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Azerbaijani delegation attends International Astronautical Congress
29.09.2013 12:52
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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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    As one man found out the hard way, that may not always be the case.

    Police in Alabama saythey busted a drug-manufacturer when the manв's own dog pointed out where he was hiding.

    Prattville Police say they when they came to Edwin Melvin Hendersonв's house with a search warrant, the man took off, heading for the fields near his home and quickly losing police in the long grass.

    But Henderson was rumbled when an officer told the suspectв'sdog, Bo, 'go get himв', and the dog ran into the field, searched out his master and stood over him, wagging his tail.

    Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow said Henderson is charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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  • Air Armenia suspends all passenger flights
    31.10.2014 12:35
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    Air Armenia, a passengar and cargo airline based in Yerevan, has suspended all passenger flights until at least December 20 over financial difficulties that the firm is blaming on Russia.

    Air Armenia says it is unable to continue regular passenger services because of a "panic" among investors and customers over a statement by Russia's federal air navigation service.

    Russia's Rosaeronavigatsia announced on September 11 that it would ban Air Armenia from operating flights to Russian cities unless the company paid its outstanding debts by September 21.

    Air Armenia said the statement damaged its business reputation and that, as a result, its fleet was reduced to one aircraft.

    Other than Russian cities, the airline had been flying to Paris, Frankfurt, and Athens.

    Air Armenia was founded as a cargo airline in 2003 and began operating commercial passenger flights in 2013 after the bankruptcy of Armavia.
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  • HTC forecasts higher fourth-quarter sales
    31.10.2014 12:29
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    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Friday that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to reach T$43 billion-T$47 billion ($1.4 billion-$1.57 billion), beating market expectations of T$41.5 billion.

    The forecast was also better than the T$41.86 billion revenue in the third quarter, the company said in a statement, without elaborating.

    Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be between 19 and 21 percent, it said. The gross margin was 22.9 percent in the third quarter.

    Earlier this month, HTC said it earned T$640 million in unaudited net profit during the September quarter, well above a T$216.23 million mean estimate of 13 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
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  • '˜Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities to develop information exchangeв'
    31.10.2014 12:19
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    Baku, October 30 AzerTAc

    "Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities for it to develop information exchange with foreign countries," Director General of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Aslan Aslanov has told British Ambassador in Baku Irfan Siddiq.

    Mr. Aslanov said: "AzerTAc as the national news agency is willing to take advantage of this opportunity." The Director General said Azerbaijan "has become a venue for international political, humanitarian and sport events".

    Mr. Aslanov provided an insight into AzerTAc`s history and achievements, adding the agency has bilateral agreements with national news agencies of more than 40 countries.

    "This increases our responsibility as an accurate and reliable source of news."

    He stressed the importance of social media, saying national news agencies "should take advantage of the opportunities of social media to enhance the geography of the spread of their news".

    He hailed "close' relations between AzerTAc and British Press Association. "We have sincere and friendly relations with CEO of Press Association Clive Marshall." "Mr. Marshall made an important contribution to the Baku meeting of the News Agencies World Council (NACO) hosted by AzerTAc earlier this year. He also visited the regions of Azerbaijan during his stay in the country."

    Ambassador Siddiq said historically friendly relations existed between Azerbaijan and Great Britain.

    He said Azerbaijan has reached a new level of development. The Ambassador said British energy companies are interested in making investment in Azerbaijan. Mr. Siddiq said he is ready to contribute to developing relations with Azerbaijan in the fields of trade and education during his diplomatic tenure.

    He also stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries in the field of information. Mr. Siddig expressed his readiness to contribute to the development of cooperation with AzerTAc.
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  • A blind woman regains her sight after hitting head on table
    31.10.2014 12:06
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    A woman who went blind at the age of 11 has miraculously had her sight restored after hitting her head on a coffee table 13 years later, SIA reports quoting the Metro.

    Lisa Reid, from Auckland, went blind as a child due to a tumour pressing down on her optic nerve.

    But incredibly her sight was completely restored when she accidentally knocked her head into a coffee table several years later.

    Ms Reid had been leaning down to kiss her guide dog Ami goodnight on November 15, 2000 when she hit the furniture. She was 24 at the time.

    The next morning, she woke up and she could see again.

    "Nobody knows what happened or can explain it," Ms Reid, now 38, told MailOnline.

    Ms Reid, who is now a mother to daughter Maddison, revealed her story to raise awareness of New Zealandв's Blind Foundation.
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  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal
    31.10.2014 11:54
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    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.

    After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.

    With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed an accord clinched in Brussels barely 24 hours before he and the rest of his team make way for a new EU executive.

    "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter," he told a news conference after witnessing the signing of documents by the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers and EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

    Oettinger said he saw in the agreement a "first glimmer" of detente between Moscow and Kiev in a conflict that has plunged East-West relations into a chill not seen since the Cold War.

    Worth $4.6 billion in total, the package calls for Ukraine to pay $3.1 billion in two tranches by the end of the year to cover debts for previous supplies from Russia's Gazprom, and Kiev will have $1.5 billion, some from existing accords with the EU and IMF, to pay for about 4 billion cubic meters of new gas until March, for which Russia is insisting on cash up front.
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  • Prime Minister of Republic of Latvia congratulates Caspian Energy International Media Group on 15th anniversary
    31.10.2014 11:52
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    Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, has congratulated the readers and the editorial staff of the Caspian Energy International Media Group on the 20th anniversary of the international Contract of the Century, signed under the leadership of National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, and the 15th anniversary of the Caspian Energy journal at world information markets.

    Owing to National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the Oil Contract of the Century helped Azerbaijan to strengthen its economic independence and integrate into the world economy.

    ''I express my deep gratitude to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev'', Laimdota Straujuma noted and emphasized ''Nowadays President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyevв's successful policy facilitates implementation of major projects and active development of business climate in the Baltic region'', says the address of the Prime Minister of Latvia.

    ''Relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Latvia are developing successfully. The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Latvia developed in all spheres. Especially today Latvia is involved in regional and European integration, actively participates in regional forums and projects, supports the efforts of the countries of the Eastern Partnership. "Eastern Partnership" is a project created by the European Union. The main aim of this project is the convergence of the European Union with six countries, one of which is Azerbaijan'', she said.

    ''I sincerely congratulate your readers on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the journalв'в', Laimdota Straujuma emphasized.

    ''I wish to the Caspian Energy Journal every future success, peace, prosperity and the further development'', Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, underscored.

    Read exclusive interview of Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma in one of the following issues of the Caspian Energy journal.

