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China bans new government buildings in corruption curb
24.07.2013 14:18
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China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years, according to state media, BBC reported.

The move comes as part of a campaign by President Xi Jinping to show that the ruling Communist Party (CPC) is cracking down on corruption and waste.

Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage.

The directive forbids luxury makeovers and expansions done under the guise of repair work, Xinhua newspaper said.

Chandeliers

The notice says some departments and local authorities have built huge government office compounds against regulations, tainting the image of the CPC.

Among the buildings that have attracted widespread disapproval in recent years is the western-style government office building in the city of Fuyang in Anhui province, in eastern China.

It reportedly cost 30 million yuan ($4.89m, pound;3.19m) to build and is referred to as the 'White House' by residents.

A state-owned drug company also caused outrage after photographs emerged apparently showing a building decorated to mimic France's Versailles palace, complete with gold-tinted walls and chandeliers.

Some government agencies have reportedly built luxury offices in seaside resorts where officials can stay for free or at deeply discounted prices.

The ban - described as an "across-the-board halt" - includes training centres, hotels or government motels, Xinhua said.

It also says government organisations should not receive sponsorship or donations towards construction projects, or collaborate with private companies.

"Banning the building of new government buildings is important for building a clean government and also a requirement for boosting CPC-people ties and maintaining the image of the CPC and the government," Xinhua quoted the directive as saying.

Tackling corruption has been President Xi Jinping's most high-profile policy since he became China's leader earlier this year.

He has warned that "corruption and bribe-taking by some party members and cadres" pose "severe challenges" to the Communist Party's rule.

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14

    By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:

    Despite the outstanding disagreements between Tehran and Ankara over gas prices, Iran and Turkey appear reluctant to spoil trade ties.

    As soon as the reports regarding the International Court of Arbitration's verdict on gas dispute between Tehran and Ankara appeared, a number of international and local media outlets devoted some space for the story covering various angles, but some bias and hasty.

    Iranian conservative media that basically is after picking faults with moderate President Hassan Rouhani's administration raised its voice criticizing Rouhani for the loss while a number of international media highlighted Turkey's win against Iran giving the sense that the ties between the two traditional partners are coming into conflict.

    According to a deal inked in 1996 between Tehran and Ankara, Iran is committed to provide Turkey with some 30 million cubic meters of gas per day. Back in March 2012 Ankara filed a complaint against Iran in the International Court of Arbitration requesting for a 25 percent price reduction. The controversy stirred up in early February when media sources reported that the court has ruled in favor of a 10-15 percent price discount.

    Although the controversy seems to many as a sore point in the ties of the neighboring countries, Iran-Turkey ties are here to continue given the considerable trade turnover over the past several years as well as $10 billion gas trade per year.

    The trade turnover between the countries was $13.71 billion in 2014 and $9.76 billion in 2015.

    Although the trade turnover dropped by 29 percent in 2015 compared to the preceding year, many observers believe that the decline came amid global economic crisis ruling out the role of the political and economic disagreements in the decline.

    Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Alireza Bikdeli has forecasted a profitable year for Iran and Turkey describing the ties between the neighboring countries as friendly.

    "A profitable year [Iranian new year to start March 21] is coming. The train of ties between Iran and Turkey will keep moving on the rails of friendship," Bikdeli wrote on his Facebook page.

    On the other hand the Turkish presidential administration has told Trend that "Tehran is Ankara's economic partner".

    Now with the new economic and political developments in the world including the partial removal of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic and also the sharp decline in oil prices as well as global financial crisis, preparing a new economic plan including a revision of gas prices seems as a crucial step on the path to cement economic ties between Tehran and Ankara.

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  • Obama says will nominate Justice Scalia's successor in due time
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    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, Reuters reported.

    Obama paid tribute to Scalia's legacy on the bench in brief remarks to reporters, but did not give any indication about who he would nominate to replace him, saying the nomination would come in due time.

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  • Have a nice flight: British Airways, Air France have plans for Iran
    14.02.2016 08:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Three leading European airlines namely British Airways, KLM and Air France have plans to launch extraordinary trips to Iran on the eve of the new Iranian year starting March. 21, an Iranian official with the transportation ministry has said.

    Hamid Reza Seyyedi, a board member of Iran's main international gateway, Imam Khomeini International Airport, has said that the European airlines have presented flight plans to for late March, the transportation ministry's official website reported.

    According to the official, Lufthansa which has already resumed flights to the country has submitted a request to increase the number of its flights during the new Iranian year March 21 - 1 April.

    He further added that the domestic airlines have also requested to increase the number of flights during the holidays.

    The European airlines halted their flights to Iran due to international sanctions over the past years and now with the removal of sanctions they plan to resume or increase the number of flights to the Islamic Republic.

    After a number of nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5 1 group of countries, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced Jan. 16 about the implementation of the JCPOA, aka nuclear deal, and the removal of economic sanctions on Iran.

    According to the statement, the EU confirmed that the legal framework, providing for lifting of its nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions, is effective.

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  • Cuba returns missing US hellfire missile
    14.02.2016 07:01
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    US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Cuban government has returned a wrongly shipped missing air-to-surface Hellfire missile to the United States, national media reported Saturday.

    "We can say, without speaking to specifics, that the inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government," The Wall Street Journal quoted Toner as saying in a written statement.

    Toner attributed the reestablishment of US-Cuban diplomatic relations and the reopening of the US embassy in Havana to allowing Washington "engage with the Cuban government on issues of mutual interest."

    The inert missile was sent by manufacturer Lockheed Martin from Orlando International Airport to Spain for joint NATO exercises in early 2014.

    It was delivered to Germany after the NATO drills, expected to be loaded on a return flight to Florida. Officials later discovered that the missile was placed on an Air France flight to Paris, then Havana, for unclear reasons.

    Cuban officials were said to remove the missile and hold it with no public explanation.

    The newspaper cited officials as saying a plane carrying the 5-foot 100-pound missile, which did not contain explosives, landed at the Orlando airport early Saturday. It is later expected to be returned to a warehouse that holds a large stock of Hellfires.

    An investigation is underway to determine whether the redirection was a criminal act.

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  • Iran, Germany setting up joint university
    14.02.2016 06:21
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    Iran and Germany are to set up an international university, says the deputy president of Iran's University of Science and Technology.

    Touraj Mohammadi noted that the university's initiation was decided during the last visit of a German trade delegation to Iran, Mehr news agency reported on Saturday.

    He noted that Iran's Science and Technology University follows various international initiatives, the latest of which is "becoming a communication portal between Iran and Germany's universities."

    According to Mohammadi, the university will accept students from all over the world while similar cooperation with other countries is in the planning stages.

    He refrained from giving a location, time-table or budget for the university's establishment.

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  • Saudi Arabia stations warplanes at Turkish airbase '" Defense Ministry
    14.02.2016 02:26
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    Saudi Arabia has deployed its combat aircraft at Turkey's Incirlik airbase near the Syrian border, an adviser to the country's defense ministry confirmed Saturday.

    DUBAI (Sputnik) - Last week, Riyadh said it stood ready to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State (Daesh) jihadist group.

    "Saudi warplanes were stationed at the Incirlik airbase in Turkey to take part in the international coalition against Islamic State's air campaign," Brig. Ahmed Asiri said as quoted by the Al Arabiya network.

    He said the number of fighter jets used in the mission would depend on "objectives outlined by the coalition."

    "Saudi aircraft in Turkey are not part of any bilateral agreement, but are within the framework of anti-terrorist actions of the international coalition," he stressed.

    The US-led coalition has carried out airstrikes against the group in Syria since mid-2014 without approval from Damascus or the United Nations.

    The Incirlik base is 5 miles north of the Turkish city of Adana near the Syrian border.

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  • Saudi warplanes may come to Turkey within days
    14.02.2016 00:24
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    Saudi Arabian military jets could arrive in Turkey in the next few days to carry out missions against Daesh, Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday.

    "Saudi Arabian jets may come to Turkey over the coming days to fight Daesh," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Antalya, southern Turkey.

    The aircraft are likely to be based at the Incirlik air base in Adana province, from where U.S. bombers have been targeted Daesh in Syria.

    Cavusoglu said it was not certain how many Saudi warplanes would be based in Turkey.

    "Because this is our common struggle... Saudi Arabia also wanted to send aircraft and join the air operations," he added.

    Turning to the possibility of a Turkish ground operation in Syria, Cavusoglu said there was "currentlyhellip; no decision or a strategy to conduct ground operations" although Turkey has long advocated land operations in Syria.

    He also addressed the U.S. relationship with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which are affiliated to the PKK. Turkey classes them as terrorist organizations while the U.S. sees them as allies in the fight against Daesh.

    "We do not think it is right for a country such as the United States to get close to terrorist organizations in such a way," he said. "We have given them the names and photos of PKK members within the PYD and YPG. The U.S. is our ally and friend. They will see the truth."

    Alongside Turkey, which has been the target of the PKK's 32-year insurgency, the U.S. and EU list the PKK as a terror group.

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  • Ghana president arrives in Iran for talks
    13.02.2016 23:24
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    Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has arrived in Tehran on an official visit to hold talks with senior Iranian officials, Press TV reported.

    Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Mahama arrived in Tehran on Saturday night at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

    The Ghanaian president was welcomed at Tehran Mehrabad airport by Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati who chairs the Iranian side of Iran-Ghana joint commission.

    President Rouhani will officially welcome his Ghanaian counterpart on Sunday.

    The visit is the first by a Ghanaian president to Iran in 37 years.

    Mahama is set to hold talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, his Iranian counterpart as well as Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani.

    On Monday, he will also attend a trade and economic meeting of businessmen and enterprises from the two countries.

    Speaking to IRIB earlier on Saturday, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran attaches great importance to enhanced relations with African countries.

    He added that the two countries' officials will issue a joint statement and sign documents for cooperation in the sectors of agriculture, oil and energy, legal assistance, renewable energy and cocoa procession.

    Mahama's trip comes in a series of visits by world leaders to Tehran after the implementation of a nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the P5 1 group of countries in July 2015.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

    After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran, in return, has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

    The nuclear agreement was signed on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.

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  • Turkish PM points out Syrian PYD group's 'war crimes'
    13.02.2016 22:44
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    Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate, Democratic Union Party (PYD), has committed "war crimes".

    In his address in eastern Turkey's Erzincan province Saturday, Davutoglu said: "It [PYD] carries out ethnic cleansing and commits war crime. All the documents are obvious. International organizations have also certified these."

    About the recent dispute between Turkey and the U.S. over Washington's objection to describing the Syrian group PYD as a terrorist organization, which instead classified it as "a reliable partner", Davutoglu said: "We expect from the U.S. to adopt a loud and clear position against the inhumane slaughter."

    The premier also reiterated that Turkey would not hesitate to take "necessary measures" in Syria, if any threat was directed against Turkey.

    "If we get involved in such a struggle, we expect from friendly and ally countries to stand by us," he said.

    About the Russian airstrikes in Syria, Davutoglu said: "The humanitarian logistics corridor between Turkey and Aleppo has been closed by these forces [Russia]".

    A recent offensive backed by Russian air power has seen Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces score a series of victories against rebel groups while forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians from Aleppo -- Syria's largest city -- towards the Turkish border, which triggered a new migration wave towards Turkey.

    Davutoglu said if the corridor was not opened, hundreds of thousands Syrians will face starvation. "We will help our Aleppo brothers with any kind of opportunities," he added.

    Currently, Turkey hosts 2.7 million Syrians and 170,000 Iraqi refugees.

    So far, Turkey has spent $9 billion on the refugees, while UN's Refugee Agency has only granted $455 million.

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  • Ilham Aliyev: Severe pollution of Araz river by Armenia is threat to all of us
    13.02.2016 20:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    Azerbaijan has managed to reduce gas emissions in the country in 25 years of independence, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who is participating in the "Climate and Energy Security: Is the Heat Still on?" panel discussion of the 52th Munich Security Conference.

    The president said that the country was able to reduce the emissions from over 70 million tons to over 50 million tons since 1990, despite that Azerbaijan's economy drastically grew over this period of time.

    "There are challenges, there are threats. In particular, for us, the main threat is that our main rivers that supply water for us come from the neighboring country. And there is a very severe pollution of the Araz River in Armenia, which is a threat to all of us," said Ilham Aliyev.

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  • President Rouhani to visit Turkey
    13.02.2016 20:43
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    President Hassan Rouhani will pay an official visit to Turkey in a couple of months to attend the 3rd Iran-Turkey High Council for Strategic Relations, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Ali-Reza Bikdeli said on Saturday, IRNA reported.

    Bikdeli made the remarks in a meeting with the Turkish media reporters at the end of his diplomatic tenure.

    'No matter at what level the relations between the two countries are, the media play a decisive role in altering the level and Iran and Turkey enjoy excellent level of relations, so we can deduct that the media have played their positive role perfectly well,' said the outgoing Iranian ambassador.

    He said that Iran and Turkey have broad relations in political, economic, cultural and security fields and therefore the media naturally reflect relations everyday.

    'Iran-Turkey friendly relations ensure us that the ties are on the right and positive track and that the path will continue in the long term,' said the Iranian ambassador, adding, 'problems and conflicts might emerge at any possible time, but we need to make sure that the required mechanism for resolving such issues are at hand.'

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  • Brussels may lift sanctions imposed on Belarus politicians Monday
    13.02.2016 20:43
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    The European Parliament (EP) may lift sanctions imposed against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other politicians from the country on February 15, Chairman of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok told reporters on Saturday.

    In October, the European Union suspended sanctions it imposed against Lukashenko until the end of February.

    "It might be a possibility," Brok said, when asked if sanctions could be lifted as early as Monday.

    According to the parliamentarian, there has been a progress on the issue of Belarusian political prisoners.

    Belarus, a former Soviet republic, has been under US and EU sanctions for about a decade, including visa bans and financial restrictions on Belarusian individuals and entities.

    The West has accused the Belarusian authorities of persecuting the political opposition and denying citizens' basic rights and freedoms, in particular, freedom of expression. Lukashenko has insisted that the accusations are groundless and that putting pressure on Minsk is pointless.

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  • Azerbaijani-British political consultations held in UK
    13.02.2016 20:17
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    The political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom have been held in London.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov headed Azerbaijani delegation, while the UK delegation was chaired by Minister of State for European Affairs David Lidington.

    The parties applauded level of political dialogue between Azerbaijan and Great Britain.

    Khalaf Khalafov said such format created an opportunity for exchanging views over various aspects of bilateral relations.

    The Deputy FM stressed the importance of arranging the high-level political contacts in terms of deepening the bilateral cooperation.

    Mr. Khalafov highlighted the current level of cooperation in humanitarian and cultural fields. The Deputy Minister also provided an insight into the causes and consequences of Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    David Lidington spoke about to the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom said that his country attaches great importance to cooperation with Azerbaijan and stressed the existence of wide potential in terms of further expansion of dynamically developing bilateral cooperation.

    He said the United Kingdom would continue to strongly support the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and emphasized the absence of any contact with the self-proclaimed regime.

    The Minister of State also applauded the contribution of Azerbaijan in fighting against the international terrorism.

    They also exchanged views on geopolitical processes undergoing in Southern Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asia regions.

    /By Azertac/
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  • Kazakh president to visit Iran late April
    13.02.2016 18:42
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    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is planning to pay an official visit to Iran in late April, IRNA reported.

    According to the report by Kazakhstan Ministry of Investment and Development, Nazarbayev during his stay in Iran will meet with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials in addition to attending Kazakhstan-Iran Business Council meeting.

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  • UK invests $23B in Azerbaijan, minister says
    13.02.2016 17:35
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    /By Azernews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The United Kingdom, the largest foreign direct investor in Azerbaijan, followed by the U.S. and Japan, has invested more than $23 billion in Azerbaijan's economy.

    This was announced by Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev at the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UK in London on February 11.

    ''Currently, there are 473 companies with British capital in Azerbaijan. UKв's companies act as contractors in the projects being implemented in Azerbaijan,'' the minister said.

    Today, Azerbaijan and the UK successfully cooperate in various fields - banking, ICT, water supply, tourism, health care and other sectors.

    The two countries also cooperate in the humanitarian field, in particular through the cooperation of universities and exchange of students.

    "Currently, 569 Azerbaijani students are studying in 38 universities in the UK, and talented British youth are trained in Azerbaijani universities," Mustafayev noted.

