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Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons by 2015
23.06.2012 09:56
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Azerbaijan, Baku, June 20 / Trend E. Kosolapova/

Kazakhstan can increase uranium production to 30,000 tons in 2-3 years, Novosti-Kazakhstan quoted deputy head of the Kazakh National Atomic Company Kazatomprom Nurlan Ryspanov as saying.

"Our resources and existing capacities allow achieving production of 30,000 tons of uranium or more per year," Ryspanov said on Wednesday while speaking at the 5th annual Central Asia Mining and Metallurgical Congress in Almaty.

Kazakhstan produced 19,450 tons of uranium or 35 percent of world production in 2011. Kazatomprom is also the world''s leading uranium producer.

Ryspanov said that the increase in uranium production can be achieved by expanding the current capacity or intensifying the leaching process depending on the market conditions.

Kazatomprom has a stable demand for its production even after the accident at Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima.

"Nuclear power-engineering has no real alternatives, so there is no risk of significant reduction in the world demand for natural uranium," he said.

Ryspanov added that Kazakhstan''s uranium production will hit 20,000 tons in 2012.

Kazatomprom is Kazakh national operator for import and export of uranium, rare metals, nuclear fuel for power plants, special equipment and dual-purpose materials. A total of 100 percent of the company''s stock is held by Kazakh Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna.

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    ''Tomorrow, municipal elections will be held in 5,015 polling stations. 128 of them are temporary polling stations.''

    The statement came from the Chairman of the Central Elections Commission Mazahir Panahov speaking at today's press conference, APA reports.

    Panahov said 37,077 candidates are running in the municipal elections. 8 political parties - New Azerbaijan Party, Civil Solidarity Party, Hope Party, Social Democratic Party of Azerbaijan, National Revival Movement Party, Party for Democratic Reforms, Great Establishment Party and Motherland Party - will participate in the elections. Totally, 30 party members will take part in the elections.

    15,035 members will be elected to 1,607 municipalities in 118 constituencies in Azerbaijan on December 23. Under the Article #8.2 of the Election Code, the Election Day is considered a non-working day within the territory where election (referendum) is held. Thus, according to this provision of the article, December 23 will be a non-working day in Azerbaijan.
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  • Prison Service comments on rival of prisoners in Baku
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    The Prison Service commented on a number of reports spread in media.

    The Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan commented on a number of widespread media reports that prisoners rioted in penitentiary ward No 14.

    1news.az reports with reference to the press service of the Penitentiary Service that a number of prisoners held in the facility, broke the house rules by committing illegal acts at around 10:00 today, on December 22.

    The leadership of the Ministry of Justice and the Prison Service was immidiately reported upon the matter. The senior staff of the Prison Service who arrived at the scene, had a conversation with these prisoners, after which peace and order in the penitentiary ward were restored.

    Prison Service stresses that such illegal actions of prisoners will continue to be vigorously restrained.
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  • Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan among safest countries of the world
    22.12.2014 17:11
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    The President has attended the ceremony of awarding sportsmen.

    Baku and Azerbaijan are among the safest cities and countries in the world, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said.

    "Conduction of the first European Games in Baku demonstrates the power of our state", the head of state said at the ceremony of awarding sportsmen and sports specialists by results of 2014.

    I.Aliyev voiced confidence that the first European Games will be held on the high level in Baku in 2015 noting that the organizational works in this direction proceed in line with the schedule.

    "Only strong countries can host such major sport events. Azerbaijan is a strong state. Owing to the reforms and works conducted over the past years, our country has strengthened its economy, and the political processes are developing in a positive course", the president said.

    The head of state said that Azerbaijan has a great respect in the international arena, Oxu.Az reports with reference to Interfax.

    I.Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan hosted a number of international events in 2014 and this has become a positive tradition.

    As for the development of sports infrastructure of the country, the head of state noted that the Olympic complexes are currently under construction in nine regions and the total number of sport and Olympic structures in the regions has reached 41.

    "In the world of sports, all heads of international structures are speaking about Azerbaijan's achievements. These games will again allow us to show that young, independent Azerbaijan is achieving great successes and is open to the world. Our state is modern and all the same tied to its cultural and historical roots", Aliyev said.

    The president noted that security measures are ensured on the high level in Azerbaijan.
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  • Georgian soldiers start non-combat mission in Afghanistan
    22.12.2014 17:07
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Georgian armed forces arrived in northern Afghanistan to embark on new mission to serve as a rapid-reaction force under German command in Mazar-e-Sharif.

    A reconnaissance squad of about 170 soldiers will take part in NATO's new Resolute Support Mission, which is set to formally begin on January 1. The rapid-reaction forces will be engaged in protection of the coalition troops since the mission avoids any combat operation.

    The new team will be considerably smaller compared to previous ones, being on a mission to train, advice and assist the Afghan forces.

    Georgia will have a total of 750 soldiers involving in Resolute Support Mission to remain as the largest non-NATO contributor of foreign troops to Afghanistan.

    Georgia has been assisting the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 2004.

    Georgia continues to act as one of the crucial contributors to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The Georgian Armed Forces has also taken on the control over the Afghanistan's biggest Bagram Air Base since November 1, 2014. The task of the military contingent is to ensure safety at the air base.

    Active involvement in NATO peacekeeping operations is very important for Georgia given its strong aspiration for a membership at the alliance. NATO firmly supports the irreversible decision of the South Caucasus country in regard to the integration into the union. Several military drills, educational trainings, carried out jointly by NATO and Georgian armed forces, aimed to speed up Georgia's readiness for the membership at the world's strongest military alliance.
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  • NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases
    22.12.2014 16:56
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    A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says, SIA reports quoting the BBC.

    Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

    The aim is to sequence 100,000 genomes within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs. Doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme.

    They will have to agree to have their genetic code and medical records - stripped of anything that could identify them - made available to drugs companies and researchers.

    Up to 25,000 cancer patients will have the genetic code of their healthy tissue compared to the genetic code of their tumour.

    A giant game of spot-the-difference will then take place to identify the precise mutations in DNA that are causing a patient's tumour.

    This would allow targeted medicines to be developed.
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  • Preliminary results of parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan announced
    22.12.2014 16:52
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec.22

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The preliminary results of the elections to the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan's Oliy Majlis held on Dec.21 have been announced.

