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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: Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoy cordial and warm bilateral relations which are based on common cultural and religious values. Our two countries also share common perceptions on all international and regional issues. The two countries believe in and support the peaceful means and meaningful dialogue to resolve all disputes between the nations.

    Q: What are your views regarding the expansion of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan?

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    A: Turkey and Pakistan are two brotherly countries and enjoy excellent bilateral relations which are, marked by cordiality, deep mutual trust and affection between our two people. Over the years our relationship has been transformed into a strategic partnership, with a strong emphasis on economic collaboration. Pakistan has always and will continue to support the aspirations of Turkish people to progress and development and to join the European Union. As for Central Asian market, you know that trade between all nations of the region is already taking place. Regionalism is the new order of the world. I am sure that with peace in Afghanistan many new venues of cooperation will be activated in both Central Asia and Caucasus region and beyond.

    Q: What are the gaps as far as you're concerned in Pakistani Azerbaijani relations?

    A: There are no gaps in our political relations. The leadership of the two countries, at all levels, enjoy very warm and cordial relations and there exists unanimity of views on all issues of international and regional rapport and there is also common desire to build mutual cooperation in all domains. Our parliamentarians also exchange visits and this will continue.

    However, in the field of commerce, economy and trade, education, culture and defense there is a lot of distance the two countries have to cover to make them on par with the political good will that exists between our two countries. Joint ventures, business to business contact, mutual investments, participations in trade fairs, exhibitions, workshops and conferences held in two countries, exchange of academia, students and journalists are some of the areas we need to and we are focusing on.

    Q: What role or contribution do you expect from Azerbaijan in addressing the regional terrorist issue, an issue that has for a long time affected Pakistan?

    A: You would agree that terrorism and extremism are worldwide phenomena. No country enjoys any monopoly over or is immune to this scourge. This is a common challenge and can be addressed by mutual understanding, cooperation, sharing timely intelligence and helping each other. I am sure that Azerbaijan is doing its level best, and like Pakistan, believes that root causes of terrorism and extremism must also be addressed to make the world peaceful for our future generations.

    Claude Salhani is a political analyst and senior editor with
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    An ancient settlement of the South Caucasus, referring to the ancient Neolithic period, was discovered in Azerbaijani Tovuz region.

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    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has registered more than 4,500 missing persons as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to a message from the committee.

    "Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, Aug. 30, the ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families," ICRC said in its message Sept. 1.

    "Hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world have disappeared as a consequence of an armed conflict, natural disaster or migration," the committee noted.

    "The ICRC is continuing to support the authorities on their efforts to clarify the fate of the missing persons and supporting the families of the missing still anxious for news," Nicolas Lambert, Head of the ICRC Barda Sub-Delegation said.

    He made the remarks during the opening of the commemoration event in Azerbaijani city of Barda.

    "Providing support to the families of missing people is a priority for the ICRC, which strives to make sure that their needs are met," he noted.

    Aside from that, the ICRC trains volunteers from amongst the families of missing persons as social workers.

    In 2014, a new project, which is a step forward in gathering data about missing persons, was piloted jointly by the government of Azerbaijan and the ICRC.

    Denise Duran, Head of ICRC Delegation in Azerbaijan, said that collection of biological samples from very close relatives of missing persons will complement the detailed data already available about the missing persons.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

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  • Davutoglu: Liberation of occupied Azerbaijani lands strategic goal for Turkey
    02.09.2014 12:06
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    Liberation of occupied Azerbaijani lands is a strategic goal for the Turkish government, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday during a speech in Parliament.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    According to Davutoglu, after the liberation of occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Turkey will also take steps to normalize relations between Ankara and Yerevan.

    Turkish PM urges Armenia not be taken hostage to historical events, as well as not to reject offers Ankara to normalize bilateral relations.

    The break in relations and closing of the Turkish-Armenian border in 1993 were due to Armenia's claims for recognition of the "Armenian genocide" in the world, as well as Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands.

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  • Armenian armed units violate ceasefire again
    02.09.2014 11:38
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    Armenians have violated ceasefire again.

    Subunits of the Armenian Armed Forces fired at positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their outposts located near the Yusifjanli and Marzili villages of Aghdam, the Mehdili village of Jabrayil and in unnamed uplands in the territory of Fuzuli district yesterday and last night.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire, APA reports citing the official website of the Defense Ministry.
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  • All religious beliefs are free in Azerbaijan
    02.09.2014 11:27
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    Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the Council of Europe (CoE), Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H), Drahoslav Stefanek expressed satisfaction with the religious situation in Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan guarantees freedom of religion for all citizens of the country, Stefanek told Trend Sept. 1.

    He said Azerbaijan guarantees freedom of belief to the representatives of all religions.

    Stefanek also praised Baku's hosting the CoE meeting on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue - "Intercultural dialogue: interaction between culture and religion".

    "Today's event will make an important contribution to the development of dialogue between different religions. It is attended by representatives of many religions and religious communities. This is a great opportunity to discuss the long-term cooperation between the representatives of various religions," Stefanek said.
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  • Vafa Guluzade: It is worth fighting Russia now
    02.09.2014 11:25
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    Oxu.Az interviews political scientist Vafa Guluzade.

    How can you comment on the adoption of the resolution on recognition of Nagorno Karabakh independence in the Californian Senate?

    The diaspora is not sleeping, it is trying but its efforts produce no results. Because recognition of something by separate states, the senators misled by the activity of Armenian diaspora - this is an absolutely zero outcome. They do not gain anything. No US administration has ever recognized the lsquo;Armenian genocide'. No US administration recognized the independence of Nagorno Karabakh, they recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Baku's jurisdiction over Nagorno Karabakh.

    Therefore, I do not know how to treat the decision of Californian senators. The dog barks, but the caravan goes on.

    Does it mean that the Armenian diaspora spends huge funds in vain?

    Personally I consider that they will not attain anything. Because the principle of territorial integrity is very important for western democracy, it is very important for international law. If the violation of territorial integrity is supported here and there in the world, it will cause a global chaos.

    I am a participant of all meetings on the highest level, the OSCE summits. The most famous summit of the organization was held in Lisbon. At that summit Armenian blocked the issue of Nagorno Karabakh because the decisions at the summit are passed on the consensus. Azerbaijan was to leave the Lisbon summit with no result. But owing to Azerbaijan's pressure, we set them a choice: either we fail the whole summit, question its documents, or they put the Karabakh issue on the agenda. And then they put it according to the principle: "consensus minus one". That is they removed Armenia and the rest recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The Lisbon summit recognized Nagorno Karabakh as an Azerbaijani territory and admitted that this issue must be resolved on the basis of talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Levon Ter-Petrosyan was about to suffer heart failure at that summit.

    Armenian ideology is the creation of lsquo;Great Armenia'. Their ideology is the unification of all Armenians. Their ideology is to unite all Armenians on the basis of lsquo;Armenian genocide in Turkey'. But their ideology is rotten and I am confident that it will not stand the time test.

    Events in Ukraine and the recent escalation in the conflict zone in the very Nagorno Karabakh showed that West and the United States, in particular, pay attention to such problems only in the case when the conflict passes to the phase of armed confrontation. Does it mean that the war is the only means to attract West's attention to Karabakh problem?

