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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    /By AzerNews/

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    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

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    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber in its airspace Nov. 24. Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • Turkish FM to arrive in Baku today
    26.11.2015 09:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.26


    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will pay a visit to Azerbaijan Nov.26 in the evening to discuss regional cooperation issues, a diplomatic source told Trend.

    It is the first official visit of Cavusoglu after the approval of Turkey's new government.

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  • Kazakh oil companyв's losses exceed $17.5M
    26.11.2015 09:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Nostrum Oil amp; Gas plc, an independent oil and gas company engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin, in January-September incurred losses worth $17.7 million against over $108 million profit in the same period of 2014, the company said Nov.25.

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  • US dollar rises, euro drops in Azerbaijan
    26.11.2015 09:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.26


    The official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro to Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.0511 manats and 1.1164 manats, respectively as of Nov.26.

    Below is the exchange rate of Azerbaijani manat compared to the world currencies and precious metals on Nov.26, according to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

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    Nov.25, 2015

    Nov.26, 2015

    1 US dollar

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    1 euro

    1 EUR



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  • Rare Asian black bear in danger of extinction in Iran
    26.11.2015 08:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Nine Asian black bears have been killed in Iran over the past three years, despite that the species are slited as endangered in the country.

    Taher Qadirian, an Iranian environmentalist, has said that the nine Asian black bear which are listed as endangered species were killed in the provinces of Hormozgan, Kerman and Sistan-Baluochestan.

    He added that they were either hunted, killed in road traffic accidents or by villagers, Mehr news agency reported Nov 25.

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  • US has urged legal reforms abroad to block Islamic State recruits
    26.11.2015 06:14
    The US Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters.

    US government officials distributed the paper to overseas government agencies earlier this year as part of a push by the Obama administration to track and stem the flow of homegrown foreign fighters from Europe bound for Syria and Iraq, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

    Following the Paris attacks earlier this month and this week's security crackdown in Belgium, European law enforcement and intelligence agencies are under pressure to disrupt the replenishment of Islamic State's forces and prevent battle-hardened militants from returning home to carry out attacks.

    US officials began lobbying for European countries to enact legal changes targeting Islamic State as early as 2014. But the March 2015 memo details the steps the Justice Department has urged other governments to consider, including prosecuting "aspiring foreign fighters" before they leave for Syria or Iraq.

    Specifically, the document urges governments to consider making it a crime to travel to designated areas like those under the control of Islamic State or to attempt to join a group deemed by an overseas government to be a terrorist organization.

    "In the United States, this approach has proven very effective in intercepting foreign fighter travel," the document said.

    It was not clear what kind of reception the lobbying effort by the Justice Department received or whether any legal changes overseas had been undertaken as a result.

    Its disclosure comes at a time of renewed debate about how to balance security with privacy concerns in the United States and new scrutiny of the security risk posed by a visa waiver program that allows citizens of mostly European countries to visit freely.

    US prosecutors have used laws banning dealings with foreign militant groups to prosecute dozens of American citizens and residents for crimes related to Islamic State while they are still in the United States.

    Under US law, federal prosecutors do not have to "establish a link with specific terrorist activities" in order to charge a suspect with a crime, but only show a suspect intended to "support or join" a group the government has already labeled a terrorist organization, the paper noted.

    It urged other governments to consider similar steps to criminalize what US prosecutors have called "preparatory acts" for would-be militants and Islamic State recruits.

    The US Department of Homeland Security said in a June report that 64 individuals had been arrested in the United States between January 2014 and September 2015 for attempting to join Islamic State or for other "terrorism-related activities" involving the group.

    Among that total, the security agency said it had arrested 28 individuals for planning travel to join Islamic State.

    In addition to discussions with European officials, Washington has kept up pressure on Turkey to do more to tighten its border with Syria against the two-way traffic of militants of Islamic State and other militant groups.

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  • Obama signs National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 '" White House
    26.11.2015 05:24
    President Barack Obama signed the 2016 US defense budget bill into law, the White House said in a press release, Sputnik reported.

    On November 10, the US Senate passed the $607 billion defense budget bill that includes provisions opposing closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and envisions $300 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

    "On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, the President [Obama] signed into lawhellip; the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016," the release stated on Wednesday.

    The bill also includes spending cuts, which impact the train-end-equip program for the Syrian rebels that the United States says it has put in place to combat the Islamic State terror group.

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  • Turkey's act against Russia big mistake - Larijani
    26.11.2015 04:19
    Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that Turkey's act against Russia was a big mistake and President Obama support for the act was a bigger mistake, which help expansion of conflicts in the region and take the conflicts to a higher level, Irna reported.

    He made the remarks in a meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn here on Wednesday afternoon.

    In the meeting, Larijani said that your country has good background in banking and financial issues and has good possibilities for investment and Iran will welcome investment in the field of oil and gas.

    Larijani added that we take our steps upon nuclear issues deal and we are serious and hopeful that the other side takes action upon deal too.

    He said that conflicts in the region caused security gap and this situation must be improved as soon as possible.

    Referring to multiple elements for growth of terrorism in the region, Larijani said that the issue of confrontation with terrorism has two faces; one military and another one social-cultural and finding cultural-social roots are more effective than military pact.

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  • 5.3-degree earthquake jolts southern Iran
    26.11.2015 03:39
    An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale rocked the city of Masjed Soleiman in Khuzestan province on Thursday morning, Irna reported.

    According to Tehran University's seismological center, the quake occurred at 00:47 local time and its epicenter was at the latitude of 31.90 degrees and longitude of 49.53 degrees at the depth of 12 kilometers in a place located 22 kilometers from Masjed Soleiman and 33 kilometers from the city of Izeh in Khuzestan province.

    There were no reports of the possible damages caused by the earthquake.

    Masjed Soleiman is a city in Khuzestan province and it is located 120 kilometers to the Northeast of the city of Ahvaz.

    An earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, hit Ilam province on August 18. The earthquake damaged roads and water, electricity and telecommunication facilities.

    Since then, Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Ilam have witnessed hundreds of small quakes.

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  • Turkish General Staff says shared data on Su-24 incident with Russia
    26.11.2015 02:59
    According to the Turkey's military, the Russian military attache was invited to the General Staff headquarters on November 24 and November 25, and was informed in detail about the incident, Sputnik reported.

    "We answered all questions with the use of flight charts and radar datahellip;In addition, the Turkish side held phone talks with military authorities in Moscow and expressed readiness for any kind of cooperation," the General Staff said in a statement.

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    The Su-24 incident also claimed the life of a Russian naval infantry soldier, who was killed in the rescue operation.

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  • Russian warplanes strike Syria's Aleppo province (Photo)
    26.11.2015 02:19
    At least seven people were killed and another ten injured by airstrikes carried out by Russian warplanes in Syria's northwestern Aleppo province on Wednesday, Anadolu agency reported.

