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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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    A car bomb has detonated in the Yemeni rebel-captured capital of Sanaa, near the evacuated US embassy, local media reported.

    A powerful explosion occurred Saturday near a mosque in northeastern Sanaa close to an US checkpoint, the Bahraini Al-Wasat newspaper reported, citing local sources. No casualties have yet been reported.

    According to the newspaper, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the blast.

    Yemen is engulfed in an armed conflict between Houthi militants, the country's main opposition faction, and government forces.

    Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula and ISIL jihadist group have taken advantage of the situation to strengthen their hold in Yemen.

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  • IRI Majlis Speaker arrives in New York
    30.08.2015 02:45
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    Majlis (Iranian parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani arrived in New York less than an hour ago to participate in Fourth World Conference of Parliament Speakers, IRNA reported.

    Larijani was welcomed by Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN Gholamali Khoshrou and his deputy Gholamhossein Dehqani in New York's JFK International Airport.

    The participants of the New York meeting will also discuss economic issues.

    The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday 31 August to Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

    This meeting of Speakers of Parliaments from across the world is a unique forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level. The overall theme of the Conference will focus on peace, democracy, and development as seen by the parliaments.

    The Conference is part of the series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN Summit in late September 2015, at which the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be launched.

    The Conference is convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

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  • Rouhani: Iran, US and China to cooperate in Arak reactor
    29.08.2015 23:51
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    President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the renovation plan on Iran's Arak heavy water nuclear reactor will be implemented jointly by Iranian, American and Chinese technicians.

    The Iranian president made the comment in response to a Chinese reporter in his Saturday press conference.

    Responding to a question about the future of the two countries' relations in the aftermath of the nuclear agreement and Iran's new foreign policies, the president said that Iran has good relations with China and in the beginning of this government's tenure, I held detailed talks with the Chinese president, including in a visit of China and in Russia, and all in all, the two countries' relations are still expanding.

    Rouhani said that there are many projects in which the Chinese can cooperate, including those related to the nuclear agreement and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    He set example of the renovation plan for the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor Iran will cooperate with China and one of the 5 1 Group countries and will probably be the United States.

    'The reactor will thus be equipped with more modern technology facilities and be renovated, and China will participate in the project,' said President Rouhani.

    He said that seven working groups have been formed to see into further expansion of Iran-China relations, expressing hope that all plans in mind for joint cooperation will be implemented in the future.

    'We are determined to expand our relations with China, India and Russia, as three major Asian countries, as well as the other major regional countries,' added the president.

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  • Azerbaijan to help Turkmenistan enter European markets
    29.08.2015 22:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Amid stagnation of the economies of the major global players such as Russia or China, the diversification of the economic partners becomes acute for their neighbors.

    Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are well aware about this, as has proven another meeting of foreign ministers of the three countries, namely, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan on August 28.

    Just as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan wants to supply its gas to Europe. This will allow the country to diversify its gas supplies and reduce its dependence on Russia and China. Russia has already reduced gas supplies from Turkmenistan. According to the experts, Turkmenistan may receive some $400 million less this year. Therefore, it is important for Ashgabat to find new routes for its gas supply. One of them is the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project, which will be connected to the Southern Gas Corridor. The pipeline will allow the country to freely transport its gas via Azerbaijan and Turkey to Europe.

    Turkmenistan is not the only country interested in gas supplies to Europe through the Southern Gas Corridor. Thus, Iran expressed its willingness to cooperate with Azerbaijan in this regard.

    The Southern Gas Corridor is a project that will enable Europe to diversify its sources of hydrocarbon supply and boost energy security and Azerbaijan - to get a new market in the face of Europe.

    In general, Azerbaijan has recently been transforming into a key player, without which no major regional project is possible. For example, the Trans-Caspian international transport route, which runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and further to Europe. The route makes it possible to reduce the delivery time of goods from 40 days to 6-7 days. The route will bring the participating countries about $1 billion in the first years of operation.

    However, the route does not affect Turkmenistan. However, at present, creation of another Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey transport corridor is being considered. This project will also open an access to major international markets for countries, which don't have direct access to sea.

    Although transport and energy are likely to remain the main areas of cooperation between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan in the near future, at the same time, the sides are ready to develop cooperation in the spheres of tourism, health, agriculture, technology, industry, ICT, petrochemical, food industry, transport infrastructure, agricultural research, etc.

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  • Turkey launches strikes as part of anti-Daesh coalition
    29.08.2015 20:24
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    Turkey has conducted its first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.

    Turkish Air Force jets launched attacks on Daesh positions considered a threat to Turkey late on Friday, the ministry said.

    "Our warplanes, together with coalition war planes, began carrying out a joint air campaign as of yesterday evening against Daesh positions in Syria that pose a threat to our country's security," the statement said.

    "Fighting the terror organization is a primary national security issue for Turkey. This fight will continue in resolution."

    The statement gave no further detail of the strikes, launched under the operational name Authentic Resolution.

    The ministry added: " Turkey will continue its active support for efforts at national level and within the internationalcoalition to eliminate the terror threat stemming from Daesh, which Turkey has listed among terror organizations since 2013."

    Turkish planes attacked Daesh targets in Syria on July 24 but that was before agreeing to join the coalition against Daesh and allowing U.S. aircraft to use Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey to target the militants.

    Friday's attack came after Turkish and U.S. officials announced an agreement on integrating the Turkish Air Force into the air campaign on Aug. 24.

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  • Azerbaijan, Iran worked toward mutual interests - Rouhani
    29.08.2015 20:15
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    Tehran, Iran, August 29

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran and Azerbaijan have worked a lot toward attaining mutual interests.

    "We can have a lot of relations with Azerbaijan. We have established very friendly relations for common good," he told the Trend correspondent during a press conference in Tehran August 29.

    Effort has been made to have economic relations and joint cooperation around the Caspian Sea, he noted.

    "There is also an oil field which we are discussing with Azerbaijan to start working on jointly," the president said.

    He expressed happiness that unconstructive media barrage on both sides have subsided.

    Now the two governments are sure that they can cooperate, and it is hoped that the efforts can help regional security, including the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, he said.

    "Our efforts are aimed at making better use of the Caspian Sea and its environment," he said.

    "Currently, the trade turnover between our countries is about $500 million. Azerbaijan and Iran have set a goal to increase this figure four times, up to $2 billion."

    Iran's export to Azerbaijan during the first half of 2015 decreased 55.36 percent to $42.52 million year-to-year.

    Azerbaijan's export to Iran also decreased 67.11 percent to $11.16 million during the mentioned period.

    Iran shares 0.19 percent of Azerbaijan's total export and 0.9 percent of total export in first six months of 2015.

    Rouhani also said that his administration has worked toward better relations with all Caspian Sea littoral countries.

