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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CNN's Anthony Bourdain Travels Armenia and Artsakh Filming for ... - Armenian Weekly

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CNN's Anthony Bourdain Travels Armenia and Artsakh Filming for ...
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SHUSHI, Artsakh (A.W.)—Last night, American food icon Anthony Bourdain posted a picture to his social media account of his cameraman, Jerry Risius, ...

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Armenian Businessman and Philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan Dies in Russian Prison - Armenian Weekly

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Armenian Businessman and Philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan Dies in Russian Prison
Armenian Weekly
MOSCOW (A.W.)—Armenian businessman and philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan, who contributed tens of millions of dollars to causes in Armenia, Artsakh, and the Armenian Diaspora, passed away in a Russian prison overnight on Oct. 18.
One of sponsors of Karabakh separatists diesNews.Az
Armenian philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan dies aged 67PanARMENIAN.Net

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Armenia Announces Big Military Spending Increase | EurasiaNet.org - EurasiaNet

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Dr. John Bilezikian Leads International Osteoporosis Symposium in Yerevan - Armenian Weekly

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Dr. John Bilezikian Leads International Osteoporosis Symposium in Yerevan
Armenian Weekly
YEREVAN (A.W.)—More than 400 healthcare professionals gathered at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan for the 11th Annual Osteoporosis Symposium, on Oct. 5. The annual conference draws medical professionals from the entire country and ...



Landmark EU-Armenia Agreement Published, Slated to Be Signed Next Month - Armenian Weekly

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Landmark EU-Armenia Agreement Published, Slated to Be Signed Next Month
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The extensive, 350-page document, titled “Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement,” is the first major Armenia-EU trade accord initiated since President Serge Sarkisian made the unexpected and controversial decision to join the Russian-led ...

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Investigative committees of Armenia, Belarus, Russia deepen cooperation - Xinhua

Investigative committees of Armenia, Belarus, Russia deepen cooperation
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YEREVAN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Heads of the Investigative Committees of Armenia, Belarus and Russia signed bilateral memorandums on cooperation here Wednesday, the official website of the Investigative Committee of Armenia said. Aghvan Hovsepyan ...



Armenia's Defense Minister follows media reports via MaxMonitor - Mediamax.am (blog)

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Armenia's Defense Minister follows media reports via MaxMonitor
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Minister of Defense of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan said he follows media reports via MaxMonitor platform created by Mediamax media company. Minister Sargsyan made that statement at the masterclass in Ayb School, which took place on October 17 within the ...



Armenian, Azerbaijani Presidents Hold 'Constructive' Talks On Karabakh - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Armenian, Azerbaijani Presidents Hold 'Constructive' Talks On Karabakh
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The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents have discussed a possible settlement of the conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh at a meeting In Geneva. Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia and Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev held talks on October ...
Azerbaijan and Armenia meet over disputed territory | Euronewseuronews
Sarkisian and Aliyev Meet in Geneva; Co-Chairs, Armenia, and ...Armenian Weekly
Azerbaijan, Armenia hold high-level talks on Nagorno-KarabakhDaily Sabah
AzerNews (blog) -Armenpress.am -Trend News Agency
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Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War - EurasiaNet

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Armenia: EU Officials Making Tactical Retreat in Values War
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Armenia's Justice Ministry published a draft version of the law in late September: it would, for the first time, provide protection to victims of domestic violence, including state-run shelters for abused women; and it would enable victims to obtain ...



Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Signs Historic Environmental Memorandum with California - Armenian Weekly

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Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Signs Historic Environmental Memorandum with California
Armenian Weekly
SAN FRANCISCO—Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan signed the “Under 2 Environmental and Green Energy Climate Accord” on Oct. 16, joining a coalition of two dozen other governments around the world, which work to reduce ...