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Arshin mal alan by great Uzeyir Hajibeyli conquers Los Angeles
08.09.2013 22:09
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Los Angeles has hosted the premiere of Arshin mal alan (The Cloth Peddler), a world-known operetta by great Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cloth Peddler conquered Los Angeles, which is considered the movie capital of the world and is home to Hollywood. But to amaze Hollywood is no easy task.
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    Astana, September 17 (AzerTAc). The XIV Session of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly with participation of Astana Akim, Imangali Tasmagambetov, took place here. Theme of the session was The Phenomenon of Astana within the Context of Kazakhstani Patriotism: the Success of Multi-ethnic and Multi-religious Society.

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  • Meeting of Organizing Committee of First Global Forum on Youth Policies held at Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Youth and Sports
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    "It is obvious that the continuation of sanction pressure on Russia will not help resolve the internal crisis in Ukraine but will rather deepen the confrontation and complicate dialogue," Lavrov said in an interview with El Pais newspaper published on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.

    The minister also stressed that Russia reserves the right to take measures to protect its legitimate interests, including in the sphere of national security. "At the same time we hope that pragmatism and common sense will prevail in the approaches of our partners at last. The US, the European Union and other states should finally yield to reason and stop following this meaningless "tit-for-tat" line that they started themselves," Lavrov underlined.

    The new round of sanctions against Russia was introduced by the European Union and the United States last Friday. The Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the restrictions, accusing Brussels of unwillingness to recognize Moscow's peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and labeling the new restrictions as illegitimate.

    Russia is considering retaliating by capping imports of Western cars and clothing, as Andrey Belousov, Assistant to the President of Russia, stated.

    New EU sanctions curb access to western financial markets for some of Russia's largest firms and target banks, arms manufacturers, the country's leading oil company, Rosneft, as well as the crude subsidiary of its state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

    Moreover, sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans on Igor Lebedev, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, and a number of leaders of independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

    Also sanctioned was Sergei Chemezov, described as a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his KGB days in East Germany. He is chairman of Rostech, a leading defense and industrial group that includes arms supplier Rosoboronexport and a firm that is planning to build energy plants in Crimea.
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  • Musa Panakhov about introduction of card system in public transport
    17.09.2014 16:42
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    "The negotiations with experienced companies are ending."

    We signed the first agreement with companies in connection with the introduction of a single card system in public transport, but some problems occured and they did not complete the project until the end.

    Currently, the negotiations are completed with the companies that have extensive experience and skills in this area.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA-Economics that the statement came from Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panakhov.

    Panakhov said that the electronic payment in public transport will be fully implemented.

    "We plan to complete the project within six months, until 1 March next year," the deputy minister said.
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  • PASHA Bank announces half-year financial results
    17.09.2014 16:34
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). PASHA Bank has disclosed its financial results for the first 6 months of 2014 at a press-conference. The speakers at the conference were Taleh Kazimov, member of Executive Board and Chief Investment Officer, Bahruz Naghiyev, Head of Treasury Department, and Sona Abbasova, Head of Corporate Communications Department.

    Azerbaijan's banking sector grew by almost 11% in the first six months of 2014. PASHA Bank is fully on track to deliver on its 2012-2014 strategy, which aims to position the Bank as one top of the top Azeri companies and to provide more services to SMEs and corporate clients with international exposure.

    The Bank has maintained its position as one of the largest commercial banks in terms of total equity, which reached AZN 342,320 (USD 436,466 in the first half of 2014.

    The Bank's strategic decision to diversify its assets portfolio has enabled it to maintain a strong service offering for its clients.

    As at 30 June 2014, PASHA Bank's total assets amounted to AZN 998,004 (USD 1,272,477 thousands), an increase of 42% compared to 2013 (AZN 704,055 / USD 897,686), mainly due to increased activity on customers' accounts.

    The Bank's interest income increased by 9% and reached AZN 30,099 (USD 38,377 thousands), whereas non-interest income amounted to AZN 4,191 (USD 5,344 thousands).

    As a result of successful cooperation with international financial institutions, PASHA Bank was able to provide more trade finance services to its corporate clients by accessing a broader range of financial instruments. After obtaining credit ratings from two international credit agencies, it was also able to secure better terms for financing operations of its customers.

    The Bank has continued its efforts of educating the corporate community of Azerbaijan about finance options and PASHA Bank's services and products by holding a number of seminars and workshops for its clients and wider community.

    PASHA Bank is a leading corporate bank in Azerbaijan. Established in 2007, it provides a range of corporate banking services including loans, securities, asset management, and treasury services. PASHA Bank employs circa 300 people across its head office and 9 branches and was declared "The Best Investment Bank of Azerbaijan" by the Europe Banking Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013, and "The Best Private Bank ing in Azerbaijan " by World Finance in 2013.
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  • SOCAR opens 30 gas station in Romania
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    The company plans to increase the number of filling stations to 100 and capturing 10% of the market.

    On the eve of the 20 anniversary of the conclusion of the "Contract of the Century" and "Day of Petroleum" representative of SOCAR in Romania will put into operation 30 filling stations (PFS) in this country.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Qafqazinfo that the statement came from the head of the representative office Hamza Karimov.

    The director noted that the new station will be another investment of SOCAR in the western region of Romania:

    "The network of gas stations operating under the brand name 'SOCAR' is expanding on the territory of Romania every year. SOCAR entered the Romanian market in 2011. For a short time 29 gas stations were commissioned in 11 regions and about 400 people were provided with jobs. One of the main goals is to increase the number of petrol stations in Romania to 100, and thus acquire 10% of the market. "

    The Azerbaijani tricolor flag is fluttering already in Bucharest. A new petrol station under the brand 'SOCAR' was set in operation in February this year.

    According to the head of the mission, in the first half-year SOCAR took first place among foreign investors in Romania.
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports to attend Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport
    17.09.2014 16:21
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport has commenced in Macolin, Switzerland. Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov will represent Azerbaijan at the conference, the Ministry's press service said.

    Azad Rahimov will preside at the opening of conference as he is one of the co-chairs of the conference. The ministers will discuss the promotion of integrity in sport to combat match-fixing, and in particular the pros and cons of negotiating an international convention compared to continuing with co-operation based on existing conventions, complemented by decisions and non-binding legal instruments.

    The conference is said to adopt several resolutions on some questions related to the policy of pan-European co-operation and strengthening the monitoring capacities of the Convention on Spectator Violence.

    The guests will also be invited to the presentation of pan-European cooperation (cooperation with WADA, European Union, and UEFA) in sports.

    As a part of his visit, Minister Rahimov will meet with Mr. Mr Thorbjoslash;rn Jagland, the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    Azerbaijani Minister will also hold presentation of Baku-2015 Olympic Games.
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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports to attend Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport
    17.09.2014 16:19
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). The 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport has commenced in Macolin, Switzerland. Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov will represent Azerbaijan at the conference, the Ministry's press service said.

    Azad Rahimov will preside at the opening of conference as he is one of the co-chairs of the conference. The ministers will discuss the promotion of integrity in sport to combat match-fixing, and in particular the pros and cons of negotiating an international convention compared to continuing with co-operation based on existing conventions, complemented by decisions and non-binding legal instruments.

    The conference is said to adopt several resolutions on some questions related to the policy of pan-European co-operation and strengthening the monitoring capacities of the Convention on Spectator Violence.

    The guests will also be invited to the presentation of pan-European cooperation (cooperation with WADA, European Union, and UEFA) in sports.

    As a part of his visit, Minister Rahimov will meet with Mr. Mr Thorbjoslash;rn Jagland, the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

    Azerbaijani Minister will also hold presentation of Baku-2015 Olympic Games.
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  • Khazar University partnering Project Actors Capacity Training in Caucasus
    17.09.2014 16:13
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Khazar University is one of the 14 partners within the Tempus project called Project Actors Capacity Building coordinated by David Tveldiani Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

    The key goal of the project is to successfully transfer existing knowledge for project developers in Europe to the Caucasus Region and contribute to capacity building in Caucasus universities. The wider objectives of PACT are:

    to contribute to capacity building in Caucasus universities in project development skills; 2) to contribute to development and strengthening of international relations between EU and Caucasus universities.

    Within the project, international project development and grant writing skills will be developed as the basic skills for other academic projects in the future. Young researchers, PhD students and lecturers will learn how to develop their own ideas and structure them in order to find financial support. With a common project development training program, young academic staff in 9 Caucasus universities are trained in face-to-face and online sessions using support tools for project managers developed in the EU. An interactive resource platform provides documents, videos and other learning resources, and a networking section promotes mentoring between EU and Caucasus universities.
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  • State Committee Chairman: Azerbaijan is not a place for missionary works
    17.09.2014 16:11
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    Only clergy having registration and permission can hold religious ceremonies.

    "Azerbaijan has been recognized in the world as a part of the Islamic world where Islam was spread. Islam has been our religion for many centuries, so no one can carry out missionary works here. Azerbaijan is not a place for the missionary works," Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli said at today's meeting with believers in Yasamal district of Baku, APA reports.

    The State Committee Chairman noted that let those who want to deal with religious propaganda conduct it among nations and tribes having no secular religion.

    He said that persons who want to create Muslim separatism are actually undermining Islam.

    He also touched on the religious ceremonies.

    Gurbanli said that only clergymen can hold religious ceremonies according to the legislation.

    "It is so all over the world. The law "On freedom of religion" envisages that only clergy having registration and permission can hold religious ceremonies. A person doing it by calling himself a clergyman is violating the law. It is illegal", he said.
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  • OSCE Monitoring on contact line ends without incident
    17.09.2014 15:57
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    The OSCE monitoring on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has ended without any incident.

    Under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the contact line near Gulustan village of Azerbaijan's Goranboy region was monitored on September 17. No incident occurred during the monitoring, APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry's website.

    The monitoring was conducted by field assistant of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Hristo Hristov and representative of the OSCE High-Level Planning Group, Lieutenant Colonel Tuncay Sevim on the Azerbaijani side and field assistants of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Jiri Aberle, Evgeny Sharov and OSCE High-Level Planning Group representative, Colonel Markus Widmer on the opposite side of the contact line.
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  • Transport infrastructure of Baku to be ready for European Games
    17.09.2014 15:52
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    "The work program covers a wide range of issues."

    The transport sector issues regarding a performance of the first European Games in Baku will be resolved in a fixed time.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Day.Az that the statement came from Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panakhov speaking to journalists on Wednesday.

    According to him, the program of work, as envisaged in the framework of this sporting event, is large and covers a wide range of issues.

    In particular, the work of the program includes the reconstruction of road infrastructure, the creation of parking lots in the area of '‹'‹sports facilities, the issues of providing of public transport there, the creation of parking lots on the outskirts of the capital provided for cars coming from the regions, and a number of other issues.

    The first European Games will be held in Baku from 12 to 28 June 2015. They will be presenting 20 kind of sport, 16 Olympic and 4 non-olympic. More than 6000 athletes from all over Europe will represent their nation during the 17 days of competition
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  • ICRC representatives visit Armenian citizen who trespassed Azerbaijani border
    17.09.2014 15:37
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    Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited the Armenian citizen, who crossed the Azerbaijani border in Gazakh region.

    The meeting took place on September 16. His family was informed about him, spokesperson for the ICRC Baku Office told APA.

    Armenian citizen Sarkis Ananyan Norikovich, born in 1961, illegally crossed the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan on August 26.
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  • Muganbank offers one more new service to its clients
    17.09.2014 15:32
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    Baku, September 17 (AzerTAc). Muganbank has introduced one more new service - "Cash by Code" to its clients. The "Cash by Code" enables getting instant cash from ATM even without having a bank card. Muganbank card holders can do a "Cash by Code" trasaction either via ATM or through Mobile Banking service.

    Muganbank, one of the well-known participants of Azerbaijani financial-banking industry has been functioning since 1992. The bank's 39 branches and 8 sub-branches in the country, as well as its representative office in Moscow effectively serve customers with all types of banking products. Muganbank cooperates with such international financial institutions as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation ("IFC"), World Business Capital, Inc. (WBC), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).
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  • Period of targeted social assistance may be prolonged up to 2 years
    17.09.2014 15:12
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    Period of targeted social assistance for low-income families may be prolonged up to 2 years, said the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population Salim Muslumov.

    According to researches by the Ministry, almost the same families receive targeted social assistance every year.

