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 Israel, Egypt FMs agree to boost bilateral ties http://www.today.az/news/regions/210121.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 18:30:00 +0400 By TrendIsraeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry talked over the phone on Sunday and agreed to strengthen bilateral ties, Lapid's office said in a statement, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The two ministers agreed to boost the good relations between the two countries and advance the ties forward," the statement read. They both declared their wish to strengthen bilateral economic ties and "increase the potential of trade and business activity."They also discussed Lapid's "economy in return for security" plan for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip which he presented last week. Gaza, a coastal Palestinian enclave, has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since 2007.The talk came after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh last Monday. The meeting marked the first official visit to Egypt by an Israeli leader for a decade.Before returning home, Bennett said the meeting was "important and very good," which laid foundations for "strong ties" between the two countries. Macron to hold call with U.S. President Biden - French government spokesman http://www.today.az/news/regions/210120.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendFrench President Emmanuel Macron will have a call with U.S. President Joe Biden in the next few days, the French government spokesman said , amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of submarine contract with Paris,Trend reports citing Reuters.France said on Friday it was recalling its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra over a trilateral security deal also involving Britain which sank the multi-billion dollar order for French submarines."President Biden asked to speak to the President of the Republic and there will be a telephone discussion in the next few days between President Macron and President Biden," Gabriel Attal told news channel BFM TV.France would be seeking "clarification" over the cancellation of a submarine order, Attal said.The scrapping of the contract, struck in 2016, has caused fury in Paris, which claims not to have been consulted by its allies. The Australian government, however, says it had made clear its concerns for months.After the initial "shock" of the cancellation, discussions would need to take place over contract clauses, notably compensation for the French side, Attal added. Georgia sees decline in revenues from beer exports http://www.today.az/news/regions/210119.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia earned $1.7 million on beer exports from January through July 2021, Trend reports with reference to the National Statistical Office of Georgia (Geostat).According to the data, compared to the same period in 2020, beer export revenue decreased by 45 percent.TOP - 3 export destinations this year are as follows:Israel - $443,400 / 452.5 tons;Russia - $388,700 / 418.9 tons;Azerbaijan - $249,600 / 270.7 tons.As for imports, from January through July 2021 Georgia paid $3.4 million for beer imports, and in 2020 - $3.7 million.TOP exporters in 2021 is as follows:Germany - $722,000 / 634.4 tons;Russia - $628,000/ 327.4 tons. Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens http://www.today.az/news/society/210118.html Society Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:44:00 +0400 By TrendSome 51,300 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on Sept. 19, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected to 13,474 citizens, and the second one to 37,826 citizens.Totally, up until now, 7,976,549 citizens have been vaccinated, 4,619,432 of whom received the first dose of the vaccine, and 3,357,117 people - the second dose. Azerbaijan confirms 1,734 more COVID-19 cases, 3,378 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/210117.html Society Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:29:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 1,734 new COVID-19 cases, 3,378 patients have recovered, and 25 patients have died, Trend reports on Sept.19 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 472,719 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 434,095 of them have recovered, and 6,305 people have died. Currently, 32,319 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 12,780 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 4,744,161 tests have been conducted so far. Coronavirus cases in Russia rise by 20,174 http://www.today.az/news/regions/210115.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:14:00 +0400 By TrendThe number of coronavirus cases in Russia increased by 20,174 over the day to 7,274,928, the federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus said on Sunday, Trend reports citing TASS.In relative terms, the growth in the number of cases was 0.28%.The number of so-called active cases - patients undergoing treatment - increased to 578,028, the headquarters said.The number of deaths due to coronavirus in Russia increased by 793 over the day against 799 the day before to 198,218, the federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus said on Sunday.Conditional mortality (the final can be determined only after the pandemic ends) remained at 2.72%, the headquarters said.The number of Russians who have recovered from coronavirus increased by 13,418 over the day to 6,498,682, the federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus said on Sunday. Iran reveals COVID-19 data for September 19 http://www.today.az/news/regions/210114.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 15,975 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, said the statement of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.In addition, 391 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.At the same time, the condition of 6,765 people remains critical.So far, more than 31 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.A total of 43.3 million doses of vaccines have been used in Iran so far. About 29.4 million doses have been used on the first stage, while 13.9 million doses - on the second stage.Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 5.42 million people have been infected, and 117,182 people have already died.Meanwhile, over 4.76 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease.The country continues to apply strict measures to contain further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Carmakers dominate Turkey's top exporters list http://www.today.az/news/regions/210110.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:47:00 +0400 By TrendAccounting for half of the top 10 companies, automotive firms have dominated Turkey's list of largest exporters, the Turkish Exporters Assembly (T?M) announced, Trend reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.Ford was named Turkey’s largest exporter in 2020, followed by Toyota Engine Manufacturing Turkey and Oyak Renault.Making it to the top 10 list were also major appliances producers Vestel and Arçelik, foreign trade companies Kibar and TGS, automotive firms Tofa? and Mercedes Benz Türk, and chemical giant Tüpra?.In the award ceremony, the sector champions were also announced in 28 different categories.Last year, the country's exports reached almost $170 billion.T?M chairman ?smail Gulle said Turkey, which hit a historical high of $180 billion in export figures in 2019, will top $210 billion this year to beat it.It will hit $300 billion in 2026, he added.There are opportunities and risks for Turkey on the global scale but exporters make efforts for turning risks into opportunities, he stated. Australia says it was 'upfront' with France over submarine deal as crisis continues http://www.today.az/news/regions/210109.