Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az United Water Supply Service of Major Cities sets up commission related to "Formula 1" Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 18:42:00 +0400 The United Water Supply Service of Large Cities of the Azerbaijan State Water Resources Agency created a special commission and developed an action plan in order to prepare for the "Formula 1" competitions, Azernews reports, citing the agency.According to information, during the competitions to be held in Baku on September 13-15, a meeting of the commission and working group was held for the purpose of implementing obligations to the United Water Supply Service of Large Cities, planning, assessing the current situation, and preparing an action plan related to the work to be done.Deputies of the service - Chairman of the Commission Tahir Khalilov, Deputy Chairman Ilgar Taghiyev, members of the commission, and the working group participated in the meeting where opinions were exchanged on the nuances that should be reflected in the action plan, suggestions were made, and tasks were given. CEC Chairman updates on elections to Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 18:14:00 +0400 "To date, 480 observers have been registered."Azernews reports that Mazahir Panahov, Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), made this statement during today's meeting.According to him, all registered observers are local: "344 of them registered voluntarily, 10 through NGOs, and 126 received special permission."Mazahir Panahov also highlighted that 1048 individuals across 125 constituencies applied as candidates for the upcoming extraordinary parliamentary elections scheduled for September 1.He further mentioned that the candidacy of 700 individuals was approved: "609 collected signature sheets, 57 returned them, and 16 had their candidacies registered. Days of Uzbek Cinema kick off in Nizami Cinema Center Arts & Entertainment Mon, 22 Jul 2024 17:57:00 +0400 Laman IsmayilovaThe Days of Uzbek Cinema has kicked off at Nizami Cinema Center in Baku, Azernews reports.The large-scale event was co-organized by the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry and the Film Agency.Deputy Culture Minister of Azerbaijan Murad Huseynov and the First Deputy Culture Minister of Uzbekistan Avazkhon Tajikhanov addressed the opening ceremony of the event.Opening the Days of Uzbek Cinema in Azerbaijan, Murad Huseynov welcomed those gathered, hailing the friendly ties between the peoples of the two countries, including in the field of cinematography.He noted that the Uzbek actress Nelli Ataullayeva starred in the film "Meeting" (1955), produced at Baku Film Studio by director Tofig Tagizade.Further, the filmmakers of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan were connected by fruitful cooperation that lasted for many years.The Azerbaijan Deputy Culture Minister outlined that the Azerbaijan State Film Fund stores over 100 Uzbek feature films, including cinema works by Shukhrat Abbasov, Ali Khamraev and Latif Fayziev.Murad Huseynov underlined that the film "Mother-in-Law" directed by Huseyn Seyidzade enjoys special sympathy among the Uzbek audience.In conclusion of his speech, Murad Huseynov once again congratulated the guests and film lovers on the wonderful international film festival - the Days of Uzbek Cinema in Azerbaijan and wished them a pleasant viewing.The First Deputy Culture Minister of Uzbekistan Avazkhon Tajikhanov welcomed the distant, but close and related to the Uzbek Azerbaijani people as representatives of the Turkic world."The Azerbaijani people were one nation with us, drank water from the same ditch with us, shared the same bread with us, spoke the same language. We still have one religion. It`s not for nothing that the great Uzbek poet Alisher Navoi, continuing the traditions of Nizami Ganjavi, wrote the epic "Khamsa" in the Turkic language (the work was written in Chagatai, a medieval Turkic language spoken in Central Asia), and Muhammad Fuzuli called Alisher Navoi his teacher. And there are many such examples. The Cloth Peddler (1945) production is still staged in many theaters in Uzbekistan with a great success. Or, the already mentioned film "Mother-in-Law", although Azerbaijani, we consider it our Uzbek film. At the moment, thanks to the desire of the presidents of the two countries to bring our peoples even closer together, relations are reaching a new level in all areas, including the humanitarian and cultural ones. The Days of Culture are held with great success in both countries, as evidenced by the present event, within the framework of which multi-genre works of Uzbek filmmakers are presented - for a more extensive understanding of the director's specifics, Avazkhon Tajikhanov said.Furthermore, the film Evrilish (Evolution) was screened as part of the ceremony.The war drama directed by Yolkin Tuychiev tells the story of the fate of an Uzbek man who was drafted into the ranks of the Soviet Army and became the hero of one of the hot spots. The war changes his life and the lives of those around him, he goes abroad. Years later, the man decides to return to his homeland, Uzbekistan.The film received has been awarded at 27th Busan International Film Festival in the KIM Jiseok Award category.This award recognizes the work of the most talented Asian directors in the A Window on Asian Cinema section of the festival. Filming took place in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and the UK.The film cast included Olmas Urayev, Bakhrom Matchonov, Botir Abdurakhmonov, Zhurabek Arziev, Ilmira Rakhimdzhanova, Yulduz Radzhabova, Igor Bukhaidze, Evgeny Moskvichev and others.The program of Days of Uzbek Cinema features movies like "Evrilish" (Evolution), "Yasha, xotin" (Long Live, Wife!), "Sudya" (Judge) and "Baxodir" (Bahad?r). The Days of Uzbek Cinema will last until July 23.Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1995 between the two countries, bilateral ties have forged deep bonds. Over 100 documents have been signed between the two countries until today.The holding of the Uzbek Culture Days in Baku in 2023 was another step towards strengthening Azerbaijani-Uzbek relations.The large-scale event featured gala concerts, theater performances, book presentation, exhibition and other events that aimed to highlight Azerbaijani-Uzbek relations. Theater Workers Union appoints new chairman Arts & Entertainment Mon, 22 Jul 2024 17:42:00 +0400 Laman Ismayilova People's Artist Haji Ismayilov has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Azerbaijan Theater Workers, Azernews reports. The decision was announced at the 15th conference of the union.Haji Ismayilov, an Azerbaijani actor, enrolled in the drama and film acting program at the Azerbaijan State Theater Institute in 1963. He joined the Sumgayit State Musical Drama Theater as an actor in the youth troupe on September 2, 1968, and later moved to the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater in 1970.Ismayilov's breakthrough role as Mustafa in the film "Birthday" at AzerbaijanFilm Studio earned him critical acclaim, leading to him being honored as the laureate of the State Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR on April 22, 1980.Azerbaijan Theater Workers is a public organization uniting theater workers in Azerbaijan.The Union of Theater Workers was founded in 1897. The original name of the organization was the Union of Artists, which united about 300 artists.This organization, which continued its activities since 1917 as the Union of Muslim Artists, since 1920 - as the Union of Turkic Actors, since 1948 - as the Azerbaijan Theater Society, was renamed the Union by the decision of the founding conference on February 27, 1987.The Azerbaijan Theater Workers focuses on the revival of the theatrical process in the country.The Theater Workers Union successfully organized theater festivals like Experimental performances, National Classics, Republican Festival of Young Directors, Festival of Children's Performances, Silk Road stage of the International Chekhov Festival", etc.The Union of Theater Workers of Azerbaijan is a full member of the UNESCO International Theater Institute and the International Confederation of Unions of Theater Workers. The Union has its branches in Nakhichevan, Ganja, Lankaran and SumgaitSince March 2013, a laboratory of young directors has been operating in the Union,In November 2018, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the leadership of the Azerbaijan Theater Workers Union and the Georgian Theater Society. Elnur Soltanov calls for unified climate action at Shusha Global Media Forum Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 17:16:00 +0400 Nazrin Abdul On July 22, the 2nd Shusha Global Media Forum hosted a significant presentation titled “Solidarity for a Green World - COP29,” organized under the theme “Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation,” Azernews reports.The presentation was led by Elnur Soltanov, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chief Executive Director of COP29.In his address, Soltanov provided an overview of the preparations and strategic measures for the 29th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29), which will be held in Azerbaijan. He highlighted national efforts to combat climate change, the progress in restoring and reconstructing territories liberated from occupation, and the importance of fostering sustainable development.“We must take collective action regarding COP29,” stated Soltanov. “We have a unified mission to achieve a green world. It is essential that we act together—our success depends on our collective effort.”He emphasized that one of the central challenges of COP29 is to develop innovative financing models for climate action. “We need to establish a new financial framework,” he explained. “COP29 represents a significant opportunity, and we are committed to creating a transparent environment where various stakeholders can engage in meaningful dialogue. We have already undertaken 13 initiatives and aim to finalize and address technical aspects by November 11. Achieving consensus in our negotiations is crucial.”Sultanov outlined 14 key agendas for COP29, underscoring the importance of creating green corridors, developing storage reservoirs, and addressing water shortages—a pressing issue due to frequent droughts. “These topics are critical at national, regional, and global levels,” he noted. “Climate change affects all countries, and without cooperation between developed and developing nations, a crisis is inevitable. We must honor our national commitments, as each one holds significant value.”He also addressed the challenge of reducing carbon emissions without detrimental economic impacts, asserting that no single country can tackle this issue in isolation. “All nations must contribute to the process of reducing methane emissions,” he added. “Increased funding for adaptation efforts is essential. For example, there will be a ministerial meeting in China and another in Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. These initiatives are designed to enhance support for our climate goals.”Soltanov’s presentation emphasized the urgency of collaborative climate action and the role of COP29 in advancing global environmental sustainability. Challenges & opportunities in Azerbaijan's gas supply to EU [COMMENTARY] Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 16:58:00 +0400 By AzernewsUlviyya ShahinAfter Ukraine and the EU's current agreement with Russia expires this year, they have asked Azerbaijan to supply natural gas to Europe via Ukraine. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev confirmed ongoing discussions with Ukraine, the EU, and Russia to continue gas supply. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy aims to secure Azerbaijani gas to maintain Ukraine's role in gas transit and support Western energy security. Aliyev noted potential challenges for Austria and Slovakia if Russian gas via Ukraine stops, underscoring Azerbaijan's readiness to increase gas exports to Europe, reaching nearly 13 billion cubic meters this year through the Southern Gas Corridor.The international analyst, and author of books on Britain, Turkiye, and the South Caucasus, Dr. Patrick Walsh's commentary on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's speech, emphasizing that there was an interesting article in the Financial Times of London last week."Vaqif Sadigov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the EU, told the newspaper that the EU is currently treating the country as a “firefighter” by only committing to short-term gas deals despite asking Azerbaijan to boost exports of fuel to the EU. Baku needs the certainty of long-term contracts to raise the finance required to increase gas production in the Caspian Sea and meet the additional EU demand. Mr Sadigov said that they cannot be a firefighter just by sending gas for three to six months. They need the contracts so that they can go to banks for financing for drilling deep into the Caspian Sea.”According to international expert, despite discussions with the EU Commission about how to meet the targets of the 2022 deal to increase Azerbaijan’s annual gas exports to the EU to 20bn cubic meters by 2027, EU operators have been reluctant to sign long contracts because of the bloc’s ambition to curb its consumption of fossil fuels and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."EU officials have said it is up to companies rather than national governments to make the commercial agreements. Finding new sources of natural gas has become critical for the EU since Russia, the EU's largest supplier, began to shut off gas flows in retaliation for the EU’s support for Ukraine. However the EU has committed to ambitious climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent by 2040, and fossil fuel consumption should be 80 percent less than in 2021, of which only 40 percent would be gas. Matthew Bryza, former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, said that to reach the EU’s 2027 target for Azerbaijani imports, it was imperative to finance upstream production because Azerbaijan would not otherwise have sufficient extra gas production to meet the EU deal. Between January and June, Azerbaijan exported 6.4 bcm of gas to EU countries, about a quarter of its total production, according to Baku's figures.""Over the past three years, Azerbaijan has increased its gas flows to the EU by 12 percent. However, it seems that Brussels is unable to finance the project because of its rules that prevent the EU budget from being spent on fossil fuel infrastructure. The European Investment Bank has similar restrictions. Ironically this EU ideology is not only an impediment to its energy security but to Kyiv, which urges Brussels to make the required commitment to Azerbaijan’s energy supply," Dr. Walsh concluded. ANAMA reveals number of landmines found in liberated territories last week Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 16:33:00 +0400 The Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) issued weekly information about operations carried out by institutions (ANAMA, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the State Border Service) involved in demining activities in the liberated territories (15.06.2024–21.07.2024), Azernews reports.Thus, 67 anti-tank mines, 37 anti-personnel mines, and 181 unexploded ordnance were detected and neutralized.Also, 1,673.7 hectares of land were cleared of mines.It is worth noting that because Azerbaijan's liberated territories remain contaminated with mines, the new infrastructure and green energy projects remain a risky and problematic goal. These obstacles to legal peace are part of the challenges facing the repopulation, development, and integration of the liberated territories on the path to full peace. Former US presidents comment on candidacy of Kamala Harris World news Mon, 22 Jul 2024 16:12:00 +0400 Ulviyya Shahin Former presidents of the United States, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, reacted to President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from the presidential race in November, Azernews reports citing the US media.Joe Biden supported Vice President Kamala Harris' candidacy for the presidency from the Democrats.Barack Obama, who called Joe Biden one of the most consistent policy-making presidents of the United States and the highest-level patriot, noted that he has led the United States away from four years of chaos, lies and division that characterized the Donald Trump administration. However, former President Kamala Harris has expressed difficulty in supporting her candidacy.Bill Clinton said in his statement that Joe Biden's extraordinary service career ended with a presidency that brought America out of an unprecedented pandemic, created millions of new jobs, rebuilt the shattered economy, strengthened our democracy, and restored the position of the United States in the world. He and his wife, Hillary Clinton, said in a joint statement: "We join millions of Americans in thanking President Biden for all he has done, standing up for America and letting the North Star know what is best for the country."Unlike Obama, the Clinton family supported Kamala Harris and said they would do everything possible to get her elected. Pakistan Daily Editor urges media literacy amid technology’s disinformation impact Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 15:55:00 +0400 Nazrin Abdul One of today’s foremost priorities is examining the role of technology in shaping reality, media, and the spread of disinformation, while fostering media literacy among consumers. However, it is crucial to recognize that tools like artificial intelligence, particularly language models, cannot be employed directly in complex geopolitical contexts, such as Pakistan-Azerbaijani relations, as these models follow their own logic and functions.Hamza Azhar Salam, Editor of Pakistan Daily, articulated these points during the panel discussion titled "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Reality, Media, and Disinformation: Advancing Media Literacy," held as part of the 2nd Shusha Global Media Forum, Azernews reports.In his remarks, Hamza Azhar Salam highlighted the significant role of artificial intelligence in enhancing media literacy and combating disinformation. He addressed the dual-edged nature of AI technologies, which can both facilitate the spread of disinformation and serve as a tool for improving media literacy.Salam stressed that increasing media literacy among consumers is essential for addressing the challenges posed by AI in the digital age. PM Kobakhidze: Zurabishvili's claim against the law "On Foreign Agents" to have no ... World news Mon, 22 Jul 2024 15:34:00 +0400 "President Salome Zurabishvili's lawsuit against the law "On Foreign Agents" in the Constitutional Court will have no prospects."Azernews reports that Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze said this.The Prime Minister said that it is impossible to prove that transparency is bad: "It is wrong from a legal point of view."It should be noted that before this, Zurabishvili filed a lawsuit against the Law "On Foreigners". MP Nigar Arpadarai on COP29’s societal impact and Azerbaijan’s green energy Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 15:19:00 +0400 Nazrin AbdulIn a panel discussion titled “Climate Movement and Media” at the 2nd Shusha Global Media Forum, Nigar Arpadarai, the high-ranking UN Climate Change Champion for COP29, emphasized the inclusive nature of the Conference of the Parties (COP) as a global platform for societal engagement in combating climate change, Azernews reports.Arpadarai articulated that the COP process is more than just an intergovernmental dialogue—it is a broad, inclusive initiative that seeks to involve all sectors of society in the climate action movement.She stated, “COP29 is not merely an intergovernmental conversation; it is a comprehensive societal endeavor. We are committed to an inclusive approach where everyone has a role to play in fighting climate change.”She also extended a warm invitation to the international community, saying, “We invite everyone to Baku for COP29. Baku represents a suitable platform for this purpose, as every individual can make a meaningful contribution to the fight against climate change.”Arpadarai highlighted Azerbaijan’s significant strides in the field of renewable energy, noting the country's strong commitment to sustainability.She explained that “Azerbaijan places great emphasis on the development of renewable energy sources as part of its national strategy. This dedication to green energy is a key aspect of our approach to addressing climate change.”By focusing on the collaborative nature of COP29 and Azerbaijan’s renewable energy initiatives, Nigar Arpadarai underscored the importance of a united global effort in climate action and the role of Baku as a central hub for this global challenge. Harvesting completes in majority of grain fields across Azerbaijan Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 14:59:00 +0400 Ulviyya Shahin The harvesting process has been completed in 90% of the winter grain fields in Azerbaijan, Azernews reports, citing the Ministry of Agriculture.Mechanizers harvested 907,845 hectares of land and gathered a total of 2,795,112 tons of crops.Currently, the average grain yield is 30.8 centners.Harvesting has been completed in 96.9% of barley fields and 84.5% of wheat fields across the country. The average yield of barley is 29.3 centners, and the average yield of wheat is 32 centners.On July 21, 575 harvesters were involved in the harvesting process, with 204 harvesters owned by "Agroservis" OJSC and 371 harvesters owned by individuals and legal entities. On that date, harvesting was conducted on 6,211 hectares of land using combine harvesters.During the 2024 grain harvest season, the highest grain yield was recorded in Hajigabul district. The average wheat yield in the region was 55 centners per hectare, and the average barley yield was 47 centners per hectare. Composer Bahram Nasibov's legacy highlighted in Baku Arts & Entertainment Mon, 22 Jul 2024 14:38:00 +0400 Laman Ismayilova Azerbaijan National Conservatory has presented the "Capital of Culture" film-concert project, launched by the Promotion of the Bahram Nasibov Creativity Public Union with the financial support of the Agency for State Support to NGOs, Azernews reports.The head of the project, chairman of the Bahram Nasibov Creativity Public Union, Adil Nasibov, who spoke at the event, gave detailed information about the project to the guests.He said that the project is being implemented in order to contribute to the series of events that will be organised in the city of Shusha, which has been declared the Cultural Capital of the Islamic World 2024, and in the country as a whole.Adil Nasibov noted that since its establishment, the Bahram Nasibov's Creativity Public Union has implemented many projects, both with the financial assistance of the Agency for State Support to NGOs and with its internal resources."At the film-concert presented today, the Imam of Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque in Shusha, Hasanli Mirabdullah, gave information about the destruction of mosques in Shusha during the 30-year occupation and the restoration process after the 44-Day Patriotic War. Abbasgulu Najafzade, a professor of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, musicologist and film-concert consultant, analyzed the songs played in the film-concert for the first time. Also, a special officer of the Internal Troops, a veteran of the Patriotic War, captain Vusal Hasanov, shared his views about the bravery of the Azerbaijani Army in the 44-Day Patriotic War, and Rauf Rahimov, a pharmacist-biologist and a breeder of citrus plants, shared his views on the harmony between man and nature," said A. Nasibov.He expressed his gratitude to the Agency for State Support to NGOs for supporting the implementation of the project.Rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, People's Artist, Professor Siyavush Karimi, stressed the big role of Bahram Nasibov in the history of Azerbaijani musical culture. He noted that the fact that Bahram Nasibov's art is loved by people today, and that his songs are memorised by languages, is proof of how talented the composer is. His songs will always be loved by artists.The Rector thanked everyone who contributed to the "Capital of Culture" film-concert project.The expert of the Culture Committee of the Azerbaijani Parliament, poet Akbar Goshaly, and the Doctor of Art Studies, consultant of the film-concert, Professor Abbasgulu Najafzade, spoke about the life and activities of the well-known composer.Next, the audience was invited to watch the film-concert project "Capital of Culture". The film featured songs composed by Bahram Nasibov and performed by well-known singer and composer Elnur Nuri.In the film-concert, the songs, interviewees, and staff were delivered to the audience in harmony with the texts and interviews. This introduces the audience to the topic audiovisually.The creative team of the film concert is the head of the project, screenwriter, film editor-Adil Nasibov, film director Jasarat Huseynzade, cameraman-Elmir Mirzazade, consultant-Abbasgulu Najafzade, producer Vusal Ahmadov, and editor Shabnam Tofiggizi. Showcasing future of cardiology: Central Customs Hospital holds Open Doors Day event Society Mon, 22 Jul 2024 14:16:00 +0400 Nazrin Abdul An Open Doors Day event was recently held at the Cardiology Department of the Central Customs Hospital, marking a significant opportunity for media representatives and medical residents to gain insight into the hospital’s advanced medical procedures and its contributions to national healthcare, Azernews reports.At the opening ceremony, Dr. Bakhtiyar Musayev, Chief Doctor of the Central Customs Hospital, extended his congratulations to the media representatives on the occasion of July 22nd, National Press Day. Dr. Musayev provided an overview of the hospital’s mission, focusing on the Cardiology Department’s innovative practices and the state-of-the-art procedures available to patients.Dr. Musayev highlighted the hospital’s commitment to offering cutting-edge medical services, including non-invasive surgical techniques that are rare in Azerbaijan but are now part of the Central Customs Hospital’s daily operations. He elaborated on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and other advanced heart valve replacement techniques performed through a minimally invasive approach via the groin. He emphasized that many of these complex and sophisticated procedures, once considered extraordinary, are now available to patients at no cost through the Compulsory Medical Insurance Program.Dr. Musayev emphasized that the hospital’s continuous reconstruction efforts and the introduction of new medical services underscore the state's dedication to modernizing healthcare. He discussed the focus on human capital development, technological advancements, and the enhancement of the healthcare economy as key priorities for the state.Ismayil Efendiyev, Deputy Head of the Medical Service Department of the State Customs Committee, also addressed the attendees. He shared insights into the medical and social initiatives organized by the Central Customs Hospital across various regions of the country, including the establishment of cooperation agreements and the execution of associated measures.Dr. Ilgar Tahiroglu, Head of the Cardiology Department and a leading invasive cardiologist, provided a detailed presentation on the department’s range of services, including TAVI, Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR), and Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR). He outlined how these procedures are integrated into the Compulsory Medical Insurance framework, showcasing their application in clinical practice even as they remain uncommon in many other countries.Following the presentations, attendees were given the opportunity to tour the Cardiology Department’s examination rooms and witness a live TAVI procedure performed on an 84-year-old patient. The procedure involved the insertion of a new aortic valve via the leg vein, without general anesthesia or incisions to the chest. Dr. Leman Eyvazli, a cardiologist from the department, conducted a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) to evaluate the new valve and assess the condition of other heart valves, concluding that the operation was a success.The Open Doors Day aimed to provide media representatives and medical residents with a comprehensive understanding of the Central Customs Hospital’s Cardiology Department. The event offered a closer look at the department’s operations, advanced treatment methods, and the surgical procedures available to patients, fostering direct communication between medical professionals and attendees.The Open Doors Day at the Cardiology Department of the Central Customs Hospital served as an important platform for showcasing the hospital’s innovative medical procedures, its role in national healthcare, and its dedication to advancing medical science through the Compulsory Medical Insurance Program. The event not only celebrated National Press Day but also demonstrated the hospital’s ongoing efforts to enhance healthcare services in Azerbaijan. Deputy Minister discusses Azerbaijan's COP29 chairmanship at "Speaking Experience" project Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 13:57:00 +0400 Ulviyya Shahin Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yalchin Rafiyev was the guest of the "Speaking Experience" project, which aims to continuously develop employees of the Ministry of Science and Education, as well as its subordinate institutions, and to train personnel ready for modern challenges, Azernews reports.During the event, Yalchin Rafiyev spoke on "Azerbaijan's chairmanship of COP29: priorities and expectations". The deputy minister provided detailed information about the goals and scope of COP29, scheduled to be held in Baku in November of this year.Rafiyev also emphasized that contributing to the resolution of climate change and its global impacts is one of Azerbaijan's primary goals.The session concluded with a Q&A session where the participants' questions were addressed.It is important to note that the "Speaking Experience" project includes regular organization of such meetings. Global oil prices surge Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 13:39:00 +0400 Nazrin Abdul Oil prices have risen significantly in global markets recently, Azernews reports.On the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) platform, the price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has climbed by $0.49 to reach $83.12. Meanwhile, on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange), the price for a barrel of Light crude oil has increased by $0.43, bringing it to $80.56.Recent geopolitical developments in key oil-producing regions have also contributed to market uncertainties. Tensions in the Middle East and disruptions in oil transportation routes have heightened concerns over future supply stability.Positive economic indicators, such as strong growth in major economies and increasing industrial output, have bolstered expectations for sustained oil demand. These indicators have supported higher oil prices as investors anticipate future market conditions. Eye-catching miniature art on display at Khatai Arts Center Arts & Entertainment Mon, 22 Jul 2024 13:25:00 +0400 Laman Ismayilova Khatai Arts Center has pleased its visitors with a corner of miniatures, Azernews reports citing the center.Along with works of modern Azerbaijani artists, the corner of miniatures exhibits samples of the ancient schools of Qajar, Tabriz, Mughal, Gashgay, Herat, Isfahan and Samarkand.The project was organized with the support of the Culture Ministry, Azerbaijan Artists' Union and the State Art Gallery.Note that Khatai Arts Center aims to create a different exposition by constantly renewing the corner based on the principle of "one work from one artist".Azerbaijani miniature art, which constitutes an interesting and rich part of the art of the