- 21:00 | In the world Could Facebook trigger eating disorders? Teenage girls who spend hours looking at posted photos 'develop poor body image'
It is not the overall time spent on the social network that is the problem, but the amount of time spent looking at pictures, doctors said.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:45 | In the world Bird-flu case in Hong Kong appears isolated
Preliminary tests on 17 people who had close contact with an Indonesian worker infected with Hong Kong's first confirmed case of H7N9 bird flu yielded negative results, the city's health authorities said Wednesday.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:37 | In the world Morgan Freeman portrait: The world's most realistic finger painting?
In what is being heralded as 'the most realistic finger painting ever', British artist Kyle Lambert completed the picture in over 200 hours, using 285,000 ‘brush strokes’ with his fingertips.
Video: The Independent
- 20:30 | In the world Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon
Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander outside his home Wednesday in southern Beirut, a major breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:22 | In the world Syria's chemical weapons to be shipped in delicate US-Danish operation
Hazardous cargo of nerve agents and sarin could set sail at the beginning of 2014, but final destination is still unknown.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:14 | In the world François Hollande admits he was treated for 'benign' enlarged prostate
Hollande acknowledges having surgery for “benign” swollen prostate two weeks before entering the presidential race.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:08 | In the world Palestinian peace envoy urges Kerry to "save talks" with Israel
The top Palestinian peace negotiator urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to salvage American-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that both sides say are faltering.
- 20:00 | In the world Ukraine unrest: PM warns against 'escalating tensions'
He warned protesters that anybody found guilty of violating the constitution and laws would be punished.
- 18:49 | Region Iranian ambassador to Baku: Azerbaijani MPs in Istanbul discuss issues concerning collapse in Iran
"Azerbaijani deputies in Istanbul discussed issues concerning collapse in Iran,” Mohsen Pak Ayeen stated.
Source: Eslami Sesi
- 18:13 | Armenia Armenia to face Netherlands in World Chess Team Championship round 8
The 8th round matches of the World Chess Team Championship will be held today in Antalya.
- 18:10 | Armenia Ex-Ombudsperson criticizes Armenia’s government system
“Armenia cannot achieve success unless we learn to respect our state and society,” ex-Ombudsperson of Armenia Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 14:37 | Armenia Protest against accumulative pension system joined by opposition factions
Members of Armenian National Congress, ARFD, Prosperous Armenia and Heritage parliamentary factions joined today the protest against the introduction of a compulsory accumulative pension system outside the Armenian parliament.
- 14:36 | Armenia Armenian Education Minister to visit Slovakia
A delegation led by Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan will pay an official visit to Slovakia on December 4-6.
Source: Education Ministry
- 14:10 | In the world Karabakh freedom celebrated on Capitol Hill
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghulian headlined a Congressional celebration of 22 years of Artsakh's independence, featuring remarks by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and other leading U.S. legislators.
- 14:02 | Region No ceasefire violation fixed during OSCE monitoring of contact line
On December 4, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the Hadrut direction.
Source: NKR MFA
- 13:19 | Armenia Nazaryan and Sargsyan hope to get a new position
Although former chief of Yerevan police Nerses Nazaryan realized during the recent deputy police chiefs’ reshuffle that his return to the system is delayed for an indefinite time, he is still optimistic about it.
- 12:44 | Armenia Another elite wedding in Ojakh Restaurant
The wedding of daughter of Ara Babloyan, Republican MP, chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Health Care, will take place in Ojakh Restaurant on December 14.
Source: Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun
- 12:18 | Armenia MFA bought brandies of USD 7.4 thousand in November
Brands of the brandies suggest that they were purchased as gifts for guests: these were mainly vintage brandies such as 30-year-old Dvin, 20-year-old Nairi and 10-year-old Akhtamar.
- 11:43 | Armenia Republican MP to vote against law on accumulative pension system
Member of Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) parliamentary faction, retired general Seyran Saroyan told Zhoghovurd daily that he will vote against the law on accumulative pension system.
- 11:11 | Armenia Armenia beats Turkey in World Chess Team Championship round 7
Armenian team currently has 8 points and is sharing 4th-5th position with the Netherlands, whom it will face in round 8 scheduled for Wednesday.
- 10:33 | Armenia Lyudmila Sargsyan applies to State Register for registration of new party
MP, former chairwoman of Social Democrat Hunchakian Party Lyudmila Sargsyan has applied to the State Register for registration of a new party whose founding convention is scheduled for January 7, 2014.
- 09:03 | In the world UK investigators threaten Guardian editor with terrorism charges over Snowden’s leaks
British police have launched an investigation into whether the Guardian committed “potential” terrorism offenses by publishing the incriminating NSA and GCHQ documents leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden.
