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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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  • Azerbaijan rejects legalization of surrogacy once and for all
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    The issue of legalizing surrogacy has been removed from the agenda of the Azerbaijani Parliament once and for all because of negative public attitude.

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  • BSE limits acceptance of applications for USD/RUR pair
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

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    "Operations, on which the applications on the USD/ RUR pair were implemented earlier, may be closed at any time," said the message. "The recovery for applications will be announced later."

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  • Azerbaijani parliament raises issue of using Azerbaijani language at international organizations
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    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov '" APA. It is proposed to use the Azerbaijani language at international organizations.

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    "It's a great idea. We can negotiate with international organizations to realize it", Asadov stressed.
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  • First Lady visits Ateshgah Temple
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    By Ulker Dunyamaliyeva - Trend:

    As many as 2,941,308 people have individual social insurance accounts in Azerbaijan as of December 1, 2014, which is 9.29 percent more than the same index as of early 2014, a report by the State Social Protection Fund (SSPF) announced Dec.18.

    During the 11 months of 2014 the number of those for whom individual accounts were opened, increased by 249, 951 people. Of the total number of insured for whom individual accounts of social insurance were opened, 59.06 percent were men and 40.94 percent women.

    According to the State Social Protection Fund, a large number of people with individual accounts are working citizens under the age of 30 years. The total number of citizens of this category is 24.3 percent of all social insurance payers.

    Individual accounts were also opened for 23.9 percent of taxpayers at the age of 30-40 years, 21.5 percent - 40-50 years, 20.4 percent - 50-60 years and 9.9 percent over the age of 60 years.

    From January 1, 2006, in accordance with the law "On labour pension", Azerbaijan switched to using individual accounting for social insurance. On this basis, each taxpayer of contributions for compulsory social insurance has individual accounts where contributions for compulsory social insurance paid can accumulate.

    In accordance with the State Program of the development of the pension, insurance system in Azerbaijan for 2009-2015, the state social insurance system extends the use of individual records.

    Edited by CN

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    5
  • Putin says in worst case scenario Russia needs 2 years to get out of crisis
    18.12.2014 13:51
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    Trend:

    In the worst case scenario, Russia will need two years to get out of the crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his 10th annual large press conference on Dec.18.

    He said the current situation in Russia's economy was primarily triggered by external factors, RIA Novosti reported.

    Russian president also expressed hope that the trend of decrease in the exchange rate of foreign currencies and strengthening of Russian ruble will continue, adding that if the situation in the country's economy gets worse, there will be need to adjust the plans.

    Translated by LZ

    Edited by SI

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    2
  • Azerbaijani gymnasts shine at Voronin Cup
    18.12.2014 13:30
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 21st International Artistic Gymnastics Tournament, the Mikhail Voronin Cup, wrapped up in Moscow on December 17.

    During the two days of the annual event, gymnasts including 87 men and 53 women competed for the medals.

    Members of the national team Anna Pavlova and Yuliya Inshina, who won a total of six medals, represented Azerbaijan at the tournament.

    Anna Pavlova gained 51.70 points for her performances and took the third place in the all-around. She also won a bronze medal in the floor exercise, on vault and uneven bars. Both gymnasts stood on the same platform during the balance beam awarding ceremony. Pavlova became the second, and Yuliya Inshina won bronze medal.

    For the national gymnasts, the Mikhail Voronin Cup became the last event of the outgoing year.
    6
  • Azerbaijan and Albania to discuss TAP
    18.12.2014 12:59
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    On December 18-20, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev will pay an official visit to Albania to discuss energy cooperation.

    According to Energy Ministry, Aliyev is expected to meet with Albanian Minister of Energy and Industry Damian Gjiknuri.

    They will discuss current relations, TAP, as well as development potential of domestic gas market of Albania.

    Both ministers are planned to hold briefing for press.
    13
  • Azerbaijan gets 9% rise in consumer market
    18.12.2014 12:59
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    Volume of commodity and service in the consumer market of the country made AZN 26.1 mln in January-November, 2014, up 9.0% from previous year.

    The State Statistical Committee told APA that shares of retail commodity turnover and paid services relevantly made 73.7% and 26.3%.

    98.8% of commodity and service in the trade and service networks was formed through activity of the private sector, rising 9.4%.
    6
  • Baku State University, University of Tehran agree on cooperation
    18.12.2014 12:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The rectors of the Baku State University (BSU) and the University of Tehran signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation, the Baku State University's website said.

    The rector of the University of Tehran Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, his advisor Dr. Ahmedrza Khazri and Vice-Rector for International Relations Mohammad Bagher Ghahremani visited the BSU December 17.

    BSU rector, academician Abel Maharramov informed the guests about the history of the university, scientific achievements, education development prospects and international relations.

    Ahmadabadi expressed satisfaction with the visit to BSU and stressed the interest in developing the relations.

    The sides discussed issues of cooperation between universities of the two countries, as well as the teacher and student exchanges.

    Maharramov also invited Ahmadabadi to visit Baku to participate in an event dedicated to the BSU 95th anniversary.

    During the visit, the meetings are planned to be held in the Ministry of Education, Khazar University and the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

    ---

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    6
  • EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan
    18.12.2014 12:50
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    EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

    Leaders will also back a huge 315-billion-euro ($380-billion) investment plan unveiled last month by new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker -- although hard cash is expected to be lacking to help kickstart Europe's economy.

    "The Russian economic situation will be in everyone's minds," a European diplomat said, after a month that has seen Russia spend heavily to stop the collapse of the ruble triggered by falling oil prices and sanctions imposed by Brussels and Washington.

    Tusk -- who on December 1 took up his duties as president of the European Council grouping the 28 EU member states -- has set aside talks on a "strategy" for Moscow, several European sources said.

    No new sanctions will be decided at the summit in Brussels as the EU "is not in a hardening mindset," one diplomat said, while another added: "We don't want to provoke Putin too much."

    "We must pursue the political work," a French source said.

    On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a conference call with presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, agreeing that peace talks to end months of bloody rebellion in the east of the ex-Soviet republic should resume "as soon as possible".

