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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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    Putting a special stress on expanding cooperation in terms of military exercises, Hasanov said: "Air force training held in Azerbaijan last year and the ongoing exercises arranged in Turkey as part of military cooperation plan are of great significance in light of gaining more experience."

    When the talks came to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Hasanov said Armenia was the main source of threat to regional stability, underlining the importance of the conflict's settlement based on international norms.

    Armenian troops have been keeping the Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions, which are part of Azerbaijan's historical and internationally recognized territory, under military occupation for over two decades, following a bloody war in the early 1990s. Encroaching on Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, Armenian armed forces pursued an armed invasion and grabbed 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory. Ignoring calls from the international community, as well as international norms and principles, Yerevan has persistently supported its destructive position on the conflict's settlement.

    Ozturk, for his turn, hailed the mutual Azerbaijani-Turkish relations that are based on historical roots and friendly relations.

    Like most of all top Turkish officials, Ozturk also presented his country as an important strategic partner of Azerbaijan.

    Turkish and Azerbaijani air forces are currently engaged in joint air force drills in Turkey's Konya region. Turkey has been the first country to invite Azerbaijani Air Forces to join in military exercises beyond its borders.

    Regular Azerbaijan-Turkey joint exercises serve primarily to test and reinforce the planned joint activities of both countries' air force, explore the possibilities of joint actions and coordination in view of conducting combat operations and destruction of ground targets with air strikes.

    Military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey started in 1992 with an agreement signed on military education. The agreement established the close and sustainable cooperation of the Azerbaijani and Turkish governments on defense and security fields.

    Turkey's continuous military assistance to Azerbaijan surpassed $200 million in 2010. Azerbaijan army possesses various Turkish-made military equipment, as Turkey is among the main arms suppliers to Azerbaijan. Over 20 Turkish defense industry companies hold cooperation and commercial relations with the South Caucasus country.
    8
  • Policeman gets 15 years in jail over spying
    05.03.2015 17:38
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    A former Russian police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for spying for the US special services.

    Roman Ushakov was found guilty of treason by handing over the cipher of a classified telegram of the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA.

    Ushakov was paid $37,000 hidden in a cache disguised as a rock. He was caught red-handed in 2013 when he was trying to open the cache and pleaded guilty.
    11
  • Ayatollah Khamenei hospitalized in critical condition
    05.03.2015 17:35
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    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is currently hospitalized in serious condition at a hospital in Tehran.

    Unofficial reports have emerged that Khamenei, 76, has stage-four prostate cancer.

    In September Khamenei underwent surgery and doctors discovered that cancer has reportedly spread to the rest of his body.
    10
  • Group of women awarded with honorary titles and 'Tereqqi' medal
    05.03.2015 17:35
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order conferring honorary titles on a group of women, APA reports.

    On the occasion of March 8 - International Women's Day, a group of women were awarded honorary titles and a group of women were conferred with "Tereqqi" (Progress) medal for their merits in the fields of culture, education and health.
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  • Stocks climb
    05.03.2015 17:30
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    European stock markets rose at the start of trading on Thursday, with investors awaiting a key meeting of the European Central Bank.

    London's benchmark FTSE 100 index edged up 0.04 percent to 6,916.98 points, also before the Bank of England gives its latest interest rate decision.

    Frankfurt's DAX 30 advanced 0.33 percent to 11,390.38 points and the CAC 40 index in Paris gained 0.24 percent to 4,929.04 compared with Wednesday's close.

    The euro meanwhile hit a new 11-year low against the dollar Thursday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce details of its bond-purchase programme.

    With the ECB's decision-making council meeting on Thursday, President Mario Draghi is set to unveil details of the bank's 1.1 trillion euro quantitative-easing plan, due to be launched this month to ward off deflation.
    9
  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates Azerbaijani women
    05.03.2015 17:28
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Azerbaijani women on March 8-International Women's Day.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the official website of the president that the congratulatory letter says women in Azerbaijan were always respected as a symbolm of morality, beauty and tenderness.

    The message also states women's active participation in the social and culture life of Azerbaijan, their role in preserving national traditions and spiritual values.
    9
  • Azerbaijan ceases mortgage lending
    05.03.2015 17:24
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    No credit was given.

    Azerbaijan Mortgage Fund (AMF), acting under the Central Bank, announced the baselines in March 2015, stated that in February, the mortgage lending has been ceased completely.

    According to AMF, by 5 March 15,903 mortgage loan for AZN 636,042, as well as to the February 5, against 15,829 loans for AZN 632,463,540 by 8 January 2015, and 13554 loans AZN 532,535,800 by 7 January 2014, abc.az reports.

    No credit was issued in February this year, and in January 74 loans were issued for AZN 3,578,460. Similar volumes marked until the first quarter and for 2015 in a whole.

    For December 2014, 263 loans for 12,22,340 AZN were issued, and the best month in the past year was March - 433 loans for AZN 18,290,400. During the first quarter of 2014, 580 loans for AZN 25,031,700 were issued. In the second quarter - 768 loans for AZN 33,043,600. For the third quarter 491 loans amounted to 21,754,800 AZN, and for the fourth quarter 436 loans constituted AZN 20,196,640.

    Mortgage lending on the AMF standards started in the country since 2006.
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  • Azerbaijan satisfied with local athletes, expects medals at Eurogames 2015
    05.03.2015 17:14
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Vice-President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), Secretary General of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) Farid Gayibov commented on the performances of Azerbaijani athletes in the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines that kicked off in Baku on Mar.4.

    He expressed satisfaction with the performances of Azerbaijani athletes Oleg Stepko and Kristina Pravdina who took the first places in the artistic gymnastics competitions among men and women, respectively.

    "Although Pravdina won the gold medal, we expected higher results from other athletes as well," the AGF secretary general told Trend on Mar.5.

    He said that there are a number of strong athletes among the participants of the current competitions.

    Gayibov said Stepko is in good shape, adding that Azerbaijani athletes should be in perfect physical form for the First European Games, since there are all the necessary conditions.

    The secretary general added the results of Azerbaijani athletes give reason to hope that they will actively compete for winning medals in the First European Games.

    Furthermore, he said that the issues related to preparations for the First European Games will be discussed again.

    Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines will continue till March 6. This is the test championship on the eve of the First European Games.

    Coming from 22 countries, 133 gymnasts are competing for medals in both the all-around and individual competitions.

    The European Games themselves will be hosted in Baku on June 12-28, 2015. There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports.

    More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition. Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

    Edited by SI

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  • Three Armenian soldiers arrested due to colleagueв's suicide
    05.03.2015 17:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    Trend:

    Three soldiers were arrested in the case of their colleague Albert Safaryan's suicide, Armenian News reported.

    Ensign Arayik Sukiasyan, soldier Gevorg Ghazaryan and junior sergeant Mihran Hovakimyan were arrested after Albert Safaryan was found with a gunshot wound in the evening on February 27. A criminal case was filed under article 110 of the Criminal Code (incitement to suicide).

    The soldiers are suspected of committing a crime under Article 359 (violation of the statute, beatings or other violence). The ensign is suspected of committing a crime under Article 358.1 (beating, violence against him).

    Edited by CN

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    9
  • A man spent ВЈ40,000 to look like Katie Price
    05.03.2015 17:04
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    Nathan Thursfield has put himself ВЈ20k in debt, having spent ВЈ40,000 to look like is idol, and Twitter reckons it hasnв't worked.

    The 20 year old met Katie Price in 2007 and since then heв's developed an obsession that has led to hismission to look exactly like her.

