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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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  • Quake hits Azerbaijan
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    A quake has hit the northern region of Azerbaijan.

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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Ceasefire was violated 14 times
    23.10.2014 10:27
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    The ceasefire was violated 14 times in various directions of the frontline throughout the day, the Defense Ministry says.

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  • Lithuanian FM: '˜We are thinking of using bilateral dialogue."
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    The Lithuanian minister said he is content with the results of the meetings he held during his visit to Azerbaijan.

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    The second half was played at a lower tempo in general, however, Dortmund's Colombian striker Adrian Ramos, getting assisted by Turkish central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, made it four in the box just seven minutes to go, 4-0.

    Borussia Dortmundnow lead the Group D with nine points.

    Meanwhile, in another match of the group, England's Arsenal toppled the Belgian side Anderlecht 2-1 with late winners scored by English left-backKieran Gibbsand German wing forwardLukas Podolski in Brussels.

    Results of the night are:

    Olympiakos 1-0 Juventus

    Atletico Madrid 5-0 Malmo

    Ludogorets 1-0 Basel

    Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

    Monaco 0-0 Benfica

    Galatasaray 0-4 Borussia Dortmund

    Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

    Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Zenit
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  • Germany includes Georgia in list of dangerous countries to visit
    23.10.2014 09:43
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    Germany included Georgia in the list of dangerous countries to travel to.

    APA reports quoting from Georgia's "Rezonansi" newspaper that the main reason is stated to be the possibility that German citizens traveling to this country can face threat from terrorists and criminal elements.

    "There is still great threat of terrorism and theft. State and administrative buildings, transportation, economic and tourist facilities, hotels, places of worship and embassies are likely targets for the attack," says statement of the German Foreign Ministry.

    German citizens are recommended not to visit South Ossetia and Abkhazia either. These countries are shown to be criminally dangerous. The German Foreign Ministry especially calls its citizens not to enter South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Russia.

    Along with Georgia, South Sudan, Libya, Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Yemen are also included in the German Foreign Ministry's "black list"

    Commenting on the matter, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani said there's nothing to be concerned about in the German Foreign Ministry's call, noting that this assessment relies on the existing criminal state in the conflict zones.
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  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates President of Hungary
    23.10.2014 09:32
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    Ilham Aliyev congratulates President of Hungary.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev sent a congratulatory letter to the President of Hungary Janos Ader.

    Oxu.Az reference to APA, the President Ilham Aliyev congratulated the President Janos Ader on the national holiday of Hungary.

    The letter notes that Azerbaijan and Hungary have lasting friendship and cooperation relationship:

    "I believe that we shall continue our joint efforts to further expansion of bilateral ties, deepen cooperation of mutual interest."
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  • Female student found beheaded in her house in Azerbaijan
    23.10.2014 09:12
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    A gruesome murder act has been committed in Baku.

    The Khatai District Police Office told APA that the incident took place today at Khudu Mammadov str. 18. Nuriyeva Gunel Etibar, 20, has been found beheaded in her house.

    It's yet unknown who committed the crime and why.

    The police office also said murdered Gunel Nuriyeva was in the second year of one of the music schools in Baku.

    A criminal case has been launched. Efforts to find the criminal(s) are continuing.
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  • Gabala hosts opening of 2014 ISSF World Cup Final
    23.10.2014 01:54
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    Gabala, October 22, AzerTAc

    The 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final has opened in the Azerbaijani city of Gabala.

    Speakers at the opening ceremony included president of Gabala sports club Tale Heydarov, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Ismayil Ismayilov, and ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber.

    The 2014 ISSF World Cup Final in rifle, pistol, and shotgun events will begin tomorrow. The competition will start with the women's 10m air rifle final, and will close on Monday, 27 October with the men's skeet.

    It will feature 40 participant countries competing with 163 athletesmdash;adding up to 176 starts. The largest national teams in the tournament will be the People's Republic of China (24 athletes), the Russian Federation (19), Italy (14), Germany (11), and the United States of America (9).

    Featuring all of the 15 Olympic shooting events, the ISSF WCF takes place every year as a conclusion to the season's World Cup Seriesmdash;which works as qualifying round. The best eight athletes in each event at the ISSF World Cup Series enter the WCFmdash;with a maximum of two athletes per nation for each event. Title Defenders, Olympic and World Championship medalists also take part in the competition
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  • President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the progress of construction at the Skeet Shooting Complex
    22.10.2014 22:32
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife, chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the European Games Mehriban Aliyeva have reviewed the progress of construction at the Trap Shooting Complex in Bilajari, Baku.

    The head of state and his wife were informed that the area of the complex, which is designed to host shooting sports and skeet shooting tournaments, has been expanded to 19.6 hectares. The construction of building and facilities meeting standards of the International Shooting Federation continues here.

    President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed a sketch shooting area of the complex. It was noted that all conditions will be created here for holding circular and trench shooting tournaments and trainings. There will be five shooting ranges here with one of them designed to host Olympic competitions and World Cup finals. Chairs and a 500-seat stand will be installed in each shooting range. Special attention is paid to the creation of social facilities here. A four-storey hotel is being built. It will have 20 two-bed, and two VIP rooms. There will be a conference hall, meeting and medical rooms, a room for coaches, a restaurant and a 500-car parking lot.

    President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed a shooting sports area. It was noted that 10m, 25m, 50m and 300m shooting sports competitions will be held here. There will be an 80-man 10m indoor shooting range. The facility will handle up to 483 spectators. A 50-man 25m partly-indoor shooting range will handle up to 390 spectators. There will also be an 80-man 50m and a 300m partly-indoor shooting ranges with the latter handling up to 414 spectators. The 15-man 10m, 25m and 50m indoor shooting ranges are designed to host Olympic competitions and world cup finals. These facilities will handle up to 500 spectators.

    All shooting ranges have rooms for sportsmen, coaches and doctors. In addition, there will be a cafe, a restaurant, waiting and recreation rooms, conference halls, observation balconies, a press center, technical rooms, medical and doping control rooms.

    It was said that the Skeet Shooting Complex will be one of the largest shooting complexes in Europe.

    The head of state gave his instructions and recommendations.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets outgoing Qatari Ambassador
    22.10.2014 22:31
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has met outgoing Ambassador of the State of Qatar Mubarak bin Fahad Al-Thani.

