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Arshin mal alan by great Uzeyir Hajibeyli conquers Los Angeles
08.09.2013 21:09
Los Angeles has hosted the premiere of Arshin mal alan (The Cloth Peddler), a world-known operetta by great Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli.

The operetta was performed by an all American team and produced by famous director Michael Schnack. Actors had diligent rehearsals for several months. They said the toughest thing to do was to learn to sing in Azerbaijani.

James Judd, who played the musical comedy`s main character, Asgar, said it took them a long time to learn the words of arias.

Asha Lindsey, who played Gulchohra, said she learned a lot about Azerbaijan`s history and culture, as well as Islam when she played in Arhshin mal alan for the first time seven years ago. "I have many Azerbaijani friends. I can tell much about this unique country. I know very well what my character wants. If Gulchohra lived now, she would have been very brave," Lindsey added.

Michael Schnack said the Americans have a different approach to tradition, especially in an artistic sense. "Younger generations in America are open to changes. One of the reasons why Azerbaijan is of such interest to Americans is that the West was once strongly influencing this country."

Hundred years ago helped by oil tycoon and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, Uzeyir Hajibeyli presented his brainchild to the world. Symbolically, hundred years later this masterpiece of Hajibeyli is staged in the USA with the support from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCA), a major actor on the global energy market. The Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism greatly contributed to organizing the event.

It was Los Angeles where in 1937 Armenians attempted to plagiarize this masterpiece by great Hajibeyli.

Azerbaijan`s Consul General Nasimi Aghayev said California is home to 1.5 million Armenians, with most of them living in Los Angeles. "The Armenian lobby is carrying out active propaganda against us. In order to prevent this we must make the truths about Azerbaijan known to the American society, and we are doing this. And the best way to do this is to promote Azerbaijan`s reach cultural legacy," said the Consul General.

The musical comedy was played to a full house at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, one of the premier opera houses of the world also famous for hosting Oscar Awards ceremonies in 1970-90s. An audience of 3,000 people enjoyed this comic and romantic story of love full of songs and humor for about two hours. The performance received a standing ovation.

Following the performance the guests who came to watch it were exchanging their impressions. Some said they enjoyed the music, while others were amazed by the setting and the national costumes.

Kalma Blumber, a Los Angeles resident, said: "It`s fantastic. Amazing music, unique costumes, a very impressive story. I`ve discovered much about Azerbaijan, its history. It`s a sensation."

Austrian Consul in Los Angeles Liliana Popova said: "Great, breathtaking music. My brother is a pianist. He worked with a symphonic orchestra in Baku, and I have many recollections of that time. And I`m very happy today. I`m really amazed by today`s performance."

Jim Kerkman, a Los Angeles resident, said: "It`s a remarkable event that opens the door for us to the beautiful East in a true sense of the word."

The Cloth Peddler conquered Los Angeles, which is considered the movie capital of the world and is home to Hollywood. But to amaze Hollywood is no easy task.
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    Jana described how girls like herself were separated from older women, then bussed to the city of Mosul.

    There they were put in a big three-story house with hundreds of other young women. The men of ISIS came periodically, and chose up to three and four girls at a time to take home with them.

    "These women have been treated like cattle," explained Nazand Begikhani, an adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government on gender issues.

    "They have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery. They've been exposed in markets in Mosul and in Raqqa, Syria, carrying price tags."

    Perhaps more importantly, Begikhani is also a researcher at the UK-based University of Bristol's Gender and Violence Research Center. According to the field research and testimonials of Begikhani's team, ISIS kidnapped more than 2,500 Yazidi women.

    Meanwhile Narin Shiekh Shamo, a Yazidi activist based in Iraqi Kurdistan has compiled the names of at least 4,601 Yazidi women currently missing.

    In the first month after the mass abductions, Shamo says she was receiving calls and messages from up to 70 different hostages a day. Now, she can't reach a single hostage.

    After more than a decade reporting on conflict in the Middle East, I was still ill-prepared to hear about the scale of this kidnapping and modern day enslavement.

    Suddenly, the words of a 19-year-old ISIS imprisoned fighter whom I interviewed last weekend in a Kurdish prison in northern Syria made sense.

    The young man, horribly disfigured from bullet wounds to his abdomen and arm received during his year of fighting on the frontlines, described how ISIS attracted fresh recruits with the offer of cash and "wives."

    ISIS actually justified its enslavement of Yazidis in its own online magazine.
  • First Global Forum on Youth Policies adopts Baku Declaration
    31.10.2014 19:35
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    The First Global Forum on Youth Policies has culminated with the adoption of Baku Declaration.

    The last day of the forum featured discussions on youth policy in Africa, Western Asia and countries in the Asia-Pacific, European and Central Asian, Latin American and Caribbean regions.

    The forum then heard reports from session moderators. Moderated by the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, the session discussed topical issues, including youth involvement in political processes, activities of international youth organizations, youth unemployment, youth entrepreneurship and education.

    The participants then watched a video message by Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina Mohammed.

    The final session of the forum was titled Conclusions, commitments and actions. It was moderated by head of Division, Education and Training, Youth Department, Council of Europe, Rui Gomes.

    In his speech, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov stressed the importance of addressing the challenges faced by youth.
  • Azerbaijan and Kuwait to develop cooperation in ICT sphere
    31.10.2014 19:26
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov has met a delegation led by Minister of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah.

    Speaking on friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Kuwait, Minister Ali Abbasov stressed the great potential for further development of cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies. Noting Kuwait's noteworthy achievements in this field, the Minister informed the delegation about main activities of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCHT) and spoke about the prospects of future cooperation.

    In turn, Minister Al-Sabah said Kuwait attaches great importance to the establishment of intensive relations with Azerbaijan, and expressed his country's interest in developing the Azerbaijani-Kuwaiti relations based on friendship and cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two peoples.

    Highlighting Kuwait's ICT strategy and public policy in this area, Mr. Al-Sabah put forward the idea of creating a technical group between Azerbaijan and Kuwait in terms of developing the relations, and preparing of proposals to identify further areas of cooperation in the ICT sector. Furthermore, the Kuwaiti Minister said the relationship between the sides enters into a new stage of development and from this point of view reciprocal visits are of great importance. Noting his country's interest in participating in the exhibition Bakutel, the Kuwaiti Minister expressed willingness of his country's ICT companies to be represented at the 20th telecommunications exhibition.
  • Poroshenko supports Yatsenyuk as Ukraineв's new PM
    31.10.2014 19:25
    Ukraineв's president suggested on Friday that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc supports the idea of nominating Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the countryв's new prime minister ''on condition of detailed coordination of coalition agreement.''

    ''I have proposed that my faction in the Verkhovna Rada nominates Yatsenyuk as the head of the new cabinet,'' Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

    At the meeting with lawmakers of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the president said he has received many proposals to nominate Volodymyr Groysman, who is currently the countryв's deputy prime minister, instead of Yatsenyuk.

    ''But for the sake of the countryв's unity I ask to support Arseniy Yatsenyuk,'' Poroshenko said. He also stressed the need to ''work out in detail a coalition agreement with defining specific time framework and implementing all the proposals in it.''

    According to the latest data on the October 26 vote count, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc secured 22.16% of the votes, while the Peopleв's Front led by Yatsenyuk won 21.83% of the votes.

    The leader said the Petro Poroshenko Bloc has won the polls, as 132 lawmakers have been elected on party list and in single mandate constituencies, and are joined by 18 self-nominated candidates. The faction may consist of 150 lawmakers.

    At the first meeting expected later on Friday, the representatives of three parties elected to the parliament - the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the Peopleв's Front and the Samopomich (Self-Help) - are due to discuss setting up a coalition in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

    On Wednesday, the representatives of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and the Peopleв's Front applied for establishing the coalition.

    Yatsenyuk earlier proposed creating the European Ukraine coalition, and called the Petro Poroshenko Bloc a ''strategic partner.'' He also proposed involving Samopomich, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) and the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko in the coalition.
  • JK Rowling: Potter Witch based on real person
    31.10.2014 18:32
    Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that she based witch Dolores Umbridge on a woman she met and hated in real life.

    Writing on her Pottermore website, she delved into the background of one of the most evil characters in the hit films.

    Played by British actressImeldaStaunton, Dolores Umbridge combined brutality with fluffy pink cardigans and kitten-decorated plates.

    She tormented young wizard Harry at Hogwarts, even making him carve "I must not tell lies" into his own hand.

    British actress Imelda Staunton played hated witch Dolores Umbridge

    Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, said the witch was based on a person she had "disliked intensely on sight".

    She added: "The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say."

    Rowling said Umbridge was "one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike".

    She added: "Her desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort's unvarnished espousal of evil."

    The 5,500-word Pottermore entry also reveals the history of Azkaban prison.
  • Sea cargo transportation made 7.3 million tons in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 18:28
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    The sea cargo transportation made 7.3 million tons in Azerbaijan in January-September, 2014. Of cargo transported, 56.3% was oil, 43.7% was dry cargo.

    All transportations were carried out on foreign connections. 8.9 mln tons of shipping and unshipping works carried out via sea ports. International transit cargos made 86.1%".
  • Another great campaign from ''Bakcell'' - the Internet in roaming has never been so affordable
    31.10.2014 18:26
    For the first time in Azerbaijan, Bakcell '" the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of the country, has launched a large discount campaign for its subscribers travelling to the United Arab Emirates. Starting from the 1st of November, Bakcell subscribers travelling to this country will be able to use voice and internet services in roaming at a very affordable price.

    Using the best ever offer on the market, the subscribers who join this campaign will be able to stay ''online'' at any time by paying as low as 0.25 AZN for 1 megabyte of Internet.

    As part of the campaign, along with the mobile Internet, a large discount is provided for the mobile calls. Thus, for CIN and Klass subscribers, the price of incoming calls will cost 0.25 AZN per minute and 0.75 AZN per minute '" for outgoing calls. The service fee is 0.35 AZN per day.

    To join the campaign, subscribers need to dial *130#YES.

    ''We want to ensure that our subscribers are able to use the services of В«BakcellВ» anywhere and as much as they wish, and for this purpose we are constantly improving our roaming services, reviewing our rates, and increasing the number of partner countries and operators. The UAE is one of the most visited countries by our subscribers. In order to provide them with an opportunity to take advantage of favorable tariffs, while travelling in this country, we have for the first time in Azerbaijan reduced the mobile Internet prices to unprecedentedly low levels, and made significant changes to voice services as well. We believe that this offer will be appreciated by our customers'', said Mr. Richard Shearer, CEO of ''Bakcell''.

    ''Bakcell'' has roaming agreements with more than 370 mobile operators from more than 166 countries, and this number is increasing.

    We should also mention the fact that ''Bakcell'' subscribers have the opportunity to top-up their balance even while being abroad. Currently, the international top-up service is available in Russia, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates.


    About Bakcell

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

    As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

    Bakcellв's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. With more than 2000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 85% of population and 70% of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories). Around 250 retail outlets and 26 Customer Service Centers operating in the capital and regions are providing the best customer experience to Bakcell customers.

    With a long term partnership contract Bakcell is Manchester Unitedв's first official telecommunications and broadcast partner in all CIS countries, bringing a range of unique and exclusive content to the countryв's football fans and in particular the fans of Manchester United. For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit or call 555.For press releases please see (or for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55
  • Azerbaijani delegation to observe House of Representatives elections
    31.10.2014 18:26
    A delegation of Azerbaijan is on a visit to the United States to observe the elections to the House of Representatives.

    A delegation comprised of members of Azerbaijan's leading media agencies, Central Electoral Commission and civil society is on a visit to the U.S. within the Open World program to observe the elections to be held to the House of Representatives on November 4, APA reports.

    Prior to the elections, the Azerbaijani delegation held several meetings in Washington and was thoroughly informed about the US election legislation, election process as well as new vote-counting technologies. Professor of the Catholic University of America, Doctor of Sciences James Kwerk said early voting and voting via mail are possible in the US states: "The voting process can change from state to state. Early voting is possible prior to the election day. And the commencement date for early voting is determined by the state's legislative authority. It can be a few days before the election day, depending on the state.

    Speaking about voting technologies, IFES Senior Program Manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia Anthony Bowyer said that ballot papers were replaced with computer voting in some states.

    Following the meetings held in Washington, the Azerbaijani delegation left for Omaha city in the state of Nebraska to observe the elections.

    APA's correspondent Anakhanum Hidayatgizi is also among the delegation members.
  • Turkmenoil extracts industrial oil from Altyguyy field
    31.10.2014 18:02
    By Aynur Jafarova

    The Turkmenoil State Concern of Turkmenistan has extracted a strong inflow of industrial oil from the Altyguyy field.

    The inflow was received from well No 14 with a depth of 3,800 meters as a result of successful exploration work carried out in the field, Turkmenistan's Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry said.

    The well No 14 produces over 100 tons of high quality oil.

    Altyguyy was previously recognized as only a gas field. The information about the discovery of oil in the field was released in 2010.

    Turkmenoil occupies a leading position in Turkmenistan's economy and is involved in the production of oil and gas, chemicals, stone, and bentonite.

    The Concern is cooperating with various foreign companies for drilling oil and gas fields, overhaul, renovation of equipment for oil and gas fields and oil pipelines, and construction of new pipelines.

    The Concern is not only involved in drilling work at old fields, but also conducts geological exploration at new areas. Tenders are held from time to time for purchasing the required equipment, special machinery, and chemical reagents.

    The state concern currently operates about three dozen fields, including more than 600 oil and gas deposits that are at various stages of development.

    In the years of independence, the Concern was able to increase the oil production from five to eight million tons, and the gas processing reached 11.6 billion cubic meters per year.
  • Bus accident in Turkey, 16 killed, 29 injured
    31.10.2014 17:55
    At least 16people died, and another 29were wounded, when abus turned overin the Yalvac district of the westernIspartaprovinceonFriday, SIA reportsquoting the AA.

    The chief public prosecutors office isinvestigating the incident,according to Yalvac provincial governor Ahmet Altintas.

    Initial reports said the accident happened when the brakes failed in abuscarrying agricultural workers, and it flippedover, Altintas said.
  • Azerbaijan promotes ITU ranking
    31.10.2014 17:46

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan has promoted its ranking in the International Telecommunications Union report in terms of internet penetration among individual users.

    A study of the Union called "State of Broadband Report 2014" shows that Azerbaijan has risen three points compared to last year and ranked 63rd with 58.7 percent among 191 countries.

    The study was conducted by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development at the order of ITU and UNESCO.

    Among the CIS countries, Azerbaijan ranked second after Russia that settled at the 56th place.

    The study put Azerbaijan ahead of Belarus (69th place), Kazakhstan (70th place), Moldova (81 seats), Armenia (82 place), Ukraine (94th), Uzbekistan (100 seats), Kyrgyzstan (121 place), Tajikistan (137 place) and Turkmenistan (154th). Neighboring Georgia was ranked 92nd.

    The world's average index on internet penetration among individual internet users is 37.9 percent.

    Azerbaijan also ranked first among the CIS countries in terms of broadband internet penetration among home users in developing countries. The country has improved its position by one point, taking 24th place with 58.7 percent, while the world average is 29.9 percent.

    In fixed broadband Internet per 100 inhabitants, Azerbaijan ranked 48th with 17 percent. The country improved its position by four points. The global average in this segment is 9.4 percent.

    In the last index on the degree of penetration of mobile broadband, Azerbaijan improved its position by four points, securing 46th place with 43.9 percent. For this indicator, Azerbaijan ranked fifth among the CIS countries, after Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus. Global average in this segment is 26.7 percent.

    Azerbaijan is now undertaking measures to develop its nonoil segment of economy and ICT is one of the prominent sectors. Over the past five years, the information technology sector of Azerbaijan has doubled.

    Last year, the country invested about 202.2 million manats (over $257 million) in the ICT sector and postal services. Investment in the development of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan is expected to reach $4 billion by 2020.

    Earlier, Azerbaijan was elected to the Council of ITU in a group of countries in the 'C' region of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.

    The election of the council is held in five regions. Azerbaijan joined the council, gaining 94 votes. Beside Azerbaijan, ITU Council includes Poland (133 votes), Bulgaria (124), Russia (124) and Romania (111).

    Azerbaijan's membership in the ITU Council will last until the end of 2018. The next ITU Plenipotentiary Conference will be held in Dubai in late 2018.
  • Google fined for cleavage pictures
    31.10.2014 17:46
    Google has been fined 2,250 Canadian dollars for an image on Street View that captured images of a Canadian womanв's cleavage.

    A Canadian court judge ruled that despite being in public, sitting on the steps of her private property, Maria Pia Grilloв's privacy had been disrespected and that her ''modesty and dignity'' had been violated.

    ''In addition to malicious comments and humiliation she suffered at work, the plaintiff, in particular, has experienced a significant loss of personal modesty and dignity, two values that she held and are eminently respectable,'' said judge Alain Breault, describing his approach to the case as ''European'' and ordering Google to pay a $2,250.

    Google declined to comment.
  • Asian Development Bank president to visit Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 17:46
    Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will visit Azerbaijan.

    According to the ADB Baku office, Takehiko Nakao will visit Azerbaijan on November 3-4, Fineko/ reports. Mr. Nakao will meet with the country's leadership, review the status of preparations and visit the proposed venues for the Annual Meeting of ADB Board of Governors to be held in Baku in May 2015, and meet with representatives of local and international media in Azerbaijan during a press conference.
  • Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers
    31.10.2014 17:21
    Israel reopened the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday before the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing by police of a Palestinian shooting suspect.

    The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before midday prayers, following an Israeli clampdown on the shrine on Thursday.

    Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Agence France-Presse that because of fears of unrest, entry for Muslim men would be restricted to those over 50. Additional police were deployed around the compound in the heart of the Old City. Local media reported the presence of 3,000 officers, three times more than usual.

    Thursdayв's full closure of the compound '" the first in 14 years '" was described by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as ''tantamount to a declaration of war''. It came after anti-terrorist police shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian on Thursday morning who was suspected of having tried to kill a far-right eabbi the night before.

    In the aftermath of the shootings, Israeli security forces brought reinforcements '" some called in from the West Bank '" into the Old City and Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem as helicopters flew overhead and observation balloons were deployed in several locations.

    The al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, has become a central point in the escalating violence in the city in recent months. The compound houses Islamв's third holiest site, but is also the sacred spot for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it once housed two Jewish temples.

    In an escalation of the rhetoric around the site, Abbasв's Fatah movement had called for a ''day of rage'' for Friday.

    Muataz Hijazi '" a former Palestinian prisoner and member of Islamic Jihad '" was shot dead on the roof of his familyв's home in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor by anti-terrorist police just before 6am on Thursday, as he hid behind solar panels.

    Israeli police sources said he had opened fire on them before being killed, a claim his family denied. Hijazi was suspected of shooting and wounding Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist who has led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the al-Aqsa compound.
  • Protocol on winter package gas deliveries not legally binding
    31.10.2014 17:21
    The protocol on the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine as part of the "winter package" is not legally binding, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The document is not legally bindinghellip;It is a declaration of intent and agreement, reached within the framework of trilateral talks. Understandably, it is more of a political document that reflects the main agreements," Novak said, according to RIA Novosti.

    According to the energy minister, the fulfillment of the agreements will be in line with the current contract between Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz company.

    No official documents proving that Ukraine has enough financial resources to prepay gas deliveries have been presented to Russia yet, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

    "Concerning the debt, the Ukrainian side has received money in the amount of $3.1 billion from the IMF. There are confirmations," Novak said.

    "As for prepayment for November-December supplies, we have no concrete documents proving Naftogaz has the money. However, officials we trust assured us that they will find the money to provide prepayment of gas in November and December amounting to 4 billion rubles," the minister added.

    "As we were told, this is the money from the international financial organizations, from the European Union which will additionally provide [finances], and Nagtogaz' own resources, which were redistributed in the current budget, and 2015 budget," he said adding that the source of money is far less important than the presence of the money," Novak said.

    The Ukrainian side is interested to implement the agreements reached during the Thursday gas talks in Brussels as soon as possible, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

    "The date is not clear," Novak said commenting on the possible timing of the first tranche payment.

    "We understand that the Ukrainian side is interested to do that as soon as possible because it is getting colder and winter is coming. It is in the interests of the country [Ukraine] to transfer money and to fulfill yesterday agreements," the minister added.

    Russian Energy Minister on Friday praised the role of the European Commission in the Thursday gas talks that resulted in the signing of protocols between Moscow and Kiev.

    "The European Commission played a positive role in the efforts aimed at seeking a compromise that was reached yesterday and then signed into protocols. Also, in the search for financial resources together with the Ukrainian partners. We were told and assured yesterday that Ukraine has money not only to clear the $3.1 debt but also to purchase the gas on a prepayment basis in November and December, which would amount to about 4 billion cubic meters of gas," Novak said.

    On Thursday, following months of talks, Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission signed a deal securing gas deliveries to Ukraine during the winter months. The agreement stipulates that Russia resumes gas supplies to Ukraine and gives Kiev a $100 discount on the price it pays per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, according to the so-called winter package. In turn, Ukraine must pay $3.1 billion out of more than $5 billion that it owes Russia by the end of 2014.

    Earlier on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that the Russian energy giant would be able to start gas deliveries to Ukraine within 48 hours once Kiev makes the first payment of $1.45 billion.
  • Karaman mining accident no '˜natural disasterв' as poor safety record revealed
    31.10.2014 17:12
    Turkish Energy Minister says that the Karaman mining accident no 'natural disasterв' as poor safety record revealed.

    Efforts were still ongoing to rescue the 18 workers still trapped underground at a mine in Turkey's Karaman province on Oct. 31, as officials adopted a harsher tone against the company operating the site, which had described the flooding of the facility as a "natural disaster", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "I beg your pardon, but this is no natural disaster," Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z told reporters on Oct. 30.

    "We have to share the situation accurately with the public. We can call a flooding a natural disaster if it happens after causes that we can't control, such as an earthquake. But this is not a natural disaster, and where there is no natural disaster there is a fault," he added.

    Rescue works have been focused on reducing the amount of water inside the gallery, though there have been no signs of life from the 18 miners trapped since Oct. 28.

    The company operating the mine, Has Ећekerler Mining, rejected responsibility for the accident in a statement issued on Oct. 30, assuring that all necessary safety measures had been taken. "A natural disaster is being mentioned, according to the information provided by our brothers who survived," the statement said.

    124 complaints against owner

    However, it has been revealed that the owner of the flooded mine, Saffet Uyar and his family, have in recent years been the subject of a total of 124 complaints to the Labor Ministry by workers employed in different facilities.

    Labor Minister Faruk Çelik said a total of 1,120 accidents had happened in the last five years in a single mine owned by the same family in the Aegean coal capital of Soma. Six miners died in those accidents, Çelik said, adding that the company did not facilitate monitoring works.

    The company eventually closed the Darkale mine, saying it was difficult to improve safety conditions due to the mine's age.

    Meanwhile, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) questioned how the same family could operate in the same sector with different company names. "After they closed Darkale, they concentrated on Ermenek. This company has many debts, including to the electricity administration, but the state is unable to make them pay. The companies established by the same family change their names, but the results are the same," CHP Manisa deputy Erkan Akçay said.

    Both Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu and President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan have recently vowed to introduce new measures to improve the conditions of workers, with the government's labor policies under the spotlight since the mining disaster in Soma that took the lives of 301 workers in May.
  • Bus station blast kills at least eight in Nigeria
    31.10.2014 17:08
    At least eight people have died in an explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the BBC.

    Many people were injured in the rush hour blast in Gombe city, a hospital source said. Other witnesses spoke of three bags of explosives going off.

    Gombe shares a border with three states placed under emergency rule to fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

    The group has taken full control of Mubi, a commercial centre in Adamawa.

    It is the largest town Boko Haram has taken since it stepped up its insurgency when the state of emergency was declared in May 2013 in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
  • Cindy Crawford's daughter Mom's Closet
    31.10.2014 16:51
    Cindy Crawford's 13-year-old lookalike daughter, Kaia Gerber, has been having a series of glamorous photo shoots with her 15-year-old brother, Presley Gerber, because that's apparently what kids in Malibu, California, do after school. The pretty teen, who appeared in an ad campaign for Young Versace in 2012, looked gorgeous in all the photos '" from trampoline jumping to sitting in a truck '" but two stood out because she was wearing her mother's dresses. "In vintage @roberto_cavalli," read the caption of the teen striking a pose in a red and floral dress, which came down to her ankles.

    Cindy wore that dress just over 11 years ago to the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards in New York City. Then a mom to toddler Kaia, she enjoyed her night out with husband Rande Gerber, rubbing elbows with fellow glamazon Rebecca Romijn.

    That wasn't the only time Kaia has helped herself to one of her famous mother's frocks for a photo op. In the trampoline pic posted a week ago, she is wearing a pink flowing frock by Calypso St. Barth, which Cindy wore last month while shooting a commercial for her furniture line in Miami.


    Kaia looked pretty in pink like her mom in this Calypso St. Barth frock. (Instagram/Splash News)

    Kaia looks ready to follow Cindy's footsteps into the modeling world, but her mom seems to be the one with reservations. In 2006, the then 4-year-old posed for photos for Cindy's friend's swimsuit line and a controversy swirled with critics suggesting that the tot's poses were suggestive. At the time, the supermodel spoke out, saying, ''Sheв's a little girl, there wasnв't makeup involved or pageantry, it was truly just like little girls playing."

    In early 2012, Kaia appeared in a Young Versace ad campaign, but just a few months later Cindy told Daily Front Row, "At this point, she's too young to pursue a career. There aren't even a handful of jobs for a 10-year-old girl. But if she's 17 and wants to try it ... of course, what can I say?"

