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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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    Azerbaijan imported 16 camels from Russia.

    AZN 98,000 has been used to purchase 34 imported donkeys in the first half of 2014.

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    The Azerbaijan State Agency for Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources (ABOEMDA) is not confused with the low level of investment in the sector.

    Akim Badalov, ABOEMDA Chairman, stated at the meeting of the Caspian European Club (CEIBC) that more than AZN 100 million has been invested into Azerbaijan's alternative energy so far, abc.az reports.

    "Those funds have been provided only by the state but the state also creates conditions for private sector's participation in renewable and alternative energy sources production. The world practice demonstrated inefficiency of private sector's participation in renewable and alternative energy sources production, as it generates certain technological problems. The processes of alternative energy sources development should involve only those representatives of private sector, which can invest their own resources and not the funds raised from banks or other sources", - Badalov says.

    In his words, now Azerbaijan is considering options to expand participation of private sector: negotiations are being held; management systems and methods are being tested, as well as investors are being monitored for their ability to provide recoupment of their investments etc.
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  • Iran FM calls for Muslim unity against terrorism
    23.09.2014 16:50
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    Iranв's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against the spread of terrorism and extremism, calling on the Muslim world to remain united and seriously fight the scourges.

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    The top Iranian diplomat made the remarks in a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, where the two officials discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly the crisis in Iraq.

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  • Imposing sanctions on Russian journalists inadmissible: Moscow
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    A proposal to impose sanctions on Russian journalists for their coverage of events in Ukraine and Crimea is ''absurd and inadmissible".

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    "We call on international human rights institutions, including the OSCE representative on the freedom of the media, to prevent another blatant violation of international norms concerning human rights," Dolgov said.

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  • Up to 1000 national standards to be developed for oil industry
    23.09.2014 16:06
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    1000 national standards for oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) will be prepared till the end of 2014.

    Oxu.Az reports citing 1news.az that the statement came from the spokesman of the State Committee on Standardization, Metrology and Patents (SCSMP) Fazil Talibli.

    According to him, the work towards the development and adoption of new standards is already underway.

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    The first phase of the project will take 2 years. In general, the development of standards takes 8 years.
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  • Hollande to meet Rouhani in New York City
    23.09.2014 15:57
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    French President Francois Hollande will reportedly meet and hold talks with Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani.

    The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Press TV reports.

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    According to the British sources, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is also scheduled to meet President Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.
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  • Azerbaijani People's Artist Alim Gasimov to give concert in Mexico and Austria
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    Azerbaijani Peopleв's artist Alim Gasimov will give a concert in Mexico and Austria. Mugham singer is to leave for Mexico on October 15.

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    The press secretary added that the concert in Vienna is scheduled for October 29-30. Gasimov's daughter, honored artist Fergane Gasimova will perform together him at the Vienna concert.
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    Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC (AZAL), Azerbaijanв's National Air Carrier, announce a a special promotion ''AUTUMN OFFERS''.

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    'We take our own decisions and will do what is necessary in order to protect our national interests,' PM DavutoДџlu said in an interview late Sept. 22.

    Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has replied to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's call to Turkey to join a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), saying no one has the right to "test" Turkey, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "No one can give a test to Turkey, as if it did not do what is necessary. We take our own decisions and will do what is necessary in order to protect our national interests," DavutoДџlu said in an interview late Sept. 22.

    Kerry had stated that the United States was expecting Turkey to step up in the fight against ISIL now that the country had secured the release of 49 hostages that were held by the militants. DavutoДџlu said the issue was discussed with U.S. Secretary of State and Defense Minister Chuck Hagel during a recent visit to Ankara.

    The prime minister cited a number of foreign media reports and said they gave the impression that Turkey was "being tested and had to prove itself."

    "Everybody should know - something that I also told Mr. Kerry when I was the foreign minister - that Turkey does not have to prove anything. Turkey has always displayed that it can take a decisive attitude in line with what it believes in. They witnessed how Turkey was attentive even at times when [our] allies did not take enough care for some of our sensitiveness," DavutoДџlu said.

    No one should associate the current anti-ISIL coalition issue with the Turkish hostages and say, "Let's see what Turkey will do now," he added.

    "It's us that will make the decision of what we'll do, and we have not made that decision yet," he said.

    If the intention is to launch a joint strategy in the region, "then Turkey is not a country that will be given an exam paper, but rather a country that will be discussed as an equal," the prime minister said.
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  • Rain forecasted in Azerbaijan tomorrow
    23.09.2014 15:43
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    On September 24, the weather in Baku and Absheron Peninsula is expected to be changeably cloudy and mainly rainless during the day and night.

    National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that rain and lightning are expected toward the night. Strong southwest wind will be replaced by northeast wind in the evening. The temperature will be 17hellip;20 C at night, 24hellip;28 C in the daytime.

    In the regions of Azerbaijan on September 24, fog is predicted in some places. There will be lightning and rainfall, starting in northern and western regions. The rain will intensify in some places. Hail is expected to fall in western regions. Strong southwest wind will blow.

    The temperature will be 15hellip;20 C at night, 30hellip;35 C in the daytime in lowland regions, and 5hellip;10 C at night, 20hellip;26 C in the daytime in mountains.

