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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.