European Union urges urgent release of detained opposition activists in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission in Brussels on February 6, 2017 (Photo by AFP) The European Union has called on Azerbaijan to immediately release detained opposition figures amid growing global concerns over reports of the Baku government’s crackdown on dissidents. “A review by Azerbaijan of […]

Continue Reading

Azerbaijan destroys Armenia air defense in Nagorno-Karabakh

The undated photo shows Armenian separatists preparing to fire artillery in Karabakh. Azerbaijan has destroyed an Armenian air defense system in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.​ An unnamed official from the press service of Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the targeted system was located in the Fisuli-Khojavend sector of Karabakh’s front line. “Azerbaijani forces […]

Continue Reading

Azerbaijan launches Iran rail link

Azerbaijan has launched a rail link with Iran by sending a train across the border to Iran’s northern city of Astara. Azerbaijan officially launched a rail link with Iran on Sunday by sending a train across the border to Iran’s northern city of Astara thus taking an ambitious multimodal transport project that connects northern Europe […]

Continue Reading

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hails Azerbaijan ties as ‘brotherly, strategic’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, in Tehran on March 5, 2017. (Photo by IRNA) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hailed relations with neighboring Azerbaijan as “friendly, brotherly and strategic,” saying they share close views on regional issues. Tehran-Baku ties “have made considerable progress in the past three years,” Rouhani said at a […]

Continue Reading

Several Azerbaijani troops killed in Karabakh clashes

File photo of Armenian separatists preparing to launch artillery fire in the Karabakh region. Deadly clashes have broken out between Azerbaijani troops and Armenian separatists over the breakaway Karabakh region, authorities on both sides say. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Armenian forces “attempted an intrusion into Azerbaijani territory along the Karabakh frontline” in the […]

Continue Reading

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev appoints first lady Mehriban Aliyeva as vice-president

The file photo shows Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (R) and his wife and newly-appointed Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his socialite wife Mehriban Aliyeva as the vice-president of the oil-rich Caspian Sea country. Mehriban Aliyeva “is appointed the first vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” the president said in a Tuesday […]

Continue Reading

‘Prominent Azerbaijani activist kidnapped, tortured’

The undated photo shows prominent Azerbaijani blogger and rights campaigner Mehman Huseynov. Plainclothes attackers have abducted and tortured a prominent Azerbaijani opposition blogger and whistle-blower, the latest incident of the harsh treatment of activists and rights campaigners in the oil-rich ex-Soviet country. Mehman Huseynov, who serves as the chairman of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom […]

Continue Reading