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Armenian protesters storm government building in capital Yerevan

Russian state-owned domestic news agency RIA reports that a group of Armenian protesters stormed into a government building in Yerevan on Monday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"We are completing our action. Our goal was to show that we can enter any ministry," said one of the participants according to RIA.

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Austria deports schoolgirls amid protests
Austria deports schoolgirls amid protests
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Three schoolgirls and their family members were deported to Georgia and Armenia in the early morning hours Thursday. The children were born and raised in Austria, and protests had formed against the deportation.

ÖVP security spokesman Karl Mahrer defended the deportations in advance by referring to the current legal situation. He rejected the idea of facilitating access to citizenship for children born in Austria.

Politicians from the SPÖ, Neos, and Greens had previously joined the protests against the deportation.

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Armenian says no diplomatic solution in war with Azerbaijan is possible, vows to fight until end

The Prime Minister of Armenia has announced that there is no diplomatic solution in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and subsequent war with Azerbaijan. He has vowed to fight "until the end".

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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of breaking new truce
Shushan Stepanyan post on Twitter
Shushan Stepanyan post on Twitter Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force midnight on Sunday. In the early hours of Sunday, Azerbaijan fired artillery shells and rockets. This was reported by Shusan Stepanyan, a spokeswoman for Armenia’s defence ministry. Azerbaijan later accused Armenia of breaking the truce.

The countries have been fighting over Azerbaijan’s ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on cease-fire during Moskow negotiations
Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on cease-fire during Moskow negotiations
Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

After around ten hours of talks between diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan, both countries have agreed to a cease-fire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. It came into effect only hours later at noon local time on Saturday.

The negotiations had been initiated and taken place under Russian supervision. The cease-fire happens "on humanitarian grounds for exchanging POWs and other detained persons and dead bodies" according to a statement.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan will engage in peace talks

Both the Armenian and the Azerbaijani government have announced that they will join peace talks in Moscow.

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Armenia states readiness to a cease-fire with Azerbaijan
House in Tovuz District of Azerbaijan damaged by Armenian Armed Forces due to clashes in July 2020
House in Tovuz District of Azerbaijan damaged by Armenian Armed Forces due to clashes in July 2020 Credit: Voice of America / Public domain

Armenia has announced that they are ready to work together with the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in order to return to cease-fire terms with Azerbaijan. In the announcement, they referred to the terms set out in an agreement from 1994-1195.

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President of Azerbaijan vows to continue the war against Armenia

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has stated that they "only have one condition: Armenian armed forces must unconditionally, fully, and immediately leave our lands".

Fights had previously broken out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and over 100 deaths have been reported.

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Armenia accuses Turkey of shooting down its fighter jet
Turkish Air Force F-16
Turkish Air Force F-16 Credit: Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Armenia says a Turkish F-16 shot down one of its SU-25 fighter jets in a significant escalation of the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Turkey, which openly backs Azerbaijan in the conflict, has denied the claim.

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Armenia declares martial law - Armenia and Azerbaijan now at war
Arayik_Harutyunyan, President of Artsakh
Arayik_Harutyunyan, President of Artsakh Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, has claimed that Azerbaijan has initiated a "missile & aerial attack" against Artsakh, a territory that is claimed by Armenia.

Azerbaijan claims to have launched a "counter-offensive" against Armenia.

Both countries are now at war.

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Armenia government approves social development help from Japan
Representative image of an ambulance
Representative image of an ambulance Credit: / RAYMOND Wong

The government of Armenia has approved a law to ratify an agreement between Japan and Armenia with the aim to develop the economic cooperation of the countries.

According to the agreement Japan will provide a grant for economic and social development purposes worth around $3,7 million. The Armenia government has committed to use the funds to purchase four-wheel ambulances and vehicles to provide remote regions with improved medical care.

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Armenian Prime Minister states that Covid-19 situation has improved
Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.
Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. Credit: Kremlin (Public Domain)

The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, has stated the country has improved the overall situation over the past days. Still, current measures need to be kept up to prevent returning to a crisis and a severe increase in the numbers.

According to Arsen Torosyan, Minister of Health, the number of heavy and extremely heavy Covid-19 cases has dropped from 650 to about 500. The country has reported 37,937 Covid-19 cases in total.