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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cloth Peddler conquered Los Angeles, which is considered the movie capital of the world and is home to Hollywood. But to amaze Hollywood is no easy task.
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 30

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    A delegation of Turkmenistan, led by that country's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Rashid Meredov was recently in Tehran on a working visit, said the Turkmen government July 30.

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    Edited by SI

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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

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    The ecologist also warned that this problem should concern Azerbaijan as well.

    "If fish in the Dagestan coast of the Caspian Sea die massively, it is possible that water from there would flow to our coasts, because water streams from Russia flow to the Azerbaijani coasts of the Caspian Sea. If those toxic emissions fall to the water streams, they will impact the fish in Azerbaijan.

    Despite the fact that water has an ability of self-cleaning depending on the distance, Azerbaijan should control the issue and analyze the water there. The representatives of Azerbaijan's Ecology Ministry should urgently analyze the water of the Caspian Sea in the bordering areas of Azerbaijan with Dagestan."

    Russian media outlets reported that people have put forth various explanations for the mass deaths: an unknown disease, military exercises, or contaminated water.

    According to Russian ichthyologists, however, mass deaths of wildlife are a quite common occurrence. The experts of the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery say that the reason for the mass accumulation of dead fish is simple '" the sea creatures are dying from the heat due to oxygen starvation. They also assured that the outflow of dead fish from the depths of the sea takes place every summer.

    The Caspian Sea, which washes the coasts of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran, is considered the largest closed lake on the planet, with an area of 371,000 square kilometers, brackish water, and features similar to those of a sea, since it has a maximum depth of 1,025 meters.

    The sea, with its rich natural resources, is home to 80-85 percent of the worldв's sturgeons. Some 90 percent of the popular black and red caviar sold all over the world comes from this region.

    About 141 other fish species live in this natural water basin. The Caspian, however, has witnessed a sharp tenfold decrease in the number of sprats and sturgeons over the past years. To prevent this problem, the Caspian states banned any industrial or commercial sturgeon fishing in the sea in 2014.

    The Caspian Sea is also struggling with other problems, such as pollution.

    Some of the causes of the pollution include the development of hydrocarbon reserves in the sea and its surrounding areas, the high density of population and industry in the adjacent areas, runoff from intensive agricultural development in valleys, and its closed ecosystem.
  • Greek government to resume talks with SOCAR on the sale of shares of DESFA
    30.07.2015 16:33
    Greek government will resume talks with SOCAR on the sale of control packet of shares of DESFA, AzerTag reports.

    Next week, the Greek government will resume talks with Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR on the sale of a controlling interest in Greece's gas transmission system operator DESFA, the productive reconstruction, environment and energy minister of Greece, Panos Skourletis, said.

    The main topic of discussion will be the share in DESFA which will be sold to SOCAR.
  • Azerbaijan not importing gold - State committee
    30.07.2015 16:19
    In first six months of the year Azerbaijan did not import gold.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from sources in the State Statistics Committee.

    In the six months of this year the country has produced 1,117.4 kg of gold. This is a 39% growth over the same period of the last year.
  • Iran denies petrochemical barter with Russia
    30.07.2015 16:18
    Tehran, Iran, July 29

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    An official with the Iranian petrochemical commercial sector has rejected reports that Iran and Russia are going to barter petrochemicals for other products.

    There has not been such a thing as the barter of petrochemical products, Iranian Petrochemical Commercial Company (PCC) Public Relations and International Affairs Director Abbas Kazemi told Trend July 29.

    On July 24, Iran 's Mehr news agency said that in recent weeks, a couple of Iranian and Russian delegations had held meetings to discuss barter of Iranian petrochemical products with other goods from Russia.

    "Russian companies have announced readiness to import urea, methanol, and polymer products from Iran," Ahmad Mahdavi, secretary of the association of Iranian petrochemical industries union was quoted by Mehr.

    Edited by CN

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  • Iran strengthening river monitoring across country
    30.07.2015 16:18
    Tehran, Iran, July 29

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    Iran is conducting regional cooperation and improving infrastructure needed for monitoring rivers for pollution and other unwanted conditions.

    Since two years ago when a comprehensive monitoring of the Araz River was carried out, various measures have been taken to improve monitoring of rivers across the country, Shina Ansari, director of Pervasive Monitoring at Iran's organization of Environment told Trend July 29.

    Laboratories have been equipped and strengthened, Ansari said, adding as examples that GC (gas chromatography) as well as hydrocarbon and pesticide pollution testing equipment have been provided for East Azerbaijan province in northwestern Iran.

    "Also, GC and nuclear absorption_ used for testing heavy metals content_ equipment were bought for the West Azerbaijan province; and a laboratory for Ardabil province is going to be launched next week," she added. "We have also launched 29 stations for sampling and online monitoring of rivers data. The online monitoring cannot be used for pesticide and heavy metal content since the parameters are not transferable online, but it provides a very useful and precise tool for constantly observing physico-chemical conditions of rivers."

    Iran is also conducting cooperation with neighboring countries in monitoring rivers, Ansari said, adding that for example the country has launched a joint committee with Armenia to monitor the Araz River .

    "We have arranged to jointly monitor the river in qualitative terms, have even set to jointly spot the places where to launch sampling stations, decide on the parameters to be taken into account, set the frequency of sampling operations, and draft a monitoring program," the official said.

    She added that while copper and molybdenum '« mines of the town of Agarak in the Syunik Province of Armenia are sources of pollution in Armenia, sewage and agricultural drainage are sources contributing to the pollution of Araz in Iran.

    Iranian MP Kamaladdin Pirmoazen said in early July that waste material from Armenia's Metsamor nuclear power plant and aluminum plant poured into Araz River pollute the river and pose threats to the wildlife and people living in the surrounding areas.

    Some reports say that each year, dumping of waste by Armenia into Araz River leads to cancer for thousands of people living in the Mugan region of Ardabil province in Iran.

    Edited by CN

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  • Warships of Russian Federation and Azerbaijan put to Caspian Sea
    30.07.2015 16:18
    They perform a number of preparatory gun practice.

    Warships of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan put to the Caspian Sea to perform gun practice and naval training.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti that the statement came from the representative of the Press and Information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the Navy Igor Dygalo.

    "In the framework of preparation for the competition "Cup of the Caspian-2015", ships of the Russian Navy, the Navy of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have a number of gun practice at small maritime targets, air targets and fire at a floating mine," the statement says.
  • U.S. urges Turkey to slow down operations against PKK
    30.07.2015 16:03
    The U.S. has urged Turkey to reduce the scale of the military operations launched against ISIS and the PKK, APA reports.

    White House spokesman Eric Schultz called Wednesday for "a return to the peaceful solution process," but Turkey's prime minister shot down that prospect until the PKK withdraws its armed fighters from Turkey.

    While defending Turkey publicly, the U.S. has been urging Turkey to be "judicious" in its retaliation against the PKK, senior U.S. officials said.

