- 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
- 21:15 | In the world Nelson Mandela: Queen 'deeply saddened' by death
Buckingham Palace issues a statement in which the Queen pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, as the Prince of Wales describes Nelson Mandela as an "inspired leader".
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:07 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: South Africa and world mourn
Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto.
- 21:00 | In the world Iran, powers meet next week on nuclear deal implementation
Iran and six world powers plan expert-level talks next week to work out details of implementing a breakthrough agreement for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 18:34 | Region Armenian youth of Argentina rallied to protest against screening of Azeri film telling lies about historical reality of NKR
The Armenian youth of Argentina rallied Wednesday in Buenos Aires, to protest against the screening of an Azeri film that told lies about the historical reality of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
- 18:22 | Region Azerbaijani researcher claims that Nostradamus predicted Heydar Aliyev’s coming to power
Even if Nostradamus didn’t arrive to Azerbaijan, he still could see what would happen in Azerbaijani Gazakh region and Baku city.
- 17:37 | Region This year the number of girl-victims of early marriage has significantly increased in Azerbaijan
Over 5000 girls have become victims of early marriages this year in Azerbaijan.
- 17:18 | Armenia Reisi: Iranian people in general do not trust Western powers
Speaking about the deal on Iran's nuclear program reached between Iran and P5+1 in November in Geneva, Iran’s Ambassador said that the main aim of Geneva talks was to build confidence and establish Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear activities.
- 16:37 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia denies that Oskanian has withdrawn from party
“Armenia’s ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian has not withdrawn from Prosperous Armenia Party, he is an active member of the party and that rumor is yet another attempt to find intrigues,” member of Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary faction Elinar Vardanyan told reporters.
- 15:58 | Armenia ARFD pins no hope on Davutoglu’s visit to Armenia
“We pin no hope on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s upcoming visit to Yerevan because the Turkish side has so far shown no wish to make concessions and continues to speak the language of preconditions,” Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 14:15 | Region Davutoğlu to visit Armenia next week
Davutoğlu said he accepted Armenia’s invitation to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan on Dec. 12.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 14:11 | Armenia Armenia to produce mobile phones and tablets
“One of Armenian information technology companies will soon begin producing mobile phones and tablets,” ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction member Artsvik Minasyan said.
- 12:57 | Armenia Iranian envoy: Entry into CU will not hinder development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties
“Armenia’s entry into the Customs Union will not hinder the development of Armenian-Iranian economic ties because the Armenian authorities took that decision after they made calculations and examined all opportunities.”
- 12:25 | Armenia Areshev: Gas price formation process should be transparent
“If that process is transparent on all its way, then there will be no unnecessary questions and worried commentaries,” the political scientist said.
- 11:56 | Armenia Gusev: Armenia, Russia should move in one direction
“Armenia has chosen a path, based on logic, to move forward. Now, Armenia and Russia should move in one direction,” he said.
- 11:11 | Armenia Special parliament session to take place next week
The major focus of the session will be the 2014 draft budget.
- 10:51 | Armenia MFA spent AMD 17 million on one-day event
It is known that the Armenian Foreign Ministry organized a conference titled Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe on October 21-22, 2013, as part of Armenia’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
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17:31 09/12/2013 » Politics
16:18 09/12/2013 » Society
18:53 09/12/2013 » Society
Syrian Christians offered prayers Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, fueling fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad, RIA Novosti reported. The seizure of the 12 Greek Orthodox nuns and at least three other women is the latest attack to spark panic among Syria's Christians over the strength of al-Qaida-linked militants and other ...
18:44 09/12/2013 » Society
Ukrainian security forces moved into central Kiev on Monday prompting fears among anti-government protesters that the authorities plan to forcibly clear tent camps and barricades from the city center, RIA Novosti reported. Interior Ministry troops, who declined to say where they were going or why, were moving towards Independence Square, according to a RIA Novosti reporter. Police shut down three subway stations in central Kiev on Monday to check for explosives, temporarily stopping ...
18:38 09/12/2013 » Society
The National Security Agency isn't the only government entity secretly collecting data from people's cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too. With new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information, the Voice of Russia said. Police collects information from thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according ...
18:30 09/12/2013 » Society
The world-famous whistleblower became a person of the year by the Guardian for exposing the scale of internet surveillance. It’s the second consecutive year a whistleblower receives such a title. Last year Chelsea Manning became a person of the year, the Voice of Russia reported. As the Guardian reports, Edward Snowden leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of telephone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its ...
18:16 09/12/2013 » Economy
Some of the BSEC countries are EU members, others are members of the Customs Union or are on the path of accession to the CU or EU, so the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (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 in Yerevan. Mr Ghazaryan noted that Armenia will not sever relations with EU markets after joining the ...
18:14 09/12/2013 » Society
Yesterday protest against the increase of fuel prices was held in Baku. About 100 people attended the rally organized by the European Movement of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani news agency "Turan" reports. According to the news portal "Haqqin.az", although the action was scheduled for 4pm the Fountain Square was completely taken under control of plainclothes policemen since the morning. They bypassed territory in groups of 10s. Several patrol cars were parked nearby. ...
17:31 09/12/2013 » Politics
The rumors that I have withdrawn from Prosperous Armenia Party and plan to set up a new party are untrue, member of Prosperous Armenia parliamentary faction, ex-Foreign Minister of Armenia Vartan Oskanian wrote on his Facebook page. Oskanian also wrote that today he and another ex-Foreign Minister of Armenia, MP Alexander Arzumanyan met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin and discussed Armenian-American relations, Armenia’s decision to join the Customs ...
16:33 09/12/2013 » Interviews
The CRONIMET Charity Foundation (CCF) established in 2011 operates in nearly all regions of Armenia with a goal of supporting children in need to perceive with education, science, music, other activities, as well as to help solving their health-related and other issues with an institutional approach which implies renovation of secondary and special schools, establishing and refurbishment of pre-school institutions, providing necessary equipment, taking over tuition fees, and alike. ...
16:18 09/12/2013 » Society
The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) will present a new exposition in a renovated building on April 24, 2015, AGMI deputy director Suren Manukyan told a news conference on Monday. According to him, the repairs began in November and the museum is temporarily closed now. A temporary exhibition will open in the museum on April 20, 2014. The AGMI deputy director noted that the repairs are being carried out with the support of benefactors. The renovated building will be ...
15:35 09/12/2013 » Society
The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets, RIA Novosti reported. News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin. The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which ...
15:14 09/12/2013 » Sport
FC Spartak Moscow plans to hold one of its winter training camps in Armenia. Two players of Armenian national football team – Yura Movsisyan and Aras Ozbiliz – play for Spartak Moscow. The club’s managers have already visited Yerevan and observed the facilities.
14:44 09/12/2013 » Society
A commuter train has collided with a vehicle in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, causing parts of the train to burst into flames, the BBC reported. The incident happened in south Jakarta. The vehicle, said to be a truck, was carrying liquefied gas canisters, reports say. At least four people were killed in the crash, including someone working for the train company, officials said. Pictures from the scene showed black smoke billowing from the crash site. The collision happened at ...
14:23 09/12/2013 » Politics
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Armenia with a special proposal, Turkish newspaper Aksam reported. According to the newspaper, Davutoglu will propose Armenia to surrender 2 out of 7 regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for opening the Armenian-Turkish border. Davutolgu will visit Armenia to attend the summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan on December 12. According to Turkish media, as part of his ...
13:47 09/12/2013 » Society
Several hundred thousand people gathered in the Ukrainian capital Sunday for one of the largest protest rallies in the former Soviet nation’s history, throwing down the gauntlet to a government that has resisted calls for negotiation with the opposition, RIA Novosti reported. In an incident that may spark criminal investigations and cast a shadow over the generally pacific events, however, a group of nationalists ripped down a statue of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir ...
13:36 09/12/2013 » Society
On December 7, 1988 a massive earthquake struck northern Armenia devastating hundreds of towns and villages and claiming the lives of over 25,000 people. On this solemn occasion, the Assembly joins with Armenians in Armenia and across the globe as we pause to remember the victims and survivors of the devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of so many. The Assembly also recalls the tremendous outpouring of support and compassion from the American people and those abroad, as the ...
13:29 09/12/2013 » Politics
Armenia’s National Assembly will convene a special session tomorrow, December 10, at 12:00 local time, spokeswoman for the National Assembly Gohar Poghosyan told Panorama.am. Among other issues, the special session will discuss the 2014 draft budget of Armenia. 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.
13:08 09/12/2013 » Society
The 47th Board Meeting of the BSEC Business Council kicked off today in Yerevan. The meeting will discuss proposals regarding trade and economic cooperation between BSEC countries and partnership in the fields of trade and tourism. Business visits are scheduled as part of the meeting. Representatives of Azerbaijan and Turkey are not attending the meeting. See the photos here.
12:28 09/12/2013 » Sport
Armenian GM Karen Movsisyan suffered no defeat, scored 7 points out of 9 and solely took first prize at the round-robin tournament in Lima, Peru. Chess players from Armenia, Spain, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru took part in the tournament, according to armchess.am.
12:21 09/12/2013 » Sport
15-year-old Armenian CM Manuel Petrosyan won the gold medal at the Gymnasiade 2013 in Brasilia. Petrosyan took first place, scoring 4.5 points out of 6 at the round-robin tournament. Chess players from Armenia, Brazil, Portugal and Dominican Republic took part in the tournament, armchess.am said.