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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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    21.10.2014 11:54
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    Ilham Aliyev approved the relevant concept.

    On October 20 the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev approved the "Concept of the Nature Museum on the geology, paleontology, mineralogy and fauna of the Republic of Azerbaijan."

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the decree the Nature Museum will be created at the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

    The main purpose of this museum is to ensure effective organization, demonstrate the geological past of the country, flora and fauna, and the history of the formation of human cultural development, environmental conditions in the ancient and modern stages.

    The visitors of the museum (the republic's citizens and foreigners) will be able to get acquainted with the modern unique flora and fauna of Azerbaijan.

    In addition, the museum plans to organize seminars and competitions, lectures for high schoolers and students, teachers and researchers.

    According to the concept, in addition to public funds, the foreign and local investors will be involved in the implementation of the project.
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  • Obama compares Russia's policy with Ebola threat, Islamic State
    21.10.2014 11:33
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    US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one of the three main reasons Americans should worry about.

    US President Barack Obama said Russian policy is one of the three main reasons Americans should worry about, along with the Ebola virus and the Islamic State terrorist group, RIA Novosti reports.

    "But people are still anxious. And they're anxious for three reasons: one, internationally, we're seeing a tumultuous time in the Middle East... The Ebola crisis... The situation in Ukraine and Russia's aggression - that has concerned people. So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas," Obama stated Monday.

    Earlier, such statements by Obama were met with sharp criticism from Moscow.

    For the first time, Barack Obama used the comparison of Russia with terrorists and the Ebola virus in the September speech at the UN General Assembly.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry called Obama's speech "a set of cliches and propaganda slogans." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that such estimates were "beyond good and evil."
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  • Azerbaijan to launch 2nd combined cycle power plant
    21.10.2014 11:13
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's main electricity producer Azerenergy JSC will put into operation the second combined cycle power plant at the Shimal power plant in the first quarter of 2015, Head of Azerenergy JSC, Etibar Pirverdiyev, said on October 20.

    He added that the Shimal power plant plays an important role in Absheron peninsula's total power supply."The work on the construction of the new unit is underway and it will be commissioned by June 2015," Pirverdiyev noted.The new unit is being constructed pursuant to an agreement signed with Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation. The new plant's capacity will be 409 megawatts in total.Pirverdiyev said over 10,000 kilometers of power supply lines, more than 1,500 substations and about 8 small hydro power plants have been repaired and constructed in Azerbaijan in recent years. "The work on construction of small hydro power plants is underway and several facilities of this kind will be commissioned before long," he added.Today, the Shimal power plant meets around 25 percent of Baku and Absheron's power need. The figure will reach 35-40 percent as soon as the second unit is commissioned.The Shimal power plant is currently consisted of one combined cycle power plant with the capacity of 400 megawatts.The capacity of Azerbaijan's total power supply system has increased by 40 percent over the last ten years and hit 7,100 megawatts, which allows to export some 2,300 megawatts of the electricity.

    Azerbaijan's present electricity capacity is based on 14 thermal and 10 hydro power plants .The South Caucasus country carries out power exchange with its neighboring states such as Georgia, Iran and Russia.
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  • Ministry of Transport of Azerbaijan granted new powers
    21.10.2014 10:58
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    The President signed the corresponding decree.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on amendments to the "Regulations on the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan."

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that it was decided to add item 8.8-2 to the "Regulations on the Transport Ministry of Azerbaijan Republic" as follows:

    "8.8-2. The Unified State Register of highways."

    Thus, the Ministry of Transport are given the authority to introduce the Unified State Register of highways.
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  • Armenian activist sentenced to prison
    21.10.2014 10:49
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A political activist in Armenia was sentenced to 4 years in prison after a year of court hearings.

    The court found guilty the leader of the Tsegakron party, Shant Harutunyan and his political fellows of hooliganism during an anti-government rally on November 5, 2013.

    Harutunyan and his supporters were also accused of using life-threatening violence against the government.

    Human rights activists in Armenia claim that the authorities have deliberately altered the verdict to blame Shant Harutunyan for criminal action. Harutunyan was arrested on November 5, 2013, with his followers in Yerevan's Liberty Square during an anti-governmental rally. They are accused of attempting to start a "revolution" in the country. Police claimed that the protesters used homemade firecrackers and truncheons during the massive rally.

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    "If one citizen decides to believe in court system and claim that it is independent, his or her name should immediately be registered at the Guinness Records Book," Zohrabyan noted.

    Judicial system in Armenia is losing its influence day by day to become an untrusted institution in the country. Courts in Armenia have turned to a source of injustice as judges act under the instructions of authorities rather than the constitution.

    "Armenia lacks a fair judicial system as all decisions are adopted at the presidential administration," Head of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly's Vanadzor office, Artur Sakunts has earlier said.

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    "If the authorities continue to arrest the citizens like Shant Harutunyan and appoint criminals like Souren Khachatryan to mayoral post, the country will soon roll down to the ancient feudal system," Martirosyan added.

    He went on saying that the Armenian society should be consolidated in a way to get rid of the ruling regime.

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    The Human Rights Report 2013 indicated that Armenian judicial system is tainted with corruption and political pressure. Global Corruption Barometer 2013 backed this fact by stating that almost three out of four surveyed citizens in Armenia accepted the judiciary to be an extremely corrupt institution. Judges themselves in Armenia are suspected to be engaged in corrupt activities. Nations in Transit 2013 data reports that there are a number of ongoing investigations into the records of some judges suspected of accepting bribes.
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  • AAM plans to become leading precious metals, copper producer in Caucasus
    21.10.2014 10:43
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Anglo Asian Mining plc, a company involved in the extraction of precious metals in Azerbaijan, plans to become the most leading precious metals and copper producer in the Caucasus.

    The company has released its report for the third quarter of 2014. The report shows that gold production of the company increased by 2.8 percent to 16,178 ounces from 15,736 ounces produced in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, the company produced 11,318 ounces.

    Silver production for the third quarter totaled 5,504 ounces, decreasing from the second quarter, when 8,785 ounces of silver were produced. Copper production for the period totaled 210 tons.

    Overall, Anglo Asian's production in the nine months of the year reached 43,232 ounces of gold, 27,419 ounces of silver and 580 tons of copper.

    Anglo Asian CEO Reza Vaziri said: "As we achieved solid gold sales for the period, the Company's three year sales contract for copper concentrate also positively impacted our bottom line for the quarter."

    The company is actively pursuing options to increase gold recovery to achieve the target of circa 62,000 ounces for the year in light of the ore currently being mined at Gadabay, which has a high copper content.

    The company's target for copper production from its SART operation remains at 750 tons for 2014.

    Although gaining a considerable amount of ore mined with a high copper content is a tough mission, Anglo Asian believes that the stockpiles of ore totaling 379,000 tons will provide an attractive opportunity.

    "We are evaluating the construction of a small scale flotation plant suited to process this type of ore to produce a copper and precious metals concentrate. This will be a pilot plant for a future full-scale copper recovery plant. This would create a further production stream which will enhance our production profile as a leading precious metals and copper producer in Caucasus," he said.

    The company has sold 13,797 ounces of its gold in the third quarter, at an average of $1,281 per ounce.

    The copper concentrate shipments to the customers totaled 250 dry metric tons, containing 123 tons of copper and 6,639 ounces of silver at the period.

    The aggregate gold sales in the nine months reached 37,343 ounces of gold at an average of $1,291 per ounce and cumulative sales of copper concentrate at $2.9 million.

    Earlier, the company reported that it wrapped up the first half of 2014 with losses. The pretax loss of the company increased from $4.2 million at the same period of last year to $7.5 million as of June 30, 2014.

    A report by the company said, Anglo Asian Mining's revenue for the first half-year was estimated at $32.7 million. This comes as during the same period of 2013, the revenue reached $27.6 million.

    The company has also signed an exclusive sales contract with Industrial Minerals SA, a Geneva based integrated trading, mining and logistics group, for its copper concentrates. The contract is aimed at ensuring future sales revenues from this production stream.

    Under the terms of the sales agreement, Industrial Minerals will purchase both dry and wet copper concentrates.

    Anglo-Asian Mining has 75 tons of dry copper concentrate and 550 tons of wet copper concentrate stockpiles ready to sell.

    The company has the right to develop six deposits in the south-west of Azerbaijan - Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gyzyl Bulag, Vezhnali, and Soyutlu- under a production sharing agreement signed in August 1997 with Azerbaijan's government.

    The resource base of the company exceeds 36 tons of gold, 292 tons of silver and 94.000 tons of copper.
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  • Armenians fire on Azerbaijani positions 14 times
    21.10.2014 10:28
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    The ceasefire was violated 14 times in various directions of the frontline throughout the day.

    APA reports quoting the website of the Defense Ministry, Armenian armed units fired on the Azerbaijani positions from the posts near Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region as well as nameless uplands in Fuzuli and Khojavand regions on the night of October 20-21.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Bosnian coach refuses to train Azerbaijan's squad even for 3 m
    21.10.2014 10:13
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    Sušić does not consider our proposal seriously.

