Dortmund face Henrikh Mkhitaryan Azerbaijan visa headache
Dortmund face Henrikh Mkhitaryan Azerbaijan visa headache

Borussia Dortmund may be forced to do without Armenian midfield star Henrikh Mkhitaryan for October`s Europa League clash in Azerbaijan because of a diplomatic dispute, according to media reports.

World champions Germany get kind qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup
World champions Germany get kind qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup

World champions Germany avoided facing some of their strongest rivals when the draw for the European qualifying groups for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia was made on Saturday.

Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

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.

Formula One: Late start, record 21 races in 2016 season
Formula One: Late start, record 21 races in 2016 season

The 2016 Formula One season could start nearly a month later than usual and feature a record 21 races, with Azerbaijan hosting one for the first time, the sport`s governing body said Friday.

Azerbaijan jails 10 for fighting with IS radicals

 A court in Azerbaijan on Wednesday sentenced 10 people to jail terms of between four to 15 years for joining Islamic State fighters, a spokesman said.

Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain

The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.

Baku looks to future after delivering golden Games
Baku looks to future after delivering golden Games

Pop diva Lady Gaga`s rendition of `Imagine` at the European Games opening ceremony lit the touchpaper that put human rights issues on the backburner and ushered in a dream fortnight for both controversial hosts Azerbaijan and Pat Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committees.

France replace Azerbaijan in women's Hockey World League Semi-Final

France on Friday replaced Azerbaijan in the women's Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final following the latter's non-arrival in Belgium for the 10-nation competition starting here on Saturday.

Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport
Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport

Sport and politics do mix when the Azerbaijan hosts of the first European Games are accused by rights groups of putting on the "Games of Repression."

Azerbaijan bag three golds on first day of European Games
Azerbaijan bag three golds on first day of European Games

Host nation Azerbaijan won three gold medals on the first day of competition at the European Games.

Baku European Games: Simon Clegg hopes for cheers not jeers for Armenians
Baku European Games: Simon Clegg hopes for cheers not jeers for Armenians

The hostile reception given to Azerbaijan's bitter enemies Armenia at the lavish opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku will hopefully not be repeated in the sporting arena, the Games' chief operating officer Simon Clegg said on Saturday.

Putin meets Erdogan for closed-door talks
Putin meets Erdogan for closed-door talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday met Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the Syria crisis, Russian news agencies reported.

Swiss flies out opposition journalist hiding at its Baku embassy
Swiss flies out opposition journalist hiding at its Baku embassy

Switzerland has flown out of Azerbaijan an opposition journalist who had been sheltering for 10 months at its embassy in Baku, officials said Saturday, a day after the inaugural European Games opened in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet country.

Inaugural European Games: Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims
Inaugural European Games: Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims

Azerbaijan rejected claims it had cracked down on human rights activists and political opponents ahead of the European Games starting on Friday, saying there were no political prisoners in its jails.

European Games: Austrian athletes hospitalised in Baku

Three Austrian athletes that were to participate in the inaugural European Games were hospitalised on Thursday in the Azerbaijani capital Baku which is hosting the event, organisers said.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening
Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country`s rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

Baku cost, size won't scare cities off European Games: EOC chief
Baku cost, size won't scare cities off European Games: EOC chief

Azerbaijan`s multi-million investment in the inaugural European Games will not scare off other cities in the future, the head of the European Olympic Committees said on Thursday, a day after Netherlands pulled out of staging them in 2019.

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan
European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Dutch pull out of hosting 2019 European Games
Dutch pull out of hosting 2019 European Games

The Netherlands on Wednesday pulled out of hosting the 2019 European Games, declining to foot the bill for the event which the European Olympic Committee hoped to turn into a major international meet.

European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office
European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office

Azerbaijan has ordered the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to close its Baku office ahead of the European Games, the watchdog said on Wednesday.