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Vatican and Turkey locked in Armenian genocide row

Yerevan - Pope Francis on Sunday released peace doves on the Armenia-Turkey border in a gesture of reconciliation as Ankara slammed the pontiff for denouncing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide".

Pope visits Armenian genocide memorial

Yerevan - Pope Francis on Saturday issued a rallying cry to remember the past after visiting the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, on day two of a trip likely to stir tensions with Turkey."A century has just passed from the 'Great Evil' unleashed upon you.

Pope denounces 'genocide' in Armenia visit

Yerevan - Pope Francis began his three-day visit to Armenia on Friday with a denunciation of the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as "genocide", risking Turkey's fury.

Pope visits Armenia with Mideast peace message

Yerevan - Pope Francis began a three-day visit to Armenia on Friday, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Russia to set up joint air defence system with ex-Soviet allies

Yerevan - Russia is working on setting up a joint air defence system with all of its ex-Soviet military allies, a senior official said Wednesday.

Two killed in Karabakh after Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to respect ceasefire

Yerevan - An Azerbaijani soldier and an ethnic Armenian fighter for the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region's army died in fresh clashes on Tuesday, hours after Baku and Yerevan agreed to respect a ceasefire in the disputed territory.

Armenia says may recognise Karabakh as independent state

Yerevan - Armenia said Thursday it may consider formally recognising the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, in a move that would increase tensions with Azerbaijan just a month after clashes over the disputed territory claimed 110 lives.

Bus blast kills one in Armenian capital: govt

Yerevan - An explosion on a bus killed one passenger and wounded six in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday evening, the ex-Soviet nation's emergencies ministry said.

George Clooney in Yerevan for Armenian genocide commemorations

Yerevan - Hollywood star and rights advocate George Clooney on Sunday joined emotional ceremonies in Yerevan marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I-era Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

Russia slams Turkey's 'unacceptable' stance on Karabakh clashes

Yerevan - Russia on Friday denounced Turkey's position on the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorny Karabakh region after a Russian-mediated ceasefire ended the worst clashes in decades in the breakaway enclave.

Armenia rally over Karabakh unrest draws thousands

Yerevan - A rally to protest recent violence in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh drew several thousand people Sunday to the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations during ceasefire

Yerevan - Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday traded accusations over the shelling of each other's territory in violation of a days-old ceasefire aimed at halting a flareup of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Dozens dead in Nagorny Karabakh clashes

Yerevan - Fierce clashes left at least 30 Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers dead on Saturday, prompting Russia and the West to call for an immediate ceasefire after a bloody escalation over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan, Armenia forces clash as Putin urges ceasefire

Yerevan - Azerbaijan said Saturday at least 12 of its soldiers were killed and a helicopter downed by Armenian forces, in a major escalation of violence over the Nagorny Karabakh region, prompting Russia and the West to urge an immediate ceasefire.

Armenian president creates coalition with anti-Turkish party

Yerevan - Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday invited a fiercely anti-Turkish party to join his government, in a controversial power-sharing deal highlighting a stalemate in efforts to normalise ties with arch-foe Ankara.

Azerbaijani tanks shell breakaway region killing one: rebels

Yerevan - Azerbaijani tanks on Wednesday shelled positions in the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region for the first time in more than 20 years, the rebel defence ministry said, as Armenia arrested a former army officer accused of spying for its archfoe.

Thousands protest in Armenia after disputed referendum

Yerevan - Some 4,000 people rallied in Armenia's capital Yerevan on Monday to protest against constitutional reforms to curb presidential powers adopted in a controversial referendum."Take to the streets, be part of a revolution!

Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Yerevan - Armenians on Sunday voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet nation's President Serzh Sarkisian in power.

Azerbaijani snipers kill two Karabakh troops: separatists

Yerevan - Azerbaijani sharpshooters have shot dead two ethnic Armenian soldiers of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh's army, separatists said Friday, in the latest clash over the disputed enclave.

Armenia MPs back referendum on divisive reforms amid protests

Yerevan - Armenian MPs on Monday backed holding a referendum on proposed constitutional reforms that could lead to long-serving President Serzh Sarkisian extending his term in power, sparking protests by hundreds of opposition activists.
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