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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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  • Armenians violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 92 times throughout the day
    28.07.2014 10:56
    The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian armed forces shattered ceasefire a total of 92 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said.The ceasefire was violated in Farahli and Kamarli villages in Gazakh region, Kokhanabi villa...
  • Azerbaijan marks Ramadan Holiday
    28.07.2014 00:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28Trend:Azerbaijan marks the Ramadan Holiday.The holy month of Ramadan was sent down for the Muslims in the second year of Hegira. Ramadan teaches people to love Allah, to test their will and patience. It also teaches people to be wiser and honest.The history of Ramadan (fasti...
  • Turkish PM inaugurates new Istanbul football stadium, plays in friendly
    27.07.2014 15:56
    A new football stadium in Istanbul has been inaugurated by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AzerTAc reports citing Turkish Anadoly news agency.After the ceremony, Erdogan - who is a former semi-professional footballer - played a friendly game with some Turkish celebrities including TV pr...
  • Red Cross representatives delivered letters to the families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar
    27.07.2014 13:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27Trend:Representatives of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered letters to the families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, the spokesperson of the ICRC Baku office Ilaha Huseynova reported."Letters, written by two Az...
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  • Armenia struggling with economic depression
    28.07.2014 11:05
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    By AzerNews

    As newly-released macroeconomic figures show Armenia didn't have any positive developments in the first half of 2014.

    During the reported period, Armenia achieved only a 3.4 percent economic growth which was lower in comparison with the similar period last year.

    The indicators also show that there has been no growth in all leading economic sectors during this period.

    "The agriculture increased by only 1.4 percent, and construction by 0.4 percent," official statistics show.

    The country's trade turnover didn't achieve any significant growth. The export increased by only 0.8 percent, while import by 1.1 percent.

    Member of Parliament and Former Prime Minister Grant Bagratyan said that the progress amounted to only 0.3 percent during the first half of 2014.

    "We expected more. How the current government can claim that it has improved the economic situation?," he wrote on his Facebook page.

    He said that the new government lacks a new approach to develop the economy. "The government has only implemented some episodic reforms which are unacceptable," Bagratyan noted.

    The economic situation in the country keeps deteriorating. The government recently acknowledged its failure to ensure a 5.2 percent economic growth set in the state budget for 2014.

    President Serzh Sargsyan is expecting the new government to stabilize the economy. This comes as Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan has slashed the economic forecasts.

    Local experts doubt that Abramyan's government will be able to ensure a four percent economic growth by the end of 2014. The absence of large economic projects, as well as foreign investment have led the country to a fully deadlock situation.
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  • Some 4.9 mln tons of cargo transported via sea in Azerbaijan
    28.07.2014 10:59
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    4.9 mln tons of cargo were transported via sea in Azerbaijan in January-June 2014.

    The State Statistical Committee says 57.8% of cargo was oil cargo, 42.2% - dry cargo. All transportations were carried out on foreign connections. 6.1 mln tons of shipping and unshipping works carried out via sea ports. International transit cargos made 86.1%".
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  • Armenians violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 92 times throughout the day
    28.07.2014 10:56
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    The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian armed forces shattered ceasefire a total of 92 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said.

    The ceasefire was violated in Farahli and Kamarli villages in Gazakh region, Kokhanabi village in Tovuz region, as well as in Gadabay, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Khojavand, Jabrayil, Goranboy and Goygol regions on July 27 and on the night of July 28.

    The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire, the Defense Ministry said.
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  • Zarif urges Iran, Qatar, Turkey red crescent societies to aid Palestinians
    28.07.2014 10:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged Iran, Qatar, and Turkey red crescent societies to aid Palestinian people under Israeli attacks in Gaza.

    In separate telephone talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Zarif emphasized the need to expedite humanitarian aid to people in Gaza, IRNA reported on July 28.

    On July 27, Zarif urged the global community to put pressure on Israel to end attacks in Gaza.

    On July 25, Zarif demanded Egypt permit Iran to send humanitarian aid for Gaza residents.

    Zarif said that an Iranian plane carrying humanitarian aid is waiting for an Egyptian flight permit.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    More than 1000 Palestinians including women and children were killed so far during the operation dubbed 'Enduring Rock.'

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  • Moscow Mayor awards Olga Rostropovich
    28.07.2014 10:51
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    President of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, daughter of the world-renowned cellist Olga Rostropovich has been honored with the Moscow Prize for Music.

    A relevant decree was signed by the Mayor of Moscow.

    Olga Rostropovich received the award for organizing the annual International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.
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  • Azerbaijani delegates make reports at ''Economic Modeling: 2014'' international conference in Indonesia
    28.07.2014 10:41
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    Director of the Economic Reforms Research Institute under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry Vilayat Valiyev and employee Malik Mehdiyev have made reports at an international conference on "Economic Modeling: 2014" in Denpasar, Indonesia.

    The event brought together nearly 200 representatives from 40 countries.

    The three-day conference featured discussions on economic development, monetary policy, regional and macroeconomic modeling, trade, energy and environment.
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  • Monument to Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi to be unveiled in Egypt
    28.07.2014 10:36
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    A monument to great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi will be unveiled in Egypt, ambassador in Cairo Shahin Abdullayev has said, according to Egyptian Al Yawm As Sabi information portal.

    The issue was discussed as the ambassador met Egypt`s culture minister Gaber Asfour.

    They discussed prospects for the development of cultural relations between the two countries.

    Minister Asfour will attend the unveiling ceremony of the monument.
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  • Diego Costa scores at Chelsea debut
    28.07.2014 10:30
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    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Chelsea as the Blues defeated Slovenian side NK Olimpija 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

    The striker, signed from Atletico Madrid for ВЈ35m earlier this summer, raced onto a Cesc Fabregas pass before finishing well, while Kurt Zouma also netted as Jose Mourinho's men came from a goal down to record a hard-fought victory.

    The hosts hit the front five minutes before the interval, Nik Kapun smashing past young goalkeeper Matej Delac after Darijan Matic's chested lay-off on the edge of the area.

    But Chelsea were level in the 56th minute as Costa ran on to a pass from another new signing - Cesc Fabregas - and thumped a finish high into the net.

    And Mourinho's team were in front shortly after, Zouma stabbing the ball home after Fernando Torres saw his shot parried back out into the danger area by Olimpija goalkeeper Aleksander Seliga.

    There was a moment of controversy in the 66th minute as Chelsea thought they had extended their advantage.

    Seliga did brilliantly to tip Zouma's header onto the bar, with Branislav Ivanovic scuffing the rebound goalwards.

    The ball appeared to have crossed the line, with the help of John Terry, but the referee ruled the goal out, seemingly for what he felt was a foul by Chelsea's captain on the home goalkeeper, though it mattered little in the end as the Blues comfortably saw out their victory.

    The Premier League club continue their pre-season preparations against Vitesse on Wednesday.

    /Goal.Com/
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  • Former Georgian President fails to appear for questioning at Prosecutor's Office
    28.07.2014 10:26
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili will not appear for questioning at the Prosecutor's office of Georgia, according to former-president's lawyer Otar Kahidze.

    He stressed that it is intended to prosecute Saakashvili and the summon as a witness is an attempt to trap him.

    "Let they first charge, and then the issue of giving testimony will be considered,"

    the lawyer said.

    Saakashvili was summoned for questioning as a witness on July 28, at 11:00. The Procesutor Office did not specified on what case Saakashvili was called for questioning. In case of Saakashvili`s absence to the prosecutor office, the measures will be taken against him envisaged by the law.

    Several months ago, Saakashvili was also summoned to the Georgian Prosecutor's Office as a witness in ten criminal cases, including the case of the causes of death of Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania in February 2005. However, the former-president refused the interrogation, saying that he did not trust the current Georgian law enforcement bodies.

    Instead of questioning the former-president is going to give a videoconference at 12:00 in his library in Tbilisi.

    Edited by CN

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  • ITC: Azerbaijan's economy most quickly developing in the world
    28.07.2014 10:21
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    Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in his meeting with Ambassador Murad Najafbeyli, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva hailed the economic achievements of Azerbaijan, expressed gratitude for development assistance and increasing contributions to the development initiatives of the United Nations structures.

    Arancha Gonzales said Azerbaijan has become a country with the most quickly developing economy in the world.

    ITC head has highly assessed the macro-economic stability and structural changes in the country, its exemplary results to be attracted to the direct foreign investments, as well as constant and stable progress.

    Gonzales said the International Trade Centre has every potential and stands ready to support the countryв's economic development goals in all sectors, including agriculture and tourism, information-communications technologies, construction and transport, as well as export promotion. He called on close cooperation between Azerbaijan and ITC.

    The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a subsidiary organization of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and provides trade-related technical assistance.

    Founded in 1964 with the headquarters in Geneva, ITC has been established for the purpose of assisting the export promotion efforts of the developing countries by providing them with information on export markets and marketing, and to help them develop their export promotion services and train the personnel needed for these services.

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  • UN to hold regional conference on land issue in Turkmenistan
    28.07.2014 10:16
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 28

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    An interregional conference on "Economic assessment of land degradation" will be held in Ashgabat on August 1-2, 2014 organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

    Scientists and experts, as well as the representatives of international and regional organizations in Central Asia and Europe will attend the conference.

    The issue of preparation of this event was discussed at a government meeting, the Turkmen government said. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov touched upon the theme and noted that work is being carried out in the field of rational use of water, land and biological resources, combat to desertification, the report said.

    "A great example of that is the Turkmen Lake "Altyn Asir" (Golden Age), the construction of which contributes to the efficient recovery of pastures and farmland, improvement of the environmental conditions and ecological situation in the region. Particular attention is paid to the unique nature reserves of the Karakum desert, reliable protection and careful study of which are among the priorities of the state policy," the report said.

    The matter is the project in the Central Karakum on the construction of a large man-made reservoir, created in 2009. The State Information Service Turkmen Dovlet khabarlary (TDH) noted that this unprecedented project is of great importance for both Turkmenistan and across Central Asia.

    Hydropower complex is designed to collect collector-drainage mineral water from agricultural land all over the country. It is expected that this will improve the condition of irrigated lands, to solve many problems related to salinity, waterlogging and drought.

    The area of artificial reservoir located in natural depression of Karashor is about 2,000 square kilometers which is capable of holding 132 billion cubic meters of water.

    Local experts say that thanks to this project, a reserve stock of water will be created in the country, which in the long term can be reused for the needs of the agricultural complex due to the natural filtering and application of modern technologies.

    In the future, the creation of the "Altyn Asyr" lake will allow use of the formed reservoir and efferent collectors for development of fishery.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan marks holy Ramadan
    28.07.2014 10:16
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    The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end today.

    Azerbaijani Muslims mark Ramadan holiday. This year, 28-29 July have been officially declared as Ramadan holidays in the country, AzerNews.az reports.

    Muslims will perform the holidays prayer of Ramadan month at 9:00 in Taza Pir Mosque and at 8:00 in Ajdarbay Mosque on July 29.

    The holy month of Ramadan and Ramadan holiday make people closer to each other. They bring people together around one table and teach them the love for God and life presented by God to each being. During this months, Muslims begin to share both their material and moral wealth.

    The month of fasting allows men to check their will, patience and invite them to purity, kindness as well as wisdom and honesty.

    The day of ending of Ramadan month is called Eid-ul-Fitr. On this day, all Muslims congratulate each other, visit the graves of their late relatives to pray for their souls.

    Meanwhile, charity and good deeds have special importance during Ramadan holiday. Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

    On Ramadan holiday, every man should give their Zakat in 3 kg of grain, or dates, or raisin to the poor.

    Ramadan holiday is highly important for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons of this month should stay with them throughout the year.

    In the holy Qur'an, Muslims are recommended to fast to "learn self-restraint" (Qur'an 2:183). The restraint and devotion are especially felt during Ramadan but all Muslims must strive to keep the feelings and attitudes with them during their "normal" lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.

    Azerbaijan, a predominantly Muslim country, has celebrated the Ramadan officially since 1993, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijani Muslims did not stop fasting even during the Soviet period when all religious holidays were banned.

    Azerbaijan has always been one of the historical and cultural centers of the Islamic world, and for centuries the Azerbaijani people have been committed to their religious, national and moral values.

    The freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are fully ensured in accordance with local legislation and international law, with favorable conditions created for the citizens to freely practice their religious rituals, conduct ceremonies, and celebrate holidays.
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  • SOFAZ allots huge money to built floating drilling rig
    28.07.2014 10:05
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    As of June 30, 2014, over 236.44 million AZN was allocated for the construction of new generation floating drilling rig from the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ), according to the official website of the fund.

    The report notes that the cost of the construction project of new generation floating drilling rig in Azerbaijan amounts to $1.116 billion.

    SOFAZ owns 90 percent share in "Azerbaijan Rigs" LLC, created for the construction of a new platform. The remaining 10 percent of shares in the company is owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

    "In 2013, the SOFAZ allocated 169.14 million AZN for the implementation of this project, and this figure amounted to 67.3 million AZN in the first half of 2014," the report said.

    The first new generation rig will be built for the needs of the SOCAR. The drilling operator will be "Caspian Drilling Company" (CDC), in which the SOCAR owns 92.44-percent share. Singaporean "Keppel FELS Limited" company has been chosen as the contractor of the rig's construction, with which the CDC signed an agreement for the construction work last June.

    The new rig will be designed to drill wells up to 8,000 meters at the depth of 1,000 meters. The construction is planned to be completed in 2016.

    The rig will be used for drilling of prospective structures and fields in Azerbaijan, such as the Umid field and such perspective structures as Babek, Karabakh, Ashrafi and others.

    Azerbaijan should construct four new floating drilling rigs, taking into account the implementation of big projects in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.

    SOFAZ was established in 1999, and its assets at that time amounted to $271 million.

    As of July 1, 2014, the assets of SOFAZ have increased by 4.86 percent compared to early 2014 and amounted to about $37.622 million. Based on SOFAZ's regulations, its funds may be used for the construction and reconstruction of strategically important infrastructure facilities, as well as solving important national problems.

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  • Modern Baku: Heydar Aliyev Airport '"
    28.07.2014 10:04
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    The airport will serve 3,000,000 passengers a year.

    The new air terminal named after Heydar Aliyev has attracted the attention of world's famous specialists for its design.

    Oxu.Az reports that the esthetic design and conic façade is intended for comfort and reducing passengers' stress before flight.

    With an area of 53,000 square meters, the terminal also accommodates shops and waiting halls.

    The airport will serve 3,000,000 passengers a year.
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  • Azerbaijan to host over 6000 athelets for the First European Games
    28.07.2014 09:50
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    The bike parks will be created in Azerbaijan for mountain bike competitions as part of the preparation for the first European Games in Baku, according to the article of Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov published in Azerbaijan newspaper.

    "The Organizing Committee was created under the chairmanship of First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva upon the presidential decree to conduct the first European Games at a high level," Rahimov said.

