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

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

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

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    /By AzerNews/

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The production association Azerigas of Azerbaijan's State Oil Company (SOCAR) supplied with gas some 58 settlements in 25 districts of the country in 2014, the Azerigas head, Akbar Hajiyev, said.

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  • New center in Acre to strengthen Azerbaijani-Israeli relations '" mayor
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.27

    By Anakhanum Hidayatova - Trend:

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  • Elman Rustamov: ''Azerbaijan is pursuing a responsible macroeconomic policy''
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    Noting that Azerbaijan has never conducted populist policy, CB Chairman said that Azerbaijan uses oil incomes rationally: "International financial organizations were holding discussions when the oil prices are gained and they were recommending to us that these incomes should be spent correctly, diversified in the foreign markets, saved for future generations and etc. In that time, President chose a good strategy and noted that of course, funds also should be saved for future generations, but they must see beautiful infrastructure, developed country, modern economy. We achieved current situation of the country using most of these funds, saved remaining part for protection of macro stability".
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  • UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up
    27.01.2015 15:18
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    The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

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  • Georgia, Lithuania expanding co-op in economy
    27.01.2015 15:18
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 27

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia and Lithuania signed an intergovernmental agreement on economic cooperation.

    The document was signed by Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius as part of the Georgian-Lithuanian business forum being held in Tbilisi.

    During the signing ceremony, the parties noted that the agreement is intended to stimulate the development of economic relations between the two countries.

    In particular, Garibashvili highlighted the development of bilateral relations between Georgia and Lithuania, and spoke about the attractive investment climate in Georgia.

    "Our cooperation is expanding, as exemplified by a 30-percent growth in bilateral trade turnover between Georgia and Lithuania. Georgia's exports to Lithuania rose by 40 percent, and this growth will continue in the future," PM Garibashvili noted.

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  • Baku, Bratislava mull cooperation in energy field
    27.01.2015 14:57
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijani and Slovakian top officials have discussed the development of relation in various fields.

    Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister met Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia on January 26 as part of his official visit to Bratislava.

    Noting the intensive and pragmatic development of relations between the two friendly countries, Lajcak referred to the existence of favorable potential for the development of cooperation in the spheres of economy, energy, agriculture and tourism, the Foreign Ministry reported.

    Mammadyarov, in turn, expressed his satisfaction with the development of relations between two countries, highlighting the need to broaden the bilateral legal-treaty basis, particularly signing of agreements on avoidance of double taxation and protection of investments for further development of cooperation.

    Referring to favorable location of Slovakia in energy transit, Mammadyarov noted the existence of an appropriate ground for cooperation in this field.

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    Furthermore, speaking about the long-lasting Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mammadyarov briefed about the negotiation process over the settlement of the problem.

    He stressed that for the resolution of the conflict, first and foremost, the Armenian armed forces has to be withdrawn from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan has to be guaranteed.

    Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that had caused a lengthy war in the early 1990s.

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  • Tehran, Moscow work on visa abolition for businessmen and tourists
    27.01.2015 14:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    Trend:

    Iran and Russia are working on the possibility of establishing a visa-free regime, as well as for the tourists, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanai said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    "Signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2015 must be the first action," he said.

    "Our businessmen face problems with getting Russian visas, especially long-term," the ambassador said. "However, we are pleased that the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran Sergey Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed to simplify the visa regime, especially for businessmen and tourists in 2014. At the moment, the foreign ministries of Russia and Iran are operating. They prepared a memorandum of understanding. I am confident that it will be signed in 2015."

    He stressed that in this case the matter rests in businessmen, tourists and some other citizens.

    "It will be much easier," the ambassador said. "Of course, this will not be a visa-free regime, but it will be the first action to this."

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  • EU foreign ministers to consider new sanctions against Russia
    27.01.2015 14:51
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    EU foreign ministers are to consider new sanctions against Russia.

    European Union leaders asked their foreign ministers on Tuesday to consider an appropriate response to renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, including new sanctions against Russia, when the ministers meet in Brussels on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

    "We express our concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. We condemn the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on 24 January 2015," the leaders said in a rare joint statement.
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  • German Olympic body adopts athleteв's accord for doping-free Baku 2015
    27.01.2015 14:47
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    The DOSB (Germanyв's NOC) has adopted an athleteв's accord as well as an honour and commitment declaration for the Baku 2015 European Games.

    All athletes must sign the accord to be nominated for the German team at Baku 2015, with the athletes committing themselves to doping-free sport.

    The honour and commitment declaration applies to the coaches, trainers, doctors, physiotherapists and all other team staff. Similar to the Olympic Games, they must agree with all anti-doping regulations and acknowledge the Olympic Charter.

    The German team will comprise about 300 athletes at Baku 2015 from 12-28 June 2015. The DOSB will nominate its team in the spring.
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  • Baku to host International Travel and Tourism Fair 2015
    27.01.2015 14:41
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    The 14th Azerbaijan International Travel and Tourism fair ''AITF-2015'' will be held at the Baku Expo Center on April 2-4.

    According to the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism, AITF 2015 will welcome 35 exhibiting countries, AzerTag reports.

    Exhibitors from these countries will represent a wide cross-section of the travel industry, including airlines and air agents, tour operators and travel agents, hotels and hotel chains, spas, resorts, and companies specializing in luxury, business, adventure, educational and ecological tourism. Aside from this, medical tourism will be heavily represented, and for the first time in the event`s history AITF 2015 will feature an area of the tourism industry which has been gaining increasing popularity.

    A number of major exhibitors have considerably increased the size of their stands.

    AITF 2015 has been actively supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan since its launch.

