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China bans new government buildings in corruption curb
24.07.2013 14:18
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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Azerbaijani Parliament to approve 2015 state budget on November 28
    24.11.2014 14:34
    Azerbaijani Parliament will approve the draft state budget for 2015 that was discussed on November 20 and submitted to the government.

    The plenary session was scheduled for November 28, the parliament old APA.

    Several issues, including the document "On approval of the agreement on exchange and mutual protection of confidential data between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the French Republic," amendments to the Tax Code and the Labor Code will be discussed at the meeting.
  • Legendary Soviet Union hockey coach Tikhonov dies
    24.11.2014 14:29
    Baku, November 24, AzerTAc

    The legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, whose teams won three Olympic gold medals, has died after an undisclosed long illness, according to Russian media.

    He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died overnight. He had been receiving treatment at home for an illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks.

    Under Tikhonov's leadership, the Soviet "Big Red Machine" was overwhelmingly dominant, although at the 1980 Olympics it could manage only silver after the "Miracle on Ice" defeat to the United States.

    The shocking defeat was sandwiched by Tikhonov leading Soviet teams to comprehensive wins over NHL all-stars in the 1979 Challenge Cup, and Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup.

    Tikhonov's Soviets won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1988, and he took the post-Soviet Unified Team to another gold at the 1992 games. He also led the Soviet team to eight world championship gold medals.
  • AIM 2015 to focus on innovation, importance of FDI transactions in emerging market
    24.11.2014 14:23
    By Sara Rajabova

    Dubai continues to establish its prominent position at the intersection of world economies with the fifth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) announced for March 30'"April 1, 2015.

    This yearв's meeting will focus on the theme of: "Sustainable Development through foreign direct investment Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer" under the Patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,

    "As we prepare for the fifth AIM 2015, we can see the return of optimism to the global economy after more than five years of daunting economic challenges. According to most analysts, global GDP is forecast to grow at 3 percent and 3.3 percent in 2014 and 2015 respectively," Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy said.

    The fifth edition of AIM will be held at a time when the UAE has become a first class investment destination, with an increase in FDI flows, which took it to AED 387 billion in 2013.

    One main FDI driver on a global scale is the need and the possibility to innovate. If innovation has been chosen as the main topic of discussion at AIM 2015, it is no surprise as it also comes at a time when the UAE was ranked first among Middle East countries in overall performance in 2014 according to the Global Innovation Index, published by Cornell University and the European Institute for Business Administration INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

    Organizers of AIM 2015 say the role of emerging markets is to provide an ideal economic environment for foreign investments, to overcome all logistical procedures and to ensure its continuity. Emerging markets are also required to invest in infrastructure and the services sector in order to create an ideal investment chain.

    For AIM advocates it is however critical that emerging markets when dealing with FDI and multinational companies must do this in accordance with a clear strategy that makes transferring technology a priority. This includes an integrated study of the ability to acquire and adapt technology as well as the mechanisms intended for technological development.

    "AIM 2015 will throw light on the ways and means to attract, retain and benefit from foreign investment, which in turn creates jobs and develops skills. It will teach how to enhance the technological contribution of foreign firms through education and specialized technological training as well as how spillovers and backward linkages can be realized," Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO of AIM's Organizing Committee said.

    Across a dense and interesting conference schedule attracting speakers from across the world, AIM 2015 will address many pressing issues such as the policies and the regulatory frameworks needed, balancing intellectual property rights to effectively leverage FDI as a means to achieve transfer of technology; the equity and non-equity forms of global firms that favor the transfer of technology, know-how and skills; trends in FDI-related Ramp;D and how to attract them and integrate global knowledge networks and role of incentives in attracting asset seeking FDI and best practices.

    AIM is also an exhibition with over 500 exhibitors from sectors varying from IT to agrifood and telecommunications to medical technologies, as well as many others.

    The second edition of AIM Investment Report will also be unveiled on the first day of the event. The report will provide an analysis of FDI trends and their implications in growing markets as well as highlight opportunities and challenges therein. Investment policies that are shaping the global FDI landscape and that promote innovation and the transfer of technology will be at the center of focus.

    Last yearв's annual meeting attracted over 11,356 visitors (nearly double the number from the previous year) from 112 countries. This year it is estimated that this figure will increase again with representatives of 140 countries having been invited.

    Excitingly, the newly formed UAE Space Agency will also be showcased at the event and with UAE research teams planning to launch the first exploratory probe to Mars, the United Arab Emirates continues to mark its place on the world stage '" and in a most innovative way.
  • Plight of Azerbaijani refugees, IDPs discussed in Rome
    24.11.2014 14:18

    By Sara Rajabova

    Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and plight of refugees and internally displaced people have been highlighted in Italyв's capital Rome.

    A seminar titled ''Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees'' has been held at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, AzerTag news agency reported.

    Organized by the Azerbaijan-Italy Youth Association, the event was held within the ''International Organizations and human rights'' course. The seminar aimed to inform the students about the situations of Azerbaijanis who became refugee and IDPs as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The bloody war, which flared up in the late 1980s due to Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor, left without home over a million of civilians of Nagorno-Karabakh and the regions adjoining it, as well as the regions bordering with Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The Azerbaijanis who were displaced from their homes as result of the brutal war were forced to live in refugee camps, tents and wagons in very difficult conditions.

    Manuela Sessa, President of AIGA provided insight into activity of the Association. She said the Association realized joint projects for benefits of youth of both countries. Sessa noted that there was comprehensive condition for educating and employing IDPs and refugees in Azerbaijan.

    Vagif Sadigov, Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy delivered a lecture at the University. He provided information about Azerbaijan`s geographic, political, religious and economic position.

    Speaking of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Sadigov said 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories had been occupied by Armenian military aggression and more than one million people became refugees and IDPs as a result of the conflict.

    As a result of the military aggression of Armenia, over 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed, 4,866 are reported missing and almost 100,000 were injured, and 50,000 were disabled.

    Peace talks brokered by mediators from Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far. Armenia has also not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.

