32 workers die after fire on Azeri oil platform

SOCAR said on Friday that the fire on a platform in Azerbaijan`s Guneshli oil field had started after a gas pipeline on the platform was damaged in heavy wind. 

Azerbaijan prez cements power in boycotted parliamentary polls

The Central Election Commission said Aliyev's Yeni (New) Azerbaijan party took at least 69 seats in the country's 125-seat parliament.

Indian Grandmasters P Harikrishna and S P Sethuraman in 2nd round of World Cup

Indian Grandmasters P Harikrishna and S P Sethuraman in 2nd round of World Cup

Indian Grandmasters P Harikrishna and S P Sethuraman made it to the round of sixty-four, winning their mini-matches against Max Illingworth of Australia and Sanan Sjugirov of Russia respectively in the first round, here.

Toronto, Baku mull 2024 Games bids as deadline looms

Toronto, Baku mull 2024 Games bids as deadline looms

Toronto and Baku are still mulling over whether to join the race to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games with the deadline for bids looming next week.

Azerbaijan jails top journalist for seven and a half years: Lawyer

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.

Toro Rosso boss says F1 right to go to Azerbaijan

Toro Rosso boss says F1 right to go to Azerbaijan

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has defended Formula One`s decision to race in Azerbaijan next year while brushing off concerns about media freedom and the country`s human rights record.

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.

Bus incident prompts extra safety measures at European Games

Bus incident prompts extra safety measures at European Games

The incident that saw three Austrian synchronised swimmers injured, one seriously, after being hit by a bus on the eve of the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku has led to new safety measures being implemented, Chief Operating Officer Simon Clegg said Sunday.

Spectacular ceremony cost over double that of London Olympics

Spectacular ceremony cost over double that of London Olympics

The lavish and impressive opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games cost 100 million manat ($95m, 85m euros), revealed Azerbaijan Sports Minister Azad Rahimov on Saturday.

European Games: Patriotic Azeri crowd fail to heed Simon Clegg plea

European Games: Patriotic Azeri crowd fail to heed Simon Clegg plea

Armenia`s 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Greco-Roman wrestler Roman Amoyan left the Baku arena bloodied, beaten and with the Azerbaijan crowd -- his country`s bitter enemies -- booing and giving him the thumbs down sign on Saturday after his 59 kilogramme bronze medal play-off.

European Games: Swiss Jolanda Neff rides into history

European Games: Swiss Jolanda Neff rides into history

Switzerland`s women`s mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff wrote herself a little chapter of sporting history on Saturday when she became the first ever European Games gold medalist in Baku.

European Games: Government, not organisers, responsible for barring media, say officials

European Games: Government, not organisers, responsible for barring media, say officials

The final say on whether foreign journalists attended the inaugural European Games in Baku lay with the Azerbaijan Government and not with the organisers, officials said on Saturday.

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.

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.

Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games

Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games

The Netherlands will launch a bid to host the second edition of the European Games in 2019, planning a financially low-risk nationwide concept for the continental competition.