- 20:06 | In the world General Motors names Mary Barra as new boss
She replaces Daniel Akerson, and is the first woman to run a US carmaker.
- 20:00 | In the world Suicide bomber kills 11 at Shi'ite funeral in Iraq
The bombing took place in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) from of the capital at a funeral for a group of Shi'ite shepherds who had been killed by unidentified gunmen outside the city.
- 19:35 | Region Iranian president's Special Assistant: Ottoman Turkey is condemned in extermination of millions of Armenians
“Ottoman Turkey is condemned in extermination of millions of Armenians,” has stated the Iranian president's Special Assistant in Ethnic and Minority Affairs Ali Younesi.
- 19:16 | Region Human Rights Club: there is widespread and systematic human rights violation in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan marks International Human Rights Day, with 142 political prisoners, and they must be released, the statement of the Human Rights Club read, issued on the occasion of World Human Rights Day.
- 19:05 | Region U.S.OSCE MG co-chairman James Warlick on requirements in reaching progress in Karabakh conflict settlement
Recent talks between the presidents in Vienna and the foreign ministers in Kyiv have shown that the sides genuinely want to move beyond the current stalemate, concerning the Karabakh conflict.
- 18:32 | Region European Commissioner Füle: Azerbaijan has a lot to do in areas such as human rights and corruption eradication
EU calls on Azerbaijan to respect its international commitments in regard of fundamental freedoms and human rights, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said at the Cooperation Council between Azerbaijan and the European Union in Brussels.
Source: European Commission
- 18:29 | Region Because of ‘‘Eurovision’’, a chief editor is sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in Azerbaijan
In Baku Court of Grave Crimes the trial over Nijat Aliyev, the editor-in-chief of the site Azadheber.org, and 9 others who are accused of illegal possession of drugs and weapons, inciting inter-relegious strife, calling for the seizure of power and distribution of religious banned literature, has finished.
- 18:25 | Region Global Witness has shed light on dark transactions of SOCAR
Azerbaijan Anonymous, a new report released today by Global Witness, reveals a shadowy figure in the oil industry of Azerbaijan, a key EU energy supplier.
- 16:56 | Region Davutoglu’s Yerevan visit may be prelude for normalization talks
Officials in Ankara have cautioned against high expectations for Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to estranged neighbor Armenia, but indicated that there was a chance for “normalization” to follow in the future.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 14:48 | Armenia Levon Aronian to participate in World Mind Games
Armenian GM Levon Aronian will participate in the rapid, blitz and basque system chess tournaments as part of the World Mind Games on December 12-18, 2013 in Beijing, China.
- 09:12 | In the world Russia in talks on moving chemical weapons from Syria - Deputy FM
Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow was examining possible options with the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon under fire over Russian helicopters – report
The United States has bought dozens of Russian military transport helicopters for use in Afghanistan in the past two years, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that Afghan forces are more familiar with the aircraft.
- 09:01 | In the world Ukraine opposition office raided as President Viktor Yanukovych backs talks
Protesters in Ukraine remained defiant and continued their mass demonstration against President Viktor Yanukovych over the country's U-turn away from the European Union Monday, the same day masked men raided the headquarters of the opposition party Monday.
- 08:55 | In the world Testimony: Hundreds still on board as captain left Costa Concordia
In phone calls played in court, Schettino said from a life boat that only a dozen people were still on board the ship, when the coast guard had reported hundreds.
- 08:50 | In the world Central African Republic violence: US to fly in peacekeepers
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.
- 08:43 | In the world Brazilian ex-president 'murdered'
An investigative commission in Brazil says it has found evidence that the ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime.
- 21:00 | In the world Contact lens which releases drugs into the eye gives new hope to glaucoma sufferers
A new contact lens which releases drugs slowly into the eye could be the next weapon to treat glaucoma, the world's leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:45 | In the world In pictures: South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela's funeral
South African government announced that preparations for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela are in full swing. Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings.
Sorce: The Independent
- 20:38 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: 91 world leaders head to South Africa to honor titan
U.S. President Barack Obama left Washington for Johannesburg on Monday morning to attend the memorial service for Mandela, which will take place Tuesday in the city's soccer stadium.
