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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.

/HurriyetDailynews/
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  • FAO office to open in Baku
    24.11.2014 12:44
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Negotiations on opening the FAO Partnership and Coordination office have wrap up successfully.The office will take an active part on coordination of large-scale projects to be carried out in Azerbaijan, involvement of rich experience of UN Food and Agriculture Organization, specializing in the field of agriculture organization of the UN system.

    Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Heydar Asadov met with the Director General of FAO Jose Graziano da Silva, within the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).Speaking about the importance of the conference, Silva said the negotiations on establishment of FAO Partnership and Coordination Office in Baku have entered the final stage.

    Asadov said that both sides have important efforts in opening the office in Baku. As a result of the works, negotiations completed successfully. This step will contribute to the further development of relations between the two countries.The current state of relations between Azerbaijan and FAO, achievements in the agricultural sector in the country and the future projects were discussed at the meeting attended also by the Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy Vagif Sadigov.Then, giving an interview to the Italian press, Asadov informed about Azerbaijanв's experience on provision of food and nutrition security, achievements of the country in agricultural sector and relations with the FAO.

    FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts in defeating hunger. Serving both the developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.

    FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps the developing countries and countries in transition to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.
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  • European Commission Vice President to visit Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 12:35
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    European Commission Vice President is to visit Azerbaijan.

    After his visit to Kazakhstan on November 26, European Commission's Vice-President for Energy Union Maroscaron; Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ will make a visit to Azerbaijan on Nov. 28 to discuss the Southern Gas Corridor, the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan told APA.

    He is expected to meet with Azerbaijani senior officials.
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 11:53
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    Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire with Azerbaijan 62 times in various positions along the front-line throughout the day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenians fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in Alibeyli, Aghdam and Hajialili villages of Tovuz from the positions located in Aygepar, Mosesgekh villages of Armenia's Berd region, in Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa region and Gizilhajili village of Gazakh region from the positions located in Paravakar and Berkaber villages of Ijevan region, in Kemerli and Gaymagli villages of Gazakh region from the positions located in Barekamavan and Donekh villages of Noyemberyan region.

    The Azerbaijani positions were also subjected to fire from the positions near Gulustan village of Goranboy region, Chilaburt, Goyarkh villages of Terter, Shuraabad, Yusifjanli, Merzili, Shikhlar, Bash Gervend, Kengerli, Sarijali, Javahirli, Novruzlu villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil as well as on nameless uplands in Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.
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  • Iranians rush to hospitals after acid rains
    24.11.2014 11:48
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    /AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The acid rains in Iran forced many people to rush to the hospitals after experiencing breathing problems.

    Around 300 people had to go to hospitals as a result of two-day-acid rain in Ahvaz city, Iranian province of Khuzestan, IRNA news agency reported.

    Avhaz, with a population of approximately 1.2m people, is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The cityв's heavy industry and low-quality car fuel are the main causes of its pollution.

    Head of the Department of the Health Ministry in Ahvaz city Iraj Nozari said the people had breathing problems after the rains.

    Around 1,000 people had breathing problems after the first rain in Khuzestan province in early autumn.

    The acid rains have recently created many problems for the population.

    The cause of acid rains in Ahvaz city and the surrounding areas is air pollution resulted from the activity of oil and other industrial facilities, high humidity (95 percent) and a number of other reasons. The research into the issue is still underway.

    Data from the WHO showed that Khuzestan is three times more polluted than the Chinese capital, Beijing. WHO figures also suggested that five out of the ten most polluted cities in the world are in Iran, with Ahwaz topping the list.

    Earlier, environmentalists blame acid rains on high concentrations of nitrates in the air for the pollution. According to Sasan Mogahi from Jondi Shapour hospital, the local petroleum industry and post-harvest fires in sugarcane fields are the main reasons behind high atmospheric nitrate levels.

    The authorities have temporarily closed primary schools and nurseries in several cities in Khuzestan and recommended parents keep their children indoors. But the pollution remained unchanged.
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  • FILA chief: We are sure that Baku 2015 Games will be excellently organized
    24.11.2014 11:44
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    Baku, November 24, AzerTAc

    President of the InternationalWrestling Federation(FILA)NenadLalovic has expressed confidence that the inaugural European Games that will take place in Baku in 2015 will be a success.

    "We are absolutely sure that the first European Games will be excellently organized," he told journalists.

    Mr. Lalovic praised preparations for Baku 2015 Games.

    He also said FILA decided not to hold a European wrestling championship next year, adding "the European Games will replace them".
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  • With media partnership of AzerTAc energy industry leaders will meet in London
    24.11.2014 11:29
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    London, November 24, AzerTAc

    Eurasian Dynamics Ltd will be hosting the second edition of its Geopolitics of Energy Series with an exclusive debate on Central Asia and Azerbaijani energy industry Wednesday. Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) together with Interfax, Bloomberg, Energy.eu, ICIS, Oil and Gas Technology, NRG Expert and other broadcast organisations are media partners of the event.

    International energy companies, financial institutions, analysts and government officials from Europe, Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Russia, China, United States, Japan and Korea will meet in London to address the energy geopolitics and investment dynamics in the region, and to share updates on legal risks and project financing in energy-rich Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    This senior level event will put the region's energy dynamics into context with the contribution of experts and industry leaders. Charles Hendry MP, the British Prime Minister's trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will welcome participants with a keynote speech on UK energy businesses in the region.

    Orkhan Ismayilov

    Special Correspondent
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  • Murder committed in Shamkir
    24.11.2014 11:28
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    A resident of Shamkir city was stabbed to death.

    APA's western bureau reports that the incident happened in Shamkir city early today.

    28-year old resident of Shamkir, Firuz Zamanov was stabbed.

    Shamkir District Prosecutor's Office said it was revealed who committed the crime.

    The criminal case has been launched on the fact, search operations are being carried out to detain the murderer.
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  • BP and its parners send $3,8 mln for projects in Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 11:04
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    During the first 9 months BP and its partners have sent more than $3.8 mln for the implementation of social projects in Azerbaijan, 1news.az reports.

    BP company, the operator of the major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, continues to implement large-scale projects on sustainable development.

    "In January-September 2014 the social investment by BP and its partners in Azerbaijan amounted to $ 3.84 mln," the statement from BP-Azerbaijan says.

    Currently 2,883 Azerbaijani citizens work in BP-Azerbaijan.

    "85% of BP in Azerbaijan are the citizens of the country, many of them are in leadership positions," the company noted.

    BP also points out that, according to the 5-year plan of nationalization (in 2014-2018) to the end of 2018 the national staff should be 90% of the total number of employees of the company.

    The British company BP came to Azerbaijan in 1994, signing a PSA contract with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), the Government of Azerbaijan and foreign partners.

    Since that time, the offshore platforms, the world's largest oil terminal in Sangachal, the system of export pipelines, including the main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) named after Heydar Aliyev were built and continiously operate, the gas condensate field "Shah Deniz" with reserves of world importance is developed.
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  • Kidman always happy to play bad girl
    24.11.2014 11:03
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    Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, who stars as a villain in the new Paddington Bear film, has said she is happy to play "the bad girl".

    The Australian actress plays Millicent, a sinister taxidermist with her eye on the beloved animal.

    Kidman was speaking at the premiere of Paddington the movie in central London.

    Nicole Kidman waves to fans at the London premiere

    She said: "Well obviously, I was the kid that loved the wicked witch in The Wizard Of Oz, so of course I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie.

    "I'm always happy to play the bad girl. I just get to have fun, and it's obviously all done with a smile."

    There was controversy after the film was given a Parental Guidance rating, a decision that shocked many, including the bear's 88-year-old creator, Michael Bond.

    A PG certificate means some scenes may be unsuitable or unsettling for young children under the age of eight.

    At the premiere, Kidman braved the rain with husband Keith Urban, 46. The couple have two young daughters - six-year-old Sunday and three-year-old Faith.

    The Hollywood actress also has two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, 21-year-old Isabella and 19-year-old Connor.

    Kidman told Sky News: "I haven't seen the movie yet but I'll be bringing my kids to see it."

    The British Board of Film Classificationsaid the film contained "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language".

    The innuendo is from a scene where Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville dresses up as a woman.

    Children's films are usually expected to be given a Universal certificate, allowing any child to watch them.

    Kidman said she had long been a fan of the travelling Paddington, adding: "I had a teddy bear but I also had a Paddington Bear.

    "I remember being about six or seven and just hoping I would find my own little Paddington stranded on the street."

    Also on the red carpet in Leicester Square were co-stars including Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

    The film, directed by Paul King, sees Paddington sent from the jungle and smuggled on a boat to England.

    Paddington opens in cinemas on Friday, 28 November.
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  • State bodies in Azerbaijan owe AZN 9 mln to municipal services
    24.11.2014 11:03
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    State bodies in Azerbaijan owe AZN 9 mln to municipal services.

    In January-September, 2014, the state-funded institutions, enterprises and organizations in Azerbaijan consumed 1,403.5 mln kVt/hour of energy, 137,000 Gcal of heating energy, 84.1 mln cubic meters of gas, 17.9 mln cm of water and AZN 8 mln-communication services.

    According to the State Statistical Committee, in comparison to a year earlier, the heating energy consumption rose 30.4%, communication services - 19.4%, natural gas - 10.4%, energy 4.0% while the water consumption declined 0.6%.

    The consumed energy, heating energy, natural gas, water and communication services totaled AZN 120.1 mln, rising 4.6%.

    70% of total worth of the consumption made energy, 13.3% water, 7% natural gas, 6.7% communication services, 3% heating energy.

    In January-September, 2014, the state-funded institutions paid 92.6%, but owed AZN 8.9 mln.

    AZN 6.1 mln was owed for energy, AZN 1.5 mln for water, AZN 649,900 for natural gas, AZN 357,400 for heating energy, AZN 303,900 for communication services.
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  • Tbilisi condemns Russiaв's Abkhazia plans
    24.11.2014 10:58
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Agreement between Russia and Georgiaв's breakaway region Abkhazia on the creation of joint army is illegal, said Paata Zakeriashvili, Georgia's State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality.

    "It is Russia's reaction to Georgia's aspirations for Europe and European institutions. The recent document, as well as all 80 documents signed between Russia and the so-called Abkhazian government, are illegal," Zakeriashvili said.

    He added that the existing changes in Abkhazia are results of the events in August, 2008.

    The draft of "Treaty between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia on the alliance and integration" was prepared and sent to the so-called parliament of Abkhazia by Russia on October 13.

    The ruling regime in Abkhazia ratified and prepares to sign the agreement. The draft says the introduction of a coordinated foreign policy, formation of a common space of security and defense, creation of a united social and economic space, preservation of the common cultural and humanitarian space are the main areas of cooperation, integration and partnership between Abkhazia and Russia.
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  • Spying virus may be work of a nation state
    24.11.2014 10:54
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    A bug that spies on computer users may have been developed by a "nation state", according to the internet security company that uncovered it.

    Symantec says the malware- called Regin - can take screenshots, control cursors and steal passwords.

    The highly sophisticated bug has been active since 2008, though it disappeared between 2011 and 2013.

    It is unusually low-key, making it "highly suited for persistent, long-term surveillance operations against targets". It can go years without being noticed.

    Symantec said: "It is likely that its development took months, if not years, to complete and its authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks.

    "Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state."

    The countries affected by Regin. Pic: Symantec

    Regin has been used to attack individuals, businesses, government entities and research institutes.

    Sectors that have been targeted include airline and energy. Telecoms firms have also been infected, allowing hackers to access phone calls.

    Computers can be infected with the software in different ways, commonly via fake internet sites and instant messenger programmes. Symantec claims Ireland has been the site of 9% of confirmed infections.

    Russia, Saudi Arabia and Mexico have also been heavily affected.

    The report describes the purpose of Regin as "intelligence gathering" and says: "It is used for the collection of data and continuous monitoring of targeted organisations or individuals."
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  • US Ambassador to Russia wants to improve relations between US, Russia
    24.11.2014 10:53
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    US ambassador to Russia said that he would like to expand contacts and cultural ties between Russia and the United States.

    US ambassador to Russia John Tefft wants to improve relations between Moscow and Washington by means of "expanding contacts between people", the Kommersant daily reported on Sunday.

    "Many things in our bilateral relations continue to develop. Contacts between people continue. I would like to expand those contacts and cultural ties, I hope this can improve the relations," Tefft said.

    Relations between Russia and the US have been strained in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Washington keeps blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs, while Russia repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian domestic conflict.

    The US State Department appointed John Tefft as the new head of the US diplomatic mission in the Russian Federation in June 2014. On September 2, the US Secretary of State John Kerry administered an oath on Tefft in Washington DC, officially making him US new envoy to Russia.

    On November 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted John Tefft as the ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation in an official ceremony held in the Kremlin.

    John Tefft worked as the head of the State Department's office on the Soviet Union in 1989-1992. From 1996 to 1999 and he served as the deputy head of the US diplomatic mission in Russia. He then went on to head US embassies in Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine.
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  • Azerbaijan, a regional hub for delicious foods
    24.11.2014 10:34
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    By Amina Nazarli

    "Nush Olsun!" ("Bon Appetite!") begins every meal time in Azerbaijan with rich and delicious national cuisine, delighting both soul and flesh.

    Azerbaijanis cordially invite their guests to try the national cuisine which they are very proud of. Restaurants and cafes all over the country offer a variety of national meals, representing a splendid gamma of

    Azerbaijani cuisine is a very delicious and diversified. It is distinguished with its originality and refined taste.

    There is a lot to say about Azerbaijani cuisine. The best thing is to try the taste and aroma of this rich cuisine.

    Diversity, sometimes simplicity and extraordinary features of the serving dishes are able to attract any gourmet.

    A variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as spices could make the Azerbaijani cuisine distinguished, making it unforgettable.

    Bread traditions

    Azerbaijan is one of the oldest agricultural regions of the East. That is why baking of bread is a very ancient tradition in Azerbaijan.Here you can pamper yourself with flavor and warm sorts of bread including Tandir Chorek, Appek, Lavash, Yukha and Fetir.

    Originating in the regions of the country, this irreplaceable baking of Azerbaijani table is cooked in Tandir, Sadj, and ovens such as Kura and Sengek.

    The huge amount of Azerbaijani flour food - Khingal, Dushbere, Arishte, Qutab, Gurze - are the very meals to warm you inside in the cold winter outside and tincture redness to your cheeks.

    Kebab

    Kebab is a perennial favorite in Azerbaijan, known for some as Shashlik or Barbecue.

    Our ancestors used to thread their prey onto skewers and grill it over a fire. This culinary technique has survived and improved over thousands of years.

    Oh, how it is amazing to wrap juicy Kebab in Lavash and enjoy this unforgettable taste, forgetting about your diet for some time.

    If you want to experience several flavors, and still remain satisfied, then you need to get acquainted with the traditions of Azerbaijani cuisine.

    Plov

    A "King" of Azerbaijani cuisine is considered to be "Plov", a rice dish which is difficult for an inexperienced cook to prepare. The flavor of Plov from saffron-covered rice spreads the whole area and makes one's mouth water. With more than 60 different kinds, this delicious dish is made of cherry, pumpkin, fennel, dried fruits, bean and many others.

    It's not a secret that Azerbaijani cuisine is for those who love to eat well.

    However, do not think that it consists only of fatty and heavy foods. Azerbaijani cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for the visitors.

    Such dairy product as Ayran (variety of dairy drink) often serve the table as an accompaniment to grilled meat or rice.

    A large number of soups, such as dovga, piti, kufte bozbash, ovdukh, erishte soup, chicken soup and dushbere may be an enjoyable feast for your stomach.

    You also should surely try appetizing vegetable dishes: Kuku, heftebejar, lobya chigirtmasi and many others.

    We promise that you couldn't resist the temptation to try Azerbaijani snacks, which is irreplaceable addition to Azerbaijani table.

    You will find a rich assortment of snack types in Azerbaijan including pickled onions, pickled cabbage, pickled olives, many other pickled fruit and vegetables, choban salati, and spicy ajico which increase your appetite, especially in those who suffer from thinness.

    Sweets

    Azerbaijani cuisine doesn't leave aside the sweet tooth. Delicious Azerbaijani specialty as pastries and sweets can be rightfully called the crown of the national cuisine.

