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In Iceland, Court Says a Girl Can Finally Use Her Name
01.02.2013 09:29
A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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    17.04.2014 15:38
    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $0.01 to stand at $103.76. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased...
  • Azerbaijani FM meets with OSCE PA president
    17.04.2014 13:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17Trend:Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received Chairman of the Parliament of Montenegro, president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ranko Krivokapic. The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations and stressed the importanc...
  • Council of Europe approves plan to support human rights reform in Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 13:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:Deputy Ministers of the Council of Europe member states has approved the action plan for 2014-2015 intended to support reforms in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy in Azerbaijan, a message posted on the website of the Council of...
  • Spanish FM to visit Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 11:04
    Spanish Foreign Minister Joseacute; Manuel Garciacute;a-Margallo will pay his first official visit to Azerbaijan on April 23-24.The visit is aimed at discussing ways of deepening the bilateral relations and prospects for further cooperation.The Spanish FM is expected to hold a range of official meet...
  • Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance
    17.04.2014 06:02
    Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program, Reuters reported.Separately, Iranian President Hass...
  • Azerbaijan sees no serious threat in religious movements expanding activities
    17.04.2014 05:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:Azerbaijan doesn't see any serious threat in several religious movements in the country expanding their activities."Representatives of not only Wahhabism and Nurcu movements, but also of others, are conducting activities in Azerbaijan, trying ...
  • PACE to discuss Sarsang reservoir issue at one of its sessions
    17.04.2014 05:06
    Member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Elkhan Suleymanov`s report on the Azerbaijani population's being deprived of water in the frontline regions was discussed at the meeting of the bureau on April 11 despite serious obstacles put by the Arme...
  • Congressman Filemon Vela hails Azerbaijan`s importance to U.S.
    17.04.2014 04:39
    Representative for Texas's 34th congressional district, Congressman Filemon Vela has called on the U.S. authorities "to show their solidarity with former Soviet states such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, while encouraging these nations to continue to institute democratic reforms and modern...
  • Fitch affirms SOCAR at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable
    17.04.2014 03:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16Trend:Fitch Ratings has affirmed SOCAR's (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) long-term issuer default rating (IDR) at 'BBB-', short-term IDR at 'F3' and senior unsecured rating at 'BBB-'.The outlook on the long-term IDR is Stable, accordin...
  • Discussions on presidential poll starts in Turkey
    16.04.2014 21:47
    Turkish President Abdullah Gul and the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the preparations for the upcoming presidential elections in the country, chief press adviser to the country's president, Ahmet Sever said, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on April 16.The exact d...
  • President Ilham Aliyev held several official meetings
    17.04.2014 17:24
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received new head of the Council of Europe`s Office in Baku, Dragana Filipovic.

    The sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe.


    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, Halil Akinci.

    They spoke of the events conducted within the framework of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, and discussed the issues related to cooperation prospects.

    Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Halil Akinci handed the flag reflecting symbols of the Turkic speaking states to President Ilham Aliyev.

  • Putin says Kiev must seek compromise with separatists
    17.04.2014 17:23
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's government needs to provide guarantees to its Russian-speaking population in the east of the country to resolve the crisis, Reuters reported.

    "The compromise must be found not between third party players but between the different political forces within Ukraine itself," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "This is extremely important, it is the key issue."

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  • Helicopter crashes in Turkey
    17.04.2014 17:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A helicopter crashed in the Turkish province of Sakarya, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported on April 17.

    The rescue teams were immediately sent to the crash site.

    There is no information about killed or injured.

    translated by NH

    Story still developing

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  • Azerbaijanв's Q1 foreign trade surplus exceeds $1 billion
    17.04.2014 17:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijani State Customs Committee (SCC) has announced a 16.54 percent reduction in foreign trade in January-March 2014, compared to the same period of last year.

    Some 116 countries were Azerbaijan's foreign trade partners throughout this period, according to a statistical report posted on the SCC website.

    The committee said Azerbaijan's total turnover stood at $7.14 billion.

    In foreign trade operations there has been a positive balance of about $1.02 billion.

    Some 3,036 individuals and legal entities were involved in the country's foreign economic activity throughout this period - some 2,220 of them being legal entities and 816 individuals.

    The export operations conducted in the first quarter totalled $5.38 billion, or 15.26 percent less than the figures for the same period of 2013.

    The public sector's share in exports totalled $5.1 billion (94.8 percent), while private sector's share was $268.17 million (4.99 percent). The share of individuals in the exports stood at $11.37 million (0.21 percent).

    Imports totalled $1.76 billion in January-March, or 20.23 percent less than the figures in the same period of 2013.

    The public sector's share in import operations amounted to $389.77 million (22.1 percent), while private sector's share was $1.31 billion (74.2 percent) and individuals' share in import operations totalled $63.33 million (3.7 percent).

    Some 1,093 kinds of goods were exported from Azerbaijan in January-March, while 4,372 kinds of goods were imported to the country.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Pediatrics conference kicks off at Azerbaijan Medical University
    17.04.2014 17:02
    A conference titled "Current problems in pediatrics in Azerbaijan" has started at the Azerbaijan Medical University.

    Rector of the university, MP Ahliman Amiraslanov made an opening address.

    The speakers lauded the Azerbaijani government`s attention to developing pediatrics.

    The two-day conference will hear reports and feature discussions.
  • Brazil sends troops to Bahia state after police strike
    17.04.2014 17:01
    Brazil has sent thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

    Shops and supermarkets in the state capital, Salvador, have been looted and public transport was severely reduced following attacks on some buses.

    The Brazilian city is due to host six matches during this year's football World Cup, which begins in June.

    Another strike in 2012 led to a spike in murders and other violent crimes.

    Back then, more than 130 people were killed and 12 officers were arrested, including the leader of the current labour dispute, Marco Prisco.

    He was accused of inciting acts of vandalism by his colleagues, but later released.

    The 2012 strike lasted 12 days, and troops were also sent to the streets of Salvador, Brazil's third most populous city.

    The police started their latest protest on Tuesday night after failing to reach an agreement with the government in a dispute over higher pay and better conditions.

    "If they meet our demands, the strike will end today," announced Mr Prisco.

    The government said it was doing everything possible to meet the strikers' demands.

    "Our intention is to talk. Firstly, we are concerned about the safety of the population," Bahia's Secretary of Public Safety, Mauricio Barbosa, was quoted as saying by the G1 news portal.

    Most schools and universities closed on Wednesday.

    Fewer buses were also circulating in Salvador after bus drivers refused to go to work for fear of being attacked.
  • Azerbaijan exports 821,500,000 cubic meters of natural gas
    17.04.2014 16:53
    In the first quarter of 2014 Azerbaijan exported 2,398,400,000 cubic meters of natural gas and 597,853,400 cubic meters of gas condensate, according to control metering devices.

    In the reporting period, 821,595,700 cubic meters of gas worth $145,954,800 passed official registration, according to a report in the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.

  • Azerbaijani artist to hold personal exhibition in Baku
    17.04.2014 16:44
    By AzerNews

    An exhibition by Azerbaijani artist Butunay Hagverdiyev will open in QGallery in Baku on April 17.

    The news was announced by the artist's press-service.

    Titled "Crossing", the exhibition will be held in April 17-30.

    The young and promising artist is a member of Azerbaijan's Union of Artists. His career began at the age of 14, when he painted the Orthodox Church of St. Bartholomew together with a group of artists.

    After entering British Higher School of Design in Moscow, his exhibitions and curatorial projects were held in Baku.

    Hagverdiyev participated in the 55th Venice Biennale as part of Azerbaijan's national pavilion artists in 2013.

