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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/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Recent developments occurring in the country led some people to confusion about the situation of the real estate market.

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  • Baku, Moscow highlights need for Nagorno-Karabakh settlement
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijani foreign policy head considers that the long-standing Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has already become overripe and needs resolving.

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    25.05.2015 19:38
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    Over 40 Azerbaijanis gathered outside the Armenian embassy.

    On 23 May, a group of over 40 Azerbaijanis and supporters of international law demonstrated their solidarity with two innocent civilians taken hostage on their own homeland of Kelbajar - a region of Azerbaijan that has remained under illegal Armenian occupation for more than 20 years. The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), the Azerbaijani community in the UK and the Federation of Turkish Associations UK supported the protest, TEAS told APA.

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    Most recently, the issue of the trial and imprisonment of the men was raised in Strasbourg at the Spring Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The detention violates the European Convention on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and ignores Armenia's commitment to ignore the obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Victoria Nuland, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has requested that these men should be immediately freed. Federica Mogherini, Vice-President, European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned this as an unlawful act, given that they are civilians.

    The arrest and lsquo;trial' of these men clearly subverts the concept of international law. Armenia has occupied nearly 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory for 20 years. Despite four UN Security Council resolutions being passed against the occupation, it continues to this day. The decision of the occupying Armenian forces to take Azerbaijanis as hostages on their own rightful homeland demonstrates Armenia's continuing provocative stance.
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  • The 8th International Rostropovich Festival ends
    25.05.2015 19:16
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    The 8th International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, held with joint support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation in Baku, came to an end, May 24.

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  • Iran manufacturing new generation of Jamaran destroyer
    25.05.2015 19:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran is currently working on manufacturing a number of new destroyers, including the third generation of the Jamaran destroyer, said Rear Admiral Gholamreza Khadem Bigham, the Iranian Deputy Commander of the Navy.

    Manufacturing the Jamaran destroyer in different capacities is on the agenda, Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Bigham as saying May 25.

    The first generation of the Jamaran destroyer was launched in 2010. It is equipped with torpedoes and electronic radar. It is 94 meters long and weighs over 1,500 metric tons.

    The second generation of Jamaran destroyer, "Jamaran 2", was launched in the Caspian Sea in 2013.

    Jamaran 2 is powered by a 20,000-horsepower engine with a speed of 30 knots and has the capability to carry helicopters, different surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, advanced artilleries and torpedo system. It is also equipped with an electronic war system.

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    Iran has recently made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

    Edited by CN

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  • Armenians set fire to occupied Azerbaijani territories
    25.05.2015 19:14
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    Armenians have set fire to some Azerbaijani territories under occupation, locals told on Monday, APA reports.

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  • Belgium adds Mansour to Baku 2015 Judo team
    25.05.2015 19:03
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    Belgium added judoka Lola Mansour to its Baku 2015 team, increasing the team total to 117 athletes.

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  • Baku 2015 opens new perspectives
    25.05.2015 18:47
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Expectations run high as less than 20 days are left to the European Games 2015 clock. In just over two weeks Azerbaijan will host both a historic sport event in the history of Azerbaijan and that of Europe '" Welcome to Baku 2015 European Games.

    Every day more countries are issuing reports on their teams as they're getting ready to compete for medals in 20 sports in Baku on June 12-28.

    The whole of Azerbaijan is now involved in the grandiose event as the Journey of the Flame visits all regions - since April's end.

    Moreover, the presentation of the Games continues abroad. Such European cities as London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Ankara, Berlin, and Moscow, have already been acquainted with the inaugural Games. Recently, Baku 2015 was presented in Warsaw.

    Meanwhile, Berlin has hosted the opening of the photo exhibition "Azerbaijan - sports in lens", dedicated to the first European Games.

    Thus, the whole Europe will have a chance to learn more about Azerbaijan before visiting the country next month.

    Baku 2015 - window for sports world into Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan made a compelling pledge to the EOC to host the inaugural European Games back in 2012, Patrick Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committees, said to The Business Year magazine, dedicated to the first European Games Baku 2015.

    He said Azerbaijan's concept was innovative and offered an assurance that all infrastructures would be ready on time and delivered to the highest international standards, with strong legacy plans to elevate sport throughout Azerbaijan, the region, and the continent.

    The Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee is delivering on all these promises as they now move into the final testing and readiness phase of their preparations, he added. ''BEGOC has only had 30 months to deliver these Games.''

    ''To stage an event such as Baku 2015'"which is bigger in scale than the Olympic Winter Games'"in such a tight timeframe has only been possible through the hard work and professionalism of BEGOC's staff,'' Hickey stressed.

    ''However, behind the excellent work of BEGOC is total government support. The First Lady is the Chair of the Baku 2015 Organizing Committee and the President is also the Head of Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee. Their support and passion for the European Games has been crucial.''

    The Games are one of the most significant events in the recent history of Azerbaijan, he said. Since 2012, the city has secured other high-profile sports properties, such as the Formula One Grand Prix in 2016, the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017, and matches at EURO 2020, said Hickey.

    ''Baku 2015 opened a window for the sports world into Azerbaijan, and the country has seized its opportunity,'' he said. ''The innovation behind the European Games also helps us address another challenge making Europe aware and communicating about why these Games are a necessary introduction to the sports calendar.''

    Grand event for Europe

    The first European Games is a great event not only for Azerbaijan but also for the whole of Europe, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, Simon Clegg said to Turkish News Agency Anadolu.

    The preparation for the Games will allow Azerbaijan to gain even more experience in the light of future competitions, such as Formula 1, the Islamic Solidarity Games and matches in the Euro 2020, he believes.

    The inaugural event will be broadcasted around the world. For those keen on attending the Games, Azerbaijan rolled out a simplified visa method, thus facilitating travel for foreign guests.

    Tickets for Baku 2015 can be purchased directly from 11 conveniently located ticket outlets around Baku, including Park Bulvar, 28 Mall, and Metro Park Baku, and online atbaku2015.com/tickets.
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  • Turkey says agrees deal with US on air support for Syrian rebels
    25.05.2015 18:38
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    The United States and Turkey have agreed "in principle" to give air support to some forces from Syria's mainstream opposition, Turkey's foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict.

    There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials on the assertion -- though Washington has so far refrained from committing to enforcing a "safe zone" for Syrian rebels, as it could be seen as a declaration of war on the Syrian state, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The air support would protect Syrian rebel forces who have been trained by a U.S.-led programme on Turkish territory, said minister Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu. The long-delayed scheme is meant to send 15,000 troops back to Syria to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu did not go into details on what "in principle" meant or what kind of air power would be provided or by whom.

    "They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point?," ÇavuЕџoДџlu told the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper during a visit to Seoul.

    "There is a principle agreement on providing air support. How it is going to be provided is in the responsibility of the army."

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  • AtaBank OJSC continues increasing number of its branches
    25.05.2015 18:35
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    AtaBank OJSC opened new branch in Narimanov district. Located at 3A, Koroglu Rahimov str., new branch provides a wide range of banking services to individuals and legal entities. The new branch offers all kinds of banking services, including cash settlements, loans, deposits, money transfers, various plastic card ordering, exchange services, utilities payments, consulting on business expansion to its customers. The Ganjlik branch of AtaBank works daily from 9:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.

    The new Ganjlik branch will be glad to meet its clients at new comfortable office. Functioning since 1993 AtaBank OJSC is one of the biggest commercial organizations of Azerbaijan. Today AtaBank is a hi-tech universal bank. AtaBank OJSC is functioning with 26 branches and divisions in Baku and in the regions of Azerbaijan. AtaBank OJSC is a universal bank rending full complex of services to corporate and private clients.

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  • Armenia obliges to settle Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under Riga Declaration
    25.05.2015 18:35
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Armenia, with the signing of the final declaration of the Riga summit, has undertaken an obligation when it comes to settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with international law.

    Hikmet Hajiyev, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman made the remarks while commenting on statements made by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan during the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

    All participants of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga signed the final declaration on May 22. The Eastern Partnership final declaration highlighted the EU's support for the territorial integrity, indivisibility, independence and sovereignty of the Eastern Partnership member-states.

    Hajiyev noted that Armenia, signing the final declaration of the Riga summit, reiterates its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.

    ''The third paragraph of the Riga declaration reflects the obligation on supporting the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all partner countries. In accordance with the fifth paragraph of the Riga Declaration, the Armenian leadership undertakes an obligation on resolving the conflict based on the norms and principles of the international law,'' Hajiyev said.

    Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. A war in the early 1990s resulted in the displacement of over one million Azerbaijanis. 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 any of the four U.N. Security Council's resolutions on its pullout from neighboring country's territories.

    ''There is no need to say that the historic land of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh, has nothing to do with Armenia in terms of history, archaeology and anthropology. It's enough to add that after gaining independence, Azerbaijan joined the UN as a fully-fledged member, with Nagorno-Karabakh as its integral part and these borders were recognized by the international community,'' Hajiyev further stressed.

