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Bets on for who will be next pope
14.02.2013 09:55
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As soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning at the end of February, British bookmakers were giving betting odds on his possible successor.

There are 118 eligible members of the College of Cardinals who can attend the Papal Conclave in March to choose the next Bishop of Rome from among their numbers.

And while some predictions have been accurate вЂ" Joseph Ratzinger was widely tipped by bookmakers in 2005 вЂ" no-one anticipated his predecessor Karol Wojtyla’s surprise election in 1978.

/HurriyetDailynews/
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  • Ilham Aliyev receives Prime Minister of Montenegro
    18.09.2014 15:29
    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic on September 18.Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the face-to-face meeting was held firstly.The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations. A goo...
  • Montenegrin PM embarks on official Azerbaijan visit
    17.09.2014 22:30
    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit.A guard of honor was lined up for the Montenegrin Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.PM Milo Dukanovi...
  • New Azerbaijan Party delegation visiting Sri-Lanka
    17.09.2014 19:55
    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). New Azerbaijan Party's delegation is on the visit to Sri-Lanka, Colombo to take part at the 8th General Assembly of the standing committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).In the session, attended by 30 political parties from 20 cou...
  • Nakhchivan hosts 12th meeting of CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety
    17.09.2014 19:45
    Nakhchivan, September 17 (AzerTAc). Initiated by the CIS Executive Committee, the 12th meeting of the CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety has been organized by Azerbaijan's Minister of Emergency Situations in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.Prior to the meeting, particip...
  • Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry meets German MPs
    17.09.2014 18:04
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry meets of Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology
    18.09.2014 16:25
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    Tehran, September 18 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and industry Shahin Mustafayev has met Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi.

    Following the meeting, Mahmoud Vaezi told the journalists that they discussed boosting relations between the two states in various fields.

    The Iranian minister said they looked through the issue regarding the establishment of cooperation committee in various fields. They exchanged views on regional issues.

    During the meeting, the sides discussed establishing the joint cooperation commission of Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey.

    Shahin Mustafayev said the rapprochement in the Azerbaijani-Iranian relations disturbs some forces. We should not allow undermining the good-neighboring relations.

    Mr. Mustafayev said the aim of the visit was to implement the agreed issues within the official visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Tehran.
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  • Elmar Mammadyarov: Status quo is unacceptable
    18.09.2014 16:21
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    Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has today received a Polish delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Tomasz Orlowski, being on a visit to Azerbaijan.

    The sides expressed satisfaction with the level of development of the relations between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry's press service told APA.

    Orlowski said that Poland welcomes Azerbaijan's role in ensuring stability and security in the South Caucasus region. He expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan for its contributions to NATO-led operations in maintenance of international peace and security.

    Mammadyarov said the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Trans-Anatolia Project will be held on September 20 in Baku, noting Azerbaijan is contributing to stability in the region and beyond through energy and infrastructure projects and a network of mutually beneficial cooperation.

    As stated by the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chair countries at various levels, Elmar Mammadyarov also emphasized the unacceptability of the current status quo, regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the major threat to the region. For the resolution of the conflict, first the Armenian Armed Forces should be withdrawn from Azerbaijan's occupied territories, the minister stressed.

    During the discussion of relations with the European Union, the sides emphasized the importance of developing cooperation within the Eastern Partnership program considering the capabilities and different interests of states.

    Emphasizing the existing Azerbaijan-EU relations in strategic partnership, Mammadyarov said Azerbaijan is aiming to establish strategic partnership with the EU in other spheres as well.

    During the meeting, the parties exchanged ideas on regional processes and other issues of common interest.
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  • Ebola crisis: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa as Obama warns virus is `spiralling out of control`
    18.09.2014 16:10
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). The US will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to try to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, President Barack Obama says, warning the epidemic in West Africa is "spiralling out of control".

    The move came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was establishing a global response coalition to respond to the crisis.

    "Here`s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic, the likes that we have not seen before. It`s spiralling out of control, it`s getting worse," Mr Obama said after meeting with top US public health officials.

    His plan calls for sending troops, including engineers and medical personnel, to build 17 treatment centres with 100 beds each, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control centre for coordination of the relief effort, US officials told reporters.

    The White House said the service members will not be responsible for direct patient care.

    The Federal Government also announced Australia will provide a further $7 million to support the international response.

    "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times," WHO assistant director-general Dr Bruce Aylward told reporters.

    An Australian doctor in Liberia says time is running out to stop the outbreak from spiralling out of control.

    A previous forecast of 20,000 Ebola cases no longer seemed high, Dr Aylward said, as weak West African healthcare systems have buckled from the strain.

    "We don`t know where the numbers are going," he said, pointing out that two weeks ago when WHO said it needed the capacity to manage 20,000 cases, "that seemed like a lot."

    The United States said it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control.

    A site will also be established where military medical personnel will teach some 500 healthcare workers per week for six months or more on how to care for Ebola patients.
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  • Greenpeace activists call for halt to coal plant frenzy in Kaz Mountains
    18.09.2014 16:02
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    Greenpeaceв's Rainbow Warrior ship anchored off Г‡anakkaleв's shores in its 11th day touring Turkeyв's coastline Sept. 17 as part of activities to urge an end to the construction of coal plants in the Kaz Mountains.

    Banners opened by fishermen to greet the group during a demonstration aboard the boats read 'unfurl the sails against coal' or 'wind is enough for us', Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Activists stressed that Çanakkale's Karabiga district in the coastal mountain range, known as Mount Ida in Greek mythology and famed for its preserved nature, were home to 13 coal plants, a quantity that not only seriously threatened the environment but also human health.

    "The Health Ministry should be competent on such issues that directly threaten public health and become a decision-making institution regarding the planning, the permission and monitoring processes in such projects," said PД±nar AksoДџan, head of Greenpeace's Climate and Energy campaign, stressing that every 10 coal plants meant 476 premature deaths.

    AksoДџan also called for the cancelation of a new thermal plant project planned in the area, denouncing the tricks put in practice by companies with environmental impact assessments reports (ÇED) to bypass ecological restrictions.

    The group of activists also demanded that officials take into account the cumulative effects of the plants, and not solely the new plants slated to be built in a certain area.

    Greenpeace activists were briefly detained during a demonstration against coal power plants in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.

    Dozens of coal and hydroelectric power plants are being built across the country to meet the rising demand for energy, while mostly disregarding the effects on the environment as many construction companies are also reaping the massive benefits of the energy boom.
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  • Baku Shipyard to assemble $8.5 mln-vessel
    18.09.2014 15:56
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    Baku Shipyard will start to produce $8.5 mln-vessel from next month under the order of Azerbaijan State Caspian Shipping Company, said the deputy chief manager Imamverdi Hasanov.

    He said that State Caspian Shipping Company ordered the Shipyard to produce 3 ships with 80-crew. For the present, the Shipyard is assembling pantoons of mooring and drilling equipment under the order of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. It will be completed November, 2014.

    This project was signed between Baku Shipyard and BP. After assembling the project, which is estimated at $378 mln, the subsea construction vessel will be mobilized for Shahdeniz 2. The vessel will be assembled in April, 2017.

    Regarding other vessels of the Shipyard, each of them will be assembled in 18 months.

    Hasanov noted that $470 mln has been invested in the Shipyard so far: "Construction of the plant will consist of three stages. It's considered $180 mln for the second stage. The plant received order from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. There are 500 workers in the plant, 40 of them are Singaporean specialists".
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  • CIS conference on security in industry wraps up
    18.09.2014 15:47
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    Nakhchivan, September 18 (AzerTAc). The 12th Meeting of the CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety ended here. .

    The event took place at the initiative of the CIS Executive Committee and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan.

    It focused on strengthening partnerships in ensuring the industrial safety at the hazardous production facilities, as well as the prospects of sharing experience in this area, exchange of experience in this field and the perspectives.

    The meeting was attended by representatives of the relevant structures of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Moldova, Tajikistan, CIS Executive Committee and the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

    On the first day of the meeting, the participants considered changes in the legislation of CIS countries in the last year, and exchanged views on the monitoring at the enterprises of oil and gas production.

    On the second day, there was an exchange of views and experience on the results of last year's activities, implementation of control and preventive checks at the complex and facilities with hazardous production of oil and gas industry.

    Participants of meeting have adopted final document and signed.
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  • Azerbaijani Armed Forces continue large-scale exercises
    18.09.2014 15:45
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    Azerbaijani Armed Forces continue the large-scale exercises.

    The next phase of large-scale military exercises that began on September 13, were conducted according to the plan approved by President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, the Defense Ministry's press service told APA.

    The formations and units of the Land Forces participating in the exercises fulfilled the tasks on organization and conduction of offensive operations under different conditions, as well as in mountainous areas, employment of tactical air landing, raid and front groups and comprehensive coverage of operations.

    The exercises will last till September 20.
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  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation arranges Azerbaijani Village in Paris
    18.09.2014 15:29
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). The Azerbaijani Village has been organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris.

    It will host various exhibitions on the history, culture and tourism of Azerbaijan.

    Exhibitions "Cultural values of Azerbaijan - pearls of the Caucasus", "Nizami Ganjavi" and "France through the eyes of Azerbaijani artists" will showcase items related to the ancient and rich history, culture of Azerbaijani including brass-ware, shebeke, Azerbaijani national costumes, national musical instruments and carpets.

    The exhibitions will feature materials associated with the creative activity of Azerbaijani poet and thinker NIzami Ganjavi, coins, jewelry, reproductions of paintings by Azerbaijani medieval artists, chinaware, carpets, porcelain miniatures, carpets and batik reflecting the poems of "Hamsa".

    Kiosks promoting national cuisine, sweets, drinks, folk art, etc will be set up in the village.

    A presentation highlighting preparation for the first European Games to be held in Baku in 2015 will be held at the event through a tourism exhibition "Travel to Azerbaijan".

    Publications of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation highlighting different areas will also be presented at the Azerbaijani Village. At the fair, which will run for ten days, State Dance Ensemble, "Natig" rhythm group, State Ensemble of Folk Musical Instruments, Ensemble of Ancient Musical Instruments and other musical groups will welcome residents and tourists with a variety of concert programs including Azerbaijani classical music, jazz and mugham.
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  • Ilham Aliyev receives Prime Minister of Montenegro
    18.09.2014 15:29
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic on September 18.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the face-to-face meeting was held firstly.

    The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations. A good potential for the development of relations in various areas, including the areas of energy, infrastructure, tourism, education, as well as in banking sector and other areas was stressed.

    Then a meeting in an expanded format was held.

    President Ilham Aliyev expressed satisfaction that bilateral friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro cover various areas and are developing dynamically.

    Referring to the expansion of cooperation, the President stressed that there are good opportunities for the development of trade relations. Noting the importance of mutual visits for the development of bilateral relations, the president brought to attention the importance of the visit to Azerbaijan of the delegation headed by the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic in terms of discussing issues related to the development of relations.

    In turn, Milo Djukanovic stressed that the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro is satisfactory.
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  • New photos of Azerbaijanis captured by Armenians
    18.09.2014 15:11
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    The new photos of local residents Dilgam Ahmadov and Shahbaz Guliyev who were captured by Armenians in Kalbajar have been spread.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Azvision.Az that the photos were passed to their families by the Red Cross representatives.

    Armenians captured the two Azerbaijanis in July of this year calling them 'the subversives'.
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  • Bulgaria to start gas import from Azerbaijan in 2016
    18.09.2014 15:07
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    Bulgaria intends to import gas from Azerbaijan in 2016.

    The statement came from Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy Anton Pavlov, APA reports quoting NewsBG.ru portal.

    According to Pavlov, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will hold talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev within his visit to Baku on September 20.

    "As you know, a final investment decision on construction of gas pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria will be passed in autumn of 2014. The construction of this pipeline is expected to be completed in 2016. President Rosen Plevneliev will hold talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on import of Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria within his visit to Baku on September 20. The gas can be delivered to Bulgaria through Turkey and Greece", he said.

    He also noted that initial capacity of gas transportation mat be 200-300 mln. cubic meters.
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  • Shadows of Gobustan ballet staged at UNESCO headquarters, Azerbaijani first lady watches the event
    18.09.2014 15:00
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    Paris, September 18 (AzerTAc). Shadows of Gobustan ballet by great Azerbaijani composer Faraj Garayev has been staged at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

    Azerbaijani first lady, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva watched the show.

    Prior to the start of the ballet Mehriban Aliyeva had a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. They stressed the importance of joint projects between the country and the organization.

    Speaking at a ceremony before the show, Irina Bokova praised the staging of the Gobustan ballet at the UNESCO headquarters. She called it a masterpiece of the Azerbaijani people and the world cultural heritage. The UNESCO chief hailed the event as "a moral bridge" and "an important element" of the bilateral cooperation.

    Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfas Garayev highlighted the measures taken by the country's government to preserve the Gobustan ballet and raise the awareness of future generations about it.

    He said Shadows of Gobustan saw its international premiere in Paris 45 years ago, adding "our returning to this issue in the French capital is an outstanding contribution to art lovers here".

    Composed in 1969, Shadows of Gobustan is one of the remarkable Azerbaijani works inspired from the unique Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, which was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2007.

    In four sections, "Fire", "Sun", "Hunting", and "Artist", imaginary and poetic scenes of life of first residents of Gobustan were staged. Shadows of Gobustan is classified as avant-gardiste, reflecting the construction of collective humanity, ready not only to obtain the perception of the environment, but also to go beyond of its vital needs.

    Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert region of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remnants of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. An exhibition entitled "Gobustan: at the dawn of civilizations" was also launched at the UNESCO headquarters. It expends tribute paid to this universal and exceptional heritage, witness of flora, fauna and life mode of primordial and medieval periods.

    Speaking to the opening ceremony, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Alfredo Peacute;rez said Gobustan was a masterpiece of the world cultural heritage.

    Asgar Aliyev

    Special Correspondent
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  • Montenegrin Premier visits Alley of Martyrs in Baku
    18.09.2014 14:45
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku.

    The Prime Minister paid tribute to Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    He laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Montenegrin PM visits Alley of Honors in Baku
    18.09.2014 14:41
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    The Montenegrin PM also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.
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  • Turkish delegation pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    18.09.2014 14:39
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). A delegation led by Deputy Prosecutor

    General of the Turkish Supreme Court Mehmet Ekmekci has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

    The delegation then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity. They laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.

    The delegation also visited a monument to Turkish soldiers.
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  • President Rouhani: Official Tehran wouldn`t allow interference of a third country in its relationship with Baku
    18.09.2014 14:15
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    Tehran, September 18 (AzerTAc). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country would not allow interference of another country in its relations with Azerbaijan.

    "Official Tehran will not allow interference of a third country in its relationship with Baku," said the Iranian President as he received Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry, co-chair of the Joint Intergovernmental Economic Commission Shahin Mustafayev.

    President Rouhani hailed Azerbaijani-Iranian ties as historical and friendly, saying there were good opportunities for continuing the cooperation in the fields of economy, politics and culture.

    He touched upon the threat of terrorism to regional countries, the Iranian President said international terrorism was like "an infectious disease".

    Minister Mustafayev said Azerbaijani-Iranian relations had expanded across the last years. The Minister said Azerbaijan wouldn`t allow the emergence of any threat to Iran from its area.

    Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalaf Khalafov, deputy chairman of the Supreme Majlis of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Azer Zeynalov, Ambassador Javanshir Akhundov were also present at the meeting.

    Sabir Shahtakhti

    Special Correspondent
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  • Iran hits out at US policies toward ISIL
    18.09.2014 14:07
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    A senior Iranian official has lashed out at the US policies toward the ISIL Takfiri group, saying Washington has adopted double standards vis-a-vis the terrorist group.

    "The new US policy on the ground toward the ISIL is still duplicitous," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday, Press TV reports.

    His remarks came after the US House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's strategy to train and arm "moderate" militants in Syria to tackle the threat of the ISIL terrorist organization.

    Despite the concerns, the Republican-controlled House voted 273 to 156 in favor of the so-called train-and-equip plan on Wednesday.

    The yes votes included 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats, while 85 Democrats and 71 Republicans voted against the legislation. The Senate is expected to take up the measure on Thursday.

    The Pentagon plans to train and arm 5,000 militants in Syria as part of the Obama administration's long-term strategy to confront ISIL.

    "They want to play with the ISIL in Iraq, and provide opportunities for ISIL in Syria," Amir-Abdollahian added.

    "Arming moderate militants in Syria is a strategic mistake and is indeed double standards and considered as the escalation of insecurity and consolidation of terrorism," he added.

    "We never trust the US for spearheading a fight against terrorism," he further noted.

    The ISIL terrorists control large parts of Syria's east and north. ISIL also sent its Takfiri militants into Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.

    The Takfiri terrorist group has committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during its advances.
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  • Italian PMв's visit to Azerbaijan postponed
    18.09.2014 13:44
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    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renziв's scheduled visit to Azerbaijan has been postponed due to a number of interior reasons.

    Mr Claudio De Vincenti, State Secretary of Italy for Economic Development will represent the country at an event to be held in Baku on the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century, APA reports citing diplomatic sources.
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  • Azerbaijan ranks 4th in CIS for average monthly salary
    18.09.2014 13:42
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    Azerbaijan ranks 4th among the CIS countries for average monthly salary of $568.

    APA-Economics reports quoting CIS Intergovernmental statistics that the first place was held by Russia with $896, the second place by Kazakhstan with $686 adn the third place by Belarus with $590.

    Armenia ranked 5th with $408.
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  • Geography of cancer and genetic diseases in Azerbaijan - LIST
    18.09.2014 13:17
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    The number of patients suffering from genetic diseases increases.

    The list of Azerbaijani regions in which one of the most dreaded diseases is most common.

    According to Oxu.Az, the State Statistics Committee responded to a request of Aznews.az that malignant tumors are most common in cities such as Shirvan, Nakhchivan, Sumgayit, Mingachevir, Baku and Ganja. There are also a lot of people suffering from neoplastic diseases in districts.

    Thus, tumors are common in Khizi, Tovuz, Gabala, Agstafa and Samukh. The number of patients who were diagnosed for the first time is 9064, and the number of those registered in the health-care facilities makes 34 681 people.

    In recent years, a number of patients suffering from genetic diseases is increasing. Thus, the number of patients with hemophilia, which were first diagnosed, is 87, and the people registered in the health-care facilities - 948. Number of TB patients in health care facilities is 11 456 people, and 4528 patients were diagnosed for the first time.
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  • ''Too often diplomacy is crisis management unfortunately''
    18.09.2014 13:14
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    Interview with Gerard Toal, Professor of Government at Virginia Tech's campus in Washington DC region (Alexandria).

    Ukraine, as its experts say, is not fully satisfied with results of the last NATO summit, saying that NATO acted as a political-diplomatic organization but not as organization of a global security. What do you think about this opinion?

    I am sure many are unhappy in Ukraine with NATO. But it is, first and foremost, a military alliance for the protection of its members. Ukraine is both a member and many geopoliticians in the West believe this is a wise policy.

    Georgia was among the states which got a status of a special NATO ally. What dividends can it bring to Georgia? May it enhance stability in the region?

    Georgia did not get what it wanted which is a MAP. From a strictly military point of view, Georgia is not defensible so it would have been foolish and reckless to extend a MAP to it. NATO operates on consensus and there is both one about Georgia.

    Obviously, there are serious differences of opinion on whether NATO membership provides stability. To members it does, to aspirant members it has brought Russian wrath.

    NATO in its final declaration has recognized territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and other post-soviet republics. Is it a sign of the attitude of the West to the Karabakh problem? May we accept that as a reflection of the NATO joint critical position on separatist movements in former USSR countries?

    It is standard rhetoric to 'recognize the territorial integrity' of post-Soviet states, Georgia, Azerbaijan and now Ukraine. The whole focus is now on Ukraine and preventing the creation of a new de facto state and frozen conflict. I don't think this has changed NATO's view of Karabakh. The degree to which the Azerbaijani government is able to take advantage of the fact that yet another de facto state is forming will be determined by how adroit its diplomacy is. Its making things hard for itself.

    Military clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia early in August have brought to victims from the both side. Don't you think that the West pays much attention to this problem only in case of such clashes and even local war? And may we hope that the West after dramatic events in Ukraine will be more active in providing stability in the South Caucasus?

    There are many Caucasus specialists in the West worried about the NK situation, and have been for some time. Its dangerous, unstable and tragically still leads to the loss of young lives. Certainly when the death toll mounts busy policy-makers are likely to pay more attention. Unfortunately we are beyond the moment where Russia and the United States had sufficient trust to play a joint facilitating role in nudging the parties towards dialogue and the outline of a settlement. I don't think we're likely to see the West more active in the South Caucasus. Ukraine is a major geopolitical crisis and it is geographically close to Central European NATO members. It, together with the ISIS threat in Iraq/Syria, and possible terrorism scares, are likely to absorb all of the energies of EU and US diplomacy. Too often diplomacy is crisis management unfortunately.
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  • Azerbaijan, UAE discuss cooperation prospects in aviation sphere
    18.09.2014 12:44
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan`s Consul General in Dubai Parviz Ismayilzade has met president of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

    They exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE in the field of aviation.

    Mr. Ismayilzade spoke of Azerbaijan`s achievements over the last years.

    He highlighted recent construction of a new terminal of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

    The parties expressed their keenness to further develop the bilateral relations.
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  • Vice-Speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament meets Bundestag members
    18.09.2014 12:37
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    Baku, September 18 (AzerTAc). Vice-speaker of Azerbaijan`s Parliament Valeh Alasgarov has met chairman of the German Bundestag Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Ramsauer and chairwoman of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development Dagmar Wöhrl.

    Mr. Alasgarov highlighted the Azerbaijani-German relations. He stressed the role of inter-parliamentary cooperation in strengthening ties between the two countries.

    The Azerbaijani Vice-Speaker briefed the German delegation on the activity of the country`s Parliament, as well as Azerbaijan`s achievements over the last years, particularly socio-economic development and progress in the non-oil sector.

    Mr. Alasgarov provided an insight into the history and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    "The conflict which affects regional peace and stability must be solved as soon as possible. The International community must increase efforts on this front," he added.

    Ms. Wöhrl highlighted their meetings in Baku. The German MP hailed relations between the two countries as close in various fields.

    German Ambassador to Azerbaijan Heidrun Tempel was also present at the meeting.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    18.09.2014 12:19
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    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to sources in the Defense Ministry that Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions from their posts near Yusifjanly village of Agdam and nameless heights of Khojavand.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Parking lots to be created in suburbs of Baku
    18.09.2014 12:13
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    In order to reduce traffic density in the center of Baku the suburb parkings will be widely used.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA-Economics that the statement came from Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panakhov.

    According to him, it is envisaged in the plan of measures being developed in connection with the 1 European Games, which will be held in Baku in 2015.

    "It is necessary for the citizens who come from other areas and cities of the country as possible to stop their cars in the suburb parking lots. They can get to the city center by public transport and the metro. They will be provided with all conditions for visiting games. "

    Panakhov noted that an extensive program is developed in connection with the European Games and all the questions about the transport sector to be resolved before 1 European Games are reflected in it.
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  • No Rouhani-Obama meeting planned in New York: Iranian official
    18.09.2014 10:53
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani has no plans to meet with his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly, spokesman of the Iranian administration says.

    Rouhani will be leaving for New York to participate in the meeting of world leaders for the second time since taking office in August 2013, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht said on Wednesday, Press TV reports.

    "No plan has been made for a meeting with Obama," Nobakht, who also serves as the vice president for strategic planning and supervision, added.

    The Iranian president is reportedly expected to address the event on September 25.

    The 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly opened in New York on September 16 and will end on October 1.

    Rouhani and Obama held a telephone conversation last year as the Iranian president was wrapping up his visit to New York for the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly.

    Rouhani received the call from Obama as he was in a car heading to the John F. Kennedy International Airport to fly back to Tehran.

    The phone conversation was the first direct communication between Iranian and US presidents since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979.
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  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize "Azerbaijani village" in Paris
    18.09.2014 09:21
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    Heydar Aliyev Foundation will organize "Azerbaijani village" on the Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris.

    Different exhibitions on the history and culture of the country, the promotion of tourism opportunities will be organized at the "Azerbaijani village" from 19 to 28 September, APA reports.

    At the exhibitions "Cultural Values of the Pearl of Caucasus - Azerbaijan", "Nizami" and "France through the eyes of Azerbaijani artists" will feature exhibits on the rich ancient history and culture of Azerbaijan, including copper products, Azerbaijani national clothes, national musical instruments, Azerbaijani carpets.

    In addition, the materials about the works of great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi of the 12th century, archaeological finds related to this period - coins, jewelry, household items, as well as reproductions of miniatures of Azerbaijani artists in the Middle Ages, porcelain miniatures, carpets and batik reflecting the poems of "Hamsa" will be presented on the exhibition.

    Kiosks promoting national cuisine, sweets, drinks, folk art, etc will be installed on the "Azerbaijani village".

    A presentation of the preparation for the first European games, which will be held in Baku in 2015, will be held at the event.

    Publications of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, covering different areas will also be presented at the Azerbaijani village". At the fair, which will run for ten days, State Dance Ensemble, "Natig" rhythm group, State Ensemble of Folk Musical Instruments, Ensemble of Ancient Musical Instruments and other musical groups will welcome residents and tourists with a variety of concert programs, Azerbaijani classical, jazz and Mugham.
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  • Azerbaijani Armed Forces hold next stage of large-scale military exercises
    18.09.2014 09:19
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    The next stage of large-scale military exercises that began on September 13, were conducted according to the approved plan of President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev.

    During the exercises, level of training, more rapid and accurate execution of tasks, organization of joint operations and ensuring the execution of tasks were tested, press service of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan told APA.

    In the training centers and firing fields, motorized rifle and tank units, including the missile and artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, combat aircraft and helicopters, have conducted firings and made practical missile launches and bombings.

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov awarded servicemen who were distinguished during the exercises. Zakir Hasanov also visited training centers inspected, technical provision, repair and mobile field hospital.
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  • Montenegrin PM embarks on official Azerbaijan visit
    17.09.2014 22:30
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has today arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the Montenegrin Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    PM Milo Dukanovic was welcomed by Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov and other officials.
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  • Azerbaijan to make amendments to legislation on activities of offices and branches of foreign NGOs
    17.09.2014 20:25
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    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov '" APA. Azerbaijan will make amendments to the legislation on activities of the offices and branches of foreign NGOs.

    The parliament's committees on Legal Policy and State Building and Social Policy have today discussed this issue at a joint meeting, APA reports.

    Ali Huseynli, Chairman of the Committee on Legal Policy and State Building, said the amendment made to the law on "State Registration and State Register of Legal Entities" envisages the abolition of an office or branch of foreign NGOs if they unite with, joins another organization or is divided or their legal form is changed.

    The other amendment permits foreign NGOs to open only one office or branch in Azerbaijan.

    NGOs, in the regulations their office or branch presents to the local executive authority, must present their legal address, objective of their activities, authority and term of office, and the document on the appointment of the deputy head.

    These authorities must present information to the relevant local executive authority on tasks and instructions assigned to them and their execution, even the termination or resume of their activities and data on the organization's property issues.

    The amendments have been recommended to the parliament's plenary meeting.
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  • Rome to host conference on combating human trafficking in Europe
    17.09.2014 19:59
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    Rome, September 17 (AzerTAc). Rome will host a conference on methods of combating trafficking in human beings in Europe on Thursday.

    The conference will be co-organized by the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Italy's Foreign Affairs Ministry.

    Azerbaijan`s delegation to PACE will attend the conference.

    The two-day event will feature discussions over Istanbul Convention as a criterion for combating violence against women, promotion of an awareness-raising campaign and creation of special mechanisms related to women rights.

    Magsud Dadashov

    Special Correspondent

    Rome
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  • New Azerbaijan Party delegation visiting Sri-Lanka
    17.09.2014 19:55
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). New Azerbaijan Party's delegation is on the visit to Sri-Lanka, Colombo to take part at the 8th General Assembly of the standing committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

    In the session, attended by 30 political parties from 20 countries ICAPP holds discussions on "Launching Asian network" and accepting new members to the organization. Head of the international relations department, MP Asaf Hajiyev, member of the YAP Political Council, MP Malahat Ibrahimgizi, head of the party affairs department Mahir Abbasaliyev, Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party`s Youth Wing, member of the party's Political Council Ramin Mammadov attended the session.
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  • New Japanese battery only needs water to power up smartphones in a disaster
    17.09.2014 19:54
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can't be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water.

    A key item in these kits is usually batteries, and a Japanese company's recent announcement about a new kind of battery is expected to completely change the way we prepare for disasters. Only needing to be filled with water, the "Mg Box" battery can be used to charge smartphones, and the invention has made the Japanese company's stock skyrocket as investors rush to back the game-changing technology.

    Furukawa Battery's Mg Box is activated with filled with two liters of fresh water, seawater or even dirty water. It will generate electricity for about five days and can charge a smartphone up to 30 times. The box itself contains magnesium, which, when combined with water and the surrounding air, creates the charge to power up a phone when disaster strikes.

    Furukawa announced last month that it will begin selling the battery for around 10,000 yen (US$93) beginning in mid-December. Since that announcement, the company's stock has risen and almost doubled in just four days from the announcement day price of 740 yen. As of September 12, the stock price was sitting at 1,149 yen.

    Although a 10,000-yen disposable battery may make some consumers wary, the potential for a water-based battery has excited the business world as well as some local governments in Japan in Northeastern Japan who very much remember the days and months spent without power after the 2011 disaster. A mayor in hard-hit Fukushima Prefecture said that the battery could "ease people's minds" after a disaster if they are still able to communicate with a fully charged phone. And considering the issues a certain major electric company had with its power during that difficult time, this innovative battery could definitely come in handy in disaster zones.
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  • Nakhchivan hosts 12th meeting of CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety
    17.09.2014 19:45
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    Nakhchivan, September 17 (AzerTAc). Initiated by the CIS Executive Committee, the 12th meeting of the CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety has been organized by Azerbaijan's Minister of Emergency Situations in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.