    The chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said at a briefing on Dec.22 that 113 MPs from four political parties have been elected.

    He said 47 MPs were elected from the Liberal Democratic Party, 21 - People's Democratic Party, 28 - Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish (National Revival) and 17 MPs from the Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice).

    A total of 18.4 million Uzbek citizens took part in the elections which accounted for 89 percent of the total number of voters.

    Repeated elections will be held in 22 constituencies where none of the candidates has gathered the required number of votes (33.3 percent) in accordance with the country's law, said Abdusalomov.

    During the conference of Uzbekistan's Ecological Movement, 15 MPs - one from each province and the Central Council of the movement - were elected with secret ballots.

    Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish, created in 1995, brings together almost 180,000 members. The party got 31 seats in the lower house of Uzbek parliament during the 2009 elections.

    The Liberal Democratic Party, founded in 2003, has around 230,000 members. It got 53 out of 135 seats in the lower house of Uzbek parliament in 2009 elections.

    People's Democratic Party, created in 1991, brings together about 370,000 members. The party got 32 seats in the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis in 2009 elections.

    The Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice) currently brings together 102,200 members. During the 2009 elections, the party got 19 seats in the lower house of the country's parliament.

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  • Fifa and Sepp Blatter in secret talks about president's future
    22.12.2014 16:46
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    Secret talks between Fifa officials and Sepp Blatter have taken place over his future as the president of football's world governing body, BBC Sport has learned.

    The discussions, involving representatives from a number of football confederations, are understood to have started in October 2013, at the celebrations for the English Football Association's 150th anniversary.

    Blatter has since confirmed his intention to stand in May's presidential election and seek a fifth term of office.

    However, with the 29 January deadline looming for candidates to declare their interest, there is mounting concern amongst several Fifa executives over the governing body's future direction and leadership.

    Speaking in Manilla earlier this month, Blatter reaffirmed he has support from five of the six confederations that constitute Fifa.

    But BBC Sport has been told the recent crisis within the governing body, stemming from an investigation into alleged World Cup bidding corruption that culminated last week in the resignation of ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia, could yet have far-reaching effects.

    Garcia quit citing a lack of independence in Fifa's judicial processes and his belief the organisation's culture was beyond reform.

    Speaking to BBC Sport, one source described 78-year-old Blatter as being increasingly "weary" following years of fire-fighting multiple scandals, a hectic work schedule and the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

    Fifa sources have also spoken of how, in light of recent events, a number of potential challengers are now weighing their candidacy options.
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  • Ali Hasanov: Azerbaijan is regarded as a place of tolerance in the entire world
    22.12.2014 16:41
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    ''If young people brought up in a healthy spirit, the state pursued a reasonable policy in this regard and fulfilled its goals responsibly, then the state has a bright future.'' Head of the Department for Public and Political Issues at the Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov told at the event titled ''Youth Organizations: new opportunities and modern challenges'', organized by the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, SIA reports.

    According to Mr Hasanov, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is the main body implementing youth policy in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani government is carrying out its youth policy on the basis of a perfect program. President Ilham Aliyev has stated many times that every countryв's policy must rely on national interests, and every government must lean on their people. No program could produce positive results without peopleв's support. The Azerbaijani stateв's success is that this policy is based on the peopleв's interests and the people support it''.

    One of the subsidiary bodies is the Youth Foundation. No one can say that there is an unpleasant case in the activity of the Youth Foundation. All organizations under the President, National Science Foundation, State Fund for the Support of Mass Media Development also have a transparent activity. Although three years is not a long period, the activity of the Youth Fund can be considered successful,'' added Ali Hasanov.

    ''What did we achieve within 23 years? First of all, the Azerbaijani state was established thanks to the efforts and leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev. Today, our most valuable wealth is the existence of the Azerbaijani state. Azerbaijan was represented in the world's most prestigious organization - UN Security Council, chaired the Committee of Minister of the Council of Europe. Azerbaijan has managed to attract the attention of the international community through its economic development, take its decent place in the world energy map and change it. The social policy of Azerbaijan is regarded as an example. An exemplary model of civilized coexistence among peoples, nations and ethnic groups has been formed in Azerbaijan, and our country is regarded as a place of tolerance in the entire world. The state policy serves the interests of the people and every citizen can benefit from this policy. Azerbaijan has already built a strong army and I am sure that this army is able to ensure the territorial integrity of the country as soon as possible,'' highlighted Ali Hasanov.
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  • Azerbaijan is regarded as a place of tolerance in the entire world
    22.12.2014 16:28
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    ''If young people brought up in a healthy spirit, the state pursued a reasonable policy in this regard and fulfilled its goals responsibly, then the state has a bright future.'' Head of the Department for Public and Political Issues at the Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov told at the event titled ''Youth Organizations: new opportunities and modern challenges'', organized by the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, SIA reports.

    According to Mr Hasanov, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is the main body implementing youth policy in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani government is carrying out its youth policy on the basis of a perfect program. President Ilham Aliyev has stated many times that every countryв's policy must rely on national interests, and every government must lean on their people. No program could produce positive results without peopleв's support. The Azerbaijani stateв's success is that this policy is based on the peopleв's interests and the people support it''.

    One of the subsidiary bodies is the Youth Foundation. No one can say that there is an unpleasant case in the activity of the Youth Foundation. All organizations under the President, National Science Foundation, State Fund for the Support of Mass Media Development also have a transparent activity. Although three years is not a long period, the activity of the Youth Fund can be considered successful,'' added Ali Hasanov.

    ''What did we achieve within 23 years? First of all, the Azerbaijani state was established thanks to the efforts and leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev. Today, our most valuable wealth is the existence of the Azerbaijani state. Azerbaijan was represented in the world's most prestigious organization - UN Security Council, chaired the Committee of Minister of the Council of Europe. Azerbaijan has managed to attract the attention of the international community through its economic development, take its decent place in the world energy map and change it. The social policy of Azerbaijan is regarded as an example. An exemplary model of civilized coexistence among peoples, nations and ethnic groups has been formed in Azerbaijan, and our country is regarded as a place of tolerance in the entire world. The state policy serves the interests of the people and every citizen can benefit from this policy. Azerbaijan has already built a strong army and I am sure that this army is able to ensure the territorial integrity of the country as soon as possible,'' highlighted Ali Hasanov.
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  • Armenia loses 5 billion euros
    22.12.2014 16:27
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia has lost nearly 5 billion euros by canceling its European integration program and pinning its future on the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led economic alliance.