    Azerbaijan continues constructing the Park of European Games. The international competitions in swimming, volleyball, beach football, basketball 3x3 and water polo will be held there. The Water Sports Palace, the Olympic Stadium for 65,000 people are also under construction. The Heydar Aliyev Sport and Concert Complex, the Baku Sports Palace (Palace of Hand Games) are being overhauled. The Shotgun Shooting Sports Complex is being reconstructed, according to the article.

    The necessary equipment is being installed at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium to conduct archery competitions.

    The temporary equipment is being installed in the "Baku Crystal Hall" for boxing, fencing, karate, taekwondo and volleyball competitions.

    The additional work is conducted to organize the canoeing competitions in the Mingachevir Olympic training center "Kur". Moreover, the preparatory work is underway for the construction of bike parks for mountain bike competitions.

    More than 6,000 athletes from 49 world countries, who will compete in 19 kinds of sport, are expected to arrive in Azerbaijan to participate in the first European Games in 2015, according to the article.

    Moreover, the FIDE Congress entrusted Azerbaijan with holding the World Chess Cup in 2015, and a year later - Chess Olympiad in Baku. This clearly testifies to the fact that the country is capable of hosting the most prestigious tournaments, according to the article.

    The minister stressed that the last decision of holding the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku in 2017 testifies to the ability of our country to host the most prestigious world sporting events - the Olympic Games.

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  • Letters delivered to the families of Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar
    28.07.2014 09:40
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    Representatives of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered letters to the families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, the spokesperson of the ICRC Baku office Ilaha Huseynova reported.

    "Letters, written by two Azerbaijanis, Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, were handed over to their families" - Huseynova said.

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

    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.

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  • Georgia increases import of Azerbaijani gas over 17 percent
    28.07.2014 09:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25

    By Zulfiyya Gurbanova - Trend:

    In January-June 2014, Georgia imported from Azerbaijan 737.240 tons of natural gas in oil equivalent in the amount of $151.06 million, according to the report of "GeoStat" (National Statistical Service of Georgia).

    Azerbaijan is the main supplier on this type of fuel to Georgia with specific weight of 83.3 percent of out of total imports on this category. In total, since the beginning of the year, Georgia imported natural gas in the amount of $181.3 million, the report said.

    The remaining part of gas supply accounted for Russia and other sources.

    The volume of the Georgian natural gas imports from Azerbaijan grew by 21 percent on year terms (in quantitative terms, the increase was made up 107,290 tons of oil equivalent, or 17.03 per cent).

    For comparison, Georgia imported from Azerbaijan 629,950 tons of gas in oil equivalent in the amount of $124.82 million in January-June last year.

    The specific weight of the gas in the volume of the Georgian import from Azerbaijan was made up 51.4 percent during the reported period.

    Georgia imported products worth $294.1million from Azerbaijan in the first half of the year .

    The volume of imports from Azerbaijan to Georgia increased by 7.6 percent for the year, the report said. For comparison, in January-June last year, Georgia imported Azerbaijani goods worth $273.2 million.

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  • Azerbaijan marks Ramadan Holiday
    28.07.2014 00:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan marks the Ramadan Holiday.

    The holy month of Ramadan was sent down for the Muslims in the second year of Hegira. Ramadan teaches people to love Allah, to test their will and patience. It also teaches people to be wiser and honest.

    The history of Ramadan (fasting) starts when the Prophet Muhammad determined the month Ramadan for this holiday in Medina on the second pilgrimage year. Koran was given to us on one of the third 10 days of this month. As said, this might happen either on the night from 23rd to 24th or on the night from 26th to 27th. This night is called 'Laylat alkadr'-meaning the great, powerful night. Koran says: 'We really create power and grandeur on that night, that night is more grandiose among thousand of months, the angels low down on the earth and wait for orders from Allah, peace is brought to the world on this night till the sun-birth' (97:1-5).

    It is prohibited to eat, drink, and smoke and to engage marriage duties in daytime. Only children, sick people, the pregnant, warriors and travelers make exception. Fasting starts in Ramadan from the day when new moon is seen and continues 29-30 days. Quran says: 'Eat and drink till you may distinguish white and black thread, then fast till it gets dark' (2:187).

    Fasting existed before Islam. The ancient Arabians fastened for the sake of their Gods. Koran says: 'Fasting ordered to you as it had been ordered to your predecessors.'

    Fasting is completed with holiday of 'Eid al-Fitr'. All the wealthy Muslims on that day should help the poor.

    Azerbaijan has officially celebrated holy Ramadan holiday since 1993.

    July 28-29 are non-working days in Azerbaijan.

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  • Gunmen kill traditional leader in Nigeria
    27.07.2014 21:37
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    Baku-APA. Gunmen have killed a traditional leader during a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, APA reports quoting Press TV.

    According to witnesses from the Biu district, the gunmen, who were dressed as soldiers, attacked around midnight on Wednesday and killed Alhaji Ibrahim Dawi along with 11 others.

    Local residents said Boko Haram Takfiri militants had been in control of the town of Damboa, which neighbors the Biu district, after attacking the town on July 18. But Nigerian officials have dismissed the claim, saying they have not conceded "one inch" of land to Boko Haram.

    On Wednesday, more than 80 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in the city of Kaduna. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the violence, but this comes in light of growing militancy in Nigeria by the Boko Haram.

    The notorious group has repeatedly targeted civilians, mostly in the remote northeastern state of Borno, killing more than 2,000 civilians since January.

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently sought parliament's approval to borrow USD 1 billion from abroad to help fight against the Takfiri militants.

    Boko Haram -- whose name means "Western education is forbidden" -- says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

    It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
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  • '˜A third of all people are millionaires in Mocanoв'
    27.07.2014 20:26
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    If you want to hang with the rich, head to Monaco, where nearly a third of the people are millionaires.

    The city-state boasts a higher percentage of millionaires than any other place in the world, according to a recent report by Spear's magazine and wealth consultancy company Wealthinsight. And while the 19 cities behind Monaco in the millionaire rankings vary widely by location and size, there are some common threads to be found.

    "Favorable tax and outstanding location are important criteria for attracting clusters of millionaires, but so too is ready access to wealth managers and private banks," according to WealthInsight analyst Oliver Williams, citing the Swiss cities of Geneva and Zurich as prime examples.
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  • Syrian state media reports that car bomb kills 7
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    Syrian state-run media says a car bomb has exploded in the central city of Homs, killing at least seven people, the Associated Press reported.

    State news agency SANA said the vehicle exploded Sunday in the Arman neighborhood, home to mostly minority Christians and Alawites, the sect of the President Bashar Assad. It says two rockets also were fired at the site after the bombing.

    The neighborhood has been repeatedly hit by car bombs.

    Syria's conflict, which began as a 2011 uprising, has turned into a chaotic war with sectarian overtones. Mostly Sunni Muslim rebels fight against forces loyal to Assad. Extremist militant groups also fight other rebels and government forces. Car bombs have hit opposition and government-controlled areas of Syria.

    The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the bombing and death toll.

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  • Greco-Roman wrestlers in action on the last day of Golden Grand Prix Final
    27.07.2014 19:37
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    Greco-Roman wrestlers are contesting medals in Baku as the Golden Grand Prix Final enters last day.

    Azerbaijan`s squad includes Rovshan Bayramov, Orkhan Ahmadov, Taleh Mammadov, Kamran Mammadov (all in 59 kg), Hasan Aliyev, Azad Aliyev, Rovshan TaghД±yev (all in 66 kg), Rasul Chunayev, RustЙ™m Aliyev, Jeyhun Aliyev (all in 71 kg), Rafig Huseynov, Niyameddin Ibrahimov (both in 75 kg), Emin Ahmadov, Elvin Mursaliyev (both in 80 kg), Shahriyar Mammadov (85 kg), Araz Hasanov, Shalva Gadabadze, Saman Tahmasibi (all in 98 kg), Sabah Shriati and Sabuhi Humbatov (both in 130 kg).

    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers claimed a clutch of three golds, three silvers and seven bronzes. In the women`s event, Azerbaijan won two golds.
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  • Russian MiG-29 crashes
    27.07.2014 19:26
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    A Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighter has crashed near Astrakhan, killing the pilot.

    According to reports, the crash was caused by the failure of aviation equipment.

    Officials told Russian media that the plane fell 30 km south of the Privolzhsky airport in the Astrakhan region in an area where there were no homes.

    There are no reports of casualties other than the pilot in the crash.
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  • Georgia sees decrease in its trade deficit with CIS countries
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 27

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia's foreign trade turnover with CIS countries stood at $1.716 billion in Jan.-June, which is 10 percent more than in the same period of 2013, Georgia's National Statistical Service (GeoStat) said in its report on July 24.

    The country has exported around $758 million worth of products (an increase by 11 percent) and imported some $957 million worth of goods (an increase by nine percent) during the reporting period.

    The share of CIS countries in Georgia's foreign trade turnover amounted to 31 percent in the first half of 2014. The share of export transactions with the CIS countries stood at 53 percent, while the share of import transactions totaled 24 percent.

    Some eight percent of Georgia's trade deficit fell to CIS countries, versus nine percent in the same period of 2013.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three
    27.07.2014 18:39
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    The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said, Reuters reported.

    A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home.

    Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.

    "I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants," Issa Tchiroma told Reuters by telephone.

    "They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the lamido's residence and he was also kidnapped," he said, and at least three people were killed in the attack.

    A Cameroon military commander in the region told Reuters that the vice prime minister, who was at home to celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family, was taken to a neighboring town by security officials.

    "The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers," said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon's third inter-army military region, based in the regional headquarters Maroua.

    The Sunday attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday. At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks. Meanwhile, some 22 suspected Boko Haram militants, who have been held in Maroua since March, were on Friday sentenced to prison sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years. It was unclear whether the events are related.

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  • Hamas accepts 24-hour Gaza humanitarian truce, Israel considers move
    27.07.2014 17:34
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    Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group said on Sunday, hours after fighting between the sides resumed, Reuters reported.

    "It has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, saying the calm should start at 2.00 p.m.

    An Israeli official said the truce was being reviewed.

    However, as 2.00 p.m. came and went, the sound of heavy Israeli shelling could be heard within Gaza and sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border area, suggesting Palestinian militants had fired missiles at them.

    Israel had called off its own 24-hour truce earlier in the day after Hamas launched rockets into southern and central Israel, and Palestinian medics said at least 10 people had died in the wave of subsequent strikes that swept Gaza.

    Some 1,060 Palestinians, mainly civilians and including many children, have been killed in the 20-day conflict. Israel says 43 of its soldiers have died, along with three civilians killed by rocket and mortar fire out of the Mediterranean enclave.

    Israel and the Hamas Islamists who control Gaza had agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday to allow Palestinians to stock up on supplies and retrieve bodies from under the rubble.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet decided to extend the quiet until midnight on Sunday, on condition that its forces could continue to track down and destroy militant tunnels that criss-cross the Gaza border.

    After initially rejecting the extension, Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri said Hamas had accepted a U.N. truce request on Sunday in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which is expected to start in the next couple of days.

    Netanyahu was due to convene his cabinet later on Sunday to decide how to move forward, and at least one senior minister said Israel must step up its offensive.

    "After what we saw this morning, it is clear we need to resume fighting with even greater force," Communications Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio.

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  • Iranian FM urges global community to end Israel attacks in Gaza
    27.07.2014 17:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged the global community to put pressure on Israel to end attacks in Gaza.

    In a telephone conversation with his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Zarif expressed deep concern over the situation in Gaza, and called on Cairo to open the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aids, the IRNA news agency reported on July 27.

    On July 25, Zarif demanded Egypt permit Iran to send humanitarian aids for Gaza residents.

    Zarif said that an Iranian plane carrying humanitarian aid is waiting for an Egyptian flight permit, Iran's Mehr news agency reported.

    Since July 7, Israel has attacked the Palestinian coastal territory with fierce air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

    More than 1000 Palestinians including women and children were killed so far during the operation dubbed 'Enduring Rock.'

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  • Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra performs as part of Gabala music festival
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    The 6th Gabala International Music Festival has featured performance of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Conducted by Azerbaijani people`s artist Rauf Abdullayev, the concert saw the orchestra perform musical pieces of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and other composers.

    The orchestra was accompanied by director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall after Muslim Magomayev, pianist Murad Adigozalzade.

    Formed by a group of committed, resilient musicians, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra was established in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra.
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  • Svitolina defeats Baku Cup champion title
    27.07.2014 16:15
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    Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final 6-1, 7-6 (2) Sunday.

    The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker.

    The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova captured three at Monterrey and Istanbul in 2010 and again at Monterrey in 2011 before turning 20.

    Jovanovski, who was aiming for her third WTA title, had a far tougher route to the final, rallying in the quarterfinals and semifinals to advance in three sets. Svitolina dropped one set all week against Francesca Schiavone in the semifinal.
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  • Japan lodges protest with North Korea over missile
    27.07.2014 16:12
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    The Japanese government has lodged a protest with North Korea over Saturday's missile launch. The government filed the protest through the embassy in Beijing. It says the launch violates UN Security Council resolutions.

    Officials say they have received no reports so far of damage to aircraft or vessels.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed them to gather information about the launch with their counterparts from the United States and South Korea.

    He told them to ensure that aircraft and vessels are safe, and to provide the public with accurate information as soon as possible.

    Abe told reporters during a visit to Mexico that the launch of a ballistic missile is a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. He said he will call on North Korea not to take such action.

    Abe added that he wants to make the country realize that it will not be able to achieve economic revitalization and nuclear and missile development at the same time.
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  • Turkish PM inaugurates new Istanbul football stadium, plays in friendly
    27.07.2014 15:56
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    A new football stadium in Istanbul has been inaugurated by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AzerTAc reports citing Turkish Anadoly news agency.

    After the ceremony, Erdogan - who is a former semi-professional footballer - played a friendly game with some Turkish celebrities including TV producer Acun Ilicali, and film producer and writer Yilmaz Erdogan.

    PM Erdogan's team won the game 9 - 4.

    Turkey has invested in big-budget sports complexes to host international sports organizations such as the Olympics.

    The country lost a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics to Japan last year.

    Erdogan opened another complex - the Hasan Dogan National Teams' Camp and Training Facility - three weeks ago, which is among the most modern sports training facilities in the world.

    It includes tennis courts, running tracks, recreation areas, conference halls, a lake and a mini-golf course as well as football pitches and is the Turkish Football Federation's biggest infrastructure investment.
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  • Iran's Supreme Leader announces amnesty of prisoners
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27

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    Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted prison terms of a number of convicts sentenced by various Iranian courts on the eve of Eid ul-Fitr, IRNA reported.

    The decree was issued at the request of the Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

    Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.

    The amnesty does not apply to all types of convicts, including those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.

    Eid ul-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

    The occasion is a day that Muslims are not permitted to fast.

    The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

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  • Panova and Watson are champions in doubles in Baku Cup-2014
    27.07.2014 15:42
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    The champions have been identified in doubles in Baku Cup 2014 tennis tournament.