    His works are parts of private collections in Azerbaijan, Australia, Lithuania, UK, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, and the United States.

    Adhering to conservative views on art and nourishing a great passion for the Renaissance and antiquity, Butunay addresses the world heritage of fine arts in his works, and opens it to new interpretations.

    He pays a great deal of attention to architecture, construction machinery, trains and subway stations, mechanisms, and people.
  • Transnistria request to Russia is counter to peace process
    17.04.2014 16:44
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    The appeal of the so-called "supreme soviet" of Moldova's Transnistrian region to the central authorities of Russia on the region's recognition as an independent state is a one-sided and absolutely counterproductive action, the statement of Moldavian government said.

    " The appeal is nothing but a direct defiance of the Transnistrian conflict settlement process, Moldova's territorial integrity. By such an appeal, Tiraspol ignores an objective reality - and namely the fact that the Transnistrian region is recognised as a component part of the Republic of Moldova by all international actors participating in the process of five-plus-two negotiations," a message from Moldavian embassy in Azerbaijan said on April 17.

    The pseudo-referendum organised in the Transnistrian region in September 2006 was not recognised by the international community and cannot be regarded as an exercise of expressing the will of the residents from the region, the government's statement said.

    "The only way of identifying a final and viable solution to the Transnistrian conflict is the continuation of the political dialogue, without pre-conditions, within all the present mechanisms of negotiations. The government remains opened and interested in such a dialogue. We call on the international partners to undertake coordinated efforts, with a view of advancing the conflict settlement process by working out a special status for the Transnistrian region, based on the principles of Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity. And in particular, we urge our partners from Russia to come with a prompt reaction, in full accordance with the norms and principles of the international law," the statement said.

    The members of parliament of the so-called "supreme soviet" of Moldova's breakaway Transnistrian region, on April 16, adopted an appeal to the UN, OSCE and Russia, asking recognition of the region as an independent state.

    Five districts of Moldova situated on the west bank of the Dniester River declared the formation of a Transnistrian Union Republic within the USSR in September 1990, and then - independent Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (PMR) with Tiraspol as its center.

    Moldavian authorities didn't agree with the decision of the Transnistrian MPs and attempted to solve the problem by deploying troops in the unrecognized republic.

    An armed conflict broke out in Transnistria in March 1992 and lasted until mid-July of the same year. As a result, Chisinau lost control of the left bank districts and Transnistria become a territory, with all its statehood attributes, including its own currency.

    The armed phase of the confrontation ended only after the deployment of Russian army units in the conflict zone.

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  • Japan makes two more oil payments to Iran
    17.04.2014 16:43
    Japan made two more payments to Iran for crude imports that were scheduled under an interim nuclear deal, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said, in return for Tehran's moves to reign in its disputed nuclear programme.

    According to Reuters, Iran's central bank had received the payments from Japan, one source said. A second source confirmed Japan had made the transfers.

    The payments totalled $1 billion, with one instalment of $550 million due on April 10 and the remainder on April 15, according to a schedule for the transfers on a U.S. Treasury fact sheet.

    Japan's finance ministry and central bank have declined to comment on the payments.

    The fourth and fifth payments mean Iran has received $2.55 billion in frozen oil funds, with all but one payment coming from Japan. South Korea made the other payment.

    Under a Nov. 24 agreement with six major powers, Iran won access to $4.2 billion of its oil revenues frozen abroad by eight money-transfer schedules through July if it carried out its part of the deal to curb its nuclear programme.

    A senior Iranian official told the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday that Tehran expected to get the fifth instalment of the frozen funds this week, signalling the country was in compliance with its obligations under the November agreement.

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  • Azerbaijani, Italian IT companies sign MoU
    17.04.2014 16:40
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's local IT company Neuron Technologies signed Memorandum of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreement with Italian leading IT company Exprivia.

    The documents were signed by, Founder amp; CEO of Neuron Technologies Ismayil Alakbarov and Founder amp; CEO of Exprivia Favuzzi Domenico, the Italian embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend on April 17.

    The event was also attended by the Ambassador of Italy in Azerbaijan Giampaolo Cutillo.

    Exprivia is a listed Italian company operating in the IT industry in Italy and other European and Central and South American countries, and has expertise in innovative software solutions.

    Neuron Technologies is a local company operating in the ICT industry and is involved in bringing turn-key IT solutions in Azerbaijan.

    The two companies will be conducting joint projects in bringing ICT solutions for banking amp; finance, healthcare amp; medical, oil and gas, defence and space, public administration, transport and utilities in Azerbaijan.

    Alakbarov expressed that Azerbaijani IT market is going through huge developments and he strongly believes that his company will implement successful joint projects with Exprivia, particularly in the area of healthcare, adding that the local hospitals and medical clinics have a growth profile, where bringing advanced electronic hospital management technologies is essential to build best-in-class infrastructure in Azerbaijan.

    Domenico highlighted that Exprivia is willing to enter into the Azerbaijani market with its newest solutions and considers this signing ceremony with Neuron Technologies as an important milestone in bringing the Italian technology transfer into Azerbaijan.

    Ambassador Cutillo, in turn said that good opportunities exist to expand cooperation between Azerbaijani and Italian companies, particularly in the area of ICT and therefore it is necessary to strengthen joint efforts in this direction.

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  • Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea
    17.04.2014 16:39
    President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula, Reuters reported.

    "We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop as they are currently developing in southeast Ukraine," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "Of course our troops stood behind Crimea's self-defense forces."

    A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

    The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

    Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

    A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

    The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

    With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

    On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

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  • Croatia, Azerbaijan discuss consular issues
    17.04.2014 16:25
    Foreign Ministries of Azerbaijan and Croatia held consultations on the consular issues.

    Consultations involved Chief of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's consular department Mehriban Najafova and her counterpart Vinko Ljubicic.

    The importance of holding the consultations for successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Croatia in a variety of fields, expansion of cooperation on consular matters was underlined at the meeting.

    The parties shared their opinions on the elimination of difficulties the citizens of both countries face in visa processing, conduct of the consular operations, regulation of migration processes, learning experience on readmission between Croatia and EU, application mechanisms of readmission agreements.

    The parties also discussed prospects for the cooperation.

  • Emir of Sumgayit jamaat taken captive in Syria - EXCLUSIVE
    17.04.2014 16:19
    Agil Hajiyev aka ''Talish Agil'' will be reportedly executed

    Baku. Hafiz Hajiyev - APA. An Azerbaijani fighter has been taken captive in Syria.

    APA reports that he is emir of Sumgayit jamaat, Agil Hajiyev aka "Talish Agil" fighting under Jund al-Sham armed group.

    He was captured by the members of Al-Nusra Front and sentenced to execution under Sharia Law. He will be reportedly executed in the coming days.

    Sumgayit law enforcement bodies told APA that Agil taghi Hajiyev was born in Boladi village of Lankaran region. Hajiyev married a woman who was a member of Khawarij sect and went to Syria a few years ago.

    According to the law enforcement bodies, they have information that Hajiyev is in Syria, but they have no information about his being taken captive.

    Emir of Kharijites in Sumgayit Elchin Akberov was arrested as a result of special operation held by the Interior ministry in December, 2013. Akberov was arrested over the skirmish the occurred between Khawarij and Salafi sects in Sumgayit on December 11. As a result, city residents Anar Rahimov and Elmar Mammadli were stabbed. Residents of Teze Jorat settlements Elshan Musayev and Elnur Nazaraliyev received shrapnel wounds.

    As a result of the investigation and search operations carried out by the employees of Police Office and Prosecutor's Office, more than 20 suspected persons were arrested.