    "The presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan have traveled to Iran in the meantime, and I have had many meetings with the Russian president," he pointed out.

    "I have traveled to nearly all of these countries and more trips are to follow."

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  • Passing nuke-deal in parliament would lay pressure on government, Rouhani says
    29.08.2015 18:55
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    Tehran, Iran, August 29

    By Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that passing the nuclear deal as a law in the parliament is not in favor of the Islamic Republic.

    "The passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) into law by the parliament will only lay pressure on the government. It will be a move in favor of the P5 1 since while none of the P5 1 governments have signed the deal, the parliament move [if accomplished] would mean that the Iranian president and foreign minister would have to sign it," he said, Trend correspondent in Tehran reported.

    He made the remarks while addressing at a press conference in Tehran on the occasion of the Government Week on Aug. 29.

    After several months of talks, on July 14, Iran and the P5 1 (US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany) announced a final accord, curbing Iran 's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions. Following the deal, members of the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on July 20, endorsing the deal.

    Some hardliners inside Iran argue that the nuclear deal should be ratified by parliament as a law.

    Earlier Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that it will not be appropriate within the framework of national interests if Parliament intends to ratify the JCPOA.

    He referred to Article 77 of the Constitution which stipulates treaties have to be ratified by the parliament and added, 'It should be studied whether JCPOA is one of such treaties.'

    'When a case is deferred to the Supreme National Security Council, it moves out of parliament capacity. The nuclear issue has been reviewed by the council for the past 12 years.'

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  • Azerbaijan again in Europe League: miracle or regularity
    29.08.2015 18:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

    The last week was marked by a big football feast for entire Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani football clubs Karabakh and Gabala, playing in the UEFA Europe League, presented a real gift not only to their fans but to all local sports fans. They gained a victory over their opponents and reached the group stage of the tournament. This is the second most important tournament for European football clubs.

    I would like to talk about the opponents of our clubs. Gabala FC and Karabakh FC are entitled to play in the Europe League group stage, by gaining a victory over the Greek Panathinaikos FC and the Swiss Young Boys FC respectively in the qualifying round.

    Both teams are considered strong in their countries. Swiss Young Boys have set the pace in the European arena for the last 3-4 years, while Panathinaikos is constantly involved in the European Cups. The team even played in the finals of the European Champions Cup (the predecessor of the Champions League). But it lost to the Dutch Ajax, though this happened in 1971.

    Azerbaijani football clubs do not have such achievements compared to their opponents. Well, Karabakh FC has been regularly participating in the European Cups for the last six years (with a break for a year). It reached the last qualifying round of the Europe League three times. Last season it was in the group stage of the competition. It played perfectly but failed to reach 1 / 16 finals only because of the gross referee error [the referee did not credit the goal of Aghdam football players to the gate of the Italian International]. But Gabala FC can not boast such success. For the second time in its history, the FC has entered the European Cups. Its reaching the group stage is of great success for the team.

    The victory over such opponents showed that our FCs must be taken into account. By reaching the Europe League group stage for the third consecutive year, Azerbaijani teams show that the attention given to the Azerbaijani sport in general and football in particular, gives results.

    In general, the attention paid to the sport in Azerbaijan is gradually transforming the country into a sports center of the whole region. The major sporting events are often held here and will be held in the future. The first European Games, a large number of regional and world competitions in various kinds of sports, IV Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in 2017, the matches of the European Football Championship in 2018 are among them. The number of victories of Azerbaijani sportsmen at the Olympic Games, the world championships and European championships is growing.

    It is clear that the investments in the Azerbaijani football, the attention paid to the development of children's and youth football give results. The correct policy of Karabakh FC and Gabala FC in terms of attracting players and inviting coaches should be stressed. First, in their success both teams are obliged to their coaches, involved in the proper preparatory work for each match and leadership, which managed to properly use the funds allocated for FCs.

    In the end, we would like to wish our players a successful match in the Europe League group stage. The draw was not very good for us. The opponents of our football clubs are stronger than the previous ones. But much efforts and good preparation will lead to new achievements. And the most important thing is always to go forward despite the obstacles.

    Trend commentator Anvar Mammadov

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  • Iranian president in press conference '" live updates
    29.08.2015 17:51
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    Tehran, Iran, August 29

    By Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is addressing a press conference in Tehran on the occasion of the Government Week.

    The presser is attended by representatives of Iranian and foreign media, Trend correspondent reports from the conference hall.

    President Rouhani started with briefing the audience on efforts undertaken by his administration during the past two years in office.

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  • Azerbaijani CEC urges intв'l organizations to participate in electoral process
    29.08.2015 17:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) sends official invitations to the representatives of international organizations to participate in all electoral processes, CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov told reporters Aug. 29.

    He said that the CEC works on this standard.

    "While inviting the international organizations, we have always told them that we will create all necessary conditions for them," he said. "We are creating all conditions for the official representatives for their participation in all electoral processes. The media representatives are also involved in the processes related to the verification of documents and signatures. The representatives of international organizations must notify about errors and violations. This is the constructive cooperation."

    Panahov also said that the CEC has been acting with this position for the last 10 years.

    "I do not make this statement only for the media," he said. "At the same time, on behalf of the CEC, we send the official letters with the invitations to the international organizations."

    The parliamentary election in Azerbaijan will be held November 1.

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  • Volume of exports from Georgia to Turkey decreases by 14%
    29.08.2015 17:11
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    Trend:

    The volume of export from Georgia to Turkey decreased by 14 percent (by $20.2 million) and amounted to more than $ 125 million - 5.7 percent of Georgia's total exports in January-July 2015 compared to January-July 2014, the Georgian National Statistics Service said, Sputnik reported.

    In particular, semi-finished ironed items or non-alloy steel were exported in the amount of $ 17.5 million from Georgia to Turkey in January-July 2015, which is $ 5.3 million less compared to the same period in 2014.

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  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize '˜Town of Azerbaijanв' in Paris
    29.08.2015 17:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    Trend:

    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will open the "Town of Azerbaijan" at a large public space near the Palais-Royal in Paris on August 29. The town called "Azerbaijan in the heart of Paris" will remain open until September 9, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation told Trend.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan", which opens in Paris for the second time, will feature the history, culture, folklore, customs, traditions and national cuisine of the country.

    The "Town", which was set up in front of the Louvre Museum, will familiarize the visitors with Azerbaijani carpets, pottery and other crafts as well as costumes and musical instruments.

    The project will also feature a photo exhibition by famous Azerbaijanis living in France and the French living in Azerbaijan.

    The exhibition titled "The Azerbaijanis and French: the history of acquaintance" will reflect the lifestyle of both peoples and countries.

    Booths with Azerbaijani national cuisine, sweets and drinks will also operate at the venue along with the national musicians and dancers performing onstage.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan" was for the first time organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Paris in 2014 at the square near the Place Saint Sulpice.

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  • Azerbaijani Central Election Commission must strengthen its work
    29.08.2015 16:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) must strengthen its work, CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov said at the commission meeting Aug. 29.

    He said that Azerbaijan has achieved significant success in holding the election.

    "I believe that we are successfully preparing for the election," he said. "The necessary conditions have been created. The political stability is observed in the country. The public has been enlightened. The election is being organized by the professionals."

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  • Reasons for Iran to focus on South Pars gas field
    29.08.2015 15:27
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    Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    Iran says it is preparing to commence 15 new phases of South Pars gas field in three years, while 5 phases of the giant field have become operational during the last two years.

    Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on August 27 that Iran would overtake Qatar in South Pars by 2018.

    South Pars, a joint gas field between Iran and Qatar, holds about 8 percent of global conventional gas reserves. Qatar started the gas production from this field a decade earlier that Iran, while Iran hadn't commenced any new phases from 2009 to 2014.

    According to BP as well as Iran's official statistics, the country's sweet gas output reached about 173 billion cubic meters (bcm) to 178 bcm during last year, of which about 110 bcm was produced in South Pars.

    However, Qatar, whose gas production relies on South Pars (North Field), produced 178 bcm of gas during last year. Thus, Iran needs to increase its gas production by about 80 bcm per annum (bcm/a) from South Pars to surpass Qatar.

    While Iran has 28 joint oil and gas fields with neighbors, the country hasn't commenced any new oil filed since 2007 and the development pace of other fields are very slow.

    However, Iran has accelerated developing the remained phases (10 to 29) of South Pars, the world's biggest gas reserve.

    Since 2014 until now, Iran started early gas production from phases 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18, while the phase 19 is expected to become operational by March 2016. During this period, Iran increased raw gas production by 120 mcm/d and additional 80 mcm/d of gas production is expected to be produced by March 2016, which Iran's current fiscal year will end.

    Meanwhile, Iran has three reasons to focus on the South Pars project.

    First of all, despite about 30 trillion cubic meters of gas reserves, the gas pressure is going to decline and in 2023 it will reach such a level that installing gas compressors will be unavoidable, according to a report released by IRNA. The report said that extracting gas from South Pars in 2033 would become uneconomical without the new technologies.

    The second reason is replacing expensive and pollutant liquid fuels with natural gas. For instance, Iran has increased gas consumption in power plants by 33.6 percent to about 49 bcm last fiscal year, while during the first 5 months of current fiscal year (March 21 to Aug.22) the gas delivery to power plants increased by 12.2 percent again.

    Iran needs 70 bcm of gas to deliver power plants to curb diesel and fuel oil burning there. Power plants share 40 percent in the country's total emissions (about 500 million tons per year). Air pollution costs $16 billion for Iran annually, according to the World Health Organization.

    Iran also needs to gasify 1,900 industrial units and about 3 million households by 2018. On the other hand, Iran needs by-products in South Pars, like methane, ethane, propane, gas condensate, etc.

    Iran's petrochemical production capacity is about 60 million tons per year, but last year Iran produced only 44 million tons of petrochemicals, mostly due to feeds shortage and export limits, caused by sanctions.

    Iran could deliver only 2.8 million tons of ethane to petrochemical complexes last year, but the figure is planned to reach 4.2 million tons in current year.

    Iran has plan to increase petrochemicals output to 120 million tons by 2020.

    This is while Iran is preparing to launch its biggest refinery, Setareh Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf Star) which will need 360,000 barrels per day of gas condensate. Currently, Iran has to import diesel and gasoline.

    Iran will produce about 1.8 million barrels of gas condensate and 800 mcm/d od natural raw gas after full commencing South Pars.

    Dalga Khatinoglu is an expert on Iran's energy sector, head of Trend Agency's Iran news service. Follow him on @dalgakhatinoglu

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  • Iran says OPEC members in favor of $70/b oil price
    29.08.2015 15:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that the price of $70-$80 for each barrel of crude oil is fair, and most OPEC members are in favor of it, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Aug. 29.

    "We should make efforts to increase the oil prices in global markets," Zanganeh said, meanwhile arguing that "Tehran is not concerned about oil price fall".

    "If we are concerned about this issue, so we should stop oil production, but we will not give up our historic share in the world market at any cost," the minister stressed.

    Zanganeh earlier blamed the latest drop in oil prices on some members of OPEC and questioned whether any OPEC emergency meeting would reach an agreement.

    "To balance the oil price... OPEC members should balance their production. An emergency meeting has been requested and we don't have a problem with that," the Iranian minister said.

    Global oil market experienced a historic price fall as US oil prices fell below $40 a barrel on Aug. 28 for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis.

    OPEC is not due to meet until Dec. 4.

    Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, and other Gulf states pushed OPEC's strategy shift last year to defend market share rather than cut output to support prices.

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  • Drugs problem grows in Iran as huge amount gets seized in Tehran
    29.08.2015 14:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iranian police seized some 8.3 metric tons of various illegal drugs in the capital city of Tehran during the first five months of the current fiscal year (March 21-Aug. 22), Tehran Police Chief Brigadier Hossein Sajedinia said.

    The figure indicates a rise by 33 percent compared to the same months of preceding year, the police chief said, the country's Mehr news agency reported Aug. 29.

    In the meantime 20,130 people have been arrested in Tehran on drugs-related charges, Sajedinia said, adding the figure includes 1673 drug-consumers.

    In the 5-month period, 184 professional smugglers were arrested as well, the police commander added.

    Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of common border with Afghanistan, over which 74 percent of opium is smuggled.

    It was reported that some 490 metric tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last fiscal year (ended on March 20).

    The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates. The statistics also say there are about two million drug users in Iran.

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  • Iran unveils more details on its new radar systems
    29.08.2015 14:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    The commander of Iran's Khatam ol-Anbiya air defense base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili has unveiled more details about the new strategic radar systems which will become operational by September 1.

    The home-made radar systems dubbed Bina and Nazir are installed in two mountainous and plain areas, Esmaeili said.

    The radars are capable of detecting small flying targets as well as cruise and semi-ballistic missiles, the commander said, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Aug. 29.

    Bina and Nazir radar systems possess high accuracy for detecting long-range targets, Esmaeili said, claiming that the two radars are unique in the region due to their technical capabilities.

    Esmaeili earlier said that a new radar system will be operational near Iran's central Tabas city on September 1. He further said that the new radar system will cover areas around 1,000 kilometers in range.

    The Iranian commander also announced that the Islamic Republic will stage air defense drills by late autumn.

    Esmaeili also said that a new home-made long-range radar system dubbed Fath 14 will be launched in one of the country's air defense points.

    Tehran regularly announces military advances that cannot be independently verified. Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.

    Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes.

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  • Russia-China gas deal on "Power of Siberia-2" stalls
    29.08.2015 12:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, August 29

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Neither China nor Russia is eager to go forward with the deal on the so-called western route for gas deliveries under the current situation on the oil market, Tao Wang, expert at Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy told Trend.

    "Given the current oil price and slow domestic growth in natural gas in China, neither side seems to be eager to sign the deal soon," Wang said.

    But certainly that is the option that Russia prefers because it could absorb its surplus capacity and require less investment that the route of Power of Siberia, Wang believes.

    "If it could played as a bargaining chip for China against the Central Asia gas from Turkmenistan for renegotiating the importing price, China may also find this route more valuable than before," Wang said.

    The western route also known as Power of Siberia-2, is intended to run across the highly mountainous area of the Altai region in West Siberia to China and supply the Asian country with gas in the amount of 30 billion cubic meters a year.

    On May 8, 2015 Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a framework agreement on the main terms of gas deliveries via the western route.

    Now the two sides have to prepare and conclude a contract. However the negotiations between the sides have become complicated due to sharp fall in oil prices.

    Last month Chinese equity firms quietly suspended the second Siberian gas project, Power of Siberia 2, which was expected to supply 30 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to China. Russian media reports said the pipeline had been "delayed indefinitely."

    At the same time last week Gazprom said that that the main terms and conditions of Russian gas supply to China via the western route had already been specified, for instance, a Russian-Chinese border crossing corridor for the future gas pipeline.

    "The current project negotiations show a very good dynamics," Gazprom said.

    From the middle of this year energy consumption in China started to slow down as a result of the country's financial problems. Revenues from China's industrial sector decreased 0.7 percent this year.

    By 2020 gas demand in China will amount to 300 billion cubic meters which is 100 billion cubic meters lower than previously projected, according to the CNPC estimates.

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  • Cavusoglu about trilateral meeting of Aliyev, Erdogan and Berdymukhamedov
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    "The first meeting will be held in Turkmenistan."

    Following the Ministers of the Interior, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey will hold a meeting in a trilateral format.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Turkish media reports that this was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after the trilateral meeting held yesterday.

    "Leaders of the three countries will come together. I have great appreciation for the fact that this will make a significant contribution to strengthening the relations between our countries and peoples," the minister said.

    According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, during the trilateral meeting the Turkmen side proposed date for the meeting of the presidents of the three countries.

    "Soon we will get a response from the Azerbaijani and Turkish sides, after which the heads of the three states will gather in Turkmenistan," Cavusoglu said.
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  • Uzbekistan building tire plant
    29.08.2015 12:22
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Angren special industrial zone (Tashkent region of Uzbekistan) hosted a ceremony of the launch of construction of the plant for the production of conveyor belts, agricultural and car tires, said the message of the administration of the Angren special industrial zone.

    The design capacity of the plant with a total cost of $230 million will stand at three million pieces of tires, 200,000 pieces of agricultural equipment tires and 100,000 linear meters of conveyor belts, according to the message.

    The construction of the plant will involve Uzhimprom JSC and Uzavtoprom JSC, as well as two of the largest Uzbek mining and metallurgical complexes, Navoi and Almalyk, which are the founders of the Directorate for Construction of the Mechanical Rubber Goods OJSC.

    The participation share of Uzhimprom in the project will amount to 50 percent, Uzavtoprom - 30 percent, and the Navoi and Almalyk mining and metallurgical complexes - 10 percent each.

    In November 2014, Uzhimprom concluded a contract with China's Poly Technologies Inc. to build a tire plant in Uzbekistan. The decree said that the contract is worth $183.96 million.

    The contract, signed following direct negotiations, stipulates turnkey construction of the facility's technological part by the Poly Technologies Inc. Uzavtoprom and the US-based corporation, General Motors, agreed on kitting up cars, produced at the GM Uzbekistan, with tires locally made "in case of successful certification and laboratory testing of the mentioned products in line with international standards and requirements of GM Uzbekistan".

    The project will be financed with a $27.6 million loan from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (FRDU), $156.36 million foreign loans refinanced by the State Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Asaka, and through the funds of the founders of the construction operator - the Directorate for Construction of the Mechanical Rubber Goods Plant of the State Joint-Stock Company Uzhimprom.

    Uzbekistan doesn't manufacture tires, and fully imports them particularly from Russia and China.

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  • Simonyan: Azerbaijan must let Mkhitaryan in
    29.08.2015 12:15
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    "If the player is not allowed to participate in the game ..."

    Acting President of the RFU Nikita Simonyan commented on the possibility that midfielder of Dortmund "Borussia" Henrik Mkhitaryan may miss the away match with "Gabala" in the group stage of the Europa League, Oxu.Az reports citing Sports.ru.

    "If we talk on sports law, Azerbaijan must allow entry of Henrik Mkhitaryan. If the player is not allowed to participate in the game, either Mkhitaryan himself or Football Club should apply to the League.

    Azerbaijan does not have any legal grounds to ban football player to play for his club. If Baku will create obstacles, it would be a gross violation of the law. Non-admission of Mkhitaryan to this match for political reasons is illogical," Simonyan said.
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  • OPEC: Oil prices will be around $40-$50 until late 2015
    29.08.2015 11:51
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    Oil prices will be around $40-$50 a barrel until the end of the year and hopefully they will reach $60, assuming there will be a recovery in China, a Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters, APA reports.

    "Oil is bottoming and the deeper it goes the more the rebound will be quicker and the supply reaction will be even bigger," the source said, adding prices may dip again to slightly below $45 before slowly recovering to around $60 by December when OPEC meets next, said another source.
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  • Azerbaijani grandmasters to take part in World Rapid and Blitz championship
    29.08.2015 11:04
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    This year's World Rapid and Blitz Championship will be held October 9-14 in Berlin, Germany.

    Azerbaijani grandmasters will also vie for medals at the tournament, AzerTag reports.

    The prize fund will be a total $400,000 combined for the rapid and the blitz tournaments. Both events will be played according to the Swiss pairing system.

    All players rated 2500 or higher in any of the FIDE rating lists (standard, blitz or rapid) from January 2015 to August 2015 are eligible to participate. The tournaments are also open to all national champions, regardless of their title or rating.

    Last year both events were won by Magnus Carlsen, who thus clinched the world title in all three disciplines of chess. The Norwegian player is planning to defend his rapid and blitz titles in Berlin. Ex-world champion Viswanathan Anand intends to play as well.

    According to the regulations the World Rapid and Blitz are supposed to be organized, under the aegis of FIDE, "by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly or the Presidential Board at least one year in advance," while all the rights for the organization belong to FIDE.

