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01.02.2013 09:29
A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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    23.11.2014 16:09
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    23.11.2014 11:29
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    23.11.2014 07:25
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  • Volkswagen will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead
    23.11.2014 14:49
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    23.11.2014 05:25
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  • Azerbaijani delegation attends World Congress of Vine and Wine in Argentina
    23.11.2014 16:09
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    A delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan has participated in the 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 12th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Argentina.

    At the General Assembly, which brought together the delegations of 36 OIV Member States, Director General of the OIV Jean-Marie Aurand called to mind the 90 years since the creation of the organization and the 10 years since it re-established itself in 2004. He was also pleased that the General Assembly had adopted the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, which sets the road map for the OIV's scientific activities over the next five years.

    During the trip, the Azerbaijani delegation held a number of meetings with the organization`s officials.

    The 38th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 13th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine will be held in Germany in 2015.
  • Volkswagen will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead
    23.11.2014 14:49
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    Volkswagen Group will keep pouring money into new vehicles, technology and factories as it chases Toyota for the lead as world's largest automaker.

    VW plans to invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years, the company said Friday. The plan calls for an increase in average annual spending on auto operations to about 17.1 billion euros a year, compared with 16.8 billion euros under its previous rolling five-year budget.

    "We will continue to invest in the future to become the leading automotive group in both ecological and economic terms," CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. "Development costs will remain high in the future as a result of high innovation pressure and increasing demands on the automotive industry."

    VW's Chinese joint ventures, which are not consolidated and therefore not included in the company's latest figure, will boost their investments in the world's largest auto market to 22 billion euros through 2019. Including this spending, the group's five-year budget will increase to 107.6 billion euros from 102.4 billion euros under the previous plan.

    Even with the increased investment, capital expenditures will remain at between 6 percent to 7 percent of revenue, VW said.

    Volkswagen will probably spend more than any other public company on research and development for the third consecutive year in 2014, ahead of Samsung Electronics and Intel, according to a study by consultancy Strategyamp;.

    Winterkorn has pushed VW to expand in recent years and expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year for the first time, four years earlier than initially planned. VW narrowed Toyota's global sales lead to 72,000 vehicles in the first nine months of 2014 from 227,000 a year earlier, as General Motors fell further back into third place.

    VW will introduce more than 100 new or revamped vehicles this year and next, including fresh versions of the midsize VW Passat sedan, Audi's A4 lineup and Porsche's Macan compact SUV.
  • Football stars join fight to stop the spread of Ebola
    23.11.2014 11:29
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    The likes of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as well as other footballing stars such as, Neymar, Didier Drogba and Philipp Lahm have joined together to back a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the killer virus Ebola.

    The "11 against Ebola" campaign has been launched by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football to help educate people about how to prevent the disease from spreading.

    Eleven top players can be seen in the video delivering eleven simple message about how to prevent the spread of Ebola such as:

    "Report unusual illnesses: please report any strange illnesses or deaths in your community".

    The Brazilian striker Neymar encourages people to, "know the symptoms".

    Whilst Gareth Bale urges people to "avoid contact with wild animals and bats".

    Last week Equatorial Guinea was named as the new host of the 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco withdrew citing fears over Ebola.

    The campaign hopes to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.
  • Islamic State targeted in 30 air strikes by U.S., allies
    23.11.2014 07:25
    Baku-APA.The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday. APA reports quoting Reuters.

    The 23 strikes in Iraq included six near Baiji that hit Islamic State buildings, vehicles and tactical units while buildings, vehicles, a guard post and two tactical units were destroyed near Sinjar in four air strikes, Central Command said. Similar targets were destroyed or damaged west of Kirkuk, near Mosul and Ramadi and in Tal Afar.

    In Syria, six strikes near Kobani destroyed staging areas, buildings and two tactical units, while another near Ar Raqqah damaged an Islamic State barrack, Central Command said.
  • Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Armenian military exercises at Azerbaijanв's lands undermine talks
    23.11.2014 05:25
    Baku '" APA. Armenian military exercises at the Azerbaijanв's lands absolutely do not correspond to the spirit of the talks held in Sochi, Newport and Paris, as well as undermine confidence building to reach political solution of the conflict, says the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    On 6 November 2014, the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia started provocative large-scale military exercises in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the involvement of about 47.000 military troops and over 3000 combat equipment and armament of the armed forces of Armenia, as it was announced by the Armenian official media resources.

    The air forces of the Republic of Armenia were also engaged in provocative and threatening combat flights over the defence positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan.

    On November 12, two "Mi-24" attack helicopters of the air forces of the Republic of Armenia approached and made attack maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan nearby the village of Kengerly in the occupied Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan and one of the helicopter was shot down at the very same occupied territory.

    The downed helicopter belongs to air base No. 15 stationed in "Erebuni" military base near Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, and its crew members were military servicemen of the Armenian armed forces. These are yet another manifestation of Armenia's aggression, its direct involvement in the occupation of the territories and continued use of force against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    In its resolution 853 (1993), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which reaffirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan specifically "condemns the seizure of the district of Agdam and of all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic" and "demands immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces involved from the district of Agdam and all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic".

    Demands of the UNSC remain unimplemented by the Republic of Armenia, which not only refuses to withdraw from the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but continues to strengthen its military presence and capability at those territories and conduct large-scale military actions in flagrant violation of international law and relevant UNSC resolutions and the ceasefire regime.

    The use of heavy weaponry, continuous flights over the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and attacks on the position of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are confirmed in the official web-site of the President of Armenia, as well as by news, photo and video materials provided by the Armenian mass media.

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    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    Chairman of the Clerical Office of Caucasus Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    The Chairman said the two countries were bound together by historical friendly and good neighbor relations.

    Pashazade recalled his visit to Georgia this summer and his meeting with Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.

    He thanked the Georgian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity. The Chairman said Azerbaijan has always supported Georgia`s territorial integrity.

    Gela Dumbadze spoke of his meetings in Baku, as well as his visit to Gakh District.

    He described Azerbaijan-Georgia relations as a model for other countries.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
  • Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision-2014
    22.11.2014 16:09
    Baku, November 22 AzerTAc

    Kazakhstan's singer Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision Song Contest in Kazan.

    Final of the 2nd international song contest was attended by 15 participants with the highest number of votes in the semifinals.

    Dugalova performed third in the final. Her song OzС-n Korem garnered 225 points.

    The show, which was broadcast live was organized by TMB TV, TAT Media and TURKSOY and reached out to an audience of nearly three hundred million people.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest was launched by TMB TV which has been carrying out projects to strengthen ties among Turkic peoples through various cultural and artistic projects since its establishment. The TURKVISION Song Contest has become the symbol of peace, brotherhood and friendship among Turkic peoples.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest is a unique project which is aimed at preserving and strengthening ties of friendship among Turkic peoples by introducing their common music, culture, language, art and traditions to the world.

    Next year the competition will take place in Mary, Turkmenistan.
  • Arsenal wanted to sign Messi, coach Wenger reveals
    22.11.2014 15:42
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    Talking to the British media, Arsenal boss Arsene Wengersaid "We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas."

    "It was not completely down to an apartment in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona,"Wenger added.

    Now playing for English Premier League giants Chelsea, Spanish internationalCesc Fabregas arrived at Arsenal in 2003 when he was 16 years old.

    In a short space of time, he becameindispensable tothe North London side.

    Having served Arsenal for eight years, Fabregas was purchased by his ex-club Barcelona for a €34 million transfer fee in August2011.

    Three years later, he was bought by Arsenal's fierce rivals Chelsea for €33 million.

    Fabregas, Messi andPique, are allregarded as trademarks of Barcelona's youth academy, which is commonly referred to asLa Masia -- Spanish for farmhouse.
  • Couple have car sex outside prison, cause massive traffic jam
    22.11.2014 15:18
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    Kelly M. Knutson, 24, and Logan P. Jackson, 33, were at Brick House Strip Club in Springfield, Oregon, when they felt a sudden wave of desire and retreated to their car '" parked outside the city jail '" to have sex.

