Iranian authorities are looking to attract around two million new visitors as the country hit by US sanctions moves to find new sources of revenue.
Robert Kocharyan, who was president from 1998 to 2008, has been charged with acting unlawfully by introducing a state of emergency in March 2008 following a disputed election. At least ten people were killed in clashes between police and protesters.
Ankara harshly condemns French and Italian involvement in the disputed 1915 events between Turkey and Armenia, describing them as "abuse of history and the law" and saying its European allies are taking decisions for political reasons.
Mutafyan, officially known as Mesrob II, stepped down from his duties as patriarch of Turkey's Armenian Orthodox Christian community because of ill health. He passed away on Friday in the city of his birth, Istanbul.
Azerbaijanis have waited for peace in the Karabakh region where Armenian militias have been in control since 1993.
Turkish presidential spokesperson said “allegations of a so-called Armenian genocide are political lies lacking any legal basis, contrary to historical facts."
The Republican Party, that controlled the old parliament before election frontrunner Nikol Pashinyan led massive protests that forced the government to step down earlier this year, is struggling to overcome a 5-percent threshold.
Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan who led protests against the government for months, is expected to get a majority in the new legislature. He vowed to make Armenia "an industrial, high-tech, export-oriented country" and work closely with the EU and US.
Turkey's biggest oil refinery, STAR, officially opened in the western coastal province of Izmir with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev.
A man whose wife asked him to dig up a basement to store some potatoes has led to something she could've never imagined.
The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic has the latest front in the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Armenia's newly elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan marks his first full day in office by visiting the contested territory of occupied Karabakh that is part of rival Azerbaijan. Baku says Pashinyan "seems to prefer political agitation."
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