    Heв's had two nose jobs costing around ВЈ6,000 each and all kinds of fillers and augmentations toreplicatethe reality star, and estimates the cost to be around ВЈ40,000, having spent most of it in loans and credit cards.
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  • Uzbek Foreign Ministry, OSCE/ODIHR mission mull preparations for presidential election
    05.03.2015 16:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    Trend:

    Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and head of the limited election observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Tana de Zulueta discussed the relevant issues of cooperation in preparing and holding the presidential election, Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported March 5.

    The sides said that the pre-election campaign, which has entered into the active phase, is being held under the conditions of democratic renewal and liberalization, political stability and economic development, interreligious and international peace and harmony in the country.

    During the meeting, the sides also exchanged views on the relevant international issues and the activities of OSCE/ODIHR mission in Uzbekistan.

    OSCE/ODIHR mission includes 11 international experts based in Tashkent and 10 long-term observers who will be sent to the country's regions.

    For holding the presidential election, 9,058 polling stations (44 - at the country's diplomatic missions abroad) have been created.

    The presidential election in Uzbekistan is scheduled for March 29, 2015. The pre-election campaign started on December 26, 2014.

    The presidential candidates are: incumbent President Islam Karimov from the Liberal Democratic Party, the member of the parliamentary faction, chairman of the committee for democratic institutions, NGOs and citizens' self-government bodies, Akmal Saidov - from the National Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish; the chairman of the Central Council of the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU) Hotamzhon Ketmonov - from the PDPU, the chairman of the executive committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Adolat, Narimon Umarov - from SDP.

    Edited by CN

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  • New ambassador of Uzbekistan to South Korea appointed
    05.03.2015 16:56
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mar. 5

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The newly appointed Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea, Botirjon Asadov left Tashkent to take up his position in Seoul, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said March 5.

    Earlier, he worked as an advisor of the embassy of Uzbekistan in the Peoples Republic of China.

    It was previously reported that the former ambassador of Uzbekistan to South Korea was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister in July 2014 upon President Karimov's decree. He has been appointed First Deputy Foreign Minister since September 15, 2014.

    South Korea is one of the largest trade partners of Uzbekistan. As of 2013, the bilateral trade turnover amounted to $2.12 billion. The total volume of investments attracted to the economy of Uzbekistan from the Republic of Korea exceeded $6 billion during the years of independence.

    At present, around 412 enterprises operate in Uzbekistan. They were established in partnership with South Korean businessmen. More than 80 companies have their representative offices. They operate in such areas as trade, textile and light industries, mining and metallurgy, chemical and food industries, machinery construction, metal processing, tourism, health care, transportation services.

    Edited by CN

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  • Bulgaria reckons on Azerbaijan's gas
    05.03.2015 16:52
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The reality of the Southern Gas Corridor is encouraging a rival project known as Nabucco West to join the race for delivery of gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

    The Nabucco gas project was one of the two potential routes for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas from the Shah Deniz field to Europe. The group later failed to win the required vote to bring Azerbaijani gas to Eastern Europe, opening the way for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project.

    Bulgaria pins great hope on Nabucco West, hoping to benefit from increasingly power-hungry European markets.

    European gas security was high on agenda during President Ilham Aliyev's talks with Bulgaria's senior leadership in Sofia on March 4.

    "Azerbaijan will continue to play its role in Europe's energy security," President Aliyev said.

    Bulgaria views Azerbaijan as a key partner in Southeast Europeв's efforts to diversify energy supplies and ensure energy security.

    Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said that an agreement with Azerbaijan for the supply of 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually lays the foundation to the energy cooperation between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan and is a prerequisite for the effective energy diversification of all countries in the region.

    "Bulgaria stands ready to extend the scope of agreements on Azerbaijani gas supplies," he added.

    President Aliyev noted the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor, which includes implementation of the TANAP and TAP projects.

    Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, in turn, urged the resumption of the Nabucco Pipeline and specifically its section between the TANAP and Nabucco West through Bulgaria, the Bulgarian press reported.

    Nabuccoв's modified version, Nabucco West enables Azerbaijan to broaden its presence on the European market as gas will enter Europe onwards running through Romania, Hungary and Austria.

    The Southern Gas Corridor, one of the two main contenders for the European market along with the Russian project, is a chain of three gas pipelines, which will lead Azerbaijani gas to Greece via the territory of Georgia and Turkey.

    The head of state stressed that Bulgaria, a member of the Southern Gas Corridor, will play an important role in this project as a transit country.

    Prime Minister Borisov said the Southern Gas Corridor will give a powerful impetus to the development of the gas transportation system in Bulgaria.

    "Participation in the Southern Gas Corridor and a possibility to buy shares gives a strategic advantage to the country," he stressed.

    Azerbaijan and Bulgaria share common positions on a number of issues on the Black Sea cooperation, and are willing to advance relations in the fields of energy, IT, agriculture, pharmacy and tourism.

    Azerbaijani companies have shown great interest in investing in Bulgaria, while Bulgarian companies can take part in transport infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan.

    One-on-one

    President Aliyev had one-on-one with his Bulgarian counterpart to discuss the strategic cooperation. The role of Azerbaijan in ensuring the energy security of Europe was noted at the meeting.

    The presidential meetings ended up with signing of a Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria between the heads of states.

    A cooperation agreement was signed between the governments of Azerbaijan and Bulgaria in the field of electronic communication, information technologies and electronic governance, while the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Tourism Ministry of Bulgaria inked a protocol on expansion of cooperation.
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  • The US ambassador attacked
    05.03.2015 16:45
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    U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, SIA informs citing the Reuters.

    Lippert, 42, was bleeding from deep wounds to his face and wrist but was able to walk after the attack. Doctors said later his condition was stable after "very successful" surgery that required 80 stitches in his face.

    The assailant was caught and identified by police as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police.

    The attack was a protest against joint military exercises by South Korean and U.S. troops, which Kim said interfered with reconciliation between North and South Korea, according to police following an interrogation.

    Police are considering whether to charge him for attempted homicide, a police official involved in the case said.
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  • German foreign minister speaks against long-term isolation of Russia
    05.03.2015 16:45
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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken against long-term isolation of Russia.

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken against long-term isolation of Russia because of the Ukrainian conflict Thursday in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. It is necessary to continue negotiations on the Ukrainian crisis, Steinmeier stressed, according to ITAR TASS.

    "Clear words are appropriate" for solving the Ukrainian conflict, the minister said. "However, I never had any illusions that conflicts can be solved only with them [words] or with sanctions," Steinmeier said. It is important "to have courage to return to the negotiating table" in order to solve problems and use every opportunity for that, he added. Along with that, West's critique of Russia does not exclude its commitment to dialogue with Moscow, the minister stressed.

    "I do not bid on Europe's long-term isolation of Russia," Steainmeier said. "Even if the search for a political solution takes many years or maybe even decades, we must do everything that we can to solve the conflict," he stressed.

    The Minsk agreements "are not perfect," the minister said. "I always said that reaching them [Minsk agreements] is not a breakthrough. However, if heavy weaponry withdrawal is completed, if ceasefire is held in general and if we possibly get an opportunity to deliver humanitarian aid to the region, it will be a lot more than lsquo;nothing', which everyone wants to see in the Minsk agreements," Steinmeier said.

    On February 12, negotiations in the "Normandy format" were held in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The talks lasted for around 14 hours.

    Simultaneously, a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement was held in Minsk, bringing together former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Kiev's special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk, both representing the Ukrainian side, alongside representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) special envoy to Ukraine, Heidi Tagliavini, and Russia's ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, who acts as a mediator.

    As a result, a package of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements was adopted, including on ceasefire in separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions starting from February 15, heavy weaponry withdrawal and long-term political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
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  • Tashkent, Abu Dhabi sign $120 million worth projects-deal
    05.03.2015 16:35
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates have agreed on the launch of projects at an earmarked value of $119.5 million.