    The EU leaders, who want to tread a line between firmness and dialogue with Moscow, must reflect on how to follow up on the heavy sanctions agreed over the summer after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

    "Everybody agrees that the sanctions have an impact but that they are not an end in themselves," a European source said, stressing that Russia has not changed its policy one bit on Ukraine.

    Western powers have repeatedly accused Russia of stoking the Ukraine crisis, which has killed at least 4,700 people and displaced close to one million, by supplying weapons and troops to the rebels -- Moscow denies this.

    Tusk said: "The crisis in Ukraine remains a serious concern.... It is therefore important that we come out of this meeting with a clear political message".
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  • PACE rapporteur Milica Markovic visits Terter region of Azerbaijan
    18.12.2014 12:44
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    The fact finding mission led by rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Milica Markovic visited Terter region of Azerbaijan, within the preparation of report on ''Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water''.

    The delegation was received at the Terter Executive Authorities and informed on the situation in region related to the mentioned problem, AzerTag reports.

    MP from Bosnia and Herzegovina Milica Markovic was appointed rapporteur on Sarsang Reservoir, located in the occupied territories.
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  • Azerbaijan makes huge contribution to UNESCOв's development '" director general
    18.12.2014 12:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Azerbaijan has become an active member of UNESCO since it joined this organization, Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said in her message to the participants of the 5th meeting of the National Commissions and Committees for UNESCO of TURKSOY member states.

    The event that kicked off in Baku on Dec.18 is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishment of National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO.

    The message read out by UNESCO representative Genc Seiti said that as a result of the activities of Azerbaijan's National Commission for UNESCO, the country has become increasingly involved in UNESCO's projects aimed at preserving and protecting the cultural heritage in the world.

    Thanks to the efforts and initiatives by Azerbaijan's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva in protecting and preserving the cultural heritage, the country's cooperation with the organization has even more developed, said the message.

    Moreover, Azerbaijan actively works on preserving the world's intangible heritage by implementing various projects in this sphere, according to Bokova.

    Bokova added that the country possesses priceless intangible heritage, some samples of which have already been included in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

    She expressed confidence that all the initiatives, joint activities of Azerbaijan with UNESCO will continue in the future as well.

    The meeting that will continue on Dec.19 aims at exploring the possibilities of cooperation of Turkic-speaking countries in UNESCO, implementing various projects, discussing necessary issues such as inclusion of joint nominations into relevant lists of UNESCO.

    The event is being attended by representatives of Azerbaijani government, UNESCO and TURKSOY officials, heads of the national commissions and committee of Turkic-speaking countries.

    Edited by SI

    ---

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  • TAP invites companies to pre-qualify for line pipes and bends
    18.12.2014 12:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) launched its pre-qualification process for onshore line pipes and bends, TAP reported on December 18.

    The scope for this contract has been divided into six lots which will be delivered to marshalling yards in Kavala and Thessaloniki in Greece and Durres in Albania.

    The total length required for the line pipes will be approximately 780 km, totalling approximately 443,000 tonnes in weight, with a diameter of 48 inches and 36 inches respectively.

    The TAP project was selected by the consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development as the transportation route to the European markets.

    The long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

    Construction of TAP is planned to begin in 2016. TAP's shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagaacute;s (16 percent) and Axpo (five percent).

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    3
  • Malala Yousafzai leads tributes to Peshawar school attack victims
    18.12.2014 12:05
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    17 DECEMBER 2014 Malala Yousafzai and Queen Rania of Jordan showed their solidarity for the victims of the "atrocious" attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday. A total of 141 people were killed '" 132 of whom were children '" when Taliban militants stormed the building.

    Reaching out on her organisation's Facebook page, Malala, who actively campaigns for female rights and education, released a moving statement.

    "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us," the 17-year-old wrote. "Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this."

    "I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable," added Malala. "I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters '" but we will never be defeated."

    The Nobel Prize winner from Pakistan was herself was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen two years ago, when she had boarded her school bus in the district of Swat.

    Malala's message was echoed by various supporters on social media, including Queen Rania of Jordan who shared a post on Twitter.

    "Till when will innocent children pay the horrific price of extremism #PeshawarAttack #ThisIsNotIslam," wrote the royal and mother-of-four.

    As more details and photos of the deadly attack emerged, a range of people from political leaders to celebrities expressed their grief and horror online and the term #PeshawarAttack was soon trending.

    Harry Styles tweeted to his 22.9million followers: "Awful awful news from Peshawar in Pakistan. It's so sad, thinking of everyone there," while Prime Minister David Cameron wrote: "The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school."

    Pope Francis condemned the incident, as well as the recent siege in Sydney and car bomb attack in Yemen, as he gave his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.

    "I would like to pray together with you for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts carried out in the past few days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen," he said.

    "May God welcome the dead into his peace, comfort the families and convert the hearts of the violent ones, who do not even stop before children."
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  • Some people injured in Turkeyв's bus accident
    18.12.2014 12:05
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A bus with workers overturned in the province of Usak, western Turkey. Around 17 people were severely injured, Turkish Haber7 TV channel reported Dec. 18.

    The bus overturned because the driver lost control.

    All the injured were taken to the nearby hospitals. All of them are Turkish citizens.

    Edited by CN

    ---

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  • Fake terrorist detained at US embassy in Turkey
    18.12.2014 12:04
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An Iranian citizen was detained in Ankara near the US Embassy in Turkey, Milliyet newspaper reported Dec. 18.

    A 19-year-old Iranian citizen Mohammed A. threw his bag at the door of the embassy, which caused confusion and panic among passers-by.

    The Iranian citizen was detained by the embassy guards and transferred to the law enforcement agencies of Turkey. The bag was empty.

    The investigation is underway. The detainee is a student of one of the Turkish universities, according to the preliminary data.

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  • Liberation of occupied territories, Azerbaijanв's priority for 2015
    18.12.2014 11:59
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    By Sara Rajabova

    The main aim of Azerbaijan in 2015 is to fulfill its commitment to liberate the countryв's occupied territories with more fighting capacity of the armed forces.

    Zakir Hasanov, Azerbaijanв's Defense Minister made the remark at a meeting of the leadership of military medical services held at the Central Clinical Hospital of the armed forces on December 17.

