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

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

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

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  • Turkey: 24 people injured in Mardin bomb attack
    29.08.2015 05:49
    At least 24 people, including 10 policemen were injured in a bomb attack on riot police in southeastern Mardin province late Friday, security sources said, according to Anadolu Agency.Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members were behind the attack who allegedly planted the bomb at an overpass and ...
  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 130 times in one day
    29.08.2015 11:02
    Throughout the day, the Armenian military, using mortars and large-caliber machine guns, 130 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said August 29.Armenian armed forces, stationed in Parakavar village and ...
  • Fitch Affirms Azerbaijan at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable
    29.08.2015 10:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29Trend:Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijan's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, the international rating agency said Aug.29.The issue ratings on Azerbaijan's senior unsecured foreign currency bo...
  • Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen FMs sign declaration as a result of trilateral meeting
    28.08.2015 22:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28Trend:As a result of trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan held in Antalya the declaration was signed, said the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.At the third meeting of Ministers satisfaction with the development...
  • Passing nuke-deal in parliament would lay pressure on government, Rouhani says
    29.08.2015 18:55
    Tehran, Iran, August 29

    By Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that passing the nuclear deal as a law in the parliament is not in favor of the Islamic Republic.

    "The passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) into law by the parliament will only lay pressure on the government. It will be a move in favor of the P5 1 since while none of the P5 1 governments have signed the deal, the parliament move [if accomplished] would mean that the Iranian president and foreign minister would have to sign it," he said, Trend correspondent in Tehran reported.

    He made the remarks while addressing at a press conference in Tehran on the occasion of the Government Week on Aug. 29.

    After several months of talks, on July 14, Iran and the P5 1 (US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany) announced a final accord, curbing Iran 's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions. Following the deal, members of the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on July 20, endorsing the deal.

    Some hardliners inside Iran argue that the nuclear deal should be ratified by parliament as a law.

    Earlier Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that it will not be appropriate within the framework of national interests if Parliament intends to ratify the JCPOA.

    He referred to Article 77 of the Constitution which stipulates treaties have to be ratified by the parliament and added, 'It should be studied whether JCPOA is one of such treaties.'

    'When a case is deferred to the Supreme National Security Council, it moves out of parliament capacity. The nuclear issue has been reviewed by the council for the past 12 years.'

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  • Azerbaijan again in Europe League: miracle or regularity
    29.08.2015 18:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    The last week was marked by a big football feast for entire Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani football clubs Karabakh and Gabala, playing in the UEFA Europe League, presented a real gift not only to their fans but to all local sports fans. They gained a victory over their opponents and reached the group stage of the tournament. This is the second most important tournament for European football clubs.

    I would like to talk about the opponents of our clubs. Gabala FC and Karabakh FC are entitled to play in the Europe League group stage, by gaining a victory over the Greek Panathinaikos FC and the Swiss Young Boys FC respectively in the qualifying round.

    Both teams are considered strong in their countries. Swiss Young Boys have set the pace in the European arena for the last 3-4 years, while Panathinaikos is constantly involved in the European Cups. The team even played in the finals of the European Champions Cup (the predecessor of the Champions League). But it lost to the Dutch Ajax, though this happened in 1971.

    Azerbaijani football clubs do not have such achievements compared to their opponents. Well, Karabakh FC has been regularly participating in the European Cups for the last six years (with a break for a year). It reached the last qualifying round of the Europe League three times. Last season it was in the group stage of the competition. It played perfectly but failed to reach 1 / 16 finals only because of the gross referee error [the referee did not credit the goal of Aghdam football players to the gate of the Italian International]. But Gabala FC can not boast such success. For the second time in its history, the FC has entered the European Cups. Its reaching the group stage is of great success for the team.

    The victory over such opponents showed that our FCs must be taken into account. By reaching the Europe League group stage for the third consecutive year, Azerbaijani teams show that the attention given to the Azerbaijani sport in general and football in particular, gives results.

    In general, the attention paid to the sport in Azerbaijan is gradually transforming the country into a sports center of the whole region. The major sporting events are often held here and will be held in the future. The first European Games, a large number of regional and world competitions in various kinds of sports, IV Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in 2017, the matches of the European Football Championship in 2018 are among them. The number of victories of Azerbaijani sportsmen at the Olympic Games, the world championships and European championships is growing.

    It is clear that the investments in the Azerbaijani football, the attention paid to the development of children's and youth football give results. The correct policy of Karabakh FC and Gabala FC in terms of attracting players and inviting coaches should be stressed. First, in their success both teams are obliged to their coaches, involved in the proper preparatory work for each match and leadership, which managed to properly use the funds allocated for FCs.

    In the end, we would like to wish our players a successful match in the Europe League group stage. The draw was not very good for us. The opponents of our football clubs are stronger than the previous ones. But much efforts and good preparation will lead to new achievements. And the most important thing is always to go forward despite the obstacles.

    Trend commentator Anvar Mammadov

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  • Iranian president in press conference '" live updates
    29.08.2015 17:51
    Tehran, Iran, August 29

    By Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is addressing a press conference in Tehran on the occasion of the Government Week.

    The presser is attended by representatives of Iranian and foreign media, Trend correspondent reports from the conference hall.

    President Rouhani started with briefing the audience on efforts undertaken by his administration during the past two years in office.

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  • Azerbaijani CEC urges intв'l organizations to participate in electoral process
    29.08.2015 17:42
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) sends official invitations to the representatives of international organizations to participate in all electoral processes, CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov told reporters Aug. 29.

    He said that the CEC works on this standard.

    "While inviting the international organizations, we have always told them that we will create all necessary conditions for them," he said. "We are creating all conditions for the official representatives for their participation in all electoral processes. The media representatives are also involved in the processes related to the verification of documents and signatures. The representatives of international organizations must notify about errors and violations. This is the constructive cooperation."

    Panahov also said that the CEC has been acting with this position for the last 10 years.

    "I do not make this statement only for the media," he said. "At the same time, on behalf of the CEC, we send the official letters with the invitations to the international organizations."

    The parliamentary election in Azerbaijan will be held November 1.

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  • Volume of exports from Georgia to Turkey decreases by 14%
    29.08.2015 17:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29


    The volume of export from Georgia to Turkey decreased by 14 percent (by $20.2 million) and amounted to more than $ 125 million - 5.7 percent of Georgia's total exports in January-July 2015 compared to January-July 2014, the Georgian National Statistics Service said, Sputnik reported.

    In particular, semi-finished ironed items or non-alloy steel were exported in the amount of $ 17.5 million from Georgia to Turkey in January-July 2015, which is $ 5.3 million less compared to the same period in 2014.

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  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize '˜Town of Azerbaijanв' in Paris
    29.08.2015 17:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29


    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will open the "Town of Azerbaijan" at a large public space near the Palais-Royal in Paris on August 29. The town called "Azerbaijan in the heart of Paris" will remain open until September 9, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation told Trend.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan", which opens in Paris for the second time, will feature the history, culture, folklore, customs, traditions and national cuisine of the country.

    The "Town", which was set up in front of the Louvre Museum, will familiarize the visitors with Azerbaijani carpets, pottery and other crafts as well as costumes and musical instruments.

    The project will also feature a photo exhibition by famous Azerbaijanis living in France and the French living in Azerbaijan.

    The exhibition titled "The Azerbaijanis and French: the history of acquaintance" will reflect the lifestyle of both peoples and countries.

    Booths with Azerbaijani national cuisine, sweets and drinks will also operate at the venue along with the national musicians and dancers performing onstage.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan" was for the first time organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Paris in 2014 at the square near the Place Saint Sulpice.

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  • Azerbaijani Central Election Commission must strengthen its work
    29.08.2015 16:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) must strengthen its work, CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov said at the commission meeting Aug. 29.

    He said that Azerbaijan has achieved significant success in holding the election.

    "I believe that we are successfully preparing for the election," he said. "The necessary conditions have been created. The political stability is observed in the country. The public has been enlightened. The election is being organized by the professionals."

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  • Reasons for Iran to focus on South Pars gas field
    29.08.2015 15:27
    Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    Iran says it is preparing to commence 15 new phases of South Pars gas field in three years, while 5 phases of the giant field have become operational during the last two years.

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on August 27 that Iran would overtake Qatar in South Pars by 2018.

    South Pars, a joint gas field between Iran and Qatar, holds about 8 percent of global conventional gas reserves. Qatar started the gas production from this field a decade earlier that Iran, while Iran hadn't commenced any new phases from 2009 to 2014.

    According to BP as well as Iran's official statistics, the country's sweet gas output reached about 173 billion cubic meters (bcm) to 178 bcm during last year, of which about 110 bcm was produced in South Pars.

