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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
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Re "The Boys at the Back," by Christina Hoff Sommers ("The Great Divide" series, Sunday Review, Feb. 3):

The way to deal with boys' underachievement in school is not through "boy friendly" policies like more recess, single-sex classrooms and male teachers but through strong academic climates and clear, consistent information about occupations and the educational pathways that lead to them.

After years of research for our forthcoming book, "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," Thomas A. DiPrete and I found that in schools where academic effort is expected and valued, boys compete for high grades and more often achieve them. Such schools reduce gender gaps and promote healthy, multifaceted gender identities for both boys and girls.

Boys also perform better when teachers and parents help them understand how their future success is linked to their efforts in middle and high school.

Rather than remaking schools in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes, we need schools that set high expectations for student achievement and treat students as individuals.

CLAUDIA BUCHMANN

Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at Ohio State University.

To the Editor:

Even in the late 1950s, educators sensed that girls had advantages over boys. They're verbal, orderly, quiet, submissive and cooperative.

Boys? Polar opposites: outgoing, active, loud and unable to sit still. More boys in detention, in special education and suspended. And of course, all the teachers were women!

As a fifth-grade teacher, I found that one solution was a brisk, vigorous outdoor activity session right before lunch. If someone got restless or acted out, all I said was "save that for outside."

The results were amazing. Three boys who had suffered stomach cramps and needed medical attention refused to go to school. Their mothers fought with them every day. But in my class they raced to school. Couldn't wait to get there.

Girls benefited, too. Two who had no friends suddenly bonded with each other, then with classmates. For the first time, girls invited them to birthdays and sleepovers. One had been receiving psychiatric help and medication. Her mother later told me that she no longer needed either.

There are certainly solutions to "boys at the back." Letting boys be boys is one of them.

WALT LIDMAN

Hazlet, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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    ''Of course military issue with occupation and the problem to be solved in the line of Minsk Group''.

    "We discussed the situation with neighbor country and the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh, because we are concerned about incidents along the contact line and we will be very pleased to see some progress in the discussions among the two neighboring countries".

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Belgian FM Didier Randers at the meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.

    Randers said that the military issue with occupation and the problem to be solved in the line of Minsk Group.

    Speaking about bilateral relations, Randers said he was very interested to pay tribute to the displaced people in the country.

    "It is my first visit and I know that you have around one million people in two faces coming from Armenia and coming from Nagorno Karabakh. I have seen different places and I am sure that it is important when we are coming here we take the time to go to those places to have a good idea about the size of the problem, because just to be concrete, when we receive some refugees on European continent we have huge discussions. When you have one million displaced person I totally understand it is another kind of situation".
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  • Nigerian ex-president explains reasons behind creation of terrorist organizations in Africa
    28.04.2015 18:58
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    Baku. Ramiz Mikayiloglu '" APA. Itв's easier to mislead and manipulate young, uneducated and unemployed people. That is what gave birth to terror organizations in Africa, like Boko Haram and Al Shabab. And when there is a conflict or poverty people try to migrate '" the reason behind the migration problem Europe is facing.

    Nigerian ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo made the remarks Tuesday at the 3rd Global Forum, which is organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center and the State Committee on Work with Diaspora.

    The former president noted that a portion of the migrants lose their lives in ferry accidents in the Mediterranean.

    "In African countries like Nigeria, Mali and Somali employment of youth is a priority issue. If we fail to solve the unemployment problem, the Mediterranean will continue to be a graveyard for Africans," said President Obasanjo.

    Speaking of the importance of democracy, the former president outlined that the latest elections in Nigeria were fair.

    "However, proper governance will be needed so that unemployment could be eliminated. African young people think that foreigners deprive them of their jobs and because of such thinking they dislike foreigners, and sometimes xenophobic cases occur. In case of lack of appropriate governance, the elections and their result will be pointless. If educated youth too cannot find a job, what will their diplomas mean to them? We should not allow this to happen," he stressed.
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  • New rules for farmers from Ministry
    28.04.2015 18:51
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    The Ministry of Agriculture has spread a statement.

    The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared the new rules of provision of aid from the state budget for the purchase of fuel and motor oil, used by agricultural producers during the cultivation of the sowing areas, as well as for sowing of wheat and rice.

    The statement came from sources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Oxu.Az reports.

    The Ministry reports that the draft rules have been submitted to the cabinet of Ministers.
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  • Azerbaijan, a unique tolerant country
    28.04.2015 18:44
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    If the modernization of Azerbaijan has been a main point of focus over the years, the government has been careful to reinforce the country's inherent moral values: tolerance and solidarity, to use as a foundation for a modern and fair society.

    Tolerance in Azerbaijan is more than just a word, it is a way of life. A model to follow, Azerbaijan has successfully managed to marry tradition and modernity, while promoting the nation's religious diversity.

    The government keeps tolerance in its constant focal point, mainly through a particular committee that deals with the country's religious affairs. The well-planned activities of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations helped develop tolerance based on an equal approach towards all religions and beliefs.

    Head of the committee, Mubariz Gurbanli stressed that Azerbaijan is a country of tolerance, where broad-mindedness is well observed in the social and political life.

    Exchanging views with Roger Zuckerman, the president of executive board of the Jewish institutions in France, Gurbanli noted that although Azerbaijan is overwhelmingly Muslim - about 96 percent of the population, worshippers of other religions enjoy freedom.

    "Jewish synagogues, Orthodox and Christian churches and other religious centers are functioning freely in our country," he noted.

    Grubanli's remarks may well be reflected in modern Azerbaijan's image of a perfect worldwide example in terms of religious tolerance, multiculturalism and religious safety. The country is seen as a safe and secure destination for worshippers of all heavenly religions at a time when the world has been hit by reckless religious confrontations.The authorities view the ethnic and religious diversity in Azerbaijan as a true national wealth. President Ilham Aliyev's direct interest in ensuring safety and security for all ethnic minorities is indeed the reflection of the country's high-level respect and care to its unique traditions of tolerance.

    Any threat against religious and cultural values in Azerbaijan is eliminated through a systematic crackdown on any form of radicalism and extremism. The country's leadership has repeatedly announced and warned that Azerbaijan has never been and will never be a land for promoting insidious plans under a religious mask.Being well aware of the tolerance trend in Azerbaijan, Zuckerman said the secular model of Azerbaijan could be an example for other countries including France. He added that the relations between Azerbaijan and Israel are developing successfully since there are "many factors linking both countries".

    "Azerbaijan should be considered a model of tolerance," Zuckerman concluded.

    The world is now well aware of the unique tolerance and religious culture in Azerbaijan. Explaining the success behind Azerbaijan's tolerance model worldwide, Gurbanli underlined the irreplaceable merit of Heydar Aliyev Foundation's President Mehriban Aliyeva.

    Heydar Aliyev Foundation has made so far unparalleled contributions to Azerbaijan's religious equality and tolerance message. On the initiatives of the Foundation, "Azerbaijan - A Land of Tolerance" photo exhibitions were arranged in various places across the world including Moscow, Paris, the UNECSO and the UN headquarters.

    The photos described the lives of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities that have for centuries peacefully lived on Azerbaijani soil.
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  • US to continue anti-Azerbaijani policy as long as John Kerry is secretary of state '" MP
    28.04.2015 18:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    As long as John Kerry occupies a leading position in US foreign policy, the anti-Azerbaijani policy of the US will continue at a certain level, MP Fazail Agamaly told Trend April 28, commenting on the fact that anti-Azerbaijani campaign is run from the office of Kerry.

    The Anti-Azerbaijani position of Secretary of State John Kerry has been known since the early 90s, according to the MP. Then, in a letter to Gorbachev, he defended the Armenians and urged sending troops to Azerbaijan.

    Agamaly went on to add that John Kerry is standing on his feet thanks to the money of the Armenian diaspora. "Kerry has always demonstrated an anti-Azerbaijani position, and today all anti-Azerbaijani campaigns are the result of his direct activity," said the MP.

    Agamaly believes that if such a superpower like the United States implements its policy through Kerry, this is a big blow to the image of the US and the matter, which undermines its credibility in the international arena. "Unfortunately, today the Armenians play an important role in US foreign policy under the leadership is John Kerry," said the MP. "Therefore, based on the facts and arguments, we need to have the will in his unmasking."

