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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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  • Korean Premier visits ancient Icherisheher
    28.11.2014 15:52
    Baku, November 28 AzerTAcKorean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has today visited Icherisheher, one of the world`s cultural heritage sites, the Inner City in the capital of Azerbaijan.He familiarized himself with the Maiden Tower built in 7th-6th centuries BC and restored in the 12th century. The Towe...
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 50 times within 24 hours
    28.11.2014 11:34
    Armenian armed forces have broken ceasefire with Azerbaijan 51 times in numerous positions within 24 hours, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said on Nov.28.Armenian armed forces, located in the villages of Aygepar, Mosesgekh of Armeniaв's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerba...
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    28.11.2014 10:48
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  • 33 Boko Haram militants killed in Nigeria clashes
    28.11.2014 22:34
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    Baku-APA. At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed in clashes with local hunters in Nigeria's northeastern town ofВ KaretoВ inВ BornoВ State, according to locals and police sources, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

    "Boko Haram boys attempted to captureKaretoin Borno, but local hunters pursued them and killed over 33 of the insurgents," Bulama Mali Gubio, an elder statesman close to the vigilante network, told newsmen in Maidugurion Thursday.

    According to Gubio, local hunters stood up against the Boko Haram militants due to fears that the latter "would have captured the town and unleashed terror on the innocent people."

    Kareto, a small town near the border with Niger, is roughly 30km from Damasak, anotherBornotown recently captured by Boko Haram militants. The attack left 40 residents dead.

    A police source confirmed the incident to The Anadolu Agency.

    "It is true that 33 insurgents were killed in the attack. We are aware that soldiers working in collaboration with the hunters have mobilized to the area to ward off any reprisal from the marauders," the source told AA, asking not to be named.

    Boko Haram, which has waged a violent insurgency in Nigeria's northeast since 2009, has recently stepped up attacks in the northern part of Borno, killing well over 100 people within the past month alone.

    On Tuesday, over 40 residents of Maiduguri, Borno's provincial capital, were killed when suspected female suicide bombers blew themselves up in the heart of a popular market.
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  • Korean PM ends official visit to Azerbaijan
    28.11.2014 22:13
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    Baku, November 28, AzerTAc

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Hongwon has today completed his official visit to Azerbaijan.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the Korean Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    PM Chung Hongwon was seen off by Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Ahmadov and other officials.
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  • Vegetarians healthy but unhappy: study
    28.11.2014 21:17
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    Baku, November 28, AzerTAc

    Australian vegetarians might be healthier than meat-eaters but they are unhappier and more prone to mental

    health disorders, new research suggests.

    The Alere Wellness Index shows vegetarians drink and smoke less and are more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.

    But they are also more likely to have depression and anxiety disorders, according to the Index made up of scores for nutrition, fitness, smoking, alcohol, psychological wellbeing, body mass and medical conditions.

    Dr John Lang, who developed the wellness index for preventive healthcare company Alere, says the adoption of a vegetarian diet can sometimes follow the onset of mental disorders.

    "So the diet isn't the cause but rather the symptom," he said. "If you think of people that are committed to being a vegetarian it's a fairly significant commitment and it picks up people at the fringe of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum."

    The study, which is based on 50,000 surveys a year conducted by Roy Morgan Research, also shows vegetarians are less optimistic about the future, with 28 per cent more likely to suffer panic attacks and anxiety disorders.

    They are also 18 per cent more likely to suffer from depression than the general population. In 2012, a German study of more than 4000 vegetarians and meat-eaters linked vegetarianism with higher rates of depression and anxiety.

    An analysis of the respective ages at adoption of a vegetarian diet and onset of a mental disorder showed that the adoption of the vegetarian diet tends to follow the onset of mental disorders, they concluded.

    But the good news for vegetarians is that they have the highest nutrition scores - with 105.9 points compared to 100.7 points for meat-eaters.

    Vegetarian Victoria president Mark Doneddu said he's never felt happier since giving up meat. "I've been a vegetarian for about 22 years and vegan for the last 18 of those," he said.

    He switched from a meat-heavy diet to a vegetarian diet for health reasons.
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  • Pope meets with President of Turkey
    28.11.2014 18:19
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    Pope Francis during his first visit to Turkey met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 1news.az reports with reference to Agence France-Presse.

    The meeting was held at new Erdogan's palace in Ankara.

    Later, the Pope during his three-day visit is to meet with the head of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew I.
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  • Armenian political elite slams govt. for chopper incident
    28.11.2014 18:11
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    /AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The recent crash of Armenian helicopter on Azerbaijanв's soil has shed light on the deep disorder in Armenia's military structure.

    Absence of well-organized military tactics in Armenian army and uncoordinated activities of the Defense Ministry have sparked harsh criticism from the political elite in Armenia.

    Former presidential candidate, oppositional Heritage Party's Leader Raffi Hovanissian said the Armenian army command should be held accountable for the helicopter incident.

    "There is no special reason for using the helicopter at a distance of 150 meters from Azerbaijan's frontline. This question needs a clear answer," he said.

    On November 12, an Armenian helicopter, a Russian-made Mi-24 gunship, deliberately crossed into Azerbaijan's airspace over the occupied lands, making attack maneuvers against Azerbaijani positions. Azerbaijani army took the most adequate measure and shot down the chopper.

    Hovanissian added that the Armenian helicopter was shot down by a Russian-made weapon. He criticized the policy of Armenia's strategic ally Russia, saying the northern giant supplies large amount of weapons to Azerbaijan.

    Hovannisian went on to slam the Armenian government's preference to join the Eurasian Economic Union saying: "Armenia's integration into the EEU is wrong, since it is a part of the Western civilization."

    Armenian authorities have taken concrete steps to mislead the local and international community, saying the Azerbaijani army didn't allow Armenia to establish a humanitarian corridor to the chopper's wreckage site, keeping it under regular shellfire. They also made a fake show of covert operation to evacuate the corpses of the crew members from the crash site. Armenian "commandoes" even killed two Azerbaijani soldiers during the special task. Azerbaijani side has strictly denied shooting at the wreckage site and any casualties during the operation.

    The so-called special operation and killing of two Azerbaijani soldiers were the Armenian authorities' fiction to enthusiastically disguise their military failure and calm down the criticism from political elite.

    OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement on the Armenian military helicopter's downing, calling the crash site a "neutral" zone. Azerbaijani officials immediately protested saying the ''neutral territory'' expression used by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs was unacceptable.

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  • Conference on transport and logistics in Central Eurasia kicks off in Baku
    28.11.2014 18:00
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    Today, the ''Future of Transport and Logistics in the Central Eurasia'' conference kicked off at the ADA University in Baku.

    Rector of ADA, ambassador Hafiz Pashayev who made opening remarks at the conference, noted that in 2012 the University realized the research project entitled "Azerbaijan as Regional Transport Center of Eurasia", promoted the edition of the book of the same name, AzerTag reports. Current conference is continuation of this project. At conference, the directions of development of East-West transport corridor and other topical issues will be discussed with the participation of representatives of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, the USA, Kazakhstan and India".

    Ambassador Pashayev stated that the North-South and the East-West transport corridors will play an important role in future development of Azerbaijan, noting the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project. It was underlined that this railroad which will be started next year, will make a significant contribution to national economy, will increase the volume of cargo transportation. The purpose of the conference is to promote research works on further prospects of this transport corridor, and decision-making, what will, in turn, promote welfare of the Eurasian countries.

    Specialists and scientists in transport questions from the countries of Central and Southern Asia take part in conference.
    17
  • Dutch, Turkish ministers hold talks as integration row heats up
    28.11.2014 17:55
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    The foreign ministers of Turkey and the Netherlands have reportedly spoken on the phone about escalating tension over the integration of Turkish and Muslim immigrants in the northern European country.

    Diplomatic sources said Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders called his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu on the night of Nov. 26 to discuss the row, which has been provoked by Dutch politicians' concerns over the Turkish community's integration into Dutch society, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Nov. 27, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    While Turkey has been irked by "aggressive and racist policies" toward the Turkish community living in

    the Netherlands and the depiction of Turks as jihadist sympathizers, the Netherlands has expressed concern over Turkey's interference in the matter.

    "Direct interference by a foreign power in a democratic debate within the Netherlands is inappropriate," Koenders was quoted by Dutch news agency ANP as telling ÇavuЕџoДџlu during the conversation.

    For his part, the Turkish minister reportedly denied allegations that the Turkish government has taken steps to impede Turks' integration into Dutch society.

    However, the two ministers agreed that "integration does not mean assimilation" and that a thriving Turkish community in Netherlands would be a success for both countries, according to sources.

    They also reportedly agreed to have an official meeting as soon as possible to discuss bilateral relations in detail.

    Turkey concerned over lsquo;xenophobia'

    Turkey's Foreign Ministry had previously released a statement that complained to Dutch authorities about "aggressive and racist accusations" being made against the Turkish community in the Netherlands, and warned that the issue could harm bilateral relations.

    Foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a written statement on Nov. 26 that Dutch government officials had prepared a xenophobic report about Turkish associations in the Netherlands.

    "Aggressive and racist accusations toward Turks who are part of Dutch society and who come from a friendly allied nation are unacceptable," read the statement. "We have difficulty understanding why these racist attacks, which are incompatible with our long history with the Dutch nation, have been on the agenda recently."

    Turkish officials are also infuriated by a report stating that around 80 percent of young Turkish people in the Netherlands support jihadist movements.

    Mosque purge suggestion

    Adding fuel to the fire, a Party for Freedom (PVV) lawmaker in recently proposed that all mosques in the Netherlands should be closed. However, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher said any closure of mosques in the country would be "unacceptable."

    "Dutch unity, identity and culture are being wrecked by immigration and incubation. We do not want Islam in the Netherlands," PVV deputy Machiel de Graaf had said.

    Two weeks ago, two lawmakers of Turkish descent from the Labor Party (PvdA) were expelled after refusing to support their party's critical remarks about a number of Turkish organizations accused of being "too focused on promoting Turkish and Islamic identity."

    The expelled parliamentarians said they were asked to sign a declaration during a party meeting aimed at stepping up surveillance on four Turkish organizations, but they refused to do so and were removed from the party as a result.
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  • Azerbaijan, Georgia sign project on improvement of land border protection
    28.11.2014 17:45
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    The Azerbaijani Government, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme have decided to jointly implement a project on the improvement of land border protection, APA reports.

    According to the project, a mechanism of coordinated measures will be created within the project that will mainly cover security issues on the green border between the two countries.

    Azerbaijani State Border Service and Georgian Border Police have today signed the project. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the EU delegations to Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as officials of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, State Border Service, State Customs Committee and Georgian relevant government agencies, representatives of the UNDP offices in Azerbaijan and Georgia, the OSCE Baku Office and embassies of the EU member states in Azerbaijan. The document was signed by chief of the Azerbaijani State Border Service Farhad Taghizade and deputy head of the Georgian Border Police, Director of the Land Border Defense Department Giorgi Turiashvili. The project worth euro;5,600,000 will be implemented by the International Migration Policy Development Centre within the framework of the project "Integrated Border Management System in the South Caucasus".
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  • Winter weather forecast for Azerbaijan
    28.11.2014 17:32
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    The weather forecast for winter 2014-2015 in Azerbaijan has been made public.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that seasonal forecasts are released on the basis of dynamic and complex mathematical analysis of long-term climate forecasts and numeric meteorological observation data. The forecast is released in 5 Climate Centers - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Climate Center (APCC-Korea), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), International Research Institute for Climate and Society of the US (IRI) and center of WMO - equipped with high technology with support of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). They all engage in releasing long-term forecasts with Meacute;teacute;o-France and multi-model system. Seasonal forecasts are analyzed by experts in the forums organized with support of WMO after being developed through different digit hydrodynamic models in these centers and made public.

    Like any other countries, Azerbaijan too has begun to regularly participate in the Southeastern Europe Climate Outlook Forum (SEECOF) since 2008 under the support of the WMO and submits a report on the preciseness of the forecast for the past season. Such forums help increase the authenticity of seasonal forecasts. The last forum was held in Turkey on 17-22 November 2014. During the forum, detailed information was given about the overall anticipated trend of precipitation and temperature in winter after the analysis of the results of seasonal forecasts for winter.

    Based on the results and analyses of all these numeric climate models, experts at the climate forum concluded that the upcoming winter season in the South Caucasus region will be relatively mild and the temperature within climate norm or a bit higher. However, the analysis of long-term meteorological data in Azerbaijan suggests that cold arctic air currents prevail more frequently in our region usually in January and February, and thus frosty and snowy weather conditions in some periods can not be ruled out despite winter is expected to be comparatively mild.

    In mid and late January of this winter, the temperature is expected to occasionally drop below the norm. As for December, cold air currents are likely to dominate although mild weather is typical for this month. Therefore, the average temperature in December is predicted to be close to climate norm, sometimes below, and precipitation to be close to climate norm or over in some regions.
    16
  • Matthew Bryza calls helicopter flights over conflict zone a provocation
    28.11.2014 17:15
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    I have made several visits to Nagorno-Karabakh. I have never seen 40 000 people or 40 000 troops there.

    "People live in Khankendi, but not in the occupied provinces and regions. I have seen a few people only in Lachin," former co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza told APA's Georgia correspondent.

    Commenting on the downing of the Armenian military helicopter by the Azerbaijani soldiers, Bryza said the helicopter's flight over that territory is wrong: "It is a provocation. I don' know what happened there before this incident. I can't say exactly what happened in the Armenian and Azerbaijani side, but I know that flights over tension zone are unacceptable. Azerbaijani soldiers would be better not to shoot down the helicopter, but this is a war zone. Such provocations are not allowed. It is not right to hold a military training there in such an intense time. After what happened in Ukraine, many people may think that it is supported by Russia and Moscow wants to destabilize the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan".

    Bryza stressed that Armenia's violating the ceasefire after the downed helicopter was expected.

    "If we lived in peace and brotherhood that is in heaven, of course, Azerbaijan would not have shot down the helicopter. Obviously, Armenia will continue opening fire on Azerbaijani positions. This is a very dangerous situation. And therefore, I say that Azerbaijan would be better not to shoot down the helicopter. Now, the most important task of the Minsk Group is take new measures for confidence between the two countries in order to improve the situation. Exchange of the hostages would be a step in this regard. Finally, it would be better to organize a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents. Presidents of the US, France and Russia can also be involved in this meeting. However, to be honest, I think Russia is not ready for it", he said.

    Bryza said the French president had arranged the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, noting that it was just one step.

    "But the Sochi meeting arranged by Putin was a big show. To make a move in the process, the U.S. president and secretary of state need to work actively with their French counterparts. The Russian counterparts can also join this work. But now, after what Russia did in Ukraine, I don't think Russia would want stability in Azerbaijani-Armenian relations," he said.

    Bryza said he currently lives in Istanbul and that he is a member of the boards of directors of a number of private companies in Turkey, England, Finland and Azerbaijan. He also said he is the director of the International Institute of Security which operates in Tallin, Estonia's capital.
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  • Iran has key role in campaign against ISIL: Italy
    28.11.2014 16:57
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    Italian Parliament Speaker Laura Boldrini has highlighted Iranв's key role in ensuring stability in the Middle East and in the fight against extremists such as the ISIL terrorist group.

    The Italian official made the remark during a meeting with Iranian Vice President and Head of the Department of the Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar in Rome on Thursday, Press TV reports.

    The Italian official voiced concern over the activities of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL, in the Middle East, stressing that the dogmatic thoughts of such groups had nothing to do with genuine Islam.

    She also expressed her country's readiness to promote bilateral ties with Iran in parliamentary, economic, cultural and scientific fields.

    Ebtekar, for her part, underlined the need for parliamentary cooperation between the two countries and invited the Italian official to visit Iran.

    In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi highlighted Iran's instrumental role in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East region and praised Iran's support for the Baghdad government in the fight against terrorist groups.

    ISIL terrorists control large parts of Syria's east and north. ISIL also sent its Takfiri militants into Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.

    The extremist group has threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during its advances in the violence-torn Arab state.

    New figures released by the United Nations show that violence in Iraq claimed more than 1,270 lives in October alone.
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  • Russian construction companies to buy equipment in China amid EU sanctions
    28.11.2014 16:49
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    Russiaв's construction industry will buy equipment in China due to the Western sanctions, president of the Builders Association of Russia Nikolay Koshman told TASS on Friday.

    "Earlier, Russian companies mainly worked with Germans. However, after the sanctions were imposed, though they do not affect this sphere, we stopped buying German equipment," he said.

    "Now we're replacing European suppliers by Chinese ones. China patterned technology upon Germans. The quality of equipment and materials is good," Koshman said.

    At present, ways are being worked out to involve China in solving the problem of accessible housing in Russia, he said.

    "This agreement has been reached at the level of the leadership of both countries. We propose to buy equipment in China and open construction materials plants. In our view, if we build 12 plants with the capacity of from 500,000 cubic metres of concrete and more, in two years this will allow us to bring into service additional 25 million square metres of housing every year," Koshman said.
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  • Ilham Aliyev gives interview to "Russia-24" TV channel
    28.11.2014 16:49
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    On 28 November President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to "Russia-24" TV channel of Russia State Television and Radio Company.

    1news.az reports citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan that in his interview the head of state gave detailed answers to questions related to the Azerbaijani-Russian relations, processes in Azerbaijan, development prospects of economic cooperation between the two countries, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, tradition of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, preparation for the upcoming inaugura; European games "Baku 2015" and so on.
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  • Azerbaijan, UAE enjoy strong relations
    28.11.2014 16:36
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    By Amina Nazarli

    UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Mohammed Qarqash said the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan had strong relations.

    ''The UAE is willing to further strengthening these ties with Azerbaijan,'' he noted in his interview with AzerTag state news agency.Qarqash highlighted the activity of the embassies in both countries, adding the UAE tries to increase trade turnover and intensify reciprocal visits.UAE Economy Minister, co-chairman of the commission Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori also spoke about the great achievements in economy between the two sides.

    ''The Azerbaijan-UAE intergovernmental commission for economic, trade and technical cooperation has achieved great accomplishments in increasing trade turnover and reciprocal investments between the two countries,'' he stated.

    The minister said that tourism in both destinations is increasing. The transportation companies will start working in the future to bring UAE tourists to Azerbaijan.

    He noted that talks between the two countries on investments in the agriculture, infrastructure and Baku White City are underway.Al Mansoori further noted that the UAE is ready to share its expertise in logistics, alternative and renewable energy with Azerbaijan and invest in gas projects, wind energy.

    He pointed out that the parties agreed to establish the joint group to implement the scheduled projects.The fifth meeting of Intergovernmental Commission on economy, trade and technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE held in Baku on November 17-18 discussed current state of relations, works carried out during the past period from the Commissionв's 4th meeting and expansion of cooperation prospects.