    The proposal made '‹'‹by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) to Safet Suscaron;iД‡ has been made public.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Azerifootball.com that according to the reliable information, AFFA representatives contacted the 59-year-old Bosnian specialist, offering to lead the national team of Azerbaijan. The annual amount of the contract is $ 3 m.

    In turn, Suscaron;ić did not take Azerbaijan's proposal for serious.

    Currently, Suscaron;ić leads the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he brought to the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

    Ethnic Turk Suscaron;ić has long worked in the Turkish clubs such as "Konyaspor", "Ankaraspor" and "Chaykur Rizespor." He has been heading the national team of his country since 2009.
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  • Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers win 3 medals at Intercontinental Cup
    21.10.2014 09:53
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    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers win 3 medals at Intercontinental Cup.

    Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers have claimed three medals at the 6th Intercontinental Cup in Dagestan.

    Mahammad Muslumov and Aleksandr Gostiyev grabbed silver medals, while Jabrayil Hasanov scooped bronze medal of the tournament.
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  • Switzerland and Ukraine triumph in Mountain Bike Test Event
    21.10.2014 09:52
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    The Baku 2015 European Games Mountain Bike test event was hailed a resounding success as Switzerlandв's Martin Fanger and Ukraineв's Iana Belomoina claimed victory.

    Fanger, 26, won the men's race in a time of 1:37.52 with a dominating performance to finish first ahead of fellow countryman Marc Stutzmann, with Dimitrios Antoniadis of Greece in third.

    Belomoina, 21, claimed the women's title in a time of 1:24.46 with a powerful performance in windy conditions ahead of the Swiss duo of Kathrin Stirnemann and Linda Indergand.

    In the men's race, world number 35 Fanger started as favourite and said afterwards: "The course was nice. Some sections were technical, and there were some nice downhills, but with the wind it was hard at times. It wasn't easy with the sand and the gravel - some corners were very technical."

    Fanger praised the Baku Prepares event and added: "The organisation was very good. It is important to hold a test event like this and I am very happy with how it went."

    Belomoina, the world number 22, said after her victory: "The course and organisation was very high level but it was very windy which caused some problems for us, but I feel very good and think this test event will be a stimulus for me to get prepared for the Baku 2015 European Games."

    Pierce O'Callaghan, Baku 2015 Director of Sport, said: "The Baku Prepares Mountain Bike test event was an excellent event that was perfect preparation for next year's inaugural European Games.

    "This was the first international mountain bike event ever staged here, and only the second mountain bike event, so it has been a huge success. We will be reviewing and improving the course before next year's Games to make sure it pushes athletes to their limits.

    "Congratulations to the athletes who secured a top three finish and we look forward to hopefully welcoming them back here again next year."

    Mr Thierry Marechal, European Cycling Union Mountain Bike technical delegate, said: "The Baku Prepares test event was a superb competition in a new and challenging location for the athletes.

    "Both races were quality entertainment, and we were extremely pleased with the thorough and professional organisation of the event."

    The Baku 2015 European Games will offer ranking points in all three Cycling disciplines for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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

    Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
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  • Turkey lets Kurdish fighters cross into Kobane
    21.10.2014 09:43
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    Turkey has been providing assistance to forces from the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cross into the Syrian border town of Kobane in order to fight against jihadists.

    The statement came from Turkey's foreign minister, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "We are helping the Peshmerga cross into Kobane. Our discussions are still underway," Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu said during a joint press conference with Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi.

    Although ÇavuЕџoДџlu did not elaborate on the ongoing discussions, Foreign Ministry sources confirmed that crossings of Peshmerga forces through Turkey had already begun.

    Turkey had been in "full cooperation with the international coalition over Kobane," ÇavuЕџoДџlu said.

    "We have never wanted Kobane to fall [into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL] and never will. Turkey has made every effort to prevent that. Turkey sent humanitarian assistance and medical equipment. We have been in full cooperation with coalition forces for Kobane. We want the region to be cleaned of all threats," he said.

    Arms are for joint fighters defending Kobane

    The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered on Oct. 19 weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq "in the vicinity of Kobane, Syria, to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against ISIL."

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu said Turkey viewed that U.S. air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting in Kobane as part of these efforts.

    The forces fighting in Kobane are not only from the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), he said, noting that there seven or eight other groups of Syrian rebels that formed a joint operations room for the defense of the town called "Euphrates Volcano."

    Turkey agrees with the U.S. and other allies that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only group which should be supported as it is fighting both ISIL and the Bashar al-Assad regime, ÇavuЕџoДџlu said.

    He renewed calls for the PYD to cooperate with the wider FSA opposition and to abandon its efforts to carve out autonomous Kurdish regions in Syria. The PYD will not obtain Turkey's support so long as it continues to pursue its goal of controlling a specific part of Syria, he said.

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu's statement came after a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama to President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan on the weekend, during which he gave advance notice to his Turkish counterpart of its plans to deliver arms to the Syrian Kurds.

    "President Obama spoke to ErdoДџan yesterday and was able to notify him of our intent to do this and the importance that we put on it," Reuters quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.

    Turkish diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News that the U.S. military did not use Turkish air space in air-dropping arms from the KRG to the People's Protection Units (YPG), as the YPG continues to battle the Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane.

    Meanwhile, U.S. military air-drop of arms was a response to a crisis situation and did not represent a change in U.S. policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Oct. 20.

    "We talked with Turkish authorities - I did, the president did, to make it very, very clear that this is not a shift in policy by the United States. It is a crisis moment, an emergency," Kerry told reporters on a visit to Indonesia, adding that it was a "momentary effort."

    PYD, PKK the same for ErdoДџan

    The Turkish government views the PYD with deep suspicion because of its ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and has previously turned down requests for it to open a land corridor so that Kobane could be resupplied from other Kurdish areas of northern Syria.

    ErdoДџan recently equated the PYD with the PKK, describing both as terrorist organizations.

    "It will be very wrong for America with whom we are allied and who we are together with in NATO to expect us to say lsquo;yes' [to supporting the PYD] after openly announcing such support for a terrorist organization," he said Oct. 18.
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  • For Turkey the YPG and IS is in the same category of terrorist organizations
    21.10.2014 09:38
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    News.Az interviews Ekrem Eddy GГјzeldere, free-lance journalist and political analyst based in Istanbul.

    How dangerous is IS for the entire region?

    In theory, IS threatens all states of the region, including the Sunni majority countries. Even if the man power is currently limited, IS has also many sympathizers within the populations of non-conquered regions, which bears the danger of terrorist attacks in countries far away from the battle fields.

    How would you describe position of Turkey on this threat?

    Turkey currently is not threatened by IS, because in the course of the liberation of 49 hostages (46 being Turkish citizens) there were negotiations between Turkey and IS. These included the liberation of IS inmates from Turkish prisons, but probably also longer term arrangements of non-involvement. With its current size and weapons IS cannot attack Turkey, which has the second biggest NATO army and would immediately get help from other NATO members. However, if Turkey participates more actively in the fight against IS, then terrorist attacks of IS cells within Turkey could occur.

    What is the main problem in discussions between Turkey and the US on IS?

    For Turkey the YPG and IS is in the same category of terrorist organizations. For Turkey it is a fight between two terror groups, none of them should be supported. For the US, most Arab countries and other Western countries, there is a difference between the two organizations, one brutal attacker and a defender, which is, even being also violent, more civilized, democratic and modern and therefore legitimate to be supported against IS.

    Are you sure that Ankara will finally agree to give permission for the American military operation in Syria via Turkish territory?

    It seems as if this support has already started. There is a huge diplomatic pressure on Turkey to allow more support for the Kurds in Kobani and it seems that this pressure bears fruit.

    According to Kurdish side, Turkey doesn't want to involve to the military operation in Syria because is interested in killings "as many Kurds as possible". What do you think about that?

    For Turkey, the YPG, PYD or any other party and organizations linked to the PKK is a counter model to its own policies. The organization in Rojava, of which Kobani is one of three cantons, follows a model developed by imprisoned PKK leader Öcalan. The system is secular, there is a high woman quota, the administrations are multi-lingual as is the education system. Turkey is more than uncomfortable that if this system is successful, it could be a model for other countries where Kurds live, including Turkey. Therefore if Turkey could chose between the PYD and IS as its neighbour, it would prefer the latter.

    Azerbaijan has no border with Syria but IS has already voiced a threat to come to the Caucasus. Is it serious for our country?

    In theory also Azerbaijan is on the list of countries to be conquered, but as you rightly say the geographical distance is quite big and there are several countries with also big armies in between, so for the time being I wouldn't worry.
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  • President allocates AZN 2m for socio-economic development of Dashkasan
    21.10.2014 09:10
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on speeding up socio-economic development of Dashkasan District, APA reports.

    AZN 2 million has been allocated from the President's reserve fund to the Dashkasan District Executive Authority with the view of accelerating socio-economic development of Dashkasan District.

    The Ministry of Finance is to provide financing.
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  • Russian warships leave Baku
    21.10.2014 08:58
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    The ships of Russiaв's Caspian Flotilla '" the Dagestan guard ship and the Grad Sviyazhsk small missile ship '" have today left Baku and sailed to Astrakhan, APA reports.

    Two Russia's warships arrived in Azerbaijan on October 16 after their visits to Aktau port of Kazakhstan and Anzali port of Iran. The purpose of the visit was to develop friendly ties between the naval forces of the two countries.

    This is the third visit of the ships of Russia's Caspian Flotilla to Baku in the last three years. Last year, three warships of Azerbaijani Naval Forces visited Astrakhan port.
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  • Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva meets Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs
    20.10.2014 22:49
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva has today met Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, who is in Baku to attend the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva expressed hope that the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States would be a success. The first lady thanked Shahindokht Molaverdi for attending the event.

    Saying cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran covered various fields, Mrs. Aliyeva noted that the two countries` presidents met three times this year. She stressed the reciprocal visits and meetings contributed to strengthening relations between the two countries even further. The first lady expressed confidence that the international conference in Baku would play an important role in addressing the challenges facing women.

    Iranian Vice-President Shahindokht Molaverdi thanked for the invitation to the conference. Saying it is her first visit to Baku, the Vice-President expressed hope that the conference would contribute to increasing women`s role in Islamic states.

    Then they posed for photographs.
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  • Azerbaijan, Jordan sign MoU on cooperation in family, women and children affairs
    20.10.2014 22:14
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    The State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States in Baku.

    The document was inked by chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women Salma Nims.

    The Memorandum will see the two countries develop cooperation and exchange experience.
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  • Nargiz Pashayeva: Baku will host important event on science and education in summer next year
    20.10.2014 21:45
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    "I won't be wrong if I say that Baku will host the important event on science and education. This is the 47th international chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren. This tremendous event will be held for the first time in Baku at our university. This event is important since it will involve 250 schoolchildren from 80 countries. In addition, we will welcome about 250 scientists, chemists and teachers," said rector of the Baku branch of the Moscow State University, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Philological Sciences Nargiz Pashayeva at a meeting with a delegation of the chemistry department of the Moscow State University headed by its dean Valery Lunin.

    The aim of the Russian delegation's visit was to discuss preparation for the 47th international chemistry Olympiad to be held in 2015 at the Baku Branch of the Moscow State University.

    Nargiz Pashayeva noted that such international events involve teachers and students from various countries.

    "The main aim of the Olympiad is to raise interest in the chemical science both in the scientific community and as part of educational programs. The 46th Olympia took place in summer this year in Hanoi and its flag was handed over to us. Now it is safely kept at our universityhellip; An excellent and successful conduct of such an event is the support to the image of Azerbaijan," she added.

    For his part, Lunin underlined that the 47th international Olympiad to be held for the first time in Azerbaijan is the unique event in the history of the country, international Olympiads and branch of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

    "I am sure that the Olympiad with Nargiz Pashayeva as chairman of its organizing committee will be successful. It is going to be the glorious chapter in the history of the Baku branch of the Moscow State University. The event will help educate the participants, the whole world on the huge amount of positive information on Azerbaijan," he said.

    The dean also met with the first-year students of the chemistry department of the Baku branch.

    The decision to hold the Olympiad at the Baku branch was made in July 2012 in Washington. Azerbaijan is the second country after Russia in the post-soviet area to win the bid to host the international chemistry Olympiad.

    The organizing committee chaired by Nargiz Pashayeva has done much work including the first edition of the Catalyzer, the Olympiad newspaper, the website of the Olympiad, tentative program of requirements for the Olympiad participants etc.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets incoming Serbian Ambassador
    20.10.2014 21:45
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has today met newly appointed Ambassador of Serbia Nebojsa Rodic.

    The Ambassador handed over a copy of his credentials to Elmar Mammadyarov.

    During the meeting, Mammadyarov said relations between Azerbaijan and Serbia had been developing rapidly, and wished Rodic success in his diplomatic activities.

    The diplomat noted that he would spare no efforts to contribute to developing traditional friendly ties between Serbia and Azerbaijan.
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  • ETTU President pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    20.10.2014 21:30
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Ronald Kramer has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

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

    Ronald Kramer laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Azerbaijan, Albania discuss interparliamentary cooperation prospects
    20.10.2014 21:22
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan and Albania have explored ways of developing cooperation between legislative bodies as the two countries` parliament speakers met in Baku.

    Speaker of the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijani Parliament, Ogtay Asadov hailed relations between the two countries, saying they were "bound together by deep historic ties". "We have friendship groups at the parliaments, and our parliamentarians share common views in international organizations. And this is a vivid evidence of the development of relations." Mr. Asadov stressed the importance of increasing the number of reciprocal visits by Azerbaijani and Albanian officials. He also noted the necessity of developing economic cooperation between the two countries. "I am confident that several projects, including TAP and TANAP energy projects will push the development of economic relations," Mr. Asadov said.

    He also highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and thanked the Albanian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s position.

    Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta said his country pays special attention to relations with Azerbaijan. He underlined the existing potential for expanding economic relations between the two countries. Mr. Meta noted the importance of developing humanitarian cooperation.
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  • Azerbaijan to join Womex music festival
    20.10.2014 21:20
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    An Azerbaijani delegation will attend the 20th international Womex music festival in Spain.

    An Azerbaijani jazz group led by Elchin Shirinov will also perform as part of the festival.

    WOMEX is an international world music support and development project, whose main event is an exposition held annually in different locations throughout Europe. It integrates a trade fair, showcases, conferences, film screenings, networking sessions, and awards. Musicians and their labels have the possibility to make contacts for international touring and album distribution.

    The 2014 edition of WOMEX will be held in Santiago de Compostela, and next year's edition will take the trade fair to Budapest.

    Although WOMEX is primarily intended for professionals and trade visitors within the world music scene, locals and tourists can buy tickets for most of the evening showcases.

    Each year, WOMEX presents an award to artists or professionals for special achievements in the international music industry.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the President of Rosneft
    20.10.2014 21:05
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of Rosneft state company of the Russian Federation Igor Sechin.

    During the meeting, the parties highlighted the projects jointly implemented by Rosneft and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic in both countries. The sides also discussed prospects for cooperation.
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  • Azerbaijan, Austria discuss prospects for cooperation
    20.10.2014 20:49
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has today met Second President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament Karlheinz Kopf to discuss prospects for cooperation.

    During the meeting, they stressed the importance of interparliamentary relations in terms of the development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

    The two also discussed cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, energy, culture and education.
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  • Azerbaijan, Albania discuss interparliamentary cooperation prospects
    20.10.2014 20:31
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan and Albania have explored ways of developing cooperation between legislative bodies as the two countries` parliament speakers met in Baku.

    Speaker of the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijani Parliament, Ogtay Asadov hailed relations between the two countries, saying they were "bound together by deep historic ties". "We have friendship groups at the parliaments, and our parliamentarians share common views in international organizations. And this is a vivid evidence of the development of relations." Mr. Asadov stressed the importance of increasing the number of reciprocal visits by Azerbaijani and Albanian officials. He also noted the necessity of developing economic cooperation between the two countries. "I am confident that several projects, including TAP and TANAP energy projects will push the development of economic relations," Mr. Asadov said.

    He also highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and thanked the Albanian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s position.

    Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta said his country pays special attention to relations with Azerbaijan. He underlined the existing potential for expanding economic relations between the two countries. Mr. Meta noted the importance of developing humanitarian cooperation.
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  • Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions
    20.10.2014 20:31
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers' misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage.

    Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights - short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe - would be affected by the strike.

    Both the pilots' and train drivers' strikes hit at the start of a week-long, half-term holidays in nearly half of Germany's 16 federal states.

    "The Vereinigung Cockpit (pilots union) is trying to turn Germany into a standstill nation," the airline said earlier on Sunday.

    If it goes ahead it will be the eighth this year at Lufthansa.

    The strikes are hampering the national airline in its efforts to expand low-cost operations that will allow them to compete more effectively with budget carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet on short-haul European routes.

    VC, representing about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, is fighting to keep a scheme that allows pilots to retire at the age of 55 and still receive up to 60 percent of their pay before regular pension payments start at 65. The union has proposed a plan to cover the costs of the scheme.

    Management, under pressure to reduce costs, has offered to keep the pension scheme for employees who joined the company before this year, but wants to increase the earliest possible retirement age for new recruits.

    Deutsche Bahn has promised normal services will resume on Monday.

    Head of the GDL union Claus Weselsky said there would be a week-long break before any further strikes.

    "I think we will talk in the next week and that we will have a break of at least seven days," he told ZDF broadcaster.
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  • 5th Ministerial Conference on Role of Women in Development of OIC Member States kicks off in Baku
    20.10.2014 20:01
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    The 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States has started in Baku.

    It was attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries.

    The conference kicked off with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message of greetings to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the 4th Conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto hailed the organization of the conference. Underlining the importance of developing women`s role in the society, the Ambassador said the previous conference was held in Jakarta, where very important decisions were adopted. The Ambassador expressed confidence the Baku conference would contribute to the protection of women`s rights and expansion of their role in society. Prayono Atiyanto expressed regret over the existence of different obstacles to strengthening women`s role in society, especially increasing their activity in political life. The Ambassador said: "A lot of work must be done towards avoiding the obstacles. Women`s economic freedom, gender issue are still a problem in some countries. The aim of the conference is to combine our efforts towards avoiding the problems facing women, and we believe we can."

    Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova highlighted the agenda of the conference. Huseynova said the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States. According to Huseynova, the gender problem could be settled only by well-educated, experienced women. She provided an insight into the Azerbaijani government`s policy towards strengthening a family institute, protecting the rights of women and children, and ensuring gender equality. Touching upon Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, the Committee chair noted more than a million of Azerbaijanis, including 400,000 women and 300,000 children are living as refugees and IDPs. She also underlined women`s role on parliamentary and municipal levels.

    Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Muhammad Naeem Khan expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan`s first lady, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva for the organization of the conference. "Such conferences open up wide opportunities for women in the process of development."

    Naeem Khan said: "We have to combine our efforts to eliminate problems that women face."

    Director of UNFPA`s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Heimo Laakkonen hailed Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva for supporting the conference. Laakkonen stressed women must play a role in adoption of international norms. Speaking on the UNFPA-OIC cooperation, Laakkonen said great success has been achieved in reducing the number of maternal deaths during child-bearing, protecting honour and dignity of women and enlightening them.

    The 5th conference will end with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus
    20.10.2014 19:54
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber.

    During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the process of negotiations over the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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  • Rhum gas field to resume production after 4-year hiatus
    20.10.2014 19:51
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    The Rhum gas field, co-owned by British Petroleum (BP) and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), will resume production after a four-year hiatus due to anti-Iran sanctions, a BP spokesman says.

    Baku-APA. Production at the North Sea gas field was halted back in 2010 under the unilateral illegal sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union (EU) and the US over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program, APA reports quoting Press TV.

    The BP spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that the British government has given the green light to the oil group to resume production at the field.

    Production from the field, which contributed around 4-5 percent of Britain's total gas output before its closure, is expected to begin this weekend.

    The initial gas production from the field is expected to be held at 50 million cubic feet per day. Rhum's maximum production capacity had initially been estimated at 300 million cubic feet each day.

    Rhum, which was discovered at North Sea in 1977, is owned by BP and NIOC equally.

    Last year, the British government said renewed production at Rhum is meant "to avoid potential environmental damage and "prevent the possible destruction of the value of the field."
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the Second President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament
    20.10.2014 19:35
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Second President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament Karlheinz Kopf.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the level of bilateral cooperation, and noted that there were good prospects for a further development of relations between the two countries. The parties stressed the importance of defining prospects for the expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries` companies.
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  • Humanitar aksiyada 100 nЙ™fЙ™rЙ™ yaxД±n kГ¶nГјllГј qan verdi
    20.10.2014 19:34
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    Astara, 20 oktyabr, BaДџД±r ЖЏliyev, AzЙ™rTAc

    OktyabrД±n 20-dЙ™ Astara Rayon MЙ™rkЙ™zi XЙ™stЙ™xanasД±nda növbЙ™ti qanvermЙ™ aksiyasД± keçirildi.

    AzЙ™rTAc xЙ™bЙ™r verir ki, "Hemofiliya vЙ™ talassemiya irsi qan xЙ™stЙ™liklЙ™ri üzrЙ™ DövlЙ™t ProqramД±"na müvafiq olaraq SЙ™hiyyЙ™ Nazirliyinin B. Eyvazov adД±na Respublika Elmi-TЙ™dqiqat Hematologiya vЙ™ Transfuziologiya Д°nstitutunun MЙ™rkЙ™zi Qan BankД±nД±n tЙ™ЕџkilatçД±lД±ДџД± ilЙ™ keçirilЙ™n humanitar aksiyada Й™halinin müxtЙ™lif yaЕџ qruplarД± iЕџtirak edirdilЙ™r.

    Д°nstitutun ЕџöbЙ™ müdiri GülarЙ™ AbbasovanД±n rЙ™hbЙ™rlik etdiyi 9 nЙ™fЙ™rdЙ™n ibarЙ™t hЙ™kim briqadasД± xЙ™stЙ™xananД±n laboratoriya ЕџöbЙ™sindЙ™ gün Й™rzindЙ™ 100 nЙ™fЙ™rЙ™ yaxД±n könüllüdЙ™n qan götürdü.

    Rayon mЙ™rkЙ™zi xЙ™stЙ™xanasД±nД±n iЕџçilЙ™ri xeyriyyЙ™ tЙ™dbirindЙ™ fЙ™allД±q nümayiЕџ etdirdilЙ™r.

    Aksiya zamanД± yД±ДџД±lan qanlar respublika MЙ™rkЙ™zi Qan BankД±na tЙ™hvil verilЙ™cЙ™kdir. HЙ™min qanlardan Й™sasЙ™n talassemiya xЙ™stЙ™liyindЙ™n Й™ziyyЙ™t çЙ™kЙ™n uЕџaqlarД±n müalicЙ™sindЙ™ istifadЙ™ edilЙ™cЙ™kdir.

    Humanitar aksiyanД±n iЕџtirakçД±larД± xeyriyyЙ™ tЙ™dbirinin tЙ™Еџkilini tЙ™qdirЙ™layiq hesab edЙ™rЙ™k xЙ™stЙ™ uЕџaqlarД±n heç dЙ™ cЙ™miyyЙ™tdЙ™n kЙ™narda qalmadД±ДџД±nД± vurДџuladД±lar, uЕџaqlara göstЙ™rilЙ™n diqqЙ™t vЙ™ qayДџД±ya görЙ™ Prezident Д°lham ЖЏliyevЙ™ minnЙ™tdarlД±qlarД±nД± bildirdilЙ™r.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania
    20.10.2014 18:50
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament of Albania Ilir Meta.

    Speaker Ilir Meta said relations with Azerbaijan, as well as the implementation of the TAP project are of great importance to Albania. He noted that the implementation of this project would increase Albania`s role and open ample opportunities for the country`s development. Ilir Meta said Azerbaijan`s making investments in Albania contributed to the expansion of economic ties between the two countries, adding Albania was keen to enhance economic and political relations with Azerbaijan even further. He noted with pleasure that as part of his trip he would attend a ceremony to sign a memorandum of cooperation between the University of Tirana and Baku State University. Describing Azerbaijan as a very important and reliable partner for Albania, the Speaker expressed confidence that bilateral ties between the two countries would continue to expand.

    Noting that Azerbaijan attached importance to bilateral ties with Albania, the head of state expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation. Saying Azerbaijan was actively making investments in Europe, Asia, as well as the Balkans region, President Ilham Aliyev stressed it was possible to look through additional opportunities for making investments in various sectors of Albanian economy, as well as energy and construction areas. Hailing close ties between the two counties and nations, the head of state said there were good prospects for a further expansion of cooperation. Highlighting the importance of the TAP project, President Ilham Aliyev noted that this project would be fruitful for all participating countries, expressing his hope the project would contribute to the development of economy of both transit and consumer countries.

    During the meeting, the sides exchanged views over prospects for the interparliamentary cooperation.
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  • Weather to normalize in Azerbaijan
    20.10.2014 18:34
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Weather forecasts have good news for guests and residents of Azerbaijan. The unexpected weather is now supposed to give its place to a normal weather soon.

    The weather will stabilize on October 22-23, the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources said.

    The sky over Baku and Absheron Peninsula will be filled with rainy clouds and the southwest wind will blow on October 21. The temperature is expected to be 7-10 degrees C at night and 15-19 degrees C during the day.

    In Azerbaijani regions, the weather will be rainy and the west wind will to blow. In low-lying areas, the temperature will be from three degrees C below zero to two degrees C above zero at night and 5-10 degrees C during the day.

    Recently, the weather in the territory of Azerbaijan has sharply deteriorated with gusty southwest wind blowing all time. As a result of rainfalls, the water level in the rivers has risen.

    In the morning, the temperature in Baku was above the normal level by two degrees, but in the evening it sharply fell.

    The bad weather brought adversities to Baku residents. As a result of strong wind the roof of a residential building was demolished. The roof of school ?225 was also damage during the terrible weather.

    Heavy rains were observed in Lankaran-Astara regions. Most precipitations (70 mm, 26 per cent of the monthly norm) fell in Astara, while less precipitations - in low-lying areas (1-5 mm).

    The sleet was seen in some regions. So, Guba and Gusar regions were hit by sleet, the thickness of which was 16cm.
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  • James Warlick explains reason of not coming to Baku
    20.10.2014 18:33
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    The family of an American diplomat suffered a heavy loss.

    The meeting of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Pierre Andreacute; (France), the personal representative of the OSCE chairman Andrzej Kasprzyk and American co-assistant, David Salvo was held on october 15.

    The American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick, could not attend the meeting for personal reasons, as reported by the American Embassy in our country.

