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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 AzerNews/

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    Over the last year, the volume of deposits of population in banks of Azerbaijan as of January 1, 2015, increased by 12.4 percent and amounted to 7.2 billion AZN, and it is a record index, said the Deputy Chairman of the State Statistics Committee Rauf Salimov at the event dedicated to the socio-economic development in 2014, which was held at the Azerbaijan State Economic University, the university said Jan.28.

    Salimov said that in 2014, among the national currencies of the CIS countries, only AZN retained its course. Last year, income of the population has increased by 4.8 percent. The average salary amounted to 443 AZN, the average monthly pension - 173.4 AZN.

    He said that during the last 11 years, the economy of the country grew at an average annual rate of 11.5 percent. This figure is the highest among the countries of the world, according to the International Monetary Fund. During the same period, a positive trend of about 10 percent annually was recorded in the non-oil sector.

    Salimov said that in 2014, the industrial sector saw a decrease of 0.7 percent, while the non-oil sector saw a growth of 6.9 percent. "If we take into account the processes taking place in the global economy, the financial market, it is an indicator of success," he said.

    Over the last year, the country received 21.8 billion AZN, and 58.5 percent of these funds account for domestic sources. He said that the investment volume of Azerbaijan in foreign countries was also increased.

    "In 2014, 127,000 new jobs were created, which led to the reduction of unemployment and poverty in the country," said Salimov. "That is, the unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percent and amounted to 4.9 percent, the poverty level - by 0.3 percent and amounted to 5 percent."

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  • Iran appoints new Consul General to Nakhchivan
    28.01.2015 17:43
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    The new Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic has been appointed, AzerTag reports.

    New Consul General Mansur Ayrim said there were favourable conditions for boosting economic, trade, social and cultural relations with Nakhchivan.

    The Consul General said the meetings and reciprocal visits of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran made an important contribution to the development of the two neighbouring countries.

    "Improving the cooperation in various fields of economy was discussed at a meeting of the Iran-Azerbaijan joint intergovernmental economic commission in August 2014. This also paves the way for realizing joint economic projects in near future," he added.

    Mr Ayrim will start his activity in March.
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  • Iranian MPs threat US with canceling Geneva nuclear deal
    28.01.2015 17:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    At least 80 Iranian MPs have signed a bill that will oblige the administration to cancel the Geneva nuclear deal, if the US Congress imposes new sanctions against Iran.

    Spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini said that the bill is not presented yet to the parliament's presiding board, the official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 28.

    He said that according to the bill if the US side takes new steps to impose sanctions, Iran would cancel the Geneva nuclear deal and resume its suspended nuclear activities.

    Ten Senate Democrats who have advocated putting more sanctions on Iran gave the White House a two-month reprieve, saying they would wait until after the late-March deadline for completing the outlines of a deal to restrain Tehran's nuclear program before voting for the bill that President Barack Obama has said would undermine any chance of reaching an agreement, the New York Timeslrm; reported Jan. 27.

    The co-author of legislation to tighten the sanctions, Senator Robert Menendez, said he and other Democrats would not back passage of the bill unless talks between world powers and Iran failed to produce a framework agreement by March 24.

    Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani earlier said that the Iranian MPs have a plan for enriching uranium at every level, which will come into force, if the US imposes new sanctions.

    Talks between Iran and the P5 1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

    After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

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  • Azerbaijan dismisses as baseless Armenian officials' statements
    28.01.2015 17:22
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has dismissed as baseless the recent statements by the Armenian defense minister and president.

    The Ministry toldВ TrendВ on January 27 that Armenian Defense Ministry Seyran Ohanianв's recent statements-full of threats and intimidation-are aimed at diverting the attention of the Armenian nation from the difficult situation in the country.

    On Ohanianв's statement about the withdrawal of snipers from the frontline, the Ministry noted that it can only be the fruit of a sick imagination.

    ''Unfortunately, there are international organizations and institutions that agree with such ideas. The question is why snipers must be withdrawn from the frontline? What about other military elements - military vehicles, mortars, grenade launchers and other? Letв's imagine that such an agreement is reached, then how will be the execution process controlled? Who can guarantee that the Armenian side, which shoots at children, women and the elderly, as well as some objects that have no military value, will comply with the reached agreement ?'' the Ministry 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 had caused a lengthy war in the early 1990s.

    Also, responding to Armenian defense ministerв's statement about the crash of a military helicopter, the Ministry said Ohanyanв's admission associated with the downing military helicopter in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, confirmed that the military equipment belonged to Armeniaв's Air Force.

    Two Mi-24 attack helicopters of the Armenian air forces approached and made attack maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces nearby the village of Kengerly in the occupied Aghdam region on November 12 . One of the helicopters was shot down on the very same occupied territory.

    Earlier, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said the downed helicopter belonged to air base No. 15 stationed in Erebuni military base near Yerevan, and its crew members were military servicemen of the Armenian armed forces that is another manifestation of Armenia's aggression, its direct involvement in the occupation of the territories and continued use of force against Azerbaijan.

    ''The enemy must understand that the only solution to this conflict is the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in compliance with the resolutions and decisions adopted by international organizations,'' the Ministry said.

    The Ministry warned that otherwise, expansionist forces will suffer even greater losses and the criminal military-political regime in Armenia bears responsibility for all of this, including future provocations.

    The Armenian armed forces have recently increased tension on the contact line of two countries troops with attempts to attack the Azerbaijani positions. They violated the ceasefire regime with Azerbaijan over 100 times during past several days.

    Armenian sabotage and reconnaissance groups attempted to attack the positions of the Azerbaijani army along the frontline and on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on January 26. Three servicemen of the Azerbaijani army were martyred and some others wounded in clashes with Armenian sabotage groups which were forced to retreat after sustaining casualties.
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  • Kazakh and Russian PMs discuss cooperation
    28.01.2015 17:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev held a telephone conversation on Jan. 28, Kazakh Prime-Minister's press-service said.

    "The parties discussed the issues of development of bilateral trade-economic relations," the press-service said.

    Moreover Massimov and Medvedev discussed the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council which will be held in Moscow in early February.

    On January 1, 2015 the treaty between the presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus authorizing the Eurasian Economic Union went into effect. Armenia joined a day later, while Kyrgyzstan is set to join in May. Membership talks with Tajikistan are ongoing.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Regional security issues discussed at Georgian defense ministry
    28.01.2015 17:21
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The head of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze met with the military attaches accredited in the country and NATO representatives.

    He presented the report-2014 to the diplomats and information about the conducted and ongoing reforms.

    Kapanadze highlighted several important aspects. The participation of Georgian soldiers in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, opening of NATO Training Center in Georgia, the implementation of Georgia's package obtained at the Wales summit, military education and exercises are among them, the Georgian Defense Ministry told Trend Jan. 27.

    Kapanadze thanked the guests for their support and cooperation and expressed the hope for closer relations.

    The regional security and strategic cooperation with neighboring countries were also discussed.

    Then the meeting continued in the form of questions and answers.

    Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Brigadier General Vladimir Chachibaya and colonels Roman Jokhadze and Giorgi Kbiltsetshlashvili also attended the meeting.

    Edited by CN

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  • Gulen movement planned Islamic revolution in Turkey
    28.01.2015 17:15
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Fethullah Gulen's movement planned an Islamic revolution in Turkey, while Gulen himself intended to come to the country as that revolution's leader, the Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said, Anadolu agency reported Jan. 28.

    The minister noted that, despite this, the Turkish government was able to prevent all the coup attempts in the country.

    Gulen, an Islamic public figure currently residing in the US, is the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation. He has been accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal in Turkey.

    Earlier it was reported that a large-scale staff reshuffle is expected to take place in the government bodies of Turkey as part of fight against the Gulen movement.

    It is expected that almost all the heads of Turkey's state agencies will be replaced.

    On Jan. 28, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Lutfi Elvan said all the applicants for employment in government agencies would be thoroughly checked to prevent a possible infiltration of Gulen's supporters to Turkey's state bodies.

    In February 2014, the Turkish media reported that in 2011, the telephone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the prime minister, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation carried out by Istanbul prosecutor's office against "Salam" terrorist organization.

    During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head of the Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well.

    At that time, the then prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.

    Erdogan stressed that the Gulen movement with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.

    He also called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him.

    Erdogan also previously said that Gulen would be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that an extradition is inadmissible.

    Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara would make every effort to achieve Gulen's extradition.

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  • Armed criminal kills police officer in Iran
    28.01.2015 17:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    An armed criminal killed a police officer, captain Rahman Fathollahi in the Iranian city of Borujerd, Iranian news agency Д°RNA reported Jan. 28.

    An armed person opened fire on people at the motor show in the center of Borujerd. An exchange of gun fire was observed between Fathollahi and a gunman. As a result, a police officer was killed. Other policemen injured the criminal and arrested him.

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  • Eastern Kazakhstan hit with 4.5 magnitude quake
    28.01.2015 17:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was recorded in eastern part of Kazakhstan on Jan. 28, Kazakhstan's Seismological Expedition of the Science Committee under Education and Science Ministry reported.

    The earthquake occurred at 02:08 p.m. local time (08:08 a.m. Greenwich time), 567 kilometers to the north-east of the city of Almaty.

    The epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 15 kilometers.

    There was no information about possible victims or damage.

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  • Mother cut her childrenв's throats to keep them quiet
    28.01.2015 16:57
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    A young mother in Washington state has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say she cut her children's throats in an attempt to keep them quiet, SIA reports citing the CNN.

    Over the weekend, Christina Booth called 911 to report that her three children were crying non-stop and "needed medical attention," according to a recent probable cause filing

    The 28-year-old and her husband ,Thomas Booth, have three children, a 2-year-old and 6-month-old twins.

    When officers arrived at the Olympia, Washington, home on Saturday night, they found a troubling scene. As spelled out by a local prosecutor, police saw the twins on the couch crying "uncontrollably" and "bleeding from their necks."

    One officer then went upstairs and found the couple's 2-year-old in bed, under the covers with "dry blood all over her."

    All three were transported to a local hospital, where CNN affiliate KOMO reports they underwent surgery. They are now in stable condition and will be placed in protective custody.

    In their probable cause filing, authorities paint a picture of a mother overwhelmed and suffering from post-partum depression.
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  • American journalist to be tried in Iran soon
    28.01.2015 16:57
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    Director General of Tehran Province Justice Department Gholam Hossein Esmaili said that American journalist Jason Rezaei will be put on trial in Iran soon, the country's official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 28.

    The final verdict for Rezaei case would be announced at the end of the legal procedures, Esmaili stressed.

    The official added that Rezaei has been in touch with his family since his arrest.

    Jason Rezaei is an Iranian-born American journalist who was arrested for security charges along with his wife and one of his friends who were released later. Rezaei is in jail waiting for his trial.

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  • Russian government to expend $35 billion to address economic crisis
    28.01.2015 16:57
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    The Russian government published a 2.34 trillion ruble ($34.8 billion) plan on Wednesday to address the economic crisis, according to the anti- plan, a document approved by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, APAв's correspondent to Moscow reported.

    The anti-crisis plan includes reducing the majority of budget expenditures by 10%, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, strengthening unemployment funds and other measures. The budget deficit for 2016-18 will make up 5%.

    Note that, a collapse in oil prices, western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, and ruble's depreciation has deteriorated the Russian economy. The decreasing likelihood of a solution to the Ukrainian crisis as well as negative news coming from international assessment organizations are prompting the Russian government to take measures against the crisis.

    A large portion of the $35 billion that is be expended to deal with the economic crisis will be spent to cover foreign debts of banks, while $ 1 billion will be spent on measures against unemployment. There will be no decrease in defense expenditures which account for a considerable part of Russia's budget.

    Note that, the plan will be put up for discussion at the parliament this week, and then presented to President Vladimir Putin.
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  • OSCE Minsk group co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia soon
    28.01.2015 16:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.28

    By Anakhanum Hidayatova - Trend:

    The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (the United States), and Pierre Andrieu (France), will visit Azerbaijan and Armenia within the next two months, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Pascal Monnier told Trend.

    "The date is not fixed yet, it can be in February or by the end of March, but certainly within the next two months," he said.

    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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  • French ambassador thanks Azerbaijan for solidarity
    28.01.2015 16:47
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Pascal Monnier, French Ambassador to Baku expressed gratitude to the leadership of Azerbaijan for the solidarity with the people of France over the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo.

    Expressing gratitude to the Azerbaijani officials for the words of sympathy and solidarity, Monnier said these killings caused deep sorrow, not only for French people, but everyone who, regardless of the political and religious views respects the values of freedom and humanity, the embassy said in a statement issued on January 27.

    Immediately after the first reports of the attacks, President Ilham Aliyev expressed his condolences to President Francois Hollande and the people of the country, also First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva sent to the embassy wreath in memory of the victims and Finance Minister Samir Sharifov, on behalf of the Azerbaijani government, wrote words of encouragement in the memory book, Monnier said.