    Azerbaijan and the UAE reached an agreement on the issue of providing the necessary support and promoting the activities of their business communities, private and public enterprises, as well as professional organizations to establish joint ventures in sectors.
    14
  • Armenian provocation on '˜Lavashв' in UNESCO prevented '" Ministry
    28.11.2014 16:33
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    Name of the file was changed after Azerbaijanв's objection

    Baku. Javid Zeynalli - APA. Azerbaijani side protested against Armenia's nomination lsquo;Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia' on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in the 9th session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    The Ministry of Culture and Tourism told APA that the name of the file was changed in accordance with the requirements of the UNESCO Convention.

    "The Armenian provocation was prevented as a result of Azerbaijan's objection and activities carried out in this regard. Thus, the name of the file was changed in accordance with the requirements of the UNESCO Convention revealing that lavash doesn't belong to the Armenian nation, it only exists in Armenia too. According to the outcomes of the discussions held in the Committee, this attempt of Armenia is unacceptable and preparation of any food in Armenia doesn't mean that it belongs to the Armenian nation," the ministry said.

    The ministry said the Committee members highlighted the spirit of the Convention and condemned Armenia's claim that lavash is an exclusive Armenian bread. They also stressed the importance of developing the legal procedures in order to avoid such situations: "During all meetings with committee members and others, the Azerbaijani delegation criticized Armenia's using purposes and principles of the UNESCO as a tool for its aggressive policy and noted that such approaches would seriously damage the reputation of the organization. The Committee's accepting lavash as a bread existing in Armenia instead of belonging to the Armenian nation reconfirmed that Azerbaijanis lived in the territory of Armenia and Armenians learned these traditions from them."

    The ministry also added that the Committee held a joint meeting of representatives of the regional countries on Azerbaijan's initiative, and it was decided "lavash" to be submitted to UNESCO as a legacy of the regional countries' cuisines in the next year.

    Chairman of Copyright Agency Kamran Imanov told APA that the Development Concept "Azerbaijan-2020: outlook for the future" also reflects the requirement to prevent misappropriation and unfounded claims.

    "The concept provides centralized digitization, protection and preservation of intellectual property. This list also includes the traditional Azerbaijani cuisine. The word "lavash" is derived from "ash", which is of Turkish origin. It is a noun form of the verb "ashmag" which means "to cook". Today Azerbaijani people mean cooking while saying "gazan ashmag, gazan asmag". Many words have been derived from the word "ash". For example, gashig (spoon), lavash, khashil (thick flour cereals), etc. These are food-related words. Armenians misappropriate lavash, claiming that it means "good food" adding "lav" to the root-word "ash" of Turkish origin. This is not logical. On the other hand, lavash is baked in "tendir" (oven made of clay in a hole in the earth). Armenians misappropriates both "tendir" and "lavash". These words are of Turkish origin and the evidences for the richness of Turkish cuisine.

    Kamran Imanov added that "lavash" is not related to the tradition of Armenian cuisine. "This is only misappropriation of our cuisine and use of procedures for baking lavash in the territory of present Armenia".
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  • Azerbaijan, UAE enjoy strong relations
    28.11.2014 16:21
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    By Amina Nazarli

    UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Mohammed Qarqash said the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan had strong relations.

    ''The UAE is willing to further strengthening these ties with Azerbaijan,'' he noted in his interview with AzerTag state news agency.Qarqash highlighted the activity of the embassies in both countries, adding the UAE tries to increase trade turnover and intensify reciprocal visits.UAE Economy Minister, co-chairman of the commission Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori also spoke about the great achievements in economy between the two sides.

    ''The Azerbaijan-UAE intergovernmental commission for economic, trade and technical cooperation has achieved great accomplishments in increasing trade turnover and reciprocal investments between the two countries,'' he stated.

    The minister said that tourism in both destinations is increasing. The transportation companies will start working in the future to bring UAE tourists to Azerbaijan.

    He noted that talks between the two countries on investments in the agriculture, infrastructure and Baku White City are underway.Al Mansoori further noted that the UAE is ready to share its expertise in logistics, alternative and renewable energy with Azerbaijan and invest in gas projects, wind energy.

    He pointed out that the parties agreed to establish the joint group to implement the scheduled projects.The fifth meeting of Intergovernmental Commission on economy, trade and technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE held in Baku on November 17-18 discussed current state of relations, works carried out during the past period from the Commissionв's 4th meeting and expansion of cooperation prospects.

    Azerbaijan and the UAE reached an agreement on the issue of providing the necessary support and promoting the activities of their business communities, private and public enterprises, as well as professional organizations to establish joint ventures in sectors.
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  • Ballot paper printing starts in Azerbaijan
    28.11.2014 16:13
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    The Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan has started printing ballot papers for the municipal elections planned for December 23.

    1news.az reports with reference to the press service of the CEC that the chairman of the Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov and members of the committee visited the printing office of the Milli Majlis, where they got acquainted with the process of printing ballots.

    According to Panahov, the text of ballots, their shape and number have been determined in accordance with the decision of the CEC.

    It is planned that 4 976 302 ballot papers will be printed.
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  • Georgian railway workers continue their strike
    28.11.2014 16:13
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    Railway workers on strike of protest. Yesterday late night railway workers gathered to Tbilisi depot.

    They accuse the administration of pressure and state that they are threatened to leave their positions. The administration denies it, reports GHN.

    The railway strikers protest the new salary system and demand compensation for overtime. As they said there are many problems on the railway and they are not going to stop protest unless the problems are resolved.

    As they say in trade union of railway workers, the negotiations between them and the administration of railway ended without result and the sides were not able to reach a consensus.
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  • Korean Premier visits ancient Icherisheher
    28.11.2014 15:52
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    Baku, November 28 AzerTAc

    Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has today visited Icherisheher, one of the world`s cultural heritage sites, the Inner City in the capital of Azerbaijan.

    He familiarized himself with the Maiden Tower built in 7th-6th centuries BC and restored in the 12th century. The Tower, 28m in height and 16-16,5m in diameter, comprises of a cylinder-like real tower and a huge supporting construction.

    He was informed about the history of Icherisheher, the valuable cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani nation, which has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    This residential and historical-architectural complex is surrounded by the wall 8-10m in height and 3,5m in width.

    Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has also visited the Palace of Shirvanshahs built in early 15th century and considered one of the landmark architectural monuments of Azerbaijan.

    He also walked through "Kichik Gala" street in the Inner City.

    Chung Hong-won signed the museum`s guest book and was presented with a keepsake.
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  • Korean Film Festival kicks off in Baku
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The opening ceremony of Korean Film Festival was held in Nizami cinema in Baku on November 27.

    Co-organized by SEBA (Seoul-Baku), Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association and Korean Embassy in Azerbaijan, the event was attended by state officials, ministers and art figures.

    Addressing the ceremony, SEBAв's Chairman Ruhangiz Heydarova spoke about the importance of events like this.

    She noted that SEBA, which is operating since 2004, has implemented several projects in the field of science, health and culture. In 2005, the Korean Film Days was held jointly by the ''Friends of Azerbaijani Culture''.

    She also underlined that the relations between the two countries are getting stronger with holding the second Korean Film Festival. In comparison with 2005, this year's festival hosts 10 more Korean films.

    Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Cho Tae Yong, in turn, said the relations between the two sides are developing rapidly.

    ''However, there is more work to do. We will implement much useful work for the two nations,'' he noted.

    Highly appreciating SEBAв's action in promoting Korean culture in Azerbaijan, he said such events will close further peoples of the both countries.

    Azerbaijanв's Deputy of Culture and Tourism Minister Adalat Valiyev, for his turn, said that the event is another holiday for Azerbaijan.

    He added that the event is another path on the way of expanding relations between the two sides. This festival will give an impetus for the people of the two countries to learn more about each other.

    Following, a film was screened about the Korea Film Days, held in 2005 in Baku.

    The first film that was screened for the audience was ''Architecture 101'' by Korean film director Lee Yong Jun

    The festival will run till November 30.
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  • Pope arrives at Ankara airport
    28.11.2014 15:49
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    Pope Francis has arrived at Ankara's EsenboДџa Airport for a three-day visit to Turkey that many are billing as an opportunity to increase dialogue between the Muslim and Christian worlds at a time of increased religious tension.

    In the fourth ever visit of a Pope to Turkey, Francis will first visit AnД±tkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The pontiff will then head to Turkey's controversial new "Ak Saray" presidential palace, where he is expected to use his opening speech to denounce the violence being committed in God's name by extremists and to express solidarity with the Christians and other religious minorities who have been targeted by jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

    Francis will be hosted by President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan, Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu. Later he will meet head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) Mehmet Görmez.

    On the eve of his trip, Francis repeated that it was legitimate to use force to stop the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but only with the endorsement of the international community. Asked whether dialogue was possible with a group that is targeting religious minorities, Francis said, "Maybe you can't have dialogue, but you must never close the door."

    During his visit to Istanbul on Nov. 29-30, the Pope will visit the Hagia Sophia Museum, originally built as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the sixth century before being converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. It is now open to the public as a museum.

    He will also visit the Blue Mosque and celebrate Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

    Pope Francis will later offer a prayer at the Orthodox Patriarchal Church of St. George, followed by a private meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I. He will celebrate a private Mass on Nov. 30, followed by a divine liturgy and the signing of a joint declaration with Bartholomew.
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  • Information Office "Karabakh" launched in Luxembourg
    28.11.2014 15:45
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    The opening ceremony of the Information Office "Karabakh" operating since 2011 in the Duchy of Azerbaijan Culture Association was held with the support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Luxembourg on November 27.

