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Georgian government to change law on occupied territories
07.02.2013 17:06
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 7 /Trend, N. Kirtskhalia/

The Georgian government is going to change its law on occupied territories, State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili told journalists after a governmental meeting on Thursday.

He said according to the current law, foreign nationals who enter Georgia through Abkhazia and South Ossetia are immediately detained.

"Criminal cases are initiated against them and they serve sentences in Georgian prisons. We consider this is unfair, as many citizens of Azerbaijan and Armenia returning home through Georgia were imprisoned," Zakareishvili said.

He stressed that the new law requires punishment for the first time violators of the law, which does not allow visits to Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a manner not agreed upon with the government.

"If the violation is repeated, criminal case will be initiated," he said.

Today, the Georgian Government approved this proposal.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has declared the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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  • Azerbaijani female boxers guarantee 2 bronzes at European championships
    24.07.2014 20:40
    Two Azerbaijani boxers Maryam Jabrayilova and Alina Hajiyeva have guaranteed at least bronze medals after progressing to the semi-final of the EUBC European Women's Junior/Youth Championships in Assisi, Italy.

    Jabrayilova will face Italian Florida Monika, while Hajiyeva will clash with Ukrainian Anastasia Stankevich.
  • Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed says Algerian official (UPDATE)
    24.07.2014 20:24
    (Details added - first version posted at 18:28)

    An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

    There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, but Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said it asked to change route at 0138 GMT because of a storm in the area, Reuters reported.

    "I can confirm that it has crashed," the Algerian official told Reuters, declining to be identified or give any details about what had happened to the aircraft on its way north.

    Almost half of the passengers were French citizens, an airline official said.

    Two French fighter jets based in the region have been dispatched to try to locate the airliner along its probable route, a French army spokesman said. Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight. Algeria's state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane's fate.

    Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

    A diplomat in the Malian capital Bamako said that the north of the country - which lies on the plane's likely flight path - was struck by a powerful sandstorm overnight.

    Whatever the cause, another plane crash is likely to add to nerves in the industry after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines canceled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza.

    An Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that all the passengers on the plane were in transit, either for Europe, the Middle East or Canada.

    He said the passenger list included 50 French, 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian. Lebanese officials said there were at least 10 Lebanese citizens on the flight.

    A spokeswoman for SEPLA, Spain's pilots union, said the six crew were from Spain. She could not give any further details.

    Swiftair said on its website the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 GMT and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 GMT but never reached its destination.

    An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with the missing Air Algerie aircraft was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.

    Aviation authorities in Burkina say they handed the flight to the control tower in Niamey, Niger, at 1:38 a.m. (0138 GMT). They said the last contact with the flight was just after 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT).

    Burkina Faso minister Ouedrago said the flight asked the control tower in Niamey to change route at 0138 GMT because of a storm in the Sahara.

    However, a source in the control tower in Niamey, who declined to be identified, said it had not been contacted by the plane, which in theory should have flown over Mali. Burkinabe authorities have set up a crisis unit in Ouagadougou airport to provide information to families.

    Issa Saly Maiga, head of Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency, said that a search was under way for the missing flight.

    "We do not know if the plane is Malian territory," he told Reuters. "Aviation authorities are mobilized in all the countries concerned - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain."

    Aviation websites said the missing aircraft, one of four MD-83s owned by Swiftair, was 18-years-old. The aircraft's two engines are made by Pratt amp; Whitney, a unit of United Technologies.

    U.S. planemaker McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, stopped producing the MD-80 airliner family in 1999 but it remains in widespread use. According to British consultancy Flightglobal Ascend, there are 482 MD-80 aircraft in operation, many of them in the United States.

    "Boeing is aware of the report (on the missing aircraft). We are awaiting additional information," a spokesman for the planemaker said.

    Swiftair has a relatively clean safety record, with five accidents since 1977, two of which caused a total of eight deaths, according to the Washington-based Flight Safety Foundation.

    Air Algerie's last major accident was in 2003 when one of its planes crashed shortly after take-off from the southern city of Tamanrasset, killing 102 people. In February this year, 77 people died when an Algerian military transport plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Algeria.

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  • Three Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters into semi-final of 1st WTF World Cadet Championships
    24.07.2014 20:05
    Three Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters Mahammad Alizade at 33kg, Nargiz Mirzayeva at 37kg and Minaya Akbarova at 29kg have progressed to the semi-final of the 1st WTF World Cadet Championships at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

    Alizade defeated Russian Vladimir Lovtsov 9-3, Mirzayeva beat Russian Elizaveta Andrianenko 4-2 and Alakbarova outclassed British Shayna Sarsoza 5-2.

    The four-day championship brings together nearly 600 fighters from 65 countries.

    Azerbaijan`s squad includes 18 fighters.
  • Teenage around-the-world pilot dies
    24.07.2014 19:44
    An American teenager who tried to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed along with his father when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

    The plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. The wreckage and bodies were being recovered by authorities.

    Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, left Indiana state on 19 June in hopes of making the trip in 30 days to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command to do so. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organisation that builds schools in Pakistan. They missed the 30-day timetable, in part due to illness, but had planned to return home on Sunday.