    The agreement was reached during a visit of the Uzbek delegation led by Elyor Ganiev, the minister of foreign economic relations, investment and trade to the UAE on March 1-3 to participate in the second session of the joint intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, Uzbek media reported.

    Sultan Saeed Al Mansouri, the minister of economy of the UAE said the fruitful visit of high level to the UAE in March 2008 created firm bases for development and strengthening of bilateral relations, more specifically in economic directions.

    He also highly rated economic reforms in Uzbekistan directed at diversifying all sectors of the economy and modernizing the industry sector as to create a favorable investment climate while expanding business opportunities. Al Mansouri said the UAE pays important attention and will do its best to expand trade and investment relations with Uzbekistan.

    The session considered issues of expanding trade-economic relations, including proposals on increasing trade turnover, realizing investment projects on creating high technological production capacities in Uzbekistan, expanding financial-technical cooperation, interaction in tourism and transport sectors.

    The sides reached an agreement on the adoption of a joint program of investment cooperation with leading UAE companies and the organization of mutual visits of business circles, as well as the realization of projects in financial and technical assistance for over $119.5 million.

    Foreign trade companies of the MFERIT signed export agreements with the UAE companies on supply of goods for $73.9 million within the session of the commission.

    Trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the UAE hit $188.6 million in 2012, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan said.

    Some 68 companies, created with UAE capitals are carrying out their activities in Uzbekistan, part of which are wholly owned companies with UAE capital.

    Uzbekistan's main exports consist of raw cotton fiber, silk, agricultural products and services, import from the UAE consists of mechanical and electrical equipment, coffee, tea, furniture, plastics and rubber products, vehicles, clothing and sport equipment.
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  • Open Gymnastics Championship continues
    05.03.2015 16:25
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The second day of competitions within the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines kicked off on March5.

    The test championship on the eve of the European Games is underway in the Azerbaijani capital on March 4-6. Coming from 22 countries, 133 gymnasts will compete for medals both in the all-around and the individual competitions.

    Azerbaijani gymnasts Pleg Puinov and Sabina Zayceva won second place in the individual trampoline competition on the second day.

    Both of the sportsmen will compete for medals in the final.

    Another national gymnast Ruslan Agamirov and Dmitriy Fedorovskiy also took a chance to participate in the final.

    In synchronized trampoline among men two Azerbaijani teams earned the right to participate in the final of the championship. Due of Ilya Grishanin and Oleg Puinov reached the final from the fourth place, while duo of Agamirov and Federovskiy from the fifth place.

    In aerobics competitions the national team took the third place in qualifying and will compete for medals on March 6.

    Azerbaijani couple Ekaterina Kotlarova and Tumir Alekperov which took the third place will also compete for the gold on the final day of the competitions.

    Gymnastics is one of the 20 sports of the inaugural European Games that will be held in Baku on June 12-28. Baku 2015 will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent 50 countries.
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  • Iran plans oil production from South Pars field
    05.03.2015 16:24
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iran plans to start oil production from South Pars, which is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar, within the next couple of years.

    Rokneddin Javadi, the head of National Iranian Oil Company said on March 4 that the country has already taken steps to purchase a floating production, storage and offloading unit and is awaiting its arrival in the Persian Gulf to start drilling for oil in the South Pars field, IRNA news agency reported.

    Javadi said the vessel will be stationed within the next 14 months to lay the groundwork for oil production six months later.

    The South Pars oil project could pump an additional 35,000 barrels of crude a day for the country, according to Iranian officials.

    Khodadad Rahimi, the head of Customs Department of Pars Special Economic and Energy Zone earlier said the export of petrochemical products and gas condensates from Iranв's South Pars region has experienced a 20-percentage point rise, despite poor-performing oil.

    Rahimi said the South Pars products were exported to around 30 countries including China, Japan, Iraq, Turkey, Russia and some African states.

    South Pars covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iranв's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers are situated in Qatarв's territorial waters.

    Reports said Qatar is already harvesting a daily volume of over 600,000 barrels of oil from the region.

    The gas field is estimated to contain a significant amount of natural gas, accounting for about eight percent of the worldв's reserves, and approximately 19 billion barrels of condensate. South Pars holds 40 percent of Iranв's gas reserves.

    Javadi has recently said the main phase of the giant offshore South Pars gas field is ready to come on-stream.

    He added that the onshore and offshore sections of Phase 12 are 100 percent completed.

    Phase 12 development of South Pars is supplying more than 50 mcm/d of gas. Inauguration of this phase will allow the extraction of 3 bcf/d of sour and sweet gas.
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  • Another six points agreed upon regarding Caspian Sea legal status draft convention
    05.03.2015 16:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Caspian states agreed on six additional points of a draft convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said March 5.

    He made the remarks at a press conference after two-day talks held in Baku at the level of the working group on the defining the Caspian Sea's status.

    "The entire world is watching our negotiation process, and we hope the Caspian Sea will become a sea of friendship, peace and stability," said Rahimpour.

    "The discussions held in the last 20 years have created a favorable atmosphere for a full completion of work on the convention, and in Baku, it was possible to agree on six more of its points," he added.

    He said there is a convergence of positions of Azerbaijan and Iran on the issue of defining the legal status of the sea, and the Iranian side hopes that the Caspian Sea can be a good platform for future cooperation.

    Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use in July 1998. The two countries signed a protocol to this agreement in May 2002.

    Moreover, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and a protocol to it on Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb. 27, 2003, respectively.

    Additionally, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.

    Caspian states signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.

    Edited by SI

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  • Russia concerned over escalation of tension on contact line
    05.03.2015 16:24
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    Russia is concerned over the escalation of tension on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich made remarks at a traditional briefing on Thursday, APA's Moscow correspondent reports.

    He said ceasefire is constantly violated on the line of contact.

    "As of March 1, ceasefire was violated again. Unfortunately, there are a number of losses. On March 5, the contact line of troops was monitored in the presence of special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. He will prepare a special report in this regard. I think it would be better to get detailed information about the current situation from the OSCE representatives who conducted the monitoring," the spokesman noted.

    Moreover, Lukashevich urged the conflicting parties to refrain from taking actions that would escalate the tension on the contact line and remain committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
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  • Artur Rasizadeh makes decision in connection with drug addicts
    05.03.2015 16:17
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    The changes were made in the "Regulations on the mode, the content of regulations and treatment of chronic alcoholics and drug addicts in specialized medical institutions".

    According to Oxu.Az, the decision was taken by the Prime Minister Artur Rasizadeh.

    According to the decision, a person suffering from drug addiction who undergoes a compulsory drug treatment in health care facilities in the event of a serious illness that prevents their stay in these institutions or after 6 months of treatment, if there is no longer the need for continued involuntary treatment, may be exempted from continuing treatment early.
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  • Warplane crash in Konya not related to Azerbaijani air force involved in drills in Turkey
    05.03.2015 16:17
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    Details added (first version posted on 14:21)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The crash of a military plane in Turkey's Konya province has nothing to do with the Azerbaijani air force, taking part in joint drills in that country, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said in a message March 5.

    Azerbaijani air force's complete staff is taking part in the joint drill, and they have had no casualties, the ministry said.

    The ministry also noted there is no information about the crash of a Turkish warplane during the exercises.

    Earlier, the Turkish media, which reported about the crash of a warplane in Konya, said one of its pilots managed to bail out, but there was no information about the other pilot.

    Later, the governor of the Turkish province of Konya confirmed that two pilots of the plane were killed in the crash.

    The exercises dubbed "TurAz Sahini 2015" kicked off March 3 under the plan for military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey.

    The exercises involve three MiG-29 and three Su-25 jet fighters, and an Il-76 military transport aircraft of Azerbaijan's air forces.

