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India to join SCO summit in Dushanbe today, Afghanistan affairs high on agenda

The SCO, seen as a counterweight to Nato, is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations.
21st SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation virtually via a video link, while the minister of external affairs, S Jaishankar, will represent India at a meeting on Afghanistan with the heads of state of SCO and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation. (File Photo)
21st SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation virtually via a video link, while the minister of external affairs, S Jaishankar, will represent India at a meeting on Afghanistan with the heads of state of SCO and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 06:44 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Biden likely to recognise killings of Armenians during World War I as 'genocide'

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.
The Armenian quarter of Adana after a spree of ethnic cleansing of Armenian people in the early 20th-century. (File Photo)
The Armenian quarter of Adana after a spree of ethnic cleansing of Armenian people in the early 20th-century. (File Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 07:27 AM IST
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Azerbaijan reports attack on its troops in Nagorno-Karabakh

The ministry said the attack took place in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday afternoon and was thwarted, leaving all six attackers dead. The Nagorno-Karabakh military dismissed the statement as “misinformation” and a “propaganda provocation”.
Heavy fighting erupted in late September in the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan(AP)
Heavy fighting erupted in late September in the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan(AP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 05:30 PM IST
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Moscow | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Armenia honors Nagorno-Karabakh dead, some call for PM resignation

The loss of lands that had been controlled by ethnic Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century has traumatized Armenians, triggering weeks of protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
On Saturday, thousands of protesters rallied near the Yerablur military memorial cemetery on the outskirts of the Armenian capital of Yerevan as Pashinyan visited it to honor the soldiers killed in the latest fighting. The nation is observing a three-day mourning period for the dead.(AP (Representative Image))
On Saturday, thousands of protesters rallied near the Yerablur military memorial cemetery on the outskirts of the Armenian capital of Yerevan as Pashinyan visited it to honor the soldiers killed in the latest fighting. The nation is observing a three-day mourning period for the dead.(AP (Representative Image))
Published on Dec 19, 2020 07:15 PM IST
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Yerevan, Armenia | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Azerbaijan stages parade to mark Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal

The agreement took force exactly a month ago and put an end to six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. It was seen as a major victory in Azerbaijan, but prompted mass protests in Armenia, with opposition supporters demanding the ouster of the country’s Prime Minister over his handling of the conflict.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994.(REUTERS)
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 10, 2020 07:11 PM IST
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Moscow | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Tens of thousands rally in Armenia demanding PM’s resignation

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched across the Armenian capital Saturday to push for the resignation of the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister over his handling of the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Opposition demonstrators hold posters of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan painted in red to represent the blood of those killed during the conflict Armenian soldiers and civilians as they attend a rally to pressure him to resign over a peace deal with neighboring Azerbaijan in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.(AP photo)
Opposition demonstrators hold posters of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan painted in red to represent the blood of those killed during the conflict Armenian soldiers and civilians as they attend a rally to pressure him to resign over a peace deal with neighboring Azerbaijan in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.(AP photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 09:44 AM IST
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Armenia | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

Azerbaijani army enters territory ceded by Armenian forces

The truce, brokered by Russia last week, stipulated that Armenia hand over control of some areas its holds outside Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders to Azerbaijan. The first one, Aghdam, is to be turned over on Friday.
FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, a journalist looks at a ruined Tigranakert, Armenian city dating back to the Hellenistic period, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, a journalist looks at a ruined Tigranakert, Armenian city dating back to the Hellenistic period, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.(AP)
Published on Nov 20, 2020 02:20 PM IST
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Moscow | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Turkish parliament approves peacekeepers for Azerbaijan

In a show of hands, legislators voted in favor of a one-year mandate allowing the government to send troops to Azerbaijan, where they would observe possible violations of the truce from a joint Turkish-Russian monitoring center.
Erdogan’s government would determine the number of troops to be sent and it wasn’t immediately clear how many the country planned to deploy.(Reuters File Photo)
Erdogan’s government would determine the number of troops to be sent and it wasn’t immediately clear how many the country planned to deploy.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 18, 2020 05:57 AM IST
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Ankara | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Armenia says prevented assassination attempt on Prime minister

Armenian PM Pashinyan had come under pressure with thousands of demonstrators protesting since Tuesday and demanding that he resign over a ceasefire that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh after six weeks of fighting.
Armenian Prime minister Nikol Pashinyan is pictured during an interview in Yerevan, Armenia.(Reuters)
Armenian Prime minister Nikol Pashinyan is pictured during an interview in Yerevan, Armenia.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 15, 2020 09:30 AM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters | Posted by Mallika Soni

