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 July 11 , 2003 


He was held hostage by an Azeri family for about three years, but Liova Harutyunyan says he would go to war again.

Battle Lines: How two families became hostage keepers on opposite sides of war


The defense of Martakert (1992) was one of the most significant episodes in the Karabakh War (1991-95), when both Armenia and Azerbaijan sustained heavy casualties during battles.

In addition to numerous casualties, among the 900 Armenians who are still listed as Missing In Action, many were from the battles of Martakert. Some Prisoners of War have been returned, thanks mostly to efforts of the International Red Cross. Still, to this day relatives are looking for sons and husbands from those fights.






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Eye of the Beholder: Revised Babajanyan statue fails to quiet dispute over art


On July 4 Yerevan mayor Yervand Zakharyan raised a white sheet to unveil (officially) the controversial statue honoring composer Arno Babajanyan at the corner of Teryan and Tumanyan streets in Yerevan.

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Outside Eye: A non-Armenian's view of life in his adopted home


This place is filled with lessons and discovery for a guy like me. The latest came on the morning side of a long evening when I learned the Armenian word for karaoke:
Gna korir. Run away. Run for your life, etc.

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De-Railed: Only one tram route remains following latest closer


On June 20, Route 7 of the Yerevan tram network closed, leaving only Route 5 as the survivor among the capital's dinosaur transportation system.
The system began in 1933 and over the years grew to four routes. Two routes were discontinued in December 2001

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Concern for Culture: Echmiadzin's unique museum in need of attention, repair


About 14 years ago, Soviet authorities decided to create an open-air museum in Echmiadzin with replicas of famous Armenian churches and monasteries. Since, 12 miniatures have been an attraction in the city square.

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Pollen Nation: The Lori region offers health in the air


The four-hour journey from Yerevan is hardly noticed when a traveler reaches the Lori region. The final pass is through a one-kilometer long tunnel from which is entered evergreen forests and the beauty that enjoyed by the great novelist, Pushkin

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Sports Digest: Chess, tennis


Chess (Rankings)

According to FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) rankings for July 2003 there are four Armenian men chess players among the best 100 in the chess world.

The best Armenian chess player is still Grand Master Vladimir Hakopyan, who holds 14th place in the rankings with 2,703 points (comparing with the first place taken by Garry Kasparov from Russia having 2,830 ranking points).

 

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 Tennis : Sargis Sargsyan of Armenia lost in the first round of Allianz Suisse .

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New Start: Analysts hope coalition government will create stable political future

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Winners: Armenians participate in Special Olympics for first time

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The National Chamber Orchestra made a tour of Karabakh last weekend, including an open-air performance at the College of Applied Sciences in Shushi. THe Orchestra is back from a recent tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

 





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