    I do not think this is a right approach to the issue. The Karabakh conflict started when the USSR, the main opponent of the United States, collapsed. Russia experienced huge negative process, the collapse of the Soviet system was accompanied with the economic depression, creation of new capitalism, which also had a negative effect on Russia. And in this situation no one wanted to worsen ties with Russia: "anyway it is collapsing and it is not worth complicating ties with it because of the Karabakh conflict". That is, the US strategy kept the issue for later. The primary issue was not to hamper the growth of these negative tendencies. There was also the hope that after the collapse of the Soviet ideology and state, pro-Western tendencies will prevail in Russia. They really succeeded but could not continue because Russia did not change its essence, remaining an empire. Now this is a mixture of the Soviet and Tsarist empire in the ideological sense and in the sense of what the Russian political elite seeks to do.

    Therefore, if we approach this issue globally, Americans acted rightly. It was not worth fighting with Russia because of Nagorno Karabakh. And now it is time for it because Russia grew on US dollars, took the adventure in Ukraine, annexed the Crime and now invaded Ukraine's southeast. There is a threat that Russia would want to repeat this adventure in other parts of the Tsarist empire. Therefore, now the US interests are strongly represented in Azerbaijan and America would not want to put them at risk.

    Therefore, now Americans need to deal seriously with the Karabakh conflict and now Russia and America will compete in who will be able to benefit from this problem. I think Russia will not dare to attack Azerbaijan because this will be a certain blow to US interests. But the fight will happen here. Russia has already changed its tone in relation to Azerbaijan, Russia is speaking of friendliness, while continuing to arm Armenia and organize the ceasefire violation. And the United States start speaking louder about the essence of the Karabakh conflict. Western politicians already say that here the matter is about the Russian occupation. Such tendencies are already observed.
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  • NIKIET Institute Completes Design of '˜BREST-300в' Fast Reactor
    02.09.2014 11:16
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    The Moscow based NIKIET institute has completed the engineering design for the BREST-300 fast reactor project, Russiaв's state-run Rosatom nuclear agency reported Monday.

    "Development of the technical design has been carried out since 2012hellip; More than 25 divisions of NIKIET and over 35 companies and organizations within the industry were involved in the development," Rosatom informed in a statement published on its website, RIA Novosti reports.

    Creation of the BREST-300 reactor is part of Rosatom's major innovative project Proryv in the framework of Russia's Federal Target Program "Nuclear Energy Technologies of a New Generation".

    The project involves the construction of a pilot energy complex, complete with experimental lead-cooled nuclear reactor BREST-300 and a near-station manufacturing facility for dense nitride uranium-plutonium fuel.

    The station will be built at the Siberian Chemical Combine site in Seversk, Tomsk Region. Construction of the reactor is set to finish by 2020.
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  • Iranian FM optimistic about nuclear deal
    02.09.2014 10:06
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    Iranв's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is optimistic that the issues related to the countryв's nuclear energy program ''can be resolved in time.''

    "I am quite optimistic after discussions with Lady Ashton that we can in fact resolve this issue in time," Zarif told reporters after a meeting with chief negotiator of the Sextet of world powers Catherine Ashton in the Belgian capital Brussels on Monday, Press TV reports.

    "I hope with the readiness and political will that I see in all parties to this discussion to have a resolution within the next three months," Zarif added.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed how to proceed with the Iran-P5 1 talks with a view to reaching a comprehensive agreement.

    Zarif, who arrived in Brussels early on Monday morning, is accompanied in his trip by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi.

    The Iranian foreign minister will next head to Italy and Luxemburg. Zarif plans to meet with incoming European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who will replace Ashton.

    Iran and the Sextet of powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - signed a historic interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva in November 2013. The agreement entered into force on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend their negotiations until November 24 in a bid to work out a final accord.
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  • Armenian detained on front line
    02.09.2014 09:00
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    Armenian citizen Ananyan Sarkis Norikovich (born in 1961) trespassed the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan on August 26.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Day.Az that the Ministry of Defense has made the due statement on Monday.

    Ananyan crossed the border in the direction of Kemerli village of Gazakh and was detained in one of the military units of the Azerbaijani armed forces located on the front line.

    The preliminary investigation revealed that Ananyan was unhappy with the hard living conditions in Armenia. Due to the problems with his leg, he did not study and did not pass military service. As for military service, according to him, no one in Armenia wants to go to the army.

    He said most of his villagers plan to cross to Azerbaijan to seek refuge here because of the poor social conditions in Armenia.

    The detained Armenian citizen is currently under medical control and is treated in line with the rules defined by the norms of international law.
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  • Mummies of Anatolia
    02.09.2014 08:58
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    17 mummies found in Aksarayв's Г‡anlД± Church and Ihlara Valley are being exhibited in the Aksaray and NiДџde museums.

    The mummification technique, which is used to preserve the body after death, has been used by several different civilizations throughout history, including the mummies of Anatolia.

    During antiquity and the Middle Ages (5th-15th Century), mummification was a common technique used by the Pharaohs, Incas, Aztecs and Chinchorros of northern Chile, so the dead could survive and live on in the afterlife.

    Today, mummies remind us of Egypt and the pharaohs, but Anatolian mummies have a significant potential to attract tourism. The Anatolian mummies are mysterious in terms of the era they lived as well as their preservation methods.

    The province of Aksaray and NiДџde in the region of Cappadocia has the potential to draw public attention through its children and cat mummies, while the Black Sea province of Amasya is home to the sultans' sons who have been mummified.

    The Cappadocia region, which attracts millions of tourists from all around the world due to its fairy chimneys, underground cities, valleys and balloon tours, overshadows interest in the Anatolian mummies.

    Some 17 mummies found in Aksaray's ÇanlД± Church and Ihlara Valley are being exhibited in Aksaray and NiДџde museums. The mummies that were obtained during operations into illegal excavations and which date back to the 10th and 13th centuries are of religious functionaries, priests and nuns who lived in various eras.

    The beads that have been found with the mummies, as well as objects used in daily life, such as necklace pieces, embroidered cloth pieces, jewelries from the Byzantine era and candles are being exhibited in the museums along with the mummies.

    Cat mummies

    In the Mummies Hall in the Aksaray Museum, which displays numerous artifacts that are 11,000-years-old, one can see 10 adults, children and two cats that have been mummified. Cats were mummified in Egypt for the cat-headed goddess Bastet. According to historians, this tradition came to Anatolia from Egypt.

    The NiДџde Museum is home to the mummy of a nun, which was found in the Ihlara Valley and dates back to the 10th Century A.D., and four 13th-century child mummies that were discovered during an illegal excavation in ÇanlД± Kilise.

    The only examples in the world that have been mummified with their internal organs are the nobles of Д°lhanlД± in the province of Amasya. The mummies are the first of their kind in terms of the era they lived and their preservation methods.