    But the passionate pair failed to notice that passing motorists were slowing down to watch the car '" which was rocking back and forth '" and the shameless couple in action inside it, with so many vehiclesdoing sothat it caused a traffic jam.

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    ''It ended soon after [officers] knocked on the window,'' Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau told KVAL.

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  • Scarlett Johansson celebrates turning 30
    22.11.2014 14:48
    Happy birthday Scarlett Johansson! As the Avengers actress celebrates turning 30, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Scarlett, and you...

    n a little more time, you may be in a much better position to successfully campaign for the change that is so sorely needed. But you have an impeccable sense of timing that tells you it's not quite the moment yet.

    Scarlett Johansson became one of Hollywood's hottest stars at the age of just 19 with her performance in 2004's Lost In Translation, yet her first taste of stardom came in 1996 when she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Manny and Lo.

    Despite the vulnerable, complex characters she has become known for, Scarlett's rise was marked by a confidence beyond her years. As a child growing up in New York, she regularly auditioned for advertising work but her distinctive features and husky voice didn't sit well with ad execs in search of the all-American kid.

    Despite numerous rebuttals, however, the youngster was determined not to give up; she planned on following in the footsteps of another child star, Jodie Foster all the way to the top. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute For Young People and within just a few months won a speaking part opposite Ethan Hawke in the Broadway play Sophistry.

    After Manny and Lo Scarlett went on to star in The Horse Whisperer, and cult classic Ghost World, before winnng her first BAFTA award for Best Actress for Lost In Translation.

    "She makes you feel like she has been around the world," said Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola. "She has a coolness and a subtlety that you would not expect. You feel like she's seen a lot."

    Despite being very much a New Yorker, Scarlett took to the Hollywood scene with aplomb. She dated Josh Hartnett and Sean Penn, and from 2008 to 2010, Scarlett was married to Ryan Reynolds.

    Her next serious relationship was with French creative agency boss Romain Dauriac. The couple announced their engagement in 2013 and Scarlett became pregnant soon after, with the pair welcoming a daughter, named Rose, in September.

    In 2010 Scarlett won a Tony award for her performance in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, and on the big screen, she has played an important part in the Marvel franchise, taking on the role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and reprising her role in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani Army suffers no losses in direction of helicopter crash site
    22.11.2014 14:43
    The information about the loss of Azerbaijani units from the area where Armenian helicopter was shot down on November 12 in this direction spread by the Armenian side is groundless and false. Itв's a new provocative lie spread on purpose''. Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told.

    According to Defense Ministry, it does not rule out the possibility that the Armenian side would present any remnants as those of the corpses in the in shot down helicopter and thus it can only be the display of some of previous losses in order to deceive the Armenian people

    Recall that, the ''Defense Ministry'' of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh has today issued a statement that the corpses of the pilots of the Mi-24 military helicopter shot down on November 12 have been taken from the site. According to the statement, the body of one of the crew members, the remains of the two pilots and some key details of the helicopter were taken from the site as a result of a special operation.
  • Azerbaijan`s Minister of Economy and Industry meets Serbian ambassador
    22.11.2014 13:24
    Baku, November 22 AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev has met the Serbian Ambassador in Baku Nebojsa Rodic.

    The Minister highlighted developing relations between the two countries in various fields, stressed the importance of reciprocal visits, meetings held in terms of boosting cooperation.

    Mr. Mustafayev provided insight into economy of Azerbaijan, stressed the necessity of efficient use of potential for boosting economic relations between the two countries even further.

    The Minister also highlighted the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Nebojsa Rodic, in turn, said he would try further boosting cooperation between the two countries.

    They discussed prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia, as well as boosting relations among the businessmen.
  • FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects
    22.11.2014 12:57
    Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

    Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.

    The Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Brown under disputed circumstances became a flashpoint for U.S. racial tensions, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb by demonstrators calling for officer Darren Wilson's arrest.

    He was instead placed on administrative leave, and Ferguson has been bracing for a new wave of protests, especially if the grand jury chooses not to indict Wilson. An announcement was believed to be imminent.

    Against this backdrop of heightened tensions, according to a law enforcement source, two men described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party, were arrested in the St. Louis area in an FBI sting operation.

    As initially reported by CBS News, the men were suspected of acquiring explosives for pipe bombs that they planned to set off during protests in Ferguson, according to the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

    The official said the two men are the same pair named in a newly unsealed federal indictment returned on Nov. 19 charging Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis with purchasing two pistols from a firearms dealer under false pretenses.

    Both men were arraigned on Friday in federal court, the law enforcement source said.
  • Conference on 25th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Children held
    22.11.2014 12:49
    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    The international conference on "25th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Children: Realities and Prospects" was held at the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.

    Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova said ensuring children's rights are among Azerbaijan's main policies, as for many other countries around the world.

    "Azerbaijan has adopted a number of laws on the children's rights. The Cabinet of Ministers attaches great importance to ensuring the rights of children and improvement the legal framework in this area. That is why Azerbaijan has joined all agreements and conventions on the rights of children," Muradova noted.

    She noted that after gaining independence, Azerbaijan has conducted important work in this area. "Particular attention is paid to cooperation with UNICEF," she stressed.

    Addressing the event, UNICEF Baku office head, Andro Shilakadze said children's rights are taken very seriously in Azerbaijan.

    Speaking about the establishment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Shilakadze noted that Azerbaijan has joined the Convention in 1992.

    He underlined the progress Azerbaijan has reached in the field of economy, health, education and others.

    Shilakadze recalled the necessity of giving attention to parenting children of preschool age.

    Parliamentary Committee Heads Hadi Rajabli, Rabiyat Aslanova spoke of the care and attention Azerbaijan pays to the children's rights.
  • Azerbaijan may be striken with abnormal snowfall
    22.11.2014 12:17
    "Global climate changes occur every 50-60 years."

    Abnormal snowfalls may strike Azerbaijan, local experts say.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Novosti-Azerbaijan that the statment came from the environmental experts Telman Zeynalov.

    A heavy snowfall, which killed 10 people is observed in US first time for 50 years.

    According to experts, 90 cm of snow is expected in US and drifts can reach the height of nearly two meters.

    The same snowfall is observed in the north of the Russian Federation.

    According to Zeynalov, Azerbaijan may also experience similar weather conditions.

    "Global climate changes occur every 50-60 years. During this period, the weather conditions are changing and interact. Last similar snowfall was observed in US in 1970-1980.

    This coincides with the period when frosts in Azerbaijan reached more than 25 degrees," the expert said.

    According to him, that it likely may repeat in Azerbaijan:

    "Azerbaijan will have a cold winter in coming 10-15 years, but nobody can predict the amount of snow."
  • At least 28 killed in northern Kenya bus attack
    22.11.2014 12:12
    Suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a public passenger bus in Mandera, northern Kenya, early Saturday, killing 28 people and injured several others, government official and police confirmed.

    Mandera East Deputy County Commissioner, Elvis Korir, said initial reports indicate that a team of more than 100 armed gunmen stopped the Nairobi-bound bus and ordered everyone out at around 5:30 a.m. local time.

    "We are told the 100 armed men stopped the bus just after it left Arabia area and all the passengers were asked to come down and divided into two groups of Somalis and non Somali," Korir told Xinhua, adding that the non Somali group was sprayed with bullets.

    "We are also told more than 28 have been killed and many others injured, but we are yet to know the exact circumstances, but we are planning to dispatch a team of security personnel to the scene," the government official said.

    Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mvivanda said initial reports indicate the attackers were Al-Shabaab from neighboring Somalia. He said the attack occurred at a place near the Kenya-Somalia border.

    Mvivanda said the armed militia asked everyone on board to recite the Islamic doctrine and those who failed were shot dead.

    "We have talked to two young ladies who managed to escape the tragedy and they said four police officers were among the dead, but we are yet to confirm," said Mvivanda.

    The police commander said an aerial surveillance will be conducted over the area before security teams leave for rescue, given the fact that a similar attack late last year at the area was used as a trap in which eight police officers were killed.

    Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, with many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.
  • Turkmenistan interested in construction of ships in Azerbaijan
    22.11.2014 11:57
    Turkmenistan is interested in the construction of ships at the Baku Shipyard. reports with reference to the Report that the statement came from the president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev speaking to reporters.

    He drew attention to the results of his visit to Ashgabat, noting that very good friendly relations in the political sphere were established between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

    "Now we need to make efforts to give an impuls to the economic sphere too," Abdullayev said.

    SOCAR head said that during his visit to Turkmenistan, he spoke at a conference, and was received by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov.

    SOCAR president pointed to the presence of opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in various areas of the economy, including logistics, consumption and transportation of crude oil and petroleum products.

    At the same time Abdullayev emphasized the interest of the Turkmen side to the potential of Baku Shipyard.

    He also noted that that among other issues the issue of use of infrastructure capacity was agreed. "That is, the Turkmen side will benefit from infrastructure capabilities of our country, and we, in turn, will get access to the infrastructure of Turkmenistan," the president of SOCAR said.
  • Stars gather in Taiwan for Golden Horse film awards
    22.11.2014 11:33
    Chinese-language cinema A-listers and stars from Japan and Hollywood gathered in Taiwan on Saturday for this year's Golden Horse Film Awards, with movies from mainland China dominating the nominations.

    Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the ceremony will see Chinese star Gong Li, Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase among the famous names on the red carpet ahead of a glamorous ceremony in the capital Taipei.

    The mainland is traditionally a strong contender at the awards, but has faced increasing competition from Taiwan and Hong Kong in recent years.

    This time Chinese cop thriller "Black Coal, Thin Ice" leads the pack.

    Directed by China's Diao Yinan it has eight nods and already took the Golden Bear award for best film in Berlin in February.

    The film tells the story of a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders and is nominated for best film, best director, best leading actor and best leading actress.

    Two other mainland movies -- "A Fool" and "Blind Massage" are also up for the coveted best film title, competing against Chinese-Hong Kong co-production "The Golden Era" and Taiwanese baseball drama "Kano".

    "Blind Massage," directed by China's Lou Ye, has seven nominations for its portrayal of blind massage therapists, featuring some blind amateur actors.

    "Kano" follows closely with six nods.

    For best director, three Chinese nominees -- Diao, Wang Xiaoshuai ("Red Amnesia") and Lou ("Blind Massage") are vying against Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based Midi Z ("Ice Poison") and Hong Kong's Ann Hui ("The Golden Era).

    Veteran Chinese actress Gong, the star of Hollywood movies "Miami Vice" and "Memoirs of a Geisha", is seeking her first Golden Horse best leading actress title for her role as an amnesiac woman waiting for her husband in acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou's drama "Coming Home".

    Her rivals are compatriot Tang Wei ("The Golden Era") and Zhao Wei ("Dearest") as well as Taiwan's Gwei Lun-mei ("Black Coal, Thin Ice") and Chen Shiang-chyi ("Exit").

    Japan's Nagase, the first non-Chinese star nominated for best leading actor, will face some of Chinese-language cinema's top talents, including China's Chen Jianbin ("A Fool") and Liao Fan ("Black Coal, Thin Ice,") as well as Hong Konger Sean Lau ("The White Storm") and Taiwan's Chang Chen ("Brotherhood of Blades").

    Nearly 40 films are nominated for the 51st edition of the Golden Horse Film Awards, held in the landmark Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, with the ceremony due to start at 7:00 pm (1100 GMT).
  • Baby born in fire station amid Buffalo storm
    22.11.2014 11:28
    A woman has given birth in a Buffalo fire station in the middle of a huge snowstorm that prevented her from getting to hospital.

    Bethany Hojnacki went into labour at the height of the storm, but the snow-clogged roads made it impossible to reach nearby Mercy Hospital.

    Desperate for help, her husband Jared noticed that firefighters were helping a motorist stuck in the snow near their house.

    Incredibly, the trapped driver turned out to be a delivery nurse, who remained with Ms Hojnacki for about five hours until a fire department vehicle attempted to take the patient to hospital.

    When that vehicle got stuck, firefighters took the woman to their firehouse, where she gave birth to a baby girl.

    "Denise helped me to get in the right position, two pushes and out she came. They didn't act freaked out or anything. We got this. You'll be okay.'"" said MsHojnacki, referring to nurse Denise Perry.

    Lucy, who was born around 9.30pm on Tuesday, weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces (2.8kg).
  • Azerbaijan scientist participates in international event in Switzerland
    22.11.2014 11:19
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Contributor of the Azerbaijan National Academy's Institute of History Nigar Gozalova took part at the international event at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    During the event, a book "Religion, Nation and Democracy in South Caucasus", exploring developments in the three major societies of the South Caucasus, has been presented. A chapter of the said book has been written by the Azerbaijani scholar Nigar Gozalova .

    The event was attended by eminent world scholars and researchers.
  • Ilham Aliyev: We will gladden you
    22.11.2014 11:02
    "We have little time left."

    We have experience in hosting European and World Championships. These activities were carried out repeatedly in Azerbaijan. But, of course, the European game coming in the next year will be for us a sporting event at the highest level.

    Oxu.Az reports that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during noted it in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Baku.

    We are pleased that the first European Games will be held in Azerbaijan, the President said.

    "I take this opportunity to thank the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee for its decision once again. I can say that we will gladden you and will do everything possible to prepare and conduct these games at the highest level, despite the fact that we have little time. Only two and a half years were left fot the training. But, fortunately, the investments in sports infrastructure in previous years, gave the opportunity to prepare for a few months. Of course, this will be a unique event in Europe and worldwide.

    I believe that we will define standards for these games. You probably already know that these games will be attended by more than 6000 athletes who will compete in 20 sports. In 2016, we will hold the World Chess Olympiad, and in 2017 - the Islamic Solidarity Games.

    It is also very symbolic. You will watch the European games and then - Islamic Solidarity Games in the same country. This reflects the current realities of Azerbaijan."

    According to the President, Azerbaijan is modern and dynamic country, open for collaboration. It is located at the crossroads of civilizations and continents, has good potential, strong support and clear plans for the future.
  • Director of the Azerbaijan International Development Agency visits Chad
    22.11.2014 10:58
    Baku, November 21 AzerTAc

    Director of the Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Ashraf Shikhaliyev has joined the UN delegation to visit Chad.

    The visit of the donor-countries representatives is organized by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    The aim of the visit is to become familiar with the humanitarian situation in Chad and hold discussions on coordination of assistance provided to the country.
  • Paedophile jailed for life over toilet rape
    22.11.2014 10:58
    A man who raped an 11-year-old boy in the toilets of a shopping centre in Manchester has been jailed for life.

    John Ferrier, 69, of Ormskirk Road, Wigan, was found guilty of rape at Manchester Crown Court after already admitting possessing what police called a bladed article.

    Police said he approached the boy in the toilets at theArndale shopping centre on 18 October last year, asking him to enter the cubicle with him.

    Ferrier attacked the boy at Manchester's Arndale centre last year

    When the boy refused Ferrier dragged him inside and assaulted him.

    The victim then fled and told a member of the public before speaking to a security guard, who detained Ferrier until police arrived.

    The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ran away after seeing Ferrier, but was traced three days later when he told police officers visiting his school about the incident.

    Ferrier was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

    Detective Constable Simon France, from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "I would like to commend the victim, who with the support of his family and specially trained officers, had the courage to come forward and tell police what happened to him.

    "He is a young boy who has had a terrifying ordeal and it was not easy for him to admit what had happened.

    "With his support we have been able to bring Ferrier before the courts and he will now spend a substantial period of time in prison.

    "I would also like to thank members of the public and the staff at Manchester Arndale as it was due to their quick actions that meant a dangerous man was stopped and arrested at the scene."
  • Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss military-political situation in region
    22.11.2014 10:33
    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov met the Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said. They exchanged views on military-political situation in the region and other issues of mutual interest. The military attacheacute; of Georgian Armed Forces in Azerbaijan, Colonel Shalva Turashvili attended the meeting.
  • Seminar on ''Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees'' held in Rome
    22.11.2014 10:29
    Rome, November 22 AzerTAc

    A seminar titled "Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees" has been held at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

    Organized by the Azerbaijan-Italy Youth Association, the event was held within the "International Organizations and human rights" course. The seminar aimed to inform the students about the situations of Azerbaijanis who became refugee and IDPs as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    President of AIGA Manuela Sessa provided insight into activity of the Association. She said the Association realized joint projects for benefits of youth of both countries. Manuella Sessa said there was comprehensive condition for educating and employing IDPs and refugees in Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy Vagif Sadigov delivered a lecture at the University. He provided information about Azerbaijan`s geographic, political, religious and economic position. Speaking of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the diplomat said 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories had been occupied by Armenian military aggression and more than one million people became refugees and IDPs as a result of the conflict.

    "UN Security Council adopted resolutions on immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, as well as international organizations adopted documents on solving the conflict. The negotiations are underway for peaceful settlement of the conflict," he added.

    The Ambassador analyzed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the international law, stressing the importance of protecting the rights of the refugees and IDPs.

    The diplomat provided an insight into events carried out in Azerbaijan for improvement of the socio-economic plight of IDPs.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    22.11.2014 10:27
    The Armenians have violated the ceasefire regime a total of 75 times throughout the day in different directions along the front line.

    Armenian armed units fired on positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their outposts located near the Gulustan village of Goranboy, Chilaburt and Qizil Oba villages of Terter, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Bash Garvand, Kangarli, Yusifjanli, Marzili, Javahirli, and Garagashli villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Ashaghi Veysalli, and Ashaghi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil, also in the unnamed highlands in the territories of the Goranboy, Khojavand, and Fuzuli districts, the Defense Ministry told APA.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
  • Barack Obama secretly extends US combat role in Afghanistan
    22.11.2014 10:17
    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, according to reports.

    Previously, the president had said US-led NATO combat operations would finish at the end of this year.

    The NATO follow up mission, to take over on January 1 with 9,800 US troops and about 3,000 soldiers from Germany, Italy and other member nations, was to focus on supporting Afghan forces as they take on the Taliban, in parallel with US counter-terrorism operations.

    But in a strategic shift, the New York Times said, Obama signed an order authorizing US troops through 2015 to carry out missions against militant groups, including the Taliban, that threaten them or the Afghan government.

    The new order also allows for air support - from US jets, bombers and drones - for Afghan combat missions.
  • Azerbaijani President congratulates President of Romania
    22.11.2014 10:17
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Klaus Ioannis on his election as the President of Romania, reports. reports citing the official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan that according to the President strong friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation tie Azerbaijan and Romania.

    President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the expansion of cooperation between the two countries, both bilaterally and within the framework of regional organizations, will continue in the future.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished K. Ioannis health, happiness and success in his future activities.
  • Russia ready to continue nuclear cooperation with US: Rosatom CEO
    22.11.2014 10:17
    Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom head Sergei Kirienko stated that Russia is ready to continue cooperating with the United States and all signed contracts remain in force.

    Russia is ready to continue cooperating with the United States in the field of nuclear energy under existing contracts, Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom head Sergei Kirienko said Friday, Sputnik reports.

    "All the contracts that have been signed remain in force," Kirienko stated during a lecture at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

    The Rosatom head added that Russia was ready to continue its nuclear cooperation with the United States even though talks on future projects between the countries have been put on hold.

    Earlier Rosatom said it was ready to resume projects with Washington if the United States agrees to cooperate as equals.

    In April, the US Energy Department announced the suspension of several nuclear energy projects with Russia amid Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

    Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated since the crisis in Ukraine escalated in April. The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of aiding independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast, though Moscow has denied these allegations.
  • Kelsey Grammer's daughter named Miss Golden Globe
    22.11.2014 10:02
    Greer Grammer, daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer, has been named Miss Golden Globe 2015. "I screamed and I jumped up and down," the 22-year-old told People of the moment she learned she'd been chosen for the honour.

    "I was just so happy when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reached out to me this year. It was such a dream come true."

    The annual title is traditionally given to the daughter of a celebrity, with a responsibility to assist in handing out awards on the big night.

    Previous Miss Golden Globe selections include Rumer Willis, Dakota Johnson, and both Kathryn and Francesca Eastwood. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick's daughter Sosie Bacon did the honours last year.

    HELLO! Online takes a look at this year's lucky lady'¦

    - Greer's full name is Kandace Greer Grammer. She is the only child of Kelsey Grammer and his former partner Barrie Buckner.

    - She was named after the actress Greer Garson. Back in 2009 she tweeted, "Watching a movie w/ Greer Garson in it. She's the actress I was named after. She's absolutely radiant. I can only hope to live up to the name."

    - She is the second of Kelsey's six children from four different relationships.

    - Since 2011, Greer has played Lissa on MTV's Awkward, and appeared on the big screen, as Mia in Life Partners in 2014.

    - Both her parents were thrilled by her good news. "I called them separately and my mum was over the moon and I had to tell her not to tell anybody, because I know that she would have called everyone right off the bat, and the same with my dad," she told People. "They're so proud. They're so excited to see me on stage."
  • Iran, US discussing new nuclear proposals
    22.11.2014 09:22
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry are working on new possible proposals aimed at facilitating a final deal on Tehranв's civilian nuclear work.

    Zarif and Kerry, who had been set to leave the talks in the Austrian capital Vienna, decided to extend their stays for a meeting to discuss the new ideas on Friday night, Press TV reports.

    "Kerry has delayed his departure (for Paris)... in order to continue consultations" with Zarif, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said before the meeting.

    Earlier in the day, the top Iranian diplomat also sat down for nuclear talks with Kerry and EU coordinator Catherine Ashton in Vienna.

    Meanwhile, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said serious gaps still exist in the talks.

    "Obviously, the deadline is Monday (November 24), and our folks there are working furiously to meet it... Serious gaps do remain," Schultz noted.

    Reports say German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and a Chinese delegation will join the talks on Saturday, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is slated to arrive in Vienna on Sunday.

    On Friday, Zarif said despite extensive negotiations between Iran and the P5 1 countries -- Russia, China, France, Britain the US and Germany -- they did not offer any significant proposals to Iran.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of Iran's centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.
  • Minsk Group makes correction to its dubious statement about Karabakh
    22.11.2014 09:17
    The OSCE Minsk Group made a correction to its scandalous statement over the Armenian helicopter downed by Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, the co-chairs replaced the expression 'neutral zone' used in the statement with 'no man's land'.

    It has to be noted that the hostile statement of the co-chairs called the area over which the helicopter was downed 'neutral' and this caused the just resentment of the Azerbaijan side.

    Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister made a protest in regard of this statement.
  • Baku 2015 European Games announce celebration plans to mark 200 Days To Go
    22.11.2014 09:17
    Baku 2015 European Games will next week host a spectacular light show in the city to mark 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural sports event.

    The Old City will host an eye-catching display that will light up the city on Monday 24 November to mark the significant date until the first European Games begins, AzerTag reports.

    A stunning Baku 2015 display will be projected onto the iconic Maiden Tower at 20:00 to mark the occasion and a special announcement will also be made on the evening.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: "As we approach just 200 days until the inaugural European Games begin, Baku and Azerbaijan is preparing to host an event that will become an important part of our country's sporting history.

