, Todd Snyder and Salvatore Ferragamo. Heв's also a social media sensation with over 140,000 followers on Instagram.

    Bodhiв's owners '" Yena Kim, 27, and Dave Fung, 29 '" came up with the idea as a joke; they dressed up their adorable Shiba Inu in a few fancy suits and hats. When they posted photographs on their Facebook page, the response they received was overwhelmingly positive. So they started their own Tumblr page featuring Bodhi dressed according to popular fashion trends.

    ''We didnв't have any epic plans when we started our blog,'' said Yena, who has worked as a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren. ''We were bored one Saturday afternoon so we decided to pass the time by dressing up our handsome Shiba in serious menswear.''

    ''Everyone who has a dog has put clothes on their dog at some point, just to goof around,'' added Dave, who has a decade of experience as a professional graphic designer. ''We just found out that when we put clothes on him, he lit up, he started posing for us.''

    They posted the pictures online, and according to Yena: ''The response was unreal, so the next day was spent putting together a Tumblr. The following day, our Tumblr was featured on GQ Magazineв's website and it just snowballed from there.''

    Soon, the fashion-savvy canine amassed an army of followers and there was no looking back after that. Bodhi started receiving countless requests for collaborations with fashion label''Initially we got some criticism from people who thought he might be uncomfortable in human clothes,'' said Dave. ''But it turned into people criticising his outfits and telling us what shirt would look better with what tie '" and thatв's when we knew we were successful.'' And it appears that Bodhi quite enjoys being photographed in an array of stylish outfits. Heв's such a natural model, and he really does seem to know how to work with the camera.s.

    He likes to wear clothes that will get him the most attention and peanut butter, he knows he can pull off anything so heв's not all that concerned,'' said Yena. ''The first time we dressed him up, we saw a spark in his eye and he sat still and gazed at the camera, no directions needed.''

    ''We receive most of the clothes from the brands that we are working with, but weв're constantly shopping around for the most exciting items in menswear to show on Menswear Dog, since weв're both designers, we design and create the clothes that he wears to appearances,'' she added.

    Yena and Dave are currently working on a clothing line for dogs, and hope to collaborate on projects that benefit animal charities. ''We both decided to quit our jobs for this mainly as an excuse to take a break from the 9 to 5 and do something a little less ordinary for a bit,'' Dave explained.

    ''Weв've been so blessed with Bodhi and we know that every animal has something special and unique about them, so weв've never been more motivated,'' he added. ''At the end of the day, heв's the boss!''

    /Odditycentral.Com/
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  • Baku hosts 61st meeting of Council for Rail Transport of CIS and Baltic states
    21.10.2014 15:56
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    The 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and the Baltic states has today started in Baku.

    The agenda of the meeting includes implementation of decisions adopted during the 60th meeting of the Council, results of railway network operations during the 9 months of the current year, traffic schedule of trains in 2015-2016 and etc.

    Speaking to the event, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov informed the attendees on the current state of railway, ongoing reforms and prospects. The Minister also spoke of the project achieved in realization of the East-West, North-South and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars international and regional transport corridors.

    The attendees then heard report by President of the Russian Railways company Vladimir Yakunin.

    The 2-day meeting brings together representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Finland and Estonia.
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  • Russia seeks to support Kyrgyz economy
    21.10.2014 15:54
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    Russia plans to support the development of Kyrgyzstan's financial system by providing $30 million.

    Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko made the remark at the meeting with Kyrgyz Prime Minister Dzhoomart Otorbayev on October 21.

    "Some $60 million was allocated for the fiscal balance in Kyrgyzstan this year. Currently a government decree on allocation of $30 million is being prepared," Matviyenko said.

    She further noted that one of the priority spheres of cooperation between Russia and Kyrgyzstan is energy.

    Gazprom's entry into Kyrgyz energy market is extremely important for the country's oil and gas sector, which will provide the stability and investments in the amount of 20 billion roubles within five years, according to Matviyenko.