    "The two countries enjoy great prospects for expanding relations and the established intergovernmental commission will play a significant role in developing economic ties and resolving the issues of common interest," he added.

    Later, the two countries signed a protocol of the first meeting of the Azerbaijan-UK intergovernmental commission, which envisages further cooperation of the two countries in the trade, economy, industry, tourism, energy, education and other fields.

    The document also says the UK does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh and supports the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.

    Azerbaijan and the UK have benefitted from close bilateral partnership and cooperation since 1992, in the framework of international organizations such as the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe, and NATO. The relations have covered a wide range of issues, from high-level political dialogue to growing trade and investment, as well as strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties.

    Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and the UK stood at $564 million in 2015, according to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee. Some $553.33 million of this figure accounted for import of UK products.

    Economic cooperation between the two countries, especially in the energy sector, is at the core of the relations between Azerbaijan and the UK.

    Azerbaijan cooperates with the UK in the exploration and transportation of oil and natural gas from the Azerbaijani part of the Caspian Sea.

    To date, the two countries have signed 24 documents.
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  • Azerbaijan`s Minister of Energy meets French Ambassador
    13.02.2016 17:34
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    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev has met French Ambassador to the country Aurelia Bouchez.

    Mr. Aliyev praised relations between the two countries, stressed the importance of reciprocal visits of the heads of states in strengthening these ties. The Minister appreciated that as the indicator of mutual understanding. Mr. Aliyev said the French companies actively operate in Azerbaijan`s oil-gas and oil producing industry. ''Cooperation with ''Total'' and ''Gas de France'' companies in ''Absheron'' field is contribution to the relations in energy sphere,'' he added. The Minister noted there were comprehensive opportunities for developing cooperation with France in energy field.

    Ambassador Aurelia Bouchez applauded the role of energy in Azerbaijani-French ties, saying her country`s companies were interested in participation in construction works, oil refinery fields within the Southern Gas Corridor project. The Diplomat also stressed the necessity for defining the new energy fields.

    /By Azertac/
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  • Investors buy Azerbaijani finance ministryв's bonds worth over $16M
    13.02.2016 17:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    On February 12, 2016, the short-term and middle-term state bonds of the Azerbaijani finance ministry (ISIN number AZ0104002479) were placed at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE), the exchange said.

    The bids for short-term bonds were made by two companies and a total volume of all bids was $16.415 million.

    The bonds were bought at five percent and 2.99 percent, accordingly.

    The maturity date of bonds is Feb. 10, 2017.

    Term of circulation of bonds is 364 days.

    The auction for medium-term bonds has been recognized by the issuer as failed. As part of the auction, one bid in the amount of $2 million was made.

    In late January, the Azerbaijani State Securities Committee registered two issue prospectuses of the state short-term and medium-term bonds of the finance ministry for a total amount of 400 million manat, as well as two issue prospectuses of state bonds in the amount of $500 million.

    The finance ministry said that the bonds will be placed during the year.

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  • Youth enjoy new entrepreneurship opportunities
    13.02.2016 16:55
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    /By Azernews/

    By Fuad Guliyev

    Azerbaijan is exploring new ways to tackle the economic difficulties and all new ideas are welcome.

    Youth Inc. Business Incubation Center is a youth entrepreneurship program proposed by the youth of the nation to the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev during the meeting dedicated to the 20thВ Anniversary of the Youth Forum. It is founded by the Coca Cola, Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as a public organization named Civil Society Debate.

    According to the program manager Mushvig Hasanov Youth Inc. has been active in this field since its foundation in 2013. Primary goal of the organization is to support the young entrepreneurs, new firms in high technology industries, boost start ups and enable technology transfer. This project is part of the ''Youth of the Azerbaijan in 2011-2015'' State Program. During last 3 years Youth Inc. trained well over 5,000 young entrepreneurs.

    President Ilham Aliyev appraised the activities of Youth Inc. and added that so far a large amount of long term loans, worth of 1.7 billion manats (around $1 billion) were lent to the entrepreneurs and another 250 million manats ($157 million) are planned to be lent. The president also added that such organization of young entrepreneurs is welcome and currently business incubators are being created in Baku and regions. Young entrepreneurs are essential part of the development of many different aspects of the economy of Azerbaijan.

    Further developing the idea, Farhad Hajiyev, the executive director of the Youth Fund, added that to this date Fund supported 2.333 business projects both in Baku and the regions.

    Youth entrepreneurship is especially important in the perspective of the need for stressing taxes as an important source of budget revenue in the period of shrinking oil and gas revenues.
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  • Azerbaijani oil prices for Feb. 8-12
    13.02.2016 16:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The average price for AZERI LT CIF, extracted on the block of Azerbaijani fields Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli, was $32.4 per barrel on Feb. 8-12 or $2.62 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for AZERI LT was $34.26 per barrel and the minimum price was $30.43 per barrel during the reporting period.

    Azerbaijan sells AZERI LT via the Turkish port of Ceyhan and Georgian ports - Batumi and Supsa. The oil is supplied to Ceyhan via the BTC pipeline and to Georgia - via the Baku-Supsa pipeline and railway.

    Azerbaijan plans to extract an average of 0.87 million barrels of Azeri Light per day in 2016.

    The average price for Urals (Ex-Novo) exported from Azerbaijan via the Novorossiysk port was $28.09 per barrel on Feb. 8-12 or $2.43 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for Urals totaled $29.98 per barrel and the minimum - $26.04 per barrel.

    Azerbaijan sells oil supplied via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline through this Russian port.

    SOCAR plans to pump 1.4 million tons of oil through the pipeline in 2016.