    Local sources say the airstrikes, which occurred in Aleppo's Azaz area, struck an aid convoy delivering supplies to refugees, killing seven drivers and leaving 20 trucks in flames.

    Zakaraya Karsli, a commander of the opposition Damascus Front group, verified the strikes.

    Following the attack, the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) confirmed that one of its aid convoys operating in the area had not been attacked, but said some of its personnel had aided the stricken convoy.

    Russia began air operations in Syria on Sept. 30 to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    The Kremlin says the airstrikes are aimed at supporting the Assad regime against the Daesh militant group, but some members of the western NATO alliance believe Russia is targeting groups opposed to Assad -- including several that enjoy U.S. and Turkish support.

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  • Who is going to regret over Turkish Stream?
    26.11.2015 01:39
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    The prospects for implementing the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project have always been questionable. However, after the incident with the Russian warplane that has been recently shot down by the Turkish Air Force, all hopes for the project implementation came to naught.

    Neither Turkey nor Russia is willing to discuss its implementation today. The Kremlin does not intend to comment on the prospects for the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, the Russian media reported referring to Dmitry Peskov, the press-secretary of the Russian president.

    Here two questions arise. Who will be more affected in case of non-implementation of this project? Who really needed it?

    Initially, the Turkish Stream project was planned to replace the South Stream and the EU was seen as the end user of the Russian gas supplied via it.

    But here the Turkish Stream faced with the same problems as its predecessor, namely the EU unwillingness to receive additional volumes of Russian natural gas. The excuse was the third energy package.

    But more work was conducted for the South Stream project implementation at its time. The intergovernmental agreements were signed with a number of European countries to implement the onshore part of the project.

    As for the Turkish Stream, Russia failed to reach any agreement on the construction of the European part of the gas pipeline. Later, Moscow chose the variant of supplying gas only to the Turkish market.

    But problems have been here too. For a long time, Russia and Turkey have failed to settle differences concerning the gas price. Turkey says it will not buy Russian gas without any discount for it.

    Apart from that, Ankara sees no need in additional Russian gas, moreover at the price offered by Moscow. And here Turkey is right. Less than three years later, Turkey will start receiving gas from the second development stage at the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field. The gas is to be transported by the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), which is already under construction.

    Moreover, Turkey currently hasn't got enough storage facilities for additional gas, and their construction is very expensive.

    Disagreements over a gas price discount have always been considered as one of the main obstacles to implementation of the Turkish Stream. Both parties have been steadfast in this matter. But now it is even much difficult to imagine that any of them will agree to some concessions.

    So, the implementation of the Turkish Stream project is postponed until better times.

    But it is also possible that in the nearest future Russia, being the initiator of the project, will decide to shut it down, as it did with the South Stream. And given the challenges the project started to face at a very early stage, no one will feel sorry about it.


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  • Lavrov, Kerry discuss attack on Russian Su-24 by phone
    26.11.2015 01:00
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry discussed on Wednesday in a phone call the downing of a Russian warplane over Syria by the Turkish air force, Sputnik reported with the reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "The diplomats discussed the situation around the unprovoked attack by the Turkish air force on a Russian tactical bomber, which was flying a combat mission against terrorist targets in Syria," the ministry said in a statement.

    The US Secretary of State also added that Turkey and Russia need to engage in a dialogue after the Russian Su-24 incident, the US Department of State said in a release on Wednesday.

    "Minister [Lavrov] pointed out at a blatant violation of the Russia-US memorandum on flight safety during combat missions over Syria, in which the United States has sworn responsibility for implementation of relevant rules by all participants of the US-led coalition, including Turkey," the statement said.

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  • F-16 fighter jet crashes on training mission in New Mexico
    26.11.2015 00:59
    An F-16 fighter jet from an Air Force Base in Arizona has crashed in New Mexico while on training mission, but authorities say the pilot safely ejected, The Washington Times reported.

    Authorities say the Fighting Falcon went down about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday near Salinas Peak, some 45 miles northwest of New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base.

    They say an Air Force team will investigate the cause of the crash.

    Emergency response teams at the scene report that the pilot is in good condition.

    The name of the pilot wasn't immediately released.

    Authorities say the pilot is from the Holloman base and the F-16 was part of the 54th Fighter Group at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

    Luke is making room for F-35 jets and shifting many F-16s to Holloman for training missions.

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  • Iran interested in entire range of Russian arms supplies - Putin's aide
    25.11.2015 23:09
    Iran is interested in the entire range of Russian arms, with talks between the two sides currently underway, Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation, said on Wednesday, Sputnik reported.

    "They are interested in the whole range or our weapons, because they have a large army, significant armed force, but due to the sanctions and all the other events you know about, they have not been rearmed for some time," Kozhin told reporters.

    Iran has already renewed S-300 anti-aircraft missile system deliveries from Russia. On November 9, Russia signed a new contract to supply Iran with the systems by the end of the year for the first time since the 2010 freeze on supplies under the 1929 UN Security Council resolution.

    "Talks are underway, and more are expected. The Iranian side is very interested in military-technical cooperation," Kozhin added.

    Russia's S-300 deal became possible again after Iran reached a deal on its nuclear program with the P5 1 group of international mediators on July 14. Iran agreed to ensure the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in exchange for easing of the sanctions imposed against the country.

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  • Attack on Russian warplane '" Turkeyв's reverence that is not needed by West
    25.11.2015 22:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    Ankara, historically, has been not only a traditional ally, but also a traditional rival of Moscow on the southern frontiers.

    And Turkey's recent downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane has become a signal to the world that the cautious friendliness between Ankara and Moscow is no more than a strategic wait-and-see attitude.

    The response by the Turkish army to Russia's presence in the skies of the region, which is also a response of the NATO army as Turkey is an Alliance member, can be seen as a reverence to the West.

    However, this reverence isn't only in vain, it is also dangerous, and both the EU and the US understand this well.

    All these years Turkey's relations with Washington and Brussels have successively deteriorated against the backdrop of Ankara's EU aspirations and the EU members' unwillingness to see Turkey among their ranks.

    And now, after the start of the Syrian conflict, the West and Turkey, for the first time in many years, have one common desire - to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from the political arena of the Middle East.

    Turkey, which is so seriously aspiring to become a regional power influencing the situation in the Middle East, understands that the presence of the Russian army in the region reduces this influence.

    Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself, one of the most implacable enemies of Assad, apparently planned that Sunni Syria without a leader will not only become a political outpost of Turkey, but perhaps even return under its rule.

    In this regard, Turkey is irritated by the fact that Russia and Iran act as a united and strong enough front to support Assad.

    That's where Ankara's desire to show its military power and influence in the region, as well as to demonstrate that its actions are supported by the West, has played a cruel joke on the country.

    The attack on the Russian plane became a kind of warning to Moscow that there is a strong Turkish army on the borders of Syria that can compete for influence in the region.

    In addition, the demonstration of force became a message for the West about the fact that Turkey is on the edge of NATO and observes the interests of the Alliance.

