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Azerbaijan Armed Forces' General Staff has new chief

Kerim Veliyev has been appointed the new chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, news.am reported.

4 more bodies retrieved from battle zones, Artsakh emergency situations service

During searches conducted in Varanda (Fizuli) today, rescuers found and removed the remains of another 4 servicemen who died or were considered missing in action during the war.

Kindergarten opened in Stepanakert for the children of Hadrut

On July 23, a kindergarten was opened in Stepanakert for the children of Hadrut.

West trying to create instability belt around Russia, Lavrov says

The West is trying to form a belt of instability around Russia, using Belarus and Moldova in particular, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, Sputnik reported.

Artsakh Foreign Ministry marks 28th anniversary of establishment

The Foreign Ministry of Artsakh has issued a statement on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of its establishment.

Azerbaijan sentences 13 more Armenian POWs to 6 years in prison

Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) continue to be "sentenced" in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Victoria Nuland: Turkey's role in hostilities in Karabakh exacerbated regional tension

During last year's hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh , the role of third parties, including Turkey, exacerbated regional tension. Victoria Nuland, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, stated this at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Turkey, news.am informs, citing VOA Armenian Service.

221 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

221 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 228,382, the ministry of healthcare reports.

No new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

A total of 33 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday in Artsakh.

US imposes new sanctions against Cuba, Biden says this is just the beginning

The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government special brigade that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month, AP reported.

ECHR obliges Azerbaijan to pay 30,000 euros to Armenian citizen Artur Badalyan who has been released from captivity

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has published another judgment against Azerbaijan, recording that Azerbaijan has tortured and illegally deprived of liberty citizen of Armenia Artur Badalyan, who got lost and found himself in the territory of Azerbaijan, reports the ECHR website.

Senator Menendez raises Artsakh war during U.S. Policy on Turkey hearing

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, referred to the Artsakh war and Turkey's counterproductive role in the South Caucasus region during a full committee hearing on U.S. Policy on Turkey with Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, on Wednesday, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).

Russian peacekeepers provide security during installation of modern solar panels on cell towers in Artsakh villages

Russian peacekeepers provided security in remote villages of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) when installing modern solar power supply systems on antenna-mast structures of cellular communications (communication towers), the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Artsakh Wushu KungFu Federation held master classes

On July 20-22, master classes were held by the Wushu KungFu Federation of Artsakh.

World oil prices dropping

World oil prices are falling Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

Search for Artsakh war casualties continues in Mataghis region

The search for the remains of servicemen killed and considered missing during the hostilities continues Thursday in Mataghis village of Artsakh, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

225 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

225 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 228,161, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Irregular direct flights to be operated from Lyon to Yerevan

Starting from July 22 irregular direct flights from the French city of Lyon to Armenia’s capital Yerevan will be operated once a week.

At least 17 migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck

At least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, while more than 380 were rescued by the coastguard, Reuters reports citing the Tunisian Red Crescent.

US to impose more sanctions, should Ankara keep buying weapons from Russia — official

The US will impose additional unilateral sanctions against Turkey if it continues procuring weapon systems and vehicles from Russia, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland stated Wednesday, Tass informs.

“Tufenkian” foundation opens houses in Machkalashen and Herher

Today, on June 25, in accordance with the program implemented by the “Tufenkian” charitable foundation, the Hayrapetyan family in the Machkalashen community of the Martuni region of Artsakh and the Sargsyan family in Herher community, acquired new apartments.

If West recognizes humanitarian situation in Syria, Russia is ready to discuss it — Lavrov

Russia is ready to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria with Western countries if they recognize the existence of real problems in that country and their responsibility for that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday after talks with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid, Tass informs.

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans to be permitted at Tokyo Olympic venues

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues, despite warnings from health bosses, BBC Sport reports.

Pompeo: US should not negotiate with Iran's newly elected President

The US should not negotiate with Iran's newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi, Fox News reported referring to the former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, news.am reports.

EU extends sanctions against Crimea by one year

The EU has renewed the sanctions against Crimea within the strategy approved in 2014, which does not recognize the peninsula’s reunification with Russia, the Council of the EU said in a statement published in Brussels on Monday.

13 Armenian captives’ trial starts in Azerbaijan

The preliminary hearing on the criminal case against thirteen Armenian captives has started at the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, news.am informs.

PACE to mark 10th anniversary of Istanbul Convention at its summer session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) with an event on this topic at its next session, taking place from 21 to 24 June 2021 in a hybrid format, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg, PACE reported.

Search for Artsakh war casualties continues in Varanda region

The search for the remains of fallen Armenian servicemen continues Monday in the Varanda (Fizuli) region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informed.

Russian Ambassador to U.S. Antonov is back to Washington

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov returned to Washington on Sunday. Antonov was invited to Moscow for consultations on ways to mend Russia-US ties. He spent in Moscow about three months. As a TASS correspondent reports from the scene, Antonov in his official car has just entered the territory of the Russian Embassy in Washington, Tass informs.

7 killed after plane crashes in Russia’s Kemerovo Region

Several people were killed and over a dozen injured after a twin-engine Let L-410 aircraft made an emergency landing in Russia’s Kemerovo Region, southwestern Siberia. A total of 20 people were reportedly on board the plane, RT reports.

China considering lifting all childbirth restrictions

Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions and transition toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting increased urgency in Beijing as economic growth slows and China’s population mix skews older, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Construction continues in the new settlement for the displaced residents of Artsakh

Construction works are being carried out in the new settlement being built for the displaced people.

Amid pandemic, number of people forced to flee homes has risen, UN says

The number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and human rights abuses has doubled in the past decade to reach 82.4 million at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Friday.

86 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

86 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 224,086, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Putin schedules State Duma elections for September 19, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order scheduling State Duma elections for September 19, 2021, the Single Vote Day, the Kremlin press service announced Thursday, Tass informs.

Two new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

2 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare said.

Iran presidential election voting kicks off

Iranians began voting in the early hours of Friday in a contest among 4 candidates in the 13th presidential elections and also for the 6th Islamic city and village council elections across the country, news.am informs, citing Fars.

Turkey’s Erdogan announces plans to meet with Putin ‘soon’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans contacts with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan told journalists Thursday after returning from Azerbaijan, Tass informs.

The Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Center in Stepanakert being renovated

The Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Center in Stepanakert receives more than 1,000 people with disabilities each year, including those affected by the conflict.

Republican competition of National musical instruments and folk song held in Stepanakert

Stepanakert’s Charles Aznavour Cultural Center held on Thursday the Republican competition of National musical instruments and folk song.

"Last thing" Putin wants is new Cold War, says Biden

US President Joe Biden voiced confidence Wednesday that his Russian counterpart did not want a new Cold War, and also said he had told him critical infrastructure must be "off limits" to cyber attacks.

Russia records over 14,000 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has documented 14,057 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall case count to 5,264,047, TASS reports citing the federal anti-coronavirus crisis center.

US congressmen urge Biden to impose sanctions on Russia

Top congressional Republicans in the House and Senate called on President Biden Wednesday to instate a legally mandated second round of sanctions on Russia for the use of chemical weapons against opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Two new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

Artsakh confirmed two new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health reported on Thursday. Currently, 17 people are receiving inpatient treatment for coronavirus.

Armenian, Russian defense ministers discuss Armenia-Azerbaijan border situation

On June 16, a telephone conversation took place between Caretaker Minister of Defense of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan and the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, the Armenian defense ministry reports.

Russian peacekeeping contingent ensures the safety of the movement of civilian transport in Artsakh

The military personnel of the Russian peacekeeping continent continue to perform tasks to monitor compliance with the ceasefire and ensure the safety of the movement of vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

US administration official describes Biden-Putin summit as constructive

Washington believes that the Geneva meeting between Presidents Joe Biden of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia was constructive, a senior US administration official told a briefing in Geneva, Tass informs.

Putin says return of ambassadors agreed at talks with Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that at the talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden they agreed that the two countries’ ambassadors will return to their workplaces in Moscow and in Washington, Tass informs.

All POWs must be immediately repatriated: Netherlands says will continue raising this issue

During the June 16 session of the foreign affairs committee of the Parliament of the Netherlands, the MPs and acting Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag touched upon also the recent Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against Artsakh and the subsequent developments.

Putin hopes meeting with Biden will be productive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that the talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden will be productive, TASS reports.

‘We need more’ before Ukraine can join NATO, Stoltenberg says

A day after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted NATO leaders had “confirmed” it would become a member, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made clear no such action was imminent, Defense News reported.

Putin-Biden summit kicks off in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden have begun talks in private in the library hall on the ground floor of the Villa La Grange in Geneva, reports TASS.

Artsakh Foreign Ministry issues statement on 29th anniversary of occupation of Shahumyan region

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the occupation of the Shahumyan region of Artsakh, the ministry said.

New Round of Aurora’s Support for Artsakh

The Aurora for Artsakh program created to help children and adults facing a grave humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of the 2020 Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) war continues to assist projects that support and facilitate the region’s long-term social development, the IDeA Foundation informs.

The world must know about Trump’s anti-human crimes against Iranians, says Iran’s Rouhani

It is necessary that the world become aware of Donald Trump’s “anti-human crimes” against the Iranian people, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, according to Tehran Times.

Trial of 14 Armenian POWs held illegally in Azerbaijan begins in Baku court

The trial of 14 Armenian POWs is starting in a court in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 16, the Azerbaijani media report.

Herher's aid station and the club being renovated

The Herher community of Artsakh’s Martuni region lives its normal life.

Russian peacekeepers ensure the safety of the restoration work of the water main in the Martuni district

The military personnel of the Russian peacekeeping continent perform tasks to control the ceasefire regime and ensure the security of the reconstruction of the infrastructure of settlements near the line of demarcation of the parties in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

Charitable concert held in Stepanakert

A charitable concert for the single elderly people was organized on Monday at the Stepanakert Gallery.

Global COVID-19 case count down 12% in past week — WHO

Over 2.6 million novel coronavirus cases and over 72,000 deaths were registered worldwide in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva early on Wednesday, Tass informs.

Israel strikes Hamas facilities in Gaza in response to launch of incendiary balloons

Fighter jets of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of incendiary balloons to the Jewish state’s territory, the Israeli military said, reports TASS.

AstraZeneca says its antibody treatment failed in preventing Covid-19 in exposed patients

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Tuesday (June 15) that a study of its monoclonal antibody treatment, AZD7442, did not meet the main goal of preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in people recently exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Russia records 14,185 new daily COVID-19 cases, crisis center says

Russia has registered 14,185 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 5,236,593 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Tuesday.

Russian peacekeepers held a training session on the defence of an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh

The servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continue to perform tasks to monitor compliance with the ceasefire regime on the line of demarcation of the parties in their area of responsibility, as well as ensure the safety of motor transport, transportation of food and various goods along the Lachin corridor.

Artsakh Parliament issued statement over the visit of Turkish President Erdogan to Shushi

After the 1915 genocide of Western Armenians and the occupation of the historical cradle of the Armenian people, Turkey has been trying to do the same against the Eastern Armenians over the past one hundred years. All these anti-Armenian programs have always failed thanks to the organized fight of the Armenian people.

COVID-19: Belarus eases entry restrictions for Armenian citizens

Belarus has updated the red list of countries.

The Armenian Genocide not discussed during the meeting between Biden, Erdogan

US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Erdogan held a bilateral meeting on Monday following a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, Ahval news reported.

Reconstruction works continue in Shosh

Reconstruction and repairing works continue in Shosh community of Askeran region of the Artsakh Republic.

Stepanakert Art School to hold reporting concert. The institution has a new address

Stepanakert Art School now operates in the building of the Charles Aznavour Cultural Center.

82 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

82 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 223,805, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Vacant apartments being renovated in Haghort for displaced families

After the war, all the residents of the Haghort community of Artsakh’s Martuni region have returned to the village.

Putin, Biden to discuss Nagorno Karabakh conflict during Geneva summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden will discuss regional affairs among many other issues during their upcoming meeting in Geneva. In particular, the two leaders will discuss the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and the Korean Peninsula, Ukraine and Belarus, Assistant to the Russian president Yuri Ushakov told reporters, Vedomosti newspaper reports.

NATO states must decide if they want to make friends in earnest - Zakharova

NATO member-countries should make up their mind regarding their policies towards Moscow, if they really do not want to be included in the lists of unfriendly states, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in her Telegram-channel, Tass informs.

Erdogan arrives in Azerbaijan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on an official visit.

Borrell: EU welcomes actions taken by Armenia and Azerbaijan

Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, on Sunday issued a statement welcoming the release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian prisoners and the handing over by Armenia of maps of Akna minefields.

UK's Johnson confirms G7 to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of 2022

The G7 nations have agreed to distribute globally more than a billion vaccines against the coronavirus between now and the end of 2022 in the hope of eradicating the pandemic, Boris Johnson announced on Sunday, according to Euronews.

Red Cross chief responds to Armenia President’s letter

Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), responded to a letter from President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia regarding the need for the immediate return of all Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held by Azerbaijan.

Biden has been preparing for meeting with Putin for 50 years, Psaki says

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said US President Joe Biden had been preparing for a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin for 50 years.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office welcomed The Return Of 15 Armenian Prisoners of War

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde has welcomed the return of 15 Armenian prisoners of war.

Israel elects new prime minister

Israel's parliament approved a new government on Sunday, ending the record 12-year tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister and swearing in a fragile, diverse coalition that has promised to break the country's political gridlock.

Artsakh has always underscored Russia's invaluable place, role in our region. Arayik Harutyunyan

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan has congratulated the Russian people on their national holiday—Russia Day.

NATO Secretary-General affirms willingness for cooperation with Russia

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO is ready to cooperate with Russia and offers to use the existing channels for cooperation, news.am informs, citing RIA Novosti.

CoE: We are engaged in a dialogue to develop a set of confidence-building measures between Armenia, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe is currently engaged in a dialogue to develop a set of confidence-building measures between Armenia and Azerbaijan, following the most recent conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh, said Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić, news.am informs.

Switzerland announces closing part of its airspace due to Putin-Biden summit

Swiss authorities will close a part of the country’s airspace for flights due to the June 16 Geneva summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US leader Joe Biden, the Swiss government reported on Friday, Tass informs.

Turkey, Azerbaijan to sign important agreement, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will soon visit Azerbaijan, where he will watch the Euro-2020 football match. After Baku, Erdogan will visit Nagorno Karabakh and the town of Shushi occupied by the Azerbaijani forces during the 44-day war.

Czech parliamentary committee calls on Azerbaijan to immediately release Armenian POWs

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on Azerbaijan to immediately and unconditionally release all Armenian military and civilian prisoners captured during and after the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and also calls on Baku to refrain from arbitrary detention in the future, the Armenian Embassy in the Czech Republic said on social media.

The key to unblocking the region is to unblock Armenia – Russian deputy PM

Substantive talk over the unblocking of the region is underway within the Russia-Armenia-Azerbaijan deputy prime ministerial working group. The key to solving this issue is the unblocking of Armenia which, in fact, is a blockaded country since it has gained its independence, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk said in an interview to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

An event dedicated to the memory of Monte Melkonyan held at the Artsakh State Museum of History and Geography

On June 11, a lecture and a film screening dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the death of the national hero Monte Melkonyan was held at the Artsakh State Museum of History and Geography.

National Geographic adds 5th ocean to world map

National Geographic announced Tuesday that it is officially recognizing the body of water surrounding the Antarctic as the Earth's fifth ocean: the Southern Ocean, NBC News reported.

Search operations for the remains of Armenian soldiers killed in war continue Friday

The rescuers of Artsakh continue the search operations for the bodies of fallen or missing servicemen in Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the State Emergency Service informs.

The school of the Ivanyan community being renovated

Renovation works are being carried out in the school of the Ivanyan community, the Askeran region of the Republic of Artsakh.

95 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

95 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 223,555, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Macron unveils plan to discuss Karabakh peace with Turkish leader

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) issue and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border standoff with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Tukey.

ECHR approves Armenia’s request, says interim measures against Azerbaijan should remain in force

In reply to the Armenian Government’s request on the protection of rights of six prisoners of war captured by Azerbaijan on 27 May 2021 the European Court of Human Rights by its decision of 8 June 2021 reiterated that the decision (3 November 2020) to apply interim measures against Azerbaijan still stands and equally applies to all prisoners of war and civilian captives, the Representative of Armenia before the ECHR informs.

Search for remains of fallen soldiers continues in Artsakh

The search for the remains of servicemen considered killed or missing during the hostilities last fall continues in the Varanda (Fizuli) and Jrakan (Jabrayil) regions of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) today.

107 families resettled in Askeran. Mayor

All the residents of Askeran have returned after the war.

Karen Shahramanyan appointed Chief of the Office of the Artsakh Republic President

On June 10 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree on appointing Karen Shahramanyan Chief of the Office of the Artsakh Republic President, resigning from the post of chairman of the Cadastre and State Property Management Committee.

76 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

76 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 223,460, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to donate to the world

The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate more of the global population, The Washington Post reports, citing sources familiar with the plans said Wednesday.

Sports commentator Nobel Arustamyan gets accreditation for EURO 2020

Football commentator for the Russian Match TV channel Nobel Arustamyan has been accredited for EURO 2020.

Military plane crashes near Myanmar's Mandalay, killing 12

A military plane crashed on Thursday near Myanmar's second-biggest city of Mandalay, killing 12 people, Reuters reports citing the city's fire service.

Status of Nagorno Karabakh has yet to be agreed – Russian FM

The status of Nagorno Karabakh should be agreed upon with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs – Russia, US and France, but at the moment the important is to return the peaceful life to region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov: Turkey, Iran interests are considered when discussing unblocking of regional communications

The statements made by the capitals of the countries involved in the Karabakh [(Artsakh)] conflict and neighboring countries are often conditioned by emotions. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Primakov Readings conference, TASS reports.

US to continue to look at possible suspension of aid to Azerbaijan

The United States will continue to take a look at the appropriateness of providing any, including military aid to Azerbaijan, given the maintenance of tension in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during the June 8th Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Armenia MOD: Disoriented, captured soldier is in Stepanakert

Private Artur Katanyan, a contract soldier of Armenia who was disoriented on the terrain due to fog and found himself in an area under Azerbaijani control on Tuesday morning, has been returned to the Armenian side early Wednesday morning of June 9 and is in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, informed the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

Armenian serviceman appears in territory under Azerbaijani control due to fog

Serviceman of the Armenian Armed Forces A. Katanyan, disoriented due to fog on June 8, has found himself in the territory under the control of the Azerbaijani armed forces, the defense ministry of Armenia informs.

Azerbaijan state prosecutor demands sentencing Lebanese Armenian Euljekjian to 20 years in prison

In the capital Baku, the Azerbaijani state prosecutor demanded to sentence Lebanese Armenian Vicken Euljekjian—who is being held illegally in Azerbaijan—to 20 years in prison, news.am informs, citing Sputnik Azerbaijan.

Search for remains of fallen soldiers continues in Artsakh

The search for the remains of servicemen considered killed or missing during the hostilities last fall continues Tuesday in the Varanda (Fizuli) region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Russian, French and German FMs discuss situation on Armenian-Azerbaijani border and in Nagorno Karabakh

The Foreign Ministers of Russia, France and Germany - Sergei Lavrov, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, held a telephone conversation on June 7, during which, among many other issues, they also discussed the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and in Nagorno Karabakh, as well as the implementation of the statements by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

73 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

73 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 223,285, the ministry of healthcare reports.

World oil prices falling

World oil prices are dropping Tuesday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

US Secretary of State to take part in Putin-Biden summit in Geneva

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will form part of the US delegation to the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, a statement by US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price says, reports TASS.

Armenia’s Permanent Representative to UN elected as Chair of UNGA Budgetary and Administrative Committee

On 7 June, during the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly, the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN Mher Margaryan was unanimously elected as a Chair of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee, one of the six main committees of the UN General Assembly, for the 76th session of the UNGA, the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN reports.

Artsakh President signs decree on 2021 summer draft and demobilization

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan signed today the decree on 2021 summer draft and demobilization, the Presidential Office stated.

Russia ready for dialogue with NATO, insists on military experts’ participation

Russia is ready to discuss issues of de-escalation and preventing incidents with the North Atlantic Alliance, but without engaging military experts this dialogue makes no sense, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel on Monday, Tass informs.

Spitakashen ready to accept settlers. Community Leader

After the war, all the residents of Spitakashen community of Martuni region returned to the village.

Russia’s Putin signs law to denounce Treaty on Open Skies

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to officially withdraw Russia from the Treaty on Open Skies, the document was published on the official portal of legal information on Monday, reports TASS.

Jerusalem Joint Commission to provide funds for reconstruction of kindergarten in Artsakh

The Jerusalem Joint Commission will provide funds for the reconstruction of a kindergarten in Artsakh’s village of Knushinak in Martuni region, Chairman of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Koryun Baghdasaryan said on Facebook.

Search operations for the remains of the fallen servicemen continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the remains of the fallen servicemen continues on Monday in the Varanda (Fizuli) and Jrakan (Jabrayil) regions of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), informs the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations.

Azerbaijan attempts to carry out engineering works at border – Armenia defense ministry

On Monday morning, the Azerbaijani armed forces once again tried to carry out engineering works at the border section of Verin Shorzha village of Gegharkunik Province at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the Armenian Defense Ministry informed.

Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School organized an Open Doors Day

On June 7, the Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School organized an Open Doors Day.

G7: Biden calls for nations to boost economies

The deal struck on tax understandably grabbed most of the attention at the G7 Finance Ministers' meeting, ahead of this week's Leaders' Summit in Cornwall.

Nord Stream 2: Zelensky ‘surprised’ and ‘disappointed’ by Biden pipeline move

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat.

US says it does not want to be in arms race with any country

The United States does not want to compete in the arms race with any country, despite tough competition with China. This was stated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with Axios information portal, news.am informs.

World oil prices falling

World oil prices are falling Monday morning, and trading data attest to this.

Turkey FM claims Armenians "have taken Turkish-French relations hostage"

Turkey and France can jointly contribute to ensure lasting peace in the South Caucasus. The statement came from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the eve of his visit to France, news.am informs, citing L'Opinion.

Liturgy presided over by His Holiness Garegin II was served in Stepanakert

On June 6, presided over by His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a liturgy of was served at the Holy Mother of God Cathedral in Stepanakert.

Ombudsman: Azerbaijani forces threaten Armenian villagers in Gegharkunik

The Azerbaijani troops are illegally stopping villagers in the pastures located in the vicinity of the villages of Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province and are demanding explanations from them in regard to which direction they are moving, for what purpose and what they are transporting. The Azerbaijani servicemen are also attempting to conduct illegal searches of the cars and are threatening the population, Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan said on Friday.

Kremlin spox cautions against having inflated expectations for Putin-Biden summit

There should not be any exaggerated expectations concerning the much-awaited talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden scheduled to take place in Geneva on June 16. Even the beginning of their dialogue is a positive step, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Channel One Russia on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), TASS reported.

Tigran Hamasyan wins two awards from Deutscher Jazzpreis

Renowned Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan has won two awards from Deutscher Jazzpreis for his latest album, he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

ECHR hasn’t accepted Azerbaijan’s application against Armenia as a new and separate case

On 3 June 2021 the Armenian Government was informed that on 1 and 2 June 2021 the Government of Azerbaijan submitted a new application form and an interim-measure request with the European Court of Human Rights requesting the Armenian Government to provide with the maps of the locations of alleged landmines, the Representative of Armenia before the ECHR reports.

Putin, Biden may hash over Ukraine at their summit in Geneva

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Joe Biden of the United States may touch upon the topic of Ukraine at their upcoming summit in Geneva, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, Tass informs.

UN Security Council will make a recommendation on the next Secretary-General on June 8

The UN Security Council will meet on June 8 to present a recommendation for the next secretary-general and will almost certainly approve the current UN chief, Antonio Guterres, who is the only candidate.

Artsakh Republic President Welcomes Catholicos of All Armenians

On June 4, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan welcomed the delegation led by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II at the Stepanakert Memorial.

Two Azerbaijan reporters die in landmine explosion in Artsakh’s Karvachar

The Azerbaijani authorities have reported the death of two reporters as a result of a landmine explosion in the Karvachar region, which has come under the control of the Azerbaijani side as a result of its military aggression against Artsakh, news.am informs.

A new residential district being built in the community of Ivanyan, Artsakh Republic

The construction works of the new residential district in the Ivanyan community of the Askeran region are in progress.

Azerbaijan instrumentalizes captured people as political hostages and tools to pursue other goals – Armenia MFA

Armenia’s foreign ministry has issued a statement regarding the criminal prosecution against the Armenian prisoners of war by Azerbaijan, the MFA stated.

72 daily coronavirus cases confirmed in Armenia

72 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 223,050, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Israel defense minister changes tone over Iran nuclear deal during US visit

Israel’s visiting defense minister said Thursday that it will stay engaged as the U.S. tries to return to a nuclear deal with Iran, sidestepping what’s long been an area of open disagreement between the United States and the now-jeopardized government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, AP reported.

Russian peacekeepers held a humanitarian and medical action in the village of Badara in Nagorno-Karabakh

In the village of Badara in the Askeran district of Nagorno-Karabakh, officers of the Humanitarian Response Center of the Russian peacekeeping contingent organized the transfer of more than 400 kilograms of humanitarian aid delivered to Nagorno-Karabakh by Russian public and charitable organizations.

Resolution calling for release of Armenian POWs to be one of priorities of California Democratic Party in 2021

The resolution introduced by Elected Member of the California Democratic Party Central Committee Elen Asatryan, which calls on the US Congress and the Biden Administration to take actions for the return of Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan, urges to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan and Turkey, will be one of the 13 priorities of the party within the coming year, Elen Asatryan, who is in Armenia these days, said in an interview to Armenpress.

OSCE Secretary General Expresses Full Support to Ongoing Efforts of Minsk Group Co-Chairs

OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid has met with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America, as well as the Personal Representative of the Chairperson in Office (PRCiO) Andrzej Kasprzyk, Armenpress reports.

CSTO Countries to Carry out Thunderbolt-2021 Drills in Armenia with Involvement of Armored Vehicles, Aviation

“Thunderbolt-2021” special drills will be conducted in the territory of Armenia in 2021 with the involvement of aviation and armored vehicles, CSTO spokesperson Vladimir Zaynetdinov reported about it, according to Interfax.

Russian manufacturers can produce around 30 mln doses of Sputnik V per month

Russian manufacturers can produce about 30 mln doses of Sputnik V vaccine per month, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told reporters at the SPIEF, Tass informs.

Russian peacekeepers held a training session on the defence of an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh

The servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continue to perform tasks to monitor compliance with the ceasefire regime on the line of demarcation of the parties in their area of responsibility, as well as ensure the safety of motor transport, transportation of food and various goods along the Lachin corridor, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

A new apartment building is being built in Stepanakert

The press service of the Ministry of Urban Planning of the Republic of Artsakh informed "Artsakhpress", noting that the building will have two subsidiary buildings with 30 apartments, 22 of which will be two-room and 8 - three-room.

Russian Ambassador to Armenia visits Syunik province

Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergei Kopyrkin is in Syunik province on a working visit since June 2, the Russian Embassy said on Facebook.

World oil prices going up

World oil prices are on the rise Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

108 daily coronavirus cases reported in Armenia

108 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 222,978, the ministry of healthcare reports.

European Council President calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to resume negotiations in constructive spirit

In his June 2 meeting with caretaker Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and phone call with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President of the European Council Charles Michel stressed the importance for the EU of stability and prosperity of the South Caucasus and of deepening relations with the two partner countries, the European Council said in a news release.

Catholicos of All Armenians will arrive in Artsakh

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II has left for Syunik Province, after which he will travel to Artsakh on a patriarchal visit, the Information Services of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin informed.

Iran, CAR stripped of right to vote in UN General Assembly

Iran and the Central African Republic were stripped of voting power in the UN General Assembly due to non-payment of regular fees for two years, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a letter to the President of the 75th General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, TASS.ru reports.

Defense ministry denies reports claiming 40 Armenian servicemen crossed Azerbaijan’s border

The Defense Ministry of Armenia has denied the statement of the Azerbaijani defense ministry according to which in the evening of June 1, 40 Armenian servicemen crossed Azerbaijan’s border after which the Azerbaijani armed forces “forced them to return to their initial positions”.

Exhibition-fair entitled "The Goods of Artsakh" held in Yerevan

On May 30, the Ministry of Economy and Agriculture of the Republic of Artsakh, together with the municipalities of Stepanakert and Yerevan, in the capital of the Republic of Armenia organized an exhibition-fair entitled "The Goods of Artsakh".

Artsakh President introduced new State Minister to staff

On June 2, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan introduced the newly-appointed State Minister Artak Beglaryan to the Cabinet members and the staff, the Presidential Office stated.

Russian peacekeepers provide psychological assistance to Artsakh people

The Humanitarian Response Center of the Russian Peacekeeping Contingent (RPC) in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) continues to operate a reception point for citizens and a hotline for providing humanitarian and psychological assistance, as well as collecting information for searching for missing servicemen, helping with employment and other problematic issues.

Artsakh ombudsman: There is a need to expand capacity of Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Center

Artsakh Human Rights Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan visited the children of the Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Center in Stepanakert and participated in an event organized for them on International Children's Day celebrated on June 1.

The Final Concert of "Little Singers of Armenia" Held in Stepanakert

On June 1, a final concert was held at the Stepanakert Culture and Youth Palace with the participation of the "Little Singers of Armenia" choir and choirs operating in Artsakh.

Armenia acting PM arrives in Belgium

An Armenian delegation, led by Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, has arrived in Belgium, news.am informs.

International Day of Children celebrated in Stepanakert (Photos)

On June 1, on the initiative of Stepanakert Municipality, a concert was organized at the Charles Aznavour Cultural Center on the occasion of the International Children's Day.

Russian resumes regular air service with UK from June 2

Russia resumes regular air service with the United Kingdom from June 2, Russia’s national anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Monday, Tass informs.

‘Children are the most sincere and believing in our society’ – Armenian President addresses message

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has addressed a message on the Children’s Rights Protection Day, the Presidential Office stated.

China to allow couples to have three children

China will allow all couples to have a third child in a bid to arrest the shrinking birthrate and aging population that are risks to the country’s long-term economic prospects, Bloomberg reports.

Lavrov says Russia is ready to resume dialogue with NATO

Russia is ready to resume dialogue with NATO and expects a response to its proposals, said Russian FM Sergei Lavrov.

Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson resigns

Armenia's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan informed that she had quitted her duties as the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.

Ryanair plane makes emergency landing in Berlin after bomb threat

A Ryanair passenger plane made an emergency landing in Berlin before resuming its journey to Poland, German police said late Sunday without releasing further details, according to AFP.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office hopes for diplomatic solution to Armenia-Azerbaijan border crisis

The OSCE stands ready to support Armenia and Azerbaijan in building confidence with a goal to ease border tensions, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde said during her conversations with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers, the Swedish Chairmanship at the OSCE said in a statement.

Turkey, Azerbaijan to hold military dialogue in June

The 13th meeting of the Azerbaijan-Turkey High-Level Military Dialogue will be held in Baku on June 3, according to a statement by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Monday, Panorama.am informs, citing Anadolu news agency.

Harutyunyan, Shoygu discuss tension on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Acting Minister of Defense of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan had a telephone conversation Monday with the Minister of Defense of Russia, Sergey Shoygu.

The construction of a new residential district launched in Stepanakert

The construction of a new district has launched in Stepanakert. 3 apartment buildings will be built in the district.

Programs are being implemented in Artsakh to develop high-value agriculture

The Ministry of Economy and Agriculture of the Artsakh Republic has imported "phlegm" heifers from Austria.

34 daily coronavirus cases reported in Armenia

34 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 222,670, the ministry of healthcare reports.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up Monday morning, and trading data attest to this, RT reported.

Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 469,000 in past day - WHO

More than 469,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 169.59 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Sunday.

Armenian Church commemorates St. Hripsime and her companions

The Armenian Apostolic Church pays tribute to St. Hripsime and her companions on Monday, May 31, Qahana.am reports.

15 al-Shabab militants killed in Somalia

Somali National Army (SNA) told the military radio that its forces killed 15 al-Shabab militants and injured 20 others during a security operation in Middle Shabelle region in the southern part of the country on Friday, Xinhua reported.

US preparing list of targeted sanctions on Belarus authorities

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight under false pretenses, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and the subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist, are a direct affront to international norms. This is noted in a statement Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

China believes it will “own America” by 2035, Biden says

President Biden dropped an ominous note into his remarks to American service members at a Virginia military base Friday, telling them that his Chinese counterpart believes Beijing will “own America” inside the next 15 years, New York Post reported.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs call for release of all POWs, relocation of troops

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released a statement today over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement and the current border situation caused by the recent Azerbaijani incursion into Armenia’s territory.

Jerusalem Post: Israel prepares for a new war with Hamas

Despite the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate is already preparing for a new round of violence, the Jerusalem Post reported.

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers to visit Armenia

EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will visit the three counties of the South Caucasus – Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, on behalf of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell.

Artsakh President pays tribute at Stepanakert memorial and Shushi Tank-Monument

Artsakh RepublicPresident Arayik Harutyunyan on Friday paid tribute at the Stepanakert City Memorial and the Shushi Tank-Monument on the occasion of the Day of the First Republic of Armenia.

MOD dismisses Azerbaijan statement on Armenia army firing toward Nakhchivan

The statement by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan about the wounding of an Azerbaijani serviceman allegedly by a shot fired from the Armenian side is another blatant lie, the MOD of Armenia informed.

US Senator Bob Menendez condemns capture of Armenian soldiers by Azerbaijani forces

US Senator Bob Menendez condemned the capture of six Armenian soldiers by Azerbaijani forces on May 27.

Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenian territory is despicable. US Congresswoman

The United States must freeze all military aid to Azerbaijan, Congresswoman Jackie Speier said on Twitter.

2 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

2 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2751, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Syria's Assad wins 4th term with 95% of vote

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a fourth term in office with 95.1% of the votes in an election that will extend his rule over a country ruined by war but which opponents and the West say was marked by fraud, Reuters reported.

US remains committed to helping sides negotiate long-term political settlement of NK conflict – Blinken

As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains committed to helping the sides negotiate a long-term political settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and address the humanitarian impact of the fighting, including the release of all detainees, accounting for those missing, and the full and expeditious exchange of remains.

Artsakh’s State Minister-Minister of Finance to step down

Artsakh’s Minister of State-Finance Minister Grigory Martirosyan will resign from June 1, he said on social media.

‘Issues must be resolved peacefully through negotiation’- OSCE CiO on Armenia-Azerbaijan border crisis

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde has expressed her concerns over the current situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Artsakh Foreign Ministry issues statement on anniversary of Sardarapat heroic battle

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the occasion of the anniversary of the Sardarapat heroic battle.

France ambassador: I wish Armenia to be able to live its independence in peace, prosperity

On this May 28, the 103rd anniversary of the First Republic, I wish Armenia to be able to live its independence in peace and prosperity, as news.am informs, the French Ambassador Jonathan Lacote wrote this on Facebook.

USA urges Azerbaijan to release all Armenian hostages and return to initial positions

The USA is concerned over the recent developments along the Armenian-Azerbaijani international border, including the adetentionof several Armenian servicemen by the Azerbaijani forces, reads the statement issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Armenia marks Republic Day

Armenia marks the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the First Republic of Armenia in 1918.

Macron admits French responsibility in Rwandan genocide

French President Emmanuel Macron admitted French responsibility in the Rwandan genocide, during a visit to the Rwandan capital Kigali on Thursday, DW reported.

Russia reports over 9,000 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 9,039 COVID-19 cases over the past day, and the total case tally hit 5,035,207, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday.

European Council head says process of implementing sanctions against Belarus is launched

The European Union has begun work on the introduction of new sanctions against Belarus due to the incident with the plane landing in Minsk, but it is too early to say which sectors they will cover, the head of the European Council Charles Michel told at a press conference following the EU-Japan summit, news.am informs.

Erdogan to visit Baku and Shushi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Baku on June 15, and the next day he is expected to visit the city of Shushi in Karabakh, a diplomatic source in the Azerbaijani capital told RIA Novosti, news.am informs.

Armenia applies to ECHR requesting to ensure fundamental human rights of six servicemen captured by Azerbaijani forces

he Republic of Armenia has applied to the European Court of Human Rights with the purpose to ensure respect of the fundamental human rights of six Armenian servicemen who have been captured today in the morning by the Azerbaijani forces in the bordering area of Gegharkunik province, the Office of the Representative of Armenia before the ECtHR said.

Armenia acting MOD leaves for Moscow

Acting Minister of Defense of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan today left for Moscow, news.am informs.

New Kindergarten to be opened in Stepanakert

On the initiative of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, a kindergarten will be opened in the territory of "Olymp Plus" hotel complex in Stepanakert.

Artsakh FM calls capture of Armenian servicemen by Azerbaijan in Gegharkunik “political terrorism”

Foreign Minister of Artsakh Davit Babayan called the recent capture of 6 Armenian servicemen by the Azerbaijani forces in the border section of Armenia’s Gegharkunik province as terrorism.

140 daily coronavirus cases reported in Armenia

140 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 222,409, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Captured Armenian servicemen must be returned immediately and unconditionally – Foreign Ministry

The provocative actions of the Azerbaijani military-political leadership aim at further escalating the situation, Armenia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

World oil prices falling

World oil prices are dropping Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

6 Armenian servicemen taken captive by Azeri military in Gegharkunik Province

6 Armenian servicemen were taken captive by Azerbaijani troops, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said.

Dollar goes up in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 520.68/$1 in Armenia on Wednesday; this is up by AMD 0.11 Tuesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia, news.am informs.

Artsakh President receives multiple Guinness record setter Ashot Khanoyan

On 26 May, Arayik Harutyunyan received Ashot Khanoyan, who has set multiple records in the Guinness Book of Records, the Presidential Office stated.

‘Internationally recognized borders and territorial integrity are our red line’ – Iran’s Zarif

Iran is concerned over the escalations on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border happening in the past two weeks and hopes that the situation will have a peaceful solution, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during the meeting with Armenia’s caretaker Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian in Yerevan on May 26.

Armenian Armed Forces Didn't Fire any Shots in the Direction of Azerbaijan: Armenia's MOD

The Armenian Ministry of Defense is denying as fake news the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense statement which claimed that the Armenian military has shelled Azerbaijani positions from May 24 until May 26.

Artsakh NA Speaker received the delegation of the Armenian Missionary Association of America

On May 26, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Artsakh Republic, Artur Tovmasyan, received the delegation of the Armenian Missionary Association of America headed by the Executive Director Zaven Khanjyan.

Rouhani says Iran has agreed on positions on key issues of nuclear deal

The Iranian side has agreed on positions on the nuclear deal with the countries participating in the agreement, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, news.am reports.

Global COVID-19 cases fall by 14% over the past week, WHO says

Over 4.1 mln COVID-19 cases and more than 84,000 deaths were recorded worldwide last week, while the coronavirus incidence has dropped by 14% and the mortality rate - by 2% compared to the previous seven days, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in Geneva on Wednesday, Tass informs.

130 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

130 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 222,269, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Armenian-Iranian business forum held in Tehran

An Armenian-Iranian business forum took place in Tehran at the Iranian Chamber of Commerce during the Armenian State Revenue Committee chairman Edvard Hovhannisyan’s visit.

Azerbaijan attempts to create new geopolitical realities which aren’t in interest of countries seeking stability – FM

Azerbaijan’s encroachment against Armenia’s territorial integrity is the direct consequence of the 2020 war unleashed by Azerbaijan against the Artsakh people’s right to self-determination and right to life, as well as the inadequate international and regional reaction to Azerbaijan’s actions of jeopardizing regional peace, Armenian caretaker Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian said during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Yerevan.

Armenia, Russia MODs discuss situation in Artsakh

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) with acting Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan, by telephone on Tuesday evening, as news.am informs, the Russian Defense Ministry informed reporters about this on Wednesday morning.

Armenian ombudsman: Azerbaijani servicemen's acts pose serious threat to civilian population of Gegharkunik and Syunik Provinces

The government of Armenia is obliged to take active steps to guarantee the rights of the Armenian citizens and the entire population of Armenia, while the international community should abandon its passive stance and immediately take decisive measures to prevent the blatantly illegal and criminal acts, the continuous human rights violations and the real threats of further violations by the Azerbaijani armed forces, Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan said in a statement on Wednesday.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Armenia

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Armenia has started; he is already in Armenia, reports the press service of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Presidential election kicks off in Syria

Syria's presidential election began on Wednesday in government-controlled areas across Syria, Xinhua reported.

