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Atom Egoyan (left) and Jean-Marc Vallée during the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala tribute show

Atom Egoyan Receives Canada’s Most Prestigious Award in Arts

Atom Egoyan Receives Canada’s Most Prestigious Award in Arts

OTTAWA—Some of Canada’s most renowned artists received lifetime achievement awards this year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala, the country’s most prestigious award given for artistic accomplishments. Oscar-nominated Armenian Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, known for works such as “The Sweet Hereafter” and “The Captive,” was among the laureates at the award ceremony held Saturday at

Armenia's President Serzh Sarkisian visits the Yerevan Zoo with his grandson upon the zoo's reopening following renovations.

Yerevan Zoo Opens after Renovations

YEREVAN—The Yerevan Zoo reopened over the weekend after closing down for major renovations. President Serzh Sarkisian, together with his grandchildren, visited the Yerevan Zoo to take part in its reopening ceremony. Accompanied by Yerevan Mayor Taron Margarian, the Armenian president toured the zoo, familiarized himself with the works aimed at the improvement and development of

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Aid to Armenia and Artsakh Among Issues For Key House Panel This Week

ANCA Seeks $5 Million in Aid to NKR; Zero Military Aid to Azerbaijan as House Appropriations Subcommittee Casts Initial Vote on FY2016 Foreign Aid Bill WASHINGTON—Armenian American foreign aid priorities will be among a broad range of US assistance issues addressed this week by members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, as they

Nora Serebrakian


NORA SEREBRAKIAN (Born in 1953) It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister Nora Serebrakian on Thursday, May 28, in California. Funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at Church of the Recessional at Glendale Forest Lawn Mortuary Park. She is

ARS Regional Executive Co-Chairpersons Rebbeca Berberian and Maral Matossian honoring longtime ARS member Haigoush Keghinian Kohler

ARS Gala 2015 Turns A New Page of Success for the ARS

UNIVERSAL CITY—On Friday, May 15, the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Western USA’s Gala was held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel with the attendance of ARS Central Executive Board Chairperson Vicky Marashlian, ARS Central Executive Board Representative Annie Kechichian, official guests, supporters, guests, and ARS members. All were gathered in support of an organization that

Ceremonial First Turning of the Earth by Senator Heller, Congressman Hardy, CC Commission Chairman Sisolak, CC Commissioner Scow, Las Vegas Councilwoman Tarkanian, Las Vegas Councilman Anthony, Honorary Consul Andy Armenian and AACS President Levon Gulbenkian

Las Vegas Centennial Events and Genocide Monument Groundbreaking

LAS VEGAS—More than 1,200 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument at Sunset Park which is the largest area park and centrally located in Las Vegas. Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas (AACS) is leading this project with the support of all Las Vegas Armenian churches and organizations. The project

Turkey's EU Minister Volkan Bozkir

Ankara Warns European Parliament about Mentioning Armenian Genocide

ANKARA—Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkir, speaking to journalists after talks with the European Parliament’s (EP) Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri, said that Ankara would declare the EP’s upcoming progress report for Turkey “null and void” if it mentions anything about the Armenian Genocide, the Daily Sabah reports. Bozkir made the threats while referring

Participants from a previous year's BarCamp pose for a group photo taken by a drone.

Over 2,000 Gather in Yerevan for BarCamp 2015

YEREVAN (Arka)—Some 2,250 people gathered in Armenia’s capital for the BarCamp Yerevan 2015 unofficial conference, as Samvel Martirosyan, a cyber security specialist and one of the “non-conference” organizers, opened the event on Saturday. “I didn’t expect that this event would arouse such a huge interest – this year all the halls are crowded,” he said.