    Hasanov said the officers of medical service are tasked precisely in this direction. He also emphasized the contribution of the leadership of each military-medical establishments in enhancing the combat capability of the army units, Defense Ministry said.

    Natig Aliyev, Head of the Ministryв's Health Department, noted the importance of the measures implemented by the government and the army over the past year to improve the capabilities of the military personnel and the level of social and living conditions, equipping the military medical facilities with modern technologies, improving the examination and treatment procedures, protecting the health of military personnel and their families and offering health services in accordance with modern standards.

    The defense minister also answered questions on topical areas of military medicine at the meeting.

    Then, the defense minister held talks with the military medical staff of faculty of Azerbaijan Medical University and gave instructions and recommendations to them.
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  • James Warlick: "We need more discussions"
    18.12.2014 11:49
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    James Warlick thanked Carnegie Foundation and the "Conciliation Resources" organization for the invitation, 1 news.az reports.

    US co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick thanked the Carnegie Foundation and the "Conciliation Resources" organization for the invitation to the contact group on Karabakh to discuss peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict.

    "Thanks to the Carnegie Foundation and the "Conciliation Resources" organization for the invitation to the contact group on Karabakh to discuss peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict", he wrote in his account in Twitter.

    "We need more discussion," J.Warlick added.

    OSCE Minsk Group remains the main platform for negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, despite the efforts of international mediators, the conflict remains unresolved for more than 20 years.

    20% of the territory of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts - are still occupied by Armenian armed forces.

    Four UN Security Council resolutions call for the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, which the Armenian side continues to ignore.
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  • Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces explains Saudi Arabia's connection with IS
    18.12.2014 11:44
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Saudi Arabia is the founder of such terrorist organizations as the lsquo;Islamic State' and uses its revenues from the sale of oil to finance such organizations, Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi said.

    Firouzabadi said the creation of a coalition by the US and European countries against the lsquo;Islamic State' is a purely tactical step, IRNA reported.

    The lsquo;Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

    Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared lsquo;a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces. Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.

    In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the lsquo;Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.

    Firuzabadi went on to say that in reality, western countries finance the activity of the lsquo;Islamic State' and assist this terrorist organization in obtaining weaponry.

    "Having increased the oil production, Saudi Arabia assured western countries that they will have no problems with fuel," said the chief of staff. "Thereby, Saudi Arabia reduced the revenues of the countries which fight against terrorism in the region and caused $500 billion worth of damage to the region's economy."

    He added that on the other hand, Saudi Arabia helped western countries experiencing financial crisis to increase their revenues by a total of $300 billion.

    Edited by SI

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    83
  • Sony cancels Kim Jong-Un movie after threats
    18.12.2014 11:39
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    Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of controversial film The Interview, which depicts an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

    The company said the decision was made after major US cinema chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.

    "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned 25 December theatrical release," a Sony Pictures statement said.

    The studio added it was "deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company".

    US investigators have now linked the Sony hacking incident to North Korea and will reveal more details later.

    The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco

    Sony Pictures said it stands by the makers of the film, which tells the fictional story of two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader.

    A hacker group calling itself the Guardians of Peace attacked Sony Pictures and released internal emails by senior company executives.

    The group said audiences would face a "bitter fate" and people living close to cinemas showing the film should leave their homes.

    "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to," they said.

    "Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear.

    "Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.)"

    The Landmark's Sunshine Cinema in New York confirmed earlier that the film's Thursday premiere would not go ahead.

    An official at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres within the United States".

    However, police in New York and Los Angeles said they were taking the threats "very seriously".

    North Korea has publicly denied it was involved in the cyber attack, but it did issue a statement earlier this month describing the hack as a "righteous deed."
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  • President of Azerbaijan allocates AZN 1 mln to Karabakh FC
    18.12.2014 11:30
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on successful participation of Karabakh football club at the Europe League games.

    Under the Decree, for successful participation of Karabakh football club at Europe League, representing the country and contribution to the development of football in Azerbaijan, 1 million manats has been allocated from the Reserve Fund of Azerbaijan President considered in 2014 Budget to Karabakh football club.

    The Ministry of Finance was instructed to ensure allocation of funds in the prescribed manner.
    47
  • Azerbaijan improves its position in Forbes ranking
    18.12.2014 11:29
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    ''Nagorno Karabakh conflict hinders economic development''.

    Forbes has published the annual ranking of the best countries for business. Azerbaijan rose 7 points settling at the 60th place among 146 countries as compared to the previous year.

    According to Oxu.Az, the magazine notes that high rates of Azerbaijan's economic development along with the growth in oil and gas export are also associated with the twofold growth in construction, banking sectors and real estate.

    "Oil export via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Novorossiysk and Baku-Supsa pipelines is considered the main economic factor and the works on raising oil export continue. Upon completion of the works over the South gas corridor between Azerbaijan and Europe which is of great geopolitical importance, the sources of oil export revenues will grow", the edition says.

    Forbes viewed Nagorno Karabakh conflict as a factor hindering the economic development of Azerbaijan.

    The magazine says that Azerbaijan has seen a decline in its trade with the former USSR and Russia, while developing these ties with Turkey and European countries.

    Denmark is leading on the list and is followed by Hong Kong and New Zealand.
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  • Ashgabat, Tokyo hold political consultations
    18.12.2014 11:24
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec. 16

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The political consultations between the foreign ministries of Turkmenistan and Japan were held in Ashgabat, the government said.

    A Japanese delegation was led by Special Representative for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Deputy Director General of the European Affairs Bureau at the Japanese Foreign Ministry Akira Muto.

    During the consultations, the promising directions of further bilateral relations were analyzed in the political, trade-economic, investment and cultural areas.

    "The sides gained rich experience in the mutually beneficial exchange in all areas of cooperation, as well as among the state, public organizations and business circles of the two countries," the statement says.

    The sides discussed the prospects for developing and strengthening the mutually beneficial partnership as part of the plan of the "Central Asia plus Japan" dialogue.

    The sides support the participation of leading Japanese companies in the high-tech large-scale joint projects in Turkmenistan.