    However, Ankara has miscalculated here a little, as NATO didn't need such a provocative move against Moscow now. This became clear following an emergency meeting of the NATO Council in Brussels, at which the Secretary General of the military bloc Jens Stoltenberg made a cautious statement in which he urged Ankara and Moscow to take steps to de-escalate the potential conflict.

    A very bad time was chosen for shooting down the Russian warplane. Because, French President Francois Hollande embarked on a tour this week for creating a single coalition against the IS terrorist group (ISIL or ISIS) and Russia, where Hollande will arrive on Nov.26, plays a significant role in this coalition.

    It is obvious that Turkey's actions over Syria will not only seriously deteriorate Russian-Turkish relations, but also will negatively affect Moscow's relations with other NATO member states.

    This will in turn create obstacles to forming a great coalition against the IS which doesn't meet the interests of Europe intimidated with terrorist threats.

    It seems that this step taken by Ankara can even more isolate it in Syrian issue, and NATO will not support its desire to oust Russia from Syria, until the counter-terrorist operation ends with victory of the coalition forces.


    Elmira Tariverdiyeva is the head of Trend Agency's Russian News Service

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  • Millions misappropriated by Azerbaijani National Security Ministryв's former officials
    25.11.2015 21:06
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    As many as 57 people have been recognized victims as part of an investigation into criminal activities of former officials of Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry, said Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office Nov. 25.

    The Prosecutor General's Office said the damage inflicted to the victims is estimated at tens of millions of manats.

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  • Germany unwilling to be dragged into conflict (exclusive)
    25.11.2015 20:49
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Germany is unwilling to be dragged into the conflict on the Turkish-Syrian border, Yaakov Kedmi, the former head of the Israeli secret service NATIV, said in an exclusive interview with Trend Nov. 25.

    He was commenting on withdrawing the Patriot missile defense systems by Berlin from Turkey.

    Germany withdraws these systems from the Turkish territory in connection with the expiration of their three-year term of placement, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.

    "In this case, the US will have to transfer the systems to Turkey not to weaken the defense system of the country," he said.

    The Patriot missile defense systems were deployed in Turkey upon a request of Ankara back in 2012 to protect the country from a possible missile attack from Syria.

    However, some regions of Turkey were still subjected to missile attacks of radical groups in Syria.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • Lake Urmia '" victim of wrong agriculture policies in Iran
    25.11.2015 20:26
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Lake Urmia is drying up because of wrong agricultural policies, as well as traditional irrigation methods, the deputy head of Iranian Department of Environment, Esmail Kahrom, told Trend Nov. 25.

    "An enormous number of dams for agricultural purposes were constructed in West Azerbaijan Province across the rivers flowing towards Lake Urmia, which eventually led to the loss of the lake," he said.

    Lake Urmia is in the northwest of Iran. Over 70 percent of its area has dried up. The level has been declining since 1995. Its area is about 6,000 square kilometers. Lake Urmia needs 3.1 billion cubic meters of water per year to survive.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has set up a working group for saving Lake Urmia.

    The committee prepared a nine-year plan to restore the lake, with 2023 being the year targeted for the lake's complete restoration.

    However, many Iranian environmental activists accuse President Rouhani of failing to fulfill his campaign promises to save the lake.

    Given the climate change and the current level of water consumption, Kahrom anticipated the country will lose many rivers and lake in the near future.

    He added that if Iran manages to use modernized irrigation methods, saving lakes, ponds and rivers will be possible.

    Currently the level of ground water resources is reducing in Iran and the only way to save lakes and rivers is applying modern irrigation methods, such as drip irrigation and sprinkler systems, he concluded.

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  • Europeans offer Azerbaijan to reduce oil and gas consumption
    25.11.2015 19:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    The Energy Watch Group, the international network of scientists and parliamentarians, offers Azerbaijan to consider an opportunity of reducing the domestic oil and gas consumption through the development of solar, wind and biogas energy.

    "Many consumers are switching to alternative energy, particularly, due to the changes in the global climate," Hans-Josef Fell, the president of the Energy Watch Group, established in 2006, told Trend Nov. 25.

    Fell is also a former member of the German Bundestag.

    "An upward trend of transferring the investments from the traditional energy in favor of the alternative energy is observed in the world," he said. "Azerbaijan could also invest the revenues from the hydrocarbon export to the active development of alternative energy."

    The investments in Azerbaijan's alternative energy development exceeded 63 million manat in 2014, of which almost 35 million accounted for the development of solar energy.

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  • SOCAR Foster Wheeler to complete Bakuв's refinery pre-FEED
    25.11.2015 19:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    SOCAR Foster Wheeler company will complete pre-FEED of the project to increase the capacity of the primary oil refining unit at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery soon, SOCAR said Nov. 25.

    The unit capacity will be increased from 6 to 7.5 million tons per year.

    "SOCAR Foster Wheeler has determined the technical configuration of the primary oil refining unit as a result of the pre-FEED surveys," the statement said. "The technical data was simulated using Aspentech Hysys v.7.3 and Promax 3.2 programs. The PMC technical capabilities of the project contractor - Fluor company are also used during the project implementation."

    The pre-FEED stage will be completed in the near future. Afterwards, the FEED stage will begin.

    Earlier, as part of the modernization of the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery, SOCAR signed an agreement with Austrian Poerner, French Axens and the US UOP company.

    The process of modernization of the refinery will be completed by late 2018.

    Following the reconstruction, the refinery's processing capacity will increase from 6 million to 7.5 million tons of oil per year.

    The cost of the modernization is estimated at $1 billion.

    SOCAR announced about liquidation of Azneftyag oil refinery on Jan. 1, 2015 and its merger with the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery.

    This decision was made as part of work to improve and optimize SOCAR's structure.

    In total, over 5.31 million tons of oil products were produced in Azerbaijan in 2014, compared to 5.09 million tons in 2013.

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  • Azerbaijani president recalls ambassadors from several countries
    25.11.2015 19:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree Nov. 25 recalling Elkhan Gahramanov from the position of the country's ambassador in the United Arab Emirates.

    Azerbaijan's ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay Mammad Ahmadzadeh, and ambassador in Estonia Tofig Zulfugarov were recalled as well.

    By another decree, the president recalled Murad Najafbayli from the position of Azerbaijan's permanent representative in the UN Office and other international organizations at Geneva.

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  • Latvia, Azerbaijan have very good relations
    25.11.2015 19:19
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Latvia and Azerbaijan have very good relations at political and economic levels, Yuris Maklakovs, Latvian ambassador to Azerbaijan, said at a press conference in Baku Nov. 25.

    The diplomat also stressed good personal relations between the leaders of the two countries, which contribute to the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Latvia in many areas.

    "We intend to continue enhancing the cooperation with Azerbaijan," the ambassador said.

    According to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Latvia exceeded $7 million in January-October 2015, of which 6.7 million accounted for the imports of Latvian products.