    The local media have just published an interesting report on Armenia's losses following its decision to repudiate signing the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union.

    In August, 2013, Armenia wrapped up negotiations on AA signing with the EU. It also submitted the "Upgrading Armenia" document on the basis of which the EU could provide Armenia with a grant of 4 billion 865 million euros, according to 1in.am, a local online media outlet. The EU was prepared to present the document to its donors as soon as Armenia initialed the AA.

    Those 4.8 billion euros was just part of a larger benefit, which Armenia could get by signing the Association Agreement with the EU.

    The EU planned to provide the huge money as a grant, but not a loan. The program was not accomplished due to a sole reason - President Serzh Sargsyan unexpectedly revealed Armenia's preference for the EEU over the EU in September, 2013. The decision to join the Russia-lead alliance also deprived the post Soviet country of a right to sign a free trade agreement with the European countries.

    The 52-page program focused on investing 4.8 billion euros, as well as the dates for receiving the grant. Thereby, the EU decided to grant 556 million euros to Armenia in 2014-2015, while the rest 4.3 billion in 2016-2025.

    Armenia could feel like in paradise by opting for the EU instead of predicting the possible challenges following the membership at the EEU.

    The road infrastructure of the former Soviet country could see a boom as nearly 500 million euros would be invested in restoration of the roads in Armenia and about 560 million euros was considered for the North-South highway's restoration in particular. The EU would allocated around 3.1 billion euros to the improvement of Armenia's waters sources, irrigation systems, as well as dams and schools.

    Armenia could achieve a mutual annulment of the customs duties for certain goods and services under the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), a part of the AA dealing with trade issues.

    According to Ecocrys, a Dutch investigation company, GDP of Armenia could rise by 2.3 percent, while the revenues of the state budget up by $146 million in case of pursuing the European integration by signing the AA deal. Furthermore, the volume of Armenia's export could surge by 11 percent and 15 percent respectively in short-term and long-term perspectives. The AA also promised a strong competitiveness among the goods imported to Armenia.

    According to the Upgrade Armenia program, Armenia could enjoy a 7 percent increase in the salaries due to the market competition inside Armenia based on DCFTA terms and conditions.

    Moreover, the AA agreement would pave the way to decrease the current 32 percent poverty rate in Armenia as a result of improved economic condition and pricing the customs duties between Armenia and the EU.

    In a nutshell, Armenia will suffer from not only economic losses but will also face deprivation of the huge economic chances and benefits it could get with signing the Association Agreement.

    Several political and economic experts see no bright future in Armenia as a member of the EEU. Hrant Bagratyan, former Head of the Armenian government, believes that the country will compromise its sovereignty by joining the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Another expert, Boris Navasardyan, Head of the Yerevan press-club, claims that the EEU will collapse in short term and Armenia will face the most serious problems namely within the EEU.
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  • Turkish Stream is not competitor to TANAP - minister
    22.12.2014 16:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    "Turkish Stream" is not a competitor to the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) as the negotiations on the construction of a new pipeline with Russia are not legal, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz made this statement during his speech on TRT Haber TV channel Dec. 22.

    Yildiz said that Turkey is a partner in TANAP project.

    Ankara expects the EU's gas needs to greatly increase by 2035. This will require significant diversification of supplies. According to the preliminary data, the EU will need about 700 billion cubic meters of natural gas given the current consumption of 550 billion cubic meters by 2035.

    In this regard, the TANAP construction is more significant.

    During the talks in Turkey on December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about ceasing the South Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Bulgaria. A new project was immediately initiated in the same volume of 63 billion cubic meters, designed for Turkey and consumers of the EU countries capable to take the required volumes from the trading hub on the border between Turkey and the EU (Greece).

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Dec. 10 that the representatives of the Russian Federation and Turkey intend to meet in December to discuss the issue of the new pipeline construction. At present, the sides are analyzing various options of its route.

    "At present, the negotiations are underway at the level of economic entities because they must clearly define the route and consider different variants of the further hub site, the gas pipeline route across the Black Sea," the minister said. "There are different options. So, it is first necessary to analyze all technical and economic indices. Gazprom and Botas are involved in this process."

    South Stream is the transnational gas pipeline project, which was worked out to diversify the natural gas supply routes to European consumers. It envisaged natural gas supply across the Black Sea to South and Central Europe. It was planned to start constructing a gas pipeline from Russia's Black Sea coast, the town of Anapa, Krasnodar region, then across the Black Sea by crossing Bulgaria's coastline.

    The TANAP project envisages gas transportation from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field, the Georgian-Turkish border to the western border of Turkey.

    The initial capacity of TANAP is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

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

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

    It is planned to commission TANAP in 2018. The project's cost is estimated at $10-11 billion.

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

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

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

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  • Three airlines to fly from Samara to Baku
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    Rosaviatsiya issued permissions.

    Rosaviatsiya issued permissions for regular air service from Samara to Baku for three airlines at once, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Russian media.

    Now "Ural Airlines" (5 times a week), "Kogalymavia" and "Ak Bars Air" (3 times a week) will fly to the capital of Azerbaijan.

    At the moment there is no flights to this city in the winter time-schedule of the Samara airport "Kurumoch".
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  • Iran's BMI, UAE Central Bank to expand ties
    22.12.2014 16:12
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    Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Bank Melli of Iran and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to boost bilateral ties.

    The agreement was reached during a meeting between the Managing Director of BMI Abdolnaser Hemmati and UAE Central Bank Governor Mubarak Al Mansouri in Abu Dhabi, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Dec. 22.

    During the meeting, Al Mansouri said that the UAE Central Bank will help BMI to widen the activities of its branches in UAE.

    BMI has seven branches in different cities across UAE.

    Hemmati, for his part, said that despite international sanctions on Iran's banking sector over its nuclear program, BMI has managed to provide significant services to its customers, especially Iranian businessmen and companies in the UAE.