    Matviyenko also said that Western sanctions against Russia will not prevent the country from the implementation of the projects in Kyrgyzstan.

    "Russia always fulfils its obligations and will further continue to do so," she said, noting that Russia's domestic resources enable to continue the implementation of the projects started in Kyrgyzstan.

    "Moreover, retaliatory measures, in particular, the ban on the supplies of agricultural products open new opportunities for Russia's CIS partners," Matviyenko said.

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  • Women role in OIC development discussed in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:45
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Baku is hosting the fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    The conference kicked off on October 21 with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. It is attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries, AzerTag news agency reported.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the fourth conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto hailed the organization of the conference.

    Underlining the importance of developing women`s role in the society, Prayono Atiyanto said the previous conference was held in Jakarta and very important decisions were adopted. He expressed confidence that the Baku conference would contribute to the protection of women`s rights and expansion of their role in society.

    Prayono Atiyanto expressed regret over the existence of different obstacles to strengthening women`s role in society, especially increasing their activities in political field.

    "A lot of works must be done to remove the obstacles. Women`s economic freedom and gender issue are still a main problem in some countries. The aim of the conference is to combine our efforts to resolve the problems facing women, and we believe that we can accomplish the mission," he said.

    Hijran Huseynova, Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs highlighted the agenda of the conference, noting that the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States.

    Huseynova further said the gender problem could be settled only by well-educated and experienced women. She provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s policy towards strengthening a family institute, protecting the rights of women and children, and ensuring gender equality.

    Touching upon Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, the Committee chair noted that more than a million of Azerbaijanis, including 400,000 women and 300,000 children are living as refugees and IDPs. She also underlined women`s role at parliamentary and municipal levels.

    Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in turn, expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the organization of the conference.

    He said such conferences open up wide opportunities for women in the process of development.

    "We have to combine our efforts to eliminate problems that women face," Naeem Khan said.

    Heimo Laakkonen, Director of UNFPA`s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia also hailed Mehriban Aliyeva's efforts for supporting the conference.

    Laakkonen stressed that women must play a role in adoption of international norms.

    Speaking on the UNFPA-OIC cooperation, Laakkonen said great success has been achieved in reducing the number of maternal deaths during child-bearing, protecting honor and dignity of women and enlightening them.

    Later, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the conference.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The MoU will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experiences.

    The fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States will end on October 21 with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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  • Anita Kravos opens Italian Film Festival in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:34
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku enjoys hosting the Italian cinematography, one of the most popular in the world, as part of the Italian Films Festival which kicked off in Baku on October 20.

    The festival is co-organized by Italian Association of N.I.C.E. and the Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan. It is part of the Week of the Italian Language being held annually from October 20 to 25.

    Rector of Azerbaijan University of Languages? Samad Seyidov stressed that the festival indicates a high level of relations between the two countries in political, economic, educational and cultural spheres.

    Italian ambassador Giampaolo Cutillo expressed hope that the festival will be part of the cultural life of the city.

    The first film of the festival, "La Grande Bellezza", winner of the Oscar 2014, was played by Italian actress Anita Kravos, a guest of honor of the festival. Kravos played the leading part in the film, which was screened for the first time in Azerbaijan.

    "I'm glad I came to Baku and presented here the Italian cinema. Baku fascinated me at first sight. Italian directors are interested in shooting films in Baku, one of them is Renato De Maria," Kravos stressed.

    In "The Great Beauty" by Paolo Sorrentino, Kravos played the role of the modern artist Thalia Concept.

    "In "The Great Beauty" I am a crazy artist. This is a small but very important role, talking about the essence of the film, art," she noted.

    The main character of the film is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome.

    After his 65th birthday anniversary, he walks through the ruins of the city, encountering various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment

    "This is a film about a man who is dealing with talent and art. This film is a high conversation about aesthetics, the dialogue about the beauty, art, inspiration and why all this is needed," Kravos underlined.

