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Turkish minister, French lawmaker clash over Armenia 'genocide' day

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu clashed on Friday with a French lawmaker over the commemoration of the "Armenian genocide" in a heated exchange that prompted the French delegation to walk out.

Erdogan dubs Macron a 'political novice' over Armenia issue

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called French counterpart Emmanuel Macron a "political novice" over the announcement that France would hold a national day to commemorate "the Armenian genocide".

Turkey slams France over national day for 'Armenian genocide'

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday hit out at President Emmanuel Macron's announcement that France would make April 24 a "national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide".

Turkey condemns Macron plan for national day marking 'Armenian genocide'

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday hit out at President Emmanuel Macron's announcement that France would make April 24 a "national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide".

France to have national day marking 'Armenian genocide'

Paris - France will make April 24 a "national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide", French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, honouring a campaign promise he made from his election in 2017.

Reprieve for church asylum family after Dutch parliament deal

Den Haag - A Dutch church said Wednesday it would finally halt a marathon three-month-long religious service aimed at stopping the deportation of an Armenian family after a parliamentary deal was struck that will allow them to stay.

Armenia's Pashinyan appointed PM after 'velvet revolution'

Yerevan - Armenia's president appointed former protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as Prime Minister on Monday as the Caucasus country's parliament met for the first time since an election last month.

Dutch dash asylum family's Christmas miracle hopes

Den Haag - A Dutch church said Friday it would run round-the-clock religious services to stop the deportation of an Armenian family, after the Netherlands refused them special asylum just days before Christmas.

Land of Noah: Armenia's history and culture

Yerevan - Armenia on Sunday holds snap parliamentary polls that were sparked by reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last month.Here are five points on the culture and history of the tiny landlocked mountainous nation located in the South Caucasus.

Armenia votes in snap polls to cement reform drive

Yerevan - Armenians voted Sunday in parliamentary elections triggered years ahead of schedule by reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan, who is aiming to cement his political authority in the post-Soviet country.

Dutch church prays 24/7 to shield Armenian family from deportation

Den Haag - A Dutch church has resorted to the power of prayer to stop the deportation of an Armenian family sheltering there, holding round-the-clock religious services for more than a month to keep police at bay, officials said Friday.

Armenia to hold early parliamentary polls in December

Yerevan - Armenia will hold early parliamentary elections December 9 after reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan's political manoeuvring led lawmakers on Thursday to dissolve the assembly.

Armenia to hold early parliamentary polls in December

Yerevan - Armenia will hold early parliamentary polls in December after reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan's political manoeuvring led to the chamber's dissolution on Thursday.

Armenian PM Pashinyan resigns to trigger snap election

Yerevan - Armenia's reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday announced his resignation on television, paving the way for snap elections.

Armenian PM Pashinyan resigns to trigger snap election

Yerevan - Armenia's reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday announced his resignation on television, paving the way for snap elections.

Rwandan foreign minister elected Francophonie head

Yerevan - The world organisation of French-speaking nations on Friday elected Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo as its new head despite her country's shift to English a decade ago and controversy over its rights record.

Saudi Arabia drops Francophonie bid as journalist uproar grows

Yerevan - Saudi Arabia has dropped a bid to join the world's club of French-speaking countries, officials said Thursday, as the Gulf monarchy faces criticism over the disappearance of a critical Saudi journalist.

Armenia sacks six ministers in fresh crisis

Yerevan - Armenia faced a fresh crisis on Wednesday as reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan fired six ministers after lawmakers blocked his demand for snap parliamentary elections.

Thousands rally in Armenia as PM says will resign

Yerevan - Thousands of Armenians heeded a call by reformist Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to protest in the capital Yerevan on Tuesday as MPs approved a bill making it harder to disband parliament and hold snap elections.

Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94

Paris - The legendary French singer Charles Aznavour -- who said last week he would be happy to breathe his last on stage -- has died aged 94, his spokeswoman told AFP Monday.

Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94

Paris - The legendary French singer Charles Aznavour -- who said last week that he dreamed of breathing his last on stage -- has died aged 94, his spokeswoman told AFP Monday.

Armenia reformist PM gets boost in local polls

Yerevan - Armenia's new reformist prime minister on Monday won a landslide victory in municipal elections in the capital Yerevan, seen as a vote of confidence after protests brought him to power this year.

'Missing' Armenian children found after Dutch deportation drama

Den Haag - Two Armenian children who disappeared to avoid deportation have been found, police in the Netherlands said Saturday, shortly after the justice ministry announced they would be allowed to stay, the latest twist in a drama that has gripped the country.

Merkel calls for peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict

Yerevan - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a peaceful solution to the ex-Soviet republics' long-running territorial conflict over the Nagorny Karabakh region.

Last survivor of famed immigrant French Resistance group dies at 101

Paris - The last surviving member of a group of immigrant workers that courageously resisted the Nazi occupation of France during World War II has died at the age of 101, his family said Sunday.

'Heaven-guided' underground maze proves Armenian tourist draw

Sarukhan - When Tosya Gharibyan asked her husband to dig a basement under their house to store potatoes, she had little idea the underground labyrinth he would eventually produce would prove to be one of Armenia's major tourist draws.

Armenia grants arrest warrant for ex-president over vote rigging

Yerevan - An Armenian court on Friday granted prosecutors an arrest warrant for former president Robert Kocharyan on charges of "overthrowing constitutional order" by rigging presidential polls over a decade ago in favour of his hand-picked ally.

Armenia charges ex-president with vote rigging

Yerevan - Armenia on Thursday charged former president Robert Kocharyan with rigging elections over a decade ago in favour of a political ally, in what investigators said amounted to a coup.

New Armenia PM targets former elite in graft crackdown

Yerevan - Nearly two months after mass anti-government protests propelled him to power, Armenia's new premier Nikol Pashinyan has launched an all-out crusade against corruption that has long eroded the ex-Soviet republic.

Israel parliamentary vote on Armenian 'genocide' scrapped

Jerusalem - An Israeli parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday on recognising the World War I killings of Armenians as genocide has been cancelled because of government opposition, the lawmaker behind the initiative said.
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