- 10:03 | Armenia Ararat governor leaves Armenia
He may have done this deliberately, in view of the fact that major violations were revealed in Ararat province in the program of state assistance to land users for purchase of diesel fuel.
- 09:33 | Armenia Armenian FM comments on co-chair leaders’ statement
In his statement, Nalbandian essentially expresses Armenia’s agreements with the points made by the three presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries, saying that Armenia fully agreed to an exclusively peaceful resolution to the conflict.
- 09:11 | In the world U.S. cites Russia, China among worst in human trafficking
The State Department ranks countries according to the efforts they make to fight human trafficking and Russia, China and Uzbekistan all fell to the lowest level, Tier 3, in the new report.
- 09:06 | In the world Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51
Gandolfini died while vacationing in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement.
- 09:01 | In the world FBI uses drones for surveillance in U.S
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases.
- 08:55 | In the world Obama calls for reducing U.S., Russian nukes
Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech on Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where he said he would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.
- 08:50 | In the world China gives first lecture from space
China's second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, has delivered the country's first-ever video lecture from space.
- 08:46 | In the world Brazil fails to quell protests
Brazilian authorities have failed to halt nationwide protests, despite reversing the public-transport fare increases that sparked the unrest.
- 08:41 | Armenia Cloudy weather forecast for today
It will be mostly cloudy on June 20 almost the whole time, in the whole territory rains and thunderstorm is expected from time to time.
- 21:00 | In the world Britain basks in hottest day of year
By lunchtime on Wednesday, the temperature had reached 26C at Charwood in Surrey, making it the warmest day of 2013 so far.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:45 | In the world Analysis: Putin basks in isolation over Syria as Obama's charm falls flat
At the end of a tense two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama - slumped over and serious - tried to lighten the mood with a joke about their favorite sports.
- 20:33 | In the world Kim Kardashian Baby Name: Does Kimye's Baby Have One Of These 'K' Names?
Kim gave birth on June 15, but the reality star still hasn't revealed her daughter's name.
Source: The Huffington Post
- 20:24 | In the world Somalia UN office attack by al-Shabab 'kills 15'
The gun-battle inside the office lasted for more than an hour, witnesses said.
- 20:17 | In the world Syria’s civil war is playing out not just on the battlefield but also online
Web watchers say the government recently cut off Internet access to apply stronger filters for future use.
Video: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:10 | In the world Children born to a surrogate mother have more emotional difficulties than those carried by their biological mother
But children have less problems coping with the idea that they were conceived using a donor egg and sperm and are not related to their parents.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:03 | In the world Russian prosecutors have charged opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev
He has charged with plotting mass riots during a demonstration in Moscow last May, his lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Wednesday.
- 19:55 | In the world Extreme dog grooming contests
Photos: ABC News
- 19:50 | In the world Duchess of Cambridge opts for natural childbirth
The future king or queen will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duke of Cambridge, who was also born there, will be with his wife throughout the delivery.
Source: The Telegraph
- 19:42 | In the world Egypt top cleric: Protests against Morsi permitted
Peaceful protests against the president are permitted, dismissing declarations by Islamist hard-liners that those behind protests planned for June 30 are heretics.
Source: Associated Press
- 19:36 | In the world Brazil sends national force to control protest trouble
The national force will be sent to Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza and the capital, Brasilia.
- 19:30 | In the world "I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures"
Barack Obama said, speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
- 19:25 | Region Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia congratulates Iran’s new President
“We pray for God to grant you more wisdom, health and vigor in the mission entrusted to you by the honest Iranian people.”
- 18:43 | In the world Syrian port city of Latakia hit by blast
State television said the blast was caused by a technical fault at a weapons store at a military engineering base, and said six people were hurt.
- 18:38 | Region NKR President visits south-east of republic
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan visited the south-east of the republic, where he held an extended consultation attended by members of the National Assembly, Cabinet of Ministers and heads of several leading companies.
Source: presidential press service
- 17:28 | Armenia Levon Aronian to play in Sinquefield Cup
On September 9-15, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, Aronian will be joined by Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky.
- 17:12 | Region Iranian-Armenian community’s demands and expectations from Iran’s new President
Robert Beglaryan, an Armenian member of the Iranian parliament, has congratulated Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani and presented a number of proposals.
- 15:18 | Armenia Police Chief: If there is a need to use arms, let me be the first victim
“We rule out the use of arms against our people under any circumstances,” Armenian Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan told reporters in Arzni.
- 14:47 | Armenia Armenian police hold command and headquarters exercise
Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan voiced his satisfaction with the exercise.
- 13:57 | In the world Meeting of CIS Council for Cultural Cooperation to take place in Minsk, chaired by Armenian Culture Minister
The meeting will discuss cultural events that have been held and are scheduled in CIS states as well as expansion of cultural cooperation.