    ''UN Security Council adopted resolutions on immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, as well as international organizations adopted documents on solving the conflict. The negotiations are underway for peaceful settlement of the conflict,'' Sadigov added.

    He analyzed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the international law, stressing the importance of protecting the rights of the refugees and IDPs.

    The diplomat provided an insight into events carried out in Azerbaijan for improvement of the socio-economic plight of IDPs.

    Resolving the problems of refugees and IDPs have been the focus of the government's attention since the early days of occupation.

    The State Program on improving the living conditions of refugees and IDPs and their employment opportunities approved by a Presidential Decree in 2004 and the Annexes approved by Presidential Decrees in 2007 and 2011 were successfully implemented in 2013.

    New settlements were built for IDPs in 2001-2003 by the first funds allocated by the State Oil Fund, which enabled the government to demolish five IDP camps in the Beylagan region in 2003 and provide 1,330 refugee and 5,081 IDP families with new houses.

    Azerbaijani government has spent $5.4 billion to tackle the social problems of refugees in the past 20 years. As a result of that, the living conditions of 180,000 refugees and IDPs have been improved.

    In 2013, the poverty rate declined from 49 percent to five percent in the country, and from 75 percent to 15 percent among refugees and IDPs.
  • Azerbaijan announces non-working days in 2015
    24.11.2014 14:11
    The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan has passed a decision on the holidays of Novruz, Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha for 2015.

    According to the decision passed on 21 November, March 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 will be non-working days during Novruz Holiday, and July 17, 18 during Ramadan Holiday.

    Eid al-Adha falls on September 24, 25.
  • Sheikh: Innocent Muslims killed under "Allahu Akbar" shouts
    24.11.2014 14:10
    "The external and internal enemies of Islam have united."

    Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Pashazadeh left for Iran at the invitation of an outstanding theologian of this country Ayatollah Al-Uzma Nasir Makarim Shirazi.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Vesti.Az that Pashazadeh participates in the international conference on "Extremist and xenophobic currents in terms of Islamic scholars", held in Qom on November 23-24.

    The conference is attended by Muslim scholars and public figures from 83 countries. The agenda is the overcoming of extremists and terrorist acts committed by them.

    M.Shirazi in his speech stressed that the extremist and xenophobic currents do not represent true Islam which is a religion of love and mercy.

    At the meeting, Pashazadeh and chairman of the CMO M.Shirazi stressed that the relations between Azerbaijan and Iran are based on friendship and brotherhood and that common religion plays an important role in their strengthening.

    On November 24 Pashazadeh addressed the conference with a speech, stressing that Islam is represented by certain circles in a negative light, Muslim civilians, including women and children are killed under the "Allahu Akbar" shouts.

    "The most dangerous thing is that the external and internal enemies of Islam united to discredit the values of our religion," he said.

    Pashazadeh stressed that the Azerbaijani people affected by military aggression of Armenia can not remain indifferent to the fratricidal clashes in Syria and Iraq, the war crimes in Jerusalem, and the most effective way to combat extremism and xenophobia is to find solidarity of Muslims and all peace-loving public.
  • Batumi to host Georgia-Azerbaijan-Turkey business forum next month
    24.11.2014 14:04
    Georgia-Azerbaijan-Turkey business forum will be held on December 5 in Batumi.

    It is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Industry and organizing of Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO).

    The forum is expected to be attended by officials and businessmen of all three countries.
  • Azerbaijan sees 2.3 times decline in car import from Georgia
    24.11.2014 13:54
    Azerbaijan has seen 2.3 times decline in car import from Georgia.

    In January-October, 2014, Azerbaijan imported 15,903 vehicles in the worth of $231,942,200 from Georgia, down 21,007 vehicles or 2.3 times from previous year, APA reports quoting National Statistics Office of Georgia.

    Worth also decreased by 29.8% compared to a year earlier.

    Share of this category in the products imported from Georgia to Azerbaijan throughout ten months made 48.95%.

    The vehicles exported to Azerbaijan made 50.1% of Georgia's total export of vehicles.

    Share of products exported to Azerbaijan during the reporting period made 19.5% of total export of products.

    In January-September, $473,778,600-products were imported from Georgia to Azerbaijan.
  • Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu
    24.11.2014 13:31
    Baku - APA. An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday, APA reports citing Reuters.

    The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said.

    "We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead," Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week.
  • Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov visits Iran
    24.11.2014 13:25
    Tehran, November 24, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov is visiting Tehran invited by Labor, Cooperative and Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei.

    Mr Hasanov will meet co-chair of the Iran-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental joint economic commission, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, vice-presidents Es'haq Jahangiri and Seyed Mohammad Ali-Shahidi.

    They will discuss prospects of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

    Rabil Katanov

    Special Correspondent
  • Baku successfully hosts EOC General Assembly
    24.11.2014 13:18
    By Nigar Orujova

    The General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee (EOC) was held successfully in Baku, Azerbaijan setting an exemplary records for other countries , EOC President Patrick Hickey said at a press conference.

    The 43rd General Assembly of the EOC was held in Baku on November 21-22. Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official opening of the event.

    The General Assembly was also attended by delegates from European national Olympic committees and senior managers of international sports organizations.

    During the event, several reports were read out on a number of topics, including reports on the progress of preparations for 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.Hickey also noted on behalf of the European Olympic Committee, that Baku was the best partner for the launch of the first inaugural European Games."They're doing a fantastic job in the preparations, and it will leave a tremendous legacy in this city for the future sports events, not only in terms of infrastructure, which is amazing, as well as the legacy that you will have on your citizens," Hickey stressed.He went on to add that Azerbaijan has so many volunteers and so many Azerbaijani citizens are working with experts and professionals that have joined the team mainly from the London Olympic Games.Hickey said that it will leave a very strong legacy, whereby Baku will be prepared in the future to hold similar sports games.

    "We love to see local people being involved and getting expertise that they might not normally have," Hickey said.He went on to say that the upcoming games will be tremendous.President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has already committed to be present here for the opening ceremony, and the president of the international world association of Olympic Committees Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah from Kuwait, he will be here with his team, Hickey said."To remind you, we are the only continent without our own games," Hickey said. "So there is a great interest and a great goodwill attitude to Europe, to get our games up and running, and we are already receiving great help from our colleagues in Asia, Africa and Pan-America."

