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Azerbaijan quenches rig blaze, averts 'major oil spill' in Caspian

Bakou - Azerbaijan has finally extinguished a blaze at an offshore oil rig in the Caspian Sea which caught fire nearly two weeks ago, averting "a major oil spill", officials said Thursday.

Azerbaijan frees top rights activist Leyla Yunus

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Wednesday released top rights campaigner Leyla Yunus from prison because of her deteriorating health, less than a month after freeing her activist husband.

Azerbaijan finds 6 more bodies after oil rig fire

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Monday recovered the bodies of six more oil workers as hopes faded of finding more survivors following a storm which caused their offshore oil rig to catch fire in the Caspian Sea.

Azerbaijan mourns 'many deaths' after oil rig fire

Bakou - Azerbaijan was on Sunday searching for 29 missing oil workers after a storm caused their offshore oil rig to catch fire, as the president ordered a day of mourning.

One dead, 30 missing in Azerbaijan oil rig fire in Caspian Sea

Bakou - One person was killed and 30 oil workers were missing Saturday after the rig they were working on in the Caspian Sea was engulfed by a fire, Azerbaijan's state energy firm SOCAR said.

Two police, four 'radical Islamists' killed in Azerbaijan raid

Bakou - Two policemen and four alleged members of a radical Islamist group have been killed in a shootout during a raid in Azerbaijan, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Azerbaijan frees top activist — but not his sick wife

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday released from prison a prominent campaigner sentenced to a lengthy jail term but left his ailing wife, the country's top rights activist, behind bars.

Azerbaijan president cements power in disputed parliamentary polls

Bakou - The ruling party of the oil-rich former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan won a majority in disputed parliamentary polls that cemented President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power, final results showed Monday.

Azerbaijan president cements power in boycotted parliamentary polls

Bakou - Azerbaijan's ruling party won an outright majority Sunday in parliamentary polls that were boycotted by the mainstream opposition, near-complete results showed, cementing strongman President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power.

Azerbaijan strongman set to cement power in flawed polls

Bakou - Azerbaijan voted Sunday in parliamentary polls expected to cement President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power and boycotted by the mainstream opposition as a sham.Polling stations closed at 7:00 pm time (1500 GMT).

Three Azeris dead in 'heavy fighting' over Karabakh: Baku

Bakou - Armenian forces killed three Azerbaijani troops in fierce clashes overnight, Azerbaijan said Monday, as tensions spiral in the Caucasus neighbours' protracted conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

Azerbaijan furious over EU criticism, wants to 'revise' relations

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Friday fiercely rejected European criticism of its human rights record and threatened to "revise" relations over a European Parliament's resolution calling for sanctions against Azeri authorities.

Azerbaijan jails top journalist for seven and a half years

- Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said.

Award-winning Azeri journalist condemns state 'lies' at trial

Bakou - Award-winning Azeri investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova on Monday slammed the government's "lies" at the close of her trial on corruption charges, which opponents of strongman President Ilham Aliyev see as an attempt to muzzle independent media...

Europa League Draw: Long trips for Liverpool and Tottenham

Both Liverpool and Tottenham will need at least one long excursion on a Thursday night, as the Premier League sides face long-haul opposition from Russia and Azerbaijan respectively.

Azeri prosecutors demand nine-year sentence for reporter

Bakou - Prosecutors in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Friday demanded a nine-year jail term for a top investigative journalist, in a graft trial activists say is revenge for her reporting on high-level corruption.

Azerbaijan slaps lengthy jail terms on activist couple

Bakou - A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a prominent rights activist couple to hefty jail terms in a move decried as politically motivated.

Azerbaijan arrests footballer over journalist's murder

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Tuesday arrested a footballer over the death of a journalist and rights activist who was severely beaten by attackers after criticising the player on Facebook.

Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Saturday accused arch-foe Armenia's troops of killing its soldier in a new clash amid a Western-mediated push to cauterise the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus.

Reporter who accused Azeri leader of corruption goes on trial

Bakou - A top Azerbaijani investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner, who accused the country's president of corruption, went on trial Friday on charges she denounced as politically motivated.
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