peoples of the Near and Middle East, occupies a special place in the history of world art, and is included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.The art of miniatures is considered as an integral part of the social and cultural identity of the societies of the states that represent it.Each miniature work contributes to the preservation of historical and cultural heritage, strengthens cultural ties between past and present, and acts as a historical document with rich visual content reflecting traditional architecture, rituals, cultural events and many other areas of everyday life. Benefits of Caspian-Black Sea International Transport Route involving four countries [ANALYSIS] Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 13:03:00 +0400 By AzernewsUlviyya Shahin In a significant development for regional connectivity and economic integration, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, and Romania are set to formalise the creation of the "Caspian-Black Sea" international transport route through a quadrilateral intergovernmental agreement to be signed in Bucharest later this year. This initiative aims to streamline and enhance the movement of goods between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, ultimately connecting these regions more closely with European markets.Azernews decided to analyse the issue in order to clarify the importance of these countries in a quadruple manner.Benefits for AzerbaijanAzerbaijan stands to gain substantially from the establishment of the "Caspian-Black Sea" route. By utilising this corridor, Azerbaijan can diversify its transport options and reduce its reliance on existing routes. This diversification not only mitigates risks associated with geopolitical tensions but also strengthens Azerbaijan's role as a pivotal hub in Eurasian trade networks. Improved connectivity with Georgia and Romania will bolster Azerbaijan's economic growth by facilitating smoother trade flows and attracting investments in infrastructure development along the route.Benefits for TurkmenistanFor Turkmenistan, the new transport route represents a crucial opportunity to expand its export capabilities, particularly for its energy resources. Access to the Black Sea via Georgia and Romania opens up alternative trade routes that complement Turkmenistan's existing transport links. This diversification enhances Turkmenistan's economic resilience and provides a more efficient pathway for its exports to reach European markets. Additionally, improved connectivity will stimulate infrastructure investments in Turkmenistan, fostering economic development and job creation.Benefits for GeorgiaGeorgia plays a pivotal role as a transit country in the "Caspian-Black Sea" route, linking Central Asia and the Caucasus with Europe. By enhancing its infrastructure and logistical capabilities along the route, Georgia can strengthen its position as a regional transport and trade hub. Increased transit traffic will boost Georgia's economy through transit fees, services related to transportation, and potentially attracting manufacturing and logistics investments. Moreover, Georgia's strategic location will further integrate it into global trade networks, enhancing its geopolitical significance.Benefits for RomaniaFor Romania, the agreement presents opportunities to expand its role in facilitating Eurasian trade. The Black Sea port infrastructure in Romania can serve as a gateway for goods travelling to and from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and other Caspian Sea countries. This influx of trade will stimulate economic growth in Romania's maritime sector, logistics industry, and related service sectors. Furthermore, the enhanced connectivity aligns with Romania's broader economic strategy of becoming a key player in European logistics and transport infrastructure.The establishment of the "Caspian-Black Sea" international transport route marks a significant milestone in regional cooperation and economic integration among Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, and Romania. This initiative not only improves connectivity between the Caspian and Black Seas but also strengthens these countries' positions in the global trade network. By leveraging their geographical advantages and enhancing infrastructure investments, the participating nations are poised to unlock new economic opportunities, stimulate growth, and foster greater regional stability.This collaborative effort underscores the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships to enhance connectivity and foster economic prosperity across Eurasia. As the agreement moves towards implementation, it is expected to catalyse further developments in trade, infrastructure, and regional cooperation, setting a precedent for future integration efforts in the broader Caspian-Black Sea region. DM announces major upgrades to FM radio broadcasting infrastructure in Azerbaijan Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 12:09:00 +0400 Nazrin AbdulAt a recent briefing on the progress of the Presidential Decree dated July 24, 2023, titled "On the Allocation of Financial Resources for the Expansion of the Radio Broadcasting Network Across the Republic of Azerbaijan," Deputy Minister of Digital Development and Transport Samir Mammadov highlighted the urgent need for modernization within the FM radio broadcasting sector, Azernews reports.Mammadov explained that significant repair and restoration efforts are required for the existing radio broadcasting infrastructure, noting that outdated electric power plants at certain stations have underscored the importance of ensuring a stable energy supply. He emphasized that these challenges necessitate a comprehensive approach to enhance both the quality and reliability of the FM radio broadcasting network."The Decree is designed to address these issues by improving the radio broadcasting network and providing state support to private broadcasters," Mammadov stated. "One of the key objectives is to ensure that national radio stations can broadcast across the entire country effectively."As part of this modernization effort, new technologies are being introduced. The project includes the development of a Radio Data System (RDS) that will enable automatic frequency adjustment as vehicles move from one region to another, thereby preventing frequency changes and loss of signal.Significant progress has already been made, with most of the planned equipment installations completed. Currently, test broadcasts and technical adjustments are underway, and initial radio monitoring indicates that the broadcasts are of high quality. The project is expected to be completed in the coming months, with ongoing efforts to coordinate the newly allocated frequencies both with neighboring countries and at the international level. UAE Consensus: Robust pathway for achieving 1.5°C target as we prepare for Baku Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 11:51:00 +0400 Nazrin AbdulThe UAE Consensus stands out as a practical and robust strategy for keeping the 1.5°C climate target within reach, and it is imperative that we build momentum for its full implementation as we approach the next critical phase in Baku.This message was highlighted on the official "X" account of COP28, Azernews reports.The importance of the 8th Ministerial on Climate Action Meeting, held in Wuhan this week, was emphasized."This week’s 8th Ministerial on Climate Action, hosted in Wuhan, has proven to be a pivotal moment for advancing multilateral cooperation and dialogue. The meeting serves as a crucial bridge between COP28 and COP29, setting the stage for future climate action and reinforcing global commitments to climate goals." TRNC parliament speaker calls Turkish States to joint military agreement World news Mon, 22 Jul 2024 11:28:00 +0400 "A joint military agreement should be signed among the Turkish states."Azernews reports that this statement was made by Zorlu Tore, the Speaker of the Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).He emphasised the critical need for this initiative to materialise, stating, "The Azerbaijani army brought the enemy to its knees in Garabagh. If we unite, no one can stand against us."Z. Tore also expressed that Greek and Turkish Cypriots cannot unite within a single federation, drawing parallels with situations such as Turkey and Greece, Azerbaijan and Armenia, and Russia and Ukraine. He asserted that they must forge their futures as two distinct states.The Parliamentary Chairman further noted that two additional countries are poised to recognise the independence of Northern Cyprus soon. AFFA official assigned to qualifying match of UEFA Conference League Sports Mon, 22 Jul 2024 11:07:00 +0400 Laman Ismayilova UEFA has appointed head of AFFA's Match Operation Department Emin Jafarov as the UEFA delegate of the Maribor (Slovenia)-Universitatea Craiova (Romania) match, Azernews reports.The match will be played on July 25 at Ljudski stadium (22:30,Baku time.) within the second qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League. The main referee of the match will be Danish Mads Kristoffersen.The UEFA Conference League is an annual football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for eligible European football clubs. It is the third tier of continental club football in Europe, behind the second-tier Europa League, and the first-tier Champions League.The competition is primarily contested by teams from lower-ranked UEFA member associations. No teams qualify directly to the group stage, with 10 teams eliminated in the Europa League play-offs and the rest coming from the Conference League qualifiers.The winners of the competition are awarded a position in the Europa League the following season, unless they qualify for the Champions League.The 2024–25 UEFA Conference League is the fourth season of the UEFA Conference League, Europe's tertiary club football tournament organised by UEFA.This will be the first UEFA Conference League played under a new format involving a 36-team league stage.The new format also does not allow teams to transfer from the Europa League to the Conference League knockout stage, and thus Conference League winners (Olympiacos in the 2023–24 edition) cannot defend their title. From this season, the competition is renamed to UEFA Conference League from the UEFA Europa Conference League.The final will be played in Stadion Wroc?aw in Wroclaw, Poland. The winners of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2025–26 UEFA Europa League league stage, unless they qualify for the 2025–26 UEFA Champions League through their league performance. National Library presents exhibition dedicated to renowned musicologist Arts & Entertainment Mon, 22 Jul 2024 10:54:00 +0400 Laman