    Hickey went on to say that, EOC has a presentation from BEGOC, the organizing committee for the European games, which is astonishing.''We are extremely happy and pleased with the situation,'' Hickey said. ''Bear in mind that most Olympic cities have a 7-year time to prepare for the games, and what BEGOC doing is extraordinary. It's all been arranged in only two years, and the progress they're making will make it truly amazing.''

    Speaking about the next European games in 2019, Hickey said the negotiations are held with six cities in Europe."If you remember, when we conceived the idea of these European games, it was six years ago, at the general assembly in Valencia, Spain. We said we would be extremely innovative in our thinking of these games, and that we would not enter process it like the formats of the Olympic Games, we would have disciplines, which are non-olympic, and we are following all that," Hickey said."Our attitude is that we will tailor-make the games to the city that is most interested," he said. "We will announce the city before May 2015."

    First Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade also noted the success of the Assembly.

    He noted that the country faced some difficulties because of lack of experience in conducting such an event like the first European Games. "That's why we brought professionals to gain experience. Now comes the final stage of preparation for the first European games," he stressed.

    Baku 2015 is the first European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent, which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.There will be 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) is organizing and running the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
  • US offers post-deadline Iran talks
    24.11.2014 12:54
    Sources close to the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5 1 group of countries say the United States is now pushing for the talks to continue beyond the November 24 deadline.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that the time has come for the two sides to consider extending nuclear talks, according to the sources, Press TV reports.

    Washington's offer of post-deadline talks, published by US media, is said to have been made in bilateral talks between the top Iranian and American diplomats.

    Meanwhile, Press TV has learned that major differences still remain as both sides step up their diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of Monday, which is the deadline for the talks.

    Reports say Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are set to discuss the talks in a telephone conversation later on Monday.

    Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain are discussing a final deal that aims to give assurances that Tehran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful and, at the same time, lift all sanctions imposed against the Iranian nation over the country's nuclear energy program.

    Iran has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, including generating electricity and making radio-isotopes for its one million cancer patients.
  • FAO office to open in Baku
    24.11.2014 12:44

    By Nigar Orujova

    Negotiations on opening the FAO Partnership and Coordination office have wrap up successfully.The office will take an active part on coordination of large-scale projects to be carried out in Azerbaijan, involvement of rich experience of UN Food and Agriculture Organization, specializing in the field of agriculture organization of the UN system.

    Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Heydar Asadov met with the Director General of FAO Jose Graziano da Silva, within the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).Speaking about the importance of the conference, Silva said the negotiations on establishment of FAO Partnership and Coordination Office in Baku have entered the final stage.

    Asadov said that both sides have important efforts in opening the office in Baku. As a result of the works, negotiations completed successfully. This step will contribute to the further development of relations between the two countries.The current state of relations between Azerbaijan and FAO, achievements in the agricultural sector in the country and the future projects were discussed at the meeting attended also by the Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy Vagif Sadigov.Then, giving an interview to the Italian press, Asadov informed about Azerbaijanв's experience on provision of food and nutrition security, achievements of the country in agricultural sector and relations with the FAO.

    FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts in defeating hunger. Serving both the developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.

    FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps the developing countries and countries in transition to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.
  • European Commission Vice President to visit Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 12:35
    European Commission Vice President is to visit Azerbaijan.

    After his visit to Kazakhstan on November 26, European Commission's Vice-President for Energy Union Maroscaron; Scaron;efДЌoviДЌ will make a visit to Azerbaijan on Nov. 28 to discuss the Southern Gas Corridor, the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan told APA.

    He is expected to meet with Azerbaijani senior officials.
  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 11:53
    Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire with Azerbaijan 62 times in various positions along the front-line throughout the day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenians fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in Alibeyli, Aghdam and Hajialili villages of Tovuz from the positions located in Aygepar, Mosesgekh villages of Armenia's Berd region, in Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa region and Gizilhajili village of Gazakh region from the positions located in Paravakar and Berkaber villages of Ijevan region, in Kemerli and Gaymagli villages of Gazakh region from the positions located in Barekamavan and Donekh villages of Noyemberyan region.

    The Azerbaijani positions were also subjected to fire from the positions near Gulustan village of Goranboy region, Chilaburt, Goyarkh villages of Terter, Shuraabad, Yusifjanli, Merzili, Shikhlar, Bash Gervend, Kengerli, Sarijali, Javahirli, Novruzlu villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil as well as on nameless uplands in Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.
  • Iranians rush to hospitals after acid rains
    24.11.2014 11:48

    By Sara Rajabova

    The acid rains in Iran forced many people to rush to the hospitals after experiencing breathing problems.

    Around 300 people had to go to hospitals as a result of two-day-acid rain in Ahvaz city, Iranian province of Khuzestan, IRNA news agency reported.

    Avhaz, with a population of approximately 1.2m people, is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The cityв's heavy industry and low-quality car fuel are the main causes of its pollution.

    Head of the Department of the Health Ministry in Ahvaz city Iraj Nozari said the people had breathing problems after the rains.

    Around 1,000 people had breathing problems after the first rain in Khuzestan province in early autumn.

    The acid rains have recently created many problems for the population.

    The cause of acid rains in Ahvaz city and the surrounding areas is air pollution resulted from the activity of oil and other industrial facilities, high humidity (95 percent) and a number of other reasons. The research into the issue is still underway.

    Data from the WHO showed that Khuzestan is three times more polluted than the Chinese capital, Beijing. WHO figures also suggested that five out of the ten most polluted cities in the world are in Iran, with Ahwaz topping the list.

    Earlier, environmentalists blame acid rains on high concentrations of nitrates in the air for the pollution. According to Sasan Mogahi from Jondi Shapour hospital, the local petroleum industry and post-harvest fires in sugarcane fields are the main reasons behind high atmospheric nitrate levels.

    The authorities have temporarily closed primary schools and nurseries in several cities in Khuzestan and recommended parents keep their children indoors. But the pollution remained unchanged.
  • FILA chief: We are sure that Baku 2015 Games will be excellently organized
    24.11.2014 11:44
    Baku, November 24, AzerTAc

    President of the InternationalWrestling Federation(FILA)NenadLalovic has expressed confidence that the inaugural European Games that will take place in Baku in 2015 will be a success.

    "We are absolutely sure that the first European Games will be excellently organized," he told journalists.

    Mr. Lalovic praised preparations for Baku 2015 Games.

    He also said FILA decided not to hold a European wrestling championship next year, adding "the European Games will replace them".
  • With media partnership of AzerTAc energy industry leaders will meet in London
    24.11.2014 11:29
    London, November 24, AzerTAc

    Eurasian Dynamics Ltd will be hosting the second edition of its Geopolitics of Energy Series with an exclusive debate on Central Asia and Azerbaijani energy industry Wednesday. Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) together with Interfax, Bloomberg,, ICIS, Oil and Gas Technology, NRG Expert and other broadcast organisations are media partners of the event.

    International energy companies, financial institutions, analysts and government officials from Europe, Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Russia, China, United States, Japan and Korea will meet in London to address the energy geopolitics and investment dynamics in the region, and to share updates on legal risks and project financing in energy-rich Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    This senior level event will put the region's energy dynamics into context with the contribution of experts and industry leaders. Charles Hendry MP, the British Prime Minister's trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will welcome participants with a keynote speech on UK energy businesses in the region.

    Orkhan Ismayilov

    Special Correspondent
  • Murder committed in Shamkir
    24.11.2014 11:28
    A resident of Shamkir city was stabbed to death.

    APA's western bureau reports that the incident happened in Shamkir city early today.

    28-year old resident of Shamkir, Firuz Zamanov was stabbed.

    Shamkir District Prosecutor's Office said it was revealed who committed the crime.

    The criminal case has been launched on the fact, search operations are being carried out to detain the murderer.
  • BP and its parners send $3,8 mln for projects in Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 11:04
    During the first 9 months BP and its partners have sent more than $3.8 mln for the implementation of social projects in Azerbaijan, reports.

    BP company, the operator of the major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, continues to implement large-scale projects on sustainable development.

    "In January-September 2014 the social investment by BP and its partners in Azerbaijan amounted to $ 3.84 mln," the statement from BP-Azerbaijan says.

    Currently 2,883 Azerbaijani citizens work in BP-Azerbaijan.

    "85% of BP in Azerbaijan are the citizens of the country, many of them are in leadership positions," the company noted.

    BP also points out that, according to the 5-year plan of nationalization (in 2014-2018) to the end of 2018 the national staff should be 90% of the total number of employees of the company.

    The British company BP came to Azerbaijan in 1994, signing a PSA contract with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), the Government of Azerbaijan and foreign partners.

    Since that time, the offshore platforms, the world's largest oil terminal in Sangachal, the system of export pipelines, including the main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) named after Heydar Aliyev were built and continiously operate, the gas condensate field "Shah Deniz" with reserves of world importance is developed.
  • Kidman always happy to play bad girl
    24.11.2014 11:03
    Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, who stars as a villain in the new Paddington Bear film, has said she is happy to play "the bad girl".

    The Australian actress plays Millicent, a sinister taxidermist with her eye on the beloved animal.

    Kidman was speaking at the premiere of Paddington the movie in central London.

    Nicole Kidman waves to fans at the London premiere

    She said: "Well obviously, I was the kid that loved the wicked witch in The Wizard Of Oz, so of course I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie.

    "I'm always happy to play the bad girl. I just get to have fun, and it's obviously all done with a smile."

    There was controversy after the film was given a Parental Guidance rating, a decision that shocked many, including the bear's 88-year-old creator, Michael Bond.

    A PG certificate means some scenes may be unsuitable or unsettling for young children under the age of eight.

    At the premiere, Kidman braved the rain with husband Keith Urban, 46. The couple have two young daughters - six-year-old Sunday and three-year-old Faith.

    The Hollywood actress also has two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, 21-year-old Isabella and 19-year-old Connor.

    Kidman told Sky News: "I haven't seen the movie yet but I'll be bringing my kids to see it."

    The British Board of Film Classificationsaid the film contained "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language".

    The innuendo is from a scene where Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville dresses up as a woman.

    Children's films are usually expected to be given a Universal certificate, allowing any child to watch them.

    Kidman said she had long been a fan of the travelling Paddington, adding: "I had a teddy bear but I also had a Paddington Bear.

    "I remember being about six or seven and just hoping I would find my own little Paddington stranded on the street."

    Also on the red carpet in Leicester Square were co-stars including Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

    The film, directed by Paul King, sees Paddington sent from the jungle and smuggled on a boat to England.

    Paddington opens in cinemas on Friday, 28 November.
  • State bodies in Azerbaijan owe AZN 9 mln to municipal services
    24.11.2014 11:03
    State bodies in Azerbaijan owe AZN 9 mln to municipal services.

    In January-September, 2014, the state-funded institutions, enterprises and organizations in Azerbaijan consumed 1,403.5 mln kVt/hour of energy, 137,000 Gcal of heating energy, 84.1 mln cubic meters of gas, 17.9 mln cm of water and AZN 8 mln-communication services.

    According to the State Statistical Committee, in comparison to a year earlier, the heating energy consumption rose 30.4%, communication services - 19.4%, natural gas - 10.4%, energy 4.0% while the water consumption declined 0.6%.

    The consumed energy, heating energy, natural gas, water and communication services totaled AZN 120.1 mln, rising 4.6%.

    70% of total worth of the consumption made energy, 13.3% water, 7% natural gas, 6.7% communication services, 3% heating energy.

    In January-September, 2014, the state-funded institutions paid 92.6%, but owed AZN 8.9 mln.

    AZN 6.1 mln was owed for energy, AZN 1.5 mln for water, AZN 649,900 for natural gas, AZN 357,400 for heating energy, AZN 303,900 for communication services.
  • Tbilisi condemns Russiaв's Abkhazia plans
    24.11.2014 10:58

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Agreement between Russia and Georgiaв's breakaway region Abkhazia on the creation of joint army is illegal, said Paata Zakeriashvili, Georgia's State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality.