    Turkey launched anti-terrorist operations a few days ago. A hundreds of terrorists were killed as a result of air strikes on PKK's positions in northern Iraq. Moreover, hundreds of ISIS and PKK members were detained as a result of measures taken by law enforcement authorities within the country.
  • Azerbaijan makes progress on Euro 5 standards
    30.07.2015 15:55
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan is preparing to start production of high-quality gasoline that meets Euro 5 environmental standards in the near future.

    The state energy giant SOCAR will carry out the production of Ai-92 and Ai-95 gasoline in accordance with Euro 5 standards starting in 2018, said Nail Amirov, a general engineer at the Baku Oil Refinery.

    He went on to add that the decision was made to produce Ai-92 gasoline by plant operators in April 2014. Ai-95 gasoline demand was planned to meet the import.

    ''Today, Euro 5 is considered the ecologically cleanest gasoline. The reason for the decision is to protect the environment. The major consumers of petrol in the country are Ai-92 gasoline users,'' Amirov said.

    The general engineer added that all gasoline products will be produced according to Euro 5 standards by 2020.

    Azerbaijan switched to the Euro 4 ecological standard in April 2014, which has led to a decrease in car imports as the standard significantly restricts the import of used cars. Last year saw a 59 percent drop in cars imported into the country.

    Earlier, SOCAR said that after the modernization of the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery, gasoline production in Azerbaijan would increase from 1.3 to 2.2 million metric tons, diesel fuel from 2.3 to 2.9 million metric tons, while jet fuel would jump from 0.7 to one million metric tons produced, thus, meeting the countryв's needs in the fuel at least until the end of the 2020s.

    The company's goal is to process 7.5 million tons of oil at the refinery until 2030, which in turn will lead to the annual production of three million tons of diesel fuel and 2.4 million tons of gasoline.

    This will ensure domestic demand in the country for high-quality fuel and ensure exports in small quantities.

    Further improvement in the quality of Euro-4 and Euro-5 gasoline will become possible after the commissioning of a new oil and gas processing petrochemical complex by SOCAR, which is planned to be operational in late 2020.

    Azerbaijan's energy giant SOCAR is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to industries and the public in Azerbaijan.
  • Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack
    30.07.2015 15:36
    PKK terrorists opened fire on gendarme forces in Turkey's southeastern province of ЕћД±rnak, martyring three soldiers.

    Turkish soldiers retaliated, killing one terrorist, APA reports quoting Daily Sabah.

    The incident took place on Thursday morning around 9.10 a.m., and the clashes between PKK terrorists and Turkish soldiers are reportedly ongoing.
  • State Committee to promote women in entrepreneurship
    30.07.2015 15:13
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Encouraging middle-class women to engage in entrepreneurship and providing them with government support is one of the aims of the State Committee for Family, Women, and Children, said Sadagat Gahramanova, the deputy committee chairman.

    Gahramanova also said that now the National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support (NFES) under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry is providing soft loans, from which a sufficient number of women have already benefited.

    The Baku office of the UN and the State Committee have created a joint project for the proliferation of women-owned businesses and it is already been implemented in the Sabirabad region of Azerbaijan, with plans to expand to Neftchala and Masalli.

    After the projectв's launch in Sabirabad, nine housewives opened their own small business in various fields.

    The project envisages the development of business opportunities for rural female residents who have been unable to get higher education.

    Gahramanova, commenting on a proposal by Special Committee of Experts on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, stated that the issuing of preferential loans for women should not raise concerns in Azerbaijan.

    "We always support women entrepreneurs, discuss and solve their problems. However, we must bear in mind that we live in a period of market economy. Therefore, everyone has to balance their capabilities to the requirements of the market economy", she said.
  • Agriculture, large businesses in focus of concessional lending in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2015 15:06
    The National Entrepreneurship Support Fund under the Ministry of Economy and Industry confirms that agriculture and large business are still in focus of concessional lending in Azerbaijan.

    According to the report on the Fund's activity in the first half of the year, by July 1 2,908 loans for amount of AZN 63.670 million have been issued for organization of agricultural output production. At the same time, the Fund's total lending reached AZN 97.016 million on 2,972 loans.

    Only the service sector (infrastructure) can be compared with the agricultural sector, as far as the National Fund's attention is concerned: it received 5 loans for amount of AZN 19.992 million.

    At the same time, in the first half of the year the Fund allocated its finances mostly for large projects: AZN 62.108 millions on 21 loans.
  • Russia committed to thorough investigation of MH17 crash '" foreign ministry
    30.07.2015 15:01
    Russia refused to put through the politicized decision forced on the UN Security Council on establishing an international tribunal on MH17 crash, the Russian Foreign Ministry notes

    Russia remains committed to thorough and objective international investigation of MH17 crash over Ukraine and to bringing those guilty to justice, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

    "Russia will continue making the most energetic efforts on rendering all possible assistance to investigating the air crash," the document said. Russia refused to put through the politicized decision forced on the UN Security Council on establishing an international tribunal to bring those guilty in Malaysian Boeing-777 crash over Ukraine to justice, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.

    Russia tried to prevent the split in the UN Security Council and bring the issue into constructive framework, the document said. "This is exactly what the draft resolution proposed by Russia and based on [UN Security Council] Resolution 2166 was aimed at mdash; to broadly employ UN mechanisms for soonest completion of full, transparent and trustworthy international investigation of the crash and subsequently search for the most appropriate format of legal proceedings," the foreign ministry said. "Only the full implementation of Resolution 2166 will allow to find those guilty and bring them to justice," the ministry added.

    "Russia condemns the destruction of Malaysian plane MH17 by unidentified persons and once again expresses deepest condolences to the relatives of all passengers and crew members that became victims of this horrible tragedy," Russia's diplomatic agency said.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed regret that initiators of the latest UN Security Council session ignored Russia's proposal. "Instead of that, they preferred to hastily submit for voting in the Security Council their own version with establishing an international tribunal without discussing any other options," the ministry noted. "Our persistent explanations about inexpedience and counter-productiveness of such step, that had no precedents in the past, before the ongoing investigation into circumstances of the air crash is complete, were not taken into account," the diplomatic agency stressed.

    Russia vetoes UN Security Council resolution

    On Thursday, Russia vetoed the United Nations Security Council resolution on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute persons guilty of the MH17 plane crash over Ukraine on July 17, 2014 on Wednesday.

    Eleven Security Council members voted for the Malaysia-proposed draft, which, in fact, was enough for its adoption but Russia used its right of veto.

    Another three countries, including Angola, Venezuela and China, abstained from voting.

    The two-page Malaysia-proposed draft resolution classifies the incident as a threat to international peace and security and provides for the creation of a tribunal under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter in pursuit of a single goal mdash; to prosecute persons responsible for the crimes linked to the destruction of the Malaysia Airlines plane (flight MH17). The statute (charter) of the proposed tribunal, which supplements the draft resolution, demands that all countries should cooperate with the future legal body in full measure.

    Russian Ambassador to United Nations Vitaly Churkin told journalists on July 27 that Moscow had legal, practical and political objections regarding the proposal. Churkin said it was wrong to classify the air crash as a threat to international peace and security and create a tribunal proceeding from Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.

    "Never before international tribunals were established to investigate civilian plane crashes under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. No tribunal was set up to investigate the crash of a Russian airliner shot down by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile in 2001 or a US-destroyed Iranian plane," Churkin said.

    MH17 crash in Ukraine

    On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Most passengers mdash; 193 people mdash; were Dutch nationals. The suspected cause of the crash is that the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The Dutch Safety Board is conducting the investigation.
  • Nuclear deal with Iran gives up hopes for Armenian transportation project
    30.07.2015 14:55
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    A nuclear deal with Iran has become the beginning of many changes and not always positive for some regional countries. Armenia will certainly become one of the "victims". The hopes for many joint projects with Iran, which the Islamic Republic was ready to finance, shattered.

    One of them was the North-South corridor project, namely the construction of a highway connecting Armenia, Iran and Georgia, as well as the Iran-Armenia railway project.

    However, Iranian ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reis has recently said at a press conference that he still believes that Armenia can become a bridge between the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea.

    But it is now clear that this project will not be implemented. The sanctions have been lifted. And Tehran will not want to invest even the planned funds in the railway project. And there are several reasons.

    The Iranian officials have repeatedly said during the period of sanctions that Iran is waiting for the project implementation and is ready to build a railway line with a length of 90 kilometers on its territory up to the border with Armenia. However, Iran's participation in the project shouldn't go beyond this.

    Armenia, on the next stage, should have itself realized a much larger part of the project using its own money, which it indeed doesn't have, or by means of raising investments, which it doesn't have either, and will never have at all.

    It is unlikely that anyone would like to invest in the project, which is estimated at $3.2 billion, given that it doesn't have any prospects.

    During the recent BRICS summit held in Russia's Ufa, and at the EEU and SCO, the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan actually invited these organizations to participate in the construction of the Armenia-Iran railway.

    But no one has expressed any interest in the project.

    This is not surprising, because Russia is the only country that could invest in the project, linking it with Iran.

    Russia, however, wouldn't do that, as it has a much more convenient link with Iran, that is, the lsquo;North-South' railway, running through Azerbaijan.

    And this project has many advantages over the Armenian-Iranian transport corridor.

    It is obvious that the fewer countries the railway crosses, the easier the cargo transportation process will be. Moreover, the project involving Armenia envisages crossing the borders of three countries, while in the project for construction of the railway through Azerbaijan there are only two.

    Meanwhile, running a Russian transport route through Georgia is a quite problematic and while having a convenient alternative, Moscow will unlikely resolve it in the near future.

    This is while the operating infrastructure and almost all legal documents are ready in the project for construction of North-South railway through Azerbaijan. Therefore, Moscow has repeatedly expressed readiness to invest in the construction of the missing section of the road in Iran as part of the project being implemented jointly with Azerbaijan.

    So, Moscow which is facing financial crisis, or Iran which now should make up leeway, will unlikely make investments in the implementation of the much more problematic project "from scratch".

    Edited by CN

    Elmira Tariverdiyeva is Trend Agency's staff writer

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  • American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil
    30.07.2015 14:43
    An American dentist has been revealed as the man who killed the most famous lion in Zimbab¬we '" and now, the hunt is on for him , according to New York Post.

    Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old cavity-filler from Minnesota, paid $50,000 to kill Cecil, a legendary beast living at the Hwange National Park.

    Palmer denied knowing which lion he shot with a crossbow and said he regrets the killing.

    "I had no idea that the lion I took was a known local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt," he said in a statement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.

    "I deeply В¬regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion."

    He added that his guides had "secured all proper permits" for the July 1 hunt.

    Some outraged animal lovers called for Palmer's head. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals even went as far as declaring the dentist be "preferably hanged."

    "Hunting is a coward's pastime," PETA tweeted on Tuesday.

    "To get a thrill at the cost of life this man gunned down loved #CecilTheLion w/ a high-powered weapon."

    Palmer went out with two African men '" a professional hunter and a farm owner '" in the middle of the night, tying an animal carcass to their car to lure Cecil out of his protected park, according to the anti-poaching Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

    After Palmer took down the 13-year-old lion, ZCTF said the body was beheaded and skinned.

    "The saddest part of all is that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho, will most likely kill all Cecil's cubs," said Johnny Rodrigues, the chairman of ZCTF.

    All three men face poaching charges that could put them behind bars for up to 15 years, according to Zimbabwe police spokeswoman Charity Charamba.

    /By AzerTac/
  • Azerbaijani U-17 women footballers beat Latvia at UEFA development tournament
    30.07.2015 14:38
    Azerbaijan's Under-17 women's national football team have defeated Latvia 3-0 in the second game of the UEFA development tournament in Chisinau.

    Azerbaijan`s goals came from Firangiz Teymurova (2) and Rovshane Serdarli.

    The national team will next face Bulgaria in the third game of the tournament on July 31.

    /By AzerTac/
  • France should enlist MKO as terror organization- Iran MP
    30.07.2015 14:31
    A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on the French government to include the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) on its blacklist of terror organizations.

    During meeting with the visiting head of the French National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Eacute;lisabeth Guigou, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who chairs the Iranian Parliament's (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, criticized the European Union (EU) for removing the MKO from its list of terrorist organizations.

    Boroujerdi further said on July 29 the EU decision has enabled the terrorist group, which has the blood of thousands of innocent Iranians on its hands, to "freely operate" in European countries, Press TV reported.

    The Islamic Republic expects France to blacklist the anti-Iran terror group and end its activities in the European country, added the top Iranian parliamentarian.

    The MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks on civilians and government officials in Iran over the past three decades. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, some 12,000 have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

    The group was viewed by the EU as terrorist until January 2009, when the EU Council lifted the designation under immense pressure from political lobbies. The decision was followed by United States in September 2012.

    Boroujerdi further highlighted the need for more efforts at the international level for fighting terrorism in the Middle East, saying the activities of the terror groups in countries like Iraq and Syria pose a huge threat to the global peace and security.

    The French lawmaker, for her part, warned against the growing wave of terror threats in the region.

    Guigou called Iran a stable country in the Middle East which can play a big role in the fight against terrorism, adding that Tehran and the international community can increase their concentration in this regard.

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  • Iran dismisses Bahrain terror accusation
    30.07.2015 14:27
    A senior Iranian diplomat has strongly condemned a recent bombing in Bahrain, flatly rejecting remarks by a Bahraini minister that the terrorist attack was linked to Iran.

    Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday denounced the July 28 bomb explosion in Bahrain's eastern island of Sitra, situated 12 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the capital, Manama, which claimed the lives of two police officers, PressTV reports.

    A third officer was seriously injured and five other officers sustained light to moderate injuries.

    Amir-Abdollahian dismissed Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa's claim about a link between Tehran and the deadly blast as totally "untrue." He said the accusation was completely deliberate as it was made when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif was starting a diplomatic tour of regional countries.

    "Unfortunately, the tribal behavior of some radical elements within the Bahraini government, and their deliberate insult to Muslims' religious beliefs have caused a gaping rift between the government and the people [in Bahrain]," the Iranian deputy foreign minister pointed out.

    "We advise the Bahraini foreign minister to think of playing a positive and constructive role regarding the collective security in the region, and [bringing about] national reconciliation between the Bahraini government and its people instead of stoking religious strife in Bahrain and the region," Amir-Abdollahian said.

    A Bahraini forensic police officer inspects the site of a bomb blast in the village of Sitra, south of the capital, Manama, July 28, 2015. (copy; AFP)

    The senior Iranian official added that the Al Khalifa regime's systematic human rights abuses and security crackdown will further complicate the situation in Bahrain, emphasizing that Tehran only supports a political solution to the crisis in the Arab monarchy.

    On Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham also denounced the terror attack in Bahrain.

    Bahrain claimed on Saturday that it had foiled an arms and explosives smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran. Later, Manama also claimed that the explosives used in the Sitra bombing were similar to those allegedly seized after being smuggled from Iran.

    Afkham also dismissed the claim as lsquo;Bahraini state media propaganda.'
  • 96 people killed, 250 injured this year in emergency accidents in Azerbaijan
    30.07.2015 14:23
    The Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced the statistics of emergency accidents recorded during the first half of 2015.

    The Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) has announced the statistics of natural and anthropogenic accidents that occurred in the country during the first half of 2015.

    Over the given period, 20 explosions overall have hit the country, which is a 5 percent increase or one accident more compared to the past year's same period. The explosion killed 5 people and injured 20 others, the MES told APA.

    The ministry has sent firefighting teams a total of 5,488 times to tackle the fires upon the requests made during the reporting period. The fires killed 43 people and left another 105 injured. The fatalities are 39 percent or 12 people more compared to the past period and the injured are 75 percent or 45 people more in comparison.

    During the first half of this year, a total of 5,581 natural and anthropogenic accidents have occurred in the country - 15 percent of 736 accidents more as compared to the same period of last year.

    48 people were killed and 125 others injured in the natural and anthropogenic accidents.

    The ministry's rescuers saved the lives of 76 people and evacuated 517 others.
  • Kazakhstan limits export of petroleum products
    30.07.2015 14:17
    Kazakhstan has temporarily banned the export of petroleum products beyond the customs area of Eurasian Economic Union.

    The corresponding order has been signed by Kazakhstanв's Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik.

    The export of light distillates and middle distillate products, kerosene, gas oil, diesel fuel and other petroleum products (except for heating gas oil) has been banned for a six-month period, according to the order.

    This decision was made in order to prevent critical shortage and increase in the prices in Kazakhstanв's domestic market of petroleum products.

    The decision will enter into force after 10 calendar days from the date of publication.

  • Lifting of sanction promises boom in Iranв's tourism industry
    30.07.2015 14:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The recent P5 1 nuclear deal is expected to bring a revival to Iranв's tourism industry, which has been waiting for the lifting of the international sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear energy program.

    As the removal of the bans on the Islamic Republic paved the way for normalization of the countryв's relations with foreign countries, especially in the West, Iranв's tourism sector promises to bring billons in revenues to the country.

    Iran '" with an ancient history, mix of cultures, different climatic zones and beautiful nature '"is taking the measures to boost the tourism sector, which has been neglected after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

    Within the framework of the plans to develop the tourism industry, Iran has recently revoked visa requirements for nationals of seven countries.

    Citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt, and Syria can travel to Iran without a visa, according to a report published by the Iranian media.

    Under the new visa requirement regulations, citizens from these countries can stay in Iran visa-free from 15 to 90 days.

    Iranian authorities have already started examining a visa waiver program under which visa limitations for citizens of 60 countries around the globe will be lifted.

    The Islamic Republic, which is seen as one of the worldв's top potential tourist destinations, attaches considerable significance to its booming tourism industry in recent years.

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is hoping to attract 10 million international tourists each year.

    Iranв's vice-president, Masoud Soltanifar, earlier said, ''no other industry in Iran will see a bigger boost than tourism as the result of this deal. The news about the nuclear agreement and lifting of economic sanctions has delighted our tourism industry.''

    After clinching the nuclear deal, interest towards the country has grown from the Western countries that earlier cut all ties with Iran

    Some of the European countries are now easing travel restrictions to the Islamic country, which could provide sudden impetus to develop the Iranв's tourism industry.

    The United Kingdom has recently relaxed its official travel advisory on visiting Iran, following the historic nuclear deal agreed earlier this month.

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said there had been "decreasing hostility under President Rouhani's government".

    The move comes weeks after talks ended in agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear program.

    British citizens are still being told to avoid border areas close to Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, but they are no longer being advised to avoid all but essential travel to the rest of the country.

    The advisory change is also welcomed by the tourists, as well as the tourism agencies that earlier organized the tourist visits to the country.

    ''Iran is a very safe destination, and now that diplomatic relations is slowly being restored, we feel many more people will take the opportunity to visit this amazing country teeming with historic and archaeological treasures as well as a hospitality that is unparalleled,'' The Telegraph quoted David McGuinness, director of tour operator Travel the Unknown, and a regular visitor to Iran as saying.

    The World Travel and Tourism Council has forecasted an increase of 6.6 percent in Iranв's tourism industry in 2015.

    The WTTC in its recent report titled ''Travel amp; Tourism: ECONOMIC IMPACT 2015 IRAN'' assessed the value of Iranв's tourism industry for 2014 at about $7.8 billion.

    Earlier, Iranian officials said the country plans to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2025, which could generate $30 billion in revenues.

    Iran is seen as one of the worldв's top potential tourist destinations, as it contains a countless number of ancient sites. The country ranks fourth in Asia and first in the Middle East in terms of the number of world heritage sites, with an impressive 17 historic sites that have been added to UNESCOв's World Heritage List.
  • WB raises oil price forecast for 2015
    30.07.2015 14:02
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    The World Bank (WB) forecasts an average annual oil price at $ 57 per barrel in 2015, the "Commodity price forecast" report, published on the WB website, said.

    In its April report, the WB forecasted the oil price at $53 a barrel for the current year.

    "The forecast has been revised due to 12 percent increase in energy prices during the second quarter of 2015," according to the updated report.

    At the same time, despite the rise in oil prices, the prices on other commodities reduced in the second quarter. For example, gas prices reduced by 13 percent, coal - by four percent.

    At the same time, the bank expects the decline in energy prices by 39 percent compared to 2014.