    He went on to note that the international community firmly supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.

    ''UN Security Councilв's resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884 cover the inviolability of the internationally-recognized borders of Azerbaijan, countryв's territorial integrity and sovereignty and demand the unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian troops from Azerbaijanв's occupied territories. The ninth paragraph of Resolution 853 is about Azerbaijanв's Nagorno-Karabakh region,'' Hajiyev said.

    He urged the Armenian authorities to finally demonstrate responsible behavior in accordance with their international obligations by withdrawing their troops from the occupied territories and thus put an end to the occupation instead of making frivolous and ridiculous statements.

    ''Otherwise, Armenia will be fully responsible for any situation that may arise,'' he warned.

    The Eastern Partnership envisages the political association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last three countries signed an agreement on associated partnership with the EU in 2014.
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  • Iran fully prepared for proxy wars
    25.05.2015 18:28
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran is fully prepared to defend itself in proxy wars, the Islamic Republic's Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said.

    Presence of the terrorist groups in the region has formed a new face of threats against Iran, however Tehran is completely ready for proxy war, he said.

    Speaking on the sidelines of a military drill, Pourdastan said that the army should change its tactics in order to confront the terrorist groups' threats, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported May 25.

    He said that the army tested advanced tactics specifically designed for fighting against proxy wars during the ongoing military exercises.

    Pourdastan added that Iranian army monitors are activities and moves within its borders as well as region and beyond the region.

    The Iranian commander earlier claimed that the extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) are fighting on behalf of US.

    In recent days Iranian officials have accused the US of having some plans to bring the regional insecurity to Iran's borders.

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni said May 20 that the Islamic Republic enemies are trying to bring the proxy war to Iranian borders.

    "We have received some information that our enemies are working with some Persian Gulf governments to bring the proxy war to Iranian borders," Ayatollah Khameni said.

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  • Iran says economic, banking sanctions to be fully removed by end-2015
    25.05.2015 18:28
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    Tehran, Iran, May 25

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iran's Deputy Oil Minister in International Affairs and Trade Amir Hossein Zamaninia said a draft nuclear agreement between Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) says economic and banking sanctions on Iran will be lifted by the end of 2015.

    He said that 20 pages of the agreement has been drafted, 30 percent of which is the subject of disagreement between Iran and the other negotiating side.

    To tackle that, four background blueprints are to be written, but what is sure is that by the end of June, an agreement will be reached, he asserted, Fars news agency reported May 25.

    Iran and the powers reached a framework political agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2. They are now drafting a comprehensive deal which is to be signed by the end of June. The deal will limit Iran's nuclear activities for ten years and remove economic sanctions on the country.

    Commenting on the effects of the ongoing talks and the April 2 Lausanne agreement between Iran and the six powers, Zamaninia said that while no special project used to be underway in Iran before the Lausanne talks, the Oil Ministry has been holding talks on future projects with Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, China, and South Korea after the new political developments.

    If the sanctions are removed, Iran will turn into the world's hub for oil and gas projects, he stated.

    The official added that the Iranian Oil Ministry has plans for $200 billion investment in oil, gas, and petrochemical projects for the next 6 years.

    Before the western sanctions were imposed on Iran in mid-2012, the country was producing about 3.7 million barrels per day (mb/d) of crude oil, of which around 2.2 mb/d was being exported.

    Currently Iran produces and exports 2.8 mb/d and 1.1 mb/d of crude oil respectively. The country hopes to boost oil output after sanctions are removed.

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  • Anglo Asian Mining to receive new loan
    25.05.2015 18:09
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Anglo Asian Mining plc, the AIM listed gold, copper and silver producer focused in Azerbaijan, will receive a loan worth $4 million.

    Reza Vaziri, president and chief executive officer of Anglo Asian Mining agreed to provide this unsecured loan to the company with several principal terms, the company said on May 22.

    The loan should be repaid until January 8, 2016. The interest is 10 percent per annum, and is payable in full at the end of the term. Also, early repayment is allowed with the approval of both parties.

    Anglo Asian Mining intends to use these funds for general working capital purposes and has made an initial drawdown of $2 million.

    Anglo Asian Mining is a gold, copper and silver producer in Central Asia with a broad portfolio of production and exploration assets in Azerbaijan. The company has a 1,962-square kilometer prospective exploration portfolio, assembled from analysis of historic Soviet geological data and held under a Production Sharing Agreement modeled on the Azerbaijani oil industry.

    Being a leading company extracting precious metals in Azerbaijan, the company developed Azerbaijan's first operating gold/copper/silver mine, Gedabek, which commenced gold production in May 2009. Last year gold production from Gedabek totaled 60,285 ounces and 784 tons of copper.

    The company is also developing a second resource area, Gosha, which is 50 kilometers from Gedabek, and the ore produced at Gosha is processed at Anglo Asian's Gedabek plant.

    Anglo Asian Mining increased gold production by over 50 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

    Gold production rose to 17,193 ounces with 11,222 ounces from the agitation leaching plant, 5,963 ounces from heap leach operations and 8 ounces from SART processing.

    The production of the precious metal increased by 52 percent in comparison with the same period in 2014, when 11,318 ounces of gold were produced.

    The company's production target for 2015 stands in between 70,000 ounces and 75,000 ounces of gold.

    Anglo-Asian Mining has 75 tons of dry copper concentrate and 550 tons of wet copper concentrate stockpiles ready to sell.

    The company has the right to develop six deposits in the south-west of Azerbaijan - Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gyzyl Bulag, Vezhnali, and Soyutlu- under a production sharing agreement signed in August 1997 with Azerbaijan government.

    The resource base of the company exceeds 36 tons of gold, 292 tons of silver and 94.000 tons of copper.
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  • Tehran warns IS to stay 40-km from Iranв's border
    25.05.2015 17:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has warned the Islamic State (IS) group to stay 40 kilometers away from the Islamic Republic border with Iraq.

    As it was already announced the 40-kilometers zone from Iran's border inside Iraq is the Islamic Republic's redline, Rahmani Fazli said, adding if the group enter the zone Tehran will take necessary measures to confront them.

    He further said that Iran has full control over its borders and no security related incident has occurred within the borders, Iran's Fars news agency reported May 25.

    Rahmani Fazli also emphasized that more measures should be taken in border areas to improve the security. He called on regional countries to cooperate in fighting terrorist groups.

    Involving foreign countries such as the US on the issue has no effect so far, while they pursue their own interests, Rahmani Fazli added.

    "They have failed to prevent the terrorist forces' advance," he underlined.

    The Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on May 24 that last year the IS group intended to enter Iran, adding, they had forecasted caches of ammunition and troops in Iran's border provinces and were ready to launch terrorist operations, explosions and riots after entering Iran's territory.

    The Islamic Republic army organized five combat brigades in less than three days to confront the group, the commander stated.

    Pourdastan also unveiled that Iran sent troops and reconnaissance helicopters 40 kilometers within Iraq and registered artillery fire at that time.

    In recent days Iranian officials have accused the US of having some plans to bring the regional insecurity to Iran's borders.

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni said May 20 that the Islamic Republic enemies are trying to bring the proxy war to Iranian borders.

    "We have received some information that our enemies are working with some Persian Gulf governments to bring the proxy war to Iranian borders," Ayatollah Khameni said.

    In similar statements Mohsen Rezaee, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council said the US and Israel have plans in which they seek to bring the insecurity to the Islamic Republic borders.

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  • Iranian Army stages last day of military drills
    25.05.2015 17:00
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    Tehran, Iran, May 25

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    In the last day of the Iranian Army's Beit-ul-Moqaddas 27 military exercises, the Ground Force unveiled a newly made sniper rifle.

    Infantry, mechanized units, artillery, Special Forces, and the Air Force, attended the day's drills, Fars news agency reported May 25.

    Army Commander Ahmad Reza Pourdastan speaking on the sidelines of the drill said that backed by helicopters and artillery fire, the armed and mechanized units carried out a defensive that was conducted by the Air Force.

    The newly launched rifle named BMJ2 is a 7.62 mm caliber weapon and was used during the drills. It enjoys an engagement range of 800 meters and is able to destroy targets of human and light equipment.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran may hold joint drills with other countries, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said as the drills were underway.

    The Iranian Army ground force launched the first leg of the major drill in the western province of Kermanshah on May 21 and continue in two other regions across the country as well.

    The army has test-fired a number of its domestically produced rockets in the missile drill including two N10 and N6 Nazeat missiles as well as Fajr missile.

    Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.

    Tehran established an arms development program during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to counter the weapons embargo imposed on it by the U.S. and its Western allies.