    There are over 30 varieties of sweets and each area has its special kind. Shekebura, pakhlava, gogal, kyata, tykhma, kyulcha, badambura and many other soft, airy and sweet pastries will create unusual boom in your mouth and increase your happiness hormone.

    Sheki halva--a unique art, quymaq, khashil are very delicious sweets trying which once, you would like to come back to this taste again.Murabba (jam) is the main dessert at Azerbaijan's table, which is served at every tea party. Nothing can take the place of this wonderful jam for Azerbaijanis.

    Murabba in Azerbaijani refers to sweets made by boiling of berries, fruits, nuts or some vegetables and flowers.

    Besides all these, murabba is used for treating colds. Such kinds of murabba as dogwood, blackberries, currants, rich with vitamin C in the Azerbaijani houses usually serve as the first aid during the flu.

    Every nation has its favorite beverage. Russians like to drink kvass, Germans and Czechs like beer, Bulgarians like boza, Americans like Coca-Cola, while Azerbaijani people prefer to drink sherbet. Sherbet is considered the most refined of soft drinks in Azerbaijan.

    Sherbets, as a symbol of celebration, are consumed at weddings, dinner parties, banquets and similar events.

    Flavor and sweet sherbets made from rose, apricot, saffron, rose-pomegranate, lemon and many other fruit quench your thirst in a hot summer day.

    Dishes of high nutritious qualities, sharp tastes and nice appearances have become typical for the Azerbaijani cuisine.

    If to paraphrase the expression "To see Paris and die" to "To taste Azerbaijani cuisine and die", I think, are the best explanation to convey the tastes of the national meals.
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  • Agricultural fairs got the right to sell seafood
    24.11.2014 10:29
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    Agricultural fairs got the right to sell seafood in Azerbaijan.

    The amendments to the Rules of trade, public catering, personal and other services (approved by Order No94 issued on April 3, 2014) were made by Order #374 issued by the Cabinet of Ministers on November 19, Fineko/abc.az reports.

    In accordance with the amendments, agricultural fairs fit with necessary equipment have become an official place for seafood sales, along with seafood shops and other special places.
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  • Victoria Beckham marks sister's birthday with cute throwback photo
    24.11.2014 10:20
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    Victoria Beckham posted a sweet throwback photo of herself as a youngster on Saturday. The fashion designer tweeted the snap, which shows her with her sister Louise when she was still a baby, in honour of Louise's birthday.

    "To my wonderful sister on her birthday," she wrote alongside the photo. "You are a wonderful mother and beautiful friend x I love u x Victoria."

    Victoria, 40, who also has a brother called Christian, is the eldest of the Adams children.

    Louise, who is married to communications manager Darren Flood, is mum to four children '" Liberty, Tallulah, Finlay and Quincy.

    The former Spice Girl is very close to her sister and the pair are often spotted dining together in London. Louise also joined her parents Jackie and Tony Adams, as well as Victoria's husband David Beckham, at the opening of her flagship store on Dover Street in September.
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  • Artur Rasizadeh adopts resolution
    24.11.2014 09:58
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    The sale of fish products will be different.

    The changes to the "Terms of trade, catering, domestic and other services in the Republic of Azerbaijan" on the criteria for the sale of fish products in the country were made. This is stated in the Cabinet of Ministers, Oxu.Az reports with reference to Trend.

    Under the changes, the fish products offered for sale will be sold at the sale points of agricultural products, including equipped bases, shops and other places, as well as fairs and special places for the sale of fish products.
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  • Former President GГјl makes first overseas trip since leaving office
    24.11.2014 09:40
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    Former Turkish President Abdullah GГјl began his first foreign trip since leaving office to visit Britain and Canada on Nov. 20.

    After staying one day in Britain, he left for Canada to participate in the Halifax International Security Forum. In his speech at the forum on Nov. 22, he pointed out the rise of "frustration" in the Middle East, Hurriyet

    "The key term to express the gravity of the situation in the region at present can be lsquo;frustration.' This frustration can explain both the reasons and consequences of the conflicts. Indeed, the elites of the region and the international community are deeply disappointed at the failure to solve problems in the Middle East, and particularly in Palestine, as well as the further aggravation of these problems. We should expect such disappointments and frustrations to have consequences, one way or another," Gül said.

    He noted that he believed a difference could be made if all of the problems are tackled by political players with a holistic and strategic approach combined with a constructive mentality, and all involved must be on common ground.

    "This will serve peace and stability, not only for the people of the Middle East, but also for the whole world," he added.

    He is expected to return to Britain today to participate in the launch of a book by Prof. Gerald Maclean titled "Abdullah Gül and the Making of the New Turkey," this evening. He will then attend a panel at the Chatham House, titled "Reflections on Turkey and the wider region" on Nov. 25.

    He is expected to return to Turkey on Nov. 27 after a series of high-level meetings in London.
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  • Shah Deniz-2 gas pipeline transportation terminal opens in Georgia
    24.11.2014 09:29
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    "This project will further strengthen the positions of Georgia and Azerbaijan".

    The transportation terminal of the Shah Deniz-2 gas pipeline has opened in Poti, Trend reports with reference to the news service for the Georgian prime minister.

    The opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.

    "The terminal as part of the Shah Deniz -2 project will ensure transportation of pipes and other equipment necessary for expansion of the South Caucasus pipeline via Azerbaijan and Georgia", the prime minister said.

    He also noted the importance of the Shah Deniz-2 project.

    "This is one of the most complex energy projects which will further strengthen geopolitical positions of Georgia and Azerbaijan", Garibashvili said.

    It is planned to start gas extraction within the framework of the Shah Deniz-2 project for 2018. In 2018 there is a plan to start gas supplies to Turkey and gas will be supplied to the European market in 2019.

    The cost of the project is estimated at $28bn.
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  • Turkish FM: Armenia left out of energy projects for invading Azerbaijani lands
    24.11.2014 09:07
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    ''Armenia also can be a participant of peace projects, and that needs political will''.

    Istanbul has hosted the U.S. Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit. APA, citing Turkish new agencies, reports that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu also attended the summit.

    Ahmet DavutoДџlu spoke in his speech about a three-direction analysis. He noted the first direction as the humanitarian side of the issue: Today one-fifths of the world's population is unable to use energy. For instance, when I went to Somalia 3 years ago I personally witnessed how the vital need energy is. For Turkey, energy is an issue of enhancing the living standards of our people. Energy security is part of stability and ensures stability and humanitarian life standards for democratic societies".

    The prime minister said the second side of the issue is the economic direction: "As Turkey, our advantage is that we possess a very hard-working, brave, initiative human potential and an important geography. And our weak side is our independence on energy and the budget deficit that results from it. We want to diversify our energy sources. We're seriously working on nuclear energy and renewable energy.

    As the third side of the issue, Ahmet DavutoДџlu drew attention to the strategic direction: "Mr. Biden also expressed, what is the energy an instrument for? If the energy is used for political pressure, no side will gain. Producers and consumers have same interests. Therefore, we have to be sensible of being in the same boat. We must see energy as a means of development. Geopolitics, geoeconomics and geoenergy. These are important for Turkey. We want two things around us: stability and confidence. There is nothing important for Turkey except stability. Unstability in Syria, Iraq, Caucasus, Ukraine and Yemen had negative impact on Turkey. Unstability and terror around us threat Turkey".

    A.DavutoДџlu mentioned that the Caucasus and the Balkans were known as unstable regions in the 1990s: "Now, thanks to TANAP, these regions have begun to be remembered as regions of peace. The Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict zone is another place where energy can be used on peaceful purposes. No one had believed in Baku-Ceyhan, but this project was realized. But Armenia was left out of the project. Why? Because it has 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands under occupation. The country which will be the most pleased with relations that would be built between Azerbaijan and Armenia is Turkey. Azerbaijan today is a country that has reached economic welfare. Armenia also can be a participant of peace projects, and that needs political will. We're hoping that the escalation come about after the helicopter incident will be reduced by the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group".
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  • Interesting facts found on Armeniaв's military exercises in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 05:25
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    Rocket shooting in Armenia has been presented as in Karabakh, footage of military exercises in Armenia have been released after falsification

    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov - APA. Armenians have presented military exercises held within "Union-2014" as an operation held in Karabakh. At the same time, they brought S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery to Karabakh.