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:31:00 +0400 By TrendAustralia was "upfront, open and honest" with France about its concerns over a deal for French submarines, its defence minister said on Sunday, as a new deal with the United States and Britain continued to fuel a multinational diplomatic crisis, Trend reports citing Reuters.Australia ditched the 2016 deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines, announcing on Thursday a plan to build at least eight nuclear-powered ones with U.S. and British technology in a trilateral security partnership.The move infuriated France, a NATO ally of the United States and Britain, prompting it to recall its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra, and riled China, the major rising power in the Indo-Pacific region.The deal has put Washington in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with France that analysts say could do lasting damage to the U.S. alliance with France and Europe, throwing also throws into doubt the united front that the Biden administration has been seeking to forge against China's growing power.Paris has called the cancellation a stab in the back, with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian saying relations with the United States and Australia were in a "crisis".But Defence Minister Peter Dutton said on Sunday that Australia had been raising concerns with France over the order - valued at $40 billion in 2016 and reckoned to cost much more today - for a couple of years. "Suggestions that the concerns hadn't been flagged by the Australian government, just defy, frankly, what's on the public record and certainly what they've said publicly over a long period of time," Dutton told Sky News.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday he had expressed "very significant concerns" about the deal to French President Emmanuel Macron in June and made clear Australia "would need to make a decision on in our national interest".Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia had informed France of the deal but acknowledged on Sunday the negotiations had been secret, given the "enormous sensitivities".Dutton and Birmingham declined to reveal costs of the new pact, although Dutton said "it's not going to be a cheap project". Georgia reports 1,501 coronavirus cases http://www.today.az/news/regions/210108.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:16:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia reported 1,501 coronavirus cases, 1,954 recoveries, and 43 deaths on September 19, the official figures show, Trend reports citing 1TV.22,920 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours throughout the country. Among them, 12,141 tests were rapid tests, while the remaining 10,779 were PCR tests.The daily test-positivity rate stands at 6,55%, while 6,89% in the past seven days.Georgian capital of Tbilisi recorded the highest number of 522 Covid-19 cases within the last 24 hours, followed by the Imereti region with 226 cases and the Kakheti region with 186 cases.Georgia’s total case tally reached 595,264, among them, 559,996 people recovered and 8,541 died.There are 39 people placed in government-assigned quarantine facilities, 5,446 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, 1,225 asymptomatic, and mild symptom patients are being treated at government-assigned treatment facilities.Currently, out of 1,255 critical patients, 330 require mechanical ventilation.As of today, 1,646,441? people got the coronavirus vaccine, with 14,071 in a day. 50 million volunteers in 180 countries take part in World Cleanup Day http://www.today.az/news/regions/210107.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:59:00 +0400 By TrendAround 50 million volunteers in 180 countries have picked up litter beside rivers, on beaches, and in forests on World Cleanup Day, Trend reports citing Euronews.Each year eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, which are also where 70 percent of the world's oxygen is generated.In Rome on Saturday dozens of volunteers filled up bags with seemingly endless amounts of rubbish along the river Tiber."We were raised that way," one of the young volunteers said. "We see with climate change and global warming, it's all kind going down south, So I think it's time #we all get engaged to start the real action.""The old people can make policies, we will do action," Tara Angelika Svetlin said as she filled up another bag.In Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, volunteers cleaned up promenades and parks across the city on Saturday.They also picked up litter on the slopes of Mount Trebevic, which overlook the capital and were used for several events during the 1984 Winter Olympics.World Cleanup Day's website reveals which areas of Europe were most enthusiastic on Saturday: Germany came top of the list, holding more than 900 registered events, France more than 600, and Italy more than 500. But the website also revealed that people in Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, and Ukraine didn't register any events at all.In other parts of the world, there was even more at stake. in South Africa, like the river Tiber, the banks of the Jukskei river are strewn with rubbish.It runs through the impoverished township of Alexandra in South Africa's economic capital, Johannesburg.But the sewage-stricken river also has to be a source of drinking water for people who still haven't been provided with piped water in their homes.Volunteers' bags filled up fast on Saturday. Local organisers said their ultimate aim was to persuade to residents that it's possible to clean the river up well enough that it's safe to drink from. World leaders return to U.N. with focus on pandemic, climate http://www.today.az/news/regions/210106.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:44:00 +0400 By TrendWorld leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering, Trend reports citing Reuters.As the coronavirus still rages amid an inequitable vaccine rollout, about a third of the 193 U.N. states are planning to again send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States.The United States tried to dissuade leaders from coming to New York in a bid to stop the U.N. General Assembly from becoming a "super-spreader event," although President Joe Biden will address the assembly in person, his first U.N. visit since taking office. A so-called U.N. honor system means that anyone entering the assembly hall effectively declares they are vaccinated, but they do not have to show proof.This system will be broken when the first country speaks - Brazil. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is a vaccine skeptic, who last week declared that he does not need the shot because he is already immune after being infected with COVID-19.Should he change his mind, New York City has set up a van outside the United Nations for the week to supply free testing and free shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters that the discussions around how many traveling diplomats might have been immunized illustrated "how dramatic the inequality is today in relation to vaccination." He is pushing for a global plan to vaccinate 70% of the world by the first half of next year.Out of 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines administered around the world, only 2% have been in Africa. Biden will host a virtual meeting from Washington with leaders and chief executives on Wednesday that aims to boost the distribution of vaccines globally.Demonstrating U.S. COVID-19 concerns about the U.N. gathering, Biden will be in New York only for about 24 hours, meeting with Guterres on Monday and making his first U.N. address on Tuesday, directly after Bolsonaro.His U.N. envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Biden would "speak to our top priorities: ending the COVID-19 pandemic; combating climate change ... and defending human rights, democracy, and the international rules-based order."Due to the pandemic, U.N. delegations are restricted to much smaller numbers and most events on the sidelines will be virtual or a hybrid of virtual and in-person. Among other topics that ministers are expected to discuss during the week are Afghanistan and Iran.But before the annual speeches begin, Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will start the week with a summit on Monday to try and save a U.N. summit - that kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 31 - from failure.As scientists warn that global warming is dangerously close to spiraling out of control, the U.N. COP26 conference aims to wring much more ambitious climate action and the money to go with it from participants around the globe."It's time to read the alarm bell," Guterres told Reuters last week. "We are on the verge of the abyss." COVID-19 death toll surpasses 7,500 in Israel http://www.today.az/news/regions/210105.