The license given to the Moscow State Open University branch in Baku was cancelled.

According to 1news.az, citing Azerbaijani Ministry of Education, theBaku branch was registered in the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan in1996, licensed in 2002 by Russia's Ministry of Science and Education.It received a special license on 19 November 2007 from the AzerbaijaniMinistry of Education.

Building machinery to be produced in Azerbaijan's Ganca

An automobile plant in Azerbaijan's Ganca and the German companyHaller signed a long-term agreement today to start production ofmachinery based on MAZ cars with Haller equipment, Trend reports,citing the enterprise.The contract will last 10 years. The vehicles will be produced in Azerbaijan.They plan to produce approximately 100-150 units for sale inAzerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia. The director of the Ganca automobileplant, Khanlar Fatiyev, said that most parts will be produced inAzerbaijan.

Couriers from Azerbaijan arrested in Moscow

Couriers from Azerbaijan transporting over $5.1 million in bags weredetained in Moscow, RIA Novosti reports, citing a spokesman from theInvestigative Committee of Russia's Interior Ministry."The couriers were delivering cash to Moscow from Azerbaijan severaltimes a week...5.5 billion rubles were transferred to fictitious firms'accounts," the spokesperson noted.

New Russian co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group arrives in Karabakh

The new Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Igor Popov, who replaced Yuri Merzlyakov, arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from Yerevan today. According to Armenian media, Popov is meeting the leader of the Karabakh Armenians, Bako Sahakyan. Popov visited Ilkham Aliyev in Baku, then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan, before visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, TURAN reports.

Front-line Azerbaijan villages flooded

Over a hundred houses in Azerbaijan's Mamirli Tertersk region, whererefugees from occupied regions live, were flooded after heavy rains,1news.az reports.Emergencies Ministry workers of the Tertersk and Agdamsk regions arepumping out water.The Committee on refugee issues and migrants promised that thegovernment will compensate the damage.

SOCAR to invest $50mln in Georgia this year

The National Azerbaijani Oil Company (SOCAR) will invest about $50mln in Georgia this year, reports Trend, citing the head of the company Mahir Mamedov, reports Trend. The development of Georgian-Azerbaijani business cooperation was discussed at a business forum hosted by Georgia. Mamedov participated in the forum as a chairman of the Azerbaijani Entrepreneurs Association in Georgia.

Dagestani citizens want to cross the Azerbaijani border on foot

Dagestani parliamentarians have asked for the Dagestani-Azerbaijani border to be fully opened to pedestrians, and have sent an appeal regarding this to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports RIA Novosti. According to a decree of March 29th 1994 "the citizens of Russia and Azerbaijan can pass through border control by car and on foot as well". But pedestrian traffic at the block-posts "Yagar-Kazmalyar" and "Tagirkent-Kazmalyar" is not allowed, impeding the movement of citizens.

Georgian-Azerbaijani business forum to open in Tbilisi

A governmental delegation and a group of businessmen from Azerbaijan have arrived in Tbilisi today. The Georgian-Azerbaijanian business forum is to open today in Tbilisi. According to Rosbalt, the Azerbaijani delegation is headed by Azerbaijani Minister for theEconomy, Shahin Mustafayev. He will open the forum together with Georgian Minister for Economic Development Zurab Pololikashvili.The Azerbaijani delegation will be welcomed by Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri.

Gazprom to buy 10 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas

This year Gazprom intends to buy 10 billion cubic meters of gas in Turkmenistan, the deputy head of Gazprom Valery Golubev said on April 28, reports Trend.

Cargo turnover in Georgia increased by a third

Cargo turnover in Georgian ports in the first quarter of 2010increased by 36.9% compared with the same period of 2009, BusinessGeorgia reports. The figures were reported at a press-conference todayby the head of Unitary Transport Administration, Levan ChiChinadze.This concerns the ports of Batumi, Poti and Kulevi. Statistics show atotal of 4,306,583 tons of cargo turnover in the first quarter of2009, which this year amounts to 5,898 619, which is 1,592,036 tons(36.9%) more.

Downfall of American policy in the South Caucasus

Washington is trying to get things moving with its two strategic partners in the South Caucasus - Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Davutoglu meets Parliamentary Speaker of Nakhichevan

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared that Turkey remainsthe guarantor of Nakhichevan within the norms of international law andthat Turkey has obligations, TRT reports.After meeting the Speaker of the Supreme Majlis of the AutonomousRepublic of Nakhichevan, Vasif Talibov, the Turkish Foreign Ministeranswered journalists’ questions. Davutoglu said that the Kars peaceagreement remains in power unequivocably. He added that Turkishairlines will carry out flights from Istanbul to Nakhichevan.

Azerbaijan, Stavropol sign cooperation agreement

Azerbaijan and Russia's Stavropol Territory signed an agreement on Wednesday on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation, Trend reports.Foreign turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia totalled $1.8 billion in 2009, which is some 60% higher than the average turnover between CIS countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov said.

Turkey, Azerbaijan reach gas agreement

Azerbaijan and Turkey have reached an agreement on the value of Azerbaijani gas and its transit through Turkish territory, reports Trend, citing a senior representative at the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). Azerbaijani gas will be exported to Turkey during the first and the second stages of the Azerbaijani gas field Shah Deniz development.

Joint Turkish, Georgian, Azerbaijani projects maintain stability in the region – Davutoglu

It is important to develop regional cooperation to turn the Caucasus region into an energy and trade centre, Turkish Foreign Minister Akhmet Davutoglu said during a joint news conference with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze, reports TRT. He also added that "joint Turkish, Georgian and Azerbaijani energy projects and established transit routes - the pipelines Baku-Tbilisi-Djeihan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum, plus the railroad Baku-Tbilisi-Karas - maintain stability in the Caucasus region".

Russia to end North Caucasus border development next year

Russia to end North Caucasus border development next year

At a meeting in Sochi on Tuesday on the infrastructural development ofthe Russian-Kazakh border, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putinissued governmental orders within the integration process of theCustoms Union and the special-purpose "State Border" program, RIANovosti reports.

OSCE chairman discusses Nagorny-Karabakh conflict with Armenia, Azerbaijan

OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Sudabayev had telephone conversationswith the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, ElmarMammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian, respectively, a VK correspondentreports, citing the Kazakh press-service.The chairman said in his discussions he was interested in the effortsand participation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in thesettlement of relations.The sides exchanged opinions about preparations for an informal OSCECouncil of Foreign Ministers in Alma-Ata on 16-17 July and the 2010

Azerbaijan to cooperate with Russia's Stavropol

Azerbaijan and Russia's Stavropol Territory will sign an agreement onWednesday on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation,Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov said at a business forumin Baku, Trend reports.Foreign turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia totalled $1.8 billionin 2009, which is some 60% higher than the average turnover betweenCIS countries, Gasanov said.

Azerbaijan parliament ratifies oil contract

The Azerbaijan parliament overwhelmingly voted to ratify on Tuesday adeal on the exploration and development of the Bahar and Gum Denizoffshore fields in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.The PSA contract was signed in December 2009 between the State OilCompany of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and Bahar Energy Limited,Trend reports.The contract consist of two parts: the first part plans thestabilization of extraction in the block, the second involves

 Concluding document at the summit of religious leaders in Baku

Concluding document at the summit of religious leaders in Baku

Participants in the summit of world religious leaders in Baku have called on traditional religions to resist ideas of extremism and terrorism, it is stated in the summit's concluding document. This was revealed to journalists by the co-chairman of the executive committeeof the Interreligious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Vsevolod Chaplin, reports Trend.