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  • Forbes puts Georgia among TOP 50 business countries
    22.12.2014 16:06
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Forbes magazine has ranked Georgia among the top 50 countries in the world in terms of doing business in 2014.

    Georgia jumped by three places in 2014 compared to its position in 2013 ranking.

    This year Georgia was ranked 47th among 146 countries and praised for its high index in trade freedom and red tape.

    The Forbes report titled Best Countries for Business selected the 146 countries based on eleven criteria: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.

    Georgiaв's Deputy Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Giorgi Janelidze believes that the research tools of Forbes ratings depend on earlier reports, including the Heritage Foundationв's Index of Economic Freedom, Global Competitiveness Index and World Bankв's Doing Business Report. Georgiaв's positive indications in these reports have paved the way for precise evaluation of the country by the Forbes.

    "Forbes is one of the world's most influential business magazines. It is very important that Forbes articles are targeted by significant audience for Georgia, including big business representatives. Positive information about countries by Forbes can influence the big business players' decisions where to invest,'' Janelidze said.

    The Forbes rankings of Georgia in Best Countries for Business report are as follows: trade freedom '" 6, monetary freedom - 52, property rights - 105, innovation - 120, technology - 66, red tape - 5, investor protection - 42, corruption - 46, personal freedom - 67 and tax burden - 34.

    Meanwhile, Denmark regained the top spot after four years, followed by Hong Kong and New Zealand.

    The top ten countries in Forbes Best Countries for Business 2014 report are Denmark, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and Finland.
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  • Allahshukur Pashazade: Western countries today at open war against Islam
    22.12.2014 16:05
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    ''They use takfirists to massacre Muslims in the Middle East''.

    "Western countries today are at open war against Islam. They actually help takfirists massacre Muslims in the Middle East under Islam's name. We Muslims strongly protest that. It's the biggest crime".

    This was stated by Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Board (CMB) Haji Allahshukur Pashazade at today's event held at the CMB in connection with the anniversary of the death of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon Him).

    The committee chairman said the fight against denominations which serve the purpose of those countries has to be strengthened: "The Qalam printing house has recently published a book on Wahhabism. The book thoroughly explains how outside denominations damaged Islam".

    He mentioned the recent conference against radicalism, which took place in Iran, adding that he has made some proposals to Turkish and Iranian representatives attending the event: "We must fight in cooperation with Iran and Turkey against outside denominations and radical forces. The time came long ago".

    The event was attended by representative of Iran's supreme leader Syed Ali Akbar Ojagnejad, Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsun Pakayin, religious advisor of the Turkish Embassy in Azerbaijan Sadiq Eraslan and others."
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  • Kazakh National Bank sets inflation corridor for 2015-2018
    22.12.2014 15:46
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: The Kazakh National Bank has set a new inflation corridor for 2015-2018, the strategic plan of the bank published on Dec. 22 said.

    The inflation corridor will be set at the level of 5-8 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, the corridor will be set at 5-7 percent in 2016- 2018.

    The target range of inflation amounts to 6-8 percent in 2014.

    The official refinancing rate, which had been fixed at 5.5 percent since 2012, may range from 5 to 7 percent in 2015-2018, the bank said.

    An inflation rate hit 0.7 percent in Kazakhstan in November. The inflation has hit 6.9 percent since the beginning of the year (November 2014 compared to December 2013). The year-on-year inflation hit 7.6 percent (Nov. 2014 compared to Nov. 2013).

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  • Russiaв's new gas pipeline to Turkey may be named Turkish Stream
    22.12.2014 15:37
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    Russiaв's new natural gas pipeline, which energy giant Gazprom will built in place of the South Stream pipeline, might be called the Turkish Stream, Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said on Monday.

    "The South Stream pipeline will not be constructed and we will be implementing another project, which will get its name in the nearest future," Medvedev said. "Our partners in Turkey proposed the name of the Turkish Stream", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 1 that Russia was abandoning its South Stream gas pipeline project in Europe over the European Commission's unconstructive approach and instead was planning to build a gas pipeline to Turkey.

    Gazprom will build a gas hub on the Turkey-Greece border under a new 63 billion cubic meter pipeline project. Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said the construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey will make it possible to reduce the risks linked with natural gas transit through Ukraine. Russia's steel pipe manufacturers hope that all their products originally meant for the South Stream project will be redirected to the new gas pipeline project.

    The South Stream gas pipeline worth euro;15.5 billion was intended to pump 67 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to Europe annually. The pipeline's underwater section 900 km (559 miles) long was intended to run along the bed of the Black Sea from the Russkaya compressor station on the Russian shore to the Bulgarian coast. The onshore section was planned to cross Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
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  • ADB reviews forecast for Azerbaijanв's economic growth
    22.12.2014 15:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.22

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects that the GDP growth in Azerbaijan will be equal to three percent in 2014, ADB Baku Office economist Nail Veliyev said at a press conference on Dec.22.

    The bank forecasts that Azerbaijan's economic growth will stand at 3.5 percent in 2015, according to Veliyev.

    ADB previously expected the country's GDP growth to stand at five percent in 2014 and 4.8 percent in 2015.

    Veliyev said that ADB reviewed its forecast for Azerbaijan's economic growth due to the decrease in world oil prices. "We expected that the oil sector will grow as of 2014, however, we saw its recession in mid-2014."

    The economist added that the inflation in Azerbaijan is expected to stand at two percent in 2014 and three percent in 2015, according to the preliminary data.

    He said that currently, work is underway on the economic research for the new Asian Development Outlook report. It is expected that the research will be completed in February 2015, and the report will be published in April.

    The World Bank (WB) forecasts that Azerbaijan's economic growth will be equal to 4.5 percent in 2014. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that Azerbaijan's GDP growth will be 4.5 percent in 2014 and 4.3 percent in 2015.

    This is while the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) forecasts that Azerbaijan's GDP growth will stand at three percent in 2014.

    IMF forecasts that the inflation in Azerbaijan will stand at 2.8 percent in 2014, which is one of the lowest inflation indicators in the world, while EBRD expects this figure to stand at 1.6 percent.