    The teenager's sister, Hiba Suleman, said the trip had been a dream of her father's for years and that her brother was also excited about it. Haris Suleman had recently obtained his pilot's license and instrument rating, which authorised him to fly an aircraft over oceans, and planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.

    Her father and brother had undergone training in how to handle an ocean landing and wore protective suits while flying over water. She said it was unusual for them to take off at night but didn't know whether that contributed to the crash.

    "With a trip like this there's always a risk and they did prepare for that risk. You can plan all you want but sometimes things just don't happen the way you planned," she said.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the single-engine Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean under unknown circumstances. US coast guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said witnesses reported seeing the Honolulu-bound plane crash about a mile from shore shortly after taking off from Pago Pago international airport.

    The Sulemans had made stops throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, and the teenager told the Indianapolis Star earlier this month that he was enjoying each visit. "There is so much beauty and culture in each country that I couldn't possibly witness all that I want to in the span of two days," he said in an email to the newspaper. "That's the maximum time we've been able to spend at a stop."
  • New chief of Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministryв's office appointed
    24.07.2014 19:33
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24


    Rafiq Bayramov was appointed head of the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry's office upon the order of Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfaz Garayev, the ministry told Trend on July 24.

    Rafiq Bayramov was born in 1972. He graduated from the historical faculty of Baku State University with honours. He has worked as assistant Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan since 2006.

    He was awarded with the medal "For distinction in public service" upon the Azerbaijani president's order in 2011.

    Former chief of the office of the Culture and Tourism Ministry Firudin Gurbanov was appointed Deputy Minister of Education upon the presidential decree dated July 18.

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  • No captive in native land'¦
    24.07.2014 19:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Arzu Naghiyev - Trend:

    Taking hostage two citizens of Azerbaijan who are native of Kalbajar region by the Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region, killing the third person and brazen dissemination of the information by the opposite side are beyond the limits. The reason is that no one is taken prisoner in the native land. They are kidnapped or taken hostage.

    If these people wanted to visit their native lands and the graves of their relatives, if they want to freely move in their native land, why are they taken into "captivity"? Have they violated anyone's borders, sovereignty? Neither Armenian official, nor international organization can answer these questions. What laws govern hostage-taking of civilians in the occupied territories?

    EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    During this meeting President Aliyev discussed the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He said that Azerbaijan supports peaceful settlement of the conflict. But Armenia demonstrates the destructive position. It does not take into account international law or appeals of leaders of the co-chairing countries. As a result, the internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan is still occupied.

    Azerbaijani officials made quite sharp statements and demands to return the citizens taken hostage. But so far there are no positive results.

    Obviously, if this issue is not resolved fairly and as part of the international law, the situation in the region could further worsen.

    Armenians do not understand that Azerbaijani citizens are tired of the empty promises of international organizations, they can take the initiative in their hands, and this has happened several times. Today the International Committee of the Red Cross is not able to return the hostages, because Yerevan does not want it. It does not even give the status of the hostages out of fear. This paves the way for further escalation of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    Armenia is not able to fight and is interested in maintaining the status quo but for Azerbaijan, amid growing escalation, the probability of war or military intervention to liberate its countrymen remains as an option.

    Another option is the possibility of the countries using the mediation represented in the OSCE Minsk Group.

    The delay of the issue is in the interests of neither our fellow citizens taken hostage, nor Armenia. Torture endured by these hostages causes pain in the hearts of every Azerbaijani citizen. This may lead to demands for military intervention, which Armenia is afraid of. This situation may encourage the adoption of more stringent steps by officials and the president of Azerbaijan. The head of the state has repeatedly warned the Armenian leadership over the issue and has not denied the possibility of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by force if negotiations will be fruitless.

    That is why Armenia should hurry to return to Azerbaijan its two citizens taken hostage, and the corpse of another compatriot. Such opinions are also voiced in Armenia. Because if Armenia does not take this step, it will face military, diplomatic and moral losses...

    Arzu Naghiyev is the Deputy Director General of Trend Agency.

    Edited by CN

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  • UK minister warns Israel Western opinion is turning against it over Gaza
    24.07.2014 19:18
    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned Israel on Thursday that Western public opinion was turning against the Jewish state over its offensive against Islamist militants in Gaza, Reuters reported.

    Israel launched the operation 17 days ago, aiming to stop militants from Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave, and their allies, from firing rockets into its territory.

    "As this campaign goes on and the civilian casualties in Gaza mount, Western public opinion is becoming more and more concerned and less and less sympathetic to Israel," Hammond told Sky News during a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories.

    The Palestinian death toll rose to 729 on Thursday, most of them civilians, Gazan authorities said. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed along with three civilians who died in rocket attacks on Israel.

    "I am appealing to my Israeli counterparts, to their Western values, to do everything they can in exercising their legitimate right to self defense to minimize the casualties that are caused," Hammond said.

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  • Israeli fire hits un facility in Gaza, killing 15
    24.07.2014 19:14
    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, AP reported.

    Pools of blood soiled the school courtyard, amid scattered books and belongings. There was a large scorch mark in the courtyard marking the place where one of the tank shells hit.

