Azerbaijan State News Agency Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:21:54 +0500 Azerbaijan State News Agency Azerbaijan`s Defence Minister visits Russia Azerbaijan`s Minister of Defence, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov has left for Moscow, Russia to attend the opening ceremony of First International Army Games. Mr. Hasanov, as part of the visit, will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu POLITICS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:48:00 +0500 Standard & Poors approves credit rating for Azerbaijan Standard & Poors credit rating for Azerbaijan stood at BBB-. Fitchs credit rating for Azerbaijan is BBB-. "The Euro decreased to 1.10 US dollars in July from 1.11 in June of 2015. The euro was only introduced as a currency on the first of ECONOMY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:43:00 +0500 Korean Film Festival underway in Agdash Korean Film Festival organized by Azerbaijan Culture Foundation, SEBA (Seoul-Baku), Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association, Korea Fund and supported by Korean Embassy in Azerbaijan opened in Agdash. Participants of the Festival laid flowers at a monument to the national leader Heydar Aliyev in Agdash REGIONS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:44:00 +0500 Rendezvous with Andrei Gavrilov held as part of 7th Gabala International Music Festival Well-known pianist Andrei Gavrilov has performed grandiose show within the 7th Gabala International Music Festival. The concert aroused keen interest among the audience. Gavrilov is described by many reviewers as "one of the world's CULTURE Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:19:00 +0500 Children of "Drujba" Kindergarten in Astrakhan receive presents from Heydar Aliyev Foundation Children of the "Drujba" Kindergarten under School No.11 after Heydar Aliyev in Astrakhan, kids from big families received presents from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation supported by the Ministry of International SOCIETY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:14:00 +0500 American, British, Russian and Ukrainian musicians steal the show at Gabala International Music Festival A concert of famous Azerbaijani, American, British, Russian and Ukrainian violinists, cellists and pianists has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Congress Center as part of the 7th International Music Festival in Gabala. The concert featured Artistic Director of the National CULTURE Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:56:00 +0500 47th International Chemistry Olympiad endsNargiz Pashayeva: Without scientific potential natural, national resources can never be converted into national achievements The 47th International Chemistry Olympiad, organized by Baku branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University, wrapped up in Baku. The event was attended by nearly 300 delegates from 75 countries, including more than 250 scientists, chemical experts, observers, team leaders SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:44:00 +0500 Aleksey Miltykh: Gabala festival contributes to intercultural dialogue through music “The Gabala International Music Festival was excellently organized. I am happy that I have participated in this musical event for several years. Spectators here are admiring the Azerbaijani culture and music, listening to classical works in a live performance by world-famous musicians,” famous cellist CULTURE Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:37:00 +0500 Moscow Vitrtuosi chamber orchestra gives concert in Gabala The seventh international music festival is underway in Gabalaş The sixth day of the festival featured the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra led by famous conductor Paul Mayer. The concert also featured Novaya Rossiya State Symphonic Orchestra and Artistic Director CULTURE Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:57:00 +0500 Spanish museum opens exposition for the blind Spain's famous Prado Museum, located in Madrid, launched its first exhibition for the blind, where famous artwork is being displayed in three dimensions, according to Pangea Today. The museum recreated works by Da Vinci, Valazquez, Goya, el Greco, and more, in the form of paint WORLD Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:04:00 +0500 Turkish Stream project comes to halt, Turkish media Ankara has reportedly suspended the Turkish Stream project because of a lack of progress in negotiations, according to the Turkish media. Russia has recently submitted a draft project of the first line of the Turkish Stream to the Turkish government. ECONOMY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:19:00 +0500 Armenians violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 91 times throughout the day The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 91 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said POLITICS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:49:00 +0500 China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south, according to Reuters WORLD Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:48:00 +0500 FK Qabala draw 1-1 with Apollon Limassol in Europa League 3rd qualifying round opener Azerbaijani FK Qabala have been held to a 1-1 draw by Apollon Limassol of Cyprus in the first game of the UEFA Europa League qualifier as they clashed in Larnaka. Georgios Kolokoudias scored the hosts` opener in the SPORTS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:41:00 +0500 Oil price on world markets The price of oil fell again in the world markets. On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil decreased $0.58 to stand at ECONOMY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:26:00 +0500 Nokia enters VR production market with Ozo camera rig When Nokia bowed out of the mobile phone market it once dominated, it said it would focus on maps, network infrastructure and "advanced technologies". Now we know what that third category includes: the Ozo, a professional camera rig to create 360-degree video and audio for virtual reality headsets. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:25:00 +0500 Morocco's Throne Day marked in Baku The embassy of Morocco to Azerbaijan arranged an official reception to mark the country`s national holiday – Throne Day here. Ambassador of Morocco to Azerbaijan Hassan Hami spoke of his country's path of development, noting the country has gained political and POLITICS Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:10:00 +0500 Moldova's parliament endorses cabinet of PM Valeriu Strelet Moldova's parliament has endorsed by a tiny margin of one vote the cabinet led by Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet and its programme of action, according to TASS. As many as 51 of the total 101 deputies voted for it. WORLD Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:59:00 +0500 Azerbaijani judo wrestler claims gold at Tbilisi Olympic Festival Hasil Jafarov has increased Azerbaijan`s medal tally at Tbilisi-2015 Olympic Festival to five after shining in the men`s 73kg judo event. Azerbaijani now ranks 13th in the overall table, with its medal count featuring two golds SPORTS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:54:00 +0500 Azerbaijani warships arrive in Russia for International Army Games Azerbaijani Navy ships have moored in Russia to compete in the International Army Games 2015 to be held in an isolated part of the Caspian Sea. The competitions will be held in 14 sets of maneuvers and 10 ranges in various parts of Russia. POLITICS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:45:00 +0500 Azerbaijani scientist attends international symposium in Turkey Secretary at the Institute of Folklore of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Fidan Gasimova has participated in an international symposium in Antalya, Turkey. She gave a paper at the event which brought together more than 150 scientists from Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:40:00 +0500 Scientists control mouse brain by remote control Scientists have successfully altered the neural networks of laboratory mice using a wireless controller; allowing them to study the effects of neural stimulation without invasive procedures and without test subjects tethered by wires, according to Reuters. The tiny implant, smaller than the width of a human hair WORLD Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:35:00 +0500 Altkirch Mayor criticizes smear campaign carried out against Azerbaijan ahead of European Games Mayor of the French town of Altkirch, Jean-Luc Reitzer, has criticized a smear campaign carried out against Azerbaijan ahead of the first European Games in Baku. In his article published by French "Le Trombinoscope" magazine, French MP, vice-president of the France-Azerbaijan Friendship POLITICS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:30:00 +0500 Artistic Director of Hermitage Ensemble: This music festival will bring international attention to Gabala “A beautiful venue, nice people and brilliant music have created a joyful atmosphere at the international music festival in Gabala. I am very pleased to be involved in this event again,” ,” outstanding Russian pianist, Artistic Director the Hermitage Ensemble Aleksandr Gindin CULTURE Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:19:00 +0500 FC Qabala manager: "We will do our utmost to book a play-off spot "We have already passed a long route. Both teams qualified two rounds and both want to be in the play-off stage,” FC Qabala coach Roman Grigorchuk has told a press conference ahead of his team`s encounter against Cyprus` Apollon in the UEFA Europa League qualifier SPORTS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:04:00 +0500 South Korea's Chung running for FIFA president Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian football, said on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body, according to Reuters SPORTS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:54:00 +0500 Russian Energy Minister: Turkish stream construction could be delayed Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said there was a risk construction of an underwater pipeline to Turkey could be delayed if a related intergovernmental agreement was not signed soon, according to Interfax news agency ECONOMY Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:04:00 +0500 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Virtual reality the next big thing Thought video was huge for Facebook? The get ready for virtual reality: That was one of the messages Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave investors during the company's Q2 2015 earnings call, according to Variety Today. "Immersive 3D content is the WORLD Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0500 Ukrainian tennis players fail to qualify for last 8 Romanian Maria Tig defeated Ukrainian Olga Savchuk 7-5, 6-4 while Russian Evgeniya Rodina eliminated another Ukrainian Oleksandra Korashvili. Belgian Christen Flipkens and Russian Vitaliya Dyachenko will determine the next qualifier SPORTS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:59:00 +0500 Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry comments on the