    According to researches conducted by APA, several exercises photos released on the press and social networks have been held in Armenian polygons, but not in Azerbaijan's occupied territories. By this falsification, Armenians intended to eliminate depression in Karabakh population and have psychological impact on Azerbaijani side.

    At the same time, it's doubtless that these footages are montage and have been made by Photoshop.

    After shooting Armenia's Mi-24 helicopter over Aghdam region, Armenians released photos which reflect shoot from 9K33 OSA (SA-8 Gecko) Antiaircraft missile system in the exercises in Karabakh. Though they say the shootings were in Karabakh, but they did not show concrete area.

    The videos released by Armenian on the next day of exercises showed that the shooting was carried out in Armenia's Gegarkunik province, on the bank of lake Goyche.

    According to military sources, no rocket launching has been recorded in Azerbaijan's occupied territories. Armenians' Osa and 2K11 Krug (SA-4 Ganef) anti-aircraft rocket system only came to the area.

    The footages also include deployment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery in Azerbaijan's territories (near Khankendi). According to servicemen, Armenians did not have S-300 system in Karabakh. There is only a post for deployment near Khankendi during combat operations. It's supposed that S-300s have been brought from Gorus region of Armenia for demonstration of support to Karabakh Armenians and the photos have been taken there.

    Moreover, the automatic 82 mm gun-mortar 2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower) used by separatists in Karabakh also drew attention. There have been no footages reflecting usage of Vasilek gun-mortar in the exercises of previous years. The servicemen of 1992-94 told APA that Armenians used these gun-mortars only twice. These gun-mortars have been captured by the soldiers of Azerbaijan's Internal Troops near Orta Guneytepe village of Aghdam region and Armed Forces near Childiran height. It's possible to suppose that the gun-mortars in the last exercises have been included in the inventory of military units in Karabakh as a training equipment.
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  • Azerbaijani delegation attends World Congress of Vine and Wine in Argentina
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    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    A delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan has participated in the 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 12th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Argentina.

    At the General Assembly, which brought together the delegations of 36 OIV Member States, Director General of the OIV Jean-Marie Aurand called to mind the 90 years since the creation of the organization and the 10 years since it re-established itself in 2004. He was also pleased that the General Assembly had adopted the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, which sets the road map for the OIV's scientific activities over the next five years.

    During the trip, the Azerbaijani delegation held a number of meetings with the organization`s officials.

    The 38th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 13th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine will be held in Germany in 2015.
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  • Volkswagen will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead
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    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    Volkswagen Group will keep pouring money into new vehicles, technology and factories as it chases Toyota for the lead as world's largest automaker.

    VW plans to invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years, the company said Friday. The plan calls for an increase in average annual spending on auto operations to about 17.1 billion euros a year, compared with 16.8 billion euros under its previous rolling five-year budget.

    "We will continue to invest in the future to become the leading automotive group in both ecological and economic terms," CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. "Development costs will remain high in the future as a result of high innovation pressure and increasing demands on the automotive industry."

    VW's Chinese joint ventures, which are not consolidated and therefore not included in the company's latest figure, will boost their investments in the world's largest auto market to 22 billion euros through 2019. Including this spending, the group's five-year budget will increase to 107.6 billion euros from 102.4 billion euros under the previous plan.

    Even with the increased investment, capital expenditures will remain at between 6 percent to 7 percent of revenue, VW said.

    Volkswagen will probably spend more than any other public company on research and development for the third consecutive year in 2014, ahead of Samsung Electronics and Intel, according to a study by consultancy Strategyamp;.

    Winterkorn has pushed VW to expand in recent years and expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year for the first time, four years earlier than initially planned. VW narrowed Toyota's global sales lead to 72,000 vehicles in the first nine months of 2014 from 227,000 a year earlier, as General Motors fell further back into third place.

    VW will introduce more than 100 new or revamped vehicles this year and next, including fresh versions of the midsize VW Passat sedan, Audi's A4 lineup and Porsche's Macan compact SUV.
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  • Football stars join fight to stop the spread of Ebola
    23.11.2014 11:29
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    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    The likes of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as well as other footballing stars such as, Neymar, Didier Drogba and Philipp Lahm have joined together to back a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the killer virus Ebola.

    The "11 against Ebola" campaign has been launched by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football to help educate people about how to prevent the disease from spreading.

    Eleven top players can be seen in the video delivering eleven simple message about how to prevent the spread of Ebola such as:

    "Report unusual illnesses: please report any strange illnesses or deaths in your community".

    The Brazilian striker Neymar encourages people to, "know the symptoms".

    Whilst Gareth Bale urges people to "avoid contact with wild animals and bats".

    Last week Equatorial Guinea was named as the new host of the 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco withdrew citing fears over Ebola.

    The campaign hopes to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.
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  • Islamic State targeted in 30 air strikes by U.S., allies
    23.11.2014 07:25
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    Baku-APA.The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday. APA reports quoting Reuters.

    The 23 strikes in Iraq included six near Baiji that hit Islamic State buildings, vehicles and tactical units while buildings, vehicles, a guard post and two tactical units were destroyed near Sinjar in four air strikes, Central Command said. Similar targets were destroyed or damaged west of Kirkuk, near Mosul and Ramadi and in Tal Afar.

    In Syria, six strikes near Kobani destroyed staging areas, buildings and two tactical units, while another near Ar Raqqah damaged an Islamic State barrack, Central Command said.
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  • Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Armenian military exercises at Azerbaijanв's lands undermine talks
    23.11.2014 05:25
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    Baku '" APA. Armenian military exercises at the Azerbaijanв's lands absolutely do not correspond to the spirit of the talks held in Sochi, Newport and Paris, as well as undermine confidence building to reach political solution of the conflict, says the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    On 6 November 2014, the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia started provocative large-scale military exercises in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the involvement of about 47.000 military troops and over 3000 combat equipment and armament of the armed forces of Armenia, as it was announced by the Armenian official media resources.

    The air forces of the Republic of Armenia were also engaged in provocative and threatening combat flights over the defence positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan.

    On November 12, two "Mi-24" attack helicopters of the air forces of the Republic of Armenia approached and made attack maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan nearby the village of Kengerly in the occupied Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan and one of the helicopter was shot down at the very same occupied territory.

    The downed helicopter belongs to air base No. 15 stationed in "Erebuni" military base near Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, and its crew members were military servicemen of the Armenian armed forces. These are yet another manifestation of Armenia's aggression, its direct involvement in the occupation of the territories and continued use of force against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    In its resolution 853 (1993), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which reaffirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan specifically "condemns the seizure of the district of Agdam and of all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic" and "demands immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces involved from the district of Agdam and all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic".

    Demands of the UNSC remain unimplemented by the Republic of Armenia, which not only refuses to withdraw from the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but continues to strengthen its military presence and capability at those territories and conduct large-scale military actions in flagrant violation of international law and relevant UNSC resolutions and the ceasefire regime.

    The use of heavy weaponry, continuous flights over the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and attacks on the position of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are confirmed in the official web-site of the President of Armenia, as well as by news, photo and video materials provided by the Armenian mass media.

    It should be taken into consideration, that these provocative military exercises were launched just after the meetings of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan organized by the OSCE Minsk Group C0-chair countries in Sochi on August 10, at the initiative of Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin, in the Wales on September 4, at the initiative of the US State Secretary Mr. John Kerry and in Paris on October 27, at the initiative of French President Mr. François Hollande. At all three meetings there were some positive indications that the progress at the ongoing peace negotiations could be achieved. Armenian military exercises at the Azerbaijan's lands absolutely do not correspond to the spirit of these talks and to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group C0-chair countries' leaders, as well as undermine confidence building to reach political solution for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
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  • Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss religious issues
    22.11.2014 21:34
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    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    Chairman of the Clerical Office of Caucasus Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    The Chairman said the two countries were bound together by historical friendly and good neighbor relations.

    Pashazade recalled his visit to Georgia this summer and his meeting with Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.

    He thanked the Georgian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity. The Chairman said Azerbaijan has always supported Georgia`s territorial integrity.

    Gela Dumbadze spoke of his meetings in Baku, as well as his visit to Gakh District.

    He described Azerbaijan-Georgia relations as a model for other countries.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
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  • Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision-2014
    22.11.2014 16:09
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    Baku, November 22 AzerTAc

    Kazakhstan's singer Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision Song Contest in Kazan.

    Final of the 2nd international song contest was attended by 15 participants with the highest number of votes in the semifinals.

    Dugalova performed third in the final. Her song OzС-n Korem garnered 225 points.

    The show, which was broadcast live was organized by TMB TV, TAT Media and TURKSOY and reached out to an audience of nearly three hundred million people.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest was launched by TMB TV which has been carrying out projects to strengthen ties among Turkic peoples through various cultural and artistic projects since its establishment. The TURKVISION Song Contest has become the symbol of peace, brotherhood and friendship among Turkic peoples.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest is a unique project which is aimed at preserving and strengthening ties of friendship among Turkic peoples by introducing their common music, culture, language, art and traditions to the world.

    Next year the competition will take place in Mary, Turkmenistan.
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  • Arsenal wanted to sign Messi, coach Wenger reveals
    22.11.2014 15:42
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    The manager of a top English football teamrevealed on Friday that he attempted to signLionel Messi,Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas while the threeplayers were playing for Barcelona'sreservesin 2003, SIA reports with reference to AA.

    Talking to the British media, Arsenal boss Arsene Wengersaid "We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas."

    "It was not completely down to an apartment in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona,"Wenger added.

    Now playing for English Premier League giants Chelsea, Spanish internationalCesc Fabregas arrived at Arsenal in 2003 when he was 16 years old.

    In a short space of time, he becameindispensable tothe North London side.

    Having served Arsenal for eight years, Fabregas was purchased by his ex-club Barcelona for a €34 million transfer fee in August2011.

    Three years later, he was bought by Arsenal's fierce rivals Chelsea for €33 million.

    Fabregas, Messi andPique, are allregarded as trademarks of Barcelona's youth academy, which is commonly referred to asLa Masia -- Spanish for farmhouse.
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  • Couple have car sex outside prison, cause massive traffic jam
    22.11.2014 15:18
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    If youв're going to have sex in your car and you donв't consider beingcaught anadded frisson, you might want to drive to a secluded spot first.

    But thatв's exactly what one couple failed to do, with the pair so caught up in their passion that they failed to notice theenormous traffic jam building behind them as motoristsslowed down to watch the show.

    Kelly M. Knutson, 24, and Logan P. Jackson, 33, were at Brick House Strip Club in Springfield, Oregon, when they felt a sudden wave of desire and retreated to their car '" parked outside the city jail '" to have sex.

    But the passionate pair failed to notice that passing motorists were slowing down to watch the car '" which was rocking back and forth '" and the shameless couple in action inside it, with so many vehiclesdoing sothat it caused a traffic jam.

    Officers said the pair were 'actively engagedв' in the car.

    ''It ended soon after [officers] knocked on the window,'' Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau told KVAL.

    Police booked Ms Knutson and Mr Jackson for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and while Ms Knutson was sent to Lane County Jail, Mr Jackson ended up, in an ironic twist, in the prison they were parked outside.
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  • Scarlett Johansson celebrates turning 30
    22.11.2014 14:48
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    Happy birthday Scarlett Johansson! As the Avengers actress celebrates turning 30, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Scarlett, and you...

    n a little more time, you may be in a much better position to successfully campaign for the change that is so sorely needed. But you have an impeccable sense of timing that tells you it's not quite the moment yet.

    Scarlett Johansson became one of Hollywood's hottest stars at the age of just 19 with her performance in 2004's Lost In Translation, yet her first taste of stardom came in 1996 when she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Manny and Lo.

    Despite the vulnerable, complex characters she has become known for, Scarlett's rise was marked by a confidence beyond her years. As a child growing up in New York, she regularly auditioned for advertising work but her distinctive features and husky voice didn't sit well with ad execs in search of the all-American kid.

    Despite numerous rebuttals, however, the youngster was determined not to give up; she planned on following in the footsteps of another child star, Jodie Foster all the way to the top. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute For Young People and within just a few months won a speaking part opposite Ethan Hawke in the Broadway play Sophistry.

    After Manny and Lo Scarlett went on to star in The Horse Whisperer, and cult classic Ghost World, before winnng her first BAFTA award for Best Actress for Lost In Translation.

    "She makes you feel like she has been around the world," said Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola. "She has a coolness and a subtlety that you would not expect. You feel like she's seen a lot."

    Despite being very much a New Yorker, Scarlett took to the Hollywood scene with aplomb. She dated Josh Hartnett and Sean Penn, and from 2008 to 2010, Scarlett was married to Ryan Reynolds.

    Her next serious relationship was with French creative agency boss Romain Dauriac. The couple announced their engagement in 2013 and Scarlett became pregnant soon after, with the pair welcoming a daughter, named Rose, in September.

    In 2010 Scarlett won a Tony award for her performance in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, and on the big screen, she has played an important part in the Marvel franchise, taking on the role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and reprising her role in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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  • Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani Army suffers no losses in direction of helicopter crash site
    22.11.2014 14:43
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    The information about the loss of Azerbaijani units from the area where Armenian helicopter was shot down on November 12 in this direction spread by the Armenian side is groundless and false. Itв's a new provocative lie spread on purpose''. Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told.

    According to Defense Ministry, it does not rule out the possibility that the Armenian side would present any remnants as those of the corpses in the in shot down helicopter and thus it can only be the display of some of previous losses in order to deceive the Armenian people

    Recall that, the ''Defense Ministry'' of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh has today issued a statement that the corpses of the pilots of the Mi-24 military helicopter shot down on November 12 have been taken from the site. According to the statement, the body of one of the crew members, the remains of the two pilots and some key details of the helicopter were taken from the site as a result of a special operation.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Minister of Economy and Industry meets Serbian ambassador
    22.11.2014 13:24
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    Baku, November 22 AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev has met the Serbian Ambassador in Baku Nebojsa Rodic.

    The Minister highlighted developing relations between the two countries in various fields, stressed the importance of reciprocal visits, meetings held in terms of boosting cooperation.

    Mr. Mustafayev provided insight into economy of Azerbaijan, stressed the necessity of efficient use of potential for boosting economic relations between the two countries even further.

    The Minister also highlighted the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Nebojsa Rodic, in turn, said he would try further boosting cooperation between the two countries.

    They discussed prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia, as well as boosting relations among the businessmen.
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  • FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects
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    Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

    Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.

    The Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Brown under disputed circumstances became a flashpoint for U.S. racial tensions, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb by demonstrators calling for officer Darren Wilson's arrest.

    He was instead placed on administrative leave, and Ferguson has been bracing for a new wave of protests, especially if the grand jury chooses not to indict Wilson. An announcement was believed to be imminent.

    Against this backdrop of heightened tensions, according to a law enforcement source, two men described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party, were arrested in the St. Louis area in an FBI sting operation.

    As initially reported by CBS News, the men were suspected of acquiring explosives for pipe bombs that they planned to set off during protests in Ferguson, according to the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

    The official said the two men are the same pair named in a newly unsealed federal indictment returned on Nov. 19 charging Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis with purchasing two pistols from a firearms dealer under false pretenses.

    Both men were arraigned on Friday in federal court, the law enforcement source said.
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  • Conference on 25th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Children held
    22.11.2014 12:49
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    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    The international conference on "25th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Children: Realities and Prospects" was held at the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.

    Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova said ensuring children's rights are among Azerbaijan's main policies, as for many other countries around the world.

    "Azerbaijan has adopted a number of laws on the children's rights. The Cabinet of Ministers attaches great importance to ensuring the rights of children and improvement the legal framework in this area. That is why Azerbaijan has joined all agreements and conventions on the rights of children," Muradova noted.

    She noted that after gaining independence, Azerbaijan has conducted important work in this area. "Particular attention is paid to cooperation with UNICEF," she stressed.

    Addressing the event, UNICEF Baku office head, Andro Shilakadze said children's rights are taken very seriously in Azerbaijan.

    Speaking about the establishment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Shilakadze noted that Azerbaijan has joined the Convention in 1992.

    He underlined the progress Azerbaijan has reached in the field of economy, health, education and others.

    Shilakadze recalled the necessity of giving attention to parenting children of preschool age.

    Parliamentary Committee Heads Hadi Rajabli, Rabiyat Aslanova spoke of the care and attention Azerbaijan pays to the children's rights.
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  • Azerbaijan may be striken with abnormal snowfall
    22.11.2014 12:17
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    "Global climate changes occur every 50-60 years."

    Abnormal snowfalls may strike Azerbaijan, local experts say.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Novosti-Azerbaijan that the statment came from the environmental experts Telman Zeynalov.

    A heavy snowfall, which killed 10 people is observed in US first time for 50 years.

    According to experts, 90 cm of snow is expected in US and drifts can reach the height of nearly two meters.

    The same snowfall is observed in the north of the Russian Federation.

    According to Zeynalov, Azerbaijan may also experience similar weather conditions.

    "Global climate changes occur every 50-60 years. During this period, the weather conditions are changing and interact. Last similar snowfall was observed in US in 1970-1980.

    This coincides with the period when frosts in Azerbaijan reached more than 25 degrees," the expert said.

    According to him, that it likely may repeat in Azerbaijan:

    "Azerbaijan will have a cold winter in coming 10-15 years, but nobody can predict the amount of snow."
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  • At least 28 killed in northern Kenya bus attack
    22.11.2014 12:12
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    Suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a public passenger bus in Mandera, northern Kenya, early Saturday, killing 28 people and injured several others, government official and police confirmed.

    Mandera East Deputy County Commissioner, Elvis Korir, said initial reports indicate that a team of more than 100 armed gunmen stopped the Nairobi-bound bus and ordered everyone out at around 5:30 a.m. local time.

    "We are told the 100 armed men stopped the bus just after it left Arabia area and all the passengers were asked to come down and divided into two groups of Somalis and non Somali," Korir told Xinhua, adding that the non Somali group was sprayed with bullets.

    "We are also told more than 28 have been killed and many others injured, but we are yet to know the exact circumstances, but we are planning to dispatch a team of security personnel to the scene," the government official said.

    Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mvivanda said initial reports indicate the attackers were Al-Shabaab from neighboring Somalia. He said the attack occurred at a place near the Kenya-Somalia border.

    Mvivanda said the armed militia asked everyone on board to recite the Islamic doctrine and those who failed were shot dead.

    "We have talked to two young ladies who managed to escape the tragedy and they said four police officers were among the dead, but we are yet to confirm," said Mvivanda.

    The police commander said an aerial surveillance will be conducted over the area before security teams leave for rescue, given the fact that a similar attack late last year at the area was used as a trap in which eight police officers were killed.

    Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, with many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.
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  • Turkmenistan interested in construction of ships in Azerbaijan
    22.11.2014 11:57
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    Turkmenistan is interested in the construction of ships at the Baku Shipyard.

    1news.az reports with reference to the Report that the statement came from the president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev speaking to reporters.

    He drew attention to the results of his visit to Ashgabat, noting that very good friendly relations in the political sphere were established between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

    "Now we need to make efforts to give an impuls to the economic sphere too," Abdullayev said.

    SOCAR head said that during his visit to Turkmenistan, he spoke at a conference, and was received by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov.

    SOCAR president pointed to the presence of opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in various areas of the economy, including logistics, consumption and transportation of crude oil and petroleum products.

    At the same time Abdullayev emphasized the interest of the Turkmen side to the potential of Baku Shipyard.

    He also noted that that among other issues the issue of use of infrastructure capacity was agreed. "That is, the Turkmen side will benefit from infrastructure capabilities of our country, and we, in turn, will get access to the infrastructure of Turkmenistan," the president of SOCAR said.
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  • Stars gather in Taiwan for Golden Horse film awards
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    Chinese-language cinema A-listers and stars from Japan and Hollywood gathered in Taiwan on Saturday for this year's Golden Horse Film Awards, with movies from mainland China dominating the nominations.

    Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the ceremony will see Chinese star Gong Li, Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase among the famous names on the red carpet ahead of a glamorous ceremony in the capital Taipei.

    The mainland is traditionally a strong contender at the awards, but has faced increasing competition from Taiwan and Hong Kong in recent years.

    This time Chinese cop thriller "Black Coal, Thin Ice" leads the pack.

    Directed by China's Diao Yinan it has eight nods and already took the Golden Bear award for best film in Berlin in February.

    The film tells the story of a washed-up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders and is nominated for best film, best director, best leading actor and best leading actress.

    Two other mainland movies -- "A Fool" and "Blind Massage" are also up for the coveted best film title, competing against Chinese-Hong Kong co-production "The Golden Era" and Taiwanese baseball drama "Kano".

    "Blind Massage," directed by China's Lou Ye, has seven nominations for its portrayal of blind massage therapists, featuring some blind amateur actors.

    "Kano" follows closely with six nods.

    For best director, three Chinese nominees -- Diao, Wang Xiaoshuai ("Red Amnesia") and Lou ("Blind Massage") are vying against Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based Midi Z ("Ice Poison") and Hong Kong's Ann Hui ("The Golden Era).

    Veteran Chinese actress Gong, the star of Hollywood movies "Miami Vice" and "Memoirs of a Geisha", is seeking her first Golden Horse best leading actress title for her role as an amnesiac woman waiting for her husband in acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou's drama "Coming Home".

    Her rivals are compatriot Tang Wei ("The Golden Era") and Zhao Wei ("Dearest") as well as Taiwan's Gwei Lun-mei ("Black Coal, Thin Ice") and Chen Shiang-chyi ("Exit").

    Japan's Nagase, the first non-Chinese star nominated for best leading actor, will face some of Chinese-language cinema's top talents, including China's Chen Jianbin ("A Fool") and Liao Fan ("Black Coal, Thin Ice,") as well as Hong Konger Sean Lau ("The White Storm") and Taiwan's Chang Chen ("Brotherhood of Blades").

    Nearly 40 films are nominated for the 51st edition of the Golden Horse Film Awards, held in the landmark Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, with the ceremony due to start at 7:00 pm (1100 GMT).
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  • Baby born in fire station amid Buffalo storm
    22.11.2014 11:28
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    A woman has given birth in a Buffalo fire station in the middle of a huge snowstorm that prevented her from getting to hospital.

    Bethany Hojnacki went into labour at the height of the storm, but the snow-clogged roads made it impossible to reach nearby Mercy Hospital.

    Desperate for help, her husband Jared noticed that firefighters were helping a motorist stuck in the snow near their house.

    Incredibly, the trapped driver turned out to be a delivery nurse, who remained with Ms Hojnacki for about five hours until a fire department vehicle attempted to take the patient to hospital.

    When that vehicle got stuck, firefighters took the woman to their firehouse, where she gave birth to a baby girl.

    "Denise helped me to get in the right position, two pushes and out she came. They didn't act freaked out or anything. We got this. You'll be okay.'"" said MsHojnacki, referring to nurse Denise Perry.

    Lucy, who was born around 9.30pm on Tuesday, weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces (2.8kg).
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  • Azerbaijan scientist participates in international event in Switzerland
    22.11.2014 11:19
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Contributor of the Azerbaijan National Academy's Institute of History Nigar Gozalova took part at the international event at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    During the event, a book "Religion, Nation and Democracy in South Caucasus", exploring developments in the three major societies of the South Caucasus, has been presented. A chapter of the said book has been written by the Azerbaijani scholar Nigar Gozalova .

    The event was attended by eminent world scholars and researchers.
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  • Ilham Aliyev: We will gladden you
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    "We have little time left."

    We have experience in hosting European and World Championships. These activities were carried out repeatedly in Azerbaijan. But, of course, the European game coming in the next year will be for us a sporting event at the highest level.

    Oxu.Az reports that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during noted it in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Baku.

    We are pleased that the first European Games will be held in Azerbaijan, the President said.

    "I take this opportunity to thank the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee for its decision once again. I can say that we will gladden you and will do everything possible to prepare and conduct these games at the highest level, despite the fact that we have little time. Only two and a half years were left fot the training. But, fortunately, the investments in sports infrastructure in previous years, gave the opportunity to prepare for a few months. Of course, this will be a unique event in Europe and worldwide.