    110 g hashish, 5 kg substance like mercury, 44 banned religious books, 30 CDs, one "F-1" hand-grenade, 1 grenade lighter and 123 bullets were seized from the houses of these persons.
  • One child killed, several injured in Turkey as bus overturns (UPDATE)
    17.04.2014 16:15
    the details were added (the first version was posted at 13:44)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A bus with schoolchildren overturned in the Turkish province of Nevsehir, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on April 17.

    One child was killed and 19 children were injured in this accident, according to the preliminary reports.

    The cause of the accident was that the driver lost control of the vehicle, according to the report.

    All injured schoolchildren were taken to the nearest hospital.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Tbilisi, Tehran discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation
    17.04.2014 16:09
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 17

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Chairman of the Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Council), Irakli Shihiashvili has held a meeting with the official of Iran's Industry Ministry.

    During the meeting, the parties discussed the prospects for cooperation between the capitals of the two countries and planned to sign a relevant memorandum, Tbilisi Sakrebulo told Trend on April 17.

    They paid special attention to cooperation in the spheres of trade, science, culture, as well as student exchange programs and reached agreed on exchange of mutual visits of Georgian and Iranian officials.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Putin says Russia, Ukraine will reach 'mutual understanding'
    17.04.2014 16:06
    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was certain that Russia and Ukraine could reach a compromise following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying the neighbors had a huge number of common interests, Reuters reported.

    "I'm sure we will come to a mutual understanding with Ukraine. We will not be able to do without each other," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation.

    A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

    The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

    Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

    A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

    The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

    With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

    On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

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  • Azerbaijani patients in Iran to have benefits
    17.04.2014 16:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The Tabriz University of Medical Sciences prepared a program presenting benefits to Azerbaijanis arriving for treatment in Iran, and a special suite in one of the hospitals of the country.

    The information about the new program was provided by the Iranian Health and Medical Education Minister's Special Envoy and Tabriz Medical Sciences University Rector, Dr. Mohammad Hossein Somi at the meeting with the chairman of the committee on social policy of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Hadi Rajabli, according the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan.

    Nearly millions of Azerbaijani citizens come to Iran annually for treatment, Somi said.

    "Most of the Azerbaijani citizens arriving in Iran for treatment, prefer Tabriz. And because of this, we've prepared a special program, so that Azerbaijanis who come to treatment here, would have a special suite, where they can be treated," he said.

    Somi also noted the willingness of Tabriz Medical Sciences University for the exchange of students, teachers, as well as holding joint health projects and scientific seminars.

    Rajabli, in turn, noted Iran's development in the medical field and suggested signing of cooperation agreement between the health ministries of Azerbaijan and Iran.

    The Azerbaijani MP also spoke about the projects on health insurance in Azerbaijan, noted the implementation of the programs of the Ministry of Health related to the use of health insurance.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Pakistani Air Force commander starts his visit to Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 16:00
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A delegation of Pakistani Armed Forces led by the Commander of this country's Air Force, Tahir Rafique Butt, started its visit to Azerbaijan on April 17, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

    The members of the Pakistani delegation visited the Alley of Honors to pay respect to the national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev and academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The delegation also visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku.

    Following this, the delegation members visited the Military Academy, as well as the Education and Training Center of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces and became familiar with the conditions created there.

    During the visit, the guests met with the management of these institutions and were informed about the history of Azerbaijan's military educational institutions.

    The delegation of Pakistani Armed Forces is expected to hold meetings at Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry during the visit that will last till April 19.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by: S.I.

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  • One child killed, several injured in Turkey as bus overturns
    17.04.2014 15:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A bus with schoolchildren overturned in the Turkish province of Nevsehir, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on April 17.

    One child was killed and 19 children were injured in this accident, according to the preliminary reports.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages
    17.04.2014 15:52
    Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are offering a glimpse into the desperate situation in the crippled vessel. "Dad, don't worry. I've got a life vest on and we're huddled together," one 18-year-old student, identified only by her last name, Shin, texted her father, according to MBC News, a Korean news station.

    The father replied: "I know the rescue is underway but make your way out if you can."

    "Dad, I can't walk out," she replied. "The corridor is full of kids, and it's too tilted."

    The student was among the 290 still reported missing.

    In another exchange, a male student texted his mother, who was unaware at the time that the ferry was in distress. "Mom, I might not be able to tell you in person. I love you," the student texted, according to MBC.

    "Me too, son. I love you," the mother texted back, followed with three heart symbols.

    Fortunately, that student was among the 179 people who have been rescued, MBC reported.

    And one family said they had received a text message saying "I am alive" from one of the missing people while still on board, Korean news agency NEWSIS reported. It was unclear if that person had been rescued. Survivors told harrowing tales of confusion and desperation as people slid along the floor of the sharply listing ship, colliding with one another, or found themselves trapped in cabins by a wall of water.

    Rescued passengers said that immediately after they heard a booming noise, the ship began listing and they heard an announcement over the ship's PA system telling the passengers to stay in place.

    "The baggage was falling out, and we were saying lsquo;What's going on?' But the announcement told us to stay where we were, so we did," one rescued student told MBC.
  • Nakhchivan Open 2014 due in Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 15:51
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan will host the International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2014 to commemorate National Leader Heydar Aliyev on May 4-12.

    Co-organized by the Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Ministry, Azerbaijan's Chess Federation and Nakhchivan Autonomic Republic's Chess Federation, the festival will be held in the Nakhchivan Chess Center. Registration for the festival has already begun.

    The players will be seeded in Tournament A, if rated above 2250 FIDE (For Women above 2100 FIDE), while the lower rated players will compete in Tournament B. Both groups will be played for nine rounds of Swiss system. There will also be a Tournament C for U12 juniors.

    Besides, representatives of Azerbaijan, some 17 representatives of Georgia, India, Latvia, Iran, Russia and Ukraine will participate in Tournament A. Some 23 players from Azerbaijan, Iran, Ukraine and Afghanistan will play in Tournament B, while 17 representatives of Azerbaijan, Iran and Georgia - in Tournament C.

    Top prizes in the Tournament A are $10,000 cup/ $5000/ $3000/ $2000/ $1500/ $1200/ $1000. Moreover, there will be 30 convenient and many special prizes.
  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    17.04.2014 15:38
    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $0.01 to stand at $103.76. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased $0.24 to trade at $109.60.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased $0.79 to stand at $112.81.
  • Airbus Militaryв's A-400M gives Euro troops greater autonomy
    17.04.2014 15:35
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    Turkey received its first military transport airplane this week, the new A-400M, a state of the art all purpose transporter from Airbus Military. The transporter will offer European air forces added autonomy. Most Western military were dependent on the U.S. for long range transport until the A-400M.

    A "versatile airlifter" the A-400M performs three very different types of missions: it is able to perform both tactical missions directly to the point of need and long range strategic/logistic ones. And it can also serve as an air-to-air refueling "tanker." Four unique counter-rotating Europrop International (EPI) TP400 turboprops power the A400M. It offers a wide flight envelope in terms of both speed and altitude. And it can be used to help in humanitarian operations.

    The transport plane was launched in 2003 to respond to the combined needs of seven European Nations regrouped within OCCAR (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Turkey and the UK), with Malaysia joining in 2005. This is one of the major reasons for its extreme versatility. Its maiden flight took place on December 11, 2009.

    It has a maximum payload of up to 37 tons (81, 600 lb) and a volume of 340 m3 (12, 000 ft3). The A400M can carry numerous pieces of outsized cargo including, vehicles and helicopters that are too large or too heavy for previous generation tactical airlifters, for example, the NH90 or CH-47 Chinook helicopter, or two heavy armored vehicles. It can also carry a heavy logistic truck, a rescue boat, or large lifting devices, such as excavators or mobile cranes needed to assist in disaster relief, besides the ability to carry 116 troops with all their gear.