Ismayilova Azerbaijan National Library has presented a book exhibition "Professor Jeyran Mahmudova-60", Azernews reports.The project was launched in connection with the 60th anniversary of the birth of the renowned musicologist, Doctor of Art Studies, Professor, Honored Artist Jeyran Mahmudova.The monographs, books compiled and edited by the musicologist, scientific articles, and literature in Azerbaijani and foreign languages ??are displayed at the exhibition. The exhibition will last one week.In 1971-1982, Jeyran Mahmudova studied at the Secondary Specialized Music School named after Bulbul. In 1982, she entered the Faculty of History and Theory of the Azerbaijan State Conservatory.In 1994, Jeyran Mahmudova defended his candidacy on the topic "Problems of Azerbaijani classifications", and in 2012 she defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic "Interrelationships between poetry and music in the songs of Azerbaijani composers".In 2003,the musicologist was awarded the scientific title of "associate professor" and "professor" in 2017 by the Higher Attestation Commission.By the Decree of President Ilham Aliyev dated July 30, 2018, she was appointed the rector of the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts.On December 13, 2023, Jeyran Mahmudova was awarded the honorary title of "Honored Art Worker". State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads increases its obligations Business Mon, 22 Jul 2024 10:36:00 +0400 Ulviyya Shahin In 2023, the revenues and expenses of the State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads (AAYDA) totaled 4,132.804 million manats, Azernews reports.According to the institution's financial report, this amount represents a 1.3% increase compared to 2022.All of AAYDA's income last year was operating income, as in the previous year. Regarding the agency's expenses, material expenses amounted to 395.296 million manats (2.6 times less than before), administrative expenses were 137.303 million manats (14.2% more), and other operational expenses totaled 3,600.205 million manats (22.2% more).As of January 1 of this year, AAYDA's assets amounted to 31,539.903 million manats, which is 15.1% more than the previous year. During the reporting period, the liabilities of the Agency increased by 59% to 566.228 million manats, and the balance capital increased by 14.5% to 30,973.675 million manats.It is noteworthy that AAYDA was established by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev dated October 18, 2017, with authorized capital of 716.534 million manats. II Global Media Forum concludes in Shusha Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 10:22:00 +0400 Nazrin Abdul Today in Shusha, the II Global Media Forum, which started on July 20, is concluding, Azernews reports.The final day will feature two panels. One of the panels will discuss "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Reality, Media, and Disinformation: Promoting Media Literacy."In the forum's fourth and final panel, participants will exchange views on the topic "Climate Movement and Media," moderated by Ansis Bogustovs, host and producer of "Riga TV24" and "Radio Latvia."Additionally, Azerbaijan's Deputy Minister of Energy and CEO of COP29, Elnur Soltanov, will give a presentation on “Solidarity for a Green World - COP29.”Moreover, a report titled "The Evolution of French Colonialism: A Political and Constitutional Study," commissioned by the Baku Initiative Group and authored by renowned UN expert and U.S. citizen Dr. Carlyle Corbin, will be presented.It is noted that the Shusha Global Media Forum was attended by 150 foreign guests from 49 countries, including state information agencies from 34 countries, 12 international organizations, and media institutions. Additionally, 60 local media leaders and representatives participated in the forum. Azerbaijani powerlifter qualified for Paris 2024 Paralympics Sports Mon, 22 Jul 2024 10:00:00 +0400 Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani powerlifter Jeyhun Mahmudov (54kg ) has qualified for Paris 2024 Paralympics, Azernews reports.He obtained the right (bipartite) to participate in Paralympic Games based on a request sent by the National Paralympic Committee to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).The Summer Paralympics are an international multi-sport event where athletes with physical disabilities compete.The Paralympic Games are held every four years, organized by the International Paralympic Committee.The first official event of the Paralympic Games was held in Rome, Italy, in 1960. Around 400 athletes from 23 countries competed at the 1960 Games.The 2024 Summer Paralympics will take place in France from August 28 to September 8. These games mark the first time Paris will host the Paralympics in its history and the second time that France will host the Paralympic Games.The programme for the 2024 Summer Paralympics was announced in January 2019, with no changes to the 22 sports from the 2020 Summer Paralympics.The IPC considered bids for golf, karate, para dance sport, and powerchair football to be added to the Paralympic programme as new sports. Trump says Kamala Harris to be easier to defeat than Biden World news Mon, 22 Jul 2024 09:00:00 +0400 It will be easier to beat Vice President Kamala Harris than Biden.The former president of the United States, Donald Trump, told CNN.He called Joseph Biden the worst president of the United States. Shusha Forum empowers Azerbaijan to gain global influence Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 08:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsElnur EnverogluThe historical victory of Azerbaijan in the Patriotic War drew all the attention of the world media to Azerbaijan. This coincided with such a date that at that time, a myth built by Armenia for 30 years collapsed. However, the Western powers could not easily reconcile with this reality. Disinformation, biased statements, and informational attacks against Azerbaijan began to spread, especially in places where the French and Armenian lobbies were widespread.President Ilham Aliyev mentioned this in his extensive speech at the 2nd Shusha Global Forum themed "Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation" held on Saturday. In his answer to the question of a foreign media representative, the head of state also touched on interesting points. He said the following about the negative reactions to the joint decision that Azerbaijan would host an international event at COP28 next year: "Actually, almost the next day, maybe or the next week after the decision was made in favour of Baku, we became the subject of a media attack from the West.It was expected. Many people with whom I discussed Azerbaijan’s presidency, I mean, among my colleagues, heads of state and government, were warning me that it would be a big headache. But we clearly realized that we would be the subject of attack. We could not predict what the topics of accusation would be, but we were sure there would be enough. But we started being accused of being a country rich with oil and gas. That was very strange because, by the way, the UAE COP28 President was also the subject of the same attacks, but unfortunately, it was such a broad, coordinated media process against us. At first, we were not prepared for that. We, of course, tried to explain that it is not our fault that we have oil and gas.”Suppose that Azerbaijan is one of the countries rich in oil and gas. But why is Azerbaijan subjected to more accusations when it comes to other oil and gas producing countries?First of all, it is illogical to blame a country for its natural resources. Secondly, although Azerbaijan's main income is more dependent on oil and gas, the reforms carried out in the country related to green energy and the work done so far are almost completely in line with global challenges.Today, the COP Team operates with all its efforts in Azerbaijan, and the country continues to do a lot of effective work in fulfilling its obligations related to the climate problem.If biased media subjects see all this and try to find only negative aspects, then there are different reasons. Answering the journalist's question, President Ilham Aliyev emphasized that the COP was also held in Glasgow, which is rich in oil and gas resources."Coming back to what we just discussed about this unfair coverage and double standards, we all know that one of the COPs was held in Glasgow, in an oil-producing part of the United Kingdom. No one accused the United Kingdom of its oil and gas. So this is just one illustration of what we were talking about," the President emphasized.The biased and double-standard approach of the global media once again shows that Azerbaijan's international reputation seriously worries some organizations. If Azerbaijan plays the role of a bridge between the Global North and the Global South, why instead of benefiting more from it, they try to baselessly accuse Azerbaijan with their biased statements?Azerbaijan has chaired the Non-Aligned Movement for 4 years in a row, and during that period, Azerbaijan was able to gain great trust in front of 120 countries.Even as mentioned by President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is one of the few countries, possibly the only in our part of the world, and the former Soviet Union, which has signed or adopted strategic partnership declarations and agreements with 10 members of the EU.