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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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    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe ThorbjГёrn Jagland.

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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Participants of the 4th meeting of Azerbaijani-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation have today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The members then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    They laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • ''Financial Times'' published Azerbaijan`s ambassador letter in respond to recent article related to Nogorno Karabakh
    02.10.2014 16:39
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    London, October 2 (AzerTAc). Recently, UK`s newspaper "Financial Times" published an article some parts of which were not factual enough related to the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The newspaper has published a letter by Azerbaijani Ambassador to UK Tahir Tagizade in response to that article.

    The letter says: "Sir, Further to your article "Valuable partner in energy ambitions" (Turkey and the World, FT Special Report, September 21), I am writing to raise my concern about the mentioning of Nagorno-Karabakh as a disputed enclave. It is of utmost importance that things are called by their names. Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognised part of the Republic of Azerbaijan that is currently under the military occupation of Armenian armed forces together with seven adjacent regions.

    What exists in Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding occupied territories is an unrecognised separatist regime and should be called as such. To call it a "disputed enclave" plays into the hands of the separatist regime which strives to gain international legitimacy. It has been set up in violation of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and forced the eviction of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis amounting to ethnic cleansing.

    I am very well aware how seriously the Financial Times takes the territorial integrity of states in light of the recent developments in our region and not only there. Therefore, I would like to see the same sensitivity to be shown in all cases, including Azerbaijan."

    Orkhan IsmayД±lov

    Special Correspondent, AzerTAc

    London
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    The 2nd ''Forum of the ECO Economic Think Tank Centers'' and the 2nd ''International Conference on Energy, Regional Integration and Socio-economic Development'' today kicked off in Baku.

    The Meeting is hosted by the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cooperation with the Economic Cooperation Organization.

    The main objective of the 2nd Baku Forum is to establish a sustainable partnership among Economic Think Tank Centers of ECO Member States. The Forum will discuss the issues related to regional economic development strategies, policies and programs.

    Addressing the Forum, Minister of the Economic Development of Azerbaijan Republic said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the Organization's activity to expand the member states' cooperation.

    The Minister highlighted economic achievements of Azerbaijan, the issues related to economic development of the region with focus on energy, regional integration and socio-economic development of the ECO countries.

    Shamil Alaskarov, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization noted the notable strengthening of cooperation among the ECO member states.
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  • Government seeks support for action against ISIL
    02.10.2014 16:12
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    The proposal, submitted by the government to Parliament, would broaden existing military powers in a bid to enable the army to "defeat attacks directed toward our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria", Hurriyet Daily reports

    The motion will be voted on today following a closed session due to the sensitivity of the issue.

    "The Cabinet has decided ... to ask permission from Parliament ... to send the Turkish Armed Forces, if necessary, to foreign countries for cross-border operations and interventions and to position foreign militaries in Turkey for the same purposes," the proposal outlined.

    "The terrorist elements of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK] still exist in northern Iraq. On the other hand, the significant increase in the number of other terrorist elements in Syria and the threat posed by them in Iraq is also alarming," said the motion, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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    "The motion we are about to send the Parliament is going to be comprehensive and to deal today's and tomorrow's threats," Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesperson Bülent ArД±nç told reporters late Sept. 30 following a weekly Cabinet meeting.

    Asked whether the motion to be sent to Parliament will include sending troops to foreign countries to establish security zones, allow the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil and open Turkish military bases to foreign troops, ArД±nç said: "Let me include one more option: All. The motion will refer to all of these points you have asked."

    "We are a determined government. We perfectly know what's going on inside and outside Turkey. This issue of security zone and other issues all have diplomatic and military reflections," he said.

    ArД±nç also said ISIL militants were advancing on the Süleyman Ећah Tomb in northern Syria, which Turkish soldiers continue to guard.

    The motion is based on Article 92 of Turkey's Constitution that requires parliamentary authorization to send troops to another country or to allow the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil.

    Turkish troops are currently authorized by Parliament to operate across the border with Iraq to defend Turkey against the PKK. A second motion authorizes cross-border defense against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Today's session was originally aimed at extending the term of existing motions on Iraq and Syria, set to expire on Oct. 4 and 17, respectively. The government has decided to combine authorization for action related to Iraq and Syria in a single motion.
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  • Azerbaijan monetary base failed to keep its absolute record
    02.10.2014 16:10
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    The monetary base in Azerbaijan has decreased after its 4-month growth. In September it dropped by 1.7% Augustв's record.

    The Central Bank of Azerbaijan reports that as of 1 October 2014 the monetary base amounted to AZN 11.546 bn versus AZN 11.743 bn (absolute record) by 1 September and AZN 11.64 bn by 1 January 2014, Fineko/abc.az reports.

    The monetary base amounted to AZN 10.515 by 1 January 2013, AZN 8.275 bn by 1 January 2012 and AZN 6.397 bn by 1 January 2011.

    In 2011 the monetary base grew by 29.4% and in 2012 its growth made 27.06%. In 2013 it increased by 10.72% and in 2014 its fall still makes up 0.82%.
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  • Azerbaijan-Russia relations a major factor of stability in region
    02.10.2014 15:34
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    As strategic partners, Azerbaijan and Russia are developing the relations in various fields, Chairperson of the Russian Council of the Federation (upper house of the parliament) Valentina Matviyenko told reporters in Baku Oct. 2.''This was possible through the efforts of the leaders of the two countries,'' she said.

    Matviyenko is participating in the International Humanitarian Forum which opened in Baku Oct. 2.

    "The Azerbaijani and Russian presidents have very trusting and constructive relations,'' she said. ''They have met this year, and such breakthroughs achieved during the Caspian summit is a result of effective cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan."

    She said that the current level of the two countriesв' relations is a major factor of stability in the region.

    "Our positions on most international and regional problems are either similar or coincide,'' she said. ''We are also very actively cooperating with Azerbaijan in the United Nations, other international venues, as well as through the parliaments."

    The International Humanitarian Forum in Baku will last from Oct. 2-3. Within the framework of the forum, tours to the country's districts, namely Nakhchivan, Lankaran, Quba and Qabala will be organized on Oct. 4-5.Well-known politicians, representatives of the socio-political circles, scholars and figures of culture are also participating in the forum.

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  • Paralysed rats are helped to walk again using a remote control
    02.10.2014 15:24
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Remote-controlled rats have been created by scientists who took over the walking ability of paralysed animals using electrical implants.

    The rats used in the study were paralysed by having their spinal cords severed in the middle back, which prevented brain signals reaching the lower spinal cord.

    But, sending an electric current into spinal nerves via surgical implants enabled them to walk while held upright on a treadmill.

    Scientists have designed the Gait Platform - a human-sized version of the apparatus used to study walking in the rats - for clinical trials.

    The research could lead to rehabilitative therapies that may help partially paralyzed human patients with spinal injuries walk more naturally.

