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Launch Of Armenia-U.S. Flights Delayed

Armenia’s national airline has postponed the long-awaited launch of direct flights to the United States, expected late last year, for reasons that are not yet clear. The Armavia private carrier and the Armenian government blame one another for the delay. A direct flight service between the two countries was made possible by a U.S.-Armenian “open skies” agreement that was signed in November 2008 and went into effect last June. The agreement is equally applicable to Armenian and U.S. airlines.

European Armenian Federation Opens Office in Georgia

The European Armenian Federation for Democracy and Justice hosted a reception Wednesday at the Marriot Courtyard hotel to officially mark the opening of a chapter in Georgia. Present at the reception were representatives of Georgian government, the US Embassy in Tbilisi, the Diocese of Georgia, Armenian and as well as other non-governmental organizations. The guests were introduced to the EAFDJ Georgia chapter Executive Director Gevork Harutunian.

Kurdish Editor Jailed for 166 Years in Turkey

A Turkish court Thursday sentenced the former editor of a Kurdish-language newspaper to 166 years and six months in jail on charges of spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization. The court ruled that Vedat Kursun had “disseminated the propaganda of a terrorist organization” on 103 different occasions by publishing news stories and photographs about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Azadiya Welat (Independence of Homeland) daily.