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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.

Armenia PM vows to fight graft 'using Facebook'

Yerevan - Armenia's new prime minister said he would fight graft with any means possible, after being swept to power on the back of mass street protests, in one of his first conversations with foreign media.

New Armenia PM tells Putin Moscow ties will remain close

Sochi - New Armenian premier Nikol Pashinyan on Monday assured Russia's Vladimir Putin that Yerevan's ties with Moscow will remain close following his rise to power on the back of mass anti-government protests.

Turkey says will respond if new Armenian PM wants 'new page'

Ankara - Turkey on Friday said it was ready to consider any offer by new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for a "new page" in relations after the protest leader said he was prepared to open diplomatic ties without preconditions.

New Armenia PM sacks heads of police, security service

Yerevan - New Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who was swept to power this week on the back of popular protests, said Thursday he had sacked the heads of the country's police and security service.

Tears of joy in Armenia as opposition leader becomes PM

Yerevan - Gayane wept with joy as she watched four doves fly into the leaden sky over Yerevan, where tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets to celebrate opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's election as prime minister on Tuesday. "I am so happy!

Nikol Pashinyan: Armenia's maverick street leader turned PM

Yerevan - Just three weeks ago, few would have thought that Nikol Pashinyan, a 42-year-old opposition MP and former newspaper editor who served time in jail, would become the new prime minister of Armenia.

Armenia's poorest province pins hopes on 'velvet revolution'

Gyumri - The facade of Zoya Sarkisian's apartment building in Armenia's poverty-stricken city of Gyumri is slowly crumbling nearly three decades after it was damaged by an earthquake that killed more than 25,000 people.

Celebrations as Armenian protest leader Pashinyan elected PM

Yerevan - Tens of thousands of Armenians poured on to the streets of the capital Yerevan Tuesday to celebrate opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's election as prime minister.

Thousands rally in Armenia to support opposition MP's premiership bid

Yerevan - Thousands of Armenians rallied on Monday in support of opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan, who is set to be elected prime minister after spearheading weeks of mass protests against the ruling party.

Armenian opposition on uncertain path to power: analysts

Yerevan - Armenia is in political crisis after popular protests brought down its prime minister, but analysts say the opposition has a tricky path ahead as it seeks to fill the current power vacuum.

Armenia turmoil: end in sight?

Yerevan - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday called an end to a huge wave of protests and said all parties would support his bid to run for prime minister again next week.

Armenia opposition leader secures support for PM bid after huge protests

Yerevan - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday called for an end to a huge wave of protests and said all parties would support his bid to run for prime minister again next week.

Tens of thousands of Armenian protesters shut down capital

Yerevan - Tens of thousands of Armenians on Wednesday converged on the capital, blocking roads and government buildings, as popular anger exploded over the ruling party's rejection of opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's premiership bid.

Armenia protest leader says ruling party to thwart his PM bid

Yerevan - Thousands of Armenians massed in the capital Tuesday ahead a parliament vote to pick a new prime minister, with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan accusing the ruling party of planning to derail his bid for the top job.

Armenian opposition leader's bid for PM faces parliament vote

Yerevan - Armenian lawmakers vote on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister, with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan vying to take power after a fortnight of protests that have transformed the country's politics.

Armenia 'hero' opposition leader nominated for PM

Yerevan - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Monday was formally nominated for the post of prime minister by his supporters, inching closer to victory after two weeks of protests that transformed the country's political landscape.

Armenia opposition leader nominated for PM

Yerevan - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Monday was formally nominated for the post of prime minister by his supporters, inching closer to victory after two weeks of mass protests that transformed the country's political landscape.

Armenia opposition stages show of force ahead of PM vote

Yerevan - Supporters of Armenia's opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan rallied in the capital on Sunday, hoping that a massive show of force two days ahead of a parliamentary vote will help propel him to power.

Armenian ruling party says will not nominate candidate for PM

Yerevan - Armenia's ruling party on Saturday refused to nominate a new candidate for premier after veteran ruler Serzh Sarkisian stepped down following mass protests, as support for leading opposition figure Nikol Pashinyan gathered pace.

Deadlock in Armenia as acting PM rejects talks with protest leader

Yerevan - Armenia's acting head of government Karen Karapetyan on Friday rebuffed talks proposed by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, further escalating tensions after two weeks of protests.

Armenia street protests pose no danger to Kremlin: analysts

Moscow - The Kremlin is famous for its hatred of "colour revolutions" but Armenian protests present no danger to Moscow because the rallies eschew anti-Russian slogans and Yerevan is hugely dependent on Moscow's military and economic aid.

Armenia sets date for new election to defuse crisis

Yerevan - Armenia's parliament on Thursday set May 1 as the date to elect a prime minister in a bid to defuse rapidly escalating tensions, with protest leader Nikol Pashinyan locked in a battle of wills with the ruling party.

Armenia turns to Russia as political turmoil worsens

Yerevan - Armenia's top official was in Moscow for talks on Thursday, his office said, as a political crisis deepened with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan appearing resolute to force the ruling party in the ex-Soviet republic to cede power.

Tens of thousands protest as Armenia crisis deepens

Yerevan - Armenia's political turmoil deepened with fresh protests set for Thursday after the opposition accused the ruling party of refusing to cede power following the resignation of veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian.
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