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In Iceland, Court Says a Girl Can Finally Use Her Name
01.02.2013 09:29
A 15-year-old girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of the authorities and Iceland's strict law on names. The Reykjavik District Court ruled Thursday that the first name of the girl, Blaer Bjarkardottir, could be used as a girl's name, overturning a decision by officials who declared that Blaer, which means light breeze, was not a proper feminine name. Like a few other countries, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Before the court's ruling, Blaer had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
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  • Ilham Aliyev holds several meetings
    03.03.2015 17:38
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation headed by the Chairman of the State Council of Slovenia Mitya Bervar.Oxu.Az reports quoting the official website of the President that the Chairman of the State Council conveyed greetings from the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.The sides...
  • Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan up to 60 times in a day
    04.03.2015 10:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military 58 times violated ceasefire on various parts of contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said March 4.Armenian armed forces stationed in the villages of Mosesge...
  • Baku hosts Azerbaijanв's Open United Gymnastics Championship
    04.03.2015 11:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4Trend:Azerbaijan's Open United Gymnastics Championship has started in Baku. This is the test championship on the eve of the European Games.Around 133 gymnasts from 22 countries will compete for medals both in the all-around and the individual competitions.Such well-known...
  • Azerbaijani FM Mammadyarov meets Iranian Deputy FM
    04.03.2015 10:04
    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Ibrahim Rahimpour, AzerTag reports.They hailed relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, saying they were developing in line with a strategy defined by the two countries` presidents. They praised the two countries` c...
  • '˜Azerbaijan '" Sport in Focusв' exhibition opens in London
    04.03.2015 05:28
    Baku - APA. Azerbaijan's forthcoming hosting of the inaugural European Games has been placed firmly in the spotlight at the opening of a new exhibition in London's prestigious OXO Gallery on the South Bank of the Thames.Opening on 27 February, the Azerbaijan - Sport in Focus exhibition showc...
  • President Ilham Aliyev arrives in Bulgaria on official visit
    04.03.2015 03:18
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 4Trend:President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Republic of Bulgaria on an official visit.A guard of honor was arranged for the head of state at the Sofia airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.President Ilham Aliyev was m...
  • What hampers Turkmen gas supply to Europe?
    03.03.2015 22:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:Today, the Azerbaijani gas supply to Europe is a reality that will be put into practice in the next five years.However, given the current and future consumption of the EU and its aspiration to reduce dependence on Russian gas, 10 billion cubic meter...
  • Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship to present all gymnastic disciplines
    03.03.2015 21:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.3By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:All gymnastic disciplines will be presented at the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship, which will be held in Baku March 4-6 for the first time, vice-president of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), Secretary General of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Feder...
  • Congresswoman Virginia Foxx makes statement on Khojaly genocide
    03.03.2015 17:17
    Virginia Foxx, the U.S. Congresswoman from the North Carolina has made a statement on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.She underlined that 613 people were killed on February 25-26, 1992 in Khojaly, and stressed the importance of commemorating victims of the tragedy.Ms. Vi...
  • What's the main purpose of Slovenian State Council chairmanв's visit to Azerbaijan?
    03.03.2015 17:10
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:The recent financial and economic crisis in the world has further complicated the situation in a number of countries. Earlier, the economy of these countries was also precarious. Slovenia is one of such countries.According to the reports of the int...
  • US budget caps could complicate Israelв's missile funding request
    04.03.2015 12:27
    Mandatory caps due to resume this year for the U.S. defense budget could complicate Congress' ability to honor Israel's request for $317 million in extra funding for missile defense programs on top of $158 million already requested by the White House, Al Arabia reported.

    U.S. lawmakers continue to strongly support Israel, but congressional aides said Israel's push for more than $475 million in U.S. funding for missile defense programs in fiscal 2016 could run into trouble if Congress does not ease or rescind budget caps on the overall level of the U.S. defense budget.

    "We've been very generous with the Israelis ... but the first step is to see where we are on the budget resolution. Anything else is putting the cart before the horse," said one aide on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.

    Two other aides cited "frustration" about the size of the Israeli request given the current budget uncertainty.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other U.S. officials have warned that cutting the Pentagon's proposed 2016 budget by $38 billion to stick to the caps would harm the U.S. military's ability to respond to crises around the world.

    It remains unclear if deficit hawks in the Republican-controlled Congress will agree to lift the budget caps.

    Israeli officials last week asked lawmakers for $41.2 million for the short-range Iron Dome rocket interceptor, which has already received more than $1.2 billion in U.S. funding, and $268 million for further development of the longer-range David's Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense programs.

    They also requested $165 million for initial procurement of both systems, said two aides familiar with the request.

    A senior Democratic aide said Israel had shifted its focus from Iron Dome, now a mature system, to completing development of David's Sling, which defends against cruise missiles.

    Depending on what was included, Israel's request was potentially as high as $488 million, the aide said.

    The House committee aide said the procurement request would require a new U.S.-Israeli bilateral agreement allowing co-production of the new weapons systems by U.S. and Israeli firms.

    "This can't just be a blank check to the Israelis," the aide said.

    Raytheon Co is working with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd on the Iron Dome and David's Sling programs. The Arrow program is jointly developed by Boeing Co and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

    Riki Ellison, founder of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, said Congress was likely to approve the request, if the budget caps are lifted, but the funds would be taken from other programs, including Lockheed Martin Corp's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program.

    John Isaacs, senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said one possibility would be for Congress to include the Israeli programs in a supplemental request for war funding, or "overseas contingency operations."

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  • Turkey to build its first domestic cosmodrome
    04.03.2015 12:27
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu- Trend:

    Turkey will build its own cosmodrome and the Institute for Space Research (Uzay Ajansi), the Turkish newspaper Sabah said Mar.4 referring to Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication of Turkey Lutfi Elvan.

    Elvan said the place for construction of the cosmodrome and the institute has already been defined.

    "Cosmodrome and the Institute for Space Research will be built on the territory of one of the central provinces of Turkey," Elvan said, adding that construction of the cosmodrome and the institute are among the country's priorities.

    It is planned that after the construction of the cosmodrome, Turkey will launch domestic satellites from it, as well as lease the launch complexes.

    All Turkish satellites were launched into space from the Kazakh cosmodrome Baikonur and the Chinese base Jiuquan.

    The first Turkish reconnaissance satellite RASAT was launched in 2011.

    Turkey launched its second satellite - Gokturk-2 from the Chinese Jiuquan base on December 18, 2012. The satellite is used for defense purposes.

    Turkey plans to launch Turksat 3A satellite in 2019.


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  • Open Gymnastics Championship starts in Baku
    04.03.2015 12:19
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku will host the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship in Gymnastics on March 4-6.

    Some 133 gymnasts from 22 countries will compete for medals both in the all-around and individual events. The championship is a test event before the historic Baku 2015 European Games which scheduled for this June.

    Famous gymnasts such as two-time World champion Russian Yana Kudravceva, Olympic silver medalist from Croatia Filip Ude, Europe champion Alexander Shatilov from Israel will attend the event.

    The draw ceremony of gymnastics disciplines for the first European Games and a press conference were held before the event on March 3.

    The draw determined the order in which gymnasts will compete in the competition disciplines at the first European Games. The event was the first sports competition draw to be held for the inaugural Games.

    The press conference was attended by Farid Gayibov, Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Secretary General, Sabri Gulmaliyev, AGF marketing director and Georges Guelzec, European Union of Gymnastics President, as well as other high officials of the UEG.

    For the first time in the history one sporting event will present six different gymnastic disciplines four of which are Olympic.

    Gymnasts will compete in rhythmic gymnastics, men and women artistic gymnastics, acrobatics, aerobics and trampoline.

    "A history is written in Baku, the image of gymnastics will change here,'' Guelzec said.

    He stressed the importance of the test event to estimate readiness of the Organizing Committee of the Baku 2015 European Games Baku to conduct competitions in gymnastics within the Games.

    Farid Gayibov said that holding the competitions in six gymnastics disciplines is a very difficult task. "I think we can handle this," he stressed.

    ''The upcoming first European Games in Baku will present gymnastics along with 19 other sports. So, we decided to invite neighboring countries to the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship," the secretary general added.

    The free event is open to the public, which is welcomed at the new National Gymnastics Arena, 6,800-capacity purpose-built venue.

    Pierce Oв'Callaghan, Director of Sport at Baku 2015, for his turn, noted that the National Gymnastics Arena is completely ready for the European Games.

    ''Foreign visitors say that this is the best arena for gymnastics, which they have ever visited,'' he noted.

    Oв'Callaghan also noted that torch relay of the European Games will begin on April 25 and will cover 51 cities of Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani citizens can be proud of what the country has achieved, he added.

    The biggest sporting event in Azerbaijan's history, Baku 2015 will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent 50 countries in 20 sports.

    Moreover, the new logo and renovated website of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation were presented at the event.

    Sabri Gulmaliyev said the new logo symbolizes a flower as itв's in harmony with gymnastics. The new logo uses the colors of the Caspian Sea and the ancient classical architecture of Baku.

    The renovated website was designed to generate the public's attention and promote the sport, giving details about the national team and its main achievements.
  • AZAL introduces innovations
    04.03.2015 12:19
    The company has disseminated an information.

    Starting from March 1, 2015 the morning flights of "Azerbaijan Airlines" CJSC on the Baku-Istanbul-Baku route departing from Baku at 09.45 with a return flight from Istanbul at 12.20 local time are performed on the liner Boeing 787 "Dreamliner".

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AZAL that the use of this innovative type of aircraft allows AZAL to offer passengers not only to a qualitatively new level of comfort, but also expands the range of services provided.

    On the first day of spring the passengers of Istanbul flights will be able to travel in premium economy class, which has several advantages compared to the conventional economy class.

    This is the second direction in the route network of AZAL, on which the service of premium economy class is introduced. The same class of service is introduced on the airline flights to New York.

    The Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" joined the fleet of AZAL in December 2014.
  • Azerbaijan, UK discuss future plans
    04.03.2015 12:12
    Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov met with the envoy of the British Prime Minister for issues of Trade with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan Charles Hendry and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddig.

    Speaking at the meeting, Minister Ali Abbasov said that successful partnership that extends between Azerbaijan and UK has great potential for further expansion of economic cooperation, including in the field of communications and high technologies. Speaking of mutual interest to the development of information technologies, the satellite industry between the two countries, the minister spoke about ties established with major British telecommunications company British Telecom. It was noted that several UK consulting companies have already started their activities in Azerbaijani market.

    The minister praised the signing of Memorandum of Understanding ''On Economic and Trade Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'' as part of the visit of Charles Hendry to our country and expressed hope that this document which will serve to further strengthening of ties will open up new opportunities for cooperation in the field of information and high technologies.

    In turn, expressing satisfaction with the development of relations with Azerbaijan, Charles Hendry brought to the attention that the memorandum will serve to expand cooperation, and the sphere of information technologies is the main part of the cooperation in the document. Speaking about participation of UK in satellite projects, in particular on the activities of the satellite company Inmarsat, the envoy expressed interest in joint projects in the field of satellite industry with Azerbaijan.

    Noting the role of the international telecommunications and information technologies exhibition and conference Bakutel in deepening ties, Charles Hendry said the exhibition and conference Bakutel 2014 was attended by more than 7 British companies, and this number will be increased in the future.

    The sides also exchanged views on other areas of mutual interest, discussed future plans in the directions of further cooperation.
  • Ljubljana, Baku stress importance of tiesв' development
    04.03.2015 12:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijani and Slovenian officials have focused on the development of bilateral cooperation during their recent gathering.

    The Slovenian delegation led by Mitja Bervar, the president of the Sloveniaв's National Council paid a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on March 2.

    President Ilham Aliyev received the Slovenian delegation on March 3, Azerbaijani presidentв's website reported.

    The sides expressed satisfaction in regards to bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Slovenia in various fields, as well as in the political sphere.

    They stressed an importance of high-level visits for the expansion of bilateral ties, expressing confidence that Slovenian delegationв's visit further enhance relations between the two countries

    Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijani foreign minister said during the meeting with the Slovenian delegation led by Bervar that Azerbaijan attaches special importance to the development of relations with the countries of Balkan region.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction with the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Slovenia, emphasizing the importance of developing the cooperation, Azerbaijani foreign ministry said.

    Bervar reminded his audience about a statement made by the supreme legislative body of Slovenia on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which emerged in 1988 over Armeniaв's territorial claims against its South Caucasian neighbor.

    Bervar added that this statement supports the peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk Group and on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions.

    The precarious cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia was reached after a lengthy war that displaced over a million Azerbaijanis and has been in place between the two South Caucasus countries since 1994. Since the hostilities, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenia's withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territory, but to this day they have not been enforced.

    Moreover, Bervar congratulated Azerbaijan over holding the upcoming first European Games in Baku in June 2015 and said a lot of Slovenian athletes will participate in the Games.

    Mammadyarov, for his part, said changing the internationally recognized borders is inadmissible, stressing that each country should respect the norms and principles of international law.

    He further added that Azerbaijan and Slovenia are bound by historical ties, noting that Azerbaijanis showed courage during the liberation of Slovenia from fascist invaders during the World War II.

    Mammadyarov also said the two countries have the opportunity to develop bilateral cooperation in the spheres of energy, economy and trade, investments, culture and sports.

    Slovenia recognized Azerbaijanв's independence in December, 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in February, 1996.

    The Azerbaijani State Customs Committeeв's data showed that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Slovenia as of 2014 amount to $8.659 million. Around $8.65 million accounted for the imports from Slovenia to Azerbaijan, while $13,150 for export to Slovenia.
  • Baku hosts Azerbaijanв's Open United Gymnastics Championship
    04.03.2015 11:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4


    Azerbaijan's Open United Gymnastics Championship has started in Baku. This is the test championship on the eve of the European Games.

    Around 133 gymnasts from 22 countries will compete for medals both in the all-around and the individual competitions.

    Such well-known gymnasts, as two-time absolute world champion Yana Kudryavtseva (Russia, rhythmic gymnastics), Olympic silver medalist Filip Ude (Croatia), European champion Alexander Shatilov (Israel, both - sports gymnastics) and other athletes arrived in the capital of Azerbaijan - Baku.

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  • Russiaв's Reserve Fund drops 19.5%, National Welfare Fund downs 10% by March 1
    04.03.2015 11:47
    Russiaв's international reserves fell by $124.135 billion or 24.4% in 2014, TASS reports.

    Russia's Reserve Fund set up to accumulate surplus oil revenues and cushion the budget against a sharp fall in oil prices decreased by 19.5% in February to 4.721 trillion rubles ($75.75 bln) by March 1 from 5.865 trillion rubles ($85.09 billion) as of February 1, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.

    Russia's National Welfare Fund established to help the government implement pension reform dropped by 10% in February to stay at 4.591 trillion rubles ($73.66 billion) as compared to 5.1 trillion rubles ($74.02 billion) a month ago, the ministry said.

    The State Statistics Service registered the highest level of the Reserve Fund at $137.34 billion (12.5% of the GDP) in February 2009, while the lowest level was at $25.21 billion (1.4% of the GDP) in January 2012.

    The highest level of the National Welfare Fund was at $93.38 billion (7% of the GDP) in November 2009, while the lowest level was at $31.92 billion (1.9% of the GDP) in September 2008.

    Since the beginning of the year, the Reserve Fund has lost 4.5% and the National Welfare Fund has lost 4.6%.

    On January 15 - February 28, 2015 the Reserve Fund's investment losses were estimated at 4.13 billion roubles ($66 million), the National Welfare Fund's losses were at 2.45 billion roubles ($39 million).

    Russia's international reserves are highly liquid foreign assets managed by the Central Bank of Russia. They comprise foreign currency, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a reserve position in the International Monetary Fund and monetary gold.

    Russia's international reserves fell by $124.135 billion or 24.4% in 2014 to $385.46 billion as of January 1, 2015.
  • Azerbaijan orders for three Boeing airplanes worth over $1.1B
    04.03.2015 11:38
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Boeing and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West today announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices, Bloomberg reported March 4.

    "Silk Way Airlines' success and profitability as a cargo operator is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, Silk Way Group of Companies. "I am confident we will maintain our rate of growth, supported by three new Boeing 747-8 Freighters."

    "The 747-8 is perfectly suited to meet the needs of Silk Way Group for their growing cargo business," said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We value our partnership with Silk Way West and are grateful for their enduring confidence in Boeing and the 747-8 Freighter."

    Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

    Compared one on one, the 747-8 Freighter has no competitors. The 747-8 Freighter provides cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. The 747-8 Freighter offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, while keeping its iconic nose door.


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  • NATO hails sustainable U.S. support to Georgia
    04.03.2015 11:31
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A top NATO commander claims that it is essential for the United States to train, advise and equip the national security forces of Georgia, as the country and the region focus on maintaining regional stability and security.

    NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and Chief of the U.S. European Command, Philip Breedlove said the U.S. offer to support Georgia and other U.S. partner countries in light of the ongoing instability in the region was essential for each side.

    "As the U.S. partners, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine face a security challenges from Russia unlike the NATO ally nations," he said in his recent report presented to the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee.

    Breedlove blamed Russia for interfering and putting pressure on all those three countries' efforts to fully implement the political and economic reforms for advancing their democracy and for integrating with Europe.

    The post-Soviet nations who aspire to join NATO must also be allowed to continue and accelerate their transition from Soviet-era systems to modern NATO-interoperable systems and equipment, claimed Breedlove.

    Having already observed the use of Russian military force in the 1990s and in 2008, Georgia faced a particular threat from Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), added the NATO commander.

    In fact, Breedlove believes, Russia deliberately and actively perpetuates these conflicts by manipulating its support to the participants, while engaging in international diplomatic resolution efforts only to the extent necessary to prevent the resumption of all-out violence.

    NATO attaches a special attention to Georgia viewing the country as one of its future members. Regular mutual visits at top official level serve NATO's interests to ensure a sustainable support to Georgia, such as building a training camp in the country's territory.

    Russia's official position on the military bloc's active involvement in the regional issues was quite strict, as a top Russian diplomat said the military activity of NATO in Transcaucasia threatens the stability of the region.

    In one of his interviews with Tass, a Russian media outlet, Grigori Karasin, Russian deputy foreign minister, said NATO-Georgia military programs always threatened the region's stability and disturb the neighboring countries.

    "We called on the Georgian and the U.S. representatives to take a careful approach to this issue, since it can upset the balances in the region leading to serious consequences for the regional stability," Karasin noted.
  • Presentation of book devoted to academician Zarifa Aliyeva held in Copenhagen
    04.03.2015 11:09
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Copenhagen hosted the International Forum of the World Health Organization, dedicated to the problem of resistance to antimicrobial drugs, on February 24-27.

    The presentation of the book called ''Basic Infection Control'', devoted to outstanding ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva was also held as part of the event, AzerTac state news agency reported.

    The author of the book is Aydin Salmanov, Head of the International Science and Medical Center named after Zarifa Aliyeva in Kiev. Representatives from the U.S., Europe and some CIS countries worked on the book.

    Salmanov has already penned 220 scientific work, as well as 10 monographs, three textbooks and one book for medical students. He is also an author of three Ukrainian medical laws.

    Addressing the event, Salmanov said that some copies of the book were presented to the World Health Organizationв's library.

    The book was also warmly welcomed by doctor Danilo Lo Fo Wong, the enior advisor in antimicrobial resistance, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

    He highly appreciated the book, saying that it will be recommended to European countries.

    The book has important scientific and practical information about the infectious safety of patients and how to ensure optimal conditions for the provision of quality health care, as well as risk management in the implementation of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

    The book is designed for health organizers and managers, doctors of different specialties, pharmacists, epidemiologists, as well as teachers and students of higher medical educational institutions of I-IV levels.
  • Need more communication? Forget shyness
    04.03.2015 11:08
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    - Why donв't you talk?

    - I am just a listener!

    Thatв's part of my nature. some people say when others ask them why they are so speechless while taking time with others hiding their shyness behind the excuse of being a ''listener.''


    But, what causes some people to be silent amid noisy companions and play the role of an audience for others?

    Shyness is a sense that makes you feel uncomfortable to communicate with strangers for fear of being embarrassed. Thatв's why we can feel ourselves shy in one company and comfortable in another one.

    For example, in a room full of people whom we know, shyness will be a hindrance to you. It is not because we know these people, but because they know us including our behavior and character. So, we are not afraid of getting into an awkward situation and simply can express our opinions.

    However, in a room full of strangers we cannot predict the reactions of others. So, in such situation all our complexes begin to emerge.

    Since many people may be considered as shy, letв's divide them into several groups, depending on how this feature is usually seen.

    First group is those who prefer to meet certain people rarer than others. This category of people includes scientists, artists and poets, who are called introverts.

    They are likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends.

    Psychologist Ibrahim Ibrahimov says mistaking introversion for shyness is a common error. ''Introverts, prefer solitary to social activities.''

    But, shy people fear social encounters, as when these people go on a string of this feeling, they deliberately deprive themselves of many valuable prospects. For example, they are afraid to approach the person whom they like, and get acquainted with him/her.

    As for an example, Bill Gates, the worldв's richest man, is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by othersв' opinions of him: heв's an introvert, but not a shy man.

    Those people among the second group are more around us, physiologists say. They are shy only in certain situations or when dealing with certain people. Perhaps the greatest part of mankind can be safely included in this group.

    The most common cause of shyness in these people is lack of social skills. In general, they just refuse something including happy dating, promising opportunities, achievement of their goals and desires.

    The psychological trauma in childhood is another cause of shyness, some psychologists say.

    ''Shyness is oneв's inferiority complex deeply rooted in childhood,'' Ibrahimov says. The actions which turned into an object of ridicule in the past leave an indelible mark on human psychology, the physiologist said.

    ''Shyness, of course, is useful for the development of society,'' physiologist Nigar Mammadova says.

    But, ''personality often suffers from this feeling, when parents bring up their offspring on constant shaming,'' Mammadova claims.

    There is also another kind of people, who feel awkward with those whom they donв't like and try to hide this feeling from others. They begin to behave differently which puts them under the limelight.

    How to remove shyness

    Shyness in reality is a poor personal quality, which creates a lot of problems. It limits your skills and cultivates other harmful personal qualities including self-doubt, weakness of character, and leaves you prone to others' influence.

    ''It is a social phobia,'' Ibrahimov says, ''which restricts one to express him/herself and be a part of the society.''

    Mammadova says that ''excessive timidity and shyness is a demonstration of some weakness''. You will just get off on the wrong foot on others, the physiologist noted.

    Indeed, self-confident and independent personality is quickly catches the eye, as many women prefer those members of opposite sex who shows the greatest perseverance and even a little arrogance in dealing with them.

    Shyness is simply an internal feeling, but also an unpleasant feeling that arises in very awkward situations. And some people usually avoid such situations in order not to experience these feelings.

    However, this is the wrong option. To overcome shyness one doesnв't need to strive to express such feelings, but learn to act against them.

    ''I stop to be shy as soon as I start to act,'' said Inna Dehant, an expert on emotional stability. She called this principle ''20 seconds of courage.''

    ''If you want to do, ask or say something you must do it immediately, do it within 20 seconds, right away and without any analysis and plan. So, shyness would be removed.'' she says.

    Talking to somebody and sharing your emotions with those who experience the same feelings can help you fight against the unpleasant sense. Getting involved in such groups can give you an opportunity to get out of shyness.

    ''Sometimes shyness is temporary,'' noted Mammadova finally ''many people grow out of it with time.''

    So, donв't be shy and don't let others scare you back into your shell. Take a deep breath and hold your head up.
  • Turkey to fight Armenian propaganda '" Turkish PM
    04.03.2015 11:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu- Trend:

    Turkey will fight against Armenian propaganda of 1915 events, which is presented by the Armenians as the so-called Armenian genocide, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported Mar.4.

    Davutoglu said earlier that the emphasis on the 1915 events hinders the normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    Speaking further, Davutoglu also said that in 2015 Turkey will pay attention to the events connected with the murder of Turkish diplomats by militants of Armenian terrorist organization ASALA (Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia). Some 42 Turkish diplomats were killed as a result of terrorist activity of ASALA.


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  • Hundreds of koalas killed
    04.03.2015 10:59
    Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister confirmed Wednesday.

    Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanised in the Cape Otway area, near the scenic tourist drawcard the Great Ocean Road, in 2013 and 2014.

    "The intervention was necessary to prevent suffering of koalas because they weren't able to find enough food," Neville said in a statement.

    "Population densities were reaching up to 20 koalas per hectare at Cape Otway."

    Neville said a total of 686 koalas were found to be in poor health and were humanely put down by veterinarians in consultation with koala experts and animal welfare personnel.

    The minister said she was seeking expert advice on how to manage the issue and wanted to be open with the community on the process, but has not ruled out further culls.

    "Experience suggests that moving these koalas does not work and that can in fact cause even greater suffering," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • More than 5 million taxpayers disciplined
    04.03.2015 10:58
    Ministry has disseminated an information.

    The Ministry of Taxes revealed violations of tax laws in the activities of 5 375 000 000 Taxpayers, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry.

    According to the Ministry of Taxes, 1 035 000 000 taxpayers received payments in foreign currency, made the purchase, sale and exchange in trade enterprises, public catering and services, 167 taxpayers operating without registration in tax authorities, 701 taxpayer engaged in activities requiring a license, not having it.

    "The tax authorities have identified the lack of 223 taxpayers of employment contracts with 591 individuals. The lack of "insignia" confirming the payment of taxes for the activities in the transport of passengers recorded in 231 legal entities and individuals. In addition, 65 taxpayers engaged in the sale of excisable goods without excise stamps on them," the Ministry said.
  • Iran, US end 2-day of nuclear talks in Switzerland
    04.03.2015 10:58
    The latest round of nuclear talks between Iranian and US delegations, headed by the countriesв' top diplomats, have come to an end in Switzerland.

    The two-day negotiations, which were held in the Swiss city of Montreux, ended on Tuesday, Press TV reports.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry sat down for nuclear discussions for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

    Zarif and Kerry resumed their talks in a session also attended by their deputies, as well as the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid.

    According to reports, Iran's Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi sat for nuclear talks with US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid on Tuesday afternoon.

    Salehi and Moniz wrapped up technical talks on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program earlier in the day. They are to start fresh negotiation on Wednesday morning.

    After talks on Tuesday morning, Zarif said, "We are hoping to be able to make progress. There are a lot of difficult issues and we need to address them but there is a seriousness that we need to move forward."

    Also on Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini discussed the latest developments in the negotiations with the Iranian foreign minister over the telephone.

    Iran and the P5 1 group - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - are negotiating to narrow their differences over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.

    Iran and the US negotiations are to continue on Thursday with other P5 1 representative in attendance.
  • Azad Rahimov embarks on visit to Rome
    04.03.2015 10:43
    About 300 guests will be able to see an exhibition displaying the customs of our country.

    A presentation of the European game "Baku-2015" will be held in the Italian capital city of Rome.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Youth and Sports that to this end, the Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov is on an official visit to the country.

    The event, which will be held today in "Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna" (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome will be attended by the president of the European Olympic Committee, Patrick Hickey, President of the National Olympic Committee of Italy Giovanni Malaga, Education Minister of Italy Stefania Giannini, and other officials and guests.

    During the presentation of the European games around 300 guests will be able to see an exhibition displaying the culture, history and traditions of our country.

    At the end of the event, guests will be presented a concert program.
  • EU exports to Iran hit $10B
    04.03.2015 10:35
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The European countries exported over 12.131 million metric tons of goods, worth $9.929 billion to Iran during the first 11 months of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 21, 2014 - Feb. 20).

    The Islamic Republic's imports from the Europe registered an increase by 69.23 percent in terms of volume and 10.78 percent in terms of value respectively compared the same period of last year, the Iranian Customs Administration said in its latest monthly report released March 2.

    The EU countries shared 20.58 percent of Iran's total imports in terms of value during the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.

    Asian countries maintained their dominant share of 77.37 percent from Iran 's imports during the 11-month period. Tehran imported some 24.603 million metric tons of goods, worth $37.337 billion from Asian countries during that period.

    The mentioned amount is 15.14 and 12.43 percent more in terms of volume and value respectively, compared the 11-month period of last year.

    Iran's imports from North and South America also witnessed a 4 percent increase during the period and amounted to $732 million. The Islamic Republic imported over 870,000 metric tons of goods from the continent - 6.53 percent more year on year.

    Tehran's imports from Oceania (428,000 metric tons) and Africa (31,000 metric tons) also registered an increase by 3546 percent and 244.3 percent respectively in terms of volume during the period in comparison with the 11-month period of preceding year.

    The country's imports from Oceania stood at $192 million, while the African countries exported $66 million worth of goods to the Islamic Republic during the period, 199.8 percent and 122.3 percent more respectively year on year.

    The Islamic Republic's non-oil exports (excluding condensates) stood at $32.633 billion, while imports accounted for $48.258 billion in the first 11 months of current fiscal year.

    Iran's overall non-oil trade turn over stood at $94.564 billion during the period.

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  • Azerbaijan stands for resolving Caspian Sea status - ministry
    04.03.2015 10:27
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Azerbaijan is committed to resolving the issue of the Caspian Sea status as part of the sovereign and mutually beneficial partnership of all Caspian-littoral countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said at the 39th meeting of the expert group on the Caspian Sea legal status determination.


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  • Georgia calls on Russia to abandon its aggressive policy
    04.03.2015 10:27
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Georgia has called on Russia to stop its aggressive policy against sovereign states in the region.

    Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 2, Georgian Foreign Minister, Tamar Beruchashvili urged Moscow to abandon its current policy towards Georgia and Ukraine, calling the crisis in Ukraine "an un-isolated case."

    "Today we face the situation when the universally recognized principles and norms of international law are abused by one of the Human Rights Council member states and a permanent member of the UN Security Council," she said referring to Russia.

    "Russiaв's aggression against Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea and further steps to destabilize its eastern regions should be addressed by the whole international community," Beruchashvili added.

    She called on the Russian rulers to reaffirm Georgia's strong support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

    "Ukraine is not an isolated case, but rather a part of Russiaв's plans to expand the zones of its influence by hampering the sovereign right of nations to determine their future," Beruchashvili noted.

    Recalling Russia's armed invasion on Georgia's territory in 2008 and the subsequent occupation of 20 percent of its internationally recognized territory, she said Russia remains in flagrant violation of the August 2008 ceasefire agreement.

    Russiaв's so-called integration treaties with the puppet regimes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are the continuation of Russiaв's annexation policy, believes Beruchashvili.

    Going on her address, Beruchashvili also highlighted Georgia's steps to harmonize domestic legislation with international standards through the ratification and accession of various human rights instruments and international conventions.

    Russia has signed consecutive Alliance and Strategic Partnership deals with the separatist regimes in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions, which Tbilisi called an intention to annex those regions.

    As a response to Moscow, the Georgian government announced that it will not sit back an inch from its position on the breakaway regions.

    The relations between Georgia and Russia reached a critical point when Georgian troops launched several military operations to retake the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions on August 8, 2008. At which point the Russian armed forces entered the regions to stop all military attacks by Georgian troops. After four days of intense fighting, Georgian forces were expelled from South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on August 12. Russia is currently dominating the collective peacekeeping missions in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Georgia and Russia are trying to come to a conclusion on the conflicted issues through the Geneva talks that began after the August war in 2008. The talks are co-chaired by representatives from the EU, UN and OSCE. Despite numerous meetings between the special envoys of the two countries, no tangible result has been reached so far.
  • Uzbek presidential candidates continue election campaign in districts of country
    04.03.2015 10:27
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mar.4

    By Demir Azizov - Trend:

    Uzbek presidential candidate from the Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP), incumbent President Islam Karimov met with voters of Samarkand district within the framework of the election campaign, according to Uzbekistan National News Agency (UzA).

    Presenting his election program to the residents of Samarkand, Islam Karimov stressed the main directions of development of the country - continuation of reforms ongoing in all areas, gaining a worthy place among developed countries, further improving the welfare of the population, the structural transformation of economy and increasing its competitiveness, the revision of the level of government involvement in the economy and other areas, development of business, entrepreneurship and farming movement.

    Before the trip to Samarkand, Islam Karimov met voters of Bukhara and Navoi districts.

    In Bukhara, the president said that economy develops steadily, standard of living of the population rises as a result of the reforms implemented in the district. He went on to add that in 2014, the gross regional product grew by 8.2 percent. Some 296 projects have been implemented in the chemical, oil and chemical, food, light industry, production of building materials and furniture, he said.

    Speaking to voters of Navoi district, Karimov said that the most important factor of the further development of the national economy is the work on its modernization, which is clearly demonstrated by the development of the district.

    He said mining and textile industries, agricultural production are being dynamically developed, while the number of small businesses and private enterprises is being increased.

    Karimov added that the large-scale projects are being implemented on the basis of the localization program. He also said the cooperation with foreign investors is being expanded.

    The president said not only the cities but also the remote villages of the region are renovated and transformed, centers of culture and leisure of the population, children's sports facilities are being built, and modern infrastructure of the standard housing is being formed.

    Other candidates for the post of the president of Uzbekistan continue making trips to the regions and meetings with voters as well.

    The presidential candidate from the Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan "Adolat" Narimon Umarov met with voters of Andijan region.

    While addressing the voters, Umarov stressed the main goals of the program. Strengthening of the social partnership between employers and employees, improving of the working conditions at the enterprises, further enhancing of the social responsibility of businesses are among them.

    The candidate program mainly focuses on the broad public examination of the social development programs, support for socially significant, civil initiatives, creating favorable conditions for the activity of the non-profit non-governmental organizations and charity development.

    The presidential election of Uzbekistan is scheduled for March 29. The electoral campaign began on December 26, 2014. The candidates of four political parties claim for the presidency.

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  • Celebs attend a charity gala
    04.03.2015 10:19
    George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks were all on hand to help celebrate An Evening of SeriousFun in New York City on Monday, a charity gala which celebrates the life of late actor Paul Newman. The three joined together on stage, as young children performed hits including Katy Perry's Roar.

    George, 65, opened the evening with a speech about Paul, the star of films such as The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    On the red carpet, George larked around with fellow actor Danny DeVito, with the two joking that they were planning a song and dance number for later in the evening.
  • Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan up to 60 times in a day
    04.03.2015 10:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military 58 times violated ceasefire on various parts of contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said March 4.

    Armenian armed forces stationed in the villages of Mosesgeh and Aygedzor of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire on the positions of Azerbaijani military in the villages of Aghdam and Munjuglu in Azerbaijan's Tovuz district.

    Armenian armed forces stationed on nameless heights in Krasnoselsk district of Armenia, opened fire on the positions of Azerbaijani military on nameless heights in Azerbaijan's Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani military also came under fire from Armenian armed forces located near Tapgaragoyunlu village of the Goranboy district, Chilaburt, Chayli, Goyarkh villages of the Terter district, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Javakhirli, Kengerli, Shuraabad, Qaraqashli, Merzili, Sarijali, Shirvanli villages of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli villages of the Fizuli district and Mehdili village of the Jabrail district.

    Armenians were also firing from positions on the nameless heights of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrail districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • Leyla Aliyeva attended opening ceremony of exhibition PHOTO
    04.03.2015 10:04
    Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended opening ceremony ofArt and Jewelry exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center.

    The exhibition featured works prepared by the ''Stephen Webster'' brand created under the motifs of Leyla Aliyeva`s drawings.

    The collection was presented by Stephen Webster, the founder and designer of the ''Stephen Webster'' Company.

    Addressing the event, Stephen Webster expressed gratitude to the organizers, and spoke of the history of exhibits: ''It is great honor for me that I have cooperated with Leyla Aliyev, whom you all know. The project was launched 4 years ago, during the conversation between me and Ms. Leyla Aliyeva. Then, Ms. Leyla Aliyeva asked me what I thought about the creation of modern art-style jewelries. Later, Azerbaijani journalist asked me what I thought about creation of jewelries reflecting motifs of Azerbaijani art. I have to say that the today`s exhibition is a product of those discussions and conversations.

    "As you know, the artists work with great passion, reflecting their inner world and create their handicraft. I familiarized with Ms. Leyla Aliyeva`s drawings with great pleasure, and tried to study her way of thinking. So, I combined shades reflected in her works with my 40-year experience and started to create jewelries. Undoubtedly, these jewelries must reflect those shades, reflected in works, but at the same time, must be attractive as jewelry." added Stephen Webster.

    Today, you will get familiar with this work, the results of my efforts. I hope you will like jewelries created under Ms. Leyla Aliyeva`s works.''

    Then, the attendees familiarized themselves with the exhibits.

    The exhibition Art and Jewelry exhibition was organized within the joint project with Д°taldizain Group.
  • Azerbaijani FM Mammadyarov meets Iranian Deputy FM
    04.03.2015 10:04
    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Ibrahim Rahimpour, AzerTag reports.

    They hailed relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, saying they were developing in line with a strategy defined by the two countries` presidents. They praised the two countries` contributions to the ensuring of peace, stability and security in the region.

    FM Mammadyarov noted that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a major threat to the regional peace and security. He emphasized that the Armenian armed forces`s withdrawal from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan was the main condition for the settlement of the conflict.

    The sides stressed that trilateral Azerbaijan-Iran-Turkey cooperation contributed to regional development.

    They also emphasized the importance of the upcoming Baku-meeting of the Caspian littoral states.

    The Iranian Deputy FM also met his Azerbaijani counterpart Khalaf Khalafov and they discussed cooperation in the political, economic, trade, science, cultural, transport and energy fields.
  • David Kazarian: Baku and Yerevan has something in common
    04.03.2015 10:03
    "I did not feel side-glances of Azerbaijanis."

    Footballer of the German "Hoffenheim" and the Russian junior team (U-17) David Kazarian, who recently visited Baku due to the matches with Azerbaijan, shared his impressions.

    "Baku is very beautiful city - Oxu.Az quotes the footballer as saying in an interview to News.Am. - We went to the center a couple of times. There are some similarities with Yerevan. I was provided with a special protection.

    The police was on duty around-the-clock in the hotel, we were not allowed to leave hotel without a coach. Everything was provided, we were there at the training camp, and we had not a time for a walk. I did not feel side-glances of Azerbaijanis - not from those who guarded me, nor from the managers, not from fellows or from staff. For this I would like to thank all those people and all the organizers of the training!"
  • One passenger injured due to Turkish Airlines planeв's failed attempt to land in Nepal
    04.03.2015 09:55
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A Turkish Airlines aircraft landed unsuccessfully at one of the airports in Nepal, Hurriyet newspaper reported March 4.

    After a failed landing, the airliner went beyond the runway. As a result, one passenger was injured.

    The passengers were evacuated. The injured person was taken to a hospital.

    On February 18, as a result of the Turkish Airlines aircraft's failed landing at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the airliner went beyond the runway and crashed into the snow pile.

    The airliner was flying from Beirut.


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  • Turkish journalist stands trial for '˜insultingв' presidentв's son
    04.03.2015 09:38
    Turkish journalist Soner YalГ§Д±n appeared before court March 3 over allegations of insulting the presidentв's son Bilal ErdoДџan in his book ''Lost Registry '" ErdoДџanв's stolen case.''

    YalçД±n denied the accusations during the trial in which he faces up to two years and eight months of prison with charges of "insult via press or media outlets", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    YalçД±n said he was not referring to President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan's son Necmettin Bilal ErdoДџan when he wrote "Bilal" in his book, adding that there are 106,130 people who are named Bilal in Turkey. He said all these people could have filed suits against him for insulting them if the court accepted the prosecutor's claims.

    "In the mentioned book, it is not the writer's issue if the complainant had thought it was him [being referred to]," said YalçД±n in his defense.

    Bilal ErdoДџan's lawyer, however, claimed that the book mentions him without any doubt.

    YalçД±n was arrested in the Oda TV case and was charged with having links to the alleged terrorist organization Ergenekon in February 2011, along with two other journalists, Ahmet ЕћД±k and Nedim Ећener.

    All three journalists have been released from jail.
  • Baku responds to Nalbandian
    04.03.2015 09:22
    The UN human rights council is of the most proper places for Armenia to admit its responsibility for the Khojaly massacre.

    "Calling on the international community from the UN tribune to combat terrorism, the Armenian foreign minister should first present his country's "experience and example" in this regard," Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev said in his comments on Armenian FM Edward Nalbandyan's speech at the meeting of the UN human rights council.

    According to him, the UN human rights council is of the most proper places for the Armenian FM to admit his country's responsibility for the Khojaly massacre committed by Armenia's political and military leadership.