    For this edition the world chess federation has entrusted its commercial partner Agon to organize the two tournaments. This hasn't happened before; the contract between FIDE and Agon mentions events in the (classical) world championship cycle but not the World Rapid and Blitz.
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  • Baku hosts 37th Capital Policing European Conference
    29.08.2015 11:02
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    The 37th Capital Policing European Conference has opened in Baku, bringing together 70 representatives from 25 countries, AzerTag reports.

    Addressing the conference, Azerbaijani Minister of Internal Affairs Ramil Usubov hailed the importance of the event, which addresses the ways of improving the efficiency of the fight against crime.

    Head of Baku City Executive Authority Hajibala Abutalibov drew the audience`s attention to history and development of Baku, saying the Azerbaijani capital combines Eastern and Western values.

    The-three day conference will feature discussions and hear speeches from representatives of various countries on a number of priority areas in the fight against crime, as well as crimes against individuals and property, megacity safety issues.

    The conference will culminate with the adoption of a joint declaration.
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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 130 times in one day
    29.08.2015 11:02
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    Throughout the day, the Armenian military, using mortars and large-caliber machine guns, 130 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said August 29.

    Armenian armed forces, stationed in Parakavar village and nameless uplands of Armenia's Ijevan district, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces, located in Kohnegishlaq village of Agstafa district.

    Armenian troops, stationed in Dovekh, Barekamavan, Voskevan villages of Noyemberyan district, opened fire at Azerbaijani positions, located in nameless uplands and Kemerli, Gaymagli, Gushchu Ayrim villages of Gazakh district.

    Azerbaijani positions, located in Kokhanebi and Aghbulag villages of Tovuz district, came under fire from Armenian positions, located in Chinari village of Berd district.

    Meanwhile, the Armenia military, stationed in nameless uplands and Jil village of Krasnoselsk district, fired at Azerbaijani positions, located in nameless uplands of Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located in Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulustan villages of Goranboy district, Chilaburt, Goyarkh, Yarimja, Giziloba villages of Terter district, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Merzili, Garagashli, Kengerli, Nemirli, Novruzlu villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Ashaghi Abdurrahmanli, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan villages of Fuzuli district, Mehdili village of Jabrayil district, as well as nameless uplands in Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced by retaliatory fire.
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  • Fitch Ratings affirms credit rating of Azerbaijan
    29.08.2015 10:54
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    The outlook is stable.

    International rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed the long-term Issuer Default Rating ("IDR") of Azerbaijan in foreign and national currency at level "BBB-", with a "stable" forecast, Oxu.Az reports citing the Ministry of Finance.

    The report, prepared by the agency, noted that Azerbaijan's investment rating reflects the low sovereign debt of the country, the high prices for raw material in 2006, as well as the accumulation of large foreign currency assets as a result of the positive balance of the current year.

    The stable rating is prompted by the fact that the government is taking regulatory steps in connection with the tax revenues, capital expenditures, as well as the national currency, thereby preventing the reduction of foreign exchange reserves.

    Keeping a stable rating outlook of the country against the background of instability in the world economy and the sharp decline in oil prices once again confirms the sustainable potential of the Azerbaijani economy.
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  • Kazakhstan to remain leader in uranium extraction till 2025'" Kazatomprom
    29.08.2015 10:41
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    The Kazatomprom National Atomic Company has approved a new development strategy for 2015-2025, which provides for the preservation of the leading positions of the company and Kazakhstan on the extraction of natural uranium, RIA Novosti news agency reported with reference to the Kazatomprom.

    "Implementation of the strategy will make it possible for Kazatomprom and Kazakhstan to preserve the achieved leading positions on production of natural uranium in the world," said the message.

    In order to do that, the company will develop existing mines and build the new ones, as well as introduce advanced technologies in order to improve the efficiency and reduce the prime cost of uranium extraction, according to the message.

    "One of the strategic directions of Kazatomprom is the business diversification in all subsequent stages of front-end nuclear fuel cycle," said the message. "The company plans to gain access to services for the conversion, enrichment and fabrication of nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants."

    Kazakhstan has been a world leader in uranium production since 2009. Over the past 10 years, the country has increased its volume by almost six times, while the nearest competitors, Canada and Australia, observed stagnation of production or its slightly decrease. In 2014, Kazakhstan increased its uranium production by 1.5 percent - up to 22,829 metric tons of uranium.

    Kazatomprom JSC is the national operator of Kazakhstan for the export of uranium and uranium compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and materials with dual purposes.

    Its main activities are geological exploration, the extraction of uranium, the manufacturing of products involved in the nuclear fuel cycle and construction materials as well as power industry, science, social security and personnel training.

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  • Azerbaijan's national hero Chingiz Mustafayev would turn 55
    29.08.2015 10:31
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    Chingiz Mustafayev was one of the most notable independent Azerbaijani journalists, who was posthumously bestowed by state order as National Hero of Azerbaijan.

    Mustafayev, with no formal background or degree in journalism save for a year of on the job training, created a video anthology during the early stages of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, most of the documentary had to be shot from the frontline which ultimately was the cause of his abrupt death due to mortar wounds.

    He was the man behind the video camera, who filmed scenes of atrocity in the Khojaly Massacre of 1992. In order to document the massacre, Mustafayev traveled via an army helicopter which at most time came under heavy enemy fire. He was able to film that gave evidence to the massacre which showed hundreds of dead bodies strewn across snow-covered fields of Khojaly The film at times was coupled with commentaries by a sobbing and emotional Mustafayev as he described the carnage he had seen as he filmed.

    According to his brother Vahid Mustafayev, during the span of eight months Mustafayev had shot and is credited for about 18 documentaries about the war in Karabakh, leaving behind substantial historical documentation.

    On 15 June 1992, Mustafayev while filming an exchange of fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces near the village of Nakhichevanik was felled by mortar fire. According to his brother Vahid Mustafayev, he was fatally wounded when a shell exploded right beside him and shrapnel from the shell severed one of his major arteries. By the time Mustafayev was airlifted to the hospital, he had died of blood loss. His last moments were captured on his own camera.

    ANS CM 102 FM the first Radio Broadcasting Company in the Caucasus whose motto was "We are fated to struggle" has renamed the station in his honor.

    A foundation was established in honour of Chingiz Mustafayev by ANS for the purposes of arranging journalism contests in various areas. Azerbaijani radio station ANS CM 102 FM also renamed after him and carries his slogan DöyüЕџ alnД±mД±za yazД±lД±b (The war is written on our foreheads).

