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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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    An initial assessment report from Nepal's archaeology authorities showed that around 60 temples across the nation have been destroyed in the April 25 earthquake, Xinhua reported.

    The report from the Department of Archaeology (DoA) in the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said on Sunday that more than 200 monuments have been partly damaged.

    The authorities have been in a hard bid to collect ruins consisting of valuable materials from monument sites.

    The collection and preservation process has been underway at locations including the Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, all of which are UNESECO World Heritage Sites.

    Local residents and volunteers have joined the military and police personnel to search for the remaining crafted wooden beams, idols, struts and silver and copper items at the quake-jolted venues.

    The earthquake has also done great harm to Nepal's tourism industry as at least 14 historic buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged, including 12 on the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

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  • Azerbaijan makes great progress in poverty reduction - ADB president
    03.05.2015 11:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 3

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Azerbaijan has achieved very good results in poverty reduction, the president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao said.

    A poverty level is five percent in Azerbaijan, while in 2001 this figure was 49 percent.

    "The education level of the adult population is almost one hundred percent in Azerbaijan," Nakao said. "The maternal mortality is one of the lowest among the ADB member-states."

    Nakao made this statement at a press-conference as part of the 48th meeting of the ADB Board of Governors in Baku.

    He also stressed the issue of oil price fall.

    "This creates difficulties for many countries in the world," he said. "To reduce the influence Azerbaijan is making efforts to diversify the economy and to reduce its dependence on oil."

    At the same time, Nakao said that Azerbaijan's GDP is by only five percent dependent on agriculture, whereas about 40 percent of the population is involved in this area.

    "I believe that the agricultural development must be one of the priorities for the country," he said. "The need for the development of tourism, given the beauty of the region and the fact that Azerbaijan combines the cultures of Asia, the Turkic world, and others, should be mentioned."

    He also said that this requires the development of infrastructure.

    "ADB supports infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan," he said. "As a result, great progress was achieved."

    Nakao also said that this is the ADB first meeting of such a high level in the South Caucasus and it is a bridge between East and West.

    The ADB was established in 1966, it has 67 members. Its headquarters is located in the capital of the Philippines - Manila.

    Azerbaijan joined the ADB on Dec. 22, 1999, the country's share in the bank's capital is 0.5 percent.

    ADB's leading shareholders are Japan and the US (31.2 percent of the total share capital), India and China (12.8 percent), Australia, South Korea and Canada (16 percent), etc.

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  • Japan to launch "large scale cooperation" with Cuba
    03.05.2015 10:22
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    The Japanese government announced plans on Saturday to increase cooperation and strengthen bilateral ties with Cuba, Xinhua reported.

    The announcement came as the Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishada concluded his official visit to the Caribbean island.

    "With the aim of supporting Cuban strength by reforms, we want to begin a new large-scale Japanese cooperation scheme called Non-reimbursable Financial Assistance," said Kishida at a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez.

    "We would like to consolidate our economic relations," added the Japanese minister, who was accompanied by a delegation of 30 business leaders from his country.

    In turn, Rodriguez said that for Cuba "the relationship with Japan is a priority," and that Cuba is "willing to strengthen bilateral ties in all fields, including commerce, investment, scientific cooperation and multi-faceted cooperation."

    "There is a real potential for development and I am convinced that his visit will be a deciding factor to strengthening relations," added the Cuban minister.

    According to Ken Okaniwa, a spokesperson for the Japanese minister, annual trade between the two countries stood at merely 35 million U.S. dollars, with Japanese exports to Cuba accounting for two thirds.

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  • European Games to give impetus to international authority growth of Azerbaijan '" professor
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The first European Games Baku 2015 will give impetus to the growth of the international authority of Azerbaijan, Professor of the All European Academies Organization Juri Engelbrecht told Trend.

    He said that these Games will bring together Azerbaijan with many countries of the world and enhance its international prestige.

    More than 6,000 athletes will participate in the European Games. Naturally, tens of thousands of fans, who will be able to get acquainted with the country, will come together with the athletes.

    After visiting Azerbaijan, they will tell about it to their friends, and it will contribute to increasing tourist interest for the country, the professor said.

    He went on to add that Azerbaijan, having held these Games, will contribute to the restoration of peace and stability throughout the world.

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Iran can be a reliable route for transiting Turkmen gas due to Europe '" MP
    03.05.2015 10:04
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    Tehran, Iran, May 3

    By Temkin Jafarov, Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Meeting energy needs is one of the most important issues which affects geopolitical, regional, continental, and even ultraregional relations.

    Asia, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia are the hubs of energy. Transfer of energy to Europe is both favorable for exporters and importers, as well. There are usually different routes for transferring natural gas or liquefied natural gas, known as LNG, via a main pipeline.

    While Turkey and Turkmenistan are discussing cooperation to convey gas to Europe, Turkish Minister of Energy Taner YД±ldД±z said that Ankara is ready both in political and technical terms to convey Turkmenistan's gas via the Caspian Sea and Turkish soil to Europe.

    The Turkish official said that disagreements between Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan on the projects relate to security concerns.

    Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic says that Iran is the more suitable choice for transferring the gas to Europe.

    "I think transferring gas via a pipeline is the most logical and justified option," Hossein Nejabat, member of the Iranian parliament's energy commission told Trend May 2.

    There are different routes to transfer gas from Central Asia to Europe. Russian officials have proposed the route which passes from Russia.

    Turkey attempts to play role and transit gas via its soil. Naturally, producers and exporters pay attention to security and stability. They do not want to invest while security of the route is endangered, Nejabat added.

    Meanwhile, consumers seek to import gas from the cheapest possible source. This turns the issue into a multiple variable problem.

    "In my opinion, thanks to its security, Iran can be a reliable source for transiting Turkmen gas due to Europe, as Turkmenistan has not access to open seas. The most inexpensive way is to swap gas with Iran, which is currently being carried out," the MP said.

    "So, if the existing sanctions and restrictions are lifted, a considerable development in the regional energy sector will happen, especially in the transit of Turkmen gas via Iran. Of course, as I said, this proposed route should compete with some other serious rivals," he concluded.

    Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand

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  • Iran allocates $3.5B to turning gas power plants into combined cycle
    03.05.2015 09:52
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    Tehran, Iran, May 1

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    The current Iranian fiscal year's national budget has envisioned 100 trillion rials (about $3.5 billion) to go into turning gas power plants into combined cycle power plants, Alireza Daemi, deputy minister of energy in planning and economic affairs said.

