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14.02.2013 08:55
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.

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  • Johannesburg to host concert of Azerbaijani music
    31.10.2014 16:42
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAcA concert of Azerbaijani classical music will be held in the capital of the South African Republic, Johannesburg, on November 12-13.Titled "From Johannesburg to Gabala: Music knows no borders", the concert will mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Nakhchivan Aut...
  • Azerbaijani Diaspora in US launches campaign against MasterCard
    31.10.2014 14:41
    The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) called on everyone to protest against introduction of Azerbaijani territories under occupation as an Armenian territory on the website of MasterCard international payment system.APA-Economics reports quoting official website of the USAN that the organization called on ...
  • Former Albanian President visits Azerbaijan University of Languages
    31.10.2014 13:12
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAcFormer President of Albania, member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rexhep Meidani has visited Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL).He met rector, MP Samad Seyidov who highlighted the university`s activities and foreign relations. He said AUL maintains coopera...
  • Slovenian Radio SI broadcasts programme about Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 13:08
    Ljubljana, October 31, AzerTAcRadio Slovenia International (Radio SI) has broadcast a programme on Azerbaijan`s culture.Come Away With Me show hosted Azer Khudiyev, Charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ljubljana.Mr. Khudiyev highlighted Azerbaijan's increasing economic and polit...
  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    31.10.2014 10:32
    The ceasefire was violated 31 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Gaymagli village of Gazakh region from their posts in Barekamavan village of Armenia's Noyemberyan region.Armenians also fired on the positions of ...
  • First Global Forum on Youth Policies adopts Baku declaration
    31.10.2014 09:06
    The First Global Forum on Youth Policies held in Baku has come to an end.A number of regional sessions were held on the last day of the forum, APA reports. At the regional sessions, the sides discussed the works carried out in Africa, Western Asia, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin Am...
  • Azerbaijan among top 10 economies that improved most in 2013/2014 tracked by Doing Business
    30.10.2014 21:02
    Baku, October 30, AzerTAcAzerbaijan is among the economies that improved the most in 2013/2014 in areas tracked by Doing Business. The 10 top improvers implemented 40 regulatory reforms making it easier to do business, according to Doing Business 2015 report."Azerbaijan's reforms on three indica...
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador and Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy join forces in Central London
    30.10.2014 18:22
    The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has collaborated with CATBIG '" a business-to-business network for UK-based companies, focusing on the countries of Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus '" to organise a briefing for more than 60 diplomats and international delegates from the UK energy, ...
  • Baku 2015 European Games welcomes Serbiaв's Minister of Youth and Sport to Azerbaijan
    30.10.2014 17:51
    Baku 2015 European Games yesterday welcomed Mr Vanja UdoviДЌiД‡, Serbiaв's Minister of Youth and Sports, to the organisationв's headquarters.Mr UdoviДЌiД‡ was one of his countryв's most talented Water Polo players and won three Olympic medals '" silver at Athens 2004 and...
  • Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers
    31.10.2014 17:21
    Israel reopened the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday before the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing by police of a Palestinian shooting suspect.

    The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before midday prayers, following an Israeli clampdown on the shrine on Thursday.

    Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Agence France-Presse that because of fears of unrest, entry for Muslim men would be restricted to those over 50. Additional police were deployed around the compound in the heart of the Old City. Local media reported the presence of 3,000 officers, three times more than usual.

    Thursdayв's full closure of the compound '" the first in 14 years '" was described by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as ''tantamount to a declaration of war''. It came after anti-terrorist police shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian on Thursday morning who was suspected of having tried to kill a far-right eabbi the night before.

    In the aftermath of the shootings, Israeli security forces brought reinforcements '" some called in from the West Bank '" into the Old City and Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem as helicopters flew overhead and observation balloons were deployed in several locations.

    The al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, has become a central point in the escalating violence in the city in recent months. The compound houses Islamв's third holiest site, but is also the sacred spot for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it once housed two Jewish temples.

    In an escalation of the rhetoric around the site, Abbasв's Fatah movement had called for a ''day of rage'' for Friday.

    Muataz Hijazi '" a former Palestinian prisoner and member of Islamic Jihad '" was shot dead on the roof of his familyв's home in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor by anti-terrorist police just before 6am on Thursday, as he hid behind solar panels.

    Israeli police sources said he had opened fire on them before being killed, a claim his family denied. Hijazi was suspected of shooting and wounding Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist who has led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the al-Aqsa compound.
  • Protocol on winter package gas deliveries not legally binding
    31.10.2014 17:21
    The protocol on the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine as part of the "winter package" is not legally binding, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The document is not legally bindinghellip;It is a declaration of intent and agreement, reached within the framework of trilateral talks. Understandably, it is more of a political document that reflects the main agreements," Novak said, according to RIA Novosti.

    According to the energy minister, the fulfillment of the agreements will be in line with the current contract between Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz company.

    No official documents proving that Ukraine has enough financial resources to prepay gas deliveries have been presented to Russia yet, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

    "Concerning the debt, the Ukrainian side has received money in the amount of $3.1 billion from the IMF. There are confirmations," Novak said.

    "As for prepayment for November-December supplies, we have no concrete documents proving Naftogaz has the money. However, officials we trust assured us that they will find the money to provide prepayment of gas in November and December amounting to 4 billion rubles," the minister added.

    "As we were told, this is the money from the international financial organizations, from the European Union which will additionally provide [finances], and Nagtogaz' own resources, which were redistributed in the current budget, and 2015 budget," he said adding that the source of money is far less important than the presence of the money," Novak said.

    The Ukrainian side is interested to implement the agreements reached during the Thursday gas talks in Brussels as soon as possible, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The date is not clear," Novak said commenting on the possible timing of the first tranche payment.

    "We understand that the Ukrainian side is interested to do that as soon as possible because it is getting colder and winter is coming. It is in the interests of the country [Ukraine] to transfer money and to fulfill yesterday agreements," the minister added.

    Russian Energy Minister on Friday praised the role of the European Commission in the Thursday gas talks that resulted in the signing of protocols between Moscow and Kiev.

    "The European Commission played a positive role in the efforts aimed at seeking a compromise that was reached yesterday and then signed into protocols. Also, in the search for financial resources together with the Ukrainian partners. We were told and assured yesterday that Ukraine has money not only to clear the $3.1 debt but also to purchase the gas on a prepayment basis in November and December, which would amount to about 4 billion cubic meters of gas," Novak said.

    On Thursday, following months of talks, Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission signed a deal securing gas deliveries to Ukraine during the winter months. The agreement stipulates that Russia resumes gas supplies to Ukraine and gives Kiev a $100 discount on the price it pays per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, according to the so-called winter package. In turn, Ukraine must pay $3.1 billion out of more than $5 billion that it owes Russia by the end of 2014.

    Earlier on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the Russian energy giant would be able to start gas deliveries to Ukraine within 48 hours once Kiev makes the first payment of $1.45 billion.
  • Karaman mining accident no '˜natural disasterв' as poor safety record revealed
    31.10.2014 17:12
    Turkish Energy Minister says that the Karaman mining accident no 'natural disasterв' as poor safety record revealed.

    Efforts were still ongoing to rescue the 18 workers still trapped underground at a mine in Turkey's Karaman province on Oct. 31, as officials adopted a harsher tone against the company operating the site, which had described the flooding of the facility as a "natural disaster", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "I beg your pardon, but this is no natural disaster," Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z told reporters on Oct. 30.

    "We have to share the situation accurately with the public. We can call a flooding a natural disaster if it happens after causes that we can't control, such as an earthquake. But this is not a natural disaster, and where there is no natural disaster there is a fault," he added.

    Rescue works have been focused on reducing the amount of water inside the gallery, though there have been no signs of life from the 18 miners trapped since Oct. 28.

    The company operating the mine, Has Ећekerler Mining, rejected responsibility for the accident in a statement issued on Oct. 30, assuring that all necessary safety measures had been taken. "A natural disaster is being mentioned, according to the information provided by our brothers who survived," the statement said.

    124 complaints against owner

    However, it has been revealed that the owner of the flooded mine, Saffet Uyar and his family, have in recent years been the subject of a total of 124 complaints to the Labor Ministry by workers employed in different facilities.

    Labor Minister Faruk Çelik said a total of 1,120 accidents had happened in the last five years in a single mine owned by the same family in the Aegean coal capital of Soma. Six miners died in those accidents, Çelik said, adding that the company did not facilitate monitoring works.

    The company eventually closed the Darkale mine, saying it was difficult to improve safety conditions due to the mine's age.

    Meanwhile, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) questioned how the same family could operate in the same sector with different company names. "After they closed Darkale, they concentrated on Ermenek. This company has many debts, including to the electricity administration, but the state is unable to make them pay. The companies established by the same family change their names, but the results are the same," CHP Manisa deputy Erkan Akçay said.

    Both Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu and President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan have recently vowed to introduce new measures to improve the conditions of workers, with the government's labor policies under the spotlight since the mining disaster in Soma that took the lives of 301 workers in May.
  • Bus station blast kills at least eight in Nigeria
    31.10.2014 17:08
    At least eight people have died in an explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the BBC.

    Many people were injured in the rush hour blast in Gombe city, a hospital source said. Other witnesses spoke of three bags of explosives going off.

    Gombe shares a border with three states placed under emergency rule to fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

    The group has taken full control of Mubi, a commercial centre in Adamawa.

    It is the largest town Boko Haram has taken since it stepped up its insurgency when the state of emergency was declared in May 2013 in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
  • Cindy Crawford's daughter Mom's Closet
    31.10.2014 16:51
    Cindy Crawford's 13-year-old lookalike daughter, Kaia Gerber, has been having a series of glamorous photo shoots with her 15-year-old brother, Presley Gerber, because that's apparently what kids in Malibu, California, do after school. The pretty teen, who appeared in an ad campaign for Young Versace in 2012, looked gorgeous in all the photos '" from trampoline jumping to sitting in a truck '" but two stood out because she was wearing her mother's dresses. "In vintage @roberto_cavalli," read the caption of the teen striking a pose in a red and floral dress, which came down to her ankles.

    Cindy wore that dress just over 11 years ago to the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards in New York City. Then a mom to toddler Kaia, she enjoyed her night out with husband Rande Gerber, rubbing elbows with fellow glamazon Rebecca Romijn.

    That wasn't the only time Kaia has helped herself to one of her famous mother's frocks for a photo op. In the trampoline pic posted a week ago, she is wearing a pink flowing frock by Calypso St. Barth, which Cindy wore last month while shooting a commercial for her furniture line in Miami.


    Kaia looked pretty in pink like her mom in this Calypso St. Barth frock. (Instagram/Splash News)

    Kaia looks ready to follow Cindy's footsteps into the modeling world, but her mom seems to be the one with reservations. In 2006, the then 4-year-old posed for photos for Cindy's friend's swimsuit line and a controversy swirled with critics suggesting that the tot's poses were suggestive. At the time, the supermodel spoke out, saying, ''Sheв's a little girl, there wasnв't makeup involved or pageantry, it was truly just like little girls playing."

    In early 2012, Kaia appeared in a Young Versace ad campaign, but just a few months later Cindy told Daily Front Row, "At this point, she's too young to pursue a career. There aren't even a handful of jobs for a 10-year-old girl. But if she's 17 and wants to try it ... of course, what can I say?"

    Cindy added that her daughter had broader interests than modeling.

    "Sheв's really into singing and acting," Cindy said of her daughter, who appeared in a local production of the musical 13 last year. "She kind of jokingly said '" I'm not even sure if it was jokingly '" 'I might model first because you don't have to know how to do anything, but then I want to be a baby nurse".
  • Baku 2015 employs 1,000th staff member
    31.10.2014 16:51

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games celebrated the employment of its 1,000th full-time member of staff on October 31.

    Aysel Akhundova, from Azerbaijan, was the landmark employee as she joined the Press Operations team as part of the Games Academy Graduate Excellence Programme.

    Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer and Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov said: "This is a significant milestone in the continued growth of the Baku 2015 team and I would like to welcome Aysel on board as she joins the journey to the inaugural European Games."

    "Our blend of international staff with top-level experience and national staff with excellent local knowledge have combined to create a formidable team. I am extremely confident that our whole team's set of skills and expertise will ensure delivery of a spectacular event that will make all of Azerbaijan and the whole of Europe proud," he stressed.

    Akhundova, 21, who recently graduated in Law from Baku State University, has work experience for some of Azerbaijan's previous other major events, including the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup and the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest.

    "I am extremely proud to have joined the Baku 2015 team and I am looking forward to contributing to this exciting adventure towards the first ever European Games," she said. "For myself and for all of the team, it is a wonderful opportunity to help play a role in this historic event and I am very much looking forward to helping make Baku 2015 become a reality."

    The Baku 2015 team is now represented by 43 countries from around the world, including Azerbaijan, working across 18 directorates to deliver the European Games.

    Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 Simon Clegg said: "Week by week, the Baku 2015 team continues to grow and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to assemble such a quality team of first-class professionals."

    "The vital blend of international staff and local Azerbaijanis has created a dynamic and fun environment that will help us deliver the best possible event for the cream of European sporting talent," he added.

    Overall, the first European games will gather more than 6,000 athletes to compete over the 17 days of competition in June 2015.
  • Johannesburg to host concert of Azerbaijani music
    31.10.2014 16:42
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    A concert of Azerbaijani classical music will be held in the capital of the South African Republic, Johannesburg, on November 12-13.

    Titled "From Johannesburg to Gabala: Music knows no borders", the concert will mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of democracy in South Africa.

    The event is organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Johannesburg in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the South African non-governmental organization "Friends of Azerbaijan".

    The concert will feature joint performance of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Azerbaijani pianist Saida Tagizadeh and cellist Alexei Miltyuha conducted by Yalchin Adigozalov. They will perform pieces by great Azerbaijani composers, including Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov and Soltan Hajibayov.

    The concert will also saw the premiere of Sevda Ibragimova's "Confession" which will be performed at the famous Linder concert hall.

    This year the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra participated in the annual Gabala International Music Festival, and now Azerbaijan will for the first time introduce its music in South Africa.
  • FIFA sorry for Crimea video blunder
    31.10.2014 16:06
    FIFA has apologised for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

    The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

    The strategic peninsula of Crimea, long home to Russian military bases, was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, sparking the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

    World football's governing body issued a statement blaming the blunder on a local video production agency.

    "Unfortunately the map of Russia selected and used during the projection by the local service provider escaped our attention and the short sequence in question has been removed," a FIFA spokesman said.

    The slip-up came at a sensitive time with FIFA trying to find a solution to the Crimea club crisis.

    Russia has incorporated teams based in Crimea in its third division, a move hotly disputed by the Ukrainian football federation.
  • Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google
    31.10.2014 16:05
    Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.

    The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star.

    By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

    Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.

    "Today, we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola - and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said in a statement.

    He hailed the partnership as a "perfect fit," adding that "Motorola brings a strong presence in the US and other mature markets, great carrier relationships, an iconic brand, a strong IP portfolio and an incredibly talented team." In the same statement, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Motorola is in great hands with Lenovo, a company that's all-in on making great devices."
  • At least four dead after plane crashes in Kansas airport
    31.10.2014 16:02
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    At least four people have been killed and five critically injured after a small plane crashed into an airport building in Kansas in the United States, according to Euronews.

    It happened at the Mid-Continent Airport in the city of Wichita on Thursday morning.

    The aircraft lost an engine on take off and slammed into the flight safety building taking down the roof on one side, and causing what was described as a "horrific fire."

    There were about 100 people inside the building at the time and four people are still unaccounted for.

    Flights to and from the airport are still operating normally.
  • Weather warning for Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 16:01
    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has issued a warning on forthcoming temperature change in Azerbaijan.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department told APA that unsteady weather will prevail by the second half of November 2, north wind will intensify, temperature will drop by 8hellip;10 C. Weather will be cold in the evening, on November 3-4. The maximum temperature is expected to be 4-6 C. Intermittent rain is also expected.

    On September 1-5, the weather will be unstable in northern and western regions. It will occasionally rain and intensify in some regions. Sleet and snow are expected in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions.

    The temperature is predicted to drop by 7hellip;12 C by November 2.

    Strong west and north-west wind will blow in some regions.
  • Monitoring for bird flu conducted
    31.10.2014 15:55
    The samples for studies were also taken from migratory birds.

    In the course of next monitoring for the presence of bird flu virus in Azerbaijan launched on October 20, the blood samples were taken from 1741 poultry and appropriate investigations in the Republican Veterinary Laboratory were made.

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the spokesman of the Offical Veterinary of the Ministry of Agriculture Yolchu Khanveli the bird flu virus wasn't identified in any of these samples.

    The samples for studies were also taken from migratory birds, temporarily living in national parks and reserves of the Absheron Peninsula, Shabran, Agjabedi, Lankaran and Salyan districts, as well as in the coastal areas of the country.

    The cases of disease or die-off of birds weren't identified during the monitoring of territories.

    Y.Khanveli noted that, taking into account the migration of birds, the regular monitoring is planned for November 17: "The service recalls that the hunting of migratory and wild birds, their sale and use in food is strictly prohibited."

    Currently the epizootic situation in the country is stable.
  • Man arrested over tax evasion in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 15:41
    A person avoiding tax payment was arrested in Azerbaijan.

    According to the Analytic-Information Department of the Ministry of Taxes, operational measures based on the information received by Department for Preliminary Investigation of Tax Crimes revealed that resident of Zumurkhach village of Barda region Bayramov Farrukh Teymur (TIN: 4000286482), registered in the Territorial Department of Tax #11, avoided payment of AZN 185,901 tax from incomes on export of AZN 1.6 mln-agricultural products to Russia to the state budget by violating articles #16.1.1, 16.13, 16.1.7, 53.1, 77.3, 78.1, 130.1, 152.1 of the Tax Code of Azerbaijan as a responsible person for accounting of taxes and payment to state budget during his entrepreneurial activity.

    Moreover, Bayramov engaged in entrepreneurial activity by using identification number of Khalilov Asif Vahid, Nuriyev Arzu Neymat, Orujov Jamaladdin Ibrahim and Orujov Orkhan Jamaladdin who registered in the Territorial Department of Tax #11 as tax payers, organized purchase of different agricultural products under the name of them and export to Russia. In this case, though he was a responsible person for payment of taxes, he avoided to pay AZN 733,769 to the state budget.

    He was arrested over the crime envisaged in the article No 213.2.2 of the Criminal Code and handed over to detention facility of the Yasamal District Police Office.

    Bayramov was sentenced to pretrial detention under the judgment passed by Yasamal District Court dated to October 24, 2014.
  • Ancient temple unearthed in Egypt after illegal digging
    31.10.2014 15:26
    An ancient temple belonging to the reign of King Thutmose III and dating back about 3,400 years was discovered near Cairo, the Egyptian minister of antiquities said on Thursday.

    The temple was discovered by seven local residents who were illegally excavating an area in Al-Badrashee district 40 kilometers to the south of Cairo, minister Mamdouh Damaty said.

    The diggers were arrested but later released as the area had not been declared an archaeological site before the recent discovery.

    According to the minister, seven stelas, remains of columns and a pink marble statue were discovered by the Antiquities Ministry's staff. Many items had been submerged in water.

    Damaty added that the ministry will continue work at the site.

    King Thutmose III was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty and ruled Egypt for 54 years. He is considered a military genius by historians and is often referred to as "the Napoleon of Egypt.
  • Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctions
    31.10.2014 15:22
    Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying in an interview published Thursday that the family has no property outside Serbia.

    The EU earlier this week dropped its sanctions against Milosevic's family and several of his former political associates, saying they no longer represent "a threat to the consolidation of democracy" in Serbia.

    Milosevic's widow, Mirjana Markovic, who was granted political asylum in Russia with their son Marko when Milosevic lost power in a popular revolt 2000, told Belgrade's Vecernje Novosti newspaper that she "laughed" when she heard the news.

    "Neither me, nor my husband nor my children had or have any property in the EU countries," she said.

    She said that the family owned a family house in their hometown of Pozarevac, central Serbia, and another one in the capital, Belgrade.

    "That is our only property," said Markovic, who was a highly influential political figure in Serbia in the 1990s. "Those are the only places I dream of."
  • Azerbaijan arrests former police officer sacked over service irregularities
    31.10.2014 15:21
    A former parliamentary candidate has been arrested in Azerbaijan.

    Osman Mehrali Mahammad faces charges under the Criminal Code's Article #237.2.1 (illegal manufactory of the plants containing narcotic substances on preliminary arrangement by group of persons or organized group), law-enforcement bodies told APA.

    Osmanov was detained as a result of search operations carried out by the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and sent to pretrial detention under the court decision.

    Osmanov, who was a former police officer and sacked over service irregularities, was nominated for parliamentary elections from Balakan Electoral District No109 in 2005.
  • Azerbaijani Diaspora in US launches campaign against MasterCard
    31.10.2014 14:41
    The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) called on everyone to protest against introduction of Azerbaijani territories under occupation as an Armenian territory on the website of MasterCard international payment system.

    APA-Economics reports quoting official website of the USAN that the organization called on everyone to write letter of protest on the page of the company.

    If MasterCard receives 100 letters, it will have to consider this issue.

    MasterCard international payment system has showed Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno Karabakh territory as Armenia's territory on its website.

    APA-Economics reports that it's possible to see Stepanakert (Khankendi), Shushi (Shusha) and etc. cities while searching ATM Locator in Armenia section of MasterCard's website.

    MasterCard's services are available in the abovementioned territories.
  • VNA chief: Our cooperation with AzerTAc contributes to expansion of Vietnamese-Azerbaijani relations
    31.10.2014 14:32
    Hanoi, October 31, AzerTAc

    Director General of Vietnam News Agency VNA Nguyen Duc Loi has emphasized the importance of the agency`s cooperation with Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc).

    "Our cooperation with AzerTAc contributes to the expansion of Vietnamese-Azerbaijani relations," Mr. Duc Loi told AzerTAc`s special correspondent.

    "The agreement on cooperation between Vietnam News Agency and AzerTAc is of critical importance as it opens up ample opportunities for conducting a flexible exchange of news about what happens in our countries and strengthening mutual understanding between our people."

    Mr. Duc Loi shared his impressions about his visit to Azerbaijan early this month when he attended the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum invited by AzerTAc`s Director General. "My visit was a good chance to see Baku rich with national and modern architectural monuments and witness the country`s economic development. Apart from capital Baku we also visited Ganja, homeland of great Nizami Ganjavi."

    Mr. Duc Loi said: "Although short, the visit allowed us to learn a lot about Azerbaijan, which today enjoys great influence in the region and throughout the world, and its people, who have rich traditions."

    Shahin Jafarov

    Special Correspondent
  • Czech company to build artificial islands in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 14:31

    By Nigar Orujova

    The Czech Republic's biggest construction company, PSJ will take part in the construction project of a city of artificial islands near the coast of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, the Prague Post agency said on October 30.

    The value of the contract signed by the PSJ for its participation in the project called the Khazar Islands is estimated to be 395 million euros. PSJ will build four residential buildings.

    The company will start construction of the first residential building in spring 2015."We have already signed a contract for one island, on which four buildings should be built," the PSJ Export Division Director Jaroslav Jirkovsky said. "We are now trying to secure funding for the first island which is expected to cost about 100 million euros."PSJ's income from foreign contracts made up 59 percent of the company's total revenue in 2013, which amounted to $198 million.

    The most important markets for PSJ are Russia, Slovakia and Asian countries.

    It was noted that the PSJ's contract in Azerbaijan is a good opportunity for the company to minimize risks from contracts in Russia and Ukraine resulting from tensions between the two countries.

    The new city will be located on the artificial island No41, about 25 kilometers south of Baku. The construction project has already started, and will be completed between 2020 and 2025.

    Khazar Islands, which is under construction on an artificial archipelago25 kilometers south of Baku, will consist of 41 islands of different sizes with a total area of 3,000 hectares on which 19 residential districts will be built.

    The project will be implemented in three stages. The total investment required in the Khazar Islands project is estimated at $ 100 billion. In general, it is planned to construct 20 km boulevard and 20 bridges.

    The tallest building of the planet, the 1,050 meter-high Azerbaijan Tower, will be built in the territory of Khazar Islands as part of the second phase of the project. The tower construction is expected to cost $2 billion.

    The completed Khazar city will have more than 150 schools, numerous hospitals, and clusters of parks, shops, and cultural centers. A yet-to-be-constructed airport will provide international access to the area.

    The islands will be dominated by high-rise buildings and resort-like accommodations, with miles of unspoiled beaches and warm, shallow waters. Special considerations were taken while designing the island's structures to withstand earthquakes with up to 9.0 magnitude power.

    So far, works on the project have been financed by the Avesta Group itself. The company hopes to reach an annual profitability margin of 10-15 percent on investments.
  • New procedure for declaring vehicles and goods comes into force
    31.10.2014 14:27
    The goods and vehicles transported through the customs border of Azerbaijan will be declared under the new rules from November 1, 2014, APA reports.

    According to the rules, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers' decision dated July 22, for individuals passing through the customs border, a system of "green" and "red" channels will be created to simplify the procedure of declaring goods. Individuals can use the "green" channel when declaring the goods orally, except unescorted baggage and goods sent by international mail. In this case, a preferential order of transporting goods is envisaged. Thus, while declaring the goods, they are exempt from customs procedures, customs payments and trade policy measures.

    "Green" channel can be chosen by physical entities transporting goods which are not subject to mandatory written declaration. In other cases, physical entities must follow the "red" channel. At the same time, they must deliver a simplified declaration in a written or an electronic form.

    The goods imported by business entities into the country's customs territory can be declared not later than within 15 days. The individuals systematically transporting goods and vehicles through the customs border can declare the goods up to 30 days. It is allowed to conduct this as part of one periodic declaration. These conditions apply when three or more batches were delivered.

    When a vehicle approaches the customs territory, the customs bodies must be informed one hour prior to arrival. The vehicles without cargo and passengers, applied to air, rail, sea and road transport, used in international transportation, are declared in accordance with the requirements of the Customs Code.
  • Recent solar flares cause strong magnetic storm on Earth
    31.10.2014 14:12
    Baku. Konul Kamilgizi '" APA. Powerful solar flares were recorded in the past few days.