    The reason for the absence of James Warlick at this meeting has just become known, the mother of an American diplomat died.

    Oxu.Az reports that James Warlick wrote in his Twitter account:

    "I appreciate the condolences and sympathy from so many on the death of my mother. Thank you from my heart."
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  • Caspian countries to define all regional cooperation areas
    20.10.2014 18:19
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    By Nigar Orujova

    The fundamental principles of defining the Caspian Sea's legal status, developed at the Caspian summit in Astrakhan, will be a basis for a convention to be signed at the next summit of Caspian states.

    The statement came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia24 TV channel reported.

    "The declaration will now be used to saturate the convention with specific agreements, and articles. And the main approved principle is that the Caspian countries will themselves define all cooperation areas in the region," he stressed.

    Lavrov said this primarily applies to security, as there will be no armed forces of other countries in the Caspian Sea.

    He noted that the Caspian countries agreed upon a very important issue on the width of state zones, including the zone the sovereignty and fishing zones.

    "This is one of the key issues that must be reflected in the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea," the minister added.

    Lavrov admitted that there are still several unresolved issues, citing the thorny issue of construction of trans-Caspian pipelines as an example.

    "We believe that the Caspian states should take decision on this issue together," he said, emphasizing the need to ensure the environmental safety of the sea.

    Russian city of Astrakhan hosted the fourth Caspian Summit in late September, attended by the heads of all the Caspian littoral states - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    The summit participants inked several important agreements on the joint use of the Caspian Sea.

    The list of agreements included an agreement on cooperation in hydrometeorology of the Caspian Sea, an agreement on cooperation in warning and liquidating emergencies in the Caspian Sea and an agreement on the preservation and rational use of water biological resources in the Caspian Sea.

    Leaders of the Caspian states also agreed on the principles of national sovereignty of each country over the coastal maritime space in the range of 15 miles and 10 "fishing" miles.

    The participants also agreed on the principles of the right for free access from the Caspian Sea to other seas and back on the basis of international law, taking into account the interests of the transit parties.

    Caspian Sea is one of the world's largest oil and gas-bearing regions in the world after the Persian Gulf. The issue of the shelf's division will eventually determine the share of hydrocarbon reserves.

    The legal status of the Caspian Sea has been a subject of discussion among the littoral states for over 12 years. The uncertain position of the sea hinders the implementation of oil and gas projects of billions dollars.

    The positions of Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan coincide on this issue as each country can receive over 20 percent on the Caspian seabed. However, the other littoral states -Turkmenistan and Iran- have not reached a consensus yet.
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  • Iran ready to coop. with UN in fighting terrorism: Official
    20.10.2014 18:02
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    A high-ranking Iranian official has voiced the Islamic Republicв's readiness to cooperate with the United Nations in the fight against terrorist groups operating in the region, including Syria.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran, under its humanitarian and principled policies for the provision of security in the region, will continue confrontation with the terrorist groups and is ready to cooperate with the United Nations as the only legitimate source in this regard," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Monday, Press TV reports.

    Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Tehran, where both officials discussed the latest political and security developments in Syria.

    Pointing to the failed international conferences aimed at ending the Syrian crisis and the boomerang effect of the creation of terrorist groups to fight the elected Syrian government, Shamkhani underlined the necessity to reconsider wrong policies adopted by certain states, support the real demand of the Syrian people and help the establishment of security and stability in the country.

    "In spite of the Syrian government's readiness to hold political dialogue with different Syrian groups, irresponsible behavior of certain Western and regional countries as well as arming the opponents and provoking them to kill the people has been the main obstacle to the establishment of calm in Syria," said the Iranian official.

    De Mistura, for his part, underscored the need for Iran's participation in any effort aimed at settling the ongoing crisis in Syria.

    He described a political solution to the Syrian crisis as the best means to confront the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, who are currently wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria.

    Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria. More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country.
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  • Baku to live in rhythm of jazz
    20.10.2014 17:59
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Traditional International Jazz Festival kicked off at the Mugham Center in Baku on October 19.

    The festival organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Azerbaijani Culture Foundation has brought together acclaimed jazz musicians from all over the world. The music holiday will last till October 30.

    American pianist Craig Taborn together with Thomas Morgan on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums performed on the first day of the festival.Taborn is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer, who also plays organ and Moog synthesizer. He has worked mostly in jazz, although he also does dark ambient and techno music.

    Several concerts will be held during the festival at the most prominent halls of the city, including Heydar Aliyev Palace, Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, International Mugham Center, Baku Jazz Center and Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre.

    Craig Taborn Trio, Terri Lyne Carrington quartet, Terence Blanchard quintet, Stanley Clarke from the US, Anat Cohen quartet from Israel, Michel Camilo from Dominican Republic, Trilok Gurtu from India, and Bebel Gilberto from Brazil will also thrill up Baku music fans during the festival.

    Azerbaijani musicians Salman Gambarov, Jamil Amirov, Mirjavad Jafarov, Elchin Shirinov, Zaur Mirzayev will also hold solo concerts.

    The Baku International Jazz Festival is an annual jazz event aimed at showcasing Azerbaijan's long-running attachment to the American-born art form, a connection first established in the country during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when jazz was outlawed by Soviet authorities.

    Many famous musicians from a dozen countries, including Georgia, Portugal, Italy, Israel, USA, Germany, Canada, and Russia, are participating in the festival.

    Jazz music is one of the main favorite music in Baku. Founder of Azerbaijani jazz, Vagif Mustafazadeh managed to establish Azerbaijani jazz. He created in Jazz something native and something close to Azerbaijani soul. He established a new sound - his own kind of jazz, a fusion of jazz with a form of indigenous Azerbaijani music, Mugham.
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  • Social stratification deepening in Armenia
    20.10.2014 17:49
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The deepening social stratification in Armenia has left 42 percent of the population unable to meet their basic needs. Current economic crisis in the country has a double effect on the population by simultaneously making the rich one richer and the poor one poorer.

    "About 10.2 percent of the people in Armenia are extremely poor, while roughly 32 percent are just poor. Almost 13 percent of the country's population is well off," Head of Sociometer Sociological Center, Ahraon Adibekyan, said.

    The UN criteria define poor those who live on less than two dollars a day. The people who survive on a dollar a day are the poorest or extremely poor. It reveals that almost one fifth of Armenians live an extremely poor life. Meanwhile, one third of the population lives under poverty line.

    Adibekyan added that most of the rich residents keep their wealth private so as not be bothered by needy relatives. "Only 2.2 percent of them say they are rich," he noted.

    Armenia is facing its second hardest economic trouble in recent memory after the tough economic crisis hit the ex-Soviet country in 2009. Many analysts and experts claim that the country is bearing the brunt of the present-day slump. Economic growth in Armenia is expected to be only 3.3 percent this year.

    Adibekyan said the social stratification in Armenia has been overwhelmingly deepening. "Almost 42 percent of the residents in Armenia fail to meet their food and clothing needs. It means that the social stratification in Armenia is expanding and our republic is closing to the Asian type population with a small number of extremely rich and an army of extremely poor," he noted.

    He further added that the bank deposits since early 2014 was slightly over $2 billion. That reflects the mistrust between the people and banks. Bank deposits of the Armenian population were around $2.8 billion in 2013.

    Poverty is among the key problems which the Armenian government has failed to cope with. A large number of poor people live in most of the cities and regions of the country, including the capital city Yerevan. About 7 percent of the population is beggars who have pinned their hope on the money thrown to their cans. Poverty is far more threatening in Armenia's rural regions. Gyumri is reportedly the poorest region with its large number of homeless and jobless residents. About 1,200 residents in the region don't have houses to live in.

    Skyrocketing emigration from Armenia is reportedly linked to the widespread poverty. Analysts say the absence of workplaces and permanent income sources trigger the people to earn their life abroad. For instance, nearly 49,000 residents, who left Armenia this year, refused to come back to the country as they found it easier to live beyond the borders.Adibekyan said the poverty is an evil. "We need $150 billion to get out of the poverty hole. But we managed to gain only $16 billion during the two decades of independence," he noted.

    Armenian authorities need an iron shield to protect the country from the economic crisis's continuous blows. It will otherwise destroy the country to erase it from the world's economic map. The current trend says black days are waiting for Armenia under the dead Sun to push it into the worst days in its history.
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  • Azerbaijan's Music Day held in Kyrgyzstan
    20.10.2014 17:33
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan's Music Day, organized by Azerbaijani Embassy, was held in Kyrgyzstan on October 15.

    Held in the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Abdilas Maldibayev the event was attended by state representatives, officials, foreign ambassadors, heads of international organizations and cultural figures.

    One of the pearls of Azerbaijani culture, "Arshin mal alan" operetta by great Uzeir Hajibeyli was performed during the event.

    Some 101 years ago in 1903 Azerbaijan's great composer Uzeir Hajibeyli composed "Arshin mal alan operetta. At the same year, the operetta was staged in the Theatre named after Zeynalabdin Tagiyev.Traveling around 76 countries, the composition has been staged in 187 theaters. And the film devoted to the composition, shot in 1945 has been screened in 136 countries. The operetta is very popular among young and old generations, as it was created for both of them.

