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01.02.2013 09:29
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A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev receives UNDP Administrator Helen Clark
    01.10.2014 18:12
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark.The head of state stressed the successful development of Azerbaijan's cooperation within UNDP.Noting the importance of the participation of the deleg...
  • Baku hosts Grand Prix chess tournament
    02.10.2014 12:05
    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The FIDE (The International Chess Federation) Grand Prix started the new season 2014-2015 in Baku at the culture center of the Ministry of National Security.Back in 2008 it was also the capital of Azerbaijan that hosted the first ever Grand Prix event and a great deal has ...
  • Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov observes joint exercises of Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces
    02.10.2014 11:51
    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov visited the site, where combat flights are carried out, to control the joint exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces."MIG-29" and "F-16" fighter aircrafts carried out training and combat flights thro...
  • Putin about Baku International Humanitarian Forum
    02.10.2014 11:49
    Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become one of the best platforms, Vladimir Putin has said.A message of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the participants of the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum was read out by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko ...
  • Armenians continue firing on positions of Azerbaijani Army
    02.10.2014 10:50
    Armenians violated ceasefire again.Armenian army units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Army in Kokhanebi and Alibeyli villages of Tovuz region from their posts in Chinari, Ayqepar and Mosesqekh villages of Armenia's Berd region yesterday and tonight.APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry...
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador meets Chief of Navy of South African Republic
    01.10.2014 21:13
    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Ambassador to the South African Republic Elkhan Polukhov has met Chief of the Navy, Admiral Samuel Hlongwane.The Ambassador briefed Samuel Hlongwane on ongoing political and economic processes in Azerbaijan.They discussed relations between Azerbaijan and the So...
  • Azerbaijani, Indonesian constitutional courts discuss development of cooperation
    01.10.2014 20:53
    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan Farhad Abdullayev has met Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Janedjri Gaffar.Abdullayev hailed rapid development of relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia in a number of fields, including legal ...
  • Assets of Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund rise
    01.10.2014 15:43
    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The assets of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund have reached AZN 57,809,552.According to the Defense Ministry, capital assets of the Fund made 211,791 in US dollars, while the euro account made 593.The Armed Forces Assistance Fund was established under the order ...
  • President Ilham Aliyev receives ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri
    01.10.2014 15:32
    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Former Prime Minister of Italy, General Secretary of the Agency for Research and Legislation Enrico Letta.Enrico Letta said he watched with great interest the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Italy, and stressed the importance of th...
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  • Shootout in Baku: father and son wounded
    02.10.2014 12:44
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    The incident occurred in a dormitory.

    An armed incident occurred in Baku.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that according to the District Police Department of Binagadi the incident was recorded in the Darnagul settlement, in dormitory, inhabited by displaced persons.

    Refugee from the district of Agdam Khijran Ibrahim oglu Safarov (1973), as a result of the conflict shot from his own shotgun in Rovsan Savalan oglu Aliyev (born in 1958) and his son Aykhan Savalanli (born in 1998) .

    As a result of the incident, the wounded father and son were taken to the Clinical Medical Center.

    Kh.Safarov has been detained.

    An investigation is underway.
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  • Oil price falls in world markets
    02.10.2014 12:34
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The price of oil has fallen in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has decreased $0.43 to stand at $90.73. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $0.51 to trade at $94.16.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil fell $0.08 to stand at $96.65.
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  • Baku hosts Grand Prix chess tournament
    02.10.2014 12:05
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The FIDE (The International Chess Federation) Grand Prix started the new season 2014-2015 in Baku at the culture center of the Ministry of National Security.

    Back in 2008 it was also the capital of Azerbaijan that hosted the first ever Grand Prix event and a great deal has changed since then as FIDE has organized 30 Grand Prix tournaments.

    One only needs to remember that the event six years ago was won by future World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Chinese top player Wang Yue and Vugar Gashimov, one of the leading chess players of Azerbaijan, who tragically passed away in January 2014.

    A video dedicated to the 1st Baku Grand Prix and the memory of the international grandmaster Vugar Hashimov and Azerbaijan's achievements in chess was demonstrated at the ceremony. Vugar Hashimov's memory was commemorated with a minute of silence.

    Speaking at the event, Youth and Sport Minister Azad Rahimov talked about Azerbaijani government's care for sports and achievements of the local sportsmen. He noted national leader Heydar Aliyev's care in particular to every area including one of the youth's important tools in mental and physical development sports.

    He noted that the first ever state program on chess was signed in Azerbaijan. The state program signed by the President Ilham Aliyev is successfully implemented.

    As a result of this, Azerbaijani national team was chosen the strongest team of Europe for two times. "SOCAR - Azerbaijan" won the European cup for two times.

    The Minister expressed his confidence that all of the participants will dedicate their victories in memory of Azerbaijani grand master Vugar Hashimov.

    President of Azerbaijani Chess Federation Elman Rustamov said it is a nice tradition to hold such tournament in Azerbaijan for the second time, as well as it is very valuable for the sportsmen. He stressed that Azerbaijan's hosting Baku 2015 - the First European Games is a vivid proof of the international community to the country's achievements.

    The Grand Prix Series will consist of four tournaments to be held over two years (2014-2015). Each of 16 players of Grand Prix series will play in three tournaments out of four and all his results will be taken into account for the overall final standings of the Grand Prix.

    FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in his speech said the tournament is organized with the highest level. He thanked Azerbaijani government for created opportunities to sportsmen.

    The only country that assigned the State Program among FIDE's 180 member countries is Azerbaijan. Ilyumzhinov stressed that President Ilham Aliyev's special care for Azerbaijani chess should be a model to other countries.

    The opening ceremony was followed with a live concert program.
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  • SOCAR issues report for September
    02.10.2014 11:55
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    9 280 tons of gasoline were exported in January-September.

    SOCAR exported from the port of Novorossiysk 84 796 tons of crude oil, from Supsa port 253 829 tons, and from the port of Ceyhan 1 725 423 tons of crude oil in September 2014, Oxu.Az reports with reference to SOCAR.

    "In general, 762 582 tons of crude oil exported from Novorossiysk port, 2 283 286 tons from Supsa port, and 1 153 635 401 tons of crude oil from the port of Ceyhan in January-September 2014," the statement says.

    The data of oil exported by SOCAR, reflect the volume of crude oil, as the Azerbaijani state and crude oil belonging to SOCAR.

    In addition, according to the report, in September 2014 the Department of Marketing and Economic Operations SOCAR exported 8 534 tons of petrol, 83 334 tons of diesel fuel, 19 174 tons of aviation fuel and 72 889 tons of vacuum gas oil.

