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October 15, 2012
A plane headed from Armenia to Syria was grounded Monday at an airport in Turkey, less than a week after the country intercepted another Syria-bound plane. The plane, described as being on a civilian humanitarian aid mission, was grounded in the eastern province of Erzurum in order for its cargo to be examined, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency. It was headed to the besieged city of Aleppo, which has been the site of clashes between rebels and government forces since July and a regular target of government helicopters and fighter jets, leaving many parts of the city destroyed.
NEWS
May 4, 2012
More than 140 people suffered burns or other injuries Friday in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia,  when bunches of balloons at a concert and political rally exploded. The balloons were supposed to be filled with helium but may have instead been filled with methane, said  Aghasi Yenokyan, director of the Center for Political and International Studies, a Yerevan-based think tank. The incident occurred in downtown Republic Square during events organized by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia as part of the parliamentary election campaign.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | October 9, 2007
DOWNTOWN — Stakeholders in Armenia’s economic and civic vitality cast a guardedly optimistic picture of the country’s winding path toward democratization in a panel discussion Monday night at the Glendale Central Library. Hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district includes Glendale, the forum invited experts on the post-Soviet republic to weigh in on the evolution of the rule of law in the country. “We need to look healthily but critically [at Armenia]
NEWS
February 28, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Glendale Community College students are preparing for a summer trip to Armenia, the first study abroad program offered at the school. College trustees are expected to approve the travel arrangements for the Armenia trip and another study abroad trip to Italy during its meeting Monday. "The kind of trip we're doing is a formal academic program combined with a lot of excursions and on-site lectures," trip coordinator Levon Marashlian said.
NEWS
May 8, 2004
ANI AMIRKHANIAN The summer of 1992 was a life-changing experience. It was the year I traveled to Armenia for the first time and came back with memories that are with me to this day. Let me first say that I traveled to Armenia during a turbulent time. The nation had just gained its independence, in 1991, from the former Soviet Union, and people were adapting to social, political and economic change after 60-plus years of communist rule. I went with not the greatest of expectations, but also promised to keep an open mind about a country I had never seen.
NEWS
By Robert S. Hong | February 22, 2007
GLENDALE — Glendale city officials rolled out a red-carpet welcome for Yervand Zakharyan, mayor of Yerevan, Armenia, as he paid a visit to the city Wednesday to see what life is like in one of the nation's largest Armenian communities. Zakharyan is working with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to make Yerevan a sister city with Los Angeles. One of Zakharyan's interests while in Glendale was to see how the city conducts public services such as waste pickup and police and fire, said Glendale Councilman Rafi Manoukian, who was with the mayor for the day. "I'm really honored to have him here to share some of his concerns and hear some of our concerns," Manoukian said.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
The U.S. embassy in Armenia joined those in at least six other nations on Wednesday in warning of possible anti-American protests following the attack on the consulate in Libya that killed an ambassador and three other officials. While the embassy, located in Yerevan, acknowledged it had no “specific information” that the protests would affect events locally, it cautioned U.S. citizens there to remain “particularly vigilant.” “Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, all U.S. citizens in Armenia are cautioned to maintain good situational awareness and should stay current with media coverage of local events,” the embassy said in its statement . The embassies in Burundi, Egypt, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia all issued similar warnings on Wednesday.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | December 19, 2006
GLENDALE ? Ghapan State Engineering College in Armenia is poised to receive expertise and technical support, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees that declared it a sister institution. "The Armenian educational institutions like Ghapan State Engineering are in dire need of the support of American institutions like Glendale college ? expertise, know-how, technical, equipment, support, all that," said Artin Manoukian, president of the Glendale-Ghapan Sister City Assn.
NEWS
April 28, 2003
A fund-raiser dinner for Habitat For Humanity, Armenia, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the The Brandview Collection, 109 E. Harvard St. The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity will host the event, which will be attended by Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian and other dignitaries. Armenia chapter President Vartan Toumayan and other representatives from Armenia will be honored guests. The fund-raiser supports the building of low-cost homes for the needy in Armenia, the same role the local chapter has here.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila | August 22, 2006
GLENDALE — Nearly a year ago, police discovered the body of a 24-year-old Glendale woman — who friends and family say was bright and full of promise — in the trunk of a car. It was months before Odet Tsaturyan's boyfriend — suspected of her murder — was tracked down and taken into custody in Armenia. Today, 25-year-old Artur Khanzadyan's murder trial is set to begin in Vanadzor, Armenia — thousands of miles from where Tsaturyan died. While police and the Tsaturyan family would rather have the trial here, a trial in Armenia is better than no trial.
