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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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    Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 80 times in various directions along the frontline from mortars within a day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Kamarli and Gizilhajili villages and nameless uplands of Gazakh region from the positions in Vazashen and Berkaber villages of Armenia's Ijevan region, Dovekh village of Noyemberyan region, positions in Garaveliler village of Gedebey region from the posts in nameless uplands of Ijevan region, positions in Alibeyli and Kokhanebi villages of Tovuz region from the positions in Mosesgekh, Chinari, Aygepar villages of Berd region, positions in nameless uplands of Gedebey region from the posts in nameless uplands of Krasnoselsk region.

    The Azerbaijani positions were also fired from the positions near Goyarkh, Chilaburt and Giziloba villages of Terter, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Novruzlu and Bash Gervend villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli and Ashagi Seyidahmedli village of Fuzuli region, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region and nameless uplands of Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
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  • Azerbaijan refuses to compete in World Chess Championship in Armenia
    31.01.2015 16:38
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    Azerbaijan`s national chess team have refused to compete in the World Team Championship to take place in the Armenian city of Tsakhkadzor in April.

    The championship will involve 10 countries, AzerTag reports. Azerbaijan won the right to vie for medals thanks winning the 2013 European championship.
    1
  • Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
    31.01.2015 16:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.31

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The official rate of AZN to the US dollar set by the Azerbaijani Central Bank (CBA) remained unchanged last week. The average rate was established at 0.7844 AZN to 1 US dollar.




    Official rate of AZN to 1 US dollar:



    Jan.19



    0.7844



    Jan.26



    0.7844



    Jan.20



    0.7844



    Jan.27



    0.7844



    Jan.21



    0.7844



    Jan.28



    0.7844



    Jan.22



    0.7844



    Jan.29



    0.7844



    Jan.23



    0.7844



    Jan.30



    0.7844



    Average weekly



    0.7844



    Average weekly



    0.7844



    Due to the lack of the trading at Baku Interbank Currency Exchange (BBVB) from the beginning of the year, the exchange rate of AZN to the US dollar remained unchanged. The average rate was set at 0.7829 AZN to 1 US dollar.




    Exchange rate of AZN to 1 US dollar:



    Jan.19



    0.7829



    Jan.26



    0.7829



    Jan.20



    0.7829



    Jan.27



    0.7829



    Jan.21



    0.7829



    Jan.28



    0.7829



    Jan.22



    0.7829



    Jan.29



    0.7829



    Jan.23



    0.7829



    Jan.30



    0.7829



    Average weekly



    0.7829



    Average weekly



    0.7829



    No deal was concluded with USD/AZN T 1 and T 2 due to lack of appeals made by dealers. Appeals on EUR/AZN and RUB/AZN were not made by banks in BEST.

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  • Turkish opposition member vows to deport 100,000 Armenian migrants
    31.01.2015 16:38
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    If Armenia starts to set all countries of the world against Turkey, we cannot be gracious to 100,000 Armenian migrants living in Turkey.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Turkish media that the statement came from the Party of Great Unity (Boyuk Birlik Partisi- BBP) Mustafa Destidji.

    Speaking at an event on the 22nd anniversary of his party, Destidji announced that in case they come to power they will accept all non-Muslims regardless of racial and religious belonging and ensure their normal life:

    "But on the other hand, if Armenia does not withdraw from the lands occupied in Karabakh, if it continues to set all countries of the world against Turkey with its tales about invented 'genocide', if it does not give right to any Turkish citizen, any Muslim to live in Armenia, we cannot stay gracious to those 100,000 Armenian migrants who reside in our country.

    When BBP comes to power, we will send them to Yerevan, Armenia. They will finally go cleverer. They will have to accept the power of Turkey, accept the Turkish demands. Armenia will withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani lands. Armenia will disavow the idea of invented 'genocide'. They will give up all misdeeds against the Turkish state and people".
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  • BP publishes official figures of dismissals
    31.01.2015 16:38
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    BP has released official figures.

    I have provided exact official information on BP company to media. After this information, we no longer released any data.

    The statement came from spokesman of BP Azerbaijan Tamam Bayatly speaking to Oxu.az about the continuation of dismissals in the company.

    She stated:

    "In this regard, refer to our official data, because it is the only true one. We have already reported that the company laid off 105 local and 150 foreign workers.

    According to the information by the end of 2014, the total number of actual employees was 3,467 people, 2,992 of which were local, and 475 were foreign nationals. "

    According to the information released in media, BP Azerbaijan will cut a total of 422 employees before the end of the quarter.

    Currently 255 employees are laid off, of which 105 are the citizens of Azerbaijan, and 150 are foreign specialists (ie, another 167 employees will get laid off)

    According to the source, BP Azerbaijan will reduce the number of its employees not only among those who work in offices. About 100 employees directly engaged in the extraction and transportation will be forced to quit.

    "Just the number of workers clearly does not meet the requirements of oil prices that make $ 50-60 per barrel," the source from the agency said.

    Last year BP Azerbaijan planned to hire 110 new employees for 2015 in connection with the extension of the "Shah Deniz-2" project. However, the issue is temporarily postponed. In connection with this, and also because of the dismissals, the company has left the two floors hired at the Landmark business center. In addition, the company rejected the entire first floor at the Port Baku business center, where the head office of BP Azerbaijan is located, the agency reports.

    In December 2014 the head of BP Group Bob Dudley made a statement, according to which the company has decided to cut its staff in some parts of the world, including Azerbaijan, because of lower oil prices. In addition, the company has recently announced that this year it it is going to freeze the increase of salaries to its employees.
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  • Baku-Istanbul flight cancelled
    31.01.2015 16:37
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    AZAL has released a statement.