    Edited by CN

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  • OPEC oil supply is expected to rise
    25.05.2015 16:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    OPEC supply is expected to increase by 0.2-0.3 million barrels per day (bpd) between now and end-3Q2015, analysts of the US JP Morgan bank said in a report, obtained by Trend.

    OPEC supply growth has slowed from end- 1Q2015 level of 1.4 million bpd year-over-year, analysts said.

    At the same time they expect non-OPEC supply to contract by 0.5 million bpd between now and end-3Q2015.

    Analysts mentioned that Brent futures prices last week stayed in a $64-$68 per barrel range.

    "Unsurprisingly, oil market volatility has retraced back to seven-month lows, despite a pop higher mid-week," they said.

    Oil prices on Friday have fallen over supply concerns following escalating geopolitical disturbance in the Middle East. July Brent crude fell $0.25 to $66.29 a barrel while US WTI for July decreased by $0.27 cents to $60.45 a barrel.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), OPEC oil supply rose by 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 31.21 million bpd in April - the highest since September 2012, and nearly 1.4 million bpd above a year earlier - as Iraq and Iran boosted output and top exporter Saudi Arabia held flows above 10 million bpd.

    The current quota for OPEC oil production is set at 30 million bpd.

    OPEC member countries will hold a meeting in Vienna on June 5 to talk over the oil market situation and decide on the need of changes in production quotas.

    Last week Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said OPEC is unlikely to change its production ceiling during the upcoming meeting.

    "Lowering OPEC's production ceiling requires consensus between all members ... under current conditions it seems unlikely that the OPEC production ceiling will change," Zanganeh said.

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  • Nagorno-Karabakh problem already overripe, needs settlement - Azerbaijani FM
    25.05.2015 16:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    The Nagorno-Karabakh problem has already become overripe and needs to be settled, said Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov May 25.

    He made the remarks at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, according to the website of Russia's Foreign Ministry.

    Mammadyarov said that very important discussions on this issue were underway for two days.

    Noting that he shares the optimism expressed by Lavrov on the matter, Mammadyarov said the sides discussed the opportunities for progress in the conflict in details, piece by piece.

    Lavrov for his part said no one denies that the conflict has been protracted for too long.

    "All agree that there is a real basis for reaching agreements, the matter here rests only in translating this understanding into the language agreements," he said.

    "Yesterday, for a few hours we discussed in great details the approaches to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Lavrov said, adding, "The parties have all the groundworks, the co-chairs were taking into account the parties' proposals, and I look at the negotiation process with increasing optimism."

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

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

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

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  • BlackBerry cuts jobs
    25.05.2015 16:35
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    Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business.

    The company did not specify how many employees would be affected.

    BlackBerry, which reported a 16.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue in March, had about 6,225 full-time employees as of Feb. 2015, according to its website.

    The company is reallocating resources to capitalize on growth opportunities and achieve profitability across all its business segments, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.
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  • Russian-Azerbaijani partnership important for stability in S.Caucasus '" Lavrov
    25.05.2015 16:28
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    Strategic partnership between Russia and Azerbaijan is important both in terms of the bilateral cooperation and stability in the South Caucasus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

    He made the remarks during the press conference following the negotiations with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow.

    Lavrov said that the economic relations between the two countries are developing, the trade turnover has reached its historic high and increased by 12 percent compared to 2014.

    "Positive dynamics is observed this year as well," he added.

    Many Russian regions have relations with Azerbaijan, said Lavrov adding that preparations for the sixth Russian-Azerbaijani forum in Ekaterinburg are underway.

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  • Why Iran is raising energy prices
    25.05.2015 16:23
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    By Dalga Khatinoglu

    Iran stopped allocating 60 liters of gasoline a month for private cars, saying that gasoline was eliminated entirely from its subsidized energy basket.

    The limited subsidized gasoline price was 22 cents. There is about 2.1 billion liters of unused subsidized gasoline, while Oil Ministry warned that quota cards would expire on September 22.

    Currently a liter of gasoline is sold at about 30 cents, while the premium gasoline price increased by 3 cents to 36.3 cents. The gasoline price in Iran is still less than regional prices.

    Iran started elimination of energy subsides gradually in 2010, when the price of a liter of gasoline was ten times less than it is now.

    Iran has increased the energy prices since late 2010 in two steps, but with a huge devaluation in the national currency (rial) the prices are still very low.

    For instance a cubic meter of natural gas was sold for about 100 rials to the Iranian housing sector in 2010 while a US dollar was 10,000 rials, while currently the minimum gas price is 440 rials (for those who uses less than 250 cm per month) and the maximum price is about 18,000 rials (for those who uses 1,250 cm per month). However, currently a US dollar is sold at above 33,000 rials.

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said last June "currently over $90 billon worth of liquid fuel is being consumed in Iran. He added that the government pays $80 billion of the mentioned figure".

    Head of the Iran Energy Efficiency organization (IEEO), Hossein Sajjadi said May 24 that Iranians pay for the natural gas and electricity 12.5 times and 7 times less than global prices. A KWh of electricity costs (for those who uses less than 100 KWh in month) about 1.2 cent while the maximum price (for those who uses less than 600 KWh in month) is about 8.7 cent.

    Runaway energy consumption

    Iran's primary energy consumption increased from 1.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent per annum (OE/a) in 2010 to above 2 billion barrels of OE/a, of which about 22 to 25 percent of this figure is wasted without reaching any consumer.

    The country is expected to face energy consumption growth of 5.4 percent in coming years.

    Huge energy consumption in Iran exists while the energy efficiency rate is very low and the energy intensity is very high. For instance, the efficiency of Iran's thermal power plant, which shares above 80 percent of the total power generation (276 billion KHw) in Iran, is about 37 percent.

    According to the latest official statistics, released by IEEO, Iran's energy intensity was 1.5 times more than the global rate. The energy intensity is calculated as units of energy per unit of GDP.

    There is not any new report about the energy intensity rate in Iran, but the country's GDP has decreased from about $550 billion in 2011 to about $370 billion last year. On the other hand, the energy consumption increased significantly during this period. According to Iran's Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian's statement last year, the country's energy intensity was 4 times more than the global average.

    According to official statistics, for every thousand dollar gross revenue gain, about 0.63 ton of oil equivalent energy is consumed in the country.

    CO2 emission

    Iran ranks 7th place in term of producing CO2 in the world. According to World Bank statistics, Iran produced above 0.6 gigatons of CO2 (GtCO2) in 2012, about 15 percent more than 2008, while the global figure was 32.3 Gt in 2012. There is not updated figures, but according to Iran's official statistics, some 0.56 GtCO2 of CO2 was produced in Iran during 2013, while power plants share 37 percent of this volume.

    Iran's air is one of the most polluted, and ranked 12th (with 127 mg per cm in 2010) with four Iranian cities among the ten most polluted areas in the world, according to the World Health Organization, a United Nation's body.

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

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

    Air pollution costs the country $16 billion annually, according to the World Health Organization. Iran's last available statistics officially put the figure at $8 billion in 2011.

    As low energy prices are the prime motive for Iranians using more energy without attempting to increase the energy efficiency, the government needs to increase prices to get rid of huge subsidy as well as pollution costs.

    Edited by CN

    Dalga Khatinoglu is an expert on Iran's energy sector, head of Trend Agency's Iran news service

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  • She's $10M closer to replacing plastic bottles
    25.05.2015 15:41
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    "A professor did a presentation about the global water crisis and the impact on the planet from plastic waste," said Kauss. "I knew then that my bottle idea had to happen."

    Before then, Kauss would carry other metal water bottles with her but wasn't happy with their look.

    In 2010, Kauss launched her startup S'well, a line of insulated reusable stainless steel bottles that are designed to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.

    Since then, the New York-based firm has sold 4 million bottles. The business is profitable and saw revenue surge 400% between 2013 and 2014 -- hitting $10 million last year. "We expect revenue to grow exponentially again this year," she said.

    Related: From Wall Street newbie to millionaire by 27

    Kauss never expected to become an entrepreneur. Prior to business school, she worked as a CPA with Ernst amp; Young and with a large real estate investment trust managing international projects.

    The one constant was her metal water bottle. It was convenient and essential, but maybe not quite a style fit.

    "It was ideal for the gym, or pulling out of your backpack when you're camping, but not for an executive to be carrying around," she said.

    Fast forward to 2009. After the reunion, and influenced by the presentation she saw, Kauss got to work on her eco-friendly bottle.

    "I made the business plan quickly, but it took longer than I expected to find the manufacturer and perfect the design," said Kauss, who invested $30,000 of her own money.

    When it came together, she launched S'well in late 2010.В Not only does it help reduce plastic bottle consumption (Kauss said an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in U.S. landfills each year), her bottles are also BPA-free.

    Related: She's the queen of million-dollar verdicts

    In 2011, she experienced the "Oprah Effect."

    "Oprah MagazineВ listed S'well bottles in it's 'O list' of popular summer products," said Kauss. "It was the stamp of credibility we needed."