“The members of the EU are officially Azerbaijan’s strategic partners. We are members of the Islamic Cooperation Organization. We are members of the OPEC+ format. We work actively with oil-producing countries and have already proposals for how oil-producing countries can play a more instrumental role in accumulating finance,” he said.The views of the head of state once again show that Azerbaijan is able to establish and manage both political and economic relations in a balanced manner. In general, the organization of the Global Media Forum for the second time in Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan, and President Ilham Aliyev's answers to the questions of journalists from over 50 countries of the world gave clear messages to the world. The head of state's detailed answers to the questions asked by journalists at the event, which lasted for more than four hours, are still being discussed in the world media today.The II Shusha Global Media Forum, which lasted for three days, created ample opportunities for in-depth discussion of many priority issues with the participation of influential media organizations of the world. In particular, the most appropriate ways of joint struggle against disinformation, which is the most urgent problem today, were emphasised. By hosting such international events, Azerbaijan declared that it is always in favour of providing accurate and impartial information, protecting transparency, and, finally, always being on the side of the truth. The COP29 event, which everyone is looking forward to, gives great hope that it will create a broad platform for the analysis of many issues. Azerbaijan marks 149th anniversary of national press Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2024 08:00:00 +0400 National Press Day is being celebrated in Azerbaijan which was established 149 years ago - on July 22, 1875. The foundation of Azerbaijan's national press was laid by Hasan Bey Zardabi, one of the prominent representatives of the enlightenment movement of his time, who started publishing the "Akinchi" newspaper."Akinchi" laid the first foundation stone of a real national democratic and popular press in the Azerbaijani language. The newspaper, with only 56 issues, was the mirror of the nation and became the flag bearer of Azerbaijani journalism.In the following years, newspapers and magazines such as "Ziya", "Kashkül", "Sharqi-rus", "Irshad", "Molla Nasreddin" published by prominent intellectuals continued the traditions of "Akinchi". The main goal of these press organizations was to fight against ignorance, injustice, and education. Azerbaijan's press, walking on a rich and honorable path, has passed through several stages. During the period of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADP), the foundation of a free press, as well as a new perspective on events, was laid.The next stage covers the period after the occupation of the Azerbaijan Republic by the Bolsheviks. 70 years of the 149-year-old press are related to this period of communist dictatorship. At that time, the Azerbaijani press wrote about the current problems mostly in the underlying sense. Because the press was the mouthpiece of the politics and ideology of the USSR. At that time, it was forbidden to think and write differently.Starting from the second half of the 1990s, the Azerbaijani press entered a new stage of development. This stage is also the period of Azerbaijan's statehood and democratic state-building. The Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, who laid the foundation of this new period of development, always highly appreciated the impact of the press on society, and implemented consistent measures to strengthen the material and technical base of the media and freedom of speech. Heydar Aliyev also signed the first decree on the press of Azerbaijan during the period of independence.In total, the Great Leader signed more than 10 orders and decrees related to solving the problems of the press. In 1999, the law "On Mass Media" meeting international requirements was adopted. By the decree of Heydar Aliyev dated August 6, 1998, censorship was abolished in Azerbaijan.The country has the highest level of attention and care for freedom of speech and press, mass media. President Ilham Aliyev signed important decrees in order to develop free media, strengthen the material and technical base of the press, and improve the socio-economic condition of journalists.In the 44-day Patriotic War, which began on September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan won victory in the information war as well as on the battlefield. The circles that regularly conduct a black campaign against our country did not stop their dirty deeds during this period. But despite this, the advantage in the information war was on the side of Azerbaijan, which liberated its historical lands from occupation and fought for truth and justice.However, two representatives of the Azerbaijani media were victims of Armenian terrorism. On June 4, 2021, the vehicle carrying the journalists, who were carrying out filming of territories freed from occupation after the end of the Patriotic War, fell into an anti-tank mine in the area of ??Susuk village of Kalbajar region. As a result, AZERTAC reporter Maharram Ibrahimov, AzTV cameraman Siraj Abishov and the deputy representative of Kalbajar District Executive Authority for Susukz village administrative district Aliyev Arif Aghalar oglu were killed and four others were injured.On June 14, President Ilham Aliyev awarded Abishov Siraj Abish oglu, Aliyev Arif Aghalar oglu and Ibrahimov Maharram Ali oglu with the 3rd degree "For service to the country" order, who performed their duty in the territories freed from occupation.On July 22, 2021 - National Press Day, President Ilham Aliyev presented apartments to the families of martyred journalists - M. Ibrahimov and S. Abishov.The decrees on the widespread celebration of the anniversaries of the national press in the country, the provision of one-time assistance to the mass media, measures to strengthen the social protection of press workers, as well as the awarding of honorary titles to journalists for their services in the development of the national press are also part of the care for the press and press workers. Azerbaijan Chess Federation, FIDE discuss future perspectives, cooperation Sports Sat, 20 Jul 2024 23:19:00 +0400 On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), a solemn ceremony is being held in Paris, the capital of France.Azernews reports that world chess stars were invited to the jubilee event along with FIDE officials.President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, Vice-President of FIDE Mahir Mammadov also participated in the ceremony. During the visit, M. Mammadov met with the President of the International Chess Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich. During the meeting, the future prospects of cooperation between the institutions were discussed.It should be noted that July 20 is the International Chess Day. This day is celebrated since 1966 by the decision of FIDE. Currently, under the auspices of the International Chess Federation, more than 60 official championships among youth, men, women and adults are organized. Remains of medieval palace where popes lived possibly found in Rome World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 22:28:00 +0400 Archaeologists in Rome may have uncovered the remains of a medieval palace for popes that long preceded the Vatican, Azernews reports citing CBC.If the ancient structure did in fact serve the purpose they believe it does, then learning more about it could provide new insight into the earlier eras of the papal seat in Italy and the power struggles that shaped it over time.While excavating a piazza around the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in central Rome, a team of archaeologists happened to discover an advanced hidden structure, surrounded by walls that could have been built as early as the 9th century A.D., and as late as the 13th century, the Italian Ministry of Culture said in a news release.The wall was potentially constructed as a means to physically create and protect the patriarchate of the time, which consisted of the patriarch, or leader, as well as his office. It may have encircled a castle or other fortified structure where various popes were said to have lived during the years it still stood.Italian officials said that the remains could have ties to the former Roman Emperor Constantine, who would have begun to oversee construction on the building, in his own vision, in the 4th century. Constantine ordered the construction on the same site that held barracks for the emperor's mounted card. Although the patriarchate was first limited to only a basilica — which was huge on its own — the area was expanded and renovated multiple times throughout the Middle Ages and ultimately became the papal seat until conflict with France temporarily pushed the popes out of Italy in 1305. When they returned, the papal seat was transferred to the Vatican.What archaeologists found beneath the square in Rome marked the first extensive excavation of its kind on the property, and with that, a number of opportunities to learn about Italy's history and its connections to the Pope and Catholicism."The new discoveries in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano are yet another demonstration of the richness of the territory of Rome, an inexhaustible mine of archaeological treasures," said Italian Culture Minister Gennaro Sanguiliano in a statement."Every single stone speaks to us and tells its story: thanks to these important discoveries, archaeologists will be able to learn more about our past. I would like to express my satisfaction for the commitment and passion that researchers are putting into their work. It is essential to combine the protection of our history with the need to protect and modernize the urban fabric," the statement said.The basilica structure that existed within the borders of the walls found in the excavation took a long period of time to plan, build and renovate, according to the culture ministry. During that period, Rome faced intermittent raids from neighboring adversaries as well as conflict within the city of Rome itself, as aristocratic people vied for access to the Italian throne.After the papal seat was returned to Italy — having been pushed from there to Avignon for decades between 1309 and 1377, the terms of seven consecutive popes between 1309 and 1377 — it was ultimately transferred to the Vatican. Uzbekistan, Thailand plan to increase trade turnover volume World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 21:54:00 +0400 Uzbekistan and Thailand plan to bring the trade turnover to $500 million in the near future, Azernews reports.The news followed a meeting between Uzbekistan's Acting Deputy Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade Shokhrukh Gulamov with a Thai delegation headed by Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Busadee Santipitaks.The delegation included heads of such large Thai companies as Samitivej Hospital, PTT Oil and Retail, Thai President Food, Siang Heng, Marine Tech International, CTI Logistics and Anita Silk Company.During the meeting, the sides noted that the growth rates of mutual trade between the two countries show positive results. The volume of mutual trade increased by 170 percent in the first half of this year.Uzbekistan thanked Thailand for granting visa-free regime for its citizens for up to 60 days.As a result of the meeting, the sides reached agreements on the elaboration of a plan of joint measures to develop trade, economic and investment cooperation, including the implementation of joint projects in the spheres of agriculture, tourism, food industry, manufacture of textile and electrical products.Earlier, Thailand officially introduced visa-free entry for up to 60 days for citizens of Uzbekistan.The new regime applies to visitors through all border posts. Thailand introduced this regime unilaterally to stimulate the economy and may cancel it in the future. North China bridge collapse kills 11, leaves over 30 missing World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 21:25:00 +0400 A bridge collapse caused by torrential rains in northern China has killed 11 people and left more than 30 missing, state media said on Saturday (Jul 20), Azernews reports citing the Business Times.The bridge over a river in Shaanxi province’s Shangluo collapsed at around 8.40 pm on Friday (1240 GMT) “due to a sudden downpour and flash floods”, official news agency Xinhua said, citing the provincial public relations department.State broadcaster CCTV said nearly 20 vehicles and more than 30 people remained missing after the highway bridge collapsed into the river below.All 11 confirmed victims were found inside five vehicles that had so far been recovered from the water, the broadcaster said.Images on state TV showed a partially submerged section of the bridge with the river rushing over it.One witness told local media that he had approached the bridge but that other drivers started “yelling at me to brake and stop the car.”