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Armenia national minorities’ representatives in new parliament will be from My Step bloc
/Dec 11/News.am/             

The four national minority representatives will be part of the My Step bloc in the new National Assembly (NA) of Armenia. This is due to the fact that, with its number of MPs, this political force is ahead of its contenders by a considerable difference.

Accordingly, Civil Contract Party member Rustam Bakoyan will represent the Yazidi community in the Armenian parliament, Arsen Mikhaylov will represent the Assyrian community, non-party affiliate Knyaz Hasanov—the Kurdish community, and Aleksey Sanidkov—the Russian community.

Hasanov and Mikhaylov were in the previous NA, too, but, as part of the parliamentary faction of the former ruling Republican Party of Armenia.

According to the election law of Armenia, one parliament seat, each, is allocated to the representatives of the four largest national minorities in the country.

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves nomination of Lynne Tracy as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia
/Dec 13/Verelq.am/

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 13, ARMENPRESS. United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations just approved the nominations of Lynne Tracy as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia and Earle Litzenberger as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, ARMENPRESS was informed from the official Facebook page of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The decision comes after a delay of the Azerbaijan nominee, supported by the ANCA, to allow Senators to seek greater clarity on U.S. National Security Advisor Bolton’s reckless proposal to sell U.S. arms to Azerbaijan.

The ANCA looks forward to Ambassador-Designate Tracy’s timely approval by the Senate and the start of her service in Armenia, where she is well positioned to upgrade U.S.-Armenia strategic relations.

Turkey remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists – CPJ report
/Dec 13/Panorama/

Turkey, China, and Egypt are responsible for more than half of the jailed journalists around the world for the third year in a row, according to the newly released report by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

According to the document for the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A CPJ s

It is noted that the majority of those imprisoned globally–70 percent–are facing anti-state charges such as belonging to or aiding groups deemed by authorities as terrorist organizations. The number imprisoned on charges of false news rose to 28 globally, compared with nine just two years ago.

Russian-Armenian businessman donates $2.8 mln to Hayastan Fund
/Dec 15/PanArmenian/

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund summed up the results of the fundraising telethon held in late November, revealing that the owner of the Tashir group of companies, Samvel Karapetyan, has donated $2.8 million in addition to the more than $11 million raised with the help of Armenians around the world.

“Karapetyan donated $2.8 million, the major part of which will be sent to Karabakh,” the director of the Foundation, Haykak Arshamyan, told a press conference in Yerevan.

“Approximately $1 million of all the funds will go to families who have a fourth child ($4000 for each family). A youth center is also being built there, the construction of which will be completed by the HayastanFund with the remaining funds.”

Arshamyan also said that the total amount of donations at the moment stands at $14.11million dollars.

On the eve of Telethon 2018, Artur Vanetsyan, Head of the National Security Service, visited Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Yerevan office with his son.

The National Security Service made a contribution of some AMD 9,5 million (approx. $20,000) to the Fund, while Vanetsyan donated his monthly salary.

President of Armenia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fund Armen Sarkissian too visited the office of the Fund on the eve of the event and signed a donation ticket for more than AMD 5.7 million (approx. $12,000) which makes his salary for six months.The President will also donate his salary for the next six months to the Fund.

Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan, meanwhile, donated AMD1 million from the Prime Minister’s fund and AMD 500,000 from his own funds ($3000 in total).

The biggest donations came from an anonymous benefactor ($2.5 million), Iranian-Armenian philanthropists Henrik and Adrine Ter-Ghukasyan ($1.34 million) for the renovation of a key road in Artsakh, Grand Holding owners Karen and Mikayel Vardanyan (AMD 60 million or approx. $123,000) for the renovation of the road connecting the Armenian towns of Dilijan and Ijevan, while U.S.-based Armenians Andranik Baghdasarian and Albert A. Boyajian have donated $1 million each.

Alex Holding donated $200,000.

Hayk Demoyan appointed executive director of the Aurora international humanitarian initiative
/Dec 19/Arminfo/

Former Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute Hayk Demoyan was appointed Executive Director of the Aurora international humanitarian initiative. This was reported by Demoyan on his page on the Facebook network.

“I am pleased to announce that on November 19, by decision of the executive council of the humanitarian initiative, Aurora was appointed the operational director of the Initiative,” Demoyan wrote.  Hayk Demoyan is the author of numerous monographs and scientific articles in Armenian, Russian, English and French. From 2011 to 2015, he held the position of Secretary of the State Commission for the Coordination of Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The international humanitarian initiative “Aurora”, created on behalf of all the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their rescuers, seeks to give modern heroes the opportunity to continue helping people in dire need of humanitarian aid to people around the world, thereby continuing the global baton of good. The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is a gratitude embodied in action. The initiative is designed for eight years (from 2015 to 2023, in memory of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923). It supports and promotes global projects, the creators of which at risk for themselves save the most vulnerable members of our society. This plan is implemented through the programs of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative: the Aurora Award, the Aurora Dialogues, the Aurora Humanitarian Index, Acknowledgments Projects and the 100 LIVES Initiative. International humanitarian initiative “Aurora”- the philanthropic project of Vartan Gregorian, Nubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan, which has already attracted more than 440 new associates and partners. Aurora is glad to everyone who shares our devotion to humanity. The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is represented by three organizations: The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Foundation, Inc. (New York, USA), 100 Lives Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and IDeA Foundation (Yerevan, Armenia).

Spanish manager Ginés Meléndez joints Armenia’s Football Federation
/Dec 19/Public Radio of Armenia/

Famous football manager Ginés Meléndez will assume office as technical director of the Football Federation of Armenia from January 1st.

Meléndez will coordinate the work of all national teams and will work out the policy of development of children’s and women’s football and mini-football.

He will be joined by two other Spanish specialists.

Meléndez, a former footballer, stopped playing at age 21. He has since long worked as coach at Albacete Balompié.

He has been a UEFA and FIFA technical instructor since 2008 and 2011, respectively. Between 2011 and 2018, he held the position of the Technical Director of the Spanish Football Federation and was a national coach coordinator.

As manager of the Spanish national teams of different age groups, he has coached Xavi Hernandez, Andes Iniesta, Iker Casillias, David Villa, Cesc Fàbregas, Juan Mata, Gerard Pique, Isco and others.