The U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) says fears that pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world might spread to Central Asia fueled a crackdown on dissent in that region last year.
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to accelerate talks aimed at settling the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Russian state-controlled gas company Gazprom says it has signed a deal to double its gas imports from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry (MNS) says it has uncovered a terror group that was plotting to assassinate public figures.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) special rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan says he still has not received an official invitation or visa to visit that country.
U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House calls popular uprisings that have swept the Arab world the greatest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism.
Iranian-Azerbaijani tensions -- which have been escalating for weeks -- have apparently erupted into a cyberskirmish that has affected dozens of websites in both countries.
The websites of several Azerbaijani state bodies were hacked on January 16 and some were inaccessible for several hours
Armenia has officially confirmed reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will soon host another meeting between his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts on the unresolved conflict over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Police have attacked hundreds of Azerbaijani taxi drivers protesting in Baku against new restrictions on the use of privately owned automobiles for taxis.
Representatives of five extra-parliamentary opposition parties met on January 12 in Baku to formalize the creation of a new Resistance Movement for a Democratic Society.
A spokesman for the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry says the traffic policemen in an RFE/RL video that appears to show them casually stopping motorists and taking bribes have been dismissed after an internal investigation.