    In the final match of the tournament the duo of Aleksandra Panova of Russia and Heather Watson of Great Britain faced the team of Shahar Peer (ISR) and Raluka Olaru (ROU).

    In the first set of the Panova and Watson easily won their opponents 6-2.

    In the second set, Olaru and Peer showed a serious resistance. Close to the end of the set, they even were leading 5-4. However, Panova and Watson overtook the initiative again and prolonged the set till the tie-break.

    In the tie-break, Panova and Watson dominated and finished the set 7-6 and the match 2-0.

    Thanks to this victory they gained 280 rating points and $12 300 as a prize. Peer and Olaru who lost the final, received 180 rating points and $6400.
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  • France declares three-day national mourning over Air Algerie crash
    27.07.2014 15:42
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    France on Saturday declared a three-day period of national mourning over the Air Algerie crash that killed all 118 people on board including 54 French nationals.

    Flags will fly at half-mast on every public building across the country from Monday for three days, the presidency said.

    Algeria has also declared a 72-hour mourning period.

    Air Algerie's McDonnell Douglas 83 on route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algeria crashed in Mali on Thursday. 116 people from 15 countries, including 54 French nationals, were on board the plane. All passengers and crew members supposedly died in the crash.

    The key theories of what might have caused the accident are a terrorist act and poor weather conditions. As far as we know, the plane deviated from its original course due to the impending storm.
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  • Red Cross representatives delivered letters to the families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27

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    Representatives of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered letters to the families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, the spokesperson of the ICRC Baku office Ilaha Huseynova reported.

    "Letters, written by two Azerbaijanis, Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, were handed over to their families" - Huseynova said.

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

    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.

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  • Azerbaijani murdered by Armenians buried in Nagorno-Karabakh
    27.07.2014 13:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 27

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    Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov, murdered by Armenian servicemen was buried in Nagorno-Karabakh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Baku office reported on July 27.

    ICRC mission in Nagorno-Karabakh announced, that the funeral of a man, whose body was identified by his Azerbaijani family, took place.

    "The International Committee of the Red Cross attended the funeral as an observer. During the funeral a proper respect was shown. The discussions about returning the corpse to the Azerbaijani side are underway" - the spokesperson of the ICRC Baku office Ilaha Huseynova said.

    Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

    In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.

    The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.

    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.

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  • Iran deputy FM reiterates Tehranв's support for Gaza
    27.07.2014 11:19
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    Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has traveled to the Lebanese capital Beirut to meet with the country's high-ranking officials and discuss regional issues. During his visit, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran's support for the people of Gaza, Press TV reported.

    Amir-Abdollahian also referred to the crisis in Iraq, saying the ISIL militant group is an Israeli product. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions have once again thanked Iran for its unwavering support for Gaza, saying Tehran's backing has made the resistance strong enough to stand up to Israel. Ties between Iran and Lebanon plus the regional developments particularly the Israeli war on Gaza as well as fighting terrorism were all top on the agenda. The Iranian official reiterated the Islamic Republic's support for the resistance both in the Palestinian territories and in the region, adding that Tehran will make every effort to help stop the Israeli aggression against Gazans.

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  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief
    27.07.2014 09:24
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    A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict, Reuters reported.

    The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, came as Israeli ministers signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day-old conflict in the Gaza Strip appeared remote.

    At least 1,050 Gazans - mostly civilians - have been killed, and 42 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died.

    Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting finite resources and know-how to build tunnels that have helped them inflict record casualties on Israelis. Still, he suggested that destroying Hamas was not the answer.

    "If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse," Flynn said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

    "A worse threat that would come into the sort of ecosystem there ... something like ISIS," he added, referring to the Islamic State, which last month declared an "Islamic caliphate" in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

    Confined in the crowded, sandy coast enclave of 1.8 million, where poverty and unemployment hover around 40 percent, weary Gazans say they hope the battle will break the blockade that Israel and Egypt impose on them.

    Israeli officials said any ceasefire must allow the military to carry on hunting down the Hamas tunnel network that criss-crosses the Gaza border.

    Flynn's comments about the conflict came during a gloomy, broader assessment of unrest across the Middle East, including in Syria and Iraq. Flynn said bluntly: "Is there going to be a peace in the Middle East? Not in my lifetime."

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  • Length of roads built in half year announced in Uzbekistan
    27.07.2014 09:09
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The work on the construction and reconstruction of automobile road with the total length of 213.6 kilometers has been carried out in Uzbekistan in the first half of 2014, according to the report of the Uzbek State Committee on Statistics.

    Some 425 billion soums of capital investment has been used for the facilities of construction and re-construction of the automobile road during the reported period, which are the part of the Uzbek national highway, the report noted.

    Some 257 billion soums of this amount was allocated from the Uzbek Republican Road Fund and $73 million was attracted in the form of loans from international financial institutions.

    As previously reported, the program on the construction of national highway of the first technical category worth $3.44 billion is approved by the president of Uzbekistan, in May 2009.

    It is planned to build four sections of roads with total length of 1,501 kilometres by 2015 within the frame of the program.

    The project is financed by the Uzbek Government in the amount of 1.86 billion, as well as by means of loans of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and other international financial institutions in the total amount of $1.58 billion.

    At present, the total length of roads in Uzbekistan is 146,400 kilometers. Some 42,500 kilometers out of this are main public roads, including 3,200 kilometers of international automobile highway and another 18,800 kilometers are of national importance.

    About 20 international transport routes and directions are passing through the territory of Uzbekistan.

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  • UN chief welcomes 12-hour humanitarian pause in Gaza
    27.07.2014 07:54
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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Saturday welcomed the "broadly observed" 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza Strip, calling for another seven- day ceasefire.

    "As the pause nears end, there are countless images of Gazans trying to return to their daily lives while taking care of their wounded and attending to their dead," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.

    "These images make it clear that we owe to the people of both Israel and Gaza our renewed effort to consolidate this pause in fighting into a more sustainable ceasefire," the statement said.

    Therefore, the UN chief urgently appealed once again to all parties to declare a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza "as a prelude to renewing a political process as the only way of achieving a durable peace."

    He also strongly urged the parties to, at the very minimum, extend the pause expiring later Saturday.

    In the statement, Ban further reiterated that "any peace effort that does not tackle the root causes of the crisis will do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence."

    "The blockade of and the closure on Gaza must end; there must be security based on mutual recognition, and there must be a viable two-state solution by which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security," he added.

    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire came into effect in the Gaza Strip on Saturday as a 19-day Israeli large-scale offensive claimed the lives of more than 900 Palestinians and 37 Israelis.

    Overnight both Islamic Hamas movement and Israel accepted a United Nations proposal to go for a 12-hour humanitarian truce to enable rescue teams and paramedics to evacuate bodies and wounded.

    Before the 12-hour lull came into effect at 8:00 a.m., 27 Palestinians were killed all over the Gaza Strip after midnight and at predawn, said Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza.

    Witnesses said that gunfire and bombings continued until the last moment before the cease-fire came into effect, adding that after the cease-fire became valid, thousands of people began to go to their houses to check them.

    Rescue teams with ambulances and paramedics began their hard work to look for survivals, to pick up corps and see if there were still wounded people under the rubble in both Sheja'eya in eastern Gaza city and in Khan Younis.

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  • No Gaza ceasefire extension: Hamas
    27.07.2014 00:42
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    The Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said late on Saturday that it did not approve an extension of Gaza's 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire, which came to an end a short time ago in the Palestinian enclave.

    "There is no agreement on extending the ceasefire in Gaza by four hours," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

    Gaza's 12-hour U.N.-proposed humanitarian lull came to an end at 17:00 GMT, but the Israeli government said it was expanding this calm by four more hours so that it can come to an end at midnight.

    The humanitarian lull came hard on the heels of intensive Israeli shelling of homes and sites in the Gaza Strip, shelling that started on July 7.

    At least 1046 Palestinians have been killed - mostly civilians - and more than 5900 others injured in Israel's offensive, now in its third week.

    Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, fired rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.

    Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip - which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.

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  • Nigerian soldiers kill 25 anti-Israel protesters on Quds Day
    26.07.2014 23:31
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    Baku-APA. Twenty-five demonstrators, including the sons of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have been gunned down during an anti-Israeli rally held to mark International Quds Day in an ancient city of the African country, APA reports quoting Press TV.В 

    The deaths occurred on Friday during anti-Israel rally, as Nigerians took to the streets to denounce Tel Aviv's deadly military assault on Gaza.

    The Quds Day rally in the city of Zaria in Kaduna State turned violent when armed soldiers opened fire on protesters, killing 25 demonstrators and arresting 12 others.

    Among those killed was 18-year-old Syed Mahmud Ibrahim Zakzaky, a son of Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, who had called for the rally. He is a critic of political corruption and Boko Haram.

    Reports say another son of the Muslim leader was injured and two others were arrested.Later, military forces reportedly killed all detainees, including the two sons of Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky, before handing over their bodies to Ahmadu Bello University (Abu) teaching hospital. As a result of the crackdown, al-Zakzaky lost three of his sons while another one was among those injured by government forces.

    Meanwhile, government forces attacked a mosque in Nigeria on Saturday, killing three people.

    Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, designated the last Friday of the lunar month of Ramadan as the International Quds Day, during which Muslims across the world hold rallies to show their solidarity with Palestinians.

    This year's anti-Israel rallies are being held as Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding numerous sites inside the Gaza Strip. More than 985 people have so far been killed and over 6,000 others wounded since the Israeli military first launched its offensive on the Palestinian enclave on July 8.
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  • SOFAZ allocates over $300 million for construction of new drilling rig in Azerbaijan
    26.07.2014 22:29
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    As of June 30, 2014, over 236.44 million AZN was allocated for the construction of new generation floating drilling rig from the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ), according to the official website of the fund.

    The report notes that the cost of the construction project of new generation floating drilling rig in Azerbaijan amounts to $1.116 billion.

    SOFAZ owns 90 percent share in "Azerbaijan Rigs" LLC, created for the construction of a new platform. The remaining 10 percent of shares in the company is owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

    "In 2013, the SOFAZ allocated 169.14 million AZN for the implementation of this project, and this figure amounted to 67.3 million AZN in the first half of 2014," the report said.

    The first new generation rig will be built for the needs of the SOCAR. The drilling operator will be "Caspian Drilling Company" (CDC), in which the SOCAR owns 92.44-percent share. Singaporean "Keppel FELS Limited" company has been chosen as the contractor of the rig's construction, with which the CDC signed an agreement for the construction work last June.

    The new rig will be designed to drill wells up to 8,000 meters at the depth of 1,000 meters. The construction is planned to be completed in 2016.

    The rig will be used for drilling of prospective structures and fields in Azerbaijan, such as the Umid field and such perspective structures as Babek, Karabakh, Ashrafi and others.

    Azerbaijan should construct four new floating drilling rigs, taking into account the implementation of big projects in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.

    SOFAZ was established in 1999, and its assets at that time amounted to $271 million.

    As of July 1, 2014, the assets of SOFAZ have increased by 4.86 percent compared to early 2014 and amounted to about $37.622 million. Based on SOFAZ's regulations, its funds may be used for the construction and reconstruction of strategically important infrastructure facilities, as well as solving important national problems.

    The official exchange rate on July 24 is 0.7843 AZN/USD.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Turkey sends 87-trucks full of aid supplies to Iraq
    26.07.2014 21:33
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    Turkish agencies have sent 87-truck convoy of humanitarian aid to violence-hit Iraq over the last 45 days, according to information from Turkey's Prime Ministry public diplomacy office.

    Food parcels, kitchen sets, medicine and medical supplies, tents, beds, blankets and wheelchairs were among the aid.

    Since June 12, The Turkish Disaster Management Agency (AFAD), The Turkish Cooperation Agency (TIKA), The Turkish Red Crescent, Turkish municipalities and NGO's have distributed humanitarian aid in Sinjar (24 trucks), Kirkuk (28 trucks), Telafer (1 truck), Erbil (2 trucks), Dohuk (29 trucks) and Tel Kaif (three trucks).

    Turkey also established a humanitarian aid distribution center at the border in the country's southeastern province of Sirnak.

    Iraq has seen a marked escalation of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims since June, when a coalition of armed opposition groups led by ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, took control of large swathes of the country's predominantly Sunni provinces.

    More than a million people in the region have fled their homes, according to the UN's humanitarian agency.

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  • Azerbaijani female wrestlers claim two golds at Golden Grand Prix Final
    26.07.2014 20:56
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    Azerbaijani female wrestlers have won two gold medals at the Golden Grand Prix Final international wrestling tournament commemorating national leader Heydar Aliyev in Baku.

    The medals came from Maria Stadnik and Yuliya Ratkevich in the 48kg and 60kg classes respectively.

    Stadnik defeated Russian Elena Vostrikova 6-0, while Ratkevich beat Japanese Katsuki Sakagami 9-5 in the gold medal bouts.

    The competition continues Sunday, July 27, in all categories of the Greco-Roman wrestling.

    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers grabbed 13 medals on the first day of the tournament.

    The tournament brings together nearly 400 wrestlers from 35 countries.
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  • Georgian parliament expressed vote of confidence for government
    26.07.2014 20:26
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian parliament has expressed vote of confidence for government of country.

    89 deputies voted for the vote of confidence, against - 0. Parliamentary minority did not take part in the vote, refusing to support the new government.

    Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili proposed to parliament a new staff of the government.

    New staff of the government is economy minister - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, deputy prime minister, minister of energy - Kakha Kaladze, interior minister - Alexander Chikaidze, minister of justice - Tea Tsulukiani, minister for european integration - Alexi Petriashvili, the defense minister - Irakli Alasania, state minister for reconciliation and equality - Paata Zakareishvili, minister of regional development and infrastructure - David Shavliashvili, finance minister - Nodar Khaduri, minister of education - Tamar Sanikidze, minister of sport and youth affairs - Levan Kipiani, minister of environment and natural resources - Elgudja Khokrishvili, minister of refugees and resettlement - Sozar Subari, minister of foreign affairs - Maya Panjikidze, minister of Agriculture - Otar Daneliya, state minister for diaspora issues - Gela Dumbadze, minister of Labour, health and social protection - David Sergeyenko, minister of penitentiary and probation - Giorgi Mgebrishvili, minister of culture and protection of monuments - Mikhail Giorgadze.

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  • Azerbaijani grandmaster among leaders at Paleohora Open tournament
    26.07.2014 20:06
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    Azerbaijani grandmaster Azer Mirzayev is among the leaders at the 6th Paleohora Open tournament in Greece.

    Mirzayev will face Italian Alberto David in the seventh round of the tournament.

    The tournament brings together 200 players, including 18 grandmasters.

    The Swiss system tournament features 9 rounds.
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  • Assets of over 60 Kazakh state facilities planned to be put up in private sector
    26.07.2014 19:32
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, July 23

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Assets of more than 60 public facilities in Kazakhstan are scheduled to be put up in the private sector.