    He said that at a time when the whole world's attention is drawn to Azerbaijan, this activity aims to tarnish the success of Azerbaijan, hinder the first European Games and undermine the strengthening image of the country.

    "Nothing will come of it," said the MP. "Azerbaijan has already lit the torch of the first European Games, all European countries appreciate this event. There is no doubt that these Games will be held in Azerbaijan at a high level."

    The results of the recent examination showed that an anti-Azerbaijani campaign is being conducted from Secretary of State John Kerry's office in the Congress.

    The National Endowment for Democracy organization has been charged with holding this campaign. The organization that is financed from the US budget, has been trying to create "the fifth column" in Azerbaijan for many years. NED has sent millions of dollars to some NGOs and media structures in Azerbaijan from the sources in the West.

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  • ISESCO against occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia
    28.04.2015 18:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    It is necessary to take measures to stop the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands, the director general of ISESCO told reporters April 28.

    Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri made the remarks on the sidelines of the 3rd Global Shared Societies Forum in Baku.

    The world community is asking to take actions to end this occupation [of Azerbaijani lands], to preserve the all religious and social legacy of this part of the world, to restore all that has been taken from it, he said.

    ISESCO is against of all forms of aggression and against the illegal occupation of

    Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, the director general added.

    Altwaijri said that all the resolutions of the UN Security Council on this issue should be fulfilled.

    "We are waiting for fair and just position by UN superpowers to put an end to

    this occupation," he added.

    ISESCO director general said that this forum is a very important event that gathers former presidents, prime ministers, intellectuals from different parts of the world and it will help resolve very important issue for the humanity - the issue of world order.

    He added that the world order should be based on democracy, respect of human rights, justice and equality.

    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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Altwaijri said that personally, as director general of ISESCO he is interested in the cultural part of this forum, and the issues related to intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

    The director general of ISESCO wished success to the forum participants and expressed hope that its goals will be achieved.

    The 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum kicked off in Baku on April 28.

    The forum has been organized by the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

    The forum is being held on the "Building Trust in the Emerging World Order" topic.

    The event is to discuss topics and issues related to the fight against terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict resolution, democracy development, education reform, and environment preservation.

    The forum provides a space for current and ex-presidents, prime ministers, ministers and leading scholars and experts to assess the current state of the world and the most pressing threats to international security and peace, and to elaborate concrete steps for today's leadership to overcome these divisions.

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  • Black PR by White House
    28.04.2015 18:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The trite phrase that "history repeats itself" has been nowadays acquiring the most bizarre forms. If once the US was a colony of Europe, now everything is repeating itself exactly in the opposite direction. And it impossible to give any other name to the US attempts to hinder the holding of the first-ever European games in Azerbaijan.

    Today, the "united" Europe is so divided, so mired in internal problems, with no consensus, no leadership qualities, that it can't resist Washington. This is reflected in not only the politics and economics, but also, as practice shows, in sports.

    Europe's stance on the matter looks strange - it just keeps silent.

    And there is an impression that Azerbaijan, which will host the First European Games, is the only country that wants to unite Europe, at least at the level of sport.

    This is especially true in light of those political and economic processes that take place in the EU and at its borders.

    Of course, the European Games are just a pretext in relation to Azerbaijan. Eurovision song contest, and all the major events subsequently held in Azerbaijan were such a pretext as well.

    If the power and money put by the West to the campaign to slander Azerbaijan had been aimed at solving conflicts, it is safe to say that a fair solution could have been found for not only the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but for all the conflicts in the post-Soviet area.

    Today, Azerbaijan has gained such momentum of development that no one better stand in its way.

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    Elchin Mehdiyev is Trend Agency's staff journalist

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  • Azerbaijani artists' works mesmerizes Paris
    28.04.2015 18:11
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    An exhibition of Azerbaijani artists has opened in the famous ''Russian world'' gallery, located in the 8th district of Paris.

    Generally, 35 oil paintings of the talented and well-known Azerbaijani artist Asmar Narimanbayova, Huseyn Haqverdi, Ismayil Mammadov, as well as Knyaz Shukurov, Mirza Yusif, Tavakkul Abbasov and Anar Huseynzade, were presented at the exhibition.

    The works of Azerbaijani artists aroused great interest among the art lovers. The event was attended by the Russian ambassador to France, Paul Golunski from the Harvard University, as well as famous artists, cultural and art figures.

    Participants of the exhibition, which will run until May 30 received detailed information about Azerbaijani history and culture.

    The works of famous artists from different countries are regularly exhibited in this gallery. Earlier in April, some 50 work of Asmar Narimanbayova were also featured at the exhibition in the ''Russian world'' gallery.

    Narimanbekova - who is an associate professor at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the presidium of the Azerbaijan Union of Artists is also the daughter of famous painter, Togrul Narimanbekov and talented sculptor artist, Elmira Guseynova, who was the winner of a State Prize of the USSR and Azerbaijan, and the People's Artist of USSR.

    Narimanbayovaв's work are stunning with a riot of colors, and interesting imagination of the world. They are distinguished by a particular expression.

    Her works have been exhibited in many countries around the world. The creativity of the national artist has been appreciated by art professionals, and many connoisseurs and art lovers.

    Her works are featured in many prestigious galleries in France, Russia, New York, Ankara, Peking, Berlin and London.

    In 2013, France opened an exhibition titled ''Baku, on the Silk Road" at Corrado Bortone art gallery in Paris. Her worksin the cubism visual art style and her paintingsв' originality have attracted many visitors.
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  • Poulsen shares his journey to Baku 2015
    28.04.2015 18:05
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    Nine prisoners, including two Australians, are to be executed by firing squad in Bali later today.

    Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart on Monday advising her there would be no reprieve for smugglersMyuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

    "They gave no indication that (Indonesian) President (Joko) Widodo would change his mind and grant the clemency that we have sought," she said.
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  • Westв's non-sporting conduct on eve of European Games in Baku
    28.04.2015 18:05
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    The author of this article stands against the theory of the global conspiracy. But the facts speak for themselves. We witnessed an unprecedented large-scale campaign to demonize the image of Azerbaijan in April 2012. Suddenly, the country was inundated with negativity and criticism after the victory in the Eurovision song contest.

    According to the Western media and some Western politicians, Azerbaijan was proven guilty of all sins once, namely, disrespect for freedom of speech, a bad attitude towards journalists and problems with democracy.

    Again, while Azerbaijan prepares to host the first European Games in June, the country became the target for attacks of many Western media outlets and some politicians.

    The notable negativity in the Western press can not be explained as other than focused and paid up black PR. It occurred at once and in different countries.

    I would like to explain to outside observers what is really going on from the viewpoint of an ordinary resident.

    The question is why are the non-existent problems talked about right now and why did the major sports event became a beacon for some journalists who dare to issue a verdict and rally opinion among their readers without even being in the country.

    The Armenian lobby needs the information war whether it calms down or flares up again. The largest Armenian diasporas live in the US, France and Russia. Possibly, because of this, the campaign against Azerbaijan is conducted from the office of the US secretary of state.

    Moreover, some western forces have an explicit prejudice against Azerbaijan, which is based either on Islamophobia, or the reluctance to admit that a post-Soviet state can be a rival to a European country.

    It is surprising that many representatives of Azerbaijan itself, living abroad and who call themselves the opposition, play up to this campaign against their homeland as well. Instead of using any opportunity for struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh, for the territorial integrity of their country, these "patriots" talk about non-existent human rights violations and problems with freedom of speech in the country they no longer live in.

    If denigration of one's own state, instead of working for its well-being, is called patriotism, Azerbaijan doesn't need such worthless patriots willing to betray their homeland at the earliest opportunity in exchange for preferential treatment of their foreign patrons.

    Edited by CN

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    Elmira Tariverdiyeva is Trend Agency's staff writer, follow her on Twitter @EmmaTariver

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  • Ilham Aliyev meet with President of Macedonia
    28.04.2015 18:00
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with President of Macedonia Georgi Ivanov.

