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2017 December 30 ( Saturday )  21:52:30
Accused of international cybercrimes extradited to Azerbaijan, State Security Council of Azerbaijan

Baku/30.12.17/Turan: Foreigner Sergey Aksentevich Petrovichi is extradited to Azerbaijan, being a member of an organized cybercrime group involved in embezzlement of funds from Azerbaijani banks. According to a report released on December 30 by the Public Relations Center of the State Security Service of Azerbaijan, Petrovichi was extradited to Azerbaijan on December 30, 2017 after the international search proceedings in the framework of the criminal case initiated by the SSC on the theft of over 3 million manat (1,8 million dollars) as part of an organized cybercrime group operating outside the country.

2017 December 28 ( Thursday )  16:36:28
Ilham Aliyev awarded the Order of Dostlug M.Vardinoyannis, R.Ilatov and D.Kadirali

Baku/28.12.17/Turan: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed today an Order on awarding three foreign citizens with the Order "Dostlug" ("Friendship"). Thus, for the merits in the development of friendly relations between the Azerbaijani and Greek peoples was awarded, Marianna Vardinoyannis

2017 December 28 ( Thursday )  15:31:35
Azerbaijan is ready to grant Nagorno-Karabakh wide autonomy - A.Hasanov

Baku / 28.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijan is ready to grant Nagorno-Karabakh wide autonomy and guarantee the rights of the local Armenian population, stated by Azerbaijani presidential aide for political and public affairs Ali Hasanov in an interview with the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post. "We are ready for a certain compromise and a constructive solution to the problem," he said, in his view, the basis for a stable and just settlement of the conflict is the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and the granting of a broad autonomy to the Nagorno-Karabakh region within Azerbaijan. Baku is ready to guarantee full providing socio-economic and cultural rights to the Armenian population residing there in accordance with the legislation of Azerbaijan and the norms of international law. Hasanov stressed that the settlement of the Karabakh conflict should be based on the norms of international law.--06D--

2017 December 28 ( Wednesday )  10:55:34
How Comfortable It Is to Sit in Three Armchairs!

Baku / 28.12.17 / Turan: Information of a number of agencies that in 2018 expenditures for the maintenance of the Milli Majlis (parliament) will be added 1.2 million manats, in addition to 25 million 432 thousand manats envisaged in the draft state budget, gave rise to rumors of increase in the salaries of the MPs. Even the specific amount of the increase is reported - AZN 800 for ordinary MPs, and even more impressive sums for the chairmen of committees, vice speakers and the parliament speaker.

2017 December 27 ( Wednesday )  11:18:57
Informal CIS Summit Ended with Mutual Congratulations

Baku / 27.12.17 / Turan: The informal summit of CIS heads of state was held in Novo Ogarevo near Moscow on December 26. Participants of the meeting exchanged views on issues of development and cooperation in various fields, REN TV reports.

2017 December 25 ( Monday )  18:13:28
Ilham Aliyev’s appeal to the Azerbaijanis of the world

Baku / 25.12.17 / Turan: The president Ilham Aliyev called on the Azerbaijanis of the whole world to strengthen ties with their homeland and show solidarity for achieving national goals, reads the appeal of Aliyev to all Azerbaijanis on the eve of December 31 - Day of solidarity of all Azerbaijanis. He notes that strengthening ties with compatriots is one of the important activities of the government of the country.

2017 December 25 ( Monday )  17:40:15
Ilham Aliyev will participate in the informal CIS summit

Baku / 25.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will participate in the informal summit of the CIS heads of state on Tuesday.

2017 December 25 ( Monday )  13:13:48
California-Azerbaijan Friendship Association Established

Baku / 25.12.17 / Turan: The California-Azerbaijan Friendship Association has been established by the local Azerbaijani community in the US state of California.

2017 December 23 ( Saturday )  13:11:35
Ilham Aliyev received the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

Baku / 23.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received today the vice-premier of the Georgian government, Interior Minister Georgy Ghahariani. According to the website of the President, during the meeting, the successful development of bilateral relations, including between law enforcement agencies, was noted. The conviction was expressed that the security agencies of the two countries will continue to cooperate in ensuring security. -06D--

2017 December 23 ( Saturday )  11:15:58
US senator called to drop charges against fghan Mukhtarli

Baku / 23.12.17 / Turan: Influential American senator Marco Rubio called on the Azerbaijani authorities to drop all charges against the arrested journalist Afgan Mukhtarly.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  17:37:23
New Executive Director of the Foundation for the Propagation of Spiritual Values is appointed

Baku / 22.12.17 / Turan: Executive director and members of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Propagation of Spiritual Values ​​were appointed.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  16:40:59
The official instructed the heads of religious communities

Baku/22.12.17/Turan: On December 22, the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations submitted certificates of registration to nine Muslim religious communities. Thus, the total number of registered religious communities reached 793.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  15:35:27
Azerbaijan to establish the Council for Relations with Islamic Countries

Baku / 22.12.17 / Turan: The Muslim solidarity of the peoples of the Caucasus is important, the head of state Ilham Aliyev said, accepting on Friday the delegation of Islamic religious figures of the North Caucasus of the Russian Federation. Aliyev reported about the imminent establishment of the Coordinating Council for Relations with Islamic Countries, which will create a good opportunity for joint activities.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  14:00:34
Pressure on Head of Musavat Organization in Lankaran

Baku / 23.12.17 / Turan: The head of the Lankaran organization of the Musavat Party, Iman Aliyev, was summoned to the local police for "educational talks" on December 20 and 21, after which he received a warning. This was reported by the deputy chairman of the Musavat party Yadigar Sadigov.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  13:02:56
Georgian Finance Minister Discusses Details of Transit Projects

Baku / 22.12.17 / Turan: Georgian Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze arrived in Baku on Friday. He will hold talks on expanding bilateral cooperation and implementing transit projects, the Georgian media reported.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  12:48:59
Center for Monitoring Political Prisoners Announces Human Rights Defender of the Year

Baku / 23.12.17 / Turan: The Center for Monitoring Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan awarded the Human Rights Defender of 2017 Prize to the Director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, Leila Yunus.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  12:31:12
IRFS on Persecution of Dissidents in Azerbaijan

Baku /23.12.17/Turan: The Institute for Reporters" Freedom and Safety (IRFS) stated that it condemns the Azerbaijani authorities for politically motivated judgments handed down to leading Azerbaijani online critics, popular anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov and head of Kanal13 internet television Aziz Orujov. The organization demands their immediate and unconditional release.

2017 December 22 ( Friday )  11:38:09
Decision on Ilgar Mammadov Case Postponed?

Baku / 22.12.17 / Turan: The European Court of Human Rights sent a letter to the government of Azerbaijan and the defense of Ilgar Mammadov.

2017 December 21 ( Thursday )  18:01:53
Southern Gas Corridor will provide long-term development to Azerbaijan

Baku / 21.12.17 / Turan: The implemented project of "Southern Gas Corridor" (SGC) worth 40 billion dollars will ensure long-term successful, sustainable development of Azerbaijan, stated today the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, speaking at the conference: "2017 - the Year of Islamic Solidarity: Dialogue between Religions and Culture." He also pointed to the launch of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and work currently on the North-South transport corridor.

2017 December 21 ( Thursday )  16:12:00
Great-power sentiment in Russia reached a historic high

Moscow / 21.12.17 / Turan: The number of Russians who are confident that the Russian people has a special significance in world history has reached a maximum for all time of research - 64% of respondents think so, Levada Center found out.

2017 December 21 ( Thursday )  13:14:32
We Acknowledge This Was Very Serious Failure – Giorgi Kvirikashvili about Mukhtarli’s Case

Baku /21.12.17/Turan: "We acknowledge that this was a very serious failure," the Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili said about Afghan Mukhtarli"s case.

2017 December 21 ( Thursday )  11:14:39
Turkish PM Pays Brief Visit to Nakhchivan

Baku / 21.12.17 / Turan: On Wednesday evening, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim paid a brief visit to Nakhchivan on the way from Bangladesh.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  17:10:01
Declaration following the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran

Baku/20.12.17/Turan: Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran are determined to strengthen cooperation in countering various forms and manifestations of terrorism, separatism, violent extremism, transnational organized crime, illegal migration, reads the joint declaration by the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, adopted at the end of the trilateral meeting in Baku. The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran have resolutely declared that they do not allow the use of the territories of their countries for the threat of security against each other, have sharply condemned the support from outside of separatism.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  16:41:32
I.Aliyev accepted Malcolm Honlaine

Baku/20.12.17/Turan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today received the Executive Director of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Honlaine.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  16:39:27
Ilham Aliyev received the Foreign Minister of Iran and Turkey