    President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's official visit to Japan in September 2013 was an impetus for the development of relations. Following the visit, the contracts worth a few billion dollars were signed in Tokyo to build a number of large industrial enterprises in the oil, gas and chemical spheres.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijanis to see solar, lunar eclipses next year
    18.12.2014 11:21
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    By Amina Nazarli

    People living in Azerbaijan will have a chance to see a very rare astronomical phenomenon -- solar and lunar eclipses- next year, said Khidir Mikailov, the Deputy Director on Scientific Rresearch of Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) .

    The lunar eclipse will last 4 hours and 8 minutes from 11:40 to 15:48 on March 20. The solar eclipse will reach its maximum at 13:44. In Azerbaijan the solar eclipse will last for 90 minutes.

    ''In Azerbaijan the solar eclipse will be observed from 13:46 to 15:18 Baku time. It will reach its maximum at 14:30. We will be able to see that the disc of the moon will cover the sun only by half,'' he noted.

    The solar eclipse will be partially seen in North Africa, South Asia and Europe. However, it will completely be observed in the Island, North Atlantic and in the basin of the Arctic Ocean.

    An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as a bad omen. A total solar eclipse may frightening those people who are unaware of its astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

    As looking directly at the Sun can lead to a permanent eye damage or blindness, special eye protection method or indirect viewing techniques are used when viewing a solar eclipse.

    A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the earth into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or are very close to each other with the earth in the middle. So, a lunar eclipse can only occur at nights when the Moon in its full shape. The type and length of an eclipse depends upon the moon's location relative to its orbital nodes.Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the earth.

    A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts only for a few minutes at any given place, due to the smaller size of the moon's shadow. Also, unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view at without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are not brighter than the full moon itself.
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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    18.12.2014 11:20
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    Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian armed forces 52 times violated the ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Dec. 18.

    On that day, Armenian armed forces located in the village of Mosesgeh of Armeniaв's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Alibayli in the Tovuz district.

    Armenian armed forces located in the village of Berkaber and Paravakar of Armeniaв's Ijavan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Gizilhajili in the Gazakh district and Kehneqishlaq of the Aqstafa district.

    Armenian armed forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Sarijali, Marzili of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand district, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veysalli of the Fizuli district and Qekarkh, Chayli, Chilyaburt of the Tartar district.

    The Azerbaijani armed forces were fired at from the nameless heights in the districts of Fuzuli, Goranboy and Khojavand.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

    49
  • Georgia planning to launch e-visa service
    18.12.2014 11:09
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    /AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Georgia is planning to launch an electronic visa service in the near future. It is part of the countryв's efforts to ease the process of applying for a Georgian visa for foreign tourists.

    Giorgi Chogovadze, Head of the National Tourism Administration, which stands for the tourism sector's development in Georgia, believes that the e-visa service will boost the country's tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreigners, as the newly applied visa rules have created some difficulties for tourists.

    "The date for the launch of the new service has not yet been set. However, we have to test the traffic of the users that will be able to use the electronic travel authorization scheme,'' Chogovadze said.

    Chogovadze noted that the government is actively working to correct the current deficiencies to simplify the issues related to new visa regulations, which came into force on September 1, 2014.

    "The Georgian government would like Dubai to share its experience on how to issue residence permits to foreigners living in Georgia. In this regard, a Georgian delegation has been invited to Dubai on behalf of Dubaiв's Sheikh,'' Chogovadze said.

    Tourists from 102 countries including Iran, Iraq, Egypt and India are required to obtain a visa before entering the Georgian territory.

    Latest data revealed that the number of tourists has decreased by 50 percent and 45 percent from Iran and Iraq respectively. Despite these facts, Iranians are still on the list of top ten nations visiting Georgia.

    The largest number of non-resident visitors to Georgia is from Turkey, followed by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Iran, Israel, Germany, Kazakhstan and the U.S.

    Georgiaв's new law on "Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons" came into force on September 1, 2014. Visa-free travel with Georgia was canceled for 24 countries. Citizens from 94 countries are now eligible to enter Georgia for a short stay without a visa.

    The previous rules allowed the citizens from 118 countries to enter Georgia without a visa and stay for a maximum of 360 days there. But since this September, the citizens from 94 countries are provided with the right to enter the Georgia's territory without a visa for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period after September.
    16
  • Azerbaijani FM about destruction of all cultural monuments in occupied lands
    18.12.2014 11:09
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    ''Armenia does not comply with the decision of UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict regarding the protection of cultural property in the occupied territories''

    The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a major threat to our regional security. Nagorno Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan are under occupation of Armenian armed forces for more than twenty years. Consequently, the most basic human rights of more than a million of our compatriots were grossly violated and they were forced to live as refugees and internally displaced persons", Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said at the fifth meeting of the National Commissions and Committees for UNESCO of TURKSOY member states being held in Baku, APA reports.

    E. Mammadyarov said UNESCO's Committee for Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict has adopted a decision on the protection of cultural property occupied territories.

    "Unfortunately, during these years Armenia fulfilled neither the UN Security Council's resolutions nor the requirements of this decision adopted by UNESCO. Armenia has deliberately destroyed all cultural monuments of ours in occupied Karabakh and other surrounding districts and even plundered our museums," said E. Mammadyarov.

    The minister noted that there can't be anything more tragic than the destruction of any cultural and religious monuments or cultural values in general built thousands of years ago and the killing of innocent people.

    "We have to continue our efforts with high determination in protecting our common cultural heritage, expanding cooperation opportunities for its recognition by the world, and establishing sound cultural heritage for future generations through TURKSOY and UNESCO," he stressed.
    3
  • Putinв's tenth news conference to be held against unprecedented background
    18.12.2014 11:09
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a major news conference at noon Moscow Time on Thursday without time limits or restrictions of topics.

    The presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told TASS that "there is no time limit for the news conference," which meant that Putin would answer the questions as long as he thought proper. But "no-one is going to break records," Peskov said, ITAR TASS reports.

    In 2008 the news conference was the longest - four hours and 40 minutes - while in 2013 just half an hour shorter.

    Peskov said that the procedure of Putin's news conference has not changed.

    "The press secretary moderates a news conference but at some moment the president makes a decision to do it himself and picks the interviewers," Peskov said adding that he did not know when this moment would come.