    Chief of the Sun and solar-terrestrial relationship Department of Shamakhi-based Tusi Astrophysical Observatory Namig Jalilov told APA that four powerful solar flares occurred on October 25-27. The flare occurred on October 25 caused a strong magnetic storm on Earth yesterday. The flares recorded in the past two days were not Earth-directed.

    "On October 25 two flares were recorded. X1 flare - the strongest one began at 01:07 am and ended at 01:41 am. This storm caused magnetic storms on Earth on October 28. X1 flare began at 20:55 pm and was over by 21:08 pm. On October 26, X2 flare began at 14:04 pm and ended at 14:46 pm," he noted.

    Jalilov said that no significant coronal mass ejections were observed.

    He said that another solar flare was recorded on October 27. X2 flare began at 18:02 pm and was over by 18:47 pm: "Any effects of this flare will be felt tomorrow. However, it is unlikely as the flare is not Earth-directed."
  • Azerbaijan, Kuwait to develop ICT co-op
    31.10.2014 14:11

    By Nigar Orujova

    There is a great capacity for further development of cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies between Azerbaijan and Kuwait.

    This was announced by Azerbaijan's Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov at the meeting with a Kuwaiti delegation led by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.

    Noting Kuwait's noteworthy achievements in the ICT field, Abbasov informed the visiting delegation about main activities of his Ministry and spoke about the prospects of future cooperation.

    For his turn, the Kuwaiti minister said Kuwait attaches particular importance to the establishment of intensive relations with Azerbaijan, and expressed his country's interest in developing the Azerbaijani-Kuwaiti relations based on friendship and cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two nations.

    Providing detailed information about his country's ICT strategy and public policy in this area, the Kuwaiti delegation put forward the idea of creating a technical group between Azerbaijan and Kuwait in terms of developing bilateral relations, and offering proposals to identify further areas of cooperation in the ICT sector.

    Furthermore, he said the relationship between the sides have entered into a new stage of development and from this point of view, mutual visits are of great importance. Noting his country's interest in participating in the exhibition Bakutel, he expressed willingness of Kuwait's ICT companies to be represented at the 20th telecommunications exhibition.

    BakuTel exhibition is the largest telecommunications exhibition in the Caspian basin and the Caucasus that brings international ICT companies, government and media together. This year, the exhibition will be held on December 2-5.
  • AIDA conducts humanitarian aid campaign in Pakistan
    31.10.2014 14:11
    The Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conducted humanitarian aid campaign in Sarqodha and Hafizabad districts of Pakistanв's Punjab province.

    The Pakistani Embassy in Azerbaijan told APA that the event in Takht Hazara village was attended by Abid Vahid Sheikh, Managing Director of Bait-ul-Mal under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov, region and village elders, provincial media representatives and disaster victims.

    Making a speech at the event, Managing Director of Bait-ul-Mal Abid Vahid Sheikh expressed his gratitude to the Azerbaijani government, people and AIDA for the humanitarian aid to disaster victims. He said on October 23, 2014 AIDA launched humanitarian aid campaigns to the people affected by floods and torrential rains in the Punjab's Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Chiniot, Narowal, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Jhang districts as well as Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Bagh district. Giving information about the activities of Bait-ul-Mal, Abid Vahid Sheikh mentioned that Azerbaijan has been closely cooperating with the organization since 2012.

    In his speech, Ambassador Dashgin Shikarov spoke about the high-level relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

    He informed about the activities of AIDA, stressing that the agency has carried out a number of projects and humanitarian aid campaigns in more than 30 countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Dashgin Shikarov also added that AIDA and Heydar Aliyev Foundation have jointly carried out water supply project in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in May of this year and tens of thousands of people have been provided with drinking water.

    Speaking on behalf of disaster victims, elder of the district Shahnavaz Raja spoke about the consequences of the natural disaster and extended sincere gratitude to the Azerbaijani people and government for sharing the sorrow of the people being in hard financial and moral situation.

    At the end of the event, on behalf of AIDA, the guests who attended the event handed out the food packages to the disaster victims.
  • 410 kilos of heroin seized near Moscow
    31.10.2014 14:01
    Drug policemen seized over 410 kilograms of heroin in the Moscow region, head of the Russian drug control authority Viktor Ivanov told reporters on Friday.

    The operation, which lasted for two years, resulted in detention of six members of a criminal group, including the leader, he said.

    ''At night of October 30, the drug police seized 174 kilograms of heroin,'' Ivanov said.

    ''Earlier, as the work on the criminal group continued, the policemen seized more than 250 kilograms of heroin.
  • Baku to host parade of countries
    31.10.2014 13:26

    By Amina Nazarli

    "Parade of countries" will kicked off in Baku from November 1. The event will last for one year in the shopping center Park Boulevard.

    Representatives of more than 20 countries will take part at this interesting event.

    The first country which will open the parade is Russia. The large-scale cultural presentation titled "Window to Russia" will start at 17:00 and run until November 7.

    The program includes painting exhibitions of young artists "From the mouth of Mikhail Lermontov and Mirza Fatali Akhundov" as well as handicrafts works and souvenirs from Russia.

    "Pomegranate Three" exhibition which will put on display the works of thirty young and talented Azerbaijani artists will be an interesting addition to the event.

    Referral service, located on the first floor, will provide all visitors with extensive information about admission and studying procedures in Russian universities.

    The cultural event has been co-organized by Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku, its art and dance studios, creative youth club "Constellation" and the shopping center Park Boulevard.

    Moreover, a massive five-minute gymnastics event will be held on the first floor of Park Boulevard at 17:00 from November 1.

    This mass action is devoted to the first European Games, which will be held in Baku in 2015.The three-time champion and honored coach of Azerbaijan, Nurjahan Askerova and her pupils will hold an exciting class. After the class, participants will have a chance to attend a concert of young pop singers and modern dance performers.

    The guests will also have an opportunity to visit a fashion shoe of little fashion mongers. They will present collections of fashionable clothing, created by modern designers incorporating the best traditions of Russian and Azerbaijani fashion schools.
  • Armenian armed forces continue violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 13:26
    The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 17 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said,AzerTag state news agency reported.

    The ceasefire was violated in Sarijali, Shuraabad villages in Agdam region, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand region, Ashagi Veysalli, Horadiz villages in Fuzuli region.

    The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire.

    For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor.

    Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.

  • Sony reports loss on PlayStation 4 sales
    31.10.2014 13:25
    Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division.

    The result - unexpected after Sony took an impairment charge of 176 billion yen ($1.58 billion) on its mobile division - indicates restructuring announced in May by Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida is beginning to bear fruit.

    Sony's operating loss reached 85.6 billion yen in July-September, compared with the 164.3 billion yen average estimate of 3 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. In the same quarter last year, Sony booked a profit of 14.8 billion yen on the sale of assets.

    The company posted a net loss of 136 billion yen for the quarter and held its full-year net loss forecast at 230 billion yen.

    Sony upped its operating profit forecast for its gaming division by 10 billion yen to 35 billion yen for the year after shifting 3.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the second quarter, moving it further ahead of rival Xbox One, made by Microsoft.

    Sony also upped its operating profit outlook for its imaging and devices units but said its flagship electronics division had logged an overall operating loss of 137.3 billion yen in the first half. That compared to an operating loss of 245.6 billion yen for the full year ended March 31.

    Weighing on electronics was the mobile division, where Sony lowered its smartphone sales outlook to 41 million handsets from 43 million, compared with 39 million last year.

    Yoshida, the CFO, said the company would greatly shrink its smartphone business in China, where it has been squeezed by nimble local rivals like Xiaomi, while the incoming chief of the mobile division, Hiroki Totoki, would focus on strengthening carrier relationships after assuming his new post on Nov. 16.
  • Ahmet Davutoghlu: TANAP will bring a peace to Caucasus
    31.10.2014 13:15
    ''The most significant achievement to build new Turkey is implementation of TANAP jointly with Azerbaijan'', said the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, SIA reports quoting the Anadolu Agency.

    He noted that this project is significant for Turkeyв's energy demand and becoming of Turkey a geostrategic country transporting energy to Balkan states and Europe: ''Azerbaijani gas will be transported by TANAP to Turkey through Georgia, Totally, 6 bcm of 16 bcm of gas will remain in Turkey, 10 bcm will be transported to Balkans and Europe''.

    ''Total capacity will increase step by step and reach 31 bcm in 2026. First stage of this project will be completed in 2018. 80% of equipments to be used in this project will be produced in Turkey. We believe that the 21st century will be the century of energy. This project will bring a peace to Caucasus'', he said.
  • Former Albanian President visits Azerbaijan University of Languages
    31.10.2014 13:12
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Former President of Albania, member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rexhep Meidani has visited Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL).

    He met rector, MP Samad Seyidov who highlighted the university`s activities and foreign relations. He said AUL maintains cooperation with higher educational institutions of many countries. "There are foreign language and culture centers in our university, and we also teach Western European languages and Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian."