- 20:30 | In the world Elton John voices gay rights concerns at Moscow concert
Despite recent rumours of cancellation, both of Elton John's Russian concerts went ahead on 6 and 7 December, with the singer speaking out against "inhumane and isolating" anti-gay legislation during the show.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:23 | In the world Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial
Obama and his wife, Michelle, boarded Air Force One under cold, rainy skies Monday morning for the long flight: the occasion presented an opportunity for a rare get-together of American presidents.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:15 | In the world Vladimir Putin dissolves Russia's RIA Novosti
Fears of a return to Soviet days of Pravda as Vladimir Putin signs decree ordering creation of new media conglomerate usurping RIA Novosti.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:07 | In the world Ukraine police dismantle Kiev protest camps
The protesters, who are demanding the government's resignation, had been given until Tuesday to leave. No clashes have been reported.
- 20:00 | In the world Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal
Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 18:24 | Armenia Ghazaryan: Armenia will not sever ties with EU markets after joining Customs Union
“BSEC will be an integration bridge between European Union and Customs Union markets,” President of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia Arsen Ghazaryan told reporters.
- 14:28 | Region Aksam: Davutoglu to propose opening Armenian-Turkish border
Davutoglu will propose Armenia to surrender 2 out of 7 regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for opening the Armenian-Turkish border.
- 13:12 | Armenia Armenian parliament to hold special session tomorrow
Among other issues, the special session will discuss the 2014 draft budget of Armenia.
- 12:02 | Armenia BSEC Business Council Board Meeting kicks off in Yerevan
The meeting will discuss proposals regarding trade and economic cooperation between BSEC countries and partnership in the fields of trade and tourism.
- 11:12 | Armenia Armenian Deputy FM: Turkish FM should visit Genocide memorial
Turkish Foreign Minister should take the chance and visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan to pay a tribute to the victims of that heinous crime, rather than make provocative statements prior to his visit to Yerevan.
Source: RA MFA
- 11:10 | Armenia Some roads impassable in Armenia
Yerevan-Sevan, Yeghegnadzor-Goris, Berd-Chambarak roads as well as Kyarki and Dilijan curves are barely passable.
- 10:41 | Region Azerbaijan violates ceasefire 200 times
Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire regime at the line of contact between Karabakh and Azeri armed forces about 200 times on December 1-7, firing over 800 shots at Armenian frontline positions.
Source: NKR Defense Army
- 09:25 | In the world Record outdoor radiation level that ‘can kill in 20 min’ detected at Fukushima
The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects reactor buildings and the 120 meter tall ventilation pipe located outside on Friday.
- 09:16 | In the world Syrian troops seize control of strategic highway
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad secured the highway Sunday that links Damascus with northern Syria, paving the way for the potential shipment of chemical weapons overland to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:09 | In the world 12 bombs rock Baghdad
At least a dozen explosions shook the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 160 others.
- 09:04 | In the world 11 more whales found dead in Florida
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe the 11 whales were part of a pod of 51 whales stranded on the edge of Everglades National Park.
- 08:58 | In the world Mandela death: Scores of world leaders to head to S Africa
US President Barack Obama, Francois Hollande of France and UK PM David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday's memorial at a Soweto stadium.
- 08:52 | In the world Thai PM Yingluck to dissolve parliament and call elections
The move followed the resignation of all opposition MPs from parliament on Sunday, and a planned march on Government House on Monday.
- 19:50 | Region Turkish expert: Armenia is integral part of South Caucasus and we have to consider and negotiate with it
"Not only I call the Azerbaijani authorities partially dictatorial, but also the other political analysts and experts.”
- 17:31 | Region French football club fans demand to initiate investigation against Azerbaijani oligarch and owner of the club
Hafiz Mamedov, Azerbaijani oligarch and companion of Transport Minister Ziya Mamedov may face the French justice, and will have to tell about the origin of the immense wealth that allowed him to buy one of the legendary brands in France.
- 14:20 | Armenia Edward Nalbandian to leave for Belgium
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will leave for Brussels to attend the 14th meeting of the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council scheduled for December 9.
Source: RA MFA
- 14:07 | Armenia RPA loses enthusiasm
The Executive Body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) lost its former enthusiasm following the Vilnius summit and Vladimir Putin’s visit to Armenia.
- 12:39 | Armenia Man convicted for doctor's murder on hunger strike for 25 days
Artak Karapetyan, who got 15 years prison sentence for killing an ambulance doctor, continues his hunger strike.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 12:37 | Armenia Levon Yolyan does not go to work
Armenia’s Control Chamber deputy chairman Levon Yolyan does not go to work after Ishkhan Zakaryan was reappointed as Control Chamber chairman.
- 12:13 | Armenia SAS Group committed serious violations
In October, company director Samvel Gzraryan imported 492 bottles of wine from Ireland through Bagratashen checkpoint and did not declare it.
- 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
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19:35 10/12/2013 » Society
“Ottoman Turkey is condemned in extermination of millions of Armenians,” has stated the Iranian president's Special Assistant in Ethnic and Minority Affairs Ali Younesi, the Iranian “Habaronline.ir” reports. The Iranian high ranking official has touched upon the ethnic and religious minorities in the ISNA news agency and has noted in particular, “Some radical circles claim that Iran is a multinational country, however it is a wrong interpretation as there ...
19:16 10/12/2013 » Law
Azerbaijan marks International Human Rights Day, with 142 political prisoners, and they must be released, the statement of the Human Rights Club read, issued on the occasion of World Human Rights Day. As the Azerbaijani news agency Turan reports the statement expresses deep concerns about the widespread and systematic violations of human rights in Azerbaijan. The statement noted increasing pressure on independent NGOs, and more than 1,000 NGOs are unable to obtain state registration. ...
19:05 10/12/2013 » Politics
Recent talks between the presidents in Vienna and the foreign ministers in Kyiv have shown that the sides genuinely want to move beyond the current stalemate, concerning the Karabakh conflict, stated in the interview given to the Azerbaijani news agency APA the U.S. co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick. “I was pleased the most recent meeting in Kyiv was a chance for the ministers to discuss sensitive and difficult issues in the spirit of finding a way forward. Their ...
18:47 10/12/2013 » Society
Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the BBC reported. El Mundo reporter Javier Espinosa and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were seized by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis). The newspaper said they were taken at a checkpoint in northern Raqqa province near the Turkish border. The BBC's Paul Wood in Beirut says Isis assumes that all foreign journalists and aid workers are spies. The high ...
18:40 10/12/2013 » Society
The head of the world chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons could begin in late January, the Voice of Russia said. "We hope that by the end of January, the destruction on the American ship could start," the director general of the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, told AFP. The Syrian weapons are to be destroyed aboard the US Navy's MV Cape Ray, a 200-metre (650-foot) cargo ...
18:37 10/12/2013 » Society
Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, the BBC reported. The service was held in front of a vociferous crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela was a "giant of history", describing him as the last great liberator of the 20th Century. The former South African president died last Thursday, aged 95. The country is observing a ...
18:32 10/12/2013 » Society
EU calls on Azerbaijan to respect its international commitments in regard of fundamental freedoms and human rights, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said at the Cooperation Council between Azerbaijan and the European Union in Brussels, reports the official site of the European Commission. “There is still a lot to be done by Azerbaijan in areas such as freedom of the media, freedom of assembly, freedom of association,” he ...
18:29 10/12/2013 » Law
In Baku Court of Grave Crimes the trial over Nijat Aliyev, the editor-in-chief of the site Azadheber.org, and 9 others who are accused of illegal possession of drugs and weapons, inciting inter-relegious strife, calling for the seizure of power and distribution of religious banned literature, has finished, Azerbaijani news agency "Turan" reports. As noted in the material, the defendant was charged of dissemination of video footage with criticism against holding ...
