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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: www.netty.az

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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    In 2014, Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company (NHC) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed an agreement to create a joint venture for the construction and operation of the pipeline to be held along the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China route. The need to create a second joint venture is related to the financing of projects.

    Asia Trans Gas JV, created by Uzbekneftegaz and CNPC for the construction and operation of the "Central Asia-China" pipeline passing along the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China route currently operate in Uzbekistan.

    In late 2014, Asia Trans Gas JV completed construction of the third branch of the gas pipeline running to China worth $2.2 billion. The length of the third branch of the Uzbek section is 530 kilometers, while its design capacity is equal to 25 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    It is expected that the third branch will be filled with gas in Q1 of 2015.

    The first branch of the gas pipeline was commissioned in December 2009 and the construction of the second branch of the gas pipeline was completed in 2010. The total capacity of the two branches is 30 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    The construction of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline started in 2008. Its total length nears 7,000 kilometers, while the pipe's diameter equals 1,067 millimeters.

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  • Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group
    28.02.2015 20:17
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    An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state, Reuters reported.

    In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty.

    Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.

    While a court ruled in January that Hamas' armed wing was a terrorist organization, Saturday's broader ruling against the entire group has potentially greater consequences for the already strained relationship between Cairo and Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip on Egypt's border.

    "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," Hamas said in a statement after the ruling.

    "It will have no influence on the Hamas movement," Hamas said.

    After the January decision against Hamas' Qassem Brigades, a source close to the armed wing signaled the group would no longer accept Egypt as a broker between it and Israel.

    Cairo has for many years played a central role in engineering ceasefires between Israel and Hamas, including a truce reached between the sides in August that ended a 50-day Gaza war.

    A spokesman for the Egyptian government declined to say what actions the government would take to enforce the ruling.

    "When a final judgment is issued, we will discuss this," Hossam al-Qawish said.

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  • Turkish PM welcomes call for disarmament of PKK
    28.02.2015 19:21
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    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu welcomed Saturday the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party's statements on the issue of disarmament of terrorist group, Anadolu agency reported.

    Addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party's youth congress in the capital Ankara Saturday, Davutoglu said, "The solution process, which began with President Erdogan's speech in DiyarbakД±r in 2005, has now taken a new shape."

    The solution process was officially launched in 2013 to end the decades-old conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK, in Turkey's eastern and south-eastern regions.

    Sirri Sureyya Onder, Deputy of Peoples' Democracy Party, or the HDP, earlier in the day announced that PKK had been invited (by imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan) to hold congress in spring this year to make the historic decision of finding common ground on the issue of laying down arms.

    "The invitation is a historic declaration of intention to resolve the issue through democratic means instead of an armed struggle," Onder said.

    About the invitation, Davutoglu said it would pave the way for a democratic policy in Turkey.

    The PKK has fought for an independent Kurdish state since 1984, and its terrorist attacks have claimed around 36,000 lives in Turkey.

    Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.

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  • Egypt court sentences 4 Brotherhood members to death
    28.02.2015 18:41
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    An Egyptian court has handed down death sentence to four members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement while condemning 14 other to life in prison, Press TV reported.

    The men sentenced to death are Mohamed Abdel-Azeem el-Beshlawy, Mostafa Abdel-Azim Fahmy, Atef Abdel-Azim Mohamed and Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Abdel-Rahim.

    Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater along with former lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy, party head, Saad el-Katatni, and his deputy, Essam el-Erian, were among those who received life in prison.

    The verdicts can still be appealed.

    Among other charges, the convicted are accused of murder and possession of firearms.

    The case derives from clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters on June 30, 2013, days before the ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi.

    The clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi, who demanded his ouster, left 11 dead and 91 others wounded.

    Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi was elected president in an election after the fall of long-time dictator, Hosni Mubarak, but was later ousted in a coup led by former military chief and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013.

    The Egyptian government has been cracking down on any opposition since Morsi was ousted, arresting thousands of people including Brotherhood leaders and activists.

    The Egyptian government listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December 2013.

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  • Uzbekistan adopts production localization program until 2019
    28.02.2015 15:37
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Feb.27

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov approved the program of localization and production of finished products for 2015-2019 with the estimated annual effect of import substitution in the amount of $3.5 billion, the government circles of Uzbekistan told Trend Feb.27.

    The localization program includes projects providing for the production of competitive import-substituting and export-oriented products, which provide a level of localization of not less than 36 percent, according to the source.

    In general, the program includes 600 projects providing a deep processing of local mineral raw materials, production of 1,225 most popular types of products.

    A number of benefits, operating under previous programs of localization (exemption from customs duties, income tax, property tax in funds used for the production of localized products) for a period of three years has been established for enterprises, which implements projects of the approved localization program.

    The output of import substitution products in the country at the end of 2014 amounted to 20 percent of the total industrial production volume (compared to 9.5 percent in 2005). Since 1998, the effect of import substitution in the economy of the country exceeded $10 billion, as well as made it possible to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, according to the government of Uzbekistan.

    Uzbek foreign trade turnover in January-September 2014 increased by 0.6 percent compared to the same period of 2013 - to $21.3 billion, exports grew by 0.2 percent - to $11.1 billion, imports grew by 0.9 percent - to $10.2 billion, a positive foreign trade turnover has decreased by 8.3 percent - up to $916.8 million, according to official statistics. Data on the results of 2014 were not made public.

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  • Lifting sanctions to be discussed in N-talks next week
    28.02.2015 15:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed hope that progresses would be made in the issue of lifting sanctions in a fresh round of nuclear talks which is scheduled for next week.

    Then the sides would be able to write the progresses for drafting an agreement text, Zarif said, Iran's state IRINN TV reported live on Feb. 28.

    A fresh round of Iran-P5 1(the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) talks over the Islamic Republic nuclear program will be held in Switzerland next week.

    Zarif who was speaking in a joint press conference with his visiting Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni said that the sanctions issue is an obstacle against achieving a nuclear deal.

    "If the counter side pay attention to this issue, reaching a deal will be possible," Iran's top diplomat said.

    While commenting on the latest round of nuclear talks which was held last week, Zarif said that due to presence of the senior nuclear officials from the US and Iran, the talks focused on details and technical issues.

    "Good, clear and very detailed negotiations were held," Zarif said, adding differences between the sides still remain in some fields, including the sanctions.

    The latest of nuclear talks was for the first time attended by Chairman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Salehi and Moniz held three rounds of talks on Feb. 21 and 22.

    Senior officials from Iran and six powers will meet in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings between Iran and some of the six powers on March 2.

    Iran and the six governments aim to reach a political understanding by March 31 and agree on a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

    After the parties failed to meet the Nov. 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

    The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.

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  • Kazakhstan invites OSCE PA to observe presidential election
    28.02.2015 15:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    Trend:

    Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE have been invited to observe the early presidential election in Kazakhstan, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Feb.28.

    Kazakh Foreign Ministry said it has invited the OSCE ODIHR and the parliamentary assembly to form their observer missions and has already started consultations with these structures on this issue, TASS news agency reported.

    Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna Kairat Sarybai spoke at the meeting of OSCE Permanent Council, according to Kazakh Foreign Ministry.

    "Kazakhstan pledges to hold honest, open and fair election in full compliance with the electoral law and attaches great importance to the international observation of the election," he said.

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree on Feb.25 on holding early presidential election on April 26, 2015.

    The early presidential election was initiated by the Council of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan on February 14. The country's parliament and representatives of major political parties and public associations supported the electoral campaign.

    As a result of the early presidential election held in April 2011, the incumbent head of state gathered 95.55 percent of votes. The next presidential election in Kazakhstan was to be held in 2016.

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  • Modernization of Tashkent plant in Uzbekistan to be completed in 2015
    28.02.2015 15:04
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Feb. 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The international consortium consisting of Slovak SYNECTA a.s., Istroenergo Group, Canadian SNC-Lavalin and Czech CKD Export will complete the implementation of the project for modernization of Tashkent thermal power plant by late 2015, a representative of Uzbekenergo state joint-stock company told Trend on Feb.25.

    The cost of the project is $511.9 million.

    It was earlier reported that the project for modernization of Tashkent thermal power plant envisages the construction of a new power unit with a combined-cycle plant of 370 megawatt.

    Uzbekistan expressed intention to modernize the Tashkent thermal power plant over 10 years ago. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Uzbekenergo and Uzbekistan's Finance Ministry signed a loan agreement in May 2002 on allocation of 24.955 billion Japanese yen worth loan for the implementation of this project.

    Uzbekenergo signed a contract with a Slovak-Canadian consortium on the implementation of the project in 2009, however it was suspended in 2010. The Uzbek side stated that the members of the consortium didn't fulfill a number of financial and technical terms.

    Uzbekenergo signed an additional agreement with the general contractor - the international consortium consisting of Slovak SYNECTA a.s., Istroenergo Group, Canadian SNC-Lavalin in late 2011 and renewed the earlier suspended contract. Later, the Czech CKD Export joined the project.

    The construction of the combined-cycle plant started in 2012. The US General Electric is the main supplier of equipment for the construction of the combined-cycle plant.

    The project is financed with the loans from China Development Bank - $220 million, the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan - $76.2 million, commercial loan from SYNECTA a.s., - $68,9 million, loan from Uzpromstroybank - $26.9 million, loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency - $2 million and own funds of Uzbekenergo - $117.7 million.

    The installed capacity of Tashkent thermal power plant is 1,860 megawatt. The first power unit of the thermal power plant was put into operation in 1963, and the last, the 12th in 1971.

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  • Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns murder of Russian opposition leader
    28.02.2015 14:49
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns the murder of one of the Russian opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov.

    "We condemn this fatal murder," Georgian Foreign Ministry spokesperson David Kereselidze said at a briefing on Feb.28. "The investigation should be conducted transparently, quickly, appropriately and the perpetrators of this fatal murder should appear before the court."

    "We express condolences to the friends of the victim and his family members," he added.

    An unidentified attacker in a car shot Nemtsov four times in the back on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge on Feb.28. He died from the injuries at the scene.

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  • Turkmenistan, Georgia talk opportunities of new transport corridor
    28.02.2015 14:49
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb.28

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Tbilisi hosted political consultations between Turkmenistan and Georgia, where the sides discussed issues related to the organization of official visit of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov to Georgia in 2015.

    The Georgian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania, said the message of the Turkmen government on Feb.28.

    Special attention at the meeting was also paid to issues of cooperation in political, trade and economic, energy and humanitarian spheres, particularly in the areas of health care, science and education, sports and tourism.

    "During the consultations, the sides stressed the need to strengthen joint efforts in the energy and transport sectors, including the continuation of work on the creation of Afghanistan-Turkmenistan- Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey transport corridor," said the message.

    Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper wrote that the new transport corridor is aimed at providing new opportunities for the member states and other countries of the region to get access to the world markets.

    "Naturally, it will also contribute to the socio-economic revival of Afghanistan and its involvement in the major regional and international infrastructure projects," said the newspaper.

    Experts from the member states believe that this is a timely initiative and will ensure the further progress and prosperity of each country in the region by increasing the volume of general trade and reducing the expenditures on the cargo transit. Previously, Turkmenistan expressed interest in joining the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) transport project. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are implementing the project for construction of a new BTK railway line counting on transporting cargo from China and Central Asia.

    Experts believe that a route to Europe through the Caspian Sea seems the best option for Turkmenistan which ranks fourth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserve.

    Furthermore, once implemented, the Trans-Caspian pipeline infrastructure will make it possible to involve the Caspian Sea resources in transnational projects through Azerbaijan on a long-term basis.

    Tbilisi officials earlier stated that Georgia is an important part of the South Caucasus transport and energy corridor and is ready to ensure a reliable and safe transit of energy resources from the Caspian Sea and Central Asia through its territory.

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  • Salma Hayek to become face of Pomellato's new collection
    28.02.2015 14:34
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    Hollywood star Salma Hayek wowed on Thursday at the launch of jewellery brand Pomellato's new Milano Collection, where she also celebrated becoming the new face of the brand. It is a return to the brand for Salma, who featured in a charity campaign in 1995.

    Speaking at the launch, 48-year-old Salma said: "A Pomellato jewel has the character and power to enhance a woman's personality.
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  • Hungary looking for Taekwondo medals at Baku 2015
    28.02.2015 14:09
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    Hungaryв's Taekwondo Federation leader believes the countryв's fighters have good chances of coming back from the Baku 2015 European Games with medals hanging around their necks.

    The two top candidates for Hungary's chances in Baku are Ivett Gonda and Edina Kotsis.

    "Both travel to the Azerbaijan capital with medal chances," Hungary's Taekwondo Federation President Mr. Patakfalvy MiklГіs said on the country's NOC website. "What colour will the medals be? The brighter it is, the greater the joy will be."

    The 28-year-old Canada-born Gonda won gold at the 2011 49kg Pan American Games and has been competing for Hungary since 2013. She won 49kg bronze at the 2014 European Championships, which took place in Baku.

    Kotsis meanwhile won the 57kg silver medal at the 2012 European Championships.

    "Both are great in the international arena," Mr. MiklГіs said.

    He stressed that the Hungarian Taekwondo fighters were taking the European Games very seriously because Baku 2015 holds G-4 ranking in terms of qualification points for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    "We are preparing for this competition accordingly," Mr. MiklГіs said.
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  • Kazakh Energy Ministry plans to hold tender for use of subsoil resources on oil sites
    28.02.2015 14:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh Energy Ministry plans to hold tender to provide the rights of exploration and use of subsoil resources on oil sites, Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik said in an interview with The Business Year journal.

    Kazakhstan pays special attention to geological exploration and the attracting of new investment from foreign engineering companies and technological enterprises for geological exploration, according to the minister.

    The Energy Ministry is conducting several projects for the development of geological examination, Shkolnik said.

    "On the direction of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry is carrying out Project Eurasia, the main purpose of which is the exploration of the deep geological structure of the Pricaspian basin with the aim of discovering raw hydrocarbons," Shkolnik said.

    The project will facilitate work by an international consortium consisting of members of large petrol companies interested in the program.

    Earlier a tender was issued for the right to explore and use subsoil resources on two sites in the Kizilordinskiy and Atyrauskiy regions, which cover a combined area of 5,472 square kilometers.

    The final amount of the tender came to 4.51 billion tenge (185.05 tenge = $1), of which the amount of social deductions is 360 million tenge.

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  • A woman lost 360 kg PHOTO
    28.02.2015 13:44
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    Woman with 450 kg once dubbed the 'half-ton killer' after she falsely confessed to accidentally killing her nephew, has lost 800lb.

    Mayra Rosales, from Texas, said she had given up on life when she decided to protect her sister Jamie and take the blame for the death of her nephew Eliseo in 2008.

    Rosales, 34, told police she had smothered the child by rolling on top of him, a claim later disproved when autopsy results revealed the boy had died from multiple injuries to his skull.

    After her sister Jamie confessed to the crime and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Mayra vowed to get healthier to take care of her sister's surviving children.

    Miss Rosales decided to turn her life around and since 2011 has been shedding hundreds of pounds.

    Miss Rosales lost weight with the help of 11 surgeries, including a lap band surgery and extra skin removal procedures.
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  • The population of the panda has grown
    28.02.2015 13:15
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    The latest survey by Chinaв's State Forestry Administration shows that wild giant pandas are making a comeback in the country.

    The census shows the population of the panda has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the Chinese panda population lives in the province of Sichuan. Others live in Shaanxi and Gansu, which neighbors Sichuan.

    "The rise in the population of wild giant pandas is a victory for conservation and definitely one to celebrate," said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation for World Wildlife Fund.

    Hemley credited efforts by the Chinese government for the increase. The survey shows 1,246 wild giant pandas live within nature reserves. There are 67 panda reserves in China, an increase of 27 since the last survey.
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  • Japan set to revise guidelines for temporary disaster shelters
    28.02.2015 12:50
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    The national and Tokyo metropolitan governments have decided to revise guidelines governing "temporary stay facilities" to ensure enough space is available to shelter people who cannot return home immediately after a disaster such as an earthquake directly beneath the capital, sources said.

    Many facilities, such as large commercial establishments, have hesitated over allowing people onto their premises due to worries about potential problems.

    At present, only enough space to serve 20 per cent of expected demand has been secured in Tokyo, which could leave as many as 730,000 people with no place to go.

    To gain the cooperation of businesses, the governments intend to add exemption clauses to the guidelines, the sources said. People who cannot return to their homes would be able to use facilities if they signed a form agreeing to various conditions.

    The government expects employees and students to stay at their companies or schools should public transportation come to a halt due to a major earthquake.

    However, a disaster could leave about 920,000 shoppers, tourists and others stranded with no place to stay.
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  • Turkish president accuses central bank of harming countryв's interests
    28.02.2015 12:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the central bank of harming the country's interests, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Feb.28.

    He said it is the inflation, which is due to high interest rates, but not the other way around.

    On Feb. 10, Erdogan criticized the work of the head of Turkey's central bank, Erdem Basci.

    Turkey's central bank on Jan. 20 lowered its key interest rate (the weekly repo rate) by 0.5 percentage points to 7.75 percent, while the other two rates, that is one on deposits and the other one on overnight loans, were left at 7.5 and 11.25 percent respectively.

    It was earlier reported that a prosecutor of a court in Ankara, Serif Aydin, filed a lawsuit against the head of Turkey's central bank, Erdem Basci. The prosecutor accused Basci of serious material damage inflicted to Turkey's citizens as a result of an erroneous interest rate policy of the central bank.

    The prosecutor said that, in case of a trial, the Turkish central bank's head can be imprisoned for up to two years.

    Meanwhile, Turkey's deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Ali Babacan, had said that the central bank pursues the right monetary policy.

    Basci had said the central bank expects in 2015 the minimum level of inflation in Turkey over the past 45 years. He said it is expected that this year the consumer price index in Turkey will stand at 5.2 percent, and in 2016 - at five percent.