    The Mustafayev family is described as the typical Azerbaijani family. His father was in the military and was working on missiles and rockets in the USSR. His mother hailed from the city of Shaki. Chingiz was the oldest child, born in 1960 and he had two brothers, Seyfulla Mustafayev, born in 1962, and Vahid Mustafayev, born in 1968.
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  • Iran unveils 10-year nonoil export plan
    29.08.2015 10:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:

    Iran has unveiled a comprehensive plan for boosting nonoil exports in a stage-by-stage fashion, targeting exports worth $145 billion in ten years.

    Iran's export of goods should reach $115 billion by 2025, Deputy Minister of Industry Valiollah Afkhami Rad said, Mehr news agency reported August 28.

    For the next Iranian-calendar year (to start March 20), Iran's nonoil export should hit $58 billion, he added.

    Last year, Iran's export hit $49.7 billion. The Industry Ministry's comprehensive plan asserts that nonoil exports should reach $81 billion by 2020.

    Last year, Iran's mineral export hit $1.5 billion and it is expected to reach $2.5 billion by the end of next Iranian year, $3.5 billion by 2020, and $6 billion by 2025.

    Also, agricultural export stood at $4.6 billion last year. It is to reach $6 billion by the end of next Iranian year, $8 billion by 2020, and $12 billion by 2025.

    Rad said the plan envisions increasing expert engineering service export to $17 billion by the end of next Iranian fiscal year.

    The number is to hit $23 billion by 2020 and $35 billion by 2025.

    Head of Iran's Business Development Organization Valiollah Afkhami said in April that in the last Iranian fiscal year, the country's engineering service, tourism, and transit export hit $12.5 billion.

    "Add that to nonoil goods' export and we will have a total of $62 billion," he said.

    He hoped that in the current Iranian fiscal year, non-oil export will grow by 25 percent to reach $65 billion.

    Iran's trade turnover during the previous Iranian fiscal year (which ended March 20) surpassed $150 billion.

    Edited by CN

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  • Fitch Affirms Azerbaijan at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable
    29.08.2015 10:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29

    Trend:

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijan's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'BBB-' with a Stable Outlook, the international rating agency said Aug.29.

    The issue ratings on Azerbaijan's senior unsecured foreign currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BBB-'. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at 'BBB-' and the Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'F3'.

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  • Azerbaijani female wrestlers win two bronze medals of Cadet World Championship
    29.08.2015 10:01
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    Azerbaijani female wrestlers Zelfira Alakbarli at 38kg and Shabnam Ahmadova at 56kg have grabbed bronze medals of the FILA Cadet World Championship.

    The event was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, AzerTag reports.

    Alakbarli and Ahmadova secured the medals after defeating Turkish and Hungarian rivals respectively.
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  • NATO Secretary General meets family of Georgian victim of 2011 Norway massacre
    29.08.2015 09:54
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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has met the family of a Georgian girl killed by Anders Breivik on the Utoya Island in Norway in 2011.

    Stoltenberg, NATO's Norwegian top official who paid his first Georgia visit on August 26 and 27, expressed his desire to meet and offer his condolences to Tamta Liparteliani's family when he met Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili yesterday. The latter organised the meeting on the same day, Agenda.ge reports.

    "I have read much about your daughter," the NATO Secretary General told Liparteliani's parents.

    "In Norway we opened a special place where we can pay tribute to the victims including your daughter. Thank you for meeting and enabling me to personally offer my condolences."

    Lipatreliani, 23 years old Georgian student who was at the youth camp in Utoya, was one of the 77 victims of the 2011 Norway attacks.

    The body of Georgian student Tamta Liparteliani was found on the bottom of the lake with two gunshot wounds in the back.

    On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Breivik emerged from a western Norwegian suburb to commit Norway's deadliest terrorist atrocity and one of the worst terrorist attacks in Europe since World War II.

    The massacre started with an explosion in Oslo and finished with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on Utoya. The final death toll was 77.
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  • Azerbaijan issues international arrest warrant for another Turkish businessman
    29.08.2015 09:51
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    Azerbaijanв's law enforcement bodies have issued an international arrest warrant for Turkish businessman Mahmut Marhan, 47, who are charged with tax evasion, said the notice posted on Interpolв's website.

    Azerbaijan's law enforcement bodies have recently declared several Turkish businessmen internationally wanted. All of them are charged with tax evasion.
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  • Russian, US diplomats discuss settlement in Syria and fight against terrorism
    29.08.2015 09:51
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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney discussed the settlement of the situation in Syria and fight against terrorism in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday after consultations.

    "The sides exchanged opinions on a wide range of issues connected with efforts to facilitate the soonest political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian crisis and tasks of effectively fighting against the terrorist threat," the foreign ministry said, TASS reports.

    US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney will visit Saudi Arabia on August 29. After that, he will hold consultations in Geneva with UN Special Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Ratney was appointed as US Special Envoy for Syria at the end of July.
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  • Iran ready to offer reciprocal visa-free travel: Zarif
    29.08.2015 09:44
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country is ready to offer visa-free travel to citizens of the countries that are willing to engage in reciprocal visa waiver mechanisms with the Islamic Republic.

    Citizens of the countries which are ready to waive visa requirements for Iranian nationals will also receive visa waivers from the Islamic Republic in a reciprocal move, Zarif said Friday in a visit to Isfahan, a major tourist hub in central Iran, PressTV reports.

    The top diplomat said Iran has held negotiations with many countries on the issue of visa requirements, saying the diplomacy apparatus is prepared to provide anything needed to facilitate the growth of Iran's tourism sector.

    Iran has dropped visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of its plans to boost tourism industry in the country. Citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran and stay in the country without visa from 15 to 90 days.

    Intelligence officials in Iran have also approved a plan to expand the list to include 12 more states, but sources in Iran's tourism sector say Iran's Foreign Ministry opposes the move, saying visa-free travel is basically a reciprocal mechanism.

    According to the Visa Restrictions Index, holders of an Iranian passport can visit 40 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.

    Meanwhile, many observers say the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - would significantly boost the Islamic Republic's tourism sector and increase demands for Iranian visas.
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  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation to organize "Town of Azerbaijan" in Paris
    29.08.2015 09:27
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    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will open the "Town of Azerbaijan" at a large public space near the Palais-Royal in Paris on August 29.

    The town called "Azerbaijan in the heart of Paris" will remain open until September 9, APA reports.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan", which opens in Paris for the second time, will feature the history, culture, folklore, customs, traditions and national cuisine of the country.

    The "Town", which was set up in front of the Louvre Museum, will familiarize the visitors with Azerbaijani carpets, pottery and other crafts as well as costumes and musical instruments. The project will also feature a photo exhibition by famous Azerbaijanis living in France and the French living in Azerbaijan.

    The exhibition titled "The Azerbaijanis and French: the history of acquaintance" will reflect the lifestyle of both peoples and countries.

    Booths with Azerbaijani national cuisine, sweets and drinks will also operate at the venue along with the national musicians and dancers performing onstage.

    The "Town of Azerbaijan" was for the first time organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Paris in 2014 at the square near the Place Saint Sulpice.
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  • Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijan supports Turkey in struggle with terrorism Foreign M
    29.08.2015 09:20
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    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov spoke at the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

    Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov condemned recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, APA reports quoting the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    "Azerbaijan strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Turkey and expresses its support for its struggle against terrorism. It is important to continue cooperation in the field of security in order to ensure the dynamic development of the region, strengthen the independence of our countries, counter major challenges, accompanied by terrorism, extremism and aggressive separatism. One of the priorities of the foreign policy for Azerbaijan is regional security, fight against terrorism and energy security, "said the Minister.

    Azerbaijani Foreign Minister stressed that there is a need to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states, as well as the rejection of the policy of aggression in order to maintain peace and stability in the region. "Alongside, there are obstacles to peace and development in the region. Failure in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is the greatest threat to peace, stability in the region and regional cooperation," Mammadyarov said.

    In his speech, the Minister noted that Azerbaijan has an important geo-strategic location on the regional, global energy and transport corridors. "Starting now successfully implemented the BTC project, the republic has initiated a number of important projects in the region. Azerbaijan connects the most important regions of Eurasia via implementation of the projects of the Southern Gas Corridor, the main lines of which are the TANAP and TAP, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project and new Baku International Trade Port. The importance of the Southern Gas Corridor is that it will provide Europe significant reserves of natural gas from alternative sources on a continuous basis, "said Mammadyarov.

    According to the minister, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and new Baku International Trade Port will be the main segments of the East-West corridor and will contribute to the development of the countries involved in the project. Mammadyarov noted that it is important to strengthen cooperation with the non-oil sector, in particular in areas such as information and communication technologies, renewable energy, average and small business.

    "The trilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between the countries is also a subject of discussion. Common values '‹'‹and interests make cooperation in this field inevitable "-said the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan.

    At the end Mammadyarov proposed to hold the next trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of the three countries in Azerbaijan.
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  • Turkey: 24 people injured in Mardin bomb attack
    29.08.2015 05:49
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    At least 24 people, including 10 policemen were injured in a bomb attack on riot police in southeastern Mardin province late Friday, security sources said, according to Anadolu Agency.

    Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members were behind the attack who allegedly planted the bomb at an overpass and detonated it when a bus carrying the policemen passed through.

    The injured were taken to Kiziltepe and Mardin hospitals.

    Security forces have launched an operation to nab the perpetrators of the attack.

    The PKK has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

    More than 60 security personnel have been martyred, reportedly by the PKK, as tensions in the southeastern region of Turkey have flared up since a bombing linked to Daesh on July 20 in Suruc, which claimed the lives of 34 people.

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  • Indian army kills 6 militants in northeast state
    29.08.2015 04:04
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    Indian army Friday killed six Naga militants in the northeast state of Nagaland, the military said, Xinhua reported.

    Meanwhile, two other Naga separatist activists were also injured in the army operation in Nokalak in Tuensang district of the state.

    The Indian army has been intensifying operations against Naga militants near the Myanmar border since an army convoy was ambushed, in which 18 soldiers were killed and 15 others injured.

    A surgical operation was carried out along the India-Myanmar border by the army in June after the ambush, in which an unspecified number of rebels were killed. Enditem

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  • UN chief sets special meeting on migration issue
    29.08.2015 02:44
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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a special meeting on the issue of EU refugee crisis for September 30 ahead of the UN 70th anniversary summit to be held in UN Headquarters in New York, the United Nations said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

    The statement comes following over 70 people, reportedly undocumented migrants, were discovered dead in an abandoned truck near Austria's border with Hungary on Thursday.

    According to the statement published Friday, Ban is "horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe.

    "The UN chief highlighted the importance of abiding the international law which stipulates the right of refugees to protection and asylum.

    "I appeal to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations," - Ban said.

    The European Union is currently grappling with a major refugee crisis, with thousands of migrants attempting to reach EU member states through various routes.

    Estimates from the EU external border protection agency Frontex show that over 340,000 migrants were detected at the bloc's external borders between January and July 2015, which is three times higher than during the same period in 2014.

    In 2015, some 2,370 migrants have died while attempting to reach Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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  • Iran ready to reciprocally waive visa requirements - Zarif
    29.08.2015 00:44
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    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said foreign nationals whose respective countries facilitate Iranians' entry to their land without visas do not require visas to visit Iran, Irna reported.

    'To promote relations, we are ready to reciprocate the countries' plans to allow Iranians visit their lands without obtaining visas,' he told reporters on Friday.

    As to attracting foreign tourists, he said Foreign Ministry is duty-bound to facilitate arrival of investors and tourists.

    All provinces and cities in Iran boast of industrial, cultural and social attractions, Zarif added, Iran's diplomatic apparatus is facilitator of the enthusiasts' entry to Iranian sites in various points.

    Zarif arrived in Isfahan late Wednesday on behalf of President Hassan Rouhani and the cabinet to inaugurate a number of development projects in Isfahan province.

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  • Armenia suspends construction of military academy in Azerbaijanв's occupied Aghdere district
    28.08.2015 23:31
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    Baku. Agha Jafarli '" APA. The construction of a military academy in the Vang village of Azerbaijanв's Aghdere district occupied by Armenian armed forces has been suspended, said ''the village administration, according to news.am.

    According to the administration, the reasons for the suspension and resumption of construction are unknown.

    The construction is financed by Armenian businessman Levon Hayrapetyan, who is also considered one of the trustees of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Arrested in the case of Bashneft over money laundering and financial fraud, Levon Hayrapetyan was then transferred to house arrest.
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  • James Warlick: We need renewed commitment at highest level to finding peaceful resolution of conflict
    28.08.2015 23:07
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    ''We look forward to bringing the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan together at the UN General Assembly in September and exchange views on the way forward on a negotiated settlement''

    Baku. Malahat Najafova - APA. The OSCE co-chairs plan to visit the region in the fall, although no specific dates are set, US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told APA.

    "We look forward to bringing the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan together at the UN General Assembly in September and exchange views on the way forward on a negotiated settlement. We need a renewed commitment at the highest level to finding a peaceful resolution of the conflict," said James Warlick.
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  • Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen FMs sign declaration as a result of trilateral meeting
    28.08.2015 22:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    Trend:

    As a result of trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan held in Antalya the declaration was signed, said the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.

    At the third meeting of Ministers satisfaction with the development of relations and cooperation between countries, and the hope for the development of specific projects in the framework of cooperation were expressed.

