top of page
Online Payment
Arshin mal alan by great Uzeyir Hajibeyli conquers Los Angeles
08.09.2013 22:09
A A
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.
Dear User, please take into the consideration the fact that all news are posted to our portal automatically by the system and no human factor is used to estimate the content of information, therefore if you consider this article non-ethical, offensive, illegal or incorrect, we kindly ask you to inform us about this issue.
Important news
Popular news
  • Japan interested in developing cooperation with Turkmenistan
    02.07.2015 12:34
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 2By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:Japan is interested in developing the cooperation with rapidly developing Turkmenistan, Daishiro Yamagiwa, Japanese state minister of economy, trade and industry, said at a business forum in Ashgabat, the government of Turkmenistan said July 1."...
  • Iran committed to nuclear deal, IAEA report says
    02.07.2015 10:22
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a confidential report on Iranв's nuclear program, attesting to Tehranв's commitment to what has been agreed with the global powers, Press Tv reports.The report, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated among the 35-nation I...
  • Turkey needs new constitution
    02.07.2015 17:14
    The adoption of a new constitution will be a primary task of the new parliament, Ismet Yilmaz, the newly elected speaker of the Turkish parliament, said, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported July 2.Yilmaz said that Turkey, actively developing from the economic and political points of view, needs...
  • European Games prove growth of Azerbaijanв's influence
    02.07.2015 16:11
    /By AzerNews/By Nigar OrujovaThe European Games once again proved the growth of Azerbaijanв's influence, Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said in an interview with the Azerbaijan newspaper.Anti-Azerbaijani forces conducting a campaign to discredit the First European Games fail...
  • IAEA report confirms Iranв's commitment to interim deal
    02.07.2015 14:58
    /By AzerNews/By Sara RajabovaWhile the nuclear negotiations are underway between the world powers and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency has released a confidential report on Tehranв's nuclear program, attesting to Tehranв's commitment to what had already been agreed with the glo...
  • Azerbaijan sends note of protest to UK
    02.07.2015 14:54
    British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq was summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on July 1.Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed the protest of the Azerbaijani government over the possible visit of Bako Sahakyan, introducing himself as the head of the separatist...
  • Luxembourg Cargolux starts regular flights to Turkmenistan
    02.07.2015 14:10
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 1By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:The company Cargolux has started regular flights to the city of Turkmenbashi with a frequency of four flights a week, said the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan July 1.Flights are carried out according to the agreement initialed between the governm...
  • Anti-Azerbaijani forces fail to discredit European Games '" minister
    02.07.2015 13:26
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:Anti-Azerbaijani forces holding the campaign to discredit the First European Games failed to achieve their goals, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said in an interview with "Azerbaijan" newspaper.The European Games once again...
  • Armenian economy to end this year with zero growth - IMF
    02.07.2015 12:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2Trend:In general, the Armenian economy will not increase this year. The year will end with zero growth."We do not see big growth next year," Masood Ahmed, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund, told reporters July 1.Ahmed w...
  • Novruz Mammadov: International NGOs execute orders only of their owners
    02.07.2015 12:33
    The representative of PA wrote the tweet.Today, it is possible to face with the concept of international law in international relations in certain applications and documents.According to Oxu.Az, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Relations Department of Preside...
NEWS STORY
  • China sees 'high possibility' of nuclear deal with Iran soon
    03.07.2015 02:29
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2014/01/20/van_i_china_200114.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2014/01/20/van_i_china_200114.jpg
    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday said there was a strong likelihood Iran and six world powers would succeed in reaching a nuclear accord in the coming days, though he cautioned that there were still difficult issues to resolve, Reuters reported.

    Asked if he saw a chance for an agreement by July 7, Wang told reporters on arrival in Vienna, "I think there's a high possibility."

    "We have confidence that finally the parties concerned will arrive at a fair, balanced and just solution," he said through an interpreter. However, he added that Iran and the six were "faced with some important and sensitive issues which no one can shy away from."

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

    Follow us on Twitter @
    19
  • Rouhani: Iran, IAEA determination can settle remaining issues
    03.07.2015 02:00
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/06/07/rouhani_070615.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/06/07/rouhani_070615.jpg
    President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can resolve their remaining issues in a short time.

    'Iran is still ready to achieve a fair framework for settling the remaining issues in the specified time under the safeguards and existing regulations,' President Rouhani said in a meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Tehran on Thursday.

    The Iranian president noted that Iran like other member-states of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) should achieve its full nuclear rights and there should be no discrimination in this regard.

    He pointed out that the expansion of peaceful nuclear activities and also non-proliferation of nuclear weapons are two important duties of the IAEA which should be fulfilled in a balanced way and without discrimination against its member-states.

    'Iran's transparent cooperation with the IAEA is a golden example of a large number of examples and it has been proven for the IAEA that the accusations on Iran's diversion from nuclear activities have been baseless,' President Rouhani added.

    The Iranian president reiterated that proving the non-diversion from nuclear activities by Iran over past 12 years of close cooperation with the IAEA is the best judgment for international public opinion.

    'The IAEA should play its conspicuous role in this juncture that talks with the Group 5 1 is approaching its final stage,' he added.

    President Rouhani pointed to the settling of several problems in the past due to Iran-IAEA cooperation, and said, 'If there will be necessary will in both sides and some non-technical issues do not interfer, some differences can be fully resolved in a short period of time.'

    IAEA director general, for his part, appreciated Iran's cooperation with the agency, and said, 'We have always announced in the past inspections that Iran's nuclear activities have had no diversion towards military objectives following the previous inspections and that the country has always fulfilled its commitments.'

    Amano pointed to his constructive talks with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, and said, 'I believe that through mutual respect and close cooperation all issues can be resolved and I hope that IAEA's reports will help to the process of nuclear talks after this visit.'

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

    Follow us on Twitter @
    6
  • OSCE MG co-chairs to discuss organization of meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents - US ambassador
    02.07.2015 21:09
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_robert_cekuta_020715.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_robert_cekuta_020715.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    Trend:

    The visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to the South Caucasus is being discussed now, the US ambassador to Baku Robert Cekuta said July 2 at an event dedicated to the US Independence Day.

    He went on to add that the issue of organizing of a meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will be discussed during this visit.

    At the meeting, the leaders of the two countries would have the opportunity to discuss ways to promote peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Cekuta said.

    Edited by CN

    Story still developing

    Follow us on Twitter @
    41
  • Azerbaijan hopes US will be active in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - deputy minister
    02.07.2015 21:07
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_ismayil_ismayilov_020715.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_ismayil_ismayilov_020715.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan hopes that the US, as the co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, will be active in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Ismayil Ismayilov said July 2 in Baku on the celebration of 239th anniversary of the US Independence Day.

    US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta spoke about the achievements of the United States over these years.

    The diplomat also said that the US and Azerbaijan continue to work on the creation of strong relations between the two countries.

    Ismayilov congratulated the American people on their Independence Day on behalf of the government of Azerbaijan. He said that relations between the two countries have been developing in various fields, especially in economic and security sphere since 1992.

    "Azerbaijan assisted the United States in operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan, and it is ready to cooperate with the US in the fight against terrorism in the future," he said.

    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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Edited by CN

    ---

    Follow the author on Twitter: @Anahanum

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • Draft resolution of Azerbaijani MP to be considered at OSCE PA summer session
    02.07.2015 21:05
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/05/18/OSCE_Parliament_Assembly_180512.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/05/18/OSCE_Parliament_Assembly_180512.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    Trend:

    The meetings of the general committees on democracy, human rights and humanitarian affairs, political affairs and security, on economic affairs, science, technology and environment will be held as part of the 24th summer session of OSCE PA, the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan said July 2.

    The draft resolution on "Adherence to the Helsinki principles in inter-state relations across the OSCE area", whose author is the deputy chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE PA Azay Guliyev, will be presented at these meetings and military-political aspects of security, issues of responsibility in the fight against human trafficking will be discussed.

    The draft resolution "Helsinki 40: Building the OSCE of the future" will be considered at the plenary session, an exchange of views on Russia's obligations within the framework of the OSCE will take place.

    The head of the Azerbaijani delegation to OSCE PA Bahar Muradova and members of the delegation will participate in all meetings of the structure, comment on issues to be discussed in committees from the standpoint of the interests of Azerbaijan, express their views and make proposals.

    The group, headed by Vice-Speaker of the Milli Majlis, head of the delegation of the Azerbaijani Parliament to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Bahar Muradova, will travel to Helsinki on July 4.

    The delegation includes chairman of the parliamentary committee on agrarian policy Eldar Ibrahimov, chairman of the parliamentary committee on human rights Rabiyat Aslanova, deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee for regional issues Fattah Heydarov, MP, deputy chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE PA Azay Guliyev and MP Agalar Veliyev.

    OSCE PA President Ilkka Kanerva, Secretary General of the structure Spencer Oliver and other officials will give speech at the meeting of the Standing Committee. The financial report will be heard during the committee's work, a number of organizational issues considered, as well as the new Secretary General of the OSCE PA elected.

    The visit will end on July 10.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • BollorГ© Bluesummer is a drop-top pleasure seeker
    02.07.2015 21:04
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141924.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141924.jpg
    If youв've journeyed to Paris lately, you may have noticed swarms of BollorГ© Bluecars on the Champs-Г‰lysГ©es. Or maybe you didnв't; theyв're small, quiet and popular enough that they tend to blend. This summer, however, the Bluecar is stripping down for a trip to the beach.

    TheВ BluesummerВ is the beach buggy version of the popular French electric. It takes the sleek, Pininfarina-designed Bluecar body, and gives it a coastal twist with Mediterranean-blue plastic panels, exposed hinges and roll bars in lieu of a roof. Like its urban counterpart, itв's a two-door four-seater, with fold down seats in the rear for cargo.

    It maintains all of the specs that have made the Bluecar the most popular highway-capable electric in France '" 100% electric, with a 50kW engine that can take it up to almost 70mph (110km/h), and a range of 120 miles between charges. That range is courtesy of a 30kWh lithium polymer (LMP) battery pack coupled with supercapacitors for regenerative braking and quick power delivery.

    BollorГ©, a global conglomerate with interests in everything from telecom to rubber plantations, originally brought in the Pininfarina design team simply to showcase technology developed by its Batscap subsidiary. But with this stylish sprite suddenly at their disposal, BollorГ© launched the Autolib' car-sharing service, building networks not just of charging stations, but of GPS and on-board computers that calculate range, alter drive mode, map the ride and direct the cars to the nearest charging station. The runabouts also have a 24/7 help button, should a Bluecar not make it all the way to the plug.

    Roughly half of the Bluecars currently on the road are in private hands, with the rest belonging to carshare schemes in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and '" coming later this year '" the US midwest city of Indianapolis, Indiana. This summer, this bikiniв'd Bluesummer version will be part of several Riviera rental rosters.

    We canв't see cruising St Tropez in any other car. Except for maybeВ this one.

    /By BBC/
    5
  • Electricity protests continue despite declining number of protesters
    02.07.2015 20:55
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141923.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141923.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The protests in Armenia -- also referred as 'electro Maidanв' in Russian media-- continue in capital Yerevan, while it stopped in countryв's second largest city Gyumri.

    Despite Armenia media reports over the decrease in the number of protesters in Yerevanв's Baghramyan Avenue in the last three days, the situation still remains difficult to predict.