    The strike occurred during a day of heavy fighting throughout the coastal territory as Israel pressed ahead with its operation to halt rocket fire from Gaza and destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.

    Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area.

    It was the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, since the Israeli operation began July 8.

    UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, has said it has found militant rockets inside two vacant schools.

    The strike came on a day of heavy fighting throughout the Gaza Strip as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire.

    Six members of the same family and an 18-month-old infant boy were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit the Jebaliya refugee camp in the early morning hours, according to Gaza police and health officials. Twenty others were injured in the strike, they said, and rescuers were digging through the rubble of flattened homes, looking for survivors.

    An airstrike on a home in the southern Gaza town of Abassan killed five members of another family, said Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. Abassan is near Khan Younis, in an area that saw intense fighting on Wednesday.

    The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of more than 700 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation it says is aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.

    Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no reference to the cease-fire efforts in underscoring his determination to neutralize the rocket and tunnel threats.

    More than 2,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since July 8, and the Israeli military says it has uncovered more than 30 tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel, some of which have been used by Hamas to carry out attacks.

    "We started this operation to return peace and quiet to Israel... And we shall return it," Netanyahu said at a joint appearance with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

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  • One more great victory from Francesca Schiavone
    24.07.2014 19:01
    Schiavone plays spectacularly in "Baku Cup 2014".

    Despite Francesca Schiavone of Italy is not considered one of the favourites of the tournament, her experience and rich career psychologically influenced her opponents thus allowing her to have superiority.

    Schiavone played a magnificent match with Julia Glushko of Israel in 1/8 finals. 24-year-old Glushko who is ranked 102th in the world seriously struggled against 34-year-old Schiavone.

    The Italian player who better played in the first set won it 6:3.

    The second set lasted till the tie-break. Schiavone who played in a more precise way here won the set 7:6 and the match 2-0.

    Francesca Schiavone who moved on to 1/4 final with a grandiose victory kind of frightened her opponents showing how much ambitious he was to become a champion.

    Her next rival will be the winner of the match between Kristina Mladenovic(FRA) and Donna Vekic (CRO).
  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation continues humanitarian actions in Pakistan
    24.07.2014 18:25
    The Baku-based Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with AIMS Development Organization (NGO) has established a facility of safe drinking water for the displaced families of North Waziristan at Dera Ismail Khan.

    Former Deputy Speaker of the Pakistani National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi and Chief Patron of AIMS Development Organization thanked Azerbaijan's First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the support of these families in the holy month of Ramadan.

    The event was followed by Iftar dinner.

    Similar activity was also organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with Azerbaijan-Pakistan Youth Parliament wherein orphan girls of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal Sweet Home, Islamabad were given Iftar dinner.

    The event was attended by Managing Director of Bait-ul-Maal Barrister Waheed Sheikh, president of Azerbaijan-Pakistan Youth Parliament and staff of the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan.
  • SOCAR to commission new production platform in Caspian Sea
    24.07.2014 18:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan plans to commission a new production platform on offshore "Chilov" field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea in the near future, the company reported.

    The report notes that the platform will be designed to drill 10 wells for oil production.

    The field is developed by the 28 May Offshore Oil and Gas Production Unity (OGPU).

    The "Chilov" field in the same name island located in the south-west water area of Absheron archipelago, and partly - in the coastal zone. The "Chilov" field was began to developed in 1948. Industrial development of the field started in 1952.

    At present, SOCAR carries out active work to stabilize and increase the production at the fields developed independently.

    Edited by CN

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  • New Air Traffic Control Center to be built in Tbilisi
    24.07.2014 18:24
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 23

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The construction of a new air traffic control center is starting in Tbilisi. A capsule in the basement of the center was placed Georgian Minister of Economy Giorgi Kvirikashvili, newly elected Mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania and representative of Tbilisi City Council Guliko Zumbadze.

    The newly constructed center will be equipped with the advanced technology which will be in line with the international standards elaborated by "Ikao", according to Kvirikashvili.

    He further noted that international tender on the procurement of new equipment for air traffic control will be declared in autumn, this year. The tender will presumably cost 9 million euros.

    Air traffic control center will guarantee safe flights in the air space controlled by Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi as well as the entire country.

    The center can serve new airports, if any are built.

    The "Lebo" company developed the project of the center in 2010. The construction work will be carried out by the Georgian "Dagi" company which is the winner of the tender. The construction should be completed within two years. The cost of construction is seven million GEL. About 200 people will be employed at the construction site.

    Edited by CN

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  • Statement on production of "NAZ-Lifan" cars
    24.07.2014 18:13
    Automobile salons of Nakhchivan Automobile Plant will be opened in Ganja, Shaki, Lankaran and Khachmaz.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to Marja that the plant's statement says that while in 2010 the plant produced 489 cars, in 2013 this figure amounted to 576 cars. The enterprise has assembled more than 1,300 cars since the beginning of January this year, and the number of such vehicles is expected to reach 2,000 until the end of this year.

    Currently, the plant produces nine models of cars: "NAZ-Lifan-320" and "NAZ-Lifan-330" type hatchback, "NAZ-Lifan-620", "NAZ-Lifan-630" and "NAZ-Lifan-720 "type sedan, "NAZ-Lifan X-60 "type of crossover", "NAZ-Lifan LF-5028 " vans and trucks and "NAZ-Lifan LF-6401 vans (1 6 people)".