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  • Iran attracts attention to cultural, social backgrounds to terrorism
    25.11.2015 19:19
    Tehran, Iran, November 25

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    In current situation, cultural and social issues should be considered seriously since outwardly a security issue, terrorism have roots in culture and society, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn at a meeting in Tehran.

    It has been proven today that terrorism does not bring anything good and it cannot be contained in one region because it is spreading around like an infectious disease, Rouhani said, the Iranian presidential website reported November 25.

    The president asserted that certain countries are mistaken to think that they can use terrorist groups to achieve their political goals.

    When terrorism thrives, the return of terrorist forces to their countries on one hand and the flow of refugees on the other become the source of many problems for their countries and their neighboring countries, he noted.

    Rouhani pointed to Iran's forthcoming freedom from international sanctions and said in the post-sanctions era, Iran and Luxembourg can be good economic partners.

    "Iran enjoys unique capabilities in the fields of energy and transportation," the president said. "It is situated in a very special area. It can have very progressive economic relations with Luxembourg as an active member of the European Union and an outstanding hub for investment and finance."

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  • Several people injured in Ankaraв's plant explosion
    25.11.2015 19:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Five people were injured as a result of an explosion in a dry ice production plant in Ankara Nov. 25, the Turkish Haberturk newspaper reported.

    According to the preliminary data, three of the injured were in serious condition. Eight more people were poisoned by carbon monoxide.

    All injured are Turkish citizens.

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  • Baku hosts 13th Congress of National Assembly of Youth Organizations
    25.11.2015 18:00
    The 13th Congress of National Assembly of Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan marking the 20th anniversary of the Organization has kicked off in Baku.

    The event brought together State and Governmental officials, Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov, Vusal Guliyev, Head of Youth Sector of Social and Political Department at the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, as well as MPs, representatives of more than 200 youth organizations.

    The event featured demonstration a video on the 20th anniversary of the Organization.

    Chirman of the National Council of Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan Shahin Seyidzade provided an insight into the history of the Organization and highlighted the priorities of NAYORA.

    Minister Azad Rahimov stressed the importance of holding the 13th Congress of the NAYORA. The Minister highlighted the successfully development of Azerbaijan under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. Mr. Rahimov said great deal of works were carried out in the relevant field as the result of care and attention of the head of state.

    "NAYORA actively partnered the international grandiose events, including the "Eurovision" Song Contest", Baku 2015 first European Games." He added.

    On behalf of the United Nations, Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Antonius Broek congratulated the members of the Assembly on the 20th anniversary.

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  • Supplier of equipment for SOCARв's project in Turkey defined
    25.11.2015 17:48
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The SOCAR Azerbaijani state company has signed a contract with the French Technip oil and gas services company for design and construction of equipment within the framework of the Star refinery project in Turkey, said the message of Technip posted on its website.

    The contract envisages the detailed designing of a reformer for hydrogen installation using patent technologies of Technip, supply and procurement services for the reformer.

    "Previously, Technip provided hydrogen installation design services at the refinery, which will allow to produce 3.84 million cubic meters of high quality hydrogen per day for the refinery," the message said. "The reformer will be produced in the Technip center in the Netherlands."

    The contract value was not disclosed.

    The annual naphtha production volume, used by Petkim as the main raw material, will hit 1.66 million metric tons at the STAR refinery.

    Along with naphtha, the new oil refinery will produce diesel fuel with ultra-low sulfur to the amount of 5.95 million metric tons, aviation kerosene - 500,000 metric tons, reformate - 500,000 metric tons, petroleum coke - 630,000 metric tons, liquefied gas - 240,000 metric tons, mixed xylene - 415,000 metric tons, olefin LPG - 75,000 metric tons and 145,000 metric tons of sulfur.

    The refinery will not produce petrol and fuel oil.

    It is planned to refine Azeri Light, Kerkuk and URALS oil at the plant.

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  • Eurasian Economic Union not attractive for Iran
    25.11.2015 17:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Iran will not join the Eurasian Economic Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia because this union is not attractive, research director at Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies Behrooz Abdolvand believes.

    "The Union is not attractive enough for a membership. The economy of Iran is very dynamic and needs more than a membership in a Union," Abdolvand told Trend.

    He noted that a membership in the Eurasian Economic Union is not an advantage for the Iranian economy, but on the contrary would be devastating for Iran, especially because the sanctions against Russia will grow in the future.

    Meanwhile Abdolvand said that a generous cooperation between Iran and the Union is possible.

    Earlier, the co-chairman of the Russian-Iranian intergovernmental commission, Iran's Minister of Communications Mahmoud Vaezi said that Iran is interested in joining the Eurasian Economic Union and it can happen in 2-3 years.

    Moreover Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Tehran this week said that the Eurasian Economic Union will start considering the possibilities of creating a free trade zone with Iran.

    The Eurasian Economic Union is an international integration union created on the basis of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.

    Edited by SI

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  • Russian Su-24 incident - attempt to prevent creation of broad coalition
    25.11.2015 17:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    The incident with the Russian Su-24 warplane shot down by the Turkish Air Force over the territory of Syria, is a provocation aimed at preventing the creation of a broad international coalition against terrorism, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia's Federation Council, told reporters Nov. 25, RIA Novosti reported.

    "There was a preparation to commit a provocation," Matviyenko said.

    According to the senators, the provocation was aimed at preventing the creation of a broad international coalition.

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  • The trouble with saying you don't want children
    25.11.2015 17:20
    When Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children, she knew she might be criticised on social media. But the attacks went far beyond what she had expected - accusations of selfishness soon turned into vitriolic abuse that made her deactivate her Twitter account.

    "The fact is, there's nothing about creating another human that appeals to me," 29-year-old Holly Brockwell wroteВ in a story we published at the weekend, explaining why she wants to be sterilised.

    Despite seeing a number of doctors she has so far not been able to undergo the procedure, either on the National Health Service or privately.

    The reaction to the story was instant. "The volume of messages I had within half an hour on Twitter, Facebook, email and Instagram worried me," she says.

    Many were supportive, both men and women saying they felt the same way. As for the negative ones, some said things she had heard before - that she would change her mind, that she was selfish and that the National Health Service shouldn't pay for her to be sterilised as the money would be better spent on sick children. Then came the abuse.

    Image copyrightTwitter"People sought me out to say they were glad I haven't reproduced, that they're pleased there won't be any more people like me in the world. They cast aspersions on my mum and said I need psychological help," Brockwell says.

    But that was only the start. "One man said he wouldn't want to have sex with me (except he was far less polite about it). Some said the solution is for me to stay celibate which suggests they only ever have sex when they want babies, which is ludicrous."

    Image copyrightTwitterThere were other much worse comments. "Things that I can't repeat and I would never say to anyone no matter what they had done," she says. "Those things are never justified. Some of the words that were used were very gender specific - words that wouldn't have been said to a man in the same situation. And I feel like that's significant because it was nearly all from men - although there were a couple from women - men trying control a woman's body.

