Turkey searches Armenian plane en route to Syria, report

Turkey ordered a Syria-bound Armenian plane to land and searched its cargo on Thursday, airport officials said, in the second such action in a month to prevent the use of Turkish airspace to supply the Syrian military. The cargo aircraft was searched in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum in a previously agreed step, as […]

Over 3,000 of Syria’s Armenians fled to ancestral homeland

As the passengers from battle-ravaged Aleppo disembarked at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport, tearful relatives gripped them tightly in emotional embraces. “Thank God you’ve arrived safe and sound!” one cried out. Since fighting has gripped the city of Aleppo, where many of Syria’s ethnic Armenian community live, increasing numbers have been fleeing

Assad’s fall presents Turkey with another dilemma

Turkey, long the organising hub of the Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Assad, may have bitten off more than it can chew. It is not just that any shot fired in Syria echoes around the region. One possible consequence of the post-Assad world is suddenly becoming

Senior Syrian Diplomat In Armenia Defects

A senior diplomat from the Syrian Embassy in Armenia appears to have defected to Dubai, joining several of his colleagues in openly backing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Al-Jazeera television reported over the weekend that Mohammed Hosam, the number two figure at the embassy, has voiced support for the Syrian opposition’s struggle to […]

6000-year-old winery found in Armenia

A UCLA-led team reported Monday that it had discovered a 6,000-year-old facility in an Armenian cave that contained everything necessary to produce wine from grapes, including a grape press, fermentation vats, storage jars, wine-soaked pottery shards and even a cup and drinking bowl. The ancient winery is at least 1,000 years older than any similar […]

Clinton pushes Armenia and Azerbaijan for Nagorno-Karabakh solution

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday appealed to Armenia and Azerbaijan for a peaceful resolution of a long-running territorial dispute between the neighboring ex-Soviet states, but there were no outward signs of fresh diplomatic progress. The dispute risks escalating to warfare and has caused diplomatic problems beyond their borders. Clinton, shuttling between […]