    "We will also be making a very special announcement that will capture the imagination of the entire country, and I would like to be able to share this historic moment with as many people as possible."

    Residents of Baku are invited to attend the celebrations that will begin at 8pm and conclude with a spectacular light show finale.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "As we continue to count down the days until the Opening Ceremony, there is a tangible sense of excitement building weekly throughout the city.

    "I would like to invite the people of Baku to come along and join in with our celebrations as we prepare to host Europe's elite athletes at Baku 2015 next year."
  • US, Turkey on same page in defeating ISIL, says top energy official
    22.11.2014 09:12
    The United States and Turkey have a shared interest in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the two countries will keep together to crack down on ISILв's oil smuggling, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

    "This is one of the areas in which we and the Turks have considerable overlapping in our strategic view. We are systematically reviewing how to halt the flow of oil within and out of ISIL-controlled territory and we certainly welcome the recent steps taken by Turkey, one of our partners in this effort, to crack down on oil smuggling," he told daily Hürriyet during his Turkey visit to attend the Atlantic Council's Sixth Energy and Economy Summit.

    The military actions being taken have substantially degraded ISIL's capacity to produce and refine oil and this would continue, he said.

    "With Turkey, we obviously share the same objectives in terms of ISIL and also of the need for a political transition in Syria's leadership. Those do kind of go together. Turkey has been certainly taking steps to crack down on oil smuggling. We and Turkey are on the same page and we'll keep together. Their production is down," he said.

    ISIL makes $1 million day by smuggling oil via Turkey and Iraq, according to speculations.

    Iraq has lsquo;tremendous potentials'

    Moniz also mentioned Iraq has tremendous potentials for energy and the latest deal between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is of great importance in realizing these potentials.

    "Iraq, as a whole, has tremendous potential for further increasing their oil production. That production and its export should be according to the constitutional processes in Iraq. And the step taken between Baghdad and Arbil earlier this week is a very positive one, at least the first step of an agreement in terms of oil revenue and national budget sharing with Arbil. We are encouraged by that," he said.

    The governments of Iraq and the KRG have begun implementing a deal under which Baghdad resumes funding Kurdish civil servant salaries in return for a share of Kurdish oil exports, Iraq's finance minister said on Nov. 19.

    The accord aims to reduce friction between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities as they face a common threat from ISIL insurgents who have seized large parts of the north and west of the country.

    Under the agreement reached last week, Kurdish authorities committed to pump 150,000 barrels per day of oil, around half their overall shipments, to Iraqi government export tanks in the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

    "Turkey obviously plays an important role here, as does the U.S. We'll keep working together. That constitutional framework is the way in which to work all of this out," Moniz said.

    US on road of being huge LNG exporter

    He also noted the diversification of supply is one of the critical elements of energy security that is true for Turkey and for Europe.

    "In that context I would go back and emphasize that the projects, such as bringing Caspian gas west, are very important. Ultimately developing eastern Mediterranean sources could provide further diversification," he said, adding the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export would start by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

    "We do not have any export facilities operating at the moment. So these have to be built. I would guess by 2020 we would be significant exporters. Most economists think eventually we would reach levels at least comparable to what Qatar, the largest LNG exporter today, currently exports," he said.
  • James Warlick urges parties to start dialogue
    22.11.2014 09:01
    Warlick has made an appeal over the recent incident with downed the Armenian helicopter.

    US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group has addressed the parties to the Karabakh conflict urging them to start a dialogue. His message came in the aftermath of the recent incident with the downed Armenian combat helicopter.

    According to Oxu.Az, the diplomat posted the following on his Twitter account:

    "Military escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh does not help efforts to recover the remains of the helo crew. We urge dialogue and diplomacy".
  • Ambassador: "France does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh"
    22.11.2014 08:55
    France's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unchanged.

    "France does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh," said Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Pascal Monnier, commenting on the visit of head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan to France.

    "I did not even know that Bako Sahakyan in Paris. France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh and this position remains unchanged", said P. Monnier.

    According to the Armenian media, Bako Sahakyan arrived on a "working visit" to Paris on November 20.
  • Baku 2015 European Games signs broadcasting agreements with five countries
    21.11.2014 23:14
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Baku 2015 European Games has today announced that broadcasting agreements have now been signed with a further five European countries.

    Deals are now in place that will see the inaugural European Games screened in Albania, Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova and Slovakia.

    These deals are the latest to be signed in a succession of recent announcements that have seen Baku 2015 secure deals across Europe including in Turkey, France and Germany, as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Japan.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are delighted to now be able to confirm that the inaugural European Games will be broadcast in these five additional countries.

    "It will be important for supporters around Europe to be able to follow their athletes' achievements in Baku 2015, and this range of multi-media broadcasting deals will ensure they are able to do just that.

    "I expect further announcements both within Europe and wider globally over the coming weeks to build on the 34 countries already announced."

    Mr Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director, said: "These deals will ensure that the best of the action at Baku 2015 will be brought to passionate sports fans across the continent.

    "We are confident that many more agreements will be announced very soon, which will ensure maximum coverage of the European Games all around the world."

    In Albania, the rights have been awarded to Tring Media; in Belarus, to Belarus 5; in Luxembourg, to Radio Television Luxembourg; in Moldova, to Moldova Sport TV; and in Slovakia to DIGI Sport.

    Meanwhile, today Baku will host the European Olympic Committees General Assembly, where senior Baku 2015 executives will provide detailed updates on preparations for the inaugural European Games to delegates.
  • Ganja hosts round table on Azerbaijan-NATO relations
    21.11.2014 22:34
    Ganja, November 21, AzerTAc

    A round table titled "Azerbaijan-NATO relations in Euro-Atlantic security system" has been held in the city of Ganja.

    NATO Officer-Coordinator for the South Caucasus William Lahu delivered a report at the event.

    Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Nadir Sarachli spoke of the country`s contributions to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. He also stressed the importance of Azerbaijan-NATO partnership, and highlighted Azerbaijan`s contributions to NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.
  • Azerbaijan`s Interior Minister meets Georgian State Minister for Diaspora Issues
    21.11.2014 22:20
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    Mr. Usubov recalled national leader Heydar Aliyev`s undeniable services in establishing and developing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Minister said the two countries` nations enjoyed historical friendship ties. He noted that representatives of different religions and nationalities have always lived in an atmosphere of tolerance and friendship in Azerbaijan.

    The Interior Minister also briefed Gela Dumbadze on progress achieved and reforms carried out in Azerbaijan. He stressed the importance of further boosting cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Gela Dumbadze said he was an advisor in the Embassy of Georgia in Azerbaijan in 2001-2005, and shared his memories about national leader Heydar Aliyev.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
  • 23 years have passed since Armenians shot down military helicopter with Azerbaijani political elite on board - COMPLETE LIST OF VICTIMS
    21.11.2014 21:26
    Baku - APA. Today is the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in Azerbaijan's history of independence.

    23 years have passed since the Armenian terrorists shot down helicopter MI-8 near the Garakend village of Khodjavand District on November 20, 1991, APAreports.

    22 people - State Secretary Tofig Ismayilov, Deputy Prime Minister Zulfu Hajiyev, State Advisor, former Interior Minister Mahammad Asadov, Prosecutor General Ismat Gayibov, parliamentarians Vagif Jafarov and Vali Mammadov, Department Chief of the President's Office Osman Mirzayev, First Deputy Minister of International Affairs of Kazakhstan S. Serikov, employee of Azerbaijan State TV and Radio Ali Mustafayev and others were killed as a result of the tragedy.