    Aside from that, four Mi-17 military transport helicopters of Azerbaijan's air forces were dispatched to an air base in Konya to participate in international search and rescue exercises called ISIK-2015.

    The exercises will last until April 13.

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  • Virginia teen accused
    05.03.2015 16:00
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    A Virginia teenager has been accused by federal authorities of helping a man make his way to Syria to fight for ISIS, according to reports.

    The Washington Post says the 17-year-old was taken into custody by FBI agents who raided his home in Woodbridge, about 20 miles south of Washington D.C., Friday afternoon. The paper reported that the boy, whose name has not been released, is currently charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors are working to move the case into adult court.

    The Post, citing both officials and neighbors, reported that investigators had set up surveillance around the boy's house for more than a month before Friday's arrest. Officials said that investigators are also looking into another 17-year-old who goes to the same high school as the suspect.

    Officials alleged to the Post that the teen used online contacts associated with ISIS to help arrange travel for another person. WTTG reported that investigators believe friend the suspect assisted is 18 years old, but did not elaborate on details of their relationship. Officials say the man who traveled to Syria will be publicly indicted in the coming days.
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  • Caspian Sea countries to continue talks on laying underwater pipelines
    05.03.2015 15:53
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    The issues related to laying pipelines and cables under the Caspian Sea are still on the agenda and the discussions on these issues will continue, Ambassador-at-Large of Russian Foreign Minister Igor Bratchikov said on Mar.5.

    He made the remarks at the press conference following the meeting of the working group on determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the level of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea countries.

    The meeting was held on Mar.4-5 in Baku with participation of representatives of the littoral states.

    Speaking about the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Bratchikov said that it has a separate point on laying pipelines. He said that discussions were held and continue on this point and there are different approaches to this issue.

    Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov, for his part, expressed confidence that this issue will also be resolved in the future based on the goodwill positions of all the littoral states.

    Furthermore, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said that there are broad opportunities for cooperation of the five littoral states on the Caspian Sea.

    "We hope that the work on the convention will be completed successfully and all the issues will be agreed," he said.

    Rahimpour added that the environmental issues should be priority for all Caspian Sea countries.

    It should be noted that in recent years, together with Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, the EU have considered the possibility of constructing the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.

    Baku and Ashgabat believe that the implementation of this project is the sovereign right of the two countries, since the pipeline will run through their territorial waters.

    Nevertheless, Russia and Iran believe that this issue can be considered only after determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

    To date, the littoral states have signed numerous agreements on the Caspian Sea.

    The Caspian Sea states signed a Framework Convention for the Protection of Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.

    Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use in July 1998. The two countries signed a protocol to this agreement in May 2002.

    Moreover, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and a protocol to it on Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb. 27, 2003, respectively.

    Additionally, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.

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  • Civil army to seek change of power in Armenia
    05.03.2015 15:20
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Neutralization of a charismatic opposition leader in Armenia following a recent political brawl has been viewed as a victory for the government and proof that dissent is decomposing.

    President Serzh Sargsyan, using a severe crackdown, outshined opposition frontrunner Gagik Tsarukyan in a week-long "war" after which the latter lost all his ambitions and enthusiasm to be part of the country's political echelon.

    Nonetheless, the government's triumph gave birth to the rise of a new opposition formulation instead of intimidating all of the rivals on the political arena.

    Founding Parliament, an opposition force in Armenia, revealed its plan to create a civil army to resist the regime and fight for the country's liberation.

    Member of the group, who arranged a rally through Armenia and was brutally stopped while entering the occupied Azerbaijani lands last month, Jirayr Sefilyan, disclosed the key purposes of the new nationwide march.

    "We are now establishing an army consisting of citizens to orchestrate the people's unification and to eliminate the incumbent rulers through peaceful actions of civil disobedience. Citizens' army will not be an armed structure," Sefilyan said.Earlier last December, member of the Founding Parliament's predecessor Pre-Parliament, Gevorg Safaryan said their loyal followers were ready to press ahead with their political war against the regime until the bitter end.

    He even added that if the government were to prove oppressive in their demeanor and attempt to prevent the march from taking place peacefully, marchers would not hesitate in taking up arms to achieve their goals.

    "I call on the youth in Armenia, who seek to rule their motherland, and all free souls to join the civil army ranks," Sefilyan said.

    The Founding Parliament has recently called for an immediate creation of a national liberation front blaming the regime for not dealing with the country's pandemic crisis and for attempting to complete the monopolization of authority. They also lamented the setting in place of an authoritarian political oligarchy.

    Sefilyan, who remains a prominent figure of the popular opposition movement has regularly condemned the unconstitutional and illegal measures which the regime has set in place against its own civilians.

    If anything more troubles are brewing in between Armenia leadership and the people, as dissent is gaining traction.

    Tsarukyan's recent capitulation actually proved the government's reluctance to concede a room for the opposition in Armenia's current and future politics. In turn, the opposition front backs a strong will to oust the Sargsyan-led regime and establish, what it calls, a people's power in Armenia.
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  • Azerbaijan to switch to daylight saving time on night of March 28 to 29
    05.03.2015 15:14
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    On the night of March 28 to 29 at 04:00 AM, Azerbaijan will switch to daylight saving time by setting clocks one hour forward, APA reports.

    In Azerbaijan, transition to the summer time is followed under the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers dated 17 March 1997.

    Note that, transition to the winter time is annually followed on the last Sunday of October at 5:00 AM by clocks being set an hour backward. The State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent conducts supervision on the fulfillment of the decision.
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  • Swift grants four-year-old fan's wish
    05.03.2015 15:05
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    One of Taylor Swift's biggest fans, four-year-old Jalene Salinas, has had one of her final wishes granted - a video dance party with pop star Taylor. The 25-year-old international star spoke for 20 minutes over the video call as Jalene danced to Taylor's chart hit Shake It Off.

    Jalene, who is battling an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer, was reportedly "in pain" and "didn't talk much" to her heroine, but she did say "bye and thank you" to the superstar.

    Taylor told Jalene: "I'm so sorry you're having a bad night. Iв'm so happy to talk to you though and Iв'm so happy you like Shake It Off."

    She added: "You look beautiful tonight, you really do. You're just as pretty as your picture."

    Taylor became aware of Jalene's wish thanks to her online fans, known as Swifties, who began a hashtag campaign called #ShakeItOffJalene.

    The Blank Space singer got in touch with Jalene's mother, Jennifer Arriagas, after returning from London where she won her first BRIT Award last Wednesday. She reportedly told Jennifer that it was "unfathomable to have to watch your baby go through this".

    Jennifer also thanked Taylor, and added: "We can check everything off and as her mom it means the world to me that she got to do and see [everything] and everything is checked off now. It means so much to me that you reached out to us."

    It's not the first time Taylor has reached out to fans. In February Taylor reached out to a fan via cyberspace to offer heartfelt words of advice after the young girl admitted she had been dumped, while in January, she proved how much she values her fans as she sent one loyal supporter a generous package including a cheque for $1989 to help pay off her student loans.
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  • Preempting the next major threat
    05.03.2015 15:04
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    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    The Western powers, chief among them the United States, are currently busy fighting a global war on terrorism. It is a war that has grabbed the full attention, and necessitated the full mobilization of Western military and intelligence resources. It is also a war that Western armies had to adapt and learn how to fight.

    Armies are traditionally trained to fight in conventional wars, however, in this case the military found that it had to learn new methods along the way. It had to adjust to fighting an asymmetrical war. In lieu of finding an enemy concentrated along a front line, in the war on terror the enemy was everywhere and nowhere. He was embedded within the civilian population and made use of modern technology such as the Internet and the cellular telephone.

    Along the way the enemy evolved. The main foe in this war on terror became a group following a perverted version of what its followers are calling lsquo;shariia' or Islamic law. They used religion as a cover that has allowed the group to find refuge within its community. And they also found potential recruits in that same community.