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:29:00 +0400 By TrendThe death toll from the coronavirus in Israel rose by 42 to 7,507 on Saturday, the state's Ministry of Health said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The ministry also reported 4,863 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 1,219,374.The number of patients in serious condition increased from 658 to 717, while total recoveries from the virus climbed to 1,127,340 after 8,674 newly recovered cases were recorded. Active cases stand at 84,527. The number of people who have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel surpassed 6.06 million, or 64.5 percent of its total population, while nearly 5.57 million have taken two doses and over 3.03 million have got three jabs, according to the ministry. Indonesian militant leader killed in shootout, police say http://www.today.az/news/regions/210104.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:13:00 +0400 By TrendIndonesian security forces have killed the leader of militant group East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), which has ties with Islamic State, police said on Sunday, Trend reports citing Reuters.A joint operation by military and police personnel killed Ali Kalora in a shootout at a village on Sulawesi island on Saturday afternoon, according to a police statement.Another militant, identified as Jaka Ramadhan, also known as Ikrima, was also shot dead, police said, adding that a hunt was underway for four other MIT members.Explosives, an M16 rifle and two machetes were found, along with other evidence of militant activity, following the raid.Kalora took over as MIT leader after security forces killed its previous head, Santoso, in 2016.Authorities believed MIT was behind the brutal murder of four villagers in central Sulawesi in November 2020, although the group did not claim responsibility. Georgia's external debt increases http://www.today.az/news/regions/210103.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia's external debt reached $8.048 billion as of September 1, 2021, having increased by $45 million over a month, and by almost $1.3 billion over a year, Trend reports citing the Georgian Ministry of Finance.At the same time, the external debt of the Georgian government in the specified period amounted to $7.57 billion.The largest creditors of Georgia are international banks: the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as the World Bank and its divisions. 2,781 more COVID-19 cases recorded in Kazakhstan in past 24 hr http://www.today.az/news/regions/210102.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:53:00 +0400 By TrendOver the last 24 hours Kazakhstan detected 2,781 more COVID-19 cases, coronavirus2020.kz reads, Trend reports citing Kazinform.302 new cases were registered in Nur-Sultan, 577 in Almaty, 109 in Shymkent, 130 in Akmola region, 146 in Aktobe region, 245 in Almaty region, 89 in Atyrau region, 103 in East Kazakhstan, 63 in Zhambyl region, 85 in West Kazakhstan, 374 in Karaganda region, 124 in Kostanay region, 67 in Kyzylorda region, 16 in Mangistau region, 210 in Pavlodar region, 86 in North Kazakhstan, 55 in Turkestan region, raising the country’s tally to 860,424. SpaceX capsule with world's first all-civilian orbital crew splashes down off Florida http://www.today.az/news/regions/210101.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:42:00 +0400 By TrendThe quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida's coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit, Trend reports citing Reuters.SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, parachuted into calm seas around 7 p.m. EDT, shortly before sunset, following an automated re-entry descent, SpaceX showed during a live webcast on its YouTube channel. Armenian PM asked Turkish President for a secret meeting http://www.today.az/news/regions/210113.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:38:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a secret meeting, Trend reports, referring to the statement of Turkish President at a press conference before his visit to New York to participate in the UN General Assembly."The Prime Minister of Georgia conveyed to me the proposal of the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for a meeting. However, for this, Armenia must take positive steps. If this meeting takes place, Turkey is ready to establish diplomatic relations," the President said. Turkish state energy exchange company to operate in Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/210100.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:28:00 +0400 By TrendThe Turkish state energy exchange company (EPIAS) enters the energy market of Uzbekistan, Turkey’s Energy Ministry told Trend on Aug.31.According to the ministry, EPIAS will cooperate with the government of Uzbekistan to manage the energy market of this country."Currently, negotiations are underway to create a roadmap for further cooperation," the ministry said.Reportedly, EPIAS will also cooperate with the government of Uzbekistan in the field of renewable energy sources.The company was established in Turkey in 2012. Opening of Zangezur corridor to positively contribute to difficulties in Azerbaijani-Armenian ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/210112.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:18:00 +0400 By TrendThe opening of the Zangezur corridor will make a positive contribution to overcoming difficulties in Azerbaijani-Armenian relations, Trend reports, referring to the statement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.story will be updated Indian gov't asks states to analyze COVID-19 situation, strengthen health infrastructure http://www.today.az/news/regions/210099.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:13:00 +0400 By TrendIndia's federal government on Saturday asked states to undertake in-depth analysis of the COVID-19 situation, strengthen health infrastructure, increase stock of essential medicines and augment human resources, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The directions were issued during a virtual meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to review the COVID-19 management and response strategy."He reminded the states that there is no room for complacency and stressed on the need to strictly enforce COVID-19 Appropriate Behavior," the Health Ministry said in a statement.Citing examples from other countries that saw multiple peaks of COVID-19, Gauba expressed concern over certain pockets in the country reporting high test positivity."He advised the state health administrators to undertake granular analysis of their COVID-19 trajectory, ramp up their health infrastructure, undertake stocking of essential medicine and augment human resources at the earliest to meet any potential surge in cases," the ministry said.Meanwhile, in view of the forthcoming festival season, the Health Ministry said the states were directed to ensure all necessary precautions and effective enforcement for avoidance of mass gatherings and congested closed spaces. Territorial integrity of neighboring countries - more important for Iran – Iran’s MFA http://www.today.az/news/regions/210098.