    We remind victims of "Mi-8" helicopter crash took place on November 20, 1991:

    - Tofig Ismailov Kazim oglu Secretary of State, Azerbaijan

    - Ismat Gayibov Ismayil oglu Public Prosecutor General, Azerbaijan

    - Mahammad Asadov Nabi oglu State Advisor, Azerbaijan

    - Zulfi Hajiyev Saleh oglu Deputy Prime Minister, Azerbaijan

    - Vagif Jafarov Jafar oglu Member of Parliament, Azerbaijan

    - Vali Mammadov Huseyn oglu Member of Parliament, Azerbaijan

    - Osman Mirzayev Mirza Huseyn oglu Head of Presidential Administration, Azerbaijan

    - Gurban Namazaliyev Huseyn oglu Deputy Prime Minister of --Amelioration and Water Management, Azerbaijan

    - Igor Aleksandrovich Plavski Public Prosecutor of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO), Azerbaijan

    - Vladimir Vladimirovich Kovalyov Head of Ministry of Internal Affairs of NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Sergey Semyonovich Ivanov Head of department of National Security Ministry, NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Nikolay Vladimirovich Jinkin Commandant for Emergency Situations of NKAO, Azerbaijan

    - Sanlal Dasumovich Serikov Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Kazakhstan

    - Mikhail Dmitriyevich Lukashov MVD, Major General, Russia

    - Oleg Nikolayevich Kocherev MVD, Lieutenant Colonel, Russia

    - Rafig Mammadov Mammad oglu Aide to Secretary of State, Azerbaijan

    - Ali Mustafayev Mustafa oglu Journalist, Azerbaijani State TV[9]

    - Arif Huseynzadeh Ismail oglu Lights technician, Azerbaijani State TV

    - Fakhraddin Shahbazov Ibrahim oglu Cameraman, Azerbaijani State TV

    - Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Kotov Commander of helicopter crew

    - Gennadiy Vladimirovich Domov Member of the helicopter crew

    - Dmitry Borisovich Yarovenko Member of the helicopter crew
  • Explosion, gunfire rock Kabul, killing 4 attackers
    21.11.2014 21:26
    Baku-APA. At least four attackers were killed as an explosion and ensuing gunshots rocked a fortified residential compound used by foreign staffs of UN and other international organizations in eastern part of Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday night, sources said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    "A suicide car bomb targeted around the entrance gate of the compound named Green Village which locates in Pul-i-Charkhi area at about 8:50 p.m. (GMT1420), and following the attack armed militants tried to enter the complex," a police officer near the site told Xinhua.

    All residents in the complex were shifted to bunkers and they were safe, the source said, adding that the security forces rushed to the site after the blast and launched a counter-attack to secure the area.

    General Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the deputy minister of interior affairs, said in his twitter account that four attackers were killed in the blast and firing and no security guard or occupant of the building were injured in the incident.

    "We still cannot provide details on causalities. There is fear of possible causalities," the police officer who declined to be named said.

    "Details will be revealed to public later as the sporadic gunshots still could be heard," the source added.

    The government troops immediately cordoned off the area shortly after the blast.

    No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack, but the Taliban routinely claim responsibility for such attacks.

    It is the third attack on Green Village over the past couple of years.

    On Tuesday, two security guards and three Taliban militants were killed and three civilians were wounded after the Taliban launched similar attack on a private security company at the same locality.
  • Azerbaijani diaspora seeks debates on Khojaly Genocide in Swedish Parliament
    21.11.2014 20:59
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani diaspora in Sweden is seeking the inclusion of discussions on the Khojaly Genocide in the agenda of the Riksdag, the parliament of Sweden.

    Chairman of the Society In the Name of Azerbaijan in Sweden Nadir Hollenbrand discussed the issue with Swedish MP of the Moderate Party Margareta Cederfelt.

    Mr. Hollenbrand provided an insight into the Khojaly Genocide committed by the Armenian armed forces in 1992.

    They exchanged views on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the current situation on the line of contact, particularly the downing of an Armenian helicopter by the Azerbaijani forces.
  • Armenia's armament and agriculture in danger, say experts
    21.11.2014 19:58

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Experts warned about the next unpleasant consequences in Armenia following the official start of its activity within the Eurasian Economic Union.

    EEU integration will cause pains in the armament and agricultural fields in Armenia given the specific terms and conditions of the Russia-lead alliance, said Daniel Ionnisyan, a local expert.

    Ionnisyan noted that Armenian Defense Ministry now pays no extra money to import military equipment.

    "But the process will change after entering the EEU, as Armenia will be forced to pay 18-20 percent tax to the budget of the alliance. If the defense ministry decides to purchase military equipment from non-EEU country, it will have to pay 20 percent tax to the union's common budget," he said.

    Armenia's journey to the EEU started when President Serzh Sargsyan in September, 2013, surprised his European partners with an unexpected decision to join the EEU. Besides confusing the European political players, a sudden change in Armenia's foreign policy direction sparked mixed reactions among residents, hindering them to hold the same position on the issue. Even the analysts and experts supported the people to slap the government's disinclination towards Europe.

    Ovsep Gazaryan, an economic expert, said joining the EEU will deteriorate Armenia's agriculture, particularly the rural credits.

    "Agriculture needs machinery, which is mainly imported from China and Japan. Only 20 percent of the total equipment are brought from the EEU member-states. Integrating into the union will eventually increase the prices of trucks and tractors. Moreover, price hike is also expected for several agricultural products," he noted.

    Experts predicted the kind of products which will predictably hit by price hike from January 1, 2015. Prices for butter, poultry products, egg, pork, fruits and vegetables are expected to rise, challenging Armenians amid weak purchasing power.

    The EEU integration has turned into a real conundrum for the Armenian government. The authorities and people are aware that joining the union will end in a tighter political and economic dependence on Russia. In the other words, it is an insidious threat to the post-Soviet country's sovereignty.
  • Tel Aviv dubbed '˜worldв's smartest cityв'
    21.11.2014 19:24
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    The city of Tel Aviv won the World Smart Cities Award on Wednesday, trumping over 250 other cities bidding for the title, according to The Times of Israel online newspaper.

    The award, given as part of the annual Smart City Expo World Congress held this week in Barcelona, recognized the White City's initiative in undergoing what Mayor Ron Huldai hailed as a "digital revolution."

    The flagship project of the city's efforts is the pioneering Digi-Tel platform, a residents' membership club and app that provides individually tailored, location-specific information and services.

    The platform creates a direct connection between the city and its residents, providing services ranging from neighborhood road works alerts to discounts, offers and information based upon individual interests.

    Over 90,000 residents have signed up for the membership club to date, Israeli Ynet news site reported.

    The city's efforts to position itself as the Start-up City also included opening up municipal databases to the public in an attempt to increase transparency, as well as offering free WiFi throughout the city - even at the beach.

    "I am pleased the municipality was recognized for its use of technology and creativity found so abundantly in the city," Huldai said.

    Tel Aviv's booth at the expo showcased the city's technologies, in cooperation with high-tech companies such as Motorola Solutions Israel and Microsoft.

    The Smart City Expo, established three years ago, is a leading international convention aimed at fostering municipal innovation. Last year, Rio de Janeiro was the recipient of the Smart Cities Award.
  • Ryan Gosling ''turned down sexiest man alive title"
    21.11.2014 18:57
    Chris Hemsworth may been named the Sexiest Man Alive of 2014, but it is being reported that Ryan Gosling who was approached first. The 34-year-old actor is said to have been offered the title by People magazine numerous times, but declined to be featured.

    "They tried a few times, especially during his huge year in 2011," a source told The Wrap. "The consensus was he's too serious for it, too artsy."

    Despite speculation that Chris was not their first choice, People have insisted that they did not approach Ryan because 'this was not his year'.

    "While I look forward to the day when Ryan Gosling is named Sexiest Man Alive, this was not his year," said the magazine's editorial director Jess Cagle. "Our 2014 honoree Chris Hemsworth was our first and only choice."

    Chris, who takes over the title from Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, revealed his excitement at receiving the title, joking that he was "most excited about the alive portion of that statement, and the sexy part is a bonus."

    The father-of-three, who recently welcomed twins with partner Elsa Pataky, also pointed to his body and quipped that he would like to thank "my parents, I guess, for putting this together".

    Other contenders for the title included Neil Patrick Harris, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Chris Pratt.

    Ryan has garnered a large following since his starring role in The Notebook opposite Rachel McAdams, with fans repeatedly praising his handsome looks, as well as Internet memes of the actor going viral.

    The Canadian actor and actress Eva Mendes welcomed their first child in September, a young girl called Esmeralda. The couple met on the set of 2011 film The Place Beyond the Pines in which they both starred.

    It's been a hectic few weeks for the actor, who was granted a restraining order against a 'stalker' who reportedly sent him various emails and packages.
  • Jose Mourinho labels Petr Cech transfer rumours as ''Mickey Mouse'' stories
    21.11.2014 18:33
    ose Mourinho has firmly denied reports suggesting Petr Cech has asked to leave Chelsea '" labelling such suggestionsas 'Mickey Mouseв'stories.

    Cech has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the coming months after losing his starting place toThibaut Courtois following the Belgianв'sreturn from hisloan spellat Atletico Madrid in the summer.

    With his future thought to be uncertain, Chelseaв's London neighbours Arsenal wereclaimed to be close to securing Cechв's signature this winter while AC Milan have alsoemerged as contenders for the 32-year-old in recent days.

    However, Blues boss Mourinho has now rejected the notion that the goalkeeper could be on his way out of the west-London outfit in January after sayingsuch reports lack truth.

    When asked about stories claiming Cech is keento leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football, Mourinho said: 'In which Mickey Mouse website? In which Mickey Mouse blog?

    ''I promise what Iв'm telling you is the truth. On my desk '" and normally all information arrives at my desk '" I have zero proposals.

    ''At this moment ''news'' is coming every day, every minute, every second '" some news on some website, I donв't know where they get the news.

    ''In this moment Cech is our goalkeeper. He has a contract for two more years and is a fantastic professional.

    ''Not once has Petr Cech knocked on my door to inform me about his desire to accept some proposal. That is the truth and there is nothing more I can say''.
  • Lukashenko plans to work as teacher after political career
    21.11.2014 18:13
    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko plans to work as a teacher after concluding his political career, SIA reports with refrence to TASS.

    ''When I conclude my career, if I am healthy, I will go to work as a teacher, andI will teach with pleasure,'' he told a seminar at Belarusian State Pedagogical University on Friday.

    The president said the best for him would be the position of a university rector, but he would also agree to teach students.

    Lukashenko said it was necessary to enhance the prestige of the teacher professionin the Belarusian society.

    ''It cannot be solved only by a salary. Many factors influence it. The status of a mentor is inadmissibly low at present. Modern culture also plays its role,'' he said.

    In Soviet times, there were many wonderful books and films about school teachers, but at present, writers, playwrights and film directors present other characters. But it forms a public opinion not in favor of a teacher, Lukashenko said.
  • EBRD: Azerbaijan improves quality of ICT in Caucasus
    21.11.2014 17:59
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    ICT projects implemented by Azerbaijan are helping to improve the quality of telecommunications in the whole Caucasus, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in its Transition Report 2014.

    Until 2010, the focus was mainly on improving the infrastructure, resulting in communications networks being completely digitalized and the capacity of external internet channels being increased, the report said. The liberalization of the telecommunications market has opened up opportunities for the private sector and tariffs for unlimited broadband internet have plummeted.

    The report also notes that a number of other initiatives have been carried out in recent years in the field of ICT. The country's e-government portal was launched in 2011, which [as of 2013] presented the services of 40 government bodies. It was also noted that both state and private investment in ICT sector more than doubled during 2009 - 2011.

    Moreover, the bank also noted in its report that in 2014 the State Fund for the Development of IT awarded grants to 31 start-up projects in high technology, e-payment software applications, air navigation systems and e-government. In 2013, the University of Information Technology was established and Azerbaijan's first telecommunications satellite, AzerSpace-1 was launched. "These developments will improve the quality of telecommunications throughout the Caucasus and foster the development of Azerbaijan's space industry," the bank believes. Azerbaijan's ICT sector has grown by an average of 25 to 30 percent per year over the last decade, becoming the second largest recipient of foreign investment after the oil industry, the report says.
  • David and Victoria Beckham are ultimate fashion power couple on rare night out
    21.11.2014 17:52
    David and Victoria Beckham showcased their status as one of the world's most stylish couples as they enjoyed a night out together in London on Thursday. The couple mingled with fashion's elite including Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince at the glitzy evening hosted by David himself.

    Victoria and David Beckham made the ultimate stylish couple

    Victoria chose a casual yet chic look as she was reunited with her husband at trendy Mark's Club for the launch of Another Man Magazine. The 40-year-old fashionista chose a pair of ripped skinny jeans for the occasion, which she teamed with a glamorous cropped cream swing top, adding an oversized black coat for a touch of high fashion.

    Accessorising her outfit with a gold box clutch, Victoria ditched her trademark black stilettos for the evening in favour of some knee high black boots to keep out the winter chill.

    David, 39, complemented his wife's outfit in an all-black ensemble, breaking up the block colour with white polka dots on his shirt, as he hosted the star-studded party which saw a guestlist including Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell, joined by Stella McCartney's sister Mary.

    No doubt Victoria enjoyed a night off following what has been a hectic week for the designer. Her week kicked off with the glamorous Global Gift Gala on Monday night, where she was joined by close friend Eva Longoria. The evening was particularly special for Victoria, who was honoured for her charity work.

    Following the glitzy event, Victoria headed to Manchester for the launch of her new collection at Selfridges, where she posed in a striking statement pleated skirt from her range. The mother-of-four surprised fans earlier in the day as she chose to take the train from London for the exciting launch.
  • Fresh political impetus needed for Iran nuclear deal: Russia
    21.11.2014 17:52
    Russia says fresh political impetus is needed for Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers to reach an agreement over Tehranв's nuclear energy program.

    "Without a new impetus, it would be extremely hard to achieve a result," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists on Thursday, Press TV reports.

    Russia's chief negotiator said it was difficult to reach an agreement but stressed that it would be a "serious mistake" to miss the chance of a deal.

    He also said none of the parties to the ongoing nuclear talks wanted to prolong the negotiations.

    On Tuesday, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany sat down in Vienna for the last round of nuclear talks before the November 24 deadline comes to an end.

    The talks continued for the third consecutive day in the Austrian city on Thursday to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.
  • New remains found at Boeing crash site in Ukraine
    21.11.2014 17:45
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    New remains have been discovered at the site of a recent Boeing crash in Ukraine, the Dutch government reported Thursday.

    The remains will be sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov, where a preliminary forensic examination is held and then transported to the Netherlands, where bodies are identified.A few more days will be needed to complete work to collect wreckage, Dutch security officials said.

    The atmosphere on the site remains unstable, so the decision whether to continue work is made daily depending on the security situation.

    On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers - over 190 people - were Dutch nationals.

    The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the probe and coordinating the international team of investigators, said in its preliminary report published September 9 that "Flight MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside."
  • Arrests in Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision
    21.11.2014 17:44
    At least three people were arrested Thursday night in a St. Louis suburbahead of an anticipated grand jury decision on a white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black teen, SIA reports citing the AA.

    Dozens of young protesters gathered in front ofthe Ferguson Police Departmentduring a second consecutive night of protests, yelling at a riot gear-clad police line.Demonstrators gradually dispersed following the arrest of the three protesters.

    Area police have largely limited their interactions with protesters to targeted actionfollowing 5,000 hours of training after vivid scenes of clashes between police and protesters in August.

    Five people were arrested overnight Wednesday after blocking a street in Ferguson.

    Tensions have risen in recent weeks amid rumors that a grand jury is set to decide if charges would be brought against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday, and activated the National Guard ahead of the looming decision.

    The guard was previously activated amidst civil unrest in August, but was largely relegated to securing a media and police zone several blocks away from the site of themass protests in Ferguson.