    From the evening of September 23 to the morning of September 25 in Absheron Peninsula, a fluctuation of atmospheric pressure may be unfavorable for weather-sensitive people.
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  • Azerbaijan blacklists German Bundestag member
    23.09.2014 15:28
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    Bundestag member has made an illegal visit to Azerbaijanв's occupied territories.

    Azerbaijan has blacklisted member of German Bundestag from Christian Democratic Party Manfred Grund, acting spokesman for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev told APA.

    Visiting Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia without the permission of Baku and meeting with representatives of the separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh, Grund disrespected Azerbaijani laws and international law.

    "The person who visits Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territories without the permission and consent of the country is automatically included in the list of lsquo;persona non grata'. Official Baku once more stresses that visiting the Azerbaijani territories being under occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces without the permission of the Azerbaijani government is contrary to international law", he said.

    Asking whether any official appeal will be submitted to Berlin, the spokesman answered that Azerbaijan's Embassy in Germany will take necessary steps in this regard".
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  • shows militants executing another Lebanese soldier
    23.09.2014 15:25
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    Baku-APA. An Al-Qaeda-linked grouphas released a video showing the execution of another Lebanese soldier held captive by the terrorists, APA reports quoting Press TV.

    Sources say the al-Nusra Front, which is an al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, filmed video footage of execution near the border area between Lebanon and Syria

    Mohammad Hamiyeh was among over two dozen Lebanese soldiers that have been held by the al-Nusra Front and ISIL for more than a month now.

    Hamiyeh's execution brings to three the number of Lebanese forces recently killed by extremist groups .

    The militants have also threatened to kill a second soldier, Ali al-Bazzal. The other two, Abbas Medlej and Ali al-Sayyed, were beheaded by the ISIL.

    In their statement, themilitants have blamed Beirut for foot-dragging in Qatari-mediated talks for the release of soldiers in return for extremist prisoners jailed in Lebanon.

    The militants fighting against the Syrian government have committed numerous mass executions during the ongoing conflict.

    The al-Nusra Front and Takfiri ISIL militants have been fighting with the Lebanese army near thetown of Arsal on the Syrian border. The army recently sent reinforcements to the area.

    Following heavy battles with the Lebanese army last month, the militants took dozens of Lebanese soldiers and policemen as hostage.

    The militants launched a cross-border incursion into Arsal in early August. Lebanese troops entered the town following five days of fierce clashes with the ISIL Takfiri militants.

    The town's infirmary has been used as a base for the militants who have killed soldiers in recent months.

    Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks carried out by militant groups, as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the prolonged conflict in Syria.
    10
  • President Ilham Aliyev visited a statue of national leader Heydar Aliyev in Ismayilli
    23.09.2014 15:25
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    Baku, September 23 (AzerTAc). President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevhas arrived in Ismayilli District on a visit.

    The head of state laid flowers at a statue of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the city center.

    Head of Ismayilli District Executive Authority Mirdamad Sadigov informed President Ilham Aliyev about the work carried out in the square where the statue is located.

    It was said that extensive landscaping work was carried out and green areas laid in the square. All conditions were created here for the recreation of local residents and guests.
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  • Mollazade: We are used to such resolutions of the European Parliament
    23.09.2014 15:14
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    "We will no longer need the 'elder brother', who can teach us as an infant."

    MP, political scientist Mollazade responds to questions of Oxu.az:

    The European Parliament recently adopted a resolution with a pretty harsh criticism of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. What do you think about it?

    Well, it's not the first resolution of the European Parliament, and not the last. I hope that these documents will not violate the principle of mutually beneficial relations based on common interests that exist between the EU and Azerbaijan.

    I am well aware of the position of certain circles in the European Parliament, who are trying to seriously hamper the relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union. This is evident in the fact that the resolution was adopted at the very moment when the European Union is particularly interested in the development of energy projects with Azerbaijan. Today, a lot of work is carried in this direction and TANAP and TAP projects seriously provide energy security of Europe. But the forces that compete with Azerbaijan in this direction and the Armenian diaspora in many European countries are doing their best to camouflage the role of Armenia in the region, which is based on aggression and military operations, and to shift all the blame on others.

    In Azerbaijan, as in any post-Soviet country, there are various problems with democracy, human rights, but the situation is not worse than in Armenia, but this country for some unknown reasons is not subjected to discussion. Mostly in the European Parliament, and many such structures the condemnation is related to Azerbaijan, a country which is the key to energy security of Europe.

    The thing is that criticism of Azerbaijan is heard too often in Europe, but we do not see same attitude to Armenia.

    We are used to it, we will continue to work. Above all, we would like very much to see that the European Parliament continue its work to restore the rule of law in our region and on the implementation of their own resolutions relating to the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan, ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories. I think it would be a better contribution of the organization to the stability and development in our region.

    Do you believe that the resolution is not a reason to similarly dramatic response?

    No, we have cooperated and will continue to do so. I think it's a mutually beneficial cooperation. Simply, we have repeatedly tried to explain to them in Brussels that we said "Good-bye" to our elder brother and neither Brussels nor Washington nor Ankara, nor other center of power will not be "elder brother", who can teach us as an infant.