Armenia MOD: Soldier killed during shootings from Azerbaijani side in Verin Shorzha

An Armenian serviceman was killed on May 25 near the border with Azerbaijan.

Putin, Biden to meet in Geneva on June 15-16, sources say

A meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden is expected to take place on June 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland, CNN said citing sources in the Biden administration on Tuesday, reports TASS.

China hopes Armenia, Azerbaijan will resolve their differences and disagreements through dialogue

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has commented the incursion of the Azerbaijan forces into the sovereign territory of Armenia.

US to take measures after incident with jet in Belarus, Biden says

US President Joe Biden backed the EU call to slap targeted economic sanctions and other measures on Belarus and asked his team to develop appropriate measures on holding accountable those responsible for the incident with a Ryanair jet and the detention of Roman Protasevich, one of the founders of the Nexta Telegram channel deemed as extremist in Belarus, Tass reports.

Stable electricity supply to the settlements of Martuni region restored

As a result of about 3 months of work, the stable electricity supply to the settlements of Martuni region has been restored.

Monument Watch: Academics join forces to save Armenian heritage in Artsakh from Azeri destruction

Historian and archaeologist Hamlet Petrosyan (Yerevan State University) and Anna Leyloyan-Yekmalyan (State Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, INALCO, Paris) have brought together archaeologists, architects, cultural anthropologists and many other experts to launch Monument Watch – a project dedicated to the preservation of Armenian cultural heritage in the parts of Artsakh which was captured by the Azerbaijani military during the course of the 2020 war, given the Azeri state-sanctioned destruction or distortion of the Armenian monuments documented on several occasions.

Fake criminal cases: Armenia foreign ministry comments on criminal prosecution of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia has made a statement over the criminal prosecution of Armenian prisoners of war by Azerbaijan, the MFA stated.

EU leaders call for ban on Belarus airlines’ flights to their countries

The European Council strongly condemns the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus, on 23 May 2021 endangering aviation safety, and the detention by Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega, as news.am informs, this was noted in a statement issued by the European Union (EU) leaders.

Biden Committed to two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians: Blinken

President Joe Biden is still committed to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday, adding that repairing the structural damage in Gaza and dealing with the humanitarian crisis stemming from the recent outbreak of violence is most important to the administration, NBC News reports.

Armenia acting FM receives OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairing countries' ambassadors

Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian today received Ambassadors of the co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group to Armenia, including Sergey Kopirkin (Russian Federation), Jonathan Lacôte (France) and Lynne Tracy (USA).

Unprecedented active dialogue, successful development of economic ties – Lavrov on Armenian- Russian relations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has no doubt that the Armenian-Russian relations will continue developing in accordance with the spirit of mutual trust, strategic and allied partnership.

Iranian FM to have several meetings in Armenia May 26

Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Armenia on May 26 and not May 25 as reported earlier, the Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said.

Turkey offers Russia to resume flights to resort regions

Turkey offered Russia a model for creating conditions for safe tourism, which was previously used in relation to Germany: the resumption of flights primarily to resorts, the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy told RIA Novosti, news.am informs.

Iranian FM to visit Armenia and Azerbaijan on May 25

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will pay visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan on May 25.

Nearly 200 Jews from different organizations visit Armenian clergyman injured in attack in Jerusalem

Nearly 200 Jews representing different organizations visited the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem to meet with clergymen Tiran Hakobyan and Arbak Sarukhanyan who have been attacked recently by the extremist religious youths, Chairman of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Fr. Koryun Baghdasaryan said on Facebook.

34 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

34 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 221,982, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Artsakh resumes search for bodies of war casualties

The search has resumed for the remains of the Armenian servicemen who fell during the Artsakh war, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informed.

FM stresses imperative of immediate and unconditional Azeri withdrawal from Armenian sovereign territory

Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Ara Aivazian held a meeting with the Ambassador of Iran to Armenia Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri on May 24.

US, Europe call for ban on all flights over Belarus

Western countries have expressed outrage at the forced diversion of a plane carrying a Belarusian activist on an internal EU flight on Sunday, BBC reported.

Charles Aznavour's son thanked for opening his father's bust in Stepanakert

The opening ceremonies of Charles Aznavour's busts took place in parallel to each other in Stepanakert and Paris on May 22.

Charles Aznavour's bust installed in Stepanakert. Today is the birthday of the world-famous Chansonnier

On May 22, the opening ceremony of the bust of Charles Aznavour, a famous French-Armenian singer, chansonnier, composer, poet, writer, film actor and public figure, took place in the Armenian-French friendship park located in the territory of Stepanakert's Charles Aznavour Cultural Center.

Pope Francis to get first electric popemobile from U.S. firm

Los Angeles-based Fisker Inc plans to supply the first pure electric vehicle for Pope Francis next year, it said on Friday, with features such as a solar roof and carpets made of recycled plastic bottles from the ocean, Reuters reported.

Azerbaijan FM blames Armenia for breaching trilateral statement signed on November 10, 2020

The trilateral statement signed on November 10, 2020 by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia put an end to the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan that had been going on for almost 30 years., Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov declared during the 131st session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, news.am informs.

Issues of de-occupation of Artsakh’s territories and its final status must be addressed first – Armenia MFA spox

The demarcation and later on the delimitation processes between Armenia and Azerbaijan must be a part of the conflict’s comprehensive peaceful settlement process, in which the issues of de-occupation of Artsakh’s territories and determining the final legal status of Artsakh must be addressed first, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship.

Peskov on Armenia-Azerbaijan border demarcation: Random publications should be treated with cautiousness

Commenting on the alleged text of a statement—by acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, as well as Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev—on demarcation, and which has appeared on social media, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called on to be cautious about such "random publications,'' news.am informs.

Armenia MOD: Conscript dies in road accident

A conscripted serviceman of the Armenian military has died after suffering fatal injuries when his armored personnel carrier crashed 100 meters into a gorge while en route to a deployment location, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia said.

Military attachés accredited to Armenia visit Syunik province

Armenia’s defense ministry has organized a visit for the military attachés accredited to Armenia to Syunik province aimed at getting acquainted with the situation caused by the recent incursion of the Azerbaijani armed forces into the Armenian territory, the defense ministry said.

Celebrations in Gaza as ceasefire comes into force

A ceasefire came into force in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Friday morning after Egypt brokered an agreement between Israel and Hamas to halt 11 days of conflict, Al Jazeera reports.

Lavrov: We have not done badly at all within framework of Karabakh conflict settlement

We have not worked badly at all in Transcaucasia—within the framework of the Karabakh [conflict] settlement. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, addressing a conference, news.am informs.

Russian foreign ministry spox comments on removal of dome of Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots Cathedral by Azerbaijan

The preservation of the historical-cultural heritage in Nagorno Karabakh and adjacent territories is being regularly discussed in contacts of the Russian side with both official Baku and official Yerevan, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said during a weekly press briefing.

Azerbaijan bans search operations for Artsakh war casualties, official says

For a long time, no search operations for casualties of the 2020 Artsakh war have been carried out in the territories that fell under Azerbaijan’s control.

2021 Individual Athletics Championship of Artsakh kicked off in Stepanakert

On 21 May, on the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Artsakh, the 2021 Individual Athletics Championship of Artsakh kicked off at the Stepan Shahumyan stadium in Stepanakert.

“Peace is the highest value for us but we must not allow Azerbaijan to muddle us with fake peace process” - Tatoyan

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has released a statement, noting that the delimitation by itself with Azerbaijan, without creation of a security zone will not ensure rights of citizens of Armenia and especially border residents.

Canada, Russia FMs discuss situation in Artsakh

At the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, the Foreign Ministers of Canada and Russia, Marc Garneau and Sergey Lavrov, discussed the developments in Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)], the Canadian foreign ministry informed.

Killings of Armenian POWs by Azerbaijani servicemen are war crimes, MEP says

In order to clarify the future status of Artsakh, a long-term, negotiated and political solution to the conflict is needed, based on the principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity, equal rights and the peoples’ right to self-determination, Member of European Parliament representing Spain Pernando Barrena Arza said at the discussion during the EP plenary session relating to the prisoners of war captured during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war.

Barcelona City Council recognizes Armenian Genocide

Barcelona City Council has recognized the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian embassy in Spain informs.

Marina Kaljurand: Trophy Park in Baku should be closed

Azerbaijan should fulfill its international obligations, including the ceasefire agreement and the ECtHR ruling, which applies to more than 200 Armenian citizens, MEP Marina Kaljurand said speaking in the European Parliament at the discussion of a resolution calling for the release of Armenian prisoners of war.

Russia’s Mishustin: Karabakh agreements have opened new opportunities for regional development

The trilateral agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh have opened new opportunities for the development of the region—for the benefit of all the states of the South Caucasus. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated this during a meeting with Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov, news.am informs, citing TASS.

MEP Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel: Thousands killed - this is the price of what Aliyev calls victory

Thousand of killed soldiers from Armenia and Azerbaijan and many more displaced civilians - that is the price of what Aliyev calls the victory, MEP Viola von Cramont-Taubadel said speaking in the European Parliament at the discussion of the resolution on the release of Armenian prisoners of war, news.am reports.

Russia reports over 9,200 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 9,232 COVID-19 cases over the past day, bringing the total caseload to 4,974,908, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday, Tass reports.

Blinken raised concern over situation on Russian-Ukrainian border

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Washington's concern regarding the situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine.

POWs must be released without delay – MEP

The Armenian prisoners of war must be immediately released, Member of European Parliament representing France François-Xavier Bellamy said during the discussion at the EP plenary session relating to POWs captured during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war.

Israel, Hamas may reach cease-fire soon, officials say

A cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas could come as early as Friday, according to people involved in the discussions, as pressure mounts from Washington and other foreign capitals to bring an end to airstrikes and rocket fire that have claimed a rising number of civilian casualties, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is launching a new initiative

The Hayastan All Armenian Fund is launching a new initiative to support our servicemen who took part in the recent Artsakh War, as well as their families, the Fund informs “Artsakhpress”

Lavrov calls his meeting with Blinken constructive

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken constructive, reports TASS.

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund undertakes the renovation of the Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Centre

The Caroline Cox Rehabilitation Centre is the only one of its kind in Artsakh founded in 1998 thanks to the generosity of former Deputy Speaker of the UK House of Lords, Baroness Caroline Cox, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund informs “Artsakhpress”.

191 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

191 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 221,559, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Armenia’s territorial integrity has to be respected. Greek foreign ministry

The foreign ministry of Greece has expressed concerns over the recent illegal incursion of the Azerbaijani armed forces into Armenia’s territory.

Microsoft 'finally retiring' Internet Explorer in 2022

Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer next year, after more than 25 years.

Armenian and Russian defense ministers discuss regional situation

Armenian Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu spoke over the phone in the evening of May 19, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

US Secretary of State, Russian FM discuss finding long-term political solution to Armenian- Azerbaijani conflict

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan among many other topics during their meeting on the margins of the Arctic Council Ministerial, State Departmental Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Russian peacekeepers donated 3.5 tons of humanitarian aid to refugees, large families and internally displaced persons in Stepanakert

In Stepanakert, servicemen of the Humanitarian Response Centre of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh held a humanitarian action.

France seeks UN Security Council resolution over Israel-Palestine escalation

China’s UN ambassador says France is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants who control Gaza, The Associated Press reported.

EU agrees to open borders to vaccinated travellers from outside bloc

The 27 member states of the European Union announced on Wednesday they had agreed to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the bloc, The Local reports.

Azerbaijani forces’ incursion into Armenia’s sovereign territory a direct threat to security of CSTO member state – FM

Armenia’s caretaker foreign minister Ara Aivazian participated today in both the narrow and extended format sessions of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, the ministry told Armenpress.

Nancy Pelosi calls for China Winter Olympics boycott

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a diplomatic boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing due to concerns over human rights abuses, BBC News reports.

Zas: CSTO closely monitoring situation at border regions of Armenia's Syunik Province

The situation near borders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states remains tense. Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Stanislav Zas, made this statement after a session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Wednesday, BelTA reported.

India calls on Azerbaijan to pull back forces amid border incursion into Armenia

India follows, with concern, the situation along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, the spokesperson of the Indian ministry of external affairs said in response to media queries.

Armenia MOD: Azerbaijan did not attend talks on border situation

The Azerbaijani side did not attend the talks that were planned to resume today over the resolution of the border situation which was created after Azeri troops breached the Armenian border on May 12, the Armenian Defense Ministry said.

Report-resolution reaffirming recognition of Genocide to be put up to voting in European Parliament

A report-resolution over Turkey will be put up to voting in the European Parliament on May 19, according to which the EP reaffirms it calls for recognizing the Armenian Genocide. It also calls on Turkey to refrain from any anti-Armenian propaganda and hate speech and fully respect its commitments on preserving the Armenian culture, the Armenian Embassy in Belgium said.

Azerbaijan PM to pay 2-day visit to Russia

Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov on Wednesday will travel to Russia on an official visit, a diplomatic source in Baku told RIA Novosti, news.am informs.

US State Department advises country’s citizens not to travel to Armenia, Artsakh

The US Department of State has advised the country’s citizens not to travel to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), news.am informs.

US condemns Erdogan’s 'anti-Semitic' remarks

The United States strongly condemns Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people and finds them reprehensible.

Due to the impudent conduct of Azerbaijanis, Karmir Shuka residents applied to Russian peacekeepers

Due to the impudent conduct of Azerbaijanis, residents of the Karmir Shuka community of the Martuni region, Artsakh Republic on Tuesday appealed to the Russian peacekeepers stationed in the community.

Canada provides additional humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau and Minister of International Development Karina Gould on Tuesday issued the following statement:

Session of CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers kicks off in Dushanbe: Armenia-Azerbaijan border crisis also on agenda

The session of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers kicked off today in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

CSTO FMs discussed Armenia request on situation in Syunik Province, says Russia’s Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the CSTO foreign ministers on Tuesday discussed Armenia's request on the situation in Syunik Province, news.am informs, citing RIA Novosti.

Construction of new apartment district started in Martuni, Artsakh Republic

"FERZIT" Construction Company has started the construction works of a new apartment district in the city of Martuni, Artsakh Republic.

Russia ready to act as mediator for solving Armenia-Azerbaijan border situation

Russia has proposed to assist the launch of delimitation and demarcation process of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a press conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on May 19.

Egypt proposes to Israel, Hamas to sign ceasefire agreement on Thursday

Egypt has proposed to the parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to sign a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, news.am informs, citing Channel 12 of Israeli television.

US encouraging Israel to wind down Gaza offensive

US President Joe Biden and administration officials have encouraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials to wind down the bombardment of Gaza, AP reports, citing a person with knowledge of the discussions.

India's COVID-19 tally passes 25 mln

India total COVID-19 caseload surged past 25 million on Tuesday as a powerful cyclone complicated the health crisis in one of the states where the disease is spreading most quickly, Reuters reported.

Artsakh Defense Army exists, will remain and will become more combatative – President Harutyunyan

On May 18 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited ministry of defense, where he held a consultation with the highest command staff of the defense army, the Presidential Office said.

Russian deputy FM, French Ambassador discuss NK conflict settlement

Russian deputy foreign minister Andrey Rudenko and French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Levy discussed the situation in the South Caucasus, including that around the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, the Russian foreign ministry reports.

Israeli strikes destroy 132 buildings in Gaza Strip

At least 132 buildings in the Gaza Strip were destroyed by Israeli rocket attacks, and dozens of schools and hospitals were damaged, news.am informs, citing the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

PACE rapporteur to visit Armenia to study humanitarian consequences of NK conflict

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL) will visit Armenia on behalf of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 19 to 22 May 2021, to gather information for his report on "The humanitarian consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan", the PACE said in a statement.

ENT doctor from Russia conducts free examinations and consultations in Stepanakert

On the initiative of “Viva” Charitable Organization and the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Artsakh, ENT doctor Anna Babakhanyan, who arrived in Artsakh from Moscow, for two weeks has been conducting free examinations and consultations at “Arevik” Children's Medical Association.

WHO welcomes U.S. donation of more COVID-19 vaccine doses

The head of the World Health Organization hailed news on Monday that U.S. President Joe Biden will send at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June, marking the first time the United States is sharing vaccines authorized for domestic use, Reuters reports.

An exhibition on "Artsakh Ethnography" opened in Stepanakert

On May 18, on the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Artsakh, events are being held in the museums of Artsakh dedicated to the International Museum Day.

Biden voices support for ceasefire in phone call with Netanyahu

US President Joe Biden discussed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call the exchange of fire between the Hamas radicals and the Israeli forces, expressing his support for a ceasefire.

Four new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

Four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Artsakh, the Artsakh Ministry of Health informs.

Russia Deputy FM: Moscow will Help Yerevan, Baku in Settling Border Issue

Russia will assist Armenia and Azerbaijan in resolving the border tensions if it receives such a request from both countries; Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told this to reporters, according to TASS, NEWS.am reports.

212 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

212 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 221,139, the ministry of healthcare reports.

‘Military movements near un-demarcated borders are irresponsible and provocative’ - Jake Sullivan tells Aliyev

US President’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke separately with caretakter Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, the White House reported.

Air raid sirens sound in southern Israel, army says

Air raid sirens sounded early on Tuesday in southern Israel, warning citizens about new rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on its Telegram channel, reports TASS.

Pashinyan, Lukashenko discuss Armenia-Azerbaijan border situation

Armenia’s caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, which is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Pashinyan’s Office stated.

Russia records 9,328 new daily COVID-19 cases, crisis center says

Russia has registered 9,328 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,949,573 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Monday, Tass informs.

Russia ready to support Armenia and Azerbaijan in delimitation and demarcation - Lavrov

Russia is ready to support Armenia and Azerbaijan in the delimitation and demarcation issue, foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference, according to TASS.

I hope Jewish people realize the devastating consequences of arming Azerbaijan

The Artsakh authorities urge Israel and Palestine to cease hostilities and resolve the conflict peacefully.

Armenia’s Aivazian to attend CSTO FMs’ council meeting

Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian will take part in the meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers.

Construction of new district starts in the Ivanyan community

With the financial support of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the construction of a new district has started in the Ivanyan community of the Askeran region, Artsakh Republic.

Iran considers unacceptable any change in Armenia’s borders

The Islamic Republic of Iran doesn’t accept any change of the region, the territorial integrity of the countries of the region should be maintained, Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, said, commenting on the current situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the recent illegal incursion of the Azerbaijani armed forces into Armenia’s territory.

Death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza rises to 198

The Israeli military launched another series of air raids on the Gaza Strip early on Monday, hours after Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would rage on, Al Jazeera reported.

Implementation of NK agreements has no alternative – Kremlin spox on Putin’s position

Russian President Vladimir Putin is confident that the implementation of the trilateral statement signed by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan over the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh has no alternative, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, reports TASS.

At least 3 injured in earthquake in northeastern Iran

At least three people were injured after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Iran's Sankhast in North Khorasan Province, Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society’s Rescue and Relief Organization Mehdi Valipour said, IRNA reports.

Campaign against radicals will continue with full force, says Israel’s Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the country's military campaign against Hamas will continue despite increasing international calls for a ceasefire, Business Insider reported.

US stands ready to assist in mediating between Israel, Palestine, says envoy to UN

The United States stands ready to assist in mediating between Israel and Palestine. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made this announcement on Sunday during a special session of the UN Security Council on the avenues to resolve the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, news.am informs.

Israeli air strikes target nine residences of Hamas commanders

Israeli air strikes have targeted nine residences belonging to high-ranking Hamas commanders, the Israeli Air Force said on Twitter, reports TASS.

Antony Blinken and Jean-Yves Le Drian discuss situation in Karabakh

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) was on the agenda of a recent telephone conversation between the US secretary of state and the French foreign minister, Tert.am informs.

Armenia “hopes” Azerbaijan will follow international calls to pull back troops and won't escalate situation - MFA

The Republic of Armenia is resolute to take all actions to ensure its territorial integrity, and this has been relayed to partners in various arenas, the Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said over the international reaction to the Azeri incursion into Armenian territory.

Afghanistan president fears civil war after US troops’ withdrawal

The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, stated that a civil war may start in the country after the withdrawal of the US troops, news.am informs, citing Der Spiegel.

Human Rights Defender seeks support in advancing concept of security zone around Syunik and Gegharkunik

Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan is calling on authorities, lawmakers and all other public-political organizations to support and advance his concept on creating a security zone around the provinces of Syunik and Gegharkunik at all border sections with Azerbaijan.

Iran Urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to practice self-restraint

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to practice self-restraint, IRNA reports.

EU Urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to show maximum restraint on border

High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell has issued a statement stating that the European Union is closely following the alarming events on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, News.am reports.

“Artsakh Republic Union of Relatives of Missing in Action Freedom Fighters” addressed a letter to the President of the Russian Federation

On behalf of the relatives of the missing and those held in captivity in Azerbaijan, the “Artsakh Republic Union of Relatives of Missing in Action Freedom Fighters” addressed a letter to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Armenia and Russia MODs discuss current situation in Syunik Province

Armenian caretaker Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu held a phone conversation on May 14.

Pashinyan did not ask Putin for help, Peskov says

Armenia's acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan did not ask for assistance due to the situation in the Syunik province, the press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov told TASS news agency.

Armenia’s Pashinyan officially petitions to President of Tajikistan, current chair of CSTO Collective Security Council

Armenia's caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan officially applied to the CSTO Collective Security Council’s Chairperson-in-Office, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon to initiate the mechanism of immediately launching emergency consultations for eliminating the danger and coordinating the positions of CSTO member states within the framework of Article 2 of the 1992 May 15 Treaty on Collective Security.

Armenia’s caretaker FM, CSTO Secretary General discuss solution of border situation

Armenia’s caretaker foreign minister Ara Aivazian held a telephone conversation today with CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, the Armenian foreign ministry said.

‘Armenia still facing aggression from Azerbaijan’ – SGP Chairman on border situation in Syunik

Chairman of the Reformed Political Party (SGP) of the Netherlands, MP Kees van der Staaij has commented on Azerbaijan’s actions on the Armenian border.

Azerbaijanis advanced another 300-400 meters in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province, village head says

The Azerbaijani armed forces on Thursday advanced several hundred meters more in the direction of Vardenis region in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Province, the head of Verin Shorzha village, Artyom Yeranosyan, told News.am on Friday.

Vitaly Balasanyan meets with head of Red Cross mission in Artsakh

Secretary of the Security Council Artsakh, Vitaly Balasanyan, on Friday had a working meeting with Bertrand Lamon, Head of the Stepanakert Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mission.

Pashinyan, Putin hold phone talk

A telephone conversation has taken place between Armenia’s caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the initiative of the Armenian side on May 13 late in the evening, Pashinyan's Office stated.

“Democracies must stand with Armenia” – Canadian senator Leo Housakos on Azeri border breach

Canadian senator Leo Housakos has labeled the Azeri actions at the border with Armenia as dangerous and aggressive. In a statement on Twitter, Housakos called on democracies to stand with Armenia.

230 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

230 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 220,447, the ministry of healthcare reports.

'Trudeau government must speak up to defend territorial integrity of Armenia' – MP Michael Chong

Member of Parliament of Canada Michael Chong has expressed his concerns over the ongoing developments on Armenia’s borders.

US Senator Menendez: Azerbaijan shall understand it will face serious consequences for its malign activities

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Thursday issued a statement in reaction to reports of Azerbaijan’s illegal incursion into Armenia’s Syunik Province.

Armenian FM emphasizes inadmissibility of encroachments on Armenian territory talking with Lavrov

On May 13, in the first half of the day, caretaker Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Ayvazian had a phone conversation with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, reports the press service of the MFA Armenia.

France calls for UNSC-mediated solution to situation in Armenia-Azerbaijan border - Élysée Palace

The Élysée Palace has issued a statement over the conversation between caretaker Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and President of France Emmanuel Macron, saying that for the restoration of stability and security in the region, the situation can be solved through the UNSC.

Macron calls for immediate withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from Armenia's sovereign territory

Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan had a telephone conversation with French President Emanuel Macron on the latter's initiative.

EU Says Russia Is Aiming to ‘De Facto Integrate’ E. Ukraine

The European Union says Russia is trying to gradually absorb parts of eastern Ukraine, according to a document the bloc shared this week with member states.

Israeli airstrike targets senior Hamas official’s home

Israel has carried out an airstrike on the home of Hamas Political Bureau Head Ismail Haniyeh in the city of Gaza, the Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Thursday, Tass reports.

European Parliament to discuss Armenian POWs

The European Parliament’s upcoming May 17-20 plenary session will discuss the issue of the Armenian prisoners of war whom Azerbaijan refuses to repatriate nearly 6 months after the war ended in Artsakh.

Biden expects Israeli-Palestinian conflict to end ‘sooner than later’

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he was hopeful that a cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians would end soon, after a phone conversation he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Berdashen community of Martuni region ready accept new settlers

The residents of the Berdashen community of Martuni region returned to the village after the Third Artsakh War.

At least 1,600 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza strip since beginning of escalation

At least 1,600 rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the escalation, around 400 of which fell inside the Palestinian enclave, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Thursday.

Congressman Frank Pallone urges United States, allies to make Azerbaijan withdraw from Armenia territory

Amid the Azeri incursion into Armenian territory in Syunik province, the United States Congressman Frank Pallone is calling on the American government to use its influence to make the Azeri forces withdraw.

Over 1,500 rockets fired from Gaza Strip at Israel in three days - army

Militants of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas have fired more than 1,500 rockets into Israel since the beginning of the aggravation of the situation on the border with the Palestinian enclave on Monday, Israel Defense Forces wrote on Twitter, reports TASS.

267 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

267 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 220,217, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Azerbaijani military’s illegal presence in territory of Black Lake grossly violates rights of Armenian border residents

The illegal presence of the Azerbaijani military in the territory of the Black Lake and within it grossly violates rights of the Armenian border residents and confirms the absolute need for a security zone, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan said in a statement.

UN Security Council may meet on Palestinian-Israeli confrontation on May 14

Tunisia, Norway, and China have submitted a request to hold an open meeting of the UN Security Council in the near future to discuss the escalation of tensions in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a source in the Security Council told TASS.

Armenian Church celebrates Feast of Ascension of Jesus Christ

The Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ on the fortieth day following the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection, Qahana.am reports.

US Congressman Schiff petitions to Biden administration over incidents in Armenia’s Syunik

Adam Schiff, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has addressed the administration of President Joe Biden in connection with the Azerbaijani military forces’ incursion Wednesday in Syunik Province of Armenia.

Erdogan, Putin Discuss Situation in Jerusalem over Phone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Jerusalem and the general environment in the zone of the Arab-Israeli conflict in a phone conversation on Wednesday, according to TASS, the NTV channel reported, citing the administration of the Turkish leader.

Iranian Red Crescent Society provides assistance to Armenian Red Cross Society to support displaced persons

Deputy Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Armenia Ali Mohammad Motaghi today visited the central headquarters of the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) where he was received by Secretary General of the ARCS Anna Yeghiazaryan, news.am reported, citing the ARCS press service.

Residents of the village of Khachmach cultivate land under the enemy's nose

Six families from Shushi, Hadrut, Martuni and Askeran regions have resettled in Khachmach village of the Askeran region.

Artsakh President's Chief of Staff and Armenian benefactor discuss social and educational projects

On 12 May, Chief of Staff of the President of Artsakh Artak Beglaryan received benefactor, member of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Educational Institution Alec Baghdasaryan, the Staff of the President of Artsakh stated.

Azerbaijan to launch military exercises involving 15000 troops

The Azeri armed forces will hold military exercises from May 16 with the involvement of up to 15000 troops, 300 tanks and other armored equipment, up to 400 various caliber rocket-artillery systems, multiple rocket launchers, mortars and anti-tank weapons, 50 warplanes and drones.

The nurses performed feats during the war. Today is their International Day

May 12 is the International Day of Nurses.

Armenia defense ministry denies media reports on battles in Ishkhanasar, Syunik province

On May 12 early in the morning the Azerbaijani armed forces, citing “border clarifications”, have tried to carry out some works in one of the border sections of Armenia’s Syunik province, the defense ministry of Armenia reports.

Over 1,000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza since start of escalation

More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of escalation, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday, Tass informs.

France on brink of ‘civil war’ thanks to Macron ‘surrendering’ to Islamic extremists, soldiers warn

Thousands of serving French soldiers have signed a letter accusing Emmanuel Macron of surrendering to Islamists, The Sun reports.

2022 Aurora Prize nominations are open

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2022 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity and called for putting forward inspiring humanitarians from across the globe. The announcement was made during a special event at the Matenadaran, where the names of 2021 Aurora Humanitarians were also revealed in accordance with the tradition, the IDeA Foundation stated.

Artsakh reports 10 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

10 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,719.

“Outcomes of Azerbaijan's latest armed aggression against Artsakh are illegal’ – Artsakh MFA issues statement

The ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on May 12 on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the trilateral, termless agreement on a complete ceasefire and cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone, the press service of the MFA stated.

Freedom House urges Azerbaijan to provide all requested information about Armenian POWs to ECHR

Freedom house has called on the Azerbaijani authorities to fully cooperate with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and provide all requested information about the Armenian prisoners of war.

Death toll in Israel’s strikes on Gaza rises to 35

The number of people killed by Israeli missile strikes in the Gaza Strip since Monday has risen to 35, TASS reports citing the Al Mamlaka TV channel.

Russia records 8,115 new daily coronavirus cases

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 8,115 to 4,896,842 in the past day, the anti-coronavirus crisis center said on Tuesday, Tass reports.

Lavrov: Russia intends to outline concrete steps to resolve issues in Karabakh

At the talks in Baku, the Russian delegation wants to outline the concrete steps to resolve the issues existing in Karabakh [(Artsakh)]. The statement came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Tuesday, news.am informs, citing TASS.

Israeli army calls on 5,000 reservists due to situation around Gaza Strip

The Israel Defense Forces call on 5,000 reserve servicemen due to the sharp aggravation of the situation around the Gaza Strip, news.am informs, citing the Israeli Defense Ministry.

European Union urges immediate stop to escalation between Israel and Palestine

The European Union has urged conflicting parties in the recently escalated Israeli-Palestinian standoff to stop violence, according to a statement published on EU’s official website on Tuesday, TASS reports.

Red Cross says it keeps visiting Armenian captives in Azerbaijan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is visiting the Armenian captives held in Azerbaijan and is helping them maintain contact with their families, the ICRC in Armenia said in a statement on Tuesday.

Russian FM says OSCE Minsk Group remains demanded

The OSCE Minsk Group still remains demanded firstly in terms of promoting the cooperation on solving humanitarian problems and the measures aimed at creating trust between the parties, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, commenting on the settlement of the situation in Artsakh.

''Independent Artsakh already exists''-Artak Beglaryan responds to Aliyev's statements

The Chief of Staff of the Artsakh Republic President Artak Beglaryan, responding to the statement of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev that an independent Karabakh cannot exist in the territory of Azerbaijan tweeted that Independent Karabakh already exists.

The community of Ashan ready to accept new settlers

The community of Ashan (the region of Martuni) is ready to accept 20 new settlers.

Putin submits bill to State Duma on denouncing Open Skies Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill to the State Duma on denouncing the Treaty on Open Skies, according to the lower house’s database, reports TASS.

Over 610 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police in East Jerusalem

The number of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli law enforcers in East Jerusalem exceeded 610, TASS reports citing Palestinian daily Al-Quds.

243 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Tuesday morning, 243 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 219,596 in the country, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention informed.

Armenia parliament speaker heading for Lithuania on official visit

The official visit of an Armenian parliamentary delegation, led by speaker Ararat Mirzoyan of the National Assembly of Armenia, to Lithuania starts Tuesday, the NA Public Relations and Communication Department informs.

12 new private houses put into operation in Aghavno community,Kashatagh region

As a part of “Ari” program, 12 new private houses have been put into operation in Aghavno community of Kashatagh region.

Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev held phone talks

Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev have held phone talks, the Kremlin’s press service informs.

Armenian Educational Foundation resumes the school building program in Artsakh

With the support of the Armenian Educational Foundation, the school construction program has been resumed in Artsakh.

Poll shows 60% of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics cancelled

Nearly 60% of people in Japan want the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled, an opinion poll showed on Monday, less than three months before the Games are due to begin, according to Reuters.

Azerbaijanis using Armenian gravestones to build roads. Artsakh Foreign Minister

We have information that the Azerbaijanis are barbarically destroying the historical and cultural monuments, cemeteries and gravestones of Artsakh.

Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia, promises best efforts

Iran Confirms Talks With Saudi Arabia, Promises Best Efforts

Sassoli calls for endowing European Parliament with right of legislative initiative

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has called for a considerable expansion of the powers of the European Parliament, endowing it with the right of legislative initiative, as well as the power to elect the President of the European Commission, news.am informs, citing TASS.

US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack

The US government issued emergency legislation on Sunday after the largest fuel pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack, reports BBC.

Israel attacks Hamas “Terrorist Targets” with tanks in retaliation for Gaza rockets

The Israeli Army has reported a tank attack on Hamas “terrorist targets” in retaliation for rocket fire from Gaza.

The stadium of Martuni shelled by Azerbaijan during the Third Artsakh War reopened

'' Avagyan Arena'' stadium of the city of Martuni, Artsakh Republic, which was shelled by the Azerbaijani armed forces during the 44-day war, was officially reopened on May 9.

300 Artsakh children took part in an open-air creative event in Stepanakert

On the occasion of May 9, the children of Artsakh presented their handicrafts at Stepanakert's Central Park after Stepan Shahumyan and took part in an open-air creative event ‘'Naghash''.

Artsakh President: We will continue fight to return Shushi

Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan, accompanied by ex-Presidents of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan and Arkady Ghukasyan, as well as a group of high-ranking officials, visited the Stepanakert Memorial to honor the memory of the Armenian soldiers who died for the freedom of the Motherland.

Artsakh MFA: To achieve new victories, one must always remember and value historical victories

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh issued a statement on the occasion of May 9.

India’s daily coronavirus deaths hit all-time high

As many as 401,078 coronavirus cases were recorded in India in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 21,892,676, TASS reports citing the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

13 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,699.

Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan is posthumously awarded title of National Hero of Armenia

resident of Armenia Armen Sarkissian signed a decree on posthumously awarding Major-General, Hero of Artsakh Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan with the Order of Motherland for his exclusive services provided to the creation, development of the Armenian Armed Forces, the protection and security of the Homeland, the Presidential Office said on Facebook.

French dictionary adds record number of new words as Covid shapes language

One of the bibles of the French language, Le Petit Larousse, is to include a record number of new words many of which have emerged from the coronavirus epidemic.

Eurovision welcomes back fans despite COVID-19

Europe's most popular cultural event would not be the same without its audience, and after last year's cancellation this year's Eurovision will go ahead in Rotterdam even though the Netherlands is battling a third wave of Covid-19.

Israel not a country, but a terrorist base, says Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called Israel "not a country, but a terrorist base" and said its downfall was imminent, AFP reported.

Netanyahu discusses situation at Israel’s northern border with Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the situation at Israel’s northern border and other regional issues with Vladimir Putin during a phone call, Netanyahu’s office announced Friday, Tass informs.

Cross procession to be held in Stepanakert

On May 8, at 5:00 pm, after the service to be held in Holy Mother of God Cathedral also known as Surb Astvatsamor Hovanu Cathedral, a cross procession will take place in Stepanakert.

India's daily coronavirus cases rise by record 414,188

India on Friday reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 3,915, Reuters reported, citing health ministry data.

OSCE chief calls on sides to urgently complete exchange of detainees and all remains

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde welcomed the “release of Armenian detainees by Azerbaijan” in a tweet on Thursday.

Russian Prosecutor General fully engaged in works aimed at returning POWs – Armenia Prosecutor General

The works aimed at returning the Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan are a key part of the activity of the Office of the Prosecutor General. Russia’s Prosecutor General is also fully engaged in these processes, Armenia’s Prosecutor General Artur Davtyan told reporters in the Parliament, commenting on the question relating to the criminal case launched in the prosecution over the recent war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh.

Canada calls for release of all Armenian captives

Canada calls for releasing all Armenian prisoners of war who are currently held captive in Azerbaijan.

French Foreign Ministry calls for immediate release of all Armenian POWs

The French Foreign Ministry urges Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners of war (POWs).

“Lesson of Courage” held in Artsakh State University

On May 7, a “Lesson of Courage” dedicated to the May triple holiday was held in the Artsakh State University.

356 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

356 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 218,681, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Congressman Chris Smith calls for $50,000,000 in direct U.S. humanitarian aid to Artsakh

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) – the most senior member on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee – has called on House appropriators to allocate at least $50 million for food security, housing, medical aid, infrastructure, and other pressing needs in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) – citing the vast death and destruction caused by Azerbaijan’s Turkey-backed attack last year, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Biden extends sanctions against Syria

US President Joe Biden has extended unilateral sanctions against Syria by one more year, TASS reported, citing the notice issued by the White House on Thursday.

Mkhitaryan to leave Roma because of Mourinho

Midfielder for the Armenia national team Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn’t planning to extend his contract with Roma, and the reason why is because Portuguese Jose Mourinho has been appointed the team’s manager, La Gazetta dello Sport’s reporter Nicolo Schira tweeted, adding that Mkhitaryan will obtain the status of free agent this summer, news.am informs.

A new concept of agricultural development will be processed

On May 6 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan convened a working consultation with agricultural officials and heads of regional administrations, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenian, Russian FMs discuss humanitarian problems facing Artsakh

Armenia’s caretaker foreign minister Ara Aivazian and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the humanitarian problems facing Artsakh during their meeting in Yerevan.

Nagorno Karabakh conflict is far from being resolved, reiterates Yerevan

Caretaker FM Ara Aivazian reiterated the Armenian stance that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is far from being resolved.

The more Armenians live in Artsakh, the more our security and future will be guaranteed. Artak Beglaryan

On May 6, within the framework of the meetings entitled "The Present and the Future of Artsakh", Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of Artsakh Artak Beglaryan met with the students and lecturers of the Artsakh State University.

Dollar goes up in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 521.04/$1 in Armenia on Wednesday; this is up by AMD 0.16 from Tuesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia, news.am informs.

Global COVID-19 death toll up 6% in past week, says WHO

More than 93,000 people died of COVID-19 in the past week, which is 6% more than during the previous seven-day period, the World Health Organization said in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update published in Geneva early on Wednesday, Tass reports.

Artsakh has new justice minister

President of the Republic of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree on May 5 according to which Karen Danielyan has been relieved from the position of justice minister based on his application, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenian soldier fatally wounded in military post

A private of the Armed Forces of Armenia received a lethal firearm injury after being carelessly shot by a fellow serviceman while serving on-duty at a combat position of one of the military units of the Armed Forces of Armenia stationed in the southern direction.

Armenian cemetery in Azeri-held Mets Tagher village destroyed

An Armenian cemetery in the village of Mets Tagher in the Azerbaijani-held Hadrut region of Artsakh has recently been destroyed.

‘International recognition of Republic of Artsakh has been and remains on agenda’ – President Harutyunyan

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan visited on May 4 Haterki subregion of Martakert and Aknaberd community in Shahumyan region, the Presidential Office stated.

Biden says he hopes to meet with Putin in Europe in June

US President Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday he hoped to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his planned visit to Europe in June.

Major Lendrush Khachatryan Needs Our Support

Major Lendrush Norayr Khachatryan is one of the devotees who always considered it an honor to serve the homeland.

Almost every day Azerbaijani convoys pass through the Shosh community, Artsakh Republic

Almost every day, Azerbaijani convoys, accompanied by the Russian peacekeepers, pass through the Shosh community of the Askeran region, the head of the Shosh community Erik Abrahamyan said in an interview with Artsakhpress, expressing concern that the current situation is quite alarming.

Israel’s Netanyahu Fails to Form Government before Deadline

A deadline for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government has expired.

Khndzristan community is ready to accept new settlers: Community leader

The Khndzristan community of Askeran region is ready to accept new resettlers.

Biden may nominate LA mayor for US ambassador to India

US President Joe Biden is considering nominating Los Angeles (California) Mayor Eric Garcetti as US Ambassador to India, news.am informs, citing Axios.