    Changes have been made into the timetable of flights to Istanbul at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. This came after a storm wind hit Istanbul today.

    According to sources in AZAL, the Baku-Istanbul air flight scheduled for 02.20 pm has been cancelled.

    "AZAL will operate these flights without any problems at 05.50 pm and 08.45 pm. Turkish airlines will operate the flight at 08.45 pm", spokesman for AZAL has said.

    Unstable weather conditions in Turkey will continue until February 3.
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  • Azerbaijan, UAE expand relations
    31.01.2015 16:37
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    Azerbaijan`s Consul General in Dubai Parviz Ismayilzade has met wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ruler of Dubai, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.

    Mr. Ismayilzade highlighted the activity of the Consulate in Dubai, and its relations with government bodies, AzerTag reports.

    The Consul General also said he was ready to further contribute to developing relations between Azerbaijan and Dubai.

    Princess Haya bint Al Hussein highlighted her visit to Baku, including her meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. She said they were interested in developing relations with Azerbaijan.
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  • Mammad Amin Rasulzade - 131
    31.01.2015 16:36
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    Today is the 131st birth anniversary of Mammad Amin Rasulzade, one of the founding political leaders of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

    He was born in Novkhani on January 31, 1884. He participated in foundation of organization "Hummet" with the social-democrats.

    In 1909, under the persecution from Tsarist authorities, Rasulzade fled to Iran and began publishing its newspaper Iran-e Nou, after suppression of the Constitutional Revolution he migrated to Turkey.

    He joined the Musavat (Equality) party in 1911 and 4 years later was elected Chairman of Central Committee of the Musavat (Equality) party.

    In 1918, jointly with Fatali Khan Khoyski, Rasulzade officially declared the first independent Republic in the East. He was arrested after Bolshevik Occupation on April 28, 1920. Under the order of Stalin, he was released and transferred from Azerbaijan to Russia. Despite Stalin's insistence, he refused to cooperate with Soviet Authorities and leaved USSR.

    He died in Ankara on March 6, 1955.

    On December 24, 1992, Azerbaijani President Abulfaz Elchibay issued an order on "Return of family members of well-known public figure Mammad Amin Rasulzade that faced repressions during totalitarian soviet period to Azerbaijan and solution of the issues on their social conditions".

    On December 29, 1993, Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev issued an order on "marking 110th anniversary of public figure Mammad Amin Rasulzade".

    On November 22, 2013, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev issued order on marking 130th anniversary of Mammad Amin Rasulzade.

    According to the order, jubilee events are held in the country and abroad.
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  • Istanbul airports cancel over 100 flights
    31.01.2015 16:36
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    Adverse weather conditions in Turkey will last until February 3.

    The stormy wind that hit Istanbul on Friday caused the cancellation of 103 flights at the airports of Ataturk and Sabih Gekchen, the websites of the airports report.

    The wind that reached 100 km/h in speed also frustrated the ferry communication between the European and Asian parts of Istanbul until February 1. In line with meteorological forecasts, the adverse weather conditions in most part of Turkey are to last until February 3, Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti.

    The stormy wind reaching 50-80 km/H in speed is also expected in the west and the southwest of Turkey on the coast of the Aegean sea, as well as in the northwest of the country in the Black Sea region.
    1
  • Criminal case launched over Armenians killing and capturing Azerbaijanis
    31.01.2015 16:35
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    Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov has taken over the special control of investigating the criminal case

    Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General has taken over the special control of investigating the criminal case over the Azerbaijanis being held hostage in Armenia.

    Spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's Office, Eldar Sultanov, said in a statement to APA that despite being civilians who do not participate in combat operations and are not members of the conflict side's armed forces, Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev, and Hasan Hasanov were taken hostage by the servicemen of the occupying country while they were in the territory of Armenian-occupied Kalbajar District to visit the graves of their close relatives.

    While in hostage, they were tortured, imprisoned in an way contrary to the norms of international law, deprived of their procedural rights, whereas Hasanov was deliberately murdered with a firearm. The so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which is not recognized by any country, ultimately brought false charges against Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.

    All necessary investigative measures concerning the criminal case launched by the Kalbajar District Prosecutor's Office over the aforementioned facts continue under the Criminal Code's articles 115.2 (Infringement of laws and customs of war), 115.4, 116.0 (Infringement of norms of the international humanitarian right during confrontations) and 116.0.18.
    1
  • Oil price plunge has both gain and loss for Iran- Minister
    31.01.2015 09:20
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.30

    By Temkin Jafarov, Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iran's Economy and Finance Minister says that fluctuations in oil price can certainly affect the Iranian economy in different ways, however he believes it is a opportunity for economic reform.

    The Economy and Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia told Trend Jan.29 that "one of them (affects of plunging oil price) is the national budget and government revenues. Another one is the foreign trade balance and foreign currency issues," he said.

    OPEC oil basket price decreased from $108/barrel in mid-June 2014 to the $43.88/barrel on Jan.29.

    The latest report by World Bank, released Jan.29, estimated that Iran's oil export revenues would declines to $23 billion in 2015 from its peak of $120 billion in 2011/12.

    Of course, Iran's oil exports decreased from 2.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2011, before imposing western sanctions, to 1.24 mb/d in 2014. However, the price of oil has dropped by 60 percent during 2015, compared to 2011.

    The World Bank says if Iran and P5 1 (the United Nations Security Council and Germany) couldn't reach a comprehensive deal to lift bans on Iran's oil exports, the country's GDP growth would decrease from 1.5 percent in 2012 to zero in 2015 and the economy would continue to shrink.

    Despite the affects of plunging oil price, Tayyebnia says, "we decided to change this threat into an opportunity and take advantage of the situation to reduce the national economy's reliance on oil revenues".