    The four unique Europrop International (EPI) TP 400 turboprops allow the plane to fly distances of up to 4,700 nm / 8,700 km, at a cruising altitude up to 37,000 ft, and at a speed of up to Mach 0.72. If need be, it can fly up to 40,000 ft for special operations.

    Its capability to fly faster and higher means it can respond more rapidly to crises, because greater distances can be flown in a one crew duty day. The A400M is hence much more efficient than its predecessors. Also, as it can fly higher, it can cruise above poor weather and turbulence found at medium altitudes, resulting in less fatigue for the crews, and passengers or troops alike.

    Its unique short landing characteristics make the A400M the only large airlifter that can fly equipment and personnel directly to the site of action, where these materials are urgently needed. In addition to its Europrop EPI TP400 Turboprops, which are less sensitive to ingestions than jet engines, the A400M is fitted with a twelve-wheel main landing gear and an efficient absorption of shock-loads into the airframe structure for operations from stone, gravel or sand strips, and is designed to minimize risk of foreign object damage.

    This allows the A-400M to land and take off from any short unprepared airstrip no more than 750 meters, or 2500 feet, with a payload of about 25 tons.

    Airbus Military has received orders for 172 planes, each costing US$181.5 million. Two planes have been delivered to date. Turkey's was the second.

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  • U.S. Congressman hails Azerbaijan`s importance to U.S.
    17.04.2014 15:25
    Representative for Texas's 34th congressional district, Congressman Filemon Vela has called on the U.S. authorities ''to show their solidarity with former Soviet states such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, while encouraging these nations to continue to institute democratic reforms and modernize their economies''.

    ''Countries in the Caucasus region such as Azerbaijan and Georgia are located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe '" a strategic location for U.S. foreign policy objectives..'' said Vela during his speech at the Congress.

    ''With the volatility and strategic importance of this region, the U.S. must continue to work with its allies as Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia to ensure their sovereignty is protected,'' the U.S. congressman added.

  • India cuts Iran oil imports nearly a fifth in 2013/14
    17.04.2014 15:19
    India's imports of Iranian crude tumbled about a fifth in the fiscal year ended in March, despite a surge of shipments in recent months that came after a deal easing sanctions on Tehran.

    The Geneva agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in November and implemented for six months from Jan. 20 eased some restriction on Tehran's oil trade in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

    According to Reuters, India, the world's fourth-biggest oil consumer and Tehran's top client after China, imported around 358,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter, up nearly 43 percent from a year ago, according to tanker arrival data obtained from trade sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Analytics.

    Even with the surge over the January-March quarter, India's oil purchases in the year to March 31 dropped 16.5 percent to 222,000 bpd, the tanker data showed.

    India and other clients of Iran, including China, Japan and South Korea, were forced to cut their oil imports after toughened sanctions were placed on Tehran in 2012.

    The measures cut Iran's oil exports in half and slashed its revenues, and according to the West, were the primary reason the OPEC member agreed to curbs on its disputed nuclear programme.

    India had targeted at least a 15 percent cut in its imports from Iran to 220,000 bpd for the 2013/14 year.

    Last month, India's shipments from Iran rose 45.6 percent from February to about 387,000 bpd, or more than twice the intake in March 2013, the tanker arrival data showed.


    The tanker arrival data was confirmed by a senior government official who said Indian refiners had loaded 10.7 million tonnes, or 214,000 bpd, of Iranian oil in 2013/14, down about 18.6 percent from the previous year.

    Arrival and loading data differ as a voyage from Iran to India normally takes seven to eight days.

    Indian refiners had contracts with Iran to buy about 185,000 bpd in the year to March 31, lower than government targets because Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd did not renew its annual term deal with Tehran last year.

    Private refiner Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd had a deal to buy 80,000 bpd each from Iran in the last fiscal year.

    State-owned Indian Oil Corp signed for the other contracted term volumes of 25,000 bpd.

    Essar bought about 105,400 bpd, 32 percent higher than its contract, while MRPL shipped in 83,800 bpd, said the official.

    "Essar took almost half of our overall imports from Iran (in 2013/14). They (Iran) are offering better deals than others in the Gulf," the official said.

    Essar Oil officials did not respond to an e-mailed request for further details.

    Iran has been offering free shipping and discounts on crude sales to Indian refiners to boost its exports.

    Iran's share of Indian crude imports dropped to about 5.7 percent in 2013/14, the tanker data showed.

    Iran accounted for about 16.4 percent of India's oil import in 2008/09 and 7.3 percent a year ago, according to the government source.

    Iran is now India's seventh largest crude supplier, down from sixth a year ago, the tanker data showed.

    Overall, India imported about 3.9 million bpd in the year ended March 31, up about 6 percent from the previous fiscal year, the tanker arrival data showed.

  • Strict fight against illegal parkings starts in Baku
    17.04.2014 15:12
    Strict measures are going to be taken against illegal parkings arranged on sidewalks, carriageways, as well as at the park and metro station entrances in Baku.


    Order No-179 "On the arrangement of parkings in Baku" by the head of Executive Power of Baku city Hajibala Abutalibov envisages the mentioned measures, informs Day.Az.

    In order to execute the decision by the Cabinet of Minsiters of Azerbaijan Republic dated April 6, 1999 along with the "On the road traffic" and "On the highways" laws of AR and decision to eliminate the traffic jams on the main roads, all illegal parkings on the streets and avenues of Baku, around the parks, alleys, metro stations, on the sidewalks will completely be liquidated.


    Individuals and legal entities engaged in the arrangement of the aforementioned parkings will be fined with sanctions or measures pursuant to the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic. In purpose to get rid of traffic jams, it was decided to create permanent parking lots along the roads with unlimited movement of transport facilities. Special boards showing parking tariffs and time will be installed in the new parking lots.

    Order of the head of Baku EP has been signed on April 16, 2014.В 
  • ADB Resident Representative visits Azerbaijan State Economic University
    17.04.2014 15:02
    Rector of the Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU) Adalat Muradov has met Resident Representative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Azerbaijan Olly Norojono.

    They explored possible areas of cooperation between the university and the bank, and discussed the issue of involvement of ADB experts in the organization and management of the education process at ASEU, improvement of the university`s electronic library network, and involvement of ASEU employees in ADB training programs.

    They also discussed how ADB could help ASEU build and expand cooperation with the leading universities in Asia.
  • Date of US Congressional delegation visit to Baku announced
    17.04.2014 15:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    A Congressional delegation led by US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce will visit Azerbaijan this weekend.

    The other members of the delegation include Ranking Committee Member Eliot Engel, Representative Lois Frankel, and Representative David Cicilline, the Azerbaijani Embassy in the U.S. told Trend.

    The delegation will meet with senior Azerbaijani government officials and civil society representatives during their visit.

    Following their visit to Baku, the delegation will also travel to Kyiv and Yerevan.

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  • President receives new head of Council of Europe's Baku office
    17.04.2014 14:58
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the new head of the Council of Europe Baku office Dragana Filipovic on 17 April. reports with reference to the official website for the President of Azerbaijan that the sides exchanged views on the current situation and prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe.

  • President Ilham Aliyev received Secretary General of Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States
    17.04.2014 14:44
    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Halil Akinci.

    They spoke of the events conducted within the framework of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, and discussed the issues related to cooperation prospects.

    Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Halil Akinci handed the flag reflecting symbols of the Turkic speaking states to President Ilham Aliyev.
  • "Sprinter" Bale sinks Barca to win Copa del Rey
    17.04.2014 14:41
    It may have cost a reported $134 million to bring Gareth Bale to Spain, but on Wednesday he scored a priceless goal as Real Madrid beat archrivals Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey.

