Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Andrzej Duda: Azerbaijan is Poland’s important partner in South Caucasus, Caspian Sea region http://www.today.az/news/politics/162683.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:12:00 +0400 By TrendPresident of Poland Andrzej Duda has described Azerbaijan as his country’s important partner in the South Caucasus and Caspian Sea region.“In this context, we attach a special emphasis to strengthening economic cooperation with Azerbaijan,” he told Azerbaijan-Poland business forum in Warsaw.He referred to the documents signed earlier in the day, expressing his confidence that they will give impetus to the bilateral trade relations.President Duda singled out the Joint Declaration on strategic partnership that he signed with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, saying it will strengthen cooperation between Poland and Azerbaijan. Neither military, nor economic factors allow Armenia to inflict serious blow on Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/162682.html Society Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:22:00 +0400 By TrendThe statements of Armenian Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan that a serious blow will be inflicted on Azerbaijan and that eight Azerbaijani servicemen were allegedly killed in the last ten days are not true, the press service of Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said in a message June 28.Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry perceives the words of Armenia’s defense minister with bitter irony and states that his amateurish speech, which is not grounded in real facts and disseminated with propaganda aim, is nothing but lie and impudence.Neither military, economic, human resources, nor other factors make it possible for Armenia to inflict a serious blow on Azerbaijan, said the ministry’s message.Azerbaijani soldiers and the up-to-date military equipment and armaments, which have a crushing power, are capable of suppressing any threat by the enemy, destroying it and restoring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, said the message.As for the losses, it would be more appropriate if Sargsyan took up the cases of death in the Armenian army. It is the Armenian side that constantly hides losses at the front line and other cases of death in the army. Sargsyan would look sincere if, instead of voicing such delusional statements, he would correctly inform the Armenian public about the real number of losses of the Armenian side in recent days as a result of the retaliatory measures of the Azerbaijani army, says the Defense Ministry’s message.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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. First Azerbaijani-Chinese dictionary presented http://www.today.az/news/society/162678.html Society Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaPresentation of the first Azerbaijani-Chinese dictionary took place in Beijing on June 27.The author of the dictionary is Rashad Karimov, Yu Libin was the editor of Chinese part.Rashad Karimov was born in Azerbaijan, and was educated in China. He graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University. As Karimov himself said, he spent roughly 17 years to write the dictionary. At the event, Charge d'Affaires at the Azerbaijani Embassy Matin Mirzaev , and Shahmar Hajiyev, vice president of the Public Union of Azerbaijani-Chinese Cooperation delivered a speech, Report.az reported.In his speech, Matin Mirzaev noted that this is not the first book by authorship of Rashid Karimov, which was presented in Beijing.Last year, the book "The Way of Development of Azerbaijan" was published, which was received with interest in Chinese literary circles. Through his works, Rashad Karimov opens Azerbaijan for the Chinese public, exactly as for the inhabitants of Azerbaijan - China, thus contributing to the strengthening of bilateral relations.Further, Rashad Karimov was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Beijing Language and Culture University, the highest university title.At the end of the meeting, the Agreement on Strategic Cooperation between the International Cultural Union of Azerbaijan and China was signed.China is a huge opportunity and a priority market for Azerbaijan. More than 50 agreements were signed between the two countries so far. Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) has recently opened a representative office in China to support and encourage relations between the two countries’ businessmen, as well as expand Azerbaijani goods export to the Chinese market and attract China's leading investment funds to the Azerbaijan economy. Armenians open fire at Azerbaijani civilians living near frontline http://www.today.az/news/politics/162677.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:07:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovArmenian armed forces have once again opened fire at Azerbaijani civilians living in the frontline settlements. The shelling resulted in burning of a construction facility and hundreds of haystacks of villager.The Armenian militaries fired frontline Azerbaijani villages, including Orta Garvand village of the Agdam region in the afternoon of June 27. The fire caused serious damage to the household of villager Vilayat Hasanov as his construction facility and 480 haystacks was burned to the ground.Firefighters extinguished the fire and prevented its spread. Preliminary calculations indicate that damage worth $1,765 was caused to Hasanov’s household.By committing such provocations, the Armenian side deliberately seeks to cause harm to Azerbaijani people by making life at the border difficult and risky for them. Villages in Agdam, Fizuli, Jabrayil, Tartar and other Azerbaijani regions frequently face such destructive acts by Armenian soldiers.Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 146 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops. The aggressors were using large-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers.Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan by laying territorial claims on its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Iran's foreign minister arrives in Rome http://www.today.az/news/regions/162676.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:50:00 +0400 By  TrendIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Rome at the invitation of the Italian government for talks on expansion of bilateral ties and international developments. Foreign Minister Zarif is scheduled to meet his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano and other senior officials during the official visit, IRNA reported.Zarif earlier visited Berlin on the first leg of his European tour where he conferred several high-ranking officials and attended the annual meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations. According to the Eurostat Italy was Iran’s biggest trade partner in the EU over the first three months of 2017 as the two countries’ bilateral trade stood at 1.2 billion euro in the mentioned period. Holy Ramadan holiday marked in Mardakan http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162673.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaMardakan Cultural Center hosted a concert dedicated to the Ramadan Holiday.The event was co-organized by Azerbaijan Television, "M?d?niyy?t" TV channel and "Azerbaijan" radio channel, Trend Life reported.People's Artist of Azerbaijan Aftandil ?srafilov, honored artists Gulustan Aliyeva, Almaz Orujova, Teyyar Bayramov, Ilkin Akhmedov, singers Ayten Meherremoba, Vefa Vezirova, Huseyn Melikhov, Ashuq Samira, soloists of Azerbaijan Television Mirelem Mirelemov, Kamile Nabiyeva, Mammad Najafov, Almakhanim Akhmedli, Ravana Amiraslanli, Parviz Qasimov, "Shirvan" folk ensemble and others performed at the concert.All artists  were accompanied by the "Mugham" instrumental ensemble led by honored artist Sahib Pashazade.The gala evening was hosted by TV presenters Ruslan Hasanov and Ayshan Mashanova, who were in national costumes from the Center of National Costumes.Media partners of the event- Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.azThe month of Ramadan, in which the holy Koran was heaven-sent, and which calls for compassion, unity, moral perfection, purifies people`s souls and minds. EIB plans to issue loans in Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/162674.