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Armenia Culture News Digest for Tuesday, February 18, 2020


This is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The notable stories are:

Elton John cuts concert short due to walking pneumonia

Sir Elton John has been forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand after falling ill with walking pneumonia, the BBC reports.

The musician, 72, lost his voice mid-way through his set at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

“I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing,” Sir Elton told the crowd. “I’ve got to go. I’m sorry.”

Sir Elton appeared to break down in tears as he leaned on his piano and shook his head.

The audience gave the English singer a rapturous ovation as he walked gingerly off stage, helped by several assistants.

Earlier in his set, Sir Elton told the sold-out crowd he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Sunday.

The concert was one of a number of New Zealand shows on Sir Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Read original article here.

Today on Twitter

Here are several tweets about Armenia from some of the Twitter accounts we follow. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

No, not finished yet… Greco-Roman #wrestlers🤼‍♂️ Karen #Aslanyan (67 kg) & Karapet #Chalyan (77 kg) ensured the presence of the Armenian flag🇦🇲 on pedestal by taking the #bronze medals🥉 during #EuropeanChampionship. Congrats to our heroes! #wretslerome


Happy #IndependenceDay, #Gambia 🇬🇲! We’re sending our heartfelt congratulations w/ wishes for prosperity and peace to the people of #Gambia.

At the 58th session of the Commission for Social Development, #Armenia🇦🇲highlights economic & social reform priorities for #humanrights-based, inclusive, targeted social #development. Equal economic opportunities & advanced public services are key for poverty eradication #CSocD58

🇦🇲 The referendum will decide the fate of the current composition of the country’s Constitutional Court, the head of which has been in a battle with PM #Pashinyan to retain his position. #armenia

Main points from the remarks of @armenia’s PM Nikol #Pashinyan during the “An update on #NagornoKarabakh” event on margins of Munich Security Conference #MSC2020

“It is not a matter of territories but security. #NagornoKarabakh cannot compromise its security.”

Part 1

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.


A productive meeting w/ #President of #Armenia, H.E. Armen Sarkissian today. We discussed our mutual cooperation as #constitutional institutions; projects of the Human Rights Defender (@OmbudsArmenia ); #humanrights issues; #reforms of the #Constitution & #judicial-#legal system.

I looked at composition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s first elected parliament (1991-95). Some things stood out: of 81 seats, 6 were set aside for NKR’s Azerbaijani minority (3 in Shushi, 1 in Khojali, 1 in Karadagli & 1 in Umudlu); they remained vacant.

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020

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