    "In general, in January-September 2014, 9 280 tons of gasoline and 712 941 tons of diesel fuel, 138 889 tons of aviation fuel, 417 tons of black oil and 358 772 tons of vacuum gas oil was exported. In September 2014 the world market price of ethyl gasoline was (1 ton) $906.31, jet fuel - $ 882.59, diesel - $826.08, sulfur fuel oil (1%) - $567.01", the statement says.
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  • Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov observes joint exercises of Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces
    02.10.2014 11:51
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov visited the site, where combat flights are carried out, to control the joint exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces.

    "MIG-29" and "F-16" fighter aircrafts carried out training and combat flights through various maneuvers, the Defense Ministry said.

    "F-16" provided air support to "MIG-29" carrying out air strikes to destroy ground targets.

    The Defense Minister said the exercises are being carried out under the instruction of President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev.

    "Azerbaijan and Turkey had earlier held joint military exercises. However, Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces are holding joint exercises in Azerbaijan for the first time. One of the main points is that Azerbaijani and Turkish pilots supported one another during the exercises. I highly assess these exercises. We will continue such large-scale exercises," Hasnov said.

    The Air Forces exercises will continue till October 3.
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  • Putin about Baku International Humanitarian Forum
    02.10.2014 11:49
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    Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become one of the best platforms, Vladimir Putin has said.

    A message of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the participants of the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum was read out by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko at today's opening ceremony of the Forum, APA reports.

    The message says that the forum has become one of the important events within a few years.

    "Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become one of the best platforms for holding debate in the humanitarian field. I am sure that very useful discussions for the future will be held and recommendations given during the forum. The participation of a large number of delegations creates conditions for it," President Putin said in his message.
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  • Armenia's economy deteriorating as remittances decline
    02.10.2014 11:48
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Downward tendency of remittances from Russia to Armenia has contributed to the decline of purchasing power of Armenians.

    Armenia's National Bank has reported a considerable decrease in the private money transfers from Russia. The official data revealed that the money sent by Armenian migrant workers in Russia has dropped about 10 percent compared to last year's figure.

    Armenian migrant workers transferred $156 million to their relatives in August this year, which is $6 million less compared to the same period in 2013.

    High unemployment rate in Armenia has turned Russia into a top destination for the people leaving Armenia. The northern giant's close neighborhood and ally relations with the post-Soviet country inspire the migrant workers to earn their living there. Russia's Federal Migration Service has reported that nearly 670,000 Armenians traveled to Russia in 2013. The service said 90 percent of Armenians who arrived in Russia were job seekers.

    The crisis facing Russia after the Western sanctions has affected the income of the migrant workers of Armenia which its annual public budget is based on the remittances from the overseas. The declining money transfers pose definite problems for the country. Armenian workforce in Russia are mostly consisted of male residents of the country's rural regions that are grappling with poverty. Many families pin their hope on the remittances from abroad. So, the decline of money transfers from Russia negatively hit these families and subsequently delivers a hard blow to Armenia's economy.

    Analysts say that in recent years, under the diminishing remittances from Russia, the purchasing power of the population has decreased and the poverty has widened in Armenia.

    Armenians are feeling the adverse results of the ongoing economic crisis in the real estate markets of their country. The market value of the properties has not dropped on the background of the crisis, the report of State Committee for Real Estate Cadastre shows. The average price of an apartment remained unchanged at $633 per square meter in Armenia, while the average price of private houses has increased by 0.3 percent to $676 per square meter. The houses in city centers is much more expensive with nearly $1300 per square meter.

    The prices of the properties dropped during the economic slump in 2009. Many of the residents expected the same tendency this year, but the official data and unchanged property values in the markets disappointed them.

    The global experience proves that the rich strata of a country's population sees no negative effect of the economic crisis. On the contrary, it increases its wealth by taking advantage of the current situation and this is the poor people who feel the burden of the crisis.

    Most of the residents in Armenia said the unchanged prices in the real estate markets are controlled by the ruling elite, particularly by monopolists. For instance, during the crisis in 2009 population's bank deposits increased by 44.4 percent to nearly $220 million. Economic experts claimed that the vast majority of the deposits belonged to the rich people of the country, who estimated possible increase of their money after the crisis.

    Particularly the youth in Armenia complain about high property prices. About $351 average monthly salary in the country leaves no chance for the youth to purchase a house with about 14 percent mortgage interest rate. Thus, they apply for rental houses, which also dissatisfy them with higher prices. Payment for rental houses in Armenia changes between $364 and $742, as surpasses or doubles the average monthly salary in the country.

    Inappropriate domestic policy of the government, imbalanced business environment and privileged monopolists in Armenia have cemented the 105th place for it among 144 countries in terms of the effectiveness of antitrust policy.

    /AzerNews/
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  • 2nd Baku Forum of Economic Think-Tanks of ECO member states kicks off
    02.10.2014 11:34
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The 2nd "Forum of the ECO Economic Think Tank Centers" and the 2nd "International Conference on Energy, Regional Integration and Socio-economic Development" today kicked off in Baku. The Meetings is hosted by the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cooperation with the Economic Cooperation Organization.

    The main objective of the 2nd Baku Forum is to establish a sustainable partnership among Economic Think Tank Centers of ECO Member States. The Forum will discuss the issues related to regional economic development strategies, policies and programs.

    Addressing the Forum, Minister of the Economic Development of Azerbaijan Republic said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the Organization's activity to expand the member states' cooperation.

    The Minister highlighted economic achievements of Azerbaijan, the issues related to economic development of the region with focus on energy, regional integration and socio-economic development of the ECO countries.

    Shamil Alaskarov, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization noted the notable strengthening of cooperation among the ECO member states.
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  • Russian Pilots Found Polar Bear Cub Wandering Alone in Arctic
    02.10.2014 11:28
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    Russian soldiers have found a starving and exhausted polar bear cub, while performing a routine delivery flight in the Arctic, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

    "While doing a routine delivery flight from Anadyr into Wrangel Island, pilots saw a tiny polar bear cub running across the coast. Since his mother was nowhere to be found, the pilots decided to pick up the cub", Colonel Alexander Gordeev, head of the press service of the Eastern Military District, told RIA Novosti.

    When the pilots approached the cub, the animal did not try to escape, as he was visibly tired and hungry. The bear cub wolfed down warm cereal that the pilots offered.

    The cub was named "Umka", after a famous Russian cartoon character, and was handed over to Wrangel Island natural reserve, according to RIA Novosti.
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  • Fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum kicks off
    02.10.2014 11:16
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    The Fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum has kicked off, APA reports.

    The Forum is attended by the delegations of scientists and government officials from 60 countries.

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev will address the Forum. Then, Russian President Vladimir Putin's greetings for the participants of the Forum will be read. Administrator of the UN Development Program Helen Clark and ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri will make speeches. Following this, roundtable meetings will be organized. Former President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel, former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis and former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta will make speeches at the roundtable meetings.
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  • Twenty two years without Khojavend
    02.10.2014 10:51
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    More than 100 Khojavand residents were killed in the fighting for their homeland.

