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Armenian Defense Minister Crowdfunds Soldier’s Surgery

YEREVAN:At issue is the medical care of Albert Dallakyan, a 21-year-old who was accidentally shot in the head by his commanding officer last June. Dallakyan has already undergone three surgeries in Armenia, but his family says he needs another operation, for which doctors in Armenia don’t have the top-of-the-line equipment. The family wants to get the surgery in Germany, where it would cost $45,000, but the Armenian government won’t pay for the surgery abroad since it technically could be performed in Armenia, albeit at a greater risk of failure.

An Armenian-American activist started a crowdfunding effort to pay for the costs of the surgery in Germany, and the controversy began when Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan promoted the campaign on his Facebook page. He also pledged to pay 10 percent of the cost himself, along with “a few of his friends,” he said in the post. (As of this post’s publishing, Sargsyan had in fact contributed $6,015.)

Many didn’t see the act as quite so charitable as Sargsyan intended it. “Mr. Minister, do you consider it a normal phenomenon for a sovereign country to organize such a surgery through fundraising,” one Facebook commenter asked. “What law-abiding leaders we have, who refuse to circumvent the law! BRAVO,” another said, with evident irony. On January 17, several opposition activists took advantage of the public outcry and held a press conference criticizing Sargsyan. The political opposition has piled on, as well.

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Number of divorces increased in Armenia

YEREVAN:The number of divorces in Armenia has increased in recent years.Report informs citing the News.am, lawyer Aramazd Kiviryan said at a meeting with journalists on February 24.

So, according to him, on this issue many more people applied to lawyers than in previous years.

“It seems to me that this problem, to a great extent, has social causes, that is, social situation forces people to take such radical steps,” Kiviryan explained. Problems in the family, lack of funds and other social and domestic problems are often the main reasons that lead people to divorce. In addition, among the reasons provoking divorce, Kiviryan also called the intervention of parents of married couples in their personal lives, as well as other members of their families, which negatively affects relations, leading to internal intra-family conflicts.

 

In addition, as the lawyer noted, the divorce proceedings create rather painful consequences especially in families with children, and in such circumstances, issues related to the upbringing of children emerge. For children themselves, according to Kiviryan, it is extremely difficult to endure all these processes.

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Senior Cleric Says Iran ‘Fully Determined’ To Boost Missile Power

Tehran interim Friday Prayer Leader Ayatolllah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully determined to upgrade its missile power aimed at “confronting whatever threat posed by Israel”, IRNA reports.

Addressing the worshipers at Tehran University, Ayatollah Khatami said “in a world where wolves rule and there is no logic in their behavior, the Islamic Republic should be armed and powerful”.

The senior cleric said Iran’s military missile might is one of the main components of the country’s policy of deterrence.

“We have missiles, we would continue building more missiles and increase their ranges”, he added.

The senior cleric further said that the most important principle of Iran’s military power is defense through deterrence.

Ayatollah Khatami said Iran would never make atomic bombs, adding that based on a Fatwa issued by Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran remains to believe that it should not develop and possess nuclear weapons.

 

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US Airstrikes Kill 5 Al-Qaida Members In Yemen

U.S. airstrikes killed five al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in Yemen’s al-Bayda governorate Nov. 20, in an effort to disrupt the terrorist’s attack networks, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued Friday.

Mujahid al-Adani, an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula Shabwah leader, was killed in the strikes, along with al-Bayda-based facilitator Abu Layth al-Sanaani and three terrorist network associates, the release said.

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Al-Adani, also known as Mohammad Shukri, previously served as an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula military leader in Aden and remained responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against Yemeni and coalition forces. Al-Adani maintained a significant influence within al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as well as close ties to other terrorist network senior leaders, according to the release.

The Shabwah offensive has forced al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to consolidate within the northern and eastern portions of the Abyan and eastern al-Bayda governorates, respectively, the release said.

The removal of key al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leaders and associates in this region, the release said, will further degrade the terrorist network’s freedom of movement and operation, limiting their ability to challenge Yemeni security forces and coalition advances.

 

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