- 08:57 | In the world US urges Ukraine to heed calls for European future
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on Ukraine to “listen to the voices of its people” amid mass protests in the former Soviet republic over its government’s sudden rejection of a long-awaited trade deal with the European Union.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:52 | In the world Yasser Arafat's widow challenges French finding of 'natural cause' death
"I'm convinced there is something wrong, and he did not die from a natural death," Suha Arafat said at a news conference in Paris.
- 08:46 | In the world Tensions ease in Thailand as police remove barriers
The Thai government said it had negotiated a truce with protesters for the next several days to honor the birthday of the country's deeply revered King.
- 08:41 | In the world US army halts shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said this would affect outgoing shipments of equipment and other goods from US units on Afghan soil.
- 08:36 | In the world Saudis behind blasts at Iran embassy, Hezbollah says
The head of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah has said Saudi Arabia was behind last month's bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
- 22:00 | In the world Thai protesters claim 'victory' as they occupy government headquarters
Police remove barricades and step aside to let hundreds of protesters into Government House in effort to stop violence that has consumed the Thai capital in recent days.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:47 | In the world Ukraine protest swells as opposition loses vote
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Tuesday the government was "open to dialogue" with the opposition demanding his ouster, but that if the offer is met with "a fist, I say frankly -- we have enough forces."
- 21:40 | In the world Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of poisoning, experts warn
Jäger bombs are a favourite among many party goers, but new research suggests they could put people at greater risk of alcohol poisoning.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 21:32 | In the world Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses militants of trying to overthrow Ukraine's government
Protesters blockaded the main government building, seeking to force President Viktor Yanukovych from office with a general strike after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against his decision to abandon the pact, which was scheduled to be signed last week.
Source: The Independent
- 21:25 | In the world Attack by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria leaves many dead, say witnesses
Hundreds of militants lay seige to military bases and destroy buildings in city of Maiduguri, leading to 24-hour curfew.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:16 | In the world Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak
The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday that his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied that the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:10 | In the world Thai police remove barricades to police and PM offices
Thai protesters entered the government's headquarters after police removed barricades from outside both Government House and the police office.
- 21:00 | In the world Limitations of nuclear deal temper Iranians' enthusiasm
It was a flourishing packing business in Iran's historic city of Isfahan, but the last two years of harsh economic sanctions brought the family enterprise to its knees.
- 20:24 | Region Chairman of Iranian Polo Federation: The whole world knows that Azerbaijan has never had sport game called Polo
“The sport game Polo has a 3000 years old history which has been developed in Iran,” Hamzeh Ilhani Zadeh noted.
- 19:14 | Region Archeological findings barbarously destroyed in Azerbaijan:‘‘Zerkalo’’ compares NKR’s attitude towards its cultural heritage
Ancient settlements that are found on the Azerbaijani side of the border with Karabakh are destroyed by the lootings of the locals and rains as the Azerbaijani authorities do not allocate funds needed to save the ancient settlements.
- 18:43 | Armenia Armenia, Russia discuss military cooperation
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan received Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin.
Source: Defense Ministry
- 18:13 | Armenia Armenian FM to attend OSCE Ministerial Council meeting
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will be in Ukraine on a visit on December 4-6 for participation in the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in the capital Kiev.
Source: RA MFA
- 16:52 | Armenia Armenian-Russian inter-regional expo opens in Yerevan
Armenian-Russian inter-regional exhibition of industrial innovations opened today in Yerevan as part of the third Armenian-Russian Interregional Forum “Russia. Armenia. Customs Union.”
- 16:14 | Armenia Armenia managed to maintain relations with EU and Russia – expert
“We have clear expectations after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit,” political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters.
- 15:24 | Armenia Armenian parliament speaker to visit India
As part of his visit, Mr Abrahamyan will meet the Indian President, the speaker of the House of the People and the Foreign Minister.
Source: RA NA
- 15:23 | Armenia Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers to meet tomorrow in Kiev
“The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet tomorrow in Kiev on the sidelines of the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian told reporters.
- 14:21 | Armenia Parliament to vote on postponement of compulsory pension system introduction tomorrow
At the beginning of tomorrow’s session, Armenian parliament will vote on the postponement for a year of the introduction of compulsory accumulative pension system.
- 13:47 | Armenia Protest against accumulative pension system staged near parliament
Over two dozen members of civil initiative “Against compulsory pension payments” are holding a protest action near the Armenian parliament while the parliament is discussing the postponement for a year of the introduction of compulsory accumulative pension system.
- 13:11 | Armenia Armenia to face Turkey in World Team Chess Championship round 7
Armenian men’s chess team lost to Germany 1-3 in round 6 of the World Team Chess Championship in Antalya.
