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Azerbaijani delegation attends International Astronautical Congress
29.09.2013 13:52
An Azerbaijani delegation led by Alchin Shirinzade, Director General of the National Aerospace Agency of theMinistryof Defense Industry, has attended the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)in Beijing, China.

Held in Beijing for the second time and organized jointly by the IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the eventwas declared open by IAF President Kiyoshi Higuchi.

The event hosted more than 3000 attendees, 180 technical sessions, 8 plenary events, 3 highlight lectures and 3 late breaking News and appearances by elites.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Li Yuanchao, Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, described the Congress as an Olympic-class event for the worldwide aerospace community. He revealed that 74 countries were represented among the 3,359 registered delegates, making it a truly international gathering and the largest of its kind in the history of the IAC.

With keynote speakers from most of the world`s space organizations and companies, the Congress technical programme featured a record-breaking number of symposia with a series of keynote Plenary lectures underscoring the theme of "Promoting Space Development for the Benefit of Mankind".

Speaking at the event, head of the Azerbaijani delegation Shirinzade highlighted the country`s achievements in space industry. "Azerbaijan is rapidly developing its space activities. Azerbaijan`sfirst telecommunications satelliteAzerspace-1, launched in February this year, is only the beginning of the development of the country`s space industry," Shirinzadeh said.

On the sidelines of the event, the Azerbaijani delegation held bilateral meetings to discuss cooperation in the field of telecommunication satellites and space science.

A Space Exhibition featuring nearly 80 organizations from six continents, including national space agencies and specialized technology firms, also opened at the Congress venue.
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    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

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    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by C.N.

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    Qualcomm's (QCOM.O) revenue for its fiscal year ended September 29, 2013, showed China accounted for nearly half of the company's revenue. Options activity in Qualcomm has been defensive in nature, with investors paying more money to hedge against a fall than a rise in the stock's price.

    But strategists at Goldman Sachs see this as a buying opportunity, believing the options data shows investors are overly concerned about the quarter.

    Apple Inc (AAPL.O) also derives 13 percent of its sales from China, according to Thomson Reuters data. The company was once a favorite among momentum investors looking to capitalize on swift price gains, but the stock dropped sharply from all-time highs reached in late 2012. It has been mostly stuck in a range for the last year.

    StarMine expects Apple to exceed earnings estimates by 1 percent. Notably, Apple has not benefited from a rotation into older tech stocks like Microsoft has. Its shares are down 6.1 percent on the year.

    Along with Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), momentum names such as Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O), Biogen Idec Inc (BIIB.O) and Illumina Inc (ILMN.O) are set to post results.

    Investors are gearing up for wild swings in those names next week. Trading in Facebook options expiring next Friday suggest investors expect about a 12 percent move in the stock's price by the end of next week. Weekly options are often used in advance of a major event like earnings. Similarly, Netflix options also suggest a 12 percent move.

    After a spectacular performance in 2013, the selloff in many of these stocks over the past few weeks has contributed to the market's volatility. Whether they affect the broader market may determine how well stocks trade next week.

    The Nasdaq biotech index .NBI is down nearly 19 percent from its closing high on February 25 while the Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL.O) is down 18 percent from its March 6 high. However, both have bounced off drops of more than 20 percent that had sent each into bear market territory.

    With the nervousness created by the declines in the momentum names, investors have rotated into more defensive names.

    "What happens at some point is (momentum names) become disassociated from the market at large. People see this happening, they become scared, and they start selling other companies as well," said Stephen Massocca, managing director at Wedbush Equity Management LLC in San Francisco.

    "It gets to a point where that stops happening and the rest of the market - outside of these crazy names - is not that overvalued."

    Some of those names, including Dow components Microsoft (MSFT.O), DuPont (DD.N) and Travelers (TRV.N), are among those identified by Credit Suisse quantitative analysts as potential "contrarian" picks as they're among the least loved by Wall Street analysts.

    All three are also considered undervalued by StarMine's measure of intrinsic value that looks at the long-term growth expectations for these names. Microsoft, for example, is the third-best performer in the Dow this year, having gained 7 percent for the year.

  • Putin's "cold" Alaska joke
    18.04.2014 15:33
    In a patriotic fervour, Russians are asking President Vladimir Putin to bring back the US state of Alaska, sold off to the United States in Tsarist times. Putin's answer? It's too cold.

    During Putin's annual marathon phone-in session Thursday, when Russians pose questions to the Russian leader, a pensioner asked him to possibly follow the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine with the taking of Alaska.

    "Faina Ivanovna, dear, why do you need Alaska?" Putin asked the pensioner.

    "We have a northern country -- 70 percent of our territory are in the north and the far north," he noted.

    "Alaska is cold too," he said. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves."

    Alaska was settled by Russians since the 18th century after Russian boats reached it from the Russian Far East territories of Kamchatka and began fur trading with the indigenous population.

    Since its purchase by the United States in 1867, people in some small Alaskan villages still use random Russian words and there is even a Russian Orthodox seminary.

    Media in Anchorage said this week that Russian state television had contacted a local journalist to film Alaskans asking Putin questions to include in the phone-in programme.

    The Russian channel reportedly cancelled their request later, the journalist, Dorene Lorenz, told the local website Alaska Dispatch.

    She still had posted a question on her Facebook page: "If you had one question that you coul ask Putin, what would it be?"

    Nobody asked Putin if he could annex Alaska, however. One question was "How long before World War III?"

    "What is your favourite vodka?" another said.

    A petition posted on the White House website in March asking to give Alaska back to Russia had gathered over 42,000 signatures by Thursday.

  • Ilham Alieyev receives director general of Saudi Arabian border service
    18.04.2014 15:28
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Director General of Border Service of Saudi Arabia Zumeim bin Juveibir As-Savvat.

    Emphasizing successful development of ties between Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia, the President noted importance of friendly ties between the two states, reports quoting official website of the President as saying.

    Aliyev pointed out high level political ties between the two states and expressed his satisfaction with cooperation in cultural and humanitarian spheres.

    The president noted the importance of cooperation between the border services, expressed his hope that the joint activities in this field, mutual exchange of information and experience will contribute to further strengthening of security of the two countries.

    In turn, Director General of Border Service of Saudi Arabia recalled his visit to Azerbaijan last year with great pleasure and that he discussed development of cooperation with his Azerbaijani counterparts as part of the visit.

  • Homs civilians in danger as deal breaks down
    18.04.2014 15:28
    Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, has said that a deal that allowed some civilians to leave Homs has broken down, Al Jazeera reported.

    Brahimi's comments came as activists said on Thursday that barrel bombs were being dropped by government forces targeting opposition-held areas in Homs after Syrian troops and pro-regime militiamen fought their way into the neighbourhoods during the course of the week, after besieging them for nearly two years.

    The special envoy said on Thursday that Syria's government and opposition groups should resume talks to lift the siege on Homs.

    "We urge all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal which was on the verge of being signed," he said.

    Brahimi added that the discussions had been well underway between the Syrian government and "a negotiating committee representing the civilians and fighters still trapped in the Old city of Homs as well as the inhabitants of the Al-Waer neighborhood".

