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Armenia Ratifies Russian Gas Deal Despite Protests

The Armenian parliament has ratified a controversial natural gas agreement with Russia, despite widespread protests by the opposition.   Ruling party lawmakers backed ratification of the deal in a vote Monday which was boycotted by members of the country's opposition factions.   Hundreds gathered outside parliament in Yerevan to protest the deal.   Under the agreement, the Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom will gain full control of Armenia's natural gas...

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