    The average price for Brent Dated was $30.4 per barrel on Feb. 8-12 or $2.05 per barrel less than the previous week.

    The maximum price for Brent was $32 per barrel and the minimum - $28.66 during the reporting period.

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  • N Korea's actions only increase tensions on Korean Peninsula - Lavrov
    13.02.2016 16:43
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    Increased tensions on the Korean peninsula are caused by the North Korean leadership's irresponsible and unacceptable actions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, Sputnik reported.

    "The situation on the Korean peninsula has dramatically worsened recently as a result of the irresponsible and absolutely unacceptable actions by the DPRK leadership," Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference.

    "However, there is a tendency here as well to resort to unilateral steps mdash; bypassing the UN Security Council mdash; to punish Pyongyang and increase foreign military presence in the region at the expense of teamwork and de-escalation through existing negotiating mechanisms," he added.

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  • Azerbaijani president, German FM discuss Karabakh conflict
    13.02.2016 16:13
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    Trend:

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Munich Feb. 13.

    The sides expressed satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Germany. They stressed the importance of such meetings and visits in terms of the further development of the bilateral ties. It was noted that despite the ongoing international financial crisis and falling oil prices, Azerbaijan paid attention to developing its economy, particularly non-oil sector, and ensured the implementation of social programs.

    During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between Azerbaijan and OSCE, which is chaired by Germany this year, and exchanged views over the current state of the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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  • Azerbaijani president meets with EU Commissioner
    13.02.2016 16:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with EU Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn Feb. 13.

    Successful development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union was stressed during the meeting. The sides emphasized the importance of meetings and reciprocal visits in terms of intensifying the relations.

    They hailed successful development of Azerbaijan-EU energy cooperation, underlining the necessity of focusing efforts on this sector.

    They also exchanged views over other issues of mutual interest.

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  • US wants '˜strong UK staying in a strong EUв': Kerry
    13.02.2016 16:04
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    The United States strongly backs Britain staying in the European Union as it gears up for a referendum on its membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Germany on Saturday, AFP reported.

    "Obviously, the United States has a profound interest in your success, as we do in a very strong UK staying in a strong EU," Kerry said at the Munich Security Conference.

    The British government is engaged in an intensive round of high-stakes diplomacy aimed at renegotiating the terms of Britain's EU membership before holding an in-out referendum.

    Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking to convince his 27 fellow EU leaders to back controversial reform proposals at a leaders' summit in Brussels on February 18-19.

    "The truth is, in every decade since its founding, the EU has been tested by forces -- internal and external -- that benefited from a house divided," Kerry said.

    "We know many Europeans feel overwhelmed by the latest round of challenges, including concerns about the UK's potential exit from the EU.

    "I want to express the confidence of the United Stateshellip; that -- as it has so many times before -- Europe is going to emerge stronger than ever, provided it stays united and builds common responses to these challenges."

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  • Baku holds dress rehearsal for opening ceremony of Artistic Gymnastics World Cup
    13.02.2016 15:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    A dress rehearsal for the opening and awarding ceremonies of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku Feb. 13.

    FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup will be held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on February 19-21. The competitions on six types of gymnastics were also held at the National Gymnastics Arena during the first Baku 2015 European Games in summer 2015.

    Some 45 men and 22 women will compete for the medals in the finals on apparatus. In total, some 19 countries will participate in the competitions.

    The qualifications will be held on the first and second days of the competition. The finals on apparatus will be held on the final day of the Cup.

    The various competitions will be held among spectators during the competitions. The entertainment flash mobs will be also organized.

    Oleg Stepko, the bronze medalist of the World Championship (parallel bars), the only Azerbaijani sportsman, awarded with five medals during the first Baku 2015 European Games, as well as his teammate Petro Pahnyuk, will be among the favorites for the World Cup.

    Together they won a bronze medal in the team competition.

    Among women Azerbaijan will be represented by Yulia Inshina, Marina Nekrasova and Maria Smirnova.

    Trend presents a photo report from the recent rehearsal.

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  • Turkmenistan approves new procedure for conducting tenders
    13.02.2016 15:23
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 13

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree on approval of the new procedure for conducting tenders for selection of suppliers of goods, works and services for budget users, the Turkmen government said.

    The project of the document was introduced at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    "Improving the procedure for conducting tenders for selection of suppliers of goods, works and services under the state order will promote fair competition in this area, as well as increase the volume of high-quality domestic products," said the president.

    The strengthening of national economy's legal basis, a systematic analysis of the legislation regulating economic relations in the country has great importance for the further development of the national economy, according to him.

    Turkmenistan, according to the BP's report, was ranked the fourth in the world for natural gas reserves and at this stage the country exports fuel to China and Iran. It was reported at the beginning of 2016 that Russia has stopped purchases of Turkmen gas.

    Ashgabat carries out the diversification of the local economy; the country actively develops the industries of textile, oil products, oil and gas chemistry, and for the production of building materials.

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  • Iran, Japan hold talks on human rights
    13.02.2016 14:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Fatih Karimov- Trend:

    The 11th round of human rights talks between Iran and Japan was held in Tehran on February 13, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

    The Iranian delegation was headed by Mansureh Sharifi Sadr, foreign minister advisor and the director of foreign ministry department for human rights and women's affairs.

    The two parties discussed policy and held measures regarding the human rights as well as issues of mutual concern.

    The Iranian and Japanese delegations also talked about the cooperation with the United Nations regarding the issue.

    The experts from the two sides also exchanged views about the judicial systems of their countries.

