Armenia

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

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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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Military Sperm Bank Proposed in Armenia - EurasiaNet

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Military Sperm Bank Proposed in Armenia
EurasiaNet
Armenia's defenses against Azerbaijan may include the usual in armaments and soldiers, but, according to Armenian parliamentarian Tevan Poghosian, the military planning for the future should also feature a much more microscopic component, as well ...
Panama Papers Fallout in ArmeniaInstitute for War and Peace Reporting
Armenia MP proposes sperm bank for army drafteesNews.Az
Armenian Ex-Bailiffs Chief Investigated After Panama LeakRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
MassisPost -Asbarez Armenian News -Armenpress.am
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Armenia to Weigh Breakaway Region's Recognition, Raising Tension - Bloomberg

Asbarez Armenian News

Armenia to Weigh Breakaway Region's Recognition, Raising Tension
Bloomberg
Armenia's government will discuss a bill that would recognize the independence of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, a move that risks adding to tensions in the aftermath of a four-day war between Armenians and Azerbaijan over the breakaway ...
'If Armenia Recognizes Artsakh, Sarkisian Will Be First to Announce That'Asbarez Armenian News
Armenia aiming to prevent any progress in negotiations, says AzerbaijanTrend News Agency
Azerbaijani forces open fire at Armenia-Azerbaijan state borderArmenpress.am
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Armenia Looks To IT To Lift Economy - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Armenia Looks To IT To Lift Economy
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Largely agricultural Armenia suffers from double-digit unemployment and nearly one-third of the population lives below the poverty line. But a burgeoning IT sector is giving hope that this landlocked land in the heart of the Caucasus could play a ...



ALEXANDER MURINSON: Armenia's nuclear threat - Washington Times

Washington Times

ALEXANDER MURINSON: Armenia's nuclear threat
Washington Times
Mere days ago, Georgian authorities reported the arrest of an elderly Georgian man and several Armenian nationals — alarmingly suspected of being current or former members of the Armenian Security Service — who were attempting to smuggle and ...



Grand Bazaar jewelries avoid Russian customs by shifting production to Armenia: Report - Hurriyet Daily News

Grand Bazaar jewelries avoid Russian customs by shifting production to Armenia: Report
Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish jewelers in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar have found a way to enter the Russian market by shifting their production activities to Armenia, daily Habertürk has reported. Although there is no specific sanction imposed by Russia against Turkey on gold ...

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“Visit Armenia, It Is Beautiful” Essay Contest Held in Hollywood - Asbarez Armenian News

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“Visit Armenia, It Is Beautiful” Essay Contest Held in Hollywood
Asbarez Armenian News
HOLLYWOOD—On April 28, 2016, over one hundred guests attended the fourth 'Visit Armenia, It Is Beautiful' essay contest award ceremonies held at the “Raffi” Cultural Association Center in Hollywood, California. The essay contest, open to high school ...

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George Clooney, The Aurora Prize And Hope In Armenia - Forbes

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George Clooney, The Aurora Prize And Hope In Armenia
Forbes
One hundred and one years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Unlike the small bruise my mother may have received on her arm from this drunk middle-aged man at the gas station, Armenian sons saw their mothers murdered in front of their eyes.



Armenia to nullify OSCE MG proposals - News.Az

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Armenia to nullify OSCE MG proposals
News.Az
Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia commented on Armenia's desire to recognize so-called regime in Azerbaijan's Karabakh. By recognizing the so-called regime in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, Armenia will violate all the norms and ...
Armenian FM briefs OSCE PA president on consequences of Azeri aggressionPublic Radio of Armenia
Armenian Foreign Minister meets President of OSCE Parliamentary AssemblyArmenpress.am

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“Hello Armenia”: Story of Repatriation - Armenpress.am

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“Hello Armenia”: Story of Repatriation
Armenpress.am
YEREVAN, MAY 4, ARMENPRESS. Around 16 years ago Syrian-Armenian Artsiv Kirazyan was a successful photographer in Aleppo; however after visiting Armenia in 2000, he immediately decided to relocate. He was very famous in both Syria and Lebanon, ...

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Khmer Rouge Documentarian Calls for Armenia to Lead Global Genocide Education - VOA Khmer (English)

VOA Khmer (English)

Khmer Rouge Documentarian Calls for Armenia to Lead Global Genocide Education
VOA Khmer (English)
The head of Cambodia's leading center for the study of the Khmer Rouge era has urged Armenia to lead efforts to promote education about genocide globally. Youk Chhang traveled to the South Caucuses nation to attend events last month marking the 100th ...

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