Seven new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

A total of 99 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Tuesday in Artsakh, and from which seven new cases of coronavirus were confirmed,the Artsakh Ministry of Health informs.

Mexico declares three-day national morning after deadly subway accident

A three-day nationwide mourning was declared in Mexico following a deadly subway accident in the country’s capital, according to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decree, Tass reports.

Germany environmentalists consider Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline conflict to be over

Activists from the German environmental organization NABU consider the conflict over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to be over and intend to demand compensation for the damage, news.am informs, citing RIA Novosti.

Nagorno Karabakh to be discussed during Lavrov’s Armenia visit

Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will arrive in Yerevan on May 5 on a two-day visit to meet with the Armenian leadership. Then, Lavrov will also visit Azerbaijan May 10-11.

G7 to discuss decisive action to counter threats like Russia and China

Britain will on Tuesday seek to agree decisive action from G7 partners to protect democracies against global threats like those posed by China and Russia, Reuters reported.

Deputy chief of General Staff Karen Abrahamyan dismissed

Karen Abrahamyan has been relieved from the position of head of the general operative department of the General Staff – deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces.

Greek media go on 24-hour strike

Trade unions of journalists and media workers in Greece are holding a 24-hour strike on May 4 in connection with May 1, the international day of remembrance for the struggle of workers for collective and personal rights, social justice and peace, health, and safety.

Foreign mercenaries used by Azerbaijan in 2020 war stand trial in Armenia for international terrorism, murder

The trial of the two Syrian militants who were fighting as mercenaries for Azerbaijan against Artsakh and Armenia in the 2020 war started at the Kapan courthouse of the Syunik Province Court of General Jurisdiction.

CSTO welcomes ceasefire deal on Tajik-Kyrgyz border

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has applauded the ceasefire deal on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border and the pullout of military units and equipment, the CSTO said in a statement, reports TASS.

Sputnik V Covid Vaccination started in Artsakh

The vaccination against COVID-19 is in process in Artsakh.

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church strongly condemns demolition of the domes of the Ghazanchetsots Holy Savior Cathedral

The Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church strongly condemns the demolition of the domes of the Ghazanchetsots Holy Savior Cathedral in Shushi, the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church told"Artsakhpress''.

Russia's presence in Artsakh excludes the adventure of a new war. David Babayan

Within the framework of the meetings entitled "The Present and Future of Artsakh", the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh David Babayan met on Tuesday with the students and professors of the Artsakh State University.

Armenia MFA issues statement over construction works being carried out by Azerbaijan in Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots Church

Armenia’s foreign ministry has released a statement regarding the construction works being carried out by Azerbaijan in Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots Cathedral.

399 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

399 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 217,407, the ministry of healthcare reports.

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

6 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,679.

Resumption of NK negotiations priority task of OSCE MG Co-Chairs – French Ambassador to Armenia

The Presidents of France and Russia have agreed to resume the efforts within the OSCE Minsk Group for achieving the stable settlement of the situation around the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

Dollar devalues in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 520.63/$1 in Armenia on Monday; this is down by AMD 0.06 from the previous business day in the country, news.am informs, citing the Central Bank of Armenia.

Azerbaijani servicemen tortured and killed 19 Armenian POWs

Azerbaijani servicemen tortured and killed 19 Armenian prisoners of war after the end of the recent Nagorno Karabakh war, Artak Zeynalyan, who represents the interests of the captives and POWs in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), said on social media today.

Armenia, Kazakhstan highlight re-opening Yerevan-Nur-Sultan direct flights

Caretaker minister of economy Vahan Karobyan received today Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Armenia Bolat Imanbayev, the ministry stated.

President of the Artsakh Republic received Khachik Khachatryan chairman of the council of the directors of ''X group''

On May 3 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Khachik Khachatryan, chairman of the council of the directors of ''X group'' and Mushegh Hakobyan, general director of "Araks" poultry farm within the company, the Presidential Office stated.

EU Commission recommends opening up to fully vaccinated non-EU travellers

The European Commission recommends that member states allow the entry of citizens from non-EU countries who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus using a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Euronews reported.

Hadrut residents organized a tree planting in Yerevan

On the initiative of "Hadrut De-Occupation" NGO, Hadrut residents organized a tree planting in Yerevan.

Rockets fired at Baghdad int'l airport, no casualties

At least two rockets landed within the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport on Sunday, the Iraqi military said, Reuters reports.

Multi-apartment buildings being built in Karmir Shuka to be put into operation by the end of the year

With the financial support of the Artsakh Investment Fund, multi-apartment buildings are being built in the “Red market” (Karmir Shuka) community of Martuni region.

The enemy destroyed the graves of the victims of the First Artsakh War in Taghavard

In the community of Taghavard (the upper part of Taghavard) in the Martuni region of Artsakh, which  passed under the control of Azerbaijan after the third Artsakh war, the Turkish bandits have recently desecrated the cemetery.

US not sharing Iran optimism over nuclear deal

There are no agreements on a nuclear deal with Iran yet. US national security adviser Jake Sullivan stated about this Sunday on ABC, the latter reported.

European countries cautiously ease COVID-19 restrictions

Several European countries are cautiously starting to loosen COVID-19 restrictions, even as infection rates and intensive care occupancy remain high in many cases, Euronews reports.

‘It would be desirable to see Iran’s influence on Azerbaijan in release of Armenian POWs’ – Ambassador Tumanyan

Turkey’s direct and large-scale involvement in the recent war against Artsakh aimed at implementing its expansionist policy in the region, Armenia’s Ambassador to Iran Artashes Tumanyan said in an interview to ISNA news agency.

India's COVID-19 tally nears 20 million

India's COVID-19 tally nears 20 million

Artsakh’s prosecutors question President Harutyunyan

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan says he’s been questioned by law enforcement agencies.

Over 808,000 coronavirus cases registered globally over one day, says WHO

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world exceeded 151.8 mln, an increase of more than 808,000 in 24 hours. According to the data published on Sunday by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths increased by more than 12,800, exceeding 3.18 mln.

G7 to boost girls’ education and women’s employment in recovery from pandemic

G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting in London this week will invest $15 billion in development finance over the next two years to help women in developing countries access jobs, build resilient businesses and respond to the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said in a statement on Monday.

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan complete troops withdrawal from border

Bishkek and Dushanbe ended the process of withdrawing their military units from the border, the Kyrgyzstan’s Border Service said on May 3, reports TASS.

Aronian finishes fourth in New in Chess Classic

GM Levon Aronian came fourth in the New in Chess Classic, the fifth leg on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

US temporarily suspends its arms embargo on Azerbaijan

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has approved a waiver extension for Section 907 to authorize direct U.S. aid to the Azerbaijani government, a State Department Spokesperson confirmed to PanARMENIAN.Net, the latter reported. The extension went into effect on April 26, the spokesperson said.

Apple charged over 'anti-competitive' app policies

Apple has been charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store.

Kyrgyzstan declares two-day nationwide mourning for border clash victims

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov signed a decree on Saturday to declare a two-day nationwide mourning for those killed in clashes on the border with Tajikistan, as Tass informs, his press service said.

Blinken decides to visit Ukraine

Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine next week because of the current tension with Russia.

Putin ready to act as mediator in Kyrgyz-Tajik conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to act as a mediator in resolution of the crisis between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Friday.

Table tennis tournament held in Stepanakert

A table tennis tournament dedicated to the memory of the honored coach Sergey Sargsyan has been organized in Stepanakert.

Construction of new district has started in Karmir Shuka village

With the financial support of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, 130 wooden dwellings are being built in the Karmir Shuka community of Artsakh's Martuni region.

Saudi Arabia to close eight Turkish schools

Saudi Arabia is set to close eight Turkish schools at the end of the current academic year, a decision that could anger Ankara as it tries to improve ties with Riyadh, AFP reported, citing Turkey's Anadolu state news agency.

Global coronavirus cases top 150 million

The COVID-19 cases worldwide exceeded 150 million on Friday, Xinhua reported, citing a tally of global infections by Johns Hopkins University.

Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival

At least 44 people have been killed in a crush at a crowded religious festival in the north-east of Israel, BBC News reports.

The Economist on infamous “macabre” Azeri park

Both past and present haunt relations between Turkey and Armenia, The Economist’s editorial board wrote in an article, stating that the two countries don’t show any sign of reconciling.

Artsakh to have 30-35 hectares of new forests

A nursery of forest tree species and 30-35 hectares of new forests will be created in Artsakh, the Armenian Minister of Environment Romanos Petrosyan told ARMENPRESS. Petrosyan visited Artsakh recently and said that as a result of agreements between the authorities of Artsakh and Armenia, the Hayantar governmental forestry organization has already launched the work for creating the nursery.

3 new cases of COVID-19) confirmed in Artsakh

3 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,667.

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan sign joint statement following talks

Delegations of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have held talks in the city of Isfara, Sughd Region bordering Kyrgyzstan, and issued a joint statement to reaffirm their intention to end the armed conflict that broke out on the border between the two countries on April 29. The statement was signed by Chairman of the Tajik State Committee for National Security Saymumin Yatimov and authorized envoy of the Kyrgyz government Omurbek Suvanaliev, the text was published on Friday by Tajikistan’s Khovar news agency, news.am informs.

US Senate Republicans demand investigation into charges Kerry gave Iran Israeli secrets

US Republicans on Thursday called on President Biden to launch an investigation into allegations that climate envoy John Kerry released sensitive information to Iran while serving as Secretary of State under Barak Obama, Fox News reports.

Statement by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh on the 30th Anniversary of the Operation ‘Koltso’

30 years ago, on April 30, 1991, the Azerbaijani authorities launched the operation ‘Koltso’ (Ring), which can rightfully be called one of the bloodiest and most inhuman operations on the deportation of peoples from their historical lands, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh stated.

Russian sappers clearing farmland on outskirts of Artsakh’s Vardadzor village

The sapper groups of the humanitarian demining company of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continue to clear the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) from mines and explosive objects.

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to visit Armenia next week

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Armenia and then Azerbaijan in May, his spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing.

Record 51 presidential candidates apply to run in Syrian elections

A record 51 presidential hopefuls have applied to run in war-wracked Syria’s upcoming presidential election, which is likely to give President Bashar Al Assad a fourth seven-year term, Gulf news reported

Nikol Pashinyan arrives in Russia’s Kazan

Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has arrived in Kazan, Russia, on a two-day working visit to participate in a regular meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

Artsakh should become the center of all national events. Ashot Ghulyan

Within the framework of the meetings entitled "The Present and Future of Artsakh", the former Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh Ashot Ghulyan met Thursday with the students and professors of the Artsakh State University.

US calls on Turkey to refrain from further purchasing of weapons, military equipment from Russia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday warned Turkey and other U.S. allies against buying weapons systems from Russia, saying such purchases could be subject to sanctions and strain ties with Washington, The Hill reported.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

A new residential settlement for displaced citizens being built in Astghashen

For the residents displaced from Sghnakh, Moshkhmhat, Madatashen and Jraghatsner villages of Askeran, a new residential settlement is being built in the community of Astghashen.

Caretaker PM Pashinyan to pay working visit to Kazan

Caretaker Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will pay a working visit to Kazan, Russia, on April 29-30 to take part in the session of the Eurasian Inter-governmental Council, his Office stated.

Vatican could be perfect place for meeting with Putin, Zelensky says

Vatican could be the perfect place for a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said in an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, TASS reported.

Moscow hasn’t given any official consent to holding Russian-US summit — Kremlin

Moscow has not given any official consent to holding the Russian-US summit yet and is still studying the proposal and analyzing the situation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

European parliament votes through Brexit deal with big majority

The European parliament has given its overwhelming backing to the Brexit trade and security deal, prompting senior figures on both sides to speak of hope for a “new chapter” of friendly relations after four years of division, The Guardian reported.

US warship fires warning shots at Iranian small boats

A U.S. Navy warship fired warning shots at three small Iranian speedboats that came within 70 yards of it and a Coast Guard cutter operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf on Monday, according to the U.S. Navy, ABC News reports.

Iranian FM summoned to Mejlis to explain leak of secret interview

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif has been summoned to Mejlis to explain the leak of a secret interview, news.am informs, citing TASS.

Russia to deliver large batch of medical aid to India soon

Russia will soon supply a large batch of medical aid to India to help it combat the novel coronavirus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, reports TASS.

Artsakh reports 9 daily coronavirus cases

9 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,661.

Almost 5.7 million people contracted coronavirus worldwide in past week — WHO

Almost 5.7 million novel coronavirus cases were registered worldwide in the past week, which is 8% more than during the previous seven-day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva late on Tuesday, reports TASS.

808 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

808 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 214,872, the ministry of healthcare reports.

More than 65 Congress members call on House of Representatives to provide $100mn in US aid for Armenia, Artsakh

A bipartisan group of over 65 U.S. House members joined in the Congressional Armenian Caucus request for the House Appropriations to allocate over $100 million in U.S. aid to Armenia and Artsakh following Turkey and Azerbaijan’s devastating attacks last year, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

US, Israel to form working group focused on Iran’s drones, ballistic missiles

The United States and Israel agreed Tuesday to form a partnership focusing on the threat of drones and precision-guided missiles produced by Iran and distributed to its proxies in the region.

Stepanakert Komitas Music School Needs to be Repaired

The building of the Komitas Music School in Stepanakert was damaged during the war. It needs to be repaired.

CoE Commissioner for Human Rights condemns opening of “ trophy park” in Baku

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, has sent a letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, where she condemned the recent opening of a “military trophy park” in Baku, which reportedly displays Armenian military equipment taken as a trophy during the war and shows dehumanizing scenes, including wax mannequins depicting dead and dying Armenians soldiers, the CoE website reports.

‘Recognition and condemnation of Armenian Genocide is a universal issue of humanity’ – FM Aivazian tells BBC Weekend

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian gave an interview to BBC Weekend, over US President Joe Biden’s April 24th address made on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Armenia will not participate in NATO’s Defender Europe 21 exercise

Armenia’s defense ministry doesn’t plan participation of the units of the Armed Forces to the NATO’s Defender Europe 21 military exercises, the ministry said in a statement.

Priest ordination planned to be held in Dadivank Monastery took place in Gandzasar

On April 25, the Azerbaijani servicemen banned Primate of the Artsakh Diocese, Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan and a group of 25 pilgrims to enter into the Dadivank Monastery, mentioning the pandemic as a reason.

Azerbaijan pulls back troops after advancing 400 meters near Artsakh village

Azerbaijan pulled back its troops near the Nor Ghazanchi village in Martakert region after having advanced its positions for 400 meters.

Artsakh reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 over past day

4 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,652.

595 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

595 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 214,064, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Every day the residents of Mkhitarashen hear the voices of the adversary’s shooting

80% of the residents of Mkhitarashen community of Askeran region have returned to the village.

Losses of the Azerbaijani economy and opportunities for recovery details Grigory Martirosyan

Due to the Artsakh Third War, we have lost about 75% of arable land, 85% of pastures, most of the orchards, about 90% of the irrigated areas, Artsakh State Minister Grigory Martirosyan told “Artsakhpress”.

Armenian Human Rights Defender specifically states that the Azerbaijani servicemen committed a criminal attack on the Armenian border resident

Armenian Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan specifically states that the Azerbaijani servicemen committed a criminal attack on the Armenian border resident.

40 divorce cases registered in Artsakh in January-March of the current year

40 divorce cases registered in Artsakh in January-March of the current year.

415 marriages registered in Artsakh in January-March of the current year

415 marriages were registered in Artsakh in January-March of the current year. It grew by 341 marriages as compared with the same period of the last year.

The residents of Sarushen begin to live normal life

After the war, all the residents of the community of Sarushen (Askeran region) returned to the village.

“Genocide Denial is the Beginning of a New Genocide" exhibition opened in Martakert

An exhibition entitled “Genocide Denial is the Beginning of a New Genocide" has opened at the Martakert State Museum of History and Geography.

At least 82 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

At least 82 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad, BBC News reports.

China to Support Russia Amid Tighter Western Sanctions, Foreign Ministry Says

The Chinese authorities are determined to step up support for Russia amid tightening sanctions against Moscow, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday, TASS reports.

FM Aivazian hopes international partners will respond to humanitarian call to help Artsakh

Caretaker minister of foreign affairs of Armenia Ara Aivazian says almost six months have passed since the end of the war in Artsakh, but the Republic is still facing humanitarian problems. He expressed hope that the international community will respond to the humanitarian call on helping Artsakh.

Kremlin calls Biden’s recognition of Armenian Genocide US internal affair

Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has commented on the recent US decision to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Armenia FM comments on reports about inviting Azerbaijan to EEU session

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian commented on the reports on inviting Azerbaijan to the EEU session on Thursday and Friday, news.am reports.

Lithuanian FM reiterates EU’s position on necessity of returning POWs

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis reiterated the European Union’s position according to which all persons captured after the recent Artsakh war must be returned.

Shots are heard every day at different times in the Shosh community

Shots are heard every day at different times in the Shosh community of Askeran region.

The State Minister of the Artsakh Republic presented the business environment support programs

Profit, income and trade tax rates reduction for the period of 2020-2022, as well as a temporary exemption from these taxes have been established.

State Minister of the Artsakh Republic presented the business environment support programs

Profit, income and trade tax rates reduction for the period of 2020-2022, as well as a temporary exemption from these taxes have been established.

Artsakh State Minister does not rule out that the state budget indicators will exceed the planned ones

It should be noted that many businesses that have ceased operations are gradually resuming it, and if this trend continues, the state budget revenues are expected to increase, even exceeding the planned figure.

Search for casualties yield no results in Artsakh’s Ishkhanadzor

The search operations carried out in the Artsakh Kashatagh region’s Ishkhanadzor subregion, which has come under the control of Azerbaijan, did not yield any results on April 24, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations.

Putin-Biden meeting is likely in June, but this depends on many factors - Kremlin aide

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden are likely to hold a meeting in June, but the final decision will depend on many factors, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Tass informs.

Japan ruling party candidates lose in parliament elections

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost all three seats up for grabs in Japanese parliamentary elections Sunday, dealing a significant blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as he considers the timing of a general election that must be held by this fall, news.am informs, citing Kyodo News.

Russia drawing up list of unfriendly states, US is among them - diplomat

Russia has launched an effort on creating the list of unfriendly states, which are banned from hiring Russian citizens for work in the diplomatic missions, and the United States is among them, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Tass reports.

Indonesia navy finds missing submarine, crewmembers could not be saved

The wreckage of an Indonesian Navy submarine missing since Wednesday has been found on the sea floor and all its 53 crew are confirmed dead, Indonesia military commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said Sunday, CNN reported.

U.S. President Joe Biden names 1915 developments genocide

President of the USA Joe Biden for the 1st time of all U.S. Presidents officially recognized the Armenian Genocide in his message addressed to the Armenian people.

Putin and Pashinyan discuss situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin attached importance to the need for the implementation of the November 9 trilateral statement’s clause on the exchange of prisoners of war, captives and other detained persons, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

If Biden utters the term "genocide", it will be a great moral victory. Davit Babayan

The history of the Armenian people is being repeated and it turned out that the justice is being violated.

Commemoration events dedicated to memory of Armenian Genocide innocent victims held in Stepanakert

On April 24, on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, hundreds of people visited Memorial Belfry built in memory of Armenian Genocide innocent victims in Artsakh to pay tribute to their memory.

‘We reject falsehood, destruction and concealment of truth’, Lebanese minister says in Yerevan

Lebanon’s Minister of Youth and Sport Vartine Ohanian has addressed a message in Yerevan, Armenia, on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

‘Aspiration to have strong, competitive, and reasonable Armenia must be rooted in us’ – President Sarkissian

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has addressed a message on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Presidential Office stated.

US State of Idaho recognizes Artsakh independence

The US State of Idaho has recognized the Republic of Artsakh and proclaimed April 24, 2021 a Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

Central American Parliament President Carolina Fernández honors Armenian Genocide victims in Yerevan

The President of the Central American Parliament Carolina Fernández paid tribute to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims on April 24 in Yerevan.

France Senate speaker visits Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan

A French Senate delegation, led by president Gerard Larcher of the Senate, on Saturday visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on the 106th anniversary of this tragedy, news.am informs.

Expansionist plans of Turkey and Azerbaijan pose a serious threat to entire civilized world – Artsakh MFA

The ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the ministry said.

106 years later we again have a forcibly displaced people.Artsakh President

Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan addressed a message on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Torch-light procession organized in Stepanakert dedicated to 106th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

On the initiative of the youth union of the Artsakh branch of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun, the traditional torch-light procession was organized today in Stepanakert dedicated to the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Russia records another 8,840 coronavirus cases

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 8,840 to 4,744,961 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Armenian Genocide discussed at Bulgarian Parliament

Members of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Bulgaria have discussed the topic of the Armenian Genocide during the plenary session on April 23.

India posts world record daily COVID cases for second straight day

India recorded the world's highest daily tally of coronavirus cases for a second day in a row on Friday, while daily deaths from COVID-19 also jumped by a record, according to Reuters.

311 births registered in the medical institutions of Artsakh in Jan-March 2021

During the first quarter of 2021, 311 births have been registered in the medical institutions of the Artsakh Ministry of Health.

Israel must recognize the Armenian Genocide – The Jerusalem Post editorial

For the world to ensure that the past atrocities do not happen again, we have to be clear about what they are. Israel needs to recognize the Armenian Genocide, according to the editorial in The Jerusalem Post.

US Senator Markey releases statement on reports of Biden’s potential recognition of Armenian Genocide

US Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after reports that the Biden administration will formally recognize the century-old atrocities committed by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians as genocide, marking the 106th anniversary of the atrocities that took the lives of 1.5 million Armenians beginning in 1915, reports the Senator’s official website.

Senator Menendez praises Biden’s reported decision to recognize Armenian Genocide

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to reports that President Joe Biden will officially recognize the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people.

Armenian Parliament Speaker, Chair of Russia’s State Duma agree to meet in Moscow in mid- May

Speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan held a talk on April 23 during which they agreed to meet in Moscow in mid-May, the State Duma reported.

‘Biden’s use of the word “genocide” on April 24 is very important’ - American-Armenian novelist Chris Bohjalian

Turkey needs to acknowledge the blood on the hands of its Ottoman grandparents and great-grandparents, American-Armenian novelist Chris Bohjalian said in an interview to Armenpress on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. He is sure the use of the word “genocide” by US President Joe Biden on April 24 will be very important.

More than 1,300 residents of Artsakh received qualified medical care and advice from Russian military doctors

Medical specialists from the Russian peacekeeping contingent provided assistance to more than 1,300 residents of Nagorno-Karabakh in the field hospitals of the Russian Defence Ministry, the press service of the ministry informs.

Armenia’s Permanent Rep. at UN addresses letter to Guterres over Azerbaijan’s threats

Permanent Representative of Armenia at the UN Mher Margaryan addressed a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regarding the incendiary rhetoric of the President of Azerbaijan containing threats to use force against the Republic of Armenia.

4 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

4 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,628.

715 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

715 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 212,114 in the country, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention informed.

Artsakh search for fallen soldiers’ bodies continues in Hadrut

The search for the remains of servicemen fallen and considered missing during the recent Artsakh war continues today in the Hadrut region.

French delegation led by President of Senate to arrive in Armenia

President of the Senate (upper house of the Parliament) of France Gérard Larcher and his delegation will arrive in Armenia at the invitation of Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan aimed at participating in the Armenian Genocide commemoration events, the Armenian Parliament stated.

Putin ready to discuss Russia-Ukraine ties in Moscow anytime

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he is willing to discuss bilateral relations with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky in Moscow at any time convenient for the Ukrainian leader, Tass informs.

Emergency Medical Department opened in Martakert

On April 22, an emergency medical department was opened in Martakert Regional Medical Association with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

With longing for the Motherland: A family from the village of Tumi started their own business

The Amirjanyans family, evacuated from the village of Tumi, Hadrut region due to the Third Artsakh War, is living in Stepanakert.

Canadian MP urges Foreign Minister to stand in solidarity with Armenian POWs

MP Elizabeth May from the Green Party of Canada, in her letter addressed to Hon. Marc Garneau, Foreign Minister of Canada, expressed her concern about the Armenian Prisoners of War who are still in Azerbaijani custody and called on Canada to support the Human Rights Watch recommendations and stand in solidarity with Armenian POWs, the Armenian Embassy in Canada reports.

Armenia to provide 10 billion drams in extra support to Artsakh every year for a decade

The governments of Armenia and Artsakh will sign an agreement by which Armenia will allocate an extra up to 10 billion dram every year during 10 years for financially supporting the individuals and businesses who suffered material damages during the war.

Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh Condemns the Enemy's Firing of the Settlements of Artsakh

On April 20, the armed forces of Azerbaijan, in gross violation of the November 9, 2020 trilateral statement, opened fire, targeting the Artsakh capital Stepanakert, as well as Askeran region’s Shosh and Mkhitarashen villages. As a result of the firing, the roof of a house in Stepanakert was damaged, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Artsakh has noted in a statement issued on 22 April.

Armenian Genocide commemoration events launch in Ukraine

The events commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide have launched in Ukraine, Analitikaua reports, adding that the events have started with an information campaign.

‘With recognition of Genocide US will reaffirm its moral leadership in these turbulent times’ – Armenian FM

The recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States will be a kind of moral beacon to many countries, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian said in an interview to New York Times, commenting on the media reports according to which US President Joe Biden is going to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Artsakh reports 6 daily coronavirus cases

6 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,624.

Artsakh Defense Army: The adversary now fires at military positions, peaceful settlements

In recent days, the adversary has violated the ceasefire, the Artsakh Defense Army noted about this in a statement it released Thursday.

881 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

881 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 211,399, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Over 100 U.S. Representatives call on President Biden to recognize Armenian Genocide

A bipartisan group of 107 U.S. House Members called on President Joe Biden to “clearly and directly recognize the Armenian Genocide” in his upcoming April 24 statement, ending Turkey’s foreign gag-rule against honest U.S. remembrance of this crime, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

Jen Psaki on Armenian Genocide issue: I expect we will have more to say about Remembrance Day on Saturday

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki answered a question on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide during her briefing.

Requiem mass to be held in Geneva’s St. Jacob Church to commemorate Armenian Genocide victims

A requiem mass will be held in the St. Jacob Church in the Swiss city of Geneva on April 24 aimed at commemorating the Armenian Genocide victims, Swiss-based music producer Ani Gasparyan told Armenpress.

Wall Street Journal: Biden intends to recognize Armenian Genocide

President Joe Biden is preparing to formally declare that the massacres of Armenians in the early 20th century constituted genocide, US officials said, a rare step that would further inflame ties with Turkey, The Wall Street Journal reported.

UN Resident Coordinator for Armenia met with representatives of the displaced people of Artsakh

On April 21, a representative group headed by UN Resident Coordinator for the Republic of Armenia Shombi Sharp received representatives of organizations dealing with the issues of people who have been displaces from the Artsakh settlements that have passed under the control of Azerbaijan.

Mkhitaryan posts video dedicated to Armenian Genocide

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, captain of the Armenian national football team and Roma midfielder, posted a video on Facebook dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, News.am reports.

New kindergartens will be opened in Artsakh

Before the third Artsakh war, 53 kindergartens operated in Artsakh, 41 of which were state-run and 12 were charitable.

Realities created by use of force can't be legitimate-Armenian FM delivers speech at OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ara Aivazian delivered opening address at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, the MFA stated.

President Harutyunyan signs laws

On 21 April, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan signed laws on making amendments to the Law on Military Service and Status of Servicemen and on making an amendment and supplements to the Law on Compulsory Enforcement of Judicial Acts.

Putin highlights Russia’s key role in stopping recent NK war

While delivering his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has also touched upon Russia’s role in stopping the recent war in Nagorno Karabakh.

Chinese President to Take Part in Biden-hosted Virtual Climate Summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the climate summit, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday, TASS reports.

Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute works to present NK conflict to scientific community worldwide

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute has set up a working group which is researching the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and the violence committed against Armenians in Azerbaijan and Nakhijevan in the 20-21st centuries.

"Dizak Art" Cultural Center Opened in Yerevan

On the joint initiative of the head of the culture and youth affairs department Yerazik Hayriyan, the editor of the "Dizak" newspaper Liana Petrosyan and the head of the department for the protection of monuments of the region Gayane Budagyan, the cultural center "Dizak Art" has been opened in Yerevan.

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

6 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

President Harutyunyan approves Governments decisions on providing state financial assistance to persons who suffered material damage

On April 19 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan approved Government's decision on confirming the measure of state financial support to individuals and legal entities that suffered material damage as a result of the hostilities unleashed by Azerbaijan against the Artsakh Republic on September 27, 2020, the Presidential Office stated.

This year, Artsakh athletes returned from Armenian tournaments with more than 50 honorary awards

During the first quarter of this year, 342 athletes from Artsakh, 29 times participatied in various sports championships and tournaments held in the Republic of Armenia and took a total of 57 highest places.

Ukrainian president invites Putin to meet in Donbass

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Tuesday invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet "at any location" in the conflict-hit eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass, Tass informs.

Former US police officer found guilty in George Floyd’s death

A jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts during the trial over George Floyd’s death, Judge Peter Cahill announced during a live TV broadcast from the courtroom on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Coronavirus cases wordwide up 14% in past week — WHO

More than 5.2 million novel coronavirus cases were registered worldwide in the past week, which is 11% more than during the previous seven-day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva late on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Putin to deliver his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday

President Vladimir Putin will deliver his annual address to Russia’s bicameral parliament, the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. It will be the 27th state of the nation address in the history of modern Russia, Tass informs.

Over 20 Russian warships hold Black Sea military exercises

Over 20 Russian Black Sea Fleet warships held a joint exercise with the crews of Su-25SM3 attack aircraft of the Southern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army in a final inspection of the Fleet’s forces after the winter training period, TASS reported on Tuesday, citing the Fleet’s press office.

Armenian delegate tells PACE to use all levers for release of POWs from Azeri captivity

During the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) debates on the Council of Europe’s priorities the Armenian delegation member Naira Zohrabyan delivered a speech regarding Azerbaijan’s refusal to return Armenian captives.

Russia records 8,164 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 8,164 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,718,854 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists today, reports TASS.

Two more Armenian soldiers’ bodies retrieved during search in Artsakh

The Artsakh rescuers have found and retrieved the remains of two more fallen Armenian servicemen in the Hadrut region as a result of Tuesday’s search operations, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations reports.

Armenian Genocide commemoration events in Iran to kick off on April 23

This year the number of participants of the Armenian Genocide commemoration events in Iran will be limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1.000 apartments will be put into operation in Stepanakert in the next two years. Arayik Harutyunyan

On April 19 President of the Republic of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan visited building sites of the capital Stepanakert and got acquainted with the construction works of new apartment buildings, the Presidential Office stated.

Russia records 8,589 daily coronavirus cases

Russia has registered 8,589 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,710,690 cases, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

US Supports Czech Republic’s Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats

The US supports the decision of the Czech Republic to expel 18 Russian embassy employees from the country over claims that they were allegedly tied to the 2014 blast at the ammunition depot in the village of Vrbetice, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Twitter on Sunday, TASS reports.

Israel lifts outdoor mask mandate after vaccination drive

Israelis stepped out into the streets unmasked for the first time in a year on Sunday amid a further easing of COVID-19 safety restrictions, Euronews reported.

Turkey approves production of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Turkey has approved the production of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported on Monday, citing member of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board Afsin Emre Kayipmaz.

PACE approves request for debates on issue of Armenian POWs

At the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which started on Monday, the Assembly approved a request for urgent debates on "Armenian prisoners of war and other captives", which had been approved by the PACE Bureau earlier.

No negotiations between Armenia and Turkey – FM’s advisor

The process of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide remains one of the priority directions of the Armenian foreign ministry, minister Ara Aivazian’s advisor Marta Aivazian told a news conference.

Judo:Artsakh Athletes Won Gold Medals

Republican Judo tournament was held in Armavir, the Republic of Armenia.

Armenian POW issue discussed at PACE political groups

The issue of the Armenian prisoners of war who are being held captive in Azerbaijan has been discussed in the political groups of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Member of the Armenian Delegation to PACE, MP Naira Zohrabyan said on Facebook.

Ombudsman Tatoyan sends official letter to international organizations over Armenian POW issue

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has sent today an official letter to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, the Council of Europe and the UN Commissioners for Human Rights and other international bodies, providing additional information on the urgency of the return of Armenian captives from Azerbaijan, the real situation, the protection of their rights and missing persons, the Ombudsman said on Facebook.

Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School supplemented with necessary tools and equipment

On the initiative of the Armenian Fund of France, the material and technical base of the Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School has been supplemented with the necessary tools and equipment.

Search operations for the remains of the fallen servicemen continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the remains of the fallen servicemen continues on Monday in Artsakh ( in the Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations.

Number of COVID-19 cases across globe up by over 809,000 in past day

More than 809,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 140,32 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Sunday, Tass reports.

Macron says Sputnik V cannot be used in EU to accelerate vaccination

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he doesn’t think the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines can now be used in the European Union to accelerate vaccination because it has not yet been certified by the European sanitary regulator.

Belarus opens first-ever case on attempt to seize power

Belarus’ first-ever criminal case on an attempt to seize power was initiated against those who were detained on suspicion of plotting an assassination attempt on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Konstantin Bychek, department chief of the Belarusian State Security Committee’s (KGB) investigation directorate, said on Sunday, TASS reports.

Cuba's Raul Castro confirms he's stepping down

Raul Castro confirmed Friday he is stepping down as the head of the Communist Party of Cuba, the most powerful position on the island, NBC news reported.

Erdogan: Israel is enemy of Islam

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the Israeli government on Friday, saying that he knew well how Israel is “an enemy of Islam,” over the country’s most recent air strike on targets in Gaza, Ahval reported.

Artsakh emergency service: Search for fallen soldiers’ bodies yielded no results

The search for the bodies of the fallen servicemen during the April 16 search in the Vorotan (Kubatlu) region of Artsakh yielded no results, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Iran says it has enriched uranium with 60% purity

Iran said Friday it had successfully enriched its uranium by 60%, Deutsche Welle reports.

Needy families in the village of Hillis provided with assistance

The Social Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin has recently provided assistance to 5 needy families in the village of Hillis, Askeran region.

Protest action dedicated to the International Day for Monuments and Sites held in Stepanakert

On the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Artsakh, a protest action dedicated to the International Day for Monuments and Sites was held Friday near Stepanakert's Holy Mother of God Cathedral, also known as Surb Astvatsamor Hovanu Cathedral.

Over 8 million Russians vaccinated against COVID-19

vMore than eight million Russians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by now, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Friday, Tass informs.

Turkish, Greek FMs trade accusations at news conference

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece clashed openly on Thursday at a joint news conference in Ankara that began with hopes of improved relations but quickly descended into acrimonious accusations from both sides, Reuters reported.

Biden describes his phone call with Putin as candid, respectful

US President Joe Biden has characterized his recent conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as "candid and respectful."

11 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

11 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Artsakh resumes search operations after landmine explosion incident

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Azeri-controlled Vorotan (Kubatlu), the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

961 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

961 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 207,103, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza Strip in response to missile launch

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has attacked military facilities of Palestine’s Hamas radical movement in the Gaza Strip in response to a missile launch aimed at the Israeli territory, reports TASS.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up Friday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

Russian military doctors provided qualified medical assistance to residents of hard-to-reach areas of Nagorno-Karabakh

The Russian contingent of the peacekeeping forces continues to perform tasks on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

Silent Protest Demanding the Return of Armenian PoWs Canceled in Warsaw Due to Turkish-Azerbaijani Threats

Due to threats and entries from pro-Turkish organizations, the silent demonstration to demand the returnn of Armenian PoWs under the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been canceled.

''Tufenkian'' Charitable Foundation provided the perished soldier's family with a new apartment

On April 15, on the initiative of the ''Tufenkian'' Charitable Foundation, the family of 25-year-old Grigory Gabrielyan who had fallen during the third Artsakh war, as a part of the program of ''improving the housing conditions of the perished soldiers' families'' was provided with a renovated apartment in Herher community of Martuni region.

Tokyo Olympics cancellation, no fans still an option, officials say

Two officials in Japan’s ruling LDP party on Thursday said changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One suggested they still could be canceled, and the other said even if they proceed, it might be without any fans.

Putin, Lukashenko Touch Upon Nagorno-Karabakh

The presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko, had a telephone conversation on Thursday, news.am reports.

Russia’s Matviyenko Hopes Armenian Parliamentary Elections will be "Open and Democratic"

Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matviyenko hopes that parliamentarians will soon be able to return to a normal cooperation with the Parliament of Armenia, which has suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Artsakh deputy FM calls on international community not to stay indifferent to Azerbaijan’s actions

The international community should understand how serious the situation is in Artsakh and what tragic consequences the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan has left, Deputy Foreign Minister of Artsakh Armine Aleksanyan said in an interview to the Italian ASRIE Analytica.

Artsakh President to be questioned within the scope of case of overthrow of constitutional order

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan will soon be summoned to a questioning within the scope of the criminal case instituted under the elements of crime provided for by part 1 of Article 312 of the Criminal Code.

Artsakh FM: International community should intervene in problem of Armenian captives in Azerbaijan

The international community must intervene in the problem of the captive Armenians in Azerbaijan, Artsakh Foreign Minister David Babayan told reporters, news.am reports.

Artsakh Ombudsman to international community: Don’t be indifferent to crimes committed against Armenian culture

On the occasion of the Universal Day of Culture, the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Artsakh, Gegham Stepanyan, on Thursday sent a message from the Amaras monastery to the international community:

The head of Taghavard presented the losses and the new vision of the community

145 houses in Taghavard village remained under the control of the enemy. The villagers regularly hear gunshots.

Canada-Armenia Friendship Parliamentary Groups calls for return of all Armenian prisoners

Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group addressed the Foreign Minister of Canada, Marc Garneau calling for Canada’s support for return of Armenian prisoners and captives held in Azerbaijan.

Denmark fully terminates use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Denmark on Tuesday announced it would stop using the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine altogether, becoming the first European country to do so over suspicions of rare but serious side effectsm France 24 reported.

Artsakh reports 9 daily coronavirus cases

9 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reports.

1014 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

1014 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 206,142, the ministry of healthcare reports.

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree on making changes to the commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenian Ombudsman, MEPs urge EU to take concrete steps for release of Armenian captives in Azerbaijan

A European Parliament discussion on the need for the immediate release and return of Armenian prisoners from Azerbaijan was held, during which a special report was delivered by the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan, the Ombudsman’s Office informed.

Russian peacekeepers ensure the safety of agricultural work in Nagorno-Karabakh

Residents of Nagorno-Karabakh continue to carry out agricultural work in the fields cleared of explosives by Russian sappers, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

The President of the Artsakh Republic received mayor of Yerevan

On April 14 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Hayk Marutyan, mayor of Yerevan, the Presidential Office stated.

Stepantsminda-Larsi highway is closed

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed across Armenia.

Russia records over 8,300 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 8,326 new COVID-19 cases over the past day, bringing the total case tally to 4,666,209, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday, Tass informs.

Lukashenko: Agreements over Nagorno-Karabakh issue should pave the way for lasting peace in the region

Belarus sincerely welcomes the agreement on a complete cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. This is what President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said after today’s talks with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Belta reports.

Arayik Harutyunyan receives the representativies of ''Hayastan'' All-Armenian Fund, which is launching new programs in Artsakh

On April 14 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Ararat Khlghatyan, deputy director of the ''Hayastan'' All - Armenian Fund, and Aram Sargsyan, minister of urban planning of the Republic of Artsakh, the P|residential Office stated.

Iran's Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz nuclear site

Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon, Reuters reported.

US envoy to Moscow invited to meet Kremlin Aide

US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan was invited on Wednesday to meet Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS.

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan receives Armen Ghularyan chairman of urban development committee of the Republic of Armenia

On April 14 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Armen Ghularyan, chairman of urban development committee of the Republic of Armenia, the Presidential Office stated.

Kremlin says premature to speak about details of Putin-Biden summit meeting

Moscow believes that it is premature yet to speak about details of a possible summit meeting between Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden, as Tass reports, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

Biden to deliver his first address to Congress on April 28

US President Joe Biden will deliver his first speech to both chambers of the Congress on April 28, a White House official said, news.am reports.