    He also noted that Deputy Primer Ali Ahmadov took part in a national march in Paris, together with the political leaders of many countries on January 11 to confirm Azerbaijanв's commitment to the fight against terrorism.

    France was shocked in early January with a series of terrorist attacks that began with the attack on editorial office of the Charlie Hebdo journal. Twelve people '" 9 employees of the magazine and two police officers guarding the building '" were killed and 11 more were injured as a result of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
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  • Armenian lobby not ready for dialogue with Turkey '" Turkish PMв's advisor
    28.01.2015 16:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Unlike Armenia, the Armenian lobby is not ready for a dialogue with Turkey, Etienne Mahcupyan, the advisor to Turkish prime minister said.

    Regarding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation to Armenian president to take part in the events dedicated to the Canakkale victory on April 24, Mahcupyan said that it wouldn't be such a bad idea if Armenia at least symbolically accepted the invitation, Anadolu agency reported on Jan.28.

    "There were also Armenians among those killed in the Canakkale Battle," he said. "If Armenia honors their memory, it was to have at least symbolically accepted Turkish president's invitation."

    He said it is not ruled out that if Turkish-Armenian relations are restored, a number of descendants of Armenians who left Turkey in 1915 can return there and demand citizenship.

    Previously, Turkish authorities have repeatedly made gestures to Armenia. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's message to the Armenian people on April 24, 2014 is one of such recent gestures.

    Erdogan said in that message that the events of 1915 were a difficult time not only for Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    Although Turkey has repeatedly proposed to create an independent commission to investigate the events of 1915, Armenia continues to reject this proposal.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier that the emphasis on the 1915 events hinders the normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan.

    He said that Ankara hopes for the normalization of relations with Yerevan, however, Armenia should break down its stereotypes associated with the mentioned events.

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  • US should pay more attention to Azerbaijan, ex-ambassador says
    28.01.2015 16:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Anakhanim Hidayatova - Trend:

    The US should pay more attention to Azerbaijan, as this country is its strategic partner, said Matthew Bryza, the former deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, former US ambassador in Azerbaijan, the director of the International Centre for Defence and Security in Estonia.

    "The US should play a more effective role in the South Caucasus, especially in terms of support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan on the basis of the negotiating process and international principles," Bryza told Trend Jan. 28.

    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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • New youth strategy approved
    28.01.2015 16:39
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Youth is a driving force of each country, without which its development is impossible. So, Azerbaijan pays a great deal of attention to this issue, and takes youth strategies as one of its most important priorities.

    Youth Development Strategy for 2015-2025 was approved by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on January 26.

    The strategy aims at stimulating the youthв's intellectual, physical and moral development, and encouraging their active involvement in the countryв's socio-economic, public and political life.

    The Youth and Sport Ministry is tasked to prepare the ground for the strategy implementation.

    The main purposes of the youth policy in Azerbaijan are to create suitable conditions for physical, mental and spiritual development of youth, to assist in the realization of their skills and abilities to resolve their social problems, and to guarantee the protection of their rights.

    Today, Azerbaijan opens youth houses, new places for work, and possibilities for education in the country and abroad, engage in sports and many other activities.

    Well-educated, creative and healthy young persons are viewed as valuable employees in Azerbaijan and they actively present the country in the world.

    Azad Rahimov, Sport and Youth Minister, believes 2014 was a successful year for Azerbaijan in terms of implementing youth and sports policies.

    Moreover, Azerbaijan invited many young people from around the world to discover this country of natural wonders, as many important international events and competitions were held in Azerbaijan last year, including the 30th European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics, the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee, the Global Forum on Youth Policy, 6th World Cyber Games Championship.

    This year, Azerbaijan will host the historic inaugural European Games, which will be an excellent opportunity for Azerbaijani youth, including athletes, employees and volunteers.
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  • Azerbaijani agricultureв's growth rate reaches nearly 50%
    28.01.2015 16:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The growth rate of agriculture in Azerbaijan, according to the World Bank (WB), reached 48.9 percent, exceeding the global average by 17.1 percent, as a result of realization of state programs in the last 10 years, the Azerbaijani Agriculture Minister Heydar Asadov said.

    Asadov was addressing a conference dedicated to the outcomes of the first year of implementation of the "State Program on Socio-economic Development of the Regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014-2018", held under the chairmanship of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    "Whereas during this period the growth of food production [in the world] stood at 18 percent, in our country that figure was 39 percent," he said.

    Asadov further noted that the volume of agricultural production in Azerbaijan in 2014 amounted to 5.2 billion AZN, of which 2.8 billion AZN accounted for livestock production.

    The minister added that last year Azerbaijan exported vegetables and fruits for a total of $291 million, which is 16.1 percent higher than in 2013.

    The import of fruits and vegetables in this period totalled $25.2 million, which is less than in 2013 by 13.5 percent.

    Touching upon about the development of animal husbandry in Azerbaijan, Asadov noted that in recent years, against the backdrop of increase in the number of cattle by 21 percent, the growth in meat production was 46.4 percent and the milk production growth stood at 53 percent.

    He also said that as a result of lower prices for imported goods in 2014, farmers were able to purchase agricultural machinery by 50 percent cheaper (fertilizers - 30 percent cheaper) than last year.

    The minister also spoke about the problems to be resolved.

    He particularly highlighted the need for measures to encourage re-seeding in order to further improve the situation in provision of fodder, creation of a seed fund, and revision of the size of the aid related to provision of agricultural producers with fuel and engine oils.

    The minister also pointed out the need for making a corresponding decision with regard to the agricultural machinery, which became unusable (if their repair is uneconomical), and taking measures against the land owners who don't use their lands.

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  • UK says proceedings on Azerbaijani captives illegal
    28.01.2015 16:28
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    Foreign Office Minister of State Baroness Anelay stated that the UK government ''does not recognize the 'so-calledв' Nagorno Karabakh Republic''.

    In response to a Parliamentary Question by Lord Kilclooney Foreign Office Minister of State Baroness Anelay of St Johns has stated that the UK government "does not recognize the lsquo;so-called' Nagorno Karabakh Republic".

    Lord Kilclooney's question was about the fate of two Azerbaijani civilians (Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgerov) who were ambushed and captured by Armenian armed forces whilst trying to tend the graves of their relatives in the occupied territories.