    The Welshman, who was signed from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013, produced a stunning solo strike to give Real their first trophy under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.

    Real's triumph condemned Barca to three successive defeats for the first time since January 2003 and crushed the Catalan team's final realistic chance of winning silverware this season.

    It capped off a miserable seven days for Gerardo Martino's Barca, who were last week knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid before losing at Grenada in La Liga on Sunday.

    While Real's big-money recruit flourished, Barca's star signing floundered.

    Neymar arrived at the Nou Camp amid much fanfare last June, but the Brazilian spurned a glorious opportunity to level the match in the final moments when he fired a close-range effort against the post.

    The first goal of a tense contest at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium arrived on 11 minutes after a rapid Real counter attack.

    Bale set Angel di Maria racing free and the Argentine composed himself before firing a low shot through goalkeeper Pinto and into the corner of the net.

    Pinto's attempts to save the shot had Barca fans pining for Victor Valdes, the team's longstanding goalkeeper who is unavailable after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last month.

    Real had injury problems of their own with FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo missing through a hamstring injury, although his absence was barely felt as Los Blancos dominated the first half.

    Barca struggled to match their vibrant opponents, with Lionel Messi cutting a particularly forlorn figure.

    It looked as if Bale had doubled Real's lead midway through the second period, but the winger saw his close-range header chalked off. Moments later, Barca found an equalizer from the unlikeliest of sources.

    Young defender Marc Bartra chose the perfect time to score a rare goal as he powered a firm header beyond Iker Casillas from Xavi's 68th-minute corner.

    But Real, and Bale, were not to be denied.

    With 85 minutes on the clock and extra-time looming large, Bale unleashed a punishing burst of pace to surge past Bartra near the halfway line.

    Bale soared towards goal and, under pressure from the pursuing Bartra, coolly poked a shot under the advancing Pinto.

    Barca should have leveled in the 90th minute, but Neymar could only find the post when presented with a clear sight of goal.

    While Martino's men must now contemplate a somber end to the season, Real have it all to play for.

    Ancelotti's team face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, while they also sit just three points behind city rivals Atletico at the top of the La Liga table.

  • Russia, Kazakhstan,Belarus to create single financial market regulator
    17.04.2014 14:31
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 16

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    A supranational body to regulate the integrated financial market of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus within the Eurasian Customs Union will be created in 2025, the chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov said.

    "We (a negotiating group of Russian, Kazakh and Belarusian financiers) managed to agree that the harmonization of legislation in the area of financial markets will be carried out until 2025, and an appropriate supranational body to regulate the financial market will created in 2025," he said at a press-conference held in Astana.

    However, Kelimbetov stressed that "this will be the regulator, rather than a single central bank."

    "That is, it will be the regulator of regulators, which will issue relevant rules in order to harmonize work of our financial sectors," the National Bank chairman said.

    Kelimbetov recalled that the Kazakh National Bank is also involved in the preparation of the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union and is responsible for issues relating to monetary policy and financial markets.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Caught in the Syrian tempest Saudi Arabia replaces chief spy
    17.04.2014 14:26
    By Claude Salhani- Trend:

    A Saudi royal decree announced that the kingdom's top spy, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the head of the country's intelligence services was being relieved of his post, at his own request, and that his deputy would replace him.

    Politics in the desert kingdom are not simple, to say the least. To better grasp what is happening in the country, one needs to look at Saudi Arabia's involvement in Syria. And to better understand what is happening in Syria it is important to zoom out of the picture a little bit and to take in a wider scope, one that includes Iran.

    Saudi Arabia's battle with Syria is nothing personal. Well, it is actually, and we will come to that in a moment. But what is really driving the House of Saud - and what has been driving it since the beginning of the Syrian revolt - is Saudi Arabia's mistrust and fear of Iran. More precisely, fear of what they regard as Iran's desire to expand its influence, and its desire to obtain nuclear weapons.

    Saudi Arabia and most of the other oil rich emirates regard Iran as a threat to their immediate security, from both internal and external approaches. Internally by instigating the Islamist element and externally by obtaining nuclear weapons.

    In the past the Saudis had relied on the United States for their defense. Indeed, a pact first reached between King Abdel Aziz ibn Saud and President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the close of WWII, guaranteed the United States would be able to buy cheap gas from Saudi in return for providing protection to the kingdom.

    But now the region has changed and the rules of engagement have also changed drastically. So important is the issue of making certain that Iran does not walk away from the Syrian conflict with a victory that in July 2012 the king appointed one of the most noted and capable men of the kingdom to handle the Syrian dossier.

    Indeed, Prince Bandar bin Sultan had served as his country's ambassador to Washington for nearly three decades. While in D.C. the Saudi envoy became the center of Washingtonian diplomatic life, where fine wines and cognac and Cuban cigars were abundant. Bandar spared no expense to entertain his guests. He became close to the Bushes and was a frequent guest at the Bush ranch in Texas, so much so that he was given the nickname "Bandar Bush."

    Upon leaving Washington, Bandar served as head of the National Security Council, often carrying messages back and forth between Washington and Riyadh.

    When it became apparent that the war in Syria would drag on, the king appointed Bandar as the kingdom's chief spy and front man in charge of overseeing Saudi's role in the Syrian conflict. What exactly is that role? It is twofold. First it is to try and check Tehran's influence in the region. And second - we mentioned the personal aspect of the conflict - was to get back at Syria for the killing of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, who enjoyed immense Saudi backing.

    Bandar promised he would have the Syrian situation cleared up in a matter of months. Instead, it has worsened with more groups and countries and factions involved and rather than being ousted from power, as Riyadh had hoped, Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have the upper hand once again.

    Bandar tried to convince the Russians to abandon their long time friend and ally but President Vladimir Putin was adamant in his support for the regime in Damascus.

    So perhaps in part due to his inability to achieve any headway, perhaps in part due to Bandar's failing health, King Abdullah announced in a report carried on the official news agency that the prince was being replaced as head of the intelligence services by Youssef al-Idrisi. The Saudi Press Agency stated that "Prince Bandar was relieved of his post at his own request and General Youssef al-Idrissi was asked to carry out the duties of the head of general intelligence."

    Bandar had become extremely upset with the Obama administration's lack of positive action regarding Syria and relations with Washington were at their lowest point.

    The Saudis in recent months re-evaluated their policy regarding Syria and the Islamist threat and the recent appointment of Prince Nayef as Interior Minister, a powerful position in the kingdom, was an indication that Riyadh wanted to focus more on internal security and prevent trouble from erupting in the country rather than becoming more involved in Syria.

    The Saudis are not without blame in the mess that is taking place in parts of the Middle East today. For years they followed a two-tiered policy; supporting terrorists on the one hand and trying to fight it on the other. It was a policy that would come back to bite. And it did.


    Claude Salhani is senior editor at Trend Agency in Baku and a political analyst specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and terrorism. You can follow him in Twitter @claudesalhani.
  • Azerbaijan Chamber of Auditors, Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors sign MoU
    17.04.2014 14:15
    Azerbaijan Chamber of Auditors and the Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA) have signed an agreement on Mutual Understanding.

    Speaking to the signing ceremony, which took place in Baku, Vahid Novruzov, chairman of the Azerbaijan Chamber of Auditors stressed the importance of cooperation between auditing authorities of the two countries. He added the agreement would contribute to expanding the bilateral cooperation.