    All 1,259 accredited journalists have a right to ask the president a question, he said.

    "There have been no restrictions of accreditation," he said. "On the contrary, we have reporters who have come from abroad and the Foreign Ministry issued visas for them."

    On Wednesday, Peskov said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television that he was hopeful to see reporters from Ukraine, who work in Moscow and have accreditations.

    According to the lists posted on the Kremlin official website, reporters from Japan, the United States, Iran, Germany, France, Romania, Belarus, Sweden, Israel, China, Denmark, Spain, Abkhazia, Poland, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and the United Kingdom will attend Putin's news conference. Reporters working for Crimea's television broadcasting companies and outlets will join Russian media this time.
    3
  • Avon beauty firm pays $138 mln to settle China bribe probe
    18.12.2014 10:55
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    US authorities fined the international cosmetics seller Avon Products $135 million to settle a corruption probe in China.

    The global beauty supplier, known for its door-to-door and catalogue sales, bribed local officials with foreign travel and expensive trinkets such as Gucci bags and Louis Vuitton merchandise, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement.

    The SEC said Avon had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by failing to stop bribes to Chinese officials.

    "The SEC alleges that Avon's subsidiary in China made $8 million worth of payments in cash, gifts, travel, and entertainment to gain access to Chinese officials implementing and overseeing direct selling regulations in China," the SEC said.

    Avon was trying to be among the first to test the regulations, and eventually received the first direct selling business license in China in March 2006, the SEC said.

    "Avon missed an opportunity to correct potential FCPA problems at its subsidiary, resulting in years of additional misconduct that could have been avoided," said Scott Friestad, an associate director in the SEC's enforcement division.

    US media reported that Avon, founded in 1886, pleaded guilty at a federal court in New York on Wednesday to conspiring to violate the FCPA.

    In reaching the proposed settlement, the SEC considered Avon's "cooperation and significant remedial measures," the SEC said.

    In addition to the financial penalty, Avon is required to retain an independent monitor to review its compliance program with the FCPA for 18 months.

    Avon is struggling in the wake of the economic slowdown in Brazil and Russia, its two main markets.
    3
  • President awards winners of "Best Teacher" contest
    18.12.2014 10:54
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    A single-time money prize of AZN 5,000 was awarded to winners.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on awarding the winners of "Best Teacher" contest, which was held in the 2012/2013 academic year.

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the order, the teachers who excelled in the "Best Teacher" contest, held in the 2012/2013 academic year, were awarded with single-time money prize of AZN 5,000.
    5
  • Proxy war prevents Lebanon from receiving Iranв's military aid
    18.12.2014 10:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16

    By Umid Niayesh, Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    After several months of uncertainty about the fate of Iran's military aid to Lebanon's army, Iran's Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan officially announced that the Lebanese government did not accept the aid.

    The Issue of Iran's gratuitous military aid to Lebanon's army was shared with the public on Sept. 30 during the visit of Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Islamic Republic's Supreme National Security Council to Beirut.

    Shamkhani announced that Iran would give the Lebanese army military equipment and weapons, however the Lebanese side declined to formally respond to Iran's offer.

    Iranian military expert, Hossein Aryan believes that various factors, in particular pressure of some countries, especially the US, affected the Lebanese government's decision, to reject the aid.

    Washington had warned Lebanon not to accept the offer of Iranian arms, Aryan told Trend Dec. 16, adding that the US doesn't want Iran's influence in Lebanon higher than the current level.

    Some Lebanese officials' expressed concern that the arms transfer would be a violation of the UN sanctions on Iran and this was also an important factor on making the decision, Aryan explained.

    It should be noted that in March 2007 the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1747 which established an embargo on the export from Iran of all arms and related materials, thereby banning all states and groups from purchasing or receiving arms from Iran. The resolution also called on all states to 'exercise vigilance and restraint' in their supply of any items covered by the UN Register of Conventional Arms to Iran.

    Aryan also said that Saudi Arabia, which is in a "proxy war" (a war instigated by a major power that does not itself become involved)" with Iran in the region also imposed pressure on Lebanon to refuse the military aid.

    Reportedly, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz had asked then Lebanese President Michel Suleiman during their meeting in Riyadh in November about why the Lebanese army hadn't closed the border with Syria and prevented Hezbollah fighters from crossing, Aryan said.

    He added that Saudi Arabia has promised to give $3 billion to buy weapons from France to help support and strengthen the Lebanese army.

    The Saudi Arabia also will provide another $1 billion help to the Lebanese army, Aryan said.

    All of these aids should be considered within the proxy war between the region's main powers, the expert explained.

    He said that France also is among the countries that play an influental role in Lebanon.

    In addition to historical ties between France and Lebanon, the French government maintains Israel's interests in Lebanon, Aryan said, adding "Israel doesn't want changes in the balance of powers in southern Lebanon."

    The Jewish minority is very powerful in France and the country ranks third in the world in terms of Jewish population after Israel and the US with over half a million, he said. So the country is very close to Israel and defends its interests, Aryan argued.

    The politic balance inside Lebanon also is important in the refusal of Iran's aid, the expert said, adding Lebanese don't want the influence of Hezbollah to spread to army by the Islamic Republic's aid.

    Hassan Hashemian, Iranian expert on Arab region issues also told Trend Dec. 16 that the Lebanon's army tries to be neutral towards political conflicts, in particular between the regional countries.

    Iran's possible influence on the Lebanese army through the mentioned aid has increased concerns in the country over the army's tendency towards certain groups, he said.

    "So the issue is seriously criticized inside the Lebanon," Hashemian underlined.

    Hashemian also touched on the role of foreign countries in rejecting the Iran's help by the Lebanese government.

    "The US, France and Saudi Arabia as main providers of economic and military aids to Lebanon opposed the issue and prevented its realization," he said, adding that it indicates that the Lebanon army still is independent from Hezbollah and other pro-Iran groups,

    However, the Lebanese army is one of the smallest among Arab countries and Hezbollah is actually more powerful than the country's army, he pointed out.