    As well as dismissing the lsquo;NK Republic' Baroness Anelay also stated that the British government "does not recognize the legal framework of the Court proceedings in question". The Minister of State also said that the British government had raised the fate of the two hostages with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    UK Foreign Office Minister of State stands for Deputy Minister.
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  • US threatens Russia over Ukraine
    28.01.2015 16:27
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    US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.

    Lew's comments during a visit to Kiev came one day after EU heads of state threatened to impose further financial measures against Moscow in response to the latest upsurge in violence in Ukraine's nine-month war.

    "Our first choice is a diplomatic resolution that allows us to lessen sanctions. But we are prepared to do more if necessary. To that end, we'll continue to work with our allies to increase the pressure on Russia," Lew told reporters.

    Russia denies backing the eastern insurgents and claims that past measures against it are meant at undermining President Vladimir Putin's 15-year rule.

    "At the same time, we've been clear from the beginning: if Moscow fully implements its obligations pursuant to the Minsk agreement, sanctions against Russia could be eased," Lew added.

    He also told his Ukrainian counterpart Natalie Jaresko -- a US national confirmed to her post last month -- that Washington was ready to provide up to $3 billion in support should Kiev press ahead with overdue economic restructuring measures.

    "Ukraine's government continues to forge ahead with the implementation of its ambitious reform agenda and it needs the support of the international community to make progress," Lew said.

    He said $1 billion more could be added to a past loan of the same amount in the first half of the year.

    "We are also proposing to our Congress that we provide an additional $1 billion for a total of $3 billion of loan guarantees as long as Ukraine continues to make concrete progress on its reform agenda and continues to require support," he said.

    Ukraine's economy shrank by nearly eight percent last year and Kiev is currently facing a massive foreign debt burden that threatens to put it into default within the next few months.
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  • Turkey determines time when it is fully ready to join EU
    28.01.2015 16:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    During the next two years, Turkey will finally be ready to become a full member of the EU, the Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said, according to Anadolu agency Jan.28.

    The goal of Turkey is also to raise the standard of living in the country to the level of the EU, according to the minister.

    Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has no interest in the issue of accession to EU.

    "Ankara will not beg for accession to EU and the country's strength will grow," he said.

    The official negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU were resumed in 2005.

    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc earlier said that if previously 75 percent of Turkey's population supported the country's accession to the EU, currently, this figure has dropped to 20 percent.

    Turkey has fulfilled 65 percent of its commitments to the EU for accession to this organization.

    Earlier, the country's Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said the negotiations between Turkey and EU can't continue in the format required by the organization. He said at the time that democracy in Turkey is at a higher level than in some European countries.

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  • US Congresswoman issues statement on 25th anniversary of Black January
    28.01.2015 16:01
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    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Madeleine Bordallo has made a statement on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Black January tragedy.

    The statement provides detailed information about the tragedy, AzerTag reports.

    The Congresswoman said that on 20 January 1990, Soviet troops stormed Azerbaijan's capital of Baku and perpetrated a massacre in the city.

    She said, however, this tragic event strengthened Azerbaijani peoples` struggle for independence and resulted in their declaring the independence of Azerbaijan.
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  • Azerbaijan and Turkey to form Eurasian Energy Union covering 18 countries
    28.01.2015 15:49
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    Baku - APA-Economics. Azerbaijan and Turkey intend to form Eurasian Energy Union.

    APA-Economics reports quoting Yeni Safak newspaper of Turkey that the centre of the Union will be Istanbul.

    The Union to cover 18 countries will be headed by Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    The Chairman of the International Association for Energy Economics Union (IAEE), GГјrkan KumbaroДџlu, announced that the Turkey and Azerbaijan led energy projects are turning the region into an energy hub.

    The heads of the IAEE and Azerbaijan's state-owned oil and natural gas company SOCAR held a meeting in Istanbul and announced that they have agreed in principle about regional energy structuring.
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  • Council of Europe slaps Armenia over inhuman treatment of prisoners
    28.01.2015 15:47
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Detainees in Armenia have been subjected to physical or psychological ill-treatment and excessive use of force, reported a committee of the Council of Europe.

    The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment published on January 27 its reports on the last two ad hoc visits to Armenia, carried out in April 2013 and in May 2014.

    During the visit in April 2013, the CPTв's delegation received a significant number of allegations from detainees that were subjected to physical ill-treatment mainly consisted of punches, kicks, or inappropriate use of batons, at the time of arrest or during subsequent questioning.

    Moreover, a number of allegations were received about the threats of physical ill-treatment and repercussions for family members. In several cases, the ill-treatment was of such a severity that it could be considered as torture including extensive beatings, infliction of electric shocks, simulated asphyxiation with a gas mask, blows to the soles of the feet and etc. In a number of cases, the medical examination of the victims and the consultation of medical files by the delegation revealed injuries which were consistent with the allegations of ill-treatment.In their response, the Armenian authorities indicated that new guidelines have been issued and the training of police officers has been enhanced to prevent the cases of ill-treatment.

    However, the CPT's examination into the relevant documentation, including investigation of files related to complaints about police ill-treatment, revealed a number of flaws in the current system in Armenia that clearly undermined the effectiveness of any action taken to detect and investigate such cases. The CPT made a number of specific recommendations to improve the existing procedures for the reporting of injuries and the processing of potential cases of police ill-treatment by prosecutors.

    The CPTв's delegation has also carried out a target visit to Yerevan-Kentron Prison to examine the conditions under which the life-sentenced prisoners were being held. In the report, the CPT expressed serious concerns over the failure of Armenia to adhere to specific recommendations made following the previous visits. Thus, no change were observed in the situation of two life-sentenced prisoners, who had been continuously held in solitary confinement for 13 years, without being offered any out-of-cell activity other than outdoor exercise for one hour per day.

    The committee emphasized that the conditions, under which the two prisoners were held, could be considered as inhuman and degrading treatment, since neither of them was provided with adequate psychiatric treatment, even though they both suffered from severe mental disorders.The CPTв's delegation visited Nubarashen and Kentron Prisons in Yerevan in May 2014 in an effort to review the situation of life-sentenced prisoners in the country.

    The visit disclosed that many of the specific recommendations previously made by the committee have not been implemented in practice, particularly in regard to the detention regime of life-sentenced prisoners, the restrictions on prisonersв' contact with the outside world and the systematic use of handcuffs. The situation of the two aforementioned life-sentenced prisoners in Kentron prison remained by and large unchanged since the 2013 visit of the committee.
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  • Iran to let foreign women watch male volleyball event
    28.01.2015 15:38
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    Iran will break with custom and allow foreign women to attend male volleyball matches when it hosts a major tournament this summer, but female Iranian nationals will remain barred.

