Azerbaijan is threatening to shell the capital of the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region amid clashes with ethnic Armenian separatists. The Kremlin has called for the fighting to stop, but the Azeris have a powerful supporter: the Turkish president.
Armenia's parliament has elected protest leader Nikol Pashinyan prime minister. The transfer of power after weeks of protests resolves the immediate political crisis, but uncertainty looms on the horizon.
Armenians are pinning their hopes on Nikol Pashinian, whose protest movement forced unpopular Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan to resign. Now, the opposition leader says he wants to reform the country.
It's surprising how quickly Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan gave in to pressure from the streets and resigned. After such fast-paced change, it is not clear where the country is headed, says DW's Miodrag Soric.
Polls opened in Azerbaijan Wednesday morning in a snap election set to see President Ilham Aliyev re-elected for a seven-year term. Past elections have been neither free nor fair.
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