- 12:20 | Armenia Relations between Zohrabyan and Urikhanyan become strained
Secretary of Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction Naira Zohrabyan accused party spokesman, MP Tigran Urikhanyan of making public statements on behalf of the party.
- 11:48 | Region OSCE Mission to monitor NKR-Azerbaijan contact line on Dec 4
The NKR authorities have expressed readiness to assist in conducting the monitoring and to ensure security of the OSCE Mission members.
Source: NKR MFA
- 11:23 | Armenia Only ‘Putin’s admirers’ were sent to airport
Hovik Abrahamyan did not allow MPs to miss parliament sessions and only ‘Putin’s admirers’ – Hayk Babukhanyan, Artashes Geghamyan and deputy speaker Hermine Naghdalyan – were sent to the airport.
- 10:49 | Armenia Grand Candy chocolates to undergo checks
The State Service for Food Safety of Armenian Agriculture Ministry will carry out checks after a worm was found in chocolates of Grand Candy, a leading Armenian manufacturer of confectionery products.
- 09:00 | In the world Thousands of protesters keep vigil at barricades in central Kiev
Ukrainian opposition activists have entrenched themselves in the center of the Ukrainian capital, taking night watch on barricades ready to repel any possible police attack.
- 08:59 | In the world Over 700,000 people on US watch list: and once you get on, there’s no way off
The names of nearly three-quarters of a million individuals have been secretly added to watch lists administered by the United States government, but federal officials are adamant about keeping information about these rosters under wraps.
- 08:52 | In the world Gadhafi's 'Russian aides' to be tried in Tripoli
Two Russian nationals accused of collaborating with the regime of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were transferred to the capital Tripoli to stand trial there, a Russian diplomat said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:46 | In the world U.N.: 'Massive evidence' links Syria regime to war crimes
Navi Pillay didn't name President Bashar al-Assad, but she said the evidence collected by the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria implicates the regime's top man.
- 08:41 | In the world Nigeria crisis: Boko Haram attack Maiduguri airbase
Eyewitnesses say hundreds of militants attacked several areas of the city of Maiduguri, starting early on Monday.
18:07 04/12/2013 » Sport
14:08 04/12/2013 » Society
13:58 04/12/2013 » Politics
19:06 04/12/2013 » Society
French President Francois Hollande has revealed he had treatment for a benign enlargement of the prostate, just over a year before he was elected, the BBC reported. Mr Hollande, 59, spent several days in hospital in February 2011, after which no further medical treatment was deemed necessary, a communique said. Benign prostatic enlargement is a common condition in older men. The state of health of French leaders is closely watched after past leaders hid grave illnesses while in ...
18:54 04/12/2013 » Society
The government of Japan offered new measures to stop radioactive water leaking from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea as TEPCO runs out of storage places for contaminated water, RT reports citing AP. One of the new measures proposed by the panel includes covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow. According to experts, the underground water that flows into the reactor and turbine basements is mostly rainwater. However the panel has not yet developed a ...
18:48 04/12/2013 » Politics
“Azerbaijani deputies in Istanbul discussed issues concerning collapse in Iran,” Mohsen Pak Ayeen, the ambassador of Iran to Azerbaijan stated as the official site of the embassy reports. The ambassador of Iran in the interview given to Eslami Sesi news agency expressed his concern about the conferences with anti-Iranian content and noted in particular, “A conference was held last month in Istanbul, where discussions were held on collapse in Iran. MPs of Azerbaijani ...
18:39 04/12/2013 » Society
A mass grave containing 21 bodies has been found in Mali by investigators looking for missing red beret soldiers, the BBC reported. Mali's chief prosecutor, Daniel Tessougue, told the BBC that the remains were found buried at Diago, about 20km (12 miles) north of capital Bamako. The bodies were "probably" those of soldiers loyal to the former president, a justice ministry official told AFP. President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a coup last year. The general who ...
18:25 04/12/2013 » Society
A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN's nuclear watchdog says, according to the BBC. Mexico told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck was carrying a "dangerous radioactive source" used for cancer treatments when it was stolen on Monday. The radiotherapy source was being taken from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a waste storage centre. It was stolen near the capital, Mexico City. ...
18:07 04/12/2013 » Sport
The 8th round matches of the World Chess Team Championship will be held today in Antalya. Armenian men’s chess team will play against the Netherlands. Giri Anish - Aronian Levon Van Wely Loek - Akopian Vladimir Tiviakov Sergei - Sargissian Gabriel L'ami Erwin - Petrosian Tigran L. Egypt will face Azerbaijan, Germany - China, Turkey - U.S., Ukraine - Russia.
