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Rovnag Abdullayev: Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors
28.06.2013 16:48
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By selecting TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Azerbaijan has taken its important steps to become European energy supplier, said the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

Abdullayev noted that the idea on delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will not be limited only with Shahdeniz project: "Azerbaijan has gas reserves approved in the 2 trillion cm. TAP project will change European energy map."

He stressed that Azerbaijan will participate in other energy projects of Europe: "Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors."

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    Edited by C.N.

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  • Turkeyв's condolences to Armenians shouldn't be regarded as weakness - MFA
    25.04.2014 11:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's condolences addressed to the Armenians, who died during the events of 1915, should not be regarded as a weakness, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with Turkish television channel NTV.

    Davutoglu said that it is "not a weakness, but an indication of high culture". He added that every nation has a memory, but it does not mean that the events of 1915 should be used for political purposes.

    The Turkish FM added that Turkey does not expect condolences from Armenia regarding the murders of Turkish diplomats by the Armenian Asala terrorist organization.

    Earlier, Turkey's Cabinet of Ministers has spread a message in connection with the events of 1915.

    The message said that it is important not to be captive of historical events and that it is necessary to create a foundation for building a common future.

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    "Nevertheless, it is impossible to use the events of 1915 as a tool of political pressure on Turkey," the message of Turkish government said.

    The message said Turkey supports the creation of a joint historical commission to investigate the events of 1915 and expresses condolences to the families of those killed in the events of 1915, including the Armenians.

    The message highlights that the events of 1915 are common grief.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called genocide in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by S.I.

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    25.04.2014 11:42
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  • Benfica and Sevilla s step closer to Europa League final
    25.04.2014 11:41
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    Benfica's hopes of snapping a 52-year title drought in Europe were revived by a stunning late winner from substitute Rodrigo Lima in a 2-1 victory over Serie A giants Juventus in Lisbon Thursday.

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    In a frantic finale, Claudio Marchisio was twice denied by home goalkeeper Artur Moraes and Benfica might have also added to their tally.

    Ezequiel Garay headed home from a cross by Miralem Sulejmani to put Benfica ahead after only two minutes, but Juventus came more into the match after the early setback and highly-rated Paul Pogba might have leveled before Tevez struck.

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    Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored for the home side, who have won 13 of their last 16 games, including a victory over Real Madrid.

    /CNN/
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  • Schneider Electric offers digital solutions for Oil Gas challenges in Azerbaijan
    25.04.2014 11:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    Trend:

    Schneider Electric co-sponsored the 1st Caspian Energy Forum held on 23 April 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku as this year the nation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century for exploration/development of the Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli fields signed under the direction of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev with the consortium of foreign oil companies on 20 September 1994.

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  • Georgian PM, Israeli Interior Minister discuss bilateral cooperation
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 25

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

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    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Former EU official: Turkey now more important for EU
    25.04.2014 11:17
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    The European Union's former enlargement chief, Guenther Verheugen, has called for reviving Turkey's stalled EU membership talks as risks grow of a new division in Europe due to the Ukrainian crisis Anadolu agency reported.

    "I am more convinced than ever that the accession of Turkey is extremely important for the future of not only Turkey but also the European Union," Verheugen said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.

    "We should make every possible effort to get rid of the present blockage that we currently have and to keep process running again," he said.

    Verheugen, a prominent German politician who led the Eastern enlargement of the EU in 2004, has warned that the recent Ukrainian crisis and Russia's intervention has created the risk of a new division in Europe.

    "It is too early to make a judgment on whether we are really witnessing at the beginning a new era of confrontation in Europe," Verheugen urged. "Everybody should regret this, but I cannot exclude it".

    The EU's former enlargement chief said recent developments had once again increased the importance of Turkey for the EU.

    "Whether we will find a way to accommodate problems with Russia and to get Russia positively engaged in the solution of the European problems or whether it will not be the case. ... for Turkey it means that the strategic importance of the country is increasing again," Verheugen said.

    "The geographic position of Turkey, the economic strength of Turkey, the very healthy demographic situation of Turkey makes it more or less a center of gravity in the whole area, and that will not disappear," he said.

    Verheugen has criticized the EU for serious failures in its policy towards Ukraine.

    "Everybody made mistakes here," he said. "The government in Kiev made mistakes. Russia made mistakes. And the EU made also a lot of mistakes.

    Verheugen criticized the EU's unqualified support two years ago for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

    "The most important mistake was that the EU rejected to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine in 2012 when the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ready to sign it," Verheugen said. "Now everybody is silent about it but I think we should not forget the reason why this agreement cannot be signed and the reason why Russia got the possibility to step in. It was the Tymoshenko case," he said.

    "We did it for Ms. Tymoshenko...and she is the one who is now telling the public that Russia must be eliminated from the world. She is the one who tells the public that she wants to shoot Mr. Putin by herself. ... So just to understand for whom we did it. ... That was a first big mistake," Guenther Verheugen said. "And the other mistake certainly was that the people in Brussels obviously did not fully understand the complexity of the political and economic situation in Ukraine."

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  • Highways in Azerbaijan could be broaden
    25.04.2014 11:07
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    Azeryolservis Deputy Chairman: ''Width of the roadsides makes 60 meters, we offered to enlarge it more 10 meters.''

    It was offered to enlarge roadsides in Azerbaijan. Azeryolservis OJSC sent its related proposals to the Ministry of Transport, Deputy Chairman of Azeryolservis Vagif Hajiyev told APA.

    Hajiyev says the width of sides of the municipal roads made 25 meters, sides of highways '" 60 meters. However, these norms do not meet road construction process in the country: ''Our proposals include enlargement of roadside more 10 meters''.

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  • Moldovan Ombudsman to attend 2nd Global Shared Societies Forum in Baku
    25.04.2014 11:04
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    Head of the Moldovan Ombudsman Office Aurelia Grigoriou will attend the second Global Shared Societies Forum to be held in Baku on April 28-29.

    The event will be organized by the State Committee on work with Diaspora, Nizami Ganjavi International Center and the Club de Madrid in partnership with the World Academy of Art and Science, the UN, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

    Dedicated to Post-2015 global development, the forum will bring together more than 200 public and political figures form 57 countries.

    Former Bulgarian, Serbian, Moldovan, Kyrgyz and Israeli presidents, as well as former Latvian President, Co-chair of Nizami Ganjavi International Centre, Club de Madrid President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Alexandria Library (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) Director, Co-chair of Nizami Ganjavi International Centre Ismail Serageldin, Acropolis Museum President Dimitrios Pandermalis and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis will be among the participants.

    The forum will feature discussions on the area and basis of shared societies, economic pedestals, and ways of settlement in difficult situations.

    Last year Ms. Grigoriou condemned the Armenian policy of occupation and aggression against Azerbaijan during her speech in the Armenian Parliament.
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  • Ahmet Davutoglu compares Karabakh settlement with serpentine road
    25.04.2014 11:03
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    ''Karabakh issue is a serpentine road but peace in this issue can be achieved step by step.

    According to 1news.az, the statement came from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in an interview with Turkish NTV channel.

    He said peace-building is a very complex process, depending on many different parameters which cannot be controlled at the same time.

    "One single shell can destroy the regime of ceasefire in Karabakh", the Turkish Minister said.

    All the same, he noted that the statement of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip on events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire cannot be perceived as a leverage of pressure on relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    The minister noted that the text of Erdogan's statement must turn into a source of reference of those who analyze the events of 1915.

    "Probably, we did not receive the desired reaction of Armenians to the statement of the premier but this does not mean that Ankara plans to reject condolences.

    Because human factor in this issue is most important for us. In addition, the reaction of the third parties who will be obliged to review their position in relation of the events in the Ottoman Empire is also critical", Davutoglu said.

    He voiced hope that Erdogan's statement will help change the image of Armenians about Turkey.

    "Now we have the right to ask whether Armenians are going to extend condolences to Turkey over the murder of Turkish diplomats during the terrorist acts? We expect such a step which is why we do not ask such questions", Davutoglu said.

    He noted that the world reaction on Erdogan's statement shows that Ankara has reached its goal.

    "No one expected such a step from Ankara though the first signs were given in 2005. Changes in politics are possible when people's outlook change. Erdogan's statement was aimed at this", the minister said.

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  • AZERNEWS releases another print issue
    25.04.2014 10:55
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    A new print edition of the AZERNEWS online newspaper was released on April 25.

    The new edition includes articles about Azerbaijan and Spain's interest in developing economic relations, Nagorno-Karabakh's occupation blocks Armenia's admission to economic unions, IFSC Climbing World Cup 2014 to be held in Baku soon, Azerbaijani film's participation at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes International Film Festival and etc.

    Also, in this issue you will get information, where in Azerbaijan you can learn to shoot.

    AZERNEWS is an associate member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    The online newspaper is available at www.azer
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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire in several directions
    25.04.2014 10:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25

    Trend:

    Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the nameless heights and the village of Qizilhajili of the Qazakh region from the positions located in the nameless heights in the territory of Noemberyan region, the villages of Parakavar and Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on April 25.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces were also fired upon from the positions located in the nameless heights and near the villages of Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Goradiz of the Fizuli region, Sarijali and Bash Qarvand of the Aghdam region, Tapqaraqoyunlu of the Goranboy region, Chilyaburt of the Terter region, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand region.

    The Azerbaijani Armed forces silenced the opposing side 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

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  • Best architectural design of 2014 belongs to Heydar Aliyev Center
    25.04.2014 10:32
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    By AzerNews

    London Design Museum named Heydar Aliyev Center as the winner of the "Architecture" prize, British television channel BBC reports.

    The Design Museum is one of the most respected organizations in the field of contemporary design and architecture.

    The Museum announced the seven category winners for this year's Designs of the Year awards.

    Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher won the architecture prize for the Heydar Aliyev Center, one of the pearls of modern Baku architecture.

    The judges said, "It's beautiful, it's inspiring, it's the clear vision of a singular genius and we thought it was a remarkable piece of work."

    Winners were also chosen in "Digital", "Fashion", "Graphics", "Furniture", "Product", and "Transport" nominations, demonstrating the best new trends and themes in design.

    These seven winners will compete for the main award "Design of the Year-2014", the winner of which will be named on June 30.

    Founded in 1989, the Design Museum is the world's leading museum with the exposition devoted to architecture and design. The Museum covers all areas of design, including fashion, graphic design, and others.

    The overall shape of the Heydar Aliyev Center, which opened in the Azerbaijani capital on May 10, 2012, resembles a wave-like ascension from the ground towards the sky followed by a gradual descent towards the ground.

    Its shape is not only a tribute to post-modern architecture, but also a portrayal of an eternal cycle. The lines on the building connect the past to the present.

    The harmonious link between the exterior and the interior aspires to remove any boundaries in the building's perception considering the fact that this place is meant to be open to anyone irrespective of gender, race, and origin by bringing people together and uniting them by shared ideas.

    The Center houses a conference hall, gallery hall, and museum, and holds exhibitions and concerts with the purpose of supporting cultural development and introducing world culture to Azerbaijan.

    The center also tries to expand the relations between countries and people through its projects.
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  • Astana, Prague strengthen bilateral cooperation
    25.04.2014 10:24
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 25

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The Kazakh-Czech ministerial consultations were held in Prague. A Kazakh delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Volkov, Czech one - Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa, the Kazakh foreign ministry said on April 24.

    The sides exchanged views on the prospects of the Kazakh-Czech relations in political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian spheres, as well as cooperation within the UN and the European Union. One of the agenda issues was to discuss President Nazarbayev's official visit to the Czech Republic in 2012.

    During the meeting special attention was paid to the regional and international issues of mutual interest.

    The sides discussed prospects of developing the cooperation between the foreign ministries as part of the economic diplomacy. In this regard, Volkov urged the Czech side to actively participate in the EXPO-2017 upcoming international exhibition.

    The parties also discussed issues of multilateral cooperation, exchanged views on main issues of international security. In particular, the issues of intensifying the dialogue between Kazakhstan and the EU were discussed. The head of the Kazakh delegation stressed that the key point of interaction with the EU is to prepare a new agreement on expanded partnership and cooperation designed to reflect the next stage of relations.

    Particular attention was paid to the coherent interaction as part of the international organizations. In this context, both sides expressed willingness to provide mutual support in the UN bodies.