    1news.az reports with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan that the main purpose of the opening of the Information Office is to bring to the broad masses of the European public the truth about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its familiarization with the Azerbaijani culture.

    The event was attended by the heads and staff of diplomatic missions accredited in Luxembourg, Deputy Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry of the country Leo Faber, employees of other government agencies of Luxembourg, as well as representatives of the public of Luxembourg, the Azerbaijani diaspora and the media.

    The Information Bureau, there are numerous books, audio and video through which the local population will be provided with information about the history of Azerbaijan, Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani territory, culture and tourism of Azerbaijan. A variety of events will also be held in Bureau.

    The event was made by a board member of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, MP Rovshan Rzayev, MP Fuad Muradov, head of the Union of Composers of Azerbaijan Firangiz Alizadeh, Counselor of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgium and Luxembourg Farakh Gezelova and head of the Azerbaijan cultural association "Karabakh" Ms.La Linstr.
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  • Azerbaijani singers to hold concert in support of animal shelter
    28.11.2014 15:39
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    A charity concert with participation of famous Azerbaijani musicians and singers is due to be held at the Baku Jazz Center.

    The concert 'The music magic' with participation of the winner of the Montreux jazz festival, honored artist Isfar Sarabski, Azerbaijani participants of the Eurovision song contest Dilara Kazimova, Eldar Gasimov, Samir Javadzade, popular singer Mikayil Rafiyev, as wel as music band 'Excellent' will be held at the Jazz Center on 5 December.

    The cost of the tickets is AZN 20. The revenues from the sale of tickets will be transferred to the fund of B.A.R.S for the needs of an animal shelter.

    Those willing to attend the concert can book the tickets by calling 055 220 20 89.
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  • CCTS Education Ministersв' regular meeting kicks off in Baku
    28.11.2014 15:23
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    Baku, November28, AzerTAc

    3rd meeting of the education ministers of Turkic Speaking States Cooperation Council (CCTC) member states has kicked off in Baku.

    Speaking to the meeting, Azerbaijan's Minister of Education Mikayil Cabbarov hailed the reforms carried out in this field, the achievements, issues and the challenges ahead.

    Fatma Abdullazade, head of Humanitarian Policy Department of the President's Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan read out President Ilham Aliyev's letter of congratulation to the participants of the meeting.

    Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States Ramil Hasanov in his speech stressed the importance of the event.

    The meeting brought together Minister of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic Kanat SadД±kov, chairman of the Turkish Higher Education Council Yekta Smith, Minister of Education of Turkey Nabi Hunter, executive secretary of the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan Aliya Qalimova and others, who exchanged views on the topic.

    The meeting will discuss the current state of cooperation and the main directions of development of relations in the field of education and other issues of mutual interest among the member states of Turkic Speaking States Cooperation Council.
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  • Regional Internet Governance Forum due in Baku
    28.11.2014 15:15
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    vBy Amina NazarliThe second Regional Internet Governance Forum (RIGFAZ 2014) under the motto of ''Multi-stakeholder Platform for Regional Economic Growth and Cultural Development via ICT'' will be organized in Baku on December 2-3.

    As part of the ''Modernization of Sustainability and Efficiency of ICT infrastructure and ICT services in Azerbaijan'' project the event will be co-organized by UNDP CO Azerbaijan and the Communications and High Technologies Ministry as well as Azerbaijan Internet Forum and UNDESA and IGF Geneva Secretariat.

    The forum aimed to provide proper opportunities for exchange of experience and cooperation between local participants and international experts.

    The representatives of governments, businesses, scientific and civil societies of Azerbaijan and other countries will come together to discuss several issues.

    Such main topics as ''The transformation of government in the digital age: new development and trends in Open Government Data for Azerbaijan'', ''Innovative possibilities for e-participation in post-Soviet societies'', ''Building capacities for e-education in Azerbaijan and the Eurasian region'' and ''Sustainable development and environmental protection through ICT innovations'' will be on the agenda.

    RIGFAZ 2013 was the first thematic forum not only in Azerbaijan but also throughout the region.

    As the Communications and High Technologies Ministry noted a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, organizes regional and national forums on Internet governance in order to support the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The forums held discussions on the technical, organizational and legal issues related to the national use of the Internet, and exchange of views.

    Similar regional forums allow to deeply and effectively analyze problems of Internet governance at the regional level, as well as the results achieved and put forward proposals to the IGF. Such forums raise the level of technical expertise on Internet Governance, which is awareness in the region about the ongoing processes and innovations in this field.

    Azerbaijan joined the group of countries, conducting IGF in 2013.
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  • Hijran Huseynova: Azerbaijani model of family is one of the best in world
    28.11.2014 15:15
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    Azerbaijani family is distinguished by its longevity.

    There are more than 2 mln families in Azerbaijan, more than 80,000 families are created per year.

    The statement came from the Chairman of the Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children Hijran Huseynova, speaking at a conference on "National and cultural values: tradition and modernity", 1news.az reports.

    According to her, Azerbaijan has a strong legal framework that protects the institution of the family.

    "Reducing the incidence of child and maternal mortality is the result of a successful policy of the state", the head of the State Committee said.

    Huseynova noted that the Azerbaijani model of the family is one of the best in the world.

    She recalled that a film festival dedicated to Azerbaijani family, which aims at promoting family values among the younger generation, is held for the sixth consecutive year in the country.

    The head of the State Committee said the fact that TV channels broadcast various shows, which speak about the destroyed families is negative. This, in her opinion, has a negative impact on the younger generation.
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  • Putin calls for switch from sanctions to search for mutually acceptable solution
    28.11.2014 14:54
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    The pressure of sanctions threatens international stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

    Putin urged the international community to search for mutually acceptable solutions to outstanding issues and called the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, EU, Japan, Australia, and a number of other states illegitimate, ITAR TASS reports.

    "Such pressure not only causes direct economic damage, but also threatens international stability," Putin said.

    Putin said he hopes common sense will prevail.

    "We call to abandon the distorted logic of restrictions and threats and to search for mutually acceptable solutions to outstanding issues," Putin added.

    "Attempts to use the language of ultimatums and sanctions in talks with Russia are absolutely inadmissible and have no chance for success," the president said.

    He also said that "the heads of leading western companies operating in Russia express their concerns over the sanctions and reaffirm their willingness to continue cooperation with their Russian partners.".

    "Our Turkish partners refused to sacrifice their interests for somebody else's political ambitions. I consider that to be a really well-weighed and far-sighted policy," Putin said.

    "We highly value independent decisions by Turkey, including on economic cooperation with Russia. Our Turkish partners refused to sacrifice their interests for somebody else's political ambitions. I consider that to be a really well-weighed and far-sighted policy.

    The position of your government opens up new opportunities for increasing bilateral trade. First of all, it allows the Turkish farmers to fill in the emerging niches on Russia's huge food market. We welcome their intentions to export more meat, dairy and fish products, vegetables, and fruits to Russia. Hopefully, together we will be able to increase our mutual trade and enhance the quality of investment cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of Russia and Turkey. We have already agreed with Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan that we can bring our mutual trade up to $100 billion (in 2013, it amounted to $32.7 billion).
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  • Baku to be venue for men's artistic gymnastics championship
    28.11.2014 14:48
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The 21st championship of Azerbaijan on the men's artistic gymnastics will be held in Baku on December 5.

    Organized by Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation the event will start at 9:30 in the auxiliary hall of the National Gymnastics Arena.

    Representatives of the Baku Gymnastics School and the Olympic Sports Lyceum will compete at the championship. Some 23 gymnasts born in 2000-2008 will compete in absolute all-around.

    The entrance for the fans will be free. The address of the event is Heydar Aliyev prospect, 108, near the Koroglu subway.
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  • European Parliament takes biased and double-standard approach toward Azerbaijan
    28.11.2014 14:36
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    The Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament criticized the President of the European Parliament, APA reports.

    Delivering a speech at the meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Ogtay Asadov said President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz expressed unethical and biased opinions about Azerbaijan.

    Asadov noted that the European Parliament takes a biased and double-standard approach toward Azerbaijan.

    "Our MPs have repeatedly tried to hold discussions for informing them about the truth and ask the reason for this biased approach. Unfortunately, it didn't help. Finally, I wrote a letter to Schulz, but he didn't reply. Now, as the session of the European Parliament started, they are expressing opinions and statements on our country that don't reflect the truth. Schulz again took a biased approach. Lying so clearly doesn't bring respect to any politician."

    The speaker recommended the management of the European Parliament first to look at themselves and pay attention to police arbitrariness, illegality, anti-Semitism and discrimination occurred in Europe. However, they focus on some Muslim countries in Europe. We will act in the same way as they do," he added.
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  • Azerbaijani parliament makes amendments to Labor Code
    28.11.2014 14:35
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    25% of penalties collected from those who violate requirements of labor legislation will be directed to relevant executive body.

    25% of penalties collected from employers who violate requirements of labor legislation will be directed to improvement of social defense of the employees of the relevant executive body and its material-technical base.

    APA-Economics reports that amendments have been made to draft laws on "Amendments to laws on Employment and Amendments to the Labor Code" in this regard.

    Informing about amendments, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli noted that according to amendments to the law, 25% of penalties collected from employers will be transferred to the account of relevant executive body. The rule of usage of these funds will be defined by the relevant body.

