Armenian Protestors Refuse to Budge

President offers temporary subsidy on electricity price rise, but that isn’t enough for most demonstrators.

Protests over electricity price hikes showed no sign of tailing off as they entered their 11th day in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Police are maintaining a cordon, but have largely left the demonstrators alone since a disastrous intervention on June 23 which only served to bring more people out into the streets. (See Armenia Electrified.)

Kyrgyz Constitutional Change Delayed, Not Dropped

President agrees tactical retreat on controversial legislation, but insists change is inevitable.

Big changes to Kyrgyzstan’s constitution giving central government powers to appoint local officials and top judges have been shelved for the moment, but not dropped.

Syria: A Key to No House

Family returns to village recaptured from Islamic State to find home in ruins.

Samah Imam’s family stood riveted in front of the television, watching a news report about Kurdish forces retaking territory from Islamic State militants in northeast Syria.  

A week after launching an offensive on February 20, 2015, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) liberated the Tel Hamis area southwest of Qamishli, the administrative centre of Hasakah province.

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