    However, Qatar, whose gas production relies on South Pars (North Field), produced 178 bcm of gas during last year. Thus, Iran needs to increase its gas production by about 80 bcm per annum (bcm/a) from South Pars to surpass Qatar.

    While Iran has 28 joint oil and gas fields with neighbors, the country hasn't commenced any new oil filed since 2007 and the development pace of other fields are very slow.

    However, Iran has accelerated developing the remained phases (10 to 29) of South Pars, the world's biggest gas reserve.

    Since 2014 until now, Iran started early gas production from phases 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18, while the phase 19 is expected to become operational by March 2016. During this period, Iran increased raw gas production by 120 mcm/d and additional 80 mcm/d of gas production is expected to be produced by March 2016, which Iran's current fiscal year will end.

    Meanwhile, Iran has three reasons to focus on the South Pars project.

    First of all, despite about 30 trillion cubic meters of gas reserves, the gas pressure is going to decline and in 2023 it will reach such a level that installing gas compressors will be unavoidable, according to a report released by IRNA. The report said that extracting gas from South Pars in 2033 would become uneconomical without the new technologies.

    The second reason is replacing expensive and pollutant liquid fuels with natural gas. For instance, Iran has increased gas consumption in power plants by 33.6 percent to about 49 bcm last fiscal year, while during the first 5 months of current fiscal year (March 21 to Aug.22) the gas delivery to power plants increased by 12.2 percent again.

    Iran needs 70 bcm of gas to deliver power plants to curb diesel and fuel oil burning there. Power plants share 40 percent in the country's total emissions (about 500 million tons per year). Air pollution costs $16 billion for Iran annually, according to the World Health Organization.

    Iran also needs to gasify 1,900 industrial units and about 3 million households by 2018. On the other hand, Iran needs by-products in South Pars, like methane, ethane, propane, gas condensate, etc.

    Iran's petrochemical production capacity is about 60 million tons per year, but last year Iran produced only 44 million tons of petrochemicals, mostly due to feeds shortage and export limits, caused by sanctions.

    Iran could deliver only 2.8 million tons of ethane to petrochemical complexes last year, but the figure is planned to reach 4.2 million tons in current year.

    Iran has plan to increase petrochemicals output to 120 million tons by 2020.

    This is while Iran is preparing to launch its biggest refinery, Setareh Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf Star) which will need 360,000 barrels per day of gas condensate. Currently, Iran has to import diesel and gasoline.

    Iran will produce about 1.8 million barrels of gas condensate and 800 mcm/d od natural raw gas after full commencing South Pars.

    Dalga Khatinoglu is an expert on Iran's energy sector, head of Trend Agency's Iran news service. Follow him on @dalgakhatinoglu

  • Iran says OPEC members in favor of $70/b oil price
    29.08.2015 15:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that the price of $70-$80 for each barrel of crude oil is fair, and most OPEC members are in favor of it, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Aug. 29.

    "We should make efforts to increase the oil prices in global markets," Zanganeh said, meanwhile arguing that "Tehran is not concerned about oil price fall".

    "If we are concerned about this issue, so we should stop oil production, but we will not give up our historic share in the world market at any cost," the minister stressed.

    Zanganeh earlier blamed the latest drop in oil prices on some members of OPEC and questioned whether any OPEC emergency meeting would reach an agreement.

    "To balance the oil price... OPEC members should balance their production. An emergency meeting has been requested and we don't have a problem with that," the Iranian minister said.

    Global oil market experienced a historic price fall as US oil prices fell below $40 a barrel on Aug. 28 for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis.

    OPEC is not due to meet until Dec. 4.

    Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, and other Gulf states pushed OPEC's strategy shift last year to defend market share rather than cut output to support prices.

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  • Drugs problem grows in Iran as huge amount gets seized in Tehran
    29.08.2015 14:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian police seized some 8.3 metric tons of various illegal drugs in the capital city of Tehran during the first five months of the current fiscal year (March 21-Aug. 22), Tehran Police Chief Brigadier Hossein Sajedinia said.

    The figure indicates a rise by 33 percent compared to the same months of preceding year, the police chief said, the country's Mehr news agency reported Aug. 29.

    In the meantime 20,130 people have been arrested in Tehran on drugs-related charges, Sajedinia said, adding the figure includes 1673 drug-consumers.

    In the 5-month period, 184 professional smugglers were arrested as well, the police commander added.

    Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of common border with Afghanistan, over which 74 percent of opium is smuggled.

    It was reported that some 490 metric tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last fiscal year (ended on March 20).

    The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates. The statistics also say there are about two million drug users in Iran.

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  • Iran unveils more details on its new radar systems
    29.08.2015 14:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The commander of Iran's Khatam ol-Anbiya air defense base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili has unveiled more details about the new strategic radar systems which will become operational by September 1.

    The home-made radar systems dubbed Bina and Nazir are installed in two mountainous and plain areas, Esmaeili said.

    The radars are capable of detecting small flying targets as well as cruise and semi-ballistic missiles, the commander said, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Aug. 29.

    Bina and Nazir radar systems possess high accuracy for detecting long-range targets, Esmaeili said, claiming that the two radars are unique in the region due to their technical capabilities.

    Esmaeili earlier said that a new radar system will be operational near Iran's central Tabas city on September 1. He further said that the new radar system will cover areas around 1,000 kilometers in range.

    The Iranian commander also announced that the Islamic Republic will stage air defense drills by late autumn.

    Esmaeili also said that a new home-made long-range radar system dubbed Fath 14 will be launched in one of the country's air defense points.

    Tehran regularly announces military advances that cannot be independently verified. Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.

    Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes.

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  • Russia-China gas deal on "Power of Siberia-2" stalls
    29.08.2015 12:42
    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 29

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Neither China nor Russia is eager to go forward with the deal on the so-called western route for gas deliveries under the current situation on the oil market, Tao Wang, expert at Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy told Trend.

    "Given the current oil price and slow domestic growth in natural gas in China, neither side seems to be eager to sign the deal soon," Wang said.

    But certainly that is the option that Russia prefers because it could absorb its surplus capacity and require less investment that the route of Power of Siberia, Wang believes.

    "If it could played as a bargaining chip for China against the Central Asia gas from Turkmenistan for renegotiating the importing price, China may also find this route more valuable than before," Wang said.

    The western route also known as Power of Siberia-2, is intended to run across the highly mountainous area of the Altai region in West Siberia to China and supply the Asian country with gas in the amount of 30 billion cubic meters a year.

    On May 8, 2015 Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a framework agreement on the main terms of gas deliveries via the western route.

    Now the two sides have to prepare and conclude a contract. However the negotiations between the sides have become complicated due to sharp fall in oil prices.

    Last month Chinese equity firms quietly suspended the second Siberian gas project, Power of Siberia 2, which was expected to supply 30 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to China. Russian media reports said the pipeline had been "delayed indefinitely."

    At the same time last week Gazprom said that that the main terms and conditions of Russian gas supply to China via the western route had already been specified, for instance, a Russian-Chinese border crossing corridor for the future gas pipeline.

    "The current project negotiations show a very good dynamics," Gazprom said.

    From the middle of this year energy consumption in China started to slow down as a result of the country's financial problems. Revenues from China's industrial sector decreased 0.7 percent this year.

    By 2020 gas demand in China will amount to 300 billion cubic meters which is 100 billion cubic meters lower than previously projected, according to the CNPC estimates.

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  • Cavusoglu about trilateral meeting of Aliyev, Erdogan and Berdymukhamedov
    29.08.2015 12:34
    "The first meeting will be held in Turkmenistan."

    Following the Ministers of the Interior, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey will hold a meeting in a trilateral format.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Turkish media reports that this was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after the trilateral meeting held yesterday.

    "Leaders of the three countries will come together. I have great appreciation for the fact that this will make a significant contribution to strengthening the relations between our countries and peoples," the minister said.

    According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, during the trilateral meeting the Turkmen side proposed date for the meeting of the presidents of the three countries.

    "Soon we will get a response from the Azerbaijani and Turkish sides, after which the heads of the three states will gather in Turkmenistan," Cavusoglu said.
  • Uzbekistan building tire plant
    29.08.2015 12:22
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Angren special industrial zone (Tashkent region of Uzbekistan) hosted a ceremony of the launch of construction of the plant for the production of conveyor belts, agricultural and car tires, said the message of the administration of the Angren special industrial zone.

    The design capacity of the plant with a total cost of $230 million will stand at three million pieces of tires, 200,000 pieces of agricultural equipment tires and 100,000 linear meters of conveyor belts, according to the message.

    The construction of the plant will involve Uzhimprom JSC and Uzavtoprom JSC, as well as two of the largest Uzbek mining and metallurgical complexes, Navoi and Almalyk, which are the founders of the Directorate for Construction of the Mechanical Rubber Goods OJSC.