    The operetta accompanied by the theatre's choir and symphony orchestra was welcomed by great applause.

    Addressing the event, Director of the theatre Timur Salamatov thanked Azerbaijani Embassy for the efforts shown in development of relations between two countries.

    Then, Kyrgyz Deputy minister for Culture, Information and Tourism Akimbek Tekeshov thanked Azerbaijani Ambassador Hidayat Orujov for development of cultural relations between two sides and presented him a honored medal.

    Hidayat Orujov, in turn, said this award was much unexpected for him and thanked for this gift.

    Noting that bilateral relations between the two countries are developed not only in political and economic fields, but also in humanitarian, the ambassador stressed that this success is one of the priorities of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.

    "Many humanitarian events have been held both in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. Holding of these events brings closer the two countries," the ambassador said.
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  • Iranian president to visit Azerbaijan
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    The Vice-President of this country is in Baku.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will make a working visit to Azerbaijan by 2015.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Interfax-Azerbaijan that the statement came from the Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Shahindoht Movlaverdi.

    "We are currently working on a document on cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran on women's issues. We will try to make sure that this document is signed during the visit of President Rouhani in Azerbaijan," "Interfax-Azerbaijan"quoted Movlaverdi as saying

    The document will discuss, in particular, the scientific exchange program, which would involve the women of the two countries, and the interaction of non-governmental organizations in Iran and Azerbaijan.

    "We are going to develop issues on women affairs to the level of today's widening of economic relations between our countries," the Vice-president stated.
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  • Albanian Parliament Speaker pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    20.10.2014 17:30
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    An Albanian delegation led by Chairman of the Parliament Ilir Meta has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

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

    Ilir Meta laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Azerbaijanв's gymnasts gain successes in Aeon Cup
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Aeon Cup, one of the most important gymnastics events of the year, was held in Japan on October 17-19.

    The best 18 clubs of the world competed in Tokyo. Each team consisted of 3 gymnasts, including two senior gymnasts and a junior gymnast.

    Azerbaijan's Ocaq Sport Club composed of Marina Durunda, Gulsum Sharifzada and Jale Piriyeva took the fifth place in the competition.

    Junior gymnast Jale Piriyeva made a good performance and took the honored third place, gaining a high mark for her bright and catchy performances with ball, ribbon, clubs and hoop in individual competition.

    Russian Veronika Polakova took the first place, followed by a gymnast from Belarus Maria Trubach.

    In parallel, the 14th tournament Berlin Masters 2014 Rhythmic Gymnastics was held in Max-Schmeling-Hull in Germany.

    As many as 13 countries attended the competition, where Azerbaijani gymnast Ayshan Bayramova took the 10th place, gaining 60.400 points for her performances.

    Meanwhile, the third International tournament "Juldiz Cup 2014" wrapped up in Astana, Kazakhstan on October 17.

    Sportsmen from nine countries born in 1998 and under participated at the tournament.

    Eight Azerbaijani junior gymnasts under the direction of coach Sevil Mammadova took part in the competition. Fatima Shafizade and Kamilla Mammadov represented the country in the judiciary.

    The big surprise was the gold medal, won by one of the youngest national gymnasts of 2007 birth Fatima Mammadzada.

    Moreover, in the competition of athletes born in 2004, Azerbaijani Narmina Samadova took the silver medal with ball and rope, and another team member Alina Gozalova (2006) became the winner of the bronze medal.
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  • Leyla Aliyeva: Happy Jubilee, Mom!
    20.10.2014 17:04
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    "I've always been proud of being your doughter!"

    The current issue of the "Baku" magazine is special.

    According to Oxu.Az, this was posted on the social network page by magazine's editor, the eldest daughter of the President of Azerbaijan Leyla Aliyeva:

    "For me, this issue is the most important, enjoyable and responsible. It is dedicated to the First Lady of Azerbaijan, the most beautiful woman in the world, my mom and my friend. It's hard to express in words my very sincere feelings, my great love, respect, admiration...

    The whole world knows her as a beautiful and elegant woman. She has a unique style, created by herself, she had an enormous impact on both me and my sister, and many women who appreciate true beauty, individuality and sophistication.

    But her impeccable taste is evident not only in the ability to dress. It feels in all that she does, as well as an excellent education and true wisdom. Wisdom is impossible without sincerity and empathy. With great energy she is realizing her large-scale projects; she never ceases to feel the people and to respond to the pain of those who need her help. She makes the world beautiful.

    She is strong, fearless, tireless ... often this series continues with "courageous." But she is the personification of true femininity. Since I can remember, my mother always, in any, even the most critical situation by her very presence brings a sense of peace and order.

    She always understood her mission and agreed to fulfill it. And I believe that God sent her into this world to execute her mission - to save the good on the planet.

    Each of us loves his mother. This is a very special, incomparable feeling. This love is the source of infinite power for the child, no matter how old he may be. But sometimes a mother's love is able to transcend the boundaries of a family and to transform an entire country wih power of her life. In the flow of good deeds of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, one sees only some part, more or less. But together they transform our lives, turning Baku into one of the cultural capitals of the world.

    Today, just like childhood, she remains the most loved and the most beautiful person in the world for me. Happy Birthday, Mom."
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  • Azerbaijanв's national flag waved in U.S.
    20.10.2014 16:48
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan`s national flag has been raised in several cities of the United States on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the country`s independence marked on October 18.

    Azerbaijani flag was raised outside San Jose City Hall, CA - the capital of Silicon Valley on October 17, Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Los Angeles said.

    The event took place on the initiative and efforts by Mehriban Mammadova, Founder and CEO of the Azerbaijani Community Center in San Jose, and supported by Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Los Angeles.

    San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen sponsored the event.

    It is the first time that the Azerbaijani flag was raised at the City Hall of California city.

    Speaking to the historic event, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence. He also spoke of Azerbaijan`s achievements after the country restored its independence.

    Chuck Reed described the raising of the Azerbaijani flag outside San Jose City Hall as a remarkable event. He noted the importance of developing the U.S.-Azerbaijani relations.

    Mehriban Mammadova, in turn, said the Azerbaijani flag will be raised outside San Jose City Hall every year on this day to mark Azerbaijan`s independence.

    Azerbaijan's national flag has also been raised in Bowling Green park on Wall Street in New York

    Organized by Azerbaijan New York Association, the flag raising ceremony was attended by Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Yashar Aliyev, staffers of the Azerbaijani Embassy, representatives of the Azerbaijani mission to the United Nations, and members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in the U.S.

    In his remarks, Ercan Yerdelenli, President of Azerbaijan New York Association, said the waving of the Azerbaijani flag in Wall Street is a great honor for as that street symbolizes the United States` economic power.

    Aliyev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence and the country`s achievements.

    Vice President of Azerbaijan New York Association Zamina Mirhadiyeva also addressed the event.

    Azerbaijan marks the Day of Independence on October 18, which was culmination of a long struggle for restoring Azerbaijan's Republic after 70-year of Soviet domination.

    October 18 was announced a holiday and the Parliament approved in May, 1992 the national anthem of Azerbaijan. Later the national flag and national emblem depicting an eight-pointed star with flames were approved.
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  • Lavrov: Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines
    20.10.2014 16:47
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    Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines, said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, APA reports quoting Interfax.

    "Main supporting forces in this issue are the European officials. Caspian countries should pass decision themselves in which conditions they construct the trans-Caspian pipelines through providing ecological security. They also should do that jointly", the minister said.
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  • Azerbaijani bank increases capital over 2X
    20.10.2014 16:42
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    The State Securities Committee has registered the issue prospectus of ordinary registered shares of Dekabank, which envisages a 2.2 times increase in the par value, the committee's report said published on its website Oct.20.

    The issue of shares will be conducted through conversion of 47,970 shares at 1,100 AZN into the same amount of shares with the nominal value of 500 AZN.

    This will result in the company's authorised capital being increased from 23.985 million AZN to 52.767 million AZN.

    As of September 1 2014, total capital of the bank amounted to 17.377 million AZN, and assets '" 53.493 million AZN.

    According to the decision of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, the minimum requirement for the total capital of banks is 50 million AZN as of January 1, 2014.

    DekaBank was established in 1989. Its branch network includes six branches in Baku and districts.

    The official exchange rate on October 20 is 0.7843 AZN / USD.

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  • France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh
    20.10.2014 16:03
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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country has made a statement.

    The initiatives taken by some public authorities do not change the position of France.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the European Office of APA that the statement came from the spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry in the electronic

    press -conference commenting on the visit of mayors of some cities of France to Nagorno-Karabakh.

    He said that France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state and as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group is fully committed to the search for a political and diplomatic solution to the conflict:

    "Within the framework of the Minsk Group and in order to give new impetus to the talks, French President during his visit to Baku and Yerevan in May this year suggested the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet in Paris this fall to discuss ways to resolve the conflict."
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  • Flag Square to be built in Kurdamir
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    The area of the sqaure is 5 ha.

