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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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    24.04.2014 12:49
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  • Nagorno-Karabakhв's occupation blocks Armeniaв's admission to economic unions
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  • Armenia's economy: bluff due to weakness
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    By Jamila Babayeva

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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire 30 times per day
    24.04.2014 12:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

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    Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 30 times in different directions on April 23, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on April 24.

    Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Qizilhajili of the Qazakh region from the positions located in the villages of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces were also fired upon from the positions located near and the nameless heights of the villages Qarakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli of the Fizuli region, Marzili, Yusifjanli, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Shikhlar of the Aghdam region, Tapqaraqoyunlu, Qulustan of the Goranboy region, Chilyaburt of the Terter region, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand region.

    The Azerbaijani Armed forces silenced the opposing side with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

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

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

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  • Manu owners meet to discuss new Chosen One
    24.04.2014 11:55
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    Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, are due to make a rare appearance at the club's Carrington training base on Friday as plans to appoint David Moyesв' successor gather pace.

    Goal understands staff at Carrington have been primed to expect a visit from brothers Joel, Avram, and Bryan, who will meet with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to discuss plans to replace Moyes, whose ill-fated nine-month reign was terminated on Tuesday.

    Reports suggest Sir Alex Ferguson will also play a part in determining the next Manchester United manager, despite his last recommendation failing to see out a full term in charge.

    Ferguson is understood to have played no role in the decision to dispense with Moyes but had been surprised by his fellow Scotв's failure to stamp his authority on the position in recent weeks.

    Moyes is believed to have agreed a ВЈ10 million severance package with the reigning Premier League champions and is understood to be planning a holiday in Dubai before deciding upon his own next move.

    United, meanwhile, have been quick to identify their primary targets and have already met with Louis van Gaal, the Dutch national team boss who has told friends he is "very keen" on taking over at Old Trafford when his stint in charge of the Netherlands finishes after the World Cup.

    Jurgen Klopp has also been approached by United but the Borussia Dortmund manager publicly distanced himself from the job on Tuesday morning.

    "Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," Klopp was quoted as saying in the Guardian. "But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."

    Ryan Giggs has been placed in caretaker charge of the club until the end of the season but his lack of managerial experience is likely to count against him in the coming weeks as United prepare to make their second appointment in a year.

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  • Georgian president to participate in Eastern Partnership jubilee summit
    24.04.2014 11:54
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will take part in Prague's summit dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

    The summit will be held on April 24-25.

    Czech President Milos Zeman, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Austria Hans Fischer, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and other leaders will attend it.

    The conference entitled "Eastern Partnership five years later: time for a new strategy?" is planned to be organized by the Czech Foreign Ministry. President Margvelashvili will deliver welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. The bilateral meetings will be held as part of the visit.

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  • Azerbaijani ambassador presents credentials to Mauritanian President
    24.04.2014 11:47
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    Azerbaijani ambassador to Morocco concurrently accredited to Mauritania Tarik Aliyev has handed over his credentials to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

    The Mauritanian President recalled his visit to Azerbaijan in 2010, and noted that his country was interested in further expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan.

    The Mauritanian leader said his country had rich natural resources, stressing the importance of cooperation in energy field.

    Ambassador Aliyev said Azerbaijan attached special importance to developing its relations with Mauritania.

    He noted there were great opportunities for expanding bilateral ties, emphasizing the significance of increasing joint efforts to enhance relations in political, economic, cultural, and educational areas.

    The Mauritanian President expressed confidence that the ambassador would contribute to developing the bilateral ties during his tenure.

    Following the ceremony the Azerbaijani ambassador was interviewed by the local press.
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  • Fugitive Georgian ex-official asks political asylum in Europe
    24.04.2014 11:37
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    Fugitive ex-chief of the constitutional security department, Data Akhalaia, has surrendered to the law enforcers in Greece - his sister-in-law Ani Nadareishvili has reported.

    According to her, Akhalaia asked for political asylum and reportedly, he has been granted it by the Greek government.

    Ani Nadareishvili has explained the decision of her brother-in-law by a political pressure on their family.

    `As our family is subjected to intensive political persecution, each member of our family suffers unprecedented pressure from the current government of Georgia, Data Akhalaia has asked for a political asylum to one of the European countries,` Nadareishvili has said.

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  • Ignition at oil collection point extinguished in Baku
    24.04.2014 11:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    Trend:

    The ignition which occurred at a tank of an oil collection point in Sabail district of Baku on Monday morning has been extinguished, SOCAR told Trend on April 24.

    The reason has not been specified yet, the company added.

    There is no information about the casualties.

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  • Turkey-Armenia relations can be restored only after liberation of Azerbaijani territories
    24.04.2014 11:16
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish-Armenian relations can be restored only after the liberation of Azerbaijani territories, deputy head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, Mehmet Ali Shahin said in his interview with TRT Haber TV channel.

    Turkey has repeatedly stated this, according to Mehmet Ali Shahin.

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  • Iran to build pharmacy plant in Oman
    24.04.2014 11:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran and Oman have agreed to boost mutual cooperation in the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals.

    The two sides have agreed to jointly invest for building a pharmaceutical factory in Oman, Iran's health minister Seyed Hassan Hashemi said, Iranian IRIB news agency reported on April 24.

    Hashemi made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with his Omani counterpart Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Obeid Saeedi in Tehran on April 23.

    The Iranian minister went on to say that Oman's market is an opportunity for Iranian investors, adding that Iran can produce medicines in Oman and export them from there to Gulf states.

    He also remarked that Iran will encourage its private sector on construction of a hospital in Oman.

    Oman Health Minister arrived in Tehran on April 23 at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.

    The Omani delegation met with Iran's first vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri and Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani.

    During his 3-day visit, the Omani minister will visit scientific centers and universities.

    Jahangiri in his meeting with Omani health minister said that Iran has made remarkable progress in medical sciences and is ready to transfer its experience in the fields of hygiene and medical treatment to Oman.

    Iranian officials repeatedly claim that the country has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years, however the country suffers from shortages of some vital medicine.

    International sanctions against Iran have hindered trade of medicines, as pharmaceutical firms have been refusing to sell Iran drugs due to difficulties in receiving payments.

    Iran's Health Ministry official Hossein Ayati said previously that some 97 percent of Iran's required medicine is currently produced domestically, adding "about 50 percent of necessary raw material for producing the medicine is imported."

    Iran imported 16,000 tons of drugs worth $1.468 billion, during the Iranian calendar year of 1391(which ended on March 20, 2013).

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  • Moscow will respond to attack on Russian interests '" Lavrov
    24.04.2014 11:06
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    Moscow will be forced to respond correspondingly to any actions undermining the interests of Russian citizens, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

    "If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," Lavrov said in an English-language interview with the RT news channel.

    "If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I don't see any other way but to respond in full accordance with international law. Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation," the foreign minister said, adding that Russia is not engaged in any military activity that does not fall under international law.

    "The only thing I would like to highlight at this stage is that the Russian troops are on the Russian territory, the requests for inspections under the so-called Vienna Document 2011 and under the treaty of the Open Sky, they all have been granted," he said.

    "The inspectors visited the areas of deployment of the troops participating in the training exercises hellip; No one who participated in the inspections, including the Americans, Ukrainians and Europeans, ever brought up any fact which would indicate that Russia was engaged in some dangerous military activity," Lavrov said.

    The Vienna document is an international treaty of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), aimed at building up trust among members.

    The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force in 2002, established a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its 34 member states to promote openness and transparency of military forces and activities. Russia ratified the treaty in 2001.

    Commenting on Russia's alleged military presence near the Ukrainian border, Lavrov explained that Russian troops were dispatched in response to Ukraine's own deployment.

    "We never denied that we moved additional troops on the border, just like Ukrainian authorities moved their troops closer to the Russian border because they moved them to the east and south regions," the minister said.

    He also stressed that Russia was conducting military exercises in different regions of the country on a regular basis.

    "Last summer and last fall there were exercises in the East and in the Siberian part of Russia, then there was an exercise in the area of Central Russia close to Ukraine. Now I think they're planning new training games in the Northwest of Russia. So it's an ongoing process because the army must feel itself fit and ready in the expectation that they would never be required to do anything," Lavrov added.

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  • Azerbaijani soldier wounded following ceasefire violation by Armenian armed forces
    24.04.2014 10:58
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    As a result of the ceasefire violation by Armenian armed forces, a soldier of the Azerbaijani army was wounded, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on April 24.

    Azerbaijani twenty-year-old soldier Elnur Mejidov, who was on a combat duty, was wounded as a result of the ceasefire violation on the front line in the direction of the Fizuli region last night.

    The wounded soldier was placed in a military hospital. His condition is satisfactory.

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

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

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

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  • Shopping mall of old Baku - "Sirataghli"
    24.04.2014 10:55
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    By AzerNews

    The "Baku Acropolis", "Old City", "Inner City"; all these are the names for Icherisheher, a unique historical monument located right in the center of Baku.

    Icherisheher, the heart of the Azerbaijani capital, is the oldest existing part of the city. It was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

    Sometimes Icherisheher is referred to as a fortress, because its area is fully surrounded with a well-preserved vallum. Icherisheher and its defensive fortresses are symbols of patriotism and a great source of national pride and dignity for the Azerbaijanis.

    The recognition of Baku as a sacred land of fire has played a significant role in its history. Christianity, idolatry and fire worshipping spread here before the Arabian conquest in various parts of Azerbaijan. The ancient Baku was also one of the main holy places of fire-worship.

    Behind the ancient walls of Icherisheher, there are numerous unique monuments: the Shirvanshahs Palace with a shrine, divankhana, as well as the Maiden Tower, mosques and minarets, the ruins of caravanserais and bathhouses. However, the most interesting and marvelous monument in Icherisheher is Sirataghli.

    The Sirataghli religious-architectural complex is located in the northern side of the Maiden Tower and consists of double-storey inns. Previously, this historical complex was known as "Bazar meydani" (Bazaar square). However, research revealed that this side of Icherisheher was used for a different purpose.

    The religious-architectural complex was accidentally discovered in the 1960s when old houses surrounding the Maiden Tower were pulled down. Furthermore, two small door thresholds were discovered in the eastern and western parts of the complex.

    Scientists believe that this architectural complex is related to the sun worshippers, since the discovered doors were located in the east and west where the Sun rises and sets, and in order to enter the facility one needed to kneel. in the ancient times, it was also used as lodgings.

    As a result of archeological excavations, about 50 tombs were discovered under the floor of the Sirataghli complex, most of which belonged to Muslims.

    Also, a cylinder-shaped well and a large eight-pointed column were among the discovered items.

    Reconstruction and design work relevant to the museum exposition in the Sirataghli religious-architectural complex was carried out by Austrian specialists in 2010. The monuments shown at the exposition covers a large historical period since the beginning of the Bronze Age.

    The monuments of the idolatry age differ for their sublimity. According to Arab, Chinese and Central Asian sources, the rock monuments were raised in honor of famous fighters. These monuments were sacred and people worshipped them.

    The Sirataghli complex was a temple for various religions that existed in the Azerbaijani territory. According to Azerbaijani scholars, similar monuments exist in numerous countries of the world.

    Currently an open-air museum is operating there. Perhaps, when visiting the Sirataghli complex people find tranquility, because this place was a temple in the ancient times. Thus, don't forget to visit the Sirataghli complex when traveling to Baku and Icherisheher.
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  • 12th Eurasian Media Forum opens in Kazakhstan
    24.04.2014 10:41
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, April 24

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The 12th Eurasian Media Forum was opened at the Palace of Independence in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on April 24.

    This meeting will allow its participants to discuss the topical issues of the media community which arise at the present stage, Dariga Nazarbayeva, the chairman of the organizing committee of the Eurasian Media Forum, said while opening the event.

    The discussions will focus on the dramatic events that take place in a number of CIS countries and the Middle East, according to Nazarbayeva.

    "Many unspoken rules of the world order that emerged after the Cold War, are no longer in force. And each major actor interprets these rules in his own way and proneness to conflict grows in different parts of the world. We are worried about Ukraine - our friend and reliable partner," Nazarbayeva said.

    The organizing committee head specified the following topics to be discussed on the first day of the event: 'The New world order. Contours of the global crisis and its consequences', 'Iran's nuclear program. Who is the winner and who is the loser?', ' Middle East knot. What is the main balance of power in the region?'.

    The second day of the forum will focus on the events in Ukraine and the Eurasian integration.

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  • Turkish military forces enter Syria
    24.04.2014 10:40
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish military forces entered the territory of Syria to protect the tomb of Shah Suleyman, Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported on April 24.

    The number of military units was not disclosed.

    The matter rests in a small enclave on the territory of Syria, about 30 km from the border with Turkey. A funerary complex is located on a one hectare area on the shore of the Euphrates River.

    There is a tomb with the remains of Shah Suleyman (1178-1227), the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I on its territory. The tomb is considered the sovereign territory of Turkey according to the Ankara agreement of 1921, signed between Turkey and France, which occupied Syria that period. In 1946, after gaining independence from France, the Syrian authorities officially recognized Turkish sovereignty over this territory. Today about 30 Turkish soldiers protect the complex territory.

