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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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  • Explosion at Yemen factory kills at least 25: residents, medics
    01.04.2015 18:33
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    An explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen's Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby army base, Reuters reported.

    The incident would appear to be one of the biggest cases of civilian deaths since a Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign against Houthi militia on March 26.

    The 26September website of Yemen's factionalized army, which mostly sides with the Houthis, said 37 workers were killed and 80 wounded at the dairy and oils factory "during the aggressive air strikes which targeted the two factories last night."

    Medical sources in the city said 25 workers at the plant had been killed at the factory, which was located near an army camp loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Houthi ally.

    Residents and witnesses contacted by Reuters said the air strikes had targeted the factory shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Others said rockets fired from the base - possibly as retaliation against the bombings - hit the factory.

    The operation by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim states aims to prevent the Houthis and former Saleh from winning control of the country. They instead want to reinstate Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

    Air strikes overnight hit Houthi positions along the Saudi border in Yemen's far North, an army bases in the central highlands, air defense infrastructure in the eastern Marib province, and a coast guard position near Hodaida.

    After the week-long campaign targeting Houthis and forces loyal to Saleh, the coalition has failed to secure Hadi's control over his last remaining enclave in the southern port of Aden a key aim of the campaign.

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  • Russian soldiers in Armenia get ready to repel attack from air
    01.04.2015 18:33
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    Servicemen will solve more than 100 tactical missions.

    The military exercises of air defense forces of the Russian military base launched in Armenia, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia.

    It is noted that the anti-aircraft gunners began to field collection at a height of more than 1 500 m above sea level.

    "The training to repel the attack of single and group air targets of an imaginary enemy, during which more than 100 soldiers solve the tactical tasks without firings in the conditions of use of active noise interference and anti-radar missiles will be conducted during the field exercises," the report says.

    The exercise involves about 300 troops.
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  • Azerbaijan, France discuss cooperation between universities
    01.04.2015 18:21
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    A delegation led by President of the University of Strasbourg Alain Beretz has visited the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan, AzerTag reports.

    Minister of Education Mikayil Jabbarov hailed the role of education in Azerbaijan-France relations.

    Alain Beretz stressed the role of such meetings in developing educational ties between Azerbaijan and France. He said the University of Strasbourg was interested in cooperation with Azerbaijani universities.

    During the meeting, the sides also discussed how to expand cooperation between the two countries` higher education institutions.
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  • A city on the moon
    01.04.2015 18:13
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    A team from Purdue University in the U.S. assessed lava tubes under the surface '" and found theyв'd make a pretty good new home.

    The tubes (thought to lie under the lunar surface) would protect human settlers from cosmic radiation and asteroids. Human settlers could then fit them out with the usual accoutrements of space colonies, such as camp robot servants and unusual looking railways.

    Purdue University researcher David Blair told the BBC, 'Itв's the first modern re-assessment of how stable these can be.

    ''We found that if lunar lava tubes existed with a strong arched shape like those on Earth, they would be stable at sizes up to 5,000 metres, or several miles wide, on the Moon. This wouldnв't be possible on Earth, but gravity is much lower on the Moon and lunar rock doesnв't have to withstand the same weathering and erosion. In theory, huge lava tubes '" big enough to easily house a city '" could be structurally sound on the Moon'' .
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  • Kazakhstan, Hungary sign several cooperation agreements
    01.04.2015 18:12
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh and Hungarian companies signed a number of contracts in the framework of the Kazakh-Hungarian business forum in Astana on April 1, Kazinform reported.

    The forum was held as part of the visit of Hungarian delegation to Kazakhstan.

    Kazakh National Oil and Gas Company KazMunaiGas and Hungarian Oil and Gas Company signed a memorandum on cooperation.

    Kazakh National Agency KAZNEX INVEST and Hungarian IPOX Chemicals signed a memorandum of understanding.

    Hungarian fur trade association and Kazakhstan fur trade and industrial association signed a memorandum of cooperation.

    Moreover Kazakh Silumin-Vostok company and the Hungarian VT Veres Kft company signed a protocol of intent, Kazakh Skif Trade and Hungarian Fit food signed a memorandum of understanding, Kazakh Aktyubrentgen and Nungarian OT INDUSTRIES signed memorandum of understanding, Kazakh SU-NASOSY and Hungarian VIKUV Co.Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding, and Kazakh KazMunaiGas Exploration Production, Hungarian Oil and Gas, First international oil corporation and Kazakh Zhaikmunai signed a memorandum of intent.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Ali Hasanov: Armenians could not reach their aims
    01.04.2015 18:12
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    ''The Armenians now seek to spread their lies by overtly distorting statements of other countriesв' officials''

    Armenian media have released some anti-Azerbaijan reports in the name of Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, following his visit to Armenia. Leonid Slutsky held a press conference at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia, rejecting these statements and stressing that he remains a friend of the Azerbaijani leadership and people.

    Assistant to the Azerbaijani President for Public and Political Affairs, Ali Hasanov, made a special statement in this regard, APA reports.

    The statement reads: Recent actions, projects, counter-campaigns - in short, joint activities - jointly carried out by official authorities, public organizations and diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan and Turkey in different countries have proved extremely effective and successful, causing the years-long nasty campaign of Armenia against Turkey and Azerbaijan to end up in failure. Biased stereotypes formed against Azerbaijan and Turkey was washed away. Furthermore, the image of "oppressed Armenian people" and claims of the so-called Armenian genocide were exposed. Thanks to the thorough awareness of the international community about acts of genocide and aggression carried out by Armenian occupying forces against the Azerbaijani people for years, more and more international organizations, different states as well as a number of US states have now begun to call the aggressors with their names. A number of resolutions condemning the Armenian invasion of Azerbaijani lands and supporting the recognition of the Khojaly genocide have recently been adopted.

    Thus, the Armenians failed to achieve the goal for the 100th anniversary of the so-called Armenian genocide. It is also questionable whether or not top officials from foreign countries will attend the events to be held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the so-called genocide. For all these reasons, the Armenian state, its authorities responsible for its foreign policy and the propaganda based on lies, and Armenian diaspora abroad went on hysterics. Now they seek to spread their lies by overtly distorting statements of other countries' officials. The reports released by the Armenian media two days ago on behalf of Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, is another unsuccessful attempt of this kind.

    Such steps were aimed at undermining strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia, and casting a shadow on relations between parliamentarians, various non-governmental organizations, civil societies and intellectuals of both countries. We see Slutsky as a loyal friend of the Azerbaijani people, state and political leadership of the country. This friendship is based on centuries-old historical traditions, political and economic interests, mutual respect for each other's sovereign policy and human relations tested for decades between Azerbaijan and Russia. We believe that the Azerbaijani-Russian relations transcends provocations, Armenians' trumpery shows cannot affect relations between the two countries. We are confident that our relations with Russia will develop further, Azerbaijan's friends like Leonid Slutsky will continue to contribute to the development of these relations.
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  • EU,Azerbaijan to discuss joint airspace
    01.04.2015 18:03
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The European Union is ready to start negotiations on joint airspace with Azerbaijan, said Malena Mard, the head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, on April 1.

    The issue of creating joint airspace between Azerbaijan and the EU will be discussed during the EU summit in Riga in May.

    Mard said the sides did not discuss the issue last year, adding: "We are ready to start negotiations this year if Azerbaijan agrees''.

    The creation of a joint airspace is an initiative of the European Commission. According to it, the division of airspace and its management will be common for most European countries.

    A common aviation area between the EU and Azerbaijan may imply a gradual opening of markets and implementation of EU's regulations in the country.

    Azerbaijan expressed its interest in a common aviation area agreement with the EU in 2011.

    Priority areas are market-opening, freedom of establishment, equal conditions of competition and common rules in the areas of aviation safety, aviation security, air traffic management, social conditions and environmental protection.

    The agreement offers future opportunities for the export of Azerbaijani goods to EU countries. Azerbaijan already enjoys duty-free export of several thousand types of commodities to EU countries, however, the quality of these goods is said to be a problem.

    Azerbaijan and the EU have already simplified their visa agreement since September 2014. Under the new rule, issuing a visa will be carried out within 10 days with two days more or less in case of emergency. Meanwhile, the cost of an application will decrease to 35 euro for Azerbaijani citizens, and the list of required documents will be reduced for certain categories of the population.

    Visa facilitation agreement contributes to the development of relations between the EU and Azerbaijani citizens.
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  • PACE rapporteur on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to visit Armenia
    01.04.2015 18:03
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    The rapporteur of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, British MP Robert Walter will make a visit to Armenia in May.

    This was announced by Ermine Nagdalyan, Vice-Speaker of the Armenian Parliament and head of the country's delegation to PACE, APA reported citing Armenian media.

    She said Walter has revealed his intention to make a visit to the region.

    "It is likely that we will receive him. However, we will continue to avoid cooperating with him on the report lsquo;Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan', which he is due to prepare," said Ermine Nagdalyan.
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  • Marina Durunda to perform at World Cup in Romania
    01.04.2015 17:54
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    Bucharest will host the World Cup in rhythmic gymnastics from 3 to 5 April.

    According to Sportbox.az, five Azerbaijani athletes - seniors Marina Durunda, Gulsum Shafizade, Aisha Bayramova, Zeynep Celep and junior Jala Piriyeva.

    Azerbaijan will be represented in judiciary by Natalia Bulanova.
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  • Airplane of Turkish Airlines returns to Istanbul due to terrorist attack threat (UPDATE)
    01.04.2015 17:33
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    Details added, headline changed (first version posted on 16:34)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The airplane of Turkish Airlines, flying on Istanbul-Lisbon route, has returned to the departure airport due the explosion threat on its board, Milliyet newspaper reported on Apr.1.

    Reportedly, information was received about an explosive device on board.

    All the passengers of the airplane have been evacuated and the bomb squad is searching the explosive device on the board of the airliner. It should be noted that Turkish Airlines has faced several such emergency situations in recent days.

    Turkish Airlines passenger plane flying from Istanbul to Sao Paulo made an emergency landing in Casablanca over a possible bomb threat on March 30.

    After the plane took off from Istanbul, ground service informed the pilots that the airport received an anonymous call about a planted bomb on board of the aircraft.

    Therefore, the pilots decided to land in the Casablanca airport. No other details of the incident were reported. Moreover, the company's plane flying from Istanbul to Tokyo had to urgently cut its flight short on March 29 due to the information about an explosive device in the cargo compartment of the aircraft. However, no explosive device was found after the inspection.

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  • Armenia violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 682 times in March
    01.04.2015 17:32
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    About 30 Armenian soldiers were killed in frontline battles last month

    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 682 times in March 2015.

    According to the results of the APA's monitoring based on the reports confirmed by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, the Armenian army suffered heavy losses over the past month. About 30 Armenian soldiers were killed by Azerbaijani armed forces during frontline battles.

    Four Azerbaijani servicemen were killed, while another died of acute heart and respiratory failure during the reporting period.

    Moreover, one Armenian serviceman voluntarily crossed into Azerbaijan.

    The Armenian Army used mortars and large-caliber machineguns on the frontline during the reporting period.

    The highest number of ceasefire violations in March was recorded in the Aghdam part of the frontline, with a total of 222 times.

    In the directions of Fuzuli, Terter, Khojavend, Goranboy, Jabrayil, Gedebey, Tovuz, Gazakh, Aghstafa and Goygol districts, the ceasefire was shattered 138, 67, 50, 66, 41, 26, 21, 16, 6 and 3 times respectively.

    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 625 times in February.
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  • Azerbaijan and Russia to create "green" corridor
    01.04.2015 17:31
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    "We went to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey."

    Federal Customs Service of Russia offered to Egypt, Jordan and Turkey to create "green" corridor for the supply of perishable products, fruits and vegetables from these countries to the Russian Federation.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti that the statement came from the head of Federal Service Andrey Belyaninov, speaking at the Government Hour in the Federation Council.

    "We went to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, proposed the creation of "green" corridor for perishable products, fruits and vegetables, communicated well with colleagues from Azerbaijan," Belianinov said, speaking to senators.
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  • Azerbaijani president receives Russian film director
    01.04.2015 17:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    Trend:

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received chairman of the Russian Cinematographers Union, film director Nikita Mikhalkov April 1.

    Mikhalkov said he was pleased to visit Azerbaijan. Noting that he witnessed unprecedented development in Baku, Mikhalkov recalled with pleasure that an episode in one of his films was shot in the Azerbaijani capital.