    Today, S'well bottles come in 90 colors and three sizes, priced between $25 and $45. The bottles sell in major stores nationwide, includingВ NordstromВ (JWN),В StarbucksВ (SBUX)В and J.Crew.

    "GoogleВ (GOOGL,В Tech30)В is giving our bottle to all of its interns this summer," said Kauss, whose team has grown to 30 employees.

    Throughout the rapid success, Kauss said she hasn't lost sight of her business' social mission.

    The firm recently debuted bottles that look like wood. "For every [wood-style] bottle that we sell, we plant a tree in an American forest," said Kauss. "Last year, we planted 20,000 trees in my hometown of Jupiter [Florida]."

    Environmental conservation is still at the heart of her startup. "I want to get rid of plastic bottles," said Kauss.В 

    /By CNN/
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  • SOFAZ to invest in Chinese Yuan in mid-year
    25.05.2015 15:37
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ, an entity that accumulates and manages Azerbaijan's oil and gas revenues, plans to invest $500 million in bonds, denominated in Chinese Yuan in June of this year.

    The relevant agreement has already been signed with the Chinese Central Bank, SOFAZ Executive Director Shahmar Movsumov toldВ TrendВ Agency last week.

    "We already have an agreement with the Central Bank of China, and a few days ago our securities committees signed a document, after which we can start investing," he noted.

    Last week the State Securities Committee of Azerbaijan and China Securities Regulatory Commission signed a memorandum aimed to ensure the investors' protection and promote the integrity of securities and futures markets and other related investment instruments by expanding the scope of cooperation, strengthening the exchange of regulatory and technical information.

    China, as the second largest economy in the world remains an attractive market for the growing number of foreign investors. Prospects of the Chinese Yuan as an additional investment currency attract considerable interest of various categories of investors, including sovereign wealth funds.

    Movsumov went on adding that SOFAZ also plans to invest in real estate in Japan.

    Established in 1999, SOFAZ's investment strategy is aimed at pursuing real estate across Asian markets to diversify its portfolio.

    While purchasing real estates abroad, SOFAZ prefers high quality office and retail properties in the central cities of the world countries with developed and transparent real estate markets.

    Earlier SOFAZ purchased Gallery Actor, a mixed-use office and retail complex located on Pushkin Square in Moscow for $133 million, an office complex in London's West End for £177.35 million and a property in Paris for €135 million, and Pine Avenue Tower A worth $447 million in Seoul.
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  • How airbags (should) work
    25.05.2015 15:24
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    With the news about Takata's airbag recall over a defect that has been blamed for at least six deaths, it's important to remember that airbags have saved many thousands of lives since they were first introduced in the 1970s.In front crashes, airbags reduce the chances of death by about 30%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's to say nothing of how many serious injuries, particularly devastating head injuries, have been prevented.

    Most cars today have multiple airbags protecting the driver and passenger from both front and side collisions, as well as from rollover accidents. The "Supplemental Restraint Systems," or SRS, as they are called are designed to help the car's seatbelts protect occupants. Airbags prevent occupants from hitting parts inside the car and also help cushion the violent movement of the body during an impact.

    Here's how they work:

    Sensors in the car detect when an impact has happened. The sensors send a signal indicating sudden deceleration to a computer inside the car. Airbags won't deploy in low-speed crashes in which seatbelts alone should provide enough protection. The computer determines, based on the signal it's getting from the sensor, whether the airbag needs to deploy.

    The computer also takes into account data from other sensors in the front seats to determine whether there is someone sitting in the passenger seat and how big that person is.

    Takata recall: What you should know

    Small children can be hurt by airbags which, when they deploy, are moving at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. For that reason, the front passenger airbag will be deactivated or might be deployed more gently if sensors detect a small person sitting up front. In any car, the safest place for children to ride is in the backseat.

    The airbags may also deploy more slowly if sensors detect that front seat occupants are not wearing seatbelts. That's because unbelted occupants can collide with airbags in ways they aren't supposed to and end up being hurt by them.

    All of the calculations take place in fractions of a second so that the airbag deployment happens almost instantaneously.

    Takata airbag recall doubled

    The airbag on the driver's side is folded up like a parachute inside the steering wheel. Within the airbag is an inflator. This small device contains chemicals that emit a large volume of harmless gas, mostly nitrogen, very rapidly. This gas fills the airbag causing it to burst out and create a soft gas-filled cushion.

    Related: Cars with recalled airbags - Is yours on the list?

    A front airbag is designed to not only inflate rapidly but also to deflate rapidly so that it's not blocking the driver's vision and movement for longer than needed.

    In the case of detects of theВ TakataВ (TKTDY)В airbags something is going wrong with the inflators and causing them to explode, sending pieces of their metal containers flying. The exact cause hasn't been determined.В 

    /By CNN/
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  • Torch of Baku 2015 covers Azerbaijan
    25.05.2015 14:37
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The Flame of the Baku 2015 First European Games continues bringing the spirit of the inaugural European Games to the regions of Azerbaijan. On these days, the Baku 2015 torch has already visited a number of western regions.

    At the symbolic gate of the European Games in Aghdash, the Flame was handed to coach Rustam Shamilov. Ten torchbearers then covered a 3 km long route and carried the Flame into Heydar Aliyev Square to the sound of wild applause.

    Youth activist Sabina Alipashayeva lit the Flame of the European Games. The Flame was then transferred to a commemorative lamp that will remain lit in the Heydar Aliyev Center until the end of the Games.

    The event participants watched a footage highlighting the inaugural lighting ceremony of the Flame in the Ateshgah temple which was held on April 26.

    The Journey of the Flame will continue until the opening ceremony in Baku on June 12. By that time, it will visit most of the regions of Azerbaijan.

    After Aghdash, the Flame was welcomed at Mingachevir by hundreds of local residents.

    The first torchbearer here was sambo wrestler Ayaz Umudaliyev. Rower Khagani Mikayilov lit the Flame of the European Games. The Flame was then transferred to a commemorative lamp.

    Balakan has become the next destination of the Journey.

    At the symbolic gate of the European Games in the region, the Flame was accepted by Greco-Roman wrestler, Khochbar Khalayev. Ten torchbearers then started their 2.7km long route and carried the Flame into the Heydar Aliyev Park to the sound of wild applause. Greco-Roman wrestler Hajimurad Chopsiyev lit the Flame of the European Games.

    The Flame was then transferred to a commemorative lamp that will remain lit in Heydar Aliyev Center until the end of the Games.

    The event was followed by a concert. The Flame then continued on its journey to the next destination, Zagatala.

    Here, it was handed to budo fighter, Tabriz Balakhanov.

    Ten torchbearers covered 2.7km long route and carried the Flame into Zagatala Historical and Cultural Reserve.

    The Baku 2015 torch then arrived in mountain region of Gakh.

    World champion of the universal types of martial arts, Ramil Mammadli took the torch. Then torchbearers run a distance of over 3 kilometers to bring the Flame to the central square. Winner of the world championships in Kung Fu in 2010 and 2012, Zaur Isakov lit the torch.

    The ceremony ended with a concert program performed by artists.

    To follow the Journey of Flame please visit:В baku2015.com/flame.
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  • FAO starts Project "Support to seed sector development in Azerbaijan"
    25.05.2015 14:36
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    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) starts the implementation of the Project ''Support to seed sector development in Azerbaijan''.

    It was informed at the seminar held in Baku devoted to the implementation of this project, the Ministry of Agriculture reported.

    Speaking at the seminar, Imran Jumshudov, Head of the Crop Department in Azerbaijan's Ministry of Agriculture and Mustafa Imir, FAO representative in Azerbaijan, stressed their assurance on successful implementation of the project.

    National Coordinator of the project Mohtasim Ahmadov, FAO expert Hafiz Muminjanov and others made reports at the seminar.

    The participants exchanged views on the questions of seed sector, opportunities, the duties, staff training, the quality control of seed and others.

    The seminar participants prepared detailed plan for the implementation of the project.
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  • Gabala Grand Prix Shotgun wraps up
    25.05.2015 14:29
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The second International Grand Prix Shotgun devoted to national leader Heydar Aliyevв's memory wrapped up in Azerbaijanв's region of Gabala on May 23.

    During the nine-day competition, the Gabala Grand Prix Shotgun hosted a total of 150 best shooters from 17 countries. The sportsmen all did their best to win the best title in such Olympic disciplines as trap, double trap and skeet.

    On the final day of the competition two Azerbaijani team members including Niyaz Agazade and Ali Mustafayev were distinguished. In Skeet Junior Men discipline Agazade Niyaz took first place, while his teammate, Mustafayev placed third. Georgian ?rakli Lomidzen gained second place.

    On the womenв's skeet, held on May 22 Azerbaijani Nurlana Jafarova won a bronze medal. Russian shooter Svetlana Demina for the second year in the competition took first place, while Al Shamaa Eman from Kuwait placed second.

    Meanwhile, Jafarova will represent the country at the first ever European Games to be held in Baku on May 12-28.

    As the biggest sporting event in Azerbaijan's history, the Baku 2015 European Games will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent 49 countries in 20 sports: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports.

    Earlier, national team members, Rana Alaskarova and Alimirza Guliyev showed good results, taking gold medals.

    In Women Trap Azerbaijani Alaskarova Rana took first place, while Makela-Nummela Satu from Finland and Alhawal Sarah from Kuwait placed second and third, respectively.

    In Trap Junior Men national Guliyev Alimirza won a gold medal. Two Australia's shooters Wallace Jack Australia and Bylsma Samuel placed second and third, respectively.

    The prize fund of the tournament stood at $96,500. The first Heydar Aliyev International Grand Prix Shotgun was held in Gabala in August 2014 with a $81,000 prize fund.
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  • IAEA allowed to interview Iranв's nuclear experts in former administration
    25.05.2015 14:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists is not a recent issue as the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was permitted to interview the scientists during the administration of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013).

    The interview issue is not linked to the Iran-P5 1 ongoing talks, Zarif said, adding this is a minor issue and the Islamic Republic has taken measures in last 10 years to put an end to the claims and excuses.

    "In this respect, some steps were taken in order to remove the ambiguities and even interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists were conducted by the IAEA inspectors during the former government," Zarif said, the Iranian Parliament's official ICANA news agency reported May 25.

    In that period some people were interviewed in Iran and even some disputed centers and places visited, however they found no clear indication to prove their claims, the Iranian top diplomat underlined.

    Iran's foreign minister further referred to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's disagreement for atomic scientists' interview, saying surely all bodies in the government including nuclear negotiating team will conform to his orders.

    Last week, Khamenei declared that Iran would never allow any inspection of its military sites or interview with its nuclear scientists under any nuclear deal with the P5 1(the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

    "I will not let foreigners to come and talk to our scientists and to interrogate our beloved and prominent sons of this nation who brought us this extensive nuclear knowledge," Khamenei said.

    Iran and the P5 1 reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2. The parties have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    A new round of meetings for drafting a nuclear deal will begin in Vienna on May 26.

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  • Sweden wins Europe's Favorite TV Show
    25.05.2015 13:40
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The exciting event Eurovision Song Contest which gathered thousands of people in the Wiener Stadthalle arena and millions of people on TV saw its winner crowned in the beautiful Austrian capital of Vienna on May 23.

    Mans Zelmerlow from Sweden won the 2015 edition of Europe's Favorite TV Show with the song "Heroes."

    The Swedish singer brought the Scandinavian nation their second win in four years, picking up an impressive 365 points.

    Speaking on his feelings, Mans said: "It was absolutely amazing. I didn't hear it when they first said it... I thought Russia or Italy would win it. But then I did it, and I was so happy. My feelings are now all over the place. I am so proud, so excited, so full of joy."

    The final outcome was decided by a 50:50 split in between professional juries and televoting from all 40 participants.

    The 27 finalists were made up of 20 qualifiers from the first and second Semi-Finals held on the May 19 and 21 and seven automatic qualifiers including the Big 5 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    Russiaв's Polina Gagarina finished in second place with her ballad ''A Million Voices'', while Italyв's operatic effort "Grand Amore" came third.

    Azerbaijani representative Elnur Huseynov placed 12 with his mystical ballad ''Hour of the Wolf'', gaining 49 points.

    The song was written by Sandra Bjurman, Nicolas Rebscher, Nicklas Lif and Lina Hansson. Two dancers were included in the performance, who played on a love story on the stage.

    On his official website Elnur thanked all his fans, ''Thank you all '" the best fans ever, the team and everyone who was with us till the Grand Final. Youв're amazing!''

    Meanwhile, Ebru Gundesh, who was Elnurв's mentor in ''The Voice Turkey'' show, which the talented singer won, supported him on one of the social network, writing ''You are a winner for us!''

    The right for hosting the contest by Austria came when Conchita Wurst brought home the trophy with her "Rise Like A Phoenix" from Copenhagen in 2014. The official slogan of 2015 Eurovision Song Contest was "Building Bridges".

    The contest which is being held for the 60th time in Europe has seen the victory of 46 women participants. The last man contestant to win the contest was Azerbaijani Eldar Gasimov in the music duo Ell amp; Nikki with Nigar Jamal bringing first place from Germany to Azerbaijan in 2011.

    This year for the first time, Australia participated in the contest. The Czech Republic after a five-year pause and Cyprus and Serbia after a year time-out also competed on the Eurovision stage.

    Due to financial and political issues Ukraine did compete at the contest, while Turkey chose not attend the event, as in 2013 and 2014.
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  • Russian President signs law on '˜undesirable organisationsв'
    25.05.2015 13:38
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill on 'undesirable organisationsв'. The text of the law was placed on the official portal of legal information on Saturday, SIA informs with reference the TASS.

    The law says that a foreign or international, but only non-governmental (NGO), organisation can be recognised as undesirable if it "poses a threat to basics of the constitutional order of the Russian Federation, to the countryв's defence capacity and security."

    Russiaв's prosecutor general or his deputies are to make such a decision or to revoke it in coordination with the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Justice Ministry is to be in charge of making up lists of 'undesirable organisationsв' and of publishing them.

    The law imposes, in particular, a ban on activities, setting up and opening of structural subdivisions of an 'undesirable organisationв' in the Russian Federation and a ban on its spread of information materials.
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  • President Aliyev honored with high award of Intв'l Eurasia Press Fund
    25.05.2015 12:43
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has been honored with a high award of the International Eurasia Press Fund for his exceptional role in developing civil society in the country, AzerTac state news agency reported.

    The award was handed to President`s Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov in a ceremony to inaugurate the headquarters of the International Eurasia Press Fund, which holds a special consultative status of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

    Participants in the ceremony included state and governmental officials, MPs, representatives of international organizations, UN agencies, civil society, and mass media.

    Following the opening ceremony, the participants toured the headquarters of the International Eurasia Press Fund and viewed photos highlighting its activity.

    In his remarks, Hasanov congratulated the International Eurasia Press Fund on the occasion of the opening of its headquarters.

    Chairman of the International Eurasia Press Fund Umud Mirzayev hailed the exceptional role of national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Aliyev in developing civil society in Azerbaijan.

    UNDP resident coordinator in Azerbaijan Antonius Broek applauded the activity of the International Eurasia Press Fund and its contribution to the development of civil society in the country.

    Advisor for international affairs to the chairman of the International Eurasia Press Fund Lutful Kabir read out congratulatory letters of international organizations.

    The ceremony also featured the awarding of honorary diplomas of the International Eurasia Press Fund to the President`s Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov, UNDP resident coordinator in Azerbaijan Antonius Broek, head of the EU Mission in Azerbaijan Malena Mard, Japanese Ambassador to Azerbaijan Tsuguo Takahashi and Public Affairs Officer at US Embassy Stephen Guice.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Azerbaijan awaits firm actions by EU to ensure fulfillment of UN resolutions on Karabakh conflict
    25.05.2015 12:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    The Republic of Azerbaijan awaits unambiguous and firm actions by the European Union to ensure that the resolutions of the UN Security Council on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are strictly complied with and implemented, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in its statement on Riga summit declaration.

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  • State of Louisiana celebrates Republic Day of Azerbaijan
    25.05.2015 12:37
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    Baton Rouge city of the U.S. state of Louisiana has held an event dedicated to the national holiday of Azerbaijan '" Republic Day - with the participation of members of the Senate and House of Representatives of Louisiana.

    The event organized by the Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ) took place at the Senate. The event was attended by the state's Lieutenant Governor Elbert Lee Guillory, senators Francis Thompson and Gerald Long, members of the House of Representatives Clay Schexnayder, Joe Harrison and Roy Burrell.

    Recalling his visit to Azerbaijan in 1983, Elbert Lee Guillory, in his speech, said Azerbaijan is of particular hospitality. He also noted that during military operations in Afghanistan, hundreds of US military managed to survive thanks to the role of Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijan continues making huge contribution to Europe's energy security," the Lieutenant Governor added.

    Addressing the event, representative of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the US, Natig Bakhishov spoke about the Azerbaijani-US relations and joint cooperation between the two countries in the fields of energy and international security.
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  • Foreign Ministry's spokesman made a statement
    25.05.2015 11:57
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    Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev made the remarks commenting on the statements made by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan during the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

    ''There is no need to say that historic land of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh has nothing to do with the Armenians in terms of history, archaeology and anthropology. It's enough to add that after gaining independence, Azerbaijan joined the UN as full-fledged member with Nagorno-Karabakh as its integral part and these borders were recognized by the international community,'' Hajiyev said

    Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the international community firmly supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders. ''UN Security Councilв's resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884 cover the inviolability of the internationally-recognized borders of Azerbaijan, the countryв's territorial integrity and sovereignty and demand unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories. The ninth paragraph of resolution 853 is about Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan Republic.

    Armenia, signing the final declaration of the Riga summit, reiterates its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan. The third paragraph of the Riga declaration reflects the obligation on supporting the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all partner countries. In accordance with the fifth paragraph of the Riga Declaration, the Armenian leadership undertakes an obligation on resolving the conflict based on the norms and principles of the international law.

    Instead of making frivolous and ridiculous statements, the Armenian authorities must finally demonstrate responsible behavior in accordance with the international obligations, withdraw its troops from the occupied territories and put an end to the occupation. Otherwise, Armenia will be fully responsible for any situation that may arise,'' he said.
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  • Mystery of flavorless airplane food
    25.05.2015 11:55
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Do you often travel by plane? So, like many others you probably restore your energy with food offered by airline.

    Meal on the plane is a significant issue for all tourists. After a few hours of flight you might get very hungry. But what disappoint the passengers most is the tasteless meal on a board.

    Why is this happening? Tourists pay big money for air flights, so why the food on the plane is not so good and nutritious. It seems that all the products are usual, and dishes are traditional but, very rare, economy class passengers will praise their lunch provided during a flight.

    Specialists say that food on board is not bad at all. The main problem lies with the passengers and more precisely, their perception of food on board. Essentially, you leave your sense of taste behind the airport gate.

    Our taste receptors properly operate only at a comfortable height 3 km. But, a plane is flying at a height of 10 km. That is why our perception of saltiness and sweetness drop inside the pressurized cabin.

    Dryness is another factor which gives the effect of "bad taste" to foods. Still on the ground when loading containers, humidity on board decreases, affecting our sense of smell. Then as the plane rises the sensitivity of taste buds decreases in passengers, because of the dry air. At about 10 km, humidity is less than 12 percent.

    However, thatв's not all. The British scientists from the University of Manchester conducted a study and found that incessant noise of aircrafts engines has also a considerable effect on reduction of our taste perception.

    A relatively short study involved a total of 48 people. They ate sweets and salty foods both in a silence and noisy condition.

    Thus, it turned out that during amplification of noise the meal was less salty or less sweet and at the same time more rigid. All a matter is in human attention. Noise distracts a human from the sense of taste.By mainly because of the receptors boycott, many people prefer tomato juice on board, even those who donв't love it. It doesnв't seem so sour on high.

    Cooks also add a lot of spices and salt to meal, so that it doesnв't have insipid taste. Therefore, for many passengers Asian airlinesв' meals taste better.

    Moreover, meals are prepared and packed long before the departure. Then the stewardesses freeze them, and heat on board. And therefore it is normal that their taste is spoiled to some extent.

    Cooks recommend choosing steamed vegetables, rice and other rice dishes, as well as oily fish from the menu aircraft. These are the only products that preserve their flavor and moisture after multiple procedures they pass.

    To be honest, taste is not the main priority of the airlines for many companies. The most important is the quality and safety of products, as the airlines are responsible for the health of their passengers.

    Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), Azerbaijan's biggest airline and national flag carrier also strives to make every passenger feel special and the flight enjoyable.

    Although the airline could not give us information about their flight catering because of security issues, we made some research to acquaint you with the process.

    One of the companies that enter into contracts with foreign catering companies is located in Baku. The Sky Catering Company has been operating in Baku since 1997 and serves about 26 companies. Vegetables are necessarily tested for pesticides and are purchased only from suppliers who have all needed certificates.

    AZAL provides a range of foods to its passengers including hot and cold meals, sandwiches and baked goods, both national and European. It also offers special orders service, but only on international AZAL flights, which must be requested at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

    The airline also takes care about kids and prepaid special children menu. It has also a special menu for allergic, which you should order at the time of booking.

    AZAL is tolerated all religions and include ethnic meals such as Hindu meal, Kosher (served only on Tel-Aviv-Baku flights), Muslim and Eastern meals to its menu.
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  • Legal basis on Caspian Sea status may be enlarged
    25.05.2015 11:52
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    A solid package of the final documents, which will enlarge the legal basis of the mechanism, may be developed by the next summit of the Caspian Five, which is expected to be held in Kazakhstan in 2016.

    This remark was made by Russian State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin in an interview with local media.

    Earlier Karasin attended the meeting of Russian ambassadors in the Caspian region countries and representatives of relevant departments of the foreign ministry with the participation of the Astrakhan region authorities.

    "With a focus on the agreements reached, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made a proposal to try to agree on a draft Convention by the next, Fifth Caspian Summit, which, as our partners say, could be held in Kazakhstan in 2016," the Russian diplomat said. "We completely share such an approach and tuned to achieve maximum results."

    He noted that the maintenance of peace and stability in the Caspian Sea belongs to the exclusive jurisdiction of the coastal countries.

    "The bilateral relations are actively developing, including intense and very fruitful ties at the regional level," Karasin added. "Careful attention is paid to the problems of security in the Caspian region in its various aspects."

    "We don't slow down the pace in the implementation of all existing agreements in the field of preservation of biological resources of the sea and its environment, and cooperation of the hydro-meteorological services," he stressed.

    The uncertainty of the legal status of the Caspian Sea is one of the most discussed topics in between the five coastal states -- Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran.

    These countries signed a framework convention on the protection of the marine environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.In July 1998, Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to implement sovereign rights for subsoil use, and the protocol to this agreement was signed in May 2002.

    Agreements on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and the protocol were signed on November 29, 2001 and February 27, 2003 respectively. Also, an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea was signed by Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia on May 14, 2003.

    Significant progress has been achieved in drafting a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea in September 2014 as well.

    Baku supports defining the Caspian Sea's legal status taking into account the littoral states' sovereign rights, mutually beneficial partnership and peaceful means and negotiations.

    Azerbaijan, together with Kazakhstan and Russia agreed on the delimitation of the sea in early 2000. However, the other littoral states -Turkmenistan and Iran- have not reached a consensus yet.

    Once all Caspian states ratify the Agreement on Security Cooperation in the Caspian Sea, signed on November 18, 2010, in Baku, a new impetus will be given to close cooperation between the sides.
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  • Review of 9 world oil prices for May 18-22
    25.05.2015 11:51
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    The average spot price for nine varieties of oil brands (including North American) last week (May 18-22) amounted to $62.33 per barrel.

    The highest average spot price was observed on Bonny Light oil produced in Nigeria, which amounted to $64.82 per barrel. The density of Bonny Light, used to determine the price of other brands of oil exports in the Gulf, is 33.4-degrees API with a 0.16-percent sulfur content.

    The average price of Brent last week amounted $64.31 per barrel. Brent Dated's density is 38.6-39 -degrees API, with up to 1-percent sulfur content.

    Average spot price for the high-sulfur oil Urals which is a mixture of oil produced in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District and Tatarstan was at $63.63 per barrel last week. The main producers of Urals oil is Rosneft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegaz, Gazprom Neft, TNK-BP and Tatneft companies. Abroad, this oil is known under the name Siberian Light. In Russia, oil futures for Urals are traded on the FORTS market at the RTS stock exchange.

    The average spot price for North Sea Forties was at $63.48 per barrel last week. Forties has a low sulfur content and high potential to produce gasoline. Its density is about 40.3-degrees API with a 0.56-percent sulfur content.

    The average spot price for a marker grade of oil produced in Dubai and used as a benchmark in setting prices of other brands of oil exports in the Gulf region Dubai Crude hit $63.23 per barrel. Dubai Crude is light oil whose density is 31 degrees-API with a 2-percent sulfur content.

    OPEC oil basket average price amounted to $61.92 per barrel last week. The OPEC's price is the average index of physical prices for the following 11 grades of oil: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).

    Last week average price for the American Mars stood at $60.77 per barrel. Mars's density is 28.9-degrees API with a 2.05-percent sulfur content.

    The average spot price for the American WTS crude oil last week amounted to $59.9 per barrel. The density of WTS is not less than 30 degrees-API with a 2.5-percent sulfur content.

    The lowest average spot price was observed for the American West Texas Intermediate (WTI), which amounted to $58.95 per barrel. WTI's density is 40-degrees API with a 0.4-05-percent sulfur content. This oil is mainly used to produce gasoline and therefore the demand is high, particularly in the U.S. and China.

    Energy Intelligence Group provides Trend Agency with daily oil price quotas.

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  • New Indian ambassador takes up duties in Uzbekistan
    25.05.2015 11:50
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan Vinod Kumar handed the copy of his credentials to Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

    Vinod Kumar replaced Vikram Kumar Doraivami who has been serving as head of Indian diplomatic mission in Tashkent from November 2014 to early April 2015.

    During the meeting, the sides discussed the current state and prospects for development of Uzbek-Indian cooperation, preparations for the upcoming joint events, expansion of cooperation within international organizations, according to the Foreign Ministry.

    They also exchanged views on the regional issues.

    India was one of the first countries to recognize Uzbekistan's independence. The two countries have signed over 130 legal documents that in fact, cover all the areas of the bilateral cooperation.

    Currently, India is one of the largest partners of Uzbekistan in the sphere of information technologies, light and textile industry, pharmaceutics, production of spare parts for vehicles.

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  • Azerbaijan '˜important strategic partner of Russiaв'
    25.05.2015 11:48
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    Azerbaijan is an important strategic partner of Russia in the Caucasus and the Caspian region.

    We build relations with Baku on the basis of equality and respect for each other's interests and good neighborliness.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov to Russia.

    The statement noted that the visit will take place at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and will last for two days.

    Within the framework of his official visit to Russia, Elmar Mammadyarov will meet with the chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Dmitry Rogozin.

    "During the negotiations on May 25, the foreign ministers will discuss the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation, the key aspects of the regional and international agenda, including the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.

    Russia, as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, continues to play an active role in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement over the past decades. In view of the geographical proximity and shared history of our peoples, the deadlocked conflict is of paramount importance to us and is one of the priorities of Russian foreign policy.

    It should be noted that the OSCE Minsk Group can help and propose options. On the other hand, the settlement rather depends on the parties to the conflict than on the mediators.
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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenians violate ceasefire 75 times
    25.05.2015 11:47
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    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 75 times in various parts of the frontline within a day, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on May 25.

    Armenian armed units, stationed in fired Chinari village of Armenia's Berd district, fired on the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in Kokhanebi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district.

    Armenians also fired on Azerbaijani positions located in nameless uplands of Gadabay district from the positions located in nameless uplands of Krasnoselsk district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near Talish, Gulustan villages of Goranboy, Chilaburt, Chayli and Goyarkh villages of Terter, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar and Marzili villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Ashaghi Seyidahmedli villages of Fuzuli district and nameless uplands of Khojavand, Goranboy and Fuzuli districts.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
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  • Three killed in cement factory blast in Ankara
    25.05.2015 11:46
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    At least three people were killed and two others seriously injured in an explosion at a cement factory in Ankara province of central Turkey on Sunday.

    APA reports quoting Xinhua News Agency that the explosion occurred at Bolu cement factory in Kazan town of Ankara province, causing fire in the factory. Deputy Director of the factory Orhan Ozer and two others died on the spot.

    Kazan mayor Lokman Erturk said that the cause of the incident was a technical failure and the fire was extinguished a short time later.
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  • EU migrants banned from vote on Europe
    25.05.2015 11:04
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    David Cameron has signalled he will not be deflected from his EU referendum plans by setting out the rules that will dictate who is eligible to vote, and committing to a breakneck schedule of diplomacy to ensure his plans for significant reform in Brussels are enacted swiftly.

    Downing Street has said the franchise for the referendum will be the same as that which dictates General Elections.

    This means that British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who are over 18 and resident in the UK are eligible to vote, as are UK nationals resident overseas for less than 15 years.

    EU nationals resident in the UK, who are entitled to vote in European elections, will nevertheless miss out on this occasion.

    An EU Referendum Bill will be the centrepiece of the Queen's Speech, to be unveiled on Wednesday.
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  • Azerbaijan, Afghanistan discuss cooperation in defence industry sphere
    25.05.2015 11:00
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    Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yavar Jamalov has met a delegation led by Special Representative of President of Afghanistan for CIS states Mohammad Shaker Kargar to discuss prospects for cooperation in the field of defense industry.

    The Azerbaijani Minister briefed the delegation on the Ministry's activities, AzerTag reports.

    Representatives of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Azerbaijan were also present at the meeting.
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  • Russia to get three new generation nuclear icebreakers by 2020 - deputy PM
    25.05.2015 10:59
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    Russia will get three new generation nuclear icebreakers by 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said during the Voskresny Vecher (Sunday Night) program on Russian television.

    "Now the service life of the current icebreaker fleet is coming to an end. In 2017, there'll be the first vessel, then 2019 and 2020. We are on schedule, and Russia will have a new icebreaker fleet, which will ensure escort of convoys and vessels along the Northern Sea Route, by 2020," Rogozin said, according to ITAR TASS.

    He said that on Tuesday he plans to visit the Baltiyskiy Zavod (Baltic Shipyard) in St. Petersburg to lay the foundation of the first serial nuclear icebreaker of the new generation.

    "The head icebreaker has been some 60% assembled. Serial production will start after the head icebreaker," Rogozin said.
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  • Iran allows private business owners to forge trade ties with US companies
    25.05.2015 10:58
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    The Iranian government has given the green light to private business owners to forge trade ties with their US counterparts, an official said on Saturday, APA reports quoting Press TV.

    Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Gholamreza Shafei said the government had 'advised' preliminary contacts between the private sectors of the two countries prior to any formal trade links, Mehr News Agency reported.

    "Unofficial contacts could pave the way for establishing joint chambers of commerce between Iran and America."

    Shafei said the idea of setting up a joint chamber of commerce with the US has been under consideration for 10 months. All views should be taken into account and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture should not act independently on this, he noted.

    "Hence, consultations have been made with the government and we were advised that a connection should initially be forged and strengthened between Iranian and American private sectors to pave the way for establishing a joint chamber and formal ties among traders," Shafei said.

    He said unofficial communications would set the stage for big gatherings where traders from the two countries could get in touch.

    American entrepreneurs, he said, have already formed a joint Iran-US chamber of commerce voluntarily but it has not been officially registered and it functions as a firm.

    Shafei pointed out American businessmen were showing keen interest in trade relations with Iran, but no official request has yet been made for face-to-face negotiations.

    "They are especially showing interest as they see most Western countries are sending big trade delegations to Iran.

    "The Europeans and Southeast Asian countries have no shortfall in terms of US technology and the quality of its machinery. But trade ties with America are important for Iran's exports because our traditional goods have a favorable market in that country," Shafei said.
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  • Baku 2015: Flame in Zagatala
    25.05.2015 10:18
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    The flame of the First European Games has arrived in Zagatala, SIA informs.

    At the symbolic gate of the European Games in the region, the flame was handed to budo fighter Tabriz Balakhanov.

    Ten torchbearers then started their 2.7km long route and carried the flame into Zagatala Historical and Cultural Reserve to the sound of wild applause. Pupil of Zagatala city secondary school No. 1, judo fighter Ariz Mammadov lit the flame of the European Games.

    The flame was then transferred to a commemorative lamp that will remain lit in Heydar Aliyev Center until the end of the Games.

    The event featured demonstration of a footage highlighting a ceremony to light the flame of the Baku 2015 First European Games in Ateshgah temple.

    The flame then continued its journey to the next destination, Gakh.

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  • Iran ready to resume oil swap operations if it is profitable
    25.05.2015 10:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 24

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran is ready to resume oil swap operations if it is profitable, Director of the International Affairs Department at National Iranian Oil Company Mohsen Ghamsari, said.

    Once the oil sanctions against the country are lifted, oil swap operations will be resumed considering the existing infrastructures, Iran's Fars news agency reported on May 24.

    Swap of oil between Iran and Caspian Sea states stopped due to swap fees in 2010. Iran persisted on five-folding the swap fees to $5/barrel, but this demand was not accepted.

    "Iran currently has a daily 260,000-barrel crude oil swap capacity, while the ships with 12,000 tons capacity can dock in Neka," the head of the Iranian Oil Terminals Company (IOTC), Pirouz Mousavi said on April 22.

    Swap operations earned Iran $880 million between 1999 and 2009, Mahmoud Astaneh, the consultant to the Iranian oil minister said on April 25.

    It is a demanding job for the country to restore its status in oil swap operations, he noted.

    Many facilities, including the Neka terminal and the Neka-Rey pipeline) were established to boost the volume of oil swap, he said, adding that the facilities have remained unused since the swap operations were halted and maintaining the facilities cost a lot.

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  • Iran says likely to produce Mercedes-Benz sedan
    25.05.2015 10:14
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    Tehran, Iran, May 24

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Engineering CEO of Iran Khodro Diesel Reza Hosseini said that Iran is likely to produce Mercedes-Benz sedans in the future.

    Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the first Iranian -produced minibus, Hosseini said that a model of Mercedes-Benz sedans used to be produced in Iran in the past, ISNA news agency reported May 24.

    In a contract previously signed with Mercedes-Benz, besides producing an E-class sedan, the production of C-class sedans is also envisioned, he said.

    Therefore, there is the chance in the future for some Mercedes-Benz sedans to be produced in Iran, he concluded.

    Iran Khodro Diesel CEO Qolamreza Razazi also attending the ceremony told reporters that the Accor Mercedes truck is currently produced by the Iranian company and added that a model of Mercedes ambulance is also going to be produced in Iran.

