THESSALONIKI - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) remains confident about its chances to deliver gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field to Europe as the consortium's decision nears, a TAP official said. "There is a lot of activity across the board," TAP's Country Manager for Greece Rikard Scoufias told New Europe early on 20 June on the sidelines of the 7th annual South ...
MOSCOW, June 20 (RIA Novosti) – The culture agency in the authoritarian ex-Soviet state Uzbekistan has banned several pop singers and bands from performing live due to "meaningless" songs that failed to "praise the Motherland," a statement on the agency’s website says. President Islam Karimov’s government strictly regulates the lucrative entertainment ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five of the six most expensive office areas in the world are in Asia, as demand by global companies to locate their outstripped the supply, according to a semiannual report released on Thursday by real estate services company CBRE ...
The EU and Azerbaijan: Mismatched Objectives While EU-Azeri Co-operation on Energy Has Flourished, Azerbaijan's Human-Rights Record Has ...
The US State Department has released the 13th annual report on a fight against trafficking in human beings including Azerbaijan in the second category (Tier 2) again. This means that Azerbaijan is making significant efforts in this field, but it does not meet the requirements of the Act of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection. The document published on a website of the State Department ...
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Azerbaijan to demonstrate "BUK" anti-aircraft missile complex for the first time in military parade. "BUK" anti-aircraft missile complex, being included in the armament of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces a few years ago, is one of the weapon systems to be demonstrated for the first time in the military parade on June 26. APA reports that military vehicles to be ...
By Margarita Assenova It was not the first time Central Asia's water disputes have taken a prominent place on the summit agenda of the presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Islam Karimov, respectively. But the meeting in Tashkent on June 14-15 attached particular importance to water management, as it became part of the new Strategic Partnership Agreement ...
A travel ban on a prominent Azerbaijani photo and video journalist - imposed just before he planned to travel to receive a prestigious human rights prize - must be lifted immediately, the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) said on 17 June 2013.The ban has prevented Mehman Huseynov from leaving the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, to receive ...
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:16am EDT * MSCI Asia ex-Japan slides 3.5 pct to 9-month low * U.S. Treasury yields hit 15-mth high, underpin dollar * China "flash" PMI hits 9-month lows * Asian credit market spreads widen 23 points By Chikako Mogi and Wayne Cole TOKYO/SYDNEY, June 20 (Reuters) - Asian markets buckled badly on Thursday after the Federal Reserve heralded an eventual end to free money ...
What Azeri human-rights defenders and political activists hope will also be discussed is political repression within Azerbaijan, which has increased in recent ...
They Said It
Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
Iran's president-elect was speaking after his historic election victory.
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In a daring act of fraud that has the potential of jeopardising his re-election in the June 26 presidential polls, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and his close associates ingeniously duped a South Korean investor into buying a license for a gold mine that, after due diligence, was discovered to have no gold value at all.
This deception was carried out in mid-2012, but the Mongolian Government was able to use its influence to keep it under the wraps until now.
Mongolia's economy is growing rapidly as a result of a mining boom.
Leading investors describe Mongolia as the "Kuwait of Central Asia", but rampant corruption, political infighting and a still-incipient judicial system could hold its development and progress back.
The country has vast and largely untapped mineral deposits of copper, gold and coal, but until recently, has remained largely on the breadline.
With several big mining projects on the horizon, there is scope for an economic boom through foreign investment. Such a scenario also paves the way for opportunists to exploit for personal and political gain.
According to reports, a South Korean investor was approached by President Elbegdorj's men, who offered their support and services on behalf of the government. ...
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