    Touching upon big development processes in the country, Mikhalkov praised national leader Heydar Aliyev`s role in establishing and strengthening statehood after Azerbaijan restored its independence.

    President Aliyev in turn said that Azerbaijani-Russian ties were developing in various fields, including in humanitarian area.

    Ilham Aliyev said Mikhalkov's visit will contribute to the development of cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Russia. The president said culture, including cinematography, enjoys state support in Azerbaijan, adding continuous work is being carried out to promote Azerbaijani culture worldwide.

    The parties exchanged views over prospects for cooperation between the two countries in culture, including cinematography.

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  • Ilham Aliyev receives Ambassador of Kazakhstan
    01.04.2015 17:18
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    The Head of State wished the Ambassador success in his future endeavors.

    On April 1, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan in our country Amangeldi Zhumabayev in connection with completion of his diplomatic mission.

    Ambassador Amangeldy Zhumabayev noted that a wise internal and foreign policy pursued by the Head of State, made a great impression on him, Oxu.az reports citing the official website of the President.

    Stressing that during his tenure as ambassador, hardworking and hospitable people of Azerbaijan constantly showed him a sincere attitude. He expressed his gratitude to the Azerbaijani government and personally President Ilham Aliyev for the conditions created for the embassy during his diplomatic mission in our country.

    The Head of State noted with satisfaction the dynamic development of fraternal and friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

    Praising the contribution made by Amangeldi Zhumabayev to the further expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas, including political, economic, integration processes and other areas, President Ilham Aliyev wished him success in his future endeavors.
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  • Palestin joinS International Criminal Court
    01.04.2015 17:13
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    The Palestinians have formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), a key step towards being able to pursue Israelis for alleged war crimes.

    Foreign Minister Riad Malki attended a low-key ceremony at The Hague.

    The ICC's chief prosecutor launched a "preliminary examination" in January, after the Palestinians signed its founding treaty, the Rome Statute.

    Palestinian officials said they would wait for the outcome of the review before considering further action.

    Although Israel has not ratified the Rome Statute, its military and civilian leaders could face charges if they are believed to have committed crimes on Palestinian territory.

    Palestinian militants will also be open to prosecution.
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  • Assets of Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund rise by AZN 842,500 in March
    01.04.2015 17:12
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    Assets of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces Assistance Fund have risen by AZN 842,555 over the last month, APA reports.

    As of 1 March 2015, capital assets of the Fund's AZN account made 62,495,671, while the USD and Euro accounts made 211,791 and 593 respectively, the Defense Ministry said on April 1.

    No assets were added to the Fund's USD, euro and ruble accounts.

    The Armed Forces Assistance Fund was established under an order issued by the President of Azerbaijan on August 17, 2002. The Fund is formed on the basis of voluntarily donations of individuals and legal entities and at the expense of the other donations not prohibited by the laws of Azerbaijan.
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  • Armenia, its patrons stand behind campaign to discredit Azerbaijan'" foreign ministry
    01.04.2015 16:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 1

    Trend:

    Distortion of statements of Russian State Duma MP Leonid Slutsky by Armenian media once again demonstrates that mostly Armenia and its patrons stand behind the campaign to discredit Azerbaijan on the eve of the Baku 2015 European Games, the second secretary of the press service of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Konul Suleymanli said, commenting on recent statements of Slutsky at a press conference in the Azerbaijani embassy in Moscow.

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  • No incident during OSCE monitoring on Azerbaijani, Armenian troopsв' contact line
    01.04.2015 16:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A monitoring was held without incidents on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops near the Kohanebi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative April 1, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry April 1.

    On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring was conducted by the field assistants of the personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office, Yevgeny Sharov and Peter Svedberg.

    On the Armenian side of the contact line, the monitoring was conducted by the field assistants of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative, Irzhi Aberle, Hristo Hristov and Simon Tiller.

    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 the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Aircraft of Turkish Airlines flying back to Istanbul due to terrorism threat
    01.04.2015 16:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The aircraft of the Turkish Airlines flying on the Istanbul-Lisbon route is returning to the airport due to the threat of explosion on the board, Milliyet newspaper reported Apr.1.

    Reportedly, there was received information that an explosive device was planted on the board the aircraft.

    No other details have been reported.

    ---

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  • OPEC sees lowest oil export earnings since 2010
    01.04.2015 16:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    OPEC members, excluding Iran, earned about $730 billion in net oil export revenues in 2014, which represents an 11-percent decline from the $824 billion earned in 2013, according to the estimates of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

    "This was the lowest earnings for the group since 2010," EIA said.

    The decrease was largely because of the decline in average annual crude oil prices, and to a lesser extent from decreases in the amount of OPEC net oil exports.

    Saudi Arabia earned the largest share of these earnings, $246 billion in 2014, representing approximately one-third of total OPEC oil revenues, according to the EIA's estimates.

    For 2015, EIA projects that OPEC net oil export revenues (excluding Iran) could fall further to about $380 billion in 2015 as a result of the much lower annual crude oil prices expected in 2015.

    EIA expects that OPEC's crude oil production and exports (as a whole) in 2015 will be unchanged from 2014 levels, following OPEC's decision on November 27 not to change its production targets from previous levels.

    For 2016, OPEC revenues are projected to rebound to $515 billion with the expected rebound in crude oil prices.

    EIA forecasts that Brent crude oil prices will average $59 per barrel in 2015. WTI prices in 2015 and 2016 are expected by the EIA to average $7 per barrel and $5 per barrel, respectively, below Brent.OPEC (excluding Iran) net oil export revenues (in bln USD)




    Country



    2013



    2014



    Algeria



    $55



    $48



    Angola



    $27



    $24



    Ecuador



    $10



    $10



    Iraq



    $87



    $87



    Kuwait



    $90



    $81



    Libya



    $29



    $9



    Nigeria



    $82



    $77



    Qatar



    $42



    $38



    Saudi Arabia



    $278



    $246



    UAE



    $57



    $53



    Venezuela



    $67



    $58



    OPEC



    $824



    $730



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  • OSCE monitoring on frontline completed
    01.04.2015 16:31
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    The Ministry has disseminated an information.

    The monitoring of the contact line near Kokhanebi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office is completed.

    Oxu.az reports citing the website of the Defense Ministry that on the Azerbaijani side the monitoring was conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Evgeny Sharov and Peter Swedberg.

    The field assistants of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Jiri Aberle, Hristo Hristov and Simon Tiller conducted the same work on the opposite side of the contact line.
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  • Azerbaijan must create religious model based on national spiritual values
    01.04.2015 16:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A national-religious model based on the national spiritual values must be formed in Azerbaijan to regulate the relations between the state and religion, deputy head of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Siyavush Heydarov said in an interview with Trend.

    He said that this model must be based non-politicized and strong religious ground.

    Heydarov said that this model must reflect a systematic form of fundamental Azerbaijani values on the basis of the main criteria of Islam, the modern requirements and the principles of secularism.

    "Azerbaijan is a multinational country," he said. "The representatives of various religious confessions and currents live on the territory of Azerbaijan. From the first years of independence, Azerbaijan was in the center of the geopolitical and economic interests of some foreign countries and circles. As a result, it was under influence. A religious factor plays a certain role here."

    He said that under the guise of Islam, some forces have tried and are trying to export the traditions, alien to the Azerbaijani society, to the country."

    "Islam is not the only religion existing in Azerbaijan," he said. "The representatives of various religions live in the country in peace and tolerance."

    "While forming the national-religious model, it is very important to take the traditional religions in Azerbaijan as a basis," he said. "People must know that the national-religious model means a form of fundamental Islam based on Azerbaijani national-spiritual values, tested by the history and brought in accordance with the secularity."

    "In particular, the national and religious model should ensure the consistency of the meaning and principles enshrined in the flag which is a state attribute of Azerbaijan," said Heydarov.

    He added that primarily, national identity, modernity and democracy, as well as important Islamic values should constitute the baseline of the corresponding model.

    These principles will be used as a basis in the process of using this model as well, according to Heydarov.

    Furthermore, he said that concrete work is being carried out by the specialists and relevant structures, in order to ensure the society's adaptation to this model.

    "The population's views on the religious life and attitude to this model are being studied," he said. "To this end, specialists are preparing polls and it is analyzed to what extend will the principles and rules of this model work in the modern period."

    At the next stage, it is planned to attract specialists who will use this model and to train national personnel in this sphere, said Heydarov. "The reforms to be carried out in the religious education system will allow to form the national and religious model."

    He added that firstly, a base of professionals should be created to provide research and work in the religious sphere. To this end, it is necessary to form a religious education center that will provide the needed religious knowledge and combine the principles of secularism.

    He said that if one pays attention to the neighboring countries, one can see that education in them is based on a system that has deep roots. He went on to add that the result of the current system is the preparation of professional cadres in the field of religion, which play an important role in the regulation of relations between the state and religion in these countries.

    "However, we cannot use their model in Azerbaijan, as there is a multi-religious factor in the Azerbaijani society," said Heydarov.

    On the basis of this very factor, the national-religious model should include the establishment of a national system of education and training of national staff in the field of religion, which will benefit society in future, said Heydarov.

    In this context, national-religious education, national and religious personnel and national-religious model should be formed, he said.

    "One of the main ways to fight radicalism is to carry out educational work in the religious sphere, which is proved by international experience," Siyavush Heydarov said.

    He said that in order to get rid of radicalism, there should be an alternative to it.

    "It must be formed namely on the basis of a model based on national and spiritual values. This model should ensure that the growing young generation would remain faithful to the national values, treat their national identity with respect, as well as serve to protect it from radical elements, fueled by an alien environment. Systemic application of this model is an important step towards the weakening of radicalism trend today, as well as the prevention of negative cases that may occur in the future."

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  • There is progress in negotiations on Iran, but little - French foreign ministry
    01.04.2015 16:19
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 1

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    Negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program in Lausanne are moving, but not fast enough for the agreement to be signed, the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said Apr.1, RIA Novosti news agency reported with reference to the Reuters news agency.

    Fabius also said he is ready to return to Lausanne for negotiations if necessary, Reuters said.

    Earlier on April 1, it was reported that the negotiators on the Iranian nuclear program in Lausanne had not yet reached an agreement.

    It was also reported that on April 1 that the experts of the P5 1 group of international mediators started working on a rough draft of policy statement at the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear dossier. Later, political directors of the delegations will join the experts. The consultations with the participation of Tehran's delegation should take place the same day.

    The foreign ministers of Iran and the mediator countries were originally required to submit a document by March 31. On the morning of April 1, the experts of the P5 1 group of international mediators have begun work on a draft copy of the political declaration.

    The P5 1 group of international mediators lead the negotiations with Iran, the purpose of which is to prove the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. The parties are making diplomatic efforts for the development of the political part of the agreement and working towards a comprehensive agreement by the end of June.

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  • Today Apple celebrates 39th year
    01.04.2015 16:14
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    Apple is celebrating its 39th year after the company was founded on April 1 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

    The pair were joined by Ron Wayne, who, according to Wozniak, typed the entirely of the partnership document to the formation of the Apple Computer Company, which is signed by the three men on April 1, "out of his head right in front of us."

    Wayne sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800 on April 12, and has since described his leaving as the "best decision with the information available to me at the time". Wayne is now best remembered as the designer of Apple's first ever wood cut designed-style logo and author of the Apple 1's manual.
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  • Minister received Ukranian delegation
    01.04.2015 16:14
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    Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadayarov received the delegation of working group of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on inter-parliamentary relations with Azerbaijan.

    Minister Elmar Mammadyarov noted the importance of inter-parliamentary relations and expressed that this visit would contribute to furthering of relations between two countries. Stressing the close partnership relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine, Elmar Mammadyarov noted the cooperation and mutual support of both countries within the framework of international organizations.

    Roman Nasirov, the head of the inter-parliamentary relations working group at the Verkhovna Rada, emphasized importance attached to the development of relations with Azerbaijan. Adding that the delegation have had very productive meetings within the visit. He also noted their interest in having exchange of experience on various fields with Azerbaijan.

    During the meeting cooperation in the fields of agriculture, industry, culture and sports between Azerbaijan and Ukraine were also discussed and the importance of joint inter-governmental commission were stressed.
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  • UAE vice-president to arrive in Azerbaijan today
    01.04.2015 16:13
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    A delegation led by Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will today arrive in Azerbaijan on an official visit.

    During the two-day visit, the UAE vice-president will be accompanied by the country's senior officials and hold meetings with the Azerbaijani president and officials, the UAE Embassy in Azerbaijan told APA.
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  • Curious tradition of Indian village
    01.04.2015 16:04
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    While a vast majority of Indians continue to prefer sons, a small village in the Indian state of Rajasthan has its own unique tradition of celebrating their daughters. Since 2006, the residents of Piplantri village, in southern Rajasthanв's Rajsamand district, have been planting a whopping 111 trees to celebrate the birth of a girl!

    Given that an average of 60 girls are born each year, the villagers have managed to plant over 250,000 trees so far '" including varieties like Neem, Indian Rosewood, and Mango. The community of 8,000 residents is also dedicated to making sure that the trees survive and attain fruition as the girls grow up.

    The beautiful tradition was started by the villageв's former 'sarpanchв'(head) Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in the memory of his daughter Kiran, who passed away a few years ago. Apart from planting trees, a special committee also identifies families that are reluctant to accept girl children. They then collect Rs. 21,000 ($336) from village residents, and Rs. 10,000 ($160) from the girlв's father '" and invest this money in a 20-year government bond to ensure financial security for the child.

    And thereв's more! ''We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly, and take care of the trees planted in her name,'' Paliwal said.

    In order to ensure that the trees remain free from termite infestations, the residents of Piplantri have also planted over 2.5 million Aloe Vera plants around them. The trees, along with the Aloe Vera plants, have become a major source of livelihood for the villagers.

    ''Gradually, we realised that Aloe Vera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways,'' Paliwal explained. ''So we invited some experts and asked them to train our women. Now residents make and market Aloe Vera products like gel, pickle, etc.''

    The village of Piplantri promotes the spirit of community in other ways too '" they have their own website, and a special studio-recorded anthem as well. Theyв've completely banned alcohol, open grazing of animals, and the cutting of trees. The residents seem to be a happy lot, and claim that there havenв't been any crimes reported in the past seven to eight years. That reminds me of Shani Shingnapur, Indiaв's village without doors, which has also apparently been crime free for a very long time.

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  • Putin has no plans to visit Turkey soon for talks on Turkish Stream gas pipeline
    01.04.2015 16:03
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to visit Turkey shortly to discuss the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, TASS reports.

    "We don't have such plans in the foreseeable future," the Kremlin spokesman said.

    Russia and Turkey are holding a dialog on the gas issue at various levels, including the level of corporations, the Kremlin spokesman said.

    "Gazprom's representatives are in constant contact with partners [in Turkey] to hold discussions and start implementing the Turkish Stream," Peskov said.

    Turkish Stream Gas Pipeline Project

    Gazprom and Turkey's Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding on December 1, 2014, envisaging the construction of a gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey.

    The Turkish Stream gas pipeline will have a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters, of which 50 billion cubic meters will be supplied to a new gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border.

    Russian President Putin announced on December 1 the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline was closed due to the European Union's unconstructive approach to cooperation in that sphere, including Bulgaria's decision to stop the construction of the pipeline's stretch on its territory.

    Instead, Russia will build a gas pipeline to Turkey where a gas hub on the border with Europe will be created, Putin said.

    South Stream was Gazprom's global infrastructure project designed to build a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters across the Black Sea to Southern and Central Europe in order to diversify natural gas export routes and eliminate transit risks.

    The Turkish Stream gas pipeline will run 660 km (410 miles) along the old corridor of the South Stream project abandoned by Russia and 250 km (155 miles) in the new corridor towards Turkey's European part.
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  • World's oldest person dies
    01.04.2015 16:00
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    A Japanese woman Misao Okawa recognised as the oldest person in the world died early on Wednesday morning at the age of 117 years old.

    Okawa celebrated her birthday on March 5 with her 92-year-old son and his family, but had recently lost her appetite, according to officials of the retirement home in Osaka where she lived.

    Mrs Okawa assumed the Guinness World Records title of the oldest person in the world in 2013 and, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark her 116th birthday last year, attributed her longevity to eating well, sleeping at least eight hours every night and taking regular naps.
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  • Iran, P5 1 start drafting nuclear deal
    01.04.2015 16:00
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 1

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran and the P5 1 have started drafting a deal on the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.

    Abbas Araqchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator said the parties have started drafting the "solutions".

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) will issue a joint statement at the end of the ongoing talks, if they reach a conclusion on the all disputed issues, Iran's State IRINN TV reported April 1.

    The statement would read that progress and "general solutions" have been achieved in the negotiations and would include some working documents between Iran and the P5 1 as well as written texts. Araqchi said.

    He emphasized that the joint statement will not have any attachment.

    Iran and the P5 1 are trying to hammer out a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.

    They were to reach a political understanding by March 31, but the negotiators decided to continue their talks on April 1.

    The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, something that Iran denies.

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  • Turkish president cut short Romania visit
    01.04.2015 15:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short his visit to Romania and is returning home, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Apr.1.

    Turkish president was to return from Romania tonight, according to the report.

    Reportedly, it is not ruled out that Erdogan cut short the visit due to the latest terrorist acts in the country.

    It should be noted that Turkey has faced two terrorist acts in recent two days.

    An unknown armed person broke into the building of the Istanbul branch of the country's ruling Justice and Development Party in the city's Kartal district on Apr.1. The gendarmerie representatives managed to disarm the attacker.

    This incident took place one day after armed persons took the prosecutor hostage in the Palace of Justice in Istanbul. They demanded the arrest of the police officers responsible for the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan during the street protests in 2013.

    Prosecutor Selim Kiraz, who was taken hostage, was wounded by five bullets during special operation to free him. He later died in a hospital.

    Two terrorists were killed during the special operation.

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  • "Cold shower" from World Bank for Yerevan
    01.04.2015 15:50
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The World Bank's latest forecast on Armenia's economy has come as yet another proof that the sick economy of this post-Soviet country is now quite literally on its "deathbed".

    In a significant downgrading move compared to its earlier outlooks, the WB said on March 31 that economic growth in Armenia will likely go below 1 percent this year due to primary spillover effects of Russia's economic downfall.