    Members of the UN Security Council have also expressed "grave concern" over the plight of civilians caught in fighting in the old quarter of Homs.

    Joy Ogwu, Nigeria's ambassador to the UN, who is serving as the council's current president, said the council "urged the immediate implementation" of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access in the country.

    She said council members also stand behind Brahimi call to resume negotiations to end the siege.

    In a statement, US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power appealed "to all those UN member states with influence on Damascus to pressure the regime to return to the negotiating table".

    "It is imperative that those who want to leave Homs are able to do so quickly and safely," she said.

    Syrian ambassador Bachar Jaafari told reporters that only 170 civilians were trapped in Homs, alongside thousands of terrorists - the regime's term for rebels. He said the civilians refused to leave.

    Activists describe the bombardment as the worse in months.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Antakya, in Turkey, said losing Homs would be a major blow to the opposition.

    "It is not just strategic territory - lying along a major crossroad between the north and south of the country. Losing Homs would hurt the morale of the opposition," she said.

    Some of the biggest anti-government demonstrations originally took place in Homs, considered the capital of the rebellion, which began more than three years ago.

    Rebel-held pockets have been under a siege for nearly two years, leading to dwindling food and medical supplies.

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  • No political prisoners in Azerbaijan-Vice-Speaker
    18.04.2014 15:24
    "Azerbaijan has no political prisoners, there are people persecuted for specific criminal acts. And nothing more!".

    This statement was made at today's plenary session of Milli Majlis by vice speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament Ziyafat Asgarov, responding to the statement of opposition MP Iqbal Aghazadeh that bias is allegedly felt in the investigation on the case of Nida movement activists. The deputy considered the position of state prosecution to be too strict.

    MP from the ruling party Siyavush Novruzov further noted that the questions should be asked first and foremost to those who taught these young people illegal methods of political struggle - the use of "Molotov cocktails", planning riots and provocations, etc.

    "Ask these people why they make those guys unhappy? Why did not they teach them to study, care about the environment, visit libraries but call on them to attack the law enforcement officers, arrange protests, cause damage to citizens' property? It has repeatedly been proven that there is no one who could be attributed to the term of "political prisoner" in Azerbaijan. There are specific cases of violations of the laws on which court trials are held. They should not cast a shadow over the court decision in cases in which decisions have not even been made yet", Novruzov said.

  • Households account for 40% of loans issued '" Central Bank
    18.04.2014 15:23
    Households still retain the status of largest borrowers in Azerbaijan.

    Some 41% of 6.431bn AZN were issued for households as of 1 March, 2014, according to the report of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

    This figure totaled 40.9% or 6.358bn AZN of the loans issued a month ago.

    Households is followed by trade and services (14.3% or 2.240bn AZN) and construction and real estate (13.1% or 1.056bn AZN respectively).

    Industry and production accounts for 11.5% or 1.801bn AZN, agriculture and processing - 4.7% or 734m AZN, transport and communication - 3.4% (529.6m AZN), energy, chemistry and natural resources - 1.8% (285m AZN) of the loans issued.

    In January-February 2014, bank lending to the economy of Azerbaijan totaled 15.667bn AZN which marks a rise of 28.3% from 2013.

  • Turkey to seek discount in Russian gas price next week: minister
    18.04.2014 15:21
    Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it is buying from Russia during planned talks next week, when the deputy head of state-controlled Gazprom will visit Ankara, Turkey's energy minister said on Friday Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    "The contract we have with Russia gives us the right for a price revision. We will convey our demands about this to the Russian and Gazprom officials," Taner Yildiz told reporters.

    Turkey is dependent on imports for almost all of its energy needs and Russia is its biggest natural gas supplier.

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  • Azerbaijan has all capabilities to become scientific center of the region
    18.04.2014 15:09
    "President Ilham Aliyev's orders to develop science in the country have formed the basis for success of the National Academy of Science".

    According to, the statement came from President of the academy, academician Akif Alizadeh, who spoke at a general meeting of the Presidium of the Academy, dedicated to scientific and organizational activities in 2013.

    Alizadeh said that the basic principles of scientific development include organization and management of research activities based on modern criteria, improvement of research infrastructure, reforms aimed at the application of advanced technologies.

    He stressed that Azerbaijan has all the necessary capabilities to become a scientific center in the region .

    According to him, the Information Resource Center, equipped with modern information and communication technologies, is ready for operation. "This center is one of the best libraries in the region", said the academician, while pointing out that there are plans to create new institutions that will cover the modern scientific fields in the country.

    At the same time, the academy chief reminded about the implementation of a series of reforms aimed at strengthening the scientific and technological potential of the regions of the country, and noted the establishment of the Ganja branch of the academy.

    He said that the boards of directors of scientific institutions were created along with conduction of an expertise and coordination of innovative projects of young scientists and specialists last year. According to him, the main part of youth and staff policies of the Academy is the nomination of particularly distinguished young scientists to receive presidential awards for young people.

    Alizadeh noted that the concept of the academy for 2020 is under development.

    Alizadeh stressed the importance of holding various international events in Azerbaijan, including the Third Baku International Forum.

    "Such events transform the republic into a center of international scientific co-operation", he said.

    Alizadeh also spoke about plans for holding the Festival of Science in Azerbaijan in order to demonstrate the achievements of the country, popularize science, attract the attention of young people to science.

  • Eurogames in Baku to become an important step in basic preparations for Olympics
    18.04.2014 15:08
    Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov described the preparation of the national team to the European Games 2015 to be held in Baku.

    "These competitions are held for the first time - a program of competitions has been approved recently, although only a year is left to the Games", quotes Kolobkov as saying, with reference to ITAR-TASS. "It will be a debut - the program also includes Olympic and non-Olympic sports .

    Even in a number of Paralympic disciplines. Only in few sports the competition will be qualifying for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. These competitions are certainly important; we regard them as a very important step in basic preparations for the Olympics. All the same, the task of successful performance has not been lifted by anyone.

    No additional funding is neede to prepare for the European games. The visits for the competition will be organized by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), and the team will prepare in the current regime. Of course, next spring it (the training) will be more centralized. We are training for Baku in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro, we did not divide them.

    Not all sports in Azerbaijan will be presented by the strongest teams. Sportsmen of other ages will take part in a number of sports. For example, in athletics, swimming youth teams are planned.

    Therefore, in these kinds we will focus on preparation of the reserve. In some sports, on which more important tournaments are held, we will present a good squad, but not necessarily that it will be the primary. We just started to discuss training programs with the federations. Still, a key challenge will be the Olympics.

    The European games will be held amid the qualifying period, we should build training so that to obtain maximum quotas for participation in the Brazilian Games.

  • At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche (UPDATE)
    18.04.2014 15:01
    the details were added (the first version was posted at 12:27)

    An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

    The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five people were missing, said Dipendra Paudel at the Tourism Ministry's mountaineering department, Reuters reported.

    It was the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season, when hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers flock to the mountain to attempt to reach its 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak.

    The avalanche hit the sherpa guides relatively low on the mountain, between base camp and camp 1, early on Friday, ministry officials said.

    Helicopters and rescuers on foot had been sent to the site, said senior ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.

    More than 4,000 climbers have scaled Everest's summit since it was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. The route they took is the one hit by the avalanche on Friday.

    Nearly 250 people have died on the mountain.

    Everest is on the border between Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet and can be climbed from both sides.

    Nepal's Tourism Ministry has issued permits to 334 foreign climbers to scale Mount Everest this season, up from 328 the whole of last year. Nepal plans to cut fees to climb the mountain despite concern about overcrowding.

    An equal number of sherpa guides also climb the mountain to help the foreign mountaineers. They often go ahead of the foreign climbers, preparing the way by fixing ropes and setting up camps.

    The climbing season usually ends in late May when rainy season wind and cloud push up from the south to cloak the Himalayas, making climbing at high altitudes virtually impossible.

    Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks.

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  • NASA discovers another life!?
    18.04.2014 14:59
    It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet roughly the size of Earth that could be habitable.

    Designated Kepler-186f, the planet is 490 light-years away. But in the search for worlds similar to ours, nothing has come closer.

    "This is the first definitive Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone around another star," said Elisa Quintana of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute at NASA. "Finding such planets is a primary goal of the Kepler space telescope."

    "This discovery not only proves the existence of worlds that might be similar to our own but will undoubtedly shape future investigations of exoplanets that could have terrestrial surface environments," the institute said in an announcement Thursday.

    After spotting it, the institute wasted no time searching for emissions that could indicate the presence of ETs. So far, no emissions have been found.

    The size -- estimated to be 10% larger than Earth -- and distance from its star don't just make for interesting factoids. They give scientists hope that Kepler-186f might sustain life as we know it.

    Of nearly 1,800 "confirmed exoplanets" that have been found, approximately 20 orbit their host stars within habitable zones, where it's believed surface water would not freeze or boil. In 2011, NASA announced that Kepler had observed five planets approximately the size of Earth and in the habitable zone

    But the "previously discovered worlds are larger than Earth, and consequently their true nature -- rocky or gaseous -- is unknown," the SETI Institute said in a written announcement on Thursday. "On the basis of the observed dimming of starlight from Kepler-186, the authors estimate that this newly discovered planet is roughly the same size as the Earth."

    Theoretical models and observations tell scientists that planets the size of Kepler-186f likely have a composition of iron, rock and ice, like Earth, Quintana told reporters Thursday.

    Even if Kepler-186f is rocky, it's not necessarily habitable, scientists warned Thursday. First, a lot would depend on the atmosphere, if it has one, Thomas Barclay of NASA's Kepler mission said. And scientists right now don't have the technology to know what the atmosphere is.

    The star's size -- it's an M-dwarf star, smaller and less hot than our sun -- also could come into play. Because it is smaller, the habitable zone is closer, so radiation could prevent life if the atmosphere isn't dense enough, said Victoria Meadows of the University of Washington Virtual Planetary Laboratory.

    But the Webb space-based telescope, now under construction, should be able to gather images of planets around closer dwarf stars and study their atmospheres.

    Scientists are especially keen about checking dwarf stars because their habitable planets are more easily detectable, and because they are the most abundant type of star in our galaxy, Barclay said.

    For researchers, the discovery of Kepler-186f is like a beginning. It's a first but "not a record we wish to keep," Quintana said. "We want to find more of these."

    It's likely they will. Astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Hawaii, using data from Kepler, estimate there are tens of billions of Earth-size, possibly habitable planets in our Milky Way galaxy.


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  • Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress establishes two more diaspora organizations
    18.04.2014 14:46
    Two more diaspora organizations have been established under the Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    The established organizations are Azerbaijanis Union of the Brabant Provinces and Azerbaijanis Union of the Noord-Holland Province.

    The presentation of both organizations was held in Rotterdam.

    The event was attended by representatives of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the Hague Elkhan Alasgarov, First Vice President of the Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress Elsever Mammadov, Chairman of the Turkish Federation of the Netherlands Murad Gedik, and representatives of diaspora organizations.

    The Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress plans to set up three new organizations.

  • Where is Messi?
    18.04.2014 14:32
    Messi's recent lack of involvement on the pitch was on everyone's lips off it during the azulgranas' trip home from Valcencia. One of the most popular theories is that he has his mind firmly set on the World Cup. And they might be right.

    The Argentine now never challenges for the ball, doesn't get stuck in. It's as if he was saving himself, not taking the risk of picking up any injury so close to this summer's big event.

    Only Leo himself knows if this is the truth or just idle gossip, but more and more people both inside and outside the Camp Nou are thinking that Messi has perhaps decided to throw in the towel with his club and throw in his luck with his country. It hasn't been an easy year for 'La Pulga'. It all started with his run-in with the taxman, which seemed to have left the player scathed.

    Neymar's arrival was also an unwelcome surprise, as he felt cheated by the club, which had assured him that the newbie would not be earning as much as he did. In the end, it was demonstrated to the whole world that the Brazilian was to earn the same, if not even more.

    Then came the Argentine's drawn-out contract renewal, which started with Rosell's bold promise to pay him the world (which came to be nothing more than hot air), the rumours of the player moving to another club and finally the less than spectacular offer made by the club's new president, Bartomeu. And then there have been Messi's injuries.

    All these factors must have taken their toll on him. Added to that is his evident obsession with the Brazil World Cup. Everything seems to point to the player giving this competition priority over his club this season. Down in Argentina, everyone is certainly hoping that this is indeed the case, and not that he is quite simply not the player he used to be with such a big event coming up.

  • State Committee considers land plot allocation issue on Azerbaijani-Iranian border
    18.04.2014 14:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The issue on the allocation of land plot for the construction "Ordubad" power plant on the Azerbaijani side and "Marazad" power plant on the Iranian side on the Azerbaijani- Iraninan border is being considered.

    These issues were discussed in Iran with the deputy chairman of the State Committee for Land and Cartography of Azerbaijan, the Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Land and Cartography, Garib Mammadov told journalists.

    "At the moment, the issues on the allocation of land plots for construction of power plants are being considered. On the Azerbaijani side, "Ordubad" power plant will be built and on the Iranian side the "Marazad" power plant," he said.

    According to the head of the State Committee, previously spread information by the Iranian media that Azerbaijan allegedly gave Iran a small portion of its territory, does not correspond reality.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Iran unveils new home-made military equipment
    18.04.2014 13:53
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran unveiled its various home-made military equipment today, during the parade on the occasion of Day of the Iranian Armed Forces.

    All units of the Iranian Armed Forces and the Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) including Air Force fighters participated in the parade which took place in front of the mausoleum of former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini on April 18, the country's ISNA news agency reported.

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and senior military commanders attended the ceremony.

    During the parade, the upgraded models of home-made Zulfiqar, Samsam and Sabalan tanks, Akhgar and Moharram machine guns, Poush and Ghader mobile missile launchers, and Arash radar system were exhibited.

    Commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General, Farzad Esmaili said that the unveiled mobile launchers will increase Iranian defence system's capabilities.

    Commenting on the Arash radar system, Esmaili said that it is a long-range radar system, which has high capability of detecting targets in electronic warfare.

    The unveiled six-barrel, 50-caliber machine gun "Moharram" has a firing rate of 2000 rounds per minute.

    Another home-made 76-caliber, gatling-type machine gun "Akhgar" which was unveiled, has an effective range of more than 2 km and has a firing rate of 4000 to 6000 rounds per minute, according to some Iranian media outlets.

    Iranian military officials have previously announced that the country will start mass production of the newly unveiled models of Zulfiqar and Samsam tanks.

    Iranian media outlets claim Iran has made great achievements in its defence sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.

    Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armoured personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes. Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.

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  • Canada concerned about Egyptв's Brotherhood
    18.04.2014 13:43
    Canada on Thursday said it was concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt following the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Mursi last July Al Arabiya reported

    "Canada has taken an aggressive stand when it comes to listings [of terror groups] ... but there is a certain process," John Baird, Canada's foreign minister, said at a news conference in Cairo.

    "We are tremendously concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood ... but the listings are made on the basis of facts and intel."

    Ottawa's standpoint comes weeks after Britain ordered a probe into the Muslim Brotherhood in a bid to investigate if the group has ties to extremist groups or violent acts.

    Alternating stances?

    Cairo listed the Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization" last December following a series of attacks which the state claims were orchestrated by the Islamist group in revenge for Mursi's removal. The group was later blacklisted by Saudi Arabia.

    Ammar Ali Hassan, an Egyptian political scientist, told Al Arabiya News that the Canadian minister's statement on the Muslim Brotherhood implies that the West was beginning to share Cairo's worries about the Islamist group.

    "The foreign minister made a point that Canada cannot list the Muslim Brotherhood under its terror list unless clear evidence is available," Hassan said.

    The statements made by the minister "are hinting at the possibility of listing the group," he added.

    "The West is moving toward protecting itself from the Brotherhood rather than criticizing the Egyptian authorities for its stance on the Brotherhood."

    Britain's probe decision

    London ordered an investigation into the Islamist movement earlier this month over concerns that the group is planning radical activities in Britain.

    A statement by David Cameron's office read: "The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government's policy toward the organization."

    If a conclusion that the Brotherhood is linked to acts of violence in Western countries, Hassan said that could in the future limit the rights granted to Brotherhood members in those countries.

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  • Iranian director Farhadi says Istanbul as new film location
    18.04.2014 13:38
    Iran's award-winning director Asghar Farhadi, who brought his country its first Academy Award in 2012, revealed at the Istanbul Film Festival that his next work will be set in Europe Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    The 41-year-old director, who is in Turkey as the international competition jury president of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival, said the exact setting of his next movie is a secret, although his last work, "The Past," was set in France.

    "The Past," which was shot in French despite Farhadi not speaking the language, brought leading actress Berenice Bejo the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

    Stating Turkish culture is very close to his own, Farhadi said Istanbul could be a future filming location.

    Considered a master filmmaker and screenwriter, Farhadi thinks Iranian cinema was important to change American "misconceptions" about contemporary Iranian life.

    "The media gives people the wrong image but through these kinds of films, they can find real people, real Iranians," he added, claiming that by watching these works, more people would understand that Iranians are very similar to themselves.

    Known for his open-ended and dilemmatic movies, Fahradi said there is not a good and bad difference between the characters in his films, unlike Greek tragedies. "In today's world, the dispute is between good and good. We don't really know if we would be happy when any of them win," the director

    said. Although Iran has a long-standing cinema tradition which was established before the 1979 revolution, Fahradi claimed most people do not know Iranian cinema's earlier examples, adding only the output from the industry's last two decades is well-known in Turkey or internationally.

    Praised directors Guney and Ceylan

    Pointing to the importance of Iranian cinema to showcase ordinary people's lives, Farhadi said around 100 films are made annually in Iran.

    He also praised Turkey's Cannes-winning director YД±lmaz Guney, who mainly portrayed working-class people's lives on film, and Nuri Bilgi Ceylan, a multi-award winning filmmaker.

    Farhadi's fifth move "A Separation" won a range of awards in 2012, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and a Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.

    The film begins with the divorce proceedings of a couple in a courthouse. As the couple tries, perhaps not very hard, to find the ideal solution for their teen daughter's sake, the film takes a whole different turn with unexpected complications.

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  • Azerbaijani ambassador to Ukraine meets Sumy province governor
    18.04.2014 13:36
    Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Eynulla Madatli met with Volodymyr Shulha, governor of the administration of Sumy province of Ukraine, in the Azerbaijani embassy on 16 April.

    The meeting focused on prospects of inter-regional cooperation and full understanding of both sides.

    Shulha told the Azerbaijani Ambassador about his activities as a member of the Supreme Rada and also as a member of the Azerbaijan-Ukraine inter-parliamentary friendship group. They also discussed prospects of inter-parliamentary cooperation.

    Member of Sumy oblast council, entrepreneur and Maecenas Afgan Salmanov also attended the meeting.

    The guests also visited the park named after national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev where a monument to the great leader of Azerbaijan has been erected.

  • At least nine Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche
    18.04.2014 13:11
    An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing nine Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

    The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry's mountaineering department, told Reuters.

    It was the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season, when hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers flock to the mountain to attempt to climb its 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak.

    The avalanche hit the sherpa guides between base camp and camp 1 early on Friday, Pandey said.

    Madhusudan Burlakoti, a senior official at the ministry, said helicopters and rescuers on foot had been sent to the site.

    More than 4,000 climbers have scaled Everest's summit since it was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Nearly 250 people have died on the mountain.

    Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks.

    Everest is on the border between Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet and can be climbed from both sides.

    The climbing season usually ends in late May when rainy season wind and cloud pushes up from the south to cloak the Himalayas.

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  • Looking forward to start of tournament in Shamkir '" Magnus Carlsen
    18.04.2014 13:03
    World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has shared his opinion on an upcoming tournament dedicated to Vugar Hashimovв's memory in Shamkir city of Azrebaijan.

    "I have tripped to Azerbaijan with a great pleasure," quotes Carlsen as saying. "I am looking forward to a start of the tournament in Shamkir.

    The result of this tournament is very important. I want to win. I understand that my colleagues also want to perform successfully. I have a respect for all my rivals. Of course, I will play to win" said Carlsen said.

    "Vugar Hashimov was a prominent chess player around the world. He played superbly. I am very sorry that he is now not with us now. I was very sad when I heard about his death."

  • Georgia can apply for EU membership if it complies with democratic principles
    18.04.2014 13:03
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Eastern Partnership countries have a European perspective and can apply for EU membership in case of compliance with the principles of democracy.

    "The European Parliament stresses that the association agreements with Ukraine and other countries of the Eastern Partnership are not the end point in relations with the EU," according to the European Parliament's resolution recently passed in Brussels. "The European Parliament also stressed that in accordance with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as any other European country, have a European perspective and can apply for EU membership in compliance with the principles of democracy, respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights, minority rights and ensuring the rule of rights."

    This session is the last one before the elections to the European Parliament, scheduled for May 23-25.

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  • Nakhchivan Open-2014 chess tournament money prize amounts to $10,000
    18.04.2014 12:59
    The International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2014 commemorating Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev will have a total money prize of $10,000.

    Organized by the Azerbaijan Youth and Sport Ministry, Azerbaijan Chess Federation and Nakhchivan Chess Federation, the tournament will take place from May 3-12 at the Nakhchivan Chess Center.

    The Swiss-system tournament will bring together a total of 101 chess players from Azerbaijan, India, Georgia, Latvia, Iran, Russia, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

    The Nakhchivan Open-2014 will also feature a tournament for U12 juniors.
  • Tajikistan, IMF discuss realization of planned projects
    18.04.2014 12:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Aygun Badalova -Trend:

    Tajikistan's minister of finance, Abdusalom Qurbonov met with the head of International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, Dimitar Radev, ASIA-Plus reported on April 18, referring to the ministry's statement.

    During the meeting the sides discussed the issues of assessing ongoing reforms, as well as the country's progress achieved in the sphere of public finances management.

    Further implementation of the planned projects and programs has also been discussed during the meeting.

    Dimitar Radev shared his views on the goals and objectives of the mission, and has also presented relevant recommendations and suggestions.

    "At the same time the mission intends to conduct necessary discussions on major areas of economic policy with the relevant departments of Tajikistan's Ministry of Finance," the statement said.

    Tajikistan's minister of finance stressed that significant progress, especially in the reforms in the country's financial sectors, has been achieved during the period of Tajikistan's cooperation with the IMF.

    Qurbonov expressed confidence that the cooperation with the fund will develop and expand in the future.

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  • Turkey strongly condemns Nigerian bombing
    18.04.2014 12:48
    Baku-APA. Turkey has strongly condemned a bombing attack in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday that killed more than 70 people, APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.

    A statement Turkish Foreign Ministry released on Tuesday extended condolences to families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for injured people.

    "Turkey strongly condemns increasingly growing terrorist acts that target innocent people in friendly country Nigeria," the statement said.

    The toll from a massive explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital rose to 75 dead Tuesday and is expected to grow.

    There has been no claim of responsibility for the rush-hour blast, though President Goodluck Jonathan is blaming the attack on extremists.

    The explosion just miles from Nigeria's seat of government in the center of the country is increasing doubts about the military's ability to contain a 5-year-old Islamist uprising that has killed more than 1,500 people this year.

    The attack, hundreds of miles from the insurgents' traditional strongholds in the northeast, comes after Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, threatened to attack the capital and to take the conflict across the border to Cameroon if that country continues to assist Nigeria in its fight.

    Ankara said Turkey will continue supporting efforts of Nigerian government and people to maintain stability and security.
  • Caspian energy reserves and natural gas transportation must be diversified
    18.04.2014 12:33
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    It is important to diversify the ways of supplying energy resources and particularly natural gas from the Caspian Sea to ensure the energy security of the European allies of the U.S., U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said at the broad political forum "Changing landscape of natural gas" on April 18.

    He was discussing the strategic importance of the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan in ensuring energy security.

    "The U.S. government supports energy projects that serve this purpose," Moniz said.

    While delivering speech on "Changing energy security in the Trans-European and Eurasian region", Azerbaijani Ambassador to the U.S. Elin Suleymanov spoke about Azerbaijan's energy diplomacy, being a reliable partner in the energy market.

    "The efficient use of existing energy reserves is based on a strategic approach," the ambassador stressed.

    Suleymanov described the decisions and choice of the Azerbaijani government in this context.

    "The large-scale energy projects being implemented now represent a strategic vision and political will of the Azerbaijani government," he added.

    Suleymanov spoke about the role of alternative sources and routes of energy supply in ensuring energy security.

    He stressed the Southern Gas Corridor project, which is characterized as a project changing the geopolitical situation of Europe.

    In this panel, representatives and researchers of the U.S influential energy companies made presentations on the restoration of the energy sector in the North America, the impact of the gas revolution in the south-eastern regions of the U.S and economic competitiveness.

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  • Montenegro interested in developing relations in field of investments with Azerbaijan
    18.04.2014 12:30
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    Montenegro is interested in development of relations with Azerbaijan in various spheres of the economy, in particular in the field of investment, chairman of the Montenegrin Parliament, OSCE PA president Ranko Krivokapic said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev in Baku on April 17, the ministry reported.

    Krivokapic expressed satisfaction with developing relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, stressing that his country focuses on the dynamic development of Azerbaijan.

    While speaking about the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, Mustafayev stressed the importance of mutual visits to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

    An Azerbaijani delegation visited Montenegro in March 2014. The first meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, meetings and a business forum were held there.

    "The high level of bilateral political relations and the potential of the two countries create favorable conditions for the expansion of economic cooperation," the minister said.

    "The memorandum of understanding on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, signed last year is an excellent opportunity for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Montenegro in the energy sector," Mustafayev said. "At this stage, several investment projects are being considered. Their successful implementation will serve the development of relations between the two countries. There is great potential for expanding the cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, infrastructure and investments."

    While discussing the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mustafayev stressed that as a result of Armenia's aggressive policy, some 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands were occupied.

    "Compatriots turned into refugees and IDPs," he said. "The minister regretted that double standards are still applied in connection with the conflict. The representatives of Armenia and the fictional regime get visas for trips to Europe. The opportunities are being created for their making statements from the international platforms."

    Mustafayev stressed that the international community must demonstrate a principled position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on international law.

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  • Saudi Arabia builds world's tallest tower
    18.04.2014 12:27
    Dubai -- long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive -- will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia.

    Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa -- the world's tallest building -- could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah -- a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week, according to Construction Weekly.

    Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (one kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at a meeker 2,716-feet, or 827 meters).

    The Kingdom Tower, estimated to cost $1.23 billion, would have 200 floors and overlook the Red Sea. Building it will require about 5.7 million square-feet of concrete, and 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette.

    Building a structure that tall, particularly on the coast, where salt water could potentially damage it, is no easy feat. The foundations, which will be 200 feet (60 meters) deep, need to be able to withstand the saltwater of the nearby ocean. As a result, ACTS will test the strength of different concretes.

    Wind load is another issue for buildings of this magnitude. To counter this challenge, the tower will change shape regularly.

    "Because it changes shape every few floors, the wind loads go round the building and won't be as extreme as on a really solid block," Gordon Gill explained to Construction Weekly. Gill is a partner at Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture, the design architects for the project.

    Delivering the concrete to higher floors will also be a challenge. Possibly, engineers could use similar methods to those employed when building the Burj Khalifa; six million cubic feet of concrete were pushed through a single pump, usually at night to ensure the temperatures were low enough to ensure it would set.