    The Amasya Museum displays eight mummies, four adults and four children. The mummies belong to Ећehzade Cumudar, Emiri Д°ЕџbuДџu Nuyin, Д°zzettin Mehmet Pervane Bey, his wife, son and daughter. They were brought from the Amasya BurmalД± Minare and the Fethiye Mosque's tombs.
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  • Azerbaijani president congratulates new European Council president
    02.09.2014 08:41
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Donald Tusk on his election as the president of the European Council.

    APA reports that the letter reads as follows:

    "Dear Mr. prime minister, I extend to you my sincere congratulations on your election as the president of the European Council. We attach high importance to relations and multilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU. I'm happy that our relations, as part of the Eastern Partnership program, are expanding day by day. I believe we'll always successively continue our joint efforts to expand Azerbaijan's cooperation with all structures of the EU. I wish you a robust health, happiness, and success in your responsible activities ahead".
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  • Boko Haram kills scores in Nigeriaв's northeast
    02.09.2014 07:30
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    Baku-APA. Nigeriaв's Boko Haram Takfiri group has killed scores of civilians in a town near the border with Cameroon, reports say, APA reports quoting Press TV.

    On Saturday, the Takfiri militant group continued atrocities in the twin towns of Gamboru and Ngala, in northeastern Nigeria, which they took over earlier this week, AFP reported.

    Many of the town's residents have crossed the border into Cameroon's Fotokol in an attempt to flee violence in the volatile Borno State's town.

    "They are now killing people like chickens. They started by selective killings and later went on a killing spree," said a Gamboru resident in Fotokol.

    The town's highest Muslim cleric and the head of the traders' union were among those killed, said the witness,

    "They threaten to kill anybody who refuses to leave the town. They say we don't belong," said another witness, adding, "Initially they said we were free to stay or leave but now they are saying all residents should leave the town."

    Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in northeastern Nigeria and has seized territory in Borno.

    Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

    Over the past four years, violence in the north of Africa's most populous country has claimed thousands of lives.
    11
  • President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of another road junction in Baku
    01.09.2014 22:30
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a multi-tier road junction on the intersection of Ziya Bunyadov Avenue and Abdulvahab Salamzade Street, Ali Mustafayev Street and Huseynbala Aliyev Street ("Khutor circle").

    Important steps have been taken in Azerbaijan in recent years to modernize the road infrastructure. This includes the construction of numerous road junctions, bridges, tunnels, underground and above-ground pedestrian crossings in the capital and regions. The country`s road infrastructure is being modernized in line with international standards in accordance with the "State program on the renewal and development of the road network in Azerbaijan for 2006-2015". As a result of the consistent steps carried out within the program, different road infrastructure facilities are being built and put into operation with high quality.

    The improvement of the road transport system as a social measure is also an indicator of the economic strength of our country. The ambitious infrastructure projects implemented in the country at the current stage are evidence of the fact that the successes of recent years not only fully unlock the potential of Azerbaijan, but also confirm that the steps calculated for the future development of our country are taken in the right direction.

    According to an order of President Ilham Aliyev, work is also under way on projects to improve traffic management and the road infrastructure in the city of Baku.

    The multi-tier road junction on the intersection of Ziya Bunyadov Avenue and Abdulvahab Salamzade Street, Ali Mustafayev Street and Huseynbala Aliyev Street ("Khutor circle") is one of the most important road and transport infrastructure facilities. It will greatly contribute to the elimination of traffic congestion and ensuring of people`s comfort.

    Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov informed the President about the work done. It was said that three tunnels, a bridge and two pedestrian crossings were built on the road junction. The tunnels are 880, 827 and 450 metres in length. Two tunnels are 10.5 metres in width, while the other one is 22 metres. The state-of-the-art bridge on the junction is 630 metres in length and 12 meters in width.

    President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening of the facility. The junction will facilitate unhindered traffic from Ziya Bunyadov Avenue to the 20 January roundabouts and Galaba Square through the tunnels. It will also allow traffic in the opposite direction from 20 January roundabouts and Gabala Square to Ziya Bunyadov Avenue. The facility will ensure easy access for vehicles moving from Ziya Bunyadov Avenue to highways leading to the country`s northern regions and in the opposite direction.

    The bridge on the road junction will provide for easy movement of vehicles from Abdulvahab Salamzade Street to Rashid Mammadov Street and back. This, for its part, will ensure unhindered traffic from Galaba Square to micro-districts and in the opposite direction. The road was previously too narrow, which hindered traffic and led to its congestion. Along with resolving the traffic congestion problem, the construction of the road junction indicates the size of the transport infrastructure projects in the capital city.

    According to the project, access and above-tunnel roads were built at the interchange. Green areas were laid out and children`s amusement facilities installed on above-tunnel roads. A parking lot was also created here. All communication systems, including water, heating, gas and drainage lines were changed. The construction of this state-of-the-art road junction once again proves that continuous work is being carried out to tackle traffic congestion in the capital.
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  • EU-Azerbaijan Visa Facilitation and Readmission agreements enter into force
    01.09.2014 22:16
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    The EU-Azerbaijan Visa Facilitation and the Readmission agreements enter into force today, the country`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in a statement.

    The negotiations for both the Visa Facilitation Agreement and Readmission Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan took place in 4 official rounds of negotiations held in Baku and Brussels between 7 February 2012 and 5 July 2013.

    On 29 November 2013 the European Union and Azerbaijan signed the visa facilitation agreement in the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. On 28 February 2014 the EU and Azerbaijan signed the agreement on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation. The signing of the Readmission Agreement marked the end of a successful and positive negotiation process.

    The agreements are now entering into force on 1 September 2014, which is the first day of the second month following the date on which the two parties notified each other that the internal procedures have been completed. It has to be noted that the UK, Ireland and Denmark are not bound by the agreement.

    "The agreement makes it easier and cheaper for citizens of Azerbaijan, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-stay visas allowing them to travel to and freely throughout most EU countries. A short-stay visa is a visa for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days. Under the agreement, visa fees will be reduced from euro;60 to euro;35, and some categories of citizens are to be exempt from the fees altogether," the Ministry said.

    "For some categories of frequent travellers and under certain conditions, member states are supposed to issue multiple-entry visas with a validity from one to up to five years. Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from the visa obligation. The agreement also provides that the visa handling fee will not be collected for certain categories of applicants, including members of official delegations, children below the age of 12, pensioners, researchers and students. Implementation of the provisions of the agreement is subject to application of full reciprocity by all parties of the agreements."

    Readmission agreements set out clear obligations and procedures for the authorities of EU member states and Azerbaijan. They regulate when and how to take back people who are illegally residing on the territories of the parties. They cover not only the illegally staying nationals of both parties but also third country nationals and stateless persons being in an irregular situation provided they have a clear link with the requested party (e.g. visa or resident permit). Full respect of Human Rights as provided by the European Convention of Human Rights is guaranteed during the application of readmission agreements.

    So far, the EU has signed visa facilitation and readmission agreements with 12 countries, with 11 of them having entered into force.
    11
  • Presidents of Russia and France discuss situation in Ukraine
    01.09.2014 22:01
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    Baku. Zumrud Pashayeva - APA. The presidents of Russia and France discussed ways to assist peaceful settlement in Ukraine in a phone conversation, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    "Ways of possible assistance to political settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict were discussed. Both sides stressed the need to end bloodshed, tackle the humanitarian catastrophe and solve the problems solely by peaceful political means", the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev: The values of Azerbaijan are our core values
    01.09.2014 21:25
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    "The values of Azerbaijan are our core values. Of course, we share universal human values too. Azerbaijani values form an integral part of universal human values. But there are values inherent in our own nation. We are protecting and should protect them," said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a meeting with young people and public figures in Beylagan District.

    "We have wonderful traditions and national values. We are protecting them and you, young people, should maintain them. This is a huge legacy, a large cultural heritage, our wealth," the head of state noted.

    "Our music, the art of carpet weaving, arts, literature, our native language - all of this is our biggest wealth. We have taken care of this wealth at all times - in the days of Imperial Russia and during the Soviet Union. This is why we are developing as a nation today. We have introduced ourselves to the world. Of course, in the years of independence we have to protect these values even more."

    "There is public policy and I, as President, pay particular attention to these issues. This work is done by all government agencies and public organizations. But there must be continuity here. And this continuity will be provided by you, young people. Therefore, young people should be educated in the national spirit. We need to organize this at school and in the family," he added.
    12
  • President Ilham Aliyev signs Order to establish awards for Azerbaijani sportsmen for best results at 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games
    01.09.2014 20:50
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    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed an Order to establish awards for Azerbaijani athletes and their coaches for best results at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games.

    Under the Order, each athlete for the first place will receive 50,000 manat, his coach - 25, 000 manat, each athlete for the second place will receive 30,000 manat, his coach - 15,000 manat, each athlete for the third place will receive 20, 000 manat, his coach - 10,000 manat.
    58
  • Baku hosts Azerbaijani-Kazakh ministerial consultations
    01.09.2014 20:21
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    Azerbaijani and Kazakh foreign ministries held regular consultations here. .

    Azerbaijan was represented by a delegation led by the Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov, and the Kazakh delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Samat Ordabayev.

    Noting the successful cooperation between the two countries in a number of regional and international organizations, Khalafov underlined the potential for developing cooperation in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.

    Khalafov informed his colleague about major regional projects initiated by Azerbaijan and praised Kazakhstan's position on issues related to the territorial integrity and sovereign rights of Azerbaijan in the process of Armenia's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union and the Customs Union.

    Ordabayev, for his part, underscored the strategic nature of the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

    The parties mulled issues of bilateral cooperation that are of mutual interest, the issues on international agenda, and the state and prospects of the two countries' joint economic projects in the sectors of energy, transportation, logistics, agriculture and industry.
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  • Azerbaijani-Kazakh relations have larger potential
    01.09.2014 19:45
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    Azerbaijan's foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with the deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan Samat Ordabayev.

    Mammadyarov expressed consent with the current state of bilateral relations between the two countries, praised Kazakhstan's support for Azerbaijan in settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh dispute.

    Highlighting today's consultations between the foreign ministries of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, Samat Ordabayev stressed the existence of larger potential to develop these relations.

    The sides focused on the ongoing regional processes and exchanged views on a number of questions of mutual concern.
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  • Earthquake hits Azerbaijan`s Jalilabad region
    01.09.2014 18:36
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    On Sunday at 09:41 a.m. local time, an earthquake hit 20km south-east area from Azerbaijan`s Jalilabad region.

    According to the Seismological Service of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, the magnitude of the earthquake was 3.1 and depth was 36 km.

    The termers were not palpable.
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  • Electric current may boost memory in people with cognitive disorders
    01.09.2014 18:31
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    People with cognitive problems - including memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease - may someday be able to have their memory boosted with electric current. Researchers used a non-invasive procedure called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to jumpstart a region of the brain that's involved in forming memories.

    Known as TMS, the technique uses a mild electrical current through the skull to strengthen communication among brain cells involved in memory. It could lead to new treatments for memory impairments caused by trauma, illness or aging. Current therapies - such as surgery and drugs - have not proven effective.

    The neurons targeted by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation are part of a pathway to the hippocampus, a deep brain region that's involved in the formation of memories.

    Neuroscientist Joel Voss at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Illinois explained that the stimulation is painless and non-invasive.

    "What the TMS coil does is it produces a volley of pulses of this stimulation. And so it sounds like a high frequency tapping sound - like a duh, duh, duh, duh tapping sound - with about 20 clicks per second. And those clicks are aimed at the back part of the person's head over the parietal cortex, and each one feels like a very slight tapping sensation on the outside of the head," said Voss.

    In a study involving 16 healthy adults, ages 21 to 40, researchers took detailed anatomical pictures of the brain using MRI. The imaging mapped each participant's neural network.

    The subjects were then asked to look at pictures of faces and remember a random word associated with each image.

    The participants underwent 20 minutes of TMS each day for five consecutive days. During the week, and 24 hours after the final stimulation, the individuals were rechecked on the arbitrary picture-word association test and underwent more brain imaging.

    Writing in the journal Science, Voss said his team found the individuals' memories had improved after TMS, and the MRI showed the memory neurons became more synchronized with each other and the hippocampus.

    "This specific hippocampal network that we showed that we can manipulate is the exact network that is problematic in a variety of memory disorders, including memory disorders that occur from brain damage after stroke and cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury from concussions or blast injuries... normal memory problems that older adults often experience as well as neurodegenerative disorders of age like Alzheimer's disease," said Voss.

    Voss said the next step is to try to boost the memories of older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

    He said healthy people should not try to boost their memories with TMS since it's still experimental.
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  • EBRD extends USD 42 million syndicated loan to Demirbank
    01.09.2014 18:30
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    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has allocated a syndicated loan worth USD 42 million to Demirbank, one of the leading private banks in Azerbaijan, to support private sector development.

    Some USD 13 million of this amount was allocated by US, the rest by other banks. The loan will be invested across many sectors of the country's economy, from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to large infrastructure projects.

    EBRD's Head of Baku Office Neil McKain said the loan bring EBRD's total investment in Azerbaijan this year to $255 million, which is already more than for the whole of 2013.

    "We invest across many sectors of the country's economy, from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to large infrastructure projects, and we are pleased to work with Demirbank to support further improvements in the private sector," he
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  • Turkish policeman makes 'selfie' near a self-murderer
    01.09.2014 18:20
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    An Istanbul police officer has made a 'selfie' against the backdrop of a young man who was going to commit suicide.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AZE.az that the Turkish police officer is brought to responsibility for the 'selfie' taken near a young man who planned to commit suicide at the brighe over the Bosporus.

    The policeman took the 'selfie' at the time when his colleagues were trying to persuade the self-murderer to give up the idea of suicide.

    But the suicider jumped down... His body was found by the marine patrol

    A criminal case was instituted against the 'selfie' lover.
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  • Quantity of biogenic substances in Kur and Araz rivers exceeds norm
    01.09.2014 18:12
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    The National Monitoring Department on Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan has conducted monitoring on the rivers Kur and Araz in the third decade of August to study the level of pollution of the rivers and their branches.

    The monitoring results revealed that the water flow due to the impact of untreated waste water and sewage industry dropped on the territory of Georgia and Armenia to the water, the amount of biogenic substances in the Kur River and its tributaries is much higher than normal, the Ministry said. The level of phenol and copper in the water has exceeded the norm in Agstafachay River either.

    A similar situation was observed in the Agstafachay reservoir, as well as Araz River - Horadiz, Shahsevan, Bahramtapa points.

    The oxygen regime of water at all points ranges within health standards.
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  • Iran, Azerbaijan mull economic relations
    01.09.2014 18:11
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    Azerbaijani minister of economy and industry Shahin Mustafayev has met with Iran's Ambassador to the country Mohsen Pak Ayeen.

    The sides discussed the prospects for expansion of economic ties and cooperation between the two countries, as well as the questions stemming from the protocol signed on the outcomes of the 9th meeting of the State Commission on economic, trace and humanitarian cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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  • Conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is not of religious
    01.09.2014 18:10
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    Azerbaijani armed forces' servicemen will take part in international events, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Sept. 1.

    The ministry said Azerbaijani soldiers will take part in a course on evaluation of combat readiness of ground forces, which will be held between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5 in German municipality of Oberammergau.

    Another training course will be held in Turkish capital of Ankara before Sept. 12.

    The course topic will cover cyber defense, and will also be attended by soldiers of Azerbaijani armed forces.

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  • Airport World magazine: Azerbaijan's main hub has SITA technology installed
    01.09.2014 18:04
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    Airport World magazine of Airports Council International has published an article highlighting state-of-the-art systems installed at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku.

    "Heydar Aliyev International Airport's new Terminal 1 has had IT infrastructure, passenger processing platform and airport operations systems installed by air transport technology specialist SITA.

    The new technology will transform operations, both for the airport and Azerbaijan Airlines at the gateway in Baku, Azerbaijan, and enhance the passenger experience with new self-service options and enable the gateway to handle double its current capacity," the magazine says, according to AzerTag.

    The article features remarks by Azerbaijan Airlines president Jahangir Asgarov who says: "In recent years, Azerbaijan has made major investments to develop the country's air transport industry with support from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    "We need modern, integrated solutions to help us process passengers more quickly, improve our operational efficiency and help facilitate growth. The new SITA systems incorporate the industry's most advanced technology and align with all IATA recommendations, as well as the latest industry trends. We also appreciate the convenience of dealing with a single supplier, SITA, for all our IT and communications needs," the magazine quotes Mr. Asgarov as saying.

    The magazine says: "SITA is providing consultancy services in IT infrastructure and passenger processing, along with a full range of industry-leading solutions, including the AirportConnect Open passenger processing platform with more than 70 common-use workstations and 12 common-use self-service kiosks for check-in."

    "With the new platform, Azerbaijan Airlines, and all other airlines using the gateway, will be able to access their respective IT applications in real-time on shared equipment.

    They will also be able to use any airport desk, gate or self-service kiosk for passenger check-in and boarding for maximum flexibility and convenience."

    The article says: "SITA's BagManager baggage management system will improve baggage processing efficiency, reduce mishandled bags, simplify baggage operations and help to ensure on-time departures.

    It has also provided 145 new digital display screens and an advanced audio system throughout the airport terminal to keep passengers up-to-date on flight information."

    "The IT firm's AirportResource Manager helps coordinate real-time management of airport equipment, making sure resources are available when needed.

    SITA will support all new solutions for five years, and, Dave Bakker, SITA president Europe, comments: "This project is unique in the region because we have provided both consultative services and end-to-end solutions, working in close collaboration with the airport, airline and other airport stakeholders."

    "The new terminal at Heydar Aliyev International Airport can process around 2,000 passengers per hour, and was opened by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on April 23, 2014," says the magazine.
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  • Building NATOв's ''Weimar Triangle''
    01.09.2014 17:54
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    By Tobias Bunde , Dominik P. Jankowski and Martin Michelot

    Some months ago, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen referred to Russia's annexation of Crimea as a "wake-up call" for the West. Since then, Europeans and Americans have slowly but steadily tightened the economic screws on Russia.

    But, in striking contrast to the overall cohesion displayed on the sanctions front, the West's military response to Russia's new assertiveness in its so-called "near abroad" has been uncoordinated and reluctant. As a recent report of the Defense Committee of the United Kingdom's House of Commons argued, "NATO is currently not well-prepared for a Russian threat against a NATO Member State." Given that this is a source of grave concern to NATO members close to Russia, the Allies must send an unequivocal message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Wales next week: NATO territory is inviolable.

    To be sure, as Rasmussen repeatedly emphasizes, every ally contributes to the reinforcement of collective defense in one way or another. But, while some allies have markedly stepped up their commitments by sending soldiers or additional fighter jets, others have limited themselves to offering only minor capabilities. Thus, the United States is bearing the main burden of reassuring NATO's Central and Eastern European members.

    Speaking in Warsaw earlier this year, President Barack Obama presented his European Reassurance Initiative, a $1 billion program aimed at supporting the defense of NATO allies close to the Russian border. While his announcement fell short of what many in Poland and the Baltic states had hoped for, Obama promised that these allies would have US "boots on the ground" - rotating units that would conduct regular exercises.

    In other words, there is nothing particularly "European" about the initiative. It is not merely "led" by the US, but is essentially a US-only initiative without any Europeans, except for the host countries, participating. Although an American contribution remains indispensable for credible deterrence against Russian aggression, the absence of clear European commitments to put boots on the ground highlights the long-standing question of burden-sharing between the US and Europe. If Europeans cannot step up to this kind of challenge on their home turf, how can Americans expect them to become reliable partners for challenges elsewhere?

    The upcoming NATO summit offers an opportunity to demonstrate Europe's commitment to collective defense, to a stronger European defense posture, and to the transatlantic alliance. Instead of adding a few sparse cosmetic capabilities, NATO's European members should at least match the US effort and provide an additional €1 billion ($1.3 billion) for reassurance measures. For perspective, this amount more or less equals what Germany alone has spent annually on its contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in recent years.

    The countries of the so-called Weimar Triangle - France, Germany, and Poland - are well suited to lead such an effort. The three big countries in the middle of Europe should thus staff a regional headquarters, which would serve as the basis for defense planning and exercises and support the rotating US troops.

    Poland has long called for more allied troops on its territory and would be ready to provide the headquarters for such a European contribution. This would most likely mean upgrading the headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, which could also host a French contingent, in addition to the Danish, German, and Polish forces that currently form the kernel of the Corps. Although this would not fulfill all Polish wishes, it would constitute an important step toward more equitable burden-sharing among NATO countries.

    Though Germany, long accused of being a "bear hugger," has recently become much tougher on Russia, German politicians continue to oppose new bases or permanent structures in Poland or the Baltic states for fear of adding fuel to the fire. Without its two important neighbors at its side, Germany is unlikely to take part in a mission involving the permanent deployment of rotating units.

    German participation, however, would send a strong signal not only to the Kremlin, but also to its allies. This visible defense commitment would also allow Germany, sometimes suspected of seeking neutrality, to pursue new diplomatic engagements with Russia.

    France, finally, has been a target of harsh criticism, owing to its determination to deliver two Mistral warships built for the Russian government. By making a significant contribution to European reassurance by participating in the enhanced NATO presence in Szczecin, it would demonstrate that it remains committed to the defense of its allies in the Russian neighborhood. It would also cement its perceived European leadership on defense issues and help to forge a larger coalition to provide additional support to the Weimar Triangle. Indeed, such a European force could be an important step toward a Europe de la dГ©fense, an idea that France has been committed to for a long time.

    Most important, such a European initiative, which should be open to other countries as well, would clearly underline that Europe is ready to contribute its fair share to collective defense - a signal that the US would greet enthusiastically. Given a world in turmoil, with several serious crises in Europe's neighborhood, this would be one of the few positive developments of 2014.

    Copyright: Project Syndicate

    /AzerNews/
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  • SOCAR, bp expand cooperation to improve local personnel
    01.09.2014 17:46
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    The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic and bp have signed two documents on improvement of the knowledge and skills of local engineering-design personnel and on expansion of cooperation in human resources field.

    The signed documents will promote cooperation in creation of training and development opportunities for local professionals specializing in oil-gas industry.
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  • Geckos, fruit flies land safely in Russia after space flight
    01.09.2014 17:45
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    A biological capsule with geckos, fruit flies and silkworm eggs has returned to Earth, landing on Monday in the Orenburg Region, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Twitter.

    "Foton-M [the biological capsule] and its joyful crew are back on Earth," Rogozin said in a tweet, RIA Novosti reports.

    "In a short time the little space travelers will be removed from the capsule and then the scientists will be able to see how they dealt with the burden of the space flight," a representative from Russia's Roscosmos space agency said.

    The biological mission of Foton-M included eight experiments that involved monitoring the reproductive activity of geckos in space. The space flight was also aimed at studying the influence of weightlessness on plants and insects and on growing semiconductor crystals.

    The biosatellite experienced problems earlier in July, when communication with Foton-M was lost for more than a week but successfully restored. The design and onboard control systems of Foton-M enable its self-sufficient operation.

    The satellite was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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  • Strict diets lead to alcoholism, scientists say
    01.09.2014 17:41
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    American scientists believe that strict diet can cause development of alcoholism. Professionals within ten years studied the effect of diet on the lifestyle of volunteers.

    For this period, scientists have observed 1340 volunteers, and the results were pretty predictable.

    Diet gave the desired result only in a small percentage of cases.

    For the most part, food restrictions lead to health problems.

    Some volunteers acquire a dependence on alcohol. Diet, limited in 900 calories a day, increases the craving for alcohol by 30 percent, which would eventually develop into a real alcoholism.

    People, who never resorted to severe restrictions in food, had the craving for alcohol is much lower. Perhaps it's the palsy, which gives alcoholic beverages.

    Diet is stressful for the whole body, and alcohol is a way out of a stressful situation. At least, the majority of people sitting on a strict diet confirm it.
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  • Azerbaijani soldiers to participate in combat readiness, cyber defense courses abroad
    01.09.2014 17:39
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    Azerbaijani armed forces' servicemen will take part in international events, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Sept. 1.

    The ministry said Azerbaijani soldiers will take part in a course on evaluation of combat readiness of ground forces, which will be held between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5 in German municipality of Oberammergau.

    Another training course will be held in Turkish capital of Ankara before Sept. 12.

    The course topic will cover cyber defense, and will also be attended by soldiers of Azerbaijani armed forces.

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  • Tbilisi hosts international forum
    01.09.2014 17:34
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    `Georgia was punished for its free choice", the President of Georgia announced at the international forum of leaders.

    The forum entitled `Building a Modern State in 21st Century - Georgia`was opened by President Margvelashvili, Rustavi2 reports.

    Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, Parliament Speaker Davit Usupashvili have also addressed the audience today and spoke about the reforms that have been already carried out in the country and about the plans, which the government of Georgia has for the future of the country.

    The Prime Minister spoke about the modern challenges and presented his vision of the democratic development of Georgia. He emphasized that for the first time in the history of Georgia, the nation has the government elected by free elections the greatest part of which consists of human rights defenders and former diplomats.
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  • Azerbaijan to partake at Moscow International Book Fair
    01.09.2014 17:31
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    Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan will be represented at the 27th International Book Fair to take place in Moscow on September 4-7.

    Participation at the Fair will promote propaganda of Azerbaijan's national culture, the country's developing publishing-printing opportunities, the large-scale construction works carried out and latest successes of the republic.

    Special stand will feature books on the country's statehood history, rich culture and literature, CD materials related to the forthcoming Baku-2015 European Games, as well as different booklets and other printing material on tourism potential.

    The authoritative fair which was opened in 1987, every year brings together world known publishing houses to display their bestsellers and latest arrivals. The highlight of the fair turns out to be the daily meet-and-greets with acclaimed world writers.
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  • Europe's religious atmosphere starts to crack
    01.09.2014 17:00
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    Religious strife and intolerance has begun to rise and exert pressure on religious minorities across Europe.

    A very tense situation emerging in this field threatens stability and democracy in Europe, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Gabriella Battani-Dragoni said at the opening meeting of the Council of Europe on the religious dimension of "Intercultural dialogue - the relationship between culture and religion" in Baku Sept.1.

    She said that international awareness regarding the role of religion in society in recent years has increased.

    The international community is increasingly considering the role of religion in democratic governance of cultural diversity, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe said.

    She said that in this regard, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe produced a document entitled "White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue" in 2008. The document emphasizes the need to start a dialogue between religious communities and secular organizations in the countries participating in the Council of Europe.

    Religious communities play an important role in this dialogue Battani-Dragoni noted.

    "The state should also create conditions for dialogue," she said. "There should be a dialogue between the religious communities."

    Battani-Dragoni stressed, "Government should play an important role in inter-religious dialogue, encourage religious communities and non-religious organizations to engage in dialogue."

    Azerbaijan during its presidency of the Council of Europe gives a great support to the "No hate speech" project, and in this regard a major international youth event will be organized, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe noted.

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  • AmCham to hold conference on ''Business environment created for communications sector and high technologies of Azerbaijan''
    01.09.2014 16:51
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    With the view of contributing to the work of the Government of Azerbaijan in the field of high technologies, as well as the expansion of mutual business relations between private sector and government representatives, Azerbaijani-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) will hold another conference on ICT "Business environment created for communications sector and high technologies of Azerbaijan" at JW Marriott Hotel on September 3.

    At the conference, representatives from the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, Ministry of Taxes, Central Bank, as well as private sector will discuss the prospects for further development of high technologies sphere. The participants will make presentations on the successful experience of other countries in this field and work carried out in Azerbaijan. The conference will be held in an interactive format of the Davos forum, which will enable event participants to learn about the latest ICT trends and hold discussions with key partners.

    The conference will be held in 4 sessions on the themes: "The role of communications, high technologies and e-government in the country's development", "Human resources potential of Azerbaijan in high technologies", "Promotion of high technology products in Azerbaijan", "Opportunities and dilemmas between groups of high technology and finance in Azerbaijan".
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  • Baku to host International Peace Youth Forum
    01.09.2014 16:42
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    Integration of Azerbaijani Youth to Europe Organization (AGAT), with the support of the Azerbaijani Youth Foundation will be organizing the "International Peace Youth Forum" in Baku through September 18-22, 2014.

    The forum will consist of panels, discussions and a short trip. The main topics of the forum will be: the obstacles peace faces in the region, peace-building in the Southern Caucasus as well as Azerbaijan`s state policy on refugees and IDPs as a result of the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The forum will bring together European citizens between the ages of 18-35, representing 12 countries.

    The main objective of the project is to inform European youth about the role of Azerbaijan in peace building in the region, to contribute to Azerbaijani-European youth cooperation and to inform European youth about Azerbaijani realities, especially about the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

    During this project, participants will have the opportunity to meet personally with refugees and IDPs who are living in Baku, Agdam and Fuzuli, to be informed about the of relevant peace-keeping efforts of Azerbaijan, and finally to participate in the creation of a short movie aimed at telling the true story of the lives of refugees and IDPs. A notable participant will be the Peace One Day
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  • Here is what coffee actually does to your brain
    01.09.2014 16:39
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    Coffee wakes you up in the morning and keeps you alert throughout the day, but how does its magic ingredient actually work? Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown demystify the inner workings of caffeine in their latest ASAP Science video.

    The first thing to know is that part of your natural tiredness comes from a molecule called adenosine, which is produced by your body while it chugs along through the day. "While you sleep, the concentration of adenosine declines, gradually promoting wakefulness," the video explains. Meanwhile, the more adenosine that builds up, the sleepier you feel.

    Your morning coffee is able to hijack that process because caffeine looks a lot like adenosine to your brain cells.

    Because of its similar shape, caffeine can bind to the adenosine receptors in your brain. Once the caffeine is locked into adenosine's rightful spot though, there is no way for the adenosine to stick around '" which prevents it from building up and making you sleepy.

    Without the molecule that usually induces exhaustion, "our natural stimulants run wild," Joseph Stromberg writes in Smithsonian. The result? You feel wide awake '" at least for a while.

    But all good things must come to an end, and your brain quickly wises up to your tricks.

    When the adenosine is continually blocked from binding to its receptors, your body eventually creates more receptors '" which means you need even more caffeine to plug them up. This can make kicking your coffee habit increasingly difficult, and make you need more and more caffeine to stay alert.

    "When you try to quit drinking coffee or miss your daily intake," Moffit and Brown explain, "you might experience some withdrawal symptoms and feel more tired than you would have before you ever drank coffee."

    But caffeine does more than just block adenosine. It can also pump up your levels of adrenaline and boost your mood '" "the exact same thing cocaine does, just to a lesser degree," the video says.

    /Yahoo.Com/
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  • Iran auto productions witnesses 73% growth
    01.09.2014 16:39
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    Iranв's automobile production has witnessed a sharp growth of over 73 percent in the first five months of the current Persian calendar year (started March 21).

    During the period, Iranian automakers SAIPA, Iran Khodro, Pars Khodro and Modiran Khodro manufactured over 404,000 cars, marking a 73.4-percent growth compared with the same period last year, Press TV reports.

    Iran is the second manufacturer of automobiles and automotive parts in the Middle East after Turkey and car industry is the second most active in the country after oil and gas.

    Following the West's sanctions against Iran over its nuclear energy program, the Iranian auto industry suffered a partial decline and major international automakers operating in Iran were forced to leave the country.

    However, after the partial suspension of sanctions in the wake of Iran's interim nuclear deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany in Geneva in November 2013, the industry witnessed a gradual growth and giant foreign auto manufacturers, including Peugeot and Renault, expressed keenness to return to the Iranian market.
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  • Azerbaijanis among top five
    01.09.2014 16:38
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    Azerbaijani businessmen play an important role in the economic development of Istanbul.

    The number of Azerbaijanis who buy real estate in Turkey is growing.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS PRESS that Azerbaijan was among the top five countries who buy real estate in Turkey.

    According to Turkish media, for this reason, the Turkish real estate agencies have started to operate in Azerbaijan.

    So, the exhibitions in connection with real estate, which will be attended by 35 Turkish agencies will, be held in Azerbaijan on September 14-16.

    Turkish experts believe that Azerbaijani businessmen play an important role in the economic development of Istanbul as Azeris mostly prefer to buy property in Istanbul.
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  • Solo exhibition of Azerbaijani artist to be opened in Dubai
    01.09.2014 16:33
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    A solo exhibition entitled "Fluid Forms" by Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed will be opened at the Cuadro Gallery in Dubai from September 16 to November 30.

    At his upcoming solo exhibition, the Azerbaijani artist will unveil new bodies of work created during his residency with Cuadro Gallery earlier this year.

    Faig Ahmed, as a visual artist, explores composition of a traditional Azerbaijan`s carpet by disjointing its structure and placing its canonic elements into open space. Ahmed`s works include hand-woven rugs encompassed in sculptural arms that extend out of thread into neon geometric forms. The artist`s signature optical illusions stretch beyond the carpet frame - a conventional rug dissembles midway, bleeding onto the floor in a meticulously woven pool of melting threads.

    Faig Ahmed graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation.

    Faig Ahmed is a nominee for the Victoria and Albert Museums 3rd 'Jameel Prize'. The winner of the Jameel Prize will be announced at the end of 2014.

    Founded in 2008, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, located in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), has quickly become one of the UAE`s premier contemporary and modern art venues.

    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery maintains four keys areas of focus: exhibitions, education, residency and consultation.
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  • Baku continues to be city of winds
    01.09.2014 16:30
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    On September 2, the weather will be changeable cloudy and mainly rainless in Baku and Absheron peninsula.

    Senior hydrologist of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Asif Verdiyev told APA that the north wind will strengthen at night and in the evening. The temperature will be 20'¦25 C at night, 29'¦34 C in the daytime.

    The weather will be mainly rainless in the regions tomorrow. Lightning and intermittent rain are expected in some regions. The west wind will blow and occasionally strengthen. The temperature will be 19'¦24 C at night, 32'¦37 C in the daytime, in mountains 12'¦17 C at night, 22'¦27 C in the daytime.

    According to medical-meteorological forecast, in Absheron peninsula temperature will be close to normal in coming three days and it is favorable for weather-sensitive people.

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  • AIDA, Institute of Human Rights hold joint research program on Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Basin
    01.09.2014 16:08
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    Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Human Rights (IHR) of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences have implemented a joint research program on Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea Basin in the third quarter of 2014. The researchers from the leading international scientific institutions and think-tanks interested in the region participate in this program.

    During July-August the specialist of International and European Union Law Institute of Mykolas Romeris University of Lithuania made a research at the Human Right Institute on the topic of "Restoration of violated rights of Azerbaijani refugees and displaced persons" and made presentation on the results of conducted research. The research outcomes are planned to be published in Azerbaijan and Lithuania.

    Participant was awarded with the certificate on successful completion of the program.

    This research program jointly implemented by AIDA and IHR is expected to continue in the future.
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  • Russian oil major to spend $3Bln on geological surveys in Okhotsk, Chukotka
    01.09.2014 16:06
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    Russian oil major is to spend $3Bln on geological surveys in Okhotsk and Chukotka.

    The statement came from company's CEO Igor Sechin said Monday.

    "Between 2014 and 2018 we will increase expenses on the geological survey of the shelves of the Sea of Okhotsk toward Magadan, and the Chukchi Sea. These expenses will cost more than 112 billion rubles," Sechin said during a meeting headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the development of the country's Far East.

    According to Sechin, the company is currently extracting 34 million tons of oil annually in the fields, and the development of prospective fields will allow an increase in extraction of more than 30 million tons.

    Rosneft is one of the Russian companies targeted by sanctions imposed by Western countries. The European Union sanctions prohibit exporting to Russia technologies and equipment for deep water and Arctic oil exploration and production, as well as shale oil projects. Sanctions implemented by the United States ban future contracts on supplying Russia with technologies and equipment for hydrocarbon development.

    Rosneft is the world's largest publicly traded oil company. The main shareholder of Rosneft is Rosneftegaz, a state-owned company, while British oil giant BP owns almost 20 percent.
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  • Abenomics, European-Style
    01.09.2014 15:58
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    By Nouriel Roubini

    Chairman of Roubini Global Economics and a professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.

    Two years ago, Shinzo Abe's election as Japan's prime minister led to the advent of "Abenomics," a three-part plan to rescue the economy from a treadmill of stagnation and deflation. Abenomics' three components - or "arrows" - comprise massive monetary stimulus in the form of quantitative and qualitative easing (QQE), including more credit for the private sector; a short-term fiscal stimulus, followed by consolidation to reduce deficits and make public debt sustainable; and structural reforms to strengthen the supply side and potential growth.

    It now appears - based on European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's recent Jackson Hole speech - that the ECB has a similar plan in store for the eurozone. The first element of "Draghinomics" is an acceleration of the structural reforms needed to boost the eurozone's potential output growth. Progress on such vital reforms has been disappointing, with more effort made in some countries (Spain and Ireland, for example) and less in others (Italy and France, to cite just two).

    But Draghi now recognizes that the eurozone's slow, uneven, and anemic recovery reflects not only structural problems, but also cyclical factors that depend more on aggregate demand than on aggregate supply constraints. Thus, measures to increase demand are also necessary.

    Here, then, is Draghinomics' second arrow: to reduce the drag on growth from fiscal consolidation while maintaining lower deficits and greater debt sustainability. There is some flexibility in how fast the fiscal target can be achieved, especially now that a lot of front-loaded austerity has occurred and markets are less nervous about the sustainability of public debt. Moreover, while the eurozone periphery may need more consolidation, parts of the core - say, Germany - could pursue a temporary fiscal expansion (lower taxes and more public investment) to stimulate domestic demand and growth. And a eurozone-wide infrastructure-investment program could boost demand while reducing supply-side bottlenecks.

    The third element of Draghinomics - similar to the QQE of Abenomics - will be quantitative and credit easing in the form of purchases of public bonds and measures to boost private-sector credit growth. Credit easing will start soon with targeted long-term refinancing operations (which provide subsidized liquidity to eurozone banks in exchange for faster growth in lending to the private sector). When regulatory constraints are overcome, the ECB will also begin purchasing private assets (essentially securitized bundles of banks' new loans).

    Now Draghi has signaled that, with the eurozone one or two shocks away from deflation, the inflation outlook may soon justify quantitative easing (QE) like that conducted by the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, and the Bank of England: outright large-scale purchases of eurozone members' sovereign bonds. Indeed, it is likely that QE will begin by early 2015.

    Quantitative and credit easing could affect the outlook for eurozone inflation and growth through several transmission channels. Shorter- and longer-term bond yields in core and periphery countries - and spreads in the periphery - may decline further, lowering the cost of capital for the public and private sectors. The value of the euro may fall, boosting competitiveness and net exports. Eurozone stock markets could rise, leading to positive wealth effects. Indeed, as the likelihood of QE has increased over this year, asset prices have already moved upward, as predicted.

    These changes in asset prices - together with measures that increase private-sector credit growth - can boost aggregate demand and increase inflation expectations. One should also not discount the effect on "animal spirits" - consumer, business, and investor confidence - that a credible commitment by the ECB to deal with slow growth and low inflation may trigger.

    Some more hawkish ECB officials worry that QE will lead to moral hazard by weakening governments' commitment to austerity and structural reforms. But in a situation of near-deflation and near-recession, the ECB should do whatever is necessary, regardless of these risks.

    Moreover, QE may actually reduce moral hazard. If QE and looser short-term fiscal policies boost demand, growth, and employment, governments may be more likely to implement politically painful structural reforms and long-term fiscal consolidation. Indeed, the social and political backlash against austerity and reform is stronger when there is no income or job growth.

    Draghi correctly points out that QE would be ineffective unless governments implement faster supply side structural reforms and the right balance of short-term fiscal flexibility and medium-term austerity. In Japan, though QQE and short-term fiscal stimulus boosted growth and inflation in the short run, slow progress on the third arrow of structural reforms, along with the effects of the current fiscal consolidation, are now taking a toll on growth.

    As in Japan, all three arrows of Draghinomics must be launched to ensure that the eurozone gradually returns to competitiveness, growth, job creation, and medium-term debt sustainability in the private and public sectors. By the end of this year, it is to be hoped, the ECB will start to do its part by implementing quantitative and credit easing.

    Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2014.

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  • Real Madrid close to sign Mexican striker
    01.09.2014 15:43
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    Chicharito HernГЎndez is the nВє9 that Real have been looking for as a finishing touch to the team before the summer market comes to a close tomorrow. 'Los Blancos' are at present deep in negotiations with Manchester United to get the deal done in time.

    Real have been combing the market for a striker able to replace Benzema. This has been Ancelotti's wish ever since the sale of Morata to Juventus, and the suits at the BernabГ©u want to keep the manager happy.

    Real have all their faith in JesГ©, despite still not having fully recovered from his injury. For this reason, the club is only looking for a loan-deal with a player who is well aware that his role will not be that of the starting striker, but more that of a super-sub. Real, waiting for JesГ© to get back on form, will not accept anyone with pretentions to be the star of the show.

    Chicharito is one of the names on the table. The Mexican is surplus to requirements for Van Gaal, scores well and should be happy to take more of a back seat at Real.

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  • Security measures tightened in Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan
    01.09.2014 15:34
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    Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has strengthened security measures in connection with the confrontation between the opposition and the authorities, the embassy told Trend Sept.1.

    Last night Pakistani police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators who attempted to break through to the Prime Minister's residence and the parliament building. Some four demonstrators became victims of clashes with the guards. More than 500 people including women and children have been hospitalized. Clashes of protesters with police continue.

    "The Government of Pakistan stepped up security in the area where the embassy of Azerbaijan is located," the embassy said. "Currently, the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan operates under high security, clashes between police and the opposition continue, protesters have already occupied the building of Pakistan Television," the embassy noted.

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