Thousands in Armenia protest Nagorno-Karabakh truce terms

The truce between the two ex-Soviet nations, brokered by Moscow and announced early Tuesday. The agreement was celebrated in Azerbaijan, but it angered Armenians, who immediately took to the streets demanding that the pact be invalidated.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades(REUTERS)
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 08:47 PM IST
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Yerevan | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Putin brokers deal to end Karabakh war, brings Turkey into Russian Caucasus

The peace accord also gives Recep Tayyip Erdogan potential land access across southern Armenia to Azerbaijan and the resources-rich republics of central Asia for the first time, even as Turkey rejects diplomatic relations with its Armenian neighbour and keeps their joint border closed.
The pact effectively sidelines the US and France, enabling Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to dominate talks on the terms of any future settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.(AP Phoro)
The pact effectively sidelines the US and France, enabling Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to dominate talks on the terms of any future settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.(AP Phoro)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Russian military helicopter shot down in Armenia, 2 killed

Russia said Monday that one of its military helicopters was shot down in Armenia, near the border with Azerbaijan, killing two servicemen.
The incident occurred near the border with the Azerbaijan exclave of Nakhchivan.(File photo for representation)
The incident occurred near the border with the Azerbaijan exclave of Nakhchivan.(File photo for representation)
Updated on Nov 09, 2020 10:40 PM IST
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Yerevan, Armenia | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

Azerbaijan announces capture of Karabakh city, Armenia denies it

Shusha, which Armenians call Shushi, is of cultural and strategic importance to both sides and is located 15 km (9 miles) south of the enclave’s largest city Stepanakert.
At least 1,000 people have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians(REUTERS)
At least 1,000 people have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 05:41 PM IST
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Baku, Azerbaijan | ByReuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Armenia PM asks Putin to start talks on providing security amid Karabakh war

Russia has previously said that its defence pact with Armenia does not extend to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The flare-up of the conflict has left more than a thousand dead, with world powers so far unable to persuade either side to stop fighting(REUTERS)
The flare-up of the conflict has left more than a thousand dead, with world powers so far unable to persuade either side to stop fighting(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 05:39 PM IST
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Yerevan, Armenia | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating US-brokered truce

After the failure of two Russian-brokered ceasefires, the US-brokered truce came into force at 8am local time. However, within minutes, the two countries accused each other of violating the truce.
Armenian soldiers undergo training at a firing range before their departure for the front line in the course of a military conflict with the armed forces of Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh (Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)
Armenian soldiers undergo training at a firing range before their departure for the front line in the course of a military conflict with the armed forces of Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh (Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 01:47 PM IST
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Baku/Yerevan | ByReuters | Posted by Karan Manral

Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron want Armenia, Azerbaijan to relaunch talks: Report

The two leaders along with the US as a part of the so-called Minsk group agreed that the two South Caucasian countries should relaunch the negotiation process
Armenia and Azerbaijan said Tuesday their foreign ministers would meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday to discuss efforts to end the heaviest fighting in and around the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s.(REUTERS)
Armenia and Azerbaijan said Tuesday their foreign ministers would meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday to discuss efforts to end the heaviest fighting in and around the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 21, 2020 09:31 AM IST
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Moscow/Paris | ByReuters| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Nagorno-Karabakh feud: Death toll among military reaches 633

The worst outbreak of violence in the South Caucasus since Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the mountain enclave in the 1990s risks causing a humanitarian disaster.
Men including members of the Emergency and Rescue Service of the Nagorno-Karabakh region inspect a rocket case after recent shelling during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert.(REUTERS)
Men including members of the Emergency and Rescue Service of the Nagorno-Karabakh region inspect a rocket case after recent shelling during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 03:41 PM IST
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Yerevan/Baku | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Reserve right to attack military facility in Azerbaijan, warns Armenia

The warning from the Armenian defense ministry came after it accused the Azerbaijani military on Wednesday of attacking military equipment stationed on the Armenian territory.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is pictured during an interview with Reuters in Yerevan (Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is pictured during an interview with Reuters in Yerevan (Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 02:59 PM IST
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Yerevan | ByAsian News International | Posted by Karan Manral

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating ceasefire

Both countries have, however, denied the other’s accusation of violating the ceasefire. A ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire was brokered between the two by Russia on Saturday.
A search and rescue dog searches for survivers at the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
A search and rescue dog searches for survivers at the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 02:53 PM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters | Posted by Karan Manral