    The decision, announced Wednesday by Iran's Volleyball Federation, comes almost three months after the sport's governing body, the FIVB, said it would not allow the Islamic republic to host international events while its gender policies remained in place.

    Women in Iran are not normally allowed to watch male athletes in competition, with authorities saying the restriction protects them from potentially abusive behaviour among male fans.

    However, the policy courted controversy when a British-Iranian female law graduate was arrested outside a stadium in the capital last June, having gone there to watch a volleyball match.

    The woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami, was freed after a few hours but then re-arrested and jailed for months before being released on bail in November.

    Iranian authorities have said she was detained for security reasons unrelated to the volleyball match.

    Her case triggered FIVB's punishment on Iran, but Wednesday's announcement relates to a men's championship organised by the Asian Volleyball Confederation, which has autonomous powers.

    "Foreign women as employees of embassies, the families of foreign teams or other foreign women living in Iran can attend the competition," Iranian federation president Mahmoud Afshardoost told the official IRNA news agency.

    Part of the 12,000-seat stadium being used for the July 31-August 8 event will be allocated to women, he said.

    Iran's volleyball team is one of the best in the world and very popular at home. It finished sixth in the World Championships in Poland last year and was fourth at the World League tournament.

    At the time of the FIVB's ruling, Iran rejected the decision as unfair, and alluding to Ghavami's case, said that "to make a connection between a non-sporting activity and our sport is unfair".
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  • Georgia to create special institution for export promotion
    28.01.2015 15:37
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan.28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    A special institute will be created in Georgia in order to promote export, Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Jan.28 after the meeting of the prime minister with members of the economic team of the government.

    The meeting was also attended by the head of the National Bank of Georgia Giorgi Kadagidze, Secretary of the Economic Council of Giorgi Gakharia, General Director of Georgian Railway JSC Mamuka Bakhtadze, Director of the Investment Agency Giorgi Pertaya and head of the Partnership Fund Irakli Kovzanadze.

    The economic situation in neighboring countries and its impact on the economy of Georgia was discussed at the meeting, according to Kvirikashvili.

    "We evaluated the degree of this influence on our economy, and outlined steps to be taken in the future," said the minister. "In order to encourage export, we create a special institution, and the state will provide export guarantees to private companies. Export financing institutions will be set up, and the prospects for the near future are the case now."

    He also said that measures to increase revenues from tourism of Georgia were outlined.

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  • Iran not to agree on nuclear deal at all cost
    28.01.2015 15:37
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    Tehran, Iran, Jan 28

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham said Iran wants to reach a nuclear agreement as soon as possible, but not at all cost.

    "We will take any possible opportunity to continue and make progress in talks," she said, Iran's Fars News Agency reported Jan. 18.

    "Iran's deputy foreign ministers will hold a meeting with the representatives of Three European members of P5 1 group of countries in Istanbul on Jan. 29," she added.

    "The negotiating team will also hold separate bilateral meetings with each country's representatives, as well," Afkham noted.

    "The two sides have agreed on general issues and now we are discussing the details," she explained.

    According to the official, the gap between Iran and the P5 1 has been reduced, but the two sides still need comprehensive negotiations.

    "If the two sides show good will, reaching an agreement is possible," Afkham said.

    Iran and P5 1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24,2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

    The Geneva deal took effect on January 20, 2014 and expired on July 20, 2014.

    However, the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till November 24, 2014 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

    At a meeting held on November 24, 2014, the sides agreed to extend the talks for further seven months.

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  • Armenian authorities undermine nationв's voting rights: U.S. diplomat
    28.01.2015 15:32
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Scaly falsifications and violations of law play a very significant role in each election in Armenia, said a U.S. diplomat.

    Zoghovurd, a local newspaper, published a report by Mary Jovanovic, former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, on the Yerevan City Council election in 2009, which was kept in the U.S. diplomatic archive.

    In her report Yovanovich provided her visions on the election process based on analysis of the pre-election situation in Yerevan and information she received from the authorities' camp, according to Zoghovurd.

    She particularly underlined the very possibility of falsification attempts by the authorities, indicating to a practice of blatantly undermining the voting rights in Armenia.

    Yovanovich said the people in Armenia took an extremely indifferent approach towards the election, despite of its major role in their life.

    Based on the information from the circles which were closely observing the pre-election political processes in Armenia, the diplomat made an early statement in 2009 saying that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and the Prosperous Armenia parties will share the first and second places respectively and the Armenian National Congress will claim the third place.

    When the Central Election Commission officially released the results of elections in May 31, 2009, they exactly matched the early statement by Yovanovich.

    Yovanovich noted that the ultimate goal of the ruling party during each election is to prevent its rivals from getting a large number of votes.

    At the same time, Armenia's ruling elite held a simultaneous campaign to create a rival front during elections, for example, Gagik Tsarukyan, who was reportedly known for his smooth relations with the authorities, seriously engaged in pre-election campaign representing his own Prosperous Armenia party.

    Meanwhile, Yovanovich said the circles in Yerevan perceived Tsarukyan as a rural man, who attracted the financially vulnerable and jobless parts of society to his side.

    For instance, Yovanovich noted that during the financial crisis in 2008, Tsarukyan's support to people and charity helped him to gain the sympathy of most people.

    She also added that Gagik Belgaryan, a candidate from the ruling party, was notorious for his relation with the criminal world and falsified pre-election campaigns.

    The first ever election of Yerevan City Council in May 2009 turned to be a target for critical views for its unprecedented violations and law breaches. Following the publication of the voting results, Nigel Mermagen, Head of the UK Observation Delegation, called on the Armenian authorities to set higher standards for electoral ethics.
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  • Suicide attack kills at least five people in north Mali
    28.01.2015 15:23
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    A suicide attack in the disputed north Malian town of Tabankort killed at least five people overnight, according to two Tuareg rebel sources on Wednesday.

    A source for the main Tuareg rebel group MNLA said that multiple suicide bombers from a rival, pro-government militia attacked their positions, killing 13 people. A second source said that five separatist fighters had been killed.

    Fighting between rival armed groups vying to control Tabankort has broken out several times this month, prompting the U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSMA to carry out air strikes on Tuareg rebel forces.

    The incident, which separatists called a violation of a ceasefire deal, threatens to derail upcoming peace talks in Algiers over the future of northern Mali.