    22 years have passed since the occupation of Khojavand region of Azerbaijan by Armenian armed forces.

    The area was occupied by Armenian aggressors on October 2, 1992.

    The area of the district is 1458 square kilometers, the population before the occupation was 41 216 people. The district has Khojavend city (district center), two large settlements (Qirmizi Bazar and Gadrut) and 83 villages.
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  • Armenians continue firing on positions of Azerbaijani Army
    02.10.2014 10:50
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    Armenians violated ceasefire again.

    Armenian army units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Army in Kokhanebi and Alibeyli villages of Tovuz region from their posts in Chinari, Ayqepar and Mosesqekh villages of Armenia's Berd region yesterday and tonight.

    APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry's press service that the Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Yusifjanli village of Aghdam region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region, Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy region and Horadiz village of Fuzuli region.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Bomb alert at Sahil metro station
    02.10.2014 10:32
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    The information about the bomb laid at the "Sahil" station of Baku Metro has been received this night.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that police officers of Sabail district and MES employees arrived at the scene.

    Ministry of Emergency Situations specialists together with the employees of law-enforcement conducted related activities by detection of explosive device.

    Search yielded no results, the alarm was false.
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  • Baku State University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies sign agreement on cooperation
    02.10.2014 10:28
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). An agreement on cooperation was signed during the visit of Korean delegation, led by president of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies InChul Kim to the Baku State University (BSU) on October 1.

    The agreement features a number of issues, including exchange of teachers, students and researchers, organization of joint seminars and conferences.

    Prior to the signing ceremony, rector of the BSU, MP, academician Abel Maharramov spoke of the international relations of the University. Underlining the role of science and education in the modern world, the rector stressed the importance of cooperation between BSU and the universities of Korean Republic, including Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

    InChul Kim, in turn, stressed the importance of expansion of relations between the universities.
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  • Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer sounded in Stockholm
    02.10.2014 10:13
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    Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov sounded in Stockholm.

    The concert was organized by the French Embassy in Sweden and held at the French Cultural Center, AzerTag reports.

    The concert was attended by representatives of the French community in Sweden, the embassies accredited in Stockholm and government officials of Sweden.
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  • Erdogan calls on Armenia to withdraw from Karabakh
    02.10.2014 10:00
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    urkey has always been against any aggression in the region.

    Turkey stands for the liberation of occupied Azerbaijani lands.

    This was stated by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the opening of the autumn session of Parliament, Oxu.Az reports citing haqqin.az.

    He also noted that, irrespective of the person against whom the aggression is directed, Turkey has always been against any aggression in the region.

    Referring to the events of 1915, Erdogan said that Ankara was in favor of an objective assessment of these events.\
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  • PACE appoints special rapporteur on Nagorno Karabakh
    02.10.2014 09:58
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    The rapporteur will prepare a document on ''Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan''.

    Political Affairs and Democracy Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has held a meeting. APA's Europe correspondent reports that the report on "Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" was discussed and British MP Robert Walter was appointed as rapporteur on this issue at the meeting.

    Member of Azerbaijani delegation to the PACE Elkhan Suleymanov told APA that a rapporteur was appointed at the meeting for preparation of the report on "Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" on the basis of decision of PACE Bureau, which is related to the resolution submitted by him and was adopted on September 2 and confirmed at the plenary meeting on September 29: "Robert Walter left behind former chairman of PACE, French MP Jean-Claude Mignon with 35 votes at the voting. I must underline that Armenian government, pro-Armenian groupings in the PACE, pro-Armenian forces in the leading power centers have mobilized to prevent not only adoption of a document exposing their aggressive policy and demanding sanctions against this country, but also its preparation. However, we hope that despite of pressures, the newly-appointed rapporteur will prepare an objective report, inform world community once again about that Armenia is an aggressive state and committed mass crime against civilians in the occupied territories, and demand the imposition of sanctions on aggressive Armenia for the first time".
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  • Suspected renegade Muslim rebels kill 2 soldiers in S. Philippines
    02.10.2014 07:05
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    Baku-APA. Suspected renegade Muslim rebels killed two soldiers in an attack on Tuesday in the restive southern Philippines, a military official said on Wednesday, APA reporrts quoting Xinhua.

    The victims were identified as Private First Class Rex Limpahan and Edward Baes who were attacked around 9:00 a.m. by seven members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as they left St. Therese Parish Church in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao, said Colonel Dickson Hermoso, spokesman for the military's 6th Division.

    "We condemned the attack. They were unarmed. The two were at the Church as Limpahan was celebrating his birthday," Hermoso said.

    The military official said the attackers were armed with .45 and 9 mm pistols.

    The BIFF has carried out many deadly attacks in a bid to disrupt the peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government.

    The BIFF is the armed wing of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement which broke away from the MILF in 2010 as a result of disagreements over the conduct of peace talks with the government.
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  • Tallinn hosts 2nd meeting of intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Estonia
    01.10.2014 22:29
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The 2nd meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Estonia has been held in Tallinn.

    An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov attended the event.

    According to the press service of the Ministry, the Azerbaijani delegation held a number of meetings with Estonian officials and businessmen.

    During the meeting with representatives of Estonian private sector, Abbasov said the Azerbaijani Government paid special importance to expansion of cooperation with Estonia.

    The Azerbaijani delegation also visited the Stenbock House, where Ali Abbasov met Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rotilde;ivas. The Premier informed Azerbaijani delegation on work done in the field of e-government.

    During the Estonia trip, Ali Abbasov also met with rector of the Tallinn University of Technology and delivered a lecture to the students.

    The Azerbaijani delegation visited "e-Estonia Showroom" and viewed a presentation of "Technopolis" Technological Park. They also visited "e-government Academy".

    The Embassy of Azerbaijan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 2nd meeting of the commission. The reception brought together former Estonian President Arnold Ruutel, members of the parliament, ministers and representatives of business and social organizations.

    Azerbaijani ambassador Tofig Zulfugarov made opening remarks.

    Speaking to the event, Minister Ali Abbasov informed the attendees on the activities of the commission and prospects for bilateral cooperation. He also made a presentation of AZPAD computer made in Azerbaijan, and presented it to former president Arnold Ruutel.

    Estonian "Gracia" group performed Azerbaijani dances at the event.
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  • Fantastic Fanta Youth Festival wraps up in Baku
    01.10.2014 21:39
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The Coca-Cola Company has held the second Fanta youth festival at Baku Crystal Hall.