    During the experiments, movements were controlled by altering the electrical signal.

    Treated animals walked over one thousand successive steps without failure, and negotiated stairs of various heights and lengths.

    The research is part of a European project called NEUWalk that aims to test the epidural electrical stimulation (EES) technology in human patients as early as next summer.
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  • Baku int'l forum discusses threats to world peace
    02.10.2014 15:12
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    Former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers: ''We feel the pain of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it should be resolved''.

    Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov moderated a panel within the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum, APA reports. Former President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel said in his speech that according to the UN statistics, the number of poor countries doubled in the last 40 years and 20 countries faced food shortages.

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    "We should prevent the Third World War. The main goal of the united Europe is to prevent a new war. The Helsinki principles should be based on and inviolability of borders should play a major role in ensuring trust between the East and West. There are very dangerous trends, the Soviet-era stereotypes reemerged. It is also said within NATO that the enemy is in Moscow. We are concerned about these issues. The future of Europe is impossible without Russia's participation. Everyone should determine their own destiny. It is important to rebuild trust among the countries," he said.

    Former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers mentioned in his speech that the war is going on in Iraq and Syria, peace has not yet been built in Palestine, the Ukrainian crisis remains unresolved.

    "Why the number of wars is many? The politicians who are supposed to prevent war aren't so perspicacious. We feel the pain of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We get saddened when hear about the families deprived of their homes in the occupied lands and monuments demolished. We need to go forward and resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and other conflicts."

    Vytautas Landsbergis, the former Lithuanian President, said Azerbaijan is often criticized for governance, but they fail to consider that Azerbaijan's territories have been invaded, Azerbaijan demonstrates an exemplary cooperation with Europe and it has been a positive example many times: "Therefore, it is necessary ramp up efforts in order to prevent the military conflict. Azerbaijan has a lot of positive contributions; it's trying for energy security of Europe and plays a key part in relation with the Islamic world. I believe Azerbaijan will demonstrate many examples."
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  • IMF predicts tougher days for Armenian economy
    02.10.2014 14:45
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The International Monetary Fund has predicted tougher days for Armenian economy as it forecasted a 3.3 percent economic growth for the post-Soviet country in 2015.

    Head of the IMF Mission in Armenia, Mark Horton noted that the organization has sharply reduced the economic outlook of Armenia down to 2.6 percent this year.

    Last year, the IMF forecasted a 4.8 percent growth for Armenia in 2014, but it revised the figure due to recent developments.

    "Hard days are ahead for Armenian economy due to geopolitical developments in the region and sanctions imposed on Russia. The government needs to take careful and decisive measures to cope with the deteriorating economic crisis," Horton said.

    He added that the geopolitical developments in the region, anti-Russian sanctions and Armenia's entrance into the Eurasian Economic Union have created an uncertain atmosphere hampering the progress of private sector in the country.

    Armenian economy lags in stepping forward because of its strong dependence on economy of Russia. The ongoing events between the West and the northern giant, particularly the economic sanctions imposed on Russia have already taken its tolls on the post-Soviet state's economy.

    Analysts and political experts say that Armenia will find all ways blocked after joining the EEU, which will subsequently strengthen its dependence on Russia. Some political experts even believe that the Kremlin doesn't need Armenia.

    Horton said the IMF believes that the economic growth in Armenia has been lower than expected figures. "Initially we forecasted that it would be equal to 3.5 percent, but now it has become clear that it will be down by about 1 percent. Domestic and foreign factors are the main reasons behind our new prediction. Complicated economic situation in the region resulted from the crisis in Russia is among the foreign factors negatively affecting the economic growth in Armenia," he added

    Horton noted that Russia's economic crisis badly affected the Armenian export to Russia and the remittances from Russia to Armenia. "As for the domestic factors, authorities are failing to pay off the expenses provided from the state budget. Unpaid expenses affects the economic growth in the country."

    Horton believes that the slowing economic growth will put the Armenian government in trouble to increase tax collection in 2015. The high-ranking IMF official said the growth in Armenian economy would be 3.3 percent this year.

    Armenia's weak economy, first of all, discourages its own people. High rate of unemployment and emigration due to hard social conditions have tarnished the image of the former Soviet state. Citizens are desperately hopeless and looking for a good life beyond the borders.

    GDP is calculated at $5,900 per capita to rank Armenia 149th among world's countries. Unemployment rate reaching 17.3 percent reflects the fruitlessness of domestic policy of the government. Most of the people scarcely meet the daily nutrition intake, as 35.8 percent of the population are grappling with poverty. The country with its nearly $8 billion external debt is doomed to failure. Empty hands of the government leave no hope for the citizens. So, they have no way other than leaving their country.

    Regarding Armenia's possible membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, he said, the authorities do not have any doubt about joining the EEU. They have done what they should do. The president's recent speeches at the Independence Day ceremony and in New York clearly underlined that the authorities are holding a certain position on the EEU. The expert added that the private business in the country is facing some uncertainties. "They know that there are some

    В disagreements between the three member-states of the Eurasian Economic Union. What will Armenia get from the EEU membership? How the work force in Russia will be regulated? What conditions will be set for entering the markets? There are several serious questions on this issue."

    Horton said they also heard about reports that Armenia's EUU joining will be inked in Minsk on October 10.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Ilham Aliyev about national and religious tolerance in Azerbaijan
    02.10.2014 14:44
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    Some global events turn such forums into necessity.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the statement came from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speaking at the 4 Baku International Forum.

    He noted that the Baku International Forum has found a very important format.

    The President said that Azerbaijan has never had to confront the national religious grounds:

    "A multicultural society coexisted In Azerbaijan for centuries, this was an example of friendship and solidarity among peoples. A number of initiatives in Azerbaijan today are reflected in the world. For example, to cultural event of the Member States of the Council of Europe held in 2008 in Baku were also invited Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. In 2009, to the Congress of Ministers of Culture of the Organization of the Islamic Conference were invited Ministers of the Council of Europe. A summit of world religious leaders was held at the initiative of Azerbaijan. "

    The President said that the occupation policy is carried out against Azerbaijan, Armenia seized internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, has a policy of ethnic cleansing, massacre Khojaly genocide and killed hundreds of people. The President also drew the attention of the forum that the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions on the withdrawal of the occupation forces from the occupied territories:

    "These resolutions are not met, we are faced with double standards. Our compatriots must return to their native land, despite the fact that these lands are not inhabited, everything is destroyed. Two reports of the OSCE mission to investigate the facts, stated that the mosques, historical monuments, cemeteries were destroyed. This is a great humanitarian disaster. Azerbaijan has done work on the placement of refugees and internally displaced persons, to solve their problems. But some of them still live in difficult conditions. "

