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Azerbaijani delegation attends International Astronautical Congress
29.09.2013 13:52
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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 Aynur Karimova

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    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the protocol on the nationв's accession to the WTO on July 27 at the WTO General Council session in Geneva.

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    Two Polish bikers were injured in a traffic accident in Shekiв's Qirkhbulaq village on the Qaramaryam-Ismayilli-Sheki highway at 11:30AM on Wednesday, APAв's Sheki-Zaqatala bureau reported.

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  • Russian businessman put on intв'l wanted list for illegal activities in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh
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    Russian businessman German Sterligov, who illegally visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, has been put on an international wanted list.

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    The report noted that the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Azerbaijan carries out the necessary measures to detect and catch Sterligov for investigation.

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    Azerbaijanв's foreign ministry and diplomatic missions pay special attention to illegal activities in the occupied areas of Azerbaijan. The work is consistently carried out to prevent illicit visits and activity.

    Unauthorized visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia are considered illegal, and individuals who pay such visits are included in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's "black list".

    Azerbaijan has repeatedly warned foreign officials and diplomats against unauthorized visits to territories under Armenian occupation, stating that such visits violate international law.

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  • Dolma what surge that word can start
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    There is a traditional meal in the Land of Fire that no Azerbaijani can imagine living without. It is the number one guest of all feasts along with rich flavored pilaf. Of course, I am talking about Dolma.

    This stuffed meal is widely prepared in kitchens across the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia. However, in Azerbaijan this dish is iconic, you can meet it at every table during the traditional holiday.

    There are many varieties of this dish, including vitamin full vegetables. In spring, when many fresh grape leaves appear - the main product for making dolma. Summer brings aubergines, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to stuff. In autumn dolma is made out of cabbage leaves, apple and quince. During the cold winters, it is made of preserved grape leaves.

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    Fresh grape leaves are the healthier option for spring, as they are full of vitamin C.

    In regions of Azerbaijan, dolma is also made of the leaves of the lime tree, quince, beech tree, sorrel, bean leaves, pennycress and other plants.

    The name of this delicious dish came from the process of its creation, and means to stuff. Today, you can stuff your own dolma, which is quite simple.

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    Then you need a saucepan to prepare this flavored meal. Place the prepared dolma in the pan and add water to cover it. In an hour you will sense the driving crazy smack, which means, that dolma is ready.

    Serve it to your loved ones with yogurt in a separate bowl. You can add some garlic in it.

    Another healthy meal in the spring with its choppy weather is kelem dolmasi or stuffed cabbage leaves.

    Take 600g of lamb meat, 80g rice and 60g onion, 900g cabbage, 250g chestnut, 60g coriander, 40g wine vinegar or a little lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.

    The cooking technique is pretty much the same as for cooking grape leaves dolma. Mince the lamb with the onions, adding the rice the mix then the shelled and chopped chestnuts, chopped coriander, pepper and salt and mix well. Simmer the cabbage in boiling water and peel off the leaves. Stuff the cabbage leaves with the meat mixture.

    Place the dolma in a saucepan and prepare in bouillon or water pouring a sauce made of sugar and vinegar over the dolma 20 minutes before they are cooked. Serve the cabbage dolma with yogurt as well.

    Dolma is an incredibly delicious meal and it is likely once you've tried you will be left wanting more. It is easy to prepare, delicious to eat and healthy to enjoy.

    Nush olsun!
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  • Baku awards prominent young chemists of world
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

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    The Chemistry Olympiad, organized by Baku Branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University, had been underway in Azerbaijan from July 20 to 29. The IChO 2015 gathered 300 young chemists from 75 countries of 5 continents, as well as over 250 professional chemists, experts, professors, supervisors, and team leaders.

    ''We have together ended the intense, exciting and ever-changing week, which was full of different shades. What have we learned during this week?'' President of the 47th Chemistry Olympiad and Rector of Baku Branch of Moscow State University Nargiz Pashayeva addressed the participants of the IChO 2015 closing ceremony.

    ''We have learned that life is really a huge lab, as we have written in our motto. And we have witnessed again that the most expensive and the only irreplaceable instrument of this lab is a human brain. And we have found out that human is the catalyst of all processes, going on the Earth,'' she stressed.

    The president noted that the young scientists are on the right path. ''Your choice is science, your choice is chemistry. And I want you to be loyal to this choice of yours.''

    The future of chemistry

    The Chinese team won the top spot in the competition. Yifu Ouyang was named the absolute winner, or the best theoretician, and awarded the gold medal.

    Ouyang said the IChO was a great event and was a wonderful experience. ''All that I can advise to the participants of the next Olympiad is to not be so nervous and try not to think about things from before. When Iв've finished my practical exam I just simply let it go and did my best in the next exam and got this victory.''

    The best experimenter title went to David I-Hsuan Wang from the United States. Scott Xiao from Canada earned silver in the category, while Latvian Edgars Kletnieks received bronze.

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    Styopin said the results were not bad, but he unfortunately missed silver by just a couple of points.

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    Lee stressed that it was a phenomenal Olympiad. ''The best one in 12 years I witnessed and participated in my life,'' he added.

    ''It was also a great opportunity for us to appreciate the beauty of Azerbaijan. It was a great pleasure for all of us to have a chance to experience the wonderful city of Baku, wonderful competition, rich and various landscape, historical and cultural heritage and the generosity and hospitality of the people at Baku Branch of Moscow State University and everyone in the street. It was a great pleasure for us to be here in Baku, Azerbaijan. We will keep these in our memory for a long time,'' he said.

    The chair praised Rector Nargiz Pashayeva as a good manager and organizer not only for her own University, but also for this wonderful international event that brought together over 500 people from all over the world. ''It was a very complicated event but she was able to manage it in a really wonderful and professional way.''

    IChO at Baku Branch of Moscow State University

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    Preparations for launches of the Proton-M carrier rocket resume at the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan after temporary suspension after the crash in May.

    "The next launch is planned to be made with British communications satellite Inmarsat 5 F3. In accordance with the new schedule of launches, the next launch is scheduled for August 28," Khrunichev Center communications department said on Wednesday, ITAR TASS reports.

    Proton launches were temporarily suspended after the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M acceleration unit and Mexica's Mexsat-1 satellite crashed on May 16. A minute before the Briz-M acceleration unit with the Mexican satellite was expected to separate from the carrier rocket, an emergency situation occurred at an altitude of 161 km, due to which the rocket's head section and third stage failed to separate and burnt up in the dense layers of the Earth's atmosphere above the Trans-Baikal area in East Siberia.

    Roscosmos space agency said the crash occurred because of an old deficiency in the construction of engines. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the recent accident "is miraculously similar" to the crashes in 1988 and 2014, when the state commission also failed to establish the exact causes for malfunctions.

    Roscosmos head Igor Komarov ordered the Khrunichev Center to develop and implement a plan on eliminating deficiency in the construction and design of engines.
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  • PKK militants blow up oil pipeline in Turkey
    29.07.2015 14:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The militants of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have blown up the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline running through Turkey's Sirnak province, Anadolu agency reported July 29 citing Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz.

    Following the pipeline explosion, oil transportation from Iraq to Turkey was suspended, according to the minister.

    Earlier, PKK militants blew up a section of the main pipe of Iran-Turkey gas pipeline in Turkey's Agri province.

    Turkish air force started large-scale operations July 25 in Iraq's north where the PKK camps as located.

    Turkish Parliament adopted the so-called Syrian mandate in 2012. Under this mandate, Ankara is empowered to take any measures against terror and other threats against the country, repulse the threat that can come from terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, protect the country's interests before and after the crisis, as well as, in the case of necessity, to involve the army in the military operations in other countries (Syria and Iraq).

    The mandate envisages the possibility of presence of foreign troops on the country's territory and their use at the discretion of the Turkish government when needed.

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  • Greece, Azerbaijan resuming DESFA talks
    29.07.2015 14:33
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Next week, the Greek government will resume talks with Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR on the sale of a controlling interest in Greece's gas transmission system operator DESFA, the Kathimerini newspaper quoted Panos Skourletis, the productive reconstruction, environment and energy minister of Greece, as saying July 29.

    The main topic of discussion, as Skourletis said, will be the share in DESFA, which will be sold to SOCAR.

    In early May, Bloomberg reported that Greece's government is considering the sale of 49 percent share in DESFA to SOCAR.

    SOCAR won a tender in December 2013 on the sale of the 66 percent share in DESFA for 400 million euros.

    Currently, the deal is being considered by European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition, and the procedure will last until late 2015.

    In November 2014, the European Commission started an inquiry into the compliance of the deal on acquisition of a stake in DESFA with the EU's regulations.

    SOCAR is the sole producer of oil products in Azerbaijan. It has two oil refineries on its balance sheet, and also owns filling stations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland.

    SOCAR is also the co-owner of Turkey's largest petrochemical complex Petkim and other assets in Turkey.