    Meanwhile, during the discussions in the European Parliament, some MPs urged to impose sanctions on some Azerbaijani officials ...

    Each deputy must be responsible for his actions, so I do not want to comment on it.

    I am familiar with the response of our Foreign Ministry statement, to me it seems balanced.

    And yet, is it possible that under the influence of such "double standards" Azerbaijan will change its foreign policy objectives?

    I think in the near future Azerbaijan will not make any major changes in the policy vector.
    6
  • The groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor was held at the Sangachal terminal
    23.09.2014 14:50
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    On Sept. 20 the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor has been held at the Sangachal terminal with the participation of heads of state and government.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and other participants of the ceremony left their handprints in special frames.

    Then President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Taner Y?ld?z, Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania Damian Gjiknuri, Deputy Minister for Economic Development of Italy Claudio De Vincenti, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic, Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom Lord Livingston, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein, BP Group chief executive Robert Dudley, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Rovnag Abdullayev signed the pipe section which will form the start of the Southern Gas Corridor.В 

    Then the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor was held.

    Then the heads of state and government and other guests posed for photographs.

    5
  • President Ilham Aliyev received the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment - PHOTO
    23.09.2014 14:49
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 20 has received Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Lord Livingston.

    During the meeting, the sides said that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were at a high level, and exchanged views on prospects for cooperation, which is developing rapidly.

    Special attention paid to the development of information and communication technologies, non-oil sector, agriculture, healthcare and education and the implementation of infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan was emphasized.

    5
  • American Mary McBride band performs in Lankaran
    23.09.2014 14:22
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    Lankaran, September 23 (AzerTAc). American Mary McBride band has given a concert in Lankaran region. The band is visiting Azerbaijan under the US Department of State`s Cultural Envoy program. It is designed to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between Americans and Azerbaijanis. The band will also travel to Salyan and Nakhchivan.

    Mary McBride and her band have released four albums - "Everything Seemed Alright," "By Any Other Name," "Every Day Is a Holiday," and "The Way Home." Mary and her band members have performed thousands of live shows and have collaborated, performed or toured with Blondie, Chubby Checker, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Prine, Koko Taylor, LL Cool J, Lou Reed, Marcia Ball, Maria Muldaur, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Philip Glass, Sugarhill Gang, B52s, Indigo Girls, and Ziggy Marley. Their fifth album, "Maybe I'm Dreaming," will be released in 2014.

    Mary has most recently been touring as a Cultural Envoy and since July of 2011, Mary and her band have performed in more than seventeen countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Argentina, Pakistan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Algeria, Laos, Panama, and Costa Rica. This December, she will tour Indonesia.

    Mary received significant acclaim for her performance of "No One's Gonna Love You like Me" on-screen and on the soundtrack of the Academy-award winning film BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, directed by Ang Lee, and also was chosen by Elton John to sing at the 35th Anniversary.
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  • Central Clinical Hospital implanted transcatheter prosthetic aortic heart valves for first time in Azerbaijan
    23.09.2014 14:17
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). The Central Clinical Hospital has implanted transcatheter prosthetic aortic heart valves for the first time in Azerbaijan.

    Chief Physician of the hospital, a heart surgeon Kamran Musayev and his team carried out the operation.

    Disease of heart valves is widespread in Azerbaijan. Recently Azerbaijan achieved considerable success in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and in remedy for the disease of heart valves. Most modern remedy for the disease of heart valves is transcatheter aortic valve implantation called - TAVД°. This method is especially highly effective in treatment of the older people and patients at high risk, as there is a high risk in the classic (open) method of the operation.

    According to Kamran Musayev, the operation is carried out in leading countries only for the last decade. In US this operation is carried out since 2007. This method is a gleam of hope, the best alternative for the patients at high risk. "Our patient is a 79 years old woman. Considering her age and other illnesses we decided that the classical surgery will be highly dangerous and decided to make a treatment with TAVI method. After the necessary procedures we operated our patient with TAVI method. I want to note that for carrying out such operations we need a serious infrastructure and training of the staff. We were preparing for such operations at the central clinic for nearly two years. The operations followed these comprehensive training. Such operations are a team work. We were able to make TAVI operation thanks to cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and anesthesiologists. We carried out a successful operation without a need for open operation which needs cardiac arrest and transfer of the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass," said the heart surgeon.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Minister of Justice meets President of PACE
    23.09.2014 14:05
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    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Justice, chairman of Judicial-Legal Council Fikrat Mammadov has met Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

    The Minister highlighted close cooperation of Azerbaijan with the Council of Europe in various directions, especially in the field of law. He also spoke about the reforms carried out under leadership of President Ilham Aliyev in the fields of human rights, democracy and supremacy of law.

    The Minister said these principles were priorities of Azerbaijan during its chairmanship to Ministerial Committee of the Council of Europe.

    Anne Brasseur, in turn, highlighted the constructive cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe.
    8
  • Israeli Ambassador: ''The policy of tolerance, inter-cultural and interreligious dialogue is successfully continued in Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev''
    23.09.2014 13:48
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    Baku, September 23 (AzerTAc). The Jewish News Agency (JNA) posted an article dealing with the joint program realized by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United States and the Embassy of Israel in Azerbaijan.

