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Artsakh President visits central committee of Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in Near East

Artsakh President visits central committee of Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in Near East

August 23, 2010 - 11:35 AMT   GMT
Bako Sahakyan appreciated the role of the church for preservation of Armenian national identity in Diaspora.
Hundreds of New Yorkers protest against mosque in ground zero

Hundreds of New Yorkers protest against mosque in ground zero

August 23, 2010 - 11:25 AMT   GMT
Opponents of the $100 million project two blocks from the World Trade Center site appeared to outnumber supporters.
OSCE to hold monitoring of NKR-Azeri armed forces contact line Aug.31

OSCE to hold monitoring of NKR-Azeri armed forces contact line Aug.31

August 23, 2010 - 11:04 AMT   GMT
The monitoring mission will be accompanied by representatives of the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.
Israel, Palestine agree to direct talks

Israel, Palestine agree to direct talks

August 23, 2010 - 10:50 AMT   GMT
The direct talks, the first in 20 months, are to begin in September.
Armenian Declaration of Independence marks 20 years

Armenian Declaration of Independence marks 20 years

August 23, 2010 - 10:34 AMT   GMT
Article 11 of the Declaration says that “the Republic of Armenia stands in support of the task of achieving international recognition of the 1915 Genocide in Ottoman Turkey and Western Armenia.”

Armenia seeks ways to develop wine-making

August 21, 2010 - 16:13 AMT   GMT
Yerevan will be hosting Fruitfull Armenia winemaking forum on September 16-17. World-known oenologist Michel Rolland, invited as a special guest, as well as other participants, will be sampling the whole range of Armenian wines presented. A winner will be selected among 21 companies as a result of sampling. The forum to be opened by RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan aims at promoting Armenian wine-making industry, implementation of new production technologies and search for marketing outlets.

Armenia, Russia strengthening relations

August 21, 2010 - 11:09 AMT   GMT
The internal political events during the past week focused on the forthcoming visit of Russian President and informal summit of CIS leaders. The oncoming visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Armenia suggests positive development of Armenian-Russian cooperation, stated Eduard Sharmazanov, secretary of the Republican Party of Armenia.

Armenia won 3 medals at Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

August 20, 2010 - 13:53 AMT   GMT
Olympiad: 14 Armenian sportsmen compete in 12 disciplines at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games which kicked off on August 14. Weightlifter Smbat Margaryan (56kg weight category) lifted 243 kg in snatch and clean & jerk to win bronze. Another weightlifter Gor Minasyan won silver, lifted 350 kg in the snatch and clean & jerk. Defeating a Venezuelan freestyle wrestler, Armenia’s Artak Hovhannisyan won a bronze medal. Archer Vasil Shahnazaryan finished 16th. Gymnast Vahan Vardanyan was the 8th in all-round events. Athlete Diana Khubeseryan came 5th. Swimmers Sergei Pevnev and Anahit Barseghyan were 32nd and 22nd respectively.

Armenia-Russia: love under duress or out of necessity?

August 20, 2010 - 10:03 AMT   GMT
For the past two years Armenia has been like a rope, pulled over by Russia and the West in the person of the U.S. and EU. In fact, this is a dangerous exercise; the rope may split up in the end into tousles, which would be almost impossible to bind together again. But the most unpleasant fact is that Armenia has not chosen this policy herself; she has been made to choose this option, which is always fraught with unpleasant consequences.

Armenians do not celebrate Navasard as national holiday because Hayk Nahapet was not Christian

August 13, 2010 - 09:22 AMT   GMT
For dozens of centuries Armenians had been celebrating the New Year, Navasard, on August 11. Once a favorite popular holiday, it now became a topic of historians’ remarks or Armenian folklore only. “August 11 is the first day of the new year according to the ancient Armenian calendar. It was celebrated by all – the rich and the poor,” said ethnographer Gohar Vardumyan, senior fellow at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.