    Currently, the village with the burial-vault, passed to the militants from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (LIH) group associated with Al-Qaeda.

    Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey is ready to defend its territory in Syria.

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  • Security Council must act on Syria, says UN chief
    24.04.2014 10:40
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    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded the Security Council respond to "flagrant violations of international law", claiming warring parties in Syria were breaching a resolution to provide aid access to help millions of people, Al Jazeera reported.

    Ban made the call on Wednesday, in his second monthly report to the 15-member body on the implementation of resolution 2139 (2014).

    He said: "None of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the Council. The Security Council must take action to deal with these flagrant violations of the basic principles of international law," he wrote.

    The resolution, unanimously passed in February, said that that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access for UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, including across conflict lines and across borders".

    But, in his report, Ban said the situation was deteriorating two months on.

    "Thousands of people are not getting the medical care, including life-saving medicines, that they need. Medical supplies, including life-saving medicines and vaccines, and equipment for the wounded and the sick are commodities privileged throughout the Geneva Conventions.

    "Denying these is arbitrary and unjustified, and a clear violation of international humanitarian law. Yet, medicines are routinely denied to those who need them, including tens of thousands of women, children, and elderly."

    Earlier on Wednesday, five senior UN officials called on those with the "responsibility, power and influence" to end the three-year conflict. The strongly worded statement also said that an appeal to help millions of people had gone "largely unanswered".

    The Security Council is due to discuss the report next week.

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  • Azerbaijanв's Alim Qasimov to perform in Tehran
    24.04.2014 10:32
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    The renowned Azerbaijani musician and vocalist Alim Qasimov will give a concert in Milad Hall at the Tehran International Permanent Fairgrounds on May 13.

    After this performance, he is also scheduled to perform in Ardebil, Tabriz and Urmia, Iran's major Azeri-speaking cities.

    Qasimov has previously collaborated with a number of Iranian musicians in some performances.

    Qasimov and the Iranian vocalist Mohammad Motamedi performed a joint concert at the 49th International Festival of Carthage in Tunis in July 2013.

    He also gave concerts in Iran, Brazil, the United States and some European countries during the 1990s.

    Qasimov has recorded nine albums, three of which were done with his daughter, Ferghana Qasimova.

    He is one of the Azerbaijan's foremost muqam singers. Muqam is a set of musical scales and characteristic melodic elements, or motives, and traditional patterns for their use.

    Qasimov was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999, one of the highest international accolades for music. His music is characterized by his vocal improvisation and represents a move away from the traditional style of muqam.

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  • Armenians violate ceasefire 30 times a day
    24.04.2014 10:32
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    Armenian armed forces during the day 30 times violated ceasefire in different directions.

    Yesterday and last night they fired from positions in village Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan to positions of the Azerbaijani Army, located in village Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.

    Also the Armenians fired from positions near occupied villages Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli of Fuzuli region, Merzili, Yusifjanli, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Shikhlar of Agdam region, Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulistan of Goranboy region, Chilebyurt of Terter region and Kuropatkino and nameless heights of Khojavend region.

    The enemy silenced by response fire.

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  • Gas explosion occurs in Tashkentв's business center
    24.04.2014 10:13
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 24

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The explosion occurred in the business center, located on the ground floor of a ten-storey building in one of the central districts of Tashkent on April 23 evening.

    The explosion occurred due to gas leakage, the Uzbek Interior Ministry said.

    The reason was improper use of gas, according to the statement.

    Currently, the measures are being taken to eliminate the consequences, the Interior Ministry reported.

    The roads leading to the intersection with the affected building were temporarily closed in connection with the explosion.

    The police, firefighters and an ambulance were on the scene.

    All people from the affected building, as well as the surrounding buildings were evacuated.

    Four people were injured. They were immediately hospitalized, according to the unofficial reports.

    Currently, the representatives of the ministry of emergency situations are operating.

    The operative-investigative operations are underway.

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  • Major subsea contract sees Expro expand operations in Azerbaijan
    24.04.2014 10:12
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    The 5-year contract, worth almost $100m, will see Expro provide completion landing string equipment and services for the installation and completion of Shah Deniz Stage 2 subsea wells, covering 24 new subsea completions.

    Leading international oilfield services company, Expro, has secured a milestone subsea contract with BP for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project in the South Caspian Sea, one of Expro's largest Europe CIS contracts to date.

    The 5-year contract, worth almost $100m, will see Expro provide completion landing string equipment and services for the installation and completion of Shah Deniz Stage 2 subsea wells, covering 24 new subsea completions.

    As a result of the contract, Expro is set to invest in its subsea onshore support base and infrastructure in order to support BP locally in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    Expro will supply its Landing String Assembly - High Pressure (ESLA-HP) 15k valves in conjunction with its EXPRESS electro hydraulic control systems thus ensuring a fast Emergency Shut Down during the clean-up of high pressure/high rate gas wells.

    The ELSA-HP has been developed to service the high pressure horizontal tree completion and intervention market. With systems designed and qualified up to 15,000 psi, 250 degF and 10,000ft water depth, this landing string assembly provides clients with the safety and reliability to develop fields with challenging conditions.

    Keith Palmer, Region Director for Europe CIS at Expro, comments:

    'This contract further strengthens Expro's relationship with BP through the provision of our ELSA landing string technologies.

    'Expro have been a leading provider of subsea equipment and services to BP in Azerbaijan since 2009, performing to a high standard of safety and service.

    'Our specialist subsea teams have deployed more than 1500 completions / 2000 exploration operations to date, clearly demonstrating that Expro is the first choice global subsea landing string provider for reliability in deepwater.

    'This additional contract allows Expro to establish further infrastructure and personnel in Baku, to enhance our local presence. This in turn will also allow Expro to promote and provide other products and services to our client base in this area.'

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  • Hamas: intra-Palestinian division has ended
    24.04.2014 10:09
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    Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah said Wednesday they had successfully drafted a reconciliation agreement that would end seven years of intra-Palestinian division Al Arabiya reported.

    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh made the announcement during a televised address in Gaza, saying the Palestinian split has ended and that a general election would be held in seven months.

    Similar agreements were reached in principle in the past, but never implemented.

    The Islamic militant Hamas movement seized Gaza from Fatah, which is headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007, leaving the Palestinian leader with only parts of the West Bank. Both organizations have since become entrenched in their respective territories.

    Bassam Salhi, a member of the delegation sent by Abbas to negotiate the deal with Hamas, said that under an emerging agreement, a joint interim government would be formed within five weeks, followed by elections six months later.

    Israeli position on unity talks

    Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group. Abbas later issued a statement saying the unity pact did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel. He said that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

    Earlier Wednesday, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Abbas regarding the unity talks with Hamas, saying Abbas had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.

    Amplifying Netanyahu's warning, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Abbas's signature on a unity accord with Hamas would be tantamount to "signing the termination of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority."

    The new bid for reconciliation coincided with meetings between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators to try to extend U.S.-sponsored peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline. Sources from both sides said strong disagreements remained, after they convened in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

    Netanyahu, in remarks to reporters as news of a possible unity deal emerged, asked: "Does he [Abbas] want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel?"

    "You can have one, but not the other. I hope he chooses peace. So far he hasn't done so," he said.

    Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeineh, said Palestinian unity was an internal matter.

    "Abbas chooses peace and the unity of the Palestinian people," Abu Rdeineh said. "The choice of unifying the Palestinian people enforces peace, and there is no contradiction whatsoever between reconciliation and negotiations."

    Lieberman, in a statement released by his spokesman, said Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, "cannot make peace both with Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for Israel's destruction."

    Israeli Airstrike

    Shortly after the announcement of reconciliation, Israel launched an airstrike on the Palestinian enclave, wounding at least a dozen people, Reuters news agency, quoting medical officials and Israeli reports, said.

    Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said the air strike wounded 12 people, all of them civilians, among them children between the ages of five and 12, as well as adults.

    Israeli media reports said Israel had targeted a militant riding on a motorcycle in northern Gaza, from where rockets are often shot at Israel, but that he escaped.

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  • Two thirds of children live in poverty in Turkey: Report
    24.04.2014 10:04
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    Two out of every three children in Turkey live in poverty according to European Union standards, according to a report prepared by BahГ§eЕџehir Universityв's Center for Economic and Social Research (Betam).

    The severe material deprivation rate among children aged between 0 and 15 in Turkey was 63.5 percent in 2011, according to the report released by Betam on April 22, the day before Turkey's official national Children's Day. According to the figures, Turkey falls behind Southern Europe countries as well as other less-developed European countries such as Hungary and Romania. In Romania, which has the closest rate to Turkey, this rate is 36 percent, while in Greece it is 16.5 percent and in Italy it is 12.4 percent.

    The European Union defines the criteria for severe material deprivation if a household cannot afford at least four of the following items: Rent payments; mortgage or utility bills; adequate house warming; unexpected expenses; meals involving meat, chicken or fish every second day; a one-week annual holiday away from home; a washing machine, color television, telephone or car.

    Meanwhile, the share of Turkish children living in basic material deprivation fell substantially and rapidly from 2006 to 2010, however there was a small increase in 2011.

    The basic material deprivation rate among Turkish children declined from 34.7 percent in 2006 to 24.4 percent in 2010. In 2011, the rate of basic material deprivation increased to 24.8 percent. This increase came despite the fact that the share of children who cannot meet their protein needs declined from 66.9 to 64.7 percent, the share of children living in households that their families were unable to warm adequately declined from 40.3 to 39.9 percent, and the share of children who could not meet their clothing needs fell from 40.8 to 40 percent from 2010 to 2011. The basic material deprivation rate rose because the rate of children in households that could afford none of the three basic needs increased, albeit slightly.

    The frequency of severe material deprivation is lowest in Turkey's western provinces at 50-55 percent, while in the eastern provinces it is at 75 percent, according to Betam's latest figures. More specifically, the rate is 50.9 percent in the Aegean region while it is 80.9 percent in southeastern Anatolia, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜД°K), the report stated.

    The western Black Sea, western Anatolia and eastern Marmara regions were all below the Turkey average. On the other hand, an average of three quarters of children are severely materially deprived in the northeastern Anatolia, central-east Anatolia, and southeast Anatolia regions.

    The Istanbul and Mediterranean regions are exceptions in the East-West division, with the proportion of severe material deprivation among children being 61.7 percent in Istanbul and 64.5 percent in the Mediterranean region. The high levels of migrants to these regions may be one of the factors causing such high rates of severe material deprivation, according to the report.

    The report also stated that both international comparisons and trends in Turkey clearly show that child poverty in Turkey is persistent and severe. This means that its detrimental effects could be long term and transmit across generations, so designing and implementing urgent and active social policies on the subject is a must, it added.

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  • Tbilisi City Hall and municipality of The Hague sign memorandum of cooperation
    24.04.2014 09:45
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 24

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Tbilisi City Hall and the municipality of The Hague signed a memorandum of cooperation.

    The document envisages the exchange of experience between the two cities in education, social and economic spheres.

    The memorandum was signed by Acting Mayor of Tbilisi Sevdia Ugrekhelidze and vice-mayor of The Hague Henk Kool.

    A working meeting on social policy of the EU cities was also held. Special attention was paid to education, economy and social sphere.

    The representatives of the non-governmental sector, international organizations and the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia attended the meeting.

    Translated by NH

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  • UAE can be bridge for Azerbaijani businessmen to enter Middle East markets
    24.04.2014 09:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24

    Trend:

    Another business forum between Azerbaijan and the UAE will be held as part of the joint intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and technical cooperation.

    Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev made this proposal at a meeting with a delegation led by deputy head of Dubai's Chamber of Commerce Hisham al-Scaron;Г­rava in Baku.

    Baku hosted a round table discussion on the development of retail and franchising. It was organized as part of the visit of a delegation of Dubai's Chamber of Commerce (an organization engaged in the development of the business sphere and the protection of business interests in the UAE).

    The minister stressed great opportunities for expanding the cooperation in the field of infrastructure, trade, agriculture, and investments, the ministry said on April 22.

    "A high level of political relations, the existing legal framework, effective activity of the intergovernmental commission create favorable conditions for the development of economic cooperation," Mustafayev added. "The economic and trade relations between Azerbaijan and the UAE are expanded every year. Opening of Dubai's Chamber of Commerce representative office in the CIS countries in Baku testifies to the importance of cooperation between the two countries."

    Scaron;Г­rava called a high level of relations, political and macroeconomic stability, sustainable economic development, as well as a favorable sphere for business and investments as the main reason for establishing a representative office in Azerbaijan. The main purpose of an UAE delegation's visit to Azerbaijan is to examine the country's investment opportunities.

    It was also stressed that Dubai hosts numerous exhibitions and events. While participating in such events, business people from Azerbaijan can establish new business relations, as well as enter the markets of the Middle East.

    Scaron;Г­rava expressed readiness to render the necessary support for the participation of businessmen from Azerbaijan in the events held by Dubai's Chamber of Commerce.

    Some 193 companies with UAE investments are operating in Azerbaijan. Over $ 465 million in investments have been recently made in the country's non-oil sector.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by CN

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  • Spanish armada darkens German panzer
    24.04.2014 09:34
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    Real Madrid came closer to scratching their 12-year Champions League itch with a 1-0 home victory over defending champions Bayern Munich.