    According to amendments to the law on Employment, 25% of penalties collected from the employers who did not inform the relevant executive body about staff reduction before two months, inform the relevant executive body about vacancy within maximum five days, submit monthly report on those who are recruited and dismissed in accordance with the notification and quote of the relevant executive body, recruit the disabled persons under 18 and others to the workplaces determined on the quote will be spent to abovementioned issues.

    The amendments aim to improve social defense of the employees of the relevant executive body and its material-technical base.
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  • Azerbaijani parliament adopts state budget package for 2015
    28.11.2014 14:14
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    Today, six draft laws including in budget issue have been adopted at the parliamentв's plenary meeting.

    APA reports that the MPs have adopted the laws on "The state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2015", "Subsistence minimum in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2015", "Level of need criteria in Azerbaijan in 2015", "The budget of the State Social Protection Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2015", as well as expenditure estimates of the Azerbaijani Parliament and the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2015.
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  • Snow forecasted in some regions of Azerbaijan tomorrow
    28.11.2014 14:13
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    On November 29, the weather will be cloudy in Baku and Absheron peninsula.

    It will drizzle at night and in the evening.

    Senior hydrologist of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Asif Verdiyev told APA that north wind will blow. The temperature will be 3hellip;5 C at night, 5hellip;8 C in the daytime.

    It will rain in Azerbaijan's regions tomorrow and sleet and snow are expected in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions. The rain is likely to stop in western regions in the morning. It will be foggy in some areas. East wind will blow.

    The temperature will be 0hellip;5 C at night, 5hellip;10 C in the daytime and in mountains -5hellip;-10 C at night, -2hellip;-3 C in the daytime.
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  • London hosts concert on ''Discovery of Tar''
    28.11.2014 14:07
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    Organized by the Buta Art Center and within the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijan, a concert on ''Discovery of Tar'' was arranged in the famous Central Hall Westminster of London.

    A large number of art lovers, as well as representatives of Azerbaijani Diaspora, local and foreign masters attended the event, AzerTag reports.

    Director General of "Buta" Arts Center Nasib Piriyev stressed the role of culture, music and art of Azerbaijan in the world. He also informed about the history of Azerbaijani national music instrument Tar and noted its wide range of sound and rich performance capabilities. It is used both in solo and accompaniment instrument in national musical art. Tar is a leading tool in the art of music. This instrument is widely used in the works of Azerbaijani composers.

    N. Piriyev told that the festival is aimed to familiarize the international society with Azerbaijani art and culture.

    Accompanied by tar, "Shur" mugham, Azerbaijani folk songs and other tasnifs and mugams were performed by talented national musicians as Aslan Novrasli, Munis Sharifov, Nurlan Novrasli, Tarlan Novrasli, Vuqar Sharifzade, Chingiz Mustafayev and others.

    "Bayati Shiraz", "Sari Gelin" and other Azerbaijani folk music samples played by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Great Britain, as well as music samples from repertoire of famous composers as Antonio Vivaldi were performed in the second part of the event.
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  • Azerbaijan invites Russia to invest in industrial parks
    28.11.2014 13:45
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Creation of favorable conditions for residents in industrial parks of Azerbaijan will pave the way for a wider cooperation between the country and Russia in economic fields.

    The issue was discussed during a meeting of Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev with Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgy Kalamanov in Baku, the Ministry said.

    Mustafayev noted that bilateral economic relations between Azerbaijan and Russia develop as successfully as in other areas of cooperation.

    "There is great capacity for expansion of economic cooperation between our countries, and the effective use of this capacity will give impetus to further development of our relations," he said.

    The sides also discussed the possibility of bilateral cooperation in the field of pharmaceuticals and oil engineering, as well as exchanged views on the issue of industrial parks.

    At present, there are more than 570 companies and organizations with Russian capital registered in Azerbaijan. Russia ranks fourth in the list of foreign trade partners of Azerbaijan.

    The volume of trade with Russia amounted to $1.58 billion in January-October 2014, which is 5.95 percent of the total trade volume of Azerbaijan.

    Moreover, among importing countries, Russia with a share of 14.1 percent of total imports takes the first place in Azerbaijan.

    Several industrial areas are created in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja and Mingachevir, the largest cities of the country.

    Balakhani Eco-Industrial Park, designed for recycling plastic waste, tires, electrical appliances, batteries, non-ferrous metals, cables and other domestic waste, is being created in Baku.Meanwhile, the works in the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park, as well as the works on creation of a metallurgical industrial area oriented for aluminium production in Ganja, are being carried out successfully. At the same time, an industrial area will be created in the sphere of light industry in Mingachevir.

    The Economy Ministry also plans to increase the number of industrial zones in all regions of Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree for the establishment of industrial areas and organization of their activities on October 8.

    The decree presupposes that the industrial areas are the territory with the necessary infrastructure for business activities, used by small and medium entrepreneurs to produce products and services.
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  • Sweden ratifies Association Agreement between EU and Georgia
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Sweden has become the eighth European country to ratify the Georgia-European Union Association Agreement on November 27.

    The vast majority of the members of Swedish Parliament voted in favor of the AA deals with Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, resulting in unanimity with 249 votes.

    Intrastate ratification procedures will be completed immediately after the parliament submits the document to the executive authorities.

    Sweden's Eastern Partnership Ambassador Martin Hagstrom said the Swedish parliament's ratification of the EU Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine was a strong support for the European path of those countries.

    Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania - have already ratified the AA deals.

    The Association Agreement deals were signed by Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova and EU representatives in Brussels on June 27, 2014.

    The document includes the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area for gradual approximation of these three countries to the EU and preparation for potential membership in the union in future.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said signing the Association Agreement with the European Union was a day for Georgia to take a giant step toward free Europe, calling the signature a new great date in the chronicles of Georgia.

    President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso called the Association Agreements the most ambitious document the European Union has entered into so far.

    The deals need to be ratified by all 28 EU member-states to carry out their full application.

    Meanwhile, the European Parliament announced that it would ratify the document in December.

    Georgia attaches great attention and importance to the integration into the European Union.
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  • Houses can not be built in landslide zones, Deputy PM
    28.11.2014 12:59
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    ''Our people and various organizations must understand that houses can not be built in landslide zones,'' Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov told journalists, APA reports.

    He said the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the State Land and Cartography Committee have developed a scheme of landslide zones.

    "Probably, it will soon be decided not to provide houses in landslide zones or provide them with a special consent," he said.

    Sharifov said the Aghsu pass was not a landslide zone and it became a landslide zone as a result of the ongoing construction there. "We often cause landslides without being aware of it. Infrastructure should not be harmed during the construction works".
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  • European Commission vice-president arrives in Azerbaijan
    28.11.2014 12:55
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    Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union MaroЕЎ Е efДЌoviДЌв's has today started his visit to Azerbaijan, the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan told APA.

    During the visit he will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and officials to hold discussions on the Southern Gas Corridor
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  • International energy conference held with AzerTAc media partnership
    28.11.2014 12:43
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    London, November 28, AzerTAc

    Organized by Eurasian Dynamics Ltd and supported by Oxford International Center, a

    "Central Asia and Azerbaijan at the Energy Crossroads" international conference was held in London.

    The conference Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc), Interfax, Bloomberg, Energy.eu, ICIS, Oil and Gas Technology, NRG Expert and other news portals are among the media partners to render informational support.

    The analysts from international energy companies and finance structures in Europe, Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Russia, China, US and Korean republic will make first-hand analysis on Central Asia and Azerbaijan in evolving energy landscape. The dynamics in the region attract significant attention in the light of Russian and Chinese mutual energy and finance cooperation and Western activities in the Region. Well-balanced and thorough presentations will be complimented by engaging panel debates with leading experts and industry professionals and Qamp;A session.

    Member of the British Parliament, Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Trade Affairs in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan Charles Hendry made opening remarks. Noting the reliable prospects for business in the said regions, Charles Hendry stressed the role of region and in particular Azerbaijan in energy security of Europe.

    Speaking of the development of Azerbaijan, he highlighted the economic achievements of country that pursues expedient energy policy to attract world investors.

    Prime Minister's Special Envoy touched upon the bilateral relations, noting they were at high level, as there is close cooperation in many fields between the countries, in particular, in the energy sphere.
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  • Flights between Baku, Barcelona to open next year
    28.11.2014 12:36
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Spanish Vueling Company is going to open regular seasonal flights Barcelona-Baku- Barcelona in the summer of next year, said the companyв's Manager on International Sales Jesus Blanco.

    He noted that negotiations on opening the flights are conducting over the past days.

    ''We plan to complete the negotiations and to embark on flights in the beginning of the summer season, as we did it with many former Soviet Union countries,'' Blanco stated.

    Blanco did not mention the exact date of the flightsв' opening.

    He noted that the company opens air services mainly in summer season, which will run into parts of the autumn season. In connection with the marketв's need, flights may be conducted during the year with periodicity.

    Talking about the flights number, Blanco said that, the issue is discussed. But, it is expected to have one or two flights per week.

    The ticket costs of a round-trip will be about 400-500 euros. There will also be some special offers for the passengers.

    Earlier this month, Nazim Samadov, Azerbaijanв's Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism said that flights between Madrid and Baku are at the final stage and planned to open in 2015.

    He admitted that the main obstacle in the way of attracting more Spanish visitors is the fact that Azerbaijan is unknown in Spain. He emphasized the need to increase Baku's commercial activities in this sphere.
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  • President Aliyev receives credentials of the newly-appointed envoys
    28.11.2014 12:30
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    Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev received the credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador of Spain Rafael Mendivil Peydro on November 27, AzerTag state news agency reported.Peydro reviewed the guard of honor and handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev. The president had a conversation with the ambassador.Peydro conveyed greetings and best wishes on behalf of King of Spain Felipe VI to the head of state.President Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan and Spain enjoyed active cooperation in political, economic and other fields.

    The head of state recalled with pleasure his meetings with the Prime Minister of Spain in international events and their fruitful discussions on further development of cooperation between the two countries.

    Touching upon the successful activities of Spanish companies in the country, the president said there was big potential for the development of bilateral ties even further.The head of state expressed his gratitude for the greetings of King Felipe VI and asked the diplomat to communicate his greetings to the Spanish King.The sides exchanged views on the issues related to cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union.

    Later, President Aliyev has received the credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador of Malta John Debono.The ambassador reviewed the guard of honor and handed his credentials to President Aliyev. The president then had a conversation with the Ambassador.The head of state noted that bilateral relations between the two countries were at a high level.

    President Aliyev recalled with pleasure his meeting with the Prime Minister of Malta and their discussions on the development of the bilateral ties. Stressing that the two countries already maintain cooperation in the energy sector, the head of state underlined the necessity of expanding bilateral bonds in other spheres.Debono said his country was interested in enhancing bilateral relations with Azerbaijan on various fronts.The sides exchanged views on the issues related to cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union.

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  • Iran expresses readiness to export gas to Pakistan
    28.11.2014 12:29
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Iranв's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has said his country will not stop the long-delayed project on exporting gas to Pakistan.

    Zanganeh said Iran has almost completed the construction of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline in its territory and is ready to export gas to Pakistan, once Islamabad finishes its part of the pipeline, Mehr news agency reported.

    Earlier, Pakistani media claimed that Iran has unilaterally suspended the project on supplying Iranian gas to Pakistan.

    In case of accomplishment, the IP pipeline will see 21.5 million cubic meters (mcm) per day of Iranian natural gas exported to Pakistan.

    The multi-billion-dollar pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs at a time when the country with over 180 million people is grappling with serious energy shortages.

    The IP gas pipeline project was delayed after Pakistan failed to commission it by the scheduled time period owing to threats of possible sanctions by the U.S. However, Pakistani officials said the country needs to complete the pipeline to resolve its energy crisis.

    Formal inauguration of the IP pipeline project by Islamabad and Tehran took place in 2013.

    Under the IP contract, Pakistan is bound to pay a penalty if it fails to complete the construction of its portion of the pipeline by December 31, 2014. However, Iran has agreed not to penalize Pakistan for missing the deadline.

    Agreement on the construction of a joint gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan was signed in 1995.

    Iran has offered to continue the pipeline to India.

    A corresponding agreement between Iran and India was signed in February 1999, but in 2009 the Indian side withdrew from the project under pressure from the United States.
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  • Qarabag FC keeps knockout chance after draw in France
    28.11.2014 12:20
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's Qarabag FC arrived in France to lock horns with the French St Etienne within the UEFA Europa League group stage on November 27.

    It was the fifth game of the Azerbaijani football club, which joined the influential continental tournament for the first time in its history.

    The game between Qarabag FC and St Etienne ended 1-1 on the scoreboard. The draw allowed both clubs to battle for the knockout phase.

    Qarabag FC's midfielder Vuqar Nadirov put the Azerbaijani team ahead with a brilliant shoot in the 15th minute of the game, but St Etienne's Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored an equalizer six minutes later to thrill up the host's fans.

    The result showed a green light to both sides, giving them a chance to enter the knockout stage by winning their next games. Qarabag FC will host the Italian FC Internazionale on December 11, while St Etienne will face the Ukrainian Dnipro.

    Qarabag FC's manager Gurban Gurbanov said the result was good despite the tense game. "We took care of defense more than attack. The result is advantageous, as we managed to gain a point. Anyway, we should forget this game and focus on the next match with the FC Internazionale," Gurbanov noted.

    FC Internazionale tops the Group F with 11 points and has already entered the knockout stage. Qarabag FC owns 5 point and is the group's runner-up. St Etienne is the group's third team with 5 points, while Dnipro's 4 points have turned them into an outsider of the group.
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  • OPEC's daily oil production will not change
    28.11.2014 12:15
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    Vienna, November 28, AzerTAc

    OPEC's (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) daily oil production will not changed. The decision was made at a meeting of the 166th OPEC Conference in Vienna. According to the decision, it will not be changing production levels, leaving the daily output ceiling at 30 million barrels despite oversupply concerns and soft oil prices.

    The countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela need to reduce the volume of oil production; it was decided not to change production, at the meeting of member countries.
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  • Ukraine calls on journalists to respect Azerbaijani laws
    28.11.2014 11:57
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    ''The recommendation was posted on our website that it is important to get consent of Azerbaijan's relevant authorities to visit that region''.

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called on the country's journalists to follow the recommendations of the ministry and respect the rules of Azerbaijan regarding the visit to Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos told Ukrinform while commenting on the note sent from the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine as a protest to the program aired on 1 1 TV channel.

    "We will inform the Azerbaijani side that the recommendation was posted on our website that it is important to get consent of the relevant authorities of Azerbaijan to visit the aforementioned region. We always urge journalists to comply with these standards," he said.

    Perebeinos said Ukrainian journalists violated the rules of Azerbaijan and didn't follow the recommendation of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    "This is a private TV channel, so we can't give them any directive. In any case, we call on all journalists to comply with these standards. We will inform the channel management about our position once more."

    Biased opinions reflecting Armenia's position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, instead of the truth were sounded in "15 republics" program aired on 1 1 TV channel.
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  • Iran invites Azerbaijani businessman to invest in Ardebilв's Germi
    28.11.2014 11:56
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Representatives of a number of Azerbaijani trade and investment companies sat together for talks on ways to invest in the border city of Ardabil province.

    The Azerbaijani representatives met with Mahmoud Alaei, Governor of Ardabilв's Germi Moghan County on November 27, IRNA news agency reported.

    The Iranian officials have repeatedly invited the Azerbaijani businessmen and investors to invest in the Iranian economy.

    Addressing at the meeting, Alaei said necessary grounds are prepared for investment and economic activities of domestic and foreign investors in the city.

    He pointed to the capacities of the city in the field of tourism, livestock breeding, agriculture, and 93 km joint borders with Azerbaijan as Germiв's capabilities in the field of economic activities.

    Germi Moghan which has recently joined Aras Industrial-Trade Zone has the longest joint border with Azerbaijan in north of Ardebil.

    Alaei further remarked that unique specifications of Germi have been outlined in meetings with Azerbaijani officials and Iranв's ambassador to Azerbaijan. He added that activities of Azerbaijani investors and businessmen in Germi will be welcomed.

    Stressing that the area allocated to the operation of the market in Germi trade area can be expanded to over 500 hectares, Alaei said the grounds will be prepared for Azerbaijani businessmen investment in Germi soon in a meeting with Ardebil governor general.

    Meanwhile, Natiq Ahmedov, one of the Azerbaijani representatives said Germi is appropriate for investment due to its geographical conditions and called on the officials to make efforts for provision of infrastructures in the city.

    Moazami, an economist and expert in customs affairs pointed to the border in Moghan region as the only inexpensive and safe gate for gaining access to Russian markets.

    Saying that Iranian and Russian markets can be fruitful in thwarting the sanctions in the interest of the two countries, he pointed to the tax exemption in transactions of trade zones and called on the investors to make investment in Germi.

    Iran and Azerbaijan have had diplomatic relations since 1918. Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1992.

    Tehran has in recent years focused seriously on development of ties with neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan which enjoys various commonalties with Iran in religious, historical and cultural fields.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Iran stood at $144.045 million in January-September 2014, according to the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan.

    In the past nine months, goods worth $115.6 million were imported to Azerbaijan, and the goods exported by the country amounted to $28.45 million.
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  • All int'l flights to be carried from new Terminal 1
    28.11.2014 11:39
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    All international air flights from the international airport of Heydar Aliyev will soon be carried only from Terminal No 1-new terminal of the airport.

    This process will be gradual and start on 1 December.

    The statement came from spokesman for Azerbaijani Airlines Maharram Safarli.

    He said the old terminal will operate for domestic flights, particularly, for Baku-Nakhchivan-Baku route.

    Only AZAL currently operates flights from the new terminal today.
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 50 times within 24 hours
    28.11.2014 11:34
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    Armenian armed forces have broken ceasefire with Azerbaijan 51 times in numerous positions within 24 hours, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said on Nov.28.

    Armenian armed forces, located in the villages of Aygepar, Mosesgekh of Armeniaв's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Alibeyli, Hajialili of the Tovuz district.

    Armenian armed forces, located in the village of Paravakar of Armeniaв's Ijevan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Kohneqishlaq of the Agstafa district.

    Armenian armed forces, located in the villages of Barekamavan and Voskepar of Armeniaв's Noyemberyan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Ashagi Askipara and Qaymagli of the Qazakh district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Chilyaburt, Qekarkh, Qizil Oba of the Terter district, Shikhlar, Yusifjanli, Merzili, Javahirli, Sarijali, Kengerli, Novruzlu of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavend district, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli of the Fizuli district, Mehdili of the Jabrayil district.

    Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located at the nameless heights of the Qoranboy, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Armenian "dollar game" around Russian ruble
    28.11.2014 11:34
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The oligarchs living in Armenia discovered the new way of becoming rich.

