- 10:58 | Armenia Tsarukyan, Abrahamyan have serious conversation
Abrahamyan urged Tsarukyan to weaken criticism of RPA and government, especially as it gives no result.
- 09:12 | In the world Tighter rules of engagement contributed to US casualty rate in Afghanistan – report
US military directives enacted in Afghanistan after President Obama took office in 2009 could be to blame for an increase in casualties according to a critical new report.
- 09:05 | In the world Jailed opposition leader Tymoshenko ends hunger strike
“She said that she would end the hunger strike today at the request of the people, since she was striking as a sign of solidarity with them,” Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency quoted Yevhenia Tymoshenko as saying.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:59 | In the world U.S. successfully launches drone from submerged submarine
The drone, or unmanned aerial system, was launched from a torpedo tube on the USS Providence, the Navy said in a news release.
- 08:53 | In the world Progress in destruction of Syrian chemical weapons
A group of chemical weapons declared by Syria has been destroyed, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday.
- 08:48 | In the world 'Hundreds dead' in Central African Republic violence
Hundreds of French troops are arriving in the city as part of a UN effort to restore law and order.
- 08:43 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: Crowds gather to pay tribute
South Africans continue to gather in Johannesburg and Soweto to pay tribute to their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.
- 22:00 | In the world Caffeine can shorten life expectancy - but alcohol lengthens it
Scientists at Tel Aviv University found that caffeine shortens, and alcohol lengthens, telomeres – the end parts of chromosomal DNA.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 21:38 | In the world Power cuts, evacuations, as heavy storms sweep Europe
Strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland and eastern England Thursday, disrupting rail and road traffic as northwestern Europe braced for heavy storms sweeping across the North Atlantic and North Sea.
- 21:30 | In the world French troops sent into Central African Republic in effort to stop bloodshed
France has launched its second major peacekeeping intervention in Africa within a year, deploying more than 1,000 troops and armoured vehicles to the Central African Republic in an attempt to prevent nightmarish scenes of slaughter from spiralling further out of control.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:22 | In the world Ukraine, Russia presidents meet; protests persist
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Friday to discuss closer cooperation while protests clung to the capital over Ukraine's decision to scrap a deal with the EU.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:15 | In the world Nelson Mandela: Queen 'deeply saddened' by death
Buckingham Palace issues a statement in which the Queen pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, as the Prince of Wales describes Nelson Mandela as an "inspired leader".
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:07 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: South Africa and world mourn
Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto.
- 21:00 | In the world Iran, powers meet next week on nuclear deal implementation
Iran and six world powers plan expert-level talks next week to work out details of implementing a breakthrough agreement for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 18:34 | Region Armenian youth of Argentina rallied to protest against screening of Azeri film telling lies about historical reality of NKR
The Armenian youth of Argentina rallied Wednesday in Buenos Aires, to protest against the screening of an Azeri film that told lies about the historical reality of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
- 18:22 | Region Azerbaijani researcher claims that Nostradamus predicted Heydar Aliyev’s coming to power
Even if Nostradamus didn’t arrive to Azerbaijan, he still could see what would happen in Azerbaijani Gazakh region and Baku city.
- 17:37 | Region This year the number of girl-victims of early marriage has significantly increased in Azerbaijan
Over 5000 girls have become victims of early marriages this year in Azerbaijan.
- 17:18 | Armenia Reisi: Iranian people in general do not trust Western powers
Speaking about the deal on Iran's nuclear program reached between Iran and P5+1 in November in Geneva, Iran’s Ambassador said that the main aim of Geneva talks was to build confidence and establish Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear activities.
- 16:37 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia denies that Oskanian has withdrawn from party
“Armenia’s ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian has not withdrawn from Prosperous Armenia Party, he is an active member of the party and that rumor is yet another attempt to find intrigues,” member of Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction Elinar Vardanyan told reporters.
