Armenian opposition rally banned on March 1

Municipal authorities in Yerevan have banned a rally which the Armenian opposition plans to hold in the city center on the first anniversary of the March 1 deadly clashes sparked by the 2008 presidential election, RFE/RL reports. The authorities have proposed the opposition to hold the near Yerevan’s “Dynamo” stadium, just outside the city center. Artak Zeynalyan of “Hanrapetutyun” party had presented a formal notification to the municipality on February 9th about their intention to…

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Turkish university seeking Armenian-speaking instructors in Azerbaijan

NEVŞEHİR Nevşehir University Rector Filiz Kılıç has informed Today’s Zaman, that the university has set up a department of Armenian language and literature but has been unable to offer courses yet as no instructors have been found. She said that although the Higher Education Board (YÖK) gave its permission to establish the department, the university has had difficulties in finding Armenian-speaking instructors. “We have been unable to find any available candidates in Turkey. We are…

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Turkey-led Nagorno-Karabakh plan?

According to the plan, which Hurriet Daily News claims is part of a Turkey brokered Nagorno-Karabakh deal, Armenia would give away some towns surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan in a specific timetable and repatriate Azeris fled the region; administration of NKR would be handed to a provisional body. Furthermore, the newspaper says Karvachar (Kelbajar) would be handed out to Azerbaijan, the railroad and highway between Azerbaijan and Armenia would be opened and international peacekeeprs would be deployed at the border region…

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Armenian PM: It is in Armenia's interests to introduce CIS regional currency

Speaking on MIR TV, the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said Armenia is interested in using the Russian rouble for transactions with CIS countries. According to Regnum news agency report, Tigran Sargsyan said “a whole package of suggestions” on this subject has been proposed by the Armenian Central bank three years ago. Notably, three years ago Tigran Sargsyan was the head of Armenia’s Central Bank. Sargsyan underlined, that a project is on the table of the CIS Intergovernmental Bank. According…

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Updated: Inga and Anush Arshakyans might represent Armenia at Eurovision 2009

Inga and Anush Arshakyan sisters known for their singing which they claim is a mix of modern and traditional Armenian music, might represent Armenia at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Moscow. The whole thing will be decided on an SMS voting that will be held after a live show on Armenia’s Public TV on February 14, to choose the song that will represent Armenia at Eurovision 2009. Another candidate is Mher…

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Aznavour rejected offer to be Armenia's ambassador

World famous French singer of Armenian descent Charles Aznavour has rejected the offer to serve as Armenia’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Switzerland. Speaking to El Pais Maestro Aznavour stressed that the reason for his refusal is the desire to remain “a free man”. “Once the president of Armenia suggested me to be the Ambassador in Geneva, and I was absolutely flattered. That day I went to bed happy, but when I woke up, I realized…

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Still no clarity on senior Armenian police officer's murder case

Deputy chief of Armenia’s police Colonel Gevorg Mherian, 34 was shot dead just outside his apartment in Yerevan late on February 3.  President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday strongly condemned Mheryan’s murder, hinting it may have had to do with his anti-corruption activities. A generated photo of the suspect has been published by some Armenian newspapers yesterday. Armenian police confirmed that publicized picture is their probable suspect – constructed based on eyewitness accounts, although nobody has been…

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Armenia hopes lottery will stamp out tax evasion

In a lottery program that will be broadcast live on Public TV at 20:00 Prime Time today – Armenia is offering thousands of dollars in lottery prizes to consumers who take receipts for their purchases to try to tackle rampant tax evasion. The initiative began on January 1, after authorities said the threat of prosecution had failed to encourage shopowners and market sellers to install cash registers and provide receipts. Authorities estimate the grey economy…

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Did Turkish defense company sell equipment to Armenia?

The Armenian police have denied a Turkish newspaper report that they are seeking to buy Turkish-made water cannons and other crowd control equipment. “Hurriyet” carried a report on Wednesday that the Turkish company ‘Nurol Machinery and Industry” is negotiating with Armenian authorities over the possibility to sell vehicle-mounted water cannons to Armenia. “Armenia contacted us. Talks have been going on for some time now,” according to Hurriet, the Nurol Machinery’s deputy general manager of marketing, Tanju…

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