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Kerry Urges Armenian, Azerbaijani Leaders To Avoid Karabakh Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in separate calls with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan on June 30, noted the cease-fire in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh was largely holding and urged the leaders to avoid tensions. More

German FM Warns About Karabakh, Calls For Armenia-Turkey Talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that the conflict over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh could escalate and says Turkey and Armenia should hold talks to resolve their long-standing differences. More

Pope Francis visits the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan on June 25.

Pope Calls For Closer Ties With Armenian Orthodox Church

Pope Francis has called for closer ties with Armenia's Orthodox Church on the final day of a visit to the Caucasus nation. More

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (right) and his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, pictured in 2013.

Leaders Of Azerbaijan, Armenia Meet With Putin For Talks On Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian were in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on June 20 for talks aimed at reaching a settlement on Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. More

Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin celebrates his new world record in the men's 94-kilogram group weightlifting competition at the London Olympics in 2012.

Four Kazakh Gold Medalists In London Fail Retests

Four Olympic weightlifting champions from Kazakhstan, including star Ilya Ilyin, are among 10 lifters who failed drug tests in a reanalysis of samples taken at the London 2012 Olympics. More

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Beyond Balcony-Rental Boom, Formula One Race Offers Few Rewards For Azerbaijanis

Azerbaijan is about to host its first Formula One race, the latest international event in the authoritarian government's multiyear effort to showcase the former Soviet republic. For many in Baku, the race has created inconveniences while offering few rewards.

Azerbaijan's Other Political Prisoners

The release of RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova from an Azerbaijani prison has highlighted the plight of numerous other activists and journalists widely considered political prisoners who remain behind bars in the oil-rich former Soviet republic.

Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs well for RFE/RL investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova's appeal this week for prison release. But it's far from certain that President Ilham Aliyev will be swayed by either condemnation or largesse in her particular case.

Video Azerbaijani Activists Say They Were Tortured To Confess To Trumped-Up Drug Charges

Two youth activists in Azerbaijan have accused police in the capital of beating them in an unsuccessful attempt to force them to confess to vandalizing a monument, and then charging the pair with bogus drug offenses when they didn't break.

'Stand Up For The Truth' -- Ismayilova's Words Of Defiance At Press Freedom Award Ceremony

Jailed Azerbaijani investigative Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ismayilova's mother Elmira picked up the award on Khadija's behalf and read out this speech that her daughter had written for the occasion.
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