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 UNICEF ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in education http://www.today.az/news/society/153637.html Society Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliThe new head of UNICEF Baku Office, Edward Carwardine, expressed the organization’s readiness to maintain cooperation with the country in the field of pre-school education.During his meeting with Azerbaijani Ombudswoman Elmira Suleymanova, Carwardine said that pre-school education had always been one of the key priorities for UNICEF. He hailed the work of Azerbaijan’s Ombudsman office, especially the activity of the Leadership School of the Azerbaijan Child and Youth Peace Network.Carwardine also commended the improvement of inclusive education system in Baku and in the country’s regions, as well as the increasing number of kindergartens.Suleymanova, in turn, highlighted the Azerbaijani government’s child and youth policy, saying that children and teenagers form the majority of the country’s society.She further hailed the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s role in this regard. “State-of-the-art specialized centers are being established for the disabled children in the country,” Suleymanova emphasized.Suleymanova went on to say that the Azerbaijani government attached great attention to the protection and promotion of children’s rights.“A hot-line was set up to address the problems of children, whose rights were violated,” she said. “Since Azerbaijan does not have an Ombudsman institution for the children’s rights, there is a Special Adviser dealing with this issue under the Ombudsman office.” The Human Rights Commissioner also highlighted the activity of the Leadership School of the Azerbaijan Child and Youth Peace Network.UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child around the world. The organization work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children.UNICEF came to Azerbaijan in 1993, facing an army of refugees and internally displaced people in the wake of the Karabakh conflict and the collapsed economy of the transition period.Its first programmes were devised not only to address national development priorities, but also deal with immediate humanitarian needs. UNICEF’s first country programme for 1995-1999 focused on such urgent needs as immunization, health, rehabilitation, nutrition, education and child protection. The UNICEF Country Programme for 2016-2020 will support Azerbaijan in its efforts to accelerate the realization of children’s rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to contribute to the results related to child and adolescent rights stipulated in the “Azerbaijan 2020: Look in the Future” Concept of Development, as well as other sectoral policies and strategies. Final rehearsals of Chess Olympiad opening ceremony begin [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/sports/153636.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:42:00 +0400 Preparations for the opening ceremony of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad are nearing completion. Costumes and music to be used during the ceremony have already been approved.The official partner of the Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee, “Amapola Exclusive Events”, has started the installation of technical equipment and decorations for the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to last for one hour and feature some aspects of the chess tradition in Azerbaijan, including elements of national culture.Final rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the Baku Chess Olympiad will commence on  August25.The opening ceremony of the Olympiad will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena, while charming Crystal Hall, once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, will host the games.With 2,000 chess masters from 180 counties, FIDE’s biennial chess tournament, will gather teams from all over the world to compete for the best title. </p> </body> </html> Vatican, Caucasus Muslims Board discuss how to develop religious relations http://www.today.az/news/politics/153635.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:33:00 +0400 By  Azertac Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade has met a delegation led by head of the department in charge of organizing papal trips Mauricio Rueda Beltz to discuss prospects for religious and spiritual relations.The delegation of the Holy See was accompanied by Apostolic Nuncio of Vatican in the South Caucasus Archbishop Marek Solczynski.At the meeting, the sides praised ties between Azerbaijan and the Holy See. They stressed the important role of reciprocal visits of religious figures in expanding relations between the Caucasus Muslims Board and the Holy See.Allahshukur Pashazade recalled his visit to Vatican, and hailed the “active” participation of the Vatican officials in international events held in Azerbaijan.Ordinary of the Apostolic Prefecture of the Roman Catholic Church in Azerbaijan Vladimir Fekete was also present at the meeting. Azerbaijan reaffirms ‘continued’ support of UN efforts to encourage inter-cultural and ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/153634.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:15:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ethiopia Elman Abdullayev has reaffirmed his country`s readiness to continue supporting efforts of the United Nations towards promoting inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue as he presented his credentials to Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi, Kenia Sahle-Work Zewde.“Azerbaijan is interested in expanding cooperation with the UN in a number of fields. Azerbaijan will continue to actively support the UN efforts in many spheres, especially the protection of women`s rights, promotion of multiculturalism, stability, and dialogue among cultures and religions,” he said.Abdullayev told about the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, stressing that the UN had always recognized his country`s territorial integrity and sovereignty. He referred to the UN Security Council`s Nagorno-Karabakh conflict-related resolutions, and expressed his confidence that the UN would continue supporting Azerbaijan’s “fair” position.Abdullayev said the Embassy would work to develop Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the Nairobi-based the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).Zewde expressed readiness to cooperate with Azerbaijan. She hailed Azerbaijan`s supporting global peace efforts, and the country`s role in promoting multiculturalism and protecting women`s rights. 63 dead in Italy earthquake [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/regions/153625.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:15:00 +0400 By  Trend17:15 (GMT+4) At least 63 people died after a strong earthquake struck central Italy, causing widespread devastation in local towns, ANSA agency reported. 14:00 (GMT+4) At least 37 people died in Italy as a result of earthquake, Reuters reported.12:08 (GMT+4) At least 100 people are considered missing in the Italian town of Pescara del Tronto after the recent earthquake, RaiNews24 television reported.11:39 (GMT+4) According to the latest information, at least 14 people died in Italy as a result of a powerful earthquake in the central part of the country on Aug. 23 night, the country’s media reported Aug. 24.A strong earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse "with reports of victims" and sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets of numerous towns and cities, Reuters reported.The U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 6.2 magnitude quake that hit near the town of Norcia, in the region of Umbria, at 3.36 a.m. (0136 GMT).The mayor of the small town of Amatrice reported extensive damage. "Half the town is gone," Sergio Pirozzi told RAI state television. "There are people under the rubble... There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse."Italy's civil protection agency said the earthquake was "severe". Fire Department spokesman Luca Cari said: "There have been reports of victims” in the quake zone, but he did not have any precise details.The worst hit towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto, Cari told Reuters, adding that helicopters would be sent up at first light to assess the damage."It was so strong. It seemed the bed was walking across the room by itself with us on it," Lina Mercantini of Ceselli, Umbria, told Reuters.Olga Urbani, in the nearby town of Scheggino, said: "Dear God it was awful. The walls creaked and all the books fell off the shelves."Residents of Rome, some 170 km (105 miles) from the registered epicenter, were woken by the quake, which rattled furniture and swayed lights in most of central Italy.A 5.5 magnitude aftershock hit the same region an hour after the initial quake.Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's spokesman said on Twitter that the government was in touch with the country's civil protection agency and following the situation closely.The last major earthquake to hit Italy struck the central city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.A refuge on the Gran Sasso mountain, a popular area for hikers and climbers, said on its Facebook page that a large piece of rock had collapsed in Wednesday's quake. Ilham Aliyev offers condolences to Mattarella over quake http://www.today.az/news/politics/153638.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:14:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev extended condolences to Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella on Aug. 24 over the casualties as a result of an earthquake in the country.“We were deeply saddened by the news of the heavy casualties and major damage caused by the earthquake in your country,” said Aliyev in a letter of condolences.“On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my deep condolences to you, the bereaved families, the loved ones of those who died and the people of Italy, and wish the injured recovery,” he added. “I hope that the consequences of this natural disaster will be eliminated as soon as possible.”A strong, shallow earthquake devastated towns in central Italy early Wednesday. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake badly damaged villages in a mountainous rural area of central Italy that is a popular vacation spot. ADB postpones issuance of funds for North-South project http://www.today.az/news/business/153633.html Business Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) postponed consideration of the possibility of allocating a loan worth $200 million for implementation of the International North-South Transportation Corridor (INSTC) , as well as Road Network Development Investment Program.The bank reported earlier that the ADB's mission will be in Azerbaijan from November 14 to November 25 to gather information about the project and  carry out review of the project on December 12, 2016.The visit of the mission was postponed to March 11-25 2017, while the review is expected to be implemented on April 15, 2017. The funds are expected to be mainly spent for the development of Baku-Yalama (border with Russia) rail line, which is implemented within the framework of the North-South project.The project which have five outputs also include enhanced management autonomy of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC (ADY) and transport sector governance, effective financial restructuring of ADY’s liabilities, enhanced financial and management control, efficiency and reporting at ADY, business development and corporate restructuring of ADY.The policy-based loan will support outputs 1-4, while the project loan will support output 5 (Baku-Yalama rail line).Allocation of funds for the realization of the North-South project is envisaged within the ADB’s railway sector development program. Azerbaijan Railways CJSC is the executing agency for obtaining the loan.The North-South transportation corridor is meant to connect Northern Europe to South-East Asia and has a strategic importance for the region. It will serve as a link connecting the railways of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.At the initial stage, the North-South corridor will transport 5 million tons of cargo per year with further expansion of transportation to over 10 million tons. Along with making a great contribution to the diversification of Azerbaijan's economy the project is expected to turn the country into a major transport hub.The project, which is considered to be a strategically important and advantageous in terms of time of transit cargo transportation, is also expected to bring great economic benefits.  