10 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

10 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Coronavirus cases worldwide up 11% in past week

More than 4.5 million novel coronavirus cases were registered worldwide in the past week, which is 11% more than during the previous seven-day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a weekly bulletin released in Geneva on Wednesday, reports TASS.

Apple to hold special event on April 20

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it was holding a special event on April 20, with many expecting the tech giant to launch new iPad Pro models and other products ahead of its annual developers’ conference in June.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs call on parties to resume dialogue under their auspices at earliest opportunity

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released the following statement Tuesday:

Shushi's Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School now operates in Stepanakert

The Yeznik Mozyan Vocational School Foundation, which operated in Shushi, started its work on March 29 of the current year in Stepanakert.

Russia to send three missions to Moon by 2026

Larger spending on space explorations will enable Russia to send three missions to the Moon and actively engage in the second lunar race, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeyev said at a session of the Academy’s Presidium on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Russian, Azerbaijani military in close dialogue over debris of Iskander missiles, Kremlin says

The issue of Baku’s claims that some debris of Iskander-M missiles have been found in Nagorno-Karabakh is being closely discussed by the Russian and Azerbaijani military, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Tuesday, according to TASS.

G7 condemns 'threatening' Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

Foreign ministers from the G7 group of nations, including the United States, Britain and France, have condemned an increase in Russian troop numbers near its border with Ukraine and in the Russian-held region of Crimea, Reuters reported.

MEP urges Europe to break silence and support Armenia against Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression

Member of the European Parliament François-Xavier Bellamy has called on Europe to break the silence and not leave Armenia alone against Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan consolidates its position as a global center of intolerance and xenophobia” – Armenia MFA

Armenia’s foreign ministry has issued a statement on the opening of the “park” dedicated to Artsakh war in Azerbaijan, the ministry stated.

PACE Migration Committee Chair concerned over fate of captives, missing persons from recent NK war

Chairman of the Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Pierre-Alain Fridez is deeply concerned over the fate of persons who have been captured or declared missing due to the recent Nagorno Karabakh war.

Russian, Iranian FMs highlight lasting settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict

Russia and Iran have stressed the importance of achieving a lasting political and diplomatic settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)] conflict. The statement came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a news conference after his talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday, TASS reports.

“Ilham the falsifier should decide at last which of his lies is more correct” - Office of Third President of Armenia

The Office of the Third President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has commented on the statement of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev about the agreement on handing over the lands of Nagorno Karabakh within two weeks after the 2016 April Four-Day War.

Artsakh Ombudsman: Not so much Azerbaijan dictator’s disrespect but civilized humanity’s indifference is surprising

The Human Rights Ombudsman of the Artsakh Republic Gegham Stepanyan has issued a statement about the so-called "exhibition-park" related to the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war which was opened in Baku on Monday. It is noted that In the "Park", along with the Armenian military equipment, mannequins of the Armenian military servicemen have been displayed, all of which presented in a degrading manner.

9 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

9 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reports.

726 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

726 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 204,053, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Artsakh continues search and rescue mission for war casualties

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Speaker Mirzoyan heads to St. Petersburg for CIS IPA meeting

. Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan will visit St. Petersburg, Russia on April 13 to take part in the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Council meeting.

Yerevan Mayor arrives in Artsakh on private visit

Mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan is in Artsakh on a private visit, his spokesperson Hakob Karapetyan said.

Canada cancels export permits for military goods and technology to Turkey due to recent NK war

Canada cancelled export permits for military goods and technology to Turkey as the investigation found credible evidence that Canadian technology exported to Turkey was used during the recent war (September 27-November 10, 2020) unleashed by Azerbaijan against Nagorno Karabakh, Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, said in a statement issued on April 12.

Russia working towards stopping to use West-controlled payment systems — Lavrov

Russia thinks it necessary to take steps towards de-dollarization, to shift to payments in national currencies and to stop using West-controlled international payment systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with IRNA news agency, Tass informs.

Russia restricts air service with Turkey from April 15 to June 1

Russia imposes restrictions on regular and chartered air service with Turkey for a period from April 15 to June 1 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Monday, Tass informs.

India ranks second globally in total number of coronavirus cases

India set another record for the daily number of new coronavirus cases - 168,912 cases, which was the largest jump in the number of cases in the country during the entire pandemic. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported on Monday, the total number of cases has reached 13,527,717, Tass informs.

Armenia holds talks with Russia on production of Sputnik V vaccine

The Armenian government is conducting talks with Russian partners in order to organize production of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan stated at a press conference on Monday, Tass informs.

Moscow committed to protecting interests of Russian speakers in Donbass: Kremlin

Russian speakers in Donbass have been rejected by their own state and Russia considers it a priority to protect their interests, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday, TASS reports.

Stable situation reported along Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Defense Ministry

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight April 11-12, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reported.

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan convened a consultation on developing a program to assist those damaged by the war

On April 12 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan convened a consultation to discuss the program to be provided jointly with the Government of the Republic of Armenia in order to provide assistance to individuals and legal entities damaged by the war, the Presidential Office stated.

Belarus leader to visit Azerbaijan

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko will pay a visit to Azerbaijan, BelTA reported.

Iranian FM blames Israel for Natanz incident, vows revenge

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed revenge against Israel for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear facilities at Natanz but said it will not stop high-level talks to restore the country’s nuclear deal with world powers, Al Jazeera reported.

Return of POWs a priority for Russian side, Ambassador says

The return of the prisoners of war captured during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war is among the priorities of the Russian leadership and the Russian peacekeeping contingent, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergei Kopyrkin told reporters, adding that the work on this direction continues.

Libya new PM to head for Turkey to hold talks with Erdogan

Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh and a delegation of ministers will make their first visit to Turkey on Monday since taking office last month, the Turkish presidency said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

A new park to be built in Stepanakert

With the funding support of the state budget of Artsakh Republic, the building of the former agricultural college in Stepanakert is being dismantled in order to build a park.

Grigory Karasin highlights OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ role in NK conflict settlement

Grigory Karasin, Chair of the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs of Russia, says it’s necessary to resume the regular meetings between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up Monday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

Artsakh to apply to Russian peacekeeping mission over Azeri machine gun fire at farmers

Artsakh’s police say they will apply to the Russian peacekeeping command regarding the latest incident when Azerbaijani military servicemen opened cross-border automatic gunfire at farmers in Artsakh.

Artsakh emergency service: No bodies of fallen soldiers found in Hadrut

No bodies or remains of Armenian servicemen were found during the April 10 search in the Hadrut region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed across Armenia.

WHO records over 646,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 worldwide

More than 646,000 new cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed globally in the past 24 hours, which pushed a total number of infections to 134.95 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Sunday, Tass informs.

Kyrgyzstan referendum complies with international obligations, CIS observer says

The April 11 referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan complies with international obligations of the republic, CIS Interparliamentary Assembly observer mission representative Farit Mukhametshin said Monday, TASS reports.

Artsakh’s foreign ministry issues statement over 29th anniversary of Maragha massacre

The ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement over the anniversary of the massacre of the Armenian population of Maragha settlement, the MFA stated.

European Weightlifting Championships: Armenia's Hakob Mkrtchyan scores bronze medal

Hakob Mkrtchyan won third place after lifting 372 kg during the competition of 96 kg weightlifters at the European Weightlifting Championships, News.am reports.

Exhibition Entitled "Peace and Peacekeepers Through the Eyes of Children" Held in Stepanakert

An exhibition entitled "Peace and Peacekeepers through the Eyes of Children" was organized on April 9 at the Stepanakert Children and Youth Creativity Center.

Ukraine president to visit Turkey

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Turkey on April 10 and will meet Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan, news.am informs.

Kremlin concerned about possible resumption of full-scale military activities in Ukraine

The Kremlin is concerned about the possible resumption of full-scale military activities in Ukraine, which would threaten Russia’s national security, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, Tass informs.

President Harutyunyan sent a condolence letter on the death of Hrayr Hovnanyan

On April 9 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan sent a condolence letter to the family of Hrayr Hovnanyan, the American-Armenian benefactor.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip dies

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced, according to BBC report.

Russia records 9,150 daily coronavirus cases

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 9,150 to 4,623,984 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Russian State Duma Chairman to meet with Armenia's Speaker of Parliament and Uzbekistan's Senate Chair

Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Viacheslav Volodin will meet with the delegations led by the Speakers of Parliament of Armenia and Uzbekistan next week.

The normal work of the Martuni vocational school restored

The vocational school in the city of Martuni, the Republic of Artsakh, suffered great damage during the third Artsakh War.

Aliyev meets with Russia Prosecutor General

Prevention of the growth of crimes in the region and restoration of the rights of those affected by the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region are among the priorities for cooperation between the Offices of the Prosecutors General of Russia and Azerbaijan. This is what Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov said during his meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev today, as news.am reports, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office informed.

An exhibition entitled "Photo Artsakh" opened in Stepanakert

The personal exhibition of Artsakh photographer Suren Sarumyan entitled "Photo Artsakh" opened in the Stepanakert Gallery.

President Sarkissian held a meeting with US Ambassador

President Armen Sarkissian held a meeting with Ambassador of the United States to Armenia Lynne Tracy, the Presidential Office stated.

Russian peacekeepers continue to ensure safety of vehicles in Lachin corridor

Military personnel of the Russian peacekeeping continent in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) continue to perform tasks to monitor compliance with the ceasefire and ensure the safety of motor transport, transportation of food and various goods along the Lachin (Berdzor) corridor.

Italy PM calls Turkey’s Erdogan “dictator” with whom one has to coordinate

A diplomatic spat has erupted between Turkey and Italy, after prime minister Mario Draghi accused president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of humiliating European commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and described him as a “dictator,” The Guardian reported.

1,029 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Friday morning, 1,029 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 201,158 in the country, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention informed.

7 remains of war casualties found in Jrakan region

Artsakh search and rescue teams found 7 remains of war casualties in Jrakan region. Another two remains, presumably from Talish, were transferred by Azerbaijani authorities to Artsakh.

Stepantsminda-Lars highway is open

The Ministry of ES of RA has informed that some roads are closed in the Republic of Armenia.

Armenian delegation to raise POW issue at upcoming PACE session

Armenian MPs are going to raise the issue of the prisoners of war who are held captive in Azerbaijan, as well as the Azerbaijani vandalism against the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories under its control, during the upcoming session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on April 19.

UK has enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cover all under-30s, says health secretary

Britain has “more than enough” Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to cover all under-30s and the decision to offer them an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab won’t affect the speed of the rollout, Matt Hancock declared today.

The President of the Artsakh Republic held a working discussion with the officials of the Government of the Republic of Armenia on the issues of compensation for material damages

On April 8 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan held a working meeting with Mher Grigoryan, deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, the Presidential Office stated.

Can’t rely on their mood: Lavrov excoriates Washington’s 'dead-end' policy toward Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has pointed out the futility of Washington’s sanctions policy toward Moscow describing it as a dead-end approach, TASS reports.

Armenian-Australian community appeals to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recognize the Armenian Genocide

As the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches, the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) has written an open letter on behalf of Armenian-Australians calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recognize the systematic persecution of 1.5 million Armenians, as well as over 1 million Assyrians and Greeks, perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

First Batch of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Delivered to Armenia

The first batch of the Russian Sputnik V has been delivered to Armenia.

“It is important to share the content of the discussions with the Russian President with you”, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia told President of the Republic of Artsakh

On April 8 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan had a working meeting in Yerevan with Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Armenian Republic, the Presidential Office stated.

Our neighbors are our priority. Iran's FM

"In Kazakhstan on third leg of my regional tour, where I’ve had substantive and fruitful meetings with President Tokayev and FM Tileuberdi.

Rates on bank deposits and loans increased in Artsakh as compared to the previous month

As of April 1 of the current year, loans provided to legal entities and individuals by commercial banks (branches) operating in the Artsakh Republic amounted to 141 billion 788 million 200 thousand drams.

US, four other states voice concern over Russia military activities near Ukraine

Senior diplomats of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Lithuania and Poland have held an online meeting during which they expressed concern over what they call intensifying military activities of Russia near the borders of Ukraine, the US Department of State said, according to Sputnik news agency.

Russian peacekeepers delivered humanitarian cargo to the residents of the settlement of Khanatakh and provided repairs to the section of the gas pipeline on the line of demarcation of the parties

The Russian contingent of the peacekeeping forces continues to perform tasks on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

UK Prime Minister Johnson urged to recognize Armenian Genocide

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, has written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to recognise formally as genocide the murderous anti-Christian violence in the Ottoman Empire a century ago in which 3.75 million Christians died.

Russia has no plans to "be with Europe at any cost," says security chief

Russia does not intend to "be with Europe at any cost," but stays open to constructive dialogue and "keeps the doors open" for the European Union, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Kommersant daily published on Wednesday, Tass reports.

Armenian PM hails talks with Putin as very productive

The talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin were very intensive and productive, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a meeting with members of the Association of Armenian Lawyers in Russia on Wednesday, informs Tass.

Medical workers who participated in the war were awarded diplomas

On the initiative of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Artsakh, an event dedicated to the World Health Day was held Wednesday in the Stepanakert Culture and Youth Palace .

Bronze Age slab found in France oldest 3D map in Europe

A freshly unearthed Bronze-Age stone may be the oldest three-dimensional map in Europe, BBC News reports, citing researchers

Pashinyan and Putin meet in Moscow

The meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin has started in Moscow

White House Says Ukraine has Long Aspired to Join NATO

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that Ukraine has long aspired to join NATO as a member and that the Biden administration has been discussing that aspiration with the country, Reuters reports.

Russia reports 8,294 COVID-19 cases over past day

Russia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 8,294 over the past day to 4,606,162, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

AstraZeneca vaccine linked to rare blood clots in brain, says EMA official

The head of the European Medicines Agency’s vaccines strategy said there is a link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare blood clot in the brain, Politico reported.

European Commission chief left standing in meeting with Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with the European Union’s two presidents, but an awkward moment when the woman among them was left standing caused a bit of a diplomatic stir, The Washington Post reported.

About AMD 3bn loan liabilities of Artsakh residents are pardoned. Mesrop Arakelyan

In rural communities, which have infrastructures that have an opportunity to serve more residents, new homes will be opened.

Armenia PM paying working visit to Moscow

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is in Moscow on a working visit. The PM's press secretary, Mane Gevorgyan, wrote about this on Facebook.

Armenian, Russian ministers of defense discuss military cooperation

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, TASS reports.

Opinion: Saudi Arabia should sue Turkey for stealing Prophet Muhammad's relics

The Arab News published on March 28 an article titled, “Book by Saudi author unravels Ottoman atrocities in Madinah.” The book was written by Saudi historian Muhammad Al-Saeed who exposed Ottoman atrocities against the Muslim population of the holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia in 1918 when it was part of the Ottoman Empire.

Armenian military’s Chief of General Staff visits eastern border

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Artak Davtyan, on Tuesday visited the military units located in the eastern direction of Armenia, and inspected the level of readiness of their personnel, the Ministry of Defense informed.

Artsakh continues search and rescue mission for war casualties

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

1025 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

1025 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 198,898, the ministry of healthcare reports.

President of Artsakh addresses congratulatory message on Motherhood and Beauty Day

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan has issued a congratulatory message to women on the occasion of Motherhood and Beauty Day.

China to suspend flights from Turkey

The Civil Aviation Administration of China is suspending all flights from Turkey via Turkish Airlines for a month starting April 19 to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Azerbaijanis can look for an office space in Stepanakert only on the map. President's Spokesperson

Azerbaijanis can look for an office space in Stepanakert only on a map, but not in real life.

Charles Aznavour statue to be installed in Varna

A statue of Charles Aznavour will be installed in Varna, Bulgaria, the Aznavour Foundation said on Tuesday.

Kosovo gets new president, its second female leader

Lawmakers in Kosovo elected and swore in a new president Sunday for a five-year term, the Balkan nation’s second female leader in the post-war period, AP reported.

Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 3 million

Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide crossed 3 million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the latest global resurgence of COVID-19 infections is challenging vaccination efforts across the globe.

Georgian PM tests positive for coronavirus

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has tested positive for coronavirus, the PM’s office told TASS.

Russia, China do not pursue aim of creating military union — Lavrov

Relations between Russia and China are at a high level of mutual trust, but the two countries have no plans for creating a military union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference following talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday, Tass informs.

EU leaders to pay rare visit to Turkey to revive relations

The European Union's top two officials will pay a rare visit on Tuesday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at testing his avowed commitment to improve uneasy ties, France 24 reported.

Russia hopes India and China will find ways to iron out border standoff

Russia hopes that India and China will find mutually acceptable political and diplomatic ways to settle the border standoff near the Ladakh union territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, Tass reports.

Turkey must change the aggressive policy towards Armenia – PM Pashinyan

In order to establish a lasting peace and restore the economic image in the region, Turkey needs to change its aggressive policy towards Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview to Interfax.

Over 122 mln COVID-19 tests conducted in Russia

Russian medics have performed more than 122 mln tests for the presence of the novel coronavirus, TASS reports citing the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing.

Allied relations between Armenia and Russia do not depend on outcome of upcoming snap elections – Pashinyan

The strategic and allied relations between Armenia and Russia do not depend on the outcome of the upcoming snap parliamentary elections, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview to Interfax.

North Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics in 2021

North Korea will not take part in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year in order to protect its athletes from the coronavirus infection, TASS reports citing South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

Arayik Harutyunyan participated in the planting for a new park in the Nakhichevanik community

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan, accompanied by Security Council Secretary Vitaly Balasanyan and a group of other officials, on Monday visited the Nakhichevanik community of the Askeran region and participated in the planting for a new park, initiated by a Diaspora Armenian businessman originally from Hadrut, the press service of the Artsakh President stated.

Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh initiated the campaign Family History-the History of Victory

The servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh initiated an action dedicated to the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War called Family History – the History of Victory, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

Ukrainian president, British PM discuss security situation in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson through a telephone conversation, Xinhua rerports, citing the press service of the President's office.

Export from Armenia to EAEU states, China and US registered growth in Jan-Feb 2021

The export from Armenia in January-February 2021 declined 5.5% compared to the same period of 2020, comprising 354 million 394.2 thousand drams, however, the export to some countries and especially the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union continued growing, the Statistical Committee of Armenia reports.

Armenian healthcare system running short of ICU beds amid increasing number of COVID-19 cases

Amid increasing number of coronavirus infections, healthcare authorities are again urging people to maintain the safety guidelines as hospitals across Armenia are running short of ICU beds.

Los Angeles Times Editorial: President Biden, call it by its name: the Armenian genocide

The Editorial Board of the Los Angeles Times is calling on US President Joe Biden to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Russia not threatening any country worldwide, Kremlin asserts

Movements of the Russian Armed Forces in the country’s territory should not alarm other countries since Russia does not represent a threat to other nations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday, according to TASS news agency.

Pashinyan, Putin to Discuss Development of Strategic Partnership at Upcoming Moscow Meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will discuss issues relating to the strategic partnership of the two countries during their meeting in Moscow on April 7, the Kremlin press service reports.

Russia records 8,646 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 8,646 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,589,540 cases, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

President Arayik Harutyunyan awarded posthumously Narek Hovhannisyan and Tovmas Tovmasyan with the highest title of ''Hero of Artsakh''

On April 2 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed decrees on awarding posthumously Narek Hovhannisyan and Tovmas Tovmasyan with the highest title of ''Hero of Artsakh'',the Presidential Office stated.

About 300 pilgrims and residents of Nagorno-Karabakh visited the Amaras Christian monastery with the assistance of Russian peacekeepers

As part of the implementation of the trilateral statement of the President of Russia, the President of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia dated November 9, 2020, Russian peacekeepers continue to assist in the restoration of peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

Trump supporters boycott Coca-Cola in US

Supporters of former president Donald Trump have declared they will boycott Coca-Cola after the company said it opposed Georgia's new voting law, Newsweek reports.

MEP Nathalie Loiseua calls for protection of Armenian churches in Nagorno Karabakh

The chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence Nathalie Loiseua has expressed concern over the protection of Armenian heritage in parts of Nagorno Karabakh which have gone under Azerbaijani control after the 2020 war.

India reports record daily rise in coronavirus cases

India has reported a record rise in coronavirus infections, becoming only the second country after the United States to register more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as hospitals in its worst affected state are overrun by patients.

LG scraps smartphone business as losses mount

LG Electronics said on Monday it would close down its loss-making smartphone business, BBC News reports.

Terrorists kill Pakistan judge, family

Gunmen killed an anti-terrorism court judge and his family on Sunday as they travelled from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan to the capital Islamabad, police official Shoaib Khan said, news.am informs, citing AP.

2020 report on Artsakh ombudsman’s activities are published

Pursuant to Article 30 (1) of the “Law on Human Rights Ombudsman” of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), the Artsakh Ombudsman’s Staff has published the annual report on the 2020 activities, as well as the state of protection of human rights and freedoms.

Search for fallen servicemen’s remains continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Jrakan (Jabrayil) region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Victory will come. Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan in Artsakh

On April 4, Easter Liturgy was held in the churches of Artsakh.

Catholicos of All Armenians expresses hope Azerbaijan aggression will receive proper European Parliament reaction

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II on Sunday received—at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin—European Parliament member (MEP) Francois-Xavier Bellamy, accompanied by French Ambassador to Armenia Jonathan Lacote, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin reports.

Italy’s San Vito dei Normanni Recognizes Artsakh

The Municipal Council of the Italian town of San Vito dei Normanni has unanimously passed a resolution to recognize Artsakh, the Armenian Embassy in Italy reports.

No bodies found in Friday's search operations

The search operations for the remains of servicemen fallen and for those still considered missing during the recent Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) war continue Saturday—this time in the Varanda (Fizuli) and Jrakan (Jabrayil) regions, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

1,192 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Saturday morning, 1,192 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 196,044 in the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

Armenian Church marks Holy Saturday

Today, the Armenian Church marks Holy Saturday.

Impunity breeds new and more serious crimes: Armenian Ombudsman makes statement on 5th anniversary of April War

Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has issued a statement over the 5th anniversary of the April War.

Russia records 8,792 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 8,792 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,563,056 cases, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Artsakh State Minister on material damage caused by recent war

As a result of the recent war, 35-40 thousand citizens of Artsakh have lost their homes and property. Now our state's goal is to provide these people with apartments in Artsakh within the next 2.5-3 years.

UK finds 30 blood clot cases after AstraZeneca vaccine use

British regulators on Thursday said they have identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events after the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, 25 more than the agency previously reported, according to Reuters.

Pashinyan, Putin to discuss implementation of NK agreements in Moscow

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 7, Russian president’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports.

Armenia Foreign Ministry statement on 5th anniversary of April War

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia issued a statement on the 5th anniversary of the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh unleashed in April, 2016.

Armenia MFA spokesperson: CIS Council of Foreign Ministers meeting kicked off

The narrow format meeting of the foreign ministers of CIS countries has kicked off in Moscow, with Armenian FM Ara Aivazian in attendance, his spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said.

Travel Without COVID-19 app program now termless

The Travel Without COVID-19 program – which was initially a pilot program launched from February 1 to March 1, is extended and will work without timeframe limits, allowing passengers to cross the state border with a view to traveling from Armenia to Russia and in the opposite direction in case of a negative COVID-19 test result.

Seven new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

Seven new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Artsakh Ministry of Health.

1,116 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Friday morning, 1,116 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 194,852 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Sarkissian, Speaker of Parliament and top brass visit Yerablur cemetery to honor fallen troops

President Armen Sarkissian, Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. General Artak Davtyan and other high ranking officials visited the Yerablur military cemetery on April 2 to pay tribute to the 2016 April War victims, as well as the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war victims.

The old school building in the village of Nor shen, Martuni region to be reconstructed to a residential building

More than 1,250 buildings in the Martuni region have been damaged during the recent war.

Armenian Church observes Good Friday

Good Friday observed in Armenia on April 2.

Int'l community should give strong assessment to ongoing aggressive policy of Azerbaijan – Artsakh Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the anniversary of the 2016 April War.

Search for fallen servicemen’s remains continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Varanda (Fizuli) region which is now under the control of Azerbaijan, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Pashinyan in self-isolation ahead of meeting with Putin

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is working in conditions of self-isolation starting from April 2 due to a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 7, his spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan told Armenpess.

US Pentagon Chief calls on Turkey to renounce Russian S-400s

Pentagon Chief Lloyd James Austin III has called on Turkey to renounce Russian S-400s. During phone talks with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Austin stated the importance of the efforts for strengthening military cooperation between the US and Turkey and called on him to renounce the S-400s, news.am informs.

More than 1800 hectares of territory cleared of explosive devices by Russian sappers in Nagorno-Karabakh

The personnel of the humanitarian demining company of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continues to work on clearing the area of explosive objects in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

Lavrov to meet with Armenian, Azerbaijani counterparts in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold private meetings with Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on April 1, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing.

Eurovision to attract limited audience in COVID-19 trial

A limited audience will be allowed to attend the Eurovision song contest in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam in May as part of a COVID-19 trial, Reuters reports, ci ting newspaper de Telegraaf.

Dollar goes up in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 532.14/$1 in Armenia on Thursday; this is up by AMD 0.97 from Wednesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia, news.am informs.

Slovakia’s National Council adopts resolution on Nagorno Karabakh

During the 25th plenary session on April 1 the National Council (Parliament) of Slovakia has adopted a resolution on Nagorno Karabakh.

Russia’s Putin, Azerbaijan’s Aliyev discuss situation around Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the Kremlin press service reports.

The President of the Republic visits the Martouni region

On March 31 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited the Martouni region and had meetings in Martouni town, Berdashen, Ashan, Nor Shen, Hatsy, Avdour and Murishen communities, the Presidential Office stated.

World oil prices going up

World oil prices are on the rise Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this.

Armenia army chief receives commander of Russia peacekeeping contingent in Karabakh conflict zone

Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Lt. General Artak Davtyan held a meeting with Lt. General Rustam Muradov, the commander of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno Karabakh.

France closes schools for three weeks as Covid-19 surges

French president Emmanuel Macron has announced that lockdown measures for the Covid-19 pandemic will be extended to the whole country from Saturday for four weeks, in an attempt to curb a surge in the “third wave” of infections that is threatening to overwhelm French hospitals.

13 births registered in the Hadrut, Shushi and Shahumyan departments of Civil Acts Registration Office

In March of this year, a total of 13 births and 8 marriages were registered in the Hadrut, Shushi and Shahumyan departments of Civil Status Acts Registration Office of the Operative Headquarters of the Artsakh Government in Armenia.

6 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

6 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Search for fallen servicemen’s remains continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the direction of Avetaranots village of the Askeran region and in the Martuni region, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

1097 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

1097 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 193,736, the ministry of healthcare reports.

From visit to POWs up to search for bodies: Head of ICRC Delegation in Armenia gives interview to Armenpress

The recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh has put new tasks before the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)․ The organization is engaged in different activities, starting from the search operations for the bodies of the dead up to the visiting of the conflict-related detainees on the sides, as well as ensuring communication between the detained and their families.

OSCE Minsk Group activity results on Karabakh settlement are "equal to zero," says Aliyev

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev believes that the results of the OSCE Minsk Group activities on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict are "equal to zero."

Armenian Church observes Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday observed in Armenia on April 1.

Russian peacekeepers received more than 3,500 requests for help at the reception point of citizens, and also began to distribute targeted humanitarian aid in Stepanakert

A reception center for citizens continues to operate at the Humanitarian Response Center of the Russian Peacekeeping Contingent (RPC) in Stepanakert. It also operates a hotline to collect information for the search of missing servicemen, to provide humanitarian assistance, assistance in employment and other problematic topics, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed across Armenia.

Russia’s Sputnik V ranks among top five most mentioned vaccines in foreign media

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology has joined the top five most mentioned inoculations among foreign mass media outlets during the year, according to a ranking by LexisNexis specially prepared for TASS.

Oman hopes agreement between Saudi Arabia and Yemeni Houthis will be reached very soon

Oman, which is mediating ceasefire talks between Saudi Arabia and Yemeni Houthis, said it hopes an agreement between the warring parties will be reached very soon.

Mobile towns for peacekeepers in Artsakh to be commissioned by April 5

Mobile towns for the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) will be put into operation no later than April 5, and a mobile hospital will be opened for the peacekeepers by the end of April, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov told reporters.

Leaders of Russia, Germany and France hold video-conference on int'l affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron held a video-conference on Tuesday to discuss cooperation and international affairs, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Louvre digitizes over 480,000 artworks, makes them free to view online

The Louvre announced it has digitized more than 480,000 pieces of art, allowing anyone with a smartphone or a computer to enjoy the museum’s collections without booking a ticket to Paris, FOX 29 reports.

7 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

7 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Ararat Mirzoyan awards Valentina Matviyenko with National Assembly Medal of Honor

By the order of the speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, the chairperson of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, has been awarded with the National Assembly Medal of Honor, the press service of the Armenian NA stated.

Biden urged to halt 'reckless' rhetoric with Putin

Twenty-seven organizations, including a number of left-leaning groups, issued a statement on Tuesday urging US President Joe Biden to halt the use of “reckless” rhetoric with Russian President Vladimir Putin and instead conduct “constructive bilateral talks.”

Armenian FM to attend CIS Foreign Ministerial Council session in Moscow

The delegation led by Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian will depart for Moscow, Russia, on April 1 to take part in the session of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers, the Armenian foreign ministry said.

Italy imposes 5-day quarantine for all travellers arriving from EU

Italy will require travellers arriving from all other EU countries to quarantine for five days on arrival, the health ministry announced on Tuesday, according to The Local.

Artsakh conflict discussion, with Turkey ambassador participation, is canceled in Canada

A discussion on the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) conflict, to which the Turkish ambassador to Canada was invited, was canceled in Canada due to the efforts of the Canadian student union of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party.

Artsakh Defense Army reports 78 more casualties

The Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Defense Army has reported that 78 more servicemen, reservists, and volunteers had fallen during the recent battles for the defense of the homeland.

Artsakh Foreign Ministry comments on stone throwing attacks by Azerbaijani side on civilian vehicles

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh has commented on the recent attacks by the Azerbaijani side with stones on the Armenian civilian vehicles.

Louvre puts entire art collection online

There is nothing like spending a rainy afternoon at a museum, soaking in the beauty and wonder of art and history. Now the Louvre, the world's most visited museum, is letting you do that right from home, CNN reports.

Iran and Azerbaijan FMs discuss issues of cooperation in Caspian Sea

The foreign ministers of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan discussed cooperation between the two neighbors on the Caspian Sea, news.am informs, citing Tasnim.

Jerusalem Post: Time for recognition of Armenian Genocide is now, Biden can right a historic wrong – opinion

The possible recognition of the Armenian Genocide by US President Joe Biden is a step to right a historic wrong, Emily Schrader, the CEO of Social Lite Creative and a research fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute, said in an article published at the Jerusalem Post.

Armenia ombudsman: Azerbaijan installations on Syunik roads can’t be substantiated by Soviet borders, GPS

As sovereign states, there has never been a demarcation or delimitation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

Two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Artsakh Ministry of Health.

Search for remains of fallen soldiers continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the Jrakan (Jabrayil) and Varanda (Fizuli) regions of Artsakh.

Kremlin comments on nature of relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russia has good relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in an interview to the Argumenti I Fakti newspaper.

Holy Tuesday

“The Parable of the Ten Virgins” is commemorated (Mt 25:1-13).

Canada introduces new sanctions against Russia

The Canadian government has introduced new anti-Russian sanctions over Crimea reuniting with the Russian Federation, the statement by Global Affairs Canada said on Monday, Tass informs.

Egypt ‘succeeds’ in ending the Suez Canal crisis

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday that Egyptians had succeeded in ending the crisis of the container ship stranded in the Suez Canal.

Artsakh rescuers find remains of war casualty near Askeran

On March 29, Artsakh’s search and rescue teams found the remains of a war casualty near the village of Sghnakh in the upper sub-region of Askeran.

ECHR judgments confirmed that killing of Armenian in Azerbaijan is encouraged by authorities – Armenia Ombudsman

The President of Azerbaijan, authorities of this country have been implementing a policy of hatred, enmity, ethnic cleansing and genocide against Armenia, citizens of Armenia and the Armenian people for years.

Armenia truly appreciates strategic alliance with Russia, says FM Aivazian

Russia remains Armenia’s strategic ally and Armenia truly appreciates it, Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian said on March 29.

Armenian FM says international structures becoming convinced that Artsakh cannot be part of Azerbaijan

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian says the international organizations, countries, after seeing the destruction of the Armenian historical-cultural heritage by Azerbaijan in Artsakh, the Azerbaijani inhuman treatment against the Armenian prisoners of war, are becoming more and more convinced that Artsakh cannot be a part of Azerbaijan.

Kremlin comments on Armenia PM Pashinyan's intention to resign

The Kremlin has commented on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's intention to resign.

President Harutyunyan receives Rustam Badasyan, minister of justice of the Republic of Armenia

On March 29 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Rustam Badasyan, minister of justice of the Republic of Armenia, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenian MFA on approaches to Karabakh: Determination of Artsakh status and de-occupation of territories

Armenia has already worked out its approaches and presented them to the OSCE Ministerial Council amid the new situation developed, FM Ara Aviazian noted on Monday to the parliament, news.am informs.

150 Residential houses to be built in Artsakh’s Karmir Shuka village

Residential buildings are being built in the Karmir Shuka settlement of the Martuni region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) with the funds of the Artsakh Investment Fund, the Artsakh Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures informed.

Ever Given cargo ship refloated in Suez Canal

Rescue teams refloated the Ever Given cargo ship, TASS reports citing Bloomberg.

UN Security Council to hold extraordinary meeting on North Korea on Tuesday

The UN Security Council will meet on Tuesday, March 30, for an extraordinary closed consultation over Pyongyang's missile launches, a diplomatic source in the Security Council told TASS on Friday.

Venezuela accuses Facebook of "digital totalitarianism" for suspending Maduro's page

Venezuela’s government on Sunday accused Facebook Inc of “digital totalitarianism” after it froze President Nicolas Maduro’s page for 30 days for violating its policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19, Reuters reported.

Search for remains of fallen soldiers continues in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of servicemen who have been killed or went missing during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war continue today in the direction of Sghnakh village, the State Emergency Service of Artsakh reports.

Armenian Church marks Holy Monday

The week leading up to Easter or Holy Resurrection is called Holy Week (in Armenian Avak Shabat).

North Korea accuses UN Security Council of double standards

Nuclear-armed North Korea accused the UN Security Council of double standards Monday ahead of a meeting on its latest missile test, France 24 reports.

Russia immigrants, their employers to be required to register in electronic register

Immigrants and their employers in Russia will be required to register in the electronic register, news.am informs, citing TASS.

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

US President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the US hopes will help shape, speed up and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, The Associated Press reports, citing administration officials.

Pashinyan, Putin discuss NK issue, energy issues and fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the press service of the Kremlin said.

Constitutional Court upholds Robert Kocharyan's application, criminal proceeding terminated

The Constitutional Court of Armenia has announced 300.1 Article of the Criminal Code unconstitutional, based on the applications of Robert Kocharyan and the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction.

‘All attempts of Azerbaijan to justify barbaric destruction of place of worship are concerning and deplorable’ – MFA

Armenia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan commented on the “justifications” made by the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration and Foreign Ministry, regarding the destruction of Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin Church.

Azerbaijan MFA "explains" destruction of Armenian church in Jabrayil

Surprised by the BBC's revealing report, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry was quick to comment by making the most absurd statements which at the same time demonstrate the essence of Azerbaijan's attitude towards Armenian cultural monuments in connection with the destruction of the Armenian Church in Jrakan (Jabrayil), Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), news.am informs.

US senators urge Biden to confront the reality' on Iran nuclear program

A bipartisan group of more than 40 US senators is sounding the alarm on Iran’s nuclear program, urging President Biden to use a mix of “diplomatic and economic tools.”

Former Presidents of Armenia and Artsakh hold meeting

Former Presidents of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Robert Kocharyan, Serzh Sargsyan and former Presidents of Artsakh Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan held a meeting on March 25, Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s spokesperson Arman Musinyan said on Facebook.

Russia FM to meet with Armenia, Azerbaijan counterparts

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on April 2 on the sidelines of the session of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, reports TASS.

Photos show 'cheat sheets' used by Biden during his first formal press conference

U.S. President Joe Biden referenced "cheat sheets" detailing key policy points and the identities of attending journalists when he conducted the first formal press conference of his presidency on Thursday, Fox News reported.

Projects worth 110 billion drams to be implemented in Artsakh through funds of Armenian government and Hayastan Fund

The joint session of the Security Councils of Armenia and Artsakh was held in Yerevan on March 26 chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan, the Armenian PM’s Office stated.

1005 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

1005 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 188,446, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Davit Hakobyan appointed first deputy chief of office of the President of the Republic of Artsakh

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree on appointing Davit Hakobyan first deputy chief of office of the Artsakh Republic President, the Presidential Office stated.

Azerbaijanis hit Armenian cars with stones in Artsakh

Azerbaijanis on Thursday stoned cars with Armenian license plates in the Stepanakert-Karmir Shuka road section of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), as news.am informs, this was reported by Mediaport Telegram channel.

Armenian Ombudsman congratulated his newly appointed counterpart of Artsakh

The Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan congratulated Gegham Stepanyan on his election as the Human Rights Defender of the Artsakh Republic.

Stepantsminda-Larsi highway closed to all vehicles

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed or difficult to pass across Armenia.

Russia reports 9,221 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia recorded 9,221 new COVID-19 cases in the past day, bringing the total caseload to 4,492,692, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

No incidents reported along Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Defense Ministry

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight March 24-25, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Dollar rises in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 528.68/$1 in Armenia on Thursday; this is up by AMD 0.36 from Wednesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia, news.am reports.

Netanyahu's party winning Israeli elections

The Likud party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is winning after counting 90% of the popular vote in the March 23 parliamentary elections in Israel, but the creation of a stable coalition and a new government following their results is unlikely due to the distribution of seats in the future Knesset (parliament) 24- the first convocation, TASS reports.

Facebook testing app for prisoners re-entering society

Facebook Inc. is building a service for people who are transitioning from prison back into society, part of an apparent effort within the company to create more products for marginalized communities, Bloomberg reports.

Artsakh Parliament approves bill on granting official status to Russian language

The Parliament of Artsakh has adopted today the bill on making changes and amendments to the Law on Language according to which the Russian language has been granted with an official status in Artsakh.

Artsakh has new Human Rights Defender

On 25 March, the National Assembly of Artsakh held its regular plenary session during which, among other issues, the new Human Rights Defender was elected.

Armenia assumes OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation chairpersonship

The final session of the US chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation was held on March 24 during which the US transferred the Forum’s 4-year chairmanship to Armenia, the Armenian foreign ministry stated.

Armenian, Iraqi defense ministers discuss bilateral cooperation prospects in Yerevan

The delegation led by Minister of Defense of Iraq Juma Anad Saadoun Khattab yesterday arrived in Armenia on an official visit.

Armenian NC for UNESCO strongly condemns Azerbaijani “ISIS-style” destruction of church

The Armenian National Commission for UNESCO strongly condemned Azerbaijan’s destruction of the Armenian Church in the town of Mekhakavan which fell under Azerbaijani control after the war.

Putin not interested in what the Western world or what Canada thinks of him - Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday Vladimir Putin is responsible for "terrible things," but wouldn't go so far as US President Joe Biden in calling the Russian leader a "killer," AFP reported.

China, Russia top NATO agenda as US seeks to rebuild transatlantic bonds

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the United States' commitment to NATO as he sought to strengthen the transatlantic relationship in a two-day summit this week in Brussels, which wrapped up Wednesday.

Tokyo Olympic torch relay starts in Fukushima

The Olympic torch relay will start in Fukushima on Thursday, kicking off a four-month countdown to the Summer Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 and the first-ever organized during a global pandemic, VOA News reports.

North Korea Fires Two Ballistic Missiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, says the US and Japan - the first such test since Joe Biden became US president, BBC reports.

Ten new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

10 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Trump in talks with upstart apps about new social network

Donald Trump has been in talks with no-name app vendors as he contemplates partnering with an existing platform to create his own social media network, Axios reports, citing sources familiar with the private discussions.

Number of coronavirus cases in US surpasses 30 mln

The number of people infected with coronavirus in the United States has exceeded 30 mln, according to the Johns Hopkins University estimations based on information from federal and local authorities, Tass informs.