    "The Armenians have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide that need considering at the UN human rights council. Speaking of terrorist threat in the Middle East, the Armenian FM should have also mentioned the role of ASALA and other Armenian terrorist organizations which were created in this particular region and integrated into Armenian special service agencies after the country gained independence and have so far carried out large-scale terrorist acts. More than 30 terrorist acts were carried out in Azerbaijan with the direct participation of Armenian special service authorities. Armenian terrorists, including Monte Melkonyan, have been elevated to the level of Armenian national hero and their "heroism" were included into school books," he stressed.

    H. Hajiyev said the Armenian FM must have meant the atrocities committed by the Armenians in occupied Azerbaijani territories by saying, "the destruction of cultural monuments after committing ethnic cleansing is an attempt to erase the memory of mankind and annihilate civilizations aged thousands of years".

    "Because the Armenian FM's statements coincide with the acts of genocide committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan's material-cultural monuments and religious heritage in occupied lands and Armenian territories. In his speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, home to international humanitarian law, the Armenian FM was to clarify his country's interference in exchange of information about the prisoners of war and missing persons according to the proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. The resolution entitled "Missing persons" adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2014 urges the conflicting parties to share information on missing persons and assist to determine the place of the war victims or their remnants.

    More than 4,000 Azerbaijanis went missing as a result of the Armenian aggression, and the Republic of Armenia bears full responsibility for their fates. Armenia also has commitments to international law regarding providing such information based on the Geneva conventions. Modern forensic sciences, especially DNA analysis, would have contributed to the identification of persons killed in masses and buried in Armenia and occupied territories, consequently leading to learning the fates of missing people.
  • Turkish president's plane fails to land at airport on the first try
    04.03.2015 09:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4


    An aircraft of Saudi Arabia's airline remained at the runway of the Sabiha Gokcen Airport due to the hydraulic damage. As a result, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's aircraft was unable to land, the Turkish news agency Milliyet reported March 4.

    The incident occurred at about 22:00 (UTC/GMT 4 hours). As a result, the airport was temporarily closed for landings.

    President Erdogan's private jet left Saudi Arabia 10 minutes before the incident and could land only 18 minutes after the opening of the runway, by making two circles in the air.

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  • Turkish Cypriot president pushes for peace deal
    04.03.2015 07:13
    Turkish Cypriots are seeking a deal that makes tomorrow better than today, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu, said on Mar.3, calling out Greek Cypriots over peace talks, according to Anadolu Agency.

    Negotiations between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots resumed in February 2013 after a two-year pause. The previous round of talks had collapsed amid the eurozone debt crisis as the Greek Cypriot side took its turn to occupy the EU presidency in 2012.

    "Now the world must ask whether the Greek Cypriot side sincerely wants a deal. (Turkish Cypriots) are seeking a deal that makes tomorrow better than today," said Eroglu.

    There is a peace in the region but the agreement is missing, he added.

    "Today, there is bloodshed all around the world, especially in the Middle East. Cyprus is the only location where blood is not shed," Dervis Eroglu said in the port city of Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    He underlined that the reason for peace in the region today was the presence of Turkish troops.

    The Greek Cypriot administration suspended the talks over the divided island on Oct. 7, 2014 after Turkey sent a ship to monitor an oil-and-gas exploration mission off the coast of Cyprus.

    Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

    The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union and is internationally recognized, except by Turkey, which is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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  • Italian prime minister begins trip to Kiev, Moscow
    04.03.2015 06:23
    Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who took the office exactly a year ago, is beginning a short tour, which includes visits first to Kiev, and then to Moscow, according to TASS.

    In Ukraine, Renzi will have a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, and on March 5 he will come to Russia, where he will have meetings with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Italy's presidential press service said the talks will focus on international issues - settlement of the crisis in Ukraine, the situations in the Middle East and in Libya, as well as fighting terrorism.

    Italian experts say, one of the issues on the agenda will be the situation in Libya. Italy is very nervous about what is happening in that country, which is only 300 kilometres from the Apennines. The concerns are not only about the resumed inflows of migrants, but also in the threats from the Islamic State, which has been expanding its influence in Libya, where the unrest features two governments and dozens militarised groups.

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  • Azerbaijani-Turkish joint air exercises in Konya to last till April 13 - UPDATED-1
    04.03.2015 06:07
    Defense Ministry: Air Forces of several countries will also join the exercises

    Baku. Agha Jafarli - APA. The Defense Ministry has issued a statement on the commencement of joint exercises "TURAZ Falcon 2015" of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces according to the annual military cooperation plan between the two countries.

    In order to participate in the joint exercises, three MiG-29 jet fighters, three Su-25 attack aircrafts and IL-76 military transport aircraft belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Forces arrived at the airbase located in the Turkish city of Konya.

    Moreover, four Mi-17 transport helicopters of the Azerbaijani Air Forces arrived in Konya to attend Light-2015 international search-and-rescue exercises.

    Along with Azerbaijan and Turkey, Air Forces of several countries will implement tasks on joint planning, study of opportunities for interaction on conducting operations, as well as search, rescue and others.

    The exercises will last till April 13.



    Baku. Agha Jafarli - APA. Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces have started joint exercises "TURAZ Falcon 2015" in Konya.

    F-16, F-4E 2020, E-7T (HД°K) aircrafts, AS-532, UN-1H helicopters of the Turkish Air Forces and MIG-29, SU-25 aircrafts and Mi-17 helicopters of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are involved in the exercises which are being conducted at the Anatolian Eagle Training Center, APA reports citing Anadolu agency.

    Furthermore, 106 servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are attending the exercises.

    It is the first foreign flight exercises attended by the Azerbaijani Air Forces.

    The exercises are aimed at further developing flying abilities.

    Information and experiences on weapon systems will be shared at the flight exercises to which methods of international flights will be applied.

    Exercises entitled "war air circulation", "protection", "air war", "close air support", "air campaign against surface elements" will also be conducted.

    Representative of the Azerbaijani Air Forces Elchin Akhundov thanked Turkey for holding the exercises.

    "I thank you for warm welcome and this historic day. The first exercise of international flight of the Air Forces is being hosted by Turkey. I am very excited. We wrote the history", he said.
  • '˜Azerbaijan '" Sport in Focusв' exhibition opens in London
    04.03.2015 05:28
    Baku - APA. Azerbaijan's forthcoming hosting of the inaugural European Games has been placed firmly in the spotlight at the opening of a new exhibition in London's prestigious OXO Gallery on the South Bank of the Thames.

    Opening on 27 February, the Azerbaijan - Sport in Focus exhibition showcases 65 out of 300 photographs from over 50 photographers in 10 countries submitted for a competition of the same name. The exhibition and competition were organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) with the support of the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee (BEGOC).

    During the opening, attended by over 100 politicians, diplomats, photographers, and sports aficionados, Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS, commented: "The European Games will be an historic event for Azerbaijan, as it will be the first opportunity for this young and dynamic country to organise an international sports competition on this level. TEAS is proud that its exhibition Azerbaijan Sport In Focus has received the official support of Baku 2015, the organisers of the European Games. This exhibition showcases the universality and values of sport as Baku prepares to host the Games."

    To be hosted from 12-28 June, the European Games will feature 20 sports - 16 of which are Olympic disciplines. Of these, 12 sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. It is thought that more than 6000 athletes from over 50 countries will be hosted in Baku.

    First prize was awarded to the experienced Azerbaijani sports photographer Dilavar Najafov for his iconic image Towards Glory, capturing the supreme athleticism of a rhythmic gymnast's routine. Dilavar has toured the world in order to capture the zenith of sporting achievement with his lens, and has spent nearly two decades working as a staff photographer for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sport.

    In his acceptance speech, Dilavar commented: "Azerbaijan has now been independent for 24 years, and has achieved much, including being selected to host the European Games. Since Azerbaijan has been able to enter the Olympic Games as an independent country, its athletes have always won two or three gold medals. During the London 2012 Olympics, the country achieved a tally of 10 medals, and we are very proud to host the European Games this year. In the future, I hope my country will be selected to host many more such events."

    The submissions were judged by a panel of three internationally-acclaimed photographers - Ed Kashi, Co-founder of the VII Photo Agency and winner of the 2011 World Press Photo competition; Philipp Rathmer, who is best-known for his celebrity and fashion portraits; and Azerbaijani photographer Agdes Baghirzade, who specialises in capturing the faces and nature of her homeland.

    Philipp Rathmer explained the rationale behind the selection of winners and runners-up, saying: "It was difficult to sit on the jury - there were many discussions between the three jurors, due to the high quality of the entries. I feel the selected images are very beautiful and of excellent quality. I am from a different photographic genre to the other jury members, and maybe saw the images from a different point-of-view, and this led many creative discussions."

    Agdes Baghirzade commented: "I was initially apprehensive when I was asked to sit on the jury, as was a big responsibility, and I knew it would be difficult to remain objective when shortlisting images and selecting the winners. These images reflect the first European Games, and my country is doing its best to ensure these Games are perfectly organised. Despite being a very experienced photographer, Dilavar had not previously participated in a photographic competition, and I am delighted that he won."

    The second prizewinner was French photographer and videographer Paul Robion for his outstanding photograph Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), an evocative, sepia-toned virtual silhouette that encapsulates the enormous popularity of football in Brazil. It also connects the European Games with the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    The third prize was given to Azerbaijani street photographer Rufat Abas for his photo Final Instructions, which captures a tense moment at the start of a motor race. Rufat's first book Life in Black and White was published in 2012, and a year later his exhibition Street, Life, Emotion opened in Baku. The first Formula 1 race in Baku will be held in 2016. The exhibition will move to the French National Museum of Sports in Nice on 12 March, before touring Europe.
  • President Ilham Aliyev arrives in Bulgaria on official visit
    04.03.2015 03:18
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 4


    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Republic of Bulgaria on an official visit.

    A guard of honor was arranged for the head of state at the Sofia airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    President Ilham Aliyev was met by senior state and government officials of Bulgaria.

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  • German FM says Iran is serious to arrive at nuclear deal
    04.03.2015 00:02
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday that Iran was taking nuclear talks seriously in order to reach a permanent settlement on its nuclear program., Anadolu Agency reported.

