SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Greece are launching the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies.
The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it's working "to help find cheaper solutions" for Arsenal and Chelsea fans going to the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal...
LONDON (AP) — The choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused "unacceptable" and "extreme" travel problems for Arsenal fans, the English club said on...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has picked Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for the Europa League final between English rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton wasn't going to be kind to his teammate this time.
Hamilton blasted past pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, kept his...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry indicated Friday that Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan can play in the Europa League final in Baku despite tension between Azerbaijan and...
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton looked poised to extend their dominance of Formula One after clocking the fastest laps in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on...
The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday.
Mercedes harmony as Bottas, Hamilton finish 1-2 in Baku
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like 2016 in Formula One.
Just much friendlier.
When Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on...
Ferrari and Leclerc frustrated at lack of progress
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Charles Leclerc and Ferrari can't understand why they keep finishing behind Mercedes, but they're not short of case studies.
Miserable season hits new low for storied Williams
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A drain cover, a crash, last place. This isn't the way it was meant to be for Williams.
One of Formula One's most-storied teams — with nine constructors'...
Bottas takes pole in Azerbaijan after Leclerc crashes
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Valtteri Bottas qualified in pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday after Charles Leclerc's crash instigated one of the longest qualifying sessions in...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Charles Leclerc and Ferrari led the way in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday, after the day was disrupted when a loose drain cover wrecked George Russell's...
Hamilton says Leclerc’s talent being ‘dimmed’ at Ferrari
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton says Formula One rival Charles Leclerc's talent is being "dimmed" after Ferrari asked him to move over for teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari puts faith in upgrades to catch runaway Mercedes
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Ferrari needs to do something — and do it quick — to stop Lewis Hamilton from running away with the Formula One title.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German soccer official Reinhard Grindel has resigned as a UEFA vice president and as a member of the FIFA Council, one week after being forced out as president of his...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says a police helicopter carrying border guards to their post in the country's northwest has crashed, killing one.
LASUANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC disqualified three athletes, including a bronze medalist weightlifter from Azerbaijan, on Friday for doping at the 2012 London Olympics.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for...
The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.
World Cup finalist Croatia nearly dropped points against Azerbaijan, only to be saved...
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The European Union has welcomed Azerbaijan's decision to give amnesty to a number of political activists and journalists.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned for 12 years has been pardoned by the country's president.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The most expensive tickets for the Women's Champions League final in Budapest cost only 3.10 euros ($3.50).
UEFA opened ticket sales on Friday with adult prices...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of evangelical pastors from the U.S. visited the predominantly Muslim Shiite nation of Azerbaijan to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight...
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UEFA cuts ticket costs for Europa League final in Azerbaijan
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has cut ticket prices by one-third for the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.
The cheapest tickets will be 30 euros ($34) for the game on May 29 in Baku — 15...
Azerbaijan renews F1 contract through 2023
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Baku renewed its contract Tuesday to host the Azerbaijan Grand Prix through 2023, prolonging the stay of a circuit which initially struggled for acceptance in Formula One but has since become a fan favorite.
Baku's current deal was to expire next year but race organizers and F1 management signed the three-year extension, though an extension to 2025 had been possible under the old contract.
10 detained in Estonia over massive money laundering
HELSINKI (AP) — Ten former employees of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank have been detained in connection with a probe into a major money laundering scandal that allegedly involved money from Russia and former Soviet states.
Estonian Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said Wednesday the employees were mainly Danske Bank client managers suspected of knowingly assisting large-scale money laundering that involved Azerbaijan and Georgia, two former Soviet republics.
5-time champion Sevilla to play Lazio in Europa League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Five-time champion Sevilla has been drawn to face Lazio in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Sevilla, which has won all five of its titles since 2006, is in second place in Spain and Lazio is fifth in Serie A.
Arsenal landed another long trip and will play BATE Borisov in the first leg in Belarus after group games in Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
Ex-leader of Houston nonprofit pleads guilty over 2013 trip
HOUSTON (AP) — The ex-operator of a Houston nonprofit has pleaded guilty to concealing that Azerbaijan (ah-zur-by-JAHN') paid for a 2013 visit by 10 U.S. lawmakers.
Kemal Oksuz was extradited from Armenia and pleaded guilty Monday in Washington, D.C., to devising to falsify, conceal and cover up material facts. He faces up to a year in prison in the plea deal.
Armenia premier’s bloc winning vote, early returns show
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Early returns from Armenia's snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country's new prime minister's bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would help further consolidate his power.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May, pushed for the elections in a bid to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Gymnastics federation creates $2M project to fight sex abuse
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The International Gymnastics Federation has approved a $2 million project to safeguard athletes after an American sex abuse scandal.
The sport's governing body says the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation will have a help desk for athletes, judicial panels to prosecute and judge cases, and a compliance section to monitor good governance.
FIG acted in response to "abuse cases in the United States which so shocked the world of gymnastics."
Japan’s Osaka to host 2025 World Expo, beating Russian city
PARIS (AP) — The Japanese city of Osaka will host the World Expo in 2025, after beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan in the race to host an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.
The Latest: Japan’s Osaka to host 2025 World Expo
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the choice of host city for the 2025 World Expo (all times local):
Japan's Osaka has won the right to host the 2025 World Expo, beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan for an event expected to draw millions of visitors.
The winner was chosen by the 170 member states of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions on Friday.
Past world's fairs brought the world such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle's Space Needle.
How to qualify for soccer’s 2020 European Championship
GENEVA (AP) — With the inaugural Nations League program ending Tuesday, the 2020 European Championship is up next for the continent's national teams.
All 24 places at Euro 2020 are up for grabs when qualifying starts in March, although the Nations League helped shape the draw that will be held on Dec. 2 in Dublin.
Germany, for instance, won't be among the top-seeded teams because of its poor results since September.
Newcomer Kosovo secures playoff spot in Euro 2020 qualifying
MADRID (AP) — Two years after being recognized by UEFA, Kosovo has given itself a chance to make it to the 2020 European Championship.
The small Balkan republic routed Azerbaijan 4-0 in Pristina on Tuesday to cap an impressive campaign in the inaugural UEFA Nations League and secure at least a playoff spot in qualifying for Euro 2020.
The triumph comes only two months after Kosovo defeated the Faeroe Islands 2-0 for its first competitive win since being admitted to UEFA and FIFA events in 2016.
3 people die in Azerbaijan gas explosion
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A section of an apartment building has collapsed following a gas explosion in Azerbaijan, killing at least three people and injuring another.
Emergency Situations Minister Kamaladdin Heydarov told reporters on Tuesday that the blast rocked the block in the country's second-largest city of Ganja, gutting out four apartments. Heydarov said the explosion killed a 50-year-old woman and her 24-year-old son. The third fatality was not immediately identified.
Azeri opposition leader faces charges after illegal rally
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The head of Azeri opposition party Popular Front faces legal action after authorities arrested him in Baku for attempting to lead an unsanctioned demonstration.
Ali Karimli was detained Saturday while leading a procession through Baku's Alley of Martyrs, a national cemetery, to honor Azerbaijan's fallen on a holiday marking independence from the Soviet Union.
Azerbaijan opposition leaders arrested in capital
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested two opposition leaders in the capital for attempting to organize a procession, including the laying of flowers, at a national cemetery known as the Alley of Martyrs.
The Popular Front party said its leader, Ali Kerimli, and Jamil Hasanli, of the National Council of Democratic Forces, were taken into custody Saturday along with a group of supporters.
Former investigator calls WADA’s Russia decision ‘cowardly’
At the same time the World Anti-Doping Agency announced changes to its governance structure, the agency's former lead investigator wrote an op-ed piece arguing its leaders should be replaced, and said the decision to reinstate Russia's suspended anti-doping agency came via a "cowardly" process that betrayed clean athletes.
Moscow doping lab to be opened for WADA visit
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Russia will allow an international delegation to inspect its shuttered drug-testing lab this month, World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie said Thursday.
The visit is part of a deal between WADA and the Russian government which allowed the country's anti-doping agency to be reinstated in September, following a suspension of almost three years because of widespread drug use and cover-ups.
Woman who spent $21M at Harrods bailed, fights extradition
LONDON (AP) — Like many people, Zamira Hajiyeva often dropped by a neighborhood shop, just down the street from her London home, to pick up a few things — including gem-encrusted jewelry and a cellar-full of fine wines.
Hajiyeva's local shop was posh department store Harrods, where British investigators say she spent 16 million pounds ($21 million) over the course of a decade, using 35 credit cards issued by a bank led by her husband.
First flight departs from Istanbul’s new airport
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first flight from Istanbul's newly inaugurated airport has taken off bound for the capital, Ankara.
The Turkish Airlines flight TK2124 with 340 people on board left the new airport, named Istanbul Airport, on Wednesday. It is expected to be followed by flights to northern Cyprus and Baku, Azerbaijan, later this week.
US official: Russian arms impede Nagorno-Karabakh settlement
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Thursday that Russian arms supplies to both Azerbaijan and Armenia have hampered the settlement of their conflict over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Speaking on a visit to the Armenian capital, Bolton told reporters that Russian arms sales to both countries have "clearly not contributed to the resolution of the dispute because of the enormous leverage it gives Russia over both parties."
Trump adviser says more sanctions over ex-spy unsettled
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the administration hasn't made up its mind about imposing more sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.
John Bolton said Wednesday the administration is "still considering what we may be obligated to do" under a statute that calls for further sanctions if Russia does not prove its innocence in the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Trump’s national security adviser heads to Moscow
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser will raise thorny subjects with his counterparts when he visits Moscow to help craft a script for another high-level meeting between Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin.