- 17:16 | In the world US Open 2015: Maria Sharapova pulls out injured in New York
World number three Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open on the eve of the tournament because of injury.
- 16:54 | In the world Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status
Ukraine's parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawmakers suggested they will have a rougher ride to become law.
- 16:30 | In the world Mufti Hassoun: Conspiracy against Syria targets its moral values for the benefit of its enemies
Grand Mufti of the Republic Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun affirmed on Sunday that Syria is targeted due to its national and independent decision, noting that the conspiracy against Syria is targeting its moral and human values for the benefit of its enemies.
- 16:14 | In the world Singapore lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
The health ministry said on Monday that the ban was lifted on 1 April, “given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease”.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:51 | In the world ISIS reportedly destroys 'most important temple in Syria'
The 1st Century temple, which is dedicated to the ancient "god of gods," is one of the largest and best-preserved in the region and represents a meeting point between Classical and Eastern architecture, Abdulkarim said.
- 15:28 | In the world Amal Clooney's dilemma over al-Jazeera trial
In a packed Cairo courtroom, a nervous quiet reigned on Saturday as Judge Hassan Farid read his long delayed verdict in the retrial of three al-Jazeera journalists.
- 15:13 | In the world Thai police hunt two bombing suspects after weekend raids
Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials.
- 14:59 | In the world Iran supports Syria and Iraq in face of terrorism: President Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced terrorist acts of armed groups in Syria, Iraq and the region, and expressed his country’s support of Syria and Iraq in facing terrorism.
- 12:17 | In the world U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts
The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.
- 11:15 | In the world 25 minute walk could add 7 years to life
New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan.
Source: The Telegraph
- 11:00 | In the world Migrant crisis: EU calls emergency talks
The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached "unprecedented proportions".
- 10:43 | In the world Egypt announces parliamentary election will start in October
The second phase will take place on 22-23 November, the election commission told a news conference.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:30 | In the world Swift leads winners but West, Cyrus rule MTV Video Music Awards
Taylor Swift may have won the most Moonmans on Sunday but it was her reunion with rapper Kanye West on the MTV Video Music Awards stage that stole the show, as West declared he will run for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
- 16:53 | In the world European Union approves $2.6 billion funding for migration crisis
The European Commission on Monday approved 2.4 billion euros ($2.6 billion) of aid over six years for countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.
- 16:18 | Region Turkey attacks: Deadly violence in Istanbul and Sirnak
Five members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in attacks in the country's south-east and two bombs have exploded in Istanbul.
- 15:56 | In the world The Russian patriotic groups teaching children how to defend their country
This is St Spyridon the Triumphant Orthodox, a patriotic club aiming to “bring children to the church” through sport and military-style training, says their coach, Michael Lysovskiy.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:37 | In the world South Korea: Propaganda broadcasts at North to resume after landmines
South Korea says it plans to resume broadcasting propaganda messages over its de facto border with North Korea in retaliation for landmine blasts that wounded two of its soldiers.
- 15:19 | In the world Two shot in Ferguson amid standoff between police, protesters
Two people were struck by gunfire during a standoff between riot police and protesters on Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri, after a day of otherwise peaceful rallies commemorating the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer one year ago.
- 15:00 | In the world Pakistan child sex abuse: Seven arrested in Punjab
Seven people have been arrested in eastern Pakistan on suspicion of involvement in a child sexual abuse and extortion scandal.
- 14:34 | In the world Greece hopes to conclude negotiations with creditors on bailout within days
Greece hopes to conclude negotiations with international creditors by early on Tuesday at the latest, a Greek official said, as talks continued in Athens on a new multibillion-euro bailout.
Source: The Guardian
- 14:13 | In the world Mikdad: Syria supports the Palestinian people and their just rights
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad on Sunday met Director of the Political Bureau at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Damascus, Ambassador Anwar Abdul-Hadi, discussing with him the latest developments and political activities in the region.
- 13:45 | In the world Kiwi Kim Chambers finishes record 17-hour, shark-infested Golden Gate swim
New Zealander Kim Chambers has become the first woman to finish a record 30-mile marathon swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
- 13:18 | In the world Car bomb near Kabul airport causes casualties: officials
A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday causing casualties among both civilians and security forces, officials said, days after series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens and wounded hundreds.
- 13:00 | In the world Istanbul violence: Gunfire and blast in Turkish city
Violence has flared in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, with two assailants opening fire outside the US consulate, just hours after a car bomb attack on a police station.
- 21:00 | In the world Syria’s envoy to UN: Israel obstructs mission of un Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in occupied lands
Syria’s permanent Envoy to the UN in Geneva Hussam al-Din Ala said that Israel still obstructs mission of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights in occupied lands and prevents it from reaching the occupied territories, and goes ahead in its endeavors to consolidate its occupation and apply its systemized settlement plans.
- 20:43 | In the world Taliban resignation points to extent of internal divisions in leadership crisis
The high-profile resignation of Tayeb Agha underscores bitter internal divisions in the movement following a recent power transition.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:30 | In the world Italian police arrest 11 suspected of carrying messages for Mafia boss
Using coded messages and meeting in isolated rural spots, a network of supporters has helped alleged Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro -- on the lam for over two decades -- run his criminal empire.
- 20:19 | In the world Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule
President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.
- 20:10 | In the world German MP Patzelt opens home to two Eritrean migrants
A German conservative MP, Martin Patzelt, has taken two Eritrean refugees into his home and is helping the young men find jobs locally.
- 19:58 | In the world Chinese Winter Olympics anthem is rip-off of Frozen song, say online critics
Songwriter accused of ‘shaming China’ with The Ice and Snow Dance, a song that is claimed to bear a strong resemblance to Disney blockbuster Let it Go.
Source: The Guardian
- 19:44 | In the world Canadian pastor detained in North Korea confesses to crimes
North Korea has released video footage of a Canadian pastor purportedly confessing before a Pyongyang church to committing crimes against the state.
- 19:36 | In the world Greece expects bailout deal with lenders in two weeks
A bailout worth up to 86 billion euros ($94.5 billion), needs to be settled by Aug. 20 if Greece is to pay off debt of 3.5 billion euros to the European Central Bank that matures on that day.
- 19:24 | In the world California fires: Evacuation orders given to 13,000
Evacuation orders have been given to 13,000 people in California as firefighters struggle to contain some 20 wildfires.
- 19:15 | In the world How Google quietly revved up its very own car company
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal the tech giant created Google Auto LLC to help develop its self-driving cars even as it courted big car makers.
Source: The Guardian
- 19:00 | In the world At Least 25 Dead, Dozens Injured After Military Plane Crashes in Syria
According to a military source, military aircraft has crashed into a residential area near the northwestern Syrian city of Jericho in the Idlib Governorate killing at least 25 people.
- 18:37 | In the world Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report
In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba.
- 18:21 | In the world Kosovo votes for new war crimes court
Kosovo's parliament voted to change the constitution on Monday and create a war crimes court, which the West wants to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting.
- 12:59 | In the world Iran uses fabricated WikiLeaks cable to smear UN rights rapporteur
Iran has launched a sophisticated smear campaign against the UN special rapporteur investigating its human rights violations by widely spreading a fabricated WikiLeaks cable purporting to show he received bribes from Saudi Arabia.
Source: The Guardian
- 12:30 | In the world Putin promises protection for ancient Crimea ruins
Historians fear Sevastopol authorities will damage Unesco world heritage site Chersonesus, an ancient Greek city, to attract orthodox believers.
Source: The Telegraph
- 12:15 | In the world Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties
The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.
- 11:53 | Region Turkish troops killed in 'Kurdish PKK suicide blast'
Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the Turkish military says.
- 11:26 | In the world New Taliban leader purportedly rejects peace process 'propaganda'
The reported new leader of the Taliban denies that the Sunni Islamist group is attempting to work toward a peace process with the Afghan government.
- 11:12 | In the world Australia Speaker Bronwyn Bishop quits over expenses scandal
Bronwyn Bishop, the Speaker of Australia’s parliament and political mentor of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, resigned on Sunday in disgrace following weeks of accusations that she used taxpayer money to pay for extravagant travel arrangements.
Source: The Telegraph
- 10:47 | In the world Another lion was illegally killed by an American in April, Zimbabwe says
Amid an international outcry over a US hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities in Zimbabwe alleged that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:29 | In the world U.S. Democrats see 'fire wall' holding to preserve Iran deal
U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.
- 10:15 | In the world Jerusalem Gay Pride: Israel teenage stabbing victim dies
Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people attacked at the event on Thursday.
- 21:00 | In the world Music to a patient's ears: Surgeons 'perform better when listening to their favourite songs'
While previous studies have shown that listening to music during operations can lower the stress levels of surgeons, there is limited information on the effects of music on technical performance while completing a surgical task, such as closing incisions.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:46 | In the world Syrian Kurdish forces say 'provocative' Turkey targeting them
A Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week and called on U.S-led forces to "clarify" their approach toward Ankara in light of this.
- 20:29 | In the world Palestinian toddler's death sparks protests
A Palestinian teen died Saturday after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes sparked by the killing of a toddler in an arson attack, Palestinian medical officials said.