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:26:00 +0400 By  TrendThe European Investment Bank (EIB) plans to begin providing loans in Uzbekistan in the near future, the bank’s Senior Press Officer Dušan Ondreji?ka told Trend."The European Investment Bank is negotiating with the Republic of Uzbekistan a Framework Agreement that is providing a legal basis for operations of the Bank in the country. We hope that this process will be accomplished by a signature of the Framework Agreement soon," Ondreji?ka said.He noted that when the respective Framework Agreement is signed the EIB will start to identify projects for financing in Uzbekistan on the basis of the bank’s eligibility criteria and in line with EIB external lending mandate.The EIB is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU member states. It works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. More than 90 percent of the bank’s activity is in Europe. The bank is also are a big investor around the world. Azerbaijan to join music festival in Bishkek http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162672.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe third TENGRI music festival will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 28-29.The  festival aims to promote classical music as an essential component of successful and harmonious development of society.Azerbaijan at the 2017 festival will represented by the honored artist, laureate of international competitions, conductor of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Eyyub Guliyev.The festival will also bring together musicians from Turkey, USA, Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries. They will perform famous classical musical compositions, under the open sky. New appointment in SOCAR Turkey Energy http://www.today.az/news/business/162680.html Business Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaMurat LeCompte was appointed the head of the external relations department at SOCAR Turkey Energy, a subsidiary of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR in Turkey, Turkish media reported on June 28.LeCompte worked as a director for corporate communications at BP in Turkey in 2006-2017.SOCAR Turkey Energy is one of the largest investors in the Turkish economy. It is expected that in 2018, the consolidated turnover of SOCAR Turkey Energy will reach $15 billion.The company seeks to become the second biggest industrial company in Turkey (the first is Koç Holding) with 5,000 employees and export potential of $3 billion by 2023.SOCAR is a wholly state-owned national oil company headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan. The company produces oil and natural gas from onshore and offshore fields in the Azerbaijani section of the Caspian Sea.The company includes such production associations as Azneft (the enterprises producing oil and gas onshore and offshore), Azerkimya (the chemical enterprises) and Azerigas (distributor of gas produced in the country), as well as oil and gas processing plants, service companies, and the facilities involved in geophysical and drilling operations. Romania, Azerbaijan mark 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations http://www.today.az/news/politics/162675.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaThe Azerbaijani Embassy in Bucharest hosted an official reception on June 27 dedicated to May 28 -the Republic Day and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and Azerbaijan.The event was attended by over 500 guests, including representatives of the Presidential Administration of Romania, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries, representatives of political parties, journalists and Azerbaijanis living and studying in Romania.Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Romania Farid Abdinbayov touched upon the history of the creation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the development achieved in a short period of time and about the reforms carried out in the political, economic and cultural spheres, as well as in the sphere of democratic state building.He underlined the successful development of the strategic partnership between the two countries and thanked Romania for its continued support at the international level.In turn, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Alexander Mikula noted the importance of visits for the development of bilateral relations.Touching upon the activities of SOCAR in Romania, he noted that bilateral economic relations are gradually developing.Mikula stressed the Heydar Aliyev Foundation's charitable actions in relation to Romania in 2007-2016, further adding that this contributed to the creation of warm relations between the two countries.Romania officially recognized Azerbaijan’s independence on December 11, 1991. The two countries established diplomatic relations on June 19, 1992. Embassy of Romania has been functioning since November 3, 1998, the embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been functioning since May 19, 2001.Economic relations between Romania and Azerbaijan are developing at a high pace. Romania expressed a desire to participate in the export of Azerbaijani oil to European markets. Countries cooperate in various regional projects, including within the framework of the TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) program. Azerbaijan and Romania have signed 43 documents in various fields.The trade turnover between Romania and Azerbaijan amounted to $170 million in 2016, a large portion of which came from the oil sector. Youth welcome guests of F1 race in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162671.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:12:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe concert "Land of Fire" was held at the Fountain Square this weekend to welcome F1 fans.The event was co-organized by M?d?niyy?t’ TV channel, ‘Azerbaijan’ radio channel, Trend Life reported.Young singers Sarkhan Jafarov, Shofgi Amrakhov, Gullu Baharzalova, Nigar Khalili, Tural Khalilov, Shafiga Abbasova, Sevinj Javadova, Ayla Shiriyeva, Safa Eldar, Farakh Hasanzade, Sheyda Alaskarova and others, accompanied by  the Tofig Ahmadov Symphonic Orchestra, performed at the gala concert.Media partners of the event were Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.azThe 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – the 8th round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship – was held in Baku June 23-25.  Ten teams, two drivers in each, competed on the 6-kilometer Baku City Circuit.Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo  won the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes came in second, while Lance Stroll of Williams was third. Iran drills over 75 km of oil & gas wells http://www.today.az/news/regions/162660.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaThe National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) drilled over 75 kilometers of oil and gas wells using its drilling fleet during the first quarter of Iran’s current fiscal year (March 20-June 21), said Hamid Reza Khoshayand, deputy managing director of NIDC.The company carried out drilling of 42 offshore and onshore oil and gas wells during the period, Khoshayand said, NIDC reported on June 25.The wells included 14 delineation wells one exploratory and 27 repairing ones, he added.The National Iranian South Oil Fields Company (NISOC) shared 33 of the drilled wells, followed by Iranian Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (seven wells), and Iranian Offshore Oil Company (two well), he said.The NIDC owns 74 light, heavy and ultra-heavy onshore and offshore drilling rigs with over 17,000 employees.The company carried out drilling of 193 offshore and onshore oil and gas wells (293 kilometers) during the last Iranian fiscal year (ended March 20, 2017).Iran has natural gas reserves of 34 billion cubic meters, almost 40 percent more than Qatar, the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, according to BP Plc.Iran is producing about 700 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) of gas, while the country has planned to increase this volume to 1,300 mcm/d by 2020.BP’s statistical review of world energy 2015 reports that Iran holds 9.3 percent of the world’s total proven oil reserves.Before sanctions, Iran was exporting 2.2 million barrels per day of crude oil. President Aliyev meets with Polish PM http://www.today.az/news/politics/162679.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:48:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Beata Szydlo in Warsaw. Azerbaijani artists captivate St. Petersburg http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162670.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaSaint-Petersburg hosts an exhibition of Azerbaijani artists and sculptures.The event entitled "Born by Absheron wind" takes place in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest Russian museum of contemporary art with over 2300 works by more than 170 artists, Trend Life reported.Art historian, curator of the exhibition, Maria Filatova, talking to a journalist of the inter-parliamentary group of friendship between Russia and Azerbaijan, spoke about the popularity of Absheron school of art.“No doubt, Azerbaijan is a country that combines spiritual values of the East and West, occupies an important place in the historical and cultural heritage of Eurasia. Since ancient times, Absheron has formed a unique culture, embodied in the characters of people, their traditions, music and dance, literature, architecture and decorative art. With its bright coloration, Absheron gave rise to the many fine artists whose work is so original, that it is sometimes difficult to classify it to any particular direction. The art of the Azerbaijani masters of the 1960s-1980s years – a phenomenon unique in wholeness and multicultural in its origins", she said."Highly emotional and  vivid works of Javad Mirjavadov, Rasim Babayev, Togrul Narimanbayov, subtle impressionistic canvases of Sattar Bahlulzade, amazing sculptures of Fazil Najafov and other artists ' work exhibited in many all-union exhibitions during the Soviet times. Now we can say that we rediscovered this art for the Russian audience," she added.The art historian further stressed that the choice of the works was very difficult as talented artists have created many beautiful works. Most of the works, including paintings by Javad Mirjavadov, Rasim Babayev Tofig Javadov (including his huge painting "Oil industry"),  Ashraf Murad and monumental sculpture by Fazil Najafov were brought from Baku.Filatova also spoke about cultural ties between Azerbaijan and Russia, stressing that the two states have strong historical and cultural ties."Azerbaijan regularly holds summits, forums and conferences with participation of experts from around the world, including Russia. Mutual dialogue, trust and constant interest to each other gives rise to new ways of cooperation, leads to the creation of great joint projects and fills the world with new colors,” she concluded. Moscow, Ankara to discuss economic issues in August http://www.today.az/news/regions/162668.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliRussia will become an official partner of the 86th Izmir International Fair to be held in Turkey on August 18-22 for the first time.Within its framework, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development intends to discuss the remaining "sensitive" economic issues with Turkish partners, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexei Gruzdev told reporters."In August, an international fair will be held in the city of Izmir. Russia was invited as a partner country and confirmed this status," Gruzdev said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum "Summer Davos" in Dalian."There can be new topics for cooperation, and of course, we ... with our partners from the Ministry of Economy of Turkey, will resolve all sensitive remaining issues," he said.A number of round tables on various areas of cooperation, in particular, on agriculture and machine building, will be held in the framework of the fair, according to the Deputy Minister.The Ministry of Economic Development jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade now forms a national exposition, the area of which will be more than 600 square meters, he added.Izmir International Fair is the largest exhibition event in the business life of Turkey, aimed at developing the country's foreign economic activities, establishing business contacts, developing investments and innovations. The main theme of the event in 2017 is "Energy and Innovation".Russia had imposed a number of economic sanctions, including the suspension of visa-free travel, on Turkey at the beginning of last year in response to the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber.The Moscow-Ankara relations began to improve after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized over the jet incident. Russia lifted the flight ban, but food embargo on Turkey's food and agricultural products remains partly in place. Azerbaijani FC Qarabag sign Ukrainian goalkeeper http://www.today.az/news/sports/162667.html Sports Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:17:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijan's football club Qarabag have signed a two-year contract with Ukrainian goalkeeper Anton Kanibolotskiy.Kanibolotskiy previously played for Ukrainian FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Azerbaijani FIFA referee to control Rosenborg v Dundalk Champions League match http://www.today.az/news/sports/162666.html Sports Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:07:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijani FIFA referee Aliyar Aghayev has been appointed to control a match between Norwegian Rosenborg and Irish Dundalk in UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.Aghayev will be assisted by Zeynal Zeynalov and Rza Mammadov, while the fourth referee of the game will be Orkhan Mammadov.The match will be held on July 18 or 19. TAP announces new management team http://www.today.az/news/business/162665.html Business Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:51:00 +0400 By  TrendTrans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) announced the appointment of Luca Schieppati as Managing Director and Walter Peeraer as President, both starting from June 27.Luca Schieppati will replace the current Managing Director Ian Bradshaw. He joins TAP from Snam, Europe’s largest natural gas utility, where he has worked since 1991. His most recent position was chief industrial assets officer of Snam as well as managing director at Snam Rete Gas S.p.A, the Group’s subsidiary managing 32,500-kilometre natural gas pipeline network in Italy. Schieppati brings 26 years of experience in the development and management of pipelines, plant construction, and the operation and maintenance of gas transmission and distribution companies in Italy and Europe.Peeraer joins TAP as the former Managing Director and Board Member of Fluxys S.A, the Belgian-based European gas transmission assets management company. Within Fluxys, Peeraer also held various senior positions including Chief Executive Officer of Fluxys Belgium. Having left Fluxys in 2016, Peeraer brings more than 30 years of experience in the European utilities and gas sector and has extensive knowledge of European gas markets, regulations and infrastructure. He is also a former TAP Board Member.TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union. The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.The pipeline will connect to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy’s south.TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 550 kilometers, Albania 215 kilometers, Adriatic Sea 105 kilometers, and Italy 8 kilometers).TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent). Three dead in small plane crash in southern Australia http://www.today.az/news/regions/162661.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:39:00 +0400 By  TrendThree people aboard a small plane were killed Wednesday when it crashed in the Suttontown region near Mount Gambier, according to police, Anadolu reported.South Australia Police (SAPOL) said in a statement the single-engine Tobago type plane crashed in a field.Authorities did not disclose how many people were aboard the plane nor the identities of the deceased.The statement said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened an investigation into the crash.Three people were killed last month in a plane crash near Renmark. Poland backs Karabakh conflict settlement within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity http://www.today.az/news/politics/162669.