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COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | April 1, 2014
The Northwest Glendale Lions honored three people with Humanitarian Service Awards at their 17th annual Community Appreciation Dinner on March 13 at the Phoenicia restaurant in Glendale. Recipients were Dr. Thomas Lee of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Roger Ohanesian of Orange County, and journalist Katya Cengel. Lee and Ohanesian are involved in the EyeCare Center in Armenia and a program to prevent blindness in premature children. Cengel recently visited Armenia and reported on the program for the Lions Magazine.
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NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
Later this year, Mashdots College President Garbis Der Yeghiayan will take nearly 30 people to visit historic Western Armenia - which now lies within Turkey's boarders - on a pilgrimage that leads Armenian descendents back to their roots. He has led people on the pilgrimage for several years, witnessing them encounter for the first time the home of their parents or grandparents that they had long heard about. “It's a dream come true. They always dream about their parents' and grandparents' cities - where they were raised, where they were educated, where they walked,” he said.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 10, 2013
Councilman Ara Najarian tried to put the brakes on funding Tuesday for research into a water contaminant impacting Glendale groundwater, but the majority of the council voted to approve spending another roughly $600,000 on a project that has cost more than $9 million over more than a decade. Najarian said he voted against the funding because he felt the two types of removal methods analyzed thus far have been ineffective . Najarian was also upset that city officials rebuffed a new filtration method invented by a professor from Yerevan University in Armenia, whom he introduced to city staff.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 17, 2013
Last August, Vaché Thomassian celebrated his sister's whirlwind wedding - complete with a traditional church ceremony and a tour of the bride and groom's favorite locations in Armenia. The two were so in love and their friends and families beamed with joy . Sunday would have been Sosé Thomassian and Allen Yekikian's first anniversary. That milestone, tragically, will never occur as the two, who had strong ties to the Armenian community in Glendale, died in a car crash while on a weekend getaway in May. "The difference in emotion from the emotions we felt last year during the wedding and now are worlds apart," said Thomassian, who visited the church in Armenia where the wedding was held with his mother last week.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 18, 2013
Beneath a starry sky, Sosé Thomassian and Allen Yekikian held each other on their wedding night, arms looped around hips, eyes locked, for more than 20 minutes so the photographer could capture what would become their favorite wedding photo. Back at the wedding reception in a lakeside Armenian town, the photographer showed off the shot and the crowd cooed. The couple got their wedding, but there will be no first anniversary. About eight months after the wedding, on May 10, Thomassian and Yekikian died in a head-on car crash while on a weekend getaway in Georgia, Armenia's neighbor to the north.
COMMUNITY
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 20, 2012
Habitat for Humanity representatives from Yerevan, Armenia, stopped in Glendale this week, kicking off a two-week, three-city tour to raise $185,000 for affordable housing in Armenia. “The diaspora should worry about what's happening with the housing market in Armenia,” said Seda Arzumanyan, resource development manager for Habitat Armenia. “Habitat for Humanity alone will not be able to fight against housing poverty in Armenia.” A third of homes nationwide, and half of them in the country's rural areas, need improvements, said Executive Director Luiza Vardanyan.
NEWS
October 15, 2012
A plane headed from Armenia to Syria was grounded Monday at an airport in Turkey, less than a week after the country intercepted another Syria-bound plane. The plane, described as being on a civilian humanitarian aid mission, was grounded in the eastern province of Erzurum in order for its cargo to be examined, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency. It was headed to the besieged city of Aleppo, which has been the site of clashes between rebels and government forces since July and a regular target of government helicopters and fighter jets, leaving many parts of the city destroyed.
THE818NOW
September 17, 2012
Thousands of Armenian Americans celebrated their native land's independence during a festival at Verdugo Park on Sunday that featured dancing, music and, of course, food. The 14th Annual Armenian Independence Day Festival has gained in popularity over the years, attracting more than 5,000 people throughout the daylong event, organizers said. “We enjoy our dancing, our artists, our famous Armenian kebab and our Armenian ice cream and our famous Armenian pastries,” said Garry Sinanian, a member of the Nor Serount Cultural Assn., which puts on the event each year.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
The U.S. embassy in Armenia joined those in at least six other nations on Wednesday in warning of possible anti-American protests following the attack on the consulate in Libya that killed an ambassador and three other officials. While the embassy, located in Yerevan, acknowledged it had no “specific information” that the protests would affect events locally, it cautioned U.S. citizens there to remain “particularly vigilant.” “Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, all U.S. citizens in Armenia are cautioned to maintain good situational awareness and should stay current with media coverage of local events,” the embassy said in its statement . The embassies in Burundi, Egypt, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia all issued similar warnings on Wednesday.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 22, 2012
A 29-year-old Glendale man who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport upon returning from Armenia on an outstanding $1.1-million arrest warrant pleaded not guilty this week to drugs and theft related charges, officials said. The man, Alen Sogomonyan agreed to return after negotiating with U.S. Marshals and faces three felony counts related to stealing an access card and one an additional felony count of possessing a controlled substance stemming from a Sept. 17, 2009 incident in Glendale, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
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