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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Armenia Rejects World Bank Plan To Put Plant In Bankruptcy - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Armenia Rejects World Bank Plan To Put Plant In Bankruptcy
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
The Armenian government has rejected a recommendation by the World Bank to put a debt-ridden Yerevan chemical plant into bankruptcy. Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervand Zakharian told the parliament July 28 that the bankruptcy ...
Armenia Rejects World Bank Plan To Declare Nairit Plant BankruptAsbarez Armenian News
Armenia looks to resume operations at Nairit chemical plantChemicals Technology
Government seeking ways for restarting “Nairit”: Yervand ZakaryanArmenpress.am
National Assembly of RA -Panorama.am -Armenialiberty.org
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Armenia mired in swamp of stagnation - Trend News Agency

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Armenia mired in swamp of stagnation
Trend News Agency
The policies of the Armenian government have brought the country and the people into a swamp, and it will be very difficult to find a way out of it, even if such a thing is possible. The results of these policies are known to all: the dependence on ...
EBRD places bonds worth 2 billion Armenian dramsReuters
Armenian companies on verge of bankruptcyAzerNews
Armenian Government Plays Down Departure Of Several International CompaniesArmenialiberty.org

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Armenia to present its IT sector in 23 European cities in autumn - Armenpress.am

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Armenia to present its IT sector in 23 European cities in autumn
Armenpress.am
As “Armenpress” was informed from the Information and Public Relations Department of the Government Staff of the Republic of Armenia, the first issue on the agenda presented to the Council was the project headlined “Orbit of Armenia's international ...
Armenian Activists Vow To Keep Protesting Power Rate HikesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Specialists from Armenia and Diaspora Seek Ways To Converge Western and ...Asbarez Armenian News
Syrian refugees in Armenia 'stumble from one crisis to another'Al-Monitor
MassisPost -Panorama.am -Arka News Agency
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A tale of two parks: a conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey - Open Democracy

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A tale of two parks: a conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey
Open Democracy
And that did exist in Armenia in that, when something anti-government happens there are attempts by the old, now-discredited opposition or the ultra-nationalist elements, of trying to co-opt it. What was really beautiful in the Electric Yerevan ...



Armenian police use force: board member of "Stand up, Armenia" movement to be ... - Trend News Agency

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Armenian police use force: board member of "Stand up, Armenia" movement to be ...
Trend News Agency
On June 17, Armenia's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0 ...



Azerbaijan says it shot down Armenian drone; Nagorno-Karabakh denies report - Reuters

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Azerbaijan says it shot down Armenian drone; Nagorno-Karabakh denies report
Reuters
Renewed violence has broken this year along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by its majority ethnic Armenians. The Azeri Defence Ministry said the drone DJI Inspire 1, ...
Armenia not ready for peaceAzerNews
Armenian family under trial at home for crossing into AzerbaijanTrend News Agency
Pan-Armenian Games: Armenia, Diaspora athletes to compete in different sports ...ArmeniaNow.com
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Armenia Maintains 'Tier 1' Status in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report - Asbarez Armenian News

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Armenia Maintains 'Tier 1' Status in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
Asbarez Armenian News
YEREVAN—The Republic of Armenia has maintained its Tier I status for a third year in a row in the US State Department's 2015 Trafficking in Persons assessment. Armenia is among just 31 countries out of 188 to have achieved Tier I status. The Embassy ...
Armenia Maintains “Tier 1” Status in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons ReportHetq Online
US Report: Armenia praised for anti-trafficking effortsArmeniaNow.com
Armenia maintains Tier 1 status in 2015 Trafficking in Persons ReportPanARMENIAN.Net
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Armenia's FM building alienation process drawing to end - Armenpress.am

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Armenia's FM building alienation process drawing to end
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YEREVAN, JULY 29, ARMENPRESS: The Government of the Republic of Armenia will purchase for $3,2 million the shares of Ararat-Restaurant LLC located in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a state property and will sell them to Tango CJSC.

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Did Armenia just have an Orange Revolution? - Washington Post (blog)

Did Armenia just have an Orange Revolution?
Washington Post (blog)
Armenia, a small traditionally pro-Russian former Soviet republic, has just experienced a spectacular eruption of mass protests. On the surface, it was against a fairly minor increase in electricity rates. In Moscow, however, conservative journalists ...



2014 Saw Uptick in Downward Trend of Births in Armenia's Lori Province - Hetq Online

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2014 Saw Uptick in Downward Trend of Births in Armenia's Lori Province
Hetq Online
Vanadzor's Maternity Ward registered 616 births during the first six months of this year – 337 boys and 278 girls. In fact, boys have outstripped girls for the past few years: 2012 – 905 boys, 739 girls; 2013 – 829 boys, 718 girls; 2014 – 810 boys, 788 ...