    Caspian Energy is spread in 50 countries of the world. Interviews of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the CIS and EU countries, as well as heads of relevant international organizations, large transnational companies, reviews and analytical materials of leading experts are published in the journal.

    Interviews of Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, President of the Czech Republic MiloЕЎ Zeman, President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan were published in the previous issues of the Caspian Energy journal through 2014.

    According to various estimates, the Caspian Energy journal is one of top 5 leading editions of the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions and the landmark for many investors in determining their activity in the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions.
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  • Hassan Rouhani to visit Azerbaijan
    31.10.2014 11:52
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    The visit will take place before the end of this month.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will arrive in Azerbaijan before the end of this month.

    Oxu.Az reports citing SalamNews and IRNA that the statement came from the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayin. In his speech at a ceremony in Bilesuvar city of Iranian province of Ardebil he said that the Iranian President will visit Baku before the end of this month.

    The Iranian ambassador highly praised the meetings of the presidents Ilham Aliyev and Hassan Rouhani in Davos and Tehran. According to him, these meetings led to the growth and expansion of economic relationships.
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  • Teachers order to take off wig from terminally ill girl
    31.10.2014 11:48
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    A terminally-ill girl with alopecia was left in tears at school after teachers ordered her to remove her wig, SIA reports quoting the Metro.

    Ashanti Elliot Smith, aged 11,suffers from a rare ageing diseasecalledHutchinson Gilford Progeria and also has alopecia.

    When she turned up for school in West Sussexin a bubblegum pink wig, she was told to take it off becauseit could encourage fellow pupils to dye their hair the same colour.

    Her mother, Phoebe Smith, 29 said she was horrified at the school ordering her daughter to remove the hair piece.

    She said: 'She was devastated when they told her to take it off. Her little heart was broken, itв's disgusting.в'

    Ms Smith explained that the wig was donated by a friend as the family cannot afford human hair wigs.

    'Itв's a pink wig, come on, other children would have understood. I have only got a few years left with her so we want her to live it to the fullв' said her mother.

    Due to her disease, Ashantiis not expected to live past 15 butrecently fulfilled a lifelong wish to swim with dolphins in Florida. This dream was made possible despite her father hitting headlines after being jailed for stealing the ВЈ3,500donated by charity for the trip.

    Herschool,Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill, has not made a comment regardingthe incident.
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  • Exhibition in Moscow: "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity"
    31.10.2014 11:30
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    We see people and man-made creations on his photographs.

    An exhibition of Russian photographer Andrey Bronnikov titled "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity" opened in Moscow Multimedia Art Museum. The ability to see the beauty in trivial things, to find something gorgeous in the ordinary is the talent of the master. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Andrew Bronnikov tried to tell about what charmed him in Azerbaijan in his works.

    Oxu.Az reports citing "Vestnik Kavkaza" that on his photographs we see people and man-made creations, we travel to Baku, Gobustan, Sheki, Lagich and Nakhichevan, he transports us from the past to the future. The author, Andrew Bronnikov told us how the idea of the exhibition originated: "The idea came very easy. I worked on assignment of photo editor's office in Baku, filmed different materials for 7 years. There were no specific ideas. You know, when I shoot the materials to order, I always look around and still want to find something really interesting, that does not fit into the magazine. It happened because Azerbaijan is a magical, wonderful, beautiful country, I found a lot of interesting things. The result was an exhibition. What is the charm of Azerbaijan? Its amazing intertwinement, and the combination of climate and landscape, and culture, and traditions, and wonderful people and some astonishing human stories, all I wanted to somehow reflect what I've seen. I do not know how it happened. "

    Director of the Moscow House of Photography Olga Sviblova shared her impressions of the exhibition: "Through this exhibition, we can see what we can't see, when we come to the first guest tour. We can see how the old crafts are flourishing today, we can see the Fire Temple, everyone needs to get there. We can see the ingenious building of the petals in the center of Baku, which shows how it all together can coexist in the same territory. The more it is a mixture of styles and of the times, the more we see the future. I think that the exhibition succeeded, and the festivity took place. Of course, we also discuss our future plans. "

    Dmitry Shepelev, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian TV and radio anchor, said: "Quite long friendship links me to Baku. I once visited the city and fell in love with it. We are close friends with Rovshan Asgarov. Actually I considered it right to come here today and share this joyous day. "

    Rector of Russian State Humanitarian University Yefim Pivovar said: "The love to the country, which is very rich, very colorful, is reflected in this exhibition. Some perspectives are unique: the ancient, rock paintings, which we have seen many times, but not in this perspective, of course. I am very glad to see another alternative of the pomergarante epic because Azerbaijani pomegranate is a special colour, special culture. Of course, here is the mass of insightful works that reflect the beauty and richness of this land. "

    "Azerbaijan. Tradition and Modernity" exhibition will last until November 3.
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  • Azerbaijani military schools to hold NATO Days
    31.10.2014 11:10
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    The Azerbaijani Armed Forces will hold NATO Days next week, NATO delegation that will attend the events told APA.

    The events will be held at the military schools of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    Representatives of different structures of the Alliance, as well as high-ranking military officials of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) will attend NATO Days.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire again
    31.10.2014 10:32
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    The ceasefire was violated 31 times in various directions of the frontline within a day.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Gaymagli village of Gazakh region from their posts in Barekamavan village of Armenia's Noyemberyan region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Ashagi Veyselli, Horadiz and Garakhanbeyli villages of Fuzuli, Shuraabad and Novruzlu villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region and nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    Defense Ministry's press service told APA that the enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Pomegranate paradise in Goychay
    31.10.2014 10:22
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan is a country of ancient traditions that have been respected for centuries. In addition, the country is keen on creating more pleasant traditions, Pomegranate Festival is among them.

    This unique and juicy holiday has been celebrated regularly in early November since 2006 around the country and mainly in Goychay.

    Goychay's pomegranates have gained international recognition as the true Azerbaijani pomegranates. The secret of the magnificent taste and quality of the Goychay pomegranates is unique microclimate and fruitful soil.

    The main attraction of the beautiful pomegranates is its sweet and healthy seeds. Pomegranate contains 8-19 percent of glucose and fructose, 3-7 percent - citric acid, minerals as well as vitamins, cellulose, and pectin substances. This fruit is extremely rich in antioxidants.

    Pomegranate juice improves appetite and treats anaemia and other diseases.

    The king of all fruits, as it is called in Azerbaijan, pomegranate is constantly associated with fertility and strong health.

    The pomegranate has been praised in the Holy Quran and considered to be a fruit of paradise. For this reason, Azerbaijanis concern this tree and its fruits as sacred.

    This fruit is also honored in other religious. For the Christians, pomegranate means life and hope for eternal life, for the Jews, it represents righteousness, and for the Chinese it implies wealth and many sons.

    The Azerbaijani climate, that has nine of eleven climatic zones, is perfect for pomegranate in the southern regions with mild winters and hot summers. The symbol of profusion, pomegranate has been cultivated in the country throughout centuries.

    The most popular Azerbaijani sorts of pomegranates are Guloysha, Bala Mursal, Nazik gabig, Shah nar, Girmizi gabig, Shelli cross breeding, Girmizi valas Shahnaz, and Agshirin.

    The attractive feature of the Azerbaijani pomegranates is its non-use of organic fertilizers.

    Azerbaijan not only grows pomegranates, but also produces pomegranate juice for export. Another export product from pomegranate that is very famous beyond the country is juice concentrate Narsharab, which is used as a sauce to meat and fish.

    As you can see, pomegranate is a wonder and holding of festival of such a profitable fruit seems evident.

    The festival gathers the varieties of pomegranates grown in different villages of Goychay and the products made of pomegranate to the exhibition held in the town square.

    Foreigners and local tourists adore to come here to eat pomegranate and drink its juice to heart's content.

    Along with degustation, young athletes' performs, concerts, games and quizzes are taking place in the town's center at the holiday. One of the most interesting games is extracting pomegranate juice with hands for time.

    This holiday is also a perfect opportunity to provide your body with vitamins before the cold winter, so do not miss any chance to see the biggest pomegranate in Goychay.
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  • Baku hosts Conference on Macroeconomy and Financial Stability
    31.10.2014 10:15
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    Baku hosts the first International Research Conference, Fineko/abc.az reports.

    According to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (its organizer), the Conference will focus on macroeconomic policy and financial stability in developing countries.

    The Conference has brought together 30 representatives of the Central Banks and Universities of 15 countries.
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  • Barroso hopes gas deal helps to improve Russian-Ukrainian relations
    31.10.2014 09:50
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    The European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, following trilateral gas talks in Brussels, said he hopes that the gas agreement will help to improve the Russian-Ukrainian relations.

    "I have hopes that this agreement will have the opportunity to improve relations between Ukraine and Russia," Barroso said after the trilateral talks.

    Barroso also stated that all sides agreed to follow the terms of the contract, as no one will benefit from the new disruptions of gas deliveries.

    Russia and Ukraine on Thursday held the final round of gas talks, mediated by the European Commission, to find an interim solution to the standoff over Ukraine's unpaid gas bills and the price Kiev will pay for Russian gas supplies during the upcoming winter.

    Following the talks, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union signed a so-called "winter package" agreement on gas deliveries, while Gazprom and Naftogaz signed an addendum to the contract, securing conditions for gas deliveries up until March 2015.
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  • Miley and Rihanna raise eyebrows at amfAR gala
    31.10.2014 09:45
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    Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are well known for outrageous costumes, so it's a surprise that anyone bats an eye when they show up on a red carpet in something outre.

    But they both managed to get tongues wagging and self-appointed censors squawking at the Los Angeles amfAR Inspiration Gala fundraiser for AIDs research on Wednesday night. It seems they let the girls out.

    Rihanna, left, and Miley Cyrus attend amfAR's gala at Milk Studios in Hollywood. (AFP / Getty Images)

    Miley's black Tom Ford gown featured sequined straps that crisscrossed over the bodice to just barely cover the essentials for what the Huffington Post called a "bondage vibe." Much of her breasts, hips and tummy were on display.

    Rihanna wore a look from Ford's spring 2015 collection that featured sparkling pasties on the top. And she styled it as Ford did on the runway, with black thigh-high stockings, revealed under the slit skirt.

    "It was really only a matter of time before she wore the polarizing gown," according to Erica Schwiegershausen at the Cut blog.
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  • Middlemen thwart mine closures, Turkish labor minister says after disaster
    31.10.2014 09:30
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    Turkish Labor Minister Faruk Г‡elik has admitted that the state is having trouble in closing down mines under bad conditions, implying that local nepotism was hampering efforts.

    "This pain is unbearable," Çelik told journalists in Ermenek, the small town in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman where efforts were desperately continuing to pull out 18 workers trapped 375 meters below the ground at a mine that filled with underground water on Oct. 28.

    "It is time we find a solution to this problem. Whenever we attempt to close a mine, the employer brings in 50 people to mediate. This responsibility is on all of us," he added.

    The government attempted to close down many unsafe mines following a mine disaster in the Aegean town of Soma, which was the site of Turkey's largest ever industrial disaster in May, killing 301.

    However, many mines, including the Ermenek mine, were reopened after little improvement.

    Speaking to daily Vatan, Çelik said the Labor Ministry is responsible for inspections but the real problem is about licensing small mines, which are poor in both safety conditions and production capacity.

    He said employers were avoiding investing in small mines, which are about to expire, and try to cut costs by bypassing safety requirements.

    "I think such mines should be shut down," he said, adding that the same problems of nepotism are also present in the construction sector.

    Çelik was among a team that went underground for inspections after the incident. "I will speak bluntly, what I saw is that this mine should not have gotten a license. We went in with the prime minister [Ahmet DavutoДџlu]. Before that, we went in with three ministers. All of our jackets were wet from sweat while coming back up. Now you try to imagine the conditions inside," he said.

    "The slope is 35 degrees. The worker has to go down 350 to 400 meters. There is no rail system, no elevators. They go on foot. They say that climbing back takes 45 minutes. We went down only 200 meters and all were exhausted. How can these workers work?" he asked.

    Miners also reportedly told the ministers that they had not received their payments for months, and complained that inspectors had not shown up at the site at all.

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan said at the scene of the accident on Oct. 29 that the government had brought in many regulations after the Soma disaster.

    "With that legal regulation, we have introduced various benefits for the workers at mines. However, it was obvious that some problems would emerge due to those employers who were not happy with it," he said.
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  • First Global Forum on Youth Policies adopts Baku declaration
    31.10.2014 09:06
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    The First Global Forum on Youth Policies held in Baku has come to an end.

    A number of regional sessions were held on the last day of the forum, APA reports. At the regional sessions, the sides discussed the works carried out in Africa, Western Asia, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean states on youth policies and development, having an exchange of experience among one another's countries. Later on, the sessions' moderators reported on the discussions.