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovPoland supports settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and on the basis of four resolutions of the UN Security Council.Polish President Andrzej Duda said this at the expanded meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, held with the participation of delegations of the two countries in Warsaw on June 27.Duda further stressed that the official visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Poland will become an impulse for the beginning of a new stage in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Poland.Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a lengthy war that ended with signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, the occupation of the territory of the sovereign state with its internationally recognized boundaries has been left out of due attention of the international community for years.Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions on immediate withdrawal from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan, thus keeping tension high in the region. Argentina struck by 4.6-magnitude earthquake http://www.today.az/news/regions/162659.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:07:00 +0400 By  TrendAn earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale occurred Wednesday in Argentina’s Catamarca province, Sputnik reported citing the US Geological Survey (USGS).The epicenter of the quake, which rocked Argentina at 00:44 GMT, was located at a depth of 151.7 kilometers (about 93.8 miles), 53 kilometers (about 32.9 miles) north-west of Poman department, according to the USGS.No information on casualties or damage from the quake has been provided to date. 52 migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger http://www.today.az/news/regions/162658.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:50:00 +0400 By  TrendFifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Seguedine, BBC reported.A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces.A local official told the BBC that dozens of bodies had been buried, and 23 survivors were taken to the town, although one later died.African migrants travel through the desert aiming to reach Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Europe.However, the journey is perilous as the migrants are crammed into pick-up trucks and have few supplies.Two weeks ago Niger troops rescued 92 migrants who were on the brink of death in the Sahara Desert.The group, which included women and children, was abandoned without water and food. 3 soldiers martyred in SE Turkey PKK attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/162657.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:34:00 +0400 By  TrendThree soldiers, who were heavily injured in a PKK attack in Turkey's southeastern province of Sirnak earlier on Tuesday, have succumbed to their injuries at hospital, a security source said, Anadolu reported.Members of the terrorist PKK armed with long-barreled weapons fired at a military vehicle in Uludere district, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.An operation has been launched to capture the terrorists, the source added.More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015. Hungary opens embassy in Tashkent http://www.today.az/news/regions/162656.html World news Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:12:00 +0400 By  TrendTashkent hosted an official ceremony of opening the Hungarian Embassy on June 27, Trend correspondent reports.The ceremony was attended by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, who had earlier arrived in Tashkent, and Hungarian Ambassador in Uzbekistan Peter Santo.The national flag of Hungary and the flag of the EU were raised over the building of the Hungarian Embassy in Tashkent.Abdulaziz Kamilov greeted the Hungarian delegation and expressed confidence that the Hungarian Embassy will play an active bridging role between the two countries.“I want to express my confidence that today we are opening a new page in the history of Uzbekistan-Hungary relations and we will continue the joint work on active promotion of the mutually beneficial and fruitful cooperation between our countries,” he noted.The Uzbek FM also said that during the visit, the Hungarian delegation had constructive and productive talks with the Uzbek side.The parties mulled the state and prospects of the bilateral relations in political, trade, economic, investment and humanitarian spheres and confirmed the mutual interest and desire to foster Uzbekistan-Hungary cooperation.Diplomatic ties between Uzbekistan and Hungary were established in March 1992. Polish President hosted official reception for President of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/162655.html Politics Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:04:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda has hosted an official reception in honor of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.The heads of state made speeches at the event. Azerbaijan-Poland business forum held in Warsaw http://www.today.az/news/politics/162664.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:50:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan-Poland business forum has been held in Warsaw.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda attended the event.The heads of state made speeches at the business forum. President Aliyev met with Marshal of Polish Senate http://www.today.az/news/politics/162663.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:28:00 +0400 By  TrendPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanis?aw Karczewski.Stanis?aw Karczewski recalled his visit to Azerbaijan and his meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. Saying this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Poland-Azerbaijan diplomatic relations, the Marshal of the Senate said Poland attaches great importance to these relations. He hailed friendly ties between the two nations. Stanis?aw Karczewski stressed the significance of President Ilham Aliyev`s official visit to Poland and the business forum held during this visit in terms of strengthening the bilateral ties in a variety of areas. He thanked President Ilham Aliyev for Azerbaijan`s supporting Poland`s bid for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.Stanis?aw Karczewski said they attach great significance to the inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Marshal of the Polish Senate underlined the importance of using Azerbaijan`s opportunities as a transport corridor in terms of strengthening the economic cooperation.President Ilham Aliyev described the signing of important documents on strategic partnership and cooperation in different areas during his official visit as a god sign of friendly relations between the two countries. The head of state congratulated the Marshal of the Senate on Poland`s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. President Ilham Aliyev said discussions on an essential part of the economic ties - Azerbaijan`s transport corridors and transit opportunities – were held during the visit, pointing out good potential for developing these transport corridors.The head of state said Azerbaijan-Poland cooperation has great history, adding that the country is interested in expanding the bilateral ties. President Ilham Aliyev hailed successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and Poland in international organizations, including European parliamentary institutions.They discussed Azerbaijan-Poland cooperation in political, economic, humanitarian, transport, tourism and other areas.President Ilham Aliyev then signed a guest book of the Polish Senate. Mehriban Aliyeva attends ceremony to give new apartments to IDP families in Masazir http://www.today.az/news/politics/162662.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:45:00 +0400 By  TrendA ceremony has been held in Masazir settlement, Absheron district, to give new apartments to IDP families living in unusable buildings.First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.A total of 164 IDP families have been provided with new apartments in the “Yeni Baki” complex in Masazir. Fifty IDP families have been provided with new apartments in the Binagadi Youth Town in Mehdiabad settlement. All apartments are refurbished and supplied with kitchen furniture.A total of 214 new apartments will be given to IDP families living in unusable “Energetika” boarding house in Shuvalan settlement, Khazar district, and in an unusable building on Ganja Avenue in Khatai district.On 9 March 2017, First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva chaired a meeting on the resettlement of IDP families temporarily living in dormitories in the cities of Baku and Sumgayit.