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe territorial integrity of neighboring countries is more important for Iran than any other issue, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a press conference, Trend reports citing the ministry.The spokesman emphasized that regional cooperation is the basis of peace and stability. The current processes must turn into collective cooperation. The only way is collective cooperation.Khatibzadeh added that Iran considers the development of neighboring countries as its own development. All neighbors must know that development, peace and stability can be achieved collectively. State Duma elections held at Russian Embassy in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/210111.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:56:00 +0400 By TrendVoting is being held at the Russian Embassy in Baku in connection with the elections to the State Duma on September 19, Trend reports.The polling station opened at 08:00 (GMT +4), voting will continue until 20:00. As of 12:00 Baku time, more than 110 people voted. Registration takes place upon the fact of turnout, the main contingent of those who voted are elderly people.The voting is observed by two representatives of the Public Chamber of Russia and one representative of the Baku branch of the International Institute for Monitoring the Development of Democracy, Parliamentarism and Respect for the Electoral Rights of Citizens of the Secretariat of the Council of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly (IPA CIS).A week ago, an early vote was held in the building of the executive authority of the city of Ganja.The State Duma elections take place in Russia and abroad from September 17 through September 19. The State Duma is elected for a term of five years according to a mixed electoral system: 225 deputies – on party lists, another 225 – in single-mandate districts in one round. Abu Dhabi to remove COVID-19 testing requirement at border starting Sep. 19 http://www.today.az/news/regions/210097.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:46:00 +0400 By TrendAbu Dhabi has announced that it will remove the requirement to get tested for COVID-19 before entering the emirate starting September 19, Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Saturday, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.The decision comes as the UAE announced a drop to 0.2 percent infection rate last week.“The committee will continue to monitor infection rates and urges all citizens, residents and visitors to continue adhering to precautionary measures to protect public health and safety, maintain successes and advance the nation’s sustainable recovery,” Abu Dhabi’s Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee stated in a post on Twitter. Facebook says WSJ allegations are 'mischaracterizations,' confer 'false motives' http://www.today.az/news/regions/210096.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:31:00 +0400 By TrendFacebook Inc (FB.O) on Saturday slammed a Wall Street Journal series of articles about the social media company's platform as containing "deliberate mischaracterizations" and said the articles "conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook's leadership and employees." Trend reports citing Reuters.The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of internal company documents that included research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management, said that although Facebook researchers have identified "the platform's ill effects," the company failed to fix them.The Wall Street Journal articles say that Facebook exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, played down the negative effects on young users of its Instagram app, made changes to its algorithm that made the platform "angrier," and had a weak response to alarms raised by employees over how the platform is used in developing countries by human traffickers.Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, writing in a blog post, said the Wall Street Journal's stories "contained deliberate mischaracterizations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook's leadership and employees."Clegg called "just plain false" an allegation that "Facebook conducts research and then systematically and willfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company."Facebook, Clegg said, understands the "significant responsibility that comes with operating a global platform" and takes it seriously, but "we fundamentally reject this mischaracterization of our work and impugning of the company's motives."Clegg defended Facebook's handling of posts on the COVID-19 vaccine and said that the "intersection between social media and well-being" remains an evolving issue in the research community. Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Syrian gas pipeline http://www.today.az/news/regions/210095.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:17:00 +0400 By TrendIslamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline at Deir Ali power station in Syria, according to a statement published on its affiliated Telegram channels,Trend reports citing Reuters.Earlier, Syria's electricity minister said the attack had led to an electricity outage that hit the capital Damascus, its outskirts and other areas. Geostat shares data on nominal GDP in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/210094.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:03:00 +0400 By TrendNominal gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to 15.91 billion lari in the second quarter of 2021 in Georgia, Trend reports via the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat).As reported, the real GDP grew by 29.9 percent year-on-year and the GDP deflator increased by 10.3 percent in the reporting period.Geostat said that significant contributions to the real GDP growth in 2Q2021 are related to an increase in the value-added of the following activities:Wholesale and retail trade (53.9 percent)Manufacturing (42.3 percent)Arts, entertainment, and recreation (133.6 percent)Transportation and storage (47 percent)Construction (27.3 percent)Accommodation and food service activities (75.5 percent)Financial and insurance activities (45.5 percent)A decrease in the real value-added occurred in:Agriculture, forestry, and fishing (-2.3 percent)Education (-1.4 percent)The largest shares of GDP by activity were held by:Trade (15.9 percent)Manufacturing (11.6 percent)Real estate activities (9.6 percent)Construction (8.6 percent)Agriculture, forestry, and fishing (7.8 percent)Transportation and storage (6.3 percent)Public administration (5.8 percent)Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5.4 percent).The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the Georgian economy to grow 7.7 percent in 2021, a significant upgrade from just a few months ago, which implies that output will exceed its 2019 level this year. Azerbaijani Finance Ministry to auction long-term state bonds http://www.today.az/news/business/210093.html Business Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) will host an auction on the placement of long-term state bonds of the Azerbaijani Finance Ministry for a total of 10 million manat ($5.88 million) on September 21, 2021, Trend reports referring to the BSE.Some 100,000 bonds with a par value of 100 manat ($58.8), a circulation term of 2,548 days, and a yield to maturity (YTM) of 7.5 percent will be offered at the auction.The deadline for payment on interest (if any) is March 22 and September 20, 2022, March 21 and September 19, 2023, March 19 and September 17, 2024, March 18 and September 16, 2025, March 17 and September 15, 2026, March 16 and September 14, 2027, March 14 and September 12, 2028, while for payment on the main amount – September 12, 2028.PASHA Capital Investment Company is an underwriter on issuing the ministry’s state bonds.It is allowed to accept non-competitive orders during the auction, provided that the bond issue does not exceed 20 percent.For 2021, the Ministry of Finance plans to issue one million long-term bonds, the amount of which is estimated at 100 million manat ($58.8 million).