AAA: U.S. aid should be given to Armenia for Syrian refugees

As the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG), citing corrupt practices, has suspended 14 entities and individuals involved with humanitarian aid programs for Syria operating from Turkey, the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) has urged U.S. Congress to aid Armenia that has given refugee to thousands fleeing Syria in recent years.

Sargsyan, Medvedev discuss Karabakh, EEU’s Yerevan meeting

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday received Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who arrived in Armenia the previous night to attend a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) Intergovernmental Council in Yerevan to be also attended by the heads of government of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Bus Explosion: Tight security measures ordered after deadly blast in Yerevan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has ordered the Police to tighten security after an explosion on a bus in Yerevan reportedly killed two passengers and wounded seven others in a late night incident.

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).

RPA rep says Hrazdan mayoral vote step forward

Given the absence of large-scale fraud, a large number of votes of defeated candidate Sasun Mikaelyan, the Hrazdan mayor elections, were a step forward, Lernik Alexanyan, an MP from the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), told media.

Bus Explosion: Prosecutor rules out terrorism

Armenia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office has rejected a terrorist act theory in last night’s bus explosion that left two people killed and seven injured in capital Yerevan.

Matter of Trust: Oppositionist says government can regain people’s confidence with real reform

Most people in Armenia do not trust the government and the authorities in general even if they declare about measures to fight corruption and other vicious practices because of their track record of going back on promises in the past, an oppositionist says.

Analyst: No interest for Russia in all-out war in Karabakh

A full-blown war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not in the interest of Russia, which is preparing for another war, according to a Yerevan-based political analyst.
Sergey Shakaryants believes that Russia as well as another major regional player, Iran, are now more preoccupied with preparations for a likely war with Turkey.

Oskanian: Answers for mistakes, omissions should be demanded from authorities

Armenia’s former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, who plans to set up a political party soon, disagrees with the view of former president and current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan that “now is not the time to accuse the authorities and try to hold them accountable for mistakes and failings.”

4+4+4 Outcome: Government, opposition, civil society talks on electoral bill end amid mixed assessments

The government says at least two of the proposals of the opposition and civil society will be included in the draft election code, which is set to be submitted to the National Assembly this week. However, the opposition says this does not meet its expectations.

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