AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency Colorful villages of Azerbaijan which are worth visiting Tourists arriving in Azerbaijan are increasingly trying to get out of the metropolitan region in search of new opportunities for an interesting pastime. A wonderful way to diversify your vacation will be to visit the regions of the country, where the most real natural and cultural pearls are hidden Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:07:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Another Armenian tactical UAV was destroyed “On June 19 in the morning, Azerbaijan’s Air Force air defense units destroyed the tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "X-55" of the Armenian armed forces which attempted to carry out the flights over the positions of our troops in the Fuzuli-Khojavend direction of the front,” Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry said Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:34:00 +0400 Qarabağ to take on Olimpija Ljubljana in UEFA Champions League first qualifying round Azerbaijan`s Qarabağ will face Slovenia`s Olimpija Ljubljana in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round. The matches will be played on 10/11 & 17/18 July. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:58:00 +0400 Azerbaijani energy minister to address 7th OPEC International Seminar and attend meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC ministers in Vienna Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov will be visiting the Austrian capital of Vienna at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OEPC) Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo`s invitation from June 21-23. The minister will attend the Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:44:00 +0400 Turkey to build third nuclear power plant: Erdogan Turkey's president said Monday that the country will build a third nuclear power plant. During a live question-and-answer social media broadcast with Turkish youths, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:05:00 +0400 Speaker Ogtay Asadov to lead Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to China Chairman of Azerbaijan`s Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov will lead a parliamentary delegation on an official visit to the People`s Republic of China from June 19 to 23. Invited by chairman of China`s National People's Congress Li Zhanshu, the Azerbaijani Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:49:00 +0400 China vows countermeasures against extra US tariff China will "fight back firmly" if the United States publishes an additional list of tariffs on Chinese goods, China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday morning, according to Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:41:00 +0400 Azerbaijani singer ranks third at “Voice of Astana” Azerbaijani opera singer Ilham Nazarov has ranked third at an international competition “Voice of Astana”. The Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized the international competition within celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Astana Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:28:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Elite Horse & Polo Club rank second at World Cup in Baku Azerbaijan`s Elite Horse & Polo Club have finished second at the sixth Arena Polo World Cup in Baku after losing 7-6 to German Rhein Polo Club Düsseldorf in the final. Indian Polo & Riding Club New Delhi won the bronze medal after beating Ireland`s Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:49:00 +0400 Three killed as magnitude 6.1 quake strikes western Japan At least three people were killed and more than 100 others injured as a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Japanese city of Osaka early Monday, Anadolu Agency reports. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the tremor occurred at around 8.00 am local time, north of Osaka Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0400 Foreign Ministry: No Azerbaijani citizens among dead or injured in Japan earthquake There are no Azerbaijani citizens among those who died or were injured in an earthquake in Japan, said spokesman of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hikmat Hajiyev. The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Japan is closely following this issue Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:04:00 +0400 Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener on Sunday, according to Reuters. With 20 minutes gone, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 yards from goal Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:28:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 102 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. “The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 102 times throughout the day,” the ministry said in a statement. “The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:18:00 +0400 Turkish expats start voting in Azerbaijan Turks living in Azerbaijan began casting votes on Sunday in Turkey's presidential and general elections. The voting started at 9.00 and will end at 21.00. According to Turkey`s ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral, 5,209 Turkish citizens will vote in Baku, 330 in Nakhchivan and Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:32:00 +0400 Two Azerbaijanis injured as taxi runs into crowd in downtown Moscow Two Azerbaijani citizens are among those injured as a taxi rammed a group of pedestrians in central Moscow late on Saturday. The taxi driver, identified as a Kyrgyz citizen, told the police he had spent 20 hours behind the wheel without having a rest Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:11:00 +0400 AZAL launches Riyadh-Baku direct flight Azerbaijan Airlines, AZAL, has launched a direct flight between Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Baku. The flight will be carried out by Airbus A320 on Saturdays Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:51:00 +0400 US puts forward 47-point list of demands to Pyongyang, Japanese FM says The United States has filed a list of 47 demands that North Korea should fulfill to achieve total elimination of its nuclear arsenal, other weapons of mass destruction and relevant infrastructure, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in an interview aired by Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:17:00 +0400 FC Gabala sign Albanian national midfielder Azerbaijani football club Gabala have signed their first foreign footballer of the preseason preparation as they made a deal with Sabien Lilaj from the Albania national team. The 29-year-old midfielder signed a 1+1 year contract. Lilaj debuted in the Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:52:00 +0400 Turkey arrests 19 over armed attack on ruling party At least 19 suspects, including an opposition Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) candidate for parliament, were arrested on Saturday in connection with an armed attack on ruling Justice and Development (AK) party members in southeast Turkey Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:27:00 +0400 Army Corps exercises successfully completed The