    AITF has reached a world level and become the leading international exhibition in the Caucasian region. AITF reflects dynamic development of the very promising tourism market in the region and establishes a solid platform for domestic and international experts to demonstrate the recent trends in business, incentive, health and luxury travel.
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  • Azerbaijan to perform in 2nd semi-final of Eurovision 2015
    27.01.2015 14:38
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Next Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be held in Vienna, Austria.

    Austrian Conchita Wurst won ESC 2014 at the Bamp;W Hallerne, Copenhagen, on May 10. That's why Austria will be the next country, where this grandiose event will take place.

    The Host City Insignia ceremony and the Semi-Final Allocation Draw for the 2015 ESC took place at the City Hall in Vienna, Austria.

    The hosts of the Allocation Draw, Kati Bellowitsch and Andi Knoll, announced it was time for the most exciting moment as all countries were drawn into the Semi-Finals as well as in either the first or the second part of the show.

    Azerbaijan will perform in the second semi-final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

    The first Semi-Final will be held on the 19th of May. It will have 16 participants while the second one with 17 singers will takes place on the 21st of May. The big Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is on the 23rd of May.

    So far, it is unknown who will represent the country at the 60th ESC. The winner will be announced after the national qualifying round, which will be held further.

    This is the eighth time that Azerbaijan will participate in the ESC. The country debuted at the contest in 2008 and has always presented a remarkable show since then.

    Azerbaijan won the event on its fourth attempt in 2011 with Ell and Nikki's Running Scared song, which brought the contest to Baku in 2012.

    The ESC is broadcasting every year since its inauguration in 1956 and thus became one of the longest-running television programs in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with some 100 million to 600 million audiences internationally. Since 2000, ESC can be seen online.
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  • Iran to spare no effort for arming West Bank
    27.01.2015 14:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran will spare no effort to supply arms to the West Bank in Palestine, the Islamic Republic's defense minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said.

    Iran will use all possible capacities to provide the Palestinians with arms in the West Bank, Dehghan said, Iranian ISNA news agency reported Jan. 27.

    He made the remarks in a ceremony to honor Lebanese Hezbollah group's killed fighters at the representative office of the group in Tehran.

    Israel makes all efforts to destroy Hezbollah, but it has achieved no result despite all efforts and plots, the Iranian minister said.

    A senior general of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in Syria on Jan. 18 as a result of an Israeli helicopter strike.

    The strike took place in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line separating the Israeli and Syrian sectors. Five Hezbollah fighters including the son of the group's slain military commander, Imad Mughniyeh were also killed in the attack.

    Iranian officials have on numerous occasions stated that the Islamic Republic will send military aid to the West Bank.

    Last July Iran 's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

    "We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine 's destiny should act in this regard," Khamenei said.

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  • Important statement from Armenian Foreign Minister regarding downed helicopter
    27.01.2015 14:37
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    "There were also dismissals."

    Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan admitted that the helicopter downed on November 12 last year in Nagorno-Karabakh sheered.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the portal "Armenia today", Ohanian said that an internal investigation is carried out due to this fact:

    "In connection with the incident, some were reprimanded, some were dismissed. The crew of the helicopter, carrying out the the training flight, sheered."

    On November 12, 2014 at 13:45 in the 1,700 meters to the north-east of the Kengerli village of Agdam region Mi-24 belonging to the Armenian Armed Forces, went on the combat course and attacked Azerbaijani positions.

    As a result of the fire launched from the Azerbaijani side, the enemy helicopter was shot down. 3 crew members were killed.
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  • Facebook and Instagram went down because of hackers
    27.01.2015 14:33
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    Facebook and Instagram went offline because of Lizard Squad hackers, CBS said on Tuesday.

    "Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat Г¶ffline #LizardSquad", Lizard Squad tweeted.

    Facebook and Instagram failed on Tuesday morning. Facebook website was out of service while Messenger and Instagram could not be updated. Access to services was restored by 10 am Moscow time.

    Lizard Squad earlier assumed responsibility for cyber-attacks against Xbox and PlayStation online applications.

    Facebook press service has not yet returned a comment on causes of going offline.

    Facebook is the largest social network across the globe with $216 billion capitalization (NASDAQ). Its monthly audience is up to 1.19 billion users. 2013 year revenues totaled $7.87 billion, while the net income was $1.5 billion.
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  • Iran is ready to contribute to Karabakh conflict settlement - Minister
    27.01.2015 14:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    Trend:

    Tehran supports the processes to resolve conflicts in the South Caucasus on the basis of norms and principles of international law, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during his visit to Yerevan, Armenian media reported Jan. 27.

    "As a neighboring country with Armenia, Iran stands for the establishment of peace and friendship among all regional countries," he said. "We hope that the existing conflicts will be resolved peacefully."

    "We are ready to help for these problems to be positively resolved," Zarif said at a joint press conference with Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.

    Earlier, the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed the recent situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

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

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

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

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

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  • BP to review opportunities for pay increase in Azerbaijan
    27.01.2015 14:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.27

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    BP company will consider the opportunities for some pay increase for national employees in Azerbaijan and limited pay review funding has been approved for that purpose, BP-Azerbaijan told Trend on Jan.27.

    BP-Azerbaijan was responding to a query regarding the company's global plans to freeze wages of employees in 2015.

    "BP is seeking opportunities to maintain its competitiveness and increase efficiency in response to the currently challenging market environment," said BP-Azerbaijan.

    "This includes the decision to temporarily freeze annual pay review process for this year worldwide - in other words, for staff worldwide we do not expect base pay to increase in 2015."

    "This will apply throughout BP, although there may be a few exceptions for specific circumstances around the world," said the company.

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  • Main problems of Azerbaijani youth made public
    27.01.2015 14:32
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    Young people who constitute the majority of the population are the main innovative potential and labor resources of the country.

