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    More than 100 people filled the dining room at Ararat Nursing Facility to celebrate Thanksgiving. Children and grandchildren embraced their loved ones. Friends in wheelchairs sat beside one another chatting in Armenian. Residents rose from their seats to dance to “Hey Jan Ghapama,” an Armenian song written about a stuffed pumpkin dish. At one of the tables in the Mission Hills nursing home, 82-year-old Anahit Papiryan danced as best she could from her wheelchair, throwing her hands up in the air and turning them from side to side. At times, she kissed her granddaughter Ruzanna Grigoryan’s hand. “You’re the light of my life,” Papiryan told the 34-year-old in Armenian. Papiryan, originally from Yerevan, immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago. “You’re my heart,” responded Grigoryan, who wore a blue surgical mask to keep her grandmother safe. The Thanksgiving scene was a far cry from last year, which consisted of limited outdoor visits and calls from behind windows to protect vulnerable nursing home residents amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Gone was the COVID unit...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Opposition supporters blocked traffic in Armenia’s capital on Monday to urge the government to take a tougher stance amid tensions with neighboring Azerbaijan. The protesters demanded that the authorities don’t sign documents on the delimitation and demarcation of the border between the countries and reject Azerbaijan’s plans for transport corridors across the Armenian territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old dispute over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. Fierce fighting that erupted in September 2020 ended six weeks later with a Russia-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan gain control of a significant part of Nagorno-Karabakh and reclaim all the regions that were controlled by Armenian forces outside the separatist region. The agreement also envisaged a transport corridor via Armenia that would link Azerbaijan with its exclave Nakhchivan region — a plan strongly opposed by the Armenian opposition. Monday’s protest follows last week’s clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Seven Azerbaijani service members were killed and 10 more were wounded in clashes with Armenia on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Armenian officials reported one casualty and said 13 of their troops were captured during Tuesday’s hostilities, while 24 more have gone missing. The clashes appear to be the worst outbreak of hostilities between the two countries since a six-week war last year over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that killed some 6,600 people. The Armenian Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s military of opening fire on Armenian positions. The Azerbaijani government, meanwhile, accused Armenia of a “large-scale provocation” on the border. The fighting ceased on Tuesday evening after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke on the phone with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts and urged them to stop. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation at the border. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that lies within Azerbaijan but was under...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan reported military clashes on their shared border Tuesday and blamed each other for starting the conflict amid tensions between the two ex-Soviet nations that have simmered since a 6-week war last year over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s military of opening fire on Armenian positions, killing an unspecified number of troops and and capturing 12 servicemen. The Azerbaijani government, meanwhile, accused Armenia of “large-scale provocation” on the border. Armenian lawmaker Eduard Aghajanyan told reporters that 15 Armenian soldiers were killed in Tuesday’s clash, but so far there has been no official confirmation. The Azerbaijani military said two of its servicemen were wounded. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old dispute over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. Moscow brokered a peace deal last November to end six weeks of fighting over the territory, during which more than 6,600 people were killed in the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Lake Balboa is cleaning up Friday after a vandal broke eight of its sanctuary’s stained glass windows. “A young man in his 20’s came well-organized and you can tell it’s premeditated,” said Father Shnork Demirjian of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys. READ MORE: USC To Conduct Zero Waste Game Saturday Evening The church’s security video shows a man walking up with a bag, a bat and a purpose. He takes a moment to put on his mask and his hat again. Then he begins to smash the stained-glass windows along one side of the church. “Initially, you feel surprised and then you realize what’s happening, the devastation and the damage. We have to control our sentiments, but you still feel angry,” the church priest said. After more than 20 strikes to the church’s windows alongside Sherman Way, the suspect shattered a total of eight windows on Thursday at around 1:30 a.m. Shards of glass were left all over the floor and the window sills of the sanctuary....
    A Glendale man has agreed to plead guilty to a hate crime after taking part in an attack on a Turkish restaurant in Beverly Hills in which the man hurled chairs at customers, yelled anti-Turkish slurs, and damaged property at the business, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. William Stepanyan, 23, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one hate crime charge, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in court. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. Stepanyan’s attorney, Kenneth Reed, was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon. In April, Stepanyan was charged in the November attack, along with Harutyun Harry Chalikyan, 23, of Tujunga. Chalikyan’s case is set for trial on Oct. 26, when he will face one count of conspiracy and five hate crime charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Stepanyan and Chilikyan were a part of a group of nine men who on Nov. 4, while on their way to a rally, texted each other about “hunting for [T]urks” later that evening, prosecutors wrote in the...
