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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.

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.
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