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Armenia will announce the results of the search for uranium in late2011, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyansaid, RIA Novosti reports.Experts say that Armenia may have reserves of 30,000-60,000 tons of uranium.A geological search in Lernadzor in the Sunik Region in the south ofArmenian, not far from the city of Kadzharan, is being carried out bythe Armenian-Russian Ore Mining Company. The government of Armeniapermitted the search for uranium for five years in April 2009.

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  Vardan Harutyunyan has been appointed acting director general of ArmRosgazprom, PanARMENIAN.net reports. The head of the Russian gas giant’s branch, Anatoly Podmyshalsky, said that the temporary performance of duties will continue until the meeting of shareholders, when the Chairman of the Board - Director General will be officially elected. He also noted the efficient work of the company.  “The gas industry is one of the leading ones in the republic, while ArmRosgazprom is one of the major taxpayers,” he added.    

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The macroeconomic statistics published on December 20 by the National Statistical Service of Armenia demonstrate that in January-November 2010 the economy grew by 2.6%. Armenia's GDP amounted to 310 billion drams ($862 million), Armenia Today reports. According to the National Statistical Service, growth was registered in all sectors except agriculture and construction. During those 11 months the volume of industrial output amounted to 734.6 billion drams ($ 2,041,000,000), which is  9.8% more than in the previous year.

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The scandalous project of the Okhta Center, which involved theconstruction of a 400-meter skyscraper in the center of St.Petersburg, will not be realized in St. Petersburg, the head of theGazprom Alexei Miller announced. It is still hard to say which citywill host the business quarter. Among the candidates are evenVladivostok and Yerevan, RIA Novosti reports.The change in construction plans of the Okhta Center was announced bythe mayor of St. Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, a week and a halfago.

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A Gazprom delegation headed by the deputy chairman of ArmRosGazprom,the head of Gazprom's department of Marketing, Gas and Liquid CarbonProcessing of the Directorate for Work with of the CIS Countries,Anatoly Podmyshalsky, arrived in Armenia on the 20th of December,News.am reports.During the visit, Podmyshalsky met with the mayor of Yerevan and theprevious head of ArmRosgazprom, Karen Karapetyan, and will present thenew director to ArmRosgazprom's administration tomorrow.

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Vnukovo Airport will launch flights between Yerevan and Moscow twiceweekly, News.am reports, citing the press service of the airlinecompany Armavia.Two additional flights will operate on the 26th and 29th of Decemberat Domodedovo airport. The number of passengers will increasedramatically on New Year's Eve.

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A joint air defense command center has been opened in Armenia in theframework of cooperation between the Armenian armed forces and the102nd Russian military base stationed in Armenia, 1news.az reports,referring to News-Armenia and the press service of the DefenseMinistry of Armenia.The opening ceremony was attended by the Defense Minister of Armenia,Seyran Ohanian.The base is aimed at protecting the interests of the RussianFederation and providing the Armenian side with modern military

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The joint anti-missile command center of the Armenian armed forces andthe Russia 102nd military base has started work, News Armenia citesthe press-service of the Armenian Defense Ministry.The command center will help reveal missile threats on the borders andshoot down air targets. Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Oganyan waspresent at the opening ceremony. He also took part in the opening of abuilding for the anti-missile forces, observed the conditions in the

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The recent attack on the Azerbaijani village of Borsunlu from an Armenian 'Grad' artillery unit has drawn more attention to Nagorno-Karabakh. The declarations made by heads of states in Astana were not followed by efficient actions. Vestnik Kavkaza asked experts whether the negotiating process will switch to a hot phase.

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GDP in Armenia grew 2.6% in January-November 2010, compared with thesame period in 2009, News Armenia reports.The National Statistics Service of Armenia says that GDP reached $8.6 billion.Consumer prices in January-November 2009 grew 8.1% compared with thesame period in 2009. The indicator grew 7.5% in January-November 2009compared with December.

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The press-service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has published anofficial statement, saying that, despite the cease-fire, Armenianforces continue to commit acts of provocation. An artillery shell,shot from Armenia on December 17 at 21.30, has created fresh tensionson the frontline.The 122mm HE shell, shot from an Armenian BM-21 located 2.5 km west ofthe occupied village of Talysh in the Terter District, exploded nearthe village of Borsundu, which is controlled by Azerbaijan.

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Armenia n mobile operator K-Telecom (a brand of Vivacell-MTS), sistercompany of Russia's largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS),will officially launch the 4G network in Armenia using LTE technology,RIA Novosti reports.The new network will be launched in a test mode. In February 2011 thecompany plans to switch to commercial exploitation of the network inYerevan and then in all Armenian regions.The LTE network in Armenia costs $17 million.

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David Petrosyan: "Recognition of independence of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia is untimely"

The parliamentary vote on recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, which took place on the 9th of December, failed due to the lack of a quorum. The supporters of the bill, initiated by the “Heritage” faction, comprised only 13 deputies. The reasons for the failure of the bill and the situation around the settlement of the conflict is explained by a political analyst of the news agency ‘Noyan Tapan’, David Petrosyan.

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On December 16, the head of the Armenian mission to NATO, Armen Yedigaryan, handed his credentials to NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Times.am reports. Armen Yedigaryan and Anders Fog Rasmusen had a private conversation. The NATO General Secretary congratulated the head of the Armenian mission group and noted he appreciated NATO-Armenian relations and considers Armenia to be a good partner, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry reports.

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Reports that passengers of Armavia are refusing to travel to Moscowbecause of riots on the streets of the Russian capital are false, RIANovosti reports, citing ‘Armavia’ spokeswoman Nana Avetisova.Information about half-empty flights and passengers returning theirtickets appeared on Friday on Armenian social networks.

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34,1% of the population of Armenia fell below the poverty line in2009, according to the head of the household surveys department of theNational Statistical Service (NSS) of Armenia, Diana Martirosova,News-Armenia reports.According to Martirosova, 20.1% (12.6% in 2008) of the population arevery poor, and those in extreme poverty are at 3.6% (1.6% in 2008).The level of poverty in Armenia in 2008 stood at 27.6%.

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The prime ministers of Armenia and Russia, Tigran Sargsyan andVladimir Putin, have agreed by telephone on Friday to meet on the 22ndof December, RIA Novosti reports, referring to the press secretary ofthe Russian prime minister, Dmitry Peskov.

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The Georgian airline 'Airzena Georgian Airways 30' has decided to rundirect charter flights from Tbilisi to St. Petersburg inDecember-January, Business Georgia reports, citing the head of thepress-service of Airzena, Nino Giorgobiani.Airzena Georgian Airways currently operates direct charter flightsbetween Tbilisi and Moscow every day. Meanwhile, the Russian S7Airlines has been operating charter flights between Moscow and Tbilisisince August. Flights are scheduled four times a week.

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