    Many feared for the future of the Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan (32 years) in Rome when the hiring of Jose Mourinho as the new coach of the ‘giallorosso’ team. Exchange for Alexis The veteran Armenian midfielder and the Portuguese coach met between 2016 and 2018 in the Manchester United English. It was under the tutelage of ‘The Special One’ at Old Trafford when, in January 2018, the ‘Red Devil’ team gave a ticket to Mkhitaryan, who left transferred to the Arsenal in an operation that ended up assuming the arrival of Alexis Sanchez to the Theater of Dreams. Even though together they raised the Europa League in 2017, Mourinho did not finish counting on a footballer for whom the Manchester United disbursed 42 million euros in 2016. Asked about this situation, Mkhitaryan He wanted to take the iron off the issue by ensuring that “what happened in Manchester stays there … We speak as mature people and we both want the same thing, we both want to win something with Roma and that is the only thing that matters this...
    GLENDALE (CBSLA) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday evening at the Glendale Central Park for the new Armenian American Museum. Plans to build the new museum have been in the works for years. The groundbreaking comes after millions of dollars in donations by organization, individual families and the state. READ MORE: Representative Katie Porters Irvine Town Hall Partially Disrupted By Protestors State Senator Anthony Portatino praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s support for the museum. “Governor Newsom embraced this museum and was instrumental in getting $5 million. The state has invested a total of $8 million into the museum and I think that’s a testament to the Armenian activists,” Portatino said. The two-story facility, which will span more than 50,000 square feet, will house archives and highlight historical and cultural moments of the Armenian people over the past 5,000 years. Hundreds of attendees came out for the evening’s festivities, which included dignitaries, special guests and informative video segments on the future cultural and educational center for the museum. Many of the guests told CBSLA that this will be a place to...
    On the outskirts of Boyle Heights, a remnant of the neighborhood’s historic Armenian past is having a revival. The faithful are traveling from as far away as Simi Valley and Cerritos to pray at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, a church once deemed the center of Catholic Armenian life in Los Angeles. Founded in 1952, the church hosted about 400 parishioners weekly in its heyday. The facility celebrated Mass for Armenians in their native tongue, and its cultural center once served as a place to learn about their homeland from local guest speakers. But over the decades, the cream-colored church’s prominence has been overshadowed by St. Gregory’s cathedral in Glendale. Nearly all Armenians who once settled in the blocks bordered by Pleasant Avenue and Echandia Street to Prospect Park and Bridge Street have died or moved to more affluent neighborhoods, such as Glendale and Pasadena. And loyal churchgoers more recently were temporarily shut out when Queen of Martyrs closed its doors because of public health orders linked to COVID-19. Yet amid a year marked by record deaths,...
    LOS ANGELES  — A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted two Armenian American men on charges of conspiracy and hate crimes for allegedly attacking five people at a family-owned Turkish restaurant last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The men allegedly stormed into the restaurant on Nov. 20 and attacked five people, including four who are of Turkish descent, prosecutors said in a press release. The attackers shouted derogatory slurs about Turkish people, yelled, “We came to kill you,” and caused $20,000 in damage, it said. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday after the arrest of Harutyun Harry Chalikyan, 23, of Tujunga. The other defendant, William Stepanyan, 23, of Glendale, was already in state custody. Chalikyan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and his attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the Los Angeles Times reported. Stepanyan’s arraignment is expected in the coming weeks. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney. Related Articles 3 charged with federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery Berkeley police arrest hate-crime suspect after...
    Left-wing pop star Cher is lamenting what she sees as the lack of kindness and justice around her, saying that at times she feels “so disappointed in America.” The Oscar-winning star encouraged people to protest in the streets and to fight “4 good against evil.” She said her disappointment in American “breaks my heart,” but added she feels uplifted when reading tweets from fans. Hate 2 Say This,ButSometimes I’m SO Disappointed In America It Breaks My Heart.I Have More Hope When I See Your Twts.????????????????????????PLEASESTAY INVOLVED,MARCH,&PROTEST WHEN ITS SAFE.FIGHT 4 GOOD AGAINST EVIL.SOMETIMES I FEEL OVERWHELMED BY THE LACK OF KINDNESS,JUSTICE..HONOR,ETC,ETC — Cher (@cher) April 27, 2021 Cher’s latest tweet comes a few days after she posted a video of herself praising President Joe Biden for his acknowledgement of the Armenian genocide, which was carried out by the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Cher — whose real name is Cherilyn Sarkisian — is of Armenian descent on her father’s side. After decades of struggle, the United States government has finally made sure that it is on the right side of...
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to recognize the United States’ actions against Native Americans as a genocide in response to the United States’ recognition of Turkey’s 1915-1916 genocide against Armenians. “If you say genocide, then you need to look at yourselves in the mirror and make an evaluation. The Native Americans, I don’t even need to mention them, what happened is clear,” Erdogan said after a Monday cabinet meeting. He also suggested that the international community should “also talk about what happened to… blacks and in Vietnam.” LIVE — Erdoğan: US President Biden’s biased statement on 1915 events is destructive for Turkish-American bilateral relations. We believe that Mr. Biden’s statement was due to pressure from radical Armenian figures pic.twitter.com/JPyG0ZhtAy — DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) April 26, 2021 The United States recognized the Armenian Genocide on Saturday. The Trump administration rejected a bipartisan resolution in 2019 that called for the State Department to do so, after Erdogan threatened to “oppose [the US] by reciprocating such decisions in parliament.” “Can we speak about America without mentioning [Native Americans]? It is a...
    Reuters April 25, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, a historic declaration that infuriated Turkey and further strained frayed ties between the two NATO allies. The largely symbolic move, breaking away from decades of carefully calibrated language from the White House, was welcomed by the Armenian diaspora in the United States, but comes at a time when Ankara and Washington grapple with deep policy disagreements over a host of issues. Turkey’s government and most of the opposition showed rare unity in their rejection of Biden’s statement. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey “entirely rejects” the U.S. decision which he said was based “solely on populism”, while the opposition denounced it as a “major mistake”. Biden’s message was met with “great enthusiasm” by the people of Armenia and Armenians worldwide, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote in a letter to the U.S. president. In his statement, Biden said the American people honor “all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Crowds of hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills and Hollywood to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Attendees were also celebrating a proclamation by President Joe Biden Saturday morning that formally recognized the hundreds of thousands of killings and deportations of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 as “genocide.” Biden becomes the first US President to make this landmark distinction. Former presidents have avoided using the term “genocide” for fear of alienating Turkey, a US ally. READ MORE: President Biden On Saturday Formally Recognized The Killing Of Armenians By The Ottoman Empire In The Early 20th Century As Genocide, A First For US Presidents Armenian-Americans march in protest through the Little Armenia neighborhood of Hollywood, California on April 24, 2018 demanding recognition by Turkey on the 103rd anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide, which Turkey insists did not happen. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) LA is home to more than 200,000 people of Armenia descent, making...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP/CBS13) — The systematic killing and deportation of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century was “genocide,” the United States formally declared on Saturday, as President Joe Biden used that precise word after the White House had avoided it for decades for fear of alienating ally Turkey. California Gov. Gavin Newsom followed suit and declared April 24 as a “Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide” in the state. READ MORE: They Just Walk Away: Boba Shortage Impacts Sacramento Area Businesses “Today and every day, let us recommit ourselves to making certain that we never forget the Armenian Genocide, and that we always speak out against hatred and atrocities anywhere they occur,” Newsom wrote in a proclamation Saturday. Newsom recognized that California is home to a large population of Armenian Americans. “As we remember the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, we also honor the strength and resilience of the Armenian people,” he wrote in his proclamation. “Forced to build new lives in all corners of the globe, Armenians bravely forged ahead...
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday afternoon gathered in Beverly Hills to mark the 106th anniversary of the beginning of the mass killing of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I, and to celebrate President Joe Biden's formal recognition of the atrocities as "genocide."Biden became the first U.S. president to officially call the killings a genocide on Saturday, fulfilling a campaign promise and a longstanding lobbying effort by the Armenian-American community."The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today," Biden said in a statement. "We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated."Crowds gathered near Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wilshire and La Cienega boulevards, waving Armenian and American flags.A similar rally was also held outside the Turkish Consulate on 8500 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills police, who earlier said road closures were possible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the 8500 to 8600 block of Wilshire Boulevard, tweeted at 1:20 p.m. that Wilshire Boulevard was...
