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11.05.2013 00:57
Winners of the 9th National Internet Award NETTY 2013 is chosen in Azerbaijan, the website of theMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology said.

According to the terms of the contest, participants can submit their applications for registration ofwebsites and projects from April 3 to May 31, 2013. For participation applicants should register on theNETTYwebsite:

Votingof the Expert Council and Virtual Jury to determine the nominees for the prizewill be held simultaneously from June 1 to June 11.

On June 12,the NETTY Academy will start its voting which will will be based on afinalchoice of the Expert Council that selects three nominees for each category and Virtual jury that selects one nominee for each category.

The Academy chooses a single award winner in each of 12 nominations. At the same time it votes on non-competitive honorary and 'special mention' prize nominations.

A new 'special mention' prize nomination for "Best mobile device applications" was open in 2013. The most popular and in-demand applications built in Azerbaijan on the basis of mobile systems Android, iOS, Windows Phone will be determined within the nomination.

This year the Academy will also traditionally award a honorary prize "For contribution to development of the domestic information technologies" and "IT developments of the year".

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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    By AzerNews

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    By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:

    China intends to take part in the upcoming satellite projects in Azerbaijan, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Azerbaijan, Hong Jiuyin said at a meeting with the Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov.

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    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by C.N.

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    24.04.2014 16:31
    By AzerNews

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    "The Last One", another Azerbaijani film by Sergei Pikalov, will also appear for the first time at the Short Film Corner competition at the festival.

    The film is a philosophical parable about two Azerbaijani heroes - a lonely old man, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War and a 15-year-old peddler played by Idris Rustamov and George Gafarov- living in a small village.

    The Festival de Cannes will be held on May14-25.

    The jury will be headed by the Iranian director and screenwriter and winner of the "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 Abbas Kiarostami.
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    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili received German and French foreign ministers, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius on April 24.

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    During the meeting, the parties discussed the issue regarding the signing of the association agreement between Georgia and the European Union (EU) and the prospects for the country's integration into NATO.

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    At the end of the meeting, German and French foreign ministers expressed their countries' support to the policy pursued by Georgia in the international arena.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by: S.I.

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  • GUAM Secretariat holds meeting of Working Group on Culture and Tourism
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    Azerbaijan was represented by deputy minister of culture and tourism Nazim Samadov, counselor of the Embassy Nazim Aliyev and consultant of the Ministry Tamerlan Akhundov.

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    The participants discussed a wide range of issues, including the establishment of mechanisms of information and statistical data exchange.

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  • Eurasian Economic Union can contribute to technical progress of member states
    24.04.2014 16:02
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 24

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The Eurasian Economic Union can contribute to the development of technical progress in member states, according to Kazakh political analyst Eduard Poletaev.

    "The economic structure in our countries is quite primitive and if we want to produce something from finished products, to make a full production cycle, but not only export natural resources, we need a comprehensive program for scientific and technical progress with participation of several countries, as it was during the Soviet period. I believe, the Eurasian Economic Union can contribute to this aim," Poletaev said on April 23 during the 'round table' held by the World of Eurasia Fund on the topic 'Integration: The Eurasian Economic Union project reached the stage of signing'.

    At present, it is difficult to forecast any criteria of success which the Eurasian Economic Union seeks to achieve, according to the political analyst.

    "It is difficult to define the measurable factors as well. We will probably be guided by some macroeconomic indicators used by our officials. First of all, these indicators include the growth of GDP, import, export and etc.," the expert said.

    He recalled that the economic growth of both Russia and Kazakhstan mainly provided by the export of natural resources.

    "Meanwhile, some states have other examples of success criteria. They are: the technological innovation, research, development and high level of education. That's to say, the criteria of success are not only related to GDP growth," Poletaev said.

    The desire to become a leading state is a positive intention per se, according to the expert.

    "And one of the main points of growth is just the desire to turn the Eurasian Economic Union into a more or less successful post-Soviet integration structure. It is obvious that after the collapse of the USSR in all three countries, economic growth was regarded as one of the main criteria of success. At the same time, the succession of the general idea was maintained: everything that supports high growth rate, strengthens economic security of a country and meets the national interests of a state, is good," the expert said.

    Namely, this understanding dominates in Kazakhstan up until now, according to Poletaev.

    "It is approved at the highest level that the Eurasian Economic Union is first of all an economic, but not a political union. Nevertheless, the difficulty lies in the fact that integration is a more worldview issue. And it has its own specification, successes and difficulties in every state," the expert said.

    The year of 2014 will be crucial for the integration in the post-Soviet space. The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will sign an agreement to establish the Eurasian Economic Union in May, 2014. This year marks 20 years from the time when the idea for creating this integration association was put forward.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijan`s Abbasov draws with Group B leader French Bacrot in Shamkir Chess-2014
    24.04.2014 15:55
    Azerbaijan`s Nijat Abbasov has been held to a draw by the Group B leader French Etienne Bacrot in the fourth round in the Shamkir Chess-2014 tournament in the Azerbaijani city of Shamkir.

    At a press conference following the game, Abbasov, the youngest player in the tournament, said Shamkir Chess-2014 "is the biggest tournament I have ever attended in my life".

    "Playing against strong players is both a big responsibility and a good chance to gain experience."

    Abbasov described his draw with Bacrot as "a good result."

    The French chess player said he aimed to finish as the winner of the Group B.
  • Czech delegation pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    24.04.2014 15:54
    A delegation led by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jiri Havlicek has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    The delegation also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    They then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    The Czech delegation laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
  • First ever game about Icherisheher creates in Azerbaijan
    24.04.2014 15:51
    Translated by Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Director of the "Azdimension" games company Farid Akhverdiyev spoke about computer gamesВ  in Azerbaijan in an interview with Echo, informs Day.Az.


    - Tell us, what is computer game for today?


    - Computer games are no longer "toys", but a multi-million business, complete industry with its giants as Rockstar North, Ubisoft and others. Incomes from the games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty tops revenues of the Hollywwod bestsellers. It means millions of gamers, bunch of exhibitions and conferences, annual rankings, private TV channels, magazines etc. Computer games have rightly been recognized as an individual form of art, along with the theater, cinema and etc. by the U.S. government and American National Fund.