    Translated by NH

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  • ERA passes Azerbaijan A-SMGC testing
    25.04.2014 10:09
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    ERA has passed the Site Acceptance Tests for the airport surface management system at Baku airport.

    The ERA MLAT surface system has been developed as an extension of the already successful implemented Wide Area Multilateration system over the Caspian Sea.

    The contract awarded in 2011 has built on the success the Azerbaijan Air Navigation Service (AZANS) has experienced with this system deployed to monitor low flying helicopters and aircraft over the Caspian Sea. This project began when air traffic operations become more demanding in oil and gas sector of Azerbaijan.

    "AZANS believes that the choice of ERA will contribute to ensure a reliable solution for such a challenging project, considering the need of integrating this new system for surface management with the WAM system already installed over Caspian Sea, also implemented by ERA," said Farhan Guliyev from AZANS.

    Further economic development in the Azerbaijan Republic, along with increased business activities and passenger flow into the city of Baku and an increase in traffic at Heydar Aliyev airport has been the impetus behind the need to implement additional airport surface surveillance to mitigate the risk of runway incursions and other ground traffic related incidents.

    ERA was awarded the contract together with its partners HITT and Terma and they have delivered a solution consisting of an Air Traffic Control system fed by both new surface movement radar and the MSS multi-sensor surveillance system by ERA.

    The multilateration system by ERA consists of 18 ground stations with the support of 60 SQUID Vehicle Tracking Units using ADS-B technology. The previous WAM system, which went operational in 2010, consisted of 10 ground stations. The final solution has also brought financial benefits to the customer. The central processing unit can be shared by both systems thanks to the use of the MSS standardized and modular solution by ERA. The newly deployed system has enhanced the safety of the ground operations and the efficiency of use of runways, the apron, taxiways and parking gates. It has also maximised runway capacity and decreased the risk of financial losses due to aircraft damage on the apron.

    Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) is the busiest airport in the Caucasus having seen a 240% increase in flights over the last 10 years. The airport has a particularly strategic location on the so-called "Silk Road" connecting the West with the East, and hence becoming more and more attractive for transit and cargo flights. There has been an extensive ongoing reconstruction programme for the airport taking place at the same time as the ERA MLAT project: the new modern building of the international terminal, ATC centre and TWR, a new large apron, new runways etc.

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  • 9,000 mortgage agreements registered in Jan-Mar in Azerbaijan
    25.04.2014 10:07
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    The State Committee for Property Issues of Azerbaijan has summarized the results of its activity for the first quarter of 2014.

    "Among them about 150 facilities and enterprises, about 130 land plots with facilities, about 115 nonresidential property items and 105 land plots were let on lease to juridical entities and private persons", - the Committee said.

    The Committee also reports that over the first quarter information about 155,000 property items owned by 6,300 juridical entities including their 7,800 branches has been registered in the Real Estate Register.

    Over the reporting period the property rights for almost 44,000 real estate items have been registered including first registration for 12,500 items and re-registration for 31,500 items. Over the first 3 months 9,000 mortgage crediting agreements have been registered.

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  • Azerbaijan-Armenia peace achievement is one of Turkeyв's goal
    25.04.2014 10:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    One of Turkey`s goals is to achieve of peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

    Along with it, Turkish-Armenian relations should be normalized, the Turkish FM told the Turkish NTV TV channel on April 24.

    These goals are parallel to each other, Davudoglu said.

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

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

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

    Translated by S.I.

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  • Armenian armed forces break ceasefire again
    25.04.2014 10:06
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    Armenian Armed Forces have once again violated the ceasefire.

    Yesterday and last night they from positions in the nameless heights of Noyemberian region of Armenia, near villages Paravakar and Berkaber of Ijevan region of Armenia to positions of the Azerbaijani Army in the nameless heights and village Gizilhajili of Gazakh region, according to the Defence Ministry.

    Also the Armenians fired from positions near occupied villages Goradiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fuzuli region Sarijali, Bash Garvand of Agdam region, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region, Chilebyurt of Terter region and Kuropatkino and nameless heights of Khojavend region.

    The enemy was silenced by response fire.

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  • Search for missing Malaysian jet likely to take years, says U.S. official
    25.04.2014 09:59
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    The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed.

    The official, speaking under condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had turned up no wreckage.

    He said the search for the jetliner, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, would now enter a much harder phase of scouring broader areas of the ocean near where the plane is believed to have crashed.

    "We went all in on this small area and didn't find anything. Now you've got to go back to the big area," the official said. "And now you're talking years."

    On Friday, the undersea drone Bluefin-21 is expected to finish what may be the last of its 16-hour trips to depths of more than 4.5km (2.8 miles) searching a 10 square km (6.2 square

    mile) stretch of seabed about 2,000 miles northwest of Perth.

    Authorities had identified the area as their strongest lead in determining the plane's final resting place after detecting what they suspected was a signal, or "ping", from the plane's black box recorder on April 4.

    But the U.S. official said Malaysia would have to decide how to proceed with the search, including whether to bring in more underwater drones, even with the understanding that the search could continue for years without a refined search area.

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  • Georgian and Moldovan presidents discuss European prospects
    25.04.2014 09:56
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 25

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is on a working visit to Prague. He is participating in a two-day summit on the fifth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

    Before the summit President Margvelashvili met with Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Timofti.

    The sides discussed the prospects of developing the Georgian-Moldovan relations. It was stressed that the relations between Georgia and Moldova gained a new momentum after they joined the Eastern Partnership.

    The two presidents also discussed future cooperation. It was stressed that 2014 for both countries is strategically important as both countries sign an association agreement with the EU.

    President Margvelashvili thanked the Moldovan counterpart for support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    President Margvelashvili addressed a plenary session of the summit. The bilateral meetings are planned to be held with the heads of all delegations.

    Translated by NH

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  • Iran implements new move to support its auto industry
    25.04.2014 09:49
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    In order to support its struggling auto industry, Iran has decided on a new move and will start implementing it starting from today.

    The country's central bank will allow the auto industry companies to purchase foreign currency by an official rate of 25,500 rials per each USD, the official IRNA news agency reported on April 24.

    Iranian carmakers, while manufacturing the cars inside Iran, still need to import certain raw materials from other countries, which, in most cases, accept only USD.

    Previously, the carmakers in Iran had to purchase the foreign currency based on the free market rate which is significantly higher than official rate. For example, the USD was sold for 33,290 rials at Iran's free market on April 24.

    "Iran's economy suffers from both inflation and stagnation," Iranian minister of industry Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said, adding that the inflation is now under control and administration has decided to take steps to eliminate the stagnation.

    The inflation rate for the 12-month period in Iran reached 32.1 percent by the end of last Iranian calendar year (March 20).

    The point-to-point inflation stood at 19.6 percent for the last Iranian calendar month of Esfand (Feb.20-March 20), which indicates also a fall by 0.4 percent compared to the previous month.

    It should be recalled that the Western countries suspended certain sanctions against Iran as the Geneva nuclear deal came into force on Jan. 20. Iran was permitted to import materials for its auto manufacturing sector as a result of the nuclear deal implementation, which seems has led to sharp increase in country's auto exports in recent months.

    Iran exported 10,744 sedans during the last Iranian calendar year, with some 4,231 of that amount only exported in the latest Iranian month.

    Iran exported $27 million of sedan cars only in the last calendar month which is even more than half of the total yearly export value.

    Iran produced 989,110 cars in 2012, which made it Asia's eighth largest car manufacturer, however the country's automobile output faced a 40 percent decrease in 2012 due to sanctions. Iran was Asia's 5th largest car manufacturer in 2011, with a total output of 1,648,505.

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  • Earthquake hits Kazakh-Kyrgyz border
    25.04.2014 09:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale was recorded at Kazakh-Kyrgyz border on April 25, Kazakhstan's Seismological Expedition of the Science Committee under Education and Science Ministry reported.

    The earthquake occurred at 00:34 a.m. Almaty time (April 24, 6:34 p.m. Greenwich time), 63 kilometres to the east from the city of Almaty.

    There is no information about victims or damage.

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  • Azerbaijani grandmaster Teymur Rajabov defeats World Champion Magnus Carlsen
    25.04.2014 09:33
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    Azerbaijani grandmaster Teymur Rajabov has today defeated Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the 5th round of the Group A in the Shamkir Chess-2014 tournament in the Azerbaijani city of Shamkir.

    American Hikaru Nakamura has been held to a draw by Russian Sergey Karjakin.

    Organized by ''Synergy Group'', the tournament commemorates the late Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Hashimov.

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  • Summit of EU Eastern Partnership programme kicks off in Prague
    25.04.2014 09:33
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    The Summit of the EU Eastern Partnership programme has yesterday started in Prague, the Czech Republic.

    This Summit was dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit held in 2009.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the Summit.

    The Summit started with an official welcome of heads of state and government at Prague Castle.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the heads of state and government at the square, which was decorated with the national flags of the participating countries.

    President of the Czech Republic Miloscaron; Zeman welcomed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    The national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was played.

    The heads of state and government had their photos taken together.

    Then the first meeting of the Summit has been held.

    President Ilham Aliyev addressed the meeting.

    Opening the Summit, President of the Czech Republic Miloscaron; Zeman welcomed the heads of state and government of the participating countries.He noted that the Eastern Partnership programme had passed the great development way in the last five years.

    Highlighting the future tasks, the Czech President expressed confidence that the cooperation would be continued in bilateral and multilateral formats.

    European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Scaron;tefan Füle congratulated the event participants on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Summit.

    Then the discussions started.

    The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is an initiative of the European Union governing its relationship with the states of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Armenia intended to provide a venue for discussions of trade, economic strategy, travel agreements, and other issues between the EU and its eastern neighbors. The project was initiated by Poland and a subsequent proposal was prepared in co-operation with Sweden.

    It was presented by the foreign minister of Poland and Sweden at the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 26 May 2008.

    The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated by the European Union in Prague in May, 2009.

    The second Summit was held in Warsaw in September, 2011, while the third Summit in Vilnius in November, 2013.

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    On April 24, President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman hosted a dinner in honor of heads of state and government attending the Eastern Partnership Summit in Prague.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the dinner.

    The dinner was followed by a concert.

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  • Kazakhstan increases grain exports
    25.04.2014 08:56
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 23

    By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakhstan's grain exports in the 2013-2014 marketing year stood at over seven million tonnes as of April 20, according to Managing Director - Commercial Director of JSC NC Food Corporation Nurbek Dairbekov.

    Dairbekov made the remarks on April 23 during a briefing held at the Central Communications Service for the President of Kazakhstan.

    "This year the country's export potential will stand at about 9.5 million tonnes according to the assessments of Kazakh Agriculture Ministry, and about 7.3 million tonnes of wheat has already been exported as of April 20," Dairbekov said.

    He added that this year Kazakhstan harvested 18.2 million tonnes of grain, some 13.9 million tonnes of this being wheat.

    "Some 14 percent of the wheat will be exported to Iran and about 4 percent will be delivered to China. This basically confirms a significant increase in supply volumes," Dairbekov said.

    He said until now Iran has been buying about 300,000-500,000 tonnes from Kazakhstan, while this year it is predicted that Iran will import about 1.2 million tonnes of wheat. As of the end of this marketing year the exports to China will reach about 370,000 tonnes.

    "Kazakhstan's total revenue from the wheat export has grown in the past four years by almost 2.5 times. The total revenue from wheat export over 2013 was $1.2 billion, while, for example, in 2009 this figure was about $600 million," Dairbekov added.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Turkish Interior Minister: 425 inspectors are probing eavesdropping cases
    25.04.2014 07:30
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    Some 425 inspectors are investigating 198 illegal eavesdropping cases believed to be carried out by the Fethullah GГјlen community, or Hizmet Movement, the interior minister has said, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    Interior Minister Efkan Ala said 839 bureaucrats were under investigation with 72 criminal complaints already submitted to the courts.

    Speaking to Anadolu Agency yesterday, Ala gave information about the ongoing investigation into the cases of illegal wiretapping and said there were 198 cases in 43 cities. Some 425 inspectors are looking into these cases and a total of 839 civil servants are under scrutiny, he said, adding 72 criminal complaints have already been submitted to the courts. So far, 195 civil servants have been dismissed while 562 bureaucrats have been moved to different positions and 2,316 bureaucrats have been relocated to other cities.