(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on Sept.18) Security Council voices concern over political strife in Somalia http://www.today.az/news/regions/210092.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:36:00 +0400 By TrendThe Security Council on Saturday expressed deep concern about the ongoing disagreement between the Somali president and prime minister, and the negative impact on the electoral timetable and process,Trend reports citing Xinhua.In a press statement, the council members urged all stakeholders to exercise restraint, and underlined the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability in Somalia.They urged all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue for the good of Somalia and to prioritize the peaceful conduct of transparent, credible and inclusive elections within the agreed timelines and in accordance with the Sept. 17, 2020, and May 27, 2021, agreements.The members of the Security Council urged the Somali federal government and the federal member states to ensure that any political differences do not divert from united action against Al-Shabaab and other militant groups.They reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Somalia.The press statement was released a day after the Security Council held closed-door consultations on the current situation in Somalia and heard a briefing by the UN secretary-general's special representative James Swan. Italy reports 51 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 4,578 new cases http://www.today.az/news/regions/210091.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:21:00 +0400 By TrendItaly reported 51 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 66 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose marginally to 4,578 from 4,552, Trend reports citing Reuters.Italy has registered 130,284 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.63 million cases to date.Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 3,958 on Saturday, down from 3,989 a day earlier.There were 31 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 34 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 519 from a previous 525.Some 355,933 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 284,579, the health ministry said. Ukraine intends to purchase textile products from Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/210090.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:08:00 +0400 By TrendA business delegation from the industrial city of Khmelnitsky (Ukraine) expressed interest in purchasing products from Uzbek textile manufacturers, Trend reports citing Uzbek media.In the Association "Uztekstilprom" with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in Tashkent, negotiations were held with a business delegation from the industrial city of Khmelnitsky, headed by a representative of the local Administration, as well as among the heads of textile companies in the city. The meeting was also attended by representatives of domestic textile companies interested in establishing close partnerships with potential partners from Ukraine.The Ukrainian side was provided with information about the economic reforms being carried out in the republic, as well as the achievements and potential of the textile industry of Uzbekistan. In particular, they noted the importance of maximizing the use of existing opportunities for the further development of trade, economic and investment ties between the business circles of the two countries.In particular, foreign partners expressed interest in visiting manufacturing enterprises of the country, as well as in the implementation of mutual projects for the joint production of textile products, taking into account the logistics capabilities of Khmelnitsky to create a joint logistics hub for the subsequent export of products of domestic manufacturers to third countries. Within the framework of the meeting, the Ukrainian delegation held appropriate negotiations in the B2B format with the heads of individual domestic textile manufacturers and discussed the supply of finished Uzbek textile products to the Ukrainian market.As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached to make all the necessary efforts to expand direct close contacts between representatives of the textile industry of the two countries, establish cooperation ties and further deepen trade, economic and investment cooperation in the textile industry. Three killed in blasts in Afghan city of Jalalabad http://www.today.az/news/regions/210089.html World news Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:54:00 +0400 By TrendAt least three people were killed and about 20 wounded in a series of blasts in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Saturday, two sources in the city said, Trend reports citing Reuters.The fatalities occurred during a series of five blasts, the sources, who said they had received information from hospitals and eyewitnesses, told Reuters.One source said members of the Taliban were among the casualties. The second said the bombs targeted Taliban vehicles. Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan prepares weekly review of activities [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/210088.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:47:00 +0400 By TrendMinistry of Defense of Azerbaijan has prepared a weekly review of its activities.Trend presents this review:   EU eyes to expand project on creating 'green technologies' in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/210087.html Business Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:39:00 +0400 By TrendEuropean Union (EU) plans to expand project on creating 'green technologies' in Azerbaijan, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Viktor Bojkov told Trend.According to Bozhkov, currently, the European Union is implementing a pilot project to create ‘green technologies’ in transport and in the field of housing construction in Ganja city."Now we have one project in this field, and we plan to implement it in at least five more cities, including, possibly, in Mingachevir and Sumgayit," he said.Speaking about other projects, the representative noted that the EU is currently working to strengthen ties with the Baku Sea International Trade Port in the field of digitalization of the transport corridor. Another visit of Shusha residents to their hometown organized http://www.today.az/news/society/210086.html Society Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:24:00 +0400 By TrendOn September 18, another visit of Shusha residents to their native lands liberated from Armenian occupation was organized, Trend reports.For almost 30 years, the people of Shusha lived longing for their hometown. With the liberation of Shusha city during the 44-day Second Karabakh war by the Azerbaijani army led by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Ilham Aliyev, this anguish was brought to an end. Residents of Shusha will soon witness the reconstruction and revival of their hometown.Residents of Shusha visited Jydyr Duzyu, Fortress walls, Yukhary and Ashagi Govkhar Agha mosques, as well as the shot busts of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Khurshidbana Natavan and Bulbul in the central square of the city. Then they watched a concert as part of the 13th Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival. Int'l fact-finding mission sums up results of Armenia's Karabakh warcrimes inquiry http://www.today.az/news/politics/210083.