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Separatist Government Says It Will Dissolve Itself

More than half of Nagorno-Karabakh's population has fled to Armenia

(Newser) - The separatist government of Nagorno-Karabakh announced Thursday that it will dissolve itself and the unrecognized republic will cease to exist by the end of the year. Armenian officials said more than half of the population has already fled. Last week, Azerbaijan carried out a lightning offensive to reclaim full control...

'Nightmare' Exodus Begins Amid Fears of Ethnic Cleansing

Thousands of ethnic Armenians leave homes in disputed region now held by Azerbaijan

(Newser) - The Azerbaijan military offensive was quick and decisive . Now comes the mass migration amid fears of ethnic cleansing. Thousands of ethnic Armenians are leaving their longtime homes in a disputed region between their native country and Azerbaijan, after the Azerbaijan military easily reclaimed control in a 24-hour blitz, reports the...

Another War Is Brewing in the World
A Day Into Military Assault,
Victory Is Declared

A Day Into Military Assault, Victory Is Declared

Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh agree to ceasefire after Azerbaijan's major gains: report

(Newser) - One day into its military assault on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan has declared victory. The region's ethnic Armenian leadership agreed to a ceasefire early Wednesday after Azerbaijani forces "made major advances" in the region whose estimated 100,000 Armenian residents have long maintained autonomy from Azerbaijan,...

More Than 150 Dead in Armenia, Azerbaijan Clashes

Armenia says ceasefire was declared late Wednesday

(Newser) - Armenia and Azerbaijan have negotiated a ceasefire to end a flare-up of fighting that has killed 155 soldiers from both sides, a senior Armenian official said early Thursday. Armen Grigoryan, the secretary of Armenia's Security Council, announced the truce in televised remarks, saying it took effect hours earlier, at...

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades
Armenian Americans
Worked for This for Decades

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades

The genocide 'is my family's story,' one woman says

(Newser) - Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day was different this year, after President Biden recognized the killings carried out by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century constituted genocide—ending decades of disappointment and broken promises for Armenian Americans. Hundreds of people dressed in black visited a hilltop monument in Montebello, east...

Report: Biden Plans to Keep Promise on Armenian Genocide

Move is expected to infuriate Turkey

(Newser) - As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to declare the slaughter of more than a million Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire a genocide but failed to do so as president . President Biden made the same promise on the campaign trail, and sources tell the New York Times...

Kardashians Give $1M to People in War-Torn Region

The fighting continues between Armenia and Azerbaijan

(Newser) - The Kardashians, who are among the 1.5 million Armenian Americans, are leading efforts to help the victims of the fighting in the southern Caucasus. Kim Kardashian announced in a video that she's contributing $1 million to the Armenia Fund , TMZ reports, which helps provide food, shelter, and medical...

Cease-Fire Fails, Accusations Fly
Cease-Fire Fails,
Accusations Fly

Cease-Fire Fails, Accusations Fly

Armenia, Azerbaijan are fighting again

(Newser) - Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal intended to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter-century, the AP reports. The two sides traded blame for breaking the truce...

This Conflict Is 'One Step Away From a Large-Scale War'

Hundreds killed in fighting, shelling as Azerbaijan vows to retake Armenian enclave

(Newser) - Nagorno-Karabakh—an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan as big as Rhode Island and as populous as Syracuse, NY—has been the site of fierce fighting in recent weeks. Analysts fear it could trigger a wider regional war involving Turkey, Russia, and Iran. Since fighting erupted on Sept. 27, hundreds of...

After His Power Grab Comes a Surprise Turn: 'I Was Wrong'

Armenia's leader, a Putin ally, abruptly resigns amid protests

(Newser) - A surprising turn of events this week has focused attention on the former Soviet state of Armenia: There, longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan abruptly resigned on Monday amid protests accusing him of a blatant power grab. "I was wrong," Sargsyan, an ally of Vladimir Putin, told the nation. As...

Kim Kardashian in a Tiff With Azerbaijan

Ambassador doesn't think she should weigh in on Armenia conflict

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian has gotten herself into a series of spats lately, and the latest is with Azerbaijan. Kardashian, who has Armenian heritage , posted an image to Instagram this week showing military helicopters and tanks with the Armenian flag flying, along with the message, "Praying for everyone in Armenia and...

Caucasus Conflict Reignites After 22 Years

Azerbaijan says Armenia killed 12 soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh

(Newser) - Heavy fighting has broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces along the front lines of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region, reportedly killing at least one child in what one official called the worst clashes since 1994. Officials from each former Soviet republic blamed the other Saturday for the fighting that began...

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

But certain countries—notably Turkey and the US—still won't call it 'genocide'

(Newser) - Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande...

Furious With Francis, Turkey Yanks Ambassador

After pope labeled Armenian genocide a genocide

(Newser) - Pope Francis today lamented the deaths a century ago of some 1.5 million Armenians as one of "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" that struck the last century, reports the BBC , and the AP adds that Turkey wasted little time in yanking its ambassador to the Vatican after the...

Ancients 'Predicted the Future' With ... Flour?

Archaeologists uncover three shrines on Armenian hilltop

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered three ancient shrines where diviners apparently tried seeing the future with animal bones, small pebbles, or flour baked into little bread rolls, LiveScience reports. Ensconced in an Armenian fortress, the roughly 3,300-year-old shrines found between 2003 and 2011 each have a room containing a clay basin...

Mom Denies Abandoning Down Syndrome Baby

She says she made 'ruthless decision' for his best interests

(Newser) - An Armenian woman whose husband made headlines with his refusal to give up their newborn with Down syndrome disputes his version of events—though she admits she had to make "the most ruthless decision in my life" hours after baby Leo was born. In a Facebook post , Ruzan Badalyan...

Dad Refuses to Give Up Baby With Down Syndrome
 Dad Refuses to Give Up 
 Baby With Down Syndrome 

Dad Refuses to Give Up Baby With Down Syndrome

He says wife told him to choose between newborn and her

(Newser) - When he discovered his newborn son had Down syndrome, a New Zealand man living in Armenia was horrified not by the condition, but by the assumption that he wouldn't want to keep little Leo. When the boy was born, "the doctor came out, he said, 'There's...

Iran Trying to Skirt Sanctions —Via Armenia

Meanwhile, it unveils new ballistic missile 'as deterrence'

(Newser) - Armenia is a tiny landlocked country, home to just 3.3 million people, but it's suddenly squarely in the middle of one of the world's biggest dramas. Iran is aggressively trying to expand its foothold in Armenian banks, in an effort to evade international sanctions, Reuters reports. Armenia...

France Making It a Crime to Deny Armenian Genocide

Turkey expected to withdraw ambassador

(Newser) - If you are in France and deny that Turkey committed "genocide" against 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-1916, be prepared to be fined $57,000 and spend a year in jail. Actually, the new legislation applies to genocide denial in general, but it is the law's application to...

75-Year-Old Woman Brings Down Internet in Georgia, Armenia
75-Year-Old Brings Down Internet in Two Countries
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75-Year-Old Brings Down Internet in Two Countries

Woman was scavenging for metal when she came upon fiber-optic cable

(Newser) - Say it with me: Seriously? A 75-year-old woman single-handedly brought down the internet in Georgia and neighboring Armenia for several hours on March 28. The senior citizen was apparently digging for scrap metal when she came upon the fiber-optic cable and "cut it to with a view to stealing...

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