Friday, July 29, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Video Weary Armenians Show Surprising Support For Yerevan Gunmen

For nearly two weeks, security forces in Yerevan have been in a standoff with gunmen occupying a police building. Thousands of people in the Armenian capital have unexpectedly taken to the streets in a bid to force the government to resolve the situation peacefully.
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Ex-Soviet State Weightlifters Suspended

Three Russian Olympic medalists are among 11 weightlifters, mostly from ex-Soviet states, who tested positive for banned drugs in retests of samples from the 2012 London Games.
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Baku Says Munitions Plant Explosion Involved Stockpile Of Old Ammunition

Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry and Prosecutor-General's Office said on July 27 that a deadly explosion in a munitions plant involved a stockpile of old ammunition that was being prepared for disposal.
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Video  Armenian Police Stop Minister From Visiting Gunmen In Occupied Building

Armenian Health Minister Armen Muradyan on July 27 was blocked by police from trying to meet with a group of gunmen who are occupying a police building in Yerevan and have taken four medics hostage.
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Azerbaijani Arms Explosion Kills Two

Authorities in Azerbaijan say two people were killed by an explosion at a munitions factory on July 26 in the town of Shirvan, about 100 kilometers from the capital, Baku.
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Video Thousands March In Support Of Gunmen In Yerevan

Thousands of demonstrators were marching in Yerevan late on July 25 in support of a group of gunmen who have occupied an Armenian police station for more than a week.
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Azerbaijani Court Approves Longer Presidential Term

Azerbaijan’s highest court has approved an initiative by President Ilham Aliyev to extend the presidential term of office from five years to seven years.
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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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