- 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.
- 08:28 | In the world Protest-hit Thailand marks king's birthday
Thailand is marking the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, amid a truce after days of violent demonstrations in the capital Bangkok.
- 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.
09:15 06/12/2013 » Politics
09:11 06/12/2013 » Politics
09:10 06/12/2013 » In the world
09:33 06/12/2013 » Politics
Tensions in the Ukrainian capital are not abating. The failure of the no-confidence motion on Tuesday pushed the euro integration supporters back to the streets. Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the government headquarters calling for the resignation of President Yanukovich and Prime Minister Azarov. Meanwhile reports have emerged Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs troops currently stationed in the Crimea are being transported to Kiev. Christoph Hörstel, a Government Consultant ...
09:18 06/12/2013 » Politics
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Representative Brad Sherman (CA-30) met with the Speaker of the Parliament of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Ashot Ghulian, who thanked Rep. Sherman for his unwavering dedication to the people of Artsakh, Asbarez reported. “I am proud to reassert my commitment to Artsakh and recognize its outstanding achievements in promoting progress and democratization,” Sherman said. “I will continue to work in the Foreign Affairs Committee to make sure our ...
09:16 06/12/2013 » Topic of the day
Armenia and Russia may launch a satellite in three years – a first for Armenia – if they reach an agreement in 2014, Sergey Savelyev, Deputy Director of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, told Regnum, Asbarez reported. “Russia is ready to help Armenia join the club of space-faring nations,” Savelyev said, adding that Armenia has a wealth of experience in the field from Soviet times. He noted that the historic Byurakan Observatory in Armenia is in ...
09:15 06/12/2013 » Politics
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, the BBC reported. Ms Park will brief Mr Biden on South Korea's possible proposal to expand its own zone, South Korean media said, a move the US is expected to oppose. China's zone covers islands controlled by Japan and an area claimed by Seoul. Mr Biden said on Thursday China's move had caused ...
09:13 06/12/2013 » Miscellaneous
An icon of our time, South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died, leaving behind a legacy of wisdom. His lifetime quotes will inspire humankind for generations to come, RT said. Dedicating his life to the struggle for freedom and equality, Mandela always believed that being free was “not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” As a person who spent a major part of his life in prison, Mandela ...
09:11 06/12/2013 » Politics
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, RIA Novosti reported, citing AP. On its website, broadcaster SVT on Thursday published brief excerpts from the documents saying Sweden's FRA agency provided the NSA with a "unique collection on high-priority Russian targets, such as leadership, ...
09:10 06/12/2013 » Society
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, RIA Novosti reported. Opposition leaders vowed earlier this week to continue with rallies in which thousands of people have taken to the streets of Kiev and other Ukrainian cities in anti-government protests that began last month when the government announced it ...
09:09 06/12/2013 » Miscellaneous
A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least three people dead, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades, the BBC reported. A lorry driver was killed when his vehicle was blown over in Scotland, while a man died when he was hit by a falling tree in England. In Denmark, a woman died after a lorry turned over in high winds. In Germany, the port of Hamburg is bracing for a direct hit and a massive tidal surge. There are fears it could be ...
09:00 06/12/2013 » Society
South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, the BBC reported. Mr Mandela led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela was at peace. "Our ...
20:06 05/12/2013 » Law
Azerbaijan is on the wrong path because the authorities of the republic show zero respect for human rights, stated the Freedom House president David Kramer speaking in front of the audience of Johns Hopkins University at Washington, reports the Azerbaijani news agency Turan. According to him after the Azerbaijani presidential campaign, senior American officials headed to Baku to discuss the prospect of the bilateral relations and the ways forward. After hesitation over recognizing the ...
19:22 05/12/2013 » Politics
"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," Vladislav Sved’s article, published in stoletie.ru portal, says. The author notes that the reason for the pogroms served the statement of Deputies of the Nagorno-Karabakh’s Autonomous Region made on 20 February in 1988 on seceding from Azerbaijan and joining Armenia. "The statement gave rise ...
18:50 05/12/2013 » Society
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with US intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable, the Voice of Russia said. The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of ...
18:42 05/12/2013 » Society
The Pentagon has dramatically revised its guidelines on the use of drone strikes, removing previous instructions that admonished troops to “ensure” civilians aren’t targeted with drones. Now the US military modified the instructions to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians, the Voice of Russia said. In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, ...
18:33 05/12/2013 » Society
While President Obama uses Apple's iPad, he admitted Wednesday that unspecified security concerns prevent him from using an iPhone, CNET News said. "I'm not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone," Obama said during a meeting promoting his health care law with young people Wednesday at the White House. However, he said his daughters, Sasha and Malia, spend a lot of time on their iPhones. An enthusiastic e-mailer-in-chief, Obama fought hard to keep his ...
18:22 05/12/2013 » Society
Strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland Thursday, disrupting rail and road traffic as northwestern Europe braced for heavy storms sweeping across the North Atlantic and North Sea, CNN reported. A truck driver was killed in West Lothian, west of Edinburgh, when his truck overturned and struck other vehicles. Four others involved in the collision suffered minor injuries, Police Scotland said in a statement. Further south, England was facing the most serious coastal tidal surge in ...
18:16 05/12/2013 » Culture
The premiere of Bridge of Love musical took place at Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theater of Armenia. The Bridge of Love is an attempt to develop the genre of musical, this special type of theatrical art, in Armenia. The initiative belongs to Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theater and the Art Team Company with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. VivaCell-MTS is the General Partner of the project. For the implementation of the project the Company ...