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Armenian Journalist Presents Armenia on CNN (video)

For already a year and a half, Gayane Avetisyan, journalist of “Yerkir Media” TV, has been representing Armenia to the CNN viewers in the frames of the “World View” program.

Stories about the Tatev ropeway, Armenian ritual dolls, Sisyan wine-making and Qarahunj observatory received positive feedback.

“Many countries cooperate with the “World View” on CNN. The aim of the program is to present the country from the local journalists’ point of view,” says Gayane.

The cooperation is on voluntary basis: the crew does not receive any money for the stories. The only reward is the opportunity to show Armenia to multi-million audience of CNN. On the occasion of Independence Day of Armenia, September 21, Gayane was awarded with a letter of gratitude by the RA Prime Minister for the initiative.

Her last report was from Karabakh telling about the ancient Armenian city Tigranakert, airing of which raised dissatisfaction of neighboring Azerbaijan. Baku demanded explanations from the US Embassy.

“We always wanted to make a story about Karabakh but we had to stay neutral as it is a conflict zone. This year I spent my vacation in Karabakh and I was very impressed by the Tigranakert excavations, and after all, we decided to make a report about the ancient city,” says Gayane.

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Court In Azerbaijan Over Assault On Foreign Journalist, Activist

Four men have gone on trial in Baku accused of assaulting a U.S. journalist and a British rights activist in the Azerbaijani capital four months ago, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.

U.S. journalist Amanda Erickson and British human rights activist Celia Davies say they were attacked on June 15 near the National Drama Theater in Baku as they were walking to their apartments.

The four men aged 20-22 — Adil Tagizadeh, Roman Hasanov, Vusal Qurbanov, and Nazim Huseynov — are accused of hooliganism and causing grievous bodily harm. If found guilty, they could be sentenced to between three and seven years in jail.

All four defendants pleaded not guilty. They denied attacking the two women or using abusive language, and said they were not drunk. They claimed they wanted to help the two women, who gave the impression of being drunk themselves.

“They were both drunk, I approached one of them, slapped her on the back and asked whether they needed any help,” said Tagizadeh. “They were frightened, began to shout and we realized they were foreigners. Then my cousin Nazim [Huseynov] gave her his mobile and told them to call 102 for the police if they were afraid. The woman threw the telephone on the ground and it broke. We didn’t hit them and…they began to run away.”
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7 Stupidest Mistakes We Keep Seeing On Facebook

1. Revealing Your Complete Birth Date

Why would anyone give out their complete date of birth in a public setting?

Unless you are 25 years young and under, why in the world would you really want anyone to get why you sing along to elevator music, or why you no longer think of the speed limit as a challenge?

According to money experts, giving away your complete date of birth is just what an identify thief is looking for as he or she carefully pieces your profile together for the next big caper.

If you look forward to those countless birthday well wishes, just supply your month, date of birth and exclude the year.

2. Announcing You’re Away

You might as well swing open your front door and hang a sign out front that says “Gone fishin’” when you let folks know that you are away on vacation.

Robbers come in all shapes, colors, sexes and are from all walks of life, and they could well be masquerading behind fake aliases on Facebook.

So brag about your fabu vacation after you’ve turned that key in your front door and sighed, “It’s good to be back home.”

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