“A truck in front of me didn’t stop” and fell into the water, the witness, surnamed Meng, said.Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged “all-out efforts” to find those still missing, CCTV said.Large portions of northern and central China have been battered since Tuesday by rains that have caused flooding and significant damage.On Friday, state media reported at least five people dead and eight missing after the rains sparked flooding and mudslides in Shaanxi’s Baoji city.State television broadcast images of neighborhoods completely flooded by muddy water, with excavators and residents attempting to clear the damage.The semi-desert province of Gansu, which neighbours Shaanxi, and Henan in central China were also hit by heavy rains this week.In the Henan city of Nanyang, the equivalent of a year’s worth of rain fell at the start of the week, according to CCTV.China is enduring a summer of extreme weather, with heavy rains across the east and south coming as much of the north has sweltered in successive heat waves.Climate change, which scientists say is exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions, is making these types of extreme weather phenomena more frequent and more intense.In May, a highway in southern China collapsed after days of rain, leaving 48 dead.Earlier this month, a tornado passed through a town in eastern China killing one, injuring 79 and causing significant damage. Thierry Henry becomes potential candidate for USMNT head coach post World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 20:56:00 +0400 A World Cup Winner and Premier League legend has emerged as a candidate for the vacant USMNT coaching position, Azernews reports citing Daily Mail.After a shameful exit from the Copa America tournament, US Soccer answered a cry from the masses by dismissing Gregg Berhalter from coaching duties. Their embarrassing run saw the Americans dumped out of the group stage behind losses to Panama and Uruguay.With their ambitious search for a high profile coach to take the reigns from Berhalter in full swing, Fabrizio Romano revealed that Thierry Henry's name has been thrown in the hat as a potential candidate.“One more name the USMNT has discussed is Thierry Henry,” Romano wrote on July 19. “Thierry Henry is now busy with the Olympics with the French national team, but after that, keep an eye on Thierry Henry because he's another name they discussed internally.”Besides the Arsenal legend, Romano also noted how Patrick Vieira's name has also been discussed in the same breath as the vacancy. Vieira mutually parted ways with French side Strasbourg on July 18.Henry reportedly showed interest in the US position before Berhalter was brought back for his second tenure after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. World Bank extends support for hydropower energy projects in Kyrgyzstan World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 20:27:00 +0400 The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors sanctioned $13.6 million in extra funding to supplement the ongoing $5 million Technical Assistance for Kambarata-1 Hydropower Plant (HPP) Project for Kyrgyzstan, Azernews reports.According to the World Bank, the project aims to support the Government of Kyrgyzstan in preparing the Kambarata-1 Hydropower Plant (HPP) project in a manner that is environmentally, technically, financially, and commercially sustainable.The Kambarata-1 HPP Project is a transformational regional project aimed at increasing the availability of energy supply, improving the management of water and energy resources, and transitioning to clean energy in Kyrgyzstan and throughout Central Asia.The World Bank expects it to generate an average of 5,600 gigawatt hours per year—almost half of Kyrgyzstan's current electricity generation—and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 5 million tons.At the same time, the continuing Technical Assistance for Kambarata-1 Hydropower Plant (HPP) Project for Kyrgyzstan has achieved notable advancement since its approval in autumn 2023.Meanwhile, the World Bank’s program in Kyrgyzstan currently consists of 25 projects supporting the modernization and development of various sectors, with commitments exceeding $1.2 billion. Protesters on tractors block several sites in La Rochelle port World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 19:58:00 +0400 A group of protesters opposing the construction of irrigation basins in France staged an unannounced action at the port of La Rochelle in the western part of the country, Azernews reports citing TASS.Despite a ban by city authorities, around 200 farmers, union members, and environmental activists managed to enter the port premises on tractors and block several facilities, including warehouses belonging to the agro-industrial company Soufflet.The organizers of the action accused Soufflet and other companies of "speculating on intensive grain crops at the expense of land, water, and people, while destroying farmers' incomes to increase their own." Number of block trains sent from China via Middle Corridor disclosed World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 19:27:00 +0400 As many as 105 block trains have been sent from China through the Middle Corridor (Trans-Caspian International Transport Route) since the beginning of 2024, Azernews reports, citing Azerbaijan Railways CJSC.Over the past 15 years, Azerbaijan has experienced significant growth in railway cargo transportation. To sustain this growth, existing railway lines are being upgraded, and new routes are being constructed.Notably, in May 2024, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway underwent modernization, increasing its transmission capacity from 1 million tons to 5 million tons.Additionally, the cargo terminal in Azerbaijan’s Astara district was renovated for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), with plans to further increase transshipment capacity by the end of 2024. It is planned to increase the transshipment capacity to 1 million tons by the end of 2024.Overall, more than 9.3 million tons of cargo were transported in the first half of 2024, including approximately 3.9 million tons of transit cargo, including container shipments—a growth of over 8% compared to the previous year. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry congratulates Colombia on its Independence Day Politics Sat, 20 Jul 2024 18:56:00 +0400 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has congratulated the state and people of Colombia on the occasion of Independence Day, Azernews reports.“Happy Independence Day to Colombia and its people!” reads the ministry’s post on X. Türkiye's President Erdogan arrives in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 18:25:00 +0400 Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived on Saturday in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to attend events marking the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation, known as Peace and Freedom Day, Azernews reports citing Anadolu Agency reports.Erdogan was welcomed by Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar at Ercan Airport in the capital Lefkosa. Following a welcoming ceremony, Erdogan laid a wreath at the Ataturk Monument in the city and signed the site's special book."We are experiencing the rightful pride of reaching the 50th anniversary of the July 20 Peace Operation, which our heroic Armed Forces carried out shoulder to shoulder with the Turkish Cypriot people."The Turkish nation once again showed to the world its unwavering commitment to its independence and future through this operation. The Turkish Cypriot people continue their struggle for independence, crowned with victory, with the steadfast support of the Motherland Türkiye, and they look towards the future with hope and confidence," Erdogan wrote in the book.He also commemorated the Turkish soldiers who "left these lands as their homeland," and extended his gratitude to veterans who fought in the operation.Erdogan was accompanied by Turkish parliamentary speaker Numan Kurtulmus.The island of Cyprus has been mired in a decades-long dispute between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts to achieve a comprehensive settlement.Ethnic attacks starting in the early 1960s forced Turkish Cypriots to withdraw into enclaves for their safety.In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at Greece’s annexation of the island led to Türkiye’s military intervention as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence. As a result, the TRNC was founded in 1983.The Greek Cypriot administration was admitted to the EU in 2004, the same year Greek Cypriots thwarted a UN plan to end the longstanding dispute. Central apparatus of New Azerbaijan party holds meeting Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 17:22:00 +0400 The meeting, with the participation of chairmen of local election headquarters, was held at the central office of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) in connection with the extraordinary election to the Azerbaijani Parliament scheduled for September 1, 2024, Azernews reports.Furthermore, it was noted that the meeting discussed the work done over the past period in connection with the main actions and measures reflected in the Action Plan approved by the decision of the party's board on July 3, 2024, and based on the analysis of the situation with their implementation, specific tasks for the next period were defined and relevant instructions and recommendations were given.On June 28, President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree dissolving the sixth convocation of the Azerbaijani Parliament and calling for an extraordinary election.The snap parliamentary election in Azerbaijan is scheduled for September 1, 2024. "Arab News": On eve of COP29, Azerbaijan, as host country, tries to achieve green ... World news Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:51:00 +0400 "Although Azerbaijan is a major player in the global oil and gas industry and ranks 20th in the world in terms of proven oil reserves, one of the main pillars of its green development strategy is the rapid expansion of renewable energy infrastructure."Azernews reports that this statement was made in an article published in the "Arab News" newspaper.The article mentions that Azerbaijan, despite being a major player in the global oil and gas industry and ranking 20th in the world in terms of proven oil reserves, considers the rapid expansion of renewable energy infrastructure as one of the main pillars of its green development strategy.It further states that on the eve of the COP29 event, Azerbaijan, as the host country, is diligently pursuing the goals of green development."The country has implemented significant changes to reduce its dependence on traditional energy sources, transition to renewable energy, and participate in global efforts to combat climate change," the article concludes. President Ilham Aliyev: False information, disinformation, manipulation of facts, and false ... Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:31:00 +0400 “Sometimes we are surprised when information about Azerbaijan in international media is true. False information, disinformation, manipulation of facts, and false narratives are all things we have faced for many, many years,” said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the second Shusha Global Media Forum themed “Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation”.“There are different reasons for that. One of them, of course, was the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the mobilization of all the Armenian diaspora structures, and pro-Armenian politicians and media representatives in attacking Azerbaijan, creating false narratives, and trying to present Azerbaijan as completely different from what it was and what it is,” the head of state noted. President Ilham Aliyev: We are now facing historical transformation in Southern Caucasus Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:23:00 +0400 “As far as the region of the Southern Caucasus is concerned, I would say that we are now facing a historical transformation of the region where historical, geopolitical changes are occurring,” said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the second Shusha Global Media Forum themed “Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation”.“Traditional alliances are a little bit under the phase of deterioration. New formats of cooperation emerge. Of course, the full restoration of our sovereignty last September was the key event not only between the 1st and 2nd forums but in our modern history in general,” added the President. Uzbekistan's Cinema Days to be held in Baku Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:20:00 +0400 The Days of Uzbek Cinema will be held in our country from July 20 to 23, organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Film Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azernews reports citing Ministry.To mark this occasion, a delegation led by Avazkhon Tadjikhanov, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Alisher Khocayev, Deputy General Director of the "Uzbekkino" National Agency, will participate in the events hosted in Baku.Today, the opening ceremony of the cinema days will take place at the Nizami Cinema Center. The feature film "Evrilish" ("Evolution") will be screened during the ceremony. On July 21, at 2:00 p.m., moviegoers will enjoy the films "Yasha, xotin" ("Live, Wife") and "Sudya" ("Judge") at 4:00 p.m. On July 23, at 11:00 a.m., the movie "Bahodir" will be shown.Admission to the sessions is free. President Ilham Aliyev addresses 2nd Global Media Forum in Shusha [LIVE] Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 16:10:00 +0400 The second Shusha Global Media Forum themed “Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation” commenced on July 20, Azernews reports.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is addressing the Forum.x x xThe Forum, attended by over 150 foreign guests from around 50 countries, including news agencies of 30 countries, three international organizations, and 82 media entities, provides a platform for joint discussions and actions among participants.The first Shusha Global Media Forum themed “New Media in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution” was held on July 21-23, 2023. </body> </html> Number of ammunition found in Khankendi, Shusha, Kalbajar territory disclose Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 15:49:00 +0400 The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs released information regarding the actions conducted from July 13 to 19 by their employees.Azernews reports citing Ministry of Internal Affairs that during this period, from the territory of the city of Khankendi, 25 automatic weapons, 6 rifles, 17 grenades, 11 lighters, 39 cartridge combs, 1965 cartridges of various calibers, 3 bayonets, and knives were recovered.Additionally, from the territory of Shusha city, other ammunition, 1 pistol, 2 cartridge combs, and 16 cartridges were found. From the territory of the Kalbajar region, 1 automatic weapon, 1 machine gun, 1 rifle, and 200 cartridges of different calibers were also discovered and seized.It is reported that Ministry of Internal Affairs employees are taking measures to transform regions liberated from occupation into safe areas. Following the Civil War and anti-terrorist operations, these employees are diligently fulfilling their duties to expedite the Great Return process and ensure security.The ongoing process of detecting and neutralizing war remnants and sources of danger continues without interruption. Cleaning the region of weapons and explosives remains a primary task for the internal affairs bodies involved in these operations. ANAMA addresses to citizens about danger of landmines Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 15:18:00 +0400 Mine Action Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ANAMA) has issued an appeal to citizens regarding the danger of mines, Azernews reports citing ANAMA.The information stresses the importance of citizens observing safety rules, paying attention to mine danger signs, and avoiding entering unfamiliar areas. Below is the text of the appeal.If you suspect you are in a dangerous, mined area - STOP, don't move!If you witness a mine incident, do not approach the site to help, as this could endanger yourself!Immediately report the incident to hotlines 805, 102, or 112!It is worth noting that on July 19, there was a mine explosion in the territory of Agdaban village, Kalbajar region, in an uncleared area. As a result of the incident, Khalifa Hasan oglu Huseynov (born 1969) was injured by an anti-personnel mine, and Samandar Aligama oglu Mammadov, who was with him, sustained shrapnel wounds. Subsequently, Rahim Ashraf oghlu Garashov (born 1976), who arrived to assist them, suffered various degrees of injuries due to a second mine explosion. Participants of Global Media Forum arrive in Azerbaijan's Shusha Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 14:47:00 +0400 Participants of the Global Media Forum entitled “Unmasking False Narratives: Confronting Disinformation” to be held in Shusha on the occasion of the 149th anniversary of the National Press, have today arrived in Azerbaijan's cultural capital - Shusha city, Azernews reports.The 2nd Shusha Global Media Forum will bring together more than 150 foreign guests from about 50 countries, including news agencies of 30 countries, 3 international organizations and 82 media outlets. Among the participants of the Global Media Forum are representatives of foreign media, as well as media representatives, experts and officials of Azerbaijan.The forum will feature four panel sessions on “Impact assessment: scoping disinformation,” “Policies and initiatives to build a more resilient society against disinformation,” The impact of artificial intelligence on reality, media and disinformation: Promoting media literacy,” and “Climate movement and media.”During the panel sessions, officials from different countries, media and civil society representatives, representatives of international organizations and media experts will come together to exchange views and experiences.The forum participants will be informed about the preparations carried out regarding the 29th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29), the fight against the impacts of climate change at the country level, as well as the sustainable approach in the restoration and reconstruction works implemented in the liberated areas.The forum will last until July 22. Landmine explosion injures civilians in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar district Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 14:16:00 +0400 On July 19, a mine incident occurred in the territory of the village of Aghdaban in the Kalbajar district, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Defense and the National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) said in a joint statement, Azernews reports.The statement reported that Huseynov Khalifa Hasan oglu, born in 1969, sustained injuries from an anti-personal mine, while Mammadov Samandar Aligama oglu, born in 1978, who was following him, received shrapnel wounds.“Garashov Rahim Ashraf oghlu, born in 1976, who arrived at the scene later to help them, also sustained various injuries from another mine explosion.The Kalbajar District Prosecutor’s Office has initiated an investigation into the incident,” the statement said.“We once again urge citizens to follow the required safety rules, and pay close attention to mine warning signs and do not go to unfamiliar places!”, it added. Malaysian flight makes emergency landing in Baku Society Sat, 20 Jul 2024 13:45:00 +0400 The captain of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft, operating the London-Kuala Lumpur flight, requested an emergency landing at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Azernews reports, citing the press service of Heydar Aliyev International Airport.The reason was a sudden deterioration in the health of one of the passengers (heart attack).The Airbus A350 aircraft successfully landed at Baku airport at 06:42 local time.Specialized equipment — an ambulift — was promptly used for the evacuation of the passenger, who was immediately provided with first aid and transferred to the emergency medical team.