    "The results have already been sent to the government. We hope that the government will arrive at a positive result in this regard", the minister stressed.
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  • Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker meets Deputy Chairman of CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Bundestag
    17.09.2014 14:40
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    Baku, September17 (AzerTAc). Speaker of Azerbaijan`s Parliament Ogtay Asadov has met Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, MP Andreas Schockenhoff.

    Mr. Asadov said Azerbaijan attached great importance to developing relations with Germany.

    He stressed the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

    The Speaker said European integration was among key foreign policy priorities of Azerbaijan.

    "We are closely cooperating within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and other international organizations. And continuous development of our relations within Euronest contributes to this," he added.

    Mr. Asadov highlighted Azerbaijan`s achievements in the years of independence, particularly development of civil society and European integration.

    Mr. Schockenhoff said his visit was aimed at discussing Azerbaijan`s relations with regional countries, as well as security and socio-political situation in the region.

    They exchanged views over Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the European Union and the Council of Europe.
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  • American Mary McBride band performs in Khachmaz
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    Khachmaz, September 17 (AzerTAc). American Mary McBride band has given a concert in Khachmaz. The band is visiting Azerbaijan under the US Department of State`s Cultural Envoy program. It is designed to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between Americans and Azerbaijanis.

    The band will also travel to Gusar, Guba, Baku, Salyan, Lankaran and Nakhchivan.
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  • Azerbaijan love in Mexican heart
    17.09.2014 14:31
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    By Paula Del Real

    It all began with a call-up to write an essay about my knowledge about Azerbaijan.

    It was a complicated assignment because I really didn't know anything about the country. After some research, I began to write the article. One month later, I received a call. I was told that I have won the call-up. The prize? I could travel to the Land of Fire in the summer! I was about to start one of my best experiences in life.

    It took me three flights and more than 28 hours to arrive in Baku. As soon as I stepped in the airport, I saw a man, standing with a sign reading: "Mexico", it was then that I realized I was in Azerbaijan, representing my country.

    The trip began with a formal ceremony, were the entire guests took flowers to the Alley of Honour, and the Alley of the Martyrs. It was a great start because we understood love and respect Azerbaijanis pay to their country and history.

    By walking into the city, you can sense a mixture of ancient and modern history in Baku: On one side, you can see the amazing Maiden Tower and all the ancient history and culture that Azerbaijan is so proud of, and a few streets down, you can see the stunning Flame Towers, a symbol indicating that Azerbaijan is a country proud of its roots and confident enough in the modern world.

    When you begin to walk along the Old City, it seems you are travelling into history.

    There you can see old buildings, old cars, and ancient history. It is amazing how well all these elements have been arranged. The wall that surrounds this part of the city is actually a check point. A few miles away there's Nizami Street along which you can see modern shops and contemporary statues and structures, like the Monument to the Modern Woman.

    Our sponsor, the Youth and Sports Ministry, also had arranged a three day visit to Gabala, Shaki and Lahic during which I got the chance to see the full culture of Azerbaijan. I visited Khan's Palace, Karavansay Hotel and ate the traditional Piti soup in a traditional wedding's venue in Shaki. I will never forget the pleasures I got from these experiences. In Lahic I felt traveling in a time machine. We actually traveled in time. We had the opportunity to saw one of the most ancient villages not only in Azerbaijan but also across the world. Gabala has amazing perspectives and the Cable Car, it's something that no one can resist experiencing.

    Back in Baku, we visited the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a stunning construction. It's design has already won many international awards. By visiting the Heydar Aliyev Museum you enter a new atmosphere. The building is like a space machine: contemporary and white. There you can see all the willingness to share Heydar Aliyev's history and it's something every country should do about their national leaders.

    Food in Azerbaijan was something I was really afraid of before visiting the country.

    But surprisingly enough, it turned out that there are a lot of similarities between Mexico and Azerbaijan in terms of food. Both countries are rich in fruits, beer, and meat. I especially liked apples, watermelons and cherries. Meanwhile, the way a traditional Azerbaijani meal is presented is amazing. I never thought that you can start with a fruit, sometimes it's exactly what you need to do. I ate a lot of lamb in different dishes and presentations and discovered how many chesses you can eat with the Tandir (bread). It's just a festive in your mouth. Into the beverages field, I found a lot of juices (gilas v? portajal shiresi) and a type of drinkable compote of cherries. Azerbaijani gastronomy, it's something people from all over the world must try at least once.

    Azerbaijani tea is simply amazing. My first experience with Azerbaijani tea was at 3 am in the morning on a Tuesday in a tea house in Bulvar. It was a bit of a shock to me to be able to walk and drink tea at that late hour. They have a traditional tea presentation, with desserts like Pakhlavas. I personally love tea, but in Mexico we don't have tea culture, so this is one of the many things I loved about Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan is an amazing country with amazing people. Every person I met was kind and welcoming. They deserve all the international attention they are getting.

    But they also need the attention of foreign governments to adopt urgent measures to put an end to the conflict in Karabakh which has already taken many lives.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 over Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed as a result of large-scale hostilities and over one million Azerbaijanis are unable to return their home because of the invasion. Armenia continues the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, which in turn obstacles the regional security and peace.

    There is a saying that every person has two countries, his own and another one, where they belong to. I am so proud to be a Mexican and share all my roots and culture but I definitely believe that I belong to Azerbaijan.

    Paula Del Real is a Mexican student who studies international relations and got a chance to visit Azerbaijan this summer. You can contact her atВ 

    paula.delreal.ri@gmail.com.
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  • ITAR-TASS to host press conference on Russian-Azerbaijani trade relations
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    Moscow, September 17 (AzerTAc). ITAR-TASS news agency will host a press conference on prospects for the development of Russian-Azerbaijani trade relations on Thursday.

    Azerbaijan`s Ambassador in Moscow Polad Bulbuloghlu, member of the Committee on Public Diplomacy at the Russian Public Chamber Sergei Markov and deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Market Dmitry Savelyev will attend the event.
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  • Azerbaijani Defense Minister meets military reserve, participating in exercises
    17.09.2014 14:03
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    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov met with reserve force, participating in military exercises.

    1news.az reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan that Z. Hasanov expressed his gratitude to the personnel of the reserve for participating in the training camp and a willingness on the first call to come to the service of the motherland.

    According to the minister, taking part in these gatherings, the military reserve improve their skills, get acquainted with samples of modern weapons and military equipment, get opportunity to learn the rules of their operation and use.