    "I am used to trolling as I run a women's tech website but even I was affected this time because it was so vitriolic, so personal and nasty, and so specific about me and my professional life - not even about the issue of having children which I had been writing about."

    Some critics accused Brockwell of being an attention-seeking "media whore" but as she points out, it was theВ BBC's 100 Women projectВ that asked her to write the story, not the other way round.

    Image copyrightTwitter"Most of it washes over you but the one that disturbed me the most was a man saying he'd like to crowdfund an operation to render me physically unable to speak. It's always about silencing people."

    Image copyrightTwitterSome of her followers suggested she brush it off - that these are "just trolls". But Brockwell found this hard to do.

    On Sunday night the comments got to her and she decided to stop using Twitter. But after a break of just over 36 hours, she's back on social media and tweeting again. The trolls "said it was very quiet on Twitter without me and they deserved a prize", she says. But in the end she didn't want them to feel they had won.

    100 Women 2015

    This year's season featuresВ two weeks of inspirational storiesВ about theВ BBC's 100 WomenВ and others who are defying stereotypes around the world.

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  • President Aliyev receives Latviaв's economy minister
    25.11.2015 17:19
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25


    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of Economy of Latvia Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

    Reizniece-Ozola extended greetings and best wishes of President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis to President Aliyev.

    The minister said she is accompanied by 30 entrepreneurs from various fields, including information technologies, transport and agriculture, adding the Latvian businessmen are interested in continuing cooperation with Azerbaijan.

    Aliyev highlighted successfully developing bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Latvia in various areas, saying these ties are based on friendship.

    Azerbaijan's president said he has very good relationship with his Latvian counterpart, describing this as an important factor in terms of the development of the relations between the countries.

    Aliyev stressed the significance of close mutual activity of various organizations of the two countries in terms of the development of Azerbaijani-Latvian ties. The president said cooperation in economic field is of particular importance.

    Aliyev expressed hope that significant issues related to the expansion of the economic cooperation will be discussed during the visit of Latvian Minister of Economy Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

    President Aliyev thanked for the greetings of President Raimonds Vejonis and asked the minister to communicate his greetings to the president of Latvia.

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  • Azerbaijani president approves tripling domestic state debt
    25.11.2015 17:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Amendments to Azerbaijan's law "On the 2015 State Budget", stipulating an increase in the upper limit of the country's domestic state debt in 2015 by three billion manats, were approved by President Ilham Aliyev's decree Nov. 25.

    ilham_aliyev_imza_251114Under the amendments, the domestic state debt's limit increases from 1.5 billion manats to 4.5 billion manats to finance a number of state projects as part of execution of presidential decrees, dated July 15 and Aug. 7, 2015.

    These amendments apply from July 15, 2015.

    Additional funds are required for improvement measures in preparation for the privatization of state-owned shares in the International Bank of Azerbaijan, and therefore the Aqrarkredit CJSC issued state-guaranteed bonds.

    Prospectus of emission of the guaranteed interest bonds by the non-bank credit organization Aqrarkredit, totaling three billion manats, was registered Sept. 1 by the State Committee for Securities of Azerbaijan.

    The bonds have been issued in connection with the transfer of a part of bad assets of the International Bank of Azerbaijan to be managed by the Aqrarkredit.

    Thus, these assets will be gradually eliminated from the bank's balance sheet in exchange for liquid funds, to be provided by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

    The Central Bank has already transferred to the International Bank some two billion manats out of the envisaged three billion.

    Official exchange rate for November 25 is 1.0509 AZN/USD.

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  • Radical measures: will Russia use missiles to restore its image?
    25.11.2015 17:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Orkhan Quluzade - Trend:

    Moscow has stated about the transportation of the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as lsquo;Moskva' missile cruiser to Syria after Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 warplane.

    The systems allegedly will provide cover for the Russian aviation group in Syria. However, Moscow will fail to close the air space over Syria despite the systems capable of destroying the most modern aerial targets, to Latakia.

    This is mainly explained by the technical capabilities of these systems. According to the Almaz Scientific Production Association, the official manufacturer of the S-300 "Favorite" and the S-400 "Triumph", the maximum range of these complexes is 200 and 250 kilometers respectively, while that of lsquo;Moskva' missile cruiser - even less - a maximum of 90 kilometers.

    It is clear that the anti-aircraft systems will cover only the territory adjacent to the Russian air base in Latakia at a depth of 250 kilometers given the distance from Latakia (Syria's western coast) to the eastern borders of the country (reaches from 400 to 600 kilometers).

    Today, Russia's only possibility in Syria to protect the bombers and attack aircraft is by fighter jets. Earlier it was assumed that they would accompany other aircraft while implementing tasks, but at the time when Turkey downed Russian SU-24, a couple of bombers were without cover.

    Of course, Moscow could transfer missile systems deep into the country, but there is a security question. In order to ensure safety, it will be necessary to transfer personnel and equipment, which increases the risk of losses.

    In any case, the downed Russian plane is a blow to the image of Russia and Moscow will have to restore it, and it is not excluded that the country will do it using radical methods. Will missile systems be used for that?

    This will hardly happen, because only planes of the allies fly over Syria and terrorist groups don't have aircraft. Apparently, Russia will strengthen the bombings of factions supported by the West and Turkey, which are in the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and improve the safety of its planes.

    The possibility of Moscow's agreeing with Assad's leaving, which is exactly what Ankara wants, is decreasing. Likely, Moscow will try to hit the Turkey's economy even harder.

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  • Azerbaijani president receives ISESCO director general
    25.11.2015 17:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Director General of ISESCO (Islamic Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri Nov. 25.

    Altwaijri thanked the president for supporting the 12th ISESCO General Conference and the session of the organization`s Executive Council in Baku and for high-level hospitality shown during the event. Stressing that the guests fell in love with Baku, Altwaijri said that ongoing rapid development processes in the capital made deep impressions on them.

    Noting the importance of holding the 12th ISESCO General Conference and the session of the Executive Council in Baku, President Ilham Aliyev said the event created a good opportunity for high-level guests to closely familiarize themselves with the country.

    The sides noted that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and ISESCO develops successfully, and expressed confidence that this collaboration will be enhanced even further.

    The sides also exchanged views over the bilateral cooperation prospects.

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  • Kazakh parliament revises budget until 2018
    25.11.2015 16:50
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Parliament of Kazakhstan has adopted a revised republican budget for 2016-2018, said the message posted on the website of the prime minister of Kazakhstan.

    The price of oil is budgeted at $40 per barrel in 2016-2017 and $50 per barrel in 2018-2020. The average annual growth of world metal prices for the five-year period is projected at 2.4 percent.

    The real economy growth in the budget is projected at 2.1 percent in 2016, 3.6 percent in 2017, 2.9 percent in 2018, 3 percent in 2019, 3.2 percent in 2020.

    Nominal GDP of Kazakhstan in 2016 is expected to reach 45.5 trillion tenge with subsequent increase to 63.9 trillion tenge in 2020. GDP per capita is projected at $8,557 in 2016 with an increase to $11,470 in 2020.

    The budget has been revised due to changes in the forecast of socio-economic development of Kazakhstan for 2016-2020.


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  • Iran, Russia sign 1.2 billion euro railway deal
    25.11.2015 16:49
    Iran and Russia have signed an agreement worth $1.2 euros to electrify a train line, linking north-central Iran to the northeastern border with Turkmenistan, an official says.

    The agreement signed between Russian Railways and the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI) envisages constructing power stations and overhead power lines along the Garmsar-Sari-Gorgan-Inche Burun route in Iran.

    "The implementation of the contract will improve the capacity of passenger trains and raise transit to 8 million tons," said RAI Managing Director Mohsen Poursaeed-Aqaei who signed the document, Press TV reported on Nov.25.

    The train line, among the first in Iran with a history of 80 years, extends to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and links the Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and beyond.

    The project will be financed by the Russian government and will be implemented in 36 months, which includes manufacturing all electric locomotives inside Iran, electrifying 495 kilometers of railway and building 32 stations and 95 tunnels.

    "With the implementation of this contract, besides the electrification of the line, tunnels on the way will be enlarged, enabling Russian and other transit wagons to ply conveniently on it," Poursaeed-Aqaei said.

    "Overall, we will witness the establishment of an electrified and modern train line in the country's north," he added.

    The signing came as President Vladimir Putin visited Tehran on Monday to attend a summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).

    Russia will be financing the project as part of its $5 billion credit line for infrastructure projects in Iran. Russian state lender Vnesheconombank will grant another 2 billion euro export loan to the Islamic Republic.

    President Putin said the two countries have selected 35 priority projects in energy, port facilities, and railway electrification. According to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Tehran and Moscow have devised a package of projects that are collectively worth $35 billion to $40 billion.

    "We plan to expand the dynamics of our bilateral relations. We will pay special attention to the diversification of trade and make a wider use of national currencies in mutual settlements," Putin said.

    The Russian president touched on the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power which is working at full capacity, saying construction of the second and third blocks is also underway.

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  • Russia to firmly react to Su-24 incident
    25.11.2015 16:40
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Russia will firmly react to the incident with the Russian Su-24 warplane shot down by Turkey Nov. 24, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, said, RIA Novosti reported.

    "There is a reason to believe that this tragic incident with the Russian plane is not a chance," he told Russia 24 TV channel. "Of course, the Russian side must firmly react in the near future."

    "This reaction may affect the tourism sector and the economic relations," he said.

    "It is necessary to weigh all the pros and cons in such large projects of bilateral cooperation, as nuclear power engineering, energy sector, construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline because these projects meet the mutual interests," he said.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • President Aliyev: Election reaffirms Azerbaijan's commitment to democratic values
    25.11.2015 16:34
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The November 1 parliamentary election in Azerbaijan has once again reaffirmed the country's commitment to democratic values.

    This was stated by President Ilham Aliyev at the first session of Azerbaijan's newly-elect parliament of the fifth convocation on November 24.

    ''The parliamentary elections fully reflected the will of the Azerbaijani people. The elections were transparent, fair, and were held in an atmosphere of tough competition,'' he said.

    President Aliyev noted that more than 500 international and tens of thousands of local observers monitored the elections.

    ''The general opinion was that the elections met the highest international standards. The people of Azerbaijan freely expressed their will in these elections. I would like to note the opinions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, CIS and other international organizations. Polls conducted by international organizations confirmed the results of the elections,'' he added.

    The head of state described the elections as Azerbaijan's ''another successful step'' on the path of democracy.

    President Aliyev went on to add that Azerbaijan's recent achievements are praised not only within the country, but also abroad.

    "The international reputation of our country is rising, Azerbaijan is known as a reliable partner. The number of our friends increases, a growing number of countries want to cooperate with us,'' President Aliyev said.

    He stressed that Azerbaijan has been the fastest growing country in the world over the recent years in terms of economic development.

    ''Today all major financial and economic organizations confirm these realities and set Azerbaijan as an example for other countries. This is indeed our great achievement. Fast economic development is reflected in the life of the people. Our successful economic reforms are completed with the strong social policy. As a result of this policy our country has made great strides in the reduction of poverty and unemployment over the recent years. Today the rate of both poverty and unemployment is 5 percent and it is one of the best indicators in the world,'' President Aliyev added.

    The Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan approved the results of the November 1 parliamentary election on November 24.

    The newly-elect Azerbaijani Parliament of the fifth convocation held its first meeting on the same day, where Ogtay Asadov was re-elected the chairman of the parliament, Ziyafat Asgarov - the first deputy chairman, and Bahar Muradova and Valeh Alasgarov - deputy chairmen of the parliament.

    The Parliament of the fifth convocation includes representatives of 10 political parties. These are 69 members of the New Azerbaijan Party, two members of the Civil Unity Party, while 8 political parties won one parliamentary seat each. The rest 44 people received mandates as independent MPs.

    The voter turnout in the parliamentary election was 55.7 percent. Over 2.89 million voters participated in the election, which is 6 percent more than in the previous elections.
  • Turkish, Russian FMs discuss Su-24 incident
    25.11.2015 15:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov discussed the recent incident with the Russian Su-24 warplane, the Turkish foreign ministry said Nov. 25.

    Cavusoglu called Lavrov to discuss this incident, the statement said.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • Iran, IAEA holds constructive talks on nuclear deal
    25.11.2015 15:53
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have held ''constructive and good'' talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, according to a senior Iranian official.

    Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi, who is Iranв's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs met with UN nuclear agency Chief Yukiya Amano on November 24 on how to implement a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in July, Press TV reported.

    Araqchi said based on the roadmap, Iran and the IAEA should hold a wrap-up meeting before the agency gives its final assessment on the so-called possible military dimensions.

    Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers '" the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany '" finalized the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna on July 14.

    Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iranв's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related economic and financial bans against the Islamic republic.

    Iran and the IAEA also signed in Vienna a roadmap regarding the Islamic Republicв's nuclear work on the same day of clinching the final nuclear accord.

    Araqchi further said the IAEA would provide its final assessment to its board of governors soon.

    Iranв's nuclear negotiator also discussed ways to implement a landmark nuclear deal with an official from the United States.

    Araqchi held an hour-long meeting in Vienna with Stephen Mull, who is the U.S. lead coordinator for the implementation of the JCPOA.

    Following his meeting with the U.S. official, Araqchi described the coming weeks as ''sensitive'' for the implementation of the JCPOA.

    He said Iran and the P5 1 group of countries should precisely meet certain obligations required under the JCPOA.

    The Iranian official expressed hope that the JCPOA would be implemented without facing any ''technical problem.''

    In Vienna, Araqchi met with EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid to discuss enforcement of the nuclear deal including the measures to be taken by the European side to the agreement.

    Araqchi said the next meeting of the joint commission with P5 1 group of world powers on implementation of the nuclear agreement will convene in Vienna on December 7.
  • Gobustan State Reserve to host plein air painters
    25.11.2015 15:53
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Gobustan State History and Arts Reserve, an open air museum and one of the oldest historic sites in Absheron, will host a plein air event titled ''Under the open sky. Gobustan/Plein air -10'' on December 13.

    Organized by the Arts Council Azerbaijan, the event will be supported by the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Youth Network of Azerbaijan.

    The event will be attended both by young artists and painters of the older generation. The plein air as a form of mastersв' self-improvement is held to support both young people and intellectuals.

    Much of plein air painting likes to see the landscape as unspoiled by human touch, to return to a more pastoral time before Freeway congestion, tract housing and Abstract painting.

    Gobustan, located in 70 kilometers southwest of Baku, is a geographical area, which consists of ravines located between the south-eastern foot of the Great Caucasian Mountains and Caspian Sea.

    Here, history fans will be impressed with the 6,000-year-old rock engravings, and the evidence of human habitation that spans 25,000 years, inhabited caves, settlements, and burials all reflecting the extensive use of the area by ancient people.

    Gobustan carvings consist of the pictures of animals, bulls, goats, wild horses, deer, gazelles, pigs, lions, wolves and others. Pictures of animals mainly were shown by contour lines. Gobustan rock carvings are also rich by their different compositions. One can meet here scenes of collective labour, hunting, dance, harvest, battle and others.
  • Azerbaijani deputy communication minister retains post
    25.11.2015 15:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

    Iltimas Mammadov has retained the post of Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Communication and High Technologies, Mushfig Amirov, the advisor to the minister, told Trend Nov. 25.

    He said that earlier, Mammadov served as the first deputy minister.

    "The first deputy minister may be appointed acting minister in accordance with the ministerial provisions," the adviser said.

    "Ramin Guluzade has been appointed first deputy minister of communications and high technologies," he said. "Guluzade is also an acting minister. Elmir Velizade is the deputy minister of communication and high technologies."


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  • Incident involving Su-24 looks like planned provocation '" Russian FM
    25.11.2015 15:51
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    The incident involving Russia's Su-24 warplane looks like a planned provocation, RIA Novosti quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying Nov. 25.

    Lavrov also said the Turkish FM told him that Ankara didn't know it was downing a Russian plane.

    Russian FM noted that his Turkish counterpart called him and offered condolences with regard to the plane's crash.

    Story still developing

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  • Fluxys, Enagas claim for 17 percent stake in DESFA
    25.11.2015 15:50
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Representatives of Fluxys (Belgium) have agreed on the alliance with Enagas (Spain) regarding the participation in the acquisition of a 17 percent stake from 66 percent shares package in Greece's DESFA, the Greek media reported Nov.25.

    The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) said that it has received a formal proposal from the alliance.

    Previously, Italian company Snam had applied with a proposal to buy a 17 percent stake in DESFA.

    The Belgian company, which already has technical cooperation with DESFA, shows an interest to 8 percent and Enagas to 11 percent of shares.

    The Greek media reported that Panos Skourletis, the energy minister of Greece, will most likely discuss the question of the completion of the DESFA privatization this week with the European Commission at a meeting of the EU Council of Energy Ministers in Brussels.

    Earlier, he said that this process will be closed either until late 2015 or in early 2016.

    Energy Minister Panos Skourletis said that for the completion of the sale of the 49 percent controlling stake in DESFA to Azerbaijani state firm SOCAR, another 17 percent must be sold to a European Union firm, with the SOCAR also having a say in the selection of the new stakeholder.

    An informal interest in DESFA has been expressed by Dutch company Gasunie.

    SOCAR won a tender in December 2013 on the sale of 66-percent share in DESFA for 400 million euros. The European Commission started an inquiry into the compliance of the deal on acquisition of a stake in DESFA with the EU's regulations In November 2014. Currently, the deal is being considered by European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition, and the procedure will last until late 2015.

    SOCAR is the sole producer of oil products in Azerbaijan. It has two oil refineries and filling stations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland. The company is the co-owner of the largest Turkish petrochemical complex, Petkim, and other assets in Turkey.


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  • Azerbaijan to take part in first-ever Astana EXPO-2017 exhibition
    25.11.2015 15:19
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakhstan's first deputy foreign minister, commissioner of Astana EXPO-2017 exhibition Rapil Zhoshibayev will pay a visit to Baku Dec.4, Kazakh embassy in Azerbaijan said.

    On the same day, Zhoshibayev will meet with the commissioner of Azerbaijani section of EXPO-2017, energy minister Natig Aliyev. During the meeting, the sides will sign an agreement on Azerbaijan's participation in Astana EXPO-2017 international specialized exhibition.

    The International Specialized Exhibition EXPO will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan for the first time from June 10 to Sep.10, 2017. The theme of the exhibition is the lsquo;Energy of the Future'.

    Edited by SI


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  • First Tequila Festival running in Baku
    25.11.2015 15:13
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Mexican embassy in Azerbaijan invites all to taste unique samples of Mexican cuisine, as the first Tequila Festival has been launched in Baku.

    The event that will run till November 28 aims to familiarize Azerbaijani people with the Mexican culture, the embassy reported.

    Degustation of Tequila in Baku will be held in Fairmonts Hotel on November 25, Maya restaurants on November 27 and Intourist Hotel on November 28.

    Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, named primarily after the area surrounding the city of Tequila in the northwestern Mexican state of Jalisco.

    In total, the production of tequila in Mexico employs over 300,000 people. The country produces about 900,000 tons of tequila per year.

    Many people drink tequila accompanied by salt and lime. They place the salt on the back of their hand between their thumb and forefinger. They then lick the salt, do the shot, and then such on a slice of lime.

    In Mexico, the most traditional way to drink tequila is neat, without lime and salt. It is popular in some regions to drink fine tequila with a side of sangria -- a sweet, sour, and spicy drink typically made from orange juice, grenadine (or tomato juice), and hot chilies.

    Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1666. The Aztec people had previously made a fermented beverage from the agave plant, long before the Spanish arrived in 1521.

    When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill agave to produce one of North America's first indigenous distilled spirits.

    Some 80 years later, in around 1600, Don Pedro SГЎnchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira, began mass-producing tequila at the first factory in modern-day Jalisco.

    Earlier in October, the embassy hosted the first festival of tasting alcoholic beverage Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico.
  • Turkey violates intв'l law - Kremlin
    25.11.2015 15:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    By sending S-400 to the air base in Syria, Russia proceeds from the fact that Russian Su-24 was shot down in Syria's airspace, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian president, said, RIA Novosti reported.

    "This is a violation of the international law and an unfriendly action," he said.

    "The plane was shot down in Syria's airspace," he said. "This is a violation of the international law and an unfriendly action against the Russian military warplane."

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • Russian Su-24 pilot to be awarded posthumously
    25.11.2015 15:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Russian Su-24 warplane pilot, killed in Syria, will be awarded with the Star of Hero of Russia posthumously, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

    "But the rescued Russian navigator will be awarded with the state medals," he said.

    "All other participants of the operation, including the rescue operation, will be also awarded with the state medals," the president told reporters.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

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  • Bakcell to be Bakutel 2015 communication partner
    25.11.2015 15:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Bakcell is to be this year's Communication Partner for the Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and IT Exhibition Bakutel. The exhibition has worked with the first mobile communications company for many years. Bakcell is a regular exhibitor at Bakutel and over the years, the company has surprised and pleased visitors with their original stands, interesting guests and valuable offers and services.

    "We're pleased that Bakutel's Communication Partner is the country's first mobile operator and regular exhibitor. Over the years, we have developed a great business relationship, which was the basis for our partnership agreement. The agreement also includes Iteca Caspian's employees using Bakcell's telecommunications services from November 2015," commented Mr. Farid Mammadov, Iteca Caspian Executive Director.

    "Bakcell has been a regular participant at BakuTel, starting from the first exhibition. BakuTel is an important telecom event and provides us with an excellent opportunity for direct contact with many of current and future customers. In addition, it helps us to identify new areas for cooperation", says Mr. Richard Shearer, Bakcell CEO.

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  • Gold producer to increase production in 2016
    25.11.2015 14:51
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Anglo Asian Mining plc, a company involved in the extraction of precious metals in Azerbaijan, plans to increase production of gold in 2016.

    The company plans to produce 80,000 ounces of gold in Azerbaijan in 2016, the companyв's director general Reza Vaziri told Trend.

    Anglo Asian Mining has the right to develop six fields in south-west of Azerbaijan including Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gizil Bulag, Vejnali and Soyutlu.

    In 2015, the company plans to produce around 74,000-75,000 ounces of gold, Vaziri noted. ??? does not expect to produce more than the abovementioned volume this year, as the development of Gadabay field is quite difficult, he added.

    Meanwhile, the company expects to get $2-$2.5 million worth profit in 2015, said Vaziri noting that this will be possible if the gold production remains at the previous level by late 2015 and its price on the global market does not change.

    ''Otherwise we may end the year with losses,'' he said. ''But if there are no serious changes, we expect to get $16 million in net profit in 2016.''

    The company's revenues stood at $41.8 million in the first half of 2015, which is by 27.8 percent more than in the same period of last year.

    In this period, its gross profit totaled $1.9 million, whereas the company suffered a loss at $0.8 million in January to June 2014.

    AAM produced 54,103 ounces of gold, 634 tons of copper with SART method and 10,916 ounces of silver in the first nine months of 2015.

    No plans to increase credit debt

    In this strong aspiration to increase production AAM does not plan to attract funds from banks to finance the work in several fields.

    ''If additional funds are required [I assume that these funds will be needed] for Gosha, Gadir and Ordubad fields, we can increase the authorized capital of AAM,'' he added.

    Vaziri noted that currently the companyв's authorized capital nears $11 million, distributed among six shareholders: Reza Vaziri (29.1 percent), John Sununu (9.5 percent), Khosrow Zamani (1.1 percent), John Mongemius (0.3 percent), Richard Round (0.27 percent) and Limelight Industrial Developments (3.58 percent).

    At the end of the third quarter of 2015, net foreign borrowings of the company amounted to $51 million, including $17.4 million taken from Azerbaijani banks - PASHA Bank, YapiKredi and the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

    Meanwhile, low prices for gold have led to a decrease in value of the shares of gold mining companies, Vaziri stressed.

    ''Our company was no exception, but I hope that the new plant [for the production of copper and precious metals in the Gadabay region] and the opening of an underground mine Gadir on the Gadabay field will lead to an increase in share prices of the AAM,'' he said.

    The value of AAM shares on London Stock Exchange amounted to $5.12 per share as of November 20, whereas their value reached $8 per share at the end of November 2014.

    New field under exploration

    The company is also accomplishing exploration work on the new Agyurt field in Ordubad region, Vaziri said, voicing his hope to have done it before the snow. The primary data shows the approximate gold reserves at this field account for 200,000 ounces.

    It is necessary to complete the exploration before the snow as the deposit is located in the area with difficult terrain very hard to develop. Otherwise, the work will be postponed until late March, 2016.

    The Ordubad contract area covering 462 square kilometers is located in Nakhchivan Autonomic Republic and contains numerous targets including Shakardara, Piyazbashi, Misdag, Agyurt, Shalala and Diakchay, which are all located within a 5-kilometer radius.

    Anglo Asian Mining, a cash generative and profitable gold and copper mining and exploration company, started gold and silver production in May 2009 and copper concentrate production in 2010 at the Gadabay mine.

    The gold and silver produced there are sent to Switzerland for refining, and gold bars are delivered to the country and preserved by the government.
  • Nuke plant construction prospects unknown in Turkey
    25.11.2015 14:50
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    It is too early to say about the prospects of implementing Russia-Turkey joint projects, in particular, the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian president, said, RIA Novosti reported.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

    "I can say nothing regarding these prospects," he said. "Of course, everything will be thoroughly analyzed given the current situation."

    The intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey on cooperation in the fields of construction and operation of the country's first nuclear power plant Akkuyu near the city of Mersin in southern Turkey was signed in 2010.

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  • China's plastic surgery industry set to become world's 3rd largest
    25.11.2015 14:31
    China's cosmetic surgery industry will be valued at 400 billion yuan ($62.6 billion) by the end of this year and is expected to double in size to 800 billion yuan by 2019, according to China Daily.

    If growth continues as expected, China will be the world's third largest market after the United States and Brazil by 2019, according to the latest industry trend report.

    The report, issued by the China Association of Plastics and Aesthetics on Monday, found that more than seven million Chinese people, mostly women, went under the knife in the name of beauty last year. Roughly 60,000 of them chose to go to South Korea.

    Ten percent more foreigners have come to China for plastic surgery year-on-year for the past five years, although a great number of Chinese also traveled abroad, mostly to South Korea, the report found.

    In the past decade, the industry has increased in China by 30 percent each year on average, said the report. The most popular procedures include those on the eyes and nose, such as double eyelid surgery and nasal bridge augmentation, breast enhancements and liposuction.

    /By AzerTac/
  • Russian party leader voices opinion over Su-24 warplane incident
    25.11.2015 14:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25


    Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said that Russia should not break off the diplomatic relations with Turkey after it shot down the Russian Su-24 warplane in Syria, RIA Novosti reported.

    The Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian military planes SU-24 in its airspace Nov. 24.

    Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on the territory of Syria.

    "A number of MPs supported the suspension of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey," he said. "But this is their personal opinion."

    "I do not see any reason to break off these diplomatic relations," Zyuganov told reporters.

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