Azerbaijani acrobatic gymnasts shine with four medals at World Cup in Bulgaria

Azerbaijani gymnasts showcased their talent and skill by winning four medals, including two golds, at the 2024 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup held in the city of Burgas, Bulgaria. The mixed pair Aghasif Rahimov and Raziya Seyidli, along with junior women's group conisisting of Zahra Rashidova, Anahita Bashiri, and Nazrin Zeyniyeva, achieved remarkable success by securing gold medals at the tournament. The men`s pair Murad Rafiyev and Daniel Abbasov, as well as the men's acro quartet featuring Riad Safarov, Abdulla Al-Mashaykhi, Seymur Jafarov, Seyidli Rasul, and Riad Safarov, clinched silver medals in the competition. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Trkiye, Greece strengthening mutual understanding on fighting terrorism: President Erdogan

Trkiye and Greece are strengthening their mutual understanding on fighting terrorism, Anadolu Agency reports citing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We agree there is no place for terrorist groups in our region's future," Erdogan said in a news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Erdogan also said that Ankara and Athens are committed to resolving issues between them via "cordial dialogue, good neighborly ties, and international law" as outlined in last year's Athens Declaration on Friendly Relations and Good-Neighborliness. "We are working to push our bilateral trade with Greece to $10 billion, which was $6 billion last year," Erdogan added. He also underlined that Trkiye expects the "positive atmosphere in our relations" to contribute to fulfilling the rights of the Turkish minority in Greece. Erdogan highlighted the importance of finding a fair, permanent, and fact-based solution to the Cyprus issue, adding that this would strengthen regional stability and peace. "I would like to thank Prime Minister Mitsotakis for his efforts to improve our bilateral relations," he added. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan’s Bozdag-Guzdek mud volcano erupts after 15 years

Bozdag-Guzdek mud volcano erupted in Azerbaijan on Monday at 02:13 local time lasting for nine minutes, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of Azerbaijan's National Academy of Sciences. The eruption was recorded by eight digital stations of the Republican Seismic Survey Center. The last eruption of the Bozdag-Guzdek mud volcano occurred in 2009. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Speaker Sahiba Gafarova highlights role of women in Azerbaijani society at Asian Women’s Forum

Speaker of Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova participated in the Asian Women's Forum held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Addressing the event titled "Regional approach to expanding the economic, social and political rights and opportunities of women," Speaker Sahiba Gafarova pointed out that the issue of gender equality and women's empowerment is not limited to a single country, single region. She noted that it has global influence and regardless of geography, is a matter of concern to everyone. Highlighting Azerbaijan's achievements in the development of women's rights, Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova said that women are an integral part of Azerbaijani society. He emphasized that the great contributions made by Azerbaijani women to the political, economic, social and cultural life of the country reflect the approach to women's rights in the country. Gafarova said that the great socio-political activity of First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva embodies the valuable contributions of Azerbaijani women to the development of the society and the country. The Speaker of the Milli Majlis, also drew attention to President Ilham Aliyev's initiative to establish a Women's Platform in the Non-Aligned Movement. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

7th ‘Kharibulbul’ International Music Festival features concert program in Lachin

The 7th Kharibulbul International Music Festival, co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, featured a concert program in Azerbaijan's charming corner, the city of Lachin. The festival participants, coming together by the Hakari River, enjoyed the bright samples of the Azerbaijani national music, culture, and traditions. The event, featuring a large number of remarkable performances left an indelible impression on the spectators. The 7th 'Kharibulbul" International Music Festival, co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, commenced in Shusha on May 11. Shusha is hosting this year's event as the Cultural Capital of the Islamic World 2024. The festival kicked off with a concert at the Jidir Duzu plain in Shusha, featuring artists and creative groups from ICESCO member countries. This grand cultural gathering also brought together participants from the UAE, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Guinea, Morocco, Uzbekistan, and Trkiye. Source: A zerbaijan State News Agency

Member of European Parliament calls sufferings of Western Azerbaijanis historical tragedy

