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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From Aleppo to Armenia: Syrian auto-repair tycoon starts over - Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor

From Aleppo to Armenia: Syrian auto-repair tycoon starts over
Christian Science Monitor
In Aleppo, Sako owned an auto-repair business that employed 15 workers. Now the Syrian-Armenian, one of 11,000 to settle in Armenia since the conflict began, runs a small falafel and shwarma stand.



Turkey-Eurasian Union Partnership 'Will Hurt Armenia' - Asbarez Armenian News

Asbarez Armenian News

Turkey-Eurasian Union Partnership 'Will Hurt Armenia'
Asbarez Armenian News
If Turkey's initiative to create a free trade zone with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan becomes a reality, it will prove to be an unfavorable factor for Armenia as Turkey will become a real actor in that market, with certain anti-Armenian manifestations ...
Armenia Cites 'Intensified' Azeri SubversionRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Karabakh Issue: Armenia draws mediators' attention to Azerbaijan's 'subversive ...ArmeniaNow.com
With its provocative steps Azerbaijan further aggravates situation: Armenia's ...Armenpress.am
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Armenia Wants Broader Partnership with EU, Nalbandian Says - Asbarez Armenian News

Asbarez Armenian News

Armenia Wants Broader Partnership with EU, Nalbandian Says
Asbarez Armenian News
BRUSSELS (RFE/RL)—Armenia wants to develop its partnership with the European Union based on what was achieved during the recent negotiations and considering the “new realities,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in Brussels.
Armenia Keen On Further Partnership With EU, FM SaysArmenialiberty.org
Armenia looks forward to taking further steps in order to prepare new legal ...Armenpress.am
Armenia seeks closer relations with European UnionAysor
PanARMENIAN.Net
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IAEA Supports Medical Isotope Production in Armenia - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

IAEA Supports Medical Isotope Production in Armenia
Armenian Weekly
YEREVAN—The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently indicated its support for the “Technetium 99m Medical Isotope Production Project” at the newly formed Medical Isotope Production Division of the Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI).



Armenia's mines meant for Azerbaijani civilians kill Armenians - AzerNews

AzerNews

Armenia's mines meant for Azerbaijani civilians kill Armenians
AzerNews
Ohanyan said Armenia will mine all ways leading from Azerbaijan to the occupied Kalbajar region. Kalbajar has been under Armenia's occupation since 1993. He noted that the army of the so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic" is currently searching all ...
Armavir Mayor injured in Karabakh mine blastPublic Radio of Armenia
Armenian city mayor hits mine in occupied territories of AzerbaijanCihan News Agency
Mine Explosion in Karabakh: Armenian official reportedly woundedArmeniaNow.com
vestnik kavkaza -Armenpress.am
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Armenia: Magic wand needed - AzerNews

AzerNews

Armenia: Magic wand needed
AzerNews
Armenian Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan is still in search of a magic wand to resolve all complicated socio-economic problems in the country. "The community should understand that the government has no magic wand to resolve the problems suddenly," ...

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Georgia Priest Attack Worries Armenia - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

ArmeniaNow.com

Georgia Priest Attack Worries Armenia
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Armenia has expressed concern regarding an attack on priests at the Armenian Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balaian said on July 21 that Yerevan expects a thorough and unbiased ...
Armenian MFA: Georgia not to introduce visa regime with ArmeniaArmeniaNow.com
Georgian Patriarchate condemns Armenian Church attackPublic Radio of Armenia
Georgia does not intend to establish visa regime with ArmeniaArmenpress.am
Arka News Agency -Aysor -Armenialiberty.org
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'Brand Armenia': Promoting Armenia's Image in the 21st Century - Asbarez Armenian News

Armenian Weekly

'Brand Armenia': Promoting Armenia's Image in the 21st Century
Asbarez Armenian News
The Republic of Armenia, and by extension its worldwide diaspora, is at an exciting crossroad between the past and future. What road it will take in the coming critical years depends largely on Armenia's ability grow its economy. Tourism and foreign ...
July 22, 2014 in Armenia // 'AUA for Syrian Armenians' Campaign Launched to ...Armenian Weekly

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Armenia inaugurates AREAL linear accelerator - Public Radio of Armenia

Public Radio of Armenia

Armenia inaugurates AREAL linear accelerator
Public Radio of Armenia
The AREAL project is the first phase of CANDLE synchrotron light source creation in Armenia. Speaking about the successful completion of the first phase, Vasily Tsakanov noted that “Armenia has built a modern accelerator, which is unprecedented not ...
CANDLE Institute successfully completed construction of “AREAL” linear ...Armenpress.am

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July 22, 2014 in Armenia // Unseen Armenia: Ayrk - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

July 22, 2014 in Armenia // Unseen Armenia: Ayrk
Armenian Weekly
Current villagers are primarily refugees from Azerbaijan, with a few descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide from Western Armenia. The primary economic activity is raising animals, and farming grain and potatoes. The climate is too cold to ...