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House Adopts $48 Million for Armenia; $10 Million for Karabakh, Maintains Military Aid Parity

On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the earlier Appropriations Committee requests for $48 million in U.S. aid to Armenia and $10 million aid to Karabakh, while maintaining military assistance parity between Armenia and Azerbaijan as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2010 foreign assistance package, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA.)

Armenia Facing 40 Years Under Heavy Foreign Debt, Says Minister

Amidst predictions that Armenia’s economy may shrink by as much as 20 percent, Yerevan has received an $80 million pledge of assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). With the loan, Armenia will have received $790 million in economic support from international donors since the onset of the global economic crisis last year, the government announced on Tuesday.

Genocide Awareness Act Clears CA State Assembly Education Committee

The California State Assembly Education Committee unanimously passed SB 234, the Genocide Awareness Act this afternoon, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). The legislation, authored by CA Senator Mark Wyland (R-northern San Diego County), calls on the CA State Curriculum Commission to consider the inclusion of an oral history component to its already mandatory genocide education curriculum.