    The next round of the talks is scheduled to be held in Tokyo next year.

    The 10th Japan- Iran human rights dialogue was held in Tokyo in 2014.

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  • Iran can use Georgiaв's transit potential
    13.02.2016 14:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    Iran can use Georgia's territory for transit of energy resources, said Ivane Mtvralashvili, a member of the Board of Directors at the Georgia-Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GICCI).

    Perspectives of the Georgian-Iranian trade and economic relations were discussed at the conference organized by the GICCI and held at the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel.

    The Georgian officials and Iran's ambassador to Georgia participated at the conference, Sputnik Georgia reported.

    "Trade and economic, industrial relations between Georgia and Iran have dynamically developed in the recent years," said Mtvralashvili adding that the abolition of visa restrictions for Iranian tourists gives an additional impetus to the development of these relations.

    "After the removal of sanctions on Iran money transactions will be restored and there won't be any problem with the arrival of a large Iranian capital to Georgia, which will also contribute to the deepening of trade and economic relations," he added.

    "The embargo on the export of oil and natural gas on Iran was removed and the use of Georgia's territory as a transit for energy resources is possible on this basis," he said. "We have great expectations that this relationship will also develop dynamically."

    The visit of the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the Islamic Republic is expected in the near future, during which some important agreements will be signed, Iran's Ambassador to Georgia Abbas Talebifar said.

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  • Azerbaijan, Korea discuss cooperation in customs field
    13.02.2016 14:16
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    First Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan`s State Customs Committee, Customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev has met newly-appointed Korean Ambassador to the country Kim Chang-gyu.

    Safar Mehdiyev highlighted current relations between Azerbaijan and Korea, adding there was great potential for boosting cooperation in various fields. He stressed the role of customs bodies in ensuring the economic security in the country.

    Mr. Mehdiyev stressed the importance mutual experience exchange in implementation of information communication technologies.

    Kim Chang-gyu, in turn, said the Korean government attached great importance to the cooperation with Azerbaijan, and highlighted the current state of ties between the two countries. The Ambassador stressed the importance of experience exchange and mutual activity for deepening the ties between the customs services of Azerbaijan and Korea. The diplomat said the customs service had crucial role in developing economic-trade bonds. The Ambassador expressed assurance that the bilateral bonds would further continue to develop between the relevant bodies of both countries.

    /By Azertac/
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  • International airport to be built in Ashgabat
    13.02.2016 14:13
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 13

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A report on the progress of a new international airport's construction in Ashgabat was heard during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, Altyn Asyr TV channel reported Feb. 13.

    The new airport includes 95 different facilities, 60 of which are large and 35 - small, according to the project.

    Currently, 31 objects are already commissioned and 31 objects are at the final stage of construction.

    "The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov instructed to keep a strict control on all the work carried out in the important infrastructure facility of the strategic transport sector," said the report. "The country pays special attention to the development of this infrastructure in the context to extend international cooperation and integration of Turkmenistan into the global system of world economic relations."

    It was earlier reported that Turkmenistan's national air carrier (Turkmenistan Airlines) signed a contract with the Turkish Polimeks company on this project. The cost of this project is estimated at more than $2.2 billion.

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  • European Parliamentary delegation holds meetings in Azerbaijan
    13.02.2016 13:35
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    A delegation led by Vice-president of European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki and President of Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists Jan Zahradil have held a number of meetings in Azerbaijan.

    The delegation met Parliament Speaker of Azerbaijan Ogtay Asadov who stressed the importance of boosting ties with the structures of European Union. The Speaker stressed the significance of this visit in terms of developing cooperation between European Parliament and Azerbaijan, adding, ''Reciprocal visits of delegations serve to further deepening ties.''

    Jan Zahradil, in turn, said the European Parliament always attached great attention to the relations with Azerbaijan. He said they would give necessary efforts to strengthening these bonds.

    The European delegation has also met Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov.

    They discussed current state of relations among Azerbaijan, European Parliament and Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR).

    The sides also exchanged views on role of AECR in developing Azerbaijani-EU relations.

    They spoke about the security and energy issues, as well as intensifying relations between Azerbaijan and the European Institutions.

    The delegation thanked the President of Azerbaijan for his support in solving the current problems in Europe, especially in transnational and regional issues.

    Ryszard Czarnecki said they would further continue to support the activities with friendship group of Azerbaijan in solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    /By Azertac/
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  • Turkmenistan intends to launch second satellite
    13.02.2016 13:33
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 13

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmenistan is creating the second national artificial satellite, the government said Feb. 13.

    This project was considered at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. Focusing on the creation of the second national artificial satellite, the president instructed to analyze the work in this direction, the statement says.

    Turkmenistan's first telecommunications satellite TurkmenAlem 52deg;E was launched Apr.28, 2015, from Cape Canaveral (Florida, US). It was brought to the space by Falcon

    9 v1.1 rocket carrier. The satellite entered its orbital position May 17.

    After the successful completion of all the tests, TurkmenAlem 52deg;E was officially handed by contractor Thales Alenia Space to Turkmenistan for operation.

    The satellite has three antennas covering a part of Europe, Africa and Asia.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 128 times in 24 hours
    13.02.2016 13:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces 128 times broke ceasefire with Azerbaijan on various parts of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Feb. 13.

    Azerbaijani positions located on the nameless heights of the Gazakh district and in the Kohnegishlag village of the Aghstafa district underwent fire from the Paravakar village and the nameless heights of Armenia's Ijevan district.