Baku / 20.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today received the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Movlut Cavusoglu. During the meeting, Aliyev stressed the importance of the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran held in Baku today in terms of strengthening cooperation. Touching upon the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, the head of state appreciated this as an important event not only regional but also international. At the meeting, the importance of the successful TANAP project was underlined.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  15:59:08
RBG: In 1967, 65 journalists were killed, in prisons - 326

Baku / 20.12.17 / Turan: International organization in defense of the press "Reporters without Borders" (RBG) published a report on repressions against journalists around the world in the past year. According to the RBG, in 2017 65 journalists were killed, 326 are currently in custody, 54 are still hostage. 60 percent of the dead journalists were victims of deliberate murders.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  13:41:09
Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia Scheduled for Mid-January

Baku / 20.12.17 / Turan: The next meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia is expected to be held in the middle of January in one of the European countries. This was stated today by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov at a press conference following the trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran.

2017 December 20 ( Wednesday )  13:23:58
Baku, Ankara and Tehran to Come Out with Unified Position at UN General Assembly on Jerusalem (UPDATED)

Baku / 20.12.17 / Turan: The situation around the recognition by US President Donald Tramp of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the US embassy to this city was touched upon at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey held in Baku today.

2017 December 19 ( Tuesday )  22:56:36
OSCE media freedom representative calls on Azerbaijan authorities to end restrictive measures detrimental to journalists’ freedom and safety

VIENNA, 18 December 2017 - The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today expressed grave concerns regarding the sentencing of Aziz Orudjev, head of the internet TV channel Kanal 13, in Azerbaijan.

2017 December 19 ( Tuesday )  17:14:59
Zakir Hasanov received Andrzej Kasprzyk

Baku / 19.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov received the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. During the meeting, the current situation at the contact line of the troops, the results of the OSCE monitoring, and the exchange of views on ways to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were discussed, the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said. The mission of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk regular monitoring on the contact line for more than 20 years. Mission reports are closed to the public. -16d-

2017 December 19 ( Tuesday )  14:17:11
Number of Azerbaijani Tourists Leaving for Czech Republic Declining

Baku / 19.12.17 / Turan: In recent years, the number of long-term visas (more than 90 days) issued by the Czech Consulate in Baku to Azerbaijani citizens is growing.

2017 December 19 ( Tuesday )  12:42:26
Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey

Baku / 19.12.17 / Turan: Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran will meet in Baku on December 20.

2017 December 19 ( Tuesday )  11:48:43
Court Overturns Decision on Claim of Ministry of Taxes to Turan News Agency for AZN 38,000

Baku / 19.12.17 / Turan: The judge of the Baku Administrative Economic Court No. 1 Sharafat Mammadova canceled the decision of the Baku Local Taxes Department on December 19 to re-charge the debt and fines in the amount of 38,000 manats to the Turan agency on September 15 of this year.

2017 December 18 ( Monday )  17:34:57
The complaint of five opposition members in the ECHR

Baku / 18.12.17 / Turan: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has launched an investigation into the application of 7 Azerbaijani citizens.

2017 December 18 ( Monday )  11:51:27
Military Industrial Complex of Azerbaijan Produces Products of 1,200 Kinds

Baku / 18.12.17 / Turan: The number of enterprises of the Azerbaijani defense industry has reached 58, and the range of products is 1,200 kinds.

2017 December 17 ( Sunday )  17:10:12
Azerbaijan Starts Testing Attacking Drones of Its Own Production

Baku / 17.12.17 / Turan: Azerbaijan has started preliminary testing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) with cumulative heads. This is stated in the lengthy article of the defense industry of Azerbaijan at the most modern and perfect stage of development by the Minister of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan, Yaver Jamalov, published in the official press on Sunday.

2017 December 17 ( Sunday )  13:00:56
What Changed in Electoral Code?

Baku / 16.12.17 / Turan: The country's parliament is going to make changes to the Electoral Code. According to the information of the Milli Majlis website, the draft proposes to make 30 changes. Some articles are proposed to be modified, and some are to be deleted.