    Cost of cars varies from AZN 7,500 to 15,700, depending on the model and passenger size.

    There are sales and service centers of the Nakhchivan Automobile Plant in Nakhchivan and Baku. The automobile salons of the Nakhchivan Automobile Plant are scheduled to be opened in Ganja, Shaki, Lankaran and Khachmaz soon. Also the works on import of cars to foreign countries is underway. The achievement of this issue is planned until the end of the year.

    The annual production capacity ofthe Nakhchivan Automobile Plant in single-shift operation is 5000 cars. The plant operates in conjunction with the Chinese company "Chongqing Lifan Д°ndustry". The institution has invested funds in the amount of AZN 3 500 000 for start-up. 58 people are provided with permanent jobs at the plant.
  • Intriguing case at US ambassador's house in Baku
    24.07.2014 18:06
    An event was held over completion of US ambassador Richard Morningstar's term in Azerbaijan.

    Oxu.Az reports that along with the heads of diplomatic missions operating in Azerbaijan the event which was held at the ambassador's residence in Badambar was attended by some representatives of NGOs.

    The event was remembered for a number of amazing and surprizing moments.

    Thus, the memorial present which was planned to be presented to the US embassy on behalf of the diplomatic corps was presented by the Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin, unexpectedly to all.

    The diplomats could not conceal their astonishment when the present to the US embassy was handed by the Russian counterpart amid the strained situation between the two countries.

    Some ambassadors who take part in the event assessed it as a diplomatic gesture from Russia.

    The next step of the US ambassador was even more unexpected. Richard Morningstar told his Russian colleague that he won't take the present with him thus demonstratively putting Vladimir Dorokhin into an awkward situation. The US ambassador said that he will transfer the present to one of the children's homes in Azerbaijan.

    Diplomats and experts assessed 'the game with the present' between the ambassadors of Russia and the United States as an exchange of political messages between the two countries.
  • Apple's focus pays off while Samsung feels squeeze
    24.07.2014 17:59
    The mobile industry has long held that Samsung's broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets.

    But manufacturers' recent earnings reports challenge those assumptions, at least in China, the world's biggest mobile market - where the roll-out of the next-generation 4G wireless network has been touted as a booster for smartphone makers seeking growth as demand in advanced countries falters.

    Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) latest quarterly results showed sales of its high-end phones in China grew at nearly twice the pace analysts had expected. Meanwhile, budget offerings from Chinese firms won at the cheaper end, effectively squeezing industry leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS).

    Even as Apple posted strong China sales, the South Korean tech giant warned this month that quarterly earnings could drop 25 percent due to an inventory build-up of cheaper phones and weaker demand for 3G products in China.

    That could suggest that Samsung's strategy of offering everything to counter every price point may actually have left it stranded between being a price competitive brand and a premium gadget seller. By contrast, Apple has studiously cultivated its high-end aura, and its iPhones and iPads continue to command a higher price tag on average than its rivals.

    Samsung has strong brand loyalty in China, but charges 60-100 percent more than Chinese-made phones with similar features, said Tom Kang, an analyst at Counterpoint Research in Seoul. "Even though they have a brand premium, that's a bit too much."

    Samsung declined to comment for this article.
  • One more hot July day expected
    24.07.2014 17:54
    Changeable cloudy and rainless weather is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on July 25. Soft southern wind to blow. The temperature will be 20-25C at night, while and 32-37C in the noon. Sea water temperature in Absheron beaches will be 25-28C.

    No precipitation and eastern wind are what forecasted in Azerbaijani regions. The temperature will be 20-25C at night and 33-38 and in the noon, while 11-16C in mountains at night and 24-29C in the noon.

  • ICRC shows photos of Azerbaijani killed in Kalbajar region to his family
    24.07.2014 17:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A photo of an Azerbaijani citizen killed by Armenian armed forces in Kalbajar region was shown to his family, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Baku office Ilaha Huseynova said on July 24.

    ICRC was informed that two citizens of Azerbaijan are kept in Nagorno-Karabakh. A corpse was shown to an ICRC representative in Nagorno-Karabakh. The information about this murder was disseminated in the media.

    "ICRC showed a photo of the corpse to the family of the person killed," Huseynova said. "The family recognized him. The discussions about visiting those Azerbaijanis and returning the corpse to the Azerbaijani side are underway."

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

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

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

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  • Shock in "Baku Cup 2014": main favourite is defeated
    24.07.2014 17:50
    The fifth day of the tournament started with a surprise.

    No 1 seed of "Baku Cup 2014", No 29 seed of the world Sorana Cirstea faced Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland.

    Cirstea who did not justify all expectations towards her was the main reason of her defeat as she made regular mistakes.

    Voegele who did not make any serious attacks, more benefitted from the errors of her rival. She won both sets 6-1 and defeated her strong opponent 2-0 only within 50 minutes.

    Stefanie Voegele who moved on to frac14; final thanks to this victory will next face Shahar Peer of Israel.
  • I am focused on my job, not the prime ministry: Turkish FM DavutoДџlu
    24.07.2014 17:49
    Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has parried speculation about his possible assumption of the prime ministerв's post.

    The statement of Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has parried speculation about his possible assumption of the prime minister's post, saying he was focusing on his current job, particularly Palestine and Libya.

    "Nowadays, day and night, I try to do my job," the minister said July 24 in a televised interview.

    "Attaching importance to issues, primarily my personal ones, during these extraordinary days would be disloyalty," DavutoДџlu said.

    The minister noted he was involved in the Gaza issue around the clock, noting his diplomatic activities between iftar and sahur on the subject. "Then I see it in my dreams."

    Turkey, the United States, Qatar and Egypt have been conducting intense work since last week to secure a truce in Gaza, DavutoДџlu said, noting that they had launched "a new serious process after agreeing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."

    Efforts are underway for a reconciled "draft deal" on a truce, he said.

    DavutoДџlu said he spoke late July 23 with his U.S. and Qatari counterparts, as well as Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

    "We are trying to resolve the disagreements," DavutoДџlu said, citing Israel's demand for an urgent cease-fire and a subsequent negotiations of terms and Hamas and Islamic Jihad's demands for guarantees that the blockade be lifted against Gaza with any truce.
  • Hasan Hasanov's body killed in Kalbajar shown to ICRC representative
    24.07.2014 17:46
    Discussions on visiting detainees and returning body are underway, ICRC says.

    The International Committee of Red Cross has been informed about the two Azerbaijanis who are being held in Nagorno Karabakh, media contact person for the ICRC Delegation to Azerbaijan Ilaha Huseynova told APA. She noted that the body of the person who was reportedly killed has been shown to the ICRC representative in Nagorno Karabkah.

    "That photo has already been shown to his family too, and they recognized him", she said.

    Huseynova noted that the ICRC, as a neutral mediator offered to return the body to his family. Discussions on visiting detained persons and returning the body are underway.

    Azerbaijani citizens Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev were detained by Armenians in Kalbajar. Another Azerbaijani Hasan Hasanov was killed.
  • Azerbaijan, Iran to sign new agreement in ICT sphere
    24.07.2014 17:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Iran will sign a new agreement on cooperation in the spheres of communications and information and communications technologies (ICT) in the near future, the Iranian embassy told Trend.

    The remarks were made during the meeting between the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayeen and Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Ali Abbasov.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed the prospects for cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan in these spheres, the Iranian embassy said.

    Moreover, Pak Ayeen drew the minister's attention to the importance of developing the cooperation between the two countries' companies operating in the private sector.

    The ambassador went on to add that an Iranian delegation, consisting of the representatives of companies operating in the ICT sphere, will visit Baku in the near future, to hold negotiations with the Azerbaijani companies.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Iran opens bank account to supply Palestinians with weapons
    24.07.2014 17:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    A semi-official entity in Iran has opened a bank account to collect money for buying weapons for Palestinians.

    Iran's Bazaaris' Basij organization has announced a bank account for collecting money from citizens to supply weapons for Palestinian fighters, Iran's Fars news agency reported on July 24.

    Bazaari is the name given to the merchants and workers of bazaars, the traditional marketplaces of Iran. Basij is a conservative volunteer militia that is a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

    The organization has invited people to participate in its initiated move for supplying Palestinians, in particular the West Bank fighters with weapons, referring to remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    On July 23, Khamenei stated that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

    "We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine's destiny should act in this regard," Khamenei said while addressing a group of university students in Tehran.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    Israel's military operation has left at least 660 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians.

    According to official Israeli figures, 31 Israelis - including 29 soldiers - have been killed since hostilities began.

    Earlier, the UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, condemned Israel's military actions in Gaza. She also condemned Islamic militant group, Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel.

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkish governor denies jointing anti-Coca Cola protests against Israel
    24.07.2014 17:29
    A Turkish governor has denied joining anti-Coca Cola protests against Israel by drinking Fanta.

    The governor of Turkey's western province of TekirdaДџ has denied joining the boycott of what is arguably the most popular soda drink in the world, Coca-Cola, over Israel's latest military campaign in Gaza, after he was photographed posing with bottles of Fanta. However, Governor Ali Yerlikaya has expressed support for the boycott campaign and said he knows that Fanta is also a product of the Coca-Cola Company.

    Local daily TekirdaДџ Taraf had claimed that Yerlikaya refused to drink Coca-Cola during an official fast-breaking iftar dinner, asking for Fanta to be served to guests instead.

    But the governor has denied the claims via Twitter, saying he was just a guest at the iftar dinner,

    "I didn't even notice which brand of drink was on the table. I am careful when it comes to food and drinks. I more or less know which are the most common brands and their owners. But I don't drink soda anyway," he tweeted, while also expressing his full support to the boycott.

    "Thanks to the person who wrote the story. He reminded us that those who are boycotting Coca-Cola should also do so for its byproducts," Yerlikaya added.

    Protests against Coca-Cola have been gaining momentum in Turkey recently, due to the company's allegedly pro-Israel stance. However, upon international boycott calls, the Coca-Cola Company released a statement on July 21, denying that it supports any particular country or political stance and saying it is the third largest employer and fifth largest investor in Palestine.

    Governor Yerlikaya's had earlier retweeted daily Sabah columnist Engin ArdД±ç's tweet criticizing those who were consuming Coke despite the Gaza operation. "Waiting for the Ababil birds holding Coca-Cola glasses in their hands is a buffoon's attitude for the 1.5 billion Muslims [around the world]," ArdД±ç had tweeted.

    The Ababil, a bird belonging to the swift family and referenced in the Quran, has symbolic value for Muslims. According to the legend, the Ababil protected Mecca against the Yemenite King Abraha's army of elephants.

    Last year, Turkey passed through a period of major soul-searching about its "national drink," after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan criticized those who considered the anis-flavored local alcohol rakД± to be Turkey's national beverage. ErdoДџan instead declared that the salty ayran, made with yogurt and water, was Turkey's most genuine national drink, in comments that came as Parliament was preparing new legislation restricting the sale and promotion of alcoholic beverages.
  • Kurdish politician elected as President
    24.07.2014 17:24
    Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president of the country on Thursday, the second step in the process of forming a government.

    Iraq's politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult.

    Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ruled since the election in a caretaker capacity, defying demands from the Sunnis and Kurds that he step aside for a less divisive figure.
  • Biological tests onboard Russiaв's n-M satellite held as planned
    24.07.2014 17:24
    Biological experiments onboard of Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, are being held according to schedule.

    This came despite a communication breakdown with the spacecraft, Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) press secretary Oleg Voloshin told RIA Novosti on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The biological experiments started as soon as the satellite was launched. The scientific equipment used for the experiments operates properly. We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyze it. hellip; The current tasks have so far been fulfilled," he said.

    The biological mission of Foton-M satellite includes eight experiments. The experiments with five geckos suppose their reproduction in space.

    Foton-M was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a mission to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.
  • Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso (UPDATE 2)
    24.07.2014 17:19
    (Details added - first version posted at 14:34)

    Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

    APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, although other officials gave other timings, adding to confusion about the fate of the flight and where it might be, Reuters reported.

    Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

    The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 GMT (2117 ET) and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 GMT but never reached its destination.

    An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with a missing Air Algerie aircraft carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algiers was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.

    Aviation authorities in Burkina say they handed the flight to the control tower in Niamey, Niger, at 1:38 am (0138 GMT). They said last contact with the flight was just after 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT).

    Burkinabe authorities have set up a crisis unit in Ouagadougou airport to provide information to families of people on the flight.

    A diplomat in the Malian capital Bamako said that the north of the country - which lies on the plane's likely flight path - was struck by a powerful sandstorm overnight.

    Issa Saly Maiga, head of Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency, said that a search was under way for the missing flight.

    "We do not know if the plane is Malian territory," he told Reuters. "Aviation authorities are mobilized in all the countries concerned - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain."

    Whatever is the fate of the flight, the loss of contact is likely to add the to jitters in the airline industry after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines canceled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza.

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  • Georgian president introduces new government to parliament
    24.07.2014 17:19
    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has already introduced the new government to the parliament, the presidential press-service told Trend on July 24.

    The new Cabinet of Ministers is as follows: Minister of Economy - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Energy Minister - Kakha Kaladze, Interior Minister - Alexander Chikaidze, Minister of Justice - Tea Tsulukiani, Minister for European Integration - Alexi Petriashvili, Defense Minister - Irakli Alasania, State Minister for Reconciliation and Equality - Paata Zakareishvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure - David Shavliashvili, Finance Minister - Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Education - Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs - Levan Kipiani, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources - Elgudja Hokrishvili, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement - Sozar Subari, Minister of Foreign Affairs - Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Agriculture - Otar Daneliya, State Minister for Diaspora Issues - Gela Dumbadze, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Protection - David Sergeenko, Minister of Corrections and Probation - Giorgi Mgebrishvili, Minister of Culture and National Heritage - Mikheil Giorgadze.

    It should be stressed that the parliament must decide whether to declare a vote of confidence in the Cabinet of Ministers within one week.

    On Friday the Bureau and the Committees will consider the issue about the government. On Saturday the issue of the vote of confidence will be put to an extraordinary session of the parliament, according to the preliminary data.

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  • List of bank debtors made public
    24.07.2014 17:18
    The number of loans in Azerbaijan is growing faster than the number of loan borrowers.

    That is, clients borrow loans from several banks, which could lead to "a debt hole."

    Oxu.Az reports citing that according to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, as of July 1, the credit register contains information on 2 138 886 borrowers ( 9.5% since the beginning of the year), and the total number of entries in the registry has reached 7 738 882 (18.6%).

    The Central Credit Register has received 1 421 031 requests since the beginning of the year. This is a 1.43-fold growth compared to the same period last year.

    At the same time banks and non-bank credit institutions (FINCA) received 1 398 083 requests. Other requests (23,227) came from individuals. 41 banks and 31 NBCO benefited from the registry information in the first half of the year.

    The registry database has information about 989 278 guarantors (18.2% YTD), as of the beginning of July.

    The Centralized Credit Registry Service was established in 2005. It contains information about loans of individuals and legal entities. The registry has been working in the new format since 2009.
  • Steady Armenian fire gives no rest to ceasefire
    24.07.2014 17:14
    The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 31 times in numerous positions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 24.

    The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Doveh, Barekamavan, Shavarshavan of Armenia's Noyemberyan region and Berkaber of Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Gaymagli, Ferehli, Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.

    At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the village of Kokhanebi of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located in Armenia's Berd region.

    Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz of Fizuli region, Sarijali, Merzili, Bash Gervend, Shuraabad of Aghdam, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy and at the nameless heights in the Khojavend region.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

  • Kazakh "Samruk-Kazyna" fund approves sale of 15 companies to private sector
    24.07.2014 17:14
    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 23

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The commission on the sale of assets of the Kazakh National Welfare Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" approved the sale of 15 companies to the private sector.

    Deputy Chairman of the Board of "Samruk-Kazyna"JSC Elena Bakhmutova made the remarks after the meeting of the fund`s commission on the sale of assets and facilities within complex plan of privatization for 2014-2016.

    "We submit high-priority issues for the consideration of the commission. We also give recommendations to the Board of the fund over the list of facilities that will be reviewed for sale within the current year. I remind you that the ordinary method of sale within the regulations is auction or electronic competition, envisaging a number of conditions, which will be implemented at the site of the Finance Ministry. The work has started, and we hope that it will allow to proceed the sale of 15 facilities,"she said.

    All 15 items will be sold through subsidiaries, but, guided by the general principles and rules approved by the fund's regulations and in accordance with the methodological recommendations, she said.

    "The companies for repair and maintenance of rolling stock, namely: "Birzhan-Atyrau" LLP, "Bass Balkhash 2004" LLP, "Ak Beren" LLP, the companies engaged in cleaning and preparation of tank wagons for petroleum - "Yertys service" LLP, "Kazykurt-South" LLP and others are among them," the fund`s report said.

    Furthermore, Bakhmutova said that the evaluation of the remaining assets is being completed, and the decision is expected from second participants on some of them in connection with the exercise of the pre-emptive right. Informative passport of all assets offered for sale in August, are available on the website of the fund and the specialized subsidiary - "Samruk-Kazyna Contract" LLP.

    "It is planned to launch a" hot line" in the near future, through which all interested potential buyers can get information on privatization, the rules of participation in the auction, as well as separate assets," Bakhmutova said.

    Edited by CN

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  • Europe writes about history of 'Garabaghв'
    24.07.2014 17:14
    Official website of FC Salzburg has written about the history of FK Garabagh.

    Along with the history of this football club, FC Salzburg's website also touched upon the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh by Armenians.

    The article reads: "FK Qarabagh Agdam have an eventful history. The club is originally from Agdam, as the name suggests, in the Karabakh region bordering Armenia. During the Nagorno-Karabakh war the city was occupied and completely destroyed by Armenian separatists in 1993. The club fled to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. These days Agdam is a ghost town.

    The new home of FK Qarabag Agdam, Baku, is one of the most advanced and modern cities on the Caspian See with over two million residents.

    The reigning Azerbaijani champions have been able to reach the 3rd round of Champions League qualifying several times. In 2010/2011 Qarabagh made the play-off round and were knocked out by Borussia Dortmund with defeats in both legs. In 2013/14 the club made the Europa League qualifying play-offs, where they faced Eintracht Frankfurt and lost both legs there too.

    A striking side detail is the similarity of the club badges. Just as we have our Red Bulls on our crest, the opponents have two blue horses.

    The match dates are Wednesday 30 July and Wednesday 6 August. The kick-off time of the second leg in Salzburg will be confirmed this week".
  • Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijan has proved to be a reliable strategic partner of EU in the field of energy
    24.07.2014 17:11
    Baku-APA. ''While culture and cultural diversity are the best exports that Azerbaijan has, we are keen to work in other tangible and strategic dimensions. In that regard, the ongoing development towards the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, including the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, construction of TANAP and Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, has been Azerbaijanв's major contribution to fulfilling the objectives of the Vilnius Declaration. Azerbaijan has proved to be a reliable strategic partner of EU in the field of energy. These projects with estimated total investment of more than EUR 45 billion will help ensure European energy security by committing sizable, reliable, and alternative gas volumes at competitive prices to meet the demand of a European consumer. In this regard, a stepped-up support of our European partners would play a critical role in a timely completion of the construction of the afore-mentioned pipelines. Azerbaijan also continues its efforts on developing potential gas transport infrastructure directly linking the Caspian region with the EU''.

    APA reports quoting press service of Minister of Foreign Affairs that Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan said at the Foreign Minister's meeting of EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries.

    Azerbaijan is interested to widen the scope of strategic partnership with EU to other fields of common interest. Trade could be a major field we could focus on, given the fact that Azerbaijan is EU's biggest trade partner in the South Caucasus. Although the composition of our exports to EU is mostly made up of oil and oil products, we strive for the diversification of tradable goods. Bringing the standards of non-oil products into compliance with EU requirements is important with a view to facilitating their access to EU market.
  • 7 Beauties by Gara Garayev to be staged in California
    24.07.2014 17:09
    Premiere of the ballet ''Seven Beauties'' by the prominent Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev is expected in California, SIA reports.

    The ballet will be performed by the San Diego Ensemble on October 11 current year, Azerbaijanв's General Consulate in Los Angeles said.

    Supported by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the General Consulate in Los Angeles the premiere will be conducted by Grossmont Symphony Orchestra.

    ''Seven Beauties'' is Azerbaijani ballet, composed by Gara Garayev in 1947/48 to mark the 800th anniversary of classical poet Nizami Ganjavi. Libretto of the ballet belongs to I.Hidayetzade, Yuri Slonimsky and Sabit Rahman. Libretto of the ballet is based on motifs of Nizami Ganjaviв's ''Seven beauties'' poem, written in 1197.

    The first staging of the ballet was held on November 7, 1952, in the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Baku.
  • Female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
    24.07.2014 17:04
    Two European aid workers were this morning shot dead in the western Afghan city of Herat in a targeted attack against foreign civilians.

    The pair, both women working for a Christian aid organisation, were killed when a gunman on the back of a motorbike pulled up beside the local taxi they were travelling in while it was stationary and shot them at point-blank range, officials said.
  • Azerbaijan to make changes in rules of wearing military uniforms
    24.07.2014 17:04
    Certain changes are expected to be made in wearing rules of military uniforms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, military sources told APA.

    The Defense Ministry has already developed a relevant draft and submitted to the government for approval.

    The draft includes a number of changes in wearing rules of military uniforms. The changes have not been made public yet.

    Under the order of Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, certain amendments were made to the rules for wearing military uniforms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    The Defense Ministry's press service told APA that except for combat duty, field exercises and guard duty it is allowed not to wear a belt on camouflaged summer (winter) and warm jackets. It is intended for keeping aesthetic view of military uniforms and ensuring comfortableness for soldiers.
  • Third day of iftar action from Garant Holding
    24.07.2014 16:59
    The action called Garant Holding invites for iftar continues.

    Water and water plums were distributed yesterday on traffic lights and bus stops on 23 July. Also the citizens opening iftar in a mobile tent set opposite the Nasimi monument with the support of the Nasimi district with the support of the Nasimi district executive power were offered snacks.

    According to Oxu.Az, the event which hosted nearly 400 people within half an hour was held with participation of the holding employees.

    The guests of iftar organized by Garant holding were offered snacks, made of MЙ™rcan chicken production, and Yarsu still and sparkling drinks.

    The second day of the action also covered nearly 2500 people.

    Special participation of MЙ™rcan in this action brought a great joy and happiness to children.

    The Ramadan action initiated by chairman of Garant Holding Directors' Board Anar Mammadov has become a tradition.

    The action held under the slogan lsquo;Garant Holding, MЙ™rcan and Yarsu invite for iftar' is to continue today in the same manner. Join iftar from Garant Holding!
  • Uzbekistan, Germany discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation
    24.07.2014 16:58
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 24

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Foreign Office, Cord Meier-Klodt, who has arrived in Tashkent, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed the current status and prospects for cooperation between Uzbekistan and Germany and the priorities of cooperation in political, trade, economic, investment and other spheres.

    They also emphasized their mutual interest in strengthening the bilateral ties in interstate format and as part of the exchanges between the commercial structures, cultural and educational institutions and representatives of civil society in both countries.

    The meeting participants stressed that the positions of the two countries coincide in many issues, including the fight against terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking, which contributes to the constructive collaboration between them in the international arena.

    Moreover, during the meeting, the parties discussed a number of international and regional issues.

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  • Fuad Masum elected new Iraqi president
    24.07.2014 16:54
    Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as federal president, a move that paves the way for the much-delayed formation of a new government, AP reported.

    Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi announced that Masum, who was born in 1938 and became the first prime minister of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan more than two decades ago, had won the most votes.

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  • Lana Del Rey confesses
    24.07.2014 16:49
    Lana Del Rey clearly had no filter in a new interview with Complex magazine for their August/September issue, in which the controversial singer admits to sleeping with "a lot of guys" in the music industry.

    When talking about her new song "F*cked My Way Up To The Top," Lana, 29, pretty much admits the song title is literal -- only she didn't even get any of the perceived benefits.

    "It's commentary, like, 'I know what you think of me,' and Iв'm alluding to that," she says. "You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.''

    Lana was previously engaged to musician Barrie-James O'Neil and was rumored to have dated Marilyn Manson, rapper A$AP Rocky and Guns 'N Roses' Axl Rose.

    In the candid new interview, Lana also talks about what she's looking for in a relationship, and how that influenced the title of her new album Ultraviolence.

    "I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love. How can I say this without getting into too much trouble?" she asks. "I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isnв't physical, Iв'm not interested. ... I feel connected to two emotions -- aggression and softness. I like that luxe sound of the word 'ultra' and the mean sound of the word 'violence' together. I like that two worlds can live in one."

    Pics: Lana Del Rey Drinks From a Straw Like Someone Having a Deep, Heartbreaking Realization

    Lana appears to be currently dating Vogue photographer Francesco Carrozzini, who she was spotted with on a romantic getaway in Italy earlier this month.

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