    The company is currently carrying out work as part of ensuring the Azerbaijani gas supplies to Europe.

    Work is underway in this regard within the second stage of development of the Shah Deniz offshore gas and condensate field, and for expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline.

    Aside from that projects are being developed for construction of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

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  • Azerbaijan economic delegation to travel to Iran
    29.07.2015 14:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: An economic delegation from Azerbaijan will travel to Iran on August 3, Iranian ambassador to Baku, Mohsen Pak Ayeen told Trend.

    Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev will lead the delegation of both government and private sector officials, he added.

    The visit will take place at the invitation of Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian ambassador said.

    Representatives of energy, transport, telecommunications, banking, and oil companies will accompany Mustafayev, he added.

    In a meeting between Pak Ayeen and Mustafayev in Baku, the Azerbaijnai minister referred to the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5 1 as an important measure toward regional stability and security, Iran's embassy to Baku reported.

    Mustafayev added that Baku has not ever been involved in anti-Iran sanctions and has always backed Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

    He also said that his visit to Tehran will pave the way for holding the 10th joint economic committee meeting in the second half of the current year.

    The Iranian ambassador, for his part, said that Iran pays special importance to countries that stood by the Iranian nation during the unjust sanctions. "Presidents of the two countries met several times over the past two years. Iran wants friendly ties with all regional countries. We hope that relations between Tehran and Baku will increase in this line."'Ё

    Azerbaijan was the 12th leading importer of Iranian non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2015, according to the Iran Customs Administration.

    Iran exported $435.34 million of non-oil goods to Azerbaijan and imported $22.22 million of non-oil goods from the country.

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  • Oil pipeline blown up in east Turkey
    29.07.2015 14:32
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    Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline has been attacked in Sirnak province, Taner Yildiz, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister said on Wednesday.

    According to a statement released by the Turkish Energy Ministry, Yildiz said the suspected sabotage bombing took place 18 kilometers inside the Cizre district of Sirnak province, next to the border with Iraq, Anadolu agency reports.

    "Just after the explosion we've closed the oil valves to stop extra oil flow. We have taken measures and attack won't have an effect on oil supply and demand," he said.

    Turkey's energy system has suffered many attacks recently, Yildiz said, adding that terrorists are taking aim at Turkey's strategic position, stability and development.

    On Tuesday, the Turkey-Iran natural gas pipeline was targeted by an explosion in Agri province near the Iran border.

    The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has a maximum operational capacity of 400,000 barrels per day, but actual flows are around 300,000 barrels per day due to attacks on the pipeline, which frequently disrupt the operation, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq's reconstruction.

    The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrel per day.
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  • Chief of Turkish General Staff to resign
    29.07.2015 14:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Chief of General Staff of Turkish Armed Force Necdet Ozel will resign in late July, Kanal7 TV channel reported July 29.

    Previously, Ozel was expected to vacate his post in late August.

    It was earlier reported that he will take this step due to health problems.

    Necdet Ozel was appointed chief of Turkish General Staff on Aug.4, 2011.

    Reportedly, Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Akar will replace him on this post.

    Akar has been the land forces commander of Turkish armed forces since 2013.

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  • Azerbaijanв's military ships moor in Makhachkala port
    29.07.2015 14:31
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    Azerbaijani Naval Forcesв' ships have moored in the port of Makhachkala.

    APA reports quoting RIA Novosti that two patrol boats and a tugboat will compete in Caspian Cup - 2015 International Army Games.

    According to the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia, following the welcoming ceremony, the competitors from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan visited sea landfills in Dagestan ship. Russian seamen demonstrated the guests the procedure to pass routes and fulfillment of combat assignments.

    Caspian Cup - 2015 International Army Games will be held on August 3-15 in specially equipped landfill with a total area of 300 km in the Caspian Sea.
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  • Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters claim 3 medals at Korea Open
    29.07.2015 13:55
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    Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters have grabbed three medals at the Korea Open international tournament.

    Winner of the Baku 2015 European Games Milad Beigi Karcegani took gold in the 80kg weight category.

    Sina Bahrami (63kg) and female fighter Patimat Abakarova (49kg) claimed bronze medals.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Iraq against bombing of PKK positions by Turkish air force
    29.07.2015 13:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is against the military operations carried out by Turkish air force in his country's north, said the statement from Iraqi Cabinet of Ministers July 29.

    Iraq and Turkey are brotherly countries, but Turkey should respect Iraq's sovereignty, according to the statement.

    Turkish air force started large-scale operations July 25 in Iraq's north where the PKK camps as located.

    Turkish Parliament adopted the so-called Syrian mandate in 2012. Under this mandate, Ankara is empowered to take any measures against terror and other threats against the country, repulse the threat that can come from terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, protect the country's interests before and after the crisis, as well as, in the case of necessity, to involve the army in the military operations in other countries (Syria and Iraq).

    The mandate envisages the possibility of presence of foreign troops on the country's territory and their use at the discretion of the Turkish government when needed.

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  • Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market
    29.07.2015 13:16
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    In the congested Delhi neighbourhood Sangam Vihar, home to 500,000 people, the air is fraught with anticipation.

    Rows of men and women are gathered in its narrow lanes, some sitting on their haunches. Large plastic drums are placed strategically in front of them.

    Suddenly a cry goes up: "It's here, it's here."

    A water tanker backs into the lane, and the place descends into chaos.

    Young men charge towards the truck, clambering onto the top with pipes, which are then lowered into the tank. Others push the drums in place - there's a mad scramble to fill them up with clean water.

    Fights break out as some people are pushed out of the way.

    "It's always like this," Jainisha Khatoon says. "People push and pull. We get abused. That's when I step back."

    In 15 minutes, the water runs out and the tanker drives away, leaving many desperate people behind.

    "It only comes once every 10 days or so," says Rupa Jha, another resident.

    "How do you expect it to last? We have to buy water from private suppliers. Water's always available but at a price."

    About 20% of Delhi's population have no access to piped water and have to be supplied by water tankers. But the difference between demand and supply is more than 750 million litres a day.

    So they have to rely on the black market - water supplied by private contractors, or "the water mafia", as it has come to be known.

    "It's always existed here. A network of people who steal water and then supply it to those who need it," says Anuj Porwal, a social activist from Sangam Vihar.

    "They have the backing of the police and local politicians. That's why no one can stop them," he alleges.

    The allegations have always been denied.

    It costs about $10 (ВЈ6) to buy 200 litres of water from the mafia. In contrast, water provided by the city government is free, when available.

    "I make about $80 a month. So you can imagine how hard it is for us to come up with that kind of cash," says Bimla, another resident of the area.

    Under the cover of darkness, the mafia works to bridge the gap between supply and demand.

    It is 04:00 at Balla, a sandy enclave by the banks of the Yamuna river that flows through Delhi.

    The single street, with a few shops and houses on either side, is deserted save for a few stray dogs.

    It's also dark - most of the streetlights are switched off or are missing.

    A row of tankers snake through the street and then pull into one of several alleys. Men jump out and quickly haul thick pipes which are then rigged into the tanks.

    The other end of the pipes are attached to borewells sunk deep into the ground. With a low hum, thousands of litres of water are pumped into the trucks.

    It takes less than half an hour to fill up a truck. As one leaves, another takes its place. Details are entered into a logbook.

    It's a well organised operation that is conducted swiftly and stealthily.

    "No one really challenges them because they can be dangerous," one local resident warns us.

    The men themselves are reluctant to talk.

    When one does, he offers this by way of explanation: "We only supply water to those areas that need it."

    The immediate fallout of this informal, but shadowy, syndicate is that many of Delhi's residents - especially its poorest - are paying a price for a resource that's meant to be freely available.

    But there's a long-term impact too.

    The mafia is drawing out water from India's groundwater, which is slowly being critically depleted.

    If unchecked it could lead to a potentially devastating social and economic cost.

    /By BBC/
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  • French city Colmar to host cultural events dedicated to Azerbaijan
    29.07.2015 13:12
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    The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), in co-operation with the Mayorв's Office in Colmar, are organising a series of cultural events in Colmar from 7'"12 September 2015, TEAS told APA.

    On 7 September, the quartet led by Emil Afrasiyab, a major artist and one of the leading exponents amongst the younger generation of Azerbaijani jazz musicians, will participate in the opening of the 20th edition of the Festival de Jazz de Colmar. The concert will be broadcast live on local TV channel TV7.

    In his compositions, this outstanding pianist combines jazz with elements of mugham, a highly complex traditional Azerbaijani musical genre that is predominantly improvised. His reputation was initially established in his homeland, but his career path changed when he won the Public Prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011. The three remaining members of his quartet are talented French musicians - Raphaeuml;l Pannier (drums), Antoine Katz (bass) and Alexandre Madeline (tenor saxophone). The concert follows Emil's acclaimed performance in two French festivals this year - the Festival Jazz agrave; Saint-Germain des Preacute;s Paris and Sunnyside at Reims.