    Prior to the meeting, participants from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Moldova and Tajikistan, as well as representatives of the CIS Executive Committee and UN Economic Commission for Europe put flowers at a monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev. They also visited the Heydar Aliyev Museum.

    Opening the meeting, Minister of Emergency Situations of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, lieutenant-general Shami Abdullayev informed attendees on the history, population and territory of Nakhchivan. He said Nakhchivan had been under a blockade for more than 20 years, but thanks to wise economic policy of national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev the Autonomous Republic was rapidly developing.

    Speaking to the event, Azerbaijan`s Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Orujali Hajiyev quoted national leader Heydar Aliyev, saying "It is easier to prevent an emergency situation than to deal with its consequences." Hajiyev said the aim of the meeting was to strengthen cooperation among the CIS member states.

    The attendees watched a video on industrial safety in the Republic of Azerbaijan. A message of greetings of CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev to the meeting participants was read out.

    Azerbaijan took over the presidency of the CIS Interstate Council on Industrial Safety from Belarus.
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  • British Parliamentarians visit Milli Majlis
    17.09.2014 19:14
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Members of the Azerbaijan-Great Britain inter-parliamentary relations working group have today met the representatives of the Parliament of Great Britain.

    Head of the Working Group Chingiz Asadullayev highlighted socio-economic accomplishments the country reached last years, noting that Azerbaijan has become the leading country in region.

    Touching upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Asadullayev stressed the international community should not be indifferent in settlement of the problem.

    Chairman of the Milli Majlis International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Standing Committee Samad Seyidov informed about the role of cooperation between the legislative bodies in expansion of bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and the Great Britain.

    Member of the Parliament of Great Britain Tony Boldri praised the friendly relations between the two countries, stressing there were greater potential to establish cooperation in versatile fields in future, particularly in the economic field.

    The participants also discussed further expansion of cooperation in the agriculture, education and other fields.
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  • Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to UN Office organizes ''Les lumiГЁres obscures'' art exhibition
    17.09.2014 18:40
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The opening ceremony of the "Les lumiegrave;res obscures" ("Dark lights") art exhibition under the cycle "European Roots" was organized on 15 September 2014 by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations at Geneva and the Permanent Delegation of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.

    Murad Najafbayli, Ambassador, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations at Geneva and Petru Dumitriu, Ambassador, the Permanent Observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva has declared the exhibition open and welcomed the guests. It has been also highlighted that the exhibition is being held within the chairmanship of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Art works of an artist living with bipolar disorder, Alexandre Alpeyrie are demonstrated in the exhibition. Within the chairmanship of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan supported the printing of digital artworks of the artist. Along with the President of the UN Human Rights Council and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, the event brought together permanent representatives accredited in the UN office in Geneva, other members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of international organizations in Geneva, city officials, academic staff of universities, and members of the diaspora and Azerbaijani students. The exhibition will continue until the 26 September 2014.
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  • NASA Awards Boeing, SpaceX $6.8B USD to Launch Astronauts to ISS by 2017
    17.09.2014 18:39
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday announced a major effort dubbed "Launch America", which aims to offer a private partnership to replace the retired Space Shuttle by 2017. Leaked hours before, NASA's awards target two top commerical ventures locked in a heated race to restore America's launch capabilities. Ever since the Space Shuttle was retired in mid-2011, NASA has been exploring private sector alternatives under its Commercial Crew Vehicle (CCV) program. Unfortunately, the CCV has been stymied by budget cuts and lack of established entrants. These cuts in late 2011 pushed the targeted launch window for a manned test of CCV candidates from 2015 to 2017 (still the current target). Initially NASA had planned to make its own spacecraft. But those plans were scrapped in 2010 when NASA announced it was shuttering development of the Ares I launch vehicle which would be topped with an Orion crew capsule. Now amidst rising political tensions with Russia, NASA is under substantial pressure to find an alternative taxi to Russia's Soyuz capsules, which currently ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The first contract awardee hardly comes as a surprise. Elon Musk's Space Exploration Company (SpaceX) was awarded funding to continue the development of its DragonX V2 space capsule. The DragonX V2 (aka the "Crew Dragon") was already targeting a 2017 manned launch window. It has seating for 7 passengers.

    SpaceX was actually the smaller contract. It can secure a maximum of $2.6B USD under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program. This is the latest phase of funding in a program that has gone through a number of earlier stages (e.g. in 2012 it was funded as the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) program).

    NASA awarded a second contract to the Boeing Comp. (BA), which recently partnered with rival firm Blue Origin LLC. The pet project of Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin may build the engines for Boeing's crew vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal, although its exact role in the project has not yet been officially announced.
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  • Moscow to host 5th Intв'l conference in focus at Ground Handling Russia and CIS
    17.09.2014 18:24
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    Moscow, September 17 (AzerTAc). The 5th International conference will be in focus atGround Handling Russia amp; CIS, the 5th international conferenceto be held onSeptember 29-30 in Moscow.

    Д°lgar Alakbarov, General Director, Silk WayGround Handlin will present Azerbaijan at the conference.

    Ground Handling Russia amp; CISis the international conference that has gained global recognition for providing ultimate advantages and first-class expertise for airports, GSE manufacturers and service providers with its deep insight into ground handling market in the region.

    Ground Handling Russia amp; CIS aims to open dialogue about the increasing need to rapidly modernize the GSE fleets, passenger and baggage handling equipment within the airports of Russia and the CIS. The international conference and exhibition provide an ideal meeting and networking opportunity for Russian and CIS airports, Western GSE suppliers, airlines, ground handling professionals, IT providers, lease and finance experts who will gather to discuss vital issues influencing the intensive modernization program of the air transport ground infrastructure throughout the region.

    Ground Handling Russia amp; CISis organized by ATO Events in partnership with theRussian Air Transport Operators Association.
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  • Turkish President ErdoДџan slams New York Times over ISIL story
    17.09.2014 18:18
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    Rejecting the term ''Islamic terrorism,'' President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan has slammed the New York Times for a recent story claiming that Turkey is one of the biggest sources of recruits for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

    "A newspaper used a photo yesterday, showing us leaving the HacД± Bayram Mosque [in Ankara]. They used this photo inside a story about ISIL. With the lightest expression, this is shamelessness, sordidness, ignobleness," ErdoДџan said while addressing the Chamber of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen's (TESK) general assembly on Sept. 17, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "We are the country that paid the heaviest price while fighting terrorism," he added, referring to Turkey's 30-year struggle against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been instrumental in stopping ISIL's advance on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq.

    The Turkish president then responded to recent criticism on Ankara's conduct regarding ISIL violence in Syria and Iraq.

    "Turkey is against terrorism of all kinds indiscriminately. We never accept the concept of lsquo;Islamic terrorism.' Nobody can ascribe terrorism to Islam, which is a religion of peace. We never accepted concepts like Sunni or Shiite terrorism. We're the members of a religion that rejects sectarianism," ErdoДџan said.

    He also slammed recent media reports that implicated Ankara as being written with a particular "purpose."
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry meets German MPs
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev has met a delegation of the German Bundestag.

    The delegation included Bundestag's Economic Affairs and Energy Committee Peter Ramsauer and Chairman of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development Dagmar Wohrl, as well as German ambassador to Azerbaijan Heidrun Tempel.

    Mustafayev noted that the Azerbaijan-Germany cooperation had been developing successfully, and stressed the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of the expansion of bilateral relations.

    He said the Azerbaijan-Germany working group on inter-parliamentary relations, as well as High Level Working Group on Trade and Investments contributed to developing ties between the two countries.

    "For the present, 177 German companies are operating in Azerbaijan in different areas. Azerbaijan closely cooperates with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and KfW bank, and implements joint projects."

    The Azerbaijani Minister noted that the trade between the two countries increased 25% to $2.2 bln in 2013.

    Peter Ramsauer and Dagmar Wohrl praised the socio-economic development in Azerbaijan.
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  • MP: Azerbaijan can join Customs Union for Nagorno-Karabakh
    17.09.2014 17:44
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    Azerbaijan can join Customs Union for Nagorno-Karabakh.

    "We must negotiate with Russia, a country that has invaded our lands and played a key role in the invasion. If Russia holds a just position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Azerbaijan can join the Russia-led organizations - the Customs Union, the Eurasian Union and the Collective Security Treaty Organization - for the sake of Nagorno-Karabakh and our territorial integrity by maintaining its independence", said MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, Chairman of Azerbaijani United People's Front Party.

    Gudrat Hasanguliyev said the West has held an unjust position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since it began.

    "There are powerful Armenian lobbies in the US and France, a leading EU state. The two countries are also the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs that are supposed to regulate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In these countries, many presidents were changed and parties replaced one another, but their policies have remained unchanged. The reason is that no politician wants to spoil relations with Armenian lobbies because of Azerbaijan. There is also a Christian solidarity in the West. Therefore, it's not worth anticipating a just position from the West. There are two options now. The first option for Azerbaijan is that the whole country is preparing for the war and economy transforms into military routine. So everyone in Armenia comes to understand that in case the war begins, even if they're backed by Russia, Armenia is going to face annihilation. Because we will start a do-or-die battle against Armenia. Since it's quite unlikely and risky, the second option is to come to some sort of understanding with Russia", he said.

    The party chairman said Azerbaijan can agree with Russia on its energy policy.

    "I even think it's quite possible for Russia to have a military base like Gabala RLS in Azerbaijan. Because the base was in Gabala, and in what form did it threaten our independence? Azerbaijan was a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in 1994-1999. How seriously did it threaten our independence? So I think Azerbaijan can be a member of these organizations and structures in order to ensure Russia's neutrality. In this case, we won't need the war or spending a great deal on military, and we would even be able to solve the issue with Armenia by peaceful means. Azerbaijan must negotiate with Russia in this respect. At the same time, Azerbaijan should inform society about what Russia wants from us in exchange for Karabakh? What if Russia really lays down a set of conditions we could never accept?! Let's imagine Russia says Azerbaijan should be a subject of the Russian Federation. So we need to make sure what exactly Russia seeks; does it want something or not, or wants the conflict to remain? Anyway, some portion of society thinks we can negotiate with Russia over this matter. In this respect, there are yet things to be clarified. That's what I say", he said.
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  • Azerbaijan starts using educational clouds
    17.09.2014 17:38
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    Azerbaijanв's Ministry of Education takes measures on introduction of up-to-date technologies in educational institutions.

    According to the Ministry, the national educational system will start using Labdisc laboratory equipment starting from the next school year.

    "It's also planned to create open educational resources in Azerbaijani language, electronic textbooks for different subjects and educational clouds, as well as e-resources for different disciplines", - the Ministry says.

    The Ministry also informs that within the "e-school" project the number of schools using only e-registers will be brought up to 31.
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  • Chairman of the Khazar Azerbaijani Ethno-Cultural Associations in Astana gets certificate of Merit of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly
    17.09.2014 17:34
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    Astana, September 17 (AzerTAc). The XIV Session of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly with participation of Astana Akim, Imangali Tasmagambetov, took place here. Theme of the session was The Phenomenon of Astana within the Context of Kazakhstani Patriotism: the Success of Multi-ethnic and Multi-religious Society.

    The meeting was opened by Astana Akim, Imangali Tasmagambetov, who stressed that under the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly, Nursultan Nazarbayev, 2015 was declared the Year of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly, and urged everyone to participate in the consolidation of peace and harmony in the country. Next year Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly celebrates its 20th anniversary.

    During the session, members of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly in Astana, who contributed to the strengthening of the unity and intercultural dialogue, were also awarded. With the certificate of Merit of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly was awarded the Chairman of the Khazar Azerbaijani Ethno-Cultural Associations in Astana, Vidadi Agayev, Chairman of the Turkish Ethno-Cultural Association in Astana, Asker Piriyev.
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  • Meeting of Organizing Committee of First Global Forum on Youth Policies held at Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Youth and Sports
    17.09.2014 17:02
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan has hosted a meeting of the Organizing Committee of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies to be held in Baku on October 28-30.

    According to the press service of the Ministry, the meeting brought together officials from 20 state bodies, including ministries of internal affairs, national security, finance, foreign affairs, health, transport, communication and high technologies, culture and tourism, as well as Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc), Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting CJSC, Youth Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan, State Migration and State Boundary services, State Customs Committee, Azerbaijan Airlines CSC and "Icherisheher" State Historical-Architectural Reserve.

    Speaking to the event, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov stressed the role of youth in political processes in the world. He underlined the UN Secretary General chose the youth policy as one of the 5 main directions during his second tenure. He also decided to establish special bureau on youth policy under the organization.

    Rahimov underlined Azerbaijan was one of the first countries, which wanted to host the Forum. He stressed the Baku Forum would be a new model in the youth policy of the world.

    The forum will bring together more than 700 participants from more than 170 countries.
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  • Lavrov: Further sanctions against Russia will deepen Ukrainian crisis
    17.09.2014 16:51
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    Continuing sanction pressure on Russia will only deteriorate the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    "It is obvious that the continuation of sanction pressure on Russia will not help resolve the internal crisis in Ukraine but will rather deepen the confrontation and complicate dialogue," Lavrov said in an interview with El Pais newspaper published on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.

    The minister also stressed that Russia reserves the right to take measures to protect its legitimate interests, including in the sphere of national security. "At the same time we hope that pragmatism and common sense will prevail in the approaches of our partners at last. The US, the European Union and other states should finally yield to reason and stop following this meaningless "tit-for-tat" line that they started themselves," Lavrov underlined.

    The new round of sanctions against Russia was introduced by the European Union and the United States last Friday. The Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the restrictions, accusing Brussels of unwillingness to recognize Moscow's peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and labeling the new restrictions as illegitimate.

    Russia is considering retaliating by capping imports of Western cars and clothing, as Andrey Belousov, Assistant to the President of Russia, stated.

    New EU sanctions curb access to western financial markets for some of Russia's largest firms and target banks, arms manufacturers, the country's leading oil company, Rosneft, as well as the crude subsidiary of its state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

    Moreover, sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans on Igor Lebedev, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, and a number of leaders of independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

    Also sanctioned was Sergei Chemezov, described as a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his KGB days in East Germany. He is chairman of Rostech, a leading defense and industrial group that includes arms supplier Rosoboronexport and a firm that is planning to build energy plants in Crimea.
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  • Musa Panakhov about introduction of card system in public transport
    17.09.2014 16:42
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    "The negotiations with experienced companies are ending."

    We signed the first agreement with companies in connection with the introduction of a single card system in public transport, but some problems occured and they did not complete the project until the end.

    Currently, the negotiations are completed with the companies that have extensive experience and skills in this area.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA-Economics that the statement came from Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panakhov.

    Panakhov said that the electronic payment in public transport will be fully implemented.

    "We plan to complete the project within six months, until 1 March next year," the deputy minister said.
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  • PASHA Bank announces half-year financial results
    17.09.2014 16:34
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). PASHA Bank has disclosed its financial results for the first 6 months of 2014 at a press-conference. The speakers at the conference were Taleh Kazimov, member of Executive Board and Chief Investment Officer, Bahruz Naghiyev, Head of Treasury Department, and Sona Abbasova, Head of Corporate Communications Department.

    Azerbaijan's banking sector grew by almost 11% in the first six months of 2014. PASHA Bank is fully on track to deliver on its 2012-2014 strategy, which aims to position the Bank as one top of the top Azeri companies and to provide more services to SMEs and corporate clients with international exposure.

    The Bank has maintained its position as one of the largest commercial banks in terms of total equity, which reached AZN 342,320 (USD 436,466 in the first half of 2014.

    The Bank's strategic decision to diversify its assets portfolio has enabled it to maintain a strong service offering for its clients.

    As at 30 June 2014, PASHA Bank's total assets amounted to AZN 998,004 (USD 1,272,477 thousands), an increase of 42% compared to 2013 (AZN 704,055 / USD 897,686), mainly due to increased activity on customers' accounts.

    The Bank's interest income increased by 9% and reached AZN 30,099 (USD 38,377 thousands), whereas non-interest income amounted to AZN 4,191 (USD 5,344 thousands).

    As a result of successful cooperation with international financial institutions, PASHA Bank was able to provide more trade finance services to its corporate clients by accessing a broader range of financial instruments. After obtaining credit ratings from two international credit agencies, it was also able to secure better terms for financing operations of its customers.

    The Bank has continued its efforts of educating the corporate community of Azerbaijan about finance options and PASHA Bank's services and products by holding a number of seminars and workshops for its clients and wider community.

    PASHA Bank is a leading corporate bank in Azerbaijan. Established in 2007, it provides a range of corporate banking services including loans, securities, asset management, and treasury services. PASHA Bank employs circa 300 people across its head office and 9 branches and was declared "The Best Investment Bank of Azerbaijan" by the Europe Banking Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013, and "The Best Private Bank ing in Azerbaijan " by World Finance in 2013.
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  • SOCAR opens 30 gas station in Romania
    17.09.2014 16:25
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    The company plans to increase the number of filling stations to 100 and capturing 10% of the market.

    On the eve of the 20 anniversary of the conclusion of the "Contract of the Century" and "Day of Petroleum" representative of SOCAR in Romania will put into operation 30 filling stations (PFS) in this country.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Qafqazinfo that the statement came from the head of the representative office Hamza Karimov.

    The director noted that the new station will be another investment of SOCAR in the western region of Romania:

    "The network of gas stations operating under the brand name 'SOCAR' is expanding on the territory of Romania every year. SOCAR entered the Romanian market in 2011. For a short time 29 gas stations were commissioned in 11 regions and about 400 people were provided with jobs. One of the main goals is to increase the number of petrol stations in Romania to 100, and thus acquire 10% of the market. "

    The Azerbaijani tricolor flag is fluttering already in Bucharest. A new petrol station under the brand 'SOCAR' was set in operation in February this year.

    According to the head of the mission, in the first half-year SOCAR took first place among foreign investors in Romania.
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports to attend Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport
    17.09.2014 16:21
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport has commenced in Macolin, Switzerland. Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov will represent Azerbaijan at the conference, the Ministry's press service said.

    Azad Rahimov will preside at the opening of conference as he is one of the co-chairs of the conference. The ministers will discuss the promotion of integrity in sport to combat match-fixing, and in particular the pros and cons of negotiating an international convention compared to continuing with co-operation based on existing conventions, complemented by decisions and non-binding legal instruments.

    The conference is said to adopt several resolutions on some questions related to the policy of pan-European co-operation and strengthening the monitoring capacities of the Convention on Spectator Violence.

    The guests will also be invited to the presentation of pan-European cooperation (cooperation with WADA, European Union, and UEFA) in sports.

    As a part of his visit, Minister Rahimov will meet with Mr. Mr Thorbjoslash;rn Jagland, the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    Azerbaijani Minister will also hold presentation of Baku-2015 Olympic Games.
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports to attend Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport
    17.09.2014 16:19
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport has commenced in Macolin, Switzerland. Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov will represent Azerbaijan at the conference, the Ministry's press service said.

    Azad Rahimov will preside at the opening of conference as he is one of the co-chairs of the conference. The ministers will discuss the promotion of integrity in sport to combat match-fixing, and in particular the pros and cons of negotiating an international convention compared to continuing with co-operation based on existing conventions, complemented by decisions and non-binding legal instruments.

    The conference is said to adopt several resolutions on some questions related to the policy of pan-European co-operation and strengthening the monitoring capacities of the Convention on Spectator Violence.

    The guests will also be invited to the presentation of pan-European cooperation (cooperation with WADA, European Union, and UEFA) in sports.

    As a part of his visit, Minister Rahimov will meet with Mr. Mr Thorbjoslash;rn Jagland, the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    Azerbaijani Minister will also hold presentation of Baku-2015 Olympic Games.
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  • Khazar University partnering Project Actors Capacity Training in Caucasus
    17.09.2014 16:13
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Khazar University is one of the 14 partners within the Tempus project called Project Actors Capacity Building coordinated by David Tveldiani Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

    The key goal of the project is to successfully transfer existing knowledge for project developers in Europe to the Caucasus Region and contribute to capacity building in Caucasus universities. The wider objectives of PACT are:

    to contribute to capacity building in Caucasus universities in project development skills; 2) to contribute to development and strengthening of international relations between EU and Caucasus universities.

    Within the project, international project development and grant writing skills will be developed as the basic skills for other academic projects in the future. Young researchers, PhD students and lecturers will learn how to develop their own ideas and structure them in order to find financial support. With a common project development training program, young academic staff in 9 Caucasus universities are trained in face-to-face and online sessions using support tools for project managers developed in the EU. An interactive resource platform provides documents, videos and other learning resources, and a networking section promotes mentoring between EU and Caucasus universities.
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  • State Committee Chairman: Azerbaijan is not a place for missionary works
    17.09.2014 16:11
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    Only clergy having registration and permission can hold religious ceremonies.

    "Azerbaijan has been recognized in the world as a part of the Islamic world where Islam was spread. Islam has been our religion for many centuries, so no one can carry out missionary works here. Azerbaijan is not a place for the missionary works," Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli said at today's meeting with believers in Yasamal district of Baku, APA reports.

    The State Committee Chairman noted that let those who want to deal with religious propaganda conduct it among nations and tribes having no secular religion.

    He said that persons who want to create Muslim separatism are actually undermining Islam.

    He also touched on the religious ceremonies.

    Gurbanli said that only clergymen can hold religious ceremonies according to the legislation.

    "It is so all over the world. The law "On freedom of religion" envisages that only clergy having registration and permission can hold religious ceremonies. A person doing it by calling himself a clergyman is violating the law. It is illegal", he said.
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  • OSCE Monitoring on contact line ends without incident
    17.09.2014 15:57
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    The OSCE monitoring on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has ended without any incident.

    Under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the contact line near Gulustan village of Azerbaijan's Goranboy region was monitored on September 17. No incident occurred during the monitoring, APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry's website.

    The monitoring was conducted by field assistant of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Hristo Hristov and representative of the OSCE High-Level Planning Group, Lieutenant Colonel Tuncay Sevim on the Azerbaijani side and field assistants of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Jiri Aberle, Evgeny Sharov and OSCE High-Level Planning Group representative, Colonel Markus Widmer on the opposite side of the contact line.
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  • Transport infrastructure of Baku to be ready for European Games
    17.09.2014 15:52
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    "The work program covers a wide range of issues."

    The transport sector issues regarding a performance of the first European Games in Baku will be resolved in a fixed time.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Day.Az that the statement came from Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panakhov speaking to journalists on Wednesday.

    According to him, the program of work, as envisaged in the framework of this sporting event, is large and covers a wide range of issues.

    In particular, the work of the program includes the reconstruction of road infrastructure, the creation of parking lots in the area of '‹'‹sports facilities, the issues of providing of public transport there, the creation of parking lots on the outskirts of the capital provided for cars coming from the regions, and a number of other issues.

    The first European Games will be held in Baku from 12 to 28 June 2015. They will be presenting 20 kind of sport, 16 Olympic and 4 non-olympic. More than 6000 athletes from all over Europe will represent their nation during the 17 days of competition
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  • ICRC representatives visit Armenian citizen who trespassed Azerbaijani border
    17.09.2014 15:37
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    Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited the Armenian citizen, who crossed the Azerbaijani border in Gazakh region.

    The meeting took place on September 16. His family was informed about him, spokesperson for the ICRC Baku Office told APA.

    Armenian citizen Sarkis Ananyan Norikovich, born in 1961, illegally crossed the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan on August 26.
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  • Muganbank offers one more new service to its clients
    17.09.2014 15:32
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Muganbank has introduced one more new service - "Cash by Code" to its clients. The "Cash by Code" enables getting instant cash from ATM even without having a bank card. Muganbank card holders can do a "Cash by Code" trasaction either via ATM or through Mobile Banking service.

    Muganbank, one of the well-known participants of Azerbaijani financial-banking industry has been functioning since 1992. The bank's 39 branches and 8 sub-branches in the country, as well as its representative office in Moscow effectively serve customers with all types of banking products. Muganbank cooperates with such international financial institutions as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation ("IFC"), World Business Capital, Inc. (WBC), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).
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  • Period of targeted social assistance may be prolonged up to 2 years
    17.09.2014 15:12
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    Period of targeted social assistance for low-income families may be prolonged up to 2 years, said the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population Salim Muslumov.

    According to researches by the Ministry, almost the same families receive targeted social assistance every year.

    "The results have already been sent to the government. We hope that the government will arrive at a positive result in this regard", the minister stressed.
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  • Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker meets Deputy Chairman of CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Bundestag
    17.09.2014 14:40
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    Baku, September17 (AzerTAc). Speaker of Azerbaijan`s Parliament Ogtay Asadov has met Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, MP Andreas Schockenhoff.

    Mr. Asadov said Azerbaijan attached great importance to developing relations with Germany.

    He stressed the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

    The Speaker said European integration was among key foreign policy priorities of Azerbaijan.

    "We are closely cooperating within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and other international organizations. And continuous development of our relations within Euronest contributes to this," he added.

    Mr. Asadov highlighted Azerbaijan`s achievements in the years of independence, particularly development of civil society and European integration.

    Mr. Schockenhoff said his visit was aimed at discussing Azerbaijan`s relations with regional countries, as well as security and socio-political situation in the region.

    They exchanged views over Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the European Union and the Council of Europe.
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  • American Mary McBride band performs in Khachmaz
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    Khachmaz, September 17 (AzerTAc). American Mary McBride band has given a concert in Khachmaz. The band is visiting Azerbaijan under the US Department of State`s Cultural Envoy program. It is designed to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between Americans and Azerbaijanis.

    The band will also travel to Gusar, Guba, Baku, Salyan, Lankaran and Nakhchivan.
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  • Azerbaijan love in Mexican heart
    17.09.2014 14:31
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    By Paula Del Real

    It all began with a call-up to write an essay about my knowledge about Azerbaijan.

    It was a complicated assignment because I really didn't know anything about the country. After some research, I began to write the article. One month later, I received a call. I was told that I have won the call-up. The prize? I could travel to the Land of Fire in the summer! I was about to start one of my best experiences in life.

    It took me three flights and more than 28 hours to arrive in Baku. As soon as I stepped in the airport, I saw a man, standing with a sign reading: "Mexico", it was then that I realized I was in Azerbaijan, representing my country.

    The trip began with a formal ceremony, were the entire guests took flowers to the Alley of Honour, and the Alley of the Martyrs. It was a great start because we understood love and respect Azerbaijanis pay to their country and history.

    By walking into the city, you can sense a mixture of ancient and modern history in Baku: On one side, you can see the amazing Maiden Tower and all the ancient history and culture that Azerbaijan is so proud of, and a few streets down, you can see the stunning Flame Towers, a symbol indicating that Azerbaijan is a country proud of its roots and confident enough in the modern world.

    When you begin to walk along the Old City, it seems you are travelling into history.

    There you can see old buildings, old cars, and ancient history. It is amazing how well all these elements have been arranged. The wall that surrounds this part of the city is actually a check point. A few miles away there's Nizami Street along which you can see modern shops and contemporary statues and structures, like the Monument to the Modern Woman.

    Our sponsor, the Youth and Sports Ministry, also had arranged a three day visit to Gabala, Shaki and Lahic during which I got the chance to see the full culture of Azerbaijan. I visited Khan's Palace, Karavansay Hotel and ate the traditional Piti soup in a traditional wedding's venue in Shaki. I will never forget the pleasures I got from these experiences. In Lahic I felt traveling in a time machine. We actually traveled in time. We had the opportunity to saw one of the most ancient villages not only in Azerbaijan but also across the world. Gabala has amazing perspectives and the Cable Car, it's something that no one can resist experiencing.

    Back in Baku, we visited the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a stunning construction. It's design has already won many international awards. By visiting the Heydar Aliyev Museum you enter a new atmosphere. The building is like a space machine: contemporary and white. There you can see all the willingness to share Heydar Aliyev's history and it's something every country should do about their national leaders.

    Food in Azerbaijan was something I was really afraid of before visiting the country.

    But surprisingly enough, it turned out that there are a lot of similarities between Mexico and Azerbaijan in terms of food. Both countries are rich in fruits, beer, and meat. I especially liked apples, watermelons and cherries. Meanwhile, the way a traditional Azerbaijani meal is presented is amazing. I never thought that you can start with a fruit, sometimes it's exactly what you need to do. I ate a lot of lamb in different dishes and presentations and discovered how many chesses you can eat with the Tandir (bread). It's just a festive in your mouth. Into the beverages field, I found a lot of juices (gilas v? portajal shiresi) and a type of drinkable compote of cherries. Azerbaijani gastronomy, it's something people from all over the world must try at least once.

    Azerbaijani tea is simply amazing. My first experience with Azerbaijani tea was at 3 am in the morning on a Tuesday in a tea house in Bulvar. It was a bit of a shock to me to be able to walk and drink tea at that late hour. They have a traditional tea presentation, with desserts like Pakhlavas. I personally love tea, but in Mexico we don't have tea culture, so this is one of the many things I loved about Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan is an amazing country with amazing people. Every person I met was kind and welcoming. They deserve all the international attention they are getting.

    But they also need the attention of foreign governments to adopt urgent measures to put an end to the conflict in Karabakh which has already taken many lives.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 over Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed as a result of large-scale hostilities and over one million Azerbaijanis are unable to return their home because of the invasion. Armenia continues the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, which in turn obstacles the regional security and peace.

    There is a saying that every person has two countries, his own and another one, where they belong to. I am so proud to be a Mexican and share all my roots and culture but I definitely believe that I belong to Azerbaijan.

    Paula Del Real is a Mexican student who studies international relations and got a chance to visit Azerbaijan this summer. You can contact her atВ 

    paula.delreal.ri@gmail.com.
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