    "It is Russia's reaction to Georgia's aspirations for Europe and European institutions. The recent document, as well as all 80 documents signed between Russia and the so-called Abkhazian government, are illegal," Zakeriashvili said.

    He added that the existing changes in Abkhazia are results of the events in August, 2008.

    The draft of "Treaty between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia on the alliance and integration" was prepared and sent to the so-called parliament of Abkhazia by Russia on October 13.

    The ruling regime in Abkhazia ratified and prepares to sign the agreement. The draft says the introduction of a coordinated foreign policy, formation of a common space of security and defense, creation of a united social and economic space, preservation of the common cultural and humanitarian space are the main areas of cooperation, integration and partnership between Abkhazia and Russia.
  • Spying virus may be work of a nation state
    24.11.2014 10:54
    A bug that spies on computer users may have been developed by a "nation state", according to the internet security company that uncovered it.

    Symantec says the malware- called Regin - can take screenshots, control cursors and steal passwords.

    The highly sophisticated bug has been active since 2008, though it disappeared between 2011 and 2013.

    It is unusually low-key, making it "highly suited for persistent, long-term surveillance operations against targets". It can go years without being noticed.

    Symantec said: "It is likely that its development took months, if not years, to complete and its authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks.

    "Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state."

    The countries affected by Regin. Pic: Symantec

    Regin has been used to attack individuals, businesses, government entities and research institutes.

    Sectors that have been targeted include airline and energy. Telecoms firms have also been infected, allowing hackers to access phone calls.

    Computers can be infected with the software in different ways, commonly via fake internet sites and instant messenger programmes. Symantec claims Ireland has been the site of 9% of confirmed infections.

    Russia, Saudi Arabia and Mexico have also been heavily affected.

    The report describes the purpose of Regin as "intelligence gathering" and says: "It is used for the collection of data and continuous monitoring of targeted organisations or individuals."
  • US Ambassador to Russia wants to improve relations between US, Russia
    24.11.2014 10:53
    US ambassador to Russia said that he would like to expand contacts and cultural ties between Russia and the United States.

    US ambassador to Russia John Tefft wants to improve relations between Moscow and Washington by means of "expanding contacts between people", the Kommersant daily reported on Sunday.

    "Many things in our bilateral relations continue to develop. Contacts between people continue. I would like to expand those contacts and cultural ties, I hope this can improve the relations," Tefft said.

    Relations between Russia and the US have been strained in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Washington keeps blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs, while Russia repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian domestic conflict.

    The US State Department appointed John Tefft as the new head of the US diplomatic mission in the Russian Federation in June 2014. On September 2, the US Secretary of State John Kerry administered an oath on Tefft in Washington DC, officially making him US new envoy to Russia.

    On November 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted John Tefft as the ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation in an official ceremony held in the Kremlin.

    John Tefft worked as the head of the State Department's office on the Soviet Union in 1989-1992. From 1996 to 1999 and he served as the deputy head of the US diplomatic mission in Russia. He then went on to head US embassies in Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine.
  • Azerbaijan, a regional hub for delicious foods
    24.11.2014 10:34

    By Amina Nazarli

    "Nush Olsun!" ("Bon Appetite!") begins every meal time in Azerbaijan with rich and delicious national cuisine, delighting both soul and flesh.

    Azerbaijanis cordially invite their guests to try the national cuisine which they are very proud of. Restaurants and cafes all over the country offer a variety of national meals, representing a splendid gamma of

    Azerbaijani cuisine is a very delicious and diversified. It is distinguished with its originality and refined taste.

    There is a lot to say about Azerbaijani cuisine. The best thing is to try the taste and aroma of this rich cuisine.

    Diversity, sometimes simplicity and extraordinary features of the serving dishes are able to attract any gourmet.

    A variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as spices could make the Azerbaijani cuisine distinguished, making it unforgettable.

    Bread traditions

    Azerbaijan is one of the oldest agricultural regions of the East. That is why baking of bread is a very ancient tradition in Azerbaijan.Here you can pamper yourself with flavor and warm sorts of bread including Tandir Chorek, Appek, Lavash, Yukha and Fetir.

    Originating in the regions of the country, this irreplaceable baking of Azerbaijani table is cooked in Tandir, Sadj, and ovens such as Kura and Sengek.

    The huge amount of Azerbaijani flour food - Khingal, Dushbere, Arishte, Qutab, Gurze - are the very meals to warm you inside in the cold winter outside and tincture redness to your cheeks.


    Kebab is a perennial favorite in Azerbaijan, known for some as Shashlik or Barbecue.

    Our ancestors used to thread their prey onto skewers and grill it over a fire. This culinary technique has survived and improved over thousands of years.

    Oh, how it is amazing to wrap juicy Kebab in Lavash and enjoy this unforgettable taste, forgetting about your diet for some time.

    If you want to experience several flavors, and still remain satisfied, then you need to get acquainted with the traditions of Azerbaijani cuisine.


    A "King" of Azerbaijani cuisine is considered to be "Plov", a rice dish which is difficult for an inexperienced cook to prepare. The flavor of Plov from saffron-covered rice spreads the whole area and makes one's mouth water. With more than 60 different kinds, this delicious dish is made of cherry, pumpkin, fennel, dried fruits, bean and many others.

    It's not a secret that Azerbaijani cuisine is for those who love to eat well.

    However, do not think that it consists only of fatty and heavy foods. Azerbaijani cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for the visitors.

    Such dairy product as Ayran (variety of dairy drink) often serve the table as an accompaniment to grilled meat or rice.

    A large number of soups, such as dovga, piti, kufte bozbash, ovdukh, erishte soup, chicken soup and dushbere may be an enjoyable feast for your stomach.

    You also should surely try appetizing vegetable dishes: Kuku, heftebejar, lobya chigirtmasi and many others.