Several roads are closed or difficult to pass across Armenia

Some roads are closed and difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on Thursday. The roadways leading from "Amberd" high mountain meteorological station to Amberd fortress and to Kari lake in Aragatsotn province are closed.

Japan confirms launch of two North Korean ballistic missiles

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles that fell outside Japan's exclusive economic zone on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters, Tass informs.

Deepen trade with Turkey but ready sanctions, EU report says

The European Union should start negotiations on deeper trade ties with Turkey but be ready to impose economic sanctions if Ankara moves against the bloc’s interests, according to a report prepared for a summit of EU leaders this week. Al Jazeera reported.

Issues on the compensation for citizens property loss during the war were discussed at the Presidential office

On March 24 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan convened a working consultation to discuss the issues of compensation for the loss of real estate and movable property of citizens during the last war, the Presidential Office stated.

Stoltenberg says EU, NATO will not be able to cope with challenges posed by Russia on their own

The European Union and NATO cannot cope with the challenges posed by Russia alone, so they need to work together, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted, speaking at the opening of the second day of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance countries with the participation of EU representatives, news.am reports.

Russia's State Duma passes bill allowing Putin to run for president again

Russia’s State Duma (the lower house of parliament) has passed the third reading of a bill allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again, TASS reported on Wednesday.

Russia records over 8,800 new COVID-19 cases in one day

Russia recorded 8,861 COVID-19 cases in the past day, bringing the total case tally to 4,483,471, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy calls on to protect Armenian Christian monuments in Nagorno Karabakh

The Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.), Member of the Hellenic Parliament dr. Maximos Charakopoulos, authorized by the I.A.O. International Secretariat, which held its virtual meeting on Wednesday, 17 March 2021, made a statement on the protection of Christian Monuments in Nagorno Karabakh.

Artsakh reports 7 daily coronavirus cases

7 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

The ninth convoy of the Humanitarian Response Center provided delivery of more than 60 tons of humanitarian cargo to the Kelbajar district

The Russian peacekeeping contingent continues to ensure the transit of goods between the territories that came under the control of Azerbaijan in November 2020, the Russian Defence Ministry informs.

The President of the Artsakh Republic signs the Government decision approving the program of comprehensive development of crop production

President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan signed the Governments decision approving the program of comprehensive development of crop production in the Republic, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenia defense minister, Russia army chief discuss Syunik security

Armenia’s Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valeriy Gerasimov held a telephone conversation in the evening of March 23.

Turkish foreign ministry expresses concern to Russian ambassador over situation in Idlib

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has expressed concern to Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov over the situation in Idlib, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry informed on Tuesday,Tass informs.

Georgia reports 528 fresh COVID-19 cases

Georgia on Tuesday reported 528 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total number of cases to 278,178, according to the country's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Putin to get coronavirus vaccine shot by end of day – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to get vaccinated by the end of the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, TASS reported.

Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old gold mask in southwest China

The remains of a gold mask are among a huge cache of 3,000-year-old artifacts found at an archaeological site in China's Sichuan province, CNN reports.

Armenian and Russian MODs discuss cooperation issues

Defense Minister of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu held a telephone conversation on March 23, the Armenian defense ministry said.

U.S. Senate confirms Marty Walsh as next labor secretary

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former union leader Marty Walsh, a son of Irish immigrants, as the next labor secretary, boosting Biden’s efforts to expand workers’ protection and delivering a win for the country’s organized labor movement, Reuters reports.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to meet Turkish FM in Brussels

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will have a face-to-face meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers gathering in Brussels on March 23-24, Ahval News reported on Monday, citing Al-Monitor.

Artsakh President awarded the representatives of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil

By the decree of the President of the Artsakh Republic, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil, Bishop Narek Berberian and the Chairman of the Council of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil Andre Kissajikian were awarded “Vachagan Barepasht” Medal.

Artsakh Parliament Speaker calls on international organizations to prevent destruction of Armenian monuments

Speaker of Parliament of Artsakh Artur Tovmasyan has made an appeal to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and to the World Council of Churches, over the danger threatening the Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories of Artsakh which have come under the Azerbaijani military occupation.

7 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

7 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

801 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

801 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 185,020, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Human Rights Watch calls for international pressure on Azerbaijan over Armenian POWs

Azerbaijan’s international partners should press the Aliyev government to hold the perpetrators of the torture and degrading treatment against Armenian servicemen and civilians accountable.

Search operations for missing in action resume

The search operations for the bodies of dead servicemen and the missing in action have resumed in the Hadrut region, the State Emergency Service of Artsakh informs.

Armenia MOD: Life of one of missing servicemen could not be saved

One of the servicemen who were missing in a severe snowstorm has died, the Ministry of Defense said.

Export from Armenia to EAEU states grows 19.3% in the beginning of 2021

The export from Armenia to the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) grew by 19.3% in January 2021 compared to January 2020. The largest share of export belongs to Russia, comprising 43 million 651 thousand USD, the Statistical Committee of Armenia reports.

Some roads closed and difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed or difficult to pass across Armenia

Posters at London Underground displaying Armenian historical and cultural heritage as Azerbaijani removed

Posters at London Underground displaying Armenian historical and cultural heritage as Azerbaijani have been removed.

Russia says US rebuffal of Putin-Biden talks after killer allegation is a missed opportunity

Russia said on Monday that a US refusal to organise live online talks between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden after the US president said he believed his Russian counterpart was a killer amounted to a serious missed opportunity, Reuters reported.

Dollar loses value in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 527.76/$1 in Armenia on Monday; this is down by AMD 0.11 from the previous business day in the country, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia.

French Legislators Condemn Biden’s Remarks about Putin

US President Joe Biden’s statements about his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are unacceptable, French senator from the Republicans party and former French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet told TASS on Monday.

Artsakh Defense Army reports 192 more casualties

The Defense Army of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has released the names of 192 more Armenian servicemen killed in the battles for the fatherland’s defense.

Trump returning to social media in a few months ‘with his own platform’

Former US President Donald Trump is coming back to social media -- but this time with his own network, a Trump spokesperson told Fox News on Sunday, CNN reports.

Contact with Two Contract Servicemen Lost, Search Operation Impeded by Snowstorm – Armenia’s MOD

Contact with two contract servicemen was lost on March 21 when in conditions of strong snowstorm they were passing from one combat position to another.

UNESCO warns of global water scarcity by 2030

The countries of the world do not care enough about the conservation of water resources, and this could cause a global water shortage of 40% within 10 years, EN24 reports, citing the annual report of UNESCO.

506 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

506 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 184,219, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Biden reacts to Turkey decision to withdraw from Istanbul Convention

Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing. This is noted in a statement by US President Biden on Turkey’s withdrawal from the aforesaid convention.

‘Armed Forces will maintain neutrality in political matters’ – Lt. General Artak Davtyan

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. General Artak Davtyan issued a statement on March 22, shortly after assuming office by virtue of law.

Lavrov considers it necessary for Russia to get away from using US dollar

You see how the United States announcing its task to limit the technological development opportunities of both the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated, news.am informs, citing Interfax.

‘Azerbaijan continues violations of int'l humanitarian law’ – Armenia MFA spox comments on Human Rights Watch report

Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan has commented on the recent report of the Human Rights Watch relating to the Armenian prisoners of war who are in the Azerbaijani captivity.

Lavrov says attempts to use sanctions to punish Russia and China are unwise

It is unwise to use sanctions in a bid to punish Russia and China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Chinese mass media.

Everything will be done to liberate occupied territories of Artsakh. Foreign Ministry

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the 101-st anniversary of the massacre of Armenians of Shushi, the ministry told Armenpress.

Search operations in Hadrut postponed due to bad weather. Artsakh emergency service

The planned search in the Hadrut region for the remains of servicemen fallen and for those still missing during the recent hostilities has been postponed due to low visibility, reported the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations.

Trump urges Biden to complete construction of southern border wall

Former US President Donald Trump on Sunday ripped the Biden administration for turning the migrant crisis at the southern border into a full-fledged “national disaster.”

7 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

7 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Artsakh State Minister received Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia

On March 19, State Minister and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Artsakh Grigory Martirosyan received Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Mesrop Arakelyan.

Turkey withdraws from treaty protecting women against violence

Turkey has pulled out of a landmark international convention aimed at preventing violence against women in a move rights groups say will put them at greater risk in a country that suffers high rates of domestic abuse and femicide.

Snow reported in Shirak, Kotayk provinces

Some roads are closed in the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.

Americans apologize to Russian embassy for recent US statements against Russia

The Russian embassy in Washington D.C. has received letters from US citizens, the head of the diplomatic mission, Anatoly Antonov said, news.am reports.

US is concerned about India's plans to acquire Russian S-400s

Senior Senator Bob Menendez called on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to express Washington's disagreement over India's intention to acquire the Russian S-400 missile defense system during a visit to New Delhi, news.am informs.

Arayik Harutyunyan received Rene Levonyan. Armenian Missionary Association pursues Artsakh programs

On March 19 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received Rene Levonyan, representative of Armenian Missionary Association of Eurasia and ''Hope for Armenia'' of France organizations, the Presidential Office informs.

Armenian FM presents Artsakh humanitarian situation to UN Human Rights High Commissioner

Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian and the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet held an online meeting, the foreign ministry said.

EU halts sanctions on Turkey oil executives as ties improve

The European Union has frozen plans to blacklist more senior executives at Turkey’s state-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), four diplomats said, in the clearest sign that a diplomatic offensive by Ankara this year is bearing fruit, Reuters reported.

Oscars 2021: No Zoom allowed for nominees

The nominees for this year's Oscars awards ceremony have been told by organisers that they won't be allowed to attend virtually.

Russia reports 9,699 daily COVID-19 cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 9,699 in the past 24 hours, 4,437,938 people have been infected so far, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Friday.

Facebook building Instagram version for kids under 13

Facebook Inc. is building a version of the photo-sharing tool Instagram specifically for children under the age of 13, an effort to get its popular products into the hands of the next generation of internet users, Bloomberg reports.

‘What is this, if not ethnic-religious based hatred?’ – Tatoyan on Aliyev’s visit to Armenian church

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has released facts on the policy of spreading ethnic-religious based hatred by the top leadership of Azerbaijan.

3 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

3 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Human Rights Watch: Armenian POWs abused in Azerbaijani custody

Azerbaijani forces abused Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) from the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, subjecting them to cruel and degrading treatment and torture either when they were captured, during their transfer, or while in custody at various detention facilities, Human Rights Watch said today.

‘UN always for elections where people can express themselves freely’ – Spox for Sec. General on Armenia

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has commented during a press briefing on the question relating to the snap parliamentary elections in Armenia expected to take place on June 20.

891 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

891 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 182,056, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Search operations for the bodies of the fallen servicemen will not be carried out today

Search operations for the bodies of the fallen servicemen will not be carried out on Friday, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Pompeo: China does not deserve to host 2022 Winter Olympics due to 'eerie similarities' with Nazi Germany

Permitting China to host next year's Winter Olympics would give Beijing a credibility boost similar to that enjoyed by Nazi Germany after the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "America Reports" Thursday.

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed in the Republic of Armenia.

Apple nears launch of new iPads after stay-at-home sales boost

Apple Inc. plans to announce new iPads as early as April, adding to a product line that has performed particularly well as people work and study from home, Bloomberg reports, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

No incidents registered on Armenian-Azerbaijani border – MoD

The operational situation remained stable along the entire length of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on March 17 and 18. No border incidents were registered, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reported on Friday.

Kremlin describes Biden’s remarks about Putin as ‘very bad’

US President Joe Biden's remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin can be described as "very bad," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday, Tass reports.

Artsakh Parliament Speaker receives Armenia independent MPs

Speaker of the National Assembly of Artsakh Artur Tovmasyann today received independent deputies of the National Assembly of Armenia Anna Grigoryan and Taguhi Tovmasyan.

Armenia PM: Snap parliamentary elections will be held on June 20

A little while ago, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan had a meeting with leader of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party Gagik Tsarukyan and posted the following on his Facebook page:

Biden says US to work with Azerbaijan to achieve regional peace

US President Joe Biden said his administration intends to work with Azerbaijan to achieve regional peace, news.am informs, citing TASS.

Armenia bans unlicensed use of cameras, including drones at borders

The Armenian government approved amendments to the Law on State Border and the Administrative Offense Code making it illegal for anyone to use photo-video devices, including drones, to film “the territory of the bordering country”, or the engineering facilities, buildings, surveillance towers and transportation equipment used by border guards in the “border layer” in Armenian territory unless having a special permit issued by the National Security Service.

Russian ambassador to US to fly to Moscow for consultations on March 20

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov will fly to Moscow on March 20 for consultations concerning future bilateral relations, the Russian embassy said on Wednesday, Tass reports.

National Council of Churches of Christ calls on US authorities to negotiate release of Armenian POWs

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) calls for the United States to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid for the people of Artsakh who were forced to flee their homes during the unprovoked attack by Azerbaijan and Turkey that displaced more than 50,000 ethnic Armenians in the region.

Israel’s Armenian community urges government to stop arms sales to Azerbaijan

The Union of the Armenian Communities in Israel organized a demonstration on Tuesday to protest Elbit Systems, an international defense electronics company that manufactures weapons supplied to Azerbaijan, Asbarez reports.

Armenia Records 181165 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

1024 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 181,165, the ministry of healthcare reports.

Onik Gasparyan to Continue Implementing His Duties as Chief of General Staff

Armenia's Administrative Court chaired by judge Mher Petrosyan ruled to uphold the petition submitted by the lawyer of Chief of Staff of Armenian Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan.

Pashinyan and Tsarukyan to hold meeting

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the leader of the Prosperous Armenia (BHK) opposition party Gagik Tsarukyan are scheduled to hold a meeting on March 18, the Premier’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan told ARMENPRESS.

World oil prices falling

World oil prices are dropping Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am informs.

Levon Aronian loses to Magnus Carlsen again, left out of tournament

On Day 2 of the quarterfinal of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour’s Magnus Carlsen Invitational, Levon Aronian lost to the world’s current champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen 1-2 and was left out, news.am informs.

Russian sappers clear some 1,700 hectares of land in Artsakh

The personnel of the humanitarian demining company of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) continue work to clean the areas from explosive devices.

Stepantsminda-Larsi Highway is Closed for All Types of Vehicles

The ministry of emergency situations reports that several roads are closed or difficult to pass across Armenia.

At least 9 people killed during Iran's traditional fire festival

At least nine people were killed and more than 1,800 were injured in varying degrees of severity during the Chaharshanbe Suri, a traditional fire festival in Iran, TASS reported.

US imposes sanctions on 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials

The United States imposed sanctions on 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials. The sanctions were imposed under the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and include a list of individuals believed to be contributing to China's failure to comply with its obligations under the Hong Kong mini-constitution, AFP reported.

Dutch documentarians want to make film about Artsakh

A group of Dutch documentarians who have arrived in Armenia to make a film about Artsak and are studying the materials at this stage, expressed a desire to meet with President of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia, film director Harutyun Khachatryan to talk about his film.

Russian gas supply to Armenia to be temporarily ensured via Azerbaijan’s territory – media

The Russian media outlets report that the supply of the Russian gas to Armenia will be temporarily carried out via Azerbaijan’s territory.

Construction work is underway in Charektar, Artsakh Republic

Reconstruction works are underway in 21 private houses in the village of Charektar,the region of Martakert, the Republic of Artsakh, the Ministry of Urban Planning of the Artsakh Republic informs.

France attaches importance to preservation of Artsakh’s cultural heritage – ambassador

French Ambassador to Armenia Jonathan Lacôte says the preservation of Artsakh’s cultural heritage has been one of the most important issues for them after the recent war.

PoWs must be returned – French Ambassador to Armenia

French Ambassador to Armenia Jonathan Lacôte assures that the Armenian prisoners of war must be returned from Azerbaijan.

NATO hopes that Ukraine, Georgia will become members of the alliance

NATO remains committed to its open door policy, which provides for the possibility of Georgia and Ukraine joining this military-political alliance. The statement came from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, VOA reports.

10 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Artsakh

10 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reported.

US Congressmen introduce resolution urging Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian POWs

The bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), David G. Valadao (R-CA), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced a resolution calling on Azerbaijan to immediately release all prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians currently detained in the aftermath of the 2020 war in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). The resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 31 Members, Armenpress reports citing Congressman Adam Schiff’s website.

Biden urges migrants not to come to US

US President Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday that his message to migrants is “Don’t come over,” ABC reported.

Philippines suspends entry of foreigners, some nationals as COVID-19 cases are growing

The Philippines suspended the entry of foreigners and some nationals to the country for a month as COVID-19 cases and infections of new variants are growing, the Philippines’ coronavirus task force said in a statement, reports TASS.

Magnus Carlsen defeats Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian was defeated by the world’s current chess champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen on the first game day of the quarter final of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational tournament of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, news.am informs.

Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 327,000 in past day — WHO

More than 327,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 119.96 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Russia defense minister: Nagorno-Karabakh is uniquely very complicated operation

Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)] is a uniquely very complicated operation. This was stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu in an interview with the Tengrinews agency of Kazakhstan, news.am reports.

Russian peacekeepers continue to destroy explosives devices in Artsakh

The personnel of the engineering subdivision of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continue work on the destruction of explosive objects found in the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), the Russian defense ministry reports.

Artsakh FM meets with OSCE chief in Yerevan

Artsakh’s Foreign Minister David Babayan, who is on a working visit to Armenia, on Tuesday met in Yerevan with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.

US return to Iran nuclear deal possible - IAEA

An American return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remains possible, but both sides need to be prepared to negotiate, the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog suggested to European Parliamentarians on Tuesday, according to ABC News.

NATO's Stoltenberg expresses 'serious concerns' over Turkey's actions

The NATO secretary general on Monday said he maintained "serious concerns" over actions by member state Turkey, but added the alliance was an important platform for resolving disputes involving Ankara, Ahval News reported.

FFA receives official letter from AS Roma about Mkhitaryan's injury

The Football Federation of Armenia received an official letter from AS Roma with the results of MRI of Mkhitaryan's right leg, FFA reports.

Ararat Mirzoyan Has a Telephone Talk with Valentina Matviyenko

The Speaker of the RA National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan had a telephone talk with the Speaker of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly Valentina Matviyenko, the Armenian Parliament reports.

Armenian FM says recent developments in region underlined need for strong OSCE MG Co- Chairmanship

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian has made a statement for press following his meeting today with Ann Linde, the Foreign Minister of Sweden and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Yerevan.

‘At this stage it’s important to show respect to international humanitarian law’ – OSCE Chair

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde says the situation following the November 10 agreement on the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh has changed in the region.

World oil prices dropping

World oil prices are falling Tuesday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am reports.

Over 31,000 displaced Artsakh residents received financial assistance from Armenian government

Nearly 31,220 displaced residents of Artsakh have received financial support from the Armenian government in the amount of 300,000 drams.

4 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

4 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Artsakh in the past 24 hours, the ministry of healthcare reported.

585 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

585 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 179,287, the ministry of healthcare reports.

‘Funds raised during war were not misused’: Hayastan Fund’s Board of Trustees issues statement

The Board of Trustees of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund has released a statement, noting that the funds raised during the recent Artsakh war have not been misused.

Search operations for bodies of Artsakh war casualties resume

The Artsakh rescuers have resumed the search operations for the bodies of servicemen and missing in action.

Kosovo Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Kosovo opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Armenian pilgrims accompanied by Russian peacekeepers visited the Christian monasteries of Dadivank and Amaras

As part of the implementation of the trilateral statement of the President of Russia, the President of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia dated November 9, 2020, Russian peacekeepers continue to assist in the restoration of peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defence Ministry reports.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to meet with Armenia’s PM, President and FM in Yerevan

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde will meet with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President Armen Sarkissian and Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian on March 16 during her visit in Yerevan, the OSCE reports.

Putin discusses implementation of Nagorno-Karabakh agreements with Pashinyan and Aliyev

On March 11 and 12, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had phone conversations with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the Kremlin reports.

Arayik Harutyunyan appointed Vahan Badasyan President's representative at large

On March 12 President Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree on appointing Vahan Badasyan President's representative at large, who will deal with both the security and the displaced people's issues.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus hold joint naval drills

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus have held joint naval exercises - a clear sign of increased cooperation between the three countries, which increasingly view Turkey as a rival in the Mediterranean, AP reported.

Kremlin critic Navalny moved from jail, whereabouts 'unknown'

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been moved from a jail in Russia’s Vladimir region and his whereabouts are currently unknown, Reuters reports, citing a post on Friday on Navalny’s Twitter account.

Russia on Aliyev's statement on Zangezur: Moscow notes constructive attitude shown by Baku and Yerevan

Moscow notes the generally constructive attitude shown by Baku and Yerevan within the framework of the trilateral working group chaired by the vice prime ministers of Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, as news.am informs, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova noted.

US, Israel discuss Iran in first meeting of strategic group

Senior US and Israel officials focused on concerns about Iran during the first virtual meeting of a bilateral strategic group on Thursday, an issue on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has differences with the new Biden administration, Reuters reports, citing the White House.

ANCA alerts Biden, Blinken about planned Turkey-Azerbaijan attack on Armenia

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has alerted US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken of a planned attack on Armenia by Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Russia sees no risk for regional security in upcoming Azeri military drills

Moscow doesn’t see any risks for regional security in Azerbaijan’s upcoming military drills, the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

Another German lawmaker quits amid lobbying allegations involving Azerbaijan

German lawmaker Mark Hauptmann (CDU) has resigned amid lobbying allegations, Deutsche Welle reports.

Armenian military to hold major combined arms drills

In accordance with the Armed Forces’ combat-readiness plan for the first half 2021, joint tactical and tactical-professional military exercises will be held from March 16 to 20, in all operation directions of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia informs.

Azerbaijan set to conduct large-scale military exercises with up to 10,000 troops

On Monday, March 15, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will begin conducting operative-tactical military exercises with up to 10,000 servicemen, nearly 100 armored vehicles, up to 200 missile and artillery systems and mortars, in forested and mountainous territories, carrying out operations to fight against terrorist detachments and illegally armed groups, Zartonk Media reported, citing Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry.

Israeli strikes target Iranian oil bound for Syria

Israel has targeted at least a dozen vessels bound for Syria and mostly carrying Iranian oil out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing US and regional officials.

Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan presents Azerbaijan’s delay of PoW return at UN Human Rights Council

During the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, on March 8, 2021, the video message of the Republic of Armenia (RA) Human Rights Defender was published and broadcast in a special format. Only national human rights institutions with an international "A" status have such an opportunity.

Newly appointed Ambassador of Finland delivers credentials to President Sarkissian

Newly appointed Ambassador of Finland to Armenia Kirsti Narinen (residence in Helsinki) delivered credentials to President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, informed the press service of the President’s Office.

Armenia Speaker of Parliament to nominate Russian counterpart for Medal of Honor

Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan thanked Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matviyenko for mediating the release of a Lebanese-Armenian woman from Azerbaijani captivity.

Aronian to play in first tournament after decision to no longer represent Armenia

Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian will compete in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour rapid chess tournament, which will start on Saturday, news.am reports.

Four former US presidents come together to encourage vaccinations

The exclusive club of former presidents — minus its most recently inducted member — is featured in two national ad campaigns released Thursday that are aimed at building confidence among Americans in the coronavirus vaccines, according to copies of the videos provided to NBC News.

President Arayik Harutyunyan received the delegation of the ''United Armenia'' party

On March 11 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received the delegation of the ''United Armenia'' party led by Vahan Badasyan, the head of the party, the Presidential Office reports.

Armen Sarkissian has not signed Pashinyan's proposal to appoint Lt. General Artak Davtyan as new army chief

President Armen Sarkissian rejected the Prime Minister’s motion on appointing Lt. General Artak Davtyan as the new Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the President's press office reported.

Cavusoglu says Turkey’s door for cooperation is open for all, including Armenia

“Changing the fate of our region and ensuring lasting peace and stability in the Caucasus is already possible,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Movlud Cavusoglu during his speech at the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, according to local sources.

Two new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

Two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Artsakh Ministry of Health.

748 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Armenia

The Ministry of Healthcare says 748 new coronavirus cases were confirmed over the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total number of confirmed cases to 176,286.

Prosperous Armenia Party MP: Maral Najarian Arrived Home to Beirut

Diaspora Armenian Maral Najarian, who was taken prisoner by Azerbaijan, has arrived in her home: Beirut. Opposition Prosperous Armenia Party MP Naira Zohrabyan wrote about this on Facebook, NEWS.am reports.

Search operations for war casualties continue in Hadrut and Varanda directions

Two search and rescue teams on Thursday continue the search operations for the bodies of the fallen servicemen and for the missing.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to Visit Armenia, Azerbaijan

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde plans to visit Armenia.

Opening embassy in Yerevan to boost cooperation, says Ambassador of Netherlands to Armenia

Armenia has big opportunities in the high-tech and tourism sectors, and the government of the Netherlands is already working with the Armenian government in several directions, such as cadastre reforms and agriculture.

Russian and Armenian MODs discuss situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Minister of Defense of Russia, army general Sergey Shoygu discussed the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the military and military-technical cooperation during a phone conversation with Minister of Defense of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan, news.am reports, citing TASS.

Arayik Harutyunyan awarded a group of servicemen

On March 10 President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan received a group of servicemen of the N military unit headed by Vladimir Vartanov, a distinguished military figure, the Presidential Office informs.

Arayik Harutyunyan receives head of Armenia's National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan today received Director of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance of Armenia Ruben Topchyan.

6 bodies of servicemen found in Martuni and Fizuli regions

Search and rescue teams of Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations found and removed another six bodies after search efforts conducted in the southwestern sector of Martuni region and Varanda (Fizuli) region.

Kremlin confident Turkey will realize Russia’s stance on Crimea is correct

Moscow is confident that in time, Turkey will understand that Russia’s position on Crimea is correct, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday, TASS reports.

Dollar gains value in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 525.93/$1 in Armenia on Wednesday; this is up by AMD 0.64 from Tuesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia, news.am reports.

Greece aims to open to tourists from 14 May

Greece aims to open to tourists from 14 May, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis announced on Tuesday – although they will need to provide proof of full vaccination, Covid-19 antibodies, or a negative test to enter.

India plans to connect Indian Ocean with Eurasia via Armenia

India says it is planning to connect the Indian Ocean with Eurasia through Armenia, creating a North-South Corridor.

EU Special Representative for South Caucasus visits Azerbaijan

Toivo Klaar, the European Union (EU) Special Representative for the South Caucasus, has visited Azerbaijan. Klaar announced this on his Twitter.

CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting to be held in Tajikistan

The next meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in Dushanbe in May this year.

Russia MFA: Moscow hopes for speedy settlement of situation in Armenia

The situation in Armenia is the internal affair of that country. Russia is interested in resolving the situation as soon as possible. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko stated this Wednesday, answering TASS's question, news.am reports.

Two new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

Two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Ministry of Health of Artsakh.

We Take General Staff Chief’s Advice As Instruction. Armenia Army

The command staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia made a statement.

Prime Minister nominates Lt. General Artak Davtyan as new Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan nominated Lt. General Artak Davtyan to be the new Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the PM’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan told Armenpress.

Spying allegations against UNICEF representative to Armenia are baseless, says UN spokesman

At Tuesday’s press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, spokesman Stephane Dujarric responded also to publications related to Marianne Clark-Hattingh, the UNICEF representative to Armenia, news.am reports.

Biden Sued by 12 States over Climate Executive Order

A coalition of 12 US states is suing President Biden's administration over a climate executive order that they claim has the potential to have a serious economic impact across the country through the expansion of federal regulatory power, Fox News reports.

PACE President to Visit Russia on March 15-16

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Rik Daems will make a working visit to Moscow on March 15-16, according to a schedule on PACE’s website, TASS reports.

Lavrov, Cavusoglu to Meet in Doha on Mar. 10

Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu are scheduled to meet in Doha on Wednesday, the Russian delegation declared, TASS reports.

Local residents clash with militants in Syria’s Idlib

Local residents clashed with members of Turkish-backed militant groups in Syria’s Idlib province, Alexander Karpov, a deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria, told a briefing on Monday, Tass reports.

Pope Francis visits Armenian Orthodox church in Mosul during historic tour of Iraq

Pope Francis ended his historic tour of Iraq on Monday, departing by plane from Baghdad after visiting conflict-torn cities, meeting Muslim and Christian leaders and preaching peace and coexistence over war.

Presidency denies reports alleging Sarkissian secretly visited Azerbaijan

President Armen Sarkissian’s Office is denying media reports alleging that he secretly visited Azerbaijan on November 17th in 2020.

Armenian authorities look into allegations of UNICEF Rep.’s espionage for Azerbaijan and UK

The prosecutor’s office says they don’t have any information about UNICEF Representative to Armenia Marianne Clark-Hattingh's alleged espionage for Azerbaijan while in office.

Menendez collecting Senate signatures on letter asking President Biden to recognize Armenian Genocide

US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is collecting Senate signatures on a bipartisan letter calling on President Biden to follow the lead of Congress in fully and formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Search for fallen soldiers’ bodies temporarily halted in Artsakh

The search operations for the bodies of the fallen servicemen has been temporarily stopped due to the heavy snowfalls.

182 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Tuesday morning, 182 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 175,198 in the country,

World oil prices going up

World oil prices are on the rise on Tuesday morning, and trading data attest to this.

Armenia removes Marianne Clark-Hattingh as UNICEF rep. citing uncooperativeness and failures

The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed the reasons behind suspending Marianne Clark-Hattingh’s duties as UNICEF’s Representative in Armenia.

Department of State accuses Russia of disinformation campaign against US vaccines

Four Russian websites, allegedly directed by Russia’s intelligence services, are spreading false information against US anti-coronavirus vaccines, US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday, Tass reports.

Artsakh President’s Office launches hotline

The Office of the Artsakh President has launched a hotline to make to respond more effectively to citizens' questions, suggestions, requirements and complaints.

Netherlands recognizes all Armenian detainees in Azeri custody as PoWs – Ambassador

The Dutch government considers as PoWs all captive Armenians who are held by Azerbaijan, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Armenia Nico Schermers told Armenpress.

Israel allows entry to foreigners in exceptional cases

Israel allows entry to foreign citizens in exceptional cases starting from March 8, subject to certain rules, which were published by the press service of the country's government, news.am reports, citing Prime.

Brent oil price goes up

The price of Brent oil has exceeded $71 per barrel; this is evidenced by the trading data.

Congressman Pallone asks Biden Administration to address issue of Armenian captives and Azerbaijan’s gross violations

Congressman Frank Pallone says he personally spoke with US President Joe Biden’s Administration over the issue of the Armenian captives whom Azerbaijan refuses to return after the Artsakh war.

Catholicos of All Armenians: May the Lord grant comfort to our mothers, sisters who passed through hardships of war

The role of a woman is irreplaceable in the strength of the family, in educating our children with Christian values and patriotic traditions. The Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, noted this in his message addressed to Armenian women on International Women’s Day, news.am reports.

Artsakh army officers extend support to Armenian army chief

As many as 124 officers of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Defense Army have extended their support to Colonel General Onik Gasparyan, the chief of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Armenia, urging the political authorities to end the process of terminating his official authority.

Today's search for bodies of fallen soldiers and for the missing canceled

Due to fog and low visibility, the search operations for the bodies of fallen servicemen and for the missing in Artsakh’s southern part have been canceled, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Over 300 mln people vaccinated against coronavirus globally

More than 300 mln people worldwide have already been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, TASS reports.

Senator Bob Menendez calls on Biden to recognize Armenian Genocide and work for release of POWs

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) – Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – pressed the Biden Administration to join Congress in properly recognizing the Armenian Genocide and also to work for the release of Armenian hostages illegally held by the Azerbaijani government, informed the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Biden extends US sanctions against Iran

US President Joe Biden has decreed to extend the set of sanctions against Iran, which are in force since 1995, for another year, TASS.ru reports, citing the White House press office.

PM Pashinyan holds phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. Nikol Pashinyan first congratulated Mr. Blinken on being appointed to such a high state position. Speaking about the bilateral relations, Prime Minister Pashinyan appreciated the U.S. Government’s continued support to Armenia and the role played by the United States within the OSCE Minsk Group.

Israel will Defend Itself if world Fails to Stall Iran’s Nuclear Plans: Benny Gantz

The Israeli military is updating plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites and is prepared to act independently, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Fox News.

“Trilateral statement doesn’t mention establishment of a corridor” – Yerevan responds to Aliyev’s statements

The Armenian foreign ministry responded to Azeri leader Ilham Aliyev’s latest statement where he described Zangezur as “historical territory” of his country and claimed to have resolved the NK conflict and realized the UNSC resolutions.

Lithuania cultural figures call on Azerbaijan to speed up POWs’ return to Armenia

Famous Lithuanian film director and producer Kestutis Drazdauskas posted on his Facebook account a statement by eminent intellectuals of Lithuania, appealing to Azerbaijan to speed up the exchange of bodies, prisoners of war and hostages, and their return to Armenia, informed the Embassy of Armenia to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Brexit: EU to launch legal proceedings against UK 'very soon'

Brussels has warned it will launch legal action “very soon” following a move by the UK to unilaterally delay implementation of part of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland, The Guardian reported.

Armenia opts out from 2021 Eurovision

Armenia will not participate in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

Ombudsman releases evidence on Azeri sporadic gunfire in immediate vicinity of Armenian villages

Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan released evidence that Azerbaijani armed forces continue opening gunfire in the immediate vicinity of the peaceful settlements in the Syunik Province.

EU first as Italy blocks export of coronavirus vaccines to Australia

Italy has blocked a shipment of coronavirus vaccines going to Australia - the first time a new EU export control mechanism has been used, Euronews reports.

Four new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh

Four new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Ministry of Health of Artsakh.

442 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

442 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases is 173,749.

Biden lauds NASA team for giving US 'dose of confidence'

President Joe Biden on Thursday congratulated the NASA team responsible for last month’s successful landing of an six-wheeled rover on Mars and for giving the country a “dose of confidence” at a moment when the nation's reputation as a scientific leader has been tattered by the coronavirus pandemic.

German parliament discussion: Armenian Ombudsman highlight urgency of repatriating PoWs from Azeri custody

A special online discussion on Armenian prisoners of war in Azerbaijani custody was organized in the German Bundestag during which the Armenian Human Rights Defender presented a separate report, the ombudsman’s office said in a news release.

Remains of two fallen soldiers handed over to Artsakh’s Service of Emergency Situations

Search and rescue teams of Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations found no casualties of the 2020 war or missing soldiers during their operations in former combat zones in southern regions on Thursday.

Turkey to host subsequent Turkish-Azerbaijani military exercises

The Turkish Ministry of Defense reports that it has hosted a meeting with servicemen of the Azerbaijani army who have come to Isparta to hold six-week command-staff military exercises.

Cultural event entititled ''Through Art to Peace" held in Stepanakert Art Gallery

A cultural event entitled "Through Art to Peace" was organized in Stepanakert Art Gallery.

Biden Administration Singles out China as "Biggest Geopolitical Test" for U.S

President Joe Biden singled out a “growing rivalry with China” as a key challenge facing the United States, with his top diplomat describing the Asian country as “the biggest geopolitical test” of this century, Reuters reports.

Russian peacekeepers continue to destroy explosives devices in Nagorno-Karabakh

The personnel of the engineering subdivision of the Russian peacekeeping contingent continue work on the destruction of explosive objects found in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Lt. General Tiran Khachatryan files lawsuit to be reinstated as first deputy chief of general staff

The former First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. General Tiran Khachatryan has filed a lawsuit to the administrative court requesting to invalidate the presidential decree that relieved him from duties.

US Lawmakers Cancel March 4 Meeting over Capitol Attack Threat

US House of Representatives cancelled the hearing scheduled for March 4 after receiving a law enforcement warning about possible preparation of an attack on the Capitol, TASS reports.

491 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

Armenia’s National Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 491 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total number of confirmed cases to 173,307.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up on Thursday morning, and trading data attest to this.

Facebook to lift ban on political advertising

Facebook (FB) said it plans to lift a moratorium on US political advertising this Thursday, ending a ban that had been in place since the November elections, CNN reports.

European Commission deplores Azerbaijani attacks on Shushi Cathedral during 2020 war

In the response to the urgent written question sent to the European Commission by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Loucas Fourlas (Cyprus, EPP), the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell states on behalf of the European Commission that the latter deplores the damages caused to the Shushi Ghazanchetsots Cathedral by the Azerbaijani armed forces, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) said in a news release.

Artsakh emergency service: Search operations in south failed to yield results

Artsakh search and rescue teams did not find any remains of war casualties in the southern direction of Artsakh during the recent search operation, the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations reported.

SpaceX's Starship rocket lands but then explodes

The SpaceX company has managed to land one of its Starship prototypes at the end of a high-altitude test flight.

Rockets Hit Iraq's Ain al-Asad Air Base Hosting US Troops

At least 10 rockets have landed at Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, according to the Iraqi military and the US-led coalition forces, al-Jazeera reports.

Armenia’s President Meets Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces

Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian met today with the Chief of the General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan, the Staff of the President of Armenia reports.

Ankara considering possibility of acquiring new batch of Russia's S-400s

The Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) Chairperson Ismail Demir confirmed on Wednesday that Ankara continues to consider the possibility of acquiring a second batch of Russia's S-400 missiles, despite the pressure exerted by the United States.

Armenia army general staff issues new statement

Colonel-General Onik Gasparyan will continue serving as the chief of the Armenian army’s General Staff until the expiration of an 8-day period, the General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

International Azerbaijani-language media outlets start reacting to Armenian ombudsman’s statements

International Azerbaijani-language media outlets have begun to react to the statements of Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan that the border process in Syunik Province violates the rights of residents. These statements refer to the assertions of impermissibility of the presence of the Azerbaijani armed forces, signs and flags in Syunik, Tatoyan said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Over 15,000 hectares of arable land in Artsakh’s Martuni came under Azerbaijan control

After the 44-day war in 2020, 15,792.1 hectares out of 27,133.1 hectares of arable land in the Martuni region of Artsakh came under Azerbaijani control.

Erdogan tells Macron they can contribute to peace and stability from Europe to the Caucasus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told French President Emmanuel Macron that cooperation between the two countries has “very serious potential” as the NATO members work to normalise ties after bitter disputes last year, Al Jazeera reported.

Pope Francis Warns Mankind Will Face a Second Great Flood

Pope Francis has warned that mankind is facing a second great flood caused by climate change unless leaders act to fix corruption and injustice, The Daily Mail reports.

Russia MFA: US administration has launched hostile anti-Russian attack

The US administration has launched a hostile anti-Russian attack, announcing, in a duet with the European Union, the next measures of sanctions to "punish Moscow." This is stated in a commentary of the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, news.am reports.

Biden vows enough coronavirus vaccine for all US adults by end of May

President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reopenings, AP reported.

Artsakh emergency service: Search for missing soldiers continue

Three search and rescue teams of Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations on Wednesday are carrying out operations in the Hadrut region and southern part of Kashatagh region beyond Artsakh’s control to find casualties of the 2020 war and those missing in action, the service said.

Georgia FM to visit Turkey

Georgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani on Wednesday will pay a visit to Turkey at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, news.am reports, citing Georgia-Online.

Stable operative-tactical situation maintained on Armenia state border, no incidents recorded

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight March 1-2, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Artsakh has new economy and agriculture minister

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan today signed a decree on dismissing Ashot Bakhshiyan from the position of Minister of Economy and Agriculture based on his resignation letter.

Armenia President decides to not sign draft decree on dismissing army's general staff chief

Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian has again rejected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s motion to dismiss Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan.

Artsakh NA committee holds hearings on making Russian an official language

On March 2, the Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports of the Artsakh Republic National Assembly organized parliamentary hearings on the draft law "On Making Amendments to the Law on Language.''

Armenia opposition faction leader visits Armen Sarkissian

The leader of the Bright Armenia (LHK) opposition party Edmon Marukyan says he visited President Armen Sarkissian.

Rare Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie smashes auction record

A rare Winston Churchill painting that was gifted to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II and eventually made its way into actor Angelina Jolie's collection has become the most expensive painting by the former British prime minister to sell at auction, fetching nearly £8.3 million ($11.5 million) after fees, CNN reports.

