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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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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

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    The expansion of ties with the Russian Federation's entities is very important for Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry Niyazi Safarov said.

    Safarov made this statement at the Azerbaijani-Russian business meeting in Baku on May 26.

    Safarov said that Azerbaijan has already been cooperating with 78 entities of Russia and intends to develop these relations.

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  • Industrial districts to be controlled
    26.05.2015 12:17
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Industrial districts in Azerbaijan will be managed by special organizations, the Cabinet of Ministers decided.

    This was noted in the approval of "Exemplary provision on industrial districts" published in the official press on May 21.

    The document notes that the objectives of industrial districts are providing an enabling environment for small and medium-sized businesses operating in the field of industry and services, increasing employment in the service sector.

    "Industrial districts can be created on land owned by the state and municipalities. The decision on creation of industrial districts on the land owned by the state and municipalities is approved by the Azerbaijani president based on the proposals of the Economy and Industry Ministry,'' the document read.

    Land of municipalities can be involved under industrial districts based on the rental agreement or the provisions of the Civil Code of Azerbaijan, the decision further noted.

    The document said a managing organization under the auspices of the Economy and Industry Ministry is engaged in the organization, management and development of industrial districts.

    The Ministry will also prepare an annual report and submit it to the head of state.

    A member of the industrial district cannot transfer lands to rent or use them for purposes other than those specified in the lease. An industrial district is eliminated in case no agreement on business activities is concluded within five years from the date of the decision on the establishment of an industrial district.

    Elimination of the industrial district does not entail the elimination of the managing organization and does not prevent the continuation of the activities of all legal entities and individual entrepreneurs on the territory.

    Earlier, the country put forward an idea stipulating the development of industrial districts and parks in the country.

    Today, Azerbaijan is developing two industrial parks in Bakuв's suburb and in the second biggest industrial city of the country - Sumgayit.

    The first industrial district will be created in the Neftchala region. The district was established for the development of the non-oil industry by creating commercial and processing enterprises to promote small and medium entrepreneurship.

    A ten-hectare big area was allocated for this purpose in Neftchala. The district will have all the needed conditions including internal and outer infrastructures.

    The State Program for the Development of Industry in 2015-2020 says Azerbaijan will establish some industrial parks in Ganja and Mingachevir cities in 2015-2018.

    Azerbaijan will also create favorable conditions for other countries to participate in the industrial parks.
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  • Loan worth $212M allocated for Turkeyв's Petlim LimancД±lД±k
    26.05.2015 12:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Turkey's Akbank allocated a loan of $212 million to Petlim LimancД±lД±k A. Ећ., where the Turkish petrochemical holding, Petkim, holds a 70 percent share, Turkey's Public Disclosure Platform (Kamuoyunu AydД±nlatma Platformu, KAP) said May 26.

    The loan is allocated for a period of 13 years to finance the company's projects.

    "In the first three years, the company is exempted from the payment of the loan," said KAP.

    In March 2013, Petkim and the Dutch company APM Terminals inked an agreement for the construction of a container port with a capacity of 1.5 million TEU.

    The project cost is $400 million. APM Terminals will have the right to manage the port for 28 years.

    The new port's capacity will exceed that of the Alsancak port by about 50 percent. Depending on the market needs, the port's capacity in the future is planned to be increased to three million TEU.

    Petkim Petrokimya Holding manufactures plastic packages, fabrics, PVC and detergents. It is the sole Turkish producer manufacturing such products. The company exports a quarter of its goods.

    SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.Ећ. and SOCAR International DMCC OGG acquired a 10.32 percent stake in Petkim, increasing SOCAR's stake in the complex to 61.32 percent. Some 38.67 percent of the shares are in free circulation in the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

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  • Rouhani says Iranians support co-op with world
    26.05.2015 12:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Majority of Iranians support the path of peace and cooperation with the entire world, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said.

    He further said that the violence and extremism period is over, Iran's State IRINN TV reported live on May 26.

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  • Euronews demonstrates Lahij district episode as part of reports about Azerbaijan
    26.05.2015 12:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    Euronews TV channel has completed a series of reports about Azerbaijan by demonstrating an episode about the Lahij district.

    Lahij is a copper area of Azerbaijan, the center of ancient crafts, the episode says.

    "Azerbaijani life" episode invites viewers to review the craftsmen of Lahij, as well as the history of this district.

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  • Turkmenistan ratifies deal with Kazakhstan on Caspian Seaв's delimitation
    26.05.2015 12:05
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 26

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    Turkmenistan's parliament, the Majlis, reviewed and approved a draft decree on ratification of the agreement of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan on Caspian Sea's delimitation between the two countries, Turkmen government said May 26.

    The deal itself was inked November 7, 2014, to "ensure favorable conditions for realization of sovereign rights on the development and use of resources of the bottom and subsoil of the Caspian Sea."

    The document expresses conviction that the agreement will facilitate to the further strengthening of the good-neighbourliness and the development of mutually beneficial and equal cooperation between the parties.

    The document also said the bottom and subsoil of the Caspian Sea are delimited between the parties along the line, which is based on the median line taking into account the principles and norms of international law, as well as the parties' agreement.

    The parties, in line with international and national environmental norms, requirements and standards, exercise sovereign rights within their sections of the bottom for the purpose of exploration, development and use of the resources of the bottom and subsoil of the Caspian Sea.

    They also exercise sovereign rights for the laying of cables and pipelines under the Caspian Sea, the creation of artificial islands, berms, dams, piers, platforms and other engineering structures, as well as for carrying out other legitimate economic activities on the bottom.

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  • Iran to invest $200bn in oil sector
    26.05.2015 12:05
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    Iranв's deputy petroleum minister says his country has planned massive investment in oil and gas projects during post-sanction era.

    Amir Hossein Zamaninia pointed to Iran's plans for massive investment in energy sector saying the petroleum ministry seeks to spend USD200 billion within the coming six years, PressTV reports.

    Iran will become the central point for gas and oil projects in the world after the sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program are totally lifted, he said.