    The participation share of Uzhimprom in the project will amount to 50 percent, Uzavtoprom - 30 percent, and the Navoi and Almalyk mining and metallurgical complexes - 10 percent each.

    In November 2014, Uzhimprom concluded a contract with China's Poly Technologies Inc. to build a tire plant in Uzbekistan. The decree said that the contract is worth $183.96 million.

    The contract, signed following direct negotiations, stipulates turnkey construction of the facility's technological part by the Poly Technologies Inc. Uzavtoprom and the US-based corporation, General Motors, agreed on kitting up cars, produced at the GM Uzbekistan, with tires locally made "in case of successful certification and laboratory testing of the mentioned products in line with international standards and requirements of GM Uzbekistan".

    The project will be financed with a $27.6 million loan from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (FRDU), $156.36 million foreign loans refinanced by the State Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Asaka, and through the funds of the founders of the construction operator - the Directorate for Construction of the Mechanical Rubber Goods Plant of the State Joint-Stock Company Uzhimprom.

    Uzbekistan doesn't manufacture tires, and fully imports them particularly from Russia and China.

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  • Simonyan: Azerbaijan must let Mkhitaryan in
    29.08.2015 12:15
    "If the player is not allowed to participate in the game ..."

    Acting President of the RFU Nikita Simonyan commented on the possibility that midfielder of Dortmund "Borussia" Henrik Mkhitaryan may miss the away match with "Gabala" in the group stage of the Europa League, Oxu.Az reports citing

    "If we talk on sports law, Azerbaijan must allow entry of Henrik Mkhitaryan. If the player is not allowed to participate in the game, either Mkhitaryan himself or Football Club should apply to the League.

    Azerbaijan does not have any legal grounds to ban football player to play for his club. If Baku will create obstacles, it would be a gross violation of the law. Non-admission of Mkhitaryan to this match for political reasons is illogical," Simonyan said.
  • OPEC: Oil prices will be around $40-$50 until late 2015
    29.08.2015 11:51
    Oil prices will be around $40-$50 a barrel until the end of the year and hopefully they will reach $60, assuming there will be a recovery in China, a Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters, APA reports.

    "Oil is bottoming and the deeper it goes the more the rebound will be quicker and the supply reaction will be even bigger," the source said, adding prices may dip again to slightly below $45 before slowly recovering to around $60 by December when OPEC meets next, said another source.
  • Azerbaijani grandmasters to take part in World Rapid and Blitz championship
    29.08.2015 11:04
    This year's World Rapid and Blitz Championship will be held October 9-14 in Berlin, Germany.

    Azerbaijani grandmasters will also vie for medals at the tournament, AzerTag reports.

    The prize fund will be a total $400,000 combined for the rapid and the blitz tournaments. Both events will be played according to the Swiss pairing system.

    All players rated 2500 or higher in any of the FIDE rating lists (standard, blitz or rapid) from January 2015 to August 2015 are eligible to participate. The tournaments are also open to all national champions, regardless of their title or rating.

    Last year both events were won by Magnus Carlsen, who thus clinched the world title in all three disciplines of chess. The Norwegian player is planning to defend his rapid and blitz titles in Berlin. Ex-world champion Viswanathan Anand intends to play as well.

    According to the regulations the World Rapid and Blitz are supposed to be organized, under the aegis of FIDE, "by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly or the Presidential Board at least one year in advance," while all the rights for the organization belong to FIDE.

    For this edition the world chess federation has entrusted its commercial partner Agon to organize the two tournaments. This hasn't happened before; the contract between FIDE and Agon mentions events in the (classical) world championship cycle but not the World Rapid and Blitz.
  • Baku hosts 37th Capital Policing European Conference
    29.08.2015 11:02
    The 37th Capital Policing European Conference has opened in Baku, bringing together 70 representatives from 25 countries, AzerTag reports.

    Addressing the conference, Azerbaijani Minister of Internal Affairs Ramil Usubov hailed the importance of the event, which addresses the ways of improving the efficiency of the fight against crime.

    Head of Baku City Executive Authority Hajibala Abutalibov drew the audience`s attention to history and development of Baku, saying the Azerbaijani capital combines Eastern and Western values.

    The-three day conference will feature discussions and hear speeches from representatives of various countries on a number of priority areas in the fight against crime, as well as crimes against individuals and property, megacity safety issues.

    The conference will culminate with the adoption of a joint declaration.
  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 130 times in one day
    29.08.2015 11:02
    Throughout the day, the Armenian military, using mortars and large-caliber machine guns, 130 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said August 29.

    Armenian armed forces, stationed in Parakavar village and nameless uplands of Armenia's Ijevan district, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces, located in Kohnegishlaq village of Agstafa district.

    Armenian troops, stationed in Dovekh, Barekamavan, Voskevan villages of Noyemberyan district, opened fire at Azerbaijani positions, located in nameless uplands and Kemerli, Gaymagli, Gushchu Ayrim villages of Gazakh district.

    Azerbaijani positions, located in Kokhanebi and Aghbulag villages of Tovuz district, came under fire from Armenian positions, located in Chinari village of Berd district.

    Meanwhile, the Armenia military, stationed in nameless uplands and Jil village of Krasnoselsk district, fired at Azerbaijani positions, located in nameless uplands of Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located in Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulustan villages of Goranboy district, Chilaburt, Goyarkh, Yarimja, Giziloba villages of Terter district, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Merzili, Garagashli, Kengerli, Nemirli, Novruzlu villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Ashaghi Abdurrahmanli, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan villages of Fuzuli district, Mehdili village of Jabrayil district, as well as nameless uplands in Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced by retaliatory fire.
  • Fitch Ratings affirms credit rating of Azerbaijan
    29.08.2015 10:54
    The outlook is stable.

    International rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed the long-term Issuer Default Rating ("IDR") of Azerbaijan in foreign and national currency at level "BBB-", with a "stable" forecast, Oxu.Az reports citing the Ministry of Finance.

    The report, prepared by the agency, noted that Azerbaijan's investment rating reflects the low sovereign debt of the country, the high prices for raw material in 2006, as well as the accumulation of large foreign currency assets as a result of the positive balance of the current year.

    The stable rating is prompted by the fact that the government is taking regulatory steps in connection with the tax revenues, capital expenditures, as well as the national currency, thereby preventing the reduction of foreign exchange reserves.

    Keeping a stable rating outlook of the country against the background of instability in the world economy and the sharp decline in oil prices once again confirms the sustainable potential of the Azerbaijani economy.
  • Kazakhstan to remain leader in uranium extraction till 2025'" Kazatomprom
    29.08.2015 10:41
    The Kazatomprom National Atomic Company has approved a new development strategy for 2015-2025, which provides for the preservation of the leading positions of the company and Kazakhstan on the extraction of natural uranium, RIA Novosti news agency reported with reference to the Kazatomprom.

    "Implementation of the strategy will make it possible for Kazatomprom and Kazakhstan to preserve the achieved leading positions on production of natural uranium in the world," said the message.

    In order to do that, the company will develop existing mines and build the new ones, as well as introduce advanced technologies in order to improve the efficiency and reduce the prime cost of uranium extraction, according to the message.

    "One of the strategic directions of Kazatomprom is the business diversification in all subsequent stages of front-end nuclear fuel cycle," said the message. "The company plans to gain access to services for the conversion, enrichment and fabrication of nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants."

    Kazakhstan has been a world leader in uranium production since 2009. Over the past 10 years, the country has increased its volume by almost six times, while the nearest competitors, Canada and Australia, observed stagnation of production or its slightly decrease. In 2014, Kazakhstan increased its uranium production by 1.5 percent - up to 22,829 metric tons of uranium.

    Kazatomprom JSC is the national operator of Kazakhstan for the export of uranium and uranium compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and materials with dual purposes.

    Its main activities are geological exploration, the extraction of uranium, the manufacturing of products involved in the nuclear fuel cycle and construction materials as well as power industry, science, social security and personnel training.

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  • Azerbaijan's national hero Chingiz Mustafayev would turn 55
    29.08.2015 10:31
    Chingiz Mustafayev was one of the most notable independent Azerbaijani journalists, who was posthumously bestowed by state order as National Hero of Azerbaijan.

    Mustafayev, with no formal background or degree in journalism save for a year of on the job training, created a video anthology during the early stages of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, most of the documentary had to be shot from the frontline which ultimately was the cause of his abrupt death due to mortar wounds.

    He was the man behind the video camera, who filmed scenes of atrocity in the Khojaly Massacre of 1992. In order to document the massacre, Mustafayev traveled via an army helicopter which at most time came under heavy enemy fire. He was able to film that gave evidence to the massacre which showed hundreds of dead bodies strewn across snow-covered fields of Khojaly The film at times was coupled with commentaries by a sobbing and emotional Mustafayev as he described the carnage he had seen as he filmed.