    Armenian oligarchs shouted "evrika" over the non-stop devaluation of the Russian ruble and surging value of the U.S. dollar. Sending dollars in huge amounts to Russia they instructed their agents to get actively engaged in the purchase and sale of the currency.

    Armenia itself is facing a harsh devaluation of the national currency dram linked to the fall of the ruble. Dollar's value is skyrocketing in both Armenia and Russia, posing a real threat to their economy.The ruble's recent devaluation against the euro is nearly 23 percent, while it weakened by 30 percent against the dollar since September. Alarming signal is heard in Armenia given its "ruble zone" status due to Russia's great economic influence on it. So, Armenia's domestic markets are expected to be bullish on the new year's eve linked to the rise in prices of several goods.

    Economic experts say there is a deficit of dollar also in Armenia, which may lead to an unprecedented rise of its value in January. Price of the goods imported for dollars is also expected to hit the high spot.

    Russian ruble started to devaluate simultaneously with the imposition of sanctions by the western forces. The ruble's free fall brought Armenia's economy to deadlock, which hints to a shortfall of huge money by mid-December.

    The Armenian government is scratching its head to forecast the imminent influence of the Russian economy's stalemate on Armenian economy. It hopes the sanctions imposed on Russia will not remain for a long time, otherwise, it may deepen the problems in Armenia.

    Meanwhile, competitiveness of the made in Armenia products declined in Russian markets due to the ruble's devaluation.

    "Exact future of the exported Armenian goods will be clear after it joins the Eurasian Economic Union on January 1, 2015," said Ervand Tarverdyan, Director of a food plant in Armenia.

    Armenia needs huge money to fully apply the required EEU regulations in the many fields, especially in customs, before taking the membership seat at the union.

    About $70 million is needed to implement the mentioned processes in the initial stage to start the official membership at the Russia-led alliance. Member-states of the EEU, particularly Russia will reportedly provide $40 million of the whole amount, since there is a deep financial hassle in Armenia due to impaired economy.

    Armenia's economy has currently slid to a low fueled by its universal dependence on Russian economy. The ongoing developments promise unfavorable days for the former Soviet nation, as the government admits only a precise assessment of the situation can help the country to stand on its own two feet.
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  • The God of Artillery in Baku
    28.11.2014 11:17
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The film titled ''The God of Artillery'', dedicated to Azerbaijani Aliaga Shikhlinski, Lieutenant-General of the Russian army was screened at the Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku on November 26.

    The documentary was presented as part of the Russian military award, Order of St. Georgeв's establishment day in 1796.

    Head of ''Russian cooperation'' in Azerbaijan Valentin Denisov and the film director Ziya Shikhlinski opened the evening.

    Several intellectuals, veterans, descendants of Shikhlinski, scientists, historians, teachers of universities and schools, youth and journalists attended the event.

    After the film screening, Military Attache of the Russian embassy in Azerbaijan Vladimir Cherchenko, academician of the National Science Academy Teymur Bunyatov and general Makhmud Temziyev addressed the participants.

    Shikhlinski was a Deputy Minister of Defense and General of the Artillery of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

    He also was the first Azerbaijani, who was awarded the Officer's Cross of the France Honor Legion, which he personally handed from President Raymond Poincare.

    After the establishment of Soviet power in Azerbaijan, he worked in the Commissariat of military and naval forces. He also worked as a teacher and the deputy chief of the military school. He took part in China Relief Expedition of the Russian army.

    In 1926, Shikhlinski published "Russian-Azerbaijani brief military dictionary" and then he retired. He was engaged in creative activities. Shikhlinski wrote a book "My memories" and translated many works of Azerbaijani and Russian writers.
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  • "Azerbaijan - The Magic Land of Fire" exhibition launched in Prague
    28.11.2014 11:17
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    The "Azerbaijan - Magic Land of Fire" exhibition was launched at the Czech National Museum inn Prague, on November 27, 1news.az reports.

    According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the exhibition was organized by the Museum of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and the Czech National Museum, with the support of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Czech Republic.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Director of the Czech National Museum Michal Lukescaron;, director of the Museum of History of ANAS, academician Naila Valikhanli and Azerbaijani Ambassador to this country Farid Shafiev noted that cultural ties are the bridge between nations and peoples.

    The event was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture and other government agencies of the Czech Republic, the diplomatic corps accredited in this country, the Czech public and the Azerbaijani community.

    After the official speeches the Azerbaijani embassy staff Nigar Efendiyev and Tural Ganjaliev performed the piece of the great Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli "Without You", which aroused great interest among the participants of the event.

    The reception with the Azerbaijani national cuisine was organized for the guests.

    The exhibition presents the national musical instruments, clothing, jewelery, archaeological artifacts, ancient coins and other items reflecting the ancient and rich history and culture of Azerbaijan.

    The visitors were handed the "Irs" magazine published in the Czech language and brochures on the Azerbaijani culture and history.
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  • Armenia did not shake the hand, extended by Turkey - Cavusoglu
    28.11.2014 11:06
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    Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu again accentuated attention to efforts needed to normalize ties with Armenia.

    1news.az reports with reference to Haberler.com that while speaking at the session of the ruling Party of Justice and Development in Diyarbakir, head of the Turkish diplomacy reminded about the steps to normalize relations with Yerevan.

    "We took a number of efforts to normalize relations, however, in order to achieve the result, it is necessary to take into account a number of provisions. Because, there is a fact of occupation of Azerbaijani lands", the Turkish minister said recalling the frequent incidents on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

    "We want the conflict to be settled peacefully", Cavusoglu said noting that Ankara continues steps to normalize relations with Armenia.

    He reminded that the 11th president of Turkey Abdullah Gul once visited Armenia and noted that Ankara made a number of proposals to Armenia to clarify the events of 1915.

    "Ankara's position has not changed. We still state that our granddads did not commit genocides. However, only words won't suffice to substantiate. We offered to Armenia to create a joint commission and this initiative was once voiced personally by Recep Tayyip Erdogan", Cavusoglu said noting that Turkey is ready to accept the conclusions of the members of the commission who would study all possible archive materials.

    "However, Armenia did not respond or shake the hand extended by Turkey. It means that Armenians are not sure that they are right and have no documental evidences of their words", the Turkish FM said noting that his country believes in and is proud of their ancestors.

    Cavusoglu further noted the inadmissibility of using the topics of 1915 events against Turkey. In this connection, the minister reminded about one of the biggest fights during the First World War-Canakkale, when tens of thousands of soldiers of Antanta and Ottoman empire died.

    "This was one of the bloodiest fights in the history of the humanity. And what? Have we turned it into a ground for enmity? On the contrary, the peaceful and friendly relations between the participating countries were established after war. And we are planning to widely mark the anniversary of this event in 2015", the Turkish FM said.
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  • Finnish Broadcasting Company reporters visit frontline
    28.11.2014 11:01
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    Baku, November 28, AzerTAc

    As earlier reported, the employees of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) are on a creative business trip to Azerbaijan.

    YLE employees Vesa Toijonen and Ivar Heinmaa have visited the front line to prepare a new documentary on Azerbaijan. During the trip, they have seen the war-torn residential areas with their own eyes and met with local people, refugees and servicemen.

    The Finnish visitors, who are the authors of many documentaries on Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Ukraine and other hot spots of the world, have been trying to reveal to the world the truth about Azerbaijan. In their previous films, they had provided much coverage about oil and gas issues and problems of the refugees. In the next film, they're planning to reveal the realities of the front line areas to the world community.

    While filming at the grave of a martyr in the rural cemetery of the Gapanli village, Terter District, the guests witnessed another violation of the ceasefire regime by the Armenian Armed Forces.

    In his interview to the YLE reporters, Colonel Abdulla Gurbani spoke of the history of the Armenian territorial claims, the place of Armenian terrorism in international terrorism, the frequent violation of ceasefire on the frontline.

    Head of the documentary program at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Vesa Toijonen, who expressed her gratitude to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry for creating favorable conditions for the filming, and cameraman Ivar Heinmaa both left the front line with good impressions, with the wishes of filming the lands in their next visit after they're liberated from the Armenian occupation.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire 51 times in various directions
    28.11.2014 10:48
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    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 51 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Alibeyli and Hajialili villages of Tovuz region from their posts in Aygepar and Mosesgekh villages of Armenia's Berd region, positions in Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa region from the posts in Paravakar village of Icevan region, positions in Ashaghi Eskipara and Gaymagli villages of Gazakh region form the posts in Barekamavan and Voskepar villages of Noyemberyan region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Chilaburt, Goyarkh and Gizil Obavillages of Terter, Kengerli, Sarijali, Yusifjanli, Novruzlu, Shikhlar, Marzili and Javahirli villages of Aghdam, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmedli and Ashagi Veyselli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region and nameless uplands of Goranboy, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Azerbaijani President congratulates President of Albania
    28.11.2014 10:26
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated the President of Albania Bujar Nishani on the national holiday - the Independence Day.

    According to 1news.az citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan, the President expressed the hope that the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries will continue in the future.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished Bujar Nishani good health and success in activities, and peace and prosperity to the Albanian people.
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  • 10 issues Turkish media is banned from reporting on
    28.11.2014 10:20
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    Turkeyв's media organizations have been banned from reporting on a parliamentary inquiry into corruption allegations concerning four former ministers of Cabinet.

