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 standoff: Last four police hostages released - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Armenia standoff: Last four police hostages released
Aljazeera.com
Armed men, who had once held nine police officers hostage in Armenia's capital Yerevan, have released all four remaining captives, a mediator between the assailants and the security service has told local media. The gunmen seized a police stationon ...
Gunmen in Armenia release four remaining police hostagesReuters
Police hostages released in Armenia standoffCTV News
Armenian leader urges end to Yerevan police station standoffBBC News
U.S. News & World Report -Hetq Online
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Fitch predicts 3.5% GDP growth in Armenia - PanARMENIAN.Net

PanARMENIAN.Net

Fitch predicts 3.5% GDP growth in Armenia
PanARMENIAN.Net
PanARMENIAN.Net - Fitch Ratings expects Armenia's economy to grow by 3.5% in 2016, up from 2.0% at the time of its last review. In 2015 the country's economy grew by 3%.2016 started strongly, Fitch said, with the economy growing by 4.4% year on year in ...

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Gunmen in Armenia release last hostages, demand president's resignation - Reuters

Reuters

Gunmen in Armenia release last hostages, demand president's resignation
Reuters
This is the center of a free Armenia, and we want this atmosphere to spread over the whole of Armenia," Varuzhan Avetisyan, an activist in Sefilian's Constituent Parliament movement, told reporters, standing in the inner courtyard of the police station.



Fitch applies criteria changes to Armenia's ratings - Public Radio of Armenia

Public Radio of Armenia

Fitch applies criteria changes to Armenia's ratings
Public Radio of Armenia
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Armenia's Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency IDRs at 'B+' with Stable Outlooks. The issue ratings on Armenia's senior unsecured Foreign-Currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'B+'. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed ...

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Armenia protesters, police clash over hostage crisis - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Armenia protesters, police clash over hostage crisis
Aljazeera.com
At least 50 people, including 25 police officers, were wounded in Armenia after a night of clashes between police and protests linked to a four-day hostage standoff, the country's health ministry said. Police said 136 people had been detained during ...
Armenian police clash with demonstrators as hostage stand-off continuesThe Guardian
Armenia: Protests in Yerevan over hostage crisis turn violentThe Indian Express
Demonstrators, Armenia Police Clash Outside StationABC News
Telegraph.co.uk -RT -News1130
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Armenia's Energy Minister to Visit Tehran for Energy Talks: Report - Tasnim News Agency (press release)

Tasnim News Agency (press release)

Armenia's Energy Minister to Visit Tehran for Energy Talks: Report
Tasnim News Agency (press release)
Levon Yolyan is planned to travel to the Iranian capital soon over energy talks, Armenia's Hraparak reported recently. The newspaper also said that the Islamic Republic has increased its gas exports to its neighboring country at Yerevan's official request.



Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 14 times - APA

APA

Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 14 times
APA
Armenian armed units stationed in Azatamut village of Armenia's Ijevan district, Berdavan village of Noyemberyan district opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in Bala Jafarli village and on nameless heights of Azerbaijan's ...
Armenian serviceman wounded in Azeri shootingPublic Radio of Armenia
US Delegation Visits Armenia-Azerbaijan BorderMassisPost
US Senate Armed Services Committee Delegation Visits Armenia-Azerbaijan borderAsbarez Armenian News
TASS -Trend News Agency -AZERTAC News
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Hostage Standoff at Yerevan Police Building in Armenia Enters 2nd Day - New York Times

New York Times

Hostage Standoff at Yerevan Police Building in Armenia Enters 2nd Day
New York Times
MOSCOW — Militants who attacked a police building in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, killing one person, remained holed up with a number of hostages for a second day on Monday, demanding that the government resign and that it release an opposition ...
Explainer: What Is Armenia's 'Founding Parliament' Movement?RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Armenian opposition group takes hostages in Yerevan police buildingThe Guardian
Armed men seize police station, hostages in Armenia, reports sayUSA TODAY
Mashable -Sky News -BBC News
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Alternative Child Protection Services and Deinstitutionalisation in Armenia - Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Alternative Child Protection Services and Deinstitutionalisation in Armenia
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
In 2005, more than 10,000 children were enrolled into Soviet-era boarding schools and children's institutions in Armenia. Mistakingly referred to a 'orphanages,' an unfortunate term given that most children have at least one parent, the situation has ...



Armenia's President offers condolences over Munich shooting - Public Radio of Armenia

Public Radio of Armenia

Armenia's President offers condolences over Munich shooting
Public Radio of Armenia
President Serzh Sargsyan sent today a letter of condolences to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck on the occasion of the terrorist attack, which took place in Munich. “The tragedy which has befallen friendly German nation ...