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Researchers found men and women with a history of depression who had especially heated arguments with their spouse burned fewer calories after a meal than less argumentative couples.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 21:48 | In the world Russian sub or no, there's a mighty stir in Sweden's waters
Be it a Russian submarine or be it not, whatever has been lurking beneath the waves of the Stockholm archipelago since last week is not only drawing threats of martial force from Sweden's military, it's also getting on Lasse Schmidt's nerves.
- 21:41 | In the world Ebola: WHO emergency team holds talks on travel curbs
The meeting in Geneva will examine screening measures at borders and consider whether stricter travel regulations should be put in place.
- 21:34 | In the world Kurdish fighters killed in Syria buried in Turkey
Hundreds of supporters chanting slogans turned out to accompany three Kurdish fighters — two men and a woman barely out of her teens — to their final resting place in a dusty cemetery on the edge of the Turkish town of Suruc, within view of the Syrian border and the besieged town of Kobani.
Source: ABC News
- 21:26 | In the world Hong Kong protesters shout ‘shame on you’ outside home of city chief
About 200 pro-democracy demonstrators have marched to the home of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive Leung Chun-ying, chanting slogans decrying his recent suggestion that democratic elections in the city would give too much voice to the poor.
Source: The Guardian
- 21:19 | In the world Bomb outside Cairo University wounds 10
A bomb exploded outside Egypt's largest and most prominent university in the country's capital on Wednesday, wounding 10 people, including six policemen.
Source: The Associated Press
- 21:13 | In the world Pope Francis inspires cookbook written by Swiss Guard
Armed with pikes and halberds, they have defended Popes for more than five centuries, but the elite soldiers of the Swiss Guard have revealed an unexpected culinary side to their duties, with the publication of a book of favourite pontifical recipes.
Source: The Telegraph
- 21:08 | In the world Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war.
- 21:00 | In the world Shots fired inside Canada parliament
A gunman shot a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, then ran into the nearby parliament building where he exchanged gunfire with police.
- 17:11 | Armenia Armenia’s future is promising – Ambassador
“Armenia underscored its willingness to continue cooperation with the European Union after joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU),” French Ambassador to Armenia Henri Reynaud told reporters.
- 16:35 | Armenia ‘Parliamentary trio’ may become ‘sextet’ – Heritage member
We have repeatedly said that the ‘parliamentary trio’ may become a ‘sextet,’ or two non-government parties may remain in the arena, MP from Heritage Party Tevan Poghosyan told reporters.
- 15:26 | Armenia Leaders of Prosperous Armenia and Armenian National Congress meet
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- 12:06 | Armenia Meeting of ‘parliamentary trio’ leaders delayed
Heritage faction head Ruben Hakobyan stated that he cannot say when the ‘parliamentary trio’ leaders will meet.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:34 | Armenia Serious agitation among authorities
On the eve of domestic political escalations a serious agitation arose among the authorities.
Source: Chorrord Ishkhanutyun
- 10:46 | Armenia Rosneft gains superprofit
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- 10:44 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan struggles for post of Territorial Administration Minister
The new Minister of Territorial Administration will be named by the end of this week.
- 10:23 | Armenia Election of Armenian judge at ECHR may be invalidated
Some NGOs plan to file complaints to the court.
- 09:06 | In the world U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry
The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people were left homeless.
- 08:55 | In the world Bodies of 4 infants believed found in Canadian storage locker
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- 08:49 | In the world Former Syrian parliamentarian hunger strikes in Washington
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Source: RIA Novosti
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- 08:43 | In the world United Nations consider Islamic State actions against Yazidis to be attempted genocide
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Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:39 | In the world Islamic State: US probes 'stray Syria air drop' in IS video
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- 18:16 | Armenia Famed pianist Tigran Hamasyan to give 100 concerts for Armenian Genocide centenary
World famous jazz pianist, composer Tigran Hamasyan and Yerevan State Chamber Choir plan to give 100 concerts in various countries of the world in 2015, on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide centenary.
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Source: Yerevan Municipality
- 17:00 | Armenia Will non-government parties boycott parliamentary discussions?
“The authorities do everything to prevent the discussion of the opposition’s urgent matters in the parliament,” Heritage parliamentary faction head Ruben Hakobyan told reporters.
- 15:27 | Armenia Opposition rally to call for power change
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- 15:26 | Armenia Armenian Ombudsman analyzing results of expertise of Karen Petrosyan’s body
The Armenian Ombudsman has not yet expressed his view on the forensic examination of Karen Petrosyan’s body.
- 13:37 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan appoints new judges to Civil Court of Appeal
Harutyun Yenokyan, Margarita Hartenyan and Gayane Karakhanyan were appointed judges of the Civil Court of Appeal.
Source: presidential press service
- 12:43 | Armenia Bear escapes from restaurant in Armenia’s Tsakhkadzor
A bear got out of the cage and escaped from Tputner restaurant in the Armenian city of Tsakhkadzor.
- 12:19 | Armenia Economic activity index rises by 5.1 percent
Within nine months of 2014, The agricultural sector recorded a 6.9 percent growth, services 6.8 percent growth, and trade 5.2 percent growth.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:40 | Armenia Rainless weather forecast in Armenia
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Source: MES weather service
- 11:16 | Armenia Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting due in late October
On Sunday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will visit Paris, where he is scheduled to meet with Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:13 | Armenia Mihran Poghosyan buys hotel in Tsakhkadzor
Besides, he has resumed the operation of Fresh supermarket in Komitas Avenue of Yerevan.
- 10:55 | Armenia Gagik Khachatryan most likely candidate for Deputy PM
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- 09:18 | Armenia Snowing in some parts of Armenia
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Source: Ministry of Transport
- 09:17 | In the world New Hampshire Pumpkin festival ends in riot
Tear gas and pepper spray hung in the air as police in riot gear descended on Keene, New Hampshire, on Saturday night, trying to disperse a rowdy crowd that brought chaos to the city's 24th annual Pumpkin Festival.
- 09:11 | In the world EU foreign chiefs to talk on Ukraine, Ebola, IS in Luxembourg Monday
EU foreign policy chiefs will meet in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, Ebola prevention and the joint anti-Islamic State push, including member states' financial contribution.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:05 | In the world Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse tests negative for virus
The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola.
- 09:01 | In the world Crowds walk out on Obama’s campaign speech in Maryland
Obama was in Maryland - considered to be a Democratic heartland - to bring grassroots voters to support their Democratic candidate for governor.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:55 | In the world Japanese trade and industry minister quits
Yuko Obuchi is alleged to have used funds from her political support groups and other donations on make-up and other items unconnected to politics.
- 08:51 | In the world US airdrops arms, medical aid for Kurdish defenders in Kobani
US warplanes have airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies for Kurdish troops defending the Syrian border town of Kobani against advancing Islamic State (IS) insurgents.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 13:27 | Armenia Parliament to convene next four-day session on Oct. 20-23
4 issues and 2 international agreements were included in the draft decision on making additions to the agenda of the sixth session of the parliament.
- 12:55 | Armenia Temperatures to fall, rain expected in Armenia
Rain is expected in Armenia on October 18-19 and on the night of October 20.
Source: MES weather service
- 11:41 | Armenia Armenian parliament to convene special session on EEU treaty
The Armenian National Assembly Speaker hosted a consultation meeting on Friday to discuss the ratification of the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
- 10:58 | Armenia Kotayk Governor buys apartment in Paris
His wife and sister have bought an apartment in France, which has reportedly been registered under the name of the Governor’s sister.
Source: Chorrord Ishkhanutyun
- 10:56 | Armenia Armenian National Congress discusses upcoming rally
The commissions on organization of public events of the Armenian National Congress party and the Youth Congress convened a joint working meeting on Friday.
- 10:35 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan will become Deputy PM?
Member of Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) faction of Armenian parliament, chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Vardan Ayvazyan is named as the most likely candidate for Deputy Prime Minister and Territorial Administration Minister.
Source: 168 Hours
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- 08:59 | In the world Obama to name Ron Klain as Ebola czar
The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.
- 08:51 | In the world No confirmation on IS jet fighters – Pentagon
Reports of Islamic State (IS) pilots flying stolen jet fighters over the Syrian city of Aleppo have not been confirmed by coalition forces, the Pentagon said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:47 | In the world Hurricane Gonzalo pounds Bermuda with strong storms
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned of high winds and "life-threatening storm surge."
- 08:41 | In the world Mysterious US spaceplane returns to Earth
The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet.
- 08:35 | In the world Houthi rebels seize Radaa, Yemen, meeting no resistance
According to the eyewitnesses, a local tribal leader acted as a mediator in stopping the bloodshed between the houthis and the al-Islah opposition movement.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 14:27 | Armenia 42 percent of Armenia’s population is poor
Only 19.4 percent of poor people acknowledge their poverty, sociologist Aharon Adibekyan told reporters.
09:18 18/10/2013 » Analysis
Karzai’s last-minute game with the Americans
Iranian Diplomacy’s interview with Pirmohammad Mollazehi, an expert on Afghan affairs
- The security agreement between Afghanistan and the US is still in a coma state. Why is there a delay in signing this part of the strategic pact?
- A part of the strategic pact which was adopted between the US and Afghanistan was the issue of the security agreement. At that time, due to the serious protests of the Afghan intellectuals and among the people and even the countries of the region, there were discussions about not signing this agreement. Therefore, Afghanistan and the US decided to postpone it to a later time when the conditions were more suitable and then the security agreement which is part of this strategic pact could be signed. Right now the issue is that Hamed Karzai has set certain conditions for this agreement and on the other hand, the Americans attempt to sign this agreement before the presidential elections and prefer to impose this agreement on Karzai whose position is weaker now.
- What is the main objective of the US with this agreement? What have the major obstacles been until now?
- The main objective of the US is for the US and member countries of NATO to take out a major part of their forces from Afghanistan in 2014 and based on Obama’s plan. But the problem is that the Americans do not intend to completely leave this country and they have rather proposed to build 9 military bases in different regions of Afghanistan and maintain a part of their forces in these safe bases. This is the main issue with regard to these two countries and their relations. Also, Afghanistan seeks to be able to try any American soldier who might commit a crime in Afghanistan in Afghanistan’s tribunals, but the Americans believe that this would be impossible because it is against the constitution of this country. The US experience in different parts of the world shows that they have not accepted such a demand in any country that they have had military agreement with and they have somehow imposed to the host country that they do not recognize the competency of the local courts with regard to crimes committed by Americans. This is the main problem and public opinion in Afghanistan believes that this measure violates the national pride of Afghanistan legally which is based on capitulation which since long has been abolished.
- To what extent would the Americans have open hands with regard to political and military interference in Afghanistan?
- The experience of other countries wherein US military forces are stationed, such as Japan, South Korea and in the past the Philippines and the former Germany shows that the extent of the interference and influence of the Americans depends on the resistance of these countries against the demands of the Americans. With regard to Afghanistan, it must be said that this country is not in a position to show its national power and the presence and influence of the Americans will be more than other countries. For example, a comparison with Japan shows that Japan is an economic power and is able to limit the influence of the Americans. But this cannot be expected of Afghanistan because this country is in a weak position and, with the establishment of US military bases, the US will have a certain power inside that country and can even violate the national integrity of Afghanistan without fearing the reaction of the government. This is a fact and completely depends on the extent of the establishment of national power in this country and whether it would be able to safeguard the interests of the people. But if the same weak position continues, the American will have the power to influence.
- Based on Karzai’s remarks, how possible is the signing of this agreement during his presidency, in your opinion?
- It seems that Karzai’s statements are not very serious. Karzai plays with public opinion and seeks another objective, otherwise he would sign the agreement. The fact that he has stated that the Loya jirga will meet in the next month and he does not intend to send this agreement to the parliament is because he is worried that they might not adopt this agreement. But since he has selected certain people in the Loya jirga who agree with the signing of this agreement, it seems that Karzai will sign this agreement before the presidential election and until March. But his intention behind such statements and pretending to show his opposition to the signing of this agreement or setting conditions for it is to impact public opinion for the election. He attempts to attract public opinion towards his team or those of whom he approves, but the agreement will be signed during this period and it can even be said that it might be signed within the next month.
- Another issue is peace with the Taliban, one of the conditions of which is the political and military absence of foreign forces in this country. If this agreement is signed, is it possible that this issue would be transformed into one of the major challenges between the government and the Taliban?
- Of course, there is this possibility because the Taliban knows that if the American and NATO forces gain bases in this country and remain there, their expectation to return to power and revive the Islamic rulership will be severely weakened. Furthermore, if the Americans reach an agreement with the Afghans, the policy of the Pakistanis might change and become hopeless about helping the Taliban to gain power. Therefore, from the Taliban’s point of view, the continuation of the Americans’ presence is very dangerous because they will create obstacles for them. But it can have other consequences as well. When the Taliban becomes hopeless about gaining power through the usage of forces, they might be encouraged to compromise with the government through which they could gain part of the power and since they have strong social bases among the Pashtun tribes, they can even participate in the democratic process and reach power. But under the present circumstances, my analysis is that until the signing of the agreement, the Taliban will exert maximum pressure both politically and militarily to prevent it but when it is signed they would be forced to review their policies.
- Have any of the candidates taken positions in this regard? How is the atmosphere of public opinion?
- The fact is that the candidates have so far attempted to bypass this issue so that it would not have negative effects on their votes.
The other issue is that the main groups which seek the signing of this agreement are, contrary to assumptions, the northern groups whose candidate is Abdullah Abdullah. They are concerned that if the Americans completely leave Afghanistan, the Taliban might gain power by force and make them return to Saidabad and it would be similar to the time prior to the entrance of the Americans when these groups cooperated with the US. Thus, this concern has caused them to be the main proponents of this agreement. This is while these groups are considered the closest group to Iran because they are Persian-speakers, Uzbeks and people who are culturally closer to Iran. But on the other hand, the Pashtuns and the Taliban are against this agreement because they believe that the government which now administers the country (despite the fact that Karzai’s ancestors are Pashtun) and the US’ interference have destroyed the historical power of the Pashtuns who have had it for the last 250-300 years. That is why they are strongly against the continuation of the presence of the Americans, but the military presence of the US is to the benefit of the Shiite Hazara, Tajik, and Uzbek minorities.
- Russia is also among the countries which is very concerned about the continuation of US presence in Afghanistan. What is the reason behind the Russians’ opposition and do their views impact the decision-making process of the Afghans?
- The Russians’ concerns are similar to those of the Iranians. Russia, China, Iran and to some extent India are concerned about US military bases in Afghanistan and its long presence in the region. The Russians, in particular, are afraid that if the Americans are present in Afghanistan, they will gradually attempt to take Central Asia out of the hands of the Russians and the same big game which has existed since the 19th century would end to the benefit of the Americans. Therefore, the Russians are very concerned. Of course, they have another concern as well and that is that if the Americans are permanently present in Afghanistan and compromise with the Taliban, then the radical groups which live in Chechnya and Uzbekistan and the Uyghurs who are in China will find the power to maneuver and intensify their opposition and continue their war against Russia. It is possible that these groups might gain the support of the West and an international competition between China and Russia would form. The Russians are concerned about this issue as well and believe that the events that happen in Afghanistan, particularly the influence of the Taliban in the Badakhshan region, will engage China, Russia and the Central Asian countries. The Americans might compromise with those groups who are fighting against them like al-Qaeda and its subgroups like the Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan or the Chechen Liberation Front or the East Turkestan Movement and use radical groups against Russia and China. Thus, they attempt to prevent this event and discourage Afghanistan from signing this agreement but it seems that their power to maneuver is very limited.
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