    Understandably, tracking terrorists around the globe and identifying future terrorists is an arduous task. However, those whose job is to guard the nation, realize that at the same time as fighting current threats they need to look ahead and predict and project where future threats will emanate from. They then need to prepare the logistics so that the personnel, weapons and equipment needed when the time comes are available and that they are not caught unaware.

    Currently and in the immediate future, most intelligence services seem to agree, that political Islam remains the primary preoccupation for the world's security services. But in the long run, things are bound to change and when they do, so too is the nation's military expected to adapt accordingly. Another point to bare in mind is that all seem to predict that the next major threat to Western influences in Asia will come from China.

    The question is whether the rest of the world will be ready and able to counter that threat. The Chinese however are not waiting to find out and are investing heavily in their military. Beijing's military budget for 2015 is budgeted to be almost 10 times bigger than that of the previous year, according to Chinese officials. Spending on military budget in China is proceeding at a faster pace in the country's overall economy.

    Assuming that the intended increase to Beijing's military budget for the year 2015 is pegged at 10 percent, that would place China in second place in world spending on military budgets. The United States remains in first place.

    A 10 percent increase would equate to roughly $145 billion, making China the world's second-largest military spender, far behind the United States, which spends more on its armed forces than the next eight countries combined.

    Military experts say China's actual military budget is almost certainly higher than the official number, but still far less than that of the United States.

    China's military growth is not particularly out of line given its size, its overall budget and it's needs to protect itself and its interests. Nevertheless it's increasingly powerful military and its modernization are worrying other Asian nations. Countries such as Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines are very concerned by China's military build-up, as is the United States. However the United States does not have a horse in this race, whereas the other countries all appear to have territorial contentions with China. Washington said it would not get involved in territorial disputes with China, yet it might well be dragging into a conflict with China over Taiwan.

    Time will tell.

    Claude Salhani is senior editor at Trend Agency and a political analyst. You can follow Claude on Twitter @ClaudeSalhani.

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  • Head of Tbilisi City Hall administration, his deputy resign
    05.03.2015 15:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    Trend:

    Administration head of Tbilisi City Hall, Revaz Chakhava and his deputy Mariam Shelegia have voluntarily resigned, NewsGeorgia reported citing Georgian Rustavi 2 TV channel on Mar.5.

    Irakli Abesadze, the chairman of the National Movement faction of the Tbilisi City Council confirmed their resignation and said that it is related to nepotism and corruption in the Tbilisi City Hall.

    "Regretfully, Davit Narmania [Tbilisi mayor] doesn't make a single and right decision with respect to the Tbilisi administration," said Abesadze.

    He said Tbilisi City Hall serves to the interests of officials instead of caring about the city's residents, adding that this administration of Tbilisi should really be changed.

    It should be noted that Georgian Interior Ministry released information in February about the detention of the head of the apparatus of the supervisory service of Tbilisi City Hall Jokia Bodokia for taking a bribe worth $50,000.

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  • Bilateral trade turnover of Turkmenistan, Turkey exceeds $6 B
    05.03.2015 14:57
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Mar. 5

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The volume of bilateral trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Turkey in 2014 increased by 26.6 percent and exceeded $6 billion, Turkmenistan media reported March 4.

    Turkey ranked second in the total trade turnover of Turkmenistan, according to the results of 2015.

    "The close and active, gaining momentum from year to year, trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is evidenced by the fact that today, various productive sectors of the economy of Turkmenistan employ about 600 Turkish companies and businesses," said the article of the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan, dedicated to the two-day visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov to Turkey March 3-4.

    The article said that the president of Turkmenistan in Ankara noted the significant contribution of the Turkish partners in the formation of the textile industry of the country.

    "The Turkmen leader also said with satisfaction that one can give many specific examples of mutually beneficial cooperation in the energy, construction, transport, processing industries, the food industry and other spheres," the article of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) said.

    The news agency said that Turkish companies have been entrusted with large projects such as the construction of the international sea port in the city of Turkmenbashi and the international airport in the capital Ashgabat, as well as autobahns, road junctions and overpasses.

    Moreover, Turkish companies actively participate in the construction of chemical industry facilities in Turkmenistan.

    The two sides have fruitful cooperation in the sphere of electricity where Turkish companies are implementing the project for modernization of Ashgabat's power supply system, and construct large power plants in Lebap and Mary provinces of the country, according to media outlets.

    Moreover, Turkish companies participated in the implementation of many projects in agricultural production and food industry of Turkmenistan.

    During the mentioned talks, the sides also exchanged views on expanding the partnership in trade, transport and communications and energy spheres at bilateral and regional spheres, Turkmenistan's Watan newspaper reported.

    Edited by CN

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  • Another six points agreed upon regarding Caspian Sea legal status draft convention
    05.03.2015 14:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Caspian states agreed on six additional points of a draft convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said March 5.

    He made the remarks at a press conference after two-day talks held in Baku at the level of the working group on the defining the Caspian Sea's status.

    "The entire world is watching our negotiation process, and we hope the Caspian Sea will become a basin of friendship, peace and stability," said Rahimpour.

    Story still developing

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 30 times within 24 hours
    05.03.2015 14:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 33 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Mar.5.

    Armenian armed forces, located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces on the nameless heights of Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Tapgaragoyunlu, Talish of Goranboy distinct, Chileburt, Chayli, Goyarkh, Gizil Oba of Terter, Yusifjanli, Sarijali, Javahirli, Kengerli, Shuraabad of Aghdam, Kuropatkino of Khojavend, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fizuli and Mehdili of Jabrayil district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Goranboy, Khojavend, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

    Edited by SI

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  • National cyclist lands on podium in Croatia
    05.03.2015 14:51
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Umag Trophy (1.2) race was held in Croatia on March 4.

    Some 33 teams, composed each of six riders took part in the competition.

    National cyclist Maksym Averin finished second in the bunch sprint finish.

    The Azerbaijani rider, with the Synergy Baku Cycling Project, was beaten only by Marko Kump of Adria Mobil. Maksym completed the race of 161 km in 03:25:16 seconds.

    The race, with its start and finish at the Stela Maris Resort was largely flat and started off very fast.

    Ioannis Tamouridis represented Synergy Baku in the dayв's break group, which had 1:45 with 50 km to go. They were caught again, however, and the expected bunch sprint was set up.The finale was marked by a series of crashes, some involving a large number of riders, but fortunately none of the Synergy Baku riders were involved. Averin stayed upright and was able to bring in his second top placing in just a few days.''Thanks a lot to my teammates for their work today,'' Averin said. ''Dennisв' great work in the lead-out gave me the result.''In his first three races of the season, Averin has finished tenth (GP Laguna), and fifth (GP Izola).''It was a very nervous race with lots of crashes, but all of our riders made it to the finish without crashing,'' said sport director Andrej Hauptman. ''In the bunch sprint, the guys did a great job, especially Dennis van Winden.''

    Taking the second place brought to Maksym other 30 points to Rio-2016 Summer Olympic Games.

    Earlier in March 1, Maksym took the fifth place in the UCI 1.2 Izola Grand Prix.
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  • Khalaf Khalafov makes statement on Caspian sea legal status
    05.03.2015 14:44
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    ''We believe the Astana summit will be the last to determine the legal status of the Caspian Sea,'' Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said on Thursday, APA reports.

    Khalafov said the sides are hoping for the approval of the draft convention at this summit.

    "Once the Convention is approved, there is going to be huger work. There will be new summits which focus on the discussion of economic, security and communication issues. The sides have agreed on holding the summit in 2016. But the exact date will be decided by the presidents," the deputy FM noted.
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  • Baku 2015 will be very successful
    05.03.2015 14:39
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    Germany's Olympic federation DOSB believes the Baku 2015 European Games will be very successful.