    Some 58,023 cars have been produced in Iran in the first month of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 21-April 21).

    The figure indicates 41 percent increase compared to the same month of preceding year.

    Sedan cars output stood at 54,952 in the mentioned period, 55 percent more year on year.

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  • Ankara expects Turkish Stream gas pipeline to be launched after 2017
    25.05.2015 10:13
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    Turkey expects that the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is likely to be launched after 2017, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim told Interfax.

    Turkey and Russia "have not yet reached the stage of the project's start," he said, according to AzerTag.

    "Perhaps it would not be correct today to name 2016 or 2017 as the date of the gas pipeline's launch," Yardim said.

    "In my opinion, if we manage to implement this project, this would be a great victory for both Turkey and Russia. Contacts between our countries on the matter are continuing," he said.
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  • Elmar Mammadyarov explains remarks made by Azerbaijan on Riga summit declaration
    25.05.2015 09:27
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    The Minister also clarified the reports on leaving the summit

    Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has clarified the issues regarding Azerbaijan in Riga summit of the EU Eastern Partnership.

    APA reports that mentioning unambiguous support of the territorial integrity of the Eastern Partnership countries by the EU, the minister explained what were discussed at the summit: "We said the conflict is to be settled on the basis of resolutions of the UN Security Council. But they did not want to include it into the declaration of the Summit. And we protested against it. Because, the US SC resolutions are very important legal documents and the conflict should be settled within these documents".

    However, it was reached an agreement that Azerbaijan also to sign the declaration, but with a special view. As a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we'll send a special statement on May 25 that how Azerbaijan sees the settlement of this conflict. This declaration will be included in the final document of the summit. Thus, the issue will be finished".

    Mammadyarov also clarified the reports on leaving the summit: "This is fiction of Armenian side. Because, there was no reason to leave the meeting".
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  • Azerbaijani FM: ''Nagorno Karabakh conflict will be settled in the near future"
    25.05.2015 09:27
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    ''Armenian leadership also will have sensible people and they will understand that good relations with the neighbors are guarantee of the countryв's success''

    "Azerbaijan will settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in any case. Because, there is not any conflict remaining unsettled", said the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, APA reports.

    The Minister said that there are reasons for optimism on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict: "The Nagorno Karabakh conflict cannot remain in the existing situation. There is international legal base, as well as US SC resolutions for settlement of the conflict. All countries entering the UN take responsibilities to comply with the resolutions. But, Armenia does not fulfill this obligation. However, Armenian leadership also will have sensible people and they will understand that good relations with the neighbors are guarantee of the country's success. Reasonable people, to be in the leadership of Armenia, will understand that short-sighted policy being pursued by current leadership of Armenia didn't justify itself. As a result of short-sighted policy of Armenian leadership, this country is isolated from all projects implementing in the South Caucasus. I'm surely saying that this conflict will be settled in the near future"
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  • Over 1,000 people killed by airstrikes in Yemen: Houthis
    25.05.2015 09:26
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    Over 1,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of a Saudi-led military campaign against the Shia Houthi militant group in late March, a Yemeni ministry said Sunday Anadolu Agency reported

    "The Saudi aggression has left 1,114, including 154 children and 114 women, dead since it began on March 25," the Health Ministry, which was taken over by the Houthis, said.

    It added in a report that 3,637 people were also injured by Saudi-led airstrikes, noting that this toll included 389 children and 212 women.

    The report, which was quoted by the official Yemeni news agency, added that scores of Yemeni medical facilities were also destroyed by the strikes.

    Nevertheless, a local human rights group said that most of these casualties were caused by antiaircraft missiles launched by the Houthis themselves.

    "Most of the casualties were caused by failed antiaircraft missiles fired by the Houthis themselves," Yemeni activist, Radiya al-Motawakel, the head of local NGO Mowatena Centre for Human Rights, said on Facebook.

    Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

    On March 25, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an extensive military campaign targeting Houthi positions across Yemen.

    Riyadh says its anti-Houthi campaign comes in response to appeals by embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi - currently in Riyadh - for military intervention against the Shia group.

    The Houthis, for their part, denounce the offensive as unwarranted "Saudi-American aggression" against Yemen.

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  • Daesh poses 'unparalleled threat': Nasrallah
    25.05.2015 09:25
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    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Sunday that his troops would be deployed across all Syria Anadolu Agency reported

    Referring to Daesh - which controls large swaths of land in both Syria and Iraq - he added that the group posed "unparalleled threats."

    "Daesh is now present in a large part of Syria," Nasrallah said in an address on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation.

    He added that the militant group was also present in Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

    Nasrallah lashed out at a United States-led international coalition against Daesh in both Syria and Iraq.

    He said the peoples of the Middle East region had to depend on themselves to fight the group.

    Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria side by side with the troops of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the eruption of the Syrian civil war almost four years ago.

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  • Iran will not allow military sites inspection: Araqchi
    25.05.2015 09:25
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    A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says Tehran will not allow the inspection of its military sites as part of a prospective nuclear deal with the P5 1 group of countries.

    Speaking at a closed door session of Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Sunday, Abbas Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, stressed that the Iranian delegation has always reaffirmed Tehran's red lines during nuclear negotiations with the six world powers, Press TV reports.

    Tehran will never agree to the inspection of its military sites or any interview with its nuclear scientists, he said, adding, "All ways to abuse have been principally blocked during nuclear talks."

    Araqchi also highlighted the role of Majlis in Iran's nuclear case, saying that Tehran's acceptance of the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) depends on Majlis approval.

    Earlier in the month, he had stressed that the possible inspections of Iran's non-nuclear sites would not go beyond the framework of the Additional Protocol.

    Araqchi and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a closed-door session of Majlis to brief lawmakers on the recent nuclear negotiations with the P5 1.

    Iran and the P5 1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany -- wrapped up their latest round of talks in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on May 22 in another effort to narrow down the remaining differences and pave the way for a possible final nuclear deal.

    Iran and the P5 1 are currently working to reach a final accord on Iran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    The two sides reached a mutual understanding on the parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - as the comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is called - in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April
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  • Turkey: Suspect in attack on MP candidate arrested
    25.05.2015 08:41
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    A suspect was taken to court and officially arrested for injuring a Justice and Development (AK) Party MP candidate with a knife Saturday, in Turkey's south-central province of Adana, a city security official said Sunday, Anadolu agency reported.

    The arrest came late on Sunday, a day after the AK Party MP candidate Ramazan Demir was stabbed three times with a knife by two apparently drunk attackers.

    Faruk S., 31 was arrested while other suspect Muhammed F., 22, was released by the court.

    The two suspects had been taken into custody by police officers at the scene and were transferred to a court Saturday.

    The Adana governor Mustafa Buyuk said Saturday that Demir had not been critically injured.

    About 56 million Turks will vote in the country's 25th general election to elect 550 lawmakers to the Turkish Grand National Assembly on June 7.

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  • Oklahoma, Texas flash floods leave 2 dead, hundreds of homes washed away
    25.05.2015 08:24
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    Unusual amounts of rain across the Midwest in the U.S. left various areas flooded and a total of about 2,000 residents fleeing their homes, Latinos Post reported.

    "Tornados struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas," Fox News reported. "A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water."

    "The body of a man was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high," the news source added.

    Wimberley was the worst-hit area in Texas, where at least 350 houses were swept away by the flash floods.

    "The river crested at over 41 feet early Sunday - with flood stage at a mere 13 feet," My San Antonio reported. "The deluge eclipsed a record set in 1929 when it rose to 32 feet."

    A tornado that came on Sunday near Dripping Springs wrecked 25 mobile homes and "damaging rooftops, toppling trees, blowing out windows and sending at least two people to a hospital," Fox News said. "The tornado struck with winds of about 100 mph at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday."

    "We still have people who are still trapped in certain areas, but we're having difficulty reaching them," emergency management coordinator Ken Bell told My San Antonio.

    Meanwhile, in San Marcos, the recreational center that served as temporary shelter "quickly became overcrowded after Texas 35 was closed."

    "The city of San Marcos, Hays County and Wimberley imposed a curfew starting at 9 p.m.," USA Today noted. "An estimated 1,000 homes were damaged."

    This month is said to be the "wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states," Fox News said. However, residents are to expect more rain to arrive in the coming days.

    The record rainfall is said to be due to the prolonged warming of the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The resulting cooler air, plus "an active southern jet stream and plentiful moisture from the Gulf of Mexico," contributed to the epic rainfall occurrence.

    "It looks like the rainfall that we're getting now may actually officially end the drought," said Forrest Mitchell, National Weather Service meteorologist. He observed that the moisture has now penetrated two feet below the soil's surface and that the reservoirs and lakes has been replenished by the downpour.

    The NWS has since issued flood warnings for various areas, including central Missouri and Kansas City.

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