    A large Flaq Square wull be built in Kurdamir.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to APA that the square will be built in the eastern part of the district center, on the Baku-Alat-Georgian border.

    On the territory of the flag, which will cover 5 hectares, a modern fountain, summer stage for the organization of concerts outdoors, recreation areas will be created. On the Square will be a modern lighting system, flower beds with different compositions.

    Three hectares are designed for green space, and other areas - for a variety of buildings. Currently project works are under way on the site.

    The location of the Flaq Square, which also will be a park on the main road, is important in terms of recreation for people who have left for a long trip.
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  • Lavrov expects cold period in Russian-US relations to be long
    20.10.2014 15:53
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    The period of cold relations between Russia and the United States will be long, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

    "It will be long, and not just because [solving] the Ukrainian crisis will take some time and everyone will have to think about joining efforts in a constructive manner and not about unilateral sanctions," he said, according to RIA Novosti.

    The Russian top diplomat added that it will take time for the US government "to review their place in the world, to gain an insight into the events of the recent decades, to understand that there is no alternative to a polycentric world and to new centers of economic, financial and political clout."

    "But this process is already under way," he said.

    US-Russian relations have deteriorated significantly since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, as Washington repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs and aiding the independence supporters of the country's southeast. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these claims.

    Since Crimea's reunification with Russia in March, the United States and its allies have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia.

    Moscow responded to the restrictive measures by implementing a one-year ban on certain food imports from the United States and other countries that imposed anti-Russian sanctions.
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  • Turkish citizen with suspected Ebola infection
    20.10.2014 15:28
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    A Turkish citizen, who has returned from the Hajj pilgrimage, was hospitalized in a special clinic chosen for those infected with Ebola virus, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Oct.20.

    After returning from Saudi Arabia, the health condition of a 66-year-old Turkish citizen suddenly deteriorated. She had symptoms similar to the symptoms of the Ebola virus.

    The Ebola virus is rapidly spreading in West Africa: namely in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Congo and Senegal. The cases of Ebola infection have been registered in the U.S., Spain, Norway, Australia and other countries as well. The latest reports say that 4,447 people have died so far, with 8,914 probable or suspected cases.

    It was earlier reported that around 45 special hospitals were chosen in 36 Turkish provinces in cases revealing those infected with the Ebola virus in the country.

    The special purpose hospitals were mainly chosen in the provinces having international airports. In particular, three hospitals were chosen in Ankara, and two more in Istanbul.

    The citizens of those countries where Ebola virus was revealed will be examined at the airports.

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  • Azerbaijani flag raised in New York
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    Washington, October 20, AzerTAc

    The national flag of Azerbaijan has been raised in Bowling Green park on Wall Street in New York to mark the 23rd anniversary of Azerbaijan`s independence.

    Organized by Azerbaijan New York Association, the flag raising ceremony was attended by permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Yashar Aliyev, staffers of the Azerbaijani Embassy, representatives of the Azerbaijani mission to the United Nations, and members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in the U.S.

    In his remarks, Ercan Yerdelenli, President of Azerbaijan New York Association, said the waving of the Azerbaijani flag in Wall Street is "a great honor for us as this street symbolizes the United States` economic power".

    Yashar Aliyev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence and the country`s achievements.

    Vice President of Azerbaijan New York Association Zamina Mirhadiyeva also addressed the event.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
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  • Azerbaijan, strategic partner of Albania
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    ]By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan is the strategic partner of Albania in terms of future development of this country.

    This remark was made by Chairman of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta, who arrived in Azerbaijan with an official visit on October 19.

    Meta was welcomed by a delegation of Azerbaijani officials led by First Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ziyafet Asgarov at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

    "This is my first official visit to Azerbaijan as a parliamentary speaker. This visit illustrates the importance Albania attaches to boosting its relationship with Azerbaijan," Meta told journalists in a brief talk.

    He also stressed the significance of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), saying this is not the only project linking Albania with Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijani companies are investing in energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors of Albania. And this testifies the existence of big potential for expanding our economic relations," he added.

    The official further said education is also a very promising area for developing the bilateral cooperation and added that he will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Tirana Polytechnic University and Baku State University.

    It is expected that in Baku, Meta will visit the Alley of Honors and the Alley of Martyrs, and hold several meetings.

    Albania recognized Azerbaijan's independence in January 1992, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in September 1992.

    The energy dimension of bilateral economic cooperation is considered as one of the most important ones. Selection of TAP as a route to deliver Azerbaijani gas to the European countries also creates enormous opportunities for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the economic field.

    Albania looks forward to active involvement of Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR into the process of gas supply and development of gas infrastructure and gas markets in this country.

    Albania also attaches great importance to attraction of direct investment from Azerbaijan to energy, infrastructure, food production, tourism and other sectors of economy.
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  • Azerbaijani servicemen to attend several int'l events
    20.10.2014 15:14
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    Representatives of the Azerbaijani armed forces will participate in a number of international events, the press service of the Azerbaijani defense ministry said Oct.20.

    Azerbaijani servicemen will attend courses on shooting, which will be held October 20-21 in the Lithuanian city of Rukla.

    Also, the servicemen will participate in an event familiarize with the educational system of the Turkish navy, which will be held October 20-24 in Istanbul, as well as the courses organized in Izmir (Turkey).

    Azerbaijani servicemen will participate in the final planning conference October 21-November 13 dedicated to international exercises on fight measures against sea mines, which will be held in Manama (Bahrain)

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  • Azerbaijan, model of tolerance: HRWF
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    By Amina Nazarli

    A major new report by Human Rights Without Frontiers has hailed Azerbaijan as a "model" of tolerance and multiculturalism for neighboring countries.

    The study by HRWF, a leading Brussels-based NGO, includes interviews made with 15 ethnic minorities in the country.

    Despite the 95 percent majority of the Muslim believers in Azerbaijan, supporters of all religions enjoy the same rights and freedom in the leader country of the South Caucasus.

    Azerbaijan, notes the 80-page report, is a "mosaic" of numerous ethnic, linguistic and religious groups that could be conflicting as it is the case in the North Caucasus.

    However, it says that all ethnic groups, such as Quiz, Khanbalik and Budge, live in peace despite their different languages, traditions and cultures.

    A much larger ethnic minority, the 120,000 strong Russian community is also cited in the report as an example of a tolerant society such as in education where teaching of the Russian language is now well established.

    The NRWF analysis goes on to say the Lezgis, the largest ethnic minority in Azerbaijan, face "no discrimination at the personal level" and the estimated 9,000 Jews in the country are "fully part" of Azerbaijani society.

    "Azerbaijan has put in place some mechanisms and policies that aim at bringing closer national minorities and that multi-ethnic diversity in Azerbaijan is a proof that peaceful co-existence is possible in the Caucasus," the report reads.

    A "culture of tolerance" that prevails in the country has been the catalyst for economic development, resulting in creation of 1.1m jobs since 2004, with 30,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2014.

    In the past seven years, more than 35,000 new enterprises were launched in Azerbaijan with more than 77 percent of new jobs created in the regions.

    "Violent ethnic conflicts in other parts of the Caucasus persuaded people that inter-ethnic clashes have no military solution except the gloomy prospect of destroyed settlements and the emergence of refugees.

    "There may be lessons to learn from the country's experience of ethnic and ethno-religious diversity that could be helpful for other states that are dealing with comparable diversity within their borders," the research concludes.

    With a predominantly Muslim population, Azerbaijan is regarded as one of the most tolerant nations in the world. The country made a significant progress in religious atmosphere and fighting extremism.

    Different countries such as the U.S. and Israel have highly appreciated the efforts by the Azerbaijani government to improve religious tolerance in the country.

    Last year on November 16, on the International Day of Tolerance, Azerbaijan was listed among the world's top five tolerant countries. Model of tolerance in Azerbaijan was considered a model for the Muslim world. It was underlined that Azerbaijan has succeeded to create a peaceful and friendly atmosphere for people of all faiths and nationalities living in the country.
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  • Turkish PM says Kobane offers two paths: Peace or pain
    20.10.2014 14:59
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    There are two paths standing in front of Turkeyв's region '" the integration of people or painful clashes '" Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu said on Oct. 19 during a meeting with prominent figures, the so-called Wise Persons Group, to aid the Kurdish peace process.

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan hailed the meeting, telling press members that "it is beneficial that the government is continuing these processes by integrating it with the representatives of the people." The Wise Persons initiative was launched by ErdoДџan during his prime ministry, with the team visiting different regions of the country to convince the public about the merits of the resolution process, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "Recent incidents have shown that it is not possible to separate Tel Abyad from Akçakale, Suruç from Kobane, Nusaybin from Qamishli and YayladaДџ from BayД±rbucak," DavutoДџlu said during the meeting.

    Clashes claimed at least 35 lives last week across Turkey during protests for Kobane, the Syrian border town that has been under siege by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants for around one month. Suruç is the Turkish border town right across Kobane.

    "This is also the same for the Balkans and Caucasus - these border lines will become meaningless and all the societies that are kin to each other will merge the pains from the conflicts," he said.