    He said the country's central bank will do everything possible to keep inflation under control.

    The inflation rate in Turkey was 8.31 percent in 2014.

    To keep the exchange rate of TRY at a stable level, Turkey's Central Bank carried out intervention worth $2 billion throughout 2014 however, this attempt was unsuccessful.

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  • Azerbaijani oil prices for Feb.23-27
    28.02.2015 12:41
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    The average price for AZERI LT, exported from Azerbaijan via the Ceyhan, Batumi and Supsa ports to Italian Augusta port, was $62.612 per barrel on Feb.23-27 or by $0.99 less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for AZERI LT was $63.74 per barrel and the minimum price was $61.58 per barrel during the reporting period.

    The average price on Urals (Ex-Novo) exported from Azerbaijan via the Novorossiysk port stood at $57.966 per barrel or by $0.88 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for Urals totaled $58.82 per barrel and the minimum - $56.9 per barrel.

    Urals' density is 32 degrees API with sulfur content up to 1.3 percent. The oil grade's specifications vary when sold depending on its high/low-quality content.

    The average price for Brent Dated was $60.59 per barrel or by $0.27 per barrel more than the previous week.

    The maximum price on Brent was $61.99 per barrel and the minimum - $59.65 during the reporting period.

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  • Committee responds to dollar borrowers
    28.02.2015 12:34
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    An information has been disseminated.

    On the basis of the Civil Code of the Azerbaijan Republic, if the value (exchange rate) of currency increased or decreased or if the currency changed prior to the date of payment, the payment is made by the debtor at the rate corresponding to the time of occurrence of the obligation, unless the working legislation is envisaged otherwise. At the moment of change of the currency the exchange relations should be based on the course, which existed between the monetary units on the day the currency changed.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from the State Service for Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Protection, in response to a question from a reader, at what rate should a credit been given.

    "When you change the currency, a course is available at the moment should be taken as the basis",the Committee said.

    The Committee reports:

    "If the contract does not contain an article providing for change in the shape or recalculation of the amount of payment, the loan must be returned at the rate applicable at the time of taking out a loan."

    According to independent lawyers, the answer itself does not mean anything specific, that is contradictory.
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  • Leader of Mountain Jews community of Azerbaijan Boris Simanduyev resigns
    28.02.2015 12:19
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    On February 26, at the synagogue Red Sloboda, a unique village in the north of Azerbaijan, populated by Mountain Jews, held a meeting of members of the community in which Boris Simanduev, head of the Jewish community of Sloboda for 21 years, addressed the audience with a request of resignation from his post due to old age, APA reports quoting Gorskie.ru website.

    The new chairman of the religious community of Red (Jewish) Sloboda was elected Yura Naftaliev - a resident of the village was born in 1960. The new leader of the community graduated medical school in Simferopol and all his life he lives and works as a pharmacist in his native village.

    It should be noted that in 2013, Boris Simanduev celebrated his 80th anniversary and the decision of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for his "fruitful activity in the development of friendly relations between the peoples of the Republic of Azerbaijan" was awarded "Shohrat" ("Glory")
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  • Turkmen State News Agency TDH, Trend News Agency sign partnership agreement
    28.02.2015 12:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By - Trend:

    The Turkmen State News Agency TDH and the Azerbaijani Trend International News Agency signed an agreement on exchange of information on Feb.28.

    The document was signed in Baku by the chairman of TDH Bekdurdy Amansaryev and CEO of Trend Ilgar Huseynov.

    The parties will maintain regular exchange of operational information, analytical materials, as well as photographs of the political, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian life in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, according to the document.

    The parties also intend to cooperate closely in providing informational support for visits of heads of states and official delegations, as well as other interstate events and activities held in the two countries.

    Turkmendowlethabarlary (TDH) is the central state information agency of Turkmenistan, the only one in the country. It disseminates information on developments in the socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and sporting life of the state in Turkmen, Russian and English.

    Specialists of the agency are engaged in the development, technical and information maintenance, as well as promotion of websites linked to the socio-political, economic and cultural life of Turkmenistan.

    Founded in 1995 as a private media outlet in Azerbaijan, Trend Agency is a leading news provider in the Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asian region. With permanent correspondents based in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as in several European countries, Trend produces roughly 500 articles per day in English, Russian, Azerbaijani, Farsi, and Arabic.

    Trend offers its clients high-quality multimedia materials, analytical reports and feature articles highlighting major political and economic developments and financial articles from top experts.

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  • 400 men cut their testicles off
    28.02.2015 11:55
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    A man dubbed 'the guru in blingв' allegedly convinced up to 400 men to cut off their own testicles so it would bring them closer to God. Ouch.

    Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who has an estimated net worth of $40 (ВЈ26) million and has 50 million followers worldwide, is head of the socio-spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda. He also stars in films.

    And the preacher allegedly convinced up to 400 men to carry out castrations on themselves because it would bring them closer to God.

    The procedures, which witnesses say were conducted at a hospital owned by Singh, took place around the year 2000 but are coming to light because those involved are speaking out for the first time, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Singh was charged with conspiracy involving the murder of an investigative journalist in 2002 and several female followers claim he sexually assaulted them but he has never been convicted.

    The current case was brought by Indiaв'sCentral Bureau of Investigation, who accuse Singh of grievous bodily harm.
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  • These visits violation of the countryв's law, Hikmat Hajiyev says
    28.02.2015 11:44
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    "Any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is violation of the countryв's laws."Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry of Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev told, SIA informs.

    Accroding to Hajiyev, the foreigners must understand that this is Azerbaijanв's territory, any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is a violation of the countryв's laws. As a result, these persons are included in the list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

    "The surnames of ten people have been excluded from this list upon their requests since 2013. The list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry includes 435 people. " added Foreign Ministry's official.
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  • Russia denies losing interest in Iran-P5 1 nuclear talks
    28.02.2015 11:44
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    A senior Russian official has dismissed Western media reports about Russia's view on a final deal between Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers, saying Moscow has not lost interest in achieving a positive result from negotiations on Iran's nuclear deal.

