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Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan discussed with the three co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE ) the issues surrounding continuing thetalks on Nagorno-Karabakh, as agreed during the trilateral meeting of the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, RIA Novosti reports.The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group arrived in Yerevan in Saturday. On June 5th the co-chairs will visit Baku.

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65 young musicians from Armenia and Turkey are going to perform a concert together, where the works of Armenian and Turkish composers will be played, 1news.az reports.The performance will take place in Istanbul on July 16th in the Jamal Rashid Rej concert-hall. The rehearsals of the Armenian-Turkish orchestra will begin on July 5th.The concert is being held as a part of a program dedicated to showing Istanbul to be a cultural capital of Europe. A similar concert is intended to be performed in Yerevan.

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An opening ceremony of the first summer school of the Russian language was held on Monday in a children's camp in Armenia's Ankavan region, Novosti Armenia reports.The classes will be held outdoors. All the students will receive special certificates.

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The clerical council of the Patriarch of Constantinople of ArmenianApostolical Church has elected a co-regent. The new co-regent ofMesrop Mutafyan is Aram Ateshyan, Panorama reports, citing the Turkishnewspaper Hurriyet.The 84-year old Patriarch Mesrop Mutafyan has serious health problems,which led to the need for a co-regent.

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The staff of Armenian state prosecutors celebrates on Thursday the Dayof Prosecution Staff. The Prosecutor General of Armenia, AgvanOvsepyan, noted the progress of the organization this year at thesession dedicated to the professional holiday and the 92nd anniversaryof the prosecution, News Armenia reports.

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The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the US House of Representatives has confirmed its budget for 2011, apportioning $44 million in financial aid to Armenia, Novosti Armenia reports, citing the Armenian National Committee of America. This is $

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The Armenian government decided at a session on Thursday to allocate 101.3 million drams ($276 thousand) for NATO exercises entitled'Armenia 2010', Novosti Armenia reports. The exercises, aimed at tackling natural disasters, will take place from the 11th to the 17th of September. NATO will cover 50% of the costs. Between 1000 and 1200 from over 50 countries will take part in the exercises.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent a message to his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan on his 56th birthday, News Armenia reports.Medvedev expressed confidence that various facets of Russian-Armenian cooperation will develop for the benefit of both peoples and in the interest of developing the integrational processes of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

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OSCE chairman Kanat Saudabayev said in Astana that the further work of the OSCE Minsk Group and the will of Armenia and Azerbaijan will lead to a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He added that Kazakhstan has been contributing to the process from the very beginning.

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Russia's share in the Armenian foreign trade turnover is estimated at 21%, reports Novosti Armenia, citing the National Statistical Service of Armenia.According to the data, this the highest turnover of all Armenia's trading partners. In total, the CIS states share 28.5% in foreign trade turnover, and Armenia's EU partners - 32.2%. The results of January-May exports from Armenia to Russia show an increase of 16.8% in comparison with the figures of the previous year, amounting $47.6 million.

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Privatization of the pipeline which connects Russia and Armenia and runs through the territory of Georgia will not create difficulties for Yerevan, said the chairman of the "ArmRosaGazprom" company in an interview to a Novosti Armenia reporter.He noted that the pipeline runs through the territory of Georgia and this is the country to decide what to do with the facility. The consequences of this decision will be seen in the future.

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Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan is celebrating his 56th birthday today, RIA Novosti reports, citing the president's press-secretary Armen Arzumanyan."This day is an ordinary working day for the president; he is going to celebrate his birthday with his family," Arzumanyan said.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia both will benefit from moving forward the peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, the US Assistant Secretary of State on European and Eurasian issues, Philip Gordon, said at a special briefing, Trend reports."I think some of the violence we've seen in the region lately showed that we can't take stability for granted. And the Secretary of State will have a chance in both countries to underscore what the presidents said in Toronto the other day", Gordon said.

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