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Oscar-winning filmmaker to challenge Azeri president in vote

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's embattled opposition named an Oscar-winning screenwriter on Tuesday as its candidate to challenge President Ilham Aliyev's decade-long rule in an October election. Full story

Russia starts delivering $1 billion arms package to Azerbaijan

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has begun delivering tanks, artillery cannons and rocket launchers worth $1 billion to Azerbaijan, a Moscow-based defense group said on Tuesday, as the former Soviet republic strengthens its military readiness in the volatile South Caucasus. Full story

Austrian central banker charged in bribe case

VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna prosecutors charged nine people, including the deputy governor of the Austrian National Bank, on Thursday over suspected bribes in banknote contracts with Azerbaijan and Syria. Full story

Oscar-winning Azeri says will challenge Aliyev in presidential race

BAKU (Reuters) - An Oscar-winning screenwriter said on Friday that he would challenge President Ilham Aliyev's decade-long rule over Azerbaijan in October elections, if the opposition names him as their candidate. Full story

Europe criticizes Azeri leader over Internet defamation law

TBILISI (Reuters) - European institutions criticized Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday for signing legislation making defamation over the Internet a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment as the country prepares for an autumn presidential election. Full story

Azeri SOCAR to borrow $20 billion to boost exports to Europe

BAKU (Reuters) - Azeri state energy firm SOCAR plans to borrow more than $20 billion over the next five years to finance energy projects to help boost gas exports to Europe, a challenge to plans by neighboring Russia. Full story

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American citizens in Azerbaijan, Lebanon and other countries were warned to stay away from protests and demonstrations today, reports CNBC's Seema Mody.

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