    He pointed out that the current gas power plants suffer very low performance and by turning them into combined cycle facilities the performance will be improved, SHANA news agency reported May 1.

    The official further stated that for the current Iranian fiscal year (started March 21), a budget of 11 trillion rials ($380 million) is given to the energy sector to go into 37 water/electricity projects and 12 power plants. The sum comes with an increase of 18 percent compared to that of the previous year.

    According to an April 7 report, released on April 6, Iran has increased 2.871 GW power generation capacity, including about 1.6-GW gas power plants, a 0.64-GW combined cycle power plant as well as a 0.52-GW hydroelectric power plant. However the actual power generation level increased by only 1.98 GW.

    Iran has aimed to change all of gas thermal power plants into combined power plants (CCPP), which shares about 25.28 percent of the country's total power generation capacity. The efficiency of thermal power plants (excluding (CCPP) in Iran is about 31 percent while CCPPs' is 45 percent.

    Edited by CN

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  • Nepali police find bodies of foreign trekkers, villagers
    03.05.2015 09:18
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    A Nepali police team has pulled out the bodies of about 50 people, including some foreign trekkers, from an avalanche-hit area, officials said on Sunday, as the death toll from last month's devastating earthquake climbed to over 7,000, Reuters reported.

    None of the bodies have been identified, said Pravin Pokharel, deputy superintendent of police in the northern district of Rasuwa. Pokharel, who led the police team, said the bodies were pulled out on Saturday, a week after the earthquake, and rescuers would return to the remote area on Sunday.

    At least 200 other people are still missing in the area, including villagers and trekkers, said Uddhav Bhattarai, the seniormost bureaucrat in the district.

    "We had not been able to reach the area earlier because of rains and cloudy weather," he said by telephone.

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  • Brazilian swimmer killed by hit-and-run driver
    03.05.2015 06:21
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    Brazilian swimmer Sarah Correa, a silver medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, has died after being hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop in Rio de Janeiro, Xinhua reported.

    The 22-year-old was declared brain dead after being taken unconscious to Miguel Couto hospital, according to a Facebook post on Saturday by her mother, Maria Fatima Alves Goncalves.

    Another pedestrian, 58-year-old Paulo Soares, was also struck by the vehicle and died before paramedics arrived, the Globo news portal said.

    The driver is understood to have fled the scene before turning himself in to police.

    In another Facebook post, Maria Fatima said her daughter had been "murdered". "I want justice and I won't rest until that happens," she wrote.

    Correa was part of Brazil's 4x200m freestyle relay team that took silver at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    She retired from swimming in October last year to focus on a burgeoning modeling career.

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  • 5.7-magnitude quake hits Japan
    03.05.2015 03:16
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    An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted 168km SSE of Hachijo-jima, Japan at 16:50: 46 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, Xinhua reported.

    The epicenter, with a depth of 32.54 km, was initially determined to be at 31.5938 degrees north latitude and 140.1671 degrees east longitude.

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  • Britain's Duchess Kate gives birth
    03.05.2015 01:56
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    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a great grand-daughter to Queen Elizabeth, Reuters reported.

    The royal family's newest member was born at 8:34 a.m., some 2-1/2 hours after Kate Middleton was admitted in the early stages of labor to St Mary's Hospital, West London, the couple's Kensington Palace residence said in a statement.

    The couple emerged later the same day with the baby wrapped in a white woolen shawl and bonnet to pose for photographs on the steps of the hospital, a little over 12 hours after Kate arrived.

    Kate cradled the sleeping princess in her arms as the couple waved to the cheering crowd, although they made no comment.

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  • Hundreds of protesters held over May Day rallies in Turkey
    03.05.2015 00:36
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    A total of 339 illegal protesters have been detained under a new security law and 50 people, including 25 police officers, injured across Turkey amid illegal May 1, Labor Day protests, Turkey's General Directorate of Security has announced, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Four of the detainees were later charged in an Istanbul court with being members of an illegal organization.

    The directorate said in a written statement on Saturday: "During demonstrations across Turkey, 25 policemen and 25 other civilians were injured."

    The statement also said judicial proceedings against demonstrators who were detained were continuing.

    The legal process is being carried out under a newly passed controversial domestic security law which was passed by the Turkish Parliament's General Assembly on March 27 and approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.

    The domestic security package consists of 69 articles under which Turkish police are allowed to use weapons against those who attack schools, public buildings and places of worship with Molotov bombs, explosives, inflammable materials and other weapons.

    May 1 was officially declared an official holiday in 2009 by the Turkish government.

    At least 10,000 police were on duty in Istanbul while 7,000 other were in Ankara as a part of security measures taken on Labor Day.

    Labor Day demonstrations in Istanbul's Taksim Square in 1977 led to the deaths of 34 people and the wounding of 136 in what became known as Bloody May 1.

    Union activists have been barred from marching to the public square since 2013.

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  • Pakistani forces kill 44 militants in tribal regions
    02.05.2015 22:56
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    Pakistani fighter jets Saturday bombed positions of the armed groups in two tribal regions killing 44 militants including foreigners, Xinhuanet reported.

    An army spokesman said fighter planes bombed hideouts of the militants in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions.

    "As many as 44 terrorists were killed in precise aerial strikes in North Wazirastan and Khyber agencies today," the spokesman said in a statement.

    According to details, out of 44 killed, 14 (mostly foreigners) were killed in area ahead of Datta Khel in North Waziristan and 30 terrorists killed in Tirah valley of Khyber.

    The security forces are battling the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam group in Khyber agency in a major offensive code name "Khyber-2." Forces have cleared many areas from the militants in Khyber agency that borders Afghanistan.

    Officials believed that militants have sneaked into Tirah Valley after they escaped from other tribal areas in the wake of military operations.

    The army also launched a big operation in North Waziristan last year in June and has cleared over 90 percent of areas. North Waziristan had once been the stronghold of the Taliban and other militant groups but many have been killed and some have crossed into Afghanistan, security officials said.

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  • European Union sees supplies of natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019
    02.05.2015 21:42
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    The European Union, keen to lessen its dependence on Russia for energy supplies, expects to start receiving natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in an interview to Reuters.

    "We have good mutual understanding. For Turkmenistan it is very important to diversify its export options, while for the EU it is very important to diversify its imports," Sefcovic told Reuters in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat.

    "Europe expects supplies of Turkmen gas to begin by 2019," he said, speaking in Russian.

    Turkmenistan, a Central Asian nation with the world's fourth-largest reserves of natural gas, is keen to diversify exports of the fuel away from Russia which will cut its imports to 4 billion cubic metres this year from 11 bcm in 2014.

    Sefcovic is overseeing the EU's push for an energy union, a single market for power and gas based on better connections between member states and aimed at curbing Russia's dominant position, particularly in the gas market.

    Visiting Ashgabat on Friday, he met Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Azerbaijan's Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Baymurad Hojamukhamedov and Yagshygeldy Kakayev, who heads Turkmenistan's hydrocarbon resources agency.

    "In this format we discussed all aspects referring to the trans-Caspian pipeline," Sefcovic said. "We made a big step in the strategic direction."

    "Now there is a political decision that Turkmenistan will become part of this project and will feed the European direction," Sefcovic said.

    Last year, Turkmenistan and Turkey signed a framework agreement to supply gas to the proposed Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project (TANAP), which will take gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea.

    To connect to TANAP, Turkmenistan needs to build its own, 300-km (187-mile) link under the Caspian Sea, a disputed area between Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan.

    TANAP will be built from the Turkish-Georgian border to Turkey's frontier with Bulgaria and Greece. Its construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 in order to start deliveries of gas from Shah Deniz II in 2019.

    "Between 2019 and 2020 all these pipelines from Azerbaijan to the borders of Europe - in the direction of Greece, Albania and Italy must be built," Sefcovic said.

    "It's everyone's expectation that Turkmenistan and Turkmen gas will be a very important part of this cooperation."

    Sefcovic declined to say how much gas Turkmenistan could supply annually to Europe.

    Turkmen officials said in March that "active" negotiations were under way to supply Europe with 10 to 30 bcm of gas per year. This compares to around 30-35 bcm which Turkmenistan annually exports to China.

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  • Death toll from Nepal quake tops 7,000
    02.05.2015 20:50
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    At least 7,040 persons were confirmed dead with the number of injured exceeding 14,000 in the last Saturday's devastating quake in Nepal, Xinhua reported.

    The ministry said those among the killed included nine Nepalese Army personnel, four Nepalese Police personnel, one Armed Police Force staffer, four civil servants and 54 foreigners.

    Severely-hit regions including Gorkha have been expecting for more aid.

    Rescue missions failed to reach such remote areas as Gorkha due to road traffic obstructions.

    Insufficient food and water supply as well as poor sanitation have been posing threat to thousands living in makeshift tents.

    Some residents in Kathmandu have moved back to their damaged houses as efforts to retrieve bodies from the rubbles continued despite dwindling hope to find more survivors a week after the deadly 7.9-magnitude quake.

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  • Security forces kill 37 Daesh militants in western Iraq
    02.05.2015 19:46
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    Iraqi security forces have killed 37 Daesh militants Saturday in clashes that took place in the city of al-Karma in the western province of Anbar, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Major General Mohamed al-Delimi told The Anadolu Agency that the Iraqi forces were advancing toward central al-Karma to capture it from Daesh.

    Security forces killed at least 37 Daesh militants, including four suicide bombers, according to al-Delimi.

    Security forces also managed to defuse 175 improvised explosive devices between the al-Hareriyat area and central al-Karma, al-Delimi said.

    Meanwhile, an Iraqi officer who talked to The Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity said that Daesh had managed to seize al-Karma's train station Saturday in the southern part of the city after two days of clashes.

    Daesh used eight explosives-laden vehicles in the attack, which killed and wounded numerous Iraqi army troops, the officer added.

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  • Italy calls for broadening economic ties with Iran
    02.05.2015 17:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Italy called for broadening economic ties with Iran.

    In a meeting between Italy's Minister for Economic Development Federica Guidi and Iran's Industry, Mining, and Trade Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, the Italian official proposed that the two countries exchange delegations in order to pave the way for expanding industrial and trade relations, Iran's IRIB reported on May 2.

    The meeting was held on the sidelines of Milan Expo 2015.

    Italy was the 9th biggest importer of Iranian non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, according to the Iran Customs Administration.

    Iran exported $618.4 million of non-oil goods to Italy and imported $1.059 billion of non-oil goods from the country.

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  • Iran considers Yemenв's security as its own
    02.05.2015 17:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran considers Yemen's security as its own, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the Islamic Republic's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs said.

    He also called the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's air strikes in Yemen in line with Israel's interests.

    "Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen only helps strengthening terrorist groups as well as Israel," the Iranian diplomat said, the Islamic Republic's Tasnim news agency reported May 2.

    "We will not permit other countries to play our common security with adventuresome activities," Amir Abdollahian added.

    He further said that all parties should play constructive role to safeguard region's security.

    Tehran supports Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue in any place agreed by all local groups, Amir Abdollahian stressed.

    Saudi Arabia, leading an Arabian coalition against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis, announced April 21 that it ended the air strikes to seek a political solution in Yemen, but restarted the aerial bombardment a day later.

    The Saudi-led coalition has also imposed an air and naval blockade on Yemen as part of its one-month campaign to oust the Houthi rebels, who have taken most of the country and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh.

    Iran has repeatedly called on Riyadh to immediately halt the air strikes on Yemen, saying intra-Yemeni dialog is the only way to end the current political deadlock in the Arab country.

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  • European Games torch delivered in Yardimli
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    Trend:

    The first European Games torch was delivered from Astara to Yardimli May 2.

    The torch was received at the entrance to the city. Azerbaijan Champion in karate Rasif Mamizade accepted the torch. Then the march of ten torchbearers began. Passing the torch to each other, the athletes reached the Center of Heydar Aliyev.

    Azerbaijan Champion in karate Amid Javadov raised the torch on the stage built in front of the Center.

    A video film about torch lighting of the first European Games in the Temple of fire worshipers Ateshgah April 26 with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the first European Games Mehriban Aliyeva, President of EOC Patrick Hickey and other guests was shown at the ceremony.

    After Yardimli, the torch of the first European Games was carried to Masalli.

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • British diplomatв's private meeting with parties of Azerbaijan is suspicious
    02.05.2015 16:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The private meeting of the head of the British Foreign Office's Department for the South Caucasus Emma Baines with political organizations in Azerbaijan is suspicious, deputy executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) MP Siyavush Novruzov told Trend May 2.