    With 100 days left before the start of the Baku 2015 European Games, the DOSB told media in Neu-Isenburg that it expects the inaugural multi-sport event will have a positive outcome.

    "I believe that because of the variety and number of athletes, the Games will be very successful," DOSB Chief Executive Mr. Michael Vesper said.

    He added that the success will depend greatly on the course of the Games and how much attention they receive.

    Mr. Vesper said the European Games have already grown in status. That can be seen, he said, by the number of countries interested in hosting the 2019 European Games, some of them from western Europe. The idea is gaining approval, Mr. Vesper added.

    However, the DOSB executive did not want to express a desired number of medals for German athletes at Baku 2015.

    "It is all about doing as good as possible and using the qualification possibilities," Mr. Vesper said.

    As opposed to some sports at Baku 2015, Table Tennis stars Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov will be fighting for a direct ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    "Unfortunately there is only one direct spot to the Olympic Games. And hopefully one of us two will get it," said Boll, who was at the DOSB press conference along with Ovtcharov.

    Germany will be represented by about 280 athletes at Baku 2015.
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  • President visited The Saint Sofia Church
    05.03.2015 14:34
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited The Saint Sofia Church as part of his official trip to the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Located in the center of Sofia, the cathedral is the oldest church in Bulgaria.

    The first church was built here in 311-313 years. Subsequently, with the support of the Emperor Constantine the cathedral was expanded. In 537, the Emperor Justinian the Great restored the affected cathedral. In the time of the Ottoman rule it was turned into a mosque for some time. In the 8th century people began to call the city ''Sophia'' by its name and in the second half of the 14th century the city became officially known as "Sophia" in the charters of the Bulgarian kings.

    President Ilham Aliyev signed the guest book of the cathedral.

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  • IBM opens representative office in Azerbaijan
    05.03.2015 14:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    The US corporation IBM announced the opening of official representation in Azerbaijan March 5.

    Speaking at the opening event of representation, Azerbaijan's Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies Elmir Velizade noted the importance of making such a decision by the world's largest vendor.

    "IBM's introduction on the Azerbaijani market will play an important role in the development of the ICT sector of the country," Velizade said. "We are interested in participation of Azerbaijani specialists in studies conducted by the company, and we believe that IBM will also play an important role in the formation of e-government in the country, the development of technological and human potential of the republic."

    Local IBM representation expands the range of products that the company can offer. These are software and hardware systems, software solutions, analytical systems, mobile systems and technologies of "cloud" computing.

    The priority plans of the company include expansion of business in Azerbaijan. The IBM specialists will provide service maintenance and technical support.

    Edited by CN

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  • Fitch: Azerbaijan felt the effect of the devaluation of the ruble
    05.03.2015 14:29
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    "Kazakhstan may also devalue the national currency."

    The slowdown in economic growth in Russia has a significant negative impact on the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), said the international rating agency Fitch.

    "The sharp slowdown in economic growth in Russia is a significant shock to the economy of other CIS states, but the effect on the creditworthiness of these countries varies considerably," the press release of the agency notes.

    The situation in the Russian economy has a direct impact on the CIS countries, with which the country has close economic ties through trade, remittances and investment flows, the analysts explain, Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti.

    "Indirectly, the sharp drop of the ruble proved an important factor for significant adjustments of currencies in the region," Fitch says. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan also felt the effect of the devaluation of the Russian ruble.

    "We believe that there is a high probability that Kazakhstan could also devalue the national currency", the report says.

    Russia is the main export market for goods from Armenia and the largest source of foreign direct investment and remittances of Armenian side. Therefore, a slowdown in economic growth in Russia will have a serious impact on the prospects for economic growth in Armenia, the analysts of the agency say.
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  • Turkish warplane crash not related to Azerbaijan-Turkey air force drills
    05.03.2015 14:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    Trend:

    The crash of a military plane in the Turkish province of Konya has nothing to do with the joint exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish air forces, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said in a message March 5.

    Complete staff of Azerbaijan's air forces is taking part in joint drills with Turkey's air forces, and the Azerbaijani side has had no casualties, the ministry said.

    The ministry also noted there is no information about the crash of a Turkish warplane during the exercises.

    Story still developing

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  • Ukrainian foreign ministry stops Russian media accreditation
    05.03.2015 14:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    By - Trend:

    The ministry of foreign affairs of Ukraine announced its decision to suspend press accreditation for the Russian media, the press service of the ministry told TASS Russian news agency March 5.

    "Starting from this week, we will not accredit the Russian media [to events at the Foreign Ministry]," said the press service.

    Last week, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine notified a number of Russian media about the suspension of the accreditation of journalists to Ukrainian parliament.

    Earlier, Security Service of Ukraine approved a list of Russian media, for which accreditation at the bodies of state power will be temporarily suspended until the end of the "special operations" in Donbass conducted by Ukraine authorities. The list includes more than 100 TV channels, news agencies and radio stations that are registered in Russia.

    In mid-February 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided to stop accreditation of journalists and technical staff part of the Russian mass media for until the end of the "special operations" in Donbass conducted by the state authorities of Ukraine. The list of Russian media, for which the accreditation will be suspended by the state authorities, will be determined by the Security Service of Ukraine.

    Translated by EA

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkish military aircraft crashes, two pilots dead
    05.03.2015 14:16
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    A Turkish warplane crashed during a training exercise on Thursday in the central Turkish province of Konya, killing two pilots, the military said, APA reports quoting Turkish news agency.

    In a statement, the Turkish Armed Forces said an F-4E 2020 aircraft that took off at 8:58 a.m. for training that was planned crashed at 9:50 a.m. for unknown reasons.

    An investigation into the crash is underway.
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  • YARAT to present 'ISOLATION ROOM/GALLERY KIT' project in Baku
    05.03.2015 14:00
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    YARAT is delighted to announce a one month collaborative project with ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT which will take place in Baku, March 2015. The project is scheduled to coincide with American Week, organized by the US Embassy in Baku.

    ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT is an evolving project which consists of a lsquo;gallery kit' or 7' x 7'x 9' box which can be readily constructed in any interior space. ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT then forms a modular viewing space or gallery, complete with lighting rig, in which an individual art work can be shown. The project will host a changing series of exhibitions showing work by two artists from the United States alongside 2-3 Azerbaijani artists. Local artists were selected through an open call engaging the local art scene and promoting an exchange between American and Azerbaijani artists.

    Originally conceived by Daniel McGrath and Dana Turkovic in St. Louis, America, in July 2010 ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT allows the artists to place a work of art into a state of quarantine, removed from any pre-existing themes or contextualisations. Forcing both the viewer and the artwork into a confined space, the project encourages spectators to engage with the work on a purely aesthetic level and re-establishes the relationship between artists, curator and audience.

    Over three and half years, ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT has been built and experienced in a variety of local, national and international venues such as: The Fabrikken, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Lemp Brewery, St. Louis; Hunter College Galleries, New York; The Luminary, St. Louis; and has exhibited works by Ed Ruscha, Marcel Dzama and Alison Jackson.

    To accompany the work, YARAT will organise an additional lectures and discussions by Daniel McGrath and Dana Turkovic.

    11 Mar, 7:30pm - The Matroyshka Model and other Curatorial Projects , a lecture by Dana Turkovic

    13 Mar, 7:00pm - Revenge 101 Lecture , a lecture by Daniel McGrath

    YARAT is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded by Aida Mahmudova and a group of artists in 2011, YARAT is dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally.