    President Joe Biden has formally recognized that the the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in 1915 amounted to 'genocide'.   For decades the White House has avoided using the term to describe the atrocities that occurred during the First World War over concerns that it could damage relations with NATO ally Turkey. The historic declaration has been celebrated by Armenians, but triggered an angry response in Turkey, where it was said that the move 'will open a deep wound that undermines our mutual trust and friendship.' An estimated two million Armenians were deported and 1.5 million were killed in the events known as Metz Yeghern.  President Joe Biden made the historic declaration that the the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915 amounted to 'genocide' American Armenians carry an arrangement of flowers as they gather in remembrance of the 1915 genocide at the Armenian Martyrs Monument in Montebello, California Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –  On Saturday, President Joe Biden became the first US President to formally recognize the  hundreds of thousands of killings and deportations of Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century as “genocide.” FILE — Thousands of people march in Hollywood, Calif., to mark the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. April 24, 2017. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) Former presidents have avoided using the term for fear of alienating Turkey, a US ally. Biden used a presidential proclamation to mark the announcement Saturday. April 24 is the annual commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Los Angeles is home to the largest population of people of Armenian descent outside of Armenia and has regularly hosted large marches to remember the tragic events from 1915 to 1923 as a calculated effort to wipe out Armenians.
    President Joe Biden delivers remarks and participates in the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Session 5: The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action from the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2021.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden on Saturday recognized the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century as a genocide, a historic though largely symbolic move that will likely strain already fraught relations with Turkey. Biden's declaration is a major break from past U.S. administrations, which avoided calling the atrocities genocide due to concerns over alienating Turkey, an important NATO ally and influential power in the Middle East. Turkey has contested that the killings constitute a genocide. "Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring," Biden said in a statement on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. As a candidate, Biden last year vowed to make this declaration, which is widely supported by human rights...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Saturday recognized the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, risking a potential fracture with Turkey but signaling a commitment to global human rights.In a statement marking the 106th anniversary of the massacre's start, Biden wrote, "Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring.""Today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future -- toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security," Biden said. "Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world."The move fulfills Biden's campaign pledge to finally use the word genocide to describe the systematic killing and...
    After 43 years of feeling a “certain way” — defined by the fight to have the massacre of her Armenian ancestors recognized as genocide — Lori Mesrobian isn’t sure what emotions will spring up if that actually happens. For Mesrobian and other Armenians, what they consider a simple act of acknowledging history has faced decades of geopolitical barriers. U.S. politicians have made promises, only to pull back over the country’s strategic relationship with Turkey. There was great disappointment when President Obama, after pledging to recognize the genocide, ended up not taking that step. Now, it appears the United States is on the verge of acting. Across Washington this week, there have been reports that President Biden on Saturday will declare the Ottoman Empire’s killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during World War I a genocide — making him the first sitting U.S. president to do so. It would be a groundbreaking act, delivering on decades of hard-fought activism by Armenians around the world. Much of that movement has been centered in Southern California, home to America’s largest Armenian...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday Saturday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumn’s war. Shusha, a center of Azeri culture for centuries, came under Armenian control in 1992 in fighting over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. Its retaking by Azerbaijan’s forces in November was important both symbolically and strategically because it sits high above the region’s nearby capital, Stepanakert. “Today we are celebrating Nowruz in our ancient city Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. This is a historic event. This is a great happiness. God heard the prayers of the Azerbaijani people,” Aliyev said after lighting the fire, a traditional way of celebrating Nowruz, the Persian new year, in a video released by the presidential office on Saturday. “Shusha may have been destroyed, our historical sites in Shusha may have been destroyed by the loathsome enemy. However, Shusha did not bend. Shusha did not break. It preserved its dignity, protected the national spirit of Azerbaijan, and today, while in Shusha,...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - An Armenian court has decided to let a top general who was sacked in a political crisis remain in his post until a final court decision in his case, the TASS news agency cited his lawyer as saying on Thursday. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last month dismissed Onik Gasparyan, head of the army's general staff, after the army publicly demanded Pashinyan's resignation. Last week the government said Gasparyan's sacking had come into force. But his lawyer was quoted as saying that a court was considering a legal challenge to his sacking and that he remained in his post in the meantime. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Armenia, Russia, EuropeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos You Should See - March 2021PhotosPhotos: America's Pandemic TollNewsThe Week in Cartoons: March 15-19RecommendedPoliticsDemocrats, Biden Eye Filibuster ReformNational NewsDomestic Extremists Pose ‘Elevated Threat’Best StatesVaccine Completion Rates Among StatesEducation NewsVirus Relief Funds Issued to States, SchoolsHealthiest Communities Health NewsU.S. Falling Short on Vaccine EquityCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news...
