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Deyanet Isgenderov in front of his damaged house in Beylagan, Azerbaijan, which he said was hit during  shelling amid ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Photograph: Tofik Babayev/AFP/Getty

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev demanded on Sunday that Armenia set a timetable for withdrawing from the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and surroundi(...)

Ganja, Azerbaijan, after a recent shelling. The city lies in the west of Azerbaijan to the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, close to crucial oil and gas pipelines that run from the capital Baku to Turkey. Photograph: Azerbaijan Defence Ministry/EPA

Heavy fighting over the disputed Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified over the weekend as ethnic Armenian forces bombarded Azerbai(...)

Damaged apartments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nagorno-Karabakh said on Saturday that 51 more servicemen had been killed in the war with Azerbaijan, a sharp rise in the death toll resulting from a (...)

 Azerbaijani servicemen carry the coffin of a soldier killed in military clashes in the city of Barda, Azerbaijan. Armed clashes have erupted in the  territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Photograph: Aziz Karimov

Deadly fighting has continued between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, stoking fears of an all-out war th(...)

Volunteers of Armenian Revolutionary Federation gather to leave for the Nagorny-Karabah region, where martial law has been declared. Photograph: EPA

Sixteen people have been killed and more than 100 wounded after fighting erupted anew between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on Sunday, according to (...)

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attends a rally with supporters in the country’s second-largest city of Gyumri. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

When huge popular protests in Armenia forced prime minister Serzh Sargsyan to resign early this week, Russia said it would not interfere in the domest(...)

Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in October last year. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

The day after a car bomb claimed the life of Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, in October last year, one of the 47 libel suits ag(...)

Thirty journalists have been killed so far this year, many in conflict zones but also in countries such as Russia, where journalistic probing into the(...)

Mehriban Aliyeva and Ilham Aliyev: The Azerbaijan president has named his high-profile wife “first vice-president”, allowing her to assume power if he dies or becomes incapacitated. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

The authoritarian president of Azerbaijan has named his wife first vice-president in the latest move by the country’s oil-rich ruling dynasty to cemen(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by a presidential delegation upon his arrival at the International Airport of Baku. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has arrived in Azerbaijan for a day-long visit aimed at encouraging the country’s multi-faith society and overlooking recent criticism of(...)

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