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Karabakh: Initiative group to seek Babayan’s appointment as defense minister

An initiative group has been set up in Nagorno Karabakh to push for the appointment of Lieutenant-General Samvel Babayan as defense minister and commander of the Republic’s defense army.

Yerevan condemns bombardment of Armenian quarters in Aleppo

Official Yerevan has strongly condemned the continuing bombardment of Armenian-populated quarters of Aleppo, Syria, carried out by armed groups, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan said on Sunday.

Soccer: Western Armenia places sixth at ConIFA World Cup

A team of Diaspora Armenian players representing Western Armenia at the World Cup of unrecognized countries and territories finished sixth among 12 teams in a tournament won by hosts Abkhazia.

Blonde on Blond

Temperature in Yerevan today is +29C (84F).

MFA: Nalbandian, int’l mediators discuss Karabakh in Paris

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, while on a working visit to Paris, France, on June 2, held a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group’s Co-Chairs Igor Popov, James Warlick, Pierre Andrieu and Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.

German Resolution: Bundestag calls Ottoman-era Armenian massacres genocide

In a move criticized by Ankara, but welcomed by Yerevan and the world’s far-flung Armenian Diaspora, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution that formally recognizes the mass killings and deportations of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.

Antitrust Campaign: Armenian Government to focus on “concentrations” in essential goods markets

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has given the economy minister a month to develop guidelines with detailed description of importation procedures related to a number of essential goods whose trade in Armenia is perceived to be monopolized.

Go South: Armenia endorses visa-free regime with Iran

In a move expected to boost bilateral ties the Armenian government on Thursday endorsed the signing of an agreement with Iran on abolishing visas. The Islamic Republic is expected to do the same soon to clear the way for the deal that experts say will promote mutual visits.

Pillar Art

Lampposts around a downtown Yerevan square have recently been covered with music-inspired drawings to get “in tune” with the nearby Opera House.

Karabakh Process: U.S. mediator hopes for Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting in June

James Warlick, the American co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group brokering a Nagorno Karabakh settlement, has expressed a hope for a meeting between President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to be held later this month.