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Info on attack of Qarabagh FC fans on APOEL FC false Baku police

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The information spread on social networks and some sports websites about the alleged attack of the fans of Azerbaijan’s Qarabagh FC on the bus of Cyprus’ APOEL FC after playing in Baku as part of the third classification stage of the UEFA Champions League is not true, Police Major Elshad Hajiyev, head of the press service of the Main Police Department of Baku, told Trend.

The game ended with high-level security provided for all those present, and no negative cases have occurred.

Hajiyev noted that an attempt was made to connect the incident in another country with yesterday’s game in Baku in order to divert public opinion.

The head of the press service noted that not a single fact indicating that the flag of Armenia was raised during the match in Baku was recorded during the game. If such facts exist, it is recommended to submit them to the Main Police Department of Baku.

"This is misinformation based on no solid grounds, without any inquiries having been made to the police. In order not to disseminate false information and not to repeat similar errors in the future, members of the press are encouraged to verify the accuracy of the information before publishing it," Hajiyev stressed.

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Turkey may close Incirlik Kurecik bases if necessary

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Ankara may close two bases in Turkey where U.S. soldiers are stationed "if necessary", Anadolu Agency reported.

"If necessary, we will hold discussions with all our delegations, and if necessary, we may close Incirlik [air base in southern Adana province] and Kurecik [radar station in eastern Malatya province]," Erdogan said in a televised interview.

Speaking about a resolution passed in the U.S. Senate on Armenian allegations over the events of 1915, Erdogan said the bill was "completely political," adding: "It is very important for both sides that the U.S. does not take irreparable steps in our relations."

"We regret that the polarization in U.S. domestic politics has had negative consequences for us and that some groups abuse developments about our country for their own interests in order to weaken [President Donald] Trump," Erdogan added.

“We are not going to stand empty-handed. Let me say very clearly and openly: Is it possible to speak about America without mentioning Indians? It is a shameful moment in U.S. history. Similar things happened in Africa. Is it possible to put aside the French massacres in Rwanda, Algeria?

“They did slave trade in cells from Senegal to America. What will we do to explain these to the international community? We have documents in our archive. We will reveal that the history of the West is the history of racism and colonialism. While all these massacres and genocides are standing, they cannot say anything to the nation which has a proud history like us,” said Erdogan.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Armenian claims on the events that transpired in 1915.

Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.

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Azerbaijans ASAN Visa issues about 870000 visas in 2019

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The number of visas issued through Azerbaijan’s ASAN Visa system in the first eleven months of 2019 amounted to 869,905, the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan told AzVision.az.

In total, the system has granted over 1,842,000 visas up to now.

During the reporting period, 82 percent of foreigners who arrived in Azerbaijan via ASAN Visa indicated tourism as their purpose of visit. Most of those applying for e-visas to Azerbaijan are citizens of the UK, Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, China, Iran and Turkmenistan.

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Leyla Aliyeva attends Zima 2019 International Children Festival

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Co-organized by Beat Group and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture, a gala concert of “Zima2019” International Children Festival has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Center.

Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event.

Prior to the concert, the participants walked the red carpet.

The hosts of the evening were Rufat Mammadov and Suel Heybatova. The organizing committee selected 20 best young singers out of 110 applicants.

The festival aims to reveal creative potential of talented children and adolescents and carries great importance in terms of collecting experience among professionals.

The performances of young talents aroused great interest among the audience. Representatives from Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, France and the UK also performed at the Festival.

The participants received the diplomas and keepsakes.

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