2017 December 16 ( Saturday )  13:24:49
Free Economic Zone Opened on Iranian-Armenian Border

Baku / 16.12.17 / Turan: On December 15, a Free Economic Zone (FEZ) was opened near the city of Meghri on the border between Armenia and Iran.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  18:14:25
"Real" postponed the congress for an indefinite time (updated)

As a result of discussions between the leadership of "Real" and "Musavat", it was decided to postpone holding the congress "REAL" for an indefinite period of time, Turan was informed about this by Executive Secretary of REAL Natik Jafarli.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  15:07:47
Arif Hajili was summoned to the MDCOC because of the REAL congress

Baku/15.12.17/Turan: The head of the "Musavat" party Arif Hajili was summoned to the Main Department for Combating Organized Crime (MDCOC) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  15:03:09
Siyavush Novruzov against parliamentary and civil control over the Sun

Baku/15.12.17/Turan: During the debate on December 15 at the plenary session of the parliament of the draft of the new law "On the Armed Forces", a controversy began over the question of who the defense minister should be - military or civilian? "I believe that at the head of the army should be a professional military man. For our country is at war. In some countries, the Minister of Defense is a civilian, and therefore some of us are in favor of it. But in the law of the country, which is at war, such a norm should not be," said Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party Siyavush Novruzov.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  14:11:04
Popular Front Refutes Prosecutor’s Office

Baku / 15.12.17 / Turan: Rauf Huseynov wanted by the Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan in the international search on charges of forgery of documents for obtaining political asylum abroad turned out to be a brother-in-law (husband of his wife"s sister) of the leader of the Popular Front Party Ali Kerimli.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  13:01:58
Ilham Aliyev in Sumgait

Baku / 15.12.17 / Turan: The Head of State Ilham Aliyev visited Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park on Friday, where he took part in the foundation laying ceremony and the opening of new enterprises.

2017 December 15 ( Friday )  11:27:37
Musavat Threatened to Be Deprived of Headquarters

Baku / 15.12.17 / Turan: The State Property Committee filed a warning to the Musavat Party about the inadmissibility of providing the headquarters premises of the organization on sublease to other structures.

2017 December 15 ( Thursday )  09:59:59
Turan’s Mehman Aliyev visits Washigton D.C,

Washington will continue to monitor developments in the targeting of Turan News Agency, and other media outlets by government authorities in Azerbaijan, Mehman Aliyev, Turan's founder and director, was told by top American officials and leaders of media rights watchdogs, during his visit to the U.S. capitol this week.

2017 December 15 ( Thursday )  00:56:47
New infringement procedure used for first time over 2014 judgment againstAzerbaijan on opposition politician Mammadov

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is to examine whether Azerbaijan has refused to abideby the ECHR"s judgment in the case of imprisoned opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov, the firstuse of a new infringement procedure.The procedure was introduced into the European Convention on Human Rights in 2010 and allowsthe Committee of Ministers, which has the responsibility under the Convention for supervising theexecution of the Court"s judgments, to refer a question to the ECHR about whether a country hasrefused to abide by a final judgment.The Committee decided on 5 December 2017 to launch the proceedings against Azerbaijan owing tothe authorities" persistent refusal to ensure Mr Mammadov"s unconditional release following theECHR"s 2014 finding of multiple violations of his rights. The ECHR received the formal request fromthe Committee on 11 December. The procedure will be before the ECHR"s Grand Chamber.Mr Mammadov, born in 1970, was arrested and placed in detention in 2013 following protests in thetown of Ismayilli. He is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence following his conviction in2014 of mass disorder ......

2017 December 14 ( Thursday )  17:06:32
International community should demand to stop pressure on media in Azerbaijan - RWB

Paris/14.12.17/Turan: As Azerbaijan today begins trying a journalist who was kidnapped and brought back by force from neighbouring Georgia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community to take a firm stand with its government in order to get it to stop hounding the country's few remaining independent journalists.

2017 December 14 ( Thursday )  17:01:52
Arif Hajili summoned to police

Baku/14.12.17/Turan: The head of the "Musavat" party Arif Hajili was summoned to the main department for combating organized crime of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan on December 15, he told Turan. At the same time, Hajili was not informed about the reasons for calling in GUBOP. In September, he was summoned to the Investigatory Directorate for Serious Crimes of the Prosecutor General's Office on the case of journalist Afgan Mukhtarly.

2017 December 14 ( Thursday )  13:29:10
Ilham Aliyev Received British Minister

Baku / 14.12.17 / Turan: President Ilham Aliyev today received the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion of Great Britain, co-chairman of the bilateral intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, Baroness Rona Fairhead, who is visiting Baku.