    "If the sanctions are lifted, Iran will turn into a central point for oil and gas projects," Zamaninia was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.

    The Iranian official also expressed the hope that the international sanctions against Iran would be removed within 6 months if Tehran and the group P 5 1 sign a nuclear by June 30.

    Iran and the P5 1 group - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany - wrapped up their latest round of talks in Vienna on May 22 in another effort to narrow the remaining differences and pave the way for a possible final nuclear deal.

    The two sides are currently working to reach a final accord on Iran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    They reached a mutual understanding on the parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - as the potential comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is called - in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) walking with Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanageneh (L) at phase 12 of the South Pars gas field facilities in the southern Iranian port of Assaluyeh on March 17, 2015.

    Zamaninia said the Iranian petroleum officials have already held talks with their counterparts from several countries including Germany, Italy, France, Austria, and Brazil over the presence of foreign oil giants in Iran during the post-sanction era.

    Iran's current oil production is estimated to be around 2.7 million barrels per day but officials have already emphasized that the country would increase production by an extra 1 million barrels per day after sanctions are lifted.
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  • Armenians fail to bring Samsung to Karabakh
    26.05.2015 12:04
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    World-famous Samsung has decided to quit Armenia.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Armenian Aravot website that the former head of the official representation of Samsung in Armenia Andranik Shahbazyan clarified the reasons of the decision.

    "Everything was going well until the end of 2014 when the top management of Samsung decided to create an independent Caucasus office which would in turn become part of the big CIS representation. It was decided to create the Caucasus office in Baku".

    As for whether the rights of the Armenian office employees were violated, Shahbazyan said:

    "Once we helped a firm, which was cooperating with Samsung in lsquo;Stepanakert' (Khankandi-ed.) and selling their production, to re-equip its shop. We brought the Samsung representative, a Korean native, to Karabakh, he agreed, the opening took place and the project succeeded.

    But when the process of the shift of the office to Azerbaijan started, the head of the Baku office, also a Korean native, said that the Samsung sign board must be removed off the shop because Azerbaijani press published articles that the company has an official office in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.

    I answered that I will not do it. It was not my initiative, I did not do it without notification, this was the project which received an approval. It was against my moral principles and the general principles of business. The incident proved that though the heads of the Baku office are Koreans, the two Koreans cannot but fall under the lobbying of other 50 Azerbaijani employees".
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  • Education system can see changes
    26.05.2015 11:10
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Azerbaijan has a much potential when it comes to private sector development in the education system, said Mikayil Jabbarov, Azerbaijanв's minister of education on Monday.

    He said that one percent of the total secondary school enrollment in the country is currently studying in the private sector. The minister believes that it is wrong to consider education as an issue, the implementation of which is fully attributable to the government. The private sector development will mean that new additional resources will gravitate toward the education system and this will lead to better results.

    The format and scope of cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in connection with the transition to a 12-year education system in Azerbaijan will be determined in the future during discussions, he said.

    The minister believes by preparing highly qualified specialists and making education more accessible to the entire population, the Azerbaijani government is committed to bringing the country's education system in line with international standards.

    Jabbarov also noted that in 2013 a presidential decree approved the "National Strategy for the Development of Education", which also reflected the issue of the transition to a 12-year education system.

    "Sustainability and progress both depend on the quality of our human capital. Each country has human capital which can help increase success in any field. The main way to develop such potential is of course education. This system is based on values and the transfer of knowledge and skills from generation to generation. Azerbaijan has changed from one socio-economic system to another and it also requires a new approach to education,'' the minister said.

    A 12-year-educational system is a transitional tool for today's students which will enable them to better integrate the labor market, Jabbarov also stressed.
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  • People with disabilities to have free access to European Games
    26.05.2015 11:08
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    Baku 2015 has announced that all venues for the upcoming European Games will be fully accessible for persons with a disability or impairment.

    Accessibility has been a priority since the very beginning of the development process for the 18 Games venues; from specific drop-off zones to teams specially trained in mobility assistance, Baku 2015 will meet relevant international standards, website for BEGOC reports.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We have made it a top priority to accommodate the needs of our guests with disabilities. It is our belief that the needs of these visitors should simply be an extension of the same courtesies that we offer to all spectators.

    "One of the legacies of the European Games is that the planning and development put into increasing accessibility for these Games will continue to benefit the city after Baku 2015, allowing Azerbaijan to meet international standards for the events it will hold in the future, such as the Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017."

    Last week, Baku 2015 welcomed Paralympic gold medallist Nick Morris to Baku for a full review of the venues. Mr Morris is an accredited accessibility consultant with the Accessibility Consultants Association. After consulting for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he became an expert accessibility advisor for the International Paralympic Committee from 2004 - 2012 and numerous Games Organising Committees.

    "All spectators, including those people who have a disability or are elderly, are able to come and enjoy the ceremonies and sport of the first European Games in Baku. Accessible transport and venues are being provided that include an accessible park and ride, accessible drop-off, toilets, concessions and merchandise outlets, and accessible seating for you and your companion," explained Mr Morris.

    Dedicated ticketing policy

    In the spirit of equal opportunities and access for all, Baku 2015 is providing complimentary tickets for spectators with accessibility needs and their companions for all sporting sessions. Complimentary tickets will be available through Baku 2015 city ticket outlets. Spectators indicating accessibility needs during their ticket purchase will be allocated an accessible seating area or provided with a wheelchair space.
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  • Larijani reinstated as Iran's parliament speaker
    26.05.2015 11:07
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    Iranian lawmakers have elected Ali Larijani as the speaker of Iran's parliament for the fourth consecutive year.

    Larijani was elected as the speaker by getting 205 out of 263 votes cast during the parliament open session on May 26, IRNA news agency reported.

    Another candidate, Rohollah Hosseinian, received 36, while 22 lawmakers abstained.

    Following the vote, Larijani expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for reelecting him for the fourth consecutive year as Majlis speaker.

    Larijani has been Iran's parliament speaker since 2008.

    Larijani was secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council before being elected as a lawmaker in the parliament. He also served as head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting for 10 years during 1994-2004.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 65 times within 24 hours
    26.05.2015 11:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Armenia armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 65 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said May 26.

    Armenian armed forces, located in the village of Chinari of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Kokhanebi of the Tovuz district.

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

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

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Chayli, Chileburt, Goyarkh of the Terter district, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Shikhlar, Yusifjanli of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavend district, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Garakhanbeyli of the Fizuli district and Mehdili of the Jabrail district.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Jabrail, Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavend and Fizuli 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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  • Baku to host energy exhibition
    26.05.2015 11:05
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    The exhibition will be attended by over 300 companies.

    From 2 to 5 June the Baku Expo Centre will host the 22th International Exhibition and Conference "Caspian Oil and Gas 2015", the largest event of the energy sector of the Caspian region.

    According to Oxu.Az, As an internationally recognised platform and a major event in the oil and gas industry in the region, for over 20 years the exhibition and conference have attracted the most senior level directorsto discuss key oil and gas projects in the Caspian region and to ensure energy security.

    Over 300 companies will take part in the upcoming Caspian Oil and Gas exhibition.

    The exhibition will consist of the following topics: new technologies in oil extraction and energy resource transportation, storage systems for oil and gas, current and future oil and gas projects in the region and other important fields.

    For the first time ever,Caspian Oil and Gas will host the art exhibition "The Nobel Brothers and Baku Oil. The Prize" sponsored by BP.

    The collection has been created on the initiative of the National Art Museum of Azerbaijan and the organisers of Caspian Oil and Gas, Iteca Caspian to celebrate 135 years since the Nobel brothers' oil company was founded in Azerbaijan.

    The International Caspian Oil and Gas Conference, which is an important part of the business programme, will be held at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku hotel from the 3 to 4 June. It will be attended by more than 500 delegates from more than 30 countries.

    More than 50 representatives of state bodies, leading experts in the oil and gas industry and chief executives of major oil and gas companies from different countries will speak at the conference.

    The organisers of the exhibition and conference are ITE Group and its partner Iteca Caspian.
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  • Iran summons Saudi envoy over attack on embassy in Yemen
    26.05.2015 11:04
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    Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's chargeacute; d'affaires in Tehran to protest against a rocket attack near the Iranian Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

    Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Saudi diplomat, currently Riyadh's most senior diplomat in Tehran on May 25 night and asked him to remind the Saudi Arabia authorities to perform their duties regarding the protection of the diplomats and diplomatic areas, Iran's IRNA news agency reported

    Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the attack on the Iranian Embassy, saying that Tehran deems attacks and threats on security of diplomatic places and diplomats as a 'flagrant violation of international conventions.'

    Two rockets were dropped earlier in the day in the vicinity of the embassy compound in southwest Sanaa, which shattered the windows of the building.

    Iran recognizes Saudi Arabia as the 'aggressor state' in Yemen and Riyadh will be held directly responsible for any incident that 'may hamper Iranian Embassy's diplomatic efforts' in the country.

    Saudi Arabia accuses Tehran of having helped the Yemeni Houthi group topple the country's former government and taking control over the country. Iran denies the involvement.

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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenians violate ceasefire 65 times
    26.05.2015 11:04
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    Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire 65 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Alibeyli village of Tovuz district from the posts in Aygepar village of Berd district, positions in nameless uplands of Gedebey district from the posts in nameless uplands of Armenia's Krasnoselsk district.

    Armenians fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Chilaburt, Chayli and Goyarkh villages of Terter, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Ashaghi Seyidahmedli villages of Fuzuli district and nameless uplands of Goygol, Khojavand, Jabrayil and Fuzuli districts.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • ErdoДџan blasts New York Times: '˜Who are you? Know your placeв'
    26.05.2015 11:03
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan has slammed a recent New York Times editorial as ''shameless,'' calling on the U.S. daily to ''know its place.''

    "Who are you? Can you write such a thing [writing a critical editorial] against the U.S. administration? If you do, [the administration] would immediately do what is necessary," ErdoДџan said during a panel organized by a think-tank in Istanbul on May 25, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "A certain media group in Turkey tries to sustain its tutelage by taking support from certain places. The new constitution and switching to a presidential system will eternally seal the path of these coup-makers," he added, describing the editorial as "meddling in Turkey's affairs."

    In its editorial on May 22, the New York Times noted that ErdoДџan had a long history of intimidating and co-opting the Turkish media, but new alarms were set off this week when criminal complaints were filed against the editors of daily Hürriyet over a headline on its website.

    "Mr. ErdoДџan appears increasingly hostile to truth-telling. The United States and Turkey's other NATO allies should be urging him to turn away from this destructive path," the editorial read.

    Hürriyet addressed ErdoДџan to defend its independent line in an editorial on May 19. "If you mean that we are afraid of defending our right to freedom of the press, free speech and freedom to criticize, which are all guaranteed by the constitution, then you should know that we will defend these freedoms with no fear," the daily said.

    On May 22, members of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI)'s Executive Board called on ErdoДџan and his supporters in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to "immediately halt a disingenuous campaign of vilification against the DoДџan Media Group and its daily newspaper Hürriyet."

    This is not the first time that ErdoДџan has targeted the New York Times. He had also slammed the U.S. daily for a September 2014 story claiming that Turkey is one of the biggest sources of recruits for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
    5
  • Baku to host Azerbaijani-Austrian business forum
    26.05.2015 10:13
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    A delegation led by Austrian Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Economy Bernadette Gierlinger will visit Baku on June 3.

    The Azerbaijani-Austrian business forum will be held as part of the visit, Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) said.

    The business forum will be organized by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry. The representatives of about 15 Austrian companies will attend the forum.

    According to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Austria amounted to $203.4 million in January-April 2015 or by 27.76 percent more compared to the same period of 2014. Some $163.01 million accounted for the export of Azerbaijani goods to Austria in January-April 2015.

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  • Iran sees Pakistanв's insecure Gwadar port as good chance to boost trade via its own port
    26.05.2015 10:12
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    Tehran, Iran, May 25

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the insecure Gwadar port in Pakistan offers a good opportunity for Iran to develop its Chabahar port into a transit hub to Central Asia.

    Sayyari said Iran's coastline, which comprise one third of the country's borders, offer a unique opportunity for the country to expand its maritime trade, IRNA news agency reported May 25.

    He cautioned that Iran's most prominent coastline between Bandar Abbas and Chabahar has shrunk in population, calling for more attention to those areas and similar places around the country.

    Chabahar is our most important port in the area, which can link Iran to Central Asian countries and connect those countries to free waters, he stressed.

    Chabahar, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province is a free port on the coast of the Gulf of Oman.

    Chabahar is Iran's closest and best access point to the Indian Ocean. For this reason, the port is the focal point of Iranian development of the east of the country through expansion and enhancement of transit routes among countries situated in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and Central Asia.

    Iran confirmed signing a memorandum of understanding with India to develop a strategic port in the Sea of Oman.

    According to a May 11 report released by Iran Ministry of Roads and Urban Development's official website, the MoU to develop Chabahar port's two phases is worth $195 million.

    India would invest $85 million and $110 million in the first and second phases respectively.

    In the meantime, Iran has China as a rival that is investing heavily in Pakistan. China, in April, announced its $46 billion investment in Pakistan.

    The important point in the agreement is establishing roads and railways from Gwadar near border areas to Kashgar town in northwest of China in one side and linking Gwadar in Pakistan to China's western Xinjiang region. On the other hand, China will have opportunity to connect directly through a 3000 km railroad to the Indian Ocean. China wants to invest about $3.69 billion in roads and $5.9 billion in railway projects in Pakistan.

    Edited by CN

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  • Elmar Mammadyarov meets Dmitriy Rogozin
    26.05.2015 10:10
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    Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met deputy chairman of the Russian government, co-chair of the Russian-Azerbaijan intergovernmental commission Dmitriy Rogozin.

    Oxu.Az reports citing AzerTag that during the meeting Rogozin said he plans a trip to Baku to watch the sporting facilities built in anticipation of the European Games. He noted that he is a chairman of the trustees council of the Handball Federation of Russia and chairman of the council of the Practical Shooting Federation. Rogozin expressed satisfaction that sambo contests were included into the program of the games on the initiative of the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan.

    During the meeting the interlocutors discussed the broad range of issues related to socioeconomic cooperation of the two countries.
    8
  • Milos Zeman praises Czech Republic`s partnership with Azerbaijan
    26.05.2015 09:25
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    "I am glad that Azerbaijan is expanding its economic activities in the Czech Republic."

    President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman has hailed his country`s strategic partnership with Azerbaijan. "The fact that oil from Azerbaijan covers around one-quarter of the Czech annual consumption makes it a strategic partner that contributes significantly to the diversification of our energy resources," the Czech leader told The Business Year Magazine, AzerTag reports.

    "Our partnership with Azerbaijan however goes well beyond a simple case of oil supplies. This is only one part of intensive business-to-business and government-to-government contacts in many fields including trade and investment."

    He said: "Both sides are benefiting from a great combination of traditional Czech know how and expertise in industry, transportation, and power generation, and of the astonishing Azerbaijani modernization effort. I expect a continuation of the positive trend and steady growth of trade turnover."

    Mr Zeman said: "I am glad that Azerbaijan is expanding its economic activities in the Czech Republic. We welcome Azerbaijani investment in our country and hope that there is even more to come. As for Czech Republic I hope that we will further increase not only the volume of exports but also the direct involvement and investment of Czech companies in Azerbaijan. More specifically I am convinced that we should focus mainly on the energy and infrastructure sectors."

    "We consider Azerbaijan a strategic supplier of energy not only to the Czech Republic but also to the EU as a whole. Therefore we hope that the new infrastructure will be operational as soon as possible. The Southern Gas Corridor is de facto the only project under construction that would bring new substantial energy source to the EU.
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  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates Georgian counterpart
    26.05.2015 09:25
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulated Georgian president Georgiy Margvelashvili on the Independence Day.

    According to Oxu.Az, the president's letter reads:

    "Dear Mr.President,

    On my behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I cordially congratulate you and your people on the national holiday of Georgia-Independence Day.

    Azerbaijan and Georgia are tied by centuries of friendly and good neighbor relations with deep historical roots. It is remarkable that our relations of interstate cooperation based on mutual trust and support both bilaterally and within the framework of regional and international structures have reached the level of strategic partnership.

    I am sure that our large-scale economic projects will contribute to the welfare of our nations, progress of our countries, confirmation of stability and security in the region.

    On this remarkable day I wish you a soung health, success in activity, and peace and welfare to the fraternal people of Georgia".
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  • Tornado kills at least 13 in Mexican border with U.S.
    26.05.2015 04:47
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    At least 13 people died after a violent tornado hit northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna, said a government minister on Monday, Xinhua reported.

    "Up to now 13 people have been officially confirmed dead," said Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Secretariat of the Interior's ( Segob) National Coordination for Civil Protection, via his personal Twitter account.

    In an interview with local news channel Televisa, Puente said a total of ten adults and three minors had lost their lives. Also 88 people were seriously injured, 229 with cuts and bruises and a baby was reported as missing.

    The tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, a Mexico border city in the state of Coahuila between 05:30 and 06:10 local time (10:30 and 11:10 GMT) Monday morning.

    Ciudad Acuna's mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez said a preliminary evaluation of the damage showed that 300 houses had been destroyed and approximately 1,500 houses were seriously affected.

    The fierce winds swept up vehicles, pulled off roofs, uprooted electricity masts and trees and also damaged other materials.

    Sergio Almazan, a geologist, said the tornado was marked category 4 on the EF (Enhanced Fujita) scale with winds of up to 320 kilometers (198 miles) per hour.

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said: "Temporary shelters have been set up for those whose houses are severely damaged," in a Twitter post.

    The president also said the Emergency Management Office is working with Coahuila's government to help the affected families.

    Staff from Coahuila's state Civil Protection unit and soldiers from the Mexican Army are helping the affected population and assessing the damage.

    Tornadoes are formed by a collision between two air masses, one warm and wet from the seas and the other cold and dry from the poles. This causes a reaction in the form of convection which leads to powerful spinning storms.

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  • Attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 26
    26.05.2015 04:01
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    At least 26 people, including a six-member family, were killed in Afghanistan on Monday in two separate attacks, Anadolu reported.

    A car bomb killed at least six members of the same family in the country's southern province Kandahar late Monday.

    Kandahar governorate spokesperson Samim Hepelvak said that a roadside bomb was detonated when the family's vehicle was passing the Shah Wali Kot's district road located in Kandahar's north.

    Hepelvak blamed Taliban for the attack. Taliban has yet to comment.

    Separately, the militant group launched early Monday an extensive armed assault against Afghan police officers and soldiers in Helmand province's northern district of Nawzad.

    Local sources claimed that at least 20 security officials, including police and troops, were killed.

    Taliban militants have intensified their attacks in city centers and on Afghan security forces' outposts as part of their spring offensive which began in April.

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  • 3 dead, more than 2,000 evacuated after storms hit two southern U.S. states
    26.05.2015 03:39
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    Strong storms hit Texas and Oklahoma, two southern U.S. states, over the weekend, leaving three people dead, 12 missing and more than 2,000 others homeless, Xinhua reported.

    In Texas, the second largest U.S. state, the cities of San Marcos and Wimberley in the central region suffered extensive damage following Saturday's torrential rain that forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from their homes, leaving 12 missing, according to the Houston Chronicle.

    Authorities estimated that as many as 1,300 homes in the two cities were damaged by the storms, and that at least 67 were completely destroyed.

    On Monday, authorities are still searching for the 12 missing people, including four adults and a 4-year-old boy from a family that is missing near Wimberley. A man's body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River between the state's capital of Austin and the central city of San Antonio.

    In southwest Houston on Sunday, two people were sent to hospital for treatment and hundreds of people were left homeless after a tornado struck an apartment complex that partly collapsed.

    Meanwhile, heavy rain also swept across the neighboring state of Oklahoma on Saturday night and Sunday, causing floods, forcing evacuations and leading to at least two deaths.

    Authorities warned that the two states will have more storms in the coming days

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  • Turkish carmaker extends olive branch to workers on strike
    26.05.2015 03:33
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    Turkish carmaker Ford Otosan said in a statement Monday the ongoing strike is on the verge of harming the automobile industry, urging its employees to resume negotiations while continuing production, Anadolu reported.

    The company pledged it would fire no one as long as they resume their work, and vowed to deliver a 1000-lira ($384) premium for each worker in ongoing talks with workers' representatives.

    But, the statement added, workers were pushing for demands that exceeded the company's means, and "blocked the way for economic dialogue with this unacceptable proposal."

    "As we also shared with them, it is not possible to meet those demands in terms of the sustainability of production."

    The workers of the company's Golcuk and Yenikoy plants were on strike last week but manufacturing operations have restarted in these plants, effective as of Thursday night shift, Ford Otosan said in a stock exchange filing last Friday.

    Some workers insist on their demands for wage raises and the withdrawal of the Turkish Metal Labor Union from their plants.

    Meanwhile, workers at the company's plant in northwestern Turkey's Eskisehir province on Monday joined their colleagues on strike with similar demands.

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  • Iran in talks to export liquefied gas to Spain
    26.05.2015 01:51
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    Speaking to Tasnim News Agency on Monday, IGCC Managing Director Mohammad Ali Barati said one of the objectives of the company is to export liquefied gas to European countries but now Iran's exports are limited due to sanctions, Irna reported.

    'After the (removal of) sanctions, relations with European countries will be expanded,' he said, adding, 'Naturally, in that case we will have new customers from the continent.'

    He stated, 'Currently, we have no exports to the European Union but we are in indirect talks to export gas to Spain.'

    Iran, sitting on the world's top gas reserves with an estimated 33.6 trillion cubic meters, is an attractive alternative supplier for Europeans seeking to improve their resilience to gas supply disruptions.

    Russia is now the biggest supplier of gas to Europe, with about a third of Europe's current gas requirements covered by Russian gas.

    Earlier in April, Iran's ambassador to Turkey said Tehran was working out details of a project to export natural gas to Europe via Turkey.

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  • Azerbaijan plays key role in Southern Gas Corridor - FM
    26.05.2015 00:07
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan plays a key role in the Southern Gas Corridor project, since no gas from Azerbaijan means no project, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

    "This would be the biggest project discussed by the European Commission," he said.

    The minister said that the official laying was already held, the first stone was laid, the opening was in Kars (Turkey), and the gas should reach Turkey's territory in 2018.

    The lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor' envisages the delivery of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to Europe.

    The gas to be produced as part of the second stage of the field's development will be exported to Turkey and European markets through the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline and the construction of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

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  • Andrzej Duda wins Poland's presidential election
    25.05.2015 22:21
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    According to the final count by Poland's State Electoral Committee, Duda garnered 51.55 percent of the votes, while incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski won 48.45 percent of votes in the second voting round on Sunday, with 55.34 percent of voter turnout, Sputnik reported.

    The inauguration ceremony has been set for August 6.

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  • New version of e-commerce law enters into force in Uzbekistan
    25.05.2015 21:55
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 25

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The new version of the law "On electronic commerce" entered into force in Uzbekistan. It was adopted by the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis on April 17 and approved by the Senate on May 15.

    The law was published May 23 and according to the final article, it entered into force upon publication.

    As opposed to the previous version of the law, which has been in force since 2004, the new version includes the opportunities and conditions for the development of this kind of business.

