Hague’s Azerbaijan gas pipeline deal attacked

BP-led offshore expansion plan worth $45bn angers human rights activists

Don’t be dazzled: the lights of Baku may be bright, but Azebaijan has its darker corners

The Independent is banned from Azerbaijan's Baku World Challenge for wanting to look beyond the marketing hype

The Independent was supposed to wake up this morning under the plushest sheets known to Azerbaijan. But a construction tycoon and friend of the President who had been due to host this reporter in Baku, the former Soviet republic's capital city, decided at the 11th hour that he was not welcome. So I'm still here in London, left out in the warmth.

The academy is based in Azerbaijan's capital Baku

Aberystwyth University blasted for "caviar diplomacy" after making Azerbaijan connection

Aberystwyth university's partnership with Azerbaijan's state sponsored diplomatic academy has prompted heavy criticism

Chris Brunt tries to make progress during Northern Ireland's defeat

Azerbaijan 2 Northern Ireland 0: Further Irish shame with loss in Baku

Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years

Wayne Rooney in action against Scotland

Wayne Rooney the pride of Scotland? It nearly happened according to former coach Berti Vogts

The German manager attempted to talk the then-16-year-old Rooney into playing for the Scots due to his grandmother's nationality

President Ilham Aliyev with his wife Mehriban at the polls

Azerbaijan releases election results… before the polls even open

Electoral commission accidentally publish results showing a victory for Ilham Aliyev, the country’s long-standing President, a day before voting

Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan came second in this year's Eurovision

Eurovision tightens voting rules to combat bribery after Azerbaijan allegations

The Eurovision Song Contest has introduced new rules to combat bribery after supporters of Azerbaijan’s entry were accused of buying votes at this year’s event.

Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan came second

'Come in Baku. Have you been cheating at Eurovision song contest?'

Allegations against Azerbaijan, made by a delegate to 2013’s song contest, are being investigated

Azerbaijan government in crackdown on activists ahead of presidential elections

The government has intensified a crackdown on activists and journalists to stifle criticism of the long-term leader Ilham Aliyev before presidential elections in October, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The Halley VI is up for a global architecture award

Antarctic polar station up for global architecture award

A dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey has been shortlisted for a global architecture award.

Taking disabled children away from the sidelines

Access to sport and recreation is not only every child’s right, but it has an incredible ripple effect which can impact other vital sectors like health and education

Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator, Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots

Eurovision: At least Graham Norton's a winner

Ever since Sir Terry Wogan handed over the baton in 2009, there has never been any doubt that Graham Norton and the Eurovision Song Contest are a perfect match. Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator – this year in the Swedish city of Malmo – Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots on Saturday night.

Eurovision Song Contest: Bonnie Tyler totally eclipsed by winners Denmark

Emmelie de Forest had been the overwhelming favourite among the 26 entries

Dukes of York don’t belong in our Royal Society

The election of Prince Andrew - with just 11 per cent of the eligible vote - does nothing to promote the reputation of science. Quite the opposite, in fact

Fabio Coentrao scored after an Israeli goalkeeping error

Israel 3 Portugal 3 match report: Fabio Coentrao comes to Portugal's rescue in World Cup Qualifier

Fabio Coentrao scored with only seconds left to keep Portugal’s World Cup qualification hopes alive with a dramatic draw in Tel Aviv.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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