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Armenia wins the Europe armwrestling championship

Vladimir Mnatsakanyan (70 kg, right arm) has won the European armwrestling championship, which took place in the town of Mytishchi in the Moscow district from May 31st - June 6th, News Armenia reports. About 600 athletes from 22 countries participated in the championship.

Armenia celebrates Day of Pushkin's poetry

The 5th Republican day of Pushkin's poetry "Hello, Alexander Sergeyevich!" devoted to the 211th anniversary of the birth of the poet, is being celebrated in Yerevan, reports RIA Novosti, with reference to the Rossotrudnichestvo organization in Yerevan. The organizers are the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Armenia, the society of friendship "Armenia-Russia", Armenian nongovernment organizations, the Yerevan University of the Humanities and the Russian cultural centre 'Garmoniya' ("Harmony").

Mamedyarov: conceptual decision of Armenia is needed for Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Armenia should make a conceptual decision on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the foreign minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov said in Venice on Saturday. "If there is a conceptual decision on the part of Armenia, the question can begin to be resolved. If not, there will be difficulties"- Interfax-Azerbaijan reports his words.

Armenian Ministry for Education, ARCS sign agreement

The Ministry for Education of Armenia and the Armenian Red CrossSociety signed an agreement on cooperation on Friday, reports NovostiArmenia.The documents provide for cooperation in such spheres as first aid,disaster control, migration, fighting trafficking, information onhealthcare and international humanitarian law, and education.The program will be implemented in spheres of contemporary andprofessional education.

Armenian ambassador to UK recalled

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree recalling Armenia'sextraordinary and authorized envoy to the UK, Vaghe Gabriyelyan, NewsArmenia reports, citing the press-service of Armenian president.Gabriyelyan was appointed in 2003.

Armenian parliamentary commission rejects bill on Karabakh independence

The working commission on foreign relations of the Armenian NationalAssembly has rejected a bill on recognizing the independence ofNagorno-Karabakh, the authors of the bill, deputies of Heritagefraction, said.According to Armenia Today, 2 deputies voted for the bill, 1abstained,and 5 members of the commission were against it.Heritage will review the bill tomorrow and if members approve it thenit may be sent to the National Assembly.

Armenian-British businessmen chamber opened in Yerevan

The official opening ceremony of an Armenian-British businessmenchamber took place today. According to the chairman and founder of theArmenian-British union and member of the chamber's council, AykArutiunyan, they came up with the idea to open the chamber a year agoand it was realized in Yerevan. The chamber will boostArmenian-British economic and trade relations, as well asinternational investment programs in Armenia, he said,

'Homeland-diaspora centre' to be formed in Armenia

Thegovernment of Armenia is to of establish a 'Homeland-diasporaCenter' at the Ministry of Communities, News Armenia reports.The Minister of Communities Granush Akopyan noted that the newstructure is aiming at forming and using common Armenian informationresources, preparing specialists and realizing the program ofpreserving Armenian identity

Russia is leading investor in Armenia

Russia is first place in terms of foreign investment in the Armenian economy in the first quarter of this year. According to News-Armenia, the National Statistics Service of the republic puts the figure for Russian investment in the Armenian economy at $51.9 million, of which $42.2 were direct investments. This amounts to 32% of all foreign investment in Armenia and 36% of direct investment.

'The Most Armenian Nose - 2010' contest in Yerevan

The winner of 'The Most Armenian Nose' contest in 2010 is a citizen ofthe city of Alaverdi in the Lory region of Armenia, the organizer ofthe contest said.The winner will be awarded a free plastic surgery operation, the headof the plastic surgery department of the Medical Center ofKanaker-Zeytun, Karen Daniyelyan, said. The name of the winner willnot be revealed, News Armenia reports.Danilyelyan added that second and third places will get plasticsurgery discounts.

Head of Armenian church postpones visit to Georgia

A visit by All-Armenian Catholicos Gagerin II to Georgia that wasplanned for June has been put back to October this year, GeorgianTimes reports.Within the session of the High Clergy Council the head of interchurchrelations reported that the visit was postponed due to a request fromthe inviting side - the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Iliya II,Armenia Today reports. The visit will now take place from October22-28.

China to provide Armenia with medical equipment

China is likely to provide Armenia with medical equipment and 88ambulances by the end of this year, News Armenia reports, citing theArmenian Ministry of Territorial Administration.The Armenian Vice-Premier, Minister of Territorial AdministrationArmen Gevorkyan met the Chinese delegation headed by the Chineseminister of commerce, Fu Ziying. The Chinese minister noted that theprogram of technical support of Armenia is significant for Armenia andthe healthcare of its regions.

Armenia received $14.7mln of humanitarian aid

Armenia received 1475.8 tons of humanitarian aid worth $14.7mln in thefirst three months of this year, Novosti Armenia reports, citing theNational Statistics Service of Armenia.According to the statistical data, the amount of humanitarian aidincreased by 9.8% in comparison with same period last year. The USAgranted almost half of the total amount of humanitarian aid.By way of humanitarian aid Armenia receives chemical goods, textiles,manufactured products and various equipment.

Russian-Armenian relations are exemplary - Sargsyan

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said relations between Moscow andYerevan are exemplary, Novosti-Armenia reports.The Armenian president arrived in Rostov-on-Don on June 1st at theinvitation of Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev. The two presidentsheld a meeting during which they discussed current issues of bilateralcooperation, in particular economic issues, the situation in theregion and Armenian-Turkish rapprochement.

Armenian-Turkish rapprochement frozen due to Ankara's position - Yerevan

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is against the participation ofTurkey in the process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement."Turkey is trying to meddle in a process, which obviously has nothingto do with it" - Sargsyan said in his address to the Armenian diasporain Rostov-on-Don.According to the press-service of the Armenian president, Turkey isnot ready to ratify Armenian-Turkish protocols and "that is whyArmenia decided to put the rapprochement process on hold", Interfaxreports.

Russia appoints new military attache to Armenia

General Evgenii Vasiliyev has been appointed new military attache tothe Russian diplomatic mission in Armenia, Novosti-Armenia reports,citing the Armenian defense department.The Armenian Foreign Minister noted that military cooperation withRussia has significantly developed in recent years and expressed hopefor its further expansion as a result of cooperation with the newmilitary attache.

High-speed train ‘Armenia’ will start work in a month

The ‘South Caucasian Railroad’ company postponed the launch of thedaily high-speed train ‘Armenia’ on the route Yerevan-Batumi-Yerevanfrom June 3rd to July 3rd, reports.

Russian president to visit Armenia in August

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Armenia in August 2010. According to ArmInfo, it was agreed within the framework of a meeting in Rostov-on-Don.The presidents of Armenia and Russia Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev discussed a wide range of issues concerning Armenian-Russian strategic partnership, economic cooperation and activization of contacts in the humanitarian sphere. Medvedev spoke to Sargsyan about his meeting with European partners on normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.

EU to start negotiations with South Caucasian countries

Negotiations between the European Union and the countries of the South Caucasus on an association agreement between the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will start in July, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Karine Kazinyan said, Armenia Today reports.She recalled that the mandate for negotiations was approved on May 12th by the council of foreign ministers from 27 countries. The negotiations will involve a wide range of issues, mainly political, economic reforms, justice, and human rights.

Armenia develops relations with Canada

Armenia will take steps in strengthening ties with Canada, ArmenianForeign Minister Edward Nalbandian said on an official visit toOttawa, News Armenia reports, citing the press-service of the ArmenianForeign Ministry.