    A success in the nuclear talks between Iran and the six countries will be in Russia's best interests, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday, Iran PressTv reports.

    "We were somewhat alarmed to see speculations in some Western media outlets lately that Russia, for some reasons, is losing interest in the productive completion of the negotiations and has slackened its activity for some irrelevant considerations. This categorically doesn't reflect the reality," Ryabkov told Interfax.

    Adding that Russia is interested in playing its "role in favor of a productive completion of the negotiations," he emphasized that everybody should be interested in the faster normalization of the process of negotiations between Iran and the P5 1 countries about Tehran's nuclear program.

    "A potential multilateral deal with Iran should not set precedents in the international system negatively," Ryabkov said.

    Russia's stance on Iran-P5 1 deal

    Ryabkov on Tuesday expressed confidence that Iran and the P5 1 countries -- Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany - would finally hammer out a comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear program by July 1.

    The deputy foreign minister said in Geneva that tangible progress was being made after US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held two-day talks in the Swiss city.

    "We are satisfied to see every new meeting achieve further progress," Ryabkov added.

    "There is a growing confidence that an agreement will be reached by the assigned deadline -- in other words, June 30," Russia's senior negotiator said.

    Nuclear talks between representatives from Iran and the United States started on February 22 in the Swiss city of Geneva and the two sides held three rounds of talks in two days in an attempt to narrow differences ahead of a key July 1 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal.

    Both the Iranian and US top diplomats said some progress was made toward a final deal.
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  • James Warlick meets with reps of Armenian National Committee of America
    28.02.2015 11:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    The US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick discussed the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with members of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), he tweeted Feb.28.

    He said that he is always happy to discuss issues connected with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement with the members of the committee.

    He urged to continue the discussions on its settlement.

    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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  • Ericsson announced a lawsuit against Apple
    28.02.2015 11:30
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    Swedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the US tech giant continued to use its technology in iPhones and other wireless devices after refusing to renew a licencing agreement.

    "Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC (International Trade Commission)," Ericsson's head of intellectual property, Kasim Alfalahi, said in a statement.

    "Features that consumers now take for granted -- like being able to livestream television shows or access their favourite apps from their phone -- rely on the technology we have developed," he added.

    Ericsson said it has filed two complaints to the ITC and seven more to a court in Texas after Apple rejected an offer from Ericsson to "have a court determine fair licensing terms."

    The Swedish company was also seeking a marketing ban for Apple products that use the patents, which relate to second and fourth generation LTE mobile wireless technology.

    Apple in turn had filed a legal complaint in January against Ericsson, claiming the patents were not up to industry standards and that the Swedish group had asked for excessive royalties for them in its licencing renewal offer.
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  • Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh
    28.02.2015 11:21
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    Safaryan was fatally wounded.

    The Armenian soldier was killed in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenian forces at around 20:40 pm on 27 February.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Armenian media that a 19-year-old soldier Albert Egrave;milevich Safaryan received fatal gunshot wound.
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  • Azerbaijan non-bank organization issues bonds with 14% yield
    28.02.2015 11:14
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    The State Securities Committee (SSC) of Azerbaijan has registered the issue prospectus of unsecured interest-bearing book-entry bonds of FinEx Kredit non-bank credit organization totaling $400,000, Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) said Feb.28.

    The official exchange rate for February 28 is 1, 0498 AZN / USD.

    Some 800 bonds with a par value of $500 each have been issued within the framework of emission. The circulation period of securities is 720 days with a yield of 14 percent per annum and the period of interest payment on a quarterly basis.

    Technika Capital Management Ltd. is the underwriter of the placement.

    FinEx Kredit JSC operates in Azerbaijan since September 18, 2013.

    The organization is mainly engaged in lending to small and medium-sized businesses and provides services to customers both in the capital and districts of the country.

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  • These visits are violation of the countryв's law, Hikmat Hajiyev says
    28.02.2015 11:07
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    "Any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is violation of the countryв's laws."Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry of Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev told, SIA informs.

    Accroding to Hajiyev, the foreigners must understand that this is Azerbaijanв's territory, any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is a violation of the countryв's laws. As a result, these persons are included in the list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

    "The surnames of ten people have been excluded from this list upon their requests since 2013. The list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry includes 435 people. " added Foreign Ministry's official.
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  • Any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is violation of the countryв's laws, Hikmat Hajiyev says
    28.02.2015 10:58
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    "Any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is violation of the countryв's laws."Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry of Republic of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev told, SIA informs.

    Accroding to Hajiyev, the foreigners must understand that this is Azerbaijanв's territory, any visit without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities is a violation of the countryв's laws. As a result, these persons are included in the list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

    "The surnames of ten people have been excluded from this list upon their requests since 2013. The list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry includes 435 people. " added Foreign Ministry's official.
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  • Obama condemns killing of Russia's Nemtsov
    28.02.2015 10:49
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    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "brutal murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing.

    "The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice," Obama said in a statement, according to Reuters.

    Obama met Nemtsov during a 2009 trip to Moscow, where he held talks with opposition parties after a meeting with then-President Dmitry Medvedev. Obama said he admired Nemtsov's "courageous dedication to the struggle against corruption in Russia."

    With Nemtsov's death, Obama said, Russians have lost "one of the most dedicated and eloquent defenders of their rights."

    "Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled," Obama said.
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  • Russia may sign agreement on Turkish Stream
    28.02.2015 10:43
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    Russia may sign an intergovernmental agreement on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in the 2nd quarter of 2015, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday in an interview with the Rossiya'24 news channel.

    He said the major Russian producer and exporter of natural gas, OAO Gazprom, had coordinated the route of the new pipeline with the Turkish side.

    The Turkish Stream is a new pipeline project that was emerged on the table of negotiations after Russia had cancelled the South Stream project last year. The latter presupposed construction of a pipeline across the floor of the Black Sea to the Balkans and farther on to southern and central Europe.
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  • Turkmenistan, Turkey plan to sign package of intergovernmental documents
    28.02.2015 10:42
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb.28

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The government of Turkmenistan has submitted a report on the preparation for the upcoming official visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov to Turkey, which will be held on March 3-4, said the report of the government of Turkmenistan Feb.28.