    The big celebration was attended by over 35 thousand people, which exceeded the number of guests of the first Fanta Festival, which was held at the Tofiq Bahramov Central stadium last year. In 2013 the festival was visited by 30, 000 people. Azerbaijani and Turkish pop-stars performed on the concert organized in frames of the festival. Famous Turkish pop-singer Kenan Dogulu was the headliner of the evening and shared the scene with well-known Azerbaijani performers Miri Yusif and Natavan Habibi.

    "I am very pleased to participate in the Fanta Youth Festival. While performing in Baku I always have special feelings, because your capital is an unforgettable city, like a second home for me, "- said Kenan Dogulu at a press conference before the concert.

    There was a special Fanta play zone, within which all the guests enthusiastically took part in various games from foosball to the big darts, unusual sumo and supersize bowling. The festival was accompanied by music of DJ Ruido Loco.

    "Fanta Youth Festival made a splash in the whole Azerbaijan. There were so many young people in the biggest and most modern concert stage of the country who were resting, playing games and just listening to good music. I am sure that the Fanta youth festival has a great future, and those who could not come this year, will definitely visit it next year, "- said a leading of concert Д°lkin Hasani.

    Not less than the show itself viewers waited for a chance to make a selfie with Kenan Dogulu, Miri Yusif or Natavan Habibi. Until September 26 there was a contest in which it was necessary to share a creative selfie on the www.fantafestivali.com website. The winners, who got the largest number of votes (Like), were invited on stage. According to the results of the competition there were 12 finalists, who were able to meet Kenan Dogulu behind the scenes, but the first three winners were able to make a selfie with stars on the stage. The winner of the first place Nazrin Gashimova photographed with Kenan Dogulu, second Narmin Museibova with Miri Yusif and third Jala Namazova with Natavan Habibi.

    From year to year Fanta Youth Festival is gaining more and more fans in Azerbaijan. The Fanta Festival embraced not only Baku, but also such cities as, Guba, Khachmaz, Shirvan,Sheki, Shamakha, Balakan and Ismailli this year. Special Fanta Caravans by going there was creating a specific atmosphere of holiday by playing music, thus attracting youth to join the festival.

    Last year The Fanta Festival was organized on Tofig Bahramov Stadium. A star of Turkish pop-scene Emre Aydin performed there along with the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Nigar Jamal and such popular singers as Miri Yusif and Uran.

    Fanta Festival is the biggest and the most lasting music festival in Turkey. During 12 years it has travelled in 16 cities and embraced under 4.1 million of people.
    25
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador meets Chief of Navy of South African Republic
    01.10.2014 21:13
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Ambassador to the South African Republic Elkhan Polukhov has met Chief of the Navy, Admiral Samuel Hlongwane.

    The Ambassador briefed Samuel Hlongwane on ongoing political and economic processes in Azerbaijan.

    They discussed relations between Azerbaijan and the South African Republic in a variety of fields, as well as experience exchange.

    Samuel Hlongwane highlighted the activity of the Maritime Museum in Simon's Town, adding a special corner was created at the Museum for servicemen who studied in Azerbaijan.

    Polukhov invited Samuel Hlongwane to visit Azerbaijan.
    24
  • Azerbaijani, Indonesian constitutional courts discuss development of cooperation
    01.10.2014 20:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan Farhad Abdullayev has met Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Janedjri Gaffar.

    Abdullayev hailed rapid development of relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia in a number of fields, including legal area. He recalled his lsquo;fruitful' meetings at the Indonesian Constitutional Court in 2013, where the Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

    Noting the dynamic development of Azerbaijan in recent years, Abdullayev said "this development has been achieved thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev`s far-sighted policy, which is being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev."

    Abdullayev said justice authorities bear great responsibility in modern society, adding "from this point of view development of our cooperation and exchange of experience are important."

    Janedjri Gaffar, in turn, stressed the importance of his Azerbaijan trip and meetings at the Constitutional Court, adding the Indonesian Constitutional Court was interested in continuing cooperation under the MoU signed in 2013. He also noted the significance of exchange of experience and cooperation in terms of development of ties between the constitutional courts of the two countries.
    11
  • Azerbaijani Deputy FM: Greatest progress in 18-year negotiations on Caspian Sea status achieved at Astrakhan Summit
    01.10.2014 20:34
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). "We consider satisfactory the results of the 4th summit of the heads of state of the Caspian littoral states held in Astrakhan," said Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov at the press conference.

    The Deputy Minister said the greatest progress in the 18-year negotiations on the status of the Caspian Sea was achieved at the Astrakhan Summit.

    "This summit can be regarded as a new stage in the negotiations. The joint statement and agreements signed during the summit have clarified a number of issues. The sides agreed on use of biological resources, division of the water area of the Caspian Sea and balanced armament. The experts will specify these points in the next stage," he emphaszied.

    Khalafov noted that though main points on the surface of the Caspian Sea were agreed on, the main issue is the bottom of the Caspian Sea that is rules for the use of natural resources.

    "Though Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan have already reached an agreement in this regard, there are disagreements with Turkmenistan and Iran," he said.

    The Deputy Minister said that the next summit would be held in Astana in 2016 and Astana Convention, more accurately reflecting the legal status of the Caspian Sea, would be adopted there.
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  • Totti history earns Roma point at City
    01.10.2014 20:28
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Francesco Totti became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history as Roma held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

    The 38-year-old beat Martin Demichelis to Radja Nainggolan's through ball before a delicious dink over the onrushing Joe Hart found the far corner for what was the Italian legend's first goal in England.
    7
  • Russia expects mistral warships to be delivered on schedule: Diplomat
    01.10.2014 18:27
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    Russia expects France to deliver Mistral-class amphibious assault ships on schedule, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    "Everything goes according to schedule," the Russian diplomat said, RIA Novosti reports.

    The 1.2-billion-euro ($1.7 billion at the current exchange rate) contract to supply the Mistral-class ships between the French ship-building company DCNS and Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport was signed in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is to be operated by the Russian Navy in 2014, while the second ship, the Sevastopol, will arrive in 2015.

    Earlier in September, French President Francois Hollande threatened to suspend the delivery of the helicopter carriers, citing alleged involvement of Russia in the Ukrainian crisis as the reason. However, a French diplomatic source later told RIA Novosti that the delivery had not been officially put off and that the French president was simply outlining his political stance.

    Hollande later stated he would make the decision in late October. The president added that the two conditions for the delivery of the ships are an observed ceasefire in Ukraine and a political settlement of the conflict.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Rosoboronexport, announced that Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November.
    39
  • UNDP Administrator arrives in Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 18:23
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark began her visit to Azerbaijan. She gave a briefing to the press on the objectives of the visit at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. In the briefing, Helen Clark expressed satisfaction for seeing Azerbaijan as a middle-income country and stressed the importance of strengthening strategic cooperation between the UNDP and Azerbaijan.