    The weak Bamako government is struggling to restore its authority on northern zones where a medley of armed groups operate as well as al-Qaeda-linked Islamists who briefly occupied the region in 2012.

    In a sign of high tensions, witnesses said that U.N. peacekeepers on Tuesday had fired lived rounds at demonstrators protesting against a new disarmament plan, killing three.
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  • Exhibition of Azerbaijani artists opens in London
    28.01.2015 15:22
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    A joint exhibition of Azerbaijan`s talented artists Aida Mahmudova and Faig Ahmed has opened in Louise Blouin Foundation in London.

    The exhibition 'Exploring Inward' curated by Farah Piriyeva was organized by Buta Arts Center as part of the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts, AzerTag reports.

    Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

    Director General of Buta Arts Center Nasib Piriyev highlighted the implemented projects of the facility. He also briefed the participants on events to be held as part of the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts.

    Curator of the exhibition Farah Piriyeva highlighted the activities of Aida Mahmudova and Faig Ahmed. She said the works of the Azerbaijani artists caused great interest in the world.

    Then, the event participants viewed the exhibition.

    The exhibition will last till February 6.
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  • Uzbek CEC signs agreement on coverage of presidential election with media
    28.01.2015 15:20
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan.28

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan has signed bilateral agreements on coverage of the preparation and holding of the election of president of the republic with the National Television and Radio Company (NTRC), the National News Agency (UzA) and Information Agency Jahon at the Uzbek foreign ministry, said a statement of the CEC.

    Special attention will be paid to the creation of a broad and equal opportunities for presidential candidates in usage of the media for campaigning, and also by providing them with an equal volume of airtime and print space within the framework of the signed agreements.

    It was reported that the holding of presidential election in Uzbekistan is scheduled for March 29 2015. Four political parties officially operating in the republic have been admitted to the election - Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP), the National Democratic Party Milliy Tiklanish (National Revival, People's Democratic Party), the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan Milliy Tiklanish (National revival, DPU) and the Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice, Social Democrats).

    The parties decided to nominate their candidates for the presidency at the plenary sessions held in mid-January 2015. UzLiDeP put forward Islam Karimov as a candidate for president, People's Democratic Party offers chairman of the central council of the party Hatamjon Ketmonov to this post, USDP - a chairman of the executive committee of the party Narimon Umarov, DPU Milliy Tiklanish - a member of the faction of the party in the parliament, chairman of the Committee on Democratic Institutions, NGOs and Citizens' Self-Governing Bodies Akmal Saidov.

    The previous presidential election was held in Uzbekistan in 2007.

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  • External shocks cause Russian economy shock damage of $200 billion '" Siluanov
    28.01.2015 15:13
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    External shocks cause Russian economy shock damage of $200 billion, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday.

    "The effect of external shocks for the current account balance is around $200 billion. First of all, it's the drop in oil prices, we are receiving less currency. All experts admit this situation will continue in the long term. There will be no quick rebound in the price of oil like the one we saw in 2008-2009. That's because oil production is high, and given the slowing economic growth, this surplus production is pushing prices down," Siluanov said, ITAR TASS reports.

    "The price of oil per barrel will remain at low levels, according to estimates. Today the price is below $50. We expect it to grow in the future, but it's unlikely prices will return to $100 or higher" Siluanov added.

    The Finance Ministry will allocate $2.4 billion of budget loans for regional commercial debt refinancing, Siluanov added. He said that the volume of regional debt rose last year by 20% and now stands at more than $29.7 billion (2 trillion rubles). That is why the proposed anti-crisis plan is aimed at supporting the regions in terms of debt repayment to commercial banks.

    The ministry will also increase by $444.8 million in budget funds for project financing, he noted.

    Annual inflation in Russia is estimated at 12.5% for the time being, Siluanov said. He noted that many factors are affecting those numbers, including the ruble devaluation and effect from sanctions. "That is why we should not uncoil that inflation spiral, we need to take measures to limit investment spending growth, and limiting indexation," the minister said.
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  • Baku 2015 official hails sports infrastructure in Nakhchivan
    28.01.2015 14:57
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 official has hailed sports infrastructure in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan.

    William Louis-Marie, Baku 2015 Director of Communications, said sports facilities in Nakhchivan meet international standards.

    Louis-Marie expressed confidence this infrastructure will be contributing to the development of sports in the autonomous republic for many years.Touching upon the first European Games to take place in Baku this year, he said the main goal of the Organizing Committee is to make these Games a historic event.

    The biggest sporting event in Azerbaijan's history Baku 2015 European Games will attract more than 6,000 athletes to represent 49 countries in 20 sports on June 12-28.

    The Baku 2015 Games will take place in 21 stadia and facilities in Baku and Mingachevir city. The official opening ceremony of the Games will take place in the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium. The Athletes Village will accommodate up to 7,300 people.

    Nakhchivan economic region of Azerbaijan is separated from the main part of Azerbaijan, as a result of expansionist policy of the Armenia. The territory of Nakhchivan region makes 6 percent of Azerbaijan territory. This region is rich with natural reserves and valuable mineral springs.

    Nakhchivan being one of ancient cultural centers of Azerbaijan has wide social-cultural infrastructure. Besides scientific departments of the National Academy of Sciences of the Autonomous Republic, secondary, professional, musical, cultural and educational, medicinal sites and museums, there are many historical monuments here.
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  • Mother of Japanese hostage appeals for his life
    28.01.2015 14:52
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    The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.

    The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, had a shorter time to live. Japan confirmed the existence of the video at 11 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Tuesday.

    The voice said Goto would be killed unless Jordan freed death row inmate Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman held by Jordan for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing that killed 60 people in Amman.

    "Please save Kenji's life. I call on you to work with all your strength in negotiations with the Jordanian government," Goto's mother, Junko Ishido, said in a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that she read out at a news conference.

    "His remaining time is very short ... I beg you to do everything in your power," Ishido said, reiterating that her son was not an enemy of Islam.

    Abe said the latest video was "despicable". He called on Jordan to cooperate in working for Goto's quick release, but vowed Tokyo would not give in to terrorism.

    Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it appeared to show Goto. The voice on the video resembled that of Goto in an earlier video over the weekend which the Japanese and U.S. governments believed was authentic.

    If verified, the video would be the third involving 47-year-old Goto, a veteran war reporter.

    The hostage issue is the deepest diplomatic crisis Abe - who must tread a fine line between appearing firm but not callous - has faced in just over two years in office.

    "While making every effort to contribute proactively to world peace and stability without giving in to terrorism, we will exert all means to prevent terrorism in our country," Abe told parliament's upper house.
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  • Azerbaijan may pose ban on foreign doctors
    28.01.2015 14:51
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    Azerbaijan may apply the respective bans on doctors who come from other countries.

    According to Oxu.Az, the Committee for Social Policy of the Azerbaijani parliament is to prepare the due changes into the law.

    At today's session of the Committee, its deputy chairman Musa Guliyev said that the new proposals on this issue will be put for the parliament discussion in spring.

    He said the bans will be connected with the activity of foreign doctors working in other spheres of medical activity in Azerbaijan:

    "For example, a dentist in Iran works in Azerbaijan as gynecologist. This causes serious implications. We already have a sufficient number of qualified doctors and do not see the need for foreign ones".

    The committee members supported the proposal.
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  • Georgian MP urges intl. community to stop Russian aggression
    28.01.2015 14:42
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Georgian official has called on the international community to do its best to stop the Russian aggression in an emotional plea at a PACE meeting on January 27.

    Participants of the meeting discussed in detail the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, accusing Moscow of destabilizing the situation and supporting the separatist regimes.

    Tinatin Khidasheli, a Member of Georgian Parliament, referred to Russiaв's occupational policy and Georgia's two regions under Russian occupation in her speech.

    "As the Council of Europe member-state has started a war with Ukraine in current difficult situation of Europe, all our prayers and efforts should be with the victims of war, those who suffer the most from the Russian aggression and military expansion,'' she said.

    Khidasheli noted that Europe and the whole democratic world need to do everything to stop the ongoing Russian aggression, its military expansion and continuous occupation of foreign territories.

    Meanwhile, PACE is planning to vote for continuation of sanctions against Russia, on January 28.

    Russia was deprived of its right to vote in the Council of Europe in April, 2014, following its actions, which led to the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. The Georgian delegation is also backing the severe sanctions.

    The relations between Georgia and Russia have pushed all limits when Georgian troops launched military operations to retake the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions on August 8, 2008. Russian armed forces entered the regions to stop the military attacks by Georgian troops. After four days of tense fighting, Georgian forces were expelled from South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia carried out massive air strikes on the military and logistical targets inside Georgia, particularly in Gori city.

    Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on August 12. Tbilisi has immediately cut all diplomatic ties with Russia just a while after the bloody skirmish. Russia signed a partnership treaty with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which has again soured the newly relenting political relations with Georgia.
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  • Mom, 56, dies week after birthing twins she longed for
    28.01.2015 14:42
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    In her 56 years, Lisa Swinton McLaughlin racked up more accomplishments than most who live decades longer manage to do: A Creighton University law school grad, she worked for 13 years as a Nebraska special assistant attorney general'"before heading to medical school and ultimately becoming executive medical officer with the American Red Cross in Baltimore.

    As a 2009 press release explained, McLaughlin "specialized in child abuse and neglect cases. Her exposure to the medical issues of these children led her to apply to medical school." But there remained one void: children of her own.

    McLaughlin married husband Mike in 1999, and spent a decade undergoing various fertility and in-vitro procedures. And then, last year, she became pregnant with twins. She gave birth to premature boys, both healthy, on Dec. 27, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

    Sons Jordan, 3 pounds and 3 ounces, and Dylan, 3 pounds, remained in the hospital when McLaughlin headed home four days later. Mike says she was in pain but attributed it to the cesarean section incision.

    Though she was able to hold the babies and "stroke them and love them," McLaughlin died of a bowel obstruction on Jan. 4. Death "wasn't even in her vocabulary," Mike tells the World-Herald.

    The 67-year-old plans to move back to his native Nebraska so that family members can help him raise the boys. (A Phoenix woman died before she could hold her newborn quadruplets.)
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  • Ziya Mammadov meets with Prime Minister of Georgia
    28.01.2015 14:41
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    The importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars was noted at the meeting.

    Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov met with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili during his visit to Georgia.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the press service of the Georgian Prime Minister that the sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of transport between the two countries and noted the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars.

    It was noted that the railway line that passes through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will unite Europe and Asia to provide effective and rapid transportation of passengers and cargo.

    The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

    It was also noted that today Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov, Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development George Kvirikashvili will go to Kartsakhi to review the work done in the framework of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars.
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  • Turkeyв's population rises to over 77 million
    28.01.2015 14:21
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    Turkey's population rose to 77.7 million people in 2014, an increase of 1.28 million over the course of the year, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute on Jan. 28 Hurriyet Daily News reported

    Some 50.2 percent (38.98 million) of the population is male, while 49.8 percent (38.71 million) is female.

    The proportion of the Turkish population living in cities increased to 91.8 percent in 2014, from 91.3 percent in 2013.

    The most populated province in the country is Istanbul with 18.5 percent of Turkish citizens (14.38 million people). Istanbul is followed by Ankara with 6.6 percent (5.15 million people); Д°zmir with 5.3 percent (4.11 million people); Bursa with 3.6 percent (2.79 million people); and Antalya with 2.9 percent (2.22 million people). The least populated of Turkey's 81 provinces is the northeastern province of Bayburt, which has just 80,607 inhabitants.

    The median age of Turkey's population increased to 30.7 in 2014, from 30.4 percent in 2013. The median age for males was 30.1, while for females it was 31.3. The provinces with the highest median ages in the country were Sinop at 39.1, Balikesir at 38.6, and Edirne and Kastamonu at 38.0. The provinces with the lowest median ages were all in the southeast of the country, with Ећirnak at 19.1, Sanliurfa at 19.2, and Agri at 20.

    The workini aie population between 15-64 increased by 0.1 points to 67.8 percent of the total - or 52.64 million people. The population aied 0-14 fell to 24.3 percent of the total (18.86 million people), while the population aied 65 and over rose to 8.0 percent of the total (6.19 million people).

    The population density across Turkey - calculated by the averaie number of people per square kilometer - increased by 1 person in 2014, reachini 101.

    The province with the hiihest population density was Istanbul, with 2,767 people per square kilometer. Istanbul was followed by Kocaeli with 477, Д°zmir with 342, Iaziantep with 277, and both Bursa and Yalova with 267. The eastern province of Tunceli had the smallest population density, with just 12 people per square kilometer.

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  • Temperature to reach 11 C in Baku
    28.01.2015 14:21
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    Intermittent rain is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on January 29.

    Deputy Director of the weather forecast bureau of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Gulshad Mammadova told APA that the weather will be changeable foggy and mainly dry in the daytime.

