AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency Cristiano Ronaldo sells £4million Cheshire mansion Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has sold the mansion where he lived while playing for Manchester United – but has taken a £645,000 hit, according to Daily Mirror. Ronaldo, 33, sold his five-bedroom pile in footballers’ hotspot Alderley Edge, Cheshire Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:33:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev met with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with former President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, who is on a visit to the country. Nicolas Sarkozy hailed great construction and redevelopment work carried out in Baku under the leadership Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:51:00 +0400 Azerbaijan opens trading house in Dubai Azerbaijan’s trading house has opened in Dubai, the UAE. Created by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Economy, the trading house supports the promotion of Azerbaijani goods under the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand in Dubai Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:44:00 +0400 China raises retail fuel prices China will raise the retail prices of gasoline and diesel starting Tuesday, the country's top economic planner said Monday, Xinhua reported. Based on changes in international oil prices, the retail prices of both gasoline and diesel will be increased by 105 yuan Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:38:00 +0400 Azerbaijani judokas to compete in Tel Aviv Grand Prix Azerbaijani judokas will compete in Tel Aviv Grand Prix 2019 to be held in Israel from January 24-26. Azerbaijan`s hopes will be pinned on 18 judo fighters Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:28:00 +0400 ® Bakcell responds to 100% of customer inquiries in social media Bakcell, the First Mobile Operator and the Fastest Mobile Internet Provider in Azerbaijan, has received yet another prestigious international “Socially Devoted” certificate, by demonstrating the highest result in terms of responding to customer inquiries and requests in social networks Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:01:00 +0400 Chief of General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces to visit Azerbaijan A high-ranking military delegation led by Chief of the General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri will pay a visit to Azerbaijan, the Iranian Embassy in Azerbaijan told AZERTAC Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:31:00 +0400 OSCE monitoring on line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops ends without incident In accordance with the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the OSCE mission has conducted a monitoring on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the direction of Azerbaijan`s Tartar district Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:07:00 +0400 Turkey has no issue with Kurds: Erdogan Turkey has no problem with Kurds and aims to fight terror groups Daesh, PKK and its Syrian affiliate PYD/YPG threatening national security, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a phone call with his U.S. counterpart on Monday Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:50:00 +0400 Shahriyar Mammadyarov to face Ian Nepomniachtchi in fourth round of Tata Steel Masters Azerbaijan`s grandmaster Shahriyar Mammadyarov will face Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi in the fourth round of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Another Azerbaijani GM Teymur Rajabov will take on Indian Viswanathan Anand Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:20:00 +0400 David Silva becomes Manchester City’s most capped player in Premier League David Silva’s appearance for Manchester City in the Premier League against Wolves on Monday night means he’s now the club’s most capped player in the competition, according to Daily Mail Online Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:31:00 +0400 Cairo declaration establishes Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum with seven countries The energy ministers from seven Eastern Mediterranean countries declared on Monday in Cairo the establishment of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), which includes Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Israel, Jordan and Palestine, to boost the gas market in the region, a statement by the Egyptian petroleum ministry read, according Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:45:00 +0400 Car bombing kills 1 in Afghan capital A car bombing in the Afghan capital has killed one person, according to Anadolu Agency. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:07:00 +0400 Turkish coast guard rescues 40 migrants in Aegean Sea Turkish Coast Guard has rescued 40 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea while recovering one body, security sources said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports. Coast guard squads rescued the migrants off Kusadasi district of southwestern Aydin province after they were informed that an Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:30:00 +0400 Azerbaijan, Turkey discuss development of cooperation in defense industry Azerbaijan and Turkey discussed cooperation in defense industry at the meeting which was organized by the Turkish Defense Industry Executive Committee in Ankara. The event was held in accordance with the provisions of the Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:51:00 +0400 Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces to attend NATO meeting Azerbaijan`s First Deputy Minister of Defense, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Najmaddin Sadikhov has left for Brussels, Belgium, to attend Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense Session in Resolute Support Format to be held on January Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:28:00 +0400 ® Number of Nar corporate customers keeps growing Nar – the youngest and innovative mobile operator in the country increases the number of its corporate customers year by year. During the past year, the number of mobile operator’s corporate customers increased by 30 percent Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:19:00 +0400 SOCAR reveals planned amount of investment in petrochemical complex in Turkey The investment cost of the joint project of the Azerbaijani State Oil Company SOCAR and the British company BP for the construction of a petrochemical complex in Turkey will be approximately $1.5-2 billion, General Director of SOCAR Turkey Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:42:00 +0400 China’s Chang'e 4 sprout marks mankind's first moon-based biological experiment A photo released by China Central Television on Tuesday shows a cotton seed aboard China's Chang'e 4 lunar probe has sprouted, marking mankind's first biological experiment carried out on the moon, according to China Daily Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:21:00 +0400 Azerbaijani oil sells for $62.11 The price of Azerbaijani oil has decreased on the world markets. The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil fell $0.47 to stand at $62.11. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:17:00 +0400 Oil prices increase on world markets On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil increased $0.87 to trade at $59.86, while the price of Light crude at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) rose $0.75 to stand at $51.26 on world Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:58:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 30 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 30 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:54:00 +0400 Minister Mustafayev: Republic of Korea invested almost USD 180 million in Azerbaijan’s economy “The Republic of Korea has invested almost USD 180 million in Azerbaijan’s economy, while the Azerbaijani investments to this country amounted to USD 474 million,” said Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev. Mustafayev said that a legal framework was established between the two countries, and 57 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:33:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President decrees on additional measures to improve public administration President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on additional measures to improve public administration in the country. According to the Decree, the activity of the Science Development Foundation and the Baku International Multiculturalism Center Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:22:00 +0400 Indonesia finds voice recorder of Lion Air crash The Indonesian Navy on Monday announced that its team found the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of October's crashed Lion Air JT-610 aircraft, Anadolu Agency reported. Agung Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Navy Fleet Command Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:03:00 +0400 New social facilities launched in Ordubad district New social facilities have been launched in Dasta village, Ordubad district, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. New building of Dasta village secondary school commissioned A new building of the Dasta village secondary school was inaugurated on January 14 Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:57:00 +0400 Canadian sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China Diplomatic relations between China and Canada deteriorated further Monday after a Chinese court overruled an earlier decision and sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling, according to Anadolu Agency. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg filed an appeal, saying he was a tourist and was Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:37:00 +0400 20 January tragedy victims commemorated in secondary school N3 after Rustam Aliyev VIDEO Binagadi District secondary school N3 after Rustam Aliyev has organized an event to commemorate the 29th anniversary of 20 January tragedy. The event started with a minute of silence for victims of 20 January tragedy Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:34:00 +0400 Elchin Ahmedov: President Ilham Aliyev reaffirmed that the foreign policy of Azerbaijan is based on national interests “As a country which has its own say in the South Caucasus region, Azerbaijan is pursuing an independent foreign policy in a difficult and complex geopolitical conditions in the modern era. Today, Azerbaijan is the only country in the region which is developing Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:15:00 +0400 Baku to host Fifth Ministerial Meeting of Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council on February 20 The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council will take place in Baku on February 20, spokeswoman of Azerbaijan`s Energy Ministry Zamina Aliyeva told AZERTAC. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the Southern Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:58:00 +0400 US equating Kurds with PYD/YPG 'fatal mistake': Turkey Turkey on Sunday warned U.S. President Donald Trump against conflating Syrian Kurds with the PKK terror organization and its Syrian affiliate, the PYD/YPG, Anadolu Agency reported. "It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:44:00 +0400 Azerbaijan men`s handball team beat Malta The Azerbaijan men`s national handball team have defeated Malta 27-24 in third game of the Group B of the EHF EURO 2022 Qualification Phase 1 tournament. Azerbaijan finished third in the group, after previously Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:53:00 +0400 Azerbaijan, World Customs Organization discuss cooperation issues Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov has met with Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Kunio Mikuriya. Congratulating Kunio Mikuriya on his re-election as Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:42:00 +0400 Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores 400th La Liga goal Barcelona forward Lionel Messi further etched his name into Spanish football history by becoming the first player to score 400 goals in La Liga when he netted against Eibar on Sunday, Reuters reported. The Argentine, who has been the competition's all-time top scorer since Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:22:00 +0400 UAE minister: Azerbaijan`s meeting will measure impact of oil market production reductions UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Al Mazrouei emphasized that Russia has played a significant role in the oil market balance through its exemplary commitment to the production reduction agreement with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:17:00 +0400 Bulgaria's oldest city honored as European culture capital Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Associated Press reported. Some 50,000 people gathered on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:06:00 +0400 'Zidane right to leave after Ronaldo sale', Ex-Madrid president hints at power struggle Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid after losing a power struggle with Florentino Perez over transfers, according to former club president Ramon Calderon, reported. Zidane quit Madrid in the off-season, on the back of winning Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:41:00 +0400 Shahriyar Mammadyarov to take on Anish Giri in third round of Tata Steel Masters Azerbaijani grandmaster Shahriyar Mammadyarov will face Dutch Anish Giri in the 3rd round of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters. Another Azerbaijani GM Teymur Rajabov will face Hungarian Richard Rapport Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:35:00 +0400 Azerbaijan, Republic of Korea sign Framework Agreement The Government of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Korea have signed a Framework Agreement on Grant Assistance. The document was signed by Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev and Korean Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kim Tong-op Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:53:00 +0400 OSCE to hold monitoring on contact line of troops VIDEO The OSCE is expected to monitor the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops on January 15. The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tartar Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:18:00 +0400 BHOS activities