    YARAT (which means create in Azerbaijani) has commissioned over 80 projects to date, the majority in Baku, Azerbaijan. Education is at the core of YARAT's work and they hold artist residencies, workshops, lectures, and screenings and in 2014 they launched a summer school. YARAT's programme ARTIM (meaning progress in Azerbaijani supports young practitioners in the arts providing opportunities to curate and feature their work in exhibitions. In 2012, YARAT opened a social enterprise YAY Gallery, where proceeds are shared between the artists and YARAT.

    YARAT's has produced two Public Art Festivals in Baku, exhibitions in collaboration with the city's museums and international projects such as a collateral event for the 55th Venice Biennale and the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

    The organisation continues to grow; in 2014 YARAT opened a new building housing artists' studios and apartments to support their residency programme. YARAT Contemporary Art Centre opens in March 2015 and is the organisation's first permanent project space and a hub for contemporary art and art education for the Caucasus, Central Asia and neighbouring countries.

    About The Curators

    Daniel McGrath is an adjunct professor in the art department at Lindenwood University in St. Louis. In 2005, he received his Master of Arts from King's College - University of London. In 2000, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the UCLA. He is co-director of ISOLATION ROOM/ GALLERY KIT, was co-director of Sweetboy Projects in Los Angeles and has organised exhibitions in Los Angeles, St. Louis and the United Kingdom. He is a contributing art writer for Art Papers, Art US, Review, Sculpture and St. Louis Magazine. He has published essays on the work of Korean artist Fi Jae Lee, local painter Jaime Adams, and book reviews for the Imperial War Museum in London. He has exhibited his work at Hunter College MFA Studios, New York; Office Space, Los Angeles; SweetboyProjects, Los Angeles; Pirate, Burford, UK; PSTL, St. Louis; and the Hunt Gallery, St. Louis. He lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri and is the director of duet, a curatorial project in St. Louis.

    Dana Turkovic is Curator of Exhibitions at Laumeier Sculpture Park. She is also an adjunct professor in the art department at Webster University. In 2005, she received her Master of Arts from Goldsmiths College - University of London in curatorial studies. Though she spent many years as the senior designer for the UCLA Hammer Museum, she has turned her attention to creative curatorial endeavors. She has organised exhibitions in Athens, Greece, Los Angeles at Monte Vista Projects in alternative spaces in London and Oxford in the United Kingdom and in St. Louis at the Contemporary Art Museum, Boots Contemporary Art Space, Ellen Curlee Gallery, White Flag Projects and Schmidt Contemporary Art. She has written for publications such as Art US and Review magazine. She lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Day 2 of Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines kicks off
    05.03.2015 13:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The second day of competitions within the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in Gymnastics Disciplines kicked off on Mar.5.

    On the second day, the competitions will be held for four sets of medals: two sets - in all-around competitions on rhythmic gymnastics (individual gymnasts' and groups' competitions) and another two sets - in combined acrobatic exercises among women and mixed doubles.

    Moreover, qualifications will be held in the competitions of mixed doubles and groups in aerobics, mixed doubles and women in tempo and static exercises in acrobatics, as well as synchronized and individual competitions on trampoline.

    Coming from 22 countries, 133 gymnasts are taking part in the competitions.

    Such stars of world gymnastics as two-time absolute world champion Yana Kudryavtseva, Olympic silver medalist Filip Ude, multiple World Cup winner in rhythmic gymnastics, two-time absolute champion of Azerbaijan and the sports ambassador of the European Games Marina Durunda and many others are among them.

    What makes this competition special is that it will be held on the same scheme with the First European Games. This will set a precedent in the history of gymnastics and a great opportunity for the masters of aerobics and acrobats to compete together with rhythmic and artistic gymnasts and trampoliners under one roof.

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  • Agreement reached on some controversial points in draft convention on Caspian Sea status
    05.03.2015 13:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    Trend:

    The Caspian Sea countries have reached an agreement on some controversial points in the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told reporters on Mar.5.

    He made the remarks following the 39th meeting of the working group on determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the level of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea countries.

    The meeting was held on Mar.4-5 in Baku with participation of representatives of all five littoral states.

    During the negotiations held on Mar.4-5, broad discussions were held on the paragraphs of the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea and the Astrakhan Declaration of the heads of Caspian Sea countries, said Khalafov.

    Story still developing

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  • Deputies of minister for development of IT and communications appointed in Uzbekistan
    05.03.2015 13:43
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 5

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbek President Islam Karimov has signed a decree to appoint the deputies of the minister for development of information technologies (IT) and communications.

    Alisher Faizullaev, who previously served as the deputy head of the State Committee of Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies, was appointed the deputy minister, according to the decree, the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications told Trend.

    Other members of the previous management of the committee, Miradil Sangilov and South Korean citizen Kim Nam-sok have also been appointed the deputy ministers. Kim Nam-sok's position is lsquo;deputy minister - ICT consultant'.

    Moreover, Umidjon Alamov, Ibrohim Juraev were also appointed deputies of the minister for IT and communications of Uzbekistan.

    The number of deputies of the minister (including the first deputy minister) has been reduced from six to five.

    The Ministry for Development of IT and Communications itself was created in accordance with the decree of Uzbek president in early February 2015 on the basis of the State Committee of Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies. That time, the president also appointed Khurshid Mirzahidov as the minister.

    Ensuring the implementation of a unified state policy in the field of information technologies and communications, creating the "e-government" are among the main tasks and directions of the new ministry's activity.

    Working out and implementing the comprehensive programs for the implementation and development of the national information and communication system are also among these tasks.

    The ministry will also execute the functions of government regulation, licensing and control of the activities in telecommunications area and in the use of the radio spectrum.

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  • Hungary simplifies visa issuance procedure for Azerbaijani citizens
    05.03.2015 13:25
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Hungary will open a visa center in Baku in the near future, Hungarian ambassador to Azerbaijan Zsolt Chutora told Trend March 5.

    The center will render technical services while issuing a Schengen visa for the citizens of Azerbaijan.

    "The consular department of the Hungarian embassy in Azerbaijan will charge this center with passport procedure for visa issuance. This center will be managed by a Hungarian company.

    Chutora said that the opening of the visa center would greatly facilitate a visa obtaining procedure for citizens of Azerbaijan visiting this country.

    Hungarian WizzAir airline will resume Baku-Budapest-Baku flights by late March in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement on air service.

    Until now, the direct flights between Baku and Budapest have been carried out with the memorandum of cooperation signed by the civil aviation administrations of the two countries.

    The period of the memorandum validity was extended several times. It expired October 26, 2014 in accordance with the recent decision on prolongation.

    Moreover, the embassy plans to expand the work of the consular department in connection with the influx of tourists.

    According to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Hungary amounted to $95.55 million as of 2014. Around $71.56 million accounted for Azerbaijani exports. The trade turnover increased by 2.9 times due to an increase in exports by 1,560 times compared to 2013.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan plays important role as first supplier of Caspian gas to EU
    05.03.2015 13:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan plays an important role as the first supplier of the Caspian gas to the EU market, analyst at "Eurasia Energy Observer" Andrej Tibold told Trend on lsquo;This week in focus' episode. "The Southern Gas Corridor has become a priority project in the European Union," he said. "There are several reasons for that."

    "From the beginning the Southern Gas Corridor has been an alternative source of supply," Tibold said. The diversification has been the main stake here."

    Tibold said that another benefit of this project is that alternative sources of supply are good for liquidity on the gas market.

    "The markets targeted by the Southern Gas Corridor are mainly located in the South-East Europe, which are not really liquid," Tibold said. "More liquidity, more diversity - that is what the Southern Gas Corridor can bring to the European market."

    He said that the increased tensions between the EU and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, has made it even more necessary to not only look for alternative gas supply sources for Europe, but also to develop renewable energy sources and increase of energy efficiency.

    The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority energy projects for the EU. The project is aimed at diversification of routes and sources of energy supply and thereby increase EU's energy security. It envisages the delivery of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to Europe.