    An Armenian American man convicted of killing a Turkish official in Los Angeles in the 1980s will be released into ICE custody after a parole board’s determination that he is not currently dangerous, his attorney said Friday. His pending release comes after the Los Angeles County Superior Court last month vacated Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision reversing that parole, and over the objections of the U.S. State Department. For years, lawyers and advocates for Hampig “Harry” Sassounian have argued that he has shown remorse for his crime and that he should be released after serving nearly 40 years in prison. On Jan. 28, 1982, Sassounian and a crime partner approached Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan’s car when it stopped at an intersection on the Westside and fired multiple shots, killing the diplomat while he was on his way to work. The pair fled, according to media reports at the time, and Sassounian, then 19, was later apprehended. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and found that Sassounian killed Arikan because of his nationality. The second suspect left...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Hundreds of opposition supporters maintained the blockade of the Armenian parliament for a second straight day Wednesday demanding the resignation of the country’s prime minister, who has maneuvered to appease the top military brass. Nikol Pashinyan has rejected the opposition’s pressure to step down over a November peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh by allowing Azerbaijan to reclaim control over the lands that had been held by Armenian forces for decades. Political tensions spiked last month when the military’s General Staff demanded Pashinyan’s resignation, and he responded by firing the chief of the General Staff, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan. Pashinyan on Wednesday named a successor to Gasparyan and met with the top military brass. Gasparyan denounced his ouster as unconstitutional and reaffirmed the call for the prime minister’s resignation. Another senior officer, Maj. Gen. Grigory Khachaturov, who is the commander of the 3rd Army Corps, backed Gasparyan in a strongly-worded statement Wednesday, saying that “every day and hour Pashinyan remains on the job of prime minister erodes Armenia’s security...
    BY AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the Armenian capital Wednesday to demand the prime minister's resignation, amid a heavy presence of security forces. Nikol Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to step down since he signed a November peace deal that ended fierce fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in which Azerbaijan routed the Armenian forces. The political tensions escalated last week when the military’s General Staff demanded Pashinyan's resignation, and he responded by firing the chief of the General Staff, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan. On Wednesday, more than 10,000 opposition demonstrators rallied outside the parliament building at a time when Pashinyan arrived to attend a session. As part of tight security measures, security agents armed with sniper rifles took positions in the building's windows and on its roof and remotely controlled stun grenades were placed in a park outside. Vazgen Manukyan, a veteran politician whom the opposition named as a prospective caretaker prime minister, denounced the security measures as an attempt by Pashinyan to scare his opponents. The prime minister's order to...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the Armenian capital Wednesday to demand the prime minister’s resignation, amid a heavy presence of security forces. Nikol Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to step down since he signed a November peace deal that ended fierce fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in which Azerbaijan routed the Armenian forces. The political tensions escalated last week when the military’s General Staff demanded Pashinyan’s resignation, and he responded by firing the chief of the General Staff, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan. On Wednesday, more than 10,000 opposition demonstrators rallied outside the parliament building at a time when Pashinyan arrived to attend a session. As part of tight security measures, security agents armed with sniper rifles took positions in the building’s windows and on its roof and remotely controlled stun grenades were placed in a park outside. Vazgen Manukyan, a veteran politician whom the opposition named as a prospective caretaker prime minister, denounced the security measures as an attempt by Pashinyan to scare his opponents. The prime minister’s order to dismiss the chief of...
    By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister scored a political point Tuesday in his spat with the top military brass, advancing his motion to fire the country's top military officer. A political crisis sparked by Armenia's defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region escalated last week when the military's General Staff demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following his move to dismiss a top general. Pashinyan responded by firing the chief of the General Staff, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan. Armenia’s largely ceremonial president, Armen Sarkissian, refused to approve the dismissal order for a second time on Tuesday. However, the president refrained from asking the country's high court to check whether the order to fire Gasparyan conforms with the constitution, a legal caveat meaning that the dismissal would take effect automatically. Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to resign since he signed a peace deal in November that ended six weeks of intense fighting with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Russia-brokered agreement saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s prime minister scored a political point Tuesday in his spat with the top military brass, advancing his motion to fire the country’s top military officer. A political crisis sparked by Armenia’s defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region escalated last week when the military’s General Staff demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following his move to dismiss a top general. Pashinyan responded by firing the chief of the General Staff, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan. Armenia’s largely ceremonial president, Armen Sarkissian, refused to approve the dismissal order for a second time on Tuesday. However, the president refrained from asking the country’s high court to check whether the order to fire Gasparyan conforms with the constitution, a legal caveat meaning that the dismissal would take effect automatically. Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to resign since he signed a peace deal in November that ended six weeks of intense fighting with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Russia-brokered agreement saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas that...
    Miami : The United States on Thursday warned the Armenian armed forces to refrain from intervening in politics after the prime minister denounced an attempted coup. “We urge all parties to exercise restraint and avoid escalation or violent actions,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “We remind all parties of the fundamental democratic principle that the armed forces should not intervene in internal politics,” he added. The Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, denounced this Thursday before thousands of supporters an attempted military coup in his country, where the opposition continues to mobilize against those who they consider responsible for the defeat against Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh. The Army General Staff had demanded the resignation of the head of government after the cessation of a high position, “an attempted coup”, according to Pashinyan. However, no movement of troops was registered and the Ministry of Defense, for its part, considered “unacceptable to put [al ejército] in political processes “
    The general staff of the army had demanded after the dismissal of a high-ranking officer the resignation of Nikol Pachinian, “an attempted coup” according to the latter. However, no troop movement was observed and the Defense Ministry deemed it “unacceptable to involve (the army) in political processes”. The Prime Minister also called on his generals to fall into line, sacking the chief of staff and addressing some 20,000 of his supporters gathered in the capital. “The army (…) must obey the people and the elected authorities”, he said to the cheers of the crowd: “These are my orders and no one can disobey them”. The United States on Thursday called for “restraint” in Armenia and urged the armed forces “not to interfere” in the country’s political affairs. “We are monitoring the situation closely,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price. “We urge all parties to exercise restraint and to refrain from any act of violence or that would promote escalation.” Between 10,000 and 13,000 opposition demonstrators at the same time called for the departure of the head of government,...
    Generals have attempted to stage a coup in Armenia three months after the country lost a bitter war against Azerbaijan in which more than 6,000 died. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan led 20,000 supporters through the capital Yerevan as he warned the top brass to 'obey the people' after they issued a statement calling for his resignation.  Another 10,000 people protested against the PM in another part of the city, blocking off a main road with large rubbish bins as hundreds of police were deployed. Pashinyan has been under intense pressure over his handling of the 44-day conflict which ceded the ethnically-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan.    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his supporters escorted by law enforcement officers march during a rally in Yerevan,  the capital city, on Wednesday The PM, a 45-year-old former newspaper editor, hugs a supporter in central Yerevan on Wednesday as he faced down what he claimed was an attempted coup Police officers shield the PM as he leads 20,000 supporters through the capital on Wednesday Participants shout slogans during an opposition rally...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hosted his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan, their first meeting since a Russia-brokered truce ended six weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. As he sat down for talks in the Kremlin with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Putin said that the peace agreement has been successfully implemented, laying the foundation for a fair settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He noted that senior officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia will now discuss further moves to restore traffic links in the region after the decades-long conflict. The Nov. 10 peace deal ended 44 days of hostilities in which the Azerbaijani army routed Armenian forces and reclaimed control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands. Hostilities flared up in late September and the Azerbaijani military pushed deep into Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas in...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Monday its army units have been attacked by “an illegal Armenian armed group" in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing one Azerbaijani serviceman and wounding another. The ministry said the attack took place in the Khojavend region on Sunday afternoon and was thwarted, leaving all six attackers dead. The statement comes just hours after the Armenian Defense Ministry denied media reports of fighting in the neighboring Hadrut region and said the ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were “strictly observing” the cease-fire. Neither Armenian or Nagorno-Karabakh officials have so far commented on Azerbaijan's statement. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands. Heavy fighting erupted in late September in the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, killing more than 5,600 people on both sides. A Russian-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the separatist region along with surrounding areas ended six weeks of fierce...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Monday its army units have been attacked by “an illegal Armenian armed group” in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing one Azerbaijani serviceman and wounding another. The ministry said the attack took place in the Khojavend region on Sunday afternoon and was thwarted, leaving all six attackers dead. The statement comes just hours after the Armenian Defense Ministry denied media reports of fighting in the neighboring Hadrut region and said the ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were “strictly observing” the cease-fire. Neither Armenian or Nagorno-Karabakh officials have so far commented on Azerbaijan’s statement. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands. Heavy fighting erupted in late September in the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, killing more than 5,600 people on both sides. A Russian-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the separatist region along with surrounding areas ended...
    BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry said on Monday that one serviceman had been killed in an attack in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Asked about media reports on Sunday of a possible clash between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces in the region, Armenian authorities said no such incidents had taken place. (Reporting by Nailia Bagirova in Baku, Nvard Hovhannisyan in Yerevan and Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Middle East, Europe
    By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in the Armenian capital detained dozens of people on Thursday during protests against the country's prime minister, who is being pressured to resign over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Opposition politicians and their supporters have been demanding for weeks that Nikol Pashinyan step down over the Nov. 10 peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. The Russia-brokered agreement ended 44 days of fierce fighting in which the Azerbaijani army routed Armenian forces. Police detained 77 people following clashes when thousands of protesters converged on center of the capital Yerevan and surrounded the heavily guarded government building. Pashinyan and other cabinet members were able to get into the building despite the unrest. “Now our goal is that they don't get out until Nikol Pashinyan resigns," Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a leading member of the opposition Dashnaktsutyun party, was quoted as saying by the Russian state Tass news agency. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in the Armenian capital detained dozens of people on Thursday during protests against the country’s prime minister, who is being pressured to resign over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Opposition politicians and their supporters have been demanding for weeks that Nikol Pashinyan step down over the Nov. 10 peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. The Russia-brokered agreement ended 44 days of fierce fighting in which the Azerbaijani army routed Armenian forces. Police detained 77 people following clashes when thousands of protesters converged on center of the capital Yerevan and surrounded the heavily guarded government building. Pashinyan and other cabinet members were able to get into the building despite the unrest. “Now our goal is that they don’t get out until Nikol Pashinyan resigns,” Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a leading member of the opposition Dashnaktsutyun party, was quoted as saying by the Russian state Tass news agency. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of people took to the Armenian capital’s streets again Tuesday, demanding the prime minister’s resignation over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Armenian opposition politicians and their supporters have been calling for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down for weeks since he signed a peace deal that halted 44 days of deadly fighting at the cost of territorial concessions to Azerbaijan. Crowds of protesters on Tuesday besieged government buildings in Yerevan, chanting “Nikol, go away!” In other parts of Armenia, protesters were reported to have blocked several major roads. Several hours into the rally, opposition supporters erected tents on Yerevan’s main square. “We have pitched the tents and intend to stay as long as possible, including overnight. Pashinyan needs to resign,” Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a member of the opposition Dashnaktsutyun party, was quoted by the Russian state news agency Tass as saying. The opposition also called on Pashinyan’s My Step coalition, which currently has the majority of seats in the parliament, to sit down for talks on Tuesday. My...