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the ceremony to give new apartments to IDP families in Masazir settlement, Absheron district.IDPs Rafiz Karimov from Fuzuli district, Vusala Fataliyeva from Shusha, Zabila Jafarova and Amirkhan Zeynalov from Lachin thanked for the attention paid to them.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva viewed Khojaly martyr family Ulduza Khojayeva`s apartment. President Aliyev visites the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw http://www.today.az/news/politics/162654.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:38:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument in Warsaw.A guard of honor was arranged for the Azerbaijani President in front of the monument.President Ilham Aliyev put a wreath at the Eternal Flame, and paid tribute to those who were killed in the World War Two.State anthems of Azerbaijan and Poland were performed.The guard of honor marched in front of the head of state to the accompaniment of a military march. Azerbaijani, Polish presidents made press statements http://www.today.az/news/politics/162653.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:48:00 +0400 By  Azertac Following the ceremony of signing documents, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda have made statements for the press. Iran calls for expansion of trade ties with Germany http://www.today.az/news/regions/162651.html World news Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:00 +0400 By  TrendVisiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for deepening trade ties with Germany.At a meeting with German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries, on Tuesday, Zarif said that Iran would be a proper partner for the European country regarding producing joint goods and exporting them to other countries, IRNA news agency reported.Zarif arrived in Berlin on Monday on the first leg of his European tour for talks on broadening bilateral ties. He is scheduled to leave for Italy next.The annual trade turnover between Iran and Germany stands at about $3 billion.  Azerbaijan, Poland signed documents http://www.today.az/news/politics/162652.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:44:00 +0400 By  Azertac After the expanded meeting, a ceremony of signing documents has been held with participation of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda. Don't miss 'Supermodel Azerbaijan' contest! http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162649.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaBaku will host the first ever "Supermodel Azerbaijan" contest, organized by the MUSE and the World Beauty Congress (WBC).The winner will compete in the international competition "Supermodel International 2018" along with models from forty countries, Trend Life reported.The competition is open for unmarried ladies from 16 to 26 years.  The applications for the contest will be accepted from June 25 to July 10.  To take part in the contest, one should submit two photos 10x15 (face and full length) to the Organization Committee at Suleyman Vazirov street, 22 (metro station "Khatai").For more information, please contact:+994 51 919 91 90 (Orkhan Nariman)+994 51 535 35 55  ( Shakhriyar Tagizade)Mail : supermodel@muse.azFacebook : https://facebook.com/smazerbaijanInstagram : https://instagram.com/smazerbaijanMedia partners of the event-Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Uzbekistan ups gas condensate supply from Turkmenistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/162647.html World news Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:24:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Kamila AliyevaUzbekistan will increase the supply of gas condensate from Turkmenistan to load the Bukhara oil refinery, Turkmenneft state concern reported citing Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company.A number of documents on cooperation in the economic and energy spheres, including an agreement between Uzbekneftegaz and Turkmennebit (Turkmenneft) were signed during the visit of Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Turkmenistan in March,.The document, in particular, envisages the possibility of joint development of deposits on the Caspian Sea shelf.The companies agreed to cooperate in joint exploration and development of fields in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea on the basis of the production sharing agreement (PSA).It will be the first time in its history when Uzbekneftegaz will conduct geological exploration work abroad.Gas condensate will be supplied from the Kyyanly field in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, where Petronas operates under PSA conditions.Shipment of gas condensate already goes by sea, from Kiyanly to Kenar, to the tank farm of the Turkmenbashi complex that includes two refineries - one in the city of Turkmenbashy and the other one in the city of Seydi.The issue of reducing the cost of raw materials supplied to the Bukhara refinery is also being considered. Turkmenistan promised to build the missing section of the railway with a length of 30 km, which will simplify and reduce the cost of logistics, excluding transportation by sea.Uzbekneftegaz is the national operator of the oil and gas complex of Uzbekistan, uniting more than 200 oil and gas enterprises.According to British Petroleum (BP), oil production decreased by 3.1 percent up to 2.6 million tons and natural gas production increased by 8.4 percent up to 62.8 billion cubic meters in Uzbekistan in 2016 compared to 2015.According to BP, the export of Uzbek gas amounted to 11.4 billion cubic meters, including 5.6 billion cubic meters to Russia, 4.3 billion cubic meters to China, and 1.5 billion cubic meters to Kazakhstan in 2016.Turkmenistan’s reserves in the shelf of the Caspian Sea are estimated at 12 billion tons of oil and 6.5 trillion cubic meters of gas, excluding the already contracted blocks. Azerbaijan to welcome more Asian tourists http://www.today.az/news/business/162644.html Business Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan Airlines, AZAL, will begin performing regular passenger flights from Baku to the capital of Thailand - Bangkok [Suvarnabhumi International Airport] starting from October 29.This is the first direct scheduled passenger flight from the capital of Azerbaijan to Southeast Asia. Flights from Baku to Bangkok will be carried out on Tuesdays and Sundays on comfortable Boeing-767 liners, equipped with economy class lounges and VIP Club.Return flights from Bangkok to Baku will depart on Wednesdays and Mondays.The opening of direct flights between Baku and Bangkok is expected to significantly increase the flow of tourists from the countries of South-East Asia to Azerbaijan.Nahid Bagirov, Azerbaijan Tourism Association (AzTa) Chairman told Trend that the number of Asian tourists visiting Baku has already increased.  “The opening of direct flight will significantly increase the flow of tourists to Azerbaijan from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia,” he said.The chairman of the Association noted that at present Azerbaijan is in great demand among tourists from Indonesia."We already have a number of programs and proposals for Indonesia and also from Malaysia, so the opening of direct flights will allow us to expand geography and increase the volume of tourist flow to Azerbaijan," Bagirov said.Azerbaijani people are well known for their hospitality while the country’s nature with its climate, beauty and uniqueness mesmerizes even the most claimant tourists.The country with rich ancient history has thousands of places to visit, ranging from the capital to the unique villages lost in the clouds. Baku, where past and modernity, East and West have intertwined cannot leave indifferent any traveler. Warm Caspian Sea, sandy beaches and delicious Caucasian cuisine attract tourists to Azerbaijani resorts day by day. "Miss and Mister of the Caucasus" named http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162646.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaJW Marriot hosted final of the beauty contest "Miss and Mister of the Caucasus – Azerbaijan 2017", organized by Azerbaijan office of the World Beauty Congress.The finalists were selected from among 300 contestants, Trend Life reported.Uzel Karimova was named Miss Caucasus – Azerbaijan 2017. The second place went to Ophelia Abbasova, while Gunel Mahammadzade ranked the third.Uzel Karimova will represent Azerbaijan at the prestigious international beauty contest.Khaliq Muhammadzade won the title of "Mr. Caucasus- Azerbaijan 2017". Siraj Beyalizade was the second, while Fariz Ilyasov ranked the third.It was a surprise for many that the winner of the competition of Khaliq Muhammadzade is deaf from birth. His friendliness, positive attitude and excellent performance, has conquered not only the Organizing Committee and the audience, but also representatives of international beauty contests, who attended the event.“Khaliq Muhammadzade will take part in "Mister Ocean" contest to be held in Taiwan in November. Not only the winners of the contest, but also the winners of titles are eligible to represent the country at the beauty contests. In particular, "Mr. Charm" Ali Agalarov got the right to represent Azerbaijan at "Mister Global" contest to be held in Thailand. Hayat Aslani, "Miss Charm", will take part in "Miss Autosport International" contest to be held in Belgrade (Serbia) on September 1-20",”  President of the World Beauty Congress Zamir Huseynov said.Director and choreographer of the competition is Yuliana Huseynova, which put more than a dozen international shows and world beauty contests in China, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, and commemorative Chinese Fashion Week. The Organizing Committee included General Coordinator of WBC in the Caucasus Agil Mamiyev, General Producer of WBC in Azerbaijan Parviz Azimzade and National Deputy Director of WBC Tural Gan."Miss and Mister of the Caucasus" gives a chance to more than 10 contestants, including the winners to get on the world's catwalks.All competitions are held in foreign countries and not in neighboring countries..Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az IRGC vows to continue business despite Rouhani’s criticism http://www.today.az/news/regions/162643.html World news Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:26:00 +0400 By  TrendThe Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has implicitly criticized the recent remarks by President Hassan Rouhani on the guards’ role in the country’s economy and its negative impact.Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said that the IRGC over the past several years has been involved in economic activities due to requests from the administrations, urging the guards’ contribution to the country’s economy, Tasnim news agency reported.Saying that the IRGC is committed to safeguard the Islamic Republic against the enemies, he added that the IRGC believes that the aliens only care about their own interests and are seeking to “milk Iran”.He further warned the Iranian officials that putting trust in foreigners would only result in embarrassment.The top general further refused that his organization is concentrating on economic and business, saying his organization seeks to fight poverty in the country.He further pledged that IRGC will continue to help improving the livelihood of people, and reducing their economic burden. UK oilfield service company to open purpose built facility in Baku http://www.today.az/news/business/162642.html Business Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:15:00 +0400 By  TrendEXPRO international oilfield service company, headquartered in the UK, plans to complete the construction of a new purpose built facility within Shah Deniz 2 project in Baku in October 2017, said the company's manager for Azerbaijan Andy Sadler.He made the remarks during the 4th Caspian forum "Offshore Integrated Project Management & Methods of Production Enhancement of Oil & Gas" in Baku June 23."The new facility will be capable to handle both existing and future projects and is designed to accommodate all EXPRO services lines," said Sadler.EXPRO has had a presence in the Caspian region since 2007, when it was awarded a contract to supply completion landing strings for Azerbaijan's Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli block of fields.In 2014, EXPRO was awarded the contract to build landing strings for Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2. Emil Kadirov dedicates Moscow concert to memory of Muslim Magomayev http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162640.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani singer Emil Kadirov dedicated a concert in Moscow to the memory of Muslim Magomayev.The concert titled "Love, you are friend with hate" was held in the "Gradsky Hall", Report. az reported.He sang songs from the repertoire of Muslim Magomayev as "The Sea", "Thank You" and others.The young singer also presented his new album "Love, you are friend with hate," whose main song with the same name is written on poems of Leyla Aliyeva. He performed songs in Russian, Azerbaijani, English and Spanish.Announcing the song "Veten" before the Russian audience, Kadirov noted that he was born in Azerbaijan and never lost ties with his homeland."I am Azerbaijani and I am proud of it," he said.On the eve of the concert, an exhibition "Silk Stories" was opened in the foyer of the concert hall, where old Azerbaijani kerchiefs were displayed. It was noted that the production of kelagai is a traditional art of Azerbaijani artisans, national headgear of Azerbaijani women, and since 2014 it was included by the UNESCO in the list of the intangible heritage of mankind.Emil Kadirov (baryton) left the Music school ? 2 named after Rashid Beibutov specializing in guitar playing.In 2012 Emil was invited to participate in the “Romansiada” contest of young vocalists, performers of Russian romance where he became a finalist and afterwards he was nominated as one of award holders.During the period of 2012-2014 Emil took part in numerous musical competitions and contests and everywhere he became one of the principle prize winners .  President Aliyev, President Duda hold expanded meeting [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/162645.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:37:00 +0400 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Poland for an official visit on June 26.An official welcome ceremony was held for President Aliyev in Warsaw on June 27.President Aliyev arrived at the Presidential Palace.A ceremonial guard of honor was lined up for President Aliyev at the square decorated with national flags of Azerbaijan and Poland.Polish President Andrzej Duda greeted President Ilham Aliyev.Polish state and government officials were introduced to President Aliyev, while members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to President Duda.State anthems of Azerbaijan and Poland were played.Then, the chief of the guard of honor reported to the President of Azerbaijan. President Aliyev saluted Polish soldiers.The heads of state reviewed the guard of honor. The presidents posed for official photos.President Aliyev met with representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Poland and members of Warsaw City Council.The guard of honor marched in front of the heads of state to the accompaniment of a military march.After the official welcome ceremony, President Aliyev and President Duda had a one-on-one meeting.Following the one-on-one meeting, the Presidents held expanded meeting. Azerbaijan to submit report on e-commerce to European Commission http://www.today.az/news/business/162639.html Business Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan has prepared a report on current state of markets of electronic commerce (e-commerce) and electronic logistics (e-logistics) as part of the "Harmonizing Digital Markets of EU and Eastern Partnership Countries – HDM Initiative".Tofig Babayev, Director of the Regional Information Technologies Academy (RITA) told Trend that the report reflects all aspects related to the digitization of e-commerce and e-logistics procedures.Meanwhile, legal and legislative aspects were studied in this area, added Babayev."The prepared proposals will be presented to the European Commission this month, and a ministerial meeting will be held in Brussels in September, where decisions will be made to allocate funds for the development of software solutions for automating the processes associated with e-commerce and e-logistics," said RITA director.Earlier, Babayev said that representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, as well as the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan were involved in the research conducted in Azerbaijan.Recommendations were prepared for the implementation of short-term, medium-term and long-term projects. Particularly, the Viking project can be noted. This is a transport corridor from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, with the possibility of further expansion to the Caspian Sea and further. 