President Putin of Russia has met in St Petersburg with visiting Turkish President Recip Tayip Erdogan. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since the downing of a Russian plane by Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border.
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Armenia is marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Republic in May 1918. Alexandre Petrossian, a young political analyst based in Yerevan, reflects on the difficulties encountered by the founding fathers, and the achievements of the first republic