    President Ilham Aliyev stressed that, in spite of all this, Azerbaijan continues its sustainable development. He noted that racism and discrimination intensified in the world:

    "We are anxiously watching these trends. We will discuss the prevention of these trends at the forum. Sometimes they say that multiculturalism has failed. But there is no alternative to multiculturalism in the world. None of heads of state or government can ignore public opinion. Therefore, we need to talk on these issues, and to make comments if it's necessary. We try to promote regional cooperation in the region we live in, to improve the relations between countries, nations, developing inter-religious dialogue. "

    President Ilham Aliyev stressed that Azerbaijan is concerned very much about the ongoing processes in the Muslim world:

    "These bloody clashes kill the country. We can not consider this as an isolated process. At the same time, all of us should worry about the deterioration of the attitude to migrants in Europe, that the force-discrimination advocates are gaining more votes. Azerbaijan plays a unique role in the modern world, we are a country located between Europe and Asia, on the ancient Silk Road. We are well aware of both Europe and Asia".
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  • Charity event of Azerbaijanв's First Lady for orphans kicks of in Islamabad
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    Islamabad, October 2 (AzerTAc). A charity event on the eve of Eid al-Adha for orphans in Beyt-Ul-Mal orphanage in Islamabad, Pakistan was held with the support of Azerbaijani First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

    Organized for over 800 residents from 6 children homes in the cities of Islamabad and Ravalpindi, the event was attended by members of the Pakistan-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary friendship group, employees of the Azerbaijani Embassy

    Head of the Bait-ul-mal Children's Home Abid Waheed Sheikh thanked for the care and attention shown towards Pakistani orphans. Abid Waheed Sheikh mentioned that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been providing regular support to Bait-ul-Mal Children's Home since 2012.

    Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov congratulated the attendees of the event on behalf of Mehriban Aliyeva on the upcoming Eid al-Adha.

    The Ambassador gave information about successful projects carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Mehriban Aliyeva both abroad and within the borders of the country. He noted that sacrificial animals will be cut during 6 to 8 October on behalf of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and distributed to people that have suffered from floods in Pakistan.

    Azerbaijani First Lady's such initiative on the holy day is a vivid proof of her humanism and dedication to the Islamic values and the relations between the two countries, Azerbaijani Ambassador said.

    Presents were given at the event to the residents of children's homes operating in the cities of Islamabad and Ravalpindi, and a dinner was arranged for children.

    Attendees of the event acquainted with the reconstruction works carried out by the Pakistani Government and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the children's home.

    Gulu Kangarly

    Special correspondent of AzerTAc

    Islamabad
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  • Armenians give back body of Azerbaijani murdered in Kalbajar
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    Hasanov was killed on 11 July this year.

    The Armenian side has given the body of the citizen of Azerbaijan Hasan Hasanov (1978), who was killed by Armenian military on July 11, in the territory of Kelbajar district of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Vesti.Az that the State Committee for work with prisoners, hostages and missing persons of Azerbaijan reported that the transfer of the body carried through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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  • UK government website posts article on visit of British delegation to Baku
    02.10.2014 14:22
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    The UK government`s official website ''gov.uk'' has posted an article on a visit of the delegation of British companies to Baku.

    The article reads that the visit aimed to exchange experience and knowledge, AzerTag reports.

    The delegation includes representative of a variety of backgrounds including education, telecommunications, engineering and management consultancy.

    "The British delegation is looking to secure business deals with Azerbaijani companies, bringing expertise and knowledge to work together to help grow the Azerbaijani economy.

    The trade delegation is interested in meeting companies and individuals from the education and telecommunication sectors to scope business potential and potentially secure value-enhancing partnerships.

    Led by Mark Higgins, International Trade Adviser (ITA) for UKTI, the delegation will be in Baku from 30th September to 2nd October," the article says.
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  • SEBA and Korea Foundation sign MoU
    02.10.2014 14:19
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Seoul-Baku (SEBA) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association and Korea Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation on October 2.

    Korean Ambassador to Azerbaijan Choi Suk-inn attended the signing ceremony.

    Addressing the event, SEBA's President Ruhangiz Heydarova talked about Azerbaijan-Korea relations, which are developing day by day.

    Heydarova recalled the great achievements of national leader Heydar Aliyev in establishing these relations.

    SEBA was established as a non-governmental organization in 2004. It is closely involved in the development of cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Korea.

    The organization is engaged in strengthening relations between the two countries. So far it has organized Culture Day and Cinema Day, held exhibitions, concerts, scientific symposia, and carried out health care projects for poor refugees and internally displaced persons. It has also taken part in archaeological excavations by the Association and established the Eastern Medicine Clinic.

    Heydarova noted SEBA's activity has been supported by the Korean Embassy in Baku and Azerbaijani Embassy in Seoul, adding that the memorandum would play an important role in development of relations between the two countries.

    Korea Foundation President Yu Hyun-seok, for his turn, said the time has come to develop and strengthen bilateral cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Korea.

    He expressed confidence that close cooperation between SEBA and Korea Foundation will work as a bridge connecting the people and cultures of the two countries.

    Stressing that it is now the time to boost bilateral relations by increasing cultural exchanges, Yu Hyun-seok noted that the Association headed by Ruhangiz Heydarova has become a major partner of Korea Foundation in this sphere.

    "The signing of this memorandum will further develop cooperation between the two countries and people," he said.

    Established in 1991, the Korea Foundation is one of the most important socio-diplomatic organizations of the country. It is seeking to build friendly relations between world population through cultural, intellectual, scientific and other exchange programs.

    /AzerNews/
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  • ISESCO Director General about occupation of Nagorno Karabakh by Armenians
    02.10.2014 14:13
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    UNESCO and ISESCO heads have congratulated the participants of the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.

    In her video address to the forum participants, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said that culture, education and science are important for people.

    She stated that this Forum reflects UNESCO's mission in fact. "We express our full support to the Forum. I congratulate Azerbaijan for this great initiative and its implementation", she said.

    ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri said in his speech that holding such an event in Baku, the center of dialogue, harmony and tolerance, is significant. He mentioned that President Ilham Aliyev has turned the Baku International Forum into a global event.

    "The world requires the establishment of a harmonious relationship. We are experiencing a crisis and hard times. The international community is in confusion. We should be ready to cope with the dangerous challenges. The Forum is an intellectual alliance for peace. First, we should ensure the elimination of extremist trends. However, we cannot achieve it without respecting the law of difference.

    The ISESCO director general said the Baku International Forum is one of the most successful events.

    "Thanks to these events, Baku has drawn the world's attention. An ideal platform has been set up. I would say this forum represents the most transcendental purposes of human civilization. We must build a genuinely humane alliance and this forum is a humane alliance," he said.

    He noted that a number of initiatives have been put forward with regards to the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Palestine problem: "The UN Security Council has adopted resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh's occupation should be put an end. I state this on behalf of ISESCO."

    Altwaijri said they speak out against all terrorists: "Terrorism is against the mankind, religions, all humans and individuals. Let's unite forces and combat aggression and terrorism."
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  • Choice in a multiplicity of alternatives
    02.10.2014 13:53
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The gallery "Kichik GalArt" in Baku will put on display works of young artists Vusala Agaraziyeva and Asima Samedli.

    The opening of "CHOICE" exhibition will be held on October 2 at 19:00.

    The name "CHOICE" was chosen not by chance, as the visitors are expected to choose the congenial works themselves.

    The exhibition will be composed of Vusala Agaraziyeva's paintings and Asima Samedli's tapestry. It is expected to thrill up the visitors with a fabulous and wonderful world of art.

    The joint exhibition aims to convey emotional and inner states of mind under stress, spiritual impulse and calm.

    Both of the young artists has presented their attitude and perception in their works.

    During the exhibition, each visitor will find his or her perception and inner states reflected in the art works.

    The artists' four installations will also be featured during the exhibition.

    The exhibition will last till November 2. The entrance to the exhibition is free.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Azerbaijan, Brazil mull development of bilateral ties
    02.10.2014 13:48
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Deputy FM of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov received the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil for cooperation, culture and commerce Hadila Fontes da Rocha Vianna, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said.

    During the meeting, Khalafov praised the level of cooperation between the two countries, saying that there is great potential for further development of relations in the cultural, humanitarian and commercial fields. He also stressed the active cooperation within the framework of international organizations.

    Hadila Fontes da Rocha Vianna, who arrived in Azerbaijan for the second time, praised the role of embassies in the development of relations between the two countries. He said that despite the economic crisis, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Brazil has increased, so Azerbaijan is a reliable partner for Brazil.

    During the meeting, Mr. Khalafov also touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Noting that this conflict is a serious threat to the region as Armenia didn't implement the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

    The deputy minister also spoke of the large-scale projects implemented in the region and stressed the role of these projects in development of cooperation and increase of trade turnover.

    Representatives of the countries also discussed other issues of mutual interest.
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  • Shootout in Baku: father and son wounded
    02.10.2014 12:44
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    The incident occurred in a dormitory.

    An armed incident occurred in Baku.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that according to the District Police Department of Binagadi the incident was recorded in the Darnagul settlement, in dormitory, inhabited by displaced persons.

    Refugee from the district of Agdam Khijran Ibrahim oglu Safarov (1973), as a result of the conflict shot from his own shotgun in Rovsan Savalan oglu Aliyev (born in 1958) and his son Aykhan Savalanli (born in 1998) .

    As a result of the incident, the wounded father and son were taken to the Clinical Medical Center.

    Kh.Safarov has been detained.

    An investigation is underway.
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  • Oil price falls in world markets
    02.10.2014 12:34
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The price of oil has fallen in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has decreased $0.43 to stand at $90.73. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $0.51 to trade at $94.16.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil fell $0.08 to stand at $96.65.
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  • Baku hosts Grand Prix chess tournament
    02.10.2014 12:05
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The FIDE (The International Chess Federation) Grand Prix started the new season 2014-2015 in Baku at the culture center of the Ministry of National Security.

    Back in 2008 it was also the capital of Azerbaijan that hosted the first ever Grand Prix event and a great deal has changed since then as FIDE has organized 30 Grand Prix tournaments.

    One only needs to remember that the event six years ago was won by future World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Chinese top player Wang Yue and Vugar Gashimov, one of the leading chess players of Azerbaijan, who tragically passed away in January 2014.

    A video dedicated to the 1st Baku Grand Prix and the memory of the international grandmaster Vugar Hashimov and Azerbaijan's achievements in chess was demonstrated at the ceremony. Vugar Hashimov's memory was commemorated with a minute of silence.

    Speaking at the event, Youth and Sport Minister Azad Rahimov talked about Azerbaijani government's care for sports and achievements of the local sportsmen. He noted national leader Heydar Aliyev's care in particular to every area including one of the youth's important tools in mental and physical development sports.

    He noted that the first ever state program on chess was signed in Azerbaijan. The state program signed by the President Ilham Aliyev is successfully implemented.

    As a result of this, Azerbaijani national team was chosen the strongest team of Europe for two times. "SOCAR - Azerbaijan" won the European cup for two times.

    The Minister expressed his confidence that all of the participants will dedicate their victories in memory of Azerbaijani grand master Vugar Hashimov.

    President of Azerbaijani Chess Federation Elman Rustamov said it is a nice tradition to hold such tournament in Azerbaijan for the second time, as well as it is very valuable for the sportsmen. He stressed that Azerbaijan's hosting Baku 2015 - the First European Games is a vivid proof of the international community to the country's achievements.

    The Grand Prix Series will consist of four tournaments to be held over two years (2014-2015). Each of 16 players of Grand Prix series will play in three tournaments out of four and all his results will be taken into account for the overall final standings of the Grand Prix.

    FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in his speech said the tournament is organized with the highest level. He thanked Azerbaijani government for created opportunities to sportsmen.

    The only country that assigned the State Program among FIDE's 180 member countries is Azerbaijan. Ilyumzhinov stressed that President Ilham Aliyev's special care for Azerbaijani chess should be a model to other countries.

    The opening ceremony was followed with a live concert program.
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  • SOCAR issues report for September
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    9 280 tons of gasoline were exported in January-September.

    SOCAR exported from the port of Novorossiysk 84 796 tons of crude oil, from Supsa port 253 829 tons, and from the port of Ceyhan 1 725 423 tons of crude oil in September 2014, Oxu.Az reports with reference to SOCAR.

    "In general, 762 582 tons of crude oil exported from Novorossiysk port, 2 283 286 tons from Supsa port, and 1 153 635 401 tons of crude oil from the port of Ceyhan in January-September 2014," the statement says.

    The data of oil exported by SOCAR, reflect the volume of crude oil, as the Azerbaijani state and crude oil belonging to SOCAR.

    In addition, according to the report, in September 2014 the Department of Marketing and Economic Operations SOCAR exported 8 534 tons of petrol, 83 334 tons of diesel fuel, 19 174 tons of aviation fuel and 72 889 tons of vacuum gas oil.

    "In general, in January-September 2014, 9 280 tons of gasoline and 712 941 tons of diesel fuel, 138 889 tons of aviation fuel, 417 tons of black oil and 358 772 tons of vacuum gas oil was exported. In September 2014 the world market price of ethyl gasoline was (1 ton) $906.31, jet fuel - $ 882.59, diesel - $826.08, sulfur fuel oil (1%) - $567.01", the statement says.
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  • Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov observes joint exercises of Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov visited the site, where combat flights are carried out, to control the joint exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces.

    "MIG-29" and "F-16" fighter aircrafts carried out training and combat flights through various maneuvers, the Defense Ministry said.

    "F-16" provided air support to "MIG-29" carrying out air strikes to destroy ground targets.

    The Defense Minister said the exercises are being carried out under the instruction of President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev.

    "Azerbaijan and Turkey had earlier held joint military exercises. However, Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces are holding joint exercises in Azerbaijan for the first time. One of the main points is that Azerbaijani and Turkish pilots supported one another during the exercises. I highly assess these exercises. We will continue such large-scale exercises," Hasnov said.

    The Air Forces exercises will continue till October 3.
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  • Putin about Baku International Humanitarian Forum
    02.10.2014 11:49
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    Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become one of the best platforms, Vladimir Putin has said.

    A message of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the participants of the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum was read out by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko at today's opening ceremony of the Forum, APA reports.

    The message says that the forum has become one of the important events within a few years.

    "Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become one of the best platforms for holding debate in the humanitarian field. I am sure that very useful discussions for the future will be held and recommendations given during the forum. The participation of a large number of delegations creates conditions for it," President Putin said in his message.
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  • Armenia's economy deteriorating as remittances decline
    02.10.2014 11:48
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Downward tendency of remittances from Russia to Armenia has contributed to the decline of purchasing power of Armenians.

    Armenia's National Bank has reported a considerable decrease in the private money transfers from Russia. The official data revealed that the money sent by Armenian migrant workers in Russia has dropped about 10 percent compared to last year's figure.

    Armenian migrant workers transferred $156 million to their relatives in August this year, which is $6 million less compared to the same period in 2013.

    High unemployment rate in Armenia has turned Russia into a top destination for the people leaving Armenia. The northern giant's close neighborhood and ally relations with the post-Soviet country inspire the migrant workers to earn their living there. Russia's Federal Migration Service has reported that nearly 670,000 Armenians traveled to Russia in 2013. The service said 90 percent of Armenians who arrived in Russia were job seekers.

    The crisis facing Russia after the Western sanctions has affected the income of the migrant workers of Armenia which its annual public budget is based on the remittances from the overseas. The declining money transfers pose definite problems for the country. Armenian workforce in Russia are mostly consisted of male residents of the country's rural regions that are grappling with poverty. Many families pin their hope on the remittances from abroad. So, the decline of money transfers from Russia negatively hit these families and subsequently delivers a hard blow to Armenia's economy.

    Analysts say that in recent years, under the diminishing remittances from Russia, the purchasing power of the population has decreased and the poverty has widened in Armenia.

    Armenians are feeling the adverse results of the ongoing economic crisis in the real estate markets of their country. The market value of the properties has not dropped on the background of the crisis, the report of State Committee for Real Estate Cadastre shows. The average price of an apartment remained unchanged at $633 per square meter in Armenia, while the average price of private houses has increased by 0.3 percent to $676 per square meter. The houses in city centers is much more expensive with nearly $1300 per square meter.

    The prices of the properties dropped during the economic slump in 2009. Many of the residents expected the same tendency this year, but the official data and unchanged property values in the markets disappointed them.

    The global experience proves that the rich strata of a country's population sees no negative effect of the economic crisis. On the contrary, it increases its wealth by taking advantage of the current situation and this is the poor people who feel the burden of the crisis.

    Most of the residents in Armenia said the unchanged prices in the real estate markets are controlled by the ruling elite, particularly by monopolists. For instance, during the crisis in 2009 population's bank deposits increased by 44.4 percent to nearly $220 million. Economic experts claimed that the vast majority of the deposits belonged to the rich people of the country, who estimated possible increase of their money after the crisis.

    Particularly the youth in Armenia complain about high property prices. About $351 average monthly salary in the country leaves no chance for the youth to purchase a house with about 14 percent mortgage interest rate. Thus, they apply for rental houses, which also dissatisfy them with higher prices. Payment for rental houses in Armenia changes between $364 and $742, as surpasses or doubles the average monthly salary in the country.

    Inappropriate domestic policy of the government, imbalanced business environment and privileged monopolists in Armenia have cemented the 105th place for it among 144 countries in terms of the effectiveness of antitrust policy.

    /AzerNews/
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  • 2nd Baku Forum of Economic Think-Tanks of ECO member states kicks off
    02.10.2014 11:34
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). The 2nd "Forum of the ECO Economic Think Tank Centers" and the 2nd "International Conference on Energy, Regional Integration and Socio-economic Development" today kicked off in Baku. The Meetings is hosted by the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cooperation with the Economic Cooperation Organization.

    The main objective of the 2nd Baku Forum is to establish a sustainable partnership among Economic Think Tank Centers of ECO Member States. The Forum will discuss the issues related to regional economic development strategies, policies and programs.

    Addressing the Forum, Minister of the Economic Development of Azerbaijan Republic said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the Organization's activity to expand the member states' cooperation.

    The Minister highlighted economic achievements of Azerbaijan, the issues related to economic development of the region with focus on energy, regional integration and socio-economic development of the ECO countries.

    Shamil Alaskarov, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization noted the notable strengthening of cooperation among the ECO member states.
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  • Russian Pilots Found Polar Bear Cub Wandering Alone in Arctic
    02.10.2014 11:28
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    Russian soldiers have found a starving and exhausted polar bear cub, while performing a routine delivery flight in the Arctic, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

    "While doing a routine delivery flight from Anadyr into Wrangel Island, pilots saw a tiny polar bear cub running across the coast. Since his mother was nowhere to be found, the pilots decided to pick up the cub", Colonel Alexander Gordeev, head of the press service of the Eastern Military District, told RIA Novosti.

    When the pilots approached the cub, the animal did not try to escape, as he was visibly tired and hungry. The bear cub wolfed down warm cereal that the pilots offered.

    The cub was named "Umka", after a famous Russian cartoon character, and was handed over to Wrangel Island natural reserve, according to RIA Novosti.
    5
  • Fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum kicks off
    02.10.2014 11:16
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    The Fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum has kicked off, APA reports.

    The Forum is attended by the delegations of scientists and government officials from 60 countries.

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev will address the Forum. Then, Russian President Vladimir Putin's greetings for the participants of the Forum will be read. Administrator of the UN Development Program Helen Clark and ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri will make speeches. Following this, roundtable meetings will be organized. Former President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel, former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis and former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta will make speeches at the roundtable meetings.
    24
  • Twenty two years without Khojavend
    02.10.2014 10:51
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    More than 100 Khojavand residents were killed in the fighting for their homeland.

    22 years have passed since the occupation of Khojavand region of Azerbaijan by Armenian armed forces.

    The area was occupied by Armenian aggressors on October 2, 1992.