    Deputy Chairman of the Board of Kazakh National Welfare Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" JSC Elena Bakhmutova made the remarks after the meeting of the fund`s commission on the sale of assets and facilities within complex plan of privatization for 2014-2016.

    "We had 64 scheduled facilities by the end of the year. We still do not deviate from the schedule. It is needed to implement work with maximum coverage of potential participants in order to find buyers. We hope that we will fulfill the plan for 2014," she said.

    "Samruk-Kazyna " wants not only to just sell the assets and to get the maximum amount of money, but also to keep them operating, according to Bakhmutova.

    "Thus our goals are two-fold.dual. We are ready to sell them at fair value, which the owner and the buyer accept," the deputy chairman said.

    Bakhmutova also noted that if the facility will be sold at auction, then anyone can register on the website of the Kazakh State Property Committee. "If there will be an electronic tender, then in accordance with the contest, additional requirements can be set, such as the preservation of the facility, the preservation of jobs."

    "All requirements will also be posted on the website of state property committee so that potential buyers could see them. If the facility has strategic importance, then additional restrictions will be put on purchasers. No restrictions were made on the first 15 objects for August by the residency, but there are some limitations on additional requirements, as preservation of jobs," Bakhmutova said.

    The appraiser of the facilities must participate at the sale process, according to the deputy chairman.

    "As regard to price, it will be based on an independent assessment, then the auction will be appointed by the English or Dutch method. If the object will not be sold, then it will be submitted to the relevant committee to determine further actions," Bakhmutova said.

    Edited by CN

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  • Egypt summons Turkish envoy to protest Erdogan's remarks
    26.07.2014 18:59
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    The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires to protest recent remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he criticized Egypt, Anadolu Agency reported.

    In a statement, the ministry described Erdogan's remarks as an "unacceptable interference by the Turkish leadership in Egypt's internal affairs".

    The statement said the remarks also showed "a complete ignorance of the political reality in Egypt since the June 30 revolution (the mass protests that led to the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3 of last year).

    The ministry hinted at taking further measures "that will restrict the development of bilateral relations between the two countries".

    The Turkish government has not commented on the report yet.

    Earlier this month, Erdogan described Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as a "tyrant".

    "I do not consider al-Sisi a democrat, as he alleges. I also don't view him as a president. He is a tyrant, and I have no doubts about this," Erdogan told CNN.

    This was the second time the Turkish envoy has been summoned by Egypt this month to protest remarks by Erdogan.

    Last week, Erdogan accused al-Sisi of blocking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

    Relations between Cairo and Ankara soured following Morsi's overthrow by the military last year.

    Last November, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d'affaires and recalled its ambassador from Ankara. Turkey responded with similar measures.

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  • Turkmen president pardons prisoners on Ramadan holiday
    26.07.2014 18:10
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 26

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmen President, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on "Pardon of convicted people in honor of the holy night Gadyr Gijesi".

    The holy month of Ramadan which is a time of fasting for Islamic world is coming to an end.

    Regular kind arrangement of pardoning of the country`s citizens and the citizens of foreign countries who have been convicted of crimes, but sincerely repented of the committed crime is being held on the occasion of the "Gadyr gijesi" guided by the principles of humanism and charity, the Turkmen president said speaking on state television.

    Some 1095 people, including 9 foreign nationals will be freed from the further serving the basic sentence in accordance with the Turkmen president's corresponding decree, the Turkmen national Altin Asyr TV channel reported.

    Berdimuhammedov ordered to release all pardoned people from prison and carry out all necessary measure so that these people will be able to return homes until Oraza Bayram (celebrated to mark the end of fasting during the holy Ramadan) and celebrate the holiday with their families.

    The law enforcement officers are charged with taking all the necessary measures regarding the employment of the pardoned citizens.

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  • ICRC representatives meet with Azerbaijanis captured by Armenians in Kalbajar
    26.07.2014 18:05
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    Representatives of ICRC Khankendi office have met with Russian citizen Dilgam Asgerov and Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev.

    These two men were taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, APA reports quoting press service of the State committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs.

    According to the Committee, the public will regularly be informed about return of hostages and Hasan Hasanov's body.

    Media contact person for the ICRC Delegation to Azerbaijan Ilaha Huseynova told APA that at the meeting, both persons gave letters for their families.
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  • Ministers call for extension of 12-hour Gaza ceasefire
    26.07.2014 17:57
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    Foreign ministers from seven nations Saturday called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

    "All of us call on the parties to extend the military ceasefire that is currently underway," Fabius told reporters after a gathering that included the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United States, Reuters reported.

    An EU official also attended the meeting at the French foreign ministry.

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  • Azerbaijani youth to participate in ''Days of the Commonwealth Youth'' Camp
    26.07.2014 17:46
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    Representatives of youth organizations of Azerbaijan will participate in International Youth Camp "Days of the Commonwealth Youth" from July 27 through 1.

    The project is unique and a key event in the framework of the international youth cooperation at CIS, Baltic and Caucasus regions participants.

    The initiator and organizer of the event is International youth public organization "Commonwealth" and Rossotrudnichestvo supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs and others.

    This year the "Commonwealth Youth Days" will be attended by 70 young people from 17 CIS countries, including Azerbaijan, as well as the Baltic States.

    Among the participants will be youth leaders, active NGOs, members of youth parliaments, student unions, youth movements, young bloggers and journalists.

    The gala opening of the camp, to be held on July 27 in Moscow in boat, will bring together prominent public figures, representatives of public authorities and diplomatic structures of the participating countries of the event.

    Working program of the camp will be held at the Cultural and Educational Tourist Center "Etnomir" (Kaluga region).
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  • Serbian Jovanovski makes it to final of Baku Cup 2014
    26.07.2014 17:37
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    Serbian Bojana Jovanovski has made it to the final of Baku Cup 2014 after defeating Swiss Stefanie Voegele 2-1.

    Jovanovski who is considered No 5 seed of this year`s tournament established great superiority over her opponent in the first set and won this set 6-2.

    In the second set, the environment was totally different. Voegele who overcame the smart performance of her opponent with strong service shots could prevail in this set.

    As a logical consequence of this, the second set finished with the victory of Voegele 6-2.

    The third set was also played to determine the winner of the match. Voegele who started it with the dominance, won the points one after another and made the score 4-1. However, these were the last points of her.

    Since then Jovanovski started prevailing again and gather points. Jovanovski who confused the opponent with her smart shots won the set 6-4.

    Thus, Bojana Jovanovski finished the match 2-1 and became the first finalist of "Baku Cup 2014". Her last opponent for the main prize will be the winner of the match between Elina Svitolina and Francesca Schiavone.

    Bojana Jovanovski was the champion of "Baku Cup 2012", while Elina Svitolina of "Baku Cup 2013".
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  • IMF lowers its global growth forecast for 2014
    26.07.2014 17:36
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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4%.

    The reduction reflects a weak start to the year in the United States and a number of downgrades to the outlook for several other individual economies.

    However there were uplifts for some countries, the largest being the UK.

    The global forecast for 2015 is unchanged, with growth predicted to be 4%.

    Several countries do receive an upgrade and the largest for 2014 is for the UK - from a 2.8% to a 3.2% expansion of the economy.

    It is the latest in a string of upgrades from the IMF and others.

    There is a smaller uplift to the IMF forecast for the UK for next year.

    Introducing the new forecasts, the IMF's chief economist Olivier Blanchard said: "The recovery continues, but it remains a weak recovery, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April."

    Nonetheless he said that the headline - the revision for this year - "makes things look worse than they really are".