- 15:58 | Armenia ARFD pins no hope on Davutoglu’s visit to Armenia
“We pin no hope on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to Yerevan because the Turkish side has so far shown no wish to make concessions and continues to speak the language of preconditions,” Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 14:15 | Region Davutoğlu to visit Armenia next week
Davutoğlu said he accepted Armenia’s invitation to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan on Dec. 12.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 14:11 | Armenia Armenia to produce mobile phones and tablets
“One of Armenian information technology companies will soon begin producing mobile phones and tablets,” ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction member Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 12:57 | Armenia Iranian envoy: Entry into CU will not hinder development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties
“Armenia’s entry into the Customs Union will not hinder the development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties because the Armenian authorities took that decision after they made calculations and examined all opportunities.”
- 12:25 | Armenia Areshev: Gas price formation process should be transparent
“If that process is transparent on all its way, then there will be no unnecessary questions and worried commentaries,” the political scientist said.
- 11:56 | Armenia Gusev: Armenia, Russia should move in one direction
“Armenia has chosen a path, based on logic, to move forward. Now, Armenia and Russia should move in one direction,” he said.
- 11:11 | Armenia Special parliament session to take place next week
The major focus of the session will be the 2014 draft budget.
- 10:51 | Armenia MFA spent AMD 17 million on one-day event
It is known that the Armenian Foreign Ministry organized a conference titled Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe on October 21-22, 2013, as part of Armenia’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
- 10:28 | Armenia Oskanian may set up new party
Vartan Oskanian may withdraw from Prosperous Armenia Party and set up a new party on the basis of the Civilitas Foundation and mass media and together with supporters of European integration.
- 09:09 | In the world Joe Biden in Seoul amid Asia tensions
US Vice-President Joe Biden is meeting South Korean leader Park Geun-hye on the third leg of an Asian tour dominated by tensions over China's newly-declared air defence zone.
- 08:54 | In the world Sweden's spying on Russia key to US – report
Sweden's public broadcaster says it has obtained secret documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden suggesting a Swedish spy agency has been a key supplier of intelligence on Russian leaders to the NSA.
- 08:48 | In the world Kiev police give protesters 5 days to leave state buildings
Police issued an ultimatum to more than a thousand protesters surrounding Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers building in central Kiev on Thursday, saying they must leave the area within five days or officers will take action.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:40 | In the world Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe
A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least three people dead, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades.
- 08:34 | In the world South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg
Mr Mandela led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities.
- 22:00 | In the world New York Times and Bloomberg facing expulsion from China
The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:45 | In the world American teacher shot dead in Libya's Benghazi
Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging on Thursday in Benghazi, Libyan and U.S. officials said, underlining persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year.
Source: ABC News
- 21:27 | In the world Libyan officials say US teacher killed in Benghazi
Unknown assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging on Thursday in Benghazi, a hospital official said, underlining persistently tenuous security in the eastern Libyan city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:20 | In the world Clashes in Central African Republic as UN authorises French intervention
Resolution passed authorising French and African troops to use force to protect civilians amid reports of dozens killed in Bangui.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:07 | In the world Pope Francis sets up Vatican child sex abuse committee
Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.
- 21:00 | In the world Ukraine police give protesters deadline, ministers urge calm
Ukrainian police on Thursday gave demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they have occupied in protest against a government policy lurch back towards Russia, as ministers at a European security conference urged a peaceful end to the confrontation.
- 19:22 | Region Vladislav Sved on pogroms in Sumgait: Rumors that Armenia expels Azerbaijanis was distributed by provocateurs
On 27-29 February, 1988 mass riots took place in the city of Sumgait of the Azerbaijani SSR (25km from Baku) on ethnic grounds. In fact it was an anti-Armenian pogrom.
- 17:01 | Armenia Navasardyan: It'd be incorrect to say that Eastern Partnership has failed
“There is some disappointment about the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius and there are fears that the efforts made for the implementation of the EU Eastern Partnership program may be lost,” said the Yerevan Press Club chairman.
- 16:09 | Armenia Opponents of accumulative pension system hold protest in Yerevan
Members of civil initiative ‘Against Compulsory Accumulative Pension Payments’ are again protesting today – this time driving through the capital.
- 14:46 | Armenia Economy Minister: We hope to hear good news about Carrefour next year
“As far as we know, the first steps will be taken in the first quarter of next year,” he said.
- 14:45 | Armenia Yerevan hospital hit by fire
Armenia’s Emergency Ministry received a call yesterday about a fire on the second floor of Yerevan’s Kanaker-Zeytun Medical Center.
- 13:25 | Armenia Parliament to hold special session on Dec. 10
The special session agenda comprises 21 bills, including the bill on amendments to the law on state pensions and the bill on payment of government officials.
- 11:56 | Armenia Armenia currently 4th at World Chess Team Championship
Armenian men’s chess team beat the Netherlands 3.5-0.5 in round 8 of the World Chess Team Championship in Antalya, raising its points to 10 and going up to 4th position.
- 11:55 | Armenia President attends opening of Hyatt Place Yerevan Hotel
The President toured the newly opened hotel compound built in accordance with the standards of the top-quality international brand, familiarized with the investments, jobs and quality of the services.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:37 | Armenia All highways open to traffic in Armenia
Roads are being cleared from snow and ice to ensure safety of traffic movement.
Source: Transport Ministry
- 11:09 | Region Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers agree to continue talks
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Kiev.
- 10:13 | Armenia Armavia begins paying salary arrears
One of the company’s former engineers told Zhoghovurd’s correspondent that thus far they have only received salaries for last January and are hopeful to receive their salaries in late December.
- 08:58 | In the world Beached whales dead in Florida
Ten whales have died and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park.
- 08:47 | In the world Female army members allegedly pressured into prostitution by officers at Ft. Hood
A number of female Army privates at Fort Hood military base in Texas were allegedly pressured to prostitute themselves to superior officers, with the senior-most officer being the one in charge of sexual assault prevention for the unit.
- 08:45 | In the world Russian, US top diplomats discuss Syria conference preparation
Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and America’s John Kerry also discussed the disposal of Syrian chemical weapons.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:40 | In the world Mexico: Stolen radioactive material found
The stolen vehicle was carrying delicate cargo -- a radioactive element used for medical purposes that also can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine unrest: Former presidents back mass protests
In a statement, Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko expressed "solidarity" with peaceful rallies.
09:09 07/12/2013 » In the world
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10:53 07/12/2013 » Topic of the day
December 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake in Armenia where some 24,000 people died. A quarter of a century later, some 4,500 families are still living in makeshift shelters, waiting for help, Deutsche Welle reports. It all happened on a Wednesday. At 11:41 on the morning of December 7, 1988, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the then Soviet Republic of Armenia. The effects were devastating. "It was the most horrible thing I have ever ...
10:41 07/12/2013 » Society
Armenian National Assembly speaker Hovik Abrahamyan had a serious conversation with his in-law, Prosperous Armenia leader Gagik Tsarukyan before his departure to India, Zhoghovurd daily writes. According to the newspaper, Abrahamyan urged Tsarukyan to weaken criticism of RPA and government, especially as it gives no result. Yet Tsarukyan did not like the idea and rejected it. The in-laws parted a little offended. Tsarukyan’s spokeswoman Iveta Tonoyan, however, refuted the ...
09:53 07/12/2013 » Miscellaneous
According information the Russians have known about alien civilizations for several decades, to many this comes as no surprise, there have been rumors floating around for many years, the Voice of Russia said. The first Russian contact with grey aliens allegedly took place in 1942. At that time, a series of diplomatic visits to discuss matters of mutual concern were planned, according to alleged Russian documents and a treaty was made. According to the document 072 / E, at the ...