    Heated debates took place in Parliament's General Assembly to investigate former Cabinet ministers Zafer ÇaДџlayan, Egemen BaДџД±Еџ, Muammer Güler and ErdoДџan Bayraktar, over corruption allegations, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Heated debates took place in Parliament's General Assembly to investigate former Cabinet ministers Zafer ÇaДџlayan, Egemen BaДџД±Еџ, Muammer Güler and ErdoДџan Bayraktar, over corruption allegations.

    1) Turkey's massive graft investigation

    The corruption probe of Dec. 17, 2013 is the most controversial case for which a media ban has been adopted. The prosecutor of the case was quickly replaced by the authorities and in October, the new prosecutor decided not to continue with proceedings against 53 graft suspects, including former ministers' sons, the former manager of Halkbank and a controversial Iranian-Azeri businessman.

    2) The ISIL raid on Turkey's Mosul consulate

    Some 49 members of Turkey's consulate in Mosul and 31 truck drivers were kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the latter seized Mosul late on June 9. The 9th Ankara Court of Serious Crimes imposed a media ban on reporting about the kidnapping in a June 16 ruling.

    3) The tapping of the Turkish Foreign Ministry

    The audio recordings of a top-secret national security meeting on Syria in the offices of the Turkish foreign minister were leaked via YouTube on March 27. After this, the Supreme Council of Radio and Television (RTÜK) quickly imposed a media ban on the broadcast of the illegal recording and its content.

    4) The deadliest terror attack in Turkey's history

    Soon after the deadliest terror attack in Turkey's history, which killed 52 people in the southern town of ReyhanlД± on May 11, 2013, a local court banned all aural, visual and written publications about the aftermath of the blasts.

    5) The bugging of ErdoДџan's office

    The Ankara Prosecutor's Office imposed a media ban in February on the ongoing investigation into bugging devices allegedly found in the office of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan.

    6) The stopping of Syria-bound MД°T trucks

    In February, a ban was imposed on the publication of reports about a search of two trucks - allegedly carrying weapons belonging to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MД°T) - that were bound for Syria.

    7) Deadly attacks on security forces

    In October, three Turkish soldiers and two policemen were killed in separate attacks. The Yüksekova Criminal Court of Peace ruled for a media ban on the killing of the soldiers on Oct. 27, days after a similar ruling by the Bingöl Criminal Court of Peace on the murders of the policemen.

    8) The Uludere air strike

    Air strikes carried out in the Uludere district of ЕћД±rnak province on Dec. 28, 2011 resulted in the deaths of 34 civilian villagers, who were allegedly mistaken for outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants as they smuggled goods into Turkey. Soon afterward, a media ban was imposed.

    9) The worst mining disaster

    RTÜK, Turkey's television and radio watchdog, warned broadcasters "to respect the feelings of the victims' families" after the worst workplace disaster of the country, in which 301 workers were killed in a mine accident in the western town of Soma in May.

    10) The football match-fixing scandal

    The 13th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes ruled for a media ban in August 2011 on the publication of testimonies and audio evidence in a massive match-fixing investigation involving two professional Turkish football clubs.
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  • Talks on investments in Azerbaijan under way, UAE Economy Minister
    28.11.2014 10:07
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    Talks on investments in a number of fields in Azerbaijan are under way.

    "The Azerbaijan-UAE intergovernmental commission for economic, trade and technical cooperation has achieved great accomplishments in increasing trade turnover and reciprocal investments between the two countries," UAE Minister for Economy, co-chairman of the commission Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori said in an interview to AzerTAc`s correspondent following the 5th meeting of the commission, AzerTag reports.

    The Minister said that tourism in both destinations is increasing. The transportation companies will start working in the future to bring UAE tourists to Azerbaijan.

    He noted that talks between Azerbaijan and the UAE on investments in the agriculture, infrastructure and Baku White City are going on.

    The Minister noted that the UAE is ready to share its expertise in logistics, alternative and renewable energy with Azerbaijan and invest in gas projects, wind energy.

    Mansoori pointed out that the parties agreed to establish the joint group to implement the projects scheduled.
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  • Entire Iran to stand up to excessive demands: Leader
    28.11.2014 10:01
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    Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the entire Iranian nation will stand up to excessive demands as the Islamic Republic engages in nuclear negotiations with six world powers.

    "In the [nuclear] negotiations, if sensible things are said and fair and wise arrangements are made, we will agree to them; but, Iranians, from the top all the way to the bottom [of social strata,] from the masses of the people to all its officials, will stand up to excessive demands," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a gathering of senior officials of Basij forces, Press TV reports.

    The Leader noted that both the Iranian nation and the negotiating sides must know that "if the talks fail, the one who will lose the most will be the Americans not us."

    In their last round of talks before a November 24 deadline, Iran and the P5 1 countries -- the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain -- wrapped up a week of closed-door intense nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on Monday. The talks aimed to tackle the remaining obstacles that exist in the way of reaching an agreement.

    At the end of the talks, the two sides decided to extend their discussions for seven more months. They also agreed that the interim deal they signed in the Swiss city of Geneva last November will remain in place during the course of the negotiations until July 1, 2015.

    "For the same reasons that we did not oppose the negotiations in principle, we do not oppose the extension of talks," Ayatollah Khamenei said, reiterating that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team "will resist any bullying."

    The Leader also said that the Islamic Republic does not need to win the trust of the US government with regard to the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

    "We do by no means need the US to trust us. Nor do we seek to win its trust because it (winning the US trust) has no significance for us," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

    The Leader also said that hegemonic powers are trying to block the Iranian nation's growth and prosperity under the pretext of Iran's nuclear issue.

    Ayatollah Khamenei said the US officials wrongly claim that they intend to guarantee the security of the Israeli regime, adding that Washington is seeking to "appease the global network of Zionist tycoons."

    "You must know this [fact] that Israel will get more insecure day by day no matter a nuclear deal is reached or not," the Leader said.

    Ayatollah Khamenei said US President Barack Obama needs "great success and victory" in Iran's nuclear issue in a bid to boost his falling popularity.
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  • Russiaв's Lavrov to discuss Ukraine, partnership with CE secretary general
    28.11.2014 09:39
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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss Ukraneв's situation and prospects for partnership with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland on Friday.

    Jagland is in Moscow on the first official visit to Russia after he was re-elected the CE Secretary General for the next five-year term. Along with meetings at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the CE delegation is expected to meet with State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin and human rights ombudswoman Ella Pamfiliva as well as to hold talks at the Russian Justice Ministry, ITAR TASS reports.

    The Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Moscow expects that "the talks will help promote interaction with the Council of Europe in the directions that are priority for Russia and will enhance the place and role of the organisation in the European architecture."

    "We are set to confirm out principled vision of the Council of Europe as a humanitarian and legal basis for equal and indivisible security for all European countries without exception," he said adding that "it will justify the common goal of creating a united space of humanitarian and economic co-operation from the Atlantic to Pacific."

    Lukashevich said that Jagland's visit "provides a good opportunity for discussing additional measures that the CE agencies should adopt to achieve the soonest peaceful and inclusive settlement of Ukraine's crisis on the basis of priority of human rights and principles of rule of law."

    On Tuesday Jagland said that Kiev's plans to build a wall on the border with Russia were unacceptable as it was destroying the fates of people and their families and that an idea of a common European home should be stepped up.

    The International Advisory Panel /IAP/ set up on Jagland's initiative is expected to collect by November 30 all the facts related to the investigations into Maidan clashes in Kiev last winter and tragic events in Odessa on May 2 so that to oversee that these probes meet all the requirements of international law.

    The IAP assessment report should be complete by the beginning of 2015 on the events in the Ukrainian capital and later the Panel will get down to the Odessa tragedy.

    Jaglad arrived in Moscow amid disagreements between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe /PACE/ and the Russian delegation.

    In April the PACE deprived the Russian delegation of the right to vote at the Assembly sessions over Russia's reunification with Crimea and dismissed the delegation from all the governing bodies of the assembly.

    The PACE passed a resolution on Ukraine which laid all the blame for the crisis in that country on Russia.

    The document, adopted based on PACE rapporteurs' report, says that Russia's actions with regard to Crimea are a clear violation of international law and claims that the far-right forces did not seize central power in Kiev and there was no direct threat to the rights of the ethnic Russian-speaking minority, including in Crimea.

    It called the Crimean referendum on reunification with Russia unconstitutional and its results invalid and unrecognised by the Council of Europe.

    The Assembly reaffirmed its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    It also spoke against federalisation of Ukraine, recognised the self-proclaimed authorities in Kiev legitimate and demanded that the use of force by the deposed government against protesters be condemned and those responsible for violations of human rights be penalised. The Assembly also called for holding early parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

    The Russian delegation voiced strong protest against the resolution. The Russian lawmakers then left the PACE spring session and refused from further work there. Since then the lawmakers have stayed away from Strasbourg, omitting the summer and autumn sessions.
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  • Azerbaijani President congratulates President of Mauritania
    28.11.2014 09:32
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated the President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on the national holiday - the Independence Day.

    According to 1news.az citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan, the President expressed hope that the Azerbaijani-Mauritanian relations will continuously develop and expand in the spirit of friendship and cooperation.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz good health and success in activities, and peace and prosperity to the Mauritanian people.
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  • British ambassador cites Azerbaijan as model of tolerance
    28.11.2014 09:20
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    British ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq has said Azerbaijan`s tolerance model could be an example for whole world, especially for Eastern countries as he met Chairman of State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli.

    Ambassador Irfan Siddiq said Azerbaijan was one of those unique countries which there were not religious discrimination, AzerTag reports.

    They discussed the role of religion in Azerbaijan`s modern society, the position of Muslim countries in global world.
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