    The La Liga side want to reach the European final for the first time since 2002 while the German champions are out to become the first team to defend the Champions League trophy.

    With so much at stake, attack and counter attack flowed in waves inside an electric Bernabeu Stadium Wednesday as two of Europe's top sides delivered on their promise to provide footballing fever in the semi-final.

    The opening -- and only -- goal of the match was a fine example of the ebb and flow.

    Real Madrid defender Pepe had blocked an early effort by Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo soon found the ball at his feet.

    Real's talisman -- back from hamstring and knee problems -- switched the play from defense to attack, picking out Fabio Coentrao with a perfectly-weighted ball.

    Coentrao threaded the ball through to Karim Benzema, who tapped in after 19 minutes to edge Real into the lead.

    Just minutes later, Ronaldo found himself in space in front of goal.

    But the golden touch of the Ballon d'Or footballer deserted him as he scooped the ball over the bar and raised his arms to the heavens in anguish.

    Di Maria, fed by Ronaldo, missed another good chance to double Real's advantage when his left footed shot went high and wide.

    Bayern turned the screw on the Spanish side as the first half wore on, dominating possession, but despite the best efforts of Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben the home side kept them at bay.

    Ronaldo quickly got down to business at the restart as he had a shot palmed away by Manuel Neuer.

    The Bayern goalkeeper had his work cut out on his return to the team and he was again forced to save a fierce shot from Ronaldo.

    At the opposite end, Robben, who left Madrid to join Munich, had motored towards goal on a solo run but his shot was safely collected by Iker Casillas, who later punched away another Bayern effort.

    Gareth Bale recovered from flu in time to replace Ronaldo in the later stage of the Champions League tie and the Welshman also forced a save from Neuer.

    But it was Bayern substitute Mario Gotze who almost had the last say with a powerful shot on goal only for Casillas to instinctively block his strike.

    The German side had a late appeal for a penalty turned down by English referee Howard Webb.

    Madrid will now travel to Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena next week with a slender advantage while Munich manager Pep Guardiola must work out how to make his team's possession pay.

    "Everything is still possible in this tie," Bayern keeper Neuer told Uefa.com. "We expect a similar game in the return leg.

    "We have to keep focused and take advantage of our opportunities."

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who along with Guardiola has lifted the European trophy as both a player and a manager, said: "The fans helped the team a lot. The atmosphere was spectacular. We want to do everything we can to take them to Lisbon.

    "We need everything in the second leg; sacrifice, courage, quality. We have a small advantage but nobody knows what will happen."

    He added he expects both Ronaldo and Bale to be fully fit for next Tuesday's second leg.

    In the other semi-final, played on Tuesday evening, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid played out a goalless draw.

    An impenetrable defensive display from the Premier League side restricted the Spanish hopefuls to just a handful of chances.

    A place in the Champions League final in Lisbon on 24th May is still up for grabs as all four teams prepare to renew rivalries in next week's return legs.

    /CNN/
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  • Armenia second in world charts for skimming crimes
    24.04.2014 09:33
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    Bulgaria is first worldwide when it comes to skimming crimes in 2013, according to Bloomberg data citing a report by Verizon Communication, a US telecommunications company.

    The highest number of perpetrators of such crimes came from Bulgaria followed by Armenia, Romania, Brazil and the US.

    The statistics refer to 130 incidents last year. They occurred mostly at ATMs at gas stations.

    The techniques used circumvent PIN codes. PIN codes that have not been changed for a long time are especially vulnerable.

    These crimes don't require special skills. The cyber thieves install a fake card reading device at their ATM of choice. "This is the Holy Grail of hackers because they have direct access to cash," says Brian Sartin, leader of the cyber crimes investigation team.

    Last month 14 Bulgarians were arrested in a joint operation of the FBI and our NSA. They were charged with draining accounts via duplicate cards.

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  • Toyota world's bestseller
    24.04.2014 09:16
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    Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

    Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday that it sold a record 2.583m vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42m and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4m.

    Toyota's first quarter sales rose by more than 6% from the same period the previous year. GM's sales grew 2%, while Volkswagen's added nearly 6%.

    Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98m vehicles in sales, remaining the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row. GM finished second and VW third.

    Toyota is targeting sales of more than 10m vehicles this year. No automaker has sold that many in a year.

    By region, Toyota's first quarter sales grew in Japan as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a rise in the sales tax, which kicked in on 1 April. Its sales also grew in the rest of Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa, according to Toyota.

    General Motors had been the no. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

    GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota's production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. But the maker of the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model made a comeback in 2012, and kept that lead in 2013.

    GM's image has taken a hit after a February recall of 2.6m vehicles for defective ignition switches, a defect the company tied to 13 deaths.

    GM and the U.S. government are investigating why it took the company more than a decade to recall the cars after engineers first learned of the switch problems.

    Toyota also underwent a massive recall debacle in the U.S., announcing recall after recall starting in 2009. It paid $1.2bn earlier this year to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation into charges of covering up problems that caused unintended acceleration in some cars.

    From 2010 through 2012, Toyota paid fines totaling more than $66m for delays in reporting safety problems. Toyota agreed last year to pay more than $1bn to owners of its cars who claimed to have suffered economic losses because of the recalls. The company still faces wrongful death and injury lawsuits.

    Volkswagen is growing so quickly in China and other relatively new markets it is close on the heels of its two longtime rivals.

    /The Guardian/
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  • Iran warns China oil giant over project delay
    24.04.2014 09:02
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    A senior Iranian oil official has renewed Tehranв's warnings to Chinese oil giant, CNPCI, to meet its obligations regarding a massive oil field in Iran.

    The latest warning to China National Petroleum Corporation International (CNPCI) came by Managing Director of Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC) Abdolreza Hossein-Nejad.

    During his visit to Yadavaran oil field, Hossein-Nejad expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Chinese contractor.

    In 2008, CNPCI signed a USD 2.5-billion contract with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to develop the Yadavaran field, which Iran shares with neighboring Iraq.

    The Chinese company was supposed to raise production from Yadavaran oil field from 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 180,000 bpd and 300,000 bpd in two phases, but the field is currently producing only 26,000 bpd.

    Earlier this month, CNPCI was given three months to meet its obligations regarding South Azadegan oil field or face expulsion from the project.

    In February, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said no major progress has been observed in South Azadegan shared with Iraq.

    Iran's production from this joint field is still standing at around 50,000 bpd, while Iraq is currently recovering 175,000 bpd of oil from its sector of this field and plans to raise its output to 400,000 bpd.

    Last August, NIOC replaced China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) with the Iranian company, Petropars Ltd. (PPL), for the development of Phase 11 of the massive offshore South Pars gas field.

    CNPC initially agreed with NIOC in 2009 to develop the only South Pars phase whose fate had not been decided.

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  • Iran external debt hits 6.6 $billion
    24.04.2014 08:12
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    Tehran, Iran, April 22

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran's external debt stood at $6.631 billion at the end of the Iranian calendar month of Dey (which ended on January 20).

    The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced that the country's short-term debt was around $644 million in the mentioned period, while the its medium-term and long-term debts were around $5.987 billion, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

    External debt (or foreign debt) is that part of the total debt in a country that is owed to creditors outside the country.

    The debtors can be the government, corporations or private households.

    The debt includes money owed to private commercial banks, other governments, or international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

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  • Former Ukrainian energy minister wanted by security service
    24.04.2014 08:08
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    Ukraine's Security Service put on the wanted list former Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavitsky, the Interior Ministry reported on Wednesday.

    Stavitsky is accused of misuse and misappropriation of property by using his office powers.

    Police searched Statvitsky's apartment in March confiscating 42 kilograms of gold, 4.8 million dollars in cash and jewelry and precious stones.

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  • IRI Majlis speaker receives Latvian FM
    24.04.2014 08:06
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    Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani received Latvian visiting Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics here on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

    According to the report of Majlis Media Department, in the meeting, Larijani called mutual relations Л€old with positive backgroundЛ€, adding that Iranian people and government view on relations with Latvia has always been positive.

    Referring to many capacities in economic, trade and cultural dields, Larijani said that economic and trade exchanges between public and private sectors in the both countries should expand and Majlis will support every kind of development with Latvia.

    Given the international and regional developments, Larijani said that wrong calculations of certain countries in region and the world had made situation in some parts of the world more complicated and the European Union, by taking an independent policy can play constructive role in peaceful settlement of the conflicts.

    Rinkevics called Iran as an important and powerful country in the region and world and said that our relations background returns to tens of years before and said that for expansion of ties we should use all political, parliamentary, economic and cultural capacities.

    He praised Iran's positive role in settling regional crises, especially in Afghanistan and added that Latvia as the rotating chairman of the EU in the next year is very interested in Iran's positive role in solving the regional crises.

    Concerning Syria, Rinkevics said dialogue and political solution are the sole way to settle existing crises and that all world and regional players should play their role in this process.

    He continued that Iran's role in this process is undeniable and Tehran should continue its positive role.

    Latvian foreign minister expressed pleasure with achieved agreements on Iran's nuclear issue and said that he hoped, by achieving final agreement, way of expanding communication in different fields between the EU and Iran can be paved.

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  • Pakistani envoy underlines close ties between Tehran and Islamabad
    24.04.2014 05:48
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    Pakistan's ambassador to Iran said that Tehran and Islamabad have close and sincere relations, IRNA reported.

    On the occasion of Pakistan National Day, Noor Mohammad Jadmani told participants in the ceremony that Iran and Pakistan underline consolidation of ties with neighbors and this has prepared necessary ground for stronger bilateral relations.

    He said here on Wednesday afternoon that this ceremony is in commemoration of Pakistan National Day, which is on March 23, but because of Norouz holidays is held today.

    We are celebrating the 74th anniversary of approval of Pakistan historical resolution, 1940, when our national poet Mohammad Eqbal proposed an idea for Muslims in West Asia.

    He added that Eqbal is a familiar person in Iran and Iranians love his poems which are mainly in the Persian language.

    Jadmani continued that Eqbal is as a bridge between Iran and Pakistan.

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  • Israeli air force strikes terror cell in Gaza
    24.04.2014 05:43
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    The Israel Air Force has struck a terror cell in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon that was poised to fire rockets into southern Israel, Xinhua reported according to local media.

    Four people were reportedly wounded in the attack in the city of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, Palestinian media quoted medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory as saying.

    The Israeli military confirmed in a brief text message that it carried out a counter-terrorism operation with the assistance of Shin Bet, the internal security service, in northern Gaza.

    The Jerusalem Post quoted security sources as saying that aircraft were scrambled after Shin Bet received intelligence information that militants were set to launch rockets, reportedly striking the crew minutes before the projectiles were fired.

    The veracity of the reports could not be immediately confirmed. The attack came shortly after Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party officials announced a reconciliation deal in Gaza to establish a Palestinian unity government within six months.

    On Monday, Israeli aircraft attacked several targets in northern and central Gaza in retaliation to 10 rockets that were fired into Israel.

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  • Lavrov: Iranв's missile program not in the negotiation agenda with G5 1
    24.04.2014 03:57
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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Iran's missile program has never been in the negotiation agenda with Group 5 1, IRNA reported.

    Speaking with Russian TV network "Russia Today" on Wednesday, Lavrov said that Iran's missile program has never been an issue in the framework of Iran and Group 5 1 negotiation on nuclear program.

    He added that Iran's missile program issue in not mentioned in Geneva agreement between Iran and Group 5 1 last November.

    Iran and Group 5 1 in November 2013 in Geneva signed an agreement that Iran will limit part of its nuclear program and upon that all sanctions imposed against Iran will be lifed.

    White House in the February 2014 asked for discussion about Iran's missile program in the negotiations, but Iran rejected it.

    Lavrov said that Geneva agreement between Iran and Group 5 1 was totally transparent.

    At the end of the third round of nuclear talks called Vienna III ,Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that any issue related to Iran's defense program has no place in the negotiations.

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  • FM: Turkey hopes call on 1915 'will not hang in the air'
    24.04.2014 03:54
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    The Turkish foreign minister has expressed hope that Turkey's call for a joint academic research on the events of 1915 to Armenia "will not hang in the air", Anadolu Agency reported.

    Turkey's move "is a call for Armenia that we hope to be answered," Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters on Wednesday, referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offer.

    Turkey has called for the research of the 1915 events to be carried out by a commission of Turkish, Armenian and international historians, the Turkish Prime Ministry said in a statement earlier on Wednesday ahead of the anniversary of the events.

    The 1915 events took place during World War I when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and uprose against the Ottoman authority. The uprisings were followed by a relocation decision of the Ottoman Empire concerning Armenians living in eastern Anatolia.

    As a result, an unknown number of people died amid civil strife.

    "History isn't just black and white - a grey area is needed. Everyone needs to show virtue by sharing the pains of the past," Davutoglu said at a reception held in Ankara for Turkey's April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev met with Chairman of Chamber of Deputies of Czech Republic Jan Hamacek
    24.04.2014 02:38
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic and head of the Czech Republic-Azerbaijan interparliamentary friendship group Jan Hamacek.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

    The parties noted that the expansion of the interparliamentary ties contributed to developing the Azerbaijan-Czech Republic cooperation.

