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Members of the Armenian American community protested in several U.S. cities over the weekend — with thousands attending the biggest rally in Los Angeles — as tensions mount between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Driving the news: Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a Russian-brokered ceasefire last Friday, but Al Jazeera reports that the truce has become "increasingly frayed," with both sides accusing the other of "serious violations and crimes against civilians."

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In Los Angeles, thousands of protesters gathered outside the consulate of Turkey, which is backing Azerbaijan, per AP.

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted his support for the Armenian American community.
  • He linked out to a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, signed by several U.S. mayors, asking him to "lead the effort to bring Armenia and Azerbaijan back to the negotiating table, and persuade Turkey to disengage."

In Boston, hundreds of members of the Armenian American community and their supporters briefly shut down traffic downtown on Sunday before marching to the Armenian Heritage Park, CBS Boston notes.

In New York, several dozen Armenian Americans held a protest in Buffalo on Saturday, WGRZ reports.

The big picture: The mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians. However, it lies within the borders of Azerbaijan.

  • The territory has been in dispute since the Soviet Union's collapse, and a war was fought over it 1991–1994. The recent violence has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people.
  • In a joint statement last week, Pompeo and European officials condemned what they called an "unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence in and outside of the Nagorno-Karabakh zone."

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Dave Lawler, author of World
Oct 26, 2020 - World

U.S.-brokered ceasefire collapses in Nagorno-Karabakh

Volunteer fighters in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S.-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh crumbled within hours on Monday, leaving the month-old war rumbling on.

Why it matters: Nearly 5,000 people have been killed, according to Vladimir Putin’s rough estimate, including more than 100 civilians. Between 70,000 and 100,000 more are believed to have fled the fighting.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.

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