    I believe that we will define standards for these games. You probably already know that these games will be attended by more than 6000 athletes who will compete in 20 sports. In 2016, we will hold the World Chess Olympiad, and in 2017 - the Islamic Solidarity Games.

    It is also very symbolic. You will watch the European games and then - Islamic Solidarity Games in the same country. This reflects the current realities of Azerbaijan."

    According to the President, Azerbaijan is modern and dynamic country, open for collaboration. It is located at the crossroads of civilizations and continents, has good potential, strong support and clear plans for the future.
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  • Director of the Azerbaijan International Development Agency visits Chad
    22.11.2014 10:58
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    Baku, November 21 AzerTAc

    Director of the Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Ashraf Shikhaliyev has joined the UN delegation to visit Chad.

    The visit of the donor-countries representatives is organized by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    The aim of the visit is to become familiar with the humanitarian situation in Chad and hold discussions on coordination of assistance provided to the country.
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  • Paedophile jailed for life over toilet rape
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    A man who raped an 11-year-old boy in the toilets of a shopping centre in Manchester has been jailed for life.

    John Ferrier, 69, of Ormskirk Road, Wigan, was found guilty of rape at Manchester Crown Court after already admitting possessing what police called a bladed article.

    Police said he approached the boy in the toilets at theArndale shopping centre on 18 October last year, asking him to enter the cubicle with him.

    Ferrier attacked the boy at Manchester's Arndale centre last year

    When the boy refused Ferrier dragged him inside and assaulted him.

    The victim then fled and told a member of the public before speaking to a security guard, who detained Ferrier until police arrived.

    The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ran away after seeing Ferrier, but was traced three days later when he told police officers visiting his school about the incident.

    Ferrier was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

    Detective Constable Simon France, from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "I would like to commend the victim, who with the support of his family and specially trained officers, had the courage to come forward and tell police what happened to him.

    "He is a young boy who has had a terrifying ordeal and it was not easy for him to admit what had happened.

    "With his support we have been able to bring Ferrier before the courts and he will now spend a substantial period of time in prison.

    "I would also like to thank members of the public and the staff at Manchester Arndale as it was due to their quick actions that meant a dangerous man was stopped and arrested at the scene."
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  • Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss military-political situation in region
    22.11.2014 10:33
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    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov met the Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said. They exchanged views on military-political situation in the region and other issues of mutual interest. The military attacheacute; of Georgian Armed Forces in Azerbaijan, Colonel Shalva Turashvili attended the meeting.
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  • Seminar on ''Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees'' held in Rome
    22.11.2014 10:29
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    Rome, November 22 AzerTAc

    A seminar titled "Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees" has been held at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

    Organized by the Azerbaijan-Italy Youth Association, the event was held within the "International Organizations and human rights" course. The seminar aimed to inform the students about the situations of Azerbaijanis who became refugee and IDPs as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    President of AIGA Manuela Sessa provided insight into activity of the Association. She said the Association realized joint projects for benefits of youth of both countries. Manuella Sessa said there was comprehensive condition for educating and employing IDPs and refugees in Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy Vagif Sadigov delivered a lecture at the University. He provided information about Azerbaijan`s geographic, political, religious and economic position. Speaking of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the diplomat said 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories had been occupied by Armenian military aggression and more than one million people became refugees and IDPs as a result of the conflict.

    "UN Security Council adopted resolutions on immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, as well as international organizations adopted documents on solving the conflict. The negotiations are underway for peaceful settlement of the conflict," he added.

    The Ambassador analyzed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the international law, stressing the importance of protecting the rights of the refugees and IDPs.

    The diplomat provided an insight into events carried out in Azerbaijan for improvement of the socio-economic plight of IDPs.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    22.11.2014 10:27
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    The Armenians have violated the ceasefire regime a total of 75 times throughout the day in different directions along the front line.

    Armenian armed units fired on positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their outposts located near the Gulustan village of Goranboy, Chilaburt and Qizil Oba villages of Terter, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Bash Garvand, Kangarli, Yusifjanli, Marzili, Javahirli, and Garagashli villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Ashaghi Veysalli, and Ashaghi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil, also in the unnamed highlands in the territories of the Goranboy, Khojavand, and Fuzuli districts, the Defense Ministry told APA.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
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  • Barack Obama secretly extends US combat role in Afghanistan
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    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, according to reports.

    Previously, the president had said US-led NATO combat operations would finish at the end of this year.

    The NATO follow up mission, to take over on January 1 with 9,800 US troops and about 3,000 soldiers from Germany, Italy and other member nations, was to focus on supporting Afghan forces as they take on the Taliban, in parallel with US counter-terrorism operations.

    But in a strategic shift, the New York Times said, Obama signed an order authorizing US troops through 2015 to carry out missions against militant groups, including the Taliban, that threaten them or the Afghan government.

    The new order also allows for air support - from US jets, bombers and drones - for Afghan combat missions.
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  • Azerbaijani President congratulates President of Romania
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Klaus Ioannis on his election as the President of Romania, 1news.az reports.

    1news.az reports citing the official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan that according to the President strong friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation tie Azerbaijan and Romania.

    President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the expansion of cooperation between the two countries, both bilaterally and within the framework of regional organizations, will continue in the future.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished K. Ioannis health, happiness and success in his future activities.
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  • Russia ready to continue nuclear cooperation with US: Rosatom CEO
    22.11.2014 10:17
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    Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom head Sergei Kirienko stated that Russia is ready to continue cooperating with the United States and all signed contracts remain in force.

    Russia is ready to continue cooperating with the United States in the field of nuclear energy under existing contracts, Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom head Sergei Kirienko said Friday, Sputnik reports.

    "All the contracts that have been signed remain in force," Kirienko stated during a lecture at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

    The Rosatom head added that Russia was ready to continue its nuclear cooperation with the United States even though talks on future projects between the countries have been put on hold.

    Earlier Rosatom said it was ready to resume projects with Washington if the United States agrees to cooperate as equals.

    In April, the US Energy Department announced the suspension of several nuclear energy projects with Russia amid Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

    Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated since the crisis in Ukraine escalated in April. The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of aiding independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast, though Moscow has denied these allegations.
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  • Kelsey Grammer's daughter named Miss Golden Globe
    22.11.2014 10:02
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    Greer Grammer, daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer, has been named Miss Golden Globe 2015. "I screamed and I jumped up and down," the 22-year-old told People of the moment she learned she'd been chosen for the honour.

    "I was just so happy when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reached out to me this year. It was such a dream come true."

    The annual title is traditionally given to the daughter of a celebrity, with a responsibility to assist in handing out awards on the big night.

    Previous Miss Golden Globe selections include Rumer Willis, Dakota Johnson, and both Kathryn and Francesca Eastwood. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick's daughter Sosie Bacon did the honours last year.

    HELLO! Online takes a look at this year's lucky lady'¦

    - Greer's full name is Kandace Greer Grammer. She is the only child of Kelsey Grammer and his former partner Barrie Buckner.

    - She was named after the actress Greer Garson. Back in 2009 she tweeted, "Watching a movie w/ Greer Garson in it. She's the actress I was named after. She's absolutely radiant. I can only hope to live up to the name."

    - She is the second of Kelsey's six children from four different relationships.

    - Since 2011, Greer has played Lissa on MTV's Awkward, and appeared on the big screen, as Mia in Life Partners in 2014.

    - Both her parents were thrilled by her good news. "I called them separately and my mum was over the moon and I had to tell her not to tell anybody, because I know that she would have called everyone right off the bat, and the same with my dad," she told People. "They're so proud. They're so excited to see me on stage."
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  • Iran, US discussing new nuclear proposals
    22.11.2014 09:22
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry are working on new possible proposals aimed at facilitating a final deal on Tehranв's civilian nuclear work.

    Zarif and Kerry, who had been set to leave the talks in the Austrian capital Vienna, decided to extend their stays for a meeting to discuss the new ideas on Friday night, Press TV reports.

    "Kerry has delayed his departure (for Paris)... in order to continue consultations" with Zarif, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said before the meeting.

    Earlier in the day, the top Iranian diplomat also sat down for nuclear talks with Kerry and EU coordinator Catherine Ashton in Vienna.

