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At least 2,500 Russian-led forces fly into Kazakhstan amid crackdown on anti-government protesters

Russian-led force has arrived in Kazakhstan at the request of the country’s authoritarian president, amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. Machine gun fire reverberated through the largest city Almaty after days of unrest sparked by a fuel price hike. Officials have reported deaths of police and protesters. The president has blamed foreign-trained “terrorists”, without […]

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Multiple Armenian soldiers killed and captured in border clashes with Azerbaijan

A number of Armenian soldiers have been killed and captured in a flare-up of violence on the border with Azerbaijan, Armenian officials say. Armenia said some of its troops had been killed and two combat positions had been lost, while Azerbaijan said two of its soldiers were injured. Later on Tuesday, both sides reportedly agreed […]

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Azerbaijan court sentences 13 Armenian soldiers to six years in prison for illegally crossing border with weapons

An Azerbaijan court has sentenced 13 members of Armenia’s armed forces to six years in prison, finding them guilty of illegally crossing the border, weapons possession and terrorism offences. Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a six-week war last year in which Azeri troops drove ethnic Armenian forces out of swathes of territory they had long controlled […]

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Azerbaijan captures six Armenian soldiers carrying out engineering work near border

Azerbaijan captured six Armenian soldiers, according to the defence ministries of both countries, the latest in a series of escalating border incidents after last year’s war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The defence ministry of Azerbaijan on Thursday accused Armenian soldiers of trying to cross into its territory in the Kelbajar region. It said the […]

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Azerbaijan denies killing Armenian soldier in border shoot-out

Armenia has said one of its soldiers was killed in a border shoot-out with Azerbaijani forces, with tensions still high after last September’s war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenia’s Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday that the shoot-out took place on its eastern border with Azerbaijan. It later said the situation was “calm” after a […]

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigns over Nagorno-Karabakh criticism

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who was swept to power in pro-democracy protests in 2018, has triggered an early election to try to overcome criticism over his handling of last year’s conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. His resignation came a day after US President Joe Biden said that massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 […]

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Armenian President rejects prime ministerial order demanding dismissal of army chief

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian refused to sign a prime ministerial order to dismiss the army’s chief of staff, escalating tensions. Divisions widened when Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan defied a call by the military to resign, accusing it of an attempted coup and ordering the chief of the general staff, Onik Gasparyan, to be fired. On […]

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Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan warns of military coup after army asked him to resign

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has warned of an “attempted military coup”, after the nation’s armed forces asked him and his cabinet to resign. The army “must obey the people and elected authorities,” he told thousands of supporters in the capital Yerevan. “The army is not a political institution and attempts to involve it in […]

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Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh region have killed 4 Azeri soldiers, wounded 6 Armenian

Fresh violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have resulted in the killing of four Azeri servicemen in recent weeks, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Sunday, in its first report of casualties since the ceasefire accord. Armenia said six of their servicemen had been injured in what it described as an Azeri military offensive on Saturday. The […]

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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Azerbaijan takes over territory controlled by Armenian separatists after 30 years

Azerbaijan’s army claims to have entered the district of Aghdam, the first of three to be handed back by Armenia as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal to end the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. “Units of the Azerbaijan Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20,” Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said of the district, which […]

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Azerbaijan, Armenia agree to refrain from deliberately targeting civilians over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to refrain from deliberately targeting civilians in a conflict over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, where hundreds have been killed in more than a month of fighting. The agreement, which falls short of what would have been a fourth ceasefire, was reached during talks in Geneva between the countries’ foreign ministers […]

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Armenia and Azerbaijan violate ceasefire once again hours after it was agreed

On Sunday, Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed. The truce came into force on Saturday midnight, week after old Russian-brokered ceasefire failed to halt the fighting. At least 750 people have been killed since fighting […]