    The participants in the protests against the increase of electricity tariffs do not intend to negotiate with the police.

    The newly created coordination group said it has no intention to hold talks with the police on moving the demonstrations to a different location, David Sanasaryan, the member of the coordination group told the Radio Azatutyun (Armenian service of Radio Liberty).

    Protesters on Baghramyan Avenue have formed a new initiative against the electricity price hike. The group aims to coordinate the work of the various groups at the sit-in.

    Earlier, Armenian police issued another statement in connection with the ongoing rally on Baghramyan Avenue. They claim that the illegal march started on June 22 turned into an indefinite protest, violating transport and pedestrian traffic.

    They also withdrew equipment from Baghramyan Avenue aimed at dispersing protesters, such as the water cannon, on July 2.

    The police also warned that they would use the full extent of their power in case protesters rejected the calls to move to relocate..

    During the first days of the demonstration, the police attempted to disperse the protest using force. However, seeing that this can complicate the situation and even cause the protests to grow, the police preferred to hold waiting position to see if the protests would fade away on their own.

    Armenian police brutally dispersed the crowd with the help of water cannons early morning on June 23. Moreover, it detained nearly 240 activists and protesters. The police officers also used force against many journalists during the crackdown of the protest on Baghramyan Avenue.

    Furthermore, the brutal crackdown of the protests by police was condemned by the international organizations.

    Human Rights Watch demanded from the authorities to immediately launch an impartial and thorough investigation in order to clarify the legality and proportionality of the use of force and in case of violations to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

    In meantime, the government attempts to convince the demonstrators with various ways to stop their protest.

    Earlier, President Serzh Sargsyan stated that the government would cover this price hike until an audit is conducted at the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) Company, which supplies electricity to the countryв's residents.

    The Armenian media reported that this has divided the activists into separate groups and caused decrease of the number of protesting people in the Baghramyan Avenue.

    "168 Zham" newspaper however, warned that the civil movement could get new breath in any moment.

    Armenian economist Ashot Yeghiazaryan considered that Sargsyanв's statement to conduct audit at the ENA is a way to buy time.

    ''Through the audit tariff increase must be justified to 7 drams ($0.01), but funding through extra budgetary resources is absurd,'' Yeghiazaryan said, Armenian media reported.

    He added Armenia is deprived of the opportunity to buy cheap electricity, as nuclear power plant in the next year will be stopped for repairs and Russia will not help Armenia in building a new nuclear power plant.

    Economists earlier warned that by 2017, electricity prices will rise again when the Metsamor nuclear power plant will be suspended for six months for maintenance.
    9
  • US imposes sanctions against Russia's major energy companies
    02.07.2015 20:52
    http://apaholding.az/upload/images/photos/apa_logo.png
    http://apaholding.az/upload/images/photos/apa_logo.png
    Baku - APA. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under the US Department of the Treasury said it has imposed new sanctions against Russian companies, according to Lenta.ru.

    The sanctions list, for the first time, included Russia's major energy companies including Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegas. The sectoral sanctions ban the companies supply with the equipment and products used in the development of hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic shelf, shale fields and deep areas.

    On June 29, Canada added 3 individuals, 14 legal entities to anti-Russia sanctions list. The sanctions are imposed against leaders of the Eurasian Youth Union Alexander Dugin, Pavel Kanitschev and Andrey Kovalenko, Russian companies Night Wolves Motorcycle Club, Gazprom, Transneft, Surqutnefteqaz, Oboronprom, United Aircraft Corporation and others.

    In the spring of 2014, the West began to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the Crimea annexation and Donbass war.
    7
  • Coalition govв't inevitable in Turkey '" Matthew Bryza
    02.07.2015 20:50
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/02/13/trend_matthew-bryza_main_1.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/02/13/trend_matthew-bryza_main_1.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Over the last few days the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been moving towards a coalition with National Movement Party (MHP), Matthew Bryza, the former deputy assistant of the US secretary of state for South Caucasus, former US ambassador to Azerbaijan and director of International Centre for Defense Studies in Tallinn told Trend July 2.

    He said the fact that at the election of the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, which took place July 1, MHP in the end supported the candidate of the AKP Ismet Yilmaz; the MHP made a step towards creating a coalition with the AKP.

    Temporary Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey Deniz Baykal was not able to win the election of parliament speaker. MHP even abstained from voting in favor of its candidate, the former head of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said Bryza.

    "Davutoglu will try to form a coalition with MHP," he said. "I think they will argue very much especially over whether the political role of President Erdogan should be limited."

    If the AKP and the MHP aren't able to form a coalition government within 45 days, early parliamentary election will be held in the country, said Bryza.

    Turkey held parliamentary election June 7, which involved 20 political parties. Over 53 million people cast ballots in this election.

    The coalition government should be formed in Turkey, within 45 days after announcing the results of the parliamentary election.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu submitted a resignation letter June 9.

    The Turkish president accepted the resignation of the prime minister, but Davutoglu will officiate until the formation of the new government.

    As a result of the parliamentary election, the ruling Justice and Development Party garnered 40.9 percent of the votes, the Republican People's Party (CHP) - 25 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 16.3 percent, the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) - 13.1 percent.

    The other political parties gathered a total of 4.7 percent of the votes.

    Edited by CN

    ---

    Follow the author on Twitter: @Anahanum

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Down Cafe '" A Turkish cafe that only employs workers with down syndrome
    02.07.2015 20:40
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141922.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141922.jpg
    A cafГ© in Istanbul is making headlines for exclusively hiring people with Down syndrome. The aptly named 'Down CafГ©в' employs staff between the ages of 18 and 25, and aims to empower them with self-confidence and independence.

    Saruhan Singen, who founded the cafГ© in the Sisli district of Istanbul, said that he was inspired by his own experience of raising a daughter with Down syndrome. She now works at the cafГ© as well. ''I have Sezil and I think she is a gift to me В to understand others like her,'' Singen said. ''When we think about the number of people with Down syndrome, there is not a wide range of career paths available.''

    According to Turkeyв's National Down Syndrome Association, nearly 1,500 babies are born with the condition in the nation each year. Itв's estimated thatВ there are currently over 100,000 people with Down syndrome livingВ in Turkey . According to Singen, ''Improved medical care is absolutely essential for these special kids but it is more important that we must do everything possible to help them live more independent and fulfilling lives.''

    Singen revealed that when he first opened the cafГ© in 2011, business was slow. People would hesitate to enter when they learned about the special staff, but the few who did enter were able to appreciate the ambiance, once the initial surprise wore off. It wasnв't long before the place was teeming with patrons, all impressed with the kind of service provided.

    ''I think the cafe also helps people get rid of their prejudices against disabled people and provides a chance to people with Down syndrome to prove themselves and show off their talents,'' Singen says. ''They want to be together with more people, they want to be accepted by the society and they want their talents to be discovered. That is why we need more sponsors, donors and especially more customers to increase the number of the cafes like Down CafГ©.''

    ''We have volunteer mothers helping us in the kitchen by cooking and washing dishes while Sisli Municipality pays our bills,'' he added. Down CafГ© is a joint project В Istanbul Foundation for Mentally Disordered People and Sisli municipality, sponsored by Alternative Life Association. The place is open from 9 to 5 on weekdays, and can seat up to 40 customers at a time.

    A couple of months ago, we wrote aboutВ Timв's Place, a restaurant in Albuquerque ran by young Tim Harris, who has Down syndrome. Heв's doing such a great job that his establishment is fondly known as the ''worldв's friendliest restaurant''.

    /By Oddity Central/
    7
  • Possible Nuke agreement can pave path for Iran-US cooperation
    02.07.2015 20:25
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/04/27/usa_iran_flags_270415.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/04/27/usa_iran_flags_270415.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Umid Niayesh, Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Achieving a satisfactory agreement between Iran and the P5 1 over the Islamic Republic's nuclear issue, can prepare ground for more Tehran-Washington cooperation in the future, Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan Asafari told Trend July 2.

    Reaching a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) is a test for future cooperation between the parties, Asafari, who is a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said.

    If the US side forsakes deception in these talks it would open the door for other mutual steps, the Iranian MP said, adding, so if they want to negotiate with Iran on other issues, the nuclear agreement will be the first step.

    He further argued that Iran could start talk with the US on other issues, if Washington gives up excessive demands on the nuclear issue.

    While Iran has taken the confidence making steps, the US administration will be responsible for possible failure of the nuclear talks, Asafari said.

    He also said that the negotiating parties have agreed over 97 percent of the issues for comprehensive nuclear agreement.

    "Removal of sanctions, inspection of Iran's military sites as well as interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists are the remaining 2-3 percent of the differences between the sides," Asafari said.

    He also explained a "good deal" for Iran, saying it should secure lifting all sanctions against Tehran and guarantee maintaining the Islamic Republic's nuclear rights and technology.

    Iran and the P5 1 are in intensive talks to hammer a comprehensive nuclear agreement until July 7. The sides reached a framework deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

    Edited by CN

    Follow the author on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • Jazzman Elchin Shirinov to join intв'l festival
    02.07.2015 20:25
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141921.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141921.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Azerbaijani jazzman Elchin Shirinov will participate in the International Different Sounds Art'n'Music festival that will be held in Poland.

    The "Different Sounds" Festival is an art project aimed at music aficionados and enthusiasts of all related arts. Renowned for its quality and scope, it is a cyclic art event happening in Lublin since 2008. With time, Lublin's flagship Festival has become a truly international phenomenon.

    Mirek OlszГіwka was the originator and director of the Festival. His beneficiaries alongside the City of Lublin as well as the closest coworkers of the late founder decided to continue organizing the Festival in years to come. In 2013, The Workshops of Culture was appointed the official organizer of the Festival.

    Elchin Shirinov was born in Baku in 1982. The artist does not have any musician education, but he took lessons from such great jazz pianists such as Vagif Sadikhov, Aaron Goldberg, Kevin Hayes and Yakov Okun.

    In 2009 he took part in the 6th Festival of Baku drummers.

    He participated in various festivals in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Malaysia. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he participated in the Baku Jazz Festival with his band "Elchin Shirinov Trio."

    In 2010 and 2013 he performed at jazz festivals in Poland.
    7
  • "Silk Way" greets Japanese ansamble
    02.07.2015 20:23
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141920.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141920.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The sixth annual Silk Road Sheki International Music Festival kicked off on July 1 in one of the most ancient centers of Azerbaijani culture, Sheki.

    The festival, co-organized by the Azerbaijani Composers Union and the Sheki Executive power, supported by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, was attended by many well-known musicians from Azerbaijan and number of foreign countries as well as by folklore ensembles, and dancers representing minorities living throughout the country.

    A Japanese ensemble called "Kamigata sumieshi kai" opened the festival performing in front of the historical Palace of the Sheki Khans, which dates back to the XVIII century.

    "Kamigata rakugo", a Japanese art style, was also on display at the concert. This style appeared in the Edo period and now is a traditional Japanese art.

    Japanese dancers performed the traditional "Daikagura", which was once dedicated to God. The Japanese, like all agriculture-based societies, ask God for rich harvests and grant them their wishes through this dance.

    The concert was attended by the leadership of the Azerbaijani Composers Union and the Sheki Executive power, artists, music lovers and citizens.

    All the performances were greeted with loud applauds and acclamation.

    At the conclusion of the concert, on behalf of the cityв's executive power, the artists were awarded a commemorative gift.

    Sheki has been a major city along the Silk Road for centuries. The city boasts of its great silk factory that had produced silk products for over four centuries.

    The festival gives the chance to show Shekiв's rich culture and art, its hospitality, and originality. For many centuries the city, was an important centre of art. Today Sheki is a unique place that has preserved the urban culture inherent to medieval towns. The townв's historical and architectural monuments '" caravanserais, mosques, minarets, walls and bridges '" show the ancient architectural style of the city.
    7
  • Kazakh KazMunaiGas plans to sell 50% in Kashagan
    02.07.2015 20:19
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/09/18/kashagan_180913.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/09/18/kashagan_180913.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas plans to sell 50 percent in KMG Kashagan B.V., which owns a stake in the project to develop super-giant field Kashagan, to the Kazakh National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna, the message of London Stock Exchange said.

    The purchase price payable by Samruk-Kazyna for the Kashagan Shares shall be determined based on an independent appraisal, and it is expected to be approximately $4.7 billion.

    The closing of the Kashagan Sale is expected to occur before the end of 2015.

    Samruk-Kazyna's agreement to purchase the Kashagan Shares reflects the State's strong support of KMG, as a strategic national asset. The provision of this State support through Samruk-Kazyna's purchase of an interest in KMG Kashagan will allow KMG to deconsolidate approximately $2.2 billion of indebtedness relating to the North Caspian Project, which will, in turn, permit KMG to reduce consolidated KMG net indebtedness by the same amount.

    At the same time, the call option is intended to give KMG the opportunity to regain the positive contribution to EBITDA, which is expected to result when the Kashagan field commences production

    KMG expects that the combination of the Kashagan Sale and the Debt Reduction Program will improve the Group's overall financial profile, reduce the Group's current debt service and thereby improve its overall liquidity position, and (in conjunction with the cash application amendment described below) allow the Group to continue to fund its on-going obligatory capital expenditure program in line with current plans

    Kashagan is a large oil and gas field in Kazakhstan, located in the north of the Caspian Sea. The geological reserves of Kashagan are estimated at 4.8 billion metric tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels; some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. There are large natural gas reserves at the Kashagan field - over one trillion cubic meters.

    The production at the Kashagan field started September 2013, but in October, it was ceased after a gas leak in one of the main pipelines. The analysis revealed numerous cracks in the pipeline, which needed to be completely replaced. The replacement was projected to take at least two years.

    The project participants are KMG Kashagan BV (16.88 percent), AGIP Caspian Sea BV (nearly 16.81 percent), CNPC Kazakhstan BV (8.33 percent), Exxon Mobil Kazakhstan Inc. (nearly 16.81 percent), INPEX North Caspian Sea Ltd., Shell Kazakhstan Development BV (nearly 16.81 percent), Total Eamp;P Kazakhstan (nearly 16.81 percent).

    Follow the author on Twitter: @E_Kosolapova

    Follow us on Twitter @
    6
  • Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway construction underway
    02.07.2015 20:11
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141918.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141918.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    Turkmenistan has completed the 45thВ kilometer of its portion of a railway that is slated to pass from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and into Tajikistan.

    The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) Railway, with an overall length of 400 km, is an important link in the international transport operations between the countries of Central Asia.

    The Atamyrat-Imamnazar section of the railway, which lies in Turkmenistan, will have a total length of 85 kilometers and will be Turkmenistanв's last stop on the international transport corridor.

    The TAT railway has an estimated cost of $1.5-2 billion is being developed as part of the Central Asia Regional Cooperation Program. It is primarily financed by the Asian Development Bank, which has allocated $350 million to Afghanistan for its 37-mile section between Akina and Andho.

    On the 23rd km of the railway, work is being done on the ground infrastructure facilities, while on the 36th km progress is being made on filling rubble-gravel mixtures. At the 46th km mark, the preparation of soil roadbed (soil bed) is in progress.

    The project holds significant importance for creating new regional and inter-regional transport and communication corridors in Turkmenistan, and is of strategic, political and economic importance for all participating countries.

    Future prospects are largely dependent on the proper adaptation of the railway network and its services to the capacities of new transit and export-import cargo, which have become an important source of exports of services and foreign exchange revenues.

    Afghanistan shares long borders with Turkmenistan and Tajikistan (750 and 1,300 kilometers respectively).

    According to Afghani experts, the trade between Afghanistan and Tajikistan grew to 130 million dollars in the last ten years.

    The European Trade Committee estimated the value of Afghanistanв's trade with Tajikistan to 69.6 million euros and its trade with Turkmenistan to 163.1 million euros in 2010.

    This trans-regional railroad project is likely to increase trade turnover.

    The project expands regional infrastructures, connects landlocked countries with seaways, and opens a new corridor between Central Asia and world markets through seaports on the coast of the Indian Ocean that will halve the distance to the Baltic Sea coast via Russia.

    The TAT railway project is expected to be fully operational by 2018.

    The Turkmen Ministry of Economy earlier reported that China, Iran, and Kyrgyzstan had expressed the interest in the TAT railway project at the start of its construction.

    Moreover, the Tajikistan Transport Ministry announced that the railway route would stretch into Iran.

    To date, the Turkmen section of the route is under construction, while Tajikistan still seeks funding for a feasibility study on its portion of the railway.
    7
  • Baku protests planned visit of separatist NKR leader to UK
    02.07.2015 20:08
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141917.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141917.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan has raised objections to the possible visit of the head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh to the United Kingdom.

    The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has summoned UK ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq regarding this issue.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed strong protest by Azerbaijan over the planned visit of the head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan to the UK, and participation in an event organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Foreign Ministry said on July 2.

    Chatham House will hold the discussions on the situation concerning Nagorno-Karabakh, regional security, and relations between different regional actors in London on July 8, local media reported.

    The think-thank also invited Sahakyan as a speaker, whom Chatham House is expected to present as "the president of the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh Republic."

    Following the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the separatist regime was established in Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh regime.

    During the meeting, Khalafov stressed that this situation contradicts with the spirit of friendly and strategic relations between Azerbaijan and the UK and is regarded as a step taken against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    Siddiq, for his part, said the UK doesnв't recognize the regime in Nagorno-Karabakh and has no relations with it.

    The diplomat pledged to convey the concern of the Azerbaijani side to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    Moreover, under instruction from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, the countryв's embassy in the UK held a meeting at UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on this issue and handed over the letter of protest.

    In response to the letter, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it supports Azerbaijanв's sovereignty and territorial integrity and doesnв't recognize the regime created in Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that the position of the country remains unchanged.

    Additionally, it was noted that the mentioned visit hasnв't been arranged by the government and there will be no meetings with the countryв's officials during Sahakyanв's visit to London.

    Earlier, the UK Embassy said the UK government has no influence over Chatham Houseв's decisions, nor should it, given its respect for the freedom of action of non-governmental organizations.

    The UK did not recognize the legitimacy of the presidential and parliamentary elections held in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh a while ago and voiced support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a conflict that 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 any of the four U.N. Security Council resolutions urging a pullout from its neighboring country's territories.
    7
  • Ambassador: Azerbaijan is Turkey's most important and reliable partner
    02.07.2015 19:46
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141561.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141561.jpg
    "Azerbaijan and Turkey enjoy long-term cooperation and Azerbaijan is Turkey's most important and reliable partner," Turkish Ambassador in Baku Ismail Alper Coskun has said as he met President and Editor-in-chief of Caspian Energy International Media Group Natalya Aliyeva and its editorial staff.

    "Azerbaijani-Turkish relations are of special significance and are not confined just to official and traditional contacts between the two countries. Azerbaijan is not only the energy source or export market for us, but also an important partner and a fraternal country. As we have common past, we have high hopes for common future too," said the Ambassador, AzerTag reports.

    Mr Alper Coskun applauded the activities of Caspian European Club and Caspian Energy International Media Group. He noted that his country is interested in Caspian Energy magazine`s publishing articles and interviews dealing with the economy of Turkey.

    Then Ismail Alper Coskun gave an exclusive interview to Caspian Energy magazine.
    12
  • Contract on Karazhanbas field extended in Kazakhstan
    02.07.2015 19:42
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/04/28/oil_rig_280415.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/04/28/oil_rig_280415.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakhstan's Energy Minister and Karazhanbasmunai JSC have signed an additional agreement on extending the contract on Karazhanbas oil and gas field in the country's Mangistau province, KazMunaiGas Exploration Production JSC said July 2.

    KazMunaiGas Exploration Production JSC owns 50 percent share in Karazhanbasmunai JSC.

    The contract for hydrocarbon production at Karazhanbas has been extended till June 7, 2035.

    Previously, the validity of the contract was to expire in 2020.

    KMG EP was among the top three oil producers in Kazakhstan as of 2014. The company's production volume, taking into account its shares in the LLP Kazgermunai JV, CCEL (Karazhanbasmunai) and PetroKazakhstan Inc. stood at 12.3 million metric tons (250,000 barrels per day) in 2014.

    The volume of consolidated proven and probable reserve of the KMG EP, given the shares in joint ventures, amounted to 177 million metric tons (1.303 billion barrels) as of late 2014. Of this volume, 132 million metric tons (981 million barrels) accounted for Ozenmunaigas JSC, Embamunaigas JSC and Ural Oil and Gas LLP.

    Edited by SI

    ---

    Follow the author on Twitter: @E_Kosolapova

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • Azerbaijan-Lithuania cooperation to strengthen Eurasian security
    02.07.2015 19:41
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/zakir_hasanov_litva_010715_04.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/zakir_hasanov_litva_010715_04.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The expansion of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Lithuania will contribute to the strengthening of peace and security in the Eurasian area, Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said July 2.

    Hasanov on a visit to Lithuania made this statement at a meeting with Lithianian Prime Minister Algirdas ButkeviДЌius.

    It was stressed during the meeting that the relations between the two countries are being successfully developed. The detailed information about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was given.

    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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    6
  • Book "Khojaly Witness of a war crime '" Armenia in the Dock" launched in London
    02.07.2015 19:41
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141560.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141560.jpg
    A book titled "Khojaly Witness of a war crime '" Armenia in the Dock" has been presented in London, UK.

    Organized by The European Azerbaijan Society, the event saw opening remarks by Member of British Parliament Bob Blackman. The MP highlighted non-fulfillment of the resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He called the Khojaly massacre great injustice against Azerbaijan, AzerTag reports.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK Tahir Taghizade provided an insight into Khojaly massacre, saying vandalism perpetrated in Khojaly is highlighted even in the books published in Armenia.

    The diplomat stressed the importance of the book, saying "Nagorno-Karabakh is and will remain our main problem unless it is solved."

    Editor of the book Ian Peart said he came across terrible facts while exploring the official documents about the Khojaly massacre. He also expressed hope that perpetrators of the Khojaly massacre would face the full force of the law.

    The book "Khojaly Witness of a war crime Armenia in the Dock" is the first independent book published in English in the West about the Khojaly Genocide. The book includes interviews with witnesses of the Khojaly events, materials of international periodical press about the tragedy, comments of foreign researchers, reports of international organizations and rare photos taken by foreign photographers. The UK launched of the first independent publication to be published in English in the West about the Khojaly Massacre - the worst single atrocity of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which claimed the lives of 613 civilians on 26 February 1992.
    6
  • Fears raised as 'one third' of China's Great Wall disappears
    02.07.2015 19:29
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141913.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141913.jpg
    It was originally built to defend an empire, but now parts of the Great Wall of China are crumbling so badly they need someone to leap to their defense.