'Prisoner of Caucasus' staged in Kazakhstan http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162637.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:11:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaPremiere of the operetta ‘Prisoner of the Caucasus’ by Rauf Hajiyev, the prominent Azerbaijani composer, was held in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.The performance was dedicated to the 95th anniversary of R.Hajiyev, Report.az reported.The operetta, staged in various theaters of Russia starting from late 1960s, was demonstrated in Karaganda for the first time. Director was honored artist of Azerbaijan Ali Usubov.In his speech, Secretary-General of TURKSOY Dusen Kaseinov stressed that such performances will be staged in different cities of the country for the promotion of Azerbaijani culture in the Turkic world.The premiere of the Academic Musical Comedy Theater in Karaganda was met with great applause by the audience.Prisoner of the Caucasus is an operetta, based on Alexander Pushkin's poem. The narrative poem written in 1820-21 is dedicated to his friend General Nikolay Raevsky and was inspired by the poet's time spent in Pyatigorsk during his southern exile.The poem is about a Byronic Russian officer who is disillusioned with elite life and decides to escape by seeking adventure in the Caucasus. He is captured by Circassian tribesmen but then saved by a beautiful Circassian woman. Despite its Romantic and Orientalist themes, Pushkin's use of academic footnotes and reliable ethnographic material gave it credibility in its day. It was highly influential on popular perceptions of the Caucasus for its time. The poem remains one of Pushkin's most famous works and is often referenced in Russian popular culture. Turkmenistan working on major projects in gas & chemical industry http://www.today.az/news/regions/162641.html World news Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Kamila AliyevaTurkmenistan, which is currently engaged in expanding of its positions in gas and chemical industry, plans to implement numerous projects in this area.The energy-rich Central Asian nation will strengthen the development of the gas and chemical industry in the next 10 years, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported. Deputy Prime Minister Maksat Babayev presented a number of projects in this regard at the recent governmental meeting.Particularly, it is planned to reconstruct a natural gas processing plant and launch production of liquefied gas at the Bagaja deposit in Lebap province and build a gas and chemical complex with the capacity of 80,000 tons of styrene-butadiene rubber and 45,000 tons of polystyrene per year on its basis.A big investment project is proposed to be implemented at the field of Central Karakum, located near the Yylanly gas compressor station in the Dashoguz province. As part of the project, it is planned to build a plant to process two billion cubic meters of natural gas and produce 70,000 tons of liquefied gas.The second phase of this plant’s facilities is designed for the production of 200,000 tons of low-density polyethylene.It is planned to build a gas and chemical complex in the Kiyanly village of Balkan province in order to produce 200,000 tons of linear low-density polyethylene, 390,000 tons of polypropylene, 100,000 tons of polyvinylchloride, 10,000 tons of liquefied gas, 82,000 tons of caustic soda and 10,000 tons of hydrochloric acid.The construction of the complex in the Kiyanly settlement started back in 2013. The project is implemented by Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corporation, South Korea’s LG and Hyundai companies. The total cost of the project is over $3.4 billion.This project’s implementation will provide high-quality products not only for country’s domestic demand but also the foreign market.Turkmenistan is one of the key players in the energy industry of the Caspian region. The Central Asian state has the world's fourth largest natural gas reserves.Currently, the country supplies gas to China and Iran. Meet the artist: Senan Aleskerov http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/162636.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaYARAT Contemporary Art Space invites everyone to attend the next event within “Meet the artist”  project .The next event will be held with an outstanding photographer Senan Aleskerov on July 12.Senan Aleskerov  graduated from the Baku University, faculty of journalism. He worked in different areas of photography – the scientific and applied photography, as photojournalist, as well as doing aerial photography and laboratory processing of aerospace materials. In creative photography prefers documentary-artistic understanding of the image.He participated in more than 50 international exhibitions in 12 different countries. Senan had held six personal exhibitions in Azerbaijan, Georgia, France, Great Britain, and Kazakhstan and had won many FIAP awards (International Federation of Art Photography by UNESCO).  He was thrice was named Photographer of the Year by the Federation of Azerbaijan photographers. Senan closely works with and exhibits together with prominent artists of Azerbaijan.His works can be found in the Photographic Library (Surrey, Great Britain); Baku Art Center; Modern Art Museum (Baku); Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art (Sarajevo). He is widely represented in private collections in the USA, Turkey, Russia, Austria, Britain, Norway, and France. In 2012, he represented the country in the «Fly to Baku» art project organized by Heydar Aliyev Foundation in London, Paris and Berlin. Currently, he is a freelance photographer and private tutor.The event will start at 19:00. Admission is free.YARAT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally. Based in Baku, YARAT (meaning CREATE in Azerbaijani) was founded by Aida Mahmudova in 2011.YARAT realizes its mission through an on-going program of exhibitions, education events and festivals. YARAT facilitates exchange between local and international artistic networks including foundations, galleries and museums. White House accuses Assad of preparing new chemical attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/162635.html World news Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Kamila AliyevaThe White House believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is preparing a new chemical attack and pledges that the regime would pay a "heavy price" if it carries out another attack this year.In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the U.S. had detected evidence of preparations for a chemical attack, similar to the preparations that occurred before an April attack."The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack," the statement said.On April 4, the National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces of Syria reported about 200 wounded and 80 victims of chemical weapons attack in Khan-Sheikhun city of Idlib province. The oppositionists blamed government troops of Syria for the attack. The command of the Syrian army rejected accusations in its address and laid the blame on the militants and their patrons.Following the April attack, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered an air strike against the Assad-controlled air field, where the attack was believed to have been carried out. The strike became the first direct military action the U.S. has taken against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year civil war. As many as 59 missiles were fired, according to the Pentagon.In an interview with RIA Novosti, Bashar Assad claimed that there was no chemical attack, but a provocation to justify the strike at Shayrat airbase.Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated that the Syrian government troops have never used or intend to use chemical weapons against civilians and against terrorists.The stocks of chemical weapons were successfully exported from Syria. In January 2016 the OPCW announced the complete elimination of the country's chemical industry.In 2013, the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize for chemical disarmament of Syria. MP: Budget revenues from advertising can be 450-500M manats http://www.today.az/news/business/162638.html Business Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:34:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaThe Parliament’s [Milli Majlis] Committee on Economic Policy, Industry and Entrepreneurship discussed amendments to the laws "On Advertising" and "On State Duty".The authors of the amendments are members of the committee Vahid Ahmadov and Ali Masimli.Ahmadov noted that the proposed amendments to the laws "On Advertising" and "On State Duty" are connected with the creation of the State Advertising Agency, which will contribute to the development of the advertising market in the country.He said that the state budget annually receives about 55 million manats [$32.3 million], but this figure can be 10 times higher, further adding that transfers to the budget from advertising can be equal to 450-500 million manats [$264.4-$293.7 million].President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on June 20 on establishment of a State Advertising Agency.Under the decree, in order to place advertising media in the open space in the territory of the country, control and unify regulation in the sphere of production and distribution of advertising intended for placement in the open space, a public legal entity "State Advertising Agency of Azerbaijan" is created.The head of state appointed Aydin Ibadov as a director of the newly created State Advertising Agency. Unexploded artillery shell found in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/162633.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovAn unexploded 76-millimeter artillery shell was detected in the Sabunchu district of Baku on the territory called ‘Gulchuluk state farm’ while inspecting a garden, the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) told Trend on June 26.ANAMA took the detected ammunition from the territory to defuse it.In general, ANAMA specialists detected 5,780 unexploded ordnance, as well as 191 anti-tank and 30 anti-personnel mines, in Azerbaijan since early 2017.ANAMA was established in 1998 for planning and coordination, management and monitoring of mine action related activities all over the country.The Agency has cleared more than 400 million square meters of Azerbaijan’s territory, and discovered and defused over 760,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance during 10 years of its activity. Most of the unexploded ordnance is the result of Armenian aggression. MP: Armenia dodges of negotiations with Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/162634.html Politics Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:03:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe main reason for the provocations of the Armenian side on the frontline is the unwillingness of Yerevan to begin substantive negotiations, which could be the beginning of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Azerbaijani MP Sahib Aliyev made the remark while commenting on the tension on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.The MP stressed that the Armenian side has always shown unwillingness to negotiate, mentioning that it resorted to various provocations for many years, and continues the same policy today.“It is obvious that the Armenian authorities are trying to wriggle out of the substantive negotiations, to which Azerbaijan is ready. The Armenian leadership continues its aggressive policy against our country,” Aliyev said.The MP also reminded the April fights of last year, when Azerbaijani Army’s counterattack in response to Armenia’s provocations led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.“These battles showed the professionalism of our army, its high tactical training, and demonstrated the failure of the Armenian army,” Aliyev said.Back then, Armenian military units in the occupied Azerbaijani lands began shelling Azerbaijan’s positions. To protect its civilian population, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched counter attacks, and as a result, the Azerbaijani troops retook hills around the village of Talish, as well as Seysulan settlement, and also took over Lele Tepe hill located in the direction of Fuzuli region.In the April fighting, over 320 Armenian servicemen were killed, more than 500 Armenian soldiers were injured, 30 enemy tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as more than 25 artillery pieces were destroyed during the counter attacks of Azerbaijan.The MP went on to say that Armenia, continuing the aggressive policy against Azerbaijan, even more plunges itself into an economic blockade and political isolation, deprives itself of opportunity to join regional projects that could help Armenia get out of severe economic crisis.“Armenia should join substantive talks, be constructive and start de-occupation of the Azerbaijani territories,” noted the MP. “The status quo is unacceptable for Azerbaijan, and it is quite reasonable that the basis for peace will emerge only after the withdrawal of the occupation forces. Otherwise, a military solution of the problem will not be excluded,” the MP added.Baku has repeatedly expressed its consent to come to the negotiating table with Armenia to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means, but Armenia continues to play for time and avoids substantive negotiations in order to preserve the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh.The conflict 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 regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Gabala FC sign French midfielder http://www.today.az/news/sports/162632.html Sports Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijani football club Gabala have announced the signing of French Steeven Joseph-Monrose on a two-year contract.The 27-year-old midfielder has played for French clubs AS Bondy, RC Lens and LB Châteauroux, and Belgian Kortrijk and Genk.Joseph-Monrose played on the France U-19 squad and was also selected to the under-20 squad to participate in the 2009 Mediterranean Games. Crude edges above November lows http://www.today.az/news/business/162626.html Business Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaCrude prices settled more than half a percent higher on June 26 as some traders found bargains after last week's seven-month lows, but rising crude supply in the U.S. and other countries limited gains.Global benchmark Brent settled up 0.6 percent, at $45.83 a barrel, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 0.8 percent, at $43.38 a barrel, Reuters reported.Oil has tumbled more than 20 percent from its peak, entering a bear market last week, on concerns that expanding global supply will undermine the impact of output cuts from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and partners including Russia.U.S. crude drillers added rigs for a 23rd straight week, the longest stretch in three decades, according to data released  by Baker Hughes Inc on June 23.Traders and analysts said there was little fundamental news to justify more of a bounce in oil prices.“It is just the fact that the oil market stopped falling … I suspect short-covering,” said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.Analysts at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said that while supply was a problem, demand had not grown quickly enough to mop up any excess output.“Looking into the second half of 2017, we now doubt that demand growth will accelerate sufficiently,” they wrote.OPEC member countries and its partners have been trying to reduce a global crude glut with production cuts. OPEC states and 11 other exporters, such as Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, the Russian Federation, Republic of Sudan, and the Republic of South Sudan agreed in May to extend cuts of 1.8 million barrels per day until March 2018.However, Nigeria and Libya, OPEC members exempt from the cuts, have raised output. Iran was allowed a small increase to recover market share lost under Western sanctions. It said its production has surpassed 3.8 million barrels per day and is expected to reach 4 million barrels per day by March.