Death Notice: Varant Sossikian

Varant Sossikian VARANT SOSSIKIANBorn on June 22, 1940, Basra, Iraq Varant Sossikian, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and relative, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, located at 500 S. Central Ave. Interment will follow at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Mortuary Park. […]

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California Campus Tour Spotlights ANCA Empowerment Programs for Armenian Youth

Manoukian Inspires at High School Presentations; Encourages Recent Graduates to Apply to the Winter 2022 Career Development Program before November 15th Deadline WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America shared a 360-degree view of the organization’s career development and student empowerment initiatives at university and high school campuses across Southern California, spotlighting internship and job placement opportunities offered through the Hovig […]

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Moscow Wants to Work with Baku to Rebuild Occupied Artsakh

Accuses U.S. of ‘obstructing’ regional peace efforts Russia is ready to take part in what it calls “post conflict restoration of territories returned to Azerbaijan,” the country’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday during a press briefing where she also accused the United States of “obstructing” efforts to establish peace in the region. “As far as I understand, the […]

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Iranian Truck Drivers Released from Azerbaijani Detention

Azerbaijan has released two Iranian truck drivers who were arrested last month when Azerbaijani force began blocking the normal traffic to Iranian cargo vehicles headed to Yerevan on the Goris-Kapan Highway, where Azerbaijan is also imposing tariffs on Iranian vehicles. Shahroud Norouzi and Ja’far Barzegar have been released “based on good will, good neighbor relations, mutual respect, and human principles,” […]

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U.S. Wants to Support Armenia, Azerbaijan Normalization

The United States is ready to support the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This was the message advanced by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried who held separate telephone conversations with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. During her conversation with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on Thursday, the two emphasized the need […]

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Hospitals in Armenia Overwhelmed With COVID-19 Patients

YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Armenia reported a record 2,603 coronavirus cases and hundreds of its unvaccinated citizens awaited hospitalization on Thursday as health authorities struggled to cope with a new wave of infections in the country of about 3 million. The Armenian Ministry of Health also said in the morning that 32 more people have died from COVID-19 in the past day, raising […]

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Turkey’ Role in Artsakh War Diminished Trust in NATO, Yerevan Says

Turkey’s aggressive and belligerent role by overtly aiding Azerbaijan in last year’s war has diminished Armenia’s trust in NATO, Armenian officials, including President Armen Sarkissian and Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan, told visiting NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Javier Colomina Píriz on Thursday. While briefing Píriz on post-war security atmosphere in the region, Defense Minister […]

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Senate Committee Calls for Continued U.S. Aid for Artsakh De-Mining

Proposed FY 2022 Foreign Aid Bill Would Continue to Block Arms Sales to Erdogan’s Bodyguards Following 2017 Attack on Washington DC Protesters WASHINGTON—The Senate Appropriations Committee called for ongoing U.S. aid for Artsakh de-mining and expressed concern about unrest in the Caucasus, in its version the Fiscal Year 2022 foreign aid bill presented Monday, reported the Armenian National Committee of […]

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ALC Files New Cases on ‘Disappeared Captives’ and ‘Unlawful Killings’ at European Rights Court

WASHINGTON—The Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights (ALC) announced that it has filed 16 new cases of “enforced disappearances” before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of 20 Armenian individuals who have disappeared while in Azerbaijani captivity. The ALC, in partnership with the International & Comparative Law Center (ICLaw), have filed these cases with strong evidence […]

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The Armenian Saga Continues in Brazil

BY CATHERINE YESAYAN The idea of traveling to Brazil came to me during my trip to Armenia, where I learned that Vardan Travel was taking a group to Brazil. After several years of visiting different countries and writing about their respective Armenian communities, it was time for me to explore Brazil. I signed up for the excursion during my visit to […]

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