    Mr. Meidani praised Albanian-Azerbaijani relations.

    After the meeting the Former President of Albania gave a lecture to students of the regional studies and international relations faculty.
  • Slovenian Radio SI broadcasts programme about Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 13:08
    Ljubljana, October 31, AzerTAc

    Radio Slovenia International (Radio SI) has broadcast a programme on Azerbaijan`s culture.

    Come Away With Me show hosted Azer Khudiyev, Charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ljubljana.

    Mr. Khudiyev highlighted Azerbaijan's increasing economic and political power, and touched upon the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The one-hour programme featured Azerbaijani music, including folk songs and works by modern composers.

    On its website, Radio SI described Azerbaijan as The Land of Fire and "a hidden gem connecting Europe and Asia".

    Elgun Niftaliyev

    Special correspondent
  • Robbie Williams names baby boy
    31.10.2014 13:02
    Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have announced the name of their newborn baby son on Twitter.

    Having kept fans updated with live tweeting and videos throughout Ayda's labour, Robbie posted a final lighthearted video in the early hours of Friday morning, which revealed the Little one's chosen name as Charlton Valentine Williams.

    "Charlton Valentine Williams has left the building...and Daddy is doing just fine. RW x," tweeted the second-time dad.

    The latest video, that the starshared on YouTube, shows new mum Ayda pushing a wheelchair down the hospital corridor.

    The arm of the person seated in the wheelchairthen comes out, signalling to turn right, before viewers see it is Robbie. Wearing sunglasses and a dressing gown, he is holding the baby, who is not visible to fans.
  • Jessica Biel excpecting a baby
    31.10.2014 12:56
    Jessica Biel has been at the centre of pregnancy rumours in recent weeks '" and now things are really hotting up.

    This week, her friend and InStyle editor Ariel Foxman posted a Throwback Thursday snap with the actress, which he captioned: "Congrats @jessicabiel on your impending motherhood'¦ Looking forward to the red carpet maternity style pic to come #tbt."

    The question of whether Jessica and husband Justin Timberlake are set to become first-time parents was fuelled just recently when Jessica appeared to have a baby bump during a hike with her husband.

    And just this week, Justin stepped out without his wife when he attended the amfAR Gala in LA, again prompting speculation about a possible pregnancy.

    A source has confirmed to RadarOnline that Jessica is three months pregnant, and is due in April 2015.

    "Jessica has had tense times in the past when it comes to having a baby, so it is not surprising that she is staying mum on confirming the news publicly yet," a second source added.

    Justin and Jessica celebrated their second wedding anniversary last week, and were spotted going for a hike together in Montecito.
  • 15 killed as bus carrying agricultural workers rolls over in southern Turkey
    31.10.2014 12:56
    Fifteen people were killed and 27 were injured after a bus rolled over and fell into a ditch in the southern province of Isparta in the morning hours of Oct. 31.

    The bus was carrying a group of agriculture laborers, mostly women, working in a plantation of apple trees near the district of Yalvaç, officials have said. Many of the injured are in serious condition, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The accident is believed to have been caused by a brake failure, according to initial findings, Yalvaç District Gov. Ahmet AltД±ntaЕџ said. The bus first crashed into a retaining wall on the roadside before rolling over.

    Ambulances and firefighters were dispatched to the scene following the accident.

    The incident is the latest in a series of deadly accidents that have taken place on Turkish highways over the past year. Eight people died last week after a bus carrying university students crashed near the western Anatolian province of EskiЕџehir. In another accident last month, 13 people were killed in Antalya after the driver of their bus fell asleep at the wheel.
  • Baku 2015 European Games welcomes Serbian Minister of Youth and Sport
    31.10.2014 12:46
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Baku 2015 European Games welcomed Vanja Udovičić, Serbia's Minister of Youth and Sports, to the organisation's headquarters.

    Mr Udovičić was one of his country's most talented Water Polo players and won three Olympic medals - silver at Athens 2004 and bronze at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 - before moving into politics.

    Mr Udovičić is visiting Azerbaijan for the Global Forum on Youth Policies, and was updated on all of the latest progress and developments being made before next year's inaugural European Games.

    Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Udovičić to the Baku 2015 headquarters.

    "Serbia will be sending a strong team to the inaugural European Games, and we are looking forward to welcoming their athletes to the competition here next year."

    To date, with 50 per cent of the sports qualification process complete, Serbia have qualified athletes to compete in Basketball 3x3, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Gymnastics and Wrestling.

    Mr Udovičić said: "I was very pleased to be able to visit the Baku 2015 offices and some of the competition venues and facilities. This was also an excellent opportunity for me to meet some of the Serbian members of the Baku 2015 team that are helping to make the European Games come alive next year.

    "In Serbia, our athletes are aware that the European Games as an important event that will become one of the major multi-sport events on the international calendar, so they are very excited about the opportunity to represent our country here in Baku."
  • Manв's own dog helps police bust him on drug charge
    31.10.2014 12:41
    As one man found out the hard way, that may not always be the case.

    Police in Alabama saythey busted a drug-manufacturer when the manв's own dog pointed out where he was hiding.

    Prattville Police say they when they came to Edwin Melvin Hendersonв's house with a search warrant, the man took off, heading for the fields near his home and quickly losing police in the long grass.

    But Henderson was rumbled when an officer told the suspectв'sdog, Bo, 'go get himв', and the dog ran into the field, searched out his master and stood over him, wagging his tail.

    Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow said Henderson is charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Air Armenia suspends all passenger flights
    31.10.2014 12:35
    Air Armenia, a passengar and cargo airline based in Yerevan, has suspended all passenger flights until at least December 20 over financial difficulties that the firm is blaming on Russia.

    Air Armenia says it is unable to continue regular passenger services because of a "panic" among investors and customers over a statement by Russia's federal air navigation service.

    Russia's Rosaeronavigatsia announced on September 11 that it would ban Air Armenia from operating flights to Russian cities unless the company paid its outstanding debts by September 21.

    Air Armenia said the statement damaged its business reputation and that, as a result, its fleet was reduced to one aircraft.

    Other than Russian cities, the airline had been flying to Paris, Frankfurt, and Athens.

    Air Armenia was founded as a cargo airline in 2003 and began operating commercial passenger flights in 2013 after the bankruptcy of Armavia.
  • HTC forecasts higher fourth-quarter sales
    31.10.2014 12:29
    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Friday that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to reach T$43 billion-T$47 billion ($1.4 billion-$1.57 billion), beating market expectations of T$41.5 billion.

    The forecast was also better than the T$41.86 billion revenue in the third quarter, the company said in a statement, without elaborating.

    Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be between 19 and 21 percent, it said. The gross margin was 22.9 percent in the third quarter.

    Earlier this month, HTC said it earned T$640 million in unaudited net profit during the September quarter, well above a T$216.23 million mean estimate of 13 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
  • '˜Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities to develop information exchangeв'
    31.10.2014 12:19
    Baku, October 30 AzerTAc

    "Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities for it to develop information exchange with foreign countries," Director General of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Aslan Aslanov has told British Ambassador in Baku Irfan Siddiq.

    Mr. Aslanov said: "AzerTAc as the national news agency is willing to take advantage of this opportunity." The Director General said Azerbaijan "has become a venue for international political, humanitarian and sport events".

    Mr. Aslanov provided an insight into AzerTAc`s history and achievements, adding the agency has bilateral agreements with national news agencies of more than 40 countries.

    "This increases our responsibility as an accurate and reliable source of news."

    He stressed the importance of social media, saying national news agencies "should take advantage of the opportunities of social media to enhance the geography of the spread of their news".

    He hailed "close' relations between AzerTAc and British Press Association. "We have sincere and friendly relations with CEO of Press Association Clive Marshall." "Mr. Marshall made an important contribution to the Baku meeting of the News Agencies World Council (NACO) hosted by AzerTAc earlier this year. He also visited the regions of Azerbaijan during his stay in the country."

    Ambassador Siddiq said historically friendly relations existed between Azerbaijan and Great Britain.

    He said Azerbaijan has reached a new level of development. The Ambassador said British energy companies are interested in making investment in Azerbaijan. Mr. Siddiq said he is ready to contribute to developing relations with Azerbaijan in the fields of trade and education during his diplomatic tenure.

    He also stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries in the field of information. Mr. Siddig expressed his readiness to contribute to the development of cooperation with AzerTAc.
  • A blind woman regains her sight after hitting head on table
    31.10.2014 12:06
    A woman who went blind at the age of 11 has miraculously had her sight restored after hitting her head on a coffee table 13 years later, SIA reports quoting the Metro.

    Lisa Reid, from Auckland, went blind as a child due to a tumour pressing down on her optic nerve.

    But incredibly her sight was completely restored when she accidentally knocked her head into a coffee table several years later.

    Ms Reid had been leaning down to kiss her guide dog Ami goodnight on November 15, 2000 when she hit the furniture. She was 24 at the time.

    The next morning, she woke up and she could see again.

    "Nobody knows what happened or can explain it," Ms Reid, now 38, told MailOnline.

    Ms Reid, who is now a mother to daughter Maddison, revealed her story to raise awareness of New Zealandв's Blind Foundation.
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal
    31.10.2014 11:54
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.

    After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.

    With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed an accord clinched in Brussels barely 24 hours before he and the rest of his team make way for a new EU executive.

    "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter," he told a news conference after witnessing the signing of documents by the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers and EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

    Oettinger said he saw in the agreement a "first glimmer" of detente between Moscow and Kiev in a conflict that has plunged East-West relations into a chill not seen since the Cold War.

    Worth $4.6 billion in total, the package calls for Ukraine to pay $3.1 billion in two tranches by the end of the year to cover debts for previous supplies from Russia's Gazprom, and Kiev will have $1.5 billion, some from existing accords with the EU and IMF, to pay for about 4 billion cubic meters of new gas until March, for which Russia is insisting on cash up front.
  • Prime Minister of Republic of Latvia congratulates Caspian Energy International Media Group on 15th anniversary
    31.10.2014 11:52
    Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, has congratulated the readers and the editorial staff of the Caspian Energy International Media Group on the 20th anniversary of the international Contract of the Century, signed under the leadership of National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, and the 15th anniversary of the Caspian Energy journal at world information markets.

    Owing to National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the Oil Contract of the Century helped Azerbaijan to strengthen its economic independence and integrate into the world economy.

    ''I express my deep gratitude to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev'', Laimdota Straujuma noted and emphasized ''Nowadays President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyevв's successful policy facilitates implementation of major projects and active development of business climate in the Baltic region'', says the address of the Prime Minister of Latvia.

    ''Relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Latvia are developing successfully. The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Latvia developed in all spheres. Especially today Latvia is involved in regional and European integration, actively participates in regional forums and projects, supports the efforts of the countries of the Eastern Partnership. "Eastern Partnership" is a project created by the European Union. The main aim of this project is the convergence of the European Union with six countries, one of which is Azerbaijan'', she said.

    ''I sincerely congratulate your readers on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the journalв'в', Laimdota Straujuma emphasized.

    ''I wish to the Caspian Energy Journal every future success, peace, prosperity and the further development'', Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, underscored.

    Read exclusive interview of Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma in one of the following issues of the Caspian Energy journal.

    Caspian Energy is spread in 50 countries of the world. Interviews of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the CIS and EU countries, as well as heads of relevant international organizations, large transnational companies, reviews and analytical materials of leading experts are published in the journal.

    Interviews of Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, President of the Czech Republic MiloЕЎ Zeman, President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan were published in the previous issues of the Caspian Energy journal through 2014.

    According to various estimates, the Caspian Energy journal is one of top 5 leading editions of the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions and the landmark for many investors in determining their activity in the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions.
  • Hassan Rouhani to visit Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 11:52
    The visit will take place before the end of this month.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in Azerbaijan before the end of this month.

    Oxu.Az reports citing SalamNews and IRNA that the statement came from the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayin. In his speech at a ceremony in Bilesuvar city of Iranian province of Ardebil he said that the Iranian President will visit Baku before the end of this month.

    The Iranian ambassador highly praised the meetings of the presidents Ilham Aliyev and Hassan Rouhani in Davos and Tehran. According to him, these meetings led to the growth and expansion of economic relationships.
  • Teachers order to take off wig from terminally ill girl
    31.10.2014 11:48
    A terminally-ill girl with alopecia was left in tears at school after teachers ordered her to remove her wig, SIA reports quoting the Metro.

    Ashanti Elliot Smith, aged 11,suffers from a rare ageing diseasecalledHutchinson Gilford Progeria and also has alopecia.

    When she turned up for school in West Sussexin a bubblegum pink wig, she was told to take it off becauseit could encourage fellow pupils to dye their hair the same colour.

    Her mother, Phoebe Smith, 29 said she was horrified at the school ordering her daughter to remove the hair piece.

    She said: 'She was devastated when they told her to take it off. Her little heart was broken, itв's disgusting.в'

    Ms Smith explained that the wig was donated by a friend as the family cannot afford human hair wigs.

    'Itв's a pink wig, come on, other children would have understood. I have only got a few years left with her so we want her to live it to the fullв' said her mother.

    Due to her disease, Ashantiis not expected to live past 15 butrecently fulfilled a lifelong wish to swim with dolphins in Florida. This dream was made possible despite her father hitting headlines after being jailed for stealing the ВЈ3,500donated by charity for the trip.

    Herschool,Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill, has not made a comment regardingthe incident.
  • Exhibition in Moscow: "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity"
    31.10.2014 11:30
    We see people and man-made creations on his photographs.

    An exhibition of Russian photographer Andrey Bronnikov titled "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity" opened in Moscow Multimedia Art Museum. The ability to see the beauty in trivial things, to find something gorgeous in the ordinary is the talent of the master. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Andrew Bronnikov tried to tell about what charmed him in Azerbaijan in his works.

    Oxu.Az reports citing "Vestnik Kavkaza" that on his photographs we see people and man-made creations, we travel to Baku, Gobustan, Sheki, Lagich and Nakhichevan, he transports us from the past to the future. The author, Andrew Bronnikov told us how the idea of the exhibition originated: "The idea came very easy. I worked on assignment of photo editor's office in Baku, filmed different materials for 7 years. There were no specific ideas. You know, when I shoot the materials to order, I always look around and still want to find something really interesting, that does not fit into the magazine. It happened because Azerbaijan is a magical, wonderful, beautiful country, I found a lot of interesting things. The result was an exhibition. What is the charm of Azerbaijan? Its amazing intertwinement, and the combination of climate and landscape, and culture, and traditions, and wonderful people and some astonishing human stories, all I wanted to somehow reflect what I've seen. I do not know how it happened. "

    Director of the Moscow House of Photography Olga Sviblova shared her impressions of the exhibition: "Through this exhibition, we can see what we can't see, when we come to the first guest tour. We can see how the old crafts are flourishing today, we can see the Fire Temple, everyone needs to get there. We can see the ingenious building of the petals in the center of Baku, which shows how it all together can coexist in the same territory. The more it is a mixture of styles and of the times, the more we see the future. I think that the exhibition succeeded, and the festivity took place. Of course, we also discuss our future plans. "

    Dmitry Shepelev, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian TV and radio anchor, said: "Quite long friendship links me to Baku. I once visited the city and fell in love with it. We are close friends with Rovshan Asgarov. Actually I considered it right to come here today and share this joyous day. "

    Rector of Russian State Humanitarian University Yefim Pivovar said: "The love to the country, which is very rich, very colorful, is reflected in this exhibition. Some perspectives are unique: the ancient, rock paintings, which we have seen many times, but not in this perspective, of course. I am very glad to see another alternative of the pomergarante epic because Azerbaijani pomegranate is a special colour, special culture. Of course, here is the mass of insightful works that reflect the beauty and richness of this land. "

    "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity" exhibition will last until November 3.
  • Azerbaijani military schools to hold NATO Days
    31.10.2014 11:10
    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces will hold NATO Days next week, NATO delegation that will attend the events told APA.

    The events will be held at the military schools of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    Representatives of different structures of the Alliance, as well as high-ranking military officials of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) will attend NATO Days.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    31.10.2014 10:32
    The ceasefire was violated 31 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Gaymagli village of Gazakh region from their posts in Barekamavan village of Armenia's Noyemberyan region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Ashagi Veyselli, Horadiz and Garakhanbeyli villages of Fuzuli, Shuraabad and Novruzlu villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region and nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    Defense Ministry's press service told APA that the enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • Pomegranate paradise in Goychay
    31.10.2014 10:22

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan is a country of ancient traditions that have been respected for centuries. In addition, the country is keen on creating more pleasant traditions, Pomegranate Festival is among them.

    This unique and juicy holiday has been celebrated regularly in early November since 2006 around the country and mainly in Goychay.

    Goychay's pomegranates have gained international recognition as the true Azerbaijani pomegranates. The secret of the magnificent taste and quality of the Goychay pomegranates is unique microclimate and fruitful soil.

    The main attraction of the beautiful pomegranates is its sweet and healthy seeds. Pomegranate contains 8-19 percent of glucose and fructose, 3-7 percent - citric acid, minerals as well as vitamins, cellulose, and pectin substances. This fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants.

    Pomegranate juice improves appetite and treats anaemia and other diseases.

    The king of all fruits, as it is called in Azerbaijan, pomegranate is constantly associated with fertility and strong health.

    The pomegranate has been praised in the Holy Quran and considered to be a fruit of paradise. For this reason, Azerbaijanis concern this tree and its fruits as sacred.

    This fruit is also honored in other religious. For the Christians, pomegranate means life and hope for eternal life, for the Jews, it represents righteousness, and for the Chinese it implies wealth and many sons.

    The Azerbaijani climate, that has nine of eleven climatic zones, is perfect for pomegranate in the southern regions with mild winters and hot summers. The symbol of profusion, pomegranate has been cultivated in the country throughout centuries.

    The most popular Azerbaijani sorts of pomegranates are Guloysha, Bala Mursal, Nazik gabig, Shah nar, Girmizi gabig, Shelli cross breeding, Girmizi valas Shahnaz, and Agshirin.

    The attractive feature of the Azerbaijani pomegranates is its non-use of organic fertilizers.

    Azerbaijan not only grows pomegranates, but also produces pomegranate juice for export. Another export product from pomegranate that is very famous beyond the country is juice concentrate Narsharab, which is used as a sauce to meat and fish.

    As you can see, pomegranate is a wonder and holding of festival of such a profitable fruit seems evident.

    The festival gathers the varieties of pomegranates grown in different villages of Goychay and the products made of pomegranate to the exhibition held in the town square.

    Foreigners and local tourists adore to come here to eat pomegranate and drink its juice to heart's content.

    Along with degustation, young athletes' performs, concerts, games and quizzes are taking place in the town's center at the holiday. One of the most interesting games is extracting pomegranate juice with hands for time.

    This holiday is also a perfect opportunity to provide your body with vitamins before the cold winter, so do not miss any chance to see the biggest pomegranate in Goychay.
  • Baku hosts Conference on Macroeconomy and Financial Stability
    31.10.2014 10:15
    Baku hosts the first International Research Conference, Fineko/ reports.

    According to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (its organizer), the Conference will focus on macroeconomic policy and financial stability in developing countries.

    The Conference has brought together 30 representatives of the Central Banks and Universities of 15 countries.
  • Barroso hopes gas deal helps to improve Russian-Ukrainian relations
    31.10.2014 09:50
    The European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, following trilateral gas talks in Brussels, said he hopes that the gas agreement will help to improve the Russian-Ukrainian relations.

    "I have hopes that this agreement will have the opportunity to improve relations between Ukraine and Russia," Barroso said after the trilateral talks.

    Barroso also stated that all sides agreed to follow the terms of the contract, as no one will benefit from the new disruptions of gas deliveries.

    Russia and Ukraine on Thursday held the final round of gas talks, mediated by the European Commission, to find an interim solution to the standoff over Ukraine's unpaid gas bills and the price Kiev will pay for Russian gas supplies during the upcoming winter.

    Following the talks, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union signed a so-called "winter package" agreement on gas deliveries, while Gazprom and Naftogaz signed an addendum to the contract, securing conditions for gas deliveries up until March 2015.
  • Miley and Rihanna raise eyebrows at amfAR gala
    31.10.2014 09:45
    Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are well known for outrageous costumes, so it's a surprise that anyone bats an eye when they show up on a red carpet in something outre.

    But they both managed to get tongues wagging and self-appointed censors squawking at the Los Angeles amfAR Inspiration Gala fundraiser for AIDs research on Wednesday night. It seems they let the girls out.

    Rihanna, left, and Miley Cyrus attend amfAR's gala at Milk Studios in Hollywood. (AFP / Getty Images)

    Miley's black Tom Ford gown featured sequined straps that crisscrossed over the bodice to just barely cover the essentials for what the Huffington Post called a "bondage vibe." Much of her breasts, hips and tummy were on display.

    Rihanna wore a look from Ford's spring 2015 collection that featured sparkling pasties on the top. And she styled it as Ford did on the runway, with black thigh-high stockings, revealed under the slit skirt.

    "It was really only a matter of time before she wore the polarizing gown," according to Erica Schwiegershausen at the Cut blog.
  • Middlemen thwart mine closures, Turkish labor minister says after disaster
    31.10.2014 09:30
    Turkish Labor Minister Faruk Г‡elik has admitted that the state is having trouble in closing down mines under bad conditions, implying that local nepotism was hampering efforts.

    "This pain is unbearable," Çelik told journalists in Ermenek, the small town in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman where efforts were desperately continuing to pull out 18 workers trapped 375 meters below the ground at a mine that filled with underground water on Oct. 28.

    "It is time we find a solution to this problem. Whenever we attempt to close a mine, the employer brings in 50 people to mediate. This responsibility is on all of us," he added.

    The government attempted to close down many unsafe mines following a mine disaster in the Aegean town of Soma, which was the site of Turkey's largest ever industrial disaster in May, killing 301.

    However, many mines, including the Ermenek mine, were reopened after little improvement.

    Speaking to daily Vatan, Çelik said the Labor Ministry is responsible for inspections but the real problem is about licensing small mines, which are poor in both safety conditions and production capacity.

    He said employers were avoiding investing in small mines, which are about to expire, and try to cut costs by bypassing safety requirements.

    "I think such mines should be shut down," he said, adding that the same problems of nepotism are also present in the construction sector.

    Çelik was among a team that went underground for inspections after the incident. "I will speak bluntly, what I saw is that this mine should not have gotten a license. We went in with the prime minister [Ahmet DavutoДџlu]. Before that, we went in with three ministers. All of our jackets were wet from sweat while coming back up. Now you try to imagine the conditions inside," he said.

    "The slope is 35 degrees. The worker has to go down 350 to 400 meters. There is no rail system, no elevators. They go on foot. They say that climbing back takes 45 minutes. We went down only 200 meters and all were exhausted. How can these workers work?" he asked.

    Miners also reportedly told the ministers that they had not received their payments for months, and complained that inspectors had not shown up at the site at all.

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan said at the scene of the accident on Oct. 29 that the government had brought in many regulations after the Soma disaster.

    "With that legal regulation, we have introduced various benefits for the workers at mines. However, it was obvious that some problems would emerge due to those employers who were not happy with it," he said.
  • First Global Forum on Youth Policies adopts Baku declaration
    31.10.2014 09:06
    The First Global Forum on Youth Policies held in Baku has come to an end.

    A number of regional sessions were held on the last day of the forum, APA reports. At the regional sessions, the sides discussed the works carried out in Africa, Western Asia, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean states on youth policies and development, having an exchange of experience among one another's countries. Later on, the sessions' moderators reported on the discussions.

    Kuwait's Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah said the forum will give a new impetus to the development of global youth, adding that it will not only be remembered with the Baku Declaration: "We held very important discussions here. We have to be even closer to youths, getting to know what they like. I think the forum will contribute to this issue".

    Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said in his speech the forum has been providing information experience to youths for three days and was very interesting: "We had a look at the past and future, discussing modern day and development. There are also difficulties in development. Unfortunately, today we have some youths joining radical religious groups. Education and exchange of experience are ahead of all things. For us, one of the most essential things is quality education. Azerbaijan is located in a region which is quite vital in geographical terms. We want our youths to be in continuous touch with those in other countries and gain good experience".

    The minister added that Azerbaijan is one of the countries that seriously approach events happening in the world: "I'm sure this forum made history. One of the most interesting aspects of this forum is President Ilham Aliyev's decision to transfer $1 million to the UN Global Foundation for the countries suffering in the fight against Ebola".

    In the end, the Baku Declaration of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies was passed.
  • Biased interview on NK removed from VoA Armenia website
    31.10.2014 08:50
    The Voice of America Armenian service has removed a biased video-interview on occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan from the website.

    A statement was posted on the website in this regard, APA reports quoting AzerTAc.

    "On October 18, 2014, VOA Armenian service aired a 10-minute video-interview on Nagorno-Karabakh on its website violating balance of journalistic standards and objective review of the Voice of America. We regret for the breach of our standards and are confident that the VOA Armenian service will operate as a reliable news source," says the statement.
  • Ali Huseynli: Silence of international organizations and states over ''trial'' of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev unclear
    30.10.2014 23:08
    ''International organizations and some countries that are asking Azerbaijan to be patient and peaceful must take an action for the immediate release of the hostages''

    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov - APA. Movement within boundaries of their own country is one of the fundamental rights of every citizen and is clearly confirmed in the European Convention on Human Rights (Article в„-2), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article в„-13), International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Article в„-5), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article в„-12) and other international documents.

    Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on Law Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli said this while commenting on the "trial" of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev held by the separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh yesterday, APA reports.

    He said the Resolution 822 of the UN Security Council demands the withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Kalbajar region.

    "President Ilham Aliyev has always held a principal position regarding the issues on the protection of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. We all should take an example from Mr. President. We consider a campaign launched on social networks for the release of the Azerbaijani civilians taken hostage during their regular visits to the country's regions a very important act in terms of informing the world community about Armenia's actions contrary to international legal norms and principles and support it," he said.

    Huseynli said that Azerbaijan's borders are recognized by the UN and other international organizations as well as the world countries. The Republic of Armenia has occupied Azerbaijani territories through armed aggression which is considered a crime under international law.