    During the conversation, the sides exchanged views over cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union.

    ***

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Czech Republic for a working visit.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the head of state at the Prague Airport, which was decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva was presented with flowers.

    President Ilham Aliyev met with Chairman of Chamber of Deputies of Czech Republic, head of Czech Republic-Azerbaijan interparliamentary friendship group Jan Hamacek

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Czech Republic for working visit

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  • German President to visit Turkey
    24.04.2014 01:57
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    German President Joachim Gauck will pay a 4-day long visit to Turkey at the invitation of President Abdullah Gul, TRT reported.

    Guest President will pay a visit to German troops in Kahramanmarash on Sunday as well as the Syrian refugee camp in the city.

    On Monday, April 28, German President Joachim Gauck will meet President Abdullah Gul in Ankara to discuss political and economic ties between Turkey and Germany. Also matters related to EU and international issues will come up in the meeting.

    Guest President Gauck will also attend the official opening ceremony of Turkish-German University in Istanbul on Tuesday.

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  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    24.04.2014 01:05
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    Oil prices have fallen in the world markets, with the US Light crude sinking to $101.75 a barrel and British Brent crude hitting $109.27.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0.32 to stand at $111.85, the Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) said.
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  • 2 mln fish found dead in Tehranв's Fashafuyeh dam
    24.04.2014 00:41
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    Tehran, Iran, April 23

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Some 2 million fish are found dead in Tehran province's Fashafuyeh dam due to water pollution.

    Reports suggest that the incident has happened because the Vavan housing complex's sewage system goes directly into the lake.

    Mohsen Shokati, head of Rey City Environmental Protection Office, said that over 30 tons of fish have been killed in the past few days.

    "Previously the housing complex's sewage system poured into the lake through a canal, but now it directly goes to the lake," he noted.

    "Vavan housing complex needs a Water treatment facility. The construction work even started, but due to lack of budget the project was halted," Shokati said, adding that the facility is currently 60 per cent complete.

    He went on to note that Fashafuye dam's water is being used for agriculture, fish farming, and animal husbandry.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev met with Chairman of Chamber of Deputies of Czech Republic, head of Czech Republic-Azerbaijan interparliamentary friendship group Jan Hamacek
    24.04.2014 00:30
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today met Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic and head of the Czech Republic-Azerbaijan interparliamentary friendship group Jan Hamacek.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

    The parties noted that the expansion of the interparliamentary ties contributed to developing the Azerbaijan-Czech Republic cooperation.

    During the conversation, the sides exchanged views over cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union.
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  • ''Capri Trend. Travelling photo exhibition from Capri '" Italy'' exhibition opens in Modern Art Museum
    23.04.2014 23:39
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    The Museum of Modern Art will present an Italian exhibition "Capri Trend. Travelling photo exhibition from Capri - Italy" on April 26.

    The Capri Foundation is glad to announce the collaboration with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art in Baku.

    The Capri Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of entrepreneur and local authorities to promote culture of Capri Island. After five years of activities devoted to culture, contemporary art, contemporary photography, contemporary dance and Capri Trendwatching Festival, that sketch the outlines of the next future through research data, case histories, workshops and open lectures.

    The Capri Foundation will present the first exhibition Capri Trend, an exhibition that celebrate the five years of its activity, presented in five different countries.

    The exhibition includes some of the most Italian photographers Ferdinando Scianna. Olivo Barbieri, Maurizio Galimberti, Francesco Jodice, Irene Kung.

    The exhibition will include about 30 photographs to promote the Capri culture and beauty abroad with an authorial and contemporary sight.

    The exhibition will run until 31 May 2014.
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  • Palestinian factions to form unity government
    23.04.2014 23:26
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    A meeting of Palestinian leaders in Gaza has reached a milestone reconciliation pact that will see rival Palestinian groups form a national consensus government in five weeks - after seven years of operating under separate administrations, Al Jazeera reported.

    Under the agreement announced on Wednesday, rival groups Fatah and Hamas will form a government together under the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).

    The groups plan to form a national unity government in five weeks and will hold elections in six months.

    At a news conference, leaders of all the groups said the past divisions had taken a toll on the Palestinian goal of establishing an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

    Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader who announced the terms of the agreement, said the deal came as "the entire city of Jerusalem has been painted Jewish with an attempt to wipe out the Arab identity and desecrate the Muslim and Christian sanctities".

    Azzam al-Ahmed, the Fatah delegation head, said he hoped the pact "will be a true beginning for a true partnership in all our spectrums; political, social and societal".

    The Palestinian factions have been at odds and sometimes even at war with each other since 2007 - following Hamas's democratic win in Gaza.

    Since then, Hamas has independently ruled the 40-kilometre long Gaza strip, home to nearly 2 million Palestinians - while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, from Fatah, governs areas of the West Bank - home to more than 2 million Palestinians.

    The two-sides met and signed deals in 2011 and 2012 in meetings in Cairo and Doha - but never with the desired result of unification.

    The new agreement, reached in only two days, will honour the terms of both agreements.

    The deal also comes at a crucial time when the US-led talks between the Israelis and Palestinians are at a stalemate.

    Some Palestinians, weathered by divisions in the past, told Al Jazeera they remained sceptical of the new agreement.

    Ramallah resident Nur Hamad, said she supported reconciliation "because we have to be one nation".

    "No factions, only a Palestinian nation, but I don't think Fatah and Hamas are going to succeed," Hamad said.

    And Mariam abu Daqqa, an activist in Gaza said, "We are saying to both Fatah and Hamas for the sake of Palestine and the Palestinian children, you must get unified against the Israeli occupation."

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  • Uzbekistan, South Korea to hold next round of political consultations
    23.04.2014 23:13
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 23

    By Demir Azizov - Trend:

    The 11th round of Uzbek and Korean foreign ministries' political consultations will be held in Seoul on April 24.

    Uzbekistan will be represented at the consultations by Deputy Foreign Minister Murad Askarov, while the Korean side will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on April 23.

    During the consultations the sides will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations, including the development of cooperation in trade, investments, construction, infrastructure, information technologies, energy industry and mineral resources.

    Uzbekistan's and South Korea's representatives will also exchange views on topical regional issues and cooperation on the international arena.

    They will also review the development of cultural exchange.

    Uzbek and South Korean foreign ministries have been holding regular political consultations since 1994.

    The political consultations between the two countries are a mechanism for discussing bilateral, regional and global cooperation at the governmental level.

    The previous round of consultations was held in Tashkent in November 2011.

    Translated by E.A.