17:57 04/12/2013 » Politics
Armenia cannot achieve success unless we learn to respect our state and society, ex-Ombudsperson of Armenia, “Against Legal Arbitrariness” Foundation Executive Director Larisa Alaverdyan told a press conference in Yerevan. According to her, our country is not ready yet to join any union – be it the European Union or the Customs Union. Armenia’s former Ombudsperson believes that a change of the government system will lead to progress in the country. ...
17:27 04/12/2013 » Economy
Russia’s political decisions are important for development of trade between Armenia and Russia, chairman of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia Gagik Makaryan told reporters on Wednesday. “Armenia imports gas, fuel and some kinds of raw materials from Russia in order to manufacture some goods. Then Russian gas is used again for exports of the manufactured goods to Russia. There is a kind of a chain, so Russia should reduce the prices of energy carriers in ...
16:20 04/12/2013 » Society
Hassan Lakkis was "assassinated" near his home in Hadath - 7km (4.3 miles) south-east of the Lebanese capital, the BBC reported, citing Hezbollah TV channel Al-Manar. Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Israel has denied the accusation. Little is known publicly about Lakkis, but he was reputedly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and an expert in weapons manufacturing. The news comes a day after Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was behind last month's ...
16:12 04/12/2013 » Politics
NATO will aid the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in its ongoing effort to remove Syria's stockpile of poisonous gases, if a request for assistance is made, the head of the Atlantic alliance said Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the remarks following a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels. “We welcome all support provided by the NATO-Russia Council member states to the OPCW-UN Joint ...
15:51 04/12/2013 » Society
The Armenian parliament rejected today the proposal to postpone for one year the introduction of compulsory accumulative pension system. The vote was 45 to 56. The proposal was submitted by the opposition parliamentary factions. The Republican Party of Armenia and Orinats Yerkir parliamentary factions voted against the proposal. Members of civil initiative “Against compulsory pension payments” are holding a protest action near the Armenian parliament. They plan to apply ...
15:23 04/12/2013 » Society
Members of Armenian National Congress, ARFD, Prosperous Armenia and Heritage parliamentary factions joined today the protest against the introduction of a compulsory accumulative pension system outside the Armenian parliament. The parliament will vote on the law on compulsory accumulative pension system today. ANC member Aram Manukyan, addressing the protesters, said that the four parliamentary factions have joined them and will stand by them till the end. Prosperous Armenia ...
14:34 04/12/2013 » Education
A delegation led by Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan will pay an official visit to Slovakia on December 4-6, Ministry’s press service said. As part of his visit, Ashotyan will meet the Slovak Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports and the President of Slovak Academy of Sciences. He will visit Comenius University in Bratislava and the Slovak University of Agriculture.
14:08 04/12/2013 » Society
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghulian headlined a Congressional celebration of 22 years of Artsakh's independence, featuring remarks by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and other leading U.S. legislators, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). "With the wind of human freedom at our backs, we marked today, on Capitol Hill, a generation of liberty for the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh," said ANCA Executive ...
13:58 04/12/2013 » Politics
On December 4, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the Hadrut direction. From the positions of the NKR Defense Army, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Irzhi Aberle (Czech Republic) and Yevgeny Sharov ...
13:38 04/12/2013 » Law
Today Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a number of laws passed by the parliament. The President in particular signed laws on an amendment to the Law on Value Added Tax, addenda to the Law on Value Added Tax, amendments and addenda to the Criminal Procedure Code, the presidential press service reported.
13:15 04/12/2013 » Society
Although former chief of Yerevan police Nerses Nazaryan realized during the recent deputy police chiefs’ reshuffle that his return to the system is delayed for an indefinite time, he is still optimistic about it, Hraparak says. Rumors circulate that Nazaryan will soon be appointed head of the Justice Ministry’s Criminal Executive Department, to replace Hayk Harutyunyan. Former chief of Armenian police Alik Sargsyan, who is currently an advisor to the Armenian President, also ...
12:40 04/12/2013 » Society
Another elite wedding will take place in Armenia soon, Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun daily says, citing its sources. The wedding of daughter of Ara Babloyan, Republican MP, chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Health Care, will take place in Ojakh Restaurant on December 14. The newspaper’s sources say that only 14 guests are invited from the National Assembly. With invitations already sent out, many of the MPs are still expecting an invitation, the newspaper adds.
12:12 04/12/2013 » Daily press
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry bought brandies of AMD 3 million or USD 7.4 thousand in November, Zhoghovurd daily says, citing its sources. Naturally, the purchase was made with state budget funds, the newspaper adds. The supplier was ARTEXIM LLC. Brands of the brandies suggest that they were purchased as gifts for guests: these were mainly vintage brandies such as 30-year-old Dvin, 20-year-old Nairi and 10-year-old Akhtamar, the newspaper notes.