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BREAKING NEWS: Armenia Foils Infiltration Attempt, 5 Azeri Soldiers Killed

BREAKING NEWS: Armenia Foils Infiltration Attempt, 5 Azeri Soldiers Killed

YEREVAN (A.W.)—An Azeri unit of 15 soldiers tried to infiltrate the Armenian border near the village of Vosgebar in Tavush but withdrew after incurring heavy losses, Armenia’s Ministry of Defense stated. Sources in Baku reported that five Azeri soldiers were killed and several others were wounded. There were no casualties on the Armenian side. The […]

Azerbaijan troops killed in Armenia border clash

BAKU, Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said Tuesday that five of its soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenian troops alongside the border separating the two countries, deepening tensions between the two former Soviet nations. The ministry said in a statement that exchanges of gunfire have been reported over the last two days at numerous […]

Armenia, Iran Set New Date For Power Plant Construction

Armenia, Iran Set New Date For Power Plant Construction

After years of delay, Armenia and Iran will finally start building this August a major hydroelectric plant on a fast-flowing river marking their border, officials said on Monday. Official Armenian and Iranian sources said an agreement to that effect was reached during Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou’s weekend visit to Yerevan. Namjou met with President […]

She is ‘very concerned’ about instability, clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

She is ‘very concerned’ about instability, clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday kicked off three days of diplomacy in Europe’s Caucasus, expressing concern about recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan as she hopes to mediate progress on a slew of trade and territorial disputes. In the middle of a weeklong European tour, Clinton decried the “senseless […]

Air Artsakh Begins Flights this Summer

Air Artsakh Begins Flights this Summer

STEPANAKERT (Yerkir Media)—The Stepanakert Airport will begin operations this summer, according to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Civil Aviation Department head Tigran Gabrielyan. “Presently, we are completing all documents. The airport and air navigation services are in the process of certification. We are trying to create all legal components that will allow us to carry out flights […]

Hillary Clinton visits Armenia on South Caucusus tour

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Armenia at the start of a tour of the South Caucusus. Her trip comes as a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan is looking increasingly fragile. The two former Soviet republics fought a bloody war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the 1990s. The BBC’s Damien McGuinness, […]

Calming the Roiling Caucasus

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia this week is timely. The Caucasus holds risks of confrontation that could affect American and European interests, and it requires regular and high-level attention. Terrorism and insurgency are spreading in Russia’s North Caucasus region. Russian military occupation of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and adjacent areas […]

Will Armenia be able to integrate into European free trade zone bypassing Russia?

Armenia is intensifying its economic ties with Europe and intends to hold the first round of negotiations with the European Union on a free trade agreement on June 19-20 in Brussels, said Armenia’s Deputy Economy Minister Garegin Melkonyan this week. The Armenian government official noted that earlier a meeting of the subcommittee on Armenia-EU trade […]

Armenian wine and brandy market prospects

After mining products, alcohol (brandy for the most part) stably occupies second place in the structure of Armenian exports. However, after the 2008 economic crisis the volume of alcohol exports dropped considerably, although 2011-2012 saw a tendency towards expansion of this sector of production and export. However, due to global market trends, several sectors of […]

FAR Banquet Honors Armenia’s Other Children

NEW YORK — “Every time I saw a suffering child in Armenia, it reminded me of 1915,” said Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, who is credited with being a founding member of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) Children’s Center in Yerevan. The year was 2000, and the center, then designated for Armenia’s most vulnerable children, was […]

Date Set For Free Trade Talks Between Armenia, EU

The European Union will officially open on June 19 negotiations with Armenia on a far-reaching free trade agreement that should significantly deepen the South Caucasus nation’s integration with the 27-nation bloc, it was announced on Wednesday. Armenian and EU officials made the announcement after a regular session of a joint body dealing with commerce and […]

Armenian Project an Off-Shoot of Birthright Israel

Linda Yepoyan grew up in Pittsburgh, a city that had just 30 Armenian families and no Armenian church. She felt little cultural connection to her family’s ancestral homeland. Or so she thought. Then came the December 1988 earthquake that ravaged what was then the Soviet Republic of Armenia. More than 25,000 people were killed. The […]

Prominent Turkish Publisher Gets Armenian State Award

Prominent Turkish Publisher Gets Armenian State Award

Ragip Zarakolu, a prominent Turkish human rights campaigner and book publisher, received an Armenian state award on Tuesday for what President Serzh Sarkisian called a “remarkable contribution” to international recognition of the 1915 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Zarakolu was among more than two dozen mostly Armenian scientists, writers and artists chosen […]

Saudi placed 2nd in Armenia Olympiad

A Saudi from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals was runner-up in the Microelectronics Olympiad in Armenia. Mohammed Abu Obaida finished second out of 349 contestants from 12 countries at the sixth Olympiad organized by electronic design automation company Synopsys. A number of countries took part this year including Armenia, Saudi Arabia, USA, China […]

Armenia ‘hate attacks’ expose anti-gay hatred

The acrid stench of burnt plastic still hangs in the air at the devastated basement bar, its walls blackened and fixtures melted by intense heat after the fire-bombers staged their nocturnal raid. The alleged “hate crime” bombing this month of alternative music bar DIY — popular with Yerevan’s young liberals and gays — has sparked […]

Armenian teenagers (and their parents) prepare for first end-of-school parties in two years

After a two-year break caused by Armenia’s switching to a new secondary education system, the country’s 1,400 schools are going to ring again the “Last Bell” on May 25 to usher in a new stage in the lives of some 40,000 teenagers leaving their years of secondary schooling behind. Unlike last year, when Armenia had […]

U.S. ‘Still Pushing For Turkish-Armenian Normalization’

The United States is continuing to press Turkey to unconditionally normalize its relations with Armenia, the U.S. ambassador in Yerevan, John Heffern, said on Wednesday. “We still are very hopeful that the process will resume as long as it’s not linked to any other issue,” Heffern told RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( “So we are continuing […]

Knowing the neighbors: Armenia to raise the level of Caucasus studies

The Yerevan State University (YSU) says in the next academic year Caucasus studies will become available for undergraduate students. In launching the course the Caucasus Studies Department of the Faculty of History at YSU considers the importance of studying the language, history and culture of Armenia’s neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan. Dean of the Faculty of […]

A Good Day for Homophobia in Yerevan

There has been much talk of the LGBTI community in Armenia lately. A bar, widely considered to be a gathering spot for those who think and act differently than most in this country, was recently firebombed and vandalized. The violence was condemned in large part only by the LGBTI community and its supporters, until two […]

Aftershocks: Recent seismic activity in the region remains public concern in Armenia

Dozens of relatively strong quakes and aftershocks that have hit the region in general and Armenia in particular in the past several months have caused anxiety among the population of the landlocked South Caucasus country where many remember the devastation and massive loss of life brought about by a powerful tremor more than two decades […]