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Georgia will hold a seasons of Armenian culture program on May 3-5within the Armenian-Georgian cooperation program, News Armeniareports, citing the press-service of Armenia's Ministry of Culture.

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The new Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Igor Popov, who replaced Yuri Merzlyakov, arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from Yerevan today. According to Armenian media, Popov is meeting the leader of the Karabakh Armenians, Bako Sahakyan. Popov visited Ilkham Aliyev in Baku, then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan, before visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, TURAN reports.

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The high-speed train "Armenia" will be launched on May 30th on the route between Yerevan and Barumi, reports Armenia Today, citing the director of the South Caucasus Railroads, Shevket Shaidullin. He also announced changes in suburban train schedules, with trains running up to four times a on the Yerevan-Armavir and Yerevan-Ararat routes.

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The Kazakh parliament has ratified an agreement with Armenia on promotion and joint protection of investments. "The agreement states that both sides are bound to provide fair and equitable currency of investments and investment returns as well as economic protection", said vice-minister for industry and technologies Narmuhambet Abdibekov. The agreement was signed on November 2006. It is aimed at further developing economic cooperation between the countries. Meanwhile, both sides have the right to exclude and limit the sphere of action of the agreement.

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A mountain landslide has damaged the North-South gas pipeline, Trend reports, citing head of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Zurab Janjgava.Repair works will take 2-3 days. Gas supply to Georgia has not been effected, by using an Azerbaijani pipeline, Janjgava said.Three working teams are currently repairing the pipeline. Armenia still has enough gas stored to supply the country for 10 days.

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Chinese General Secretary Hu Jintao invited Armenian President SerzhSargsyan to visit China on Thursday, to take part in the worldexhibition EXPO-2010 in Shanghai 1 May - 31 October, News Armeniareports.The president will be assisted by Armenian Foreign Minister EdwardNalbandian, Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan and Minister ofEnergy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan. He is expected to visitthe pavilions of Armenia, China, Russia and the USA at the EXPO-2010exhibition.

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There will be no redundancy at the Neirit factory and workers will continue to receive wages, Armenian Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan stated to parliament, Panorama reports. The factory will resume work in 10-15 days, switching to butadiene-method of production by the end of the year.Butadiene rubber production will make cheaper rubber at higher quality, expanding the consumer market, the minister said.

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has welcomed Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group on a settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh, Igor Popov, News Armenia reports, citing state press-service.The sides discussed the current state of the Karabakh settlement process.

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Armenia is going to join Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a Customs Union, even though it has no common borders with them, the RBK-Daily newspaper reports. Armenia is going to create a special economic zone, with transit and customs procedures similar to those in Kaliningrad region of Russia, the paper said. The issues of Armenia's entry into the Customs Union were discussed at the Yerevan meeting of the Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan and Russian First Deputy Premier Igor Shuvalov.

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An agreement on police cooperation between Armenia and Italy wassigned by Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni and the head ofArmenian police, Lieutenant General Alik Sarkisian, News Armeniareports, citing the press-service of Armenian police.The document was signed during the visit of an Armenian delegation toItaly on 21-25 April.The agreement is aimed at fighting transnational organized crime andhuman, drugs and weapons trafficking, as well as the illegal

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The first regular international flight to Anapa, in Russia's KrasnodarTerritory, was carried out on Tuesday by the Tatarstan air companyfrom the Armenian capital of Yerevan.The airport, which previously only served international charter andregular internal flights, was modernized due to the start of theflight, Interfax reports, citing the BazEl Aero group.The Anapa airport is part of the BazEl Aero group, which also runs theairports of Krasnodar, Gelendzhik, Sochi and Yeysk.

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OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Sudabayev had telephone conversationswith the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, ElmarMammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian, respectively, a VK correspondentreports, citing the Kazakh press-service.The chairman said in his discussions he was interested in the effortsand participation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in thesettlement of relations.The sides exchanged opinions about preparations for an informal OSCECouncil of Foreign Ministers in Alma-Ata on 16-17 July and the 2010

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Armenia and Belarus propose hosting the second conference of CISteachers and education workers, Kazakh Minister of Education andScience Zhanseit Tuymebayev said, VK reports.The minister also noted that Kazakhstan had begun creating newschoolbooks, which will meet international standards for the 12 yeareducation program.

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Germany continues to urge Armenia and Turkey to ratify bilateralprotocols on rapprochement, German Ambassador in Armenia Hans-JohanSmidt said, News Armenia reports.Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on 22 April suspending the ratification process of the protocols."Reconciliation and mutual understanding are the key to establishingfriendly relations between neighbours," the ambassador said in astatement, adding that Germany would assist the process.

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On April 26 President Serzh Sargsyan has signed a decree to Andranik Manukyan as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Ukraine. Armen Khachatryan was released from the duties of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Ukraine and appointed as Armenian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Belarus, reports Armenia Today.

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 Concluding document at the summit of religious leaders in Baku

Participants in the summit of world religious leaders in Baku have called on traditional religions to resist ideas of extremism and terrorism, it is stated in the summit's concluding document. This was revealed to journalists by the co-chairman of the executive committeeof the Interreligious Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Vsevolod Chaplin, reports Trend.

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Turkey’s involvement into the OSCE Minsk Group is impossible said Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian during the interview broadcasted on TV. The OSCE MG is aimed at the Karabakh conflict settlement.Nalbandian  said he supports Iran’s participation in the peace process: “Iran has expressed a wish to help and support the process of settlement to the Karabakh conflict, and we surely welcome this. We also appreciate Iran’s balanced approach to the issue of the Karabakh conflict”.

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Bone marrow transplantations will be conducted in Armenia, said SevakAvakyan, the executive director of the charity foundation 'ArmenianRegister of Bone Marrow Donors', news Armenia reports.The foundation was created in June 1999. Its aim is to find donors forthose who are ill with leukemia and other blood diseases in Armeniaand its Diaspora.

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