    Though ambitious, building the Kingdom Tower should be feasible, according to Dr. Sang Dae Kim, the director of the Council on Tall Buildings.

    "At this point in time we can build a tower that is one kilometer, maybe two kilometers. Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework," he told Construction Weekly.

  • Schneider Electric forwards automation products and solutions for better energy efficiency in Azerbaijan
    18.04.2014 12:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    On 16 April 2014 Park Inn Hotel looked like the busiest venue of the Azerbaijan's electric specialists as Schneider Electric had invited them for a one-day seminar in Baku. The event brought together over 60 electric specialists of private businesses and universities to learn more about SE automation products and solutions.

    Welcoming the event participants Schneider Electric Azerbaijan Country President Emrah Tekdemir underlined the constant development of Azerbaijan and importance of energy efficiency methods introduction to increase business profits and secure better living environment for the future generations.

    Punhan Seyidov SE automation business team leader broadly described Schneider Electric automation products and solutions available in the Azerbaijan market and shared SE working experience with local businesses and infrastructural projects. P.Seyidov pointed out Schneider Electric support to developing local electric engineers and noticed a good level of cooperation with the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy (ASOA), Azerbaijan State Technical University (ASTU), Azerbaijan State Marine Academy (ASMA).

    The ASOA deputy dean pf. Ramiz Hasanov expressed his gratitude to Schneider Electric for the support to the Azerbaijan's education and stressed a great value of the global energy company's knowledge and experience application in Azerbaijan. Docent Zakir Hasanov proudly presented electric training modules engineered by the ASOA students in the event exhibition area.

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  • 'Sanctions will force Armenia to respect international law'
    18.04.2014 12:07
    News.Az reprints from interview with Araz Alizade, chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (ASDP).

    President Ilham Aliyev in his recent speech urged the international community to impose sanctions against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh separatists? How would you comment on that?

    I am in agreement on this issue with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The UN Security Council adopted four resolutions demanding the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, which have not yet been fulfilled by Armenia.

    If a state does not comply with UN Security Council resolutions, as a rule, sanctions are applied in relation to it.

    The fact is that at the time the "ball" was thrown from the UN Security Council to the OSCE, which solves nothing and therefore cannot do anything.

    The "ball" must be returned to the UN, and then economic, political and military sanctions should be consistently applied against Armenia.

    I would like to note that economic sanctions alone cannot give any serious results, because the economy of Armenia is at zero level and is completely subordinated to the third state.

    If sanctions are applied, how seriously can they affect Armenia?

    What a state Armenia is to resist the sanctions of the international community? In the case of such a scenario, it will be forced to comply with international law, which are ignored for decades, or will be destroyed as a state.

    Why double standards are still applied in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

    Because the world is unfair, and the talk about the democratic West is nonsense. Winston Churchill once clearly stated: "There is no permanent enemies and permanent allies, only permanent interests."

    U.S., Russia and the whole world live among their own interests and from time to time they are also guided by double standards for their support.

    The West didn't properly calculate the events in Ukraine and Crimea, and now it speaks of justice and democracy. Democracy is a stick in the hands of the strong, to strike in the event that someone does not like it.

    You often talk about military scenario in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict...

    Nobody forbids Azerbaijan to military action. But, in my opinion, we must first go to the formation of a professional army.

    Army must be professional, it must have 25-30-year-old men, and not 18- 19-year-old boys. Professional soldiers must be ready to kill for the sake of defending the Homeland.

    To return Nagorno-Karabakh, we only need 60,000th professional army, that is, four corps.

    The 51st article of the UN Charter states that a country that was attacked and the lands of which were seized has the right to liberate its territories up to the conduct of military action.

    Armenia's economy is in poor condition and with each year the situation worsens. Why doesn't the leadership of this country realize that the continuation of the occupation policy will not bring anything good for them?

    Look who leads Armenia, basically the Karabakh mafia, those people who have become politicians and came to power due to Karabakh.

    They will never be able to say: "Guys, we were wrong, if we want to live well, we must return the lands of Azerbaijan." In this case, they will generally be swept away.

    While the Karabakh mafia is in power in Armenia, they will return nothing peacefully.

    Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian realized that the road goes to nowhere and wanted to go to a peace agreement with Azerbaijan, but he was overthrown by the Karabakh Armenians.

    How do you think, how long will the Armenian diaspora influence key decisions in the life of the country?

    Armenian diaspora no longer allocates any cosmic money to Armenia. The diaspora is tired of feeding the Karabakh mafia clan.

    Look how much singer Charles Aznavour did for Armenia and the Armenian elite now hates him. However, their feelings are mutual.

    These marathons held in different countries of the world give less and less effect both to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh separatists. Armenians all over the world are tired of feeding the parasites and criminals from Karabakh.

    Among Armenians there are people who realize that such Armenia has no future and that the Karabakh adventure must be stopped , but nobody listens to them and call them enemies.

  • Oil price changes in world markets
    18.04.2014 12:05
    The price of oil has changed in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil increased $0.54 to stand at $104.03.

    Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has decreased $0.07 to trade at $109.53.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0.64 to stand at $112.17 the Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) said.
  • Defense expenditures of Azerbaijanв's budget increase by almost 40%
    18.04.2014 11:51
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Defense expenditures of the Azerbaijan`s state budget amounted to 11.5 million manat in January-March 2014, which is 38.8 percent more than the same period last year.

    The report noted that in general, the expenditure fulfillment of the state budget exceeded forecast by 3.33 percent and made up 4.37 billion manat in January-March, the report of the Azerbaijani Finance Ministry said.

    During the reported period the health expenditure amounted to 17.4 million manat (annual growth of 18.6 percent), transport and communications - 1.9 million manat (annual growth of 16 percent) , industry, construction and mining - 233 6 million manat (annual growth of 12.2 percent), housing and utilities - 22.6 million manat (annual growth of 56.4 percent), the activities of the courts, police and prosecutors - 20.7 million manat (annual growth of 11.1 per cent), education - 21.4 million (annual growth of 8.5 percent), social protection and welfare - 7.4 million manat (annual growth of 1.4 percent).

    The social budget expenditures amounted to 1.27 billion manat, or 29.1 percent of all costs. This exceeds the same period last year by 9.3 percent, or 108.1 million manat.

    Investment expenditures of the state budget increased by 14.4 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year by amounting to 2188.4 million manat.

    Some 731.3 million manat allocated to the construction and reconstruction of education, health, social, sporting and other socio-cultural and domestic facilities in Azerbaijan in the first quarter of 2014. And some 1457.1 million manat allocated for the construction, reconstruction of infrastructure in the fields of energy, water gas supply, roads, water, air and underground transport, melioration.

    Fulfilled revenues of the consolidated budget of the country amounted to 5.43 billion manat, and expenses - 4.97 billion manat, which is 1.2 percent more compared to January-March, 2013.

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  • President congratulates country's Orthodox Christian community
    18.04.2014 11:46
    President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated the Orthodox Christian community of the country with a sacred Easter holiday. reports citing the president's official website that the message reads:

    "Dear compatriots!

