Hundreds of Azerbaijanis find temporary home in village grammar school | AFP

Hundreds of Azerbaijani people who fled fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh have found a new home in a village grammar school. They say their children can barely sleep at night because of recurring nightmares, but also say they want the war to continue until all ethnic Armenians are expelled from the disputed land. Armenia and Azerbaijan have for the last two weeks engaged in bitter fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region of Azerbaijan controlled by Armenians after a 1990s war and whose independence is recognised by no other state.

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Azerbaijanis react ahead of polls that critics slam as ‘imitation’ of change | AFP

Azerbaijanis react ahead of Sunday’s legislative election decried by the opposition as a sham vote that will further strengthen authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power. Opposition leaders and independent analysts say Aliyev, 58, seeks to address growing public discontent over an economic slowdown and to improve his government’s image by replacing discredited old elites with younger technocrats.

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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.