    The world's top bank predicted late last year that Armenia's economy will go up by 3.5 percent in 2015, based on official statistical indices. However, the Armenian government emerged more optimistic, forecasting a growth rate at 4.1 percent.

    The World Bank's Country Manager on Armenia, Laura Bailey said the economy in Armenia will unlikely grow beyond 0.8 percent limit this year.

    "However, even this growth projection could seem overly optimistic given a deeper-than-anticipated crisis in Russia or renewed drastic fluctuations of the Armenian national currency, the dramв's exchange rate," Bailey said.

    "I donв't have a forecast for what will happen with the dram. I am just trying to clarify that if there are sharp changes in either direction, it can emerge disruptive to exports and trade in Armenia," she added.

    In an early March report, the WB expected no any significant breakthrough in Armenia's economy when Bailey said it will keep stagnating. In view of the government's 4.1 percent growth project, Bailey called it "unrealistic" against the ongoing economic background.

    The Armenian currency weakened by roughly 18 percent against the U.S. dollar in November and December last year amid falling remittances from Armenian labor migrants particularly in Russia.

    Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister, Vache Gabrielyan confessed the strictness of the WB warnings, acknowledging on March 30 that that the government will call to revise its projections downwards.

    "There will be government discussions soon. I will present forecasts to you as soon as those discussions are over," he added.

    "We are going to have less growth than previously expected," said Arsen Ghazarian, head of Armeniaв's largest business association, adding that forecasts on Armenia's economy range from 0.5 percent to 2 percent.

    The current economic atmosphere in Armenia is viewed as reminiscent of 2009 crisis as the gross domestic product in this former Soviet country grew by 3.4 percent in 2014, disproving the expected target announced by the government earlier last year.

    Local experts, including Artak Manukyan say Armenia's economy is observing a free fall, characterized by year-on-year worsening life conditions in the country. Social indicators in 2013 were more positive than in 2014. Experts believe that 2015 and 2016 will see a worsening of all social indicators.

    Based on the aforementioned stagnation, Armenia got bad mark also from Fitch and Moody's as both have downgraded their outlooks for the former Soviet nation's economic growth. The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction has even zeroed out its forecast on economy for Armenia in 2015.
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  • General prosecutor office of Ukraine refuses to extradite Mikheil Saakashvili
    01.04.2015 15:49
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 1

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    General prosecutor office of Ukraine refused to extradite the former head of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, thinking that he is being persecuted for "political reasons", RIA Novosti news agency reported April 1.

    "On the results of inspection, General prosecutor office of Ukraine came to conclusion that there is the risk that an extradition request of Saakashvili was made by the competent authorities of Georgia with the aim of political persecution," said the message. "In addition, his extradition would be contrary to the requirements of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950. Under such circumstances, the General prosecutor office as the central body of Ukraine on extradition issues made a decision to refuse the extradition of Saakashvili, and the Georgian colleagues have been informed about it."

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  • Baku 2015 to light fire
    01.04.2015 15:38
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    Baku will light the torch of the first European Games on April 26, said Azerbaijan`s Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov.

    Athletes and other well-known people of Azerbaijan will carry the flame across all districts and cities of the country, he added.

    The fire of the first European Games will be lit with this flame on the Baku Olympic Stadium a day before the start of the Games on June 11.
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  • Azerbaijani flag to wave in Karabakh
    01.04.2015 15:30
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's flag will absolutely wave over the occupied territories in the very near future, a top Azerbaijani military official said.

    As Azerbaijanis came together this March 31 to remember the Day of Genocide and honor the memory of all those who were murdered by Armenia in a despicable grand-scale murderous act against the nation of Azerbaijan, top Azerbaijani officials issued several statements, among whom Defense Minister, Zakir Hasanov confirmed the country would soon, according to its government's will, liberate all occupied territories.

    "Azerbaijani army is able to repel any kind of military aggression against the country," he said.

    Hasanov believes that raising international awareness about the painful events happened in Azerbaijan due to Armenia's aggression and enmity is of great significance.

    "The Massacres of Azerbaijanis - March 31, 1918 and the Khojaly genocide of February 26, 1992 - are bloody pages of our past. These tragedies are the clear results of Armenia's well-thought and insidious ethnic cleansing policy against Azerbaijanis," Hasanov said.

    Recalling national leader Heydar Aliyev's endeavors, the minister said the universal propaganda campaign of March 31 genocide against Azerbaijanis, which has yet to receive political and legal assessment, started namely after his rise to power in Azerbaijan.

    The Genocide of Azerbaijanis on March 31, 1918 was an unprecedented reflection of Armenians' hatred against Azerbaijanis as they massacred more than 700,000 Azerbaijanis including some 30,000 in Baku and surrounding towns.

    Moreover, armed Armenian dashnaks destroyed hundreds of villages and towns, committed never seen before bloodbaths throughout Azerbaijan. About 150 Azerbaijani settlements were annihilated in the Karabakh region alone.

    Based on an order by Azerbaijan's former president Aliyev on March 26, 1998, March 31 was officially announced as the Day of Azerbaijani Genocide.

    Azerbaijan's leadership is now attaching a great deal of attention and importance to its army building measures as part of its state policy amid the unresolved territorial conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan are currently under Armenia's occupation following a sudden and insidious aggression by this smallest South Caucasus country in early 1990s. While Yerevan continues to justify the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory by backing the separatist puppet regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku and international organizations have worked hard to end the conflict in peace.

    International decision makers unequivocally recognize the occupied lands as part of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and the United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions urging Armenia to pull its troops out of Nagoro-Karabakh.

    Nonetheless, the former and incumbent rulers in Yerevan turned down calls for peace, being true to Armenia's belligerent nature.
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  • Bieber at a mediation session
    01.04.2015 15:23
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    Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session Tuesday in Miami over a lawsuit against him in which a photographer alleges that one of the star's bodyguards assaulted him.

    Bieber slipped in the back door of the office building where the session was held so as to avoid reporters, according to footage from the local affiliate of CBS.

    Bieber later left without making any public comment.
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  • Kazakhstan's economic future: alternative ways
    01.04.2015 15:16
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Kazakhstanв's incumbent president Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his election campaign stated that the country should diversify its economy by creating several new export products.

