Once super rich, Russian club Anzhi struggling to survive
MOSCOW (AP) — When a little-known Russian soccer team in the economically deprived North Caucasus region of Dagestan was flush with cash, they flaunted it.
Anzhi Makhachkala, based in an area near the Caspian Sea also known for its Islamist insurgency, was formerly run by billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. He spent millions from 2011-13 to bring in established stars like Samuel Eto'o and Roberto Carlos. The players lived in Moscow — some in lavish conditions — and only flew to Dagestan for games.
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.
Turkmenistan opens $3.4 billion chemical plant
KIYANLY, Turkmenistan (AP) — The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has opened a chemical plant that cost $3.4 billion to build, its latest effort to diversity its gas-dependent economy.
Turkmenistan is home to one of the world's largest natural gas deposits, and the new plant on the shores of the Caspian Sea will process gas to produce polyethylene and polypropylene to export via a new naval port.
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.
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.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The subway in Azerbaijan's capital has suspended service in the wake of a massive blackout in the Caspian Sea nation.
The authorities said the Baku subway will be closed for the entire day Wednesday due to unstable power supply. City officials provided extra buses to help commuters.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Health officials in Azerbaijan say that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields.
The prosecutor general's office says it's investigating the breach of safety regulations involving the use of pesticides in cotton harvesting.
Health officials in the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation have registered dozens of poisonings since June 10 in three regions in central Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan: Aliyev wins 7-year term on top of 15 served
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The president of the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan raced Wednesday toward a landslide win that would add seven more years to his 15-year tenure.
The national elections commission said that with 65 percent of the ballots counted, President Ilham Aliyev had received 86 percent of the vote in an early presidential election.
Leading opposition parties boycotted the race, leaving seven token challengers.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Voters in the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan are set to cast ballots in a snap presidential election Wednesday that is all but certain to extend the rule of the country's long-serving leader by another seven years.
President Ilham Aliyev is expected to win the vote by a landslide. Leading opposition parties boycotted the race, leaving seven token challengers. Opinion surveys have put support for the incumbent at over 80 percent.
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan says the Iranians who were shot by border guards in the Caspian Sea were trying to smuggle in narcotics.
Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency said two fishermen were killed and two others detained in the Tuesday incident. But the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said Friday that they were smuggling in "a large consignment" of narcotics.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency has reported that Turkmenistan border guards opened fire, killing two Iranian fishermen and detaining another two for trespassing.
Wednesday's report says the incident happened on Tuesday night when the four young fishermen were sailing near the edge of Iranian territorial waters in the Caspian Sea.
The report did not identify the fishermen but said they ignored frequent warnings by Iranian authorities to observe the borderline.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The U.S. Agency for International Development says the government in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is putting up obstacles to its operations in the country.
Opposition in Azerbaijan calls for election boycott
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Opposition parties in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan are calling for a boycott of the upcoming early presidential election.
The office of incumbent president Ilham Aliyev, who has ruled the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation since 2003, announced on Monday that the next presidential vote would be held in April, not in October as originally expected.
Azerbaijan’s leader calls snap presidential vote
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's president on Monday called a snap presidential election in the ex-Soviet nation.
Ilham Aliyev, who has ruled the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation since 2003, was to seek re-election in October, but his office announced that the president ordered an early election to be held on April 11.
Iranian naval destroyer sinks in Caspian Sea after crash
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say a naval destroyer has sunk in the Caspian Sea after crashing into a breakwater earlier this month.
Mizan Online showed footage Sunday of the Damavand, which crashed on Jan. 10 during a storm, killing two crew members.
The 100-meter (yard) long destroyer, which had an onboard helipad, joined the fleet in 2015.
Putin, in Iran for talks, offers support for nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday strongly backed Iran and its nuclear deal with world powers, saying Moscow opposed "any unilateral change" to the accord after U.S. President Donald Trump refused to re-certify it.
Putin made the comments on a one-day trip to Tehran for trilateral talks between Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia, a meeting largely focused on improving road and rail links to the neighboring countries on the Caspian Sea.
IS claims responsibility for attack in Russia’s Dagestan
MOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Russia's Dagestan that killed one police officer and wounded another.
Russian authorities reported on Monday that two men armed with knives attacked three police officers in the Caspian Sea town of Kaspiysk. The men killed one of the officers and wounded another before the third officer shot the assailants to death.
7 dead in clashes between police, militants in Russia south
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Clashes between police and militants in the volatile southern province of Dagestan killed three law enforcement officers and four suspected militants Monday, officials said.
The National Anti-terrorism Committee's spokesman, Alexander Polyakov, said two suspects holed up in a building in the town of Khasavyurt near Chechnya and died in a gunbattle that erupted after they refused to surrender. Two law enforcement agents also were killed, he said.
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russian authorities say one person has been killed and three others detained in an operation to break up a sleeper cell of the Islamic State in the country's restive southern region of Dagestan.
The National Anti-terrorism Committee said the operation took place Sunday in the city of Derbent, on the Caspian Sea near the border with Azerbaijan.
Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead, 9 missing
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds.
The state oil company, known as SOCAR, reported that a 150-meter (490-foot) section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea amid 90 mph (145 kph) winds and 10 workers were swept away Thursday.
Israeli PM visits Azerbaijan, hails close ties
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing close ties with Azerbaijan on a visit to the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation.
Following Netanyahu's talks Tuesday with Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, officials signed agreements on taxes and other issues. Netanyahu said Israel is willing to expand trade and cooperation on information technologies.
Helicopter crash in Iran kills 5
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that a helicopter carrying five people has crashed in the Caspian Sea, killing everyone aboard.
The Sunday report quotes Khaleq Sajjadi, an official in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, as saying that the helicopter belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company was on a mission to carry an injured person from an oil platform.
Eni posts another loss under pressure from low oil prices
MILAN (AP) — Italian oil and gas company Eni reported Friday a third quarter loss that was worse than expected, under pressure from persistently low prices and the shutdown of a key Italian plant.
Eni said its losses narrowed to 562 million euros ($613 million) from a 790 million euro a year earlier. According to FactSet, Eni was forecast to suffer a net loss of 149 million euros in the third quarter.
Russia calls snap military drills, raising concern in Poland
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced snap military drills on land and in the Black and Caspian Sea, the defense ministry said on Thursday.
Opposition activist jailed in Azerbaijan for alleged deals
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in the Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan has arrested an opposition activist on charges of conducting illegal deals.
Natiq Cafarli's lawyer, Cavad Cavadov, said Saturday his client was arrested after he was taken in for interrogation by the country's top investigative body late Friday. Cavadov said his client has been charged with conducting "illegal business activities" and "abuse of power" but he could not immediately explain what these...
Leaders of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan discuss closer ties
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Leaders of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan met on Monday to discuss a new transport corridor and other economic projects in the Caspian Sea region.
A prospective railway link between Iran and Azerbaijan is expected to become part of a transport corridor that would run from India all the way to St. Petersburg in Russia, providing a faster and cheaper alternative to existing sea routes.
"The North-South transport corridor would be highly...