09:43 07/12/2013 » Politics
Press TV has conducted an interview with Philip Giraldi, former CIA analyst, about leaked documents from the US National Security Agency showing Washington has spied on Russia’s leadership with the help of Sweden’s intelligence service. - Philip Giraldi, does this surprise you? And of course the question comes what are going to be the consequences of this ultimately? Also how many countries are involved? How did the US get these countries to do this? - Well, I ...
09:34 07/12/2013 » Analysis
The United States will help destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons. The organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons confirmed part of the arsenal would be neutralized aboard a US ship in international waters. This approach would avoid diplomatic, security and environmental problems posed by destruction of chemicals on land.The US offer to help destroy part of the most hazardous chemicals at an offshore vessel has been approved by the OPCW this Saturday. Ralf ...
09:27 07/12/2013 » Comments
Armenia has climbed from 77th to 64th place among 145 countries in Forbes Best Countries for Business 2013 rating, Asbarez reported. According to Forbes, Armenia’s main economic indices are as follows: GDP growth – 7.2%; GDP per capita – $3,400; trade balance – 11.5%; public debt as percent of GDP – 42%; unemployment –7.0%; and inflation – 2.6%. Russia is 94th in the list, Georgia is 55th. Azerbaijan and Turkey are ranked 67th and 57th ...
09:16 07/12/2013 » Topic of the day
International Civil Aviation Day is annually observed December 7 to raise awareness of the importance of international civil aviation and the role that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plays in international air transport. The organization is a United Nations (UN) body responsible for developing international standards for aviation safety. ICAO, with support from governments, organizations, businesses and individuals, actively promotes International Civil Aviation Day ...
09:09 07/12/2013 » Society
US military directives enacted in Afghanistan after President Obama took office in 2009 could be to blame for an increase in casualties according to a critical new report, and may have laid the seeds for the current impasse in negotiations, RT reported. Months after his presidential inauguration in 2009 Obama announced that the US would commit over 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan conflict. The order came at the request of military leaders on the ground in the Middle East, who ...
09:07 07/12/2013 » Society
Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has ended a 12-day hunger strike she staged in protest against Ukraine’s failure to sign a planned trade deal with the European Union, her daughter Yevhenia told reporters Friday, according to RIA Novosti. “She said that she would end the hunger strike today at the request of the people, since she was striking as a sign of solidarity with them,” Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency quoted Yevhenia Tymoshenko as ...
09:06 07/12/2013 » Society
The evolution of drones continues. According to CNN, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on Thursday announced it successfully launched a drone from a submerged submarine. The technology is being pursued to give sailors additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance abilities. Some of the funding for the project came from SwampWorks, a program of the Office of Naval Research that focuses on innovative and cutting-edge technologies. "Developing disruptive ...
09:05 07/12/2013 » Miscellaneous
A group of chemical weapons declared by Syria has been destroyed, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday, according to CNN. The weapons, labeled Category 3 chemical weapons, are unfilled munitions or other equipment designated to deploy chemical agents. The OPCW also verified that parts of buildings that housed chemical weapons production facilities have been destroyed. A joint OPCW-United Nations team charged with overseeing the destruction of ...
09:04 07/12/2013 » Society
At least 300 people have been killed in two days of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, the BBC reported, citing the Red Cross. The organisation said its staff stopped collecting bodies in Bangui as night fell but would resume over the weekend, and expected the toll to rise. Violence in the CAR has raised fears of mass killings along sectarian lines. Hundreds of French troops are arriving in the city as part of a UN effort to restore law and order. France ...
09:03 07/12/2013 » Society
South Africans continue to gather in Johannesburg and Soweto to pay tribute to their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95, the BBC reported. Crowds have been remembering his legacy, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto. He is to be accorded a state funeral on Sunday 15 December, President Jacob Zuma announced. Mr Mandela spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994. His administration ...