    The sides are expected to sign a package of bilateral documents that will further strengthen the regulatory and legal framework of intergovernmental partnership.

    The visit program also provides for a visit of Istanbul by the Turkmen head, where the International Investment Forum of Turkmenistan will be held.

    Turkey is one of the biggest trade and economic partners of Turkmenistan. The local market employs more than 600 Turkish companies.

    Turkmenistan is one of the key players on the gas market in the Caspian region and Central Asia. As far as the European direction is concerned, the most optimal route would be laying a 300-kilometer gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea to the coast of Azerbaijan, which has at its disposal an appropriate infrastructure for re-export of Turkmen gas to Turkey and further to Europe.

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  • U.S. concerned over '˜deteriorating rightsв' in Turkey
    28.02.2015 10:42
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    People in a democratic country should be able to express criticism of their leaders, a senior U.S. official has said, voicing Washingtonв's concern over Turkeyв's human rights situation, amid a series of recent cases in which senior elected officials have opened cases against citizens upon alleged ''insults.''

    "We are very concerned about this. People have been prosecuted for speaking their mind. In a democratic country that respects freedom of expression, people should not be prosecuted for expressing their views on the government of the day or public officials," said Thomas O. Melia, the deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL).

    Melia's comments came upon a question about people facing criminal charges due to their criticism against Turkish leaders posted on social media.

    "People in a free society are allowed to complain about their leaders and their performance," he told reporters on Feb. 27 after holding meeting with ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials and local civil society representatives, ahead of the release of the State Department's annual report on human rights around the world.

    It is problematic if anyone - whether they are an editor-of-chief a newspaper, a 16-year-old student, or a taxi driver - fears prosecution or imprisonment for expressing criticism in a public meeting or on social media, Melia added. "That's one of the things that we are concerned in Turkey's human rights environment today," he said.

    Melia said he discussed the rights of women and the question of domestic violence against women with government officials, who acknowledged the problem and asked if Washington could share its experience in tackling the issue in the U.S.

    He added that the U.S. is "uneasy" about a number of measures included in the controversial AKP-led national security package, which is currently being debated at parliament.

    "We share the concern with many others that this may lead to some overzealous prosecution of things that might otherwise not be prosecuted. It will give the police additional authorities that may involve strong police measures against peaceful protestors, as well as additional or unlimited detention for peaceful protestors in some circumstances," Melia said.

    Comparing Turkey's human rights performance in 2014 to previous years, Melia said there had been a deterioration.

    "There have been new pressures on the media, prosecutions of people for speaking their mind, and proposals that have been put forward in parliament that make it easier to prosecute people and make it more difficult to express their rights," he said.

    Touching on the ongoing presidential system debate in Turkey, in which the U.S. system is often referred to, Melia said powers are not concentrated into a few hands in the American system. He stressed that the president's powers are bounded by a system of check of balances and by the judiciary, also citing the federal system, in which many powers are devolved to the states.

    Melia also said the media has a crucial role to play, adding that the U.S. president is scrutinized by a varied and independent press.
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  • Armenia armed units violate ceasefire 55 times in various directions
    28.02.2015 10:34
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    Armenian armed units violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 55 times in various directions along the frontline throughout the day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in nameless uplands of Gazakh district from the positions located in nameless uplands of Armenia's Ijevan district, our positions in Garaveliler village and nameless uplands of Gadabay district from the positions located in nameless uplands of Krasnoselsk district.

    The Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions near Tapgaragoyunlu villages of Goranboy, Chilaburt village of Terter, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Shirvanli, Kengerli, Garagashli, Merzili villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil as well as the nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts.
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  • Turkey, EU Commission agree on 7-year employment program
    28.02.2015 10:34
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    Turkey signed an agreement with the EU Commission for a seven-year euro;920 million "Employment and Social Innovation Program" in Ankara Friday, Turkey's EU Ministry announced Anadolu Agency reported

    The agreement aims to provide in Turkey a high level of quality and sustainable employment; guarantee adequate and decent social protection; combat social exclusion and poverty, and improve work conditions.

    In a statement released late Friday, the EU Ministry said, "The budget of the program for seven years will be approximately euro;920 million and serve as a financing instrument at the EU level to promote modernization of employment and social policies, job mobility and access to microfinance and social entrepreneurship."

    Deputy Undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry for EU Affairs, Ahmet Yucel, and EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, signed the agreement.

    The program will be coordinated by Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

    The program is considered a part of Turkey's "National Action Plan for EU Accession," which was unveiled by EU Minister Volkan Bozkir on Dec. 1, 2014. The action plan has been prepared in the context of "Turkey's New European Union Strategy."

    This is part of the two-phase action plan, which includes primary legislation, secondary legislation, institution building and other relevant work for aligning with the EU legislation for the June 2015-June 2019 period.

    The national action plan is a roadmap that lists Turkey's priorities on political reforms and socio-economic transformation within the context of its EU accession process.

    Negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU began in 2005. Turkey must comply with 35 EU policy chapters that set out reforms to become a bloc member. So far, only 14 chapters have been opened while 17 remain blocked and a further four have yet to be discussed.

    Turkey continues to pursue EU membership and is ready to open negotiation chapters 23 and 24, on "judiciary and fundamental rights" and "justice, freedom and security" respectively.

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  • US praises Turkey on anti-Daesh efforts
    28.02.2015 10:34
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    The U.S. on Friday said that Turkey plays an important role in the fight against Daesh, also known as ISIL.

    "They - Turkey - have taken steps on every aspect of our anti -ISIL coalition, which is not just military," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "It is also cracking down on foreign fighters. It's also about financing. It's also about delegitimizingISIL."

    Psaki's comments came after Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee on Thursday that Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting Daesh - leading to a flow of foreign fighters through its country into Syria.

    Turkey is often accused of not being able to control its more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) long border with Syria, sometimes referred to as a "highway to terrorism."

    But Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said his country is doing more than its share to fight Daesh. He has also blamed Western countries for not readily sharing intelligence about potential foreign fighters who are coming into the country and traveling to Syria.

    "Turkey's only fault is to have a border with Syria," Davutoglu said last month. "We need intelligence telling us who is a suspect so Turkey can take precautions."

    Nearly 2 million Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey in the almost four years of civil war in Syria, according to the UN.

    By comparison, Germany has allowed in 70,000 Syrians since 2012, while, Canada has pledged to shelter 1,300 Syrians during the next two years.

    Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, said Turkey has spent nearly $5 billion on Syrian refugees.

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  • Teymour Radjabov becomes winner of Grand Prix in Tbilisi
    28.02.2015 10:24
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    In the last round he played draw with the winner of the tournament.

    The third stage of chess FIDE Grand Prix ended in Tbilisi yesterday.

    According to Oxu.Az, Azerbaijani grandmaster Teimour Radjabov, playing 11th round in the final draw with Russia's Evgeny Tomaszewski, scored 6 points and took third place, staying behind only Tomaszewski (8 points) and another Russian chess player Dmitry Yakovenko (6,5).

    Another representative of Azerbaijan Shahriyar Mammadyarov scored 5.5 points and is located on the 7th position.
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  • EU looks for possibility to hold trilateral meeting on Trans-Caspian pipeline
    28.02.2015 10:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    The European Commission is looking for the possibility to hold trilateral format meeting on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project, a source in the European Commission told Trend on February 26.

    "Together with the respective counterparts from Azerbaijani and Turkmenistan the European Commission is looking into the possibility of holding a meeting in the trilateral format in the coming months," a source said, adding however that no date is confirmed yet.

    The Trans-Caspian pipeline project is regarded as the optimal option for delivering Turkmen resources to European markets. The project envisages the laying of around 300 kilometers long gas pipeline under the Caspian to the shores of Azerbaijan. Further Turkmen can be transported to Turkey which has mutual borders with European countries.

    The project may be implemented as a part of huge Southern Gas Corridor project designed to transport gas from the Caspian region to European countries. The gas to be produced within the second stage of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development is designed to open the Southern Gas Corridor.

    The negotiations between the EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline began in September 2011. However Russia and Iran have always spoken against the Trans-Caspian pipeline due to ecological issues during the pipeline's construction. The unresolved status of the Caspian Sea has been regarded as the main factor hindering the implementation of the project.

    The official position of Ashgabad regarding the project is that the consent of the countries whose territories are involved into the project is enough to build a pipeline. Azerbaijan has repeatedly expressed readiness to provide its territory, transit facilities and infrastructure for realizing the project.

    Earlier this week the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroscaron; Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ said that Europe intends to find a technical and legal basis for the Turkmen gas supply via Azerbaijan.

    German media reported Feb. 23 that the EU intends to sign memorandums of understanding with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan as part of a package to improve the "stability" of providing Europe with gas in 2015. The EU intends to work out this package by 2016.

    Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserve. This is while the reserve of the certain fields such as Galkynysh and Yashlar make up 26.2 trillion cubic meters.

    The natural gas production in Turkmenistan exceeded 76 billion cubic meters, while the export of this fuel surpassed 45 billion cubic meters in 2014. The country plans to produce over 80 billion cubic meters of commercial gas in 2015.

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  • Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead
    28.02.2015 10:02
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    Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow overnight Friday, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

    "In central Moscow, a man with documents in the name of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was killed," an interior ministry spokesman told AFP, declining to give further details.

    Moscow police confirmed the killing.
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  • Theme of Khojaly genocide becomes major in Twitter
    28.02.2015 10:01
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    "Justice for Khojaly" has caused a great stir in the global trend of Twitter.

    The discussion of the many events held in the framework of the campaign "Justice for Khojaly!" both in Azerbaijan and around the world, significantly affect the subjects of Twitter microblog.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that as a result of the study, it was determined that in at 15:00-18:00 hours on February 26 the topic of the Khojaly genocide was the most discussed in Twitter and most shared by users. The theme of the Khojaly genocide took first place in the Top Trend Twitter. It is evidence that millions of Twitter users expressed their attitude to the tragedy. The theme of the Khojaly genocide reached a record limit on the number of "retwit".

    Persons expressing attitude to the topic of the Khojaly genocide in social networks in previous years, were mostly citizens of Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as Azerbaijanis and Turks living in different countries. This year, a significant portion of users Twitter - the citizens of different countries were especially active in the discussion of this topic. Commenting on the Khojaly genocide, Twitter users categorically condemned the atrocities committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis. Many commentators noted that the Khojaly genocide recognized by authoritative international organizations who have given a legal assessment of the tragedy. There was also an intensive exchange of visual information about the victims of genocide.

    Public and political figures, politicians, experts, political scientists, those known in various fields took part in discussion. During the research, it was determined that the campaign "Justice for Khojaly!" Has caused a great stir in the global trend of Twitter and has become a major topic in the local
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  • Iran, Georgia ink international road transport agreement
    28.02.2015 09:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27, 15

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    In line with Article 4 of the International Road Transport of Goods and Passengers agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Georgia, the two held their 6th meeting of road transport joint committee in Tehran.

    Iranian Road Maintenance and Transport's Department of Transit and Border Terminals Director Mohammad Javad Atrichian announced that Georgia's Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Mikeladze and Iranian Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development Davoud Keshavarzian signed an agreement on bilateral transit, the department's Public Relations office reported Feb. 27.

    According to the agreement, the sides will exchange views on the bilateral trade volume as well as statistics on Iran-Georgia trade, Atrchian said.

    He added that the deputy ministers expressed happiness over developing road transit between the two countries.

    He noted that Iran is willing to improve cooperation within the TRASECA corridor in order to open its transit line to Europe via Caucasia and Georgia.

    The Iranian official further added that during the meeting, the Georgian side agreed to offer cooperation on the Iranian-European corridor.

    The Iranian party also requested multiple-entry, 1-year visas to Georgia for its nationals. The Georgian official in response promised that the issue would be considered and discussed with related Georgian organizations.

    TRACECA is the international program of cooperation in the sphere of transport between the EU and the partner-countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The organization has a permanent secretariat in Baku.

    TRACECA member states are Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Iran.

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  • Georgia intends to attract more tourists in 2015
    28.02.2015 09:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.24

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Georgia intends to attract more tourists in 2015, than it was in previous years, the Public Relations Department of Georgian National Tourism Administration told Trend.

    Georgian Tourism Administration said the country will host three large-scale events in 2015: the European Youth Olympic Festival, the UEFA Super Cup and the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

    It is expected that these events will allow to attract many visitors to Georgia. In particular, over 10,000 guests and more than 11,000 football fans from Europe are expected to visit the European Youth Olympic Festival and the UEFA Super Cup, respectively.

    The total number of foreign tourists visiting Georgia in 2014 increased by 2 percent compared to 2013 and exceeded 5.493 million people.

    In general, the number of visitors to Georgia from the EU countries is increasing (231,402 people in 2014, or 10.8 percent more than in 2013), according to Georgian National Tourism Administration. Most travelers came to Georgia from Poland (46,024 tourists), Germany (33,315) and Greece (21,408) in 2014.

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  • Russia opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead
    28.02.2015 09:29
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    A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.

    An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say, according to BBC.

    He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the murder, the Kremlin says.

    President Putin has assumed "personal control" of the investigation into the killing, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    It "bears the hallmarks of a contract killing," said Mr Peskov.
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  • Minister about growth in prices on agricultural products
    28.02.2015 09:21
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    The growth in prices on agricultural products in Azerbaijan is connected not only with the manat devaluation.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Minister of Agriculture Heydar Asadov.

    He said the government monitors prices on the markets and takes measures to prevent their growth.

    "The growth in prices is influenced by both political decisions and changes in currency rates in neighbor countries. It is necessary to hold a monitoring to reveal the reason of the growth in prices and to take measures to avert the effect of negative factors. We will take preventive measures and not allow the growth in prices on agricultural production", the minister assured.
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  • 16 US lawmakers join Azerbaijanis to remember Khojaly tragedy in DC
    28.02.2015 09:03
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    At least sixteen US lawmakers attended a reception held at the US congress to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy, reiterating US partnership with Azerbaijan and remembering innocent Azerbaijani men, women and children who were slaughtered during a brutal war with neighboring Armenia.

    The members of the US Congress paid tribute to more than 600 killed in the town of Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1992, when the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan had been escalating. Armenian militias invaded the town, killing hundreds of Azerbaijani civilians while hundreds of others who fled the town through a nearby forest were frozen to death at night, AzerTag reports.

    US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Elin Suleymanov characterized the Khojaly incident as the "most tragic event in the post-Soviet space at the end of the 20th century."

    "We look back to remember what happened not to take revenge but to remember that lasting peace must come as soon as possible," Suleymanov said, adding that it was for this reason that the Azerbaijani government insisted on comprehensive talks and a peace agreement between the two warring countries "to move forward and to build a united region to benefit Azerbaijani and Armenian people as well as the entire region."

    The ambassador said remembering the victims of Khojaly is essential to build a better future and a lasting peace that is based on the international law, understanding of freedom, human rights and regional integration.

    Hosted by Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas at the US Congress, Azerbaijani deputies Asim Mollazade and Sevinj Feteliyeva, French lawmaker Natalie Goulet were also among the attendees.

    Rep. Bill Shuster from Pennsylvania said Azerbaijan has been a great partner and an ally of the US and that it takes a courage to be an American ally for a country that is located in a hostile neighborhood, Russians to the north and Iranians to the south. Shuster, who is also the co-chair of US-Azerbaijani Caucus said "we remember the people who have been massacred in Khojaly."

    If the US took notice of what was happening in that part of the world, the congressman added, it would be possible for Washington to predict what would follow next, referring to the tragedy.

    "Khojaly should be a lesson, a reinforcement that we have to stand stronger with our allies," the congressman stressed.

    Rep. Ryan Zinke from Montana described Azerbaijan as a "critical friend and an ally" and reminded that one third of military supplies to Afghanistan went through Azerbaijan. Recognizing that Azerbaijan is located in a tough neighborhood, Zinke said it is not "easy to be an ally of the US."

    Rep. Xavier Becerra from California equally hailed the friendship with Azerbaijan as a "strategically important" asset, highlighting the significance of boosting dialogue and deepen relations between the two countries.

    Rep. Robert Aderholt from Alamaba, Rep. Al Green from Texas, Rep. Randy Hultgren from Illinois, Rep. Brian Babin from Texas, Rep. Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania, Rep. Marc Veasey from Texas, Rep. Yvette Clarke from New York, Rep. Pual Gosar from Arizona, Rep. Doug Lamborn from Colorado, Rep. Ted Deutch from Florida and Rep. Sheila J. Lee from Texas were among the participants.

    Pete Olson from Texas said during the event it was Azerbaijan who stepped up partnership with the US when Pakistan blocked the passage of supplies into Afghanistan. He cited a quote from current Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan, who reportedly said "Azerbaijanis didn't think that we could raise our hands against the civilians before Khojaly. We were able to break that." The controversial statement was reported by Tom de Waal in his famous "Black Garden" book as he interviewed the Armenian president in 2000.

    Rep. Cuellar pointed to the US-Azerbaijani partnership, urging the US to take efforts to actively engage in the conflict based on relevant norms and principles of the international law.

    Azerbaijani community in the US held numerous similar events across the US, including one in Texas, Pennsylvania, Kansas, New Mexico and California.
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  • Azerbaijan showcases defence products at IDEX-2015 exhibition in UAE
    28.02.2015 09:01
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    The products designed and manufactured by Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Defence Industry have been showcased at the International Defense Exhibition ''IDEX-2015'' in Abu Dhabi, which brought together more than 1,050 companies from around the world.

    IDEX is the most strategically important defence exhibition in the world and provides the optimum business environment for international solution providers across land, sea and air sectors to target buyers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

    The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, is the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.
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