Russian troops have been installing barbed wire and fences around South Ossetia since the war but residents say the soldiers have now erected border signs up to about 1.5 km beyond the administrative border. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Georgia accused Russia on Monday of violating its sovereignty by placing border markers on the edge of the South Ossetia region, leaving part of an in(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s “big wedding” in October 2008, when 674 couples married as part of the unrecognised statelet’s nation-building strategy. Photograph: Courtesy of Gayaneh Girgoryan

As weddings go, Gayaneh and Avanes Grigoryan’s day out in 2008 was far more than a celebration of a union. Not because when they said “I do”, 673 othe(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport: despite a €18 million upgrade, it remains unused. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

The blue-and-white bird-like structure of Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport perches in the Caucasus Mountains like a shining, defiant emblem of national prid(...)

Ireland team members return to Dublin Airport from the European Games in Baku. Medal winners (from left); Seán McComb, Joshua Magee, Michael O’Reilly, Katie Taylor, Sam Magee, Brendan Irvine and Chloe Magee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s medallists from the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan met with a raucous reception as they returned to Dublin Airport on Monday. An exp(...)

Katie Taylor celebrates her gold medal win in the European Games in Baku with her coaches Pete Taylor, Zaur Anita and Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Get Billy Walsh to prepare, prepare to succeed. If the last two weeks in Baku confirmed one thing it’s the increasingly reducing odds that as long as (...)

The president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulates gold medalist and compatriot Ilham Zakiyev at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

I recognise this feeling. The adrenaline crash. The crankiness and mild bloating. The last clean T-shirt plastered to my back in greasy sweat. The str(...)

Azerbaijan medal hopeful Collazo Sotomayor was born in Cuba. Photograph: Getty.

After spending €85 million on the opening ceremony, €540 million on a new stadium to stage it, plus that reported €9 billion on running the entire sh(...)

Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Even if these European Games turn out to be nothing more than a minor rumble in the sporting jungle they will always be remembered by Brendan Irvine. (...)

Katie Taylor in action against Ida Lundblad of Sweden in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It may or may not be a warning sign that the most impressive women’s lightweight in Baku right now is not necessarily Katie Taylor. At least not after(...)

Temperatures continue to soar in Azerbaijan, rising above 35 degrees yesterday, which of course meant spending the morning down by the pool. As in (...)