    The article says: "To tell the truth about the Azerbaijani-Israeli relations and about the life of Jews in the Republic of Azerbaijan became the purpose of the program in which took part the Ambassador of Israel to Azerbaijan Rafael Harpaz and the counselor of Embassy of Azerbaijan in the US Mammad Talibov".

    Israeli Ambassador in Baku has praised tolerance in Azerbaijan.

    "Tolerance in Azerbaijan is an example to the entire world," said the Ambassador as he attended a series of events dealing with Azerbaijani-Israeli relations in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

    "Along with representatives of other nations, Jews live in Azerbaijan in peaceful and safe conditions", Rafael Harpaz stated. .

    He lauded the role of national leader Heydar Aliyev in continuing and developing "deep-rooted" traditions of tolerance of the Azerbaijani people. "This policy is today being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev," he added.

    The events included a seminar organized by the Center of Israel at the American University, a conference co-organized by the American Jewish Committee, Republican Jewish Coalition and ACCESS Young Professionals.
    26
  • Ilham Aliyev speaks on Euronews
    23.09.2014 13:42
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    "This is a project of the century and its members will benefit at least 100 years."

    As we reported earlier, Azerbaijan held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project of the Southern Gas Corridor on September 20, 2014.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS PRESS that Euronews, which prepared the story of the event, made an interview with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

    Ilham Aliyev, who said that this project will be useful for Azerbaijan, called it a "project of the century":

    "This project is important for Azerbaijan, as the pipeline will export our gas to the world markets. This project opens up new opportunities for transit countries. This is a project of the new century. The participants will benefit from it at least 100 years".

    The groundbreaking ceremony of the Trans-Anadolu Gas Pipeline (TANAP) will be held in March 2015 in Turkey. TANAP, which is estimated at $ 10 bn, envisages the transportation of gas from Azerbaijani field "Shah Deniz" through Turkey to the border with Europe.

    The agreement on TANAP was signed in 2012 between the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.
    11
  • Novruz Mammadov about Southern Gas Corridor
    23.09.2014 13:41
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    Novruz Mammadov has spoken about the Southern Gas Corridor.

    Deputy Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Head of Foreign Relations Department Novruz Mammadov has commented on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor held in Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijan signed for the implementation of the second project of international importance for more than 20 years", Mammadov wrote on his Twitter page.
    7
  • Official Baku welcomes release of Turkish diplomats
    23.09.2014 13:29
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    Official Baku has praised the release of the Turkish diplomats.

    Azerbaijan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the release of the employees of the Turkish Consulate General in the Iraqi city of Mosul and their family members who were seized by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told APA.

    In his statement, Mr Hajiyev has congratulated the employees of the Consulate General, their family members and the fraternal Turkish people and expressed his best wishes.

    49 Turkish citizens taken hostage by ISIL were released after 101 days.
    7
  • Baku 2015 European Games signs SOCAR as Official Partner
    23.09.2014 13:21
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    Baku '" APA. The State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has today signed an agreement to become an Official Partner of Baku 2015 European Games.

    According to APA, the agreement was signed by Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer Azad Rahimov and SOCAR Vice-presidentElshad Nasirov.

    The deal will see Baku 2015 European Games branding on every SOCAR forecourt and outlet across the entire country to raise awareness of the event.

    SOCAR will also help to promote the European Games around the continent thanks to a marketing campaign that will feature in four other countries, including Switzerland, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer, said: "The European Games is an opportunity to promote Azerbaijan to the rest of the world and to have the backing of such a highly valued international company is of vital importance. We are very pleased to have the full support of SOCAR and all their staff ahead of Baku 2015."

    Mr Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR, said: "We are very proud to be supporting the Baku 2015 European Games as it is the biggest sporting event ever to come to Azerbaijan.

    "Sponsorships across sport are a very significant point for us, and SOCAR is honoured to be associated with such an exciting moment in the history of the country.

    "The European Games will help leave a legacy of lasting positive change, and we are extremely happy to be playing a part in that."

    SOCAR became the fifth Official Partner of Baku 2015, joining Pamp;G, Tissot, BP and Nar Mobile.

    Mr Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, said: "To have the support of a number of high-profile international businesses is essential to any major sports event, and the calibre of partners that Baku 2015 has secured will no doubt lead to a wonderful first edition of the European Games."

    And Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, added: "As we continue to count down the days until the beginning of the European Games, it gives us great confidence to know that many major Azerbaijani businesses are backing our efforts to create an innovative event that will unite Europe through sport."

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

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

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

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
    17
  • Azerbaijani art masters perform in Paris
    23.09.2014 13:20
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    Paris, September 23 (AzerTAc). The Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris hosted the opening ceremony of the colorful Azerbaijani Camp here.

    The event organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was attended by Azerbaijan's First Lady and President of the Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The event is aimed to make Azerbaijan recognized internationally. Such events could continue in the future in France and its capital.

    The camp gives a chance to French people and other nations to get acquainted with the history, culture and tourism of Azerbaijan through various exhibitions until September 28. The camp will also have stalls promoting national cuisine, sweets, drinks, and folk arts of Azerbaijan.

    Addressing the event, Mayor of the 6th arrondissement of Paris Jean-Pierre Lecoq said that Paris residents would be able to get substantial information about Azerbaijan and its rich culture during the 10-day event.

    Addressing the opening ceremony, First lady Mehriban Aliyeva pointed out that projects implemented in France play an important role in promotion of Azerbaijani history, culture and arts.

    She underlined that Azerbaijan places huge emphasis on bilateral relations with France and noted that such events help build ties among NGOs and business sectors of two sides.

    Aliyeva stressed that the Azerbaijani camp will tell a story of Azerbaijan's past, present and future, history, culture, art and music. It will also present traditional and classic music, jazz concerts, dance ensembles.

    The State Dance Ensemble, "Natig" rhythm group, State Ensemble of Folk Musical Instruments, Ensemble of Ancient Musical Instruments and other musical groups will welcome residents and tourists with a variety of concert programs, Azerbaijani classical, jazz and folk music Mugham.

    "Natig" Rhythm Group led by People's Artist of Azerbaijan Natig Shirinov performed before the French audience. The Group performed the dance music pieces "Coming to life", "Five Lovers", "Arabesque", "Jazz" and "Atashgah".
    7
  • Brussels may revise anti-Russian sanctions on September 30: reports
    23.09.2014 13:12
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    The European Union may start reconsidering economic sanctions against Moscow on September 30, Kommersant newspaper reported Tuesday citing the EU foreign policy chief's spokeswoman to Maya Kosyanchich.

    The European Union's Foreign Affairs Council will undertake a "complex review of the implementation of the Minsk peace plan, and the ceasefire regime in particular. This review is currently in preparation," Kosyanchich told Kommersant.

    The document is reportedly to be examined by the EU Permanent Representatives Committee, which will then decide what to do with the sanctions against Russia. In the best-case scenario, EU officials may support a gradual easing of certain sanctions, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous EU source.

    Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe brokered a ceasefire agreement between Kiev and eastern Ukrainian independence forces during the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine held in Minsk on September 5.

    The ceasefire has mostly been holding in southeastern Ukraine. The group's September 19 session has led to the adoption of a nine-point memorandum, specifying the implementation of the ceasefire.

    Following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the West introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, notably targeting its oil, banking and defense sectors. Moscow responded with the adoption of a one-year ban on the import of certain food products made in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway.
    8
  • Municipality chairman commits suicide in Azerbaijan
    23.09.2014 13:06
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    A man has reportedly committed suicide in Goychay District.

    APA's local bureau reports that the incident happened in the district's Chayarkhi village in the morning. Villager Mahmud Shikhmammadov, 1954, hanged himself in the stable in the yard of his house.

    The reason for the suicide is unknown yet.

    Shikhmammadov had worked as the chairman of Garabaggal municipality linking the Goychay, Garabaggal and Hajalikend villages and had three children.

    Local authorities and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene.

    Goychay District Prosecutor's Office is investigating the fact.
    9
  • Medvedev: Europe will pay for sanctions against Russia
    23.09.2014 12:36
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    Baku-APA. Europe will have to pay for sanctions against Russia's share on the Russian market, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, APA reports quoting Russian media.

    In an interview with Russian television, he stressed that sanctions will ever stop, but the European partners of Russia, which entered the Russian market, to get back at him is unlikely, because their place will be occupied either by Russian producers, or other foreign.

    Russian Prime Minister also reassured entrepreneurs from Asia and Latin America who intend to enter the Russian market on the place of the European suppliers, which in the case of normalization of relations with Europe, their position will not be compromised.
    11
  • International Fireworks Festival held in Almaty
    23.09.2014 12:28
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    Almaty, September 23 (AzerTAc). On the Day of Almaty city the best pyrotechnics from Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have shown a big night show in the framework of the "Eurasian fireworks festival."

    "It was unforgettable! Everybody was impressed by the sky show. We have never seen that salute in Almaty," says one of the spectators Sergey Alexanin.

    International Fireworks Festival was held at the Republic Square on Sunday from 9 to 11 p.m. In the framework of the event a concert featuring the winners of the Eurasian music awards "Muzzone 2014" was carried out.
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  • British MP supports the Many Happy Returns campaign
    23.09.2014 12:16
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    British MP supports the Many Happy Returns campaign.

    British leading Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Manzoor CBE expressed her support for the Many Happy Returns (MHR) campaign at www.manyhappyreturnsidp.com, AzerTag reports.

    Baroness Manzoor commented: "Good luck to MHR in raising awareness of this situation. I hope the IDPs and refugees will soon be able to return to their homes."

    The title of the MHR campaign is based on the English birthday greeting lsquo;Many Happy Returns' which, in this case, also refers to the wish of the Azerbaijani IDPs and refugees to return to their rightful homeland. The website features photos of IDPs in just three of the camps spread across the 76 regions of Azerbaijan, taken by the renowned German photographer Philipp Rathmer.
    6
  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates King of Saudi Arabia
    23.09.2014 12:04
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    "I heartily congratulate you and your people on the national holiday."

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al -Saud on the occasion of the national holiday.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Day.Az that the letter reads:

    "I am very happy to convey to you and through you to all your people on my own behalf and on behalf of the Azerbaijani people the most heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of National Day of Saudi Arabia - the Proclamation of the Kingdom", the message reads.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud health, happiness, success in business and a permanent peace and prosperity to the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.

    The President also congratulated the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

    "I heartily congratulate you and your people on the national holiday - the Day of the proclamation of the kingdom" the message reads.

    President Ilham Aliyev wished Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud all the best and permanent peace and welfare to the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia.
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  • Ceasefire regime violated again
    23.09.2014 11:39
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    Armenians continue firing on our positions.

    Yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions from their posts near Shuraabad, Bash Garvand villages of Agdam, Tapqaraqoyunlu, Goranboy, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand and on nameless heights of Goygol.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the news service for the Defense Ministry that the enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Iranв's President Rouhani arrives in New York
    23.09.2014 10:26
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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives in New York to attend the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    The plane carrying the Iranian president arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday afternoon local time, Press TV reports.

    Upon his arrival, Rouhani was received by a group of Iranian and foreign officials.

    "Last year violence and extremism were proposed as one of the significant issues of the world," Rouhani told reporters at the airport, adding, "I hope this year we will discuss the issue and the ways to counter it as well."

    The Iranian president said that he "will have separate meetings with heads of different states and will use this opportunity to elaborate on the positions of the Islamic Republic vis-a-vis significant international and regional issues."

    Iran has ruled out the possibility of a meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN meeting.

    On Wednesday, the Iranian administration's spokesman, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht, said President Rouhani has no plan to meet with Obama.

    On Sunday, the Iranian president held talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the Leader wished President Rouhani success during his trip.

    The 69th annual session of the General Assembly opened in New York on September 16 and will end on October 1.
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  • Freed hostages to testify over ISIL raid on Mosul consulate
    23.09.2014 09:42
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    The freed hostages returned to Turkish soil on Sept. 20.

    An Ankara prosecutor has demanded the testimony of the Mosul consulate's freed personnel, as a part of the ongoing investigation of the raid carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in June, Anadolu Agency has reported, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Freed personnel from the consulate, including Consul General Öztürk YД±lmaz, have been requested to testify before the prosecutor as the aggrieved party. The request is part of the judicial investigation into the perpetrators of ISIL's raid, on charges of establishing a terrorist organization and restricting the freedom of Turkish citizens.

    Some 46 Turkish citizens were held as hostages by ISIL for 101 days and were freed on Sept. 20.

    According to the Anadolu Agency report, prosecutor SadД±k BayД±ndД±r has officially notified the Police Department to request the testimony of the freed personnel.

    All freed personnel have been granted administrative leave of one month by President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan.
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  • The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh Issue
    23.09.2014 08:47
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    The Huffington Post has published an article 'The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh issue' by Fiyaz Mughal.

    The article reads:

    Mention Azerbaijan and many will not have heard about the country in the UK or some may think that it is somewhere near Pakistan, since both end with the same two letters. Mention oil and gas and others, in the know on energy resources, will be able to comment on Azerbaijan as a country which is strategically placed to provide these resources under a private sector boom that has firmly placed the country on the map of the Caucasus. Yet, few actually realise the importance of this country.

    Azerbaijan with its long running grievance over Nagorno Karabakh continues to feel that a part of its territorial sovereignty has been violated by the actions of Armenia. In 1992 scores of Azerbaijani civilians were killed in an Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. Military skirmishes continue to this day and even escalated more recently in July and August 2014 where President Putin had to intervene between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev. Yet, beyond the killings in Khojaly, the conflict has also created between five hundred thousand to one million refugees, most of them being Azerbaijani in ethnicity and such a dislocation of people has naturally created a deep grievance within many Azerbaijanis. It has, in effect become a national grievance that needs resolution at a time when there are greater threats on the horizon in the region.

    Much like the Palestinian conflict, though much shorter in timescale and in the scale of the impact, Nagorno Karabakh has sucked up the resources and focus of both countries which could have been used elsewhere. Opportunities for both countries have been lost though what is noteworthy is the diplomatic tone that the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has struck in public calls to his Armenian counterpart. Working with Turkey and other regional partners, calls from Azerbaijan on the Nagorno Karabakh issue have been measured and diplomatic in their tone, even after the skirmishes a few months ago that could have started a series of military campaigns which no side wanted.

    Azerbaijan is a far cry from where the country was two or even three decades ago. Natural resources, high levels of skilled workers (many trained through Soviet style institutions) and an impressive acceleration of development within the capital city, Baku, have transformed the nation. Whilst there are steps to be made in terms of better governance and human rights, the trajectory of the country is moving in the right direction, with a leadership willing to listen, proud of its religious diversity and its heritage, and as a country at the cross-roads between East and West. This is one of the reasons why Azerbaijan should be a key military geo-strategic partner in the Caucasus for the United Kingdom. Much like the heavy investment that the United Kingdom makes into Azerbaijan, of importance for the future are closer military and civic connections between the two countries.

