Polls close in Azerbaijan election decried as sham by opposition | AFP

Polls close in Azerbaijan’s snap parliamentary election decried by the opposition as a sham and designed to strengthen President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power without bringing any real change. IMAGES

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Polls open in Azerbaijan for parliamentary elections | AFP

Voters in Azerbaijan go to the polls in parliamentary elections decried by the opposition as a sham vote that will strengthen President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power without bringing any real change. Parliamentary elections had been scheduled for November this year, but Aliyev called early polls in December 2019 after a surprise self-dissolution of the legislature that is dominated by his ruling party. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Evacuees disembark Turkish cargo plane in Ankara | AFP

42 people with 32 Turkish citizens, along with citizens of Azerbaijan, Albania, and Georgia disembark a Turkish military cargo plane in Ankara after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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Seals, caviar and oil: Caspian Sea under threat from pollution

Bordered by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan, the 1,000-kilometre-long Caspian is the world’s largest inland body of water. It is home to a range of native species — from the seals to Caspian turtles and the famed beluga sturgeon — and also to vast energy reserves, estimated at 50 billion barrels of oil. But pollution from the extraction of that oil and gas, along with declining water-levels due to climate change, has left many species under threat and the future of the sea itself at risk.

In Azerbaijan, health rhymes with crude oil baths

Ever since Soviet times, people have been flocking to the small Azerbaijani town of Naftalan to immerse themselves in local crude oil, Azerbaijan’s “black gold”, reputed for its therapeutic effect, despite some specialists warning the method has dangerous side-effects.

OPEC members and partners meet in Azerbaijan

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia-led allied nations meet in Azerbaijan to consider strengthening an alliance that has helped bring down the price of oil. The alliance — dubbed OPEC+ and consisting of 10 non-OPEC producers and 14 members of OPEC — has endured, with regular meetings and agreements to maintain production limits. IMAGES of the OPEC+ meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan

Gas explosion in apartment building kills 3 in Azerbaijan

Three people were killed in a gas explosion in an apartment building in the city of Ganja in Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
According to the local Emercom, one victim was rescued and hospitalised. The rescue operation is in progress.

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Azerbaijan autocrat set to win polls boycotted by opposition

Azerbaijanis vote in a snap presidential election boycotted by the main opposition parties and set to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev. An Aliyev victory is widely seen as a foregone conclusion with the Caspian state’s downtrodden opposition unable to mount a serious challenge to his authoritarian rule.

25 killed in fire at rehab center in Baku, Azerbaijan

At least 25 people have been killed in a fire that engulfed a drug rehabilitation center in Baku. The authorities in the capital of Azerbaijan say the blaze is out.

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Fire causes multiple explosions at Azerbaijan ammunition depot.

Multiple explosions have rocked an in Azerbaijan, where a fire broke out on Sunday morning. At least six people were injured in the incident. Residents of nearby villages have been evacuated.

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Teams from Russia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan & Azerbaijan compete in tank biathlon semifinals

Teams from Russia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan & Azerbaijan compete in tank biathlon semifinals in Alabino, near Moscow
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Scuffles erupt during Newroz celebrations in Istanbul

Scuffles erupted in Istanbul on Tuesday between Turkish police and Kurds during the celebrations for Kurdish New Year, also known as Newroz. Multiple arrests were reportedly made as a result of the confrontation. Last year Newroz festivities were banned in several places around Turkey amid fears of unrest. Newroz is the Kurdish celebration of the Iranic New Year, and its observance has become an important part of expressing Kurdish cultural identity. The festival is also largely celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, India and Azerbaijan amongst others.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 6 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rights watchdog says footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes, 24-hour truce agreed in Lebanese border region, tensions escalate in Azerbaijan’s ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and scientists may have explained why a huge crater formed in Siberia.

NIGERIA
Report Accuses Military of War Crimes Against Boko Haram Detainees
Throat-slitting, extrajudicial killings and mass executions are some of the allegations Amnesty International has made.

LEBANON
Brief Truce Brokered in Border Region
Dozens of policemen and troops were abducted when Islamist rebels seized the town of Arsal over the weekend.

AZERBAIJAN
Tensions Flare in Little-Known Breakaway Enclave
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia plan to meet this week to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

RUSSIA
Potential Explanation of Siberian Crater Mystery
Scientists believe a high concentration of methane gas released because of warm temperatures collapsed frozen ground.
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