    And it means that video games industry will now be financed by the government on par with the film industry. Attitude by the minister of culture of France who pledged state support to its creators deserves the thumbs up in particular: "People have humiliated computer games too long by missing their huge creative potential. Call me minister of video games, if you want. I will only be proud of it." And SONY is not only TV sets and laptops anymore as its main income comes from Playstation. Microsoft with Xbox kicks its interest to Windows down. It's a pity that computer games have not their directors during production progress, they are given birth by team work. If there are directors, then the creator of "The Last of Us" will no doubtedly be named the best instead of Lucas and Cameron.В 

    You can read the full interview at Echo.Az.
  • US-Azerbaijani relations discussed in US air force academy
    24.04.2014 15:37
    Azerbaijani ambassador to Washington Elin Suleymanov has visited the Academy of Air Forces of the United States in Springs city (Colorado).

    According to, at the meeting with head of the academy, general Michele Johnson and other high-ranking members of the university command exchanged views on issues of cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijan in military sphere, regional and transregional importance of Azerbaijan.

    General M.Johnson expressed gratitude to official Baku for constant support, partner and ally relations with the United States.

    Noting that the geographical position of Azerbaijan opens up big transit opportunities to the country, she noted that owing the major transport projects the country's importance will further enhance. Johnson recalled with satisfaction her visit to Azerbaijan a few years ago.

    Then E.Suleymanov spoke before the academy students. The ambassador noted that partnership between the United States and Azerbaijan further expanded after the tragic events of 11 September when Baku started to provide active support to combat against international terrorism.

    The diplomat attracted attention to opening of the Azerbaijani air space for transit of cargos to the international coalition in Afghanistan. He noted that today 40% of all cargo to this country is supplied via Azerbaijan.

    He further spoke about Azerbaijan's contribution to the energy security of Europe, particularly, the implementation of the South gas corridor.

    Suleymanov informed the audience in detail about the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and stated that 20% of Azerbaijani lands are still under Armenian occupation. The ambassador noted that as the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair the United States has to do everything possible to support the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the states.

  • Kazakhstan, Romania to strengthen cooperation
    24.04.2014 15:33
    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 24

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The consultations were held between the Kazakh and Romanian foreign ministries at the level of Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Volkov and State Secretary of the Romanian Foreign Ministry Bogdan Aurescu in Bucharest, the Kazakh foreign ministry reported on April 23.

    A bilateral meeting was held between the head of the Kazakh delegation and Romanian Foreign Minister Titus CorlДѓЕЈean as part of the visit.

    The sides discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral cooperation issues and exchanged views on relevant issues of international and regional agenda. Particular attention was paid to the development of trade-economic, investment, cultural-humanitarian cooperation, prospects for mutually beneficial use of transit and transport potential of the two countries, as well as the expansion of the legal framework. The sides stressed the high level of cooperation in the energy sector, based on the activity of KazMunaiGas International.

    The sides attach importance to the activity of the Romanian-Kazakh intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

    Volkov invited Romania to actively participate in the EXPO-2017 international exhibition in Astana. He called for the joint implementation of priority investment projects in Kazakhstan as part of the accelerated industrial-innovative development program.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • International Olympic Academy president to visit Baku
    24.04.2014 15:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24


    The International Olympic Academy president Isidoro Kouvelos will visit Baku April 26-29, the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora said on April 23.

    Kouvelos will participate in the second Global Open Society Forum, to be held in Baku.

    He repeatedly visited Azerbaijan and discussed the prospects of further relations between the academy and Azerbaijan with the relevant organizations, as well as the projects to be implemented by the academy as part of the Baku-2015 First European Games.

    The academy, established in Greece in 1961, operates under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It systematically organizes workshops on philosophical and ideological problems of sport, history of the Olympic movement and other issues.

    Along with many former heads of states and governments, the representatives of international organizations will attend the second Global Open Society Forum, organized by the State Committee for Work with Diaspora, together with the Nizami Ganjavi International Center and the Madrid club.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Protests to be held in Netherlands against opening of "Armenian Genocide" monument
    24.04.2014 15:32
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24


    Azerbaijanis living in the Netherlands will hold a protest action against opening of a monument to so-called Armenian genocide in one of the cities of this country, the Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress said on April 24.

    Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress has made a statement regarding the opening of a monument to so-called Armenian genocide in the city of Almelo, the Netherlands.

    The municipality of the Almelo city gave permission to opening of a monument, however, in reality, there will be opened a monument to so-called Armenian genocide in this city, the statement said.

    Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress urges all Turkic peoples to take part in the protest action against the opening of the monument.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called genocide in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by: S.I.

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  • Guardiola sees no better squad than Real Madrid
    24.04.2014 15:10
    Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola claims there is "no better team than Real Madrid" after his side were beaten 1-0 in the Champions League at Santiago Bernabeu.

    The Spaniard had never lost as a coach at Madrid's stadium until Wednesday, when Karim Benzema's strike was enough to put the reigning European champions to the sword in the opening leg of their semi-final clash.

    Guardiola insists he was proud of the way his players approached the game but acknowledged their lack of cutting edge ultimately cost them against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

    "We lost," Guardiola said to Sky after the match. "It was a difficult game, but there is still a second leg and we will try to get every player in shape for that.

    "Madrid have always played like this. They are so quick. They let you play and wait for you to lose the ball. You have to be very neat and very organised, and we did that. I am very, very proud of my team.

    "There is no better team than Madrid and we just lacked a goal. Now we have to score two or three and we will work towards that."

    There was a late shout for a penalty in Bayern's favour from Thomas Muller when the German forward went down under a challenge from Xabi Alonso as he tried to turn inside the area in the dying minutes.

    However, the former Barcelona boss responded "no, I don't think so," when asked if a spot kick should have been given.

    The Bavarians will aim to turn the tie on its head when they host Madrid in the return leg next Tuesday.

  • Cairo court jails Azhar students, professors over protests
    24.04.2014 14:57
    A Cairo city court sentenced 10 students and three professors from al-Azhar University to three years in prison on charges of illegal protesting, Egyptian daily al-Ahram reported on Wednesday.

    Egypt's interim government introduced a new protest law in November, which criminalizes protests and demonstrations that were not previously approved by authorities, Al Arabiya reported.

    The university had witnessed violent clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted former President Mohammad Mursi - who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood - since last August, following his army-backed overthrow in July.

    Security officers stormed al-Azhar's campus Wednesday night in a crackdown on protesting students, after a long night of demonstrations calling for the release of students detained under the controversial Protest Law, newspaper Daily News Egypt reported Thursday.

    "Armored personnel carriers approached the students and forced them outside the university," Ahmed Adel, a spokesman for the al-Azhar Student Union was quoted by the daily as saying.

    Clashes began after students re-entered the premises. "Security forces threw tear gas bombs," he added.

    In previous months, tens of students have been jailed, while others were expelled from the university over their involvement in the clashes.