    Cindy added that her daughter had broader interests than modeling.

    "Sheв's really into singing and acting," Cindy said of her daughter, who appeared in a local production of the musical 13 last year. "She kind of jokingly said '" I'm not even sure if it was jokingly '" 'I might model first because you don't have to know how to do anything, but then I want to be a baby nurse".
  • Baku 2015 employs 1,000th staff member
    31.10.2014 16:51

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games celebrated the employment of its 1,000th full-time member of staff on October 31.

    Aysel Akhundova, from Azerbaijan, was the landmark employee as she joined the Press Operations team as part of the Games Academy Graduate Excellence Programme.

    Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer and Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov said: "This is a significant milestone in the continued growth of the Baku 2015 team and I would like to welcome Aysel on board as she joins the journey to the inaugural European Games."

    "Our blend of international staff with top-level experience and national staff with excellent local knowledge have combined to create a formidable team. I am extremely confident that our whole team's set of skills and expertise will ensure delivery of a spectacular event that will make all of Azerbaijan and the whole of Europe proud," he stressed.

    Akhundova, 21, who recently graduated in Law from Baku State University, has work experience for some of Azerbaijan's previous other major events, including the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup and the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest.

    "I am extremely proud to have joined the Baku 2015 team and I am looking forward to contributing to this exciting adventure towards the first ever European Games," she said. "For myself and for all of the team, it is a wonderful opportunity to help play a role in this historic event and I am very much looking forward to helping make Baku 2015 become a reality."

    The Baku 2015 team is now represented by 43 countries from around the world, including Azerbaijan, working across 18 directorates to deliver the European Games.

    Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 Simon Clegg said: "Week by week, the Baku 2015 team continues to grow and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to assemble such a quality team of first-class professionals."

    "The vital blend of international staff and local Azerbaijanis has created a dynamic and fun environment that will help us deliver the best possible event for the cream of European sporting talent," he added.

    Overall, the first European games will gather more than 6,000 athletes to compete over the 17 days of competition in June 2015.
  • Johannesburg to host concert of Azerbaijani music
    31.10.2014 16:42
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    A concert of Azerbaijani classical music will be held in the capital of the South African Republic, Johannesburg, on November 12-13.

    Titled "From Johannesburg to Gabala: Music knows no borders", the concert will mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of democracy in South Africa.

    The event is organized by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Johannesburg in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the South African non-governmental organization "Friends of Azerbaijan".

    The concert will feature joint performance of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Azerbaijani pianist Saida Tagizadeh and cellist Alexei Miltyuha conducted by Yalchin Adigozalov. They will perform pieces by great Azerbaijani composers, including Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov and Soltan Hajibayov.

    The concert will also saw the premiere of Sevda Ibragimova's "Confession" which will be performed at the famous Linder concert hall.

    This year the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra participated in the annual Gabala International Music Festival, and now Azerbaijan will for the first time introduce its music in South Africa.
  • FIFA sorry for Crimea video blunder
    31.10.2014 16:06
    FIFA has apologised for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

    The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

    The strategic peninsula of Crimea, long home to Russian military bases, was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, sparking the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

    World football's governing body issued a statement blaming the blunder on a local video production agency.

    "Unfortunately the map of Russia selected and used during the projection by the local service provider escaped our attention and the short sequence in question has been removed," a FIFA spokesman said.

    The slip-up came at a sensitive time with FIFA trying to find a solution to the Crimea club crisis.

    Russia has incorporated teams based in Crimea in its third division, a move hotly disputed by the Ukrainian football federation.
  • Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google
    31.10.2014 16:05
    Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.

    The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star.

    By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

    Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.

    "Today, we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola - and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said in a statement.

    He hailed the partnership as a "perfect fit," adding that "Motorola brings a strong presence in the US and other mature markets, great carrier relationships, an iconic brand, a strong IP portfolio and an incredibly talented team." In the same statement, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Motorola is in great hands with Lenovo, a company that's all-in on making great devices."
  • At least four dead after plane crashes in Kansas airport
    31.10.2014 16:02
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    At least four people have been killed and five critically injured after a small plane crashed into an airport building in Kansas in the United States, according to Euronews.

    It happened at the Mid-Continent Airport in the city of Wichita on Thursday morning.

    The aircraft lost an engine on take off and slammed into the flight safety building taking down the roof on one side, and causing what was described as a "horrific fire."

    There were about 100 people inside the building at the time and four people are still unaccounted for.

    Flights to and from the airport are still operating normally.
  • Weather warning for Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 16:01
    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources has issued a warning on forthcoming temperature change in Azerbaijan.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department told APA that unsteady weather will prevail by the second half of November 2, north wind will intensify, temperature will drop by 8hellip;10 C. Weather will be cold in the evening, on November 3-4. The maximum temperature is expected to be 4-6 C. Intermittent rain is also expected.

    On September 1-5, the weather will be unstable in northern and western regions. It will occasionally rain and intensify in some regions. Sleet and snow are expected in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions.

    The temperature is predicted to drop by 7hellip;12 C by November 2.

    Strong west and north-west wind will blow in some regions.
  • Monitoring for bird flu conducted
    31.10.2014 15:55
    The samples for studies were also taken from migratory birds.

    In the course of next monitoring for the presence of bird flu virus in Azerbaijan launched on October 20, the blood samples were taken from 1741 poultry and appropriate investigations in the Republican Veterinary Laboratory were made.

    Oxu.Az reports that according to the spokesman of the Offical Veterinary of the Ministry of Agriculture Yolchu Khanveli the bird flu virus wasn't identified in any of these samples.

    The samples for studies were also taken from migratory birds, temporarily living in national parks and reserves of the Absheron Peninsula, Shabran, Agjabedi, Lankaran and Salyan districts, as well as in the coastal areas of the country.

    The cases of disease or die-off of birds weren't identified during the monitoring of territories.

    Y.Khanveli noted that, taking into account the migration of birds, the regular monitoring is planned for November 17: "The service recalls that the hunting of migratory and wild birds, their sale and use in food is strictly prohibited."

    Currently the epizootic situation in the country is stable.
  • Man arrested over tax evasion in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 15:41
    A person avoiding tax payment was arrested in Azerbaijan.

    According to the Analytic-Information Department of the Ministry of Taxes, operational measures based on the information received by Department for Preliminary Investigation of Tax Crimes revealed that resident of Zumurkhach village of Barda region Bayramov Farrukh Teymur (TIN: 4000286482), registered in the Territorial Department of Tax #11, avoided payment of AZN 185,901 tax from incomes on export of AZN 1.6 mln-agricultural products to Russia to the state budget by violating articles #16.1.1, 16.13, 16.1.7, 53.1, 77.3, 78.1, 130.1, 152.1 of the Tax Code of Azerbaijan as a responsible person for accounting of taxes and payment to state budget during his entrepreneurial activity.

    Moreover, Bayramov engaged in entrepreneurial activity by using identification number of Khalilov Asif Vahid, Nuriyev Arzu Neymat, Orujov Jamaladdin Ibrahim and Orujov Orkhan Jamaladdin who registered in the Territorial Department of Tax #11 as tax payers, organized purchase of different agricultural products under the name of them and export to Russia. In this case, though he was a responsible person for payment of taxes, he avoided to pay AZN 733,769 to the state budget.

    He was arrested over the crime envisaged in the article No 213.2.2 of the Criminal Code and handed over to detention facility of the Yasamal District Police Office.

    Bayramov was sentenced to pretrial detention under the judgment passed by Yasamal District Court dated to October 24, 2014.
  • Ancient temple unearthed in Egypt after illegal digging
    31.10.2014 15:26
    An ancient temple belonging to the reign of King Thutmose III and dating back about 3,400 years was discovered near Cairo, the Egyptian minister of antiquities said on Thursday.

    The temple was discovered by seven local residents who were illegally excavating an area in Al-Badrashee district 40 kilometers to the south of Cairo, minister Mamdouh Damaty said.

    The diggers were arrested but later released as the area had not been declared an archaeological site before the recent discovery.

    According to the minister, seven stelas, remains of columns and a pink marble statue were discovered by the Antiquities Ministry's staff. Many items had been submerged in water.

    Damaty added that the ministry will continue work at the site.

    King Thutmose III was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty and ruled Egypt for 54 years. He is considered a military genius by historians and is often referred to as "the Napoleon of Egypt.
  • Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctions
    31.10.2014 15:22
    Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying in an interview published Thursday that the family has no property outside Serbia.

    The EU earlier this week dropped its sanctions against Milosevic's family and several of his former political associates, saying they no longer represent "a threat to the consolidation of democracy" in Serbia.

    Milosevic's widow, Mirjana Markovic, who was granted political asylum in Russia with their son Marko when Milosevic lost power in a popular revolt 2000, told Belgrade's Vecernje Novosti newspaper that she "laughed" when she heard the news.

    "Neither me, nor my husband nor my children had or have any property in the EU countries," she said.

    She said that the family owned a family house in their hometown of Pozarevac, central Serbia, and another one in the capital, Belgrade.

    "That is our only property," said Markovic, who was a highly influential political figure in Serbia in the 1990s. "Those are the only places I dream of."
  • Azerbaijan arrests former police officer sacked over service irregularities
    31.10.2014 15:21
    A former parliamentary candidate has been arrested in Azerbaijan.

    Osman Mehrali Mahammad faces charges under the Criminal Code's Article #237.2.1 (illegal manufactory of the plants containing narcotic substances on preliminary arrangement by group of persons or organized group), law-enforcement bodies told APA.

    Osmanov was detained as a result of search operations carried out by the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and sent to pretrial detention under the court decision.

    Osmanov, who was a former police officer and sacked over service irregularities, was nominated for parliamentary elections from Balakan Electoral District No109 in 2005.
  • Azerbaijani Diaspora in US launches campaign against MasterCard
    31.10.2014 14:41
    The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) called on everyone to protest against introduction of Azerbaijani territories under occupation as an Armenian territory on the website of MasterCard international payment system.

    APA-Economics reports quoting official website of the USAN that the organization called on everyone to write letter of protest on the page of the company.

    If MasterCard receives 100 letters, it will have to consider this issue.

    MasterCard international payment system has showed Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno Karabakh territory as Armenia's territory on its website.

    APA-Economics reports that it's possible to see Stepanakert (Khankendi), Shushi (Shusha) and etc. cities while searching ATM Locator in Armenia section of MasterCard's website.

    MasterCard's services are available in the abovementioned territories.
  • VNA chief: Our cooperation with AzerTAc contributes to expansion of Vietnamese-Azerbaijani relations
    31.10.2014 14:32
    Hanoi, October 31, AzerTAc

    Director General of Vietnam News Agency VNA Nguyen Duc Loi has emphasized the importance of the agency`s cooperation with Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc).

    "Our cooperation with AzerTAc contributes to the expansion of Vietnamese-Azerbaijani relations," Mr. Duc Loi told AzerTAc`s special correspondent.

    "The agreement on cooperation between Vietnam News Agency and AzerTAc is of critical importance as it opens up ample opportunities for conducting a flexible exchange of news about what happens in our countries and strengthening mutual understanding between our people."

    Mr. Duc Loi shared his impressions about his visit to Azerbaijan early this month when he attended the 4th Baku International Humanitarian Forum invited by AzerTAc`s Director General. "My visit was a good chance to see Baku rich with national and modern architectural monuments and witness the country`s economic development. Apart from capital Baku we also visited Ganja, homeland of great Nizami Ganjavi."

    Mr. Duc Loi said: "Although short, the visit allowed us to learn a lot about Azerbaijan, which today enjoys great influence in the region and throughout the world, and its people, who have rich traditions."

    Shahin Jafarov

    Special Correspondent
  • Czech company to build artificial islands in Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 14:31

    By Nigar Orujova

    The Czech Republic's biggest construction company, PSJ will take part in the construction project of a city of artificial islands near the coast of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, the Prague Post agency said on October 30.

    The value of the contract signed by the PSJ for its participation in the project called the Khazar Islands is estimated to be 395 million euros. PSJ will build four residential buildings.

    The company will start construction of the first residential building in spring 2015."We have already signed a contract for one island, on which four buildings should be built," the PSJ Export Division Director Jaroslav Jirkovsky said. "We are now trying to secure funding for the first island which is expected to cost about 100 million euros."PSJ's income from foreign contracts made up 59 percent of the company's total revenue in 2013, which amounted to $198 million.

    The most important markets for PSJ are Russia, Slovakia and Asian countries.

    It was noted that the PSJ's contract in Azerbaijan is a good opportunity for the company to minimize risks from contracts in Russia and Ukraine resulting from tensions between the two countries.

    The new city will be located on the artificial island No41, about 25 kilometers south of Baku. The construction project has already started, and will be completed between 2020 and 2025.