    GFPAA Executive Director Iuri Papaskua hailed support of the Azerbaijan Chamber of Auditors.
  • Scottish City Has Worst Life Expectancy in Developed World '" Report
    17.04.2014 14:01
    Baku-APA. New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland's most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    Glasgow is due to host the Commonwealth Games at the end of July and will welcome some of the world's top sportsmen and women, placing an international spotlight on the health of the residents of the city.

    But figures produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlight that 25 percent of boys and 15 percent of girls will not reach their 65th birthday, the worst life expectancy in the whole of Britain and Europe.

    By comparison, World Health Organization figures reveal that the average life expectancy in Afghanistan is 67. In Iraq, people can expect to live to at least 69 and in the Gaza Strip the average age is 70 years of age, despite decades of ongoing war and hardship in those regions.

    Further international comparison shows that Glasgow lags well behind life expectancy rates in the rest of the developed world and is on a par with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Ghana and Senegal.

    Scotland as a whole continues to have amongst the poorest life expectancy rates in the whole of Europe, despite recording its highest-ever combined figure this year of 79 years for men and women.

    Sweden and Spain continue to have the highest life expectancy rates in Europe, with men and women expected to reach 82 years old.

    The main factors underlying the figures for Glasgow are believed to be poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as alcohol consumption and smoking.

    "We have known for many years that there is a significant difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest parts of Scotland. These new figures reinforce how much work is needed to tackle these outcomes," Jackie Ballie, a member of the Scottish Parliament told RIA Novosti.

    The report by the ONS shows that life expectancies for babies born in Glasgow is eight to ten years behind the most affluent parts of the UK.

    "Glasgow City was consistently ranked as the area with the lowest male and female life expectancy between 2006-08 and 2010-12," the report concluded.
  • Revenues from Azerspace-1 to reach $15m this year
    17.04.2014 13:56
    It is planned that in 2014 revenues from services provided by the first telecommunications satellite of Azerbaijan Azerspace- 1 , will be $15 million.

    This was stated by Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov.

    According to him, in 2013, income from Azerspace- 1 amounted to $10 million"Azerspace- 1 enhances its commercial activities. New service users also appear inside the country", Abbasov said.

    The Minister also noted that this year the repayment of loans under the Azerspace- 1 project will be supported by the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan.

    "The satellite will start yielding profit next year", the minister said.

  • Tribeca Film Festival opens its 13th edition
    17.04.2014 13:54
    When the Tribeca Film Festival opens its 13th edition on Wednesday, it will embrace a New York state of mind.

    The selection also marks a win for the Tribeca Film Institute, the festival`s nonprofit organization, which supports some 60 independent projects each year. Although it can claim its third straight Academy Award nominee in as many yearsmdash;the most recent is "Cutie and the Boxer"mdash;"Illmatic" marks the first time a film backed by the institute has been chosen to open the festival.

    Nathan and Ida Handwerker are featured in the documentary `Famous Nathan.` Daniel Farrell

    The movie, which focuses on how Nas`s work was shaped by his childhood in Long Island City`s Queensbridge Houses and his relationship with his father, musician Olu Dara, "wasn`t just a sycophantic music documentary," said Beth Janson, the institute`s executive director.

    The story struck One9 and Mr. Parker in 2004, when the longtime friends encountered Mr. Dara, a charismatic presence in city jazz circles since the 1970s.

    Then the music editor at Vibe, Mr. Parker had a notion to expand on the magazine`s coverage of "Illmatic`s" 10th anniversary.

    Though the filmmakers, both 42 years old, received their subject`s blessing early on, it took years for the project to coalesce. Assistance from the Ford Foundation included a 2013 production grant for $200,000 from its JustFilms initiative, which allowed the pair to work on it full-time.

    In 2013, the Tribeca Institute also backed the documentary with a grant through Tribeca All Access.

    A Tribeca All Access Alumni grant this year helped the pair complete the film, and they received the inaugural Candescent Award, also overseen by the institute.
  • Azerbaijani FM meets with OSCE PA president
    17.04.2014 13:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17


    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received Chairman of the Parliament of Montenegro, president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ranko Krivokapic. The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations and stressed the importance of the parliamentary diplomacy, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said on April 16.

    Mammadyarov informed Krivokapic about the course of negotiations for peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and stressed that Azerbaijan is a supporter of the conflict settlement in accordance with the principles of international law.

    Despite the fact that international organizations have passed resolutions recognizing the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and condemning the aggressive policy of Armenia, the Armenian side has not fulfilled them. From this point of view, the minister stressed the importance the world community has demonstrated in presenting a stronger and principled position on this issue.

    During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Russia criticizes US for denying entry visa to Iranв's new ambassador to UN
    17.04.2014 13:46
    The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized the United States for refusing to issue an entry visa to Iranв's new ambassador to the United Nations and an attempt to exert pressure on a sovereign country, APA reports quoting ITAR-TASS.

    "The recent decision of the US authorities to deny an entry visa to Mr. Hamid Aboutaleb, a new Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, has caused our bewilderment," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

    "The United States has violated its commitment of a country housing the United Nations headquarters in its territory.

    Therefore, it is impossible to regard this step otherwise than an instrument of Washington's political pressure on a UN member state," the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.

  • Iran says by not issuing visa to its envoy, US violates UN laws
    17.04.2014 13:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The U.S. is violating its obligations towards the UN by not issuing a visa to Iran's envoy, the Islamic Republic's MP believes.

    "The US is clearly interfering in the United Nations' affairs by denying visa to Iran's newly-appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Javad Jahangirzadeh said, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on April 17.

    Jahangirzadeh went on to note that as a host country for the United Nations the US must issue a visa to the country's envoy to the UN according to its agreement.

    He also remarked that the visa denial is a "suitable message to the few US supporters in Iran."

    The visa denial issue also showed that the US is not obligated to the UN rules, the MP added.

    The White House said on April 11 that the United States has informed Iran that it would not grant a visa to Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran.

    Earlier the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to prevent Aboutalebi from entering the US.

    Iran's foreign ministry has slammed the U.S. stance on the new ambassador as "unacceptable."

    Iranian deputy foreign minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on April 13 that the foreign ministry is pursuing the issue through legal mechanisms at the UN.

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  • Council of Europe approves plan to support human rights reform in Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 13:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Deputy Ministers of the Council of Europe member states has approved the action plan for 2014-2015 intended to support reforms in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy in Azerbaijan, a message posted on the website of the Council of Europe said on April 17.

    The action plan was approved at the meeting of the deputy ministers of the Council of Europe member states held on April 16, according to the message.

    Azerbaijan will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May, 2014.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Spanish FM to visit Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 11:04
    Spanish Foreign Minister Joseacute; Manuel Garciacute;a-Margallo will pay his first official visit to Azerbaijan on April 23-24.

    The visit is aimed at discussing ways of deepening the bilateral relations and prospects for further cooperation.

    The Spanish FM is expected to hold a range of official meetings in Baku.

    The itinerary also includes a business forum and the signing of an agreement on double taxation avoidance.

    Spain`s official representative accredited in Azerbaijan will be presented to the government during the visit.
  • Turkey, Iran work to ease bilateral trade
    17.04.2014 11:01
    Turkey and Iran have started to work on a scheme aimed at lifting non-tariff obstacles and easing bureaucracy to further facilitate trade between the two parties, the Turkish development minister has said Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    Turkish Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz further asserted the ultimate goal is creating a free trade agreement between two neighbors.

    "We must conduct trade with the whole world, but trading with neighbors should be priority," Yilmaz said addressing businessmen and bureaucrats at the Turkish-Iranian Business forum yesterday.

    He claimed commercial ties between the countries have prospered under the leadership of Justice and Development Party (AKP) and said despite stumbling in recent years due to Western sanctions on Iran, the Turkish government is confident it will boost relations further in the near future.