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  • Jackie Chan's son prosecuted on drug charge
    22.12.2014 15:32
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    Jaycee Chan, son of Chinese kung fu star Jackie Chan, was prosecuted in Beijing on Monday for allegedly providing a venue for drug users, according to the People's Procuratorate of Beijing's Dongcheng District.

    The prosecution came three months after he was formally arrested following a drugs bust at his residence in the capital.

    On Aug. 14, Beijing police detained multiple people for drug offences, including Jaycee Chan and Taiwan movie star Ko Chen-tung.

    Chan and Ko Chen-tung tested positive for marijuana and both admitted to taking the drug. Police seized more than 100 grams of marijuana at the junior Chan's home.

    Ko Chen-tung was released on Aug. 29 after 14 days of administrative detention.

    In Beijing, a number of celebrities have been detained by police on drugs charges.
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  • Iran's speaker says Israel, certain states financially support militants
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    Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that "Zionist regime" and other certain regional Arab countries financially support the militant groups in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic's state IRINN TV reported Dec. 22.

    "Using militant groups for resolving regional problems is an incorrect approach," he said.

    "Certain countries are fueling terrorism fire, but they will be burned by the very same fire in the future," Larijani added.

    He made the remarks upon arriving in Lebanon.

    Larijani is currently in Lebanon's capital Beirut for the second leg of his regional tour.

    The official held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Ramezan Abdullah in Beirut earlier today.

    Larijani previously visited Syria. During his stay in Damascus, the Iranian official held separate meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Parliament Speaker Mohammed Jihad Al-Laham.

    He also plans to visit Iraq.

    Regional security and terrorism are at the top of Larijani's agenda in the tour.

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  • Azerbaijani youth has all potential for self-realization - Intigam Babayev
    22.12.2014 15:11
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    "Youth policy of Azerbaijan is developing from year to year."

    This was stated by Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Intigam Babayev during the event "Youth organizations: new opportunities and current challenges", dedicated to the third anniversary of the creation of the Youth Fund under the President of Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijani youth has great creative potential for the realization of which the state has created all necessary conditions" Babayev said.

    Deputy Minister criticized the statements of opposition media and some international organizations that Azerbaijan allegedly has not created enough opportunities for the development of civil society.

    "Youth is the driving force in any society. Today in Azerbaijan there is a Youth Foundation, which in recent years has supported about 2 000 projects.A lot of young people have used these opportunities. All this testifies to the active participation of young people in the development of society," he said.

    The role of the Youth Fund also was highlighted by the head of the National Council of Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan Shahin Seyidzade. He stressed that no country in the world has a structure similar to this fund, which would support, including the financial side, the projects of youth organizations implemented even abroad.

    "The more active the youth isç the more there will be ideas and implemented projects," Sh.Seidzade says.

    The head of the Public Union "Ireli" Mirgasan Seyidov and the head of the Union of Youth Student Organizations Shahin Ismayilov stressed the role and success of the Youth Fund in their speeches and also noted the success of the youth policy of the country as a whole over the past 20 years.
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  • Azerbaijani police tighten security measures
    22.12.2014 15:11
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    The Azerbaijani police have tightened security measures.

    The Interior Ministry's press service told APA that Colonel General Ramil Usubov has signed an order in this regard. According to the order, the police will tighten security measures from December 22 to 25 in connection with municipal elections scheduled for tomorrow. The number of patrol guards will be increased to maintain public tranquility.

    Municipal elections in Azerbaijan will be held on December 23.
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  • Khinalig village to be provided with alternative energy
    22.12.2014 15:02
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The International Eco-Energy Academy has developed a project to provide Azerbaijani Khinalig village with renewable energy, President of the Academy, Professor Fagan Aliyev said.

    Located at the peak of the Caucasus Mountains, 2,350 meters above the sea in Guba region, Khinalig is an area that has preserved its ancient life style to this day.

    Aliyev said that the project first intends to get solar energy, river water and biogas. At his words, sunlight is more intense in the high-mountain village. Therefore, the project prefers solar energy, he added.

    The president said Azerbaijan is rich with wind, sun, river waters, biotermal, methanol, hydrogen and other renewable energy.

    The academy has developed a number of projects associated with alternative energy sources.

    The villagers were given directions on agricultural sector, especially on the sustainable development of animal husbandry and fishery.

    Alternative energy usage is common in Azerbaijan. The total capacity of alternative and renewable energy sources in the country exceeds 12,000 megawatts. Most of the country's capacities in this area fall on solar energy, and its capacity is estimated at 5,000 megawatts.

    Some 4,500 MW fall on wind energy, biomass - 1,500 MW, geothermal energy - 800 MW, while the remaining 350 MW fall on small hydro power plants.

    Today, Azerbaijan plans to establish a new electricity generating capacity in renewable energy as of 2015.

    The State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources plans to launch a project with a total capacity of 300 megawatts. The project will focus on the generation of solar, wind, geothermal waters, small rivers and biomass energy.

    Over 100 million manats ($127 million) has been invested from the public fund in the development of alternative and renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan. The government plans to build up to 100 objects for alternative energy for 5 years.

    The share of alternative energy sources is planned to increase to 20 percent of the total volume of energy consumption in Azerbaijan by 2020, which requires 7 billion manats ($8.9 billion) of investment.

    EBRD funds alternative energy in Azerbaijan

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested 25 million euros for projects in the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in South-Eastern Europe and the countries of the European Neighborhood, including Azerbaijan, the bank reported.

    The additional funds allocated by the EBRD are expected to lead to expansion of GGF activity, the report said. ''The demand for funding of projects in the field of sustainable energy remains high in South-Eastern Europe, where the effects of the financial crisis still affect bank lending,'' the bank said.

    ''Support for projects that promote the development of less expensive and more environmentally friendly resources is good not only for the environment, but also for the economy of the countries in which the EBRD operates,'' said the director on the bank's financial institutions Henry Russell.

    With the launch of the Sustainable Energy Initiative in 2006 and until 2013 the EBRD invested 13 billion euros in 756 projects on sustainable energy in 35 countries.