- 18:15 | In the world Myanmar floods: President declares state of emergency
Myanmar's president has declared a state of emergency in four regions after heavy floods left 27 people dead.
- 18:00 | In the world Eat carrots, stop multi-tasking and go for a walk three times a week
Interestingly, the researchers looked at participants' brains after death looking for evidence of the physical signs of dementia, including brain lesions and plaques.
Details: The Daily Mail
- 17:30 | In the world Syrian army advances on plain after rebel offensive: monitor
The Syrian army and allied militia have regained control over several northwestern villages from insurgents on a plain crucial for defending costal areas that Damascus holds, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.
- 17:21 | In the world Palestinian youth killed after arson attack sparks violence in West Bank
A Palestinian youth has been killed by Israeli forces in Ramallah in the wake of violent West Bank clashes that erupted after an 18-month-old toddler was killed in an arson attack in Duma yesterday morning.
Source: The Guardian
- 17:00 | In the world Iraqis protest over Baghdad heatwave power cuts
Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest against power shortages as the country experiences a heatwave.
- 16:39 | In the world Libyan symbol of freedom now facing years behind bars
She poured her beer on one of the customers and later threw a glass at the other, leaving a bloody gash serious enough for sutures.
16:33 31/08/2015 » In the world
13:22 31/08/2015 » Economy
12:47 31/08/2015 » In the world
17:00 31/08/2015 » Law
The traffic police of Armenia have announced that starting September 1 the speed limit has been reduced again to 40 km/h from 6 am to 6 pm on working days in the following areas: 1. Orbeli St., near No 83 2. Nairi Zaryan St., near school No 51 3. Artashisyan St., near school No 27 4. Tigran Petrosyan St., near school No 189 5. Avetisyan St., near school No 44 6. Zakaria Kanakertsi St., near school No 93 7. Rubiniants St., near school No 3.
16:33 31/08/2015 » Society
Taylor Swift capped off a successful night at the 2015 MTV VMAs by taking home the top prize, earning her first Video of the Year award for "Bad Blood" with Kendrick Lamar. Despite facing competition from Beyonce's "7/11," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," Lamar's "Alright" and Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," the futuristic video for the duo's Hot 100 chart-topping collaboration was the clear-cut favorite from the start, ...
16:09 31/08/2015 » Society
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on August 30 sent a congratulatory message to President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan on the occasion of his 55th birthday, the press service of NKR President’s Office said. “Respected Mr. Sahakyan! I cordially congratulate you on your 55th birthday. The Artsakh liberation struggle you dedicated yourself selflessly to from the first days of the movement has lightened like a beacon your course of life. In ...
16:01 31/08/2015 » Politics
There is little likelihood at the moment that Azerbaijan will resort to large-scale military actions, Director of Modus Vivendi Center Ara Papyan told a press conference today. The political scientist expressed an opinion that Azerbaijan is almost sure that it will not be able to emerge as victor in the war, and it may suffer huge losses. Besides, Azerbaijan and its president are in an unfavorable situation now, Papyan added. Commenting on the situation in Turkey and the snap ...
15:30 31/08/2015 » Economy
Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC (ENA) has announced today an open tender to select an auditor, according to the website of ENA. The technical task for conducting an audit of ENA’s expenditures in 2009-2014 has been developed by Armenian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources jointly with Russian Energy Ministry . Details are available on the company’s official websitewww.ena.am. Electric Networks invites legal entities and individual entrepreneurs to participate in ...
15:02 31/08/2015 » Law
In adopting a Constitution, every country should be guided by its constitutional culture, member of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Kim Balayan said during a press conference today. In his words, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms under Armenian President has published a draft new Constitution of Armenia, rather than draft constitutional amendments. “The draft new Constitution is a step forward from a legal and democratic point of view. The most important ...
14:26 31/08/2015 » Education
About 400 thousand children will study at schools in Armenia in the 2015-2016 academic year. Over 40,000 of them will go into the first grade compared with 38,000 last year, Narine Hovhannisyan, Head of General Education Department of Armenian Ministry of Education and Science, told reporters today. According to her, all secondary schools of Armenia have first graders, except about ten schools in border regions. Private schools do not affect state-funded schools, that is, the number ...
13:40 31/08/2015 » Sport
Armenian GMs Vladimir Hakobyan and Tigran L. Petrosyan have scored 6 points each after round 8 of Abu Dhabi chess tournament and are among the leaders ahead of the final round, chessfed.am said. The two other Armenian chess players – Hovhannes Gabuzyan and David Gevorgyan have 5 and 4 points respectively.
13:22 31/08/2015 » Economy
LOT Polish Airlines shall resume Warsaw-Yerevan-Warsaw flights. In January 2015 LOT shall operate three flights a week, the press service of ‘Armenia’ International Airports CJSC reports. The aircraft will arrive from Warsaw on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will depart from Yerevan Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. An agreement was reached to increase the flight frequencies in high season. As a reminder, LOT Polish Airlines suspended flights to Yerevan on July 1, ...
13:00 31/08/2015 » Society
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan sent today a congratulatory message to Merited Art Worker of the Republic of Armenia, poet, translator, literary critic Henrik Edoyan on his 75th birthday, according to the presidential press service. “You are one of the distinctive representatives of modern Armenian poetry, and you also made a significant contribution to the development of our translation and study of literary. I wish you robust health, happiness and new creative ...
12:47 31/08/2015 » Society
A plane carrying Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made an emergency landing on Sunday because of a problem with the landing gear, the second such incident involving the leader in six months, the transport ministry said. The undercarriage failed to retract when the plane left the airport at the eastern town of Varna, the ministry said in a statement. The Falcon 2000 carrying Borisov circled over the Black Sea for 15 minutes to use up fuel before returning to Varna. "At no ...
11:28 31/08/2015 » Society
US President Obama will announce Monday that his administration is officially redesignating Alaska's Mt. McKinley as Denali, the original name for the 20,237-foot-high mountain given by the area's Alaskan native population, according to Los Angeles Times. The announcement will come as the president begins a three-day visit to Alaska focused on the issue of climate change, one of Obama's chief policy focuses as he enters his final year and a half in office. “This name change ...
11:03 31/08/2015 » Society
American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76, BBC reports. US media reported that Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer. Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. His Scream franchise was reported to have grossed more than $100m (£65m) in the US. He wrote, directed and edited his first film, The Last House on the Left, in 1972. A tweet from his Twitter account ...
10:36 31/08/2015 » Society
The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc's escalating migration crisis, BBC reported. The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached "unprecedented proportions". It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in the Mediterranean and 71 die in a lorry in Austria. A record number of 107,500 migrants reached the EU's borders last month.The UN ...
20:00 29/08/2015 » Politics
Ahead of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, the “Gulen” movement founder Fethullah Gulen’s network and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) became a headache for the Azerbaijani authorities, as stated in an article, published on the website of the newspaper Azadlig. As the parliamentary elections near, controversies over the list of the candidates for MP grow inside the authority circles. The Pashayev clan and groups from Nakhijevan still have disputes over ...
19:45 29/08/2015 » Politics
North Korea has agreed to Red Cross talks with South Korea to discuss the reunion of families separated during the 1950-53 Korean War, a South Korean official said on Saturday, setting up the first meeting under a recent accord aimed at defusing tensions, Reuters reports. The accord reached on Tuesday pulled the rivals back from the brink of an armed conflict. The two sides agreed to work towards resuming the meetings of families, an emotional issue given the advancing years of ...
19:26 29/08/2015 » Society
Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that mountains and an unfavorable environment would likely knock Erika below tropical storm force, though there's a small chance it could recover as it moves along Cuba ...
19:00 29/08/2015 » Society
A team of Nasa recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars. The isolation experience, which will last a year starting on Friday, will be the longest of its type attempted. Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years. The six-strong team will live in close quarters under the dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy. They closed themselves away at 15:00 ...
18:40 29/08/2015 » Law
The September 4 parliamentary hearings on the draft amendments to the Constitution of Armenia will be open, and representatives of extra-parliamentary forces and interested NGOs and political forces will have an opportunity to attend the hearings, Panorama.am learned from Hovhannes Sahakyan, the head of the Armenian parliament’s standing committee on state and legal affairs. It is noteworthy that the hearings on the draft new Constitution of Armenia have been organized on the ...
18:33 29/08/2015 » Society
‘Imperial’ traveling circus of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will present its program on August 29 - October 4 in Yerevan, in the building of the former dolphinarium, the press service of Armenian Culture Ministry said. The program is dedicated to the 80th birthday anniversary of Leonid Yengibarov, a prominent Soviet-era circus artist of Armenian descent. “Imperial’ circus will offer an exciting program with the participation of artists of all circus genres, ...
18:11 29/08/2015 » Society
The renowned Soviet-era boxer Samson Khachatryan developed a passion for collecting alcoholic drinks in his youth. The hobby did not impact negatively his career. As a member of the USSR team, Khachatryan won a European championship and competed at the Moscow Olympics. His passion for collection of vintage drinks did not fade after his boxing career ended. Samson Khachatryan’s current collection includes more than 6,000 rare excellent drinks such as 100 year old brandies, ...