The route, part of which will pass along the western coast of the Caspian Sea, from Russia to Iran through Azerbaijan enjoys several advantages compared to other transport such as Suez Canal-the Mediterranean Sea-Northern Europe and the Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Russia-Northern Europe routes. Azerbaijan, which became a member of ADB on December 22, 1999, has a 0.5 percent share in the bank’s capital. Azerbaijan among main importers of Ukrainian sugar in 2016 http://www.today.az/news/business/153632.html Business Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovUkrainian companies plan to export 250,000 tons of sugar until the end of 2016, the Association of Sugar Producers “Ukrsugar” reported.The Association noted that Georgia, Israel, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries are the main export markets for Ukrainian sugar. For September 2015-June 2016, Azerbaijan received 6,700 tons of sugar from Ukraine.This year, the sown area of sugar beet in Ukraine amounted to 284,000 hectares, that is almost 30 percent bigger compared to the data of last year. Experts believe the projected harvest will be close to 13 million tons.“Ukrsugar” predicts that Ukrainian plants will produce approximately two million tons of sugar during the 2016/2017 marketing year.The Association also estimates sugar residual to exceed 300,000 tons by the end of the current marketing year.“Ukrsugar”, founded on January 17, 1997, is a nationwide public association of collectives, organizations and other legal entities and individuals involved in sugar production in Ukraine. To date, the Association includes 67 members.In general, Azerbaijan and Ukraine have sustainable prospects of bilateral relations in political, economic, energy, transport and humanitarian fields. That is evidenced by $137.68-million trade turnover in January-May 2016, according to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.Recently, President Ilham Aliyev welcomed Ukrainian delegation headed by President Petro Poroshenko. During the visit, a number of bilateral agreements were signed between two nations. Additionally, they discussed implementation of joint projects in energy, transport and agricultural spheres. Armenia continues arsons on frontline http://www.today.az/news/politics/153631.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovArmenia continues to tense the situation along the frontline with new provocations. Armenian Armed Forces besides constantly violating the ceasefire with Azerbaijan, also deliberately sets fire to Azerbaijani territories.This time, taking advantage of warm and windy weather, they have set fire to the pastures in the border villages of Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, APA states.The fire that began in the evening of August 23 in the mountainous part of Alibayli village in Tovuz region burned down a large area.Locals say the enemy army destroyed the pastures for cattle, but their main aim was to cause damage to the houses of Azerbaijani citizens. Locals also heard sounds of explosion during the fire. Most likely, those were sounds of exploding mines.Due to the fire, wild animals began to attack the villages. Residents complain that they cause damage to livestock.Armenian Armed Forces often commit large-scale arsons also in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, particularly in summer. Villages in Agdam, Fizuli, Jabrayil, Terter and other regions frequently face such destructive acts by Armenian soldiers.Such attacks are an evident that Armenians seek to cause harm to Azerbaijan and its citizens by making life near the border difficult and risky for them.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.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 the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. ASAN Academy opens in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/153630.html Society Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe opening ceremony of ASAN Academy took place in Baku, Trend Life reported.Deputy Chairman of the ASAN Volunteers Rabia Jafarova, addressing the event, stressed that the main goal of the project is to develop personal qualities of young people, as well as to create favorable conditions for successful career.Students of ASAN Academy emphasized  the importance of the project for the youth and expressed their willingness in active participation in the learning process.Within two months, ASAN Academy will feature theoretical and practical seminars and trainings on psychology, business development, management, and the preparation and implementation of various projects.ASAN Volunteers was established in 2009. The main mission of the organization is to support young generation and create opportunities for volunteers to improve their self- development.Seeing voluntary work as a culture of movement, service develops opportunities for learning, inspiration and action to induce social change.Media partners of the event are- Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Turkmenistan, Malaysia to expand trade, economic co-op http://www.today.az/news/regions/153629.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:56:00 +0400 By  TrendTurkmenistan and Malaysia have exchanged views on expansion of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message on August 24.The meeting with Ambassador of Malaysia took place in the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The spheres of energy and education were noted among the priority areas of mutual interest.During the meeting, the ambassador of Malaysia presented the copies of his credentials.Activity of the Malaysian Petronas Carigali, which became the first foreign company to start developing the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea, is an example of successful Turkmen-Malaysian cooperation. Turkic Council seeks to get observer status at UN http://www.today.az/news/politics/153628.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliThe Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) hopes to be granted the observer status at the United Nations, Council’s Secretary General Ramil Hasanov announced about this at the news conference, devoted to the activities of the organization on August 23.The Turkic Council established in 2009 serves as an international intergovernmental organization, with the overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic-speaking countries. Its four founding member is Azerbaijan.Hasanov noted that the Council has been making requests to gain this status for three years. “However, it has not been possible so far because of a few countries objecting to our membership. We hope that this issue will be solved at the 6th Committee this October,” he said.The secretary general added that the Turkic Council will organize an unofficial meeting of foreign ministers within the UN.“The foreign ministers of four countries have already confirmed willingness to participate. This meeting will take place on September 20-25,” he said.Responding to a question about the expansion of the organization, Hasanov said that although countries such as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are not members of the organization, they participate in the activities of the Turkic Council and “we are trying to involve them in our organization.”“Even though they are not members, we invite Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and sometimes Hungary to join our events. It’s left to countries to make a decision about membership. Two flag posts outside our office in Istanbul are empty. That is a message to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Their places are empty. They are welcome to become members whenever they like,” Hasanov noted.He further mentioned that the 6th Summit of the Turkic Council will be held in Bishkek this November and the next summit will be held in 2017 in Azerbaijan. As for the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Hasanov said the Turkic Council member countries back Azerbaijan’s stance on Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that the international law and the UN resolutions consider these territories as the occupied lands.“The conflict has to be settled on the basis of the provisions mentioned in the Helsinki Final Act. Azerbaijan relies on the principles of international law. We wish our lands are returned,” he said.Speaking on creation of the general television of the Turkic-speaking countries, Hasanov informed that an International Turkish News Channel will be established. He noted that transmissions of television will be broadcast in six languages. The central office of TV channel can be based in Azerbaijan, Turkey or Kazakhstan.Hasanov went on saying that the work on creation of a common history textbook of the Turkic world, covering the period up to the 15th century, has come to an end. Currently, the book is in the editing stage."If the textbook will be approved at a meeting of Education Ministers of the member states in October, it will be presented to the presidents of member countries in the short term, and will then be discussed. This book will be used as a textbook in the Turkic-speaking countries,” Hasanov said.The day before the press-conference, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met Hasanov. The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of cooperation between the Turkic Council and Azerbaijan and exchanged views on a number of questions.Noting that this November Bishkek will host the 6th Summit of the Organization, Hasanov said that questions of cooperation in political, economic, social, humanitarian and other spheres would become primary subjects of discussions of the member states.At the meeting the question of carrying out informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of member states within the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly was also discussed.Hasanov informed the participants on the organization of youth festival jointly by the Turkic Council together with the Azerbaijan Youth and Sport Ministry on September 27 in the country’s Ganja city in connection with election of Ganja as the European Youth Capital-2016.Noting the persistent support rendered by Azerbaijan to the activities of Turkic Council, Mammadyarov emphasized that Azerbaijan within the organization will continue to contribute development of practical and field cooperation.At the meeting, the questions of obtaining by Turkic Council of the observer status at the UN, expansion of contacts with other international organizations and fight against terrorism were also in the focus. Attack on servicemen in Turkey, 5 dead http://www.today.az/news/regions/153627.