    On April 28, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with President of Macedonia Georgi Ivanov, who is on visit to our country to participate in Third Global Open Society Forum organized by the International Centre of Nizami Ganjavi.

    1news.az reports citing the official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan that Azerbaijani President recalled with pleasure the previous meetings with the President of Macedonia George Ivanov.

    Noting the successful development of bilateral relations, President Ilham Aliyev stressed the availability of good opportunities for expansion of economic cooperation between our countries.

    Macedonian President Georgi Ivanov congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of success achieved by Azerbaijan in recent years, expressed his good wishes in connection with the development of the country. Georgi Ivanov described the holding of first European Games in Baku as a great historical event.

    It was stressed at the meeting that there are good opportunities for the expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries. The sides exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in energy, investment, joint projects, education and other fields.
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  • Russia makes concessions to Armenia
    28.04.2015 17:54
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    The gas price for Armenia with respect to its EAEC membership will be reduced to $165 for 1000 cubic meters.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Armenian media that the statement came from head of Gazprom Alexey Miller in his interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.

    The agreement on reduction of gas price was achieved during the recent meeting between Miller and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan.

    He said the current price is $190 for 1000 cubic meters and this level of prices help invest in modernization and reconstruction of the gas transportation system.
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  • US citizen jailed in Iran asks conditional release
    28.04.2015 17:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An Iranian-American former Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati who is jailed in Iran has asked for conditional release, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei said.

    Hekmati, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of working as an agent for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has spent three years in jail.

    Alizadeh Tabatabaei said Hekmati has served one-third of his conviction period and deserves conditional freedom according to the Iranian laws, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported April 28.

    Iranian laws say that if someone serves one-third of his conviction period and within that time, shows an acceptable behavior in jail, he can be entitled to conditional freedom.

    Iran arrested Amir Hekmati in August 2011 while he was on a trip to visit his grandmothers in Tehran. He holds dual Iranian and US citizenship.

    An Iranian court sentenced him to death after finding him guilty of espionage. However Iran's Supreme Court overturned the sentence in 2012.

    Hekmati's family and the US government have repeatedly said that he was not a spy and that his visit was for personal reasons.

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  • Putin: Russia's nuclear arsenal reduced to minimum level
    28.04.2015 17:47
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    "Russia plans to "maintain the balance between the development of the 'peaceful atomв' and strengthening the regime of non-proliferation," Putin said

    Russia consistently observes all the provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and plans to continue work in this direction, says an address of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the participants of the NPT Review Conference on Tuesday, TASS reports.

    "Russia consistently complies with all the provisions of the NPT, including Article VI. We have reduced our nuclear arsenal to a minimum level which is a significant contribution to the overall and full disarmament," Putin said in the address which was distributed at the UN headquarters.

    Russia plans to "continue work in this direction and also maintain the balance between the development of the lsquo;peaceful atom' and strengthening the regime of non-proliferation, including the system of guarantees of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," the address reads.

    Russia is committed to "close cooperation with all the interested parties on the creation of a modern, stable and safe architecture of cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy," Putin said.

    Under Article VI of the NPT, "Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament."

    The Russian president said the balance of the key elements of the NPT - nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy - is the guarantee of the convention's viability.

    "Exactly such an approach combined with determination for the universalization of the Treaty prevailed at the 2010 Conference and allowed to reach particular agreements that are up to date now," the text reads.

    Putin reminded that the NPT Review Conference coincides with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. "This is significant milestone that serves to remind us about our common responsibility for the well-being of the planet and the need to preserve peace and jointly fight against the modern threats, and one of them is the nuclear weapons proliferation," the president stressed.

    "I expect that at the Conference the readiness of all the NPT states-parties will be confirmed to clearly comply with the commitments undertaken. No doubt, this will become an important factor of ensuring peace, security and stability on the whole planet," he said.

    The 2015 NPT Review Conference is expected to consider a number of key issues, including: universality of the Treaty; nuclear disarmament, including specific practical measures; nuclear non-proliferation, including the promoting and strengthening of safeguards; measures to advance the peaceful use of nuclear energy, safety and security; regional disarmament and non-proliferation; implementation of the 1995 resolution on the Middle East; measures to address withdrawal from the Treaty; measures to further strengthen the review process; and ways to promote engagement with civil society in strengthening NPT norms and in promoting disarmament education.
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  • Baku sees splendor of Azerbaijan's mountain region, Gadabay
    28.04.2015 17:42
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    As part of the project ''From the regions to the capital'' organized by Baku Culture and Tourism Department, an event devoted to one of the countryв's most picturesque regions, Gadabay was solemnly held on April 27.

    The event aimed to familiarize Azerbaijanis as well as foreign tourists with the countryв's rich culture and traditions took place at the Azerbaijan State Youth Theatre.

    Many art and official figures, including Abulfaz Garayev, the culture and tourism minister and Dusen Kaseinov, the TURKSOY Secretary General attended the event.

    The eventв's guests were informed about the work, projects and events implemented in Gadabay, as well as the achievements made in the economic and tourism sectors, and of course culture and art.

    Such crafts as hand embroidery, carpet weaving, wood carving and metal are the main folk crafts of the region.

    Visitors had a chance to closely get familiar with the rich culture and traditions of the beautiful region. The exhibition put on display masters of applied artв's work, prints and ethnic dishes. The region saw such art rise thanks to its gold and copper mines.

    Gadabay is one of the cleanest cities in the world. Both the clean air and a healthy lifestyle have made this land the home of many centenarians. More than 100 people who celebrated the 100-year milestone were registered in this oxygen-rich region of Azerbaijan.

    Gadabayв's fauna and flora are also valuable, as the rivers flowing through the region are rich in trout. The region has about thirty mineral springs, which locals call the "cure of thousands diseases." The region is surrounded with mountain forests and poppy fields. Near Gadabay there lies the Slavyanka village, which is famous for its famous healthy carbonated water sources - Narzan and Mor-Mor.

    The area called Shahzada is a place you must visit. The 18-20 height meters ice waterfall will cool your body in a hot summer day.

    Monuments in Gadabay region are an integral part of the Azerbaijani culture, known here as Gadabay-Khojaly culture.

    Koroglu Castle related to the 18th century is a grandiose showplace of the Gadabay region. The castleв's walls are one meter thick and the monument has a strategic location. Another must see place in the region is Giz Galasi also known as the Maiden Tower.

    The rich nature and fertile land have also affected the regionв's cuisine, which is impossible to resist with its delicious kebabs from mutton, beef and fish. Visitors also tasted delicious samples of Gadabayв's cuisine. Gagabayв's potato is considered to be one of the best in the country.

    Gadabay is also famous for its Ashiqs. The art of Azerbaijani Ashiqs was included in the UNESCO`s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009, as a symbol of national cultural identity that embodies various artistic spheres practiced by poets, composers, singers or actor-narrators, thus uniting in one artistic expression the communities of the entire country.

    During the event visitors also enjoyed a concert program with folk and dance groups, as well as bright performance of Ashiqs.
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  • Azerbaijan's economy stands strong even after oil prices' fall, president says
    28.04.2015 17:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 28

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan's economy stands strong even after oil prices fall, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, speaking at the opening of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum in Azerbaijani capital on April 28.

    "During the last 10 years, Azerbaijan's economy grew more than three times, we managed to diversify the economy and reduce the dependence on the energy sector," said Ilham Aliyev. "The energy sector makes up only about 30 percent of our GDP."

    The Azerbaijani president said that the country's policy of diversification led to a substantial progress and even now, with the fall of the oil prices, Azerbaijan's economy in the first quarter of this year grew more than 5 percent.

    Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan managed to protect itself from the volatility of the oil prices, by implementing diversification policy, investments, creation of modern infrastructure and good business climate.

    Speaking further, the president said Azerbaijan is a country open for foreign investments. In particular, Ilham Aliyev said that last year Azerbaijan received more than $27 billion worth of investment, with 30 percent of that being direct investments. He added that in total, Azerbaijan received more than $200 billion worth of investments during the country's years of independence.

    The president said that for foreign investors Azerbaijan is a very attractive country because of good business and investment climate.