    Kuwait's Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah said the forum will give a new impetus to the development of global youth, adding that it will not only be remembered with the Baku Declaration: "We held very important discussions here. We have to be even closer to youths, getting to know what they like. I think the forum will contribute to this issue".

    Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said in his speech the forum has been providing information experience to youths for three days and was very interesting: "We had a look at the past and future, discussing modern day and development. There are also difficulties in development. Unfortunately, today we have some youths joining radical religious groups. Education and exchange of experience are ahead of all things. For us, one of the most essential things is quality education. Azerbaijan is located in a region which is quite vital in geographical terms. We want our youths to be in continuous touch with those in other countries and gain good experience".

    The minister added that Azerbaijan is one of the countries that seriously approach events happening in the world: "I'm sure this forum made history. One of the most interesting aspects of this forum is President Ilham Aliyev's decision to transfer $1 million to the UN Global Foundation for the countries suffering in the fight against Ebola".

    In the end, the Baku Declaration of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies was passed.
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  • Biased interview on NK removed from VoA Armenia website
    31.10.2014 08:50
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    The Voice of America Armenian service has removed a biased video-interview on occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan from the website.

    A statement was posted on the website in this regard, APA reports quoting AzerTAc.

    "On October 18, 2014, VOA Armenian service aired a 10-minute video-interview on Nagorno-Karabakh on its website violating balance of journalistic standards and objective review of the Voice of America. We regret for the breach of our standards and are confident that the VOA Armenian service will operate as a reliable news source," says the statement.
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  • Ali Huseynli: Silence of international organizations and states over ''trial'' of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev unclear
    30.10.2014 23:08
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    ''International organizations and some countries that are asking Azerbaijan to be patient and peaceful must take an action for the immediate release of the hostages''

    Baku. Mubariz Aslanov - APA. Movement within boundaries of their own country is one of the fundamental rights of every citizen and is clearly confirmed in the European Convention on Human Rights (Article в„-2), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article в„-13), International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Article в„-5), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article в„-12) and other international documents.

    Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on Law Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli said this while commenting on the "trial" of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev held by the separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh yesterday, APA reports.

    He said the Resolution 822 of the UN Security Council demands the withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Kalbajar region.

    "President Ilham Aliyev has always held a principal position regarding the issues on the protection of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. We all should take an example from Mr. President. We consider a campaign launched on social networks for the release of the Azerbaijani civilians taken hostage during their regular visits to the country's regions a very important act in terms of informing the world community about Armenia's actions contrary to international legal norms and principles and support it," he said.

    Huseynli said that Azerbaijan's borders are recognized by the UN and other international organizations as well as the world countries. The Republic of Armenia has occupied Azerbaijani territories through armed aggression which is considered a crime under international law.

    "The international law does not accept and recognize the change of borders by force. The occupation of Azerbaijani territories is an obvious fact for world countries and organizations. The UN four resolutions confirmed the fact of occupation, demanding the withdrawal of aggressors from the occupied territories. In particular, the UN Resolution 822 demands the withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Kalbajar region. According to the Article 51 of the UN Charter, the occupation of a territory gives the country that suffered the occupation, the right to liberate its lands and at the same time, does not prohibit the free movement of the citizens of the country, which is under occupation. Armenian armed forces took Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev hostages in Azerbaijan and within its internationally recognized borders. The international law does not authorize the Armenian armed forces for such actions. Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev did not violate any country's borders or any law, they moved within their own country. Contrary to international law, they were taken hostage though they were civilians. They were demonstrated attitude contrary to international humanitarian law and even the so-called trial was held," Hasanli said.

    The committee chairman said that it is inadmissible for an illegal and marionette regime that is unrecognized by any of world countries and has made its ambition, procedure, and result in Nagorno-Karabakh which is an integral part of Azerbaijan clear ahead of time to play a political game over a couple of civilians and their grief resulting from paying a visit to the graves of their parents.

    "Silence of international organizations and states criticizing Azerbaijan in a tendentious manner over this issue is unclear. It seems as if some countries and international organizations have forgotten that human rights and freedoms are not a political tool, but an issue about the fates of humans. In fact, the primary purpose of international organizations and some countries is to apply human rights and freedoms to Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev. Taking all mentioned above and the international law into account, we demand Armenia and its backers immediately release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev. International organizations and some countries that are asking Azerbaijan to be patient and peaceful must take an action in this respect. Remember that Azerbaijan is a sovereign country and must protect and save its citizens. The world and the international law are well familiar with the examples of countries that have saved their citizens in the territories of other countries.

    At the same time, a separatist and occupying regime conducting a judicial procedure against hostages is beyond any judicial norms. With such a step, Armenia uses the principle of law supremacy for its own dishonest political goals. What is even more upsetting is that international organizations which continuously speak about law supremacy are silent about this matter," he added.
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  • Beckham and Amal Clooney go head-to-head for British Style Award
    30.10.2014 23:00
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    David Beckham and Amal Clooney are going head-to-head for the title of Britain's most stylish individual.

    The pair have been nominated by the British Fashion Council for their prestigious British Style Awards, competing against the likes of Emma Watson and Jourdan Dunn for the title.

    It comes as no surprise that Amal features on this list, as all eyes were on the human rights lawyer's wedding style as she married Hollywood actor George Clooney in Venice this September.

    Amal, who was already renowned for her chic and elegant outfits, didn't disappoint, wowing in a custom-made French lace Oscar de la Renta gown embroidered with pearls, featuring off-the-shoulder sleeves and a gorgeous lace overlay.

    Meanwhile, David has repeatedly had jaws dropping with his striking campaigns for Hamp;M, and made his first step into the world of designing earlier this year as he launched a capsule collection for menswear brand Belstaff.

    Despite launching her flagship store in London and dazzling the fashion pack with her collection at New York Fashion week this year, wife Victoria doesn't feature on the list.

    Supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are also competing for the title, following their striking campaign for Burberry's fragrance.

    The full list of nominees:

    Amal Clooney

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Bobby Gillespie

    Cara Delevingne

    Daniel Sturridge

    David Beckham

    David Gandy

    Douglas Booth

    Emma Watson

    FKA Twigs

    Helen Mirren

    Idris Elba

    Jamie Hince

    Jourdan Dunn

    Kate Moss

    Kiera Knightley

    Ralph Fiennes

    Rita Ora

    Tinie Tempah
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  • Basketball: Eurobasket 2015 team choices in Paris
    30.10.2014 22:40
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    The top competition in Europeanbasketball,EuroBasket 2015, will select the teams to competein Disneyland Paris on December 8.