    "When we came to power in 2002, Turkey's trade with Iran was only $1.2 billion. It reached its highest level of $22 billion in 2012. Unfortunately, it retreated slightly to $14.6 billion last year. Embargos against Iran, which we think are unjust, have had great influence on that," he said.

    Gas has been the top trade item between the countries.

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  • "I have a dream" by Shakira
    17.04.2014 10:49
    Shakira has given an interview to 'Bocas' magazine in which she says that "Gerard PiquГ© will be the Barcelona president one day and I'll be the first lady".

    A few months ago, Piqué himself also made a comment about the possibility of becoming Barça president in the future. "Who knows, maybe I'll be the first lady". A few months ago, Piqué himself also made a comment about the possibility of becoming Barça president in the future. "Who knows, maybe I'll become the president of FCB one day" he revealed in a 'Bleacher Report' interview.

    The defender, however, still has many years of football ahead of him. He is only 26 and still has a lot to achieve as an 'Azulgrana', in the national team, and with Shakira and his son Milan. "I love being a father. I've matured a little and now I'm much better at changing nappies and I sleep less regularly!" he admitted.

  • Azerbaijan-based insurers increase insurance payments '" by 13%
    17.04.2014 10:47
    Economics. In the first quarter of 2014, Azerbaijan-based insurersв' premiums made AZN 117.43 mln (up AZN 15.173 mln or 15.4%), payments '" AZN 28.57 mln (up AZN 3.172 mln or 12.5%).

    Premiums on voluntary insurance types rose 17.7% to AZN 87.139 mln, on compulsory insurance types - 9.3% to AZN 30.803 mln.

    Payments on voluntary insurance types increased by 11.1% to AZN 19.855 mln, on compulsory insurance types - by 15.9% to AZN 8.715 mln.

  • Earthquake hits south of Iran
    17.04.2014 10:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the Shonba city of Iran's Bushehr province at 04:01, April 17, Iran's Tabnak news website reported on April 17.

    The epicenter was located at a depth of 20 kilometers.

    No casualties or damage have been reported.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Azerbaijani film gets into competition at Cannes
    17.04.2014 10:22
    Azerbaijani film "Sonuncu" (The Last One) directed by Sergei Pikalov has got into the competition program of short films of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, according to the Festival's website.

    According to foreign media, for the first time the competition of "Short Film" features shots from Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Contest "Short Film" this year received 3,450 works from 128 countries. As a result, 10 films can claim the Palme d'Or for the best short film, among which is the Last One shot in our country by Russian director Sergei Pikalov, known for his work on the series of "Not Born Beautiful" and "Talisman of Love".

    The film "The Last One" is a philosophical parable telling about two Azerbaijani heroes - a lonely old man, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War and a 15-year-old peddler, living in a small village.

    The festival will be held from 14 to 25 May. The jury is headed by the Iranian director and screenwriter, winner of the "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, Abbas Kiarostami. The winner of the contest will be announced at the closing ceremony on 24 May 2014.

  • Georgian wine-tasting exhibition held in Paris
    17.04.2014 10:19
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 17

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    A Georgian wine-tasting exhibition was held in Paris.

    Seven Georgian wine companies presented their "Telavi wine cellar", "Shuhman wine Georgia," "Chateau Mukhrani", "Tbilvino", "Khareba", GWS and "Telianivalley" wines, the Georgian National Wine Agency told Trend on April 16.

    About 300 guests attended the exhibition. They showed great interest in Georgian wines, culture and history. Vice President of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, representatives of the diplomatic corps, UNESCO, the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture, the French Agrarian Chamber and various international organizations were among them.

    "The exhibition was an initiative of the Georgian government," chairman of the national agency Levan Davitashvili told media. "Its purpose is to popularize Georgian wines to the international community and professionals."

    translated by NH

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  • ''A masterpiece of art by Zaha Hadid''
    17.04.2014 09:48
    Argentina-based El Cronista newspaper has posted an article praising architectural design of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

    Headlined ''A masterpiece of art by Zara Hadid'', the article was written by Liz Valotta.

    It notes that the Heydar Aliyev Center became the capital Bakuв's new symbol and the cityв's starting point of reconstruction process.

    The article calls the Center a part of Zaha Hadidв's unique style.

    Valotta also hails Azerbaijanв's modernization, saying the country is investing in the development of its infrastructure.

  • Iran believes to win gas price dispute with Turkey
    17.04.2014 09:47
    Tehran, Iran, April 16

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran believes that the International Court of Justice will most likely favor Iran in the gas price dispute with Turkey, according to Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

    Zanganeh assured that Turkey's complained will cause no problem for Tehran, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on April 16.

    "Negotiations about the gas price and a possible increase in gas exports is still underway," he said.

    Turkey laid a formal complaint against Iran in regards to high price of gas in March 2012.

    If the court rules in favor of Turkey, Iran will be obliged to provide Turkey a 30 percent discount on gas purchases.

    Iran is currently charging Turkey $490 for every 1,000 cubic meters of gas. It is while Ankara says it has to pay only $335 and $425 to Azerbaijan and Russia, respectively, to import the same amount of gas.

    In 1996, the Tehran and Ankara signed an agreement, according to which Iran would supply 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Turkey.

    Under the agreement, Iran should export about 27.3 million cubic meters of gas per day to its northwestern neighbor.

    In October 2013, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that Turkey is importing 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Iran but would buy more if it were available.

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  • Turkey 'fighting' to end Gaza siege: Haniyeh
    17.04.2014 09:43 Ismail_Haniyeh_130912.jpg Ismail_Haniyeh_130912.jpg
    Turkey is "fighting " to break Israel's years-long siege of the Gaza Strip, the enclave's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday Anadolu Agency reported

    "I haven't forgotten about Turkey, which keeps fighting diplomatically and politically to help lift the siege on the Gaza Strip," Haniyeh told a press conference.

    Turkey downgraded relations with Israel in 2011 and expelled the Israeli ambassador after the self-proclaimed Jewish state refused to apologize for killing nine Turkish activists aboard a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in 2010.

    The Turkish government sponsors a number of charity and development projects in the Gaza Strip.

    Speaking at an inauguration ceremony for a handful of Qatar-funded projects, Haniyeh called on Egypt to fully reopen the Rafah border crossing.

    Haniyeh's appeal came after Egypt allowed the entry of building materials for the projects into the strip.

    Gaza's population of almost two million continues to face harsh economic conditions and a dire humanitarian situation as a result of an Israeli blockade first imposed on the strip in 2007.

    Gazans complain that frequent border closures by Egypt, in conjunction with Israel's seven-year-old embargo on the coastal enclave, have contributed to the strip's deteriorating economic circumstances.

    Egypt has tightened its grip on its border with Gaza since last July, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi - the country's first freely elected president - on the back of demonstrations against his presidency.

    Egyptian authorities accuse Hamas, which has governed the strip since 2007, of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country - charges Hamas emphatically denies.

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  • Turkey hopeful over Latvia's EU presidency
    17.04.2014 09:42
    Turkey's Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek is hopeful that new chapters will be opened for negotiation when Latvia takes over the European Union's presidency in 2015 Anadolu Agency reported.

    "Hopefully we will make some progress in the EU accession process, which has been going on irregularly and at a snail's pace. We appreciate Latvia's support regarding Turkey's EU membership and hope to get the chance to open some chapters for negotiation under Latvia's presidency," Cicek said Wednesday during a meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins, and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

    Noting that no other country has waited so long, 50 years, to gain membership status, Cicek stressed that Turkey's EU membership would benefit both parties.

    "We won't bring a burden on Europe, but opportunities. No other country could make the contributions [to EU] that Turkey could. We hope that this will be realized soon and we can have some reasons to feel optimistic regarding the current relations between Turkey and EU which have almost frozen," Cicek said.