Member of the European Parliament (EP) Javier Nart met Monday with Chairman of the Board of the Western Azerbaijan Community, Member of Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis Aziz Alakbarli, as well as the Community's Spokesperson Ulviyya Zulfikar. During the meeting, the member of the European Parliament was informed about the massacres and deportations suffered by the Western Azerbaijanis over the past 200 years, as well as Azerbaijan's destructed material and cultural heritage. Aziz Alakbarli noted that prejudice and discrimination against Azerbaijan in the European Parliament have a negative impact on the stability in the region. Javier Nart described the sufferings of the Western Azerbaijanis as a historical tragedy, saying that he will deliver all the truth about the Western Azerbaijanis to his European counterparts. The member of the European Parliament was also presented with Western Azerbaijan Community's Concept of Return published in multiple languages. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

China creates its largest ever quantum computing chip – and it could be key to building the nation’s own ‘quantum cloud’

Scientists in China have developed a 504-qubit quantum computing chip that will be made available to researchers worldwide via a new quantum computing cloud platform, according to Live Science. The new chip, called "Xiaohong," is the biggest built by China to date and is designed to improve systems that manage the behavior and interaction of quantum bits, or qubits, in quantum computers, state-owned China Daily reported. The scientists hope the chip will help to scale up existing quantum computers so they can handle more complex tasks. Xiaohong was developed by scientists at the Center for Excellence in Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Chinese quantum computing company QuantumCTek, which received the first Xiaohong chip, will now reportedly work alongside China Telecom Quantum Group to integrate the 504-qubit chip into a new quantum computer. This system will then be made available to researchers worldwide via a quantum computing cloud platform develo ped by China Telecom Quantum Group, according to the report. Wang Zhen, deputy general manager of China Telecom Quantum Group, said in a statement the new system would "allow users in various fields to conduct research on problems and algorithms of practical value efficiently, and accelerate the application of quantum computing in actual scenarios." Xiaohong is designed to meet the performance standards of cloud-enabled quantum computing platforms like those made by IBM or AWS. But it's not intended as a technical rival to cutting-edge U.S. technology - such as the 1,121-qubit IBM Quantum Condor chip, said Gong Ming, a researcher at the Center for Excellence in Quantum Information and Quantum Physics. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Over half of young Bulgarians intend to vote in upcoming European parliament elections – Survey

More than half of young Bulgarians (54%) intend to vote in the upcoming June 9 European Parliament elections, according to a Eurobarometer survey presented on Monday by the European Commission. By comparison, on average in the EU, 64% of young people with the right to vote have expressed their willingness to take part in the elections, reports Bulgarian News Agency (BTA). A total of 21% of young people in Bulgaria and 13% of other young people in the EU say they will not exercise their right to vote in the selection of future MEPs. Asked what they expect from the EU, European young people put peace and international cooperation first (37% on average, 32% in Bulgaria), the fight against poverty second (34% in the EU, 38% in Bulgaria) and the protection of human rights and European values third (30% in the EU, 26% in Bulgaria). Some 25% of Bulgarian and other European young people feel that the EU has a strong impact on their daily lives, while 42% in the EU and 46% in Bulgaria think this is the case to some extent. In Bulgaria, 56% of young people (49% in the rest of the EU) say that in the last year they have not participated in activities for the benefit of society - petitions, protests, sending letters to politicians, etc. Most often those who have taken such action have focused their efforts on defending human rights and equality, as well as nature. When asked if they thought they had enough online skills to distinguish misinformation, 32% of Bulgarian young people expressed confidence that they could cope and 45% expected to cope if necessary. By comparison, in the rest of the EU, an average of 28% feel completely confident and 45% somewhat confident. The survey was conducted online between April 4 and 12. A total of 26,189 EU citizens aged between 15 and 30 took part in it. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan Trade House to open in Chinese city of Nanjing

Azerbaijan is set to open its trade house in Chinese city of Nanjing. According to the Azerbaijan's Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO), the opening ceremony of the Azerbaijan Trade House will be hosted in Nanjing on May 15, co-organized by the Ministry of Economy and Azerbaijan's Trade Representative Office in China. Currently, Azerbaijan has trading houses operating in China's cities of Qingdao, Zhangjiajie, Xi'an, Chengdu and Beijing, 4 trade facilities in Shanghai, Harbin, Jinan and Wuhan and 3 wine houses in Urumqi and Shanghai. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency