The Year in Review 2016

 Top Stories of 2016 – Highlights of the last 12 months.

The end of the year is the perfect time to see what some of our most popular articles and look back at the biggest stories and highlights of the last 12 months. 


Azerbaijani Leader Ilham Aliyev’s Participation in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit – U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to attend 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C



Azerbaijani Musicologist Aida Huseynova’s New Book “Music of Azerbaijan” Published in America

The premiere of “Dance” by famous Azerbaijani composer Firangiz Alizade has been held in San Francisco





President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.



Secretary Kerry Meets with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan.


President Ilham Aliyev attended a dinner reception hosted by US President



The premiere of the long-awaited “Ali and Nino” film, based on a novel with the same name by an Azerbaijani writer was held in New York, California and Utah



Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony claims to six Emmy Awards



October 18 proclaimed Azerbaijani Independence Day in the U.S. State of Connecticut



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Silk Way West Airlines Launches Direct Flights to Chicago

Azerbaijan Cultural Day in Alberta

Azerbaijani composer Arzu Abbasova has won the 4th MuSE Young Composers Competition held in New York



Baku street may appear in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has voiced intention to name one of the streets in the city after Baku, Trend reported.



US citizens will be able to receive e-visas to Azerbaijan within 3 days



SAPAR Contemporary Gallery in New York Featuring the Original Works of Azerbaijani Artist Faig Ahmed


The US embassy in Azerbaijan launches Interview Waiver Program

America Days Festival in Baku



Parliamentarians ratified an agreement on air traffic between the governments of Azerbaijan and the United States


Five new documentary films on Azerbaijan were produced in the U.S.


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AzerNews, Trend discuss information exchange with The New York Times

Chief editors of Azerbaijan’s English language AzerNews newspaper Sevil Mikayilova and Trend Agency Vagif Sharifov, participating in the 67th World News Media Congress, which brought together leaders of the publishing world, met with the representatives of The New York Times.

The possibility of cooperation between Trend Agency and AzerNews in terms of information exchange was discussed during the meeting.

“Similar meetings were also held with other major world publications on the subject of promotion of content of AzerNnews and Trend Agency and syndication of content with various famous newspapers,” Sharifov said.

“In addition, the possibility of cooperation in terms of promotion of Trend Agency and AzerNews online, as well as in specialized commercial digital libraries was discussed,” he said.

AzerNews was founded in 1997 and is Azerbaijan’s first English language newspaper. Trend is an independent news agency founded in 1995 in Azerbaijan, and a leading provider of news in the South Caucasus and Caspian region.

The New York Times is a US daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.

As the bulk of the US newspapers, The New York Times was created as a regional newspaper. However, the concept of regional media has not prevented it from becoming one of the most influential newspapers in the world.

An exhibition of the largest media agencies, where AzerNews Newspaper and Trend Agency are represented by their own stand, is also being held within the framework of the Congress.

The event organized by WAN-IFRA in cooperation with the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), gathers more than 1,000 media executives from more than 80 countries.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers.

It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organization was created by the 2009 merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organization for the news publishing industry.


Azerbaijan`s first national news agency AZERTAC turns 95

Azertag95Azerbaijan`s first national news agency AZERTAC turns 95. Founded by the government of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on March 1, 1920, AZERTAC has gone through a difficult and glorious path. The agency was a branch of the TASS agency after the fall of the Democratic Republic. Throughout its history the agency has had its name changed seven times, and returned its historical name only in 1991 when Azerbaijan restored its independence.Working on a round-the-clock basis, AZERTAC is producing news in seven languages, including in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, French, German, Arabic and Chinese covering socio-political, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, healthcare, sport, environmental and other fields. The agency is producing more than 30,000 news items, more than 80,000 photos, more than 800 videos and more than 30 infographics on a monthly basis.In 2004, AZERTAC became a member of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), which groups the world`s leading news agencies. The agency is the largest contributor of news items to OANA`s website.In 2008, the agency joined the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA). AZERTAC is one of the founders of the Association of the National News Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (ANIA), the Union of the Turkic Speaking News Agencies (TKA) and the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA).In 2011-2013, AZERTAC chaired the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies. It currently presides over the Union of the Turkic Speaking News Agencies.AZERTAC has signed agreements and maintains successful cooperation with national news agencies of nearly 40 countries and with them. It will ink several new cooperation agreements in the next couple of days.AZERTAC hosted the 30th OANA Executive Board Meeting entitled “News for everybody in a globalizing world” in September 2008. Heads and high-ranking representatives from over 20 countries came together in Azerbaijan for the first time.AZERTAC Director General became OANA`s Vice-President and was re-elected as an Executive Board member for the third time in a row at the 15th OANA General Assembly held in Moscow in September, 2013. The organization also decided to hold its next General Assembly in Baku, which meant that AZERTAC would be holding OANA`s presidency in 2016-2019.AZERTAC`s another success came when heads of more than 70 leading news agencies, including Turkey’s Anadolu, Russia’s TASS, Egypt’s MENA, Argentina’s TELAM, French Agence France-Presse, UK’s Press Association, Australian Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, Southern Korea’s YONHAP, and news alliances such as OANA, EANA, FANA, IINA, and media corporations, including SKY News Arabia, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and BBC, and internet corporations such as MSN, Google and Yahoo came together in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, for the 4th News Agencies World Congress. The Riyadh meeting decided that the next Congress would take place in Azerbaijan in 2016, which means the agency would chair the News Agencies World Congress in 2016-2019.According to Socialbakers, the most popular provider of social media analytic tools of the US, AZERTAC’s Facebook page in Azerbaijani language ranks in the top five among the fastest growing media accounts and the first among news agencies. According to Socialbakers reports, AZERTAC’s Twitter and YouTube accounts constantly rank in the top five in “Media” category for Azerbaijan.The agency is expanding its foreign bureaus network and international cooperation. AZERTAC now has bureaus in 21 countries, which are the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, Sweden, Romania, Latvia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Its offices in Azerbaijan cover all regions of the country.On the eve of the 95th anniversary of AZERTAC, President Ilham Aliyev signed executive orders to rename the agency and confer honorary titles and give awards to 13 employees of the agency. AZERTAC faces a promising future. A new state-of-the-art building is now being constructed for the agency, which will appear in a special design.