    About 2,000 kilometers, or 30%, of the ancient fortification built in the Ming Dynasty era has disappeared due to natural erosion and human damage, according to theВ Beijing Times.

    And the situation could worsen, experts are warning, as not enough is being done to preserve what remains.

    "It's a great pity to witness the Great Wall in such devastated situation," Mei Jingtian, a volunteer who has worked for three decades to safeguard the structure and has founded of the Great Wall Protection Association, tells CNN.

    About 8,000 kilometers of the structure dates from the Ming period between the 14th and 17th centuries and is considered by some to be the original Great Wall.

    Wild Great WallOf this, 2,000 kilometers is made up of naturally occurring earthworks -- and so only 6,000 kilometers of actual Ming dynasty wall was ever built.

    Stretches built in other eras make up an overall length estimated at up to 21,000 kilometers.

    Many visitors to China associate the Great Wall with an extensively restored stretch of Ming era wall at Badaling near Beijing, but this is far from typical of most of the structure.

    According to a 2014 survey done by the Great Wall of China Society, only about 8.2% of the Great Wall is in good condition, with 74.1% classified as poorly preserved.

    "The Great Wall is a vast heritage site -- over 20,000 kilometers -- hence increasing the difficulty in preservation and restoration," Dong Yaohui, deputy director of the Great Wall of China Society, tells CNN.

    "Reliance on a very small amount of manpower by the local heritage departments is not enough to guard and protect the site."

    A recent surge in interest from tourists in visiting unexploited sections, known as the "Wild Great Wall," has accelerated its deterioration, according to the report.

    Graffiti and theft have also taken their toll.

    "Local residents in some sections sell bricks that have historic engravings on them," says Dong.

    Stiffer penaltiesDong says to effectively cover the most endangered stretches of the wall, local governments should provide subsidies and education to encourage local residents and farmers to get involved in its protection.

    Increased penalties for causing damage are also needed, he adds.

    "For example, several weeks ago, part of the Great Wall in Ningxia was bulldozed by local government departments for agricultural development. The people responsible received only a verbal warning but no severe punishment."

    Mei adds that local people should also be recruited to ensure tourists respect the structure.

    "Such activities should be carried on for future generations," he adds.

    /By CNN/
    6
  • Foreign investments in Turkmenistanв's oil and gas projects to exceed $3.5B
    02.07.2015 19:25
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/07/02/oil_prices_020712.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/07/02/oil_prices_020712.jpg
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 2

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The volume of foreign investments in the development of Turkmenistan's oil and gas projects within the production sharing agreements (PSA) are expected to exceed $3.5 billion, the country's Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources said.

    This figure exceeded $3 billion in 2014.

    Turkmenistan prioritizes signing of PSA by holding direct negotiations on developing the Caspian Sea resources. The local experts state that over 80 percent of the resources are in the deposits at a depth of over 3,000 meters, as well as in the frontier oil and gas areas.

    Middle Caspian and South Caspian oil and gas basins are considered to be promising.

    Currently, Turkmenistan produces around 10 million metric tons of oil per year and Turkmennebit (Turkmenoil) state concern remains the main producer.

    Such companies as Petronas, Dragon Oil, RWE, Dea AG, Itera and others were involved in the development of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea under the production sharing agreements. ENI company also shows interest in these activities, according to the latest data.

    Edited by SI

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Turkish Stream '" project-in-waiting
    02.07.2015 19:23
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141910.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141910.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Gulgiz Dadashova

    Moscowв's plan to keep its gas leverage by building the Turkish Stream gas pipeline seems to face delays due to a number of developments in Greece and Turkey.

    One of the main roadblocks in the realization of the new pipeline, which would carry as much as 63 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey and southern Europe, is a brewing fight over gas prices between Russian Gazprom and Turkeyв's Botas.

    A six-month period to agree on prices for gas supplies between the two countries expired on Monday. The sides donв't seem eager to rush to sign a binding pact for the new pipeline, the second between Russia and Turkey.

    An agreement could now be delayed until at least October, as a new government has not been yet formed in Turkey after the latest parliamentary elections.

    The ruling Justice and Development Party lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7 election, and needs to form a collation government or hold new elections in case of failure.

    If a price accord is reached, a binding deal on the pipeline is possible later this year after the political situation clarified. Thus it is unclear precisely when Turkey and Russia will ink an agreement for the Turkish Stream.

    The Turkish Stream is expected to bring Russian gas through Turkey and then to the Greek border. From there, another Gazprom-financed planned pipeline, tentatively called Tesla, would move gas further across the territory of Greece to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria.

    The delay could be a strong blow to Turkish Stream, which Moscow hopes to finish in 2019 since Gazprom doesnв't plan to extend a gas-transit contract with Ukraine after 2019.

    Uncertainty about the pipeline is not only linked to gas prices, but also the Greek crisis.

    The prolonged Greek debt crisis turned into an obstacle that may indirectly force the Tsipras government out of office.

    To solve its financial problems, Greece needs investment, which could potentially come from Russia. If the Greeks choose Moscow, however, the EUв's doors will close to Athens.

    At a time when Europe is targeting Russia with sanctions to hurt the Russian economy, it does not want to leave any room for Moscow to gain influence through another gas route.

    The European Commission earlier announced that Turkish Stream may face the same issues that stalled South Stream, a $45 billion pipeline project that Gazprom dropped in December due to EU resistance. The Russian gas export monopoly argues that its links do not need EU approval.

    It seems that Russiaв's long-awaited pipeline project is going to take quite a while to come on stream.
    7
  • Azerbaijani President allocates AZN 3 mln to road construction in Sabirabad
    02.07.2015 19:21
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141559.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141559.jpg
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has issued an order on extra measures regarding construction of Sugovushan-Garalar-Gafarli-Ahmadabad-Narimankand-Hashimkhanli motor road in Sabirabad region, APA reports.

    According to order, AZN 3 mln has been allocated to the Sabirabad Executive Power from the Azerbaijani president's reserve fund for construction of Sugovushan-Garalar-Gafarli-Ahmadabad-Narimankand-Hashimkhanli motor road which connects 10 settlements.

    The Finance Ministry is to provide funding.
    8
  • Lavrov highlights source of Armenia's discontent
    02.07.2015 19:18
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141558.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141558.jpg
    "Many people are tempted to use events in Armenia."

    Many people want to use events in Armenia to foment government sentiment.

    Oxu.Az reports citing TASS that the statement came from the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    "Many people are tempted to use events in Armenia to foment anti-government sentiment, - the Minister said. - Although the root of these events is the purely economic."
    7
  • Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe preparation in Baku
    02.07.2015 19:18
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/formula1_baku_map_020715.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/formula1_baku_map_020715.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    Trend:

    The preparation for the Formula 1 competition, to be held in Azerbaijan in 2016, called the Formula 1, Grand Prix of Europe, is being conducted according to schedule. The main road construction work is planned to be held in 2016.

    The urban highway project in the center of Baku has been prepared by Hermann Tilke's architectural firm. The repair will consist of several stages, Baku Grand Prix company, which will hold the competitions, said. The project has been already prepared and submitted to the International Automobile Federation. Once the project is approved, the construction work will begin. The main stage of the work is scheduled for the next year.

    It should be stressed that the competitions, to be held in Baku, are distinguish by their uniqueness. Along with Monaco and Singapore, Baku will also host a race on a street circuit.

    During the race in Baku, the cars will move in parallel with the boulevard and make a circle around the Old City, a national historical and architectural reserve, which is considered the most ancient part of Baku and included into the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so spectators and guests can observe the whole city during these competitions. It should also be stressed that Formula 1 is one of the most popular television events in the world.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Azerbaijan interested in development of reliable agricultural insurance strategy
    02.07.2015 19:17
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/03/05/trend_samir_sharifov_albom.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/03/05/trend_samir_sharifov_albom.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Azerbaijan is interested in attracting international experts as part of working out the law on agricultural insurance, Azerbaijani Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said during the sixth Azerbaijan International Insurance Forum (AД°Д°F-2015) in Baku July 2.

    "Azerbaijan is interested in developing a reliable agricultural insurance strategy," he said. "It could ensure further development of agrarian industry and render support to farmers."

    "This type of insurance is characterized by high risk," he said. "However, the government will play a leading role in the development of agricultural insurance in the country."

    "We have already begun working out the bill on "State support for agricultural insurance" together with the Ministry of Agriculture," the minister said. "After coordinating in the government, it will be submitted for discussion to the parliament."

    Currently, the government delivers subsidies for agricultural insurance, but their coverage is very small.

    According to the amendments to the law "On assistance and agricultural development in Azerbaijan" approved in the summer of 2007, the share of public financing of premiums in agricultural insurance increased from 25 to 50 percent. Besides wheat, barley, maize, sunflower, potatoes, sugar beets and vegetables were included in the list of crops, insured through the state budget. The average tariff for agricultural insurance in Azerbaijan is about 1,500 manat per year (five percent per hectare). The average profit per hectare is approximately 25,000 manat per year.

    Every year the state budget of Azerbaijan envisages the amount to cover 50 percent cost of the insurance contract with farmers, but, unfortunately, it has never been fully used. According to the experts who have studied this segment, one of the causes of underdevelopment of agricultural insurance in Azerbaijan is the lack of awareness of farmers about insurance and their opportunities.

    According to the State Insurance Supervision Service under the Ministry of Finance, the charges on insurance of agricultural products of plant origin totaled 204,230 with payments at 61,270 manat, insurance of animals - 1.2 million manat with payments at 115, 300 manat in January-May 2015. The share of agricultural insurance in the total amount of fees is 0.65 percent, payments - 0.24 percent.

    The official exchange rate is 1.0489 AZN/USD July 2.

    Edited by CN

    follow the author on Twitter: @AzadHasanli

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Azerbaijani film to be screened in Germany
    02.07.2015 18:45
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141909.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141909.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The feature film "Nabat" by Azerbaijani director Elchin Musaoglu will be screened at the Five Lakes International Film Festival.

    The film is included in the main competition program of the film festival, which will be held in Germany from July 29 to August 9.

    Around 100 full-length and 30 short films will be screened at the festival.

    The Five Lakes Film festival is one of the fastest-growing film festivals in Germany. It also serves as an exhibitor of art house productions in the Five Lakes region, south of Munich. Itв's the festival directorв's intention to present a diverse selection of international films and productions from Central Europe that have not yet had theatrical distribution.

    Nabat was shot in 2014. It is dedicated to Karabakh war, which resulted after Armenia's unjustified territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    Elchin Musaoglu, who has directed more than 50 documentaries and feature films, decided to make this film after being moved by a friendв's real-life experience during the war..

    The story revolves around the residents of a village, who are forced to leave their homes because of an ongoing battle, but there is an old woman who refuses to leave her family members buried in the village.

    In his interviews, the director has said, as in all conflicts, that it is the mothers who suffer the most.