    His remarks came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were meeting in the Swiss town of Montreux in an effort to meet a March 31 deadline to come up with a political framework agreement following months-long negotiations.

    Iran and "the P5 1 group" - the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - have already missed two deadlines for a permanent deal on Iran's nuclear program in negotiations that have been ongoing since 2003.

    "I have been involved in nuclear talks in the past 10 years...We had the impression that Iran was playing for time or playing games. Compared to the past, I have the impression that Iran is taking the negotiations seriously," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Geneva after adressing the UN Human Rights Council.

    Western powers fear that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and want Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

    Iran, however, says its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also said that negotiations in Montreux were going well.

    "We are getting closer," she said. "There were significant steps that were made last week including today's talks. I appeal to all public actors to facilitate (talks) rather than put (them) in danger. Diplomatic efforts are extremely serious and have been extremely difficult."

    These comments came just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress to warn against the potential consequences of a deal with Iran.

    Netanyahu, who seeks reelection in two weeks, was invited to deliver the speech at the request of the Republicans. The White House criticized the move.

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  • What hampers Turkmen gas supply to Europe?
    03.03.2015 22:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Today, the Azerbaijani gas supply to Europe is a reality that will be put into practice in the next five years.

    However, given the current and future consumption of the EU and its aspiration to reduce dependence on Russian gas, 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas is not enough for Europe.

    Turkmenistan has the most realistic amounts for gas supply in the medium term.

    The issue of the supply of Turkmenistan's gas to Europe was discussed during the talks between the presidents of Turkey and Turkmenistan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov March 3.

    Today, Turkey is a key participant of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is meant to transport Azerbaijan's gas to Europe.

    From this point of view, Erdogan's remark that Turkmenistan is a key country for gas transportation from Central Asia to the European market and that Ankara and Ashgabat have similar point of views on this important issue, is a landmark statement.

    The significance of this fact is that today, exactly, Turkey can hold the talks of such level with Turkmenistan, and make concrete proposals to Ashgabat.

    Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have long been discussing the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project. Nevertheless, such important players of the Caspian Sea basin as Russia and Iran take countermeasures against this project.

    Europe, which should take the initiative in this issue, is somewhat passive, apparently, because it doesn't want to exacerbate the problematic relations between Russia and Iran.

    The region's only key player which has sufficient political influence, as well as good relations with all participants of this process is Turkey. Therefore, namely Ankara can be the best guarantor for Turkmenistan.

    Today, the main export directions of Turkmen gas supply are China, Iran, and Russia. However, in recent years, Russia has reduced the purchase of Turkmen gas 10 times - from 40-45 billion cubic meters per year to 4 billion cubic meters per year in 2015. This is while Ankara has a contract with Turkmenistan for supplying 15.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    Only one link lacks for the delivery of Turkmen gas to Europe - the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.

    Today, Ashgabat is completing construction of East-West gas pipeline, which will make it possible to deliver gas from the giant fields of eastern Turkmenistan to the Caspian coast. In its turn, Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated about its readiness to provide Turkmenistan an opportunity to transport gas through its territory, especially since the infrastructure for the delivery of gas to Europe, the Southern Gas Corridor, will be created by 2020.

    As for the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline and statements about its environmental insecurity, voiced in particular by the Russian side, a counter-question arises. Why ecological security, especially given a very aggressive underwater environment in the Black Sea, has not prevented Russia from building Blue Stream gas pipeline and doesn't hamper planning of the Turkish Stream project?

    In any case, the project of delivery of Turkmen gas to Europe is more a political project than economic or environmental one. And, as shown by today's talks, the political will of Turkey in this issue plays an important role.

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  • Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship to present all gymnastic disciplines
    03.03.2015 21:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.3

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    All gymnastic disciplines will be presented at the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship, which will be held in Baku March 4-6 for the first time, vice-president of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), Secretary General of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Farid Gayibov said at a press conference Mar.3.

    He said that six gymnastic disciplines will be presented at Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship, namely four Olympic and two non-Olympic disciplines.

    This is a unique format, Gayibov said.

    "As is known, competitions on four types of gymnastics are held at different play fields at the Olympic Games," he said. "They will be held on a single arena here. Even the competitions for two types of gymnastics will be held at the same time."

    He said such events are complex and quite difficult to organize, but they will be of interest to viewers.

    "I think we can handle this," said Gayibov.

    He recalled that in late 2002, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected the president of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, adding that since then the federation has united three types of gymnastics.

    "Today, the federation is developing all six types of gymnastics," Gayibov underscored.

    He said the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines is a test event on the eve of the First European Games.

    "Gymnastics will also be represented at the upcoming First European Games in Baku along with 20 types of sports," he said, adding, "That is why we decided to invite the neighboring countries too, to the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships."

    He added that as there is great interest in the First European Games, and along with athletes from European countries, athletes from the US, Kazakhstan and other states will also arrive in Azerbaijan.

    Furthermore, Gayibov said that athletes from 22 countries will take part in the competitions within Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship in Gymnastics.

    "The competitions will begin on March 4 on the National Gymnastics Arena," he said, adding that a toss-up was held on all six disciplines for the First European Games today.

    He added that the entrance to the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship in Gymnastics to be held on the National Gymnastics Arena is free.

    Gayibov added that spectators will have the opportunity to follow all the competitions.

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sports event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Russia, Egypt agree on naval exercise in Mediterranean '" Defense Ministry
    03.03.2015 21:17
    Russia and Egypt have agreed to hold a naval exercise in the Mediterranean and an anti-terrorist exercise of their rapid reaction forces, the Defense Ministry's press service said, according to TASS.

    As it has been explained, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and the Egyptian Minister of Defense and Military Production Sedki Sobhi reviewed the results of military cooperation last year and considered the outlook for cooperation this year.

    "The parties agreed to go ahead with the practice of inviting Egyptian military to Russian military exercises in the capacity of observers and also to hold a naval exercise in the Mediterranean and an anti-terrorist exercise of rapid reaction forces," the Defense Ministry's press service has said.

    Shoigu invited his counterpart to delegate Egyptian military to the international army sports games and the forum Army-2015, to be held in Russia.

    "The two men also discussed international and regional security matters," the Defense Ministry said.

    Sobhi arrived in Russia on February 28. On Wednesday, March 4 he will meet with Shoigu again at the first meeting of the bilateral commission for military-technical cooperation.

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  • Fitch affirms long-term ratings of two Kazakh banks
    03.03.2015 20:28
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.3

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    Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of Kazakhstan-based Bank Centercredit (BCC) at 'B' and ATF Bank JSC at 'B-', said the message of the agency Mar.2.

    The Outlooks are Stable.

    "The banks' IDRs are driven by their standalone credit profiles, as captured by their Viability Ratings (VRs), and reflect weak asset quality, moderate capitalisation, modest profitability and near-term business risks stemming from the slowdown in Kazakhstan's economy and lower oil prices," said the message. "ATF's lower ratings relative to BCC, reflects its weaker financial metrics in general, and in particular its significantly higher loan impairment."

    At the same time, both banks' ratings are supported by their track records of continued debt repayments, solid liquidity cushions and limited amounts of remaining senior wholesale funding.

    Non-performing loans (NPLs; overdue by more than 90 days) rose at both banks as a result of the 20 percent devaluation of the tenge at the beginning of 2014. However, total potentially problematic loans (including NPLs and restructured loans) remained largely stable in 2014 due to loan write-offs and some recoveries.

    "BCC's NPLs comprised 15 percent of gross loans at end-2014," said the message. "The bank's restructured loans and two large impaired agricultural sector exposures made up a further 10 percent. ATF's NPL ratio stood at a high 34 percent, with restructured loans comprising a further 18 percent. Fitch expects both banks to intensify write-offs and work-out efforts in 2015 given tougher regulatory requirements on NPL ratios."

    In Fitch's view, both banks' asset quality might come under further pressure in case of a further marked devaluation of the tenge. ATF's performing foreign-currency loans were equal to about 1.7x its Fitch Core Capital (FCC) and BCC's were equal to 1.4x FCC at the end of the third quarter of 2014. However, Fitch's base case expectation is that any deterioration would be gradual and within the tolerance level of the banks' already low ratings.

    "BCC's FCC/risk-weighted assets ratio was 8 percent at the end of the third quarter of 2014, compared with 10 percent at ATF," said the message. "However, the former's problem loan reserve coverage was considerably more solid. Fitch estimates that BCC's total IFRS reserves were equal to 98 percent of the bank's NPLs, or about 60 percent of total potentially problematic loans. ATF's reserves covered a more moderate 70 percent of NPLs, or 45 percent of total potentially problematic loans."

    The regulatory core Tier I and total capital ratios stood at 10 percent and 14 percent, respectively, at BCC and 11 percent and 12 percent at ATF at the end of 2014. Given the limited proportions of foreign-currency risk weighted assets (30 percent at ATF and 17 percent at BCC at the end of 2014) and the negligible net open foreign-currency positions, Fitch expects the direct impact on these ratios to be moderate and manageable in case of a devaluation of the tenge.

    "ATF's loss-absorption capacity is further constrained by its weak core profitability, with pre-impairment profit adjusted for interest income accrued but not received in cash being close to zero in 9 months of 2014," said the report of the agency. "BCC's annualised adjusted pre-impairment profit was moderately stronger, equal to 6 percent of average equity in 9 months of 2014, but this still provides limited loss absorption given still significant problem loan generation."

    Near-term liquidity cushions are comfortable and both banks have proven access to stable domestic funding sources, said the analysts of Fitch. However, structural maturity mismatches, the current shortage of tenge liquidity on the market and material deposit concentrations are weaknesses for the banks' liquidity profiles.

    At the end of 2014, ATF's highly liquid assets were equal to 20 percent of liabilities. The bank repaid its outstanding senior eurobond in 2014 but remains highly reliant on funding from state companies. BCC's liquidity was equal to a more modest 16 percent of liabilities, or 11 percent net of upcoming funding repayments (including a loan from the National Bank of Kazakhstan, received in 2014 to support the bank's liquidity following a deposit run, which could be rolled over).

    At the same time, the agency said that the ratings would be downgraded in case of material further asset quality deterioration, capital erosion and/or a liquidity squeeze. Upgrades would require balance sheet clean-ups and/or significant improvements in capitalisation and core performance. Any changes in bank issuer ratings would likely be matched by changes in their debt ratings.