    After a major crackdown on Islamist supporters of the ousted president and members of the Muslim Brotherhood - including some of their top leaders - students have remained at the forefront of the resistance move against the authorities.

    Near-daily clashes take place in Cairo's universities, a trend that has prompted authorities to allow campus security forces and university administrations to expel students protesting and demonstrating, added the news website.

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  • Baku hosts Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"
    24.04.2014 14:56
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan's State Russian Drama Theater hosted William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Trend Life reports.

    The play was dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the legendary English poet and actor who is considered one of the most famous playwrights of the world.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief Director of the theater Alexander Sharovsky and head of British Council in Azerbaijan Elizabeth White noted that William Shakespeare's name is written in golden letters in the history of art and his works are staged at the best theaters of the world.

    The performance was staged by Iskander Sakayev, a director from St. Petersburg and a pupil of Valery Fokin, the Chief and Artistic Director of The Meyerhold Centre in Moscow and the Artistic Director of the Alexandrinksy Theatre.

    For staging "Midsummer Night's Dream", Azerbaijan's State Russian Drama Theater was awarded the prize "Zirva" in the "For the development of theatrical art" category established by the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry.

    William Shakespeare, an English poet, playwright and actor who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".

    His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.

    His plays have been translated into every major living language and performed more often than those of any other playwright.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy play by the English poet, is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. Portraying the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, it includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works on stage and is widely performed across the world.
  • Kerry tells Egypt FM: U.S. military aid could resume
    24.04.2014 14:55
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy that Washington's military aid to his country could resume, partly due to Cairo's upholding of its peace treaty with Israel, the newspaper Daily News Egypt reported on Wednesday.

    "Kerry was certifying to the Congress that Cairo was sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States," and "upholding its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty," the State Department quoted the readout of a phone conversation that took place between the top U.S. diplomat and his Egyptian counterpart, Al Arabiya reported.

    However, Kerry noted that he was not able to certify "that Egypt is taking steps to support a democratic transition."

    In July last year, a popularly-backed military coup ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

    After the toppling of Mursi, his supporters and leaders of the Brotherhood were quelled with hundreds of them jailed and given death sentences.

    Washington had imposed a temporary freeze on the delivery of major weapons to Egypt, including Apache helicopters, following the brutal crackdown on Mursi supporters by the military-installed authorities.

    Kerry expressed that a democratic transition would include "easing restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, and the media."

    After Mursi's ouster, Egypt passed a law demanding would-be protesters to take permission from the government in order to demonstrate, agitating the so-called revolutionary youth who ousted former President Hosni Mubarak after his three-decade reign in power.

    In January, the Congress passed a bill allocating in military aid to Egypt under certain conditions.

    Under the conditions, Egypt must hold a referendum on a new constitution, show it was taking steps to support a democratic transition, maintain its strategic relationship with the U.S., and fulfill its obligations under the peace treaty with Israel to get the aid flowing back.

    On Wednesday, Egypt's foreign ministry reported that Fahmy was travelling to the United States, a day after Washington decided to provide Cairo with 10 Apache military helicopters.

    Fahmy is expected to meet officials in Washington and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon during his visit. He is also due to meet representatives of think tanks and will speak at a seminar in San Francisco, the ministry said, without specifying how long the trip will last, Agence France-Presse reported.

    U.S. officials said on Tuesday Washington will provide Cairo with the 10 Apache aircraft to strengthen Egypt's counter-terrorism operations in the restive Sinai Peninsula where it is fighting a growing militancy.

    But a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday the delivery of other weapons, including F-16 fighter jets, would remain temporarily suspended.

    The U.S. has struggled to balance its concerns over human rights abuses with a strategic interest in keeping up counter-terrorism ties with Cairo and maintaining the Egypt-Israel peace accord.

    Egypt will hold a presidential election on May 26-27, which former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi - who deposed Mursi in July - is expected to win.

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  • Dutch delegation visits ADA University
    24.04.2014 14:51
    A delegation from the Netherlands has visited ADA University in Baku.

    The delegation had a meeting with rector of ADA University, deputy FM Hafiz Pashayev, who hailed Azerbaijan-Netherlands relations as close and fruitful.

    He praised the to countries` cooperation in diplomatic, cultural and educational fields.

    Head of the Dutch delegation, former PACE president Rene Van der Linden emphasized the importance of expanding cooperation between the two countries on social, economic and educational fronts.

    Dutch ambassador in Baku Robbert J. Gabrieuml;lse underlined the role of business meetings in developing relations between the countries.

    Vice rector of ADA University Emin Huseynov provided an insight into Azerbaijan`s economic achievements, and business and investment environment.
  • Caruano beats Carlsen in 4th round of Shamkir Chess-2014
    24.04.2014 14:50
    Italian Fabiano Caruano has outclassed reigning world chess champion and the world`s current number one Magnus Carlsen in the fourth round in the Group A in the Shamkir Chess-2014 tournament.

    The win helped Caruano equal with Carlsen on points as they now enjoy shared grip of the Group A in the tournament that pays tribute to Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov.

    The round also saw Azerbaijan`s Shahriyar Mammadyarov draw with Russian Sergey Karyakin, while another Azerbaijani grandmaster Teymur Rajabov drew with Hikaru Nakamura of the USA.
  • Ignition in oil receiving point extinguished in Baku (UPDATE)
    24.04.2014 14:48
    the details added (the first version posted at 11:05)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    No one was injured as a result of ignition at one of the tanks of oil receiving points in Baku's Sabail district, SOCAR said on April 24.

    The ignition occurred at 09:40 local time on April 24. The oil tank is on the balance of the Bibieybatneft oil and gas department under SOCAR's Azneft production association.

    The ignition was rapidly extinguished by the firemen of the ministry of emergency situations. Currently, the cause of the incident is being specified, according to the report.

    The oil from the reservoir was pumped on April 23 and it was possible to avoid its loss as a result of an emergency situation, according to the report.

    Translated by NH

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  • Chinese delegation visits Baku State University
    24.04.2014 14:47
    Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Global Times newspaper Hu Xijin and Deputy Huang Lei have visited Baku State University to meet rector Abel Maharramov.

    Maharramov highlighted the activities of the University, as well as its international relations.

    The rector also spoke about relations of Baku State University with higher schools of China.

    Hu Xijin, in turn, provided information about the Chinese Global Times newspaper.

    The Chinese delegation familiarized themselves with the Confucius Institute under Baku State University.

  • The Contract of the Century '˜introducedв' Azerbaijan to the world as a reliable
    24.04.2014 14:43
    ''The Contract of the Century has introduced Azerbaijan to the world as a reliable partner,'' said vice president of the country`s state oil firm, SOCAR, Khoshbakht Yusifzade.

