Karabakh: Defense Army reports “considerable” Azeri losses in punitive actions

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army says Azerbaijani troops suffered “considerable” casualties and loss of military hardware as a result of its punitive actions and “targeted” strikes carried out overnight.

4+4+4: Opposition, government still divided over electoral bill

The parliamentary elections of 2017 will continue with frauds, as provisions proposed by the opposition and civil society representatives during the 4+4+4 format were not accepted, says Deputy Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center Sona Ayvazyan.

Moot Point?: Proportional v Majoritarian debate goes on despite constitutional amendment

Armenia’s amended Constitution scraps the hitherto applied mixed system of electoral voting and parliamentary representation and replaces it with an all-proportional one, but debate over whether elements of the majoritarian system should be retained in the elections appears to continue in the country’s political circles.

With Gratitude: ArmeniaNow Turns the Page on 14 Years of Pioneer Journalism

Dear ArmeniaNow readers:

Thank you for 14 years of giving us reason to do what we do on these pages. Today, however, we do it for the last time. With this edition we conclude a fabulous episode of Armenia journalism. And we finish with great expectations for how the journalists who produce these pages will continue their influence on local media, as they look for new homes for their work. Find them. Follow their work.

In July, 2002, ArmeniaNow appeared out of nowhere before there was much chance of sustaining an online journal from a country where dial-up was still about as good as cyber connection got and waaaay before “social media” was legitimized.

We began with the intention of filling a gap that we believed existed in society’s transition from a special-interests-influenced, to a more independent-based media environment. While ArmeniaNow (and our parent NGO New Times Journalism Training Center), was surely not the first to offer “western style” journalism training, there was, however, a missing element in getting from the classroom to the newsroom . . .

I’m Garo: Demo in support of Turkey’s ethnic Armenian MP held in Yerevan

Scores of Armenians held a rally in central Yerevan on Wednesday to condemn the recent incident with Garo Paylan, a Turkish-Armenian lawmaker who claims to have suffered an ethnically motivated attack during a larger brawl in Turkey’s legislature earlier this month.

Pashinyan: Every single opposition vote “kept” in Hrazdan election

A leader of a recently established opposition party says they have managed to “keep” all votes cast for their candidate in Sunday’s mayoral elections in a provincial town. Yet, the incumbent mayor from the ruling party has still won in the election marred by allegations of vote buying and fraud.

IC: Three high-ranking military officials under arrest

A general and two colonels were arrested late on Monday as part of criminal probes being conducted by the Military Investigation Department of Armenia’s Investigative Committee (IC).

Echmiadzin: Pope’s visit to Armenia “message of peace”

The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Armenia is a message of peace to the region as well as to the world, says the Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananian, who is in charge of interchurch relations at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

Iran’s Rouhani said to visit Armenia soon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will soon pay a visit to Armenia. The president himself announced it while receiving visiting Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on June 5, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Good News: Killed Armenian serviceman’s wife gives birth to baby girl

The young widow of Hrach Galstyan, a 25-year-old senior lieutenant of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army who was killed in action a month ago, gave birth to a baby girl in her native city of Gyumri on Friday morning.

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