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International Economic Forum begins in St Petersburg

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is arriving today in St Petersburg, where the 14th International Economic Forum is opening. Medvedev will take part in the forum, meet with his colleagues from other countries, participate in the meeting on the modernization and technological development of the economy and will then award a Global energy prize, ITAR TASS reports.

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The Education Ministry of Russia has granted 42 government scholarships to Armenian students, News Armenia reports, with reference to the Education Ministry of Armenia.Candidates for a scholarship must fill in an application and provide a diplom, a medical certificate, a copy of their passport and a birth certificate, and photos. All documents should be submitted by June 18th.

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The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, is off to Saint Petersburg today on a three-day working visit. A trilateral meeting of the Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will take place at the International Economic Forum there. The main topic of discussion will be a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, Armenia Today reports.

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Expecting more

The first games of the World Cup in South Africa have disappointed those who expected to see top quality football

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Presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan to have negotiations in St. Petersburg

A trilateral meeting of presidents from Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, Serzh Sargsyan, Dmitri Medvedev and Ilkham Aliyev, will take place in St. Petersburg on June 17-19, News Armenia reports, citing the press-service of the Armenian president.The presidents will participate in the annual international economic forum. A previous trilateral meeting took place in Sochi in January.

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Presentation of the first collection of commentaries on the Armenian Constitution took place within the framework of events dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Constitutional Court, News Armenia reports.The Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, Gagik Arutiun, hopes that there will be collections of commentaries to other laws. He said that 68 legal experts, including those from state structures, had been working for 2 years to publish the commentaries.

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Sales of the Yerevan cognac factory dropped in the first 5 months ofthe year by 26%, compared with the same period in 2009, the executivedirector of the factory, Ara Grogoryan, said, News Armenia reports.He emphasized that the factory had spent 1 million euros onmodernizing production. The factory will also change the appearance ofits products and reconsider the price policy.

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Schools financed by the Russian Defense Ministry will close in Armeniadue to Russian military reforms. The reforms will switch militaryservice to a 12-month contract, without families. Schools affectedinclude No19 for children of the 102nd Russian military base inGiumri. This school has 429 students and 77 teachers. Parents reportthat the school has already been closed.

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The foreign ministers of the EU approved a special document onrelations with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. According to ArmeniaToday, the document passed at the meeting of foreign ministers inLuxembourg, says that Brussels is ready to strengthen ties with theregion.The Council of EU noted that South Caucasus countries must realizereforms in the sphere of democracy, dominance of law, and respect forhuman rights for more cooperation with EU.

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Russian Channel One will show a new documentary about an actor anddirector Mger Mkrtchan (Frunzik Mkrtchan) on July 4, News Armeniareports, citing Armenian Minister of Culture Asmik Pogosyan.Mkrtchan became famous after the film 'Mimino' which was filmed on theterritory of Armenia and Moscow with the participation of manywell-known actors.The minister noted that the documentary lasts for 30-40 minutes.

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Armenia has no plans to attempt to join NATO, the country's deputyforeign minister, Arman Kirakosyan, said at a news conference devotedto NATO week in Armenia, Novosti Armenia reports.He said there is a big difference between membership and cooperationwith the organization. However NATO and its member-states havelong-standing relations with Armenia and carry out close cooperationwithin the framework of the Individual Partnership program (IPAP) insuch spheres as defense, developing of democracy in the army and

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In a couple of days the general public will have an opportunity to seethe most ancient known shoe in the world, exhibited in the ArmenianHistory Museum, the director of the Archeological and EthnographicResearch Center of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, Pavel Avetisyan,said, Armenia Today reports.According to him the well-preserved shoe was found during a jointArmenian-Irish archeological expedition on the banks of the Arfa Riverin 2008. The time of the shoe's make dates back to 3600-3500 B.C. The

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For the first time in its history Armenia will celebrate the day ofits national flag. The law on the national flag was adopted on thisday in 2006, Kavkazskii Uzel reports.According to Pavel Sarkisyan, the director of the fund to preservenational values, "Menk", celebrations kick off today at 7pm localtime (6pm Moscow Time) with a festive parade in the center of theArmenian capital, Yerevan. It was announced that more than 1250 peoplewill take part in the event.

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Georgia may be a mediator between Turkey and Armenia in their negotiations, Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan said while visiting Tbilisi. He said that there is an interruption to the negotiations at the moment, which is due to the preliminary conditions which Turkey hasproposed to Armenia, News Armenia reports.

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Armenia is ready to reopen talks with Turkey if it changes it positionon two protocols signed by the states, Armenian Foreign MinisterEdvard Nalbandyan said in Tbilisi today, following 90-minute talkswith the foreign minister of Georgia, Grigol Vashidze.The minister also noted that Armenia is ready to accept the assistanceof intermediary states, Trend reports.

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The heads of Abkhazia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have congratulated Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian diplomats on Russia Day. Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh expressed confidence that Russia and Abkhazia will successfully cooperate, RIA Novosti reports.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev also expressed hope for strengthening of cooperation between their countries. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan visited the Russian embassy in Yerevan and congratulated embassy staff.

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Edward Nalbandyan, the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry, will visit Georgia on June 14th. He is going to meet the Georgian leadership and representatives of the Armenian community. A press conference will be held after the meeting, Armenia Today reports.

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