    "Huge numbers of people have been eavesdropped on. State officials and top leaders have been eavesdropped on ... This can only be done by foreign spies. Foreigners, and foreign circles attempt to listen to them and we will take measures against them," Ala said, comparing the activities of the "parallel structure" to "espionage."

    "There is a crime and the number of inspections is changing in the course of investigations. All of these [cases] are being investigated and getting deeper as [eavesdropping cases] appear in our cities as well. Turkey was facing a coup attempt," he added.

    Investigations into the GГјlen community were intensified after a number of phone recordings of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan and other high level government officials were leaked online through social media. These recordings appeared to reveal the network of corruption and graft connected to the criminal investigation launched on Dec. 17, 2013. The heaviest blow to the government came when a secret meeting on Syria at the Foreign Ministry was leaked through YouTube.

    The government has repeatedly accused the GГјlen community and its sympathizers within state institutions of plotting against the government.

    "A parallel structure inside the state is unacceptable. This is not something sustainable," Ala said, admitting that it was the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that allowed the strengthening of Islamic structures within the state. "We have supported them; we have supported their civil society activities towards the people. We have created such an environment and they grew."

    But the minister said this parallel structure could no longer be counted as a civil society organization and had transformed into a structure that aims to seize control of the state. "In the past, there were military coups, but now we are confronted with a bureaucratic coup," Ala said.

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  • Iran rejects US criticism of election to UN committee
    25.04.2014 05:30
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    Iran has dismissed US criticism of Tehran's election to the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), PressTV reported.

    On Thursday, Hamid Babaei, the spokesman for Iran's UN mission in New York, said Washington's criticism comes from "baseless accusations."

    "Iran categorically rejects baseless accusations raised in the statement (of US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power) regarding status of human rights and civil liberties in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and finds these assertions both unconstructive, obstructive and against the spirit of cooperation between sovereign member states," he stated.

    Babaei said Iran has routinely adopted an effective and constructive approach in relation to all multilateral issues within the framework of the UN.

    "Civil society and thousands of NGOs are actively pursuing their goals in different areas such as social, economic, environmental, political, women, and human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said, adding, "Against this backdrop, it is obvious that Iran's active presence in UN bodies will be helpful and serve the attainment of non-governmental organizations' objectives."

    Iran was one of 19 members elected to the UN committee.

    On Wednesday, Power protested to the election of Iran to the UN committee and accused Tehran of violating human rights laws.

    Washington had previously announced that it would not grant a visa to Iran's newly-appointed ambassador to the world body, Hamid Aboutalebi, saying the diplomat was involved in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran during post-revolution incidents.

    Iran has said that it is not considering a replacement for Aboutalebi and will pursue the issue through the UN.

    On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the US Embassy in Tehran, which they believed had turned into a "den of espionage." Documents found at the compound later corroborated the claims by the students.

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  • Syrian mortar shells dropped on Turkey
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    Two mortar shells have dropped in Turkey amid fighting between the Syrian opposition and regime forces, according to officials, Anadolu Agency reported.

    The shells dropped on an empty field in the Yayladagi district of the Hatay province on Thursday. No casualties were reported.

    Locals told Anadolu Agency the attacks on the region near the Syrian border had made them feel unsafe.

    The war between the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to the embattled President Bashar al-Assad have been in an uneasy stalemate since late 2013.

    Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since President Bashar al-Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

    The war, which has entered its fourth year, has claimed more than 150,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

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  • Turkey's FM discusses Cyprus with Ban Ki-moon
    25.04.2014 04:25
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    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has discussed by phone developments in the Cyprus issue, Ukraine and Syria with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Anadolu Agency reported.

    The conversation on Thursday came three days after Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Dervis Eroglu said that peace talks with "sacrifices on the Turkish side only" would only impede an agreement on the Cyprus issue.

    Eroglu spoke after meeting UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon in New York to discuss latest developments in UN-sponsored negotiations over the island's future.

    "A resumption of negotiations with the sacrifices of Turkish side only is worrisome and poses difficulty in reaching an agreement," Eroglu told reporters.

    Meanwhile, Davutoglu also held a phone conversation with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman's Minister of Foreign Affairs, about the two country's relations.

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  • Turkeyв's Gul among Timeв's top 100
    25.04.2014 04:24
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    Turkish President Abdullah Gul has been named among Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Gul was listed in the leaders category alongside U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani among others.

    "Turkey's 11th President, Abdullah Gul, stands out with his moderate tone and conciliatory style," wrote noted Turkish author Elif Safak in Time.

    The choices ahead for Gul are crucial as he mulls a possible run for the post of prime minister, according to Safak.

    "Gul is now at an important crossroads," Safak said. "He can choose a calmer life or go back into active politics to push for the democratization that the country sorely needs today."

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  • Iranв's Rouhani to visit Turkey in May
    25.04.2014 03:45
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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to visit Turkey late in May or early June, as the discussions on scheduling are still underway through diplomatic channels, diplomatic sources told Hurriyet Daily News.

    Ankara and Tehran aim to conclude the ongoing talks on energy, aiming to reduce the prices of Iranian gas imported by Turkey in return for increasing the amount of natural gas purchased. The two countries are also expected to sign several agreements on politics, economy and culture at a high level cooperation council meeting.

    "Turkish and Iranian officials have continued discussions on the issue since the last visit of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Tehran, and we would like to finalize it through a high level cooperation council meeting," said the sources.

    Turkey could double the amount of natural gas it imports from Iran if the two countries reach an agreement on the price, Turkish Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z said in January.

    Ankara deems Iranian gas too expensive compared with other suppliers like Russia and Azerbaijan, but the demand has been rejected by Tehran so far. Turkey's state-owned Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAЕћ) applied to an international court of arbitration in 2012 for a ruling on Iran's gas pricing and the case is still pending.

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  • Sergey Lavrov: ''Convention on the Caspian Seaв's legal status will not be developed till Astrakhan summit''
    25.04.2014 03:29
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    Moscow. Farid Akberov '" APA. ''The Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea will not be developed till the summit to be held in Astrakhan in autumn.

    But the foreign ministers have already agreed a considerable part of the principles," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, APA's Moscow correspondent reports.

    According to him, a number of documents are being prepared for the summit: "There was no plan to develop the Convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status till the Astrakhan summit."
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  • Gul, Erdogan in presidential talks, both rule out crisis
    25.04.2014 03:12
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    Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held their first meeting to discuss upcoming presidential elections April 24 with both ruling out a political crisis on the eve of crucial decisions, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    "Discussions [on the presidential elections] are only natural. Such discussions happen to be in places where pluralism exists. What is important is that these discussions should take place in respect to the acknowledged rules [of elections]. The rules for the upcoming presidential elections are explicit. There should not be any sort of risk of unpredictability for Turkey," Gul said in his address at the 100th year of the foundation of the Adana Stock Exchange April 24.

    Gul recalled that Turkey proved its maturity in holding elections and will continue to do so and has therefore requested businessmen not to get hung up about presidential elections. Gul's statement coincided with an ongoing debate on who will replace Erdogan in the case of his decision to run for presidency in August. Under today's conditions, Gul had said, he has no political plans for future, hinting he will not accept being Erdogan's "puppet prime minister."

    In the meantime, the two leaders met late April 24 as part of their routine meetings and held an initial talk about the issue. Erdogan had said the meeting will be the initial one, but they will probably hold a more comprehensive discussion in May, following the completion of his consultation with his party. Erdogan has ruled out any crisis between him and the president and underlined that this will be resolved without causing chaos for Turkey.

    Erdogan has not made his decision yet for presidency, but his Justice and Development Party (AKP) overwhelmingly supports his potential bid, underlining that it's his right to become Turkey's next president. Erdogan convened around 1,100 AKP delegates in Ankara yesterday and held consultations with them for more than four hours. Many delegates voiced their willingness to see Erdogan as president, while few of them advised him to stay prime minister for the sake of the AKP's success at the polls in next year's parliamentary elections.

    Erdogan, however, in his address to the delegates, gave strong signals for candidacy and assured that there are so many capable politicians in the AKP that can lead the party to higher success.

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  • UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital
    25.04.2014 02:52
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    Baku-APA. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials, APA reports quoting AFP.

    Supported by staff from the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from Bangui to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital.

    Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands in the last year.

    The Muslim group travelled to Bambari from Sunday through to Monday in a two trucks, accompanied by a convoy of vehicles from the French peacekeeping force Sangaris, the UNHCR refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration.

    The convoy was pelted with stones as it passed through the town of Sibut, a member of the African-led MISCA peacekeeping force told AFP.

    "This is a measure to save their lives, taken as a last resort after a long time considering their case," said Tammi Sharpe, deputy head of the UNHCR in the Central Africa Republic.

    She said the evacuated Muslims had been "constantly attacked" in their northern Bangui neighbourhood of PK 12, where conditions at the moment are "particularly tense".

    In Bambari, a Christian-majority town of 45,000 people, El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane said Muslims and Christians could live in "harmony".

    "We would have no objection to welcoming others. We have no problems with each other," he said.

    The Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries in the world, plunged into a crisis after a coup by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels in March last year.

    After seizing power, some of the rebels went rogue and embarked on a campaign of killing, raping and looting.

    The abuses prompted members of the Christian majority to form vigilante groups, unleashing a wave of brutal tit-for-tat killings -- leaving thousands dead, close to a million displaced, and warnings that the country is on the brink of genocide.
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  • Iran to hold international conference on Afghanistan, narcotics
    25.04.2014 02:49
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    Iran is planning to organize an international conference on Afghan studies and production of narcotics in Afghanistan. The conference will be held in Tehran on May 12, IRNA reported.

    The conference which is sponsored by IranЛ€s Azad University will deal with the menace posed by producing illicit drugs to humanity and new initiatives and practical steps the international community needs to take to beat the menace of drugs.

    Scholars, university professors and researchers from Iran and other countries around the world will discuss issues surrounding production of narcotics in Afghanistan and measures to fight drug-trafficking.

    They will also review ways to decrease the domestic, regional and international threats posed by drug-trafficking in Afghanistan in 2014.

    Researchers have been asked to send their articles on reasons of significant rise in production of narcotics in Afghanistan over the past decade, the role of key players in the campaign against drug trafficking and how the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan could affect the future of drug production in the country.

    The Conference will study Afghan governmentЛ€s capability to fight drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crimes after 2014.

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  • Turkey welcomes deal between Palestine's Hamas, Fatah
    25.04.2014 02:38
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    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Khaled Mashaal, Hamas political bureau chief, on Thursday that he welcomed the reconciliation deal between the two rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on forming a national unity government, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Palestinian factions have signed a deal that aims to end the longstanding schism between rivals Fatah and Hamas. According to the deal, a new government will be formed within weeks with simultaneous presidential and parliamentary polls to follow later this year.

    Mashaal called Erdogan and informed him about the deal with Fatah, according to the Turkish Prime Ministry.

    Erdogan reportedly told Mashaal that Turkey gives a great importance to the compromise among Palestinian groups and the national unity of Palestinians.

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also reaffirmed support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal, and Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza Prime Minister over the phone.

    Palestine attaches great importance to Turkey's support, according to diplomatic sources.

    Turkey deputy PM: Palestinian unity positive for region

    The groundbreaking agreement between Palestinian rival movements Fatah and Hamas to form a national unity government will contribute to Middle East peace, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler said Thursday.

    "This agreement will lead to a strengthening of the communication and dialogue between the two sides. I hope it will be long-term," said Isler during an official visit to Kosovo, where he met with Kosovo's prime minister and parliament speaker.

    "This conciliation should have happened earlier. For sure it will result positively for Palestinians but also for the entire region. Divisions within Palestine were a serious obstacle to peace," he said.

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  • Iran increases gasoline prices
    25.04.2014 02:29
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    Tehran, Iran, April 25

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran increased the prices of semi-subsidized and free market gasoline as part of the implementing the second phase of subsidy reform plan.

    National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) announced on April 24 that as of midnight (April 25) semi-subsidized gasoline will be presented at 7,000 rials, while the free market price will stand at 10,000 rials, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

    Semi-subsidized gasoline was previously sold at 4,000 rials (33 cents), while the free market gasoline price was 7,000 rials.