    The Minister reiterated that the exercise was organized at a high level at the request and on the instructions of the President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev.

    The military exercise will be completed on 20 September.
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  • Weather changes sharply in Azerbaijan
    17.09.2014 13:58
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    The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) has released information on the weather conditions observed from the evening of September 16 to the morning of September 17.

    As forecasted, starting from eastern and western regions in the evening of September 16, the weather conditions significantly changed in the country. Till the morning of September 17, lightning occurred in some places and shower in many regions with much more intensity in northern and western region. The precipitation is said to be up to 18-33mm, the ministry's press service told APA.

    The volume of precipitation in northern and western regions during a single night has been as large as 87 percent of the monthly norm.

    Strong north-west wind blew in different regions.
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  • Ankara to host exhibition on Garabagh
    17.09.2014 13:41
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    Istanbul, September 17 (AzerTAc). The Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of Azerbaijan and the Turkish Centre for International Relations and Strategic Studies (TURKSAM) will today organize an exhibition "Three generations in Garabagh, a genocide" in Ankara.

    The four-day exhibition will demonstrate photos of Azerbaijan`s occupied territories by Armenia. Magazines on Azerbaijani realities will be distributed among visitors. The event will be followed by a conference.

    The exhibition will travel to Istanbul, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Sabir Shahtakhti

    Special Correspondent
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  • Volume of services in communications in Azerbaijan grows 10.5%
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    In January-August 2014 structures provided services to the population, enterprises and organizations of Azerbaijan in the amount of AZN 988 900 000.

    "This is a 10.5% increase over the same period in 2013", the report of the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan says.

    72.6% of services were rendered directly to the public.

    78.6% of incomes from provided services were in the private sector.

    In 2013, the volume of services in the field of communication reached AZN 1 528 100 000, which is 10.7% higher than in 2012.

    AZN 902 500 000 or 59.1% of services were in the mobile sector.
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  • Direct foreign investments in Azerbaijan grow 18.1%
    17.09.2014 13:31
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    In August direct foreign investments in the economy of Azerbaijan grew 7.89% versus July 2014.

    The State Customs Committee (SCC) informs that for Jan-Aug 2014 foreign investments made up AZN 3.091 bn that was by 18.09% more against the Jan-Aug 2013 (AZN 2.618 bn). In August foreign investments reached its peak (AZN 445.7 million) while in July they totaled AZN 413.1 million, Fineko/abc.az reports.

    For comparison, the best monthly index for 2013 was registered in November (AZN 399.8 million) and for 2012 in December (AZN 380 million).

    Over Jan-Aug 2014 the list of the leaders on foreign investments in the national economy did not change as a whole. The Great Britain with investments for AZN 991.350 million ensured 32.1% of their volume, Norway invested AZN 563.252 million (18.92%), Turkey - AZN 276.559 million (8.9%), the US - AZN 264.048 million (8.6%), France - AZN 195.515 million (6.3%).

    Iran and Russia opens the second Top 5 of leaders with investments for AZN 183,648 million (each). Then follows Japan with AZN 179.087 million (5.8%), Czech Republic with AZN 105.808 million (3.5%) and India with AZN 27.210 million (0.9%).

    Among international organizations major investments were carried out by the World Bank (AZN 83.254 million or 2.7% of all investments), the Asian Development Bank (AZN 34.610 million or 1.1%), and the European Bank for Reconstruction amp; Development (AZN 3.235 million or 0.1%).

    In 2013 foreign investments made up AZN 4.167 bn ( 27.9%). In the 4th quarter of 2013 foreign investments reached AZN 1.18 bn, in the 3rd quarter - AZN 1.132 bn, in the 2nd quarter's - AZN 926 million, and in the 1st - AZN 924.06 million. The list of the leaders on foreign investments into the national economy included the Great Britain with investments for AZN 1.495 bn (35.9%), Norway AZN 513.79 million (12.3%), the US AZN 489.1 million (11.8%), Japan AZN 388.358 million (9.3%) and Turkey AZN 310.955 million (7.5%).
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  • Azerbaijan on Israel's list of 'countries with potential threat of attacks'
    17.09.2014 13:04
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    Israel included Azerbaijan on the list of countries with a potential threat of attacks.

    1news.az reports with reference to Haberler.com that theCounterterrorist Bureau under the Council for National Security issued a warning to citizens traveling abroad.

    Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman and Morocco are included in one cathegory.

    It is noted that this caution is based on accurate and reliable information from the intelligence.

    A warning stresses that Israeli citizens are not recommended to visit Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia, and those who are there should immediately leave.
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  • Turkey works on three-stage EU action plan
    17.09.2014 11:56
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    Turkey is working on a three-stage EU action plan to accelerate its accession process, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said.

    The first stage includes measures to be taken until the end of this year; the second stage will continue from Jan. 1, 2015 until the parliamentary elections expected to be held in May 2015; the third stage will begin after those elections until 2019, ArД±nç said at a press conference on Sept. 15, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "As part of the three-stage action plan, there will be new arguments for the negotiation process that has been ongoing since 2005," he said, stressing that the government's approach on the plan would be "positive."

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan is also set to embark on a trip to a number of EU member states in the coming months, during which he will try to push momentum on Turkey's EU accession bid.

    Citing recent indications that relations between Turkey and the EU have "cooled" and that support for Turkey's EU bid is declining, the Turkish government has made a reassessment and conducted a study of how problems could be resolved through reconciliation, ArД±nç also said.

    Negative developments would be resolved through dialogue, he added, stressing the government's efforts to convince EU member states to respond to Turkey's "positive stance".
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  • Truth about Karabakh conflict on pages of French magazine
    17.09.2014 11:40
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    Photos of the Khojaly genocide were made public.

    An extensive article on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict published in the French magazine "Diplomacy". The article was published by NGO "Center for analysis and forecasting of international risk", which is funded under the grant competition of the Council of State Support to NGOs under the President of Azerbaijan, said the press service of the Board on Tuesday.

    The article provides detailed information on more than one million internally displaced people who have fled their native lands as a result of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is noted that in spite of the resolutions and decisions of the Security Council of the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and other international organizations, Armenia continues to occupy Azerbaijani lands.

    The article also contains maps, which indicated the occupied areas, locations of internally displaced persons and ex-tent camps. It also provides information about new settlements being built in accordance with the State Program on improvement of living conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons and on increase of their employment.