    I heartily congratulate you and the entire Christian community of Azerbaijan on the sacred holiday of Passover and wish you health, happiness and tranquillity.

    Historically entrenched in Azerbaijan, the heavenly religions coexisting peacefully for centuries in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust have played a crucial role in the establishment of such universal values '‹'‹as humanism, solidarity and tolerance in our society, in the formation of a perfect environment of religious and ethnic tolerance and the rich traditions of multiculturalism.

    It is no coincidence that Azerbaijan is recognized and accepted throughout the world as a space of dialogue among civilizations and cultures.

    In Azerbaijan, the state-religious relations settled in accordance with democratic principles and norms of international law, providing freedom of religion and conscience of everyone, regardless of their language, religion and ethnicity. Religious population in our country, including our citizens of the Christian faith openly and freely exercise their religious beliefs and rituals, perform national holidays and ceremonies and exhibit high activity in all spheres of socio-political, cultural and spiritual life and in building civil society.

    Dear friends!

    Easter holiday, solemnly celebrated annually in Azerbaijan, is a symbol of peace, solidarity and feelings of benevolence and charity. On this auspicious day Д° once again wish you a wonderful festive mood, and joy and prosperity to your families.

    Happy Holiday!"

  • Azerbaijan takes in int'l rowing regatta
    18.04.2014 11:36
    By AzerNews

    The traditional and international regatta in rowing and canoeing will start in Azerbaijan on April 18.

    The three-day "President's Cup 2014" will be held in the Olympic sports training center "Kur" in Mingachevir.

    Aiming to develop these sports in Azerbaijan, the event will host more than 150 athletes from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

    Azerbaijan and Georgia will take part in both sports, while Turkey will participate only in canoeing.

    The Cup will be overwatched by the members of the Organizing Committee of the "Baku-2015" European Games, so that they get familiar with the current situation at the center, where rowing and canoeing events will be held during the Baku Games.

    Organized jointly by Azerbaijan's National Rowing Federation and the Youth and Sports Ministry, the "President's Cup" has been held annually since March 2008.

    However, the sport event was re-scheduled for mid-April this year to keep Azerbaijani athletes in shape for abroad trainings and competitions in early May.

    Based on the result of the regatta, the list of the national teams in all three sports will be determined.

    Rowing developed quickly in Azerbaijan with the establishment of the National Rowing Federation (AMAF) in December 2006.

    Being a member of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF), the AMAF participates in various international competitions and European and world championships at present.
  • Iranian nuclear negotiators strong because of National Army's support
    18.04.2014 11:21
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.18

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says the country's powerful national army backs nuclear negotiators.

    Addressing a ceremony which was held on the occasion of Iran's national army day in Tehran on April 18, Rouhani said one of the reasons for the strength of the nuclear negotiating team is the support of the army, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

    Rouhani however noted, that the army will never get involved in politics.

    "It has been always defending the country. We will never attack a country, but will stand strong against any attack," Rouhani added.

    Iran and the P5 1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5 1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.

    Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

    The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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  • West pursues double standard policy towards Azerbaijan
    18.04.2014 11:18
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Time has come now for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the international law and the return of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis, who became IDPs, to their homes, Conservative Member of UK Parliament, David Davis said.

    Davis has sent a statement to the European Azerbaijan Society, supporting Azerbaijan's position in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The statement condemns the policy of double standards, consisting of the fact that the Western states, while supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine, do not contribute such support to Azerbaijan.

    The statement noted that the events in Ukraine showed the importance of stability for Europe. The leaders of Western countries, supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine, unanimously demonstrated a fair position.

    Azerbaijan however, doesn't get the same support, despite that everyone recognize Nagorno Karabakh being a part of Azerbaijan.

    The statement also indicates that the British BP company is the largest investor in Azerbaijan and can lose a lot, if the conflict resumes.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Azerbaijani cooks participate in Kitchen Asiada-2017
    18.04.2014 11:16
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan was represented at the "Asiada Kitchen 2017" workshop held in Turkmenistan's Ashgabat on April 8-10.

    The news was announced by Azerbaijan's National Cooking Association.

    The event, which turned out to be not only interesting and informative, but also very "tasty", has become a kind of international celebration of national cuisines.

    Master chefs demonstrated proficiency in their technical skills, and came of with good ideas in the preparation of various kinds of meat and fish with vegetables and fruits, unusual sauces, salads, and confectionery.

    To participate in the event, experienced chefs from more than 20 countries, including UK, Germany, China, Korea, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Japan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Tajikistan, and Ukraine came to Turkmenistan.

    The Azerbaijani delegation at the event was led by Head of the National Cuisine Center and President of Azerbaijan's National Culinary Association Tahir Amiraslanov.

    During the workshop, the participants listened to the presentations of various countries that acquainted the participants with the features of their national cuisines.

    Speaking at the event, Amiraslanov noted that Azerbaijan pays special attention to other countries' national culinary heritage.

    Azerbaijan also presented a short movie "National Cuisine" (Milli m?tb?x), made with the support of the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry.

    Amiraslanov then distributed among the participants books titled "Azerbaijan's Cookery and Azerbaijan's Cuisine", "Cookery kleptomania", and "Karabakh's Cuisine" in English.

    Following the event, all the participants were awarded certificates and souvenirs.

    "Kitchen Asiada 2017" aims to improve the skills of Turkmen chefs who will serve the participants and guests of the 5th Asian Indoor Games, held in Ashgabat in 2017.

    Out of 11 climatic zones known in the world, Azerbaijan's climate has nine. This contributes to the fertility of the land, which in turn results in the richness of the country's cuisine.

    Azerbaijan is famous for the abundance of its vegetables and greens used seasonally in all the dishes. Fresh herbs, including mint, coriander, dill, basil, parsley, tarragon, leek, chive, thyme, marjoram, green onion, and watercress are very popular and often accompany main dishes.

    The Caspian Sea is home to many edible species of fish, including the sturgeon, Caspian salmon, sardines, grey mullet, and others. Black caviar from the Caspian Sea is one of Azerbaijan's best-known delicacies well sought after in other parts of the world, including former Soviet countries.
  • Cooperation issues discussed with Belgian business-companies in Georgia
    18.04.2014 11:05
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with a delegation of representatives of the largest Belgian business companies in Tbilisi, Prime Minister's office told Trend on April 18.

    The issues concerning the investment sphere were discussed during the meeting. It was stressed that the Georgian leadership is focused on protection of property rights.

    The delegation headed by Prince Juan Bagrationi and Benjamin Van Oudenhove included senior officials of 15 leading Belgian business companies.

    "We are satisfied, as we see that the new Georgian authorities are actually doing much to improve the investment sphere," Benjamin Van Oudenhove said. "It is very important when businessmen and potential investors get information directly from the senior officials."

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  • Azerbaijan to identify genetic factors in oncology
    18.04.2014 11:00
    By AzerNews

    People who are afraid of oncological diseases due to genetic factors will be able to learn about the probability of the disease in advance in Azerbaijan.