    Despite the annual increase in the number of Azerbaijani people with higher education certificates, the skills and abilities of the young specialists do not sufficiently meet the requirements of the market of labor and employers.

    According to Oxu.Az, this issue has been reflected in the lsquo;Strategy of Azerbaijani youth development for 2015-2025' approved by President Ilham Aliyev.

    The strategy notes that the insufficient level of knowledge and skills of the young specialists along with reducing the number of professions in the respective spheres leads to the replacement of these employees with foreign workers.

    As a result, staff insufficiency emerges in a number of specialties and unemployment level grows among the youth. Very weak interest is displayed in a number of specialties (agriculture, high technologies, etc) that are of importance for the country. Very few specialists show willingness to work in the regions.

    The strategy notes that the coordination of the education system, particularly, professional education with the demands of the rapidly growing country has become the necessity of today.
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  • Two more Azerbaijani banks, NBCO connect to E-govв't portal
    27.01.2015 14:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    AGBank OJSC, Rabitabank and non-banking credit organization (NBCO) Finance for Development have started issuing electronic certificates through the portal of electronic government (e-gov.az), the message of the Information Technology Center of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan said Jan.27.

    The message said the project is being implemented in order to provide personal information to the citizens appealed to the bank.

    One can use the service with the help of the "Online help on personal data of the citizens."

    Citizens will be able to create personal information about them after registering on the portal of electronic government and send it to the bank. Online Help will have legal force that will simplify the procedure of registration of documents for bank lending.

    Bank Respublika, Unibank, Bank of Baku, AccessBank, Muganbank, VTB Bank (Azerbaijan) and International Bank of Azerbaijan also joined the project of ITC. It is planned to expand cooperation in this field with other banks as well in the future.

    There are 44 banks in Azerbaijan.

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  • Moscow to host presentation of Mahammad Amin Rasulzadehв's encyclopedia
    27.01.2015 14:12
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    The Russian capital will host the presentation ceremony of the encyclopedia of Mahammad Amin Rasulzadeh, one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Peopleв's Republic.

    APA's Moscow correspondent reports that the ceremony has been organized by the All-Russian Azeri Congress, the Azerbaijani Youth Union of Russia, the Mejlis of Mahammad Amin Rasulzadeh.

    The ceremony will be held at the central office of the All-Russian Azeri Congress on January 30.

    The encyclopedia, authored by historian Nasiman Yagublu, has been dedicated to the life and work of M. A. Rasulzadeh, a famous statesman of Azerbaijan. For the first time, his work both in Azerbaijan and during migration is thoroughly being studied. The encyclopedia includes a general bibliography of all of his writings and works. Scientists, politicians, diplomats and researchers can benefit from this encyclopedia.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets Slovakian Premier
    27.01.2015 14:11
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    Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico.

    At the meeting Prime Minister Robert Fico expressed his satisfaction with the high development level of relations between the two countries. He added that high-level official visits further contribute to the development of the relations, AzerTag reports.

    Expressing his delight that Azerbaijan will host the First European Games on June 12-28 this year, Robert Fico said that his country pays particular attention for its participation in this sport event and adding that Slovakia will take part at the European Games with more than 100 athletes.

    Furthermore, he stressed the important role played by Azerbaijan in European energy security.

    The Azerbaijani Minister said the existence of favourable potential for the development of cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, energy, tourism and humanitarian affairs and noted the importance of holding business forums and establishing direct relations between the business communities.

    Referring to favorable location of the Slovakia in energy transit, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov noted the existence of vast potential for cooperation in this field as well.

    At the meeting the sides also discussed the regional and international developments and other issues of mutual concern.
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  • UN Secretary General to visit Baku
    27.01.2015 14:11
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    During his visit to the United States Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to sources in the ministry that during the meeting the sides discussed Azerbaijan's relations with UN, the organizations joining UN, prospects of cooperation with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, the UNWTO and UNDP.

    The minister informed Ban Ki-Moon about Azerbaijan's initiatives on contributing to peace worldwide and invited him to the third World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue due in Baku on 18-19 May.

    The secretary general noted that he was impressed with Azerbaijan's participation as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council in 2012-2013 and its contribution to peace worldwide, and especially the professional chairmanship of President Ilham Aliyev at the Council's session.

    Ban Ki-Moon noted that he is going to attend the UN forum of Alliance of Civilizations due in Baku in 2016.
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  • Iranian, Armenian FMs hold meeting
    27.01.2015 14:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    During a visit to Armenia, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Armenia's counterpart Edward Nalbandian Jan. 27, Iran's news agency reported.

    The ministers of the two countries are expected to hold a joint press conference.

    Zarif's visit to Armenia began Jan. 27. Iran's minister will meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and other officials as part of the two-day visit.

    ---

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  • Yerevan bears all responsibility for tension on contact line
    27.01.2015 13:59
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Baku has slammed Yerevan for the aggravation of tension on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani armed forces in the past several days.

    ''All the responsibility for the tense situation on the line of contact between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops rests entirely on Armenia, an invader state, which violates international law and the UN Charter,'' said Hikmet Hajiyev, the Head of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministryв's press service on January 26.

    Hajiyev was commenting on the recent provocations of Armenia that led to casualties on both sides.

    Armenian sabotage and reconnaissance groups attempted to attack the positions of the Azerbaijani army along the frontline and on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on January 26. While preventing the enemy attack, three servicemen of the Azerbaijani army were martyred and some others wounded.

    The Ministry also said during January, 17 Armenian servicemen were killed and about 20 others wounded.

    Hajiyev noted that the presence of the Armenian armed forces in Azerbaijanв's territories creates tension that threatens regional stability and security.

