Monday, July 25, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Gunmen Release Four Remaining Police Hostages In Yerevan

Armenia's National Security Service says that two out of four police officers held by gunmen in a police station in Armenia’s capital Yerevan were released on July 23.
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Armenian President Calls For Release Of Yerevan Police Hostages

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian called on the gunmen holding hostages in a police station in Yerevan to lay down arms and release the four police officers they're holding hostage.
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Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.
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Armenian Protest Turns Violent: 25 Police, 20 Others Wounded

Hundreds of Armenian protesters sympathetic to an armed opposition group holding hostages at a district police headquarters in Yerevan clashed with police on July 20 after their demand to provide food to the gunmen went unheeded by authorities.
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Four Police Injured In Clash With Protesters At Yerevan Police Station

Four policemen were reportedly injured as protesters attempted to cross a cordoned-off area around a Yerevan police station seized by an armed opposition group.
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Baku TV Station Shut Over Gulen 'Interview'

A private Azerbaijani television station has been taken off the air and accused of damaging Baku's "strategic" links with Turkey after announcing it would broadcast an interview with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
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Video Tense Hostage Standoff Continues In Yerevan

Armenian police have deployed more personnel in front of a district police headquarters in the capital, Yerevan, where armed supporters of a jailed opposition leader have been holding several people hostage since July 17.
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Video Explainer: What Is Armenia's 'Founding Parliament' Movement?

A little-known Armenian political grouping has grabbed headlines by storming a police station in Yerevan, killing at least one police officer and taking others hostage, and demanding the release of its leader. What is the Founding Parliament movement and what does it want?
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Video Some Hostages Freed As Standoff Continues In Armenia

Gunmen affiliated with an Armenian opposition group have freed three of seven hostages at an occupied Yerevan police station as a standoff with security forces enters a second day.
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EU Official Says Visa-Free Travel For Georgians By October

The EU official responsible for the bloc's enlargement says that Georgian citizens should be able to travel to Europe without a visa by October.
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