    While responding to a question about Iran's main target of providing the military aid to the army, Hashemian said that the Islamic Republic was keen to strengthen Hezbollah's position in fighting with the Syrian opposition groups on the frontline of the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

    The Syrian opposition militants impose serious pressure on Hezbollah on Arsal's frontline, he said, adding under the cover of helping the Lebanese army, Iran purposed to decrease the pressure on Hezbollah in Arsal, he explained.

    It should be noted that the Islamic State (IS) group has declared war on the Lebanese army, which they claim has assisted the Shiite Iranian-backed Hezbollah group that has de facto control over the government of Lebanon.

    In particular, the Sunni jihadists say the army has allowed Hezbollah fighters through checkpoints to assist the Syrian army against Syrian opposition forces. Hezbollah contends that it is providing the assistance to maintain the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is closely allied with Iran.

    Edited by CN

    Umid Niayesh is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh

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  • Prosecutorв's office demands to arrest Turkish '˜Zamanв' newspaperв's chief editor
    18.12.2014 10:46
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office has demanded to arrest the editor-in-chief of Turkish lsquo;Zaman' newspaper Ekrem Dumanli, as well as 16 other people, whose names have not been disclosed, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Dec.18.

    Alongside with Dumanli, several employees of lsquo;Zaman' newspaper and Samanyolu TV were detained by Turkish police on Dec.14 on suspicion of spreading inadequate information in media, distortion of sources while preparing articles, and of having ties with the supporters of Fethullah Gulen.

    Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure currently residing in the US] is the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation. He has been accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.

    The wiretapping scandal occurred in Turkey when Turkish media reported on Feb. 25 that in 2011 telephone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the prime minister were wiretapped, as part of the anti-terrorist operation carried out by the Istanbul prosecutor's office against lsquo;Salam' terrorist organization.

    During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well. Turkish then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations. Erdogan also stressed that Gulen's movement (which he earlier called as a 'parallel structure') with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.

    He called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him. A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against the country.

    Erdogan also previously said that Gulen will be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that his extradition is inadmissible.

    Edited by SI

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    Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

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    4
  • Jolie: Pax is a better cook than me
    18.12.2014 10:35
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    She may be an Oscar winning actress, film director and philanthropist, but Angelina Jolie has revealed that she is a hopeless cook. However the mother-of-six is in luck as her 11-year-old son Pax "loves to cook" for the family.

    Angelina recently revealed the family's Christmas dinner plans to People magazine, and said: "I will not be cooking '" to the benefit of everyone".

    Pax will apparently be on hand to prepare the family's feast, as he helped Angelina's husband Brad Pitt to prepare a turkey for their Thanksgiving celebrations in November.

    The actress also revealed that her second oldest son baked the cake that guests enjoyed at her wedding reception in August. When asked whether her children would prefer her or Brad's cooking, she claimed they would say, "Daddy makes better pancakes than mommy." Angelina is currently recovering from a bout of chicken pox which forced her to miss the Hollywood premiere of her film Unbroken on Monday. But the star's family showed their support as Brad attended in her place, along with children Maddox, Pax and Shiloh, plus his parents Bill and Jane Pitt.

    Angelina, who directed the movie, released a video statement expressing her disappointment at missing the premiere.

    "I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I will be missing the Unbroken events in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chicken pox" she said.

    "I will be at home itching and missing everyone. I can't believe it because this film means so much to me. I can't believe it. But such is life, there it is."
    8
  • Trans-Caspian Pipeline:Dream or reality?
    18.12.2014 10:31
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    /AzerNews/

    By Gulgiz Dadashova

    European Union is encouraging the realization of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline, hoping that itв's realization will further alleviate Eastern European dependency on Russian gas.

    The EU has once again expressed support for the project saying Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have exclusive right to lay the TCP.

    ''The EU has repeatedly expressed support to the positions of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan regarding the exclusive right to lay a pipeline in the Caspian Sea between the two littoral countries in line with international agreements and conventions,'' the EU Baku Office toldВ Trendon December 16.

    Turkmenistan with its enormous natural gas reserves and Azerbaijan with its strong energy projects are the key players of the TCP project envisaging laying of around 300 kilometers long gas pipeline under the Caspian to the shores of Azerbaijan. Further fuel can be transported to Turkey which has common borders with European countries.

    Given the recent developments in ties with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, continuous unstable situation in Iraq and nuclear issue of Iran, only Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are viewed as the reliable gas supply sources needed to serve Europe's needs.

    Turkmenistan has the world's fourth largest natural gas reserves after Russia, Iran, and Qatar, and produces about 70-80 billion cubic meters of gas each year. Azerbaijan's proven natural gas reserves were roughly 35 trillion cubic feet as of January 2014, according to the Energy Information Agency. The vast majority of these reserves are located in the Shah Deniz field. Discoveries of the Absheron and Umid formations added a further 15 Tcf of resources to the country.

    The EU's support to the project remains unchanged and this position has been expressed earlier at the highest level by EU Energy Commissioner MaroЕЎ Е ef?ovi? during his Baku visit this November.

    Europe views the TCP as a good chance to diversify energy supplies and its implementation would bring more stability that is why Europe has begun to facilitate diplomacy between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the project since September 2011.

    The talks gained momentum this year with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barrosoв's statement that Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan were ''strongly committed to the project.''

    ''We are still in the planning phase and we hope that the laying of the Southern Gas Corridor will contribute to accelerating the discussions for the TCP as well,'' Barroso said in June 2014.

    Caspian Sea disputes would still remain as the main obstacle in the way of the project '" Iran calls on division of the Caspian's resources equally. Turkmenistan and Azerbaijanв's preference is to divide the Caspian Sea along existing national borders, and Russia opposes any undersea project backing its interest in delaying progress to avoid Gazpromв's defeat in Europe.

    Ashgabat says the consent of the countries whose territories are involved into the project is enough to build the pipeline.

    ''The energy transportation issue has been used as a political tool by certain. This is unacceptable,'' Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in his recent statement on the countryв's energy strategy.

    Berdimuhamedov emphasized that one of the key aspects of Turkmenistanв's energy strategy is diversification of export routes to the world markets.

    Azerbaijan has repeatedly expressed readiness to establish transit facilities and infrastructure to realize the project.

    Energy Minister Natig Aliyev earlier said that the Trans Caspian Pipeline is an issue between the two countries and the question of the consent of all Caspian countries for the project has not been brought up yet.