    Which is why the Nagorno Karabakh issue must be resolved and cannot be allowed to fester. Looking at the scale of the issues in the Middle East, with ISIS just under three hundred kilometres away from Azerbaijan, there are frankly, bigger concerns that need to be addressed though this needs the courage for us within Western nations to resolve smaller scale conflicts. Today Azerbaijan is a stable, friendly, investable and valuable strategic partner, yet these opportunities are not maximised by our country. Looking at Azerbaijan only through the lens of having a grievance means that this blinkered view restricts us from the real opportunities that this country provides. However, this can only be done if a fair resolution of the grievance that has racked the nation's psyche is addressed.

    The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions. Leaving President Putin to play the diplomat and honest broker between both parties simply means that Russia's influence on the region is maintained and surrounding satellite nations remain subservient to its geo-strategic and geo-political wishes. This does not mean agitating and aggravating the Russian leadership since military tension in the Ukraine is also on the horizon. It does mean making the case that resolving the Nagorno Karabakh issue is beneficial for all parties and for Russia and Western nations. By doing so, we can ensure a co-ordinated approach to tackling greater threats with key countries like Azerbaijan side by side with us. Today that threat is ISIS in the Middle East, tomorrow, it could well be another group in another neighbouring region that is more mobile, highly motivated and extremely ruthless in its actions.

    Fiyaz Mughal is a Director of Faith Matters and the Tell MAMA project.
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  • TANAP to open a new peace corridor, Taner Yildiz says
    23.09.2014 07:06
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    Baku. Ramiz Mikayiloghlu '" APA. ''Azerbaijan is an indispensable country for Turkey'', Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said at the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and the Southern Gas Corridor groundbreaking ceremony.

    Yildiz said Azerbaijani-Turkish joint projects will benefit all over the world, TANAP will open a new peace corridor.

    Making a speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic said Azerbaijan was gained a great achievement over the previous period: "Montenegro has decided to join this project. The diversification of energy supply is very important. We are creating a new future for our countries".

    Albanian Minister of Industry and Energy Damian Gjiknuri called the Southern Gas Corridor a significant project for Europe: "We'll provide a speedy implementation of TAP project".

    British Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston said that the 20th anniversary of the UK-Azerbaijan relations is also marked today: "The British companies are basic source of foreign investment in Azerbaijan. Generally, 500 British companies are operating in Azerbaijan in different spheres. Azerbaijan has also opportunities in information and communication technologies sphere".

    The British minister also expressed his support to the Southern Gas Corridor.

    BP Executive-Director Robert Dudley noted that 2.5 bln barrels of oil have been produced, $30 mln has been invested within the "Contract of the Century". He said that the Southern Gas Corridor will play an important role in the European energy supply.

    SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev said that nearly $45 bln will be invested in TAP ad TANAP: "The Southern Gas Corridor will transport gas to Turkey in 2016, to Europe in 2019. We'll watch football in Azerbaijan in 2020 as a member of great European family".

    Thereafter, a film on development of oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan was demonstrated.
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  • PACE President hails Azerbaijanв's struggle against corruption
    22.09.2014 21:01
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has praised Azerbaijan's struggle against corruption and reforms conducted in the legislative system during the meeting with Azerbaijani General Prosecutor Zakir Garalov, on September 22.

    PACE President expressed her confidence for the close cooperation between the organization and Azerbaijan.

    Zakir Garalov noted that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to strengthening its cooperation with PACE, General Prosecutor's Office reports.

    Azerbaijani General Prosecutor informed Anne Brasseur about the country's progressive reforms in judicial system and legal basis established as part of these reforms. General Prosecutor mentioned President Ilham Aliyev's political will towards the struggle against corruption and legislative and practical reforms carried out in the country.

    It is one of the key priorities of the prosecutor bodies learning and implementing the legislature of the European Court of Human Rights in Azerbaijan, Zakir Garalov said.

    The sides had comprehensive exchange of views on the issues of mutual interest.
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  • President of Turkmenistan receives President of SOCAR
    22.09.2014 20:56
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    Ashgabat, September 22 (AzerTAc). President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has received President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

    Rovnag Abdullayev conveyed sincere greetings and wishes of President Ilham Aliyev to the President and the people of Turkmenistan.

    The President of Turkmenistan asked to deliver greetings and best wishes to President Ilham Aliyev.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow stressed the importance of the friendly and neighbouring relations between the two countries and nations, adding there was good potential for developing these ties.

    They had comprehensive exchange of views on boosting cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in the field of energy-oil and discussed how to further boost ties of both countries.
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  • Mechanism of antibiotic resistance revealed
    22.09.2014 20:40
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Antibiotic resistance represents a serious threat to human health, and researchers in London have taken an important step towards understanding how it spreads by unravelling a bacterial secretions system.

    Bacteria use type IV secretion to move substances across their cell walls; the system - which can distribute genetic material between bacteria - differs substantially from other bacterial secretion systems in both its molecular structure and mechanism of secretion. The mechanism is directly responsible for the spread of antibiotic resistance in hospital settings, and plays a crucial role in secreting toxins in infections, causing ulcers, whooping cough and severe forms of pneumonia.

    Researchers from University College London (UCL) and Birkbeck, University of London used electron microscopy to reconstruct the system as observed in E. coli. The mechanism consists of two separate complexes - one in the outer membrane of the cell and the other in the inner membrane. The two are connected by a stalk-like structure that crosses the periplasm, the space between the two membranes. The complexes at both membranes form pores in the membrane through which secretions are made.

    "This work is a veritable tour de force," said Professor Gabriel Waksman from the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint UCL/Birkbeck Institute. "The entire complex is absolutely huge and its structure is unprecedented."

    "It's the type of work which is ground-breaking and will provide an entirely new direction to the field. Next we need to understand how bacteria use this structure to get a movie of how antibiotics resistance genes are moved around."

    Understanding the structure of the secretion system will help scientists reveal how cells move substances across the inner and outer membranes. It could also help in the development of new tools for the genetic modification of human cells, as the bacteria could act as a carrier for genetic material which could then be secreted into the cells.

    "Understanding bacteria's secretion systems could help design new compounds able to stop the secretion process, thereby stopping the spread of antibiotics resistance genes," said Waksman. "Given that antibiotics resistance has become so widespread and represents a grave threat to human health, the work could have considerable impact for future research in the field of antimicrobials."
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  • Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces continue joint exercises
    22.09.2014 20:36
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces continue the joint exercises, the Defense Ministry's press service said.

    Turkish Air Force pilots together with Azerbaijani pilots carried out flights by two-seat MiG-29 aircrafts in order to familiarize with the condition in the reserve aerodromes, air navigation on route, departure and landing strips of the military aerodromes, country's air space zones.

    The Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces will also carried out flights by F-16 fighter aircrafts.

    The Air Forces' exercises till continue till October 3.

    The exercises are being attended by more than 30 Air Force assets of Azerbaijan and Turkey, in particular, the fighters "MIG-29", "F-16" military transport aircraft "Su-25", "C-130 Herkules", helicopter gunships "Mi-24", "AH-1W Super Cobra" and military transport helicopter "Mi-17"and "Sikorski UH-60".
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  • Swedish queen meets representatives of Nizami Ganjavi International Centre
    22.09.2014 20:29
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Queen Silvia of Sweden has met representatives of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre in Geneva.

    Board members Walter Fust, Farida Allaghi and Rovshan Muradov attended the meeting.

    The meeting featured exchange of views on activity of Azerbaijani great poet Nizami Ganjavi.

    They also discussed the projects and initiatives implemented by the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre. The Swedish queen was informed about the 3rd Global Shared Societies Forum to be held in Baku in 2015.
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  • Baku 2015 European Games announces venue for triathlon
    22.09.2014 20:22
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Baku 2015 European Games is today pleased to announce that a venue has been finalised for the Triathlon event next summer.

    The event - which will see 130 of Europe's finest athletes going for gold - will be held at Bilgah Beach, located just north of Baku city centre.

    The race - which will consist of a 1,500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike ride and 10 kilometre run - is anticipated to be one of most popular events of the first European Games.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are delighted to now be able to confirm details for the Triathlon at next summer's inaugural European Games.

    "As the winners of the men's and women's events will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we expect an elite field of athletes competing in what will prove to be a superb venue."

    Situated close to the Athletes Village, Bilgah Beach is well-known as a luxurious seaside resort that is popular with both locals and tourists.

    Mrs Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union, said: "We are very happy that Baku 2015 European Games has now secured this high-profile venue for the event.

    "Their determination to secure a location that has the capacity to host high-quality sport as well as the large crowds that are expected to attend was very welcome."

    And Mr Renato Bertrandi, President of the European Triathlon Union, added: "The continent's athletes will no doubt be delighted by the quality of the venue and we are already very much looking forward to next year's European Games."

    The two days of competition will take place on the opening weekend of action next year, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June.

    Mr Pierce O'Callaghan, Baku 2015 Director of Sport, added: "Triathlon by its nature is an extremely exciting sport and the Bilgah Beach is the perfect location for what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the European Games sports programme.

    "The recent tests on the water quality were excellent and we are more than confident that the first European Games will see a thrilling race taking place in a spectacular setting."
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  • SOCAR and Bulgarian gas companies sign documents
    22.09.2014 19:11
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). The President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev received heads of Bulgartransgaz and Bulgargaz companies, who are on a visit to Baku to attend the events on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century.

    SOCAR President Abdullayev said the friendship and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria are rapidly developing, regarding the Bulgarian president's participation in the events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century and the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor as an obvious manifestation of these relations.

    The guest said solemn ceremonies in Baku are organized at a high level, emphasizing that they are interesting in the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria.

    Thereafter, SOCAR and Bulgarian gas companies signed two documents. SOCAR President and Chief Executive Officer of Bulgartransgaz Kiril Temelkov signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

    A protocol of intent was signed by SOCAR President and Chairperson of the Board of Bulgargaz.
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  • Baku to host EFAA annual general meeting
    22.09.2014 19:11
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Baku will host the annual general meeting of the European Federation of Accountants and Auditors (EFAA) on May 7, 2015.

    The decision was made at the EFAA annual meeting held with the participation of the Azerbaijani delegation from the Chamber of Auditors in Budapest, Hungary, Chamberof Auditors of the Azerbaijan Republic MrVahid Novruzov said.

    The EFAA for small and medium-sized enterprises is an umbrella organization for national accountants and auditors' organizations whose individual members provide professional services primarily to SMEs within the European Union and Europe as a whole. It was founded in 1994.
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