Prohibition on NGO funding sourced from abroad leaves corruption watchdog with only scaled-back Baku centre in the country.
Hit-and-run accident said to involve deputy PM's grandson leaves two dead, move made for a trial after social media protests.
Although government support for Azerbaijan's largest bank is equivalent to 27% of 2016 national GDP, the lender may not overcome the depressed operating environment, rating agency warns.
The region's steepest gap - of $727bn - is in Russia where inadequate infrastructure spending in recent decades has hindered economic growth.
Competitors preparing for Paris world championship refuse to take part in training, threaten to withdraw from event in row over unpaid wages.
Baku sends forces to participate in armed forces challenges in Russia, Kazakhstan and China against a backdrop of renewed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Renewed violence on the breakaway region's border is likely to benefit incumbent President Bako Sahakyan.