Anti-government gunmen occupying a police station in Yerevan released three hostages on July 18, (Photo: Photolure/Vahram Baghdasarian)

Three Hostages Released in Yerevan Police Station Standoff

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Anti-government gunmen occupying a police station in Yerevan released three hostages on July 18, on the second day of their standoff with Armenian security forces. Armenia’s police and National Security Service (NSS) said one of the freed individuals is a police officer while [more...]

July 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

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Radical Opposition Group Seizes Yerevan Police Station (Updated)

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—One police officer was killed and two others wounded early on July 17, when members of an Armenian radical opposition group seized a police station in Yerevan, demanding the release of its leader arrested last month for allegedly plotting an armed revolt. Police vehicles block a [more...]

July 17, 2016 // 4 Comments

Krikor Minasian

16-Year-Old Syrian Armenian Killed in Aleppo

Krikor Minasian ALEPPO, Syria (A.W.)—A stray bullet killed 16-year-old Syrian-Armenian Krikor Minasian in Aleppo on the night of July 15. The Aleppo-based Armenian news outlet Kantsasar reported that celebratory gunfire in response to the attempted military coup in Turkey may have been the [more...]

July 16, 2016 // 1 Comment

Civilians swarming soldiers who had taken up posts on Taksim Square (Photo: AFP)

Several Dozens Killed, Over 1,000 Injured Following Attempted Turkey Coup

ISTANBUL, Turkey (RFE/RL)—Security operations are continuing in Turkey following a failed military coup attempt overnight that left scores of people dead and more than 1,000 injured. Although the government said the situation in the country is “under control,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [more...]

July 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

Ani in 2013 (Photo: Rupen Janbazian)

Ani Included on UNESCO World Heritage List

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee inscribed five new sites to its World Heritage List—including the historic archaeological site of Ani—during its 40th session taking place in Istanbul on July [more...]

July 15, 2016 // 3 Comments

French police stand near the truck that ploughed into crowds in Nice (Photo: AFP)

At Least One Armenian Killed in Nice Attack (Updated)

NICE, France (A.W.)—At least one Armenian citizen was killed in the attack on a Bastille Day celebration in Nice on July 14, which French President Francois Hollande called a “terrorist assault.” Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) tweeted about the citizen’s death hours after [more...]

July 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

Binocular night vision goggles on a flight helmet  (Photo: Spc. Gary A. Bryant)

Night Vision Technology to Be Produced in Armenia

Binocular night vision goggles on a flight helmet (Photo: Spc. Gary A. Bryant) YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenia’s Minister of the Economy and member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Supreme Council Artsvik Minasyan announced on July 14 that military-grade night and thermal vision devices [more...]

July 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Record Number of Armenian Athletes to Compete at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A.W.)—A record number 33 athletes will be competing for Team Armenia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; it’s the most since 32 athletes participated in the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga.—Armenia’s first post-independence Olympic Games. Most [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 4 Comments

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