    Europe repeatedly expressed hope that not only gas from Turkmenistan, but Kazakhstan and even Uzbekistan might be piped through the Southern Gas Corridor, once all the regional projects are linked together. But now Turkmenistan is only potential partner.

    Turkmenistan has been moving slowly in the direction of involving itself with TANAP, part of the SGC, through Turkey. The two countries struck a framework agreement in November.

    The realization of TAP and TANAP, as the key parts of the Southern Gas Corridor has created new hope in the region. Now the TCP does not seem as far from reality as in the past, as the projects being realized are interconnected with the prospect of Turkmen gas export to Europe.
    11
  • "Azerreyl" reachs 1/8 of "Challenge Cup"
    18.12.2014 10:30
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    The winner was determined in the "Golden set".

    Yesterday "Azerreyl" played in the second leg of 1/16 of "Challenge Cup".

    According to Oxu.Az, our only representative in the tournament was a guest of the Swiss club "Koniz" which it has beaten in Baku with a score of 3:0.

    On the match which was held in Bern, our team faced with serious resistance. So, after winning the first set, our opponents seized the initiative. The home side won in three sets in a row.

    The winner was determined in the "Golden set" in which "Azerreyl" played better and got up to 1/8.

    December 17th

    "Challenge Cup"

    1/16, second leg

    "Koniz" (Switzerland) - "Azerreyl" (Azerbaijan) - 3:1 (17:25; 25:19; 25:18; 25:15)

    "GOLDEN SET" - 11:15

    First game: "Azerreyl" (Azerbaijan) - "Koniz" (Switzerland) - 3:0 (25:18; 25:21; 25:21)
    6
  • Azerbaijan, UNICEF discuss cooperation
    18.12.2014 10:25
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    Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov has met the newly-appointed UNICEF Representative to the country Andro Shilakadze.

    Andro Shilakadze spoke of the fruitful cooperative opportunities between Azerbaijan and UNICEF. He thanked Azerbaijani leadership for the conditions created for the activity of the international organizations, AzerTag reports.

    Andro Shilakadze briefed the Premier on the program prepared by the UNICEF for 2016-2020s in regard with the cooperation with Azerbaijan.

    Ali Ahmadov, in turn, highlighted the efficient activity of UNICEF in Baku. He praised the steps taken in the field of improving the health system in the country, protecting the children`s health.

    The sides discussed priorities of the new program suggested by the UNICEF in Azerbaijan on future cooperation.
    4
  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 50 times in a day
    18.12.2014 10:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian armed forces 52 times violated the ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Dec. 18.

    On that day, Armenian armed forces located in the village of Mosesgeh of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Alibayli in the Tovuz district.

    Armenian armed forces located in the village of Berkaber and Paravakar of Armenia's Ijavan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Gizilhajili in the Gazakh district and Kehneqishlaq of the Aqstafa district.

    Armenian armed forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Sarijali, Marzili of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand district, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veysalli of the Fizuli district and Qekarkh, Chayli, Chilyaburt of the Tartar district.

    The Azerbaijani armed forces were fired at from the nameless heights in the districts of Fuzuli, Goranboy and Khojavand.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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

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

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    3
  • US soldier jailed after joining French Foreign Legion
    18.12.2014 10:20
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    An American soldier who abandoned his unit to join the French Foreign Legion has been convicted of desertion and sentenced by the US military to four years in prison, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    Second Lieutenant Lawrence Franks told a military court that he had been struggling with suicidal urges and that the arduous regimen of the legion was the only way to escape his crippling depression, the Times wrote.

    "I needed to be wet and cold and hungry," he told the paper, before he was sentenced Monday. "I needed the grueling life I could only find in a place like the legion."

    Franks went missing from his unit at Fort Drum in New York state in 2009 and flew to Paris, signing up with the French Foreign Legion on a five-year contract under an assumed name, Christopher Flaherty.

    He was deployed to the Central African Republic and Djibouti, and served as the personal security guard for five months for General Laurent Kolodziej, who oversaw the French military's operations in Mali against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants.

    "He is a man I will never forget and by whom I will always stand," Kolodziej said in testimony by video-link at the court-martial proceedings.

    "He is more than a born soldier, he is a born gentleman. I would like to have 10 men like that in my team, and I would be the happiest of generals."

    When he finished his five-year stint in the legion in March 2014, he turned himself in to the US Army in Germany, the Times reported.

    Franks had been a graduate of the prestigious US military academy at West Point, where he finished in the top 12 percent of his class.

    But he had bouts of depression that grew worse after graduated from the academy. He was sent to Fort Drum and assigned charge of a medical platoon.

    Military prosecutors accused him of shirking his duty and causing problems for his fellow troops, saying he deserted intentionally before his unit was due to deploy to Afghanistan.

    Franks testified that he could not wait as his unit was not due to deploy for nearly a year.

    "I feel really bad for the pain I put on my family, the disruption to my unit," he said. "But I don't regret what I did -- any of it, good or bad -- because it saved my life".
    5
  • Mehriban Aliyeva visits ''Ateshgah Temple'' State Historical Architectural Reserve
    18.12.2014 10:10
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    Azerbaijan`s first lady, chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva has visited the ''Ateshgah Temple'' State Historical Architectural Reserve to inspect preparedness of cultural monuments for the Baku 2015 European Games.

    The ''Ateshgah Temple'' State Historical Architectural Reserve is located in Surakhani district of Baku and included in the UNESCO`s Preliminary World Heritage List.

    Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the Reserve.

    At the first meeting of the Organizing Committee last February Mehriban Aliyeva noted that ''It is of paramount importance that the city of Baku, which will host the European Games, is properly prepared for the Games. Proposals for improvement of the urban infrastructure, development of the transport system, provision of security, optimization of medical services, wide utilization of information and communication facilities and planning of tourism itineraries and cultural programs are being developed by responsible organizations.''

    First lady Mehriban Aliyeva praised the conditions created at the Reserve.
    9
  • Georgian National Bank leaves monetary policy rate unchanged
    18.12.2014 10:05
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec. 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The monetary policy committee of the Georgian National Bank decided on December 17 to leave the refinancing rate unchanged. The monetary policy rate is four percent.

    The economic trends have recently deteriorated with the countries - major trading partners. This affects the Georgian economy, the National Bank told Trend.

    A significant decline in exports and money transfer was fixed in November, according to the preliminary information. Despite the recent depreciation of the lari exchange rate versus the dollar, the nominal effective exchange rate appreciated. The significant inflationary pressure is not expected.

    The inflation will reach a five percent target index in the second half of 2015, according to the forecasts. The National Bank of Georgia is assessing the impact of the regional deteriorating situation on external needs and economic growth. It keeps the monetary policy rate at four percent.

    The annual inflation rate was 2.8 percent in November 2014.

    The next meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee will be held on February 11, 2015.

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  • Azerbaijani President congratulates Emir of Qatar
    18.12.2014 10:05
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the countryв's national holiday, APA reports.

    The letter of congratulations reads:

    "His Highness, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Azerbaijani people I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to you and your people on the National Day of Qatar. I'm confident that the further development of friendly relations and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Qatar will serve for the interest of the two countries' peoples. I wish you robust health, success in your presidency and the friendly Qatari people peace and prosperity".
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  • BSTDB to allocate loan to Azerbaijan for two more projects
    18.12.2014 10:01
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    The sides will continue cooperation.

    Azerbaijan pays great attention to cooperation with international financial institutions, including the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB). BSTDB is one of the international financial institutions actively involved in the private sector and financing a number of projects in our country.

    According to Oxu.Az, Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev said this during a meeting with representatives of BSTDB.

    Mustafayev brought to the attention of the bank's representatives the forecasts for 2015 on the economy of Azerbaijan, expressed his thoughts on the possibilities of cooperation in the field of industry, ICT, agriculture, agro-parks creation, processing waste and industrial parks.

    President of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank I.Delikanly noted that BSTDB supports projects that are important for the development of Azerbaijan and currently is considering granting the loan for another two projects.

    Other areas of cooperation with BSTDB were also discussed.
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  • '˜The Business Yearв' to dedicate next edition of its annual review to Kazakhstan
    18.12.2014 10:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17

    Trend: International research and publishing company The Business Year (TBY) has returned to Kazakhstan to produce the 4th edition of its annual business review, lsquo;The Business Year: Kazakhstan 2015'. After the success and recognition garnered by its previous publications, TBY is excited to once again cover Kazakhstan's continuous growth and diversifying economy. With several projects including EXPO 2017, the Winter Universiade 2017, the revival of the Silk Road, and the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan railway which is well underway, Kazakhstan is poised to enhance its presence throughout the global economic arena.

    In the forthcoming 2015 edition, TBY will pay special attention to the alignment of local and international businesses with President Nazarbayev's lsquo;Vision 2050,' explore transformations within the financial sector, diversification of the economy as it transitions towards value-added industries, and non-resource-based industries. TBY will conduct over 150 interviews with the leading representatives of both local and international businesses, governmental officials, and independent experts. Among the key interviewees for the 2015 edition are notables such as: Yerlan Aitaliyev, Chairman of the Board at Investment Fund of Kazakhstan, Doris Bradbury of the American Chamber of Commerce, Raimbek Batalov of Raimbek Group, Christopher Hopkinson, first deputy advisor at KazMunayGas, Andrey Kurillin, CEO of Citibank Kazakhstan, Erlan Ospanov, managing partner amp; CEO of Verny Capital, Kantar Orynbayev, Chairman at Nurbank, Nurzhan Janabekov, CEO of KazInvestBank, Ilya Urazakov, Director at Unvesiade Almaty 2017, Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, and many other important figures. In addition, TBY is proud to confirm contributions from Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, David Cameron, Prime-Minister of the United Kingdom, and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.

    This year TBY has once again signed a research partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) to enhance the visibility of the project and increase its outreach to a wider audience. Following the success of the double language version of the previous edition, TBY will again release the Kazakhstan 2015 edition in Russian and English in the second half of 2015.

    The Business Year (TBY) is a leading intelligence publisher of yearly review of national economies. TBY provides accurate, timely and country-specific economic and business data, assessing the trends and developments of all the major economic sectors of the countries it conducts research. TBY presents the real opportunities and those creating themmdash;diplomats, business executives, civil servants, and key stakeholdersmdash;to introduce Kazakhstan and its many faces in the world of business.

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  • Azerbaijani counselor of state meets OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku
    18.12.2014 09:43
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    Counselor of state of Azerbaijan for multiculturalism, international and religious affairs Kamal Abdullayev has met OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku Alexis Chahtahtinsky.

    They exchanged views over Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev`s thoughts he sounded during the interview to the Russia-24 TV channel on Azerbaijani multiculturalism, traditions of tolerance in the country, ongoing recent processes in Islamic world, as well as study and recognition of ongoing genocide crimes in the world, and future projects to be jointly implemented by the OSCE Baku Office and Baku International Multiculturalism Center, AzerTag reports.

    Ambassador Chahtahtinsky hailed President Ilham Aliyev`s address to the attendees of international conference on "Strengthening religious tolerance (Azerbaijan`s model of religious tolerance and existing challenges in the OSCE area and beyond)" co-organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku, the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus Muslims Board and the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO last moth in Baku, and expressed gratitude to the head of state for his sensibility to the event. According to the diplomat, the foreign delegates hailed the common situation in the country.

    The Ambassador spoke of his activities towards prevention of ethic and religious confrontations, study of genocide crimes at the educational system of various states, strengthening of enlightenment on terrible actions, including xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

    Speaking on the activity of the Baku International Multiculturalism Center Kamal Abdullayev said the center was focused on enlightenment of the people, adding: "the center was established under President Ilham Aliyev`s Order on study of historic roots of terrible ongoing global tendencies, preventive measures against them, protection of tolerant and multicultural atmosphere in the country, prevention of terrible streams, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia from taking roots in Azerbaijan."

    He underlined the subjects "introduction to multiculturalism" and "Azerbaijani multiculturalism" would be included to the next year education programs of Azerbaijani and some foreign universities.

    The sides hailed mutual cooperation and stressed the importance for future relations to conduct joint projects.
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