    Iran decreased the reliance of next fiscal year's budget on oil export revenues from about 40 percent to 31 percent. However, according to the World Bank, oil makes up about 80 percent of total export earnings and 50 to 60 percent of government revenues.

    On the other hand, Iranian government pays $80 billion dollar as fuel subsides annually, but decreasing the fuel prices due to the plunge in oil price decreased the price gap inside and outside the country.

    Iranian minister said, "we are obliged based on the law to fill the gap between prices of oil products in the domestic market and in the international market. This is a welcome opportunity, because regional prices have decreased. This can pave the way for us to materialize objectives of the law," he added.

    The International Monetary Fund put Iran's nominal GDP for 2014 at $406 billion.

    Edited by CN

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  • One protester killed during violent clashes in Egypt
    31.01.2015 08:50
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    At least one person has been killed in a security crackdown in Egypt amid fresh protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his military-backed government.

    This comes after thousands of supporters of toppled President Mohamed Morsi staged massive rallies in the capital Cairo and several other major cities on Jan.30, PressTV reported.

    Large crowds of protesters, including peace activists, flooded the streets to voice their outrage against the recent killing of protesters by the security forces.

    The angry demonstrators chanted slogans against the military, calling for the overthrow of Sisi's government.

    On Jan.25, at least 20 people, mostly demonstrators, were killed when protesters marking the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution clashed with security forces.

    Supporters of Morsi have staged numerous rallies since his ouster. They have been subjected to a heavy-handed crackdown by the Egyptian military-backed government.

    The 2011 revolution, which began on January 25, led to the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. In an election after Mubarak's fall, Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi was elected president but was later ousted in a military coup led by the former military ruler and the current president, Sisi, in July 2013.

    The Egyptian government has been cracking down on any opposition since Morsi was ousted, and Sisi is accused of leading the suppression of Morsi's supporters, as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces over the past year.

    The UN Human Rights Council has repeatedly expressed concern over the Egyptian security forces' crackdown and the killing of anti-government protesters.

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  • Uzbekistan Airways to acquire Russian helicopter
    31.01.2015 08:48
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan.30

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    National Airline company Uzbekistan Airways will acquire a multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter Mi-8 MTV-1 from the Russian holding "Russian Helicopters" for $12.7 million, the company management told Trend.

    The contract for the supply of the helicopter was signed in January 2014. Financing of the contract is carried out at the airline company's own expense, according to the source.

    It is expected that in March 2015 the helicopter will be delivered to the airline company "SAO" (special aviation operations airline company, part of the Uzbekistan Airways).

    The helicopter will carry out cargo and traffic transportation.

    "SAO" JSC was created in 1997 for implementation of special aviation operations, including aviation chemical operations in agriculture, rendering services at the request of Uzhydromet and MOE.

    The airline has a fleet of six helicopters of Mi-8 MTV-1, as well as AN-2 planes in the agriculture, transport and passenger versions and IL-76 transport aircrafts.

    Uzbekistan Airways NAC, the monopoly aviation carrier in Uzbekistan, is wholly owned by the state.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenian drone shot down
    31.01.2015 07:51
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    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov '" APA. An Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been shot down.

    The Azerbaijani Air Forces downed a UAV of the Armenian Armed Forces over Aghdam district on Jan. 29 at about 14:00 pm, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

    Additional information about the incident will be given.
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  • Tokyo says situation over Japanese hostage hits deadlock
    31.01.2015 07:28
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    The situation over Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who is held hostage by the Islamic State group, has come to a deadlock, TASS reported the statement of the state minister for foreign affairs in the Japanese cabinet.

    "The situation has reached a deadlock," said Yasuhide Nakayama, who is also a Japanese envoy for the crisis in Amman. On Jan.30, Nakayama also said the situation remained unchanged.

    The deadline announced in the latest ultimatum of the IS expired more than a day and a half ago.

    The IS released a message earlier this week demanding that hostages could be exchanged by late Thursday for Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber held by Jordan.

    The message, read by a voice claimed to be Goto, said if al-Rishawi "is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset" then Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh "will be killed immediately."

    Jordan earlier said it was ready to swap al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants "is released unharmed.''

    So far, there have been no reports whether the IS conditions have been met. Jordan's government said al-Rishawi remains in prison as Jordan has received no evidence that the Jordanian pilot is alive.

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  • US says Israeli settlements illegitimate
    31.01.2015 05:43
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    Israel's approval for the construction of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegitimate, Anadolu Agency reported the statement made by U.S.

    Authorities in Israel on Jan.30 approved the construction of 430 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the decision sparked clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians.

    "We believe that settlements are illegitimate and are counterproductive to achieving a two-state outcome," said Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman. "We have deep concerns about these highly contentious construction announcements."

    She said that the settlements will have detrimental effects on the ground, inflaming already heightened tensions with Palestinians and further isolate Israel internationally.

    International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem occupied territories captured by Israel in 1967, deeming all construction of Jewish settlements on the land illegal.

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  • Egypt army vows to pursue 'terrorists' across country
    31.01.2015 05:38
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    The Egyptian army said Jan.30 that it would "continue to pursue all extremist and terrorist elements in the Sinai Peninsula and across the country", Anadolu Agency reported.

    The statements came following a Friday meeting between the army's top brass and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to discuss Friday's attacks in the northeastern Sinai Peninsula that left dozens of soldiers dead or injured.

    "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces held a meeting to discuss and analyze the terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in North Sinai," army spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.

    "These cowardly terrorist acts will not deter us from preforming our sacred duty of uprooting terrorism," he asserted.

    "The armed forces will continue carrying out raids and pursuing all terrorist and extremist elements in Sinai - and the rest of the country - in cooperation with the police and with the support of the Egyptian people," he added.

    On Thursday night, militants carried out a spate of attacks on military facilities and personnel in the northeastern Sinai Peninsula, leaving at least 26 dead and 45 injured.

    Responsibility for the attacks was claimed in the early hours of Jan.30 by the "Welayat Sinai" militant group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

    Active in northern Sinai, the group acquired its current name after reportedly swearing allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) militant movement.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, for its part, condemned the attacks on Twitter, saying: "Our warmest condolences to the families of the slain soldiers and the Egyptian people. We categorically denounce all acts violence."

    The Brotherhood, the group from which ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails, was designated a "terrorist organization" by the Egyptian government in late 2013.

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  • Kiev to discuss membership perspective, military aid with EU
    31.01.2015 03:04
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    Western military assistance and a clear perspective on the possible European Union (EU) membership are among the main points Ukraine will discuss at the upcoming European Partnership summit in Latvia, Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko said at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, according to RIA Novosti.

    "What we want from Riga Summithellip; political support, which thank to all of you, we are already having," Prystayko told the audience on Jan.30, adding that Ukraine also needs financial support as well as keep sanctions on Russia. "Military technical assistancehellip; We have to have that military equipment to be able to protect our own borders, our sovereignty."

    Prystayko also stressed that Ukraine needs to have a clear understanding on the country's membership in the EU.

    "We have to be given a clear perspective of membership," he concluded.

    In September, Ukraine and the EU parliament ratified the economic and political parts of the Association Agreement. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the implementation of the agreement carries economic risks for Russian-Ukrainian relations, and could trigger an uncontrolled flow of duty-free goods from Europe, forcing Russia to protect its market.

    The Eastern Partnership summit is scheduled to take place in Riga on May 21-22 as Latvia, for the first time, holds presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    The Eastern Partnership initiative was launched in 2009 between the EU and the eastern European partner countries. It serves to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between the EU and partner states.

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  • Pentagon says defeating IS might take up to five years
    30.01.2015 23:33
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    Defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria region is a lengthy process that might take up to five years, RIA Novosti reported Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby's statement.

    "This is going to take a whilehellip; I can't predict. I don't pretend to be smart enough to predict exactly how long on the calendar it's going to take. We have said it is probably going to take 3 to 5 years," Kirby said during press conference answering a question about defeating IS terrorists.

    Kirby explained that the Pentagon has been honest from the very beginning about how hard and how long it is going to take to degrade and destroy IS capabilities and remove terrorists as a threat in Iraq and in the region.

    "What really has to happen here, is the defeat of ideology, and that's not going to be done at the barrel of a gun," Kirby said, adding that a coalition of over 60 countries is contributing whatever they can into this effort.

    Islamic State, a radical Sunni jihadist group, came to prominence fighting Assad's forces during the civil war in Syria in 2012. Since then, the militants have occupied large areas of neighboring Iraq, including its second largest city Mosul, and has declared an Islamic caliphate over territories under its control in both countries. The group is infamous for its brutal methods that include public crucifixions and beheading hostages.

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  • Energy projects as Ankara's leverage on EU
    30.01.2015 22:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement that Ankara is not interested in joining the EU, it seems that Turkey will finally freeze the relations with the union.

    Some Turkish and foreign media reported that the relations with the EU lost their attractiveness for Ankara and it is in search of an alternative. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) can be such an alternative.

    If we consider the Ankara-EU relations, we can see that Turkey's EU membership is necessary for the country's democratization.

    Despite Turkey is establishing the relations with the EU on the principles of democracy and human rights, the EU has not yet determined the principles of its relations with the country. This is one of the main problems between the sides.

    But this does not mean that Turkey has no leverage over the EU.

    If we examine all statements of Ankara's officials, we can notice an "option for retreat". For example, we can emphasize Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's statement that regardless of EU's desire, Turkey is part of Europe and the EU will not be a strong structure without Turkey.

    One must think over Minister for EU Affairs Volkan BozkД±r's last statement that Turkey will be finally ready for becoming an EU full member in the next 2-3 years. BozkД±r also urged the EU to start a new economic phase of negotiations. The union has not yet reacted to it.

    What will change in 2-3 years? Ankara today by all means tries to develop its economy, foreign investors are attracted to the country. Moreover, Turkey also develops its defense industry which shows the country's serious ambitions. Turkey succeeded to reach 54-percent self-sufficiency in defense industry sphere.

    Additionally, Turkish authorities do not hold back their intention to turn the country into the energy hub. Selling of oil from the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq to Turkey, the work on the construction of a new oil pipeline from Iraq to Turkey, as well as other energy projects suggest that Ankara seriously intends to work on the project for turning the country into an energy hub.

    Furthermore, the implementation of the TANAP project jointly with Azerbaijan will increase the significance of Ankara and Baku for the energy-dependent Europe even more.

    The gas will go to Turkey in 2018, and after the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) the gas will reach Europe around in early 2020.

    Alongside with the TANAP and TAP projects, which will allow to ensure Europe's energy security, Ankara also studies the issue of implementation of the Turkish Stream project. The implementation of the Turkish Stream will by no means affect these two main projects.

    There is no doubt that with the implementation of the TANAP project initiated by Azerbaijan, Ankara will receive a trump card in its relations with the EU.

    Edited by SI

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  • Politics to blame in fall of oil prices - Kazakh expert
    30.01.2015 20:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.30

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Political mechanisms have affected the situation with the fall in world oil prices, said senior analyst of the agency for research of profitability of investments of Kazakhstan Murat Abulgazin.

    "Due to the actions and positions of the US and Saudi Arabia, which are really "running the show" on the global oil and gas market in the areas of policy and energy, and the fact that each of them pursues its goals, such a sharp decline took place," Abulgazin told Trend Jan.30.

    He said that the world oil prices may continue to fall and reach the mark of $40 per barrel. Countries of the world cannot do anything, because market mechanisms are involved, which are based on speculative attitudes and expectations, he said.

    Abulgazin said that low oil prices create challenges for the oil sector of Kazakhstan.

    The expert said that the Vice-Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Uzakbay Karabalin made a statement that the prime cost of oil production in the country is quite high and averages about $50 per barrel.

    Abulgazin said that this amount probably includes transportation costs as well.

    "The problem is that among the producing fields in Kazakhstan there are old ones, for example, Uzen and Emba, which have low pressure and high production costs. Therefore, the prime cost of oil is higher," he said.

    However, he said that the prime cost at such large fields as Tengiz and Karachaganak is lower.

    "Regarding the possible closure of certain fields and other anti-crisis steps, the government holds all the cards," the expert said.

    He reminded that Kazakhstan's government representatives have repeatedly said that they have plans for functioning of the economy even with oil prices at $40 per barrel. Oil is the most important source of the budget's currency replenishment.

    As part of this anti-crisis measures, Kazakh president instructed the government to use the funds of the National Fund which are mainly formed with the revenues from oil sale. Moreover, it was ordered to reduce the spending on certain fields, he said.

    The expert said that the measures of economizing taken in this situation are quite natural and justified.

    "We all in Kazakhstan, CIS countries and in the world should be able to economize in difficult times," said the expert.

    This is while the probability of the price hike by late 2015, in connection with the emergence of new and expansion of existing military political conflicts in the world is considered, said the expert.

    World oil prices have dropped from almost $110 per barrel to below $50 in recent months and the prices continue declining. The revenues from oil sale are the main income source of Kazakhstan.

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  • NATO officials to visit Kazakhstan in first half of 2015
    30.01.2015 19:33
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan.30

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    A delegation of NATO representatives plans to arrive in Astana in the first half of 2015, the Embassy of Estonia in Kazakhstan Ambassador Jaan Reinhold told Trend.

    "In the first half of 2015, we plan to receive representatives of NATO in Astana, as well as we have an idea to hold a joint public event in the second half of 2015," said Reinhold.

    The Estonian diplomat expressed hope that a confidential dialogue between the parties would be held during the upcoming meetings.

    He said that Kazakhstan is one of the active partners of NATO in Central Asia, which calls for cooperation, stability and peace. "I hope that we will have a good and long-term cooperation with the ministry of defense of Kazakhstan, which will be based on trust and help to plan some joint activities," said the diplomat.

    He said that the future joint activities of NATO and Kazakhstan will be held within the framework of the program "Partnership for Peace." The matter rests in the development, exchange of experience in the activity of peacekeeping forces.

    "The world has changed significantly after the recent events in Ukraine," said Jaan Reinhold.

    "We tried to explain and convey the importance of NATO to our partners more productively. We tried to convey that NATO's activities are based not only on military cooperation. Public diplomacy through activity of contact embassy is the best tool to acquaint the goals and objectives of NATO with the public."

    Earlier, Estonian Foreign Ministry said that Estonian embassy in Astana became NATO Contact Point Embassy in Kazakhstan from Jan.1, 2015.

    "The operation of Estonian embassy as NATO Contact Point Embassy is a proof of NATO's trust in us. It expands the communication channels in NATO and in the contact point state," the Foreign Ministry said.

    It is expected that Estonia will become a reliable bridge in NATO-Kazakhstan relations, said the ministry.

    The system of contact point embassies was created in 1992 for supporting the work of NATO on partnership. It is one of the channels for becoming familiar with NATO policy in the partner countries. The main task of the contact point embassy is to become familiar with the goals and activities of NATO, to create and strengthen the contacts in the host state.

    Jaan Reinhold reminded that Estonia became NATO member 10 years ago. "In order to fulfill the key goals of NATO, Estonia allocates 2 percent of GDP for defense."

    "We participate in joint operations, especially, in ensuring cybersecurity," he said. "Estonia has experience in fulfilling these functions in Sweden, Finland and Belarus."

    Earlier, Latvian embassy fulfilled the functions of a contact point embassy in Kazakhstan, according to Reinhold. "We will continue this mission with great pleasure."

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  • Turkey examines situation of Crimean Tatars
    30.01.2015 19:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey is examining the situation of the Crimean Tatars, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said, the Anadolu agency reported Jan. 30.

    He said Turkey will also send a delegation to Crimea for a comprehensive study of the situation of the Crimean Tatars.

    Previously, Cavusoglu said Russia has not fulfilled promises about the Crimean Tatars.

    "Russia promised Ankara to give the Tatar language the status of the state language, but has not fulfilled the promise," Cavusoglu said.

    He added that Russia also promised that the Crimean Tatars will be represented in the government agencies, but this did not happen either.

    These promises were given by the Russian president during his visit to Ankara on Dec. 1, 2014.

    The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16. Most of the countries stated that they don't recognize the referendum results.

    On March 18, an agreement was signed in Moscow on including the Crimea to Russia.

    A change of government happened in Ukraine, February 22, 2014.

    Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) removed President Viktor Yanukovych from his post, changed the constitution and appointed a presidential election. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and remains a justly elected head of state.

    A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine and the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and decided to hold referendums to decide on the future of the regions of the country.

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  • Azerbaijani FM receives new Kyrgyz ambassador
    30.01.2015 19:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.30

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    Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received Kyrgyzstan's new ambassador to the country Ayjigit Buranov, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said on Jan.30.

    During the meeting, the ambassador presented the copy of his credentials to the minister.