    The St. Louis County prosecutor has said he expectsthe grand jury's decision will be reached by month's end.
  • Cyber blackmail cases on the rise
    21.11.2014 17:33
    Unsuspecting Malaysians continue to be victims of cyber blackmail, with some being threatened to have their nude photos or compromising videos released online if they do not pay up, sometimes by as high as US$5,000 (S$6500).

    Besides the usual scams over Skype, Trojan horse viruses are now used to gain remote control of computers or webcams, hoping to catch victims naked.

    According to the police's cyber and multimedia investigation division, cases now number in the hundreds.

    "There is definitely an increase in such cases," said Insp Mohd Riduan bin Abd Majid (pic).

    He said while police had no statistics due to many victims not coming forward due to shame, the increase was because syndicates behind such crimes were getting savvier.

    "Now, they check out your profile before targeting you.

    "If you have a lot of information on your social media page, such as where you work, your list of friends or real name, it becomes easier to intimidate you.

    "We believe that these syndicates are from outside Malaysia, particularly the Philippines."

    His advice to victims is to never give in to demands for money.
  • Novruz Mammadov: It could not be effectiveness of international law if there is a justice crisis in the world
    21.11.2014 17:23
    OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairsв' fruitless activity connected with lack of fairness in the world.'' Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Director of Foreign Relations Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov told SIA.

    According to Mammadov, it could not be effectiveness of international law if there is a justice crisis in the world : '' I have told this many times that justice is the first significant and universal value in the world. If there is lack of justice there is need to talk about universal values.
  • В President Ilham Aliyev received the Vice President of Bulgaria
    21.11.2014 17:14
    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Margarita Popova, who is in Baku to attend the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria in political, economic and other fields, and noted that there was good potential for the expansion of cooperation even further.

    Vice President of the Republic of BulgariaMargarita Popova thanked for the high-level organization of the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy. She emphasized the importance of the Azerbaijani President's message to the conference.

    During the conversation, the parties stressed the importance of holding the 3rd session of the Assembly of Parties of the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Baku, and expressed confidence that the issues, which were discussed at the session, would contribute to the mutual exchange of experience in this sphere and the expansion of international cooperation.
  • Money inflow into Armenia falling drastically
    21.11.2014 17:07

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The inflow of private remittances from Russia to Armenia has decreased drastically. The latest amount of the total money transfers into the country was $959.2 million, declining by 3.9 percent.

    Private remittances sent from Russia to Armenia via banking system dropped by 2.2 percent in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year, said the Central Bank.

    The money transfers from Russia by Armenian migrant workers take a considerable share in the South Caucasus country's income. Nearly 84 percent of the private remittances is sent by the workers in Russia. It makes up roughly 15.4 percent or $1.6 billion of Armenia's Gross Domestic Product.

    The sharp decrease in the amount of remittances from Russia is linked to the potent devaluation of the ruble. The value of Russia's national currency dropped by 30 percent since September, promising inevitable hassles in many industrial and economic fields. Western sanctions have almost hit the longer tally of Russian businesses. It eventually lead to a slowdown in its economy, lowering the income of the employees in numerous spheres.

    The drop in the private money transfers was observed for four consecutive months with the threatening trend firstly noticed in June when the remittances from Russia fell by 4.6 percent. It surged to 6.6 percent in July, and reached 7.7 percent later in August. The figure decreased to 7 percent in September due to the opening of a comparatively active working season. But the Central Bank assessed it as a negative progress in money transfers.

    The World Bank recorded a free fall of the Russian ruble in November after a large depreciation in October, saying it is a growing risk for the stability of the country's economy.

    Instable economy in Russia means shaky economy in Armenia given the strong dependence of the country on Russian markets. Any collapse in certain economic fields will decrease the inflow of remittances and create challenges for exporters. It will also weaken purchasing power of the Armenians.

    Armenian people are worried about the upcoming disastrous days. Remittances from the overseas are the only source of income for many families in the post-Soviet country. Decrease in money transfers will definitely fuel poverty in Armenia.

    The National Statistical Service's recent report revealed a 32 percent poverty rate in the country, while the Central Bank's latest data showed a 3.9 percent decrease in remittances. The fall in remittances is inversely proportional to rise in poverty in Armenia. This simple and short study can prove the vital importance of money transfers for Armenians, who has lost their hope for a better future and gaze at the pocket of their relatives abroad.
  • Secret Service arrests armed woman outside White House
    21.11.2014 16:57
    Secret Service agents arrested a woman with a gun outside the White House Thursday night shortly after President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, officials saidç SİA reports citing USA Today.

    April Lenhart, of Mount Morris., Mich., was participating in a demonstration along the White House's north fence when agents noticed a gun in a holster on her front hip at about 8:28 p.m., Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email.

    The 23-year-old woman was immediately taken into custody, Hoback said. She faces charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, and for carrying a pistol without a license.

    The president was in the White House at the time.

    Lenhart had no statements, Hoback said.

    The arrest was first reported by CBS News.
  • Baku 2015 to celebrate 200 Days To Go
    21.11.2014 16:52

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games will next week host a spectacular light show in the city to mark 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural sports event.

    The Old City will host an eye-catching display that will light up the city to mark the significant date until the first European Games begins on November 24.

    A stunning Baku 2015 display will be projected onto the iconic Maiden Tower at 8 p.m. to mark the occasion and a special announcement will also be made on the evening.

    Azerbaijanв's Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015 Azad Rahimov said: ''As we approach just 200 days until the inaugural European Games begin, Baku and Azerbaijan is preparing to host an event that will become an important part of our countryв's sporting history.''

    ''We will also be making a very special announcement that will capture the imagination of the entire country, and I would like to be able to share this historic moment with as many people as possible,'' he said.

    Residents of Baku are invited to attend the celebrations that will begin at 8 p.m. and conclude with a spectacular light show finale.

    Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 Simon Clegg said: ''As we continue to count down the days until the Opening Ceremony, there is a tangible sense of excitement building weekly throughout the city.

    ''I would like to invite the people of Baku to come along and join in with our celebrations as we prepare to host Europeв's elite athletes at Baku 2015 next year,'' he stressed.

    Baku will host the first European Games next summer from 12 '" 28 June, involving more than 6,000 athletes from the National Olympic Committees of Europe across 17 days of competition, in what will be the largest sporting event in Azerbaijanв's history.
  • Magazine publishes rebuttal to article on so-called ''Nagorno-Karabakh Republic''
    21.11.2014 16:52
    The 85th edition of the magazine "Monety i kupyury mira" (coins banknotes of the world), which is issued weekly by the publishing house ''Hachette Collections'' and sold mainly in CIS countries for collectors, has published a series of articles about the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

    The articles contained untrue biased information about the separatist regime, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia told APA's Moscow correspondent.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polat Bulbuloglu said in a letter to the editor-in-chief of the magazine that the articles published in the 85th edition are biased and grossly distort historical facts. The letter also asked for rebuttal to the article in accordance with article 43 of Russia's law on mass media outlets.

    In its new edition issued this month, the magazine has published rebuttal, which stressed that the magazine is only for numismatists and that its editorial staff had not intended to demonstrate a political view or a biased position in any way.
  • Two Azerbaijani sportswomen secure medal at World Boxing Championship
    21.11.2014 16:37
    The female world boxing championship continues in Korean city of Jeju.

    According to, the quarterfinal was held today. Two representatives of Azerbaijan won the victory and advanced to the semifinals, securing the awards.

    European champion Yelena Vystropova (69 kg) beat American Danielle Wolfe - 2: 1. In the semifinals, Elena will box against Athena Bilon from Panama.

    In the weight category up to 60 kg Jana Alekseeva defeated Australian Shelley Watts - 3: 0. Her rival in the battle for the finals will be French Estel Mosseli.

    Anna Alimardanova (54 kg) lost to Turkish Ayshe Tash (0: 3) and concluded her performance.

    The semi-finals will be held on November 23.
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