    Story still developing

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  • Turkey strengthening '˜gasв' positions
    28.08.2015 22:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Turkey, in view of the recent processes and developments, is becoming increasingly important force on the world's energy map.

    Although the country has no large oil and gas fields, the geographical location and the right policies, have given Turkey an opportunity to become a major energy hub and an important figure for both suppliers and consumers of hydrocarbons.

    The project for the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', initiated by Azerbaijan, has become such a major opportunity for Ankara. The lsquo;Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline' (TANAP), which is the central and longest part of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', is designed to deliver Azerbaijan's gas to Europe, thereby helping Europe to diversify supplies and Turkey to strengthen its energy security.

    No wonder that in such a situation, Turkey's weight on international arena has become much heavier.

    Furthermore, Turkey continues to strengthen its energy positions. In particular, one of the ways is to strengthen the presence at all stages of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor'.

    As of now, Turkey's TPAO owns a 19-percent stake in the project for development of the lsquo;Shah Deniz' field and the lsquo;South Caucasus Pipeline', while another Turkish company Botas owns a 30-percent stake in TANAP.

    Earlier, Ankara said it would consider acquiring a stake in the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Given that this information came amid reports about the intent of Norway's Statoil to sell its stake, such a development looks quite real.

    And now it has become known that the SOCAR Turkey Enerji (Turkish subsidiary of Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR) wants to acquire a seven-percent stake in TANAP.

    It can buy the projected seven-percent stake from SOCAR, which currently owns a 58-percent stake in the pipeline.

    It should be noted that SOCAR Turkey Enerji is the subject of the Turkish economy, and therefore the acquisition of a share in TANAP by the company can be regarded only as an increase of Turkish presence in the pipeline. Moreover, recently, some 13 percent shares of the company were purchased from SOCAR by the US investment bank Goldman Sachs for $1.3 billion. The fact of the infusion of the US capital to the project, of course, increases the interest in the TANAP as an economically promising and reliable project.

    The intention to buy a stake in TANAP also proves that SOCAR Turkey Enerji has sufficiently strengthened on the global energy market. By purchasing a part of shares in the project, the company undertakes commitments on its financing as well, and 7 percent is a rather big figure in a project worth $10 billion.

    It also has its positive side for the project. The increase in the number of shareholders will lead to reduction of risks due to the division of responsibilities between the large number of companies. Moreover, such situation will lead to the relief of SOCAR's financial burden, which at the same time will retain control over the pipeline (51 percent).

    The acquisition of a stake in TANAP by the Turkish company will further strengthen the importance of the country and enhance its credibility as a state necessary to be reckoned with in energy issues.

    Edited by CN

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    Maksim Tsurkov is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @MaksimTsurkov

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  • Azerbaijan to continue regulating drug prices - Tariff Council Secretariat head
    28.08.2015 19:11
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Elmir Murad - Trend:

    From a social point of view, the drug prices are important, Ilkin Majidov, the head of the Secretariat of the Azerbaijani Tariff Council, said in an interview with Trend.

    "According to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's order, the prices on state registered drugs are controlled by the government in accordance with the changes made in the law "On drugs" in December 2014," he said.

    The Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Health and the Tariff Council were charged with the regulation and control over drug prices upon the president's decree in March 2015.

    He said that the Azerbaijani Cabinet Ministers has approved the relevant regulations and the Tariff Council - the instruction to regulate drug prices over the past period.

    "The best method was to ensure the effectiveness and full transparency of the process to avoid a subjective approach while setting the drug prices," he said. "Afterwards, its implementation began. Some 25 active substances were chosen of this category of drugs at the first stage to regulate the prices on vital and best-selling drugs."

    The prices on 256 drugs in 25 active substances were set at a meeting of the Tariff Council July 30, 2015.

    Another meeting of the Tariff Council was held on August 25. The prices on 801 more drugs were set. In general, the prices on 1,057 drugs in 25 active substances were approved.

    The drug prices were published in the media, on the websites of the ministry of economy and industry, the ministry of health and the Tariff Council.

    He said when comparing the prices approved by the Tariff Council and the prices of medicines that are currently being sold, it can be seen that 46 percent medicines became cheaper by over two times, and 24 percent by over three times.

    "In general, the prices for 94 percent of the currently sold medicines have been cut," said Majidov. "As it was previously announced, the approved the prices for 1,057 medicines on 25 active substances (except for combined drugs) will come into force on September 15, 2015."

    He also said that after the prices for other medicines get approved, a chart of the medicine's costs and the date of new prices' entering into force will be published by the media, and on the websites of the Economy and Industry Ministry (www.economy.gov.az), the Tariff Council (www.tariff.gov.az), and the Analytical Examination Center of the Health Ministry (www.pharma.az).

    "As of now, over 4,500 names of medicines have passed the state registration in Azerbaijan," said Majidov. "As I have already said, we are approving the prices of medicines in stages. It was noted earlier that during the price regulation process, 25 essential and saleable active substances were selected, and the price regulation process began with the medicines containing those substances."

    He added that the prices for antibiotics, drugs for ischemic disease, heart failure, allergy and inflammation were approved in the first stage.

    "Some 55 active substances were selected for the next stage, and we will adjust the prices for the drugs that contain them," Majidov further said.

    He reminded that the first stage of this process has been completed on 25 active substances.

    "The prices for 15 percent of medicines, which passed the state registration, have been approved," he noted.

    The admission of documents (declarations) on the next 55 active substances was announced, he said. "The deadline for receipt of the declarations is September 10," Majidov said. "This process, which is of great social importance, will be continued until the settlement of prices for all drugs. The regulation of prices for most drugs will be completed by late 2015."

    The public will be informed about the progress of this process, the names of drugs, the prices for which have been approved, the prices themselves and the dates when they will come into force through the media, he said.

    "Regarding the strengthening of control over the market of drugs, I would like to note that prices of drugs will be indicated using one of the methods specified by the ministry of economy and industry, in accordance with the rules approved by the cabinet of ministers," Majidov said.

    "The control over labeling of prices on drugs and their correspondence to the prices approved by the Tariff (price) Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan will be jointly implemented by the Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Rights Protection State Service of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Azerbaijan Republic and Analytical Expertise Center for Medicines under the Azerbaijani ministry of health," he said.

    The introduction of the new control system will create conditions for the adoption of joint operational measures to better protect the rights of consumers on the market of drugs and won't allow mislead them on price issue, according to Majidov.

    "I would like to note once again that the prices for 1,057 drugs which will enter into force on September 15, have already been approved," he said. "In total, an operational system of price controls, public oversight mechanism have been set up. So, citizens will be able to check the prices in advance. This will allow them to demand the sale of drugs for the approved prices in drugstores."

    Edited by CN

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