    The parliament speaker also called on the EU to keep its promise made April 26, 2004 regarding Cyprus.

    "What we expect from our European friends is that they put an end to the unfairness against Turkish Cypriots that has happened ever since the Greek Cypriots voted against a resolution of the crisis in a referendum. The Greek side just keeps dragging their feet. You have got embassies there. When you make an official visit, please make sure to invite the Turkish Cypriots too, or better yet visit the Turkish side as well. This would be an encouraging step. The EU should not act as a stooge for the Greek Cypriots' games," Cicek said.

    Berzins said that he understood Turkey's concerns regarding the EU membership process and expressed his hopes that they could achieve much more progress when Latvia takes over the presidency compared to the progress made in the last 50 years.

    "We have always supported Turkey's EU membership. We will do our best to accelerate the negotiations during our 6-month presidency term," Rinkevics added.

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  • Egyptian court jails 119 Mursi supporters
    17.04.2014 09:40
    An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said Al Arabiya reported.

    More than 50 people were killed in the Oct. 6 protests called by Mursi supporters, one of the bloodiest days since his overthrow by the military on July 3. Judge Hazem Hashad acquitted six people in the case. They faced charges including unlawful assembly and thuggery.

    The army-backed authorities have banned the Muslim Brotherhood and driven it underground, killing hundreds of its supporters in the weeks after Mursi was toppled and arresting thousands more.

    In another case, a court in southern Egypt sentenced 529 Mursi supporters to death last month. The ruling has drawn criticism from rights groups and Western governments.

    The Brotherhood was Egypt's best organized political party until last year but the government has declared it a terrorist group and accused it of turning to violence since Mursi was overthrown following mass protests against his rule.

    The Brotherhood says the group remains committed to peacefully resisting what it views as a military coup.

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  • Prisoners to be pardoned in Georgia at Easter
    17.04.2014 09:39
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 17

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The pardon commission under the Georgian president gave the positive recommendations for about 100 prisoners.

    The cases of about 500 prisoners were considered. But the positive recommendations were given for 100 of them. Some of them will be released. The prison sentence will be reduced for others. Men, women and minors are among the pardoned, chairman of the commission Aleko Elisashvili said on April 16.

    Elisashvili stressed that this is the first act of pardon as part of the new provision about the commission.

    A list of candidates for pardon was sent to President Margvelashvili for signing on April 16. A pardon decree will be signed in the coming days. The prisoners will be released allegedly on April 20, when Christians celebrate Easter.

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  • Iranв's hydroelectric power generation capacity rises 16 pct
    17.04.2014 08:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.15

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    The power generation capacity of Iran's hydroelectric power plants has increased by 16 percent.

    Farid Estiri, an official at Iran's Water Resources Management Company, said that Iran's hydroelectric power plants generated 14.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, which is a 16 pct rise year on year.

    The maximum output of the hydroelectric power plant was related to July 24, 2013, which hit 100,000 megawatts, he said.

    In October, the IRNA News Agency reported that the efficiency of Iran's hydroelectric power plants increased by 24 percent in the first half of the past Iranian calendar year.

    Some 9,818 gigawatt/hours of electricity have been produced at the country's hydroelectric plants in the first half of the past year.

    The total capacity of the plants stands at 10,000 gig watt hours.

    Power generation capacity in Iran has grown by seven percent annually during the past 10 years. The figure has averaged 3.5 percent in the world.

    Iran is currently the biggest electricity producer in the Middle East.

    Iran's total electricity generation currently stands at 70,000 megawatt hours.

    Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

    Iran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.

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  • Richard Morningstar: ''We are disappointed over Azerbaijanв's unwillingness for coming of a new group of the Peace Corps Volunteers to the country''
    17.04.2014 08:27
    Ganja. Azer Mammadli '" APA. ''We are disappointed over the unwillingness of Azerbaijanв's Education Ministry for coming of a new group of volunteers from the United States to the country,'' U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar told journalists during his visit to Ganja, APA reports.

    The ambassador said that in this regard, he met with Education Minister Mikayil Jabbarov last week: "The minister clearly said that this step is not aimed at restricting the activity of the Peace Corps. Simply, the ministry intends to review its rules. The minister wants to be sure that the volunteers coming to the country will act in the direction. He assured us that the Peace Corps volunteers, who are currently in the country, will be able to stay in the country until the end of their mission. I believe that we would reach an agreement after the Ministry of Education reviews its rules. This will allow the new group of volunteers to arrive in Azerbaijan. Time will tell."

    Richard Morningstar met with deputy head of Ganja city Executive Authority Mikayil Zeynalov during his visit.
  • US, EU firms press Turkish companies over Chinese missile deal
    17.04.2014 07:50
    European and U.S. defense companies, which were not chosen for Turkey's first long-range air and anti-missile system, have been reportedly pressuring Turkey's defense industry giants to dissuade Turkey from choosing a Chinese firm, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    The U.S. partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin and the Italian-French consortium Eurosam have been holding talks with C-level executives of local defense companies, like military electronics specialist Aselsan, defense software specialist Havelsan, missile manufacturer Roketsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), according to information obtained from sources close to the matter.

    According to sources, European and American companies, which have billion-dollar joint projects with the Turkish companies at issue, gave an ultimatum to Turkish companies, saying "If Turkey buys missiles from China, our partnerships in certain fields will be over."

    Foreign companies reportedly also said they would give consent to co-production, which has been one of Turkey's top priorities, but not at the extent that China agreed.

    Turkey's defense procurement bureaucracy has been reassessing commercial and political aspects of negotiations with the Chinese winner of the bid, CPMIEC, after snags emerged during contract negotiations with the firm, including projected cost overruns of hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the necessity of integrating the system into the Turkish air defense system.

    NATO has strictly objected to the integration of the systems, saying it would not be possible to integrate the Chinese-built system with NATO and the U.S. systems due to cyber security threats. The company is also on a U.S. sanction list for violating the Syria, North Korea and Iran on proliferation acts.

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  • Georgian journalists detained by Russians released from custody
    17.04.2014 07:37
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 17

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian journalists detained by Russians in the region of Georgian-Ossetian conflict have been released from prison.

    The journalists were met by EU Monitoring Mission officials, Georgian police, colleagues and relatives on the frontline in the village of Ergneti.

    Then they were taken to Gori, where they will be questioned by Georgian police on the circumstances of violating the so-called South Ossetian border.

    Russian border guards detained the journalists of TV3 - Bella Zakidze, operator Vakhor Lekiashvili and technical officer Michael Mihoev on April 15 for violating the so-called South Ossetian border. Currently, they are in Tskhinvali.

    Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

    Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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  • Some 408 kg opium seized in Iran
    17.04.2014 07:03
    Isfahan province police have confiscated 408 kilograms of opium from a band of smugglers Wednesday, IRNA reported.

    According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Police provincial commander, General Abdolreza Aqakhani, while controlling the vehicles on an access road in the province, the police forces got suspicion of two Peugeot cars and ordered them to stop but ignoring the order, the drivers tried to run away.

    However, the police eventually stopped them and after full examining of the vehicle, they discovered some 169 kilograms of opium from one of them, he said, noting that three other Peugeots cooperating with the band attempted to change their path to flee the scene, but the police forces in a strike operation halted them and seized some 239 kilograms of opium from two of them.

    Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of its police troops in the war against traffickers. Owing to its rigid efforts, Iran makes 81 percent of the worldЛ€s total opium seizures and has turned into the leading country in drug campaign.

    Nearly 4,000 Iranian security personnel have been killed fighting drug smugglers since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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