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Azerbaijan hosts ice-climbing championship

Azerbaijan is capitalizing on its chilly winter weather by hosting an international ice-climbing championship on its frozen waterfalls (pictured). The competition, jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Extreme Sports Federation of Azerbaijan (FAIREX), kicked off last week in the Gusar region, with the final stage taking place later this weekend. Competitors have gathered...

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Chess tournament honours Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov

Baku played host to a five-day chess tournament last week in commemoration of the life of Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov, a brilliant young Azeri chess player who passed away at the age of 27 last month. Gashimov was born in Baku and became champion of Azerbaijan three times before he turned 13.   A prodigious talent, particularly in the “blitz” style of play, he led his country in the Chess...

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Azeri and Armenian Foreign Ministers meet in Paris

Amid growing momentum for peace talks surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian, the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, have met for talks under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group. The meeting took place in Paris on Friday 24th January, and was attended by the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, James Warlick, Jacques Faure and Igor Popov.   Ambassador Andrzej...

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Azerbaijan at Davos 2014

The penultimate week in January saw influential political and business leaders from around the world convene in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, and Azerbaijan was well represented by a full complement of speakers, including President Ilham Aliyev. The President attended a session entitled “Eurasia: The Next Frontier?”, speaking about his country’s efforts to strengthen...

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Azerbaijan to celebrate Ilyas Afandiyev’s centenary

The Azeri parliament has passed a decree, signed by President Aliyev, to mark the centenary of popular national playwright Ilyas Afandiyev later this year. The writer, born in 1914 in the Fuzuli Rayon, achieved literary fame for the first time in 1939, with the publication of his “Letters from the Village” collection.   He went on to produce a great deal of well-loved articles, essays,...

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