Saturday, July 30, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Video Armenian Police Officer Shot Dead In Yerevan Standoff

Authorities say an Armenian police officer has been shot dead in an ongoing standoff with opposition gunmen barricaded inside a police station in the capital, Yerevan.
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Video Dozens Injured In Police Clashes With Protesters In Yerevan

Armenian officials say 75 were injured and more than 20 detained in clashes between police and protesters in the capital. The violence, which left three RFE/RL journalists injured, erupted when demonstrators tried to approach a police station where oppositionist gunmen have barricaded themselves,
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Gunmen Wounded In Armenian Hostage Standoff

Armenian security forces have shot and wounded three gunmen in a continuing standoff with an armed opposition group barricaded inside a police compound in Yerevan.
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Baku Shuts TV Station Over Gulen Interview

Authorities in Azerbaijan have closed an independent television station that was planning to air an interview with Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt earlier this month.
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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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