    In addition, the magazine published photos dedicated to the Khojaly genocide.

    This journal is published once in two months with edition of 20,000 copies and is distributed in 40 countries around the world. The main audience of the magazine includes politicians, scientists, historians and other active members of the public.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries erupted in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts - 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory - are under occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces.

    Four resolutions of UN Security Council's on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding areas have not yet been carried out by Armenia. (
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire in three directions
    17.09.2014 11:36
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    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    1news.az reports with reference to the news service for the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan, yesterday and last night Armenians fired at Azerbaijani positions in Kohanabi village of Tovuz from their posts on nameless heights of the Berd region of Armenia.

    In addition, the enemy fired from positions near the occupied Yusifjanly village of Agdam and from nameless heights of Goranboy.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Minister: Russia's retaliation against new western sanctions unreasonable
    17.09.2014 11:26
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    Russia should not contemplate countermeasures to new Western sanctions as they would hardly be useful with the exception of agriculture, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Tuesday.

    "Our goal is not to harm them [the West], but rather help ourselves," Ulyukayev told reporters after trade talks with his Turkish counterpart Nihat Zeybekci in Istanbul, RIA Novosti reports.

    "In the agricultural sector [such measures] are quite understandable as Russia could really become both a self-efficient food producer and large food exporter," Ulyukayev said.

    "However, I cannot agree with the same logic in relation to other [industrial] sectors. That's why I believe that such measures would hardly be useful," the minister stressed.

    Ulyukayev added that the Russian government should focus on assisting Russian banks and companies targeted by Western sanctions, instead.

    The European Union and the United States have been hitting Russia with sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis, the latest batch of which was introduced on September 12. The sanctions target the country's largest banks, energy and defense companies, as well as individuals.

    In response to western sanctions, Moscow has implemented a one-year food ban that targets such products as meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables among other produce from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway. Moscow has also prepared a new package of response measures, which may affect machine-building, the petrochemical and automotive sectors, as well as impose restrictions on imports of used cars and textiles.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that Moscow may introduce these measures only to protect Russia's interests.

    No date has been set yet for Moscow's response to new Western sanctions, the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
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  • Azerbaijan and UNICEF discuss prospects of cooperation
    17.09.2014 10:26
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    Chairman of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Hijran Huseynova met with the new head of UNICEF (UNICEF) in our country Andro Shilakadze on September 16.

    Hijran Huseynova noted that the rights of children and the solution to their problems are among priorities of the state policy in Azerbaijan.

    Chairman of the Committee informed about the activities of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva in this area, noted that in recent years necessary conditions have been created for improving children's health, further enhancing their education and training in line with modern requirements. Today important measures are implemented in this direction.

    It was reported that Azerbaijan is a direct partner of several international organizations, including UNICEF. This collaboration gives impetus to the country's important projects related to the development of children, and exchange of experience. The Government of Azerbaijan submits the report on the state of children's rights to UN. The report reflected the existing problems in this area and implemented measures aimed at their solution.

    Andro Shilakadze praised the State Children's policy realized in Azerbaijan, stressed the need for further expansion of ties in the future.

    The sides discussed prospects of cooperation between the Azerbaijani government and UNICEF.
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  • US illegal demands will cause nuclear talks to fail
    17.09.2014 09:31
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    US illegal demands will cause nuclear talks to fail.

    As Iran and the six world powers are about to hold a fresh round of nuclear talks, some experts have noted that excessive demands put forth by the US during the talks, including for unlimited access to Iran's military sites, will finally lead the negotiations to failure, Press TV reports.

    According to the latest reports, the United States, in its most recent negotiations with Tehran, has called for extensive inspection of Iran's military sites, which have nothing to do with the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV has learned.

    Based on new information, in addition to Iran's uranium enrichment issue which remains a bone of contention between Tehran and the six world powers, the two sides are also in discord over the degree of transparency that should be exercised by Iran regarding its nuclear energy program.

    While it was previously believed that transparency is among issues over which the two sides can easily reach an agreement, the latest reports have revealed that the US is turning it into a crisis in the negotiations by bringing up illogical, excessive demands.

    According to the interim Geneva deal reached between Iran and the P5 1 last November, the highest level of transparency that can be imposed on Iran's nuclear energy program in the final step will be based on the ratification and implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    The deal also emphasized that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should settle all outstanding issues before the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Tehran and the P5 1 group of countries.

    Based on international regulations, Iran has no obligation to accept the IAEA inspections of its military sites as the UN nuclear agency is just a professional organization in the field of nuclear energy.

    During the last round of negotiations with Iran, the US has reportedly urged that the final agreement should give Washington four-times-a-year access to some military facilities in Iran. However, the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has strongly opposed the demand.

    Experts say that after the US made such a demand, the Iranian negotiators announced that they did not expect the two sides to reach a final agreement in the upcoming talks in New York.

    It is not clear whether the Americans have made such a demand to increase their bargaining power or they seek to obtain the maximum amount of concession from Iran.

    Security experts believe that the Americans are highlighting the significance of Iran's enrichment capacity as a means to keep the importance of transparency issue in the shadows, while in practice it is of tantamount importance to them to find ways to receive sensitive information on nuclear and defense developments in Iran.

    "hellip;The Americans seek to develop an infrastructure for legal espionage against Iran. As we are getting close to the end of negotiations, the Americans are putting more emphasis on their main goal," a senior security expert, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in Tehran.

    Analysts believe that illegal and excessive demands put forth by the US during negotiations, which go well beyond what the IAEA expects from Iran, will finally lead to the failure of nuclear talks between Tehran and the six countries.

    The seventh round of talks between Iran and the P5 1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany, which is supposed to narrow the remaining gaps and finalize a nuclear deal between the two sides, will officially begin on Thursday.

    Last November, Tehran and the P5 1 signed an interim deal in Geneva, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach common ground on a number of key issues.
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  • How to deal with Islamic State? Promote inclusiveness and tolerance
    17.09.2014 09:21
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    Jns.org has recently published an article about the ways to deal with the Islamic state by Maayan Jaffe.

    The article reads:

    The Washington Post recently featured an article on the revival of Yazidi culture and faith in Iraq by Gabriel Scheinmann, the director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center. Such a revival occurred thanks to the protection afforded to the Yazidis by the Kurdish Regional Government. Scheinmann, citing the atmosphere of tolerance for religious minorities, writes that he wishes this would be the model for elsewhere in the Middle East. Tragically, with the rise of Islamic Statemdash;a vicious, violence-crazed terrorist group in Iraq and Syriamdash;these hopes have been shattered. One hears a lot about Islamic State's targeting of Yazidis; despite claiming to be representative of the "Islamic State," these jihadists actually mostly kill Muslims. From Shia Muslims, to the long-suffering Iraqi Turkmens, to the Kurds, the terrorists of Islamic State cannot seem to satisfy their thirst for blood.

    Both the Washington Post feature and the actions of Islamic State underscore a fundamental point that so many in the West miss: location matters! Moreover, the way to build sustainably pluralisticmdash;and hopefully, democraticmdash;societies throughout the Muslim world is not to help flare up violence, but to promote inclusiveness and tolerance. Islamic State's genocidal campaign against minorities also highlights another sad reality: minorities, such as Yazidis and Christians, were much safer in the lands they lived in for centuries under repressive secular regimes than they are when the central governments lose control over their areas to militant radicals. This is not a justification for the likes of Bashar al-Assad or Saddam Hussein, but it may explain why there are so many people in Syria who prefer Assad, with all his repression and violence, to the religiously driven zealotry of his opponents.

    Another reality is that in societies not fully acquainted with notions of democracy, the political groups that come to replace authoritarian governments are often much worse than their predecessors. And the oft-entertained hypothesis that the democratic process would work itself out without posing any external threat has been proven to be a dangerous fallacy from Iraq, to Gaza, to Egypt, among others. Islamic State may well win the elections (not that they really care about the process) in the areas they control, just as Hamas did in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood did in Egypt. Ramifications of such elections, conducted to the satisfaction of schematically thinking Western observers, are clear and have been illustrated over and over again.

    So what should be done to promote progress and reform in the Muslim world? The key, perhaps, as described in the article about the Kurdish region in Iraq, is to support economic growth, inclusiveness, and tolerance toward minorities, and to realize that these are indispensable fundamentals of any democratic society.

    Muslims live throughout the world, not only in the Middle East. Perhaps the predominantly Muslim societies in Europe, such as Albania and Bosnia, and in Central Asia, such as Kazakhstan and its neighbors, could become modelsmdash;even with all their flaws.

    On these issues, one country stands out. The Republic of Azerbaijanmdash;the only predominantly Muslim nation in the European part of the former Soviet Unionmdash;has for centuries been a home to an inclusive and diverse society, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others. Azerbaijan's tolerant societal traditions have been widely acknowledged and are reinforced by its government's policy of championing intercultural dialogue. With Azerbaijan being the only country in the world bordering both Russia and Iran, its Muslim communitymdash;including both Shia and Sunnimdash;presents a model whose importance is hard to overestimate.

    Many Afghan officials repeatedly stated that they hope to one day see Afghanistan following the Azerbaijani model. The many Iranian visitors to the capital of Baku, an architectural and cultural gem of Eurasia, quietly enjoy freedoms they cannot even imagine at home.

    Nonetheless, stubbornly refusing to see the negative consequences of its simplistic and one-dimensional approaches elsewhere, the United States continues to act as the proverbial bull in a China shop, missing this bigger picture. Instead of promoting the long-term fundamentals in societies in transition, Washington bitterly criticizes Azerbaijan for trying to keep radicals at bay and seems to engage in an obvious campaign against official Baku. We have seen this before, when the U.S. criticized its best regional ally, Mikhael Saakashvili, just to enable the takeover of Georgia by pro-Russian politicians. We've also seen it with the Obama Administration's indirect, but rather obvious, disapproval of Benjamin Netanyahu's government in Israel.

    The U.S. should not silently ignore the fallacies of its allies; on the contrary, it should help them to improve and reform. This, however, can only succeed if America pursues a strategic long-term policy of promoting stability with clear objectives in mind. Such a policy cannot be built to satisfy a rushed agenda of the Administration's mid-level bureaucrats, or to satisfy or Washington's desire to ignore the rest of the world just as it needs America most.

    Maayan Jaffe is senior/writer editor at Netsmart (ntst.com), the former editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Jewish Times, and a former breaking news editor for the Jerusalem Post. She is a regular freelance writer for JNS.org.
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  • The European Azerbaijan Society holds presentation of UK MPв's book
    17.09.2014 09:20
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    ''Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era'', a book of the former UK Secretary of State for Defence, MP Liam Fox, translated into Azerbaijani language and released by the ''TEAS Press'' publishing house, was presented in Baku.

    According to chairman of the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) Tale Heydarov, the author of the book has interesting views on the global events in the world, AzerTag reports. During the formulation and explanation of global problems, the author prefers alternative and denoting judgments. Dr. Liam Fox has written a very informative introduction: According to him, "Azerbaijan is a global example for its past and today. I think it will be possible to write a weighty work about Azerbaijan on the basis of his ideas. There is a deep political analysis, and the results demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the author on the subject."

    Tale Heydarov recalled instructions given by President of Azerbaijan at the meeting with the staff of diplomatic missions regarding cooperation with Europe, noting the country's active role on the security and fight against terrorism: "Translation into Azerbaijani language and the publication of the book of Dr. Liam Fox will contribute to further strengthening of relations between Azerbaijan and the European countries and popularizing the country in the world. At the same time, the book proves that if local, regional challenges are problems with one or a group of countries, global challenge is a problem throughout the world and for all humanity. The world must come together for the solution."

    Karim Shukurov, one of the editors of the book, reminded that TEAS has repeatedly implemented important projects for Azerbaijan.

    Liam Fox expressed his appreciation for the leadership of TEAS on translation and publication of the book. The author noted that the book also deals with the financial crises, conflicts, international terrorism, etc: "I think that in this context, solutions to Azerbaijan's problems should be found not only through diplomatic correspondence, but in the framework of international law."
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  • Letв's drink tea together on Cyprus, DavutoДџlu tells Greek counterpart
    17.09.2014 08:55
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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has suggested that he and his Greek counterpart, Antonis Samaras, should meet for a spot of tea on both sides of Cyprus to find a solution to the divided islandв's longstanding problems.