    The diplomat said that Kyrgyzstan is interested in the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan in all spheres. Buranov added that he will make every effort to further expand the bilateral relations.

    The minister wished the ambassador success in his diplomatic activity.

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  • SOCAR expands filling stations network in Romania
    30.01.2015 19:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's State Oil Company (SOCAR) brought the number of filling stations in Romania to 32, according to a message from the company.

    The message said that on January 30, SOCAR commissioned another filling station in the Romanian city of Sibiu.

    SOCAR's filling stations currently operate in 15 counties of Romania.

    SOCAR is the sole producer of oil products in Azerbaijan. It has two oil refineries on its balance sheet, and also owns filling stations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland.

    In 2014, SOCAR exported 1.2 million metric tons of oil products from Azerbaijan compared to about 1.05 million metric tons in 2013.

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  • Georgian financial stability not in danger PM says
    30.01.2015 18:51
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan.30

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Nothing threatens the country's financial stability due to the depreciation of GEL in the medium and long term, the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili said at a government meeting Jan.30.

    He said that a significant increase in prices is also not expected.

    "The recent depreciation against the dollar and analysis of this trend indicate that it is caused by events occurring worldwide," said the prime minister. "Of course, this is part of a global process, so it would be wrong to consider what is happening without a marked context."

    He said that Georgia has a floating exchange rate, that is "the best" mode for the Georgian economy.

    "Due to the depreciation of the GEL, one should not expect a significant increase in prices, especially against the background of a significant decrease of oil prices in the world," said Garibashvili. "Medium-term price dynamics is controlled by the National Bank, which owns the appropriate tools and has the full support of the government, which allows to do everything in order to ensure prices stability."

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  • Georgian National Bank to tighten monetary policy
    30.01.2015 18:40
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan.30

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia's National Bank will tighten the monetary policy as of Feb. 2 due to the depreciation of the national currency - GEL, head of the country's National Bank Giorgi Kadagidze told reporters Jan.30.

    "The depreciation of the exchange rate of GEL [currently, 2.05 GEL/$1] can lead to price hikes and inflation," he said.

    Kadagidze added that the current situation has made it necessary to reduce the forecasted figures for the country's economic growth.

    Previously, Georgian government forecasted the country's economic growth at 5 percent for 2015.

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  • Very interesting facts about Sir Winston Churchill
    30.01.2015 18:33
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    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA '" was not only a politician and war leader, but also an historian, soldier, escaped prisoner of war, prolific writer, watercolour artist and general bon viveur.

    Here, we have collated just 10 interesting facts about the man who led Britain and arguably the world to victory against Nazi Germany in World War Two.

    1. He was a prolificalcohol drinker

    Sir Winston Churchill usual day would start with a 'mouth washв', a weak whiskey and soda, around 9:30am.

    This would be followed by a pintof champagne atlunch which in turn was followed by a cheeky cognac.

    According to the the Telegraph, before having his second pint of champers at dinner, he was known to drink some sherry.

    In the evening, port or 90-year-old brandy was the custom after which he would work for a further four hours.

    2. He strictly adhered to an afternoon nap everyday

    At 5pm everyday he would return to bed for a siesta for one and a half hours allowing him to effectively work one and a half days every 24 hours.

    3. He successfully escaped from a prisoner of warcamp

    After being captured and imprisoned in South Africa by enemy forces during the Second Boer War in 1899, hemade a daring escape.

    Following which, instead of returning home, he rejoined the British army.

    4. He participated in the last meaningfulBritish cavalry charge

    During the Battle of Omdurman inSudan in 1898, he rode alongside the 21st Lancers, a light cavalry regiment, who undertook arguably the last ever cavalry charge in British military history.

    The regiment earned four Victoria Crosses as a result of the action.

    5. He created a maxim we shouldall use '" KBO

    Short and simple, it means 'Keep Buggering Onв' as Churchill reminded friends and colleagues who seemed to take on defeatist attitudes.

    6. He died on the same day as his father

    Exactly 70 years to day after after his father died on January 24 1895, Sir Winston died in 1965 aged 90.

    7. He didnв't have a problem with nudity'¦at all

    So the story goes, while visiting the White House in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, President Franklin D Rooselvelt paid a visit to Churchillв's room.

    On finding the British Prime Minister standing naked and pink from having a hot bath, Churchill is alleged to have said: 'The Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States.в'

    8. He was half-American

    His mother Jennie Churchill (nee Jerome) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

    9. He wrote a huge amount of books

    He wrote 43 booksin 72 volumes including a six-volume work on the Second World War but only wrote one novel.

    Churchillwon the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

    10. He suffered from depression

    Describing it as the 'black dogв', he kept it at bay through painting watercolours, laying bricks and writing.

    11. He turned down a dukedom of London

    This was enable his son Randolph to continue his career in the House of Commons.
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  • Baku to host 7th Caspian Oil and Gas Trading and Transportation Conference
    30.01.2015 18:26
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    The 7th Caspian Oil and Gas Trading and Transportation Conference, one of the most important events in the regionв's oil calendar, will bring together oil and gas industry executives and experts, government agencies, private companies and investors in Baku late April.

