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Surveillance and internet disruption in Baku

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:18 AM

The authorities in Azerbaijan don’t need to shut down the internet or social media. They can achieve control by disruption alone.

5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The deal will settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws

Locator map of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan

Filipino gymnast Yulo nabs silver in Azerbaijan stint

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:43 PM

The 18-year-old is the youngest in the men's vault of the Baku World Cup but that hardly shows as he is less than a point behind the gold medal winner

RACKING UP. Carlos Edriel Yulo bags two medals from international gymnastics competitions in less than a month. Contributed photo by Munehiro Kugimiya

25 dead in Azerbaijan drug rehab center fire

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

It took some 3 hours for 10 squads of firefighters and rescuers from the emergencies ministry to extinguish the blaze, the APA news agency reports

FIRE. Police officers cordon off the site of a fire in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Baku on March 2, 2018. Photo by Tofik Babyev/AFP

Azerbaijan calls snap presidential poll

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The oil-rich country was initially set to hold a presidential election in October 17, 2018

CALLING SNAP POLLS. In this file photo, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016. Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool/AFP

Azerbaijan blacklists U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

The foreign ministry spokesman says Bourdain 'has been put onto the persona non grata list for his disrespect of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty'

BLACKLIST. Chef Anthony Bourdain speaks onstage during the panel Anthony Bourdain talks with Patrick Radden Keefe at New York Society for Ethical Culture on October 7, 2017 in New York City. Photo by  Craig Barritt/Getty Images/AFP

Azerbaijan cracks down on sole independent news agency

Aug 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Human Rights Watch denounces the case as the latest in a vicious crackdown on critical media in energy rich Azerbaijan

MEDIA CRACKDOWN. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev meets with Russian President during their meeting in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016. File photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AFP

Azerbaijan looks to block critical online media

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:08 PM

The ministry of transport and communications demands the news outlets websites be blocked but gives no further details to back up its claims

ILHAM ALIYEV. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev meets with Russian President during their meeting in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016. File photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AFP

At least 35 dead in Iran floods

Apr 15, 2017 - 2:59 PM

2nd UPDATE Torrential rain lashes East Azerbaijan province with state television showing images of flooded houses and cars carried away by the surging water

Pope urges 'stable peace' on visit to Azerbaijan

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED There is no alternative to patiently and assiduously searching for shared solutions by means of committed and sustained negotiations says Pope Francis

In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office Pope Francis disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at the International Airport of Baku on October 2, 2016. Pope Francis continues his tour of the Caucasus with a visit to Azerbaijan where he will meet President Ilham Aliyev, just days after the authoritarian leader won a referendum on constitutional changes seen as consolidating his grip on power. / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Azerbaijan holds referendum on extra powers for president

Sep 26, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The amendments would extend the president s term in office from 5 to 7 years and create a powerful new first vice president position and several other vice presidencies

In this file photo, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is pictured in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016. Dmitry Lovetsky/AFP

Rio Haryanto optimistis raih hasil baik di Sirkuit Baku

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:09 AM

Rio Haryanto berhasil perbaiki posisi saat latihan di Sirkuit Baku GP Eropa

Rio Haryanto berhasil perbaiki posisi saat latihan di Sirkuit Baku GP Eropa. Foto dari Facebook/Manor Racing

Formula 1: GP Eropa dalam angka

Jun 17, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Pertama kalinya dalam sejarah balapan Formula 1 di Sirkuit Baku Azerbaijan

Pertama kali balapan Formula akan digelar Sirkuit Baku, Azerbaijan. Foto dari F1.com

Rio Haryanto akui Sirkuit Azerbaijan miliki tantangan dan konsekuensi berat

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Kata Rio Haryanto satu kesalahan kecil di Sirkuit Baku bisa mendatangkan konsekuensi cukup berat

Rio Haryanto saat memberikan pernyataan kepada media tentang Sirkuit Baku. Foto dari Twitter/@ManorRacing

Azerbaijan frees top anti-corruption journalist Ismayilova

May 26, 2016 - 12:43 AM

The reporter who turns 40 on Friday probes the vast riches allegedly amassed by President Ilham Aliyev and his family

FREED. This file photo taken on October 29, 2012 shows Honoree Khadija Ismayilova attending the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards hosted by the International Women's Media Foundation held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California. File photo by Jason Merritt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Apr 09, 2016 - 11:05 PM

The news comes amid tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region

Pope Francis in December 2013. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Fragile truce largely holds in Karabakh after deadly clashes

Apr 06, 2016 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian calls on the international community to respect Karabakh s right to determine its own future

Mobile artillery units of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh hold a position outside the settlement of Hadrut, not far from the Iranian border, on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYAN

Azerbaijan, Armenia agree truce in Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:09 AM

International powers scramble to end the worst violence in decades over the disputed region

Armenian artillery position of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, April 3, 2016. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure/EPA

Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED Clashes over the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh continue for a third day despite international pressure to stop fighting

Armenian artillery position of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, April 3, 2016. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure/EPA

Azerbaijan, Armenia forces clash as Putin urges ceasefire

Apr 02, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The 2 countries frequently exchange fire across the front but the latest episode marks a surge in violence and sparks frantic appeals for peace from international powers

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Azerbaijan ruling party wins polls shunned by opposition – partial results

Nov 02, 2015 - 7:57 AM

The outright victory by the ruling Yeni New Azerbaijan party cements strongman President Ilham Aliyev s grip on power in the tightly controlled Caucasus nation

A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Baku on November 1, 2015, during a parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. Tofik Babayev/AFP

European Games: Azerbaijan's repressive reality behind glitz

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:05 PM

Rights activists in the country hope the glitzy event will focus international attention not on sporting prowess – but Azerbaijan s record for jailing scores of opponents and cracking down on dissent

CELEBRATORY MOOD. A picture taken on May 22, 2015 shows a torchbearer running during the 2015 European Games torch relay in Mingachevir. Tofik Babayev/AFP

US 'disturbed' at Azerbaijan raiding Radio Liberty

Dec 27, 2014 - 7:03 PM

The raid came after a prominent investigative reporter working for Radio Azadliq Khadija Ismayilova was arrested in early December

WATCH: Filipino DJ wins 3rd place in 'Thre3style' world championships

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:21 PM

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Putin says 'good will' exists to resolve Armenia-Azerbaijan crisis

Aug 10, 2014 - 9:50 PM

Russian analysts say the Sochi talks to resolve the crisis are a reaffirmation of Putin s and Russia s dominance in the region

File photo of Vladimir Putin by EPA

Azerbaijan edges Azkals in FIFA Friendly, 1-nil

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:42 AM

The new look Philippine National Men’s Football Team put up a gallant stand against 93rd ranked Azerbaijan but lost 1 0 in a FIFA Friendly match

The Azkals dropped a 1-nil game to Azerbaijan on Wednesday in their first challenge of a European squad in 17 years. Photo from Azkals website

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Azerbaijan friendly

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:34 PM

The Azkals will be trying to measure where they are in the world stage against UEFA nation Azerbaijjan

ACID TEST. Much will be revealed about the Azkals squad when they face Azerbaijan on Wednesday in Dubai. Photo from Azkals website

Azkals face Azerbaijan, first European squad in 17 years, on Wednesday

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:20 PM

The Azkals will face an acid test on Wednesday when they play Azerbaijan in their first challenge of a European squad since 1997

ACID TEST. Much will be revealed about the Azkals squad when they face Azerbaijan on Wednesday in Dubai. Photo from Azkals website

Azkals to face Azerbaijan in friendly match in Dubai

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:12 PM

For the first time since 1997 the Philippine National Football Team will face a European squad in Azerbaijan on March 5 in Dubai United Arab Emirates

DUBAI DUEL. The Azkals will travel to Dubai for a friendly match against Azerbaijan in March. Photo by Josh Abelda

Singapore Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Azerbaijan

Jan 06, 2014 - 10:29 PM

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 superjumbo made an emergency landing in Azerbaijan on Monday due to a loss of cabin pressure leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport in the capital Baku

Azerbaijan leader smashes rivals in landslide poll win

Oct 10, 2013 - 11:04 AM

President Ilham Aliyev scored a crushing win in the tightly controlled ex Soviet state with main opposition challenger Jamil Hasanli in distant second place

Sweden triumphs in controversial Eurovision

May 27, 2012 - 8:21 AM

Swedish star Loreen wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

EUROVISION 2012. The winners of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2012 song contest celebrate their results in the Azerbaijan's capital Baku, late on May 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO

Azerbaijan hosts Eurovision clash of generations

May 23, 2012 - 12:33 PM

The run up to the event has been marred by accusations over Azerbaijan s rights record and forced evictions of locals but the government is hoping the event will be a unique shop window for the increasingly glitzy capital Baku

EUROVISION 2012. The winners of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2012 song contest celebrate their results in the Azerbaijan's capital Baku, late on May 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO

Eritrea 'most censored' country - global media watchdog

May 03, 2012 - 12:17 PM

African country topples North Korea in list of countries most notorious for censorship media restrictions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his Eritrean counterpart Issaias Afeworki (front R) review the honour guard upon the latter's arrival at Tehran on May 19, 2008. Both Iran and Eritrea are part of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) list of most censored countries, released May 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE