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GNC-Alfa company has completed the fibre-optic line between Yerevanand Masis along the railroad. The symbolic joining of the final cablestook place at Ararat, News Armenia reports.The head of GNC-Alfa, Hayk Faramazyan, said that work had started inJuly and the first section of 50.5 km has been launched, providingYerevan, Ararat, Masis and Vedi with a fibre-optic connection.

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Russian showman Valdis Pelsh will no longer be able to visitAzerbaijan. He took part in the concert and celebrations onAzerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh.According to Armenian media, there were celebrations in Khankedi,Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 2nd due to 19th anniversary of thebreakaway.The father of Russian singer Philip Kirkorov, Bedros Kirkorov, wasalso performing at the concert.

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The co-chairmen of the Minsk group of the Organisation for Securityand Cooperation in Europe are going to visit Baku on the 7th ofSeptember, reports Trend, referring to the French co-chairman, BernardFasie.According to him, it will be a regional visit and after Baku they willhead to Nagorno-Karabakh and then on to Yerevan. The details of thevisits are being discussed.

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The mayor's office of Yerevan has forbidden the opposition to hold aprotest on Freedom Square in the center of the city on September 17th.In 1988, the square became the symbol of the movement for theindependence of Armenia. The mayor's office suggested the centralMatendaran area as an alternative site, RIA Novosti reports.The Armenian National Movement earlier informed the authorities aboutthe Armenian National Congress protest rally.The protest was forbidden because another event had been planned for the square.The opposition considers the decision illegal.

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Armenia is establishing a new border post on the Armenian-Georgianborder, NEWS.am reports, citing the press-service of the Armeniangovernment. The border will be located near the Apven and Zhilizvillages of Loriysk region.The government will allot approximately $50,000 for the posts, $22 000of which will be spent on compensation for 19 people whose land willbe used for construction.

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The president of UEFA, Michel Platini, said he was pleased with his visit to Armenia. Platini was speaking at the opening of a FootballAcademy in Armenia. UEFA will continue to to lend financial assistancefor the development of the Armenian game, he added.

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The president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has participated in the official opening ceremony of the monument of the Sorrowful Psalms Book (Narek) by Armenian poet and philosopher Grigor Narekatsi, NewsArmenia reports.This book by Naretsi is called "national Bible" or just "Narek".

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The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has honoured UEFA chief Michel Platini with the honour order for the cooperation with Armenia in sport and the development of children's football in the republic, NewsArmenia reports. "We are honouring you because you give us good passes, and we hope you will keep on doing this in the future", Sargsyan said.

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Bishop from Turkey’s Echmiadzin, Marcos Ovannisyan, and archimandrite, Komitas Ovnanyan will arrive for the liturgy in Surb Khach Church, Akhtamar Island, Van Lake, Panorama.am reports, citing the responsible press-chancellery of Priest Vagram Melikyan of Echmiadzin.Commenting on the protest of Armenians against the liturgy in the church, Vagram said that the decision was made and will not be changed. Everyone has the right to express his opinion, he said.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has sent a message of congratulations to teachers, school students and their parents on the occasion of Knowledge Day, News Armenia reports, citing the president’s press-service. According to the president, the main opportunities of some states come from natural resources, but in Armenia they come from school and social space, where a person is formed.Other state and religious figures made speeches for students and teachers.

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The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has reported that Azerbaijani forces prevented a sabotage attack by Armenian forces in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.On August 31st at 16:30 a sabotage group of Armenian forces crossed the border of contact of forces in the village of Chayly in the Terter region and attempted to attack the positions of Azerbaijani forces.

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Turkey will support the resolution of the UN Security Council on Nagorno-Karabakh and will do its best to make the issue of occupation of Azerbaijani territory a matter for the world community, 1news.az reports, citing the chairman of the Turkish-Azerbaijani interparliamentary group of friendship, Mustafa Kabakchi.

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Cognac production in Armenia in the first 7 months of this year rose by 34.6%, amounting to 5.7 million liters, the National Statistics Service of the republic reports. 631,300 liters of cognac was produced in July. Vodka production in January-July dropped by 23.9%, amounting to 4.8 million liters.Wine production increased by 22%, up to 2.3 million liters, beer production rose by 9.6 million liters against 6.2 million in the same period in 2009.

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Russian Emergency Management Minister Sergei Shoigu has sent a letter of appreciation to the Emergency Management Ministry of Armenia for its help with recent firefighting, NewsArmenia reports. At the end of the official letter, Shoigu himself wrote "Thank you".

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The Armenian airline Armavia has scrapped three summer direct flights to Batumi and the Moscow airports Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo. The flights were operated only during the summer due to the great amount of tourists.

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  A UEFA delegation headed by Michel Platini is to arrive in Yerevan on the 1st of September to participate in the opening ceremony of a Football Academy, reports Panorama.am. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will also take part.

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The minister of Agriculture of Armenia Gerasim Alaverdian confirmed that Armenia started importing grain from Iran reports. News.am We must note that this year o big harvest is planed in Iran. 2 million tons will go for export. Besides Iran, Armenia imports grain from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Negotiations are held with Russia to start the trade stopped by the embargo. According to the minister this year Armenia imported more grain than last year.

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The festival "Kinoshok-2010" will take place in Anapa from the 11th to the 19th of September. The traditional children's cinema festival "KinoMalyShok" will also take place during it, reports ITAR-TASS, referring to the press service of the festival. It is the only festival that unites participants from all over the former USSR and helps improve friendly relations between them.

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