    The festival will also screen "Nuovo cinema Paradiso" (Cinema "Paradiso"), "La Vita e bella" (Life is beautiful), "Il Capitale Umano" (Human capital) in Italian with English subtitles.
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  • Azerbaijan-Russia culture-business forum held in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:23
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    By Amina Nazarli

    A St. Petersburg delegation headed by the city's vice-governor Vladimir Lavlencev visited Baku from October 16 to 18.The delegation included representatives of executive missions, higher education institutions and business leaders of St. Petersburg.

    As part of the cultural and business mission, the Azerbaijani-Russian business forum was held. Several meetings on business community, thematic round tables on the prospects for cooperation in the field of higher education, vocational education, science and culture were also held during the two-day event.

    As many as 150 people took part in the Azerbaijan-Russia Forum. The issues on current status of the investment climate and business opportunities in Azerbaijan, as well as the investment potential of St. Petersburg were discussed during the forum.

    The participants of the forum were briefed about the current status and development stages of trade and economic relations between the member countries of the forum.

    They also discussed "Prospects for cooperation in the field of higher education, vocational education and science", where representatives of the St. Petersburg universities talked about new directions in Petersburg educational institutions and discussed possible joint educational and research projects with colleagues from Azerbaijan. The discussions were welcomed by both parties.

    Businessmen from St. Petersburg visited industrial enterprises of Azerbaijan in Sumgayit Technology Park on October 17.

    The guests got familiar with the Technopark companies. They were impressed by the scale of the undertaken work, the novelty of high technology equipment and processes of the participants, which left a good impression in them.

    Meanwhile, "Russia-Azerbaijan. Interaction of culture" round table took place in Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts.

    In the round table where 37 people took part, the participants touched upon some projects between Baku representatives and State Museum-Monument "Isaac's Cathedral" as well as Azerbaijan National Museum of Art and the St. Petersburg's Film Center "Homeland".

    An interesting part of the meeting was the report of Azerbaijani sculptor Omar Eldarov "Interaction of cultures".

    Then, the grand opening of St. Petersburg's Fie art exhibitions were held during the event. The participants had a chance to attend the two exhibitions, brought from St. Petersburg; Art Exhibition "Slavian Earth " and the photo exhibition "Petersburg through the angels eyes: a view from Isaac".

    The exhibitions will last till October 29 in the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Azerbaijan Academy of Fine Arts.

    Baku citizens also enjoyed a concert of the Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Sergey Stadler in Philharmonic named after Muslim Magomayev.

    The audience warmly welcomed the guests and accompanied them with applause.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
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    Baku, October 21, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the current state of Azerbaijan-Lithuania relations. The parties also discussed the expansion of cooperation opportunities between the two countries on various fronts, including political, economic, energy, trade, educational and other fields.
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  • Rainless weather predicted in Azerbaijan for tomorrow
    21.10.2014 15:14
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    The weather is expected to be changeable cloudy and mainly rainless in Baku and Absheron peninsula on October 22.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that it will be foggy in some areas in the morning and evening. The south wind will occasionally intensify. The temperature will be 8hellip;13 C at night and 16hellip;21 C in the daytime.

    The weather will be mainly rainless in Azerbaijan's regions. It will be foggy in some areas in the morning and evening. It is expected to rain in Lankaran-Astara region. Mild west wind will blow. The temperature will be 6hellip;11 C at night, 15hellip;20 in the daytime and in mountains 1hellip;6 C at night, 8hellip;13 C in the daytime.
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  • Women role in OIC development discussed in Baku
    21.10.2014 15:04
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    /AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Baku is hosting the fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    The conference kicked off on October 21 with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. It is attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries, AzerTag news agency reported.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the fourth conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto hailed the organization of the conference.

    Underlining the importance of developing women`s role in the society, Prayono Atiyanto said the previous conference was held in Jakarta and very important decisions were adopted. He expressed confidence that the Baku conference would contribute to the protection of women`s rights and expansion of their role in society.