    Azerbaijani positions located in the Alibeyli village of the Tovuz district also underwent fire from the positions located in the Mosesgeh village of Armenia's Berd district, and positions located on the nameless heights of the Gadabay district underwent fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselsk district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Talish, Gulustan of the Goranboy district, Goyarkh, Chilaburt, Chayli, Yarimja of the Terter district, Shikhlar, Bash Gervend, Novruzlu, Javahirli, Kengerli, Sarijali, Shuraabad, Nemirli of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand district, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of the Fizuli district, Mehdili of the Jabrayil district.

    Armenians also violated ceasefire from the positions located on nameless heights in the Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    Azerbaijani armed forces inflicted 129 strikes on enemy positions.

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

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

    Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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  • NATO: Inviolability of borders - fundamental principle of European security
    13.02.2016 12:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    NATO does not seek confrontation and does not want a new Cold War, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said.

    Stoltenberg made this statement at the Munich Security Conference Feb. 13.

    He said that a dialogue is required and only it can help Europe achieve stability.

    Stoltenberg said that the borders of sovereign countries must not be violated and this principle is fundamental to European security.

    The Munich Security Conference has held an annual conference in Munich (Germany) since 1962. It was called the Military Affairs Conference until 1993 and was held under the auspices of the Christian Social Union. It has been financed by the German government since 1998.

    The 52nd Munich Security Conference started on Feb. 12.

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  • 31 cars of Ukrainian train to be sent from Baku to Turkmenbashi
    13.02.2016 12:15
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    The second freight train from Ukraine consisting of 32 cars, which joined the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor, has arrived today morning at Baku International Sea Trade Port. According to Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, the cargo consists of food and drugs. The train on route Ukraine - Georgia - Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan '" China, officially known as Trans-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor or New Silk Road, left the Ukrainian port of Illichivsk on Jan. 15 and arrived in China on Jan. 31. One car from the Baku port will be sent to Aktau, and the rest 31 wagons will be sent to Turkmenbashi.

    On January 14, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia signed a protocol on the establishment of preferential tariffs for cargo transportation on this transport route.

    /By Azertac/
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  • Iran for foreign investors: future rewards outweigh risks?
    13.02.2016 12:15
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    Despite the risks that Iranв's business environment could create for investors, in the long-term, the outlook on the countryв's energy sector is very positive, Emma Richards, an oil and gas analyst with BMI Research, which is a part of Fitch Group, believes.

    Richards told Trend that the re-opening of the economy will draw in a high level of investment, in particular from companies in Europe.

    ''Iran remains a challenging operating environment, but the rewards more than outweigh the risks,'' Richards said.

    ''Contract revisions have been favourable, the country has huge oil and gas reserves and the cost base is very low. It will probably be one of the strongest growth stories over the next 10 years,'' she said.

    On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehranв's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), opening the way for Iran's return to the global energy market. The same day, the US and the European Union announced that they were lifting their sanctions against Iran.

    Free of sanctions, the country plans to increase its oil export by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd), and then raise the figure by another 500,000 to two million bpd within a six month period at the next step.

    Iran's return will add to the glut in the global oil market in the near-term, Richards said.

    ''They've managed to increase their production by around 80,000 bpd over the past few weeks and they're also unwinding barrels from storage,'' she said.

    Richards noted that BMI Research expects the countryв's production to increase by 500,000 bpd by 2017 and the lion's share of that will go to exports.

    ''Competition for buyers is intense, so we can assume there will be some competitive discounting, which will put further downward pressure on global oil prices,'' Richards said.

    According to OPECв's February Oil Market Report, Iran produced 2.925 million bpd in January 2016, about 38,000 barrels more than in the previous months.

    With regards of the prospects for the global oil market overall, Richards said that the first half of 2016 looks very volatile, both because the market is so oversupplied and because of the broader uncertainties around the health of the global economy.

    ''Companies are making aggressive cutbacks in spending, which will help the market begin to re-balance in the second half,'' she said adding that it's unlikely that oil prices will stabilise until that re-balancing gets underway.

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  • Turkey can take part in ground operations in Syria '" Foreign Ministry
    13.02.2016 12:13
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey does not exclude the possibility of its participation in the ground military operations in Syria, if Saudi Arabia begins to carry out these operations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Turkish Yeni Shafak newspaper reported Feb. 13.

    The minister said that Saudi Arabia has already begun to send its aircrafts to the Incirlik air base of the Turkish Armed Forces and the sending of the country's military personnel to Turkey is also expected.

    Earlier, the Turkish Sabah newspaper citing military sources wrote that Turkey does not plan to carry out a military campaign in Syria.

    Some media previously reported that Turkey allegedly plans military operations in Syria and concentrates its military equipment on the border with this country.

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  • Turkmenistan eyes possibilities of joining WTO
    13.02.2016 11:35
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    /By Azernews/

    By Laman Ismayilova

    Turkmenistanв's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredow has held a series of meetings with heads of international organizations, including director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo during his Geneva visit, the Turkmen government reported.

    During the meetings, a special attention was paid to implementation of initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov aimed at strengthening global energy security, environmental protection, development of international transport infrastructure, regional trade, as well as addressing water problems.

    The EU proposed Turkmenistan to join WTO in January 2011. The move is expected to increase Turkmenistan's share in regional and global trade and have a positive impact on economic development, which is necessary for long-term prosperity and well-being of the country.

    Brussels announced that it is ready to help Ashgabat in joining the WTO, as it optimizes attracting foreign capital and facilitates creating new jobs.

    Fuel-energy complex, high-technological industrial spheres, transport, communications, banking and financial sector are among the promising areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU.

    At present, Ashgabat is negotiating with the EU and Azerbaijan on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline construction project.