    "Signed as a result of national leader Heydar Aliyev`s oil strategy in 1994, the Contract of the Century is considered the largest and most expensive oil agreement in the world," said Yusifzade as he addressed the International Caspian Energy Forum - 2014 in Baku.

    "The Contract of the Century has proven itself both politically and economically. The political importance of the contract is that the world's leading oil companies have recognized Azerbaijan as a reliable partner and began to cooperate with Baku."

    "The economic importance lies in the fact that Azerbaijan`s oil and gas production has increased dramatically, paving the way for the development of the non-oil sector of the economy," the SOCAR vice president said.

    "If in 1997 Azerbaijan was producing 9 million tons of oil, in 2010 the figure reached 51 million tons," Yusifzade added.

  • Georgiaв's association agreement with EU to support growth of Greek investments
    24.04.2014 14:43
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze met with her Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos during her visit to Athens. The sides discussed bilateral relations, as well as the process of European integration of Georgia, the Georgian foreign ministry told Trend on April 23.

    "The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere," Venizelos said at the joint press-conference after the meeting.

    "We emphasized the special relations between our two countries," Venizelos said. "Georgia will be even closer to Europe after signing an association agreement. This will contribute to an increase in Greek investments in Georgia."

    Panjikidze stressed that 2014 is of particular importance in the relations between Georgia and the European Union. An association agreement will be signed in June 2014.

    "We are pleased that this important event will happen when Greece presides over the EU," Panjikidze said. "We are confident that the Greek government will play an important role in the beginning of a new stage in the relations between Georgia and the EU."

    Panjikidze spoke about the country's recent progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration.

    The situation in the region, the crisis in Ukraine and the relations with Russia were discussed.

    "The Georgian government has chosen a very correct strategy in this situation, trying to normalize the relations with Russia in a way that does not harm its relations with NATO and the EU," Venizelos said.

    The foreign ministers stressed the importance of exchanging high-level visits. Panjikidze invited her Greek counterpart to visit Georgia.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • U.S. would reassess aid if Hamas-PLO form government
    24.04.2014 14:34
    The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

    "Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties," the official said, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

    "If a new Palestinian government is formed, we will assess it based on its adherence to the stipulations above, its policies and actions, and will determine any implications for our assistance based on U.S. law," the official said.

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  • 12th Eurasian Media Forum kicks off in Astana
    24.04.2014 14:26
    The 12th Eurasian Media Forum has today started at the Palace of Independence in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    The event brings together public and political figures economists, experts and journalists from over the world, and representatives of international organizations.

    Employee of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Kifayat Aliyeva is among the participants.

    Kazakhstan's Secretary of State Adilbek Dzhaksybekov read out a congratulatory letter by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the forum participants.

    "The Eurasian Media Forum is an efficient platform for exchange of views among the politicians, experts and journalists. During the past 12 years, the forum has brought together more than 5,000 delegates from all over the world. More than 5,000 representatives of the media have covered the forum," the Kazakh leader said in his letter.

    Ukraine, Syria and Iran will all be on the agenda for debate at the Palace of Independence, along with regional and social questions.

    The Eurasian Media Forum is the most prominent international media initiative in Eurasia aimed at defining the strategic role of Eurasia in world affairs, exploring a new approach to international relations, promoting equality of access to reliable public information throughout the area and encouraging the highest standards of journalism.

    The Eurasian Media Forum facilitates the professional development of the Eurasian media and promotes international public understanding of Eurasian issues.
  • Visa center strengthens ties between Azerbaijan and UK citizens
    24.04.2014 14:22
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    The opening of a visa center in Baku is the next step towards further strengthening of the ties between Azerbaijani and UK citizens, British Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Irfan Siddiq said on April 24 at the center's opening ceremony.

    The UK wants to provide more simplified, convenient conditions for Azerbaijani citizens' visits to the country, according to Siddiq.

    The UK ambassador pointed out that there was some misunderstanding regarding this issue.

    "Some even said that the embassy will be closed, it will be impossible to get a visa and there will be need to go to another country for this. However, it is untrue. There are no changes in the procedure. Instead of the British embassy you simply come to this office and submit your documents; this procedure is more convenient in this center," Siddiq said.

    The center has been created to render more qualitative services to Azerbaijani citizens, according to the diplomat.

    These services will be rendered promptly, the ambassador said.

    Irfan Siddiq pointed out that it will be possible to get a visa within 15 working days.

    In global context, this model is used in the whole world and visa centers operate in various countries, the representative of Visas and Immigration Center of UK Border Agency, Chris Veit said at the opening ceremony.

    Teleperformance LLC started to manage this center on March 27, 2014.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijani, Spanish businessmen come together in Baku
    24.04.2014 14:17
    An Azerbaijani-Spanish business forum has started in Baku.

    Organized by the Azerbaijani export and investment promotion foundation, AZPROMO, the event brings together businessmen from a wide range of fields of economy.

    Speaking to the forum, economy and industry minister Shahin Mustafayev said Azerbaijan placed particular emphasis on the development of its relations with the European Union countries, including Spain.

    He expressed confidence the business forum would help the two countries elevate their relations to a new level.
  • International conference on development of women entrepreneurship starts in Baku
    24.04.2014 14:16
    An international conference on development of women entrepreneurship has kicked off in Baku. The conference is organized by the Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children`s Problems under the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

    The event is attended by delegates from Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Morocco, Qatar, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

    Chair of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children`s Problems Hijran Huseynova made opening remarks at the conference.

    The conference will focus on the protection of women`s rights, development of women entrepreneurship, and expansion of relations with international organizations.
  • Azerbaijani energy minister: Caspian region`s hydrocarbon reserves to double by 2035
    24.04.2014 14:15
    "Hydrocarbon reserves of the Caspian region will double by 2035 taking into account the new potential deposits, according to the forecasts," Azerbaijani energy minister Natig Aliyev has said.

    "The proven oil reserves of the region constitute between 3.5 and 4 per cent of the world oil reserves, while the proven gas reserves of the region account for 7-11 per cent of the total world reserves."

    He forecast that the Caspian region would become a reliable source of gas supplies to Europe given growing consumption levels and the need for diversifying energy supply routes.

    "An energy corridor is emerging now between the Caspian region and Europe, which stretches from Azerbaijan to Italy," Mr. Aliyev added.
  • "Crazy" elevator pushes the speed boundaries
    24.04.2014 14:11
    In the time it takes you to skim this piece, you could travel 95 stories into the clouds on the world's new fastest elevator.

