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Thunder in Armenia killed two people. According to rescue service of Armenian Emergency Ministry the victims were a 14 year old teenager and a 38 year old man, Armenia Today reports.Both cases took place in Gegarkunin region on May 13th. The body of Suren Gabrielian, born 1996, was found on the mountain near Artanish village.On the same day the rescue team of Gavar found Echmiadzin Suren Saakian, born 1972, in the swamp locality, near the monastery of Ayravank on Gavar-Sevan highway.

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is ready to continueassisting in the development of Armenian agriculture,secretary-general of the organization Jacques Diouf said at a meetingwith Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Thursday.He arrived in Armenia for the 27th regional conference of FAO forEurope, ITAR-TASS reports.

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The Azerbaijani and Armenian embassies in Russia had battle of words,published by the media.Azerbaijani ambassador Polad Biulbiuloglu said at a meeting withveterans on Victory Day that Azerbaijan is determined to restore thecountry's unity, using force if peace negotiations fail.The head ofthe Armenian diplomatic mission in Moscow Oleg Yesayan, reacted byaccusing the Azerbaijani side of warlike declarations and militarism.

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The Government of Armenia decided to grant $100,000 to Tadzhikistan as support after large-scale flooding, ArmeniaToday reports. As a result of the floods and torrents in Tadzhikistan since May 7th, 40 people have died. Thousands of houses, dozens of municipal buildings and hundreds of kilometers of road have been destroyed.

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The Foreign Minister of Armenia, Seyran Ohanyan, met with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Bernard Fassier, Robert Bradtke, Igor Popov and Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE Andrzej Kasprzyk, ArmeniaToday reports. They discussed questions of bringing their positions closer on the Madrid principles for a settlement of the Karabakh problem.

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The Armenian Foreign and Defense Ministers confirmed that Armenia would like to develop relations with NATO. The Ministers made this statement at a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on May 12th, Mediamax was told by the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. 

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Although the sides have not fully come together, progress is being made on a Nagorno-Karabakh resolution, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a press-conference in Ankara after negotiations with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, RIA Novosti reports. He said that they discuss the issue regularly. The last time it was discussed was in Washington. Medvedev said that they are continuing their efforts to solve the issue. He met President Sargsyan and President Aliyev and carried out joint meetings on the problem,

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The European Union does not want to compete with Russia in post-Soviet space, said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighboring Policy, Stefan Fule, RIA Novosti reports.Fule recalled that the EU had offered to cooperate with Russia in the 'Eastern Partnership' program, which covers the political and economic integration of the EU with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldavia and Belarus, but that the Russian authorities refused.

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Slovenian President Danilo Turk will visit Armenia in October. The details of the visit were by the two countries foreign ministers at a meeting in Strasbourg, reports Novosti Armenia.The visit of the Slovenian president will see a further strengthening of cooperation between the states in the political and economic spheres. Turk will be accompanied by a group of businessmen.

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Monitoring will be carried out at the so-called contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces near the Giziloba village in the Tartar region of Azerbaijan on May 13. The monitoring will be held under a mandate of the OSCE head's special envoy, reports Trend, citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

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European Commission receives mandate for association of Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi

The 27-member EU council of foreign ministers has issued a mandate for negotiations on bilateral agreements between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, RIA Novosti reports, citing a spokesman from the council.The agreement on the association, which does not provide for EU membership, replaces bilateral agreements on partnership and cooperation.The decision was made by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Catherine Ashton.

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Armenian Defence Minister Seiran Oganyan has left for Berlin to take part in an interstate defence ministry meeting of countries providing the Northern Regional Headquarters of the international security forces in Afghanistan with support, reports Armenia Today.Military operations in the area of responsibility of the Northern Regional Headquarters will be discussed during the session. The Armenian peacekeeping forces carry out their duties in theprovince of Kunduz.

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Gas supplies, suspended due to a landslide in Georgia, have been fully restored, reports RIA Novosti, citing the press-secretary of the ArmRosfazprom company."Gas reached Armenian territory last night," she said. "When the pressure in the pipe-line reaches the required level, gas supplies will be restored in full".

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The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Armenia on May 12 - 14, reports Armenia Today. The PACE head will hold meetings with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and the speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia, Ovik Abramyan, on May 13. Meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbandyan, chairman of the parliamentary commission on legal issues, David Arutunyan, and other state top officials are also scheduled for the visit.

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Led by Armenian Prime-Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Defence MinisterSeyran Ohanyan, mayor of Yerevan Gagik Beglaryan and political andmilitary officials and representatives of the Armenian ApostolicChurch laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame and the tomb of the UnknownSoldier in Yerevan's Victory Park, NewsArmenia reprts.

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More than 11,000 military personnel are taking part in the Victory Dayparade in the capital of Russia. For the first time the militaryforces of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Moldova will march withRussian military units on Red Square. Also military personnel of theUSA, the UK, France and Poland will participate in the parade, RIANovosti reports.

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An informal summit of the CIS was opened on Saturday evening in Gorki,a town situated near Moscow.  The summit followed an informal summitof the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which also tookplace in Gorki, RIA Novosti reports.Opening the summit, President of the Russian Federation DmitryMedvedev greeted President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, a newparticipant in the council of heads of CIS member states.As a source in the Kremlin reported before the summit, there is no

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An informal summit of the presidents of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in Moscow today will scrutinise the situation in Kyrgyzia and other important international issues, Vesti reports. A high-ranking Kremlin spokesman said "the informal nature of the event doesn't preclude the acceptance of joint statements on the issues discussed during the meeting". The military-political union of the CSTO comprises Armenia, Belorus,

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Notwithstanding that this year has started with difficulties for the 'Armavia' company, the Armenian national air carrier is set to expand the range of its flights and passenger turnover, the head of the company, Mikhail Bagdasarov, told journalists today. "The opening of new flight paths will increase the number of our assengers, as well as the opening of a second terminal at the airport", he said, reports Panarmenian.The head of "Armavia" airlines expressed hope that fuel prices will soon drop, which will improve the  ituation in general.

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