    "If Mr. Greek Prime Minister [Samaras] is ready, we can first go to the southern [Greek] side of the island, drink tea together and have a chat. Then we can go to the northern side and again spend time together," he said during his official visit to Turkish Cyprus after being elected, as visiting Cyprus as a first foreign destination is a tradition for presidents and Turkish prime ministers, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "The Mediterranean Sea has been the common sea for many civilizations," DavutoДџlu said in a joint press meeting with Turkish Cypriot President DerviЕџ EroДџlu, calling on Samaras to jointly build peace there.

    Turkey wanted to sit together with northern Cyprus, southern Cyprus and Greece to discuss how to develop peace in the region but this was not well-received, he said.

    The latest talks started on Feb. 11 with a joint declaration by Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, as hydrocarbon discoveries seem like a game-changer that could bring the parties closer to a solution. Still, security, property rights, and power-sharing are still on the table.

    DavutoДџlu also urged Greek Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis to take action for peace as fast as possible. "I am calling on Mr. Anastasiadis," he said. "Let's make peace right now, not tomorrow but today, not next week but this week, not next year but this year. All delayed solutions are deepening the deadlock."

    Turkish Cyprus has reached democratic maturity in its 40-year struggle and 30-year experience as a state, DavutoДџlu said.

    An ongoing fresh water project is one indicator of Turkey's support for northern Cyprus, he also said.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader was scheduled to meet Anastasiadis for the first time since July 7. DavutoДџlu noted that "his precious friend," former Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, would accompany them as a United Nations representative. "Thus, there lies an opportunity to make a nice start," he said.

    Eide, the new United Nations envoy for Cyprus, said earlier this month that he would unveil new ideas on nudging forward faltering talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island.

    Barth said talks had not gone as expected when the island's rival leaders agreed on a joint declaration in February that inaugurated a fresh round of negotiations.

    He said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wanted to see talks make headway so that the decades-old dispute could finally be resolved.

    Before DavutoДџlu, Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan also visited the island after being elected on Aug. 10, pledging solidarity.
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  • German MPs to visit Azerbaijan
    17.09.2014 08:45
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    Members of the German Bundestag will make a visit to Azerbaijan.

    Chairwoman of the Bundestag Committee for Economic Cooperation, Deputy of the Bundestag Dagmar G. Wöhrl is scheduled to meet with 97 fifth graders who study German at the lyceum under Baku Slavic University and present to them school packages, the German embassy in Azerbaijan told APA.

    Alongside Dagmar G. Wöhrl, Chairwoman of the Bundestag Committee on Economy and Industry, Deputy of the Bundestag Dr. Peter Ramsauer will also be come.

    The agenda of the visit includes the opening of an installation for drinkable water supply, financed by the German bank KfW in Ganja (the first part of the project), old German settlements in Goygol, even a visit to the industrial city of Sumgayit, and talks with a number of Azerbaijani government officials and representatives of the Milli Mejlis.

    In addition, the deputies will pay a visit to Kapellhaus, a German cultural center, and meet with teachers and pupils.
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  • Azerbaijan celebrates Knowledge day
    17.09.2014 03:14
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    Baku. Konul Kamilgizi '" APA. Azerbaijan celebrates Knowledge day, APA reports.

    According to Minister of Education Mikayil Jabbarov, the first lesson will be dedicated to patriotism. Over 139,000 pupils entered the elementary schools for the school year of 2014-2015.

    In these new academic years, SABAH groups will operate in the high schools for the first time. 738 best students elected on specialists will be taught in these groups.

    For the first time, 7.8 mln textbooks under 271 titles were published this year. The textbooks have already bee delivered to all schools.

    1,692 new teachers will work for the first time. They will start their work after swearing.

    201 school-leaver having gold and silver medals will be among the students of high schools.

    Baku police will tighten measures on start of new academic years.
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  • Azerbaijan to extend periods of pre-trial detention and preliminary investigation
    17.09.2014 01:14
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    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov '" APA. Azerbaijan will prolong the periods of pre-trial detention and preliminary investigation by investigators.

    In this regard, amendments have been proposed to be made to articles 158.1, 159.7, and 218 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the parliament told APA.

    The amendment proposed for article 158.1 determines the period of pre-trial detention for pre-proceedings period of investigation 2 months of committing a grave crime, 3 months for a less grave crime, and 4 months for grave or seriously grave crimes.

    According to the current law in force, at the pre-trial stage of the criminal case, when it chooses arrest as a restrictive measure, the court shall specify a remand period of up to 2 (two) months in respect of offences which do not pose a major public threat or minor offences and of up to 3 (three) months in respect of serious and very serious offences.

    According to the amendment proposed to article 159.7, during the pre-trial proceedings, the period of the last remand of the person accused is extended, too.

    It is proposed that the period for less grave crimes should be extended up to 6 to 7 months, 9 to 10 months for graves crimes, and 12 to 13 months for seriously grave crimes.

    According to the amendment proposed for article 218.7, the time of preliminary investigation by the investigator should be extended up to 4 to 5 months for seriously grave crimes and 2 to 3 months for grave crimes.

    According to the amendment proposed for article 218.10.2, the longest period for the cases already mentioned should be extended up to 9 to 10 months for less grave crimes, 12 to 13 months for grave crimes, and 18 to 19 months for seriously grave crimes.

    The draft has been recommended to the parliament's plenary meeting.
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  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage
    16.09.2014 23:15
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    Baku-APA. Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, APA reports quoting Reuters.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

    Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

    The video entitled, "A Message to the Allies of America," opened with UK Prime Minister David Cameron talking about working with the Iraqi government and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defeat Islamic State.

    "This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State," said a masked man dressed in black with a British accent, standing over Haines, who was shown kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit.

    The video then showed the beheading of the kneeling man.

    At the end of the video, another hostage was shown and the masked man said he would be killed if Cameron continues to support the fight against Islamic State.
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  • First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva reviews ''Konul'' orphanage-kindergarten in Baku after major overhaul
    16.09.2014 22:19
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    First Lady of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has today reviewed ''Konul'' orphanage-kindergarten in Badamdar settlement of the Sabail District, Baku after major overhaul.

    The repair work, which was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, started here this April.

    The Azerbaijani First Lady was informed that the 3-block kindergarten, which was constructed in 1974, occupied a total area of 4,000 square meters.

    A new two-storied 90-seat block covering 600 square meters was built in the yard of the 110-seat kindergarten.

