European Union, ex-Soviet states meet in Putin`s shadow

European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states hold a summit Thursday focussed on the bloc`s Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia`s intervention in Ukraine.

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.

Viswanathan Anand finishes second in Shamkir Chess
Viswanathan Anand finishes second in Shamkir Chess

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an effortless draw with Fabiano Caruana of Italy to finish second in Shamkir Chess tournament here on Sunday.

Hollande raises Azerbaijan`s rights record in Baku talks

 French President Francois Hollande on Saturday raised rights abuses with ex-Soviet Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev at talks focused on its simmering dispute with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh.

Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg
Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg

Azerbaijan`s record on human rights is not overshadowing the build-up to the inaugural European Games being hosted by Baku in June, claimed its chief operating officer Simon Clegg on Thursday.

Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future
Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future

The future of the classic Italian Grand Prix at Monza remained uncertain Monday after it was revealed by Formula One commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone that he was considering dumping it from the calendar.

Azerbaijan jails prominent rights campaigner

A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday jailed a prominent human rights campaigner for six and a half years, a move denounced by his lawyer and rights groups as politically motivated.

Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier in fresh clashes: Baku

 Armenian forces on Thursday killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the latest breach of a ceasefire between the arch-foes locked in a simmering conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said.

Second Armenian soldier killed in border clash with Azerbaijan

 Another Armenian soldier was killed this week as clashes intensified between arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia, locked in a decades-long dispute over Nagorny Karabakh region, Armenian officials said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan to host international chess festival
Azerbaijan to host international chess festival

Azerbaijan will host the chess festival Nakhchivan Open 2015 commemorating the country's national leader Heydar Aliyev, said the organising committee, a media report said on Tuesday.

Azerbaijan starts trial of 6 alleged Islamic State militants

A trial of six Azerbaijani citizens accused of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has begun in Azerbaijan's capital.

Azerbaijan says six arrested over `terrorist` plot

 Azerbaijan authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested six men accused of being Islamic militants and planning "terrorist acts" in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim country.

Azerbaijani troops kill Armenian Karabakh soldier: Separatists

An ethnic Armenian soldier from the separatist Nagorny Karabakh region was killed Tuesday by Azerbaijani troops in a fresh clash along the breakaway region`s frontier, the rebel authorities said.

Wanted Azeri rights activist hiding in Swiss embassy: Official

A prominent Azerbaijani rights activist, who is wanted by the tightly-controlled Caucasus country`s authorities and risks imminent arrest, is hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku, officials said on Friday.

Joke is on European Games sceptics, says Pat Hickey
Joke is on European Games sceptics, says Pat Hickey

Those people who joked the European Games would never take place have been proved wrong, said European Olympic Committee president Pat Hickey, the driving force behind the idea.

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

Azeri troops kill Armenian soldier in border clash: Official

Azeri troops killed an Armenian soldier in a Saturday border clash, the latest in the long-running conflict between the two countries, Yerevan said.

US blasts Azerbaijan clampdown on Radio Free Europe

The US State Department on Monday lambasted Azerbaijan over its crackdown on the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, calling the arrests of journalists an attack on civil society.

Detained Radio Liberty journalists questioned in Azerbaijan

Police in Azerbaijan have detained a dozen journalists working for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty amid an ongoing crackdown on the outlet that has been criticised by Washington and rights groups.

US-funded Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan raided

 Prosecutors in Azerbaijan on Friday raided the offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty`s local service, according to its director who condemned the move as a crackdown on free media in the tightly controlled Caucasus nation.