Artsakh President introduces newly appointed head of Verification Service

On March 2, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyann introduced newly appointed Head of the President’s Verification Service Mher Abrahamyan to the staff, the Presidential Office reports.

Pentagon announces $125 million security assistance package for Ukraine

The Pentagon on Monday announced a $125 million security assistance package for Ukraine, with another $150 million contingent on Kyiv making progress on reforms and anti-corruption efforts, The Hill reported.

World oil prices dropping

World oil prices are falling Tuesday morning, and trading data attest to this, news.am reports.

Boeing to base US air force prototype on Australian pilotless combat jet

Boeing Co will use a pilotless, fighter-like jet developed in Australia as the basis for its U.S. Air Force Skyborg prototype, an executive at the plane maker said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Five new cases of coronavirus reported in Artsakh

On 2 March, five new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Artsakh, informed the Ministry of Health of Artsakh.

Artsakh resumes search operations for the bodies of the war casualties and missing soldiers

The rescue service of Artsakh re-started the search operations for the bodies of the war casualties and the missing soldiers.

170 U.S. lawmakers urge Biden administration to push Turkey on rights

One hundred seventy members of the US House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President Joe Biden’s administration to address “troubling” human rights issues as it formulates policy for dealings with Turkey, Reuters reported.

About 30 pilgrims from Nagorno-Karabakh accompanied by Russian peacekeepers visited the Christian monastery of Amaras

As part of the implementation of the trilateral statement of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020, Russian peacekeepers continue to assist in the restoration of peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defence Ministry reports.

Situation on Armenia-Azerbaijan border remains stable

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight February 28-March 1, the Defense Ministry of Armenia said.

Netanyahu Says Iran 'Clearly' Behind Blast on Israeli-Owned Ship

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran on Monday for a blast aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week but sidestepped a question on whether Israel would retaliate, Jerusalem Post reports.

Armenia President and Prime Minister meet

President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a meeting today, the president’s office said.

Iran won't hand over data to IAEA until sanctions lifted, official says

Spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday that Iran would not hand over data to IAEA until the US sanctions were lifted, IRNA reported.

'Get rid of them all!': Trump urges GOP to purge 17 members who voted to impeach him

Donald Trump has used his CPAC speech to demand a purge of his political rivals, singling out Mitt Romney and 'warmonger' Liz Cheney, who both voted to impeach him.

Kremlin hails Pashinyan’s clarification on Iskanders

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has expressed satisfaction over Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan’s spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan’s statement regarding the Iskander missile systems.

Working group on Karabakh to hold a meeting on March 1

The fourth meeting of the trilateral working group (Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia) on Nagorno-Karabakh at the level of deputy prime ministers will be held on March 1 in a video conference mode, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Overchuk told reporters the results of the third meeting of the working group, TASS news agency reported.

Japan PM apologizes for scandal over his son's contacts with officials

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga acknowledged on Monday that the scandal surrounding his eldest son's contacts with high-ranking officials seriously undermines public confidence in the head of government, USA News Today reported.

Pompeo: Release of Khashoggi report 'reckless'

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decried the Biden administration's release of a declassified report regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on Sunday, calling the report's release a "reckless" move, The Hill reports.

Four more block-modular towns erected for Russian peacekeepers in Stepanakert and Martuni

In order to improve the conditions for the deployment of military personnel of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, the CSS specialists of the Russian Ministry of Defence have erected and put into operation four more block-modular towns in the settlements of Stepanakert and Martuni.

President Sarkissian calls for tolerance and solidarity

President Armen Sarkissian paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the 2008 March 1 unrest. His office said that he sent flowers to the Myasnikyan statue in downtown Yerevan as a tribute.

Syria ‘repels’ Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack over Damascus on Sunday evening, DW.com reports, citing state media.

The process of "determination" of the borders with Azerbaijan contradicts the principles of international law. Ombudsman

The process of "determination" of the borders with Azerbaijan contradicts the principles of international law.

Golden Globes winners are announced

Hollywood's awards season kicked off Sunday at a very different Golden Globes, with winners dialing in remotely to a ceremony that battled through technical glitches and a few awkward moments as the stars doled out prizes and confronted controversy over a lack of diversity among event organisers, France 24.

Artsakh Presidential Chief of Staff comments on Aliyev's statements about the captives, the Artsakh status and the entry of foreigners

Artsakh cannot be a part of Azerbaijan.

EU calls for exchaning POWs ‘in line with November 9 statement’

The European Union considers it necessary to respect the international law and fully implement the privision of returning all prisoners of war (POWs) enshrined in the November 9 joint declaration signed by the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, This is noted in the EU statement on the annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General.

UN Security Council adopts resolution on equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines

The UN Security Council on Friday announced the adoption of a resolution calling for strengthened international cooperation to facilitate equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, and during complex humanitarian emergencies, the UN informed in a press release.

Turkey slams Dutch government’s recognition of Armenian Genocide

Turkey on Friday slammed a decision by the Dutch House of Representatives to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi King after going into details of Khashoggi murder

US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America's old ally on a new footing.

PACE co-rapporteurs consider statement of Armenian Armed Forces General Staff unacceptable

PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Aberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC) have expressed their concern over the ongoing developments in Armenia.

Putin discusses situation around Nagorno Karabakh with Security Council

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a consultation with the permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the situation around Nagorno Karabakh, the Kremlin press service reported.

Parliament Speaker Mirzoyan meets with President Armen Sarkissian

Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan met with President of the Republic Armen Sarkissian, the Parliament informs.

Deputy PMs of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia to meet in Moscow on Saturday

A regular meeting of the working group will be held on Saturday in Moscow under the joint chairmanship of the deputy prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia.

Armenia President to meet with representatives of opposition Homeland Salvation Movement

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian will meet with representatives of the opposition Homeland Salvation Movement today at 3:40 p.m. This is what coordinator of the Movement Ishkhan Saghatelyan announced at Baghramyan Avenue, adding that the representatives will report the results after the meeting, news.am reports.

Kremlin spokesperson says events in Armenia do not yet affect implementation of Nagorno-Karabakh agreements

Events in Armenia have not yet affected the implementation of the agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Friday.

Aliyev says Armenia did not use Iskander

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that Armenia did not use Iskander during Baku's aggression against Artsakh.

Artsakh, Armenian FMs discuss NK conflict settlement

On February 25, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh David Babayan, who is on a working visit in Yerevan, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Ara Ayvazyan, the Artsakh Foreign Ministry stated.

Aliyev: Baku has returned all Armenian captives

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has stated that Baku has returned all Armenian captives and only "terrorists and saboteurs" are still being held, news.am reports, citing Tass.

Artsakh MFA Memorandum sent to international organizations over Aliyev’s visit to occupied territories

On February 25, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh sent a Memorandum to international organizations on the occasion of the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to the occupied territories of Artsakh, the ministry stated

NATO urges calm in Armenia

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu has commented on the ongoing domestic political developments in Armenia.

283 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

283 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 171,510, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

Dutch Parliament adopts pro-Armenian motions: Now it’s the government's move to recognize Genocide

The Parliament of the Netherlands has adopted on February 25 two pro-Armenian motions: the one is the motion submitted by MP Joël Voordewind (ChristenUnie), which calls on the Dutch government explicitly to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

US State Department comments on ongoing developments in Armenia, calls for peaceful solution

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has commented on the ongoing domestic political developments in Armenia, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and to avoid any escalatory or violent actions”.

France embassy in Armenia issues statement

The French embassy in Armenia has issued a statement, news.am reports.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry denies reports of provocations on Nakhichevan border

The Armenian Defense Ministry on Friday dismissed media reports alleging the Azerbaijani military carried out provocative actions on the Nakhichevan-Armenia border.

Newly-elected Georgian PM appoints Deputy PMs

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani and Minister of Finance Ivane Machavariani have become Deputy Prime Ministers of Georgia, the PM Irakli Garibashvili noted.

Ruling bloc reiterates support to Prime Minister Pashinyan

The ruling My Step bloc of the Armenian parliament has reiterated support to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan after the General Staff the Armed Forces demanded his resignation.

Kremlin follows developments in Armenia with concern - Peskov

The Kremlin has commented on the ongoing developments in Armenia.

Nikol Pashinyan fires Chief of General Staff

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has sacked the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan.

President Arayik Harutyunyan says ready to mediate in overcoming political crisis in Armenia

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan says the ongoing domestic political developments in Armenia are strictly concerning. He urged all sides to show soberness and common sense.

Armenian Armed Forces General Staff demands resignation of Pashinyan Administration

The top brass of the Armenian military is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his Cabinet.

282 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Thursday morning, 282 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 171,227 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Russia peacekeepers in Artsakh help resume operation of Lachin hydroelectric power plant

As part of the implementation of the trilateral statement by the president of Russia, the president of Azerbaijan, and the prime minister of Armenia on November 9, 2020, Russian peacekeepers continue to assist in the resumption of peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Noubar Afeyan’s Moderna working with scientists on vaccine against new variant of coronavirus

Moderna Inc said on Wednesday it is working with US government scientists to study an experimental booster shot that targets a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, and has raised its global COVID-19 vaccine production goal for this year by 100 million doses, Reuters reported.

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The Armenian ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass across the Republic due to weather conditions.

US patience with Iran on renewing nuclear talks 'not unlimited'

The United States’ patience with Iran on returning to discussions over the 2015 nuclear deal is “not unlimited,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Twitter removes hundreds of accounts ‘linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia’

Twitter said on Tuesday it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies, according to Reuters.

No incidents recorded along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight February 23-24, the Defense Ministry of Armenia informs.

Blinken says US will seek election to UN Human Rights Council

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the United States will seek election to the UN Human Rights Council later this year, and until then will remain an active observer and speak out about violations around the world, Reuters reported.

Georgia simplifies entry for Armenia citizens

Georgia will re-open the air traffic with Armenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Azerbaijan and Belarus starting March 1, 2021, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at a press briefing, Sputnik Georgia reports.

The third meeting of "Artsakh-Diaspora Partnership" virtual bridge-platform took place

On February 9, 2021, the third meeting of the Artsakh-Diaspora Partnership virtual bridge-platform took place.

Artsakh NA to hold hearings on initiative to make Russian an official language in Artsakh

On March 2, the Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports of the Artsakh National Assembly will hold parliamentary hearings on the draft law "On Making Amendments and Addenda to the Law on Language.

Russia reports over 11,700 COVID-19 cases in past day

Russia’s COVID-19 case tally rose by 11,749 in the past day reaching 4,200,902, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

First meeting: Biden and Trudeau pledge to fight China and climate changes

US President Joe Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Tuesday tried to turn the page of the Trump era, highlighting the deep ties between countries and pledging to work together to counter Chinese influence and tackle climate change, Reuters reported.

Biden 'to call Saudi king' before release of Khashoggi intelligence report

US President Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Wednesday, ahead of the scheduled release of a US intelligence report detailing the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

1 new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

1 new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Artsakh over the past one day, the ministry of healthcare reported.

COVID-19 death toll worldwide decreases by 20% in one week – WHO

The number of coronavirus infections worldwide has decreased by 11% during the period of February 15-21, while the number of fatalities has decreased by 20% compared to the previous week. A decrease in incidence has been occurring for six weeks in a row, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) weekly epidemiological update published in Geneva on Wednesday, reports TASS.

Armenia’s ambassador to US holds virtual meeting with Congressman Bred Sherman

On February 23rd Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America, held a virtual meeting with Congressman Bred Sherman (D – California), the Embassy of Armenia to the U.S. reported.

Israel hopes to prevent personal tension between Netanyahu, Biden

Israel hopes to prevent personal tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden over their differences on the Iranian nuclear question by delegating talks on the topic to their senior staff, an Israeli official said, Reuters reported.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier urges Biden administration to re-engage in Minsk Group activities on Karabakh peace

US Congresswoman Jackie Speier discussed the importance of Biden Administration re-engagement in the OSCE Minsk Group to secure a "lasting settlement that supports the people of Artsakh as they rebuild their communities, protects their right to self-determination, and prevents future violence.”

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The Armenian ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass across the Republic due to weather conditions.

Russian and Belarus leaders discuss strengthening joint defense systems

The presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, held phone talks.

Armenian MPs discuss POW issue with Swedish Ambassador

Members of Armenia’s parliamentary delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly met on February 23 with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of Armenia Patrik Svensson, the Armenian Parliament said.

A large-scale need assessment program to be carried out in Artsakh

On the initiative of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Migration of the Republic of Artsakh, a large-scale need assessment program will be implemented in Artsakh in order to assess the social, medical and educational needs after the war.

Oil prices jump more than $1 on slow US output restart

Oil prices jumped by more than $1 on Tuesday, as US output was slow to return after a deep freeze in Texas shut in crude production last week, Reuters reports.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs may visit the region – Russian Ambassador to Armenia

The works of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict are in process, visits to the region are possible, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergei Kopyrkin said in response to the question of Armenpress.

Russia reports 11,823 new cases of COVID-19 infections in past day

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Russia per day increased by 11,823, this is at least number of new cases since October 8, reports TASS.

Armenia Civil Aviation Committee responds to report on alleged hijacking of Boeing 737

The aviation authorities of Armenia have responded to reports purporting that a Boeing 737 registered in Armenia has been hijacked.

UK space command preparing to shoot down ‘hostile Chinese & Russian satellites’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had last November announced the creation of the UK’s Space Command, making it the Commonwealth’s biggest defense expansion since the Cold War.

Armenian FM says Baku was not ready to resolve Karabakh issue peacefully

Armenian FM Ara Aivazian said Baku was not ready to resolve the Karabakh issue peacefully, news.am reports.

Police Arrested Nika Melia, Leader of Georgia's Saakashvili's Party

Georgian police stormed the party offices of opposition leader Nika Melia and detained him early on Tuesday, days after the prime minister resigned after a disagreement over whether to take the prominent politician into custody, Reuters reports.

President Arayik Harutyunyan introduces new national security chief

On 23 February, President of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited the National Security Service (NSS) in Stepanakert to introduce the agency’s newly appointed director Ashot Hakobjanyan, and deputy director Ararat Melkumyan, the Presidential Office stated.

Occupation of some of territories of Artsakh cannot be considered settlement of conflict– Armenia FM

The consequences of Azerbaijan’s use of force against Artsakh and occupation of some of the territories of Artsakh cannot be considered a settlement to the conflict: only the political negotiated settlement, which will respect all rights and will determine the final status of Artsakh, can be considered as the final point of the conflict, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian said at the session of the parliamentary standing committee on regional and Eurasian integration affairs.

More than 500,000 died from COVID-19 in US

The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States has surpassed 500,000, said the Johns Hopkins University, which relies on data provided by international organizations, federal and local authorities, Tass reports.

Irakli Garibashvili elected Georgian PM

Irakli Garibashvili was elected the Prime Minister of Georgia with 89 votes for and two votes against him, news.am informs.

Russia’s Army and Navy ready to address major challenges, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised combat capability of the Armed Forces, thanking all servicemen for the worthy performance of their military duty, Tass reports.

Azerbaijan failed to fulfill the commitment to return all PoWs and civilian detainees – Armenian FM

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian delivered remarks at the High Level Segment of the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the MFA stated.

Some roads are closed in Armenia

The Armenian ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass across the Republic due to weather conditions.

Armenian defense minister holds meeting with Iranian Ambassador

Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunya received today Ambassador of Iran to Armenia Abbas Zohouri, the defense ministry reports.

EU expresses support to OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ efforts on Nagorno Karabakh

Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan on Monday received a delegation led Toivo Klaar, the European Union (EU) Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.

UN chief slams countries using Covid-19 pandemic as ‘pretext’ to crush dissent

The United Nations today harshly criticised countries that are using the pandemic to justify cracking down on dissent and suppressing criticism.

NASA warns of stadium-sized asteroid heading towards Earth

The US space agency is warning of a salvo of space rocks headed for Earth, ranging in size from a paltry 10 meters in diameter all the way up to a positively petrifying 213.

One dollar exceeds AMD 525 mark in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 525.10/$1 in Armeni, news.am reports, citing the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia.

Jerusalem Joint Commission to help renovate school in Artsakh

The Jerusalem Joint Commission ill finance the renovation of the preschool section of basic school #10 after Avetik Isahakyan in Stepanakert and the acquisition of new property, Chancellor of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Koryun Baghdasaryan wrote on Facebook.

Tax revenues and duties paid to Artsakh state budget decreased by more than 65%

According to preliminary data, in January 2021, the tax revenues and duties paid to the state budget of the Artsakh Republic amounted to 1 billion 27.2 million drams, which is 65.8% or 1 billion 972.3 million drams less than the same indicator of the previous year.

Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey FMs to meet in Ankara

The meeting of the Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey FMs will be held on Tuesday in Ankara, news.am reports, citing the Azerbaijani MFA.

Boeing recommends airlines suspend use of some 777s after United incident

Boeing Co said it recommended suspending the use of 777 jets with the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver at the weekend after U.S. regulators announced extra inspections and Japan suspended their use while considering further action, Reuters reports.

Earthquake shakes Japan

A magnitude-4.4 earthquake was registered in southeastern Japan, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).

Artsakh President received Minister of Emergency Situations of Armenia

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received Minister of Emergency Situations of Armenia Andranik Piloyan, the Presidential Office stated.

OAS Secretary General urges immediate release of POWs captured during recent Artsakh war

Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro urges to immediately release prisoners of war and civilians captured during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war.

Western-Armenian language “on verge of destruction” in Turkey – warns Garo Paylan

A prominent Turkish lawmaker has warned that the Western-Armenian language is threatened in his country.

Aurora initiates strategic shift in Artsakh Aid Program

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced a fundamental upgrade of its Artsakh Aid program, which from now on will be focused on assisting projects that support and facilitate the region’s long-term social development. The program, launched by Aurora in the aftermath of the war, had earlier been providing urgent humanitarian aid to the people of Artsakh on the basis of the #AraratChallenge crowdfunding initiative. In addition, the Aurora Co-Founders Noubar Afeyan, Vartan Gregorian and Ruben Vardanyan have donated on behalf of Aurora $1 million to Hayastan All Armenian Fund for Artsakh aid programs, the IDeA Foundation reports.

City of Verona expresses solidarity to people of Artsakh

The city council of the Italian city of Verona (Veneto Region) has unanimously expressed solidarity to the people of Artsakh and called on the Mayor to demand from Italian structures to officially recognize the independence of Artsakh.

Over 100 Congress members call on Biden administration to stand with Artsakh and Armenia

Over one hundred members of Congress – from more than twenty U.S. states – have called upon the Biden administration to undertake concrete steps for Artsakh’s survival and Armenia’s security, in a bipartisan Armenian Caucus letter strongly supported by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

IAEA to not have access to camera data of Iran nuclear facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will not have access to the cameras of Iran's nuclear facilities after Tuesday, but their data will be stored for three months if US sanctions are lifted. This was noted in a statement issued by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) following talks with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, news.am reports, citing Fars news agency.

US intensifying plans to move military assets from Incirlik to Greece

The US is exploring plans to relocate some of its important assets from the Incirlik air base in Turkey to Greece, Arab News reports.

Australian Government supports OSCE Minsk Group process, including self-determination for Nagorno-Karabakh

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne has reaffirmed the Australian Government's support for the OSCE Minsk Group process, highlighting "equal rights and self-determination of people" as one of the three equal principles that must guide Nagorno-Karabakh to permanent peace following the bloody war of 2020, reported the Armenian National Committee of Australia.

Azerbaijani authorities continue prohibiting search and rescue operations

The search operations have stopped indefinitely, the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service of Emergency Situations reported.

Some roads are closed and difficult to pass in Armenia

The Armenian ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass across the Republic due to weather conditions.

President Harutyunyan participates in march dedicated to 33rd anniversary of Artsakh Movement

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan participated today in the march dedicated to the 33rd anniversary of the Artsakh Movement, the President’s Office stated.

Artsakh National-Liberation Struggle one of most important pages in history of Armenian people - MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has issued a statement on the occasion of the Artsakh Revival Day, the ministry, stated.

US 'won't bow' to pressure from Iran on more sanctions relief before potential talks

The United States plans to take no additional actions in response to pressure from Iran before talks with Tehran and major powers about returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reports, citing the White House.

Artsakh will reborn again, will rise from the ruins and will continue the eternal course. Artsakh President

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan has addressed a message on the 33rd anniversary of the Artsakh Movement.

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update but will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a banner providing additional information, Reuters reports.

Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs to Testify at House Hearing on Misinformation

The top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify next month at a House Energy and Commerce hearing on the spread of online misinformation, the committee announced Thursday, The Hill reports.

Russia reports 13,433 daily coronavirus cases

Russia’s COVID-19 case tally grew by 13,433 in the past day to 4,139,031, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Turkey hires U.S. lobbying firm to return to F-35 jet program

Turkey has hired a Washington-based law firm to lobby for its readmission to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme after it was suspended over its purchase of Russian air defences, a contract filed with the U.S. Department of Justice showed, according to Reuters.

Turkey urges NATO 'to respect security concerns of each ally

Turkey’s permanent representative to NATO Thursday said allies should handle the differences of opinion and respect the security concerns of one another.

Joe Biden withdraws Trump's restoration of UN sanctions on Iran

The Biden administration on Thursday rescinded former president Donald Trump’s restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran, an announcement that could help Washington move toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at reining in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, AP reported.

Washington announces its readiness to start talks with Tehran

The United States has pledged to begin talks with Iran to return to a 2015 agreement to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The previous administration of Donald Trump refused to participate in the nuclear deal almost three years ago, news.am reports, citing the Voice of America.

California State Assembly member introduces ‘Stop Investment in Turkey Act’

California State Assembly member Chris Holden introduced the Stop Investment in Turkey Act, AB 1019, that will mandate the state to stop all new investments or renew existing investments issued or owned by Turkey using the full force of the California government to pressure Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and takes steps towards justice to its victims, Asbarez reports.

EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for Karabakh conflict-affected civilians

The European Commission on Thursday announced €3 million in humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the recent large scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, including a significant number of displaced people. Since the beginning of the hostilities in September 2020, the EU has mobilised a total of €6.9 million in humanitarian assistance, the commission said in a press release.

Anti-Armenian billboard in Philadelphia, USA removed

Through the collective efforts of the Armenian Assembly of America the anti-Armenian and anti-truthful billboard on Philadelphia’s I-95 was removed, the Assembly said on social media.

150 families will receive assistance within the framework of the program "Emergency Assistance to Displaced Families from Nagorno Karabakh"

150 families will receive assistance within the framework of the "Emergency Assistance to Displaced Families from Nagorno Karabakh" program funded by the European Union (EU) and carried out by ''Children of Armenia'' Charitable Foundation (COAF).

Vahe Keushguerian appointed Advisor to Artsakh President for Development Programs

On 19 February, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree by which Vahe Keushguerian has been appointed Advisor to the President of Artsakh for Development Programs on a voluntary basis, the Presidential Office stated.

Nasa's Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars

Nasa has successfully landed its latest lander on Mars, The Independent reports.

US signals it is open to sending more troops to support NATO's mission in Iraq

The Pentagon has opened the door to the possibility of sending additional US troops to the Middle East as part of an expanded NATO training mission to support Iraqi forces.

US imposes sanctions against 43 Belarusian citizens

The US administration is introducing sanctions against 43 Belarusians, including high-ranking officials, for "undermining democracy" in the country, TASS reports, citing a statement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued on Thursday.

Russia conducts over 108 mln coronavirus tests

Russian medical workers have conducted more than 108 million coronavirus tests, Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing said , reports TASS.

Covid vaccines: Macron proposes sending 4-5% of doses to poorer nations

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Europe and the US to urgently send up to 5% of their coronavirus vaccine supplies to developing nations, BBC News reports.

191 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

191 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 170,011, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

Any shooting by Azerbaijani military should be seen as a regular shooting – Armenia Ombudsman

Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has made a statement, commenting on the recent reports according to which the shots fired by the Azerbaijani military near the border villages of Syunik province are irregular or that they are simply firing in the air.

Over 184 tons of various humanitarian aid arrived in Armenia with support of Hayastan Fund

Since the very beginning of the war, through the efforts of the Diaspora and with the support of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund, large-scale humanitarian aid has been sent to Armenia by different Diaspora communities. To date, approximately 184,345 kg (more than 184 tons) of various humanitarian aid has arrived in Armenia, the Fund informs.

NATO Announces Expanded Mission in Iraq

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced Thursday that the 30-member alliance will expand its security training mission in Iraq in order to prevent the war-torn country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists, CNBC reports.

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has new leader

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Thursday appointed Seiko Hashimoto, one of Japan’s two female cabinet ministers, to replace the previous leader, Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last week after making sexist remarks, The New York Times reports.

Some roads are closed or difficult to pass in Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass in Armenia due to weather conditions.

Putin and Erdogan discuss implementation of Nagorno-Karabakh agreements

Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan discussed by phone the implementation of Nagorno-Karabakh agreements.

Kremlin brands Ukraine unfriendly state, ‘a project of Western countries’

Ukraine is an unfriendly state for Russia and has turned into a project of Western countries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday, according to TASS.

Over 40 people injured in Iranian earthquake

At least 42 people were injured in an earthquake that occurred on Wednesday evening in central Iran, TASS reports.

30 to 33 bodies of war victims identified every day, says healthcare minister

Every day 30-33 remains of Artsakh war victims are identified by medical specialists in Armenia, according to Healthcare Minister Anahit Avanesyan.

Defense Ministry, General Staff, NSS are ensuring security environment in Syunik - government says

The third meeting of the Syunik Task Force dealing with the province’s issues will be held on February 19. The task force is headed by PM Pashinyan’s advisor Robert Ghukasyan.

No search for bodies to be carried out at sites of military operations in Artsakh

The State Emergency Service of Artsakh Ministry of Internal Affairs informs that the rescue teams of Artsakh will not conduct search work today due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Rouhani: Lifting 'inhuman' US sanctions only way to maintain JCPOA

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the only way to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is to lift "inhuman" US sanctions, IRNA reported.

4 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

4 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said

Economy shows first signs of post-crisis recovery, Armenian PM says

Armenia’s economy is showing the first signs of the post-crisis recovery, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during today’s Cabinet meeting.

223 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

223 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 169,820, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia resigns

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has announced his resignation earlier today, saying that the step is connected with the upcoming arrest of the opposition MP, the head of the United National Movement opposition party Nika Melia., Agenda.ge reports.

About 400 explosive objects were defused by Russian sappers in the Martuni district of Nagorno-Karabakh

The personnel of the humanitarian demining company of the Russian peacekeeping contingent carried out work on clearing the area of explosive objects in the area of the settlement of Krasny Bazar in the Martuninsky district, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

Bahrain launches digital COVID-19 vaccine passport

Bahrain has launched a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport, one of the first countries to do so, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing the Gulf state’s media office.

Biden and Netanyahu talk Iran, US-Israel alliance

US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday for the first time since taking office, speaking about Iran and strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, Politico.com reports, citing the Israeli and White House readouts of the call.

Azerbaijani forces in immediate vicinity of villages of Kapan continue firing shots – Ombudsman

Kapan city of Syunik region, Nerkin Hand, Shikahogh, Srashen villages were visited by a fact-finding team headed by Armenia’s Human Rights Defender on February 16, 2021. The visit recorded violations or dangers for residents' right to life, property, and other vital rights, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan said in a statement.

Russia, Turkey, and Iran release joint statement on Syria

Russia, Turkey, and Iran stressed the need for the full implementation of all existing agreements on Syrian Idlib.

French MPs back controversial anti-separatism law

French MPs on Tuesday approved a controversial law against separatism, which plans to crack down on online hate speech and foreign funding of religious groups, Euronews reports.

Eight more countries detect new strain of novel coronavirus on their territory

A new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (VOC-202012/01), first discovered in the United Kingdom, has been detected in eight more states over the past week, Tass reports, citing the World Health Organization.

Biden Says China to Face Repercussions on Human Rights

China will pay a price for its human rights abuses, U.S. President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday, responding to queries at a televised event on the Asian nation’s handling of Muslim minorities in its far western region of Xinjiang, Reuters reports.

Armenia, Iran aim at deepening cooperation in high-tech industry

Armenia and Iran aim at deepening the cooperation in the fields of high technologies and innovation.

Russian, Azerbaijani FMs discuss implementation of agreements over Nagorno Karabakh

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held phone talks on Wednesday with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, the Russian foreign ministry reports.

Armenian, Russian FMs to discuss safe return of POWs from Azerbaijan

The delegation led by Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian has arrived in Moscow, Russia, Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan said.

Bloomberg: Bezos Reclaims Title of World’s Richest After Musk Slips

Elon Musk’s reign as the the world’s richest person was brief, Bloomberg reports.

Russia reports 12,828 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 12,828 new COVID-19 cases in the past day, a new low since October 9, and the total caseload hit 4,112,151, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Turkey and Azerbaijan continue shameful whitewashing campaign - Armenian Assembly of America

As Turkey and Azerbaijan continue their duplicitous public relations campaign to influence US policy to whitewash their abysmal human rights record and cover up the financing of terrorists during last year’s 44-day war against the Armenian people, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) urges activists across the country to remain vigilant.

More countries want to join Russian-Iranian drills in Indian Ocean — Iranian military

More and more countries are willing to join the Maritime Security Belt naval exercise, initiated by Russia and Iran, a spokesperson of the joint Iran-Russia drills, Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani, was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency on Tuesday, Tass reports.

206 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

206 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 169,597, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

US Set to Discuss Threat Posed by Russia at NATO Ministerial Meeting

Russia poses a threat to all NATO members, but, at the same time, Washington is set to cooperate with Moscow in areas of mutual interest, a senior US defense official told reporters on Tuesday, TASS reports.

Criminal case initiated in connection with the alleged case of high treason

A criminal case was initiated in the Special Investigation Division of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Artsakh Republic on February 15 on the grounds of a crime under Article 310, Part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Artsakh, which has been sent to the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Artsakh.

Some Roads are Closed in Armenia

The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed in Armenia due to weather conditions.

Artsakh parliament to discuss making Russian language second official language in the Republic

The deputies of the Artsakh National Assembly have put into circulation a draft of amendments to the Law on Language adopted in 2013.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits Greece

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was recorded on Wednesday in Greece, news.am reports, citing the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

106 bodies Azerbaijan handed over to Armenian side are unrecognizable

The 106 bodies Azerbaijan handed over to the Armenian side are all unrecognizable, Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations said.

OSCE MG Co-chairs hold video-conference with Armenian, Azerbaijani FMs

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) released a statement today.

Azerbaijan hands over bodies of 106 Armenian soldiers killed during 44-day war

In the sidelines of the humanitarian cooperation, the Azerbaijani side handed over bodies of 106 soldiers killed during the 44-day war under the mediation of the Command staff of the Russian peacekeeping units in Artsakh, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan wrote on his Facebook page.

Armenia appoints new Ambassador to Japan

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian signed a decree on appointing Areg Hovhannnisyan Ambassador of Armenia to Japan, the Presidential Office stated.

Germany supports OSCE MG Co-Chairmanship on settlement of NK conflict: Ambassador’s interview

The return of prisoners of war is a humanitarian issue which has to be settled under full respect of international humanitarian law.

Fitch: Azerbaijan's oil reserves to be enough for 25 years

Considering the level of oil production at the beginning of last year, Azerbaijan's oil reserves will be enough for another 25 years.

Artsakh Defense Army reports 132 more casualties

The Artsakh Defense Army has shared a new list of fallen soldiers, publishing data on another 132 soldiers killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Iranian parliamentary delegation to visit Armenia

Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on science, education, culture, Diaspora, youth and sports affairs, head of the Armenia-Iran friendship group Mkhitar Hayrapetyan held a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, head of the Iran-Armenia friendship group Seyyed Mehdi Farshadan, Mr. Hayrapetyan’s Office said.

Russia delivered around 185 tons of cargo to Karvachar district

To restore the power supply and water supply systems of social facilities and residential buildings, another Russian convoy of the Humanitarian Response Center, consisting of 25 KamAZ military vehicles and escort vehicles, delivered about 185 tons of cargo to the Kelbajar district (generator stations, electrical equipment, reinforced concrete structures and construction materials), the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

Russia reports 13,233 COVID-19 daily cases

Russia recorded 13,233 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since October 10, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Artsakh President receives Chairman of State Cadastre Committee of Armenia

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received today Chairman of the State Cadastre Committee of Armenia Suren Tovmasyan and his deputy Aram Petrosyan, the President’s Office stated.

9 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Artsakh

9 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past one day, the ministry of healthcare said.

Japan to send nearly $5 mln in aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan

Japan’s government has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth $4.8 mln to Armenia and Azerbaijan for reconstruction after the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Azerbaijan delays return of POWs: Armenia Ombudsman sends report to UN Human Rights Council

The Office of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia has sent a detailed report to the UN Human Rights Council that the Azerbaijani authorities are delaying the return of the prisoners of war and grossly violating the international demands, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan said on Facebook.

Azerbaijan transfers 1 body to Artsakh in Madaghis

Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) search and rescue squads found no bodies during their operations in the Azerbaijani-held Hadrut region on Monday, Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations said.

France fines Google €1.1 million for 'misleading' consumers with its hotel rankings

France has fined Google €1.1 million for allegedly "misleading" consumers with their rankings of hotels and other tourist accommodations, Euronews reported.

Artsakh President convenes consultation to discuss house-building works

On February 15, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan convened a working consultation to discuss house-building issues, the Presidential Office stated.

Biden administration launches review into closing Guantanamo prison

US President Joe Biden’s aides have launched a formal review of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the controversial facility with the aim of doing so before he leaves office, Reuters reports, citing the White House.

Armenia Ombudsman: 72 civilians killed, 163 injured between 27 September 2020 and 28 January 2021

Armenia’s Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan posted some important facts on gross violations of the rights of civilians in Artsakh during the September-November war unleashed by Azerbaijan in 2020.

Red Cross representatives visit Maral Najarian who is in captivity in Azerbaijan

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross today visited Maral Najarian, who is in captivity in Azerbaijan, and reported information to Najarian’s family.

Artsakh Republic President with the official representative of the Azerbaijan discussed issues related to the captives and the missing

On 12 February, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan with Director of Armenia's National Security Service (NSS) Colonel Armen Abazyan and Lieutenant-General Rustam Muradov, the commander of Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in Artsakh, met with the official representative of Azerbaijan in the territory under the control of the Russian troops.

Greece restoring temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens

Earlier this week, Greece’s Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni inspected the Temple of Olympian Zeus which is currently undergoing major restoration works.

Russia ready to cut ties with EU if Brussels initiates it, Lavrov says

Russia is ready to cut ties with the EU if Brussels initiates it, but for its part, Moscow is calling for cooperation, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Friday.

China says BBC World News taken off air for 'serious content violation'

China’s broadcasting regulator has taken BBC World News off air in the country for “serious content violation”, Euronews reports, citing Chinese state media.

Russia reports 15,089 coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

Russia has documented 15,089 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, with the overall case count reaching 4,042,837, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

54 Senators send bipartisan letter to Biden criticizing human rights in Turkey

A bipartisan coalition of 54 US Senators addressed a letter to President Joe Biden, expressing their concern over a deteriorating human rights record in Turkey. The letter cited Turkey’s recent trends towards authoritarianism, in particular the jailing of journalists that oppose the government and its military involvement in Syria and Armenia, Massis Post reports.

1 new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

1 new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Artsakh in the past one day, the healthcare ministry reported.

Armenia ombudsman’s representatives have private talks with 5 POWs recently returned by Azerbaijan

Representatives of Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan on Thursday held a private meeting with five Armenian prisoners of war (POWs) who returned from Azerbaijani captivity on February 9.

154 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

154 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 168,830, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Facebook helped U.S. identify Capitol rioters from photos

Facebook Inc. has been “helping” law enforcement identify people who posted photos of themselves at the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, “even after the attack was over,” said Monika Bickert, the company’s head of global policy management, Bloomberg reported.

Russia peacekeepers continue demining in Artsakh

The specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian defense ministry continue demining works in the territory of Nagorno Karabakh, the Russian defense ministry reports.

Stepantsminda-Larsi highway is open to all vehicles

The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed in Armenia due to weather conditions.

IAEA: Iran has started producing uranium metal, in violation of nuke deal

The UN’s atomic agency says Iran has produced a small amount of uranium metal at a facility in Isfahan, in a further violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to a Wednesday report. The Wall Street Journal said Iran started making the material on Monday, citing a confidential report of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

U.S. calls on Turkey to immediately release jailed activist Osman Kavala

The United States on Wednesday called on Turkey to immediately release philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala, who has been detained for more than three years without conviction, Reuters reported.

Euronews shutting down Turkish service

The Euronews television channel based in France plans to end its broadcasts in Turkish and Italian.

COVID-19 variant found in Ken 'on course to sweep world'

The coronavirus variant first found in Kent could become the world's dominant strain, the head of the UK's genetic surveillance programme has predicted. According to BBC News.

No radical change has taken place in entry procedures to Artsakh, Foreign Minister says

No radical change has taken place in the entry procedures to the Republic of Artsakh, Foreign Minister of Artsakh Davit Babayan said at the Parliament’s session, in response to the question of Vice Speaker Gagik Baghunts.

Georgian FM to visit Baku

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani will visit Azerbaijan, the Georgian FM told a briefing, news.am reports.

Artsakh President receives several families of missing servicemen

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received on February 11 a group of families of missing servicemen, the President’s Office stated.

Russia reports over 15,000 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 15,038 new coronavirus cases in the past day and the total case tally reached 4,027,748, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Armenian government to continue providing financial assistance to Artsakh people

The Armenian government will soon adopt a new decision on providing financial aid to the citizens of Artsakh.

Dozens of former US Republican officials in talks to form anti-Trump third party

Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine US democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, Reuters reports, citing people involved in the discussions.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of 4 more fallen servicemen found

4 more bodies of the recent Artsakh war casualties have been found during the search operations in Varanda (Fizuli), reported the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations.

Artsakh's Askeran region has new head of administration

On 10 February, President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited the Askeran regional center and introduced the newly appointed head of the administration Armen Ghahramanyan to the staff of administration and community leaders, the Presidential Office stated.

President Harutyunyan received members of Armath engineering laboratories educational program

On 10 February, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan received the members of Armath engineering laboratories, headed by Armath Project Manager Sedrak Vardanyan, the President's Office stated.

Russia to build world's first multi-target missile system

Russia's Hardware Design Bureau (HDB) has begun developing the world's first multi-target missile system capable of hitting drones. As news.am informs, Bekkhan Ozdoev, director of industrial affairs at Rostec state corporation, told about this to RIA Novosti.

Biden speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for first time as President

US President Joe Biden spoke with China's President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, according to a senior administration official, their first call since Biden took office.

Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces visits 3rd military formation

The Chief of the General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces Colonel General Onik Gasparyan visited on Wednesday the 3rd military formation, the press department at the defense ministry reported.

Dollar still going up in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 523.13/$1 in Armenia on Wednesday; this is up by AMD 0.53 from Tuesday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia.

Abkhazia wants participation in opening of Russia-Armenia railway

The parliament of Abkhazia has appealed to the State Duma of Russia expressing willingness to participate under equal conditions in the project of opening the railway communication between Russia and Armenia through Abkhazia, a senior lawmaker said.

Russia confirms over 4 mln COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic

Russia confirmed 14,494 COVID-19 cases over the past day and the total case tally reached 4,012,710, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Ural Airlines to start Krasnoyarsk-Yerevan flights

Starting from February 13, Russian Ural Airlines will start operating flights on the route Krasnoyarsk-Yerevan-Krasnoyarsk.

Activity of OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should continue, Russian deputy FM says

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrey Rudenko says the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should continue, as, he adds, it had a major investment in the development of base principles for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

Armenia defense minister receives commander of Russia peacekeeping contingent in Karabakh conflict zone

Armenia’s Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan on Wednesday received Rustam Muradov, commander of the Russian peacekeeping contingent stationed in the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict zone to monitor the ceasefire there.

Artsakh resumes search operations for war casualties

The rescuers of Artsakh have resumed today the search operations for the bodies of the dead servicemen, the missing in action in the territories which have come under the Azerbaijani control, the official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh informed.

Biden Administration to press Turkey on troubling human rights record

US Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have urged the new Biden administration to press the Turkish government to improve its human rights record, which includes an increasingly authoritarian crackdown on dissent both domestically and abroad.

Pakistan-Turkey joint military exercise ATATURK-XI starts

Three-week joint military exercises between Turkey and Pakistan have kicked off in northwestern Pakistan, Sabah reports.

Majority of US senators declare Trump impeachment process constitutional

A majority of members of the US Senate voted in favor of impeachment of former President Donald Trump, agreeing with the Democrats' argument that the impeachment procedure for a president who is no longer carrying out his duties and is now considered an individual is allowed by the US Constitution, VOA reported.

Stepantsminda-Larsi highway open to all vehicles

The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed or difficult to pass in Armenia due to weather conditions.

UK refuses to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in line with US policy

The UK government has refused calls to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia and bring its policy towards the Gulf Kingdom in line with its major ally, the US, Middle East Monitor reported.

Package of tax benefits as result of recent war being considered at Artsakh legislature

The Financial-Budgetary and Economic Management Committee of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) National Assembly (NA) convened a meeting, news.am reports, citing the information and public relations department of the NA.

Artsakh FM: Protection of Artsakh population’s rights cannot be conditioned by its recognition

Humanitarian issues cannot be linked to political recognition.

Biden extends ban on Turkey buying F-35 stealth fighter

The Biden administration will not lift the Trump administration’s ban on Turkey buying F-35 stealth fighters, a punishment for Ankara’s 2019 purchase of a Russian air-defense system, a senior Pentagon official said Friday, according to Defense One news portal.

Lithuanian lawmakers call on Azerbaijan to speed up the exchange of bodies of the killed as well as the war prisoners and hostages

The members of the inter-parliamentary group with Armenia in the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) adopted a statement calling on Azerbaijan to speed up the exchange of bodies and prisoners of war and their transfer to Armenia.

Russia documents 15,916 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

Russia has documented 15,916 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest daily figure since October 21. The total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Russia reaches 3,983,197, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media meets with Ambassador of Armenia

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), Teresa Ribeiro, met with Ambassador Armen Papikyan to discuss media freedom developments in Armenia and areas in which the RFoM’s institution can provide assistance, the OSCE website reports.

Specialists in Armenia develop Search and Rescue technique using UAV air support

Specialists at the Armenian State Academy of Crisis Management (under Ministry of Emergency Situations) are studying the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles in search and rescue operations.

Russian, Iranian, and Chinese drills to kick off in Indian Ocean

Russian, Iranian, and Chinese drills will kick off in Indian Ocean in mid February, as news.am reports, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan told RIA Novosti.

Moscow surprised with Borrell’s evaluation of his visit to Russia

Russia is surprised with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell’s evaluation remarks on his visit to Moscow, because they differ from his previous statements, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS.

Mane Tandilyan discussed the social needs of Artsakh with the representatives of the French organization

On February 8, the Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Migration of Artsakh Republic Mane Tandilyan met with the representatives of the French "Triangle Génération Humanitaire" non-governmental organization.

Estonian firm aims to launch modular nuclear reactor in 2035

Small Estonian firm Fermi Energia said on Monday it was raising capital to start the official planning process for a new generation small modular reactor (SMR) which would be one of the first in Europe and the first nuclear plant in Estonia.

US intends to return to UN Human Rights Council

The US President Joe Biden's administration is preparing to resume interaction with the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), AP reported.

Italy denies reports on inviting Azerbaijan to Rome G20 summit

Italy is denying Azeri media reports on having invited Azerbaijan to take part in the 2021 G20 Rome summit.

Biden says he won't lift sanctions to get Iran back to negotiating table

Joe Biden has said the United States will not lift its economic sanctions on Iran in order to get Tehran back to the negotiating table to discuss how to revive the Iran nuclear deal, The Guardian reports.

Quake rattles Georgia

An earthquake measuring 3.2 shook eastern Georgia on Monday, 58 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi, news.am reports.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of 2 more fallen soldiers found

The rescuers of Artsakh have found 2 more bodies of fallen servicemen during the search operations in Varanda (Fizuli) which has come under the Azerbaijani control, the State Emergency Service of Artsakh informs.

Armenia's border determination process taking place under threat of war and use of force. Armenian Ombudsman

The process of determining Armenia's borders is taking place under the threat of war and use of force, Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan said in a statement.

Bill Gates names two threats to humanity after the coronavirus

Microsoft founder Bill Gates named two main threats to humanity after the pandemic, Pledge Time reports, citing Youtube-channel Veritasium.

Artsakh President has new press secretary

On 6 February,Artsakh Repulic President Arayik Harutyunyan signed a decree appointing Lusine Avanesyan as the presidential press secretary.

Artsakh emergency service: Body of another fallen soldier found

As a result of search and rescue operations, the body of another fallen serviceman was found Friday in the Hadrut region, the Artsakh State Service for Emergency Situations informed.

Another quake hits Armenia

A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was recorded on Armenia’s territory at 00:06 am local time (GMT 20:06) on Saturday, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.

Huge iceberg passes by South Georgia Island

A-68, what was once one of the largest icebergs in the world, is now scattered in multiple pieces around South Georgia Island, The Weather Network reported.

Defense Ministry: No incidents reported on Armenian-Azerbaijani border

The operational situation remained stable along the entire length of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on February 4 and 5. No border incidents were registered, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reported on Friday.

Dollar gains value in Armenia

The American dollar’s (USD) exchange rate against the Armenian dram (AMD) comprised AMD 521.13/$1 in Armenia on Friday; this is up by AMD 0.53 from Thursday, according to the official website of the Central Bank of Armenia.

Security Council and UN General Assembly begin selection process for next Secretary-General

The Security Council and the UN General Assembly have begun the process of selecting the next Secretary-General, currently headed by Antonio Guterres. The latter has announced he will run for a second term, news.am reports.

Artsakh foreign ministry comments on resolution adopted by South Australia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh commented on the resolution adopted recently by the Australian State of South Australia, by which it recognized Artsakh, the ministry stated.

Huge numbers in France and Germany reject Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly four in 10 people in France and 23 percent in Germany say they definitely or probably will not get vaccinated against Covid-19, EUobserver reports, citing the Guardian.

US State Dep denies accusations of Turkish interior minister on Washington's involvement in 2016 coup attempt

The US State Department has denied the accusations of the Turkish interior minister on Washington's involvement in the coup attempt in July 2016.

Russia ready to assist partners in overcoming COVID-19, PM says at EAEU meeting

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says additional steps should be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well as create favorable conditions for safe passenger transportations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Russia records 16,688 new daily coronavirus cases

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose by 16,688 to 3,934,606 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports.

Russia expects UNESCO mission to visit Artsakh soon

Russia expects UNESCO’s preliminary mission to visit Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the adjacent areas of Azerbaijan in the near future, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during Thursday’s briefing, according to TASS.

Artsakh Defense Army reports 52 more casualties

The Defense Army of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has released the names of 52 more Armenian servicemen killed in the battles for the fatherland’s defense,

Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed President Joe Biden's diplomatic strategy, The Hill noted.

Foreign Affairs Committee of Czech Chamber of Deputies calls on Azerbaijan to return Armenian POWs

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament adopted a resolution on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, calling on Azerbaijan to return the Armenian prisoners of war, the Armenian Embassy in the Czech Republic reports.

Trump Rejects House Democrats’ Request to Testify at Impeachment Trial

US House Democrats requested that former President Donald Trump testify under oath in his upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. A Trump adviser said the former president declined, VOA reported.

Russian Prime Minister thanks EDB’s Tigran Sargsyan for COVID-19 travel app project

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin expressed gratitude to the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Development Bank’s (EDB) Management Board Tigran Sargsyan for the creation of the “Travel Without COVID-19” application that is used in restarting travel following the pandemic-related shutdown.

Armenian Ambassador, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair discuss post-war situation in Karabakh

Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America, held a phone conversation with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D – New York), the Armenian Embassy in the US reported on Facebook.

Eurasian Intergovernmental Council session kicks off in Kazakhstan

The session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council has kicked off in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

4 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

4 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

158 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

158 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 167,726, the ministry of healthcare said.

After two-day Azeri ban, search operations resumed in Hadrut, Varanda and Jrakan

Search and rescue operations for the servicemen who have fallen or gone missing during the recent hostilities continue in Hadrut, Varanda (Fizuli) and Jrakan (Jabrayil) after a two-day halt.

New markets, solutions and projects: Almaty Digital Forum 2021 launched in Kazakhstan

Almaty Digital Forum 2021 has launched in Kazakhstan with the maintenance of all COVID-19 related rules.

‘America is back’, Biden says

US President Joe Biden blended the old and the new in his first major speech on U.S. foreign policy on Thursday, calling for a restoration of multilateralism and US alliances but at the same time rolling out a new organizing principle for national security: the welfare of America’s middle class.

Armenian PM’s working visit to Kazakhstan kicks off

The visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his delegation to Kazakhstan has launched by a bilateral meeting.

There are no plans for investing common currency in EAEU

There are no plans for investing common currency in the Eurasian Economic Union, that issue is not being discussed because of the absence of necessary prerequisites, ARMENPRESS reports, citing Belta agency, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Economy and Financial Policy of the Eurasian Economic Commission Timur Zhaxylykov said in a video conference on February 4.

Russian MFA spokesperson: Negotiations underway to organize UNESCO preliminary mission to Nagorno-Karabakh

Negotiations are underway to organize the preliminary mission of the UNESCO to Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions of Azerbaijan.

No incidents reported along entire Armenia state border with Azerbaijan

The Armenian military says that there have been no border incidents along the Armenian state border’s Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact on February 3 and 4 and the “stable operational situation” was maintained.

ECHR receives applications from Armenia and Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

On January 15 and February 1, 2021, the Court received applications in interstate cases Azerbaijan v. Armenia and Armenia v. Azerbaijan, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a statement.

Myanmar internet providers block Facebook services after government order

Internet providers in Myanmar including state-owned telecom MPT were blocking access to Facebook Inc-owned services in the country on Thursday, days after military leaders seized power in a coup, Reuters reports.

Paris court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis

A Paris court has convicted the French state of failing to address the climate crisis and not keeping its promises to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, The Guardian reports.

Armenia’s Pashinyan to pay working visit to Kazakhstan

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan on February 4-5, the PM’s Office said.

Congressman demands answers from U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan over anti-Armenian remarks

Senior House Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman (D-CA) demanded answers from U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Lee Litzenberger following reports that the U.S. envoy congratulated the Aliyev regime for “restoring its territorial integrity” and pledging U.S. funds to rebuild on occupied Artsakh lands, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Artsakh denies rumors on shutting down its permanent representation in Russia

The Permanent Representation of Artsakh in Russia will not cease its operations, the Artsakh Foreign Ministry told Artsakhpress, denying reports that it will allegedly be shut down.

Re-launch of regular flights with Russia will contribute to tourism development, Armenian PM says

During today’s Cabinet meeting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinhyan touched upon “I Am Travelling Without COVID-19” project and its implementation process, stating that a great flow of people arriving in Armenia has been observed since the launch of the program.

Armenian director’s film included in competition program of prestigious French film festival

“Beyond the Threshold”, an Armenian short film directed by Angineh Isanians has been selected for the International Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, a prestigious French film festival held annually in Clermont-Ferrand.

Lt. General Jalal Harutyunyan appointed Head of Armenian defense ministry’s Military Control Service

Former defense minister of Artsakh, former Defense Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Jalal Harutyunyan has been appointed Head of the Military Control Service of the Defense Ministry of Armenia, PR department head at the defense ministry Gevorg Altunyan told Armenpress.

10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

10 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

147 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

147 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 167,568, the ministry of healthcare said.

Artsakh Security Council chief issues statement

Secretary of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Security Council, Vitaly Balasanyan, has issued a statement, Artsakh Public Television reports.

Iran tests new solid fuel satellite launch vehicle

Iran on Monday shared a video of its new domestically-made satellite launch vehicle in action. It is the first Iranian-made carrier rocket powered by a solid-fuel engine, which makes it the country’s most powerful, Almasdarnews.com reports.

Artsakh emergency service: No search operations to be carried today either

The Artsakh search and rescue teams are unable to resume their search operations because the Azerbaijani authorities are still banning the operations.

Artsakh President hosts philanthropist Aleq Baghdasaryan

On February 4, Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan received philanthropist Aleq Baghdasaryan, the Presidential Office stated.

Arayik Harutyunyan receives new Primate of Artsakh Diocese

On February 3, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received Primate of the Artsakh Diocese, Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan and Pontifical Nuncio-at-large, Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, the Presidential Office stated.

Artsakh President discusses post-war situation with parliamentary factions

On 3 February, President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received the members of the Free Fatherland, the Justice and the Democracy parliamentary factions, the Presidential Office stated.

Google is shutting down its in-house Stadia game development studios

Google is shutting down its in-house Stadia game development division.

Azerbaijani authorities block planned search and rescue operation for Artsakh war casualties

The Azerbaijani authorities have barred a planned search operation for bodies of the war victims, including MIAs that was supposed to take place today in two directions, the Artsakh authorities in charge of the retrieval operations said.

Biden signs orders on migrant family separations and asylum

US President Joe Biden has signed three executive actions seeking to reunite migrant families split up by a Trump-era policy and ordering a review of his predecessor's wider immigration agenda.

ECHR considers moving issue of Azerbaijani violations to agenda of CoE Committee of Ministers

The Azerbaijani government is grossly violating the implementation of the terms of the interim measures applied by the European Court of Human Rights over the case of the Armenian prisoners of war.

Syrian mercenaries must leave Nagorno Karabakh, CSTO Secretary General says

Syrian mercenaries must leave Nagorno Karabakh, their activity near the borders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) poses risks for the CSTO, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said at an online press briefing.

Stable operational situation with no incidents reported along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight February 1-2, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Artsakh MFA calls on all countries, organizations to be careful in their statements on NK conflict

The Foreign Ministry of Artsakh has issued a statement, calling on all countries and organizations to be extremely careful and correct in their statements on the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict, to avoid statements that may negatively affect the international efforts for the comprehensive settlement of the conflict.

Belgian prime minister's home vandalized with swastikas

Multiple swastikas were found spray-painted onto the home of Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo on Monday morning, The Brussels Times reported.

Japan says EU vaccine export curbs affecting its supplies

European Union curbs on exports of novel coronavirus vaccines could delay Japan's inoculation drive, the minister in charge of the campaign said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Armenia Ombudsman: State policy of Armenophobia continues in Azerbaijan

The state policy of Armenophobia continues in Azerbaijan, Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan said in a statement on Tuesday.

About 730 apartments and private houses to be built in Artsakh

The Ministry of Urban Development of the Republic of Artsakh has ordered new projects to create a new housing stock in Stepanakert and in a number of settlements that are under Artsakh's control and to provide housing to displaced citizens.

1 new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

1 new case of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

EPP calls on Azerbaijan to immediately release Armenian POWs

The members of the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly (PA) called on Azerbaijan to immediately release the servicemen and civilians captured during the recent Nagorno Karabakh war, the EPP reports.

Armenia submits Inter-State Application against Azerbaijan to European Court of Human Rights

On 1 February 2021 the Government of the Republic of Armenia submitted an Inter-State Application against Azerbaijan with the European Court of Human Rights claiming Convention violations during and in the aftermath of the war waged by Azerbaijan, the Office of Armenia’s Representative before the ECHR informs.

143 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

143 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 167,231, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Armenian military denies Azerbaijan’s allegations on cross-border shooting

The Ministry of Defense of Armenia is denying the information spread by the Azerbaijani State Border Service which claimed that the Armenian military has opened gunfire in the direction of a village in Azerbaijan’s Ghazakh District.

Turkey's Erdogan says may begin working on new constitution

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday his ruling AK Party and its nationalist allies may start work on drafting a new constitution, less than four years after overhauling the previous constitution to grant his office sweeping powers, Reuters reported.

Bodies of 9 more fallen servicemen found in Artsakh

9 more bodies of fallen servicemen have been found during the search operations in the direction of Varanda (Fizuli), official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh Hunan Tadevosyan said.

Some roads are closed or difficult to pass in Armenia

Some roads are closed and difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on Tuesday.

Armenian Ombudsman meets with Russian Ambassador to Armenia

on February 1 , Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan met with Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopirkin, informed the Office of the Human Rights Defender,

Presence of forces in Artsakh’s occupied territories promoting neo-fascism threat to global security

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh has released a comment, expressing its deep concern over the “intentions of the ultra-right nationalist Turkish Nationalist Movement Party and its affiliated extremist neo-fascist organization ‘Gray Wolves’ to implement certain projects in the occupied territories of Artsakh, in particular, in the town of Shushi”.

Nagorno Karabakh: captives must be released – UN experts

UN human rights experts called for the prompt release of prisoners of war and other captives from the recent Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and for the return of bodies to families for burial with due respect for cultural customs, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports.

Putin orders analysis of potential creation of Russian human rights court

Russian President Vladimir Putin has tasked the supreme court and the justice ministry with considering the feasibility of establishing a Russian human rights court, Urdupoint.com reports, citing a decree published on the Kremlin website.

Defense ministers discuss results of Armenia-Russia staff talks

Armenian Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu held a phone call on February 1 to discuss the results of last week’s Armenian-Russian bilateral military cooperation staff talks, as well as the ongoing process of resolving Armenia’s security issues in the post-war period, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a news release.

Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader

Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids.

Some Armenia citizens unable to fly to Russia

A number of Armenian nationals are unable to fly to Russia Monday, as they found out at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan that they had taken the coronavirus test—which is required in order to enter Russia—at an organization that was not allowed to take such tests from Armenian citizens who are traveling to Russia, whereas they were not aware of the new procedure, news.am reports.

Biden withdraws from Congress 73 spending cuts proposed by Trump

US President Joe Biden on Sunday withdrew all the spending cuts proposed by former President Donald Trump during his final days in office, Bloomberg reported.

Wartime military spox says “many things are unclear” around fall of Shushi

The former spokesperson for the Armenian military who was in charge of conveying information to the public during the 2020 Artsakh War claims that the situation in Shushi during the last three days of the conflict sharply changed several times.

Lt. Colonel Hovhannisyan doesn’t rule out possibility of receiving “false” info during war

Lt. Colonel Artsrun Hovhannisyan, the spokesperson of the Armenian military during the 2020 Artsakh War, says he doesn’t rule out the possibility that he was given “false” information during the war, which he in turn conveyed to the public.

2 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

2 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

Yura Movsisyan appointed FFA ambassador in North America

President of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) Armen Melikbekyan appointed Yura Movsisyan as the FFA ambassador in North America, the FFA reports.

The fourth modular camp installed in Artsakh for Russian peacekeepers

The fourth modular camp has been installed in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) for the Russian peacekeepers, the Russian defense ministry reports.

Russia peacekeepers continue demining in Artsakh

The specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian defense ministry continue demining works in the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), the Russian defense ministry reports.

Artsakh emergency service: Search operations continue in Hadrut, Fizuli regions

Search and rescue operations for the servicemen who have fallen or gone missing during the recent hostilities continue in the Hadrut and Varanda (Fizuli) regions Monday, news.am informs, citing the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service for Emergency Situations.

Ombudsman of Armenia: Rights of Armenian citizens should be at the core of decisions in border determination process

The rights of Armenian citizens should be at the core of decisions in the process of determining Armenia’s state borders, Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan said in a statement late on Sunday.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of 15 more fallen soldiers found during search operations

15 more bodies of fallen servicemen have been found during the search operations in the battle zones on January 29, official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh Hunan Tadevosyan said.

Pentagon doubts advisability of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by May

The Pentagon said the Taliban's refusal to honor commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan raises questions about the withdrawal of the US military by May, as required by the peace agreement, AP reported.

Artsakh Defense Army denies reports on capture of 15 Armenian servicemen departing for Askeran

The Defense Army of Artsakh denies the reports spread by some Armenian media outlets according to which 15 Armenian servicemen have been captured on their way from Goris to Artsakh, to their permanent military unit.

Artsakh Ombudsman’s Office updates interim report on killing of civilians by Azerbaijani forces

The Human Rights Ombudsman's staff of the Republic of Artsakh has updated the interim report on the cases of killing of civilians by the Azerbaijani armed forces including also the cases found after December 22, 2020, as a result of search operations, the Ombudsman’s Office informs.

EU welcomes return of 5 Armenian POWs from Azerbaijan, calls for immediate release of remaining 57

The European Union has welcomed the return of 5 Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan and called on to immediately release the remaining servicemen, Lead spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU Peter Stano said on Twitter.

Armenia’s ‘Songs of Solomon’ to compete for International Feature Film Oscar

Arman Nshanian’s feature film debut “Songs of Solomon” is included in the 93rd Academy Awards in the international feature film category, The Variety reports.

Trilateral working group on Karabakh to hold its first meeting on January 30

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk said, according to TASS news agency.

No damages reported in Armenian community due to protests in Tripoli, Lebanon

The Armenian community in Lebanon suffered no damages as a result of the protests in Tripoli, the second largest city of Lebanon, Editor-in-chief of Azdag daily Shahan Gantaharian informs.

3 new COVID cases confirmed in Artsakh

Only three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the past 24 hours in Artsakh, bringing the cumulative total number of confirmed cases to 2322, the country’s health authorities announced.

US calls for withdrawal of Russian, Turkish troops from Libya

The United States has called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya after a deadline for them to leave was ignored.

59 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

59 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 166,728, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of 8 more fallen soldiers found during search operations

As a result of the search operations carried out on Thursday, the rescuers of Artsakh have found the bodies of eight more fallen servicemen, the Artsakh State Service for Emergency Situations informs.

5 war prisoners return to Armenia

By the mediation of the Russian side and as a result of the efforts of the Armenian National Security Service, 5 prisoners of war are returning to the Motherland, ARMENPRESS reports Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan wrote on his Facebook page.

Russian Ambassador visits Armenia’s defense ministry on Army Day

On the occasion of the Armenian Army Day, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergei Kopyrkin visited today the defense ministry where he met with minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Colonel-General Onik Gasparyan, the Armenian defense ministry said.

Russia reports 19,138 daily coronavirus cases

Russia’s coronavirus cases grew by 19,138 in the past day to 3,793,810, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Armenian Apostolic Church makes efforts for returning POWs from Azerbaijan – His Holiness Garegin II

The Armenian Apostolic Church is making all possible efforts for returning the prisoners of war from Azerbaijan, His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, told reporters during the visit to the Yerablur Military Pantheon on the occasion of the Armenian Army Day.

Armenian FM hopes growing int’l pressure on Azerbaijan will lead to release of PoWs

In order to speak about stability, security and peace in the region it is first of all necessary to create an atmosphere of trust, and this in turn requires the repatriation of the Armenian PoWs held in Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian told reporters.

8 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

8 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

“We are indebted to our heroic martyrs” – Armenian President addresses message on Army Day

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has addressed a message on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the foundation of the Armenian Armed Forces, the Presidential Office stated.

242 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

242 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 166,669, the ministry of healthcare said today.

More bodies of war casualties found in Artsakh

Three more soldiers' bodies have been found during searches in Artsakh.

Catholicos of All Armenians addresses message on Army Day

His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has addressed a message on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the foundation of the Armenian Armed Forces, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin informs.

Azerbaijan doesn’t fulfill international obligations: MEP concerned over issue of Armenian POWs

Member of the European Parliament Lars Patrick Berg is concerned over the fact that Azerbaijan is not fulfilling its commitments assumed by the international agreements, by not completely returning the Armenian prisoners of war. The MEP says his country, Germany, can play a role in supporting efforts within the United Nations to force Azerbaijan to honour its international commitments.

Armenia MP at PACE: What should be done when CoE member state Azerbaijan violates international law?

What should be done when a member state of the Council of Europe (CoE) violates fundamental human rights and international law?

Armenia highlights high level of political dialogue with Iran, says Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian calls the Armenian-Iranian agenda comprehensive, based on the centuries-old friendly relations between the two peoples.

Senate confirms Antony Blinken as secretary of state

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances, AP reported.

German FM: Karabakh is not the only conflict in which Syrian fighters appear to be playing a role

“On the question of Syrian fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; we are aware of the reports that Syrian fighters are being used in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We must also note that this is not the only conflict in which Syrian fighters appear to be playing a role at the moment; we already know this from the civil war in Libya,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the PACE session on Tuesday, responding to the question of head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE Ruben Rubinyan regarding the use of Syrian mercenaries in the Karabakh conflict.

The results of Azerbaijan’s aggression can’t create grounds for lasting peace. Armenia FM

Armenia doesn’t find that the results of Azerbaijan’s aggression and the use of force against Artsakh could create grounds for lasting peace or be considered as an opportunity for regional cooperation, Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting in Yerevan.

Armenia and Russia to restart air travel from February 1

Armenia and Russia are resuming regular bilateral air communication from February 1, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at the Cabinet meeting.

Meeting of Armenian, Iranian FMs kicks off in Yerevan

The meeting of Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian and Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif has kicked off in Yerevan, the Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson said on Facebook.

Artsakh emergency service: Azerbaijan transferred bodies of another 31 fallen servicemen

In the Varanda (Fizuli) region, the Azerbaijani side handed over the bodies of 31 more fallen servicemen to the Armenian side,reported the Artsakh State Service for Emergency Situations.

Russian-Turkish Joint Center to monitor NK ceasefire with drones

The Russian servicemen, who will be part of the Russian-Turkish joint center for monitoring the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities’ at the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, are undergoing training and getting ready to leave for Azerbaijan, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Artsakh’s FM urges heads of UN and UNESCO to take measures for protecting Artsakh’s heritage

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh David Babayan sent letters on January 26 to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay in connection with the systematic and deliberate destruction by the Azerbaijani authorities of the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories of the Republic of Artsakh under the occupation of Azerbaijan, which is a gross violation of international law, informed the press service of the MFA Artsakh.

Iranian FM to meet with Armenia’s PM in Yerevan

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will arrive in Armenia as part of his regional visit on January 26, the Armenian foreign ministry stated.

‘We cannot tolerate existence of racist state in Council of Europe’ – Armenian MP says at PACE

Member of Parliament of Armenia from the ruling My Step faction Vladimir Vardanyan has raised the issue of the Armenian prisoners of war detained by Azerbaijan, as well as criticized Azerbaijan’s racist policy in his remarks at the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

No incidents recorded along Armenian-Azerbaijani border, situation is stable – defense ministry

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 25-26, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Iranian FM: Sustainable peace lies in inclusive regional arrangements

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Monday in a Twitter message that the negotiations with Azeri officials were “very fruitful” and that “sustainable peace lies in inclusive regional arrangements", IRNA news agency reported.

Armenian minister, Russian Ambassador discuss return of POWs from Azerbaijan

Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations Andranik Piloyan today met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Armenia Sergey Kopirkin.

Russia confident agreements reached will solve situation around Nagorno Karabakh, FM Lavrov says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have discussed in-detail the situation around Nagorno Karabakh during their talks in Moscow on January 26, the Russian FM informed at a press conference following their meeting.

French Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to visit Armenia

French Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will arrive in Armenia on January 27 on a two-day working visit, the French Embassy in Armenia said.

Russia confirms 18,241 daily COVID-19 cases, lowest since October 31

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Russia over the past 24 hours has increased by 18,241, the lowest since October 31.

Iranian FM presents purpose of his visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan to Russia’s Lavrov

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif is paying a regional visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan to work on the opportunities existing in the trilateral statement signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on November 9, 2020, the FM said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

21 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

21 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

PACE calls on to implement provisions of trilateral statement on Karabakh

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on to implement the provisions of the trilateral statement signed by Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh.

Artsakh Ombudsman’s Office publishes report on threat to Armenian cultural heritage

The Staff of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Artsakh published a report on vandalism against the Armenian cultural heritage in the occupied territories of the Republic of Artsakh and the threat of destruction of Armenian monuments, the Ombudsman’s Office said.

Biden vows to replace US government fleet with electric vehicles

Joe Biden on Monday vowed to replace the US government’s fleet of roughly 650,000 vehicles with electric models as the new administration shifts its focus toward clean-energy, Reuters reported.

Artsakh President introduces interior minister to newly formed ministry’s staff

On 26 January, President Arayik Harutyunyan visited the newly established Ministry of Internal Affairs of Artsakh and introduced Minister Karen Sargsyan to the ministry staff.

World in the worst economic crisis for a century, UN Secretary-General says

The economic crisis following the coronavirus pandemic has become the worst for almost a century, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says on Monday in his video statement during the Davos Agenda summit, TASS news agency reported.

Artsakh Defense Army reports 65 more casualties

The Ministry of Defense of Artsakh released the names of 65 more troops who were killed in action in the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh War, bringing the number of identified KIAs to 1997.

‘If border issues are solved with today’s approaches, disputes and conflicts will arise’ - Ombudsman

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has issued a statement, noting that “the archival documents clearly confirm that the more uncertain the border issues or the solution of today's improper mechanical approaches, the more the rights of the villagers will be violated, and increasingly, disputes and conflicts will arise”.

More bodies of 2020 Artsakh War casualties found

The Azerbaijani side handed over the dead body of one serviceman to the Armenian side.

Google employees to form global labor union

Google workers from across the globe are forming a union alliance, weeks after employees at the search engine giant and other units of parent company Alphabet Inc formed a labor union for US and Canadian offices, Reuters reported.

Lars road open for all types of vehicles

Stepantsminda-Lars highway is open for all types of vehicles.

First Armenian President discusses with Russian Ambassador issue of returning POWs

First President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan hosted in his house Ambassador of Russia to Armenia Sergey Kopirkin, reports Arman Musinyan, the spokesperson of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, wrote on his Facebook page.

Stable operational situation with no incidents reported along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 24-25, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Unknown men throw stones at Armenian trucks in Georgia: criminal case launched

Unknown men have thrown stones at the Armenian trucks near Georgia’s Kvemo Ponichala neighborhood on January 25 at midnight. They broke the front and side windows of some trucks and left the scene, the Armenian Embassy in Georgia said in a statement.

Russian, Iranian FMs to discuss situation around Nagorno Karabakh

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will discuss the situation around Nagorno Karabakh, the Russian foreign ministry reports.

Armenian MP staging protest outside PACE session to raise the issue of Armenian prisoners

Member of the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Edmon Marukyan staged a protest in front of the doors to PACE session hall, as the Assembly started its winter session on Monday in Strasbourg. Marukyan held a poster reading "Freedom to Armenian prisoners held in Azerbaijan."

Azerbaijan will try to prolong legal procedures over POWs with domestic means – Armenian lawyer

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gave a priority to the investigation of cases relating to the Armenian prisoners of war who are currently in Azerbaijan, therefore, these cases must be investigated in a shorter period of time.

Iranian FM meets with Azerbaijan’s President and Foreign Minister in Baku

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Baku as part of his regional visit, the Azerbaijani media report.

Scotland’s leader vows to push for second independence vote

Scotland’s leader said Sunday that she intends to hold a “legal referendum” on independence from the U.K. if she wins Scottish elections scheduled for May.

Artsakh’s police force, emergency situations service merged into Internal Affairs Ministry

President Arayik Harutyunyan has signed a decree on making an addition and amendments to the presidential decree on the structure of the government of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

France, Czech Rep., Poland favor extending sanctions on Russia

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called the arrest of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny a bad signal. He is impressed by the "success of the protests" in Russia. The French FM believes that the sanctions against Russia should be "really implemented", news.am reports, citing Kommersant.

UNICEF supports children with disabilities from Artsakh

For parents of children with disabilities, accessing support services is crucial. But in times of unrest, such services can be disrupted. In Armenia, Source Foundation, with UNICEF support, is offering the chance for children with disabilities from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) to access vital rehabilitation and care services, as well as offering their carers psychosocial support and learning opportunities, UNICEF Armenia reports.

Armenia SC Secretary congratulates Jake Sullivan on appointment as Biden’s National Security Advisor

Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan sent a congratulatory letter to Jake Sullivan on his appointment as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States of America, Mr. Grigoryan’s Office informs.

Trump spends his first weekend as ex-president playing golf at his West Palm Beach club after date is set for his impeachment trial

Donald Trump spent his first weekend as the former president of the United States indulging in his favorite pastime, and at one point, waving at a crowd of supporters as they welcomed him back to his second home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Artsakh emergency service: 2 more dead bodies found during search operations

2 more bodies have been found during the search operations on January 24, the State Emergency Service of Artsakh said, adding that according to the preliminary data one of them is a civilian found in the territory of Tumi village in Hadrut region.

Human Rights Defender of Armenia provides further evidence of deeply-rooted hatred towards Armenians in Azerbaijan

Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has provided further evidence of deeply-rooted hatred and enmity towards Armenians in Azerbaijan.

Artsakh’s President receives delegation led by High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia

President of Artsakh Arayik Harutyunyan received on January 23 the delegation led by the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia Zareh Sinanyan, informed the press service of the Artsakh President’s Office.

Candidate for U.S. State Secretarya reaffirms Biden's promise over Armenian Genocide

President Biden’s nominee to serve as Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, confirmed that the incoming Administration will consult with Congress on the wording of its April 24th statement, reports the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Twitter bans suspect Iran account after post threatening Trump

Twitter said Friday it has permanently banned an account that some in Iran believe is linked to the office of the country’s supreme leader after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump, The Associated Press reports.

Trump's impeachment trial in US Senate to begin week of Feb. 8

Former US President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate will begin the week of February 8.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of 5 more fallen servicemen found during search operations

During the search operations in the directions of the Fizuli-Mataghis-Hadrut-Jabrayil regions, the bodies of five more fallen servicemen were found in Fizuli. Hunan Tadevosyan, head of the information and public relations department of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service for Emergency Situations, informed .

Stable operational situation with no incidents reported along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 21-22, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Tokyo 2020: Organizers hopeful vaccine rollout will allow Games to go ahead

Olympic organisers hope the Covid-19 vaccine will mean the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games can take place in July - despite a newspaper report on Friday casting doubt on their going ahead, BBC Sport reports.

Georgia to lift ban on international flights on Feb. 1

Georgia will lift a ban on international flights, imposed last March as an anti-pandemic measure, in 10 days’ time, authorities said on Friday, Reuters reports.

Biden seeks extension of New START arms treaty with Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February, Reuters reported.

More than 50,000 refugees returned to Artsakh from Armenia

Russian peacekeepers in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) escort convoys of local residents and refugees every day, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Russian reinforcements and heavy equipment head to Turkish frontlines in northeast Syria

The Russian Armed Forces sent more reinforcements and heavy military equipment to the Al-Qamishli Airport this week, as they strengthen their presence east of the Euphrates River, Almasdarnews.com reports.

Artak Beglaryan discussed a number of humanitarian programs with Head of the ICRC Artsakh mission

On 21 January, Artak Beglaryan, Chief of Staff of the Artsakh Republic President received Head of the Stepanakert Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mission Bertrand Lamon.

Armenian MFA spokeswoman comments on statement of Turkish FM

Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan has commented on the statement of Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu according to which “if the peace is lasting, Turkey and Azerbaijan are ready to undertake steps aimed at normalizing relations with Armenia”.

Armenia ombudsman appeals to European organizations’ heads on illegitimacy of border demarcation process

Today I addressed the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the UN and the CoE Secretary Generals, the UN and the CoE Commissioners for Human Rights, the PACE and the OSCE PA Presidents, the ECHR President, the PACE Co-Rapporteurs on Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as other partners, including several ombudspersons and their associations with questions on the illegitimacy of the process of determining Armenia's state borders and gross human rights violations, the Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) of Armenia, Arman Tatoyan, on Friday wrote this on Facebook.

Political solution on NK status essential for securing regional peace – US Ambassador to Armenia

Lynne M. Tracy, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia has published an article titled “Democracy is Precious” where she says that the United States “renews its commitment to partnering with the Armenian people, Government, civil society, media, and the private sector to support the aspirations of the Armenian people who voiced their choice for meaningful, tangible reforms to strengthen the institutions of Armenia’s democratic institutions and for a more prosperous future”.

8 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

8 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

Artsakh emergency service: 4 more dead bodies found, 3 of which are civilians

As a result of search and rescue operations yesterday, four more dead bodies were found, three of which are civilians. Hunan Tadevosyan, head of the information and public relations department of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service for Emergency Situations, said.

European Parliament condemned Azeri war crimes and called for accountability – FM spox

Armenia attaches great importance to the fact that the European Parliament condemned that Turkey transferred foreign terrorist fighters from Syria and elsewhere to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

Armenian delegation to PACE plans to present Azeri war crimes, PoW situation in France

The Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will raise the issues of the Azeri war crimes in the 2020 Artsakh war, and the Armenian prisoners of war whom Azerbaijan is refusing to repatriate long after hostilities ended.

Secretary of State-Designate Antony Blinken testifies in support of renewed US leadership to strengthen Armenia’s security and resilience

US President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as Secretary of State, Antony Blinken – in written responses submitted following his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – expressed support for US funding to meet the security needs of Armenia and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in and around Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Oxford scientists preparing to design new versions of COVID vaccine

The team behind the Oxford vaccine is preparing to design new versions of its jab in response to the different coronavirus variants that have emerged in the UK and elsewhere, The Independent informs.

9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

9 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

307 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

307 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 165,528, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of United States

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. became the 46th US president on Wednesday, completing the most daunting power transfer in recent American history, CNBC reports.

Visits of European lawmakers to Artsakh will continue: EAFJD presents upcoming initiatives

The issue of Artsakh will be a priority in the activities of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) in 2021.

Iranian FM to visit Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia next week

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to visit Yerevan, Moscow, Baku and Tbilisi next week, mehrnews informed.

“Shushi is an Armenian cultural center” – Yerevan’s response to Baku

The Republic of Armenia will not agree with Azerbaijan’s claims that the “town of Shushi is a center of Turkish culture”, Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian said in parliament when asked on the matter by My Step bloc MP Tatevik Hayrapetyan.

Stable operational situation maintained along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 19-20, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Joe Biden cries in emotional speech before heading to Washington DC for inauguration

In a deeply personal and at times emotional speech, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a final goodbye to his home state of Delaware on Tuesday before departing for the White House, thanking his supporters and the state he said helped raise him, The Independent reports.

Polish politician offered 50,000$ to cancel publication of a brochure on Azerbaijani war crimes in Karabakh

Polish politician Tomasz Lech Buczek says that Azerbaijan has offered 50,000$ for canceling the publication of brochure on Azerbaijani war crimes against Armenians in the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian FM receives Ambassadors of OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries

Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian on Wednesday received the ambassadors of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries (Russia, France, and the US) to Armenia.

Artsakh Government to pay students' tuition fees

The tuition fees of all students of Artsakh State University for the 2020-2021 academic year will be paid by the Government of the Artsakh Republic.

Pentagon nominee hopes US-Russia cooperation in the Arctic region will continue

Nominee for appointment to be Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that he hoped cooperation of the US and Russia in the Arctic region could continue.

Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani says 'ball in U.S. court now'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports.

Russia reports over 21,000 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 21,152 COVID-19 cases in the past day, a new low since November 18, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Biden’s nominee for secretary of state says Turkey not acting like an ally

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state on Tuesday accused NATO member Turkey of not acting like an ally and said Washington would review if further sanctions are required on Ankara over its acquisition of a Russian air defense system, Reuters reports.

17 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh in one day

Artsakh reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the national tally to 2,257.

WHO reports surge in coronavirus deaths last week

Over 93,000 people died from coronavirus in the past week, which is a record high figure since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization said in its weekly bulletin on Wednesday, reports TASS.

Germany warns of border closures amid fear of coronavirus mutations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Germany may need to consider border crossing curbs if other European countries do not act to halt the spread of the coronavirus, particularly its new, more transmissible variants, Reuters reported.

World oil prices going up

World oil prices are on the rise on Wednesday morning, and trading data attest to this.

Artsakh emergency service: One fallen soldier found in Jabrayil

As a result of search operations yesterday, the body of a fallen soldier was found in Jabrayil; a forensic medical examination has been ordered to identify him.

Servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh held fire training classes

As part of planned combat training exercises, servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh completed a number of training tasks at the Stepanakert training ground, the Russian Defence Ministry reports.

Competent state body of Armenia must publish the number of Armenian POWs – Ombudsman

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan says the competent state body of Armenia must publish the number of prisoners of the Armenian side who, according to the information at its disposal or in its belief, are currently being held captive in Azerbaijan.

Lavrov, head of UN Alliance of Civilizations discuss upcoming conference in Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos have discussed preparations for holding in Russia a world conference of the heads of state, parliamentarians and leaders of world religions on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday following the meeting that took place on January 18, TASS reports.