    Kazakhstan needs textile oil and gas chemical cluster to reduce dependence on raw materials, to produce finished competitive products and to confidently step into a treasured thirty most developed countries. Integration of multiple industries will produce dozens of products, demanded both in the country and abroad.

    The outcome of the new politics has to be creation of several new products. The oil market suffers from the ''black goldв's'' price fall. Therefore, those countries that relied on this sphere feel tangible losses.

    Nazarbayev programв's goal is to stress the importance of developing the sector of agricultural products processing based on a new comprehensive development program. In this regard, it is necessary to start implementing 10 large-scale projects involving multinational companies.

    The country currently realizes the program of industrialization to enter the qualitative growth and achieve diversification of the economy.

    However, the manufacturing sector has not yet become a driver of economic growth. The effect of such industrialization policy in the development of the industry is barely 1 percent. The industrializationв's goal is increased employment opportunities and the development of export potentials.

    The president also notes a need for economic reforms in order to accelerate the formation of the middle class.

    The key challenge is to prevent a sharp "dip" in the dynamics of economic development. Kazakhstanв's dependence and close ties with Russian economy, which is now going through hard times, raises concerns.

    One more important point is the development of the service sector - mainly small and medium-sized enterprises. The government is going to create a mechanism that will support small and medium-sized businesses, legal protection of citizensв' property, enhancing their well-being.

    Nazarbayev says that due diligence guidance has created a reliable base, the ability to expand the involvement of Kazakh economy in world economic relations.

    On this basis it is necessary to seek an access of the Kazakh producers to large regional markets, as well as the liberalization of customs, import and export procedures in the space of the Eurasian Economic Union.
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  • Baku residents to work on different schedule during EuroGames
    01.04.2015 15:10
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    The Cabinet has formed a decision.

    To ensure the smooth movement of vehicles and the convenience of its use by residents of the capital, at the time of the first European Games in Baku - from May 1 to July 1, the office hours of the government agencies and non-governmental organizations will be changed.

    According to Oxu.Az, it is stated in the relevant decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan.

    The resolution states that government officials, departments and agencies (except for employees of educational institutions and persons on duty) will operate on the following schedule:

    - 25% of employees - from 8:00 to 17:00;

    - 25% - from 8:30 to 17:30;

    - 25% - from 9:00 to 18:00;

    - 25% - from 9:30 to 18:30.

    Work schedule of employees of non-governmental organizations (with the exception of employees of educational institutions and persons on duty) should be organized according to the following schedule:

    - 50% of employees - from 8:00 to 17:00;

    - 50% - from 8:30 to 17:30.
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  • Turkey suggests Turkmenistan new areas of cooperation
    01.04.2015 15:04
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Apr. 1

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkey presented Turkmenistan new proposals on cooperation in various fields, the message of the government of Turkmenistan said April 1.

    The proposals were presented at the meeting of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov with the chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey Mustafa Hisarciklioglu, which took place in Ashgabat.

    The message did not indicate which specific cooperation proposals Turkish side presented to Turkmenistan.

    The message said that Turkey takes part in implementation of the large-scale joint projects in Turkmenistan, which play "a huge role in a stable and sustainable socio-economic development not only of the two countries, but also the entire region."

    "While expressing great interest of business circles of Turkey in the gradual building of the established fruitful partnership, the guest also presented new proposals on cooperation," the message said.

    During the meeting, the sides emphasized the need for closer economic and trade relations between the state and business structures of Turkmenistan and Turkey.

    President of Turkmenistan was presented a report on the implementation of the projects entrusted to Turkish companies in various fields, including the agricultural sector, the message said.

    Earlier it was reported that by the end of 2014, Turkey ranked second in total trade turnover of Turkmenistan. Bilateral trade turnover volume exceeded $6 billion, which is a 26.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013.

    Turkmenistan employs about 600 Turkish companies entrusted with such major projects as the construction of an international seaport in Turkmenbashi and the international airport in the capital of Turkmenistan, highways, transport interchanges and overpasses.

    In addition, the Turkish partners are actively involved in the construction of objects of the chemical industry of Turkmenistan. Productive interaction takes place in the electricity sector as well, where companies of Turkey implement the project to upgrade the systems of power supply of Ashgabat, build large power plants in Lebap and Mary provinces of Turkmenistan.

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  • Vafa Quluzade: Turkey and Iranв's positions is clear
    01.04.2015 14:59
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    ''During his Iran visit there is no any unpredicted circumstance for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his criticizing Iran over Yemeni issue.'' political analyst Vafa Quluzade told SIA.

    According to Vafa Quluzade, visits agreed in advance and during visit unforeseen cases can happen rarely. Moreover positions of Turkey and Iran is clear.

    ''This information is unbiased. Armeniaв's anger to Russia has been growing day by day. More than, Armenia demands of Kremlyn not drowing Armeniaв's authority. Sargsyan had been invited to Moscow and forced to join the organization in spite of the fact that Armenia had not planned on joining the Custom Union. '' told Mr Quluzade commenting on some information posted in the media.
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  • Azerbaijani-Turkish joint air defense exercises to end on April 2 - PHOTO
    01.04.2015 14:53
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    A media tour was held within joint exercises ''TURAZ Falcon 2015'' of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces in Konya on March 31.

    Commander of the Turkish Air Forces, Army General Akin Ozturk and Commander of the Azerbaijani Air Forces Ramiz Tahirov also watched the exercises on March 31, APA reports quoting Milliyet newspaper.

    Representative of the Turkish Air Forces, Lieutenant-Colonel Hasan Saffet Celikel told journalists that serious tests and mutual exchange of experience were conducted for the development of flying abilities.

    "This beneficial cooperation will continue at a high level in the future. This practice is of great importance for us. Three pieces of F-16, three F-4E 2020, two AS-532, two UN-1H helicopters and airborne early warning and control system of the Turkish Air Forces and three pieces of MIG-29, three SU-25 aircrafts and four Mi-17 helicopters of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were involved in the exercises," he said.

    Then, the journalists toured helicopter hangars and took photos.

    Firing and rescue exercises were carried out in the second phase of the exercises.

    The exercises that started on March 2 will continue on April 2.
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  • Istanbul branch of Turkey's ruling party attacked
    01.04.2015 14:49
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An armed man broke into a building in Istanbul's Kartal district, DHA agency reported April 1.

    This individual has not been identified yet.