    The facility`s roof, music and game halls, a medical point, a kitchen and auxiliary rooms of the block were completely renovated. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation provided the kindergarten with furniture, refrigerators, TV sets, toys and other equipment. Photo stands reflecting national leader Heydar Aliyev`s and President Ilham Aliyev`s attention to children were installed in the blocks. There is also a photo stand describing the activities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its President Mehriban Aliyeva. Pitches were laid out and sports equipment installed in the yard of the orphanage-kindergarten. A special ground was built here in order to teach children the traffic rules.

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  • OSCE to hold monitoring on troops contact line
    16.09.2014 22:14
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    Baku, September 16 (AzerTAc). In accordance with the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the OSCE mission will hold a monitoring on troops contact line near Gulustan village of Azerbaijan's Goranboy Districton September 17.

    According to Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry, the monitoring will be held, on the Azerbaijani side, by field assistant of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Hristo Hristov and OSCE High-Level Planning Group Representative, Lieutenant Colonel Tuncay Sevim.

    From the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Jiri Aberle, Evgeny Sharov and OSCE High-Level Planning Group Representative, Colonel Markus Widmer.
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  • Azerbaijan`s First Lady attends opening of republican special boarding school No.6 in Baku after reconstruction
    16.09.2014 22:13
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    Azerbaijan`s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, MP Mehriban Aliyeva on Sept. 15 has attended the opening of the republican special boarding school No.6 for children with restricted health condition in Turkan settlement of the Khazar District, Baku after reconstruction.

    The reconstruction of the boarding school was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

    Azerbaijan`s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility.

    Mehriban Aliyeva was informed that 175 children with speech defect were educated and living in the school. New blocks have been constructed at the boarding school and state-of-the-art equipment installed. Along with studying, children are treated here by speech therapists. The three-storey building of the school has modern classrooms, computer rooms, a library, a gym, drawing rooms, a carpet weaving room, chess rooms, a 200-seat canteen, a medical point and a 120-seat auditorium. The school also has outdoor football, basketball and volleyball grounds.

    Landscaping and redevelopment work was carried out here. After the reconstruction, the boarding school consists of 4 blocks, 3 outdoor open pitches and an indoor sports hall.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the deputy head of the Russian Government
    16.09.2014 22:01
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sept. 15 has received a delegation led by deputy head of the Government of the Russian Federation, co-chair of the Russian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission Dmitry Rogozin.

    The head of state noted that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation were developing rapidly and successfully on all fronts, and stressed the importance of the wide discussions of the issues on the agenda of the Russian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission.

    Recalling with satisfaction his meeting with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Sochi, President Ilham Aliyev said that the fruitful discussions related to the development of the bilateral relations were held at that meeting. The head of state noted that currently there were good opportunities for increasing trade and further expanding economic cooperation, and expressed his confidence that the visit of the delegation led by Dmitry Rogozin to Azerbaijan would yield good results.

    Noting that he was accompanied by a large delegation, Dmitry Rogozin underlined the importance of the fact that it included high-ranking officials in terms of quick settlement of the issues related to the expansion of cooperation between the countries.

    Dmitry Rogozin said the objectives set by the heads of state at the Sochi meeting, as well as the establishment of the high-level working group for the expansion of cooperation in the energy sector and other areas of cooperation will be discussed at today`s meeting of the commission.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev received former UK Secretary of State for Defence, MP Liam Fox
    16.09.2014 22:00
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received former Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom, Member of the Parliament Liam Fox.

    During the meeting, Liam Fox said that the importance of Azerbaijan, a country with favorable geographical and geopolitical location, was growing. He presented his book to the head of state.

    Noting the successful political and economic development of Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev underlined with satisfaction the strengthening of Azerbaijan`s stance even further.

    During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the development of relations between the countries, international and regional issues.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new building of school No. 124 in Baku on Knowledge Day
    16.09.2014 21:55
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    On 15 September, a new academic year started in our country. Secondary schools and universities opened doors to pupils and students on the Day of Knowledge.

    Many school buildings have been built, reconstructed and overhauled this year. Newly-built school No. 124 named after Fuzuli Gozalov in Shaghan District of Baku is one of such educational facilities.

    The Day of Knowledge is particularly significant for teachers and students of this school as President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the school.

    President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the facility.

    Then the head of state and his wife reviewed the school. It was noted that the previous building of the school was constructed in 1961. All conditions are created in the newly-built 1,560-seat school for conducting the teaching process at a high level.

    President Ilham Aliyev congratulated pupils and teachers on the occasion of the new academic year.

    The school staff and members of the local public thanked the head of state.

    A photo was taken at the end of the event.

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  • Tehran hosts next meeting of Azerbaijan-Iran joint intergovernmental economic commission
    16.09.2014 21:34
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    Tehran, September 16 (AzerTAc). Tehran has today hosted the next meeting of the Azerbaijan-Iran joint intergovernmental economic commission.

    Co-chaired by Azerbaijani minister of economy and industry Shahin Mustafayev and Iranian minister of communications and information technology Mahmoud Vaezi, the meeting discussed the expansion of cooperative relations between the two countries.

    Following the meeting the co-chairs held a press conference.

    Hailing the discussions as beneficial, Vaezi noted that the present volume of trade exchanges between the two countries stand at USD 500 million. He expressed his confidence that the figure could be multiplied by promoting mutual cooperation.

    The Azeri minister pointed to the vast areas of cooperation which could lead to a bigger trade volume. The establishment of a joint commission of commerce was also discussed at the meeting.
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  • Azerbaijani chess players competing in Nona Gaprindashvili Cup tournament in Tbilisi
    16.09.2014 21:24
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    Baku, September 16 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani chess players are competing in the Nona Gaprindashvili Cup tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia.

    The tournament brings together 265 chess players from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Iran and other countries.

    In Nona Cup Open A, Azerbaijan is represented by Mushfig Asgarov and Vusal Abbasov.

    After round 7, Georgian Luka Paichadze leads the table with 6 points, while Azerbaijan`s Mushvig Askerov has 4 points.

    In the 8 round, Azerbaijan`s Askerov will face Georgian Meri Arabidze, while Abbasov to take on Iraqi Ahmed Ali Layth.

    The Swiss system tournament consists of nine rounds. The time limit is 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game. An increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from 1 move will be added after each move.
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