    These projects are expected to lead to an annual reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 62 million metric tons. In 2014, about one-third of all EBRD investments will be made in sustainable and renewable energy.
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  • Burglary suspect dies after Taser shooting
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    A burglary suspect has died after being shot by a Taser in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    Staffordshire Police had been called to a property after receiving reports of a burglary shortly after 1am on Monday morning.

    The occupants had left their house, leaving the man inside.

    Officers discharged a Taser during the incident, but the suspected burglar became unresponsive after being taken to a police vehicle.

    Paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service tried to treat the man, but he died a short time later.

    The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    A spokesman for the Staffordshire force said: "A detailed investigation is under way and the scene will remain cordoned off while the investigation continues.

    "Local officers will be in the community throughout the day talking to residents".
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  • Russian company accuses Georgian aviation authorities of breaching agreement
    22.12.2014 14:46
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Russia's Transaero Airlines JSC accuses Georgian Civil Aviation Agency of breaching the agreement between Russia and Georgia, the company said on Dec.22.

    "By refusing to carry out flights on Tbilisi-Moscow route, Georgian aviation authorities have grossly violated the agreement reached between the two countries," said the company.

    Transaero Airlines said that under the agreement, all the restrictions on the number of flights should be abolished.

    The flights were to start on Dec.21. Although the company started to sell tickets, Georgian aviation authorities didn't permit to carry out the flights. Therefore, the company will have to return the money for the tickets to the passengers.

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  • Georgian star shines on Azerbaijani stage
    22.12.2014 14:41
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Heydar Aliyev Center hosted a solo concert titled "My Unsophisticated Songs" by Vakhtang Kikabidze, the People's Artist of Georgia.

    The living legend presented a rich repertoire of songs performed in various periods winning the hearts of millions. These hits have managed to withstand the test of time and turned their performer into an idol indeed across the globe.

    Vakhtang's songs tell the story of friendship and love, of Tbilisi and Baku old courtyards full of kindness and full of sincerity. In his compositions, he paid tribute to the memory of those people who are no longer around him, but who will live forever in his heart ... It was a nostalgic evening made by the legendary singer and actor!

    During the visit, Kikabidze was accompanied by famous Georgian singer Liza Bagrationi.

    The whole concert lasted for more than two hours passed and the audience was thrilled up by his performance. Kikabidze embodies the soul of the Caucasus, its musicality, its international character and nobility loyal friends.

    "I remembered my first visit to Azerbaijan about 40-50 years ago. Baku has changed over the recent years. It has become very great and beautiful. I even cannot find appropriate words to express my emotions," he said in an interview to Trend.

    It is the second visit of Vakhtang to Baku in 2014.

    Singer, actor, screenwriter, producer, and composer, Kikabidze has performed in a number of films, among them the main role of a helicopter pilot in the iconic Soviet film Mimino.He was also acknowledged by a number of various music contests and film festivals in the Soviet Union, Georgia and worldwide. In 1999, his star was embedded on the "Star Square" in Moscow.
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  • Belarus, Azerbaijan to cooperate in satellite communication
    22.12.2014 14:35
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Belarus is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of satellite communications, the Azerbaijani Communication and High Technologies Ministry said.

    The cooperation between the two countries in the field are planned to be discussed within the framework of the regular meeting of the Azerbaijani-Belarusian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, which will be held in Minsk in early 2015.

    The session will also include the meeting of ministers of the industry, which will affect the issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Belarus in the sphere of high technologies.

    In particular, the two countries consider the possibility of using low-orbit satellites for collaborative research conduct. Earlier, Belarus and Azerbaijan have agreed to cooperate on the use of information obtained from the Belarusian satellite.

    Azerbaijan became a member of the space club by launching its own satellite into orbit in February 2013. Azerspace-1 telecommunication satellite covers Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa. The second satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2017.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani space agency Azercosmos plans to launch a low-Earth orbit satellite in 2016.

    Earlier, Belarusian ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Paskevich assessed 2014 as a dynamic year in terms of the Belarusian-Azerbaijani relations expansion noting the year saw a number of significant multi-format events in bilateral ties.
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  • Azerbaijan offers to introduce electronic customs declaration, licensing
    22.12.2014 14:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.22

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijan needs to convert into electronic form provision of customs declarations, licensing services and public procurement, a project coordinator of the public organization of anti-corruption Mahammad Muradov said Dec.22 during the presentation of the results of monitoring of e-services application.

    He said that it is also considered appropriate to develop electronic systems for the real estate and land cadastre, create opportunity for the exchange of commercial information with other government agencies, which is reflected in the AVIS system of the ministry of taxes of Azerbaijan.

    There is a necessary gateway of the e-government for information sharing between state agencies in Azerbaijan and the "e-government" portal (e-gov.az) plays this role, he said.

    It is reported that the monitoring covered 30 of the most important and popular electronic services available to citizens and business sector of the country.

    He said that of the total number of e-services, subject to monitoring, 47 percent (14 units) are rendered to the population online, 20 percent (6 services) are at the level of electronic application, 33 percent (10 units) are represented at the level of media carriers or non-existent at all in the electronic environment, while they are socially orientated and their application should be simplified.

    The latter include the replacement of identity card and passport, obtaining a driver's license online order of the car number and getting the document on the status of a registered citizen.

    Monitoring of e-government infrastructure was carried out on 7 components and its condition was assessed according to 7-point scale.

    Some 387 services of the total number of approved electronic services (452) are available on the "electronic government" (e-gov.az) portal.

    The 'Electronic Government' website is a key tool for supporting work with citizens and businesses, belonging to the state and private sectors. It aims at reducing the number of documents required by the citizens, with the help of an electronic interaction among different bodies.

    The access to the portal is conducted with the help of e-signature, the identity data of the private entrepreneurs and citizens, verification data (login and password), as well as mobile authentication system, which can be obtained in an electronic form after registering on the portal.

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  • Mikheil Saakashvili to return to Georgia in 2015
    22.12.2014 14:26
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    Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili is planning to return to Georgia in 2015.

    He has written so on his Facebook page, APA reports.

    He extended gratitude to all who have congratulated him on the occasion of his birthday, noting that he is thinking of returning to Georgia next year.

    "I thank everyone for the birthday congratulation. Next year we will meet in Georgia," he said.
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  • Georgian military unit arrives in Afghanistan
    22.12.2014 14:26
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The unit of the fourth infantry brigade of Georgian armed forces has arrived in Afghanistan.

    Georgian servicemen will fulfill their mission under German command at the Marmal military base in the northern province of Mazar-i-Sharif within six months, Georgian Defense Ministry told Trend on Dec.22.

    Representative of the Georgian armed forces Colonel Joni Tatunashvili met the staff.

    Georgian company will replace one of the German units in accordance with the principle of rotation. The official ceremony of handing over the mission will be held later.

    The company of the fourth infantry brigade of Georgian armed forces was trained in Georgia for 13 weeks and in Germany for five months.

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  • Iran warns spy planes, ahead of its large-scale military drill
    22.12.2014 14:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran has warned several "trans-regional" spy planes to stay away from Iranian airspace, ahead of holding a large-scale military exercise, the Islamic Republic's Tasnim news agency reported Dec. 22.

    "Iran warned several spy planes related to trans-regional powers which were operating near the country's flight information region (FIR) on Dec.21-22," the deputy commander and spokesperson for the country's Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram said on Dec. 22.

    Shahram said that some of the warned planes were U-2 spy plane.

    Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base said early in December that Iran has warned an American spying U-2 plane.

    The US surveillance plane altered its flight path after Iran's air defense missiles locked onto it, according to Iran's top air defense commander.

    Although the U-2 is nearly 60 years old, it has been updated and redesigned and is still routinely used by the US for surveillance.

    Iran will hold a widespread military drill dubbed "Mohammad Rasulullah" from Dec. 25 to Dec. 31, 2014.

    The exercises will be held in an area of 2.2 million square kilometers and will involve the navy, air forces, land forces of Iran army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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  • Snowfall predicted in Azerbaijan tomorrow
    22.12.2014 14:22
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    The weather will be cloudy and rainy in some areas in Baku and Absheron peninsula on December 23.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that it will be little foggy in some areas at night and in the morning. North-west wind will occasionally intensify and be warmer in the afternoon.

    The temperature will be 3hellip;5 C at night and 6hellip;9 C in the daytime.

    The atmospheric pressure will be 760-765 mm Hg and relative humidity - 75-85%.

    On December 23, intermittent rain and sleet are forecasted in Azerbaijan's regions and it will snow in mountainous and sub- mountainous regions. It will be foggy in some areas. West wind will blow.

    The temperature will be 0hellip;5 C at night, 5hellip;10 C in the daytime, in mountains -3hellip;-8 C at night, -2hellip;-3 C in the daytime.

    According to medical-meteorological forecast, changeable weather condition, sufficient fluctuation of the atmosphere pressure and exchange of north and south wind till December 25 in Absheron peninsula can be unfavorable for weather-sensitive people.
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  • Artistic gymnastics developing in Azerbaijan
    22.12.2014 14:22
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Baku hosted the first tournament of women's artistic gymnastics among young athletes on December 19.

    This event was the first tournament of this kind since Azerbaijan gained independence, Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Secretary General Farid Gaibov told Trend.

    The first classes in women's artistic gymnastics were held in late 2013. The tournament brought together children born between 2006-2009. The winners were awarded prizes and diplomas.

    Gaibov said women's artistic gymnastics was a popular sport in the country during the time of the former Soviet Union.

    "So our goal is to revive this sport and make it popular again. Todayв's tournament has become a kind of stimulus for young gymnasts. They were definitely worried and our goal [during the tournament] was to make them felt what a competition is, and why it is necessary to train in this sport. This is only the first step and other championships will also be held in future," Gaibov said.

    Women's artistic gymnastics is an Olympic sport, which needs to be developed, according to Gaibov.

    He also said it is not yet possible to speak about quick development of this sport in Azerbaijan, because it would take some years.

    "We want to find the best gymnasts and establish a good team. So, it is necessary to open several sport clubs. Today, the selection is carried out mainly in sport clubs including Baku Gymnastics School and ''Ojag'' Sport Club.

    "Moreover, there is also another place where children are being trained. After being selected, the chosen children would be trained by head coach in women's artistic gymnastics,'' Gaibov underscored.
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  • Presidential administration: We will liberate Karabakh within 10 days
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    "Our army causes our great feeling of pride".

    The National Army of Azerbaijan is able to liberate the Armenian-occupied lands within several days.

    The statement came from chief of the public policy department of the Presidential Administration of the country Ali Hasanov.

    "The national army which creates our great feeling of pride", he said speaking at an event on the third anniversary since creation of the Youth Fund under the president of the country, Oxu.Az reports with reference to Interfax.

    According to Hasanov, if the international community remains indifferent to the violation of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, 'I am sure that the national army will be able to liberate all the occupied lands of Azerbaijan within a week or ten days'.

    The course of the country's development, including the youth policy of the Azerbaijan's development, is based on people's interests, Hasanov said.

    "The youth policy is a priority direction of the Azerbaijani state", Hasanov said.

    He highly praised the activity of the Youth Fund which supports and finances the projects implemented by youth organizations.
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  • Russia, Iran may start using national currencies in food trade in 2015
    22.12.2014 14:21
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    Russia and Iran may start using national currencies in bilateral food trade next year, as follows from a news release of the Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Russian news agency TASS reported Dec. 22.

    "The two sides noted their mutual interest in maintaining stable bilateral trading relations and the effective control of quality and safety of goods irrespective of an increase in trading transactions and emphasized the need for maintaining an acceptable level of prices," Rosselkhoznadzor said after a meeting of Russia's negotiators with Iran's First Deputy Agriculture Minister Hassan Sinaki.

    Rosselkhoznadzor spokesman Alexey Alekseyenko told TASS on December 21 Russia and Iran had agreed on the supplies of foodstuffs and on settlements either in national currencies or in kind, provided either side is interested in the supplies of such products.

    "We are well aware of the fact that the dollar's rate against the ruble is groundlessly overstated and by no means reflects the ruble's real purchasing power, so for that reason we should make transition to other principles of maintaining economic ties."

    "We have been able to see for ourselves that the products the Iranians have offered, for instance, dairy products, are of very high quality," Alekseyenko said. "Iran plans to export to Russia 20,000 tons of trout and no less than 3,000 tons of shrimps and seafood," he added.