    The elevator will operate in a new supertall skyscraper being built in Guangzhou, China. With a top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h), this lift will fling you nearly half a kilometer in just 43 seconds.

    That's like riding a speeding commuter train -- into the sky.

    The elevator incorporates high-tech wizardry to give you a comfortable ride even as you're shooting vertically toward the heavens.

    According to manufacturer Hitachi, special technology will regulate air pressure within the car to keep your ears from getting blocked as you fly skywards. "Rollers" will keep the car from swinging wildly from side to side.

    And in case something goes wrong on the way down? Newly developed brakes are high able to resist extreme heat -- up to 300 degrees Celsius, says Hitachi.

    Can't wait to ride it? Too bad -- the Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre skyscraper doesn't officially open until 2016.

    At 1,739 feet (530 meters) tall, the building will be one of the world's tallest -- though not as tall as the current record-holder Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,717 feet (828 meters).

    And even that building will be dwarfed by the upcoming Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, expected to pierce the skies at 3,281 feet (1 kilometer) high.

  • IBA, Berkeley Group launch new project
    24.04.2014 13:57
    The International Bank of Azerbaijan and the Berkeley Group Holdings have embarked on a new project that would allow VIP customers of the bank buy property in London.

    Alexandra Stack, Sales Manager at Berkeley International, said the IBA customers could purchase flats in London through both in-cash payments and mortgage loans.

    She said the prices were varying from 340,000 to 25 million pounds.

    Stack added the flats would be built and designed under famous architectures and designers.
  • Jordan amends anti-terror law to face Syria fallout
    24.04.2014 13:48
    Controversial amendments to Jordan's anti-terrorism law seek to curb the influence of homegrown al-Qaida affiliated jihadists fighting the regime of the kingdom's northern neighbor Syria, analysts said, Naharnet reported.

    New articles added to the law approved by MPs on Tuesday deem "joining or attempting to join armed or terrorist groups, or recruiting or attempting to recruit people to join these groups" acts of terrorism.

    They also outlaw "acts that would expose Jordan or Jordanians to the danger of acts of aggression, or harm the kingdom's relations with another country."

    Hundreds of Jordanian jihadists have joined hardline Islamist rebels in Syria fighting President Bashar Assad's regime.

    Three years into the conflict, many of these battle-hardened Jordanians are returning home, causing deep concern in Amman.

    "Jordan is surrounded by jihadist groups and there is a serious terrorist threat to the kingdom," Oraib Rantawi, head of Amman's Al-Quds Center for Political Studies, told Agence France Presse.

    "I think terrorism might find a suitable environment in Jordan. This environment is still isolated and limited, but at the same it is connected to regional developments, including Syria."

    Jordan passed its first anti-terrorism law in 2006, the year after three bombings targeting hotels in the capital killed 60 people.

    But the kingdom still faces challenges as the bloodshed in Syria shows little sign of abating.

    Amman has repeatedly expressed fears the conflict could spread across its borders, and has on several occasions aired its concerns over the regional impact of jihadists fighting Assad.

    Damascus has accused Jordan's government of backing the uprising by training and arming rebels, a charge denied by Amman, which says it has tightened border controls and jailed dozens trying to slip into Syria illegally.

    "In recent years, many Jordanians traveled to Syria, Iraq and other countries to join jihadist groups. Jordan is worried about that, particularly that Amman considers those who return after jihad as a security threat," Rantawi said.

    The changes to the 2006 terror law are intended to send a clear message - they stipulate the death penalty for the author of any attack that kills someone or uses explosives or biological and chemical substances in terrorist activities.

    "The new amendments came to face the challenges imposed on Jordan by the conflict in Syria," Hassan Abu Hanieh, an expert on Islamist groups, told AFP.

    "Syria has become a major attraction for jihadists, creating a key challenge to the region and the entire world. The changes in the law were made specifically to deal with this issue."

    Jordan's new legislation came after Saudi Arabia listed the Muslim Brotherhood and two Syrian jihadist groups as "terrorist" organizations on March 7, and ordered citizens fighting abroad to return within 15 days or face imprisonment.

    The law now criminalizes "the use of information technology, the Internet or any means of publication or media, or the creation of a website, to facilitate terrorist acts or back groups that promote, support or fund terrorism."

    Some MPs criticized the changes, which Jordanian officials insist have nothing to do with Syria.

    "We are all against terrorism and terrorism is punishable in the penal code and other laws. But the anti-terrorism law in its new form restricts freedoms and could harm the country's image," said MP Mahmud Kharabsheh.

    Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood slammed the law.

    "Jordanian laws have already tackled the issue of terrorism, so I don't think the new changes are justified," said Zaki Bani Rsheid, deputy leader of the Brotherhood.

    "The amendments can be used to serve goals that are not related to fighting terrorism. They are a sign we are turning into a police state."

    Abu Hanieh said Jordan "wants to make it clear to those who want to go join jihadist groups: 'if you join such groups, don't think of coming back'."

    "Jordan is still dealing with the problem from a security viewpoint. Some young people could be brainwashed. So are they victims of terrorism or terrorists?"

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  • Earthquake shakes British Columbia
    24.04.2014 13:42
    An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rattled the coast of British Columbia's Vancouver Island on Wednesday evening and was felt by hundreds of people in dozens of cities in Canada and the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey said, Reuters reported.

    There were no reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was in effect, the National Tsunami Warning Center said.

    The quake, at a depth of 7.1 miles, struck at 8:10 p.m. local time (0310 GMT). It was 58.4 miles south of Port Hardy, Canada, which is about 300 miles northwest of Seattle.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said nearly 800 people reported feeling the quake in dozens of cities, including Vancouver and Seattle. It was followed by aftershocks with magnitudes of 5.0 and 4.2.

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  • Nadal wins Barcelona Open
    24.04.2014 13:37
    Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year and defending champion Rafael Nadal labored to victory on Wednesday.

    Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4.

    Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals.

    ''After losing in the Monte Carlo I wanted to raise my game here,'' Nadal said. ''It just took a while.''

    Eight-time winner Nadal was made to work against the stubborn Ramos, who broke back in the 11th game to force the first-set tiebreaker. Nadal eventually came out on the winning end of a long rally of baseline shots for a 4-2 lead as he went on to take the set.

    Nadal was steadier after that but still could not shake Ramos. He sealed it after a quick talk with the tournament doctor by breaking his fellow left-hander to win the match.

    ''I had to accept that I was going to be made to work today, that I was not playing at my best level,'' Nadal said. ''But I got through it.''

    Nadal will face Ivan Dodig next after the Croatian dismissed Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-1, 6-4.

