Baku creates entity to manage Shah Deniz

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The government of Azerbaijan announced it established a company to manage Phase II of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea and its associated pipelines.

Armenian, Azeri leaders address Nagorno-Karabakh

VIENNA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan may be "a warranty for peace" in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the OSCE representative said.

Opposition cries foul in Azerbaijan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The voting public in Azerbaijan had its democratic voice stolen by the incumbent, Ilham Aliyev, his main rival told supporters.

EU skeptical of Azeri commitment to democracy

BRUSSELS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Voter support for an open political system is apparent in Azerbaijan though it seems recent presidential elections were flawed, EU officials said Friday.
U.S.: Azerbaijan elections were not 'free and fair'

U.S.: Azerbaijan elections were not 'free and fair'

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The United States says the election in Azerbaijan, where President Ilham Aliyev was re-elected with nearly 85 percent of the vote, was not "free and fair."
Azeri elections flawed, OSCE finds

Azeri elections flawed, OSCE finds

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Presidential elections in Azerbaijan were peaceful and organized but fell well short of any expectations of fairness, a European agency said Thursday.

Incumbent Aliyev retains Azeri presidency

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Exit polls Wednesday from Azerbaijan suggest President Ilham Aliyev was re-elected to a third term in office though questions were raised on fairness.

Azeri election under close watch

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said the government in Azerbaijan has been working "overtime" to silence critics ahead of Wednesday's president election.

Azerbaijan in hot seat ahead of election

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- There's been a degree of pressure exerted on independent media and opposition groups ahead of Azerbaijan presidential elections, European officials said.

Israel, eying Iran, seeks closer ties with Azerbaijan

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Israel is seeking to tighten its links with Azerbaijan, the oil-rich former Soviet Republic that borders Iran, to secure a strategic alliance that has already provided invaluable in the Jewish state's smoldering conflict with the Islamic Republic.
Human rights group: Jennifer Lopez performs for dictators, crooks

Human rights group: Jennifer Lopez performs for dictators, crooks

HOLLYWOOD, July 13 (UPI) -- The Human Rights Foundation has accused U.S. pop star Jennifer Lopez of accepting more than $10 million to perform for dictators and corrupt politicians.

Nabucco host countries stand united

VIENNA, June 19 (UPI) -- Support from European countries planning to host the proposed Nabucco West natural gas pipeline is indicative of its viability, an executive said from Austria.

Central European presidents back Nabucco West over TAP rival

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 17 (UPI) -- The presidents of Hungary, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria have urged Azerbaijan to support the proposed Nabucco West natural gas pipeline over a rival project.
Documents leaked on banking havens

Documents leaked on banking havens

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Leaked documents reveal how the rich, crooks and politicians use offshore banking havens to protect their money, a journalism group in Washington said Thursday.

Iran blames BP for Caspian oil pollution

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- An Iranian official in charge of environmental issues said the government may sue British energy company BP for pollution in the Caspian Sea.
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Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev (C-R) smiles as he makes his way after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran on October 16, 2007. Presidents of the Caspian Sea littoral states including Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan are attending the day-long summit. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: İlham Heydər oğlu Əliyev, Илһам Һејдәр оғлу Әлиев, ایلهام علیف; born 24 December 1961, Baku) is the President of Azerbaijan since 2003. He also functions as the Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party and the head of the National Olympic Committee. Apart from his native Azerbaijani, he speaks English, French, Russian, and Turkish.

Ilham Aliyev is the son of Heydar Aliyev, who was Azerbaijan's president from 1993-2003.

In 1977 Aliyev entered the Moscow State University of International Relations (MSUIR) and in 1982 continued his education as a postgraduate. In 1985 he received a PhD degree in history. In 1985-1990 Aliyev has been lecturing at MSUIR.

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