    Ambassador Al-Thani thanked the Azerbaijani government for supporting him during his diplomatic mission.

    FM Mammadyarov wished the ambassador success in his future diplomatic activities.
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  • No progress expected in Kazakhstanв's Caspian oil transportation system
    22.10.2014 21:52
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    Kazakhstan doesnв't expect progress in realization of the project for creation of the Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System due to searches for oil transportation route alternatives to the Russian route, Kazakh Energy Ministry told Trend Oct. 22.

    The ministry said the further schedule of the KCTS project is to be synchronized with the schedule of the second phase of Kashagan fieldв's development, which is still to be specified.

    ''Due to the postponement of the second phase of the Kashagan fieldв's development it was decided to suspend the Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System project,'' according to the ministry.

    The Energy Ministry earlier said that due to the Western sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is eyeing other oil export routes that will be an alternative to the Russian one, including the possibility of transporting oil to Azerbaijan through the Aktau sea port and the Caspian Sea.

    ''Given the current situation, one can assume that the anti-Russian sanctions will not block oil and gas deliveries from Russia to the EU, including Kazakhstanв's oil through the Russian pipelines. However, the diversification of oil exports is being studied,'' the ministry told the News-Kazakhstan Agency.

    The ministry said that currently the transit through Russia is the main route for Kazakhstan among all the other oil export routes.

    In particular, the pipeline system of the Transneft JSC and the pipeline of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium are the traditional routes for transportation of Kazakhstanв's oil.

    The KCTS is to provide Kazakh oil exports to international markets mainly from the Kashagan field (second and third phases) across the Caspian Sea, via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and other oil transportation systems in Azerbaijan, as well as in other transit countries.

    The KCTS is assumed to include the Eskene-Kuryk oil pipeline running to the Kuryk oil terminal on the Kazakh coast of the Caspian Sea, as well as an oil terminal on the Kazakh coast, tankers, vessels, an oil terminal on the Azerbaijani coast, and the linking facilities up to the Baku Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

    The Oil and Gas Minister of Kazakhstan Uzakbai Karabalin earlier told Trend that the need for the KCTS project will occur no earlier than 2020.

    The production at the Kashagan field started Sept. 2013, but in October, it was ceased after a gas leak in one of the main pipelines.

    The analysis conducted over several months revealed numerous micro-cracks on the pipeline that appeared due to the impact of the associated gas with high sulfur content to the metal.

    The projectв's operator, the North Caspian Operating Co. (NCOC) confirmed the need for a complete replacement of the gas and oil pipelines, which have a total length of about 200 kilometers.

    The government said the replacement of pipes will take at least two years.

    Earlier, the Deputy Energy Minister of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev said the production at the Kashagan is expected to resume in the second half of 2016.

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  • Health Ministry says no Ebola threat in Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 21:00
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Health Ministry has said there is no Ebola threat in the country.

    Deputy Director of Anti-Plague Station under the Ministry Shair Gurbanov said: "However the threat can come to Azerbaijan from someone contracting the disease abroad. So we pay serious attention to this issue."

    "All people entering Azerbaijan, particularly from African countries, are subject to medial checks at border checkpoints and the airport. They are also checked for 21 days at local clinics if they stay in the country."
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  • Azerbaijanв's customs agencies tighten security measures to prevent spread of Ebola virus
    22.10.2014 20:51
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    Baku. Agshin Rafigoglu - APA-Economics. In connection with spread of Ebola virus in some countries, sanitary-quarantine control by Azerbaijanв's customs agencies were tightened, special seminars jointly with relevant bodies were held for officers in the border checkpoints, State Custom Committee told APA-Economics.

    The customs agencies organized exchange of information with the relevant state bodies to define the persons coming from the countries where the virus was recorded and other issues on control of these persons by health care organizations.

    At the same time, relevant works on anti-epidemic and prophylactic, disinfection measures, as well as putting the persons crossing border under medical observation and investigating them have been carried out to tighten the measures against Ebola virus.

    Within the framework of taken measures, technical devices - thermovisor cameras are used to measure temperature remotely. Along with this, "Attention! Ebola temperature" memory booklets prepared by sanitary-quarantine inspection under the Ministry of Health have been provided in the checkpoints to increase awareness level about the Ebola virus of persons crossing the border.
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  • Synergy Baku rider second in Tour of Hainan stage three
    22.10.2014 20:01
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Synergy Baku rider Max Averin finished second in the sprint ending the third stage of the Tour of Hainan, while both Samir Jabrayilov and Alex Surutkovych featured in break groups. That moved Averin to seventh in GC, followed by Surutkovych in eighth. Elchin Asadov and Jabrayilov round out the fine team showing, as they are respectively eleventh and 16th.

    Once again, all of the Synergy Baku riders finished in the same time as the stage winner. Enver Asanov was caught up in a crash in the closing kilometer, but escaped uninjured.

    Surutkovych was in the first break group of the day, and, as he did yesterday, again picked up bonus seconds at one of the intermediate sprints. When his group was caught, Jabrayilov was amongst the next to get away. The youngster stayed away until nearly the end, and was caught with a mere 1.5 km left on the 134.7km from Haikou to Yueliangwan.

    "I'm very happy that Elchin and Alex made a perfect lead-out for me in the crosswind," Max Averin said. "Jeremy made perfect tactics for us this morning. This is great for Azerbaijan cycling."

    Samir Jabrayilov was "happy to be in the break and getting so close to the finish, even though I was caught with only 1.5km to go. We are feeling good now after three days here, and happy that Max was second."

    Team manager David McQuaid is in Baku to discuss the teams future, and said that "Following Hainan's opening stages has been rewarding as the team have been one of the race's most active and were rewarded today with a podium with Max, but supported by a team effort. Before this China bloc we commented that this bloc was for the Azeri guys, to race as an Azeri team and I think they have already shown that they can do that against a very strong field."

    "Concluding successful talks and planning for 2015 and beyond in Baku the last few days, I now look forward to traveling onto Hainan this evening for a brief visit to the race and shaking the hands of our riders and staff, hopefully there is a lot more Baku aggression and success to come later in the week."
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran keen on cooperation to solve problems of families, women and children
    22.10.2014 20:01
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Hijran Huseynova has met Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, who is in Baku to attend the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States.

    Chairperson of the Committee Huseynova noted that the event was perfectly organized with the support of President Ilham Aliyev, and let Molaverdi know about First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva`s activities towards protection of rights of women and children. She noted that solution of such problems is one of the priorities of the state policy in Azerbaijan.

    Molaverdi said the Iranian and Azerbaijani peoples have shared historical, cultural and religious roots. She highlighted the existing potential for expanding ties between the two countries.

    The sides reached an agreement to sign a memorandum on mutual understanding in solving problems of families, women and children. They also shared their views on the documents adopted at the conference.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the Ambassador of Qatar to Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 19:40
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar Mubarak bin Fahad Al-Thani as he ends his diplomatic mission in the country.

    During the meeting, the sides noted with pleasure that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State of Qatar have been successfully developing. The parties said that there were good prospects for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries, and expressed confidence that the bilateral ties would continue to deepen.
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  • Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva receives Astrakhan Oblast Order of Merit
    22.10.2014 18:25
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has been presented with Astrakhan Oblast Order of Merit as she met Astrakhan Governor Alexander Zhilkin.

    Mehriban Aliyeva hailed "fruitful" cooperation between the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Astrakhan Oblast. She said the Foundation has carried out a number of large projects in Astrakhan. "These projects included the inauguration of school No 11 after national leader Heydar Aliyev, a kindergarten, a Friendship bridge, a children`s entertainment town, and a statue of Prince Vladimir."

    The President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation expressed confidence that the bilateral cooperation would be continued. Mehriban Aliyeva hailed Azerbaijani-Russian relations, saying the two countries are bound together by strong ties of friendship. "Apart from politics and economy, big attention is paid to expanding the bilateral relations in the fields of culture and education."

    The first lady thanked Alexander Zhilkin for assisting the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in executing projects in Astrakhan.

    Mr. Zhilkin praised the Foundation`s projects in Astrakhan, saying "the people of Astrakhan welcome all these projects with big sympathy".

    The Astrakhan Governor hailed the activities of the Azerbaijani diaspora, saying "it illustrates friendly relations that our countries enjoy".

    Mr. Zhilkin noted the importance of launching a direct flight between Azerbaijan and Astrakhan, and said the people of Astrakhan desire to visit Azerbaijan as tourists.

    Preparations for the first European Games were also discussed, and Mr. Zhilkin said many Astrakhan residents will visit Baku to watch the Games.

    They also discussed Azerbaijan-Astrakhan cooperation in fishing industry, particularly the execution of a joint sturgeon reproduction project with IDEA campaign headed by Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.
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  • New security bag introduced to Azerbaijanв's market
    22.10.2014 18:24
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    A new security bag has been introduced to the Azerbaijanв's market.

    APA reports that at the CIPS Caspian security technologies exhibition, AaBaCus Company has introduced self-destructing security bag produced by French Oberthur Company.

    According to representatives of the company, these bags are designed for carrying money and documents. Through the GPS navigation, the user is able to plan the route that he/she move with the bag. If the bag is stolen or tried to be broken, planned route is broken it make the money an documents useless.

    The bag owners in many countries of the world, including Azerbaijan, can change the useless moneys in the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.
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  • EU seeks to renew talks on Trans-Caspian pipeline
    22.10.2014 18:19
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    The European commission is interested in holding negotiations with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan regarding the joint activities on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, Head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard told journalists on October 22.

    She said there is a tripartite format of the meeting on the Trans-Caspian project between the EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

    However, Mard noted she can't tell the exact date of the meeting yet.

    Earlier Azerbaijan's Energy Minister Natig Aliyev informed about EU's plan to hold another round of trilateral talks with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the establishment of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.

    "EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has proposed to hold another round of negotiations with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in Brussels," he told journalists. "But, unfortunately, the Turkmen side has not yet responded for some reasons but Oettinger assured me that the meeting will take place."

    The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline with a length of around 300 kilometers will be laid from the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan, where it will be linked to the Southern Gas Corridor. The pipeline's capacity is 30-40 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    Both Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, two Caspian littoral countries, are interested in using alternative routes for transportation of energy resources from the resource-rich Caspian region to European markets.

    Talks on the construction of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline between Turkmenistan, the EU, and other countries have been held regularly since late 1990s.

    The negotiation process intensified after the EU issued a mandate to start negotiations on the preparation of an agreement between the EU, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan on the Trans-Caspian project in September 2011.

    Ashgabat believes that the agreement between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan is sufficient for laying a pipe under the Caspian Sea.

    Baku has expressed readiness to create transit opportunities and provide means to take advantage of them, as reported by representatives of Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR.

    Azerbaijan will benefit from transportation of gas through the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline because the implementation of this project will make Azerbaijan not only a supplier of gas, but also a transit country.

    However, Iran and Russia have expressed their skepticism towards the project, saying that the construction of the pipeline may damage the Caspian Sea ecology.

    Recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said the Caspian-littoral countries face interventions while constructing pipelines.
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  • KazMunaiGas to spend hugely on geological exploration
    22.10.2014 18:10
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas National Oil and Gas Company will spend $5 billion on the geological exploration in the country in the next three years, Kazakh Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik said at a parliamentary meeting on October 21."This measure will ensure the growth of the company's proved reserves of oil and gas condensate from 823 million metric tons to 1.4 billion metric tons in 2022," he added.He also noted the expansion of the hydrocarbon resource base, increase of the efficiency of the existing fields and preparation of the domestic industry for new conditions are among the main priorities of Kazakhstan's government.In May 2014, the Kazakh government approved a geological exploration program for 2015-2019. Based on the program, the country would allocate 119 billion tenge (around $654 million) from the state budget to conduct geological survey. This program is believed to increase gold, copper and complex ores forecast resources.

    Kazakhstan also plans to attract large national companies and subsoil users to invest in geological exploration, as well as to establish a Geological Research Center which will lead to a substantial reduction in financial expenditure and time for processing geological materials by conducting analyses in the country.
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  • Armenian authorities ignoring public sufferings
    22.10.2014 17:49
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Continuous protests in Armenia reveal nations' deepening dissatisfaction with the ruling regime. One third of the whole population is deprived of their Constitutional rights in Armenia.

    "About 1 million people in Armenia are deprived of their Constitutional rights and this has led them to hold numerous protests over the last year," MP from the Prosperous Armenia party Vahe Enfiajyan said on October 21.

    Enfiajyan underlined the protests against the funded pension system, increase of tuition fees at the state universities, as well as the new turnover tax on small and medium business owners adding that they are the results of a weak constitution in Armenia.

    "We can add to this list the unfair court decisions, stealing money from the citizens' pockets by the paid parking and highway cameras and the draconian bank interests. These are the reasons behind the upcoming protest at the Liberty square on October 24," Enfiajyan noted

    "Troika" of the three main Armenian opposition parties - Heritage party, Prosperous Armenia party and Armenian National Congress held a large-scale protest rally in the capital city Yerevan on October 10. Tens of thousands of residents flocked to the Liberty Square to demand the power change in the country. During the rally, protesters chanted anti-government slogans.

    Government Crisis

    The "opposition trio" has recently expressed its concern over the continuing crisis in Armenia. It adopted a statement to shed light to the dark sides of the crisis at government level.

    The lawmakers of the three leading opposition forces said the corruption, monopolies, high poverty rate, as well as the skyrocketing emigration and mistrust in the electoral system were deepening the crisis.

    "Corruption and monopolies are the greatest evils in Armenia's economy and governance system. Local and international organizations have repeatedly confirmed this fact," Secretary of the Armenian National Congress parliamentary group Aram Manukyan said.Armenians are overwhelmingly leaving the country amid the economic and political crisis in the ex-Soviet state. Poverty and unemployment along with the regular violations of human rights leave no choice for the residents but to abandon their native land.

    "About 213, 000 people have emigrated from Armenia during the last four years. This trend has damaged Armenia's international reputation," Manukyan noted.

    The government fails to meet the society's needs in terms of implementing economic, political, social, financial and other projects to ease public life in the country. Constant failure of taking the right measures deteriorated the situation in the South Caucasus state and all in Armenia started to describe it as a governing crisis. Neither the Constitution's, nor the National Assembly's Rules of Procedure's demands are correctly observed to get rid of the multi-sided crisis.

    Now, about 30 percent poor, 20 percent unemployed and 7 percent beggar Armenians are going to demand their rights at the upcoming rally in October 24. Disagreement between the regime and residents is reaching to its cutting edge in Armenia. The people will either make or break the justice in the country as the ongoing events promise nothing but a dark future.
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  • Azerbaijan establishes Joint Group on Human Rights
    22.10.2014 17:44
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    The Working Group on Human Rights has today held a meeting, human rights activist Saida Gojamanli told APA.

    According to her, organizational issues were mainly discussed at the meeting.

    "At the meeting, it was decided to rename the Working Group as the Joint Group on Human Rights. Head of the Department on Work with Law Enforcement of the Azerbaijan President Administration Fuad Alasgarov and Head of the Azerbaijani Delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov was elected as co-chairs of the group and human rights activists Saadat Bananyarli and Sahib Mammadov as secretariat members. We will prepare proposals for the secretariat at the next meeting," she said.

    Gojamanli praised the outcomes of the meeting.

    "All problems can be solved through negotiations. Today, representatives of civil societies and state authorities can jointly discuss problems. I hope our activities will continue further," she said.

    Recall that the Working Group on Human Rights functioned in 2005-2008. The group included representatives of the government and parliament, as well as human rights defenders.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the Ambassador of Qatar to Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 17:41
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar Mubarak bin Fahad Al-Thani as he ends his diplomatic mission in the country.

    During the meeting, the sides noted with pleasure that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State of Qatar have been successfully developing. The parties said that there were good prospects for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries, and expressed confidence that the bilateral ties would continue to deepen.
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  • Azerbaijan to shift to winter time
    22.10.2014 17:29
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    The control over the implementation of this decision shall be made by the State Committee.

    According to the relevant decision of the Cabinet of Ministers on 26 October at 05:00 in the territory of Azerbaijan clocks will be set one hour back.

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the Cabinet of Ministers "On the introduction of summer time in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic" dated 17 March 1997, every year on the last Sunday of March, the clocks are set an hour forward, thus the shift to daylight takes place.

    Every year on the last Sunday of October the clocks are set an hour back, which means the shift to winter time.

    The control over the implementation of this decision shall be made by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patents.
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  • Iran, P5 1 start expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna
    22.10.2014 16:53
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    Iran and P5 1 have started the expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna.

    Representatives from Iran and the P5 1 have kicked off expert-level talks in the Austrian city of Vienna to discuss differences over a number of issues in the way of reaching a final deal over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy activities, Press TV reports.

    The two-day talks started at the United Nations' office in Vienna on Wednesday.

    The Iranian delegation is headed by Director General for Political and International Affairs at Iran's Foreign Ministry Hamid Ba'eedinejad while the six countries' technical delegation is led by Stephen Clement, an aide to European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western disputes over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the sanctions imposed on Iran and not the number of centrifuges or the level of enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while the US, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions against Iran should remain in place.

    Iran and the P5 1 group - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - are in talks to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program as a November 24 deadline approaches.

    Meanwhile, a senior Iranian negotiator said on October 19 that the extension of Iran's nuclear talks with six world powers beyond the November deadline is not on the agenda of either of the negotiating sides.

    Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said, "Neither of the negotiating parties is interested in the extension of the talks. All sides are determined to achieve an agreement prior to the deadline. Therefore, extension is not on the agenda of any of the parties."
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  • Chairman of Nakhchivan Supreme Majlis meets Turkish Armed Forces delegation
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov has met a delegation of the Turkish Armed Forces.

    Mr. Talibov stressed the importance of the Turkish delegation`s visit to Nakhchivan, hailing it as a "sign of friendly and fraternal relations".

    He pointed out that the visit would contribute to the development of the military ties.

    Chairman of the Supreme Majlis lauded the role of the Turkish Armed Forces in build-up of the military in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

    Mr. Talibov said Azerbaijan and Turkey maintained successful relations in a variety of fields, including the military one.

    Head of the Turkish delegation, commander of the 9th Corps based in Erzurum Seref Ongay praised army build-up measures carried out in Nakhchivan.

    Turkey`s Consul General in Nakhchivan Ali Rza Akinci was present at the meeting.
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  • 1,380 boxes of unusable drugs seized in Azerbaijan
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    903 boxes of drug lack state registration and have been brought to the country without the Health Ministryв's permission.

    1,380 boxes of unusable drug without an analysis protocol were seized during the inspections carried out by the Ministry of Health this year.

