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A brawl took place at Tuesday’s session of the Yerevan Council of Elders. Yerkir Tsirani members brought containers of sewage from Nubarashen district of Yerevan and attempted to take a container of this dirty water to Mayor Taron Margaryan, in order to give it to him.

However, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia faction members got up to prevent them. A  recess was announced to calm the situation. The ruling faction members attacked the Yerkir Tsirani members.

The White House published President’s FY 2019 budget request that proposes $39.3 billion for the State Department and USAID. 

Trump’s administration plans to allocate $3.24 economic aid to Armenia as compared to $4 million in 2018. The aid provided within International Military Education and Training program will make $600 thousand, and $1.5 million will be allocated under International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement.

No military aid is proposed either for Armenia or Azerbaijan.

The British Trade Envoy to Armenia and Georgia, Mark Pritchard began his third visit to Armenia to continue his exploration of opportunities to increase the volume of trade and investment between the UK and Armenia.

During his visit, Mr Pritchard will have meetings Armenian officials as well as with business operators in Armenia.

This is envoy’s third visit to Armenia since his appointment in September 2017.

Former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa province and ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported by Ukrainian authorities to Poland.

Saakashvili was detained when he was having a meeting in one of the restaurants in Kiev.

The politician was deported in compliance with all legal procedures, spokesman for Ukraine’s border service said.

Iran has not yet offered Armenia lower price for gas than Russia, Armenian deputy energy minister said.

“Iran is interested in increasing gas exports, while Armenia is interested in acquiring gas at more affordable prices,” Hayk Harutyunyan said.

Russian natural gas supplies to Armenia went up by 7 percent in 2017, while Iranian natural gas supply to Armenia has increased by 2.5 percent, the official added.

The first doping case of the 2018 Winter Olympics has been announced

Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has been suspended after failing an out-of-competition doping test prior to the Games.

The 21-year-old athlete has left the athletes' Olympic Village voluntarily but said he is innocent.

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