    "There are two alternatives; we will either choose a peaceful and uniting attitude in this region that is based on mutual respect, or we will remain under the effect of terror or radical groups," he added.

    The meeting came at a time when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has expressed its confidence, heralding optimistic discussions ahead of anticipated advancements in the stalled process.

    "Our government's resolve and sincerity about the resolution process is continuing in the same way. The roadmap has been drafted to a great extent," AKP Deputy Head BeЕџir Atalay, also the spokesperson for the government, said at a press conference on Oct. 16.

    The process has three characteristics, according to Prime Minister DavutoДџlu. "The resolution process is national, local and authentic," he said while addressing the group.

    Actress Lale Mansur; unionist Erol Ekici; academics BaskД±n Oran and Murat Belge; actor YД±lmaz ErdoДџan; business representative Ећemsi Bayraktar; writer KürЕџat Bumin; singer Orhan Gencebay and lawyer Yücel Sayman were notable absentees from the meeting, which was also attended by deputy prime ministers and almost all Cabinet members.

    Meanwhile, a group of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers, who recently visited Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) leaders on the government's roadmap for the peace process, are set to visit jailed outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on Oct. 20.
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  • Dr. Warshel from UCLA suggests expanding education links between U.S. and Azerbaijan
    20.10.2014 14:34
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    Washington, October 20, AzerTAc.

    Dr. Yael Warshel, Assistant Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) gave an interview to Washington Bureau of AzerTAc following her recent visit to Azerbaijan.

    - You recently attended Baku International Humanitarian Forum. What are your general impressions about the forum itself and the capital of Azerbaijan?

    I was very impressed with the caliber of forum participants. It was a delight to learn about areas outside the scope of my own work and speak comparatively with those in related areas. In particular, I pleasantly found journalists participating in the media roundtable knowledgeable about empirical and historical evidence regarding communication processes and effects. As a result, namely from my perspective as a scholar, professional-scholarly exchange was exceptional and I learned a great deal.

    - Metaphorically speaking, what puts Azerbaijan on the map for you? What is significant about Azerbaijan that will draw the attention of an American to this country?

    As a communication scholar, it is Azerbaijan's historical location along the Silk Route that most interests me, namely the resultant formation of Azerbaijani cultural hybrid forms owed to the exchange of goods, language and culture along the route.

    - What should be done to enhance educational and cultural exchange between Azerbaijan and the United States?

    Education and cultural exchange could be enhanced between Azerbaijan and the US by establishing links between universities to increase study abroad opportunities and research collaborations. In particular, creating in-residency fellowship opportunities for American scholars, for example those modeling opportunities developed by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and/or in concert with them, might be a helpful idea to consider. Currently, CAORC offers no opportunities for scholarly exchange anywhere in the Caucuses so it might be an area worth investigating. Finally, exploring the creation of centers for the study of Azerbaijan or the Caucuses on US college campuses might be worthwhile to consider as well. A model worth exploring for comparison is that of the Confucius institute, established by China to promote Chinese language and culture. They partner Chinese and American educational institutions together.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
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  • Ukrainian, Swiss riders win Baku 2015 test competition
    20.10.2014 14:28
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku hosted the Mountain Bike test event on October 18 as part of preparation to host the Baku 2015 European Games.

    Cycling Mountain Bike event was one of the competition held as part of the Baku 2015, that will cover 20 games on June 12-28, 2015.

    The race, registered on the Union Cycliste Internationale calendar as class C3, was organized by the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation.

    Twenty-seven riders from 10 countries compete at the track of 4.1 kilometres long with several technical features, such as jumps, bridges, single-track, steep downhill and uphill sections, in the Mountain Bike Velopark.

    In the female competition, the victory was celebrated by Ukrainian Yana Belomoyna who overcame six laps in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds. The second place was split up by Swiss Kathrin Stirnemann and Linda Indergand.

    "The track is good, and the organization has been carried out at a high level. I felt good, despite the windy weather. I will prepare even better for the European Games, as I already know the place and the climate too. Of course, the route may change slightly next year, but I'll be ready for anything," Belomoyna said.

    In the male's competition, the first place winner was Martin Fanger from Switzerland, who covered seven laps in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds. Just 42 seconds behind Fanger finished Swiss Mark Stutzmann, ant the third place went to Dimitrios Antoniadis from Greece.

    "I am very happy to win the tournament in Baku. This event will remain in my memory with high organization and interesting routes," Fanger said.

    Azerbaijan's representatives Agshin Ismayilov, Orkhan Mammadov and Murad Sultanov finished 14, 18, and 19, respectively.

    Despite bad weather conditions, the athletes showed an interest in making the track a little harder.

    At Baku 2015, ranking points will be available in all four Cycling disciplines for qualification towards the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

    Overall, the first European games will gather more than 6,000 athletes to compete over the 17 days of competition.
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  • Berti Vogts exposes Azerbaijani footballers
    20.10.2014 14:23
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    "Sometimes I almost tried to persuade them to carry out the training."

    Former head coach of Azerbaijani football team Berti Vogts has once again criticized the Azerbaijani footballers.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Azerisport.az that he stated the following:

    "Players of Azerbaijan sometimes behaved unprofessionally. Sometimes I almost persuaded them to hold a recovery workout after the match with Italy. It was incredible. Even champion World Cup - Germany's national team - trained more than a team of Azerbaijan."
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  • Temperature to be 14-19 C in Azerbaijan tomorrow
    20.10.2014 14:18
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    In Baku and Absheron Peninsula on October 21, the weather will be changeably cloudy, occasionally gloomy.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that intermittent rain is expected in some places during the day. Southwest wind will blow. The temperature will be 7hellip;10 C at night, 15hellip;19 C in the daytime.

    In Azerbaijan's regions on October 21, fog and rain are expected in some areas. West wind will blow, occasionally intensifying mostly in mountainous areas. The temperature will be 7hellip;12 C at night, 14hellip;19 C in the daytime, in the mountains -3hellip;2 C at night, 5hellip;10 C in the day.
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  • Messi ,Cristiano Ronaldo and Suarez
    20.10.2014 14:08
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    BarcelonaВ attackerВ Luis SuarezВ has stressed that his Argentine team-mateВ Lionel MessiВ is a better player thanВ Real MadridВ starВ Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Messi and Ronaldo have won sixВ Ballons d'Or between them in the past six years - the former emerging victorious four times and the latter twice - and are widely regarded as the two best players around in the game at the moment.

    The Portugal star has already netted 15 goals in seven La Liga appearances this term against the Barca man's seven strikes, yet Suarez believes it's the Argentine who isВ the better of the two irrespective of their record in 2014-15.

    "In my opinion Leo is better [than Ronaldo]," Suarez was quoted as saying byВ Mirror.

    "I train and play with Leo every day and he surprises me every day. He is unique.В 

    "Everybody knows what he has brought to Barcelona, what kind of world-class player he is.В 

    ''For me he is the best player in the world for what he has already done, and heв's still so young."

    Messi and Ronaldo are set to lock horns on Saturday when Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The Clasico could be Suarez's first official game in the Barca jersey after serving his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

    The Uruguayan previously featured in the friendly win over Leon for the Joan Gamper Trophy and the Barcelona B win over Indonesia Under-19, while also gaining some match rhythm wearing the Uruguay jersey earlier this month.

    /Goal.Com/
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  • World's leading shooters to meet in Gabala
    20.10.2014 14:03
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Gabala, one of the popular cities in Azerbaijan, will again host the world's leading shooters at the final of the World Cup on October 22-28.

    The leading shooters in the World Ranking of the International Federation of Sport Shooting will compete at Gabala Shooting Club.

    The competition consists of seven rounds. Earlier rounds were held during the year in the U.S., Germany, Spain, Slovenia, and Kazakhstan. At these landmark events, the shooters fought for the right to participate in the final stage of the World Cup 2014 in Gabala.

    The final tournament is co-organized by Gabala Shooting Club, National Shooting Federation and supported by the National Olympic Committee, Youth and Sports Ministry and the International Shooting Sport Federation.

    About 280 of best shooters of the world will compete for the main title in the Olympic disciplines of the pistol and shotgun shooting.

    During the tournament, the shooting club will host some 500 representatives of sports delegations from 40 countries, including President of ISSF Olegario Vazquez Rana, General Secretary of ISSF Franz Schreiber, and President of the European Confederation of Vladimir Lisin.

    According to the schedule of ISSF, the finale of the World Cup 2014 is the most important sport event after the World Cup and Europe Cup.

    Azerbaijan will be represent by Nurlana Jafarova, Emin Jafarov in shotgun shooting, and Irada Ashumova, Ruslan Lunev in pistol shooting.

    The competition will be broadcasted on the official channel of the ISSF on October 23-27.

    Official partners of the tournament are Gilan Holding, Jale, Milla, LG, I'm tea, Zolotoy sad, Bagdan, Chipsim, SUIS and Adamas.

    Earlier, Gabala hosted International Grand Prix Shotgun. The shooting club will also host World Cup in 2015, where the Olympic licenses will be issued.
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