    From 8-12 September 2015, TEAS will present the exhibition Azerbaijan Through the Lens at the Pocirc;le Meacute;dia Culture Edmond Gerrer. The exhibition brings together 30 stunning photographs of Azerbaijan. It provides an invaluable opportunity for the population of Colmar to discover the different facets of this country, which is located between the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea and combines elements of the Orient and the West in terms of its landscapes, culture and architecture.

    These photographs are the fruit of a competition organised by TEAS in 2012, having been selected from around 750 submissions from both amateur and professional photographers located across the world. The jury comprised the world-renowned photographer Henry Dallal - best-known for his photographs of Queen Elizabeth II - and Caroline Metcalfe, Photographic Director for Condeacute; Nast Traveller magazine.

    TEAS has also said that a charter of friendship and co-operation was signed between the town of Colmar and the Azerbaijani town of Sheki on 19 May. This charter serves to officialise the amicable relationship between the towns that dates back to 2013.
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  • Azerbaijani ships enter Makhachkala port
    29.07.2015 13:12
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    Azerbaijani ships have arrived in Makhachkala for participation in international contest Caspian Cup - 2015.

    "Two patrol escort 205 project motor boats and a tow boat of the marine forces of Azerbaijan have entered the port of Makhachkala", assistant supreme commander of the Russia marine forces on public relations and mass media Igor Dygalo said.

    In the Caspian Sea the Azerbaijani ships met small missile ships of the Caspian flotilla Grad Svijazsk and Uglic. The raid towboat RB-39 accompanied the foreign division to the port.

    The Caspian Cup will be held in the Caspian Sea on a specially equipped polygon of a total area of approximately 300 sq meters from 1 to 15 August.

    The contest participants will particularly terminate small offshore and air targets, sailing mines, rescue the creaw of the 'drowning' vessel.
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  • Armenian companies on verge of bankruptcy
    29.07.2015 12:37
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    As a result of the miserable economic situation in Armenia, the countryв's companies have been going bankrupt one after another.

    The Armenian companies suffer great losses under the harsh economic conditions that have worsened as the corrupt government has been unable to eliminate the consequences of the economic crisis.

    The Orange Armenia telecommunication company takes the first place on the list of Armenian companies that have suffered losses of more than one million drams ($ 2.093 ), Armenian media reports referring to Armeniaв's State Revenue Committee.

    Orange Armenia does not have the scale necessary for generating required investments. The company declared a loss of 43.3 billion drams for the previous year.

    The situation for the other companies is also not pleasing as they continue suffer losses.

    Gazprom Armenia holds comes in second for the size of its losses with 32 billion drams (about $67 million). It was followed by Nairit having lost 29.1 billion drams (about $61 million), and Rusal Armenal with 18.9 billion (about $40 million) in losses.

    The other companies in the list included Electric Networks of Armenia, Armenian Railway Company, Spayka, Glendale Hills, Hrazdan cement, Ararat cement, Armenian Public Television and others.

    The companies that are on the verge of the bankruptcy are forced to sell their shares to the international companies in order to avoid being declared bankrupt.

    The number of companies in the list that have suffered losses of more than one million drams is a staggering 775. The total amount of damages amounts to about 260 million drams (about $544 million).

    As a result of the economic slowdown in Russia, which is Armeniaв's biggest trading partner, the economic situation in the country has worsened due to a decline in remittances into the country. Money transfers from Russia to Armenia decreased by 40 percent, which consequently, led to a significant drop in governmentв's revenues.

    As the experts forecast that the cash from Russia will continue decline, one can expect that Yerevanв's revenues will keep falling in the coming months. This consequently leads to the lower economic growth or no growth in the country.

    The forecasts of the international financial and rating organizations also show economic decline.

    Fitch Ratings reported on July 27 that the government deficit for 2015 is likely to come in at 3.5 percent of GDP, compared with a target of 2.3 percent in the original budget.

    The organization said a tax hike and similar measures could lead to an exacerbation of the political situation in the country, such as the recent demonstrations against a hike in electricity costs in the country. It said these measures will likely face strong social and political challenges, as the recent protests against higher consumer electricity charges demonstrate.

    Fitch Ratings also highlighted the fact that Armenia's large exposure to Russia increases risks to its growth prospects and balance of payments, and weighs on the rating as a result. Russia is an important source of Armenia's net receipts of workers' remittances (80 percent in 2014) and export revenues (20 percent in 2014).

    It also noted that Armenia's external finances are weaker than the median of its 'B' range rating peers. Net external debt to GDP is high (42.6 percent vs. 'B' median of 14.4 percent in 2014) and the current account deficit plus net FDI is huge (-4.6 percent vs. 'B' median of -2.7 percent in 2014).

    The organization said one of the reasons for Armenia's miserable economic situation its geopolitical environment, claiming this factor to be a negative constraint on the rating.

    The latent conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region entails the tail risk of escalating into a full-scale conflict, though this scenario is unlikely to occur. No resolution is expected in the short term, the statement said.

    Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

    These factors represent urgent calls for the Armenian government to take decisive measures to pull the country from the economic crisis and further deterioration of the situation in the country. The corrupt regime in Yerevan, unfortunately, seeks to maintain its power rather than finding solutions to its problems.
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  • France agrees to have role in Iran's nuclear industry
    29.07.2015 12:35
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    Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed a French FM's visit to Tehran after 17 years, Trend Agency's correspondent reported.During a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on July 29 in Tehran, Zarif said that Paris and Tehran has talked bilateral relations, especially in energy and transport sectors today.Iran's FM further said that France has agreed to have a role in Iran's nuclear industry. He added that a French economic delegation is expected to arrive in Iran by the end of summer.Zarif also highlighted that Iran and France have agreed to continue political and nuclear negotiations.Laurent Fabius in turn said that he will meet with Iran's top officials in Tehran, including Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, energy minister Hamid Chitchian, Vice President of Iran and head of Environmental Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar and other high-ranking officials.Laurent Fabius's visit to Tehran came a day after the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visited Iran."France is keen to resume relations with Iran, in auto, aviation, energy, health fields," he said. "There is a massive field of mutual cooperation in social, cultural, tourism and other spheres as well."He also said that resuming the relations between Iran and France also should include regional and global issues, as according to Fabius, France and Iran have common interests in fighting extremism and terrorism.He also called the nuclear agreement between Iran and P5 1 (achieved on July 14) an accord for "security and stability in the region and world".The French FM also mentioned his so called "tough position" in nuclear negotiations, saying that the reason was that Iran's nuclear is not a unimportant issue, as France supports peaceful nuclear developments, not the creation of a nuclear bomb.He also called France position in nuclear talks constructive, saying that Paris is strongly against proliferation of nuclear arms.

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  • Azerbaijan, France intend to expand military cooperation
    29.07.2015 12:32
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    Trend:

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov met with French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Pascal Monnier, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said.

    During the meeting, the sides discussed the military-political situation in the region and the successfully developing relations in the military sphere. They stressed the importance of expanding activity in this direction.

    French military attache, Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Evrard accredited in Azerbaijan also attended the meeting.

    Evrard is completing his activity in Azerbaijan.

    Evrard is pleased with his work in Azerbaijan and stressed that he will remain a sincere friend of Azerbaijan in the future.

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  • Turkish armed forces neutralize 130 PKK terrorists
    29.07.2015 12:31
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    Turkish armed forces neutralized 130 PKK terrorists.

    APA reports quoting Milliyet newspaper that many arsenals of PKK terrorist organization were destroyed as a result of air operations. The headquarter of senior PKK leader Murat Karayilan was reportedly destroyed.

    PKK terrorist who uses the code name Gabar was also neutralized.

    According to some reports, more PKK terrorists were killed. According to unspecified information, 200 terrorists were killed.
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  • Defense Ministry comments on arrest of high-ranking officers
    29.07.2015 12:31
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    "Everyone is responsible before the law".

    In connection with media reports about the officers of the Main military inspection of the Ministry of Defense, we state that the due investigation was carried at the instruction of the Defense Ministry in connection with serious law offenses by the officials of inspection as they were fulfilling their military duties. The materials were collected and submitted to Azerbaijan's General Prosecutor's office for adoption of due measures under the law.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the news service for the Defense Ministry that the Head department for combat against corruption instituted a criminal proceeding on the basis of these materials:

    "According to the President of Azerbaijan, supreme commander, everyone is responsible before the law for the law offenses in period of their service regardless of the position and past merits".
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  • Iranian, French FMs discuss political issues
    29.07.2015 11:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius held meeting with his Iranian counter part Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran to discuss the issues of mutual interests.

    Fabius arrived in Tehran on July 29, and is scheduled to hold talks with the Islamic Republic's high-ranking officials including President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh as well as the head of Iran's Environment Protection organization, Masoumeh Ebtekar during the day-long visit.

    Upon his arrival to Tehran the French FM said that his visit is a new beginning and both Tehran and Paris have responsibility to establish peace and stability in the region, Iran's IRIB news agency reported.