    According to his brother Vahid Mustafayev, during the span of eight months Mustafayev had shot and is credited for about 18 documentaries about the war in Karabakh, leaving behind substantial historical documentation.

    On 15 June 1992, Mustafayev while filming an exchange of fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces near the village of Nakhichevanik was felled by mortar fire. According to his brother Vahid Mustafayev, he was fatally wounded when a shell exploded right beside him and shrapnel from the shell severed one of his major arteries. By the time Mustafayev was airlifted to the hospital, he had died of blood loss. His last moments were captured on his own camera.

    ANS CM 102 FM the first Radio Broadcasting Company in the Caucasus whose motto was "We are fated to struggle" has renamed the station in his honor.

    A foundation was established in honour of Chingiz Mustafayev by ANS for the purposes of arranging journalism contests in various areas. Azerbaijani radio station ANS CM 102 FM also renamed after him and carries his slogan DöyüЕџ alnД±mД±za yazД±lД±b (The war is written on our foreheads).

    The Mustafayev family is described as the typical Azerbaijani family. His father was in the military and was working on missiles and rockets in the USSR. His mother hailed from the city of Shaki. Chingiz was the oldest child, born in 1960 and he had two brothers, Seyfulla Mustafayev, born in 1962, and Vahid Mustafayev, born in 1968.
  • Iran unveils 10-year nonoil export plan
    29.08.2015 10:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:

    Iran has unveiled a comprehensive plan for boosting nonoil exports in a stage-by-stage fashion, targeting exports worth $145 billion in ten years.

    Iran's export of goods should reach $115 billion by 2025, Deputy Minister of Industry Valiollah Afkhami Rad said, Mehr news agency reported August 28.

    For the next Iranian-calendar year (to start March 20), Iran's nonoil export should hit $58 billion, he added.

    Last year, Iran's export hit $49.7 billion. The Industry Ministry's comprehensive plan asserts that nonoil exports should reach $81 billion by 2020.

    Last year, Iran's mineral export hit $1.5 billion and it is expected to reach $2.5 billion by the end of next Iranian year, $3.5 billion by 2020, and $6 billion by 2025.

    Also, agricultural export stood at $4.6 billion last year. It is to reach $6 billion by the end of next Iranian year, $8 billion by 2020, and $12 billion by 2025.

    Rad said the plan envisions increasing expert engineering service export to $17 billion by the end of next Iranian fiscal year.

    The number is to hit $23 billion by 2020 and $35 billion by 2025.

    Head of Iran's Business Development Organization Valiollah Afkhami said in April that in the last Iranian fiscal year, the country's engineering service, tourism, and transit export hit $12.5 billion.

    "Add that to nonoil goods' export and we will have a total of $62 billion," he said.

    He hoped that in the current Iranian fiscal year, non-oil export will grow by 25 percent to reach $65 billion.

    Iran's trade turnover during the previous Iranian fiscal year (which ended March 20) surpassed $150 billion.

    Edited by CN

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  • Fitch Affirms Azerbaijan at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable
    29.08.2015 10:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29


    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijan's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, the international rating agency said Aug.29.

    The issue ratings on Azerbaijan's senior unsecured foreign currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BBB-'. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at 'BBB-' and the Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'F3'.

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  • Azerbaijani female wrestlers win two bronze medals of Cadet World Championship
    29.08.2015 10:01
    Azerbaijani female wrestlers Zelfira Alakbarli at 38kg and Shabnam Ahmadova at 56kg have grabbed bronze medals of the FILA Cadet World Championship.

    The event was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, AzerTag reports.

    Alakbarli and Ahmadova secured the medals after defeating Turkish and Hungarian rivals respectively.
  • NATO Secretary General meets family of Georgian victim of 2011 Norway massacre
    29.08.2015 09:54
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has met the family of a Georgian girl killed by Anders Breivik on the Utoya Island in Norway in 2011.

    Stoltenberg, NATO's Norwegian top official who paid his first Georgia visit on August 26 and 27, expressed his desire to meet and offer his condolences to Tamta Liparteliani's family when he met Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili yesterday. The latter organised the meeting on the same day, reports.

    "I have read much about your daughter," the NATO Secretary General told Liparteliani's parents.

    "In Norway we opened a special place where we can pay tribute to the victims including your daughter. Thank you for meeting and enabling me to personally offer my condolences."

    Lipatreliani, 23 years old Georgian student who was at the youth camp in Utoya, was one of the 77 victims of the 2011 Norway attacks.

    The body of Georgian student Tamta Liparteliani was found on the bottom of the lake with two gunshot wounds in the back.

    On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Breivik emerged from a western Norwegian suburb to commit Norway's deadliest terrorist atrocity and one of the worst terrorist attacks in Europe since World War II.

    The massacre started with an explosion in Oslo and finished with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on Utoya. The final death toll was 77.
  • Azerbaijan issues international arrest warrant for another Turkish businessman
    29.08.2015 09:51
    Azerbaijanв's law enforcement bodies have issued an international arrest warrant for Turkish businessman Mahmut Marhan, 47, who are charged with tax evasion, said the notice posted on Interpolв's website.

    Azerbaijan's law enforcement bodies have recently declared several Turkish businessmen internationally wanted. All of them are charged with tax evasion.
  • Russian, US diplomats discuss settlement in Syria and fight against terrorism
    29.08.2015 09:51
    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney discussed the settlement of the situation in Syria and fight against terrorism in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday after consultations.

    "The sides exchanged opinions on a wide range of issues connected with efforts to facilitate the soonest political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian crisis and tasks of effectively fighting against the terrorist threat," the foreign ministry said, TASS reports.

    US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney will visit Saudi Arabia on August 29. After that, he will hold consultations in Geneva with UN Special Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Ratney was appointed as US Special Envoy for Syria at the end of July.
  • Iran ready to offer reciprocal visa-free travel: Zarif
    29.08.2015 09:44
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country is ready to offer visa-free travel to citizens of the countries that are willing to engage in reciprocal visa waiver mechanisms with the Islamic Republic.

    Citizens of the countries which are ready to waive visa requirements for Iranian nationals will also receive visa waivers from the Islamic Republic in a reciprocal move, Zarif said Friday in a visit to Isfahan, a major tourist hub in central Iran, PressTV reports.

    The top diplomat said Iran has held negotiations with many countries on the issue of visa requirements, saying the diplomacy apparatus is prepared to provide anything needed to facilitate the growth of Iran's tourism sector.

    Iran has dropped visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of its plans to boost tourism industry in the country. Citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran and stay in the country without visa from 15 to 90 days.

    Intelligence officials in Iran have also approved a plan to expand the list to include 12 more states, but sources in Iran's tourism sector say Iran's Foreign Ministry opposes the move, saying visa-free travel is basically a reciprocal mechanism.

    According to the Visa Restrictions Index, holders of an Iranian passport can visit 40 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.

    Meanwhile, many observers say the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - would significantly boost the Islamic Republic's tourism sector and increase demands for Iranian visas.
  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize "Town of Azerbaijan" in Paris
    29.08.2015 09:27
    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will open the "Town of Azerbaijan" at a large public space near the Palais-Royal in Paris on August 29.

    The town called "Azerbaijan in the heart of Paris" will remain open until September 9, APA reports.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan", which opens in Paris for the second time, will feature the history, culture, folklore, customs, traditions and national cuisine of the country.

    The "Town", which was set up in front of the Louvre Museum, will familiarize the visitors with Azerbaijani carpets, pottery and other crafts as well as costumes and musical instruments. The project will also feature a photo exhibition by famous Azerbaijanis living in France and the French living in Azerbaijan.

    The exhibition titled "The Azerbaijanis and French: the history of acquaintance" will reflect the lifestyle of both peoples and countries.

    Booths with Azerbaijani national cuisine, sweets and drinks will also operate at the venue along with the national musicians and dancers performing onstage.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan" was for the first time organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Paris in 2014 at the square near the Place Saint Sulpice.
  • Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijan supports Turkey in struggle with terrorism Foreign M
    29.08.2015 09:20
    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov spoke at the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

    Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov condemned recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, APA reports quoting the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    "Azerbaijan strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Turkey and expresses its support for its struggle against terrorism. It is important to continue cooperation in the field of security in order to ensure the dynamic development of the region, strengthen the independence of our countries, counter major challenges, accompanied by terrorism, extremism and aggressive separatism. One of the priorities of the foreign policy for Azerbaijan is regional security, fight against terrorism and energy security, "said the Minister.

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister stressed that there is a need to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states, as well as the rejection of the policy of aggression in order to maintain peace and stability in the region. "Alongside, there are obstacles to peace and development in the region. Failure in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is the greatest threat to peace, stability in the region and regional cooperation," Mammadyarov said.