    The area of the district is 1458 square kilometers, the population before the occupation was 41 216 people. The district has Khojavend city (district center), two large settlements (Qirmizi Bazar and Gadrut) and 83 villages.
    24
  • Armenians continue firing on positions of Azerbaijani Army
    02.10.2014 10:50
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    Armenians violated ceasefire again.

    Armenian army units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Army in Kokhanebi and Alibeyli villages of Tovuz region from their posts in Chinari, Ayqepar and Mosesqekh villages of Armenia's Berd region yesterday and tonight.

    APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry's press service that the Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Yusifjanli village of Aghdam region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region, Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy region and Horadiz village of Fuzuli region.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Bomb alert at Sahil metro station
    02.10.2014 10:32
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    The information about the bomb laid at the "Sahil" station of Baku Metro has been received this night.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that police officers of Sabail district and MES employees arrived at the scene.

    Ministry of Emergency Situations specialists together with the employees of law-enforcement conducted related activities by detection of explosive device.

    Search yielded no results, the alarm was false.
    9
  • Baku State University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies sign agreement on cooperation
    02.10.2014 10:28
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    Baku, October 2 (AzerTAc). An agreement on cooperation was signed during the visit of Korean delegation, led by president of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies InChul Kim to the Baku State University (BSU) on October 1.

    The agreement features a number of issues, including exchange of teachers, students and researchers, organization of joint seminars and conferences.

    Prior to the signing ceremony, rector of the BSU, MP, academician Abel Maharramov spoke of the international relations of the University. Underlining the role of science and education in the modern world, the rector stressed the importance of cooperation between BSU and the universities of Korean Republic, including Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

    InChul Kim, in turn, stressed the importance of expansion of relations between the universities.
    65
  • Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer sounded in Stockholm
    02.10.2014 10:13
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    Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov sounded in Stockholm.

    The concert was organized by the French Embassy in Sweden and held at the French Cultural Center, AzerTag reports.

    The concert was attended by representatives of the French community in Sweden, the embassies accredited in Stockholm and government officials of Sweden.
    9
  • Erdogan calls on Armenia to withdraw from Karabakh
    02.10.2014 10:00
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    urkey has always been against any aggression in the region.

    Turkey stands for the liberation of occupied Azerbaijani lands.

    This was stated by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the opening of the autumn session of Parliament, Oxu.Az reports citing haqqin.az.

    He also noted that, irrespective of the person against whom the aggression is directed, Turkey has always been against any aggression in the region.

    Referring to the events of 1915, Erdogan said that Ankara was in favor of an objective assessment of these events.\
    7
  • PACE appoints special rapporteur on Nagorno Karabakh
    02.10.2014 09:58
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    The rapporteur will prepare a document on ''Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan''.

    Political Affairs and Democracy Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has held a meeting. APA's Europe correspondent reports that the report on "Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" was discussed and British MP Robert Walter was appointed as rapporteur on this issue at the meeting.

    Member of Azerbaijani delegation to the PACE Elkhan Suleymanov told APA that a rapporteur was appointed at the meeting for preparation of the report on "Escalation of the situation in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" on the basis of decision of PACE Bureau, which is related to the resolution submitted by him and was adopted on September 2 and confirmed at the plenary meeting on September 29: "Robert Walter left behind former chairman of PACE, French MP Jean-Claude Mignon with 35 votes at the voting. I must underline that Armenian government, pro-Armenian groupings in the PACE, pro-Armenian forces in the leading power centers have mobilized to prevent not only adoption of a document exposing their aggressive policy and demanding sanctions against this country, but also its preparation. However, we hope that despite of pressures, the newly-appointed rapporteur will prepare an objective report, inform world community once again about that Armenia is an aggressive state and committed mass crime against civilians in the occupied territories, and demand the imposition of sanctions on aggressive Armenia for the first time".
    9
  • Suspected renegade Muslim rebels kill 2 soldiers in S. Philippines
    02.10.2014 07:05
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    Baku-APA. Suspected renegade Muslim rebels killed two soldiers in an attack on Tuesday in the restive southern Philippines, a military official said on Wednesday, APA reporrts quoting Xinhua.

    The victims were identified as Private First Class Rex Limpahan and Edward Baes who were attacked around 9:00 a.m. by seven members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as they left St. Therese Parish Church in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao, said Colonel Dickson Hermoso, spokesman for the military's 6th Division.

    "We condemned the attack. They were unarmed. The two were at the Church as Limpahan was celebrating his birthday," Hermoso said.

    The military official said the attackers were armed with .45 and 9 mm pistols.

    The BIFF has carried out many deadly attacks in a bid to disrupt the peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government.

    The BIFF is the armed wing of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement which broke away from the MILF in 2010 as a result of disagreements over the conduct of peace talks with the government.
    38
  • Tallinn hosts 2nd meeting of intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Estonia
    01.10.2014 22:29
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The 2nd meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Estonia has been held in Tallinn.

    An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov attended the event.

    According to the press service of the Ministry, the Azerbaijani delegation held a number of meetings with Estonian officials and businessmen.

    During the meeting with representatives of Estonian private sector, Abbasov said the Azerbaijani Government paid special importance to expansion of cooperation with Estonia.

    The Azerbaijani delegation also visited the Stenbock House, where Ali Abbasov met Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rotilde;ivas. The Premier informed Azerbaijani delegation on work done in the field of e-government.

    During the Estonia trip, Ali Abbasov also met with rector of the Tallinn University of Technology and delivered a lecture to the students.

    The Azerbaijani delegation visited "e-Estonia Showroom" and viewed a presentation of "Technopolis" Technological Park. They also visited "e-government Academy".

    The Embassy of Azerbaijan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 2nd meeting of the commission. The reception brought together former Estonian President Arnold Ruutel, members of the parliament, ministers and representatives of business and social organizations.

    Azerbaijani ambassador Tofig Zulfugarov made opening remarks.

    Speaking to the event, Minister Ali Abbasov informed the attendees on the activities of the commission and prospects for bilateral cooperation. He also made a presentation of AZPAD computer made in Azerbaijan, and presented it to former president Arnold Ruutel.

    Estonian "Gracia" group performed Azerbaijani dances at the event.
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  • Fantastic Fanta Youth Festival wraps up in Baku
    01.10.2014 21:39
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The Coca-Cola Company has held the second Fanta youth festival at Baku Crystal Hall.

    The big celebration was attended by over 35 thousand people, which exceeded the number of guests of the first Fanta Festival, which was held at the Tofiq Bahramov Central stadium last year. In 2013 the festival was visited by 30, 000 people. Azerbaijani and Turkish pop-stars performed on the concert organized in frames of the festival. Famous Turkish pop-singer Kenan Dogulu was the headliner of the evening and shared the scene with well-known Azerbaijani performers Miri Yusif and Natavan Habibi.

    "I am very pleased to participate in the Fanta Youth Festival. While performing in Baku I always have special feelings, because your capital is an unforgettable city, like a second home for me, "- said Kenan Dogulu at a press conference before the concert.