    The purpose of the visit is to further deepen the existing cooperation in the areas of mutual interest and explore new opportunities for innovative partnership between Azerbaijan and UNDP. Helen Clark will attend the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum to be held in Baku on 2-3 October 2014 and deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the event. She will meet with high-level government officials, women politicians, the UN Country Team, and representatives of some of the diplomatic missions in the country.

    The UNDP Administrator also plans to visit Symgayit city. She will stop by at the Syslab Center, established in the framework of a joint UNDP and Norwegian Government's project and the ASAN Service, created by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation, a unique experience that can be shared with other middle-income as well as low-income countries.

    Helen Clark became the UNDP Administrator in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment as UNDP Administrator, she had been the Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving from 1999 to 2008. Helen Clark was the first woman elected as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest serving person to hold that office. Recognizing her influence as the Head of UNDP agency, Forbes Magazine Helen Clark as one of the world's 100 most powerful women and "the most powerful woman in the United Nations."
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  • Azerbaijani FM leaves for Strasbourg
    01.10.2014 18:17
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    The delegation led by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has left for Strasbourg to attend the PACE session.

    As part of the session, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will deliver a speech as the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and hold several meetings, the Foreign Ministry's press service told APA.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev receives UNDP Administrator Helen Clark
    01.10.2014 18:12
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark.

    The head of state stressed the successful development of Azerbaijan's cooperation within UNDP.

    Noting the importance of the participation of the delegation led by Mrs. Helen Clark in Baku International Humanitarian Forum, President Ilham Aliyev expressed his confidence that interesting discussions would be held during the forum.

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark expressed her gratitude for invitation to Baku International Humanitarian Forum, adding the importance of the forum's agenda covering a number of areas. She said UNDP is interested in expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan.
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  • Switzerland refuses to erect monument to "Armenian genocide"
    01.10.2014 18:02
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    Armenians living in Switzerland for seven years have demanded to erect this monument in Geneva.

    he Swiss Government has rejected the demand of the Armenian community on the installation of a so-called "Armenian genocide" monument.

    Oxu.Az reports citing haqqin.az that the information was provided by the Turkish news agency "Anadolu" on Wednesday.

    Armenians living in Switzerland for seven years demanded to erect the so-called "Armenian genocide" monument at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of Turkey - Ottoman Empire - committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anatolia. Armenians, making greater efforts to promote so-called "genocide" in the world, achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.

    Earlier, the chairman of the Grand National Assembly (Parliament) of Turkey Cemil Cicek said that Turkey has done everything possible to investigate the events of 1915. According to him, Ankara has opened its archives to the world community to investigate the events of 1915.
    8
  • Expert about Premium-95 price fall
    01.10.2014 17:58
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    "The demand for it generally fell."

    As previously reported, on October 1, the company Azpetrol lowered the price for gasoline Premium Euro-95.

    As the company informs it is regarded to the decline in world oil prices observed in recent years.

    "There are free market relations in our country, so the company can carry out its own pricing policy: raise or lower the price of gasoline Premium-95, which is not regulated by the state."

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the head of the Oil Research Center of Azerbaijan Ilham Shaban.

    "It is good news for automobilists, price reductions would save finance, but if you consider in the scale of the whole country, then this reduction will not affect the consumer's fuel market."

    According to the expert, after the last price increase for Premium-95 in August 2014, demand of gasoline of this brand fell even more.

    "The share of gasoline Premium-95 in consumer basket is very small, it is less than 10%. Unfortunately, we do not have more precise figures, because there is no real statistics of this market, in contrast, for example, from neighboring Georgia, where it is done by specialized fuel agencies ", the expert concluded.
    9
  • Red alert in southern France as heavy rains sweep Languedoc region
    01.10.2014 17:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). One thousand firefighters have been mobilised and sent to the Languedoc region in southern France where heavy rains have caused widespread flooding.

    The city of Montpellier has been particularly hit with dozens of roads made impossible by running water after the river Lez burst its banks.

    Locals say its the heaviest rain seen for over a decade. "Every year for the grape-harvest there are storms," said one elderly resident," but not like this."

    So far there are no reports of casualties but the weather has wreaked havoc on the local infrastructure.

    On Sunday night up to 20 cm of rain fell in the region and Meteo France has issued a red alert for the Heacute;rault department warning of more flash flooding to come.

    Schools have been closed and all forms of travel have been disrupted.

    The French rail operator SNCF said three of its trains were stranded on flooded tracks and have urged people not to travel unless vital.
    8
  • 2014 Theme: leaving no one behind: promoting a society for all
    01.10.2014 17:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.

    This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing - which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing - and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.

    In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.

    In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

    The theme of the 2014 commemoration is "Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All".

    Living up to the Secretary-General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.
    5
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador addresses Financial Times over article on Karabakh
    01.10.2014 17:25
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    Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United Kingdom Tahir Taghizadeh sent a letter to Financial Times newspaper regarding the article about the Nagorno Karabakh, APA reports.

    The letter says:

    "Sir, Further to your article "Valuable partner in energy ambitions" (Turkey and the World, FT Special Report, September 21), I am writing to raise my concern about the mentioning of Nagorno-Karabakh as a disputed enclave. It is of utmost importance that things are called by their names.

    Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognized part of the Republic of Azerbaijan that is currently under the military occupation of Armenian armed forces together with seven adjacent regions.

    What exists in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding occupied territories is an unrecognized separatist regime and should be called as such. To call it a "disputed enclave" plays into the hands of the separatist regime which strives to gain international legitimacy. It has been set up in violation of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and forced the eviction of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis amounting to ethnic cleansing.

    I am very well aware how seriously the Financial Times takes the territorial integrity of states in light of the recent developments in our region and not only there. Therefore I would like to see the same sensitivity to be shown in all cases, including Azerbaijan."
    143
  • Iran seeks win-win nuclear agreement: Rouhani
    01.10.2014 17:21
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the peaceful nature of the countryв's nuclear activities, saying Tehran seeks a win-win agreement on its nuclear energy program.

    In a meeting with Irish Parliament Speaker Sean D. Barrett in Tehran on Wednesday, President Rouhani added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out numerous snap inspections of Iran's nuclear sites over the past 12 years and verified non-diversion in the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reports.

    "Iran's activities in the nuclear issue are completely transparent and we seek a win-win agreement in the negotiations which will serve the two sides' interests," President Rouhani stated.

    He added that Iran seeks positive and constructive interaction with all countries in the world.

    "Sanctions which have recently been imposed on Iran in an illegal way had been detrimental to all," he pointed out.

    On the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York earlier this month, some heads of European countries explicitly confessed that the European Union has suffered losses from sanctions against Tehran, the Iranian president added.

    "Ireland is not among the P5 1 countries but as a member of the European Union, it can be effective in the fulfillment of the bloc's serious determination to settle the Iranian nuclear issue," Rouhani said.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany held their latest round of talks in New York on September 18-26 to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Tehran's civilian nuclear energy program before a November 24 deadline.

    Last November, Iran and the P5 1 clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

    The Irish senator, for his part, said his country supports nuclear talks between Iran and the six countries with the purpose of reaching a comprehensive deal.

    He also called for the expansion of Tehran-Dublin relations in various fields.
    8
  • Azerbaijan to issue documents for sheep
    01.10.2014 17:19
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    "The certificate will reflect the whole information about the animal."

    Until today, we did not encounter negative cases in connection with the sacrificial animals brought into the capital.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the spokesman of the State Veterinary Service (SVS) Yolchu Khanveli speaking to ANS PRESS.

    He said that the animals brought into the capital in connection with the Qurban Bayram, pass a clinical examination:

    "Twenty three points are allocated for sale of sacrificial animals. The veterinarians are assigned for each of them. Two doctors will be assigned for the sale point of sacrificial animals. Sacrificial animals are checked and they are given a veterinary certificate. This certificate will reflect all of the information about the animal. That is whether the animal vaccinated, whether the animal healthy and so on. "

    Y.Khanveli also noted that the labs operate on the sheep slaughter point and the experts of the laboratory will be involved also:

    "During the slaughter, the animal will be sampled for verification. Sale of meat will be allowed only after receiving a positive response."
    10
  • EU Concerned About Possible Trade Barriers Between Russia, Ukraine
    01.10.2014 16:42
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    President of the European Commission Jose Barroso in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed the views of the European Union in regard to trade cooperation with Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

    President of the European Commission Jose Barroso in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed the views of the European Union in regard to trade cooperation with Ukraine, Russia and the EU, RIA Novosti reports.

    "We have strong concerns about the recent adoption of a decree by the Russian government proposing new trade barriers between Russia and Ukraine. We consider that the application of this decree would contravene the agreed joint conclusions and the decision to delay the provisional application of the trade related part of the Association Agreement," Barroso's letter to Putin reads.

    Barroso added that further consultations could be held in order to address Russian concerns over the free trade zone between the EU and Ukraine.

    "We are ready to continue engaging on how to tackle the perceived negative impacts to the Russian economy resulting from the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area," the letter reads.
    31
  • Life expectancy in Turkey well below EU figures
    01.10.2014 16:12
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    Turks are expected to live around four year less on average than their European counterparts, according to life expectancy data announced on Oct. 1.

    Turkey's life expectancy at birth is calculated at 76.3 years for men and 79.4 years for women, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜД°K) announced, in the country's first ever official public study of life expectancy figures at both the national and provincial levels.

    The average life expectancy at birth within the European Union currently stands at 80.3 years, roughly four years above Turkey's average life expectancy.

    Life expectancy at birth is a key indicator of the status of socio-economic development, quality of life and the levels of mortality for countries.

    The data shows that Turks in the Black Sea province of Giresun have the highest life expectancy at birth, at 78.9 years. Another Black Sea province, Rize, and the northwestern province of Yalova both ranked second, with 78.7 years.

    On the other end of the spectrum, locals in the eastern province of Erzurum are expected to live the shortest lives in Turkey, with a life expectancy of just 72.1 years. The eastern provinces of Mardin and Van have the lowest life expectancies at birth after Erzurum, at 73.2 and 73.3 years respectively.
    17
  • Azerbaijan to hold several unique surgery in November
    01.10.2014 15:57
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    Surgeries will be held with the participation of Belarusian doctors.

    Azerbaijan expects to hold four unique surgeries on bone marrow transplantation to four patients in November, Oxu.Az reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Health.

    First bone marrow transplantation was carried out in Azerbaijan on three patients in Thalassemia Republican Center with the participation of Belarusian doctors in May this year. The condition of patients assessed as satisfactory. The surgeries, which are scheduled for November, will also be held with the participation of Belarusian doctors.

    A total number of appeals for the bone marrow transplantation was ten, donors are brother and sister. In the first three cases, the patients were operated on with the donation of a brother and sister.

    Bone marrow transplantation is a relatively new medical procedure, it is used for diseases that have not previously responded to treatment.
    16
  • Assets of Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund rise
    01.10.2014 15:43
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The assets of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund have reached AZN 57,809,552.

    According to the Defense Ministry, capital assets of the Fund made 211,791 in US dollars, while the euro account made 593.

    The Armed Forces Assistance Fund was established under the order issued by the President of Azerbaijan on August 17, 2002.

    The Armed Forces Assistance Fund is formed on the basis of voluntarily donations of individuals and legal entities and at the expense of the other donations not prohibited by the laws of Azerbaijan.
    119
  • UNDP Administrator Helen Clark arrives in Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 15:37
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    I approach my first visit to Azerbaijan with great hope.

    The UNDP operates here since Azerbaijan gained independence. We thank for partnership and support provided so far", the Administrator of the UN Development Program Helen Clark told journalists.

    According to her, the UN program for the country will be updated, Board of Directors of the Organization will be formed in Azerbaijan and cooperation with Azerbaijan will be discussed.

    "The UN cooperated with Azerbaijan in modernization of social services, sustainable development, empowering women, equalization of rights for a long time. Of course, I also will meet with female leaders as part of this visit", Clark said.
    19
  • President Ilham Aliyev receives ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri
    01.10.2014 15:32
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Former Prime Minister of Italy, General Secretary of the Agency for Research and Legislation Enrico Letta.

    Enrico Letta said he watched with great interest the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Italy, and stressed the importance of the projects carried out by Azerbaijan in Italy.

    President Ilham Aliyev recalled his visit and meetings held in Italy. The Head of State stressed the importance of adoption of the joint declaration on strategic partnership between the two countries.

    The sides highlighted significance of Baku International Humanitarian Forum, the role of the Forum in strengthening the cooperative relations among the countries and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

    ***

    President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev has today received ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

    They hailed the successful development of the beneficial cooperation between Azerbaijan and ISESCO and expressed their confidence on further development of the ties.

    The parties spoke about the significance of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum and stressed the role of the Forum in strengthening the ties between the peoples and intercultural dialogue.

    /AzerTag/
    7
  • Dangerous disease destroys livestock in Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 15:32
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    About 20 cows die every day.

    At least 100 cows have fallen from the disease within a week in the village of Teze Shilyan in Ujar district.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Anspress that according to the villagers, the deaths of livestock occurred due to nodular dermatitis. About 20 cows die every day in the village.

    Residents say the state structures are not interested in what's happening. The Veterinary Office has not taken any measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

    "We complain, but no one is listening. We are even not provided with a technique to bury fallen stock. Not just one or two cows died. It is about a hundred animals. And they died just during a week," residents say.

