AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency Consul General: No Azerbaijanis were killed or injured in Batumi blast “There are no Azerbaijanis among those who were killed or injured in a blast in Batumi,” said Azerbaijan`s Consul General in Batumi, Georgia, Rashad Ismayilov. As a result of a powerful explosion at a liquid gas filling station in Batumi four surrounding houses burned and several others Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:13:00 +0500 Two killed in stabbing in Turku, Finland Two people have been killed by an unidentified knifeman who stabbed several passers-by in Finland’s city of Turku on Friday, a Finnish police official said at a press conference, TASS reports. "Eight people have been wounded and two of them have died," he said Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:00 +0500 Vyshny Volochyok, Russia holds events commemorating Muslim Magomayev The city of Vyshny Volochyok, Tver province, Russia has inaugurated a street and unveiled a bas-relief commemorating Muslim Magomayev on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the late singer`s birth. Addressing the ceremony, Aleksandr Borisov, mayor of the city, said that both Azerbaijan Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:48:00 +0500 Craig Turpie: I am proud to be elected chairperson of World Scout Committee exactly in Baku Craig Turpie from the United Kingdom has been elected as the chairperson of the World Scout Comittee 2017-2020. The announcement was made on the last day of the 41st World Scout Conference 2017 which was held in Baku Congress Center. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:30:00 +0500 Sumgayit to host international kickboxing tournament An international kickboxing tournament commemorating Azerbaijan`s national leader Heydar Aliyev will be held in Sumgayit. The tournament will bring together 20 kickboxers from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Pakistan Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:29:00 +0500 Germany WRC: Mikkelsen leads after Friday morning loop Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Germany for Citroen on just his third appearance with the team, according to Mikkelsen, who began the 2017 season without a World Rally Car drive after Volkswagen's exit, established himself in second through Friday morning's early Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:46:00 +0500 Azerbaijani President extends Independence Day greetings to Afghan counterpart President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent a letter of congratulations to President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as his country celebrates Independence Day. “On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:18:00 +0500 Azerbaijan, State of Bolivia sign agreement Azerbaijan and the Plurinational State of Bolivia have signed an Agreement on the exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports as Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov met with his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0500 His Excellency Mr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dear Mr President, On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my sincere congratulations to you and your people on the occasion of the national holiday of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Independence Day Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:48:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s Prime Minister meets Foreign Minister of Bolivia Azerbaijan`s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has met Foreign Minister of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani. The sides expressed confidence that this visit would contribute to development of political-economic and cultural ties between Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:40:00 +0500 Former state and governmental officials to join Global Young Leaders Forum About 50 young leaders and researchers from around the world will join the Global Young Leaders Forum to be held in Baku. The Global Young Leaders Forum is a new platform connecting young leaders with former and current heads of states and exploring many criteria of leadership Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:03:00 +0500 Saudi Arabian weightlifters to embark on training camp in Azerbaijan Saudi Arabian weightlifters will be on a training camp in Azerbaijan from August 21 to September 16. The Saudi Arabian squad includes 16 athletes Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:55:00 +0500 Azerbaijani shooter climbs in ISSF ranking The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has released its latest world ranking, in which Azerbaijani shooter Ruslan Lunev jumped up a spot to rank 10th in the25m discipline. He also climbed a spot to rank 28th in the men’s 10m event Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:27:00 +0500 Korean scout: Baku conference features creative ideas “Baku conference of the world scouts has featured unique and creative ideas. This conference has opened a new page in my life,” said Korean scout Eun Ha Lee who attended the 41st World Scout Conference in the Azerbaijani capital. “I have essentially expanded my knowledge about scouting in Baku.” Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:48:00 +0500 Bolivian FM pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani martyrs Foreign Minister of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:54:00 +0500 Azerbaijan resolutely condemns bloody terror attacks in Barcelona Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning the terror acts committed in the city of Barcelona, Spain. The statement says: "Azerbaijan resolutely condemns the terror attacks committed in the Spanish city of Barcelona. We extend our deep condolences to the families Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:27:00 +0500 No Azerbaijani nationals among Barcelona terror attack victims No Azerbaijani nationals have been identified among victims of the Barcelona terror attack, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said. Mr. Hajiyev noted the Azerbaijani Embassy is in contact with the relevant Spanish authorities Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:29:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s artist to present his works in Germany Azerbaijan`s Honorary Artist Ashraf Heybatov will present his works in Berlin, Germany. Being one of the eminent art photo masters in Azerbaijan, Ashraf is in constant search for synthesis of East and West traditions, of national originality Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:16:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 112 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 112 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:00 +0500 Azeri Light oil price falls on world markets The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0.11 to trade at $52.88 on the world markets. On NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil decreased $0.02 to stand at $47.07. Price of the Brent crude oil at the London ICE Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:59:00 +0500 His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain Your Majesty, We were deeply saddened by the news of heavy casualties and injuries as a result of the horrific terror attacks in your country. We are extremely outraged by these ruthless terror acts, and underline Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:45:00 +0500 Azerbaijani, Russian permanent representatives to UN meet Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Yashar Aliyev has met with his newly-appointed Russian counterpart Vasily Nebenzya. The two hailed Azerbaijan-Russia relations and friendly ties between the presidents of the two countries Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:04:00 +0500 Azerbaijani President approves funding for construction of road in Agsu Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of Chaparli-Kandoba-Jalayir road. Under the presidential order, AZN5.8 million is allocated from the state budget for the construction of the road connecting eight residential areas with a total population of 8,000 people Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:27:00 +0500 From Omar Hassan Ahmed El-Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan Your Excellency, Please accept my sincere greetings on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sudan and Azerbaijan.Since the independence of Azerbaijan the relations between our countries have marked fruitful, successful cooperation in different areas of mutual interest Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:42:00 +0500 Baku hosts meeting of US and Azerbaijani medical service experts US European Command Medical Service experts visited Azerbaijan in order to have an expertise exchange and experience sharing with Azerbaijani Military nurses, according to Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry. Within the scope of the visit the US and Azerbaijani colleagues discussed Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:29:00 +0500 13 killed as van rams into pedestrians in Barcelona At least 13 people have been killed in the Spanish city of Barcelona as a car plowed into pedestrians, TASS reports citing local media. According to the El Periodico daily, 20 to 25 people have been injured Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:27:00 +0500 Furio De Angelis: Let’s all of us reflect and make extra effort to create conditions and opportunities for peace The 19th of August is the World Humanitarian Day. AZERTAC presents an article by UNHCR Representative in Azerbaijan Furio De Angelis on this occasion. The article reads: “There is hardly a day passing by without the news media reminding us of the humanitarian crises affecting Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:17:00 +0500 Azerbaijani student wins silver at bodybuilding and men’s physique DMS-2017 in China Azerbaijani student at Beijing Sport University Sadig Hasanov has claimed two medals at the Bodybuilding and men’s physique DMS-2017 held in Xi'an. Hasanov secured the silver medal in the fitness model competition Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:08:00 +0500 Polish deputy FM hails his country`s cooperation with Azerbaijan in international organizations Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Dziedziczak has praised his country`s cooperation with Azerbaijan in international organizations as he met with Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov. He commended official Baku for supporting Poland’s bid for the UN Security Council’s non-permanent membership Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:44:00 +0500 Azerbaijani products to be presented at Worldfood Moscow international exhibition Azerbaijani products will be exhibited at the Worldfood Moscow International Food and Drinks Exhibition to be held in the Russian capital on September 11-14. The products of more than 30 Azerbaijani companies will be on display Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:39:00 +0500 Indian scout: Azerbaijanis are very hospitable and friendly "I am very happy to travel to such a beautiful country like Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani people are very hospitable and friendly. Everything what we saw here has made unforgettable impressions on us. All of us will return to our countries with beautiful Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +0500 8th Russia-Azerbaijan Inter-Regional Forum to be held in Stavropol The 8th Russia-Azerbaijan Inter-Regional Forum will be held in Stavropol, Russian Federation, on September 28. Officials and entrepreneurs representing various sectors of economy from regions of Russia and Azerbaijan will take part in the Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:40:00 +0500 Asian Le Mans Series makes significant changes for 2017/2018 season A fourth automatic entry for Le Mans, a new amateur GT sub-class and 6 hour race for Buriram, according to There’s good news for the Asian Le Mans Series and its GT class today as the ACO have confirmed a fourth automatic entry for Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:29:00 +0500 President of Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation re-appointed as WTF Vice-President President of the Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation Kamaladdin Heydarov has been re-appointed as Vice-President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Heydarov was re-appointed by WTF President Chungwon Choue Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:06:00 +0500 Number of BP’s Azerbaijani national employees was 2,743 in first half of 2017 “At the end of the first half of 2017, the number of BP’s Azerbaijani national employees was 2,743 including fixed-term employees,” the company said in a press release. “85% of BP’s professional employees in Azerbaijan are nationals and many of them are in senior positions, including six Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:06:00 +0500 Bolivian FM to visit Azerbaijan Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani will pay a visit to Azerbaijan. As part of the visit Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani is expected to meet his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:43:00 +0500 Azerbaijan, Korea discuss inter-parliamentary ties Deputy Head of the Azerbaijan Parliament`s Committee on International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Sevinj Fataliyeva has met a group of deputies from Korea. They discussed a range of issues including development of inter-parliamentary ties between Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40:00 +0500 Leader of Azerbaijani scouts elected new member of World Scout Committee Head of the Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan Ilyas Ismayilli has been elected a new member of the World Scout Committee for term 2017-2020 at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku. Along with Ismayilli, 11 new members were also elected at the conference Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:25:00 +0500 BP: Shah Deniz Stage 2 project over 95% complete “During the first half of 2017, implementation of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project continued successfully. The project is now over 95% complete in terms of engineering, procurement and construction, and remains on target for first gas from Shah Deniz Stage 2 in 2018,” according to BP-Azerbaijan Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0500 Shah Deniz field produced 5.1 bcm of gas in first half of 2017 “In the first half of 2017, the Shah Deniz field continued to provide deliveries of gas to markets in Azerbaijan (to SOCAR), Georgia (to GOGC), Turkey (to BOTAS) and to BTC Company in multiple locations. During the two quarters, the field produced about 5.1 billion standard cubic metres (bcm) of gas and 1.2 million tonnes Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:33:00 +0500 15% discount to holders of MasterCard debit and credit cards from AtaBank AtaBank OJSC in cooperation with MasterCard started new promo campaign. Owners of the MasterCard and Maestro cards of AtaBank OJSC placing order via "MyDutyFree" ( website or "App Store"/"Play Store" applications will get 15% discount in "Duty Free" shops at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:22:00 +0500 Real Madrid wins 10th Spanish Super Cup Real Madrid has won the Supercopa de Espana for a 10th time thanks to a convincing 5-1 aggregate victory against arch-rivals Barcelona. Los Blancos added a couple of goals to their tally at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening for a 2-0 home win, seeing Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:19:00 +0500 Australian minister: Azerbaijan is a strategically important country in the region “Azerbaijan is a strategically important country in the region," said Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells as she responded to Azerbaijani student Ilkin Aliyev's question about the purpose and Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:24:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 117 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 117 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0500 Semyon Chterev quits as Azerbaijan`s wrestling manager Head coach of the Azerbaijani national women’s wrestling team Semyon Chterev has left his post as his contract with the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation expired. The Bulgarian coach had managed the Azerbaijani female wrestlers since Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:19:00 +0500 Saudi King Salman invites Qatar pilgrims to Hajj Saudi Arabia will open its land border with Qatar to allow Hajj pilgrims to pass through, its official press agency said, according to Aljazeera news. A statement on the official Saudi Press Agency on Thursday said the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:21:00 +0500 Another success of AZERTAC`s photo correspondent in international contest AZERTAC`s photo correspondent Ilgar Jafarov has won “Photo journalism” nomination at the Shadow Hunter Circuit 2017 in Serbia. Ilgar was also awarded PSA (Photographic Society of America) Honorable Mention for “Two in dive” photo which he took at the Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:03:00 +0500 His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia Dear Mr President, On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my most sincere congratulations to you and the people of your country on the occasion of the national holiday of Indonesia – Independence Day Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:20:00 +0500 His Excellency Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon Dear Mr President, On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own, I extend my sincere congratulations to you and your people on the national holiday of the Republic of Gabon – Independence Day Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:35:00 +0500 Korea to host 25th World Scout Jamboree in 2023 Korea has been chosen as the host country of the 25th World Scout Jamboree in 2023. The decision has been made through voting by the participants of the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku Congress Center. The announcement of result for the bidding to host the 25th World Scout Jamboree was made Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:58:00 +0500 Nine new WOSM members get their certificates and flags The first day of the 41st World Scout Conference 2017 which been held in Baku Congress Center, 14-18 August 2017, recognized nine new the World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM) members. There are Aruba, Curacao, Palestine, Seychelles, Sao Tome & Principe, Myanmar, Timor Leste Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:57:00 +0500 “TAP among major milestones in Fluxys company’s growth” The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), will be one of the major milestones in Fluxys Belgium’s growth, said Pascal de Buck, CEO of Fluxys, TAP shareholder. He pointed out that the pipeline’s commissioning is planned for 2020 as before Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:52:00 +0500 President Ilham Aliyev awards group of State Border Service employees President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to award a group of officers and civilian workers of the State Border Service. According to the order, one officer was awarded the “Order for Services to Motherland” of the second degree, 11 people received the “Medal for Motherland”, four persons Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:23:00 +0500 Azerbaijan, Poland discuss cooperation Deputy Speaker of Azerbaijan`s Parliament Valeh Alasgarov has met a Polish delegation led by Minister of the National Education Anna Zalewska. They discussed developing relations between the two countries in variety of fields Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:07:00 +0500 Gabala to host 5th International Jam Festival The fifth international Jam festival will be held in Gabala, Azerbaijan, on August 26. The festival will be co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Gabala District Executive Authority, Azerbaijan National Culinary Center and National Culinary Association Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:22:00 +0500 Former UN Secretary General hails potential for expanding Azerbaijan-Korea relations Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan to attend the 41st World Scout Conference, has hailed great potential for expanding Azerbaijan-Republic of Korea bilateral relations as he met with Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:10:00 +0500 Azerbaijani referee to control UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round matches Azerbaijani referee Elchin Samadli will control matches of Group H in the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round. Bulgarian Levski, Dutch Knooppunt, Scotish TMT and Norwegian Sjarmtrollan Idrettslag will compete in Group H. The group matches will be held in Tromso on August 22-28 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:44:00 +0500 F1 race director Whiting inspects Buenos Aires track FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has completed an “informal visit” of Argentina’s Buenos Aires circuit to evaluate the state of the facility, according to Whiting walked circuit, which was last used for F1 in 1998, and is believed to have been pleased with the standard of the track Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:02:00 +0500 Seven Azerbaijani female wrestlers to compete at World Championships Seven Azerbaijani female wrestlers will contest medals at the 2017 World Championships to be held in Paris on August 21-26. Azerbaijan’s squad includes Turkan Nasirova (48kg), Leyla Gurbanova (53kg), Nataliya Synyshyn (55kg), Irina Netreba (58kg), Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:23:00 +0500 Baku to host series of events marking 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan-Republic of Korea diplomatic relations Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nazim Samadov has said Baku will host a series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Korea this year. “These events will include an exhibition, s taekwondo tournament, presentation of national Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:48:00 +0500