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Protesters march in Armenia after opposition leader detained

Yerevan - Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Armenia's capital Monday amid rising political turmoil as the whereabouts of the protest leader remained unclear a day after he was detained.

Protesters march in Armenia after opposition leader detained

Yerevan - Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Armenia's capital Monday amid rising political turmoil as the whereabouts of the protest leader remained unclear a day after he was detained.

Armenia protests: the PM and his opposition nemesis

Yerevan - Anti-government protests have gripped Armenia for more than a week in protest at a constitutional change that has allowed the country's former president to retain power as prime minister.

Armenia opposition leader detained after failed talks

Yerevan - Armenia's political turmoil deepened on Sunday with the detention of anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan, shortly after Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian stormed out of talks on the tenth day of mass rallies against his rule.

Armenian protest leader says to meet PM to discuss his 'resignation'

Yerevan - Armenian anti-government protests leader Nikol Pashinyan said he would meet Prime Minister and ex-president Serzh Sarkisian on Sunday, after nine days of mass demonstrations against an alleged power-grab.

Hundreds of opposition protesters arrested in Armenia

Yerevan - Tens of thousands protested in Armenia's capital on Friday against what they say is a power-grab by ex-president Serzh Sarkisian, as police arrested more than 230 people.

Dozens of opposition protesters arrested in Armenia

Yerevan - Dozens were arrested as hundreds of opposition supporters staged sit-ins and attempted to block road traffic in Armenia's capital Friday to protest ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.

Armenia police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Yerevan - Police in the Armenian capital Yerevan detained dozens of anti-government demonstrators on Thursday -- the seventh day of large-scale protests against ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.

Around 16,000 rally in Armenia against new PM

Yerevan - More than 16,000 people rallied in Armenia's capital on Wednesday to protest the election of former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister, viewed by the opposition as a power grab.

Armenian protesters pile pressure on new PM

Yerevan - Thousands of people rallied in Armenia's capital on Wednesday to protest the election of former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister, viewed by the opposition as a power grab.

Tens of thousands rally in Armenia as ex-president elected PM

Yerevan - Tens of thousands rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday after ex-president Serzh Sarkisian was elected prime minister by the country's parliament despite several days of protests, an AFP journalist reported from the scene.

Armenia's ex-president set to keep power as opposition blocks govt buildings

Yerevan - Opposition demonstrators blockaded government buildings in Armenia's capital Tuesday as parliament was set to confirm the pro-Moscow former president as the real power in the country.

Armenia opposition chief urges new protests, strike

Yerevan - An Armenian opposition leader on Monday urged demonstrators to take to the streets again, even after he and dozens of others were hurt in protests over moves by the country's former president to maintain his grip on power.

Armenians protest ex-leader's move to stay in power

Yerevan - Several thousand protesters staged rallies on Monday in the Armenian capital against former president Serzh Sarkisian as he moves to maintain a chokehold on power as prime minister.

Armenia ex-president to become PM: party

Yerevan - Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian was on Wednesday set to become the country's prime minister as the ruling party announced his nomination for the premiership, days after he stepped down as president.

Armenia becomes parliamentary republic as new president sworn in

Yerevan - Armenia's new President Armen Sarkisian was sworn in on Monday but power is expected to remain with his predecessor, who will likely become premier as the ex-Soviet republic shifts to a parliamentary form of government.

Armenia lawmakers elect president as leader eyes 'super' powers

Yerevan - Armenian lawmakers elected Friday a largely figurehead president to succeed Serzh Sarkisian as he seeks to extend his grip on power under a new parliamentary system of government.

Armenia lawmakers elect president as leader eyes 'super' powers

Yerevan - Armenian lawmakers on Friday will elect a largely ceremonial president to succeed Serzh Sarkisian as he seeks to extend his grip on power under a new parliamentary system of government.

Armenia ditches normalisation deal with Turkey

Yerevan - The President of Armenia on Thursday ditched agreements that would have normalised relations with Turkey, in the latest blow to efforts to end decades-long enmity between the neighbours.

Turkish 'traitor' jibe to Dutch MPs over Armenia sparks anger

Den Haag - Accusations of treason levelled by a Turkish newspaper at five Dutch MPs of Turkish descent for voting to recognise the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide" provoked a strong backlash in The Netherlands on Monday.

Armenian 'genocide': the disputed massacres of 1915-17

Paris - Armenia and Turkey are at odds over whether the World War I massacres and deportations of Armenians by their Ottoman rulers should be described as genocide. Armenians say up to 1.

Turkey raps Dutch diplomat over Armenian 'genocide' vote

Ankara - Turkey on Friday summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to condemn the vote by lawmakers in the Netherlands to recognise as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Dutch MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the early 1900s massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", in a move likely to worsen already-strained ties with Turkey.

Dutch MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the 1915 massacres of Armenians as "genocide", in a move likely to further worsen already-strained ties with Turkey.

Armenia recognises genocide of Yazidis in Iraq

Yerevan - Armenia's parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution recognising the 2014 genocide of Yazidis by the Islamic State group in Iraq and called for an international probe into the crimes.Jihadists murdered thousands in massacres four years ago.

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia's shadow

Yerevan - Landlocked and poor, Armenia has long relied on Russia for its energy needs, but the government is hoping to reduce that dependence by tapping a resource that is plentiful in the region: the sun.

Armenia's plans on teaching Russian raise fears of Moscow influence

Yerevan - Armenia plans to increase teaching Russian in schools in a move that has sparked widespread concerns that Moscow's influence is growing in the ex-Soviet state.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

In Armenia, a peace prize .. and a music festival?

New York - A year after Armenians launched a generous new peace prize, the frontman of rockers System of a Down sees more to come in the country -- including perhaps a music festival.

Azerbaijan destroys Armenia air defence system in disputed region

Bakou - Azerbaijan has destroyed an Armenian air defence system in the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said Tuesday, as separatist authorities vowed retaliation, raising tensions in the festering conflict.
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