    Fabius' visit to Iran is the first by a French foreign minister to the Islamic Republic in 12 years.

    He underlined that his visit will cover political issues.

    "However we will also discuss the future of the economic cooperation," he said.

    Meanwhile, some hardliner Iranians held meeting in Tehran's international Mehrabad airport to protest Fabius's visit, the country's semi official Fars news agency reported.

    They chanted slogans against the French minister, accusing him of being "Israel spy" and the "US handyman". The protesters also accused Fabius of selling HIV infected blood to Iran.

    In 1991, doctor and journalist Anne-Marie Casteret revealed that France knowingly distributed blood contaminated with HIV to haemophiliacs, including those in Iran.

    In 1999, then-French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, then-Social Affairs Minister Georgina Dufoix and then-Health Minister Edmond Herve were charged with manslaughter following an investigation into the scandal of tainted blood sales. Later, the French Court of Cassation acquitted Fabius and Dufoix. Herve was found guilty, but was never sentenced.

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  • Customs duties on some goods cancelled in Azerbaijan
    29.07.2015 11:54
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    The Cabinet of Ministers has introduced changes into the decision 'On customs duties on export and import operations in Azerbaijan Republic".

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

    On Group 84 the list included memory devices (on hard disks), other readout equipment, spare parts and essentials for equipment indicated in commodity item 8471 (electronic modules), spare parts and essentials of devices indicated in commodity item 8471 (others).

    Group 85 included monitors (used only or mainly on readout systems indicated in commodity item 8471, electronic integral schemes (processors and controllers, either connected or not connected with the memory devices, substitutes, logical schemes, boosters, synchronizers or other schemes).

    The decision will be enacted on 29 August and remain valid for 7 years.
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  • Gevorgyans family under trial in Armenia
    29.07.2015 11:53
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    Yeghishe, his wife Ruzanna and three children fled to Azerbaijan.

    The investigation of the criminal case against Yeghishe Gevorgyan completed, the case have been sent to court.

    According to Oxu.Az citing news.am, it is reported by the press service of Armenia's Judicial Department.

    Recall that a criminal case was launched on the fact of illegal crossing of the state border of Armenia by Gevorgyans family.

    After Gevorgyan's returning to his homeland a preventive measure in the form of arrest was changed to the recognizance not to leave.

    52-year-old Yeghishe, his wife Ruzanna and three children crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on the territory of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic on January 10, 2010.

    Yeghishe Gevorgyan and Ruzanna were charged under Part 2 of Article 329 of the Armenian Criminal Code.
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  • One more Armenian drone knocked down on front
    29.07.2015 11:52
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    Azerbaijani units terminated one more unmanned jet of Armenian occupants on the front.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the Defense Ministry of the country that DJI Inspire1 (Quadcopter) was knocked down in the Agdam direction of the front as it attempted to carry out a reconnaisance flight over the positions of our soldiers.
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  • NATO voices strong support Turkey in war on terror
    29.07.2015 11:18
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The situation in Turkey has become the top agenda for the international community after the country was subjected to numerous terroristic attacks.

    The chain of terrorist attacks in the country, which has been struggling with the Kurdistan Workers Party terrorist group over many years and is neighbor to war-torn Syria, has alarmed and necessitated the support of the international community.

    Following Turkeyв's request for urgent consultations with its 27 NATO allies, the organization offered political support for Turkey's campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting in Brussels on July 28.

    It is only the fifth time in NATO history that members met under Article 4 of NATO's founding treaty, which allows countries to ask for consultations when they believe their territorial integrity, political independence, or security is threatened.

    This came as Ankara has increased its participation in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes on IS-held territory as well as PKK camps in Iraq from last week after the country was hit by a series of terrorist acts.

    The situation in Turkey has deteriorated in the last week after an organized Islamic State terrorist attack in Suruc on the border with Syria and the killings of policemen in the south-eastern provinces by the PKK.

    Although there has no decision yet on rendering military support to Turkey to combat terrorists, its NATO allies are closely watching the situation and have shown strong solidarity with the country.

    NATOв's Press Officer Matthias Eichenlaub toldВ TrendВ on July 28 that the organization is augmenting Turkish air defenses to help defend Turkey against ballistic missiles from Syria.

    ''This is a concrete sign of NATO solidarity with Turkey,'' Eichenlaub added.

    NATO rules provide for mutual support if an ally comes under attack. However, Turkey has not invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic treaty which requires allied nations to consider military action.

    Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Turkey didnв't appeal to NATO for military support to combat the IS and PKK terrorists.

    However, Turkey's president on Tuesday called on NATO to ''do its part'' in helping address the countryв's concerns over security on its borders.

    ''We are using our rights under international law and will continue to use them. It is NATO's duty, which is why we demand NATO to be prepared in this regard,'' Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists before a flight to China.

    Beginning on July 25, the Turkish Air Force launched a bombing campaign of IS positions in northern Syria, as well as on PKK positions in northern Iraq.

    Turkish Air Force destroyed a PKK military camp in Hakurk in Iraqв's north on July 27.

    Despite the U.S.-led campaign to fight IS terrorists, the international community wasnв't successful in reaching this purpose.

    Turkeyв's active involvement in the operations has raised expectations for eliminating the IS threat in near future.

    However, until the recent developments, Turkey didnв't seem eager to take part in military operations against this terrorist group, despite repeated calls by Washington and the European countries to act.
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  • Armenia not ready for peace
    29.07.2015 11:18
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    While negotiations are underway to settle the long-standing Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Armenian side continues provocations on the contact line, ignoring all calls to solve the problem peacefully.

    Just days after the departure of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, whose aim is to mediate to settle the conflict peacefully, the Armenian military attempted sabotage on the frontline.

    This comes after the co-chairs voiced concerns about the recent rise in tensions and called on all sides to avoid a deadly escalation of violence and take all measures to adhere strictly to the ceasefire.

    However as always, Armenia in defiance of the calls to refrain from aggravating the situation on the contact line, broke all hopes for a peaceful resolution of the lingering conflict, which still continues to claim the lives of people on both sides.

    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces prevented an attempted Armenian incursion along the line of contact and border areas, the Azerbaijani defense ministry reported.

    The Armenian armed forces attempted the incursion during the day and into the night on July 24 by firing shells at Azerbaijani positions in the direction of the Goranboy, Aghdam, Terter, and Fuzuli regions, as well as across the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border into the Gadabay region, the statement said.

    The opposing side was silenced by return fire. At least five Armenian servicemen were killed.

    While preventing the enemy's attempted sabotage, Azerbaijani soldier Eldar Fataliyev was killed.

    The ministry also said the situation on the frontline is in full control by the Azerbaijani armed forces.

    The Armenian armed forces have increased tensions along the contact line of troops, firing frequently at Azerbaijani positions and settlements. During the last months, Armenian troops broke the ceasefire an average of 80 times a day using large-caliber machine guns and mortars.

    Such aggressive actions by Armenia are not new as the country has kept 20 percent of Azerbaijanв's internationally recognized territory under occupation over the past two decades, creating a base for a new bloody war in the South Caucasus region.

    Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian, and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

    As a result of Armenia going unpunished for its crimes, it still continues the occupation in defiance of U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.

    There are various reasons for Armeniaв's recent aggression. One is that the country is satisfied with the status quo and therefore, does its best to prevent any change in the negotiations.

    Every time, when favorable conditions and hopes emerge for progress in the peace talks, the Armenian side resorts to provocations on the contact line, endangering the peace process on the resolution of the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

    Another reason for Armeniaв's aggressive policy is related to the internal problems of this impoverished country. Unable to solve its domestic social and economical issues, the Armenian leadership attempts to divert the attention of people, which are dissatisfied with the incompetent government and fed up with its 'pretty liesв', from developments taking place inside the country.

    The difficult economic and political situation in Armenia is the result of a complete failure of the leadership of this country.

    The military dictatorship of Serzh Sargsyan's regime attempts to calm the discontent population by keeping them under the fear of war.

    Azerbaijani MP Musa Gasimli said provocation and violation of the ceasefire regime by Armenia can be explained by the fact that the government wants to divert attention from the internal crisis, as well as to frighten the population with an "external enemy."

    He toldВ TrendВ that the Armenian government, failing to create normal conditions for the population, frightens people by starting new military operations.

    However, Armeniaв's aggressive policy mainly hurts itself, as Yerevan has been sidelined from big projects with regional countries. This has exacerbated the current situation of the country and led to an economic crisis that the government is unable to tackle.

    In the meantime, this occupant country blames Azerbaijan for the delay in the settlement of the conflict. Putting its own guilt on Azerbaijan, the countryв's military dictatorship attempts to discredit Azerbaijan and presents itself as a victim of the conflict, while being the side that started the conflict.

    Despite Armeniaв's provocations, Azerbaijan has always demonstrated its position and readiness for the peaceful resolution of the problem. Unfortunately, resolution efforts havenв't yielded results yet.
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  • Turkish Ziraat Bankв's subsidiary officially starts working in Azerbaijan
    29.07.2015 11:12
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Turkish Ziraat Bank's branch has officially begun its activity in Azerbaijan, the bank told Trend.