    That is because, he said, "it largely reflects something that has already happened".

    The weakness at the beginning of 2014 in the United States - the economy contracted sharply in the first three months - will affect the figure for the whole year.

    That was due to bad weather and firms meeting demand by running down stocks of goods to a greater extent than had been expected.

    There were downward revisions for several emerging economies, with the largest being for Russia, reflecting what the IMF calls "geopolitical tensions".

    That country's growth projection for this year is now just 0.2%, a downgrade from the previous World Economic Outlook forecast of 1.3%.

    But the IMF referred to that same figure at the end of April, so it cannot fully reflect the most recent intensification of the international political crisis following the loss of the Malaysian airliner.

    Brazil's outlook is also markedly weaker, due to a lack of confidence among businesses and consumers.

    There is also an upward revision for Spain, one of the countries at the centre of the Eurozone financial crisis - by 0.3 and 0.6 percentage points this year and next.

    Even so, the forecasts for Spain are still fairly sluggish by pre-recession standards: 1.2% this year and 1.6% in 2015.
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  • Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter
    26.07.2014 17:14
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    Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people, activists said Saturday.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the helicopter was shot down with a missile Friday night over a poor area of town known as Camp Nairab. Camp Nairab is adjacent to the Nairba military airport southeast of the city, where aircraft take off to carry out attacks in northern Syria, AP reported.

    Helicopters are used by President Bashar Assad's forces to drop barrel bombs - crude explosives that have killed thousands of people and caused widespread destruction, especially in Aleppo. Rebels have rarely succeeded in downing helicopters.

    The Observatory and an Aleppo-based activist who goes by the name Abu Saeed Izzedine said the crash killed four people, including a child. The Observatory said three of the dead were the helicopter's crew members.

    Aleppo, once Syria's commercial capital, has seen heavy fighting since rebels seized part of the city in 2012.

    The Observatory also reported Saturday that the number of soldiers killed over the past few days in a northern military base that was overrun by members of the extremist Islamic State group has risen to 85. It said the fate of 200 other soldiers is still unknown.

    The monitoring group, which relies on a network of activists inside the country, said Islamic State fighters have executed and paraded the bodies of "tens" of soldiers in the northern city of Raqqa, the only provincial capital out of government control.

    Amateur videos posted online by activists showed more than a dozen beheaded bodies in a busy square said to be in Raqqa. Some of the heads were placed on a nearby fence while at least two beheaded bodies were crucified on the fence.

    The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.

    On social media sites that support the Islamic State group, activists posted photographs from inside the military base known as Division 17 showing fighters in control of several tanks, trucks and ammunition boxes.

    Syria's civil war has killed at least 170,000 people, nearly a third of them civilians, according to activists. Nearly three million Syrians have fled the country.

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  • Establishment of effective democratic institutions remains priority for Georgia
    26.07.2014 17:14
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, July 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili presented a new government program

    "For Strong, Democratic and Unified Georgia" at an extraordinary session of parliament held on July 26.

    On the same day, a vote of confidence to the new government will be held. Seven new Ministers were appointed this week following a cabinet reshuffle where five previous ministers were appointed and two will led the other ministries.

    As Garibashvili said the parliament session, the priorities of the new Georgian government remained unchanged.

    Talking about the process of Georgia's integration into Europe, the PM noted that the Association Agreement with the EU is fully consistent with the socio-economic vision of the government.

    "In the program we have thoroughly outlined every basic direction of Government policy. This is a document that clearly shows how we are planning to implement the policy which our people and our country needs this new, important stage of development," Garibashvili said.

    He believes that by signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, Georgia had entered a new stage.

    "This will be a very time consuming period which demands 24-hour work from each of us so that we are ready and prepared for every challenge," the Georgian PM said.

    The establishment of strong and effective democratic institutions remains unchanged priorities of the government, Garibashvili noted

    The Georgian PM said that the legislative base has been changed substantially, the governmental bodies are working in balance, the establishment of real self-government process has started, fundamental reforms are being carried out in the sphere of justice, multiparty political system established in the country, freedom of expression was ensured that is recognized by all.

    The development of the institutions mainly based on liberal-democratic values is being continued, the process of ensuring the rights become irreversible, the work continues on the safety and strengthening of regional positions of the country, according to Garibashvili.

    He said that government will continue to work to overcome unemployment and poverty. "Unprecedented development of small and medium-sized businesses and agriculture is being continued in this regard. Government will continue protection of private property and labour rights of the people," Garibashvili said.

    The parliamentary majority has already supported the new program of the Georgian government on July 25. However, the minority stated that it will not support the new composition of the government.

    Some 76 votes of the MPs are required for the confirmation of the new composition of the government.

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  • Iran Khodro, Peugeot to establish joint company
    26.07.2014 16:44
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    Iran Khodro, Peugeot to establish joint company

    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 26

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    French car maker Peugeot has put in a request for establishing a joint company.

    Iran Khodro Managing Director Hashem Yekkeh Zare' said that the two companies will have 50 percent share each in the joint venture, according to the ISNA news agency.

    Peugeot has requested for establishing the joint company in order to expand services, products, and exports, he added.

    The two companies are projected to manufacture Peugeot 301 and 2008 by using Iranian-made parts and components, he noted.

    On May 5, Yekkeh Zare' said Peugeot should end its assembling works and focus on manufacturing products jointly with the Iranian company.

    "We want them to transfer technology to us and establish research and development centers in Iran," Yekkeh Zare' said.

    We are ready to resume cooperation with Peugeot only if it accepts this framework, he noted.

    The French car makers Renault SA and PSA Peugeot CitroГ«nSA have taken initial steps toward resuming deliveries to Iran, previously one of their biggest markets.

    On April 29, member of the board of directors of the association of Iranian car part makers Mohammadreza Najafimanesh said that some $2 billion is needed for Iranian car manufacturers to meet the country's production target.

    He added that the country's car output is projected to hit 1.3 million in the current calendar year. The current Iranian calendar year began on March 21, 2014.

    Iran produced 989,110 cars in 2012, which made the country Asia's eighth largest car manufacturer.

    Iran also stood at the world's 18th place.

    China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Turkey, and Indonesia were Asia's seven largest car manufacturers.

    Iran's automobile output faced 40 per cent decrease in 2012. The country was Asia's 5th largest car manufacturer in 2011, with a total output of 1,648,505.

    Increasing prices of raw materials and foreign currencies are the main problems that the car manufacturers are facing with.

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  • Talks start in Paris to press for long-term Gaza truce
    26.07.2014 16:19
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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East began talks in Paris Saturday to press efforts for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, AFP reported.

    Kerry met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the European Union as a 12-hour "humanitarian" truce in Gaza entered into force.

    More than 900 Palestinians - a large majority of them civilians - have died in a 19-day Israeli offensive on Gaza that was launched in response to rockets fired by Hamas militants into the Jewish state.

    The Israeli army meanwhile has suffered 37 casualties and world powers are rushing to try and negotiate a lasting ceasefire to avoid more deaths.

    Kerry, who has been leading international efforts to reach a truce, failed to secure a deal in Cairo Friday where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

    But Israel then announced a unilateral 12-hour ceasefire starting Saturday morning.

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  • Azerbaijani U-16 footballers beat German Bremen in Duisburg tournament
    26.07.2014 16:06
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    The Azerbaijan national Under-16 football team have defeated German Bremen 2-1 in the third round of the Duisburg tournament.

    Azerbaijan`s goals came from Nadir Gasimov and Pilaga Mehdiyev.

    In the first two games Azerbaijan defeated German Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2-1 and lost 0-1 to Baden.
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