    He said that it would be more appropriate to hold a public meeting. The meeting should be held with all political parties operating in the country, said the MP.

    Holding meetings with some parties or NGOs without the participation of the other ones undoubtedly causes suspicions, Novruzov said.

    Emma Baines met with the leaders of Musavat party, Azerbaijan Popular Front Party and the REAL Movement.

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  • Iran makes domestic radioactive ray measurement device
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    Tehran, Iran, May 2

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian scientists have made a device for measuring the intensity of radioactive rays.

    The device can be used in laboratory research as well as medical treatments where rays given to patients with cancer need to be measured.

    Meisam Divsalar, a member of the team that worked on the project, said that the device is on the list of items under international sanctions for trade with Iran, ISNA news agency reported May 2.

    He added the project kicked off ten years ago, and said that the Iranian-made type is superior in functioning to US-made models.

    Divsalar further said that the device can also read TLD(thermoluminescent dosimetry) cards.

    He went on to say that the device can load 150 cards each time and store or print data using an in-built computer.

    The Iranian government has been encouraging domestic forces especially the youth to explore scientific fields in order to make up for the restrictions caused by international sanctions.

    In the past years, numerous such domestic advancements have been made. Iranian officials sometimes count the advancements as a "merit" of the sanctions for having forced Iran to rely on its indigenous capabilities.

    Iran is expecting the removal of the sanctions by July 1, when years of talks with the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is scheduled to lead to a comprehensive agreement on its nuclear program, the justification that is given by Western countries for having imposed the sanctions.

    Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand

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  • European Games - unique opportunity to promote Azerbaijan - former President of Bulgaria
    02.05.2015 16:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The first European Games are a unique opportunity to promote Azerbaijan in the whole world, the former president of Bulgaria Petar Stoyanov (1997-2002) told Trend May 2.

    He said that these Games have great significance for the development of Azerbaijan and for the growth of its international prestige.

    The former president said that tens of thousands of people from different countries, including Bulgaria, will arrive in Azerbaijan. In addition, 100 million people will watch the Games on TV, said Stoyanov. All this will lead to increased interest for the country, a lot of tourists will want to visit it, according to him.

    Undoubtedly, this will make a great contribution to the development of Azerbaijan's economy, he said.

    Stoyanov, having noted that he has repeatedly been to Azerbaijan in recent years, said that every time he witnesses great development of the country.

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Baku protests against using phrase "people of Nagorno-Karabakh"
    02.05.2015 16:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    Trend:

    Using the expression "people of Nagorno-Karabakh" by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the US State Department in statements regarding holding the illegal "parliamentary election" on the territories of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia is wrong and unacceptable, the head of press service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend May 2, commenting on these statements.

    He went on to add that there is no concept of "people of Nagorno-Karabakh" at all. The Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan has a population that consists of Azerbaijani and Armenian communities, he said.

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

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

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  • ADB ready to support development of agriculture, tourism in Azerbaijan
    02.05.2015 15:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan can achieve a lot in agriculture and tourism, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to provide support in this, the ADB President Takehiko Nakao said.

    He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 48th annual meeting of the ADB board of governors on May 2 in Baku.

    He said Azerbaijan today has a great potential for agricultural development. Also, as the bank's president noted, the geographical location of Azerbaijan allows it to make great achievements in the tourism sector.

    "At present, a large part of Azerbaijan's economy is focused on the oil sector, and taking into account the decline in world prices for energy resources, it is important to diversify the economy," he said.

    Nakao believes that Azerbaijan has all the necessary resources to develop both of these sectors.

    "Your country has great natural resources for the development of agriculture and tourism. You have a wonderful climate, ancient history and since ancient times, playing an important role in the development of the Silk Road, Azerbaijan has become a bridge between East and West," he said.

    He said ADB has provided and continues to provide support to Azerbaijan in the development of its economy.

    Since the start of cooperation, the ADB has allocated to Azerbaijan some $1.6 billion for 12 projects in the area of road construction, energy, irrigation, water supply and sanitation improvement.

    The ADB was established in 1966, it has 67 members. Its headquarters is located in the capital of the Philippines - Manila.

    Azerbaijan joined the ADB on Dec. 22, 1999, the country's share in the bank's capital is 0.5 percent.

    ADB's leading shareholders are Japan and the US (31.2 percent of the total share capital), India and China (12.8 percent), Australia, South Korea and Canada (16 percent), etc.

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  • Demand for foreign currency decreases in Kazakhstan
    02.05.2015 14:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Demand for foreign currency decreased in Kazakhstan in March 2015, according to the message released by the analytical service Ranking.kz.

    The message said that during this period, the exchange offices in Kazakhstan in total sold Russian rubles, US dollars and euros worth 294 billion tenge (185.8 tenge = $1), which is 19.3 percent less than in February 2015.

    For comparison: in February, the exchange offices in Kazakhstan sold currency worth 364.5 billion tenge. During the period from March 2014 to March 2015, sales of foreign currency in Kazakhstan decreased by 21.6 percent.

    The message said that all three currencies showed a decline in sales volumes. The dollar showed the sharpest decline in the last month - by 22.2 percent, up to 201.6 billion tenge.

    Sales of euros in Kazakhstan for March declined by 12.9 percent - up to 18.5 billion tenge (the lowest figure since December 2012).

    Sales of the Russian ruble decreased during the period by 12.1 percent, up to 73.9 billion tenge.

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  • Iran's navy repels pirate attack on Hong Kongв's ship
    02.05.2015 14:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's 34th naval fleet repelled a pirate attack against a Hong Kong's merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden.

    The merchant vessel asked Iranian Navy to help after a group of Somali pirates approached it.

    The pirates were forced to flee after Iranian naval forces took swift action to thwart the assault, Iran's IRIB news agency reported May 2.

    The incident took place May 1, on the 23rd day of the Islamic Republic's 34th naval fleet presence in the Gulf of Aden.

    The flotilla, comprises the Bushehr logistic vessel and Alborz destroyer.

    In recent years, Iran's Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.

    In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

    The Iranian Navy has managed to foil 202 attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its mission in international waters, according to the report.

    The Gulf of Aden has been growing in sensitivity since the domestic crisis broke out in Yemen. Western media and Arab states claim Iran has a hand in the developments, but Tehran denies that.

    It was earlier reported that the Iranian warships turned away from Yemen, but the Islamic Republic's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari rejected the reports saying the Iranian navy will continue its presence in the Gulf of Aden.