    He added that the provocative actions of Armenia aimed at the aggravation of the situation, prevent the settlement of the conflict saying Armenia is seeking to maintain the status quo.

    Hajiyev further noted that the Armenian regime uses ''the tense situation on the line of contact between troops'' as an excuse to divert attention from the political, economic and demographic crisis in the country, especially from the tense political situation that has arisen in recent days.

    He said the numerous losses of the Armenian side in the last days are the results of the irresponsible policy of the Armenian regime.

    ''Amid all these provocative actions, Armeniaв's participation in the negotiation process is a political gesture intended to deceive international community,'' he said.

    Hajiyev reiterated that first Armenia has to withdraw its occupying forces from Azerbaijanв's territories to pave the way for settlement of the conflict.

    Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

    Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
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  • Iran waits for Russia to realize contract on S-300
    27.01.2015 13:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    Trend:

    Iran is waiting for Russia to realize the contract on S-300 surface-to-air missile system, Mehdi Sanaei, the Iranian ambassador to Russia, said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency.

    "Iran still believes that the contract on S-300 was legitimate, and it wasn't in any case subject to sanctions," the ambassador said.

    "First, it was signed prior to the imposition of sanctions, and secondly, it is a defensive, not offensive system," he further noted. "Iran is awaiting the implementation of supplies."

    He said Iran hopes that the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu's visit to Tehran is a good sign.

    "Negotiations on this issue have been held constantly, but the realization of supplies is the main thing," the ambassador added.

    An intergovernmental agreement was signed on military cooperation between Russia and Iran during Shoygu's official visit to Tehran on Jan. 20.

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  • President hosts conference
    27.01.2015 13:58
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the conference, APA reports.

    The Heydar Aliyev Center has today hosted the conference dedicated to the outcomes of the first year of implementation of the "State Program on the socio-economic development of regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan".

    The head of state made opening remarks at the conference, and then Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Agriculture Heydar Asadov, Chairman of Melioration and Water Management OJSC Ahmad Ahmadzade and Chairman of Azersu OJSC Gorkhmaz Huseynov delivered speeches.

    Later on, President Ilham Aliyev made closing remarks at the conference.
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  • Baku gets ready for ''Our Olympiad''
    27.01.2015 13:47
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    A festival of pictures and handicrafts titled "Our Olympiad" will be held in Baku in March. The event will be organized by the Baku Culture and Tourism Department.

    The festival will bring together students of the children's music and art schools, as well as cultural institutions belonging to the department network.

    Aiming to identify and support talented children, adolescents and youngsters, the event will promote development of fine and decorative arts.

    Students aged 7-16 will participate in the festival. A professional jury will estimate the works of participants. The winners will be awarded with diplomas and special prizes.

    The festival will be organized to honor of the first European Games, which will be held in Baku in June, 2015.

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

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and three non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes are expected to represent their nations during the 17 days of competition.
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  • Turkish Airlines cancels Istanbul-New York flight due to blizzard
    27.01.2015 13:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    "Turkish Airlines" canceled the Istanbul-New York flight, the airlines said Jan. 27.

    The reason was the blizzard in the northeastern US.

    There is no information about the flight postponement to another date.

    The three largest airports in New York canceled 800 more flights Jan. 26 morning due to a strong snowstorm approaching the eastern coast of the US. Thus, the total number of canceled flights reached 4,360.

    It was reported Jan. 25 about the cancellation of 3,550 flights, USA Today newspaper reported. Around 800 more flights were canceled Jan. 26 morning. Thus, around 4,360 flights were cancelled in the three largest airports in New York (JFK, La Guardia and Newark).

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  • Zahid Oruc: Current situation on frontline is a kick on existence of OSCE Minsk group
    27.01.2015 13:21
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    ''It should be admitted that organizing negotiations has become more complicated. Д°ntensively using violence makes us doubt on getting resolution by the meeting of head of states'' MP ZAhid Oruc told SIA commenting on a real activity of the OSCE Minsk group.

    "In fact, co-chairs even can not get success on a organizing meeting of parties." stressing Zahid Oruc added that at present, OSCE Minsk group unable to prevent any large local collisions. Current processes can lead to the war. Using violence of parties is a result of fruitless activity of international mediators. Consequently they will not manage to solve problem.

    "Current situation on frontline is a kick on existence of OSCE Minsk group. As well, negotiations do not serve on getting solution of conflict." told Azerbiajani MP.
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  • Obama made allies to doubt US commitment, expert says
    27.01.2015 13:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Jamila Jafarova - Trend:

    When a US president looses credibility in domestic American politics, it automatically restores every four or eight years when a new president enters the White House, but credibility lost on the world stage can take decades to rebuild, Michael Rubin, the former Pentagon advisor on Middle East, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), told Trend.

    "Unfortunately, Obama's lackadaisical attitude toward Russia has emboldened Putin and caused American allies in the Baltic, Poland, and Azerbaijan to doubt the US commitment," he said.

    "One of the top priorities of the next president will be to restore that credibility and prove to consistent American allies like Azerbaijan that we have their back in the face of Russian bullying or aggression by Russian proxies like Armenia," Rubin added.

    Recently, there has been a growth in the number of fictitious articles, which contradict to the notion of partnership and simple ethical norms, in Western media, particularly the Washington Post, which is considered an official body of the Department of State.

    Funded from the US budget, organizations like Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, etc. are used as tools of pressure against Azerbaijan. Not only the US media and organizations, but also some civil society institutions and media outlets in Europe are encouraged to a real crusade against Azerbaijan.

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  • Azerbaijan bans entry of phones purchased online
    27.01.2015 13:03
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    The entry of mobile phones bought abroad online into Azerbaijan has been banned in the country.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from chairman of the State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev.

    He said the mobile phones imported to Azerbaijan must pass definite registration.

    The committee chairman noted that online trade creates certain problems in complying with the legislative requirements:

    "Our duty is to ensure compliance with the legislative rules".
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  • Palestinian leader keen to visit Tehran
    27.01.2015 12:57
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Tehran if he is invited, Azzam al-Ahmad, an aide to Abbas said, Iranian official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 27.

    The Palestinian official said that Abbas has a great desire to visit the Islamic Republic.

    Iran is a big Islamic state, which has always supported Palestine, al-Ahmad said, adding Iran considers helping Palestine as a humane and religious duty.

    He also emphasized that the ties between Iran and the Palestinian authority should be boosted.

    While commenting on Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's statements about sending military aid to West Bank, al-Ahmad said that the main confrontations of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis happen in the West Bank.

    He said that Palestinians welcome any aid from Iran including the supply of weapons.

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

    "We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine's destiny should act in this regard," Khamenei said.

    Al-Ahmad further praised Iran's nuclear negotiating team, expressing hope that the talks with P5 1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) achieve a result in favor of Iran.

    He added that Israel is not happy with the negotiations between Iran and the West.

    Talks between Iran and the P5 1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

    After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

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  • Russian space agency to review project cost due to exchange rate shift in rouble
    27.01.2015 12:52
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    The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, plans to review the cost of its projects because of a shift in rouble exchange rate.

    The statement came from the newly appointed head of the agency Igor Komarov in an interview aired by the Rossiya 24 television news channel on Monday, ITAR TASS reports.

    "We're now seriously considering what happened after a shift in dollar exchange rate, what happened to credit interest rates and inflation. I think that all this will make us review the cost of our projects by the end of the first quarter," he said.

    Komarov added that the credit interest rates are being reconsidered now. "We're discussing some ideas how to constrain interest rates for new projects. I am confident that we will make the decision," he said.

    "We're actively discussing the measures that the government should take in order to enable plants to implement government contracts without price increase. All these processes, which are locked within one financial cycle should be untied with minimal state spending," Komarov added.
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  • Blizzard shuts down NYC
    27.01.2015 12:47
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    A life-threatening blizzard barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains.

    With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies. The storm could affect up to 60 million people in nearly a dozen states.

    The National Weather Service warned of a "life-threatening blizzard" that could dump as much as 30 inches (76 cm) of snow on parts of the region at rates up to four inches an hour. Winds might gust up to 55 mph (80 kph) around New York City.

    The National Weather Service in New York said roughly 5.5 inches of snow had fallen in the Manhattan's Central Park by early Tuesday and nearly nine inches were recorded on parts of Long Island. NWS officials in Boston reported early on Tuesday wind gusting up to 70 mph at Nantucket Memorial Airport.

    "Please stay home," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told residents, ordering all but the most essential government workers in his state home from Monday afternoon until Wednesday at the earliest.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned travel from 11 p.m. for all but emergency vehicles on roads in 13 counties, including New York City, suburban Westchester and Long Island, with the threat of a $300 fine for violators.

    "If you are in your car and you are on any road, town, village, city, it doesn't matter, after 11 o'clock, you will technically be committing a crime," Cuomo said. "It could be a matter of life and death so caution is required."

    Additional driving bans in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey brought travel across the region to a standstill amid near white-out conditions.
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  • Turkish govв't wants PKK to disarm for bolder steps before elections
    27.01.2015 12:44
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    The Turkish government has demanded that the outlawed Kurdistan Workersв' Party (PKK) disarm before taking bolder steps in the peace process.

    The government has recently been holding talks on planned moves in the administrative and legal fields and is demanding that the PKK lay down arms in Turkish territory prior to the Nevruz festival, which is marked on March 21, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan may announce a call for disarmament in February, sources suggested, after recent talks with Д°mralД± and Kandil.

    Д°mralД± is a byword for Öcalan, who is serving a life-sentence in the Д°mralД± Island Prison in the Marmara Sea. Kandil is a byword for the other leaders of the PKK, whose headquarters are in the Kandil Mountains of northern Iraq.

    The government has been holding a series of meetings to finalize draft legislation expected by both Д°mralД± and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a key stakeholder in the stalled government-led peace process aimed at ending the three-decade-old conflict between the PKK and Turkey's security forces.

    One matter discussed in those meetings concerns taking steps for treating prisoners with deteriorating health conditions outside of prisons.

    The government considers this idea possible through "administrative decisions." Accordingly, without making any legal amendments and solely through eliminating a difference of interpretation of Article 16 of the Law on the Execution of Penalties and Security, which concerns postponing sentences due to illness, the government will make an administrative arrangement to resolve the matter.

    The government has outlined that the flexible interpretation of Article 16 by the Forensic Medicine Institute (ATK) will pave the way for the postponement of ill prisoners' sentences.

    Nonetheless, if the government maintains that such a practice will lead to negative consequences for the civil servants involved, then a brief legal arrangement will be sent to parliament in February.

    Government sources say no legal step other than a possible brief legal arrangement will be taken within the framework of the resolution process. All resolutions reached by the parties involved will be fulfilled through administrative steps.

    Steps concerning other prisoners on the island prison or expanding delegations visiting Öcalan will be taken before elections scheduled for June.

    Öcalan was moved in 2009 to a 12-square-meter solitary cell with a small yard, like the other F-type prisons in Turkey, on Д°mralД± Island, after being seized in 1999.

    In 2009, five prisoners were transferred to the island in line with recommendations from the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).
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  • Ankara provided Kobaniв's protection
    27.01.2015 12:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Ankara provided the necessary support in the fight against the terrorist organization "Islamic State", the head of the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani said, the news agency Anadolu reported Jan. 27.

    He said that thanks to the support of Ankara, the soldiers of Kurdish militias (Peshmerga) were able to defend the town of Kobani (Ayn Al-Arab) in Syria.

    Barzani also noted that without Ankara's support the Kurdish militias would not be able to cross into Syria to protect Kobani from the militants of the "Islamic State".

    The Kurdish militia fighters arrived at the border of Turkey and Syria on October 30, 2014 and entered the town of Kobani.

    Earlier, it was reported that the Peshmerga managed to destroy the militants of the Islamic State in Kobani and take the town under control.

    The terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to Al-Qaeda.

    Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared lsquo;a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.

    In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of an "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.

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  • OSCE MG interested in Armenia-Azerbaijan dialogue - US diplomat
    27.01.2015 12:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    Trend:

    The OSCE Minsk Group members are interested in the Armenia-Azerbaijan dialogue, US Charge D'Affaires in Armenia Clark Price said.

    He was commenting on the recent aggravation of the situation on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian armed forces, News Armenia reported Jan. 27.

    Price said that the co-chairmen are interested in the sides' using any opportunity to find ways to de-escalate the situation.

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with French co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group Pierre Andrieu Jan.23.

    They agreed to hold a meeting between Azerbaijani foreign minister and OSCE MG co-chairs in Krakow, Poland on Jan.27.

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

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

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

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

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  • Elmar Mammadyarov leaves for Poland on official visit
    27.01.2015 12:39
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    Minister Elmar Mammadyarov departed to Poland, Krakow to participate at the ceremony on 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz to be held on January 27th, Foreign Ministry told SIA.

    Minister Elmar Mammadyarov departed to Poland, Krakow to participate at the ceremony on 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz to be held on January 27th.
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  • Azerbaijan, Gabon discuss customs cooperation
    27.01.2015 12:39
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    Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev has met a Gabonese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Economy, Investment Promotion and Planning Marie Julie Bilogo Bi-Nzendong to discuss cooperation in the customs field.

    Highlighting the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mr. Aliyev said 20 percent of Azerbaijan`s lands were occupied by Armenia. He noted that Azerbaijan enjoyed systematic customs opportunities, AzerTag reports.

    Mr. Aliyev said large-scale projects carried out with the support of the Head of State for improving the material and technical base.

    Marie Julie Bilogo Bi-Nzendong, in turn, highlighted her country`s economy as well as its political situation. The Deputy Minister said Gabon was interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the customs field.
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  • Turkish PM calls Greeceв's Tsipras to extend congratulations
    27.01.2015 12:38
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    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called Alexis Tsipras to congratulate him on being elected as Greece's new prime minister hurriyet daily news reported

    "Just now, I called and congratulated Greece's new prime minister, Mr. Alexis Tsipras. I expect him to visit Turkey as soon as possible," Davutoglu said in a message posted on his official Twitter account late Jan. 26.

    "I hope that the new era will be good for the Greek people and for our relations as two friendly countries," Davutoglu said.

    Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also congratulated Syriza on its victory, while expressing Ankara's willingness to strengthen bilateral relations with its Aegean neighbor regardless of who is in power.

    "In relations between states, continuity is the basis. For us, improving and strengthening relations between Turkey and Greece is an issue of the utmost priority," Erdogan told journalists as he returned from a four-day trip to Africa.

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  • Toyota plans overhaul to seniority-based Japan pay structure
    27.01.2015 12:30
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    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to change its seniority-based pay structure for workers in Japan that would erase salary gaps between age groups, the companyв's human resources chief said, SIA reports with reference to the Bloomberg.

    The carmaker will consider introducing performance pay for younger employees and wants to tie compensation more closely to talent rather than rank and tenure, Tatsuro Ueda said today in Tokyo at an event hosted by Keidanren, the nationв's biggest business lobby. He said Toyota also aims to revise its pay structure to better support child-raising.

    As they enter annual spring negotiations with labor unions, Japanese companies are under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to boost wages and help revive the worldв's third-biggest economy. Toyota is forecasting a second consecutive year of record profit as a weaker yen boosts the value of earnings from cars and trucks sold outside Japan.

    Japanese companies have in turn called on Abe to follow through on pledges to reduce business regulations and free companies from five-decade-old practices, including lifetime employment and the seniority system.

    The average age of Toyotaв's employees has steadily risen to 38.8 years as of the fiscal year ending in March 2014, according to the companyв's most recent annual report. The average worker employed by the parent company was less than 37 years old a decade ago.

    Toyotaв's plans are aimed at attracting younger workers, the Nikkei newspaper reported today. The company expects the share of its employees who are 50 and older to rise to 30 percent by 2035 from 20 percent now, the Nikkei reported.
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  • Turkey holding operation against Gulen movement supporters in 11 provinces
    27.01.2015 12:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An operation is being held in 11 provinces of Turkey against the supporters of the movement of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic public figure, currently residing in the US, the Hurriyet newspaper said Jan. 27.

    Some 26 people have already been detained during the operation. Among the detainees there are high-ranking police officials.

    Earlier it was reported that a large-scale staff reshuffle is expected to take place in the government bodies of Turkey as part of fight against the Gulen movement.

    It is expected that almost all the heads of Turkey's state structures will be replaced.

    Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure currently residing in the US] is the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation. He has been accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.

    Turkish then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations. Erdogan also stressed that Gulen's movement (which he earlier called as a 'parallel structure') with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.

    He called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him. A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against the country.

    Erdogan also previously said that Gulen will be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that his extradition is inadmissible.

    Turkish police periodically holds operations on detaining Gulen's supporters. Some 19 people were detained in the country as a result of the raids on Jan.20.