statement of U.S. Department of State regarding Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commented on the statement of the U.S. Department of State regarding Azerbaijan. Hajiyev said that the "deep concern" of the U.S. Department of State, that is turning a blind POLITICS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:59:00 +0500 Azerbaijani U-17 women footballers beat Latvia at UEFA development tournament Azerbaijan's Under-17 women's national football team have defeated Latvia 3-0 in the second game of the UEFA development tournament in Chisinau. Azerbaijan`s goals came from Firangiz Teymurova (2) and Rovshane Serdarli. SPORTS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:14:00 +0500 American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil An American dentist has been revealed as the man who killed the most famous lion in Zimbab¬we — and now, the hunt is on for him , according to New York Post. Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old cavity-filler from Minnesota WORLD Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:09:00 +0500 Armenians violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 84 times throughout the day The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 84 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said POLITICS Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0500 Greek government to resume talks with SOCAR on the sale of control packet of shares of DESFA Next week, the Greek government will resume talks with Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR on the sale of a controlling interest in Greece's gas transmission system operator DESFA, the productive reconstruction, environment and energy minister of Greece, Panos ECONOMY Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:21:00 +0500 Florida family unearths gold coins worth over $1M from 1715 shipwreck A Florida man has uncovered gold artifacts worth over $1 million from the wreckage of a Spanish fleet that sank in a storm off the Florida coast three centuries ago. The find by Eric Schmitt was announced late Monday by a salvage company WORLD Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:54:00 +0500 Azerbaijan to produce "Euro-5" gasoline in 2018 State OIl Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) will carry out the production of Ai-92 and Ai-95 gasoline in accordance with environmental standards of "Euro-5" from 2018., the Baku Oil Refinery general engineer Nail Amirov said. "According to the established program, Ai- 92 and Ai-95 gasoline will be processed in standards of "Euro-5", he stressed ECONOMY Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:40:00 +0500 Michel Platini announces he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president Michel Platini has announced he will run to replace Sepp Blatter as the Fifa president in next February's election. According to the Guardian, Platini, the Uefa president, held talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg last weekend and is now SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:40:00 +0500 BBC: Qarabag carry qualifying danger for Celtic The BBC has published an article focusing on Celtic vs Qarabag match to be held tonight. The article says: "Long-serving Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov had as taut an evening as he will have had on that stage. The back-to-back Azerbaijan champions, like Celtic, who are their Champions League SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:29:00 +0500 FM Mammadyarov meets outgoing Belarus Ambassador Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has met Ambassador of Belarus Nikolai Patskevitch who is completing his mission in the country. They applauded the role of the leaders of the two countries in developing the relations between Azerbaijan and Belarus POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:15:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s Safarov and Orujov top International Judo Federation rankings Azerbaijani judo fighters remain at the top of the International Judo Federation's rankings. Orkhan Safarov and Rustam Orujov rank first in the 60kg and 73kg weight categories respectively SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:56:00 +0500 UEFA officials inspect preparedness of Baku Olympic Stadium A delegation of UEFA visited the Olympic Stadium in Baku which will host an Azerbaijan vs Italy match in the Euro-2016 qualifying round on October 10. UEFA officials toured the stadium and inspected the preparations for the match. SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:51:00 +0500 French farmers block border roads in price protest French farmers are stopping lorries importing farm produce from Germany and Spain, in a border protest over what they call unfair price competition, according to AFP. Farmers parked tractors to block several roads near the borders late on Sunday WORLD Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:50:00 +0500 FC Qabala visit Cyprus for Apollon match FC Qabala arrived in Cyprus for the match against Apollon in the 3rd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. The team will hold the training before the match to be held on July 30. SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:45:00 +0500 Azerbaijani Ambassador meets Zimbabwean parliament speaker Azerbaijani Ambassador to South Africa with concurrent accreditation to Zimbabwe Elkhan Polukhov has met speaker of the parliament of Zimbabwe Jacob Francis Mudenda as part of his official visit to the country. POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:44:00 +0500 Azerbaijani MF meets outgoing Israeli