    Ferrer, meanwhile, will not be facing Nadal in the final for a fifth time after the 55th-ranked Gabashvili dominated Ferrer on his favored clay to reach the last 16.

    Gabashvili kept Ferrer running to the corners, and the fifth-ranked Spaniard was surprisingly unable to keep up with shots he normally returns, looking fatigued at times.

    Ferrer netted to give his opponent a triple set-point opportunity to close out the first frame, which Gabashvili did by smashing a crosscourt forehand Ferrer couldn't handle.

    Gabashvili maintained his play from the start of the second set to race to 3-0 when Ferrer skied his return high and into the crowd. Ferrer, who lost at this same stage last season to Dmitry Tursunov, slapped a crosscourt forehand long for Gabashvili to clinch it.

    ''Three weeks ago I lost to Ferrer in Miami but I dominated that first set. Today, I wanted to maintain my energy and keep it going, which I did for (90) minutes, but any more and it might have been tougher to win,'' Gabashvili said after winning for the first time on the third try against Ferrer.

    Ferrer wasn't the only significant player to exit early as third-seeded Fabio Fognini retired to injury while losing 6-0, 4-0 to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Eighth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine was also ousted by Spanish player Albert Montanes 7-6 (5), 6-3.

    Other second-round winners included sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro and fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes.

  • ''Saving cultural heritage. Armenian falsifications'' conference kicks off in Baku
    24.04.2014 13:10
    A conference titled ''Saving cultural heritage. Armenian falsifications'' started in Baku.

    Organized by the Azerbaijan Copyright Agency, the conference brings together government representatives, MPs, scholars and journalists.

    Addressing the event, chairman of the Copyright Agency Kamran Imanov said the conference marked the World Book and Copyright Day.

    The event featured several reports, including on "The Maiden Tower and Armenian forgery claim" and "The first Gregorian church, the real history of Etchmiadzin Cathedral".

  • Oil prices down in world markets
    24.04.2014 13:06
    The price of oil has fallen in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil decreased $0.31 to stand at $101.44.

    Price of British Brent crude at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased $0.16 to trade $109.11.
  • No ''Armenian genocide'' took place in Turkey
    24.04.2014 13:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    No "Armenian genocide" took place in Turkey in 1915, deputy head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, Mehmet Ali Shahin said on April 24 in his interview with the country's TRT Haber TV channel.

    Not only Armenians, but also Arabs, Kurds, as well as Turks were killed during the events of 1915, according to the party's deputy head.

    There are many facts proving that Armenians revolted in 1915 against the state and have teamed up with foreign invaders against the civilian population, Shahin said.

    "The local population had to defend itself against Armenians," he added.

    Turkey's Cabinet of Ministers spread a message in connection with the events of 1915 on April 23.

    The message says it is important not to be a captive of historical events and there is need to create a foundation for building a common future.

    The events of 1915 were a difficult time not only for the Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country, according to the message.

    "Nevertheless, it is impossible to use the events of 1915 as a tool of political pressure on Turkey," the message of Turkish government said.

    The message says Turkey supports the creation of a joint historical commission to investigate the events of 1915 and expresses condolences to the families of those killed in the events of 1915, including the Armenians.

    The message highlights that the events of 1915 are common grief.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Despite Turkey's efforts on creation of a joint commission with Armenia to investigate the events of 1915, Armenia hasn't responded to this proposal so far.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Iranв's judiciary not to tolerate ''sedition''
    24.04.2014 13:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    While finger-pointing regarding last week's incident in Iran's Evin prison is increasing, the senior judiciary official has made an important announcement.

    Head of the country's Judicial, Sadeq Amoli Larijani said that those who try to start a "sedition" in Iran, will be seriously confronted.

    "Henceforth Iranian judiciary will not show any tolerance towards such people," Larijani said, Iran's IRIB news agency reported on April 24.

    The "sedition" particularly used by Iranian officials referring the mass protests in the country after the disputed presidential elections in 2009.

    Commenting on the Evin prison incident, Larijani said that the inspection in Evin prison was a completely legal procedure, adding that "according to the report of the head of Iran's prisons, there was no wrongdoing during the inspections".

    The events that happened in the prison were first published by local Iranian reformist websites. The news said several political prisoners held in Evin prison were beaten after scuffles broke out at a cell block on April 17. Some of the inmates were seriously hurt and taken to hospital.

    Iranian officials dismissed the information, claiming it was inaccurate, and that it was the prisoners who resisted an inspection and started a fight with the guards.

    Larijani said that the people planning "sedition" and foreign media are using the incident as a tool to cause unrests in the country.

    "Some people inside Iran are involved in this anti-Iran movement, accompanying the foreigners and the anti-revolutionary media," he added.

    Larijani removed the head of the Iran's Prisons Organization Gholamhossein Esmaili from his post and appointed him as head of Tehran Judiciary on April 23.

    However Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei dismissed any links between the prison incident and the removal of the Prisons Organization's head, saying that the decision was been made several weeks ago.

    Mohseni Ejei also remarked that Esmaili's new post as head of Tehran Judiciary should be considered a career promotion.

    Dozens of family members of the prisoners held protests near Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's office on April 22, demanding that he responds to the reports on the issue.

    The vice-president and spokesman of the Iranian government, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said on April 23 that a special team was assembled to investigate, and look into the details of the matter.

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  • Azerbaijan, Spain discuss cooperation prospects
    24.04.2014 13:01
    Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has met Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo to discuss cooperation prospects.

    The sides noted that the current level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Spain did not meet the two countries' potential.

    They agreed that strengthening a legal framework and setting up a joint commission on economic cooperation would contribute to expanding bilateral relations.

    The Azerbaijani Premier and the Spanish FM noted the significance of a joint business forum that would take place as part of Mr. Garcia-Margallo`s visit to Baku.

    The forum will see Azerbaijani and Spanish businessmen explore ways of improving relations in the fields of energy, construction, transportation, agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism.

    The Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was also discussed, and PM Rasizade expressed regret over "international organizations` double standard policy" towards the dispute.
  • Georgia, U.S discuss cooperation and regional situation
    24.04.2014 12:53
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili received U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia on April 23.

    The sides discussed intensifying the cooperation within the Georgian-U.S. Strategic Partnership Charter, the democratization process and the situation in the sphere of human rights protection, as well as future plans, the presidential administration told Trend. They also talked about the freedom of the media.

    Particular attention was paid to the regional issues, in particular, the processes in the region, the influence of Russian policy and Georgia's important role in the region in the political, economic, transport and energy spheres.