Source: Armenian Ministry of Culture
- 13:21 | Region Turkey unrest: Young protester loses eye from rubber bullet, mother wants justice
One young man, who was shot with a rubber bullet during the police intervention in the demonstrations in Taksim Gezi Park last week, lost his sight in one eye but counts himself lucky for being alive.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:19 | Region Key suspect of Hrant Dink murder case arrested
Ersin Yolcu is now again being held in Trabzon's Bahçeçik prison, pending the second trial.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:00 | Armenia Ashot Vardevanyan: Armenia is not poor in water resources, but it spends too much water
“25 percent of Armenian territory faces the danger of desertification, while 81 percent is subject to desertification,” said the coordinator of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
- 11:56 | In the world Resolution urges countries to join Convention on Cybercrime
Cyber attacks should be viewed as equal to conventional acts of aggression according to a resolution now pending at the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.
Source: OSCE PA
- 11:48 | Armenia Fire in Martiros Saryan House-Museum
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations received a call at midnight that Martiros Saryan House-Museum was on fire.
- 11:21 | Armenia Heritage again considered most prospective and authoritative opposition party
The Americans have understood that they should no longer have expectations from Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and the idea of turning Prosperous Armenia into opposition is an absolute failure.
- 10:48 | Armenia Lomonosov Moscow State University to open branch in Armenia
The issue was once discussed by the leaders of the two countries, and was lobbied by Armenian Education Minister Armen Ashotyan.
- 10:29 | In the world Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move not yet certain
The information that Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is moving to Liverpool is not confirmed.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:43 | In the world US, France, Russia issue statement on Karabakh
Presidents of the US, France and Russia, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin, as heads of states of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, issued a joint statement Tuesday regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process.
- 09:16 | In the world Heavy blasts hit munitions depot in Russia’s Samara
More than 1,500 firefighters are combating the blaze, while thousands of locals have been evacuated and dozens hospitalized.
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon unveils plans for moving women into combat roles
The plans, which call for gender-neutral job requirements like scaling walls and lifting 55-pound (25-kg) tank ammunition, will require more years of study, education and training before some services open combat jobs to women.
- 09:03 | In the world U.N. recommends bringing Iraq closer to ending 1990s sanctions
Iraq is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and asset freeze on individuals and entities linked to Saddam.
- 08:57 | In the world Mom, child held in 'subhuman' captivity in Ohio
A mentally disabled woman and her daughter were held in an Ohio apartment crowded with people and animals for more than a year, forced to perform manual labor and threatened with dogs and snakes to keep them compliant.
- 08:49 | In the world Obama in Berlin to give Brandenburg Gate speech
He last addressed Berliners as a presidential candidate in 2008 - drawing a crowd estimated at 200,000 in the once-divided city.
- 08:44 | In the world Afghan attack kills US soldiers hours after news of talks
The soldiers were killed by "indirect fire" from insurgents at Bagram air base, US officials said.
- 08:40 | Armenia Transitory rain expected in Armenia
The air temperature will not change.
- 23:30 | In the world Angelina Jolie stunt double launches News Corp phone-hacking lawsuit
News Corporation is facing its first phone-hacking lawsuit in the US after a former stunt double for Angelina Jolie launched a lawsuit alleging her mobile phone messages were intercepted by the now defunct News of the World and the Sun.
Source: The Guardian
- 23:20 | In the world German 'should be a working language of EU', says Merkel's party
The inferior status of German is a long-standing grievance for Berlin, which points out that it has over 100 million speakers, including German-speaking minorities in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Poland.
Source: The Telegraph
- 23:12 | Armenia Mali and Tuareg rebels sign accord
The nation of Mali signed an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, paving the way for the Malian military to return to the areas that remain under rebel control.
Source: Associated Press
- 23:05 | In the world Obama opens 24-Hour trip to Germany
US President is opening a 24-hour visit to Germany, the culmination of which will be a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Source: ABC News
- 22:58 | In the world Putin ‘not lonely’ at G8 summit
Russian President played down assertions that, regarding how to deal with the Syria conflict, he alone was opposing all other leaders of the Group of Eight powerful economies in talks this week in Northern Ireland.
- 22:50 | In the world Laurent Koscielny will snub Bayern Munich AND Barcelona to remain at Arsenal
Koscielny’s agent, Stephane Courbois, had fuelled talk of a move by confirming that the defender is a summer target for Europe’s top clubs.
Source: The Sun
- 22:37 | Armenia G8 leaders agree tax evasion measures
Leaders of the G8 major economies have agreed new measures to clamp down on money launderers, illegal tax evaders and corporate tax avoiders.
- 22:30 | In the world U.S. to hold Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Doha
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned that the process would likely be lengthy.
- 20:27 | Region Freedom House again registers democratic progress in Armenia and regression in Azerbaijan
While neighboring Azerbaijan aggressively stifled political opposition, Georgia and Armenia conducted parliamentary elections under new electoral laws that emphasized equal access to campaign resources and media coverage, the Freedom House new report on “Nations in Transit 2013” reads.
Source: Freedom House
- 19:01 | In the world Messi tax fraud case could be extended
The Spanish Tax Authority could expand its investigation into Leo Messi’s fiscal affairs to the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
13:13 27/08/2012 » Law
Extradition of Safarov fraught with unpredictable consequences, Armenian NGOs say
A group of Armenian NGOs issued a statement urging the Hungarian society and state bodies not to allow extradition of Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan.
“On February 19, 2004 in Budapest, Hungary, where the courses were held in the framework of the NATO program "Partnership for Peace," there was a horrific event, which flatly denied the essence and meaning of the program. Late at night Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov penetrated into the room of classmates and brutally hacked sleeping Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan with beforehand purchased ax. This unprecedented crime disturbed not only Armenia and Hungary, but also the whole Europe.
The trial of Safarov lasted more than two years, during which the Azerbaijani side was trying to discredit the memory of the Armenian officer, pushing against him many accusations, and to achieve for criminal possible lenient sentence. During the trial have been convincingly refuted all the accusations against the deceased officer and proved their inadequacy and artificiality. Judge Andrash Vaskuti and the prosecution had perfectly conducted the whole process, strictly adhering to the wording and spirit of the Hungarian and European legislation. Ramil Safarov was sentenced to the maximum penalty: life imprisonment without the right to file a petition for pardon during the first 30 years. All appeals from the Azerbaijani side were rejected.
Already in custody, Safarov had conducted an attack towards the prison security guard, which was the basis for initiating against him another criminal case and imposing a second sentence.
Azerbaijani side from the first day has unsuccessfully tried to extradite Safarov. Representatives of state and public structures afforded statements justifying heinous crime. Thus, the Azerbaijani Ombudsman Suleymanova said that "Safarov should be an example for young people." Ramil Safarov was declared his country's national hero.
All the past 8 years, the Hungarian side has proven its commitment to the norms of international law, rejecting any possibility of extradition of the criminal to his homeland. However, the Azerbaijani and Turkish parties persist with their efforts to extradite Safarov. Thus, the recent report proves the collection of signatures in Turkey, which require proponents to reconsider the sentence, implementing unreasonable and unacceptable historical parallels. Similar messages appear regularly also in the Azerbaijani media.
We believe it is our duty to address the Hungarian public and government agencies with an appeal to prevent the extradition of Safarov to Azerbaijan, where no further punishment is certainly expected, but freedom, honor and even greater glorification await him. As evidence, we present only one sentence uttered by the head of the department of Political Analysis and Information Support of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Elnur Aslanov one year ago: “valor of those like Ramil Safarov gave Azerbaijani society and people a second wind."
We have no doubts that in Hungary are perfectly aware of the fact that the hatred towards Armenians and xenophobia raised to the rank of state policy of Azerbaijan. This was recorded in the report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance for the year of 2011. We would like to remind that the President of Azerbaijan, in one of his recent speeches called Armenians as enemy number one for Azerbaijan. We also would like to remind that during the trial in Budapest the attorney of Safarov stated that "killing an Armenian is not a crime in Azerbaijan."
Having said all it is even hard to imagine the consequences that may result from extradition of Safarov to Azerbaijan. This is unacceptable in the first place given the gravity of his crime and the attitude towards that crime in Azerbaijan. But far more serious can be the consequences in the context of relapse of the crime over the world. For Azerbaijani youth, brought up to hate the Armenians and glorify the killer, extradition will be a call to action in the knowledge that the punishment will inevitably be soft, and the laurels of hero killer of Armenians on this background will become too attractive. In this case, the responsibility for the potential crimes certainly will lie not only on Azerbaijan, but also on Hungary. It should also be noted that the extradition against the frequent violations of the ceasefire with Azerbaijan could spark a renewal of bloody war.
We call upon the corresponding structures of friendly Hungary to think about the inevitable consequences of such a step. Only in the country of the crime, in the colony of strict regime Safarov must serve his sentence, imposed on him by Hungarian court. This requires not only the memory of Armenian young man brutally murdered, but the obligations of Hungary, as the country, which has proven its commitment to human rights norms, morality and humanity.
1. “Foundation Against Violation of Law” NGO
Mikayel Aramyan – President
2. Gyumri Development Fund
Artush Mkrtchyan – Chairperson
3. “Khoran Ard” Intelectual Centre NGO
Armen Petrosyan – Executive Director
4. “Our Home Armenia”
Nikolai Babajanyan – Chairperson, Member of Armenian-Russian Union of NGOs
5. “Improve Our Village” NGO
Anahit Tovmasyan – President
6. “Trtu” Cultural NGO
7. Association "For Sustainable Human Development"
Karine Danielyan – Chairperson
8. "Foundation for Small and Medium Businesses"
Gagik Poghosyan – President
9. “Association of Foreign Investment and Cooperation”
Andranik Aleksanyan – Board President
10. Armenian Assembly of Azerbaijan
Grigory Ayvazyan – President
11. International Center for Human Development
Tevan Poghosyan – Executive Director
12. “Protection of Rights Without Borders” NGO
Siranush Sahakyan – President
13. Guarantee Center of Civil Society NGO
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