    There was a special Fanta play zone, within which all the guests enthusiastically took part in various games from foosball to the big darts, unusual sumo and supersize bowling. The festival was accompanied by music of DJ Ruido Loco.

    "Fanta Youth Festival made a splash in the whole Azerbaijan. There were so many young people in the biggest and most modern concert stage of the country who were resting, playing games and just listening to good music. I am sure that the Fanta youth festival has a great future, and those who could not come this year, will definitely visit it next year, "- said a leading of concert Д°lkin Hasani.

    Not less than the show itself viewers waited for a chance to make a selfie with Kenan Dogulu, Miri Yusif or Natavan Habibi. Until September 26 there was a contest in which it was necessary to share a creative selfie on the www.fantafestivali.com website. The winners, who got the largest number of votes (Like), were invited on stage. According to the results of the competition there were 12 finalists, who were able to meet Kenan Dogulu behind the scenes, but the first three winners were able to make a selfie with stars on the stage. The winner of the first place Nazrin Gashimova photographed with Kenan Dogulu, second Narmin Museibova with Miri Yusif and third Jala Namazova with Natavan Habibi.

    From year to year Fanta Youth Festival is gaining more and more fans in Azerbaijan. The Fanta Festival embraced not only Baku, but also such cities as, Guba, Khachmaz, Shirvan,Sheki, Shamakha, Balakan and Ismailli this year. Special Fanta Caravans by going there was creating a specific atmosphere of holiday by playing music, thus attracting youth to join the festival.

    Last year The Fanta Festival was organized on Tofig Bahramov Stadium. A star of Turkish pop-scene Emre Aydin performed there along with the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Nigar Jamal and such popular singers as Miri Yusif and Uran.

    Fanta Festival is the biggest and the most lasting music festival in Turkey. During 12 years it has travelled in 16 cities and embraced under 4.1 million of people.
    25
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador meets Chief of Navy of South African Republic
    01.10.2014 21:13
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Ambassador to the South African Republic Elkhan Polukhov has met Chief of the Navy, Admiral Samuel Hlongwane.

    The Ambassador briefed Samuel Hlongwane on ongoing political and economic processes in Azerbaijan.

    They discussed relations between Azerbaijan and the South African Republic in a variety of fields, as well as experience exchange.

    Samuel Hlongwane highlighted the activity of the Maritime Museum in Simon's Town, adding a special corner was created at the Museum for servicemen who studied in Azerbaijan.

    Polukhov invited Samuel Hlongwane to visit Azerbaijan.
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  • Azerbaijani, Indonesian constitutional courts discuss development of cooperation
    01.10.2014 20:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan Farhad Abdullayev has met Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Janedjri Gaffar.

    Abdullayev hailed rapid development of relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia in a number of fields, including legal area. He recalled his lsquo;fruitful' meetings at the Indonesian Constitutional Court in 2013, where the Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

    Noting the dynamic development of Azerbaijan in recent years, Abdullayev said "this development has been achieved thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev`s far-sighted policy, which is being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev."

    Abdullayev said justice authorities bear great responsibility in modern society, adding "from this point of view development of our cooperation and exchange of experience are important."

    Janedjri Gaffar, in turn, stressed the importance of his Azerbaijan trip and meetings at the Constitutional Court, adding the Indonesian Constitutional Court was interested in continuing cooperation under the MoU signed in 2013. He also noted the significance of exchange of experience and cooperation in terms of development of ties between the constitutional courts of the two countries.
    11
  • Azerbaijani Deputy FM: Greatest progress in 18-year negotiations on Caspian Sea status achieved at Astrakhan Summit
    01.10.2014 20:34
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). "We consider satisfactory the results of the 4th summit of the heads of state of the Caspian littoral states held in Astrakhan," said Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov at the press conference.

    The Deputy Minister said the greatest progress in the 18-year negotiations on the status of the Caspian Sea was achieved at the Astrakhan Summit.

    "This summit can be regarded as a new stage in the negotiations. The joint statement and agreements signed during the summit have clarified a number of issues. The sides agreed on use of biological resources, division of the water area of the Caspian Sea and balanced armament. The experts will specify these points in the next stage," he emphaszied.

    Khalafov noted that though main points on the surface of the Caspian Sea were agreed on, the main issue is the bottom of the Caspian Sea that is rules for the use of natural resources.

    "Though Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan have already reached an agreement in this regard, there are disagreements with Turkmenistan and Iran," he said.

    The Deputy Minister said that the next summit would be held in Astana in 2016 and Astana Convention, more accurately reflecting the legal status of the Caspian Sea, would be adopted there.
    10
  • Totti history earns Roma point at City
    01.10.2014 20:28
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Francesco Totti became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history as Roma held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

    The 38-year-old beat Martin Demichelis to Radja Nainggolan's through ball before a delicious dink over the onrushing Joe Hart found the far corner for what was the Italian legend's first goal in England.
    7
  • Russia expects mistral warships to be delivered on schedule: Diplomat
    01.10.2014 18:27
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    Russia expects France to deliver Mistral-class amphibious assault ships on schedule, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    "Everything goes according to schedule," the Russian diplomat said, RIA Novosti reports.

    The 1.2-billion-euro ($1.7 billion at the current exchange rate) contract to supply the Mistral-class ships between the French ship-building company DCNS and Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport was signed in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is to be operated by the Russian Navy in 2014, while the second ship, the Sevastopol, will arrive in 2015.

    Earlier in September, French President Francois Hollande threatened to suspend the delivery of the helicopter carriers, citing alleged involvement of Russia in the Ukrainian crisis as the reason. However, a French diplomatic source later told RIA Novosti that the delivery had not been officially put off and that the French president was simply outlining his political stance.

    Hollande later stated he would make the decision in late October. The president added that the two conditions for the delivery of the ships are an observed ceasefire in Ukraine and a political settlement of the conflict.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Rosoboronexport, announced that Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November.
    41
  • UNDP Administrator arrives in Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 18:23
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark began her visit to Azerbaijan. She gave a briefing to the press on the objectives of the visit at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. In the briefing, Helen Clark expressed satisfaction for seeing Azerbaijan as a middle-income country and stressed the importance of strengthening strategic cooperation between the UNDP and Azerbaijan.

    The purpose of the visit is to further deepen the existing cooperation in the areas of mutual interest and explore new opportunities for innovative partnership between Azerbaijan and UNDP. Helen Clark will attend the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum to be held in Baku on 2-3 October 2014 and deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the event. She will meet with high-level government officials, women politicians, the UN Country Team, and representatives of some of the diplomatic missions in the country.

    The UNDP Administrator also plans to visit Symgayit city. She will stop by at the Syslab Center, established in the framework of a joint UNDP and Norwegian Government's project and the ASAN Service, created by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation, a unique experience that can be shared with other middle-income as well as low-income countries.

    Helen Clark became the UNDP Administrator in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment as UNDP Administrator, she had been the Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving from 1999 to 2008. Helen Clark was the first woman elected as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest serving person to hold that office. Recognizing her influence as the Head of UNDP agency, Forbes Magazine Helen Clark as one of the world's 100 most powerful women and "the most powerful woman in the United Nations."
    8
  • Azerbaijani FM leaves for Strasbourg
    01.10.2014 18:17
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    The delegation led by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has left for Strasbourg to attend the PACE session.

    As part of the session, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will deliver a speech as the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and hold several meetings, the Foreign Ministry's press service told APA.
    12
  • President Ilham Aliyev receives UNDP Administrator Helen Clark
    01.10.2014 18:12
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark.

    The head of state stressed the successful development of Azerbaijan's cooperation within UNDP.

    Noting the importance of the participation of the delegation led by Mrs. Helen Clark in Baku International Humanitarian Forum, President Ilham Aliyev expressed his confidence that interesting discussions would be held during the forum.

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark expressed her gratitude for invitation to Baku International Humanitarian Forum, adding the importance of the forum's agenda covering a number of areas. She said UNDP is interested in expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan.
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  • Switzerland refuses to erect monument to "Armenian genocide"
    01.10.2014 18:02
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    Armenians living in Switzerland for seven years have demanded to erect this monument in Geneva.

    he Swiss Government has rejected the demand of the Armenian community on the installation of a so-called "Armenian genocide" monument.

    Oxu.Az reports citing haqqin.az that the information was provided by the Turkish news agency "Anadolu" on Wednesday.

    Armenians living in Switzerland for seven years demanded to erect the so-called "Armenian genocide" monument at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of Turkey - Ottoman Empire - committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anatolia. Armenians, making greater efforts to promote so-called "genocide" in the world, achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.

    Earlier, the chairman of the Grand National Assembly (Parliament) of Turkey Cemil Cicek said that Turkey has done everything possible to investigate the events of 1915. According to him, Ankara has opened its archives to the world community to investigate the events of 1915.
    15
  • Expert about Premium-95 price fall
    01.10.2014 17:58
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    "The demand for it generally fell."

    As previously reported, on October 1, the company Azpetrol lowered the price for gasoline Premium Euro-95.

    As the company informs it is regarded to the decline in world oil prices observed in recent years.

    "There are free market relations in our country, so the company can carry out its own pricing policy: raise or lower the price of gasoline Premium-95, which is not regulated by the state."

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the head of the Oil Research Center of Azerbaijan Ilham Shaban.

    "It is good news for automobilists, price reductions would save finance, but if you consider in the scale of the whole country, then this reduction will not affect the consumer's fuel market."

    According to the expert, after the last price increase for Premium-95 in August 2014, demand of gasoline of this brand fell even more.

    "The share of gasoline Premium-95 in consumer basket is very small, it is less than 10%. Unfortunately, we do not have more precise figures, because there is no real statistics of this market, in contrast, for example, from neighboring Georgia, where it is done by specialized fuel agencies ", the expert concluded.
    18
  • Red alert in southern France as heavy rains sweep Languedoc region
    01.10.2014 17:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). One thousand firefighters have been mobilised and sent to the Languedoc region in southern France where heavy rains have caused widespread flooding.

    The city of Montpellier has been particularly hit with dozens of roads made impossible by running water after the river Lez burst its banks.

    Locals say its the heaviest rain seen for over a decade. "Every year for the grape-harvest there are storms," said one elderly resident," but not like this."

    So far there are no reports of casualties but the weather has wreaked havoc on the local infrastructure.

    On Sunday night up to 20 cm of rain fell in the region and Meteo France has issued a red alert for the Heacute;rault department warning of more flash flooding to come.

    Schools have been closed and all forms of travel have been disrupted.

    The French rail operator SNCF said three of its trains were stranded on flooded tracks and have urged people not to travel unless vital.
    19
  • 2014 Theme: leaving no one behind: promoting a society for all
    01.10.2014 17:53
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.

    This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing - which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing - and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.

    In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.

    In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

    The theme of the 2014 commemoration is "Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All".

    Living up to the Secretary-General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.
    11
  • Azerbaijani Ambassador addresses Financial Times over article on Karabakh
    01.10.2014 17:25
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    Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United Kingdom Tahir Taghizadeh sent a letter to Financial Times newspaper regarding the article about the Nagorno Karabakh, APA reports.

    The letter says:

    "Sir, Further to your article "Valuable partner in energy ambitions" (Turkey and the World, FT Special Report, September 21), I am writing to raise my concern about the mentioning of Nagorno-Karabakh as a disputed enclave. It is of utmost importance that things are called by their names.

    Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognized part of the Republic of Azerbaijan that is currently under the military occupation of Armenian armed forces together with seven adjacent regions.

    What exists in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding occupied territories is an unrecognized separatist regime and should be called as such. To call it a "disputed enclave" plays into the hands of the separatist regime which strives to gain international legitimacy. It has been set up in violation of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and forced the eviction of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis amounting to ethnic cleansing.

    I am very well aware how seriously the Financial Times takes the territorial integrity of states in light of the recent developments in our region and not only there. Therefore I would like to see the same sensitivity to be shown in all cases, including Azerbaijan."
    178
  • Iran seeks win-win nuclear agreement: Rouhani
    01.10.2014 17:21
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the peaceful nature of the countryв's nuclear activities, saying Tehran seeks a win-win agreement on its nuclear energy program.

    In a meeting with Irish Parliament Speaker Sean D. Barrett in Tehran on Wednesday, President Rouhani added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out numerous snap inspections of Iran's nuclear sites over the past 12 years and verified non-diversion in the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reports.

    "Iran's activities in the nuclear issue are completely transparent and we seek a win-win agreement in the negotiations which will serve the two sides' interests," President Rouhani stated.

    He added that Iran seeks positive and constructive interaction with all countries in the world.

    "Sanctions which have recently been imposed on Iran in an illegal way had been detrimental to all," he pointed out.

    On the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York earlier this month, some heads of European countries explicitly confessed that the European Union has suffered losses from sanctions against Tehran, the Iranian president added.

    "Ireland is not among the P5 1 countries but as a member of the European Union, it can be effective in the fulfillment of the bloc's serious determination to settle the Iranian nuclear issue," Rouhani said.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany held their latest round of talks in New York on September 18-26 to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Tehran's civilian nuclear energy program before a November 24 deadline.

    Last November, Iran and the P5 1 clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

    The Irish senator, for his part, said his country supports nuclear talks between Iran and the six countries with the purpose of reaching a comprehensive deal.

    He also called for the expansion of Tehran-Dublin relations in various fields.
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