Monday, 18 July 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... 1 Killed in armed group
1 killed as armed group seizes police HQ in Armenian capital, 

demands release of opposition head
17 Jul, 2016 

One person has been killed and at least two wounded as an armed 
group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in 
Yerevan, Armenia. Several hostages have been taken.

The broadcaster that first reported the news hasn’t identified the 
victims of the attack, but other media outlets stated later that the 
local police chief, Valery Osipyan, is being held hostage.

Troops have been dispatched to the building, and the head of the 
country’s security forces, Vladimir Gasparyan, is on the scene as 

The attack began when an armed group in trucks rammed through 
the gates of the police headquarters and took control of the building.

One policeman was killed and two were injured in the attack.

Two hostages have been freed by special forces, Armenia’s National 
Security Service said in a statement.

“Law enforcement is in full control of the situation and doing everything
necessary to achieve a resolution.”

The attack is thought to have been launched to demand the release 
of Armenian opposition figure Jirair Sefilyan, who was detained on 
June 20 after authorities allegedly uncovered a plot to seize several 
buildings and telecommunication facilities in Yerevan.

Representatives of the authorities have entered into talks with the 
attackers, according to an official statement from Armenia’s National 
Security Service.

“Today in the morning, a group of armed attackers stormed an 
Armenian police patrol regiment headquarters, and they are holding 
people hostage there at gunpoint,” it reads.

“At the moment, we’re carrying out negotiations with the armed 
group to ensure their peaceful surrender to the authorities,”the 
statement continues, adding that supporters of the attackers have 
been spreading false information about “an armed rebellion” via 
social networks.

“This information being spread isn’t consistent with reality. State 
 government bodies are working in standard operating mode, and 
law enforcement authorities are conducting activities to ensure public 
order and state security.”

People are being evacuated from apartment buildings near the scene, 
local media report.

Sefilyan’s supporters had declared earlier that they intended to 
“change the state of things in Armenia” by inciting “an armed rebellion.”

“We have already seized one of the main police hubs in Yerevan and 
are in control of the Erebuni,” their statement said, referring to an 
area in the south of the Armenian capital.

Last October, Jirayr Serfilyan and his opposition movement, “New 
Armenia,” announced that they would launch a “process of the civil 
disobedience and change of power.”

“Achieving the shift of power only through elections is impossible; it 
can be achieved only by an armed rebellion of the people,” Sefilyan 
said at a public demonstration at the time.

Video of Demands being made;
Armenian businessman and his wife killed in Nice attack

An Armenian man was killed in a terrorist attack in Nice on
July 14, his relative wrote on Facebook.

Businessman Roman Yekmalyan, Armenian by origin, was a citizen 
of Georgia who moved to Belgium several years ago.

Yekmalyan and his wife went missing after a terrorist attack. Their
family asked to help them find the couple. On Saturday evening 
they found out that Yekmalyan and his wife were dead.

Earlier it was reported about Armenian citizen killed in a Nice
attack. The young woman moved to France several years ago, 
she had an underage child. 

ARY NEWS, Pakistan
July 16 2016
Ruined Armenian city in Turkey becomes World Heritage

ISTANBUL: The UN’s cultural agency on Friday added a ruined 
Armenian city inside Turkey’s closed border with the ex-Soviet 
state to its World Heritage list, as it elevated eight other sites 
across the world to the list ranking.

The site of Ani, which lies outside the Turkish city of Kars, was 
the capital of an Armenian kingdom around the end of the first 
millenium, before its conquest in 1064 by Seljuk forces hastened 
a decline then completed by the Mongol conquest and an 

In another sensitive inscription, UNESCO elevated to World 
Heritage status caves once inhabited by Neanderthals in Britain’s 
overseas territory of Gibraltar, which is claimed by Spain. 

They joined seven other sites including in Iran, India, China, 
Micronesia and Spain in being added to the World Heritage list at 
the meeting of UNESCO in Istanbul.

The ruined churches and secular buildings of Ani are a hugely 
sensitive site, lying directly on the other side of Turkey’s completely 
closed border with Armenia.

Ankara has no relations with Yerevan with the two countries mired 
in a dispute over the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces 
during World War I which Armenians and several Western parliaments 
regards as genocide.
Mkhitaryan optimistic after Man Utd debut
16 Jul 2016

One of the positives from Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan
Athletic was the first-half performance of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose
Mourinho’s summer signing from Borussia Dortmund who impressed
supporters with a menacingly creative display at the DW Stadium.

The 27-year-old Armenian started the match as a no.10 and quickly
created an excellent opportunity for Memphis Depay, before missing the
target himself when meeting a cross. He was taken off at half-time as
one of seven planned substitutions and Mourinho praised his unofficial
debut after the match, describing him as a “top-class player” with a
“magnificent” brain.

Mkhitaryan spoke exclusively to MUTV following the final whistle and
discussed his first match with United.

“I would say it was a good game,” declared Henrikh. “The first half
was a little bit difficult because we couldn’t score a goal. But
whatever, we made a good game and thank you to my team-mates. I was
trying to feel comfortable. I think day by day it will be better.”

Asked about how he is settling in with his new club, Mkhitaryan spoke
optimistically about the future: “I am trying, because the first days
are always very difficult. You have to get to know your team-mates and
their qualities, so I am trying to learn everything very quickly. Game
by game it will be better and better. Of course we’re getting ready
for the new season so we are trying to do everything the coach is
asking from us.”

Saturday’s 2-0 win in Wigan was cheered on by around 7,000 United fans
at the DW Stadium and Mkhitaryan was grateful to play in front of such
support. “It’s always a pleasure to see the United fans during the
away games so I am happy and I say thanks to them for coming,” he

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