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U.S. Lawmakers Cleared Over Baku Trip

The U.S. House Ethics Committee said it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government. More

Azerbaijani oppositionist Asif Yusifli (file photo)

Oppositionist Jailed In Baku

A high-ranking member of Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party has been sent to jail. More

Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Wins Press Freedom Award

The U.S. National Press Club presented its highest press freedom prize to jailed Azeri investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova July 29. More

Relative Of Azerbaijan Activist Arrested On Drugs Charges

A brother-in-law of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist-in-exile has been arrested on drugs-related charges. More

Azerbaijani rights activists Leyla Yunus (left) and her husband Arif Yunus. (file photo)

Video Azerbaijani Activists On Trial

A court in Baku has begun the trial of jailed human rights advocates, Leyla and Arif Yunus, in a case widely seen as politically motivated. More

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The Reporting That Jailed Khadija

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova made a name for herself uncovering official corruption in Azerbaijan, where criticism of the government is rarely tolerated and frequently punished. Her trial begins on July 24.

Rulings Give Nagorno-Karabakh Displaced Something To Celebrate

European Court says both Baku, Yerevan deny rights to civilians displaced by Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Pro-Government TV In Baku Red-Faced After Fake-Fan Fail

A privately run, pro-government television station in Baku claims it was duped by a local man who "misrepresented himself as a foreigner" at the European Games in Azerbaijan this week in order to create a "provocation."

Azerbaijan Media Print Falsified Version Of Jailed Journalist's Appeal

Pro-government media in Azerbaijan have printed what they claim is a letter by jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova that was recently published in The New York Times. But the text -- in which the writer purports to be part of "a group of people working with Armenians, embezzling grants from abroad, drug addicts, rebel revolutionists….implementing the assignments of Mr. Obama" -- has little in common with Ismayilova's original.

Video Horrific Video Amplifies Bus Tragedy At Baku's European Games

A terrifying video clip has emerged of a bus ramming into a group of teenage Austrian competitors at the European Games in Azerbaijan in an incident that has left Austrians reeling and overshadowed the start of the sporting extravaganza.

Audio Slide Show Not All Fun And Games

The first European Games kick off in Azerbaijan this week. Backers claim the event will showcase the rise of the oil-rich nation, while detractors say it's all a public-relations ploy to whitewash the country's poor rights record.

The Human Cost Of The European Games

With the 2015 European Games opening today in Baku, many Azerbaijanis are suffering -- and increasingly out of pocket.

Armenian Wrestlers Balk At Baku Games

Two Armenian wrestlers and a coach are boycotting the upcoming European Games in Baku, dealing a blow to the notion that the event could help bring the bitter rivals a bit closer.
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