    "The bank was not officially opened," the bank said. "But we have started serving customers since the middle of this month."

    T.C. Ziraat Bankasi received in late 2014 a license from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan to conduct banking activities in Azerbaijan through its subsidiary, the Ziraat Bank Azerbaijan.

    Ziraat Bank Azerbaijan's authorized capital is 50 million manat.

    T.C. Ziraat Bankasi has been operating since 1863, and is the largest bank in Turkey.

    Outside of Turkey the T.C. Ziraat Bankasi is currently present in Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    The bank also has offices in the UK, the US, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iraq, North Cyprus, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    TCZiraat BankasД± has been operating on the banking market of Azerbaijan since 1995 as one of the founders of Azer-Turk Bank. Currently, the Turkish bank owns 12.37 percent. Its subsidiary Ziraat Bank International AG owns 1.08 percent in this joint bank.

    The official exchange rate is 1.0488 AZN/USD July 29.

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  • Russia removes ban on poultry imports from Hungary
    29.07.2015 11:12
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    Russia removed ban on poultry imports and all related products which were not subject to thermal conditioning from Hungary on July 24. That is according to the documents of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), TASS reports.

    "Taking into account improvement of epizootic situation with bird flu in Hungary and the measures that were taken by the national veterinary service to prevent the spread of the disease, temporary restrictions on supplies of all types of poultry products from Hungary to Russia are removed from July 24, 2015,"- the regulator said.

    Rosselkhoznadzor banned poultry imports from Hungary on March 4, 2015, after an outbreak of high-pathogen bird flu was registered on poultry farms in Bekes county.

    The restriction was not related to the embargo on food imports from the EU Russia imposed earlier and its removal does not lift the ban on imports of all types of meat from the EU that was imposed until August 7, 2016.

    On July 24, the regulator also lifted the ban on supplies of fodder, feed supplements for poultry and second hand equipment from Hungary.
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  • Georgia's Central Bank Chief slams bill on banking supervision
    29.07.2015 11:11
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    Central bank chief, Giorgi Kadagidze, criticized the bill, which would removes banking supervisory functions from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG).

    He welcomed President Giorgi Margvelashvili's intention to veto it, Civil.ge reports.

    "It will damage the [banking] sector and it is already damaging investors' attitudes," Kadagidze told journalists on July 28.

    "This bill is fraught with a serious threat. It does not even hold water from the technical, legal point of view as there are numerous provisions open to interpretation, which will create serious problems. I think it is not in line with the constitution and not in line with Georgia's Association Agenda with the EU. It has been fiercely criticized by the international organizations. It is obvious that the only goal of this billhellip; is to weaken the National Bank, as well as to downgrade the role of the President," he said; according to the bill the President will have no say in the process of nomination and appointment of board members of the banking supervisory agency, which will be removed from NBG.

    "Our position is that this bill should not go into force. Not a single self-respected economist can assess it positively," Kadagidze said.

    The bill has not yet been formally vetoed. But president's administration has announced about working on objections, that involves drafting of an alternative bill. It means that vetoing of the bill, adopted by the Parliament, is imminent. The Georgian Dream ruling coalition has enough seats in the Parliament to override the presidential veto.

    "We welcome presidential veto, which is expected. We think that the veto will be an opportunity for parliament members to revise their decision," Kadagidze said, adding that the central bank had consultation with the president's office in drafting of objections.

    Economy Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, told journalists on July 28 that the adopted bill "is really in line with the international standards"; he rejected criticism of the bill as a "speculation, which aims at halting the process" of removing banking supervisory functions from the NBG.

    Although the bill has been amended, as Parliament speaker Davit Usupashvili said on July 16, to put it in line with international financial institutions' recommendations, the key principle of removing banking supervision from the NBG remained unchanged.

    IMF, EBRD, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the World Bank said in "Georgia's case, moving banking supervision out of the NBG does not seem prudent."
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  • Italian conductor: Azerbaijanis have great composers, beautiful music
    29.07.2015 10:33
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    Azerbaijanis have great composers, beautiful music.

    "The organization of the 7th Gabala International Music Festival in such a beautiful area between the mountains and forests, and the participation of such famous performers has come as a great surprise to me," said conductor of the Italian Symphonic Orchestra Giancarlo De Lorenzo, AzerTag reports.

    He said attending the festival "is a good chance for me to discover Azerbaijan".

    "The participation of world-known musicians at the festival is an indicator of the excellent organization of the event. I led the Italian Symphonic Orchestra during the 2-day concert in Gabala. We performed an overture from Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli`s "Koroghlu" opera. The audience gave as a standing ovation."

    "This is the greatest present for a musician. We are happy that we successfully performed Uzeyir Hajibeyli`s work. Your nation has great composers, beautiful music."
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  • Azerbaijan sharply reduces production of cars
    29.07.2015 10:31
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    SSC has distributed an information.

    In the first half of 2015 Azerbaijan produced 325 cars. Compared with the same period last year, car production fell by 75.4%, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee.

    According to the Committee, as of 1 July 2015 the number of finished vehicles in warehouses is 335.

    In addition, for the first 6 months of 2015, Azerbaijan produced 142 trucks, it is 13.7% more than in the same period last year.

    In the period from January to June 2015, Azerbaijan produced 540 tractors. Compared with the same period last year, the number of produced vehicles fell by 10.4%.

    In addition, as reported by the Committee for the period from January to June, the country imported 17,640 vehicles, it is 48.7% less than in the same period last year.

    It should be noted that the reduction in car imports may be due to the country's shift to a standard of "Euro-4".
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan up to 90 times within 24 hours
    29.07.2015 10:00
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

    Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 88 times in numerous positions by using heavy machine guns and mortars in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said July 29.

    Another ceasefire violation came from the positions located near the villages of Talish of the Goranboy district, Chileburt, Goyarkh of the Terter district, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Sarijali, Javahirli, Yusifjanli, Merzili, Kengerli, Shirvanli, Qaraqashli, Nemirli of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavend district, Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of the Fizuli district and Mehdili of the Jabrayil district.

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

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

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

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  • Boeing still awaiting Iran в's sanction removal
    29.07.2015 09:53
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The US giant aircraft manufacturing company Boeing is still waiting for removal of sanctions on Iran to enter in the country's aviation market.

    Iran and the P5 1(the US, France, the UK, Russia, China and Germany) reached a comprehensive nuclear deal on July 14, which paves the way for lifting international economic sanctions on Iran. However, the implementation of sanctions removal depends on the International Atomic Energy Agency's confirmation of the country's commitment to answer the UN body's questions and cooperation with the IAEA.

    The US Congress has two months to fully review the nuclear agreement, during which time President Barack Obama cannot waive or suspend congressional sanctions against Iran that are currently in place.

    "We're waiting on guidance from the US government and we'll remain on the sidelines until the Congress acts," Doug Alder, an official with Boeing told Trend July 28.

    Iran has announced need for about 400 passenger planes in the next decade to modernize its fleets, at a cost of about $20 billion.

    Iranian airlines are not interested in buying any more Russian planes. Their performance was unsatisfactory when flown in the country's aviation market during the sanctions period. They hope to improve the relations with the world in the wake of the nuclear deal to renovate their fleet with western aircraft.

    However, Russian aircraft manufacturers remain interested in Iran 's market despite negative viewpoints in Iran.

    In mid-July Russia 's Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Tehran and Moscow are holding talks over Russia supplying the Islamic Republic with Sukhoi Superjet passenger planes. The 108-seat Sukhoi Superjet is the first new airliner Russia has developed since the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Meanwhile the company refused to make comment on the issue.

    "The manufacture of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft - Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company - prefers not to comment for a while future of SSJ100 in the Iranian market," Marina Motornaya, head of the company's press office told Trend July 28.

    Following an interim nuclear deal in 2014 Tehran was allowed limited purchases of only aircraft parts and repairs, but not aircrafts.

    In July 2014 Boeing struck a deal with Iran Air to provide plane parts to the country's flag carrier, the first time the US firm was doing business with Iran since the US embargo of 1979.

    The US aircraft manufacturing company sold various equipment to Tehran totaling $310,000 in revenue, generating a total profit of $27,000 by the end of 2014, Tim Neale, who leads communications for Boeing Washington, DC office, told Trend in May.

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  • High-ranking officers of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry arrested
    29.07.2015 09:47
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    One of the detained is the national hero.

    Officials of the head department for combat against corruption detained three high-ranking officials of the Main Military Inspection of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry.

    According to Oxu.Az, the information has been provided by some competent sources. Later, the Sabayil district court chose the preventive measure in relation to the detained in a form of arrest.

    The indicated persons are charged with corruption. The General prosecutors office did not specify the names of the detained persons though haqqin.az has the names.