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military officer has been killed by an explosion while working to clear mines leftover from six weeks of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, officials said Friday. The Russian Defense Ministry said the mine-clearing expert died Thursday on the way to a hospital after hitting a mine on a road near the town of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian peacekeepers were deployed to the region under a Moscow-brokered peace agreement that took force Nov. 10, ending 44 days of fierce fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh. The officer’s death marks the first casualty among the Russian forces. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands. During the latest fighting that began in late September and left more than 5,600 people killed on both sides, the Azerbaijani army forged deep into Nagorno-Karabakh, forcing Armenia to accept last month’s peace deal. Russia deployed nearly 2,000...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offered a $50,000-reward for Thursday for information leading to the arrest of an arsonist who set fire to an Armenian church back in September. The Sept. 17 fire at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, set by an unknown perpetrator, burned the church’s administration building where its offices, Sunday school and a library reside. No one was injured but the blaze basically gutted the building. READ MORE: Fire Burns Armenian Church Building Overnight in San Francisco; Arson Suspected While announcing the reward in a video recorded in front of the church, FBI San Francisco Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair said that the investigation was about protecting the congregation’s first amendment rights, which protect the freedom of religion. “This act of violence was not just an attack on a building, but on a congregation,” Fair said. “This was an attack on a community.” #Breaking: FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair announces reward in #SF church arson. https://t.co/nJ7Nv89U0M pic.twitter.com/ouldY80a2h — FBI SanFrancisco (@FBISanFrancisco) December 17, 2020 Around...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijani authorities say one person was killed and two injured when an anti-personnel mine exploded in a region ceded to Azerbaijan under a peace deal with Armenia that ended recent fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Law enforcement officials said the blast occurred Sunday in the Shahbulag village of the Aghdam region, which Azerbaijan regained control of last month. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the war ended in 1994. A number of regions around it, including Aghdam, had also been in Armenian hands. In 44 days of fighting that began in late September and left more than 5,600 people killed on both sides, the Azerbaijani army pushed deep into Nagorno-Karabakh, forcing Armenia to accept a peace deal last month that saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the separatist region along with surrounding areas. The peace agreement was celebrated in Azerbaijan as a major triumph, and last week a massive military parade was held in Baku to mark it. In Armenia, the truce sparked outrage and mass...
    By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian officials on Saturday accused Azerbaijan of breaching a peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Separatist officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said the Azerbaijani military launched an attack late Friday that left three local ethnic Armenian servicemen wounded. Russian peacekeepers deployed to the region to monitor the peace deal reported a violation of the cease-fire in the Gadrut region on Friday. The report issued Saturday by the Russian Defense Ministry didn't assign blame. Later in the day, the Armenian Defense Ministry also charged that the Azerbaijani army mounted an attack in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday. Azerbaijani authorities had no immediate comment to the Armenian statements claiming the first significant breaches of the peace deal brokered by Russia on Nov. 10 that saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over broad swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding lands which were held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter century. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there...
    YEREVAN – Armenian officials on Saturday accused Azerbaijan of breaching a peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Separatist officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said the Azerbaijani military launched an attack late Friday that left three local ethnic Armenian servicemen wounded. Russian peacekeepers deployed to the region to monitor the peace deal reported a violation of the cease-fire in the Gadrut region on Friday. The report issued Saturday by the Russian Defense Ministry didn't assign blame. Later in the day, the Armenian Defense Ministry also charged that the Azerbaijani army mounted an attack in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday. Azerbaijani authorities had no immediate comment to the Armenian statements claiming the first significant breaches of the peace deal brokered by Russia on Nov. 10 that saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over broad swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding lands which were held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter century. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war...
    By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of protesters converged on the parliament building in Armenia's capital Wednesday to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister over his handling of the fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nikol Pashinyan's opponents are angry at a peace deal that ended six weeks of fighting over the separatist region but saw Azerbaijan take over wide areas that have been controlled by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century. Armenia's opposition parties gave Pashinyan an ultimatum to resign by Tuesday, but he has ignored the demand, defending the peace deal as a bitter but necessary move that prevented Azerbaijan from overrunning the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region. About 15,000 protesters marched through downtown Yerevan to the parliament building, chanting “Nikol go away!” The opposition has been pushing for Pashinyan's resignation since the Russia-brokered peace deal took effect on Nov. 10. Protests have grown over the past days, with demonstrators blocking traffic in various sections of the capital, and also rallying in other cities. The Armenian Apostolic Church and all three of...
    YEREVAN – Thousands of protesters converged on the parliament building in Armenia's capital Wednesday to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister over his handling of the fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nikol Pashinyan's opponents are angry at a peace deal that ended six weeks of fighting over the separatist region but saw Azerbaijan take over wide areas that have been controlled by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century. Armenia's opposition parties gave Pashinyan an ultimatum to resign by Tuesday, but he has ignored the demand, defending the peace deal as a bitter but necessary move that prevented Azerbaijan from overrunning the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region. About 15,000 protesters marched through downtown Yerevan to the parliament building, chanting “Nikol go away!” The opposition has been pushing for Pashinyan's resignation since the Russia-brokered peace deal took effect on Nov. 10. Protests have grown over the past days, with demonstrators blocking traffic in various sections of the capital, and also rallying in other cities. The Armenian Apostolic Church and all three of the country’s former presidents have joined...