    "The international law does not accept and recognize the change of borders by force. The occupation of Azerbaijani territories is an obvious fact for world countries and organizations. The UN four resolutions confirmed the fact of occupation, demanding the withdrawal of aggressors from the occupied territories. In particular, the UN Resolution 822 demands the withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Kalbajar region. According to the Article 51 of the UN Charter, the occupation of a territory gives the country that suffered the occupation, the right to liberate its lands and at the same time, does not prohibit the free movement of the citizens of the country, which is under occupation. Armenian armed forces took Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev hostages in Azerbaijan and within its internationally recognized borders. The international law does not authorize the Armenian armed forces for such actions. Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev did not violate any country's borders or any law, they moved within their own country. Contrary to international law, they were taken hostage though they were civilians. They were demonstrated attitude contrary to international humanitarian law and even the so-called trial was held," Hasanli said.

    The committee chairman said that it is inadmissible for an illegal and marionette regime that is unrecognized by any of world countries and has made its ambition, procedure, and result in Nagorno-Karabakh which is an integral part of Azerbaijan clear ahead of time to play a political game over a couple of civilians and their grief resulting from paying a visit to the graves of their parents.

    "Silence of international organizations and states criticizing Azerbaijan in a tendentious manner over this issue is unclear. It seems as if some countries and international organizations have forgotten that human rights and freedoms are not a political tool, but an issue about the fates of humans. In fact, the primary purpose of international organizations and some countries is to apply human rights and freedoms to Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev. Taking all mentioned above and the international law into account, we demand Armenia and its backers immediately release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev. International organizations and some countries that are asking Azerbaijan to be patient and peaceful must take an action in this respect. Remember that Azerbaijan is a sovereign country and must protect and save its citizens. The world and the international law are well familiar with the examples of countries that have saved their citizens in the territories of other countries.

    At the same time, a separatist and occupying regime conducting a judicial procedure against hostages is beyond any judicial norms. With such a step, Armenia uses the principle of law supremacy for its own dishonest political goals. What is even more upsetting is that international organizations which continuously speak about law supremacy are silent about this matter," he added.
  • Beckham and Amal Clooney go head-to-head for British Style Award
    30.10.2014 23:00
    David Beckham and Amal Clooney are going head-to-head for the title of Britain's most stylish individual.

    The pair have been nominated by the British Fashion Council for their prestigious British Style Awards, competing against the likes of Emma Watson and Jourdan Dunn for the title.

    It comes as no surprise that Amal features on this list, as all eyes were on the human rights lawyer's wedding style as she married Hollywood actor George Clooney in Venice this September.

    Amal, who was already renowned for her chic and elegant outfits, didn't disappoint, wowing in a custom-made French lace Oscar de la Renta gown embroidered with pearls, featuring off-the-shoulder sleeves and a gorgeous lace overlay.

    Meanwhile, David has repeatedly had jaws dropping with his striking campaigns for Hamp;M, and made his first step into the world of designing earlier this year as he launched a capsule collection for menswear brand Belstaff.

    Despite launching her flagship store in London and dazzling the fashion pack with her collection at New York Fashion week this year, wife Victoria doesn't feature on the list.

    Supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are also competing for the title, following their striking campaign for Burberry's fragrance.

    The full list of nominees:

    Amal Clooney

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Bobby Gillespie

    Cara Delevingne

    Daniel Sturridge

    David Beckham

    David Gandy

    Douglas Booth

    Emma Watson

    FKA Twigs

    Helen Mirren

    Idris Elba

    Jamie Hince

    Jourdan Dunn

    Kate Moss

    Kiera Knightley

    Ralph Fiennes

    Rita Ora

    Tinie Tempah
  • Basketball: Eurobasket 2015 team choices in Paris
    30.10.2014 22:40
    The top competition in Europeanbasketball,EuroBasket 2015, will select the teams to competein Disneyland Paris on December 8.

    The participating 24 teams, including Turkey, will be separatedinto four groups, according to the statement made bythe International Basketball Federation, thegoverning body for basketball in Europe, on its website,.

    "Disneyland Paris will set a magical stage for the EuroBasket Draw, announcing the spectacle that will await us next year" remarked FederationEurope President Turgay Demirel.

    The European Basketball Championship, to be heldfrom 5 to20 September,will also serveas a qualification round for 2016 Olympics to be held in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro.

    The tournament will be held in four different countries for the first time. SoEuroBasket 2015'sgroup competitionswill be held in Germany's capital cityBerlin, French city Montpellier, Latvian capital city Riga and Croatia's Zagreb, and the finals will be played in French city Lille.

    After the crisis in Ukraine, the Federationannounced that differentcountries from those initially planned will be hosting the tournament for security reasons.
  • Azerbaijan once again plunges into the world of luxury and art
    30.10.2014 22:27
    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    Art and Jewels of the World 2014 exhibition has opened at Four Seasons Hotel Baku.

    At a press conference preceding the opening ceremony, Valentina Vassileva, Art and Jewels of the World CEO, Sixtine Crutchfield, manager of the exhibition, Sam Ioannidis, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Lina Aliyeva, Editor-in-Chief of L'Officiel Azerbaijan, and Vyacheslav Sapunov, Editor-in-Chief of Boutique Baku, provided an insight into the exhibition.

    Spring of 2013 was the starting point for the annual exhibition "Jewels of the World". This autumn Baku is offering the world a new tradition, combining the jeweler's art with the visual art, thus transforming Jewels of the World in Art and Jewels of the World 2014.

    French and international galleries joined the world's luxurious and leading jewelry brands by presenting among the best works of art.

    Visitors of the exhibition, which will run until November 2, will be able to evaluate, enjoy and try the unique creations of jewelry, see the works of international artists and have an opportunity to talk with the fashion house and gallery presenters.

    Jeweler's art is represented by such brands as: Al Nahar, Avenue, Brigitte Ermel, Grande Luxe, Michael Young, Quinting Watches, RCM Gioielli, Shakh Diamond, Suzanne Syz Art Jewels. World Art Gallery will present the following: YAY Gallery, Berko Fine Paintings, Boccara Gallery, Maison D'Art, Ruzhnikov.

    The event featured a special tasting program by Johnnie Walker.
  • Hackers breach White House computer system
    30.10.2014 22:21
    The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday, with The Washington Post newspaper reporting that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act.

    "In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network," said the White House official, speaking on condition of not being named.

    "Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity." The Washington Post quoted sources as saying hackers believed to be working for the Russian government were believed to be responsible.

    The hackers entered the US presidential mansion's unclassified computer network in recent weeks, the Post quotes the sources as saying.

    In a statement, the White House official said the Executive Office of the President receives daily alerts concerning numerous possible cyber threats.

    In the course of addressing the breach, some White House users were temporarily disconnected from the network.

    "Our computers and systems have not been damaged, though some elements of the unclassified network have been affected. The temporary outages and loss of connectivity for our users is solely the result of measures we have taken to defend our networks," the official said.

    No additional information was immediately available.
  • World Bank Country Manager hails Azerbaijani government`s work to solve problems of refugees and IDPs
    30.10.2014 22:06
    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    World Bank Country Manager for Azerbaijan Larisa Leshchenko has praised what the Azerbaijani government is doing to solve the problems of refugees and IDPs.

    "The World Bank is interested in maintaining cooperation with Azerbaijan, and working with IDPs," she told Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Affairs, chairman of the Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance Ali Hasanov. Ms. Leshchenko expressed her confidence that projects related to refugees and IDPs will further be successfully implemented.

    Mr. Hasanov said the relations between the Azerbaijani government and the World Bank "reached a qualitatively new level in the past few years". He stressed the importance of joint projects.

    "The government of Azerbaijan is solving the problems of citizens. Our growing economic potential allows us to do it."

    Mr. Hasanov highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the problems of more than 1.2 million refugees and IDPs. He stressed the necessity of implementing projects aimed at improving the living standard of refugees and IDPS, including supporting youth and micro-loan programs.

    They also discussed "Azerbaijan - Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Living Standards and Livelihoods Project" which is implemented under a loan agreement signed between the Azerbaijani government and the World Bank. Some 44 micro-projects were implemented benefiting more than 42,000 IDPs throughout Azerbaijan in the first nine months of the year.

    Mr. Hasanov said the government of Azerbaijan was interested in continuing cooperation with the World Bank and benefiting from its experience.
  • Ukraine gives no guarantees on paying off its Russian gas debt
    30.10.2014 21:52
    After 12 hours of intense trilateral negotiations in Brussels, Ukraine has failed to provide written guarantees on finding funds to pay off its gas debt before Gazprom and pay in advance for future supplies.

    The Russian delegation has left the Belgian capital, while the missions of Ukraine and the European Commission continue talks. A source close to negotiations said Russia is ready to come back to Brussels on Thursday if Kiev and the EC agree on financial guarantees.
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