    Head of state Ilham Aliyev has been informed about the arrests. And the investigation of the corrupton scandal involving high-ranking officers is conducted by the personal instruction of the president.

    The head of the Main Military Inspection which carries constrol and revision activity in all units of the armed forces of Azerbaijan is national hero Fahreddin Jabrayilov.

    He was appointed to the post of chief of inspection under new minister Zakir Hasanov. However, despite expectations of the country's leadership and Defense Ministry, the negative events in one of the main units of the military structures were not only unprevented but also became of larger scale.
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  • Iran cancels visa requirements for citizens of Azerbaijan
    29.07.2015 09:47
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    "From now on, tourists can travel to Iran without a visa."

    Iran canceled the visas for the citizens of seven countries, Oxu.Az reports citing the Iranian newspaper "Kayhan".

    "From now on tourists from Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran without a visa," a statement says.

    Citizens of these countries may stay in Iran without a visa up to 90 days.

    This measure is intended to develop the tourism industry in the country.

    In addition, the Iranian authorities are considering to cancel visas for the citizens of another 60 countries.
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  • David Torosyan: Boxers had problems after Baku
    29.07.2015 09:37
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    The statement came from the coach who refused to go to Eurogames.

    Head coach of Armenian national boxing team David Torosyan noted that the Armenian boxers had psychological problems after performance at the European games in Baku.

    "Now the boxers are in the training camp. After Baku there were some moral and psychological problems, but now everything is fine," Torosyan said, Oxu.Az reports citing armenpress.am.

    It should be noted that Torosyan refused to accompany his team in Baku, where six Armenian boxers performed.
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  • Turkey detains 35 more suspects in 'anti-terrorist' raid
    29.07.2015 09:29
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    Security forces have detained 35 more suspects across five Turkish provinces in an ongoing "anti-terrorist operation", official sources said Tuesday.

    Most of the suspects allegedly belong to Daesh, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) linked to PKK, Anadolu agency reports.

    In the eastern Elazig province, five people were detained in an operation against the PKK and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). The suspects included a former Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) provincial chairman Turan Celik.

    All pro-Kurdish lawmakers had previously stood for the BDP before the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was established in 2012.

    In the eastern Erzurum province, 14 people were detained in an operation against the YDG-H.

    In the eastern Malatya province, at least eight people were detained in an operation against the PKK and the DHKP-C.

    In the eastern Mus province, seven people were detained in an operation against the YDG-H.

    In the eastern Van province, at least one person was detained in an operation against the YDG-H.

    The nationwide operations are the latest in a recent wave of arrests that have seen hundreds of suspected Daesh, PKK and DHKP-C supporters arrested across Turkey.

    On Monday, security forces have detained 1,050 suspects across 34 Turkish provinces since the nationwide "anti-terrorist operations" in the country began, Turkish Prime Minister's Office of Public Diplomacy said in a statement

    The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.

    Turkey recently launched airstrikes against Daesh and the PKK in Syria and Iraq. On Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday, Turkish jets bombed PKK camps in northern Iraq for the first time in the last two-and-a-half years. Turkey also launched attacks against Daesh. Turkish jets again hit PKK targets inside and outside Turkey on Sunday night.
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  • BP Azerbaijan spokesperson about major projects in Azerbaijan
    29.07.2015 09:28
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    The oil price decline has cut BP's net incomes by 64%.

    Oxu.Az reports citing western analysts that BP General Director Bob Dudley expects that the oil prices will remain low for some more time.

    According to analysts the general director is reviwing some projects in order to reduce expenses.

    Beginning from 2014 oil has lost more than 50% of its cost. This prevented a number of companies from investing in cost intensive projects.

    Can these processes in BP have an impact on the company's Azerbaijan office? Will BP cease its major projects in connection with new oil price decline?

    Spokesperson of BP-Azerbaijan Tamam Bayatli commented on the situation in her interview to Oxu.Az:

    "Projects that BP is implementing in Azerbaijan are long-term and of great importance. These projects are implemented successfully and they will further be implemented as planned.

    All the same, considering the current situation, we are taking steps aimed at raising our competitiveness. These include measures on raising effectiveness of our operations and facilities. That is we have to make our operations, functioning of equipment and activity of our organization more simplified and effective and we are working in this direction.

    Certainly, this complies with the requirements of business and must lead to raising our competitiveness", Bayatli said.

    According to the news service for the company, BP will focus on main spheres of business, raising labor security and ensuring reliability of its facilities and operations.

    "These are our main priorities. This will enable the company not only to conduct safe and reliable business but also remain more competitive", the press service reports.
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  • Kerry urges Congress to support Iran nuclear agreement
    29.07.2015 09:28
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    US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Republican lawmakers in Congress to support the nuclear accord with Iran, saying that "walking away" would send a problematic message internationally, Press TV reports.

    During a hearing on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Kerry, along with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, vigorously defended the historic agreement.

    In tense exchanges in which Kerry was at times visibly exasperated, he challenged GOP lawmakers who are critical of the nuclear deal to find a viable alternative.

    "If we walk away, we walk away alone. Our partners are not going to be with us," Kerry said.

    "Instead they will walk away from the tough multilateral sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. And we will have squandered the best chance that we have to solve this problem through peaceful means," he added.

    Iran and the P5 1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany - reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14 in the Austrian capital of Vienna following days of intensive talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

    The top US diplomat warned that if Congress decides to reject the accord, Iran will double the pace of its uranium enrichment and will install more efficient centrifuges.

    The congressional hearing was the second in as many weeks for Kerry, Moniz and Lew.

    The hearing unfolded as the most influential pro-Israel lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, deployed hundreds of its members to pressure lawmakers to disapprove of the agreement.
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  • President signs decree
    29.07.2015 09:14
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on additional measures on construction of Gusar-Imamgulukend-Gukhuroba highway of Gusar.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the official website for the head of state that for the purpose of constructing the Gusar-Imamgulukent-Gukhuroba highway connecting 11 settlements with a population of 12,000 people, AZN 4.6 mln has been allocated from the state budget for 2015 to the Executive Power of Gusar region from the amounts intended for construction and reconstruction of intercity highway.

    The Finance Ministry is empowered to ensure financing in the amount envisaged in the decree.
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  • ''voiceofkarabakh.com'' portal launched in Baku
    29.07.2015 09:07
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    ''Voiceofkarabakh.com'' website has been presented in Baku.

    The portal provides information on the history of and various issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The portal was created by History of the Caucasus Center under Activities dedicated to the Khojaly and Garadagli genocides" project, which was approved at the meeting of the Council of State Support for Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    Addressing the event, director of History of the Caucasus Center Rizvan Huseynov said that the portal would become the content-rich website about the history, culture of Karabakh and the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    He stressed that the portal is based on the archive materials of Turkey, Russia, Georgia and some European countries. The website contains eight sections.

    It provides an insight into the crimes of the Armenian terrorists in the Khojavand region during the Karabakh war, genocide of the Azerbaijani population in the Garadagli village.

    Huseynov said that last night the website was hacked by Armenians, but its activity was reinstated.

    Visitors were presented with "Short history and causes of the Karabakh war" booklet in English and Russian languages.
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  • UN condemns PKK terrorist attacks on Turkey
    29.07.2015 05:47
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    The United Nations on Tuesday condemned the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after a recent wave of terrorist attacks in Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported.

    UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his "deepest condolences" to the government and people of Turkey and that the UN condemns "any and all terrorist attacks".

    In response to a question by Anadolu Agency, he said the UN also specifically condemned PKK's recent terrorist strikes that have killed a number of Turkish servicemen during the latest wave that began when 32 victims were killed in southern Sanliurfa province on July 20 in a suicide attack by a man linked to Daesh.

    Turkey, which is also grappling with a string of attacks by Daesh, has carried out a wave of arrests of members of both groups and conducted airstrikes against Daesh and PKK targets in Syria and Iraq, respectively.

    Turkey, NATO, the U.S. and the EU list PKK as a terrorist organization.

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  • Turkish Air Force to attack PKK position in northern Iraq
    29.07.2015 03:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 July

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    Turkish Air Force bombed positions of the PKK in northern Iraq, Milliyet newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    It was reported Earlier that several military F-16 military aircrafts took off and went to the border to carry out a military operation.

    Turkish air force started large scale operations July 25 in Iraq's north where the PKK camps as located. No details of the operation have been reported.

    Turkish Parliament adopted the so-called Syrian mandate in 2012. Under this mandate, Ankara is empowered to take any measures against terror and other threats against the country, repulse the threat that can come from terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, protect the country's interests before and after the crisis, as well as, in the case of necessity, to involve the army in the military operations in other countries (Syria and Iraq).

    The mandate envisages the possibility of presence of foreign troops on the country's territory and their use at the discretion of the Turkish government when needed.

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  • 25 killed in factory fire near Egypt's Cairo
    29.07.2015 03:14
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    At least 25 people were killed and 22 others injured in a fire that caught a furniture factory at Al-Obour district of Egypt's Qalioubiya province north of the Egyptian capital Cairo, Egyptian Health Ministry's spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told Xinhua.

    "Nineteen of the injured people have been discharged from hospitals and three are still intensive care," the Health Ministry's spokesman added, noting that the deaths and the injuries resulted from burns and suffocation cases.

    Abdel-Ghaffar mentioned earlier that the bodies and the injured people were taken to nearby hospitals of Al-Obour, Al-Salam, Shibin al-Qanatir and Ain Shams, and that ambulances and firefighting vehicles were heavily present at the scene.

    A security source told official media that the fire was completely put out and the firefighters were working on the cooling process to make sure it would not re-ignite due to the hot weather, noting that some 20 firefighting vehicles from Cairo and Qalioubiya took part in the process.

    He added that Al-Helw Factory for Offie Furniture did not have the operating permits issued by the civil protection department for meeting safety standards.

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  • Military helicopter crash kills one solider in Slovakia
    29.07.2015 01:00
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    A solider was killed on Tuesday in a military helicopter crash in eastern Slovakia, a senior official confirmed, Xinhua reported.

    The crash of the Mi-17 near the village of Hradisko in eastern Slovakia on Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of one of the three crew members, said Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Peter Gajdos here later in the day.

    "The helicopter took off from an airbase in Presov at 1.30 p.m., and it performed routine training tasks -- landing in unknown terrain," said Galdos.

    "The contact with the helicopter's crew was lost in half a hour and a search-and-rescue helicopter was dispatched at 2.13 p.m. to provide medical aid. The man died during resuscitation attempts, while the other two crew members sustained injuries," said Galdos.

    Galdos added that until the causes of the accident are ascertained, all Mi-17 helicopters of Soviet production will be banned from flying.

    Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glvac, who is now on holiday, will return earlier than planned. The investigation will be conducted by the ministry's Military Airforce Office.

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  • Turkish President: Democratic solution to the Kurdish problem can not be continued
    28.07.2015 23:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the so-called process of a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem can not be continued.

    The government can not engage in a dialogue with persons supporting terrorists, Erdogan said.

    According to the President, a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem was important for Turkey, but unfortunately, a number of terrorist groups took advantage of this process.

    Democratic solution to the Kurdish problem involves a process of leaving PKK militants Turkey.

    Earlier, some members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) demanded the release of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan for the continuation of the truce with the Kurds.

    PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was arrested in Kenya on Feb. 15, 1999 and handed over to Turkish authorities. He was imprisoned on the island of Imrali in the Marmara Sea. Initially, he was sentenced to death penalty. However, later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

    The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and claimed over 40,000 lives.

    The UN and the EU listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.

    The process of a democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem in Turkey kicked off in 2009, following which a part of the PKK militants left the country's territory and moved to the neighboring Iraq.

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  • Armenian police disperse protesters
    28.07.2015 23:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

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    The initiative "Stand Up, Armenia" continues the promised disobedience. Protests continued at the intersection of Amiryan and Koghbatsu streets. However, the police chased them away violently and returned to the sidewalk, News.am reported.

    Activists promised to start sit-in protest from July 27. The police prevented the realization of this idea.

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

    "Stand up, Armenia!" movement demands to cancel the decision of Armenia's Commission on Regulation of Public Services on increasing the electricity tariffs till Aug.1. If the demands are not fulfilled, the participants of the movement intend to continue the protests.

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  • How will military operations against PKK affect Turkeyв's internal security
    28.07.2015 23:00
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The simultaneous intensified activity of the Islamic State (IS) militants on the border with Turkey, members of the ultra-radical left-wing groups, including the PKK in Turkey cannot be accidental. Moreover, at present, the negotiations on the formation of a coalition government are being held.

    According to the statistics, more than 150 incidents involving different terrorist groups were fixed following the parliamentary election in Turkey.

    This testifies to the fact that the activity of terrorists is mainly aimed at creating political chaos in the country. It is clear that neither the IS nor PKK is able to resist the Turkish army.

    The Turkish authorities' opinion has been justified irrespective of the situation.

    Earlier when a number of European countries considered an opportunity to exclude the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations saying that they are supposedly fighting against the IS, the prime minister, the president and all authorized people in Turkey said that for Ankara there is no difference between the PKK and IS.

    In fact, a fight of a terrorist organization against other organization does not give grounds to make one of them a hero.

    Is not the Jabhet al-Nusra terrorist organization at war with the IS now?

    Turkey has initially had the same position against the IS and the PKK, as well as the Syrian wing of the PKK - Democratic Unity Party.

    This is observed although a number of opposition parties accuse the country's current authorities of their inability to resist the PKK militants and alleged favorable conditions for the PKK. This is a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem.

    Here one thing is forgotten: the most massive military operations against the PKK in northern Iraq were carried out exactly during the Justice and Development Party's governance in Turkey - to be more precisely in 2007.

    And today, the Turkish president reiterated the determination to fight against any terrorist threat. As the president said, Turkey can resist the terrorists of the "Islamic State" and the PKK.

    When looking thoroughly to Turkey's stance on the Syrian problem it is possible to see that Ankara, unlike the West, has a holistic approach to this problem.

    Turkish authorities believe that the main reason for the formation of terrorist cells in Syria is the authorities in Damascus.

    It is clear that Turkey will continue the military operations against the PKK and the IS, but not till their complete elimination as at the moment no ground operation against these organizations is being considered.

    Those operations will continue until Turkey ensures its own safety.

    Nevertheless, new terrorist attacks and unrests in the country aren't ruled out.

    Turkish intelligence has evidence that members of the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party - the Democratic Union Party (PYD) - infiltrated into Turkey from Syria under the guise of refugees and they are preparing attacks on police stations and military facilities.

    It was reported that over 90 members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) have penetrated Turkey from Syria.

    Of course, the military operations against the PKK and PYD will first and foremost harm the process of democratic solution to the Kurdish problem.

    Turkish authorities are already suspicious about this process because the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) which was considered a mediator between the government and PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is not so active.

    Today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called this party a political wing of the PKK. Earlier, Turkish prime minister urged the HDP leader to call on PKK supporters to lay down arms. However, the HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas refused saying that the PKK members are not under his subordination.

    Moreover, the military operations will directly affect the creation of the coalition government. Today, Erdogan hinted at snap parliamentary election in the country.

    Indeed, early parliamentary election is a serious risk for the country's political parties, especially, for the Justice and Development Party.

    It is unknown what surprises the AKP will face following an early election.

    The main problem of the Justice and Development Party is that it has lost the electorate in almost all southeastern provinces of the country, since the opposition, namely the Peoples' Democratic Party won in the provinces ranging from Mardin in the country's southeast to Ardahan province on the border with Georgia. Currently, the PKK is active namely in these provinces.

    Even if the AKP gains the required percent of votes in the early parliamentary election to form the government independently, it will be difficult to control the situation in the eastern provinces.

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  • Mogherini understands the potential for EU co-op with Tehran
    28.07.2015 22:01
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    By Reza Taghizadeh, expert on nuclear issues

    The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has joined the nuclear talks with Iran as coordinator at the very late stage of negotiations, but she played, nevertheless, a crucial role to lead it to a successful accord which was signed at the end in Vienna, despite the lack of experiences she had in her new job.

    Using nuclear negotiations with Iran as a template, seems have encouraged Mogherini to employ it as a successful model in dealing with other regional crisis in the Middle East.

    Before travelling to Tehran and holding talks with Iran Foreign Minister, Javazd Zarif, she visited Riyadh and conferred with Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, in an effort to find a solution for Syria's crises.

    There is no doubt that combating the Islamic extremists fighters in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria, needs contributions and closer cooperation between the region's major powers. Therefore, it was widely expected that such issue at the top of her discussions in Riyadh and Tehran, despite the differences that exists between Iran and the Saudi Arabia with regards to the ongoing crisis in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.

    During a joint press conference with Mogherini in Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that cooperation with EU community to approach the regional issues are the next on line to deal with after the nuclear negotiations with 5 1 group succeeded on July 14.

    Prior to Mogherini visit to Tehran, Zarif has spent a few days in the Persian Gulf region and had multi-purpose talks with his counterparts in Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq.

    Since the recent nuclear negotiation has opened a new chapter in the course of Iran and the EU relations, guiding the Vienna agreement to its first crucial stage and facilitation a smooth transition towards the stage in which the IAEA could ratify implementation of the agreement by Iran, must be the most important part of Mogherini's mission to Tehran, despite the significance of the regional crisis.

    With massive oil and gas deposites, on the one hand and 80 million population on the other, that creates a huge consuming market, Iran can not only be an energy partner to Europe but also an economic market for the European exporters. Ms. Mogherini understands the potential for EU cooperation with Tehran and is there to find way to explore it.

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  • Verification of Iran's nuclear program may take 5 years
    28.07.2015 21:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    Former Deputy Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency believes the achieved nuclear deal between Iran and P5 1 has strengths and weaknesses.

