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Ex-Armenia President Rejects 'Coup' Charges ahead of Trial

Armenia's jailed former president goes on trial Monday over what prosecutors describe as a coup that led to bloody protests but he insists is a politically motivated case.

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Turkish Police Block Armenian 'Genocide' Rally in Istanbul

Turkish police on Wednesday blocked protesters trying to hold a commemoration in Istanbul of the 1915 massacres and forced deportation of Armenians.

Troops from the Ottoman Empire -- which preceded modern-day Turkey -- were responsible for mass killing of Armenians, but Turkey has always denied that the incident amounted to genocide.

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Armenia PM's Bloc Wins by Landslide in Snap Polls

The electoral bloc of Armenia's acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan won a landslide victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary elections, which were triggered by the reformist leader seeking to cement his political authority in the post-Soviet country.

The bloc led by Pashinyan's Civil Contract party had 70.45 percent of the vote, and trailing in distant second place with 8.37 percent was the Prosperous Armenia party, according to results from 90 percent of precincts, the central election commission said.

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Armenia Vote 'Tainted' by Reports of 'Vote-Buying'

European observers said Monday there was "credible information" that Armenia's parliamentary election at the weekend was marred by "vote-buying" and pressure on voters.

The election, won by the pro-Russian ruling Republican Party, was "tainted by credible information about vote-buying, and pressure on civil servants and employees of private companies," observers from the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament said in a joint statement following Sunday's polls.

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Turkey Warns Germany against 'Genocide' Vote on Armenians

Turkey on Monday strongly warned the German parliament against adopting a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as genocide, saying it could have repercussions for bilateral ties.

The German lower house of parliament is set to vote on Thursday on the resolution over the two years of slaughter from 1915, which carries the contested word "genocide" throughout the text.

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Azerbaijan Says Soldier Killed despite Karabakh Truce

An Azerbaijani soldier was killed in Nagorny Karabakh on Thursday, the first casualty in almost a week following the worst outbreak of violence in the disputed breakaway region for decades.

The army sergeant was killed while "preventing the enemy's next provocation along the line of confrontation," Azerbaijan's defense ministry said in a statement, referring to archfoe Armenia.

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Armenia, Azerbaijan Trade Accusations during Ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday traded accusations over the shelling of each other's territory in violation of a days-old ceasefire aimed at halting a flareup of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

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Fragile Truce Largely Holds in Karabakh after Deadly Clashes

Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Wednesday said they were largely observing a truce that halted four days of clashes which claimed scores of lives in the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

"The ceasefire was largely observed overnight along the Karabakh frontline," the Armenia-backed separatist defense ministry in Karabakh said in a statement.

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Azerbaijan Confirms Ceasefire Reached with Karabakh Rebels

Azerbaijan and Armenian separatist authorities in the Nagorny Karabakh region reached an agreement Tuesday to end four days of fierce fighting over the disputed territory, Azerbaijan confirmed

"Military actions were halted as of 12:00pm local time (0800 GMT) on Tuesday," Azerbaijan's defense ministry said in a statement after a similar announcement by separatist authorities in Karabakh.

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Pope Set to Visit Armenia

Pope Francis will probably visit Armenia in June, his spokesman said Friday.

"It is under examination, probably for the second half of June," spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters, while stressing that dates and a detailed itinerary are yet to be finalized.

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