    The conference will discuss macroeconomic trends in the development of the oil and gas market in the Caspian region, development of transport infrastructure, oil products export routes and pricing aspects in the context of new geopolitical factors, analysis of current and new oil and gas projects, further construction of a new oil and gas refining and petrochemical complex, AzerTag reports. The conference provides latest practical information on the access to new market players and balance of interests between producing, transit and consumer countries, required for strategic decision-making and daily operations in the region

    More than 600 guests and delegates from 25 countries have attended the conference since its inception. Among the annual speakers and participants: SOCAR, BP, Chevron, BTC Azerbaijan, Middle East Petroleum, CASPAR, Milio, Freight One, Amesco, Lukoil, Gazprom, Transneft, Rosneft, KazMunayGas,, GazpromNeft,, Gazprom Neft Trading, HSBC Bank, GE Logistics, JB Commodities, Kazmortransflot, РљРўРљ, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, Petrom, Tengizchevroil, Tethys Petroleum, Vitol, Nabucco Gas Pipeline, Batumi Port, BNP Paribas, ENI, GDF Suez, GOGC, Gunvor, Mercuria Energy Trading, NIOC, NIORDC, OMV, Statoil Hydro, Total, Ukrtransnafta, Botas, ExxonMobil, INPEX, Karasu Operating Company, Petronas, SGS, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Litasco, Trafigura, Shell, Vitol, and TNK-BP.
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  • Iranian FM Javad Zarif to visit Azerbaijan
    30.01.2015 18:10
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    Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will embark on an official visit to Azerbaijan on February 16.

    During the three-day trip, Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet the Azerbaijani President and Foreign Minister.

    The meetings will discuss prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan, and regional security issues.
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  • MGIMO urges Russian press to pay more attention to Ilham Aliyev
    30.01.2015 18:10
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    Associate Professor of MGIMO urges Russian press to pay more attention to Ilham Aliyev.

    Russian media, busy with covering of international relations, should turn its attention to Azerbaijan and its President Ilham Aliyev, who has consistently shown a friendly positions to the Russian Federation today, when the Russian point of view on events in the world has been criticized even by allied states.

    Oxu.Az reports citing "Bulletin of the Caucasus" that the statement came from the assistant professor of political theory at MGIMO Kirill Koktysh during the broadcast on "Vesti FM", responding to a question about the omissions in the work of modern media.

    "It is a matter of editorial policy for our media, besides, it is necessary to pay attention to Ilham Aliyev. He taught for a long time at MGIMO, my home university, and always been balanced, always demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate the depth of the approach, in fact, I remember him back to the days of professorial.

    Therefore, the fact that the presence of loyal states and their leaders are ignored by us, is not very good, although I admit that the language which Ilham Aliyev speaks to a number of media may be too complex and too polysemic", Kirill Koktysh said.
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  • Iranв's Quds force chief General Suleimani meets Hezbollahв's chief Hassan Nasrallah
    30.01.2015 18:00
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Major General Qasem Suleimani, the commander of the al Quds force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), paid a visit Thursday to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and several senior Hezbollah officials.

    Suleimani also paid a visit to the grave of Jihad Mughniyeh, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Quneitra, Golan Heights Syria, earlier this month, based on a report by al Mayadeen TV.

    Suleimani, a close friend of Mughniyeh, laid wreaths at the graves of Hezbollah fighters that were killed in the Israeli strike in Quneitra.

    Six Hezbollah commanders and fighters were killed in the Jan. 18 Israeli airstrike in addition to a senior Iranian general.

    Iran confirmed on Jan. 19 that a high-ranking general of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in Syria as a result of an Israeli helicopter strike, led to death of Jihad Mughniyeh and some other Hezbollah members.

    The strike took place on Jan. 18 in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line separating the Israeli and Syrian sectors. Five Hezbollah fighters including the son of the group's slain military commander, Imad Mughniyeh were also killed in the attack.

    The attack, targeting two vehicles traveling in the Syrian portion of the Golan Heights, came days after Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said Israeli strikes in Syria constituted serious aggression and that Syria and its allies had a right to respond.

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  • ''Ganja-2016: The Vision of The Future'' forum to be held in March
    30.01.2015 17:55
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    "Ganja-2016: The Vision of The Future" forum is to be held in March.

    The "Ganja -2016: The Vision of The Future" forum will be held in Baku and Ganja on March 1-5, 2015 with the participation of National Councils of Youth Organizations of past European Youth Capital countries by National Assembly of Youth Organizations of Republic Azerbaijan (NAYORA), Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, AzerTag reports.

    The goal of the forum is to learn foreign experiences in the field of European Youth Capital, presentation of carried out and planning works, supporting of creating and enhancing the cooperation of local youth organizations with foreign and international youth platforms.

    During the forum, exchange of experience will be realized by the participants. Within the scope of project, sessions will be held on various topics, done and to be done work will be widely discussed.

    Seymur Huseynov, Secretary General of NAYORA, has emphasized that it's directly one of the successes of Azerbaijan Youth Policy. NAYORA has participated closely at the work of organizing committee, created with respect to election of Ganja as European Youth Capital 2016. "In order to continue our activities in this direction, over this year, we are planning to realize a number of events and projects with respect to "Ganja 2016: European Youth Capital". The visit of members of National Councils of Youth Organizations of past European Youth Capital countries will be the first of these events and the general meeting of the members of the European Youth Forum to be held in Ganja with the participation of 300 persons will be the greatest of these events."

    European Youth Capitals are elected since 2009. Hitherto, Rotterdam, Turin, Antwerp, Braga, Maribor, Thessaloniki, Cluj-Napoca cities have gained European Youth Capital status. In 2014, Ganja city has been elected European Youth Capital in the solemn event held at Thessaloniki.
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  • Armed attack on police station in Turkeyв's Istanbul
    30.01.2015 17:46
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An unknown woman carried out an armed attack on a police station in the center of Turkey's Istanbul city, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Jan.30.

    No casualties have been reported.

    The attacker, who managed to escape from the scene, is currently wanted.

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  • Azerbaijani wrestlers gain medals in Iran
    30.01.2015 17:34
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The Yadigar Imam Cup international Greco-Roman Wrestling Junior Tournament was held in Meshed, Iran.

