After a long silence, ex-Armenian president Robert Kocharian is voicing criticism of the current government's economic policies. His statements, taken together with recent visits abroad, are stirring speculation that the 56-year-old politician is planning a return to Armenian politics.
Two years after Yerevan signed an international agreement to uphold the civil rights of gays, homosexuals in Armenia still face the constant threat of physical abuse and social isolation because of their sexual orientation.
"When my parents learned that I was homosexual, they first beat me and then kicked me out," Armen, a 22-year-old Yerevan resident who works as a teacher, told Euras
The cinema sits on the spot where the Sts. Peter and Paul Church once stood. The church, which was said to be the largest and grandest in Yerevan, was destroyed by Soviet authorities in the 1930s. Armenian officials issued a decree in late February to demolish the theater and reconstruct the church.
A comment by a senior pro-government member of Armenia's National Assembly that the Armenian parliament could be the first to ratify a reconciliation deal with Turkey has provided a fresh twist in the ongoing heated debate about the fate of the peace package.
A feature-length cartoon about an Armenian epic folk hero, Davit of Sasun, is receiving praise from many parents in Yerevan as a long-overdue antidote to what is widely perceived as the debilitating influence of TV crime dramas on Armenian young people.
Armenia's decision to close public schools and kindergartens for two weeks in response to an outbreak of influenza is fueling panic about a swine flu pandemic. Officials assert the worries are groundless, and stress that they are "in control" of the situation.