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  • '˜Dagestanis and Azerbaijanis have close traditions and culture`
    23.04.2014 23:08
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    Head of Dagestan Ramazan Abdulatipov has met a delegation of Azerbaijan participating in the All-Russian Cultural-Investment Forum on the culture and economics of regional policy, which opened in Makhachkala.

    The delegation is composed of Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev, MP Rauf Aliyev, Rector of the Uzeyir Hajibeyli Baku Music Academy Farhad Badalbeyli.

    The meeting was also attended by chairman of the government of the Republic of Dagestan Abdusamad Gamidov, head of the administration of the head and government of the Republic of Dagestan Ramazan Aliyev.

    Ramazan Abdulatipov noted that the forum is organized as part of the annually held Moscow forum of culture "Culture as strategic resource of Russia in the 21st century", international symposium "Higher educational institutions of culture and art in the world educational space" and the Dagestan Economic Forum.

    The Head of the Republic highlighted the successful development of Azerbaijan. According to him, unfortunately there has not been any joint economic and cultural project implemented with Dagestan so far.

    "In early 20th century our relations with Azerbaijan were better than now. You have the richest culture and beautiful people. We will be developing our relations," Abdulatipov said.

    He said the Dagestani official delegation led by chairman of the government Abdusamad Gamidov has recently visited Baku, and a few days later, the working meeting on Azerbaijan`s participation in the events marking the 2000th anniversary of the oldest city of Russia took place in Derbent. Major discussions revolved around reconstruction of the Heydar Aliyev Street and choosing the place for construction of the Olympic complex.

    "Tens of Azerbaijani projects must be realized in Dagestan and the same amount of Dagestani ones in Azerbaijan. Dagestanis and Azerbaijanis are people of close culture, related traditions," Abdulatipov underlined.

    For his part, Minister Abulfas Garayev read out the message of President Ilham Aliyev. The letter says Azerbaijan and Dagestan are the republics which must be always together since they share common goals, tasks of development of the Caspian region.

    "We are linked with history and culture. You are absolutely right that our ties must be stronger. The potential exists. We want to support our national culture that we have. Yesterday, our delegation visited Derbent, the Narin Kala fortress. This is a historical site uniting two our peoples," Abulfas Garayev underlined.

    Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan invited the Head of Dagestan to the annually held forum on intercultural dialogue, which, he underlined, is supported by five international organizations.

    Many Dagestanis are living in Azerbaijan. Badalbayli said that some popular songs in Dagestani languages were recorded and given as CDs to schools.

    The Head of Dagestan said the Ministry of Culture of the Republic has prepared CDs with classical music and masterpieces by Dagestani composers.

    The forum was organized by government of Dagestan and Moscow State University of Culture and Arts of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
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  • Georgian energy minister meets with shareholders of TAP project
    23.04.2014 23:01
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 23

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze has held a meeting with the representatives of the shareholding companies of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline project (TAP), Georgian Energy Ministry told Trend on April 23.

    During the meeting, the parties discussed the prospects for implementation of the project in cooperation with Georgia.

    Chairman of the Board of Directors of the consortium for construction of the TAP and the Vice-President of the Statoil company, Kjetil Tungland, the office head of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) in Georgia, Mahir Mammadov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Georgia, Azer Huseyn and others attended the meeting, according to the Georgian ministry.

    The consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas condensate field development has chosen the TAP project as a gas transportation route to the European markets.

    TAP project is designed to transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and then to Western Europe.

    The final investment decision was made on the second phase of the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field's development on December 17, 2013. Gas from the field will go in the first instance to the European marketplace.

    The gas to be produced within the second phase of the field's development will be exported to Turkey and to European markets by means of expanding the South Caucasus Pipeline and construction of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

    The initial capacity of the TAP pipeline will be 10 billion cubic meters per year with the possibility of expanding to 20 billion cubic meters per year. TAP shareholders are BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (16 percent), Total (10 percent), E.ON (9 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Infosys Europe revenue crosses $2 billion for first time
    23.04.2014 22:59
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    Country's second largest IT firm Infosys has crossed the $ two billion revenue mark in Europe for the first time, driven by strong demand for consulting and system integration (CSI) services.

    The Bangalore-based firm, which reported revenues of $ 8.24 billion for the year ended March 31, 2014, saw the European region accounting for 24.4 per cent of the topline.

    "If you look at the last year, we have had a good growth in Europe of over 17 per cent. And for the first time, we have crossed the $ 2 billion revenue mark in Europe, which is a significant milestone," Infosys President and Member of Board BG Srinivas told investors on a conference call.

    Last quarter, the revenue percentage from Europe was 25 per cent and Infosys added 17 new clients in the region, he added.

    "Overall, CSI revenues from Europe is significantly higher as compared to rest of Infosys; it is closer to 42 per cent, primarily led with SAP which again has a dominant presence in the Continent Europe," Srinivas said.

    For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, North America accounted for 59.8 per cent of Infosys' revenues (from 60.2 per cent in the year-ago period), while Europe contributed 25.2 per cent (from 25 per cent).

    The decline in share of sales from North America comes at a time when industry analysts are betting on improving macro- economic sentiments in the region.

    Large outsourcing deals in the US are expected to be in the offing as clients spend more on IT and outsourcing compared to the last few years.

    This also signals that Indian IT players are making headway in the region, especially Continental Europe, which was dominated by local players.

    Although Europe ranked second in terms of revenue contribution to the export revenues of the over $ 118 billion Indian IT-BPO market, the success seems to have been limited to the UK and Nordic countries and Continental Europe largely remains untapped.

    During the fourth quarter, Infosys signed four large deals with total contract value of $ 700 million with two deals each in the Americas and Europe regions.

    Talking about the countries in the region, he said France continues to be "slow" even as it is sees some "early signs of deal activity picking up".
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  • Young Azerbaijani wrestlers bring home 6 medals from Turkey
    23.04.2014 22:58
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    Young Azerbaijani wrestlers have claimed a clutch of 6 medals, including 3 golds at an international tournament in Konya, Turkey.

    The golds came from Ramiz Hasanov weighing in at 38kg, Nasib Osmanov at 66kg and Ahliman Guliyev at 73kg.

    Asgar Mammadaliyev at 38kg, Huseyn Huseynzade at 59kg and Farid Musayev at 85kg finished the tournament as runner up.
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  • Shakespeareв's 450th jubilee to be celebrated at Western University
    23.04.2014 22:57
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    Western University will host an event to commemorate the 450th anniversary of well-known English poet and playwright William Shakespeare on April 24.

    The event will be co-organized by the University and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan.

    The event will feature episodes from the plays of the well known dramatist.

    William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

    He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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