    Istanbul's branch of the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party is located in this building.

    The gendarmerie representatives managed to disarm the attacker.

    Other details of the incident were not reported.

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  • Turkish gov't vows to hike pensions following main opposition CHPв's promise
    01.04.2015 14:30
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    In a counter move against the main opposition Republican Peopleв's Party (CHP), which over a month ago vowed to give two bonus wages to around 10 million Turkish pensioners, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has also pledged a pension hike as part of its pre-election campaign.

    "Pensioners receiving less than 1,000 Turkish Liras will be paid an additional 100 liras. Those who get between more than 1,000 liras and less than 1,100 liras will be paid 1,100 liras," Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu said at the AKP's parliamentary group meeting on March 31, Hurriyet Daily reports. This increase will not be an additional burden on the budget, he added.

    DavutoДџlu's good news for pensioners came just weeks after the CHP promised to give two extra wages to the retired.

    "I address my retired brothers and sisters: You will get a bonus wage on Ramadan and the sacrifice feasts under my prime ministry," CHP head Kemal KД±lД±çdaroДџlu said in a speech to his party members on Feb. 17.

    Speaking at his parliamentary group meeting only a few hours after DavutoДџlu on March 31, KД±lД±çdaroДџlu was quick to up the ante.

    "He says, lsquo;KД±lД±çdaroДџlu cannot give two extra wages.' Look at what he's saying. I promised: lsquo;I will quit politics if I cannot offer two extra wages.' That's a KД±lД±çdaroДџlu promise," he said.

    The CHP leader also slammed a new regulation granting a discretionary fund for the presidency, passed as part of a government-sponsored omnibus bill on March 27 despite objection from opposition parties.

    He questioned where the fund would be spent and suggested that it would be used to cover up real expenditure for President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan's controversial new presidential palace in Ankara, which was opened in October and has around 1,150 rooms.

    "I am calling on all my retired brothers. Those who begrudge you two extra wages are giving presents to people at midnight in parliament with the taxes that you have paid. We will not allow this," KД±lД±çdaroДџlu said.

    Meanwhile, DavutoДџlu criticized KД±lД±çdaroДџlu for "promising to give money he does not have" and called on retired people not to be seduced by the CHP head's promises.

    "I want to share very good news for you. It's about our retired people. But unlike KД±lД±çdaroДџlu, who is distributing money that he does not have, ours is an act of government. We will increase pensions in July in line with inflation rates and then we will add an additional 100 liras," DavutoДџlu said.
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  • Main suspect confesses in Russian politician Nemtsovв's murder case
    01.04.2015 14:25
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    Zaur Dadayev has confessed in the murder case of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, TASS reports.

    Zaur Dadayev has confessed in the murder case of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov and is cooperating with the investigators, a representative of Russia's Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.

    "The complicity of [another suspect in the case Khamzat] Bakhayev is confirmed by confessionary evidence of Dadayev who is cooperating with the investigation," the investigator said.
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  • EBRD finances state-of-the-art ore-processing plant in Kazakhstan
    01.04.2015 14:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a loan of $100 million to AltaiPolimetally and Terekty Ken Baity, two companies involved in the Koktaszhal copper and gold deposit in Kazakh region of Karaganda, the bank reported on April 1.

    "The proceeds of the loan will finance the development of the Koktaszhal mine and the construction of an ore-processing plant to produce copper-gold concentrate," the bank said.

    New, highly efficient milling and processing equipment will be purchased, including a system of conveyor belts. The new conveyors and other technologies used in the plant will eliminate the need for conventional diesel-fired heavy machinery and trucks. The new plant and modern equipment will also help the operators substantially reduce dusting and emissions, and water use will be halved compared with projects using conventional machinery.

    "Kazakhstan has significant reserves of copper and gold and the Koktaszhal project will support the development of a new deposit that meets the heightened standards for resources and energy efficiency," Aida Sitdikova, EBRD Director for Energy and Natural Resources in Russia and Central Asia said.

    To date, the EBRD has invested over $6.8 billion into various sectors of the Kazakhstani economy, with investments in 2014 alone reaching a record level of about $750 million.

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  • Belarus-Azerbaijan to deepen ICT co-op
    01.04.2015 14:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Belarus has said to be interested in creating of a joint enterprise with Azerbaijan for information technology products development.

    Cooperation issues between the two countries were discussed at a meeting of Azerbaijanв's Communication and High Technology Minister Ali Abbasov with his Belarusian counterpart Sergey Popkov on March 31.

    Popkov is on his visit to Baku on March 30 '" April 2.

    The two sides discussed questions of future cooperation in the ICT field.

    Noting the friendly relations between the two countries, Minister Abbasov said such relations could still yet be expanded, especially when it comes to the field of ICT.

    During the meeting, Popkov made abundantly clear that Belarus is keen on cooperating further with Azerbaijan in the ICT sector as to benefit both countries.

    In particular, he noted that there are great prospects for the development of cooperation between the parties in the fields of electronic security, space industry, information technology, the field of technology parks, as well as the establishment of joint ventures for the production of innovative products.

    The minister noted that relations between the two countries entered a new level of development.

    In addition, Popkov stressed the importance of the presence of ICT companies in the domestic markets of both countries and the importance of the third Belarusian-Azerbaijani ICT Forum.

    The event will be held in the framework of the exhibition and conference Bakutel-2015 in December.

    The meeting resulted in the decision to carry out the test procedures for Belarusian companies' products and services which wish to enter the Azerbaijani market, analyze the quality and prices, and take appropriate decision based on the outcomes.

    According to the International Telecommunication Unionв's, both Azerbaijan and Belarus show significant improvement in terms of ICT development, reaching the highest place in the region.
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  • Base price of oil in 2016в's state budget to be $50
    01.04.2015 14:18
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    "No sharp devaluation is expected in Azerbaijan"

    Oxu.az reports quoting APA that the statement came from the chairman of Central Bank of Azerbaijan Elman Rustamov.

    "No sharp devaluation is expected in Azerbaijan. However, in case of any events in the foreign markets, especially oil price decline, manat will be adapted to that.

    Most of large financial institutions predict oil price to be at $50-55. Current prices of oil are in this zone for a long time. Our calculations are also about $50-55."

    He also noted that base price of oil in 2016's state budget will be $50.
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