    According to the new version of the law, the e-documents, as well as the information recorded in e-form, allowing to identify the sender, are equated in e-commerce to the paper documents, signed by hand. This can be used as evidence while making transactions.

    The agreement on e-commerce can not be considered invalid because it was concluded by using the information systems.

    The law in this format is expected to significantly reduce the costs to hold the trade transactions and to solve the problems related to the geographical remoteness of e-commerce entities from each other. It will create the conditions to rapidly establish direct contractual relations. It will improve the transparency of transactions. This will allow buyers and sellers to instantly receive the full information on prices, quality and delivery terms.

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan`s first lady meets with delegation headed with FAO director-general
    25.05.2015 21:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan`s first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva met with a delegation led by Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva May 25.

    Mehriban Aliyeva noted that long-term successful cooperation was established between Azerbaijan and FAO, adding this visit would contribute to the further strengthening of the relations. Saying the humanitarian area is a priority in the activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva stressed the possibility of implementing joint projects. The first lady said Azerbaijan paid great attention to food security and carried out a number of programs in this area, adding the experience of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations could be useful.

    Noting it was his second visit to Azerbaijan, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said he had eye-witnessed big changes in Baku since his last trip. He said the goals of FAO were the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. Jose Graziano da Silva hailed the activities of vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva towards achieving these goals.

    The Director-General said Leyla Aliyeva was named a Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and presented a diploma to Mehriban Aliyeva. He said Leyla Aliyeva was invited to the headquarters of FAO in Rome.

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  • Iran Eyes $200b Investment in Oil
    25.05.2015 21:34
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    Iran is planning to invest $200 billion in its oil sector over the coming 6 years, a deputy minister of petroleum said.

    Amir-Hossein Zamani-Nia, deputy minister for international affairs and trading, said such big investment would be largely attractive for foreign companies, Shana reported.

    "In case [international] sanctions are lifted, Iran will become the center of gravity for oil and gas projects," he said.

    He said he has held talks with senior officials from Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Brazil and Poland about post-sanctions oil sector of Iran.

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

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  • Russia interested in rapid settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict
    25.05.2015 21:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    Russia is interested in the rapid settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin said, the foreign ministry said.

    Naryshkin made this statement during a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov as part of his official visit to Russia May 25.

    While informing about the talks held to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Mammadyarov said that the conflict settlement has already matured.

    "First, it is necessary to withdraw the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan," he said. "The status quo is unacceptable. The Armenian leadership must refuse from its destructive policy and demonstrate political will to restore peace and stability in the region."

    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.

    Mammadyarov expressed satisfaction with the development of the interparliamentary relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, as in all other areas.

    Mammadyarov appreciates Russian President Vladimir Putin's participation in the opening ceremony of the first European Games to be held in Baku on June 12 - 28.

    Naryshkin said that close ties between the legislative bodies serve to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

    Naryshkin congratulated on the upcoming European Games in Azerbaijan and expressed confidence that the games will be organized at a high level.

    The views on bilateral cooperation, regional and international issues were also exchanged at the meeting.

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Turkey to make no concession on Cyprus policy: Erdogan
    25.05.2015 21:27
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that no concessions will be made on Turkey's policy concerning Turkish Cypriots Anadolu Agency reported

    Addressing the Sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation in Istanbul Monday, Erdogan said: "It is not possible for us to make any concessions on our policy regarding the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the island's energy resources."

    Erdogan also said that Turkey was a key country for utilizing and delivering the resources off the island, which he added belonged to each resident.

    Political tensions in the long-divided island have eased since full-fledged talks resumed on May 15 and Mustafa Akinci was elected the new Turkish Cypriot president last month.

    Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades met for an unprecedented tour in Lefkosa's historical site on May 23 and will reconvene on May 28.

    The Greek Cypriot administration had unilaterally suspended the talks last October after Turkey issued an advisory on behalf of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for seismic research off the coast of Cyprus.

    The island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot government in the northern third and a Greek Cypriot administration in the southern two-thirds after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by the peace operation of Turkey as a guarantor state in Cyprus.

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  • Ali Abbasov participated in World Economic Forum
    25.05.2015 21:19
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    Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov took part in the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan.

    The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the event was represented by Minister Ali Abbasov.

    The event, which was attended by King Abdullah II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, senior officials of state and government, representatives of the academic community, heads of civil society and leading companies.

    The Minister took part in the sessions ''Future Technologies'', ''Digital Extremism'' and ''Infrastructure for Development'', where they discussed topics such as the impact of advanced technologies on all spheres of life, its role in solving the problems of natural resources and unemployment.

    Within the framework of the forum Minister Ali Abbasov held a bilateral meeting with WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab. Noting the active participation of President Ilham Aliyev at Davos Forum, WEF chairman said under his leadership the countryв's economic development is an example for other countries. He said that he would give appropriate instructions to their units to reflect the rapid development of information and high technologies of Azerbaijan in discussions and meetings to be held in the framework of the WEF in Davos.

    During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the prospects of development of relations between Azerbaijan and the World Economic Forum summit, discussed the theme of the holding a special session of the UN Broadband Commission with the WEF, to be held in January 2016 at the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos.

    With the purpose of establishing new cooperation and developing the existing relations, Minister Ali Abbasov also held bilateral meetings with the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Jordan, Minister of Public Sector Development of Jordan, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Uganda, Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, general director of the structure of trade and tourism development of the emirate Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, special envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for the peace, as well as heads of corporations and world-known companies.
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  • Bakuв's funicular waiting for tourists
    25.05.2015 21:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    During the European Games, Baku's funicular can become for tourists yet another symbol of the capital of Azerbaijan.

    Baku's funicular, which became operational in 1960, was reopened after renovation and repair in 2012.

    Inside the carriages of the funicular it is not only convenient, but also thanks to their large windows, passengers can admire a beautiful view of Baku.

    The capital's residents and visitors during their trip in comfortable carriages will enjoy unique landscapes of Baku, which will host the first-ever European Games.

    Edited by CN

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  • Uzbekistan to amend legislation regarding offshore companies
    25.05.2015 21:08
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Uzbekistan has developed a draft law on amendments and additions to the Tax Code regarding the companies established by the country's residents in offshore zones.

    This remark was made by Uzbekistan's Prosecutor-General Ikhtiyor Abdullayev, who was addressing the plenary session of the Eurasian Group on combating Money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG) last week.

    EAG is an FATF-style regional body, established in 2004. It is currently an associate member of the FATF.

    Abdullayev noted the Tax Code will include a concept of "controlled foreign companies" to, i.e. the companies established by residents of Uzbekistan in offshore zones, as well as the norm, according to which taxpayers involved in such companies will be required to provide relevant information to the tax authorities.

    "Thanks to this, another barrier will be created against the accumulation of profits in offshore zones, legalization of money laundering and financing terrorism from offshore zones," Abdullayev said. "Uzbekistan gradually implements international standards and requirements in the national practice of combating money laundering and financing terrorism".

    Today the international practice shows that terrorist organizations quickly adapt to changing conditions, and find new ways of financing their activities. Such a trend requires the international community to take adequate and timely measures, apply common efforts as to find reliable barriers against them.

    Being an active participant of this policy, Uzbekistan adopted the law 'On countering legalization of revenues received from criminal activity and financing terrorism'.

    In 2009 this law was adopted in a new edition, taking into account international standards. Another important document was President Islam Karimov's decree "On measures to strengthen the fight against crimes in the financial-economic and tax fields, money laundering" adopted on April 21, 2006.

    Uzbekistan also established a special authorized state body -- Department for combating tax, currency crimes and money laundering under General Prosecutor's Office. Several departments on financial analysis, operational and investigative activities and inquiry are included in its structure.

    The department is able to receive reports on suspicious financial transactions, conduct operative investigation and open a criminal case.
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  • Russia, Azerbaijan have high-level relations
    25.05.2015 20:43
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    Trend:

    There are no problems with the bilateral relations between Russia and Azerbaijan, the Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said, RIA Novosti reported.

    "The cooperation is at a very high level," he said.

    "I want to emphasize that there are no problems with our bilateral interstate relations," he said. "In our estimation, they are at a very high level, including the interparliamentary relations."

    Naryshkin made this statement at a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow.

    Naryshkin also thanked the Azerbaijani colleagues for their active participation in organizing the events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. He said that this victory is important not only for Azerbaijan, Russia and the CIS countries, but all mankind.

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  • Israeli Olympic leader sees multiple benefits in Baku 2015
    25.05.2015 20:43
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    The Secretary General of Israel's Olympic Committee Gilad Lustig said there would be 142 Israeli athletes taking part at the Baku 2015 European Games. And the country is really looking forward to Baku 2015, SIA informs.

    "There is much excitement ahead of the first European Games," Lustig told the Jerusalem Post. He cited taking part in something new and the size of the delegation as two reasons for the excitement in the country.

    Lustig said Baku 2015 offered athletes a variety of different benefits. "In events like judo and gymnastics this is a real dress rehearsal for Rio 2016," he said.

    "This is a great opportunity for athletes who may have experienced European and World Championships in their sports, but never had the chance to compete in an event similar to the Olympic Games."

    Some sports provide the winners with direct spots in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while others offer precious ranking points. And in many sports, Baku 2015 gives the athletes a chance for a strong performance ahead of either a World or European Championship.

    Lustig believes Israel could contend for the title in Athletics, which will be held as the European Athletics Team Championships Third League. Some of Israel's top athletes will be on hand including triple jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko, Marharyta Dorozhon in the javelin and 400m runner Donald Blair-Sanford.

    All told, Lustig said the country was expecting between six and nine medals and between 12 and 16 finalists.

    The Israeli Olympic officials also announced the bonuses available for special achievements at Baku 2015.

    A gold medal winner will receive NIS 30,000 (about 7,000 euros) with a silver medal worth NIS 21,000 (about 4,900 euros) and a bronze medal fetching NIS 15,000 (3,500 euros).

    Since the Judo and Wrestling competitions will also act as European Championships, gold medal winners in those sports will be awarded NIS 40,000 (about 9,300 euros).
    13
  • Erdogan congratulates Ilham Aliyev
    25.05.2015 20:42
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    "Azerbaijan has become an important center of power and attraction in the region."

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated President Ilham Aliyev and the people of Azerbaijan on 28 May, the Republic Day.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the congratulatory letter reads:

    "I heartily congratulate Your Excellency and in your face the people of Azerbaijan on my own and my people behalf on the national holiday of brotherly Azerbaijan - the Republic Day.

    We are very pleased and proud to witness the great achievements of Azerbaijan within a short time after independence. Thanks to the wise policy today Azerbaijan has become an important center of power and attraction in the region.

    We brought the communication between our two countries to the highest level, built on the common principle of "One nation, two states". The deepening of our relations both on bilateral and international platforms, makes our countries stronger in all areas. I am confident that our next steps based on common goals will raise bilateral relations to a higher level that will benefit our brotherly nations.

    The frequent mutual visits as an indicator of special nature of our relations, contribute to the development and deepening of relations between our countries at all levels. From this point of view, I am delighted that once again will visit your fascinating country in June in connection with the first European Games to be held in Baku.

    Taking and advantage, I wish Your Excellency, my dear brother good health, happiness, well-being and prosperity to the friendly and brotherly people of Azerbaijan. "
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  • Heydar Asadov: Azerbaijan has turned into a donor country
    25.05.2015 20:40
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    Azerbaijan is turning into a donor country aiding to eliminate poverty.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from Minister of Agriculture Heydar Asadob at today's ceremony of signing a cooperation agreement with FAO.

    He said 128 countries take steps to eliminate poverty.

    "Only 18 countries achieved this, Azerbaijan is also among them", the minister said.

    On his part, FAO director general Jose Graciano da Silva said that Azerbaijan is one of the 29 countries that managed to eliminate the problem of hunger.

    At the end Heydar Asadov noted that Leyla Aliyeva was elected the FAO goodwill ambassador.
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  • Baku mayorв's office authorizes National Council to hold rally on May 30
    25.05.2015 20:24
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    National Council of Democratic Forces will hold rally at the stadium (former ''Mehsul'' stadium) of Sports and Health Complex.

    In compliance with the provisions of the law on freedom of assembly, the Baku city mayor's office has authorized the National Council of Democratic Forces to hold a rally at the stadium (former "Mehsul" stadium) of Sports and Health Complex in Yasamal district from 15:00 to 17:00 local time on May 30, 2015, the mayor's office told APA.

    The rally organizers are asked to ensure avoidance from offensive slogans promoting national, racial or religious hatred, along with calls for discrimination, hostility or violence, that are contrary to the law on freedom of assembly.

    The mayor's office also recommended that future meetings are held on Saturdays.
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  • Aromatic Festival scheduled for July
    25.05.2015 20:23
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan's most picturesque region of Sheki is going to host the second International Festival of National Sweets on July 20.

    This festival is promised to be a wild success with its sweet dishes from all over Azerbaijani regions. Such delicious sweets as firni, khashil, sweet pilaf, as well as pastries including pakhlava, fasali, umach and others will be put on display. The festival will also feature such samples of national cuisine as nogul and samani khalvasi.Representatives of UNESCO, the World Association of Cook Societies, and different international organization will attend the sweet festival.

    All around, the event will celebrate Azerbaijan's rich cuisine and traditions in joyful national atmosphere. The event participants will feature their dishes in national customs. The sweets will be put on display in special pavilions equipped with household items, rugs, relating to their place of residence.

    Last year the festival brought together representatives of 23 regions of Azerbaijan and 6 countries who offered their national and traditional sweets. Confectioners from Shaki and Kyrgyzstan were named the best of the festival. Second place was taken by chefs from the Shamakhi region of Azerbaijan, Naftalan city, Turkey, and Georgia. Third place went to confectioners from the Gabala, Shamkir, Balakan regions, Ganja city, and Korea.

    Sheki is one of the most interesting ancient cities of Azerbaijan, famous for its own sweet Pakhlava, which is made of rice flour, nuts and sugar-honey syrup. Anyone visiting Sheki will not be able to resist the temptation of a Pakhlava.

    In anticipation of the event, Bakuв's Professional School #12 will organize a festival with the participation of young chefs. The event, devoted to the Republic Day -May 28 and the first ever European Games is scheduled for May 29 at 11:00 am.

    The festival has been organized by the Azerbaijan National Cuisine Center, Association National Cuisine, Culture and Tourism Ministry and Education Ministry.

    As the biggest sporting event in Azerbaijan's history, the Baku 2015 European Games will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent 49 countries on June 12-28. During the 17-day event, there will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports.

    The Azerbaijani sweet pastries include more than 30 varieties with poppy seeds, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, ginger, cardamom, which make those treats spicy and especially tasty.

    Every region of Azerbaijan has its own special recipe for local sweets, which may even have different shape depending on the traditions of the region.

    Pakhlava and shekerbura - adornments of Novruz holiday- are among the most famous Azerbaijani sweets.
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  • Germany didnв't sell optical sights to Armenia - embassy
    25.05.2015 20:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25

    By Jamilya Aliyeva - Trend:

    Germany pursues a restrictive export policy with a view to arms exports and related materiel, the German Embassy in Baku told Trend May 25, commenting on the use of optical sights produced by German company Schmidt amp; Bender by the separatists of Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia.

    "Arms exports to Armenia and Azerbaijan are subject to an OSCE arms embargo in place since 1992," said the embassy. "Germany did not grant licenses for the goods mentioned in the document."

    Earlier, some media spread information about the use of optical sights produced by the German company Schmidt amp; Bender by Nagorno-Karabakh separatists.

    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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  • Romania interested in expanding economic ties with Azerbaijani regions
    25.05.2015 20:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Romanian ambassador to Azerbaijan has delivered a lecture on the perspectives of NATO-Azerbaijan partnership on countryв's Guba region.

    Daniel Cristian Ciobanu paid a working visit to the Guba region on May 25.

    During the visit Ciobanu has been received by Yashar Mammadov, the head of the executive power of Guba region.

    The ambassador highlighted that Romania is interested in maintaining the upward tendency recorded between 2011 and 2014 in regard to Romanian exports to Azerbaijan and wants to expand economic ties at regional level.

    He noted that the project of the transport corridor between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea can contribute to strengthening economic cooperation between Romania and Azerbaijan.

    During the visit Ciobanu delivered a lecture at the Azerbaijan Teachers Instituteв's Guba branch on the perspectives of NATO-Azerbaijan partnership.

    A large public participated at the event, including local officials, teachers, students and journalists.

    The Romanian diplomatic mission to Azerbaijan is fulfilling a NATO Contact Point Embassy in the country for the fourth time in a row.

    Ciobanu underlined that Romanian diplomatic mission pays a constant attention to promotion of North Atlantic Alliance values and principles in Azerbaijan. Within its activity Romanian embassy is disseminating information about the role and policies of NATO.

    Romanian envoy said the goal pursued is to increase public awareness regarding NATO and the benefits of NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.

    He added that the next NATO Summit, which will take place on 8-9 July, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland, comes at a crucial time for the Alliance due to a changed security environment, noting Azerbaijan is a valuable and reliable partner for NATO.

    Ciobanu also highlighted that Romania will continue to actively support the development of NATO-Azerbaijan partnership.

    Azerbaijan and Romania have a long history of relations dating back to the 15th century.

    While the two sides enjoy good cooperation in multiple areas, the main focus has been on trade and energy links.

    Romania also has been a strong advocate of Azerbaijan's future membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), pointing out the strategic importance of the country for trade and shipping, particularly with a view towards Afghanistan.
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