    Two weeks after achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been snagged for approval by lawmakers of both American Republicans as well as Iran's hardliners.

    The U.S. Republicans argues that the achieved JCPOA is not enough to insure Iran's nuclear program would remain peaceful, while Iranian hardliners says the agreement has damaged Iran's rights.

    Olli Heinonen, the former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Trend July 28 that JCPOA has its strengths and its weaknesses. "From the technical point of view, we see that Iran has not changed its nuclear course. Iran will develop further its uranium enrichment capabilities without real technical or economical needs; there is a well functioning world market for enriched uranium and nuclear fuel with adequate production capacities for next couple of decades to come".

    He said, "I also note that Iran has not embarked on a course of real nuclear transparency. The agreement includes a provisional implementation of the Additional Protocol until the IAEA reaches the conclusion that Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. This is an unprecedented requirement, which none of the other 124 countries, who have currently Additional Protocols in force, have asked for. Only after such positive conclusion Iran will seek the ratification of the protocol. Nevertheless, Iran has now got yet another chance to restore its non- proliferation credentials."

    Heinonen who currently serves as a senior fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs believes that verification of Iran's nuclear program could take more than 5 years.

    Responding to a question about the needed time for the IAEA to verify Iran's nuclear program, Heinonen said, "This depends on two basic factors. Iran's full cooperation is certainly indispensable, but it also depends on the approach the IAEA takes to investigate past nuclear activities of Iran and on the financial and human resources the Agency will get to do the job. I do not expect that this task will be completed in less than five years when noting the rigorous standards applied by the IAEA."

    Iran also agreed to approve the Additional protocol based on the JCPOA. The Additional Protocol allows unannounced inspections outside of declared nuclear sites and it is seen as a vital tool at the IAEA's disposal to make sure that a country does not have any hidden nuclear work.

    Addressing the possibility of insuring the lack of any undeclared nuclear facility or developing nuclear weapon secretly by implementation of Additional Protocol, Heinonen believes that "no verification regime or intelligence gathering and analysis system can provide timely and full assurances about absence of undeclared nuclear material activities in a large country with a remarkable nuclear know- how and infrastructure. The Additional Protocol provides the IAEA with additional tools, but it is not designed to explore fully past nuclear activities".

    Based on nuclear agreement, P5 1 countries and international participants will engage in joint projects with Iran, including through IAEA technical cooperation projects, in the field of peaceful nuclear technology, including nuclear power plants, research reactors, fuel fabrication, agreed joint advanced Ramp;D such as fusion, establishment of a state-of-the-art regional nuclear medical centre, personnel training, nuclear safety and security, and environmental protection.

    On the nuclear safety issue Heinonen said that the P5 1 agreed to assist Iran in getting access to safe and modern nuclear technology. "According to the JCPOA Iran will get also support in hardening its nuclear program against sabotage and cyber attacks, which is understandable, at least, from the point of view of its neighbors. However, I do not think that the international community will hail that fact that Iran does not adhere, inter alia, to the IAEA nuclear safety convention. Iran is the only country in world operating a full size nuclear power plant without being party to such an agreement, which includes international peer reviews to demonstrate the compliance of the party with modern nuclear safety standards. I feel that this part of the agreement does not meet policies of all European countries".

    Edited by CN

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  • Azercell continues social project with slogan ''Life without cigarettes''
    28.07.2015 20:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    Trend:

    Having conducted numerous social projects from the beginning of its operation, Azercell Telecom LLC continues its activities in this regard.

    "Life is more beautiful without cigarettes" - social project launched by the company a year ago continues to support healthy lifestyle.

    Two young fellows named Adil Mammadli and Rufat Najafov ran up to the northern border of the country on July 24-27 under the slogan of the project.

    The fellows took the route of Baku-Shabran-Guba-Gusar-Samur customs checkpoint to urge all people to stay away from smoking which results in death of the thousands all over the world every year.

    As a telecommunication supporter of this initiative Azercell helped the fellows to get in touch with relatives and friends, as well as provided them with GPS and other mobile internet services.

    Azercell Telecom conducted a social project with the same name last year among its employees. During the campaign, each employee was presented with a gift sticker and stress-ball, reminding that smoking is a bad habit.

    Employees of the company, which operates under the slogan "Life is more beautiful with Azercell" spent one day under the slogan "Life is more beautiful without cigarettes".

    Employees who joined this initiative, have also urged through social media their colleagues and friends to join the campaign and stop smoking. Participants of the campaign used hash tag #Siqaretsiz in their posts on social networks.

    As a leading Azerbaijani company with a great focus on corporate social responsibility Azercell will continue to conduct environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle promoting projects.

    For more information, please contact news@mcs.az

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, advance payment mobile services, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service "ASAN imza" (ASAN signature) and others.

    With 51-percent share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99.8 percent of the country's population. Currently, the number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4,6 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan.

    The company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is a part of TeliaSonera Group of Companies serving 186 million subscribers in 17 countries worldwide with 27,000 employees

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  • Russian businessman German Sterligov put on intв'l wanted list
    28.07.2015 20:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

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    Russian businessman German Sterligov has been put on the international wanted list, said the message from Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office July 28.

    A preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen against Sterligov upon the decision of the Nasimi District Court as there is sufficient evidence to charge him.

    The National Central Bureau of Interpol in the Republic of Azerbaijan carries out necessary measures of detection and investigation to catch German Sterligov and involve him in the investigation, said the message.

    The Investigation Department on Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General's Office continues the investigation into the criminal case on German Sterligov, head of the Board of Directors of German Sterligov Group of Companies and others, who illegally crossed into the occupied territories avoiding checkpoints under articles 281.2 and 318.2 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan, said the message.

    Russian businessman German Sterligov and his family members illegally visited Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia, Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said earlier.

    Moreover, in order to popularize the separatist regime at the international level, Sterligov held a press conference in Shusha July 13, 2015. He also posted information in the social network to support the "independence" of the separatist regime, thereby calling for violation of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territorial integrity, illegal use of natural resources on the occupied lands, money laundering and so on.

    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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  • Turkish opposition party refuses parliamentary immunity
    28.07.2015 20:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) refuses parliamentary immunity, the party's leader Selahattin Demirtas said.

    He said all 80 MPs would send a written appeal to the parliament July 29 to refuse parliamentary immunity, Milliyet newspaper reported July 28.

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

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

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

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  • Witnesses expose Leyla Yunusova at trial (UPDATE)
    28.07.2015 20:20
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    Headline changed, details added (first version posted on 18:20)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The trial on a criminal case launched with regard to the director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy Leyla Yunusova and her husband Arif Yunusov continued on July 28 in the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.

    The testimony of witnesses was heard at the trial chaired by Afghan Hajiyev.

    Witness Adela Manafova said that she was one of the founders of "Azerbaijani women for peace and democracy in the Caucasus" NGO, participated in the organization's activities for around three years, after which she was not involved in its activities. In addition, she did not have any information about adopting a decision on electing Leyla Yunusova deputy chairman, as well as about the receipt and spending of grants.

    Another witness Zemfira Ismayilova said in her testimony that according to the documents, she was also the founder of "Azerbaijani women for peace and democracy in the Caucasus" NGO.

    However, she did not have any information about adopting a decision on electing Leyla Yunusova deputy chairman, as well as about the receipt and spending of grants. Ismayilova said that the signature put in the document on the establishment of the Institute for Peace and Democracy on her behalf is fake.

    The taxi driver Ilgar Aghayev, who was the unofficial driver of the Yunusovs, said during the trial that for his services he was getting 300-350 Azerbaijani manats monthly, but no contract was signed with him.

    Then the testimony of Rauf Mirkadirov's former spouse Zarifa Hajiyeva was heard. Mirkadirov is under investigation. She said that she divorced with Mirkadirov four years ago.

    Hajiyeva said that before the divorce she witnessed frequent telephone conversations between Leyla Yunusova and Mirkadirov. She said that Yunusova and Mirkadirov often visited Armenia in different ways.

    During the trial, despite the warnings of the court made on the basis of a protest of the public prosecutor and a representative of the sufferer on ensuring discipline at the hearing, Leyla Yunusova resorted to unethical behavior and once again insulted Shohlat Allahmanov, representative of the sufferer. Leyla Yunusova continued to behave this way ignoring the warning.

    Then, a break was announced at the trial.

    The trial will continue August 3.

    Leyla Yunusova is charged under the articles 274 (high treason), 178.3.2 (fraud (by causing major damage)), 192.2.2 (illegal entrepreneurship), 213.2.2 (tax evasion in a large amount), 320.1 (falsification of the certificate or other official document providing rights or exempting from duties in order to use or sell this document, as well as for the same purposes to work out or sell forged state awards of Azerbaijan Republic, stamps, seals, forms) and 320.2 (use of deliberately forged documents indicated in the Article 320.1 of the present Code) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.

    Arif Yunusov is changed under the articles 274 (high treason) and 178.3.2 (fraud) of Azerbaijan's Criminal Code.

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