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:09:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaVisiting members of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation ) Ombudsmen Association delegation have summed up the results of their international fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan's Karabakh liberated from Armenia's occupation in 2020, the ombudsman office reported on September 18.At a news conference held on September 18, the delegation members focused on the facts of war crimes committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan, including the destruction of cultural monuments, as well as the consequences of the ecological terror committed by the Armenian side in the previously occupied Azerbaijani territories.Speaking at the event, Azerbaijani Ombudsperson Sabina Aliyeva thanked Turkey and Pakistan for providing moral support to Azerbaijan during the last year’s 44-day Second Karabakh War.OIC Ombudsmen Association President Seref Malkoc thanked Aliyeva for the invitation to visit the country.Malkoc said that based on the results of the mission to investigate the facts of crimes committed by Armenia in the previously occupied Azerbaijani territories, a report will be prepared and it will be sent to international organizations.He also stressed the importance of expanding ties between the ombudsman’s offices of the countries.The advisor to the Association Secretary-General, Muhammad Javed Ghani, shared his impressions of the trip to the territories liberated from Armenian occupation.He said that the members of the delegation witnessed destructions, annihilation of religious and cultural monuments by Armenia in the previously occupied territories.During the news conference, the results of monitoring related to the facts of vandalism of Armenia in relation to social facilities, cultural and historical monuments in the previously occupied territories, as well as the results of the mission to investigate the facts, in particular the collected evidences, were discussed.At the end of the news conference, the OIC Ombudsmen Association issued a statement on the fact-finding mission results.It should be noted that Armenia's aggression and illegal occupation caused irreparable damages to Azerbaijan's cultural heritage, which includes thousands of cultural values, including monuments of the world and national importance, mosques, temples, mausoleums, museums, art galleries, sites of archaeological excavations, libraries and rare manuscripts.Sixty-four of 67 mosques and Islamic religious sites were destroyed, greatly damaged, and desecrated.More than 900 cemeteries were destroyed and vandalized. The evidence of illegal "archaeological excavations" and so-called "restoration work" was found on the liberated Azerbaijani territories, confirming previous reports of Armenia's attempts to hide and falsify cultural, historical and scientific evidence.The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said that hundreds of cultural institutions, 927 libraries with a book fund of 4.6 million, 22 museums and museum branches with more than 100,000 exhibits, 4 art galleries, 8 culture, and recreation parks, as well as one of the oldest settlements in the world in Fuzuli region - Azykh Cave, the Shusha State Historical and Architectural Reserve had become victims of the Armenian vandalism. Group of Azerbaijani pilots returns home after partaking in Turkey-held military exercises http://www.today.az/news/politics/210085.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:56:00 +0400 By TrendA group of Azerbaijani Air Force's military personnel and aircraft involved in the "TurAz Falcon - 2021" joint flight-tactical exercises held in Konya, Turkey on September 1-17 have returned to the Motherland, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.According to the ministry, all combat tasks assigned during the exercises held in accordance with the Annual Military Cooperation Plan between Azerbaijan and Turkey, were successfully carried out by military pilots of both countries. Russian warships arrive in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/210082.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaRussia's two warships arrived in Azerbaijan on an unofficial friendly visit on September 18, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has reported.The navy command of the Azerbaijan Naval Forces will receive the crews of the Astrakhan and Anatoly Gujvin warships of the Russian Navy's Caspian Flotilla and discuss military cooperation between the two countries' navies, the report added.Within the scope of the program, crews of the ships will have excursion in the city of Baku to get acquainted with cultural and historical monuments, as well as hold a friendly volleyball match.The visit will last until September 20.In a separate report on September 18, the ministry said that  Azerbaijani and Russian military seamen, who are on a friendly visit, met in Baku to discuss ties.At a working meeting, Russian Caspian Flotilla Detachment Commander Vladimir Zaytsev and Azerbaijani Naval Forces Commander Subhan Bakirov discussed friendly relations and other issues of mutual interest. The Russian Caspian flotilla is the largest and most powerful naval unit in the Caspian Sea. None of the Caspian littoral states has such a number of warships with modern on-board weaponry as Russia does. Baku, Tehran mull situation on road connecting Armenia with Iran http://www.today.az/news/business/210081.html Business Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Seyyed Abbas Mousavi have held discussions on the state of traffic on the Gorus-Gafan road, a source at the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan has reported.At the meeting, the officials focused on the current regional developments, the new situation on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the new conditions of traffic on the Gorus-Gafan road, and other issues.Earlier, Mousavi met Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev twice to discuss the latest developments of bilateral ties and issues of common concern and interest.The Gorus-Gafan highway connects Armenia with Iran. A small section of this route passes through the territory of Azerbaijan in Eyvazli village of Gubadli region. Recently, a number of Armenian media published panic reports that Azerbaijani police and customs officers were inspecting Iranian trucks crossing the territory of the republic.On September 11, the Azerbaijani media outlets reported that a lot of Iranian trucks continue to enter the Azerbaijani territories in Karabakh under the temporary Russian peacekeeper control without Baku's consent.Later, the Defence Ministry stated that foreign legal entities, individuals and their vehicles cannot enter the Azerbaijani territories without the country's consent and such cases violate Azerbaijan's laws.About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh under the Moscow-brokered trilateral cease-fire deal signed in 2020. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the peace deal, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centres, and historic Shusha city that had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years. Representatives of Azerbaijani Air Force to take part in Teknofest-2021 festival http://www.today.az/news/politics/210084.