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Abandoned places

Towns that won't welcome you

December 2, 2016
Abandoned places
Once flourishing settlements, they are now deserted areas. They become ghost towns because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters.

Forgotten brothers of Armenians

Udis’ severe past and sad present

November 30, 2016
Forgotten brothers of Armenians
Few remember that the Udis, one of the national minorities residing in the territory of present-day Azerbaijan, had been a part of Armenian spiritual and cultural life for centuries. PAN decided to tell about Udis and their links to the Armenian nation.

Thunderstorm asthma claims lives

Rare phenomenon with devastating consequences

November 28, 2016
Thunderstorm asthma claims lives
Six people have already died in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma. More than 8,000 people were treated in hospital. Three are in a critical condition.

Piece of Iran in Yerevan

Shahid Fahmideh school

November 25, 2016
Piece of Iran in Yerevan
The relations between Armenia and Iran count thousands of years, although they had not always been friendly. After the Republic of Armenia regained independence, the two states engaged in close cooperation, strengthening economic and cultural ties. As result of this cooperation, Shahid Fahmideh school opened at the Iranian embassy in Yerevan over 20 years ago. PAN visited the school and talked to principal Afshin Mahmoudvandi, while PAN Photo took the photographs of the educational institution.

World’s most dangerous gangs. Yakuza

Combining violence and humanitarian work

November 24, 2016
World’s most dangerous gangs. Yakuza
Yakuza is believed to be the most influential organized crime group within their own home country. Although the group operates with minimal violence compared to other notorious gangs, they’re certainly no strangers to intimidation and murder.

Rape and marry

Turkish government’s child abuse bill

November 22, 2016
Rape and marry
The Turkish government has withdrawn a controversial bill that would have overturned the convictions of thousands of male sex offenders after protests and widespread outcry. The bill proposed by the ruling AK party would allow the release from jail of men convicted of raping an underage girl if they married their victim, was approved earlier in an initial reading in the county’s parliament.

The art of insult

From actors to presidents

November 17, 2016
The art of insult
A Facebook post about the outgoing first lady Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Although the town has a population of just 491, with no African American residents, the controversial post spread across United States and international media outlets.

How to save billions with tax service optimization

Armenian tax inspectors 4 times ‘lazier’ than Georgian counterparts

November 15, 2016
How to save billions with tax service optimization
There has been a lot of talk recently about unnecessary staff members in some state institutions. To make things clear, PAN decided to compare the number of tax inspectors operating in Armenia and Georgia and their responsibilities.

Bagan, city of temples

Damaged by people, time and nature

November 14, 2016
Bagan, city of temples
Thousands of temples are spread across the plains of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma), serving as a symbol of the religious devotion of the country’s people and their rulers over the centuries. They combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide a view you will not see anywhere in the world. The entry fee of 25,000 25000 Myanmar Kyat (about $20) gives tourists five days to explore the territory officially called the Bagan Archaeological Zone.

World’s most dangerous gangs. Hells Angels

Drugs and trafficking

November 11, 2016
World’s most dangerous gangs. Hells Angels
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was founded in Fontana, California, in 1948, at a time when military surplus made motorcycles affordable and the placid postwar years left many veterans bored and itching for adventure.
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