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  • Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh protests against ''parliamentary election''
    02.05.2015 14:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Holding of the so-called parliamentary election in Nagorno-Karabakh violates the Constitution and laws of Azerbaijan, the rules and principles of international law and ignores the rights of Azerbaijanis who historically lived in the area, said the statement of the Public Association "Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

    The "parliamentary election" is planned to be held in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh territory of Azerbaijan on May 3.

    The issued statement said that holding of legitimate election in Nagorno-Karabakh is possible only after the complete withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from these territories, the return of Azerbaijanis to their historical lands and ensuring peaceful coexistence of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities on the territory.

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

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

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  • Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, EU creating working group on energy
    02.05.2015 14:45
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 2

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and the EU are creating a working group on energy, the Turkmen State News Agency (TDH) said May 2.

    Ashgabat hosted a quadripartite meeting, which was attended by the heads of the fuel and energy sectors of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, as well as representatives of the European Commission, said the agency.

    Discussion of priorities for diversification of routes for energy resources to world markets, including those in the European direction, providing for the joint creation of multiple pipeline infrastructures is on the agenda.

    The information said that the meeting participants "focused on the fact that such transportation infrastructure will be built in strict compliance with international norms and standards, including those that relate to the safety and protection of the environment, and agreed to create a working group."

    In order to ensure principles of equality and mutual benefit in the joint activity, it would be appropriate to establish the corresponding business frameworks, which, according to international legislation and European Union legislation, will be aimed at maintaining long-term supplies of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe, according to the participants of the meeting.

    A declaration, which reflected discussed issues and which confirmed the desire of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and the European Union to continue active cooperation within international organizations on the establishment of effective mechanisms in order to ensure energy security, was initialed following this meeting.

    Turkmenistan, which is a key player on the energy market in Central Asia and the Caspian region, has launched several initiatives to ensure the reliable and stable supplies of energy resources to world markets within the framework of the UN.

    Every year, Turkmenistan produces about 70-80 billion cubic meters of gas. Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world on natural gas reserves and is looking for new markets, including those in Europe. The export of Turkmen gas across the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan and Turkey is considered the best route for entering the European continent.

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  • 6 officers charged in death of black man
    02.05.2015 14:39
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    Six police officers were charged in the death of an unarmed black man in Baltimore, SIA reports citing the AA.

    Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a press conference that her office's investigation into the death of Freddie Gray determined that there is probable cause to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in the 25-year-old's arrest and subsequent transport.

    Gray suffered severe spinal injuries at some point after he ran from police and was apprehended April 12. He later died at a hospital.

    Videos of his arrest recorded by bystanders and posted on the Internet show him being carried by officers into a police van in pain and apparently with limited use of his legs.

    The officers are charged with several counts, including second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault.
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  • ADB to significantly increase aid to poor countries
    02.05.2015 14:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    The Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has supported the initiative of uniting the credit operations of Asian Development Fund and the ADB's Ordinary Capital Resources, ADB President Takehiko Nakao told reporters May 2.

    He said that such unification will make it possible to increase the annual budget on the total capital resources and grants by 50 percent, which means up to $20 billion.

    "The consolidation of resources will also allow increasing ADB's aid to poor countries by 70 percent," said Nakao. "Poor countries along with the means of Asian Development Fund (ADF), will also have access to soft loans of ADB's Ordinary Capital Resources."

    This initiative does not provide for the elimination of the ADF, which will retain the function of the donor to provide grants to countries that need them.

    Nakao said that under the new initiative it is planned to increase the volume of funding at the expense of ordinary capital resources till January 2017 by 3 times - from $17 to $53 billion.

    In the following years, it is also expected to increase the annual ADB's aid from $23 billion to $40 billion, according to Nakao.

    "This initiative can be perceived as a victory, since it will increase the amount of financial aid to member countries with low income, as well as projects and operations in the private sector with an average yield," said Nakao.

    ADB was founded in 1966 and has 67 members. The bank's headquarters is located in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Azerbaijan became ADB member on December 22, 1999. The country's share in the bank's capital is 0.5 percent.

    ADB's leading shareholders are Japan and the United States (31.2 percent of the total share capital), India and China (12.8 percent), Australia, South Korea and Canada (16 percent) and so on.

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  • Azerbaijan never regarded its gas supply via Southern Gas Corridor as alternative
    02.05.2015 14:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan has never regarded the project for the delivery of Azerbaijani gas via the Southern Gas Corridor as some kind of alternative, said President Ilham Aliyev in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.

    Azerbaijan is exporting gas to Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Russia, he said.

    "Our reserves are very large, therefore, we, of course, need to sell them," he added.

    The president said the Southern Gas Corridor project has been planned long ago, and earlier it was called the Nabucco project.

    "When we saw the Nabucco project is not viable, namely because there was no political will, financial resources, coordination or consolidation of efforts, it seemed to us that someone wants to secure own welfare at our expense," he said. "Azerbaijan's role in that project was brought simply to the crude base, which categorically didn't suit us."

    The president said the project got off the agenda, but Azerbaijan had to sell its reserves.

    He noted that the main market for Azerbaijan's natural gas is Turkey and Europe, adding that Iran and Russia themselves have large volumes of natural resources, while the Georgian market is quite small.

    "Thus, we initiated the Southern Gas Corridor project, and we concluded an agreement with Turkey in 2012 on the construction of TANAP - the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline, which is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor," he said. "It has already begun to be implemented."

    "Every country wants its role to grow, its importance to grow. Thereby our capabilities will expand as well," said the president.

    He noted that the Southern Gas Corridor project is the development of the Shah Deniz-2 field.

    "As part of this project, it is expected to produce and sell 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year, in addition to the eight billion that we sell today," the president said, adding that Turkey will receive some six billion out of that volume aand several European countries - 10 billion.

    President Aliyev said TANAP will allow Azerbaijan to sell large gas reserves.

    "I cannot say that it will bring immediate profit, because the costs are very large and it will be necessary to reimburse them," he said. "Moreover, gas revenues are incomparable with oil revenues. The main source of currency revenues for is still oil export, which has been stabilized and will continue in this way for a long time."

    The Azerbaijani president also said the gas factor will strengthen the country's economy, and will indeed considerably enhance Azerbaijan's role and its importance for consumers.

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  • Hundreds of Nigerian women freed
    02.05.2015 14:16
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    Nigeria troops have freed another 234 women and children from Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa forest, the military said Friday.

    The hostages were rescued on Thursday through the Kawuri and Konduga end of Sambisa forest.

    Some 500 women and children have already been rescued by the military in the past few days.
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  • Iran nuclear deal fruitful for EU economy
    02.05.2015 13:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    As a self-imposed deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 1 countries looms, the hopes for reaching a deal are getting higher.

    Iran and the P5 1 group (the U.S., France, UK, Russia, China Germany) are negotiating to reach a final nuclear agreement by June 30.

    Iran's frozen assets abroad are closed to $100 billions, expected to be released after nuclear agreement.

    Meanwhile, the member of the French Senate Commission for International Affairs Nathalie Goulet told Trend that Iran's post-sanctions development plans are huge and will offer potential for economic growth of Europe and others countries.

    Iran and EU faced a significant drop in trade turnover during former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's time due to Tehran's disputed nuclear program and the country's hardliner MPs' aggressive foreign policy.

    According to Iranian Customs, Europe had about 50 percent share in Iran's imports in 2005, as well as some 15 percent of Iran's total non-oil exports, however, Iran-EU trade has been almost halved during the last 10 years.

    According to official statistics, Iran's exports to EU decreased by 10 percent during last fiscal year (ended on March 20) as well.

    However, during the last months some non-official economic delegations from France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries visited Iran.

    Goulet also underlined the "tremendous and courageous efforts of the U.S. Secretary John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif" to reach the best possible agreement.

    "This historical agreement was reached despite all efforts by think tanks and lobbies led by a congressional leader who failed to understand the magnitude of the damage he would inflict on the credibility of his country," she said.

    Goulet added that Iran's President Mr. Hassan Rouhani had also to deal with hardliners in Iran in as President Barak Obama had to deal with AIPAC and some congressional Republicans who opposed any deal.

    Iran and the P5 1 Group reached an agreement on framework nuclear deal on early April.

    Goulet added that "to clear a mistrust that had snow balled for 36 years (Iran and the U.S. cut off diplomatic relations in 1980) it required true statesmanship that was exercised by Obama.

    "He understood the magnitude of the isolation that Iran had suffered and could not continue any further in the stormy dynamic of the region," she said. "Iran with its intense cultural values needs to be among the free world community in as long as it follows rules and regulations of NPT exercised by AIEA".

    French lawmaker added that both Americans and Iranians, in the negotiating teams, seem to be very pleased with the progress.

    "Iranians even believe that they can conclude the deal way before the deadline," Goulet said. "There are however oppositions from both sides that see their interests will be threatened by any deal between US and Iran".

    Responding to the comment that some Iranian officials who believe France has the toughest position among the P5 1 members to put more restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities, Goulet said that France's position to Iran's nuclear deal has not been helpful at all.

    The strong link between France, Israel, Gulf Cooperation Council and in particular with Saudi Arabia may be the reason for France's behavior, Goulet believes.

    "In addition there is historical mistrust of France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius towards Iran," she said. "There is always this danger that Iran may marginalize the involvement of France's position on the country's post-sanctions economic development".

    During the last few weeks, both Tehran and Washington showed intention to talk about regional crisis, especially about Yemen beside the nuclear talks.

    Goulet said that Iran is a major force in the region and should be directly involved in any negotiation related to the safety and stability of the region.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 65 times within 24 hours
    02.05.2015 13:53
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 68 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani defense ministry told Trend May 2.

    Armenian armed forces located in the villages of Barekamavan of Armenia's Noyemberyan district, Vazashen of the Ijevan district opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Gaymagli, on the nameless heights and in the village of Kohnegishlag of Agstafa district.

    Also, Armenian armed forces located near the villages of Aygepar, Mosesgeh, Chinari of Armenia's Berd district opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Alibayli, Aghdam, Kohanabi, Agbulag of the Tovuz district. Moreover, Armenian armed forces opened fire from the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselsk district at the positions of Azerbaijani army located on the nameless heights of Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located near the village of Talish of the Goranboy district, Chileburt, Goyarkh, Yarimja of the Terter district, Shuraabad, Shikhlar, Kengerli, Garagashli, Yusifjanli of the Aghdam district, Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of the Fizuli district, Mehdili of Jabrayil district, as well as nameless heights in the Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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  • Iran's gas delivery to EU possible, but with preconditions
    02.05.2015 13:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    Iranian officials say the country is keen to deliver natural gas to Europe. According to the head of National Iranian Gas Company Hamid Reza Araghi, European countries and Iran's neighbors are willing to buy gas from Iran as more gas projects are coming online.

    He said Iran would see its gas production reach 1 billion cubic meters a day (bcm/d) in three years as new phases of the gigantic offshore South Pars gas field are coming on stream.

    Iran's current raw gas production level is reportedly about 660 mcm/d. The country has developed 10 phases of the giant South Pars gas field, which share about 8 percent of total conventional global gas reserves, while phases 12, 15 and 16 are commenced with half capacity.

    South Pars was divided to 29 phases and the country is to increase gas production level to 720 mcm/d by the end of 2018 from South Pars.

    "Although the we see South Pars' gas production substantially rising over the coming years, we do not believe this (producing 720 mcm/d of gas) to be realistic in the near term," Homayoun Falakshahi, a Middle East Upstream Analyst for Wood Mackenzie told Trend on May 2.

    He said gas production from South Pars will increase by 75% over the next five years, due to new phases coming on stream such as Phase 12, Phases 15-16 and Phases 17-18.

    "These five phases will add around 64.5 bcma of production," Falakshahi said. "We estimate the whole field's production capacity to approach 400 mcm/d come 2020."

    Despite the progress at the South Pars and rising gas production, Iran is still needs more 20 bcm/a of gas delivery to its active power plants, while the gas re-injection level should double to above 60 bcm/a.

    On the other hand, Iran has gas export agreement and memorandum of understandings with Oman, Iraq and Pakistan to export 40 bcm/a of gas to these countries in coming years. Currently, Iran delivers 9.76 bcm/a to Turkey.

    Coming to the possible routes of gas delivery to the EU, Iran has to develop 9th cross-country pipeline, worth $6 billion, from South Pars towards Iran-Turkey borders.

    Delivery gas from Iraq towards Syria and expanding this rout towards the EU seems impossible due to security crisis in the region.

    Meanwhile, Stephen O'Rourke, a Research Director for Wood Mackenzie's Global Gas Service told Trend that "there is a possibility that this could happen."

    "In order for Iran to deliver to the EU it would take an improvement in diplomatic relations, new pipeline capacity, and confidence from EU customers that Iran is capable to delivering agreed volumes," he said. "This would most likely need the involvement of international oil companies or foreign national oil companies in the development of specific phases of South Pars which are ring-fenced for EU export".

    EU put ban on gas import from Iran in 2012, but Tehran is negotiating with the P5 1 Gorup (the U.S., France, UK, Russia, China Germany) to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30, which will pave the way for elimination of sanctions on Iran.

    O'Rourke said that "the key factors here are the necessity of a nuclear deal and new, more attractive fiscal terms".

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  • A fashion show associated with the Baku-2015 PHOTO
    02.05.2015 13:46
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    A fashion show associated with the Baku-2015 First European Games takes place in London, SIA informs.

    A fashion show associated with the First European Games was arranged in London by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the First European Games Organizing Committee, with support from the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the Great Britain.

    Accompanied by Azerbaijanв's national music, the event was attended by minister of youth and sport Azad Rahimov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Great Britain Tahir Tahirzadeh, representatives of the public, as well as our fellow-citizens living here.

    A video film about the first European Games was shown within the framework of the event. Then Azerbaijani fashion designers presented dresses decorated with our national ornaments and symbols of Baku-2015.
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  • Turkmenistan reaffirms commitment to Southern Gas Corridor - European Commission
    02.05.2015 13:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Turkmenistan has reaffirmed its commitment to engage in the Southern Gas Corridor, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic tweeted following the meeting of energy ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the EU representatives in Ashgabat.

    He called the meeting in Ashgabat a new impetus for continuation of cooperation.

    Ashgabat hosted a meeting with the participation of heads of the oil and gas ministries of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and representatives of the EU, where further prospects of cooperation in the fuel and energy sector were discussed.

    The Southern Gas Corridor will allow Europe to diversify its hydrocarbon supply sources and strengthen energy security and also will allow Azerbaijan to obtain a new market in Europe.

    The Southern Gas Corridor project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field to Europe.

    On December 17, 2013, a final investment decision was made on the Stage 2 of the Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field's development. The gas produced at this field will first go to the European market (10 billion cubic meters). Around six billion cubic meters will be annually supplied to Turkey.

    The contract for development of the Shah Deniz offshore field was signed on June 4, 1996. The field's reserve is estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas and 240 million metric tons of condensate.

    As part of the second stage of the field development, gas will be exported to Turkey and European markets by expanding the South Caucasus gas pipeline and the construction of Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) and Trans-Adriatic (TAP) gas pipelines.

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  • SOFAZ pays half of cost for new drilling rig in Azerbaijan
    02.05.2015 13:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Nearly half of the value of new generation drilling rig has been allocated to finance its construction in Azerbaijan, executive director of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) Shahmar Movsumov said.

    He expressed hope that the rig will be ready and launched in the Caspian Sea in 2016.

    "A lot of appeals from various companies on the issue of using the rig, as well as contract offers, have been received to date," said Movsumov. "The interest is very high, and it means that these investments will quickly return the expenses."

    The project cost will be $1.116.7 billion.

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

    Some $17.2 million has been allocated from the fund in the first quarter of 2015 for this project. Since the beginning of the project implementation, some $425.7 million has been invested in it.

    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 new rig can be commissioned in early 2017.

    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 April 1, 2015, the assets of SOFAZ have decreased by 5.86 percent compared to early 2015 ($37.104 billion) and amounted to about $34.930 billion. 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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  • Armenia hindering talks on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, using all sorts of ways
    02.05.2015 13:17
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    Trend:

    The Armenian side is hindering the negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement using all sorts of ways, said Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev in an interview with the Russia 24 TV channel.

    "All the attempts of the Armenian side are directed to ensure that the status quo does not change," he said. "The co-chairs of the Minsk Group countries - Russia, France and the US - have repeatedly said the status quo is unacceptable and it must be changed."

    "So, what does it mean? It means that a process of de-occupation should start," said the president. "But the Armenian side doesn't want to accept it, therefore prevents the negotiation process using all sorts of ways."

    "That is, since November last year, there has been no contact between us. And we can't say when there will be any," he added.

    The president went on to add that no contacts are planned to take place with the Armenian side in Moscow on May 9.

    "We had meetings last year, in the summer in Sochi on the initiative of the Russian president, then in the autumn, the US Secretary of State Kerry and then the French President Hollande organized meetings, where it seemed to us that we can move forward," said the president.

    "But then again, just less than two weeks after the meeting in Paris, where we agreed to reduce the tension on the line of fire, Armenia organized large-scale drills in the occupied Aghdam district, with the involvement, according to their data, of 47,000 soldiers," he added.

    "There was no need in this, it was a clear provocation aimed to disrupt the negotiating process," the president further said.

    "We exercised restraint for a few days, didn't respond to it, because we thought we should reduce the tension, but the enemy attempted to attack our positions using Mi-24 combat helicopters, and as a result of the response actions of our side, one of the helicopters was destroyed," President Aliyev added.

    He noted that this gave an opportunity to the Armenian side to blame Azerbaijan for provocations, and thus since November when this happened, up to date, there have been no contacts.

    "It was not us who held military exercises," said the president, pointing out that the said exercises were held not on the territory of Armenia, but in Azerbaijan's Aghdam district.

    Touching upon the relations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples, the president said "unlike our Armenian counterparts, we can't be enemies forever."

    "We lived together in one state, we fought together against fascism," he said. "Therefore, I believe there will be an understanding in the Armenian leadership, as well, that it is necessary to put an end to hostility, to put an end to the occupation."

    The president went on to add that the main obstacle for the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia is the continued occupation of Azerbaijan's territory by Armenia, which has no reasons - historical, legal, or political.

    "As it is known, the highest international authority, the UN Security Council, adopted four resolutions, which demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Azerbaijan's territory," said President Aliyev. Over 20 years have passed and those resolutions have remained on paper. That is, the international law has been grossly violated."

    The president went on to note that the right of over one million people, expelled from their land, among whom were a lot of veterans, has been violated as well.

    He said it is worrisome that despite the Armenian people also suffered from the fascism and many of the representatives of Armenian people also honorably fought in the Great Patriotic War, today there are the tendencies in Armenia that are very difficult to understand.

