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YEREVAN, Armenia Armenian parliament dissolved, early election set for Dec. 9

YEREVAN, Armenia  — Armenia’s president on Thursday dissolved parliament and called an early election, a political maneuver intended to unseat the current parliament majority. President Armen Sarkisian’s move is in sync with acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian‘s efforts to unseat his foes in parliament. Sarkisian set the early election for Dec. 9. Pashinian took office … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia Armenian parliament dissolved, early election set for Dec. 9

TBILISI, Georgia | Georgians to vote in last direct election for president

TBILISI, Georgia — Sunday’s election will be the last time residents of the former Soviet republic of Georgia get to cast a ballot for president — that’s if any of the 25 candidates running gets an absolute majority. Opinion polls suggest that none of the candidates will exceed the 50 percent needed for a first-round … Continue reading TBILISI, Georgia | Georgians to vote in last direct election for president

BRUSSELS | 10 years on, NATO says Georgia will one day join

BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that Georgia will one day join the alliance, 10 years after the military organization first promised the former Soviet Republic it would become a member. After chairing talks in Brussels on Wednesday between Georgian and NATO defense ministers, Stoltenberg said that “NATO’s door remains open.” He called on … Continue reading BRUSSELS | 10 years on, NATO says Georgia will one day join

BRUSSELS | NATO says it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit

BRUSSELS — A raucous and divisive NATO summit concluded Thursday with all 29 NATO member states agreeing that there still is a common commitment to the military alliance after U.S. President Donald Trump said everyone had committed to push up defense budgets. Responding to reports that he had threatened to leave the alliance if no … Continue reading BRUSSELS | NATO says it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit

Authoritarian Turkmen leader’s son rises in Foreign Ministry

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The son of Turkmenistan’s president has been appointed a deputy foreign minister, deepening speculation that the president aims to form a dynastic system of power in the Central Asian nation. The appointment of Serdar Berdymukhamedov was reported Saturday in the country’s official newspaper. The announcement came a week after a … Continue reading Authoritarian Turkmen leader’s son rises in Foreign Ministry