18:25 10/12/2013 » Society
Azerbaijan Anonymous, a new report released today by Global Witness, reveals a shadowy figure in the oil industry of Azerbaijan, a key EU energy supplier, Anar Aliyev, the site of the organization reports. Global Witness has established that a little-known businessman, Anar Aliyev, has gained ownership stakes, some highly profitable, in at least 48 deals with Socar, the state oil company of Azerbaijan, “though it is not clear why he is involved and how his involvement is of ...
18:19 10/12/2013 » Society
More than 500 of the world’s most prominent writers and authors, including five Nobel literature laureates, have added their signatures to an open appeal calling for an end to the NSA spying program. The authors, including five Nobel Prize winners, are from 81 different countries. The appeal - A Stand For Democracy In The Digital Age - is against all widespread ‘mass surveillance’ by governments and corporations and comes hot on the heels of eight of the world’s ...
18:07 10/12/2013 » Society
Those customers who will subscribe for one year to any of Orange Internet Now or MyFi tariff plans from December 10, 2013 till January 31, 2014 will get every month double volume of high speed traffic. The offer is also available for those who are already Orange Internet customers and do not have any current commitment. Those customers can sign a contract with one-year commitment and enjoy as well double volume of high speed traffic forever. Aram Mkrtchyan, Orange Armenia Marketing ...
17:47 10/12/2013 » Sport
Armenian GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian (Brazil) scored 7 points out of 9 and took 10th place among 425 participants at the chess open in Bogota, Colombia. Mekhitarian was only half a point behind the winner, GM Evgeny Romanov (Russia), armchess.am said.
17:30 10/12/2013 » Society
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will arrive in Yerevan on December 12 to attend the BSEC Summit. ARFD Nikol Aghbalyan Student Association and ARFD Youth Union will hold a protest in Yerevan against Davutoglu’s visit, to remind Turkey and the international community that Armenia demands recognition of the Genocide and compensation. ARFD Nikol Aghbalyan Student Association and ARFD Youth Union say that the aim of the protests is to say ‘Stop’ to the Genocide, ...
16:45 10/12/2013 » Politics
Officials in Ankara have cautioned against high expectations for Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to estranged neighbor Armenia, but indicated that there was a chance for “normalization” to follow in the future, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. Even if it does not yield any concrete outcomes, the trip will still mark a watershed, as it will be Davutoglu’s first visit to Yerevan since the failure of efforts to normalize ties four years ...
16:19 10/12/2013 » Society
The Armenian National Congress (ANC) is holding a march in Yerevan on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The march started from Liberty Square. The demonstrators, carrying posters reading “No to dictatorship,” “Win your right,” photos of March 1 victims and flags, moved from Mashtots Avenue to Amiryan Street, then to PACE office in Armenia. They plan to pass a four-point letter to PACE office. The march will conclude at Liberty Square. Head of ANC ...
15:44 10/12/2013 » Society
Promoting human rights is one of the core purposes of the United Nations, and the Organization has pursued this mission since its founding, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for Human Rights Day. “Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s observance also marks 20 years since a bold step forward in the struggle to make rights a reality ...
15:34 10/12/2013 » Society
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan issued a congratulatory message on the occasion of the Day of NKR Independence Referendum and Constitution. The message reads: “Dear compatriots! On behalf of the Artsakh authorities and myself, I warmly congratulate you on the Day of NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution – a holiday that has a special place in the life of our people. December 10 is important for the people of Artsakh due to the state events ...
15:25 10/12/2013 » Society
It is inappropriate to speak about architectural trends and styles in Armenia, chairman of the Union of Architects of Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan told reporters in Yerevan. According to him, there are no architectural trends or principles of architectural heritage or modern architecture in Armenia. “A building itself may be beautiful, but it looks alien unless it matches the area or environment,” Minasyan stated. The head of the Union of Architects of Armenia ...
14:45 10/12/2013 » Sport
Armenian GM Levon Aronian will participate in the rapid, blitz and basque system chess tournaments as part of the World Mind Games on December 12-18, 2013 in Beijing, China. Aronian will face off against GMs Karjakin, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Dominguez, Ponomariov, Radjabov, Le Quang Liem, Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Nepomniachtchi, Vachier-Lagrave, Kamsky, Leko, Ivanchuk, Giri, armchess.am said.