    The local elections in the context of intensifying the democratic consolidation, political stability and enhancing the credibility for democratic rule were among the main topics of the meeting.

    Georgia's actions made towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration were stressed. The parties discussed the signing of the association agreement and the further action plan, as well as the prospect of free trade with Europe.

    The U.S. side reiterated its support for Georgia.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Spain interested in participating in Southern Gas Corridor project
    24.04.2014 12:49
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Spain is interested in participating in the Southern Gas Corridor project, the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margalit told journalists on April 24 on the threshold of Azerbaijani-Spanish business forum.

    "Around 30 Spanish companies operate in Azerbaijan. There are fairly modest figures in trade turnover and investment and this means that we have work to do, particularly in the energy sector and the Southern Gas Corridor project," the minister said.

    However, the prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Spain are not confined to this, according to Garcia-Margalit.

    "The delegation includes representatives of tourism structures. Over six million tourists visit Spain per year and we are ready to share our experience and running time with our Azerbaijani colleagues in the sphere of tourism and recreation," Spanish minister added.

    The Southern Gas Corridor is a project that will allow Europe to diversify its sources of hydrocarbon supply and strengthen energy security and enable Azerbaijan to get a new market in Europe.

    The final investment decision was made on the second phase of the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field's development on December 17, 2013. Gas from the field will go in the first instance to the European marketplace.

    The gas to be produced within the second phase of the field's development will be exported to Turkey and to European markets by means of expanding the South Caucasus Pipeline and construction of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

    The contract for development of the Shah Deniz offshore field, which has proven reserves of 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas, was signed on June 4, 1996.

    Participants in the Shah Deniz field development are the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) with a share of 16.7 percent, British BP (28.8 percent), Norway's Statoil (15.5 percent), Iran's NICO (10 percent), French Total (10 percent), Russia's Lukoil (10 percent), Turkish TPAO (9 percent).

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Japanese company to assist Azerbaijan in establishing steel production complex
    24.04.2014 12:36
    A Japanese company will provide consulting services to Azerbaijan to assist the country in establishing a steel production complex as the sides signed a relevant agreement.

    The deal was inked by Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Economy and Industry and Marubeni Corporation.

    Under the agreement, the Japanese company will primarily study the raw material base in the country, in particular, in the Ganja and Dashkasan mining fields, and also submit its proposals to Azerbaijan on how to apply advanced technologies in steel production. Marubeni Corporation will analyze the local and regional market.

    Last year the President of Azerbaijan signed a decree establishing Azerbaijan Steel Production Complex.
  • Baku gives UEFA bid book to host matches of Euro-2020
    24.04.2014 12:26
    Baku has bid to host the European Football Championship 2020, for which President Ilham Aliyev on 22 may 2013 signed a Decree on events to Baku's bidding to host the event.

    According to the Decree, the Azerbaijan Football Federations Association (AFFA) was instructed to prepare the bid book and engage in organizational issues.

    AFFA has already prepared the bid book and presented the UEFA earlier than the appointed date.

    Cities to host Euro-2020 matches will be known in September this year.

  • Nagorno-Karabakhв's occupation blocks Armeniaв's admission to economic unions
    24.04.2014 12:24
    By Jamila Babayeva

    The latest developments over Armenia's membership in the Russia-led Customs Union (CU) confirmed that the country's perspectives are deteriorating in this regard.

    Yerevan decided to become a member of the CU on September 3, 2013. Armenia hoped that joining the CU would save its almost dead economy. To this end, it was seeking to complete all the procedures for joining the CU in 2014.

    Armenia will sign an agreement on joining the CU on April 29, acting Economy Minister Vagram Avanesyan recently said.

    He denied his statement afterwards, saying that the country may join the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) at once.

    Azerbaijani expert in Economy Oqtay Haqverdiyev doubts Armenia will join the CU and the EEU.

    "Joining these unions by Armenia contradict the principles of international norms, because Armenia has occupied Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territories," he told AzerNews. "Without resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, joining the CU and the EEU will hardly be possible."

    Armenian political analytics also believe that Armenia has no prospect to join the CU as long as Azerbaijan does not give its consent.

    They said Azerbaijan has good economic, political, and military relations with the CU members - Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan - so Azerbaijan's position on Armenia's entrance to the CU is extremely important.

    They believe that when Azerbaijan does not give its consent, Armenia has an alternative way - to establish customs checkpoint on the border with the so-called 'Nagorno-Karabakh Republic', which is not feasible.

    Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s.

    Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group -Russia, France, and the U.S.- are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

    Azerbaijan has officially voiced its protest against Armenia's joining the CU before Yerevan withdraws its armed forces from Azerbaijan's occupied territories, thus restoring Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.

    Armenian experts believe the authorities' statements on joining the CU is a bluff all the way through.

    "The authorities are just trying to disguise their powerlessness," they noted.

    Dr. Haqverdiyev said Armenia's possible entrance into economic unions cannot be easy. "It is questionable. With what borders does Armenia intend to become a CU member? Armenia's membership in these economic unions can only be pro forma," he noted.

    Haqverdiyev added that the issue of borders is not very important for membership at the Eurasian Economic Union, so Armenia intends to join this union at once.


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  • Armenia's economy: bluff due to weakness
    24.04.2014 12:23
    By Jamila Babayeva

    The Armenian government has recognized that it will not be able to realize its economic predictions for 2014.

    Armenia's state budget for 2014 estimates economic growth at 5.2 percent, but the government says the risks that will make economic growth be lower this year have increased.

    The Armenian authorities' economic forecasts have not justified in recent years; the government ensured only a 3.5 percent economic growth in 2013, instead of the predicted six percent.

    The government explains the risks mainly with the degradation of the economic situation in Russia, which is a major market for many Armenian goods. In addition to that, most of the investments and transfers in Armenia come from Russia. Any change for the worse in the Russian economy will be unfavorable for the Armenian economy.

    These explanations are the foolish economic and political mistakes of the Armenian authorities, MP Grant Bagratyan, former Prime Minister, wrote on his Facebook page.

    "Four months ago, the former prime minister linked the slowdown in economy with the global slowdown. It turned out that it was wrong," he wrote. "If it continues, the authorities can always say that the Russian, or European, or the World economy limps."

    Bagratyan has many doubts about the economic indicators for the first three months of 2014, recently published by the National Statistics Service.

    "The largest increase at 5.2 percent was recorded in agriculture, while the late frosts that occurred on March 30-31 were unprecedented in the last few years," he noted.

    The Armenian authorities are blaming others for the deteriorated economic situation, while international organizations are reducing economic prognoses for the country.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reduced Armenia's economic growth forecast in 2014 by about half a percentage. Economic growth in Armenia will be 4.3 percent, the fund's recent "World Economic Outlook" report specified.