fully comply with international standards, TSE confirms Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) completed a regular monitoring of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). The monitoring was conducted by the TSE delegation led by the Institution’s representative in Azerbaijan Gulhan Yuzereroglu. In a few days, they visited the BHOS Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:17:00 +0400 2 shot outside mall in Salt Lake City suburb Two people were wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall Sunday where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building, according to USA Today Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:13:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev received Secretary General of World Customs Organization VIDEO President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Kunio Mikuriya. WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya congratulated the head of state on his victory in last year`s presidential election Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:45:00 +0400 Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to meet in Paris Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov and acting Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan will meet with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:33:00 +0400 Oil prices decrease on world markets On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil decreased $0.67 to trade at $59.81, while the price of Light crude at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) fell $0.60 to stand at $50.99 on world markets Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:22:00 +0400 Italian ex-militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia Cesare Battisti, an Italian sought by Rome for four murders attributed to a far-left group in the 1970s, was in Bolivia and will be extradited to Brazil and then likely to Italy, a senior aide to Brazil's new president said on Sunday, according to The Local Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:17:00 +0400 Kyrgyz Cargo Plane Crashes Near Tehran, Crew Feared Dead Iran's state TV says a Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane has crashed west of Tehran amid severe weather and that there are fears all 10 crew members have been killed. The TV says a fire engulfed the plane immediately after the crash in the town of Safadasht. It's about Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:12:00 +0400 Vietnamese Foreign Ministry hosts presentation introducing Azerbaijan VIDEO A presentation titled “Meet Azerbaijan-2019” has been held at the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry in Hanoi. According to Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Vietnam, the event focused on boosting direct relations between the regions of the two countries and Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:57:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated newly built hospital in Gobustan settlement, Garadagh district VIDEO President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the inauguration of newly built united city hospital No17 of the Ministry of Health in Gobustan settlement, Garadagh district, Baku Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:55:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 24 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-calibre machine guns 24 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statemen Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:50:00 +0400 Turkish jets 'neutralize' at least 3 terrorists in N. Iraq At least three PKK terrorists were neutralized in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question Sun, 13 Jan 2019 16:41:00 +0400 Ronaldo starts from bench as Juventus ease into Coppa Italia quarters Cristiano Ronaldo was among several regular players who didn't start though defending champion Juventus nevertheless eased into the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia on Saturday, according to Associated Press. Juventus, who achieved the league and cup double in the past four seasons Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:58:00 +0400 Azerbaijani grandmaster wins Paul Keres Memorial blitz tournament Azerbaijani grandmaster Gadir Huseynov has become the winner of the Paul Keres Memorial blitz chess tournament in Tallinn, Estonia. Gadir Huseynov ranked third at the Paul Keres Memorial rapid tournament. The tournament brought together 88 chess players Sun, 13 Jan 2019 13:32:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev: Great work has been done to stimulate agriculture “We have done a great work to stimulate agriculture. Last year alone 5,800 units of agricultural machinery were purchased. 9,000 and 8,000 units of agricultural machinery were purchased in the previous years," President Ilham Aliyev said at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:40:00 +0400 Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-1 to stay safely in top four Skilful finishes from Pedro and Willian earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over battling Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, keeping the London side safely in the top four, Reuters reported. A pinpoint lofted pass from David Luiz in the ninth minute found Pedro and the Spain Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:02:00 +0400 Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 22 times Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. “Military units of the armed forces of Armenia violated ceasefire 22 times throughout the day, using large-caliber machine guns,” the ministry said in a statement Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:15:00 +0400 Death toll in China coal mine accident rises to 21 The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northwest China's Shaanxi Province has risen to 21, as rescuers found another two trapped miners dead Sunday morning, Xinhua reported. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lijiagou coal mine of the Baiji Mining Co. Ltd. in the city of Shenmu Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:06:00 +0400 Junior Azerbaijani karate fighters bag two medals at Grand Prix Croatia Junior Azerbaijani fighters have claimed two medals at the 28th Karate Grand Prix in Samobor, Croatia. Huseyn Mammadli won a gold medal in the men`s 57kg weight class, while Fidan Dadashova scooped bronze in the women`s 47kg division Sat, 12 Jan 2019 21:18:00 +0400 Ukraine purchases armed drones from Turkey Ukraine signed an agreement to buy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, Ukrainian president announced on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. In a Twitter post, Petro Poroshenko said the agreement was signed for the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 armed UAVs for the Ukrainian army Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:44:00 +0400 Oil prices decrease on world markets Oil prices have fallen on the world markets. On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil decreased $1.20 to trade at $60.48, while the price of the US Light crude oil at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) fell $1 to stand at $51.59 Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:38:00 +0400