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This autumn, the construction of an Iranian-Armenian oil pipeline will be started and will last for two years, Tert.am reports.Armenia and Iran will pay half of the costs each. By using the pipeline, Armenia plans to get petroleum and diesel fuel for a discount price.

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Armenia understands the importance of mutually beneficial cooperation with NATO and plans to continue it, the Armenian Foreign Minister, Eduard Nalandyan, said today, News Armenia reports.According to him, the most attention will be paid to the Individual Partnership Activities Programme (IPAP).

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The authorities of ‘South Caucasian Railroad’ have decided to prolongthe work of the Yerevan-Batumi train service ‘Armenia’ until September30, due to high demand for tickets, Panorama reports.The service had been planned to operate until September 15.

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Armenian-American cooperation is one of the most important spheres of the defence policy of Armenia, the Defence Minister of Armenia Seyran Oganyan said, News Armenia reports.At the meeting with Deputy Assistant State Secretary Tina Kaidanow regional problems were also discussed and the participants stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

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The Agriculture Minister of Armenia has stated that the country is importing wheat and other grains from Iran, Iran News reports.Experts say that quality and price of Iranian wheat suit Armenia. The short distance between the countries also provides the opportunity to save on transportation costs. If the price does not change, Iran could become the principal supplier of wheat to the Armenian market.

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Armenia in CSTO

The situation in Kyrgyzstan was discussed during the summit of themembers of the CSTO in Yerevan on the August 20-22. Measures for thesituation's stabilization and issues of organizing a more effectivesystem of reaction were observed. In result the participants came toan agreement to prepare by December suggestions on changes to theconstitutional documents in order to create within the CSTO moreefficient institutions.

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A video was uploaded on the 11th of September at the You Tube websitecontaining images of the humiliation and beating of teenagers in theuniform of the Armenian army. The video caused an uproar amongArmenians. The Defense Ministry is to investigate the case.

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Monday is a public holiday in Armenia due to the Day of Memorial forthe Departed (Merelots) that comes after the Feast of the Exaltationof the Holy Cross. Saturday 18th will be a work day instead of Monday.The Merelots day follows each main feast of the Armenian ApostolicChurch. It was proclaimed a holiday in 2008.

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Straight from Baku to Nagorno-Karabakh

  Negotiations on a Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal have seen newdevelopments. The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk group for the firsttime in the last 9 years crossed the contact line between Azerbaijaniand Armenian forces and reached Hankendi (Stepanakert) straight fromBaku. Mediators previously visited Nagorno-Karabakh only from Yerevan.The ceasefire regime initiated in 1994 has been violated in recentyears.

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Since the evening of September 11th some Armenian internet users have been suffering from connection problems. Some are unable to access the web and some have a very low data transfer speed, Armenia Today reports.The incident is being caused by certain problems with internet connection on Georgian territory, although the Georgian service providers have not explained the reasons for the problem.

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Today the Apostolic Church of Armenia celebrates the Exaltation of the Cross, Novosti-Armenia reports.The history of the holiday dates back to the first centuries of Christianity, when the first Bishop of Jerusalem, Jacob, found a piece of the Holy Cross and made it an object of veneration. According to another variant of the story, the Cross was found by the Byzantine Empress Helen. Holy Cross Day became even more popular in the seventh century, after Emperor Heraclius liberated it from the Persians.

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The Armenian Healthcare Ministry's spokesman, Shushan Unanyan, deniedthat there are people infected by the West Nile Virus in Armenia,Armenia News reports. Yesterday several media received a letter bye-mail with information about two infected people. The letter'sauthors named themselves as “a group of Armenian doctors”.

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15 countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, theMediterranean Union, and 11 other countries, over 600 people and some40 observers are to take part in the “Armenia 2010” trainingexercises. At the first stage (11-13 of September) preparation worksand command post exercises will take place, at the second stage (14-15of September) field exercises will take place and at the third stage(16 of September) the results will be discussed, Panorama reports.

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The Armenian ambassador to Lebanon, Ashot Kocharyan, has held several meetings with authorities of Lebanon. Issues of profound cooperation were discussed with the chairman of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri, reports News.am. Development of cooperation was discussed with the mayor of Beirut, Bilal Hamidi. He was extended an invitation from the mayor of Yerevan, Gagik Beglaryan, to attend festive events on the 10th of October. Prospects for an Armenian-Lebanese business forum were also discussed.

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An Armenian-Belgian business forum is to open on September 14 in Yerevan, reports Armenia News, citing the Armenian Development Agency. The Armenian Minister of Economy Neres Yertsiyan, CEO of the Export and Investment Agency of Wallonia Philippe Suinen, Belgian ambassador to Armenia Stefan de Loecker and representatives of 23 companies are to participate in the forum. Armenia's trade turnover with Belgium has grown 84.7% in the period January-July 2010 and amounts to some $94.1

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Communication between Georgia and Armenia is to remain tax-free, with no regard to the new Georgian rules on international cargo transport, reports Georgia Online. According to the new rules, transit cargo customs duty amounts to $110, which should be payed into a bank before leaving Georgian territory. The customs duty must be paid by all cargo transportation, except passenger minibuses. Transportation of cargo delivered by sea to the nearest customs office is also free.

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The head of the ‘South Caucasian Railroad’ company, ShevketShaydullin, has been awarded the badge for ‘Faith and Virtue’ by theGovernor of Ulyanovsk Region, Sergey Morozov, for his activeparticipation in restoring the ‘Hill of Honour’ memorial in the cityof Gyumri, News Armenia reports, citing the press-service of thecompany. The ceremony was held at the Russian embassy in Armenia.

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Russia will provide Armenia with 1,000 tons of wheat seed ashumanitarian aid, News Armenia reports, citing Armenian Premier TigranSarkisyan.The premier said that they have approved the program of seedproduction for the first time in the last ten years. In five years,the republic plans to produce 30,000 tons of seeds annually, whichwill improve productivity by 15-20%.

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The bodies of the Azerbaijani nationals, who were killed in aterrorist attack at the central market of Vladikavkaz on Thursday,will be buried in the city today, Trend reports, citing the localadministration.One and a half year old Elnur Ashinov and his grandmother YasamanMamedova were killed in the explosion. Two more Azerbaijanis, ElviraAshinova and her son Rashad Ashinov, were taken to Moscow hospitals.Another Azerbaijani citizen named Aliyev was also among the victims,his full name has not been disclosed yet.

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The funds of the national center for development of small and mediumbusiness of Armenia and its counterpart in Bulgaria have signed amemorandum on cooperation, Panorama reports.Press-secretary of the Ministry of Transport Susanna Tonoyan said thatthe memorandum was signed at the 6th session of Armenian-Bulgariancommission for trade-economic and science-technical cooperation, whichended today in Yerevan.

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