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  • Miniature Books Museum: little piece of big art
    27.01.2015 12:20
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The must-see list of Bakuв's museum definitely includes the Miniature Books Museum, a private museum that was recently added into the Guinness Book of World Records.

    This tiny museum in the Old City is the first private museum of the miniature book that was marked by Guinness World Records as the largest collection of miniature books.

    It location in the Inner City adds charms to this place, where hill people should live.

    The museum opened its doors in 2002; however, formation of the collection has been going on for over 30 years.

    The 38 exhibition cases show more than 5,600 miniature books from 66 countries.

    The museumв's rarest books are four microbooks published at Toppan in Japan, one of them is 0,75x0,75 mm and three others are of 2x2 mm format, as well as four German miniature books, one of which is 2,0x2,9 mm, and three in the format of 3.5x3.5 mm. Have you even imagined that storybooks could be that little?

    There are also over 2,900 books in the 75x75 mm format in the museum.

    The books of the museum are not only little creatures but also real texts on the tiny pages. There are books on Azerbaijani classics of literature, science and art, religious books, Russian, Soviet and foreign classics.

    Little visitors of the museum (I mean children, not elves) are trilled and excited with the exhibits.

    Here you can find out when and how first miniature books appeared and learn their history and fate.

    The oldest volume in the museum is a copy of the Koran dating back to the 17th century. Other early miniatures include "The History of England" created in 19th century in London. There is also a set of five volumes in French entitled "The Adventure of Young Lavilas in Greece", published in 1817.

    Most of miniature books are not cheap. They cost a real fortune. You may think that they did not worth so much but after seeing these art pieces, which were created by using antique and modern technologies, you will change your mind. For this, you must visit the Miniature Books Museum at 1/67 Icheri Sheher street.
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  • Police chiefs from all over Azerbaijan gather in Baku
    27.01.2015 12:16
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    An expanded board meeting is underway at the Interior Ministry of Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, the meeting held with participation of chiefs of departments and structures from all the cities and regions of the country is presided by colonel-general Ramil Usubov.

    The session is dedicated to the results of the activity on fighting crime and ensuring public security in 2014 and the upcoming tasks.
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  • Azerbaijani Ambassador meets members of Azerbaijan-Jordan Brotherhood Society
    27.01.2015 12:09
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    Azerbaijan`s Ambassador to Jordan Sabir Aghabayov has met members of Azerbaijan-Jordan Brotherhood Society at Jordan`s Upper House of Parliament.

    They discussed the ways to develop cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

    Head of the Society Muhammad Al-Sgur stressed the importance of reciprocal visits and holding the meetings in terms of the development of interparliamentary ties.

    Mr. Aghabayov said the diplomatic relations between the two countries were founded by national leader Heydar Aliyev and King Hussein of Jordan, and praised the services of President Ilham Aliyev and Abdullah II of Jordan in developing these ties.

    The diplomat noted the significance of friendly relations between the Heads of States and nations of both countries. He also said Azerbaijan was interested in expanding relations with Arabic and Islamic states, especially with Jordan.

    The Ambassador also highlighted the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the 20 January tragedy, and thanked the Senate of Jordan for adopting a statement on the Khojaly massacre.
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  • Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry vows to fight to the bitter end
    27.01.2015 12:05
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    ''The occupants will face the threat of termination everywhere''.

    Recognition of huge losses within the Armenian armed forces by Serzh Sargsyan does not only create impression that he has not completely lost the sense of reality but also shows the degree of fear the President of Armenia has towards Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the news service for the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan in a response to the request about the statements of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan regarding the military operations against our country.

    The Ministry reported that the January operations of the Azerbaijani armed forces targeting the enemy's provocations are yet another proof of the combat spirit, Azerbaijani soldiers' belief in victory, and the strength of our army.

    "For the complete liberation of the occupied lands our armed forces have the power to replace, deploy, concentrate the combat troops both tactically and operatively and the enemy's comment on this issue is absolutely unacceptable.

    The military and political leadership of Armenia should realize that the occupants will face the threat of termination everywhere".

    The Defense Ministry announced again that the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan will fight to the last drop of blood to restore the territorial integrity of their country and to raise the flag of Azerbaijan in all the occupied lands, including Shusha and Khankandi.

    Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan yesterday threatened to Azerbaijan with war saying that his army will take preventive steps against our positions.
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  • Elman Mammadyarov leaves for Poland on official visit
    27.01.2015 12:01
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    Minister Elmar Mammadyarov departed to Poland, Krakow to participate at the ceremony on 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz to be held on January 27th, Foreign Ministry told SIA.

    Minister Elmar Mammadyarov departed to Poland, Krakow to participate at the ceremony on 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz to be held on January 27th.
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  • TANAP - most important regional energy project, Erdogan says
    27.01.2015 11:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) construction project is one of the most important energy projects in the region, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted Jan. 27 by the Haberturk newspaper.

    He said that Turkey and Azerbaijan started to implement the TANAP project when Europe failed to implement the Nabucco project because of financial problems.

    The TANAP project envisages the transportation of gas of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field from the Georgian-Turkish border to the western borders of Turkey. TANAP's initial capacity is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    Around six billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey and the rest of the volume to Europe.

    Turkey will obtain gas in 2018. The gas will be supplied to Europe in early 2020 after the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is constructed.

    The project's cost is estimated at $10-$11 billion.

    Contracts for the supply of pipes for the construction of TANAP were signed in Turkey's Ankara on Oct.14 with six Turkish and one Chinese company.

    Turkey's Mannesmann-Noksel-Erciyas and Umran-Emek consortiums, and the company Toscelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi, as well as the Chinese contractor Baosteel Europe won the tender for the supply of pipes for the TANAP project.