    Meanwhile, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said serious gaps still exist in the talks.

    "Obviously, the deadline is Monday (November 24), and our folks there are working furiously to meet it... Serious gaps do remain," Schultz noted.

    Reports say German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and a Chinese delegation will join the talks on Saturday, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is slated to arrive in Vienna on Sunday.

    On Friday, Zarif said despite extensive negotiations between Iran and the P5 1 countries -- Russia, China, France, Britain the US and Germany -- they did not offer any significant proposals to Iran.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of Iran's centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.
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  • Minsk Group makes correction to its dubious statement about Karabakh
    22.11.2014 09:17
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    The OSCE Minsk Group made a correction to its scandalous statement over the Armenian helicopter downed by Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, the co-chairs replaced the expression 'neutral zone' used in the statement with 'no man's land'.

    It has to be noted that the hostile statement of the co-chairs called the area over which the helicopter was downed 'neutral' and this caused the just resentment of the Azerbaijan side.

    Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister made a protest in regard of this statement.
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  • Baku 2015 European Games announce celebration plans to mark 200 Days To Go
    22.11.2014 09:17
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    Baku 2015 European Games will next week host a spectacular light show in the city to mark 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural sports event.

    The Old City will host an eye-catching display that will light up the city on Monday 24 November to mark the significant date until the first European Games begins, AzerTag reports.

    A stunning Baku 2015 display will be projected onto the iconic Maiden Tower at 20:00 to mark the occasion and a special announcement will also be made on the evening.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: "As we approach just 200 days until the inaugural European Games begin, Baku and Azerbaijan is preparing to host an event that will become an important part of our country's sporting history.

    "We will also be making a very special announcement that will capture the imagination of the entire country, and I would like to be able to share this historic moment with as many people as possible."

    Residents of Baku are invited to attend the celebrations that will begin at 8pm and conclude with a spectacular light show finale.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "As we continue to count down the days until the Opening Ceremony, there is a tangible sense of excitement building weekly throughout the city.

    "I would like to invite the people of Baku to come along and join in with our celebrations as we prepare to host Europe's elite athletes at Baku 2015 next year."
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  • US, Turkey on same page in defeating ISIL, says top energy official
    22.11.2014 09:12
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    The United States and Turkey have a shared interest in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the two countries will keep together to crack down on ISILв's oil smuggling, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

    "This is one of the areas in which we and the Turks have considerable overlapping in our strategic view. We are systematically reviewing how to halt the flow of oil within and out of ISIL-controlled territory and we certainly welcome the recent steps taken by Turkey, one of our partners in this effort, to crack down on oil smuggling," he told daily Hürriyet during his Turkey visit to attend the Atlantic Council's Sixth Energy and Economy Summit.

    The military actions being taken have substantially degraded ISIL's capacity to produce and refine oil and this would continue, he said.

    "With Turkey, we obviously share the same objectives in terms of ISIL and also of the need for a political transition in Syria's leadership. Those do kind of go together. Turkey has been certainly taking steps to crack down on oil smuggling. We and Turkey are on the same page and we'll keep together. Their production is down," he said.

    ISIL makes $1 million day by smuggling oil via Turkey and Iraq, according to speculations.

    Iraq has lsquo;tremendous potentials'

    Moniz also mentioned Iraq has tremendous potentials for energy and the latest deal between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is of great importance in realizing these potentials.

    "Iraq, as a whole, has tremendous potential for further increasing their oil production. That production and its export should be according to the constitutional processes in Iraq. And the step taken between Baghdad and Arbil earlier this week is a very positive one, at least the first step of an agreement in terms of oil revenue and national budget sharing with Arbil. We are encouraged by that," he said.

    The governments of Iraq and the KRG have begun implementing a deal under which Baghdad resumes funding Kurdish civil servant salaries in return for a share of Kurdish oil exports, Iraq's finance minister said on Nov. 19.

    The accord aims to reduce friction between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities as they face a common threat from ISIL insurgents who have seized large parts of the north and west of the country.

    Under the agreement reached last week, Kurdish authorities committed to pump 150,000 barrels per day of oil, around half their overall shipments, to Iraqi government export tanks in the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

    "Turkey obviously plays an important role here, as does the U.S. We'll keep working together. That constitutional framework is the way in which to work all of this out," Moniz said.

    US on road of being huge LNG exporter

    He also noted the diversification of supply is one of the critical elements of energy security that is true for Turkey and for Europe.

    "In that context I would go back and emphasize that the projects, such as bringing Caspian gas west, are very important. Ultimately developing eastern Mediterranean sources could provide further diversification," he said, adding the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export would start by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

    "We do not have any export facilities operating at the moment. So these have to be built. I would guess by 2020 we would be significant exporters. Most economists think eventually we would reach levels at least comparable to what Qatar, the largest LNG exporter today, currently exports," he said.
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  • James Warlick urges parties to start dialogue
    22.11.2014 09:01
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    Warlick has made an appeal over the recent incident with downed the Armenian helicopter.

    US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group has addressed the parties to the Karabakh conflict urging them to start a dialogue. His message came in the aftermath of the recent incident with the downed Armenian combat helicopter.

    According to Oxu.Az, the diplomat posted the following on his Twitter account:

    "Military escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh does not help efforts to recover the remains of the helo crew. We urge dialogue and diplomacy".
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  • Ambassador: "France does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh"
    22.11.2014 08:55
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    France's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unchanged.

    "France does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh," said Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Pascal Monnier, commenting on the visit of head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan to France.

    "I did not even know that Bako Sahakyan in Paris. France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh and this position remains unchanged", said P. Monnier.

    According to the Armenian media, Bako Sahakyan arrived on a "working visit" to Paris on November 20.
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  • Baku 2015 European Games signs broadcasting agreements with five countries
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Baku 2015 European Games has today announced that broadcasting agreements have now been signed with a further five European countries.

    Deals are now in place that will see the inaugural European Games screened in Albania, Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova and Slovakia.

    These deals are the latest to be signed in a succession of recent announcements that have seen Baku 2015 secure deals across Europe including in Turkey, France and Germany, as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Japan.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are delighted to now be able to confirm that the inaugural European Games will be broadcast in these five additional countries.

    "It will be important for supporters around Europe to be able to follow their athletes' achievements in Baku 2015, and this range of multi-media broadcasting deals will ensure they are able to do just that.

    "I expect further announcements both within Europe and wider globally over the coming weeks to build on the 34 countries already announced."

    Mr Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director, said: "These deals will ensure that the best of the action at Baku 2015 will be brought to passionate sports fans across the continent.

    "We are confident that many more agreements will be announced very soon, which will ensure maximum coverage of the European Games all around the world."

    In Albania, the rights have been awarded to Tring Media; in Belarus, to Belarus 5; in Luxembourg, to Radio Television Luxembourg; in Moldova, to Moldova Sport TV; and in Slovakia to DIGI Sport.

    Meanwhile, today Baku will host the European Olympic Committees General Assembly, where senior Baku 2015 executives will provide detailed updates on preparations for the inaugural European Games to delegates.
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  • Ganja hosts round table on Azerbaijan-NATO relations
    21.11.2014 22:34
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    Ganja, November 21, AzerTAc

    A round table titled "Azerbaijan-NATO relations in Euro-Atlantic security system" has been held in the city of Ganja.

    NATO Officer-Coordinator for the South Caucasus William Lahu delivered a report at the event.

    Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Nadir Sarachli spoke of the country`s contributions to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. He also stressed the importance of Azerbaijan-NATO partnership, and highlighted Azerbaijan`s contributions to NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Interior Minister meets Georgian State Minister for Diaspora Issues
    21.11.2014 22:20
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    Baku, November 21, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    Mr. Usubov recalled national leader Heydar Aliyev`s undeniable services in establishing and developing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Minister said the two countries` nations enjoyed historical friendship ties. He noted that representatives of different religions and nationalities have always lived in an atmosphere of tolerance and friendship in Azerbaijan.

    The Interior Minister also briefed Gela Dumbadze on progress achieved and reforms carried out in Azerbaijan. He stressed the importance of further boosting cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Gela Dumbadze said he was an advisor in the Embassy of Georgia in Azerbaijan in 2001-2005, and shared his memories about national leader Heydar Aliyev.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
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