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...
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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...
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."
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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.
Report: Crew of Iranian cargo ship poisoned, 3 seamen die
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says three seamen have died from an unspecified toxic substance that poisoned all 11 crew members of an Iranian cargo ship on the Caspian Sea.
Friday's report says the crew of the vessel, Nazmehr, was transferred to a hospital in Baku, Azerbaijan, but that the three seamen died before they reached the hospital. IRNA says the case is under investigation.
The ship was carrying grain from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan.
3 crewmembers die on board Iranian ship, 8 hospitalized
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani health officials say three members of an Iranian ship crew have died from acute poisoning and another eight have been hospitalized.
The ship contacted Azerbaijani authorities to request assistance while approaching its destination, the port of Baku. An Azerbaijani coast guard boat delivered the ill members of the crew to the shore early Friday and they were hospitalized.
Australian Grand Prix to lead off F1 2019 schedule
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Grand Prix has taken its usual place at the top of the calendar for the 2019 Formula One season, with Melbourne to host the opening race on March 17 at Albert Park.
World governing body FIA said following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council on Friday that 21 races will be held next year, with 11 in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia.
Woman who spent $21M at Harrods fights UK wealth order
LONDON (AP) — A woman from Azerbaijan who spent 16 million pounds ($21 million) on jewelry, wine and other goods at luxury London department store Harrods over the course of a decade has become the first target of a new British rule allowing officials to seize money from people suspected of getting their wealth through corruption.
Morata hits target at last in Chelsea’s Europa League win
Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata ended a miserable spell of form with the only goal of the game on Thursday as Chelsea recorded its second straight 1-0 victory in the Europa League, against plucky Hungarian side Vidi.
Ex-Houston businessman indicted over 2013 congressional trip
HOUSTON (AP) — An ex-Houston businessman has been indicted on U.S. charges of concealing that a 2013 trip by some members of Congress to Azerbaijan was paid for by that country's government.
Kemal Oksuz was named in an indictment unsealed Monday in Washington, D.C. Prosecutors say Oksuz formerly led the nonprofit Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians and allegedly lied on U.S. House disclosure forms about who funded the trip.
Azerbaijan loses defamation case against French journalists
PARIS (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a lower court decision throwing out a case brought by the country of Azerbaijan which accused two French journalists of defamation for calling the country a "dictatorship."
Wednesday's ruling by the Versailles Appeals Court ends the case against Elise Lucet and the then-news director of France-2 TV, accused over a 2015 investigative report for the station. The report called Azerbaijan a "dictatorship ... one of the most ferocious."
Milan to play Luxembourg newcomer in Europa League group
MONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan's reward for being reinstated in the Europa League includes a trip to Luxembourg.
Milan, which won a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal to overturn expulsion for breaking financial rules, was drawn Friday into a group with newcomer Dudelange. The group also includes Olympiakos and Real Betis.
In a September 1972 trip to Luxembourg, Milan beat Red Boys Differdange 4-1 to start its run to the European Cup-Winners' Cup title.
Israel to charge drone maker executives with fraud
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors say they plan to charge executives of an Israeli drone company with fraud and export violations concerning its dealings with a "significant client."
A Justice Ministry statement said Wednesday that after an almost yearlong investigation the State Attorney's office summoned top Aeronautics Ltd. officials, including its chief executive, for a hearing pending indictment.
Putin hosts Turkmen counterpart after signing Caspian deal
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the leader of Turkmenistan for talks following the signing of an agreement on that divides the resources of the Caspian Sea among neighboring countries.
Putin's talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov followed Sunday's summit in Kazakhstan, where Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan signed a convention aimed at ending decades-long uncertainty over resource exploitation.
Azerbaijani court frees jailed political activist
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court In Azerbaijan has released an opposition activist whose imprisonment has drawn international criticism.
The appeals court in Shaki in northwestern Azerbaijan ruled Monday that Ilgar Mammadov, the leader of the opposition REAL movement, be freed on two-year probation. Mammadov's lawyer, Fuad Agayev, welcomed his release but said that his client would appeal the ruling to demand a full exoneration.
5 nations sign deal on Caspian Sea water, fishing rights
MOSCOW (AP) — Leaders of the five countries along the Caspian Sea have signed a convention aimed at ending decades-long uncertainty over exploitation of its resources.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia is seeking international help in securing the return of a man accused of crossing illegally into neighboring Azerbaijan and being a spy.
Karen Kazarian was detained Sunday around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan's government says he was part of an intelligence unit that illegally crossed the border.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Authorities in Azerbaijan say a suspect in this week's fatal stabbing of two senior police officials has been killed as police tried to detain him.
The police officers were stabbed to death while confronting about 200 demonstrators in the western city of Ganja on Tuesday. Police dispersed the protest and detained 40 participants.
A first suspect was arrested Wednesday. Authorities allege he belonged to a radical Islamic group and was plotting a coup.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A British Airways flight carrying 214 people from London to Mumbai made an emergency landing at a Baku airport on Thursday. No one was hurt.
The captain of flight BAW199 requested an emergency landing at Baku's Heydar Aliyev airport after a failure of the left engine on the Boeing-777, the airport said.
The airline said in a statement that the decision to divert the plane was made "following a technical issue."
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's police on Wednesday arrested one of the suspects accused of stabbing two senior police officers to death during a clash with protesters in the ex-Soviet nation.
Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry said the search for a second suspects was under way.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry says two senior police officers have been killed in a clash with protesters.
The ministry said the officers were stabbed to death while confronting about 200 demonstrators who gathered outside the local administration headquarters in the western city of Ganja. It said police dispersed the protest and detained 40 participants.
Sworn in with new powers, Erdogan leaves on 1st trip
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left for Azerbaijan and the breakaway northern part of ethnically divided Cyprus, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in as Turkey's first executive president with sweeping powers.
Erdogan's trip on Tuesday came a day after he took the oath of office and appointed a new 16-member Cabinet, including his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as treasury and finance minister.
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — It has been 21 years since Williams claimed the last of its nine constructors' championships, and a return to Formula One glory days seems just as far away for the British team.
Williams is last so far this season with just four points from nine races after rookie Lance Stroll's surprise eighth-place finish in Azerbaijan. It continues a downward trend after finishing ninth, eighth and ninth in the last three seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) — If you've been hot lately, you're not alone. Record high temperatures have been logged over the past week in the U.S. and around the world.
Here's a quick look at the heat.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
For the week through Tuesday, 227 U.S. records were broken for highest temperature for particular days, and another 157 were tied, federal statistics show.