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Armenian News - presents a daily digest of Armenia-related top news as of 14.11.2019:

·       Three-time world Thai boxing champion Ashot Bolyan has been killed in Moscow.

According to TASS referring to a source from Russian law enforcement agencies, the 40-year-old athlete, who headed World Association of Armenian Sports Federations, got out of his home and went to his car, where an unknown person fired several shots at him.

A criminal case has been launched on charges of murder and illegal carrying of weapons, said the official representative of the Moscow General Investigation Department, Yulia Ivanova.

According to Armenian embassy in Russia, Bolyan was the Armenian citizen.

·       Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham blocked an Armenian Genocide resolution on Wednesday, The Hill reported.

His remarks came after a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump.

“I do hope that Turkey and Armenia can come together and deal with this problem,” he said.

Graham objected to passing the resolution in the Senate, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it.”

·       Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan defended government’s financing of the movie about an Armenian transgender weightlifter and triple European champion, Mel Daluzyan.

The PM said even though he wasn’t informed about financing for the film, he welcomes the idea.

Pashinyan noted he is very content with the fact that the film was funded and added that the protest against the film about Daluzyan is a cheap propaganda.

·       Pope Francis said he was praying for an Armenian Catholic priest who was killed by ISIS in Syria on Monday.

“I'm close to the Armeno-Catholic community of Kamichlié, in Syria, meeting for the funeral of its priest, Father Joseph Bedoyan, killed yesterday along with his father,” Francis tweeted.

World famous singer Cher, in her turn, said US and Erdogan brought ISIS.

“People will suffer and die, your bestie Erdogan must be elated. ISIS murdered an Armenian priest and his father. Did Erdogan buy you with money, power, both?”

·       Armenian youth in Paris has met Armenia’s Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Arayik Harutyunyan with a protest.

It has been a week since the members of the ARF-D Youth Union are holding a sit-in in Armenia demanding the minister's resignation.

They call Harutynyan “anti-national” minister who is opposition the national values.

·       A delegation of the Kazakh Senate, headed by chairwoman Dariga Nazarbayeva has arrived on an official visit to Armenia at the invitation of the parliament speaker Ararat Mirzoyan.

The agenda of the visit includes meetings with Ararat Mirzoyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Armen Sarkissian.

·       Two Armenian citizens, using their contacts, had organized the adoption of more than three dozen Armenian citizen children by Italian nationals, the National Security Service (NSS) reported.

The NSS has launched a criminal case into the crime.