    South-west wind will be followed by north wind in the afternoon. The temperature will be 1hellip;4 C at night, 7hellip;11 in the daytime.

    The weather will be intermittently rainy in Azerbaijan's regions and sleet and snow are expected in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions. East wind will blow. It will be mainly dry and foggy in most regions in the afternoon. West wind will blow and occasionally intensify in mountainous areas in the afternoon.

    The temperature will be -1hellip;4 C at night, 7hellip;12 in the daytime and in mountains -3hellip;-8 C at night, 0hellip;5 C in the daytime.
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  • Oil prices change in world markets
    28.01.2015 14:17
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    The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil has increased $0.56 to stand at $49.97 in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the WTI crude oil increased $1.08 to trade at $46.23, as well price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) raised $1.44 to stand at $49.60.
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  • Test train launching ceremony to be held as part of BTK railway project
    28.01.2015 14:02
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    A test train official launching ceremony will be held January 28 as part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway construction project on the territory of Georgia - Kartsakhi- Akhalkalaki (the Georgian-Turkish border).

    Georgian Minister of Economy Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov will attend the official ceremony, the Georgian Ministry of Economy told Trend Jan. 28

    The commissioning of the railway is planned in late 2015.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish inter-state agreement.

    Azerbaijan has allocated a loan worth $ 775 million for construction of the Georgian section. SOFAZ finances the project in accordance with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan 'On the implementation of the activities of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project' dated February 21, 2007.

    Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India show interest in this project.

    Peak capacity of the corridor will be 17 million tons of cargo. This figure will be at the level of one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo at the initial stage.

    Azerbaijan's Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov said that after the three years of operation of BTK, the volume of cargo transportation via this railway is expected to hit three million metric tons, after five years - five million metric tons and more but after ten years of operation, this figure is forecast to exceed 10 million metric tons.

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  • Developing-8 countries to establish joint university
    28.01.2015 13:57
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Industry minister from Eight Developing Countries (D8) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for establishing a joint university, the Islamic Republic's Fars news agency reported Jan. 28.

    The MoU was signed in Tehran on the sidelines of the fourth ministerial meeting of D-8 organization.

    The university will be established in Iran 's northern city of Amol in cooperation with the Iranian Islamic Azad University.

    It will accept students from the eight member countries of D-8 organization including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey from September 2015.

    D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an organization for development cooperation among the member countries.

    The objectives of D-8 are to improve member-states' status in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at the international level and improve standards of living.

    Trade turnover among the Developing-8 countries stood at $150 billion in 2013 and is projected to hit $500 billion in 2018.

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  • Exhibition of Azerbaijani artists opens in London
    28.01.2015 13:52
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    A joint exhibition of Azerbaijan`s talented artists Aida Mahmudova and Faig Ahmed has opened in Louise Blouin Foundation in London, AzerTag reports.

    The exhibition 'Exploring Inward' curated by Farah Piriyeva was organized by Buta Arts Center as part of the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts. Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

    Director General of Buta Arts Center Nasib Piriyev highlighted the implemented projects of the facility. He also briefed the participants on events to be held as part of the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts.

    Curator of the exhibition Farah Piriyeva highlighted the activities of Aida Mahmudova and Faig Ahmed. She said the works of the Azerbaijani artists caused great interest in the world.

    Then, the event participants viewed the exhibition.

    The exhibition will last till February 6.
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  • Azerbaijan begins collecting signatures
    28.01.2015 13:47
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    The Working Group of the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan held a press conference on Wednesday.

    The petition "100,000 signatures for the recognition of Sargsyan as a criminal of war" created by the Working Group of NGOs for the UN Security Council was presented at the press conference, APA reports.

    Member of the Council of State Support to NGOs, Chairman of Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations' Union (ASYOU) Shahin Ismayilov addressed the press conference, informing about the activities carried out for promotion of the petition to achieve a political assessment to the 20 January events. According to him, at meeting of the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations on January 19, a decision was made to create a working group to inform the world community about the 20 January events and the truths about Azerbaijan. The group included 17 NGO leaders.

    "They worked hard in a few days. As a result, today we're holding the presentation of two priority issues. One of the primary issues for the working group is to inform the world community about the 20 January events, and have the world recognize Serzh Sargsyan, who directly participated in the Khojaly events, as an international criminal. The working group aims to collect 100,000 signatures required for his recognition as a criminal of war as soon as possible. The main purpose of the campaign is to show that the Azerbaijani people maintain a common position. The process of winning 100,000 signatures will get started on avaaz.org in the second of the day. And an appeal in this regard will be made to the UN Security Council. I hope we're going to demonstrate an example of solidarity in a few days and achieve this objective," he added.
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  • Employment in civil service to require approval of Turkish intelligence
    28.01.2015 13:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu- Trend:

    All applicants for employment in government agencies will be thoroughly tested in order to prevent the penetration of supporters of Gulen (Islamic community leader, currently residing in the United States) into the state structures of Turkey, Haber7 channel said Jan.28 with reference to the Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications of Turkey Lutfi Elvan.

    It is reported that in addition, their candidatures must be approved by the country's intelligence service.

    Elvan said that such measures will be taken in a number of ministries of Turkey, including his department as well.

    It was earlier reported that a large-scale reshuffle is expected in Turkey's state structures as part of fighting Fethullah Gulen's movement.

    It is expected that almost all heads of Turkey's state structures will be dismissed.

    Turkish media reported on Feb. 5, 2014 that in 2011, the telephone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the prime minister, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation carried out by Istanbul prosecutor's office against "Salam" terrorist organization.

    During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head of the Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well.

    The then prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.

    Erdogan stressed that the Gulen movement with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.

    He also called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him.

    Erdogan also previously said that Gulen would be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that an extradition is inadmissible.

    Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara would make every effort to achieve the extradition of Gulen.

    Turkish police periodically conduct operations to arrest supporters of Gulen. On January 20, some 19 people were detained in Turkey as part of the regular raids.

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  • EU provides Georgia with first tranche as part of macro-financial assistance
    28.01.2015 13:22
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 28

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The European Commission has provided Georgia with a grant in the amount of 13 million euros as part of the country's first tranche of the macro-financial assistance program worth 46 million euros approved in August 2013.

    This tranche also includes 10 million euros in the form of loans, to be issued in the near future, the EU office in Georgia says.

    The second tranche worth 23 million euros consists of 10 million euros in the form of a grant and 13 million euros in the form of loans. It is planned to be delivered in mid-2015.

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