    He went on to say that Azerbaijan managed to almost eradicate unemployment, which is now less than 5 percent, and poverty's drop was a dramatic one - from 49 percent in 2003 to 5 percent in 2015.

    "So economic and political reforms, at the same time very active social policy and social protection of the people, transparency in accumulating the wealth generated by energy development, and transparency in spending the state funds also played a every important role in our development," president Aliyev said.

    With regards to the coming years, the president said Azerbaijan will concentrate more on diversification and the areas of attention of the government are modern technology, agriculture.

    "Azerbaijan is already a country with a space industry," said the president. "We have two satellites and the country's rapid development of space industry is an indicator of our plans."

    "Our population is growing, our economy is growing and economy should grow faster than population, otherwise, at certain point, we will face difficulties," he said. "Therefore, we should never feel relaxed, because we need to work hard to strengthen our statehood, independence."

    He underlined that economic independence allows Azerbaijan to implement independent foreign policy.

    "When you are weak and dependent, you will be influenced," he said. "Building a stronger economy, we've protected ourselves from any kind of external influence."

    Ilham Aliyev said that for centuries Azerbaijan was part of other countries and empires, and today when the country is independent, and people enjoy their freedom, they see the advantages of such freedom and independence.

    "We must protect our choice," he said. "Our choice is democracy, social welfare, peace among all the people of Azerbaijan, multiculturalism, interreligious dialogue, and cooperation with all the countries in the world, implementation of regional and continental projects."

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  • Remembering Zarifa Aliyeva - wife, mother, scientist and national hero
    28.04.2015 17:35
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    April 28 marks the birthday of Zarifa Aliyeva, an outstanding scientist, wife of national leader Heydar Aliyev, and mother to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    A prominent ophthalmologist and academician Zarifa Aliyeva was also a beautiful, kind, compassionate person, a mother and a wife, a fierce nationalist and a kind soul.

    An inspiration for many, Zarifa Aliyeva remains a cherished national emblem, a symbol for Azerbaijan's aspirations of greatness.

    Aliyeva was born in an ancient region of Azerbaijan - Nakhchivan in 1923.

    Born and raised in a family of prominent statesman Aziz Aliyev, Zarifa Aliyeva absorbed all the rich values of her family.

    Her great interest in public health led her to the Azerbaijan Medical Institute in 1942, from where she graduated with an honors diploma.

    It is in these years that she met Heydar Aliyev, a young promising officer, who would soon rise through the ranks to become the head department at the State Security Committee (KGB) and later lead Azerbaijan.

    Their love story remains an inspiration for many as the two had to overcome many obstacles due to harsh political realities.

    Despite all hindrances they married in 1948.

    Zarifa and Heydar Aliyevs led an exemplary family life. They had two children -- Sevil and Ilham.

    Zarifa was a great women who could balance in between her family and her career.

    She was a good wife to her husband, a caring mother to her children, and a prominent scientist.

    Thanks to her fruitful activities and merits she left an indelible mark in the history of public health.

    In 1960s a pandemic trachoma disease, accompanied by inflammation swollen eyes and blindness in Azerbaijanв's Kura-Aras area caused a lot of suffering to the people. Many families in several villages got ill from this terrible disease. It seemed that the grave disease victims, who were preliminary cotton farmers and fishermen were doomed to blindness and suffering.

    However, aid came in time. The government sent medical troopers, and groups of doctors to the region to start treating patients. Young ophthalmologist Aliyeva led one of this aid groups.

    Collecting a wealth of factual material on the prevention of trachoma, Aliyeva, without fear of contracting the disease herself, traveled great distances to reach those patients who could not travel.

    Despite many difficulties, Aliyeva made great strides in a very short time. She applied antibiotic treatment methods developed by herself to treat patients and her efforts were rewarded.

    Today, thousands of people have attained health thanks to her scientific discovery.

    She was one of the first doctors in the Soviet Union to begin developing new scientific breakthrough and studies. A well-known ophthalmologist, academician Nesterov called her work a "valuable exemplary work."

    She was also an author. She penned 12 monographs, textbooks and teaching aids, and put her name to over 150 scientific works. Being a professional doctor, Aliyeva shared her skills with other doctors with great enthusiasm. Moscow Ophthalmology School described her as a ''pearl of ophthalmology.''

    Aliyeva knew how to be kind to the sick and later wrote about her experience: ''The correct attitude to a patient is the essence of the medical profession... The daily duty of a doctor requires, first of all, appropriate treatment to patients.''

    She was really a rare women, one which name is now part of history.

    She was a very intelligent woman with many talents. Zarifa Aliyeva loved music and was highly skilled on playing the piano.

    She paid great attention and respect for the arts and was a connoisseur of national and world classic music, inveterate theater-goer, and an art connoisseur.

    Zarifa Aliyeva gained the love of millions of compatriots with her intelligence, beauty, and grace. With a deep sense of devotion to her family and country, she dedicated herself to raising her children and to making the world a better place through her efforts in medicine, respect for history and public service.

    She died in the 62nd spring of her life in Moscow after cancer claimed her light.
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  • France continues its settlement towards NK conflict settlement-ambassador
    28.04.2015 17:35
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    "France continues its efforts towards peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict".

    The statement came from French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Pascal Meunier, APA reports.

    He said that French President Francois Hollande visited Azerbaijan a few days ago and met with President Ilham Aliyev.

    "A day ago, he met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers will separately meet with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs as soon as possible," said diplomat.
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  • Turkmenistan launches its first communications satellite
    28.04.2015 17:25
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Apr. 28

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The first communications satellite of Turkmenistan "TurkmenAlem 52deg;E" was launched from the spaceport at the Cape Canaveral (Florida,USA), the Turkmen government said April 28.

    The unit, built by the French Thales Alenia Space company, was launched into space by a carrier rocket Falcon 9.

    A teleconference between the city of Ashgabat and the launching site of SpaceX company (USA) was organized on this occasion, which was attended by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov.

    "This connection satellite will give a powerful impetus to improving the quality of national broadcasting television and radio channels, creating conditions for live TV, establishing a high-quality system of the Internet, distance education and telemedicine promotion," said the message.

    This communication system will also contribute to the formation of a cellular network in the settlements located in the province, open up broad prospects for the development of information system based on the latest technologies and innovations, according to the message.

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  • Iran most successful country in containing terrorism '" official
    28.04.2015 17:25
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    Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council on National Security Ali Shamkhani said Iran has been the most successful country in containing terrorism.

    It is a pity, however, that some Western countries and their regional allies did not pay attention to Iran 's recommendations against the formation of terrorist groups, whereby irremediable damage has been inflicted on regional countries, he said, Fars news agency reported April 28.

    "Good terrorism, bad terrorism, and IS-style terrorism are all one thing; and one must not differentiate between them," Shamkhani asserted.

    Iran claims to be the biggest victim of terrorism. In the past few months, extremist groups have conducted several attacks against local police offices to the east and west of the country.

    In the most recent incident the rebel Baluchi group, Jaish al-Adl killed eight border guards near the border with Pakistan in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on April 7.

    "Hosham Azizi (Abu Hafs AlBalushi), the head of Ansar al-Forghan Movement terror group alongside his two accompaniers were killed in Sistan and Baluchistam," an Iranian official said April 23.

    An official also confirmed that Mohammad Saeed Torkman Zehi, the second in command of the rebel Baluchi group Jaish al-Adl had been killed in Pakistan shortly before incident.

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  • Bulgaria to be represented at Bakuв's European Games at highest level
    28.04.2015 17:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Seymur Aliyev - Trend:

    Bulgaria will be represented at the first European Games, to be held in Baku in June, at the highest level, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told reporters on the sidelines of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum April 28.

    "The prime minister and the president will be here," he said. "Bulgarian athletes are very grateful. They will be well prepared for this world event."

    The president on behalf of the Bulgarian people and as a leader of the European country expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan for organizing the European Games. He said that the first European Games in Baku will be historic.

    "We look forward to our visit to beautiful Baku [during the European Games]," he said.

    The president also expressed his gratitude to the Nizami Ganjavi International Center for organizing such a large event as the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum.