    Khazar Islands, which is under construction on an artificial archipelago25 kilometers south of Baku, will consist of 41 islands of different sizes with a total area of 3,000 hectares on which 19 residential districts will be built.

    The project will be implemented in three stages. The total investment required in the Khazar Islands project is estimated at $ 100 billion. In general, it is planned to construct 20 km boulevard and 20 bridges.

    The tallest building of the planet, the 1,050 meter-high Azerbaijan Tower, will be built in the territory of Khazar Islands as part of the second phase of the project. The tower construction is expected to cost $2 billion.

    The completed Khazar city will have more than 150 schools, numerous hospitals, and clusters of parks, shops, and cultural centers. A yet-to-be-constructed airport will provide international access to the area.

    The islands will be dominated by high-rise buildings and resort-like accommodations, with miles of unspoiled beaches and warm, shallow waters. Special considerations were taken while designing the island's structures to withstand earthquakes with up to 9.0 magnitude power.

    So far, works on the project have been financed by the Avesta Group itself. The company hopes to reach an annual profitability margin of 10-15 percent on investments.
  • New procedure for declaring vehicles and goods comes into force
    31.10.2014 14:27
    The goods and vehicles transported through the customs border of Azerbaijan will be declared under the new rules from November 1, 2014, APA reports.

    According to the rules, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers' decision dated July 22, for individuals passing through the customs border, a system of "green" and "red" channels will be created to simplify the procedure of declaring goods. Individuals can use the "green" channel when declaring the goods orally, except unescorted baggage and goods sent by international mail. In this case, a preferential order of transporting goods is envisaged. Thus, while declaring the goods, they are exempt from customs procedures, customs payments and trade policy measures.

    "Green" channel can be chosen by physical entities transporting goods which are not subject to mandatory written declaration. In other cases, physical entities must follow the "red" channel. At the same time, they must deliver a simplified declaration in a written or an electronic form.

    The goods imported by business entities into the country's customs territory can be declared not later than within 15 days. The individuals systematically transporting goods and vehicles through the customs border can declare the goods up to 30 days. It is allowed to conduct this as part of one periodic declaration. These conditions apply when three or more batches were delivered.

    When a vehicle approaches the customs territory, the customs bodies must be informed one hour prior to arrival. The vehicles without cargo and passengers, applied to air, rail, sea and road transport, used in international transportation, are declared in accordance with the requirements of the Customs Code.
  • Recent solar flares cause strong magnetic storm on Earth
    31.10.2014 14:12
    Baku. Konul Kamilgizi '" APA. Powerful solar flares were recorded in the past few days.

    Chief of the Sun and solar-terrestrial relationship Department of Shamakhi-based Tusi Astrophysical Observatory Namig Jalilov told APA that four powerful solar flares occurred on October 25-27. The flare occurred on October 25 caused a strong magnetic storm on Earth yesterday. The flares recorded in the past two days were not Earth-directed.

    "On October 25 two flares were recorded. X1 flare - the strongest one began at 01:07 am and ended at 01:41 am. This storm caused magnetic storms on Earth on October 28. X1 flare began at 20:55 pm and was over by 21:08 pm. On October 26, X2 flare began at 14:04 pm and ended at 14:46 pm," he noted.

    Jalilov said that no significant coronal mass ejections were observed.

    He said that another solar flare was recorded on October 27. X2 flare began at 18:02 pm and was over by 18:47 pm: "Any effects of this flare will be felt tomorrow. However, it is unlikely as the flare is not Earth-directed."
  • Azerbaijan, Kuwait to develop ICT co-op
    31.10.2014 14:11

    By Nigar Orujova

    There is a great capacity for further development of cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies between Azerbaijan and Kuwait.

    This was announced by Azerbaijan's Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov at the meeting with a Kuwaiti delegation led by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.

    Noting Kuwait's noteworthy achievements in the ICT field, Abbasov informed the visiting delegation about main activities of his Ministry and spoke about the prospects of future cooperation.

    For his turn, the Kuwaiti minister said Kuwait attaches particular importance to the establishment of intensive relations with Azerbaijan, and expressed his country's interest in developing the Azerbaijani-Kuwaiti relations based on friendship and cooperation in accordance with the interests of the two nations.

    Providing detailed information about his country's ICT strategy and public policy in this area, the Kuwaiti delegation put forward the idea of creating a technical group between Azerbaijan and Kuwait in terms of developing bilateral relations, and offering proposals to identify further areas of cooperation in the ICT sector.

    Furthermore, he said the relationship between the sides have entered into a new stage of development and from this point of view, mutual visits are of great importance. Noting his country's interest in participating in the exhibition Bakutel, he expressed willingness of Kuwait's ICT companies to be represented at the 20th telecommunications exhibition.

    BakuTel exhibition is the largest telecommunications exhibition in the Caspian basin and the Caucasus that brings international ICT companies, government and media together. This year, the exhibition will be held on December 2-5.
  • AIDA conducts humanitarian aid campaign in Pakistan
    31.10.2014 14:11
    The Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conducted humanitarian aid campaign in Sarqodha and Hafizabad districts of Pakistanв's Punjab province.

    The Pakistani Embassy in Azerbaijan told APA that the event in Takht Hazara village was attended by Abid Vahid Sheikh, Managing Director of Bait-ul-Mal under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov, region and village elders, provincial media representatives and disaster victims.

    Making a speech at the event, Managing Director of Bait-ul-Mal Abid Vahid Sheikh expressed his gratitude to the Azerbaijani government, people and AIDA for the humanitarian aid to disaster victims. He said on October 23, 2014 AIDA launched humanitarian aid campaigns to the people affected by floods and torrential rains in the Punjab's Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Chiniot, Narowal, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Jhang districts as well as Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Bagh district. Giving information about the activities of Bait-ul-Mal, Abid Vahid Sheikh mentioned that Azerbaijan has been closely cooperating with the organization since 2012.

    In his speech, Ambassador Dashgin Shikarov spoke about the high-level relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan.

    He informed about the activities of AIDA, stressing that the agency has carried out a number of projects and humanitarian aid campaigns in more than 30 countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Dashgin Shikarov also added that AIDA and Heydar Aliyev Foundation have jointly carried out water supply project in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in May of this year and tens of thousands of people have been provided with drinking water.

    Speaking on behalf of disaster victims, elder of the district Shahnavaz Raja spoke about the consequences of the natural disaster and extended sincere gratitude to the Azerbaijani people and government for sharing the sorrow of the people being in hard financial and moral situation.

    At the end of the event, on behalf of AIDA, the guests who attended the event handed out the food packages to the disaster victims.
  • 410 kilos of heroin seized near Moscow
    31.10.2014 14:01
    Drug policemen seized over 410 kilograms of heroin in the Moscow region, head of the Russian drug control authority Viktor Ivanov told reporters on Friday.

    The operation, which lasted for two years, resulted in detention of six members of a criminal group, including the leader, he said.

    ''At night of October 30, the drug police seized 174 kilograms of heroin,'' Ivanov said.

    ''Earlier, as the work on the criminal group continued, the policemen seized more than 250 kilograms of heroin.
  • Baku to host parade of countries
    31.10.2014 13:26

    By Amina Nazarli

    "Parade of countries" will kicked off in Baku from November 1. The event will last for one year in the shopping center Park Boulevard.

    Representatives of more than 20 countries will take part at this interesting event.

    The first country which will open the parade is Russia. The large-scale cultural presentation titled "Window to Russia" will start at 17:00 and run until November 7.

    The program includes painting exhibitions of young artists "From the mouth of Mikhail Lermontov and Mirza Fatali Akhundov" as well as handicrafts works and souvenirs from Russia.

    "Pomegranate Three" exhibition which will put on display the works of thirty young and talented Azerbaijani artists will be an interesting addition to the event.

    Referral service, located on the first floor, will provide all visitors with extensive information about admission and studying procedures in Russian universities.

    The cultural event has been co-organized by Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku, its art and dance studios, creative youth club "Constellation" and the shopping center Park Boulevard.

    Moreover, a massive five-minute gymnastics event will be held on the first floor of Park Boulevard at 17:00 from November 1.

    This mass action is devoted to the first European Games, which will be held in Baku in 2015.The three-time champion and honored coach of Azerbaijan, Nurjahan Askerova and her pupils will hold an exciting class. After the class, participants will have a chance to attend a concert of young pop singers and modern dance performers.

    The guests will also have an opportunity to visit a fashion shoe of little fashion mongers. They will present collections of fashionable clothing, created by modern designers incorporating the best traditions of Russian and Azerbaijani fashion schools.
  • Armenian armed forces continue violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 13:26
    The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 17 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said,AzerTag state news agency reported.

    The ceasefire was violated in Sarijali, Shuraabad villages in Agdam region, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand region, Ashagi Veysalli, Horadiz villages in Fuzuli region.

    The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire.

    For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor.

    Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.

  • Sony reports loss on PlayStation 4 sales
    31.10.2014 13:25
    Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division.

    The result - unexpected after Sony took an impairment charge of 176 billion yen ($1.58 billion) on its mobile division - indicates restructuring announced in May by Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida is beginning to bear fruit.

    Sony's operating loss reached 85.6 billion yen in July-September, compared with the 164.3 billion yen average estimate of 3 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. In the same quarter last year, Sony booked a profit of 14.8 billion yen on the sale of assets.

    The company posted a net loss of 136 billion yen for the quarter and held its full-year net loss forecast at 230 billion yen.

    Sony upped its operating profit forecast for its gaming division by 10 billion yen to 35 billion yen for the year after shifting 3.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the second quarter, moving it further ahead of rival Xbox One, made by Microsoft.

    Sony also upped its operating profit outlook for its imaging and devices units but said its flagship electronics division had logged an overall operating loss of 137.3 billion yen in the first half. That compared to an operating loss of 245.6 billion yen for the full year ended March 31.

    Weighing on electronics was the mobile division, where Sony lowered its smartphone sales outlook to 41 million handsets from 43 million, compared with 39 million last year.

    Yoshida, the CFO, said the company would greatly shrink its smartphone business in China, where it has been squeezed by nimble local rivals like Xiaomi, while the incoming chief of the mobile division, Hiroki Totoki, would focus on strengthening carrier relationships after assuming his new post on Nov. 16.
  • Ahmet Davutoghlu: TANAP will bring a peace to Caucasus
    31.10.2014 13:15
    ''The most significant achievement to build new Turkey is implementation of TANAP jointly with Azerbaijan'', said the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, SIA reports quoting the Anadolu Agency.

    He noted that this project is significant for Turkeyв's energy demand and becoming of Turkey a geostrategic country transporting energy to Balkan states and Europe: ''Azerbaijani gas will be transported by TANAP to Turkey through Georgia, Totally, 6 bcm of 16 bcm of gas will remain in Turkey, 10 bcm will be transported to Balkans and Europe''.

    ''Total capacity will increase step by step and reach 31 bcm in 2026. First stage of this project will be completed in 2018. 80% of equipments to be used in this project will be produced in Turkey. We believe that the 21st century will be the century of energy. This project will bring a peace to Caucasus'', he said.
  • Former Albanian President visits Azerbaijan University of Languages
    31.10.2014 13:12
    Baku, October 31, AzerTAc

    Former President of Albania, member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rexhep Meidani has visited Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL).

    He met rector, MP Samad Seyidov who highlighted the university`s activities and foreign relations. He said AUL maintains cooperation with higher educational institutions of many countries. "There are foreign language and culture centers in our university, and we also teach Western European languages and Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian."

    Mr. Meidani praised Albanian-Azerbaijani relations.

    After the meeting the Former President of Albania gave a lecture to students of the regional studies and international relations faculty.
  • Slovenian Radio SI broadcasts programme about Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 13:08
    Ljubljana, October 31, AzerTAc

    Radio Slovenia International (Radio SI) has broadcast a programme on Azerbaijan`s culture.

    Come Away With Me show hosted Azer Khudiyev, Charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Ljubljana.

    Mr. Khudiyev highlighted Azerbaijan's increasing economic and political power, and touched upon the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The one-hour programme featured Azerbaijani music, including folk songs and works by modern composers.

    On its website, Radio SI described Azerbaijan as The Land of Fire and "a hidden gem connecting Europe and Asia".

    Elgun Niftaliyev

    Special correspondent
  • Robbie Williams names baby boy
    31.10.2014 13:02
    Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have announced the name of their newborn baby son on Twitter.

    Having kept fans updated with live tweeting and videos throughout Ayda's labour, Robbie posted a final lighthearted video in the early hours of Friday morning, which revealed the Little one's chosen name as Charlton Valentine Williams.

    "Charlton Valentine Williams has left the building...and Daddy is doing just fine. RW x," tweeted the second-time dad.

    The latest video, that the starshared on YouTube, shows new mum Ayda pushing a wheelchair down the hospital corridor.

    The arm of the person seated in the wheelchairthen comes out, signalling to turn right, before viewers see it is Robbie. Wearing sunglasses and a dressing gown, he is holding the baby, who is not visible to fans.
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