    "Paradise must be found beneath the mother's feet. I sincerely believe that if the mothers were in charge, the world would be a better place," says Musaoglu, the winner in "The Best Foreign Film" category at the 42th Houston International Film Festival in Texas in 2009.

    The full-length feature film was awarded with many other prizes in many other influential festivals. It was screened at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in Italy and presented in the 27th International Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan. The film was also screened at the 50th Chicago International film festival and at the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
    13
  • Oil still stuck in $60 box, but possible Iran deal would take it down
    02.07.2015 18:25
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2014/12/04/oil_price_041214_2.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2014/12/04/oil_price_041214_2.jpg
    Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy / Saxo Bank

    Following one of the biggest crude oil selloffs in recent memory the prices of both WTI crude and Brent crude have now remained range-bound for two months. While other financial markets have been preoccupied with the future of Greece and its potential impact on markets, an eerie calm has descended upon the oil market. Since recovering from a $42 low back in March, WTI crude oil has since established a tight range around $60/bbl. The average price during the past 41 trading days has been $59.65 and this level has been traded on all but 13 days during this period. A sideways trading pattern like this has been seen before but coming after a long period of extreme price moves, it has surprised many observers.

    The upside potential seems limited to around $65 given the potential for a return or pick-up in US shale production at this level, the downside seems equally limited.

    A breakthrough in the Iran nuclear negotiations currently approaching their June 30 deadline should lead to increased exports from this important Opec member. Speculation that 50 million barrels from floating storage could be unleashed on the market could initially have quite a negative impact on oil prices. Iran, however, is desperately short of investments to improve its production ability and this will take time to implement.

    Over the coming months and into next year Opec is hoping that US production will continue to slow and that a continued rise in global demand eventually will allow the price to move higher as the risk of oversupply will fade despite the above mentioned pick-up in US production.

    A continued bumpy ride for oil can therefore be expected and with the risk of rising supply, as refinery demand slows, towards the end of the current quarter the upside potential seems limited, thereby skewing the short-term risk to the downside.

    During the coming quarter we see Brent crude trade predominantly within a $55 to $70 range and WTI crude within $50 to $65 range with the downside risk most likely to be seen towards the end of this period unless an agreement with Iran is reached within the next couple of weeks.

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Russia will not participate in OSCE session in Helsinki
    02.07.2015 18:23
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141557.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141557.jpg
    On Wednesday, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said that Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin was denied entry to Finland to participate in the session of the PA OSCE in Helsinki

    The Russian delegation will not participate in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) in Helsinki despite calls from PA OSCE President Ilkka Kanerva, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Thursday, TASS reports.

    "I received a letter from PA OSCE Chairman. He urges [the Russian delegation] to participate in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly, but our answer was unequivocal - we consider it impermissible to lower the level of Russian representation at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly, a very important session devoted to the 40th anniversary of adopting the Helsinki Final Act," Naryshkin, who planned to head the Russian delegation, said.

    Finnish parliamentarians did not react to the announcement that the Russian delegation will not participate in the PA OSCE session in Helsinki, Naryshkin noted.

    On Wednesday, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said that Naryshkin was denied entry to Finland to participate in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) in Helsinki due to take place on July 5-9. The decision was explained by the fact that the State Duma speaker was included in EU's "blacklist" of sanctioned officials.

    Naryshkin later announced that the Russian delegation as a whole will not participate in the PA OSCE session in Helsinki, where it planned to put forward draft resolutions on impermissibility of sanctions against parliamentarians and countering Nazism rehabilitation. However, the Duma speaker confirmed that Russia plans to participate in the next PA OSCE session in Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator.
    7
  • Turkey ready to render financial assistance to Greece
    02.07.2015 17:22
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/01/17/Mehmet_Shimshek_170113.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/01/17/Mehmet_Shimshek_170113.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey expects Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's order to render financial support to Greece, Kanal7 TV channel reported July 2 with reference to Turkish Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek.

    Simsek said that Turkey has the opportunity to render financial support to Greece.

    Earlier, Davutoglu said that Ankara is ready to render any support to Athens to revive the economy.

    He said that stability in Greece is important for Turkey.

    Last Sunday, the creditors refused to grant Greece a deferral of payments on the IMF loans and did not renew the international program of financial assistance to the country for the third time without coordinating the Greek reform program.

    Greece's leaving the euro zone can be the result. This will be a serious blow not only for the single European currency, but will have a negative impact on the world economy as a whole.

    Edited by CN

    follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

    Follow us on Twitter @
    21
  • Turkey needs new constitution
    02.07.2015 17:14
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141905.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141905.jpg
    The adoption of a new constitution will be a primary task of the new parliament, Ismet Yilmaz, the newly elected speaker of the Turkish parliament, said, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported July 2.

    Yilmaz said that Turkey, actively developing from the economic and political points of view, needs a new constitution.

    The Turkish opposition has always opposed the adoption of a new constitution. It believes that this is an action to the transition from a parliamentary form of government to a presidential form.

    It is possible that if the Turkish parliament is unable to adopt a new constitution, a peopleв's referendum will be held.

    Earlier, Turkeyв's former Justice Minister, Bekir Bozdag said that the country needs a new Constitution. Bozdag said that despite the changes in over 100 paragraphs of Turkeyв's current Constitution, the government was unable to make it more democratic.

    Moreover, following the Turkish presidential election held on August 14, 2014, Turkeyв's then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said a new Constitution is required for Turkey's democratization.

    Davutoglu said the new government would aim to work out a democratic Constitution.

    Turkeyв's then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the leaders of the oppositional Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party in late October 2011 where he called on them to participate in the talks on working out a new Constitution.

    /By
    6
  • Bird flu virus found in Istanbul
    02.07.2015 17:09
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2009/10/27/Gripp_271009.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2009/10/27/Gripp_271009.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Bird flu virus was revealed among wild birds during prophylactic measures in two districts of Istanbul, Turkish Kanal7 TV channel said July 2.

    Work is now underway to prevent its spread.

    It is also reported that hunting of wild birds was banned as a prophylactic measure until late September.

    The Turkish province of Balikesir was quarantined due to the bird flu in May.

    There is no risk of spreading bird flu in the country and it was revealed only at one of the poultry farms in the Bandirma region, Balikesir province, the Turkish health ministry told Trend.

    Edited by CN

    follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • Ethiopian newspaper hails closing ceremony of first European Games
    02.07.2015 17:08
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141553.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141553.jpg
    The Ethiopian Herald newspaper has published an article titled "Baku 2015 concludes with a spectacular ceremony", AzerTag reports.

    "The Baku 2015 first European Games came to a close with a spectacular and thrilling ceremony at Baku Olympic Stadium. Some 6.000 athletes representing 50 European Olympic Committees competed in Baku since June 12 in 28," says the article.

    "In this first historic European Games Russia emerged first collecting a total of 164 medals (79 of them gold). The host nation Azerbaijan came second behind Russia with a medal tally of 56 l (including 21 gold). Britain won the third place with a total of 47 medals (18 of them gold).

    Among nations with at least 10 medals, Serbia had the largest share of gold medals as total medals. Eight of 15 of Serbia's medals were gold. Five nations won at least one medal in Baku."

    The newspaper says: "English singer and musician John Newman performed his hit song "Love Me Again". Under the direction of James Hadley, the Baku 2015 closing ceremony has become a spectacular show for the attendees and the millions of viewers worldwide, bringing to an end the 17 days of thrilling competition."
    8
  • Decisive will for achieving nuclear deal, Iran says
    02.07.2015 17:03
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/11/19/ali_shamkhani_191113.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/11/19/ali_shamkhani_191113.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Secretary General of Iran 's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that Islamic Republic has decisive political will to achieve a "fair and balanced agreement" with the P5 1 over its nuclear program.

    Shamkhani made the remarks during a meeting with Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Tehran on July 2, Iran 's official IRIB news agency reported.

    Shamkhani called for improving the IAEA technical role in cooperation with the members, criticizing the international body over what he claimed standing away of its "legal status."

    The Iranian official further said that if the IAEA neglects its true status, it would lose members' trust on real and positive functions of the organization.

    Active cooperation based on conventional rules and implementing accepted legal obligations is Iran 's principle in dealing with international organizations, Shamkhani said.

    Amano is also scheduled to meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during his one-day stay in Tehran. A source close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said that Amano visit is aimed to receive Iran 's proposals on the nuclear issue to resolve misunderstandings.

    As Iran has refused to let its nuclear scientists be interviewed, the IAEA is seeking to receive Iran 's proposals in this regard.

    On June 8, Amano said United Nations inspectors must be permitted access to suspect Iranian sites, including possible military ones, for "years and years" to restore confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

    Amano said it would take years for the UN's atomic agency to come to a final broader conclusion that Iran 's nuclear program is fully peaceful.

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in intensive talks to hammer a comprehensive nuclear agreement until July 7. The sides reached framework deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

    Edited by CN

    Follow the author on Twitter:@UmidNiayesh

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

    Follow us on Twitter @
    6
  • Radars to define whether automobiles insured or not in Azerbaijan
    02.07.2015 16:56
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141554.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141554.jpg
    State Traffic Policeв's technical aids will be integrated to Compulsory Insurance Bureauв's base

    Radars will define whether the automobiles are insured or not in Azerbaijan by the end of this year, said the head of the State Insurance Supervision Service under the Ministry of Finance Namig Khalilov, APA reports.

    According to him, today, the State Traffic Police have technical aids that get information about cars while reading the number plates: "These aids will be integrated to the base of the Compulsory Insurance Bureau recently and the radars will define whether the automobiles are insured or not. This will be possible at the end of current year", he said.
    7
  • Zaruhi Postanjyan: Russia has armed Azerbaijan with the same weaponry
    02.07.2015 16:53
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141555.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141555.jpg
    Russia has armed Azerbaijan with the same weaponry, and now, it is giving us'"Armenia'"a loan whereby we, in fact, are increasing our foreign debt.

    Opposition Heritage Party MP Zaruhi Postanjyan stated the above-said at Thursday's National Assembly special session devoted to the agreement on receiving a US$200-million commodity loan from Russia, and for defensive purposes, news.am reports.

    Postanjyan addressed Deputy Minister of Defense Ara Nazaryan, who was introducing the aforesaid agreement, and specifically noted:

    "Are these truly partnership relations of a strategic ally [i.e. Russia]? (hellip;). This is not strategic partnership. Perhaps there are other relations here between Armenia and Russia.

    "When will these relations be reviewed? When will you petition on behalf of Armenia, and not of an underling, and verify accounts with Russia?

    "In actual fact, the Government [of Armenia] (hellip;) has relinquished all [of its] defensive and important enterprises to Russia.

    "On the one hand, Russia sells weapons to Azerbaijan, which you are silent about. [And] on the other hand, you are compelled to buy these weapons due to loan funds, which will increase our foreign debt."
    8
  • Iraqi forces nearly recapture oil refinery town in Salahudin
    02.07.2015 16:43
    http://apaholding.az/upload/images/photos/apa_logo.png
    http://apaholding.az/upload/images/photos/apa_logo.png
    Baku-APA. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday retook most part of Baiji near major oil refinery in Salahudin province amid fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants, a security source and a tribal leader said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    The security forces and allied militias known as Hashd Shaabi, or popular mobilization, covered by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft, seized most parts of the town of Baiji, some 200 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, after two days of heavy clashes with the extremist militants, said Ahmed al-Qaisi, a leader of al-Qaisi local Sunni tribe.

