Azerbaijan (i/ˌæzərbaɪˈdʒɑːn/AZ-ər-by-JAHN; Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan[ɑzærbɑjdʒɑn]), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani:Azərbaycan Respublikası), is a transcontinental country in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short border with Turkey in the northwest.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic proclaimed its independence in 1918 and became the first Muslim-majority democratic and secular republic. It was also the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theaters and modern universities. The country was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1920 as the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence on 30 August 1991, before the official dissolution of the USSR. In September 1991, the disputed Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh region re-affirmed its willingness to create a separate state as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The region, effectively independent since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1991, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan until a final solution to its status is found through negotiations facilitated by the OSCE.
YEREVAN — Nagorno-Karabakh's long and bloody dream of independence ended on Thursday with a decree declaring that the ethnic Armenian statelet in Azerbaijan "ceases to exist" at the end of the year ...Armenian Prime MinisterNikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of conducting "ethnic cleansing" and called on the international community to act.
Azerbaijan said on Thursday it wanted ethnic Armenians to remain in Nagorno-Karabakh, from where more than half of the ethnic Armenian population has fled following its lightning offensive to take back control of the region ...The Kremlin was in contact with Azerbaijan on humanitarian linked issues, he added.
The icy statement from Moscow comes as Armenia signals it is interested in a foreign policy less dependent on Russia, after Moscow failed to intervene when Azerbaijani military forces attacked the breakaway republic Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave located inside Azerbaijan, last week.
Armenia said on Wednesday that nearly half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has fled the enclave since Azerbaijan crushed the rebels’ decades-long fight for an independent state last week ... The Armenian government said more than 53,000 people had left since Azerbaijan lifted its nine-month blockade on the enclave on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is holding near its lowest level since June, as stocks drift in early trading ... “The waiting game continues,” said Mike Loewengart, head of model portfolio construction at Morgan StanleyGlobal Investment Office ... Azerbaijan says 192 of its troops were killed in last week's offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh. +3 ... +5 ... ....
During a meeting with a US delegation, Aliyev emphasized that like other ethnic minorities living in Azerbaijan, Armenians’ rights would be ensured within the framework of the country's legislation and international obligations, Azerbaijan’s presidential office said in a statement.
According to Azerbaijan’s ... “Additionally, President Aliyev mentioned that military representatives from foreign countries accredited in Azerbaijan and the UN Resident Coordinator Office had inspected the confiscated weapons and equipment,” the statement said.
photo: AP / Azerbaijan's border guard service via AP
A former head of the breakaway ethnic Armenian government in Nagorno-Karabakh has been arrested by Azerbaijan... Azerbaijan's border service said he had been taken to the capital Baku and handed over to other state agencies ... During his short time in office, Azerbaijan had called Mr Vardanyan an obstacle to peace.
Azerbaijan says civilians were not harmed ... Aliyev told Blinken "that military facilities only had been targeted during the anti-terror measures, which lasted less than 24 hours, and civilians had not been harmed," according to statement by Azerbaijan's presidential office.
Türkiye extended condolences Wednesday for a deadly fuel depot explosion and fire in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan... The facility is near Khankendi, where Azerbaijan started a counterterrorism operation last Tuesday ... Four police officers responding to the ...
It has been nearly three years since Azerbaijan launched an operation to liberate the Karabakh region and surrounding provinces from Armenian occupation ... Azerbaijan's move came after years of negotiations failed to yield results, even amid continued harassment by Armenian forces, increasing attacks, and provocative statements by Yerevan.