    "A heroization of the fascists, those persons who served Hitler is taking place. Their names are known," said the president.

    "Recently, the Azerbaijani public, our veterans have sent letters to the heads of friendly states, including the Russian president, expressing concern by that the streets, houses and squares in Armenia are named in honor of those who fought on Hitler's side, and it is of great concern," he added.

    President Aliyev said he believes the sense of nationalism should not prevail over the sense of justice.

    "Therefore, at this stage, if there would be an opportunity for the veterans from Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet, perhaps they would have sat behind the table of friendship and remember those glorious pages of our common history," he said.

    "But unfortunately, the Armenian side in every way prevents public contacts," said the president, adding that there have been attempts a few years ago to organize the mutual meetings of the public, the MPs, and there even was a thought to expand this format.

    "But as soon as Armenia saw that this will lead to a rapprochement, and to some feelings of friendship, it was immediately discontinued. The main problem is that the occupation continues, and, unfortunately, Armenia wants to prolong this process to the maximum extent possible," said Ilham Aliyev.

    "Although, they have to understand that this cannot last forever," he said. "An end will come to this. And the sooner the better."

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  • Baku hosts ADB Governorsв' 48th Annual Meeting
    02.05.2015 13:03
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    The 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has today kicked off in Baku.

    About 3,000 participants, including senior officials, business leaders, investors, financiers, journalists, and civil society representatives from around the world gathered in Azerbaijanв's capital for the event.

    Speaking at the event, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev highlighted the socio-economic achievements of Azerbaijan.

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao hailed Azerbaijan`s development, saying the Gross Domestic Product increased 4 times and poverty was dramatically reduced in the country. He said Azerbaijan is among the countries with the highest income.

    The overall theme for this yearв's meeting is ''Fostering Partnership for Development.'' Through the business sessions on 4 and 5 May, governors and ADB management will discuss ongoing and emerging challenges facing the region, and also highlight how our ongoing reforms will make ADB a stronger development partner.

    As usual, the meeting will stage several seminars, but the key one, of course, will be the Governorsв' Seminar on 3 May. It will focus on the growth potential for the Asia and Pacific region and feature a world-class panel.
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  • ADB provided $1.6B to Azerbaijan during co-op period
    02.05.2015 13:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Since the beginning of cooperation, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated $1.6 billion for implementation of 12 projects to Azerbaijan, the Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev said at the opening ceremony of the 48th annual meeting of the ADB Board of Governors in Baku May 2.

    "In addition, the bank has provided grants in the amount of $10 million for the implementation of seven projects and the total amount of loans that were aimed at developing the private sector amounted to $163 million," he said.

    He said that holding of the annual meeting of the ADB in Baku and the arrival of about 3,000 people in the country in order to participate in this meeting is a proof of efficient cooperation of Azerbaijan with the bank.

    In addition to financial support, the ADB has also helped to introduce international progressive experience in the country, ensure a high level of control and transparency, the use of most advanced technologies in Azerbaijan.

    "All of this is of particular importance for Azerbaijan," said Mustafayev.

    The minister spoke about the achievements made by Azerbaijan during the years of independence.

    "At present, Azerbaijan's economy accounts for 75 percent of the South Caucasus economy," said Mustafayev. "Over the last ten years, incomes of the population rose by six times, the average monthly salary - by 4.6 times, the unemployment rate amounted to 4.9 percent. If earlier, every second citizen lived below the poverty line, now every 20th citizen does so."

    ADB was founded in 1966 and has 67 members. The bank's headquarters is located in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Azerbaijan became ADB member on December 22, 1999. The country's share in the bank's capital is 0.5 percent.

    ADB's leading shareholders are Japan and the United States (31.2 percent of the total share capital), India and China (12.8 percent), Australia, South Korea and Canada (16 percent) and so on.

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  • UNESCO to host series of events as part of Azerbaijani culture days
    02.05.2015 13:02
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    UNESCO headquarters will host a series of events as part of Azerbaijani culture days to be organized by the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to UNESCO in partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

    An exhibition will be arranged on May 6 to promote Azerbaijani chovkan game, which is included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, AzerTag reports. The exhibition will also feature the launch of "Karabakh horses" book by French writer Jean-Louis Gouraud.

    On May 13, UNESCO headquarters will host Azerbaijan: antiquity in modernity " exhibition and "The new generation of jazz" concert.
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  • Army helicopter shot at in drug cartel attack
    02.05.2015 12:52
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    A Mexican army helicopter has been shot at in the western state of Jalisco, killing three soldiers and injuring 12 others.

    The country's defence minister said the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after it came under fire from members of a drug cartel.

    A government official said the Jalisco New Generation gang was believed to be behind the attack, Reuters reports. There were violent clashes elsewhere in the state on Friday.

    Jalisco's Governor Aristoteles Sandoval said at least seven people had been killed and 15 injured.

    Vehicles were set on fire and banks and petrol stations were damaged across the region.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran discuss cooperation prospects in petrochemical sector
    02.05.2015 12:38
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    Prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran in the petrochemical sector has topped the agenda as a delegation of Azerkimya visited Tehran, AzerTag reports.

    During the trip the Azerbaijani delegation met Deputy Oil Minister and director of Iran's National Petrochemical Industries Co. Abbas Sheri Moghaddam and Deputy Industry, Mines and Trade Minister Seyed Mohammad Ali Abrishami.

    The delegation also held meetings with heads and representatives of Iranian petrochemical companies and business leaders.
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  • Economy has grown 5.3% despite decline in oil prices - Minister
    02.05.2015 12:32
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    Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev has spoken at the annual session of the Asian Development Bank.

    Despite instability on the energy market, almost three-fold decline in oil prices over the past year, economy has grown 5.3% including 7% in nonoil sector in the first quarter of this year.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev speaking today at the 48th annual session of the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    "The economic diversification policy held in ensuring the sustainable economic development of Azerbaijan and prevention of the negative impact of crisis observed in world economy is playing a decisive role.

    As a result of conducted works over the past ten years the nonoil economic sector has grown 2.5 times. The share of the non-oil sector in GDP has grown from 37% to 68% and this positive dynamics in economic structure continues, and the spheres of nonoil industry, agriculture, information and communication technologies are developing", the minister said.

    He said one of the major factors are the works carried to create infrastructure meeting modern requirements including social infrastructure:

    "The implemented infrastructural projects contribute to the effective economic development and raising the living conditions of the population".
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