    By now Rosselkhoznadzor specialists have issued export permissions to 20 Iranian provider firms.

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  • China offers Russia help with currency swap suggestion
    22.12.2014 14:11
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    Two Chinese ministers offered support for Russia as President Vladimir Putin seeks to shore up the ruble without depleting foreign-exchange reserves.

    China will provide help if needed and is confident Russia can overcome its economic difficulties, Foreign Minister Wang Yi was cited as saying in Bangkok in a Dec. 20 report by Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV. Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said expanding a currency swap between the two nations and making increased use of yuan for bilateral trade would have the greatest impact in aiding Russia, according to the broadcaster.

    While the offer wonв't relieve the main sources of pressure on the ruble -- capital outflow tied to plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to Russiaв's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine - - the currency gained 3.1 percent against the dollar by 12:37 p.m. in Moscow. The Micex Index (INDEXCF) rose was little changed, and the yield on Russiaв's 10-year bond fell 30 basis points to 13.3 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    ''In the current conditions, any help is very welcome,'' Vladimir Miklashevsky, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S, said by e-mail. ''Yet, it canв't substitute the losses of the Russian banking system and economy from western sanctions.''
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  • Iran takes 4th place globally in missile industry
    22.12.2014 14:11
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iran, which has recently made great achievements in producing military products, has taken the fourth place in missile industry in the world.

    Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, Iranв's Defense Minister said the Islamic country has an acceptable status among countries possessing missile capabilities, and stands after the United States, Russia and China.

    Dehqan said in a televised interview with Al-Alam channel on December 19 that ''in proportion to possible threats against the country, we have tried to increase the range of our missiles.''

    He noted that Iran is currently striving to boost the accuracy of its missiles and make them radar-evading.

    Dehqan further said Iran has achieved great successes in the missile industry in recent years, adding that the country will not allow anyone to raise doubt about its missiles.

    Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector, attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems and enhanced the preparedness of its forces by holding various drills.

    Iran, however, has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.

    Iran has recently taken great strides in defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. Iran has so far unveiled various domestically produced drones, including Ababil, Fotros, Hazem, Karrar (long range attack drone), Mohajer, Sarir, Shahed 129, Yasir and Zohal.

    Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes.
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  • Georgiaв's Defense Ministry apologizes for incorrect statement
    22.12.2014 13:51
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 22

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Defence Ministry of Georgia has apologized to the public for a previously made statement.

    Georgia's deputy defense minister, Levan Girsiashvili, said Dec. 22 on air of the Imedi TV channel that the statement on the death of the Georgian serviceman Alexander Grigolashvili in Ukraine was a mistake, for which the ministry brings its apologies.

    In the mentioned statement, the Defense Ministry held the former authorities of the country responsible for what happened.

    "The scandalous statement made by the Defence Ministry was a mistake, although no one is immune from making mistakes. We see and recognize this error. The Defence Ministry brings its apologies for the made statement," Girsiashvili said.

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  • Baku Sinfonietta orchestra to give concert
    22.12.2014 13:47
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The concert dedicated to the World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day will be held in Azerbaijani State Philharmonic in Baku on December 25.The concert which will start at 19:00 will be organized by the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry.In the performance of Baku Simfonietta orchestra, the concert will present pleasant moods for the music fans. Compositions of Gara Garayev, Soltan Hajibeyov and Sergey Prokofiev will thrill up the night.The day after, on December 26 Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeir Hajibeyli will give a concert of the Philharmonic stage. Conducted by famous Ukrainian conductor Vladimir Runchak, the concert promises to give unbelievable energy for the guests.

    The address of the both events is Istiglaliyyat street. The price of tickets stands from 4 to 15 manats.
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  • European stocks climb with Asian shares as ruble advances
    22.12.2014 13:47
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    European stocks advanced, while Asiaв's benchmark share index headed for the biggest three-day gain in two months. The ruble jumped with crude oil.

    The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.9 percent by 8:21 a.m. in London. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.7 percent, bringing its gain since Dec. 18 to 3.2 percent. Australiaв's Samp;P/ASX 200 Index (MXAP) added 1.9 percent. Standard amp; Poorв's 500 Index futures increased 0.2 percent. The ruble surged 3.5 percent in Moscow, while crude rose for a second day. Yields on 10-year Japanese debt fell to the lowest level since April 2013.

    The Federal Reserve said last week that it would be patient over interest-rate increases, while signaling borrowing costs could be raised as early as April, spurring a surge in global stocks and declines in U.S. Treasuries. Data tomorrow may show U.S. growth was faster than initially estimated last quarter. Saudi Arabiaв's oil minister said heв's is confident crude prices will rebound as demand recovers.

    ''In general, investors seem to be feeling that itв's safe to buy after the Fedв's shown that theyв're not in a hurry to raise rates,'' Shoji Hirakawa, chief equity strategist at Okasan Securities Co. in Tokyo, said by phone today. How oil ''might move towards next week hasnв't become clear, so it could still disrupt markets''.
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  • Free and open election held in Uzbekistan '" CIS observers
    22.12.2014 13:37
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec.22

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The CIS observation mission recognized the parliamentary election in Uzbekistan as free and open, the head of the mission Sergey Lebedev said at a briefing Dec. 22.

    "The CIS observation mission consisting of 76 people at the invitation of the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan monitored the preparation and holding the election to the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (a lower house of the parliament) of Uzbekistan on December 21," he said.

    The mission included the representatives of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the CIS Executive Committee.

    Lebedev said that the CIS observers visited all regions, monitored 70 percent of the district election commissions and 707 polling stations.

    The election to the Legislative Chamber of Oily Majlis (a lower house of Uzbek parliament) was held on Dec.21.

    Over 18 million citizens, or over 88 percent of the total number of the voters took part in the election.

    The preliminary results of the election will be announced on Dec.22.

    Around 535 candidates from four political parties - the Liberal Democratic Party, People's Democratic Party, the Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish (National Revival), and the Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice) claimed for 135 seats in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (a lower house of the Uzbek parliament), the CEC said.

    Moreover, there are 15 seats in the parliament for the representatives of the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, which elected its representatives at the conference on December 21.

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