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:16:00 +0400 By  TrendAs a result of an attack on Turkish servicemen in the country’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, five servicemen have been killed, Haber7 newspaper reported on  August 24.According to preliminary data, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization stands behind the attack, said the report.The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.The UN and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization. ADB OKs multi-million loan to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/153624.html Business Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:41:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the fourth tranche worth $75 million with the framework of water supply and sanitation investment program in Azerbaijan, the Bank reported.The ADB is helping Azerbaijan improve water and sanitation services in towns and semi-urban areas surrounding the capital Baku. The first three tranches of the multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) financed construction of water networks in Goychay, Agdash and Beylagan, Agjebedi and Nakhchivan.The funds of the fourth tranche will be used for the completion of works implemented in Agdash and Beylagan towns. Particularly, the funds will be spent for the provision of water supply and sewerage in Agdash as well as construction of water treatment systems in Agdash and Beylagan.  The total worth of the project is estimated at $100 million.  The share of Azerbaijani government in the project is $25 million. The investment program on water supply and sanitation worth $300 million was approved by the ADB Board of directors in 2009.The project is expected to improve the quality and coverage of urban services in secondary towns and urban areas surrounding Baku. It will benefit approximately 500,000 residents. Azerbaijan became a member of ADB in 1999 while the country’s share in the bank’s capital amounts to 0.5 percent.Projects of ADB in Azerbaijan, which have proposed status, include solid waste management project for intermediary cities, Shah Deniz stage 2 investment plan, Shah Deniz gas field expansion program, renewable energy development project, railway sector development program.ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB is owned by 67 members - 48 from the region. Time to end terrorism in Syria, Erdogan says http://www.today.az/news/regions/153626.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:23:00 +0400 By  TrendTime has come to put an end to terrorism in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, TRT Haber TV channel reported on August 24.Turkey will not tolerate threats at its borders, according to the president.Erdogan also said that Turkey will eliminate all the threats the country is facing.On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force with the support of the coalition aircraft launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo city.The operation is carried out under the name “Shield of the Euphrates.”Earlier, it was reported that Turkish tanks entered Syria.Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) is the most active terrorist group in Syria. Monument of Khojaly tragedy may appear in Germany http://www.today.az/news/politics/153623.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovChairman of the Azerbaijani-German Cultural Society of Saxony-Anhalt Province, Yashar Niftaliyev proposed to establish a monument to the victims of the Khojaly tragedy in Tangerhutte, the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora told Trend on August 23.Niftaliev took part in the meeting of local deputies and the leadership of the Tangerhutte city. Niftaliyev, addressing the event, spoke about the realities of Azerbaijan, the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly genocide.Then, Niftaliyev proposed to establish the monument to the Khojaly victims in Tangerhutte. The city leadership and MPs assured they will discuss the in detail at the next meeting.Niftaliyev also presented the participants materials on the realities of Azerbaijan, including the book by the German writer and journalist Johannes Rau about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by the Armenian armed forces in 1992.About 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them remains unknown.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 still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Armenian citizen, detained in Nakhchivan, transferred back http://www.today.az/news/politics/153622.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovAn Armenian citizen, who earlier crossed into the territory of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, has been transferred to the Armenian side on August 23, the State Commission of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People reported.The commission stated that 1954-born citizen of Armenia Agetsyan Henrik Sayerbekovich, detained on August 7 in Nakhchivan, was transferred to the opposite side in the Sadarak section of Armenian-Azerbaijani border on August 23.Azerbaijani servicemen detained Henrik Agetsyan when he tried to enter Azerbaijan from the Sadarak direction of NAR.The Commission immediately notified the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the incident, and meeting of ICRC employees with the detainee was organized.For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against 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.Two decades of talks mediated by the OSCE MG group have failed to produce a breakthrough, and the renewed hostilities, the worst since the ceasefire deal signed in 1994, were assessed as the result of inactivity of the international community. Azerbaijan considers ways to boost oil extraction http://www.today.az/news/business/153620.html Business Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaAzerbaijan is planning to raise its oil output by means of nana technologies, increase of oil recovery efficiency and development of new onshore fields, said Khoshbakht Yusifzade, the first vice-president of SOCAR. “All fields that we have developed recently were gas fields. This is related to the fact that development of all shallow bedding oil fields has been almost completed. Herewith, opportunities of oil extraction at the depth of 6,000-7,000 meters are lesser than those of gas production, therefore major portion of off-shore fields are gas-condensate. Of course we also need oil and there are several ways for the increase of on-shore oil extraction. One of the ways is development of new on-shore fields, which should be explored in Mesozoic deposits, and we are currently working with our partners in this direction,” he said.Yusifzade also mentioned that the growth of oil extraction is possible by means of increase of recovery efficiency on old fields.“Some 1.85 billion tons of oil has been so far extracted in Azerbaijan. Approximately 1 billion of the volume falls to a share of on-shore extraction. Nevertheless, oil recovery efficiency on the fields amounted to only 0.4 percent. We will be able to boost oil extraction should we   increase the index up to 0.5-0.6 percent,” he said.Yusifzade believes that the other method is the use of nana-technologies. “Most of discoveries are being made due to nana-technologies, which are used in medicine and other spheres, including oil industry. The technologies may assist us in a bid to boost oil production rate,” he said.Meanwhile, wide-ranging negotiations with the participation of 17 gas giants are scheduled for September 4-5 in Varna, Bulgaria. SOCAR will represent Azerbaijan in a meeting, which is expected to be focused on the creation of gas hub at the territory of Bulgaria as well as possible ways of delivery of natural gas for the hub.  The major part of oil and gas produced in Azerbaijan, accounts for ACG block of oil and gas fields and Shah Deniz gas and condensate field developed by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) jointly with foreign partners.The Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field, which lies 120km off the coast of Azerbaijan, is considered to be the largest oilfield in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The proven oil reserves of the block amounts to approximately one billion tons.Shah Deniz field, located on the deep water shelf of the Caspian Sea, 70 km south-east of Baku is one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields.Some 24.7 million tons of oil and gas condensate was extracted in the country in January-July 2016. The index is 0.7 percent higher than the rate fixed in the same period of 2015.  The country extracted 41.69 million tons of oil and gas condensate in 2015, as against the volume of 41.9, extracted a year earlier. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia eye reduction of tariffs on cargo transportation http://www.today.az/news/business/153619.html Business Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaThe government of Azerbaijan, which is keen to gain more profit from its favorable geographic location, placed a particular importance on the development of its transportation potential. The country makes big efforts to facilitate cargo transportation through its territory.Heads of Railway Administrations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia have recently discussed the issue of mutually advantageous cooperation, as well as creation of favorable conditions for the freight transportation with cargo shippers, major operators and freight companies of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan Railways reported.  The talks held in Astana, were mainly focused on the reduction of tariff rates for the transportation of metal production, grain, oil and gas freight as well as containerized shipping at the territories of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Georgia.Reduced tariffs for Kazakh export as well as new logistics schemes for the freight transportation are expected to promote opening up of new markets and growth of transportation volumes.   “We are ready to offer good conditions for the transportation of export and import goods.  For instance, we will open a new direct passage from Georgia to Turkey in the end of the current year, thus opening an access to the south ports of Turkey, South Africa and Arab countries,” said Igbal Huseynov, Deputy Head of Azerbaijan Railways.Representative of Kazakh Soltustik socio-entrepreneurial corporation, Anuar Hamitov in turn said that the company is planning to export crop to the Gulf countries.“Currently, we carry out our operations only in Kazkahstan. We possess the biggest volume of corn crop and planning to export it to the Gulf countries. Negotiations in this regards are currently under way, we are conforming tariffs with representatives of Azerbaijan and Georgian railways and already have certain results,” he said.Direct contacts established between consignors and railroaders of the three countries are expected to tackle issues, occurring in the course of transportation in a more rapid manner.  Earlier, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine signed a protocol on setting competitive preferential tariffs for cargo transportation via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.The document provided for the settlement of competitive preferential tariffs for cargo transportation via the Trans-Caspian route, carrying out comprehensive measures to facilitate the movement of trains via the route, and increasing cargo turnover. A similar bilateral protocol was also signed separately by Azerbaijan and Georgia. Iran adds 532 mb of oil, 522 bcm of gas to its reserves http://www.today.az/news/regions/153618.