  • Iranian nuclear negotiators preserve Arak reactor
    03.03.2015 19:48
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Former deputy director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Saidi has praised the country's nuclear negotiators for their thorough discussions over the Arak nuclear facilities, Iran 's ISNA news agency reported March 3.

    "The negotiators acted in a very thorough and calculated way to preserve the structure of the Arak reactor," Saidi said.

    If the Group P5 1 offer to build Iran a light-water 40-MW research reactor and do build and deliver it too us, then we will be able to make decisions about the Arak reactor, he added.

    Saidi's remarks came in response to controversy by the P5 1 states (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany ) raising doubts about the peacefulness of Iran 's activities at the Arak heavy-water reactor.

    The Arak reactor produces a certain and considerable amount of radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals for the country, he said, adding that the reactor was built in a way to provide enough output to meet the demand for the whole Middle East area as well.

    The six world powers seek to re-engineer Arak from a model that produces enough plutonium for several nuclear weapons a year to a less proliferation-prone model.

    The Arak heavy water reactor if operating optimally would produce about nine kilograms of plutonium annually or enough for about two nuclear weapons each year.

    Iran says that the Arak reactor does not produce weapons-grade plutonium and has agreed to suspend the installation activity at the reactor based on the Geneva nuclear deal.

    Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Aug. 27 that the country had started redesigning of the core of Arak heavy-water reactor (IR-40).

    "The Iranian experts are reviewing the equipment of the reactor to prevent nuclear sabotage, and are redesigning the core of the reactor as well," Salehi said.

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  • Boko Haram releases a video
    03.03.2015 19:27
    Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.

    The film, released on Monday, shows militants standing behind the two men who are on their knees, their hands tied behind their backs, with one man standing over them, holding a knife.

    One of the men is made to tell the camera that they had been paid by authorities to spy on the militant group, before the film moves to another scene showing their decapitated bodies. It was not possible to confirm the film's authenticity or date.

    The footage will stoke concerns that Boko Haram, which evolved out of a clerical movement focused on northeast Nigeria, is expanding its scope and seeking inspiration from global militant networks including al Qaeda and Islamic State.

    The militants who have killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds in their bid to carve out an Islamist state in their homeland, have in recent months stepped up cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
  • National Gymnastics Arena in Baku fully ready for First European Games
    03.03.2015 18:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's National Gymnastics Arena is fully ready for the Baku 2015 First European Games, said Pierce O'Callaghan, the Baku 2015 sport director.

    He made the remarks at a press-conference in Baku March 3.

    O'Callaghan said international visitors noted that the National Gymnastics Arena is the best venue for gymnastics they have ever visited.

    He said there is absolutely no doubt that the arena is ready for all the disciplines that will be performed there.

    O'Callaghan also said the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation has great expertise.

    "The federation has a lot of international judges who judge at Olympic games," he added.

    Aside from that, O'Callaghan said the coaches have the required qualities. He said there is no doubt that the Gymnastics Arena and all the people [at the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation], what is more important, will be at the highest level.

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Torch ceremony of First European Games to go through 51 Azerbaijani cities
    03.03.2015 18:57
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3

    By Aygun Badalova, Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The torch ceremony of the first European Games will start on April 25 and visit 51 cities of Azerbaijan, Baku 2015 Sport Director Pierce O'Callaghan said during a press conference in Baku on Mar.3.

    "For 50 years, European Olympic Committee was trying to establish European Games and Azerbaijan is taking on a huge responsibility," he said. "It normally takes seven years to plan Olympic Games. But Azerbaijan has done this in just over two years."

    O'Callaghan added that the citizens of Azerbaijan can be very proud of the country's achievements, of the country's President Ilham Aliyev, of the First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva who is the head of the Organizing Committee.

    Furthermore, he said that the European Olympic Committee needs to train 10,000 volunteers.

    "Our transport team has already trained over 2,000 drivers," he said. "This is the first time in the history when sport teams, all the officials and spectators will have official drivers. It will be professional drivers."

    O'Callaghan went on to add that the start of ticket sales for the First European Games in March will be an important step.

    Further speaking, he said the talks with several TV channels that will broadcast the Games are at the final stage. He said agreements have already been signed with most of the European, as well as Chinese, North and Central American broadcasters.

    "We have trained judges and referees across all the sports and over 600 referees from Azerbaijan will receive qualification," he said.

    O'Callaghan said that on April 1 the entries will be open for submitting applications for registration of the delegations' composition.

    He said that 300 sportsmen are expected to represent Azerbaijan, adding that this "will be the biggest team in Azerbaijani sports history."

    Furthermore, he said that the athlete village will be open on June 1.

    A huge routes network and the new road on the side of the National Olympic stadium have been created, according to O'Callaghan. "The athletes will be exactly transported from the athletes' village to venues."

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Volvo selling shares
    03.03.2015 18:36
    Truck maker Volvo is looking to sell $250 million worth of shares in India's Eicher Motors (EICH.NS), with an option to increase the sale to up to $300 million, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters on Tuesday, SIA reports citing the Reuters.

    The share sale is happening at an indicative range of between 14,636 and 15,907 rupees per share, according to the document.

    A Volvo spokeswoman in Stockholm declined to comment.

    Volvo owns 8.4 percent of Eicher Motors, according to data from exchange BSE Ltd. The marketing term sheet seen by Reuters did not specify how many shares were being sold.

    Volvo and Eicher also own a 50-50 truck and bus making joint venture called VE Commercial Vehicles, but Volvo's stake may fall to 46 percent after the sale of Eicher shares, according to India auto analysts.

    Volvo is under pressure to demonstrate the benefits of years of cost cuts aimed at boosting its profit margin by 3 percentage points by the end of 2015.

    In addition to major staff cuts, Volvo has also made big divestments in recent years. It sold its aerospace division in 2012 and is conducting a review of its IT business with thousands of staff, to determine what is essential to its operation.

    Eicher shares closed down 3.2 percent at 15,907.95 rupees ahead of the sale. Volvo shares were down 0.7 percent in Stockholm at 6.56 a.m. ET.
  • Azerbaijan changes rule of selecting Eurovision candidate
    03.03.2015 18:18
    Azerbaijanв's Public Television will select the countryв's representative for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest based on interior selection.

    According to the Public Television, the broadcasting television is working to arrange its program at the Eurovision song contest which will be hosted in May in Vienna, Austria, APA reports.

    Those confident of decently representing the country and ready to participate in national selection (Azerbaijani singers living in or outside Azerbaijan) are required to present basic information - their name, surname, date of birth, city, etc, audio/video recording, YouTube link and 5 photos.

    Free composers are required to present audio versions and lyrics of the songs and personal information. There are no national restrictions for those who want to present their songs. Those who are determined to participate in the selection process must send an application to

    Submission of applications will continue till March 6.

    Azerbaijan's representative for Eurovision 2015 Song Contest and the song will be announced by March 15.
  • Russians bid farewell to murdered politician Nemtsov
    03.03.2015 18:10
    Thousands of Russians have bid farewell to murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as his funeral took place in the capital Moscow.

    They queued patiently to view his coffin before it began its the solemn journey to a city cemetery where he was laid to rest, according to BBC.

    Several EU politicians and Russia's opposition leader were barred from attending the funeral.

    No arrests have been made and no motive has been established for the crime.

    Nemtsov's final resting place is at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery, where murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya was buried in 2006.
  • Day of Slovenia due in Baku
    03.03.2015 18:10
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Slovenian embassy and Honorary Consulate to Azerbaijan will co-organize a Day of Slovenia at the Heydar Aliyev Center on March 13.The attendees will see art exhibition of works by Peter and Joze Ciuha. Slovenian musician Ljuben Dimkaroski will play the 55,000-years-old ancient flute kept in Sloveniaв's National Museum.The participants will also enjoy performance by famous group ''Eroika''. The trio Eroika, comprising singers Matjaz Robavs (baritone), Aljaz Farasin (tenor) and Metod Zunec (tenor) will present exciting program of music. The trio will be accompanied by Symphonic Orchestra named after Niyazi.The trio`s repertoire includes hit songs in English, Spanish and Italian languages, covering pop songs of Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia.Slovenia recognized the independence of Azerbaijan in 1991. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1996.
  • Azerbaijani Air Force fighters participate in drills in Turkey
    03.03.2015 18:10
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Six fighters and 106 personnel of the Azerbaijani Air Force are taking part in the drills TURAZ Sahini-2015 in Turkish Konya, the Turkish news agency Anadolu said Mar.3.

    The drills involve the Turkish Air Force as well, according to the agency.

    Air Force fighters MIG-29 and F-16 will participate in the drills.

    The drills began today and will continue until April 2.

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  • Barclays reports 21% fall
    03.03.2015 18:02
    Barclays has reported a fall in profits as it set aside more funds to cover potential fines for misconduct.

    Statutory pre-tax profits fell 21% to ВЈ2.26bn in 2014. The bank increased its provision to cover any fallout from a probe into currency market manipulation by ВЈ750m to ВЈ1.25bn.

    Stripping out this and other provisions and charges, adjusted profits rose 12% to ВЈ5.5bn.

    Boss Antony Jenkins was awarded a ВЈ1.1m bonus - his first as chief executive.

    This pushed his total pay package to ВЈ5.5m for 2014.

    But the bank reduced the overall pool of money allocated for bonuses by 22% to ВЈ1.86bn.

    Provision for payment protection insurance (PPI) compensation was increased by ВЈ200m for the last three months of 2014, the bank said, taking the year's total to ВЈ1.1bn.
  • Turkmenistan to take part in events dedicated to Canakkale Victory
    03.03.2015 17:38
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkmenistan will take part in the events dedicated to the Canakkale Victory, the country's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a two-day visit to Turkey, said.

    He made the remarks during the joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Berdimuhamedov said that Turkey and Turkmenistan are strategic partners and Ashgabat values the relations with Ankara, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported March 3.

    "Turkmenistan and Turkey will continue to cooperate," said Berdimuhamedov.

    Earlier, Erdogan invited the presidents of a number of countries to take part in the festive events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the victory in Canakkale battle on April 24.

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  • Ilham Aliyev holds several meetings
    03.03.2015 17:38
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation headed by the Chairman of the State Council of Slovenia Mitya Bervar.