    Iranians with cars will receive a monthly allowance of 60 liters with the semi-subsidized price and have to pay the free market price for larger volumes.

    Based on the new prices, semi-subsidized super gasoline and free market super gasoline will also be presented at 8,000, and 11,000 rials, respectively.

    According to NIORDC, diesel oil will be sold at 2,500 rials, while CNG will be presented at 4,500 rials per cubic meters.

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on April 23 that the quality of gasoline would be increased in the next [Iranian calendar] year (to start March 21, 2015).

    According to the government, Iranians who still have some semi-subsidized gasoline quota in their cards, can use their stored allowance with the previous price (4,000 rials) until further notice.

    USD rate in Iran's open market is about 32,000 rials, but official USD rate is 25,511 rials.

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  • Iran increases gasoline prices
    25.04.2014 02:20
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    Tehran, Iran, April 25

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran increased the prices of semi-subsidized and free market gasoline as part of the implementing the second phase of subsidy reform plan.

    National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) announced on April 24 that as of midnight (April 25) semi-subsidized gasoline will be presented at 7,000 rials, while the free market price will stand at 10,000 rials, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

    Semi-subsidized gasoline was previously sold at 4,000 rials (33 cents), while the free market gasoline price was 7,000 rials.

    Iranians with cars will receive a monthly allowance of 60 liters with the semi-subsidized price and have to pay the free market price for larger volumes.

    Based on the new prices, semi-subsidized super gasoline and free market super gasoline will also be presented at 8,000, and 11,000 rials, respectively.

    According to NIORDC, diesel oil will be sold at 2,500 rials, while CNG will be presented at 4,500 rials per cubic meters.

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on April 23 that the quality of gasoline would be increased in the next [Iranian calendar] year (to start March 21, 2015).

    According to the government, Iranians who still have some semi-subsidized gasoline quota in their cards, can use their stored allowance with the previous price (4,000 rials) until further notice.

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  • Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria
    25.04.2014 02:17
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    The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said, Reuters reported.

    Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons program.

    OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu has the authority to launch an investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in member states, including Syria, without the need to seek a formal request from a member state, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

    "The OPCW director general is considering, on his own initiative, sending a fact-finding mission," one source said.

    "A number of questions are still to be answered: Syrian consent, mandate of the mission, participants from other organizations, such as the World Health Organization," the source said.

    OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan declined to comment.

    Several of Washington's key European allies, including Germany and France, support an investigation into the latest claims of chlorine gas use, the sources said.

    "The indications of the use of chlorine on 11-13 April in Hama province are particularly concerning," a British official said on Thursday.

    "We think there needs to be an investigation of recent reports of the use of chemical weapons including chlorine, and we are working with others in the international community to establish how that should be done."

    Syria has vowed to hand over or destroy its entire arsenal by the end of this week. It still has roughly 7.5 percent of the chemicals it declared to the OPCW and has not yet destroyed all of a dozen production and storage facilities.

    Cooperation from Syria and other international organizations would need to be arranged to provide security because of the country's ongoing civil war, which has left 130,000 dead and forced millions more from their homes.

    "WHAT ARE WE GOOD FOR?"

    Washington and its Western allies have blamed President Bashar al-Assad's forces for using sarin gas in an attack in August that killed hundreds of people in the outskirts of Damascus. Assad has blamed the rebels.

    A U.N.-led inquiry found that chemical weapons were likely used in five attacks in 2013, although it did not apportion blame. The nerve agent sarin was probably used in four of the five attacks, it found.

    Chlorine, which was first used as a weapon in World War I, is believed to have been used in attacks in several areas of Syria this month.

    All the attacks shared the same characteristics, leading analysts to believe they are part of a coordinated campaign, in which barrels of the toxic chemical have been dropped from helicopters.

    Rebels have posted photos and video footage they claim show the latest attacks are also the work of forces under Assad.

    "The convention forbids the use of toxic chemicals in warfare," another source at the OPCW said. "If we close our eyes to any alleged use, we should be asking ourselves: what are we good for?"

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius backed calls for an investigation.

    "We are gathering precise elements, and if we find them then clearly several steps will have to be taken at the United Nations and the OPCW," he told reporters.

    "The use of such chemicals would be criminal and contrary to all commitments of countries concerned."

    BASELESS ALLEGATIONS

    Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad said the charges against Syrian government forces were intended "to overshadow the achievements made by Syria" in ending its chemical weapons program.

    As part of the agreement that averted U.S. military strikes last year, Damascus has until June 30 to destroy all chemical weapons, and their production and storage facilities.

    Meqdad "refuted as baseless the allegation made by the U.S., France and Israel on using toxic materials by the Syrian Arab Army in any of the Syrian territories", a statement said.

    Syria's remaining stockpile of declared chemical weapons are in more than a dozen lorry containers, in a location near Damascus that the government has said was unreachable due to fighting.

    The OPCW enforces adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which requires members to declare all chemical stocks to the organisation, which won the Nobel Peace prize last year.

    On Thursday, the joint U.N.-OPCW mission to Syria said the total of chemical material removed and destroyed in country had reached 92.5 percent of the 1,300 metric tonnes Damascus reported.

    "I welcome the significant progress of the last three weeks, and I strongly encourage the Syrian authorities to conclude the removal operations as part of their efforts to achieve the 30 June, 2014, deadline," mission chief Sigrid Kaag said.

    Syria has not declared either the sarin, munitions used in last year's attack, or chlorine, officials said. If it had them, they should be reported to the OPCW.

    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that Washington had indications that chlorine was probably used by government forces in Syria and said an investigation was needed.

    Even if Syria meets the June 30 deadline and abandons its decades-old chemical weapons program, the OPCW's work there will not be finished, one diplomat said.

    "If anyone pats themselves on the back and says this is over, they will be fooling themselves."

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  • President Ilham Aliyev met Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today met President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman in Prague.

    During the meeting, the presidents said they were satisfied with the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

    The sides said fruitful discussions were conducted at the Summit of the EU Eastern Partnership programme in Prague.

    The presidents exchanged views over the expansion of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic in various areas, particularly investment making, infrastructure projects, education and transportation.

    The sides stressed the importance of strengthening the work of Azerbaijan-Czech Republic joint intergovernmental commission and expanding the activities of Czech companies in Azerbaijan.
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  • Artillery shell found in basement of building in Baku
    25.04.2014 01:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

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    An artillery shell was found in Baku's Khatai district, Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Ministry's Web site reported on Thursday.

    The shell was found in the basement of administrative building.

    Rescue team and experts of the ministry arrived at the scene and took all the necessary precautions.

    The found unit was 100-mm training artillery round.

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  • Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in Prague
    25.04.2014 01:06
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today met President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili in Prague.

    During the meeting, the presidents said they were satisfied with the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, and noted that high level regional cooperation contributed to these bonds.

    The sides said cooperation in the field of energy was successful.

    The parties noted that there was good potential for expanding relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia in tourism, cultural, educational, sports and other fields.

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili invited President Ilham Aliyev to visit his country.
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  • Georgia among countries with average income level, WB says
    25.04.2014 01:00
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia is among the countries with average income level, Henry Kerali, the World Bank (WB) Regional Director for the South Caucasus said.

    "However it is important for the country not to stay in this trap," according to him.

    Kerali made these remarks on Thursday, April 24 during the opening of the Innovations Week held at the 'Expo Georgia' exhibition centre.

    "This event is once again shows that Georgia has very great potential in development of innovations and technologies. Focusing on innovations is a necessity, but not a luxury," Kerali said. "This will really provide the country with an opportunity to take a place in a competitive economy, and a competitive environment will make it possible to create new jobs."

    He also said the WB will continue supporting Georgia's innovations sector in the current financial year.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • Georgia takes part in international tourism fair held in Kazakhstan
    25.04.2014 00:54
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia's National Tourism Administration is taking part in the international tourism fair KITF-2014, which is being held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    The fair will be held till April 25.

    Some 41 countries and 550 tourism companies are taking part in the 'Tourism and Travel' exhibition.

    Georgia's stand presents the National Tourism Administration, as well as, Adjara Tourism and Resorts Department, Kutaisi City Hall and 12 travel companies.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Prague
    25.04.2014 00:50
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski have today had a meeting in Prague.

    The presidents noted that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Poland were at a high level, and stressed the importance of expanding these ties.

    The parties exchanged views on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The sides discussed prospects for cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan.

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski invited President Ilham Aliyev to visit his country.
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  • Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti in Prague
    25.04.2014 00:25
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today met President of the Republic of Moldova Nicolae Timofti in Prague.

    During the meeting, the presidents expressed satisfaction with the level of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Moldova.

    The parties stressed the importance of expanding cooperation between the two countries even further, and noted the significance of developing ties in economic and other fields.

    During the conversation, the sides exchanged views over the expansion of cooperation between the European Union and the two countries, and other issues of mutual interest.
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  • Azerbaijani bank starts placement of bonds with annual rate of 15%
    25.04.2014 00:10
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    Trend:

    The placement of OJSC Parabank's interest-bearing book-entry registered unsecured bonds will start at Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) on April 28, the BSE said on Thursday, April 24.

    The issue volume is 13,000,000 Azerbaijani manats.

    Some 13,000 bonds at par value of 1,000 manats each have been issued as part of the emission.

    Annual rate of bonds is 15 percent with a turnover period of seven years.

    Coupon payment will be carried out quarterly (every 90 days).

    The placement underwriter is Unicapital OJSC.

    Parabank was established on December 3, 1991. Slightly over 80 percent of its shares are owned by five individuals, while the remaining part belongs to 14 minority shareholders.

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

    Translated by E.A.

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  • 'Best ever' Araz primed to test BarГ§a mettle
    25.04.2014 00:03
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    Araz Naxchivan coach Alesio is confident new boys Adriano Foglia and Kristjan ДЊujec can boost the hosts' chances when they face 2012 European club champions FC Barcelona in Thursday's second UEFA Futsal Cup semi-final.

    Italian international Foglia and Slovenia's ДЊujec were signed recently, along with Ukraine goalkeeper Aleksei Popov, to supplement a squad built around the Azerbaijan national team that Alesio also trains. According to the coach, the newcomers are ready for the challenge of tackling the Spanish heavyweights at Baku's Sarhadchi Olympic Sport Complex.

    "They are players we have brought in to help us and they have definitely adapted to the group. They give us something different - they are experienced, have played national-team championships, and are ready to help. I can't say they are 100% perfect but they are talented professionals and playing against Barcelona is a motivation in itself."

    Nor does Alesio - whose side won five games out of six in navigating both the main and elite rounds of qualifying, including a climactic victory at Sporting Clube de Portugal - fear an attack of stage fright given the failure of his Azerbaijani internationals to shine at UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 earlier this year. "We have lots of players who were involved in the EURO, but this is another competition with different conditions. It's a big deal for the country to host this tournament. I hope we can set a good example and help the growth of futsal in Azerbaijan."

    Opponents Barcelona, elite round Group A winners during qualification, aim to repeat the success of their debut appearance at the UEFA Futsal Cup, when they triumphed as hosts in Lleida. "The European Cup is the biggest club competition in Europe. It is difficult to get to this stage three years running, considering our tough commitments in Spain," said coach Marc Carmona. "For these reasons it's really important for us and we are delighted to be here. We are fully motivated and want to deliver two good performances and bring the cup home."

    However, the Catalan outfit must overcome a possible mental hurdle, having lost two semi-finals in the past 12 months - against eventual champions Kairat Almaty in Georgia last spring, then to Interviuacute; Madrid in this season's Spanish Cup. "We are always concerned when we lose but we know we can't always win," Carmona reasoned. "This group has more memories of victories than of defeats. The important thing is what we do here. The difficulty of any match is the same whether you have lost four in a row or won four. All that matters is our performance tomorrow."

    Sergio Lozano has been a fitness doubt for Barça yet his coach expects everyone to be available save for long-term absentee Ari. "This competition is more important than any knock or niggle a player might have," he said. And the Blaugrana will go into the 18.00CET kick-off with words of warning ringing in their ears: "Araz are stronger than the two previous times we've played them because they have better players and a deeper squad. They are better than they have ever been."
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