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:27:00 +0400 By  TrendIran added 532 million barrels (mb) of oil and 522 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to its extractible reserves since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani's presidency in mid-2013, an Iranian official told Trend August 23 on condition of anonymity."Currently the country's recoverable proved oil and gas reserves stands at 159 billion barrels and 34 trillion cubic meters. In total the reserves of 18 oil and gas fields or layers were proved during August 2013 to August 2016," said the official.Iran has about 650-700 billion barrels of in-situ oil reserves, of which 159 billion is extractible, based on the current 23-25 percent recovery rate of fields in average.The official also added that despite soaring the country's proved oil reserves during the last four decades, the amount of new discovered oil and gas fields was far less than during the pre-1960s period.According to the official, the volume of proved recoverable reserves was about 58 billion barrels when the Islamic Republic was established in 1979, but the figure increased to 133 billion barrels in 2005, when ex-President Mahmould Ahmadinejad took office and about 158.5 billion barrels when Hassan Rouhani became president in min-August 2013."Considering the 30-billion barrel output of the country during 1979-2007, Iran's proved reserves had increased by 108 billion barrels. It means that Iran added 138 billion barrels to its extractible reserves during this period," said the official.Coming to the new fields discovery, the official added that the volume which was discovered during the Islamic Republic (1979-2016) is less than 20 percent of the total reserves that had been discovered until 1960s.The official also noted that during the post-sanctions era, Iran's oil production increased by 850,000 b/d, while the capacity of oil storage facilities increased by 4 mb to 28 mb.Iran's oil output was more than 3.8 mb/d in the pre-sanctions era, but plunged to 2.8 mb/d after imposing the western sanctions on the country in mid-2012.The sanctions was eliminated in January 2016 after implementing a nuclear deal between Tehran and P5+1 Group, including US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany. Turkish Special Forces enter Syria http://www.today.az/news/regions/153617.html World news Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:15:00 +0400  By  TrendThe Turkish Special Forces have entered the territory of Syria, the TRT Haber TV channel reported August 24.Tanks of the Turkish Armed Forces are on the border with Syria, according to the channel.General Zekai Aksakalli, who was in charge of the liquidation of the coup plotters during the military coup attempt in Turkey, has led the Turkish Special Forces in Syria.Earlier it was reported that Turkey doesn’t exclude the beginning of ground military operations in Syria.On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish army with the support of the coalition aircraft launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo city.Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) is the most active terrorist group in Syria. Azerbaijani wrestlers devoted Rio wins to memory of martyrs http://www.today.az/news/sports/153615.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:06:00 +0400 By  TrendHead coach of Azerbaijani freestyle wrestling team, Firdovsi Umudov said that all the victories of Azerbaijan at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the team devotes to memory of martyrs."By capturing five medals in six weight categories, we took the first place in team scores. I am very happy for our results, all our wrestlers were worthy of gold medals," Umudov said."In the future we will continue to do our best. All our victories we devote to the memory of martyrs, including those who died during the April clashes with Armenia," he said.Azerbaijan, represented by 56 athletes at the Rio Olympics, captured 18 medals (1 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze). The country was among the top 15 countries at the Olympics, which hosted a total of record 206 countries. Azerbaijani athletes represented the country in 18 sports disciplines. Marina Durunda recalls Rio 2016, eyes medals at Tokyo 2020 http://www.today.az/news/sports/153614.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:35:00 +0400 By  TrendTo participate in the Olympic finals of the Rhythmic gymnastics is a big honor, and it requires a lot of strength and effort, Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda told Trend"After the first two exercises in qualification, the result wasn't so good, so I was performing like I had nothing to lose," Durunda said. "It was important for me to represent Azerbaijan worthily. Until the very end we believed that we could get to the finals and we did it."She further said that the next goal for her is to prepare for the next Olympics that will take place in 2020 in Tokyo."We have a new Olympic cycle ahead of us, and we will train to make sure we can compete for medals in Tokyo," she said. "We'll consider all the rule changes and will build our performances in a way to get maximum scores."Azerbaijan, represented by 56 athletes at the Rio Olympics, captured 18 medals (1 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze). The country was among the top 15 countries at the Olympics, which hosted a total of record 206 countries. Azerbaijani athletes represented the country in 18 sports disciplines. Wrestler Haji Aliyev's next goal - Islamic Solidarity Games http://www.today.az/news/sports/153613.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:17:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijani freestyle wrestler Haji Aliyev, who returned home with a bronze medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics, said his next aim is the Islamic Solidarity Games.Baku will be hosting the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games on 12-22 May, 2017."We have the Islamic Solidarity Games ahead, and this is our main goal," Aliyev told reporters in Baku, adding that he plans to perform well and get another medal.Speaking about the Rio Olympics, Aliyev said he was in general pleased with his results."I am happy I got bronze, but because I dropped too much weight previously, my stamina started to catch up with me towards the end of the bronze medal match, but I eventually could win it," he said.Azerbaijan, represented by 56 athletes at the Rio Olympics, captured 18 medals (1 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze). The country was among the top 15 countries at the Olympics, which hosted a total of record 206 countries. Azerbaijani athletes represented the country in 18 sports disciplines. Armenian armed units violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 18 times throughout the day http://www.today.az/news/politics/153616.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:02:00 +0400 By  Azertac The Armenian armed units shattered ceasefire with Azerbaijan a total of 18 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry reported.The ceasefire was also violated in Yusifjanli village of Agdam region, Chilaburt village in Tartar region, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidehmedli villages of Fuzuli region, as well as in the nameless hills in Jabrayil and Goronboy regions. Azerbaijan's Abakarova recalls beating champions in Rio http://www.today.az/news/sports/153612.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:57:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijani female Taekwondo fighter Patimat Abakarova, who won the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, said that she is very grateful for the support of Azerbaijan's Taekwondo Federation.Speaking with Trend, Abakarova recalled her performance at the Olympics."In my first bout I met with Serbian athlete [Tijana Bogdanovi?], and despite that I've previously beaten her, something went wrong and I lost. She reached the finals, and I had to go for the bronze medal," Abakarova told Trend."I first met with two-time Olympic champion Wu Jingyu from China, then with World Champion from France [Yasmina Aziez], both were tough, but I beat them," Abakarova said.She went on to add that the hardest part was to get a grip after the first loss and continue.Azerbaijan, represented by 56 athletes at the Rio Olympics, captured 18 medals (1 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze). The country was among the top 15 countries at the Olympics, which hosted a total of record 206 countries. Azerbaijani athletes represented the country in 18 sports disciplines. Lorenzo Sotomayor upset with not winning gold at Rio 2016 http://www.today.az/news/sports/153611.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:23:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijani boxer Lorenzo Sotomayor, who won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, regretted not winning the gold medal."The Olympics went on great for me. I wanted to return with a gold medal, but unfortunately, due to biased officiating, couldn't get it done," Sotomayor told reporters at Baku airport.Sotomayor competed in the finals against Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.Azerbaijan, represented by 56 athletes at the Rio Olympics, captured 18 medals (1 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze). The country was among the top 15 countries at the Olympics, which hosted a total of record 206 countries. Azerbaijani athletes represented the country in 18 sports disciplines. Azerbaijan's record-breaking Olympics team returns home from Rio http://www.today.az/news/sports/153609.html Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan's record-breaking Olympics team arrived back from Rio to jubilant scenes when they landed in Baku this night.The 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio went down in the history of the country’s sport as one of the brightest Olympic pages. The national heroes claimed 18 medals, thus securing the country’s biggest Olympic medal haul for the past 25 years of Azerbaijan’s independence.  At the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Azerbaijani Olympians were solemnly welcomed by their family members, representatives of sports community and Baku residents.Radik Isayev (80kg), who brought Azerbaijan its only gold medal from the Rio Olympics, congratulated the entire Azerbaijan. “The entire country needed this medal, and I think we've captured it with common effort,” Isayev, 26, told reporters in Baku airport upon arrival from Rio.The Rio Games opened a new page in wrestling for Azerbaijan.  The country sent 14 athletes to Rio, while they secured nine medals in Summer Olympics.Azerbaijani freestyle wrestler Toghrul Asgarov (65kg), who captured silver, said he was glad to return home with a medal. “I am glad to come back with a silver medal, but I could've won gold,” said Asgarov, 23, who lost in the finals to Russia's Soslan Ramonov.Freestyle wrestler Haji Aliyev, returning home with bronze, said his next aim is the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Azerbaijan in May, 2017.  “We have the Islamic Solidarity Games ahead, and this is our main goal,” Aliyev, 25, emphasized, adding that he plans to perform well and get another medal.Head coach of Azerbaijani freestyle wrestling heroes, Firdovsi Umudov, for his part, said that all the victories of Azerbaijan at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the team devotes to memory of martyrs."By capturing five medals in six weight categories, we took the first place in team scores. I am very happy for our results, all our wrestlers were worthy of gold medals," Umudov said."In the future we will continue to do our best. All our victories we devote to the memory of martyrs, including those who died during the April clashes with Armenia," he said.In Rio, Azerbaijan for the first time took medals in canoe, kayak and taekwondo, and for the first time reached the final in boxing.Azerbaijan’s legionary boxer Lorenzo Sotomayor, who won the silver medal, regretted not winning the gold medal. “The Olympics went on great for me. I wanted to return with a gold medal, but unfortunately, due to biased officiating, couldn't get it done,” Sotomayor said.Azerbaijani female taekwondo fighter Patimat Abakarova, who won the bronze medal, said that she is very grateful for the support of Azerbaijan's Taekwondo Federation. Speaking with Trend, Abakarova, 21, recalled her performance at the Olympics.Gymnastics was another sport where Azerbaijan hoped to succeed, but could not take medals. However, Marina Durunda was able to become one of the 10 strongest gymnasts reaching the final.“To participate in the Olympic finals of the Rhythmic gymnastics is a big honor, and it requires a lot of strength and effort,” Marina told Trend.She further said that the next goal for her is to prepare for the next Olympics that will take place in 2020 in Tokyo. “We have a new Olympic cycle ahead of us, and we will train to make sure we can compete for medals in Tokyo,” she said. “We'll consider all the rule changes and will build our performances in a way to get maximum scores.”The management of the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation, as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan highly assessed the performance of Marina Durunda at the Rio Olympics, Head coach of Azerbaijani national team in rhythmic gymnastics Mariana Vasileva told Trend.“It was great that representatives of other countries also noted Marina's high performance,” Vasileva said. “We don't give up and will go forward.”Right after landing in Baku, the national athletes visited the Monument to the National Leader Heydar Aliyev, and laid flowers there.With one gold, seven silver and 10 bronze, Azerbaijan was ranked the 39th in the medal table, while the national team become the most efficient team of the Games. The country has won 0.3 medals per athlete, with its relatively small team of 56 athletes.Azerbaijan is also among the top 15 countries for the total number of gained medals in the Games, which was attended by record 206 countries, alongside with the U.S., Britain, China, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Australia and Canada.Moreover, Azerbaijan placed the 8th for the number of medals won per million inhabitants of the country. The Land of Fire earned 1.84 medals per million inhabitants of Azerbaijan.The Azerbaijani athletes left behind all CIS countries, except Russia, for the number of the secured medals. The country also won more medals than athletes from Spain, Turkey, Iran, Sweden, Denmark, Greece and others, despite the fact that they were presented in Games by more sportsmen.Thus, the number of medals secured by the national athletes is growing from Games to Games -- Atlanta - one, Sydney - three, Athens - five, Beijing - seven, London - ten and finally Rio de Janeiro - 18 medals. President Aliyev allocates funds for construction of roads in Guba http://www.today.az/news/politics/153610.html Politics Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:54:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide additional funding for the construction of Rustov-Khanagah-Gurdah, Rustov-Noydun-Shuduq, Rustov-Majkakhaja, Rustov-Baghchali-Yekdar Roads in Quba district.Under the presidential order, two million manats were allocated from the 2016 State Budget for the completion of the construction of the roads, which link 12 residential areas with the total population of 6,000 people. Volumes of oil & gas export revealed http://www.today.az/news/business/153606.html Business Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaAzerbaijan exported some 17,973 million tons of oil in the first half of 2016, which is by 1.4 percent higher than the index fixed in 2015, Interfax-Azerbaijan reported.The worth of the exported oil amounted to 4.774 billion recording a decrease of 30.5 percent. The volume of declared oil, which was exported in the first half of 2016, amounted to 10.551 million tons while its worth totaled $2.910 billion. Some 32.520 million tons of oil were exported in 2015.The country exported approximately 4 billion of cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in the first half of 2016, which is 7.8 percent lesser than the figure recorded in the same period of 2015.The total worth of exported gas totaled $706.333 million facing a decrease of 30.6 percent. The volume of gas export, formalized under simplified custom’s declaration stood at 714.4 million cubic meters while its worth amounted to $113.972 million.  The major part of oil and gas produced in Azerbaijan, accounts for ACG block of oil and gas fields and Shah Deniz gas and condensate field developed by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) jointly with foreign partners.The Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field, which lies 120km off the coast of Azerbaijan, is considered to be the largest oilfield in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The proven oil reserves of the block amounts to approximately one billion tons.Shah Deniz field, one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields located on the deep water shelf of the Caspian Sea, 70 km south-east of Baku produced about 5.4 bcm of gas and 1.3 million tons  (about 10 million barrels) of condensate in the first half of 2016, according to BP Azerbaijan. Oil prices slide on worry of crude supply glut http://www.today.az/news/baku2015/153605.html Baku-2015 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaCrude oil prices recorded another decrease on August 23, with Brent falling below $49 amid new signals of continuous excess in oil supply to the market, as well as Iraq’s intention to increase export of raw materials in the short run.Brent crude oil October futures on ICE Futures stock were trading at $48.64 per barrel, recording a decrease of 1 percent on August 23, Interfax reported. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude September futures on NYMEX stood at $46.78 per barrel, facing a decrease of 1.3 percent.The daily basket price of OPEC basket of fourteen crudes stood at $46. 04 a barrel on August 22, recording an increase of $0.78 compared to the previous index of 46.82 on August 19.The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $1.02 to stand at $50.29 on the world markets.The decrease observed in the market was triggered by a number of factors including plans of Iraq to increase oil production by 5 percent. Iraq’s oil export reached the level of 3.71 million barrels per day in July, according to International Energy agency (IEA).Moreover, investors are worried about the resumption of oil extraction in Nigeria, as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group announced a ceasefire and intent to negotiate with the Nigerian government following a months of attacks on oil fields and facilities, which resulted in the fall of oil production in the country to 20-year lows.Goldman Sachs analysts say that a 20 percent increase of prices fixed in August was excessive and not reflecting a real balance of demand and supply on the market.“While oil prices have rebounded sharply since August 1, we believe this move has not been driven by incrementally better oil fundamentals, but instead by headlines around a potential output freeze as well as a sharp weakening of the dollar (and exacerbated by a sharp reversal in net speculative positions),” Reuters reported citing Goldman Sachs.The traders also focused on the forthcoming informal meeting of OPEC members in Algeria, which is scheduled for September 26-28. OPEC members and non-OPEC members are expected to discuss the market situation, including any action that may be required to stabilize prices during the meeting, which will be held on the sidelines of International Energy Forum.Experts still doubtful about the outcome of the forthcoming meeting, saying that a likelihood of a deal “may not be high” due to disputes between OPEC members , as well as uncertainty over non-OPEC producing giant Russia’s willingness to cooperate.Nevertheless, analysts say that a proposed oil production freeze at current near-record levels is not expected to significantly influence the situation in an oversupplied market and bring supply and demand back into balance.Meanwhile, Moody’s Investors Service, a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis said that an average price of oil is expected to range from $40 to 60 per barrel.  Global oil production continued to grow in July and totaled 95.12 million barrels per day, which is 0.24 million barrels higher than the index of June, according to OPEC estimates. Moreover, oil production in OPEC countries increased by 46,400 barrels per day up to 33.11 million barrels a day in July.Global demand growth is expected to decline from 1.4 million barrels per day in 2016 to 1.2 million billion barrels in 2017, according to IEA. The forecast for 2017 was cut by 0.1 million barrels per day from last month's report, while the 2016 outlook is unchanged from the last month’s report of IEA. Member of Bundestag: Germany condemns any provocation in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict http://www.today.az/news/politics/153607.html Politics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovGermany condemns any provocation that may lead to the escalation of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Egon Juttner, member of the Bundestag.Germany and its partners must make every effort to continue the negotiation process on settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the politician told Trend.“The resolutions of the UN Security Council are unambiguous and show clearly which steps have to be taken to end this conflict. Germany supports these resolutions and so do I personally,” noted Juttner, emphasizing that for Germany the territorial integrity of a state is a non-negotiable imperative.Such conflicts turn into severe and tragic consequences for the civilian population, politician said.Germany, as a country that maintains close relations with both Azerbaijan and Armenia, would like to broaden its commitment for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, said Juttner.The MP also expressed doubt about a swift solution of the conflict, given the events of recent years.The international community must be able to prevent the escalation of the situation in the future, as it can create a real threat to stability in the region, warned Juttner.“I condemn the Armenian offensive of April. It should be obvious to everyone, who acts and thinks politically rationally, that this conflict could not be solved with weapons,” German MP noted.Germany is chairing the OSCE for the current year.Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan 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.Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Top official praises development of sports in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/sports/153603.html Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:05:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliThe development of the Azerbaijani sport is the result of all-round development of the country.Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Chairman-Executive Secretary of New Azerbaijan Party made the remark while commenting on the success of Azerbaijan’s Olympic athletes.He said that the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were successful for Azerbaijani athletes and sports fans, as the athletes climbed on the Olympic podium 18 times.