Armenia

Country Armenia
Capital Yerevan
Continent Asia
Currency Dram(AMD)
Languages Armenian

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Introduction

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in an estimated 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey closed the common border with Armenia in 1994 because of the Armenian separatists' control of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, further hampering Armenian economic growth. However, in 2009 senior Armenian leaders began pursuing rapprochement with Turkey, which could result in the border reopening.

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At home in Armenia - Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)

At home in Armenia
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We had been in Armenia for a week, and though we were becoming familiar with the cultural differences, we were not aware of the annual holiday known as Vardavar, held 14 weeks after Easter and during which young people douse unsuspecting strangers ...

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Russian soldier likely to be tried in Armenia in mass killing case - Duma deputy - Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Russian soldier likely to be tried in Armenia in mass killing case - Duma deputy
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Russian military serviceman Valery Permyakov, who has reportedly confessed to killing a family of seven in Gyumri, Armenia, is expected to be tried on Armenian territory, says Oleg Lebedev, first deputy head of the Russian State Duma committee for CIS ...
Russian Soldier's Murder Trial To Be Held In ArmeniaRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Russia says soldier who killed Armenian family will be tried by a Russian ...Ukraine Today
Valery Permyakov's trial will be held in Armenia: Oleg LebedevArmenpress.am
Panorama.am -Kyiv Post
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Revival 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide - ChristianityToday.com

ChristianityToday.com

Revival 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide
ChristianityToday.com
During World War I, killing Armenians was the official policy of Ottoman rulers, who suspected Armenians of supporting Imperial Russia, one of their long-standing adversaries. (At that time, the Ottomans ruled western Armenia, and Russia ruled the ...
10 Reasons Why Obama Should NOT Travel to Armenia on April 24Asbarez Armenian News
Ex-Macquarie Banker Michael Carapiet on the Armenian 100th anniversary we ...The Australian Financial Review
Armenians optimist ahead of Turkish electionsDaily Sabah
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Soccer: Armenia Heads to Albania for Pivotal Euro 2016 Qualifier - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

Soccer: Armenia Heads to Albania for Pivotal Euro 2016 Qualifier
Armenian Weekly
Euro 2016 qualifying resumes this week, and for Armenia, it can't come quickly enough. After spending a long winter languishing at the foot of the Group I table, having secured just a solitary point from the previous three outings, it is no wonder. All ...
Albania optimistic ahead of match against ArmeniaZee News
Albania gear up for Euro qualifier against ArmeniaBusiness Standard
Albania release squad for Euro 2016 qualifier against ArmeniaGlobalPost

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Pakistan rules out diplomatic ties with Armenia until liberation of ... - AzerNews

AzerNews

Pakistan rules out diplomatic ties with Armenia until liberation of ...
AzerNews
There is no point of developing any sort of relations including diplomatic relations with Armenia until and unless it pulls out its troops from the Azerbaijani territory. Sabah Aslam, an executive director of Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution ...
Armenian Envoy to OSCE Says Azerbaijan Fully to Blame for ViolenceAsbarez Armenian News
Azerbaijani Permanent Mission to OSCE: Armenia carries out systematic policy ...APA
Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for military escalation of conflict ...Panorama.am
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Armenians optimistic ahead of Turkish elections - Daily Sabah

Daily Sabah

Armenians optimistic ahead of Turkish elections
Daily Sabah
Despite upcoming sensitive anniversaries and a Turkish general election, observers are claiming they are "optimistic" that Turkey and Armenia could mend links in the near future. Armenian experts talking to The Anadolu Agency believe the two ...
Armenian villager: “I want to go fishing in Arpaçay; this is my only wish”Today's Zaman

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Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 40 times within 24 hours - AzerNews

AzerNews

Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 40 times within 24 hours
AzerNews
Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 47 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Mar.29. Armenian armed forces, located in the village of Paravakar of Armenia's Ijevan district, ...
“The United States is further straining relations with Azerbaijan”News.Az

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Sassounian: 10 Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24 - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

Sassounian: 10 Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24
Armenian Weekly
Armenia's President Serge Sarkisian has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The presidents of France, Russia, Poland and Belarus have already accepted Sarkisian's invitation.
Chicago artist marks Armenian genocide with Guernica-size workReuters
Turkey, Armenia and beyondHurriyet Daily News
Armenian president says Erdogan sabotaging 'genocide' anniversary with WWI ...Today's Zaman
LA Weekly -Armenpress.am
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Armenian national football team has arrived in Albania - Armenpress.am

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Armenian national football team has arrived in Albania
Armenpress.am
YEREVAN, 27 MARCH, ARMENPRESS. Members of the Armenian national football team have arrived in Albania. The members and the delegates of the Football Federation of Armenia will be staying at the Sheraton Hotel in Tirana. On March 28 at 19:30, the ...
Yerevan to Host 'Made in Armenia' ExhibitAsbarez Armenian News
Expert: Armenia's exports to China total $170 million in 2014, and there is ...Arka News Agency

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Armenia's anti-NGO laws inspired by Moscow - EurActiv

EurActiv

Armenia's anti-NGO laws inspired by Moscow
EurActiv
Armine Sahakyan is a human rights activist based in Armenia. Some countries in the former Soviet Union have viewed non-governmental organizations as positive forces in the building of their societies and have taken steps to foster them. A prime example ...
Armenia and Lithuania establishing new economic relationsArmenpress.am
French President Francois Hollande to Visit Armenia with 120member ...MassisPost
France's Hollande will arrive in Armenia on April 24 with a 120-member delegationPublic Radio of Armenia
Asbarez Armenian News -Arka News Agency
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