    These analyses will be carried out in a newly created laboratory of molecular oncology under the National Oncology Center of the Health Ministry, laboratory head Leyla Melikova said.

    The laboratory will conduct analyses on any genetic diseases. Along with other researches, diagnostics is currently conducted for identifying hereditary gene mutations of breast cancer, she said.

    "If grandmother, mother, aunts and sisters of a woman have breast cancer, there is a genetic predisposition and this woman is in the risk group," Melikova noted.

    Mutations contributing to the disease are of two kinds, she said; heritable mutations are passed from parents to children, while somatic mutations are acquired.

    Although oncological mutations are considered somatic in 20-40 percent of the cases, genetic mutations can become a cause of cancer, she added.

    "As a result of mutations of oncogenes, the cell loses its normal functions and becomes an oncocell," Melikova said.

    She noted that if the genes were passed from parents to children, their child enters the high-risk group. In this case, there is a need for molecular analysis.

    Breast cancer threats younger women

    Unfortunately, breast cancer is growing young in Azerbaijan. Head of the General Oncology Department of the National Oncology Center Samir Gurbanov said if the disease used to happen among women aged 55-65 before, it is most common among 45-50 years old women now.

    "Breast cancer did not appear among 25-28 years old women, while now it occurs at the 22-28 age group in 10-12 cases," Gurbanov said.

    He said age is of a great importance in this disease. The sooner the tumor appears, the more aggressive the disease will be, and the sooner it reveals itself, the faster it will incapacitate other organs and become less treatable. Therefore, breast cancer shortens the life expectancy of young women more than older ones.

    Cancer control is currently carried out in several directions, he added. The first direction is conducting screenings of healthy population.

    Women above 35 years of age should go through a mammography or ultrasound every three-six months, he said.

    Gurbanov noted that cancer ranks first among diseases with the highest mortality rate even in the developed countries of the world. At present, it is impossible to reduce the number of cases despite the fact that medicine prolongs the life of patients for a while.

    "Therefore, the disease was studied at the genetic level, and some results were obtained," he said.

    In Azerbaijan, people who are afraid of disease hereditary may already learn about their predisposition, something that can affect the number of cancer patients significantly, he said.

    Azerbaijan's chief oncologist Azad Kerimli said 1,519 women were diagnosed with cancer last year. Overall, the number of breast cancer patients reached 9,043 in 2013. 4,221 of these women struggle with the disease for five years or more.

    Frightening tendency

    The most widespread types of cancer encountered in Azerbaijan are breast cancer in women and lung, trachea, and bronchi cancer in men.

    Kerimli believes the total number of cancer patients in Azerbaijan is 34,681.

    The rise of oncological diseases is connected to the increase in the country's population, which recently reached 9.4 million people. The number of oncological patients is high in Baku and the south of the country.

    However, despite the growth of such patients in the country, their number is quite low compared to other countries, Kerimli said.

    "Environmental, nutritional, and reproductive factors play a major role here," he said.

    Oncological diseases are not the end of life and there are three ways of fighting cancer - surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. After these treatments and under therapeutic guidance, oncological patients may live for up to 15-20 years afterwards.

    Providing cancer patients with medications has recently improved in the country. Fourteen items of chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients were purchased in 2006. The figure rose to 45 in 2012, and 58 in 2013.

    The National Oncology Center, established in Azerbaijan in 2009, has given an impetus to the fight against cancer in the country. The center has had an oncological center for children since 2011.

    Currently, there are seven cancer clinics in the Azerbaijani regions and the state is providing patients with free medicine for chemotherapy.
  • Situation on contact line of Azerbaijani-Armenian troops remains tense
    18.04.2014 10:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Aqbulaq of the Tovuz region from the positions located in the village of Chinari of Armenia's Berd region last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on April 17.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces' positions located on the nameless heights of the Gadabay region underwent fire from the positions on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselsk region.

    At the same time, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces' positions underwent fire near the villages of Goradiz of the Fizuli region, Chilyaburt of the Terter region, Tapqaraqoyunlu of the Goranboy region and the nameless heights in the Jabrail and Goygol regions.

    The shooting was countered by 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Translated by NH

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Coca-Cola and NBA superstar LeBron James create new Sprite
    18.04.2014 10:57
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    NBA superstar and cultural icon LeBron James has made thousands of spectacular plays during his basketball career. But this spring, he's changing the game and taking his creative expression off the court to collaborate with Sprite on a unique, new flavor, the company said on April 18.

    Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James is the first limited-edition Sprite flavor formulated in partnership with the NBA champion and cultural icon. The game-changing beverage combines the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite with a splash of cherry and orange flavor. The flavor formulation, packaging graphics and product name of Sprite 6 Mix were co-developed with James to truly reflect his style and taste preferences.

    "LeBron James is the perfect partner to bring our fans new product innovation," said Kimberly Paige, Associate Vice President, Sprite Brands, Coca-Cola North America. "We've enjoyed an amazing relationship with LeBron since he entered the NBA in 2003, and we're proud to have him contribute to Sprite in a meaningful way that we know will excite Sprite lovers and his fans."

    Beginning in mid-March, Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James will appear on store shelves in the USA for a limited time. It will be sold in convenience retail and value stores. Special packaging for the new flavor features a custom logo sporting James' name and jersey number, and his initials appear on the background of the label. The packaging also features a custom "6" with a crown integrated to represent James' most popular nickname - "King James."

    "Growing up drinking Sprite, I never imagined I would have my own flavor someday," James said. "I had a great time working with the Sprite team to turn my favorite flavors into a pretty cool variation of one of my favorite brands. I'm proud of what we created and I'm excited for my fans to try it."

    Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James will be supported by a multichannel advertising campaign. The effort will include a 15-second commercial and digital videos featuring James and his marketing team during a real working session at LRMR offices in Akron, Ohio. Out-of-home on digital billboards and digital banner ads will feature the product and campaign tagline: LeBron Has Changed The Game. Again.

    Fans of Sprite can enter cap codes from each bottle of Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James online at or via text to redeem instant rewards, including LeBron street art wallpapers and music download codes. Plus, enter codes to win prizes including a signed LeBron James jersey, autographed cans, UNKNWN apparel, gift cards and more.

    About The Coca-Cola Company

    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.

    With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.

    Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at, follow us on Twitter at, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at or find us on LinkedIn at

  • AZERNEWS releases another print issue
    18.04.2014 10:53
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18


    A new print edition of the AZERNEWS online newspaper was released on April 18.

    The new edition includes articles about Energy Minister of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev's comments over the latest developments in Azerbaijan's energy sector, the expert comments on the possibility of Russia-Iran oil-for-goods deal, Fitch's affirming SOCAR's rating as stable, Azerbaijanis who fear cancer due to genetic factors, will be able to learn about the probability of the disease in advance, about the mysteries of the life of Shirvanshakhs, as well as unusual souvenirs can be bought in Azerbaijan and etc.

    AZERNEWS is an associate member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    The online newspaper is available at www.azer
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