“Azerbaijan was one of the 15 countries of the Olympics, which won most number of medals, and this is a significant event. Successful performance of Azerbaijani sportsmen is a clear indicator of the development of sports in the country. The development of sports, in turn, should be regarded as the result of dynamic development and all-round prosperity of the country,” the deputy prime minister said.The national heroes took 18 medals in Rio including one gold, seven silver and 10 bronze, thus setting a record in the sporting history of independent Azerbaijan. The number of medals is growing from games to games -- Atlanta - one, Sydney - three, Athens - five, Beijing - seven, London - ten and finally Rio de Janeiro - 18 medals.In Rio, Azerbaijan for the first time took medals in canoe, kayak and taekwondo, and for the first time reached the final in boxing. This year the country for the first time saw three-time Olympic medalists such as female wrestler Maria Stadnik (48kg) and male wrestler Hetag Gazyumov (97kg).Azerbaijan is the most efficient team for medals per athlete, according to the British Telegraph. So, when it comes to the size of the teams each country has taken to Rio, Azerbaijan emerges as the most efficient team. The country has won 0.3 medals per athlete, with its relatively small team of 56 athletes. U.S. assists Uzbekistan in construction of new border post http://www.today.az/news/regions/153608.html World news Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaThe U.S. Central Command has financed the construction of a new border post at the Uzbek-Tajik border area, the U.S. embassy in Uzbekistan reported.  The United States Central Command provided the funding for the project, while an Uzbek company was responsible for completing all the construction, the message reads.The joint project of the United States and Uzbekistan is expected to serve the interests of the two countries in their struggle against the influx of illegal persons and smuggling through national borders.Lesslie Viguerie, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Uzbekistan attended the opening ceremony of a new border post. The event, which was hosted by commander of the Uzbekistan Border Guards, Rustam Eminjanov showcased new facilities and capabilities of the outpost.The new frontier post, located in the Sariosiyo district in Surxondaryo region of Uzbekistan is equipped with all necessary infrastructures.  The U.S. government has completed the supply of 328 units of armored vehicles , including 308 large armored vehicles with enhanced mine protection (MRAP’s) and 20 armored recovery vehicles for the ministry of defense of Uzbekistan in August 2015.  The United States recognized the independence of Uzbekistan on December 25, 1991.  Since then, the United States and Uzbekistan have developed a broad-based relationship, cooperating in such areas as border and regional security programs, economic relations, political and civil society issues Miss Union Baku-2016 wraps up in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/153604.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe final of the first-ever "Miss Union Baku-2016" international beauty contest was held in Baku on August 20, Trend Life reported.The final of the grandiose event was attended by beauties from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.The beauty contest had an extraordinary humanitarian mission, as the project targeted to raise funds for the fight against cancer.The gala evening featured stunning catwalk in national costumes, dances, music and beautiful poetry of participating countries.Also, contestants took part in the intellectual competition that continued with catwalk in the evening dresses from designer Fakhriya Khalafova and Azerbaijani national dresses from Gulnara Khalilova.The beauty pageant ended with runway in the wedding dresses. Beauties were evaluated by the jury members, including doctor of philosophy on art criticism Gulnara Khalilova (chairman), honored art worker Gulnara Khalilova, founder of international festivals "Little Miss Universe" and "Little Miss Eurasia Maia Tavadze, Egyptian model Marian Makram, head of FMS Models Agency, Lyubov Gutorova-Poyraz, photographer and sponsor of the project Ruslan Mammadov and journalist Nariman Michailoglou.The winner of the “Miss Union Baku – 2016” became Maia Amashukeli (Georgia).The First Vice-Miss - Laman Ahmadova (Azerbaijan), the Second Vice-Miss - Emilia Dobreva (Russia), "Miss Kindness", "the Most Beautiful Face from Gulnara Khalilova`s  Fashion House"- Marina Okhrimenko (Moldova), "Miss Spectator Sympathies", "The Most Beautiful Face from Fakhriya Khalafova`s Fashion House- Veronica Krestinich (Belarus), "Miss Online" - Malika Karimova (Uzbekistan), "Miss Charm" - Gulnara Soyunova (Turkmenistan), "Miss Photogenic" - Anna Sologub (Ukraine), "Miss Charisma" - Karina Komil (Tajikistan), "Miss Ambition" - Ardana Kadenova (Kazakhstan).The contestants were awarded  with gifts from the organizers and sponsors of the project.The founders and organizers of the competition include: Gulnara Khalilova (Azerbaijan, official partner of the project, the head of the Center of National Costumes, doctor of philosophy in art history), Darya Mironova (Belarus, chief director),Maryam  Makram (UAE, media manager), Christina Zamir (Azerbaijan, project assistant, logistics manager), Farrukh Seyfullayev (Uzbekistan, manager of public relations), Anar Mammadov (Azerbaijan, the official representative of Badamdar Hotel Baku) and Narmina Mammadova (Azerbaijan , organizer assistant).General sponsor and partner of the event is Badamdar Hotel Baku.Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az and  Azernews.az. Azerbaijani servicemen join NATO`s ADAMS courses http://www.today.az/news/politics/153602.html Politics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0400 By  Azertac NATO has launched courses on “Allied Deployment and Movement System” (ADAMS) for officers of its member and partner countries.Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are also attending the courses which are held in the Italian city of Latina, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said.ADAMS is a decision support system for the assessment planning and coordination of NATO multinational force deployments. New social project on health launched http://www.today.az/news/society/153601.html Society Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe Azerbaijani start-up company Online Group has launched a social project in the field of healthcare, Project Leader Farid Farkhadov told Trend on August 23.The company has created a mobile app Doctormap, which is currently available both in Play Market and App Store. The app features an interactive map showing the locations of hospitals and doctors.Users can also get free e-cards, which may later be used for getting discounts on the treatment or examination in more than 20 hospitals of Baku and Sumgayit.The application also informs the user about what medical institution currently carries out a campaign for free diagnostics.The project is implemented with the financial support of the State Fund for Development of Information Technology under the Communications and High Technologies Ministry of Azerbaijan.The number of medical agencies featured on the app is limited as one of the main criteria of the project is selection of only highly qualified professionals.Farhadov said that by October the app will be updated with the module “Online pharmacy,” which will provide a mechanism for convenient search of medicines in an extensive database of pharmacies. Users will be able to compare the prices of necessary medicines.In general, the Azerbaijani government conducts a national strategy to turn the country into an information and communication technology (ICT) hub of the Caucasus region. The country also actively seeks to attract foreign companies to help to boost the ICT sector.The State Fund for Development of Information Technology constantly supports start-ups in the country. Gala: centuries-old museum breathing history http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/153599.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:24:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan, a marvelous land blending the European and Oriental culture, is in the list of countries which hosted the first sites of ancient people.The archaeological researches conducted on the territory of Azerbaijan and numerous materials found here enabled to include the country into regions where mankind formed.One of the interesting places in Azerbaijan in terms of historical monuments is the Absheron Peninsula, which has a unique and complex historical, architectural and urban infrastructure.Gala is an open air museum located in the eastern part of the peninsula with a history of 5,000 years.This open-air museum, which occupies an area of 1.2 hectares, provides perfect conditions for studying the history of Azerbaijan.Established here in 2008, the museum collects and restores archaeological and architectural monuments found in various parts of the Absheron Peninsula. In addition, barrows, ancient dwellings and other monuments of the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC are presented in their original form here.One may feel him/herself in the 3rd millennium BC being surrounded by 215 architectural and archaeological monuments preserving in the museum.The village keeps valuable architectural monuments from the 3rd millennium BC to the 20th century including five mosques, three baths, dwellings, kahrizes, wells, agricultural buildings, tombs, barrows, sarcophagi and the ruins of a fortress.The first studies on the territory of Gala was held in 1941, while the comprehensive study here began in the 1960s.Houses in Gala village were built close to each other, basically being two or three-roomed.Location of the village on the caravan route, availability of sewer systems and concentration of cultivated land on the outskirts of the settlement allows archaeologists to assume that Gala was actually a village of urban type.A large number of coins belonging to eras different khanates were found on the territory of Gala. Archaeological, historical and ethnographic data suggest that Gala was one of the oldest shopping centers. Transit route from Gala transported salt and agricultural products. Proof of active trading are 72 coins belonging to different Khanate found in the reserve.The local population, who were engaged in sericulture and the cultivation of tobacco, used to migrate, depending on the time of years, and to return back to Gala in fall.The numerous petroglyphs found in the area belong to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The rock paintings are diverse in themes and plots, which depict hunting scenes, human sacrifices, ritual marriages, etc.One of the most interesting monuments of ancient culture is the tambourine “gavaldash”. The secret of the extraordinary sound of the stone is that it rests on an air bag. The dry and light lime “gavaldash” touches the rock in two points, and the rest is hanging in the air. If you slightly hit it, there appears an unusual sound that does not cease for a minute.Be sure to visit Gala, as this tour will be a fascinating journey for you that will allow to feel the spirit and history of the past, and will allow deeper to learn Azerbaijani culture and its origins. Deutsche Bank raises target price of Petkim’s shares http://www.today.az/news/business/153598.html Business Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaDeutsche Bank, German global banking and financial services company has increased target price of the Turkish petrochemical complex, where Azerbaijan's state energy giant SOCAR holds control packet of shares, Borsa Haber reported.  