    Brussels hopes to diversify the sources of gas consumption through Caspian resources, most of which is ensured by Russia.
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  • Bulgaria confirming support for Georgiaв's EU integration and visa liberalization
    13.02.2016 11:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

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    The Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with the Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev within the framework of the Munich Security Conference, Novosti Gruzia reported.

    The issues on political and economic cooperation, the European and Euro-Atlantic agenda of Georgia and regional security topics were discussed during the meeting, according to the Georgian government.

    The sides emphasized the importance of the timely completion of the visa liberalization process with the EU and noted that Georgia has successfully met all the technical requirements.

    Rosen Plevneliev reiterated Bulgaria's support for Georgia's European integration and visa liberalization.

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  • Scientists create most accurate atomic clock in the world
    13.02.2016 11:01
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    A new optical single-ion clock in Germany has now dethroned JILA's optical lattice atomic clock as the world's most accurate timepiece ever built.

    With an unprecedented level of accuracy, the optical single-ion clock works by measuring the vibrational frequency of ytterbium ions as they swing back and forth hundreds of trillions times per second.

    The ytterbium ions are trapped within an optical "web" of laser beams that allows physicists to count the number of "ticks" per second, determining time so accurately that the single-ion clock won't gain or lose a second in several billion years.

    Prior to the development of the ytterbium-ion clock, the most accurate time-keepers were made of caesium. These optical lattice atomic clocks contained a "pendulum" of atoms that are excited by microwave radiation. The official definition of the second is based on these clocks.

    According to the most accurate caesium clocks, one second is the time that elapses during 9,192,631,770 cycles of the radiation produced by the transition between two levels of the caesium atom.

    However, when it comes to defining time, one can never be too accurate. Scientists all over the world have been attempting to perfect their optical atomic clocks, and so the need to redefine the "second" is becoming important.

    Now, Germany's Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has ousted the most accurate caesium clocks by building their own optical atomic clock, which is 100 times more accurate.

    The clock is used in navigation for determining the location of spacecraft, satellites, ballistic missiles, aircraft, submarines and vehicles via satellites.
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  • Iranian president to visit Turkey
    13.02.2016 10:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Turkey to attend the high-level strategic cooperation conference, Milliyet newspaper reported.

    Iran's Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bigdeli told journalists about the talks between Iran and Turkey during a reception at the embassy.

    The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will also visit Iran, said the newspaper.

    Iran and Turkey have different views on the settlement of the Syrian crisis. Ankara stands for the immediate withdrawal of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, while Iran actively supports him. In addition, Ankara considers that the main reason for the bloodshed in Syria is the policy carried out by Bashar al-Assad.

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  • Azerbaijan, India to discuss development of economic relations
    13.02.2016 10:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and India will discuss the development of relations in the areas of investment, trade, transport, information and communication technologies, and education.

    Discussions will be held during the 4th meeting of the Azerbaijani-Indian intergovernmental commission in April in Baku, India's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Sanjay Rana told reporters.

    "A delegation led by the co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission, Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Azerbaijan," he said.

    "The delegation will include not only officials, but also businessmen. The expansion of the relations in various fields will be discussed," he added.

    The co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission from the Azerbaijani side is the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Huseyn Bagirov.

    Rana also noted that pharmaceutics is one of the priority areas in the development of the relations.

    "Indian pharmaceutics is known worldwide today. We supply medicines to all developed markets, but our presence in the Azerbaijani market is quite small and we want to change that," he said.

    "We can offer drugs and medicines at lower prices to Azerbaijan, and the quality of these drugs is not inferior to European, which is confirmed by certificates received by our enterprises," added Rana.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and India was $305.04 million according to the results of 2015, $270.24 million of which accounted for the export of the Azerbaijani products to India, according to the State Statistics Committee.

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  • Extremely profitable week at Tehran Stock Exchange
    13.02.2016 10:15
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10

    By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:

    The main index of Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) surged by 3,800 points to hit 77,497 over the past week indicating five percent growth.

    The TSE turned into the most profitable market in the world over the past week given the enormous growth, Iran's state-run TV IRINN said.

    Apparently The TSE is becoming a great growth spot in the world as its main index jumped 25 percent in January when international sanctions against the Islamic republic were partially lifted.

    Earlier in an interview with Trend, Mehrdad Emadi, consultant at the U.K.-based Betamatrix International Consultancy said that forecasted growth for the economy, promises high returns and positive growth in Iran's market to foreign companies.

    A recent IMF report estimates that Iran's real GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 4-5.5 percent in 2016/17 and to average 4 percent throughout the medium term.

    TSE trades a range of shares, funds and financial instruments including Islamic funds. Iranian financial markets have been isolated from the world capital markets over the past several years due to the international sanctions.

    However following a long-awaited nuclear deal clinched between Tehran and the world major powers most of the international sanctions against Tehran were lifted on Jan. 16.

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  • Six parties to take part in Kazakh parliamentary election
    13.02.2016 10:13
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) registered candidates from all six parties intending to take part in the parliamentary election.

    The country's Birlik (Unity) party was the last party registered for the election, the CEC said Feb. 12.

    The Nur Otan Democratic People's Party, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, the Aul Democratic People's Patriotic Party, the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan, the Nationwide Social Democratic Party and the Birlik Party will participate in the election.

    In total, the candidate list includes 234 registered candidates.

    The previous parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan in 2012 was attended by the seven political parties, but only three of them overcame the seven percent barrier and entered the Parliament - the Nur Otan Democratic People's Party, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party of Kazakhstan and the Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan.

    The parliamentary election in Kazakhstan will be held March 20.

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