    The national sportsmen gained five medals, including two silver and three bronze medals.Shahin Muhtarov at 42 kg and Aliabbas Rzazade at 50 kg took the second place. The bronze medals went to Fazil Hasanov at 58 kg, Orkhan Abbasov at 63 kg and Jeyhun Nasirov at 63 kg
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  • SOCAR launches one more petrol station in Romania
    30.01.2015 17:33
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    SOCAR has today commissioned one more petrol station in Sibiu.

    According to sources in the company, the new petrol station sells 95 and 98 brand gasoline, as well as Euro Diesel 5 and Super Diesel.

    SOCAR petrol stations function in 15 regions of romania.

    The new petrol station has become the 32nd station functioning under SOCAR brand.
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  • Russian journalist claims he knows identity of Putin's daughter
    30.01.2015 17:20
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    Vladimir Putin's 'secret' daughter is an acrobatic rock 'n' roll-dancing businesswoman and scientist,according to a Moscow journalist, SIA reports citing the Daily Mail.

    Ekaterina Tikhonova, 28, is claimed to be one of Putin's two daughters who until now has been mystery figures to Russians, who are not allowed to see pictures of or know about the personal lives of the President's children.

    It is claimed Putin's youngest daughterEkaterina is using her mother's maiden name,Tikhonova, and hasbeen put in charge of a ВЈ1.1billion expansion of Moscow State University.

    Journalist Oleg Kashin suggests that in reality that she has a number of faces - as befits the daughter of a former KGB spy - including the vice president of the world confederation of Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll.

    A listing for dancer Yekaterina Tikhonova showed her birthday as 31 August 1986, the same date as Putin's younger daughter.

    Her middle name or patronymic is Vladimirovna, indicating her father's name is Vladmir.

    Tikhonova was also the Russian President's ex-wife Lyudmila's maiden name.

    Extraordinary footage has emerged of her enthusiastically high-kicking on the dance floor with male partner Ivan Klimov - but this is evidently not her only role, though it was sufficient to see the claims go viral.

    Tikhonova attended this month's World Economic Forum in Davos along with other members of Russia's golden youth, the offspring of influential figures, it was claimed.

    And she is in charge of the ВЈ1.1 billion expansion of Moscow State University (MSU), while serving as a member of the institution's scientific council.

    She appears in a number of university pictures at official ceremonies but has not been acknowledged as Putin's daughter though she appears strikingly similar in looks to Lyudmila.

    Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted saying: 'I do not know who she is. I cannot deny it, because I do not know.

    'Until now, many girls said that they were daughters of Vladimir Putin'.

    In a rare glimpse into his private life, Putin in November revealed both is adult daughters Maria and Yekaterina live in Russia - despite rumours they were domiciled abroad - but that he sees them only 'once or twice a month'.

    During his time in power, he has refused to reveal any details of their lives.

    Both are known to have attended a German international school in Moscow before quitting when he was appointed head of the FSB, the successor to the KGB.

    Koshin's theory was not confirmed by the Kremlin last night, and why the claims appeared now - as Russia is hit by severe economic woes caused in part by Western sanctions - is unclear.

    The journalist even suggested she could emerge as Putin's successor.

    'After fifteen years of hiding his daughter, he suddenly discovered that she is his last hope.

    'There's no one else, and, apparently, no matter how much she wanted to dance, her biography will develop now according to the interests of the state,' he wrote.

    Bloggers predicted Kashin would face a new attack, after already spending time in hospital after being beaten up several years ago.
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  • NATO not to recognize Donetsk, Luhansk republics
    30.01.2015 17:15
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    NATO cannot declare the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics to be terrorist organizations, the alliance's secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Friday, SIA reports with refrence to TASS.

    Stoltenberg told a news conference there is no way for NATO to do it.

    The secretary-general stressed that NATO condemns the violence in eastern Ukraine, adding that the alliance calls on all parties to the conflict to do what they can to uphold the Minsk agreements and to reach a peaceful solution.

    He also highlighted the increased need for a political dialogue in eastern Ukraine.

    Ukraineв's parliament on Tuesday adopted in the first reading a bill on amendments to declare the self-proclaimed republics terrorist organizations. The lawmakers also called on the international community to follow their example. However, the initiative didn't get international support. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday refused to declare the self-proclaimed republics terrorist organizations.
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  • Search continues for suspects of Armeniaв's terrorist attacks against Azerbaijan
    30.01.2015 17:07
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    The investigation into the criminal cases launched over terrorist attacks committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis, APA reports.

    Deputy Prosecutor General, Military Prosecutor, Lieutenant-General of Justice Khanlar Valiyev said in his reporting speech during the board meeting at the Military Prosecutor's Office that 296 suspects of the Khojaly, Garadaghly, Meshaly, and Baghanis-Ayrem tragedies as well as torture against captives and other crimes committed by Armenian armed forces on the criminal case investigated under article 103 and other articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan which envisage responsibility for genocide. Intensive investigative operations are underway.

    Furthermore, the initiative of the Military Prosecutor's Office on the creation of the Genocide Memorial Museum at the administrative building of the Republican Military Prosecutors' Office in order to etch crimes against humanity and peace and mass killings committed with extreme cruelty and brutality by Armenian nationalists into the memory of history, let the world know biased truths about the Karabakh events, and provide solid evidence and detailed information to future generations in this regard was approved, and Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov signed a relevant order on 19 July 2013. The museum then opened on 24 February 2014.

    The Genocide Memorial Museum contains rich historical documents dedicated to the memorial of tens of thousands of Azerbaijanis killed in the mass killings committed by Bolshevik-Armenian armed groups since the early 20th century as well as a rich literary fund consisting of a wide range of books by Azerbaijani and foreign authors about the genocide, deportation and war crimes committed against our people.
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