The price of one asset of Petkim was increased from 4.2 Turlish lira to 4.6 Turlish lira ($ 1.43 –$1.56). Earlier, JP Morgan also increased target price of the shares of Petkim from 4 Turlish lira to 4,50 Turkish lira ($ 1.36 – $1.53 ).Meanwhile market value of the holding is currently estimated at $2.2 billion.Assets of the company in June 2016 stood at $1.69 billion compared to $1.85 in 2015.  Gross profit of the company amounted to $161.436 million compared to $98.404 million in the first half of 2015, while an income from the principal activity totaled $141.99 million.Petkim is engaged in production of plastic packages, fabrics, detergents, and is considered to be the sole Turkish manufacturer of such products, a quarter of which is exported. The holding produces approximately 60 various types of products and delivers its products to over 50 countries.The complex includes 14 plants which produce 20 various types of products. The annual production capacity of Petkim is 3.6 million tons.The shareholders of the company are SOCAR Turkey Petrokimya A.S. - 51 percent, SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. - 5.3216 percent, while 43.6784 percent of shares are in free float on the stock exchange.SOCAR began its activity in Turkey after privatization of Petkim Holding in 2008 and has been operating under brand name of SOCAR Turkey. The company was acquired by SOCAR as a result of a tender of privatization. Azerbaijan, EU resuming talks within existing co-op mechanism http://www.today.az/news/politics/153600.html Politics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan and the European Union are resuming negotiations within the framework of the existing mechanism of cooperation.Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev announced about this in an interview with Trend on August 22.  Subcommittees will start work in September, said Mammad-Guliyev adding that during the autumn, it is planned to hold sessions of four subcommittees, operating in the spheres of trade, energy and transportation, ecology, security and human rights, education and other social issues.He noted that these consultations will be held regardless of the terms of mandate of the EU Council to start negotiations on a new agreement on strategic partnership.“It is expected that the mandate will be given to Azerbaijan closer to October, but it is still preliminary date,” said the deputy minister.Azerbaijan put forward the initiative to conclude an agreement with the EU on strategicmodernization partnership instead of the Association Agreement (AA). This document is not legal; this is a program, an action plan, aimed at expanding cooperation with the EU beyond energy. The agreement will define new directions of partnership, such as education and other spheres.Currently, bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are regulated on the basis of an agreement on partnership and cooperation that was signed in 1996 and entered into force in 1999.The new agreement envisages the approach of Azerbaijan’s legislation and procedures to the most important international trade norms and EU standards, which should lead to an improvement in the access of Azerbaijani goods to EU markets.The EU is Azerbaijan’s main trade partner. The share of European countries in Azerbaijan’s foreign trade was 46.96 percent in 2015, according to the country’s State Customs Committee. Currently, the EU countries account for 31.92 and 59.1 percent of Azerbaijan’s import and export, respectively. WTO-AzerbaijanMammad-Guliyev further added that the next round of discussions on Azerbaijan’s joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held no earlier than the end of the first half of 2017.“By late August, we expect to receive the questions of WTO member states voiced during the talks in the third decade of July 2016 in Geneva from the WTO working party, while some countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ecuador have already submitted their proposals,” said Mammad-Guliyev.He noted that the proposals are mainly related to the reduction in tariffs, the liberalization in the service sector and others.Azerbaijan started negotiations with Russia and Saudi Arabia within the WTO in summer. They expressed interest in receiving the initial negotiating rights, if Azerbaijan changes tariffs on some commodity positions, in order to be the first to negotiate on this issue.“We need time for the next negotiation process’ preparation, thus, I think that the meeting with the WTO working party will be held no earlier than the first half of 2017,” explained the deputy foreign minister.During the latest meeting, the chair of working party on Azerbaijan’s access to the WTO Walter Werner urged Azerbaijan and WTO members to “accelerate” the pace of negotiations. He also called on the WTO members to intensify bilateral negotiations with Azerbaijan.This was the first meeting in 2016. The previous meeting was held in March 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.Azerbaijan has had an observer status at the WTO since 1997. The country began negotiations with WTO member states in 2004. Currently, the country negotiates with 19 countries.As of today, Azerbaijan has completed the negotiations and has signed protocols with Turkey, Oman, the UAE, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. The country is at the stage of signing protocols with China and Moldova. Azerbaijan’s referendum voting to extend abroad http://www.today.az/news/politics/153597.html Politics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaPreparations for the forthcoming constitutional referendum, which is scheduled for September 26, are currently underway in Azerbaijan.Spokesperson for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend that polling stations will be created in diplomatic representations, located in some 40 countries to ensure participation of the country’s citizens (residing abroad or sent on an assignment trip) in the referendum.Under the Article 35.6 of Azerbaijan’s Electoral Code, polling stations are created 30 days before the voting day in countries, where the number of voters who are on the consular register, exceeds 50.Such polling stations may only be created during referendums and presidential elections.The Foreign Ministry has already submitted all necessary information including the list of diplomatic representations and consulates as well as the number of citizens in each polling district to the Central Election Committee (CEC).   Hajiyev added that all necessary measures are currently being taken to provide glass boxes, bulletin, ink and other materials required for voting.Meanwhile, the venues of meetings, which will be held in the lead-up to the nationwide vote, have been defined in accordance with the law “On Freedom of Meeting”.Some 128 open and 128 closed venues will be created in 117 election stations. The list of venues is available on http://azertag.az/store/files/REFERENDUM-SERBEST%20TOPLASHMAQ-ACIQ%20VE%20QAPALI%20YERLER.pdf.The CEC has already approved planned schedule of its activities and events connected with the referendum. Expert panel as well as working group under the CEC will be established to investigate complaints connected with the violation of electoral rights.Agitation campaign will be launched 23 days prior to the voting day (September 3) and will be completed 24 hours before the start of the referendum (September 25).In a bill recently sent to the Constitutional Court, President Ilham Aliyev proposed  amendments to 29 Articles of Azerbaijan’s current constitution. The changes envisage extension of the presidential term from five to seven years, establishment of the first vice-president and vice-president positions in the country as well as abolishment of minimum age limit for presidential candidates, dissolution of parliament by the president. The Constitutional Court gave the go ahead for the proposed changes on July 27.The last time changes to the Constitution were made seven years ago, following Constitutional referendum held in 2009. Chess buses launched in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/153596.html Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsPreparations for the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku are powering ahead.In addition to preparations for the event proper, the Operating Committee of the Olympiad is taking important steps to promote chess.One of such steps has been the launch of chess buses. The Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee has branded two buses of the Culture and Tourism Ministry in the run-up to the Olympiad and put them into operation in the capital.The double-deck buses will take passengers to the best sights of Baku and promote chess. The buses will operate free of charge. Those on the bus will have the chance to play chess and obtain information about the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku.Attending the launch ceremony of chess buses were the director of the Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee, Mahir Mammadov, leading members of the national team, and volunteers. Members of the national team played chess on the bus.Then the chess buses started their first journey. The chess buses will operate until September 14. Film about history of Chess Olympiad presented in Baku [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/sports/153594.html Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:26:00 +0400 Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee implemented a wide range of events in several schools for students ahead of the 42nd Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku.Within the framework of the project, students got acquainted with the history and important facts of Olympiads. They also familiarized themselves with the short film dedicated to the 42nd World Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku.Students were informed about the development and successes of Azerbaijani chess.With 2,000 chess masters from 180 counties, FIDE’s biennial chess tournament, will gather teams from all over the world to compete for the best title.The opening ceremony of the Olympiad will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena, while charming Crystal Hall, once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, will host the games.The Olympiad, scheduled for September 1-14, will take place in the Crystal Hall, once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. U.S. delegation arrives in Ankara to mull extradition of Gulen http://www.today.az/news/regions/153591.html World news Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Gunay HasanovaDelegation of the U.S. Department of Justice, which will consider the question of extradition of Fethullah Gulen, accused of organizing a military coup in Turkey, arrived in Ankara, wrote the newspaper Milliyet on August 22.Technical delegation consisting of experts of U.S. Department of Justice will hold meetings with the Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs of Turkey to study the evidence regarding the involvement of Gulen in the failed coup attempt.Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that this issue will be discussed during the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Turkey on August 24.Gulen is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the “parallel state”.Moreover, it was reported that supporters of the Gulen movement, who is involved in the military coup attempt, got into a number of public structures in Turkey.In turn, the Istanbul court ordered the arrest of Gulen.The July 15 coup attempt occurred when rogue elements in the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country's democratically elected government.Turkey's government has repeatedly said the deadly plot, which martyred at least 246 people and injured more than 2,000 others, was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.The General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces has said that 8,651 servicemen of the armed forces participated in the military coup attempt in the country. The rebels used 35 planes, 37 helicopters, 246 tanks and three vessels during the military coup attempt in Turkey.Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20. Gymnast Marina Durunda deserves bronze, Youth and Sport Minister http://www.today.az/news/sports/153593.html Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliThe successful performance of Azerbaijani athletes in the Rio Olympics not just pleased their fans, but also went down into the history of the national sport.The Azerbaijani team of 56 athletes secured eighteen medals including one gold, seven silver and 10 bronze in taekwondo, wrestling, canoe, kayak, box, judo.Youth and Sport Minister Azad Rahimov, commenting on results of the national athletes, said that mistakes were made while judging in some cases.The minister noted that national wrestler Toghrul Asgarov was fully ready for the Olympics. “He was seriously injured during the final duel with the Russian athlete Soslan Ramonov. As a result, he conceded with a score of 0:11,” said Rahimov.Speaking about the performance of gymnast Marina Durunda, the minister also complained about the unfair decision of some judges.“President of Federations, the National Olympic Committees of other countries have told me that Marina performed very well, and deserves, if not even a gold medal, but bronze,” he stressed.The Minister also touched the issue of Azerbaijanis, who competed for other countries, such as weightlifter Nijat Rahimov (77kg), who represented Kazakhstan bringing this country gold and set a record lifting 214 kg.“We live in a globalized world, where many people are leaving their homeland to live in other countries. For example, one of the contestants of Togrul Asgarov, represented Italy, despite being Cuban. A number of countries drew fighters from Dagestan and etc... Our athlete represented Kazakhstan and won the gold medal for this country, and Ramil Guliyev represented Turkey. There is nothing reprehensible in this. But our main goal is education of young, talented Azerbaijani athletes and attract them in the national team,” he said.The minister also noted that they support legionaries, who live, train, and win medals for Azerbaijan, and do not make the difference between them and the Azerbaijani athletes.Azerbaijan won 18 Olympic medals, ranking the 39th in the medal table, while the national team become the most efficient team of the Games. The country has won 0.3 medals per athlete, with its relatively small team of 56 athletes.Azerbaijan is also among the top 15 countries for the total number of gained medals in the Games, which was attended by record 206 countries, alongside with the U.S., Britain, China, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Australia and Canada.Moreover, Azerbaijan placed the 8th for the number of medals won per million inhabitants of the country. The Land of Fire earned 1.84 medals per million inhabitants of Azerbaijan. 23 years without Fuzuli, Jabrayil http://www.today.az/news/politics/153590.html Politics Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAugust 23 marks the 23rd occupation anniversary of Azerbaijan's ancient and beautiful Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions by the Armenian invasion troops.The enemy forces occupied the whole Jabrayil and over 90 percent (1,256 sq. km. or 50 villages) of Fuzuli region, leaving more than 116,000 inhabitants displaced.Starting 1988, when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan, Fuzuli was subjected to constant attacks by Armenian militaries. As a result of the occupation, more than 1,100 inhabitants of Fuzuli were martyred, 113 people were taken hostage and 1,450 people were left disabled.The Fuzuli region had a population of approximately 105,000 people. The region covers a territory from the south eastern slopes of the Karabakh Mountain range to the Araz River. It borders the Azerbaijani regions of Khojavand, Jabrayil, Agjabadi, Beylagan and Iran along the Araz River.After invading Azerbaijan's territories, Armenia has been pursuing the campaign of ruining cultural and historical monuments of Azerbaijani people. The ancient historical monuments of world importance were left under occupation in Fuzuli and many of them were destructed.The most famous of these monuments is the Azykh Cave, known as a living site of stone-age man. A Neanderthal-style jaw bone found in 1968 is thought to be over 300,000 years old and thus one of the oldest proto-human remains found in this part of the world.  Archaeological samples found in Azykh Paleolithic camp, were shown at the Paris Museum’s exhibition "The first inhabitants of Europe."Now Azikh cave and Taghlar caves are under Armenian occupation. The fate of both caves, as well as other ancient monuments is unknown.Fuzuli also had unusual flora and fauna, mineral springs and was also famous for its forests, which accommodated precious woods. After the occupation of the region, Armenians ruthlessly cut down trees, destroying the nature and plundering the natural wealth.The Jabrayil region, located in the south and the south-eastern part, had a population of over 60,000. Before the occupation, viticulture, livestock sector and cereals cultivation played a main role in the economy of the region.As a result of the seizure of the Jabrayil region, whose territory spans 1,050 sq.km, 72 secondary school buildings, eight hospitals, five mosques, two museums, 129 historical monuments and 149 cultural centers were left under occupation.More than 350 people were killed, 177 people became disabled and 91 were captured and went missing during the war against Armenian aggressors.Today, only one - Jojuglu Marjanli village of Jabrayil's 90 villages is under control of Azerbaijani Armed Forces.Prior to the occupation, many historical and archaeological monuments as well as masterpieces of architecture (such as ancient living mansions; burial mounds; mosques; hammams; round and octahedral turbehs, the Khudaferin bridge etc) existed in the territory of the region.Jabrayil has suffered $ 14 million damage. Some 61,100 IDPs from the Jabrayil region settled in more than 2,000 settlements in 58 regions of the country.Occupation of these two regions produced the next largest refugee crisis after exodus of Lachin, Kelbajar and Agdam.Today, with a population of over 9.6 million, Azerbaijan is among the countries carrying the highest IDP caseload in the world in per capita terms.Due to the ethnic cleansing policy carried out by Armenia and the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan, the number of refugees and internally displaced persons hit more than 1.2 million.Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory. Despite the official ceasefire back in 1994, each year the conflict becomes a cause of the deaths of dozens of civilians and military.The latest outbreak of violence on the contact proved that it is impossible to resolve the conflict by keeping a status quo. Cabinet approves use of frozen assets http://www.today.az/news/business/153592.html Business Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:11:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan approved the procedure of ensuring the use of frozen assets of individuals and legal persons to meet the requirements in the necessary and emergency expenses.The text of the decision was published in official press on August 23.The document states that the State Security Service of Azerbaijan provides permission to use the frozen assets.Thus, assets can be unfrozen for the purpose of payment of taxes and duties, insurance payments (excluding life insurance), utility costs, financial services, protection of interests of individuals and legal entities.Individuals will also be able to use frozen assets to pay mortgages, rent, and membership fees in connection with professional activity, the necessary costs of food, medical services and purchase of medicines. Permission to use the frozen assets is available for seven days.The request to the State Security Service to obtain permission for the use of the frozen assets by individuals and legal entities should be justified in writing.In addition, the Service may authorize the use of these funds in other cases unintended by the document.Access to frozen assets is available only after complete removal of the risk that these funds may be used to finance terrorism.In case if the funds in the frozen accounts are not enough to pay for necessary or unforeseen expenses, the State Security Service can authorize the use of the following assets: payments or interest on frozen accounts, payments on previously signed contracts and any other payments in favor of persons whose assets are frozen.Natural and legal persons can appeal against the decision of the State Security Service in an administrative or judicial procedure. 2 PKK terrorists killed in eastern Turkey http://www.today.az/news/regions/153589.html World news Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0400 By  TrendTwo PKK terrorists were killed Monday by security forces in the eastern province of Tunceli, a security source told Anadolu Agency.Police special operations team shot and killed the terrorists in the Ovacik district, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. local time (1845GMT), Tunceli governor's office said in a statement.“A large group of terrorists who were trying to infiltrate into Ovacik district was noticed by security forces, the region was targeted with intense gunfire, two terrorists were shot dead and others escaped,” the statement said. Program of Biden’s visit to Turkey made public http://www.today.az/news/regions/153588.html World news Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:46:00 +0400 By  TrendThe program of the US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey has been made public, Haberturk newspaper reported on  August 23.Biden is expected to visit Turkey on August 24.The vice president will have his first meeting with the Speaker of the Turkish parliament Ismail Kahraman and then he will meet with the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.It was also reported that after the meeting with the prime minister, Biden is expected to have a meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, will be the main topic of discussions during the meetings, according to the newspaper.Previously, Turkish authorities sent two requests to the US for extradition of Fethullah Gulen.An Istanbul court ordered on Aug. 4 to arrest Fethullah Gulen.On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded.Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20. Kazakhstan detains 4 people who planned terror attacks http://www.today.az/news/regions/153587.html World news Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:13:00 +0400 By  TrendDuring a special operation, employees of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (NSC) detained a radical group’s four members, who planned to commit a series of terrorist attacks in the country, TASS reported Aug. 22 citing the committee’s press service.The detainees were planning armed attacks on employees and bases of NSC and police units, as well as military units, according to the report. During the next stage, the extremists were preparing attacks in crowded places, according to special services.Operational and investigative activities are continuing, added the press service of the NSC.