    "Iraqi forces and Hashd Shaabi managed in the morning to recapture the town's water facility as well as the districts of Hrejiyah, Jadidah and Be'iji in the eastern part of the town after fierce overnight clashes with Daash (IS group)," al-Qaisi told Xinhua by telephone.

    During the day, the troops made an advance toward the western part of Baiji and deployed around the districts of Asri, Naft and Kahrabaa and are fighting to free them soon, while other troops are advancing toward the central part of the town to free the government compound and the police headquarters from the IS militants, al-Qaisi added.

    Meanwhile, the security forces lost control of the strategic hill of Tal Abu Jrad after heavy clashes with IS militants in south of Baiji oil refinery, just one day after the troops captured the hill which controls the roads between Baiji and the IS-held town of Seiniyah, some 10 km west of Baiji, a provincial security source said on condition of anonymity.

    The battles to free the town of Baiji came as heavy clashes continue in the nearby vast oil refinery as the security forces are fighting to drive IS militants out of the refinery, which large of its parts are under control of the extremist militants, the source said.

    The Iraqi warplanes and helicopter gunship as well as the international aircraft carried out several air strikes on IS positions and their supply routes, the source said without giving further details.

    Since March 2, security forces and thousands of allied Shiite and Sunni militias have been involved in Iraq's biggest offensive in order to recapture from IS militants the northern part of Salahudin province.

    The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10, 2014, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and IS militants.
    8
  • European Games prove growth of Azerbaijanв's influence
    02.07.2015 16:11
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141900.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141900.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The European Games once again proved the growth of Azerbaijanв's influence, Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said in an interview with the Azerbaijan newspaper.

    Anti-Azerbaijani forces conducting a campaign to discredit the First European Games failed to achieve their goals, Rahimov said, noting the great importance of the European Games in terms of Azerbaijanв's national interests.

    He stressed that the country ranked second for the number of medals won at Baku 2015.

    The fact that Azerbaijan has taken a worthy place in the world has greatly troubled anti-Azerbaijani forces, he said.

    Those attempting to form a negative view of the First European Games are against Azerbaijan and its national interests, said the minister. ''Those who voiced such thoughts are far from the sport.''

    The sports minister added that of 16 Olympic sports included in the program of the European Games, 12 were licensed for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

    ''No athlete wants to miss this chance. Over 100 Olympic and world champions were competing for the championship at the Baku 2015,'' he said, stressing that the world record in swimming was broken.

    Baku 2015 European Games has gathered over 6,000 athletes from all over Europe to compete in 20 sports. Russia won the Games in the overall ranking, Azerbaijan came in second, followed by the Great Britain.

    The inaugural sporting festival attracted the interest of sport fans as the tickets for events were sold out the days before the competitions.

    Azerbaijanв's facilitated visa regime for the Games allowed over 28,000 foreign tourists to visit the country, according to the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry.

    The majority of the foreigners who obtained tickets to watch the European Games were the citizens of Russia, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the US, and the United Arab Emirates, said the ministry.

    The next European Games will be held in 2019; however, it is still unclear which would be the host country.

    Azerbaijan has offered to light the flame of next Games at Ateshgah Temple, where it was lit during Baku 2015.

    The issue of lighting the torch of the European Games in the Ateshgah Temple in Baku will be discussed when the host city will be named, Rahimov said.

    ''President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey accepted the offer with appreciation,'' the minister added.

    Rahimov noted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Baku 2015 were grand. ''Azerbaijan has demonstrated to the world its history, culture, art, tolerance, hospitality, and history of the sport.''

    The media in many countries have published detailed materials on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, he added.

    He said First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, who was also President of the Organizing Committee of the Baku 2015 European Games, focused her attention on all of the projects of the foreign specialists involved in these ceremonies.

    Prior to the submission of project ideas, the specialists visited Azerbaijani libraries, museums, and were acquainted with historical monuments, while listening to traditional Azerbaijani music for an extended period of time.

    All of the ideas were presented to Mehriban Aliyeva, who contributed her amendments, the minister said.

    ''We are confident that our people liked all the prepared scenes and the show. Azerbaijan has demonstrated to the world its strength and power in both opening and closing ceremonies of the European Games,'' the minister stressed.
    14
  • Key disputes remain in Nuke case, to be addressed in FM level talks
    02.07.2015 16:02
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/01/12/Iran_six_120113_3.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/01/12/Iran_six_120113_3.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    There are still some key disputes in nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 1 that will be left for the last days, Iran 's Deputy Foreign Minister, Majid Takht Ravanchi said.

    Takht Ravanchi, who is a member of Iran's negotiating team, said that on some issues the expert level talks are finalized and are being discussed at the deputy foreign ministers level.

    However he dismissed some reports about finalizing the nuclear agreement draft in expert level, saying addressing some of the issues at the expert level still continue, Takht Ravanchi said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported July 2.

    A day before, Iran's official IRIB news agency quoted a source close to the Iranian nuclear team as saying the expert side of the nuclear deal draft has been completed.

    Containing parentheses and differences, the prospective agreement draft is to be addressed by deputy foreign ministers and then be given over to the foreign ministers of the P5 1 group (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), the source said.

    Meanwhile Takht Ravanchi said there are some disputes which can not be resolved in expert or deputy foreign minister levels.

    They need to be addressed in higher political level, the Iranian diplomat said, adding most likely one or two key disputes will be discussed by the foreign ministers in last days of talks.

    He refused to share more information about the remaining disputes.

    Takht Ravanchi also said that foreign ministers from the parties would arrive in Vienna today for one-day talks, adding Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, is also expected to join the talks.

    He added that no P5 1-Iran meeting is scheduled for July 2.

    "Only bilateral talks will be held today."

    The foreign ministers will leave Vienna today after the talks, the Iranian diplomat said, adding a decision about the next round of ministerial level meeting will be held later.

    Iran and the P5 1 reached framework nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2. The sides negotiated to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30 deadline, but they have decided to extend talks until July 7.

    Edited by CN

    Follow the author on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh

    Stay up to date with latest Iran news on our specialized Facebook page

    Follow us on Twitter @
    9
  • European Games showed dynamically developing Azerbaijan to the world
    02.07.2015 16:00
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_fuad_aleskerov_150411_2.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/02/trend_fuad_aleskerov_150411_2.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Azerbaijan has held the first European Games with dignity, Fuad Alasgarov, the Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Department for Work with Law Enforcement Agencies, said.

    Alasgarov made this statement at a solemn ceremony at the Police Academy of the Interior Ministry, dedicated to the professional holiday of police officers.

    The First European Games kicked off in Baku June 12 and wrapped up June 28. The Games hosted 20 sports - 16 Olympic and four non-Olympic sports. Over 6,000 athletes represented the European countries at Baku 2015.

    "The country attracted the world's attention during these 17 days," he said. "Azerbaijan has honorably passed this test, by achieving great success."

    He said that the first European Games have created an opportunity to show dynamically developing Azerbaijan to the world.

    "The European Games have popularized the culture, the traditions, the hospitality, the beauty of the country and its capital Baku throughout the world," he said.

    Alasgarov said that in particular, uniqueness and grandeur of the opening and closing ceremonies of the first European Games have demonstrated the power of the state, its rich historical traditions.

    "The whole world saw an example of organization of the event at a high level," he said. "The role of officers of the ministry of internal affairs and the servicemen is irreplaceable in ensuring high-level security of events, athletes and guests. They carried out at the highest level such important tasks as the protection of public order and facilities, where the competitions were held, ensuring the safety of athletes, fans and visitors."

    Alasgarov went on to add that the work demonstrated by Azerbaijani police can serve an example for the countries of the West in terms of culture and civility, respect for human rights.

    Furthermore, Alasgarov said that an important socio-political event, the next parliamentary election in Azerbaijan lies ahead.

    "We are confident that during this period, the internal affairs bodies will worthily fulfill their duties," he said. "We are also confident that the staff of the internal affairs bodies will continue to fulfill their duties in combating crime, ensuring public security with high responsibility."

    The parliamentary election in Azerbaijan is scheduled for November 2015.

    Edited by SI

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • New agrarian sector insurance bill under development
    02.07.2015 15:58
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141552.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141552.jpg
    Agriculture is one of the most risky spheres.

    As you know, agriculture is among the important spheres, thanks to which the country is developing. As it was noted at today;s insurance forum, the new bill on insurance of agrarian sphere is being developed.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Deputy Minister of Finance Azer Bayramov.

    He said the initial version of the project is currently ready, discussions are underway.

    The deputy minister added that the new bill will take into account all the spheres of agrarian sector:

    "The sphere of agriculture is among the most risky in insurance, therefore, all its spheres are at issue for the prevention of risks in this sphere. All these matters will be reflected in the bill.

    If earlier the matter was about insurance of specific objects, now it means expansion of agrarian sphere and definite of single principles".

    In addition, Bayramov noted that the dynamics of insurance sector development outstrips the GDP growth rate in non oil sector over the past years.
    6
  • Admiral: We want the Caspian Sea to be safe
    02.07.2015 15:57
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141550.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141550.jpg
    Chirkov met with the commander of the Naval Forces of Azerbaijan.

    Russian Navy Commander, Admiral Viktor Chirkov held a dozen meetings with his counterparts from other countries on the first day of the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015)in St. Petersburg, Oxu.Az reports citing Tass.

    Viktor Chirkov met with the commander of the naval forces of Azerbaijan.

    "We want the Caspian sea to be safe and we work in this direction", the Navy Commander said.

    International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg is being held for the seventh time. This year it will last from July 1 to 5.
    8
  • IAEA report confirms Iranв's commitment to interim deal
    02.07.2015 14:58
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141898.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141898.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    While the nuclear negotiations are underway between the world powers and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency has released a confidential report on Tehranв's nuclear program, attesting to Tehranв's commitment to what had already been agreed with the global powers.

    The report, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated among the 35-nation IAEA board and the United Nations Security Council on July 1, as IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited Tehran, Press TV reported.

    Amano is in Tehran to hold negotiations with President Hassan Rouhani on the countryв's nuclear program. As Iran has refused any interviews with its nuclear scientists, the IAEA is seeking to receive Iranв's proposals in this regard.

    The IAEA report confirmed that, as of June 30, Iranв's low-enriched uranium stockpile was just below what had been agreed under a November 2013 interim deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5 1 - the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany.

    With the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 1 group extended until July 7, the report could function as a benchmark for talks over a comprehensive nuclear deal between the two sides.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed that progress has been made, IRNA reported.

    Kerry met bilaterally on July 1 with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

    Zarif said the sides have made progress, noting they will use every opportunity to make reach an agreement.

    The nuclear talks in Vienna have gone into overtime as all seven parties are inching towards a final comprehensive agreement.

    Meanwhile, Iranian media quoted a source close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said the expert view of the nuclear deal draft has been completed.

    The source said the draft agreement is to be approved by deputy foreign ministers and then be given over to the foreign ministers of the P5 1 group, IRIB news agency reported July 1.

    Western sources have reported that French and Chinese foreign ministers Laurent Fabius and Wang Yi will travel to Vienna where the talks are held, on July 2.

    Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, is also expected to join the talks.

    Although there has been no news as to whether UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will travel to Vienna, the Iranian and P5 1 countries' foreign ministers are scheduled to meet July 2.

    The removal of sanctions against Iran and access to the countryв's military sites seem to be the major issues of disagreement between the sides.

    Iran and the P5 1reached framework nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2. The sides hoped to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30, but they have decided to extend an interim nuclear agreement until July 7.
    15
  • Baku hosts event marking national holiday of Belarus
    02.07.2015 14:55
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141549.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141549.jpg
    Belarus Embassy in Azerbaijan has organized an official reception marking the national holiday of Belarus - Republic Day, AzerTag reports.

    Belarusian ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolay Paskevic highlighted the history of the country` Day of Republic.

    Speaking about relations between Azerbaijan and Belarus, Nikolay Paskevic stressed the services of Ilham Aliyev and Alexander Lukashenko. He also noted Azerbaijan was a strategic partner for Belarus.

    Emphasizing the First European Games Baku-2015, the ambassador congratulated the Azerbaijani state and people on this occasion.

    First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov congratulated the people of Belarus on behalf of the Government of Azerbaijan. On successfully development of relations in economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields, Y.Eyyubov expressed confidence in further development of relations between the two countries.

    State and government officials, MPs, Representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan attended the reception.
    9
  • Azerbaijan sends note of protest to UK
    02.07.2015 14:54
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141548.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141548.jpg
    British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq was summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on July 1.

    Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed the protest of the Azerbaijani government over the possible visit of Bako Sahakyan, introducing himself as the head of the separatist regime created in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and the invitation sent to him to participate in an event to be held at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, on July 8, 2015, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told APA.

    It was noted that such cases run contrary to the spirit of friendship and strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    Ambassador Irfan Siddiq in turn said the UK does not recognize the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh regime and has no contact with any of its representatives, mentioning that he will inform his country's Foreign Ministry about the concerns of Azerbaijan.

    Besides, the Azerbaijani Embassy in the UK held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in this country, handing over a letter of protest on this issue.

    In response to the letter of the Azerbaijani embassy, the UK Foreign Ministry said it supports the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Azerbaijan, does not recognize the regime established in Nagorno-Karabakh and its position on this issue remains unchanged.

    The letter stressed that the visit of the head of the separatist regime to the UK was not arranged by the government and during his visit to London, he won't have a meeting with a government official.
    8
  • Yerevan Police at Baghramyan Avenue detain 3 people drinking alcohol
    02.07.2015 14:18
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141892.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141892.jpg
    Minutes ago, the participants in the sit-in at Baghramyan Avenue, in Armeniaв's capital city of Yerevan'"and against the recent decision to raise the price of electricity in the country'", informed the police on duty that there were three persons drinking alcohol at the avenue and, in all likelihood, that is why they had come there.В 

    The officers of the law detained these three persons.В 

    The activists said they had seen these persons early in the morning, that they were drinking beer, and they had asked them to leave the area and that they were disrupting the assembly and also breaking the law.

    ''[But] we were unable to convince these youth for about two hours. They were constantly trying to provoke a fight, [but] they failed, since we donв't give in to provocations,'' said activist Vahagn Minasyan. ''[So,] we had to ask the police, and the police responded quickly.''

    On the evening of June 23, numerous people had commenced a sit-in at Baghramyan Avenue, closed it off, and demanded the revoking of the decision to raise the price of electricity in the country. But on June 28'"and following President Serzh Sargsyanв's statement'"some of them went to Liberty Square, whereas the majority stayed at Baghramyan Avenue.

    Despite numerous protests, the Public Services Regulatory Commission recently increased the price of electricity in Armenia by 6.93 drams'"instead of 17 drams, proposed by the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) Company'", per cubic meter, and this decision will take effect on August 1. But the decision is expected to be followed by an increase in the prices of numerous products and services in the country.

    President Sargsyan, however, statedВ that the government will cover this price hike until an audit is conducted at the ENA, which supplies electricity to the countryв's residents. Sargsyan also said he does not rule out returning the company to the Armenian government and transferring it to competitive management, if the audit shows that the aforesaid increase in electricity prices is unjustified.

    /By
    16
  • Protestors in Yerevan refuse to negotiate with police
    02.07.2015 14:15
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141894.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141894.jpg
    The participants of the protest action against the increase of electricity tariffs in Armenia do not intend to negotiate with the police, Armenia Today reported.

    The new coordination group doesnв't intend to hold talks with the police on changing the place of the protest action, David Sanasaryan, the member of the coordination group told the Radio Azatutyun (Armenian service of Radio Liberty).

    On June 23, the Armenian police broke up a rally in the center of the countryв's capital. The rally was held in protest against the increased electricity tariffs. The protests in the streets resulted in use of water cannons against people.

    Over 230 people got arrested as a result of violent crackdown, including journalists of Gala TV, the Radio Libertyв's Armenian office, the Haykakan Zhamanak newspaper, the Hetq, News.am, Panarmenian.net news agencies.

    On June 17, Armeniaв's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0.015). This caused discontent among the population that believes the rise in the cost of electricity will lead to higher prices for essential goods and many services.

    /By
    6
  • EU to allocate 168 mln euros to Uzbekistan
    02.07.2015 14:14
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141895.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141895.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The European Union will provide a financial assistance worth 168 million euros to Uzbekistan.

    This remark was made by Yuri Sterk, the head of the EU delegation in Uzbekistan, on July 1 at a presentation of updated EU Strategy for Central Asia for 2014-2020, adopted last week.

    Sterk told journalists that the EU issued 70.6 million euros to Uzbekistan in 2007-2013, and it is planned to increase the volume of EU financial assistance to Uzbekistan by over twice in 2014-2020.

    The resources will be directed to support projects on the development of rural areas in Uzbekistan, in particular, improving irrigation infrastructure, introducing renewable energy in agribusiness, as well as assisting program on creation on jobs in the country's regions.

    The EU will increase assistance to Central Asia by 1.5 times in 2014-2020 compared to previous seven-year project '" to 1.068 billion euros.

    Bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and the EU have been governed by a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement since 1999.

    Funding for development cooperation is provided by the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument.

    EU assistance to Uzbekistan focuses on rural and local development, rule of law and judiciary reform, trade facilitation and support to the private sector and small businesses.

    The EU allocated 28.6 million euros to Uzbekistan in 2007-2010 and 42 million euros in 2011-2013.

    The EU also allocated 23 million euros to the development of education in Uzbekistan in 1994-2010 in the framework of the Tempus program. The grants allocated to the reform of the criminal law in 2011-2014 amounted to 9.7 million euros, the protection of health of mother and child in 2012-2016 - some 6.7 million euros, and the training of business managers in 2013-2016 - some 3 million euros.

    The EU and Uzbekistan also cooperate in the framework of a regional approach which includes all five Central Asian countries: the EU and Central Asia strategy for a new partnership (2007).

    Uzbekistan also participates in several ongoing regional, thematic and bilateral programs.
    7
  • Luxembourg Cargolux starts regular flights to Turkmenistan
    02.07.2015 14:10
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/cargolux__luxenbourg_010715.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/cargolux__luxenbourg_010715.jpg
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 1

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The company Cargolux has started regular flights to the city of Turkmenbashi with a frequency of four flights a week, said the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan July 1.

    Flights are carried out according to the agreement initialed between the governments of Turkmenistan and Luxembourg and the memorandum of understanding signed by the aeronautical authorities of the two countries.

    Plane Boeng-747-400F of Cargolux company carried out the first cargo commercial flight to Turkmenbashi. Route of the liner runs from Hong Kong to Budapest with a stop at the airport of the seaside town.

    The airline plans to transport cargo from Hong Kong and Luxembourg to Budapest, Vienna, Taipei and other cities in the world.

    The head of the delegation of European airlines, vice president of Cargolux Maxim Strauss said the delivery of goods will be carried out at the airport of Turkmenbashi taking into account the agreements and mutual benefit.

    "Aviation experts of the two countries said that the airport on the shore of the Caspian Sea can become an important link in the international transport and communication system," the Neutral Turkmenistan said. "It is expected to create a modern transit airport, the so-called hub on the basis of the modern infrastructure of air harbor."

    It also reported that the international airport of Turkmenbashi was created with the highest standards.

    "The new runway, special equipment of SIEMENS and Thales companies, an automated air traffic control center provide continuous monitoring for airliners and flight of aircraft in transit airspace," said the newspaper.

    Centralized filling stations, that make it possible to simultaneously refuel eight aircrafts, enhance service aviation equipment maintenance. The cargo terminal is also equipped with automated cargo handling system.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    8
  • Kyrgyzstan increases mutual trade turnover with Kazakhstan
    02.07.2015 13:33
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141888.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141888.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    Kyrgyzstan plan to double increase mutual trade turnover with Kazakhstan during 2015- 2017.

    The mutual trade growth will positively influence on the local production growth, as well as create favorable competitive environment on the domestic market Yerbolat Dossayev, Kazakhstan Minister of National Economy said at the plenary session of parliament on July 1.

    Kyrgyzstan import from Kazakhstan mainly wheat, coal, iron steel flat-rolled products, non-alloy steel, flour, and limestone flux.

    Kyrgyzstan's territory, historically, was located on the Silk Road that made country with geographically advantageous position. Such location have made this country a transit zone for goods heading from China to Europe.

    Kyrgyzstan growth rate of the volume turnover in wholesale trade increased by 1.6 times in January-May this year, in comparison with the same period of previous year reported the National Statistics Committee.

    However, the growth rates of retail trade turnover decreased by 1.3 times, due to the reduction in sales volumes in the country's markets.

    Kyrgyzstan foreign trade turnover has decreased by 11.2 percent, or by $204.3 million during January-April 2015

    The exports increases by 5.2 percent (by $24.1 million), while imports fell by 14.9 percent (by $228.4 million), according to the date.

    The share of exports to CIS countries fell up to 26.4 percent, while to non-CIS countries increased up to 73.6 percent.

    The greatest share (61.4 percent) of trade export took gold shipments which increased 1.5 times largely due to Kumtor gold mine received to Kyrgyzstan more than $2.7 billion over 20 years.

    Kyrgyzstan exports for irrigation to such neighboring countries as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, due to abundant water resources. Kyrgyzstan re-exported goods coming from China, India, and Turkey.

    Moreover, 95 percent of local traders goods re-exported to countries in the Customs Union '" Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus reported the University of Central Asia.

    Kyrgyzstan accounts for approximately 24 percent of the country's GDP in agriculture sector, that has not only economic but also social and political importance.
    14
  • BTK commissioning date unknown
    02.07.2015 13:31
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141889.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141889.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The commissioning date of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is unknown for the present, Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry toldВ TrendВ on July 1.

    The ministry said there are several problems regarding the agreement on construction of BTK, however, the ministry did not specified the problems.

    Earlier it was planned to complete the projectв's implementation in 2015.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed based on the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish interstate agreement. The project has been financed by Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ by way of a decree by the Azerbaijani president on the ''Realization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project'' since February 21, 2007.

    Currently, as part of the project, a new 105 km branch of the railway line is being built, while the Akhalkalaki-Marabda -Tbilisi section of the railway is being reconstructed. After completion, this will increase its capacity up to 15 million tons of cargo per a year.