exercises with the involvement of headquarters and units of formations and military units of the Army Corps stationed in the frontline zone conducted in accordance with the combat training plan for 2018 approved by the Minister of Defense have been Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:46:00 +0400 African Union is interested in overall developing cooperation with Azerbaijan African Union is interested in overall developing cooperation with Azerbaijan, said Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Minata Samate Cessouma in a meeting with the country`s Ambassador to Ethiopia Elman Abdullayev Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:50:00 +0400 In wake of summit, North Korea repeats abduction issue 'resolved' North Korea's official Pyongyang Broadcasting Station repeated on Friday that the abduction issue has "already been settled," according to the Tokyo-based Radio Press news agency Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:39:00 +0400 Mayor of Saint-Cloud Éric Berdoati: Bust to Alimardan bey Topchubashov to be laid in Saint-Cloud Museum Bust to Alimardan bey Topchubashov will be laid in Saint-Cloud Museum, said Mayor of city Saint-Cloud Éric Berdoati. He also said this year marks the 100th anniversary of establishment of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic: "Members of Azerbaijan Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0400 King and Queen of Spain begin visit to the United States in New Orleans King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have begun their trip to the United States in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they arrived last evening at sunset at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Upon arrival, they were greeted by Louisiana Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:16:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 94 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 94 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:09:00 +0400 U.S. Oklahoma National Guard delegation visits Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations The Crisis Management Center of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations hosted a meeting with the delegation led by commander of the U.S. Oklahoma Army National Guard, Major General Michael Thompson Sat, 16 Jun 2018 10:41:00 +0400 'Baku is a very good candidate for Expo 2025' "Baku is a very good candidate for the Expo 2025 world exhibition," Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions Vicente Loscertales has told journalists. He emphasized that the government of Azerbaijan and population of Baku support the city`s bid Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:51:00 +0400 Uruguay edges Egypt 1-0 in 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage match in Urals The national team of Uruguay snatched a last-minute 1-0 win over Egypt in their opening Group A stage match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Friday. The match in Yekaterinburg kicked off at 5:00 p.m. local time amid the temperatures Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:30:00 +0400 Iran Leader pardons, commutes sentences of 537 inmates Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday pardoned or commuted prison terms of 537 convicts on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month Ramadan, according to IRNA Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:07:00 +0400 Turkish PM blames PKK for armed attack in SE Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed terrorist group PKK on Thursday over an armed attack in southeastern Turkey, which left at least three people dead and nine others injured, according to Anadolu Agency Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:31:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 94 times Military units of the armed forces of Armenia violated ceasefire 94 times throughout the day, using large-caliber machine guns, according to Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Defense. "Armenian armed forces, located in Aygeovit village and on nameless hills in Ijevan region Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:23:00 +0400 Turkish FM Cavusoglu: TANAP is a truly magnificent project “We want to buy more oil and gas from brotherly Azerbaijan. The newly commissioned TANAP project will provide this opportunity. This is a truly magnificent project," said Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu answering the questions of Azerbaijani Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:07:00 +0400 Boosting regional cooperation: ADA University in Baku hosts prestigious International Forum in June This month, Baku prepares to open yet another successful summer season for international tourists. In addition, this summer the capital of Azerbaijan will be hosting the brightest minds from across the broader region with leaders and executives Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:28:00 +0400 Armed attack on ruling party kills 3 in Turkey Members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Thursday were attacked by an armed group in southeastern Turkey, leaving three people killed and eight injured, according to Anadolu Agency Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:52:00 +0400 Russia cruises past Saudi Arabia with 5-0 win at 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match The Russian national football team began its voyage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a confident 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday in Moscow in the opening match of the much-anticipated football championship, TASS reports Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:35:00 +0400 ® Bakcell presents “always online” opportunity for youth Bakcell, the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, has introduced the brand new “DaimOnline” tariffs, designed especially for younger generation of subscribers Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:33:00 +0400 Spectacular opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup held in Moscow President Ilham Aliyev attended the ceremony A spectacular opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva attended the Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:28:00 +0400 Azerbaijani Prime Minister meets with diplomatic advisor to French President Azerbaijani Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov has met with Diplomatic Advisor to the French President Philippe Etienne as part of his working visit to Paris Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:52:00 +0400 KOICA Training Program titled “Korean Language and Understanding of Korean Culture” to be held in Korea for officials of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs An Orientation has been held at the KOICA Azerbaijan Office for Tural Balakishiyev, Desk Officer of the First Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, who is going to represent Azerbaijan at the KOICA Training Program Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:14:00 +0400 Azerbaijani flag hoisted outside Philadelphia Mayor’s Office to mark ADR’s centenary The national flag of Azerbaijan has been solemnly hoisted outside the Mayor’s Office in Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania, USA, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:49:00 +0400 Paternity leave vital for early childhood development, says UNICEF UNICEF urges greater investment in family-friendly policies including paid paternity and maternity leave, free pre-primary education, and paid breastfeeding breaks. As more than 80 countries in the world prepare to celebrate Fathers' Day Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:44:00 +0400 CANSO-2020 Global ATM Summit to be held in Baku for first time The capital of Azerbaijan has been chosen as a host city of the Global ATM Summit of CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) in 2020. The candidacy of Baku was unanimously chosen at a meeting of the Executive Committee Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:34:00 +0400 FIFA 2018 World Cup gets underway in Moscow VIDEO The moment the football world has been waiting for is finally upon us as the FIFA 2018 World Cup kicks off at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, according to RT. Before the opening game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the 80,000 fans Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:33:00 +0400 Novruz Mammadov: Baku has a greater chance of being selected to host World Expo 2025 “Baku has a greater chance of hosting the World Expo 2025,” Prime Minister of Azerbaijan and head of the Azerbaijani delegation at the 163rd session of Bureau International des Expositions General Assembly Novruz Mammadov has told AZERTAC Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:45:00 +0400 Turkey’s biggest library to open in Istanbul Istanbul, a sprawling city of 15 million people, will soon open its doors to the country's largest public library, according to Anadolu Agency. The historic Rami Artillery Quarters, built in the 1770s in Eyup district on the European side of the city, will be converted into a Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:48:00 +0400 163rd session of Bureau International des Expositions General Assembly features presentation of Baku's bid to host World Expo 2025 The 163rd session of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) General Assembly in Paris has featured a presentation by Baku bidding to host World Expo 2025. The event heard presentations from members of the Azerbaijani Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:44:00 +0400 BHOS marks National Salvation Day Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) has hosted an event to mark the 25th anniversary of National Salvation Day of the Azerbaijani people, which is celebrated on June 15. The participants in the event included BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov, and the teaching staff of the Higher School. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:41:00 +0400 Junior Azerbaijani wrestlers to compete at European championships in Hungary Junior Azerbaijani wrestlers will contest medals at the European championships to be held in Gyor, Hungary, from June 15-17. Azerbaijan’s squad includes 22 wrestlers Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:29:00 +0400 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, kicks off on Thursday with the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, according to TASS Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:45:00 +0400 Azerbaijan invested $51m in Georgia’s economy in Q1 of 2018 Azerbaijan invested $51 million in Georgia`s economy in the first quarter of this year, becoming its second largest investor, according to the Georgian media. With $82.7 million investment, the UK is Georgia`s largest investor, while China is third with $41.6 million. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:48:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 82 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire from large-caliber machine guns 82 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:48:00 +0400 MFA: Armenian President`s visit to Azerbaijan`s occupied lands is provocation "The visit of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including Kalbajar region, is provocation and encourages the aggravation of the situation," spokesman of Azerbaijan`s Foreign Affairs Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:18:00 +0400 Heydar Aliyev Center hosts presentation of book “Nursultan Nazarbayov: Life road” “Nursultan Nazarbayov: Life road” book dedicated to the life and activity of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has been launched at the Heydar Aliyev Center. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:14:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Infantry Fighting Vehicle crews improve combat skills According to the combat training plan for 2018 approved by the Azerbaijan`s Minister of Defense, the crews of Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) improve combat skills, the Ministry of Defence said Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:08:00 +0400 Chairman of Nakhchivan`s Supreme Assembly meets with Moldovan ambassador Chairman of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic`s Supreme Assembly Vasif Talibov has met with Moldovan Ambassador to Azerbaijan George Leuka. Vasif Talibov hailed the bilateral relations between the two countries Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:46:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev: Without Turkey-Azerbaijan unity and brotherhood, TANAP project would have remained on paper “It is a historic day today. It has become possible only because of our firm political will. Without the Turkey-Azerbaijan unity and brotherhood, this project would have remained on paper,” said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:38:00 +0400 From Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America Dear Mr President, On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our greetings to you and the people of Azerbaijan as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:07:00 +0400 Head of Presidential Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev meets with Kazakh delegation Head of the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev has met with a delegation led by head of Chancellery of the President of Kazakhstan Makhmud Kasymbekov. Prior to the meeting, Ramiz Mehdiyev noted that President Ilham Aliyev signed Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:57:00 +0400 UNEC representatives visit more than two hundred schools The academic-teaching staff of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) have visited more than 200 schools. The meetings were held at the leading secondary schools in Baku, Goychay, Isamayilli, Guba, Shabran, Zagatala, Siyazan Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:13:00 +0400 Bulgarian ambassador: Southern Gas Corridor to supply natural gas to Europe from new source “The Southern Gas Corridor will supply natural gas to Europe from a new source,” Bulgarian ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolay Yankov has said at “Southern Gas Transport and energy security in the Southeast Europe” conference in Baku Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:41:00 +0400