French Senate urged the French government to recognise Azerbaijan's region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic, a move against UN resolutions.
Baku and Yerevan agree to halt fighting in occupied Karabakh region in a ceasefire deal that Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev calls a clear defeat of Armenia.
At least 21 civilians killed, 70 others wounded in the attack Baku blames on Yerevan. A ceasefire implemented earlier this week has failed to take hold as both sides accuse each other of violations.
Novaya Gazeta's Russia correspondent, Ilya Azar, had reported higher military losses from the Armenian side, and that Yerevan was using newly conscripted soldiers as cannon-fodder.
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.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan came to power in May after spearheading weeks of mass anti-government rallies that toppled veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian.
Vahram Baghdasaryan, head of the ruling Republican Party in parliament, said his party was ready, at least in principle, to back protest leader Nikol Pashinyan for the job of premier on May 8, when the parliament will vote for the office.
The Armenian opposition has launched a general strike after the ruling Republican Party blocked opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become prime minister after two weeks of anti-government protests ousted veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan.
The opposition lawmaker, Nikol Pashinyan, who has spearheaded mass protests in Armenia says all three opposition parties in parliament will nominate him for prime minister, which would oblige the ruling party lawmakers to support him.
Armenia's acting prime minister Karen Karapetyan rejects a proposal by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan to hold talks on Friday amid anti-government protests.
Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital on Wednesday morning after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off.
Nikol Pashinyan says he will assume the responsibility of leadership if the people bestow it upon him after he led protests that forced Serzh Sargsyan to step down as prime minister.
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