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:12:00 +0400 By TrendA group of military personnel and aircraft of the Azerbaijan Air Force will take part in the Teknofest-2021 festival, Trend reports on Sept.18 citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.According to the ministry, demonstration flights of two MiG-29 fighters of the Air Force are planned at the festival, which will start on September 21 in Istanbul, Turkey.The festival will last until September 26. Azerbaijan: Russian MoD ceasefire report regrettable http://www.today.az/news/politics/210080.html Politics Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaThe deputy head of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry press service, Anar Eyvazov, has described as surprising and regrettable the Russian Defence Ministry statement on truce violation in the direction of Shusha, local media reported on September 19.The statement made by the Russian Defence Ministry, quoting the Armenian side that two Armenian armed men were wounded in the direction of Shusha on September 17, allegedly as a result of shelling by the Azerbaijan army units, is surprising and regrettable, he said."Thus, the incident was investigated with the joint participation of representatives of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry and the leadership of the Russian peacekeeping forces. As a result, it was established that the Azerbaijan army units did not open fire on the indicated date in this direction," Eyvazov stressed.He noted that "it is not clear that the information investigated with the participation of both parties was subsequently presented in a completely different form".Eyvazov underlined that Azerbaijan continues its efforts to ensure stability in the region and prevent possible provocations under Azerbaijani laws and strictly adheres to the provisions of the trilateral joint statement signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan in 2020.The aforesaid Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh under the deal. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the peace deal, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city that had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years. OIC Ombudsmen Association sums up results of fact-finding mission to Azerbaijani Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/210079.html Politics Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:22:00 +0400 By TrendThe delegation of the Association of Ombudsmen of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a press conference in the Azerbaijani Ombudsman's Office on Sept.18, Trend reports referring to the office.The event participants discussed the facts of war crimes committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan, including destruction of cultural monuments, as well as the consequences of the ecological terror committed by the Armenian side in the previously occupied Azerbaijani territories.Speaking at the event, Azerbaijani Ombudsperson Sabina Aliyeva again expressed her gratitude to Turkey and Pakistan for providing moral support to Azerbaijan during the last year’s 44-day Second Karabakh War [from late Sept. to early Nov.].Seref Malkoc, President of the OIC Ombudsmen Association, thanked Aliyeva for the invitation to visit the country.According to Malkoc, based on the results of the mission to investigate the facts of crimes committed by Armenia in the previously occupied Azerbaijani territories, a report will be prepared, which will be sent to international organizations.He also stressed the importance of expanding ties between the ombudsman’s offices of the countries.Advisor to the Secretary General of the Association Muhammad Javed Ghani shared his impressions of the trip to the territories liberated from Armenian occupation [in the Second Karabakh War].According to Ghani, the members of the delegation witnessed destructions, annihilation of religious and cultural monuments by Armenia in the previously occupied territories.During the press conference, the results of monitoring related to the facts of vandalism of Armenia in relation to social facilities, cultural and historical monuments in the previously occupied territories, as well as the results of the mission to investigate the facts, in particular the collected evidences, were discussed.At the end of the press conference, the OIC Ombudsmen Association issued a statement on the fact-finding mission results. Azerbaijan's Shusha holding concert within Int'l Music Festival of famous composer Uzeyir Hajibayli http://www.today.az/news/society/210078.html Society Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:22:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is marking the Day of National Music and the birthday of Uzeyir Hajibayli, genius composer, founder of professional Azerbaijani music, musicologist, public figure, the author of the first opera in the East, on September 18, Trend reports.In accordance with the decree of the national leader Heydar Aliyev, a series of events are held annually in this regard in different regions of Azerbaijan.The birthday of the outstanding composer is also marked by the opening of the International Music Festival named after him.The rich program of the XIII Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival, to be held on September 18-24, will include performances of Azerbaijani art groups and soloists, as well as musicians from the US and Poland.One of the first concerts within the festival will take place in Shusha, given that by the corresponding order of the President Ilham Aliyev, this city was declared the cultural capital of Azerbaijan.A concert of the Azerbaijan State Song and Dance Ensemble named after Fikrat Amirov under the direction of People's Artist Aghaverdi Pashayev has been organized on the Day of National Music in Shusha with the participation of famous soloists.During the concert, the music masterpieces of Uzeyir Hajibayli will be performed.Holding such a festival in the city of Shusha, liberated from the Armenian occupation after 29 years, was the dream of every Azerbaijani, and this dream has become a reality.For many years, Azerbaijani historical and cultural monuments have been destroyed in the Azerbaijani lands previously occupied by Armenia, including Shusha, where the busts of Uzeyir Hajibayli, as well as other outstanding cultural figures of the country – poetess Khurshidbanu Natavan and singer Bulbul were subject to the Armenian vandalism.Even before the Second Karabakh War, President Ilham Aliyev said that after the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the busts of Hajibayli, Natavan and Bulbul will be re-installed in Shusha. These words of the President of Azerbaijan have already become reality. The busts were re-installed in the ancient city and welcome its guests.Moreover, a new monument to Hajibayli has been installed in Shusha after its liberation.The first monument to the composer in Shusha was installed in 1985 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The monument, created by the sculptor Ahmad Salikov, was completely destroyed in 1992 during the first Karabakh war as a result of Armenian vandalism.On the instructions of Azerbaijani president, a new monument to the composer was made. The bronze statue was installed in its former place in Shusha with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The authors of the monument are sculptors Aslan Rustamov, Teymur Rustamov and Mahmud Rustamov. Azerbaijani First VP Mehriban Aliyeva shares post related to National Music Day on Instagram http://www.today.az/news/politics/210077.html Politics Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:16:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made a post on the occasion of National Day of Music on her official Instagram page. the story will be updated. Country registers 2,042 new COVID-19 cases, 3,224 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/210076.html Society Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 2,042 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on September 18.Some 3,224 patients have recovered and 29 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 470,985 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 430,717 patients have recovered, 6,280 people have died. Currently, 33,988 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 15,666 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 4,731,381 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 7,925,249 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 4,605,958 citizens, and the second one to 3,319,291 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 61,657 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Azerbaijan and Georgia remain not only neighbors, but strategic partners - PM http://www.today.az/news/business/210075.html Business Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:34:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan and Georgia are not only neighbors, but strategic partners, said Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Trend reports via Georgian media.“State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has distinguishing social responsibility. It carried out many projects of social importance for the Georgian population in different regions,” said Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in Kizilajlo village of Marneuli Municipality during the opening of a new sports complex.Garibashvili stressed the significance of SOCAR investments in Georgia. He said that Azerbaijan and Georgia were not only neighbors but strategic partners.SOCAR Energy Georgia built the new sports complex in Kizilajlo village and handed it over to the Georgian government as a gift. It is a multifunctional sports space for basketball, mini football, volleyball, and wrestling.The sports complex has showers, dressing rooms, tribunes for spectators, and an administrative building. The project cost over 3 million lari ($966,183). SOCAR also fully rehabilitated the nearby football stadium. Armenian military expert confirms use of Iskander missiles by Armenia against Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/210074.html Politics Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe false information that the Armenian side had disseminated during the second Karabakh war about its army has been exposed once again, Azerbaijani military expert Colonel Shair Ramaldanov stated, Trend reports.Armenian military expert Van Hambardzumyan on the air of the Youtube channel Budrooo news confirmed the fact of using Iskander tactical ballistic missile launcher during the war and stated that the information about the downed Azerbaijani drones is false.“Armenia had indeed used Iskander missile launcher during the war, although, it has not yet admitted it officially. The Armenian side spread false information before, during and after the war,” Ramaldanov stressed.“We also have enough facts that the Armenian state had provided false information to its internal audience. The Armenian military-political leadership took these steps, first of all, for self-defense. After all, if the Armenian people knew the truth, the position of the military-political leadership would be deplorable,” the colonel said.“As for the use of Iskander missile, we found pieces of these missiles in Shusha. There is also information that both Iskander and other missiles were launched at Baku. However, Azerbaijan's air defense units successfully prevented these attacks and defended our airspace,” the Azerbaijani military said.“During the war, the Armenian army used all the weapons in its arsenal. But the biggest lie in Armenia is related to information about losses. They later admitted that the losses were twice more than the declared ones. The remains of the Armenian servicemen are still being found,” Ramaldanov said. Azerbaijan to promote famous composer Uzeyir Hajibayli's heritage worldwide - minister http://www.today.az/news/society/210073.html Society Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan will promote famous native composer Uzeyir Hajibayli's musical heritage at the international level, the country’s Minister of Culture Anar Karimov told journalists at an event timed to the Day of National Music and the birthday of the composer, which are celebrated on September 18, Trend reports."Today is a significant day for us. We celebrate the birthday of Uzeyir Hajibayli and the Day of National Music. We are very glad that our Karabakh, Shusha is free on this significant day. This joy was given to us by Supreme Commander Ilham Aliyev and our victorious army. We returned our culture to Shusha," said Karimov.He noted that the Day of National Music is also celebrated in Shusha.The International Festival named after Uzeyir Hajibayli is traditionally held in Azerbaijan, and this year, on September 18-24, in different cities of the country, including Shusha, Ganja, and Aghdam, relevant events will be held, the minister further said."We’ll promote Azerbaijani culture, the heritage of Uzeyir Hajibayli, his immortal works both in Azerbaijan and at the international level," he added.Shusha and Aghdam cities were liberated from Armenian occupation as a result of the 2020 second Karabakh war. Azerbaijan and Iran hold discussions in connection with Gorus-Gafan road http://www.today.az/news/business/210072.html Business Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:42:00 +0400 By TrendIranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Seyed Abbas Mousavi held a discussion with the Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev on the state of traffic on the Gorus-Gafan road during a meeting with him, Trend reports referring to the Iranian Embassy in Azerbaijan.According to the report, during the meeting, the current processes in the region, the new situation on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the new conditions of traffic on the Gorus-Gafan road, and other issues were discussed.Gorus-Gafan highway connects Armenia with Iran. A small section of this route passes through the territory of Azerbaijan in the area of the Eyvazli village of the Gubadli region. Recently, a number of Armenian media published panic reports that Azerbaijani police and customs officers were inspecting Iranian trucks crossing the territory of the republic. Film on renowned Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli produced in Los Angeles http://www.today.az/news/society/210070.html Society Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:23:00 +0400 By TrendThe Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles produced a short film in English on renowned Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli - the founder of the first opera and operetta in the Muslim world.The film mentions that Hajibeyli was born on Sep. 18, 1885, in Azerbaijan's Karabagh region and was raised in Shusha, the cradle of Azerbaijani music, where he studied Azerbaijani Mugham music.It is stated that in 1908, then the 23-year old Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s “Leyli and Majnun", the first opera in the Muslim world, was performed in Baku, Azerbaijan and that in 1913 his operetta "Arshin Mal Alan" (Cloth Peddler) premiered in Baku. It is noted that the operetta advocated for women's rights and emancipation, captivating soon the audiences in many other Muslim countries too.The film highlights that during Azerbaijan's brief independence in 1918-20, Hajibeyli was one of the strongest champions for Azerbaijan's freedom and that he composed the newly independent Azerbaijan's national anthem.In 1920, Hajibeyli established the Azerbaijan National Conservatory, training Azerbaijan's finest composers.It is stressed that a feature film, based on his "Arshin Mal Alan," was made in 1945 and translated into 86 languages and shown in 136 countries. Colorized by Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the film premiered in Hollywood in 2015. "Arshin Mal Alan" operetta's largest U.S. performance was held in 2013 in Los Angeles. Moreover, it is mentioned that the City of Los Angeles proclaimed Sep. 18, 2015, as "Uzeyir Hajibeyli Memorial Day".The film notes that in 1992, Armenia invaded Hajibeyli's hometown of Shusha, looting and destroying his home museum and statues and that in 2020, Azerbaijan liberated Shusha and returned Hajibeyli's statues and his home museum is being restored.In conclusion, the film underlines that Uzeyir Hajibeyli's tremendous legacy lives on in and beyond Azerbaijan.The film can be watched here: https://youtu.be/Sus4xeKfk-8Considering the importance of short films in the current social media age, the Consulate General has produced 27 short films on different topics about Azerbaijan since 2019. Some of them have been translated into other languages too.