    All the companies that will participate in the construction and supply of the TANAP project in Turkey are exempt from the VAT.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 126 times in a day
    27.01.2015 11:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian military 126 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops using large-caliber machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Jan. 27.

    Armenian armed forces stationed in the Parakavar and Vazashen villages of Ijevan district and Barekamavan, Voskevan, Shavarshavan villages of Noyemberian district of Armenia fired at the Azerbaijani armed forces' positions on nameless heights in the Kohnegishlag village of Agstafa district and Gaymagli, Kemerli, Gushchu Ayrim, Farahli villages of Gazakh district.

    Azerbaijani armed forces located in the Garavelliler village of Gedabey district also took fire from the nameless heights in the Ijevan district of Armenia.

    The armed forces of Armenia stationed on the nameless heights in the Aygepar, Mosesgeh, Chinari villages of the Berd district of Armenia also shot at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the Alibeyli, Hajialili, Agbulag, Kokhanebi villages of Tovuz district.

    Azerbaijani armed forces also underwent fire on the nameless heights in the Gadabay district from positions in the Armenian district of Krasnoselsk.

    The Azerbaijani military also came under fire from positions near the Talish village of Goranboy district, Goyarkh, Chilebord villages of Terter district, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Javahirli, Marzili, Shuraabad, Garagashli, Novruzlu, Sarijali, Kengerli villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Ashagi Veysalli village of Fizuli district and nameless heights in Goy-Gol, Goranboy, Khojavand and Fizuli districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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  • Baku transport system preparing for Baku-2015
    27.01.2015 11:55
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The Azerbaijani Transport Ministry continues preparations for the inaugural European Games to be held in Baku in June 12-28.

    As the biggest sporting event in Azerbaijan's history, Baku 2015 European Games will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent their nations during the 17-day competition. Moreover, some 3,000 accompanying staff and a lot of tourists and sport fans are expected to watch closely this magnificent event.

    Transport routes of athletes, visitors and tourists have already been identified. Meanwhile works are continuing to expand fleet of buses and taxis in the capital, said Ziya Mammadov, Transport Minister.

    Moreover, he said, Baku has already delivered 300 new "London" taxis, another 200 are expected in the capital in late February-early March.

    "Overall, we are well prepared for the upcoming first European Games," Mammadov stressed.

    Baku Taxi, the owner of 1,000 purple taxis in Baku, will increase its fleet by 500 cars for the historical event.

    Earlier, the company also announced recruitment of professional taxi drivers. They will be provided with free technical services, service center, compulsory insurance, navigation, POS-terminals, etc.

    There is also good news for those, who prefer buses, as 50 new Isuzu buses were brought to Baku. Before the games, 150 more buses will be delivered to Azerbaijan.

    The program of activities, which will be carried out in transport sector during the games, is large and covers a wide range of issues.

    These activities include reconstruction of the transport infrastructure, creation of parking lots near the sports facilities, and addressing the public transport issues in these areas.

    The program also envisages creation of parking lots on Baku's outskirts for vehicles coming from country's regions.

    Moreover, over 2,000 of Bakuв's drivers will benefit from intensive training courses to be held ahead of this yearв's inaugural games.

    The Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee, together with the Transport Ministry and Baku Bus Company, the government agency responsible for upgrading the cityв's bus network, is working to ensure that drivers have the skills they need to operate safely and efficiently.

    A new fleet of coaches, minibuses and sedans will transport athletes, officials and national delegation members during the games that will open in Baku on June 12.

    A total of 2,100 participants, including 800 coach drivers, will complete a three-part course over the coming months, covering theory classes, a practical introduction to the new vehicles, and Baku 2015 Games route and familiarization with the venue.

    It is estimated that the drivers will have a total of 15 days of special training before beginning work on official routes during the games.

    The Baku 2015 Games will take place in 21 stadiums and facilities. The official opening ceremony of the games will take place in the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium. The Athletes Village will accommodate up to 7,300 people.
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  • American diplomat on Karabakh: We are watching it closely
    27.01.2015 11:55
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    Members of the OSCE Minsk Group are very interested in the sides continuing to talk, U.S. Charge d'affaires Clark Price told Armenian News-NEWS.am.

    The parties should take the opportunity to find ways to de-escalate the situation, he said commenting on the recent incidents on the line of contact and Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

    The diplomat recalled that Co-Chair James Warlick sent a tweet over the weekend which expressed the policy of U.S.

    "We are watching it closely of course," Price added.

    Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick had appealed to the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, calling to stop the violence.
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  • FBI make arrest in Russian spy ring in New York
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    The Justice Department on Monday charged three suspected Russian spies, accused of being part of a ring attempting to collect economic intelligence andrecruiting New York Cityresidents for intelligence purposes, SIA reports citing the AA.

    Charges ware announced againstEvgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Viktor Podobnyyin connection with Buryakov'sservice as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of Russiain New York, the Justice Department said in a statement.

    Buryakovwas arrested in the Bronx, New York, and is scheduled to make a court appearance in Manhattan later Monday, said the statement.

    The two other suspects were not arrested, however, as they no longer reside in the U.S. and were protected bydiplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution.

    According to the complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, Buryakovworked in the U.S. as an agent of Russiaв's foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR.

    Heoperated under ''non-official cover,'' meaning he entered and remained in the U.S.as a private citizen, posing as an employee in the Manhattan office of a Russian bank.

    Sporyshev and Podobnyy werealso SVR agents who worked in the U.S."posing as official representatives of Russia," the statement said.

    It noted that the two officials gathered intelligence as well as attempted to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources for Russia; tasking Buryakov withgathering intelligence and transmittingreportsto SVR headquarters in Moscow.

    If convicted, the suspects face sentences of five to 10 years.
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