    Oxu.Az reports quoting the official website of the President that the Chairman of the State Council conveyed greetings from the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

    The sides expressed satisfaction with the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Slovenia in various fields, including in the political sphere and stressed the importance of mutual high-level visits.

    During the meeting it was noted that the visit of the delegation to Azerbaijan will further expand the relations between the two countries.

    The President thanked for the greetings of President Borut Pahor, and asked to convey his greetings to the President of Slovenia.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also received a delegation led by Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jan Mlaacute;dek.

    At the meeting it was noted that the bilateral relations between the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan in political, economic and other spheres are developing successfully.

    The parties also stressed that our relations create favorable conditions for mutual investment, and that there are good prospects for cooperation in the energy sector.

    During the meeting, it was noted that Azerbaijan-Czech Republic business forum in Baku will promote the development of economic relations between the two countries. The two sides exchanged views on the prospects of economic cooperation.

    Then the President received the delegation headed by the Chairman of the Board of VTB Bank Andrei Kostin.

    During the meeting they discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in various fields between Azerbaijan and Russia and noted the successful development of relations in the economic sphere.

    The sides expressed confidence in further expansion of cooperation in the financial and banking sector, and exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation.
  • GUAM countries to strengthen cooperation in transport, trade
    03.03.2015 17:33
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3

    By - Trend:

    Cooperation development of GUAM countries in the field of transport and trade will be discussed in Baku, GUAM Secretary General Valeri Chechelashvili told Trend Mar. 3.

    The meeting of the Steering Committee on Transport and Trade Facilitation will be held May 15-16, according to Chechelashvili.

    "This is a very important meeting at the level of customs agencies and deputy heads of border agencies," he said. "The agreement on prior electronic avowal of goods will be signed between the customs services during the event."

    Post-Soviet countries established GUAM in 1997 during a summit of the EU countries in Strasburg.

    In 1999, Uzbekistan joined GUAM but left it four years later.

    In 2006, the first summit of this format held in Kiev decided to declare GUAM an international organization with a new name: GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development.

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  • NETTY 2015 launched
    03.03.2015 17:24
    Acceptance of applications for the registration of sites runs from 1 March to 24 April.

    The 11th National Internet Award of Azerbaijan NETTY2015 was launched. Acceptance of applications for participation in the competition is carried out at

    According to Oxu.Az, in accordance with the terms of the National Internet Award of Azerbaijan NETTY2015 the acceptance of applications for the registration of sites - the participants of the contest runs from March 1, 2015 to April 24 of this year. The vote of the Expert Council and Virtual jury to determine the nominees NETTY will run from April 25 to May 4.

    On May 5, based on the selection of nominees of the Expert Council (Council selects three nominees in each of their nominations), and Virtual jury (jury selects three nominees of the total number of participants in the "Selection of social networks"), the NETTY Academy begins its vote. Academy determines the winner in each of the existing categories.

    Within this period the vote on the non-competitive and incentive honorary nominations is also carried out. Finalists of NETTY2015 nominations are officially announced at the ceremony. The grand prize - a statuette NETTY is awarded to the winners. The ceremony is attended by all award nominees. The date and venue of the ceremony will be announced later.

    Any site visitor who passed the registration on the site users of social networks Facebook and Twitter can become a member of virtual jury and participate in selection of nominees. Expert Group is formed by personal invitation of the organizing committee of the competition. NETTY Academy is represented by authorized person invloved in the public, government and business structures of Azerbaijan.

    Traditionally, the contest announce the best sites in Azerbaijan in the following categories: bull; Azerbaijan bull; State website bull; Education and science bull; Art and Culture bull; Society bull; Information and News bull; Service Site bull; Corporate Site bull; The best project in the field of e-commerce bull; Entertainment bull; Sports bull; Personal site. The competition will also honorary award in the categories "Best Mobile Application", "For contribution to the development of national information technologies" and "IT Event of the Year." Within the last category winners will be determined in the following areas: bull; Best IT project in the organs of state power and administration. bull; Best business IT project bull; Best IT project of public importance (education, finance, sports, culture, etc.) bull; Best IT solution that demonstrates the promotion of Azerbaijani ICT outside the country.

    This year, the competition is held with the full support of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Azerbaijan Republic, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic.

    Partner Award is a company Tabasko Branding Bureau, exhibition, company

    Information support for the project is provided by:,,,,,

    NETTY Award - the first prize in the field of information technology, founded in 2004,was created to promote the national segment of the World Wide Web and the IT market as a whole. NETTY annually identifies and rewards the Azerbaijani web resources, current IT projects and leading figures in the field of information technology.

    For partnership please contact the following e-mail:
  • TVC published video since the murder of Nemtsov - VД°DEO
    03.03.2015 17:22
    Baku-APA. Russian TV channel TVC published a video that allegedly captures the moment the murder of an opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Friday night, APA reprts quoting BBC Rusian.

    The recording was made from afar street camera, shoot more

    Moskvoretsky Bridge. The quality of shooting low, but the cars and people silhouettes can be seen on it.

    At 23:30 two people - as claimed by the channel, Nemtsov and his companion - walking towards Bolotnaya Square across the bridge.

    "slowly catching up with their snowblower. At 23.31 truck hides them from the camera. After a moment, another man rushes out into the roadway, quickly getting into his car and drives away, "- said in the story.

    After this TVC describes the movement of people on the bridge: first woman hidden behind a snowplow, then together with passers-by ran back to the scene. Next stop people and machines, and at 23:42 the police arrive.

    Based on this record, journalists have suggested that the man who shot a policy could hide on the stairs leading under Bridge: it is in this place.

    Earlier, Russia's Investigative Committee has condemned the appearance of data "from certain sources," and urged to trust only the data coming from their agencies.

    According to the CCJ, investigators shared with the media enough information.
  • Congresswoman Virginia Foxx makes statement on Khojaly genocide
    03.03.2015 17:17
    Virginia Foxx, the U.S. Congresswoman from the North Carolina has made a statement on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.

    She underlined that 613 people were killed on February 25-26, 1992 in Khojaly, and stressed the importance of commemorating victims of the tragedy.

    Ms. Virginia Foxx declared that Azerbaijan was valuable and reliable ally for the United States. She noted that despite any challenges, Azerbaijan significantly supported the U.S.` struggle against terror.

    The Congresswoman also noted Azerbaijan`s economic achievements in a short period of time.
  • What's the main purpose of Slovenian State Council chairmanв's visit to Azerbaijan?
    03.03.2015 17:10
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The recent financial and economic crisis in the world has further complicated the situation in a number of countries. Earlier, the economy of these countries was also precarious. Slovenia is one of such countries.

    According to the reports of the international financial agencies and other authoritative international organizations, Slovenia's credit rating has recently significantly decreased. The external debts sharply increased. Investors began to leave the country. The unemployment reached a record level. The poverty began covering a large part of the population.

    According to the reports of the US Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal about the economic freedom level in the world's countries, Slovenia has been one of the European countries with the largest economic lag for the last five years.

    A lack of the national development strategy, a failure of holding the democratic processes in the society and legal reforms at the proper level in Slovenia have also created favorable conditions for the corruption. It is not a coincidence that according to the European Commission's last year's report on corruption, around 91 percent of the population confirmed the facts of corruption in the country.

    A lack of any breakthrough in eliminating of corruption in Slovenia has been stressed in various reports of the CE Anti-Corruption Group.

    The recent facts of the corruption among the high-level officials in the country caused great resonance in the world.

    The international experts periodically informed that the corruption cases covered almost all areas in Slovenia.

    According to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report for 2013-2014, the corruption has been called as one of the most serious problems for the business activity in Slovenia.

    The international reports point to some problems in Slovenia in connection with the human rights. Such facts as violence against women and children, human trafficking, harsh detention conditions, social differences and other similar facts have been mentioned.

    The above mentioned factors cause serious problems for the prospects of Slovenia's future development.

    This situation forces Slovenia's senior representatives to appeal to the countries with strong economy. The main purpose of Slovenian State Council chairman Mitya Bervar's visit to Azerbaijan is connected with obtaining financial aid from the country. It would be nice if such visits were based on mutually beneficial cooperation.

    Trend commentator Elchin Mehdiyev

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  • US cannot ignore power of new IRGC weapon-commander
    03.03.2015 17:09
    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on March 2 that the US cannot ignore the power of the new weapon used by IRGC in its recent war game.

    He described the weapon which was test fired at Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) War Game as very special, Iran's IRNA news agency reported.

    The new strategic weapon is very special, indicating that Iran has attained sophisticated technological know-how for production of such weapons.

    The Americans pretend that they are not concerned about this great achievement of the Iranian forces, underlined the commander.

    The US has the least presence in the Persian Gulf region now compared to previous years, he said, adding that during war in Kuwait, one million US troops were present in the region but the figure is now stands at less than 26,000.

    IRGC is now monitoring the Persian Gulf and Hormuz Strait round the clock and the Americans know that they are not in a position to pose any threat to Iran, he said.

    Iran is powerful enough to keep Hormuz Strait open but the Americans seek to create crisis in the region the same way they did in Afghanistan and Iraq, he said.

    Iran's nuclear negotiations (with P5 1) have nothing to do with the current war game, he said.

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  • New logo, website of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation presented
    03.03.2015 17:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The new logo and website of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation was presented on Mar.3.

    The presentation was held at the press conference dedicated to the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championship in Gymnastics to be held in the country on March 4-6.

    Marketing director of the European championships, Sabri Gulmaliyev provided information about the new logo in the form of a flower.

    "We decided that flower is the best symbol, since it is consonant with gymnastics," he said. "Like the gymnastics, flower is a symbol of novelty, beauty and health."

    Moreover, Gulmaliyev said that the colors of the Caspian Sea and the ancient classical architecture of Baku were used in designing the logo.

    Edited by SI

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  • OSCE to hold monitoring
    03.03.2015 17:01
    In accordance with the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the OSCE mission will hold a monitoring on the troops` line of contact near Tap Garagoyunlu village of Goranboy district, Azerbaijan.

    According to Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry, the monitoring will be held, on the Azerbaijani side, by Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and his field assistant Hristo Hristov as well as OSCE High-Level Planning Group Representative, Colonel Tuncay Sevim.

    From the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Evgeny Sharov, Peter Swedberg as well as OSCE High-Level Planning Group Representative, Colonel Markus Widmer.
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