    We promise that you couldn't resist the temptation to try Azerbaijani snacks, which is irreplaceable addition to Azerbaijani table.

    You will find a rich assortment of snack types in Azerbaijan including pickled onions, pickled cabbage, pickled olives, many other pickled fruit and vegetables, choban salati, and spicy ajico which increase your appetite, especially in those who suffer from thinness.


    Azerbaijani cuisine doesn't leave aside the sweet tooth. Delicious Azerbaijani specialty as pastries and sweets can be rightfully called the crown of the national cuisine.

    There are over 30 varieties of sweets and each area has its special kind. Shekebura, pakhlava, gogal, kyata, tykhma, kyulcha, badambura and many other soft, airy and sweet pastries will create unusual boom in your mouth and increase your happiness hormone.

    Sheki halva--a unique art, quymaq, khashil are very delicious sweets trying which once, you would like to come back to this taste again.Murabba (jam) is the main dessert at Azerbaijan's table, which is served at every tea party. Nothing can take the place of this wonderful jam for Azerbaijanis.

    Murabba in Azerbaijani refers to sweets made by boiling of berries, fruits, nuts or some vegetables and flowers.

    Besides all these, murabba is used for treating colds. Such kinds of murabba as dogwood, blackberries, currants, rich with vitamin C in the Azerbaijani houses usually serve as the first aid during the flu.

    Every nation has its favorite beverage. Russians like to drink kvass, Germans and Czechs like beer, Bulgarians like boza, Americans like Coca-Cola, while Azerbaijani people prefer to drink sherbet. Sherbet is considered the most refined of soft drinks in Azerbaijan.

    Sherbets, as a symbol of celebration, are consumed at weddings, dinner parties, banquets and similar events.

    Flavor and sweet sherbets made from rose, apricot, saffron, rose-pomegranate, lemon and many other fruit quench your thirst in a hot summer day.

    Dishes of high nutritious qualities, sharp tastes and nice appearances have become typical for the Azerbaijani cuisine.

    If to paraphrase the expression "To see Paris and die" to "To taste Azerbaijani cuisine and die", I think, are the best explanation to convey the tastes of the national meals.
  • Agricultural fairs got the right to sell seafood
    24.11.2014 10:29
    Agricultural fairs got the right to sell seafood in Azerbaijan.

    The amendments to the Rules of trade, public catering, personal and other services (approved by Order No94 issued on April 3, 2014) were made by Order #374 issued by the Cabinet of Ministers on November 19, Fineko/ reports.

    In accordance with the amendments, agricultural fairs fit with necessary equipment have become an official place for seafood sales, along with seafood shops and other special places.
  • Victoria Beckham marks sister's birthday with cute throwback photo
    24.11.2014 10:20
    Victoria Beckham posted a sweet throwback photo of herself as a youngster on Saturday. The fashion designer tweeted the snap, which shows her with her sister Louise when she was still a baby, in honour of Louise's birthday.

    "To my wonderful sister on her birthday," she wrote alongside the photo. "You are a wonderful mother and beautiful friend x I love u x Victoria."

    Victoria, 40, who also has a brother called Christian, is the eldest of the Adams children.

    Louise, who is married to communications manager Darren Flood, is mum to four children '" Liberty, Tallulah, Finlay and Quincy.

    The former Spice Girl is very close to her sister and the pair are often spotted dining together in London. Louise also joined her parents Jackie and Tony Adams, as well as Victoria's husband David Beckham, at the opening of her flagship store on Dover Street in September.
  • Artur Rasizadeh adopts resolution
    24.11.2014 09:58
    The sale of fish products will be different.

    The changes to the "Terms of trade, catering, domestic and other services in the Republic of Azerbaijan" on the criteria for the sale of fish products in the country were made. This is stated in the Cabinet of Ministers, Oxu.Az reports with reference to Trend.

    Under the changes, the fish products offered for sale will be sold at the sale points of agricultural products, including equipped bases, shops and other places, as well as fairs and special places for the sale of fish products.
  • Former President GГјl makes first overseas trip since leaving office
    24.11.2014 09:40
    Former Turkish President Abdullah GГјl began his first foreign trip since leaving office to visit Britain and Canada on Nov. 20.

    After staying one day in Britain, he left for Canada to participate in the Halifax International Security Forum. In his speech at the forum on Nov. 22, he pointed out the rise of "frustration" in the Middle East, Hurriyet

    "The key term to express the gravity of the situation in the region at present can be lsquo;frustration.' This frustration can explain both the reasons and consequences of the conflicts. Indeed, the elites of the region and the international community are deeply disappointed at the failure to solve problems in the Middle East, and particularly in Palestine, as well as the further aggravation of these problems. We should expect such disappointments and frustrations to have consequences, one way or another," Gül said.

    He noted that he believed a difference could be made if all of the problems are tackled by political players with a holistic and strategic approach combined with a constructive mentality, and all involved must be on common ground.

    "This will serve peace and stability, not only for the people of the Middle East, but also for the whole world," he added.

    He is expected to return to Britain today to participate in the launch of a book by Prof. Gerald Maclean titled "Abdullah Gül and the Making of the New Turkey," this evening. He will then attend a panel at the Chatham House, titled "Reflections on Turkey and the wider region" on Nov. 25.

    He is expected to return to Turkey on Nov. 27 after a series of high-level meetings in London.
  • Shah Deniz-2 gas pipeline transportation terminal opens in Georgia
    24.11.2014 09:29
    "This project will further strengthen the positions of Georgia and Azerbaijan".

    The transportation terminal of the Shah Deniz-2 gas pipeline has opened in Poti, Trend reports with reference to the news service for the Georgian prime minister.

    The opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.

    "The terminal as part of the Shah Deniz -2 project will ensure transportation of pipes and other equipment necessary for expansion of the South Caucasus pipeline via Azerbaijan and Georgia", the prime minister said.

    He also noted the importance of the Shah Deniz-2 project.

    "This is one of the most complex energy projects which will further strengthen geopolitical positions of Georgia and Azerbaijan", Garibashvili said.

    It is planned to start gas extraction within the framework of the Shah Deniz-2 project for 2018. In 2018 there is a plan to start gas supplies to Turkey and gas will be supplied to the European market in 2019.

    The cost of the project is estimated at $28bn.
  • Turkish FM: Armenia left out of energy projects for invading Azerbaijani lands
    24.11.2014 09:07
    ''Armenia also can be a participant of peace projects, and that needs political will''.

    Istanbul has hosted the U.S. Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit. APA, citing Turkish new agencies, reports that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu also attended the summit.

    Ahmet DavutoДџlu spoke in his speech about a three-direction analysis. He noted the first direction as the humanitarian side of the issue: Today one-fifths of the world's population is unable to use energy. For instance, when I went to Somalia 3 years ago I personally witnessed how the vital need energy is. For Turkey, energy is an issue of enhancing the living standards of our people. Energy security is part of stability and ensures stability and humanitarian life standards for democratic societies".

    The prime minister said the second side of the issue is the economic direction: "As Turkey, our advantage is that we possess a very hard-working, brave, initiative human potential and an important geography. And our weak side is our independence on energy and the budget deficit that results from it. We want to diversify our energy sources. We're seriously working on nuclear energy and renewable energy.

    As the third side of the issue, Ahmet DavutoДџlu drew attention to the strategic direction: "Mr. Biden also expressed, what is the energy an instrument for? If the energy is used for political pressure, no side will gain. Producers and consumers have same interests. Therefore, we have to be sensible of being in the same boat. We must see energy as a means of development. Geopolitics, geoeconomics and geoenergy. These are important for Turkey. We want two things around us: stability and confidence. There is nothing important for Turkey except stability. Unstability in Syria, Iraq, Caucasus, Ukraine and Yemen had negative impact on Turkey. Unstability and terror around us threat Turkey".

    A.DavutoДџlu mentioned that the Caucasus and the Balkans were known as unstable regions in the 1990s: "Now, thanks to TANAP, these regions have begun to be remembered as regions of peace. The Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict zone is another place where energy can be used on peaceful purposes. No one had believed in Baku-Ceyhan, but this project was realized. But Armenia was left out of the project. Why? Because it has 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands under occupation. The country which will be the most pleased with relations that would be built between Azerbaijan and Armenia is Turkey. Azerbaijan today is a country that has reached economic welfare. Armenia also can be a participant of peace projects, and that needs political will. We're hoping that the escalation come about after the helicopter incident will be reduced by the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group".
  • Interesting facts found on Armeniaв's military exercises in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan
    24.11.2014 05:25
    Rocket shooting in Armenia has been presented as in Karabakh, footage of military exercises in Armenia have been released after falsification

    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov - APA. Armenians have presented military exercises held within "Union-2014" as an operation held in Karabakh. At the same time, they brought S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery to Karabakh.

    According to researches conducted by APA, several exercises photos released on the press and social networks have been held in Armenian polygons, but not in Azerbaijan's occupied territories. By this falsification, Armenians intended to eliminate depression in Karabakh population and have psychological impact on Azerbaijani side.

    At the same time, it's doubtless that these footages are montage and have been made by Photoshop.

    After shooting Armenia's Mi-24 helicopter over Aghdam region, Armenians released photos which reflect shoot from 9K33 OSA (SA-8 Gecko) Antiaircraft missile system in the exercises in Karabakh. Though they say the shootings were in Karabakh, but they did not show concrete area.

    The videos released by Armenian on the next day of exercises showed that the shooting was carried out in Armenia's Gegarkunik province, on the bank of lake Goyche.

    According to military sources, no rocket launching has been recorded in Azerbaijan's occupied territories. Armenians' Osa and 2K11 Krug (SA-4 Ganef) anti-aircraft rocket system only came to the area.

    The footages also include deployment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery in Azerbaijan's territories (near Khankendi). According to servicemen, Armenians did not have S-300 system in Karabakh. There is only a post for deployment near Khankendi during combat operations. It's supposed that S-300s have been brought from Gorus region of Armenia for demonstration of support to Karabakh Armenians and the photos have been taken there.

    Moreover, the automatic 82 mm gun-mortar 2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower) used by separatists in Karabakh also drew attention. There have been no footages reflecting usage of Vasilek gun-mortar in the exercises of previous years. The servicemen of 1992-94 told APA that Armenians used these gun-mortars only twice. These gun-mortars have been captured by the soldiers of Azerbaijan's Internal Troops near Orta Guneytepe village of Aghdam region and Armed Forces near Childiran height. It's possible to suppose that the gun-mortars in the last exercises have been included in the inventory of military units in Karabakh as a training equipment.
  • Azerbaijani delegation attends World Congress of Vine and Wine in Argentina
    23.11.2014 16:09
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    A delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan has participated in the 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 12th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Argentina.

    At the General Assembly, which brought together the delegations of 36 OIV Member States, Director General of the OIV Jean-Marie Aurand called to mind the 90 years since the creation of the organization and the 10 years since it re-established itself in 2004. He was also pleased that the General Assembly had adopted the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, which sets the road map for the OIV's scientific activities over the next five years.

    During the trip, the Azerbaijani delegation held a number of meetings with the organization`s officials.

    The 38th World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 13th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine will be held in Germany in 2015.
  • Volkswagen will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead
    23.11.2014 14:49
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    Volkswagen Group will keep pouring money into new vehicles, technology and factories as it chases Toyota for the lead as world's largest automaker.

    VW plans to invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years, the company said Friday. The plan calls for an increase in average annual spending on auto operations to about 17.1 billion euros a year, compared with 16.8 billion euros under its previous rolling five-year budget.

    "We will continue to invest in the future to become the leading automotive group in both ecological and economic terms," CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. "Development costs will remain high in the future as a result of high innovation pressure and increasing demands on the automotive industry."

    VW's Chinese joint ventures, which are not consolidated and therefore not included in the company's latest figure, will boost their investments in the world's largest auto market to 22 billion euros through 2019. Including this spending, the group's five-year budget will increase to 107.6 billion euros from 102.4 billion euros under the previous plan.

    Even with the increased investment, capital expenditures will remain at between 6 percent to 7 percent of revenue, VW said.

    Volkswagen will probably spend more than any other public company on research and development for the third consecutive year in 2014, ahead of Samsung Electronics and Intel, according to a study by consultancy Strategyamp;.

    Winterkorn has pushed VW to expand in recent years and expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year for the first time, four years earlier than initially planned. VW narrowed Toyota's global sales lead to 72,000 vehicles in the first nine months of 2014 from 227,000 a year earlier, as General Motors fell further back into third place.

    VW will introduce more than 100 new or revamped vehicles this year and next, including fresh versions of the midsize VW Passat sedan, Audi's A4 lineup and Porsche's Macan compact SUV.
  • Football stars join fight to stop the spread of Ebola
    23.11.2014 11:29
    Baku, November 23, AzerTAc

    The likes of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as well as other footballing stars such as, Neymar, Didier Drogba and Philipp Lahm have joined together to back a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the killer virus Ebola.

    The "11 against Ebola" campaign has been launched by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football to help educate people about how to prevent the disease from spreading.

    Eleven top players can be seen in the video delivering eleven simple message about how to prevent the spread of Ebola such as:

    "Report unusual illnesses: please report any strange illnesses or deaths in your community".

    The Brazilian striker Neymar encourages people to, "know the symptoms".

    Whilst Gareth Bale urges people to "avoid contact with wild animals and bats".

    Last week Equatorial Guinea was named as the new host of the 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco withdrew citing fears over Ebola.

    The campaign hopes to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.
  • Islamic State targeted in 30 air strikes by U.S., allies
    23.11.2014 07:25
    Baku-APA.The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday. APA reports quoting Reuters.

    The 23 strikes in Iraq included six near Baiji that hit Islamic State buildings, vehicles and tactical units while buildings, vehicles, a guard post and two tactical units were destroyed near Sinjar in four air strikes, Central Command said. Similar targets were destroyed or damaged west of Kirkuk, near Mosul and Ramadi and in Tal Afar.

    In Syria, six strikes near Kobani destroyed staging areas, buildings and two tactical units, while another near Ar Raqqah damaged an Islamic State barrack, Central Command said.
  • Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Armenian military exercises at Azerbaijanв's lands undermine talks
    23.11.2014 05:25
    Baku '" APA. Armenian military exercises at the Azerbaijanв's lands absolutely do not correspond to the spirit of the talks held in Sochi, Newport and Paris, as well as undermine confidence building to reach political solution of the conflict, says the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    On 6 November 2014, the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia started provocative large-scale military exercises in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the involvement of about 47.000 military troops and over 3000 combat equipment and armament of the armed forces of Armenia, as it was announced by the Armenian official media resources.

    The air forces of the Republic of Armenia were also engaged in provocative and threatening combat flights over the defence positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan.

    On November 12, two "Mi-24" attack helicopters of the air forces of the Republic of Armenia approached and made attack maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan nearby the village of Kengerly in the occupied Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan and one of the helicopter was shot down at the very same occupied territory.

    The downed helicopter belongs to air base No. 15 stationed in "Erebuni" military base near Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, and its crew members were military servicemen of the Armenian armed forces. These are yet another manifestation of Armenia's aggression, its direct involvement in the occupation of the territories and continued use of force against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    In its resolution 853 (1993), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which reaffirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan specifically "condemns the seizure of the district of Agdam and of all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic" and "demands immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces involved from the district of Agdam and all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic".

    Demands of the UNSC remain unimplemented by the Republic of Armenia, which not only refuses to withdraw from the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but continues to strengthen its military presence and capability at those territories and conduct large-scale military actions in flagrant violation of international law and relevant UNSC resolutions and the ceasefire regime.

    The use of heavy weaponry, continuous flights over the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and attacks on the position of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are confirmed in the official web-site of the President of Armenia, as well as by news, photo and video materials provided by the Armenian mass media.

    It should be taken into consideration, that these provocative military exercises were launched just after the meetings of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan organized by the OSCE Minsk Group C0-chair countries in Sochi on August 10, at the initiative of Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin, in the Wales on September 4, at the initiative of the US State Secretary Mr. John Kerry and in Paris on October 27, at the initiative of French President Mr. François Hollande. At all three meetings there were some positive indications that the progress at the ongoing peace negotiations could be achieved. Armenian military exercises at the Azerbaijan's lands absolutely do not correspond to the spirit of these talks and to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group C0-chair countries' leaders, as well as undermine confidence building to reach political solution for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
  • Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss religious issues
    22.11.2014 21:34
    Baku, November 22, AzerTAc

    Chairman of the Clerical Office of Caucasus Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade has met State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues Gela Dumbadze.

    The Chairman said the two countries were bound together by historical friendly and good neighbor relations.

    Pashazade recalled his visit to Georgia this summer and his meeting with Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.

    He thanked the Georgian government for supporting Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity. The Chairman said Azerbaijan has always supported Georgia`s territorial integrity.

    Gela Dumbadze spoke of his meetings in Baku, as well as his visit to Gakh District.

    He described Azerbaijan-Georgia relations as a model for other countries.

    Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
  • Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision-2014
    22.11.2014 16:09
    Baku, November 22 AzerTAc

    Kazakhstan's singer Zhanar Dugalova wins Turkvision Song Contest in Kazan.

    Final of the 2nd international song contest was attended by 15 participants with the highest number of votes in the semifinals.

    Dugalova performed third in the final. Her song OzС-n Korem garnered 225 points.

    The show, which was broadcast live was organized by TMB TV, TAT Media and TURKSOY and reached out to an audience of nearly three hundred million people.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest was launched by TMB TV which has been carrying out projects to strengthen ties among Turkic peoples through various cultural and artistic projects since its establishment. The TURKVISION Song Contest has become the symbol of peace, brotherhood and friendship among Turkic peoples.

    The TURKVISION Song Contest is a unique project which is aimed at preserving and strengthening ties of friendship among Turkic peoples by introducing their common music, culture, language, art and traditions to the world.

    Next year the competition will take place in Mary, Turkmenistan.
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