    In his speech, the Minister noted that Azerbaijan has an important geo-strategic location on the regional, global energy and transport corridors. "Starting now successfully implemented the BTC project, the republic has initiated a number of important projects in the region. Azerbaijan connects the most important regions of Eurasia via implementation of the projects of the Southern Gas Corridor, the main lines of which are the TANAP and TAP, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project and new Baku International Trade Port. The importance of the Southern Gas Corridor is that it will provide Europe significant reserves of natural gas from alternative sources on a continuous basis, "said Mammadyarov.

    According to the minister, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and new Baku International Trade Port will be the main segments of the East-West corridor and will contribute to the development of the countries involved in the project. Mammadyarov noted that it is important to strengthen cooperation with the non-oil sector, in particular in areas such as information and communication technologies, renewable energy, average and small business.

    "The trilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between the countries is also a subject of discussion. Common values '‹'‹and interests make cooperation in this field inevitable "-said the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan.

    At the end Mammadyarov proposed to hold the next trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of the three countries in Azerbaijan.
  • Turkey: 24 people injured in Mardin bomb attack
    29.08.2015 05:49
    At least 24 people, including 10 policemen were injured in a bomb attack on riot police in southeastern Mardin province late Friday, security sources said, according to Anadolu Agency.

    Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members were behind the attack who allegedly planted the bomb at an overpass and detonated it when a bus carrying the policemen passed through.

    The injured were taken to Kiziltepe and Mardin hospitals.

    Security forces have launched an operation to nab the perpetrators of the attack.

    The PKK has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

    More than 60 security personnel have been martyred, reportedly by the PKK, as tensions in the southeastern region of Turkey have flared up since a bombing linked to Daesh on July 20 in Suruc, which claimed the lives of 34 people.

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  • Indian army kills 6 militants in northeast state
    29.08.2015 04:04
    Indian army Friday killed six Naga militants in the northeast state of Nagaland, the military said, Xinhua reported.

    Meanwhile, two other Naga separatist activists were also injured in the army operation in Nokalak in Tuensang district of the state.

    The Indian army has been intensifying operations against Naga militants near the Myanmar border since an army convoy was ambushed, in which 18 soldiers were killed and 15 others injured.

    A surgical operation was carried out along the India-Myanmar border by the army in June after the ambush, in which an unspecified number of rebels were killed. Enditem

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  • UN chief sets special meeting on migration issue
    29.08.2015 02:44
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a special meeting on the issue of EU refugee crisis for September 30 ahead of the UN 70th anniversary summit to be held in UN Headquarters in New York, the United Nations said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

    The statement comes following over 70 people, reportedly undocumented migrants, were discovered dead in an abandoned truck near Austria's border with Hungary on Thursday.

    According to the statement published Friday, Ban is "horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe.

    "The UN chief highlighted the importance of abiding the international law which stipulates the right of refugees to protection and asylum.

    "I appeal to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations," - Ban said.

    The European Union is currently grappling with a major refugee crisis, with thousands of migrants attempting to reach EU member states through various routes.

    Estimates from the EU external border protection agency Frontex show that over 340,000 migrants were detected at the bloc's external borders between January and July 2015, which is three times higher than during the same period in 2014.

    In 2015, some 2,370 migrants have died while attempting to reach Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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  • Iran ready to reciprocally waive visa requirements - Zarif
    29.08.2015 00:44
    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said foreign nationals whose respective countries facilitate Iranians' entry to their land without visas do not require visas to visit Iran, Irna reported.

    'To promote relations, we are ready to reciprocate the countries' plans to allow Iranians visit their lands without obtaining visas,' he told reporters on Friday.

    As to attracting foreign tourists, he said Foreign Ministry is duty-bound to facilitate arrival of investors and tourists.

    All provinces and cities in Iran boast of industrial, cultural and social attractions, Zarif added, Iran's diplomatic apparatus is facilitator of the enthusiasts' entry to Iranian sites in various points.

    Zarif arrived in Isfahan late Wednesday on behalf of President Hassan Rouhani and the cabinet to inaugurate a number of development projects in Isfahan province.

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  • Armenia suspends construction of military academy in Azerbaijanв's occupied Aghdere district
    28.08.2015 23:31
    Baku. Agha Jafarli '" APA. The construction of a military academy in the Vang village of Azerbaijanв's Aghdere district occupied by Armenian armed forces has been suspended, said ''the village administration, according to

    According to the administration, the reasons for the suspension and resumption of construction are unknown.

    The construction is financed by Armenian businessman Levon Hayrapetyan, who is also considered one of the trustees of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Arrested in the case of Bashneft over money laundering and financial fraud, Levon Hayrapetyan was then transferred to house arrest.
  • James Warlick: We need renewed commitment at highest level to finding peaceful resolution of conflict
    28.08.2015 23:07
    ''We look forward to bringing the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan together at the UN General Assembly in September and exchange views on the way forward on a negotiated settlement''

    Baku. Malahat Najafova - APA. The OSCE co-chairs plan to visit the region in the fall, although no specific dates are set, US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told APA.

    "We look forward to bringing the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan together at the UN General Assembly in September and exchange views on the way forward on a negotiated settlement. We need a renewed commitment at the highest level to finding a peaceful resolution of the conflict," said James Warlick.
  • Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen FMs sign declaration as a result of trilateral meeting
    28.08.2015 22:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    As a result of trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan held in Antalya the declaration was signed, said the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.

    At the third meeting of Ministers satisfaction with the development of relations and cooperation between countries, and the hope for the development of specific projects in the framework of cooperation were expressed.

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  • Turkey strengthening '˜gasв' positions
    28.08.2015 22:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Turkey, in view of the recent processes and developments, is becoming increasingly important force on the world's energy map.

    Although the country has no large oil and gas fields, the geographical location and the right policies, have given Turkey an opportunity to become a major energy hub and an important figure for both suppliers and consumers of hydrocarbons.

    The project for the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', initiated by Azerbaijan, has become such a major opportunity for Ankara. The lsquo;Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline' (TANAP), which is the central and longest part of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', is designed to deliver Azerbaijan's gas to Europe, thereby helping Europe to diversify supplies and Turkey to strengthen its energy security.

    No wonder that in such a situation, Turkey's weight on international arena has become much heavier.

    Furthermore, Turkey continues to strengthen its energy positions. In particular, one of the ways is to strengthen the presence at all stages of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor'.

    As of now, Turkey's TPAO owns a 19-percent stake in the project for development of the lsquo;Shah Deniz' field and the lsquo;South Caucasus Pipeline', while another Turkish company Botas owns a 30-percent stake in TANAP.

    Earlier, Ankara said it would consider acquiring a stake in the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Given that this information came amid reports about the intent of Norway's Statoil to sell its stake, such a development looks quite real.

    And now it has become known that the SOCAR Turkey Enerji (Turkish subsidiary of Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR) wants to acquire a seven-percent stake in TANAP.

    It can buy the projected seven-percent stake from SOCAR, which currently owns a 58-percent stake in the pipeline.

    It should be noted that SOCAR Turkey Enerji is the subject of the Turkish economy, and therefore the acquisition of a share in TANAP by the company can be regarded only as an increase of Turkish presence in the pipeline. Moreover, recently, some 13 percent shares of the company were purchased from SOCAR by the US investment bank Goldman Sachs for $1.3 billion. The fact of the infusion of the US capital to the project, of course, increases the interest in the TANAP as an economically promising and reliable project.

    The intention to buy a stake in TANAP also proves that SOCAR Turkey Enerji has sufficiently strengthened on the global energy market. By purchasing a part of shares in the project, the company undertakes commitments on its financing as well, and 7 percent is a rather big figure in a project worth $10 billion.

    It also has its positive side for the project. The increase in the number of shareholders will lead to reduction of risks due to the division of responsibilities between the large number of companies. Moreover, such situation will lead to the relief of SOCAR's financial burden, which at the same time will retain control over the pipeline (51 percent).

    The acquisition of a stake in TANAP by the Turkish company will further strengthen the importance of the country and enhance its credibility as a state necessary to be reckoned with in energy issues.

    Edited by CN


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  • Azerbaijan to continue regulating drug prices - Tariff Council Secretariat head
    28.08.2015 19:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Elmir Murad - Trend:

    From a social point of view, the drug prices are important, Ilkin Majidov, the head of the Secretariat of the Azerbaijani Tariff Council, said in an interview with Trend.

    "According to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's order, the prices on state registered drugs are controlled by the government in accordance with the changes made in the law "On drugs" in December 2014," he said.

    The Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Health and the Tariff Council were charged with the regulation and control over drug prices upon the president's decree in March 2015.

    He said that the Azerbaijani Cabinet Ministers has approved the relevant regulations and the Tariff Council - the instruction to regulate drug prices over the past period.

    "The best method was to ensure the effectiveness and full transparency of the process to avoid a subjective approach while setting the drug prices," he said. "Afterwards, its implementation began. Some 25 active substances were chosen of this category of drugs at the first stage to regulate the prices on vital and best-selling drugs."

    The prices on 256 drugs in 25 active substances were set at a meeting of the Tariff Council July 30, 2015.

    Another meeting of the Tariff Council was held on August 25. The prices on 801 more drugs were set. In general, the prices on 1,057 drugs in 25 active substances were approved.

    The drug prices were published in the media, on the websites of the ministry of economy and industry, the ministry of health and the Tariff Council.

    He said when comparing the prices approved by the Tariff Council and the prices of medicines that are currently being sold, it can be seen that 46 percent medicines became cheaper by over two times, and 24 percent by over three times.

    "In general, the prices for 94 percent of the currently sold medicines have been cut," said Majidov. "As it was previously announced, the approved the prices for 1,057 medicines on 25 active substances (except for combined drugs) will come into force on September 15, 2015."

    He also said that after the prices for other medicines get approved, a chart of the medicine's costs and the date of new prices' entering into force will be published by the media, and on the websites of the Economy and Industry Ministry (, the Tariff Council (, and the Analytical Examination Center of the Health Ministry (

    "As of now, over 4,500 names of medicines have passed the state registration in Azerbaijan," said Majidov. "As I have already said, we are approving the prices of medicines in stages. It was noted earlier that during the price regulation process, 25 essential and saleable active substances were selected, and the price regulation process began with the medicines containing those substances."

    He added that the prices for antibiotics, drugs for ischemic disease, heart failure, allergy and inflammation were approved in the first stage.

    "Some 55 active substances were selected for the next stage, and we will adjust the prices for the drugs that contain them," Majidov further said.

    He reminded that the first stage of this process has been completed on 25 active substances.

    "The prices for 15 percent of medicines, which passed the state registration, have been approved," he noted.

    The admission of documents (declarations) on the next 55 active substances was announced, he said. "The deadline for receipt of the declarations is September 10," Majidov said. "This process, which is of great social importance, will be continued until the settlement of prices for all drugs. The regulation of prices for most drugs will be completed by late 2015."

    The public will be informed about the progress of this process, the names of drugs, the prices for which have been approved, the prices themselves and the dates when they will come into force through the media, he said.

    "Regarding the strengthening of control over the market of drugs, I would like to note that prices of drugs will be indicated using one of the methods specified by the ministry of economy and industry, in accordance with the rules approved by the cabinet of ministers," Majidov said.

    "The control over labeling of prices on drugs and their correspondence to the prices approved by the Tariff (price) Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan will be jointly implemented by the Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Rights Protection State Service of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Azerbaijan Republic and Analytical Expertise Center for Medicines under the Azerbaijani ministry of health," he said.

    The introduction of the new control system will create conditions for the adoption of joint operational measures to better protect the rights of consumers on the market of drugs and won't allow mislead them on price issue, according to Majidov.

    "I would like to note once again that the prices for 1,057 drugs which will enter into force on September 15, have already been approved," he said. "In total, an operational system of price controls, public oversight mechanism have been set up. So, citizens will be able to check the prices in advance. This will allow them to demand the sale of drugs for the approved prices in drugstores."

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan makes cultural treasures more available
    28.08.2015 18:33
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan made its cultural treasures more available for low-income segments of the population.

    The ancient Land of Fire '" Azerbaijan '" is a country that can astonish anyone, both local and foreign, with its cultural beauties. Moreover, when visiting the numerous cultural sites in the country, locals prefer to go to places with budget entrance fees. Over 140 museums are functioning in the country.

    The country approved new rules for visiting cultural sites for low-income segments of society, veterans, physically challenged people, and children with disabilities under the age of 18, the Cabinet of Ministers reported on August 28.

    The preferential visits to state and municipally-owned cultural properties, as well as privately owned museums and attractions under the protection of cultural institutions, includes free admission for non-commercial purposes.

    Moreover, there is no need for consent in preferential visits from the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Office of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve ''Icherisheher''.

    For preferential visits to such cultural sites, the said persons should apply to the overseeing cultural institution under the state and municipality itself or the head of the institution if the sites are privately owned.
  • Lavrov to visit Baku
    28.08.2015 18:12
    Russian Foreign Ministry has disseminated an information.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Azerbaijan on September 1 with a working visit, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "He will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, during which the issues of mutual interest of bilateral and multilateral agenda, as well as the situation in the region will be discussed," the Ministry reports.
  • Iran may use transport corridor through Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 18:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    The current tense situation in Turkey, which is accompanied by an increase in terror attacks and shootings, has significantly complicated transit in and out of the country.

    The instability at Turkeyв's southeastern border has created barriers for the neighboring countries that use Turkish territory for transportation.

    The situation has forced neighboring Iran to search for new routes to Europe, especially after recent tragic events, when a number of Iranian buses were stopped by terrorists on route way to Turkey.

    In one incident, the driver was killed by unknown men. There is also evidence that in July, mines were placed along railroads connecting Iran to Turkey inside the Turkish territory.

    The Iranian Road Maintenance and Transportation organization has been tasked to search alternative routes to Europe.

    Among the possible options of alternative routes to Europe, the organization announced the possibility of transit through Azerbaijan, IRNA quoted the head of the Transit Transport Coordination Council (TTCC) of the Islamic Republic, Abbas Akhoundi, on August 26.

    Meanwhile, Mohammad Javad Atrchian, an official with the Iranian Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, said that the closure of two checkpoints along the Turkish border with Iran would create no problems for trucks and buses.

    Turkey has not set a time limit for the closure of the Razi and Sero border checkpoints, as the Bazargan border crossing is still open round the clock, he noted.

    Turkey as a very important neighbor for Iran as is Iran for Turkey. Turkey ranks fourth by the volume of products imported to Iran.

    Iran imported $3.822 billion worth of goods from Turkey last year (Iranian calendar year begins March 21). During this period, Iran's non-oil exports to Turkey reached $ 2.15 billion. At the same time, Iran exports about 100,000 barrels of crude oil and 27 million cubic meters of gas to Turkey daily.

    Moreover, Turkey imported 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from Iran last year. In 2014, the trade turnover between Iran and Turkey reached $14 billion. In 2014, the trade turnover between Iran and Turkey reached $14 billion, increasing dramatically from the 2000 trade figure of only $1 billion. Officials of the two countries said that it would reach $30-35 billion in the coming years.
  • BHOS rector meets with Japanese petroleum specialists
    28.08.2015 18:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    The meeting between BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov, lecturers' staff and Professor Masanori Kurihara from department of resources and environmental engineering of Waseda University (Japan) and representatives of INPEX Company (Japan) was held at BHOS.

    BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov warmly greeted guests saying that he was pleased to welcome them at BHOS. Guests were informed about BHOS and its achievements. While touching upon bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Japan in petroleum sector, BHOS rector stressed possibility of establishing cooperation between BHOS and Waseda University in future. E. Gasimov invited Professor Masanori Kurihara to conduct master class for BHOS students in March 2016 with the support of INPEX Company in frames of his visit to Azerbaijan.

    In his turn, Professor Masanori Kurihara and representative of INPEX Company expressed their contentment that they were able to visit one of the leading higher schools of Azerbaijan, Baku Higher Oil School, during their short visit. Mr. Kurihara on behalf of the university he represents emphasized the interest in cooperation with BHOS. His suggestion encompassed realization students' and lecturers' mobility between BHOS and Waseda University in the field of engineering, joint preparation of academic programs as well as involvement in joint research work.

    In conclusion proposals and initiatives of BHOS lecturers were brought forward and cooperation opportunities were discussed. At the same time agreement was reached on organization of professional training for BHOS students by professor of Waseda University in March 2016.

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  • UEFA Europa League: Azerbaijani soccer teamsв' rivals announced
    28.08.2015 17:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Monaco hosted the UEFA Europa League's group stage draw August 28.

    Some 48 soccer teams took part in the draw, according to the result of which, the Azerbaijani Qabala will face Germany's Borussia Dortmund, Greece's PAOK FC, and Russia's FC Krasnodar in the Group C.

    Another Azerbaijani soccer team Qarabag will face England's Tottenham Hotspur FC, the Belgian Anderlecht, and the French Monaco in the Group J.

    The group stage matches will be played on Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 26 and Dec. 10.

    Azerbaijani teams Qabala and Qarabag reached the group stage, defeating Greece's Panathinaikos and the Swiss Young Boys respectively in the qualifying rounds.

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  • One dead, another poisoned in petrochemical gas leak in Iran
    28.08.2015 17:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    A crew member of the Arvand Petrochemical Complex died and another was poisoned after gas leaked in a section of the facilities, Public Relations Director of the complex Ebrahim Chegini said.

    He added the reason for the leakage is under investigation and will be announced as soon as found out, IRNA news agency reported August 28.

    The Arvand Petrochemical Company is situated in Mahshahr Special Economic Zone and is one of Iran's biggest producers of PVC.

    Petrochemical job hazards have taken more lives in recent months in Iran.

    Less than two months ago parts of Maroon Petrochemical Company caught fire, which was stopped when one of the crew was quick enough to shut a main gas supply pipe.

    The man himself died a few days later of the burns he had suffered during the incident.

    A few months earlier, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur leakage at Shazand refinery in Arak _ central Iranian city _ led to the death of four workers.

    A report said last Iranian year (which ended March 20), Iran's work-related deaths hit 121, while another 18,916 people took injuries during the same period.

    Of the injured, 17,551 are now fully healed while 458 have been amputated. 786 of them received cash compensation.

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  • Armenia on verge of drought
    28.08.2015 17:52
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Armenia faces the threat of exhausting water resources as a result of ignorance to the protection of water reserves and mismanagement of the environment. The government not only closes its eyes to the deliberate destruction of the environment, but also acts as an implementer of ecological terror. This dangerous trend challenges neighboring countries, which have often voiced their concerns over Armeniaв's environmental crimes.

    Armeniaв's 0.9 percent surface is waterways. Ecologists are alarmed over the increasing interference of human elements into nature, which are sure to destroy ecosystems in this small South Caucasus nation and within its neighbors.

    "Lake Sevan, for example, with unique quality of water, is in need of more careful treatment '" its coast is scattered with garbage and the pipes of nearby houses that destroys the micro flora and the most ridiculous things is that nobody cares about it," said Inga Zarafyan, leader of Ecolur NGO.

    Armenia faces the threat of losing its water resources and the state has not thought over a scenario that could help save its ecology in danger.

    Environmental terror, a deliberate attempt to damage the flora and fauna of other countries by destroying its natural resources, is a concept that is more seen in the country nowadays.

    In some countries like Armenia, governments seem unable to handle the situation and lose control, watching helplessly as the local population leaves their homes in an effort to escape from damaged ecology.

    "It turns out that people in Armenia have no idea how to properly treat water," she said.

    The Caucasus region already suffers the serious consequences of climate change and the deposition of ice and snow on biodiversity, Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature reports. What is expected is a reduction in river flow, precipitation in continental regions and of a higher frequency of drought at Lake Sevan.

    Zarafyan also said that the lack of water caused by drying of rivers and lakes leads to so-called ecomigration, a situation that arises when the terrain is unsuitable for human settlement, prompting people to migrate.

    Armenia pollutes not only its own water reserves, but also the transboundary Kura River. The volume of biogenic substances in the river and its tributaries exceeds the established norm by several times as a result of the discharge of untreated water and industrial waste into the river from Armenian territory.

    The planet is our common home and one should realize the scale of the problem posed by Armenia. The Armenian government should understand that water resources are not endless and the ill treatment can destroy the natural order.
  • Rovnag Abdullayev to visit Russia
    28.08.2015 17:36
    SOCAR president will participate in the forum.

    The most popular national forum for the development of offshore - RAO / CIS Offshore will kicks off in St.Petersburg on Sept.15. The event is considered to be a key event in the development of the Arctic and continental shelf. Forum will be held with the support of the Russian Government.

    Oxu.Az reports citing information resource "Moscow-Baku" that there are 2 plenary sessions and 10 round tables in the program. Guests of the conference will hear more than 250 reports.

    As expected, the high-ranking guests Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Sergey Donskoy, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev and others will attend the forum.

    Traditionally, the exhibition will present the achievements in the field of technological support of the development of Arctic territories, shipbuilding and marine development of complex structures, transportation of hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, industrial and environmental safety.

    More than 220 companies will present the expositions. The participation of representatives from Azerbaijan, Norway, Germany, Finland, Germany, France, China, Singapore and other countries is confirmed.
  • Kazakhstan Railways building in Astana under fire
    28.08.2015 17:21
    A fire broke out in the building of the Kazakhstan Railways (the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy) in Astana, RIA Novosti reported citing the city emergency situations department.

    The city emergency situations department said it was notified about the fire at 16:18 local time (UTC/GMT 6 hours).

    "According to preliminary information, upon the fire units' arrival, it was found out that the exterior paneling on the building's seventh floor is burning," said the city emergency situations department.

    Work on evacuation and containment of fire is currently underway.

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  • Inflation decreases in Iran
    28.08.2015 16:56
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The Iranian economy has seen a decrease in the inflation rate compared with previous years, according to official figures.

    The Central Bank of Iran announced that the inflation rate in urban areas for a 12-month periodending August 22, which marks the end of the fifth month of the Iranian year Mordad, hit 15.4 percent.

    The inflation rate fell 0.2 percent compared with the previous monthв's corresponding period, when the figure stood at 15.6 percent.

    However, the Statistical Center of Iran has put the inflation rate for the 12-month period at 13.8 percent, 0.3 percent less than the previous month, the Iranian media reported.

    The country's point-to-point inflation in that month was 12.6 percent, the CBI said on August 26.

    Point-to-point inflation rate statistics identify rates between distinct points in time, such as the inflation rate at the end of a month compared to the rate of inflation at the end of the same month in the previous year.

    The Iranian government has been long struggling to revitalize an economy battered by international sanctions and mismanagement.

    One of the governmentв's economic priorities is to decrease the high-rate of inflation that rose to about 40 percent in previous years.

    Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his governmentв's achievements in bringing down inflation from those highs.

    He asserted that by the end of his administrationв's term in office, the inflation rate in the country will be down to a single-digit figure.

    Iran's inflation rate decreased from above 35 percent in 2013 to below 15 percent currently.

    Experts consider that Iran should aim for an annual inflation rate between 2 and 3 percent.

    Kamran Dadkhah, a professor of economics at U.S. Northeastern University said in early August that this is a practical and attainable goal, noting that the policy instrument for achieving this is the control of money supply.

    The CBI also said the consumer price index in Iranв's urban areas stood at 224.4 units in the fifth month of the current fiscal year, which is 0.1 percent less than its preceding month.

    Meanwhile, the Statistical Center of Iran put the figure at 215, which comes with a growth of 0.5 percent compared to the preceding month.

    The index for food and drinks shows a fall of 2.7 percent compared to the preceding month and a growth of 12 percent when compared to the same period last year, according to the CBI.

    The inflation rate in Iran in 2005 was about 10.4 percent, but in mid-2013, when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani came to power, the inflation rate and point-to-point inflation rate were 37.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

    Rouhani has promised to decrease the inflation rate to five percent in Iranian fiscal year 1395 (to end on March 20, 2017).
  • Azerbaijan to export products to Russia
    28.08.2015 16:55
    An agreement was reached.

    Meat and dairy products made in Azerbaijan will be exported to Russia, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Economy and Industry.

    According to the Ministry, at the moment dairy and meat products of 7 Azerbaijani companies were included in the register of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control of the Russian Federation.

    "It allows these companies to export products to Russia," the ministry said.

    The ministry also stressed that work on including of other products of the Azerbaijani enterprises in the register is underway.
  • Armenia one of most vulnerable countries to crisis
    28.08.2015 16:42
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The fall in the Russian ruble has had a crucial impact on the national currency of Armenia as the country's economy is heavily dependent on its northern giant.

    The cost of dollar hit 71.28 rubles on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Monday, 2.18 rubles above Fridayв's level.

    The Armenian dram depreciated 2 percent against dollar on August 21; and this is just the beginning. The global crisis has affected Armeniaв's country-nurse, Russia, so seriously that the ruble is unlikely to rise to its former levels in the near future. And this means that Armenia '" a country whose aggressive policies has led to disaster and isolation from major regional projects '" has no hope.

    Armenian economists claim that the Armenian dram will not be able to avoid devaluation, Regnum reports. The collapse of the ruble is a severe blow both on the Armenian economy and to ordinary citizens.

    What has complicated the situation further that the Armenian government lacks any real plans or resources, whilst its unwise policy puts the country in a difficult and permanently unstable situation steeping it in domestic and regional problems.

    The entire population of Armenia assumes the consequences of the Russian crisis and the government is doing absolutely nothing to rectify the situation and to revive economic growth. This is not surprising since the economic competence of the Armenian regime is only a dream.

    Whatever happens in the Post-Soviet area, no matter how the situation changes, one thing remains unchangeable '" Armenia, as a country can only exist as a parasite, hiding behind a powerful country.

    Russiaв's economy is now shrinking because of the ruble's instability and the occurring crisis in the country. However, the ruble is not the only currency to face crisis. Almost all of the currencies of emerging markets are falling at this turn of world economic "development".

    Meanwhile, Armenia's dram, judging by 2008-2009 figures, is very vulnerable to the global processes. In 2009, it gained status as the second worst recession of currency in the world at 14 percent.

    Armenia faces the threat of getting stuck under the ruins of the Russian economy, and it has done nothing to actively avoid it.

    Moreover, Armenia continues to act as the political and economic appendage of Russia and justifies its actions against the West with "objective reasons," in an attempt to scrounge money to ease the current economic burden. The West, however, provides financial help to Armenia for a number of unclear reasons, a ''game'' that will hardly last any longer. What the country really needs is a political and economic reformation '" a new government that will do something to rescue the country from a deeper economic crisis than it is suffering from now.

    In the last few days, the Armenian dram has been devaluing smoothly and the process gradually has begun to arouse mass panic. The situation is only worsening in the background of many other problems occurring in the country, such as unemployment, an electricity tariff price hike, corruption, migration, social degradation, and conflict with Azerbaijan over its illegal claims to its neighbor's territories, among others.

    The Armenian government has left its own country all alone in front of a very possible revolution on grounds of a deep economic crisis, an unstable political situation, and frequently alternating domestic political forces. Obviously, the government has tried to garner the peopleв's attention with red herrings, such as changing the countryв's Constitution and by organizing a ''hunt'' for corruption, when everybody knows that corruption stems from the government itself.
  • Turkish PM to submit interim cabinet list to president
    28.08.2015 16:34
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will submit a list of interim Cabinet ministers for presidential approval on Friday afternoon, he said.

    "Hopefully, I will present the new cabinet to our president this afternoon," Davutoglu told a televised party meeting on Friday. "In one sense, it will be the most concrete step of going to the early polls."

    The prime minister has been working since Tuesday to form a provisional government to run Turkey until a general election rerun on Nov. 1, announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the previous day, Anadolu Agency reports.

    The June election saw a stalemate with no party winning the majority necessary to form a single party government. Coalition talks between the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the other three parliamentary parties came to nothing.

    All but one party -- the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party -- have refused to join the interim government.

    Referring to the interim Cabinet he will head, Davutoglu added, "We will not work in the spirit of an interim government," but like a full-term, "four-year government".

    Current AK Party ministers will remain in place until the caretaker administration is formed.

    There are 25 ministry positions in the Turkish government. Three vital portfolios -- interior, transport and justice -- will be allotted to non-partisan figures while 11 posts were to go to the AK Party with opposition parties supposed to take the remaining 11.
  • Trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish, Turkmen FMs kicks off
    28.08.2015 16:25
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    A trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen foreign ministers has started in Antalya, Turkey, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted Aug.28.

    The foreign ministers will discuss political and economical issues important for the region, as well as issues of implementation of decisions made at previous meetings.

    The previous meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan Elmar Mammadyarov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Rashid Meredov was held in Kuwait in May 2015 as part of the 42nd session of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

    The first meeting in this format was held in Baku in 2014. Baku Declaration was adopted following this meeting.

    The cooperation of the countries covers a wide range of issues, including energy, tourism, humanitarian sphere and politics.

    There are such formats of meetings as Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Turkey-Iran. The summits of foreign ministers and presidents of these countries were held.


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  • Armenian servicemen shoot each other
    28.08.2015 16:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The Armenian e-media reported that two Azerbaijani servicemen were killed. This information is wrong, the Azerbaijani defense ministry told Trend Aug. 28.

    "Armenian servicemen and their leadership are so frightened that "saboteurs" seem to them everywhere," the ministry said.

    "According to our data, two Armenian soldiers were killed and several wounded in Armenian military shootout," the ministry said.

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have not suffered any losses over the past 24 hours.

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

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Ziya Mammadov receives citizens
    28.08.2015 16:16
    The Minister gave instructions.

    In accordance with the instructions and recommendations of President Ilham Aliyev on August 28, Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov held a regular reception of citizens in Gabala.

    According to Oxu.Az, Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov has received the residents of Gabala, Ismayilli and Aghsu regions and listened to their complaints and suggestions.

    In particular, complaints of citizens were related to the repair and reconstruction of roads, opening of new bus routes, the construction of bridges over mountain rivers, employment and other issues.

    Transport Minister gave instructions to heads of corresponding structures of the Ministry in connection with appeals and complaints.

    Personal appeals not relating to the powers of the Ministry , have been taken on record for submitting to relevant organizations.
  • Azerbaijani designer to present collection in China
    28.08.2015 16:10
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    New collection of Azerbaijanв's famous designer Gulnara Khalilova will be presented at the 4th Eurasian international clothes festival "Silk Road."

    The stylish event will be held in Urumqi, China between August 29 and September 2.

    The main organizers of the festival are the People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, Textile Industry Association of China and others.

    The annual Silk Road festival pays tribute to the enduring influence of this ancient way. The Clothes Festival presents thoroughly modern fashion shows and industry fairs.

    Last year Khalilova was awarded "Master Exhibition amp; Performance Award" at the third Eurasian Silk Road festival. She demonstrated her peculiar handmade knitted dresses and national and evening dresses.

    Khalilova's work of national collection can be found in Egypt, the library of Alexandria, the Cultural Center of Istanbul, and the cultural centers of various cities in the U.S.

    The designer took part in preparing the classic Azerbaijani operetta "Arshin mal alan" by famous composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov staged at the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre of Musical Comedy, where she created costumes.

    Her works are also very popular in collections of famous Turkish public figures, representatives of culture and art Ajda Pekkan, Emrah Erdogan, Beyazit Ozturk, Soner Sarikabadayi, and others.
  • Iran planning production of 700MW electricity from incineration plants
    28.08.2015 16:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 26

    By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:

    According to the Sixth National Development Plan, Iran is aiming at the production of 700 megawatts of electricity in the form of waste-to-energy power generation, CEO of Iran's Renewable Energy Organization Mohammad Sadeqzadeh said.

    The 6th plan envisions the production of five thousand megawatts of electricity from renewable sources, he added, IRIB news agency reported August 26.

    He said that Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian has recently announced the ministry is ready to buy electricity produced at incineration plants at 5,000 rials per MWh.

    Incineration plants are power plants that use energy released by burning waste to produce heat or electricity. This comes in line with new plans by the Ministry of Energy to offer lucrative prices for electricity.

    Incineration plants will be launched around cities with over 200 thousand people population both to help power production and prevent waste from polluting environment, he said.

    "The abundance of fossil fuels in Iran has made us think less about new and renewable energy forms, whereas the world is moving toward using new energy."

    While the average international share of renewable energies in the energy basket is over 10 percent, the number is less than 0.01 percent for Iran.

    The country used 1,271 billion cubic feet of gas, as well as 28 billion liters of gas oil and fuel oil for power generation last Iranian fiscal year, which ended on March 20, 2014.

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  • Valuable treasure found in Guba
    28.08.2015 15:55
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    A small treasure was discovered in Azerbaijanв's northern region of Guba.It was found in the wall of an abandoned house by children who were playing inside.

    The findings include a lot of silver coins, necklaces, paper money dated to 1875, a rosary, an old Koran, a silver sword and old pistol.

    The findings were handed over to Guba Police and an investigation is underway.

    Experts say that since ancient times, Azerbaijan has been located at the crossroads of trade, land, and sea routes, as well as at crossroads of the most diverse cultures and traditions. Azerbaijan is a place where great Khanates and the Empires were established at various times.

    According to experts, Azerbaijan has about a few hundred big treasures dispersed throughout the country. They are located in basements, walls, under the foundation, and in open fields in both ancient and more recent cities.

    In 2013, a huge treasure trove dated to the 6th-7th centuries was found in Tovuz regionв's Galaboynu area.

    For the past 15 days, the area was the under police control and excavations were being conducted.

    According to residents, the treasury belonged to a governor of the Garagoyunlu clan, Kara Yusif, who was killed and buried in this area.

    Earlier in 2012, archeologists found a treasury of some 37 gold coins of 986 fineness dated between 1781 and 1800 in the Agsu region.
  • Azerbaijani missile and artillery troops conduct live fire drills
    28.08.2015 15:54
    The military units and formations of Missile and Artillery Troops of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, in accordance with the combat readiness program approved by Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, conducted practical live fire drills, the Defense Ministry said on Aug.28.

    Troops held divisional tactical trainings with the involvement of Pion (Peony) 203-mm self-propelled artillery units, as well as carried out fire control and missile strikes.

    Drones were also involved in the drills.

    During the drills rapid detection and destruction of targets was provided by means of drones to accurately destroy and suppress the target that are not visible from the firing position.

    The Defense Ministry leadership praised the combat readiness, skills and interaction of the personnel involved in the drills.
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