20 hospitalised as Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of rocket attack in its second-largest city

The shelling, which reportedly left seven dead and 34 others injured took place amid the ceasefire, which the two sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict had earlier agreed in Moscow.
A man carries a chandelier away from the ruins at the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
A man carries a chandelier away from the ruins at the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 07:59 AM IST
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Ganja, Azerbaijan | ByAsian News International | Posted by Karan Manral

Pro-Armenia demonstrations in Los Angeles; slogans raised against Azerbaijan, Turkey

Protests took place in front of the Turkish consulate in Los Angeles, as demonstrators waved Armenian flags, chanted and toted signs that said “peace for Armenians,” among other messages.
Damaged cars are seen on a street during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert (REUTERS/Stringer)
Damaged cars are seen on a street during the military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert (REUTERS/Stringer)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 07:42 AM IST
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Los Angeles | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Karan Manral

Nagorno-Karabakh row: Kremlin-backed ceasefire enters into force despite shelling from both sides

The Moscow ceasefire talks were the first diplomatic contact between the two sides since fighting over the mountainous enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people.
A woman walks past a house damaged by recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan.(REUTERS)
A woman walks past a house damaged by recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 10, 2020 02:54 PM IST
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Moscow | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to ceasefire, says Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov

The talks were the first diplomatic contact between the enemies since fighting over the breakaway enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people. The ceasefire begins at 12 p.m.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.(Reuters)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 08:54 AM IST
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Moscow, Russia | ByReuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev says ready for talks, but asks Armenia to not claim Nagorno-Karabakh

Aliyev, speaking during a televised address to the nation, said there could be no talks if Armenia continued to insist that Nagorno-Karabakh was part of Armenian territory.
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev(via REUTERS)
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev(via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 07:34 PM IST
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Baku | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes: Russia offers to host cease-fire talks

Kremlin said the initiative from Russian president Valdimir Putin came following a series of calls with Armenian PM Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. Fighting between the two countries broke out on September 27 over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)
Russian president Vladimir Putin (Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 02:48 PM IST
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Moscow | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Karan Manral

Putin invites Armenia, Azerbaijan foreign ministers for peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to visit Moscow for peace talks Friday and said fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh should be halted for humanitarian reasons.
Russian President Vladimir Putin(Reuters photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin(Reuters photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 03:58 AM IST
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Shusha, Azerbaijan | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash as Iran works on peace plan

Iran, which borders both countries, said it was working on a peace plan for the decades-old conflict, which reignited last month and has killed scores of people on both sides.
A person carries a carpet as he walks past buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, damaged by shelling by Armenian forces, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.(AP)
A person carries a carpet as he walks past buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, damaged by shelling by Armenian forces, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2020 10:22 PM IST
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Yerevan | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Armenia-Azerbaijan clash: Four explosions heard outside Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh

On Sunday, four civilians were killed and 10 were wounded after Stepanakert and the settlement of Susa were shelled. Local residents have taken to hiding in the basements of their houses.
Aftermath of shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Stepanakert. David Ghahramanyan/NKR InfoCenter/PAN Photo/Handout via REUTERS
Aftermath of shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Stepanakert. David Ghahramanyan/NKR InfoCenter/PAN Photo/Handout via REUTERS
Updated on Oct 05, 2020 10:58 AM IST
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Yerevan | ByAsian News International | Posted by Karan Manral

Azerbaijan’s No. 2 city targeted in fighting with Armenia

Azerbaijani officials said Sunday that Armenian forces attacked Ganja, the country’s second largest city. Hikmet Hajiyev, an aide to the Azerbaijani president, tweeted a video depicting damaged buildings, and called it the result of “Armenia’s massive missile attacks against dense residential areas” in Ganja.
Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan October 4, 2020.(via REUTERS)
Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan October 4, 2020.(via REUTERS)
Published on Oct 04, 2020 07:20 PM IST
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Baku | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

Azerbaijan says Armenia attacks city, threatens retaliation

The developments marked a sharp escalation of the war in the South Caucasus that broke out one week ago.
Until now, the main fighting has been between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, but it now threatens to spill over into a direct war with Armenia itself.(AFP)
Until now, the main fighting has been between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, but it now threatens to spill over into a direct war with Armenia itself.(AFP)
Published on Oct 04, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Baku/Yerevan | ByReuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
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