    The gas to be produced as part of the second stage of the field's development will be exported to Turkey and European markets through the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline and the construction of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

    While talking about the new Turkish Stream project initiated by Russia instead of the failed South Stream, Tibold said that the new project is not much different from the previous one.

    The volumes of the Russian gas supplies are still the same," he said. "The location where gas enters Europe has not changed much."

    Tibold said that Russia will not accept failure with Turkish Stream, since it has already invested a lot in creating its own infrastructure for the South Stream.

    In particular, he said Russia has already invested in creating its own "South Corridor" on its territory for gas supply to compressor station Russkaya.

    During the talks in Turkey on December 1, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about ceasing the South Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Bulgaria. A new Turkish Stream project was immediately initiated.

    In December 2014, Russian company Gazprom and Turkish company Botas signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey. The pipeline's transportation capacity is projected to stand at 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    Of these, some 14 billion cubic meters of gas is intended for delivery to Turkey and the remaining volumes, about 50 billion cubic meters of gas, will be delivered to the border of Turkey with Greece.

    The gas pipeline is projected to run on 660-kilometer section of the route, on which it was planned to build the South Stream, and on 250-kilometer section in a new corridor towards the European part of Turkey.

    It is also planned that the first line of the pipeline, with a pumping capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year, will be stretched to Turkey in December 2016.

    You can follow the program on Twitter or Facebook. The program has its own channel in Youtube.

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  • Armenian minister forgets to look in mirror
    05.03.2015 12:52
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    An ardent plea by Armenia's foreign minister condemning terrorism at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has sparked criticism from the political elite.

    A surprising statement from Edward Nalbandyan showed that Armenia's terror activities worldwide remain far from his sight as he enthusiastically commented on global terror.

    Looking back through Armenia's recent history we can see how Armenian terror organizations have insidiously pushed to promote their "greater Armenia" agenda through violence.

    Global terrorism as a phenomenon contains a part related to Armenia's history since Armenia conducted terrorism itself - for example the notorious ASALA group committed atrocities.

    Armenian terror's footprints have been visible all over the world, from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Switzerland.

    And since the foreign minister of Armenia tries to teach the world about anti-terrorism, telling the world what to do while turning a blind eye to Armenian-rooted terrorism, it maybe time for Armenia to hold a mirror to its own crimes.

    Nalbandyan has apparently forgotten to look in the mirror before calling on the international community to take firm actions against terrorism and other dangerous threats.

    Either Nalbandyan pretends to be unaware of ASALA's contribution to international terrorism or he is just playing a word game, trying to deflect attention from Armenia in relation to terrorism.

    Who is ASALA? ASALA stands for the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia. It's an internationally recognized terror organization. The U.S. Department of State included ASALA in its list of terrorist organizations in the 1980s. The National Counterterrorism Center of the U.S. said ASALA committed 84 terror attacks, 46 killings and 299 injures worldwide.

    A century-long aggression of Armenian terror resulted in numerous bloody atrocities, including 30 terror attacks committed via direct participation of Armenia-rooted terror groups, according to Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.

    Armenian terror organizations, headed by the flagman ASALA arranged 373 terror operations against Azerbaijan in the first years of independence. Armenian terror claimed 613 lives in Azerbaijan's Khojaly city subjecting the people to a genocide based on ethnic hatred.

    "Nalbandyan's words about global terrorism match completely the vandalism Armenians carried out against Azerbaijanis, and material and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan in the occupied territories," Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Hikmet Hajiyev said.

    ASALA Fighters, successor of ASALA, named Turkey, Azerbaijan and Zionists as the main enemies of the Armenian people.

    ASALA's numerous terror actions committed between 1970 and 1980 around the world against Turkish diplomats resulted in the deaths of more than 40 Turkish diplomats.

    Broken promises from European countries to help Armenians attain their dream of creating a "greater Armenia" has pushed ASALA to commit four consecutive terror acts in Switzerland in July 1981, targeting the federal parliament, Zurich Airport, a Lausanne department store and a Geneva bus station, killing one and injuring 31.

    Nalbandyan's statement comes up as Azerbaijan sets to commemorate the victims of a terror attack in Baku. Sadval, a Lezghin terrorist group, organized a deadly blast in the Baku metro in March 19, 1994, killing 14 and injuring 49. Further investigation into the attacks exposed Armenia's then authorities as the main sponsor in term of money and arms to the terror group.

    As the global community braces itself for severe fights against terrorism, the Armenian terror still poses a threat to the peace and stability, both in the world and in the region.
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  • Europeв's security depends on Karabakh conflict settlement - Polish ambassador
    05.03.2015 12:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    The security of entire Europe depends on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Polish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Marek Calka told Trend.

    He said that Poland is concerned by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    "Taking into account the developments in the Russian-Ukrainian relations, as well as those between East and West, we understand that in this regard, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a precedent," the diplomat said.

    "The internationally recognized borders of one country have been violated in Nagorno-Karabakh for the last quarter of the century," the diplomat said. The conflict broke out there for the first time. It has not been resolved up till now. In fact, Europe's territory was occupied. And the occupation has been continued for a quarter of the century. Of course, this question is one of the most painful in the European policy. At least, this is the official point of view of the Polish side."

    "Historically, the people fighting with each other resettled in Europe," the ambassador said. "The borders of the countries changed. But later the unchanged boundaries were defined among the European countries."

    The diplomat said that later the conflicts occurred in the Balkans, the post-Soviet area, including Nagorno-Karabakh, which has not been resolved up till now.

    The ambassador said that if there is a negative precedent and a win-win decision is not made, it does not mean one should start a war or the borders.

    "All this reminds the events of 18th and 19th centuries, the practice of the totalitarian regime of 1930-1940s of the last century," the diplomat said. "The people were exposed to the "brown" and "red" terror and subsequently turned out to be in Auschwitz and Siberia.

    He said that all crimes of this century trace their roots back to the events of those days.

    "Today, all of us in Europe need to think about our borders, peace, stability and prosperity," the ambassador said.

    "Azerbaijan is the leading country in the region," said Calka. "We must build a strategic relationship with this country. Poland will always contribute to the preservation of the sovereignty and independence of Azerbaijan."

    He said that Poland, as a member of the EU and the OSCE, as far as possible will help restore the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, using, of course, political and diplomatic methods.

    He said that Poland supports the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and wants to make it more effective.

    "But it is not in our diplomatic competence," said the ambassador.

    The OSCE Minsk Group includes several large players, and one has to reckon with their views, according to the diplomat.

    "I hope that all of us will be able to come to such a decision on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will suit its sides, the peoples of the South Caucasus and bring peace and stability to the region," said Calka.

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

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

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  • Azerbaijan to export weapons to some Arab countries
    05.03.2015 12:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 5

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense Industry will export weapons, ammunition and other defense goods to a number of Arab countries, AzeriDefence magazine reported with reference to Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yaver Jamalov.

    Jamalov said that Azerbaijan has received appropriate orders from a number of Arab countries at the international defense industry exhibition IDEX-2015, held in Abu Dhabi February 22-28.

    "Today, the Arab region is a promising market for the defense industry worldwide," he said. "Azerbaijan is also interested in this market."

    He said that a number of Arab countries are interested in acquiring weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.

    "The relevant export contract will be signed among Azerbaijan and these countries in the near future," he said.

    The great interest was shown to the ministry's goods presented at the International Defense Industry Exhibition IDEX-2015, held in Abu Dhabi, the ministry told Trend earlier.

    In particular, sniper rifles "Д°stiqlal-1T", "Mubariz", "Yalquzaq", "Yirtici", "Simsek-10" machine gun, various types of ammunition were demonstrated. A 5.56mm caliber rifle, meeting the NATO standards, was presented for the first time.

    Edited by CN

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