Turkey ratifies free trade deal with Azerbaijan

Turkey ratified the free trade agreement with Azerbaijan on Tuesday, according to a notice issued in the Official Gazette, Anadolu news agency reported. The deal was signed on Feb. 25, 2020 in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.

Stable operational situation maintained along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

A stable operational situation with no incidents has been maintained along the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact of the Armenian state border overnight January 18-19, the Defense Ministry of Armenia reports.

Two Armenian rescuers wounded in landmine explosion during search operations for war casualties

Two Armenian rescuers suffered injuries in a landmine explosion during search operations for the bodies of the Artsakh War victims in the territory adjacent to the village of Nrnadzor of the Meghri region in the Province of Syunik.

Azeri military issues massively reduced official Artsakh War death toll

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense raised its military death toll of the 2020 Artsakh war from 2783 to 2855. It also increased its number of MIAs to 50.

Russia records 21,734 daily coronavirus cases

Russia recorded 21,734 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since November 18, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis. Russia's case tally has hit 3,612,800.

Quarry output to be used for building new town in Artsakh

A new town will be built in Artsakh using the rubble stone excavated from the quarry of Martakert, the Artsakh presidential advisor Samvel Voskanyan told Armenpress.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh sent letters to international structures in connection with Armenian prisoners of war and civilians detained by Azerbaijan

On January 19, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh David Babayan sent letters to specialized bodies within United Nations and Council of Europe as well as to the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and Personal Representative of the Chairperson in Office in connection with the situation with the Armenian prisoners of war and civilians illegally held in detention by Azerbaijan, the Artsakh foreign ministry reports.

Renowned Armenian actor Vigen Stepanyan dies aged 68

Armenian actor and director, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, Vigen Stepanyan has died, Theatre Workers Union of Armenia reported.

Iran ready to contribute in implementing economic projects with Armenia

On January 19, Artashes Toumanian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the Islamic Republic of Iran, was received by Seyed Rasool Mohajer, Deputy Foreign Minister on Economic Diplomacy, the Armenian Embassy in Iran reports.

236 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

236 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 164,912, the ministry of healthcare said today.

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh

6 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Artsakh in the past 24 hours.

Trump to depart Washington, DC, at 8 a.m. on Biden’s Inauguration Day

Outgoing US President Donald Trump will leave Washington early Wednesday with a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office, one guest told The New York Post, the latter reported.

8 more bodies of war casualties found, say Artsakh authorities

Artsakh authorities found the remains of 7 servicemen and 1 civilian during search operations, Hunan Tadevosyan, the spokesperson for the Artsakh State Service of Emergency Situations informs.

Donald Trump balloon: Baby blimp acquired by Museum of London

The Donald Trump baby blimp, which flew over Parliament Square during the US president's visit to the UK, has found a new home.

Lawyers Garo Ghazarian and Karnig Kerkonian played vital role in protecting human rights during war

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan says prominent Armenian lawyers in the United States Garo Ghazarian and Karnig Kerkonian have played an unparalleled role in protecting human rights in Artsakh and Armenia throughout the war.

Armenia’s industrial production registers smallest drop in EAEU

Industrial production volume of Armenia comprised 3 billion 766,1 million USD in January-November according to the current prices and the exchange rate of the Armenian dram against the US dollar calculated by the Central Bank, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) reports.

Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States to attend Biden inauguration

Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States Varuzhan Nersesyan will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America, Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan told Armenpress.

Lavrov: No one has ever denied Armenia's link with Karabakh

At no point during the decades of negotiations was an issue of cutting off Armenia and Karabakh (Artsakh) from one another voiced, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference when asked by an Azerbaijani news outlet “why Armenian officials are visiting Karabakh without Baku’s permission, and what is Moscow’s stance in this regard.”

Armenian Defense Ministry: Stable operative situation maintained along entire Armenia-Azerbaijan line of contact

The Ministry of Defense of Armenia reports that on the night of January 17, the stable operative situation along the entire length of the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact on Armenia’s state border was maintained, and no incidents were recorded.

Japan 'committed' to hold rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government said Sunday it remains committed to holding the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer, reacting to an international media storm sparked by comments from one of its senior ministers.

More than 93,000 Artsakh people took temporary refuge in Armenia, official says

According to the latest data, more than 93,000 people of Artsakh took temporary refuge in Armenia during the recent war.

Lavrov: Moscow has never discussed Karabakh’s inclusion in Russia

Russia has never discussed the issue of including Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated at a press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2020.

Foreign Minister of Artsakh Received Representatives of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Supreme Body of Armenia and Central Committee of Artsakh

On January 18, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh David Babayan received representative of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Supreme Body of Armenia Ishkhan Saghatelyan and Representative of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Central Committee of Artsakh, member of ‘Dashnaktsutyun’ faction of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh David Ishkhanyan, press service of Artsakh MFA stated.

Biden fills out state department team with Obama administration veterans

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump, VOA News reported.

Ombudsman applies to OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs over return of Armenian POWs from Azerbaijan

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has sent an official letter today to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office over the issue relating to the return of the Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan and the protection of their rights.

Around 50,000 refugees returned to Artsakh from Armenia

Russian peacekeepers escorted another convoy of refugees who came back home in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) from Armenia, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

“Aliyev regime doesn’t follow call by Council of EU”: Armenian Ambassador sees need for sanctions

Armenia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Tigran Balayan sees need for applying sanctions on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his regime.

Artsakh reports 8 new coronavirus cases

Artsakh reported 8 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Artsakh emergency service: One of 3 fallen soldiers found Sunday is identified

As a result of search and rescue operations on Sunday, three dead bodies were found—one in the Vorotan, two in the Jabrayil regions.

Exhibition displaying Artsakh’s manuscript heritage to open in Yerevan’s Matenadaran

Exhibition presenting the manuscript heritage of Artsakh will open in the Matenadaran - the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, next week.

Russian peacekeepers start demining outskirts of Artsakh’s Martakert

Specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Defense Ministry continue to work on demining the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Azerbaijani president and authorities speak of Armenians with open threats of ethnic cleansing and genocide

The President of Azerbaijan, and others in positions of authority there, speak of the entire Armenian people and population of Armenia with open threats of ethnic cleansing and genocide, Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan said in a post on Facebook.

Investors assess Telegram at $ 30 billion

The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, refused the offer of a consortium of Western funds to invest in Telegram, The Bell reported, citing sources close to the businessman.

Azerbaijani side hands over bodies of two dead Armenian servicemen

The Azerbaijani side has handed over the bodies of two dead Armenian servicemen.

About 100 peacekeepers at observation posts in Artsakh vaccinated "Sputnik-V"

Military medics of the Russian Peacekeeping Contingent have begun vaccinating peacekeepers at observation posts in the Lachin corridor and along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

Annika Soder named Special Representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde, announced on Friday the appointments of her Special Representatives for 2021.

Putin discusses NK conflict settlement with Security Council members

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a consultation today in a video-conference mode with the permanent members of the Security Council, the Kremlin press service reports.

Russia announces withdrawal from Treaty on Open Skies

Russia is launching domestic procedures to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, reports TASS.

Flights between Yerevan and Saint Petersburg resume

Russian “Rossiya” Airlines on Friday resumed flights on the route Saint Petersburg-Yerevan-Saint Petersburg, “Armenia” International Airports” CJSC reported, news.am reports.

COVID-19 outbreak reported in 2 Artsakh villages

In recent days, 261 coronavirus tests have been conducted, of which 143 new cases of this disease have been confirmed among the residents of Noragyugh and Hovsepavan villages of the Askeran region, Artsakh Ministry of Health reports.

Iran, Azerbaijan discuss expansion of military cooperation

Iran and Azerbaijan have discussed the expansion and expansion of military cooperation.

Russia's COVID-19 cases pass 3,500,000

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 24,715 to 3,520,531 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Zakharova: Russia will welcome establishment of Armenia-Azerbaijan direct dialogue

Russia will welcome the establishment of a direct dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the holding of joint humanitarian measures by the two countries; this was stated by Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, news.am reports.

More than 49,000 refugees returned to Artsakh from Armenia

Russian peacekeepers escorted another convoy of refugees who returned to their homes in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) from the territory of Armenia, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Armenian cultural heritage in territories under Azerbaijani control is seriously endangered – MFA

Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan commented on the statement made by Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev during the meeting with the Director-General of ICESCO (Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Russian, Iranian FMs to discuss situation around Nagorno Karabakh in Moscow

Russian and Iranian Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks in Moscow. The statement came from Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing, TASS reported.

396 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Friday morning, 396 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 163,972 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bezos' Blue Origin aims to fly first space passengers by April

Billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned space company Blue Origin aims to carry the first passengers on its New Shepard space vehicle as early as April, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Artsakh status remains most important principle for resolution – FM responds to OSCE MG’s Popov

The status of Artsakh remains the most important principle of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution, Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian said in an interview with reporters, addressing OSCE Minsk Group’s Russian Co-Chair Igor Popov’s recent statement.

Azerbaijan bans UNESCO experts' entry into Artsakh, Supreme Patriarch tells Russian paper

In an interview with the Russian Izvestia, Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II expressed concern over the looming threats to the Armenian churches and historical monuments currently under Azerbaijani control.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office highlights settlement of NK conflict among 2021 priorities

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde highlighted the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict while presenting the priorities of the Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship 2021 to the OSCE Permanent Council.

Russia reports 24,763 daily COVID-19 cases

Russia confirmed 24,763 new coronavirus cases in the past day, bringing the total caseload to 3,495,816, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

UNICEF chief: Closing schools should be ‘measure of last resort’

Schools should be kept open or reopened as soon as possible, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) chief said on Tuesday, according to Xinhua news agency report.

Armenia, Belarus to sign readmission agreements

At its Cabinet session Thursday, the government of Armenia approved the draft on signing readmission agreements with Belarus.

Information provided by Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan can’t serve as base for prosecution against them

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has released a new report, stating that “information derived from interrogation of Armenian prisoners in Azerbaijan can neither be used as evidence, nor can serve against them as a basis for their criminal prosecution”.

448 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

448 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 163,576, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Armenian military prosecutor holds meeting with Russian prosecutor's office representatives in Artsakh

The military prosecutor of Armenia, deputy prosecutor general of Armenia met with the employees of the Russian prosecutor's office in Artsakh.

Stable operative situation maintained along entire Armenia-Azerbaijan line of contact

A stable operational situation maintained at the entire length of the Armenian state border’s Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact on January 13 and in the morning of January 14, the Armenian Defense Ministry said.

Artsakh search teams find remains of woman in Karintak village

Artsakh search and rescue teams have found the body of a 58-year old civilian in the village of Karintak, Artsakh.

More than 300 objects restored in Artsakh

The specialists of the Ministry of Emergency Situation of Russia jointly with representatives of the Ministry of Urban Development of Nagorno-Karabakh, continue to check the housing stock and social infrastructure facilities, the Russian ministry reported.

Trump lashes out at ‘assault on free speech’ after ban on Twitter account

Donald Trump has lashed out at social media companies for what he called an "assault on free speech", after he and his supporters have been banned from online platforms in the wake of the Washington riots last week, Daily Express reports.

Vaccination against coronavirus gets underway at Russian military base in Armenia

The personnel’s injection with the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 has started at the Russian military base in Gyumri, Armenia.

US House impeaches Trump over Capitol riot

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" at last week's Capitol riot, BBC News reports.

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh on Azerbaijan's violation of the ceasefire regime

On January 13, the Azerbaijani armed forces grossly violated the ceasefire regime in the central direction of the contact line. As a result of the incident, a soldier of the Defense Army of the Republic of Artsakh received a gunshot wound.

Armenian FM highlights solution of the issue of POWs in a phone conversation with Russian FM

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian held a phone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov on January 13, informed the press service of the MFA Armenia.

Armenian FM sends letter to UN Gen.-Sec. presenting situation over NK

Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Aivazian sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutterres on January 12 comprehensively presenting the situation over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict following the large-scale military aggression launched by Azerbaijan on September 27, 2020, informed the press service of the MFA Armenia.

Armenian serviceman wounded as Azerbaijani military breaches armistice and opens gunfire at Artsakh

On January 13, at around 12:00, Vardan Kirakosyan (born in 2000), a serviceman of the Artsakh Defense Army, received a gunshot wound in the guard post of the military unit located in the central direction of the Defense Army, as a result of a gross ceasefire violation by the enemy, the Defense Army reported.

Putin briefs Erdogan on his meeting with Aliyev, Pashinyan

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone talk with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, news.am reports, citing the Kremlin press service.

Georgia adds 1,618 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia reported 1,618 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 243,255, Xinhua said, citing the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

48,840 refugees returned to their homes in Artsakh

Russian peacekeepers escorted another convoy of refugees who returned to their homes in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) from the territory of Armenia, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Reuters: Luxembourg, EU do not want to see Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union (EU) officials declined to meet with him, European and US diplomats familiar with the matter said, Reuters reported.

YouTube suspends Trump from uploading content

The YouTube video sharing platform has removed US President Donald Trump’s latest video and suspended him from uploading content for seven days, TASS reports citing the Axios news website.

Azerbaijan continues grossly violating international humanitarian law. Artak Beglaryan

Azerbaijan continues to heavily violate international humanitarian law speculating the issue of captured civilians and war prisoners, Chief of the Artsakh Presidential Staff Artak Beglaryan said on Twitter.

Estonian PM resigns amid corruption scandal

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas resigns due to a corruption scandal related to issuing a state loan to the Porto Franco real estate developer.

Georgia citizens cannot cross Armenia border

Citizens of other countries can cross the Armenian-Georgian border to enter Armenia through the land border of the checkpoints, but on the condition that they have a document confirming a negative test result for COVID-19, and this test needs to be conducted no later than 72 hours ago. Otherwise, the test is conducted at the checkpoint, and the given person is obliged to self-isolate until a negative result of the coronavirus test is received, news.am reports, citing Jnews.

Azerbaijan continues policy of ethnic cleansing and annihilating Armenians in Artsakh – Armenia Foreign Ministry

The Foreign Ministry of Armenia on Wednesday issued a statement on the 31st anniversary of the anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku.

18-year-old on-duty serviceman dies from heart disease, says Artsakh military

A Defense Army soldier died Tuesday evening in Artsakh, with the official preliminary cause of death reported as pulmonary heart disease.

More bodies retrieved from combat zones amid ongoing search operations in Artsakh

Search and rescue teams looking for the remains of the Karabakh war victims have found the bodies of 7 servicemen in Fizuli and Jabrayil, as well as the section between Artsakh and the Syunik province, bringing the total number of retrieved bodies since the war ended to 1229, the Artsakh authorities said.

World oil prices on the rise

World oil prices are going up on Wednesday morning, and trading data attest to this.

US House approves 25th amendment resolution against Trump, Pence says he won't invoke

The House of Representatives approved a symbolic resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, after the president's No. 2 has expressed that he would not exercise that option.

Russian military doctors provide medical assistance to over 1,200 residents of Artsakh

Medical specialists from the Russian peacekeeping contingent provided assistance to more than 250 local residents in the field hospital of the Russian Defense Ministry in the Martakert region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Vast majority of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics cancelled or delayed amid COVID-19 surge

About 80% of people in Japan say this year’s Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or delayed as worries mount about a record surge in coronavirus cases across the country, a Kyodo News poll showed on Sunday.

Russia extends UK flight suspension until February 1

Russia will keep flights to and from the United Kingdom suspended until February 1, 2021, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Russia receives US invitation to attend Biden inauguration

The United States has sent an invitation to Russia to attend the inauguration of President Elect Joe Biden scheduled for January 20 in Washington D.C., the Russian Embassy in the US told TASS.

Azerbaijan openly politicizes issue of POWs, Armenian Ombudsman says

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan says politicizing humanitarian and human rights-related issues in the post-war stage is impermissible, which, according to him, is a gross violation.

Former PACE member sentenced to 4 years in prison for taking bribes from Azerbaijan

A Milan court has sentenced former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Luca Volontè, representing Italy, to 4 years in prison for taking bribes from Azerbaijan, La Repubblica reports.

Armenian Ombudsman alarms on multiple unresolved issues at road sections controlled by Azerbaijan

Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan alarms that several problems regarding roads that have come under Azerbaijani control remain unresolved.

355 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of Tuesday morning, 355 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 162,643 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oman to get its first crown prince in constitutional overhaul

Oman’s sultan announced on Monday a constitutional shakeup that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how parliament will work, Reuters reports.

11 more bodies found during search operations

Bodies of 10 servicemen and a civilian have been found during the search operations in the battle zones, in particular in the directions of Sghnakh, Jabrayil and Hadrut, the official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh Hunan Tadevosyan told Armenpress.

Trump declares state of emergency in DC ahead of Biden inauguration

The Outgoing US president, Donald Trump, on Monday declared a state of emergency in Washington, DC, citing the “emergency conditions” surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Politico reports.

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan wins parliamentary polls

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan secured victory in the January 10 elections to the lower house of parliament garnering 71.09% of the vote, Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission Konstantin Petrov said, reports TASS.

Joint statement by Putin, Pashinyan and Aliyev

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a statement following a meeting in Moscow.

Armenian PM says there are still issues over NK needing solution

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the efforts aimed at restoring stability in the region and settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Pashinyan said following the meeting with Russian President Putin and Azerbaijani President Aliyev in Moscow.

Pashinyan, Putin, Aliyev sign joint statement on development of Nagorno Karabakh in Moscow

Following the meeting between Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Moscow, the leaders of the three countries signed a joint statement on the development of Nagorno Karabakh,Ria Novosti informs.

Aliyev arrives in Moscow to hold talks with Pashinyan and Putin

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has arrived in Moscow for the meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Armenian PM arrives in Moscow on working visit

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Moscow, Russia, on a working visit, his spokesperson Mane Gevorgyan said on Facebook.

‘Without winners and losers’ – Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev on potential resolution for NK conflict

The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has spoken out about the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, expressing hope that Russia will be able to assist in reaching a resolution.

Russia launches airstrikes on strategic sites in Syria as 'powerful message' to Turkish-backed militants

The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes in different parts of Syria on Saturday, as their warplanes and drones targeted the Turkish-backed militants and their jihadist allies in the Latakia and Aleppo governorates, Almasdarnews.com reports.

Ombudsman: People cannot use some lands in Armenia’s Nrnadzor border community due to border determination

The visits of Armenia’s Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Arman Tatoyan and his staff to Syunik Province of Armenia continue. On Sunday, they visited Meghri and Nrnadzor border communities. The ombudsmen presented details of the visit in a post on Facebook.

14 more bodies of fallen troops retrieved as search operations continue

Rescuaers of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) continue the search operations in the battle zones, in particular in Askeran, Martuni, Hadrut, Mekhakavan (Jabrayil), Vorotan (Kubatlu) sections, official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh Hunan Tadevosyan told Armenpress, adding that search for missing in action, who are likely hiding, will also continue in all sites.

Trump will not run for president in 2024

After he lost his reelection bid in November, Donald Trump immediately told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024, preparing to announce as soon as Inauguration Day, Politico reported.

Russia peacekeepers continue demining in Artsakh

Specialists from the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense continue demining in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the Ministry reported.

Erdogan's "Russian romance" costs Ankara dearly

Russia's S-400 missile systems have cost Turkey dearly, and this move should push Ankara even further into Moscow's orbit, writes Middle East Forum analyst Burak Bekdil in an article for BESA, news.am reports.

Azerbaijan grossly violates international human rights mandates and standards – Ombudsman

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has issued a statement, noting that Azerbaijan is grossly violating the international human rights mandates and standards, including the November 10 trilateral statement regarding the issue of prisoners of war.

Indonesia jetliner crash: Authorities locate two black boxes from Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 plane

The estimated locations of the two black boxes of the crashed Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 plane have been identified, National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said on Sunday (Jan 10).

US nuclear button is in the ‘hands of a madman named Trump’, says Hezbollah leader

The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Friday that the US nuclear button is in the “hands of a madman named Trump”, Almasdarnews.com reports.

More bodies of fallen troops found during search operations

3 more bodies of fallen servicemen have been found during the search operations in Jabrayil section, official of the State Emergency Service of Artsakh Hunan Tadevosyan told Armenpress.

Biden inauguration: US president-elect praises Trump's decision to skip ceremony

US President-elect Joe Biden said President Donald Trump's decision to skip his inauguration is "one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on," CNN reports.

Trump permanently banned from Twitter over risk he could incite violenc

Twitter has permanently banned President Trump, citing the risk that he would incite further violence.

Over 48 000 refugees return to their homes in Artsakh

A total of 225 people on Friday were delivered by buses from Yerevan to Stepanakert, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) escorted by patrols of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Cavusoglu: Turkey can finally normalize ties with Armenia

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced about the normalization of ties with Armenia.

Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin to hold special prayer for captives and missing people

The Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin invited the Armenian people on January 10 for a prayer service for those who were taken captive or missing as a result of the Artsakh war.

108 births registered in Artsakh in December 2020

In December of 2020, 108 births and 609 deaths were registered in Artsakh, the natural growth-501 people, informed Artsakh National Statistical Service.

UN agencies and partners provided assistance to over 17,000 people following Artsakh war

As a result of the heaviest fighting since the early 1990’s, approximately 90,000 people were displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to Armenia between 27 September and 9 November 2020, 88% of whom being women and children, the UN Office in Armenia said in a news release.

Boeing to pay $2.5b to settle US criminal probe into 737 MAX crashes

Boeing Co will pay more than $2.5 billion in fines and compensation after reaching a settlement with the US Department of Justice over two plane crashes that killed a total of 346 people and led to the grounding of its 737 MAX jetliner, Reuters reports.

Georgia reports 537 new coronavirus cases

Georgia reported 537 more COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking its total to 236,028.

Armenian servicemen captured by Azerbaijan must be released and returned to Armenia – Ombudsman

The Human Rights Defender of Armenia considers absolutely condemnable the politicization of this humanitarian and human rights issue concerning captives, and even remotely connecting these matters of human rights related to any territorial issue, or for that matter, the obvious attempts of the Azerbaijani authorities to exploit these matters for political purposes.

Iran's top leader bans Covid-19 vaccines from US, Britain

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday banned Iran from importing of American Pfizer-BioNTech and Britain’s Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccines, a reflection of mistrust toward the West, AP reported.

Statements made by Azerbaijani President violate international humanitarian law – Armenian Ombudsman

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has commented on the speech made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on January 7, stating that the Azerbaijani leader has used “statements and emphases which are part of the anti-Armenian policy in Azerbaijan and the organized propaganda of hostility towards the Armenian people”.

Russian peacekeepers continue demining works in Nagorno Karabakh

The specialists of the International Center for Demining Operations at the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation continue to demine the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

6 more bodies of fallen troops found during search operations. Artsakh Emergency Situations Service

Bodies of 6 fallen servicemen were found during the search operations in the battle zones, in particular in the road leading from Tutakner to Khtsaberd in Hadrut region, the State Emergency Service of Artsakh said.

Armenia confirms 361 new coronavirus cases

361 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 161,415, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Greek Aegean Airlines resumes flights to Yerevan with discount sale

Due to the Turkish-sponsored invasion of Artsakh by the Azerbaijani military and Syrian mercenaries, direct flights between Greece and Armenia, run by Aegean Airlines and Wizz Air, ended.

Iraq court issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing

A Baghdad court has issued a warrant for the arrest of US President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of a top Iraqi paramilitary commander, Al Arabiya reports.

Cannes Film Festival may be put off till summer

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's biggest, may be pushed back to the summer this year from its usual May date because of the Covid crisis, AFP reported on Wednesday, citing its organisers.

Closed roads reported in Armenia

Some roads in Armenia are impassable as of Friday morning due to bad weather conditions, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.

Patriarch of All Russia urges not to ignore religious leaders’ role in Karabakh conflict settlement

By removing the religious factor from the Karabakh conflict, we have, of course, significantly reduced the possible degree of this conflict, with the ensuing consequences. Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, stated this in an interview with Russia TV, news.am reports.

Artsakh Defense Army servicemen, Russian peacekeepers fulfill their duties – president’s spox

Spokesperson of the President of Artsakh Vahram Poghosyan has commented on the reports according to which the Azerbaijani armed forces have opened irregular shots around Shushi, and then fired at the military positions of the Artsakh Defense Army.

Armenian PM’s spokesperson comments on Aliyev’s statement over Nakhijevan corridor

Spokesperson of the Armenian prime minister Mane Gevorgyan has commented on the statement made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev over the Nakhijevan corridor in response to ARMENPRESS inquiry.

ODIHR calls for restraint and respect for the democratic process following US election unrest

Watching the increasingly disquieting events unfolding in the United States capital in recent hours following the November general elections, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) voices its concern regarding the integrity of the democratic process, and calls on all sides to keep to the principles of democracy and the rule of law, ODIHR said in a statement.

US Congress approves Biden's victory in presidential election

The Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States Congress on Thursday at a joint meeting approved the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential elections held in the country on November 3, TASS reports citing US news channels.

Artsakh emergency service: No dead bodies found during Wednesday’s search

No dead bodies were found during the search operations in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on Wednesday.

201 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

201 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 161,054, the ministry of healthcare said today.

Four dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol

Four people died during violent pro-Trump protests at the U.S. Capitol, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday night. One woman was shot inside the Capitol, and three others died after suffering "medical emergencies," CBS News reported, citing police.

Curfew comes into force in Washington

A curfew has come into force in Washington D.C., but people are still on the streets, RIA Novosti reported.

Some roads impassable in Armenia

Some roads in Armenia are impassable as of Thursday morning due to bad weather conditions, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports.

Nikol Pashinyan held telephone conversation with Emmanuel Macron

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron, the PM’s office reported.

Concert of spiritual music organized in Stepanakert

On 6 January, the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia (conductor Sergey Smbatyan), the Artsakh State Chamber Choir (conductor Nina Grigoryan) and soprano Siranush Gasparyan performed a concert in the yard of the Mother Cathedral of the Mother of God in Stepanakert.

President Arayik Harutyunyan attends the Liturgy of the Nativity of Christ

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan, accompanied by family members, visited on wednesday the Gandzasar Monastery Complex, Central Information Department of the Office of Artsakh Republic President stated.

Georgia's coronavirus cases top 230,000

Georgia reported 2,316 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 232,079.

Artsakh FM meets with Armenian counterpart

Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian is in the Republic of Artsakh on a working visit, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan said on Facebook.

Armenia's president Sarkissian tests positive for COVID-19

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian has celebrated New Year holidays in London with family and grandchildren, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenian government plans to launch new projects for assisting Artsakh people

On 5 January, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan received Armenia’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mesrop Arakelyan, the Presidential Office stated.

Armenia's military insurance fund accepting applications and documents

The process of accepting applications and necessary documents submitted to the military insurance fund resumes on Tuesday, news.am reports, citing the Armenian Unified Infocenter.

Russian peacekeepers conduct demining works in Stepanakert

Russian specialists continue work on demining the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian defense ministry reported.

9 more bodies found during search operations in the direction of Mekhakavan-Hadrut

The rescue units of the Artsakh State Service for Emergency Situations continue search operations for bodies of killed servicemen in the Nagorno-Karabakh war zone. According to the source, bodies of 1,184 killed  have been found as of January 4, bodies of civilians were among the victims. 

Artsakh ex-FM is appointed ambassador-at-large

By the decree of President Arayik Harutyunyan, now former FM Masis Mayilian has been appointed Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Ambassador-at-Large.

Georgia reports first case of new coronavirus strain

Georgia has reported on Monday the new strain of coronavirus that originated in the United Kingdom, Agenda.ge reported.

Davit Babayan named as new foreign minister of Artsakh

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan on Monday signed a number of decrees.

Primate of Artsakh Diocese discusses security of Amaras Monastery with Russian peacekeeping command

Primate of the Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan visited today Martuni region.

US to appeal against UK court decision to refuse Assange extradition

US prosecutors have indicated they will appeal against a British judge’s ruling on Monday to bar the extradition of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, his lawyer said, Reuters reported.

Artsakh emergency service: Bodies of another 19 fallen Armenian soldiers, 1 civilian found during search

As a result of search operations, the bodies of 19 Armenian servicemen and one civilian were found in the Jabrayil and Hadrut regions yesterday, Hunan Tadevosyan, head of the information and public relations department of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service for Emergency Situations, told NEWS.am on Monday morning.

Nancy Pelosi reelected US House speaker

Democrat Nancy Pelosi has been reelected Speaker of the US House of Representatives as the 117th US Congress convened on Sunday, TASS reported.

Captured Armenian servicemen should be immediately returned to Armenia–Ombudsman on Aliyev’s remarks

Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has commented on the statement made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev over the Armenian servicemen who are currently in the Azerbaijani captivity.

329 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Armenia

As of January 1, 329 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Armenia, as reported the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention at the Ministry of Health of Armenia.

Artsakh Emergency Service: All humanitarian aid delivered from Russia is distributed at planned points

All humanitarian aid delivered to Artsakh from the Russian Federation has been distributed at the planned points.Artsakh State Service for Emergency Situations noted this on Facebook.

Erdogan: Turkey hopes joint center in Karabakh with Russia will start operating soon

Turkey hopes that the Russian-Turkish center for maintaining the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh will soon start operating. This was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, Anadolu news agency reported.

Contract on Russian natural gas supply to Armenia is extended

Gazprom has extended the contract for the supply of Russian natural gas to Armenia for the first quarter of 2021; this is noted in the respective statement by Gazprom Export, news.am reports.

531 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of 31 December, 531 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 159,409 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wreath on behalf of Armenia President laid at Yerablur Military Pantheon

A tribute on behalf of Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian was paid on 31 December to the heroes who have become martyrs while defending the Homeland.

ECtHR decides to take urgent measures regarding another 23 Armenians

Armenian human rights activists Siranush Sahakyan and Artak Zeynalyan have issued a yearend final press release on the protection—at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)—of the rights of Armenians in Azerbaijani captivity, news.am reports.

‘There are opportunities ahead for a successful future’ – US Ambassador’s address to Armenian people

Armenians are a resilient people, and I am confident that there are opportunities ahead for a successful future, US Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy said in her address directed to the Armenian people.

Greece ‘afraid’ of exploratory talks, Akar says

One day after Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez raised the issue of renegotiating the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, which set out the modern borders between Greece and Turkey, Foreign Minister Hulusi Akar on Tuesday said Greece was “afraid” of exploratory talks between the two sides, Ekathimerini reports.

One killed, three wounded in Damascus missile attack

One person was killed and three soldiers were wounded in a missile attack on a Damascus suburb, Syria's state television reported, citing a military source.

Sports commentator Karen Giloyan appointed deputy minister of education, science, culture and sport

Sports commentator Karen Giloyan has been appointed deputy minister of education, science, culture and sport of Armenia.

Activities along Armenia's south-eastern border 'cannot be interpreted as a final agreement on demarcation' - Foreign Ministry responds to Ombudsman

Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan says he recently submitted an inquiry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, requesting clarifications over border demarcation and delimitations processes along Armenia's south-eastern border with Azerbaijan.

Armenian Defense Minister visits Russian mlitary base in Gyumri

Defense Minister of Armenia Vagharshak Harutyunyan visited the Russian military base in Gyumri on December 29, informed the press service of MoD Armenia,

French fashion giant Pierre Cardin dies aged 98

Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, BBC News reports.

Artsakh emergency service: Azerbaijanis did not allow search and rescue squad to leave for Fizuli

Three search and rescue squads were not allowed to leave for the Hadrut region Tuesday. Hunan Tadevosyan, head of the information and public relations department of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) State Service for Emergency Situations, told about this to NEWS.am.

Russia reports 27,002 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 27,002 to 3,105,037 in the past 24 hours, TASS reports citing the anti-coronavirus crisis center.

Cavusoglu: Turkey hopes a joint ceasefire monitoring center is established in Karabakh soon

After talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared that Ankara hopes the joint ceasefire monitoring center is established in Nagorno-Karabakh soon, news.am reports, citing TASS.

Situation in Karabakh should not be used for infiltration of mercenaries to region – Russian FM

Russia and Turkey agree that the situation in Nagorno Karabakh should not be used for the infiltration of foreign mercenaries to the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference following the talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Armenian FM receives outgoing Ambassador of Kazakhstan

Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ara Aivazian today received outgoing Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Armenia Timur Bibitali Urazayev, as reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

Weather disasters 'cost $150bn in 2020'

The world’s 10 costliest weather disasters of 2020 saw insured damages worth $150bn, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, The Guarrdian reports, citing recent findings.

‘Any untrue information cannot be a reason for disruption of humanitarian process’ – Ombudsman

Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan has issued a statement, noting that “any factor, including periodically published untrue information on armed conflicts by the Azerbaijani sources or any provocation of armed conflict cannot be a reason for the disruption or suspension of the most important humanitarian process”.

Covid-19 mutations and pandemic fatigue will be challenges in 2021, WHO says

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries to keep testing for Covid-19 and to step up genomic sequencing so new mutations can be detected next year.

Biden: 'Enormous damage' to US security agencies by Trump

Agencies critical to US security have suffered "enormous damage" at the hands of the Trump administration, US President-elect Joe Biden has said, according to BBC News.

‘Working together in unity and solidarity, we will make 2021 a year of healing’ – UN chief’s address

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has addressed a message ahead of the New Year, stating that “2020 has been a year of trials, tragedies and tears”, but added that if humanity works together in unity and solidarity, they will make 2021 a year of healing.

Azerbaijan bans international commission to conduct monitoring in monuments under its control

A number of Armenian cultural and spiritual monuments have come under the Azerbaijani control as a result of the recent war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artrsakh: these monuments are of special importance for Armenians.

Russian peacekeepers begin classes in main subjects of combat training in Artsakh

Servicemen of the units of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) have begun routine combat training exercises at the equipped training grounds Stepanakert and Martakert.

Armenian PM appoints new deputy foreign minister

Gagik Ghalachyan has been appointed deputy foreign minister of Armenia.

4 Armenian captives repatriated from Azerbaijan

Four Armenian captives held in Azerbaijani custody have been repatriated at the mediation of Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross,

COVID-19: 74-year-old Cyprus president vaccinates

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has vaccinated against the COVID-19, Financial Mirror reported.

Armenian Ambassador, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary discuss regional affairs

Armenian Ambassador to Iran Artashes Tumanyan has met on December 27 with Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, the Armenian Embassy reports on Facebook.

Putin’s good ties with Baku and Yerevan help to settle Nagorno-Karabakh crisis - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friendly relations with Baku and Yerevan helped to achieve a peace deal on Nagorno-Karabakh, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on Rossiya-1 TV channel, TASS news agency reported.

Artsakh has new economy and agriculture minister

Ashot Bakhshiyan has been appointed minister of economy and agriculture of Artsakh, the Presidential Office stated.

Turkish forces bomb Syrian government positions in Aleppo

On Sunday, Turkish forces deployed in the Syrian de-escalation zone bombed positions of the Syrian government forces in the western countryside of Syria’s Aleppo, without information about the losses incurred. North Press Agency reports.

Third tough quarantine this year comes into force in Israel

The third coronavirus-related tough quarantine since March began in Israel on Sunday, at 5pm local time, news.am reports, citing TASS.

Armenia, Iran FMs discuss regional security, stability

Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian on Monday had a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia informed.

Artsakh strictly observes ceasefire: Defense Army on reports of resumed fighting in Hadrut

The Azerbaijani side continues to spread disinformation about an alleged attack on an Azerbaijani army unit by an "Armenian armed group" yesterday. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also issued a statement about this, the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Defense Army reported Monday.

Trump signs 2021 budget, avoids government shutdown

US President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion draft budget for 2021, which included almost $900 billion worth of economy support measures due to the pandemic, White House Deputy Spokesman Judd Deere said on Twitter, reports TASS.

Russian peacekeepers continue demining operations in Artsakh

The specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian defense ministry continue demining works in the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), the Russian Defense Ministry reports.

Turkish forces withdraw from north-western Syria

As Turkish forces continue evacuating their military and observation posts in regime-controlled areas, SOHR activists have monitored new Turkish vehicles leaving the besieged post in Al-Tuqan in Idlib countryside.

No festive events to be organized in Stepanakert. In memory of our heroes the sky will be illuminated with air-balloons on December 31

No festive events will be organized in Stepanakert on the occassion of the New Year.

Armenia MOD: No military unit took part in any operation in Hadrut region of Artsakh

A number of Azerbaijani media outlets report on the resumption of battles between the Armenian and Azerbaijani servicemen near Togh village in the Hadrut region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Iranian soldier killed in border clash with armed group

An Iranian officer was killed and others were wounded in armed clashes on the northern border of the Golestan province in northern Iran on Thursday.

586 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

As of 26 December, 586 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 157,349 in the country, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

65 Armenia Police officers died in Artsakh war

Sixty-five police officers of Armenia were killed and six are considered missing in the war unleashed by Azerbaijan on September 27 against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), the Police of Armenia noted in a statement, news.am reports.

Georgian parliament approves resolution on EU, NATO aspirations

The parliament of Georgia unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution to proclaim the country’s aspirations for membership in the European Union and NATO, Tass reports.

540 citizens return to Artsakh in one day

The Russian peacekeeping mission continues to ensure the safe return of the displaced residents of Artsakh to their homes from Armenia, the official website of the Russian Defense Ministry said, noting that 540 citizens returned in the last one day.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan named Player of the Year in Armenia for the 10th time

Football Federation of Armenia announced the voting results of the Player of the Year 2020, the FFA reports.

Trump warns Iran after rocket attack on US embassy in Baghdad

United States President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad and threatened a military response if any Americans are killed, Al Jazeera reported.

Decorated tents for New Year event being dismantled in Stepanakert

The tents and the New year tree installed in the yard of Stepanakert Vallex Hotel are being dismantled, Deputy Mayor of Stepanakert Suren Tamrazyan informed on his Facebook page.

Red Cross assists 221 temporarily sheltered families in Artsakh

According to the Artsakh Information Center, the ICRC mission in Artsakh recently assisted 221 families who were left homeless as a result of the recent escalation of the conflict, and have been temporary sheltered at hotels, university dormitories, and nursing homes in the capital Stepanakert, news.am reports.

Russian peacekeepers held classes on security measures with students of school in Stepanakert city

Servicemen of the Russian Centre for Humanitarian Demining in Nagorno-Karabakh held a lesson Peacemaker for the students of secondary school No. 3 in Stepanakert, during which they told the students about the peculiarities and specifics of the peacekeeping activities of Russian peacekeeping forces.

Ombudsmen of Artsakh and Armenia publish ad hoc report on targeting of journalists by Azerbaijan

On December 18, the Ombudsmen of the Republic of Artsakh and Armenia published a joint ad hoc report on the attacks of journalists by Azerbaijan covering the hostilities in Artsakh, the Office of the Ombudsman of Armenia said in a statement.

Engineering units of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Nagorno-Karabakh complete demining of the northern outskirts of Stepanakert

The specialists of the International Mine Action Centre of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation continue work on demining the territory. Engineering units of the Russian peacekeeping forces are demining the northern outskirts of Stepanakert in conditions of intense snowfalls, leading to a significant decrease in visibility and hindering the work of sappers, the Russian Defence Ministry reports.

Scammers attempt to defraud Armenians on Facebook by using fake Kardashian account

Scammers are attempting to defraud Armenians on social media by using a fake Kim Kardashian account on Facebook, the Armenian Agency of Personal Data Protection has warned.

Noubar Afeyan's Moderna expects its COVID-19 vaccine to protect against UK coronavirus variant

Moderna Inc said on Wednesday it expects that the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine would be protective against the coronavirus variants reported in the UK, Reuters reported.

Israeli PM warns of ‘crushing blow’ to Iran in Lebanon and Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that his country will continue to confront Iran’s attempts to base itself in Syria and will not tolerate the efforts of its enemies to develop high-precision missiles, Almasdarnews.com reports.

702 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Armenia

702 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Armenia in the past one day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 156,142, the ministry of healthcare said today.

ECHR website comes under cyber attack after ruling against Turkish opposition leader

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) reported that it was the victim of an hours-long cyber attack on Tuesday, hours after a ruling by the court for Turkey to release a jailed opposition politician.

EU to spend hundreds of millions of euros to help refugees in Turkey

The European Union (EU) plans to spend hundreds of millions of euros over the next year helping refugees living in Turkey, most of them people who fled the war in Syria, The Associated Press reported.