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Poverty, repression in shadow of Azerbaijan's shiny new skyline

Bakou - In a crowded Baku street, Gyulya Akparova talks proudly about the major transformation of Azerbaijan and its thousand-year-old capital dotted with glittering skyscrapers on the Caspian Sea.

Oil producers to decide in June on extending cuts

Bakou - Major oil producers led by Saudi Arabia agreed Monday to keep working together to prop up crude prices, but said they would decide only in June on whether to extend production cuts.

Russia and OPEC: convenience but no marriage

Moscow - Two years after they teamed up to take back control of oil markets, the alliance between Russia and OPEC continues to be effective.

Woman who spent £16m at Harrods bailed at extradition hearing

London - An Azerbaijani woman who spent £16 million at London's up-market Harrods department store and was the first to be targeted by new British legislation on "unexplained wealth" was freed on bail Thursday as she fights an extradition request by Baku.

Merkel calls for peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict

Yerevan - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a peaceful solution to the ex-Soviet republics' long-running territorial conflict over the Nagorny Karabakh region.

Five Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status on Sunday in the Kazakh city of Aktau, easing regional tensions and potentially facilitating lucrative oil and gas projects.

The Caspian Sea: rich in oil and gas and caviar

Aktau - The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aktau on Sunday to sign a landmark deal on the Caspian Sea.

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.

Azerbaijan strongman Aliyev wins fourth term

Bakou - Azerbaijan strongman Ilham Aliyev on Thursday secured a fourth consecutive term with 86 percent of the vote in elections that international observers said were marred by "serious irregularities" and lack of competition.

'Land of Fire': Azerbaijan's history and culture

Bakou - Azerbaijan holds a snap presidential election on Wednesday boycotted by the opposition and expected to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev.Here are five points on the culture and history of the Caspian Sea nation.

Azerbaijan strongman Aliyev holding firmly on to power

Bakou - Likened in leaked US diplomatic cables to the fictional mob boss Michael Corleone, Azerbaijan's strongman Ilham Aliyev is expected to secure his fourth term as president in snap polls on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan strongman set to win polls boycotted by opposition

Bakou - Azerbaijanis voted on Wednesday in a snap presidential election boycotted by the main opposition parties and set to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev.

Kanal Turan: the tiny TV channel taking on oil-rich Azerbaijan

Strasbourg - Under the spotlight in a studio in the French city of Strasbourg, an Azerbaijani TV anchor pins a microphone onto his lapel as he gets ready to present the news.

Azerbaijan strongman to cement power in polls boycotted by the opposition

Bakou - Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev is set to secure a fourth consecutive term on Wednesday in snap polls boycotted by the oil-rich nation's main opposition parties.

Azerbaijan strongman Aliyev holding firmly on to power

Bakou - Likened in leaked US diplomatic cables to the fictional mob boss Michael Corleone, Azerbaijan's strongman Ilham Aliyev is expected to secure his fourth term as president in snap polls on Wednesday.

Azerbaijani exile shot, wife murdered in France: police

Toulouse - An Azerbaijani claiming to be an exiled journalist in France was seriously wounded and his wife was killed on Friday in a gun attack near the southern city of Toulouse, police said.

25 dead in Azerbaijan drug rehab centre fire

Bakou - Twenty-five people perished in a fire which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early Friday, with activists saying safety standards had not been met.

24 dead in Azerbaijan drug rehab centre fire: official

Bakou - Twenty four people died as a result of a fire which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early Friday, officials said.

Azerbaijan opposition vow to boycott snap presidential vote

Bakou - Leaders of Azerbaijan's main opposition parties pledged Monday to boycott a snap presidential election which is expected to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev.

Azerbaijan calls surprise snap presidential poll

Bakou - Azerbaijan's strongman Ilham Aliyev on Monday called a snap presidential vote for April, six months ahead of schedule, as opposition politicians slammed the surprise move.

Azerbaijan calls snap presidential poll

Bakou - Azerbaijan's strongman Ilham Aliyev Monday called a surprise snap presidential election for April 11, six months ahead of schedule, without providing an immediate explanation for the move.

Azerbaijan elite ran $2.9 bn slush fund: report

London - Azerbaijan's ruling elite ran a secret 2.5 billion euro ($2.9 billion) slush fund to pay off European politicians and launder money, according to an investigation by a group of European newspapers published Tuesday.

Azerbaijan freezes bank accounts of sole independent news agency

Bakou - Azerbaijan has frozen the bank accounts of the country's only independent news agency, its director said Friday, in a step that could shutter the outlet.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

Azerbaijan destroys Armenia air defence system in disputed region

Bakou - Azerbaijan has destroyed an Armenian air defence system in the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said Tuesday, as separatist authorities vowed retaliation, raising tensions in the festering conflict.

Armenia president urges pressure on Azerbaijan to avert war

Yerevan - Armenia's President Serzh Sarkisian has urged international powers to step up pressure on Azerbaijan to avoid all-out war over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, accusing his nation's arch-foe of military "blackmail".

Armenia president urges pressure on Azerbaijan to avert war

Yerevan - Armenia's President Serzh Sarkisian has urged international powers to step up pressure on Azerbaijan to avoid all-out war over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, accusing his nation's arch-foe of military "blackmail".

Armenia president urges pressure on Azerbaijan to avert war

Yerevan - Armenia's President Serzh Sarkisian has urged international powers to step up pressure on Azerbaijan to avoid all-out war over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, accusing his nation's arch-foe of military "blackmail".

Azerbaijan strongman appoints wife vice president

Bakou - Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his glamorous wife as first vice president, the latest move seen as tightening the family's iron grip on the oil-rich Caspian nation.

Nagorny Karabakh votes in 'illegal' referendum

Yerevan - Azerbaijan's separatist Nagorny Karabakh region voted Monday in a referendum on presidential powers that international observers warned was illegal and obstructed efforts to end the festering territorial feud.
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