    "We have gathered from all over the world to share our ideas on how we can turn the world into the best place to live," the president said.

    "Azerbaijani reformer, philosopher and poet Nizami Ganjavi lived in the 12th century," he said. "It is necessary to learn to understand the dialogue and to evaluate different ideas and tolerance as Ganjavi did."

    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.

    The 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum started in Baku on April 28. The Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center organized the event.

    The topic of the forum is "Building Trust in the Emerging World Order".

    The event is to discuss topics and issues related to the fight against terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict resolution, democracy development, education reform, and environment preservation.

    The forum provides a space for current and ex-presidents, prime ministers, ministers, and leading scholars and experts to assess the current state of the world and the most pressing threats to international security and peace, and to elaborate concrete steps for today's leadership to overcome these divisions.

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  • WB completes its strategy for Azerbaijan
    28.04.2015 17:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The preparation of a new strategy for cooperation between the World Bank and Azerbaijan is ending. The work is expected to be completed on April 29, WB Baku office reported on April 27.

    "Until mid-May, the draft strategy will be submitted to the Council of Directors of the World Bank, the meeting of which will take place in mid-June," read a statement from the office.

    As the strategy of cooperation is designed for six years, the list of projects to be funded as part of it will initially cover the first two years.

    "Currently we, with the government are specifying a list of possible projects for the first two years of cooperation. Most likely, it will take two weeks, but it is too early to say which projects will be included in the final list.

    ''After the two-year cycle, we will define a list of projects for the next two years of the strategy. Previously, when the cooperation strategy covered less time, a list of projects was approved at once and for the whole period. But today it is difficult to predict what the country's needs will be in a few years," WB office said.

    The list of projects can vary depending on the evolving priorities of the government or the bank.

    The current strategy of cooperation between the sides was settled for 2011-2014. Despite the fact that the timing of its implementation has been completed in late June 2014, during the transition period the bank continues to work on projects that will be financed by the World Bank at a later stage of cooperation.

    The new strategy will assess the previous strategy, analyze the current situation in the country, as well as define the overall direction for the next strategic period.

    The bank has financed more than 50 projects worth more than $4 billion after Azerbaijan joined its ranks in 1992.

    The World Bank is also planning to accelerate the preparation of the project to improve Azerbaijan's energy supply, the Baku office said.

    "Now we are at the initial stage of work with Azerishig [a single operator on the distribution of electricity in Azerbaijan]. Most probably, the determination of the parameters of the project will take several months. When we will be able to delineate its contours, the discussion on the scope of financing will start," the office said.

    The project envisages improvement of the quality of the relevant infrastructures in the country, which will identify specific regions, as well as improvement of the financial stability of state-owned company.

    "Only one WB mission has visited Baku as part of this project, so it is early to speak about specific areas. We are in constant contact with our partners in Azerbaijan, but the bank is planning to send to Azerbaijan several missions during the year," the office reported.

    Earlier, the Asian Development Bank in Baku reported, that the government has asked its financial assistance in the amount of $ 750 million to improve the country's energy supply.

    This project combined with Azerishig will cover the whole country. The total cost of the project according to preliminary data is $1 billion.

    Azerishig company established in February 2015 is engaged in ensuring reliable, safe and effective supply of electricity to consumers. The company uses new technologies, modernization of the technical base and its effective use, as well as other activities aimed at developing this sphere.
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  • Huawei releases new smartphone
    28.04.2015 17:18
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    Huawei launched the Honor 4C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc.

    The phone has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than the iPhone 6 and the same as Xiaomi's Mi 4 smartphone, and starts at 799 yuan ($129). By comparison, the iPhone 6 starts at around $750 while the Mi 4 costs around $250.

    To cut on marketing costs, the Honor 4C will be sold primarily online through outlets including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall, Huawei's marketing director George Zhao told the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.
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  • New trains to appear in Baku subway in late May
    28.04.2015 16:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

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    Three new trains will be commissioned by the end of May on one of the lines of Baku subway, the Alstom company said April 28.

    The Alstom concern has launched a dynamic test of two new train sections for cars of Baku subway system, according to the message.

    "Alstom will supply a total of three trains of five cars each will be commissioned on one of the subway lines by the end of May," the message said. "Tests are carried out together with Alstom's partner, the manufacturer of subway cars, the Metrowagonmash company."

    Alstom is a global leader in the manufacture of equipment for generation and transmission of electrical energy and railway infrastructure. The company operates in the markets of about 100 countries. Alstom has been operating actively in the Azerbaijani market for over 20 years.

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  • Turkey to be represented at European Games in Baku at high level - Olympic Committee
    28.04.2015 16:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey will be presented at the first European Games in Baku at the highest level, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Turkey told Trend April 28.

    The NOC said that it is expected that 184 athletes will represent Turkey at the first European Games in Baku.

    The National Olympic Committee expressed hope that the Turkish athletes will show excellent results at the games, which will allow them to participate in the Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that 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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  • Bulgarian President: ''The First European Games will be of historical importance''
    28.04.2015 16:58
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    Bulgaria will be highly represented in the First European Games.

    "Bulgaria will be highly represented in the First European Games. The prime minister and president of Bulgaria will arrive here. Bulgarian athletes have prepared well for the world-class event", President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev said at the 3rd Global Forum in Baku, organized by the State Committee on Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, APA reports.

    Plevneliev, on behalf of the people of Bulgaria, expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan for the organization of the European Games. "The First European Games to be held in Baku will be of historical importance. We are looking forward to arrive in beautiful Baku on the occasion of the Games", he said.
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  • Trans Hansen/SГёndergard get Baku 2015 Beach Volleyball spot
    28.04.2015 16:53
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    Danish Beach Volleyball duo Line Trans Hansen and Helle SГёndergard have been given a spot at Baku 2015.

    Denmark originally was not given a quota spot for a women's Beach Volleyball team at the Baku 2015 European Games. But Trans Hansen and SГёndergard will now join the men's duo of Peter Kildegaard Andersen and Kristoffer Abell in the Azerbaijan capital.

    "I am thrilled that Denmark will be represented at the European Games in Baku by another ambitious Beach Volleyball team," said Mr. Lars Mayland, Beach Volleyball Elite Director at the Danish Volleyball Federation.

    "Line and Helle have delivered some solid performances on the Danish Beach Volleyball Tour, the NEVZA tournaments and also in the Continental Cup. I am looking forward to seeing them play in a huge championship such as the European Games."

    Trans Hansen and SГёndergard helped Denmark's women's team reach the third round of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. They will join their teammates on 9-10 May for the third round of the Continental Cup in Montpellier, France.

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  • Iran's energy usage exceeds 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent
    28.04.2015 16:52
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    By Dalga Khatinoglu

    Iran's annual primary energy consumption surpassed 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent (OE).

    The Managing Director of the Iranian Fuel Conservation Company (IFCO) Nosratollah Seifi told Shana news agency Apr.28 that the country's primary energy consumption was 1.76 billion barrels of OE in 2010, but the figure reached 2.077 billion barrels of OE during last fiscal year, which ended March 2015.

    Iran suffers from high-energy consumption and usage growth as well as high-energy intensity. On the other hand, about 0.4 billion barrels of OE was wasted in Iran annually.

    Below is Iran's actual fossil energy consumption per day according to the data derived from National Iranian Oil Refining amp; Distribution Company's (NIORDC) annual report.




    Fiscal year



    Total daily energy consumption

    Kb of OE



    Daily gas consumption

    Kb of OE



    Daily liquid fuels

    Kb of OE



    1979-80



    565



    63



    479



    1989/90



    1062



    248



    779



    1999-2000



    2084



    1025



    995



    2004-2005



    2931



    1689



    1174



    2009-2010



    3918



    2504



    1332



    2010-2011



    4027



    2673



    1274



    2011-2012



    4070



    2707



    1290



    2013-2014



    4120



    2688



    1362



    2014-2015



    4383



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    -



    Iran's energy intensity is very high, about two times more than global average. According to official statistics, for every thousand dollar gross revenue gain, about 0.63 ton of oil equivalent energy is consumed in the country.

    Energy intensity (EE) is energy consumption relative to the gross domestic product (GDP).

    Seifi warned that if the current energy usage growth continues at the current pace, the total energy production would be equal to consumption level in 2025.

    Iran planned to decrease primary energy consumption level to 1.148 billion barrels of OE in 2020 to economize $449 billion until this date.

    Iran needs $192 billion investment to decrease energy intensify rate by 50 percent (with assuming a 6-percent GDP growth annually) to economize more than $1,100 billion in next 15 years in total.

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  • SOCAR, NIOC, IOOC sign cooperation protocol
    28.04.2015 16:51
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    State Oil Company of Azerbaijanв's delegation was on a visit to Iran with the invitation of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

    SOCAR told APA-Economics that nanotechnologies operated by SOCAR, ket parameters of these technologies and intentions of the sides have been discussed at the meeting titled "Transfer of technologies" held with the representatives of Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) and the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI). It was noted that delegation consisting of employees of NIOC-RIPI and the SOCAR Vice-President Khoshbakht Yusifzade discussed the cooperation perspectives, especially usage of SOCAR's nanotechnologies in Iran's oil fields.

    At the end of the visit, SOCAR Department of Nanotechnologies and NIOC-RIPI and IOOC signed trilateral cooperation protocol on application of nanotechnologies in oil production and transportation by Iran.
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  • Karabakh issue reflects failure of activities of international organizations
    28.04.2015 16:46
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    ''The Karabakh issue reflects the failure of the activities of international organizations,'' said Former Foreign Minister of Turkey Hikmet Cetin, APA reports.

    He said that according to the UN resolutions, Nagorno Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan and 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territories are under occupation. "25 years have passed, but the Nagorno Karabakh conflict hasn't been solved. Baku Humanitarian Forum shows that Azerbaijan looks beyond narrow boundaries and discusses the problems of the world."

    Cetin noted that one of the main issues being discussed here is ensuring security in the world again: "There should be a new world order, the previous one has failed. The problems have not been solved. Its being discussed at a conference in Baku is very important for Azerbaijan and is a success on a global scale. Azerbaijan has become an important country in the world and is developing rapidly. I hope the world will hear these and take care of unresolved conflicts to ensure peace in the region."
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  • Lieke Wevers took the first step to Baku 2015
    28.04.2015 16:22
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    Wevers earned an all-around score of 54.883 at the Dutch Artistic Gymnastics national qualifier in Amsterdam. She finished ahead of Lisa Top, who had 53.133 points while CГ©line van Gerner picked up 53.034 points.

    The Oldenzaal native Wevers notched the top score on the Balance Beam (13.800) and Floor (14.033). She was second on the Uneven Bars and fifth on the Vault. Top earned the best score on the Vault while van Gerner topped the Uneven Bars.

    The Amsterdam event was the first of two qualifiers for the Dutch Baku 2015 team. The second qualifier will take place on 30 April. Wevers is competing with van Gerner, Top, Lieke Vera van Pol, Maartje Ruikes, Dana de Groot and Tisha Volleman for the Netherlands' three women's spots at Baku 2015.

    "1st place at European Games trials, with an all-around score of (54.883)! I'm happy with this result, and I really enjoyed this competition. Now relaxing and enjoying this moment, tomorrow my focus will be on Thursday, which is the 2nd trial. Important to show this performance again!!" Wevers posted on the social media service Instagram.
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  • New dinosaur found in Chile
    28.04.2015 16:13
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    A strange type of dinosaur has found in Southern Chile is puzzling paleontologists from all over the world, who describe it as ''one of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever found.''

    The unusual creature, named ''Chilesaurus diegosuarezi,'' belongs to the same dinosaur group as Tyrannosaurus rex '" theropods '" and was a plant-eater.

    "The most interesting (aspect) about Chilesaurus is the story that it tells about how evolution works," paleontologist Fernando Novas of the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, told Reuters.
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  • Unlimited time given to drafting final Iranian nuclear agreement
    28.04.2015 16:12
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    Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    "We agreed to give whatever time it takes to expert work as well as work at the political leaders or ministers level," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif commenting on ongoing negotiations between Tehran and the group P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) on Iran's nuclear program.

    He made the remarks after a 100-minute meeting with US State Secretary John Kerry in New York, IRNA news agency reported April 28.

    In this session we talked about how to continue the job, he said.

    We also conveyed our concern about the debates inside the US, but the secretary of state once again asserted that the US would be faithful to its international commitments regardless of domestic problems.

    Recently US senators have been trying to limit Obama administration's authority on the nuclear case. They have even demanded that a prospective deal with Iran would have to be Okayed by the Senate.

    "It was agreed in the end that Iran and the group 5 1 would start drafting the final agreement this very week, which will continue into the next week as well," Zarif said.

    Iran and the six powers are drafting a final deal by the self-imposed deadline of June 30.

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  • Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan yearly spends at least 40 million euros on education abroad
    28.04.2015 16:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 28

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    Education is one of the most prioritized issues for Azerbaijan, the country's president, Ilham Aliyev said at the opening of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum in Azerbaijani capital on April 28.

    "Education is knowledge, future. For us it is modernization," said the president. "Our government every year spends at least 40 million euros to train our leading young people abroad in the world's universities."

    Ilham Aliyev also said that there is almost 100 percent literacy in Azerbaijan.

    "Education is also a protection from radicalization, and this is also important for the country that is situated in this region," said the president, adding that protection against radicalization is stability and justice in the society, its economic development, eradication of poverty and unemployment.

    "Poverty, unemployment, social and political injustice - they feed the radicals," said president Aliyev. "They're the tools the radicals use to brainwash the young people and to recruit them for their purposes. Thus for us education means modernization, development, as well as protection from radicalism."

    "This is how we want to see Azerbaijan in the future and we have complete consensus in our society with respect to how Azerbaijan should develop," he said.

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  • Tehranв's deputy mayor arrested in Kuwait (UPDATE)
    28.04.2015 16:04
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    Tehran's deputy mayor arrested in Kuwait

    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Deputy mayor of Iranian capital city of Tehran, Meisam Amroudi was arrested in Kuwait Iranian Fars news agency reported April 28.

    Amroudi who heads cultural affairs in Tehran municipality already served as head of Iranian schools in Kuwait. He was arrested in Kuwait airport on his way to Tehran.

    Amroudi was in Kuwait at the invitation of the Iran-Kuwait friendship society to participate in a ceremony.

    There was no immediate report on the reason for Amroudi's arrest.

    However Fars quoted an official with Tehran municipality as claiming Amroudi has faced some problems with his visa, which is being resolved.

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  • Azerbaijan awarded
    28.04.2015 15:58
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    Within the Inspection and Assessment Program, commissioned by EMS Cooperative of Universal Postal Union (UPU) and its financial support international auditing company Pricewaterhouse Coopers examined the quality indicators of postal services rendered by EMS (Express Mail Service) operators around the world in 2014 and published its Final Certification Levels Table officially announcing the winners.

    According to the results, among 199 countries Azerbaijan and 4 more countries were awarded gold, 2 countries - silver and 1 country - bronze level certificates.

    Azerbaijani EMS operator Azerexpresspost has been awarded UPU gold level certificate for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

    Gold level certificate was presented to Azerbaijani delegation consisting of officials from the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies and Azerpost LLC at the 2015 EMS General Assembly in Bern, Switzerland, on April 22, 2015 by Director General of UPU International Bureau Bishar Hussein and Chairman of UPU EMS Cooperative Mr. Patrick Rishon.
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  • How to Not Get Nervous
    28.04.2015 15:47
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    Establish a breathing routine.В Yoga practitioners around the world manipulate their breathing patterns every day in an effort to calm the mind. Long, peaceful breaths cue our minds and bodies that everything is okay. Short, harsh breaths do the opposite. By breathing correctly, you can tell your body how to feel.Close your eyes and slow down your breathing rate to relax your mind and your body.You can regulate your breath by counting to a certain number or repeating "Now I breathe in, now I breathe out."

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    Go to your "happy place" or visualize success.В Happy Gilmore wasn't full of it when he used a visualization technique to quell his anger before making a golf shot. You can use a "happy place" visualization to remove yourself from a place of nervousness and visit a stress-free place of happiness, whether it be a shopping mall or a deserted beach.Visualize yourself succeeding in the thing that is making you nervous. Positive visualizations can turn into actual successes if you truly believe that you can succeed.Remember to think happy thoughts and utilize your imagination to imagine positive rather than negative situations.

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    Develop a mantra.В A mantra is a phrase or saying that is repeated over and over either aloud or in one's mind as a meditative exercise. Come up with words that inspire or calm you and repeat them every time your nervousness starts to creep up. It can be helpful to close your eyes while chanting a mantra.

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    Meditate or perform a body scan.В Meditation, though difficult to master, is an awesome way to calm your nervousness. Find a quiet place, take a comfortable seat or lie on the ground, and attempt to empty your mind for at least five minutes.If you find it too difficult to entirely clear your mind, try a body scan instead where you focus your attention to one part of your body at a time.Start by bringing your attention to your feet and slowly scan up the body, paying attention to how you feel at each stage.

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    Write down your nervous thoughts.В Instead of trying to banish nervous thoughts or feelings, take the time to feel them and then let them go. By writing down why you are nervous and how you are feeling, you can confront your nervousness rather than trying to ignore it altogether. Once you've written down your feelings, either throw the paper away as a symbolic gesture or keep it to consider it during the day

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    Play soothing music.В Make a playlist of music that soothes and calms you. When nervous feelings arise, listen to your playlist and allow yourself to sink into the music.

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    Drink water.В Calm your nervous system and nourish your body by drinking water. While you should always be drinking an adequate amount of water, doing so at the time you experience nervousness can be very helpful.

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    Massage your temples.В Close your eyes and use your middle finger to massage your temples on the side of your eyes. Your temples are pressure points and massaging them can be very relaxing and stress-relieving.

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    Exercise or take up yoga and/or tai chi.В Getting exercise is one of the best things you can do to reset your mind and body and relieve the jitters. If you are particularly nervous about an upcoming work presentation or a date with your beautiful neighbor, log at least 30 minutes of cardio activity per day.Yoga is not only a physical practice but an intensely mental practice that also teaches you to regulate your breathing. Try a yoga class or follow an at-home instruction to see if it helps calm your mind.Take up tai chi. Tai chi is a non-competitive series of flowing body motions that are designed to relax the body and mind and channel energy to positive outcomes.

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    Make sure you are getting enough sleep and are eating a healthy diet.Your diet and sleep patterns not only affect your overall health, but they can affect your stress-level, and thus your tendency to get nervous, as well. Aim to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night and do your best to avoid fatty, greasy, and sugary foods.
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  • EU allocation to assist Georgiaв's women entrepreneurs
    28.04.2015 15:24
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The European Commission announced that the European Union adopted a decision to allocate 85 million euros to small and medium-sized enterprises in aspirant countries including Georgia.

    The allocation reportedly aims to help the businessmen benefit from the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area as part the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

    Stimulating female entrepreneurship in the Eastern Partnership region was also shown as one of the directions of the money allotment.

    The Georgian authorities hope to achieve a firm stimulation for female entrepreneurship in the country after it receives further financial assistance from the EU.

    These specific projects targeting the East Neighborhood were expected to generate more than 1.3 billion of investment.

    The European Commission stated on its website that the financial resources will be mobilized from the Neighborhood Investment Facility.
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  • No official document proves "genocide of Armenians"
    28.04.2015 15:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A well-known Russian historian's remarks about the reluctance of Armenia to delve into history gained a firm support in Baku, at such a time when Azerbaijan has been angered at Yerevan's desire to escape from historical realities over the so-called "Armenian genocide".

    Michael Meyer, the president of the Asian and African Institution, claimed that Armenia's avoidance to open its archives about 1915 events, has lead to speculations over historical realities. The historian said documents are the only basis for any investigation into history.

    Supporting Meyer's claims, Fuad Akhundov, deputy department head of the Presidential Administration, said Armenia continues to mislead its own and the international community by not allowing foreign scholars to get involved in the study of 1915 events.

    Meyer said "when there is no document, speculations on historical theme take precedence". Akhundov believes that all the efforts Armenia has exerted so far toward its "genocide" campaign have been based on unfounded statements.

    Meyer, based on his own scientific diplomatic approach, asked "if Armenians have documents proving that 1915 events do constitute a "genocide", why do they hide it? Akhundov's remarks came as his upholding the historian's opinion when he said "great propagandists like the Armenians would never conceal any information they can benefit".

    "If they have any proof at hand, they would of course immediately spread it across the world, filling online sources with it," Akhundov said.

    Yerevan still emerges cold towards Ankara's persistent calls for launching a joint survey into the events that happened over a hundred years ago in the Ottoman territory. Akhundov assessed it as proof that Yerevan has no any document to prove its alleged righteousness.Meyer claimed that the "Dashnaksutyun documents" are hidden in the American archives. Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister, Volkan Bozkir, in turn, said those documents are kept in Boston and that the Armenian lobby has persistently opposed the publication of those papers.

    "A good business by Armenia! While Turkey has opened all its archives and announced scholars will be able to freely investigate, Armenians have remained cagey. If anything the Armenian authorities have prevented scholars from looking into the Turkish archives and impeded on the establishment of a joint commission. Moreover, the Armenian archives have remained closed to both the local and foreign scientists," Akhundov said.

    "Genocide" realities

    Many Armenian scholars in these days argue that what happened to their cognates back in 1915 under the Ottoman Empire was a "mass murder" that constitutes a "genocide". The motives they put behind such allegations are that the Armenians were deported from their homeland in 1915 for simply being Armenian. In this case, many scholars have nodded to the credibility of those arguments due to a lack of information and poor historical documentation on the events. However, Yerevan possesses documents which could disprove such claims of genocide, which it has been keen to keep under lock and key.

    Turkish scholars and Western Ottoman experts have argued that the events which led to 1915 tragedy were fueled by foreign interferences - mainly from the British empire. At the time, foreign powers sought to destabilize the Ottoman Empire and to that they encouraged national movements in the Ottoman territories to rise against the Turks and demand independence. Armenians began to revolt against the empire as early as the 1880s. The rise of nationalism slowly led to tensions in between the Christian and Muslim communities in Eastern Anatolia.

    Historians argue that European powers mostly Russia and Britain have consistently incited rebellions in the Ottoman Empire and creating a propaganda to support their respective armed interventions.

    Some "Armenian genocide" proponents claim that "when Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was asked about where the rest of the world would stand in relation to his Jewish annihilation campaign he replied, "it will be forgotten, like the Armenians". Many Armenians have attempted to use this comment as proof that an act of "genocide" had been carried against them.

    Professor Justin McCarthy from Louisville University, Kentucky, U.S.A., noted that like the infamous Hitler's quote, the so-called extermination orders of the Ottoman ruler Talat Pasha were forgeries. "The only relevant Ottoman documents that have come to light indicate a generally solicitous attitude towards the deported Armenians".

    Harry Lamb, British High Commission Office member, wrote that the infamous "Talat Pasha telegrams" inside Aram Andonian's book, in which the Minister of Interior of the Ottoman Empire allegedly ordered the extermination of the Armenians lacked official documents to support its claims.

    The modern Turkish leadership continues to call on Armenia to give up its efforts to politicize a historical tragedy. Clearly Armenia is only looking to establish itself as a permanent victim to gain financial compensation and exert pressure on its powerful neighbor - Turkey.

    Failing to realize the true essence of what happened some 100 years ago only serves to show that Armenia is incapable of engaging with its neighbors other than through provocation.
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  • Azerbaijan bans import and sale of genetically modified crops
    28.04.2015 15:03
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    The Azerbaijani Parliament has today discussed the annexes to be made to the Criminal and Administrative Offences codes.

    Chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on legal policy and state-building Ali Huseynli said that the annexes are related to the prohibition of importing and selling genetically modified crops.

    Those who deliberately import and sell a considerable amount of genetically modified crops, or agricultural plant materials generated by modern biotech and genetic engineering or food products produced using genetic materials of genetically modified crops which were not considered for scientific study, test and fairs will be fined in amount of AZN 3,000-5,000 or sentenced to up to 2-year imprisonment.

    Those who commit the abovementioned acts in the large amount will be fined AZN 7,000-9,000 or sentenced to up to 5-year imprisonment.

    The draft laws were put to vote and approved.
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  • Cash support by Google
    28.04.2015 14:55
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    Google has pledged to give €150m ($163m; £107m) to European news publishers and journalism-focused start-ups over the next three years.

    The funds - which are part of a wider package - will be used to support the organisations' efforts to earn money from their own online coverage.

    The Financial Times, the Guardian, Spain's El Pais and Germany's Die Zeit are among those backing the initiative.

    But several media groups that have been critical of Google are not involved.

    Publications belonging to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and the Berlin-based Axel Springer group are among those absent from a list of "founding partners", although Google has said they are welcome to join.

    The US company previously agreed to set up a similar fund to support French media organisations in 2013 in order to settle a dispute about its right to show headlines and text culled from their sites on its Google News facility.

    At the time, analysts said the agreement "opened the door" to similar agreements in other countries where newspapers were also seeking licensing fees.

    Organisations that do accept funds from the firm may need to assure their readers that they have taken steps to avoid a conflict of interest in their subsequent coverage of its activities.
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  • US holding dirty anti-Azerbaijani campaign '" National Olympic Committee
    28.04.2015 14:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.28

    By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:

    The 1st European Games is a pretext to hold a campaign to discredit Azerbaijan, vice-president of Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee told Trend.

    Chingiz Huseynzade, the vice-president of the National Olympic Committee added that this campaign is against Azerbaijan, its development.

    He was commenting on the results of the latest investigation which revealed that the anti-Azerbaijani campaign is managed from the office of the US State Secretary John Kerry in the Congress.

    The National Endowment for Democracy organization has been ordered to hold this campaign. The organization that is financed from the US budget, has been trying to create "the fifth column" in Azerbaijan for many years. NED has sent millions of dollars to some NGOs and media structures in Azerbaijan from the sources in the West.

    It is inadmissible to use sport in such dirty campaigns, since sport has nothing to do with policy, according to Huseynzade.

    The vice-president of the National Olympic Committee condemned the dirty campaigns against Azerbaijan.

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  • Azerbaijan issues international arrest warrant for Niger hacker
    28.04.2015 14:51
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    Large amount of money robbed.

    A Niger hacker has been put on Interpol's wanted list for stealing large sum of money from the accounts of some companies in Azerbaijan, said a notice posted on Interpol's website, APA reports.

    According to the notice, Niger citizen Alusula Adilkhan,33, is charged with violating the rules of computer system and electronic-computer service and stealing funds.
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  • Norwegian court dismisses FBI request
    28.04.2015 14:46
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    An Oslo district court has dismissed a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for the extradition of a Russian citizen suspected of spreading the computer virus Citadel, SIA informs citing the TASS.

    "The court has found that there is not enough evidence for my clientв's extradition," Bakkeving said. "We reacted with great relief to the courtв's awareness there is not sufficient evidence to support the charges. Regrettably, the suspect still remains in the Norwegian custody."
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  • Afghanistan can use Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project to reach Europe '" Karzai
    28.04.2015 14:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Afghanistan hopes that Azerbaijan will open an embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's ex-President Hamid Karzai said in an interview with Trend April 28.

    Karzai was commenting on the cooperation prospects between the two countries.

    "This would contribute to the development of relations between the two countries," he said.

    "We are almost neighbors in terms of geography. We have similarities in terms of culture and all aspects of history. Azerbaijan and Afghanistan must work together to strengthen regional security."

    "Afghanistan opened its embassy in Baku," Karzai said. "We hope that Azerbaijan will open its embassy in Kabul. I think the opening of the embassy would strengthen cooperation between Afghanistan and Azerbaijan."

    "I consider joint actions of the two countries in international and regional issues as extremely important," he said. "Afghanistan is also interested in expanding the trade and economic cooperation. We also welcome any investments from Azerbaijan."

    While commenting on the Afghan side's interest in participation in the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, he stressed that this project is quite a good alternative for his country.

    "In addition to the transport routes that we have today through Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, it is easier to connect Afghanistan with Europe with the help of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project," he said. "We appreciate this project and hope that it will be also beneficial for Afghanistan. We have established good relations with Azerbaijan. We are interested in strengthening these ties."

    "Azerbaijan is situated in a right place to conduct a dialogue between East and West," he said. "This is the role that we welcome."

    Commenting on the current situation in Afghanistan, he said that a new government has been formed in the country today.

    "A new president has been elected," he said. "New ministers have been appointed."

    "The Afghan people have chosen democracy," Karzai said. "We intend to move in that direction. The country has a fairly free press. The situation will further improve in the country."

    Karzai said that one can evaluate the NATO operations conducted in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 in two ways.

    "On the one hand, NATO and partner-countries focused on assisting the Afghan people," he said. "On the other hand, NATO and allies have not achieved their goals in the field of security."

    "The security has not been ensured in Afghanistan up till now," he said. "The country's people are suffering. The number of terrorist attacks increased."

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  • European Commission extends consideration of deal on SOCARв's buying stake in Greek DESFA
    28.04.2015 14:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    Trend:

    The European Commission's Competition Directorate-General extended the consideration of the deal on acquisition of 66 percent stake in the Greek gas operator DESFA by Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR until late 2015, the SOCAR head, Rovnag Abdullayev, told reporters Apr. 28.

    "The European Commission's directorate-general continues to consider this issue," he said. "Our working group is responding to the requested questions."

    "The main issue is the conformity of the deal with the third energy package of the EU, which allegedly could hinder the development of competition. Now we aren't selling gas to Europe, so we have to make concessions on this issue. But the work continues," said Abdullayev.

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  • Bakcell sends winner of virtual football championship to US
    28.04.2015 14:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 28

    Trend:

    Final games of the virtual football championship, organized by Bakcell - the First Mobile Operator and Leading provider of Mobile Internet in Azerbaijan, within the frames of its "Football with Bakcell" project, have been held to determine the following winners:

    1st place - Haji Mirzamammadov

    2nd place - Talib Rzayev

    The championship between students of 9th, 10th and 11th grades of secondary schools from eight cities of Azerbaijan, has started in February 2015, and became one of the largest events held with participation of youth from all over the country. The main goal of this project, which covers around 7000 students, is to promote healthy sports competition and more efficient recreational activities amongst youth.

    Starting from February 2015, more than 130 games have been held to determine the winners in each of the following cities: Baku, Ganja, Sumgait, Lankaran, Mingachevir, Qabala, Sheki and Zaqatala. A total of 1024 games have been held on weekends among children who've successfully passed the selection rounds.

    Final games and other entertaining activities were organized on 26.04.2015 at mobile gaming zones installed in H. Javid, Narimanov, Samad Vurgun and Sahil parks of Baku. A special attention of the city residents was drawn by the fact that the games were held at vehicles, equipped with special equipment and moving on predefined routes as well as the fact that the championship was organized in the form of a show.

    The winner of the championship will travel to the United States of America to watch a game of Manchester United. During this trip, the winner will get a chance to play virtual football personally with the players of Manchester United. Semi-finalists were awarded with Alov smartphones and other valuable gifts.

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the Sür@ brand name.

    With a long term partnership contract Bakcell is Manchester United's first official telecommunications and broadcast partner in all CIS countries, bringing a range of unique and exclusive content to the country's football fans and in particular the fans of Manchester United.

    For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please seewww.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55.

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  • Belgium wants speedy settlement of conflict between Armenia, Azerbaijan '" Foreign Ministry
    28.04.2015 14:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Belgium wants a speedy settlement of the military conflict between the two neighboring countries - Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders said April 28 in Baku at a press conference.

    "We adhere to the position of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of the country," he said.

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  • Belief in the UN Security Council is declining: Gul
    28.04.2015 14:23
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    ''Belief in the UN Security Council is declining'' Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul told at the 3rd Global Forum being held in Baku.

    ''We are all disappointed over failures in resolving problems. Shall we expect all problems to be settled if the Security Council becomes more democratic and efficient? No. But these reforms will bring new energy to the international community,''added Mr Gul.
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