Shared words between Armenian and Basque, proposed by the late Vahan Sargsyan (In Armenian)

The late Basque and Armenian linguist Vahan Sargsyan complied a list of 600 shared words between the two languages in a 1998 publication conducted with experts from both languages. Unfortunately, Sargsyan passed away suddenly in 2011, leaving hundreds of more proposed shared words between Basque and Armenian unpublished. Below is the full list (in Armenian) …

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The French region with a new currency (BBC Travel)

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