    They demand the Veterinary Administration to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the disease to other animals. The villagers are worried that the number of livestock fallen from the disease will grow rapidly.
    14
  • New contracts awarded for Shah Deniz Stage 2
    01.10.2014 15:09
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    The Shah Deniz consortium is pleased to announce two further contractsrecently awardedas part of overall progress of the Stage 2 development project.

    The contracts, which are for subsea flow-line coating and early subsea export line coating, have been awarded to Bredero Shaw International B.V.The value of these contracts is approximately US$200 million.

    Coating will commence in late 2014, with initial deliveries of coated pipe being available for commencement of the first offshore pipeline installation campaign in 2015, and later deliveries for the second campaign in 2018.

    Since the final investment decision last December the Shah Deniz 2 projects have made good progress. Most of the major engineering, construction and supply contracts, valued at some $9 billion, have been awarded and early works already started in most construction areas across Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    The Shah Deniz Stage 2 project will deliver 16 billion cubic metres per year (bcma) of gas from the giant Shah Deniz field through some 3,500 kilometres of pipeline to Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Italy. First gas is targeted for late 2018, with sales to Georgia and Turkey; first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later.
    10
  • President Ilham Aliyev receives Former President of Estonia Arnold RГјГјtel
    01.10.2014 14:59
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received the Former President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel.

    The Head of State said Baku International humanitarian Forum was a good tradition and highlighted the increasing interest to the event year by year.

    President Ilham Aliyev said state officials and scientists from 60 countries all over the world would attend the Forum this year, adding Baku Humanitarian Forum was already an international event.

    Arnold Rüütel thanked for invitation to the Baku Humanitarian Forum and stressed the importance of the event covering wide circles of various countries and nations.

    Arnold Rüütel praised the organization of the Forum under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev every year and stressed the significance of the event.
    10
  • NK status cannot be resolved unless IDPs return home - expert
    01.10.2014 14:58
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    ''I feel that there is a hope for future changes''.

    "The status of Nagorno-Karabakh can't be determined unless refugees and internally displaced persons return to their lands," director of the Russian Institute for Political Studies, political analyst Sergei Markov said at the press conference in Baku, APA reports.

    He said that no significant changes occurred in the negotiations on the conflict settlement.

    "I feel that there is a hope for future changes. Russia's position on this issue is known. Moscow wants a peaceful solution to the conflict. Armenia and Azerbaijan haven't always been enemies and waged war. Changes can be achieved by creating a favorable political and economic environment in the region," he said.

    The political analyst said that first, Armenia should return seven regions adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh.

    "The area must be demilitarized, refugees and internally displaced persons must be returned to their homeland. It will be easier to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict, if Turkey and Azerbaijan put an end to the blockade of Armenia, economic relations are established and steps are taken for the restoration of Karabakh's infrastructure. In any case, I think that it is wrong to determine the status of Nagorno-Karabakh without the participation of the Azerbaijani community, who once lived there," Markov said.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev receives ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev has today received ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

    They hailed the successful development of the beneficial cooperation between Azerbaijan and ISESCO and expressed their confidence on further development of the ties.

    The parties spoke about the significance of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum and stressed the role of the Forum in strengthening the ties between the peoples and intercultural dialogue.
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  • Korean artists thrill up Baku audience
    01.10.2014 14:48
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan's capital city Baku has hosted a spectacular gala concert entitled "Fly Up" by Korean artists.

    The event was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Azerbaijan, the Korea Foundation, and the SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association on 30 September.

    The concert featured Korea's finest hip-hop dancers and Korean traditional music. Twenty four performers came to Baku for the non-verbal narrative of Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" through modern hip-hop dancing.

    The audience greatly enjoyed the performance of the world-renewed hip-hop groups "Animation Crew", "Gamblers Crew" and famous traditional synthesis music group of women "Season of Soul". During the concert, the performers performed the traditional and contemporary Korean music.

    Nearly one thousand people came together in historical theater of Baku to enjoy the Korean concert. It served as a great opportunity to further consolidate the friendly relationship between Korea and Azerbaijan.

    The concert was held as a part of the joint efforts between the Korean Embassy and the SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association to strengthen the cultural exchange between Korea and Azerbaijan.

    Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, Korea and Azerbaijan have forged strong ties in various fields such as politics, economy, culture and education on the basis of the mutual trust.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Mexico opens its embassy in Baku
    01.10.2014 14:42
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    Francisco Ernesto Romero Bock held a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on October 1.

    Mexico opened its embassy in Azerbaijan.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

    The report notes that the chargeacute; d'affaires of Mexico in Azerbaijan Francisco Ernesto Romero Bock held a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on October 1.

    During the meeting, chargeacute; d'affaires informed the Azerbaijani side on the opening of the embassy of Mexico, the report said.
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  • ''La Gazzetta dello Sport'': ''Karabakh" is a team of ghost town
    01.10.2014 14:31
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    "Karabakh" held its last match in its native locality against "Khazar" on 9 May, 1993.

    An article about the Azerbaijani football club "Karabakh" was published in the famous Italian sports newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport".

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that an article titled "Karabakh" - a team of ghost town" provides detailed information on the activities of the club.

    The article notes that after the Armenian occupation of much of Agdam, the team was forced to make their home matches in Baku. "Karabakh" spent its last match in its native locality against the "Khazar" on May 9, 1993.

    The author also informed the readers about the history of the club, on former and current players and the achievements of the team.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received Former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta
    01.10.2014 14:23
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Former Prime Minister of Italy, General Secretary of the Agency for Research and Legislation Enrico Letta.

    Enrico Letta said he watched with great interest the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Italy, and stressed the importance of the projects carried out by Azerbaijan in Italy.

    President Ilham Aliyev recalled his visit and meetings held in Italy. The Head of State stressed the importance of adoption of the joint declaration on strategic partnership between the two countries.

    The sides highlighted significance of Baku International Humanitarian Forum, the role of the Forum in strengthening the cooperative relations among the countries and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran mull simplification of visa regime
    01.10.2014 14:13
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Commissioning of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway, which is part of the "North-South" international transport corridor, will lead to the intensification of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, said the head of the Customs Service of Iran Masoud Karbasian at a meeting in Baku with the Chairman of the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev.

    According to Masoud Karbasian, The "cooperation between customs of Azerbaijan and Iran is at a good level, and the two heads of state have a will for the expansion of bilateral relations in this sphere. The meetings of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran took place four times during the last eight months, however, the relationship between countries can be raised to an even higher level."

    He said that it is necessary to ensure the transition of customs checkpoints in Bilasuvar and Astara on the round-the-clock mode, the introduction of a unified information system between the customs authorities (in order that all documents or declarations adopted by the Azerbaijan Customs would be recognized by the Iranian side, and vice versa, which would greatly simplify the trucking transportations between the two countries).

    In turn, the head of the State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev said that Azerbaijan and Iran have had friendly and fraternal relations for many centuries.

    He said that today the relations between the two countries reached a new level, and the present meeting, which is the 4th one during the last 8 months, proves it.

    "The customs statistics do not reflect the current situation, as every day thousands of people cross the Azerbaijani-Iranian border," said Aliyev.

    The two countries are also linked by transit transportation, so they attach great importance to accelerate the formalization of each procedure, load and the vehicle, said the head of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.
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  • German embassy in Azerbaijan marks public holiday
    01.10.2014 13:55
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The German embassy in Azerbaijan has organized an official reception to mark public holiday - the German Unity Day.

    Following the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Germany, Ambassador Heidrun Tempel spoke of development of the relations between the two countries. The diplomat said Germany was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan`s independence, and expressed confidence that the Germany-Azerbaijan cooperation would continue to develop in a variety of fields.

    Addressing the event, Azerbaijan`s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmud Mammadguliyev congratulated the German people. Mammadguliyev praised development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Germany in political, economic, humanitarian and cultural fields.

    Member of the German Bundestag Steffen-Claudio Lemme hailed developing relations between Azerbaijan and Germany.

    The official reception brought together state and government officials of Azerbaijan, MPs, ambassadors of foreign countries in Baku and public figures.
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  • Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer sounded in Stockholm
    01.10.2014 13:54
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    Stockholm, October 1 (AzerTAc). Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov sounded in Stockholm.

    The concert was organized by the French Embassy in Sweden and held at the French Cultural Center.

    The concert was attended by representatives of the French community in Sweden, the embassies accredited in Stockholm and government officials of Sweden.
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  • Participants of ECO member countries pay respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Participants of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries have today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

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

    They laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Oil price falls in world markets
    01.10.2014 13:39
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The price of oil has fallen in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $3.41 to stand at $91.16. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $2.53 to trade at $94.67.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil fell $1.06 to stand at $96.57.
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  • NIDA members appeal to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon - TEXT
    01.10.2014 13:34
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    Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh '" APA. The imprisoned members of NIDA Civic Movement - Rashadat Akhundov, Rashad Hasanov, Uzeyr Mammadli, Zaur Gurbanli, Mammad Azizov, and Ilkin Rustamzadeh - appealed to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon.

    At the request of these persons, the appeal has been presented to media outlets without distortion, APA reports quoting the website of the Ministry of Justice.

    The appeal says:

    "Dear Mr President,

    We, the imprisoned NIDA members, think that we can use our youthful energy to the benefit of our country in the current period of Azerbaijan. Serving our punishment until the end, it would be wasting our youthful activity. We hope You agree that spending our youth in freedom would benefit the Azerbaijani people and the country, and help us regain our freedom and return to our family. Throughout our time in prison, we've had enough opportunities to observe the ongoing processes within the country and abroad. Due to these observations, we have learned approaching the future in the optimal way and made a lot of assessments.

    Dear Mr President,

    We, the young people, want to spend our knowledge and skills for the prosperity and development of independent Azerbaijan. We believe You would take our youthfulness into consideration and agree on our release, using your exceptional powers.
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  • Iran seeks broader ties with West, Europe: Iran FM
    01.10.2014 13:10
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    Iranв's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of removing obstacles on the way of expanding the Islamic Republicв's relations with the West and Europe.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for the removal of obstacles on the way of development of ties with European and Western countries and, of course, this issue depends on the opposite side's will," Zarif said in a meeting with Irish Parliament Speaker Sean D. Barrett in Tehran on Tuesday, Press TV reports.

    The Iranian minister added that Tehran and Dublin can strengthen cooperation in different sectors including parliamentary cooperation.

    Zarif further criticized the West's way of battling the Takfiri ISIL terrorists and said, "Unfortunately, instead of a fundamental fight against the ISIL, Syria's infrastructure is being attacked and this issue will not be solved this way."

    For his part, Barrett said Iran is the focal point of peace and stability in the Middle East and called for broader ties between Iran and Ireland.

    Since September 22, the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan, have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

    The airstrikes are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against ISIL positions in Iraq.

    He called for enhanced Tehran-Dublin relations in all fields.
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  • AZAL to start flights on Baku-Bishkek-Baku route
    01.10.2014 13:05
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    Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) will implement direct flights on Baku-Bishkek-Baku route from October 26.

    According to Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Azerbaijan, the first flight will be implemented on October 26 at 10:00 a.m.

    Generally, these flights will be implemented on Tuesday and Sundays by Airbus.
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  • Prosecutor General: Reports on pressure against Leyla Yunus fictitious
    01.10.2014 12:57
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    From the first day of the investigation, Leyla Yunus had a lawyer she wanted and she meets with him whenever she wants.

    Their rights and freedoms are guaranteed in accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code, said Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov while commenting on the protests of some international organizations, APA reports.

    "The press is regularly informed about the criminal case of Yunus. Recent reports on pressure against Leyla Yunus are fictitious. This information has not been confirmed. The public will be thoroughly informed about her criminal case," he said.
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  • AYOR holds 5th conference in Moscow
    01.10.2014 12:46
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Moscow has hosted the fifth conference of the Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia called "AYOR: dialogue and activities".

    The event was attended by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Chairperson of AYOR Leyla Aliyeva, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu, President of All-Russian Azerbaijanis Congress Mammad Aliyev, as well as Azerbaijani students studying in Russia.

    A photo exhibition highlighting the activities of AYOR, International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA) and Baku 2015 -the first European Games to be held in Azerbaijan-was organized as part of the conference. Publications of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation were also exhibited.

    "Seven years have passed since the establishment of AYOR, and today we can say with confidence that our organization has reached all its goals," Aliyeva said opening the conference.

    AYOR aims to unite the Azerbaijani youth, help them integrate into Russian society, support all their plans and ideas, help them in their studies and pave the way for Azerbaijani youth living in Russia to adequately represent the rich culture, ancient history and traditions of their country.

    AYOR has over 70 regional departments around Russia. Azerbaijani youth groups are active in many Russian universities.

    Aliyeva went on saying that AYOR continues holding annual campaigns, such as championship in mini-football for the Heydar Aliyev Cup, chess tournament, intellectual game, annual event for blood donations, large medical forum, events in Lipetsk, Saratov and Kaluga, and others.

    Polad Bulbuloglu also noted that Azerbaijani youth of Russia integrate into Russian society through a variety of activities.

    The conference was followed by a forum on "International cooperation for restoration of biodiversity in the Caucasus: Achievements and Opportunities", "Azerbaijan Today", "Health of Azerbaijan on the Way of Reforms" and "Baku 2015".

    The event ended with a gala concert of Azerbaijani and Russian singers.

    /AzerNews/
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