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EXPLOSION AT YEREVAN BUILDING

A powerful explosion occurred in the apartment on the first floor of Yerevan building.

Eyewitnesses say the cause of this explosion was a natural gas leak, and the entire building was damaged by this explosion.

There are no casualties or injuries. Rescuers evacuated fourteen people.

LEBANON’S PRESIDENT TO VISIT ARMENIA

President of Lebanon Michel Aoun will make an official visit to Armenia this week.

According to the daily, President Aoun will begin his state visit in Iraq before making his way to the Armenian capital of Yerevan.  Aoun will be joined by several ministers.

ARMENIAN NATIONAL DETAINED

A 35-year-old Armenian citizen who tried to transport equipment for crypto-currency mining in his car was detained at Upper Lars checkpoint on Russia-Georgia border.

The preliminary estimated value of each of the two illegally imported units of equipment is more than $1700.

SANASARYAN HAN RETURNED

Sanasaryan Han was returned to the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Turkish Court of Cassation overturned the decision of the first instance court that the Sanasaryan Khan building should remain under the management of the country’s funds.

Archbishop Aram Ateshyan appealed to the court in 2014 demanding the return of the famous building to the patriarchate.

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MOTIONS

The Dutch parliament will hold debates on the Armenian Genocide motions this week, author of the motions MP Joel Voordewind said.

One motion urges a state minister to attend the commemoration in Yerevan, the other asks the parliament to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Both have a majority in parliament.

DOLLAR RATE

Dollar tumble does not stop in Armenia. USD exchange rate against the Armenian dram comprised AMD 480.58/$1 in Armenia on Tuesday; this is down by AMD 0.23 from Monday. Euro rate went down by more than 3 drams comprising AMD 593.23.

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