    The participating 24 teams, including Turkey, will be separatedinto four groups, according to the statement made bythe International Basketball Federation, thegoverning body for basketball in Europe, on its website,.

    "Disneyland Paris will set a magical stage for the EuroBasket Draw, announcing the spectacle that will await us next year" remarked FederationEurope President Turgay Demirel.

    The European Basketball Championship, to be heldfrom 5 to20 September,will also serveas a qualification round for 2016 Olympics to be held in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro.

    The tournament will be held in four different countries for the first time. SoEuroBasket 2015'sgroup competitionswill be held in Germany's capital cityBerlin, French city Montpellier, Latvian capital city Riga and Croatia's Zagreb, and the finals will be played in French city Lille.

    After the crisis in Ukraine, the Federationannounced that differentcountries from those initially planned will be hosting the tournament for security reasons.
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  • Azerbaijan once again plunges into the world of luxury and art
    30.10.2014 22:27
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    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    Art and Jewels of the World 2014 exhibition has opened at Four Seasons Hotel Baku.

    At a press conference preceding the opening ceremony, Valentina Vassileva, Art and Jewels of the World CEO, Sixtine Crutchfield, manager of the exhibition, Sam Ioannidis, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Lina Aliyeva, Editor-in-Chief of L'Officiel Azerbaijan, and Vyacheslav Sapunov, Editor-in-Chief of Boutique Baku, provided an insight into the exhibition.

    Spring of 2013 was the starting point for the annual exhibition "Jewels of the World". This autumn Baku is offering the world a new tradition, combining the jeweler's art with the visual art, thus transforming Jewels of the World in Art and Jewels of the World 2014.

    French and international galleries joined the world's luxurious and leading jewelry brands by presenting among the best works of art.

    Visitors of the exhibition, which will run until November 2, will be able to evaluate, enjoy and try the unique creations of jewelry, see the works of international artists and have an opportunity to talk with the fashion house and gallery presenters.

    Jeweler's art is represented by such brands as: Al Nahar, Avenue, Brigitte Ermel, Grande Luxe, Michael Young, Quinting Watches, RCM Gioielli, Shakh Diamond, Suzanne Syz Art Jewels. World Art Gallery will present the following: YAY Gallery, Berko Fine Paintings, Boccara Gallery, Maison D'Art, Ruzhnikov.

    The event featured a special tasting program by Johnnie Walker.
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  • Hackers breach White House computer system
    30.10.2014 22:21
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    The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday, with The Washington Post newspaper reporting that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act.

    "In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network," said the White House official, speaking on condition of not being named.

    "Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity." The Washington Post quoted sources as saying hackers believed to be working for the Russian government were believed to be responsible.

    The hackers entered the US presidential mansion's unclassified computer network in recent weeks, the Post quotes the sources as saying.

    In a statement, the White House official said the Executive Office of the President receives daily alerts concerning numerous possible cyber threats.

    In the course of addressing the breach, some White House users were temporarily disconnected from the network.

    "Our computers and systems have not been damaged, though some elements of the unclassified network have been affected. The temporary outages and loss of connectivity for our users is solely the result of measures we have taken to defend our networks," the official said.

    No additional information was immediately available.
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  • World Bank Country Manager hails Azerbaijani government`s work to solve problems of refugees and IDPs
    30.10.2014 22:06
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    World Bank Country Manager for Azerbaijan Larisa Leshchenko has praised what the Azerbaijani government is doing to solve the problems of refugees and IDPs.

    "The World Bank is interested in maintaining cooperation with Azerbaijan, and working with IDPs," she told Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Affairs, chairman of the Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance Ali Hasanov. Ms. Leshchenko expressed her confidence that projects related to refugees and IDPs will further be successfully implemented.

    Mr. Hasanov said the relations between the Azerbaijani government and the World Bank "reached a qualitatively new level in the past few years". He stressed the importance of joint projects.

    "The government of Azerbaijan is solving the problems of citizens. Our growing economic potential allows us to do it."

    Mr. Hasanov highlighted the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the problems of more than 1.2 million refugees and IDPs. He stressed the necessity of implementing projects aimed at improving the living standard of refugees and IDPS, including supporting youth and micro-loan programs.

    They also discussed "Azerbaijan - Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Living Standards and Livelihoods Project" which is implemented under a loan agreement signed between the Azerbaijani government and the World Bank. Some 44 micro-projects were implemented benefiting more than 42,000 IDPs throughout Azerbaijan in the first nine months of the year.

    Mr. Hasanov said the government of Azerbaijan was interested in continuing cooperation with the World Bank and benefiting from its experience.
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  • Ukraine gives no guarantees on paying off its Russian gas debt
    30.10.2014 21:52
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    After 12 hours of intense trilateral negotiations in Brussels, Ukraine has failed to provide written guarantees on finding funds to pay off its gas debt before Gazprom and pay in advance for future supplies.

    The Russian delegation has left the Belgian capital, while the missions of Ukraine and the European Commission continue talks. A source close to negotiations said Russia is ready to come back to Brussels on Thursday if Kiev and the EC agree on financial guarantees.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan has become a country hosting European and world championships
    30.10.2014 21:32
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    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    President Ilham Aliyev has said Azerbaijan has become a country hosting European and world championships.

    "We will host the first European Games next year. This will be a historical event for us. Unlike Pan-American, Asian and African Games, European Games have never been held before," the head of state told the opening ceremony of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies.

    "This tournament will be held in Azerbaijan for the first time. More than 6,000 athletes will compete in the Games. We plan to organize this event at the level of the Summer Olympic Games," said the head of state.

    "In 2016 Azerbaijan will host the World Chess Olympiad. We are all proud of the success of our chess team. All members of this team are representatives of the young generation. There are European champions among them."

    The President said: "In 2017, our country will host the Islamic Solidarity Games. In a short period of time we will host European and Islamic Solidarity Games. This clearly demonstrates the role Azerbaijan plays in international issues."
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  • Judo fight between Putin, Australian PM Abbot
    30.10.2014 21:25
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    A Tasmanian judo club has asked Vladimir Putin to accept an honorary membership and proposed holding a fundraising judo fight between the Russian leader and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, a local senator said on Wednesday.

    Senator Jacqui Lambie said shehad handed over the Ulverstone Judo Club's invitation and T-shirt to Russian ambassador in Australia Vladimir Morozov.

    The senator said that if a fight was held, the club would stake on Putin, a judo black belt.

    According to Lambie, a judo event between Putin and Abbot will be "great for international relations." She said she admires Putin's work as he is serving the interests of Russian people.

    On October 13, Abbott vowed to ''shirtfront'' Putin over the MH17 crash in Ukraine if the Russian president arrives at the G20 Leader's summit in Brisbane scheduled for November 15-16.
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  • Azerbaijan among top 10 economies that improved most in 2013/2014 tracked by Doing Business
    30.10.2014 21:02
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    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan is among the economies that improved the most in 2013/2014 in areas tracked by Doing Business. The 10 top improvers implemented 40 regulatory reforms making it easier to do business, according to Doing Business 2015 report.

    "Azerbaijan's reforms on three indicators ("Property Registration", "Starting a business" and "Taxes paid") were taken into consideration in the report," the Ministry of Economy and Industry has said. "Compared with the last year's results Azerbaijan showed better outcomes on many indicators."

    Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 12th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 189 economiesmdash;from Afghanistan to Zimbabwemdash;and over time.

    Doing Business measures regulations affecting 11 areas of the life of a business. Ten of these areas are included in this year's ranking on the ease of doing business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Doing Business also measures labor market regulation, which is not included in this year's ranking.
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  • Iran says foils bid to sabotage nuclear heavy-water tanks
    30.10.2014 20:56
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    Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a "foreign country" for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying.

    The Islamic Republic is at odds with the West over suspicions it is covertly using its declared civilian atomic energy programme to develop a nuclear arms capability. It denies this and has repeatedly accused certain Western states of trying to cripple the programme through acts of sabotage.

    Asghar Zarean, deputy chief in charge of nuclear protection and security at Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, was quoted by the Tehran newspaper Arman as saying the bid to damage tanks at the Arak heavy-water production plant occurred two weeks ago.

    "There were attempts to cause disruption in storage tanks due to carry heavy water. But these attempts were discovered and foiled before the tanks were filled with heavy water at Arak," Zarean was quoted as saying.

    "A foreign country was behind the attempt," he said, without elaborating. Iranian officials could not be immediately reached for further comment.

    The Arak plant has been producing heavy water to operate a planned 40-megawatt research reactor nearby that Iran says is intended to make isotopes for cancer and other medical treatments.

    But in June it said that it was redesigning the Arak reactor to sharply cut its potential output of plutonium, a nuclear bomb material, a gesture apparently meant to address a thorny issue in negotiations with six world powers.

    Iran also stopped installing major components in the Arak reactor as part of an interim deal struck with the powers in November 2013, and which expires next month, to curb some sensitive nuclear activity in exchange for limited relief from sanctions. Iran also agreed not to transfer heavy water to the reactor site under this temporary pact.

    World powers are negotiating to strike a permanent settlement with Iran by a Nov. 24 deadline under which Tehran would curb its nuclear fuel enrichment work to ensure it cannot be applied to bomb-making in exchange for a phased removal of international sanctions that have hobbled its oil-based economy.

    The Islamic Republic has repeatedly complained of alleged covert U.S. and Israeli attempts to cripple its nuclear programme.

    Iran's intelligence minister said on Oct. 21 that several people seeking to engage in nuclear espionage "for foreigners" had been arrested in the southern province of Bushehr, where Iran's only nuclear power station is located.

    In 2010, Iran's uranium enrichment facilities were temporarily impaired by a virus known as Stuxnet, which was widely believed to have been developed by the United States and Israel, although no government took responsibility for it.

    In March of this year, pumps at the Arak reactor were subjected to a failed sabotage attempt, Iranian media quoted a senior official as saying at the time.
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  • '˜Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities to develop information exchangeв'
    30.10.2014 20:42
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    Baku, October 30 AzerTAc

    "Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities for it to develop information exchange with foreign countries," Director General of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Aslan Aslanov has told British Ambassador in Baku Irfan Siddiq.

    Mr. Aslanov said: "AzerTAc as the national news agency is willing to take advantage of this opportunity." The Director General said Azerbaijan "has become a venue for international political, humanitarian and sport events".

    Mr. Aslanov provided an insight into AzerTAc`s history and achievements, adding the agency has bilateral agreements with national news agencies of more than 40 countries.

    "This increases our responsibility as an accurate and reliable source of news."

    He stressed the importance of social media, saying national news agencies "should take advantage of the opportunities of social media to enhance the geography of the spread of their news".

    He hailed "close' relations between AzerTAc and British Press Association. "We have sincere and friendly relations with CEO of Press Association Clive Marshall." "Mr. Marshall made an important contribution to the Baku meeting of the News Agencies World Council (NACO) hosted by AzerTAc earlier this year. He also visited the regions of Azerbaijan during his stay in the country."

    Ambassador Siddiq said historically friendly relations existed between Azerbaijan and Great Britain.

    He said Azerbaijan has reached a new level of development. The Ambassador said British energy companies are interested in making investment in Azerbaijan. Mr. Siddiq said he is ready to contribute to developing relations with Azerbaijan in the fields of trade and education during his diplomatic tenure.

    He also stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries in the field of information. Mr. Siddig expressed his readiness to contribute to the development of cooperation with AzerTAc.
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  • Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment
    30.10.2014 20:32
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    Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state's emir.

    Cameron asked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to consider further funding to help Britain's push to develop cities in the north of the country and connect them to London using a high speed rail line, a statement released by his office said.

    Qatar is one of the world's richest countries and is already heavily invested in British firms and property.

    Among its highest profile investments are London's tallest building, the Shard, which was funded by the Qatari royal family, and the upmarket Harrods department store owned by sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority.

    "The Prime Minister ... encouraged the Emir to consider more opportunities across the country, particularly the governmentв's plan to establish a Northern Powerhouse by connecting our great Northern cities and the development of high speed rail," the statement said.

    Earlier this week the British government said it was backing the development of a fast rail link between the English cities of Leeds and Manchester, in addition to an existing 43 billion pound plan to develop high speed links to London.

    During the state visit, which also included a meeting with the Queen as well as senior politicians and executives, the two countries signed an agreement setting out a framework for further talks on issues such as defence, energy and trade.
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  • '˜Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities develop information exchangeв'
    30.10.2014 20:27
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    Baku, October 30 AzerTAc

    "Azerbaijan`s improving image creates favourable opportunities for it to develop information exchange with foreign countries," Director General of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Aslan Aslanov has told British Ambassador in Baku Irfan Siddiq.

    Mr. Aslanov said: "AzerTAc as the national news agency is willing to take advantage of this opportunity." The Director General said Azerbaijan "has become a venue for international political, humanitarian and sport events".