    Prayono Atiyanto expressed regret over the existence of different obstacles to strengthening women`s role in society, especially increasing their activities in political field.

    "A lot of works must be done to remove the obstacles. Women`s economic freedom and gender issue are still a main problem in some countries. The aim of the conference is to combine our efforts to resolve the problems facing women, and we believe that we can accomplish the mission," he said.

    Hijran Huseynova, Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs highlighted the agenda of the conference, noting that the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States.

    Huseynova further said the gender problem could be settled only by well-educated and experienced women. She provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s policy towards strengthening a family institute, protecting the rights of women and children, and ensuring gender equality.

    Touching upon Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, the Committee chair noted that more than a million of Azerbaijanis, including 400,000 women and 300,000 children are living as refugees and IDPs. She also underlined women`s role at parliamentary and municipal levels.

    Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in turn, expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the organization of the conference.

    He said such conferences open up wide opportunities for women in the process of development.

    "We have to combine our efforts to eliminate problems that women face," Naeem Khan said.

    Heimo Laakkonen, Director of UNFPA`s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia also hailed Mehriban Aliyeva's efforts for supporting the conference.

    Laakkonen stressed that women must play a role in adoption of international norms.

    Speaking on the UNFPA-OIC cooperation, Laakkonen said great success has been achieved in reducing the number of maternal deaths during child-bearing, protecting honor and dignity of women and enlightening them.

    Later, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the conference.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The MoU will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experiences.

    The fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States will end on October 21 with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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  • Turkey OKs documents on TANAP
    21.10.2014 14:48
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    /AzerNews/

    By Aynur Jafarova

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved two additional documents on the implementation of the Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) gas pipeline project, local media said on October 21.

    The approved documents are the memorandums which were signed by the Turkish government and the TANAP consortium on May 26, 2014.

    TANAP, developed by SOCAR in collaboration with Turkish Botas and the energy company TPAO, will deliver Shah Deniz's gas to the Turkish-Greek border from eastern Turkey.

    The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year. TANAP will link up with Trans-Adriatic (TAP) pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border. About six billion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to Turkey and the rest to Europe. The costs of the TANAP project are estimated at $10 billion to $11 billion.
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  • Turkey not to buy Azerbaijani gas by take or pay principle
    21.10.2014 14:30
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    Taner Yildiz: ''Turkey will abandon ''take or pay'' principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year".

    Turkey will abandon "take or pay" principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year, said the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz in his interview to NTV channel, APA reports.

    According to him, Turkey puts an end to "take or pay" principle from Russia last year: "Turkey will abandon this principle with Iran at the end of this year, with Azerbaijan from next year. We pay for gas that we don't buy. Advances of these payments are our citizens' money. I think we will solve this".

    Turkey buys gas from Iran for $490 per 1,000 cubic meters, from Azerbaijan for $335 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    Russia sells gas to Turkey for $425 per 1,000 cm.
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  • EU welcomes Azerbaijani President's pardon order
    21.10.2014 14:29
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    EU has welcomed the pardon decree signed by the President of Azerbaijan.

    The European Union on Monday welcomed the recent release of 84 prisoners, including four pro-democracy activists, by the government of Azerbaijan under a pardon order signed by President Ilham Aliyev, APA reports quoting RTT News.

    "We greet this amnesty as a positive first step in reversing the trend of recent months," read a joint statement issued by EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy.

    Stressing on the importance the EU attaches to its ties with Azerbaijan, both Ashton and Fule noted that EU-Azerbaijan bilateral relations have considerable potential to benefit both sides.

    "We share Azerbaijan's desire for a stable, secure, and prosperous future for the country and remain convinced that an open and inclusive national dialogue, in line with Azerbaijan's international commitments as a member and current Chair of the Council of Europe, is the best path to achieving this goal," the statement added.
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