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The Armenian parliament has introduced amendments proposed byPresident Serzh Sargsyan to the Election Code, Armenia Today reports.The amendments will make equal the rights and immunity fromprosecution of all candidates for the presidency, in particular in thesituation when the acting president stands for a new term.

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Sergei Lavrov has held a telephone conversation with his French colleague, Bernard Kouchner. They discussed the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and the question of a Karabakh settlement, the information department of the Foreign Ministry of Russia reports. "The sides exchanged opinions on the Iranain nuclear problem, including its vision in the framework of the resolution of the UN Security Council" - the official statement reads, RIA Novosti reports.

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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.

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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").

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, panarmenian.net

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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