Ambassador Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has met Ambassador of Israel Rafael Harpaz who is completing his diplomatic tenure. The two hailed Azerbaijani-Israeli cooperation. POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:36:00 +0500 July 29 marks International Tiger Day July 29 marks International Tiger Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The Day was set up at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. Tigers may be one of the most admired animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. The world WORLD Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:29:00 +0500 Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: Germany and Azerbaijan maintain strong relations Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, has been interviewed by Azerbaijan's state television channel. AZERTAC presents the interview. POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:24:00 +0500 Azerbaijan, Georgia discuss expansion of relations in the field of religion Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli has met a Georgian delegation led by head of the foreign department of the Georgian Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Georgian Orthodox Church Gerasim Sharashenidze SOCIETY Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:06:00 +0500 His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco Your Majesty, Dear Brother, On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and through you to all your people on the occasion of the OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:37:00 +0500 First child double hand transplant announced in US An eight-year-old American has become the world`s youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia announced, according to The Telegraph. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native SOCIETY Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:10:00 +0500 YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Architectural Association School of Architecture to hold workshop in Azerbaijan YARAT Contemporary Art Space is announcing that one of the world’s most prominent schools of architecture will hold one of their famous visiting schools in Baku (Azerbaijan) in the period from 25th August to 4th September 2015. AA Baku School is a great opportunity for talented people to learn, demonstrate their innovative ideas and engage CULTURE Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0500 Azerbaijan to be honoured in Colmar The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Colmar, will be organising a series of cultural events in Colmar, France, from 7–12 September. On 7 September, the quartet led by Emil Afrasiyab, a major artist and one of the leading exponents amongst the younger generation CULTURE Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:45:00 +0500 Gara Garayev State Chamber Orchestra performs at Gabala festival The State Chamber Orchestra of Azerbaijan after Gara Garayev has performed at the 7th Gabala International Music Festival. Conducted by artistic director and chief conductor of the State Youth Symphony Orchestra CULTURE Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:35:00 +0500 Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters claim 3 medals at Korea Open Azerbaijani taekwondo fighters have grabbed three medals at the Korea Open international tournament. Winner of the Baku 2015 European Games Milad Beigi Karcegani took gold in the 80kg weight category SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:55:00 +0500 Azerbaijan, France discuss military relations Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met French Ambassador Pascal Meunier. The two discussed the military-political situation in the region and prospects for developing relations in the military field POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:48:00 +0500 Lokomotiv Baku sign Italian Francois Salvani as new boss Lokomotiv Baku women`s volleyball club have signed former manager of the Algerian national team, Italian Francois Salvani SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:43:00 +0500 Azerbaijan armed forces shot down another Armenian drone Azerbaijan armed forces have shot down another drone belonging to the armed forces of Armenia, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said. “DJI Inspire1 (Quadcopter) type drone (UAV) was shot down while attempting to fly over the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces in POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:37:00 +0500 Gunmen kill police officer guarding Niger embassy in Cairo A police officer guarding the embassy of Niger in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, has been shot dead by two unknown gunmen, according to Press TV. Two more officers sustained injuries after the armed men in a vehicle opened fire outside Niger's embassy WORLD Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:31:00 +0500 Armenians violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 88 times throughout the day The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 88 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry said. The ceasefire was violated in Talish village POLITICS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:16:00 +0500 Russian tennis player into next round of Baku Cup-2015 Russian tennis player Vitalia Diachenko has progressed to the second round of the Baku Cup 2015. Diachenko beat Uzbek Nigina Abduraimova to see the next round where she will face the winner of Cagla Buyukakchay-Christen Flipkens duel SPORTS Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:14:00 +0500