Will Iran turn Azerbaijan into another Iraq?

Friday, 26 January 2018

Azerbaijan’s government and many intellectual Iraqis feel deeply worried by what they view as Iran’s manipulation of Shiite Muslims. Security forces in Azerbaijan recently submitted a report to the government saying that Iran “increased its capabilities” in some areas in the country, and they now think that many people are under Iran’s influence. The report raised the government’s fears. In 2013, Azerbaijan has eased an unofficial restriction that prevented ...

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50 killed says Iran opposition, as mass protests enter ninth day

Friday, 5 January 2018

Protests that have rocked Iran have reached the ninth consecutive day on Friday amid rising calls for more demonstrations under the slogan “The Friday of Anger for our Martyrs” referring to the 50 protesters who were killed so far by Iranian security forces, according to the opposition. Activists called for nationwide protests hours after Friday prayers so as not to clash with pro-regime protests that include students of religious institutions, Revolutionary Guard supporters and the ...

Putin arrives in Iran for talks with Tehran, Azerbaijan

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin began a visit to Iran on Wednesday designed to underpin closer ties between two countries at loggerheads with the United States as President Donald Trump threatens to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Putin and his Iranian hosts are expected to discuss the nuclear deal and regional crises such as the Syrian conflict, in which Moscow and Tehran are the main backers of President Bashar al-Assad, while Washington, Turkey and most Arab states support ...

Azerbaijan sentences journalist to nine years in prison

Monday, 18 September 2017

A court in Azerbaijan on Monday sentenced opposition journalist Elchin Ismayilli to nine years in prison for extortion, in a case his supporters slammed as politically motivated. The 39-year-old journalist -- whose website has often criticized local authorities in the tightly-controlled country -- was arrested in February for allegedly trying to coerce money from a top culture ministry official. Allies of the reporter, who is also a member of the opposition party National Front, insist he is ...

Vettel has been punished enough, says Button

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been punished enough for driving into title rival Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan last Sunday and Formula One should move on, according to 2009 world champion Jenson Button. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) has said it will re-examine the incident on Monday and could take further action ahead of next week’s Austrian Grand Prix. “Azerbaijan GP was a pleasure to watch,” Button said on Twitter on Thursday. “Why? ...

No blame game at Mercedes after headrest failure

Monday, 26 June 2017

Formula One world champions Mercedes refused to play the blame game on Monday as they sought answers for a headrest failure that cost Lewis Hamilton a victory in Azerbaijan. The triple champion was comfortably leading an already eventful race when the headrest material worked loose, forcing him to pit for safety reasons and dropping him out of the podium places. Azerbaijan was the only round of the current calendar that the Briton, who finished fifth, had yet to win and ...

US demands release of investigative reporter held by Azerbaijan

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The US State Department has demanded that Azerbaijan release an investigative journalist who was reportedly abducted this week in Georgia and then handed over to Azerbaijan, where he was placed in detention.“The United States is disturbed by the reported abduction in Tbilisi, Georgia, and subsequent arrest in Azerbaijan of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on May 30,” said a statement from State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.The statement also expressed concern over the ...

Iran’s Football Federation threatens Tractor fans over ‘Arabian Gulf’ chant

Monday, 12 December 2016

Tractor Sazi is a professional football club based in the northwestern city of Tabriz where the population consists mostly of Iranian Azerbaijanis

Azerbaijan detains dissident over books by Erdogan’s foe

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Azerbaijan has detained a senior opposition figure for allegedly possessing books by Gulen

Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders agree to renew truce

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The presidents agreed on a next round of talks, to be held in June with an aim to resuming negotiations on a comprehensive settlement

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