    The IMF's report published in October 2013 predicted that economic growth in Armenia would be recorded at 4.8 percent in 2014.

    Meanwhile, Armenia's external debt increased by 4.4 percent and exceeded $4 billion in 2013 compared to the previous year, the central bank reported.


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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire 30 times per day
    24.04.2014 12:21
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24


    Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 30 times in different directions on April 23, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on April 24.

    Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Qizilhajili of the Qazakh region from the positions located in the villages of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces were also fired upon from the positions located near and the nameless heights of the villages Qarakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli of the Fizuli region, Marzili, Yusifjanli, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Shikhlar of the Aghdam region, Tapqaraqoyunlu, Qulustan of the Goranboy region, Chilyaburt of the Terter region, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand region.

    The Azerbaijani Armed forces silenced the opposing side 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Manu owners meet to discuss new Chosen One
    24.04.2014 11:55
    Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, are due to make a rare appearance at the club's Carrington training base on Friday as plans to appoint David Moyesв' successor gather pace.

    Goal understands staff at Carrington have been primed to expect a visit from brothers Joel, Avram, and Bryan, who will meet with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to discuss plans to replace Moyes, whose ill-fated nine-month reign was terminated on Tuesday.

    Reports suggest Sir Alex Ferguson will also play a part in determining the next Manchester United manager, despite his last recommendation failing to see out a full term in charge.

    Ferguson is understood to have played no role in the decision to dispense with Moyes but had been surprised by his fellow Scotв's failure to stamp his authority on the position in recent weeks.

    Moyes is believed to have agreed a ВЈ10 million severance package with the reigning Premier League champions and is understood to be planning a holiday in Dubai before deciding upon his own next move.

    United, meanwhile, have been quick to identify their primary targets and have already met with Louis van Gaal, the Dutch national team boss who has told friends he is "very keen" on taking over at Old Trafford when his stint in charge of the Netherlands finishes after the World Cup.

    Jurgen Klopp has also been approached by United but the Borussia Dortmund manager publicly distanced himself from the job on Tuesday morning.

    "Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," Klopp was quoted as saying in the Guardian. "But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."

    Ryan Giggs has been placed in caretaker charge of the club until the end of the season but his lack of managerial experience is likely to count against him in the coming weeks as United prepare to make their second appointment in a year.

  • Georgian president to participate in Eastern Partnership jubilee summit
    24.04.2014 11:54
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will take part in Prague's summit dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

    The summit will be held on April 24-25.

    Czech President Milos Zeman, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Austria Hans Fischer, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and other leaders will attend it.

    The conference entitled "Eastern Partnership five years later: time for a new strategy?" is planned to be organized by the Czech Foreign Ministry. President Margvelashvili will deliver welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. The bilateral meetings will be held as part of the visit.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijani ambassador presents credentials to Mauritanian President
    24.04.2014 11:47
    Azerbaijani ambassador to Morocco concurrently accredited to Mauritania Tarik Aliyev has handed over his credentials to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

    The Mauritanian President recalled his visit to Azerbaijan in 2010, and noted that his country was interested in further expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan.

    The Mauritanian leader said his country had rich natural resources, stressing the importance of cooperation in energy field.

    Ambassador Aliyev said Azerbaijan attached special importance to developing its relations with Mauritania.

    He noted there were great opportunities for expanding bilateral ties, emphasizing the significance of increasing joint efforts to enhance relations in political, economic, cultural, and educational areas.

    The Mauritanian President expressed confidence that the ambassador would contribute to developing the bilateral ties during his tenure.

    Following the ceremony the Azerbaijani ambassador was interviewed by the local press.
  • Fugitive Georgian ex-official asks political asylum in Europe
    24.04.2014 11:37
    Fugitive ex-chief of the constitutional security department, Data Akhalaia, has surrendered to the law enforcers in Greece - his sister-in-law Ani Nadareishvili has reported.

    According to her, Akhalaia asked for political asylum and reportedly, he has been granted it by the Greek government.

    Ani Nadareishvili has explained the decision of her brother-in-law by a political pressure on their family.

    `As our family is subjected to intensive political persecution, each member of our family suffers unprecedented pressure from the current government of Georgia, Data Akhalaia has asked for a political asylum to one of the European countries,` Nadareishvili has said.

  • Ignition at oil collection point extinguished in Baku
    24.04.2014 11:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24


    The ignition which occurred at a tank of an oil collection point in Sabail district of Baku on Monday morning has been extinguished, SOCAR told Trend on April 24.

    The reason has not been specified yet, the company added.

    There is no information about the casualties.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkey-Armenia relations can be restored only after liberation of Azerbaijani territories
    24.04.2014 11:16
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish-Armenian relations can be restored only after the liberation of Azerbaijani territories, deputy head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, Mehmet Ali Shahin said in his interview with TRT Haber TV channel.

    Turkey has repeatedly stated this, according to Mehmet Ali Shahin.

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  • Iran to build pharmacy plant in Oman
    24.04.2014 11:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran and Oman have agreed to boost mutual cooperation in the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals.

    The two sides have agreed to jointly invest for building a pharmaceutical factory in Oman, Iran's health minister Seyed Hassan Hashemi said, Iranian IRIB news agency reported on April 24.

    Hashemi made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with his Omani counterpart Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Obeid Saeedi in Tehran on April 23.

    The Iranian minister went on to say that Oman's market is an opportunity for Iranian investors, adding that Iran can produce medicines in Oman and export them from there to Gulf states.

    He also remarked that Iran will encourage its private sector on construction of a hospital in Oman.

    Oman Health Minister arrived in Tehran on April 23 at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.

    The Omani delegation met with Iran's first vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri and Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani.

    During his 3-day visit, the Omani minister will visit scientific centers and universities.

    Jahangiri in his meeting with Omani health minister said that Iran has made remarkable progress in medical sciences and is ready to transfer its experience in the fields of hygiene and medical treatment to Oman.

    Iranian officials repeatedly claim that the country has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years, however the country suffers from shortages of some vital medicine.

    International sanctions against Iran have hindered trade of medicines, as pharmaceutical firms have been refusing to sell Iran drugs due to difficulties in receiving payments.

    Iran's Health Ministry official Hossein Ayati said previously that some 97 percent of Iran's required medicine is currently produced domestically, adding "about 50 percent of necessary raw material for producing the medicine is imported."

    Iran imported 16,000 tons of drugs worth $1.468 billion, during the Iranian calendar year of 1391(which ended on March 20, 2013).

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