Armenia

Armed Men Seize Police Station, Hostages in Armenia: Security Service

By Hasmik Mkrtchyan and Andrew Osborn YEREVAN/MOSCOW, July 17 – Armed men seized a police station and hostages in Armenia’s capital Yerevan on Sunday, demanding Armenians take to the streets to press their demands for the release of opposition politicians they said had been jailed unfairly. One of their main demands was to free Jirair

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Vatican Hits Back at Turkey for Calling Pope “Crusader”

By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN, June 26 – The Vatican hit back on Sunday at Turkey’s depiction of Pope Francis as having a “Crusader mentality” after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. “The pope is on no crusade. He is not trying to

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Pope Urges Armenia and Turkey to Reconcile, Shun Vengeance

By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN, June 25 – Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday to seek reconciliation and to shun “the illusory power of vengeance” a century after 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Francis made the appeal in an evening prayer service with

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Germany Braces for Turkish Backlash to Armenian Genocide Vote

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, June 2 – The German parliament will approve a symbolic resolution on Thursday that declares the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide”, a move that risks aggravating tensions with Turkey at a sensitive time for Berlin and its European partners. Turkey rejects the idea that the killings of

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One Hundred Years of Gratitude

A new Armenian initiative promises to honor the Arab world’s contribution to refugees By Anna Yazijyan IT WAS A COLD and snowy day in Moscow. Frosty air filled my lungs, but this did little to mute the arresting sight of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior from my hotel window. Though it was not my

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Russia Beefs up its Armenia Base with Army Helicopters

MOSCOW, Dec 8 – Russia has deployed attack and transport helicopters to reinforce its military base in Armenia, RIA news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Tuesday. A total of seven helicopters MI-24 and Mi-8 have been deployed at the base near the capital city of Yerevan, and one more batch would be

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Armenia At A Crossroads: Referendum To Decide Country’s Fate

Thousands of Armenians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform BY Staff Reporter DUBAI, Dec 7 – For the third time in its modern history, Armenia held a referendum aimed at changing its constitution from semi-presidential to parliamentary. Almost 2,000 polling stations throughout the country opened their doors to 2.5 million citizens, whose voting was

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