    Mr. Aslanov provided an insight into AzerTAc`s history and achievements, adding the agency has bilateral agreements with national news agencies of more than 40 countries.

    "This increases our responsibility as an accurate and reliable source of news."

    He stressed the importance of social media, saying national news agencies "should take advantage of the opportunities of social media to enhance the geography of the spread of their news".

    He hailed "close' relations between AzerTAc and British Press Association. "We have sincere and friendly relations with CEO of Press Association Clive Marshall." "Mr. Marshall made an important contribution to the Baku meeting of the News Agencies World Council (NACO) hosted by AzerTAc earlier this year. He also visited the regions of Azerbaijan during his stay in the country."

    Ambassador Siddiq said historically friendly relations existed between Azerbaijan and Great Britain.

    He said Azerbaijan has reached a new level of development. The Ambassador said British energy companies are interested in making investment in Azerbaijan. Mr. Siddiq said he is ready to contribute to developing relations with Azerbaijan in the fields of trade and education during his diplomatic tenure.

    He also stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries in the field of information. Mr. Siddig expressed his readiness to contribute to the development of cooperation with AzerTAc.
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  • WizzAir to resume flights to Baku next year
    30.10.2014 20:15
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Hungarian Wizz Air airline will not offer flight services on the Budapest-Baku-Budapest route during winter.

    AZAL Spokesman Maharram Safarli said on October 30 that the company will resume the flights from March 29, 2015 to October 24, 2015.

    As Deputy Head of Azerbaijani Airlines AZAL Sabir Ilyasov said earlier Hungarian Wizz Air airline will continue to carry out flights on the Budapest-Baku-Budapest route in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement on air service.

    The memorandum is valid until October 26 and from this date on, the flights along this route will be conducted in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement to be signed between the two counties.

    Airbus aircrafts of Hungarian airline currently fly from Budapest to Baku on Mondays and Fridays and from Baku to Budapest on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

    The first Baku-Budapest direct flight opened on June 2013. Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, which attracts many Azerbaijani tourists.

    As of January 2014, the passenger traffic exceeded 14,000 people on Budapest-Budapest-Baku route within six months. This year, the company plans to increase passenger traffic up to 26,000 people.
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  • 7 Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours
    30.10.2014 20:10
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    Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours in the east of the country despite a ceasefire with separatists, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

    "They were killed in different places by shelling and one was killed in an ambush," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said. Eleven others had been wounded in various incidents.

    The deaths further strained a tenuous ceasefire, which came into force on Sept. 5, while tension is growing in the run-up to a local election on Sunday organised by the separatists and which has been denounced as illegal by the Kiev government.
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  • Presidents of France, Azerbaijan and Armenia meet in Paris
    30.10.2014 20:07
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    François Hollande proposed to launch drafting a comprehensive peace agreement in order to move forward

    Strasbourg. Fuad Goulubayli-APA. The President of the Republic of France met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

    The three co-chairs as well as the personal representative of the Presidency of the OSCE, have attended the meeting, APA reports quoting official website of Eacute;lyseacute;e Palace.

    "The Summit followed the visit by the President of France to the South Caucasus in May of this year. During this visit, the President François Hollande had reaffirmed the commitment of France, as a co-chair of the Minsk Group, to continue the mediation in finding a peaceful solution to this conflict after 20 years, the cease-fire came into the force.

    In a context of increasing armed incidents in Nagorno Karabakh this summer which have caused many casualties, including civilians, the Paris Summit allowed the resumption of direct dialogue between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents. The President of the Republic of France marked the need for an effective decrease in the tension between the two parties in the region.

    The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents have decided to exchange data on missing people at the conflict under the auspices of the ICRC.

    François Holland encouraged the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents to intensify their efforts towards a negotiated and continuous settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, in accordance with the principles of international law and the principles identified by the Minsk Group Co-Chairs. He noted that the status quo was not tenable.

    He called the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents to demonstrate the necessary political will to overcome their differences and prepare their populations for peace. He proposed to launch drafting a comprehensive peace agreement in order to move forward.

    The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents agreed to continue the dialogue, in the frame of the sitting of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in September, 2015", the statement reads.
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  • Sweden to give up to $200 million to Palestine
    30.10.2014 19:55
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    Sweden is set to give Palestineup to 1.5 billion kronor ($200 million) in aid,Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has announced, hours after it became the first European Union country toofficially recognizePalestine as a state.

    Wallstrom said in a statement on Thursday that Palestine fulfilled the criteria for recognition as a statein international lawdespite it not having fixed borders, and would receivebetween 500 million kronor ($68 million) and1.5 billion kronor undera five-year assistance plan.

    Wallstrom said:''There is a territory,there is also a population. There is also a government with the opportunity to exhibit internal and external control."

    Sweeden has previously recognized states - Croatia in 1992 and Kosovo in 2008 - even though they lacked effective control over parts of its territory, Wallstrom said, underlying that Palestine was a similar case.

    Wallstrom said the move showed Sweeden wanted to give its support to "the moderates among the Palestinians ...who will govern complex Palestinian policy and those who will soonagain have to sit down at the negotiating table".

    Referring to a warning on October 4from the U.S. which cautioned Sweeden that recognizingPalestine was "premature"and"can only come through a negotiated outcome",Wallstrom said: "Itв's not too early; the risk is that itв's too late."

    She added: ''I would like to say that a six-year-old girl or a boy in Gaza has experienced three wars in their lifetime."

    Sweeden supports a two-state solution and wants to give young people hope that "another peaceful world is possible",Wallstrom said.
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  • James Corden and wife Julia welcome their second child
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    James Corden and his wife Julia are reportedly celebrating the arrival of their second child, a daughter named Carey '" Julia's maiden name.

    The little girl arrived into the world on Monday night, according to the Sun.

    James, 36, and Julia are already parents to a three-year-old son named Max. A spokesperson for the couple confirmed in May that they were expecting their second baby.

    "James and Julie have loved every minute of becoming parents to their toddler Max, and were keen to give him a brother or sister who is close in age," a source told the Mirror at the time.

    "They're delighted to be pregnant again and can't wait to expand the family."

    James and Julia met in 2009 after being introduced by mutual friend Dominic Cooper. The actor popped the question on Christmas Day in 2010, and the couple tied the knot at Somerset's Babington House in September 2012.

    The couple's son Max was born in March 2011

    The new little family will soon be starting a new American adventure together, when James heads Stateside as the new host of The Late Late Show.

    The star is replacing Scotland's Craig Ferguson - who is leaving after a ten year stint - in a deal reportedly worth around $8million (just under ВЈ5million). His first show will air on 9 March.

    Following the announcement, James said, "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.

    "To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's number one network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."
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  • Armenian air carrier suspends flights
    30.10.2014 19:07
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia's national air carrier Air Armenia has suspended its flights after months of financial difficulties, promising to resume its work in winter.

    The company faced problems after sending its two aircrafts for technical maintenance service to the Netherlands. So it had to offer services with only one aircraft.

    There were also other problems resulted from the works by certain ticket sale agents who kept the proceeds as a guarantee for refunding the tickets.

    The proceeds in Armenia dropped to a critical minimum and now it is impossible to carry out passenger transportation. The airline's administration has decided to restructure the organization's financial policy through strict measures and reform the flight schedule by December 20.

    Air Armenia's Head Arsen Avetisyan earlier said Russian Rosaeronavigation Company's statement published on September 11 threatened to restrict the air carrier's flights to Russian cities from September 21 and it had subsequently caused great damage to the Armenian company."The statement sparked great panic among passengers, creditors and debtors. Many passengers began to return their purchased tickets. A large number of customers refused to use Armenian air carrier's services. Meanwhile, sales fell by 60 percent," the company said.

    It added that at the same time all creditors began to demand the debts to be paid, refusing to apply the schedule agreed earlier.

    Air Armenia has around $405,000 overdue debt to Rosaeronavigation. It currently owes the Russian company about $700,000.

    Poor performance, inaccurate flights and lack of necessary clientile are the major factors paralyzing the airline's operation.

    Air Armenia has recently delayed flights from Yerevan to Russian Krasnodar city for three times in a row and caused problems for the passengers who had reserved earlier the flight. The company failed to compensate passengers for the delay and ensuing costs saying it didn't have enough cash to indemnify.

    Armenia's national air carrier was forced to cancel four flights to Saint Petersburg and two flights to Moscow and Athens earlier on October 6. The massive cancellations came after financial problems with a Dubai-based company. Air Armenia miscarried to pay about $5 million for two airplanes it had purchased from the Arabian aircraft supplier.

    Air Armenia replaced the collapsed Armavia Company in 2013 as the latter filed bankruptcy after the years of financial hassle.
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  • Armenian government, opposition launch joint businesses
    30.10.2014 19:01
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A business partnership between Armenia's Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and an opposition leader Gagik Tsarukyan has sparked public concerns across the country.

    Gagik Tsarukyan is currently among the most famous persons in Armenia after his leading role in the new national movement. His Prosperous Armenia party, one of the three driving opposition forces which are uniting under informal "troika" alliance, has orchestrated the recent protest rallies across the country demanding a power change in Armenia. But the new facts revealed by Hetq, an investigative journalism organization, have put Tsarukyan's anti-government activities in doubt.

    Hetq reported that Tsarukyan owns a number of joint businesses with Hovik Abrahamyan. Hetq's investigation shows that the current "enemies" are in fact close and long-term "friends."

    Abramyan's nephew Hovaness Abrahamyan owns about 33 percent of the shares of Ecofish Trade company, which is engaged in fishing industry. Tsarukyan controls 34 percent of the company's shares, as the major stakeholder of the business in Ararat region.

    Abrahamyan's son Argam Abrahamyan and Gagik Tsarukyan also share the stakes of the Franck Muller Yerevan Watch Distribution, a store that sells brand watches manufactured by the Franck Muller company. Around 12 percent of the shop's shares is owned by Abrahamyan Jr., while Tsarukyan benefits by 12 percent of the shares. Armenian entrepreneurs in Moscow control the rest of the company's shares.

    Abrahamyan and Tsarukyan have same shares in Aysirkap and Forts companies. The two oligarchs own 25 percent of Forts's shares. The rest 50 percent belongs to an Armenian businessman in Moscow.

    The two Armenian statesmen's business "empire" is not limited to the mentioned businesses. It also includes Abovyan City supermarket. Abrahamyan Jr. and Tsarukyan control the shares of the huge supermarket with Abovyan region's mayor Karen Abovyan.

    Hotel Imperium Plaza with the total capital of $4.6 million fully belongs to the prime minister's son Argam.

    The rule of law should unconditionally be obeyed in each country since this is the law which defines the rights and wrongs, as well as the things to do or not to do. The statesmen in Armenia should unambiguously avoid any business engagement as additional sources of income according to the country's constitution. Nevertheless, high-ranking officials of the country breach the law. Huge business network of Abrahamyan and Tsarukyan proves the officials' disrespect towards the constitution.

    Another important issue is the proximity of the two opposing political figures. Tsarukyan is an opposition leader who is preparing to put forward his candidacy in the next presidential elections. He called for a new power system in Armenia during the latest rally held on October 24. Abrahamyan is the second main political figure in the country after the president. The incumbent government is headed by Abrahamyan and Tsarukyan's demand for the transition of power directly hints to the resignation of the government including the PM.

    Briefly, Abrahamyan and Tsarukyan are the two "gladiators" fighting each other in the political arena. But when it comes to business, they turn into "Batman and Robin" supporting each other in the prolific operations.
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  • Moscow hosts Atomex 2014 nuclear exhibition
    30.10.2014 18:56
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    Global nuclear industry players gatheredin Moscow for the Atomex-2014 exhibition onWednesdaywith over 400 companies fromdomestic and international nuclear sectors.

    The sixth Atomex, organized and sponsored by Russiaв's State Atomic Energy Corporation - ROSATOM, began on Wednesday and will run until Friday in the Russian capital, Moscow.

    Russian and foreign nuclear industry enterprises, both existing and potential suppliers of equipment will be among the participants of the event.
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  • Azerbaijani FM meets First Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
    30.10.2014 18:52
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    Baku, October 30 AzerTAc

    Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has met First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Vesna Pusic.

    They discussed the development of a legal base, as well as promotion of investment, cooperation in the cultural, tourism and humanitarian fields.

    FM Mammadyarov hailed Azerbaijan-Croatia relations as close.

    He stressed the importance of increasing the number of reciprocal visits, saying this contributes to developing the relations.

    Ms. Pusic lauded Azerbaijan`s role in ensuring the energy security of Europe, adding Croatia was interested in energy cooperation with Azerbaijan.

    She hailed "successful" cooperation between the two countries in the field of shipbuilding.

    Mr. Mammadyarov highlighted the history and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the current state of the negotiations to solve the dispute. He praised Croatia`s position on the conflict, saying it is based on the UN Charter and international law.
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