    Chief of the Health Ministry's Center for Analytic Examination of Medicines Parviz Azizbayov told APA that 903 boxes of drug of those confiscated lack state registration and medication guide sheet in Azerbaijani. These drugs even lack state registration and have been brought to the country without the Health Ministry's permission: "Perhaps their composition is quality. But according to the legislation, imported drugs must undergo state registration".

    Azizbayov said the Ministry of National Security and the Health Ministry are working together to combat counterfeit medicines, adding that a number of counterfeit drugs were seized as a result of the raids carried out on this issue earlier this year: "Society was thoroughly informed about it. Measures are underway to determine other persons suspected of preparing counterfeit drugs and their sale. No counterfeit drugs have been found out to date".

    The ministry official said the number of registered drugs in Azerbaijan is currently 4,534. Azizbayov noted that about 1% of them is domestic production, saying the country is dependent on import in medicine.

    "Only 1% drugs are local production. The rest are those exported from abroad. 55% of imported drugs come from European countries," he added.
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  • Iran, P5 1 pass over 90% of nuclear talks, difficult steps ahead
    22.10.2014 16:39
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    Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said that Iran and the P5 1 have passed over 90 percent of nuclear negotiations and final ''sensitive, difficult and important'' steps lie ahead, Iranв's State IRINN TV reported Oct. 22.She made the remarks while commenting about the chief Russian negotiator Sergei Ryabkov's statements who said 98 percent of a final deal has been agreed upon, following the latest round of nuclear talks in Vienna in mid-October.Iranian Spokeswoman underlined that all parties try to take advantage of next 40 days to achieve a final deal before 24 Nov. deadline.She noted that extending the deadline is not in the sidesв' agenda yet.Afkham suggested to the parts to avoid exposing to media the topics which are under discussion by nuclear negotiating teams and not finalized during the remaining sensitive period(till Nov. 24).Her remarks came after the report was made by Reuters about the Iranian officials demand for partial removal of sanctions only in specific areas.In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians has said they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions, Reuters said Oct. 21.The Islamic Republicв's foreign ministry officials have rejected the report.Iran and the P5 1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held their latest round of talks in Vienna in mid-October to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the long-standing dispute over Tehranв's nuclear program.Last November, the two sides clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later. However, the parties agreed to extend their talks until Nov. 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

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  • NATO commander visits Georgia
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, General Philip Breedlove paid a visit to Georgia on October 21.

    Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania met NATO's high-ranking official on October 22 to discuss NATO-Georgia partnership, implemented defense reforms, participation of Georgia in international missions and the future plans of cooperation between two sides.

    They also focused on the fulfillment of the Substantial Package granted to Georgia at the NATO's Wales Summit. Discussions also covered the regional security environment. The two sides discussed the threats posed to Georgia given Russia`s aggressive policy. They called for taking steps by the international community to ensure stability in the region.

    Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia William Lahue and NATO Military Liaison Officer Colonel Maximilian Eder also attended the meeting. The Chief of the Georgian Armed Forces' General Staff, Mayor-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Deputy Defence Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili and other officials represented Georgia at the talks.

    General Philip Breedlove will meet with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. He will also visit Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi during his two-day visit to the South Cucasus country. NATO General will deliver a lecture for students from different higher institutions and will answer their questions.

    NATO has earlier approved the NATO-Georgia package during the meeting held in 28 1 format in Brussels. The military alliance expressed its full readiness to timely and effectively fulfill the package.

    Georgia has become one of the five countries to achieve the new elevated status among the NATO partners.
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  • CMB issues another statement on luxurious wedding and funeral ceremonies
    22.10.2014 16:34
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    ''Extreme luxury in sepulchral monuments and the demonstration of arrogance do not fall behind wedding and funeral ceremonies.''

    The Caucasus Muslims Board (CMB) has issued another statement on luxurious wedding and funeral ceremonies in Azerbaijan.

    The CMB's press service told APA the message mentioned a statement adopted by the Gazi Council and the Scientific and Religious Council on 13 July 2011 on luxurious wedding and funeral ceremonies, warning society once again.

    "The revival of national and religious values nowadays in society makes this message necessary for the Azerbaijani people's historically developed life philosophy, public opinion and customs. That's quite natural. Because the interest in our historical roots, Islam, spiritual values, and moral norms has increased over the period of independence. Favorable conditions have emerged for the development of national customs in line with modern standards. So along with the appearance of some positive qualities while revitalizing national and religious traditions, it stands to reason that society is bothered by some extreme or innovated deeds that are not part of the religion. I'm talking about the rules for the arrangement of wedding and funeral ceremonies, sale of burial places in cemeteries, building luxurious sepulchral monuments and a number of other contemporary problems that are receiving wide media coverage these days. Although the Gazi Council and the Scientific and Religious Council of the CMB alongside public figures stated their position in this regard several times in previous years, our proposal and recommendations often remained unfulfilled in society. In many cases, those who claim these ceremonies belong to our national customs and religious traditions are actually distorting the rules and laws of our religion for their interests. Everyone who refers to the fundamental principles of Islam, the personality of Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him, which is an example to mankind, and His hadiths (sayings) sees the contrast between this issue and Islamic rules. First of all, I should be mentioned that Muslims making their children's wedding or giving funeral repast for the dead is a praiseworthy and commendable deed from religious point of view".

    The CMB Gazi Council thinks extreme luxury in sepulchral monuments and the demonstration of arrogance do not fall behind wedding and funeral ceremonies.

    "Islam is the religion of thrift, simplicity and moderateness, and it does not welcome showy magnificence. So making costly gravestones and sepulchral monuments is against Islamic norms. The Gazi Council and the Scientific and Religious Council of the Caucasus Muslims Board call all strata of society to protect Islamic rules and national customs which have developed over years and mass media outlets to actively assist us in this respect," the statement says.
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  • Liverpool, Chelsea and the teams Ronaldo has struggled to score against
    22.10.2014 16:23
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    Cristiano RonaldoВ is in the form of his life forВ Real Madrid.В With 19 goals in 12 games in all competitions this season, the 29-year-old is virtually unstoppable right now.And, having hit an incredible 271 goals in 258 appearances since signing for Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, and a total of 394 club goals in 581 career games, it is fair to say that Ronaldo is not scared of any opponent.However, there are some teams who have fared well against the current Ballon d'Or holder - and one of those is Wednesday's Champions League opponents, Liverpool.In nine games against the Reds - all of which came during his six seasons at Manchester United - Ronaldo scored just two goals. He has never registered at Anfield, the venue of this midweek's game.Ronaldo's most difficult opponents have been Chelsea. He has scored just once in 15 games against the Blues, although that solitary strike arrived in United's 2008 Champions League final triumph in Moscow.Other English clubs that can be proud of their record against the Portuguese include Blackburn (three in 12), Sunderland (one in five), Charlton (one in five) and Birmingham City (two in eight).

    Away from England, Espanyol are the standout bogey side in Spain, with four goals in 10 games. The 29-year-old actually prefers playing a more illustrious Catalan opponent in Barcelona - against whom he has struck 13 times in 24 outings.The only English team that he's faced more than once where he has a ratio of 1:1 or better is actually Manchester United, having scored twice against them in the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2012-13.Ronaldo did not score more than 11 goals per season in his first three years at Old Trafford and 'only' scored 117 times in 290 competitive matches under Sir Alex Ferguson, compared to his aforementioned 271 strikes in 258 games at Madrid.It is worth remembering, too, that once upon a time Ronaldo was taunted by some for not performing in big games. Liverpool were United's fiercest rivals throughout his time in England and his small tally helps to explain how this reputation was forged.The former Sporting player also failed to net in his first 26 Champions League games (excluding qualifiers) for United, whereas he is now on the verge of becoming the competition's all-time top goalscorer.Clearly, a lot has changed since Ronaldo last played at Anfield in 2007, although Liverpool will be hoping that his hoodoo against them continues on Wednesday evening.

    /Goal.Com/
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  • Russia Not Eager to Substitute Exports to Europe With Asia-Pacific: Minister
    22.10.2014 15:59
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    Russia does not want to increase exports to the Asia-Pacific region at the expense of trade with Europe, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Wednesday.

    "We are looking for a new balance. We do not want the exports to the Asia-Pacific region to increase due to the decline in exports to the European countries," the minister said at an Export Insurance Agency of Russia conference, according to RIA Novosti.

    Ulyukayev called Japan, China, South Korea and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states potentially important markets for the Russian exports.

    "Working with these countries, we will form various mechanisms, including the creation of free trade zones and an increase in investment cooperation," the minister added.

    Russia will also continue cooperating with its BRICS partners. "These are our most important trading partners, their share in our trade will increase," Ulyukayev said.

    Moreover, according to the minister, Russia will continue its cooperation with longstanding European partners like the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, if the geopolitical situation allows it.

    Speaking about the volume of Russian exports, Ulyukayev acknowledged that Russia's share in global non-raw materials exports is only 1.6 percent. However, the country intends to increase its exports by 6 percent annually.

    Relations between Russia and Europe have deteriorated due to the situation in Ukraine. Following Crimea's reunification with Russia, the European Union introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs mdash; claims that Russia has repeatedly denied. In response, Russia implemented a one-year ban in August on certain food imports from European Union member states and several other countries.
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  • Terms of Armenia's joining to Baku-Tbilisi-Kars declared
    22.10.2014 15:58
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    Arif Askerov made '‹'‹a statement.

    The matter of connecting Armenia to the railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars can be considered only after the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    According to Oxu.Az the statement came from the head of "Azerbaijan Railways" JSC Arif Askerov speaking to reporters.

    According to A.Askerov, now all interested countries can join the project except Armenia.

    Some time ago Kazakhstan and Afghanistan expressed their desire to join the BTK project.

    An intergovernmental agreement on the establishment of the railway corridor Baku-Tbilisi-Kars was signed on February 7, 2007 between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

    The project envisages the construction of the Kars-Akhalkalaki railway extending to 98 km, 68 km of which will be on the territory of Turkey, 30 km on Georgia, as well as the reconstruction of Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi section extending to 183 km in Georgia. Construction of the Georgian part funded by Azerbaijan, who allocated two concessional loans to Georgia totaling AZN 775 m.

    Until the end of this year it is planned to launch the first working train on the BTK railroad to the border with Turkey. The project is planned to be completed in the first half of 2015.
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  • Armenian MP's mike deliberately turned off
    22.10.2014 15:24
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Dissatisfaction with Armenian president's domestic and foreign policies is on the rise in the country. The recent call "Sargsyan, go out!" reveals the public opinion about the president of the ex-Soviet country.

    Massive disillusion with President Serzh Sargsyan gained a new momentum at a parliamentary session on October 20 when an opposition MP was giving a speech.

    But the microphone of the Member of Parliament from the Heritage party, Zaruhi Postanjyan was suddenly and deliberately turned off while she was addressing the meeting.

    The 4-day session of the Armenian parliament started on October 20. During her speech, Postanjyan claimed that Serzh Sargsyan is not the president of Armenia. "First of all, I would like to say that Sargsyan is not Armenia's president, but the head of a certain group," the parliamentarian said. The MPs from the ruling Republican Party started to interrupt Postanjyan's speech.

    Postanjyan added: "If Sargsyan is not a president, then he has no right to order the parliament." Her microphone was suddenly turned off by the parliament's vice-speaker Edward Sharmazanov at that moment. "I'm not sleeping here. I know how to switch off your mike. You have to follow the ethics and civility like we all do," he told Postanjyan.

    The MP's outrageous words directed at President Sargsyan are the fruits of Sargsyan's policies since his first election as president in 2008. Economic experts accuse Sargsyan of feeding a stranglehold on the country's economy to push it into a big slump. Weak competitiveness in economy has propelled the former Soviet country to drop to 85th place among 144 countries in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2014.

    At the same time, the political analysts claim that lack of Sargsyan's political skills and will has tarnished Armenia's image in international arena. The government's U-turn to change plans from integration into EU to getting closer to Russia has also sparked public dissatisfaction.

    Sargsyan has been named as a violator of the civil rights in Armenia. About 1.3 percent of the articles published in the local media this year blamed the country's head for breaching human rights.

    Martin Luther King's famous saying "I have a dream" has now turned into a reality in Armenia as the residents are dreaming about a country without Sargsyan. Very recent protest rally on October 10 and plans to continue it on October 24 hint to desire of Armenia's 3 million populations to breathe new life into the country.
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  • European Parliament reestablishes friendship group with Azerbaijan
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    Notis Marias: The main purpose of our group is to contribute to the strengthening of EP-Azerbaijan relations.

    On October 21, Brussels-based Office of Communication of Azerbaijan (OCAZ) organized a constitutive meeting of a newly-established friendship group with Azerbaijan as part of the plenary session of the European Parliament, APA's Europe bureau reports.

    Following the meeting, a reception was hosted for group members and other guests on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Azerbaijan Republic.

    Along with former members, some newly-elected MEPs also joined the friendship group after the recent elections in the European Parliament. The constitutive meeting was attended by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Head of the Permanent Representation of Azerbaijan to the European Union Fuad Isgandarov, as well as 30 MEPs from Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, including Vice-Chair of European Conservatives and Reformists Group Notis Marias and Deputy President of the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly Richard Charnetsky.

    Notis Marias told APA that he welcome the newly-established friendship group with Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijan is a very beautiful and developing country. Today, MEPs from eight countries have joined this group at my request. Other MEPs also expressed their intentions to join the group. The main purpose of our group is to contribute to the strengthening of EP-Azerbaijan relations and accelerate Azerbaijan's integration into European institutions. We believe that Azerbaijan plays an important role in Europe's energy security. Moreover, we want the relations of the countries and people we represent here to be developed with the Azerbaijan and its people," he said.

    The new group members were presented at the meeting. They also made speeches, expressing their interests in Azerbaijan.
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  • Hungary marks Independence Day in Baku
    22.10.2014 14:43
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Baku marked Hungarians' national holiday - Independence Day on October 20.

    The Hungarian embassy hosted an event on this occasion, where Hungarian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Zsolt Chutora, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev and many other officials took part.

    Addressing the event, Chutora spoke about the history of Hungary's Independence Day, which is very important day for Hungary people.

    "We have brought together all our close friends on this significant day for us," he said.

    The diplomat also touched upon relations between Azerbaijan and Hungary, noting that the two countries have strong partnership and expressed confidence that this partnership would continue to strengthen.

    Stressing that the mutual visits contribute to developing ties between the two countries, Chutora praised the countries' bilateral relations in the political, economic and humanitarian fields.

    Mammadguliyev, in his turn, congratulated the Hungarian government and people on the Independence Day.

    Highlighting the diplomatic relations between the two countries, he lauded the two countries` cooperation within international organizations.

    Mammadguliyev also noted the importance of Hungarian composers` works, featured in Azerbaijan's stages.

    Later, Foreign Ministry's official Parvin Mirzazade and CEO of "HUNAZ" Organization Nazim Aghamaliyev were awarded with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for their contributions to developing Hungary-Azerbaijan relations.

    Hungary recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in April 1992.

    Azerbaijani-Hungarian high-level relations pave the way for the development of cooperation in economics and other fields. The two countries enjoy great opportunities for the expansion of economic cooperation, establishment of relations between the players of the securities market, and exchange of experience and knowledge in this sector.

    The cooperation in industry, energy, transportation, agriculture, communications and information technology, pharmaceuticals, environment, culture, tourism and other areas are carried out successfully, and trade relations boost between Azerbaijan and Hungary. In 2013, the trade turnover between the two countries increased by nearly 40 percent up to 3.3 million.
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  • Serbian Ambassador: Azerbaijan is one of the world`s five emerging energy markets
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    Belgrade, October 22, AzerTAc

    Incoming Serbian Ambassador in Baku Nebojsa Rodic has hailed Azerbaijan`s importance as an important energy supplier of Europe as he made remarks in an interview with Serbian "b92" news portal.

    The Ambassador said Azerbaijan enjoys growing strategic importance for Europe. "The issue became topical in light of Europe`s needing alternative gas sources."

    "Azerbaijan is one of the world`s five emerging energy markets," said Mr. Rodic.

    He praised Serbian-Azerbaijani economic relations, saying: "We have signed a total of 24 bilateral agreements so far." Our countries enjoy growing trade."

    "The joint business forum that will be held in Baku next year will focus on the expansion of trade and economic cooperation."

    The Ambassador also hailed military and defence industry cooperation between Serbia and Azerbaijan.

    Mr. Rodic said the Serbian government has always attached particular attention to building close relations with Azerbaijan.

    Magsud Dadashov

    Special Correspondent
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  • SOCAR to launch new car service centers in Switzerland
    22.10.2014 14:38
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR plans to commission three car service centers under its own brand in Switzerland by late 2014,В TrendВ agency reported with reference to SOCAR Energy Switzerland.

    Two service centers will be opened in Valbella and Lommise on October 22 and 24 and in Vaduz on November 5, as well as other centers will be inaugurated in Walenstadt and Grono on January 7, 2015.SOCAR, which is keen on expanding operations in the retail oil products market abroad, is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in the domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to industrial and public sectors in Azerbaijan.

    It has representative offices in Georgia, Turkey, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Britain, Iran, Germany and Ukraine, and trading companies in Switzerland, Singapore, Vietnam, Nigeria, and other countries.

    SOCAR started its operation in Switzerland in September 2012 with commissioning its first petrol station in Zurich. In December, the first gas station under the SOCAR brand was opened in western Switzerland.

    SOCAR is now selling classic fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel in Switzerland. However, they are enriched with special additives that ensure optimal level of combustion which is important from an environmental point of view and in terms of the cost and performance of the internal combustion engine of the car.

    SOCAR acquired all shares in Esso Schweiz GmbH and thus took over Esso's network of petrol stations in Switzerland in July 2012. The total cost of the assets acquired by SOCAR in Switzerland is $330 million.With the acquisition of Esso Schweiz, SOCAR received the retail network, the company's division for marketing of fuel for industrial and wholesale customers (the division sells household fuel and bottled gas to independent distributors throughout Switzerland).SOCAR has also taken over the Wangen-Olten gas station group and a number of others as well as joint ventures specializing in aircraft refueling at Geneva and Zurich airports and the Swiss Provision and Supply Company that controls joint ventures managing terminals and pipelines.

    SOCAR's revenues obtained in 2013 as a result of the activity in Switzerland amounted to 30.69 billion manats compared to 3.33 billion manats in 2012.
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  • Turkey in intense talks with Qatar over regional turmoil
    22.10.2014 14:24
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    Qatar and Turkey are engaging in intense talks amid critical developments in the region regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), with both countries part of the U.S.-led coalition against the group.

    Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani in Doha OCt. 22, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "Issues of security cooperation between the two countries and enhancing coordination between ministries" were discussed at the meeting, Anadolu Agency quoted diplomatic sources as saying, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The visit comes after President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan met Qatari Defense Minister Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah in Turkey on Oct. 20. Al-Attiyah also met with Gen. Necdet Özel, the head of Turkey's armed forces.

    As al-Attiyah was having talks in Ankara, Turkish Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Abdullah Atay met with the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Oct. 20.

    The two countries are on the same page on a number of international issues, such as the Syrian crises and recent political developments in Egypt, Libya and Jordan

    Turkey and Qatar have been vocal supporters of the Syrian opposition and have been heavily engaged in efforts to coordinate the fragmented Sunni-majority Syrian rebels. The two states contributed jointly to the formation of the Syrian opposition's civilian wing, the Syrian National Council, and its military wing, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

    Both countries have also been criticized for supporting the al-Nusra Front, the majority of whose militants later joined the ranks of ISIL.

    The Qatar-Turkey line has occasionally deviated from the U.S.-Saudi approach in restructuring the opposition like the Syrian National Coalition and FSA into the Higher Military Council.

    Meanwhile, Turkey has been reluctant to take a decisive military role in the anti-ISIL collation led by the U.S., while Qatar is similarly hesitant to conduct airstrikes against ISIL militants, merely providing air surveillance. As part of the coalition's efforts, Turkey has agreed to train Syrian rebels within its territory.

    Known as strong supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region, Qatar and Turkey have each given sanctuary to Egyptian members of the Brotherhood after they were ousted from power in 2013.

    The two countries' support for the Muslim Brotherhood has strained their ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Governor of Astrakhan Region of Russia
    22.10.2014 14:15
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Governor of Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Zhilkin.

    During the meeting, the sides noted that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation have been developing successfully on all fronts, and expressed their satisfaction with the expansion of Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the federal subjects of Russia, including Astrakhan Region. It was noted that the 4th summit of the heads of state of Caspian littoral states recently held in Astrakhan contributed to the development of ties among these countries.

    Governor Aleksandr Zhilkin hailed projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Astrakhan, saying these projects were welcomed by people of the region with great sympathy.

    The parties also exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation.
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  • Taner Yildiz: ''Turkey will abandon ''take or pay'' principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year
    22.10.2014 13:51
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    Baku. Agshin RafiqoДџlu - APA-Economics. Turkey will abandon "take or pay" principle in gas supply from Azerbaijan from next year, said the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz in his interview to NTV channel.

    According to him, Turkey put an end to "take or pay" principle from Russia last year: "Turkey will abandon this principle with Iran at the end of this year, with Azerbaijan from next year. We pay for gas that we don't buy. Advances of these payments are our citizens' money. I think we will solve this".

    Turkey buys gas from Iran for $490 per 1,000 cubic meters, from Azerbaijan for $335 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    Russia sells gas to Turkey for $425 per 1,000 cm.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the President and the Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Unions
    22.10.2014 13:18
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    Baku, October 22, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the General Confederation of Trade Unions and vice-president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov and Secretary General of the General Confederation of Trade Unions Vladimir Shcherbakov.

    During the meeting, the sides stressed the importance of the Baku meeting of the Executive Committee of the General Confederation of Trade Unions in terms of international cooperation. It was noted that Azerbaijan maintained successful cooperation with the General Confederation of Trade Unions and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

    The parties discussed cooperation prospects.
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  • German FM to visit Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 13:03
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    will visit Azerbaijan on October 23, APA reports quoting Agence France-Press.

    As part of the visit, Steinmeier is expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

    The German FM will then pay a visit to Yerevan to meet Armenian officials.

    It is reported that Steinmeier plans to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its possible solutions with Azerbaijani and Armenian officials.

    Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry told APA that German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be on an official visit to Azerbaijan on October 22-23. He is scheduled to meet with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.

    Following the meeting, the FMs will hold a joint press conference.
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  • Azerbaijanв's Shamkir, Lithuaniaв's Siauliai become sister cities
    22.10.2014 12:54
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    Azerbaijanв's Shamkir, Lithuaniaв's Siauliai have become sister cities.

    On October 22, a protocol of intention on sister partnership was signed by Head of the Shamkir District Executive Authority Alimpasha Mammadov and Justinas Sartauskas, Mayor of Siauliai, APA's western bureau reports.

    It was noted during the signing ceremony that the establishment and development of bilateral economic and cultural relations between the regions will also expand relations between the two countries. The protocol signed between Shamkir and Siauliai will contribute to this process.

    The protocol of intention envisages the establishment of mutual relations between Shamkir and Siauliai and the implementation of a number of projects in economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
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  • Ebola not threatening Azerbaijan
    22.10.2014 12:44
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The Ebola scare is still threatening the world. The world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed over 4,500 people so far with more than 9,000 people infected.

    To cope with the virus, Azerbaijan has strengthened quarantine controls on border crossing points (BCP), the State Customs Committee said.

    The State Committee noted that preventive measures have already been taken on the national border checkpoints.

    To this end, some special seminars have already been held for staff of the border checkpoints. Moreover, the borders' staff use special device - thermovisor- to determine the temperature of the human body.

    The centers have adopted special medical examinations for persons passing through the borders. Special brochures about Ebola virus compiled by sanitary quarantine inspection of the Azerbaijan's Health Ministry are distributed among people passing through borders.

    Also, the fact that such products as banana and coffee are imported from African countries creates deep doubt among Azerbaijani population.

    However, officials assure that penetration of this dangerous disease into the country via imported goods is impossible.

    The Head of the Toxicology Control Laboratory of the State Phytosanitary Supervision Service under the Azerbaijan Agriculture Ministry, Yagub Ibrahimov, stressed that Ebola virus could not penetrate into Azerbaijan via imported bananas or coffee.

    He said that the laboratory of poisoning control carefully checks imported bananas. If the bananas do not meet certain standards, they won't be allowed to enter the country.

    The dangerous disease spreads only via direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people.

    The incubation period of Ebola is maximum 21 days. People are infectious until their blood and secretions contain viruses, which lasts up to 60 days.

    To protect yourself against the disease, it is necessary to observe personal hygiene.

    Recently, WHO established the list of countries, which urgently should approve the national response plan in case of Ebola's penetration into their territory.

    Some 14 countries have been included in the list, which have a common state border with the countries that are experiencing an epidemic and a high level of migration flows.
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