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Syria: Anti-Assad militants plundering Christian homes

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Eastern Catholic bishops of US discuss plight of Mideast Christians

Eastern Catholic bishops of US discuss plight of Mideast Christians

Eastern rite Catholic bishops of the U.S. will take their concerns about persecution of Christians in the Mideast, while also seeking to support Armenian Catholics in approaching the USCCB on commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

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Syria: two priests abducted on the way to Damascus

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Syrians now inured to terror, says Armenian bishop

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Armenian Opposition Bloc Wins Enough Votes To Enter Parliament

Armenia's Central Election Commission said that President Serzh Sarkisian's governing Republican party won parliamentary elections on May 6, winning nearly 45 percent of the vote.

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Armenian Authorities, Opposition At Odds Over How To Prevent Vote-Rigging

Leading opposition politicians in Armenia continue to express skepticism with regard to public measures to ensure the accuracy of voter lists, while the OSCE/ODIHR Election Monitoring Mission has registered violations of the provisions of the Electoral Code governing campaigning for the May 6 ...

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Armenian President Promises Action Over Border Killings

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has condemned the fatal shootings of three Armenian soldiers near the border with Azerbaijan, hinting that the gunfire came from Azerbaijan.

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Three Armenian Soldiers Killed Along Border With Azerbaijan

Armenian officials say three Armenian servicemen were killed when gunmen shot at a military vehicle along the border with Azerbaijan on April 27.

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Armenian Ruling Party 'Regrets' French Decision On Genocide Denial

Armenia's ruling party says it "regrets" a decision by France's Constitutional Court invalidating a law that made it a crime to deny that the killings of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 constituted genocide.

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Armenian Political Parties Wary Of Parliamentary Election Alliances

The long-standing tensions within the ruling three-party coalition between President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and the Bargavach Hayastan (Prosperous Armenia, BH) party, headed by wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukian, have escalated over the past two weeks.

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Armenian Opposition Vows New Push For 'Regime Change'

The main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has reaffirmed its stated intention to use upcoming parliamentary elections to try to and bring down President Serzh Sarkisian.

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Armenian Opposition Bloc Parties Unite For Parliamentary Elections

The nearly two dozen opposition groups aligned in the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) have decided to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections jointly.

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Armenian Opposition Steps Up Push For Voting Reform

The Armenian opposition has pressured the government over a major electoral reform by holding a conference attended by officials from virtually all of the country's major political forces.

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Armenian Opposition Upset With PACE Official

Leaders of the two opposition parties in Armenia's parliament have accused a top official of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of pro-government bias after meeting him to discuss the political situation in the country.

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Armenian President Meets Army Chiefs In Karabakh

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian inspected military facilities in the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh and met with Karabakh Armenian army commanders during a visit that ended today.

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Armenian President Pledges Truly Democratic Elections In 2012

YEREVAN -- President Serzh Sarkisian has assured Armenians that he does not regard the forthcoming parliamentary elections primarily as a means of clinging to power, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

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Armenian Opposition Pushes For Big Change In Voting System

Armenia's leading opposition forces have urged the government to hold upcoming parliamentary elections solely on a party-list basis in order to make it more difficult to rig votes.

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Armenian Ruling Party Won't Censure Governor For Alleged Attack

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) says it will not take disciplinary action against or criticize a controversial governor accused of assaulting a woman.

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Armenian Official: Yerevan 'Vulnerable' To Powerful Earthquake

Most of the residential buildings in the Armenian capital Yerevan may not withstand a powerful earthquake and are in urgent need of strengthening, an official from the National Seismic Defense Service has warned.

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Armenian President Signals New Delay In Nuclear Plant Closure

President Serzh Sarkisian has given further indication that Armenia's government will delay the decommissioning of the controversial Metsamor nuclear power station that was expected to start by 2017.

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Armenian Opposition Slams Choice Of New Parliament Speaker

The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has condemned the upcoming election of Samvel Nikoyan as the new speaker of Armenia's parliament.

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Armenian Opposition Party Sees Backlash After Challenging President

An Armenian parliamentary opposition leader has spoken of a "negative atmosphere" surrounding his party following a harsh response from President Serzh Sarkisian to criticism of electoral practices in Armenia.

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Armenian Ruling Party Denies 'Witch-Hunt' Against Coalition Partner

Armenia's main ruling party has dismissed speculation about a "witch-hunt" against its junior partner in the three-party governing coalition after a serious of arrests and an alleged shooting linked to politics.

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Armenian Ruling Party Names Candidate For Parliament Speaker

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) has named acting parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan as its candidate to serve in that post until the legislature's five-year term ends in May.

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Armenian Opposition Leader Demands Safeguards For Fair Elections

An Armenian opposition leader has challenged President Serzh Sarkisian to prove his commitment to hold democratic elections by enacting radical changes to the law and not allowing government resources to be used by his ruling Republican Party.

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Armenian Government Fined Again By European Court For Evictions

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Armenian authorities to pay 18,500 euros ($25,500) to yet another Yerevan family that was evicted from its home as a result of controversial redevelopment in the center of the capital city.

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Armenian Opposition Activist Urges Winter Push For Power

leading member of the opposition Armenian National Congress says that the opposition alliance should capitalize on "a seasonal rise" in popular disaffection with the government and try to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian this winter.

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Armenian Ruling Party In Rare Election Loss

The ruling party of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian suffered a rare loss when the long-serving mayor of a northern town was defeated by a candidate representing the Prosperous Armenia Party,.

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Armenian President Vows End To Business Oligarchy

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has made the case for separating government and business in his country, saying it's vital for ensuring long-term economic development.

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Armenian President's Visit To Georgia 'Not Canceled'

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze says Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has not cancelled an official visit to Georgia and will go there soon.

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Armenian PM Warns Against Challenging Ruling Party

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian says the ruling Republican Party (HHK) intends to increase its dominance in domestic politics and it would be wrong for anyone to challenge it.

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Armenian Opposition Condemns Activist's Arrest

The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has demanded the immediate release of one of its activists arrested after a scuffle with police.

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Armenian President Says 'Committed' To Arms Control Treaty

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian says Yerevan will continue to abide by a key international arms control treaty despite its being "violated" by Azerbaijan.

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Armenian President Names New Chief Of Staff

A U.S.-educated senior aide to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has been formally appointed as his new chief of staff.

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