    "The oil demand in the second quarter exceeded expectations," John Baffes, WB senior economist, was quoted as saying. "However, big oil reserves and an increase in production in the OPEC member-states will lead to the low oil prices in the near future."

    Lifting of sanctions against Iran may affect the decline in the "black gold" cost, the report said.

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  • BP says looks for upstream work in Iran
    30.07.2015 13:33
    BP says it looks for opportunities in Iranв's upstream oil industry as the country prepares to roll out new contracts for boosting recovery from its ageing fields, Press TV reports.

    "If the sanctions are relaxed in a way that allows us to go work there, obviously we would explore opportunities in Iran," CEO Bob Dudley told reporters in London.

    "As a company that works all over the globe it would be natural for us" to work in Iran, he added.

    BP and other energy giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Eni have rushed to talks with Iranian officials to be the first in line for the country's new projects.

    Last week, an official said Iran has marked out as many as 50 oil and gas projects worth $185 billion for presentation to prospective investors within 2-3 months along with the new contract models.

    Iran plans to present its opportunities in upstream oil and gas at a London conference later this year.

    Dudley said his company was anxious to see the details of Iran's new Integrated Petroleum Contract (IPC).

    "There's some speculation out there -- various things, maybe service contracts, or PSAs, or tax and royalty -- but actually it is not clear to us what their plans are," he said.

    Last Thursday, Deputy Minister of Petroleum Hossein Zamaninia told the Iran-EU trade and investment conference in Vienna that IPC addresses some of the deficiencies of the traditional buy-back deals, taking short- and long-term interests of the foreign entities to heart.

    Iran's priority is to improve recovery from its ageing oilfields and develop both onshore and offshore reserves shared with its neighbors in the south and the west. For those fields, Zamaninia said, Iran was ready to sign contracts for a period of 20-25 years.

    Iran plans to increase its oil production by 500,000 barrels per day within two months and 1 million barrels per day within six to seven months after the sanctions against the country are lifted.
  • Kazakhstanв's KazMunaiGas to have new shareholder
    30.07.2015 13:33
    The National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan will become one of the shareholders of the countryв's KazMunaiGas national oil and gas company.

    The countryв's Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund which owns 100-percent share of the company will sell 10 percent block of shares and one common stock of KazMunaiGas to the National Bank at the price determined by an independent appraiser.

    However, the price wonв't be below 750 billion Kazakh tenge (187.45 tenge = $1).

    The corresponding decree was signed by Kazakhstanв's government dated July 23 and entered into force from the date of signing.

    A total of 58,420,748 common stocks of KazMunaiGas will be sold.

    KazMunaiGas JSC is Kazakhstanв's national operator for exploration, production, processing and transportation of hydrocarbons.

  • General: ISIL's territorial claims include Azerbaijan too
    30.07.2015 13:33
    CIS anti-terror center has proposed a number of initiatives.

    Special services of the CIS members-states associate measures of confronting the spread of ISIL influence with information counteraction, primarily in the Internet, said head of the anti-terror center of the CIS, police colonel-general Andrei Novikov, Oxu.Az reports.

    CIS anti-terror center proposed a number of initiatives aimed at confronting the growing threat to CIS countries by international terrorist organizations, primarily ISIL.

    "The territorial claims of ISIL include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, as well as the subjects of the Russian Federation within the Southern, North Caucasian and Crimean federal okrugs", the Russian general said.

    Novikov noted that establishment of criminal responsibility for participation in the activity of international terrorist organizations abroad is also effective.
  • List of policemen allowed to use stun gun made public
    30.07.2015 13:32
    Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers approved the "List of police officials who have the right to keep, carry and use stun gun".

    According to Oxu.Az, the decision was signed by Prime Minister Artur Rasizade.

    Thus, the abovementioned list includes chief of the commandant service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, commander of the regular police unit, ensuring the security of administrative buildings, deputy commander, head inspector in the service, inspector in the service, commander of the affiliate and police officers, commanders of regilar police units of the special forces of the Interior Ministry, deputy commanders, other representatives of the ordinary, junior, secondary and senior commander staff; commanders of regular police units subordinated to the Interior Ministry (regiment, battalion, company, platoon, division), deputy commanders, head service inspectors, officials of the escort service at the temporary detention wards.
  • Michel Platini announces he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president
    30.07.2015 13:32
    Michel Platini has announced he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as the Fifa president in next February's election.

    According to the Guardian, Platini, the Uefa president, held talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg last weekend and is now confident he has the support necessary to win.

    "This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me," Platini said in a statement, having written to all 209 member associations of Fifa to inform them of his intentions to stand.

    "There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands. I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of Fifa."

    The election to succeed Blatter will take place on 26 February in Zurich. The 60-year-old Platini is the favourite to succeed the Swiss after gaining the backing of four of the six Fifa confederations, including the powerful Asia bloc. The Football Association is expected to back him along with most, if not all, countries in Europe.

    Platini has publicly stated he voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, and although the award of that tournament to the Gulf state has caused huge controversy, in Fifa terms his backing for Qatar is likely to be an advantage.

    Platini has been the Uefa president since 2007 and was a supporter of Blatter in the past, but fell out with him when the 79-year-old backtracked on his 2011 promise to step down at the end of his fourth term in office. Blatter was re-elected in May, but within four days had announced he would quit after Fifa's involvement in payments to officials was uncovered. All nominations for the election have to be submitted by 26 October.

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  • Regional branch of National Intelligence Agency attacked in Turkey
    30.07.2015 13:31
    The unknown individuals have attacked a building of the regional branch of the National Intelligence Agency in Hakkari province, south-east of Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported July 30.

    There are no injured as a result of the attack, but the building has been greatly damaged.

    Other details of the incident are not disclosed.

  • Armenians flee from country
    30.07.2015 13:31
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    A criminal case against an Armenian family that voluntarily crossed the border into Azerbaijan was submitted to a court in Armenia.

    The Armenian National Security Service launched a criminal proceeding against the Gevorgyan family, stating that it initiated the case in line with an article on the illegal border crossing.

    Yegishe Gevorgyan (born 1958), his wife Ruzanna Mardanyan (born 1982) and three children - Alfred (born 2002), Gayane (born 2003) and Petros (born 2006) illegally crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani into the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on January 10, 2010.

    They explained that their leaving Armenia was due to unbearable living conditions and asked to be sent to a third country.

    On December 12, 2014, Azerbaijan handed over the Gevorgyan family to the Armenian side.

    This is not the first case of Armenians unwilling to live in their own country. Recently, Armenian soldier, Andranik Grigoryan surrendered voluntarily to the Azerbaijani forces. Clarifying the reasons for his defection from the army, Griogoryan said he couldn't bare the tortures anymore and crossed to Azerbaijan unhesitatingly.

    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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
  • Azerbaijan declares one more Turkish businessman internationally wanted
    30.07.2015 13:30
    As Irfan Turan Bayburt fled the country, he was declared internationally wanted

    Azerbaijan has declared one more Turkish businessman internationally wanted, APA reports quoting Interpol's website.

    The notice says Turkish citizen, 59 year-old Irfan Turan Bayburt is charged with tax evasion. As he fled the country, he was declared internationally wanted and Interpol was appealed for his detention.

    Irfan Turan Bayburt had business in Azerbaijan.

    Note that, Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies have recently declared several Turkish businessmen who engaged in entrepreneurship in the country internationally wanted.

    All of them are accused of tax evasion.
  • Too soon to speculate on Iran's ability to absorb investment - OME director
    30.07.2015 13:30
    By Dalga KhatinogluВ 

    A senior energy expert believes that it is too early to speculate on the ability of Iran to absorb huge amount of foreign investments.

    Iran has announced that $185 billion investment is needed in its upstream oil and gas sector, as well as $70 billion in petrochemical and $200 billion in optimizing energy consumer sectors to halve the energy intensity, which is two times more than global averages.

    This is while, according to OPEC's estimation, OPEC would need to invest an average of close to $40 billion annually in the remaining years of this decade. This figure was $120 billion in 2014 or three times more than the annual investment amount. However, according to Wood Mackenzie's estimations, the plunge in oil price since last summer caused the suspension of 46 big oil and gas projects. The worth of suspended projects in 2015 is estimated to reach about $200 billion.

    Director of Hydrocarbons, France, Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME) Sohbet Karbuz told Trend July 29 that "return of foreign companies will surely pave the way for Iran to gain its long deserved place in world oil and gas markets and become an influential player. Aside from the political and legal uncertainties concerning when all sanctions will be lifted, there is little room to doubt that Iran will be bristling with energy projects measured in triple digit billions of dollars for decades to come. However, it is too early to throw any estimate about the amount of foreign investment in the country".

    Iran and P5 1 reached a comprehensive nuclear deal on July 14, but the implementation of this deal depends on Iran-IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) cooperation around some suspected activities. Iran says the sanctions would be removed in four to six months.

    Iran had also defined a long-term (20-25 years) new model contract that it calls its integrated petroleum contract (IPC) to replace the old, less popular buyback agreements to attract foreign companies. However, itв's not clear whether IPC could compete with production sharing agreements (PSA) that is popular with companies, but is banned in Iran.

    "We are currently witnessing a speculative material inflation concerning timing and amount of foreign investment in Iranian energy sector. The amount and timing of investment flow will depend largely on attractiveness of the investment climate in Iran. After all, companies will pour money into projects only if they foresee a favorable rate of return. For this Iran will need to establish investor confidence and also overcome some major barriers, such the improvements in and amendments to the legal and fiscal framework", Karbuz said.

  • ASAN to provide services to all citizens regardless registration
    30.07.2015 13:29
    As the number of "ASAN xidmet" centers is increasing, all citizens will be served at the centers regardless of their places of registration.

    Works are being conducted in this regard. Our main problem is that there is no "ASAN xidmet" center in all regions.

    Deputy chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of Azerbaijan Republic Ulvi Mehdiyev made the remarks, APA reports. The deputy chairman said that "ASAN xidmet" centers will operate in Gabala and Masalli cities next year. "Then, regardless of places of registration, all citizens will be served at "ASAN xidmet" centers," he said.

    According to U.Mehdiyev, nine "ASAN Xidmet" centers cover 6,500,000 citizens in the republic and 5,700,000 of them benefited its service. "This means that 90 percent of the population took advantage of "ASAN Xidmet" centers' services.

    The Deputy Chairman said that 200,000 citizens were rendered service by mobile buses. "The buses cover the whole country. Mobile buses serve to citizens in 6 districts. The number of mobile buses reached 10", he said.
  • Foreign Office: UK against Iran's interference in intв'l affairs of Gulf states (exclusive)
    30.07.2015 13:28
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    UK hopes, and expects, that nuclear agreement will herald a step-change in Iran's relations with its neighbours and with the international community, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman Katrina Hawkins told Trend.

    She was commenting on the future perspectives that Iran's nuclear deal could open for the Great Britain and regional countries.

    Hawkins said the UK recognises the concern in the region about Iran's historic pattern of regional activity.

    "We will maintain our clear position in support of the Gulf states and against Iranian interference in their internal affairs," said Hawkins.

    If Iran adheres to its commitments under the comprehensive deal and sanctions are lifted, then the UK Government will help business take advantage of the opportunities that arise, she added.

    According to her, until the IAEA has verified Iran's actions on its nuclear programme, sanctions will remain in place and will continue to be enforced rigorously.

    Iran and P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) reached a historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program July 14.

    The negotiations ended with adoption of a joint comprehensive action plan. If Iran carries out this plan, the economic and financial sanctions earlier imposed on it by the UN Security Council, the US and EU will be lifted.

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  • Azerbaijani woman, 24, gives birth to triplet
    30.07.2015 13:28
    A woman in Azerbaijan has given birth to triplet babies at Republican Perinatal Center.

    Shirvan city resident Bakhshaliyeva Elnare Elman qizi (1991) on Wednesday bore triplet babies - a girl and two boys, APA's Mil-Mughan bureau reported. The woman delivered the babies in a cesarian operation. One of the newborns weighs 2.5kg and the other two 2.4kg.

    Doctors said the babies were in good condition.
  • Baku: U.S. pretending to be "global custodian" of human rights evokes irony
    30.07.2015 13:27
    ''Deep concern'' of the U.S. Department of State, aimed at interference in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan is another vivid example of double standards''.

    Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hikmet Hajiyev has commented on the statement of the U.S. Department of State regarding Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    Hajiyev said that the "deep concern" of the U.S. Department of State, that is turning a blind eye to a number of cases causing concern in the region, as well as flagrant violations of human rights like brutal beating and arrest of peaceful protesters, politicizing any particular criminal case, is another vivid example of double standards and aimed at interference in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan.

    "The rule of law has been fully provided in democratic Azerbaijan and no one is persecuted for his political activities and opinions. Such biased statements on any criminal case without the judgment of the court are nothing more than unwarranted interference in its course.

    Ironically, the "deep concern" of the U.S. State Department has never covered the mass violation of rights of more than one million Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons deprived of fundamental rights as a result of the Armenian aggression.

    The U.S. pretending to be a "global custodian" of human rights in the background of the police brutality and systematic racial discrimination that engulfed the whole country, long-term extrajudicial detention and tortures in Guantanamo prison, eavesdropping operations carried out across the country and even against its close allies at the global level by ignoring its obligations arising from the universal declaration on human rights, as well as its commitments undertaken within the framework of international organizations, including OSCE, and in violation of other countries' sovereignty, the extrajudicial killings through drones and such a number of other problems only evokes irony", said Hikmet Hajiyev.

    Bureau of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of State expressed its deep concern over restrictions on the activities of civil societies in Azerbaijan, arrests of journalists and activists and urged the Azerbaijani authorities to respect the universal rights of citizens.
  • Iranв's monitoring of Araz River a routine, relation to health issues needs more data
    30.07.2015 13:27
    Tehran, Iran, July 29

    By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

    An Iranian official says the country's monitoring of the Araz River comes as a part of a routine monitoring program defined by the Environment Organization.

    Recently there were worrying reports that the river's pollution has caused health issues in nearby areas and that Iran has started a special monitoring operation.

    Mohammad Javad Soroush, director of the Iranian Environment Organization's Water and Soil Office said early July that the Environment Department of Ardabil Province, northern Iran , has been given the mission to monitor the river for pollutants. He said the monitoring mission comes in response to reports that nuclear and aluminum waste from the neighboring country Armenia is spilled into the river and has caused a hike in cancer rates in people living around the river.

    As for monitoring Araz River , there has been a regulation passed in 2010 which orders the launch of a special committee for monitoring the river, Shina Ansari, director of Pervasive Monitoring at the Organization of Environment told Trend July 29.

    Monitoring concerns five areas of microbes, heavy metals, chemicals and hyd

    rocarbons, pesticides and fertilizers, as well as the hydro-chemical parameters of the water, according to Ansari.

    "We carry out periodical samplings in three northwest Iranian provinces of East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, and Ardabil . The Regional Water Company and the Ministry of Energy also conduct similar monitoring operations in their areas of concern," she said.

    "As for reports about a hike in cancer rates, the monitoring would be within the province of the Ministry of Health since it is a health issue. However, the Environment Organization provides the Health Ministry with data that would be of use. But more data is needed to prove the relation."

    The Pervasive Monitoring office, according to the director, has special programs for identifying pollution sources and devising plans to reduce the pollution.

    "We identify and classify pollution sources along the Araz River from Turkey to Armenia . The data provided, plus those gathered by the Ministry of Energy, are jointly used in decision-makings. For example, during the cultivation season we monitor pollution related to pesticides and fertilizers.

    Or, because there are copper mines in some areas in the vicinity of the river, in those locations heavy metal tests are carried out," she stated.

    Head of the Organization of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar on February 26 expressed concern about the industrial pollution of Araz River generated in Armenia , asking for the neighboring country to take measures to stop a catastrophe.

    Armenia claimed it had built a wastewater recycling plant beside the Zangezur copper factory in February 2014 to prevent the river's pollution, but the industrial pollution of river has continued into the present.

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  • US National Endowment for Democracy on Russia's list of undesirable NGOs
    30.07.2015 13:26
    The Fund has become the first undesirable international organization in Russia.

    Russia's Justice Ministry has included the US National Endowment for Democracy into the list of foreign and international non-governmental organizations whose activity is undesirable in Russia, according to a statement posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday, ITAR TASS reports.

    The National Endowment for Democracy was included into this list pursuant to a decision by Deputy Prosecutor-General Vladimir Malinovsky, which was announced on Tuesday.

    The Fund has become the first undesirable international organization in Russia.

    "Everything complies with our laws," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said commenting the decision to include the National Endowment for Democracy into the Russian Justice Ministry list of undesirable organizations.

    On July 28, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office qualified the activities of the US National Endowment for Democracy as undesirable in the territory of Russia.

    After a detailed analysis, Russian prosecutors concluded that the activities of the National Endowment for Democracy undermined the foundations of Russia's constitutional order; the country's defense capability and the security of the Russian state.

    According to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the National Endowment for Democracy used Russian commercial and non-commercial organizations under its control to take part in campaigns aimed at denying the legitimacy of results of Russian elections; organize political actions designed to influence the authorities' decisions and discredit the service in the Russian Armed Forces.

    "In pursuit of these goals, the fund allocated about 2.5 million US dollars to Russian commercial and non-commercial organizations in 2013-2015," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

    Russia's law on undesirable organizations adopted in spring 2015 said that any foreign or international non-governmental organization could become undesirable if it threatened the foundations of Russia's constitutional order, the country's defense capability and the security of the Russian state.

    Undesirable organizations are forbidden to create subsidiaries and spread their information materials in Russia.

    Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that most projects of the National Endowment for Democracy were aimed at destabilizing the internal situation in countries that pursued an independent policy.

    "Profound concerns of the US State Department over the future of Russian civil society in connection with a decision to recognize the activities of the US National Endowment for Democracy fund to be undesirable in the territory of Russia is clearly hypocritical," the Russian Foreign Ministry said adding that Washington was supposed to know better than anybody else what is hidden behind the organization's deceptive name.

    "It is a non-governmental organization only on paper. In reality, it has got its money from the US budget, including funds allocated by intelligence bodies, ever since its foundation," the ministry stressed.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry recalled the words of Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy, who said - absolutely openly - that the organization was intended to be a beautiful faР·ade for distributing funds among opposition circles in foreign countries.

    "The deeds of the fund which is preoccupied with servicing US foreign policy interests speak for themselves," the Russian diplomats said. "The analysis of concrete projects shows that most of them are aimed at destabilizing by various means the internal situation in countries that pursue an independent policy in accordance with their own national interests rather than on orders from Washington," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    Russia appreciates and supports the activities of organizations that are engaged in constructive work, including the promotion of democracy, which is in demand by Russian society. "However, we will never tolerate any mentorship and open interference in our internal affairs on the part of foreign organizations," the Russian Foreign Ministry concluded.

    National Endowment for Democracy became the first undesirable international organization in Russia following a decision of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office made on July 28. The US State Department said that Russia's decision was arousing profound concerns over the future of civil society in Russia.
  • Armenians fire on residential and sowing areas along frontline in Terter
    30.07.2015 13:26
    Armenian Armed Forces continued violating ceasefire along the frontline yesterday.

    The enemy side fired on the Azerbaijani positions from mortar launchers and large-caliber machine guns, APA's Karabakh bureau reported.

    The Armenians targeted Gapanli village of Terter district. The houses in the village were fired from submachine gun and machine guns. There are no dead and injured among the local residents.

    The village residents told APA that a number of shells fell on the sowing areas and near the village.
  • Azerbaijan to produce "Euro-5" gasoline in 2018
    30.07.2015 10:31
    State OIl Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) will carry out the production of Ai-92 and Ai-95 gasoline in accordance with environmental standards of "Euro-5" from 2018., the Baku Oil Refinery general engineer Nail Amirov said.

    "According to the established program, Ai- 92 and Ai-95 gasoline will be processed in standards of "Euro-5", he stressed, AzerTag reports.

    "The decision was made on producing Ai-92 gasoline by the plant of April, 2014. Ai-95 gasoline demand was decided to provide the imports. Today "Euro 5" is considered the ecologically cleanest gasoline. The reason for the decision is due to protecting the environment. The major consumers of petrol in the country are Ai-92 gasoline users."

    According to Amirov, in 2020 all products will be produced in standards "Euro-5".
  • Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia invited to Azerbaijan
    30.07.2015 10:08
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30


    Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II has been invited to Azerbaijan, the Caucasian Muslims Office said July 29.

    This invitation has been delivered by Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, the chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office, during a meeting with Gerasim Sharashenidze, Metropolitan of the Georgian Orthodox Church, the head of the department of international relations of the Patriarchate of Georgia.

    Pashazade expressed his confidence that this visit will be valuable for the development of good neighborly relations in the Caucasus, friendship and brotherhood of Azerbaijani and Georgian peoples.

    Sharashenidze has considered a sample of religious tolerance among the followers of different religions in Azerbaijan as a valuable example.

    He stressed that those who want to harm the relations of friendship and brotherhood between the two nations will not achieve it.

    During the meeting the sides discussed the fruitful cooperation between the Caucasian Muslims Office and the Patriarchate of Georgia and prospects of their development.

    Dmitry Kapanadze, the new bishop of the Xornabuji and Ereti Diocese, Teymuraz Sharashenidze, Georgian ambassador to Azerbaijan and Mufti Salman Musayev, the first deputy chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office attended the meeting.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 80 times within 24 hours
    30.07.2015 10:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30


    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 84 times by using heavy machine guns and mortars in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said July 30.

    Armenian armed forces located in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh district.

    Azerbaijani positions located in the village of Kokhanebi of Tovuz district took fire from the positions located in the village of Chinari of Armenia's Berd district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions located on the nameless heights of Gadabay district underwent fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy district.

    Another ceasefire violation came from the positions located near the villages of Talish, Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulustan of Goranboy district, Chileburt, Yarimja, Goyarkh, Gizil Oba, Chayli of Terter, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Kengerli of Aghdam, Kuropatkino of Khojavend, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli of Fizuli and Mehdili of Jabrayil district.

    Meanwhile, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavend, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Alstomв's locomotives creating buzz in Kazakhstan
    30.07.2015 10:03
    Some places mark you forever. Astana is one of these. In the heart of the steppes, the Kazakh capital spreads its tentacles, ribbons of sinuous bitumen and straight railroads that connect it far and wide. Since 2014, Alstom's KZ8A locomotives have been hauling immense freight convoys, transporting up to 9,000 tons of minerals per train.

    Since April 2015, KZ8A's little sister, KZ4AT, has been transporting passengers on the Astana-Kokshetau line. Both were designed - in just 19 months in the case of KZ8A - by the French Belfort site which produced the first 25 KZ8A and is finalizing the first 20 KZ4AT, the following locomotives will be issued from the local site of EKZ, a joint venture held by Alstom, TMH** and KTZ***.

    It's here, in the suburbs of Astana, that Uzbek journalist Alo Khodjaev wrote The Locomotives of Progress, a report which won the first prize of the competition "Kazakhstan through the eyes of the international press". Organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the country's national union of journalists, the competition serves as a first-rate showcase for the region. "To be honest, I was impressed. I had never seen such big, modern workshops; there's a very positive industrial dynamic here in Kazakhstan," he writes.

    "The powerful upswing of our activities here is being confirmed", says Bernard Peille, Managing Director for Kazakhstan. "Our cooperation with Belfort is very good. We have to deliver the first KZ8A "made in Astana" to our client at the end of August. Our industrial plan includes the delivery of 9 extra ones by the end of 2016."

    The freight giant is proving very useful to KTZ "which uses them extensively for their capacity to considerably increase the tonnage per convoy compared to the old Russian VL80 locomotives," continues Bernard.

    "The cherry on the cake: the drivers adore it, which is a major plus point." KZ8A and KZ4AT are perfectly adapted to the landscape of the steppes where the temperatures oscillate between -50deg;C and 40deg;C. Via EKZ, which is in charge of maintaining the entire locomotive fleet (including 27 locomotives designed by a Chinese competitor), Alstom is particularly well positioned in Kazakhstan, a country of immense potential and a true corridor connecting Europe and Asia.

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  • Russia's Putin says opposes MH17 tribunal ahead of U.N. vote
    30.07.2015 09:48
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he opposed the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, hours before a U.N. vote on such a proposal, Reuters reports.

    Putin's comment was the latest to indicate Russia may block moves at the United Nations, co-sponsored by the Netherlands, to set up a U.N.-backed tribunal into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014.

    Kiev and many Western countries accuse pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine of shooting down the plane with a Russian-made missile, charges Moscow denies.

    All 298 people on board, the majority of them Dutch, were killed and the Netherlands is leading an international investigation into the incident.

    "The Russian president confirmed the unchanging position that it is inexpedient to create such a judicial body," the Kremlin said in a statement following a phone call between Putin and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

    The Dutch, along with Malaysia, Australia and most Western countries, are pushing for the tribunal, which they say would have the authority to investigate impartially and demand the extradition of suspects, whichever country might be harboring them.

    Russia has said setting up a tribunal before investigations are complete would risk further politicizing the incident. Putin also regretted that Russia's own draft resolution, which demands justice for the victims but does not establish a tribunal, did not win the U.N. Security Council's backing.

    The Netherlands said in a statement that it believed a tribunal would be the best way of achieving impartial justice.

    "In order to avoid the risk of politicizing justice, it is best to set up the tribunal before deciding what the circumstances of the crash were," the Dutch government said.

    The downing of the plane triggered a new round of Western economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, and deepened the worst stand-off between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended.

    More than 6,500 people have been killed in more than 15 months of fighting in east Ukraine between the rebels and forces loyal to Kiev.
  • Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss expansion of relations in field of religion
    30.07.2015 09:38
    Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli has met a Georgian delegation led by head of the foreign department of the Georgian Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Georgian Orthodox Church Gerasim Sharashenidze.

    They discussed ways of developing cooperation and relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia, particularly in the field of religion.

    Georgian ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze was also present at the meeting.
  • Azerbaijani Army shoots down another Armenian drone - VД°DEO - ESSION
    30.07.2015 09:34
    The incident took place in the Aghdam direction

    Baku. Agha Jafarli - APA. A DJI Inspire1 (Quadcopter) drone belonging to the Armenian Armed Forces has been timely detected and shot down while carrying out a flight over the positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has said, APA reported.

    Note that, the Azerbaijani Army had previously downed several other drones of the Armenian Armed Forces.
  • Two terrorists killed in army operation in east
    30.07.2015 09:29
    Two PKK terrorists were killed in a counter-terrorism operation in eastern Turkey on Wednesday after three soldiers were injured in a rocket attack, the local authority said.

    A statement from the office of Agri province's governor said two terrorists were also injured in the army operation, Anadolu agency reports.

    Earlier, a rocket attack on an armored vehicle patrolling the Dogubayazit-Gurbulak highway near Karaburun village resulted in the soldiers being treated in hospital. The governor's offfice said Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists were thought to be behind the attack.

    Turkey's military and police have been hit by a number of attacks over the past week following the Daesh-linked suicide bombing in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, that killed 32 people on July 20.
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