    The capacity of the corridor will be 17 million tons per year. At the initial stage, the figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line is effective from an economic point of view. It is stable and fully complies with environmental standards. It serves as the beginning of a new stage in transport development for the region.

    This railway line will expand multi-modal transportation opportunities and ensure the growth of passenger and freight transportation.

    Various countries, in particular, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have shown their interest in this project as well.

    After the third year of operation, the projected volume of cargo under the railway line will be three million tons, five million tons after the fifth year, and after its tenth year, the railway could accommodate more than 10 million tons.
    9
  • Turkish opposition misses historic chance
    02.07.2015 13:27
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/11/29/ankara_291113.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/11/29/ankara_291113.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The refusal of Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party, to establish a coalition government with the ruling Justice and Development Party is nothing but missing a historic opportunity.

    Earlier it was reported that the Nationalist Movement Party has adopted the ruling party's plan on the democratic solution to the Kurdish problem in exchange for a number of conditions. One of them is that the country's foreign ministry will be headed by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It was reported that a member of parliament from the Nationalist Movement Party will be the speaker of the parliament.

    According to the agreement, Murat Basesgioglu, the former Interior Minister of Turkey, current MP from the Nationalist Movement Party, was to head the Interior Ministry, but Durmus Yilmaz, the former head of the Central Bank of Turkey, MP from the Nationalist Movement Party, was to hold the post of Finance Minister of Turkey.

    The Nationalist Movement Party's refusal to establish a coalition government puts the further activity of the party into question.

    Earlier, some members of the party expressed dissatisfaction with Bahceli's position. It is possible that refusing a coalition government with the Justice and Development Party will lead to a serious split in the party.

    Davutoglu has recently urged Bahceli to be more reasonable.

    If we consider the political situation in Turkey and the relations between political parties, we can say that there is no alternative to the establishment of a coalition government by these two parties.

    Because, the creation of a coalition government of the Peoples' Democratic Party with the ruling party, as well as between the Republican People's Party and the ruling party is out of question.

    After the elimination of the candidate from the Nationalist Movement Party Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in the third round of the voting for the parliament speaker, the party cast vote for the candidate of the Justice and Development Party, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz. This led to the sharp criticism of the Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli by the leader of the Republican People's Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

    The time set by the legislation for forming a coalition government in Turkey expires after 20 days. This time is sufficient for the Nationalist Movement Party to consider its decision on forming a coalition government.

    Meanwhile, it is not ruled out that an early election can be held in Turkey, which is risky for the country's political parties, especially, for the Nationalist Movement Party.

    In the case of holding an early election, the Nationalist Movement Party can loose the majority of its votes. Additionally, it is not ruled out that in this case, the party won't be able to overcome the 10 percent threshold for obtaining seats in the parliament.

    Edited by CN

    ---

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

    Follow us on Twitter @
    10
  • Anti-Azerbaijani forces fail to discredit European Games '" minister
    02.07.2015 13:26
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/02/27/trend_azad_rahimov_040712.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/02/27/trend_azad_rahimov_040712.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:

    Anti-Azerbaijani forces holding the campaign to discredit the First European Games failed to achieve their goals, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said in an interview with "Azerbaijan" newspaper.

    The European Games once again proved the growth of Azerbaijan's influence, said the minister, adding that the country ranked second for the number of medals won at Baku 2015.

    Rahimov said that the European Games are of great importance in terms of Azerbaijan's national interests.

    Those attempting to form a negative view of the First European Games are against Azerbaijan and its national interests, said the minister.

    The sports minister added that of 16 Olympic sports included in the program of the European Games, 12 were licensed.

    "No athlete would like to miss this chance. Over 100 Olympic and world champions were competing for the championship at Baku 2015," he said.

    The First European Games kicked off in Baku June 12 and wrapped up June 28. The Games hosted 20 sports - 16 Olympic and four non-Olympic sports. Over 6,000 athletes represented the European countries at Baku 2015.

    Edited by SД°

    Follow us on Twitter @
    9
  • Turkey's premier pledges ongoing support for oppressed
    02.07.2015 12:39
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141544.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141544.jpg
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday pledged support for refugees.

    Speaking at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the Justice and Development (AK) Party headquarters in Ankara, he said: "We will never close the doors to the oppressed who come to us despite all propaganda."

    Addressing ambassadors to Turkey, Davutoglu added: "There are 1.7 million refugees in Turkey now but I want to give a striking figure that more than 200,000 refugee babies were born in Turkey. They were born in a free country in peace."

    He said responsibility for these infants lay not just with Turkey but with the world.

    "I am honored to be the prime minister of a country hosting the highest number of refugees," he added, asking the envoys to pass this on to their own countries.

    He accused the international media of ignoring Turkey's humanitarian policy and called for the UN to take "concrete steps against cruelties".
    17
  • Azerbaijani Army capable of liberating occupied lands in near future
    02.07.2015 12:38
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141887.jpg
    http://www.today.az/pictures/pic141887.jpg
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijanв's defense minister has stated that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are capable of liberating the occupied lands in the near future.

    Colonel General Zakir Hasanov said through heightened combat readiness, and increasing public confidence in Azerbaijanв's military capabilities, today, the Azerbaijani Army is ready to fulfill its task of liberating the occupied lands.

    Hasanov made the remark speaking to the staff of the armed forces at the opening of the military unit on the frontline on July 1, where he became acquainted with the headquarters, the soldiers' dormitories and other facilities, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

    Hasanov discussed the work carried out by the ministry to further improve the moral-psychological training of the troops, improve their social conditions, and strengthen the technical base.

    He said this is more proof of the power of the Azerbaijani economy, manifested in the strength of the armed forces.

    The minister noted that the Azerbaijani army becomes stronger and more disciplined with each passing day, as combat readiness increases. He added that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are provided with the most modern military equipment, arms, and ammunition, thanks to the care and attention of the state.

    For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a conflict that emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, the 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.
    7
  • Turkmenistan to increase export of processed gas products
    02.07.2015 12:36
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/12/07/gas_071213.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2013/12/07/gas_071213.jpg
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 2

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    The development of the gas processing industry is one of the key factors for further economic strengthening of Turkmenistan, the country's Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources said.

    The ministry added that it is also one of the main factors for improving the country's process safety, expansion and diversification of the sales markets of the hydrocarbon resources, stimulating the development of almost all economic sectors.

    Gas processing for producing liquid and other sought-after products in the world market is the promising and cost-effective vector of diversification of the gas production for Turkmenistan which has huge volumes of proven natural gas reserve, said the country's ministry.

    Currently, converting the natural gas into the liquid or solid high-quality petrochemical products for export is becoming increasingly relevant in Turkmenistan.

    "We have all conditions for ensuring the high profitability of the gas chemical production and increasing the income potential of its products," said the Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources.

    In this regard, the policy of broad international cooperation, favorable climate in the country, expanding of the directions of the transnational transit and transportation corridors with a way to the neighboring countries and large sea ports play an important role.

    This will constructively solve the issues of export of the products of gas processing.

    While counting on deeper and complex processing of natural gas to increase the share of the products of gas processing for export, Turkmenistan will take a worthy place on a more lucrative market of chemical products in the near future.

    This will be achieved after the country's passing from the role of a supplier of raw materials to the role of a competitive producer of finished products, the information said.

    Turkmenistan, in terms of its natural gas reserves, ranks fourth in the world, and now has the opportunity to export it to China, Iran and Russia, according to a BP report.

    Ashgabat aims at diversifying the domestic economy, promoting the textile industry, oil products, and the country is actively developing the oil and gas chemistry areas.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    9
  • Japan interested in developing cooperation with Turkmenistan
    02.07.2015 12:34
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/turkmenistan_japan_flags_010715.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2015/07/01/turkmenistan_japan_flags_010715.jpg
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 2

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Japan is interested in developing the cooperation with rapidly developing Turkmenistan, Daishiro Yamagiwa, Japanese state minister of economy, trade and industry, said at a business forum in Ashgabat, the government of Turkmenistan said July 1.

    "Turkmenistan is steadily showing the high economic growth," he said. "The country is rich in natural resources."

    The Japanese delegation is represented by dozens of the biggest firms and corporations, specializing in the fuel-energy sector, transportation sector, the design and construction of facilities, information and communication technologies, health and trade.

    Such corporations as ITOCHU, Marubeni, Sojits, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JOGMEC, Chioda, Sumitomo, JGC, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the major trade associations and others are among them.

    They are rendering diversified services and integrated solutions in various fields - from science and education to the equipment and investments.

    The government officials, representatives of the leading ministries and departments, as well as the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs attended the forum from the Turkmen side.

    A number of Japanese companies, promoting industrial development of Turkmenistan, have been successfully working in the country today.

    The agenda of the business forum included the issues related to the practical implementation of the previously reached agreements, in particular, the construction of a modern gas chemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene in the Kiyanly village and construction of the plant for production of gasoline and natural gas in Ovadandepe, Ahal province.

    Moreover, in accordance with the contract signed with Turkmenhimiya state concern, Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan) and Gap Insaat (Turkey) carry out the construction of the plant for carbamide production in the Garabogaz city of Balkan province. The capacity of the enterprise will be 1.55 million metric tons per year.

    Detailed discussions held on partnership in the electric power industry ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Turkmenistan's Energy Ministry and Japan's Sumitomo Corporation during the forum, according to the government message.

    During the meetings held as part of the forum, Japan's Sojitz Corporation provided information about the projects for expanding the production of phosphate fertilizers at Turkmenabat chemical plant, while JGC and ITOCHU corporations briefed about the projects for natural gas processing and those related to the sphere of petrochemistry.

    Moreover, the forum reviewed the proposals of the Japanese side on supply of the special equipment used at gas fields, technology for converting natural gas into liquid fuels (GTL), the construction of a cement plant and etc.

    Follow us on Twitter @
    6
  • Armenian economy to end this year with zero growth - IMF
    02.07.2015 12:34
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/08/24/IMF-logo_240812.jpg
    http://cdn.trend.az/pictures/2012/08/24/IMF-logo_240812.jpg
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2

    Trend:

    In general, the Armenian economy will not increase this year. The year will end with zero growth.

    "We do not see big growth next year," Masood Ahmed, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund, told reporters July 1.

    Ahmed was commenting on the economic developments in Armenia, 1in.am website reported.

    He recalled that Armenia continues experiencing the consequences of the global financial and economic crisis of 2009 and incurring losses under the negative impact of the economic crisis in Russia. The external transfers and exports reduced.

    If Armenia wants to ensure the economic development, it must draw big investments.

    The investments must be made through internal funds and must resolve the problems that hinder the work of small and medium-sized businesses and make investments.

    IMF officials also talked about the recent actions of protest due to a rise in electricity tariffs and expressed their concern in this regard.

    Edited by CN

    Follow us on Twitter @
    7
  • Novruz Mammadov: International NGOs execute orders only of their owners
    02.07.2015 12:33
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141545.jpg
    http:// www.news.az/photos/page-photo/141545.jpg
    The representative of PA wrote the tweet.

    Today, it is possible to face with the concept of international law in international relations in certain applications and documents.

    According to Oxu.Az, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Relations Department of Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov wrote this on his Twitter page.

    "NGOs are one of the factors that fulfill the mission of international law in international relations. Therefore they are called international NGOs. International NGOs execute orders only of their owners," Mammadov wrote.
    7
MORE NEWS...
Exchange Rates of Central Bank