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Iran says it has arrested spies for Israel, other nations

Apr. 05, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities arrested several people on charges of spying for Israel and other nations, state TV announced Monday. An unnamed Intelligence Ministry official in the country's eastern Azerbaijan province was quoted by state TV as saying that...

Armenia premier confirms he will step down to allow election

Mar. 28, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s embattled prime minister on Sunday confirmed that he will step down from the post in April in order to allow for an early parliamentary election. Nikol Pashinyan has faced weeks of protests calling for his ouster in the wake of...

Armenia's top court ends criminal case against ex-president

Mar. 26, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's high court ruled Friday that a criminal case against the nation's former president over a deadly crackdown on protesters more than a decade ago must be dropped. The Constitutional Court said the charges against former Armenian President...

Azeri president marks Nowruz in retaken cultural city

Mar. 20, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday Saturday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumn’s war. Shusha, a center of Azeri culture for...

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

Mar. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s prime minister on Thursday set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country’s political crisis. The opposition pushing for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation has demanded that he step down...

Opposition in Armenia maintains blockade of parliament

Mar. 10, 2021 12:53 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Hundreds of opposition supporters maintained the blockade of the Armenian parliament for a second straight day Wednesday demanding the resignation of the country’s embattled prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan has rejected the opposition’s...

Armenian opposition blockades parliament to demand PM quits

Mar. 09, 2021 13:50 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters blockaded the Armenian parliament building on Tuesday to press a demand for the country's prime minister to step down. Nikol Pashinyan has rejected the opposition’s pressure to resign over a November peace...

No fans allowed at Azerbaijan F1 GP amid virus concerns

Mar. 05, 2021 09:36 AM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — No fans will be allowed at the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix on June 6 because of ongoing coronavirus concerns, organizers said Friday. The Baku City Circuit which organizes the race said the decision not to allow fans “comes after...

Portugal moves 'home' World Cup qualifier to Turin

Mar. 04, 2021 15:47 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to stay at home in Turin when Portugal begins its World Cup qualifying program at a neutral venue in Italy because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese soccer federation said Thursday its “home” game against...

Armenian leader scores political point in spat with military

Mar. 04, 2021 10:15 AM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister scored a political point Tuesday in his spat with the top military brass, advancing his motion to fire the country's top military officer. A political crisis sparked by Armenia's defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan...